Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fireproof your marriage

I can't stop thinking and talking about the movie Fireproof. It is an incredible movie and it really made an impact on me. My husband too. We were so impressed with the movie and touched by its message of unconditional love. We pray that God will use the movie and its motto to Never Leave Your Partner Behind to help save many marriages that are under fire.

I've enjoyed reading and watching some interviews of Kirk Cameron and Erin Bethea, who had the leading roles in the movie. The integrity they brought to their roles definitely contributes to the success of the movie. I was especially impressed to learn that because Kirk Cameron has made a commitment to never kiss a woman other than his wife, that he arranged for his own wife to fly in to film the final reconciliation scene. That is one way he has fireproofed his own marriage.

This link contains some great interviews with the actors, writers, directors, and producers:


As providence would have it, I actually had my own interview with Alex Kendrick last night!!

Yes, I ran into him at a youth football game last night (his son's team was creaming my son's team!) and I was able to tell him how much I loved the movie and to ask him some questions about the actors and some of the filming locations. How neat is that?? I never dreamed there would actually be benefits to living in Albany, Georgia!!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

My Birthday Goal

Saturday was my birthday. I purposed to spend the day doing as little cooking and cleaning as possible and to eat out for all three meals!

An ambitious goal, I admit! :)

I started off my day with a White Chocolate Mocha from my favorite coffee shop. (One that sells T-shirts that say, "Friends don't let friends drink Starbucks!") This was at 7:30 in the morning after dropping off my son, Josh, at the YMCA, where he works as a lifeguard.

When I got home, my oldest daughter, Tiffany, made me breakfast. She planned to make me an omelet, but discovered we were all out of eggs. Fortunately, we did have milk! (Do you have any idea how fast a large family can go through a dozen eggs and a gallon of milk???) So, she made me Brown Sugar Cinnamon Toast and Chocolate Milk! This was a a totally frivolous, non-diet breakfast -- one that my grandmother used to make me when I was a little girl! :)

My first meal out was lunch, which was eaten at Chili's with Tiffany. We both ordered the same thing -- my favorite menu item from Chili's -- the Quesadilla Explosion Salad. YUM! :)

I love my Sweet Tea, and didn't feel obligated to order unsweetened tea, since it was my birthday! :) While I swallowed my sweet tea, Tiffany sipped on a strawberry lemonade.

I had a coupon for a Free Birthday Dessert from Chili's, but I was too full to even consider it after finishing every bite of my salad! So, I left without ordering my dessert, and we went shopping at our favorite store.

Tiffany bought two new shirts, which are really cute -- and I bought some long sleeve shirts for my 4 year old daughter, Bethany and some earrings! (The thing I like about earrings, is they fit no matter where you are in your diet!) Here is a picture of Bethany wearing one of her new shirts. Isn't she a cutie pie??

That evening, my incredible hubby of 25 years, Alan, took us ALL out to eat at Johnny Carinos Country Italian Restaurant in honor of my birthday (and to help me reach my birthday goal!). Perhaps the best part of the meal, was dipping that fresh, hot bread in the olive oil and Italian spices! YUM! Then, we enjoyed our salads quite a bit; so by the time our entrees arrived, most of us were already full!! (That doesn't include those over 6 feet tall -- of which there were four that qualified! They were eager to eat every bite on their plates and help out others with their uneaten food as well!!) We did manage to find some room for the delicious food. I ate half of my plate of Bowtie Festival -- one of my very favorites -- and took the rest home to eat later.

This is me with my 14 year old son, Joseph, in front of Johnny Carinos.

Here is Joseph studying the menu, with Hannah and Luke in the background.

This is Alan and me - trying to stay away from the bread basket while we awaited our meal!

I love this picture of me, Bethany (4), Hannah (11), and Tiffany (23), after we ate way too much pasta!!!

Following dinner was the highlight of my day -- we went to see the new movie Fireproof. I've been eagerly awaiting the release of that movie for months, because it was made right here in our little town of Albany, GA. Not only that, but much of the movie was filmed in a house right in Our Own Neighborhood! Yes, Kirk Cameron was jogging, and kicking trash cans, and fighting with his "wife" less than a mile away from me! (You'll have to go see the movie to see what I'm talking about!)

The movie was Awesome!! Very well done! I'm just so impressed with the movie and its message that Marriage is meant to be Forever and that You should Never Leave Your Partner Behind! Please go see this movie! It would make a great Date Night for you and your husband! Then go back with the kids -- it would make a great family night too!

Can you tell I'm really excited about this movie?? :)

After the movie, I opened presents from my family, and then we ate ice cream together, which is an Ours Family Favorite Pastime!! :)

Tiffany and I ate our ice cream out on the back porch -- so that I could truthfully say I had Eaten Out three times that day!!! :)

It was an awesome birthday!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Birth of a Blog

For many, many years I was in the habit of announcing the birth of a new baby every other year or so. However, that season of my life has now passed, and I haven't quite reached the season of grandbabies. Not yet. When that season is in full bloom, I may be able to announce the births of multiple babies in a year -- for many, many years!

I turned 46 yesterday. I decided to give myself a present. Something I've been wanting for a long time -- my very own blog.

I've never given birth to a blog before. I'm not sure how much a post should weigh or how long it should be. Or how often I should "feed" my blog -- or whether I should feed it "On Demand" or "On a Schedule".

There are many things about blogging I don't know how to do. But, I figure I'll just approach blogging the same way I did motherhood. I'll jump right in and learn by trial and error and by the input of others who are a few steps ahead on the journey.
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