Monday, February 18, 2019

COLTON! JUMP the fence already!

Bring on the drama!

Supposedly, this is supposed to be the week of the fence jumping. Finally. We've been seeing a tease for it for six weeks.

On the Colton cam, our Bachelor is contemplating the warnings of Sydney, Demi and Katie. They all gave a similar warning of some people there being ready and some not. Of some women being just shiny things.

After time in Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam, it's back to the states, specifically, Denver, CO.

There are seven women left. How many will go home tonight? Next week is hometowns, so at least two, traditionally three since usually four go to on hometown dates.

Colton meets up with Ben Higgins for a chat. Ben warns that everything so far is nothing compared to the couple of weeks ahead.

Colton tells Ben about the warnings from the women. Colton says it is terrifying. He needs answers before meeting family. Ben tells Colton he needs to be telling/asking the women face-to-face about this. Ben asks how Colton feels about falling in love with multiple people after he admits that he is.

The women all meet up with Colton who has his dog out in a park. Colton tells him there will be a rose on every single date, and the dates start now.

Colton asks Tayshia if she's ready to go. They had off together as the rest of the women watch the first of them to go on a second one-on-one.

Colton shows Tayshia the sites of Denver. They get some ice cream, pick up some food to cook for dinner, then instead of taking it home to put in the fridge, sit down for drinks. Colton tells Tayshia about what was said last week. He knew by looking at Tayshia that they weren't talking about her. (Ok... If you say so.)

Heather and Caelynn are back at the hotel, thankful the women from last week didn't name names. They are thankful their names didn't come up.

On the date, Tayshia says she thinks that the two people the women were talking about were Caelynn and Cassie. She says those two have talked about being the next Bachelorette and the parties they were going to get to go to after this. Tayshia says those two don't think they are ready to get engaged.

Now, whether that is true or if Tayshia is trying to get rid of some competition, I don't know. I can't tell by looking at her. Maybe Colton can.

Before this, Colton wasn't questioning Caelynn and Cassie. Now she is.

Colton says Tayshia deserves a good date tonight, but he doesn't know if he can give her what she deserves given this news.

That evening the two cook together and almost chop fingers off trying to be cutesy.

Colton asks Tayshia if her family will be ready for this if he goes home with her next week (based on how her last relationship went which ended in divorce). She says her dad will be hesitant and have questions. His personality type is to be a hard ***.

All the women are awaiting the next date card. None of them want to see anyone come back from the dates. 

The card reads: "Caelynn... Meet me in the Rockies!"

Cassie starts crying. Hannah B. starts wiping away tears. 

Back on the date... Colton gives Tayshia the date rose. The first one guaranteed a hometown date. As of tonight, and Tayshia walking in with an "UNDERWOOD" jersey, he's starting to fall in love with her.

The next day, Tayshia and Kirpa talk. Tayshia tells her the dirt she dished yesterday about Caelynn and Cassie. 

Speaking of Caelynn...

Caelynn meets Colton on a mountain. People get left on mountain tops. Just saying.

Colton gives Caelynn snowboarding lessons. While all of this is going on, he knows he's going to have to address what Tayshia told him. They sit down, and he digs in. Comments about not being ready... About being the next Bachelorette. She looks more genuine than Tayshia did yesterday. She says it doesn't make sense to her.

Caelynn says the only person that knows if she is ready for marriage is her. She's floored that the whole Bachelorette comment came up. She said she wouldn't have put herself through this just to end up with a boyfriend at the end. Caelynn says she is ready to get engaged and none of this other junk came out of her mouth. (In her produced interview, she has some choice, bleepable words for Tayshia.)

A lot of people thing her getting mad and calling names means she's guilty. I'd be mad if I were falsely accused.

Colton is really down as he sits down for the "dinner" portion of the date. She's starting to get teary as Colton tells her she won't go through her doors at home if he isn't sure about it. She tries to convince him of what she wants. She pulls out the, "I'm falling in love with you."

Tayshia is not going to be pleased. Caelynn gets the date rose because Colton is starting to fall in love with her too. Cue concert at Red Rocks Amptheater where Colton's friend Brett Young is there just for the two of them.

Date card time... Will there be a two-on-one this season?

