Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New Orleans Here We Come!

Ted and I were blessed to be able to get away for our Anniversary this year, without kids . . . YEA! (A huge thanks to the Matheny's for graciously watching our children. We love you all!!)
We decided to go to New Orleans. Ted has been there several times and fell in "love" with the great food and the ambiance of the French Quarter. He really wanted to share it all with me, so off we went. We left the cold weather of Paducah behind and arrived there to beautiful weather. We ate and ate and ate! We walked and walked and walked! The best part of our vacation was the frequent trips to Cafe DuMonde for Cafe Au Lait, hot Beignets, and people watching. We walked the entire French Quarter and took in all the tourist sites. We ate appetizers at one restaurant, the main meal at another, and dessert at yet another. We listened to great street performers, got a glimpse of Chef Paul Prudhomme, strolled through the French Market, and occasionally got a glimpse of some interesting people. One such person was a man that had hot neon pink hair, beard, and eyebrows. I didn't take a picture of him so I'll let your imaginations take care of that!
Overall we had a great time and would love to go back again...for the beignet's and coffee of course! Well, also for the time alone and the romance... ;)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Cell Phones and God

My cell phone has become such a part of me that when I am without it I feel lost, incomplete, and disorganized. I realize that this has become a problem for me and am currently looking into starting up a cell-phone anonymous group. Anyone willing or needing to join me?
Last week, when Zach and I were out running errands, I realized that I had forgotten my cell phone. I thought about going back home to get it but I was already running behind and had an appointment that I had to keep. So I kept my car pointed in the direction of my destination and tried to shut off the voices screaming in my head that said, "What will you do if you get into an accident and can't make your appointment?" or "What if you get lost and need to call for directions?". The rational side of me knows that there are simple solutions to those questions but the irrational, addicted to my cell-phone, side of me couldn't think of any. After muttering to myself for the 10th time about how I really should have just turned around and gotten my cell phone Zach asked me, "Why is not having your cell phone such a problem mom?" I could have thought of a million and one reasons right then but it made me pause long enough to think about his question. There was a time that I didn't have a cell phone, and obviously didn't miss having one. His question also brought to mind another question, "Is God more important to you than your cell phone? Can you live without Him easier than your cell phone?" I decided then and there that I could live without my cell phone for the day but I couldn't live without God. I used this opportunity to teach Zach about the importance of putting God first in my life and how I can let things take His place if I'm not careful. I am so glad that I forgot my cell phone that day, and that God reminded me what was most important...HIM.