Happy Four Years!

Four years ago we were dancing the night away at our wedding reception. Actually, I was dancing the night away…Brent was, well, I don’t know what he was doing. I was too busy singing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston with Allison and “MmmBop” by Hanson with my Cohort C girls. He doesn’t dance.

That was four years ago. Fast forward to tonight and we were standing in our closet discussing how Brent never puts his shoes back where they belong and he always leaves stuff on the bathroom counter. Funny how things change 🙂

I love him.

He’s an outstanding husband and father.

Here’s to many many more happy years together with my best friend. Happy Anniversary!

By the way: If you are looking for a FUN photographer that loves the Lord, check out Steve Austin Photography.  He does more than just weddings!

Say what?

It’s rare that I ask Brent go to the store to buy groceries. When I do, I always make a list so that he only buys what we need. Tonight, I asked him to go to Kroger to get some diapers and a few things for dinner for tomorrow. On his way home he calls me to tell me he got me a surprise. I LOVE surprises, but I also LOVE to not spend unnecessary money. Haha 🙂 So I’m sure it seemed extremely ungrateful of me when I disappointingly said to my sweet husband, “oh really?” And he proceeded to tell me that actually all three of us got a surprise from the grocery store. So my disappointed “oh really?” turned into a “What in the world were you thinking? This is why I never ask you to go to the store because you can’t stick to the list!” I gave him a hard time, of course in a completely sarcastic joking manner, and it really doesn’t matter that he spent a few extra dollars on some things.  I just thought it was humorous that he can’t go to the store without buying something extra. So what was the surprise you ask? I got some dark chocolate cream for my coffee (YUM!), Lily got a snack holder, and Brent got some Chex Mix (he bought the Kroger brand to save money, haha! That made me feel slightly better). I know all of you are thinking…big deal Brittany, it’s not like he went out and bought a new TV or something. You just don’t understand how frugal I am…it’s ridiculous. Ask Brent since he has to deal with it all the stinkin’ time.

Anyway…now to the reason I decided to write this post.

We’re starting a new blog series. Notice I said “we’re”…meaning Brent is going to have some input. Actually, he won’t have a whole lot of input because I know he will never actually sit down and post anything. But the series was his idea…

Ever heard of Google Voice?

Brent has it on his phone and it has a feature that transcribes his voice mails.

Late at night when we finally get in the bed and both of us are on the brink of being delirious, we read his voice mails from the day and laugh till our sides hurt. Google Voice can really mess up a message and it is hilarious. At least we think it is. I hope you do too. Read on…outloud…

I got a rent done. And I don’t know. I’m going to it. I don’t. Clara. So a time, and leola. Hey, next. Hey, hey he. Chow Yes, the.

And that would be the message.

Thankfully, Brent can also listen to the message. Otherwise he would have no clue who it was from and what they were saying. You would think the message would be from Clara and about rent. It’s actually from Lily 🙂 You can listen to it below. SO precious!!!

I hope this at least made you grin. Happy Wednesday!


The ring I’ll never wear

It’s strange to think I’ve lived here as long as I lived in Auburn. Auburn became home immediately. I’m still waiting on this place to feel like home…

