Thursday, September 17, 2009

video of the week!

I love the show House.  I don't get a chance to watch it that much, but when I do, it's pretty much hilarious!  So i ran across this clip, and I have no idea how old/recent it is, but it made me laugh!  :)


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

song of the week

I first heard this song on GMC and I loved it!  Hope you do too :)

Chasing The Daylight - Phillip Larue

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

pic of the week-Gatlinburg

So…this is a little late, but I had an amazing summer! I got to spend time with family, turned 19, went to Noccalula Falls with my dad and sister, took a ride on the Boomerang Express at VBS ’09, was introduced to the cutest little restaurant called Olexa’s with THE most AMAZING cake EVER!! Seriously! It’s in Mountain Brook, AL; go check it out for yourself! :) Anyways, one of the highlights of my summer was our “family trip” to Gatlinburg. I put the little “ ” on “family trip” because it was only me, my mom, Michael, and Emily. My dad and Josh stayed home because my dad had to work and Josh had football practice.

Anyway, we had a lot of fun! It was just me and my mom for the first few days, because the triplets went with our youth group on a camping trip. My mom and I don’t really get to have times like that that often, so it was nice. Then, we went and picked up Michael and Emily from their trip, and that was an experience, omigosh! It was rainy, we had no idea where we were going, they didn’t have cell phone service where they were staying at the Ocoee River…me and my mom were freaking out! But, we finally got hold of them and met up with them and got Michael and Emily and went back to Gatlinburg. During the rest of the week, we went shopping on the strip, tried going to Cades Cove once (but my dad had told us to go a different way than we were used to so we ended up getting lost and going to North Carolina haha), succeeded in going another time to Cades Cove (this time we went early in the morning. We went around the loop twice, the 1st time it was really foggy and almost eerie, and we saw a lot of deer. The 2nd time, we saw a few deer and 2 bears-one was 1 ft from the road and up in a tree!!), went to Roaring Forks (a got only a few feet away from a mama bear and her 3 cubs), met Captain Jack Sparrow, witnessed an Elvis Pressley concert, went to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, went to Rainforest Adventure Zoo (and saw a TON of snakes as well as kangaroos, crazy-looking chickens, aussie goats, birds, and Zaboomafoo and King Julian-the ring-tailed lemurs) had some AMAZING food, and some good ol’ family bonding time.

Since today’s Tuesday, that means picture of the week…but I’m posting pictures from my trip to Gatlinburg. Enjoy!

Me, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Em
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
what made it so funny was that Michael had said only a few minutes earlier "It would be funny if we got to South Carolina" and then we end up in North Carolina haha!
This isn't zoomed in at all, although it is blurry.  This is how close we got to the mama bear!
This is the bear we saw in the tree...not even 15 ft from the road!
I just love this makes me happy!  :)
The reason they're called The Great 'Smoky" Mountains
I think this one looks kinda creepy...
I think the Smokies have some pretty gorgeous scenery!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Quote of the Week

We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


I wish someone had told me this earlier on in life.........

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dueteronomy 8:18 - Bible Verse of the Week

“Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”  Deuteronomy 8:18

Our country today doesn't believe this verse.  So many people have forgotten how God has worked in people's lives throughout the past. Although Job went through so many struggles and trials and hard times, he still trusted the Lord, and because of that, the Lord found favor with him.  Also, the Israelites, as they were escaping Egypt.  They remembered the things the Lord told them, did exactly as they were told, and escaped.  However, once they got to the Promised Land, they didn't remember God, but rather did things their own way and God did not let them into the Promised Land and they wandered in the desert for 40 years.

God has been a huge part in our country's heritage.  The pilgrims came over here for religious reasons, the different colonies were settled for various religious reasons, Bible verses can be found on most monuments, various Presidents have used Bible verses in speeches or have had Christian principles, etc etc. 

I have been thinking about Duet. 8:18, and am wondering-does the fact that our country is having economic issues have anything to do with how fast our country is pulling away from God?  I think it might.  I don't know for sure, only God knows for sure, but that's my opinion.

What do you think?

