Saw You at the Pole Rally

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we participated in See You at the Pole yesterday morning. Overall, I was impressed with the students of GMS and GHS, as they gathered together to proclaim Jesus Christ as their Savior and pray for their classmates/teachers/administration/community/state, and nation. I really didn’t know what to expect, since we had not been here before. But, I think the Christ First (the Christian club at GHS) students did a good job of leading it….

Well, in response to See You at the Pole, we had a Saw You at the Pole Rally last night at the Gid*dings Public Lib*rary.

One of Paul’s greatest assets is his ability to communicate and bring people together for a common goal. As you might remember Paul “changed things up a little bit” this year for 5th quarter. Well, as you saw, we had 5th quarter last weekend at the 1st Assembly of God church (and it was FINE, despite the grumbling)…..

So, in response to See You at the Pole, Paul got together with Pat and Ryan (from 1st Assembly and Martin Luther), along with Reagan from the Lee County Cowboy Church and had a rally to celebrate See You at the Pole. Paul hired The Shine (from Arkansas) to come play for us and then Paul presented the gospel message.

After counting (and probably not being completely accurate) I think there were about 60+ people there…..

All the poor and powerless
And all the lost and lonely

All the thieves will come confess
And know that You are holy
And know that You are holy

And all will sing out
And we will cry out

All the hearts who are content
And all who feel unworthy

And all who hurt with nothing left
Will know that You are holy

And all will sing out
And we will cry out

Shout it
Go on scream it from the mountains

Go on and tell it to the masses
That He is God

We will sing out

And we will cry out

And, the coolest thing happened:

Sidenote: **I’ll be honest. I’m somewhat of a “worship snob.” I like to worship. I like to sing. I like to close my eyes and be “in the moment” relaxing, enjoying, and basking in the presence of the Lord. It’s “my time” with the Lord and I don’t want to be disturbed. And, I get easily distracted if people are talking around me…..(yes, I realize after typing that information, I am, in fact, a snob. Thank you for bringing it to my attention).**

Anyway, I was getting S-U-P-E-R frustrated with the kids in the back who were talking, instead of listening and/or worshiping. So, I was distracted. I was mad. I flat-out wanted to leave. But, God had a bigger plan and it was NOT ABOUT ME!!

There was a boy who came last night, drawn in to the library because of our food (trust me: free corn dogs and soda brings in the masses)…..he ate, he filled himself, but the coolest part was, he stayed.

And, because he stayed—he heard the gospel. And, because he heard the gospel—he was convicted. And, because he was convicted—he recognized the sin in his life. And, because of that recognition—he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord.

That night. At that moment. Despite my grumblings and my snobbish behavior, the Lord had the ultimate reign in this boy’s life. And He took a hold of him and didn’t let go…

And, last night, A*** became a new believer….

He has no church affiliation, so we gave him information about our church, 1st Assembly, and the Cowboy Church. My biggest prayer is that he find a home. A place to belong. A place to learn. A place to grow.

And, it was all because of a corn dog and an off-brand soda. 🙂

The Awakening….

“The Great Awakening was a spiritual renewal that swept the American Colonies, particularly New England, during the first half of the 18th Century. Certain Christians began to disassociate themselves with the established approach to worship at the time which had led to a general sense of complacency among believers, and instead they adopted an approach which was characterized by great fervor and emotion in prayer. This new spiritual renewal began with people like the Wesley brothers and George Whitefield in England and crossed over to the American Colonies during the first half of the 18th Century. Unlike the somber, largely Puritan spirituality of the early 1700s, the revivalism ushered in by the Awakening allowed people to express their emotions more overtly in order to feel a greater intimacy with God.” (source: here)

The theme for SYATP 2012 was Awaken! and the Scripture was Ephesians 3:14–21, which reads:

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father… I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts…And I pray that you… grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and…that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…”

See You at the Pole, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. More than two decades later, millions around the world pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September.

I read somewhere that the organizers of SYATP said that SYATP is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, schools, and nation to God.

I would say, “No, it’s not!” It’s not simply anything…..

