Friday, January 30, 2009

Home Alone on a Friday Night

We had a ballgame at home tonight, but Brylee and I didn't quite make it. She is not feeling well. She started coughing a couple of days ago which I knew was probably because of the crazy weather change. Cold one day, Hot the next! I sure wish it would get one way and stay, preferably 75 and sunny! Last night, she coughed a hacking nasty sounding cough most of the night. Today when I picked her up, she laid down in the back seat (with her seatbelt Mother and Father) for the trip home. I knew she wasn't feeling too good. I checked her temp and it was 100.6. So of course, we started with juice popsicles, G2 fluids and some tylenol. Her cough sounds gross, but not producing much, so we decided to stay home tonight. She is on a pallet in the living room watching tv. On the positive note, she has, for the most part, acted fine. She did tell me she had a headache a few minutes ago, so who knows..We have had several sweet people call and talk to her to make her feel of Kenny's students, Katie who plays with her at ballgames, called to talk with her..Katie told Brylee to get better, and Brylee responded with "I not sick!", so Katie said, well, come to the ballgame then..and Brylee (with an attitude) said OK! LOL

I am back..she just was walking to the kitchen, had a coughing spell and threw up a little, she wanted a bath! If she is not better by the morning, we have a doctor friend that has agreed to take a look.

I tell you it has been a week in this place...several unfortunate things have happened at our school, but we will survive, and be better than ever. No doubt!Had BBSST meetings all day today. It makes your day go by fast, but is super busy! Kenny came in yesterday and went straight to bed, he wasn't feeling good. When I talked with him earlier, he was feeling better. On a sad note, a couple at our church experienced the death of their daughter by suicide...a guy from home committed suicide yesterday as well, our JV coach's father-in-law passed away from a long illness, and the poor poor girl in the fatal/firey crash yesterday. My heart breaks for all of these families! Losing loved ones especially like these leaves people with questions, emptiness and lonliness. I know that we serve a God that is the answer to all of those problems and He is bigger than anything we can imagine. I pray that they will keep their focus on Him and His name will be glorified through it all!

Got to thinking about my grandmother this morning..Kenny was laughing at me..I so hate that she never met Brylee..I know though that she would just adore her...and I can only imagine how many times she would have already told her that "she better be sweet, or the boogie man would get her"...or to "Get out of my light" (meaning she couldn't see the Price is Right! She was such a special lady and for some reason she has been on my mind..guess its about the time she passed away! I know she is in a better place, and I wouldn't wish her back for the world, but goodness I miss her!

Other than all of the above, (kind of a random post) we are just living the life. I pray that you all have a fantastic weekend..Hopefully Brylee will be better and we can enjoy it as well.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

25 Random things About Me

I was tagged by my cousin on Facebook to complete this...and wanted to tag ALL of you reading here goes!

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

1. I am an only child. Although I have been told that I am not a typical only child..(whatever that means) Growing up, I did not want siblings, but now it would be nice..I think.

2. I have dated my husband since I was 14 years old. Married when I was 22.

3. I am a special education teacher and LOVE everything about it! God has always blessed me with the most amazing, touching children! (Even in ATL..though they were CHALLENGING)

4. I have a beautiful 3 year old daughter. She is the spitting image of her daddy in looks but me in actions.

5. Giving birth was the EASIEST thing I have ever done! Running a mile took more out of me than birthing her 7lb self. It was so easy it scares me to have another one...although I will someday.

6. I love the Lord God with all my heart. Although saved at an early age, it took me many years of "running with the crowd" to realize what living for Him really meant. I thank Him for His grace, mercy and love throughout it all! He has never left and never failed..and for that I am truly thankful!

7. We attend a wonderful church, Hillcrest Baptist Church..and it has brought my relationship with Jesus to a whole new level! Again, a provision I truly believe was God sent!

8. I don't like drama and I don't like it if I think someone is upset with me. I always want to work it out!

9. One of my favorite smells is a chicken house. Not walking right through it, but driving by on a spring night with the widows down. Ha!

10. I am a self-proclaimed Irritable Bowel Syndrome patient. I truly believe I would be diagnosed if I would actually go to a doctor, but I don't think it is that bad to go.

11. I love watching my husband's basketball team! I always have a sense of pride of him when watching..whether winning or losing (although I can't stand to hear such critics if they are losing), I know the sacrifice, hard work and commitment that goes into it..and I am glad to call my husband a coach.

12. I have taught for 7 years but never been tenured yet...1st year..Castlen in Mobile, 2nd and 3rd year in Daphne Al, 4th year in Scottsboro for first semester, in Atlanta for second semester, 5th, 6th and 7th year in Etnerprise Al..God willing and proation doesn't get me, I will be tenured this year...again, an area in our life that God has always provided with jobs for us both..wonderful houses and great friends.

13. I almost lost my daddy 3 years ago. He was in a terrible accident where he fell at work in a 30ft hole while working. I will never forget the horror from that day! But again, he was protected by God!

14. My favorite meal would consist of chicken fingers, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and Sister Shubert's rolls.

15. I just celebrated my 10th reunion from high school..that made me feel very old.

16. I love LSU football. The excitement and joy that surrounds a college football game is a great feeling!

17. I have one tattoo. I got it out of sheer bordem. I had always thought I wanted one but was too big of a chicken to get it. One night my friend Tiffany and I were just sitting around and I said I want a tattoo. And the result is a small sun on my back.

18. I am not a meal planner. Wish I was, but everything we eat is a spur of the moment decision.

19. Hypocritical people who are always looking for the bad in every situation bother me. And are always judging their situation on what someone else did...we are all different, go through many different paths of life and thank goodness, we only answer to One!

20.I lost a very important person to me a few years back. His death has taught me that you never know what someone is going through..and outside appearances can be very decieving. That's why every moment we have with those we love is very important!

21. I rarely spent a night away from home growing grandparents would always have to meet my parents during the middle of the night..which is so funny...b/c since I have been married..I have always lived pretty far away!

22. I am a HUGE Daddy's girl..I think he is pretty much as close to perfect as you can get! And I will argue with you on that one, if you were to say I am wrong! ;0)

23. I can't dance a lick!!!! My janitor at my school can't believe I am actually married to a black man, after watching me dance on stage in front of the school..(not by choice) of my student's pulled me up!

24. I used to think Kirk Cameron was the hottest man in the world..and I thought he owned "Kirk Cemetary" which is really close to my grandparents in Rainsville.

25. I cry everytime a St. Jude commerical comes on!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The New President.."Rock Alabama"

In the words of Brylee..."That's my President...Rock Alabama"...Who does he look like Brylee? "ME" :)

WOW..what a day today has been..while I was getting ready I turned the television on to CNN to watch the morning coverage of the inauguration. It was extraordinary to say the least. While I know some of my readers do not agree with the new President, did not support him and unfortunately do not support him as the new President, I have to say I felt an enormous amount of pride this morning and throughout the day. While I do NOT believe he is our savior, or the only Hope for America, nor do I agree with every policy and belief he has, he is the President and I know that I must pray for him and for our country just as any other president before. Have you ever had a president that you believed every single thing as they did? What makes him so different than any other democratic president we have had in the past? They believe the majority of the same issues and I find it funny that never has it been as big of an issue to so many than it is now. I have heard so many Christians say "Our country is doomed", "Wow, we've done it now". Well, my Bible teaches me that God is in control of it all..and that nothing takes him by surprise and that He will take care of his children! We used to sing a song when I was little and I still do with Brylee, "He's got the WHOLE world in HIS hands"..remember it..well, guess what my friends, He still does!! No I will never bend down and praise a man, any man, for my God is the ONLY one who deserves that praise. I am happy to say that today, while watching it, I had a few tears, not tears for a wonderful man or "savior" as some refer to him, but tears that my baby girl will grow up in a world that she knows no other than a bi-racial president. The fact of if he is an African-American president or bi-racial president, really makes no different to me, but the fact that she has someone who looks like her and who did make it to the White House when all odds were against him, gives me chills and hope for her and for her future. So many people have said that they will never acknowledge Barack as our President (not sure how you can get by with not doing that), but it breaks my heart that they cannot witness and enjoy this moment of history because of their deep anger or hurt. At this moment, I want to pray for Barack Obama..and I hope that you will too.

