Thursday, December 2, 2010

Heather's Twins - PRAYERS

Can everyone please pray for my friend Heather and her twins agian.  She is at the ER with them now, and they think it's RSV.  Please pray!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


The words are so powerful!!!  Just listen to the song and let it sink in...especially the last verse...Gives my goose bumps, goose bumps!!

Forgiven, beloved
Hidden in Christ
Made in the image of the Giver of Life
Righteous, and holy
Reborn, and remade
Accepted and worthy THIS IS OUR NEW NAME!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Would you guys pray for our family...I mean really pray...We need direction...God-given direction on the next step in our lives.  Things seem to be crumbling around me as I speak, and to be honest I have really been taken over by a rush of fear and anxiety.  I keep hearing the Lord clearly in my spirit saying "Do you trust me, I know this hurts, but do you trust me?"  I have to keep making the consieous decision every day to trust God and know He has a plan and there is a reason I am having to make these difficult decisions. God holds the future and He knows that there is something better for us down the road, but the ride is quite rough right now.  We are in the midst of some heavy decisions and I really need guidance from God, I don't want to take another step without Him telling me where to put my foot.  So please pray for us. 

Just to clairify, Maci is GREAT, she is a healthy happy little girl that brightens even the darkest day for her mommy and daddy!!  Besides salvation, she is the most precious blessing God has ever given me.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Do You Hate Sin?

From Proverbs 31 Ministries

By: Glynnis Whitwer

"For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin." Psalm 36:2 (NIV)

Recently, a publicity firm invited a group of editors of Christian publications to preview a Hollywood film. The film producers were looking to get the message of this film into churches and wanted feedback from people like me in Christian publishing.

The movie was dark, with a theme of unresolved guilt. Sadly, that guilt consumed the main character all his life, until he became a bitter old man. After we viewed the movie, the publicists turned on the lights and led a discussion. Basically, they wanted to know if we would recommend the movie to pastors. I stayed out of the conversation, because I'm a Pollyanna when it comes to movies. I like them happy and with a predictable ending. I know that's not very high-brow, but it's the truth.

However, the ensuing conversation intrigued me. Some people thought the movie was rich with important themes. They believed it would provoke thoughtful discussion. Others couldn't get past the language, and would never recommend it. One woman shared her opinion on the language with eloquence and passion.

She would never recommend it, she said, because of several instances of taking the Lord's name in vain. She defended her position by saying that too many people minimize sin. In fact, she explained, the film violated one of the Ten Commandments, to not misuse the Lord's name (Exodus 20:7).

The conversation continued with the challenge of relating to people without violating any of our beliefs. Our time together ended, and a few people got up to leave, including the woman who spoke against the movie. After she left however, another conversation began when a college-aged woman spoke up.

"My friends and I would never be bothered by the misuse of God's name," she said. "But we should." We sat in silence digesting her words.

That comment plays and replays in my mind. The honesty of that young woman touched me, as she identified a serious problem among those of us who call ourselves followers of Jesus: we tolerate sin. In fact, at times we even re-label it as "normal." I know there's a fine line between being in the culture but not of the culture. But that's not the root of this issue.

That young woman identified the real source: our hearts. We are going to be around sin until we get to heaven. Sin is woven in our human fiber. That's not the issue. The issue is what I think about it. Do I hate anything that sets itself up against God or His character? Do I hate sin?

I guess there's a part of me that shies away from the word "hate." I've taught my children not to use it, and I guard my own thoughts and tongue. Yet in doing so I've tamed my response to something that separates me from God. I've weakened my response and dulled my senses to that which God hates. He hates it because it takes me away from Him. And He loves me...and He loves you.

Call it old-school religion, but it's time for me to reexamine my response to that which God hates. It's time to settle in my heart whose side I'm on. It's time to decide if I will ignore or hate sin. Yep. It's time.

Dear Heavenly Father, break my heart with the things that break Yours. Remove from me any tolerance for the things that oppose You. You are holy and righteous and worthy of any sacrifice I might offer. Forgive me for tolerating the thing that caused the death of my beloved Savior, Jesus. In His Name and for His sake, Amen.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


My poor blog has been so neglected lately...I just can’t keep up with everything. I had to blog today though, mainly because it’s Harvet’s FIRST birthday. It’s been a while since my beautiful oh so happy and sweet spirited niece (and Maci’s B/F/F) has made an appearance on my blog (mainly because I don’t have time to upload pictures anymore).