"Hannah B. - Home is where the heart is."

I haven't mentioned this week about how much I dislike her. Hannah G. and Cassie are most troubled it seems. Kirpa and Heather didn't get dates either. But then again, did we really expect those two to get hometowns?

The next morning, Caelynn talks to Cassie about what Tayshia told Colton. Little does Cassie know that Tayshia said that about her too. Caelynn thought she and Tayshia were friends and doesn't get how she could be so mean and nasty.

Caelynn pulls Tayshia aside. Caelynn says she's confused and hurt about Colton thinking she was there to be the Bachelorette and wouldn't say yes to a proposal. Tayshia said they (the rest of the girls) just assumed who it was based on how defensive people got. You can tell by the look on Tayshia's face she had been lying.

Meanwhile, Hannah B. and Colton are on their date. He knows her feelings are real. If she growls though...

Colton takes Miss Alabama over to meet his family. Her jaw is on the floor. Hannah says she wouldn't have been there if it weren't Colton because of how he handled himself. Dad takes Colton outside to talk. Colton tells him there are 7 left, but someone told him some of them weren't ready. Dad wisely tells Colton not to listen to the women, but to listen to his gut.

Mom talks to Hannah. Thankfully we only see that a couple of seconds.

Colton tells Dad that Hannah said she was falling in love with him, but he's not feeling the same yet.

He knows about the two he is taking to hometowns so far, but not sure about the others yet. Dad asks what his gut is saying...

Hannah says she is in love with Colton. Her big mouth, smile and laugh is too much for me.

The men head back in, and then Colton and Hannah leave. Hannah asks Colton (while in the car) if he is ok because he's acting different. He says yes, but looks about in tears as they drive down the road.

Hannah thinks she can see her future based on how the day went... a day of real life.

Over dinner, Colton asks Hannah what makes her so confident to know that she's ready. She says she doesn't date to date, she dates for marriage, especially at this point in her life. (I get that's the route to go at any age, but she's what, 23?)

Colton is thinking he doesn't think he can get there with her... to feel the same way she feels about him.

The last date card arrives at the hotel... "Hannah G., Kirpa, Cassie, Heather - Saying goodbye is never easy. - Colton"

Back on the date, Hannah says she's ready to take him home. Colton tells her that he doesn't know if he's ready. He can't shake her dad's hand without being more sure of this.

By the way, her pink plastic dress looks like she needs to be in a stage production of The Wizard of Oz.

Anyway, she doesn't want to be with someone that doesn't feel the same for her. He walks her to the limo. She names off all the things Colton thinks he wants. She thought she fit.

The women at the hotel are shocked when the man comes in to get Hannah's suitcase.

Not knowing who wasn't ready... Colton knows he sent home someone who was.

Hannah G. says there are a lot of awesome women going on this group date, so you just don't know what is going to happen. 

The four women pile into the limo. They are dropped off at a resort or something. They take a scenic train to see more of the Rockies. When they return to home base, he tells all of them they need to make sure the feelings are mutual before they head to meet anyone's family.

Colton takes Heather off first. Heather tells him that he is special, but she doesn't think it is fair to him to take him home if SHE is not ready for it. The rest of the women talk about Heather trying to figure out her feelings, but it seems she knows.

Colton doesn't put up a fight as he walks her to the train to leave.

Cassie says she doesn't want the Caelynn/Tayshia thing to fall on her too. Kirpa tells Cassie she knows about it. Kirpa doesn't share that she's going to tell Colton what she thinks about Cassie.

Honestly... no surprise.

But, that train better get back quick.

Colton takes Cassie off next. He doesn't want to send Cassie home, but after what Tayshia said. Cassie can tell Colton isn't saying something.

He dives into what the other women said. He said what Tayshia said terrified him. She doesn't know why anyone would make that up. I don't believe her by the look on her face. (Not that I'm team Tayshia.) Colton's gut believes her.

Kirpa is doing big talk with Hannah G. of how she well tell Colton if it comes up.

