Saturday, August 27, 2005

Everything You EVER Wanted to Know About Me

Yes, I know, I stole this from anybody and everybody, but it sounded like a good post, so I am doing it too. However, I edited it a little to keep y'all on your toes!
1. Name as it appears on birth certificate: Sarah E....wait a minute! I don't need any stalkers!
2. Nicknames: none
3. Places I've traveled: Oxford, England, Mexico, D.C., and other various and assundry places.
4. Favorite food: Potatoes. Especially chilli cheese fries.
5. Ever been to Africa: No.
6. Love someone so much it hurts: Yes
7. Been in a car accident: Yes, in 1992. It changed the course of my entire life.
8. Croutons or bacon bits: Bring on the bacon.
9. Favorite day of the week: Tuesday. Nobody ever picks Tuesday.
10. Favorite restaurant: Macaroni Grill and Chipotle. Hello Sushi's up there too.
11. Favorite sport to watch: Baseball is fun now that I know how to keep score!
12. Favorite College Football Team: LSU Tigers
13. Favorite drink for summer: Diet Cherry Coke from Sonic
14. Favorite ice cream: Ben & Jerry's Karmel Sutra is awesome! So is their Dublin Mudslide!
15. Favorite fast food restaurant: Is Chipotle fast food...because I like it a lot.
16. What Color is your bedroom carpet: I think its grey.
17. How many times did you fail your driver's test: I failed the written part once...I just didn't read the question very well--They were blinking yellow lights!
18. From whom did you get your last e-mail: probably my dad--he sends me all of his funny forwards.
19. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card: Any antique store!
20. What do you do most often when you are bored: take a nap, read a book, watch Pride & Prejudice, shop
21. What time is Bedtime: When I finally fall asleep
22. Favorite TV shows: Everybody Loves Raymond and King of Queens
23. Last person/s you went to dinner with: Mom, Dad, and Terrel
24. Ford or Chevy: I'm a girl, and not too particular...um...which one is cuter?
25. What are you listening to right now: My dad watching Numbers...and something rolling around in the dryer.
26. What is your favorite color: Red.
27. Lake, ocean or river: swimming pool--I know what's in there.
28. How many tattoos/piercings do you have: Just my ears.
29. Have you ever run out of gas: No.
30. Cat or Dog: Cat...s. (One cat is never enough.)
31. Modern or vintage: vintage.
32. Where are you currently writing this: At home in the Big Weezie!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Moving to Gainesville

Well, Terrel and I are moving to Gainesville. He has accepted a full time job there and will start next week! We're really excited and a little nervous. It's cool because Holly and Glen live about 30 minutes away (and if you've lived in TX, that's nothin').

Everyone we met this weekend was really nice and we felt very welcome. The amazing thing is that Terrel was recommended by three different, wholly unconnected people for this job. We can really tell that God has been preparing a place for us there. He's even prepared a place for us to live. The arrangements will allow us to save up the money we'll need to buy a house and take the time to choose the right area of Gainseville to live in.

Lucy and Creol Jumbo-laya (a HUGE adopted kitty that wil come to live with us) are welcome and we don't even have to pay all those pet fees. There are no deposits, no application fees...its great.

Thank you all for your prayers and support. I appreciate your encouragement as I've struggled through all of the questions that have been turned over in this blog. A couple of months back I asked what would happen if we moved to Alabama and there was no job waiting for us here. I guess now I have the answer: we'll follow God to Georgia.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Gainesville, GA

Terrel and I are off to Gainesville, GA this weekend to meet with a church about a full time orchestra job. I must say, this came completely out of left field. We're really excited about the prospect of joining this church's staff! Please pray for us:

1. That we will be ready to accept God's will, whatever it is.
2. That we will know what things to commit to, and which ones to leave behind. (There is a part time music job that has been offered to me here in B-ham at Hoover Christian School. I would have to sign a year-long contract. They've given me until Thursday at noon to make a decision. Of course, the prinicpal has been very understanding and kind about our situation, so I have to give him snaps in his cup for that!)
3. That, whatever the outcome, we will have a safe trip and be a blessing to the people we meet there.

Thank you all so very much for your thoughts and prayers. We are thinking of you and praying for you too!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Jane Austen Quiz



You scored as Elizabeth Bennet.
As one of Austen's most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet represents what most women would like to become: strong, independent, and loyal. Of course, she has her faults including a stubborn will of iron and a clinging to first impressions. Overall, Lizzie is bright and lovable...something to admire and aspire to.

Elizabeth Bennet 72%
Emma Woodhouse 69%
Marianne Dashwood 63%
Elinor Dashwood 63%
Jane Bennet 56%
Charlotte Lucas 28%
Lady Catherine 19%

I'm stoked about testing as Elizabeth Bennet! She's my favorite Jane Austen character. I watch the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice whenever I'm feeling down and the adventures of the Bennet sisters always make me feel better. There is a ton of new books that continue the story and I want to read them all!