Friday, September 11, 2009

"Here, buildings fell. Here, a nation rose!"

“Teachers, please turn your TVs to channel 6 for some important news.”

We stopped working on our science as our teacher turned the TV on. Suddenly, we saw the most horrific image come up on the screen. There were two huge buildings on fire, people screaming, running away from the burning buildings, people jumping from the top stories down to their deaths, and we watched as one after the other, they began to crumble down to the ground.

The date was September 11, 2001 - eight years ago.

That will be a day that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Although I didn’t know anyone directly affected by the attacks, the mere fact that my country was being attacked and the images from that day will always resonate in my mind. Although I was only in the sixth grade, I remember that day so vividly. I remember I was wearing purple capris and a white shirt with purple embroidery and butterfly sleeves. I remember it took me a while to realize what was going on because I had my glasses off because we were reading our science packet. I was sitting at the table by the door at the back left seat. I remember looking up at the sky during PE, and realizing that everything that was we were hearing about was really happening because there were absolutely no planes flying. I remember my Social Studies teacher was freaking out because her son had just boarded a plane in NYC and she couldn’t get a hold of him, and she didn’t know if he was on one of the planes that had been hijacked. I remember going home after school and turning my TV on and calling my neighbor and both of us crying on the phone. I remember the American flag being flown anywhere and everywhere. I remember the pride we felt every time we heard someone say “God bless America!” or “I’m proud to be an American!” I remember some of the things President George W. Bush said as he addressed our country – “Here, buildings fell. Here, a nation rose.” “Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature, and we responded with the best of America.” I remember actually feeling like we were the UNITED States of America, not just the USA.

I remember. And I will NEVER forget.

Today, so many people have forgotten. They’re going about their day today as if it was any other day. Movies are opening, CDs are coming out, people are going to all these parties. It’s just a regular day. What will it take for our nation to become a strong nation once again? Another attack? A war on our own soil? Hundreds or thousands more dying due to our own apathy?

Another thought has come to my mind…what will it take for our country to remember our beginning? Deuteronomy 8:18 says “Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” Our country has long forgotten God. We’ve become an atheistic, agnostic, Muslim, Hindu, Kabbalah, Scientologist, anything-but-Christian country. This country was founded on Christian principles! Faith was the reason the pilgrims left England for the New World. “In God We Trust” (Psalm 56:3-4) is on all of our currency. In fact, that motto was placed on our currency during the Civil war because of the growing Christian viewpoint. Salmon Chase, the Secretary of the Treasury during the time of the Civil War received many letters in which citizens advised that the US recognize the Deity on our currency. Chase responded to one of the letters with this:

Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.

The 84th Congress passed (and approved by Eisenhower July 30, 1956) a law stating “IN GOD WE TRUST” to be the national motto.

The fact that our country has moved so far away from Christ has always bothered me. Thankfully, I’ve grown up with a family that loves the Lord, and my dad got me hooked on politics at a somewhat young age. I’ve always been concerned that our country has forgotten that we are one nation under God, and in 8th grade, I wrote a poem about my concerns:

“One Nation Under God”
Once nation under God,
We recite this every day.
Our forefathers believed…
What has happened to us today?
Some people have stopped believing.
They want to end this phrase.
They took their plea to the Supreme Court,
Where they said, “America should not give God praise!”
But we ARE one nation under God.
Was, is, and always will be.
For if God had never existed,
There would be no you and no me.

If the American people would just turn back to Christ, we would be a much better country. Abortion rates would go down, the number of murders would go down, and our country would be put back in a position of greatness.

  • “A nation without God's guidance is a nation without order. Happy are those who keep God's law!” Proverbs 29:18
  •  “When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily; but with honest, sensible leaders there is stability.” Proverbs 28:2
  •  “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14
  •  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14
  • “Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”  Deuteronomy 8:18 
  •  “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance.” Psalm 33:12
  • “When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4
  • "The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me, who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me. Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name." Psalm 18:46-49
  • "The LORD is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1
  • “Leadership gains authority and respect when the voiceless poor are treated fairly.” Proverbs 29:14
  • “Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.” Proverbs 16:12  
I will NOT forget the lives lost on September 11, 2001. I will NOT forget the images of the Twin Towers crumbling to the ground. I will NOT forget all that God has done for me and for my country. I will NOT be apathetic. I will NOT forget the men and women – the HEROES – fighting for freedom this very moment.

