Saturday, November 29, 2008

singing down memory lane...

as i was driving home in that awesome I-35 traffic , i got to listen to lots of music on my ipod. there are certain songs that always remind me of certain people and certain events in my life. literally every time i hear these songs, these things come into my mind and so yesterday i was literally taking a trip down memory lane. some of you have probably heard these stories multiple times as i have a chronic story retelling problem. hopefully you will enjoy this...

man in the mirror by michael jackson always makes me think of mark garcia. we were driving back late from a recruiting trail one night and practically falling asleep when this song came on my ipod and mark came alive like i have never seen before. we sang louder and did more motions to the song than i thought possible at that hour of the night. love it mark!

american woman by lenny kravitz makes me think of my dear friend ginger morby. i am not sure how it came about, but it is basically the song that plays in my head for her.

ho by ludacris makes me think of maziel dani. i am pretty sure we used to listen to this driving around campus all the time. we both know all of the words, or at least we used to. raising a glass of sunny d to you maz!

wanna be by spice girls reminds me of fabs harford. fabs was paid to make appearances at different high schools as one of the spice girls. she still knows every word and motion to the song. too bad she won't speak with that british accent around us!

country grammar by nelly will forever make me think of stacy mcclure and danielle smith. i have vivid memories of them singing this our sophmore year of college in a style that only they can pull off. i can still hear it! love you girls.

gangsta's paradise by coolio screams kimberly ginnings to me. i believe this is her all time favorite song. we listened to this so many times in her car on the way to sonic. thanks for reviving an awesome song for me kimberly!

you give love a bad name by bon jovi makes me picture robby mayne with a tie tied around his head on the dance floor! i can't tell you how many weddings i have been at where i have seen him killing it on the dance floor to this song. keep it up robby!

all i want for christmas by mariah carey always makes me think of all my college buds. we sang and danced to this song all the time and we were usually up to some kind of mischief when were were doing it. we made priceless memories that only cost us some donuts. oh and kenan, have you ever done your dance for jerry to this song?

more than you'll ever know by watermark brings to mind meagan munday. this was our song when we were roommates my sophomore year because of her broken collar bone. a blessing in disguise.

lose yourself by eminem and awnaw by nappy roots makes me think of butta, our college flag football team. these songs were played A LOT when we won the regional championship and competed in the national tourney as well.

beast by tech N9NE makes me think of bobby austin because he is a beast...or because we listened to it to get pumped on the way to our softball games. this song makes you feel like you should hit a homerun. a lot of rap songs make me think of bobby. he is such a thug.

by rascal flatts will always remind me of mindy goff. her maiden name is mayberry and we used to sing this song to her all the time, especially when she made great flag football plays! i do miss mayberry!

thank you traffic on I-35 for allowing me to sing down memory lane.

Friday, November 28, 2008

happy thanksgiving...

started the weekend off right. met kirsten in hillsboro (on my way to dallas and she was on her way to austin). we had a 2 hour catch up lunch. love this girl!thanksgiving day i got up and ran the traditional turkey trot in dallas. adrianne and robyn couldn't make it this year, but adam joined me and helped me set a faster pace! i finished the race this year faster than i ever have before. however since mom was not there, we took fewer pictures. mom woke up sick on thanksgiving day. sad day.
here i am, about to cross the finish line. 8 miles down, 2 pieces of pumpkin pie to go! i was a bit irritated with all the people who only ran 3 miles and took cases of gatorade. there was none left when i crossed. i almost just took a case from lady in my rage, but i decided against it.
after the trot, i came home and began the football watching. from noon on i watched football. helped mom cook. watched football. ate dinner. watched football. ate pumpkin pie. watched football. then slept. it was a great day!

oh and jon called while we were at the race. mom got to talk to him, but dad and i missed our chance. mom said he sounded okay. probably a little bummed to be in iraq on a holiday.