When Kirpa and Colton go off, they talk about how he is feeling about hometowns. Kirpa tells Colton that she doesn't want him to wind up hurt. She's concerned about Cassie and Caelynn. Kirpa is the most boring, flat person on a date. Kirpa's story is that the two of them got very defensive when the conversation took place after Katie left. Now, I thought Tayshia told Caelynn they didn't get defensive. I don't know for sure because I have been distracted while blogging.

Kirpa comes back and shares what they talked about. Kirpa and Cassie get into it. The remaining Hannah from Alabama is just listening. Let the drama queens duke it out. Colton will send the bickering people home. I think Kirpa and Tayshia just set Cassie and Caelynn up, especially the way Kirpa is acting.

Colton picks up the roses and says he doesn't know what he wants to do yet. I think he just doesn't know if he wants to send two home or only one. He says he needs more time this evening.

As they regroup for the night, Colton says he has clarity on one thing. He asks Hannah if they can go out front to talk. I can't tell if she is laughing or crying. However, there is silence in the room has he leaves Kirpa and Cassie.

It must have been laughter because Colton comes in for a rose.

Caelynn tells Tayshia she isn't sure which of the three will be going home. (She knows there's only three left because she's either seen Heather or just knows her suitcase was taken.) 

Hannah tells what happened between Cassie and Kirpa. 

Back on the date, Kirpa and Colton are talking. They share a kiss before they go back in the other room where Cassie is.

Colton goes outside to think, but Caelynn shows up and wants to talk. She says that as much as she wants it to be the two of them at the end, she's tired of the lies. She wants him to have all the facts. We don't know what more she says, but she walks back through the room where the two women are waiting and leaves.

Colton comes downstairs. He has a smile on his face for the moment. He picks up the rose. He pauses before giving it to Cassie.

He asks Kirpa if he can walk her out. She doesn't have any parting words for him.

Colton goes back in to make out with Cassie. He realizes it's not about she said/she said. It's about his gut instinct.

And he does not jump the fence!

Maybe right before he proposes at the end.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

We Will Glorify

We Will Glorify

By Twila Paris
Used by permission. CCLI # 1132191

We will glorify the King of kings,
We will glorify the Lamb;
We will glorify the Lord of lords,
Who is the great I Am.

Lord Jehovah reigns in majesty,
We will bow before His throne;
We will worship Him in righteousness,
We will worship Him alone.

He is Lord of Heaven, Lord of earth,
He is Lord of all who live;
He is Lord of all the universe,
All praise to Him we give.

Hallelujah to the King of kings,
Hallelujah to the Lamb;
Hallelujah to the Lord of lords,
Who is the great I Am.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

I feel like I needed my Saturday to be more productive

I need to learn how to relax.

I know how to waste time, just not relax.

I feel like Saturdays need to productive in some way or another. 

I really needed to get some work done today because I have had panic attack moments this week about things left undone that I needed to get knocked out. Like way overdue things because I've not had time to do them and send them off. (I hate reports. I'm always months upon months behind.)

Instead, I woke up late (after staying up too late)and went to an estate sale. I bought a shelf I needed, but didn't have room for. After getting it in and in its place, I went to the grocery store which I really needed to do because I really needed food, especially for breakfast. I also bought these clearance sale leftover from Valentine's Day tulips.

Once I finally got to my office, I got distracted. At least I got the vacuum out of in middle of my office floor. I finally cut the hair out of the roller and got the rest of the Christmas tree needs off the floor because it's been out there for like six weeks.

I did get one way overdue report done. 

After getting back from dinner at my parents' house, I had to get the downstairs vacuum out because a vase got turned over as a result of moving things around earlier, and I had rice on the floor I had to clean up. 

I have my laptop downstairs because for the past two hours, I've needed to have been working on the puppet script for practice tomorrow. Have I written it? No, I've been goofing online and playing games on my phone while thinking about all the other things I need to be doing. My mind continuously spins on a never ending to-do list.

By the way, I'm trying out new things with the layout and background of my blog. It's stuck in a rut. It may look different every time you stop by for the next little while. Thursday night when I was supposed to be catching up on my blog posting I tried to change it up. I was tired of the background. I stayed up too late fiddling with it. I've changed it since. I like some things about different layouts, but don't like other aspects. I should upgrade from Blogger to Wordpress, but I don't have the time for it right now. I can't even count the things I'd rank above it right now.

