Friday, October 31, 2008

Reformation Day

I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God.

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther published his 95 Theses against the doctrine of indulgences. He nailed them to the doors of the Castle Church. In honor of Reformation Day, I decided to post a few quotes by Martin Luther - that great Reformer to whom we owe so much.

"Peace if possible, truth at all costs."

"Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us."

"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."

A few years ago I was perusing the book shelf at a thrift store, an intriguing title caught my eye. The book was entitled: "Martin Luther Had a Wife." It told the love stories of men like Luther, Edwards, and Wesley. Here are a few quotes about marriage from the monk-turned-husband:

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage."

"Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave."

For those who know my history as a "Baptist Nun" you will understand part of my fascination with Katie Luther - who was a nun before marrying Martin Luther in 1525.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Celebration with Savannah

Last night our dear friends - the Boevings - came over for David's birthday dinner. They brought their adorable girls - Aubrey and Savannah. Savannah and I have pretty much become best friends over the past few weeks since they arrived in Louisville from Memphis. It warms my heart to hear her call me Laura...which sounds like "ya ya" to me. At dinner she would pop up in my lap to eat a piece of corn and then roam the dining room again and return a few minutes later. David tried his hardest to woo her to sit in his lap and eat. She kindly refused his offers and would by-pass him for her mom or me. By the end of the night though, David's charm had gotten to her - and she was even attempting to say his name. He was thrilled. I think it was his favorite birthday present of all:)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Birthday To David!!!!

Happy Birthday, David!!!!

He started the morning off with his favorite - chocolate chip pancakes:)

Sister Time

I love my sister. It was so good to spend a short weekend together. I was glad to see her come. Sad to see her go. And happy in her presence while she was here. We spend a lot of time eating, cooking, guitaring, laughing, screaming, and chatting. I miss her already. Isn't she a great sis to drive 6 hours here...6 hours back to Memphis...spend 36 hours in Louisville?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Sistra

Lindsey is coming for a visit this weekend. I can't wait. No cave adventures are planned for this weekend - however - we are going to brave the roller coasters of Six Flags. Lindsey sent me a post card this week expressing her excitement. Her closing line went something like "I can't wait til Six Flags. I love to laugh and scream and freak out." She does laugh and scream and freak out at amusement parks. And when I am with her...I do as well. I know it's only Wednesday...but I can hardly wait.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Girls' Weekend

My freshman year in college Neecie Glass lived down the hall from Rebekah and me. We met her in July at the MC summer orientation. Our first semester at MC Neecie would come sit on our dorm room floor and make us laugh until we cried. Her room was decorated to the hilt - if memory serves there was some leopard print in the decor...and no doubt some teal and hot pinks floating around. Neecie introduced us to Stacey Gaines who lived on a different floor. Stacey's room looked as much like a rose as a room could. I remember a lot of pink. It always smelled good too. A friend from high school, Laurin transferred to our hall from University of Memphis the second semester. After our Freshman year we were never again in such close proximity and though we remained on campus we moved in varied circles. Neecie was in the Math Club. Stacey was analyzing literature. Laurin was learning to teach special ed and dating Aaron. Rebekah was practicing her psychological experiments on me. I was bound to Greek with Dr. Green. The laughter had already worked it's magic though. Our senior year, we took our first annual Girls' Trip to The Grand Hotel on the Mississippi Coast. Though it's harder now with life's ever growing responsibilities...we still try to get together each year or so.

Last night Laurin and I were able to meet Stacey in downtown Louisville for a little reunion. She was in town to present at a literary conference. It was great to catch up. Great to see her beautiful engagement ring. Great to laugh together. Great to look forward to the next time we can all be together in one place.

I love old friends.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Footprints of a Pilgrim

This past weekend while we were in Cincinnati I picked up a compilation of poems and memoirs by and about Ruth Bell Graham. The wife of the most prominent evangelical figure of a generation, her life has long intrigued me. I've wondered about the woman who spent countless nights at home caring for their 5 children while her husband traveled the world preaching to thousands. I've wondered what impact her quiet, unseen prayers had on the ministry of her husband. I've wondered how much of God's work was tied to the work that she did on her knees. Footprints of a Pilgrim is a reflective compilation of poems and prose that only deepened my suspicion that in that unseen realm - where reality is weighed - the depth of the tie might surprise us all.

splendid, soaring
jagged peaks,
stripped of trees
of grass and sod
on whose snow
the sunlight lingers
are but the Braille
letters, where we mortals
blind and fragile
trace our fingers
to spell the name
of God.

