Saturday, September 27, 2008

Top Ten (First Edition)

Top Ten Things you may not know about me. (Or maybe you do!)

10. I like to sing opera. Badly.
9. I am NOT disciplined by nature. Quite lazy in fact.
8. I secretly like Miley Cyrus.
7. I listen to the same CD for about a month before I change it.
6. My favorite drink is a Roy Rodgers. Yeah, I know.
5. My eyes water when I yawn.
4. I daydream... constantly.
3. My eyes water when I get my hair done.
2. Family is VERY important to me.
1. (The sad thing is, most of you know this about me!) My eyes water when I poop.

I am a very odd person. Not to mention a weird eye connection with the rest of my body!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Big kids at the Fair...

So the fam went to the North Georgia Fair over the weekend and I must say, we had a BALL! We had fun ourselves and loved watching Eli and Peyton have fun. Eli rode a few rides, which just thrilled us all so much. There is nothing better in this world than my E smiling with joy, as you will see in the following pictures. We made some great memories and you can't beat that. Here are just a few of the candid pics from the fair.

Eli giving daddy a high five every time the carousel went around!

Me and Eli going down the huge slide together...

Eli attempting to jump on the trampoline with the harness, he liked it until it took him too high! He decided to give his turn to his uncle AJ.

Speaking of AJ. Oh heavens...

And my favorite! Of course we should of known that Nemo would have made him smile!

Thank you Amanda for suggesting we go. Thank you Mom and Dad for making us do it. And thank you God for giving me such an incredible family. I love you all.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The better world shopping guide.

So while we were in Asheville, I bought a book about a subject that had been on my mind. I have blogged about it before. Being a better consumer. Supporting people and companies that are trying to make a difference in this world. Well, this book was an answer to alot of questions that I had. It spells out the companies that are making a good impact and the ones that are not. It rates companies A-F according to everything from their impact on the environment, human rights, philanthropy, corporate crime, community involvement and so on. The man who wrote it has been researching this for over 15 years and it is very thorough. If you want more info than I am going to give you, you can check out I will continue to post things along this subject and please let me know if you want more, because I will tell you...this is very interesting and eye opening.

The below list represents the 10 BEST companies on the planet based on their overall social and environmental records.

1. Seventh Generation
2. Patagonia
3. American Apparel
4. Eden Foods
5. Tom's of Maine
6. Ben & Jerry's
7. Working Assets
8. Clif Bar
9. Sonyfield Farms
10. Aveda

The below list represents the 10 WORST companies on the planet based on their overall social and environmental records.
1. Exxon-Mobil
2. Altria (Philip Morris)
3. Wal-mart
4. Chevron-Texaco
5. Pfizer
6. Nestle
7. Tyson Foods
8. General Electric
9. Archer Daniels Midland
10. General Motors

If you are wondering, the book does offer companies in EVERY category that are good companies. Like the one of the best places you can by gas is from BP/Amoco. A couple of the best retail stores is IKEA & REI (both A companies.) Target is alot better than Wal-mart. This a wonderful book that really maps out how to make a difference with our purchases. It has everything from a HUGE range of food companies to airlines, retail, utilities and cosmetics. If any of ya'll are interested in more information please let me know or check out his website. More about this to come, I promise. We can make a difference, every dollar counts!

The Hair torch!

So last night we had a "Passing of the Hair Torch" ceremony. Well, not so much as a ceremony as a night of doing hair. My sister showed me her tricks and we transferred all friends and family clients to me while she is away. I did my first haircut on a real person, and my first foils! YAY! More pics will follow, but for now, here is some of last night!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Resistant to Change?

I like change, it keeps things exciting...Doesn't it? I do like change, in relatively normal size doses. You know, one thing at a time. Like a job change, or relationship change, or buying/ selling a car, you kids starting school, people close to you moving away, you know stuff like that. BUT WHAT IF ALL OF IT CHANGED AT THE EXACT SAME TIME?!?!?!? UUUUHHHHHGGGGG, this is CRAZY! I just started school, I have to start work, I haven't talked to my best friend in weeks, my roomie (Amy) is moving out in 2 weeks, we are selling one of our cars, Peypey starts school in less than 2 weeks, and my only beautiful, wonderful sister is moving across the world! How is a person supposed to deal with all of this?

I know the Sunday School answer is God. Yes, he is here for me and will get me through. But come on, really? This is a load. Yes, Andy, I just said "load." Why does it alway seem to happen this way? Everything at once, this isn't the first time this has happened. It's just alot to deal with, and I am trying. I miss Tara, I miss my kids during the day, and I don't want to even THINK about Mayhay leaving...

She leaves 2 weeks from today.

