Friday Night Fun

Last night, I went to Cuppies & Joe to watch my friend Talitha sing. She recorded a CD a couple of years ago, and she’s awesome. She’s got a fantastic voice, and she writes songs and plays guitar. Our friend Tracy and her husband Matt were also there. We are so excited that Talitha is getting her music out.

Me, Talitha, & Tracy-Love these girls!
We had so much fun getting to watch her sing, hang out, and catch up. It was a great night! Can’t wait for Talitha’s next show!

Fill In The Blank Friday

Wow! Two theme posts in one day? Crazy, huh?! I was checking out Beth’s blog that I found after she found me at Kelly’s Korner and I saw her Fill In The Blank Friday from Lauren’s blog! I thought it looked like fun, so here’s my Fill In The Blank Friday!

1. Today I am wearing a cute black top, my gray ruffled cardigan thingy, my new awesome jeans, and my black boots!

2. My favorite childhood food was macaroni and cheese and my favorite food now is chocolate and Mexican food (not together!).

3. A day that I am too busy to talk to my Momma at least a couple of times is a day that I am too busy.

4. The last movie I saw was “Dear John” for Jessica’ s birthday and the next movie I want to see is “The Last Song” hopefully with Tracy in the next few weeks. Can you tell I love Nicholas Sparks?!

5. My favorite smell is my parents’ house when my Momma is making candles because her candles are amazing, and the mixture of scents in the house is sooo good!

6. A weird little quirk I have is I always have to put salt on my food before pepper. I’ve very OCD about that. If I don’t, I think it doesn’t taste right. I know it’s all in my head, but it’s something I have to do!

7. When I take personality quizzes, they always say I’m friendly but shy, which is pretty true!

Childhaven 2006

This is my first post for Kelly’s Show Us Your Life Friday. This week’s theme is Mission Trips. I decided to post pictures from my sophomore year Spring Break trip to Childhaven, a children’s home in Cullman, Alabama. Childhaven had children of all ages, as well as a program for teenage mothers. The year I went was my bible study group’s second year to go. My group went to help do yardwork, paint the cottages, and do other repairs on the grounds. During the trip, I worked probably harder than I’ve ever worked in my life, but had the most amazing experience.

The “Big House”- the Childhaven offices were in this building, as well as the room we had dinner in ever night.

Part of our group, the ones who actually got out of bed to go to the devo by the pond on our last morning at Childhaven.

Our first night, there was a tornado. We all piled in the basement of the big house until the storm passed. To pass the time, our group did what we did anytime we had free time-started singing! The kids looked at us a little funny at first, but eventually joined in.

Every night, we had dinner with the kids. It was so important to us to try to form relationships with the kids and show them that we were not only there to help out, but we truly cared about them and wanted to show God’s love to them. The first picture is of part of our group with a few of the kids. The second picture is me with one of the precious teen mom’s and her adorable baby boy. She and I had dinner together every night, and even though I haven’t seen her since that week, I still think about her and wonder how she’s doing.

Teddie and Lacey would probably kill me for posting this picture, but one of our last nights there, the daughter of one of the house parent’s begged us to come over and dance with her. In this picture, we are doing YMCA, and we also did Macarena and Cha-Cha Slide.

In the afternoons, we tried to stay out of sight so the kids could get their homework done without being distracted by us. We would hang out at the house…

make a Dairy Queen run…

or go exploring in town. One afternoon, we went to this spillway that the group found the year before. We climbed to the top and had so much fun!

We danced in the water like little kids, but had so much fun! It was beautiful!
The first picture is Kayla & Dan,
and the second one is me!
One afternoon we went exploring a cave. It was a bar during prohibition. There were all kinds of escape routes, and we had so much fun exploring!

When we made it to the back of the cave, we turned out all of our flashlights and started singing. It sounded so amazing! We sang for about an hour. Spending time as a group praising God in total darkness was so incredible, and something I will never forget!

Me & Regina, Me & Teddie
I could go on and on about the amazing time we had at Childhaven. Hearing the kids’ stories truly impacted my life, and I hope that we were able to touch their lives as well. Along with the work we did, we formed new friendships and strengthened old ones. Childhaven and the memories I have from my time there will always have a special place in my heart.

You know you’re a big girl when…

You get stuff like this for your birthday
and you get REALLY excited!
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have been waiting to blog until my new laptop got here and unfortunately, the hard drive on it failed last night. :( I am hoping my old one will work long enough to post pictures from my birthday week tonight after church and Q group. We shall see!

My Birthday Week Project

Next week is my birthday, and I have a full week off of work. I’m going home for most of the week, but instead of just sitting around doing nothing, I’ve decided that I’m going to take some of these…

Taylor Swift Concert

Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town

Miranda Lambert

And maybe some of these…

Graceland, Country Music Hall of Fame

Holly Williams, Carrie Underwood at the Grand Ole Opry
And put them into some of these…

All of the pictures are saved either on CDs or on a flash drive, and I think they need to be printed where I can enjoy them without having to be on the computer. I’ll update my progress at the end of Birthday Week and maybe throw in a few pictures!