For something to be simple, it implies that it is: 1.) easy to understand, 2.) a simple matter, 3.) plain, 4.) unadorned, 5.) unaffected, 6.) modest, 7.) not complicated.

I can probably, with 100% accuracy, tell you that the Lord Jesus Christ would say that SYATP is anything but simple…..

SYATP is not easy to understand….how does the world, in all its sin, understand 50+ kids gathering around their flagpole at 7AM, praying for their fellow classmates, teachers, and nation? (And in 2 different languages, might I add–we had Spanish and English prayers flowing back and forth all over that courtyard)…..

SYATP is not plain or unadorned… does the world, in all its sin, feel when 50+ kids, being led by their own fellow students (adults had NO part in the prayer time, other than to be there), wrap their arms, thoughts, and prayers around its school, adorning it with prayer and praise for their God?

SYATP is not unaffected… can the world, in all its sin, NOT be affected, by 50+ kids organizing an event, without teacher/school support (through the law, at least) and effectively try to reach this generation through prayer.

SYATP is not NOT complicated….it is everything but not complicated… can the world, in all its sin, say that SYATP is not complicated, when 50+ kids gather right in front of the drive-through parent drop-off, knowing that parents will stop and stare, wondering why there are kids blocking the front steps, making getting into the school complicated?

I can say that See You at the Pole is a student-initiated, student-led prayer. As I mentioned, no adult/teacher is allowed to lead in prayer, or even organize the event.

The dream, nation-wide, is that a day committed to global prayer, especially at schools, would be a springboard to praying year-round, leading to a moral and spiritual awakening as students seek to love and serve their schools.

This year’s event, held world-wide, is especially critical. Our nation, being divided more and more everyday because of war, politics, stubbornness, and an overall apathy for our country, needs a moral and spiritual awakening.

Any place that God puts a believer is a mission field. The fact that students are spending so many hours a week at their school should be self-evident to them that God has put them in that place to minister.

SYATP should be a launching pad for students to begin by praying together, as a body of believers, but it should also bring to mind ways in which students believers can reach their friends.

As much as Paul and I can be, we are at the school, watching sporting events, attending pep rallies, taking kids to lunch, and for me, of course, substituting, but we cannot (and should not have to) preach to our student’s friends on a regular basis. Sure, the ministry of presence is HUGE in the school, but verbally we are not allowed to come into the school and proclaim the Gospel. But, if the idea is birthed by our students, then the administration cannot stop them. That’s where SYATP comes into play.

They can proclaim the Gospel through on-campus groups (Christ First is already set into place at GHS), outreach, and praying for their classmates needs on a regular basis. But, in order to do that, our students have to be on fire for the Lord, beyond just Wednesdays and Sundays. They have to available and ready to account for their beliefs and where they stand.

2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (The Message)

“But neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad.”

That is what SYATP is about…..
it’s not about being recognized,
it’s not about being praised,
it’s not about self-affirmation
It’s about God, pure and simple.

“One man wakes,


awakens another,

second one wakes his next door brother,


three awake and arouse a town

and turn the whole place upside down,

many awake will cause such a fuss,

it finally awakes the rest of us,

one man awakes with dawn in his eyes,

truly than it multiplies.”

Lawrence Tribble wrote this poem when referring to the Great Awakening where countless people came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
“One man wakes, awakens another, second one wakes his next door brother, three awake and arouse a town and turn the whole place upside down, many awake will cause such a fuss, it finally awakes the rest of us, one man awakes with dawn in his eyes, truly then it multiplies.”


