Tuesday, December 23, 2008
My sister may not be blogger of the year, but she is definitely Mom of the Year!
My niece...my heart.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Have no fear...Paul Eugene is here! This is little 9 minute video will help you Give Him Praise and burn calories at the same time!
Put your tennis shoes and your favorite workout gear on. It's time to get your heart pumpin' and give Him praise!
So...do you feel your PRAISE coming on?
***Special thanks to Scott for introducing me to Paul Eugene. Make sure to check out YouTube for many more Paul Eugene workouts!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Cason, Kat and I rode all of the rides. Really, I think the only rides we didn't do were the ones that were for kids only and the teacups. I don't have my map handy, so I can't go into detail on all of the rides, but here is is on a high level. Cason and Kat cooperated and rode Peter Pan, Mr. Toad and Nemo for me. I was a trooper and did Indiana Jones, Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean for them. Then we all enjoyed Splash Mountain, It's a Small World and Matterhorn.
Lines were pretty short...the longest one was to see the princesses! Yes...we waited.
For those of you that are wondering...Land or World?...my personal opinion is World. However, I am so glad that I was able to see Disneyland for myself. What a treat! I can hardly wait for my niece to not be afraid of characters so I can go again!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
We didn't have tons of time, but made our way to the Hollywood stars and Disneyland. Another highlight of the trip was our dinner at In-N-Out! As you'll see from the pictures...it definitely lived up to all of the hype!
I'm trying to help a friend elimiate sweets by cutting down on my intake...but I don't know when I'll get a chance to have anothe INO shake again. :)
Off to Hollywood to walk it all off!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Off to catch a plane--4 states in 4 days is a little tiring--but the work and travel part will be over tonight. That leaves us some time to take in the sights of Hollywood tonight. Guess what's on tap for tomorrow?? DISNEYLAND! I can hardly wait! Definitely more pictures to come.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Then Thanksgiving came...and Thanksgiving went...and the visits came to a halt. I'm not going to lie. I didn't like it. Not one bit. I had grown used to seeing the people that I loved. Don't get me wrong...it's normal for me to go weeks, even months without seeing family and friends from my college and high school days, but seeing them so much reminded me of how much I enjoy that time.
Thankfully, there is one friend...and a super sweet fiance'...that always just seem to sense when I'm missing home the most, and they always come through. Sweet Natalie called last week and told me that she and Scott wanted to meet me at our half-way spot for lunch and shopping on Sunday. She set it up like it was her plan, like she was the one that was missing me, but I know she was really doing it because she knew I needed a little pick-me-up. Thanks to Natalie and Scott...and Scott's friend Dan...for making the half-way trip. I want you all to know that even though we meet half-way, y'all are definitely all-the way friends!
Here are a few pictures before we had to part ways at one of our favorite places...defintely Scott and Natalie's favorite place...Starbucks! Please note that I realize I look like death warmed over. There was really nothing I could do about it, as this was before I was introduced to the wonders of Mucinex D.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
For the past few years around my birthday, I have taken time to think about the year past and set goals for the year ahead. Part of that includes finding a Bible verse and quote to frame the year. After much though, help from friends and family and lots of prayer...I've finally found them. I know this upcoming year is going to have a lot of changes. That helped to narrow down the options somewhat. Still, it was harder than years past because I'm so excited about being 24. I've never been so excited about a new year of life. I had to find a verse and a quote to live up to the excitement.
I won't keep you any longer...here they are...the Bible verse and quote for year 24...
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" --Isaiah 6:8
Change can be scary, but I pray that I will always be willing to go where the Lord leads. This year, I will strive to trust the Lord with my life...not just my salvation.
The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place. --Barbara Deangelis
I love to dance! Now, I may not be really good at it, but I sure do enjoy moving and grooving to some of my favorite songs. I don't know what kind of woman I'm going to be a year from now, but this quote makes me think that it's going to be a fun journey!
Do you have a verse or quote for the year...maybe even a life verse?? If so, please share!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
My sweet friend Ashleigh has this little project going on called the Thankfulness project. She is pretty much blogging each day about something, someone, or really anything that she's thankful for. I was catching up on some of her most recent posts today and noticed that on November 21, my birthday, she had written the sweetest post ever about how she is thankful for me...ME folks. It was most definitely one of the sweetest things that anybody did for me this year. I printed it out so fast...and put it in a safe place so I can reread it on those yucky days. :)
So I'm borrowing her idea for the day (remember it's December 1) and doing a little thankfulness project of my own. You see, today is a really special day because 28 years ago, my older sister Cile was born.
I have so many reasons to be thankful for my sister...here's the short list
- She is many things to many people, but first and foremost, she is a Christian. While others can search for years for a strong Christian influence, I have been blessed with a sister who trusts the Lord in each situation. Life doesn't always turn out how we thought it would, or how we want it to, but she never complains. She is such a great example of someone that doesn't allow the circumstance to dictate her actions. She just trusts the Lord and looks for his plan.
- She is a wonderful mother! I don't know of any person that is more calm and patient than Cile, and being a Mom has only magnified those traits. My niece is one of the sweetest little girls, but she is 2, and every 2 year old has their moments. Even during those trying times, my sister NEVER raises her voice. Watching her interact with her little girl brings me so much joy. She recognizes that life is short and takes every opportunity to bring elements of fun to everyday life. If I'm blessed with children one day, I hope that I can be half the mom that she is!
- She is really good at paving the way. When I was growing up, I may have said that I didn't like it when people said that I reminded them of my sister, but that was just a ploy. I absolutely loved it...and still do. Even though I may have talked a big game and acted like I wanted to do my own thing, looking back, I did so many things just like her. Same classes in school, same clubs, same college, same sorority...even the same major and minor. All that sameness, and 4 years age difference, meant that whenever it was my turn to do something, most of the time people remembered my sister. I was never embarrassed to hear people say, "that's Lindsey, Cile's little sister," because I knew that the legacy that she left was a good one.
- She always makes time. Now that we are older and life is busier, we don't always have time to talk like we used to, but every time I need her, she is always there. She listens intently and always gives sound, Godly advice.
If it's any consolation, I have a lot of blogs built up in my head, and I've got some free time tonight, so maybe I'll have a chance to blog dump tonight. :)
But, I just couldn't wait to share this with y'all. I'm actually stealing the idea from my wonderful roomie...check out her blog and be sure to click over to listen to and read about the song Glorious Interruption
Praying that the Lord will invade my plans and dreams this Christmas season, and every season after, and that I will REJOICE in the Glorious Interruption that He gives!