Sunday, July 6, 2008

I could not have imagined....

Seriously....the love I have for this blog community is really indescribable. Y'all encourage me, teach me, make me laugh, make me cry, make me seek Him more, and make me so glad I started this crazy thing ONE YEAR AGO!!!!!

Oh, yes. Today is my blogaversary. One year ago, I birthed, "Blessed by Him." And, it has been the best ride.....thanks to each one of you.

I have real friends here. I am so blessed in so many ways and you are a part of His blessings over my life.

Well, what should we do to celebrate the big day???

Throw a party ??? (I so would if we could all get together)

Wish I could send you video greetings, but I can't (camcorder dead)

Well, I think I'll just list a bunch of off the wall, crazy stuff "about me" for you to get to know me a little more. And....no, it won't be a 100 things. I'm not patient enough to think that through!

1. I'm sitting here in hotel room in Atlanta. Braves game last night. Braves lost. Boo Braves!

2. My middle son, who is only 10, is on his 1st away from home trip with friends.....Destin no less.

3. My hubs and I will celebrate 14 yrs of marriage the day before I head to SA for the Siesta Fiesta.

4. My oldest turns 12 this month. WHAT??? EXCUSE ME??? No way!

5. I absolutely love my coffee first thing in the morning....and then any time thereafter is good too. Addiction was always a problem for me.

6. I grew up in the church but did not know Jesus until I was 26 yrs old.

7. I had my 1st two boys 15 months apart.

8. God grabbed me then because I might have lost my mind that 1st year.

9. Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis TN turned my life around and introduced me to HIM through a Moms Bible study. I was amazed, in awe, and in love before I could articulate it.

10. I'm in a season of life with Him that I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be doing. I love my job at the church, but wonder if I should be doing more.

11. I'm crazy about kids and women studying God.

12. My favorite color is orange!

13. My favorite thing to do with women is laugh, encourage one another, and do Bible study together!

14. My husband and I are both tall. He's 6'2 and I'm 5'9 so we have 3 tall boys.

15. My youngest son makes me laugh all day long. And, he has the coolest hair around.

16. God broke me of anger and short temper issues. PRAISE HIM! It is an ugly thing.

17. I absolutely love our dog, Bailey. She is a miniature schnauzer and is at the puppy hotel while we are gone. :(

18. I love good food.

19. However, my entire family so dern picky. Makes it very hard to feed them.

20. I got some new pj's the other day. I love them and want to wear them all day long.

21. I could spend HOURS in Lifeway.

22. Wish I would read more. I have this thing about sitting down and feeling like I should be up doing something.

23. Want to read "The Shack."

24. Love mint chocolate chip ice cream. Reminds me of being a kid.

25. 20th HS reunion is in October. DON'T WANT TO GO! And, I really don't think I am going to be able too.

26. We ordered room service for the 1st time with kids last night. You would have thought we said we are going to Disney World as soon as we leave here.

27. My heart breaks for the homeless, hungry, and hurt world.

28. I want to make a difference in the life of someone else. Someone did that for me and I came to know the real Jesus.

29. I miss Bible study. I've been gone for 2 weeks with baseball and I feel LOST.

30. I have to wash my face before bed. Actually, I have to be clean before bed.

31. This coffee from the hotel is not nearly as good as mine at home.

32. THATS IT!!!

Have a great day. Not in church today because of being out of town. Feeling kind of funny.
Praying for each of you today.

hugs and blessings~
Fran

31 comments:

Melinda said...

Happy Blogoversary! So glad to have found you and look forward to actually meeting you in SA!

And I now know at least TWO people who will have perfectly clean faces before turning in after the pajama party! :o)

Enjoy your time with your family!

Hugs,
Melinda

Teri said...

Friend,
Happy blog-oversary!

I'm loving Frannie today! I didn't know you were TALL! I am going to be looking like Shorty Mc. Short Short next to you! :)

Sooooo...I loved your fun facts! Gotta say, I would love to be in Destin. I must wash my face too...

