Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fun with the Kiddos

Camp Howerton Pics
It's so much easier and faster to post a link to my facebook album than to wait for blogger to upload pictures...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Birthday Boy!


Andrew's Birthday Party
(Click on the link for the whole photo album.)


Today was Andrew's second birthday. Rebecca had a party with a few of his little friends; homemade pizza and cupcakes. It was so much fun. We got him his first real guitar. And when he opened it, he started singing Slow Ride. I'm looking forward to having our little buddies hang out with us this weekend.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A New Look!

I spent an hour or so playing around with new templates this afternoon. I was tired of looking at the same old blog theme, so I thought I would update it. I just can't seem to get away from pink, though.

I feel mentally drained today from all of the intense writing I've been doing. I've come to a point in my story where several experiences converge and it is hard work trying to connect all the dots for readers with no frame of reference. I have much more work to do on my current chapter, but I think I need a bit of a break.

I can't wait to get to the deliverance part of my story.

But since I have a ways to go yet before I get to the uplifting part, I am looking forward to escaping into fantasy tonight by watching the next episode of LOST!

John's mom has been here for almost two weeks and she is such a pleasure. I was thinking a few minutes ago about how most daughters-in-law would go absolutely crazy if their mothers-in-law spent two weeks with them. I would probably even drive Rebecca crazy if she lived with me for two weeks! (Although I would try not to.) But Marian is so enjoyable and low-maintenance. She doesn't even seem to mind how much time I spend on the computer...or the fact that I backed out of the garage and into her vehicle last week. She had planned to go home Sunday, but she had to get the damage fixed at the dealership before she went home. I told her I would go to any lengths to keep her here a little longer. ; )

Tomorrow we will go to Franklin for Andrew's second birthday. Grandma Shari is going to make homemade pizza. And GraMarian's car won't be done until tomorrow night, so if you're reading, Rebecca, she will be here for the party after all!

You know what a kid day means...there will probably be new pictures on my blog by the weekend.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fun with Grandma Marian



Marian and I went to Franklin today to see the boys and take Rebecca out for her birthday lunch. We went to Cozymel's. As I am uploading these, I'm realizing that I really blew it by not snapping a picture of Rebecca!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Announcing the arrival of . . . . . . . . Jackson Christopher Morrell


Jackson's Birthday Pictures (photo album)

Jackson was born at 5:52 this morning. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 1/2 ounces. He is 20" long. I got the phone call at 3:00, was in my car headed for Baptist Hospital by 3:30. He obviously didn't keep us waiting very long. I finally pried myself away and headed home for nap, fearing that I would fall asleep driving if I stayed any later.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I love my family <3

We just said good-bye to my cousins from Illinois. We had a great visit with Mike, Terri and Tucker. The kids were not able to join us for dinner last night as planned and we were disappointed about that, but we had a wonderful time.

My mother-in-law will be arriving from Indiana within the next couple of hours and I always enjoy her visits, too. I can't wait for her to get here. I feel so blessed by having family I actually enjoy spending time with.

I have not talked about it in detail on my blog out of respect for their privacy, but my husband and his mom are both under the care of the same specialist for a specific health issue. We have a regular check up (for both of them) on Tuesday and I always feel a little anxiety just before these visits. I am concerned about them and I am a very engaged patient advocate on both of their behalfs. I know we are going to be faced with some treatment decisions soon, for at least one of them; possibly even this week. And this morning I have some anticipatory anxiety building inside me. I feel a bit fragile and on edge. (It's either stress or my doctor is wrong and my insides do know how old they are).

I am so thankful for my husband and his mom. They are blessings in my life. I sure would appreciate your prayers for their health and for the wisdom to make the right decisions concerning treatment options. If you want to say a prayer for me, please pray that I will have an even greater faith and trust in God. I know that the antidote for fear and anxiety is complete trust in my Heavenly Father!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mammogram Day

Okay, so don't read this if the title offends you. : )

Today was my annual check up in Nashville. First a visit to my gyn and then the dreaded mammogram. They have never really been painful for me, although not exactly what I would describe as comfortable either. But today she hurt me and I made her stop and start over! Yikes!

