Garth. Just Garth.

Garth.  Just Garth.

 

I would be remiss not to have a post dedicated entirely to my all time favorite singer, who I just so happened to see in concert this past weekend.

Not to brag.

L to R:: Marlene, Shea, me, Andrea

L to R:: Shea, Marlene, me, Andrea — (sweet Erikka is taking the photo)

Okay, I’m totally bragging.  But it was Garth!

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American Express says that “membership has its privileges” but I think that having a lifelong friend with a husband in the music industry has its privileges too.

 

Thank you, Shea (and her ZBB hubby Paul!)

selfie selves

selfie selves

That man, bless his heart, can sing every bit at good as he did 20+ years ago. He gets better with age and poured his heart and soul into his 3+ hours of singing.  i’ve never seen anything like it- no one got out of their seats (much less sit down).  The aisles were empty- no one got up to get a drink or use the bathroom.  I’ve never seen anything like it.

He brought along Ms. Brooks aka Trisha Yearwood.  While she didn’t cook for us, she did sing several songs for us (including an encore when he brought he back onto stage at 11 pm when she looked surprised like she had been asleep back stage.  Her uggs and no make up gave her away).

Hands down, one of THE best shows I’ve ever seen and probably will ever see. Thank you, Sheazer!!

 

Click on the link below for a snippet of his concert Saturday night in Atlanta, GA

Garth Brooks Concert

 

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Vote for Pedro

My youngest child is a introverted and cautious, not wanting to be in the spotlight.  You can imagine my surprise when she told me she had decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps to run for student council representative.

 

Much to my chagrin, it was short lived.  Try as I might to talk her into staying in the race, my middle child has decided not to run for student council.  Which is a shame, since I found her speech on my computer screen when I sat down  yesterday morning.  17 other classmates are just too many eyeballs on at one time. Kenley, I would’ve voted for you!

 

                     STUDENT COUNCIL

Hi, my name is Kenley Robinson and I am here to run for student council class representative. I’m going to say three important reasons why you would want me to lead you through the school semester.

  1. I will listen to what you have to say
  2. My mom works here so I could always go to the meetings
  3.  I will listen closely to the meeting and I will understand the concept of the meeting

 

There are my three reasons why you would want to vote for me. Hope you enjoyed!

Vote for Pedro

Vote for Pedro!

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Appropriately, on the first week of Fall we felt some Fall weather. I love it when a plan comes together.  Before they even walked inside the house yesterday backpacks were dropped on the garage floor in exchange for bicycles and riding toys.  And who could blame them?  Us Southerners know when to take advantage of some good weather- we’re wise like that.

 

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Kenley has settled into third grade and has resumed tennis lessons making her weeks full of play, homework, tennis and lots of free time.  Maybe she should help her Sassy write her screenplay for the book, Far Outside the Ordinary.

(More detail to follow….)

 

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Raynes has a third birthday coming up- and Mama has yet to find a way to incorporate tractors in a safe (and attainable) way.  Poor guy- he may end up with a birthday party consisting of two older sisters and two barking dogs.  And that’s okay too.

 

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‘Doughnuts for Dads’ was last week and can I just say, Kenley has her faux smile down pat!

 

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I surprised Mr. R with a FitBit yesterday so he can feel the addiction (and so I can blow him away with my ‘steps’!)

 

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, friends.

The okay, bye friend

The okay, bye friend

The ability to abruptly end a phone conversation is a huge plus, in my book.  As much as I would like to sit on my back porch, drinking sweet tea (okay, I don’t actually drink tea – but you get the picture), and have an hour-long phone call with a girlfriend, the reality is I am usually too busy shuffling kids from here to there, working at my desk or trying to console a fussy 2 year old in the back seat.

 

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to check in with my friends.  Sometimes we are reluctant to telephone friends (I just wanted to use the word telephone because it sounds so June Clever’ish) because the fear of getting ‘stuck’ on the phone.  With my okay, bye friends they know when to say when and have the ability to abruptly end the conversation, no strings attached.  Those are the ones that I can quickly call even though I have already turned onto my street and am about to need to hang up and unload.  A good okay, bye friend is worth their weight in gold.

 

Okay, bye.

 

Lengthy, relaxing phone calls? Hardly.  The group has too many kids to count between them.

Lengthy, relaxing phone calls? Hardly. The group has too many kids to count between them.

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer

As part of our night time routine, I’ll brush Raynes’ teeth, maybe read him a book, then we say the Lord’s Prayer.

It’s been recited countless times.  “Our Father, who art in heaven,: hallowed by thy name…”  It may seem like a big (and formal) prayer for such a small child but over the summer, I listened to a “The Life You Love” Podcast (via Life in Grace) that reshaped my view of this age-old prayer. It was based, in part, by John Kleining’s book Grace Upon Grace.

 

3rd grade bible presentation for Kenley - 2014

3rd grade bible presentation for Kenley – 2014

 

Prayer should come as easily and naturally to us as breathing or eating.  Yet, we all know how hard it is to pray.  

Prayer, mostly, seems to go against the grain.  

Unless we are quite desperate and have reached the end of our rope, we would rather not ask God for help.  

We know that we should pray.

We would like to pray more regularly, ardently, and spontaneously.  

The harder we try, the more we seem to fail.


But that’s how it’s meant to be.  

Christ lets us fail when we pray by ourselves so that we rely on His intercession for us.  

Oddly, our success in prayer comes from our personal failure and our willingness to carry on as He works for us and with us.  

Unlike us, Jesus is an expert at prayer…..He is its best practitioner…..He takes over for us when we fail, and intercedes FOR us.  

He fulfills God’s call to us to be praying people and get us to join Him in His praying.

Jesus does not leave us by ourselves in prayer.  

He helps us at every step…..

Long before we ever began to pray, He was praying for us and for our salvation.

Whether we pray, or don’t pray, whether we’re awake, or asleep, He prays for us..

And he prays with us so that we can join Him in his praying.

Jesus teaches us how to pray by giving us the Lord’s Prayer.

This is His prayer, a prayer that He prays.

By giving us His prayer, He includes us in His relationship with His Father and allows us to act as if we were Him, dressed up in Him.

He therefore identifies Himself with us and with our needs, necessities, and sins, and temptations.

He joins Himself to us so that we can be where He is before God the Father.

We need not be anxious about whether God is pleased with us or whether He will give us a favorable hearing.

We need not worry about what to pray for, or how, because Jesus covers us with his righteousness and perfects our prayers.

Our performance does not matter; what matters is Jesus and our faith in Him as our intercessor.

.The Lord’s Prayer makes praying simple and easy for us because, as we use it, we pray together with Jesus.

It is much more important that we pray it regularly than that we wait until we have enough time to pray it at length and in great detail with deep ardor and and heartfelt devotion.

Satan,quite commonly, uses our spiritual enthusiasm against us.  He gets us to go on a prayer binge because he knows we will not be able to sustain it.  Then, when we fail, he uses our failure against us to argue that praying is not for us.

 

 

The Lord's Prayer

 

 

As a side note – if you’ve haven’t heard Edie’s podcast you really should download it from iTunes.  Her perspective (and cute southern twang)  might just get you thinking in a new way…