Friday, February 26, 2016

Remembering 1992 with... Breakin' My Heart

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

"Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)"
Mint Condition

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Remembering 1991 with... Motown Philly

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

"Motown Philly"
(pronounced) Boys to Men

video here

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Remembering 1990 with... Vision Of Love

There is a lot of meaning to this song, so bear with me...

When I began posting

a song
a week

in anticipation of my 40th birthday

I had no idea on which weeks the songs would fall
(but when you live a life of gratitude and grace)

it seems that things are

always "falling into place"
in the most beautiful kinds of ways

always pointing us back to Him
and why we are so blessed in the first place


It was the Summer of 1990...

and I was shopping in a department store
with my Aunt Brenetta at a mall in Mobile, Alabama

She was buying me a dress for my 14th birthday and when the song came on
we both stopped and looked up at the music video playing on the monitor above

"I had a vision of love..."

Mariah sang on the mic
with so much


that I purchased the single (on cassette) to listen to (on my Walkman)
that very same day


(Wanna feel your age? Start talking about something from your youth)
my kids do not know cassette or Walkman


"I had a vision of love..."

and as my Aunt Brenetta and I sat talking earlier last year
I was telling her about a Woman's Retreat that I attended in Big Bear, CA

the Autumn of 1998...

when our conference theme had been "love"

and our First Lady shared with us what love really means
and so, I called Winston (from the pay phone) to tell him that

"I had a vision of love..."


"I had a vision of love..."

(fast forward)

and now we have our own Moriah (with a Mic)...

Micah and Moriah, 2007


I understand why
this song

managed to fall exactly

on this week
on this day
on our Wedding Anniversary

in 2016...


(press play)


"I had a vision of love, and it was all that you've given to me
I had a vision of love, and it was all that you turned out to be"

February 12, 2000

Happy 16th Anniversary Winston!

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

"Vision of Love"
Mariah Carey

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Love Without Limit

Today I am celebrating both...

16 years with my hubby


61 years with my mother

and there is no way I could miss stopping by here today

(even if only for five minutes)

just to say

"Happy Anniversary"


"Happy Birthday"

and to thank Him
for the many ways

He continually shows us...

Love without Limit

Friday, February 5, 2016

Remembering 1989 with... Can You Stand The Rain


The year that I became a teenager and the music changed
from my momma's "Monday After Work" songs to

the kind of stuff I would listen to "On a Friday Night"

alone in my room

sprawled out on the floor
flipping through magazines

while on the phone with my best friend Chanea!

(a 34-year long friendship that has certainly withstood the test of time)

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

"Can You Stand the Rain"
New Edition

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top 10 Ways To Celebrate Love

It is written that...

Love is patient
Love is kind
It does not envy
It does not boast
It is not proud
It does not dishonor others
It is not self-seeking
It is not easily angered
It keeps no record of wrongs
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth
It always protects
always trusts
always hopes
always perseveres
Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

So as we are...

learning to love
perfecting our love
celebrating our love

here are the top 10 ways in which we honor our love...
10. By Remembering-
the Good, the Bad, and the In-Between
because love is about more than just feeling the "warm and fuzzies"

Love is about...

ordinary to extraordinary

moments that we share together

And we know that it is true love when we are able to honor it all!
 (click here to read the full story behind this photo...)

9. By Using Our Hands
to make something...
do something...
give something...

that inspires others

 Color*full Creations
creating a life full of color

8. By Being At Our Best
because in order to give our best
we must be our best

and imagine my surprise when greeted by the smell

of the "buttery, brown-sugary goodness"
of my hubby's homemade chocolate chip cookies!

7. By Seeing the Best in Others

When you live at your best
you unconsciously give others permission to do the same

I share a candle illustration with my children
in which we place a lid on a burning candle
to witness how quickly that action extinguishes the flame

On those days when my children can't seem to stop bickering
I remind them to "put the lid on the candle"

because they understand that
in order to keep a fire burning
you must supply it with oxygen

and so...

instead of giving air to a bunch of drama

we try to remember that

in order to get grace
we must give it

by learning to see the best in each other

6. By Singing Together, Laughing Together
Ever notice how it is almost impossible to enjoy 
good music and stay angry simultaneously? 

That's because music lifts, encourages, unites, connects.

Want to celebrate love?

Light some candles and put on a favorite CD,
attend a free concert or musical,
or go to Karaoke night at the mall or local restaurant

'cause chances are if you sing together...
at some point you will also laugh together!

5. By Spending Time Together
Whether its during...

family game night
screen-free Saturday
or church on Sunday

spending quality time together is an


way to celebrate love!

4. By Saying It

He walked into our class one day
and handed his wife a birthday card during homeroom

(she was a High School teacher, he was a school administrator)

Then later that day, when I had her again for English class
guess who came walking back through the door?

She smiled and informed us
that he had hand delivered a card during each class period that day

leaving an indelible impression on our young minds
and proving that when you love someone you should

tell it...
speak it...
say it...

in as many ways as possible!

3. By Showing It
What better way to celebrate your love than by doing something nice for someone?

cook a special meal
cut the neighbor's grass
fill your wife's gas tank

(hint... hint...)

because showing your love doesn't have to be expensive or extravagant at all
(in fact it is even more impactful when you use what you already have)

like Crystal Underwood at Growing a Jeweled Rose
who has an amazing way of using
ordinary bath time to create extraordinary experiences for her children...

memories they will likely never forget!


rainbow bubbles rainbow activitiesEaster egg hunt

Pumpkin bath fun


2. By Giving It

Give with intention
Give what you have
Give from your heart

When I saw these Scripture Valentines by Kim at
I knew this would be the perfect gift to give to our adopted Sunday School Class

because in order to celebrate love... you have to first GIVE it!

Frugal and Simple Scripture Valentines. FREE printable.
1. By Living It
And finally, nothing celebrates love better than our lives 

the way we speak...
the way we behave...
the way we treat one another each day...

Our number one way to represent God's love for us and through us is by living it!

Are you ready to love?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Remembering 1988 with... Two Occasions

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

"Two Occasions"
The Deele

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