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Oh my gracious. [Wednesday
December 10th, 2008
This little girl is so stinking adorable. This made me cry!!


**Happy Birthday Shawna!!!** [Tuesday
December 2nd, 2008
I hope your birthday is wonderful!

Love ya! :)


A funny one! LOL [Tuesday
November 11th, 2008
A man and his wife were driving home one very cold night when the wife
asks her husband to stop the car. There was a baby skunk lying at the side of
the road, and she got out to see if it was still alive. It was, and she said to
her husband, "It's nearly frozen to death. Can we take it with us, get
it warm, and let it go in the morning?" He says, "O. K., Get in the
car with it." "Where shall I put it to get it warm?" He says,
"Put it in between your legs. It's nice and warm there. "But what
about the smell?" "Just hold its little nose." The man is
expected to recover, but the skunk she used to beat him with died at the scene.

Not losing heart! [Wednesday
November 5th, 2008

I received this email this morning- I'm on the email list for the author and all around Middle East expert Joel Rosenberg. 


By Joel C. Rosenberg

(Washington, D.C., November 5, 2008) -- Congratulations to Sen. Obama. His victory last night was an historic moment, further evidence of how far Americans have come in moving beyond the racial divisions of the past. This is good, and should not be underestimated.

It is now our solemn responsibility to pray faithfully and consistently for him, his wife, his family, and his advisor. We must pray for their safety, their wisdom, and their discernment. This is the right thing to do and honors the Lord. As the Apostle Paul teaches so clearly in I Timothy 2:1, "I urge that entreaties, prayers and petitions and thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."

We must also pray faithfully for the safety of our nation, for the peace of Jerusalem, and for the advancement of freedom and security throughout the world, and particularly in the Middle East. I am very concerned about what the next year to 18 months may hold. Vice President-elect Biden warned us that the world will test this young new president. We must therefore pray for peace while we prepare for war.

I'm paying particular attention this morning to how people in the epicenter are reacting to Sen. Obama's victory. Leaders in Iran are thrilled since the likelihood of decisive U.S. action to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program has just dropped dramatically. Leaders in Iraq, by contrast, are trying not to be worried given that the likelihood of rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces has just increased dramatically.

Palestinians seem to be thrilled, since they seem Obama as pro-Palestinian and open to dividing Jerusalem and pressuring the Israelis to make further concessions of "land for peace." Many Israelis feel quite unsettled this morning, concerned that they will be all alone in the Middle East as the U.S. begins to pack up and go home from Iraq. They are also concerned that Obama and his team do not appear to fully understand or appreciate the seriousness of the threat of Radical Islam. Sen. Obama told us during the campaign that Iran was a tiny country that did not pose much of a threat. Israelis are not convinced he will stand with them in a nuclear showdown with Tehran.

A senior political strategist in Israel emailed me last night with this thought: "The State of Israel is now facing the most unfriendly American administration ever….Israel's will to live will be tested in ways that will not e pretty. Many of Obama's foreign policy team and Middle East advisors see Israel as the obstacle to peace. And we can not count on Jewish supporters of Obama to have any standing in setting policy in this administration." A new poll released yesterday also caught my attention: 46% of Israelis would have voted for McCain, while only 34% would have voted for Obama. That tells us something about the concern from Eilat to Haifa and from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem about losing a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people in President Bush to someone who has not indicated convincing support for Israel in the past.

I know many of you are very worried about the direction of our country. I certainly understand this sentiment, but as I wrote yesterday, let us not lose heart. The Lord knew who would win. He allowed it to happen. He has a plan. He has a purpose. And now He is calling us to serve Him faithfully - to do whatever He tells us to do, to go wherever He tells us to go, to say whatever He tells us to say. Now is the time to draw close to Christ, to advance His kingdom, and prepare for His return. He is, after all, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Now is certainly no time to forget, or to be discouraged.


