Posted: 12:55 pm Thursday, May 26th, 2016
I May be Feeling Sentimental…
And here we are, already wrapping up another month.
Didn’t I, didn’t we, just welcome May? Yet we’re already saying goodbye. Overly dramatic? Perhaps. It’s my frame of mind right now.
I had a reprieve last year. No kids. No nieces or nephews. My heart appreciated the break.
This year, however, my beautiful Bridget will be walking down that long, long aisle in cap and gown and glory.
And no one, I mean no one, is more deserving than she.
Arriving here a mere 5 years ago with Sammy, Bridget had little schooling. She has struggled mightily; and WON! Though she’s got a few more credits to pick up, she’ll be walking proudly with the graduating class of 2016 and we will CELEBRATE with her.
I’ll also cry. Big, wet, sloppy, choke-me-nearly-to-death crocodile tears. Time seems shorter and shorter to me. It seems impossibly rapid when passing one of these milestones with my kids. Like some Star Trek time warp; flash of light, weird sound effect, and whoosh, you are standing around in the future looking and feeling bewildered.
God just brought her to me!
My beautiful Bridget has experienced so much pain and trauma in her life, she DESERVES this! I am so stinkin’ proud and humbled to be her mama. She is such a hard, hard, worker, and bright, bright star.
I will remain eternally grateful for the time I’ve been able to bask in her glow, and relish every moment I have left to do so. I will watch her shine, and shortly send her on her way to light the lives of others.
Now on DVD!
As of yesterday, May 24, the incredible movie, RISEN, is available on DVD!
RISEN, is the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, and the manhunt that follows; all through the eyes of a non-believer, Clavius, a strong Roman Military Tribune, played by Joseph Fiennes.
It was the closest biblical account of the crucifixion I’ve witnessed that didn’t come off as being overly “preachy.”
It’s a powerful, powerful story, full of cinematic beauty, and a message that will bring you to your knees. It made me really give some thought as to what happened to Christ’s body when it left the tomb. My mind was reeling.
If you didn’t make it to the theaters when it was showing, you can watch the trailer through my web site, then purchase the DVD or Blu-ray at Delilah.com.
RISEN, is available to purchase everywhere. However, my friends at Sony have shared some copies for me pass along to you!
Email me HERE, and put your name in the body of the text. You’ll be entered to win one of the FREE copies they are giving away!
Sweepstakes ends June 1st so get your email fingers busy and get your name to me ASAP!
So much good, no, GREAT, new music on the scene these days! Sure makes this radio girl happy!!!
One new album, Brand New, by Ben Rector, has me all a-tingle, and feelin’ like I was 17!
The album shows Rector going back to his beginnings, penning 12 sincere and humble songs. To do so, he took a sentimental journey, and traveled back in time, to those teenage years spent writing and composing in his Tulsa, Oklahoma bedroom.
(You can picture this, right? The swoony, poetic musician every girl had a crush on in high school?)
The result, however, is a very mature, rich album but it has a lively a youthful spirit; a slice of Rector’s real world – honest ruminations on life and love and the latest step in a journey he began many years ago.
Take this trip with him and feel 17 again!
Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Kabobs
Makes: 4-6 Servings – Marinate Time: 30 Minutes
Prep: 10 Minutes – Cook: 5-10 Minutes
Here’s a great graduation party idea from my friends at Moore’s. Everyone loves noshing on food that comes on a stick!
1/2 lb chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 red pepper
1/4 green pepper
several slices of bacon
1/4 cup Moore’s Teriyaki Marinade
wood, grilling skewers
Soak skewers on water before grilling to keep them from burning!
Cut veggies and pineapple into 1 inch pieces.
Marinate chicken (and peppers / onions if desired) in Moore’s Teriyaki Marinade for 30 minutes.
Start a piece of bacon on the skewer then skewer chicken, peppers, onions, and pineapple chunks, about 2-3 pieces of each item on a skewer.
Then, stretch the slice of bacon through the end of the skewer, covering all the pieces.
Oil the grates of the grill so the bacon doesn’t stick.
Grill for 3-4 minutes on two sides until the chicken is cooked.
Arrange on a plate with a few green onions or other veggies as garnish and watch your party guests enjoy! Go to Moore’s for more great recipes and a $1 off coupon on your favorite grilling sauce or marinade!
One more quick idea for your grad party… Make a candy buffet! Head to the Dollar Store or the candy aisle, load up on candies that are your graduates school colors or the colors of the college/university they will be attending in the fall.
Place in clear serving containers (my sis picked up all these in the photo at a local thrift store) and fill ’em up.
Give your attendees clear gift bags and let them fill with their favorites and take home as a little something to remember the occasion by.
Songs for the Graduate
Perhaps you’ll be doing one of those slide shows I do for my kids… you know, the one where you collect baby pictures, first day of Kindergarten, swim lessons, soccer practice, first date…
The one that you think will be cute, sweet, sentimental, but when you find yourself watching it, you make a blubbering, bawling embarrassment of yourself… THAT slide show!
And yet, it’s a ritual I can’t help myself from performing. It’s somehow cleansing for me and helps me to get all the sloppy tears out before I send my sweet babies just a little further down the road of Life.
Producer Janey has put together a list of songs absolutely PERFECT for this sentimental sappiness. With YouTube links for your convenience, here it is!
Humble And Kind -Tim McGraw
7 Years – Lucas Graham
Photograph – Nickelback
Stand By You – Rachel Platten
The Climb – Miley Cyrus
Reach – Gloria Estefan
100 Years – Five For Fighting
Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
We Are Young – FUN featuring Janelle Monae
With Arms Wide Open – Creed
Firework – Katy Perry
Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C
Friends – Michael W Smith
See You Again – Whiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Green Day
I Will Remember You – Sarah MacLachlan
One Call Away – Charlie Puth
Thank You – Dido
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday – Boyz II Men
You Were There – Michael Jackson
Thank you for Loving Me – Bon Jovi
And if you want and especially heart-wrenching one, check out:
The One Who Knows – Dar Williams
I hope your graduation party goes off splendidly, your graduate feels all the love, support, and encouragement to reach his or her full potential and they know that you and God has their back! Congratulations graduates!
Whether it be graduation or just back yard BBQ, I hope you are celebrating life and love. I implore you to fly our American flag this Memorial Day in honor of all the men and women who have lost their lives protecting ours, and at some point, you put your hand over your heart and say a prayer of thanks. I will.
Be safe, be happy, and Love Someone,