Friday, November 21, 2008

broken from the start...

here is my latest favorite jon foreman song. i am not completely sure what it is about and i have been on the hunt for the meaning, but i still find the song playing in my head all the time. for me, i think it has been a reminder of my brokenness. i think of the things i have messed up the people i have hurt and wish i could change it, but i cannot. i have tried and only made things worse. i have been broken from the start...

broken from the start...
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)
Life is a gift like fresh cut roses
Cut from the branch and brought inside
It's a slow contradiction, it's beauty in a vase
When our cords are cut that's when we start to die

Lately death and life get so confusing
I can't tell the difference here tonight
Lately every breath feels like I'm kissing death
And when time is dead I cease to be alive

If you hide yourself deep inside
Deep inside
In time you've got nothing left to hide
There's nothing left inside
Tonight, honey
I'm gonna break your heart
Mine was broken from the start
Broken from the start

Choice is the only thing we're given
For one to live another dies
One road says, "Hello"
The other says, "Goodbye"
And the rose that you don't choose begin to die
(Oh, oh)

If you hide yourself deep inside
Deep inside
In time you've got nothing left to hide
It dries up inside
Tonight, honey
I'm gonna break your heart
Mine was broken from the start
Broken from the start
Broken from the start
Broken from the start

They won't pay a cent to hear you laughing
They might pay a little to hear you cry
If you do it long enough
They might even pay attention
But they still won't pay respect until you die, die

If you hide yourself deep inside
Deep inside
In time you've got nothing left to hide
It's all dead inside
Tonight, honey
I'm gonna break your heart
Mine was broken from the start
Broken from the start

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

we pulled it off...

Ginger , Bobby and Robby came to Austin this weekend for a reunion. Needless to say it was awesome! I laughed harder than I have in months. Ginger flew in Friday and we got to catch up before the boys got here. Once the boys got here and checked in to their scary hotel, they came over and we ate chili and then went to see Master Pancake Theater's Forrest Gump.
the vienna sausage stand down on 6th street. i'm so tall.
eating at kerbey lane, an austin staple. this couple showed up with their parrot. that's right, they showed up to a restaurant with a parrot. only in austin.
then we went shopping at the round rock outlets and then yes, we played laser tag. we totally dominated those middle school kids.
after laser tag we went to the salt lick, an awesome bbq place outside of town.
me and robby. waiting outside for our table.
me and the fellas.
the guys recently got iphones and this was a common scene all weekend.
finally a picture with all 4 of us!
after the salt lick we came back to my place, got some amy's ice cream and played 2 rivoting games of clue, which bobby barely won. then on sunday they all came to church with me and we finished out the weekend at shady grove. ginger got to stick around until monday before she left for phoenix. i love these guys and it was so fun to be with them this weekend. we pulled it off in '08!

Monday, November 3, 2008

greater things are yet to come...

So, remember Devin, we kindly refer to him as Big Devin. He is one of the kids that my friend Cara brings in from a low income housing project in Round Rock. Anyway, before you read this post, you should read the previous post on him that I wrote.

Well this Sunday, before the 9:30 service I was up running the check-in table. Devin came by to see me. He had just got back from our church's youth retreat (Big Dev is in 6th grade now). I asked him how it went and he said it was good and he had fun. I could tell he wanted to tell me something but couldn't get it out. I kept asking about the retreat and finally he blurted out, "I accepted Christ this weekend." I was FREAKING out inside! I hugged him, probably multiple times, I can't remember. I asked him what spurred this on. He said he was tired of messing up and doing bad things and he realized he needed Christ. He then said he had to go to TeenRock, so he left. I was totally tearing up. I am so excited! God is doing great things and only greater things are yet to come!

he's now a sergeant...

Mom heard from Jon again last night. He got promoted to Sergeant on Saturday, which is exciting! Way to go brother. He placed an order for some yummy goodies. He has also requested some Christmas decorations to put up in his room.

Thanks guys for praying for him and sending him stuff. It means a lot.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


pops and i all dressed up.

nana and i catching one of the shows.

alberto and i...our kayak tour guide.

dad and i enjoying cerveza after our kayaking excursion... it was fun until the tide went out and we got stuck in the mud. we had to push our way out.

our ship...the ecstasy.

mom and i.

chaunkanaab...cozumel's state park. beautiful.

dad and i in our matching hats at senior frogs...

black and white night.

last day at sea. laying out on the uper deck catching some rays.

hopefully i will get back on here and post some more funny stories.