Dear Lord, I come to you right now and thank you for all you have done for me and for my family. I praise you and only you for the many blessings we so freely enjoy. I bring Barack, Michelle, Maliyah and Sasha to you right now. I pray for their safety, your wisdom to cover them and for the first family as they lead our nation. Please Lord take Obama in your hand and guide him and direct him through this important time in our nation. I pray that you will cover and protect them with your mighty hand! ~Amen

A New President

I copied this from LPM blog, but thought it was very appropriate for today...

I can't think of anything more appropriate and more Biblical than reserving this day on our blog for heart-felt prayers for our new president and his family. You are welcome to write your genuine words of intercession as a comment to this post just as you'd lift them before the Throne of Grace for President and Mrs. Obama and their two precious daughters. Today it makes no difference how anyone voted. God in His sovereignty has appointed this day and our new president needs our prayers. "This is good, and pleases God our Savior." 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

This is the Day that the Lord Hath Made

I like many others have been waking up, grabbing the computer and checking to sweet Harper and her condition..this morning there wasn't an update and it kind of worried me, so I said a prayer for her and for her peace and comfort this morning. At church Bro. Billy preached on the crippled lady in Luke and how Jesus came into the town and this lady was healed and stood straight up. Our God is a God of many miracles, He heals spiritually, emotionally, physically and any other way you could imagine. He can speak and the tides quit rolling, He can speak and the waves will not crash, He can speak and the sun will appear, He can speak and ALL of our troubles will be washed away..I thought about Harper and Kelly today as I have for the past few days, and as I thought about them, I thought how God is going to be glorified through it all and how He will heal that baby girl just like He did to the cripple lady in Luke! Thank God He is still in control and NOTHING takes Him by surprise!!!

When I got home there was an update with a picture of Harper..and she is a beautiful baby, no change really, but she is still stable, for more updates, click here.

I went to a beautiful wedding yesterday. My friend Tiffany married her sweetheart John..and I pray that they are having a great honeymoon! She looked so pretty! Christie T. and I rode together, since I kept the book and she sang..we had a blast!
We had a ballgame last night..our boys played so well! It was a very exciting ballgame..we decided that mom and dad were our good luck tool, and so they need to come every weekend! (wink.wink) After church, Daddy put a bookshelf together for me..

To occupy Brylee, I let her make snow! She loved it...

That didn't last long, and she decided to help her poppa. She did a fantastic job...for awhile.....


Trust me..she is smiling now, but she was NOT smiling when it happened..she didn't even cry until she saw the blood, but then she let it rip! Bless her heart! Well, we are off to Smoochies for some ICE CREAM..yummy!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Praise be to our God and Jesus!! Harper is looking better by the hour!!! Please visit her page for a full update, but it is again a TRUE miracle of the healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ!!!

Heart Broken this Morning

I am super excited of the fact my wonderful parents are here this Diddy is cooking chocolate gravy..if you don't know what that is, then you are truly missing out! I love chocolate gravy and bisquits...yum..yum!! We will have an exciting day I am sure..I have a wedding I have to keep the book at, well, actually keep the metal frame in which they will scratch their name into..that should be exciting! And we will cap the day off with a ballgame! Go WILDCATS!!!!

On another note, the post from last night is still an urgent prayer is for Harper Brown Stamps..a beautiful baby born yesterday..after following this blog for many many months I have grown to love this lady and her dear family! She is a woman of God, knows He is in control, and has had many other girls trying to get pregnant on her blog..she has a heart for God and truly believes His word..her baby was born and was having some trouble breathing..they transported her to Tulsa to a hospital to put her on a breathing machine/bypass heart is breaking for her this morning..I can't imagine what she is going through..she had a miscarriage at one point so this truly was her miracle..and to have this beautiful pregancy, beautiful labor and now a sick baby, must be hard..I want you to continue to join me in praying for the Stamps family...I pray for healing, comfort and peace in any outcome. I pray that His hand will surround the whole hospital, hospital staff and sweet Harper. God, you are in control, we know this and you are on the thrown..Kelly and Scott are praising you and they are trusting you..I ask you to intervene in this situation and let your name be glorified throughout this all! ~Amen

I hope you all have a great weekend...and will update as I have more news.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Prayers Needed Right Now!!

Girls, a blog I follow... Kelly's Korner blog is in need of some serious prayer at this moment..she and her husband just welcomed their daughter Harper Brown Stamps into the world. After many prayers to conceive and a healthy pregnancy, she was born today and is in critical condition. She is being flown to a hospital where she can get the care she needs..and I ask you as you read this, visit her blog and say a prayer for the Stamps family!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A King is Coming..Praise God!

Tonight was the 2nd sermon of the series "The King is Coming" at church. Our pastor has envisioned for awhile that on Wednesday nights, we will pack the place out and truly come and get the middle of the week meat we all so need..and to praise our Lord and Savior...He announced that he would begin preaching through Revelations on Wednesday nights starting the new year. He preached previously was preaching Peter and I tell you what..I have always struggled going on Wednesday nights..even when I was younger and "had" to go, b/c Daddy said so...I just really didn't get much out of it. I know that sounds terrible..the church I grew up in had more of a prayer service on Wed...sang a few songs, people told their prayer requests and then the church came to the alter to pray..(during this time, most teenagers went to get water)..and then the preacher would give a small devotion type message. No real invitation, just a prayer then we left and went to eat somewhere. That is what a typical Wednesday night was. Nothing wrong with it, just not motivating for this ADD spirited child. Since our Wednesday nights have been named "WOW" (Worship on Wednesday) and I have prayed for the longing to go, I truly hate it if I have to miss. Brylee LOVES to go too! She has Petite Praise Choir and Mission Friends and usually doesn't want to leave..thanks to her wonderful teachers! Kenny hasn't got to go as many Wednesday nights due to the basketball schedule practice, but enjoys when he goes..and was truly upset that they had a game tonight and he could not go for sure.

Bro. Billy began Rev. 1:1-6 on Sunday morning..kind of a preview for what was to come and to let us know that WE WILL receive a blessing if we read Revelations, listen to it and obey it. The house was PACKED tonight. Everyone came ready for the revealing of God's purpose, His coming and His promises! They had to open the balcony, which I haven't seen done on a Wednesday night since I have been there. It was AWESOME! Tonight was Rev. 1:7-8...only two small verses but oh so powerful..Our Lord will return and EVERY eye will see it! Isn't that awesome..for those who know Him, but oh so sad for those who don't! It breaks my heart when I see or hear people say and do things that hurt our Lord..and can only feel like a slap in the face to the One who died for THEM! If people don't truly change their ways, it shows lack of belief that the end is near. My Paw paw has preached for many years about the coming..and truly believes it is nearer now than it has ever been! I pray that through this study and my daily walk with Him that He will reveal areas in my life that need work and are not of Him and that do not glorify Him..our days are short and the work is much to be done!

That verse "EVERY EYE" will see Him and He will come in the clouds..I know we can't picture or even imagine what it will look like, but for just one moment close your eyes and try......

Isn't it amazing..and takes me to shouting ground and to holy ground all in one thought! Every trouble or trial you could possibly be going through is so minute when you think about Him coming...Him coming will SOLVE all of our problems!

Just wanted to share my thoughts tonight..I am sure I will talk some more as Wednesday nights pass..I am excited..this is my first "preach through of Revelations". Heard bits and pieces all my life, but from beginning to I come! Have a great night..and a SUPER Thursday!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Meet Stephanie...

Are you watching the Bachelor?? First of all, Jason is hot! I did feel very badly for him last season of Bachelorette. Sometimes, I hate the reality shows, because while some people do find "true love", some do get hurt and that was what happened to Jason. So, needless to say, I was extremely excited to see he would be the Bachelor. All of the girls introduced were so cheesy last night! Except one...Meet Stephanie Hogan..
Stephanie is an awesome Christian mother and loves her Sophia so much! She was actually a drug rep that visited my mother's doctor office and tried to convince them to buy the medicine she was working for. She had came for several years and she has been friends of theirs for several years, in fact through her pregnancy, husband's tragic death and until she took a job at TOC in Huntsville. She was so kind that during my father's accident and his recovery, mom said she always asks about him and how he is doing...Mom has talked non stop about her since she found out about being on the show. Mom talked about how she is genuinely kindhearted, wants the best for her child, and if love happens to happen, then so be it! If not, she knows that God has a plan for her life and fully trusts Him and is wanting to follow His plan! I think she is a winner..and really hope she wins the show. If you are watching, let me know and let me know who's your top pick for Jason!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Last of the Old Blogs

~Well, if you are reading my blog, you are not as behind as you may think...I posted in the previous blog that I was adding some blogs I had on another site, so that they could be included in my published book. I decided to do the rest, if you feel like reading, enjoy and note the dates at the top of each blog. If you enjoy the more present stuff...I will be back at it tomorrow! Hope you all had a great Monday!