There’s no doubt that I love to write. There’s also no doubt that I have a burden for the youth in our church. So, therefore, I write about my burdens. Just the other day in Sunday School we were talking about the word burden and exactly what it meant. Usually, when I think of a burden I give it a negative connotation, i.e. a heavy, unfathomable load, a cumbersome load, a worry/bother.
Webster’s defines burden as:
1.) something that is carried : load
2.) duty, responsibility
3.) something oppressive or worrisome
4.) the bearing of a load —usually used in the phrase beast of burden
5.) capacity for carrying cargo <a ship of a hundred tons burden>
So, it certainly doesn’t have to be a negative thing…..
Carrying a burden (as in a load) doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a burdensome load
Carrying a duty or responsibility doesn’t necessarily mean the responsibility is too much or not desired
So, my burden for the youth of our church and of our community is not a bad thing, just as long as I don’t let it become an oppressive burden.
My greatest prayer for the youth of our church and our community is that they would REPRESENT HIM WELL (which I’ve written about before).
My second greatest prayer for the youth of our church and our community is that they would BE KIND (which I also wrote about last week).
My third greatest prayer for the youth of our church and our community is that they would LOVE, NO MATTER THE COST OR THE REWARD.
This morning during Sunday School we talked about “rollin’ up our sleeves” and being good representatives of Christ.
For different people it means different things.
For me, I enjoy working at the Food Pantry.
For Beth, she enjoys working with Operation Christmas Child.
For Allen, he enjoys walking down the hall at work and smiling and speaking to someone in the hallway,who may or may not need that particular smile at that exact moment.
It’s different for every person. And it should be. We should never be “cookie cutter” Christians.
I found this quote/saying by Mother Teresa and I like it–
  • People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
  • If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
  • (If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway).
  • If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
  • (What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway).
  • If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. (I might even change that to Be JOYFUL)!
  • The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
  • (Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway).

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

– Mother Teresa

It’s between you and God. Your attitude, your lifestyle, your “way of life,” can be and ALWAYS should be about God, not about yourself.
Please pray with me.
Our kids need Jesus.
They need to feel Jesus.
They need to know Jesus.
They need to interact with Jesus.
They need to have a deep yearning for Jesus.
They need to have such a deep (on fire) desire for Jesus, that it just spills over in everything they do.
People need to see Jesus in and through them in every aspect of their lives.
I want them to love themselves.
I want them to love others.
I want them to respect themselves.
I want them to respect others.
Most of all, I want them be kind…..anyway, regardless of the circumstances and regardless of how they were treated.
Working with the youth in Illinois this was their greatest struggle…..they would treat others the way they were treated….even though it might’ve been unkind, rude, or even downright ugly….
Instead, I want our youth to always know, remember, and be reminded of that they should treat people they way they WANT to be treated, regardless of how they WERE treated. It’s a super, hard lesson to learn…..but I pray that one day they will find passion and compassion for others—and believe me, when they do, it will totally ROCK THEIR WORLD!!
My prayers are never-ending….some days I just fall before the throne of Jesus, begging Him to change them, but knowing all the while that He can’t change them….they have to want to change and adopt the attitudes of forgiveness, love, and compassion. And until they do, my prayers are raised, once again.
(Sorry, the spacing is all messed up, and I can’t seem to change it)

Buffalo Homecoming/5th Quarter

What a busy week!! Full of 8 games of volleyball on Monday, church on Wednesday, subbing 7th grade History on Thursday, Middle School pep rally on Thursday, 3 football games on Thursday, High School pep rally on Friday, the Homecoming Varsity football game on Friday night, AND 5th quarter!!! \

We are fully immersed in ALL THINGS Buffs/Lady Buffs!!

Here are some pictures from Homecoming/5th Quarter:

Paul and me


Audrey and me

beautiful Friday night sunset

Morgan and me (she was a Homecoming representative)

Hanna and me

Buffalo Win, 56-40! Go Buffs!

playing games at 5th Quarter

me, Melissa, and Vanessa

around 80 kids at 5th Quarter

Dominick and Jasmine

Macie and Lindsay

Paul talking at 5th Quarter

Mrs. Essman praying over the kids


students gathered in prayer

Victoria and me

Paul, Ryan, and Pat

Walker and me (he HATES pictures)–I do it just to irritate him!

Jaycie, Lindsay, and me

Jaycie and me

Kyle and me

We had a good time at 5th quarter b/c we just went FOR THE FUN! Our church wasn’t hosting, so we were able to leave pretty quickly afterwards….but, after taking 3 kids home, we still didn’t get home until 12:20!! 🙂



















A Kick in the Pants and Kindness….

