Monday, December 31, 2007

Coffee Quiz!

What Your Latte Says About You

You are very decadent in all aspects of your life. You never scale back, and you always live large.

You can be quite silly at times, but you know when to buckle down and be serious.

You have a good deal of energy, but you pace yourself. You never burn out too fast.

You're addicted to caffeine. There's no denying it.

You are responsible, mature, and truly an adult. You're occasionally playful, but you find it hard to be carefree.

You are sophisticated and daring, but you are never snobby.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Welcome to our Home for the Holidays!

I love the holidays! The lights, music, and sweet smells that fill the air put me in that warm fuzzy kinda mood. I thought I'd share a few pictures of how I've tried to make our home festive and inviting this Christmas!

These are our "outside" decorations! We also have a lightpost adorned with greenery and a sign that reads "Merry Christmas from Dixieland!"
I love the picture of Trey and Anna Grace with Santa! Aren't they precious! The frame is from Plain Jane Frames and was an early Christmas gift from Demetria. I'm going to change the picture of the kids every year!

Royal Hunt is our holiday china. I use it for Thanksgiving and Christams dinner. I have the Santa placemats out for everyday use.

Trey helped decorate trees for his and Anna Grace's room. We placed presents under the trees and set out a nativity, that we play with and use to talk about Jesus, God's gift to us.

Here are some of the books and videos we are enjoying this holiday season. "The King is Born!" is a wonderful animated video from Nest entertainment. Trey loves this story of "baby Jesus," and asks to watch it at least four times a day! The book, The Beloved Son was a gift from Hugh's mom. She received it as a gift when she was a child. I treasure this for my children and hope to hand it down to their children one day. I love family traditions! Luke 2:9-12

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. (10) And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (12) And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

Merry Christmas! Blessings to All.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Baby Bliss!

I am in it! Pure bliss! My sweet baby girl said momma, for the first time last night! She's been saying dada, for a couple weeks now(- first word for both her and Trey.) I was playing quietly with her on the floor, while talking to my aunt Linda, in Denver, when it happened. We were catching up on what all the family is up to, and reminiscing about my mom, when Anna Grace started cooing and laughing. Linda said, "Oh, I can hear her!-Sweet baby." I said, "That's right! That's my sweet girl," as I moved in to give her Eskimo kisses. Anna Grace giggled softly and said, "Momma." Linda, who had no idea what a monumental moment she was sharing said, Oh how sweet, she said momma." I (on the other hand-in total shock!-whispered) She said momma. (louder) Oh my goodness! (Louder) She said momma! Linda, she said momma. That was her first time to say it. She said momma! Linda-(Really!) YES!-I almost cried! Then, I hugged her, kissed her, smelled her, and permanently burned the moment into memory! It's these moments!-I mean, there are no words for how beautiful, and meaningful these treasured moments are! I thought we had hit a mile stone this week when I got her to eat sweet potatoes. We've already tried green beans, apple sauce and rice cereal, with no success. She just decided she was going to "show out" on her six month birthday and give her momma the best present ever! I got her to repeat it two more times, after that last night, and once today! It makes my heart swell, just thinking about it! I am so blessed!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Memory Verse Monday

I want to say how much I have been uplifted and even inspired by some of the faithful christian women that I've come across here in "blogland." I love to read your heart warming and sometimes funny stories, your prayers and your words of encouragement for one another. It both challenges me ,and gives me hope to see other women truly seek the heart of God and strive for his calling on their lives. I think one of the most powerful things we can do is share scripture with one another. I want to thank Maria (free to fly) for inviting me to take part in Memory Verse Monday.

Holding on to all that He is, with all that we are!

Psalm 108:1-5
My heart is steadfast, O God;I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.

Proverbs 3:3-6
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

This Sunday, our new associate pastor, (Rev. Tom Hilterman) shared with us his joy- his joy and excitement of all that this season is about. He shared how much this time of year reminds him of how much God loves him, how his name is written in the lambs book of life, how priceless the sacrifice he (God) made for us, and that it overwhelms him with joy! It really touched my heart. His words were so tender and sincere. Rev. Hilterman must be in his 70's and it was so nice to see rather than a quiet, reverent-although somewhat stoic demeanor that you come to expect from the older church generation, that he was alive and joyful!

