Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Woke up

with this song in my head.

Monday, February 27, 2012

When Heaven Invades Earth

I love to read, yet the past few months I just haven't been in the mood.  It took me a few months to read this book, but because I haven't felt like reading, not because it's slow or not worth the time to read it.  Bill Johnson challenged me to get off my butt and really trust God to work.  We really can experience so much of heaven on earth: worshiping the Lord, people being restored to full health - physically, emotionally, spiritually, and just being in awe of the God that created us all, died for His people, and longs to be in a relationship with us.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I read this question the other day and it stopped me in my tracks:

When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different? 

I want to be different on Easter than I am today.  I want to know Jesus more than I do right now, I want to have a deeper understanding of His sacrifice for me, and I want to be more grateful for the freedom I have only because Jesus conquered death for me.

I'm not giving anything up this year for lent.  Too easy for me to pick something with an ulterior motive -- sweets and maybe I'll drop a pound, too, etc...  Too easy for me to get caught up in what I'm doing rather than caught up in my relationship with my savior.

I'm not necessarily taking anything else on.  The very thought of taking something else on in my life makes me more tired.  But, I want to remember that the tomb was found empty.  That after Jesus died, He rose.  Him rising makes him more than a good man, more than a teacher, more than a prophet.  Him rising makes Him God.  God that wants a relationship with me...and with you!  Out of His grace and mercy, Him rising has given me life.  Yes, that's what I want my next 40 days to be about: the relationship, the life, I have with Jesus.

Monday, February 20, 2012

DA craziness

Leigh sent this to me the other day...Saturday...when I became obsessed with Downton Abbey.  O'Brien is less than nice and certainly not a favorite of mine.  But, boy, does she clean up nice!


I've been feeling pretty good and doing pretty well with my interval training for the bridge run.  I have to say, the podcasts help so much!  The music is pretty peppy and it really helps having someone else tell you when to run and when to walk.  Last Thursday I did my longest run yet -- a straight 20 minutes!  When the gal first told me I was going to do that, I assumed I'd heard her wrong an started the pod cast over.  No, I had not.

While the first five minutes were a bit painful, I got into a decent grove and by God's grace made it the entire 20 minutes!  The Bridge Run will be here before I know it.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Are you looking for another TV show to get hooked on?!  Look no further than this.  So well done.  So easy to get sucked into the stories.  So worth it.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Most of you have heard of Beth Moore, but have you heard of her sister, Gay?  I read about her this week and loved hearing her story of redemption.  Her candid words share of being brought low via alcoholism, yet also of the grace and passionate love of the Lord God.

Check her out here.  And continuing here, here, and here.

For great is your steadfast love toward me, you  have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.  psalm 86:13

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Red Velvet Cookies

Mom sent me this recipe yesterday and I talked her into making them for me.  Oh wow, they are incredibly delicious!  I think I ate 4?  Oops!  We followed the recipe except we didn't have the two hour chill time, so we put them in the freezer for a few minutes and went from there.  So, so good!  Too bad they're all gone (because I shared with others); otherwise, I'd be eating some for breakfast.

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    In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. 2
    Beat in the egg.
  3. 3
    Beat in the vanilla extract.
  4. 4
    Beat in the cake mix.
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    Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls.I've chilled batter overnight and it comes out fine.
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    After batter has chilled and you're ready to make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F.
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    Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner's sugar.
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    Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
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    Bake 12 minutes. The cookies should remain soft and gooey.
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    Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners' sugar, if desired.
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    To make these devilishly rich, I also top the cookies with cream cheese frosting, which is simple to make. I use Bev's Cream Cheese Frosting (Cream Cheese Frosting), but double the vanilla. Or, if I'm making them for people I know have more of a savory tooth than sweet, I'll triple it to a full tablespoon.  {we didn't do this and they were still awesome!}

Monday, February 13, 2012

Men in tights

Since the last time I posted about volunteering at the local middle/high school, things have gotten much better!  I hang out with my 8th grader friend, "DK" and we work through math problems (my favorite) or learn social studies.  He's a sweet, well mannered boy and I really enjoy our time together.  Today we were learning about Nationalism, Napoleon, and the formation of Italy and Germany as states.

DK:  Napoleon wore tights (making a strange face).
Me: Yes, but that was in fashion back then; all the men wore tights.
DK: Oh... really?  Um...I don't feel comfortable wearing skinny jeans...
Me: That is perfectly ok.

I found it pretty hilarious.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Couch to 5k

slash couch to 10k training is going surprisingly well.  Just 9 weeks until the bridge run!  Maggie told me about podcasts that tell you when to do what.  I gave it a whirl tonight for the first time and I have to say, it really helped!  The less I have to think about when to run, the better.  Check them out:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Yes, it's true.

One month from today, I'll be in Nicaragua!  Flying into Managua; spending most of our time in Chinandega.

highs and lows.

Low.  Yesterday was certainly a day of highs and lows.  It was a struggle to be at work -- just hard and almost had me in tears at times.

High.  I went walk/running after work.  Early February, yet 75 degrees.  Running along the Battery reminded me, once again, that I live in one gorgeous place.  There are reasons why Charleston has been deemed the best city in the country and the world.  

Low.  The dude in this car below had a much worse day than I did.  He threatened to blow up his car on the Ravenel Bridge.  Thus, the bridge was closed for hours.  People re-routed around the peninsula, and were stuck in traffic for hours.  I was supposed to go into Mt. Pleasant, but never made it.  They caught the fella but had to clear the cars that were evacuated on the bridge.  After driving around for a while, I peaced out and headed home.  Thank the Lord, no one was hurt; I hope this man is able to get some help.

High.  Since my plans in Mt. Pleasant were foiled, I treated myself to a Kashi frozen pizza, a light beer, and lots of homemade cookie dough.  Then, I ended up going to small group with Marifrasier.  It was a cool and challenging time together.

Yesterday reminded me of this quote by Rick Warren: 

I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore. Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life. No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day

I don't care what that little animal says, I'm hoping for a continuance of this spring-like weather.  It is currently 71, bright and sunny outside, with a high of 75 degrees.  This bodes well for me and current lack of SAD.  This also bodes well for my Bridge Run training.  I actually ran last night for 8 of 30 minutes.  Today there should be more running...such a challenge for me.  Yet run/walking in great weather in the beautiful city I call home is about as good as it gets.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oh so different.

I talked to my brother the other night as I was walking around my neighborhood. We had a good time catching up and somewhere along the way this happened:

Me: How cold is it there (Chicago)?
Nathan: Not too bad...
Me: So, like 20 degrees?
Nathan: I don't know; I'm not wearing gloves and my hands are alright.
Me: You know what's ironic?
Nathan: You are wearing gloves.
Me: You got it!