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past couple of weeks. It’s hard–it sure does make my brain hurt sometimes. 🙂

The Lord has been challenging me (and blessing me) on what it means to be a “minister’s wife” and my role in the ministry of our church, in regards to being the youth minister’s wife. Paul and I have been married 6 1/2 years and he’s been in ministry the entire time we’ve been married. You would think, after 6 1/2 years, God wouldn’t have to “kick me in the pants” for me to rely on Him. You would think, after 6 1/2 years, I wouldn’t have to wait to be “kicked in the pants” before I get my priorities straight. And yet, He does and I do. And it will continue, I’m sure.

I don’t think He’s done. I think I hope I pray I will be forever changing and evolving. If I ever come to a point where I think God is “done with me” I’ve hit complacency, which is a terrible place to be.

“I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives when it’s so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.”–Jimmy Carter

“The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” Never be complacent with your relationship with Christ and with others. Relationships are not meant to be stagnant.

I’m thinking, learning, and studying what it means to be K-I-N-D.

Being kind is a way of living that keeps giving long after the kind thoughts, words, and actions have taken place.

  • Kindness is a force (without force) and goes way beyond manners to the very heart and soul how how people respect you.
  • Being kind is an essential way to make life meaningful.
  • Being kind allows you to communicate better with other people (more than just talking) and to be more compassionate.
  • Kindness is a choice. Everyone has the ability to be kind; you just have to find it in yourself and choice it.
  • Kindness is about caring genuinely for others around you, wanting the best for them, and recognizing in them the same wants, needs, aspirations, and even fears that you have, too.
  • Kindness is warm, patient, trusting, loyal, and grateful.

Kindness is NOT about just being “polite” or being “superficial in etiquette.”

  • Simply being nice to other people because you believe that this will manipulate them into giving you what you want in life, or as a means of controlling them, is not kindness.
  • Nor is kindness about pretending to care for someone all the while repressing anger or contempt
  • Hiding our rage or frustration behind false pleasantries is not kindness.
  • Lastly, being a “people pleaser” is not kindness. It is simply behavior designed to give in and not rock the boat because you’re afraid of what might happen if you’re not compliant.

The greatest gift of kindness to another person is to be “in the moment,” in their presence, to be listening with care, and to be genuinely attentive to them.

Be a good listener. Often said, the act of listening is far easier said than done. You can easily “hear” yet never “listen”–there is a distinct difference. Learn what it is….

In our fast-paced world, where rushing and being busy are seen as virtues; where cutting someone off because you’re too busy, or you need to get somewhere in a hurry, is the norm. Making being busy into a habit is no excuse for unkindness, however. When talking to someone, learn to listen. And, please, please, please do not answer your phone or respond to a text (unless it is an emergency) while you are sitting with someone else. It is a pet peeve of mine, and it is really discouraging.

Schedule your day differently, so you are not known as the person who always rushes off. Being present means being available; you can only do this if you’re not rushing or squeezing in people and activities.

Be happy, joyful, and grateful (and share those emotions with others). These emotions are the CENTER of kindness. They allow us to see the good in other people, as well as ourselves. They also allow us to go through challenges, despair, and even heartache, continuously reminding us of our sense of faith in humanity.

And my personal favorite:
Turn off the technology as a way of sole communication. Impersonal and hurried technical communications like text and email have their place in life but not as your only means of communicating. Please, please, please do not allow texting to become your main source of communication. It is very frustrating (and often very lonely) if you never hear your friend’s voice b/c you only hear the “chirp” of the phone, indicating you have a message. Take time to connect with people face-to-face, or even in an uninterrupted phone call. Send a letter instead of an email and surprise someone with kindness as you put pen to paper…PEN TO PAPER!!! Like a real letter—-who would’ve THUNK it?!! (My mother is the “queen of cards” and I certainly took after her, and I absolutely LOVE writing people notes in the mail. I try to send out at least 3-4 cards a week to different people–not to “toot my own horn” but because I believe the Lord has blessed me with a sensitive heart and a deep feeling of care towards other people).