I am not losing heart. We, as a country, are not broken. But heck, I can be disappointed! I am so darn tired of everyone emailing me (Myspace, Facebook, whatever) when I admit that, and tell me that God is bigger than all of this and He's in control. I KNOW. And what's funny, that's exactly what I've said each and every time I've stated my mild disappointment (because honestly, I think this country needs to see what will happen if they get all the liberalism they're asking for). I think everyone's acting like their feelings on this never swayed, and that they couldn't care less. Because honestly if how everyone is acting today (ie, the ones I'm referring to) is how they always truly felt, they wouldn't have voted in the first place. They would have felt like "God's in control. So I'm going to trust Him and not have an opinion at all!" At least the ones who wrote in Jesus truly did that. ;-)

All this to say, we're all entitled to opinions. And this is only the first day after one of the hugest elections ever. It's raw, and we're allowed to be bummed about it for at least 5 minutes. Doesn't mean we're admitting defeat, or that Obama won't have my full support once he's inaugurated. I will still be a citizen of the United States, and he will still be my president. How I feel in these moments after the election won't change that.


Twilight. [Tuesday
November 4th, 2008
No, I'm not reading it. But Amber, someone referenced this website and I thought of you. LOL You have to read the opening page.

Twilight Moms


Haha! [Wednesday
October 29th, 2008
Just had to share something that made me laugh this morning. I especially love the part about storing things. LOL

It Has Been A Long Training

October 29, 2008

So a couple weeks ago I decided that I needed some new bras. I ordered the size I thought I was, instead of the size that I wish I was, because I have discovered that just ordering the bra in a larger size does not make my boobs grow. Go figure.

Last week they came in the mail. I opened the box and looked at the bras. I was excited to wear one, even though it had teeny tiny hearts on it which I do not recall from the website. But whatever, as long as my nipples are properly harnessed.

I tried one on and it was too small. This was a new experience for me. I have never found a bra that was too small. Ever. In fact, I wore this too tight bra anyway because I kept thinking that it would stretch or something. But it did not.

I mentioned this phenomenon to one of my well endowed friends who told me that it happens to her all the time and how much she hates it. Then she started mentioning something about her boobs spilling over the top of the bra cups and dents on her shoulders, but she lost me there. I usually have the problem of hollow cups sitting on my chest, the sort that dent if you banged into them. On the plus side, I can store things in there — my chapstick, my wallet, spare sweater, a toddler…whatever.

That night after I took the bra off I gathered up the other ones to mail back (Why can’t I return them to the store, Victoria’s Secret? Why?) and I noticed the tag had a photo of a girl wearing the bra. A young girl. A girl who was under 12 years old. Suddenly the cutesy little hearts on the straps made sense.

Hello, my name is Chris and I am 39 years old and I bought myself a training bra.


Beware! Halloween Candy!! [Monday
October 27th, 2008


We need to wise up. [Monday
October 27th, 2008
My pastor recently posted this entry in his blog.

Wanted to share this video [Wednesday
July 30th, 2008
I found this video today from a website I frequent. I at first thought it would be really cheesy, but it had me in tears and I am so glad I took the few minutes to watch it. I am truly in a place in my life right now where I need this reminder.

For Ashley, and anyone else interested... [Friday
July 25th, 2008
My very favorite organization, International Justice Mission, is going to be featured on Dateline NBC tonight. They are covering IJM's undercover work in Cambodia in which 37 young girls were rescued from forced prostitution. Please watch! And learn about this truly amazing organization.

(Ash I know you love IJM, so I thought you might want to watch. :) )

The bride. [Monday
July 7th, 2008
I came across this story a few years ago in my Max Lucado Devotional Bible, and kind of forgot about it. When I found it again a couple days ago the timing couldn't have been better. Such a beautiful picture.


Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us

    Look long enough into the eyes of our Savior and, there too, you will see a bride. Dressed in fine linen. Clothes in pure grace. From the wreath in her hair to the clouds at her feet, she is royal; she is the princess. She is the bride. His bride. Walking toward him, she is not yet with him. But he sees her, he awaits her, he longs for her.
    "Who could bear to live without her?" you hear him whisper.
    And who is that bride? Who is this beauty who occupies the heart of Jesus?
    It is not nature. He loves his creation and creation groans to be with him, but he never called creation his bride.
    It is not his angels. His angels are ever present to worship and serve him, but he never called the heavenly beings his bride.
    Then who? Who is this bride about whom Jesus speaks and for whom Jesus longs? Who is this maiden who has captured the heart of God's son?
    You are. You have captured the heart of God. "As a man rejoices over his new wife, so your God will rejoice over you." (Isaiah 62:5)
    The challenge is to remember that. To meditate on it. To focus on it. To allow his love to change the way you look at you.
    Do you ever feel unnoticed? New clothes and styles may help for a while. But if you want permanent change, learn to see yourself as God sees you: "He has covered me with clothes of salvation and wrapped me with a coat of goodness, like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding, like a bride dressed in jewels." (Isaiah 61:10) (taken from When Christ Comes by Max Lucado)


 I just love that.

