Stock Yard Mama

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Archive for the month “November, 2011”

Pentatonix WON!

I am so excited for the winners of this season’s Sing Off. They are seriously talented musicians and performers.

Staff Christmas Party

So last night was the McKinney Church staff Christmas party. It was great night of potluck and fellowship with all the staff people and their plus ones :).

A couple in our church hosted the party and their house was pretty cool. Here’s a link to an article written about it:

Quiet Strength

So I haven’t updated my book reading in a while so here it is:
First up, Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker.

Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy

Here’s an overview:
Tony Dungy proves it’s possible to be wildly successful while still maintaining the priorities of faith, family, and integrity in the competitive, ego-driven world of professional sports. He demon- strates that a person can possess the drive and de- sire to win it all, yet do so with a servant’s heart.
Tony is a role model for many throughout the NFL, for families, and for those touched by his ministry work. As we learn how Tony came to be such a role model, we’ll discover how we, too, can practically use our faith to influence those around us.


Here are some exerpts I enjoyed:
page 19: “To whom much is given, much is required – whether it’s privileges, responsibilities, or material items. And if God has given you a lot of ability, I believe you should be held to a higher level of expectation.
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of the lessons my parents taught me – lessons that have molded and shaped me. The necessity of persistence, the value of education, the fun of athletics, and the importance of living up to your potential. However, there is one gift they bestowed that I would place above all the others: faith.”

page 247: “Higher priories, such as spending time with God and family, must not be afterthoughts jammed into your schedule. But doing so requires faith – faith in your preparation, faith in your outcome, and for me, faith that God is watching over me, even when I can’t understand His plan.”

I learned a lot about having faith from this book. Tony speaks about his faith in ways that are so real and life-applicable. I highly recommend this read!

Addyson’s Birthday & Party!

We had a great day today for Addyson’s 5th Birthday!

1. Birthday Donuts!!
2. Opening a few presents
3. Her choice for lunch (Chik-fil-A, of course)
4. Open another BIG present from Aunt Laura
5. Put that present together and start decorating it!
6. Get ready for PARTY!
7. Go to PARTY!!
8. Have a GREAT time at the PARTY including busting open at pinata!!
9. Open LOTS of cool presents!!
10. Come back home and eat a yummy dinner and more cake!
11. Play with most if not all of the cool presents!!!

Here is that list in snapshots 🙂

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Happy 5th Birthday Addyson!

So FIVE years ago today I was blessed with a beautiful blessing that will forever change my life. Addyson Lee was born at 7:22 pm weighing in at 6bls 11 oz and 19 1/4 inches long. She has been beautiful since that day and I can’t wait to see the woman of God that I know she will be as she continues to grow!

How would I describe Addyson this year…well here it is in three words, Smart Sassy Princess!

Addyson has not only reminded me just how incredibly smart she is throughout this year but she has amazed me with her memory. She remembers things we’ve said years ago with perfect clarity and reminds us so! For example she reminded me just the other day that I told her when she was 3 years old that we could have her 5th birthday at Chuck-E-Cheese. I remember saying something to that effect but she reminded me of the conversation and that I promised :).

She also continues to amaze me with all that she is learning at school. She is enrolled at the Early Learning Center at McKinney Church and is loving it! She is learning to read and write as well as learning how to be a peacemaker all with a biblical foundation. We are so proud of her!

Addyson has also developed a new love that she is quickly mastering so that I have no doubt that she will soon surpass me in my knowledge base ;)…the computer. She loves to play on the computer and I am thankful for sites such as, ,, etc. They are not only fun for her but educational. She also enjoys doing her homework on the computer which I love too because I don’t get any complaints out of that portion, the writing portion is a bit challenging for her sometimes.

She is sassy with a capital S! She can ALWAYS think of a come-back or an argument to get her way but it is also one of the things I love about her!! I’m not sure her teachers love it as much as I do though ;).

She is also definitely a princess in training…we’ve attempted to tone this down as she’s gotten older but her inner princess shines through as we drive in the car and she wants to sing “Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun!” over and over or listen to the new Shane and Shane song, “The One You Need” and talk about how Jesus loves her no matter what because she is his princess! I LOVE IT! She still comes out of her closet with a ball gown or princess dress-up dress on and immediately goes to Justin and twirls to get a compliment and then asks me to take her pictures because she is BEAUTIFUL!

Addyson we love you very much and are SO thankful for your personality and beauty and I can’t wait to see you grow into an amazing woman of God!

Addyson (who was almost 2 at the time), Me & Aunt Laura

Beauty even when she was 2 🙂

Addyson enjoying the supplies we are giving away

Beautiful princess

Addy's Razorback cheerleading uniform...thanks Aunt Kathy!

Addy in the car and ready for halloween

tooo early 😉

Balance beam time...she does great...and EVERYWHERE we go she wants to walk along the sidewalk this way

doing her smart!


Booklist for 11.14.2011

Owen's pick!

The Kindergarten Cat

Too Pickley!

No More Monsters for Me!

Amelia Bedelia Rocket Scientist?

Yeti Spaghetti

Scooby Doo Football Fright

Scooby Doo Howling on the Playground

Eloise and the Big Parade

Doggone dogs!

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow - Through My Eyes with Nathan Whitaker

So I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile and I finally got it at the library and read it in a few days time.

