Saturday, April 30, 2011

Passion Meets Purpose.

I went to the Orange conference on children's ministry/student ministry. While there I had the opportunity to meet a Disney executive who is a strong christian. Random? No. Divine. :) God is good. It was extremely encouraging! He shared with me about a Disney animator who is using his passion and talent for Christ at Disney. I found this video on youtube of the animator talking about his work. Check out this video of Glen Keane. He animated the Beast, Ariel, and Rapunzel. So cool. I LOVE how he doesn't feel like he has to be a pastor in order to be a Christian influence in the world. Here is an article about Glen's work. Instead he is using his passion (animation) while fulfilling his purpose (to glorify God). I think that is EXACTLY what God intended us to do with our passions. Louie Giglio did a sermon relating to that at Passion 2006 called Passion, Purpose, and Designer Jeans. Check it out on iTunes for free.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Great Movie Ride Challenge

I have decided to watch all (except for a few movies I refuse to watch) of the movies in the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I found the list on wikipedia and I copied it into a word document where I color coded it with this key:

Own It
Seen It Before
Excited to See
Not Excited to See
Will Not Watch

Make your own list and use netflix, redbox, or blockbuster to do the challenge. :) I will be starting as soon as Footlight Parade arrives from netflix and probably blogging about my progress.

Great Movie Ride Movies

Movies in the Ride

1. Footlight Parade (Warner Brothers)
2. Singin' in the Rain (MGM)
3. Mary Poppins (Disney)
4. The Public Enemy (Warner Brothers)
5. The Searchers (Warner Brothers)
6. Alien (20th Century Fox)
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Lucasfilm)
8. Tarzan the Ape Man (MGM)
9. Casablanca (Warner Brothers)
10. Fantasia (Disney)
11. The Wizard of Oz (MGM)

Current films in finale

12. The Cure
13. The Rink
14. Behind the Screen
15. The Great Train Robbery
16. The Birth of a Nation
17. The Ten Commandments
18. The Kiss
19. Wings
20. The Jazz Singer
21. Show Boat
22. 42nd Street
23. Dirty Dancing
24. Yankee Doodle Dandy
25. Grease
26. Jailhouse Rock
27. Sister Act
28. Chicago
29. Babes in Arms
30. Cabin in the Sky
31. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
32. Anchors Aweigh
33. Airplane!
34. Saturday Night Fever
35. Cops
36. Take the Money and Run
37. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
38. A Plumbing We Will Go
39. Blazing Saddles
40. Arthur
41. Bright Eyes
42. A Night at the Opera
43. Three Men and a Baby
44. Broadcast News
45. Arsenic and Old Lace
46. Beverly Hills Cop
47. Trading Places
48. The Godfather
49. The Godfather Part II
50. Taxi Driver
51. Shanghai Knights
52. True Grit
53. The French Connection
54. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
55. North by Northwest
56. San Francisco
57. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
58. Never Say Never Again
59. The Terminator
60. Rambo: First Blood Part II
61. A Nightmare on Elm Street
62. King Kong
63. Young Frankenstein
64. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
65. 2001: A Space Odyssey
66. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
67. Top Gun
68. The Absent-Minded Professor
69. Platoon
70. The Karate Kid
71. The Bridge on the River Kwai
72. Amadeus
73. Citizen Kane
74. Chariots of Fire
75. 10
76. Tootsie
77. Funny Girl
78. Giant
79. Pal Joey
80. Adam's Rib
81. Gone with the Wind
82. From Here to Eternity
83. Shakespeare in Love
84. Pearl Harbor
85. Wuthering Heights
86. Notorious
87. The Way We Were
88. Lady and the Tramp
89. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
90. Grand Hotel
91. Queen Christina
92. A Place in the Sun
93. Stagecoach
94. Sunset Boulevard
95. The Grapes of Wrath
96. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
97. A Streetcar Named Desire
98. Klute
99. Roman Holiday
100. Gilda
101. Hud
102. Good Morning, Vietnam
103. Apocalypse Now
104. All About Eve
105. Lawrence of Arabia
106. Doctor Zhivago
107. Armageddon
108. Finding Nemo
109. Thelma and Louise
110. High Noon
111. Unforgiven
112. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
113. Lassie Come Home
114. Patton
115. Malcolm X
116. Forrest Gump
117. It's a Wonderful Life
118. The Sound of Music
119. Ben-Hur
120. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Films previously in the finale film

121. Swing Time
122. The Band Wagon
123. The Three Musketeers
124. The Adventures of Robin Hood
125. Cocoon
126. Independence Day
127. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
128. Fatal Attraction
129. The Seven Year Itch
130. Big
131. Million Dollar Mermaid
132. Aladdin
133. An American in Paris
134. It Happened One Night
135. High Society
136. Crocodile Dundee
137. Terms of Endearment

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Molly Remembered.

After Molly passed away, a friend gave me a small stuffed animal of a brown dog. I have grown quite attached to it since her death. It looks like Molly as a puppy and is about the same size that she was when we first found her. I have started sleeping with it at night (Yes, I still sleep with stuffed animals. Get over it.) Today when we got back from church, the stuffed animal had somehow left my bed upstairs in my bedroom and was mysteriously sitting in front of our fireplace downstairs where Molly used to sleep. It was freaky. I suppose one of our cats could have done it. Or was the spirit of Molly wanting to be near us again. :P Anyways it was a nice reminder of her. ...not that we have or ever will forget her.