Monday, June 23, 2008

2 Reasons We Are Here..To Accept Christ..and To Tell Others of His Love!
Category: Life
I have definitely had a great weekend/visit with my parents. I always love to see the joy and excitement on Brylee's face when she visits with them. Her Poppa will do anything she wants to at anytime..there is no telling her no..she is spoiled rotten when he is around. We didn't do a whole lot Mushroom...Walmart! But, it was a pleasant day and we enjoyed eachothers company. Bro. Billy was not at church today b/c Will (his son) was home from Iraq. So we had a guest preacher who was the interim before Billy. I will have to admit at first I was a little skeptical and thought he would be long winded and not...well...not what I thought I needed today..(Does that make sense)...anyway..he was an older man with white hair and moved kinda slow up the steps. He opened the Bible..and we stood for the reading of God's your Bibles to Revelation..and then I really thought..uh oh..we will be here for a while and it will be one of those hellfire and brimstone messages (which there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!!!! Just not what I "thought" I needed for today..and I thought I will have to keep looking at my cohorts..Kenny, Dad, and Mom and make sure they stay awake! HA..well, of course..God showed up and put me in my place..This man was an awesome man of God and preached the truth..and IT HIT HARD!!! In Revelation, he mentioned the realness of Hell and the fact that it is there, and will be there for all who do not accept Jesus as Lord...He went on to talk about us as the CHURCH..and that the Church is not bricks and mortar..and a building..but that WE are the CHURCH..and WE are the CHURCH Wherever we go, whatever we do and whomever we are with. We are the CHURCH and the Only Church that some people may ever think of the many people we come into contact with, work with, hang out with and even go to church with. Our lives are a living testimony of the love that Jesus Christ has done in our lives. We, as the Church, hold the Keys to the kingdom and are sometimes afraid to use it! We make up all kinds of excuses for not witnessing or living our lives for Christ. He made the comment...we are here for two give our lifes to Christ..and to tell the world about HIM...we have missionaries all over, but sometimes the biggest need is right here in our homes and in our communities...Standing up for Christ and telling others should be the easiest thing for us to do, but why does it seem so hard sometimes? We, AS Christians, have been commissioned by our Lord to GO and TELL the world! In Matthew 28, He not only tells us that, but He also tells us that He will be with us always! So why do we tighten up and try not to hurt anyones feelings or keep our salvation and the Many things Christ does for us everyday to ourselves? Especially when HE is with us!
I pray that ALL of my friends and family know Christ..and if you don't, I would love to tell you about Him and what He can do in your life..b/c I know what He has done in mine! He shows up everyday..and I do not give Him enough credit! When everything that is good is of Him! I hope and pray that I will always show His love to EVERYONE where I go..He loves us ALL..and He has forgiven us can we not love ALL and Forgive ALL?????
I don't know how you are feeling today, I just felt convicted when I heard this message..b/c God has been TOO good to me and my family for me to be quiet..I hope and pray that my ramblings are of some sort of encouragement to you as they are to me...It feels good to type it out and make myself more aware of my shortcomings! B/c there are many! Have a great Monday!!!
p.s. Funny for Brylee: We get in the car to go to school...she wants her Bible..I tell her we are going to school not closed mommy? Yep..We will go later..K Mommy! I love this precious child..You know we are still potty training..things are looking better...but she def. wanted to get a "star" for pee-peeing in the she sits on the potty...looks down..and after many attempts of pushing..she yells "GO...GO"..I had to run out of the bathroom to keep from her seeing me laugh! And of course..she just didn't have to go!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"A Person’s a person, now matter how small"
Current mood: impressed
Category: Life
I got this from a friend’s blog...and had read it to begin with, but hadn’t seen the movie. Wow is all I can say after reading this and watching the movie...take a look for yourself and think about the neat way God can communicate and the things he uses...have a blessed day!

God is communicating His big dream of ending abortion in a most profound way through the dream stream story of Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss..

Buy the book! Take everyone to the movie! Spread it around!
Support crisis pregnancy centers!

Parents... take time to read this to your children

In February 2005, a 15-year-old girl, had a dream. In the dream she saw a large, beautiful building with the words "The Who" appearing over it. She and her sisters entered the house and began to look throughout the building until they found the attic where there was a series of old books from the past that they knew would be needed for the future. She shared her dream. The dream was from God, but "What is ’The Who,’ and what are these old books?"
In this children’s book written in 1954, we find an elephant whose name is Horton- He is the purple elephant with big ears and a large trumpet. He can hear what no one else can hear--the sound of these little people called, The Whos, who live in the microscopic town of Who-ville.
In the book, we also find a kangaroo who wants to kill all the little Whos, because he cannot see or hear them. He doesn’t believe they exist. "The kangaroo is the kangaroo court!"--it stands for the Supreme Court who issued the death decree of ’73 in Roe v Wade, and legalized abortion. This is a parable from the past that was now going to be used, for the ending of abortion. The theme of the whole book amazingly is, "A person’s a person, no matter how small!" And the remedy for the crisis is that every voice must be raised loudly and urgently to rescue all the little unborn Whos. With the kangaroo’s death decree hanging over Who-ville, Horton implores the mayor "to CALL a big meeting, get everyone out, make every Who holler, make every Who shout!"

Quoted from Dr. Seuss’ book Horton Hears a Who:
And Horton called back, "I can hear you just fine.
But the Kangaroo’s ears aren’t as strong, quite, as mine.
They don’t hear a thing!
Are you sure all your boys
Are doing their best?
Are they ALL making noise?
Are you sure every Who down in Who-ville is working?
Quick! Look through your town! Is there anyone shirking?"
Through the town rushed the Mayor,
from the east to the west.
But everyone seemed to be doing his best.
Everyone seemed to be yapping or yipping!
Everyone seemed to be beeping or bipping!
But it wasn’t enough, all this ruckus and roar!
He HAD to find someone to help him make more.
He raced through each building! He searched floor-to-floor!
And, just as he felt he was getting nowhere,
And almost about to give up in despair,
He suddenly burst through a door and that MayorDiscovered one shirker!
Quite hidden away In the Fairfax Apartments
(Apartment 12-J)(12 = government; J = Justice)
A very small, very small shirker named Jo-Jo
Was standing, just standing, and bouncing a Yo-Yo!
Not making a sound! Not a yipp! Not a chirp!
And the Mayor rushed inside and grabbed the young twerp!And he climbed with the lad up the Eiffelberg Tower.
"This," cried the Mayor, "is your town’s darkest hour!
The time for all Whos who have blood that is red
(A connection with the Blood)
To come to the aid of their Country!" he said.
"We’ve GOT to make noise in greater amounts!
So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!"Thus he spoke as he climbed.
When they got to the top,
The lad cleared his throat and he shouted out, "YOPP!"
(Young Ones Praying and Prophesying)
And their whole world was saved by the Smallest of All!"
And that Yopp...That one small, extra Yopp put it over!
Finally, at last! From that speck on that clover
Their voices were heard!
They rang out clear and clean
And the elephant smiled. "Do you see what I mean?...
They’ve proved they ARE persons, no matter how small.
"How true! Yes, how true," said the big kangaroo.
"And, from now on, you know what I’m planning to do?...
From now on, I’m going to protect them with you!"
And the young kangaroo in her pouch said,..."...ME TOO!
From sun in the summer.
From rain when it’s fall-ish,
I’m going to protect them. No matter how small-ish!"

A woman received three confirmations the following day at her Day Care Center. One child came in with a Horton Hears a Who backpack, a second was carrying a Who-ville doll, but the third--a ten-year-old boy--came to her and said, "Ma’am, I had a dream last night. I dreamt of Horton Hears a Who, and all the little Whos were not saying YOPP; they were crying STOP!!!"

