Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

dinner is in the oven...

ham, spinach, and mushroom quiche.
I changed the recipe I had for broccoli quiche to make this one.
It looks yummy so far!

Tomorrow is Terri's (my friend from work) birthday!
I have some cute little surprises up my sleeve for her!
I've got to put the finishing touches on everything,
but I can't wait to give it to her!

We will be off to the gym in a little bit!
I started reading a Beth Moore book called
Breaking Free last night at the gym. So far, so good!

I can't wait to watch American Idol tonight.
I totally think the young David is going to make it far, and so
is the Australian dude from Atlanta.
Love having Tivo so we can fast forward through all
the commercials. They are ridiculous on AI!

Tomorrow we are meeting with our financial advisor and
friend, Todd. I always look forward to visiting with him.

And Friday is a day I have been looking forward to for
days...Lauren and I have a date in Madison!
I can't wait to see her and talk about all things baby!

My tooth is fine today. A little sore. I was told today
I would need to come back to the dentist after the root
canal is finished for a cap! Are you people kidding me?
And I don't think this will ever end!

And to leave you on a happy note, and because I don't like
posting without pictures...
Here is a picture of a vase that my sister gave me
before she left on Saturday.
She said it was a hostess gift! How sweet!
And isn't it adorable!
I love that it is white and you can change out the
ribbon. I think I know where I can find some ribbon.
Now I need some flowers...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I saw God today...

Alan and I love us some George Strait.
His new song "I saw God today" is precious.
Alan always talks about "his little girl",
and when he heard this song he told me how sweet it was.
Only the Lord knows if we will have a baby girl.

Here are the lyrics for "I Saw God Today"

Just walked down the street to the coffee shop
Had to take a break
I'd been by her side for 18 hours straight
Saw a flower growin' in the middle of the sidewalk
Pushin' up through the concrete
Like it was planted right there for me to see
The flashin' lights
The honkin' horns
All seemed to fade away
In the shadow of that hospital at 5:08
I saw God today

I've been to church
I've read the book
I know he's here
But I don't look
Near as often as I should
Yeah, I know I should
His fingerprints are everywhere
I just slowed down to stop and stare
Opened my eyes and man I swear
I saw God today

Saw a couple walkin' by they were holdin' hands
Man she had that glow
Yeah I couldn't help but notice she was startin' to show it
Stood there for a minute takin' the sky
Lost in that sunset
Splash of amber melted in the shades of red

I've been to church
I've read the book
I know he's here
But I don't look
Near as often as I should
Yeah, I know I should
His fingerprints are everywhere
I just slowed down to stop and stare
Opened my eyes and man I swear
I saw God today

Got my face pressed up against the nursery glass
She's sleepin' like a rock
My name on her wrist
Wearin' tiny pink socks
She's got my nose, she's got her mama's eyes
My brand new baby girl
She's a miracle

I saw God today

You can hear the song here.

root canal and the gym...

If you have been reading my blog for while you probably remember back in September when I was having all the mouth issues. I was "diagnosed" with TMJ, or so they thought that is what it was. Well, the symptoms that I was having then have persisted. To have pain, pressure, tightness, and sensitivity all the time on "tooth 14" for the past six months is not fun. (Upper left side of my mouth, second molar from the back, for those of you that don't know which one is #14:)). Well two weeks ago, it all came to a head literally! Over the weekend I developed a rather large swollen pocket that was squishy, on my gum line. Common sense told me something wasn't exactly right. So I showed it to my co-workers first thing Monday morning. And immediately someone tells me "Hollie, you have an abscess." Really, an abscess, you are kidding me. I went to the dentist that afternoon. I was started on antibiotics. I went back to the dentist on Wednesday to have this area opened and drained. That was really fun! Then I went back to the dentist the next Wednesday to have the stitch removed. I had already done them the favor of removing it myself...with my sewing scissors. :) So then I am referred to an endodonist (someone who does root canals all day long). He tested the tooth, and then tells me my tooth has died. Really, because now I am realizing that tooth suffered a long, slow, painful death. I wish someone could have put it and its owner out of misery sooner. And the really sad thing is...the funeral costs $1150.00. He put me on another round of antibiotics because "young lady, you have a severe infection going on here. " GREAT! Well, after lunch today I feel the area along the gum line with my tounge and if I don't feel another soft, swollen, squishy area. I go look in the mirror... and what do you know it looks similar to the one I had opened and drained. GREAT! My appointment for the root canal was at 2:00. So Dr. Golden (no pun intended, but someone will be golden when they are finished with me) started the root canal today. My next appointment is on April 15th, the day before I am going to my regular dentist for my regular preventive cleaning. So needless to say I have been to the dentist/endodonist 10 times in the past 6 months and I am tired of it! And I have two more visits in April!

