Singing with Wolves

According to Entertainment Tonight

Besides acting, Kevin Costner has a whole field of dreams he wants to fulfill — and he will realize one of them this November with the release of his first country music album, says People magazine.

While his musical aspirations may come as a bit of a surprise to some, Costner has been playing music with some of his Modern West band mates for nearly 20 years, he tells People.

“I remember looking into the crowd, thinking, ‘This just feels right,’” he previously said about performing with his band.

The 53-year-old has co-written six songs from the 12-track album, some of which will be available to country music radio this week, People reports.

The album is set for release Nov. 11, and the band plans tour dates later this year through 2009, says the mag.

The Missy Project

This past week I read The Shack. What a fantastic read!

This is a book people of all ages should take time to enjoy. It made the Trinity come alive; it explained forgiveness in such a profound and yet simple way. It painted an incredible picture of dealing with offense towards God. Which almost all of us experience in our lives at one level or another.

This is probably different than many books you’ve read because it’s considered “theological fiction”. While there are no verses referenced, and we don’t know the spiritual beliefs of the author, it manages to take some of the more complex topics in the Bible (things like sacrificial love, forgiveness, and eternity which are sometimes so hard for us to comprehend) and mold them into a wonderful modern-day story that we can all relate to. I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, but am so glad I finished this!

Visit this website for more details on the book, author’s personal story, and ways to spread the Word of God and His love to others!

Happy Reading!

I NEED POWER

According to Centerpoint’s latest update, our blessed little abode SHOULD have power by SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th.

Please note that “THE” day was originally Monday, the 22nd. Then Thursday, the 25th.

NOW SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know I should feel thankful and blessed and all that since we are safe, alive, fed, rested, etc, but cut a girl a break!

Lots o’ Snapshots

Three cheers for the Erbeles’ who are housing us poor power-less souls until necessary! I have my computer up and running tonight and wanted to share some pictures of the last week’s events.

Here are some pictures I took around our neighborhood the day after Ike hit.



Luckily the poor bush was the only thing to take a hit at our house





The Woodlands finally got some power on Wednesday – and we got to go out to eat! PB&J can get old after a few days. Here’s sweet Macie opening the door for guests at Guadalajara.

Thanks to Miss Chloe for letting me steal her internet and power one day also!

Finally, on Saturday we headed to College Station to cheer on the Ags as they took on Miami. Let the record show that neither of us had high hopes for a win…but ya know, what can you do? We tried to have fun anyway and enjoy the beautiful (hot) weather, friends, & family.
Seth & Chase playing washers at the tailgate

The pride of Aggieland!

The A&M Prairie View band jammed out at halftime also

Paula and I found better entertainment at the MSC during the last quarter :)

FINALLY. All caught up. See what a week without blogging can do to a girl??

Who Needs Power?

Oh my.

I will start by saying “experiencing natural disaster” was actually on my list of things to do before I die. Why? Not sure. At least I can successfully cross that off now.

I know you’ve all seen pictures and heard stories. Unfortunately we are STILL without power, so I have not been able to upload the pictures I took of our neighborhood and the surrounding areas. Some mighty big trees breathed their last.

Seth & I decided to stay instead of evacuating and experienced some pretty scary winds during Ike. Enough that we moved to the hall and blocked it off. Never thought in a million years we’d have to do that. Luckily, my boss is fantastic enough that she let me leave work on the Thursday before to get some supplies and begin our “hunkering down” preparations. We are so thankful and blessed that there was no damage to our home.

Unless you count the rug that Tucker chewed up as the hurricane passed on through.

But other than that, we were safe. Had to do all the usual things like empty out the fridge, scrounge for ice, and remember what life is like without TV. We had such beautiful cool weather last week so we were able to sleep with the windows open and it was really nice! I had the entire week off work so I either got caught up on my reading, stole power from friends, or dreamed about having power.

In all seriousness though, the damage seen from Hurricane Ike, especially on the coast, was just devastating. Even here in The Woodlands we saw several huge trees that had fallen into homes, houses that had water damage, roofs blown away, etc. And yeah, our week would’ve been better with some power, but I cannot even begin to imagine what the people are dealing with that have completely lost their homes. So please keep all of them in your prayers.

Since I don’t have my own pictures, I found some others online that will give you an idea of what went on down here…

Just incredible. Cannot even fathom.

