Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Molly, Thomas and Natasha day. I have more fun with these two people! We make the best of every event we are at and we are consistently making each other laugh. I just am dedicating today as Thomas and Natasha day. Even though they don't read my blog. :) And, I wanted to post more pictures of recent things but well, my camera is still in some far off state being fixed. Shoot. Posted by Picasa

50th anniversary!

Man, Sing Song 50th anniversary! How cool!
It seems as if they are inviting the old hosts and hostesses and co-chairs to sing in the finale of all 3 performances. Sheesh...they are also having a reception for us after the Saturday afternoon performance.....

This brings me back a few years...
Sing Song was the highlight of my ACU career. I remember so many emotions going through my head during those few months where we were rehearsing long hours.
Christine Tyndall Pinson, Lauren Layfield..don't know her new last name, Matt Coker, Geoff Chinn and James Hall. Man we we were 6 peas in a pod!! We got along so well and laughed so freaking much at each other. It was needed for the long hours every single night. I don't know how I made it through. No, I do, becuase I enjoyed every moment of it.
I remember auditioning back in October of my senior year. I also remember getting the flu the weekend before. I went straight to the doctor and got meds...but was in bed for 3 days straight. Thank the Lord the steriod shot made me fairly well for the Monday night audition. I worked so hard...I wanted it so bad! I got called back and thought holy cow!!!! I remember them bringing us in and out of this room in groups to sing..they were walking in and out of our line listening to us. Mimi and Wayne Barnard and Terri Godfrey were our judges. Oddly enough, I went on to student teach with Terri...
I remember when they came and kidnapped me!! I was soooooo freaking excited!! I had no clue what to expect! No clue at all. It was truly bliss....
I remember going shopping with Emily Trice in Ft. Worth. Man, what a day that was. All 6 of us shopping together. Hilarious to say the least...
I also remember them 'suggesting' that I go to the tanning bed. Apparently this white skin wasn't cuttin' it underneath those bright lights. :)

I also remember being sicker than I have ever have before during that time. There was somethign wrong with my stomach. I was never hungry and when I was I couldn't get the food down. It was the weirded anxiety that I have ever experienced before. But, as soon as it was over, I was ready to eat! :)

Oh the memories...so I haven't been back since. Isn't that weird? Yes...it always falls on the same weekend as the Texas Music Educator's Conference. Noth this time! So I am pumped.

Well, that's all I have to say.....trying to remember how to breathe this week..
So much going on within the next 2 months it's unreal!!! Breathe Molly breathe!

Monday, January 30, 2006


WhirlWind of a weekend. I never realized how much I cherish the Sabbath.
I got to sleep in yesterday morning until noon. It was much needed...let me tell you.
So, let me give you the run down of the weekend and then I'll share with you a little about what the Lord is doing in my heart these days.

Friday, I took half a day off...went over to Miriam's school and watched my friend Brandon speak to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Brandon won the 2000 Olympic Gold Medal in Wrestling in Sydney, Australia. Read about him at www.brandonslay.com.
His platform is amazing. He is very humble and truely loves the Lord. It was his last speaking engagment for a while because he is starting a "real" job. He's been running a company called Greater Gold for the last 4 years. Anyways, it was cool to hear him speak and be bold about his witness! I wish I was as bold as him.

Then off to lunch at Pei Wei. He treated me, which was nice of him...and then, back home in time to pick up Miriam. We then meet 3 other people to carpool to the Small group Leader's retreat in Denton. I hate traffic. We had to plow through 35 together. We were in the car for 3 hours...becuase we had to take some detours.
Anyways, the leadership retreat was well worth the drive. It was packed full until Saturday at 4. I was dead. Of course when we got home around 6 we decided not to nap. THere was a full night ahead! We went up to our friend JEremy's loft. There were about 25 people that came over. 'They' attempted to play Scene It. I opted not and just socialized. I love my friends...to death.
Sunday slept in, tackled my room and my laundry which took 3 hours. Then we carpooled to the 5 oclock service at church. After that we went over to my friend Phillip's for dinner and fun. We played Mafia, but instead of sitting there with your eyes closed we acted it out. It was the funnest thing I have done in a really long time. I recommend it for all ages. :) hahaha.
Then off to Dallas and to bed.

I seemed to have scored 2 tickets near the glass at the Stars game. So, being the good daughter I am, I gave them to my dad. So, taking him and his friend Dale..Brandon Stover if you're reading it, our dad's our hanging out tonight. So, I'm going to take them to dinner and going to drop them off so they won't have to park. Like I said, I'm a good daugher.

