Friday, September 26, 2008

So Grey's Anatomy was finally back last night!!! WhooHoo!!! I was so excited that Grey's was coming back on because it is truly on of my favorites! But in all honesty - it was an "ok" season opener - not the GREAT one I was anticipating. The story line was definitely interesting, but the whole icicle falling on Christina was almost ridiculous (in my opinion). My biggest issue is "Callica" - this is that the Grey's Anatomy website is calling the relationship between Callie and Erica. As a Christian, I firmly believe the Word of God when it says that homosexuality is a sin, and therefore, I do not to see this lifestyle. I think that by adding this matter to the show, the writer's made a big mistake and could in turn lose several viewers - possibly me. But tell me what you thought of this episode...did you like it, or did is disappoint you as well?


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Career in TV?

Well, not really a new career...but if you were watching the 9:00 news on Fox 4 News last night, then you might have seen a familiar face! That's right - Brant was on TV being interviewed regarding a magazine taken off the shelves at Lifeway Christian Store. The controversy is that the covers is 5 women who are pastors. The Southern Baptist Convention, who owns LifeWay, does not believe that pastoring a church is a role that woman should they pulled the magazine. Brant happened to be at the store when the camera crew was there and ended up on the news! Take a look here!!!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Greatest Invention

So, I think I definitely need one of these - A Treadmill desk!!!!

The New York Times reported this story today in their Health Section, and I have decided I need one! I wonder if this could be expensed to the office???

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cardboard Testimony

Grab a tissue and take a few moments to watch this video that I stole from Caroline's blog. Then tell me, What is your cardboard testimony?


Monday, September 15, 2008

Weekend Makeover!

We had a originally planned for a somewhat normal weekend, but it soon became anything but. As any Texan knows, we were preparing for Hurricane Ike, although not in the direct path, we knew that North Texas would have a large amount of rain and high winds. Well Kristie (Brant's sister) was having an open house on Sunday, she she called early Saturday and asked if she and Aeson could come for a slumber party. She knew that Aeson was sure to wreck her clean they came over Saturday afternoon. Here are a few pictures of Aeson playing.
Please notice his feet...yes, he found a pair of my Brighton heels and thought they sounded funny on the hardwood floor!

The major event of the weekend was thatI finally gave our guest bathroom makeover! Our guest bathroom is the one room we haven't done anything to since we moved in over a year ago. We had tried to take off the wallpaper, but it never came off easily without pulling off the drywall, so we just left it...we actually tried to see what a textured paint would do to it, but that didn't work so well.

The original wallpaper was cream with orange and blue stripes...I felt like I was a Florida Gators offense Patrick Family!

This is the random paint splotch we did when we originally bought the house and it has stayed the very center of the bathroom wall...ever since.

After a lot of thought, I decided to use a wallpaper called Paper Illusions. The paper itself has a textured-paint feel, but you tear it into pieces before pasting it on the wall. The final thing looks great!


This was my favorite find of the weekend. This was a crystal candle holder with crystal beads for decoration. I found this piece for only $12.99 at Home Goods! Add a little popurie and voila!


Friday, September 12, 2008

Believable Dream

Have you ever had one of those dreams that is so believable that you wake up and think it was real? That was me last night...a dream so vivid and possible that I thought it was real.

Last night, I dreamed that Brant and I adopted a baby from Honduras, a country that I have a passion for. This was an adorable little girl, 9 months old with dark curly hair. She was beautiful, and she was ours. Well, she became ours. The dream started with me flying to Honduras to bring her back to the states just for the weekend to see how she "took" to Brant and I...and she adored us as much as we adored her. Throughout the dream, I had to take her back to the orphanage from our trial weekend and finish all the paperwork in order to bring her home for good...and in fact we did.

When I woke up, I actually listened to hear the coo of a baby in the other room, but soon realized that this was only a dream. But it almost brought me to tears - to think of the children in Honduras who long for a mother and father to love them.

Some of you may not know that for three months after I graduated from DBU, I went to Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras. The faces of the children I grew to love have been imprinted on my heart, and this "baby' was one of the faces - the face of Carole. When I got to the orphanage, my "place" was in the toddler house working with all the babies and just loving on them. Carole was just a year old when I got there and I fell in love with this angel. She had the cutest little cheeks and these beautiful brown eyes. I cherished this little girl and her face is so vivid in my memories of my time there. I went to the orphanage website and this is the most current picture of Carole...Yes, it is still hard for me to look at this face and not burst into tears..oh how I long to hold this baby again. She should be 4 now - Kate's age. Here are some of the other faces I fell in love with...

This is Ricardo, Jose, and Yenny (who I had a very special bond with)

Dinoldo, Jenifer and Nohemy Sophia.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

A new look...

...So, I thought that since fall is just around the corner, that I should decorate my blog accordingly...just as I should decorate my house. I have to be honest that I really do find designing blogs quite fun, so I decided to re-do my own. This is from a beautiful kit by Raspberry Road Designs called Boho.

So I had a great new purchase...a Mouse Rug! I had never heard of them before but a co-worker has one and I fell in love. It is literally a mouse pad that looks just like a rug.

This is my desk...plain, old desk.

And this is my desk with my beautiful MouseRug!!!

I love the fact that it has fringe and everything!


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Another Full Meal

After things turned out well in my crockpot on Friday, I decided that I was going to experiment. I put some bone-in pork chops (frozen) in the bottom of my crockpot and seasoned them with salt and pepper. Then I poured about a cup of dry white wine in the crockpot. I washed and foiled two large sweet potatoes and put them on top of the pork chops. I cooked on low for 7 hours.

This was AWESOME! I can honestly say that I have never had pork chops that were so juicy...and so soft that they literally fell off the bone. The potatoes were perfect, especially when we added some cinnamon butter and marshmallows.

What kind of other full meals do you think I could try in the crockpot???


A Busy Holiday

I'm so sorry its been awhile since I posted...last week was busy and this weekend even busier!!! First of all, let me tell you about the wonderful dinner I made Friday night...a recipe from Crockpot365 of course! It was an entire meal in the crockpot. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical from the beginning, but everything turned out very nicely. I used a sirloin steak and smothered it in a steak rub, then added potatoes and corn on the cob. Cooked on low for 7 hours...and VOILA! An entire steak dinner ready and cooked to perfection when I returned home. Go check out the recipe here.

On Saturday, I worked from home for several hours while Brant was working too...then I trimmed the hedges in our front yard and did some yard work...I actually have the blisters to prove it! We ordered fajitas for 2 from Chili's to go and had a nice, quiet dinner at home. Then we watched "Ghosts of Mississippi", a true story about the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963. It was a good movie.

Sunday, Brant's parents came into town and went to church with us. Unfortunately, our Pastor threw his back out, so we had a guest speaking. I wish they could have heard Bro. David because he is so wonderful. Then we all went to Plano to have lunch with Kristie and Aeson, and then headed back to Kristie's house to make some delicious homemade ice cream. We really enjoyed getting to spend some time with everyone.

Yesterday, we were lazy and laid around the house all morning. Then we went to Home Depot for an office plant...I decided my desk needed a little greenery. After grocery shopping, I headed over to Sister's house to swim and play with the kiddos. We had so much fun. It was so nice to have a day just to play and hang out with them - they are growing up so darn fast. Can you believe that Ethan is about to be one?!?!?!?! I cannot fathom how quickly each of these babies has grown...I still remember the day Mason was born like it was yesterday.

Well I hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day holiday...and just means a short week!!! WooHoo!!!