Monday, November 15, 2010


Y'all, I'm going to go ahead and confess to you right now that I have a small obsession with scarves. Ahem, small.

I go through different phases about every six months where I become obsessed with some item, whether it be clothing, food, etc. Right now, it's scarves. And this one has lasted more than six months, I'm sad to say.

Mocha Club isn't helping my little addition at all. MC recently lauched a new line of handmade Ethiopian scarves. And y'all, these things are beautiful. Not just because they are pretty and can complete a solid outfit but because there's a story behind them.

I love story. I love hearing stories. I love telling stories. I love knowing the stories behind people, places and things and what makes those people, places and things tick and work and special.

FashionABLE is special. Mocha Club is special. MC director Barrett Ward is special. Barrett has seen first-hand how life-changing these scarves are for women in Ethiopia. Watch this video and hear Barrett's heart for what is being done in Ethiopia right now.

Still need more convincing? Go here and read the stories of women whose lives have been changed by this program.

How about that? These scarves are saving the lives of women all over Ethiopia. They are giving them a safe outlet in which to sustain themselves and their families. I don't know about y'all, but that's worth $22 to me. Actually, I think it's worth a whole lot more.

I don't know about y'all, but I love when the money I spend goes towards making a better life for people who really need it. When it means more than giving money and getting an item in return. With a programs like Mocha Club and fashionABLE, you're not just getting what you pay for. You're giving opportunity, empowerment, sustainability. You are giving life.

So, if you're still looking for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers or are two months late on a birthday gift, go order one of these scarves.

It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

(And it keeps your neck warm.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's Our Time

I love these game week videos Mississippi State is putting out, and this week's has to be my favorite. It's got it all. Mourning and joy, highs and lows. While honoring our late fallen Bulldog, Nick Bell, it also sets into focus what Nick Bell would have wanted his team to focus on. BEATING ALABAMA.

I won't say much, but I will say this: I got a feeling. And it's not a bad one either.

And you better get ready to head bang and fist-shake with the best of them because this video will make you do that. And if you have a cowbell, get ready to ring it after you what it because well, you're gonna want to.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Things I Miss From My Childhood

I've been reminiscing recently about things from my childhood I really miss. I don't really know why but I sometimes get in these nostalgic moods where all I do is dream of the past.

Anyhoo, here's my list:

1. Billy Puckett (few will know who this is and what this means, but that kid forever changed my five-year old view of life)

2. Cold pizza for breakfast at LB's house and watching Muppets Take Manhattan in the green chairs.

3. Coca-Cola as a treat.

4. The days when Papaw picked us up from school and took us to the gas station to get junk food.

5. Being escorted across the street to my mom's school by Thomas Earl.

6. Kickball in Mrs. Parrott's class.

7. Music class with Mrs. Reed. And the recorder. And glockenspiels.

8. Backscratches from my daddy. I think still owe him upwards of about 3,000.

9. Playing restaurant and school with my sister.

10. Grandma's cooking.

11. Going to lunch at school on days when Grandma was subbing in the caf. I loved getting to see her when I didn't expect it.

12. Sandy, Cleo and Speck.

13. The time I found a dog in the gutter and begged mom to take it home. And I named it Gutter.

14. Saturday's a the Y pool. And the Phillips 66 gas station.

15. We (heart) Yogurt.

16. Old school Chuck E. Cheese. With the real talking characters.

17. Baton and tumbling.

18. Taco night.

19. Sister's homemade biscuit pizzas.

20. Dad's Mr. Pendelton story.

There are a lot more I could list but that would take days. Days that I don't have.

What are some of your favorite childhood memories.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

God of All Comfort

I'm praying this over a lot of people today.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort." (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ode To My Cowboy Boots

Oh, dear cowboy boots
How I love you so.
I fought it for a sweet forever,
but it's time I let you know.
Wearing you denies my own fashion instincts,
yet you've become my most comfortable shoe,
It's like you're hugging my feet.
I'm ashamed to say that it's so,
I shall never let you go.
Oh, dear cowboy boots,
How I love you so.

(These aren't my boots, but they sure are cute.)