Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Meet The New Addition
Kyle: What's the best thing that could possibly happen to me today?
Rita: Your boss quit or got fired.
Kyle: Hmm ... no. Second best.
What he was referencing was this:
Yesterday, he found a guy who was willing to trade him the cymbal for this kit. And I'm pretty sure you can't beat that deal with a stick. (Pun completely intended.)
Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
My grandmother used to have these in her yard and when I was looking for some bulbs to plant in February, these just seemed like "the ones". I think I made the right choice.
Monday, April 21, 2008
and Scout, fierce protector of Harper and the rest of the Langleys
*No bitterness! Harper is a great name!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Explosions in the Sky
In reality, we all had tickets to see Explosions in the Sky on Saturday night and that was the "big event" of the weekend.
So here are some pictures ... and a link to the rest of the pictures so Andrew can get the ones he wants.
I typically try to reserve judgment on live music until I've gotten a good enough taste of it to make a sound judgment. Their opening act was not good! In fact, he was terrible. NOT the kind of music you want to listen to live ... or at all really!
But their music, on the other hand ... exquisite! And worth the wait!
loves like a hurricane
Anyway. None of that is the point. The point is this:
I sometimes have issues with songs that use really wordy passages from the Bible to convey simple ideas. Lyrics about "rising up on wings like eagles" or other such lyrics, the meaning could be elusive to those who have never read this passage in Isaiah. And, let's face it ... they still aren't always that clear even to those of us who have read it! It's just a phrase that we've come to expect in songs you sing at church.
This song is different. I appreciate it from a poetic, literary standpoint. But mostly because it says what it means in phrases that make sense to anyone who hears it.
Add this to the text that we covered this week at church and in small groups -- and often the difficulty I have in realizing that God really does love me ... just me ... as I am. This song just nailed it right on the head for me.
He is jealous for me.
Loves like a hurricane and I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden I am unaware
Of these afflictions eclipsed by glory.
And I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me.
And oh, how He loves us so
Oh how He loves us
How He loves us so
We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in his eyes.
If grace is an ocean we're all sinking.
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
And my heart beats violently inside of my chest.
I don't have time to maintain these regrets
When i think about the way
He loves us
Monday, April 14, 2008
Wedding Programs by ME!
Photo by Brooke Turner, Columbia, SC
www.brooketurnerphotography.com - website
brooketurner.typepad.com/photography/ - blog
Friday, April 11, 2008
CHURCHES ARE SO WEIRD!
Me: First Baptist, this is Rita.
Caller: Hi, Rita. Is your pastor in?
Me: He's out of the office. May I help you?
Caller: If he's not in, what about the First Lady?
(long pause wherein I scratch my head)
Me: What is a First Lady?
Caller: (hangs up)
Labels: Good for a laugh
First, there's this. It's really silly, but, if you're using Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer 7, look at the address bar at the top. I got a one of these on the side next to the URL. I'm awesome. And also, such a geek. But not really. A wannabe geek. Which is worse.
Anyway. This weekend is full of all kinds of excitement. Starting with the return of The Office last night. (I still giggle when I think of Michael sipping the wine and commenting on the"oaky afterbirth". Yuck!) And tonight, Andrew and Emily are coming to town for the weekend! Whoo hoo! I always love when they visit. They're two of my favorites. Their friend Jacob Johnson is playing at the Map Room tonight and we'll be trying to get down there in time to see that.
And tomorrow night is the Explosions in the Sky show at the Music Farm! Kyle and I saw them in Atlanta last March and we're really excited to see them again.
And whether action-packed or completely relaxing, I hope your weekend is refreshing.
Also, there are these pictures from a wedding that I missed last weekend. They're gorgeous!! Thought you'd like to see them. Also, if you look closely, you'll see some pretty awesome-looking wedding programs! :)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Move for a Change
Kyle and I got out there last night to see All Get Out -- a combination of Mel Washington and a guy whose name I don't recall, but who used to perform with The Explorers Club, but I'm assuming he doesn't anymore since he's not in any of the SXSW pictures on their blog.
And also some small band called The Working Title. (Just kidding. They're kind of a big deal.)
And, of course, the camera was at the ready for most of the night. But unfortunately the tripod was not. And so what came of an evening's worth of photos were lots of fuzziness ... but oh well. Here are some of the better ones.
All Get Out:
please look at the drummer in this picture.
his emo heart is bleeding all over the bass drum.
can you say melodrama?
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
A new blog to add to your reader. It's called Stuff Christians Like. And it's awesome.
My favorite quotes so far.
On Grape Juice:
Of all the juices, grape is the one that we have the strangest relationship with. I mean, it's delicious, refreshing and delightful, but we've also made it the blood of our Lord and Savior.
On Calling People "seekers":
Dear person that does not go to church,
I don't know how to say this, but when you're not around, we call you "seeker." We say things like, "what kind of music will seekers respond to?" or "is that drama seeker focused or not." And when you show up on Sunday, if our church is small enough, our seeker spider sense tingles a little and we really hope the service reaches you. But before you get mad, please know that the alternative is to call you "lost" or "unsaved" or "sweaty philistine."
On Love Offerings:
By not putting a couple of bucks in the offering plate you're actually putting in a big fistful of hate.
It's the perfect balance of snark and self-deprecation. You'll enjoy it, or I'll refund your money 100%.
Things I Hate, Part 1
For the record: I hate the word "tender".
I've heard it coming into frequent use in the vocabularies of some of my friends. I hate it. Usually it's used in this type of an instance:
Me: "Angela told me to tell you your hair is superbly awesome."
Friend: "Aw, that's tender."
"Tender" is for meat, not moments or compliments.
For your use in coming up with some other way of saying "that's nice" without using the word "tender", please refer to this website:
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Harper Wren is Here!
Not that our friendship was without its typical teenage turbulence at times... like the time I called myself her "preppy ex-best friend". Ah. Those were the good old days.
We did everything together throughout high school. It was a rare occasion that you'd find her involved in something and not see me right there with her -- and vice versa. Up until the time we chose colleges, which was a tad disappointing since we figured out pretty quickly that we weren't going to the same school.
During our freshman year at college, I heard this guy sing and thought, "Anna has got to meet this guy!" They met a month after college graduation and were married a year later. And while she had her hand in my engagement, I like to say I was scheming for hers long before her evil plan ever rooted in her brain. (Yes, the "I don't want to be your boyfriend anymore" was her idea. Evil woman.)
So I beat her down the aisle by a few months, but she beat me to the Labor & Delivery -- hopefully by more than a few months! :)
I stole most of these pictures off of Adam's facebook. But the last one was texted to me last night. Enjoy!
Harper Wren Langley
born: April 2, 2008 at 3:25 PM
7 lbs. 9 oz. | 20" long
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