2/28/09

The Hills Are Alive With The Sounds Of Music, la la la la...It's Giveaway Time Again!

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I feel like Julie Andrews, spinning around on that mountain top...
minus the nun get up of course...

Music seems to be the theme for me this week...

I like having a theme for my week...
last week? crocheting...I couldn't stop buying yarn...
the week before? fish...specifically anchovies...don't ask

Back to this week...

I stumbled across my new favorite praise and worship song (God of the Ages...check it out on the video bar to your left), shared it on Facebook and then found out my kid is in one of the videos, singing in the choir (the full story? read my 'God of the Ages' post). I haven't been able to stop listening to it all week.

So I wanted to have a giveaway today, to share some great music, some of my choice, and some you get to choose on your own.

Here's the giveaway...


(1) $25 ITunes Gift Card

(1) Bill Gaither's 20 All Time Favorite Homecoming Songs & Performances CD
(Old School)

(1) Chris Tomlin Hello Love CD (New School)

So here's what you need to do... leave a comment to the question, just one comment per person please (and if you leave a potty mouth comment a.k.a. leave a comment that is inappropriate, it'll get deleted--) and when time's up, I'll spin the number wheel I have set up here at the house and whichever number it lands on...actually my number wheel is in the shop this week so it'll be up to fate who wins (and by fate I mean putting the number of comments in a hat and picking one!)

The giveaway ends tonight at 11:00 p.m. Eastern
February 28th, 2009...

And the question you need to comment on?

*What's your favorite song/CD?*

You know the one...
it's the one you'd pick to take with you to a deserted island,
you play it in the car so often the kids groan with it starts to play,
you love it so much you even know the correct words to it...
So get that comment a-posted and have a great Saturday!

2/25/09

There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place Like Home...

As I was wiping our kitchen table yesterday, the notion of home came to mind. Crazy, I know...

On our kitchen table were the remnants of Hayden's biology project, (he constructed a cell out of a large styro-foam ball and half a golf ball, it ended up looking pretty good, I especially liked how all it's different parts had labels attached by toothpicks...)

and as I was cleaning the table, pulling off bits of tape and a glob of hot glue, I looked closer at our table and noticed all the other reminders of past projects...some pink paint from Taryn's paint by numbers, a trace of glitter in the seam from Kaitlin's Christmas attempt to decorate our home "Buddy the Elf" style...

And the sight of that table, with all its imperfections, paint, and glue reminded me of what home is...

Home is having a table you can make a mess at...
Home is having a coffee table you can put your feet on...
Home is having a couch you can take a nap on...

I love home...

2/24/09

I Brought An Extra $50 To The Last Family Reunion

I've been avoiding my blog again...avoiding it like a third cousin at a family reunion, the one who always wants to "hold" 20 bucks...

I guess "neglecting" would be a better choice. "Hiding from" or "Retreating" might also work. I've been like this for weeks now, not only with the blog but with life. Keeping to myself, occasionally coming out, but mostly keeping to myself. Unfortunately that included the Lord. I've been keeping myself from Him too. But there's a difference in the keeping. The keeping from the world has been about the doldrums, the "I don't want too's", the winter blahs. The keeping from the Lord has been about one thing and one thing only, an unhealthy fear of Him.

The latest Bible study we are participating in at church is from Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore and Kay Arthur. This past week, Beth taught about healthy and unhealthy fear of the Lord. And the ways in which they manifest themselves. My unhealthy fear of the Lord had gotten to a point of complete distraction. It's all I thought about, and when I got sick of thinking about it, I did what I've always done when things are tough, found something else to distract myself with. Just like the Walmart photographer used to do when I would take the kids to get their pictures taken. "Hey little girl! Look over here at the shiny toy!" Snap, snap, snap. So I brought out my favorite distractions, the toys I love best, the cream of the crop...the tv, the internet, and McDonalds.

for weeks, and weeks we've played together...

And then Wednesday morning I prayed,

And He was there. And the unhealthy fear wasn't.

The distractions I've been playing with for the last few weeks aren't too happy right now, I think they're looking for some attention...maybe if I give them the 20 bucks I had tucked away for cousin Larry, they'll hit the road...

2/20/09

God of the Ages

I don't usually post videos but I watched this one yesterday and after I stopped crying, I knew I had to share it. The anointing of the Lord is mighty upon this song. And our family is blessed that Kaitlin gets to be a part of this anointing. Kaitlin is taking a worship class this semester and as part of the class, she is participating in the church choir at Thomas Road Baptist Church. This church is the birth place of Liberty University, where Kaitlin attends college. She's never sung in a church choir and so she was really apprehensive about it. But she loves it now...and if you watch this video, you'll see why!

2/10/09

Life With Hayden: I'm Calling CSI

Got a call from school around lunchtime...seems Hayden's become the victim of a crime...a crime of fashion if you will...

His school clothes were stolen out of his gym locker.

