Monday, February 28, 2011

Vacation Mecca of the South

There's a running joke in my family about how much I love Scottsboro, AL! I love it so much, that I got a trip voucher from my mom for Christmas!

Laugh all you want.

I can take it.

I'm proud of my city-crush! :)


I redeemed my voucher this weekend and had an absolute blast with my mom!

Here are some highlights...







...at Unclaimed Baggage






...sitting on a Duck-Duck-Goose rug at Hammer's! How fun is that?!?!






...we had a delicious lunch at Magnolia House







...we topped off our stay at a great hotel and dinner at a fantastic Mexican restaurant


Oh and don't even get me started on Wal-Mart and K Mart- I just love those stores!!!


Who says you have to drive hours to get away from it all for a refreshing weekend? There might just be a treasure right down the road!


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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Celebrate 30! {Week 14}

{As I countdown to my 30th birthday, each week I’ll be sharing a spiritual milestone…thanks for helping me celebrate 30!}


When I was a little girl, I wanted to be like my dad.

In Miss Burton’s second grade class, when other little girls were dreaming of being a teacher or ballerina, I decided I was going to be a policeman…just like my dad.

I also decided that I wanted to be a preacher…just like my dad! I remember sitting at that little pull-out-desk-thingy off my dad’s big desk and coloring as he was studying for Sunday. I’m sure I thought my artwork was just as important as his sermon!

When I was about 9 years old was so inspired after hearing Evangelist David Ring at Jackson Way Baptist Church, that I wrote my first sermon!

For those of you unfamiliar with David Ring, he’s an inspiring man who’s overcome many obstacles, including Cerebral Palsy, to accomplish great things for the Lord. On that particular night, his sermon was titled “Don’t Ask Why, Ask What.”


Hmmm…oddly enough, my sermon was also titled “Don’t Ask Why, Ask What”! Small world…


Though the thoughts weren’t originally mine, the message has stayed close to my heart ever since. I don’t like to superficially recite this to someone going through tough times, since it could easily come across cold, but if spoken in love, the truth is powerful.

As best as I can remember, the gist of his message was that instead of questioning God with “whys,” ask Him “what”…what is He teaching you…what steps of obedience do you need to take. I can’t begin to tell you how many times this message has come back to me, moving me out of self-pity and into self-reflection, often discovering steps of obedience I need to take.

So many Godly men have influenced me throughout my life, but I count it an immeasurable blessing that one of the first to influence me was my dad.

An even bigger blessing? He still is.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

iPhone Top Ten

I love so many apps but here are the highlights....in no particular order:

10. My calendar (Cozi) is always at my fingertips

9. I can play Solitare in bed

8. The Xfinity app let's me control my DVR from my phone

7. I love hearing the Voice Command girl mispronounce my friends' names

6. The Life Track app let's me create an actual timeline of my life

5. I can Shazam any song any where and buy it immediately

4. I feel so organized and oddly empowered when I create folders to group my apps

3. Gift Plan let's me keep track of all my gift buying ideas

2. Lists, lists, lists!

1. Love being able to access and post to my blog from my phone

My new BFF and I are very happy :)


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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Celebrate 30! {Week 15}

{As I countdown to my 30th birthday, each week I’ll be sharing a spiritual milestone…thanks for helping me celebrate 30!}

One year while I was in college, my mom pointed out a verse (Matthew 7:6) with a strong message: “Don’t cast your pearls before swine.” I forget what event sparked her sharing that verse with me for the first time, but the principle has stayed with me ever since.

It has served as a reminder to me to be careful who I share my deepest heart (my pearls) with. It’s not that I think some people are swine (well, there are some, but that's another post!), but there are people who won’t necessarily value what is special to me.

This verse has also challenged me to be a person who values my friends’ pearls as they share their hearts with me. I thank the Lord for giving me such good, trustworthy friends who value my pearls!


BTW…this post marks my half-way point in my countdown to my 30th! Let the party planning begin!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Celebrate 30! {Week 16}

{As I countdown to my 30th birthday, each week I’ll be sharing a spiritual milestone…thanks for helping me celebrate 30!}

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought it was a good time to share about a spiritual milestone from when I was 13 years old- True Love Waits.

For all you non-Southern Baptist folks out there, True Love Waits is a program encouraging teens to stay sexually pure until marriage. Signing the pledge card, posting them in public places and receiving a promise (or purity) ring was a BIG deal at Southside Baptist back in 1994 and I proudly signed and posted!

