Sunday, September 28, 2008


I love this time of year! Football, chilly nights (still waiting on cooler days), leaves changing's GREAT!!! I have always loved this time of year but it used to be because I knew that my birthday was right around the corner. My Mama always puts out fall decorations and I could always tell that my birthday was close when I saw the pumpkins, scarecrows, cornucopia and other festive decor. Well, now that I am almost 29 things are a little different. I still think my Mama's decorations are wonderful and festive but my birthday doesn't seem near as exciting! =)

Nathan and I spent the afternoon watching football and napping. Since the Titans weren't on TV today I watched the back of my eyelids most of the afternoon. I put barbecue chicken in the crock pot when we got home from church so that it would be ready by dinner time. I had to take a picture of what occurred at the dinner table. It is typical for a meal at the Moores but I have never gotten it on camera.

My plate

Nathan's plate

After dinner we went to Riverfront which is one of my favorite places in Louisville. We used to live about 5 minutes from there but now it's about 20 minutes away so we don't go near as often as we would like to.

The Falls of the Ohio on the Indiana side of Riverfront

I was really excited! =) I love this place.

Nathan is thrilled...can't you tell?!

This is the view from the Louisville side. This is about the exact location where Nathan proposed about 10 months ago...awwww! =)

On the way home we spoiled ourselves...we got Starbucks! =) That is a treat since we can go out to eat for about the same price as two frappaccinos. Oh well, it was yummy!
We don't get days like today very often so we took advantage of it and had a great time!


The Great Commission

David Platt is the senior pastor at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham. He was the speaker for the Great Commission Lectures held at Southern Seminary. His lecture, "The Command of Christ in the Great Commission," is the best sermon/speech/talk/teaching I have ever heard on the subject. I think he handles discipleship in a way that is challenging and at the same time encouraging. Too often lessons taught on discipleship are either too soft or far too radical to be of any use. He doesn't shame the listeners into being more evangelistic or shame them because they aren't actively trying to sell all of their belongings on Ebay so they can take the Gospel to an unreached people group. He simply and wisely uses sound Biblical arguments to wake us from our slumber concerning discipleship, both locally and globally. Platt shows you what is already in Scripture concerning discipleship. He debunks many of the excuses people make concerning the Great Commission. If you have 45 minutes you will be truly blessed by listening to this message.

I know my life has been changed by words. The words of God. I have a friend who plans on moving to Turkey to serve as a missionary after he graduates from Seminary. I asked him one day, "What finally made you decide you wanted to go overseas?" He quickly replied with the words of Christ. "I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice." So if you don't have time to listen to the message or can't listen to it, I pray that these words change you.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." Mt. 28:19


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Austin Michael

September 28, 1994 - Hendersonville Hospital. It was a great day for two reasons: 1) I was going to be an aunt for the first time; 2) I was missing school for the birth of my nephew, Austin. I love Tiffany to death, I really do. We have definitely had our share of "sister moments" but she has always been there for me and will forever be my best friend. Keep that in mind as I tell you how I met little Austin...

Tiffany told me that she wanted me in the room for the birth of her son. Well, I was almost fifteen years old and a freshman at Hendersonville High School at the time. I knew NOTHING about child birth! But, I didn't want to miss the excitement that she wanted me to be a part of. So, I agreed.
All I remember is having a can of Dr. Pepper in my hand and standing in the corner of the hospital room watching my sister give birth. It was the most miraculous thing I have ever seen but at the same time the MOST DISGUSTING!!! Now remember, I love my sister to death, but it was nasty. Also, remember I was fourteen.

Our lives were forever changed that day. Austin is turning fourteen years old today. He is an eighth grader, plays football, has a black belt in karate, active in his church youth group and loves the Lord. He loves his family and is the BEST big brother to Sunniee and Graciee.

Austin, I hope you have a GREAT birthday...I love you!!!
Love, Aunt "Rar"


Friday, September 26, 2008

Matthew 9:10-13

And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.
And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous but sinners."
Matthew 9:10-13

Who are you in this story?
Have you learned what Jesus is talking about?


Thursday, September 25, 2008


Yesterday was Kim's birthday. I meant to post this yesterday but ooops!!! What a terrible friend, right?!

Kim and I met at church. We are in Sunday school together and we are both involved in the music ministry. Her husband (Jeff) and Nathan are good friends and we enjoy spending time with them even though it doesn't happen near as often as we would like.