Think about the truly kind people in your life and how they make YOU feel. You feel a certain way (even after they are gone) because kindness lingers, warming you even when the hardest challenges face you. When other people find a way to love you for who you are, it’s impossible to forget such trust and confirmation of worthiness, and their kindness lives on forever.

Leo Babauta (creator of Zen Habits) says kindness is a habit and is one that everyone can cultivate. He suggests focusing on kindness every day for a month. At the end of this directed focus, you’ll be aware of profound changes in your life. You’ll feel better about yourself as a person, and you’ll find that people react to you differently, including treating you better. Ask for nothing in return. The greatest kindness expects nothing, comes with no strings attached, and places no conditions on anything done or said.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”. Before committing an action that might impact another person negatively, ask yourself a simple question: “Is this kind?”. I know girls that struggle with this A LOT because as soon as they say something, their reply is, “Oh, I’m just kidding!” (Well, if you are “just kidding” don’t say it! “Kidding around” or “joking with someone” CERTAINLY can be misconstrued as a put-down, an insult, a lie, or a very hurtful comment that destroys self-esteem. All of these things open up a whole new can of worms, in regards to how I handle that as a leader in our church). If you cannot answer the question, “Is this kind?,” with an affirmative YES, then you need to rethink what you are about to say.

Be polite. Although being polite is not an indication of kindness in itself, genuine politeness demonstrates your respect for those you’re interacting with.

But, most of all…..

BE KIND because God has suggested, NO, commanded us to be kind. In the Bible there are 91 Bible verses about being kind…Here are a few:

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”

Proverbs 11:17 “A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.”

Colossians 3:12 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…”

Proverbs 31:26 “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

I absolutely L-O-V-E the books: Same Kind of Different As Me and What Difference Does it Make?, both by Denver More and Ron Hall. If you have not read them, READ THEM–they will rock your world….

Here’s what Denver had to say about kindness….

“See, deliverin’ kindness ain’t the pastor’s job. That’s our job…..See, we don’t need to be tryin’ to drag (the homeless), or any kinda needy people, to “programs,” to “services.” What people need is people. And needy people don’t need no perfect people neither….If you is waitin to clean up your own life before you get out and help somebody else, you may as well take off your shoes and crawl back in bed…Jesus don’t need no help from no perfect saints. If He did, He wouldn’t a’gone up yonder and left us down here in charge.” -Denver Moore

Another quote I found the other day that I really love is….

“Before you speak to me about your relationship with Jesus Christ, show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children.”

Kindness, if portrayed well and with a genuine heart, rarely requires words.
(I will say and confess that not all of these ideas are my own. But, overall, the conviction is mine and mine alone).


Integrity. We hear this word mentioned a lot, especially as Christians. But, exactly, what is it and how do we live with integrity?

Webster’s defines integrity as:

  • firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
  • an unimpaired condition : soundness
  • the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness defines integrity as:

  • adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
  • the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.
Both of those definitions, in and of themselves, are not bad definitions, but as a believer in Jesus Christ, it just doesn’t “hit on” what I think the true definition of integrity is.
It’s not an easy word to define. And, in fact, if you were to ask 3 different people what the word integrity means, you’d probably get 3 different answers.
Some definitions might be:
  • being honest
  • standing up for what’s right
  • doing the right thing
  • dependable
In my opinion, here’s what I think encompasses the word integrity.

Some of the characteristics that stand out to me are:

Honesty. Honesty is essential. Other people need to be able to trust that what you say you will do, you do. They need to know that you mean what you say and say what you mean. People need to know, without a doubt, that you are honest, all the time, regardless of your surroundings or the circumstance.

Morally upright. A morally upright person is one who has a strong set of personal values. You need to have high moral principles that do not become abandoned when you are pressured or persuaded. Honesty, holding on to moral values in the 21st century is super hard, but it can be done, if you seek God’s help in this area of your life. There are so many influences that can easily stray us away and statistics that we can, sadly, become part of if we are not careful.

Consistency of actions. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Do what you say you will do. You CANNOT live on the fence.

Many Christians almost live a split life:

Life #1: I’m a Christian when I feel like it, when it benefits me, when it makes me looks good, on Sunday mornings, on Wednesdays, etc.

