Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Okay, this is personal, but I don't think Jared will care.

J and I have this ongoing argument/conversation about him being gone ALL the time. I tell him that I just want to see him every once in awhile. I want him to eat dinner with us. Why spend money on fast food when I will cook a meal for free? I don't just want to do his laundry, clean up the dishes or clothes or guitar, etc. that he leaves around when he comes in at night, and pay his bills. I want to talk to him. I want to laugh with him. I want to have a relationship with him. I really like him. He tells me that he is a senior! He's not supposed to be home all the time. Of course I want to use the phrase that I heard (yes, from my mother), "This is not a hotel!"

Well, as I was thinking about his today,when he was leaving, I thought about my relationship with God. God gives so much to me. He blesses way beyond what I deserve. Sometimes it is not a two way relationship. I take and take. He continues to give and give. Is He happy about it? I don't think so. Does He stop loving me? No. I think I understand more today than ever, how he yearns for me to spend time with him. I was reading my Bible this afternoon and came across this passage.

Isaiah 55:1-3

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;

and you who have no money,

come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without cost.

Why spend money on what is not bread,

and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Give ear and come to me;

hear me, that your soul may live.

I will make an everlasting covenant with you,

my faithful love promised to David.

Today, I am thankful to my heavenly Father, who gave His Son when I had nothing to give. I am thankful for a relationship with Him, even when I pull away and get a little too independent.

I am thankful for the Holy Spirit, who uses everyday things, to gingerly call me to Himself.

So I will work on spending more time with my Father. And Jared, if you read this,


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Held didn't hold!

Okay, the last post doesn't make sense now. I had the song "Held" by Natalie Grant and all the sudden it is gone!! Oh well, this was what I really wanted at first anyway and it worked when we tried again! I LOVED THIS MOVIE! Did you?

New Layout!

Thank you Christy Smith!! Christy came over this morning and showed me how to put new and fun layouts on my blog! She helped me so much!! Then, Maci looked at it and asked me if I purposely copied Ms. Tina's blog! What???? I had to go on and change it. I really like this one though. Anyway, now I've lost the music and it may take a while to figure it out, but I'm on the right track thanks to Christy! The song needed a new post because it sounded like I was needing to be "held" because of Aaron and Jamie leaving. Although I'm sad, I'm not needing Prozac yet!

School has started in the Shingleton home this week! :(

Jared is excited about his senior year and learning, Maci is bummed about being gone all day, and Molly is just plain mad about the amount of work she has this year. Woo hoo! Starting out to be a great year!

Hope your summer was a blast. Ours was fabulous! But...I'm sure the school year will be as well!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ivey's last day in TN

The Ivey's empty house :(
My sad baby girl!

Kent told them the best seats were in the referee's box
Good bye hugs...
More hugs :(

Me and Jamie! (I'll miss her)
Did I mention how sad this empty house was?

Molly and Cayden, Maci and Deacon

Jamie, here's the picture you wanted for Deacon's book.

Deacon looks happy to take this picture. Fake smile?
The Ivey drummers

Woo Hoo, Boo Hoo

Well, I have put off writing this for a few days so that I could get through it without crying! The Woo Hoo is for the Iveys! Yea for them! They have started out on a new journey in their ministry! They have moved to Austin, Texas where Aaron will be the worship leader for a great church called Austin Stone. They will be close to family and that will be a true blessing while raising kids.
Now, selfish as it is, BOO HOO for the Shingleton family! We have all cried many times in the last few days(except maybe Jared, although I think there may have been a few tears). We got to keep Cayden and Deacon for the last few days while they loaded trucks and trailors. They spent the night for the last time (without Mom and Dad), we took them swimming for the last time, they used all my lipgloss for the last time, they went to a volleyball game with us for the last time, we gave them ice cream and chocolate milk for the last time (no no's at the Ivey house) and got their toybox out for the last time. Boo hoo! We have fallen in love with their family. They were not only some of our very best friends, but our family here in Tennesee. I am thankful for the friendship that Kent and Jared have with Aaron. Both in completely different ways, and both special. I am thankful for the friendship I have with Jamie. I wanted to be here for her to help with the boys, but she was there for me in so many ways, especially when I lost the baby. I am thankful for her love for my girls. She has been such an encouragement to them in their journey to become closer to Christ and being the godly young women God has called them to be. The boys...my babies. I will miss not being able to go see them or have them spend the night every chance we get! Okay, I'm crying now. Time to stop. I will post pictures of our "last" few days with them later today. (How depressing does this sound??)
We are going to miss Bush and Maris, Jimmie and Laura, too! They have all become life-long friends!
We truly are excited for them and looking forward to them coming to visit and of course, us going to Austin to visit! Pray for them as they start their new ministry. (Okay, not so depressing).
We love you, Ivey family! Thanks for everything!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Crazy Girls!

Okay...Molly had friends over on Friday night. Holly and Jordan Goen are as crazy as she is! They decided to dress up in outrageous outfits. Then they asked if I would take them to Petsmart to buy a fish, dressed like that! Much to Maci's disapproval, I decided to take them. When we got there, they remembered Target was right there! They decided they would get more "shock" if they went into Target. I, of course, offered to drop them off and go without them to Petsmart and then pick them back up. After the fish purchase, Margo (who was with me) decided she wanted popcorn from Target!! We THOUGHT we could go in and get it and get back to the car to call the girls to meet us. But no, they saw us and came running, yelling, "Mom, Mom". I denied that I knew them and ran to the car as quickly as possible! What is so funny is that they saw Mike and Pam Casper. They don't think they recognized them, and they offered to take pictures of them. Here are a few pictures of their crazy get ups! My super shy daughter has definitely come out of her shell!