If you're an Austen lover, you can find out which character you are at http://quizfarm.com/test.php?q_id=41259

Please,sir, may I have some play-offs?


Ok, I'm not even going to pretend like I'm a big time college football fan. I don't know anything about stats, and I can't recall what anyone's schedule looked like last year. I root for LSU because I went there and I like to see the Tigers win, because that makes me a winner by association. But, for Pete's sake, even I can tell that there needs to be some kind of play-off system in college ball.

My reasoning, however, is not nearly as noble as others' migth be. I'm not too concerned about the other guy--Southern Cal or whoever it is. All I care about is whether or not the Tigers are the absolute, undisputed champion. If I here the 2003 season used as the poster season for why we need a play-off system one more time, I'm just going to snap!

I know we all need to sit back and think about the little guy and what an injustice it is for some great school to get the shaft because of some BCS popularity contest. That goes without saying. But I'm thinking of the champion here, not the kid who was last to get picked in kickball. When they win they should get undisputed bragging rights. None of this, "Well, actually, if they had played so-n-so like they should have, they would've gotten whomped." So, I'm standing up for the winners! Let them be the champions they are. They worked hard, had a good season, and won their championship game--they brought it all season long (ok, maybe not in that Florida game). Yes, S. Cal got the shaft. Yes, OK didn't belong in the championship--they couldn't even win their conference. But LSU did belong there and they won. Let them party like its dey birfday. (With Sabin gone, it might be a while before we see another good 'un.)

Oh yeah, and that picture--that's when we whomped Georgia.

Monday, August 15, 2005

You go, healthy girls!


Last week, while thumbing through People in the check-out line, I skimmed through an article about Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty. In case you've never heard of it, Dove has chosen six average women of average size as their spokesmodels in their latest add campaign. The idea is to drive home the fact that real women are beautiful. Just because they don't look like the pinup girl in a beer commercial, it doesn't mean they are therefore anything less than beautiful. I should add that most of these adds feature these six women posing in their underwear.

I was surprized to see that the article was questioning whether these women were beautiful or just "fat." Apparently some male journalist somewhere made the comment that he did not appreciate seeing these women on billboards, implying that actual size was large enough. From what I can recall, it seemed that a size 8 was just a little to large to be featured larger than life on a billboard. Well, if that's the case, then I better call Jenny Craig, because I'd love to be a size 8. There were also some valid comments from women asking why it's so important that to campaign for real beauty these women must be pictured in their unmentionables. Valid question. Normally, I would agree, but in this case, I remain unoffended by their posing in underwear (all objections based on modesty and propriety being temporarily set aside). Jamie Lee Curtis was featured in an article last year in which she posed in underwear only. Her reason, she said, was to reveal to all women what is really under the superstar wardrobe. I say, "Good for her!" (I must also add that said underwear covers up as much, if not more, than your average bikini, and we let our fifth graders run around in that.)

So, what's my point? I say, "Hooray for average girls!" Wait, I take that back! "Hooray for the super women!" Real women don't have exorbitant amounts of time to spend at the gym making their bodies daisy-duke-worthy. We've got jobs to do, errands to run, meals to cook, kids to feed, husbands to support and love on! We're lucky if we can just get into the gym three times a week for health's sake alone! Real women do possess real beauty, because we've got character, a strong sense of responsibility, compassion, and we can bargain shop! We're intelligent, intuitive, lively, and fun! So, as Shedaisy (or however you spell it) says, "We've all got a little junk in the trunk!" That's ok! Curves are cool. You know what Mae West said, "Curve: The loveliest distance between two points."

I'm tired of hating my own body just because I don't look like a Victoria's Secret model. I'm tired of going to work out with that impossible goal in mind--that just makes me feel discouraged and I quit. And for that guy who's tired of seeing the average girls in their skivvies bigger than life on a billboard, well, I've been tired of seeing the glistening super models half-an-inch away from naked that are generally featured for a long time!

So I say, "you go, average girls! Oops, I mean "super" girls!

Check out the Campaign for Real Beauty under my linkity links!

Friday, August 12, 2005

It's Coming!

OH MY GOSH!? I can't believe its been 10 years!
It's time....
It's coming...

Woodlawn Class of 1996 Reunion!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Oh! Sweet Hob Nobs!


Yesterday Terrel officially earned himself the title, "Sweetest Husband in the Entire World!"
"How did he accomplish this amazing feat of daring and do-goodery?" you ask.
Well, I'll tell you. First, he drove me to an interview because I was afraid I'd have a hard time finding the place. Then, while I was inside, he decided to go to Target. On his way he found a place called the World Market. Upon seeing the sign, it occurs to Terrel that, it being a world market, he might just find some of my very favorite cookies from England there. And, entering he was at first disappointed, finding a store full of furniture. But, lo, in the corner there stood a small section of candies and sweets and yummy delights. And it was there that he found the elusive HOB NOB.