Here’s the Overview from Barnes & Noble:

Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled resume—winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.

Now, in Through My Eyes, Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today. As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell—from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between.

At every step, Tebow’s life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. Through My Eyes is his passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened.

Here are a few excerpts I Loved!
page 16: “…So if everybody was doing the same thing, the normal and usual thing, I looked for a different way. The crowd, by definition, gravitates toward average, which could tend toward middle of the road or toward mediocrity. If we’re all special in the same way, then nobody really is. A view of that kind of life, I believe discounts the belief that God created each of us special, each with gifts and abilities like no one else’s. He create each of us different, fully intending that we would use our unique gifts and abilities to do what He created us to do.
You and I were created by God to be so much more than normal. My parents always told us that was true of each of my siblings and me.
Following the crowd is not a winning approach to life. In the end it’s a loser’s game, because we never become who God created us to be by trying to be like everybody else. I figured that out when I was five, but I couldn’t have expressed it then. I just knew that I wanted to be different in those areas that excited me, I wanted to be me – and then I began to understand that I wanted to be who God created me to be.”

page 69: “At the same time, there was a lot of attention on me and whether I would perform at the level everyone expected. In the lead-up to the season, I’d learned that Ken Murrah of Ponte Vedra Beach wanted to film a documentary about me, which was scheduled for broadcast on ESPN. It certainly fit within the framework of the admonition of Proverbs 27:2 to “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” It was flattering that they would want to do that, and even thought it was very well done, I couldn’t help but be pretty embarrassed by its filming. And the title was the worst part of the embarrassment.
The Chosen One.
They interviewed coaches, teammates, and other key people from my life. And while I didn’t really want the extra attention, it turned out to be really fun and led to other guys getting scholarships because of all the attention focused on our program. It was also a great Christian witness, because the final documentary showed my dad reading Bible verses.”

page 103: “Later in the game we ran a fake option right, and then I spun around to the left and threw a comeback screen to Dallas Baker. We scored on it – my first touchdown pass in college – but they call holding on Phil Trautwein. As we came back into the huddle, Phil, who was a sophomore, apologized to me. He was a hard worker, team leader, and a true asset. Of course he hadn’t meant to be penalized. I looked him straight in the eye and said, “No problem. That was only my first passing touchdown in college ever – don’t worry about it.” That became a running joke that I still remind him of.”

page 136 & 137: “…a day after the Auburn loss, Lousiana State students took it upon themselves to do their best to make me feel welcome as we prepared for our visit the following weekend.
It started with a few choice voicemails that Sunday afternoon. Not one of them was worth listening to, but sadly they needed to be heard so that appropriate measures and precautions could be taken. Message coming in like this one: “Hey, Tim Tebow, you’d better tell your family to stay inside because we’re going to find your parents tonight and they’re going to end up in serious pain.” Messages like that – uplifting, positive messages demonstrating good sportsmanship and goodwill toward all….By Monday afternoon, the calls were coming in constantly. My cell phone vibrated nonstop, and I had to keep it continually plugged in because the battery was dying every ninety minutes or so, without ever picking it up at all….As best I could figure, someone at LSU or in the surrounding area got my number and gave it out, and I was told that there were announcements at bars around Baton Rouge along the lines of, “This is Tim Tebow’s number. Call or text him and give him a hard time.”
As we were on the bus that Saturday afternoon heading into the stadium, Jim Tartt, our junior offensive lineman, reached over and grabbed my perpetually buzzing phone. He answered, at random, one of the many calls still coming in, and exploded at the caller. It wasn’t pretty but I was glad I had Jim on my side. The caller probably thought it was me letting him have it. Oh well….”

So all that to say, I’m buying this book!

Also, there’s been quite a bit of news about him lately…check out this article for just a sample.

Happy Be-lated Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my step-mom, Becky!

We love you and hope that you have a great birthday weekend!

The Sing-off

So…regarding my post about reality tv…I’m beginning to see that I watch much more of it than originally revealed 🙂

Another show that I am very interested in is The Sing Off. This is a competition on NBC that is unique in that it features a cappella groups ranging in various sizes and ages. The groups will be competing for America’s vote and a chance to walk away with the ultimate prize – a Sony Music recording contract and $200,000.

There’s no lip-synching, back-up bands or safety net. Every note that is sung is a voice in the group, from the percussion and beat to the high notes. It is amazing!

Celebrity judges who will critique the singing groups using their musical expertise, are Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) and Sara Bareilles (“Love Song” and “King of Anything”).

One of my favorite groups this year is Pentatonix:

Pentatonix is a fresh, five-member group originally from Arlington, Texas. Pentatonix keeps it hip and current, melding electronic music with pop hits, creating something that will make you want to dance and sing along at the same time.

Group members include: Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola.

They are AMAZING!!! Check out their Rock song from this past week’s competition.

Birthday party is coming up!

So Addyson is going to turn 5 in 9 days!! OMG!! WOW I can’t believe it! Well we’re having a big party at a local park here in Fort Worth and we’ve invited her whole class (13 people) plus a few other friends too!

Here’s the invitation we sent out:

So I know for sure we’re doing the following:
Pinata (this girl’s been asking for one of these for 2 years now)
Goody Bags
& Presents but I’m at a loss if I should provide other things too…thoughts?


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