Thursday, October 27, 2011

Prayer Needed

  {January 2011}

This has been a tough week.  My friend, April was moved to a hospice house on Tuesday.  There have been few words this week and many prayers.  Please pray for my friend and her precious family.  April has three children ages seven, six and two.  Her mother-in-law wrote this CaringBridge Journal entry on Tuesday.  A verse that I've been meditating on lately has been my anchor this week, "Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength." {Isaiah 26:4}

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Answers in Genesis

{ark encounter opening spring 2014}

On Sunday, Ken Ham from the Answers in Genesis ministry, spoke on apologetics and the book of Genesis at Bellevue.  If you have never heard him, he is amazing!  Have I mentioned that Genesis is my favorite book of the Bible?  I could listen to him for hours just soaking up His wisdom and knowledge of the Scriptures.  And I had no idea how many resources they offer!  I really wanted to purchase one of everything, but considering I already have a lengthy reading list I decided on just two books for now.  You can view my selections here and here.  But then when I was looking on the website, I was intrigued by this book and added it to my order with this to get free shipping.  I'm already looking forward to taking a trip to the Creation Museum and cannot wait for this full-scale Noah's Ark to be built!  What a great outreach project to invest in.  If you are interested, you can donate HERE

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dynamic Views

{flipcard}

I just discovered Blogger's dynamic views for blogs.  You can view any blog in these seven different views: classic, flipcard, magazine, mosaic, sidebar, snapshot and timeslide.  Magazine is my favorite although flipcard is pretty cool too.  The impressive part is that you can view any blog this way by adding "/view/" and then the view name to the URL.  For example, to view my blog in the classic view you would type this in the URL: melsmeadow.blogspot.com/view/classic.  Pretty neat stuff, huh?  Using Blogger's dynamic views would be a great way to get an overview of a blog and check out any posts you might have missed.  Blogger, I think you really outdid yourself on this one!

Monday, October 17, 2011

{Pinterest Recipe} Mini Maple Pancake Muffins


I'm a total trend eater.  Always have been and still am to this day.  I eat a certain food for a period of time and then one day it hits.  I don't start to burn out... I am burned out!  You never know what 24 hours can bring in the life of a trend eater.  Pancakes were a big hit on the menu around the high school/ beginning of college years.  Since then... well, you know the drill... not so much.  But when I saw this new take on an old favorite, I thought I would give this easy recipe a try.  Too bad I forgot to add the sugar to the batter.  As a last resort, I sprinkled some sugar on top.  And I used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate which made them taste more like a chocolate chip cookie.  There's nothing better than starting out the week with a homemade breakfast treat. 



Friday, October 14, 2011

Herman Cain Visit

{Cain's tour bus parked in W. J. Freeman Park}

This morning Herman Cain came to Bartlett to rally support for his 2012 presidential campaign.  I work within walking distance of the Bartlett City Park which was where his 45 minute speech was given to local supporters.  Cain spoke about his 999 plan and expressed his full support of Israel and our military.  I especially liked his closing remarks, "In God we trust and In God is our trust."  On his way out, my dad and I shook his hand and I took a couple of close-ups.  God bless you, Mr. Cain!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Girls Gone Wise


Today I signed up for the women's conference at our church next month.  The three main speakers are Mary Kassian, Carolyn McCully and our very own Donna Gaines.   I am looking forward to this weekend studying God's Word and reflecting on what a wise woman should look like in today's world.  To register for the conference, click HERE.  Tickets are $20 if purchased before October 15th.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{Reading List} October


If you're like me you have more books on your reading list than you have time to read.  I always seem to have a dozen books that I want to read (and are sitting on my bookshelf) but by the time I get to them some other title has grabbed my attention.  The worst is when you start a book and then put it down long enough that when you return to it you have already forgotten the beginning or it's hazy at best.  I would love to finish a book without having my next one already picked out.  My husband feels the same way and we decided the solution was not to stop buying books but to read MORE.  So we have determined to pick a book each month and stick with it!  A book a month is pretty doable, right?  So here's my pick for October and this is his.  I had already started my book over a year ago (gasp) but now is a good time to jump back in since we are currently reading the Gospels in our Chronological Bible.  His pick is actually one of those books I bought awhile back and never got to (see what I mean?).  He says it's a real eye opener of past and current events.  I realize we are already a good ways into the month but I had to finish one other book before we got started.  So tell me, what's on your reading list this fall?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Delta

{lunch spot on Main Street}

On our way to my college reunion, we stopped in Greenwood and stayed at The Alluvian for a night.  We had a wonderful time during our stay with great food, an afternoon spent at the spa, and a trip to the coziest bookstore I've ever seen.  The next day we went on The Help tour and saw the local homes they used in filming the movie.  We were given an individual tour of the Cotesworth Plantation in North Carrollton which was used for Celia Foote's house.  We were told that the actress, Jessica Chastain that played Celia Foote, is a vegan.  So when she takes a bite out of the fried chicken in the movie it's really just tofu that they made to look like a piece of chicken.  It's too bad because they sure do know how to make fried chicken in the Delta.  

 {Baptist Church}

{Hilly Holbrook's House}

{Aibileen Clark's House}

{Celia Foote's House}

{breakfast table where Celia Foote and Minny Jackson shared a meal together}

Monday, October 10, 2011

Food for the Soul

{breakfast on the patio}

We have really enjoyed our October weather so far.  My sweet husband made me breakfast Saturday morning while I was preparing for my discipleship group.   The rest of the day was spent in the same laid back manner and I was able to finish some much needed reading.  If you have not read this book, it is a must read!  The Master Plan of Evangelism is an easy read and will revolutionize the way you look at Bible study, discipleship and evangelistic methodology.  I wish I had read this book a decade ago.  I am looking forward to hearing Dr. Robert Coleman in person next month!

"Men are God's method." - E. M. Bounds

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Erika's Consignment Sale


This week I've been moving summer clothes to the back of my closet and bringing fall pieces to the front.  My sister and I thought about having another closet sale like last year but decided to go ahead and take some of our pieces to Erika's Ladies Consignment Sale.  Erika Cobb has offered a fall and spring consignment sale each year in the Memphis area for the last eight years.  Last fall was my first time to go to the sale and I scored a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress!  The sale runs from next Thursday, October the 13th to Sunday, October the 16th with Saturday and Sunday being half off days.  Mark your calendars - it's worth a visit! 

Monday, October 3, 2011

College Reunion


Saturday night I went to a college reunion in Jackson with the girls I lived next to for four years.  It has been 10 years since we all graduated but somehow getting together again made the time feel like it had just been a few years and not an entire decade.  We mostly laughed during our time together - you know the deep belly laugh that is good for the soul.  I love my girls and treasure the time we spent together.  Not everyone was able to come so we decided to make this an annual event.   Until next time...

{Kathryn and I were in each other's weddings that were three months apart}

{Cathy and Carrie, my dear friends of 20 years!  We met in seventh grade, cheered together, went to college together, were in each others' weddings and have stayed in touch to this day.}
 

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