I am participating in a Christmas quiz that I got from my blog friend Lindsey at Southern Cinderella
I thought it would be fun and I hope you enjoy!
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
HOT CHOCOLATE all the way!!! I do not like Egg Nog at ALL!!!!!
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
When I was little Santa would not wrap my gifts. They would be waiting in our living room by our tree when I would get up on Christmas morning! Now that I am older, Santa wraps my presents and puts them under my tree!
3. Colored lights or white lights on tree/house?
I am a white lights girl! I love the way that the white lights look!
4. Do you have Mistletoe?
We don't have mistletoe at my house......maybe we should though
5. When do you put your decorations up?
We normally put them up around Thanksgiving!
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Well, we used to get together with my Mom's extended family every Christmas Eve and if my Aunt cooked she would cook THE BEST Italian food and that was my favorite! (I miss that) But I would have to say that my favorite dish would have to be my grandmother's sausage bread!
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
Oh gosh! I have alot but I would have to say being Mary in the Christmas play almost every year and singing Silent Night! One year in particular, I was playing Mary and my "boyfriend" was Joseph and no one that was an angel could be still in the show. It is the funniest home video we have!
8. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
I do open 1 gift on Christmas Eve and my mom picks it out! LOL
9. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
What about Santa???? Santa still comes to my house!
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
We have 4 trees at our house. One is decorated with all of my ornaments I made/received growing up, one that my mom does is in purples and greens, one of the ones I do is a black, white, and red tree, and the other one I do is a white tree with all different bright colors on it. They all have a mix of ornaments!!!
11. Snow! Love it or Hate it?
I LOVE IT!!!!! I just wish we had more of it in Alabama!!!!
12. Can you ice skate?
No I cannot! I fall every time I try!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I can't pick one favorite but I do remember getting a Baby Alive one year and I thought it was the best ever!!
14. What is the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Spending time with my family and friends!
15. What tops your tree?
Depending on what tree it is either an Angel or a Star!
16. What's your favorite holiday tradition?
Christmas Eve me and my parents go to dinner and a movie and go look at Christmas Lights! We are going to see this movie this year!!!!
17. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
I love giving gifts and watching people's reactions to them!
18. What is your favorite holiday desert?
Paula Deen's chocolate fudge (it is made with Velveeta cheese)
19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Mariah Carey's "Jesus What a Wonderful Child"
Faith Hill's "A Baby Changes Everything"
Or of course "What Child is This" and "Mary Did You Know"
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
21. What is your favorite Christmas special/ movie?
Christmas movies are AWESOME!!!!! Some of my favorites are
The list goes on and on....
I hope y'all enjoyed reading about my Christmas Questionnaire!!
Ok so I have been listening to some sermons from this awesome church in Nashville and God has really dealt with me through these sermons. Last week I was listening to a sermon about loving your enemies and God really "hit" me with the truth. I had been holding onto some serious issues with a member of my family and it was time to let it go...for good.
So I called my cousin up and I talked to her and God really did an amazing work. My cousin is not a soft hearted person by any means but she actually told me she loved me and I broke! I know this was God and I praise Him alone for it. I truly feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of me. Saturday I knew was going to be different because I was going to have to face her but it was awesome..for the first time in 8 years we have been able to be nice to each other! THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!
I know that God is truly working in me and I am so excited to see what He has in store for the future.
I know that I have been stressing over the fact that I am still single and that I desperately want a new job but I know God has it in His hands and as long as I don't try and handle it I will be ok!
From this point forward I am going to use my blog as a journal of what God is doing in my life and the lives of the people around me. I want to use this blog for His glory!
Here is a song that perfectly fits how I feel right now!
So over at Kelly's Korner there are a lot of people sharing their testimonies and I thought I would join in and share how God has been working in my life.