But still...it's better than undetected cancer.

However, I would rather see my gyn any day over the mammogram tech. I sure would hate to have to do that to women all day long.

The best part of the day was when my doctor told me that I was defying my age and, based on the rest of me, my ovaries probably still think they are 20. Too much information? So, what's new about that? I will turn 50 this year, so just take me with a grain of salt. We say what's on our mind more and more as we get older, you know.

John brought me a box of delicious chocolates and we are going to the "My Sweet Valentine" event at church this evening. We have a gourmet dessert buffet and then a clean comedian. It's always a lot of fun.

Tomorrow night I will be making Lasagna, Caesar Salad and garlic cheese bread for my family...Danny, Rebecca, the boys, Mike, Terri and Tucker are all coming out. Can't wait. Then my mother-in-law will be here Sunday. So it's going to be a fun Valentine's weekend at the Howerton home.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sharing a link...

Lights in a Dark Place

I haven't been blogging much lately. As some of you know, I am working on a book about my spiritual journey out of a dark place. It's been all-consuming as I have begun reflecting on my many experiences. At the same time, it's exciting to look back on my journey with the knowledge of where God was leading me the entire time and in full view of where I am today. I am so thankful.

This morning as I wrote about events that occured in my life many years ago, I couldn't hold back the tears. The tears were not about what I'd gone through or the experience I was writing about. They were tears that came from awe and gratitude for the magnitude of God's deliverance in my life and all the things He has taught me through my experiences.

I signed on to respond to Lynda's request for my email address, then decided to click on Danny's blog before disengaging from the computer for a while. And I saw that he had written about his own testimony. I so well remember having to make a decision regarding his schooling and struggling against the pressure I felt to isolate my son from other Christian influences. I knew in my heart that the one thing I never wanted for Danny was an attitude of superiority toward other Christians. I wanted him to be exposed to good Christian people outside of our church and not develop the idea that we were the only "real" Christians God had. I grew up with that attitude all around me and I was totally turned off by it. I wanted something different for my son.

I am so thankful God planted those desires in my heart.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Tomorrow's continuation...

I recorded the Glenn Beck show today because I wasn't sure I could get home in time to watch it live. I just finished watching the program while I worked out. Unfortunately, Joel Rosenberg had a hard time giving much information because Glenn Beck was so busy being a dork. I have never watched his show before and I had no idea he was such a goon.

Anyway, the little bit that he did get to say was enlightening and very interesting. He was on at the end of the program and Beck asked him to come back tomorrow to say more. Rosenberg is half Jewish and a Christian. He is extremely knowledgable on Middle East events and biblical prophecy. I can't wait to read his book, Epicenter.

Interesting Fox News appearance worth noting...

Joel Rosenberg on Glenn Beck today
I tend to be somewhat of a news junkie and I like Fox News. I also have a real interest in what is transpiring in Israel; especially as it relates to fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Joel Rosenberg is an author and speaker with great knowledge and insight into both. I just thought I would share on my blog that he will appear on the Glenn Beck show today on Fox News. It airs live from 5:00 to 6:00 Eastern, but I think the show will air more than once.

All of this has taken on greater meaning for me since our visit to Israel in November. There is something so life-changing about standing on the steps of the Temple Mount and realizing Jesus entered the Temple by those same steps. Seeing pictures of Jerusalem on the news now is completely different after standing on the Mt. of Olives overlooking the city of Jerusalem. After you have stood in the actual places where so many Bible prophecies have been fulfilled, it's hard to imagine that the prophecies which have not yet been fulfilled will not have a literal fulfillment. I know there are various interpretations of future prophecies and some take them spiritually or symbolically. But I really believe the prophecies concerning Israel are literal. And I have a greater interest in everything that takes place there today than I ever have in the past. In addition to that, after visiting this very special place in the plan of God, I have a love for Jerusalem that I did not have previously.

Anyway, I'm sure this interview will be insightful and interesting. So I thought I would alert you to it just in case you have any personal interest of your own.