Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year's Eve

I remember when I was younger, we would always bring in the new year with a party. Everyone would gather at our house and we would play games all night. It was so fun! At that time, when I was living in Daytona, we would get together often at our house. We lived down the street from our church.

The people in our church were like family. I realize now how rare that was. We were so close. My youth group were all like brothers and sisters to me. That was a special time. I seem to get sentimental around holidays especially New Year's.

Anyway, we will be spending New Year's Eve in Virginia doing a show. We usually work on New Year's Eve. What will you be doing this year?

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Illinois Youth Encounter Hosted by Freedom Experience

My heart is so full from this weekend. It was such a blessing to be able to go to Illinois and minister with my friends. We had the whole FX crew with us, plus we added the worship band Pocket Full of Rocks and new Gotee recording artist Stephanie Smith.

Some highlights from the weekend were when Lucas and Stephanie shared their testimony. Brock interviewed them separately in front of the entire crowd. Since Steph and Lucas are in our community of friends, I felt like I was sitting back at the Cocoa Tree listening to them talk. It was very laid back and sweet. Their testimonies really touched people's lives.

Another great moment was after Eleventyseven performed for their last time yesterday morning and the crowd began to chant, "One more song!" Brad was onstage ready to announce the next thing on the schedule. I asked the guys if they could do another song to which they said, "Sure!" I ran to the front of the stage and whispered to Brad that Eleventy was going to do one more song. Brad said on the mic, "What? We are going to have our first ever encore?" Then, Eleventy came back onstage. I just liked how we were professional with smooth transitions, yet we were informal as well. We are such a tight group. How amazing of a group we have!!!

After Brock gave an amazing challenge to be ministers no matter who you are or how old you are, students began praying for each other all over the arena. Then, we all crammed in at the front of the stage and worshiped with Pocket leading us. We had 25 minutes of time alloted for Pocket. However, we only had 10 minutes left until it was time to finish. They led us with one song. I realized that often we do 30 minutes of worship in order to have maybe 5 minutes of true worship. At this time, we were all just waiting to worship our Lord. Only a few minutes was needed because those minutes were very meaningful.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Pray for Illinois

Today and tomorrow, we are performing at a student conference in Illinois. The Freedom Experience is hosting it. In other words, everyone from FX is performing. Plus, we have added one of my favorite worship bands, Pocket Full of Rocks. Basically, I am doing a student conference with all of my friends.

Normally when we do FX, I am reminded of Acts 1:8 when Jesus tells us to first be His witnesses in your city, then state, then country, then to the ends of the earth (at least that is what I think He would tell us today).

At Freedom Experience, we help a community reach their city. At this student conference, we are going to help them reach their state for the Lord. There will be people from all over the state attending this weekend. Pray that they catch on fire for the Lord and when they go home, that fire spreads throughout their communities! If we are faithful to pray, God has big plans for Illinois!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Pictures

I thought that I would show you pictures of our Christmas instead of simply telling you. So...

We had a big lunch at my parents' house on Christmas Eve...

with some friends, Chip and Amanda and their son, Jacob.

Mom had her house decorated very Christmasy.

Mom, Dad, Brock, and me at the Christmas Eve service.

Then, we opened gifts.

We all got new shoes except Dad, but he decided to put his feet in the picture anyway.

We talked with Kay and Trent on the computer.

We opened gifts at Brock's parents' house.

We ate another big meal with Brock's parents, grandparents, brother, Russ, and his wife, Renetta.

Russ' dog, Zena, liked Brock.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Special Time on Christmas Day

This morning, we had to get up early to get to Brock's family's house. Since I got to bed late, I set my alarm for 6:30am which allowed me just enough time to get ready, packed, and out the door.

To my surprise, I woke up at 6am on the dot very alert. Nobody in the house was awake, so I crept into the living room and had a private celebration with the Lord. I spent about 30 minutes with Him. It was such a special time.

Most of the time at Christmas I'm with family whom I don't get to see very often, so I want to spend literally every waking minute with them. Sometimes, I don't have any time alone with the Lord on Christmas day...and this is HIS day. Today was very special. I think that I started a new tradition for me this morning.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas with my Family

We had a great time with my family. On Sunday evening, we went to eat at Ralph and Kacoo's. It was very good and different for us. Mom even tried some alligator!

