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And the Survey Says….

Upon request, here is my list of favorites/preferences:

*Meal: Herb-Encrusted Pork Loin with homemade Mac ‘N Cheese
*Drink: Cherry Coke or Apple Juice
*Animal: Since getting our dog Casey, bichon frise has become my favorite animal.
*Color: I love bright colors in any shape but pink and blue are my favorite – they were my wedding colors after all.
*Style of Shoes: I love flats or flip flops depending on the weather.
*Book:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
*Movie:
America’s Sweethearts – I can pop it in and can zone out but not miss a beat.
*Restaurant: J. Alexander’s – they have the best steak ever!
*Holiday: So I said Thanksgiving originally but now I’m editing it. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!! The decorations are up in Walmart and I love the snowmen, penguins, snowflakes, green and red everywhere, and giving gifts to people I love. It’s a great holiday.
*Store: Pier 1 – I can’t afford much of anything there but I still love looking around at all the neat stuff.
*Genre of Music: It varies a bit…I like country and rock mostly, though.
*Band: Taking Back Sunday
*TV Show: Bones! I love it! I look forward to it every week!
*Pampering Activity: I love getting acrylic nails…it’s not in the budget right now but I looked forward to it every two weeks.
*Pastime: Sipping coffee on the porch with a good book
*Memory: As cheesy as it sounds, my wedding day. It was so much fun and it opened a brand new chapter in my life with the man of my dreams.
*Tradition: Getting pajamas every Christmas Eve to wear on Christmas Day – my kids will get to enjoy that tradition too.
*Snack: Double-Stuffed Oreos dipped in milk
*Dessert: Sopapilla Cheesecake
*Breakfast cereal: Frosted Mini Wheats
*Drink at Starbucks: Caramel Apple Cider in the fall and winter and Vanilla Bean Frappucino with Mocha and Caramel syrup in and out in the hot months
*Candy: Skittles or Milky Way
*Vegetable: Green Beans
*Recipe to cook: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
*Season: Fall when I can see the leaves change or Spring when I live in Florida
*Toy from Childhood: Sleepy Bear…he was my teddy bear that always slept. (His eyes are sewn shut)
*Flower: Gerber Daisy
*Phrase: “Oi with the poodles already” from Gilmore Girls

That’s all I’ve got right now. If I come up with more, I will create another blog. If you have any suggestions for additions, let me know.

Toodles!

Oh, Saturday, Where Art Thou?

Have you seen my friend, Saturday? He just disappeared! I’ve looked high and low, behind the suitcase in the closet, and even in the washer and dryer. I’m afraid he’s no where to be found. Let me know if you find him!

You see, he and I had such a great time today that I really wish he would stick around all the time. Here’s all we did today:

1. Slept in! It was so nice! My dearest, darling husband woke up and took care of the dog this morning so I could sleep in an extra hour. Saturday decided to get up with Chris instead of sleep.
2. We all got ready and headed over to Lakeland to go to Chick-fil-a for lunch. Yum! We met an amazing couple there and their daughter. For us, they’re newer friends but I really hope to get to know them better as time goes on.
3. We helped this lovely family pick out some paint for their little girl’s bathroom at Home Depot then headed back home. Saturday was getting a little sleepy after eating Chick-fil-a. Who could blame him? It’s just so amazingly delicious!
4. About an hour after getting home, Saturday and I left to head to the Collins’ home. I had an appointment with Miss Autumn Collins to do her hair for homecoming. I must say, I made her look fabulous! Her hair behaved beautifully and I was able to practice my future cosmetology skillz. Yes, I used a “z”. Deal with it. I’m just that talented. 🙂
5. On the way home, Saturday and I enjoyed a lemon-berry slush from Sonic and made another pit stop to wash and vacuum out my car. It desperately needed it; plus in case we need to use it next weekend for our photo shoot with the very talented Ms. Tara Bent, I wanted it to be clean.
6. Finally, we got home. Since being home Saturday has helped me clean the house in preparation for family coming to visit tomorrow. We cooked, cleaned, folded laundry, worked on homework, played with Casey (the dog), and lots of other little things.

So, after such a busy day, I finally sit down to just hang out with Saturday and I can’t seem to find him. I’m getting  a little worried. I hope I find him soon.

30 Posts

This, dear reader, is a milestone for me. I decided to celebrate. During the month of October last year I decided to start a blog. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into or why I was crazy enough to allow my husband to convince me that this would be great for me. Looking back over the last year, a lot has happened. Through this beautiful blog I have allowed myself to share things that I never thought I could verbalize. I’ve pushed myself to write more often and allow that creative part of my brain to function the way it should. It’s been unbelievable to experience the growth that I have and the joy of knowing transparency is possible, even it is through the written word. I might not know all the blog terminology or really understand what I have started here but doing this on a regular basis, but I am excited to see what the next year holds and of course, whether or not I can write more posts next year.

Hopefully we’ll see what happens together and gain a few more readers in the process. Thank you for putting up with me!

A Conversation Among Friends

Cassi and Becca were the very best of friends. They absolutely loved spending all their time together, especially meals. Everyday they would eat at least one meal together. One of there conversations went a little like this:

Cassi: I just love it when we can enjoy a meal together, Becs!
Becca: I know, right? It’s like totally amazing! We have sooooo much fun together! Plus the food is fantabulous here.
Cassi: It really is. We should eat here more often. The atmosphere is delightful as we munch outside and the food is quite delectable. I wonder how it can possibly taste so good!
Becca: Yup, yup, yup. The only thing I probably don’t like is that there are cars zooming by all the time. They’re really distracting sometimes. So have you heard from Carl yet?
Cassi: No…(sigh)…I’m starting to think he’s found another lady. He can be so egotistical sometimes. Ugh. I don’t even know why I thought I liked him.
Becca: Cuz he’s the only guy around. He’s surrounded by ladies everywhere he looks. It’s not you at all. He just doesn’t know a good thing right in front of his face. Some day another guy will come around and he’ll have eyes for only you.
Cassi: You think?
Becca: I know.
Cassi: You’re amazing, Becs! You should totally stay around this winter instead of going to the Caribbean.
Becca: I might just do that. I was actually thinking if it stays warm enough I might stick around.
Cassi: Really? That’s so great! Yay! You just made my day

THE END of the conversation that I imagine takes place as I drive past a pasture with cows munching away with buttbirds standing right next to them. (Buttbirds are the little white birds that hang out with the cows all year round for those who did not know this fun fact).

