Friday, June 3, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
First - the finale of Dancing With The Stars. I really think this was the closest finale there has been in a while. And even though Kirstie Alley wasn't as good as Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane, she has a huge personality and is loved by all and her journey through the show was incredible -- weight loss, bouncing back from setbacks during dances, etc.
I'm still glad Hines won the Mirror Ball Trophy. He's just an example of good people. He loves his momma, his job is more than a paycheck for him, and he's a truly caring person.
Second - the Biggest Loser finale. I know I said on Twitter that I swore off BL after they voted Arthur off the show. If you don't know anything about BL, Arthur was the biggest contestant the show has ever had and he also had the biggest heart. However, there was a lot of head and heart stuff that Arthur needed to get right in order to be successful in the weight loss journey and we all knew that if anyone needed to be on the BL ranch for any reason, it was Arthur.
But I digress, because BL saw its first all-girl top three and for the first time ever in the history of "couples" episodes, one team made it all the way to the very end. This team had me in tears every week, whether from laughing so hard or from heart-breaking stores. Two sisters, Hanna and Olivia. They were my favorites from the beginning and I, like the rest of the world, never thought they'd last all the way to the end.
But there's another reason they were my favorite. Hannah and Olivia's relationship reminded me of the relationship that I have with my own sister. Olivia is an amazing opera singer. So is my sister. The only difference between them is that Olivia is in New York City living her dream and my sister is in Florence, Mississippi, living hers. I found myself looking up to Olivia like I do my own sister and being so very proud of her like she was my own. Meanwhile, I could identify with Hannah, the younger sister, in so many ways and I beamed watching Hannah's pride in herself and for her sister grow each week. Relationships like that don't come around everyday and I'm so glad that I have the same bond with my sister.
Here's the video of Olivia singing on the scale when she finally eclipse the 100-pound loss mark. I wept.
And finally - the American Idol performance finale. Even though we won't know who wins until tonight, you know I had to comment a little.
It's amazing to see that it's come down to the two youngest contestants in AI history. The country music world is about to get a little bit (read: a lot bit) better because of these two.
Going into last night, and even up until the very last performance by Lauren Alaina, I just knew Scotty had it in the bag. The kid is a natural all the way around. He's comfortable on stage and rarely sings a pitchy note. But y'all, Lauren Alaina killed that Mama song. Up until that song, she was coming in second. But with that performance, she won the shebang. Y'all know the country music fans have been out in full force voting for these two, and y'all know country music fans love them some Mama songs. So, I'll let you do the math.
So there's my prediction. Lauren Alaina it is. However, I'll be glad to see either one of them do well. Either way, they'll both be making lots of money in the near future.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I've only been able to get out to help once since it all happened. Sunday was the day. I'm still trying to wrap my head and heart around what I saw and I hope to share my experience, pictures and videos with you all on the blog here within the next week.
But for now, I wanted to share with you a story that appeared on our website today. It tells of the hearts of our amazing student-athletes, young men and women that I have the pleasure to work with every day. Students whose hearts explode for the people and communities around them in their darkest times.
The story is posted below. Please keep the disaster victims in your prayers as well as the thousands of people who are pouring out their hearts, lives and wallets to aid in relief. And pray that God continues to grow young people like the ones in this story.
May 4, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - An estimated 100 Samford student-athletes spent most of the weekend volunteering in Pratt City, Ala., helping victims of last week's tornado outbreak.
Pratt City is one of many areas in the state of Alabama that was hit hard by the severe weather that came through the area last Wednesday. Scott Elementary School served as a base for collecting supplies people needed. Samford's student-athletes helped with delivering supplies to victims of the storms.
One of the groups of student-athletes who traveled to Pratt City to assist with the clean-up was football player Devyn Keith, along with teammates Bill Kottas, Jacobi Rodriguez and Jeremy Towns, and women's basketball player Jazmine Powers.
"Right after we saw the disaster, J.T. (Towns) and I immediately got on the phone, calling people, because we understood that those were people that we knew," Keith said. "After seeing what happened in Huntsville, I'm from Huntsville, and since I couldn't get up there, I said `let me go and see what happened to these people.' I didn't get to go down that day because I had to work, but we went down on Friday.
"We felt like it was an obligation," Keith said. "When you see that type of thing, you can't do anything but help, because here at Samford we were so blessed to not be affected that much by the tornados."
The group of athletes filled Kottas' truck with supplies and went down to Cherry Avenue, which was hit hard by the storms, checking door-to-door with people to see what supplies they needed.
