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Since it is Monday morning, and it is a bit dreary here in Oklahoma City today, and because I love you all so much…I decided to give you little treat this morning.  Meet JeRayle {aka Rayle}. 


I had the pleasure of doing a second photo shoot of him this weekend.  {You can check out the first one we did, in Dallas, on my old blog here.}

Doesn’t your morning look better now?

You’re welcome.


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Pure-VirtueNovember 15, 2010 - 3:53 pm

LOL ;-) Nice Abi!

KristieNovember 15, 2010 - 3:56 pm

D A N G!

BrittNovember 15, 2010 - 4:16 pm

Nice! VERY nice! ;~)

Kriea ArieNovember 15, 2010 - 7:38 pm



Now that my hair is red, maybe I should try this hairdo for my THIRTIETH birthday this NEW YEARS EVE! :)  Exciting plans are in the works for celebrating it…….

via one of my favorite blogs, A Cup Of Jo.

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JacquelynNovember 12, 2010 - 6:35 pm

Yes! That is one of my favorite blogs, too! And I love doing this hair. I need to do it more…

not just a day that the banks are closed

To the veterans:  THANK YOU!!!

And to you, the citizens of this nation:  If you can, if you are able to today, please wrap your arms tight around a veteran and thank them.

I hesitated to post this photo, but I want to make it real to you.  This is an image of a mother wiping away tears after her son earned his Green Beret.  The tears are tears of pride and joy and also fear.  This is an image of a son smiling after embracing his mother.  He slight smile is meant to reassure her.  He has completed the most difficult training and is ready to serve.  This is an image of a Special Forces soldier on his graduation day.  This is my mom.  This is my brother.

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My brother Jack went on to serve on two deployments.  On two missions as a Green Beret medic, he fought and he healed and he administered care to countless people.  He made a difference in this world.  He also never came home from his second deployment. 

Thousands of men and women are willingly serving and have served in our military.  Please, remember them.  Thank them.  Pray for them and their families.  Not just on Veterans Day, but every day.


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Kathleen MillerNovember 11, 2010 - 5:13 pm

Wow Abi- SO many tears reading this…what a moving story/picture. Such a sweet memory! Im so thankful and proud of your brother's service!

JacquelynNovember 11, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Oh wow. I got chills. Well written and great photo. Thank you to your family.

Bethany LarieNovember 12, 2010 - 5:03 am

WOW, powerful! Thank You for sharing

saving daylight?

True story:  On Sunday, I mistakenly thought for a few moments that the time change for Daylight Savings would actually, I don’t know, give me some more daylight.  Every spring and fall, I get confused and then annoyed about Daylight Savings.  It just doesn’t make sense to my brain.  I know that back in the day, they established Daylight Savings for farmers and such.  {Actually, I don’t know that at all…it’s just what I’ve heard.  So to be clear, I did zero research on this matter.}  And I do love the farmers.  My grandpa farmed his land in Iowa for years, and several of my relatives still farm.  And I love The Pioneer Woman, she’s one of my favorite bloggers…I know that they technically are ranchers, but I’m just saying…I love these people and think they’re great, and if Daylight Savings helps them, then I guess it’s not so annoying.

But, lord help me, is it not depressing that it gets dark at 5:30pm now?  And it certainly doesn’t help me out when I am trying to schedule photo shoots.  And by 8:30 last night, I was just ready  to crawl into bed and sleep.  Grrr.  My productivity is not assisted by darkness at 5:30.

If you are like me, you have probably wished that you could just make the sun stand still for a few hours on some days.  Wouldn’t a couple more hours of daylight come in pretty useful at times?

This matter is on my mind not only because of Daylight Savings, but also because of a book I am reading right now.  The title happens to be Sun Stand Still.  It’s written by Steven Furtick, and my lifegroup {small group from my church} is reading and studying it together.  We have almost come to the end of it, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone searching for their purpose in this world and the faith to pursue it.  {You can totally borrow my copy, if you don’t mind lots of highlighted passages.}

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{phone pic.  excuse the poor quality.}

The title is drawn from the story in the Bible where God makes the sun stand still for Joshua, giving him a few more hours of daylight in order to win a battle.  Can you imagine?  First, can you imagine having a task worthy of that kind of action from God?  Second, can you imagine praying boldly and believing that God would actually make the sun stand still in order for you to accomplish that task??

It is difficult for me to wrap my mind around that.  Even more difficult than understanding Daylight Savings.  But, through time spent reading this book and praying and immersing myself more in the Word, I think maybe I am starting to get it.


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Kelly BeaneNovember 11, 2010 - 6:05 am

Gotta read that book, like right now! I totally feel you on daylight savings though. It's great because at first it gives you an extra hour of sleep, technically, but then you get used to it and it's not so cool. And dang it, it affects our work – and that just stinks. :)

resisting temptation

This might seem shallow to you, but in the interest of keeping it real around here, I thought I’d share.

I have this problem…a shopping problem.  I just adore pretty, cool, or unique things.  I also adore fun, quirky, bright, shiny, cute, interesting things.  And by things, I mean shoes.  And bracelets.  And shirts.  And skirts.  And shoes.  And sweaters.  And earrings.  And scarves.  And shoes.  And boots.  And hats.  Oh, and shoes.  See, it’s a problem.

