Tuesday, December 29, 2009
2. As I already knew, I was VERY well-behaved this year. Santa confirmed this with his generosity on Christmas morning. Pictures to come asap.
3. Am trying to make resolutions. Not sure just yet. Will keep posted.
4. Started drinking more water. Began yesterday. Victory thus far. (Keep in mind that I just said more- which won't be hard because I was drinking close to none. Ooops.)
5. Playing "Words With Friend" on my iPhone. this is possibly the best decision I've ever made. You can play me! My username is CamiSmith.
6. I want a UNC Tarheel's shirt. I'm an Alabama fan, but since I lived in North Carolina for a few years, I love Carolina too. My love for the Heels is NOTHING like my love for Alabama, but I feel like I need a shirt. Also, I tend to look smashing in that shade of blue.
7. I hate New Years. Least favorite holiday. After Columbus Day, and Stab Yourself With Your Fork Day. Ugh. But, I have plans.
8. Cleaned out my closet. 3 bags for Goodwill. Officially have too much crap.
9. Excited to go back to school. SO much to do to get ready!
10. Love my family. Lots. Maybe more than last week.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
regular breathing treatment didn't work. continuous nebulizer.
that wasn't working fast enough. IV drugs.
oxygen level at arrival to ER: 82%.
by the time I left: 98%
5 days of steroids. make me hot. and hungry.
In the words of my dad, "It's not Christmas unless Cami's going to the Emergency Room"
Monday, December 14, 2009
We took our Christmas card picture (better late than never, right?)- and it's SO great. We all have on "Gameday" gear. Roll Tide and Merry Christmas. :)
Then we went to dinner at Vincent's.
Dinner at 7.
Heisman at 8.
My brother proposed that we all leave our phones at home so that when we came back, we could all watch the Heisman show together. So we did.
Of course, we didn't take into consideration the fact that the TVs in the bar would be on ESPN.
But, never fear.
My brother, sister, and I all sat with our backs to the televisions. My mom and dad had to sit at the end where they couldn't see the screens. My s-i-l and nephew were the only ones who could see the screen- and neither one of them care.
So, we made it through dinner without seeing anything.
Came home and watch it whole show as a family.
Then cried again.
I am SO excited for Mark Ingram! And for running backs. And for Alabama!
I love my family for making the Heisman trophy presentation part of my mom's bday party. And for making Alabama a part of our Christmas card. Love it.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Thanks to BooMama, you can win $500 worth of beauty products. I've never used them, but they look amazing and everything I've read about them says they will change your life.
So, check it out on her giveaways page!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Mark Ingram is a stud. One of the 5 finalists for The Heisman. Love him.
Greg McElroy had the game of his life. Well, at least of this season. He was perfect. Amazing.
Oh, Alabama fans- so witty.
Monday at school. I did wear an Alabama shirt. This picture is ridic. It's in blackandwhite because I looked ROUGH. The B&W helped some.
"Remember the Rose Bowl- we'll win then"
Monday, November 16, 2009
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
And now it's free.
He's changed labels and decided to give away free music! Who doesn't love free music?
Just bebop over to his web site www.mattwertz.com and you'll see a little button at the top of the screen. Then the clicking can ensue, and you'll get new music!
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Monday, November 9, 2009
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (The Message)
Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen,
Though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted,
Though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty,
I’m singing joyful praise to God.
I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God.
Counting on God’s Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
His summary of her life (and memoir) made me want to read this book- just added to my wishlist on Amazon!
To quote Fallows:
Life and Death in Shanghai, her memoir of her life in China in the pre-Communist era, and then her daughter's murder and her own imprisonment and torture by Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution, was one of the first notable accounts of those years and remains a powerful work of modern non-fiction. Although it has been two decades since I read it, many of the scenes are still vivid. Soon after it was published in 1987, my wife and I were in Shanghai and traced the neighborhoods she had described.
Nien Cheng never returned to mainland China after she got out in 1980, and over the past twenty years she lived mainly in Washington DC. Several times while walking my wife or I had the amazing-each-time experience of passing on the sidewalk a tiny, increasingly frail, but elegant Chinese woman whom we knew to be her. I never dared to say hello or thank her for writing the book, which I now regret all the more. None of her family is left, but her book will endure.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Ken is smart.
And now he's talking about sex.
Which is always interesting.
What I read today was really good- but the part that hit me the hardest was the end.
Most modern Christians don’t do well with being raw. We are afraid that God won’t show up. But Jesus said in Luke 4:18 that he came to set free those who are broken-hearted…that’s us! We need to be set free not in order to sin but to live passionately with God and for Him. Take a risk with God by beginning to take your desires to Him. Be patient with yourself because it will take some time to grow your understanding of God in this way.
I liked it.
You know what I mean?
Friday, November 6, 2009
It really annoys me when speakers/worship leaders/prayer people/Christian talkers of any kind say that the Bible "reminds us that "quote said scripture here".
