Five things Friday

Five Things I Love In My Life….

I am sure most people are expecting: God, my children, husband, car and job. Nope. Not this girl. Those are UNDERSTOOD loves of my life [errrrrrr, at least they should be]! I’m going with the five things that I can’t image getting through a day without. The things that keep me going and are always close at hand.

My iPad. I am an “i” junkie and I don’t know what I would do without my iPad. I use it (and my iPhone) for nearly everything I do.


Diet Coke. Highly addictive and (most likely) preserving my insides as formaldehyde is known to do, it is a rare sigthing to see me WITHOUT one in my hand – just ask anyone who knows me. I know, I know…. pathetic and dumb. Thanks Mom, for getting me hooked on this stuff!
Wool Peacoat. Yes, I know its a crazy thing for a girl in the deep south Louisiana bayous to have on her “can’t live without” list, but I am cold natured. I am always freezing and have always been this way. Rarely do I not have a jacket or hoodie of some sort on, but once the temps drop below a average of 70 out comes the peacoat – so pretty much October to March I live in the thing.

Crocs. Lord help me, but I am addicted to these things. I have all of these styles and a variety of colors. I will admit, the bubblegum pink Nadia boot was an “off” decision but man are they warm! I purchased them for a trip that I would be making to Washington, D.C. in January – 4 years ago. While not exactly the prettiest things I have ever seen, they certainly served their purpose [keeping my feet warm & dry in the snow]. SNOW! ME! *shudder*
Facebook. Yea, I am one of the guilty millions who is addicted. There are many things I like [and dislike] about Facebook, but the one thing I love the most is being able to get “news” out to a multitude of people at one time without draining my iPhone [see… the use of another idevice] battery a million times a day. I love connecting with my friends & family who I don’t get to see on a regular basis and I will admit, I like to stalk peoples lives! I am a people-watcher by nature I guess, so Facebook allows me to do that without getting caught staring at people! 

So there you have it! A look into the world of Julie! 
Hugs from the Deep South!





Make A Joyful Noise

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. ~ Psalms 98:4

Tonight, our family had the honor and joy of watching my youngest daughter participate in our church Christmas program with her GAP (Girls Artistic Performance) group. This group of young ladies, in grades 4th-8th grade, praise The Lord with singing, hand bells, puppets, sign language, and more. 

This years’ program was entitled:
Here is Jada-Grace with her group (Photo from my cell phone, but I have also fuzzed out the other girls in the photo to protect their identity)
Here is a quick video I shot with my cell phone during final rehearsal this afternoon: 

Blessings from the South!

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Celebrating Hanukkah As A Christian – Part 2

Re-posted from Above Rubies
Above Rubies Facebook post from Nancy Campbell

NEVER AFRAID (Day 2 of Hanukkah) (Forgive me! Sorry this is a little late. I forgot to send it this morning.)
Jesus Christ, the Son of God was never reticent to speak the truth, even in the face of death. When he came to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Dedication, he was walking in Solomon’s Porch (on the eastern side of the temple) and people gathered around him. 

Jesus knew the Jews would be remembering more than the rededication of the temple and the lighting of the Menorah again. They were remembering the great victory over Antiochus Epiphanes, but also how he lifted himself to be god over them. It was Antiochus himself who added “Epiphanes” to his name, which means “God manifest” which was utter blasphemy to the Jews.

In the midst of this thinking Jesus boldly and publically declared, “I and my Father are one (John 10:30). In other words, He confessed that He was God, which of course, He was! This was too much for the Jews who, remembering Antiochus Epiphanes the evil blasphemer, took up stones to stone him (John 10:22-33).

It was no coincidence that Jesus chose this timing to speak these words. Everything about Hanukkah speaks of standing up for truth even in the face of danger.

May we never cringe to speak the truth, no matter what the consequences.

