Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fancy Feathers

Last week I was non-existent as a blogger because we spent the entire turkey break week home in GA and we were busy! It was a great kind of busy, getting to spend time with a lot of family. 

Unfortunately the beginning of our trip was a little sad because Chris's great-aunt passed away during our first night back home. No one wants family members to die, but I admit that I selfishly was glad that it did happen while we were home. We were able to get to see family that came out for the funeral that we wouldn't have actually already gotten to see. Also, just the fact of us getting to be there made it seem better. About a year ago one of Chris's second cousins had passed, and since we are in NOLA, we weren't able to make it. For us, we were glad that we were just able to be there to support our family and loved ones that were hurting.

One day this past week my mamma and I were loading up in my daddys truck to do some runnin' around errands and this is what we found.

Yes that there is a real bird that was stuck under his headlight! What are the chances that he would have hit this thing and then it got stuck?! It totally weirded my mother and I, we joked that it was "looking" at us, and even though it was dead, is still looked like it was alive and would just fly out.  

That was not the only bird we came to encounter last week, we also spent some time with Christi's new chickens! Let me just tell ya' these are the cutest chickens you have ever seen!

(Side note: have you ever seen the movie Despicable Me and one of the little girls gets a giant stuffed unicorn and she runs around screaming, "It's sooooo fluffy!!"? Well for those of you that know what I am talking about, I ran around with one of the chickens for about 5 minutes screaming that.)

Here's Blake holding Mrs. Snowball. Her little afro on her head is blocking her eyes. I repeat, you CAN'T even see her eyes for those feathers. So stinkin cute:)
Christi has her chickens living in style. Their coop is filled with precious signs hanging on painted walls, an adorable old wagon filled with straw, and even a glass decorative chicken figurine.
I was very excited to have finally gotten to see the cute birdies!
Now the last birds I am going to talk about is going to the be the many that we ate this week! Chris and I went down to middle GA to spend Thanksgiving day with all of my moms side of the family. It was great getting to catch up with those that we don't get to see but a few precious times a year. Then on Friday night we went to the Carders to celebrate with them. Of course we loved spending time with Meg, Brandon, Blake, Ashley, and Alex!
Now that we are home Chris is a little puny. Today we didn't even get to make the trek to Amite for church. I've gotta go give him his next dose of meds. Hoping I can get his sinus/flu gunk taken care of before this next week gets underway!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Airport Cool

Last night Chris and I caught a later plane and landed in ATL at 9:00. We made it to the NOLA airport about 30 minutes before we had to board and it gave me time to sit and people watch. 

I love to people watch. Looking at what others wear and how they conduct themselves. The airport is a great place to just watch.

And let me tell ya, the NOLA airport doesn't disappoint!  I was able to see several 'ladies of the evening' walking around, men in business suits, an actual indian monk all dressed in his orange robe thing, and then the usual hippy and sloppy bohemian artsy type people new orleans is so famous for. 

We have flown several times now and are a little used to the bussle. We know what it do and where to go. Flying really isn't all that bad, it's just making sure you know where your gate is and that you're not late. 

I have noticed that there is this sense of coolness in how people act at the airport. It's like it's hip to be seen there.

Some people are just like, "Ya, look at me. I'm at the airport. I'm going to act like I'm going to some real exotic place when really I am just catching a plane to see my third cousins, twice removed in Milwaukee."

Complete strangers will also act like best friends. There is this strange and unexplainable bond you make with the person sitting next to you on a plane. Some people will talk about their families and work the whole flight. Once when I was flying alone to GA I sat next to an older man and he told a couple of jokes and opened my little bag of peanuts that I had a hard time doing myself. 

Chris and I are usually quiet on the plane. I don't really like to make small talk. I am just in thought about what the next step is in making sure I get off and on the plane in the correct way. Usually all I do is pass a smile and maybe a little comment about how the plane is full.

Then as soon as the plane lands it goes back to every man for themselves  People are impatient waiting their turn to get off the flight. These 'once friends' strangers are now cutting each other and shoving to get their own bag.

Flying definitely takes the cake as the best way to travel in my opinion. It is remarkable to me that in less than a 55 minute flight I can be in Louisiana. I recommend everyone to fly at least once. Its not all that scary and has a lot of similarities as to just riding in a car. 

I know several people that are afraid to fly and I just say that you shouldn't knack it until you try it.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Cosbys

I love the Cosby Show. I mean I really LURVE this show!

It is so funny and I wish that they still had shows like that on tv today. Bill Cosby is so funny and Chris loves to search youtube for old stand up comedy tapes of him back before he was Dr. Cliff Huxtable. 

It's just clean humor. I love the scenes with Ruby and how cute she was when she was little. I also like it when Cliff and Theo have their man-to-man talks. 

Chris and I really don't watch the show that much because usually we forget that it is on. But tonight as we are packing our bags and cleaning out our fridge for out trip, we keep cracking up at the funny jokes and scenes.

I bet it was so much fun filming that show. No telling all the pranks and jokes going on behind the scenes.  Oh to have only gotten to be a fly on the wall.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Half Way

Sometimes I just don't know what to write about. Here lately we've had  a lot going on. Between the excitement of Chris's new church position and the crazies going on at my work, we've been pretty boring.

I usually have a million bagillion different ideas going on in my head about what to blog about, but right now I'm kind of in a rut.

I can say that I am overly excited about getting out of this place and flying out to GA on Friday. Yes this FRIDAY!!

I have to work a normal school day, speed home, and then we're off to the airport to leave on a jet plane. I am excited to get away from this stress for over a full week. 

Of course, you know Chris and I, we already have our days for the week pretty much planned out. When you only are home with family and friends for a few precious weeks out of the year, you try to pack in as much as you can in those days.