There is a massive cry being raised up from the young ones of the earth, praying and prophesying, "STOP ABORTION, STOP! STOP! STOP!!!!!!!!!!" What are the chances of this divine confirmation? Those who read this are now held accountable.
Soon after, another man said, "My ten-year-old daughter was reading Horton Hears a Who to her little brother." She came to her father and said, "Dad, I think this book is about ending abortion." That afternoon, he read The Elijah List article on Horton Hears a Who.
Again, amazingly,Fox Movies is doing a major motion picture in 2008, called, Horton Hears a Who, starring Jim Carrey--on the 40th year anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the year of our critical 2008 election that must bring forth a true Pro-Life president. The Lord is shouting to the nation! Will we have ears to hear?
A great convergence is upon us. If the Church understands the times and what God is seeking to bring forth, we can shout to the nation, before the movie comes out, that Horton Hears a Who is about the ending of abortion--so when millions of people watch the movie, they will all be thinking, "A person’s a person, no matter how small--The Whos are the unborn!"
God! He takes a book out of the archives of history that millions have read since 1954, pulls it out, and slams it into the present through a movie. The light penetrates the lie.
Buy the book!Take everyone to the movie! Spread it around!
"It is time for all the Whos who have blood that is red to come to the aid of their country," Suddenly, Dr. Suess kicks out of Who-ville and into national prophecy, not even knowing it.

The YOPPS Must Be HeardThe voices of Jo-Jos just bouncing their yo-yos must now be heard. The Jo-Jos are Christians who are enjoying their comfortable careers, but are oblivious to the crisis. They are the youth in our Church youth groups who play with their iPods and who browse in their Windows. While living for entertainment, they have no idea that they were meant to be a part of God’s great movement to end abortion! Their voices must be heard now!!! Let Myspace and You Tube become their Eieffelberg towers from which they shout out their YOPPS and their STOPS.

"How true, yes, how true," said the big kangaroo, "
and from now on you know what I am planning to do?
From now on I am going to protect them with you!"
Protect all the unborn little Whos, that God’s big dream will come true, and that all the Whos’ dreams could come true too. Whether you are big or small... grin.

It is profound that in the dream, the young lady saw not just one book, but a series of old books needed for the future. Read Horton Hatches an Egg. It is about a bird who wants to go play, rather than sit on her egg.So Horton, the elephant again, sits on the egg until the egg hatches. When the egg hatches, out comes, not a little baby bird, but an elephant with wings.The moral of the story is this: he who cares for the unwanted child--that child will take on the nature of the one who cared for it.

God is shouting though Horton Hatches an Egg, "Who will care for the babies?"Let the prophetic Church arise and carry the heart of Heaven! Let them hear The Call for united fasting and prayer on behalf of those who have no voice! Let the prophetic Church hear what the world can’t hear, and may they blow the trumpet once again, declaring, "God has a dream, and we have His dream, and millions will be mobilized to become the river of justice rolling down again...."

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Things on my mind...
Current mood: disappointed
Category: Life
Well, I haven't blogged in a while, and today I had a lot on my mind and figured I would type it out as a form of expression..since I have cried, told everyone I see, ..and nothing has eased it I guess I will try this outlet...I do know that everything happens for a reason and that no one comes in or out of our lives without some sort of purpose...what I don't understand is why we don't have them long enough to impact them, or do we and we just don't see the results, b/c they don't hang around long enough..Since December 4, we have received 43 new students at our school. That is a huge number for any school, but especially for Holly Hill. Alot of my kids that I get to see have rough home lifes or don't come from the best circumstances...but some of the circumstances can and should be prevented..just don't know who is the correct person to implement these decisions...obviously it is not me, or it would all be handled and we would be in a perfect world, with perfect parents, enviroments and lots of love...but that is not the case..and we just except these babies as our own and love them for the short amount of time we get them...We recieved a student this year who had numerous absents, and had already moved 3 times this year...and was on the verge of failing. She is an absolute precious child and is the one a few of us wanted to take home! One teacher said she would seriously consider it if it was possible. Well, she left recently again, b/c of some uncontrollable circumstance within her family.We spent the majority of the morning crying as we didn't know what to do witht he situation.... I won't and can't go into a lot of details on I am sure you are aware due to privacy issues, but I have to admit, this child has left two of us wondering, pondering and praying to God about why she was allowed in our life and then jerked up to be moved again..when she was begging to stay with us and how much she loved us as teachers. Did we make a difference in her life? We may never know, although we did give her numbers and addresses just in case she might need us, and secretly I think we hope that she might use the information. I have fell in love with the child and can't think about how sad it is that she might never have a chance, (WHEN I KNOW SHE COULD MAKE IT IF SHE HAD THE RIGHT CIRUMSTANCES) to succeed in life...and this kid has the want to that you don't get from a lot of students these days. They seem to accept their situation and be as sorry as some of their parents...and I am not meaning to sound like I am judging the parents, because, I do not know all of their circumstances or what some of them go through everyday just to provide food on the table, but when a child is moved 4 times in a school year with numerous absents from schools...and writes in her journal things that would make you shiver, sometimes the question becomes is this neglect???? In my opinion, yes, it is and I wish some way some how, we could take our babies home with us and provide them with what they deserve.
So all we can do now, is pray for that sweet baby and pray that God did place her in our life for a small amount of time, but that we somehow impacted her in such a positive way, that it will allow her the opportunity she deserves no matter where she goes! I also pray that God will place people in her life who truly care about her and love her like we do...I pray that one day she will remember her two teachers that loved her beyond her circumstances and wanted all the best for her in life...okay...I do feel better...I will continue to pray for her and I hope that you will too!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Worshipping the Worship
Current mood: guilty
Category: Religion and Philosophy
This a blog I copied from a friend, Misty...she wrote it, but it spoke so heavily to my heart..I will be sharing it with my worship minister..b/c I think it describes all of us at some point in our lives! And it made me stop and think and ask God to forgive me of being so guilty of this at times! HOpe you all enjoy this blog!
It had happened to me nearly every Sunday since we'd moved to central ..:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />Florida. I would go to church, pray that God would move me during the song service….and then stand there with frowny-face and crossed arms wondering what the minister of music was possibly thinking when he selected the line-up for worship that day. Church would dismiss and the words would evacuate my mouth before we even hit the parking lot; "I can't believe we actually sang 'Our God is an Awesome God' and my gosh, who knew that hymnals were even still in print!" My words would seep into Brett's ears like poison and he would begin to agree with me. "Yeah, and truthfully I really didn't think [the minister of music] had that great of a singing voice. In fact, it kind of irritated me." The conversation would continue as we piously walked to the car and popped in some Hillsong for the ride home. Thank God for recorded music. It was frustrating. Why couldn't we find a church like our old one? This church didn't worship right; in fact, they had the music all wrong. On a scale of 1-10, I'd give them about a 4.

It was during this time, and before I started working, that I drove up to visit my parents for the weekend. Visiting their church that Sunday was one of those times I will always look back on in my life and remember that God used someone as a mouthpiece to speak directly to me. Their pastor spoke about worship, and as I listened to the message, God broke my heart.

"Don't worship any other god, because I, the Lord, the Jealous One, am a jealous God." Exodus 34:14.

"Worship the Lord your God and serve him only." Deuteronomy 6:13

Simple, right? Don't worship money, don't worship your job, your car, your friends, your husband, blah blah blah; c'mon this is Sunday School stuff. We all know not to worship anything or anyone but God, right?

But what happens when we begin to worship the worship? Oops.

What happens when we take the beautiful gift that worshipping God is, and spoil it by making it all about what we want from it? WE need to feel a certain way. WE need to sing the songs that give us certain feelings. WE need to worship in a certain style to feel like we are doing it correctly. Who cares what God thinks; WE NEED TO DO IT OUR WAY. Otherwise, we're going to trash the service before we even leave the building and give it a 4 out of 10, and wonder why God can't lead us to a church that worships in the style WE are used to worshipping in.

Who are WE to demand ANYTHING from worship?

After all, worship is for Jesus, right? Worship is taking everything we are and humbling ourselves before the Lord, right? Coming to His feet and saying "I'm so totally not worthy to even speak your name." Worship is humility, reverence, obedience. Worship is a gift from God meant to be given back to God.

I wonder how Jesus would have rated my worship those Sunday mornings? Would He have said "Misty, your praise is beautiful to me." Or would He have said, you know, you barely sang, you were thinking about lunch and your arms were folded across your chest instead of lifted towards me. I give you about a 2 on that, Misty." It was a heartbreaking moment to realize that I had let God down so blatently. I was instantly so aware that the songs that we sang each Sunday were songs that God had selected for me to use as tools to praise Him. What if one of the ones I didn't like was one of His favorites?

