Beach Bums

So here we are...all 13 of us, at the beach. We have two side-by-side condos, and the gang's all here.

Gunter (all the way from New Jersey).
Aunt Tammy.
Uncle Jim.
Jo-Jo (Meg's nickname for Ellie Parker).

So...we're all here, and we are all having such a blast. It's fun having Ellie here with us, too. She is so much fun, and she is such a good baby girl. She's only cried once since we've been here.

We lay around a lot, eat a lot, cook a lot, and of course, laugh...A LOT! My family's a hoot, and every time I am with them, I am constantly reminded of how blessed I really am. I am truly, truly blessed.

We leave Friday, and our formal white-and-khaki beach pics will come later, but enjoy these for now!


Adopted for Life

Two days ago, I finished a book entitled Adopted for Life. Dr. Russell D. Moore of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, authored the book, and he did an outstanding job.

I hesitate to write this entry because, frankly, I am at a loss for words. I told MSH this same fact, and he replied, "Is it really that good? I mean, really?"

YES! It IS REALLY THAT GOOD!! I tweeted Dr. Moore while I was reading it and after I had finished, and everything I wanted to say to him wouldn't fit into 140 characters on Twitter.

The book is about "the priority of adoption for Christian families and churches." Moore explains the process he and his wife, Maria, went through to adopt their two oldest boys, Benjamin and Timothy. The story of their two boys is enough to break your heart and make you see our own spiritual adoption by the Father in a whole new light.

I want to tell you all about this book, but it would almost be like me telling you an abridged version of a story that you should go and read for yourself. One day, maybe long into the future when I am fully able to understand all Moore talks about in this book and the impact reading it had on my own life, I will write another entry about it. But for now, all I can say is...plead with you to...read this book.

As MSH and I discuss our future and our family, we can now confidently say that we are called by God to adopt children who are abandoned by one or both parents. We can say that confidently. We know we are called to it, and reading this book allowed me to make sense of the jumbled thoughts I had of why I wanted to adopt. No, I am not barren (that I know of), and MSH and I are both fully capable of producing offspring, but we believe in our heart of hearts that God has called us to this mission field, and we will walk confidently into it when God says the time is right.

Dr. Moore nails it with this one, I would highly recommend anyone and EVERYONE to read this book. If you can't afford it, borrow it-- go get it from a library somewhere, but please trust me when I say YOU NEED...not just should, but NEED...TO READ THIS BOOK!

Trust me.


Heart of the Matter

I was listening to a cover of Don Henley's song, "Heart of the Matter" yesterday (the cover was by India Arie). I couldn't help but notice the lyrics to a song that I have always loved, but never really paid attention to...see if you can gain something from them, too. How true they are...
These times are so uncertain
There's a yearning undefined
And people filled with rage
We all need a little tenderness
How can love survive in such a graceless age?
The trust and self-assurance that lead to happiness
They're the very things - we kill I guess
Pride and competition
Cannot fill these empty arms
And the work I put between us
You know it doesnt keep me warm
I'm learning to live without you now
But I miss you, baby
And the more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I'd figured out
I have to learn again
I've been trying to get down
To the heart of the matter
But everything changes
And my friends seem to scatter
But I think its about forgiveness
Even if, even if you dont love me anymore
There are people in your life who've come and gone
They let you down you know they hurt your pride
You better put it all behind you baby; life goes on
You keep carryin' that anger; it'll eat you up inside, baby
I've been trying to get down
To the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak
And my thought seem to scatter
But I think its about forgiveness...


Living Proof Ministries On-Line Bible Study

I think I have told you all this, so if I have, forgive me, but I'm going to say it again anyway. This summer, I am doing a Summer Bible study with some wonderful, sweet college girls from Dauphin Way. We are studying Beth Moore's "Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman." The study is amazing so far. I have gotten so much out of this deep, exhaustive Bible study of the book of Esther.

With that being said, I also need to tell you that I read Beth Moore and her daughters' blog. You can read it, too here. Every summer, Beth and her team do an on-line Bible study for women around the country. I decided this was a fantastic idea, and I convinced MSH that I needed the book so I could participate in this little study. Here is the blog that explains the Bible study.

The book they are going through is "Me, Myself and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover," by Jennifer Rothschild. I bought the book at a LifeWay store in Montgomery, but all LifeWay stores should have them now. I tell you this information so that YOU can get involved in the Living Proof Ministries Summer Bible Study. I am forming a group on-line, so if you would like to join my group this summer, contact me at whitneywalexander@gmail.com or leave me a comment on this blog, and I will get you signed up. I haven't worked all the kinks out yet, but I know there is one other girl from Florida that is joining me so far. I found her through the LPM Blog about the study. You can read the "Connect Here" post for the Bible study here.