It reminded me..let us be joyful, not just grateful, but joyful, overflowing with joy. Let it be down right contagious! You know what I want this Christmas! I want the joy of the Lord! I want His joy and love to be overflowing so much in my life, that someone will look at me and think, she really gets it! She's not just going through the motions, she really feels it and believes it. And she is celebrating it! That is the gift I want to give Jesus this Christmas! And I am going to fight against all the hustle and bustle of chaos around me, and I am going to fight the worldly part of me that wants to pout because I can't spend Christmas with my family, or buy everything I want for my children. And I am going to fight the sadness that tries to creep in and overwhelm me, because I miss my mom and dad so much. I am determined not to let the devil steal my joy! So, I am concentrating on preparing a joyful heart for the Lord this Christmas! Blessings to all!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tag!-You're It!

Well, I've been tagged, by a new bloggy land friend- Maria from freetofly. So, here are Seven Random Things about lil' ole me...

1. My favorite color is champagne. I think it kinda goes with everything, gold, silver, ect.. It can be soft and muted, or rich and shimmery. It's hard to pick just one favorite, because your color kinda depends on the mood your in. Some of my other favorites include; turquoise, cranberry, and emerald. I love jewel tones.

2. I love coffee and tea! I tend to gravitate towards medium or even mild coffee. I like Jamaican Blue Mountain, but I also like Celebes,(a strong, rich Indonesian coffee.) As far as running through a drive through, or grabbing something at the store, I love Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, or even Folgers (hey-I'm not too proud!) As far as tea goes, I wouldn't be southern without sweet tea flowing through my veins. When I first met my husband, we were drinking it with 2 cups of sugar per gallon (whooo!) Now that we've incorporated "weight watchers" into our life style, "splenda" is more our friend these days. My ultimate- favorite hot tea is White Peony Tea by Triple Leaf. I also like Good Earth, or flavored teas by Salada or Celestial Seasonings. And hot green tea is always good too. And what would this wonderful time of year be like without a good cup of Wassail!

3. My style and taste is classic/conservative and a little old fashioned. (Example:)I didn't hear mainstream music until I was about 11 years old. My parents got "saved" in the 80's so we listened to alot of Christian contemporary and praise music. Our house was 3 generational. My mom was 27 years older than me, and my dad was 22 years older than my mom. My dad influenced me with alot of big band music(Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, ect.) and artist from the 30s and 40s (Sinatra, Crosby, Ella Friztgerald and all things jazz.) Momma loved early rock n roll. (The golden oldies- we call em.) She especially loved Motown music, and artists like Smokey Robinson.) She also introduced me to the mellow side of the 70's-(folk music, and song writers like the Carpenters.) They both loved country, and that's where Patsy Cline, early Elvis, and Johnny Cash come in.

4. I love all things cultural and domestic. I love art museums, musicals and Opera. I also love a good church picnic and going to arts and craft festivals. I love to cook/bake, entertain company, read, decorate for the holidays, photograph and scrapbook. I love, love, love to play with my kids and take them places.

5. I would love to know more about sewing, smocking and embroidery,- cooking catering, party planning and professional photography.

6. I love to have friends over for coffee and desert, or a good board game along with popcorn and a movie.

7. Movies! Love em! All kinds- Old ones (All About Eve/Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), Romantic comedy (Sweet Home Alabama/You've Got Mail/Thomas Crown Affair), Romantic drama (The Notebook/The Way We Were), Southern (Gone with the Wind/Fried Green Tomatoes/Steel Magnolias), Dark and suspenseful (Road to Perdition/Shawshank Redemption/Primal Fear), Night w/ the Guys (Tombstone/The Last Samurai), Musicals (The Happiest Millionaire/Chicago/ -too many to name), Old Disney (Old Yeller/Pollyanna), 80's night (Breakfast Club/Can't Buy Me Love? St. Elmos' Fire) -- OK, now I'm just making up my own categories to fit all my favorites in. I just need to stop!

Any way- now you know a little more about me. I would like to pass this tag on to Ashley, Brittani, Christy, Demetria, and Mary Clair. What's something new and random, we can learn about you!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Our Thanksgiving Back Home