In closing, the pastor told a story of a thriving church that was made well-known for their praise and worship service. People came from everywhere just to take part in the song service. After a while, though, it began to seem as though something was missing. Attendance began to drop. The spiritual leaders in the church came together to pray about what was happening. They soon realized that in their efforts to create "the perfect worship service," they had taken Jesus out of the equation all together and began worshipping the worship. Immediately, they eliminated all of the praise band's instruments. No more fan-fare. No more drums. No more piano. They met together and broke off into small groups and began singing songs acapella, focusing all their energy and all their hearts on praising God. Once again, the church began to thrive, and eventually they brought back the instruments and the praise team. During this time, however, the minister of music wrote a song you may have heard. I hope that the words of it speak to you as they did to me.

When the music fades
all is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
something that's of worth
That will bless Your heart

I'll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart
I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You
It's all about you, Jesus
I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it
When it's all about You
It's all about you, Jesus

King of endless worth
No one could express
How much You deserve
Though I'm weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath

I'll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart

I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You
It's all about you, Jesus
I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it
When it's all about You

It's all about you, Jesus.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Psalm 103 & Baby Emma
Current mood: touched
Category: Life
Psalm 103:3-4
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

I am sure you all remember my prayer request from a dear friend Kelli about her baby Emma who was told she had a malignant tumor and was only 6 weeks old. It was such a sad email and prompted a lot of people to call on the name of Jesus for that baby to be healed, and Praise God, we witnessed a modern day miracle when He touched her and healed her of that terrible disease. Well, I had the privilege of sitting next to that sweet baby and Kelli this morning in church. They had a wedding in Destin, and wanted to stop by and go to church with us to thank people for praying for them from Hillcrest. Bro. Billy did an awesome job of introducing the miracle of God and how we can see miracles every day if we would just look. I thank God for knowing this family and for touching my life and so many others with their story! May God continue to bless the Hayes Family and to use their situation to praise His name and to further His kingdom! Praise Be to God!!!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Just sharing some blessings!!
Category: Life
Well, tomorrow it is back to the old routine of getting up early, going to work and back in the routine. But I have to say, I have never been more excited about returning to work. Every year I have taught has been a blessing, but never has a year started off the way it is this time. I am fortunate to be a part of about 100 teachers from Enterprise City Schools who will be singing praises to Christ at 8 am in the morning at teacher institute! What a way to open up a school year! I just know that God is going to place someone in my path this year to share His love and mercy with and I pray that I will be where I need to be with Him to accomplish that task. I do not want to be a "Worthless Christian" as was preached today. God has been too good to my family for me to take Him or his mercy for granted. We have been through a lot to get us where we are today! Also, on Wednesday, we will be sharing in song "Bigger than Life" at the football stadium with the community! Teachers, students, administrators and city leaders will be uplifting the whole E-prise School System as we begin a new year and now more than ever have a harvest of students to be there for as we all remember the tornado and where we have come since then. God has been really working in my life lately and I just wanted to share some blessings with you! Pray for us and all the teachers and administrators as they go back in the classroom and work with the precious children we will encounter! I just can't wait to see what He has in store for us with all of the support we are receiving! Also, I want to thank Tracy and Brian for welcoming us into the SS class...we are going to grow and learn so much...I know!!! God sends special people in our lives just when we need them and I thank Him so much for all he has done and will do!!!! Happy New School Year to all!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Brylee Collection
My mom's friend started a small business a long time ago called "Tatum Patch Designs" out of Georgia. She did anything from dresses to ties for men. She went around to lots of craft shows and did so well, that she started a full time business out of her home expanding to things for children too. When Brylee was born, she asked us if she could use Brylee's name for her new children's collection. We told her absolutely..she even decided to set up an account for Brylee that she would put a percentage of each sale in for her future education. We were just thrilled at this idea and had no idea it would do as well as it has. She does home shows and has great prices! She went to a smocking school offered by Martha Pullen and is great at it! A lot of you have asked where I get Brylee's clothes, well, a lot have come from her...including the white pantaloon outfit in the birthday album and the watermelon smocked dress. Here is her web is not as updated as she would like it to be and is working on it, but I have also included a link to her newsletter. Diaper bags and burp clothes are the cutest things and cheap too! So please at least check her out!

I can't include the link to the newsletter, but if you are interested, send me your email and I will forward it to you!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy 2nd Mother's Day to Me!
Current mood: thankful
Category: Life
Well, today I celebrated my 2nd Mother's Day since Brylee was born! What a joy that child has been to me since she graced the world with her presence! She has been the smile, laugh and person that has kept me going and made me smile, when things seem tough. I can come home from a hard day and she just does one thing that turns my spirits completely around! She is a breath of fresh air and to me is just amazing. God really knew what he was doing when he created Brylee Jayde Hill...I think she even gives him a run for his money, or either He is just sitting up there laughing at me trying to control her! When Kenny and I first dicussed having a child, I was secretly hoping for my angel girl, and was pleasantly suprised to have her...She is truly a Mother's Day gift and I have enjoyed my day with her! We started with church, where the preacher preached on Moses and his momma. She taught him several things, but 2 of them were 1. To Know Who He was, and 2. To Know Who God was...In the end he identified and kept his faith in God, and we all know the rest of the story! I too hope that I can teach Brylee these things as she grows and learns to love God with all of her heart and to remember who she is! And that she doesn't have to change to fit in any crowd...such pressures are out there these days, and I along with most of you I am sure, don't want her to forget who her Heavenly Father is and that He loves her! Okay, so know that I am about to cry, I guess I will post the words to this song we all is perfect for the day!!! I love you all and I hope you have had a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Freedom Writers
Current mood: determined
Category: Life
Okay, so obviously I am way behind on my movie status, considering all we watch these days involves fictional, furry characters, and since the fact that Brylee owns all 4 tvs in the house! But, Kenny and I just finished "Freedom Writers" and all I can say is Wow! This was an excellent movie that I would recommend to anyone especially to teachers. Now is a great time to watch the movie, since Spring Fever has set in! We never know what our kids bring to school with them on a daily basis, or what they go home to. I think this movie's biggest message is that we have to stop and take time to not only teach them, but to love them. "Mrs. G", as they called her was a mother to a lot of the students and she earned their respect by giving respect. She didn't talk above them or down at them, but listened. I had an opportunity to be a "Mrs. G" in Atlanta, but I will be the first to admit that I failed tremendously. I don't think it was all my fault, because I came in Feb. and really didn't have a lot of time to work with them, but I began to notice a slight change in most of my students for the better towards the end of school. Most of them had problems that went beyond environment, and most were on numerous medications, but all excuses aside, this movie motivated me and I wish I would have seen it prior to my experience. I am at an awesome school now with help from Superintendent down to co-workers, and enjoy going to work everyday, but I think we should all be in love with our teaching job regardless of the students and their "baggage". So, I end this Friday night, with "Let's all try and be a Mrs. G". Have a great weekend, and go to church somewhere Sunday! God is so good to us all! love you all!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Picture Link and Blog
Current mood: grateful
Category: Life
Hey guys! After we returned from Scottsboro we were able to see firsthand some of nature's most terrifying destruction. We were actually able to walk up close to the school and in the gym. Don't know if I was supposed to, but my curiosity got the best of me since I had never seen anything like this before. I found several little items left behind, even an American History book. It still amazes me how the bulletin board you will see in the pictures is still PERFECT!!! but the gym next to it is destroyed...I know that God has a plan and everything works according to his plan and I am a little more at ease about that after our sermon this morning. Dr. Joy preached on finding an anchor to hold on to during the anchor deeper than the surface, and the only one is God himself! It was an awesome service. AJ Jackson's daddy spoke briefly about that day and his reactions still leave me in awe! He knows where his son is and wouldn't beg him back for anything! After telling Peter Dunn's momma on the day after the tragic event, that he was sorry she had lost her baby, and immediately she stopped him and said, "I didn't lose my baby, I know exactly where he is!" What an awesome testimony that these students have left behind for all of us to strive and be like! They had all the high school students, all system teachers, the superintendant and principal to come up and pray for all of us in the next days to come...I ask you to pray too that we will be able to minister to these children as they come to us and for us to say the right things and for the Glory of God to manifest itself throughout all of this! Like Dr. JOy said, the goal of the church since we have been there is praying for revival in our community! We didn't pray for this to happen to spark that, but now more than ever people are hurting and crying out for help! What an awesome harvest to be placed in, and I just hope that somehow, I can be used in this town. So with that all being said, I have uploaded the pictures to our family website instead of sending them, because there were just too please feel free to visit our page and say a prayer for our community as you do! We love you all!!!

