Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

1 Week Photos & Blanket Adventures

As I’ve mentioned before, my wonderful sister Katie is an amazing photographer and has spoiled us with lots of wonderful photos of our babies! πŸ™‚ Just take a look at this sampling of baby N’s 1-week photos:

Oh β€” and she sent baby N on some AMAZING “blanket adventures”:


If you are interested in checking out more of what she does, check out her website: K Photography.


Fair Weather “Lost” Fan

Maybe someday I’ll post my thoughts on Lost (which I am, as the heading says, a “fair weather fan of”). My husband is an avid fan, but for reasons I’ll go into another time (or now: it tends to scare me and keeps me up at night :)), I’ve only watched a handful of episodes over the years. I’ve only loosely kept up with it. However, this past weekend I was determined to watch the finale live β€” and understand it β€” so I buffed up on my Lost knowledge (i.e. watched a few episodes & read lots of online episode guides :)).

I found the finale to be beautiful and tear-jerking and moving. There was also a lot of stuff I didn’t get, and I wasn’t sure at first what I thought of the ending β€” I was mad at first, though now I think I’ve decided it was quite nice.

Anyway, Lost wasn’t a Christian show by any means, but every once in awhile there were some beautiful scenes that painted a lovely picture of an aspect of Christianity. There was one episode in the middle of this season that my husband told me I needed to watch. I did, and I loved it…really, what I loved the most about it was this scene. Watch it and tell me what you think. And while you’re at it, tell me what you thought of the finale (if you watched it :)).

(Here are the basics you need to know to get this scene: Ben is a bad guy. A creepy, slimy, bad guy. He killed a really good guy named Jacob. Ilana was a follower of Jacob’s, and has been holding Ben captive, making him dig his own grave so she could kill him and put him in it. Then Ben escapes. She starts chasing him. And the scene begins…) (oh, you also need to know that when they talk about “Locke” they are talking about the really bad guys).

Free Kids Music!

If you’re looking for some fun, catchy, Biblically solid music that your kids will love and won’t drive you bananas, you might want to check out the new kids’ album the Village Church in Texas just released yesterday: Jesus Came to Save Sinners (don’t you just love how straightforward the title is?! :))

Seriously, I gave it a listen and it’s much fun. The best part? It’s free! To download it, go HERE.

You’ll notice that they also have a worship album full of their original songs available for free download on the same site, so grab that one too while you’re at it!

Wheeeeeeeee! Free music is always fun. Well, if it’s good it’s fun. And this is good, so…fun. πŸ™‚

The Mom Song

Confession: The first time I heard this song I cried like a baby.

Um, I was also a relatively new mom & very hormonal.

Still β€” it’s got a good beat & I can relate to it. Maybe you can, too. πŸ™‚

Happy mother’s day!


On Friday night, M & I were privileged to get to go to a Bebo Norman concert. It was great fun. I hadn’t been to a concert in a LONG time, and Bebo is one of my favorites. I’ve always loved his music, but much of it has been particularly meaningful to me lately. The bonus was that it was an acoustic show β€” just Bebo and a guy named Gabe Scott, who plays about a million instruments, including the hammer dulcimer (Barb, are you reading this? :)).

Here is a song that especially speaks to me and some of my recent struggles with anxiety and such. The sound quality on this video isn’t the greatest, but I liked what he had to say at the beginning:

And here is M’s favorite Bebo song (and one of my favorites, too). A Bebo classic:

Melting Chocolate, Facebook Defriending & Other Insecurity Issues

Tonight I went to LeeAnn Chin’s to pick up a little take-out goodness for the fam. As I was checking out, the cashier kindly handed me the plastic bag of food along with a small, covered clear plastic cup containing my son’s chocolate-covered fortune cookie. As I started to place the cookie-cup into the bag with the rest of the food, the cashier stopped me, saying “Ma’am, you might want to put that into your purse β€” the chocolate melts“.