The new Skillet music video for their song “Hero” is an amazing video dedicated to the men and women who's life ended on Sept. 11, 2001. You can read the lyrics here.

Thank You God for all the heroes that gave their lives on Sept 11. We will NEVER forget!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

wow...i've already missed several days...

So I went home this weekend for Labor Day, and it's kind of hard to get online, because we have one computer that 6 people share...yeah, I think you get the picture :)
Anyway, I've missed several days, so I'll make all that up now haha!

Sunday-Bible Verse of the Week!
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
-Proverbs 4:23
I love this verse! I think it's SO true! The way we think really does affect our way of living and our actions.

Monday-Quote of the Week!
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
-Bill Cosby

Tuesday-Picture of the Week!
I'm taking physical science, and we've been studying about the planets and the universe and all that, and now some new pictures have come out from the Hubble Space Telescope, and they're amazing!  It just goes to show how big and amazing and awesome God is!  Thank you, Lord, for all You've created!! 
Wednesday-Song of the Week!

Evil Genius - eleventyseven


Saturday, September 5, 2009


I guess this will make up for the lack of a blog of the week yesterday... :)

College football officially stated back today! #5 Bama played #7 VT and Bama pulled through!! I was a little nervous at first, but they ended the game amazingly well! I'm really tired right now, so I'll update more later...probably Monday or Tuesday. But, I will say this: Roy Upchurch is one amazing football player! So are many others on the Bama team, but Upchurch made me happy tonight. And I'm soo glad Mark Ingram isn't too terribly hurt and he'll be playing next week.

OK, i'm tired, more later!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Video of the week - Alcoholic Monkeys!

Hey guys!  It's Thursday, so it's time for the Video of the Week!  I found this really funny video about Vervet Monkeys in the Caribbean that steal alcohol from people!  They even get a little bit tipsy haha!


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Song of the Week!

Citipointe Live is one of my favorite bands right now. They're a worship band from Australia, and sound somewhat like Hillsong. Anyway, this song is called "One God" and it's one of my absolute favorite songs by them! Or maybe I should put it this way: it's one of my favorite songs ever! haha :)


One God - Citipointe.Live

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

new weekly schedule & the pic of the week!

So my friend Caleb does something like this, and I want to get more involved in blogging, so this schedule is my solution for that. Here’s my plan:

Sunday- Bible Verse of the week
I am a Christian, so every Sunday I’ll try to post some of my favorite Bible verses. Feel free to share your favorites with me!

Monday- Quote of the week
I’ll post some of my favorite quotes every Monday, whether they’re inspirational, poetic, or I just think they’re funny.

Tuesday- Picture of the week
Every Tuesday, I’ll post the picture(s) that I’ve found that I thought was creative or funny or I just like it and wanted to share it.

Wednesday- Song of the week
Music is a huge part of my life (although I am in no way musically talented) but on Wednesdays, I’ll post either the lyrics to a song that I’m in love with or has really touched me, or I’ll post a video of the song.

Thursday- Video of the week
I love finding out about funny videos on youtube, and I follow several people/bands on youtube, so on Thursday, I’ll be posting a video that I found that I really enjoyed, loved, laughed at, etc.

Friday- Blog of the week

My thoughts about whatever is on my mind :)

Saturday- Randomness!!
Whatever I feel like!!
Since today's Tuesday, that means the picture of the week! This past weekend, I went home for a free Christian day-long music festival in Verbena, AL called En Fuego-Spanish for "On Fire". It was a great day, with bands like EleventySeven, Thalon, Hello August, DecembeRadio, Superchick, and one of my favorites-FAMILY FORCE 5!
My camera's not the greatest, but here are a couple of pictures that I took at En Fuego...
this picture makes me happy :) i love fatty's and nadaddy's hair!