Friday, September 24, 2010

Lyle Lovett

Josh and I were able to see the talented Lyle Lovett perform in Nashville a few nights ago. The musicians with him are amazing. Opening for him was Lilly Hiatt, who I enjoyed.

At one point, I thought--I have a perfect life. I felt so lucky to be there sitting next to Josh listening to great music in the Ryman Theater. The next morning, I found out I had locked my dad and the girls out of the house for a little while. Thankfully, our neighbors had a spare key!

Isn't that life? It is perfect and imperfect all at once.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Changes

My pastor is leaving our church. He is leaving to be a coordinator for our brand of Baptists at the state level. I think it seems like a great job–but I am crushed emotionally. He is respected and loved. I trust him completely with my questions and doubts. For nearly ten years, he has been my pastor.

The process of going through changes can be trying on a church. The fear of the unknown, the uncertainty of what the new pastor will be like. I don’t know how to completely process this all. Most of all, few people love change.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What is Happy?

What does happiness mean? I would say I have a pretty great life. I have a husband who I am glad to be married to. I have two children, who are great kids. I have a job I enjoy. That seems like a recipe for happiness. Add in three soccer practices, two soccer games, homework supervision, baton lessons, church responsibilities, and household duties--I feel a lot less joyful. I actually feel a bit exhausted!

Oh well, I better run. I have to take the girls to baton, church dinner, and then church services...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tanning Beds

I don't get this. I am not a tan person. I don't want to be. I like to think I am open minded at times, haha. This is one thing I do not understand the "need". When I was 16, my Aunt Nancy died of melanoma. I know this is a major reason I feel so strongly about this.

Why increase our risks? I know, it's not a 100% guarantee you will or won't get skin cancer. I know that people think they look better, at least for now. I also know most of us have seen people who are too tanned, and it's not a great look.

I may be a stick in the mud, but I care about my friends and think tanning beds are a bad habit to get into.

Linda Sue Adams of North Little Rock, Arkansas

Josh told me I should put her name like that, so if she ever searched her name she would see this.

So, Linda Sue, I made another of your recipes tonight. Make that two, I forgot about the banana bread currently baking. I love your cookbook, As You Requested 2. I would love As You Requested. I have searched...and searched. I hope every time I am in North Little Rock to find one at Goodwill or Savers. Alas, they are too good for anyone to part with. I even asked your daughter about it at my husband's class reunion.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Football

Truth be told, I know more about football than most other sports. I grew up going to the Festus Tigers' games.
My dad and I went to many home games, beginning when I was very young. Many times I would find Bro. Mike, my pastor and a Texas raised football fan. I am sure my little kid questions probably drove him crazy, but I never knew if it did.

Slowly over many years, I gained a decent understanding of the game. In my family, we weren't allowed to run with the other kids unattended. I had to sit and watch the game, so I did.

FHS, Rah Rah, anyway, I may not have a Texas sized love of the game. Perhaps I don't get into the rolling of the tide or the waring of the eagles, but I do know a few things about football.

I told Josh a few minutes ago, maybe I will be a Saints fan. He said that I already was. I cheered for them last season. I am always the last to realize.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Low Country

Josh and I had a successful first attempt at a Low Country Boil tonight. Maybe it is destined to become a Horton Tradition. We covered the picnic tables with paper and ate outside. It was fun and delicious.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Solidly Average

I have managed to surround myself with smart people. Since childhood, I have had friends who were classified gifted. My best friends in high school were the types to be number 1 or 2 in our class. I went to college and somehow managed to find friends with full scholarships and sky high ACT scores. In adulthood, I have found wonderful friends--alas, also smart people. I even married one.

Throughout high school and college, I was always a good student. Good enough to get decent grades, but falling just short of recognition. I desperately wanted to be in National Honor Society, but always fell just short of qualifying. One of my teachers, who was the sponsor of NHS, told me he wouldn't think any more of me if I was in NHS. Which was nice, but I still feel like it was a goal I never accomplished. In college, I graduated with a 3.48. Which means nothing other than I earned a degree.

I have always been ok at most things. I wasn't the smart one, the talented one, nor was I the beautiful one. Is there pride in being solidly average? I don't think so, I think I need to be working on that.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Book Club Update

Some how I got really confused and book club is really today. I thought it was Tuesday for a week or more. I still didn't finish, or even hardly begin the book. I am not going to book club, because I do plan on reading it and don't want it to be spoiled. I guess I will miss my Green Machine tonight.

Green Machine is my favorite drink at Kenny Mangoes. It is green tea with honey and lemon.