Monday, March 05, 2007

March 1, 2007
Current mood: indescribable
Category: Life
Well, I guess I have put this blog off long enough. I have always dreaded discussing horrible things that happen or the effects they have on our lives, but I understand it is life and it does happen and sometimes talking about it helps. March 1 seemed like an ordinary day to many people in Enterprise Alabama. It was any other Thursday and people were at their schools and work getting ready for the weekend. Little did they know that by 1:15, their lives would be forever changed. I cannot say enough how blessed the Hill family feels this morning. We have thanked God numerous times that he chose to move us the day before and spare us from the terrible storm. There is no doubt in my mind that He was in control when we planned our trip to Bham/Scottsboro! If Kenny would have been at that school, he would have been right in the brunt of the storm, and by God's grace he was not! As I stated before, we are suffering from mixed emotions..from thankfulness to devastation. How selfish of me to be thankful I am alive when there are still so many suffering and so many burying their babies as I type! All I can do is pray that God will heal their families and mend this great community we are so fortunate to be a part of! I saw today where Katie's mom said that Michael was found with his arms around her trying to protect her, and what a great comfort that was knowing that she was not alone and was with someone who cared for her! I also saw where the cheerleader coach Mrs. Bridges, 5 months pregnant, risked her own life to protect her students, and one of them was quoted, "I never knew a teacher could love her students that much". Wow! What an awesome thing to know that she will be able to tell her son of this day and the courage, love, and sacrifice she showed to her students. I know that God is in control and He was there on that day, even though some may still be asking "Why God?" But He is and will always be and I know that He will take care of all affected! Please remember them in your prayers as well, and that Enterprise will come back stronger than ever!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

God's Gift to us!
Current mood: thankful
Well, here we are a year later. A year after my daddy had his accident where he fell in a 30 foot deep hole and broke his back and crushed his foot. A fall that only by the grace of our merciful God did he survive! A year ago, we were sitting in a hospital watching him lay in pain and not knowing the extent of injuries or how long it would be before his recovery. He is still not completely there, but has come a long way and made some tremendous leaps and bounds. During church our message was on the simple verse John 3:16. We all know it and repeated out loud the familiar verse. But today, Dr. Joy broke it down into 3 parts...the Cause of Christ's gift= "because he loved us", the The Cost of the gift= "His only begotten son" and the Condition of the gift= "If you believe, you have everlasting life" matter the gift we may give someone or the thought behind it, none can ever compare to God's most special gift he has given us..and it is my prayer that all of my friends have accepted this gift. We had 2 people come down for prayer, one was a lady who has just been diagnosed with cancer with 5 months to live, and another was a man about to be deployed to Iraq and leaving his family behind, and his father passed away yesterday. My heart just broke and tears flowed as I prayed with the church for these families and their needs, but at the same time in great joy that God has been so good an gracious to my family! Everyone is healthy and here. I know that could change in a heartbeat, but I thank him on this December 17 for all the many blessings, and friends we have and for those of you that have been there through everything we have faced in this past year, THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for loving us, supporting us and standing by us! May God bless you all!!!!! Kenny, Brooke and Brylee!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Unexpected Death
Current mood: crushed
Category: Life
I have a good friend who just recently lost her husband. He was in a single car accident coming home from work early Thursday morning. It immediately brought back memories of the same type thing happening to another friend of mine...alot of the same similarities...and it made me do some serious thinking...Lori is a friend I met this summer at an ARI training and is doing the same job I am at a different school in the system. We have kept in touch through emails, church and different school activities. She is an awesome person with 3 beautiful children. When I heard the news, I didn't know the name of the person, nor did I really pursue it since I dont know many people here yet. But at lunch time I heard the story and who it was. My heart literally sank in my chest! Poor all I could think! And then my immediate next thought was, Wow! that could be me as well! Every feeling from sickness, sadness, and compassion swept over me. I know death is real and has no respect of persons, but when it is a situation that is just like yours, it is even more real! He was 29, my husband is 29, we both teach, her youngest daughter is 3 months older than Brylee! As I stood in line waiting to view the body and hug her until I thought the pain would go away, I just wept inside and out for her and those babies! Her 3rd grader thought she was getting out of school to get braces and was so excited, the shock of learning the news when she found out, I am sure was just devastating! She will always remember her 3rd grade year by this. Again, as I have written before I know that God has a plan and everything is in His plan, but it is so hard for the ones left behind. Such a young, nice, happy family one day and completely torn apart the next. We truly do not know what tomorrow holds, and sometimes God uses things like this to make us stop and realize that fact! So I say to all my dear friends on here, I truly hope you know where you will spend eternity should you not be here tomorrow! I want to see you all in Heaven and you can do that by accepting the Lord as your Savior! Please don't let it be too late, and let's all try and live our lives as if today is the last day...say your I love yous and be nice to people...and please remember Lori and her family in your prayers when you pray...she is such a wonderful person and I know that God and prayers will help them get through this tough time!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

A Friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway!!!"
Current mood: chipper
Category: Life
Good times this weekend. My best friend from Daphne, Tiffany with her daughter Rowan and visited with us this weekend. We always have the best time and really just enjoy being around eachother..We can just sit and do nothing and have a great time. Brylee got to practice her 'sharing' skills with Rowan, since now she can crawl and explore things. She did pretty good, unless it was her favorite toy and she would just take it and put it away, or hand it to me. When Rowan would cry, I would pick her up and immediately Bry would start crying, so don't guess she is ready for that sibling just yet! We went to Dothan on a shopping journey on Saturday. I say "journey" b/c by the time the girls were dressed cute, one crying, one fussing and whiny, strollers loaded, snacks and diaper bag prepared, carseats buckled and ourselves looking halfway decent...we made it there! Had lunch at O'charley's, trip to That Store, Kids Korner and then finally destination...home for naps, baths and crash time for mommies! We have decided it isn't as easy as it used to be and the next time, Daddys will be on DD (daddy duty)! But we did have a wonderful time and I am so thankful to have such great friends as her to enjoy weekends with!

Category: Blogging
We officially did it! We have been struggling over getting Bry's ears pierced for sometime...just afraid..and worried. Stupid I know...but we decided to go ahead and do it before she gets any we did it today..during LSU's halftime..Kenny was disgusted, so he went along. She did great and didn't cry until after it was over and only for a short cute.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Mission Complete
Current mood: content
YaY!!! I had the Lasik procedure done on yesterday...I am now able to see without any aid! I can see 20/15 both eyes...20/15 left eye and 20/20 right I am about as normal as you can get and I love it! The huge speculum thing they put in your eye to hold it open was EXTREMELY uncomfortable, but def. wouldn't stop me from doing it was worth it.., the whole atmosphere was like an episode of Star Wars...very high tech and they way they called things out and thanks to all who said a prayer or remembered me! It was worth it and I would recommend my doc to anyone! So, went home this weekend..had a very good time...very jammed packed though with ballgames, birthday party, church, family etc. That is the only bad thing about a short trip, is not enough time..but I do have a few new pics I will be posting soon! Take care and have a Happy Wednesday!!!!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Current mood: indescribable
Category: Life I have always wanted lasik surgery, but been too afraid or didn't have the money and now I am ready..went to the eye dr. for the evaluation today and all the tests ran. I am a good candidate and the date is set, Oct. 2!!! YAY for me! I long for cute sunglasses, while still being able to see and for just me,,,no stupid rims around the eyes! So remember the date and say a short prayer around 1:30.
Also, I am a little concerned with somethings going on. In the past year, I have been associated some way with 5 suicides. Well, not associated, but it has affected someone in my town, family, church, or schools. One being a 9 year old and a 21 year old. I am at a complete loss of words for these dear people and the families they leave behind. How sad to leave so many people with unanswered questions. But at the same time, how could things get so bad that you feel you have absolutely no one to turn to? I mean, NO ONE! And especially these young lives with so much ahead of them. I have been through some really tough times in my life, but none to the point that taking my own life would be an option. I just wonder if there are signs that we or friends missed. It breaks my heart to know that one who was my daddy's best friend felt that was the only situation. Wow, it killed us all, but at the same time brought to the realization that we never know what someone is going through, and even though we may think it is small, you never truly know the burden they are carrying or hiding deep inside. I know this is a touchy subject, but it has just been on my heart to have so many in such a short period of time! A friend had sad they were really frustrated, kinda confused, and extremely sad over learning of one's passing...and I thought that was a meaningful way of putting it into perspective!
I know that you will continue to keep all your families in your prayers and remember them. May God bless them all and place a peace over them through there times of need...and read up on the signs you should look for and maybe, just maybe we all can save a life before it is too late sometime! I love you all!!! Brooke