I grew up in a semi-Christian home. My mom made sure that we went to church and she led a Christian life but my dad didn't want to. I grew up in church and I "loved" God. I learned at a young age how to go through the motions. I was religious with NO relationship. I knew the right things to say and the way to wear my mask but I was dying on the inside. I looked the part of a Christian but I was far from actually being one.
In middle school and most of high school I was Miss "True Love Waits" but toward the end of high school I started walking dangerously close to the line. My senior year of high school I was raped by someone that I considered a friend of mine and this caused a spiral effect in my life. This one thing caused me to doubt God, hate everyone (because of things that were said), and start down a very dangerous road. I started giving in to guys a lot more easily now because I felt like there was no sense in not doing it because someone had taken my virginity away.
I was back with an ex when we got so addicted to each other it was sick. We had no true relationship and it was obvious. He told me how worthless I was constantly and this made me think that I really was. He moved and things stopped for the most part - at least with him. I quickly became someone that I hated.
I started going to another church that really changed the way I viewed church. I thank God for the people He placed in my life at a moment when I desperately needed someone that I could trust again. I was still playing games though. One night (a year ago) sitting at our college service I felt God like never before. So after all the running and fighting and surrendered my life to Jesus.
I am not saying that after that night things got really easy because they didn't. I still had to let go of some unforgiveness that quite frankly I didn't want to but I thank God for dealing with me because the journey of letting go has been worth it. I have been able to experience god like never before and I have learned that God will bring you through any storm and He will hold you in the middle of it. I am glad that God gives grace and forgiveness and He doesn't tie strings to it like I used to do.
I still have a lot to learn and a lot to quit struggling with (being single) but I know that God loves us in spite of our mess and He will turn that mess into something BEAUTIFUL.
Ok....So I am interrupting the Kelly's Korner blog parade to share something very important!
While I was at work today I got a phone call from my cousin Phillip. We haven't really talked for about a year because I had to take myself out of the situation with him for a while. (I have written more about him on here before).
Well when he called today he was right outside of my office so I went down to see him. He looked different. (That is all I am going to say) As I talked to him I could feel myself shutting down a little. I love my cousin (who is basically my big bro) so much and it kills me to see him hurting.
He told me he feels like it is time for him to grow up and get his life on track and get in church. I PRAY he is serious this time. I want NOTHING more than for him to let God radically change him from the inside out!
So that is why I am posting this. Please, if you come across this blog while looking for more info on me, read this post too and say a prayer for my cousin. Pray that he will quit running and let God rock his world!!!!
So first of all this is just a little bit awkward. I mean I have to write a whole blog about myself? :-/ Well here goes nothing…..
My name is Tiffany I'm 25 (well will be in September) and born and raised in good ol’ Alabama. I am a big fan of SEC Football and Baseball especially the Crimson Tide! Roll Tide!!!!
I love Jesus with all my heart and try my best to live my life to honor Him (even though I completely mess up a lot). My favorite motto is "It's against my relationship to have religion"
I think I go to one of the best churches in the world and I absolutely ADORE my church family. I am also very close to my family and I couldn’t ask for a better family. We are there for each other in the good times and the bad and love each other more than anything!
I went to UAB where I graduated with a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Spanish!
I love the outdoors (somewhat)! I love to vacation in NASHVILLE (maybe one of the many jobs I applied for will happen and I can move there) but I also like the beach. I am a big fan of country music and some of my favorites are Chuck Wicks, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, and Lady Antebellum.
I love to sing!!!! I have "cat eyes" (my best feature)!
Ok well as far as my love life goes….it hasn’t existed for a while! (TEAR) But God has brought (is bringing) me though the lonely times.
I am not high maintenance when it comes to dating. I enjoy going out to dinner and the movies, bowling, and that kind of stuff but I also like staying at home and just hanging out.
I am looking for someone who is a Christian, athletic, down to earth, funny, guy.
So it has been a while since I have written a blog and I thought it was time to update all of my blog friends what has been going on.