For those of you who do not know what a Hob Nob is. First of all, let me tell you that it is the most delightful delicacy that England has to offer--its the only delightful delicacy that England has to offer. No, really, their food is atrocious. I can only describe it as it describes itself: "chocolate nobbly, oaty biscuit." There are no words for the goodness, so I will have to make one up on the spot......and the word shall be....scrumtrulescent.

I first met Hob Nob in England on the Oxford Study Tour, and we spent a beautiful three weeks together. But, alas, I was forced to return to my Hob Nob-less America. I've searched everywhere, but not even the famed Central Market carries the chocolate covered variety that stole my heart. One time Terrel ordered them for me, and we received two precious cartons of oaty biscuits in the mail. The romance was rekindled for but a day or two, for I could not resist their temtations and I consumed them almost immediately. (Weight Watchers didn't like that too much.) Now, I need not despair. I need not consume cartons of Hob Nobs at an alarming rate, for I have found them here in my homeland!

If you can, find a Hob Nob! And when you find it, tell it how much it means to you! Hug it! Kiss it! Then gobble it up! And then, be sad, for the Hob Nob is no more. Oh, sweet Hob Nob! I pine for you!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Wrestling with God

When I think about this chapter in my life I can come up with only one explanation for the struggle of faith within me: I am wresting with God. Lately, my life seems like nothing more than a series of ups and downs--highs and lows. Hope one minute, then absolute desperation the next. I have run home, I've walked out, I've cried, kicked, screamed, and even quit a few times. I've asked all of the questions, even some that Christians are not supposed to ask:

God, what are you doing? Where are you?
Why have you turned your back on us?
What did we do wrong? We're trying so hard to do everything right.
How did we offend you?
Why do you bless others and leave us to hurt and feel defeated? Why do you grant victory for some and defeat for others?
You have betrayed us God! We followed you and you have left us to ruin. Who are we to turn to now?
God, do you even exist?
Chrisitanity is hard...I'm not sure I want to do this any more.

Like I said, some of those questions are the kind that "good Chrisitans" just aren't supposed to ask. But I've never claimed to be a good Chrisitan, all I can claim is that I try very hard...and I fail very often. However, I don't think I'm alone in my questioning. I would be willing to bet that there are many of us who find a war of faith within. And, as my pastor back home said last Sunday, sometimes we need God to do much more than just calm the storm around us; we need him to calm the storm within us even more.

This is not the first time I have struggled with these questions, and I'm sure it will not be the last. I used to chastise myself for even thinking such things, but the more I consider them, the more I think they might be healthy questions. If you look closely, there is still a glimmer of hope even in those wonderings. There is a kind of paradox there, for I am questioning the very God about whose existence I am unsure, even about that issue of his existence. The line of communication is still open--I am still seeking after God for answers.

I think there is such a deep lesson to be learned in our struggles, especially when God does not act in the way that we think he should. Where do we go when God colors outside the lines that we've drawn for him? Where do we turn when we're backed into a corner and there is no way out unless God works a miracle to make a way out for us? What if that miracle never comes? What if Terrel and I were to wind up without a job forever? What will happen to our faith then?

The key question strikes at the very heart of our faith because it is a matter of examining its foundation. Have I put my faith in God based on what has done or can do for me in my life? The answer must be "no." For, even though I am placing my faith in him to secure my very salvation, I must first come to the realization that he is the supremem being, holy and righteous, and that I am not worthy to approach him. I must not worship him because of what he can do for me, but because of who he is. I cannot ask even the smallest thing of him for I am unworthy. Only through the blood of Jesus can I boldly approach the throne of God. Then I can worship him not only for who he is, but also for what he has done in my life in procuring my salvation. However, my worship must always be grounded in the fact that he is God and he is worthy of praise no matter what.

As I wrestle within myself (and I believe with the Holy Spirit who lives within me) I hear one question over all others: "Why do you worship me? Why do you follow me? What is the foundation of your faith?" I have come to realize that my faith must be based on the fact that he is God and I am not. No matter what happens in this life, completely outside of life's circumstances and how he works within them, I must hail him as King of kings and Lord of lords. If I only worship him when he answers my prayers and works miracles, then I am nothing more than a spiritual groupie. But, I want to be counted among the faithful.

I take comfort in the knowledge that much greater believers than I have wrestled with God. David offers up some pretty strong questions in Psalm 60. And Job questioned God in his dealings with him. These are great heroes of the faith, and much greater people of faith than I. Perhaps those questions are an important part of every believer's journey and a part of making them great men and women of faith. We must not be afraid to face them and ask them. I think we must not be afraid to wrestle with God.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Find of the Day!



How cute are these pillows! What a great way to show pride in your home state. And, gee, all you need is $136 to drop on your cushy tribute! Each one is hand embroidered and full of beautiful colors! I'm thinking of custom making one for myself, since I like to do needlework--I'll let you know how it turns out! To see your home state, check out http://www.topnotchgiftshop.com/hand-embroidered-accent-pillows---state-collection.html