Saturday, December 29, 2007

Movin' On Up

I moved to

Come visit anytime, and make yourself at home!

Game On!

I got home last night around midnight to find my house decorated with silly string and rolled with fancy toilet paper...not the cheap kind but double ply. These outlaws escaped but left behind some evidence. After further investigation, I believe the I've come up with the verdict...I find Gabrielle Ferrara, Lezi Slaughter and Ali GUILTY! All I'm saying girls is that it's GAME ON!!!!

The Best Day of My Life!!

How would respond if one of the most respected people in the world came to visit you at your office? Well, Kari and Natalie came and they are great but it gets better…Kari went all the way to the North Pole and brought me Buddy the Elf! We spent the whole day together and built gingerbread houses, skipped, ate spaghetti with syrup, snuggled and had tickle fights!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Birthday Shannon!

Last Saturday, I hosted a Christmas Party/Birthday Party for one of my amazing girlfriends, Shannon Rasbury! I cooked lots of chili and there were lots of left overs. Either I cooked too much or they didn't like it. Towards the end of the night we played a game of Mafia (the townspeople won), but before the night ended our friend Stu performed "Oops, I Did It Again." That was probably Shannon's favorite gift, and I want to share it with you. There were several dancers in the room, and Stu taught us some new moves.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Parties

I love Christmas....parties, friends, gifts and giving, ?surprises?... Last Friday, we went to Late Nite's Christmas Party, "A Black & White Affair." My friend Ashley has never hung out with this group of friends and what does she win....the grand prize....$50 gift card to the mall. It was well deserved because noone enjoys shopping more than she does.

Sunday, I overslept and paniced because I hadn't baked my 3 dozen cookies for Lacey & Melissa's Party. I made it to the party just in time but with only 32 Mocha Madness Cookies, not quite 3 dz, but they came out pretty good. Anything with coffee is good. We exchanged cookie recipes and of course sampled all of them until we were sick!
Immediately following, I met up with some of my best friends and their kids for lunch and gift exchange. I thought Brady would love the "Up Up Elmo" I got him, which he did initially, but he became a little angry at Elmo started fussing at him and tried to eat him. Princess Hayley was graceful and loved her little purse.

It gets better!!!! Sunday night was Elevate's Christmas Party! Several weeks ago I went downtown for the lighting of the Christmas tree with 100s of other people. Some of the ladies wore their festive, Christmas sweaters which sparked a desire to go to a "Bad Christmas Sweater Party," and that week they announced they would have a competition. Megan and Lydia said they had outfits so I replied "GAME ON!" Natalie and I were fashionably late and missed the judging, but it's confirmed that we would have tied. We lit up...literally!

You think someone would get rid of the sweater after the party...not me... I wore it to the Hilton Sales Team Christmas Party.

(I didn't get the memo to wear jeans and a black top.)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Mark is here!

I'm a couple weeks behind, but Mark's blog best describes the last couple of weeks.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The conference is still not over for me

I know the conference is over, but I can't get enough of it. Watching the videos, listening to the audio cds and reading my notes over and over.... Check out the website. I may be a little bias but I love the Opening!!
(Scroll through the videos and click on "Live The Dream 2007 - Live Opener" )

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been trying to get as much girl time as possible before Mark gets here. I think I accomplished that with the conference and girl outings. Two Saturdays ago, I went to Lafayette and had lunch with some of best friends in the WORLD.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Day 2 of the Women's Conference

This is just a clip of how much fun we had on day 2 of the conference. HPC's own "Singing Bees." They definately showed up the opening hIp HoP number!

Friday morning, Holly Wagner was still on fire. She continued to stress the need to fight!

-You'll have more than 1 battle at the same time so get good swinging your sword. (Sword=The Word)

-When you're faithful with 1 thing, He'll give you more.

-Make sure you're great at the things God puts on your plate, and be good at staying at your post. (Main Post=Believer)

-Ask yourself, when troubles and obstacles come your way are you still a believer? Do you doubt He can or will take care of you?

-Live a life people want to follow. Jesus said "Follow Me..." That requires us living a life like Jesus.

Christine Caine talked about when God told Elijah to go to the poor widow and ask her for food and water. The widow only had a handful of flour and a cup of oil for her and her son, but she still brought Elijah food. She never ran out of food.