We had a wonderful holiday back home. We flew into Memphis on the 17th, and I have to say the flight overall went well. No one got sick, Anna Grace took a nice little nap, and although Trey was some what of a wiggle worm, it could have been sooo much worse. Momma Donna picked us up from the airport, ready with hugs and kisses for everyone. We made our way to Grenada, and stopped in to visit Granny(Hodges). It was Anna Grace's first time to meet her Granny! I was love at first sight! We wanted to take granny out to dinner, so we all loaded up and headed down through Duckhill to a little place on the edge of Eskridge called Mim's country cafe, for a little catfish dinner. On Sunday, we woke up early and played quietly in front of the fireplace, while Mi-Mi made Trey's favorite blueberry muffins and sausage. We went to church at First Baptist (Hugh's home church, where we were married.) Then we picked up Granny and went back to Momma D's for Sunday lunch and visiting. We had a lazy afternoon. The babies napped, Hugh and his mom went to town to find him a nice button down for his suite, and I gave Granny a pedicure/massage, while we caught up on our visiting. I wanted to do that for all the women in my family, but I must admit that Granny was the only one I got to sit down and pamper. Hugh had an interview in Oxford on Monday. I think the hospital is hoping he'll consider working there after his residency. Demetria and the boys got to her mom's about noon, and let me say, we were so excited to see each other, we were both hugging and crying all over our selves. (Yes, I am very sentimental, if you hadn't notived already.) Russ and Trey played together, Kaden gushed over his cousin Anna Grace and kept her quite entertained while we visited and finished getting ready to meet MC and her boys in town. MC planed the sweetest surprise gift for Christmas. We had a portrait taken (of the kids and grankids) for a christmas present for her mom and pop- (aka paw-paw and nana.) Then we all headed out to Cascilla to spend the next three days with them. It was one big crazy mad house of fun. Nana and Paw-paw had a their hands and house full with all six grankids, Mc, Dena, Kevin, Hugh and myself all piled together. It was fabulous! We were all like kids at christmas- cuttin up. The kids played together and jumped outside in the inflatable party jumper that Nancy(nana), MC, and Demetria all bought together for the kids. We rode 4-wheelers, ate all the yummy snacks that Mc and Ms. Nancy put together for all of us, stayed up way too late every night after we put the kids to bed, talked and laughed and ate some more. MC had crafts and Christmas ornaments for the kids to make- and Dena, MC and I even stole some time away to go to town and shop together. It was sooo great and we all had such a good time together. We had Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday night and met back up with Ms. Donna and Granny and all of the Hodges' side of the family for another turkey dinner. It was so great to see everyone. Taylor Brooke, Barry and Brandy's little girl, played so sweet with Anna Grace. Aunt Barbara had her Christmas tree up and the house was filled with family, laughter and the smell of home cookin. Aunt Jean and Julie entertained the babies with stories of "Herman the Worm", and "The Big Mouth Frog." We all had a great time together, I just wish we would have had more time together. Friday we tried to catch up on a little rest and some last minute visiting before flying out on Saturday. Our friends Ashley, Shelia and their daughter Isabella even came by Ms. Donna's to have dinner with us, before we left. We're settling back in, here in Ohio, and Trey is glad to be home. We're enjoying the snow today. It was so incredably hard to say good bye. - I'm missing ya'll already! We can't wait til we're home again with all of you! Hugs and Kisses and lots of love!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Unexpected Surprises!!!!

No, I didn't fall off the face of the earth, I've just been in Mississippi, for a week! And it was FABULOUS! I love the holidays! It nearly broke my heart to come back to Ohio. But my friend Datha, made it all worth it! Let me tell ya'll- she and Mark were watching over our house and getting the mail for us right. - Well, their washing machine broke down, and she came over to wash clothes, (which is so alright with me because she's practically my sister- my house is her second home.) And she decides to surprise me by doing the rest of my laundry (that I didn't get to before I left.) It was folded neatly on the couch when I returned. She also striped the beds and washed all the sheets and made them back up again - and did a load of dishes for me. WOW - what a friend!-what a beautiful, blessed friend! She is such a doll. I mean we do nice things for each other, like surprise each other with coffee, or cook dinner for each other's families, but this was above and beyond. Don't get me wrong, I didn't leave my house a total wreck, but it was my first extended trip away with two small children. And she made coming home so much easier. Thank you Lord Jesus, for blessing me with such a sweet and considerate friend in Datha! The Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful, and I have so much to write about, but first, I must unpack and get my children settled back into their routine- so blog ya later all about it!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Moments in the Word

I came across some heartwarming scriptures in my quiet time yesterday, and it just all seemed to fit the "Thankful" theme of this month! So, I wanted to share them with you, whoever you may be reading this... may it be a blessing to you too!

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer, and petition,with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think on such things.

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And overall these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace, and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran's Day

Melvin John Scott, Army Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict

His burial flag and army photo.

My Daddy!