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Does my baby get carsick?
Current mood: frustrated
Okay..first of all, we have been traveling since Brylee was literally 1 week old. She made her first long trip to Scottsboro and since then has been back and forth to Georgia, Enterprise, Daphne, Scottsboro and all around windy roads, straight roads, curvy and loopy with NO problems. But this past Saturday, we all loaded up to hit some yard sales, and within 5 minutes of being in the car, Brylee threw up..not spit up..threw up. Once she did it, she was fine. This Saturday we went to a kids clothes sale in Ozark, about 25 miles away...made it there fine, then went to Dothan..fine...came home and on the road to our house, she threw up again..not spit up..threw up! Again, perfectly fine once it was all out...which leads me to believe it is not a virus, and why is it only happening on Saturdays??? Our car seat cannot be stripped without going through a huge process of using a screwdriver, so we have to hose it down and manually wash it outside and let the sun dry it. 2nd Sat. in a row..the neighbors are going to think that we wash carseats on sat. along with yardwork! Just wondering if anyone else deals with this or your opinion. I have a nephew who does and he is in 7th grade..I have heard some kids grow out of it...but ??? I!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

*~No Excuse Sunday~*
Current mood: happy
Category: Religion and Philosophy
Wow! What a Sunday! Once again we had a powerful sermon both morning and evening. This morning was about what kind of church member are you...1..attending...2...Apathetic...3...Awakened (what we all should strive for) So he went on to say we need to have the no excuse Sunday which was pretty hilarious, but sadly true! It doesn't matter what we "need" to do on Sunday, that is God's day and it should be devoted to him! Lord, help me to remember that and not be guilty of such easy excuses! Also, to find where in Hillcrest I can best serve you and store some more crowns so I can place them at your feet to say Thank You someday! PM service was about where I can be used, whether it be the children's ministry, choir, or youth...please guide me Dear Lord. He spoke of the crowns and how they are earned..I began to search my own life and in no way have I done all I needed to do or should have done since I accepted the Lord as Savior. I pray that my life will reflect more on him and do way more now than I have ever done before for His Glory! We have an awesome new building for children ($7 million building) that is only a testament of the faithfulness the members have and their strong passion for the children.God has truly blessed them in so many ways..I hope to be apart of raising my child and helping to raise others there! Here is a list of the no for your enjoyment! Have a blessed week! Love to all!!!
To make it possible for everyone to attend church this Sunday, we are going to have a special "No Excuse Sunday":
Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, "Sunday is my only day to sleep in."
There will be a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that our pews are too hard.
Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV late Saturday night.
We will have steel helmets for those who say, "The roof would cave in if I ever came to church."
Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold, and fans for those who say it is too hot.
Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present.
Relatives and friends will be in attendance for those who can't go to church and cook dinner, too.
We will distribute "Stamp Out Stewardship" buttons for those that feel the church is always asking for money.
One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature.
Doctors and nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday.
The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who never have seen the church without them.
We will provide hearing aids for those who can't hear the preacher and cotton wool for those who think he's too loud!
Hope to see you there!
- Source Unknown

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

New Beginnings!
Current mood: peaceful
Category: Life an update..i promise to try and be brief! Have you ever heard the name "Fred Luter"? Well, he is a sanctified, holy, annoited man of God! He has a message and a testimony that you MUST hear in person before you die! Seriously, he is a powerful preacher and it is very evident in his ministry and church. He came to Hillcrest for our last Magnificient Monday and preached. He is the pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. Wow, our church is really on fire and is praying for a spiritual awakening in our area and I believe it has begun. The holy spirit came down and you would've thought our southern baptist, predominately white church was a good old spirit filled black church! He was very Powerful! I am still on a spiritual high from his message! So, I guess you can tell, we love, love, love our new church! Dr. Billy Joy is our pastor and he too is on fire for God! I love when you enter a church and you can tell that God is in the midst!
I went to my school to see my "spot"...I say that b/c I will be going in and out of classrooms, so, Mr. Stewart has put me on the STAGE!!! HA! I have a desk, 2 tables, bookshelf...t.v and vcr! I even have a name tag above my door entering the stage..pretty cute! But on the other hand, I do get a laptop...I asked for one since I am floating! So, he graciously got me one. I got to meet some of the staff, the custodians and the lunchroom workers...those are your best friends at a school!
Brylee began daycare yesterday...she had a great day, but got her iniation ceremony...another little girl "rachel" bit her on the side of her face where her temple is! How that happened ,,,,i don't know...poor baby, she still has a mark today. But I encouraged the workers to watch her better. Apparently she is known for this type of behavior. I just hope Brylee doesn't pick it up, but knowing her, she will to defend herself, b/c she can hold her own. So, I took her back today and she seemed to be enjoying the kids and toys. I think it is going to be a pleasant experience for her.
Kenny finally got him a new lawn mower, edger, and blower, so he is in "hog heaven"....since he blew the other one up. He loves his lawn and I am excited to see him loving to mow and plant and all that good stuff. He thinks we have the "most improved" lawn so far..and he swears that next year, we will have the "Most Beautiful" for me, I am enjoying these last few days before school starts. Until next time...

Sunday, January 4, 2009

2nd Post of My Old Posts

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Bday and move!
Current mood: relieved
Okay, here is a little update since the move...the weekend before, Kenny was going to drive his 1988, 500,000+ mile corolla down since we didn't want to have to pay 400extra dollars for the towing...He got about to Opelika and called me to come get him. It had broken down forever. He sent me the cutest pic text of it and the title was "DeathBed" it is still on 85..he is going to get a junkyard to tow it..b/c we have spent way too much money on that thing as it is and it really isn't worth much at all!!!! The whole moving experience was not exactly what you would call smooth...the secretary was not very honest with us and her boss..she was telling two way stories and the result ended up our stuff was a day late! Luckily Kenny had saved a voicemail where she told us one thing but said another to her boss! It was funny when Kenny let him hear it when our stuff was FINALLY delivered! He knocked 200dollars off the price which helped out a bit! We had Brylee's bday at my aunt CJ's house! She had a blast except for the whole Elmo Scare! She was terrified! Which totally shocks me b/c she loves Elmo, but I guess it was a huge difference than the little image u see on this Elmo (Kenny) didn't dance around and sing like the real one! He was toooo hot! Other than that, not much is going on here just enjoying the lazy days of summer!

Monday, June 26, 2006
Okay...blogging time! I guess I have to if Avery is finally doing it! LOL...anyways, this has been one crazy week indeed, well 2 weeks for that matter. I didn't publicly post anything about this, b/c I wanted to find out the end results before I did, but when we took Brylee for her 1 year old checkup a while back, her blood counts were extremely high...which could mean things from infection to cancer...well, being a mommy and a daddy, we were very scared that it might be the latter. We had to wait two weeks to find out if they were still high or normal. We prayed and prayed and seeked God's guidance in this "problem". Thanks to a good myspace friend, she prayed peace over me and to help me deal with whatever might come...and I was okay with it, but still praying for God to either let it be just infection or to heal her! We hung Bible verses on the fridge, and I prayed more than I have in a long time! Well, it worked!!!! We took her back Friday and she was very much normal!!!! Praise God!!! I guess he wanted to get me a little closer to him! Went home for a very sad funeral this weekend. My daddy's best friend took his own life and left a lot of people with unanswered questions and concerns. Being his best friend, they knew more than I know or even wont to know, but you never know just how bad something can be to someone or what they are going through on a daily basis...I really hate that it had to come to this. The family needs your prayers and thoughts! I can't imagine dealing with that on a family is hard enough being a friend! On Sunday, our preacher preached on the importance of Praise! He challenged us to say prayers with no requests, just thanking God for your blessings. There is no way we can name them all, but it has been very interesting trying. Everytime on the way home yesterday, that I would pray thanking for something, it would spark another blessing. If you thank for your jobs, along with that comes, financial blessings, food, clothes, homes, and so forth. God is so good and even in hard times like what we faced this weekend, he is still there and will wrap his strong hand around us if we will let him! I challenge you all to just spend a prayer today thanking him for your blessings without asking for anything in return! I felt so bad asking for healing of Brylee when I haven't even thanked him for her health that day! it is something that I had taken for granted!
Okay, I will go and clean house or something now!!! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

3 Year Anniversary!!!!
July 14, 2006
Current mood: happy
Category: Romance and Relationships Tuesday will be 3 Years of blissful marriage for Kenny and I. I honestly cannot believe it has been 3 years. I mean! Wow...i guess time does truly fly when you are having fun! So much has changed and happened in those years! Different people have come and gone in our lives and Dear Gussy we have moved so many times! I believe a couple who packs up a complete house and moves it 3 times can make it through anything! Seriously! That is a job...organization and skill which i had none of..but think i should go into business now!

