Tuesday, September 23, 2014

You Make My Heart Smile Video

Heartfelt /ˈhärtˌfeltadjective
   (of a feeling or it's expression) sincere; deeply and strongly felt.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Lesson from Grey's Anatomy

After turning on the news and watching it for a while, it always makes me sad.

One of the saddest things I've heard lately was about a man walking out of Krogers was attacked by a mob of teenagers. Just someone who was just walking out of the grocery store getting into his car, probably coming home after a long day of work and just wanting to get home to family. A Kroger's employee came out to help him, and got attacked as well. These teenagers were kicking him and grabbing pumpkins to slam on their head. Another Kroger's employee came out to help, and he too was attacked. You can read more about it here.

Another thing that happened with the attack was that there was a woman sitting in the parking lot, looking at her phone {not aware of what was going on} one of the teenagers grabbed her phone and she ran after them, unable to catch up with him. It was not for the phone itself, but for what was on the phone. Her father passed months prior to this incident, and her phone had his last photos and videos of him. {Anyone would have wanted to get that back}

While I heard about the assault on the news, my eyes swelled up with tears. I don't know how some people can think hurting someone would be "fun" or "amusement" or how it could possibly even cross someone's mind. These people could have they've been emotionally and physically hurt, but they could have been easily killed. Did they even think about that? What crossed these kids minds? I am just so, so, so sad to think about these kids and their victims. What could possibly posses someone to do such a thing? My heart aches.

Sometimes I wonder what this world is coming to and what direction we will be in 15 years from now, or past that, if it even makes it to be that far.

Even though I don't know what the future holds, sometimes I get scared just thinking about it. I know God is good, but there is a lot, a lot of evil in this world. 

Sometimes I wonder if I really want to raise a child in this world because I am scared of things that might happen to them, or what they may have to face. It's a dangerous world.

I turned on the t.v. the other night, and wasn't really paying attention, but I heard a sound of crying, so I had to see what it was about. And I heard something that I needed to hear.

I was scared that I wouldn't hear them again, so I looked it up online as soon as I heard it. 

{The following was found on Wikia}:

Catherine enters a supply closest, looking for a four-by-four. She asks April, who's crying in silence in the closet, where they keep them. When she notices April is crying, she asks what's wrong. She's crying over the shopping mall. Catherine says it wasn't terrorists, but April says it's the first thing they thought. They live in a world where that's the first thought that crosses their minds. She doesn't think she can raise a child in a world where they could die going to buy new shoes. 

Catherine tells her a story from 1960, when she was out in a restaurant with her father for waffles. Suddenly, an ignorant young man told them to leave and dumped her father's food in his lap, throwing coffee on him. She was scared and wanted to leave, but her father refused to leave but her father refused before she had finished her eggs {and she hated eggs and still does}. April asks what happened then. "They went on to somebody else. Her father wasn't afraid so they didn't have any power over him. April, there's always going to be stupid people. There's always going to be accidents. But that's not what defeats you. It's the fear," Catherine says. "This is the way the world changes: good people raising their children right."

Wow. Perfectly said.

I hope our children are true examples of what is good in the world.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tatum the Tattle Teller

Tatum is one special dog, fur baby, child. He makes me laugh so much, that I had to share.

He likes to tattle on his brother, sister, and any visitors {well Callie} in the house when they run away.

For example, he will sit in the back yard and bark, and bark, and bark, until you come and see what's going on. When he knows that he told us, he goes insides and waits while we look for whoever escaped the fence.

Then we come back, make sure that whoever escaped did a bad thing, but Tatum gets all the attention for being so good on telling us what happened {which he adores with every bit of his being}.

And his smile seems endless; like this:


I mean look at that adorable face. He gets me every time and I can't get over it.

The other day, something similar happened. He just barked at the door until I came to see what was going on. I was glad he let me know of course, but knowing that I would have to look for two dogs in the pure dark didn't make me too excited.

I opened the garage door, debating if I should get in the car or if I should just walk in the woods near by. I yelled for them a couple of times, but I think they were having too much fun to even notice. I went back in to grab some shoes and socks and give me a minute to think. I left Tatum in the garage because I knew he wasn't going anywhere. Tatum tells simply because he is too lazy to run away, plus he likes the reward afterwards. {The funny thing is I remember writing about Tatum's puppy stage where he would, "He will run away (thankfully it’s just been to the neighbors)"}

I got on my shoes and came back into the garage. Tatum was there and just looked at me with that little smile on his face as I saw two dogs straggling into the garage.

I'm pretty sure he's telepathic. He had to tell them, "Mom is going to be SOOOOOOOO mad if you don't get your butt home right now." LOL. 

And Tatum has that gift of understanding what we tell him. I mean, I honestly think he knows English, when we tell him, "Go look out a window" he does. And when Travis and I were laying on the couch I squealed, "Look at Michelle's rat eating spaghetti!" as I shoved the picture in Travis' face. Tatum turned and gave me the dirtiest look of all time, as to say, "A rat gets spaghetti?! Shouldn't that be ME?" Tatum didn't seem to happy with us for a while and shrugged us off for a couple of minutes. He finally forgave us as we got him a treat.

Tatum is so special. We are so lucky to have him in our lives.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

#TBT: Little Travis

Travis is so cute! :) Here he is with his Uncle Vaun, celebrating one of their birthdays {Trav thinks it's Vaun's}. And little Travis is acting like a monkey. LOL. Who would have guessed that I would have married that cute monkey in the years to come?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

You Make My Heart Smile Video

Heartfelt /ˈhärtˌfelt/ adjective
   (of a feeling or it's expression) sincere; deeply and strongly felt.

A father walked his eleven-year-old daughter down the aisle because he wouldn't be able to walk her down the aisle for her actual wedding. 

I'm so glad she will have these wonderful memories for the rest of her life, although it brings me to tears. I wish all parent figures could have this kind of relationship with their child.

Monday, September 15, 2014


How you say things makes a huge difference. It can tell the real intent of what your heart says. 

Forgiveness is hard work. It is even harder to ask for forgiveness. 

Matthew 18:21-22
"Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven"

Forgiveness is not:
*Saying that wrong is okay {Not okay to hurt someone}
*Forgetting what was done and allowing it to continue to be done
*Putting yourself in harms way

Get honest with Jesus. How do we stand? What's inside your heart? 

Matthew 6:14-15
"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive other their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."

The way we live as followers of Jesus. God doesn't want you to end up with bitterness, resentful, angriness. Otherwise, this will by eating the life out of you.

Forgiveness is:
*Admitting your own sinful nature {you hurt people too}
*Willing to see the "image of God" in another {Everyone is made in the image of God. How do we pray for them?}
*Unwilling to allow to let bitterness, resentfulness, angriness to fill your heart. {If this fills your heart, you are not treating people the way you should}

John 10:10-11
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."

Jesus waits, ready to forgive you,
And then help you forgive others!

This message was taken from Northside United Methodist Church


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