- Ruth Bell Graham

Monday, October 13, 2008

Newport Fun

Eden Park and the Cincinnati Art Museum

We had a fantastic weekend in Cincinnati. We were able to do everything on the "list" and still had plenty of time to relax. I was even able to read a little book about Ruth Bell Graham...which I'll review soon for the blog readers.

Here are a few pics from the fun:

Riding bikes across the Purple People Bridge from downtown to the Newport Aquarium.

Jelly Fish at the Newport Aquarium

"The Jelly Fish Lamp"

The Shark Petting Zoo!!!

David playing on the life size version of "Frogger" - the best Atari game created...rivaled only by Q-bert.

At my request, David purchased a little cup of nectar and made some new friends.

His friends were so enthralled with him that one climbed up his arm and started nibbling on his shirt collar. I was laughing hysterically. Of course, I put Instant Hand Sanitizer all over his arm and neck the minute we left.

Friday, October 10, 2008


I think our 1st Anniversary celebration may be a little hard to beat in the future. This weekend we are heading to Cincinnati for a long-ago planned Anniversary trip. We found a great deal on a 3.5 star hotel on Hotwire and heading out this afternoon. I am so excited. I love discovering new just about any new place...from the bush towns to big cities!

A few possibilities on our "list" for Cincinnati are:

1. The Purple People Bridge and Waterfront Park. We're taking the bikes:)
2. The Newport Aquarium!!!!
3. The Cincinnati Art Museum
4. The Montgomery Inn for dinner.
5. Rest. Relaxation. Reading. Despite the new surroundings...I am determined to sit and down with a book for at least a few hours!

A fun little fact I discovered on the Cincyusa website today:
In 1869 the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the 1st Pro Baseball team in known as the Cincinnati Reds.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Feminine Appeal

We had a great time last night at Pride and Prejudice. We were really impressed by the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Three different stages...all in one building. They even had a pre-program chat with one of the set designers.

David and I found this little modern day spending power comparison that Sarah Lunnie put together for the printed program really intriguing.

Mr. Bennet's annual income (2,000 British pounds) = $113,200 Spending power in '08
Mr. Bingley's annual income (4,000 British pounds) = $267, 000 Spending power in '08
Mr. Darcy's annual income (10,000 British pounds) = $583,333 Spending power in '08

Mrs. Bennet's total marriage portion, which she will live on after Mr. Bennet's death (5,000 British pounds) = $283,000 Spending power in '08

Miss Georgiana Darcy's total marriage portion (30,000 British pounds) = $1,698,000 Spending power in '08

As for the show. It was very well done. We enjoyed the stage, the British humor, the inclusion of the audience in the drama.

I must admit that both David and I were a little disappointed with the choice of the heroine - Miss. Elizabeth Bennet. While her accent would never suggest it and everything in her acting reminded me of the true character, there was something disappointing. It took me a little while to figure it out. This was my conclusion - the actress treated Elizabeth's wit and sarcasm with a brazen air. While she was a petite, beautiful girl, she reminded me more of a sarcastic, haughty New Yorker than a witty, strong young lady in British society. The feminine appeal was lacking in her air. That's all I know to say. It made all the difference. Argue if you will.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pride and Prejudice

On Monday as a part of our Anniversary celebration, David surprised me with tickets to Pride and Prejudice at the Louisville Actors' Theatre. Now - I love going to the theatre...any theatre...even high school plays. But Pride and Prejudice?!?! I can hardly wait for tonight!

Just because I am really enjoying sharing my wedding pictures...and in response to Rob's comment that the pics I posted were a few of the men folk:

The tux.

David with his Peruvian jungle comrads: Quinten and Jodie

My brother's wife Julie and the cutest kids ever: Sam and Emma

The men folk.

My sweet dad.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Wedding Cake

Jane Musso made our wedding cake. Though I am admittedly biased, it was the BEST wedding cake I've ever tasted! In keeping with tradition, we froze the top of the cake and ate it yesterday on our one year anniversary. David was in charge of "wrapping" it in foil...he did such a good job that one year later: it was still INCrediBLe!!!

After a year in the freezer:

Monday, October 6, 2008

One Year Anniversary

October 6, 2007 was our wedding day. Today we are celebrating our 1st Anniversary!!! More later on the festivities of the week and the memories of this wonderful start the blogging off though, here are a few pictures from our day.

I love looking back through our pictures (taken by our dear friend, Robby Followell of Followell Fotography). October 6th is a beautiful day!!!