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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Happy 32nd Birthday

You have the kindest, most compassionate heart that I know. You demonstrate it every single day out of pure love and devotion to Jesus. 

 There is no such thing as unpleasant in your eyes. Everyone is wonderfully made. 

You see them through the lenses of our Father. I am blown away at the fact that out of all the love you willingly give, you chose me to receive the it more than anyone else. 

 Everyday I want become a better person because I have the privilege of witnessing Christ-likeness through your example. For you, every minute is an opportunity to be like Him. 

 You are the same when you are with others and when you are in solitude. I thought I knew what integrity looked like until I saw you live your life when no one is looking – consistent, unaltered, unwavering. 

To you, there is no part to play, no role to perform. True and genuine at all times. 

You don’t try to change people. You love on them the way God told you to. 

You invest your heart in their stories. You pour your time in others selflessly. 

Why? Because you know they matter to God and therefore, they matter to you. And yes, while you don’t force change on them, I see changed lives because you made them feel what it’s like to be worthy of love.

Today, it's your life that I celebrate. Our wonderful Father is smiling down upon you and takes pride that He calls you His child.

Happy Birthday Robert!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Best-Dressed at the Emmy Awards 2011

I love watching red carpet arrivals on major awards nights and last Sunday's Emmys were not an exception. Admittedly, I personally feel that this year's awards was not the year of unforgettable fashion choices.

However, there are some ladies who still did it right. Check out my picks.

Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab

Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang

Just in case you missed it, here were my predictions for this year. I guessed a few obvious ones but I also missed a lot. 

I am still very bitter about Steve Carell never being honored with an Emmy for his outstanding performance as Michael Scott in his 7-year run in The Office.

How about you? Who did you think was this year's best-dressed at the Emmy Awards?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Predicting the 2011 Emmy Winners

My official Emmy 2011 ballot is in!

This coming Sunday is my first official "break" since we started our commitment to RUSH Franklin. It is usually our busiest day but I am taking that day off to indulge myself in an uninterrupted evening of watching the 2011 Emmy Awards.

I absolutely love (and very protective of) "alone times" and this is one of those rare Sunday evenings that I get to just kick back, relax and find pleasure in pure television entertainment. I am very picky with the TV series that I follow and it just thrills me to see most of them compete for the top awards.

So ... I am about to play my Emmy 2011 prediction game and see how close I am to the actual results on Sunday night. I have a bit of a warning though: I tend to vote for those who I am personally rooting for, instead of those who I actually think will win.

Here goes my Emmy Ballot of 2011.

Outstanding Comedy Series:
Modern Family

Outstanding Drama Series: 
The Good Wife

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: 
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: 
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: 
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: 
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: 
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: 
Steve Carell (The Office)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: 
Jane Lynch (Glee)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: 
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

How about you:
Are you watching the Emmys on Sunday? 
Cast your own prediction ballot!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Link Love: September 1, 2011

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be back on the blog. I am hoping that I am a better manager of my schedule in September. Good news -- I have a lot of links to share with you today! I hope that you will find a couple that will either help or entertain you or BOTH!

A new, 100% risk-free way to discover, fall in love with, and ultimately buy artwork. Starting at $15/month, you will get unlimited print rotations and see what art works best with your home. Look at it like the Netflix for your blank wall.

Like a Warm Cup of Coffee
The blog of the beautiful Sarah Mae who created one of my favorite e-books "31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way." I just found out she is currently visiting Nashville and wish I got the chance to meet her!

Twitter Book Recommendations by Craig Groeschel
Pastor and author Craig Groeschel asked his Twitter friends to recommend leadership and spiritual books. Awesome reading list.

Parenting on Your Knees by Megan Hyatt Miller
Megan thoughtfully talks about being intentional and purposeful about praying for and with your children.

Mark Driscoll is a bully. Stand up to him. by Rachel Held Evans
I do not doubt for one second that Pastor Mark Driscoll loves Jesus and has had impressive leadership success. However, I have heard statements he has made in the past that made my spirit weep. I also have so much respect for Rachel Held Evans. Although her manner of response is not something I would do, I am actually glad someone stood up and brought this to his attention.

Obvious to you. Amazing to others. by Derek Sivers
Every time I second-guess a new idea, I watch this.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Parent by RefineUs
Lessons from a couple who had their first child in their early 20s.

The Digital Mom Handbook: How to Blog, Vlog, Tweet, and Facebook Your Way to a Dream Career at Home
I am really enjoying this book and have started making some moves.

The Fives Rules of Spiritual Engagement at Work by The High Calling
A great article in effectively and boldly integrating faith in the workplace.

BLT Bites by Bee in our Bonnet
Perfect and easy appetizers!

Discovering Your Passion by Kingdom Dreams
A great e-book. And it's free!

Strawberry Summer Cake by Mom Spark
Thinking of making this when my husband celebrates his birthday at youth service.

Connecting Youth Pastors' Wives
I feel understood here.

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes by Giver's Log
My mouth is watering. Planning to make this one Saturday morning.

How to tie a scarf
Printing this out and putting it up on my closet door. A much-needed guide as fall arrives.

The Perfect Palette
It is meant to be a wedding blog to help brides to pick out the perfect color scheme but I look to this for outfit and decorating ideas.

34 Photoshop Tutorials That Will Leave You Looking Like a Pro by onextrapixel
I am going to need this once I start making time for a proper photography lesson.

10 Can't Miss Photos to Take Each Month by Creating Keepsakes
A printable list of photography subjects. A great project to do in 2012.

The 50 Best Websites of 2011 by TIME
Found a couple of gems here.

And the verdict is ... by Perry's Scope
A thoughtful reaction to the Casey Anthony verdict

52 Weeks of Blogging Your Passion by SCOUTIEGIRL
A great blogging how-to e-book in a month-by-month format. Makes a great Christmas gift to anyone who wants to start blogging in 2012.

Movie Mistakes
I love movie goofs that made past the editing room. For example, Tom Cruise in Top Gun wears no sunglasses and then has them on in the same scene.

How about you? What are you looking at today?
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