Love from Nancy Campbell

More To This:
Part 1 of Nancy’s Post

Happy Hanukkah

Celebrating Hanukkah as a Christian

Repost of Above Rubies Nancy Campbell on the Above Rubies Facebook Page 

The HANUKKAH celebration begins tomorrow evening. Hanukkah is usually celebrated around Christmas, but for the first time in 125 years it coincides with Thanksgiving. As a family we love to celebrate Hanukkah each year. This is why we like to do it.

1. Hanukkah in the Hebrew means “dedication.” God’s temple had been desecrated by Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 BC but the Maccabees family led a revolt against the Seleucid armies and called the nation back to God. After they had driven them out of Judea and Jerusalem, the Maccabees consecrated and rededicated the temple. However, God no longer lives in a temple in Jerusalem, but lives in the temple of our hearts. We like to use Hanukkah as time to rededicate the temple of our lives to holiness and the service of the living God.

2. It is a celebration that Jesus celebrated (John 10:22-23).

3. It is also called the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22) and the Festival of Lights. It celebrates the re-lighting of the Menorah in the temple and how the light kept burning even when they didn’t have enough oil. Because this celebration remembers the relighting of the menorah, we read Scriptures about God who is the light and how He also wants us to be His light in this world. We do this at our Family Devotions each morning and evening. We look forward to it every year.

If you would like to read these wonderful Scriptures with your family, I will post them below for you to print out. Feel free to use the Scriptures in the way that best fits your family. For each day, you may like to take half the Scriptures at Family Devotions in the morning and the other half in the evening. If you have older children, it’s a lovely idea for each one to have their own Bible and give a Scripture for each one to read aloud–and to share what they feel God is saying through the Scripture. If you have little ones, you may only want to take one Scripture from the list and talk about it.

And don’t forget to ask your children questions as you read the Scriptures. This is how you learn and receive enlightenment from the Scriptures together.

I will also send out a post each day telling you a little story or a revelation from the Scriptures about the meaning of Hanukkah. By the way, you may like to take time to read the history of the Maccabees in the Apocrypha. The books in the Apocrypha were not chosen to be part of the cannon of Scripture but the books of Maccabees, 1, 2, 3, and 4 are great historical reading and tell of how the Jewish nation was saved from extinction. I am sure God used these brave men to protect His people and also the coming Messiah. No wonder Jesus celebrated Hanukkah. I have some Bibles that contain the Apocrypha: King James Version with Apocrypha, The New English Bible, World English Bible, Knox Version, and The Jerusalem Bible. You can also get it from the Internet.

Usually Hanukkah is celebrated around Christmas time. This year Hanukkah starts tomorrow. Officially it begins at sundown, Wednesday 27th November, the day before Thanksgiving. The last time this happened was in 1888, before the date for Thanksgiving was changed to the day we celebrate now. And it won’t happen again for 77,000 years! Amazing!


Day 1
God is the Source of Light and gives Light
Genesis 1:3-5
Exodus 27:20-21; 40:24-25; cf. Leviticus 24:1-4; Numbers 8:1-3
Exodus 13:21; Nehemiah 9:12,19
Psalm 36:9
Psalm 104:1-2
1 Timothy 6:16
James 1:17

Day 2
Jesus is the Light of the World
Isaiah 9:2, cf. Matthew 4:12-17
Luke 1:76-79; 2:27-32
John 1:4-9,cf. Job 18:5-6; Proverbs 27:20
John 3:19-21
John 8:12
John 12:44-46
Acts 26:22-23

Day 3
Shine the Light of Jesus to the world
Proverbs 4:18
Isaiah 58:6-8, 10
Isaiah 60:1-2
Matthew 5:14-16
Luke 12:35
Philippians 2:14-15

Day 4
God’s Word is our Light
Ezra 9:8
Psalm 19:7-11
Psalm 119:18, 105, 130
Proverbs 6:20-24
Ephesians 1:17-18

Day 5
Walk in the Light
Psalm 89:15
Isaiah 2:5
Romans 13:12-14
2 Corinthians 4:4-7
1 John 1:6-9
1 John 2:8-11
Ephesians 5:8-20