I remember going to JC Penney’s with my parents and picking out my promise ring with three hearts and three diamonds- representing the Lord, me and my future husband. The plan was to wear that ring until my husband replaced it with a wedding ring.

Needless to say, I didn’t expect to still be wearing my promise ring almost 17 years later and though I replaced my original ring with an heirloom piece last year, my promise for purity is still near and dear to my heart.

When I signed that TLW card at age 13, I was blissfully unaware of the snares the world would soon throw at me. I praise the Lord for granting me the strength and second changes I’ve needed over the years and know He will continue to guide and protect me as I seek Him daily.

As with most milestones in my life, I have a song that has spoken to me about my quest for purity and waiting on the Lord’s timing, if marriage is what He has for me. “Wait for Me” by Rebecca St. James is a great anthem for those choosing sexual purity. And after her own long wait, Rebecca just announced at the end of 2010 that she’s engaged…proof that true love is worth waiting for.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Celebrate 30! {Week 17}

{As I countdown to my 30th birthday, each week I’ll be sharing a spiritual milestone…thanks for helping me celebrate 30!}

I first heard “Be the One” by Al Denson at University Baptist Church right after I became a Christian and was immediately inspired to keep my commitment to Christ strong and be willing to do whatever He called me to. You can listen to the song here and read the lyrics below:


Be the One

In a world full of broken dreams
Where the truth is hard to find
For every promise that is kept
There are many left behind
Though it seems that nobody cares
It still matters what you do
Cause there's a difference you can make
But the choice is up to you

Chorus
Will you be the one
To answer to His call
Will you stand
When those around you fall
Will you be the one
To take His light
Into a darkened world
Tell me will you be the one

Oh sometimes it's hard to know
Who is right and what is wrong
And where are you supposed to stand
When the battle lines are drawn
There's a voice that is calling out
For someone who’s not afraid
To be a beacon in the night
To a world that's lost it's way

There are still some battles
That I must fight from day to day
Yet the Lord provides the power
For me to stand and say

Chorus
I will be the one
To answer to His call
I will stand
When those around me fall
I will be the one
To take His light
Into a darkened world
I will be the one

Monday, February 7, 2011

Worst Super Bowl Sunday EVER

It all started late Saturday night when I suddenly became violently ill. Abby and I were up all night long, trying to sleep between my bouts of sickness. When we woke up around 7am, I thought the worst was over, but it was just beginning.



While I was standing at my bathroom sink, still fighting off nausea, I had the fleeting thought to call out to Abby, but there wasn’t time. The next thing I know, I’m slumped over in my bathroom floor, with Abby screaming in my face. I was in a dazed, almost drugged state, wondering why she was waking me up from such a deep sleep. I heard her on the phone, calling my parents, but was unable to really speak or move. I remember my parents coming in, my mom holding me in her arms, passing out again, hearing her pray over me…worrying all the time that I was scaring my family so much.




Odd thing- I was never scared. Here’s what I was thinking:


-I didn’t want my dad to miss the Super Bowl
-I hated that my family had to miss church because of me
-I thought my mom was going to the hospital in what she was wearing: red flannel pajamas, with an apron on (she was already cooking Sunday lunch)
-I knew I needed my lip gloss, cell phone and socks with me at the hospital
-I remembered my mom telling me last week about the cute interpreter that worked at the ER and I wondered if I’d get to see him…not that I need an interpreter or that I was looking my best…


We ended up having to spend only a few hours at the hospital, where a wonderful staff gave me meds for my nausea and an IV for dehydration.


The diagnosis:


As best as they can tell, I had a 24-hour virus. My all-night illness led to low blood pressure and dehydration, which caused me to pass out. After much rest and sleep, I’m feeling better, but still weak and sore (from hitting the towel rod in my bathroom).



What this experience taught me is that my family loves me A BUNCH!!!! I couldn’t have been more cared for or watched over…especially by Abby, who has once again proved she’s a wonderful nursemaid and sister and would do absolutely ANYTHING for me!



I’m also thankful for my sweet friends who visited, prayed and checked on me…a girl couldn’t be more blessed!



Super Bowl XLV will certainly go down in Forester history!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

iKaty



I set my alarm for 1:58am this morning and hopped out of bed to be among the first to buy Verizon's iPhone!


I've been methodically surveying all my iPhone friends for their tips and opinions...driving some of them crazy [JENNIFER!] but I'm finally ready to join the craze!


What I'm most excited about is having all my lists, calendars and other great organizational tools in one place!


I already have a list (seeing a pattern here?) of apps I want when my phone arrives, but what apps do you love and use all the time? What's your favorite thing about your iPhone?