One of the more touching stories that came out of this experience came from Keith. As he was working in the area, a lady pulled up in her car and Keith stopped her to see if she needed anything. She asked him if he was going to take care of her. He responded, "No, ma'am. I can't take care of you. God's going to take care of you. I'm just going to help out."
As the lady cried in her car, Keith reached in and hugged her and let her continue to cry. Keith loaded her car with sandwiches and other supplies. He then told her that he loved her and that everything was going to be alright. "We told her we loved her and we prayed for her," Keith said.
"She said she was really moved by the fact that we were out there. She said she had lost everything."
Powers said she had planned to go home that weekend, but she had a feeling she needed to help out in Pratt City.
"I was originally going to go home that Friday after class, but something just told me I needed to go and experience this," Powers said. "I was even packing up and my mind just shifted, telling me I needed to go. I got some stuff that I wasn't using in the house like soap and some other items I had and I just took it over and we went down there."
Powers said the experience of helping people who had just lost everything was something that really touched her. She said it was a tremendous experience.
"It was very emotional, but at the same time, you knew you were doing something great," Powers said. "I went to one lady's house, she was there by herself, and I brought a case of water into her kitchen. She just broke down and cried and gave me a hug. She said it was good to know that there are good people out there and that God is good and he is still looking after us.
"That was the part that was emotional for me, because they would get emotional, knowing that people were out there trying to help," Powers said. "It was a great experience and I was so glad I went over there."
Caroline Summers, Samford's senior photographer, was on hand to document the relief efforts for the university. Summers said she was touched by the efforts of the Samford students.
"I have always felt that I was blessed to work on a campus filled with such amazing people, both faculty and students," Summers said. "But, I must say, that I have never been prouder to be associated with Samford University than I was this weekend. These students don't just help out for something to do, they truly care."
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
2. This one reminded me a little bit of the "It's A Small World" ride at Disney World.
3. This one is just funny. Go here and scroll to the bottom and click on the media video, "Acts In Three Minutes".
4. This one is scary.
5. This is precious. My nephew William's sweet moves to Thriller.
6. And last but not least, this one just because.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I hate that blogging has been put on the back-burner lately, since it's one of the very things that I love to do. Life has been kicking me in the hindparts lately, all whilst chasing me in this race some people would call work. I don't know that I've ever been this busy in my five years here at Samford. It's not all work's fault though. I'm getting ready for the next stage in my life (to be announced at a later date) and that, my friends, has been part of the problem. As lovely as it is.
But digress, I'm here to share a little linky click that meant to share about two weeks ago. This blog blessed my heart and I encourage you to read it and watch the videos and enjoy it as well.
It's called The Global Initiative and was written by my pastor, David Platt, on a recent trip to India. There are a few reasons why I love this link:
1. D. Platt has a way with words and his perspective on global disciple-making and the Word has completely revolutionized the way I look at the world and my faith right now. And he and his wife Heather are just precious.
2. It was so good to see my church family's faith, sacrifice and money at work in India.
3. It challenged me to look at how I'm living the gospel out in my everyday life. Especially the last post, "Do We Really Believe What We're Saying?"
I took about an hour out of my day a couple of weeks ago to read every post on this blog. I encourage you to do the same. Or at least break it up and read it all. I hope you are as challenged and encouraged by it as I am.
Global Initiative Blog
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
(And I thought the Apostle Paul was good at run-on sentences. Look at me.)
But then I just started writing and I couldn't stop. My cup overfloweth right now.
Yesterday was a pretty tough day for me. It was tough from the moment I stepped into my office until the minute I left at the end of the day. And it was tough for a number of reasons.
Work stress just kept beating me over the head, I felt horrible and to top it off my past came back to haunt me and you know that's never good.
Over the last year, I've watched someone from my past get everything I ever wanted and it has just gotten under my skin. I don't know why I let it get under my skin because truly that part of my life is over and done with, and has been for a while, but I guess when someone is that big a part of your life, and then it ends abruptly, and not very cordially, things tend to ruffle your feathers.
What I'd been forgetting, though, was that what I see that person getting, is not the life that God has planned out for me. At least not yet. And that if I was getting that life, then I would be miserable because I would be completely outside of God's will.
Then I think about all the great things God has given me since that part of my life has ended. And y'all it's a proverbial bucket-full of some incredible goodness. Amazing friends at work and at church. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that I wouldn't have had if I had been tied down to this or that. And most importantly, my growth and maturity in my relationship with Jesus Christ due to some powerful teaching and understanding of God's word. I've learned more about the character of God, His grace and his sovereignty in the last five years than I could have even imagined I could in a lifetime. I hate to think what I would've missed out on if God had not brought me to this town and these people.
