Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 7

Posted by Shelley on Nov 8, 2010 in Real Life Stories, kids

Very thankful for being a part of such a generous church, which celebrated our 2 year anniversary just yesterday. Lots of good teaching, good relationships and maturity and growth are what I’m most thankful for – but we sure know how to have fun too! As a celebration and outreach we had a huge party last night. Part of the festivities included lots of food and prizes, such as iron bowl tix, SEC championship tix and a brand new-in-the-box PS3! CANON WON THE PLAYSTATION 3!!!
I have no idea really what it is or what it can do but we now have one :)

Thank you Lord, that you brought us to a church, filled with life and a generous spirit and for making a2 church part of your great story!


Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 5 and 6

Posted by Shelley on Nov 7, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

continuing a concerted effort towards a spirit of thankfulness…

I am grateful for a real place called Heaven. As a professing Christian, believing that only in and through Christ Jesus, I have an invitation stamped with grace to enter in God’s presence. That this salvation is not about good works and that all my sins, past, present and future were taken on by Jesus as he became the propitiation for me – appeasing the wrath of an offended God and reconciling me to Him, by death on a cross.

I can enter Heaven, at my appointed time, like my Dad and others before him and become perfected physically and mentally. Knowing love, trust and peace wait on me, in a real place called Heaven is what I am thankful for today. Thank you God for making that offer available to everyone, to be welcomed into Heaven as believers in Christ. And thank you that I see you also meant it for me, and for my Dad, to be a part of your great story.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 4

Posted by Shelley on Nov 4, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel. ~Author Unknown

Today’s quote and my thankfulness is inspired by Mike’s grandmother. Rushing through the week I finally stopped long enough to remember Melodi still needed a hem for her choir dress which will be worn next week at their first performance. I don’t sew. I hot-glue. And there was an awful lot of fabric to contend with.

Melodi’s seamstress has always been great-grandmom Alford and in my time of need she cheerfully agreed to work on the hem. I am forever grateful to her! I am so thankful that God knew I would need some domestic help in this area. And through her sweet spirit I have seen how to hem my blessings as part of His great story.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 3

Posted by Shelley on Nov 3, 2010 in Real Life Stories, kids

So thankful today for my sweet little Indian brave, “Blue Fish”, and for his fascination of teepees, wigwams and arrowheads. For his tender heart, his ukulele and his genuine desire to save the earth and all the people and animals in it. He could have named himself “Green Fish” – because in addition to a heart of gold he most certainly has the eco-friendly green springing up in there too.

Today he told me, “I just want to help people Mom.” Thank you God for instilling that servant’s heart in him. I look forward to how this tree-huggin’ boy will help me, his mom, see the world through his eyes.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 2

Posted by Shelley on Nov 2, 2010 in Real Life Stories

As we watch election returns on another Tuesday evening in November, I am grateful for the opportunity I have to vote. I turned 18 the summer of 1990 and since then I have cast many votes, worked on a campaign or two and even been a deputy registrar. All of these civic duties were done in hopes of making the place we work, live and play a better place for our children and our children’s children.

Realizing now that my right to vote began less than 100 years ago makes me even more grateful.

We live in a broken world. But at least we are on the side of the world where women got to vote today. Thank you Lord, for simply placing me here, to exercise my right to vote and making me part of your great story.


Thirty Days of Thankful – Day One

Posted by Shelley on Nov 1, 2010 in Real Life Stories

Creating a spirit of thankfulness…

I am so thankful for the Christian marriage of my parents, 42 years ago today on 11/1/68. Through their union they brought forth 3 daughters and several years later, 3 grandchildren. To be connected to my sisters not only through our maiden name but also through the blood and flesh connection my parents gave us is a gift I will always cherish.

Becoming my children’s mother and an aunt to my nephew, are opportunities my parents created for me when they become one. I will always be grateful.

Thank you Lord, for bringing forth our family on this day so many years ago and making it a part of your great story.


Do you want to see a cute baby?