Today, we got up early and cooked. We had a traditional turkey dinner for lunch. Our friends, Chip and Amanda and their little boy, came over to eat. Then, mom and I went to visit one of our friends who just had a baby.

Tonight, we went to the Christmas Eve service that we have annually here. After the service, we came home, ate leftovers and opened gifts. We opened some of our gifts in front of the camera on mom's computer so that Kay and Trent could watch.

Tomorrow morning, we will leave rather early to drive to Brock's parents' house in order to make it there for lunch!

Merry Christmas Eve

I used to always enjoy Christmas Eve better than Christmas day, because in our family, that's when we opened up the majority of our presents! We'd eat dinner on Christmas Eve, usually something easy like pizza. Then, we read the Christmas story out loud. Then, it was time to open gifts! Dad would tell the order in which we were to open each gift and mom usually distributed them.

On Christmas day, we'd open our stocking. Then, we'd go over to my mom's side of the family where we'd have a huge Christmas dinner. (Now, I realize that it wasn't as huge as some. Brock's family has about three times as much food as we have...however, they are Cajun. Plus, the majority of my mom's family is petite women.) Most of the time, my grandma (dad's mom) would come over to my mom's family get together on Christmas day. It was fun!

Now, we are making our own traditions...correction...I'm making up our traditions. As we know from an earlier post, Brock isn't much of a traditionalist. He just goes with the flow. Now, we spend Christmas Eve with my family where we attend a Christmas Eve service at their church and then exchange gifts. On Christmas day, we will drive to Brock's parents' house (only 2 and 1/2 hours away) in order to be there by lunch! What are your Christmas traditions of the past and present?

Sunday, December 23, 2007

I Corinthians 2:9

"No eye has seen. No ear has heard. No mind can conceive what the Lord has prepared for those who love Him."

Saturday, December 22, 2007


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Friday, December 21, 2007

Cocoa Tree Night

Yesterday, the traffic around town was terrible! Plus, it was raining, so we decided to pick up some stuff at the grocery store and make tacos at the girls' house. Seven of us ate together there. Then, we went to the Cocoa Tree to meet up with everyone else. It's down the street from their house.

There were 21 of us that got together at the Cocoa Tree for one last hang out night before we all dispersed for Christmas. It was fun! We took over the back room as usual.

Later that night, we went out on the deck behind the Cocoa Tree to watch our friend, Lindsey, eat fire. She had her fire eating debut with us right there at the Cocoa Tree. Since it was cold and rainy off and on, we were the only ones outside...we thought. So, we screamed and clapped after Lindsey ate her first stick of fire. A couple of our friends noticed that across the yard, a guy had just asked a girl to marry him. He was down on one knee with a ring. I guess that she said "yes" just as we were yelling for Lindsey for the first time because our friend who saw it said that she thought the applaud was for her. After we realized what was going on, all 20 of us directed our attention to the newly engaged couple and yelled, "Congratulations!"

It's so bizarre that us and the couple were the only people out there and we began clapping at the exact same moment that she said "Yes!" We have some interesting times on Cocoa Tree Night!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Pajamas and Soap

The Lord is so sweet to me! Money has been a little tight because of Christmas, and we are taking a real vacation in January (something that we've always wanted to do after 10 years of ministry). We have enough money to eat and stuff, we just cannot buy any extras for us at this time.

A few days ago, I realized that I wanted to get our truck washed before we headed out for the holidays. However, the place we go costs too much right now. That day, I picked up the mail and in it was a coupon for a free car strings attached.

The next day, I realized that we needed more soap. We don't use the cheap soap, because it makes our skin too dry, so we use the all natural, more expensive soap. This was another "extra" cost. That night, we went to a Christmas party in which we played dirty Santa and exchanged gifts. Guess what I won? Some ultra nice, natural soap!

The day after that, I went to buy a friend who isn't having a Christmas this year some cute pajamas. On the way there, I thought, "I'd love some pajamas myself!" The store in which I went to was buy 1, get 1 free with their pajamas!!! Therefore, I took the free one!

