East To West

East To West, Casting Crowns

One Thousand Gifts – Part 66

  • 516. The women of Chix N Stix. I am so blessed to have women friends to gather with and share stories and lives and just some uninterrupted grown-up conversation.
  • 517. A beautifully crocheted blue bracelet to wear as my symbol for my 90 day commitment – Believing God style.
  • 518. Some progress in J5’s vocabulary. Up to about 15 words now! Woo-Hoo! The newest is “apple”. Thanks, in part, to Starfall.com‘s alph
  • 519. Lazy weekend mornings
  • 520. Getting to play with code again.
  • 521. The thirst quenching quality of water.
  • 522. God’s movement in my life. I keep looking for huge path altering directives, but sometimes a simple nudge is His Way.
  • 523. Light bulb moments
  • 524. Hearing Amy’s joy over a gift registry and some twigs and sticks. Don’t ever take the little things for granted. Ever!
  • 525. The Fiddler, Alex DePue. Wow.

Lifehouse – Everything

find me here
speak to me
i want to feel you
i need to hear you
you are the light
that is leading me
to the place where
i find peace again
you are the strength
that keeps me walking
you are the hope
that keeps me trusting
you are the life to my soul
you are my purpose
you are everything
and how can i
stand here with you
and not be moved by you
would you tell me
how could it be
any better than this
you calm the storms
you give me rest
you hold me in your hands
you won’t let me fall
you still my heart
and you take my breath away
would you take me in
would you take me deeper now
’cause you’re all i want
you are all i need
you are everything

Lyrics On Demand

One Thousand Gifts – Part 59

  • 447. Watching the joy on my son’s face as he discovered the wonder of all the musical instruments in my Dad’s music room.
  • 448. Seeing J5 run to his grandparents without reserve though it had been a few months since seeing them.
  • 449. J5 sleeping the night through in the hotel. A miracle.
  • 450. Watching my not so little nephew perform magic card tricks.
  • 451. Seeing my niece beam with pride as she showed me her new “teen room”, complete with many shades of pink and purple, adorned with Hannah Montana photos and cool art.
  • 452. Spending time in my sister’s newly redesigned basement – you did some good work there sis!
  • 453. Perfectly cooked medium well steak, creamy cheesy potato casserole, melt in your mouth melon, sangria…shall I go on?
  • 454. The blessing of hand-me-down toys. They’re new to J5 and that’s all that matters!
  • 455. Fun with new technology.
  • 456. A site to keep you surfing uber-geekdom for a really long time
  • 457. Hearing J5’s belly laugh as he experienced his first car wash. A little terror mixed in with the excitement. Daddy likened it to a roller coaster ride.
  • 458. The opportunity to help a friend’s band get their first video. (If you feel like helping out, pick Elyzium!).
  • 459. The fun of charts and graphs and calendars and all sorts of delightful things to help me get a grip on the chaos.
  • 460. Being back home. There’s nothing like it.
  • 461. The ability to share a laugh (for those of us who lived and loved and worked in the 80’s).

Whispers in the Dark

Another great video by Skillet.

Take My Life – Jeremy Camp

This is my prayer tonight. The video I’ve included is just to make the sharing of the song easier – there isn’t a “real” music video available that I can find, but I pray you listen to the words, more than the pretty pictures anyway.


Yuck. On so many levels.

If you live anywhere in the Chicagoland area, you are probably well aware that we have now made our way into Cicadafest 2007!!

This afternoon, I took J5 over to my in-laws to meet J4 there for dinner. (And yes, my father-in-law is J3). As I got out of the car I was almost deafened by the cicada noise. I took several pics and this video. You can hear how I feel about them right there at the end.



Rebirthing, Skillet

I have once again realized that I’d lost my music.

This song is bringing it back.

It fits.