Thursday, September 29, 2011

It could've been our song...

This morning I was driving to school and I heard a new song on my local Christian radio station that brought me to tears.  The song is Matt Hammitt's "All of Me".  He's the lead singer of Sanctus Real, and the song is written about his song Bowen, who was born with a heart defect.

If this song had been out a few years ago, I have no doubt Isaac and I would've danced to it at our wedding.

Afraid to love, something that could break,
Could I move on, if you were torn away?
I'm so close to what I can't control
I can't give you half my heart, and pray it makes you whole

You're gunna have all of me, you're gunna have all of me,
Cuz you're worth every fallen tear, you're worth facing every fear
You're gunna know all my love, even if it's not enough
Enough to mend our broken hearts, giving you all of me is where I'll start.

I won't let sadness steal you from my arms
I won't let pain keep you from my heart
Trade the fear of all that I could lose, for every moment I share with you
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/matthew_hammitt/all_of_me.html ]
You're gunna have all of me, you're gunna have all of me,
Cuz you're worth every fallen tear, you're worth facing any fear
You're gunna know all my love, even if it's not enough
Enough to mend our broken hearts, giving you all of me is where I'll start.

Heaven broke into this moment, it's too wonderful to speak
You're worth all of me, you're worth all of me
So let me recklessly love you, even if I bleed
You're worth all of me, you're worth all of me

You're gunna have all of me, you're gunna have all of me,
Cuz you're worth every fallen tear, you're worth facing any fear
You're gunna know all my love, even if it's not enough
Enough to mend our broken hearts, giving you all of me is where I'll start

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ABC's of ME!


Saw this over at Love Makes a Family and thought it'd be the perfect, fun and mindless thing to do - especially singe I've been lacking in the blogs lately! 

A.  Age:  30
B.  Bed Size:  Queen
C.  Chore that you hate:  laundry
D. Dogs:  No.  They lick - yuck.  Cats rule!
E.  Essential start to your day:  coffee!
F.  Favorite color:  PINK!!
G. Gold or Silver:  silver (or white gold)
H.  Height:  5'6"
I.   Instruments you play:  flute/piccolo and the right hand of the piano
J.  Job Title:  6th grade teacher
K.  Kids:  48 (in my classroom) 2 (feline)
L.  Live:  Pennsylvania
M.  Mother's name:  Pamela
N.  Nicknames:  Sweet Pete (dad) Landen (mom) Ssej (college pal)
O.  Overnight hospital stays:  none
P.  Pet Peeves:  people who don't use turn signals
Q.  Quote from a movie:  “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things." Shawshank Redemption
R.  Right or left handed:  Right.
S.  Siblings:  older brother
T.  Time you wake up:  5:45-6:00
U.  Underwear:  ummm yes
V.  Vegetable you hate:  brussel sprouts
W.  What makes you run late:  I always think I have "enough time" to squeeze in one more thing
X.  X-rays:  back, neck, foot
Y.  Yummy food you make:  Lots of things!
Z.  Zoo animal:  Polar Bears!

Play along with me!  If you do, leave me a comment and I'll read about you too!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Melody - My Desire


When I saw Jeremy Camp in August, the last song he played was called "My Desire".  I had never heard this song before, but I loved it so much that on my way home from the concert I actually stopped and bought the album "Restored", where this song can be found.

For me, it's interesting to look at Jeremy's albums in terms of his story.  I see myself in his songs.  Having walked a similar path, I can't listen to "I Still Believe" without tearing up.  Some days, I'm feeling "Restored".  Others, I am blasting "Take My Life" - which I love for its raw, angst filled cry to God.  But the song that I most identify with currently is "My Desire".

Last weekend was the first of this season's "Girlfriend Getaway" conferences.  For this year's tour, I am the host.  More importantly though, part of this year's message includes a 10 minute video of my testimony.  I watched it before they showed it, and I cried.  And then when we showed it in the session, I cried some more.  But before I left for the conference, I put on "My Desire" and I just prayed that song.  I prayed that God would use my story, my words, my tears - all of it, for His glory.  Because this is my desire...to be used by You.


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Easy Fall Centerpiece

Since it's September now, I decorated for Fall this weekend!  This year, I added a new centerpiece to my dining room table and I thought I'd share it with you!  I made it out of all things I had around the house, so it didn't cost any extra money!


Supplies needed:
coffee beans (leftover from my back-to-school gifts!)
jars
taper candles
hot glue
felt
buttons


1 - hot glue a taper candle to the bottom of each jar. 

 2 - pour coffee beans around the taper candle

 3 - continue filling each jar with coffee beans

4 - wrap each jar in a strip of felt and hot glue to secure

5 - add a button or some other embellishment to each jar
6 - wrap with leaf garland
7 - enjoy! 

Sharing this at Tatertots and Jello this week!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Many Rooms



How do this verse, death, adoption, and joy all fit together?  
Find out over at Rob's blog, The Skipping Stone, where I'm guest posting today! 

Pray for Rob and his wife Lesa today - they are en route to Ethiopia to bring home Matthew!

Sharing with Word Filled Wednesdays and Women Living Well!
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Monday, September 5, 2011

Back to School Gift

I saw this cute little idea on Pinterest:

and decided it would be a perfect "Welcome Back" gift for my teaching teammates!

Here's my version:

Sorry for the terrible photo quality - I snapped it with my phone and then forgot to take a "good" pic with my camera!  Oops!

I picked up a pack of disposable coffee cups, a few packs of individual coffee (Starbucks hot Via, cold Via, and some General Foods Int'l Iced Latte), and some coffee beans.

First, I put coffee beans in each cup (can't see that in the pic, sorry!), then stood my packs of coffee up in the beans, and tied on a little tag!  So easy and ADORABLE!

Here's the printable for the tag if you'd like to make this yourself!

Sharing this with Sew Chatty30Days and Tatertots & Jello this week!
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