Day 6
Out of Darkness into Light
2 Samuel 22:29 (Psalm 18:28)
Isaiah 42:16
Isaiah 50:10
Acts 26:17-18
1 Corinthians 4:5
1 Thessalonians 5:5
1 Peter 2:9

Day 7
Living in God is to live in Light
Psalm 4:6
Psalm 27:1
Psalm 37:3-6
Psalm 43:3-4
Psalm 112:4
Micah 7:8

Day 8
God is the Light of Heaven
Isaiah 24:23; 30:26
Isaiah 60:19-20
Revelation 21:22-25
Revelation 22:3-5

Love from Nancy Campbell

More To This:
Part 2 of Nancy’s Post

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5 Things My Teenage Daughter Can’t Live Without

5 Things My Teenage Daughter
Can’t Live Without….. or so she thinks!

1. Cell Phone – Her currently model cell phone is an iPhone 4S. Like most other teens her age, it is “her life” in the palm of her hand. HA! Who am I kidding…. its “my life” in the palm of my hand.


2. iHome – alarm clock for iPad, iPhone and iPod that lets you charge your iPad, Phone or iPod and lets you wake and sleep to any of these or to a custom playlist. A Time Sync button syncs the clock to your iPhone to set the time quickly all while charging the device. FM radio with 6 station memory presets.

3. Dell Inspiron R Laptop with Switchable Cover – used for school work & play.

4. EOS Lipbalm – because no girl should have chapped lips and I have to say I agree. I have an EOS nearly everywhere (bedroom, car, bathroom, work, purse) Her current favorite flavor: Sweet Mint  My current favorite: Lemon Drop

5. Elite 3 Rifle – Not many girls would say they couldn’t live without a rifle…. but MINE would. Not just any rifle though. It’s colorguard. No bullets, all spinning & tossing! She is the Rifle Captain, so she definitely couldn’t live withough her rifle. (At least in her mind!)






Do You Know The Signs?

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. As many of you know, my daughter Alyssa was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at the age of 7. To read about how we found out and to see some important information please visit my 2012 Blog Post about it.

Alyssa is 18 years old now, so she has lived more of her life with diabetes than without it.

I urge you all to visit JDRF to learn more about Type 1 Diabetes; its signs, its symptoms and what you can do to help us find a CURE!

Warning signs of T1D include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Drowsiness or lethargy
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in the urine
  • Fruity odor on the breath
  • Heavy or labored breathing
  • Stupor or unconsciousness

Alyssa age 18 – Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic at the age of 7 yrs old.

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Memories to last a lifetime…..

So, I have really gotten away from blogging over the past year. Maybe it’s because I am so busy “doing life” that I don’t have time to write about it. Why is that though? Why am I so busy? What happen to the “simple life” I thought I wanted to live?…….
Oh, I still want it I think; there is just always something getting in the way of it. But, is it really “getting in the way” or are we busy making memories? 🙂 There is life to be lived and memories to be made so I will continue on. There have been many things happening in my life since I did a “real” blog post and I think its silly to go back and “catch up”, so I am just going to move forward. I will throw some things in along the way to catch things up though.
This past Friday night was the last game of our high school regular football season. We played our rival team (Hammond High Magnet) and beat the pants off of them. We expected to do it all along, but the fact that we are heading to the play-offs wasn’t what made the night so special. No, it was Senior Night; that’s what was special. Our “baby girl” Alyssa is a Senior and she, along with many of her friends, were honored on the field prior to the start of the game. Being the Colorguard Rifle Captain, it was also the last time she would perform for a regular season football game. Bittersweet night indeed. Earlier in the day there was a big pep-rally at the school; again, the last she will participate in. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Senior Colorguard Members
Evelyn, Alyssa & De’Ja

Performing her last HS pep rally

Senior Night Presentation
(Regular Season Football – We Still Have Play-Offs)