Merely a thought and totally unrelated to this post. 
Just a heads up…there is a part of this post that may be too much information. I warn you now and apologize. If you don’t care for bathroom humor, stop reading now. 
This past weekend we went to Birmingham for my cousin TH’s graduation. Here he is with Lily last summer in Fort Myers… 
Congratulations!!! He will be attending Itawamba Community College (not “hit-a-wombat”) in the Fall. 
While we were there, I decided to look for my American Girl Doll “Kirsten”. One of my students is from India  and she and her family are moving back there this summer to be missionaries. She loves American Girl dolls but doesn’t have one of her own. I certainly don’t need Kirsten anymore and I want to give it to her. That is if she can ignore the hot pink fingernail polish that covers the doll thanks to my brother who, when he was young, thought she (and my dresser) would be prettier if she had nail polish all over her. 
So as I’m looking for Kirsten in the top of my closet in my bedroom at home I come across a pearl ring I received from my parents as a Christmas gift while in college. I’ve never been able to wear the ring consistently because the pearl won’t stay on the post. We sent it back to the jeweler several times, only to have the pearl fall off again and again. Just before my wedding, I left the ring at my parents house to be sent to the jeweler yet again to see if they could find a better solution to keep the pearl on the post. In all the craziness of graduating and having a wedding within 2 weeks of each other, the pearl was kind of forgotten about. 
I thought I had lost it. 
I never found Kirsten in the top of my closet this weekend, but I did find my pearl ring! I was so excited 🙂 I put it on and showed it off like I was newly engaged. 
We were all about to leave for dinner and as any smart girl would do, I ran to the restroom before we left. 
I went.
I wiped. 
I heard something unexpected. 
The pearl had fallen in my pee. 
[I warned you!]
Of course I started laughing so hard that I was crying and couldn’t stand up straight…all the while I couldn’t decide if I should flush or not. So I opened the door and called my mom in. She joined in the laughter. I called my dad in. He joined in the laughter. And before you know it, we’re all gathered ’round the still-not-flushed toilet laughing. 
My dad got some kind of contraption that apparently plumbers always have handy (he’s not a plumber, he just had it handy) and he was able to get it out. He must love me 🙂 
Thankfully, I have the ring and the CLEAN pearl in a plastic bag waiting to go to the jeweler to see if there is any hope of me ever wearing that ring again. 
Problem is, I don’t have a clue where I put that bag! 

Top Ten for Mother’s Day

Top Ten (out of a million) Reasons Why I Love My Mother (in no particular order): 
10.  She makes amazing chicken salad.
9. She invented laughter. 
8.  She always makes me see a difficult situation from another perspective. As annoying as that was in my teenage years, I appreciate it because it taught me to not focus on me. 
7. We can have an entire conversation by laughing. 
6.  She loves the Lord and it is evident that she puts Him first in her life. 
5. She taught me to pay a higher price for quality rather than paying little for something that won’t last. As a result, it has made me overly picky when shopping for clothes. 
4.  She taught me to be extremely frugal. 
3.  She drinks as much as I do (sweet tea people, duh!)     
2.  She may get older but I don’t think she will ever act older…haha!
1.  She is selfless. 
Top Ten (out of a million) Reasons Why I Love Being a Mom (in no particular order):
10.  I always have a reason to smile.
9.  I have the privilege to raise a daughter to fear and love God.  
8.  I can experience a love that only a mother can know. 
7. Getting up early on a Saturday morning is actually fun because I get to see her sweet face and hear her say, “MAMA!”.
6.  I have an excuse to take a nap in the middle of the day. I still abide by the “sleep when baby sleeps” rule. 
5.  Call me crazy, but I’m “living my dream” as some people say…being a momma 🙂 
4.  I have a reason to go on a walk everyday because a certain someone LOVES to be outside.
3. I get to create special traditions and memories.
2.  Whether she is laughing, eating, crying, sleeping, pitching a royal fit with her head thrown back screaming “no” and hitting me…anytime is a good time to spend with her. It’s true what they say, “The days are long but the years are short.” 
1.  Sweet hugs and kisses from my girl 🙂 
And I can’t forget my other moms:
 My mother in law, Teresa, who makes the BEST crock pot pizza in the world…haha 🙂 She is a faithful woman who always puts her family first before any of her needs. She raised one heck of a gentleman! 
“Mom”–my mom’s mom. Alliteration anyone? The one who taught me to iron and, thankfully, Brent learned too so I never have to do it! She gave me an appreciation for black eyed peas, fried okra, and fresh tomatoes.  She also gave me my first sip of sweet tea at the age of 8 months (I think?), hence my love for the southern delicacy. She encourages others through written words. I have many letters from her that I have saved through the years. She is a perfect example of a Proverbs 31 woman. 

Granny Rosie–my dad’s mom. She’s famous for her sweet tea and hamburgers, and everything else she cooks for that matter. She makes the most comfortable pallets! She is a prayer warrior. She always sees that every member of her family is taken care of before herself. Her life is a testimony of faithfulness and love for her Savior. Greatest memory I have with her: sleeping on a pallet on her bedroom floor listening to her read the Bible. 
And I can say of all these women in my life, “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” (Proverbs 31: 29)
Happy Mother’s Day!