Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mercy Ministries

The above video is the entire Joyce Meyer episode on Mercy Ministries.

Has anyone heard of this ministry? I just learned of it yesterday while watching a recorded episode of Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer (one of my favorites). It is quite amazing. The ministry takes in 18-28 year old females seeking freedom from issues such as: drug & alcohol addiction depression, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancy, physical & sexual abuse and self-harm (cutting) free of charge. The best part about it is they teach freedom through the blood of Jesus! They give these girls the opportunity to experience God's unconditional love & forgiveness. This is my ministry help girls just like this! So many girls today are suffering and I want them to experience the same freedom in Christ that I have. Anyway, check it's really neat!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Ohio State Buckeyes

Can I just rant about my beloved Buckeyes and college football for a minute?? I know most of you reading this blog, excluding my husband, will not care one bit about what I am saying but I am on bed rest and have too much time on my hands :) Let me talk about the OSU, USC game. It was a BAD BAD loss...I mean really bad. Do I think that it hurt OSU not having Wells play - yes. Do I think it helped USC to have PAC 10 officiating - yes. Should OSU have played Pryor more and would it have made a difference - yes. Had all these circumstances changed would we have won the game - no. I am so tired of hearing the critics bash OSU for being an overrated team in a weak conference. Look at Oklahoma - the newest number 1 team in the country. Nobody even questions their ranking even when they haven't played anybody good this year. I realize they do have a few really good teams in their conference this year...just let me rant. Look at the Florida and USC upsets this week. They lost to no name teams (no offense to Ole Miss and Oregon St. fans) At least Ohio State beats everybody in our conference. Do I think it hurts us in big games to play in a so-called weak conference - of course I do. Do we (OSU) have a horrible record against SEC teams - without a doubt but the Big 10 in general plays pretty well against the SEC. Anyway, I am so tired of hearing the trash talk. I love my team win or lose, good or bad, overrated or underrated.
And just one more thing...doesn't college football make enough money without having to add special conference networks??? I HATE the Big Ten Network. We already pay extra each year for the College Game Plan so I can watch OSU games down here in Texas. But now this year they added the Big Ten Network. I have missed three out four games this year because of this money sucking network that I don't even think is available down here! Please - give me a break. Just let the fans watch our football!! Okay, I'm done now :)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Maleina the Performer

My child has been a drama queen from birth. She is one-of-a-kind, full of life, over the top and just down right amusing. I love the personality that the Lord has given her. It is very challenging at times but also hilarious and sweet. She is also my little performer. Here is an unscripted, undirected, very dramatic, very serious, one-of-a-kind Maleina performance. Singer and song writer, The Lady Maleina, singing God loves you...Enjoy!!

For more Maleina originals please see the infamous Houseboat song and dance posted in August!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My Sweet Baby Girl

I just had to post this picture of my sweet baby girl and the flowers she picked out to brighten my day. Anthony said it was all her idea and she picked them out all by herself. How sweet!!! And have I mentioned how amazing she has handled my bed rest? Seriously amazing!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My Baby Shower and Awesome Friends!

Some very awesome friends of mine had a baby shower for me on September 13 (the day Hurricane Ike blew through north Texas). It was so wonderful and exciting that I went into preterm labor the very next day!!! Now the nurses at the hospital were joking that Ike threw the atmosphere into such a tizzy that it was having a full moon effect on the ER. Who knows!? Anyway that was totally off the baby shower subject...It was an amazing shower and I feel so blessed to have amazing friends and family. Thank you Jessica, Melissa and Crista for all of your hard work. You guys are just awesome (sorry I keep saying awesome, I don't know what my dealeo is)!!!! Love you guys :)

My Hostesses: Jessica, Melissa & Crista

My gorgeous sister Annette and equally beautiful mom Cheryl

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pretty Pretty Princess and Flying Barbie!

For all of you moms out there with little girls, you have to get the Pretty Pretty Princess game. You go around the board collecting jewelry to is soooo cute and Maleina loves it. We always try to take a picture of the winner, just in case Daddy wins, because it's hilarious. Of course I would never post that on the blog!

Also, here is a picture of Maleina dressed up as "Flying Barbie". I'm not sure the actual name of this barbie but it wouldn't matter anyway because she's already branded at our house. I love it! Now, Maleina decided that after I give birth to our baby boy, I need to immediately get pregnant with "her baby sister". Riiiiight! Anyway, she also decided the other day the her sister's name needs to be "Flying Barbie Newsome". What do you all think??????

First day of Preschool

I know I'm a little behind schedule here (preterm labor just messes everything up)!! Here are a few pics from Maleina's first day back to preschool this year. She attends Compass Christian Preschool (fka Highland Meadows) with her two best friends Claire and Jack. Duty called and Jack was running a little behind schedule on this particular morning so I don't have pics of him. (We love you Jack)! Maleina loves preschool but was a little disturbed her first week by "all this learning". They are teaching a lot more this year with a little less play time. She wasn't too happy about it at first but she's okay now. She has informed me that she would like to be a doctor when she grows up and I let her know she has a lot of learning to go if that's the case!

Monday, September 8, 2008

What's the deal with the packaging and not the goods?

I don't know about your kids but Maleina is way more interested in a box and its packaging materials than the actual item that was sent. Anytime we receive a box in the mail, she is in the box, on top of the box, under the box, gluing the box and building things from the box. What's the deal???? She has no interest in the item that was sent, even if it's a toy! Well I guess it just depends on the toy. But anyway, I think it's hilarious. Just the other day we received her new dresser in the mail, not that she would be interested in that, but she kept asking Anthony and I if we saved the "leftovers" from her dresser. She made a seesaw, some other random things and here is a picture of her below using the packaging as a veil. She said she was know...the mother of Jesus!

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The Belly

Okay, so I would not normally post pictures of just myself on this blog because nobody is really interested in me :)...just Maleina and the baby. But I have had numerous requests from friends and family across the U.S. wanting to see my belly. So here it is...although I have to say this picture does not show it in all its glory. I guess the black dress is doing its job!!!!

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