Kim has an amazing testimony of God's grace and she is SO mindful of where she has been and the "pit" from where God rescued her. She is one of those people that I can laugh SO hard with but at the same time be "real" with...she will tell ya how it is! =)

Everyone needs a Kim in their life!
Love ya, girl!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

600 miles in 24 hours

After work on Friday Nathan and I left for Jackson. We knew it was going to be a quick trip but we were excited about seeing family. My sister and her family were driving over from Hendersonville and my brother was coming to visit from UT Chattanooga. I had lots planned for the few hours that I had at home. I was looking forward to seeing friends I hadn't seen in YEARS and spend time with family that I don't get to see as often as I would like.

We arrived in Jackson around 10:00 Friday night and hung out with "the fam" about an hour and a half or so before I just gave up and went to bed. I was exhausted.

Graciee had this headband with purple braids on it...I couldn't resist making goofy pictures with it.

We got up early Saturday morning to a DELICIOUS breakfast prepared by my wonderful mother. My sister says that my nieces, Sunniee and Graciee, don't sleep when they are at their Nanny's. I guess it's because they are excited. Sure enough, Saturday morning they were ready to go - Sunniee was out playing softball before I even poured a cup of coffee!

My little tomboy hit the ball on the house - THAT A GIRL! =)

This is what happens when you mess with Uncle Nathan...

Later that morning I went to the ZTA lodge to join the Bid Day festivities. I pledged to the sorority in 1997 and graduated in 2001. A few friends that I have not seen in YEARS were there. We had a great time hanging out and celebrating with the ZTA Beta Omega chapter. They had a GREAT rush (32 new girls) so it was very exciting!

Me and Meredith

Carrie and Caroline (the little ZTA legacy) the noblest

They had the cutest strawberry car at the lodge...

Meeting new sisters...

CIRCLE UP...time for some good ol' ZTA cheers!

Me and Rachel

Jessica, Me, Rachel, Mandy, Carla, Brooke, Meredith

Me and Nicole

This is Jessica's little girl, Margaret. My first name is Margaret and it is very rare that I meet one that is younger than me! =) This was totally picture worthy.

After leaving the ZTA lodge, I met up with my mom, sister and the kiddos while they were shopping. Graciee is quite the little shopper. She is only four years old but she LOVES shoes and clothes. I picked out a couple outfits and she would say, "Nah." Then, I would find something she might like and she would say, "Is that a 3?" (That's what size she wears.)

Sunniee enjoys shopping, too, but she is like me. She can only handle so much. So, we went and tried on hats! =)

Olivia called me while we were shopping at Kohl's. She is a freshman at Freed Hardeman and she had asked me to paint something for her dorm room. So, I headed to meet her at my parent's house.

"Suite 9" is her room number

Olivia thinks action jumping shots are funny...she got Austin and Sunniee involved! =)

After Olivia left we watched the Tennessee vs. Florida game. Yeah, that's all I will say about that. Ok, I will make one comment - Tennessee pretty much handed Florida the game. It was VERY frustrating to watch!

Austin's face says it all!

After the game we ordered sushi. The Wrights LOVE sushi...this is a picture after Round 1! =)

It wasn't long after an EXCELLENT dinner that Nathan and I had to head back to Louisville. But before I left I gave Graciee her birthday present. If you keep up with this blog you know that last month I attempted to drive to her party in Hendersonville but my car didn't make it. She loves her High School Musical cheerleading outift and pom-poms! =)

It was a quick trip but we had a great time!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Brennan & Sarah

I have known Brennan since 2001. He went to Union and was a freshman when I was a senior. We met at FBC Jackson and have been good friends ever since. He moved to Louisville shortly after I did to start working on his Masters at Southern Seminary and lead worship at a local church. He helped lead worship in our wedding and did a great job!

Brennan and Sarah started dating a few months ago and things are going great! =) They came over the other night and we were able to talk with them about their plan to get married and the things they could be preparing for now -- finances, post-graduation plans, etc. We did have serious conversation but most of the night was pretty laid back...and totally goofy! =)

We ordered pizza, made chocolate chip cookies, listened to music and chatted. Of course, Brennan was the entertainment of the night as he "acted out" whatever song was on at the time. Like I said, he leads worship at a local church...this is him "leading us" in a key change (to Sandi Patty I must add)! =)

I think Brennan is used to getting reactions out of know, most people think he is goofy so they laugh; some people think he is weird so they just walk away (hahahaha kidding). Well, Sarah is not impressed at all. She just waits for the episode to end. hahahaha

We had a great time and we look forward to hanging out with them again soon.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Louisville Wind Storm

