Friday, April 29, 2011

Praise You in this Storm

Over 260+ people have been killed in the past few days from devastating tornadoes. Dozens more are missing and hundreds more have lost everything. Houses and businesses have been demolished. Lives have been changed in seconds. 

I know that most people will be blogging about the Royal Wedding today...and that's fine. I wanted to share some pictures with y'all of the devastation that has struck our neighbors. Whether y'all live in these states or not, we are neighbors. These people are our coworkers, our friends, and our family. We are connected to them in ways that we do not even know. 

all pictures via

During my short life, I have been involved in multiple tornado warnings and watches. Only once can I remember the tornado touching down where we lived. I was young. I remember hiding in the bathtub. I remember that my mom was at work and we were home with a babysitter. I can picture the trees falling over and the houses across the street with their roofs ripped off. I can see the panic in my mom's face as she ran down the street, frantic to reach us even though the road was blocked with fallen debris and limbs. I can feel her arms around me, nearly choking me as we both cried desperate, scared tears. I remember that for months I had nightmares about tornadoes; I would wake up screaming, thinking that we were all about to be swallowed up by the massive spiral that is a tornado. I was so young, yet I can remember all of this so vividly. 

It was life changing. Thank goodness for a God who brings comfort, hope, and restoration in times like this. I pray that these friends and neighbors find some hope and peace for their hurting hearts. We cannot fathom how this can happen or why this happens, but we have to cling to the Lord for restoration and comfort.

I have been listening to Casting Crowns "Praise You in this Storm." I urge y'all to listen to it. 

Are y'all wondering how y'all can help? I sure am. 

- First and foremost, pray. 
- Learn from this and appreciate this precious life. 
- Donate to The Red Cross if able. 
- Give blood. 
- Volunteer. 

I'm thankful today for life. 

Love, love. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Storm's A'comin

So if y'all follow me on Twitter (which y'all clearly should), then y'all know that last night we had a pretty rough storm come through town. There were 4 tornadoes spotted in the area, lots of hail, crazy rain, and some pretty fierce winds. Did I mention that I was home alone last night? Perfect night to leave your wife alone...thanks, husband!

The puppies and I snuggled together and lit candles. We were prepared. We lost cable and internet for the night, but never lost power, thank goodness! We were very blessed. Thank you, Jesus, for keeping us safe! I have friends in town whose homes suffered destruction. Please say a prayer for ALL the people that have been affected by weather lately. It has been a rough couple of weeks weather wise for the nation. 

When the cable and internet go out, what else is there to do besides take pictures?

"Mom, what the heck is going on out there?"

Preparation is key...and smells good, too!

What we watched all night. (They wasn't available until this morning!)

Again, thank you, Jesus, for blessing us and keeping us safe last night!!

On a random side note, I'm linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for:

This is my baked spaghetti from a few nights ago. It was absolutely divine. I ate leftovers for days.

Why is baked spaghetti SO MUCH BETTER than normal spaghetti?

Love, love!

PS: Thanks to all my #twitterfriends for the love and prayers last night! : ) 

PPS: Get excited about an amazing blogger on the new guest series tomorrow!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bachelorette Beach Bash

(continuing my recap of the road to the wedding)

My best friends and I rode tripped to Biloxi, MS for a fabulous weekend at the beach for my bachelorette party. Y'all have never heard of Biloxi? That's shocking. It's an amazing beach town, similar to Panama City. (#lie) Okay, not really. It's a small little town and the beach isn't that great, but it was perfect for us because it was close and full of sunshine! 

This trip was arguably one of the greatest of my life. It was two weeks before the wedding and a perfect time to get away from the stress of wedding planning. Plus, it was with my best friends, who are really like my sisters. We stuffed 5 girls and luggage into a Toyota Camry. Basically we brought "junk in the trunk" to life.

We rented out a vacation house right along the beach. It was absolutely gorgeous. Some of the homes still had destruction left from Hurricane Katrina and it was heart wrenching to see. The trip started out beautifully, as all road trips generally do. Isn't the drive usually the best part?? After a minor near freak-out when we were almost locked out of our house the first night, we settled right in for girl time, sunshine, and delicious food. 

Stocking up. 

Our beautiful vacation home. 

The view from the porch. 

Our days consisted of laying out beach-side with tunes and great reads, with possibly a little hermit crab hunting thrown in. Our nights were full of belly laughs, face masks, decorating underwear (yes, y'all read that right), scavenger hunts, and plenty of food. We may not do bachelorette parties the typical way, but we surely do them well. My friends thought of everything: fake bling, decorations, games, and goodies. 

A couple hundred hermit crabs? Yes, please. 

This was the funniest thing...we laughed until we cried. Face masks are awkward.

What a view. 

My 6 month pregnant (at the time) bestie.

Dinner at the Hard Rock Casino. 

My soul sister...who was my life saver wedding wise.

G-rated scavenger hunt.

Cheesiness makes the world go 'round. : )

We came back refreshed and I was ready to marry my love. Not that I wasn't before the trip. Ha. 

I love reliving these pre-wedding days. Thanks for sharing the memories with me!

Love, love!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

An Egg-cellent Day

Is it just me or do holidays make y'all want a baby even more??

It's just me? Okay. Just had to get that off my chest. 

