Friday, May 28, 2010


So I just finished reading the entire Twilight Series, by Stephanie Meyer (including the partial draft of Midnight Sun...the story from Edward's perspective). It was wonderful! I enjoyed both movies when they came out, but now have an incredible appreciation for the books as well. I can honestly say that I LOVED reading the whole series!

Now I am a reader...I love everything about reading, especially when there is a whole series! With summer coming around the corner quickly, I need a new reading lineup for my time in the sun! So, I am coming to you, my dear readers, for your advise on some great books...preferably fiction...but regarding pretty much any subject matter...romance, comedy, mystery, drama...just about anything! So let me have it...what are your favs?????

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Count Down

For Christmas this year, Brant's parents are taking the family on a very special Christmas vacation to......

Kauai, Hawaii!!!!!!!

Brant and I are so excited to be going that we are counting down the days! We are going to be staying at the Poipu Kai resort! If you are a lost fan, then you know that Kauai is where the show LOST is filmed! We certainly plan on taking the tour of the filming area! In anticipation of our trip, I have been doing some research and looking at pictures of where we are staying. Here are a few of my favorites!

Nearby waterfalls

This is the resort beach!

Resort pool

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Blog Design

Yesterday I got the joy of giving my dear friend Kristy a blog makeover. Do you love it???

(click on the picture to enlarge)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Build a Beautiful Blog

This week, two great ladeis: Simply Stacie and Kelly's Lucky You, are hosting Build a Beautiful Blog week. Great Grabbie Designs is participating in giving away 2 custom blog designs!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Top 10 Movie Couples

Well I finally composed my top 10 favorite movies couples. This list was much harder than the TV list. I have my top 6 or so VERY quickly, but the other few took me awhile to come up with. My basic criteria for this was simply what movies do you love simply because of the couple? More or less - which couples did you want to fight for? So without further delay, here are my top 10 favorite movie couples (and yes, in this order)!

1. Edward Cullen and Bella Swan - Twlight series
(Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart)

2. Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton - The Notebook
(Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams)

3. Ben Barry and Andie Anderson - How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson)

4. Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann - Pirates of the Caribbean Series
(Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly)

5. Johnny Cash and June Carter - Walk the Line
(Joaquin Pheonix and Reese Witherspoon)

6. Jake Perry and Melanie Smooter - Sweet Home Alabama
(Josh Lucas and Reese Witherspoon)

7. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett - Pride and Prejudice
(Matthew MacFadyen and Kiera Knightly)

8. Edward Lewis and Vivian Ward - Pretty Woman
(Richard Gere and Julia Roberts)

9. Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara - Gone with the Wind
(Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh)

10. Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman - Dirty Dancing
(Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey)

DISCLAIMER: This list is subject to change...mainly because I have never seen When Harry Met Sally and my dear friend, Emily, said that they definitely would have made the list! What are your favorite movies couples???

Friday, May 14, 2010

To Be 16 Again

Today's post was originally going to be my top 10 movie couples to follow the top 10 TV couples, but it changed after I read my "God Issue" for the day. It's a daily devotional that emailed every morning by Dr. James Denison. Today it was titled "To Be 16 Again". Yes, today's post is long, but it's good.

Dr. Denison began the devotional this morning with this story:

When Guerdwich Montimere turned 22, he posed as a 16-year old so he could play high school basketball again. Today's NPR website reports that Mr. Montimere enrolled at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas under the name "Jerry Joseph," telling authorities that he was a homeless Haitian youth.

He quickly became a standout on the team, which makes sense, as he is older than some NBA players. He was a Florida high school basketball star in his previous life; some coaches from his time in the state recognized him at a recent tournament in Arkansas and confronted him last Tuesday.

At first he denied that he was who they said he was, before finally admitting his deception. Charged with presenting false identification to a peace officer, he was taken to the Ector County Detention Center. He has now been released on bail.