"Who could bear to live without her?"

That just takes my breath away. To think of my Creator and my Savior longing for me. Me.

So amazing [Friday
June 27th, 2008

I just found this video on a website I frequent often, and it is absolutely beautiful. It is 8 minutes long and you might think you don't have the time, but once you turn it on, you won't be able to stop watching!!

This is exactly what I needed.

Yay!!! [Friday
March 14th, 2008
Woo hoo!!

Just bought our BarlowGirl concert tickets for April 4th! I'm so excited! It's for charity, and you couldn't beat the $20 ticket price!!


My sweet husband is so great because he couldn't have cared less about going, but knew how much I wanted to go. :)

PLEASE sign this petition!! [Friday
March 7th, 2008
As you may have heard, the courts are assaulting our choice to homeschool our children, and are making it a criminal offense in CA. Please please sign this petition (link at bottom of the article) and pass it along!! This sooo needs our prayer right now!!


Thank you so much!!

~Shawna~ [Friday
March 7th, 2008
Have you heard all the commotion going on with homeschooling in CA? I have tons of links for you if you haven't. I just know you were interested in doing it as well, and if things keep going in this direction, it will be illegal for us to do so!

Prayers [Saturday
November 24th, 2007
I just wanted to ask really quick if you would mind saying a prayer for this new fire in Malibu. It has been only about a month since there was a huge, devastating fire out there and so much of the beautiful canyons are covered in black- as well as old churches and beautiful homes. Now there is a huge fire again that started this morning, and they have evacuated the apartment complex that we have out there (my husband's company has a lease on two units). Before, the fire was far enough away that it didn't effect them. But now it's right there and we are praying for the people in the complex, the homes around, and the firefighters. They just said there is no containment at all and this just breaks our hearts.

I hate to see this area that has such a special place in our hearts to be up in flames.

New blog [Tuesday
July 31st, 2007
[ mood | jubilant ]

Okay, after thinking about it for months I have created a new blog. Starting fresh people! If you'd like to visit, please leave me a message with your email address and I'll send along the link. :)

Comments are sreened. Thanks!! Love Mel

THE END! [Saturday
January 27th, 2007
FIVE FREAKING TIMES I'VE TRIED TO UPDATE MY JOURNAL. I leave the window open overnight so I can FINALLY finish the entry, and come back to it several times to work on it. For the second time in two days, my freaking computer just closes the window with no warning. I am done.

I'll try to update later.

Ahh, relaxation [Saturday
November 18th, 2006
[ mood | cheerful ]

This is where I get to go this weekend!! :) I'm so excited.


A few weeks ago my grandma was telling me that after she dies, she wants to be cremated and the ashed scattered in the ocean in Oregon. She explained to me how much she loves the beach, and just loves listening to the waves. So all that night I couldn't sleep, trying to plan a couple days away for her to enjoy the beach and just relax. She's been pretty much locked inside her house all the time because she never has the energy to do much, and her house can tend to be dark and depressing. So, we are leaving in a few hours and it will be up to her if we stay one or two nights. :) I can't wait! Next time I'll probably plan it with my mom & sister as well (to which Tom replies "boy, anything to get away from these kids, huh?"), but for now I wanted it to be just me & my grandma.

Last week Tom bought me a heart necklace I was wanting from Kohl's, and I ended up going back to get the same one for my grandma. I bought it for Christmas, but I kind of wanted to give it to her now so she can wear it for the holidays. But I think it will look a little too much like I'm courting her with the fancy weekend away and jewelry. ;)


My son makes me cry [Thursday
November 9th, 2006
Ronan is walking around with his new kid-sized guitar (my mom had gotten him one for his bday in July, but like a month later it broke and we just got around to replacing it) and is playing it really quietly. He walked in here into the office and said "That song is about Jesus."

He is the sweetest boy in the world.

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