Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Post at Our Sweetest Dreams Come True!

Just letting all my friends know that read my other blog, I have a new post up there. I'll be posting here soon as well. But, for now I'm off to play baby dolls with my sweet girl and get ready to host my weekly ladies Bible study! Blessings!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Here's your sign.....

I know I've been missing in action for a little while. I've been hiding out on purpose. No really, it's been a very long five days, filled with what seemed like endless drama. And I am sooo done. And I'm thankful that the Lord provides a way out of toxic relationships and situations. I am very serious people, when you hear that little small voice in your head saying "Caution, back away slowly and say nothing," listen to it. Because it may be the Holy spirit whispering in your ear. I believe with all my heart that the Lord still speaks to us today, and it doesn't have to look like a burning bush. But, if He is a real part of your life, He most definitely guides and protects you from those that mean you harm. But, we have to know His voice, and we have to take heed when He gives us instructions. I can see now, so many horrible paths this situation could have taken if I had acted out of emotion. I am thankful for all the ways He speaks to us, through prayer and His word, through other people and especially through my spouse, whom I should have listen to a long time ago. There is a reason that the Lord gave us to each other as life partners. And sometimes I have to be reminded of the fact that it may not have anything to do with romance or courtship, but more with counsel , wisdom and guidance. Thank you God for teaching me that I am also still learning everyday and should not always lead with my own perception or emotion about a situation. And more than anything I thank you right now for your protection.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Praise the Lord!!!!

Well, I did it! I prayed about it and talked to our pastor's wife about it and then I stood before our church and asked them for their prayers, support and help. And the Lord answers prayerspeople!!!!! I know because He answered mine! I am officially teaching our brand new pre-school class for Master's Club this year! YEAH!!!!

We needed two extra teachers, to add the new class. I asked the church Sunday before last to pray about support in this growing area of our ministry, and if the Lord might be leading them to step forward as a teacher for our little ones. We got the teachers, and extra helpers! I am going to have two helpers. And I'm going to need them both. Monday night was our welcome picnic and official kick off for the year, and I had the largest class! Fifteen little lovies between the ages of 2 and 4. I actually had nineteen Monday night, but we are going to let the five year olds go into the kindergarten/first grade class. I'm starting out with the largest class. And I'm so excited! God is so good. I'm also going to be doing the music for our children's ministry. We are singing our first song for our fireside service at the end of the month. Our song is "Yes Lord!"

Yes Lord, I will love you!
Yes Lord, I will follow!
Yes Lord, I will be your child! (2X)

JESUS YOU got me jumping up and down!
JESUS YOU got me spinning round and round!
JESUS YOU got me bowing to the ground, bowing to the ground!

Yes Lord, I will love you!
Yes Lord, I will follow!
Yes Lord, I will be your child!

(Repeat twice...)
I will be -I will be your child!

Mind you I have two year olds up through fifth graders. And we only have one more meeting before the service. But, this is a fun song, and I think they will do very well with it. And they're just so cute doing the motions. It makes my heart swell.
I pray that by adding this new class, it will bring new families into the church. I hope you will pray with me too! Thank you! Blessings and Love!:)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

In the South...

All this getting ready for the Gone With The Wind Ball has gotten me thinking about why I love the movie and now book. And just what I love a bout the south in general. I think I could have a whole blog dedicated to the things I love about the South. It's Home. I guess I kinda feel like Dorthy from the Wizard of OZ in that way...."There's no place like home...."
It's a hard feeling to describe, but it's where all my best memories stem from. I miss it something terrible. And I look forward to coming home, and raising my family there, among my family and friends. I miss the kinship and closeness of my family and friends. And while many people I've met here up north don't understand it or feel it's somewhat intrusive, I find it comforting. Again, it's hard to describe. But, on a lighter note, I've found some very cute videos on utube that make me smile thinking about the south I grew up in. They're kinda sassy and sweet:) So enjoy y'all!

Crazy People in the South....

Loyalty is Everything!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A beautiful tribute to Vivien Leigh

I can't believe I almost left this out of my previous post. This is a lovely tribute to Vivien Leigh, the actress whom played Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind! The music is very fitting. Just pause my play button on the right so you can enjoy this!

And these are just for fun! I love looking at Polyvore! Scarlett then

and Now!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Gone With The Wind Ball!