Now, onto that puppet script before I doze off with my fingers on the keys. Tonight on Live PD there have been two calls of people dozing off. I can so identify. I just don't usually doze in the Whatburger drive-thru. Actually, I think it was more like Taco Bell.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Who needs Singles Awareness Day?

I was too busy to even care or much notice Valentine's Day yesterday. If it weren't for the kids in class Wednesday night, it would have been pretty easy to breeze by altogether.

But, Singles Awareness Day today... Let me tell you what I did!

With plenty of work still to do, I planned to work on late into the evening because I find Friday nights to be my most productive time.

However, I was really tired and decided to call it quits in time to go to Whataburger, redeem my rewards for going there too often, and get settled into my living room in time to watch Live PD at 8 PM.

Literally, that's how I wanted to spend my Friday night.

That's really rather sad!

I joke about this, I truly do, because I was laughing with my parents about it.

I think it may be a sign of old age though instead of singleness. What do you think?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sign-up to review Dear Daughters: Love Letters to the Next Generation

Dear Daughters: Love Letters to the Next Generation

Abingdon Press

Tour dates: April 23 - May 7

About the book:

Do you sometimes wonder what you’re supposed to be doing with your life? Do you wish you could find someone a little older who is walking just a few steps ahead who would give you some wisdom and remind you that God is still in control and that everything is going to be okay? Would you like a mentor in your life?
Susie Davis understands the importance of having and being a mentor. In Dear Daughters: Love Letters to the Next Generation, she will help you:
  • Understand God’s will for your life
  • Listen to God’s voice through your daily circumstances
  • Find contentment and peace right where you are
  • Foster friendship and deep connection with other women
No matter your season of life, Susie invites you to join her in pondering things that matter most. And she gently reassures you that you are not alone and that God is still in control.
“Susie Davis invites us into her own story with grace and hospitality, tenderness and courage. If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by fear, you’ll be so thankful for the way Susie takes you by the hand and leads you to a better way of living.”
─Shauna Niequist, author of Bread and Wine

Susie Davis is an author, speaker and co-founder of Austin Christian Fellowship. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Will Davis, Jr., and they have 3 delightful young adult children (Will III, Emily, and Sara) who are all married and living their own beautiful life.
Susie’s podcast, Dear Daughters, is full of wisdom and joy, offering women young and old the kind of comfort and companionship they crave. 
Aside from family and ministry, Susie is hopelessly addicted to horseback riding, McDonald’s coffee and pink geraniums. She loves bird watching, creek walking and connecting the dots between God and nature. Her favorites include cooking, gathering people at her big French farm table and asking deep questions.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Are you spiritually prepared for parenting?

Are you spiritually prepared for parenting?
Tying Their Shoes directs expectant parents toward
a Christ-centered approach to parenting

It is not hard to find books that speak to the physical, emotional and effects of pregnancy and parenting an infant, but what about the spiritual side? In the uncertainty of all the changes to come ahead, spiritual preparation for expectant parents is sometimes placed on the back burner. In their new book, Tying Their Shoes: A Christ-Centered Approach to Preparing for Parenting (New Growth Press/February 11, 2019), Rob and Stephanie Green reveal just how important it is for soon-to-be parents—both biological and adoptive—to look to Jesus as the ultimate resource and hope for parenting. The husband and wife writing team are able to offer both a father’s and mother’s perspective on gospel-focused parenting.

“Parenting children is a great joy, but parenting is not easy. The transition between a home without children to a home with a child is significant. In fact, it is earthshaking,” Rob writes. “Two people who are used to caring for themselves bring home a little baby who requires constant care. It is hard to put that experience into words. It is a joyful, terrifying, exciting, and intimidating experience.”

Like most expectant parents, the Greens began their journey to parenthood looking for resources to guide them along. While they found books on what to expect from the medical side and child development, what they didn’t find were any resources to prepare them spiritually. “We needed to understand how God’s grace was going to help us every step of the way. We needed to see God’s grace in the days when everything was going according to plan. And we needed to see God’s grace when the day was crashing.”

