Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A peaceful weekend!

The past few weeks have been overly crazy in our world. Between work and teaching and work and traveling and oh yes did I forget work? My life was beginning to literally feel like a gigantic whirlwind of deadlines and well ... I finally became exhausted.

So, after much discussion, my husband forced me to kick back and do nothing this last weekend. Now, if you know me, you realize "doing nothing" is somewhat of a hard cultural idea for me. I'm from a family that is born to work. We hardly, if ever, did "nothing" growing up, so it was a challenge for me to sit down and just relax for a full weekend. My husband, on the other hand, could do this every day of the week. He would LOVE to be able to wake up everyday at noon, play some video games, pal around in pjs, and just hang out. I suppose that is why we make such a good couple - I keep us on deadlines/he keeps us sane.

Nonetheless, the weekend was fantastic. We were able to spend that time being together, without the alarm clock, catching up on house stuff, drinking coffee on the patio, reading the newspaper, playing with our puppies, and we even topped it off with great fellowship with some ever so wonderful friends. It was amazing how much closer I feel to my spouse when we take time out like this to laugh, to cook, to play video games, to blog and to listen to music. It's those little moments that truly make this life worth living!

May you find time this week or weekend to go to a quiet place and find rest. Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

He's Still Got It!


Anyone who loves 80's rock music as much as I do can recall the blasting lyrics of the one and only Jon Bon Jovi. I have LOVED this band's music for ages now, and secretly had a crush on them for years! The list of songs can just go on and on, and man do they still have it! For decades now, Jon Bon Jovi has been able to rock out as only an official rocker can do and FINALLY...I GOT TO SEE THEM!!!!

Now, I must admit...I have seen some good concerts during my life. The Rolling Stones, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Martina, Faith and Tim, Elton John, RICKY MARTIN, Michael Buble', Metallica, Aerosmith, Caroline Spine, Rod Stewart (NOTE: my taste in music is VERY broad)...that is just a short list of folks, BUT this past Monday topped them all.

For a Mexican girl who loves music and dancing, you better bet your bootie I ROCKED OUT for 4 1/2 hours to classics like It's My Life, Open All Night, Bed of Roses, This Ain't a Love Song, I'll Be There For You, Shot Through the Heart, Livin' on a Prayer, Born to Be My Baby...oh there are SOOO MANY!!!! I thought I was literally going to lose my voice b/c I was singing so loud! [Quick back story for a second: Dave and I initially found out about this concert months ago while at one of our friends weddings in Houma. Dave got on his laptop in the hotel and ordered 4 tickets. I grabbed the phone to call my insanely cool mother in-law who likes to rock out to Bon Jovi as well. It was set...Dave and myself, and his parents were going. The only sits left were behind the stage. "No worries," I said to my husband....I didn't really care where we sat.]

WELL...we got to our seats Monday night and amist a sold out crowd, we sat directly behind the stage but up on the second row with a perfect eye shot of the entire band all right in front of us. I was/still am beside myself! And ladies...just in case you are curious...Jon Bon Jovi is STILL good looking! My mother in-law and I can vouch. Speaking of, the crowd was great too. It makes me smile when people forget about life for a second and just let music take control. We had grown men and women of all ages just letting go, forgetting about feeling old or worrying about grown up stuff. It was perfect. I sat next to a man who was there with his mother (a survivor of cervical cancer), and she danced just as much as everyone else. The whole experience reminded me of the old saying: "Work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, And dance like no one's watching."

I don't know what allows you to get away and forget about life like music does for me, but I do wish that you are able to take some time this week to find that. And to Jon Bon Jovi and his entire band...thank you for coming to Dallas and allowing me to escape into a night full of 80's rock, good fellowship, and my all time favorite....DANCING!

"May the Lord Bless you all the Days of your Life."
Psalm 128:5

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A thought

For those of you that have been wondering, I have NOT forsaken my blog. The happenings in the Anderson world are never dull and I promise to give a semi-short recap soon. Until then, I am reminded how God acts in our life and goes both before and behind us to direct our path. He is there and he is alive in all of us.

I leave my thoughts today dwelling on this scripture reminding myself that even though life is tough, God is there to pick me up, dust me off, and guide me to make a difference in the world. Many blessings to you and your family this coming week and may God use you in the same way! Enjoy!

The Armor of God

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel."

Ephesians 6: 10-20

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


I have been thinking about my grandfather a lot lately and the talks we used to share. Those talks about freedom and why we are able to have/do certain things. Now, by NO means was my grandfather perfect, but one of the most humbling experiences I have had came when a man wrote my grandmother after Papa's death.

