Sunday, November 25, 2007

Christmas Songs

At church on Thanksgiving we sang "O Come O Come Emmanuel", it was the first Christmas song I've sung this season. It is a great song, the words are so meaningful. Having grown up in a church full of hymns and liturgy, I really wished we could sing more "contemporary" songs because they were more fun and "cool". But now I find myself wanting the meaningfulness of those same hymns. I honestly have a hard time singing much of contemporary worship because I find it not being anything more than just words on my lips. I might as well be singing the latest top 40 song in the car. Anyway, read the words to "O come O come Emmanuel"... such a picture of anticipation, dependance and worship!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


My friend, Charissa, tagged me in a "5 things I am thankful for" post. I don't have much time as I am in California with my in-laws, but I couldn't resist posting real quick...

1. My husband. He has loved me so well these past two and a half years of being married to me. I've seem this especially during these first months of pregnancy. He will hold my hair back when I am sick or just sit with me. We have so much fun together and love being in each other's company. Thank you, Lord, for Paul!

2. My friends. I am so blessed to have some friends that love me for who I am and not for what I bring to the table. I don't think it is often in life to have these kinds of true friends.

3. My family. I have such fun and wonderful parents and siblings. I always look forward to when we I will get to be around them.

4. My health. I realized the other day that I am so thankful that my life is not constantly full of doctors and hospitals. As I have felt gross during pregnancy, I've realized that I am not grateful enough for my health.

5. Jesus. Over the past 6 months or so, I've been more and more thankful for my relationship with Christ. Particularly, I am thankful for the peace that my life can have with Jesus.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with deep gratitude.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

perfect saturday morning

You know those Saturday mornings when you are just enjoying life? Lately, my Saturday mornings have consisted of waking up, running to the kitchen for something to eat, eating, throwing up, and then laying around feeling nauseous. Well, this morning was really different! Paul and I woke up semi-earlyish (8:00 am or so) and kinda just enjoyed the snuggliness of the warm bed and cool room. We then decided to get up and change out of our pajamas and go get coffee and bagels from the coffee shop. It was so delightful! I didn't feel sick, and I FINALLY actually enjoyed drinking coffee. I am so thankful for this Saturday morning!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Three's Company

We wanted to introduce the newest member of our Baby Maney. That's right, folks, we're having a baby! We are super excited. The baby's official due date is May 19. We will keep you updated with all sorts of antics and progress as we anticipate the arrival of Baby Maney.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I'm a thief

So, I (Sarah) got an idea for a blog post from our friends Seth and Kristen...there is a link to their blog on the right. For those of you who don't know (although I am sure that all 5 of you who read this blog do already know), I work in the admissions office at Texas Tech University. Specifically, I am an Assistant Director of Admissions. One of my job responsibilities is to make countless admission decisions for those students who have submitted their application to Texas Tech. Along with that comes a variety of phone calls to my office. So, I thought I would tell a few stories of instances that I have dealt with...

A mother called my office and wanted to know when her daughter would be accepted. I told the mom that her daughter's application was in review and that it can take up to 6 weeks for an answer. The mom then informed me that this was urgent! I asked the mom why. She proceeded to tell me that her daughter needed to be able to get on Facebook.

Recently, a father called me to ask if it mattered that his son was expelled from another school. I told him that we would require a transcript but that we do not do judicial checks on any of our applicants. He then decided that I should know that his son was kicked out of his current school for a DUI and having $5000 cash on his person along with marijuana, but the dad said his son WAS NOT dealing drugs.

I answered my phone one day to a woman screaming at me. She was irate. I actually imagined her being blue in the face because she was screaming and yelling so hard. She was mad because her daughter had missed our application deadline. Of course, I did not have much sympathy for this kind of behaviour. After telling her that I was sorry but that her daughter would have to reapply, the lady insisted that I give her the number to the president. I wouldn't do that but told her she could call the main campus operator and ask for his office. Later that day, my director told me she had a message to call a lady who had called the president. I think it is really funny that the president's office sent her right back to our office!

One of my favorite things is when I read an essay that a student has written as part of their application packet and it starts, "I really want to go to Texas A&M because..."