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This is just under 10 minutes, so if you don’t have time right now… do come back.

It is well worth the watch. SO FUNNY!

Can you think back to your favorite SBTB moment?

Happy Birthday, Sashimi!


So, one year ago this month I brought home a new baby, Sashimi. You all helped to name him and I must say, the name has fit him perfectly. Considering all he has been put through, I honestly can’t believe he’s survived a whole year in my care.

*I dropped him in the sink one time as I changed the water in his bowl. I picked him up with my hands cause I had no idea what else to do.
*I have given him water-shock at least a half dozen times (ie. the water was too cold, or I put in too many drops).
*I thought he was actually dead a time or two because he sank to the bottom of the bowl.
*I have transported him from my bathroom to my bedroom and now he’s at my office… all in search of the best place for him.
*I moved him to an entirely new bowl once because I thought the old one wasn’t cute enough.
*and I have forgotten to feed him and forgot him before traveling… more than once.

Needless to say, he’s a resilient little guy. While I may be guilty of being a bit neglectful of him at times, he’s definitely about as spoiled as fish could be. And the same can be said of my bird, “Twitter” and my dog, “Sandee.”

Seriously, I am just shy of building a freaking ark.

What pets do you have or have you had? Feel free to share any stories!

My Autobiography

Okay people, this is unfortunately a cop-out post. I was too busy in Portland to post a lot, and since getting home though I have had great intentions on writing some sort of recap post or something else of interest, I am just too tired. Thank you once again to Facebook for giving me something to do in the interim.

Bear with me… real posts are coming soon (believe me that I have a million thoughts flowing, ready to pour out).

My Autobiography

Where did you take your Facebook profile picture?
Portland, OR… umm, what is called the Riverfront? Something like that.

What exactly are you wearing right now?
Gray pajama pants and a white t-shirt.

What is your current problem?
Oh geez, I have several but they do seem to dim in comparison to others’ right now.

What makes you happy most?
Genuine relationships, a really good sneeze and aching laughter.

What song are you listening to at the moment?
Thanks to Pandora, it is a nice blend of 90s country music.

Ever sang in front of a large audience?
Many, many times. But it has been a while. I miss those performing days but more so, I miss leading worship.

Do you still watch kiddy movies or kiddy TV shows?
All the time. I watch Hannah Montana quite a bit and if “Angels in the Outfield” is on, I can’t pass it up.

Do you speak any languages?
Yes, I speak English quite well.

Has anyone you’ve been really close with passed away?
Family… no. But I have lost some pretty amazing friends.

What’s something that really annoys you?
Dumb travelers.

Chapter 1:
1. Middle name: Ann

2. Nicknames: Pinkie, Crys, Kiddo (though, I hate that last one)

3. Current location: Kansas City

4. Eye color: Hazel

Chapter 2:
1. Do you live with your parent(s)? Yes.

2. Do you get along with your parent(s)? Generally, yes. Pretty close.

3. Are your parents married/separated/divorced? Married.

4. Do you have any Siblings? 2 stinky older brothers and a lovely sister-in-law.

Chapter 3: Favorites
1. Ice Cream: Chocolate

2. Season: Fall

3. Shampoo/conditioner: Yes. Herbal Essences for Color-Treated Hair.

Chapter 4: Do You..
1. Dance in the shower? Yes, although I sing more than anything.

2. Do you write on your hand? Only reminders.

3. Call people back? I am really bad at this.

4. Believe in love? Absolutely.

6. Any bad habits? Losing faith when all goes dark for a while.

Chapter 5: Have You..
1. Broken a bone: Nope.

2. Sprained stuff: My ankle in high school.

3. Had physical therapy: I have had several series of chiropractic care to repair whiplash and sciatica.

4. Gotten stitches: Nope.

5. Taken painkillers: You have kidney stones and tell me you didn’t take them, okay?

6. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling: No way.

7. Been stung by a bee: Once. I stepped on one in the backyard when I was in elementary school.

8. Thrown up at the dentist: No, but I have gagged many a time.

9. Sworn in front of your parents: Yes, and unfortunately more than once.

10. Had detention: Not even once.

Chapter 6: Who/What was the last
1. Movie(s): In the theater it was X-Men Origins.

2. Person to text you: Anne

3. Person you called: Jenni

4. Person you hugged: I got hugged a lot today being my first day back to work. Hmm, but I think the last one was Jennifer Huddleston.

5. Person you tackled: Umm, I don’t recall tackling anyone recently. Maybe Chance Clayville when I tickle-attacked him.

6. Person you talked to on AIM/iChat: Lynse

7. Thing you touched: Keyboard

8. Thing you ate: Salt & Vinegar Pringles

9. Thing you drank: Diet Coke (geez, I am predictable)

10. Thing you said: I was singing, “Our Song” by Taylor Swift.

Chapter 7: Future
1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Married

2. Where do you hope to live? Kansas. I have no present plans to leave.

3. Do you want to be famous? Better than being infamous, I suppose.

Take one of the previous questions and leave your answer as a comment today.

Beautifully Unconventional

Tam Hodge. Jenni Clayville.

If you never get the privilege of spending even 5 minutes with these 2 women in real life… you will have lived an unfulfilled life.


I can’t believe there was a time in history when the internet and technology were not a part of our lives. Some people say that the internet and all of this social media mumbo-jumbo is creating fake intimacy. Fake relationships.

But I say to you now… just look.

Without blogs, twitter, facebook, etc. I would not even be in Portland this weekend. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to speak at an up and coming church plant and minister into the lives of people. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience worship with Jenni, Tam, Brent and Kass. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet Brian and experience his crazy awesome organic cooking. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to hold, cuddle and nibble on 2 of the cutest kids ever. I wouldn’t have met Lauren Allen, Tyler & Rose Braun, Mandy Conforth, Melanie Sainz, or Rick & his wife. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity for Kota to fart on me (okay, so I could have done without that last one).

Because of this crazy world (that is getting smaller and smaller each day through technology), I have a whole other family. Real relationships and real friendships, that even 5-10 years ago… would have been impossible to create.

My life has actually been changed and impacted for the better because of the people I have met through the internet (via lifegroup online, twitter, my blog community, my book site, etc). I think about all of the people I met this weekend and as well as people like Diane and David who are seriously the most generous and prayerful people I know, Christy who is darn near my personal therapist at times and Lynse Stevens who is one of my biggest encouragers.

And there’s so many more people that I can’t even begin to name everyone. I can’t imagine my life without them in it or what it would have been like to never have met them.

This is Church. This is life.

I know it is unconventional. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Changing the World, One State at a Time

Okay, so one of my “less than world-changing goals,” is to visit all 50 states within my lifetime. Today, I will be able to cross one off my list as I am heading to Oregon. A state I’ve never been to before. And if I can convince Jenni, I will also head over to Washington during this trip and be able to cross that one off my list as well.

Exciting times, people.

While it would increase how many I’ve crossed off, I feel It is important for you to know that I don’t count it as “visiting” if I am in a state as a layover. Being stuck in an airport isn’t visiting anything.

What’s 1 of your less than world-changing goals?

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

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