Well, not much has really been going on in my life.....haha....so I guess this will be a short blog! :-)
I have a new work out obsession and it is SPIN!!!! I am in love with the class and I have 2 of the best teachers ever! I am trying to go at least 3 times a week right now so that by my birthday/2 of my friends weddings I will be at least a little skinny! (oh I hope so) I know what I am about to say is going to be a little controversial but I am going to say it anyway. I feel like I am not going to meet my future husband until I lose a lot of weight....I mean who wants to be with a fatty right?!?! This is just how I feel and maybe I am wrong but I have to do this.
Many of you know that I LOVE country music so who would be surprised to know that I spent my July 4th weekend in the country music capital NASHVILLE!!!!!!
I had so much fun (more of my pics will come soon hopefully)! The trip started out shaky with me finding out that I wasn't going to get to see the one person I was hoping to see up there.....but OH WELL!!!!! Me and Natalie had a blast! On the way up there we stopped here
so we could feel like little kids again! It was so much fun!
When we got to downtown Nashville we still had time to kill before our room would be ready so we decided to go walk around for a while but first we had to get lost in true Tiffany fashion! HA! It was hilarious because Natalie was just like "go to the Batman building" HAHAHAHA
So that first night we rode on the General Jackson to celebrate it's 25th B'day and then we went to see CHUCK WICKS!
He is SO sexy and his new song "Hold That Thought" is AWESOME!!!! Check it out on YouTube
The next day was our "downtown day". We went to the Ryman, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Walk of Stars. Then that night we went to the Wildhorse and saw Brother Trouble. (If you haven't heard of them PLEASE check them out). Wildhorse was a hoot. Me and Natalie had fun just making fun of all the people dancing--especially this dude that looked like he was on LSD.
The next day we were going to spend the day outside of downtown but that was not happening because EVERYTHING was closed. So we ended up going back downtown. Luckily we had a totally awesome shuttle driver (who knew a friend of mine) that didn't mind taking us back and forth. That night we went to an amazing restaurant (Whiskey Kitchen) and then back to Wildhorse to see Les Richardson. Before anyone asks why we didn't go to the free Trace Adkins/Julianne Hough concert on the fourth, let me just say there were wall to wall people and there was no way we would have been able to. So around the time the fireworks were supposed to start, Natalie convinced me to go outside to watch the show (with all the other people in the state) We finally got to a place to stand and once we got there, there was NO moving (can we say panic attack waiting to happen). Well everything was going fine until this Meth head came and stood by us and kept freaking out every time we would take a picture of the fireworks thinking we were taking his picture. We HAD to get away form this freak and the fact we could not get out of the crowd fast enough FREAKED me out. It was bad!
That was the last night of our Nashville journey and I can say the whole trip was super fun! Only one thing could have made it better....
seeing Ty from The Bachelorette (Trust me we looked for him HAHA)
Last night marked the end of the first season my little cousin played REAL little league. It was a little bittersweet last night too because I was sad that his games were over for the year and that 2 of his coaches would not be moving up but I was also happy because he did so good for to be his first year playing real ball. (he played upward before and did not learn ANYTHING). I was also glad that I made 2 new friends (that are pretty hot too). I have really enjoyed watching these little cuties develop into some awesome players. They finished the season 12-2 and walked away region champs!!! WOO HOO
Anyways, I could go on forever about baseball! HAHA But that is not why I am writing this post. I wanted to write about the book I am currently reading. This book...
This book has really changed my life. If you haven't read it I would encourage you to go NOW and buy this book. The writer really meets you where you are at and God really used him through this book. I mean I cannot put into words how much I love this book. Right now me and my family are going through a Plan B but now, after reading this, I have a totally different perspective on the storms in my life. Thank you Pete for writing this fabulous book!
The author is also a pastor of a church in Nashville (that I want to go visit REALLY bad). The church is called Cross Point Church. If you are ever in the Nashville area you should check it out. Just by looking at their website and hearing about all they are doing to help the people of Nashville recover from the very devastating flood makes me want to help this church even more.