Hope you are all having a great week and look at the bright side, it's Wednesday night! Half way there:)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Amite, Louisiana is a quaint little town. The first time Chris and I drove through it both of our eyes were wild with excitement  It has few red lights, a nice new drive in Sonic food stop where the teenagers hang out on Friday nights after football games, and some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. 

I am in love with the police station. Can't you just imagine Andy and Barney Fife working there? Oh and to make it even cuter, it's also located right next to the railroad tracks. 

In the inner city they have lined the railroad with brick pavers. I can't wait to get my new camera that my parents are giving me for Christmas and go to town here. 

The wind was blowing pretty hard:)

And the part that I'm most partial to, probably because it's the reason why we are in this little town, the inside of the sweet church where Chris is currently the interim of. 

I can't wait to post many, many more pictures but I figured I'd start all my sweet family at home with just a little glimpse:)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

You Are I Am

After amazing words were spoken to Chris and I last Sunday night, I was still having some trouble processing in my head all that was said. Rolling things around, and trying to put a logical order to things. Yea right.... like the will of God always has a logical order!

Monday morning on my way to work this song came on. It's by the group Mercy Me and it is named "You are I Am." I have a good 25- 30 minute drive to and from work, and usually this time is spent in prayer and me thinking my days plans out. Monday morning  of course, I was replaying the night before.

When this song came on it was like a slap on the forehead. Ever seen those V8 tomato juice commercials where they slap each other on the foreheads? Anyway, that's what this was like. It's a great song and I hope you pay special attention to the words.

I've been the one to try and say
I'll overcome by my own strength
I've been the one to fall apart
And to start to question who You are

You're the one who conquers giants
You're the one who calls out kings
You shut the mouths of lions
You tell the dead to breathe
You're the one who walks through fire
You take the orphan's hand
You are the one Messiah
You are I am
You are I am

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Just What I Needed

Yesterday, I enjoyed the day off work. I got to sleep in, finish grading some of my precious students writings, do some mild cleaning, and even make a dollar store run to get items to fill two Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

It was a glorious day. It sounds pretty simple, but it was just want I needed. Chris was in class all day and I was able to spend some time all by myself.

We live in an adorable small apartment, but there is seldom a time when I am alone. Guess I'm just a little introverted since I liked getting to snuggle in my pj pants and bop around without someone else there. I really enjoyed getting to just be home and do what I wanted to do, with no real agenda.

Having a Tuesday off was a bit unusual, and it messed with our routine at school. It made it feel like we had two 'mondays' this week. But I'm hoping that it also will make Thursday and Friday fly by!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Have you ever had a moment when God tells you to just stop?

To just
and pause.

Well with all the new and exciting things going on around us here in NOLA lately,
that's exactly the moment I had on Sunday.

God told me to just stop everything.

Stop worrying,
stop looking around,
stop fretting about the future,
stop worrying about finances,
stop thinking,
stop blaming,
stop wishing for something else,
stop wanting what others have,

just stop
and be still.

In the movement
when I set everything aside,
it all made sense.

Everything in our current situation all has a purpose.
In the time I personally needed it most, God gave us a reason for being here.

Moving and living here is not all roses and sunshine.

Sometimes it downright stinks.
Chris and I have been here for almost a year and a half.
And we were sick of it.
Our conversations mostly revolved around what we want to do when he get 'home' to GA.

What we want to do with family,
the kind of little house we want,
where we would like to work,
and having sweet precious babies.
We want and miss it all.

It can get lonely here too.
Yea, we got friends.
We have lots here.
People who we enjoy spending time with,
but it still gets lonely.

We miss the familiar,
we miss just being able to go to the grocery store without having fear,
we miss just being able to ride around with the windows down looking for somewhere fun to go.

On Sunday when I stopped,
he was able to start.

Many times my own wishes and thinking gets in the way of his grand plan for things.

And like I said, in the moment when I had downright had enough of living here, and stopped to listen to him, he took over.

The past couple of weeks Chris and I have been trekking it down the highway to the sweetest and cutest little Louisiana town for him to preach.

I can't wait to write and show all of you pictures and tell about how adorable this little church is.

The first time we pulled in the parking lot,
I told Chris that I loved it already. 

On Sunday, Chris was asked to stay and be their interim pastor. In a second everything we have both been going through just clicked.

We now have some excitement back in our lives, and we both immediately snapped out of our moody feelings about living in NOLA.

This news gave us what we've been needing
and we are thankful that we serve an almighty God.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

Thursday, November 1, 2012


I have been working on this blog post for several months now. 
I keep starting it and then stopping to just start all over.

Gary is Chris's Dad and one of the most loving guys I know.

He loves his family like nobodies business
when times are good and when times are bad.

And let me just tell ya,
he sure loves his boys.

Gary has been there for Christopher and I
more times than I can count.

He is always willing to lend helpful advice,
and he truly knows a lot about all kinds of different stuff.

He has helped us out tons,
and during this first year at seminary, we would have really struggled without him.

I have told my family and several friends,
that Gary is one of my favorite people in his family.

When I am in a mood where I don't feel like talking,
 I know all I have to do is go stand by Gary 
cause he will talk enough so I won't have to say much.
He sure has some good stories to tell, 
and I think my most favorite ones are about when he was a teenager.

I'd say he raised a little cane back in the day:)

I like listening to stories about him having to 'babysit' Chris's mom,
and how she would go to bed and he would stay up all night with MyMy and Paula.

I also love the stories about Chris and Alex growing up
and how he gets a big look of pride when he is talking about them.

I'll say it again,
he sure does love 'em boys.

Gary thanks for allowing me into your family as one of your 'girls'.

I am truly blessed to have one big hearted and generous father in law!

You are loved more than I believe you know,
and Chris and I pray for you and Christi every day.