Yesterday morning as I reached for something to wear, it occurred to me that I needed another white undershirt. Immediately I thought, "How is the Lord going to provide this today?" Last night at our village meeting, one of the girls was giving away some clothes that she didn't need or wear anymore. Guess what I got? A white undershirt and more pajamas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Looking at Something from a New Perspective

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The other day, it was one of those rare, warm winter days. I was reading a book on a bench under a large tree in our backyard. Normally, I lie in our hammock, but on this day at this time, the only portion of the yard that had sun pouring down was on this bench. I laid back on the bench basking in the sun. Then, I noticed something. This tree that has always been back there was enormous! I had never really looked up at it. It's branches spread out so far and the width of the branches was so wide even up really high. I gained such a new perspective on that tree by lying under it.

In elementary school, I remember thinking that the halls were very wide and I didn't like being out by myself because I might get lost. When I went back to visit that school many years after I had attended there, I was astonished by how small the hallways were. After growing physically and mentally, I had a new perspective of that school. I was viewing it through different eyes.

We are a lot like that elementary kid wondering around the halls of life asking, "Where should I go? Everything is so big!" The Lord sees the world as the older me coming back to visit. He's already conquered this life! He knows how to do that! He's a big God ready to lead us around. All that we must do is trust Him. As believers, we are able to view this world with different eyes. We have that new and great perspective in life. We know that God is so big, and to Him, life is so small. If only we could never forget to have the right perspective.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

An Unmerry Christmas

Christmas isn't so "merry" for some. It's a reminder that family has died or is estranged. My extended family is going to have a bittersweet Christmas this year because of the death of my 21 year old cousin. I remember the first Christmas without my grandpa. My grandma was so strong, but when it came time to read the Christmas story from the Bible (formerly my grandpa's job), she was sobbing.

Most of our friends are single. I'd say that about 90% of them come from disfunctional families. This is why we have big celebrations at our house at Thanksgiving and a big Christmas party. Our community is the only family that some of them have. I know of three single people who aren't able to go home this Christmas. One of them is literally kicked out of her family (if you knew her, you wouldn't understand why because she is the sweetest girl and only 19 years old).

Every year, we find a family who is having a difficult time financially. The Lord points them out to us. Most of the time, it's a family very dedicated to the Lord but seems to be in need at this point. This year, we chose a family who lived in New York before. He had a profitable business until 9-11. His building which was next to the Trade Center went down. Now they live here and are trying to rebuild their lives.

We took up a collection for them at our Christmas party. We raised $350 for them from our broke, single friends. I think that they have found the secret to having a "merry" Christmas despite the family problems. You get the focus off of you and try to help others out. If you look around, you will see many hurting people. In fact, broken families are in the majority and not the minority anymore.

Monday, December 17, 2007


My first Christmas at the Gills' house we were talking about food and cooking. We were not even married yet, so I didn't realize how big of a deal food is to Louisianans. That's their culture...FOOD, and they are really good at it!

Anyway, after somebody next to me said something about cooking, I laughingly said that I couldn't cook. Around the large family, everyone had been talking in their own little conversations. When I said that, all conversations stopped and every head turned and stared at me in utter shock. I mean it was like one of those awkward scenes in a movie. I very sheepishly said something like, "But I'm anxious to learn."

As a wedding gift, my mother-in-law put together a cook book for me of all of her recipes. Now, that cook book has all kinds of food stains and torn out pages because I use it so much. I'm not a natural cook. In fact, I usually have a couple of disasters if I'm cooking a lot. However, I can follow recipes like the best of them! Therefore, I'm known around here as being a great cook thanks to that recipe book!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Another Christmas Party

We went to a Christmas party at Mark and Aegis Stuart's house. We had another white elephant gift exchange and guess what we brought? The lion! Actually, the girl who won it LOVED it. She named him and threatened everyone not to steal it from her. She said that she thought he knew who his mama was! Needless to say, she became immediately attached.

The funniest part was that we had to dress up in our cheesiest Christmas outfit. I wore a Christmas sweat shirt and a santa hat that said, "I still believe in Santa." Brock was so funny looking! A couple of years ago, he went to this exclusive place called the Magic Castle out in LA. A tie was required and Brock didn't have one, so his friend brought him one. It's hideous! It's a Christmas tie that is in the shape of a Christmas tree. Also, it's so short on Brock! He also had a lime green suit that he used to wear as a's the only suit he owns!

Anyway, we took all kinds of "family" Christmas pictures in our outfits...

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Stephanie Smith

The Winter Wonder Slam with Toby Mac was sold out last night. However, my friend, Stephanie Smith, performed as an opening act. Therefore, she got us tickets. We went up to the very front to watch her sing. Wow! She did so well! She's great and her album doesn't even come out until next spring.

