Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fireproof Your Marriage

Last Friday, Mickey and I enjoyed Date Night with some of our best friends. We all went to see the new movie- Fireproof and then to Outback Steakhouse. In lieu of this wonderful movie on marriage, I want to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about why I consider myself to be married to the most wonderful man in the world....
Mickey is one of the strongest Christians that I know. He constantly strives to put Christ first each and everyday. He always seeks to know more about the heart of Christ and to live his life in a manner pleasing to Him. He has taught, and continues to teach, me and our daughter, Mackaylan, about who Christ is and how he would want us to live, through his words and actions.

Mickey is a hardworker. He works very long hours in order to provide for our family. Yet, he makes a consertive effort to find the just-right balance between work and home. He also works hard throughout the week in order to spend his time on the weekend with his 2 favorite girls! :)
Mickey is selfless. He sacrifices games of golf, athletic events and even some (ha) 4-wheeler races- just to name a few- in order to put our family first! He plays "horse" for hours on end with Mackaylan, tucks her in with a story each and every night, goes with me to the mall or to the grocery store, and the list goes on...
And of course, my husband, Mickey, is a hunk! I love everything about him from his strong, broad shoulders to his baby blue eyes! With him I always feel safe and loved!

Well, I could go on and one about the love of my life, but I will stop for now! However, I would encourage all married, dating, engaged couples to take time to see the movie Fireproof. It is a very powerful movie and will definitely change your life and how you view God's convenant of marriage!

Below are some more pics of our eventful evening.....

This is a pic of Jammy and Reagan. We are so blessed that the Lord brought these two wonderful people into our lives. Mickey and I have been praying for young, Christian couples to be apart of our church family and our lives and these two people are just one example of how He has answered that prayer!

This is a pic of Cher and Andy. Andy is our new pastor at LFBC. Over the past few months, Mickey and I have had a great time getting to know these two wonderul people. They are a great example of what a Godly, Christian marriage should be and we cherish their friendships dearly!

This is a pic of Brad and Lori. We were friends with Brad and Lori before Mickey and I were even married. This is another couple that I would consider "mentors" to Mickey and myself. They have taught us many things over the years as Lori was one of favorite S. School teachers and Brad was one of Mick's football coaches.

I do not have an individual couple picture of Russell and Dawn, but they are in this pic with Mickey and myself. Dawn and I were friends in high school, but life took us separate ways until here recently. Over the past couple of months, the Lord has rekindled this friendship in a great way! We are usually with them (and their son Isaac) at some point during each and every weekend, but also find time to exercise, talk, eat, pray, etc. with each other during the week. You can check out their family blog here.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

C-L-E-M-S-O-N T-I-G-E-RRRR-S!!!!!!

Fall is such a wonderful time of the year! I love the cooler weather. I love the anticipation of what a new school year has in store. I love taking impromptu Sunday afternoon drives to admire God's handiwork as the leaves on the trees begin to change colors. And, of course, I love the excitement of the game of football!! Last Saturday Mickey, Mackaylan and I were very fortunate to be able to attend the Clemson vs. South Carolina State football game with friends. This was Mackaylan's first experience with college football and she had a blast! Now everytime she sees a football game on TV she automatically assumes it is the Clemson Tigers or the Chicago Bears (another family favorite!) Below are a few pics of the fun time we had! :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Little Ballerina

Mackaylan started dance class last Thursday and she LOVES it! She is taking a one hour class that combines Tap and Ballet. I am glad we decided to let her go ahead and start this year. I was a little hesitant at first due to our already busy schedules, but this is something special just for her.

Up until now, Mackaylan spent a lot of time telling other people about her dance teacher who was a mixture of Angelina Ballerina, her older friend Sarah and Nana. Now she has a REAL teacher.....Miss Casey!

And here she is......The 2225 winner of So You Think You Can Dance....Mackaylan O'Shields!!!

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Friends, Family, Faith and FUN!

I couldn't have asked for a more perfect weekend! On Friday night, Mickey, Mackaylan and I tailgated with friends at the Landrum vs. West Oak football game. Mackaylan was so thrilled to have her very own "Cardinals" cheerleading uniform (Thanks for the hand-me-down, Rachel!).

We arrived before the rest of the gang so this is a pic of Mac and I tailgating w/o a car! :)

Mackaylan enjoyed eating pizza before the game.
Mickey and Mackaylan had a fun time playing before the game.

On Saturday, Mickey, Mackaylan and I met David and Cameron for the Wofford vs. PC football game. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Wades before heading up the hill to Gibbs Stadium.
After the game, we had a family sleepover in the living room! Mackaylan has been watching a lot of GiGi lately and wanted to have curly hair. So, you can see by the picture below, that we played "beauty shop" and I braided her hair in hopes that she would have her wish for church on Sunday.

On Sunday, we had a great time worshipping at LFBC through song, prayer and the teaching of God's word. The Lord is at work at LFBC and my prayer is that He will use me and my family in a mighty way! I feel very fortunate to be apart of such a wonderful body of believers! I can't think of any better way to end a weekend and begin a new week then to spend time with The One who makes it all possible!

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