Can't wait to meet you for real!
Love,
Ter

Shelley said...

Happy Blogoversary! What a fun list! I love lists like that, I feel like we get to "know" you a little bit more!

Earen said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! I sure have been blessed by your words and your heart! Someday I do hope to meet you! Love the new look too!

Patty said...

Happy Blogoversary my sweet friend!! I am glad and blessed you created this blog. There is nothing like a new pair of jammies. Coffee is a good thing but I have to put creamer in mine, preferably Vanilla Caramel or Hazlenut. Kona coffee from World Market is my fav.
I am so excited we are flying to San Antonio together. Well, you, Georgia and me. We three could get in trouble. LOL
I envy your son being in Destin. My favorite place to vacation.
Have a great Sunday!!
Love You,
Patty

beckyjomama said...

Happy blogoversary sweet Fran!!!
(I think I missed mine a week or two ago - oops)
Loved finding out so many random facts about ya. Have a great day sweet friend!!!
Becky Jo

Cheryl said...

Happy blogoversary to you!!!!
I knew you must be tall by your shoe size :) Obviously, since you know my shoe size, you know I'm not.
I would have loved the opportunity to meet Dr. Rogers now I'll have to wait til we get to heaven. My hubby has a great story about him, I'll have to tell you someday!

Love ya! and love the new look!
Cheryl

BP said...

Hello! It's my blogoversary too. I saw you on the list of others on today's list. Have a good day!

Sherry said...

Happy Blogoversary! I am new to blogging, so I have a ways to go until my blogoversary.

Loved your list of info about you. Isn't it inspiring and heart warming to be a part of the blogging world among Christian sisters? Amazing!

Blessings to you,
Sherry

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Happy Blog Anniversary, Fran!

This was a fun post. I wondered if you were going to the reunion. I'm not going and I don't want to either! (isn't that pathetic?)

I'm currently reading The Shack (almost finished!) and would recommend it. I'm still not sure what I think about it, but it definitely makes you think.

Happy Sunday,
Meredith

Mommyluann said...

Happy blogaversary!

I found you off bethanne's site..we go to church together. Great gal!

Braves game! My husaband has always LOVED the Braves. We've been married 9 1/2 years and we've NEVER been to a game. We'll have to do something about that!!!!

Love your blog!

Toknowhim said...

I can relate to number 16, 21 and 24, and my 20th HS Reunion is this month too.. Not going, I don't live in that state anymore, plus I don't really have any friendships that are still ongoing from Highschool.. I have one that I still keep in contact with...

Blessings, and I hope to meet you in person one day at a Siesta Event...

Susan said...

I, for one, am SO very glad you started your blog. You are a huge, huge blessing to me!

Love ya!

BethAnne said...

We have several couples at our church that have relocated from Bellevue (Adrian Rogers - unbelieveable man of God- was a mentor to our pastor - our minister of Education also came from Bellevue)so I can see why your life was changed there!

Your kid is in Destin and you are in ATL? What is up wit dat????
No child of mine will be allowed in Destin without ME, I will tell ya that!!!!! I love Destin!!!

As for the party thing....I think you should so do it because I would love to come to a "Fran party"(but can you throw it in East TN?)

Loved your random facts!

Sheryl said...

Well, Happy Anniversary!! How fun. And a few of your random facts struck me...the first of which was that you were raised in the church and didn't come to know Jesus until you were 26. Sad how many can attend church and never know their Saviour. So glad HE grabbed you. I think you need to read the Shack. Lastly, I think you do make a difference in many lives!!

-Sheryl

Denise said...

Happy Blogaversary sweetie. I love learning more about you.

Holly said...

I love you, sweet Fran! You have a beautiful heart, friend. What a blessed family you have--for indeed you are blessed and you bless them, I know!

Now tell me, where did you find your pajamas? I love PJ's and am hoping and praying for God to provide a new set before SA!

