Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Getting Our Fifteen Minutes - Update

I wanted to wait until we had a date that the article would run before I let everyone know how it turned out, but since it's been almost two weeks and we still don't really know yet I thought I'd do an update now and another later.

We were interviewed by Darleen Nichols with the Free-Lance Star, and will be featured in the Town and Country section of the Sunday edition. Um, one Sunday here soon. LOL

The interview itself was great! Darleen, the lady from the paper, was so easy to talk to and such a nice lady. She brought her husband, Jackie, with her and I got the feeling that he's a character who was being on his best behaviour. I think what gave away that impression was when we were asked where we were from and Rick said New York,  Mr Jackie said something to the effect of, "Oh Lord!". I cracked up, and then Mrs. Darleen said, "That's probably what Melissa said when y'all first met!" Haha! Poor Rick, he's not used to being ganged up on.

If I ever have to be interviewed again for any type of news story I hope that it's just like this was. We just sat and chatted like friends who were catching up and of course talking about the things I am most passionate about may have helped. Can't wait until the story is published. I'm still hoping for hearts to be touched and more kids to find families.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Things I Ponder: How He Loves Us

The other morning I heard David Crowder Band's "How He Loves".

Now I have heard this song many times and I really like it. Sometimes it's just there in the background and I enjoy listening to it but other times I really listen and engage and begin to worship. This was the experience I had last Friday, and suddenly the words "Drawn to Redemption by the Grace in His eyes" hit me and my only thought was "Wow!" Then:

-What does it really mean to be "DRAWN to redemption"?
-Do we really realize that there is Grace in His EYES?! Do I understand that when He's looking at me it's with a gaze full of Grace? Wow!

I mean, yes, I understand that there is Grace. That's how we are able to be saved He has shown us grace and mercy. But, I don't think I always understand that He is constantly looking at me with grace. And when I do think about it it blows me away. Maybe it's just me?

So, I've been pondering since then and wanted to share and maybe ask others to ponder with me. What are your thoughts friends? Do you realize the extent of the Grace that is in His eyes for you? Oh, how He loves us!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Getting Our Fifteen Minutes

Tomorrow a lady from our local paper is coming to interview us. We get to talk about our adoption, Liza, Reece's Rainbow, and I guess whatever comes out of our mouths at the moment. And with Rick, well, you just never know....

Seriously, I am looking forward to it and hope that it will bring local support to us as a family as we continue to fund-raise in these last few weeks before bringing Liza home. I also am really hoping to see more families right here in my area step forward and adopt, I would LOVE for someone local to realize that they've been missing someone in their family and find that someone in one of the faces on Reece's Rainbow.

If you think of us between 8:30 and 10:30 pray that every word we speak would be Spirit led. I want to touch hearts; not just for our own sakes but also for the kids who are still waiting. Thanks! : )

Monday, March 15, 2010

Music and Life: Morgan County Georgia

Isn't it funny how you never realize you actually like your hometown until you leave it?

At least, that's the way it was for me. I grew up in the small town of Madison, Georgia and went to Morgan County Public schools from K-10. We moved the summer before I entered 11th grade. I hated leaving because I had finally felt like I found where I belonged. I wasn't one of the popular kids but I think I can say that most people liked me ok, and I liked most people. I'm still that way, I get along with pretty much everyone and I've finally realized that if people don't like me, well, that's most likely their problem.

These songs always make me think of growing up in Morgan County. Every time I hear "International Harvester" I see myself in the backseat with my Mom or Dad driving while we waited for the farmer, usually a friend of mine's cousin or uncle, to get from one field to the next so we could have the road back. I always seem to remember my Dad never minded so much. Probably because he worked on a few of the farms around us through the years and he knew what it was like to get honked at and glared at by impatient drivers while he was trying to do his job. To this day, if I get behind a tractor I'm usually pretty content to just wait til they get to where they need to be or pull to the side to let me pass.

This one, "Good Directions", well, to me it's just got Morgan County written all over it! Maybe I'm just sentimental because I'm getting older, but every time I hear this song I think about roadside fruit and vegetable stands, country stores where you could get Brunswick stew and REAL sweet tea (that's rare here in Virginia), and I knew quite a few Bell's (In the version I chose he says Ms. Beth, but in the one you hear on the radio he says Ms Bell). I chose this one cause Luke Bryan is the one who wrote the song, he's from South Georgia, and someone I go to church with says he's her cousin :)

I might be biased, but I think I grew up in a place that's maybe not perfect but, really isn't such a bad place to say you come from. A lot of times I wish my kids were growing up there too. Going to school in the same buildings that I went to school in and being taught by some of the same teachers. Or teachers that were students there when I was. I'm just a small town country girl who dreams of the simple life, I guess. Ah well, bloom where you're planted is what "They" say, right? I'll just do that...

...and maybe make some turnip greens tonight ;o)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Knuckleheadedness: Spongbob

Remember this post about Austin? And then of course Noah had to have his turn. Well, this time Rick started it and Noah was happy to oblige us with another example of Knuckleheadedness.

See, Noah has a little issue with ADD and he is somewhat quirky, which makes him so funny without really even trying to be. He says things sometimes and we all bust out laughing and he's looking at us with this grin like, "what?". It is really hard to figure out how he stores things in that head of his. Like the time he was trying to remember his buddy's phone number and asked Austin what ours used to be. Huh? The two numbers were nothing alike but he figured it out. I have no idea........

This is how it went down the other night:

Rick: "Noah! HOW do you store things in that brain of yours?!"

Noah: "Well, one time I watched Spongebob and it showed inside his head and he had all these little Spongebobs with filing cabinets......"

Rick: "Well, there you go....."

Me (thinking): Oh boy!

Honestly, we all laughed so had we had tears rolling down our faces. Maybe you just have to know Noah like we do, but I think he hit the nail on the head answering that question and that's why it was so funny.

No wonder he always liked that Sponge dude.