To the Greens, the decision to write Tying Their Shoes came from recognizing their own needs when they were first-time parents. Their desire is to equip parents for the new addition into their home and for them to know that their relationship with Christ affects every aspect of their lives—including parenting. Readers will learn to lean into the Lord and rely on all his resources.

Because the book addresses what to expect from a father’s and mother’s perspective, Tying Their Shoes offers biblical wisdom unique to both parents. For example, Rob discusses the importance of a dad’s involvement during infancy while Stephanie sheds light on peace during labor, delivery, and taking the baby home.

Rob and Stephanie practically discuss topics such as:

·         Helping parents remember their true identity after baby comes along,
·         Prioritizing your marriage,
·         The goal of parenting,
·         The blessings and challenges of parenting,
·         Teaching and learning to disciple children.

“A baby brings many wonderful changes,” says Rob. “We want expecting parents to see how the gospel intersects and equips them to have a Christ-centered home in the midst of those changes.” Stephanie adds their hope for expecting parents is that in the middle of all of the coming changes and preparations for their new baby, they will also see how Jesus gives them grace to enjoy the wonderful gift of being parents.

Together, they encourage soon-to-be parents to live out of God’s love as parents and to teach their children to do the same.

Rob Green M.Div., PhD, is the pastor of counseling and seminary ministries at Faith Church, Lafayette, Indiana. He chairs the M.A. in Biblical Counseling program and teaches Greek and NT to the Master of Divinity students. Rob wrote Tying the Knot and several minibooks on marriage and family issues.

After a period of extended spiritual growth in college, Rob believed the Lord would be pleased if he were in full-time ministry. His passion is to teach the Word in practical ways that make a difference in people’s lives. He also firmly believes God’s Word provides many opportunities for growth and learning without the cost of having to learn the hard way.

Stephanie Green, RN is a homemaker and also mentors women in Faith Church, Lafayette, Indiana. She is the author of minibook, Miscarriage: You Are Not Alone and worked as a registered nurse for more than a decade primarily in the newborn nursery and postpartum units. Stephanie is currently homeschooling their youngest child.

One of the ministries Stephanie enjoys most is mentoring. She considers it a great joy and privilege to come alongside women and help them grow in their relationship with the Lord. As she interacts with other ladies, Stephanie is thankful for the practicality of the Word of God and the hope that can be found within its pages.

Rob and Stephanie are the parents of three children. Their family enjoys hiking, outdoor adventures, and seeing the beauty of God’s creation. Tying Their Shoes is the first book they have written together.

Tying Their Shoes: A Christ-Centered Approach to Preparing for Parenting
By Rob and Stephanie Green
February 11, 2019 / Retail Price: $15.99 / Print ISBN 978-1-948130-61-5
Religion / Christian Living / Family

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Win a copy of Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms

For the next couple of weeks, my fantastic team of "I Read with Audra" bloggers will be reviewing Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms by Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy. I hope you'll take the time to read a little about the book then enter to win a copy of the book at the bottom of this post. 

About the book: 

Hang in There, Mama!

For those moments when you think you’ll never live up to the Supermoms around you—when you’re elbow deep in the grind of diapers and laundry and peanut butter sandwiches—you need a good dose of Grit and Grace.

This refreshing collection of 90 daily devotions comes from two moms who’ve found themselves face-to-the-floor in need of encouragement and now offer it to you. Through humor and vulnerability, these short messages of truth remove the filters of perfection clouding your vision and bring clarity to your purpose as a mom. As you read the Scripture and prayer that accompany each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to reflect His love to the world.

In giving yourself grace, you will find you have even more grace to give from the One who is present in your life right now and in every moment.

About the authors:

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy first met as roommates at Multnomah University. They are quick to admit they did not like each other when they first met due to opposite personalities. However, they worked out their differences and became best friends who roomed together for all four years of college. Two decades later, during a phone conversation, they realized God was laying on their hearts the desire to write a devotional for moms of young children to encourage and strengthen them in their role as mothers. It was then the idea for Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms was born.

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and David C Cook and previously served as an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Gosselin has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House and Tyndale and is the author of Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood.

Gosselin lives in Bakersfield, CA with her husband, Kevin, and four children. The family enjoys escaping to the ocean.

Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She passionately supports her husband, Jay, and his full-time camp ministry. They are raising their three children on Vancouver Island and report their adventures on the travel blog Traveling Islanders.  

Grit & Grace is her first book.

Fellow Grit & Grace Warrior Moms can connect on Facebook (gritandgracemoms), Twitter (@Gritandgracemom) and Instagram (@gritandgracemoms).

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Monday, February 11, 2019

This week, the women are dropping like flies on #thebachelor

I am actually a night late posting this because I headed off to Peyton's basketball game tonight and didn't get back into town until the The Bachelor was ending. It felt later than 9:00, and I didn't want to trudge upstairs to get my laptop and start the show.

I have to admit, I'm kind of dragging my feet, just now starting at 8:41 tonight. Maybe I can get it done fast by not having to watch commercials.

Before I forget, you can hear my podcast debut on "The Good, The Bad and The Bachelor" over on my post from Friday.

So, Colton is wandering around on the beach after walking in on Onyeka and Nicole's cat fight. The rest of the women seem to be respecting his apparent desire to be alone.
Onyeka asks everyone else if they think she is a bully as Nicole just told Colton that she's been bullying everyone in the house, especially her since the beginning.

Chris Harrison goes to check on Colton. He confides that some women are there to be serious about a relationship while others are just fighting.

Harrison goes to where the women are gathered and clangs his glass.

There are seven roses sitting on the tray and three have already been given out (Heather, Hannah B. aka Miss Alabama, and Cassie). The women start counting and know two are going.

Colton comes in melancholy and starts his speech about how it has been a hard night. The roses are given...
  1. Caelynn
  2. Tayshia
  3. Kirpa (had to watch a video on Facebook to explain her beat up chin with 5 stitches)
  4. Demi
  5. Hannah G.
  6. Katie (and none of us watching know who she is)
  7. Sydney
Nicole had a stricken look on her face the whole time and has already started crying. She and Onyeka might just fight all the way back to the states. That's what you get drama queens! 

Actually, I was on Nicole's side and there are others I'd rather see go. But, Colton didn't want to sort through that mess. I can't blame him. Let it be a sign for the others!

After the drama of the night, Colton has a lot on his mind.

The next morning Colton is on the diary cam again. Every time he does this, it looks like he's been crying all night. Maybe he just has sweaty sun squints after spending time in the ocean. Actually, it may not be the very next morning because he notes it is the first morning in Vietnam, so there was likely a travel day. 

Cassie says Vietnam is the most beautiful place she has ever been. I usually don't think that to be the case when I think of Vietnam, but my former co-worker Caitlin, and her husband, Brian who hosts "The Good, The Bad and The Bachelor" podcast honeymooned there, so I'd heard that it actually was. 

Demi asks the 10 women there who besides herself has not had a one-on-one. There's more than she thought. Kirpa, Katie, Hannah G., and Sydney. That makes half of them.

The first date card arrives. "Hannah G. - We really need this date... Colton." She claims to not have expected it. Demi is deflated. Sydney is disappointed. 

It's been a while since not Miss Alabama though from Alabama Hannah got the first impression rose. 

Colton is very attracted to her and comments in his interview about the early connection.

The two get facials and spa treatments followed by Hannah giving Colton a massage that ends up hot and heavy on the table. And in the mud bath. And in the shower. She says in her interview that if she got an overnight with Colton she would take advantage of it.

Caelynn (Miss North Carolina) talks with Cassie about how Hannah has depended on her beauty her whole life (says the beauty queen... ironic much?). She ponders what else Hannah may have going on that they are missing.

Back at the "dinner" portion of the date, Colton and Hannah concur that the best part of the date was the shower. She likes showering. He obviously does since we get shower clips every week. At least they were wearing swimsuits and had cameras present. *insert eye roll*

Hannah talks about being so at ease today. She tells Colton that "Opening up is usually not my jam." Hannah goes into things that she has been shut down about such as her parents' divorce. She goes into a story she says is so lame. Her dad really loved his yard. He mowed it three times a week. Her mom drove through the yard to get her stuff and destroyed the lawn when the two of them split. Colton shares he cut off and didn't want to talk about his parents divorce either. Of course, Colton thinks this brought them closer, so he gives her the rose. 