Veteran's Day is set aside as a time when we reflect on and honor the heroism of those who have served and given their lives in the service of our great country. It is a time to share with them our gratitude for our freedom! So today,I am honoring the remembrance of my favorite veteran, my daddy. He was a proud American. He believed the Bible, in his family, and in the United States of America. He proudly displayed the flag outside our home every Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, and 4th of July! Last night, I was thinking back to when I was in college. My mom sent me a newspaper clipping of my dad attending a Veteran's Day ceremony. He stood among a hundred or so other veterans proudly with his hand on his heart. I still have that article, and will keep it to show my children years from now when they are old enough to understand who he was and what he did for this country. I hope that everyone who reads this today will stop to give thanks for these men and women (past and present.) Thank a veteran, if you know one. Pray for a soldier that is serving our country, and don't let this day pass without thanking God, with true gratitude in your heart, for the freedom with which we have blessed!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Five Things I'm Grateful for!

Ok, so I was watching my DVD of Oprah's 20th anniversary collection, (It was a "happy" my husband gave to me last year.) for like the seventh, maybe eighth time. I do that you see, I can watch my favorite movies over and over again. It drives Hugh crazy. When he can start quoting lines from whatever I'm watching or listening to , he says it's time to put it away! Any way, Oprah talked about how she writes down 5 things everyday that she is grateful for, and that it has changed her life. So, here are my 5 things for the day!

1. I'm grateful for my new blog life! (hee-hee) No, but seriously, I'm glad my sister (we decided to drop the in-law thing), Demetria talked me into doing this. I really believe it's brought us closer together. We talk almost everyday, now, and I sooo look forward to it!

2. I'm grateful for a husband,who still holds my hand, especially when we pray in church. It makes me feel so close to him. And it makes me feel safe-(I don't know if that makes sense to anyone but me, but it does.) And ya know what, I still get butterflies when he reaches out to hold my hand, when we're riding in the car, or when we're watching a movie. It's a nice surprise!

3. I'm grateful for friends and acquaintances that have crossed my path, (actually- that the Lord has put directly into my life) that have blessed me in ways both small and large, even if they don't realize it. The Lord has used them to show me His love and His mercy and grace.

4. I'm grateful for the beauty in this world, be it art, music, nature or whatever that reminds me God's awesomeness, and make life more enjoyable.

5. I am grateful for my babies' kisses and hugs. They make everything so worth it, even on frustrating days.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Runy Noses

My poor honeys are sick! They started out with the sniffles, and now Anna Grace has a runny nose and Trey is pouring. On top of that, Trey is cutting five teeth. Yes, five! He has three upper molars and two lower canine teeth coming in, all at the same time. He couldn't even eat his favorite cereal (Honey Bunches of Oats) this morning, without pressing on his soar gums and whimpering. And, that was after the milk had made it soggy. Anna Grace was refusing to eat at all, this morning. She is running a low grade temp., and just wants momma to hold her. She snuggled up in my arms earlier and feel asleep, so I put her down for a nap. I've been giving Trey Tylenol (for his teeth) and Benadryl (for his nose), and pumping him full of O.J. and water. I'm going to go to the store this evening and get him some gummy vitamins to start him on. Hopefully that will help! Thank goodness he has already had his flu shot. He's just not his boisterous, playful self, today. I gave both of them a warm bath this morning to soothe the achy ness, but it looks like we're in for a quiet day at home. We are getting our first snow flurries of the season, so it sounds like a good time for a warm cup of my favorite Tazo,chai tea!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Our Halloween Pictures

Our "little monkey" and daddy hard at work.
Daddy and his "lil' punkin'"

We are taking mommy trick or treating!

A Happy Halloween!