I just can’t believe it’s already been a year, it seems like just yesterday she was sleeping on my chest in mom’s recliner while we were waiting on Maci to get here.

Where did the time go, it goes to fast I can promise you that. Happy first birthday our sweet sweet girl, you are so very much loved. This baby lights up my heart when she gets excited to see me, she will squinch up her little nose and wave and squeal...ok, sure most of that is probably for Maci, but I can think it’s me, right?

Happy Birthday Harvest....Love you so much!!!

Walk for a Cure

This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $90 million.  I will be walking for Brower's Dream Team, a friend's 10 year old son Brower has this disease.

Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.

There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide – and it’s making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.

Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
Click here to donate to our efforts

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Divine Design

From the blog of

By: Lynn Cowell

"The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down." Proverbs 14:1 (NIV)

Boiling point. That is what I had reached as I sat on the floor in my office thinking, "How did I get here?" Was it the discovery of a third needed root canal in my son's mouth only one week before he started college? Maybe it was the discussion of who was going to take over his room when he left? It was also my daughter's new job which required me to provide transportation right in the middle of the day. I guess at that point it didn't really matter. I could feel a slow boil in my heart and I feared an explosion was nearing the surface.

Proverbs 14:1 instructed me that morning with exactly what I needed to hear, "The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down" (NIV).

The choice was and is mine: to be part of the divine design or the devil's demolition. My kids don't make me blow up. My husband doesn't cause me to feel exasperated. Proverbs makes it pretty clear, it's my choice.

That is a lot of power. I think, at least in America where for years women have fought for equal rights, we've missed this enormous amount of power that we have held since Eve was created: the power to build a home.

We hear of women who build innovative businesses and women who build influential ministries, but how about women who build solid homes, investing in lifelong marriages and raising up godly children as the next generation? Proverbs says this woman is wise. Never mind what society says is valuable and praiseworthy. This power is of utmost importance. This tremendous power that is within us is the power to build or destroy and we, the women of the home, hold it.

Learning to wield this power isn't something that just happens. Jesus gives insight in Matthew 12:34 when He says that out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Our mouths are one of our primary tools. So, what is the mouth's source? Our heart.

That is why we have to be so careful what we allow to linger there. Is it positive thoughts about our kid's, their behavior, their future, their friends? Do we think good things about our husbands throughout the day, thankful for their hard work, grateful for their companionship?

If our mouths are currently being used to tear down instead of build up, it's time for a heart overhaul; time to get the thoughts that we dwell on lined up with the good that is right under our roof.

Friend, I hope you will join me, inviting the Holy Spirit to empower you today to build your home. Look for ways to invest and opportunities to hold back those words that tear down. He wants to make us builders. Let's say "yes"!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dear Maci - 9 Months Old

Dear Maci,

You are 9 months old today! Time is passing us by entirely too quick. I am amazed with all the new things you are learning, and what a strong little personality you have. You are still so happy most of the time, but you have learned how to throw quite the little fit when you aren’t happy. You HATE to lay down for pretty much any reason now that you have learned how to sit up on your own. It’s a little bit of an ordeal to change your diaper, or lay you down in the bath tub to rinse your hair. You love to sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” even if your words don’t sound quite right. You even try to do the motions with your hands, you put your fingers together for spider and then you wave your hands out for “wash the spider out” you even raise them about your head for “out comes the sun.” You are eating about 6 oz of formula every 4 hours 4 to 5 times a day. You are starting to boycott baby food though, you will still eat it some, but for the most part you want what everybody else is eating. You weighed 20 lbs and 8 oz. at your doctor visit and are 29 ½ inches long. You are in the 95th percentile for height and 80th percentile on your weight. You love to play with your toys. You to be read to you and can even turn the pages. You are so curious, and love to try to figure things out, you try to put things together that go together, you try to figure out where thing are when we hide them from you and you love to find anything new that makes noise (like the door stops on the baseboards). You are pulling up and crawling like a champ. You are growing up so fast, and we are so blessed that Jesus chose us to be your mommy and daddy.