Life #2: I proclaim with my lips that I am a Christian, but I certainly don’t live like it. (see Life #1 in reference to when I DO live a 100% life of integrity)

You cannot stand on both sides of the fence….

I love what The Message regarding living “lukewarm.”

Revelation 3:15-17

“I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.”

We make God want to V-O-M-I-T!!!

Instead we need to live out Psalm 26:1-12

vs. 11-12 (NLT) “But I am not like that; I live with integrity. So redeem me and show me mercy. Now I stand on solid ground, and I will publicly praise the Lord.”

Responsibility and dependability. When you say you will do something, others can forget about it but know that it will get done because you are responsible.

More in God’s Word just confirms what it means to live a life of integrity:

“He who walks with integrity walks securely…” Proverbs 10:9

“The integrity of the upright will guide them…” Proverbs 11:3

As you walk in the light and the life of Christ, you will REPRESENT HIM WELL!

And, simply stated, Integrity is…..”Doing the right thing in the right place at the right time with the right people, even if no one is watching!

Guidelines for taking a nap….

I was supposed to substitute today at the Admin. Bldg. (or so I thought I was supposed to substitute).

I got up at 6:15, took a shower, did my hair, put on make-up, got dressed, (even stopped by Sonic for some lemon water), and was at school by 7:25!!

Well, I got there and the secretary I was supposed to be subbing for was there….awkward?! Well, a little miscommunication, but they, indeed, did not need me.

I joked with the Asst. Super. and said, “Well, I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go!” I walked over to the Middle School and got my lunch bag I left in the classroom I subbed in last week. I stopped and talked to the secretary and to my friend, Candace, who works there.

But, knowing they didn’t need me, I came home. I came in through the front door and locked it. From the bedroom I hear,

Paul: “Hello?”

Me: “It’s me.”

Paul: “What are you doing home? Did they fire you already?!”

Me: “No, they didn’t fire me!! They didn’t need me today after all.”

So…..I crawled back into bed and fell back asleep. Paul got up and went to work. And I….slept until 11:00!! 🙂

Well, here’s where our discussion on NAPS came into play….

Apparently, here are the rules:

1.) If you get out of bed, LEAVE the house and come back and go to sleep, it’s a NAP!

2.) If you get out of bed, but DON’T leave the house, and go back to sleep in the bed, it’s called “Going back to bed!” If you get out of bed, DON’T leave the house, but go to sleep on the couch, it’s still as if you are IN BED, not taking a nap!

3.) If a “mealtime” hour has passed between the time you woke up and the time that you go back to sleep, it’s a NAP!

4.) If it’s the same “time of day” (Morning OR Afternoon) and you go to sleep, you’re going back to bed!!

So….there you have it–the answer to your question of whether or not you are, indeed, taking a nap or not!

Buffalo Football

Football season is in full swing around here!

Thursday night we went to the Freshman football game….one of our youth kids, Kyle, plays on the Freshman team (he’s the quarterback)….they won (but I can’t remember the score). Kyle did really well! We didn’t stay for the JV game, but they won as well, 22-14.

Also on Thursday night our Middle School boys had their first football games for the season. They played in Bellville, so we didn’t see the games (since we were here, watching Freshman) but the 7B team won, the 7A team lost (by 2), and the 8th grade team lost by one touchdown. (I taught 7th grade on Friday, so I heard all about the game during class on Friday). We have 2-3 youth boys who play 8th grade football, so I’m sure we will go to those games as well. Their next home game is next Thursday (Homecoming week)!!

Last night we went to Bellville to watch the Varsity team–We took 2 of our youth girls with us to the game. We stopped in Brenham to eat (at CiCi’s) and then we went on to Bellville. When we got there, it was RAINING!!!
Luckily, the rain tapered off about 7:45 or so, quickly after kick-off. It made for a very cool evening, which was fantastic!!