We had a wonderful evening. I'm not into the blood and gore part of Halloween, but I do love to see all the little ones dressed up! This year, Trey was a monkey, complete with a real banana and all. Anna Grace was a cute lil' pumpkin for her very first Halloween. They were adorable! I'm telling you, adorable! I know, I say this as their mother, but everyone thought so! I let them spend the day in their costumes. They wore them everywhere, around the house, to the store to buy our last minute candy, and in the front yard as we played with our neighbors' children in their costumes. I even took them up to the hospital, to see their daddy. Yes, Hugh had to work, but there will be other Halloweens. Besides, I'm sure all the crazies were out in full force. There was standing room only in the E.R., when we went through to see Hugh. Mark and Datha, our neighbors, had calling hours for someone from their church who had passed. So, Anna Grace and I sat on their porch and passed out candy, while Trey played with Mikayla, Ben and Owen between our two front yards. Mikayla (8) was an ice cream cone, Ben (6) was a fireman, and Owen (3) was a cowboy for Halloween. Alot of the the kids' friends and parents came by and our street was a buzz with trick or treaters for at least two hours. We saw a prince and princess, butterflies, doctors, cheerleaders, a kangaroo and a turtle. There were a couple witches and ninjas and even a little boy who told us he was Bon Jovi. When Mark and Datha came home, we all went trick or treating together, through out our neighborhood. The kids were so excited. They kept running up the street ahead of us. They couldn't wait to see what the next house had to offer. Trey wanted to share something from his bag with everyone who gave him a treat. (Bless him!) He was also very excited about getting to walk in the road. When we play in the front yard, he knows that he is not allowed passed the driveway. I think he told every house we visited that "we go in the woawd!" The kids asked to go by Miss Anne's house. Miss Anne is the neighborhood "grandmother." She is a spry seventy-five year old lady, who walks her dog, Tippy, everyday. She comes by to visit, share recipes and let the kids pet Tippy. She also drops off a bag of freshly baked cookies every now and then for the kids. She is so Sweet! We pretty much wrapped up the night with her house. We had so much fun. It reminded me of when I was little. My mom and dad always made the holidays special. Every holiday. I have memories of my mom making my Halloween costumes and painting my face. We had parties, and cupcakes, with streamers and music. Later, when she had her day care, she and my dad did the same for each of the children they took care of. But, it is because of them that I anticipate the holidays with wonder, a child like wonder, even today.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Relaxing Rainy Days

It's been raining here the past few days. From what I hear, it's been raining back home as well. "Where is home?", you ask. Mississippi! As the holidays approach, I miss home. Right now, I'm trying to concentrate on all the positive things God has to offer me here in Ohio. I am making a conscious effort to be "content" in my present state and circumstances. The fall is really beautiful here. With the changing of the season, the leaves turn from green to golden, burnt orange ,and fiery red. It's been so wonderful to be at home with my children. On the days my husband, Hugh, has off, we've been able to take Trey and Anna Grace to the Canfield and Trumbull county Fairs, the apple festival, the giant pumpkin festival, wagon trails, and White House Fruit Farm. We enjoy getting out and about together, and the kids love being outside. Trey would live outside, if we'd let him. It can be pitch dark out and Trey is still asking to go "ow side!" However, the last few days have been wet and cold, so we've had to improvise. Our first day in, it was so dark and rainy that we spent most of the day in our pj's. We made a pallet on the floor and we sang, played and read books, all morning. I made blueberry muffins for Trey for the first time, (he loved them!) and we watched Baby Einstein's Baby MacDonald. Trey loves anything to do with "the farm;" barns, tractors, animals, ect. The whole bit! I love how he calls chickens, hens and roosters, "bock-bocks!" He also calls donkeys, "hee-haws!" And all ducks, swans, and geese are just ducks, but we'll learn to distinguish between those later. He is too cute! Anna Grace thinks so too. She smiles and laughs at everything he does. She loves it when we sing and he dances for her. They talk to each other and giggle like they understand one another. The other day, I was busy in the ladies room, when Anna Grace started to cry. When I came out, Trey was holding her hand through her crib and gently trying to soothe her. The last two days, Hugh and I have been taking them to an indoor playground at our local mall. Just for a change of pace, and to let Trey get some of his energy out. When we got home the other night, Hugh got in some special one on one time with Anna Grace while I bathed Trey. He splashed and played in the tub, until he was a little prune. I think I got a bath, as well. But, it was fun. I mean, I had no where to be, no lesson plans to prepare, no lunches or bags to pack. I could just be in the moment. And treasure it! It's in the simple day to day activities that I find such unexpected joy and wonder lately. Maybe, it's because I know it may not last. Financially, I may have to go back to work, come the new year. But as Scarlett would say, "I won't think about that now, I'll think about that tomorrow." Right now, I'm going to live in the moment, and love it!

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Core of My Identity Lies in This, That I Am a Christian.

Ok, the important stuff first! As I debut my thoughts into the "Blog World," I feel compelled to share with anyone who might happen upon my blog spot, that I am a christian, and proud of it!

Yes, I am a sassy, southern girl by nature, but my heart belongs to Jesus. And I try to listen more to the whispers of my heart than my inherent nature. When I think about how I want the world to see me, I think about my favorite poem. I posted it at work several months ago, and it gave me a chance to plant a seed with some of my co-workers.

When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'." I'm whispering "I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven." When I say... "I am a Christian" I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide. When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak And need His strength to carry on. When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed And need God to clean my mess. When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not claiming to be perfect, My flaws are far too visible But, God believes I am worth it. When I say... "I am a Christian" I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches So I call upon His name. When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!