God just wants the little we have. Don't look at what you don't have but realize that's all you need. God will put the super in your natural and make it supernatural.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Live the Dream Day 1

What an amazing 3 days!! HPC's Women's Conference, Live the Dream, kicked off Thursday night with over 1000 women, a little hIp HoP dance and a message from Holly Wagner. What was so amazing was that all of these women came anticipating a life-changing weekend, and what's is even more amazing is that they said it far exceeded what they expected. Once again, God shocks us!

To enter the building, the ladies had to go through a line of men cheering them on. Some people may have thought that was wierd, but I think they deserve getting the royal treatment and that we should have put a sign above the door that said "Daugher's of the King Enter Here."

Holly Wagner is so amazing, and I can't get enough of her. I've been listening to one of her series in my car and I find myself taking the long route to get where I am going. Here are a few points she hit on the 1st night--

-"Princess" is not a slang word; it's actually who we are! We are daughters of the King which makes us princesses.

-Have a little bit of fight in your life. Sometimes there are battles you can't control and you don't choose (i.e. sickness), but you have to decide to fight. Some battles we do choose (i.e. parenting, marriage...) and you still have to fight.

Holly is a cancer survivor, and while fighting that battle she was faced with so many other battles in life and she had to choose to fight. She did what it said in Micah by gathering her troops (prayer wariors) and fought.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

3 Strikes but your not out of the GAME!

I never knew Natalie and Kristan were so political. They are having a hard time with Cleo Fields being dismissed from the election. As friends, we supported them by bathing their front lawn with 103 signs.

I'd like to introduce all the members of our team, Krisin Stutes aka "Thrill of the Night," Kari Smith aka "Ms. Let me take a picture of my masterpiece while I leave my accomplice," Mollie White aka "Swift Thrower," Kaycee Smith aka "Soldier," & Nicole Duplechain aka "I'm too fine to get my picture taken."


Natalie, I hope you know that we did this all for your benefit. After extensive research we found that this is "sign" of love in Africa!

Don't forget to vote this Saturday, October 20th.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I love my Friends!

I LOVE my friends! Seriously, I would not want to go through life without them. Sometimes I think I enjoy life too much, but I’m ok with that. Let me introduce you to 2 of them.

Kristan Bailey was the first I met out of this crew. Even though she doesn’t spell her name correctly she is still really cool. For the past couple of years I’ve always wanted to pinch her to see if she is real because she falls in the top 5 sweetest people in the WORLD. She works with mentally disabled people which is not an easy job and calls for lots of patience. She has a deck of cards with questions for her patience to answer, we went through a couple and I think I passed. Please help me celebrate Kristan’s Birthday! She is OVER THE HILL and Kari and I thought it was only appropriate to surprise her with graffiti. Congratulation Kristan!!

I have less than 3 months to play with my Natalie before she heads to the other side of the world, and I really don’t like to talk about it. Natalie Spera is moving to Africa to work with beautiful orphans. She will be gone for 10 months!! Awe! As much as I don’t want her to go I’m even more excited about the opportunity. If you or anyone you know would like to help fund this trip please do not hesitate to contact me. When I grow up I want to have Natalie’s heart, personality, love for life and good looks. Also, Congratulations Nat on your new marriage. Kari and I wish you all the best in the world! Check out more from Natalie at

Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Week of FUN!

Last week was HORRIBLE with work and getting robbed at home. Well, this week God decided to give me a week of FUN!

Monday Night

This past Monday, 268 women came out for HPWomen. DeLynn delivered an awesome message. One point she made was "...don't act the way the devil makes you feel." Think about that!

Tuesday Night
Our Elevate leaders surprised us with a FUN NIGHT! They told us to pack up because we were heading to Celebration Station. Pizza, Ice Cream, Punch, Go Karts, Skee Ball, Putt Putt....

Wednesday Night
5 girls and 1 guy headed to The House of Blues in New Orleans to rock out with "The David Crowder Band". They were so amazing! I was looking around and watching the people and I pictured God looking down with a big grin on His face. He was enjoying the concert too! We had so much fun--except for the part when Stog's truck was towed. As Stog headed to the ghetto to get his truck, we went to Cafe' du Monde for hot chocolate and biegnets. Good Stuff!

My director called a sales meeting at noon and brought us Raising Cane's. After going over a few reports she told us to pack up because she was taking us to the movies. YEAH!
That evening we played our soccer game of the season. The Sharpshooters vs Coach Julio Melara's team. Let's just say the Sharpshooters looked cute.