Here all this is, wrapped up in a few words: I'm doing an on-line Bible study with Beth Moore this summer, and I want YOU to be in my group. Shoot me an e-mail, write me a comment, send me a Twitter or call me if you would like to do this with me. It starts June 23 and lasts six weeks. Hope you can join me!


Yard Sale

We are having a yard sale tomorrow morning.

Yes, you heard me right. Me and MSH are having a YARD SALE tomorrow. Now, I have seen my dear Mumsy have millions of yard sales where I got to take things out of my room and sell them and keep the money, but never have I ever had my own yard sale. This should be interesting. I'll keep you updated via Twitter and Facebook on how the progress is going tomorrow. We are scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. sharp in the morning, and MSH and I will be up early getting everything ready.

Pray for us. No, seriously. Pray for us.


Erase Racism

Sometimes I cannot help but smile because of the amazing way God is working in and around me. Other times, I cannot help but wonder what in the world God is doing.

Today, I received a Twitter from BNO-- the Breaking News Organization. The twitter said two people had been shot at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I have visited the Museum several times, and before I get into details about today's events, I have to express my deep gratitude to the ladies and gentlemen that run the USHMM. The museum is chilling, educational, thought provoking and very intense. If you are ever in or around Washington, D.C., where the museum is located, please take the time to visit. You will be touched by the stories of the 6 million Jews that were brutally murdered in the 1940s. Go hear their stories. Let them tell you themselves.

Back to today's events-- one man, as of the time when I post this article, has lost his life trying to do his job at the USHMM. Go read about the occurence here. My thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns' family. I pray God and His peace will come to your suffering hearts in this time of deep saddness and pain.

A man was shot and killed today. He was at work-- he was at work at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The 87-year-old killer is a known white-supremacist, who, in the events of today, was shot by other guards working at the USHMM. Officer Johns was doing his job-- a job he had done almost every day for the past 6 years. And today, a day that started off like any other day, he was brutally and intentionally killed by a white supremacist.

MSH said today, "Hitler no longer lives, but his hate lives on." Such a true and saddening statement. The Furor was filled with fury that still rages wars today. May we, as Christians, pray against this blatent evil and fight the war of racism in our hearts to remember that God sees our hearts, not our skin color.

Pray for Officer Johns' family tonight before you fall asleep. And pray that God will use you to fight the war on racism-- whether it's in your school, your town, your church or your heart.



We've been making a lot of changes around the 5224 lately.

Mum was here this weekend. While she was here I decided I wanted to recover our chairs in our dining room. So, MSH took Mum and me to Five Gold Monkeys-- an interior store in Spring Hill. There I found the most perfect fabric to cover the chairs. It was a scrap, so it only ended up costing us $10.23!! What a find! It was fun to have a little project to do with my Mum while she was here in town, and I know MSH was happy he didn't have to do it, too!

Mum left on Sunday after she and I worked worship care for the church. MSH taught a wonderful lesson on the Apostles' Creed for DWBC's Christian Life University (CLU) program. (I have a feeling I am going to thoroughly enjoy this particular class.) Then, MSH preached a challenging sermon on Matt. 16 titled, "Leaven, Lucifer and Losing Your Soul: How the Suffering of Christ Affects Everything." Praise be to God for His Living Word that still works among His People! (If you want to hear MSH's message and other messages from DWBC, you can click this link and download them for FREE:Sermon Connect.)

We got home from church, and (I hate to keep talking about him, but he just had a GREAT weekend) MSH made a delicious Spicy Crawfish Pasta for dinner. Honestly, it was probably the best pasta dish I have ever eaten. While he was cooking, I had a brilliant beyond brilliant idea. We have been looking everywhere for a spice rack, but we have been coming up short. All of them are either ugly, too big, too small or just plain trashy. Well, I remembered we had a white shelf from the bathroom from when we moved in to 5224. I took it out of our guest bedroom and hung it in the kitchen. Presto chango! A new spice rack!! I think it turned out quite well, don't you?

Overall, we're making some great changes in our little cottage (and to my little blog, too-- do you like it?). It looks so different that what it looked like a year ago, even six months ago. I love being able to stay home this summer and do little things that makes life just a little more beautiful. I forgot to mention, speaking of beautiful, that Mum bought me some amazing flowers this past Saturday at the Farmers' Market downtown in Cathedral Square. Luckily, they are still living, and they add so much to our dining room table and to our mantle. I think I'm beginning to like flowers, which I used to not care for too much.

Anyway, we are making changes. And for the first time in a while, I think I like the change...


So this is my life.

I found this little picture along with this interesting quote. Let me know what you think...again. Facebook me. Email me. Text me. Leave me a comment. Anyway, just let me know! (And I'll blog about it soon!)