Friday, March 28, 2008

We're Famous...well sort of

I got a message today from our wonderful wedding photographer. She said she sent a photo company a CD of about 100 of her images and they chose a photo of us from our wedding! If you go to the website and there there is a photo that ISN't us, just hit refresh. She said they are using 4 different photos that randomly rotate. Too cool!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Weekend

This weekend we were so glad to be heading to Kingsport to visit some with Clint's family. I must admit, we were a little apprehensive about Chloe traveling for 5 hours and then getting acquainted with her Uncle Charlie (Joe and Lo's dog). She was wonderful! She ended up sleeping in her crate in the backseat the whole way there and back. She also made a new friend in Charlie. They seemed to have the best time chasing each other and playing all day long! I think she is missing her play-mate already. We got lucky with the beautiful weather on Saturday. Did I mention we miss the mountains?!?! We even did a little fishing off the dock, but didn't catch anything!
We also got a wonderful surprise when we found out that the Ingram family was coming in on Saturday night! Ryann is growing so fast! I was in heaven when I went with Mandy to pick out her Easter dress on Saturday. She was defiantly the cutest little girl at church...well, probably in all of TN!! What a wonderful weekend with family.

Robert, Mandy, and Ryann on Easter morning.

Our family

Charlie letting Chloe think she is in control of the T.V.

Our little western dog sporting her new bandana (which she hates and will probably never wear again!)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Please Read

Please visit the following link to read more about a missing mother and child:

Casey is a student worker in our office and this is her sister and niece. They have been missing since March 25, 2004. There is a reward, but there have been no leads. I cannot imagine my sister missing and not even knowing what happened to her. My heart goes out to Casey and her family. Please just look at their pictures and please keep this family in your prayers as the 4 year mark of their disappearance approaches.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Bidding a farewell to the ol' Honda

Well, we hope so anyway! Clint has a '93 Honda Accord that has been a good car to him over the years. Great, actually. He has had a few minor things that have needed to be replaced, but over all it hasn't given him any trouble...until now. In the past 4 months we have had to replace the battery and the heating system. The air conditioner is out, but he wasn't going to worry about that until it started to get warm outside. (Yesterday, he could have really used the air!) He came home from work today and said, "Guess who has a headlight out!" Oh, geez!
We have been saving for another car for him since we first got married. We knew the day would come when we would be putting more into the car than it is worth. I think the day has come. He uses his car for work, so we really need to find a car soon before it absolutely kills over :) I'm so grateful that I married a man with the same belief about cars. We both would never finance a car (don't get me started on this) and neither of us have a desire to drive around brand new vehicles. Our car philosophy has been confirmed by the Dave Ramsey class we have been taking. I won't say much more about this because most of America feels differently. Anyway, the hunt is on! Living in Clarksville (AKA: Car dealership mecca) you would think it would be easy to find a good used Honda or Acura. Not so my friends. The ones we have found have either been ragged out or supped up by the army population. Please pray for us as we search. I'm just waiting for Clint to come home one day and tell me the car has finally died!
P.S. If any of you are thinking of selling your car or know of someone that is, please let us know. We defiantly have a budget, but we are also not looking for a new year car either.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Holocaust Survivor

GPC with Nesse Godin

This is a picture from our Tuesday night's program. We were so honored to have Mrs. Nesse Godin come speak to our campus about her life and survival from the Holocaust. Nesse is one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. I was very fortuate to be able to spend all day with her on Tuesday and most of Wednesday morning. What an incredible lady! She was born in Lithuania and survived the Lithuania Ghetto, the Stutthoff Concentration Camp, four labor camps and a death march. She will turn 80 in a few weeks, but she has the spirit of a 30 year old. For most, listening to these accounts is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. In eighth grade, I actually heard another Holocaust survivor speak of her horifing years in the Auschwitz concentration camp. I feel so priviledged to now have heard 2 descriptions of history. Hopefully, sometime very soon, Clint and I can take a trip t0 Washington to visit the National Holocaust Memorial Museum. Nesse volunteers there and promised that she would give us a personal tour. I was so moved by her presentation. I walked away from that night realizing that none of us in this country have ever experience true suffering.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Snow, Snow, and more Snow!