Funny story: I got in my car to go to work this morning and thought I'd kick it with some old school John Mayer. So I opened a CD case and pulled out a mixed CD of JM's early tunes and when I put that sucker into the CD player, the first song that played was not John Mayer. It was Julie Andrews singing, "My Favorite Things". I literally laughed out loud. I reached to skip to the next song and caught myself. I stopped and pulled my hand away from the button. Nothing like some Sound of Music to get you going in the morning.
But what's really funny is it got me thinking. Ol' Jules is singing about how she thinks of her favorite things when she's sad or scared or frustrated. And it makes her feel better. I have certain songs or artists that I listen to that make me feel better when I'm down or scared. But I never thought about how thinking about my favorite things could completely change my viewpoint.
So I started thinking. Family. Old friends. New friends. Sweet memories. What God has done in my life. Those are my favorite things. That is what I should be dwelling on. Not the bad, icky stuff that happened in my past that satan tries to throw in my face to steal my joy. I should think about all the good stuff the Lord has given me, the intangible stuff, the non-material stuff. The eternity stuff.
And then I won't feel so bad.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
I've also added a "Praying For" section over to the side bar because I've been very convicted of my prayer life lately. It's not a secret here on this blog that my faith is the most important thing to me. However, my prayer life has left much to be desired recently, and that's not a good thing when prayer (my main communication with God) becomes less than a priority.
So, I've created this section as a reminder for me (and you) of what I should be dwelling on each day. Not money, not being tired, not how much I want to not be working. But I should be thnking about those around me and in this world who need me to be storming God's throne on their behalf.
So, I've started a running list and I'm going to keep those requests on the list until they are answered. If you have something or someone you'd like me to add to the list, please leave me a comment.
God has called us to come to him on each other's behalf (Acts 2:42), so why wouldn't we be adamany about that?
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
1201. Have you ever owned a record?
As in a world record? No. As in a vinyl record? I can't say I ever OWNED a record, considering it wasn't purchased by me but when I was little, I wore out the Jungle Book soundtrack vinyl record. Yes I did. Bear Necessities, folks.
1202. In some states people want to make it a requirement that creationism (god made the world) be taught alongside evolution in high school sciences classes. What do you think of this?
It's never really affected me. I don't believe in evolution as a whole as in we came from monkeys, but I do believe in evolution within a species. It's a fact of nature. I don't really have an opinion as far as public school goes but if it is a private school founded on Christian principles, then I don't think you should have a choice.
1203. Should evolution also be taught in religious establishments like church or temple?
No. Evolution is not a biblical principle so there should be no discussion about it.
1204. Can a person believe in creationism and in evolution at the same time?
Not both as a whole. Like I said, evolution with a species is a scientific fact. The planets did not appear after a big bang and we did not evolve from monkeys.
1205. You obviously like surveys since you are filling out a 5,000 question one. Do any of the following surveys sound interesting:
The Doors/Jim Morrison Survey: no
The David Bowie Survey: no
The Beatles Survey: no
The Rocky Horror Survey: no
The Labyrinth Survey: no
The SLC Punk Survey: no
The birthday survey: no
So this is love, the survey: no
The heartache/break up survey: no
Creationism vs. Evolutionism Survey: no
Opinion Survey: no
World Trade Center Survey: no
Halloween Survey: no
Survey of Sin: no
How evil are you? Survey: no
The Roaring 20's Survey: no
Well, once, long ago, I created all those surveys. Now they are floating around in people’s diaries because the diary I had them in (Simply Surveys) was deleted due to disuse.
Well, good for you. Or sad for you. Whatever.
1206. Who did you get this survey from?
My good friend the internet.
Say one nice thing about the person you got this survey from:
It helps me in the hard times.
1207. Here is a list of priorities...
Being true to yourself/self respect
Aesthetics (beauty in the world)
Leading an exciting life
Making a contribution to humanity
Accepting and understanding others
What are your top three priorities from this list?
Spirituality/religion, making a contribution to humanity, family (not necessarily in that order)
1208. Out of that same list what are your BOTTOM 3 priorities?
Having power, being famous, being rich
1209. How many hours of TV do you watch in an average day?
Not counting the fact that the TV in my office is on all day, I'd say about 4 or 5.