Their private concert is a group of women in native dress playing native instruments. They stand around making out which has to be awkward.

The women back at the hotel are all talking about needing one-on-one time. That's when the date card arrives.

It's a group date. "Cassie, Heather, Tayshia, Katie, Caelynn, Hannah B., Sydney, Demi... Are you ready to fight for love? - Colton"

This means Kirpa is getting the other one-on-one date. (Her bandage has miraculously disappeared.)

Sydney is dry crying. No tears actually flowing in her camera interview, but she's trying to be dramatic. Demi doesn't understand why she didn't get the date. She claims she can't keep doing this. 

Demi is not a happy camper. It may get ugly. 

The women arrive to find Colton fighting two martial artists. They will all be learning the ancient art of something I don't know how to spell. Hannah has her freaky face on again. I mean her "Beast" face as she calls it. 

After some exercises, the women pair up for competition. The host of Vietnam's version of the Bachelor is there for commentary, but he has to have a translator because he doesn't speak English.

First pairing: Sydney and Heather. They get geared up. What starts as boxing ends up being a lot of twirling around and screeching.

Hannah B. and Cassie are up next. There's lots of giggling as they try to pound each other's face.

(There's some subtitle reading that has to go on to know what Vietnam's Chris Harrison is saying.)

Demi and Katie are the third pairing and it's more violent than the other rounds. Colton seems a little alarmed after Demi coiled up. He calls this enough for the day. 

I guess Caelynn and Tayshia don't get fight time. 

So, they head off to the group date cocktail party. 

Tayshia tells Colton she's had a hard week. She thinks it's because she's scared about opening up after being burned before. Tayshia wants him to exhibit a curiosity for her. His reply is like blah, blah, blah to me. Of course, she feels great about whatever it was.

We see Katie and Colton talk next. Her biggest fear in all of this is being misunderstood. She has a hard time showing her emotions and doesn't want him to think she isn't trying. Colton knows she's trying. 

Miss Alabama is all mouth during her time with Colton. Literally. Like her whole face is teeth. He noticed how much she enjoyed beating up on people today. She looks crazed all the time.

Sydney is moping. She and Tayshia are talking about how some of the girls are just shiny objects. Like Hannah showing off like a fool with a ninja stick...

Sydney thinks she's what Colton says she's looking for, but isn't getting attention. She tells Colton she was upset when she didn't get the one-on-one. She wants to know why she's not getting a date card. Sydney wants to know if Colton thinks she can get "there" with her. His answer isn't very assuring.

Colton tells Demi her nose looks good. I guess that's what got pummeled earlier. Demi says she's not a fighter. She wants to know if he wants to call her mom with her. (Of course, he does!) This is the first time Demi's heard her mom's voice without hearing "this call is coming from a federal prison" in a long time. Yet, mommy is now freed. 

When Demi comes back to the rest of the women, she talks about how she makes the most of every moment they have.

Sydney wants to try to get her point across to Colton again. She wants answers or is going to move on. They sit down to talk again. Sydney thinks Colton heard her earlier, but she needs more. He tells her there's pressure for him to have it figured out, but he doesn't. She tells him he is making easier choices. She wants something real. She thinks if there were a possibility of them being together she would have been getting more out of this experience. For that reason, she's going home. It upsets him, or so he says, so he walks her out. They walk past everyone, and Sydney blows a kiss. Sydney tells him not to be distracted by shiny things and look for the real people in the group. 

A beat down Colton returns to the women saying Sydney wasn't being challenged enough and he wasn't opening up enough for her. It was kind of odd what he said/how he put it. Colton picks up the rose and gives it to Tayshia. Miss Alabama is in shock and doesn't hide the look on her face well. 

The next day, Demi and crazed Hannah have a conversation. When she talks, she has pageant girl expression on her face.

We don't see Kirpa's reading of the date card, but we pick right up on their date. 

Kirpa is a bit worried because of Sydney's decision to go home. She feels in a similar situation. Colton admits he's struggling with opening up in some relationships. Colton opens up with Kirpa about this. He continues to be able to take something extra each time they spend time together. 

After a short lunch of not eating together, they head off snorkeling. He wants to "dive deeper" with his relationship with Kirpa his commentary goes as they dive in the literal water. 