The letter told of how "Billy" (my grandfather) had saved his life during WWII. How Billy flew in, against orders, to help save he and his crew when their plane had been shot down by the enemy. My grandfather, "Papa" (to me), was a Navy pilot, and never in a million years would have told us that story. We heard about those fun times in the Navy...those times when the boys would all get together and drink, but never had we heard about how our grandfather saved lives. Sadly and especially today, I wish I could tell him thanks.

I can't even imagine what some soldiers have to "blank" out when returning home from war. Their stories I'm sure are altered and the pain locked deep inside because regular ole Joes like myself can't take it. I am reminded of that each time I get off a plane and I see a military person walk by me ready to get home to their kids or when I turn on the news and hear that another 10 soldiers were killed because some crazy man hates our American government. I am reminded of that each time I play with my nephews or think about our future children or whenever I watch politicians do the same song and dance everyone loves to hate: candidates say one thing "to get a vote" but then never DO anything to help once they get into office. How do you explain war to a 4 year old and when will these politicians start realizing that real lives and families are being impacted?

My point is this: Please pray for our country's leadership, our troops, and our future generations to come. I am not one to push a candidate on you, and certainly do not want to get into a policy argument, but I do feel it's time to pray on this issue as our country is in need of a major "Come to Jesus." We need a leader who will watch out for our people and restore the faith that my grandfather talked of during his WWII days. To you soldiers: Thank you for saving our lives and our freedom and please know you have people thinking about you everyday!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Years 2008

Well Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2008. Seems time just keeps flying by and frankly I'm getting kinda weirded out.

I turn 26 this month (I know I'm ancient right?!). I now like going to bed at 10 PM (OR earlier if I'm lucky), our friends are actually beginning to get pregnant and "stuff," Dave and I continuously talk about "old married people stuff" like updating the house and/or shopping at Ellis Pottery for decorations, and we lately amuse ourselves by sitting on the couch comparing HDTV to regular TV! I know...exciting right? So, what the heck is going on?

Seems the "honeymoon period" is in fact wearing off and life is beginning to settle in as it should while my wifely duties have started to become more natural. To be quite honest, I have started to enjoy them a lot. HAHA! But as I have ventured more and more into marriage, I can't help but wonder about this honeymoon period. Why does it have to end? And where does it go? Do couples one day wake up and decide to be boring and not into each other?

After having this conversation with my husband and others at work, I decided to "define" my idea of "honeymoon period." It's the point during a marriage when you continually flirt/leave your spouse wanting more (Sepulvado-Anderson, 2006). Yes, you're married, but it seems during this period it's almost like a playful game that keeps the spark and sass between both parties. I'm not talking about the idea of men or women spending money to by their husbands/wives gifts or some fairy tale ending some people dream of. I'm talking about the playfulness, the spark, and the ongoing idea of hey...your my husband/wife and I want to jump your bones. The idea of saying hey..thanks for being my rock and the one I depend on during even my roughest days. What happens to this?

I have seen/heard from numerous people who have been married much longer than Dave and I that life just seems to get in the way. Take a moment and remember back to your last dining out experience...did you see one of these couples? You know the people that just sit there (without emotion), no talking or spark. Instead they eat, stare into space, and leave without even the smallest gesture to one another. Has life gotten in their way? I have to say yes... and I would go even farther saying that I think life gets in the way of a lot of our relationships.

Seriously...think about it. Each morning you get up, get dressed, race out the door, blast into work and try to work/smile for at least 8 hours (if not longer), get off, stop by the gym, come home, wash/clean/feed whatever and whoever is in your household, and then maybe just maybe have about 2 hours tops with your spouse. From there usually people have other obligations either with work or school. I know I teach one night a week at a local university here. I love it; however, grading/prepping for class can sometimes take me hours. And this does not include the time you spend with your kids. EXHAUSTING right?

So, to wrap up my thinking for the day, my point is that the honeymoon period can stay alive during your marriage. It can and it will if you just remember to flirt and have fun with each other even during bad days. My hope is that when you read this you remember to keep that sass in your marriage - be confident in who you are and show your spouse how much you love him/her. It's during those flirtatious moments when you remember that feeling of falling in love for the first time and why God brought you two together in the first place! I have been reminded lately when we are sitting on the couch and looking at the differences between 720p and 1080i television (whatever that means) how much I love my husband and how I am so thankful that our spark is still alive!

Happy New Year everyone....let's have a rockin' year!

"God has given us these times of joy." Psalm 81:4