Posted by Shelley on Oct 7, 2010 in kids

then take a look at my nephew!


And so began a simple October….

Posted by Shelley on Oct 2, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

Outside my window… it’s actually “outside my screened in porch”… it’s dark and absolutely NO HUMIDITY, I think I am not in Alabama anymore.
I am thinking… it’s Saturday.  Therefore, I do not think.
I am thankful for… a gracious God who gives us this promise from Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
From the kitchen… tonight I took publix chicken breasts and cut it up strips.  Threw it in a skillet with butter and kosher salt.  Added diced onion, peppers and tomato.  Then I got real clever and cooked up some gluten free pasta and added pizza sauce on top of the chicken and let it simmer down.  Voila!  Dinner was served.
I am wearing… my Auburn alumni t-shirt.  Proudly.
I am creating… finally have some direction in the creative area.  Will let ya know but it prolly deserves it’s own special post.
I am going… to church tomorrow.
I am reading… “Tracks of a Fellow Struggler” by John Claypool.  Long story, but I was given this book years ago and tossed it aside.  Can’t find it.  In the course of some conversation I was given this book on Wednesday at my GriefShare group. To quote John Claypool, “No one can live on this earth very long without being initiated into the fraternity of the bereaved.” This book serves as companionship for those of us on the journey of grief, especially when one of your own flesh and blood is taken and there are so many questions and not so many answers.
I am hoping… Starlight, starbright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. I hope it comes true.
I am hearing… we live rather close to the interstate. I hear cars. Sometimes I trick myself into thinking it’s the ocean.
Around the house… Alabama is whooping up on Florida. Yay Bama.
One of my favorite things… the two days of Autumn we have here in Alabama.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Moving on. Moving ahead. Moving past. “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming….”



Posted by Shelley on Sep 30, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

Today I saw a restored GTO, a “toy car” corvette, a black thunderbird convertible (top down) and a gray-haired man driving a black mercedes convertible (again, with the top down)!

I know my dad isn’t here, but today he almost was!


simply september

Posted by Shelley on Sep 13, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

Outside my window… it’s dark.  it’s nearly 11:00pm.  do you know where your children are?!?  I know where mine are!  ASLEEP!!!!!
I am thinking… how in the world I produced a child who made a 98 in advanced math on her progress report from school.  and she is upset about it!  that’s because she made 100 (or above) in everything else!!!
I am thankful for… so many things.  this time last year was so very bleak.  now there is light on the horizon.  there is more than light.  there is a hope and a resolve that wasn’t there before.  Thank you Jesus.
From the kitchen… we made chocolate chip cookies when the kids got home from school.  then we had a Shaw fiesta…. “I’m forever eating tacos, tacos that are on my plate…”
I am wearing… jammies.  I am ready for bed.  but I have been known to wear jammies, even when I’m not going to bed.
I am creating… yeah.  that too.  Creating???  I need to figure this one out.
I am going… to create something so I can accurately answer the question above.
I am reading… “Same Kind of Different As Me”.  If I could just write one book like that one.  Ok.  I think I will.
I am hoping… that Canon will go to school tomorrow, painlessly and without giving us a guilt trip.
I am hearing… this crazy movie called “Cloverfield” that Mike is watching off our DVR.  I think it’s like “The Hills” meets “ET”.  No, make that “The Hills” meets “Aliens.”  Yikes.
Around the house… is the nighttime quietness of children in their beds and mom and dad on the couch.
One of my favorite things… hearing Canon read!  He is a smart little guy and so inquisitive about everything right now.  He loves to learn, especially reading the children’s encyclopedia my grandmom gave him for his birthday this year.
A few plans for the rest of the week:  I am going to make some awesome plans for the rest of the month.  September 15-30 is going to rock!

here is a picture thought for me to share with you… I love my boy!  No doubt about it.  He was heaven sent.

shelley and canon at the lake, 9/12/10

shelley and canon at the lake, 9/12/10

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