What did they get? A new pair of jeans (from Santa at Christmas, Santa found some great deals at Kohl's) and a t-shirt from his favorite store...

the thrift store.

I think he paid 95 cents (+ tax) for the t-shirt that was stolen.

The boy loves, loves, loves thrift stores. I took him on Saturday morning to a large thrift store in town and he found a Izod cardigan for 3.95, then got to the register and it was half off. Granted it's the same kind of cardigan men in the 70's and 80's wear, but Hayden doesn't care, he knows what he likes. He also purchased a winter crew neck sweater, which he won't be able to wear but 3 times a year (we live in Florida). He got it for 2 bucks. He likes it when he gets a deal...

But this morning, with his size 15 maroon Chuck Taylor's, his almost new jeans, his thrift store t-shirt (which had on it, "Gene's Seafood Cafe -- Key Largo, FL" with a big marlin on the back) and his $1.98 cardigan, he left the house, not knowing his beloved t-shirt would be soon be in the hands of someone who apparently needs a visit to the woodshed (and/or the local jail).

So I'm off to take another pair of jeans and another thrift store t-shirt to school so he doesn't have to walk around in his gym shorts...maybe next Saturday we'll go back to the thrift store so he can look around...you never know what he'll find.

2/5/09

The Revenge Of The Poly/Cotton Blend

I woke up this morning and discovered I've grown three inches taller over the span of a week...

you ever have one of those days? the ones when you wake up, you immediately know its gonna be a rough one?

it started this morning with my pants...yes, my lovely plus size pants that I like to gripe about...

My guess is that they (the pants)
didn't like me talking about them...
calling them "Stretch",
making fun of the 'specialty' store they're from,
complaining about having to try them on and then having to look at them in the Fun House mirror in the dressing room...

So by all accounts, the two newest pairs of plus sizers got sick and tired of me making fun of them (some pants are so sensitive!), so they hatched a plan to get even.

I figure they had plenty of time together in the laundry room this past week to work out their devious plot...

plus size revenge if you will...

So this morning as I was getting ready for the day, and because running late and procrastination are usual parts of my routine in the morning, I waited until this morning to iron a pair of pants...a pair of the NEW pants...

got everything done and I was getting dressed when I felt the hem of the pants hitting what felt like mid calf on my leg...

"that's weird, I'm sure I didn't grab capris..."
"maybe they're cinched somewhere..."
"oh man, they've shrunk!" "where's that other pair???" "oh nooo, not you guys too?!?"

They got me...both new pairs, their revenge was sweet...

I could have gone wading in the surf of the Atlantic and the hems of my pants would have been bone dry.

I guess I'll think twice about making fun of my new skirt...

2/3/09

All Rise...Do You Swear To Tell The Truth...

I'm home today with Hayden...

He's got strep throat, poor guy, and so he's on the Stevens 'soft' diet. When the kids get sick, they choose their favorite 'soft' foods, and for Hayden that includes wonton and egg drop soup from China Buffet, pudding, yogurt, small curd cottage cheese...yum...

And because I've been home with him since yesterday, I've had the opportunity to see what's on the television during the time I'm usually at the church...

interesting stuff...
Who knew there were so many court cases pending in our country, clogging up the hallways of our court houses, overwhelming our legal system...so many in fact that people have to go on television to get a fair hearing...

I wonder what kind of degree you have to have to be a judge on television? What kind of job experience do you need? What does a television judge's resume look like exactly? Where did Judge Alex work before he got this gig? How about Judge Maybelliene? Or the Texas judge?

I mean, I think I usually exhibit 'good sense'...maybe I could get a black robe and a gavel...I know I don't have a law degree but I never missed an episode of L.A. Law when it was on. I think I could remember all that 'legal' jargon if I went on youtube and looked at some old episodes...

I bet a lot of folks would love to stand before Judge Deb. I wouldn't sentence anyone to hard labor, or a chain gang. Maybe just a "I'm sorry" letter and court costs.

Someone has to pay for the camera man and the make up lady...

2/2/09

Can You Pass The Salt, Please?

listening to Hillsong playlist...'Shout to the Lord' is playing right now...

a church secretary named Darlene Zschech wrote one of the greatest praise and worship songs ever recorded...

I'm a church secretary too...

and I write about...

wearing plus size pants,
what weird condiment I ate out of my pantry last night,
how watching hot dog eating contests make me gag

and if I start to dwell on that for too long,
I can start to feel a little silly for writing about those things...a little embarrassed...a little, well just a little bit of all those hurtful thoughts, the ones that the enemy loves to whisper in our ears.

but...just when those thoughts start to dig in, Jesus reminds me that there is room for all of His children around His table...

Thankfully. Graciously. Welcoming.

His children are all different, with gifts and talents, abilities and skills...makes for an interesting conversation around the table, don't you think?

A simple shopping story...

Her cart was dripping. The grocery cart she was pushing around the produce section of the big box store I had just entered was drippin...