Let me explain it just a little further, so I can really feel ridiculous.  Lately, in order to curb my shopping impulses, I have sort of made a law unto myself that I can only shop at thrift stores.  Because, really, not only are they generally cheaper, but let’s face it: it’s hard to find stuff that fits properly, doesn’t have any stains or rips, and that I actually “love”.  {I fall in love very easily with clothing items.}  Plus, when I do find something that meets the aforementioned requirements, it is usually way cooler and more unique than anything I would find in a regular store.

But wait, let me define my normal, when it comes to stores.  I don’t shop at Macy’s or Bergdorf {not that we have that in OKC}, or even the mall.  I used to venture into the mall sometimes, but then I discovered Ross…and Burlington Coat Factory…and Marshalls.  And all the lovely, cheap-o stores that perfectly fit my desire to hunt and find treasures at a really low price.  Almost as good as thrift stores.  Oh, except that it is waaaay too easy for me to find things I “love” at stores like Ross.

Here’s a perfect example…A few weeks ago, I allowed myself to go to Burlington, because I needed to get a flowy black vest.  {This is false.  I don’t need anything when it comes to clothing.}  And I did find and purchase a flowy black vest, for a great low price.  I also found and purchased a cream colored vest, a green vest, a black sparkly hat, a black fedora, and a purple hat.  Oh, and a pair of earrings…or two.  Seriously.  And I didn’t even let myself look at the shoes, because I was terrified of what gems I would discover that I couldn’t live without.

As much as I joke about this little problem of mine, it has actually been a big problem.  My lack of self control when it comes to buying, has led to financial struggles.  I drive an ancient, crappy car…because I buy shoes.  So, I am using this post to test the theory of “admitting you have a problem is the first step to overcoming it.”  Now I’ve put it out there for all the world {okay, for my twelve readers} to see.  I feel exposed and a bit ashamed.

But wait, I can’t leave it on that note.  I want you all to be proud of me.  Because yesterday, I resisted temptation.  I went into the evil place of temptation Ross on my lunch break to buy a birthday present for a friend.  And what do you know, I found an adorable animal print fedora and some snuggly-looking clogs that would look oh-so-fab with the fedora…What’s that you say?  You didn’t know that clogs could look snuggly?  Well, they can and these ones did.  Look, I have proof…

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I loved these so much that I just had to…..take a picture of them.  That’s right, friends.  I set them on this shelf, snapped this photo on my phone, and walked away.  See, aren’t you so proud of me now?

And yes, I know that I should have returned the hat to it’s little hook at the front of the store, but I was secretly hoping that some fabulous girl, who wears a size 8 shoe and could rock an animal print fedora, would come along after me and scoop them up and give them a happy home.  Together.  Forever.

Did I mention I have a problem?

I’m working on it…


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Kriea ArieNovember 9, 2010 - 4:38 pm


stephanieNovember 9, 2010 - 4:40 pm

oh girl you just said what i've never been able to admit…my problem is more with online shopping…i just can't help myself! i have even gone as far as having things shipped to my office so stephen doesn't find out….my goodness, that's a problem.

well maybe we can have a support group…

Kathleen MillerNovember 9, 2010 - 5:36 pm

I am the SAME WAY with Ross girl. It's scary! I'm so proud of you and DO believe that admitting to it IS the first step. You can overcome anything through HIM IN YOU! Like I said…loving your blog- please continue! :)

Cassie!!November 9, 2010 - 7:33 pm

Omg!! I love em! What Ross did u find them at?! U have to get em! Or I'm going to get them for u!! :) I know this doesn't help ur problem but…. U really need em!
Love, ur best friend that wishes she was as fabulous as u!,

JacquelynNovember 9, 2010 - 10:34 pm

I'm giving up shopping for 30 days! You should try it. :) It's like detox.

MichaelNovember 10, 2010 - 5:40 am

Yea, I've notice that gals are addicted to Ross. I've been in there twice and it looks like a garage sell with bright lights and registers. There seems to be no order to things and an overall organized clutter of items.

Abi, you do have a problem. As I remember, you had more clothes, shoes, etc than a Super Walmart when I used to be your next door neighbor… and your telling me its worse now? I will pray for my dear friend:)

Kelly BeaneNovember 11, 2010 - 6:14 am

You had me laughing the whole time. Although I know this is quite serious, I can't help but crack a smile. Can I be your support leader/person/counselor? You can call me anytime and I will tell you to get out of there right away, don't even look at another item… and I'm heading there to pick you up immediately. Feel temptation – just call me. ;) I love you girl and think you are pure fabulousness!!

Jamie LeighNovember 22, 2010 - 4:09 am

oh Abi…if this is your problem you and I could have so much fun together! I am addicted to clothes and shoes and shopping! I cant stop. Truth be told…Im ok with that! You come my way and you gotta let me know. WE ARE GOING SHOPPING! WHOO HOO

Bethany LarieNovember 23, 2010 - 10:29 pm

hahahahahahaha, im dying!! i read this when you first posted it, tho i never commented. but going from crying to literally LOL in a matter of 2 minutes.. i just have to share that with you.