A lady next to me asked if I knew who she was. The lady seemed very impressed. Nobody knows who she is yet, naturally, because her record isn't out. I watched a few girls in front of me stand and watch her for a while. Then, they started dancing and bouncing around. They looked at each other and giggled. They loved Steph!

Steph is a beautiful girl and she looks so cool and sings so well. The best thing about her is her heart. She has such a love for the Lord. With talent like that and the Lord on her side, there is no telling what she can do!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Decorations

You can guess that Brock is not very into Christmas decorations. He thinks that everything is too commercial at Christmas. He's right about that, but I enjoy a few Christmas decorations. I talked him into cutting down a tree from our backyard. It's a little like a Charlie Brown tree. We affectionately call it our Christmas bush. I decorated it with the ornaments and stuff that Gin and I used back in college one year.

The candle stands on our mantle were a gift from a church where we did a show. The nativity scene is the one we've had in our house every year while I was growing up. My sister and I actually fought over who got to arrange the ceramic pieces in it. My mom allowed us to rearrange it every day taking turns each day.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007


Brock is untraditional to say the least. I cannot think of one tradition that he keeps. At Christmastime, this is really evident. There are so many traditions surrounding Christmas.

The other day, we were in downtown Franklin where they were celebrating "Dickens on the Square." Brock was so confused as to why people were dressed up like they lived 100 years ago and some guy was walking around saying "Bah Hum Bug!" I said that it's because of the famous book that is now a famous play by Charles Dickens. HE HAD NEVER HEARD OF IT. Can you believe that? He had heard of Scrooge but didn't know where it came from.

One year, we were at my parents' house when they were putting up their Christmas tree. Mom told Brock that he could put the angel on top since he is so tall. As the rest of us began busying ourselves with the lights and ornaments, Brock reached up to place the angel on top of the bare tree. We all froze and said, "NO!" Brock was startled. We explained that the angel goes on last. Of course, Brock wanted to know why. We said that it was because of tradition.

Try and explain a tradition to someone. It really sounds illogical. You begin to sound crazy even to yourself. Then, you usually end up just saying something like, "Because we do it this way every year...that's why!"

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jeanne Assam is my Hero

I'm sure you've heard about the shootings in Colorado. Well, have you heard the petite blond security guard's testimony? It's amazing! After being on a fast for 3 days asking God to show her what to do with her life, she "happened" to be the security guard who was closest to the door. After she heard the shots outside, she steadied her hand and aimed right at the shooter when he came into the New Life Church. She said that she felt as if the Holy Spirit was guiding her. She fired three rounds ending the shooting.

You see, she killed him before he came into the church where 700 people were gathered. If the shooter would have entered the auditorium, the unsuspecting congregation would have been like sitting ducks. We later found out that the shooter had 1,000 rounds of ammunition. The security guard, Jeanne Assam, saved many lives that day.

Whenever I saw her on TV, she was sitting next to a man, and I honestly thought she was his wife or something. Not so...SHE was the hero. It sounds a little like a modern day David and Goliath. Plus, after not eating for 3 days, you'd think that she would be weak, but she was very steady. In our weakness, HE is strong.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pictures from our Christmas Party

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We formed a line from the living room into the kitchen area to get food. It's tight, but we were able to manage.

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I set up a table in the kitchen.

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Then, people crowded around our dining room table.

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Some of us had to sit in the living room while we ate.

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This is us having the white elephant exchange.

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The lion

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The eagle mounted salt shakers that we won.

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A low rider with Santa and a few reindeer.

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The lion in our bath tub

Monday, December 10, 2007

Another Party at the Gills

I must say, our parents taught us how to throw a party! With the cooking skills that Brock inherited from his parents and the hospitality skills I acquired from my mom, we throw great parties. We love it, too!

Last night, we had a Christmas party at our house. We had some really good food, of course. Brock made his famous turkey all over again. He also made a gumbo. I made my mother-in-law's famous cornbread dressing and pudding made from scratch. Plus, everyone brought a side dish or dessert to add to the mix. All 22 of us ate to our hearts' content.

Then, we had a white elephant gift exchange. It was funny! Some of the popular gifts were incredible hulk gloves, an old ipod, and a lion's head. I don't know who won the lion's head, but I discovered that they'd placed it in our bath tub!

