Archive | November, 2009

I wish I was better…

17 Nov

I wish I was better at writing songs.  I really want to be an artist who writes.  I have written countless “parts” of songs, only 3 completed works.

Usually stuff doesn’t get finished because its just not that good.  I am not trying to be modest so you give me complements.  Its really not that good. 

But I do have to say that I only try moderately hard to get better.  Its discouraging to have a drive to get better at something when the times that you do really try don’t produce any results worth mentioning.

Ho hum.  Nonetheless, I will keep working at it.

What do you wish you were better at?

Volunteer Appreciation

14 Nov

The Sandals staff did an AMAZING job last night.  They put so much work into the Volunteer Appreciation night and it was so much fun. 

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I have never been hit in the face with a beach ball so many times in my life.

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Pastor Neal with an honest confession of his preference for “Big Butts” and his plan to get us all drunk on “his hump.”

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My favorite part:  My adorably cute husband trying to keep it together.

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Just adding another one to prove how cute my husband is.

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And, yes, I did win the “Sweat Factor.”  What made it even better was Justin Pardee inappropriately whispering “persperation” in his sexiest voice.

Pants?  Not so sexy.  Although on Justin, I have seen less. 

Wait… did that sound inappropriate?  For those of you that went to Trunk-n-Treat last year when Justin shaved everything and wore a speedo to be Michale Phelps, you know what I am talking about.

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And… my department.  Eddie and Matt Richey with a song to show appreciation for the arts and creative teams.  Niiice.

My jaw ached at the end of the night because I didn’t stop laughing and smiling for 3 hours. 

Some props for Justin Renberg for the pics.  There is more, but I had to stop sometime.

Fun was had by all.  Thanks, Sandals Church.

Homemade is Better

13 Nov

Fresno Marathon 001I am spoiled. 

My mom always made our strawberry jam and applesauce homemade.

I can’t eat store bought.

This weekend when we went home, my mom hooked us up with another jar. 

Mmm  hmmm.

Monumental Moment

12 Nov

On our way home from Fresno, we made sure we recorded this amazing moment.Fresno Marathon 023


Mile 123456.


The Hyundai was cool for about a minute and a half.


11 Nov

Fresno Marathon 021

2 hours 24 minutes. 

Running 13 miles took just under 2 and a half hours.  I had a great time.

It was cold in the morning so our muscles never really warmed up but I prefer it to hot weather.

I loved doing this with my BFF, Robin.  I felt great.

Thanks for your encouragement and prayers.

13 Tomorrow

7 Nov

Tomorrow morning is my half marathon!  I am in Fresno right now.  Weather is perfect to go for a run.  A little chilli but not too cold.

SO excited to do this with my best friend.

Carbing it up tonight at The Old Spaghetti Factory.

Pray for us.  Updates and pics later.

This is Prayer

6 Nov

For the sake of not revealing too much this person might not want me to reveal, I will not share the name of the person who sent me this facebook message, but I will share the content.  I felt so blessed and so loved when I got this message from a girl in our church, whom I don’t even know, but have connected with through online endevers.  She, too, has been wrestling with the prospect of wanting children but having to wait on God’s timing.

This makes me want to be a better pray-er.  Let me just share what she wrote to me:

“I’m not sure what yesterday held for you, but the Spirit placed you on my heart and I prayed. I prayed for your role as a worship leader in our church. Your need to be the example of “realness” God desires. I prayed for your desire to trust God and yet still listen and wait for his next prompting; on His timing, not yours. I prayed for peace for when it was time to see a doctor. I prayed for God work in your relationship with Andrew; that you continue to seek the comfort of your husband as you move through this journey together. You had mentioned earlier that you had “flipped the switch” and “turned off the emotion.” I prayed that if God wants you to set the emotion aside and change your focus, that you would be able to do so with ease. But I also prayed that God would show you when it was necessary to bring back those emotions to Him, piece by piece, so you can have healing, comfort, contentment, and joy. I prayed for you with your passion and purpose as a teacher. That you would continue to be His light to the open minds around you. That you would draw strength and encouragement from your students; that they would not drain you, but fill you up. I prayed that God would surround you with love and encouragement from friends. I praised God for the encouragement you have been for me. For the opportunity to pour out my feelings and emotions. I know these emails have been odd an so surreal so I thanked God for facebook 🙂 . I prayed for your future. For your current family and your future family. I prayed for protection and healing of your physical body and your daily thoughts and emotions. Thank you again for letting me share and pray. You are an encouragement and blessing to me”

That is a prayer.  I am humbled and oh so blessed.