Right before the game started I went up into the stands a little bit higher to say hi to our friends, Candace and Allen. Well, once the game started, I just stayed up there and sat with them through the whole 1st half (in my defense, I did plan to go back down to my seat, but my seat was overtaken by about 4-5 high school kids that came to sit with Audrey and Dana)….so I got booted out of my seat (unvoluntarily) up to Allen and Candace’s row!

The first half of the game made me kind of nervous because we went into halftime losing 7-0. But…the Buffs stepped up and won the game, 21-14! It was a great second half!

(The second half I sat with Paul and the girls again)…..

Here are pictures from last night:

before the game-Dana and Audrey

Paul and me (at the game)

me, Dana, and Audrey (still raining)

one of youth girls, Morgan, as a cheerleader!

Buffs running out of the “football”

our sweet friend, Sandra, who take photos during the game. She was all wrapped up in a poncho, holding an umbrella, trying to take pictures


Victoria, another one of our youth, who is a Varsity cheerleader

Dana, Audrey, and Paul (still raining)

Jaycie leaning on me

Apparently I became a “stadium chair” during the 2nd half of the game because Jaycie used my legs to lean back!!


both teams at the end of the game

I love, love, love that both teams came together at the end and PRAYED!! 🙂 What a beautiful sight….


The Buffaloes at the end of the game

They are having a really good season so far!

On August 31st they beat Liberty Hill. That was the game that Paul and I left at the end of the 3rd quarter (to get ready for 5th quarter) and they were losing. But, with 1:30 left in the game (down 29-17) they came back and won 32-29!

On September 7th Giddings beat the #4 team in the stage, 31-26 IN Wimberly. Wimberly was also the defending state champs in 2011! They hadn’t lost a game in 16 straight games, and the Buffs broke that record!

Then last night, on the 14th, they beat Bellville (the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year) IN Bellville!

Next week is HOMECOMING, so it will be a crazy, busy week! I am working at the Administration Bldg. on Monday and Tuesday and subbing at the Middle School on Thursday!!







A Night in the “Big City”

When Paul and I lived in Illinois we tried to go “out of town” every 6 weeks or so to spend the night in a hotel somewhere, away from camp. Sometimes we would go to Peoria (only 30 minutes away) and sometimes we would go to the Quad Cities (about 2 hours away). We loved just “getting away” from everything and enjoying a night together….of course, back then, we didn’t have TV, so we also looked forward to watching TV, too! 🙂

Well, Paul and I decided to go to Houston and spend the night…away. We went out to eat, to a concert, went to have dessert, and stayed in a hotel. It was nice…..

Paul’s favorite restaurant is Genghis Grill. The closest one is in Austin, but we found one right next to our hotel–he was in HEAVEN!!

Paul in front of Genghis Grill

a date out with my honey….

After dinner we went to a concert at Gateway Co*omunity Ch*urch in Webster (south of Houston). We were really going to see All Sons and Dau*ghters (a Christian group that Paul and I really like). They were the opening band for Kari* Jobe* who is another Christian singer. Warren Bar*field also performed….overall, it was very good.

All Sons and Daughters

Warren Barfield

us at the concert

After the concert I introduced Paul to Pink*berry. My mom and I had in New York a couple of years ago, so I knew it would be good!

He told me he wanted to show me an “intense” face!

YUMMINESS in a cup!!

We stayed the night in hotel, right off of I-45 and just took it easy on Saturday morning. Everyone (on FB) was saying how nice the weather was on Saturday morning…..well, we, apparently, missed it because we didn’t leave the hotel until 12:00 (noon)! 🙂

When we checked out, Paul went to “Heaven” AGAIN!!!

Round Two for Paul!!

I wasn’t feeling too good and didn’t want to eat lunch with him….so I left him there and I went to Old Navy (across the highway). It was C-R-A-Z-Y busy….like the day after Thanksgiving busy. I wanted to buy a pair of jeans that I found on sale, but there were 36 people in line (Yes, 36)!! So, I opted out of buying the jeans and went back to pick up Paul.

On the way home I finally got hungry (around 2:45)–so we stopped and I got Long John Silvers!


me outside of LJS’s

I still wasn’t feeling good, so I came straight home and slept from 4:30-8:15PM….not too much better today, but I did go to church this morning and tonight….