We love you baby girl, Happy 9 month birthday!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010



It’s about time!! She has spent  a month or better on her hands and knees rocking back and forth and scooting around on her bottom. She is finally crawling....or should I say, she’s ALREADY crawling. I am a nervous mommy for all she can get into now, but I am very happy she has hit another milestone. I am not sure if I mentioned it or not, but she has 5 teeth now, can sit up from a laying position and can pull up on certain pieces of furniture, and NOW she is crawling. She also claps and says “YAY” very well, and loves to hear “Itsy Bitsy Spider” she even tries to mimic the motions with her hands.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dear Maci - 8 months

Dear Maci,

You are 8 months old today. You are sitting up by yourself, and pulling up in your crib and on our hands. You are also getting on your hands and knees and rocking, I bet you will be crawling any day now.  You are such a big girl. You are eating 2 tbs. oatmeal cereal with a stage 1 jar of fruit for breakfast, and (2) jars of stage 2 baby food at lunch and dinner. You are taking about 5 oz of formula every 4 hours, and about 3 oz at bedtime.  You usually go to sleep around 8:30 and sleep until around 6:30 or 7:00 (with a few cries for mommy and daddy in between).  You love to laugh, and are the funniest happy baby I have ever seen. You LOVE to have your picture made, whenever I get the camera out you start bouncing and laughing and make the silliest faces ever. You love your glo worm and give it kisses when it sings and lights up. You give hugs and kisses now. You can play patty-cake when someone starts saying the rhyme and clap when you are excited. You also wave “bye bye.” You can say your da, ba, ma sounds now. You love to watch Sprout, and Nina and Star are your favorite. You love it when Mommy sings to you and when Daddy tickles you and plays with your toys with you. You are always smiling. We love you very much, and can’t wait to see what you will do next.

We love you sweet baby girl....happy 8 month birthday!!


by Deidra, writing regularly at jumping tandem

I’m in the middle of a story and it comes to me in fits and starts. Sometimes it just rolls along, unnoticed and then sometimes it seems to suddenly drop out from under my feet.

I don’t have a testimony for this story. Not yet.

You know how, in some churches, the preacher will ask for someone – anyone – to give a testimony? And someone will rise to their feet and lean with two hands on the seat in front of them, or walk to the front of the church where there’s a microphone and they will tell their story. Start to finish. Beginning, middle, and end. A complete and total story.

I’m still in the middle of this story, and what I’ve got is hope.

Because I’ve sat in churches and listened to the testimonies that others had to tell. I’ve even had complete and total stories of my own to tell in days gone by.

And I’ve heard your stories…your beginnings, your middles, and your ends. You tell us about courage and joy and strength and your stories offer hope.

Do you know that? Do you know that your words give hope? Do you know the gift you offer when you tell your story? When you write it down, or type it out, or dip your head and offer words of hope into a microphone at the front of the church, or over the phone, or across the table over a cup of tea?

When you tell your story, your voice starts out soft and then it grows in strength along the way as words get strung together – one after the other – and then are fastened together like the “Amen” at the end of a prayer…

Your words shine.

Solid. Finished. Precious and good.

You stand tall. Your testimony sparkles there - draped around your neck. The going through has made you stronger. Your getting through gives hope.

I’m in the middle of a story and it comes to me in fits and starts. Your stories keep me going. Your stories keep me hoping. I put them in my back pocket and tuck them into my purse and press them into my heart along the way.

No one can tell your story like you can. No one knows the truth of it like you do. No one knows better how much we need to hear your story than those of us who are right in the middle of our own.

So, what story of hope do you have to tell?

What stories have you pressed into your own heart along the way?

Monday, July 26, 2010


I am not sure if some of you are actually trying to comment on my blog or if it's a type of SPAM...but I keep getting comments that are only boxes, and chinese symbols....I am rejecting them....sorry if they are actual comments....I would never reject anyones comment intentionally, unless it was rude or inappropriate for my blog.

If you are trying to contact me my e-mail is


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Josh Wilson - Before The Morning (Slideshow With Lyrics)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dear Maci 7 Months

Dear Maci,

Today you are 7 months old.  You are getting so big.  Sitting up all by yourself without support.  You have 2 bottom teeth, and the top right one just broke the skin today.  You love to play on the floor, and with Harvest.  You like to play in your jump-a-roo when you are watching Sprout on TV.  You are coming in to you own personality.  You are just the happiest baby I have ever seen.  You are drinking about 6 oz every 4 hours and you are eating your baby food much better, 1 ½ to 2 jars for lunch and for dinner.  You LOVE oatmeal mixed with prunes for breakfast.  Your favorite song is Twinkle Twikle little star, and you have started waving “bye bye”  you can say da da da da and ga ga ga ga ga.  You usually go to sleep at 8:30 and sleep until 6:00.  Sometimes on Saturday mornings if I put you in the bed with daddy and me you will sleep until 7:00.  Daddy and I love you so much!!