Then, he asked the inevitable question: what would you do differently if you were 16 again? The question hit me like a ton of bricks.

I love high-school kids...I have a passion for them and a big part of me longs to be in my teens again. Yes, I watch those high-school shows like One Tree Hill (one my personal favorites) and Glee, and sometimes even Gossip Girl. I feel like I live vicariously through them somehow. I love movies about high-school and college life. For me, its all a part of discovering who you are and who you will be.

I think that if I had to be 16 again, I would do things alot differently! I would wait on the Lord instead of jumping into things...I would seek Him in everything, rather than in just the things I "needed help" with...I would TRUST Him! I will confide in you that I am NOT the woman that I want to be...I long to be much more than I am. I want to have purpose! I long to be someone special. More than anything right now, I feel sinful, not special.

Dr. Denison reminded me though, that the good news is that he forgives all I confess to him in a spirit of genuine repentance. He separates my sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), hurling them into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19) and remembering them no more (Isaiah 43:25).

The even better news is that he stands ready to use my life, flaws and all, for his eternal purposes. I may never see the larger significance of present faithfulness, but he does.

I can't be 16 again, but I can serve my God TODAY! I can be faithful TODAY! My sins don't have to remember because He has forgiven them!

So now I ask you the question: What would you do differently if you were 16 again?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Top 10 TV Couples

If you know well, then you know that I am a hopeless romantic! I have always been a sucker for a good love story...whether on a TV show, a movie or in a book.

In reading Twilight and watching TV shows with epic love stories in them, I began thinking about my favorite love stories. So I put together a compilation of my favorite TV couples...(I will be posting my favorite movie couples later this week).

But in NO particular order, here are my favorite 10 TV couples. Feel free to comment and post what your favorite TV couples are!!!! Jack and Kate

Justin and Rebecca
Brothers and Sisters

Jim and Pam
The Office

Nathan and Haley
One Tree Hill

Derek and Meredith
Grey's Anatomy

Chuck and Sarah

Logan and Veronica
Veronica Mars

Ross and Rachel

Dylan and Brenda
Beverly Hills 90210

Chandler and Monica

Friday, May 7, 2010

Baby Names

Well today, Kelly's Korner is featuring baby names (or in my case - future baby names).

Brant and I have discussed this ALOT! I, Ashley, had a very common name growing up...there were always 2 or 3 other Ashley's in my classes. Therefore, I have always been inclined for my children to have more original and unusual names. Brant, on the other hand, is a very unusual name, therefore, he wants very common names. So baby names is something that we talk about often, but we have narrowed it down to a few.

Baby Boy Name:
Jude Bonner

Not too common, but not too off-the-wall! Originally, this was Jude Christian. Ever since I was young, I have wanted a little boy named Christian, but Brant wasn't crazy about the name. However, he loved the name Jude. Jude Christian was actually Brant's idea...and I loved it. However, when Brant's grandfather passed away last year, we learned that his middle name was Bonner. Tommie Stretch (Brant's granddad) was an amazing man who feared the Lord and devoted his life to serving Him and his family. Brant and I pray that our son will one day be just like his great grandfather, which is why we decided that his middle name will be Bonner. Fitting that Jude is a Hebrew name meaning praise and thanks.

Other boy names that I like (if two boys are in our future): Carter Jackson, Bronson Cole

Baby Girl Name:
Emmalee Caroline

Now baby girl names are something that we are constantly talking about. Out baby boy name is pretty much set in stone, but girl names are totally different. Brant has always wanted a little girl named Emily, but I am in love with the name Caroline. In wanting to at least pacify my husband, I agreed that we could have a daughter called "Emily" but spell it a little differently. Then Caroline as the middle name because I'm in love with it. I tell Brant all the time that I will call her "Emmalee Caroline" because its so southern and I love being southern!

Other favorite girl names: CallieAnn Hope; Jordyn Paige or Jordyn Reese; Peyton Avery or Isabella (Bella) Avery