I heard a guy say the other night-- "the Bible reminds us that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose".
That doesn't even make any sense.
It's not reminding you. It told you first.
Maybe YOU were reminded by the Bible's words.
But the Bible isn't reminding.
That would be same as saying that "Shakespeare reminds us that a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet".
Uh, no. I'M reminding you. Shakespeare said it first!
This may be stupid. And it may not even make any sense. But it annoys me for some reason.
THE OTHER THING. (and I know this one makes sense.)
I HATE when people say that "worship was good".
Uh. Pretty sure that worship is YOUR response to God, and what you meant was that you liked the music. Just say that. Don't over spiritualize something that IS NOT spiritual.
Your worship can be good in any setting. Good music or not. Fast or slow. Loud or soft. Crying or jumping. It doesn't even have to be music. Because worship isn't music.
Worship is a response.
Stop making it the responsibility of others.
CHOOSE to worship.
Make your worship good.
And let the band know that you liked the music.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
She has a blog that I love reading- mainly because I get to know what's going on in her life, but also because she often makes me stop and think about things that my mind wouldn't normally venture toward.
This entry on her blog is recognizing a French-Senegalese author that Kari recently read about.
But, the last sentences in her writing stopped me on a dime.
She wrote, "our roots are just the beginning of who we are"
Isn't that true? So much of who I am relates to where I'm from, but it's not my entire identity. I'm not just from the South. I'm not only from a Christian home. I'm not just a Smith.
Those things are just the start of who I am. But I'm not defined, limited, or acclaimed by my beginnings. It's simply the beginning.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Stallings coached at Alabama under Bryant during the 70s, then came back in 1990 and proceeded to lead us to a National Championship in 1992- in a HUGE upset over Miami. (He's got the ball! He took the ball away from him!)
And Stallings would have been welcome to stay much longer than he did, but chose to retire in after the 1996 season (and a bowl win over Michigan to end his career at Alabama).
But Coach Stallings left The Capstone.
To focus on "Another Season"- John Mark Stallings. John Mark is Coach Stallings's special needs son. He was born with Down Syndrome and battled congenital heart disease as he aged. Coach Stallings left coaching to focus on life with his son.
John Mark was one of those kids that was almost more famous than his famous daddy because everything that John Mark did was influential on his influential father.
John Mark passed away this past year at the age of 46. It made headlines in the state of Alabama and was on the cover of the UofAlabama campus newspaper, The Crimson and White. The story of John Mark's life was even made news here in Georgia. "Another Season" was written by Coach Stallings and Sally Cook- it's such a great story.
Alabama fans love Bryant, but I'm pretty sure most of us love Coach Stallings and John Mark too.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
These were my favorite quotes from tonight. GLORIOUS.
If she wants to win, she can do it at home. -Liz
Vomit. Or don't. -Jillian
Are you gonna bitch and cry, or are you going to do it?! -Bob
I'll bitch and cry, but I'll do it! -Rebecca
I don't think I ever met anybody who got fat eating vegetables. -Bob
When I came here, I didn't even know about the prize money. -Coach Mo
But, I still hate Tracy.
Monday, October 12, 2009
It's just heartbreaking. I was tearing up reading them. So sad.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
When Rachel wrote about it, I think she hit the nail on the head....
I lie to myself about "punkins".
They're only sold during Halloween season(which Wal-Mart seems to think is August-October)They are my favorite fall color.
They taste AMAZING! Sugary, mallowy, sweetness.
Did I mention, you can only get them for 3 months out of the year?
I tell myself it's ok to eat an entire bag.
I hoard them like a squirrel.
I don't hibernate or have to save up all of my food until winter....but I eat them like I do.
I tell myself lies. I make myself believe that its ok to binge on "punkins".
While "punkins" may not seem like that big of a deal, it's still a lie.
The real reason I ate the whole bag is....I have no self control.
I have no self control in other areas of my life, as well.
Eating candy is just one of those areas.
If I lie to myself about my lack of candy eating self control...
what bigger lies am I making myself believe?
Just being honest.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I'm not embarrassed to say I've had this song in my head ALL day. It makes me laugh out loud.
One of my 7th graders told me she "got" this song- and I had to look her straight in the face and promise her that she didn't. But she would one day. And we would laugh.
Enjoy. Sing along!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
But, the kids are headed back to school tomorrow. They won't be at Clarkdale, but rather split between two nearby schools.
Obviously, the recovery is gonna take a while. Not only does the physical building have to be restored, students and teachers lost all of their supplies. (Last time I moved classrooms, it took 12 boxes to move all of my stuff!!)
If you live in the Atlanta area, you can partner with 11Alive and The School Box will be taking donations at any area School Box during the week of Sept. 26-27.
If you're not in Atlanta or just don't have time to go by The School Box, you can give online. You can give here. All gifts are tax deductible.