Waters rushing into Galveston

This is the JP Morgan Chase building downtown. Not too far from where I used to work. I drove near downtown last week and could not believe the damage. All the broken windows were boarded up.

A cemetary near Galveston…

It’s nice to finally (sorta) be back in a routine again. Business as usual today! We are supposed to have power BY Thursday so keep your fingers crossed. THANK YOU a thousand times to everyone who let us borrow your washing machines, fridges, tv’s, lights, a/c, computers, and more this past week!! We are so very blessed.

Hurricane Ike – Yikes


Ok. I am conflicted.

On one hand, I am scared to death of natural disasters. On the other hand, I am also pretty complacent because…hello, I’ve never been through one. Unless you count the Big Chill ’98 or whatever happened many years ago in San Antonio. Hey, school was cancelled – who really cares?

But as I stopped for my weekly starbucks at Kroger this morning, I started to get slightly worried, many thoughts running through my head. Should I have a cart full of 80 cases of water also?? Why are there no more batteries? Shoot, my dogs have to eat. Why are there so many people here??? If we lose electricity will there be enough light to read my books??? And most importantly…if they cancel work on my day off…can I stay home on Monday?????

And let’s not forget that Maggie stared up at the sky for a good 10-15 minutes this morning while I was getting ready for work.

Animals. They know things.

I guess I will be going to HEB at lunch.

Stay safe…be smart…and weather the hurricane!

Music, Food, Friends & More

Talk about a jam-packed weekend! We started off on Friday night going to the Counting Crows/Maroon 5 concert at the Pavillion. They were awesome! Counting Crows may have had their day but they still sing Mr. Jones as good as always. :) Maroon 5 wasn’t bad either…I must admit, this is probably the first non-country concert we’ve been to in a loooong time. But I figure, we’re almost 25…we should probably branch out, right?

LJ, Jennifer, Mike, Me, Georgia, Kim
Thank you guy in the background for bending down in the back of our picture
Kim & Garrett
Matt & Georgia
We totally fit in with all the teeny boppers there!

On Saturday night we had an “end of summer celebration” of sorts and pigged out at Taste of Texas! I’m still full. It was soooooooooooooo good…from the popcorn while we were waiting for our table…to the unlimited salad bar….to the cheese wedges…awesome bread…fantastic steaks…dessert…cinammon coffee and more!

Kinda sickening, isn’t it?

Sickening enough that I couldn’t eat more than a bagel and some yogurt on Sunday. We were MISERABLE. But for TOT…it was definitely worth it!

Then on Sunday, the dogs had a little fun. Fun for them, at least. They were making all sorts of banging and crashing noises outside Sunday morning while we were delaying waking up. Seth finally walked out to see what the ruckus was and came across this:

Oh, our sweet precious little dogs has busted a board in the fence and Tucker was…wait for it…playing in our neighbor’s backyard with the lab puppy they had over there. FANTASTIC. I mean, I know it was all in the name of fun (and possibly love) but what a pain. Luckily Seth was able to nail the flapping board back in after church.
Maggie was trying to place the blame ALL on her brother. She was probably mad that he was back at the house. Tucker got “neutralized” (as Dabney would call it) on Friday morning and got to stay the night at the vet for his recovery. Maggie MILKED it. She loved the one-on-one attention and probably thought her brother had been shipped off to boarding school. Wrong. Oh well. It was weird having only one dog again! Maybe slightly more sane in the house, but that’s besides the point.

I am NEARLY finished with the Twilight Saga and am so sad to finish the series this week! I’m telling ya – these are books you NEED to read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stephenie Meyer is just fabulous and by the end of it, she’ll have you wishing you were a vampire too! I fell asleep reading on the couch Sunday afternoon and woke up to find Maggie thoroughly enjoying her Sunday nap…

Ode to Seth

Shame on me…I completely forgot about Friday’s Ode! The person I’ve chosen is MOST deserving this week (ok, and probably every week if we’re honest with each other) and is probably the luckiest guy I know!

Ode to Seth
Seth my love, my heart, my friend,
You stick with me through thick and thin.
You laugh at my jokes, funny or not,
You like to get to church on time, on the DOT.
I might drive you crazy a time or two,
Good thing I’m not needy (from me to you).
You sometimes watch my TV shows, even if girly
And make me get to football games really early.
You can cook, clean, and mow the lawn,
You try to keep me awake when I yawn (which is a lot).
You are my best friend and I trust you with my life,
I am so blessed and lucky to be your wife!!!
Love you!