This week will be out of control. I have region choir clinic all weekend and tomorrow night. And, life group Wednesday and a dinner party on Thursday. Kill me...I don't know when to stop.....

SO, on that note, I have really just tried to rest in the Lord lately knowing my physical body is not rested. It's amazing how much he can reveal in the midst of chaos. Lots of decisions are about to have to be made as far as jobs and such....no I'm not quitting, and everything is fine. But, I'm ready for a change. So, it's time to start praying.....
Hope everyone has a good Monday. My camera is still at the shop so no new pics...

Friday, January 27, 2006


I am leaving the school house in an hour and 10 minutes. I am elated! I took half a day off today. Just really felt the need. I'm going to go up to Miriam, my roommate, school and here our friend Brandon speak to the kids in an assembly.
Then I'm off to a leader's retreat this weekend for church.

Can feet get smaller as you get older? Just pondering my feet today.

This means I have no material today. I'll spare you all with my ramblings.
Have a marvelous weekend.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

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SO, in Dallas, it sometimes take a long time to get everywhere...if there is traffic. So, well, me, Rachel and Natalie decided to have a little fun with my new camera last week. I apologize for the very white face I have. It means purity. Pure White Face. :) hahaha...Anyways hope you enjoy a little laughter. Yesterday was a pertty heavy post. I'm not used to doing heavy posts. So, here you go. A little glimpse into the real life of me. :) AND FOR THE RECORD...everyone has seemed to mis understand my blog a couple of days ago. They long lost friends from Abilene is someone completley different from the "friend." FYI, there is no "friend" anymore. I've lost interest. :) hahaha...
I'm subbing for an ESL class. I do not understand Spanish. Oh Lord HELP!@

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006


We have been doing an Ruth/Esther study in my small group. This week's topic was intercession. I just wanted to share with you how important it is to intercede for the saints through prayer.
The cross-reference for the Esther passage we studied last night was Romans 8:26-39 which focuses on the Holy Spirit and Jesus interceding on our behalves. Intercession is an “entreaty in favor of another, especially a prayer or petition to God on behalf of others” (American Heritage Dictionary). How awesome is it that we have both the Holy Spirit and Jesus coming before God Almighty on our behalf?! Additionally, we as Christians have the ability and command to intercede for each other. 1 Timothy 2:1 states “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone” and Ephesians 6:18 states “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” So the first part of the challenge is to pray for one another, lift one another up in prayer, intercede on each person’s behalf, and go before the Lord about your sisters and brothers in Christ.

The second part of the challenge relates to how often we pray. Satan does not want us to pray; he doesn’t want us to be in communication and fellowship with the King; so he distracts us…and, at least for me, does a really good job at it. I start to pray and then I find myself in a daydream or thinking about something else (normally I can’t even backtrack to how I got there). And, honestly, I’m usually so entertained by my daydream that I don’t even try to go back to the prayer. Plus, the general busyness and noisyness of the day hinders our attempts at prayer. We are always going and doing and meeting and planning that it’s hard to pencil in time to pray. And then when we can be still we fill the silence with noise…from the television or movies or the radio. I think Satan sees something that we overlook: he realizes the importance of prayer. Why else would he go to such lengths in order to ensure that we don’t do it?

So we discussed at small group that we want to change how we approach prayer. Instead of only trying to pray at night before you go to bed or to pray only when you are in a crisis or things are going badly, we want to approach it like it is commanded to in the Bible. The verse with the challenge is simple, easy to remember (you’ll have it memorized just reading it once), but very hard to obey. But this is the challenge…not only for the week, but for the rest of our lives…and I strongly encourage everyone to accept the challenge, though it will prove difficult, but this is it:

Pray continually.” I Thessalonians 5:17.

Like I said, it’s not overly complicated to understand and yet I find it almost impossible to obey, and I know I’m not the only one. So this week I challenge you to pray…continuously, unwaveringly, whenever and wherever you may be. Just talk to God, that’s what prayer is. It doesn’t have to be a long, lengthy prayer filled with Thees and Thous; but make communicating with Him a priority. Whether it’s thanking Him for the good things or praying for the bad things or interceding for other people or just praising His holy and magnificent name; pray continually.

