Wise Words

08/19/2009

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“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” — Psalm 37:25

God is so good! He is always faithful to provide. I’ve never been abandoned by Him. I’ve never gone without food. Our plan as hubby and I embark on a new career endeavor requiring a lot of faith? COMPLETE TRUST.


Kayak Shopping

08/18/2009

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Does anyone have experience with inflatable kayaks? Hubby and I are wondering if one would be good enough for novice, occasional kayakers. They’re less than half the price of hard shell tandem kayaks.

These people look like they’re having fun:

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We’re definitely wanting a 2-person sit-on-top kayak so we can take Lucy along and I can stop paddling whenever I feel like it. (hehehe) Oh, and…in case we get caught in a strong current I won’t be fending for myself.


Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

08/17/2009

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I almost didn’t have a chance to post today. I spent the tail end of last week and half the day today helping hubby with a painting job. The cool part is that he’s painting my new office and I got to have a lot of say in the colors. The blue (Behr “Bon Voyage”) came out kind of crazy bright (I was pushing for a slightly more neutral gray blue but I got outvoted) but now that the cubicles are all in place it looks much better. The green (PPG “Dill”) and dark brown (SW “Black Fox”) everyone liked from our last office so we decided to use them again. Here are some pictures from our painting adventures. Jason did all the edging and I did the majority of the rolling.

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And after a whole day of being well behaved (for the most part) I couldn’t resist this graffiti urge:

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Phone Photo Friday

08/14/2009

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Wise Words

08/13/2009

Introducing, a new, reoccurring feature on My MCM Life:

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“Don’t spend money you don’t have.” – Papa

My grandpa had a simple standard when it came to borrowing money. He worked blue-collar jobs his whole life and died a millionaire with zero debt.


2009 East Nashville Tomato Art Fest

08/12/2009

One of my favorite things about East Nashville is the annual Tomato Art Fest in historic 5-Points. There are all kinds of activities like a 5K run, red-head contests, tomato beauty pageants, NOLA-style parade, vintage fashion shows, local artisan vendors, burrito eating contests, wine tastings, bloody mary contests, lots of tomato inspired art and like every Nashville festival — tons of live music. I’ll let the photos do most of the talking.

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Wonders on Woodland mid-century antiques:

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More vintage items for sale out front. I Dream of Weenie in the background. (I love these goofballs.)

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Fanny’s House of Music:

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The Groove new & used vinyl, CD’s & more:

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Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

08/11/2009

I’m not going to claim that it was my favorite hymn before last week but I’m really loving it now. Originally I saw this video on Design Mom set to Sufjan Stevens’ version of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” Then I downloaded the song and have been listening to it for days. I’m definitely buying the rest of his Songs for Christmas boxed set this year in time for tree trimming and hot apple cider.

Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of thy unchanging love.

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy grace now, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

(I’m highlighting my favorite lines in teal.)

Wondering what Ebenezer means? I was and this answered my question well.


Remembering Dorothy Jean Good

08/10/2009

One year ago today I held my granny’s hand while she took her last breath and went home to be with Jesus. No more cancer, no more Alzheimer’s, no more pain; now she’s free, whole and rejoicing with angels!

I thought it would be nice to remember her through some of my favorite pictures.

This picture is from a family reunion and I honestly don’t know who most of these kids are. I do know that Granny is holding me and has her right hand on my brother Aaron’s shoulder (the very tan kid with white-blonde hair!), my cousin Damian is to his right, my cousin Nick is to Granny’s left and that’s my sister Jessica in the red, white and blue suit (also very tan!). circa 1985

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The swimming pool in my grandparent’s backyard kept our family together every summer for many, many years.

Papa, Granny and Jessica (their first grand-baby), circa 1979:

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Granny and Papa loved camping in their “fifth wheel”. This picture reminds me of two things: Granny gave the BEST hugs and my big sister was a twirp. circa 1980

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Granny and Papa worked very hard but they also took time to go on vacation – often a beach vacation to Ocean City, Maryland or Myrtle Beach, South Carolina most summers. Here, Granny and Papa with me and my siblings. circa 1986

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On my wedding day Granny told me she never thought she’d live long enough to see one of her grandkids get married. I’m so glad she was there on my wedding day! 2003

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Drive-By [Photo] Shooting (MCM Architecture)

08/09/2009

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Location: NW Nashville/Bordeaux


Bike Route

08/07/2009

It’s a rather boring Friday at work (I LOVE the quiet days right after deadlines) and I’ve been playing around on Google Maps and MapMyRun.com. This map shows the bike route we took the other day, which I just learned is 3.4 miles. Good to know because we were over-estimating—guessing more like 5 or 6 miles.

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We are so blessed to live in a neighborhood nestled in Nashville’s biggest urban park with miles and miles of paved greenway trails along the Cumberland River. Above, I enhanced the park with green tint in photoshop and made our bike route blue.