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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

New Children’s Wing

So it seems I’m into video sharing this week 🙂

Here’s the walk through/ opening video they shot for the new Children’s building at McKinney.

Owen is featured 🙂

Children’s Wing Opening Highlight from McKinney Church on Vimeo.

Watch This

Here’s the amazing baptism testimonies from the second service at McKinney on Easter Sunday.


Baptism Second Service 4-8-12 from McKinney Church on Vimeo.

Here’s the one from the first service too…pretty amazing to hear how God is moving!

Baptism First Service 4-8-12 from McKinney Church on Vimeo.

Happy Birthday Justin!

I am blessed to have the BEST husband, BEST friend, and BEST father to my children! I cannot wait to see what the next 34 years look like sharing life with you.


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Best weekend in a LONG time…

Easter weekend was a great weekend in our house. Not only did we get to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection but we also celebrated as we signed a contract to build a house here in Fort Worth!

All the months of praying, looking, driving around, seeking Godly wisdom have truly payed off. We are SO excited!!

We’re building in a great area of Benbrook, TX (a Southwest suburb of Fort Worth). They have great schools (through Middle School) and it’s a great neighborhood of young families.

We’ve begun the process of picking out all the parts and pieces for the build; paint colors, counter tops, flooring, etc but man this is tough! I’ll be posting some final options shortly and would LOVE some feedback from my devoted followers :).

We’re building with what we think is a great builder, Graham Hart Homes. Check them out! We’re building in their Skyline Ranch Community. Did I mention we are SO excited!!!

Here are some pictures from our busy weekend:

Time for Bluebonnets

Time for Bluebonnets

Time for Bluebonnets

Time for Bluebonnets

Time for Bluebonnets

Our new lot!

Addy playing in her new backyard!

Easter morning

Easter morning - Her beautiful dress (thank you NaNa)!

She's a beauty!

Handsome little guy

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A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

So here’s another series…I’ve been sort-of addicted to them lately it seems.

I want to start with a recommendation to READ this book! This series is now in it’s 2nd season on HBO. I haven’t seen any of the television shows but it has been receiving incredible reviews and I can see why simply due to the story line.

Here’s the official Book Description:
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.


This book was difficult to get my mind wrapped around due to the way it is written. Each chapter is written from a different character’s perspective so throughout the entire book you are reading different people’s telling of the same events, some a part of the same story-line and some part of an entirely different story line. So if you don’t think you can keep up with reading this book on a regular basis I would recommend waiting until you can devote time to reading it.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

This is the Third Book in the Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, see my posts for the earlier books (The Girl Who Played With Fire & The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).
Here is the Official Book Description:
In the concluding volume of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head.

But she’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she’ll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she’ll seek revenge–against the man who tried to killer her and against the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.


The conclusion of this trilogy was just as good/bad as the first two books. I enjoyed the story and all the twists and turns but there were parts that were very dark and hard for me to read. Overall, I can see the reason these books have been on the best seller’s lists as long as they have.

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