And if you aren’t sure where to start, well, pray about it. Ask God to show you how to pray and ask Him to impress the desire to pray on your heart. To begin, find times throughout the day to pray (pray in the shower, pray while driving instead of listening to music…with your eyes open, of course, pray while eating, or go for a walk and pray. What better place to pray than being outside where you are surrounded by God’s amazingness). And use reminders, tape a note card with “Pray Continually” or “Pray Without Ceasing” to your bathroom mirror or your steering wheel or on your computer. We have the opportunity and blessing to go before the King whenever we want…take advantage of it!!!

I challenge each one of you my blogger friends to "Pray continually" throughout the day. Commune with God, as He is real, as He is your Father, as He is your friend, your helper, your provider, your protector, and all the other attributes He is.
This is definitely a challenge.
My roommate yesterday at school, made a mark on a piece of paper everytime she was "thinking about herself," aka..being selfish throughout her day. I have started to do this and I think it is unreal how much I am consumed with myself, how I feel, etc, throughout my day. I am going to attempt to replace these thoughts with prayer for the people around me, the kids, and the other teachers that are in my building that know Jesus and especially those that don't. I'm going to pray for a boldness that I think is not possible for myself.

THank you for reading today. It's not often that I get really spiritual and introspective on the blog, but I feel convicted by the Holy Spirit, and I want you to be apart of this journey with me.

Praying blessings over your lives today...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

day from well, you know where...

hoping my face will look likes this.....after the day is over....Yesterday was possibly on of the worst days I have had here in the last 3 years of teaching. I left feeling as if I had accomplished nothing in the last 3 years. I left feeling like eveyr middle school kid I teach had some kind of power over every single one of my emotions. If only I was one of those teachers who could keep their emotions out of teaching. I almost cried a few times, not becuase I was sad, because I was so frustrated. I'm so tired of giving chance after chance after chance to kids who don't care worth a flip that I actually care about them. yesterday, I kicked 4 kids out of my top choir. 4 kids that I have had in class for 3 years now, who just don't get it. They said they hated me yesterday, and I said, well, get it out, it will make everyone much happier. Oh the joys of kids, and how they affect your lives regardless if they are your own or now.
So, what did I do when I got home, I ran 2.6 miles. I was angry and I just kept running, until my knee couldn't stnad it any longer. I wanted to get 3 in, and I was pushing myself so hard. I wasn't really heavy breathing, I was just in pain. I need something to heal my kneee...whatever is wrong with it. I will run that 10K all the way. Then, I went to see Pride and Prejudice at the Angelika last night at 7. OH what a fantastic movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, just wrote up 2 more referrals, and called 2 moms. HEavens to Betsy, it's only January! ahahhahaha!

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Case of the Monday's

I can't BELIEVE it is already Monday. In fact, I feel like the weekend did not even exsist! Whew. I knew it would be a whirlwind.

So, I'll catch you up on the details...

1. Slight mishap with my camera. It feel out of my hands onto the floor, and one of my high school girls accidentally stepped right on the screen. I slowly felt tears coming down my face. It was horrible. So, praying that it can be fixed...for free.

2. Friday, mad dash to Highland Village after school. Stopped by Kroger to get goodie bags for my kids trying out for the region choir the next day. Rushed to the church..to find an old friend that I hadn't seen in forever. In fact, we were in the 1st grade together! I won't mention any names, well, because, he's incredibly good loooking. His band was leading worship for our youth disciple now this weekend. So, we caught up for about 20 minutes on each other's lives. We laughed about how he was mute until 7th grade..and now he won't shutup. We also laughed about how I wasn't mute. I know some of you find that hard to believe. Shut your faces! :) Sorry to be so stearn. Well, then all the kids came tumbling in..worship followed by the speaker for the weekend...followed by me chit chatting with my friend once more..and home. I drove back to Dallas..might I add it takes 30 minutes. I was in bed by 10:40 knowing I had to get up at 5:30 am. My "friend" had been giving me a hard time about not going to bed and hanging out with my roommates, so I promised him I would be in bed and asleep. Well, the genius that he is text messaged me at midnight and it said, "you'd better be in bed." Well, at 6:30am the next morning I knew it would be exciting to text message him right back with the words "WAKEY WAKEY" on it. I returned the favor..because he woke up tooo! :)

3. Saturday...the day from you know where. Met the kids at another middle school with the rest of our district...and off to Mansfield. Well, the bus driver got us lost. He couldn't speak much English. By the grace of God, this lady pulled up next to us and asked us what we were looking for. We followed her to the school. I got out to say thank you, and she said, well you can thank Jesus. I said, thanks I already have. :) Thank you Jesus! Well, so we were 30 minutes late. I got to judge with two hilarious women. Our room went by fast. For some reason I was put as the HEAD JUDGE in my room. What were they thinking! :) I was glad, because we breezed through wasting no time. :)
So, spent the rest of the day there....rolled back in to Irving at 6:30. Had take one of my kids home in the ghetto. Sad story there. But she made 5th chair and I was sooo excited for her.