I SO look forward to meeting you then! Your prayers for us have been astounding...really.

Praying for you to get back in Bible study soon; I know how precious that time is!

Love you much,
holly

MelanieJoy said...

I am so glad God has crossed our paths through blogland. You have blessed me indeed! Girl, I could also spend hours and wayyyy too much money in Lifeway!! When I was in college I had to band myself from going in there...college = no money haha! My high school reunion....yeah the 20 year one is this Sept too! Unreal!!!
Hope you have a wonderful week!!!
Blessings~

Linda said...

Loved the list of information Fran. I was absolutely transformed by the same Mom's program and quit possibly around the same time. We will have to talk about that. Love me some Jean Stockdale!!!
Have a great trip.
Blessings,
Linda

Given Grace said...

Happy Blogoversary Fran! Great fun facts...I love learning more about you. And I love your new look!!!

Bev Brandon said...

Happy Anniversary Fran! Whoops...blogaversary!
You offer us all such beauty
from deep within...
a compassionate heart
a servant's heart
a beautiful heart!

Jean Stockdale said...

Hey sweet one! I ran across your blog and was so blessed you mention God working in your life through the Moms Ministry! You do not know how God used that this morning to encourage my soul. As you know, I am writing and publishing my Bible studies now. I have a big deadline to finish my study of Philippians, and your kind words urged me to press on in the name of the Lord!

Dawson and Kathryn had their first boy last Friday so we are still operating in the glorius fog of JOY. Check him out at my blog if you get a sec. May God richly bless you as you train up your flock. Blessings.

Michelle V said...

Fran,

Happy Blog-o-versary! I loved your list! I've been off the blog for the past week, so I'm getting caught up.

Blessings
Michelle

Mary Lou said...

Fran,Happy Blog-o-versary. You have blessed my heart with your posts. I loved this one and all you shared about yourself. I was blessed to see where Moms Ministry at Bellevue was an instrument in your life. That is my church. So glad it was used by God in your life. Enjoy your boys as you are doing. Look to God and He will direct your path as to whar you should do, if more. You go girl. Blessings on your week.

annie's eyes said...

I celebrate with you your one-year marker as you have touched so many with your warm heart and smiles that melt between the words of your posts. I can't wait to meet you in San Antonio. I'll be the other 5'9" woman, so we'll spot each other early! Enjoyed your list also! Bring the pj's to San Antonio. Nothing like sharing your life among dear Christian friends. Happy Blogaversary. Love, Annette

Jen said...

Oh, where would we be without our Fran?!

You are a daily encouragement to me, dear friend. I can't remember when exactly we "met", but I'm so glad we did!

Happy Blogaversary!

(Love the layout, by the way!)

Darlene R. said...

Happy Blogoversary to you, Fran!
You have been nothing but a blessing to me over the last few months! I simply cannot wait until the siesta fiesta! We are going to have a blast! I don't even feel like I'm going to be there alone because I feel like I know you.I can't wait to meet you face to face. There might be a tear or two! (I'm a tensy bit emotional sometimes)
Did I tell you that Suzi is going to meet us there on Saturday? Yea!!

Love and hugs~
Darlene

His Girl said...

happy happy happy blogoversary! here's to many more years of filling our hearts with your posts!

littlerad said...

I know this is a few days late but...
Happy blog-oversary
I love to get to know my friends, it makes me feel like you are closer than you are...
Guess what I love Lifeway to... and I spend about 40 hours a week there... hehe
Your in my prayers...
Connie
GBU

A Stone Gatherer said...

Happy Blogoversaty Fran! It's been wonderful getting to know you and i love your 32 items!

Alana said...

Happy Blogoversary, Fran! I love your heart and I love you and I've never even met you. Blows my mind sometimes. Great list. Really want to read "The Shack", too. I've heard wonderful things!

I blog so you can get a glimpse into my life as wife, mom of 3 boys, and someone who simply wants to bless others along the way. Have fun and be sweet :)

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