Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Instead of sending out Christmas cards this year, I decided to do a blog. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas spent with loved ones. Regardless of where you are, enjoy every minute of this amazing Christmas season. I hope all of you cherish the most amazing gift of all time-one that we get every day of every year. "For unto us, a child is born..."
Love in Christ,
Elle & Georgia
Monday, December 20, 2010
I have done this many times, and people seem to love it. Not only are you donating to a cause that person believes in, but you are also saving time, money (no wrapping, gas to get the gift, etc), and resources by simply donating money to an organization. You don’t have to look for a parking space, and you don’t have to wait in line to buy the gift. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
If you aren’t sure what organization to donate to, think about what that person likes. If they’re an animal lover, make a donation to their local SPCA. If they (like me) are passionate about the environment, consider donating to the Sierra Club (https://secure2.convio.net/sierra/site/Donation2?idb=1609319439&df_id=1282&1282.donation=form1&s_src=N10ZSCZZ02&s_subsrc=PW) or another organization of that nature. If he or she served or currently serves in the military, make a donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/Donate.aspx).
Your donation will undoubtedly warm their heart and will help make a positive difference in our world. Sometimes the best gifts can't be seen or touched. Aren't they the best kind?
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Since I grew up dancing (and still dance to this day), I can sympathize with what these dancers go through. While I never danced professionally, I can attest to the intense pressure most dancers feel to be perfect and be the absolute best. The pressure to be perfect coupled with weight issues and aging can make even the sanest person feel hopeless, confused, and unsure of themselves.
The movie is certainly not for everyone (due to its’ quite shocking and extreme content), but I think it contains lessons that apply to all of us. In the movie, Natalie Portman is chosen to play the Swan Queen, a role which has two parts: the innocent White Swan and the evil Black Swan. She perfects the White Swan but struggles with playing her nemesis.
Unfortunately, I think we all have a Black Swan inside of us. When faced with life’s pressures and stresses, fear, loathing, and self-doubt can take over. We can become deeply entrenched in our own nightmare that we’ve created in our minds. We try to hide or run away but keep running into our worst enemy-ourselves. Trust me, I have been there, and it is a very dark and scary place. To me, the movie brings to light the idea that sometimes our biggest enemy is ourselves. Be careful; when the Black Swan takes over, it is very difficult to fly away.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I highly recommend their Timewise Miracle Set. It is pricy, but I can already tell a difference in how my skin looks and feels. I truly love all Mary Kay products, but some other favorites are their eye shadows, lipglosses, mineral powder foundation, and their blush. Their eye shadows are actually made in the same factory in Italy as MAC but cost less than half the price. You really can't go wrong!
If you live in the Atlanta area, you should schedule a Mary Kay party with my rep Laurin. That way you can take advantage of the fabulous hostess benefits. If you don't live in Atlanta or don't want to host a party, visit her Web site at www.marykay.com/Laurin to check out all the wonderful products. Laurin is fabulous, and you will love working with her before, during, and after your party. She didn't ask me to write this by the way...I am just IN LOVE with all of these products and wanted to share them with you. Let me know what you think!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Fore more information on these type of lights, go to http://www.greenyour.com/node/13887. Happy decorating!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Tonight's message at Buckhead Church was one of utmost hope. Andy Stanley shared with us the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, a couple who had hoped and prayed for a child but reminaed barren. After many, many years, the angel Gabriel visited Zechariah and told him that God was going to bless them with a son. "But the angel said to him: 'Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.'" (Luke 1: 13) Their son John would go on to become John the Baptist, and the rest is history.
What an amazing reminder of how difficult and frustrating it can be when we pray for years, and it seems like God either isn't listening or doesn't hear us. Sometimes, all we need is to know that He hears us. And believe me, He surely does. Not only does he hear our prayers, but He plans out every single detail of our lives according to His perfect plan for our lives. Sometimes things take MUCH longer than we anticipate, and we start to grow restless, weary, and lose hope. All I can say is to hang in there friends. God is hard at work and will bless us according to His will and perfect timing. Trust me, I have sat, hoped, prayed, and waited for years for certain things to happen. And guess what, some of them finally have happened for me. I know it's not because of anything I did, but it is because of God's faithfulness and promises to us. "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." (Ecclesiastes 3: 11)
As we get busy and sometimes stressed out with countless holiday parties, work events, and presents to buy, let the Christmas season serve as a reminder that God always keeps His promises. Even when we think God doesn't hear us and/or doesn't care about us, our faith and hope are not in vain.