4. Got home. Packed a bag, drove back to Highland Village..30 minutes...in time for worship and the speaker. Off to the house..of which was humungous. He was a PGA golf pro. I won't divulge any names. SO, of course no sleep for the weary.

5. Woke up at 7:30, cleaned up the house..which took forever...got everyone's stuff in the cars, back to the church, and on my way home by 12. On my way home my "friend" called and asked me what I was doing. Spent the afternoon with him...and then back to church at 5. I was dead come 7. So, off to bed at 9:00pm.

Did I mention that I was tired?
But, what an amazing weekend. I am so lucky to be healthy, to not have any disease, to not be struggling with the things that my high school girls are struggling with...to have a roof over my head and a job.

Wow, thank you for today Lord.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Well, I officially had to download something else to get this. I sure hope this works this time. Monday we had a fun day through Dallas by Dart. We did it on a whim. What better way to celebrate a good man..Martin Luther King! Thank you Martin. :) Today is Friday...hallelujah. Although, tomorrow is a work day. Tonight I'm working with the youth group in what's called SPIN weekend. I'm crazy. Then, tomorrow I have to work all day. I have to judge Middle School Region Choir auditions in Mansfield. Oh man, it's going to suck. All day listening to pubescent MS voices. OH Lord help me. It should be a fun-filled day let me tell you. I had to judge next to an epileptic who had a seizure the night before....i have a huge fear of people with epililepsy. it is the most confusing disease to me. Then on the other side of me was a mand who was gay who has been HIV positive for 10 years going strong. He had a whole slew of vitamins that he took periodically throughout the day. He was very open about his disease. I was very open to listen but a little nervous at the same time....trying to be the hands and feet of Jesus but fear getting in the way. Anyways, so that's that.

Well, an update on things as of late. I love my little community of friends. I acutally have met a few new friends in the past couple of weeks. One of which is named Brandon. He won the 2000 Olympic gold medal in wrestling. Needless to say, he's big. So, genius me decided it would be fun to start working out with him once a week. Last week we worked out on Monday. Incredible leg workout. I ran the next day. That evening, my calf muscles started aching. The next morning I could not flatten my foot. My roommates told me I looked like I had cerebral paulsy when I walked. I have never been that crippled from working out. This week was much better. We are much better friends so I can tell him when it's too much for me. You can check him out on the web at www.brandonslay.com. I am honored to have him as my friend. An incredible man of God to say the least!!!!!

These next few months are going to be crazy. I have decided to run the cowtown 10K in downtown Ft. Worth. The most I have ever run in my life is 3 miles. It will be a challenge, but I'm up for it. I'm also scared out of my mind. I'm running with a good guy friend from high school of which everyone called "white lightning." Yea, he was and is a fast runner. I told him my fears about running with him and he just laughed. So, pray for my training, or lack there of. :)

I hope everyone has found this new blog. I deleted the other one due to some circumstances I'd rather not mention. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Friday. THank you Lord for being the center of all of my relationships with people. I could not do it without you.......
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Thursday, January 19, 2006

i want to post a picture and it won't work dangit!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

I'm back

Well, I'm back hopefully.
I became anti blogger for a while.
Welcome Brittney to the blogging world. I am excited to read every day!!!

Today is January 12th....the kids are taking finals and we get out at 12:30pm. Same scenario tomorrow. Then, thanks to Martin Luther King we have Monday off. Tuesday is a work day..no kids.

Why in the world is our school system so jacked up? I mean, we had 2 weeks off...came back for 4 days and then 3 days and then have 2 half days and then 2 days off? Sorry, I'm just as confused as you are. :)

Well, the Christmas Holidays were good. I enjoyed myself. I did get the stomach flu on Christmas Eve night on into Christmas Day. But, I got over it and had a fabulous New Year's with Friends. I'll post some pictures of the 2 weeks off events.!! Until then, be expecting more later. I don't have much right now.

Friday, January 06, 2006


Well, I'm back.....and I officially deleted my last blog for reasons that I will not express. :) I'm a girl, what can you say.
Just seeing if this works. If so, then I'll write more.