Nathan and I were walking out of church yesterday and we were about blown away! Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration but seriously - I had a skirt on and I about gave half of Highview Fegenbush a show! =) Anyway, we got home and turned on the weather channel to find out that we were expected to get 60mph winds! There were a few clouds in the sky so it was slightly overcast but it didn't look like a storm was rolling in or anything.
Nathan had to be at work at noon so I made him lunch for the road/office, sent him on his way then settled down to watch Sunday afternoon football. His parents went to Indianapolis again to watch the "big motocross race" so I was home all alone. It was 1:00 and kickoff was just a few minutes away...and the power went out. I sat there a minute thinking it would come right back on. It didn't. I read for a while then decided it was the perfect opportunity for a GREAT nap! =) So, that's what I did.
Our power came back on around 5:45pm so I started dinner and turned on the tv to catch whatever football games were still on.
We watched the news last night and heard of one fatality in Shelby County where a tree fell on a 10 year old boy; power is out in over 237,000 homes; 100 schools are without power (schools were cancelled today); trees are fallen on power lines all over town; traffic lights are out; even Kroger and WalMart were closed due to power outages! It has been CRAZY! I am just thankful that our apartment didn't get hit and that Nathan's parents made it back safely from Indianapolis.
I had to be at work at 8:30 this morning but Nathan and his parents were going to go to breakfast at Cracker Barrel before they headed back to Alabama. Even "the Crack" was closed!!! How insane is that?! =)


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Whatever you seek, you will become

Our Sunday school class has been studying the book of Jeremiah and today Nathan spoke on Jeremiah 2. He started the lesson with, "Whatever you seek, you will become." My first thought, "Well, duh, honey!" =) He read chapter two of Jeremiah and challenged the class to put themselves in Israel's shoes as he read the text. At the end of the lesson he said again, "Whatever you seek, you will become. Seek Christlikeness and you WILL become more like him."

Israel went from being described as a bride in Jeremiah 2:2, (devoted and "holy to the Lord") to being described as a whore in verse 20 (divided in their service to him, worshiping idols).

So, what did Israel seek that caused God to speak this way? Jeremiah 2:13, "For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed our cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water." The Israelites sought over things in "broken cisterns." They were desiring ungodly, worthless (Jer. 2:5) things.

What they sought they became. Their sin separated them from their Creator and they became worthless. We, like the Israelites, seek after things that are temporal when God desires to nurture us in becoming more like Him.

Am I becoming more like Him?


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Moore Weekend

Nathan's parents came into town on Thursday night. They arrived in Louisville around 8:00 which is about the time Nathan was getting home from work. I had cooked dinner so when everyone got to the house dinner was ready. I made turkey burgers which is one of mine and Nathan's favorite meals. Since I don't eat red meat this is the closest thing to hamburgers that I cook. I know they don't sound very good but they are delicioius (if you know me and what a picky eater I am, you can trust me on this)! =)

1 lb. turkey meat (makes 4-5 burgers)
3/4 pkg. onion soup mix
1/3 cup water
Mix it all together and grill 'em...YUMMY!!! =)

Nathan and I had to work on Friday but that night Nathan's parents took us to Cheddars. If you have never been there you are missing out You can check out the menu and locations at

After dinner we headed back to the apartment, watched a little TV and relaxed.

Nathan's parents went to Indianapolis today for motocross races. They have had tickets for a while and that is the reason they are up this way. Nathan was supposed to work but he found out yesterday that he was given the day off. We had several things we needed to get done around here so we stayed home. I got up and cooked breakfast and had a very relaxing day watching football (GO VOLS) and reading. Oh, and I had a great nap! =) Nathan got a lot of studying done and ran a few errands. It was a very relaxing day.

They got back from Indy around 7:30 and we took them out for dessert to the Homemade Pie Kitchen. Nathan and I split a piece of chocolate chip pecan pie and his parents split a piece of dutch apple. We came home just in time for MORE FOOTBALL!! =)

It's been a fun weekend!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Our first guests

Nathan's parents are staying with us this weekend. Since we got married in April, we have not had anyone stay overnight with us so they are our first guests -- awwww! =)
I will write more later but they were in Florida visiting Nathan's oldest brother and his family a couple weeks ago so they took pictures and brought them to us. They also took pictures of Daisy - she was my dog until January 2008 and I decided it was best to let her stay with them since they have lots of land in Alabama (a lot more space than my 1100 square foot apartment)! =)

Here are pictures of our niece and nephews...


And here's Daisy...Eli DOES NOT miss her! =)

We are glad "Daddy" Walter and "Mama" Carol are here to visit...I will write more about our weekend soon.