Wow, I just sat here for like 10 minutes because I don't even know what to type following that. I will write about her alot more over the next 2 weeks. Looking forward to spending the day with her tomorrow! We are going to have alot of fun, a day of pampering (for her!) I guess just focusing on one day at a time is a start...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Asheville, America's Hippie Town

So me and Andy got to go to Asheville a couple of weekends ago to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary! We had a blast, that is until Andy got sick :( But we still had a good time after that just resting and chilling in the motel room. I love Asheville, it's a great town where I feel very at home. Very artsy and relaxed. Definitely a hippie town, people in dreads playing their guitars or sipping on coffee, I really liked it. We had fun, walking around the city, shopping at different shops, painted some pottery, ate some great food, listened to music in the park, good times.

The drive up was so great. We drove the jeep and had the top off, a.m. was pretty cold but as the day worn on it was perfect. We left fairly early in the morning and as we drove up 575 I realized how different everything looked in the morning. Dew was every where, and it made everything sparkle. It looked almost as if there was glitter strewn on all the grass and bushes. Every blade of grass stood out and sparkled, it was quite beautiful! Plus it was foggy. And fog is great because it makes everything feel and look different. Magical or mystical. Sometimes fog makes me feel like I am in another place, like I stepped into Lord of the Rings or some other mystical land.

Anywho, you know how sometimes if you catch it just right, you can see the suns rays breaking through the clouds? Or if a tree is blocking the sun, you can see the rays outlining everywhere the sun can push through? I LOVE seeing the suns rays, it ALWAYS reminds me of God. I am not sure why, I feel like it is him shining down on me, a visible reminder and I love it. I realized as I was riding along that it wasn't until something blocked the sun that I could see the rays shining around it. Clouds or tree lines, it took something to block it for me to see God shine around it...I think that we can see that in our lives. Something gets in our way, blocks our sight of God...and it is then that we see him shine around it. Nothing can block him completely because he is everywhere, infinite. Not only do I love my Abba Daddy, but I love and appreciate when he reveals truths about himself through things that I enjoy and understand.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

McCain vs. Obama, Does God Care?

I am not going to lie. I am alittle confused about this election. It's not about Republicans vs. Democrates because I am not either one. It's more about issues, what issues does God care about? Poverty, loving one another, people's lives, etc. I know that Jesus loves babies, and I believe that abortion is wrong. But does God care about them more than the innocent children dying in Iraq? I don't think so. I am not a fan of this war. I believe that their are times for war, especially when we are defending people who can't otherwise defend themselves (WWII). And I don't agree with this one, BUT I don't want it to be handled wrong at the end and had been for nothing. See where I am having issues with the issues?!?

What does GOD care about? Does he even care who should be president? The only thing I know for sure about Jesus' beliefs on politics is that he hated when people did terrible things in God's name, the pharisees for example. They were the Jewish politics of the day, and he despised them. But Rome was the super power of the day, and he didn't really say much about them.... So where does that leave us?

I know that it is my "duty as an American citizen" to vote. And I know that I need to. But my first duty is NOT to America. It is to My Jesus. So what do I do? I would love some feed back from you guys. I did a little research today and here are a few things that I liked that both candidates said at their speeches at their respective conventions.

Obama: talking about the parties uniting...
"We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. Passions fly on immigration, but I don't know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. This too is part of America's promise - the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort."

McCain: He loves this country, I may not agree with how much he loves it, but I would think that it would be a good quality for a president!.....
"I'm not running for president because I think I'm blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God.
If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself. "

At this point and time, I have NO idea who I am going to vote for, if I even do vote. How about ya'll, what do you think?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Welp, Big Gulps...

Sorry, it's been 12 hundred years since I have blogged. And unfortunately, it's been a packed 2 weeks. ALOT has happened, which hopefully I will blog all about. Just to help keep me accountable, I am going to list the things I want to blog about so ya'll can make sure I write about them all. If I start to slack, just smack me back into place!

1. Politics: I am having some confusion about it all.... Does God even care? And if so, what does he care more about? (More to follow...)
2. The drive up to Asheville. Yes, we went to Asheville and had an incredible time, until Andy got sick! (More to follow...)
3. My new favorite band: Flobots. (Again, more to come...)
4. Andy and I have just recovered from strep throat, and God used it to teach me some things! (Yes, more later!)
5. I have discovered that I am in a new phase of life.... you know the drill....
6. My jawbreaker progress....
7. School...
8. Eli is POTTY TRAINED! No more to follow on that but a PRAISE JESUS! Do I hear an amen?
9. Accountability with my spiritual walk...

So as you can see I have alot that I want to catch you up on and questions that I need help answering. I have received alot of revelations and affirmation over the past few weeks but also have some unanswered and lingering questions. Please keep me accountable to blog about all of these things cause I need that to follow through sometimes. Life has been really busy, even more than I thought it would be. I am definitely still trying to adjust. I love you all and thank you for your prayers.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Happy Birthday to Tara!

So, Happy Birthday honey! Just a little something silly to brighten your day...

UUUHHHHHHGGGGG! So I am trying to post a video I made for you, but it WON'T let me! So I will try to post it sometime soon. I love you, and miss you and hope that you are having an awesome birthday. Hope to talk to you soon love!