"Wow," is all I can say. I haven't seen this much snow in a long time. Clarksville got hit pretty hard by one big snow ball last weekend! We were so glad we had all day Saturday to spend playing in it! Chloe was just too cute bouncing around in snow that was as deep as she was tall. Here are some pics from our fun day in the snow.

Chloe loved the ride!

You can hardly see her!

Saturday Morning Pancakes

Most weekends, Clint and I make a point to have breakfast other than cereal. This morning, since we woke up to 4 inches of snow, we decided that pancakes would be a good idea. Here is our recipe for Cinnamon Pancakes...yum!
Cinnamon pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup milk – I used skim
1 egg- I used egg substitute
1 tablespoon butter, melted – optional, I used it

In a medium bowl, sift together flour and baking powder, add cinnamon, salt and sugar.In a separate small bowl, whisk together milk, egg and butter (if using). Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until well combined, with only a few lumps.Heat a griddle or nonstick pan over medium/high heat – I prefer to use low heat. Drop batter to form 7,5cm pancakes – I used my 1 ½ tablespoon measuring tablespoon for that. Cook for about 2 minutes, until pancake bubbles and looks slightly dry around the edges. Flip and cook until golden brown.Serve immediately with maple syrup.
Makes about 12 pancakes.

Master Pancake Flipper: Clint Davis

Clint and Chloe playing in the snow waiting for pancakes!

"Help, I'm stuck in the snow!"

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Weekend Weather

Anyone else got Spring Fever? We didn't until this past weekend's beautiful weather. What a tease! I'm still dreaming of it right now as I look out the window and see the cold, wet rain coming down. Clint and I don't have everything in common, but one thing we do share is a love for nature and the outdoors. We simply couldn't wait to get outside on Saturday. So, we packed up the car and took Chloe on her first trip to the park. One of the parks here in Clarksville has a "Bark Park" and we thought it would be a good idea to introduce Chloe to other dogs. (As suggested by Cesar, the Dog Whisperer...thanks again Joe and Lo for the book.) Even though we took her to the small dog fenced in area, she was still the smallest dog in the place. There were plenty of other puppies, but just not nearly as small. It took her a little while to warm up to the whole butt-sniffing from random pooches, but soon she was "greeting" the others just the same. She only got scared a few times by some bigger dogs chasing her. However, there was one dog that became obsessed with her. He would not leave her alone. This dog was way older than Chloe and left me with the idea of a puppy molester. Being our first time to the Bark Park, Clint and I were unsure of dog park edict. At first, I was simply shooing the dog away from poor Chloe. After that didn't work, I had to pick her up as the dog then proceeded to jump all over my legs to get to her. I mean, how do you politely say, "Get your mangy dog on a leash and away from us?" I suppose that is the risk you take letting your dog run free with others.
We had such a great time on Saturday that we went back to the park after church on Sunday. We made the decision that Chloe was probably still a bit too small to go back to the Bark Park. Instead, we packed a lunch and some dog food and had a picnic. She really enjoyed sitting in the open field and chasing us. She is getting so good a fetch. The weather couldn't have been more perfect! Walking back to the car, we realized we have a regular Miss America on our hands. You would have thought Chloe was the Taco Bell dog. People were pointing from long distances and walking over to her, kids were jumping off the swings to come running up to pet her. It was really funny actually. It took us an extra 10 minutes to get to the car because everyone wanted to see the "little black puppy!" I told Chloe to not let it get to her head, but she defiantly enjoyed the attention. She did really good with all the people and kids. It was so cute to see these little children coming up to her and getting all excited. I think they loved her so much because they had finally found something smaller than they were!