So to sum it up. I do not have TMJ. They are thinking that in September the tooth was dying, and it has taken six months for the infection to get bad enough and surface. That is why I was having severe facial, tooth and jaw pain!

Lauren and I used to (and still do sometimes) play the "glad game". To play the glad game you must be upset, disappointed, or frustrated about something. (Check, check, check) and you must complete this sentence as many times as you can.

"I'm glad....

I have 32 teeth to worry about.
I have dental insurance to help with the costs of all this craziness.
my tooth could be saved.
I don't have TMJ.
we have medicine to help infection get better, even if it takes two rounds!
this is almost over!

And I hope this never happens to me again!

And I hope it never happens to you!

About the gym... Alan and I joined Anytime Fitness.
It is a 24 hour co-ed gym about 10 minutes from our house.
It is very reasonably priced.
It is clean (very important to me).
It smells good.
Tanning is included in our monthly feel.
It is safe.

We went four times last week "for a free trial week".
And we joined last night.

We are going sometime this evening when I can feel my face again!

I am very excited to get in better shape. Lose some weight. And get tan.
Alan and I have really enjoyed spending that time together as well.

Until next time...

Monday, February 18, 2008

busy weekend...

I had a very busy weekend!
My sister and her boys came to spend the weekend!

Paige and I made this cute little dress pictured
below! I am so thankful that she was
able to "supervise" my sewing. I wouldn't have been able
to do anything like this without her help!
I have already bought fabric for dress #2 (see below), but I am
a little apprehensive about starting without
Paige her to help. (And, Paige I know you will be getting
on the blog to thanks again! I love you very much.)

Below is a picture of Cade in all his snaggle-tooth wonder!
He is an absolute joy to be around!

The reason why there isn't a picture of Taylor...he didn't want to cooperate!

Better luck next time!

Sunday, February 10, 2008


this is my little sister.

lover of God.
absolutely beautiful.

so blessed to have her as my sister.

she, along with a group of people from the
Villa Rica area are going to San Diego this
spring to plant a church called Elevate.

i am so excited for her!
i am so proud of her for allowing God to use her!
i want to ask all of you blog readers to add her and
the Elevate team to your prayer list.

You should go check out their website!

It's been one year...

since I started my blog!
I am definately going to continue blogging!

Especially since I have "my secret" to blog about.

Lauren and Chris are going to have a baby!

We found out on Thursday!
They are due on October 9th!

I am so thankful that God has answered our prayers,
and that He has faithfully provided!

I added a ticker to the bottom of my blog.
If you scroll down to the bottom you can see it!

I have been telling everybody that I am
going to be an aunt...again! I am so excited!

BB (AKA-Baby Brown) is going to be spoiled rotten!
I have already bought BB a sweet little something!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

more pictures...

Terri, my good friend from work, gave me this antique Christmas bell!
It is so cute!

This is my scrapbook desk, covered with stuff. It's proof that my house
isn't perfectly neat all the time!

Sweet little pincushion that Maggie gave me for my birthday!

playing with my camera today...

my ribbon collection!
antique christmas ornaments!

my polka-dotted purse!

the bulldog Alan got me for Christmas!

what you would see if you were sitting on my couch looking into the kitchen...

a picture of a picture of my best friend and I about four years ago.
the tags I ordered in November finally came the other day. How cute!
gotta love the polka dots!

And I'm off to take more pictures!