After that, Brock did some incredible magic tricks. They were a hit! After that, Brock told everyone about a collection we were going to take for a family in need. (More about that on another post.) Then, we had dessert, and it was time to go home.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Shrimpboat Willy's

Last night, we had a birthday party for one of my friends. We were talking about the good times we used to have on the road together and specifically this one restaurant that she absolutely loves. The name of the restaurant is Steamboat Bill's, but I seem to get things mixed up sometimes. I always call it "Shrimpboat Willy's."

I remember one time I was giving Brock directions to a place called "Mount Blossom." After driving for a while, I said, "There it is!" while pointing to a sign that said "Flower Mound." You see, I get the concept but it still isn't quite right. Brock thinks that it's so funny that he never corrects me, so meanwhile I look like an idiot!

I know exactly where I get it from, dad. It's really funny with him because he's a pastor. One time he was preaching a sermon and used the band "The Ungrateful Dead" as an example. He kept referring to it when finally somebody said from the choir loft, "It's the Grateful Dead, Preacher." Then, everyone got extra tickled because they are in church, and you are supposed to be quiet in church. I've seen my mom correct dad during one of his messages from where she sits to the side interpreting it into sign language.

In fact, I was talking to dad on the phone one day, and he told me that they were going to see a movie with Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley in it called "For Better or Worse." I told him to have fun! Isn't the movie called "For Richer or Poorer?"

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Christmas Gifts

Need Christmas present ideas? You can get somebody one of our dvd's! Our new one is called Standing Room Only and is a documentary of the Freedom Experience. If you wish you could be at one of these shows, you can through the dvd. You can purchase our dvd's at our website

I've been buying more and more online. Yesterday, I went to a few stores and it was crazy! Traffic was outrageous! I just purchased a gift on while I was sitting in my bed. Plus, I didn't have to pay any tax and shipping was free!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Dependent on Brock

I realized how dependent on Brock I've become the other day. He was in Birmingham having meetings and I stayed here. On my way to my village meeting, I stopped by Publix to pick up a turkey for our party Sunday night. Then, I began to drive to Emily's house. When I was about two blocks from the house, the road closed down. The sign said "Road Closed to Thru Traffic." I thought that I wasn't thru traffic, because I was going to a house on that street. Therefore, I went past the barricade and got all the way to the railroad tracks about one block from her house. That was where it was shut down! I could almost park and walk to their house if it wasn't 30 degrees outside.

I turned around. Due to a little fender bender and a long line of traffic, I couldn't go simply one block over. I had backtrack big time! Then, I went one road too far. At this point, I realized that I'm not used to driving around myself. Brock always drives, so when one problem arose, I couldn't think quickly enough to know the best way around the mess.

When I got to Emily's house, I didn't have my wallet. I called Publix, and yes, it was there. When I awkwardly carried out my turkey (normally Brock would have carried it), I left my wallet on the counter. I had to turn around and go right back where I came from to get back to Publix to retrieve my wallet. This was such simple a simple task, yet it became so difficult because Brock wasn't there to know exactly what to do.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Advent 2

The other part of Advent that I know about is that is symbolizes our anticipation of the Second Coming. However, how many people really are excited about that? We aren't even really yearning for heaven. We are so focused on our little world here that we don't really want HEAVEN. That's crazy when you think about it.

This makes me really appreciate that Christ came to this Earth. For the first time, I really get this. I'm sure that Christ had a choice whether to come down here or not. He chose to leave heaven and come down to this disease infested, sin filled world. Talk about homesick! I'm so glad that He made the choice to come and dwell among us not only because of the cross, but because He can sympathize with us now. He's gone through the pains of being human.

"For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are---yet He did not sin." Hebrews 4:15

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


I'm speaking to my girls at village tonight. We are focusing on Advent. I don't know too much about Advent except the fact that it's the month before Christmas and it is a season of anticipation and longing. I've never really celebrated Advent, but it's a good way to keep your focus on the right things at Christmas such as Christ.

Last week, we talked about waiting on things to happen. We discussed how we need to not get too caught up in what's to come if it means missing out on things happening today. For example, when we were a kid, we couldn't wait to be a grown up. Now, we wish we could go back to those carefree days at times. I, being the only married girl in our group, told them how much I love being married. Yet, I cannot go back to those single days again. There are certain things that they can do at this time in their lives that I cannot because I have another person to consider (you parents REALLY know what that is like).