In those 3 years, we have been through a lot of ups and downs as my grandma used to call them,,,but thankfully we have made it and are stronger than ever today! We have both grown as people and as a married couple growing together. I think there is tons of room to still grow, but it wouldn't be any fun if we stopped at mediocre when we can be so much better. One of my favorite ministers to listen to is Joel Osteen, and he is always talking about expecting more as God's children! I thought that was selfish at one time, but I truly believe that we should want to be more and to be better as a representation of the greatest power among us....God!
In those 3 years, we have been truly blessed to have a beautiful baby girl Brylee Jayde! I think God has used her to help us and to bring us to reality at how precious life is and how precious our loved ones and family truly are! We absolutely adore her and are so proud that he chose us to be her parents and to steer her in the right direction.

I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful husband and I thank God for him daily! He isn't perfect, but trust me NEITHER am I! So, just wanted to share this with you and to thank you as friends for being there for us, supporting us and being our friend. We are truly blessed to have such awesome friends and family! We will be back at the beach for our anniversary! Even though the area is so different b/c of the storm, the place is there and we will be reminded of who we are, where we came from and all that God has protected us through in 3 years!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Something New for a Few Days

This is the Hill's blog, this is our life, this is our record..and I plan really soon to publish it in a book. Will anyone buy it? Doubt it..probably won't even be for sale, but will be in our possession for many generations to come. I am thankful this blog world has given me an opportunity to record the little things we might have forgotten in our lives. So that leads me to my next endeavour, since I had previously blogged on myspace, I have several blogs I would like to include on this blog. I will begin doing that in the next few days. I will post the actual date it was written, but it was important at one time, and I do want to have in in my current blog. Please forgive me if you have read it before, and if you have not read them..ENJOY!

Sunday, March 19, 2006
First Blog
Current mood: chipper
Category: Life
Okay...let's see..Brylee stayed at her first babysitter last night (that wasn't family). It is friends we have had since I was like 2, but still not family...she did GREAT! She was the life of the 50-60 Sunday School party and made a few older ones feel young again! Kenny and I went with friends to a play at the Atlanta Civic Center! We had a blast! Almost late b/c of I-75...but we made it!!! I hate ATL traffic!!! We had a fun "date" But we both missed Brylee terribly! We hurried to get her after the show! She is still got a snotty nose, and I was sure it was allergies, but now I think it might be a cold! All we have done for 2 days is wipe snot!!! Anyways...that is all that is going on here,,,just wanted to post since I haven't...oh yea...class of 99 girls,,,check out my new pics...we found one on an old disc of some of us at Memory Day 98! Too cute!!!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2006
Georgia Aquarium
Current mood: disappointed
We went to the Georgia Aquarium today. I was not impressed, especially since it is supposed to be the "world's largest aquarium" has to be square footage wise, because as far as I am concerned the Tennessee Aquarium had much more to offer. It did have a beluga whale and a few sharks that were interesting, but that was about it. We were in and out in an hour and a half...Kenny thinks they might be going to add on some more things. So anyways, at least we went and got to see the beautiful colors...brylee loved it especially the penguins. She was more interested in the people around her than the animals! HA...did you know that certain fish start out female and then can become male?????? STRANGE!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Moving Again
Current mood: thankful
Okay so we are moving again! I feel like a mixture between a gypsie and a military brat! Poor Brylee, she has lived in Daphne, Scottsboro, Atlanta, and now Enterprise all before she is one year old! But all moves have been for the better. Kenny and the head coach at Tri-Cities were offered positions in Enterprise Alabama which is about 30 miles from Troy and Dothan. They were given deals they couldn't refuse and the staff and superintendent have been AWESOME to us!!! It is always a hardship and a struggle when you move, b/c you want to make the right move, but everytime we have moved the perfect house or job is always waiting, so it makes you think you are doing the right thing or either the Devil continues to paint a pretty picture. We looked at a house last week there and as luck would have it, the couple is moving in perfect timing for us to move in May 31. So we will be packing and moving so Kenny can begin work June 1. Nothing can be worse as far as my job goes than it is here. I feel like I have been a glorified babysitter, parole officer, counselor, mother etc...but definitely not a teacher!!!! It has been awful! The kids, staff and parents are out of control and word to the wise, if anyone ever offers you a position at any place close to "college park, where they chop cars",,,,DO NOT TAKE IT!!!!! So just continue to pray for us in this endeavor we are taking again! Pray that we will find a good daycare, friends, and church that we can serve our Lord and Savior! A friend once said....
Life is good... couldn't be better.. We definitely have no complaints. Despite our sinfulness and constant mistakes the Lord continues to bless us, love us and claim us as His...what a GLORIOUS thing!!
I couldn't put that any better...God is good and we thank him for all his love, grace and mercy!!!!!!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

I've been tagged... I got tagged by Aunt goes...
SCATTERGORIES.. it's harder than it looks! Link to this post, erase my answers, enter yours, and tag 10 people including the one that sent this to you.
Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following. They have to be real places, names, things. Nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same 1st initial.. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question. And you can not use the same word twice

Your name
Blueberry Slush
Bar of soap
Backup in traffic

~I tag..Kristin, Lisa, Hayli, Tiffany, Brandy, Laura Beth, Ann, Elizabeth, Tanya, and Kelli.

Happy 60 Years MawMaw and PawPaw!

Today marks 60 years since my grandparents were married. I consider myself to be very blessed not only because they are here with me still, but also because they are still married. You and I both know that in today's time, being married over 10 years says alot! So, to stay with the same person for 60 years says quiet alot of how it is supposed to be! Till death do you part is the ole saying, and apparently when my grandparents said it, they meant it! A lot of people say it takes 2 for a marriage to work, but the last time I tried that, it was failing. A marriage takes 3..husband, wife and most importantly GOD! Without him, our human needs and wants will take over and it is sure to not make it. I know that when God made woman, he knew that man NEEDED that my grandparent's lifetime, I have seen them in the good times and in the bad times...and I have seen them both take care of each other through sickness and health. When I talked to my grandpa today, he was so excited that they had won the birthday and anniversary club and was telling me all the coupons they received to local restaurants. I know that they will miss Mawmaw's cooking for awhile, but both will get a break in the kitchen. I love you Mawmaw and Pawpaw, and I am so blessed to have you and share this day with you! May you continue to be an example to me and my family of how it should be done and how it can make it! We love you so much!!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome 2009

Wow! 2009 is here..we are so blessed and so glad to be here..and are really looking forward to what the new year has in store for the Hill Family!

I have SO much to talk about, but not so much time to type. We have had a wonderful Christmas..we began at Kenny's mother's house, my family, his aunt's and spent a week in Scottsboro while Kenny had to go back for ballgames. It has been jam-packed with fun and we have enjoyed every minute of it. During the week, a few of us got together and had dinner, Brylee played with friends, Druw, then Bella and Kenzie, (since their mother had an unfortunate mishap). Spent the night in ATL with the LSU Tigers and helped celebrate NEW YEARS and the massive win over Georgia Tech. We stayed in the same hotel as the team and their family, so we literally got to hang out with them and take tons of pictures. We are now in Cartersville visiting with our lifelong friends George and Ann and their new grandbaby Wyatt. We shall head home tomorrow sometime.

I hope everyone reading this is having a great 1st day of 2009 and hope you will continue to follow " A Moment in the Life of a Hill"..