1210. Do you want to have a car, a house and 2.5 kids?
I have a car. A house would be great. And I'd go for two or three kids. Half a kid might get a little messy.
1211. What song, CD, or band is a 'guilty pleasure' for you (meaning you know it sucks but you like it anyway)?
NKOTB. No question.
1212. If you were going to vote for a candidate for president and then you found out that the person you were going to vote for is HIV positive would that effect your vote and why?
1213. Have you ever had an HIV test?
1214. What time do you:
Get up in the morning: between 7 and 8. Depending on the day. Weekends are different.
Eat lunch: 12ish
Do something active during the day: depends
Go to bed: between 10:30 and 12:30, again it just depends.
1215. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
Yes. My dad's.
1216. When you hear the word ‘biker’ what kind of person do you think of?
Paul Tuttle Sr.
1217. Did your parents ever talk to you about sex?
1218. If your pet dies, you can now have it cloned for $50,000. How do you feel about this?
That's just weird.
1219. Are you or would you be embarrassed about buying condoms?
I would be.
1220. Do any of your clocks make an odd noise or play a song when the hour strikes?
1221. What are the things that make you go 'Hmmmm....' (remember that song?)?
I don't know.
1222. Are you a sinner?
Yes, but I've been saved by grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
1223. Are you naughty or nice?
1224. Is belly-dancing sexy?
I don't think so.
1225. What celebrity would you love to be able to dance with?
Channing Tatum, oh and Maksim from Dancing With The Stars
1226. What is your favorite comic book movie?
Spiderman I guess.
1227. What movie would you recomend for couples to watch on Valentine's day?
I don't know.
1228. Besides when you were little, how many people have seen you completely naked and who?
I don't think anyone has.
1229. Is sex something that should be treated casually?
1230. Have you ever participate in an orgy?
If no, would you ever consider it?
1231. What song is in your head right now?
That Wendy's commercial, "My, my, my 99"
1232. What was the best day of your life like?
I've had a few of those so I don't really know.
1233. What are you all about?
A lot of stuff
1234. You have won a contest where you get all these great prizes but you can only keep one for yourself and must give the others away to friends, family or whoever. Which one do you keep and who do you give the rest to:
A $5,000 gift certificate to radio shack: My brother-in-law
A brand new yellow jeep: I'll keep
An all expense paid vacation for 2 to Italy: Mom and Dad
Lunch with N'Sync: Austin Lee
A lifetime supply of herbal essences shampoo: Lauren
A $1,000 check: Hollie
A palm pilot: They still make these?
An autographed picture of Shakira: who would want this?
Breakfast with kid rock: Or this?
A shirt once worn by Jonathan Davis: Who is this?
One round of mini-golf with Sharon Osbourne: Dane
A phone call from Robert Smith: Who is this?
A brand new washer/dryer: Casey
Free medical insurance for 1 year: Julie
1235. Who do you think you might have known in a past life?
This is a dumb question.
1236. Do you take vitamins?
1237. Do you prefer fake or real flowers around the house?
1238. Sometimes roses are pink, yellow, white or red. If you give someone a rose, does its color change the meaning behind it as a gift?
Not for me.
1239. What's the most deadly thing you can think of?
1240. To-MAY-toes or to-MA-toes?
1241. Out of all your friends, family and the people you know who is the most:
Easily influenced: Questions
1242. What's the best live musical performance you ever saw?
Band? Toss up between Third Day/Toby Mac and Dave Matthews Band
1243. Have you ever had a 'pregnancy scare'?
1244. Kelly Osbourne or Madonna's version of “Pappa Don't Preach”?
1245. Can you change a tire?
1246. Have you ever put your fist through a wall?
1247. When do you feel the most relaxed and able to be yourself?
Around my family.
1248. Do you have a place that is your own where you won't show anyone else?
1249. Are you a part of any teams or clubs?
Not these days.
1250. Is cheerleading a sport?
1251. Do you believe that people should be able to choose death for themselves if they want to end their lives?
Sure, but they shouldn't ask someone to help them end their lives.
1252. Is there anything you morally object to?
Homosexuality, drugs, casual sex. The usual.
1253. What would you never do for money?
Pose naked. Kill. Take drugs. The usual.
1254. Applebees, the Outback, or TGI Friday's?
1255. Which do you drink the most: juice, soda, milk, or water?
Soda. Should be water.
1256. What sport do you like to watch the most?
Reality TV. Mostly, Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother type shows.
