Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wedding Belles

I was privileged to be in the wedding of two friends a couple of weekends ago. It was a beautiful wedding and reception. Ashley was a beautiful bride! Congrats and welcome home!

Friday, November 16, 2007

It's (finally) Fall in Memphis!

People from Tennessee, especially middle and east Tennessee, think that Memphis is the armpit of our state. Oh, yeah? Well, here's some pics of the trees in Memphis that I took on my way home from work yesterday with my cellphone. They are BEAUTIFUL!

Take that Nashville!

In other news, Sophie has gotten accustomed to coming to my office in the afternoons to play after Parents' Day Out and sometimes watching her 30 minute Praise Baby video. Lately, when she gets here, she immediately crawls out of my office, around the corner, and into my coworker Buster's office, where she stands up and pats the cabinet doors signaling for someone to turn on her video. This is how I found her one day last week. Ridiculous I know. I swear she is not a TV addict!!!! This makes me look pretty bad, though, I must say. :)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Since Halloween...

  • Well, since Halloween, we've had quite the eventful last week and a half. Sophie caught a respiratory bug of some kind, with lots of yucky symptoms like wheezing, coughing, and a raspy voice. It lasted about a week, starting the Sunday after Halloween. She was feeling better by Friday so we continued with our plans to go to Arkansas for the weekend to meet up with a couple of friends from college. (see picture below) The weekend went great, and she was in a pretty good mood considering. Monday and Tuesday were normal, then Tuesday night she started vomiting. Turns out she has a "GI bug" as the ER doc put it as he put two bags of fluids in her iv today. (!!) Hoping she'll be over this by the weekend because a wedding of two good friends is this Saturday. Two bugs in a row, what are the chances of that? So I'm pretty sick of her being sick. Not as sick of it as she is I'm sure. She's been a great sport and of course I am thankful that neither of these illnesses lasted long.
  • That's where we've been and that's why I've been missing some blogging. I want to say thanks to all who commented about my previous post "What do you say to this?" I am thankful for the reminder for my own life that we have to be smart and careful about what we say to each other. Showing respect to people is key in being the light of Christ to them. Something said carelessly could turn off the opportunity for a relationship. As the world grows smaller and cultures intersect, I need to be intentional to learn more about what that means, to show respect to those who may be different than me in whatever way, and be thoughtful about how I approach people.
  • On another note, something I don't think I have mentioned on the blog, is that we have met more Ethiopians in Memphis! I recently met two young guys in Target (I know, I spend a lot of time there) who I thought were speaking Amharic (primary language spoken in Ethiopia). I asked if they were from Ethiopia, and then we got to a talk a little bit about the country and our visit there. They were happy to meet Sophie and said "hello, little country baby!". It was really sweet. One of the two, had only arrived in the States two weeks ago to begin school in Memphis. He was especially excited to find out I had actually traveled to his country. What a great interaction to balance out that annoying last Target interaction!