I have a friend that lives in Nashville and he said that he has never seen anything like what happened there because of the flood..it is horrible. If you want to help with the recovery efforts go to Cross Point's website and there will be a place for you to donate or learn what you can do. There is also a group of guys making shirts and the profits go to help Nashville. Go here for more info.
One last thing, in the book Pete talks about how we sometimes as Christians want everyone to think that we have it all together and that leads us to missing the community that God has given us to encourage us through the storm. So I want to encourage you to take the mask off and get real with each other!
Man I am way behind on blogging....something else has been occupying my time-----no it is not a boyfriend (sadly)! It has been these cutie pies....
I have been enjoying watching my cousin Blake play for one of the best little league teams! I have been able to watch the fabulous coaches help him develop into a great little player! For those of you who know me very well, you know that I am very into Baseball....maybe a little too much! There have been a few close calls at his games with me forgetting I was not at a college game and needed to keep a little calm---hahah! I yelled at coaches of other teams to put their big girl panties on and get over it, umpires to go see my eye doctor, kids to quit playing in the dirt....and on and on! Oh this has been an adventure but I have loved every minute of it!
So, you see why I have been a slacker when it comes to blogging...sorry I promise to get better!
Sorry for all of you who read my blog that it has been so long since I posted anything on here. I have been so preoccupied here lately and I have neglected my poor little blog.
I have had a lot of excitement over the past few weeks that I thought I would tell you about!!! First of all I had ANOTHER wreck...ugh! Which means I will have to find new insurance! Anyway, it has been fun riding in to work with my mom though. The next big piece of exciting news is that I bought my new camera!!!!!!
I am SO in love with my new camera and now I can't stop taking pictures. I will be posting pictures soon from this past weekend. My little cousin is playing baseball this year and his game was my first project and I LOVED all the pictures!
As I was driving to work today a thought went through my mind (sometimes this can be scary). If any of you have to drive 65 south through north Gardendale you will have a true appreciation for this—haha.
Ok…on to the story…I was driving my normal route on 65 this morning when I hit the first of MANY poorly patched potholes. I thought to myself someone needs to tell the state that they need to just dig the interstate up and start over. ---I mean do they know how to FIX this?!?! Instead of truly fixing the potholes they are so brilliant that they just pour more asphalt in the hole and fill it up. This gives a nice roller coaster bumpy ride to 65. However, after a few trucks run over the places it just gets uncovered and bigger.
Then I felt as if God were telling me that is what I had been doing for so many years. I had been trying to fill up the “potholes’ of my heart with other things instead of digging up the hard ground around it and letting God himself repair the hole.
All the years that I spent holding on to hurts, grudges, hate, etc etc I tried to “patch” my pothole by just covering it up and thinking it would just go away. But then when a situation that was similar to the one that caused the original pain would come along my pothole would be uncovered and bigger that before.
I feel like we all do this at times but it is time to call the Repairer of our soul and let Him dig up all the junk and fill it with His holy concrete instead of trying to fix it ourselves by patching it with worldly asphalt.
Psalm 147:2 (Message) God's the one who rebuilds Jerusalem, who regathers Israel's scattered exiles. He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and assigns each a name. Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we'll never comprehend what he knows and does. God puts the fallen on their feet again and pushes the wicked into the ditch.
So the other day at Kelly's Korner we did a meet and greet for younger bloggers. I am SO glad she did this because I was looking for some new blogs....by the way I LOVE reading her blog!
Anyway, I came across some new blogs but one in particular stood out to me. Brilliant Brunette wrote a blog that I needed really bad. It was about waiting and those of you who know....I have been very angry about the waiting process. BUT after reading her blog I have a new outlook. You should check the post out!
Also, I would like to welcome my new friends that found me from Kelly's blog!!!!