1257. What sport do you like to play the most?
I don't "olay" sports. I'm not really good at it considering I was cut from the 7th grade basketball team because I couldn't make a layup. The easiest thing to do in basketball. So, clearly, I'm better at watching. However, I love to throw a football around and if someone is willing to bear with me, I think I may a pretty good wide receiver.
1256. Do you write poetry?
Not really. I can rhyme though.
1257. Are you aggressive?
Not usually. I'm more aggressive when I'm after something I really want but usually I'm pretty passive.
1258. Have you ever fallen from grace?
All the time.
1259. Does it bother you when a band you like gets really popular?
No. I think it's great.
1260. Has anyone ever won you a stuffed animal? If yes, did you name it after the person who won it for you?
I won something resembling a stuff animal at the fair one year. It was basically the shape of a bear sewn together with cotton inside of it. And it sucked. I immediately wanted my money back and no, I did not name it after myself.
1261. Can you go one week without cursing at all?
1262. What's the best candy?
Harbo Gummi Bears. Hands down.
1263. Can you lick your own nose?
Don't think so.
1264. What song would you like to hear spontaneously in a public place (like a store)?
1265. Do you ever make others feel unwanted?
I think I have.
1266. Do you think you have ever made others feel unwanted without realizing you were doing it?
I never make someone feel unwanted intentionally.
1267. Are you very sensitive to what other people are feeling and how they will react to certain things?
1268. Have you ever climbed a tree?
1269. Do you feel somehow different when the moon is full?
Not that I know of.
1270. Who do you know that talks a lot but never really says anything?
Ha. I work with a few of those.
1271. Is world peace possible?
Not until Jesus comes back.
1272. Who do you know that is making a huge life mistake yet you can't stop them? What’s the mistake?
I don't know of anyone right now.
1273. Do you plan to own a home or rent an apartment for most of your life?
Own a home
1274. Would you enjoy going to a strip bar to see strippers (of whatever sex you find appealing)? Absolutely not. Full-on nakedness makes me uncomfortable.
1275. Would you ever consider stripping in a sexual way for money?
1276. Would you ever consider being a nude model for an artistic life drawing class for money?
1277. What are 2 goals that you have?
1) To read the Harry Potter series before the end of this year.
2) Find a job that allows me time to make an impact on the people around me in the way I know I can.
1278. What are 2 negative traits that you have?
1279. Will these negative traits stop you from achieving your goals?
1280. Everyone knows that you are nice, fun, creative, and good but what are 4 other positive traits that you have?
2) Good listener
1281. How often do you daydream about your wedding day?
These days? Probably a little too much considering I don't have any prospects.
1282. If you were hiring someone for a job but could only ask him or her 3 questions in the interview what would you ask?
1. What would you change about yourself?
2. What would you change about this company?
3. How do you plan to impact the world around you?
1283. If you were interviewing someone for the position of your new friend but could only ask 3 questions, what would they be?
Probably the same questions from above but instead of company in number two, insert me.
1285. Wholesome - Conducive to sound health or well being; salutary: simple, examples: wholesome food; a wholesome climate, Promoting mental, moral, or social health: example: wholesome entertainment.
Do you enjoy wholesome activities (sports, cooking, beach, family time, zoo, museums, etc.)? If yes what wholesome activity do you enjoy the most?
Yes, I love sports, the beach and family time most of all.
Are you a wholesome person?
1286. When was your first kiss and what was it like?
My first kiss was in 10th grade with the kicker of the football team. It was in the upstairs family room of our old house. And it was horrible.
1287. Are you quiet and shy?
I can be.
1288. Are you bitchy, cranky, whiny, miserable, depressed, needy, mean, flakey, shallow, obnoxious, inconsiderate, nervous, and/or stuck up?
I'm sure all of the above at some point or another.
1289. Do you come off any of these ways even if you aren't really like that?
1290. Are you loud and unfriendly?
Loud, yes. Unfriendly, not usually.
1291. Can a positive attitude/good personality make up for someone being less than beautiful?
1292. Can being totally beautiful and hot make up for a negative attitude/bad personality?
1293.What are you seeking?
1294. Could you see yourself as a future nun/monk?
1295. Would you rather have a baby or get a pet?
Right now? Get a pet.
1296. What mistake do you repeat over and over?
Lots of them.
1297. What do you think of the restaurant Hooters?
I hate it. And the food is bad.
1298. What are 5 traits that make someone ugly?
Smoking, bad attitude, negativity, continuous cursing and over-confidence
1299. Do you hate when people tell you to smile?
1300. Do you like the writing of Douglas Adams?
Never heard of him.