I am still here.  I have been insane lately.  Just a quick update on what's going on.  Our company was sold, we had to interview for our jobs, I got to keep mine (PRAISE GOD).  As of June 1st we became our new company, and we went from having 2 CSR / Sales Assistant (which is what I am) a receptionist / librarian and an accounting assistant, down to ME, I took over the job of 2 other people, on top of the job I already had.  I am now, our receptionist, CSR / sales assistant, and accounting assistant.  It's been crazy, I have been working late at night, working through my lunches, working weekends, and working from mom's when I am here.  It's been hard to say the least!! I am thankful to have a job, and I do love what I do, I am so thankful that I still have a job...but I would be thankful for a little more help.  Anyway, that is the reason for the lag in blogging lately, I simply have no time.  I will hopefully catch up on all my blogging soon.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dear Maci - 6 Months (4 days late)

I know, I should be ashamed for letting the blog go this long without updating, things have been a whirl-wind for me these days, but thats a post for another day.  Today is all about my beautiful baby girl, who is now SIX months old, I can't believe it!!!

Dear Maci,

You are 6 months old today. You had your shots and you were such a big girl, you only cried for a minute. You are drinking juice out of a sippy cup now (a nubby) if someone holds it for you. You haven’t quite gotten the hang of holding the handles just yet, but you love to play with it while sitting in your new highchair that your daddy brought home and surprised us with. You are drinking around 5 to 6 ounces every 4 hours, and eating 1 ½ to 2 jars of baby food twice a day (most of the time). You just moved up to the stage 2 foods this week. Your favorite so far is Corn and Sweet Potatoes and Hawaiian Delight. You usually take your last bottle around 7:00 and go to bed around 9:00. You are sleeping much better now; you usually sleep until 6:00am.

You had your first fever this month too, it stayed around 102 and 103 for 5 whole days. You were sick the whole time Aunt Connie was here visiting. I had to take you to the doctor and they stuck your finger. I cried a little, and you cried A LOT. You really felt bad.

You can sit up by yourself unsupported for about 2-3 minutes at a time, and you love to play in your bounce-a-roo. You like to bang your toys on things, and you are putting everything you can in your mouth. You are now giving kisses intentionally and you are hugging mommy and daddy with one arm. You even grabbed mommy and daddy’s neck at the same time the other night when daddy was holding you. You can play patty-cake on my hand when I start saying the rhyme. You are reaching, and rolling over both ways, and holding your head up so well now. You are getting to be such a big girl. I can’t believe all the things you are doing.

Daddy and I love you so much. Happy 6 month ( ½ year) birthday baby girl!!!!

Maci and Grammy

Maci and Harvest!!  They are BFF's!! I LOVE THESES BABIES!!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Dear Maci - 5 Months

Dear Maci,

You are 5 months old today. You are growing so fast. You weighed 17.5 lbs, at your last doctor’s appointment (for an ear infection). You are eating about 5 ounces around every 3 – 4 hours. You love your baby food now, squash and bananas are your favorites. You hate sweet peas. You love bath time; you splash and laugh, and love for Mommy to sing to you. Your favorite song is twinkle twinkle. You love to play in your jump-a-roo that Aunt Cole gave you last week. It’s so much fun to watch you bounce and play and laugh. We love you so much more everyday. We love to watch you grow and learn, and to see what new thing you will do next. You are learning to make new noises, you have a very high pitched squeal, and a low tone growl that you are showing us this week. It’s so funny. Mommy and Daddy love you so much.

Happy 5 month birthday baby girl, we love you!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

First Celebrated Mother's Day

So, my first Mother’s Day with Maci was pretty much the bomb-diggity!! Mostly because, I got to spend it with Maci!! We were pretty busy...we celebrated with MY mom and Mamaw Holston (dad’s mom) on Saturday, then with Bill’s mom and sisters and their husbands on Saturday night. Sunday we went to church, and spent the afternoon with my Mamaw Miller (mom's mom) and my mom!!

We had a great time, and lots of good food!! It was great!!

Mamaw Holston and Maci

Nanny (Bill's Mom) and Maci

Harvest and Mamaw Miller (Mom's Mom)

Holly and Harvest at Church

Papaw Miller, Me, and Maci, Mamaw Miller, Holly & Harvest -- No I am not a mean mama that leaves her child in a carseat, we were on our way out the door when everybody decided to take pictures.

Harvest giving Maci kisses....How sweet!!!