Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jack Singing

All this kid wants to do is sing! Here are a few videos of Jack singing his favorite songs. And just being silly...





Monday, January 26, 2009

National Championship OU vs. Florida

Here are some pics from the night of the game. Bad game, but cute kiddo!



And here are a couple cute videos of Jack dancing in preparation for the game:

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Ello GovNAAA!

Last night, Randy, Jack, and I were driving around town to different thrift stores looking for costumes. Randy and I are going to a bed and breakfast tonight in Guthrie for a murder mystery to celebrate a friend's birthday. Anyway, as we were driving, Randy wanted to work on his accent because his character is supposed to be British. So we were both just rambling on and on in bad British accents and nearly forgot Jack was even in the car with us until all of the sudden, in the loudest British voice you can imagine, bellowing from the backseat, we heard, "Ello, GovNAAA!!!" (hello, governor!) I thought I might die, I laughed so hard! :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Shack by William P. Young

What does it mean to have faith in God? How can you trust God when you have experienced an unimaginable horror? Where is God when people suffer, when evil seems to win out over good? The Shack is refreshing and inspiring as it deals with these questions, not in a theological or religious way, but in an intimate, personal way. The Shack is a true story about finding God (or more accurately, getting to know God, who was always there) in the worst of circumstances. It is impossible to let on more than that without taking away from the story, but I can say with confidence that this book will bring you to tears (more than once) and this book will change your life. It's a must read!

theshackbook.com

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Musical Churches

Well, I feel like Randy and I have been playing a game of musical churches ever since we've been back in Oklahoma. We just can't seem to get settled! We were at Crossings, then we were at Life, then Crossings, then checked out a few other churches, then Life, now... you guessed it, we're back at Crossings! I'm not sure what the deal is with us, we're not usually fickle people, but we've just been pulled in two different directions for some time now. Both Life Church and Crossings are amazing. They are both churches that have passion for leading unbelievers to Christ. So it is not really a matter of weighing pros/cons. (We believe the church is not here to serve us, but that we are the church). It's more just knowing that there is a place where God wants us to be, where we belong. And we've been praying that He would make that clear to us. As of the past week or so, I've been feeling that God really wants us at Crossings. I would just ask that you pray for us! We are hoping this is the right decision and are just praying for a bit more confirmation from God about all of it. We are ready to jump in and get more involved and begin serving and just hope we are where God would have us be. Thanks so much for your prayers!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Growing Up Too Fast

Here is a picture of my sweet BABY looking a little too much like a scary teenager. This was taken as he was gearing up for the big game last Thursday.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

2009

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm so excited for 2009, I have a feeling it's going to be a fantastic year.

I feel like we're just now getting back into the swing of things after Christmas. We got all of our decorations put away except for the outside lights. I'm dreading taking those down and will procrastinate as long as possible. Is there a rule that says you can't leave them up all year? :)

My Mom to Mom Bible Study started back Monday at Crossings and I am so glad for that! I have missed spending time in the Word with other moms. We have such a great, supportive group. Jack enjoyed the nursery so much last semester because he had the same teacher from Mother's Day Out, Miss Jean. I'm a little sad about this semester since he has been moved up to a new class, we will definitely miss her! He seemed okay though, he's always quick to adjust, but... it takes Mommy awhile longer usually!

Randy and I also began Wednesday night Bible studies this semester. I am doing Beth Moore's latest one, Esther, and love it so far. It is a little more demanding than my Mom to Mom group, which I like because it holds me accountable! Our only concern is that Jack will be a very unhappy guy since the classes last until 7:45pm a full 45 minutes after his bedtime!!! And I must say last night was not great. But we'll give it another try next week.

Jack is still talking and singing up a storm. Not to brag or anything :) but I think he's very ahead linguistically! And let's just hope he has a voice to go along with that love for singing!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

January 10

Today is Randy and my 5th wedding anniversary. In some ways, time has just flown by since January 10, 2004, but in some ways it seems like yesterday. It seems like a big milestone, but in comparison to a lifetime, we’re still in the very beginning stages of our relationship. I love thinking about that. As much as we have already grown together, we have only just begun!

Five years ago, I was barely 23 and had just graduated from college. I didn’t have a job and neither did Randy, who was 24 and still in school. We were poor but we didn’t care! We were just so ready to be married. We had just spent the previous nine months of our engagement planning our wedding and preparing for our marriage through counseling with our pastor. It was such a fun time in our lives! The wedding turned out perfectly and the marriage gets better every day.

I am so happy to have found the love of my life, a strong Christian man who is truly selfless. Randy is the best husband and father I could have ever imagined. I consider myself truly blessed!







Here are the lyrics to a song that was sung at our wedding. It always bring back memories of that special day!

How Beautiful by: Twila Paris

How beautiful the hands that served
The wine and the bread
And the sons of the earth.
How beautiful the feet that walked
The long dusty roads
And the hills to the cross.
How beautiful
How beautiful
How beautiful is the body of Christ.

How beautiful the heart that bled
That took all my sin
And bore it instead.
How beautiful the tender eyes
That chose to forgive
And never despise.
How beautiful
How beautiful
How beautiful is the body of Christ.

And as He laid down His life
We offer this sacrifice
That we will live just as he died:
Willing to pay the price
Willing to pay the price.

How beautiful the radient Bride
Who waits for her Groom
With His light in her eyes.
How beautiful when humble hearts give
The fruit of pure lives
So that others may live.
How beautiful
How beautiful
How beautiful is the body of Christ.

How beautiful the feet that bring
The sound of good news
And the love of the King.
How beautiful the hands that serve

The wine and the bread
And the sons of the earth.
How beautiful
How beautiful
How beautiful is the body of Christ.