Today I suddenly remembered a line from a poem I wrote about Molly when I was bored in class one day in college. I searched through my chest of old journals and notebooks and I found it! Here it is:

My pillow, my solace, my friend.
Chocolate, cow dog.
My eternal hug.
Your penetrating eyes...
I'm sure you understand every word.

I'm not sure if that could actually be considered a poem or not. But I was heart felt.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Colder Weather

My brother plays bass for Levi Lowry and the Community House Band and they are touring with Zac Brown Band!

Zac Brown has the number one song in the country right now, Colder Weather.

As his sister it's my job to shameless promote Jon Daws. :D So here's how you can help:

* Call your local radio station and request Colder Weather!!

* Check them out at and post the site to your facebook profile.

* Go to Conan O'Brien's facebook page (team coco) and let them know on the discussion board that you want Levi Lowry and the Community House Band on the show! Do it! We've started a discussion topic to get their attention so help me out!

Thanks guys,

Proud Sister :D

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Molly Daws is gone. My best friend has died.

...What now?

I've never experienced a death of a loved one. The thing that strikes me most is the permanence of death. I'll start to imagine hugging her and I can almost feel her velvet ears and coarse hairs and then I realize that I will never again be able to do that. She took care of us for 14 years, at our left overs and licked our tears when we cried.

She went down fast and our last night with her was so rough and painful for us both, for her physically and for us emotionally. There were seizures, bleeding, barks filled with pain. It breaks my heart. We spent the night next to her holding her paws through it all. When the vet finally opened, there was no question what we had to do. In weeks prior we carried her outside to pee, hand fed her, and got all types of her bodliy fluid on us. But I was happy to do it. In fact, I'd say it's the very least I could have done for all she did for me.

She brought so much joy to my heart and filled our house with love. I was always so proud of her, she was beautiful, she was obedient, she was friendly, she was loving, and she was mine. My baby. My best friend. And she's gone.

I once punched a guy on church property defending Molly after he had kicked her. I said the f word for the first time after a neighbor threatened her. If you knew her you'd understand ...she was a dog worth fighting for! I stuck up for her as if she was my own sister, because she was really an extention of the Daws family.

My favorite story about her is the time when we were living in Rome, GA and Dad was pastoring FSBC. We lived right next to the church and our dogs roamed free. One Sunday morning, Dad was preaching away and he looked up and saw Molly walk in and take a seat on a back pew. He kept it together and moved on and at the end of his sermon he found her fast asleep in the back of the church. Haha. That was her. Full of personality, I guess she woke up that morning and said to herself, "I think I'll go to church today." Here's what I think, she surrendered her life to Jesus that day and spent the next 14 years being a light in our home and to all she met. :P (j/k)

I will always treasure the memories I have with her and hold them close to my heart. She made a huge impact on my life and taught me to love others unconditionally, to be a loyal friend and family member, and to be an encourager.

I told her repeatedly throughout her life that she was never alloed to die. Never have I dreaded a death so much. All my life a sure fire way to make me cry was to think of her inevitable death. The only time I ever cry in movies is dog related, because of how much I even remember one time I was afraid to go down a zipline. The guide tried to convince me to do it by telling me to think of a loved one that needed to do it for. I thought for a while and down I went screaming, "Molly, Molly, Molly, Molly, Molly!!!" the whole way.

I loved her SO much. She will never be forgotten. I fully intend to have another dog one day, a beagle or a basset hound. It will not be a replacement for Molly, because that would be impossible. She was one of a kind. Instead, I will raise it as a role model for the perfect dog. If I have a little girl one day I would like to name her, Molly.

Thank you all for your kind words and for sending your love and prayers towards me and our family. And thank you God for the blessing of Molly Daws. She will be missed.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Molly Daws Video Tribute

Molly Daws

May 7, 1997 - April 7, 2011

Today was a rough day.

Written blog to follow soon.

I miss her. :-/

She was the very best dog.

Friday, April 1, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Complete!

I SO enjoyed doing this. You should do it too. Here's the list below. I may try to do another one and use this site as a spring board.

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with ten facts

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show

Day 04 - A picture of your night

Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory

Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item

Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh

Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the craziest things with.

Day 11 - A picture of something you hate

Day 12 - A picture of something you love

Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist

Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die

Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you

Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity

Day 19 - A picture and a letter

Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget

Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book

Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change

Day 25 - A picture of your day

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you

Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member

Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of

Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile

Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 30

Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss

Megan Anderson. She is my bestest friend of all time. And she's been outside of the united states for FAR too long and I am NOT ok with it and she needs to come HOME asap. :D k, Megan?! I love her SO much! I just want to give her a big huge hug but sadly I least until July.

PS. This picture reminds me of Dr. Lacy and Meet the Robinsons, "i haven't slept in 8 days!!" haha.

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 29

Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile

Danielle Kidwell and David Bass-Clark. Oh how I love them. I miss the safari days and I'm so thankful for that part of my life. It was so great. Wouldn't trade it for anything. :D

This picture will always make me smile...haha they're so goofy! I love that! I say, the goofier the friend, the better.