It was the summer between 5th and 6th grade. As all good parents mine had signed me up for everything under the sun to keep me busy! My favorite activity by far were the art lessons. My lifelong bff and i were in this class together and this was the summer that cemented our friendship forever! Over the wonder of Brenda and Dylan and what would happen next on Beverly Hills, 90210. Our love for this show continues to this day! So it was only fitting that she text me to let me know about the Lifetime Unauthorized Story of Beverly Hills, 90210. I found last nights showing on my directv on demand and am now downloading it to my DVR with GREAT anticipation!

photo courtesy of Fox, Lifetime via EOnline

Nine more days!

This month has been a hard one. At work….at home…everywhere!

Luke 1: 4-5, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.”

Psalms 62:5, “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”

The Lord has used these 2 verses to minister to my heart throughout this time. There is a running theme of waiting and having faith in God’s timing.Mr. Wonderful will be the first person to tell you that I am not the most patient person.

This has hit home with me HARD this month. There has been crying and begging and praying and fit pitching like no one has ever seen. There have been so many moments of “I can’t” and then crawling back to the foot of our Father broken, realizing I can do it but only with Him.

This week was the straw that broke everything. When I was sitting at work realizing that someone has stolen my debit card information and spent half my paycheck in 5 minutes. It was the epitome of rock bottom. Our debit cards were reported lost/stolen. I immediately ran to the bank in a frantic! They were very kind and calmed me down. I’m sure they had fun stories about the crazy woman who came in with wild eyes and crazy hair! And in defense of my hair it is Alabama and my hair would rather curl up in a frizz ball than do anything else.

But thank you Lord for the glimmer of hope on the horizon! The pre planned vacation coming in 9 days! If we can hold on!

Things I learned from my father

1. If you are going to do something you should always have a plan. My dad was famous around our house for asking, “What’s the plan?” Whether it was dinner, the weekend, a vacation trip or when you planned on finally graduation college, he is always wondering what’s the plan?

2.There is nothing like a Saturday afternoon spent watching the Crimson Tide play! In our family Alabama football games were and are still a weekly event in the fall. I remember many times riding in that lovely crimson and cream van(with curtains! pictured above)heading to Legion Field or Bryant Denny. There was a picnic basket in the back with Mawmaw’s fried chicken and if i was lucky there would be some homemade chocolate chip cookies too! Those are some of my most treasured memories. Now our game day experience is much different but my love for the city that is Tuscaloosa and the Crimson Tide began on those Saturday afternoons with my dad.

3. Money doesn’t grow on trees. I think everyone heard this from their parents but my dad instilled this as often as he could. If one of us left the lights on in one room we would all hear about how much electricity cost. When we would leave the house at night you could guarantee that upon our return he would say something about every light in the house being on. And then my mom and I would break into that country song “Every light in the house is on, the backyard’s bright as the crack of dawn!” To further teach me the importance of money he and mom set me up a checking account when i was 12 years old. I was to keep it balanced and record every check i wrote. Looking back I’m amazed that he trusted me so much to handle that responsibility.

4. Good Music and Good Wine! My dad’s love for music definitely made me the music lover I was at a very early age.There are countless times I remember Daddy going down to our finished basement, pouring himself a glass of wine, and cranking up Fleetwood Mac or The Eagles. That is how he would unwind after a long day at work. Daddy introduced me to The Temptations, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Carly Simon, Alabama, and SO many more. I loved those nights where we would all sing along to the music while Momma hollered at him to turn that down or we would bother the neighbors.

Happy Father’s Day Daddy! Thank you for teaching me these things and many more!


It was the fall of 1999. I was a freshman at Alabama, living on the 14th floor of the infamous Julia Tutwiler Hall.  It was probably a year after the release of this Garth Brooks Double Live CD. Now I was a music fein however this album had somehow not made it on my radar. But once it did I jammed out to Friend’s in Low Places and Two Pina Colodas and Ain’t going down till the sun comes up! I’d heard all these songs before because I was definitely a Garth fan from the beginning. But I had no idea what an experience seeing him live in concert would possibly be until I heard those CD’s! And I was hooked! I was going the next time he was anywhere near my town!

And then Garth went into retirement.

Then, almost 20 years later, Garth returned to my hometown this past Saturday night! This will go down as one of my top concerts EVER! Considering that I spent the better part of my early twenty’s trying to attend ALL the concerts, this is pretty exclusive company! Back to Garth and Trisha! Would you like some pictures! How about some video!!

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It was all so fantastic that here I am 2 whole days later ready to go back! And since Mr. Wonderful breaks out into Shameless pretty often now, i’ll just leave this here for you to enjoy!

Lately List.

1. For some reason I have been obsessively planning an imaginary trip to Hawaii. I’m not sure where this started but I do nothing but think about it, look up hotels, all-inclusive packages, plan excursions. I have planned where we will stay, what day we will tour Pearl Harbor and the Dole Pineapple factory. This imaginary trip I’m planning will be quite the affair let me tell you!  It really is amazing the rabbit trail I have taken off on.

2. I don’t think there is a person in the world that loves the Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper as much as me. They will probably discontinue it and I will be the only one left crying about it. This is posing a serious problem on the whole swearing off caffeinated beverages thing I have been attempting.

3. Mr. Wonderful and I have been traveling to Texas every evening. Of course the Texas we are visiting is in the late 70’s/early 80’s and all via our Dallas DVD collection. It is fabulous! The Dallas tv series holds a special place in my heart for more reasons than I can possibly list. The fact that Mr. Wonderful has decided to trudge through 14 seasons just tells you how wonderful he is! Also that he had no idea there were 14 season when we started this!

4. There are several tv shows premiering this summer that I am quite excited about. Which is great but until then i have fallen into a movie trap that i cannot get out of. Any day off work i have watched on average 4 to 5 movies. This is serious. Let me at least point out that i do have a job that fills up most of my time Monday thru Friday from 8 to 5. So the off days are few and far between but when they come they are movie marathon city lately!

5. I am counting down the days until Mr. Wonderful and I adventure to Ikea! Current count: 27!

The Last First Kiss.

I love the movie Hitch. If it is on i will stop and watch.

It is my go to movie whenever Mr. Wonderful and I are at a loss as to what we want to watch.

I can’t decide if it is Will Smith, the beautiful city of New York, or the fact that he spends the whole movie telling guys that they need to listen and pay attention to their lady.

Maybe it is Kevin James….he and will smith together crack me up!

Or maybe it just reminds me of the first time I watched it at the movie theatre with my last first kiss.

Whatever it is, I could watch it over and over again!

So on this rainy summer night that is exactly where you will find me!

have patience, have patience, don’t be in such a hurry…..

Lately, I have been wrestling with having patience.

Throughout the past 2 weeks I have read 1 Corinthians 2:9 in 2 different books, listened to the pastor reference it in church on Sunday, and heard it on a podcast.

I know that God’s plan will be more wonderful than I could ever dream.

I have complete faith in that. I am just hung up on the patiently waiting part.

When he senses my impatience rearing its ugly head, my Mr. Wonderful will quietly start singing this song:

Most of the time he will just sing the chorus to me and 9 times out of 10 i just end up laughing my head off and then forgetting whatever was frustrating me. At least for that moment.

This is one of the many signs that the Lord made us for each other.