Well, that makes no sense, I thought, then smiled and explained gently “Well, if the chocolate is going to melt, I think I’d rather have it in the bag with my food than have it melt in my purse! Hahahaha….”. I laughed kindly. Poor girl must be nervous and just not thinking clearly, I thought. The girl muttered some kind of affirmative comment and gave me a faint smile. I smiled back, wished her a good day, took my food and left.

As my husband and I later split our son’s chocolate covered cookie* (* don’t judge; he didn’t know it came with his meal! And he’s not into chocolate covered fortune cookies, anyway. Plus he got some Oreos.), I relayed the story to him.

“Isn’t it weird that the girl told me I should put the cookie in my purse because the chocolate melts?”, I wondered aloud,Β  “I mean, if the chocolate was going to melt, wouldn’t it be better for it to be in the bag with the food than in my purse?!”

My husband looked at me oddly. Lovingly, but oddly. “Well I’m sure she was thinking that the heat of the food would melt the chocolate…”.

I stopped and thought. Oh. Right.

“Hmm. That probably explains the odd smile she gave me when I said that to her.” I said quietly.

“You said that to her?!”

“Yep…here I was thinking that she said something stupid, when all along she surely knew that *I* was the one….ahhhh!”. I could barely bring myself to finish the sentence.

Normally, this wouldn’t bother me. Not that this bothers me that much, but…well, it’s just kind of irking me, because…you see, I tend to say silly little things like this a lot. A. LOT. I’m not always what you would call the sharpest tool in the shed. I don’t talk a whole lot, but when I do talk I find that silly/awkward/ignorant things tend to come out of my mouth, and I get alot of those “faint smile” kinds of looks like the girl at LeeAnn Chin’s gave me……….

Hi, my name is N, and I’ve got some insecurity issues. πŸ™‚

Just a few. OK, a lot. If insecurities were plants, I could open up a greenhouse full of them. Lots of different kinds, in all kinds of varieties, with all kinds of roots (the largest of which is pride). I’ve had them as long as I can remember…but guess what. I’m discovering I’m not the only one! Case in point:

A few days ago I discovered that I had been (gasp) defriended by a couple of people on Facebook. They didn’t delete their accounts β€” they defriended me. People I KNOW. In REAL LIFE! Truly, it didn’t bother me that much. OK, a little. OK, probably a tiny bit more than it should…but not THAT much. Really. People have reasons they defriend people…totally their right to…whatever. Still β€” it piqued my curiosity, and in one of those “posting status updates without thinking” moments, I posted a little status, wondering if this kind of thing makes anyone else self-conscious. Oh my goodness β€” I got quite a little response! Replies to the status and a message or two. Turns out other women have noticed this kind of thing β€” felt a little burned by it β€” some have been more than a little hurt by it.

Insecurity runs rampant, doesn’t it? It comes in many forms and can be debilitating in so many ways.

How timely that this book just came out. I first saw the title alone a few weeks ago, and immediately decided I would read it! πŸ™‚ I’m in the middle of it now, and so far, it is wonderful. It is hitting the nail right on the head for me right now β€” even in some unexpected ways. It’s not about falling victim to insecurity β€” it’s about turning to the Lord for help in kicking it squarely in the tail. Adios. Anyway, if you are a woman feeling ruled by your insecurities, I’d check it out. You can read more about it here.

Anyone else battling this stuff? What has helped you wave bye-bye to your insecurities?

If You’re Not Doing Anything Tonight…

…come to my cousin’s concert.

In the words from the Facebook invitation:

Come for a night of original music featuring Mindy Dahlen and Nate Oyloe, with special guest Sara Groves. We are coming together to raise money to buy land in Siliguri, West Bengal, India… in order to support missionaries Todd and Cindy Anderson as they open a home for widows.

Mindy is my cousin, a lover of God with a heart for India, and a talented musician to boot. πŸ™‚
Great music for a great cause…

Hope To See You There!