Here’s to another week of crazy sports schedule!! We have games EVERY NIGHT to go watch!







Buffs Pull Off A Win/5th Quarter

Thursday afternoon the City o*f Giddings came and knocked on our front door. They told me they were cutting off the electricity for a couple of hours to switch out transformers. Well, what’s a girl to do when she doesn’t have electricity??

Go get a pedicure, of course!

all “buffed out” and ready for the football game

As I said yesterday morning, our week has been filled with games….Well, we can scratch “attend a Giddings Buffalo varsity football game” off our bucket lists! We started our night at the LCYC (Lee*County Y*uth Center) Dinner before the game.

Hanna and I before the game

Then we headed over to the game….

The big inflatable helmet the football boys run through

A Texas Friday night sunset

We sat with the Hanson’s, so the first half of the game was filled with sticky fingers and Ring Pops!! 🙂


The boys did OK the 1st quarter….it kind of went down hill the 2nd quarter and they almost let 3 touchdowns go–the other team ended up scoring 2 touchdowns, almost back to back….

At the end of the 3rd quarter it was 10-20 (we were losing)….

Paul and I left at the end of the 3rd quarter (to get ready for 5th quarter), and apparently us leaving was good luck. As we were walking out in the parking lot, the fireworks went off again (they shoot off fireworks every time we score)…..making the score 17-20.


Well….we heard (when everyone got to 5th quarter) that the Buffaloes actually ended up winning, 32-29. According to one of our youth, Tyler, (who is the 2nd string quarterback), Giddings was down 29-17 with 1:30 left in the game and came back to win!!! 🙂

Paul and I are very sorry that we missed the 4th quarter….sounded like a good one!

Go Buffs!

Go Buffs!

Tyler (from our church)

(On Thursday night, the Freshman team completely slaughtered the Liberty* Hill freshman team–52-28! Kyle (Tyler’s brother and also one of our youth kids) scored 5 touchdowns as the starter)!

As I said, Paul and I left and went to our church to prepare for 5th quarter. We were told, as football season drew near, that the Baptist church has ALWAYS (whether that means 5 years or 50 years) hosted ALL the 5th quarters for ALL the home games (yes, I put emphasis on the exaggeration words b/c they drive me C-R-A-Z-Y)….well, my sweet husband, who has such a gift of community, has become good friends with the pastor at the First Assembly of God church here (as well as knowing the youth pastor at one of the Lutheran churches in town)…..he decided he wanted to work together, as a commUNITY, to host the 5th quarters together.

Well, although being welcomed with hesitation and doubt from some of our church members, Paul did it anyway. The Baptist church hosted the 1st one (last night) and the other two churches are helping with the other four! 🙂 I think it’s a fantastic idea, and I am 100%  behind him on this.

So, here’s the 1st one:

popcorn being popped!

setting up the tables for ice cream floats

sodas for the floats

Paul committed the “cardinal sin” by not having Dr. Pepper. Apparently he did not ask “this Baylor Bear” when it came to buying drinks b/c obviously he forgot about “Dr. Pepper Hour” at Baylor (where they have Dr. Pepper floats)….amateur!

some of the kids playing Ping Pong downstairs

the boys playing pool with “Pastor Pat”

playing volleyball outside

playing basketball

playing football in the parking lot

Hattie and Victoria

Paul and Walker (he does not like having his picture taken)

Paul and me

Victoria and Jaycie

all the kids sitting down, listening to Paul

Paul shared a small little “devo” and really encouraged the kids just to get “plugged in” somewhere (not necessarily our church, just anywhere in town)….he was very encouraging and very ecumenical, in including the Assembly of God church, the Lutheran churches, etc.

Paul thought we had about 70 kids there, which I think is great! And we had some good adult volunteers, as well. It was good to meet a few other people from other churches, too.

With the right amount advertisement and spreading the word, I think the kids will be fine that 5th quarter is at another church in September. (We’re still working on some of the adults, unfortunately)….

Our night ended with having to “jump” Steve’s car (who had a dead battery) and we finally got home around 12:45AM!

Overall, a good night!