I am so excited that I am actually walking in the Walk for Babies this year!!!! I got an email at work yesterday asking me if I would join the team and without hesitation I signed up----mainly because it is a walk and not a race (I am NOT a runner).
The walk is sponsored by March of Dimes- an incredible organization that does SO many things for precious little babies. I am honored that I get to be a part of the walk.
But there is still something that you can do to help!!!!
And make a donation OR sign up to join my team and walk!
You can also read more about March of Dimes and the Walk there as well!
For all the ones who have been praying for me and my job situation…..THANK YOU and PLEASE keep praying!!!
I still have not gotten a new job but I know one is coming---I just hope I don’t die before it happens! I know that sounds bad but that is them mood I am in. I have been at my current job for a year and I have been looking for a different one for a while now. It is not that I can’t stand the people that I work with—they are all great—but it is because I feel like I am wasting what I went to school for (all 5 years).
When I applied for this job I thought it was something completely different. This job is extremely technical and I am computer illiterate. I need to deal with numbers and business and I am not doing that at all.
I found out yesterday that the job that I applied for in the bank in the department that I REALLY wanted to work in was given to someone else. I was very upset about it and I got frustrated. I felt like God had forgotten about me and that I was just going to have to stay in this job and be miserable.
BUT I thank God for the friends I have that started sending me encouraging verses and words. I don’t think I would have made it through the day without screaming crying if they had not have sent me such sweet words.
I know god has a plan for me but it is just getting my head to believe my heart!
Well first of all it has been FOREVER since I updated the blog….to all 3 of you who read it…SORRY!
I have been in Houston for work for a month and I didn’t have time to write on here at all.
I have been slacking tremendously on P90X and I am paying for it…..I have promised myself that I am going t get back on it so I will be able to wear a cute swimsuit in the summer and a cute dress to my friend’s wedding in September.
I know all I have been writing about lately is P90X (only to keep me accountable) but I want to share something that has really been on my heart lately.
For really the past few years I have had really unhealthy relationships with my family, mainly because I didn't know how to let things go. I read the book Total Forgiveness and after reading that book I started trying to let go of all the past hurts that I had so desperately held on to.
I held on to them because they helped me justify why I didn't like being around certain people in my family, I held on to them because I was selfish and wanted people to think I was the victim. But now God has made me realize that I MADE myself the victim and I was causing myself to be angry, bitter, etc.
This past Monday I had lunch with one of my precious cousins and her daughter and at first we were talking about random things (which is so us) and then the conversation turned to her sister. She really shined some light on why things happened the way they did and how her and her sister felt about all of the crap that happened while we were in school. I never thought in a million years that what she said was actually the reason that the stuff happened between our families. NEVER would I have thought that my problems were pouring down on them. When she told me this I broke I literally heard God say at that moment "it's done" I knew that at that moment it was time to let all of the crap go--for good! I didn't want the fact that I had been hurt to hurt them.
We went on to talk about how I did hate her sister at one time but now I am genuinely concerned for her well being. I am concerned that the decisions she is making now will haunt her forever and lead her down a road that she does not want to be on. I love her so much and I don't want to lose her like I have already "lost" other family members.
For all of you that know me, you know about my cousin that has had problems (not the person mentioned above) and how it breaks my heart that he won't change for good. It seems like he will take 10 steps in the right direction and then 15 steps back. I haven't really talked to him a lot lately and I have a feeling that this is God's way of helping me detach myself from the situation. I do know that I really want him to surrender to God and let Him fight his battles. In the midst of all this though God has allowed me to build other relationships with the rest of that side of my family.
Family can hurt you deeper than anyone else but they can also love you like no one else. I know that I have the family that I do for a reason and even though I get on their nerves and they get on mine. I will always love them and I will always have their back.
Here are some priceless quotes about family.....
Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author Unknown
The thing about family disasters is that you never have to wait long before the next one puts the previous one into perspective. ~Robert Brault
You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu