Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cookie Blues

My husband is a blues lover; therefore, I, through osmosis am also a blues lover. Well, here's my "version" of the blues. Having been on a diet this month, I can appreciate this! Enjoy

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Me Church

So as I was in Shepherd's school today learning about what Worship is really all about, I saw this video, thought it was hilarious and knew I HAD to share it with my loyal blog fans. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


January 20, 1990 was an important day. For on that evening, I met the future MR. Stacie Tipps. Of course, it was a long road to hoe just to get to the meeting. Let me explain, see I was introduced to Mr. Art by a mutual friend of our's named Lee Gipson. Lee was my age and we were in our high school show choir together along w/my very best girlfriend, Lori. Lee also had a neighbor friend, who was older than him named Art. Now, why Art would want to hang out with a much younger dufus like Lee is completely astounding, but I digress. Anyhoo, Lee was sort of sweet on Lori and likewise she was sweet on him. Well, Lori and I were hosting a "Rook" party; we were all really into playing the card game Rook whenever and wherever we had the chance. So, Lee was supposed to come to Lori's party and, well, let's just say he was taking his sweet time about getting there. So, one phone call later, we're expecting him and waiting...and waiting. Now, see I'm somewhat of an impatient person, so I called him again. This is sort of how it went..

me.. so are you coming or not?

Lee...well, maybe.

me.. no, there's no maybe about it. Lori wants you over here and you promised so get your a** over here.

Lee.. well, I've kind of got company.

me.. I don't care if you've got the president of the united states over there, bring him and get your behind over here now.

Well, that was pretty much the end of the conversation and needless to say, Lee was at Lori's house within the hour. I'm pretty good at persuasion! ;)

So as I'm laying prostrate on the floor playing Rook, in walks Lee with this gorgeous blond god. I try not to stare too much, but as I've always had a "thing" for the blond fellas, it's kinda hard. So anyway, we play, we socialize, etc. and they leave. Then the next Monday at school Lee and I are talking, well this is how that went.

Me.. so Lee I thought you're friend was kinda cute

Lee... Really?

Me... Yes, really..

Lee.. NO, REALLY?? Are you sure?

Me.. Yes, I'm sure you idiot, now what's going on.

Lee. Well, that's funny cuz he said the same thing about you.

Me... Really?

Lee... yes, really.

Me... NO REALLY? are you sure?

Lee... yes, really.

And so then Art and I were "formally" introduced at my work, which at the time was Kroger's grocery store, and as they say the rest is "history". I will be forever grateful to Lee for introducing me to the love of my life.

Thanks Lee, wherever you are!

Yet another Meme

The theme of this meme is friendship! Feel free to answer in a comments here.

1. Do you have more friends in real life or on-line?
Real life

2. Are you still friends with anyone from your childhood or teen years?
Yes, for the last 24 yrs.

3. Do you have a best friend?
Yes, my darling husband

4. What qualities do you most cherish among your friends?
honesty and loyalty

5. Do you have a friend you haven't talked to in a long time? What prevents you from getting on the phone to call them?
Yes, busy lifestyle ..not a good excuse I know

6. Would you ever consider giving up a kidney to a friend if they needed it?

7. What is the last piece of advice you have given to a friend?
To a good friend who's going through a hard time with the sister of her soon to be ex-fiance, be the bigger person and don't stoop to her level. Do the right thing and you'll get through it.

hat tip: Meander

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

And the award goes to....

Me! As one of those questions in the previous meme post asked what was something you've always dreamed about doing, and since some folks are sort of questioning my singing professionally answer, I figured I should address this issue.

My sweet husband alluded to the fact that I was a "professional" singer. Let me clarify what "professional singer" means to me. In my humble opinion, a professional singer is someone who has a record contract, agent, band, etc. Someone who's out there on the road trying to "make it", or one who's already "made it".

What my husband is referring to in his comment is the time when I was a member of Trinity Trio. This was a group formed by me and a couple of my dearest friends, Joanie and Darrell Day. We were a Southern Gospel trio and we did record a project and we did make a few appearances and we were paid occasionally. For those of you who are wondering what type of music Southern Gospel is, it's kind of like a cross between Gospel and Contemporary Christian music. It's a kind of music that's been around over a hundred years. It's an old fashioned, clap your hands, stomp your feet sort of thing. Usually it features split parts, harmonies, and soaring melodies. While I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in the group, this is not really what I envisioned when I originally answered the question in that meme.

For as long as I can remember I have been singing. Singing in the car, singing at home, singing at church. Some of my earliest memories are of standing up in church singing beside the piano. Sometimes standing in a chair so folks could see me. Every revival we ever went to or anytime we visited a church, my parents or my pastor would drag me up to the front to sing. Well, that's how it seemed at the time. Now that I'm older I understand that my singing ministered to the people, but back then sometimes it was a chore.

I was raised on Country music and Southern Gospel music, which is probably why I still like them. I knew every word to every Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Don Williams etc. songs there were. Of course this was becuase my Dad owned all their 8-tracks. Ooo..jealous aren't you! HA! I would sing along in the car and then once inside the house, keep on singing. And then afterwards, grab my huge quilt my grandmother made me, wrap it around myself kind of like a strapless dress, get my hairbrush and stand in front of my mirror belting out "Stand By Your Man" pretending I was Tammy at an awards show. After a quick costume change (consisting of rearranging the quilt), I would sit on the bed awaiting my name to be called as "Female Vocalist of the Year" or some other equally prestigious award. I had my acceptance speech all ready. Thanks to my parents, my imaginary husband and all my many fans. Well, that's how I pictured it all.

Now, tho I may lead the singing at my church, direct the choir, and occasionally sing a solo, I realize that I don't have to be on stage in front of the entire world. It's more important to me now to be more like the child I was, singing whenever I'm asked and thanking God that I was blessed with this gift and that I can minister to God's people in grateful response for what all God has done for me.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


My wonderful husband tagged me in his post with 5 questions. So, here are my answers. Thanks honey!

1. As a child, what did you always say you wanted to be when you grew up?

What I said I wanted to be and what I secretly wanted to be are totally different. As a small child, I always said I wanted to be the first female astronaut. Well, then Ms. Sally Ride beat me to that about the time I figured out that one had to be reallly good at math and the sciences to get into the space program and since I was good at neither, I gave that idea up. Secretly, I always wanted to become a country music superstar/actress.

2. If you had to choose one thing that you’ve always dreamed of doing, what would it be? What is stopping you?

Choose one thing? That's hard, I have several things I've dreamed of doing, but I guess the main thing would be to sing professionally. And the only thing stopping me is stage fright. Well, that and I am committed to my family and will not jeapordize their stability for my own pipe dream.

3. Who is your biggest fan? Who is always encouraging you to be all that you can be?

My darling husband, without a doubt!

4. What bible study or book (besides the obvious-the Bible) has most impacted your life to date?

As my husband said, the Disciple Bible class changed me. We took this class together and I gained so much more understanding than I had ever had before. Of course it helped that we had the absolute best leader in all the world!!

5. When are you the happiest?

This is going to come out the wrong way, but I am happiest when Art and I have our own time away from everything and everyone. Now, of course the other times I'm happiest are when we as a family spend time together and there's no fighting.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Year Idea

While scanning a few of my favorite blogs today, I came upon a blogger with a list of accomplishments, failures, favorite things, wishes, etc for the past year and the upcoming year. While reading his very detailed list, I realized that I don't have full recollection of what transpired this last year. Odd, isn't it? I'm not sure if this is a part of my nature, being one of those people that take each day as it comes and one that "goes with the flow", or is it just that I'm getting forgetful in my old age? Alas, I have decided to rectify this situation.

Now, at the same time, I have been considering an activity with my children. You see, currently Tad stays with his grandmother after school until I get home from work, while I pick up Shelby from extended school. Where's the problem? Well, once we all get home alone together, there are almost always conflicts. I think we each need a period of de-stressing. I also want these children of mine to be more thankful and appreciative of what they have, so I think I can kill two birds with one stone. My plan is to start journals. All of us, me, Tad, and Shelby. Once we get home, we'll each go to our own space and write in our journals at least one thing for which we are thankful for that day. Maybe this will help me in remembering while at the same time teach my children thankfulness. Now, I should mention they aren't cretons. They do exhibit manners from time to time and do show their appreciativeness. I just want them to truly comprehend how much we have been blessed as a family. We'll give it a try...let you know how it works!