Heather and Tayshia talk about the change in the air. Everyone wonders what's going on with Kirpa. I don't think anyone thinks she is going to stay.

Kirpa looks petrified as they sit down for dinner. She was nervous going into today, but says their date was great. They talk about her previous engagement. They were together for 8 years. (Since she was 12 or something?) Her ex was saving himself for marriage, so it didn't freak her out when she learned that about Colton. She thinks that she and her ex grew stagnant because they were too comfortable. Her body language is weird. The way she holds her hand to her face. She nods a lot. He asks if she can see herself getting engaged again at the end of this. Colton thinks she has a calm confidence. I think there must be a lot we haven't seen between them. Their date seemed short. Not a lot there.

To the amazement of a lot of people, I am sure, Kirpa gets the date rose. Colton thinks the date has done a lot to further their relationship. They go on to make out in the rain in the streets. 

Demi is dolling up and has her daisy dukes on when she takes off in the rain to get to his hotel room. She's going to make a move on Colton and plans on taking it all the way. When they sit down to talk, Demi tells Colton that she's starting to fall in love with him. He's more hesitant. He doesn't know if he can get there with her. He doesn't know that he can see himself with her at the end. Hearing her say that, Colton can't put her through a rose ceremony. He gives her a hug. Demi tells her that safe choices won't make him happy in the long run. With that, he walks her out. There's something reflective on her shoes. In her high-waisted shorts, she looks more Skipper than Barbie. That's what comes to mind.
She goes back to pack and the Hannahs comfort her before seeing her off.

And then there were eight.

Everyone spends plenty of time fixing themselves up for the cocktail party. Everyone knows it is getting real now. 

Chris Harrison appears to see how the women are doing. He announces that Colton has made his decision and there will not be a cocktail party. They are going straight to rose ceremony.
  1. Hannah B.
  2. Caelynn (she was eager for a serious convo she didn't get to have)
  3. Cassie
  4. Heather
That means Katie is going home. I don't see how she made it this long. Not that I have anything against her. No one knows anything about her. After a goodbye hug, he offers to walk her out. I think she may have said, "Please don't." He tries to shield her from the rain with his coat. She says, "Don't bother." She knew from his body language the other night this was coming. They mutter some parting words to one another. She tells Colton there are some girls in there that are ready and some that are not. She warns him to be smart. 

And then there were seven. 

After the warning. Colton paces. Three women have warned him of the women still there that aren't ready. He thought Sydney was talking about Demi. Then, he didn't know who Demi was talking about last night. He doesn't know who Katie is talking about either. He's wondering if he's missing something. Colton comes back in and tells the women Katie was the third person saying some of you aren't ready. 

Tayshia thinks she has the answer and is ready to spill it. She tells Kirpa it's going to be the two of them at the end. 

I think this actually makes a good teaser. 

Next week, I think we'll finally see the fence jumping. It looks like Cassie leaves. Tayshia goes skydiving. Miss Alabama meets his family (she growls again in the previews). 

As the episode closes, we see Demi sharing with Colton the things her mom sent her from prison. They talk about the mysteries of prison life. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy

I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy
By George W. Cooke

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart,
Down in my heart, 
Down in my heart,
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, 
Down in my heart to stay.

And I’m so happy, so very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart, 
Down in my heart,
And I’m so happy, so very happy,
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.

I’ve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus 
Down in my heart,
Down in my heart, 
down in my heart,
I’ve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus 
Down in my heart, 
Down in my heart to stay.


I’ve got the peace that passes understanding 
Down in my heart,
Down in my heart, 
Down in my heart,
I’ve got the peace that passes understanding 
Down in my heart, 
Down in my heart to stay.


I’ve got the wonderful love of my blessed Redeemer
Way down in the depths of my heart.
Way down in the depths of my heart, 
Way down in the depths of my heart,
I’ve got the wonderful love of my blessed Redeemer
Way down in the depths of my heart,
Way down in the depths of my heart to stay.


And if the Devil doesn’t like it,
He can sit on a tack, 
Sit on a tack,
Sit on a tack.
And if the Devil doesn’t like it,
He can sit on a tack, sit on a tack to stay.