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Archive for March, 2012

Friday Sing-a-Long: “Jump!”


It’s Friday!

So it is time for another installment of “Friday Sing-a-Long” with MercyMe and one of their Cover Tune Grab Bag songs. These guys crack me up.

Enjoy your Friday and sing along if you know it… and you know you do!  (more…)

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March 2012 Ministry Update – Back to India!


Happy Spring!

Yes, you read it right – I am going back to India! I am very excited about returning to STEPS Home and the city of Chennai. I definitely left a piece of my heart there in December. Below you will find all of the details of my trip as well as how you can help! I am also building a small team to take over with me. If you know anyone who is interested in a summer mission trip to an orphanage, let me know, send them my way, or send them this link. (more…)

8 Days Without Dew


I have officially made it eight days on a new reduced Dew plan. I have felt like for some time now, I should reduce the amount of Mountain Dew that I consume. Not that I’m consuming obscene amounts, but one can or small bottle every afternoon isn’t totally necessary. I have gone without it before, but I do enjoy the taste of it, and usually end up back into the daily habit. I think part of the problem was that I’ve had an all-or-nothing/cold-turkey approach to it previously. This usually sets me up for failure. (more…)

A Night with Hillsong United


On March 17, I finally got to see the reality of a long-awaited dream – to see Hillsong United in concert. Hillsong United is a worship band from Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. They rarely tour, so catching them in a nearby city in the US is difficult. But they came right here to Knoxville. It was for a larger conference weekend, but we were able to get tickets to just their concert. And it was awesome!

Here is a taste of their music:  (more…)

The many ways being a four year old is hard! (As per my four year old)


Anne’s little guy Tobin makes me laugh so hard! This is a great example why. lol

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According to my four year old  son, being four is way harder than being two.Which just so happens to be the age of his younger brother.  Like many homes in the midwest and America, gathering around the table for dinner often brings about amazing and memorable conversations. On such an evening in our home, my four year old son began discussing the many ways being a four year old is “Oh So Very” hard.

“Mom.” he began, “Being four is way harder than being two. Now, just listen Mom…..shush…just listen! I have really been thinking about this! Grandma and Grandpa’s buy me really amazing and expensive gifts and I have to share them! Is this really fair?”

I thought back to all of the stolen train tracks, drool covered legos and couldn’t help but be sympathetic to his plight!

His list of difficulties continued….

” I know a lot, I…

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The Blessing of Running Water


When was the last time you thanked God that you have running water whenever you go to the faucet? I know I take it for granted all too often.

“While some are used to clean water as something ordinary, for millions finding it is a daily struggle. In India’s Mumbai many local families lack adequate water supply – although they say some have enough to pour away. RT’s Priya Sridhar found out how difficult the search for water can be, even in the country’s economic hub.” (more…)

Pineapple Delight


I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with some of my friends from Fellowship Church. We had an “It’s Not Easy Being Green” party, where everything was green-themed, including the food. So for my food items, I brought a fruit salad made entirely of green fruits (grapes, kiwis, Granny Smith apples, and pears) and Pineapple Delight (also known as Men’s Delight).

Pineapple Delight is what you would call a “salad” in the Midwest, meaning that it is usually Jell-O based and has some type of fruit in it. This is one of my favorite salads – I remember my great-grandmother making it for holidays. And it is very easy to make.

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