Welcome One And All, To Attend Our Gone With The Wind Ball!
You are cordially invited to attend our 70th year celebration of the movie, Gone With The Wind. Our gracious hostess is Nikki from The Scarlett Rose Garden.
I love this movie. It is by far one of my all time favorites, for many different reasons. I love the chemistry between Rhett and Scarlett. I love kindness and gentle feminity of Melanie Hamilton Wilkes. I love Mammy's sassy wit and way about her. I love the costumes and sets and music. So, in honor of this event, I've gathered a few of my favorites for the party! So, let's take a little trip down the Mississippi to the deep south that I love.
Let's start with Tara. "You get your strength from this red earth of tara, Scarlett. You're a part of it and it's a part of you." -Rhett Butler
There was a land of Cavaliers and cotton Fields called the Old South...Here in this pretty world gallantry took it's last bow. Here was there last ever to be seen of Knights and their ladies fair...
Sarlett and all her many beaus. What a grand picnic at Twelve Oaks.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Scarlett and Rhett. Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh had such good chemistry.
And what a beautiful little girl they had. -Miss Bonnie Blue Butler. What a pampered princess she was. She was very spoiled, but, she was very loved.
As was Scarlett, by her own parents.I love how Family, Land and Southen culture are very strong themes through out this story.
"To anyone with a drop of Irish blood in them, why the land they live on is like their mother...it'll come to you this love of the land. There's no getting away from it if you're Irish."

Melanie is the true heroin of this story in my eyes. She was the family and friend that kept everyone together. She was honest, courageous, kind and loyal to thoes she loved.
"There's just too much honor in her to ever conceive of dishonor in anyone she loves. " -Rhett

"Now we are really and truly sisters!"

Christmas with Family!

"Mammy's a smart ole soul and one of the few people I know whose respect I'd like to have." -Rhett

I'm so glad Hattie McDaniel won an Oscar for her portral of Mammy. She was fabulous!

I am in love with old plantations homes. The beauty of the architecture, the staircases, the crown moldings and chandeliers, the landscaping, it's all so breath taking. here are some of my favorites from the film.

A Happy Rhett and Scarlett.......
Here are a few facts about the movie and book...

10,000 copies of the novel were initially printed.

176,000 copies of the book sold with in three weeks.

There are 1,037 pages in the novel.

Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone With the Wind" between 1926 and 1936.

In 1937 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her book.

You could buy the book for $3.00 in 1936.

The ticket price of the movie in 1939 was $0.75 for the afternoon showing and $1.00 for the evening showing.

2,500 seats in Atlanta's Grand Theater were filled for the premiere.

The premiere was $10 per ticket.

There were 13 Oscar nominations and 10 wins.

I hope you have enjoyed my tribute to the book and movie. "Gone With the Wind" has a special place in my heart, because my mom was reading it in the hospital right before and after she gave birth to me. I have decided for the 70th Anniversary to read the book for myself. I haven't gotten very far, but "tommorrow is another day."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Oh Well...

It's been one of those days. You know where nothing goes right no matter how hard you try. I'm trying to stay positive on this diet and exercise thing, but, it's been very discouraging the past two weeks. I weighed in last Monday and we charted it. Hugh and I have been working out together at night, after the children go to bed. And mid week I tried to bump it up by also doing cardio on my elliptical in the mornings, before the children get up. For two days I did and hour on the elliptical, and the following day, I only did thirty minutes. We took the seventh day off. So, I only worked out six out of seven days. Hugh wanted to see if my cardio was helping so I weighed on Saturday, but I didn't look, because I didn't want to get discouraged. I officially weighed in on Monday so excited to see what the results were going to be, and I gained a pound. WHAT! I gained a pound? I was in tears, literally. Hugh said I actually lost three pounds since he weighed me Saturday, but, that doesn't make me feel any better. So what, I gain four pounds by mid week and then lost three, which still makes me up a pound since weigh in last week. Great! (huge amount of sarcasm added here.) But, I'm still at it. I started replacing two meals with protein shakes, and I'm still working out. As of yesterday, I lost a pound, but, after working out this morning I had gained it back. Which just set the tone for the day. I took the kids to the park, and had a good visit with my neighbor, Ms. Anne, ran a few errands and came home and put my children down for nap time. Then we got up and went outside to play in the front yard, and I saw it. My flowers had been smashed in the pot on my porch. Our neighbor's boys were playing soccer in the front yard and accidentally smashed them. I know it was an accident, but, it broke my heart. I know it sounds silly, but, we are extremely frugal with our money. I didn't plant flowers in the spring, because there just wasn't any extra money in the budget for it. And I just got through planting a few flowers out front and we have a little extra money to buy mums for later this next month to put out front. My heart just sank when I came out with my watering can and saw them, broken and smashed. I sat down on the steps and cried. Silly, I know. I just really love flowers. They make me happy and they remind me of my mom. She loved flowers. She had hanging pots on the front porch and back, a rose garden and several flower beds. She always had fresh cut flowers in the house, as well. I always used to wake up to a vase of fresh flowers on my nightstand. -So, I got up and watered my flowers anyway. Here's to hoping for a better day tomorrow.