Answers…

Have you ever had those times when you’ve prayed about something so many times that you begin to wonder if God’s even listening? The lack of an answer might as well be a giant door slamming in your face.

That’s where I was until about a week and a half ago. Actually, I had even reached a resolution: I was going to stop praying about it and just accept it. What was it? Well, I’m going to be blunt about it and don’t you dare give me any form of pitying look while you read this. I mean it. Seriously. Ok. So I have spent the better half of the last three years praying for a friend. Not just any friend, mind you, but a true blue best friend. Someone who I can talk to about anything and will really be there for me in ways I’ve always needed a friend but it appeared as though God thought otherwise. Even my husband couldn’t explain to you why I could never find a best friend. So decided to stop asking God to help me. I decided I just was not meant to have a best friend at this stage of life and I needed to move past it. As heartbreaking as it was, I was determined to stop dwelling on it.

And then God decided to respond.

Seriously. He created an opportunity for me to open up and share with someone I had known for a long time but never really wanted to bother with all of this. I didn’t want her pity but ironically, she’s exactly what I needed. She’s spoken words of encouragement in my life that I really needed and she’s been consistently there for me since. I don’t think she’s going anywhere either. After almost two weeks, I actually am starting to believe that she’s determined to be there for me no matter what and she’s proving it.

So, thanks, God. Thanks, friend. I don’t know what I would do without either of you.

A Little Piece of Board Game Magic…

Monopoly. Sorry. Imaginiff. Cranium. Clue. Twister. Battle of the Sexes. Life. These games say more about life than most inanimate objects we come across on a day-to-day basis.

Monopoly. The game of fiscal responsibility. If you don’t manage your finances properly, the bank will own everything. Though, I’m still wondering where I can find the “Go” space so I can keep collecting $200 every time I pass it.

Sorry. The game where you learn to knock people out of your way to succeed. It teaches us that life is all about getting ahead and never let anyone knock you out of your spot if you can help it.

Imaginiff. The game that forces people to make snap judgments about you. Imaginiff Megan was a crayon, which would she be? Ah, yes, tickle me pink. It is my favorite color, and most people know that. It’s a game full of laughs and people take your traits and quirks to find a suitable label for you out of six different choices.

Cranium. The game of random knowledge and skill. Life is all about using your brain and this game helps get you there. It also teaches you to know your Dr. Seuss’ rhymes because you might just get the question that asks you to finish this statement: “One fish, two fish, ……”

Clue. The game of intrigue and mystery. It was totally Professor Plum in the library with the candlestick. Through your miscellaneous grouping of cards and deductive reasoning, you must solve a murder and practice your problem solving skills. They are essential to survival in the real world.

Twister. The game of balance and coordination…but if you’re like me, you fall by the third rotation of the spinner. Sometimes in the adult world, you’re stuck with your feet a million miles apart and one hand on yellow, while the other is in the air trying not to touch the ground and balance seems nearly impossible. Those are times it’s good to have faith in something and friends/family nearby to help hold you up (though if they do that in the game, you’re disqualified. Sorry).

Battle of the Sexes. The game of men versus women. Who’s better? Who knows more about the other sex? Who is really more dominant? Honestly, I think genders need to work together instead of trying to figure out who’s better. If we worked together instead of fighting, we might actually accomplish a whole lot more.

Life. Ah, yes. The game that allows you to pick three cards and then pick the best one. You randomly are assigned kids and lottery winnings. Sometimes you even get to run for mayor. If only life were really as easy as the game. Sure, sometimes the basement floods, but just turn the spinner and escape the damage.

Board games. The famous pastime of American families. I loved them as a child, and still love them today. The more I play them, though, the more I realize that if I’m not careful, my life will just become a board game…it might even be more of a “bored” game. Sorry, I had to throw the pun in there. Life is all about the surprising twists and turns no one expects and the random tidbits of knowledge that one of my children might ask me about one day. That’s the fun part. We can’t see the end of the game in real life, but if we could, would we still make the most of each day or procrastinate until the end and wonder how did life pass us by?

Chasing Elephants: Wrestling with Life’s Gray Areas by Brent Crowe

Ever wonder what the Bible says about homosexuality? Social drinking? The Internet? Entertainment? Helping those in need? Then author Brent Crowe had you in mind when he wrote this.

During the first half of the book he uses biblical support, he addresses these questions along with the question of freedom and what it really means to be free in Christ. He focuses mostly on the differences between Christians who are weak in their faith and those who are stronger in their faith; this dichotomy  requires each distinct set of Christians to behave differently when dealing with their opposite.

The second half of the book deals with the how you apply the biblical ideas he has been writing about to the major “elephants in the room” of Christianity. He attempts to answer all the questions that people have through a biblical lens.

Though he answered the questions well, the beginning seemed to drag on. He kept reiterating the same points over and over again. I appreciated the lesson and the second half was much better than the first. His concepts were excellent and it was definitely a topic that needed be covered by someone; I just could have used a little more in the beginning.

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