We had a wonderful Easter surrounded by family. We are so lucky because the husband's parents live in town and most of my family lives in town...which means that my parents come here for every single holiday. So we always get to spend time with both sides of the family on holidays. No arguing over which set we are going to see! : ) We went to church this morning with my mother-in-law and then headed over to my aunt's house for Easter lunch. My parents, my brother, and my sister all came up and it was absolutely fabulous to see them! (My sister is getting married exactly two months from today!! Hooray!)

I am sad to report that I did not get any amazing outfit pictures. Within five seconds of getting home from church, husband had managed to change into jeans and a t-shirt. It's funny how men move quickly when it's stuff like that. Am I right? : ) 

We spent the day eating (ham, roast, mashed potatoes, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, green beans, pineapple pie, banana pudding pie, cupcakes, and sugar cookies), catching up, and hunting for Easter eggs.

Easter egg hunt. 

Doesn't it sometimes seem like the adults are more into it than the kids?? ; )

My crazy mother on the scooter. She just makes life more fun. 

Nappy nap time. 

My "soon-to-be a Mrs" sister!

My Easter basket from my's a picnic basket!

Picture 1 of husband and I. 

Picture 2. #somuchforholidaypictures

This is not dog abuse. This is "trying to take a picture and not get licked in the face."

See above comment. 

Happy Easter from the Mackey clan!! : ) Hope y'all had a wonderful day as well! 

Thank goodness that we have a resurrection to celebrate!

"Living He loved me, Dying He saved me."

Love, love!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Love

I thought I'd blog today, just because it's Saturday and I usually don't. : )

I have been lazy relaxing all morning with my two puppy loves. Cereal, blogs, and puppies...what could be better?

I'm headed out to shop for a few things, like maybe a new Easter dress, but don't tell my husband. I'm also trying to decide what to cook tomorrow for dessert and I'm leaning toward these. Don't they just look divine? Then, we may be dyeing Easter eggs tonight. Okay, we are!! I'm pumped. 

And because no post is complete without a picture:

Two little snuggle bunny best friends. (Horrible quality, thanks iPhone)

Hope y'all have a great Easter weekend! I'm so thankful that God sent His son to die for me AND resurrected Him to save me. How amazing is that kind of love?

Friday, April 22, 2011

I Hope...

It was a rough night at work last night. I love my job, but sometimes, it's hard. 

We lost a patient last night. A family lost someone near and dear to them. He was a daddy, a son, a brother, and a grandpa. I can only assume that he was an amazing man by the outpouring of love from his family last night. We don't know what happened. He was middle aged and healthy. He was gone in a blink. 

People always ask me if I'm scared when we are working on someone who is dying. That's the easy part though. That's the part where my adrenaline is pumping and my brain is racing to think of medications and interventions that can save my patient. That's the part where we become a team and we pour our hearts out trying to put life back into the patient. 

The hard part is when it's over and they are pronounced dead. 

Death feels like a failure. As we stood around this grieving family, we hugged bodies, we patted backs, we passed out tissues, and we listened. We listened to what a great man he was and to stories of how he played jokes on his daughters. That's the hard part. What can you say to comfort someone in that situation? We say, "We are so sorry for your loss." But it feels so empty. We feel that we have failed. Only God can bring true comfort and understanding in that kind of situation.

After the family left, I found myself hoping that this man knew God. I found myself hoping that he was going home with the Lord for Easter. I found myself praying that his family knew the Lord and that somehow He had worked through me during my short time with them. I found myself begging God to never let me become numb to another person's pain.

This weekend is Easter. The most important holiday to me because it saved my life. Jesus chose to take my sin on Himself and die for me, so that I could be washed white as snow. I am so unworthy, but I am so grateful.

I hope y'all know the Lord. 

I love y'all. 

Happy Easter. We will be spending ours at church and surrounded by family. I am blessed. 

Love, love. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fun Was Had

I got the strangest email over the weekend.

It was from a fellow blogger and she said that: "I've been following your blog for awhile now and I've read that you don't drink alcohol or party, so I was wondering if you think you've led a boring life "in a box" so to speak? Do you think you are lacking in life experiences?"

After I first read the email, I stood there with an open mouth. I will admit, a little bit of anger flashed through me initially. I don't drink or "party" and I am very open about that. It is NOT something I'm ashamed of. My goal is to live my life for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As I was sitting down to write this post, I thought about all the reasons I could write out to describe why I live the way I do. I thought about ways that I could tell y'all how much fun my life has been and how I think that I've actually had MORE fun than people who are drunk all the time. Instead of words, I decided to let pictures do the talking. Here are some fabulous times that I had with my college friends, totally sober. 

We had dress up dance parties. 

We took vacations together. 

We played at the park. 

We ate TONS of delicious food. 

We went on mission trips...and ROCKED fanny packs. We really are totally rocking them, right?

We celebrated holidays together. 

We experimented with hair. 

We went mattress sliding down the staircases. 

We played softball and flag football. 

We celebrated birthdays. 

We decorated our hallways. (We were making ghosts!)

We played in the fountain on campus...(spelling out our school, LC Cats.)

Needless to say, I do not think that I've led a boring life, nor do I feel that I am lacking in life experiences. Thanks for asking. I am perfectly content in my past and in my future. I'm definitely not mad though. I'm thrilled that I was able to share this with y'all and be honest about my lifestyle even more. : )

Love, love. 

PS: I ended up spending hours looking through all of our old pictures. : ) Such great times.