Tonight, I'm going to talk about whenever the Lord does answer your prayers but not in the way in which you expected. The Israelites believed that Jesus was going to come into this world and be a mighty king and warrior. That's not the way He did things. In fact, He did it so differently than some expected that many didn't even believe He was the Messiah. How many times in our own personal lives does the Lord do things differently than we expected Him to? Some times it is even so different that we don't recognize it as an answer to our prayer. Usually, we can look back and see why the Lord did it His way and not ours. After all, He's God and sees the big picture. We are so human and can only see our own little world.

Tell me your thoughts on Advent...

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

More Chocolate Making

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We did it again! Last night, we went over to the Cocoa Tree kitchen and helped Bethany make some truffles. Since she makes everything by hand, it can be a lengthy process. With four extra hands, it was easy! She would dip the truffles in the chocolate and then place a couple of truffles in each of our containers. We rolled each truffle around in whatever coating she places on the outside (cocoa powder, nuts, chocolate pieces, etc.)

It was fun! We were all talking together. Bethany is about to be on the food channel network. She's going to be on a show where she competes with other chocolatiers. I don't know when it's going to air, but the taping is next week. We were all really excited for her!

One of our friends who was helping last night (she took the pictures above), just made number 20 on the CHR charts! Stephanie Smith is her name and the song is entitled "Not Afraid." She had just found out before she got there last night. We were all so proud of her!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Wonderful Day

Yesterday was a great day! We went to church and saw some people there that we hadn't seen in a while. Then, we met some people at a Mexican restaurant for lunch. After that, we stopped by the Cocoa Tree kitchen to give Bethany (the chocolatier) something. Two of our friends were with us, and they'd never seen where they actually MAKE the chocolate before. So, we all went into the kitchen.

Bethany and two of her other workers were bent over a vat full of chocolate. She wearily looked up and asked if we could help her for a little while. We rolled up our sleeves and began dipping the chocolate. We dipped several trays worth of chocolate in 30 minutes' time. We were literally up to our elbows in chocolate! One of my friends had it on her nose. Brock accused the girl next to him of getting chocolate on his shirt. We later saw who was the real culprit...he had it on the inside of his arm, so every time he brushed his arm against his shirt, it would stick. It was so fun!

At that point, Brock had to go to a meeting in downtown Nashville, so I went to my friends' house. We watched a movie until it was time to go to the party. The party was great! We had hot apple cider and watched "It's a Wonderful Life." What a wonderful day and a wonderful life!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Evel Knievel

It's sort of crazy that Evel Knievel died this weekend. He just came to know Christ this year. When Brock was at the Crystal Cathedral this past April, Evel Knievel was scheduled to be there the following week. After fighting God for 68 years, he finally became a Christian in March of this year. He told his testimony at the Crystal Cathedral on Palm Sunday this year. He explained that the Lord simply got a hold of him. The same year, the Lord called him home.

Years ago, Brock went with his pastor to visit a woman whom they didn't know who was in the hospital. Brock didn't really want to go because he's not fond of hospitals, but he went anyway. The lady didn't have any affiliation to any church, so they decided to reach out to her. After speaking with her, she gave her life to Christ. It would almost appear that she was simply waiting for someone to lead her in that. Two days later, she died.

People had been praying for Evel Knievel for years. To our knowledge, nobody had prayed for the lady in the hospital. I guess it just goes to show that you need to be obedient to the Lord in whatever He asks. He's the One that holds eternal life in His hands. You never know the timing of life here on earth either.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Party Time

Today, Brock is going to ride his dirt bike at a local track. While he's gone, I'm going to watch movies and make cookies for a party tomorrow night. I'm excited to have some time to myself. Lucas is visiting family in Minnesota, so I have the whole house to myself.

Lots of people couldn't hang out with Emily on her birthday, so we had a larger celebration last night at Chucke Cheese! It was fun!!! There were about 20 of us there. They had this Deal or No Deal game that was a blast. We won over 1,000 tickets for Emily collectively.

Tomorrow night, I'm going to another party (for Christmas). Next weekend, we have two birthday parties to go to. Then, the next week, we have 3 Christmas parties and one more birthday party to go to. Wow! It's a season for parties, and I like it!