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The world is full of crazy people

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I know, I know... You are all saying, yes, Audra, we know. What brings you to this conclusion today? I watch, or listen, to way too much TV while on the computer at home. Last night while working away, I had TLC on. Not sure what was on at the time. Maybe it was Cake Boss . Why are there cake shows on at least three networks now? Not to mention cake competitions on at least two. Can no one have an original idea? I don't know about you, but I question eating any of those cakes as many days as they work on them and the fact that their hands have been all over them before and after the use of power tools. But, I digress. I'm not blogging about cake. Well, I am, but I'm not. As if Toddlers and Tiaras was not bad enough -- and now I have King of the Crown on for some reason, not to be confused with the show about the pageant dress designer, something about a dress (but not Say Yes to the Dress ) -- I have found a show that I really, really refuse to watch. I place it next t

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Melody Carlson's Three Weddings and a Bar Mitvah

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Melody Carlson and the book: Three Weddings & a Bar Mitvah David C. Cook (2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melody Carlson has published more than one hundred books for adults, children, and teens, with many on best-seller lists. Several books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards, including the Gold Medallion and the RITA Award. She and her husband live in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon and have two grown sons. Vis

Action-packed weekend

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Last weekend, I told Paige that I would take her (and Peyton) to the Ranger game since she had not been all year. So, yesterday I did. Peyton didn't get to go with us (long story). It was the first time just the two of us went by ourselves. The Rangers won - even had an 11 run inning after what started off as a slow game. And because Peyton didn't get to come along. I promised that I would take her and Madison to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs this afternoon after church. It was a cute movie and we had a good time. That's what I did this weekend. How about you?

Greg Garrett's No Idea

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Greg Garrett and the book: No Idea David C. Cook (2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Greg Garrett is a popular writer, teacher, speaker, workshop/retreat leader, and media guest. The critically acclaimed author of the novels Free Bird, Cycling, and Shame, the memoir Crossing Myself, numerous nonfiction books on faith, culture, and narrative, and an array of essays, articles, reviews, and lessons, Greg is also a primary writer for the Scripture pr

The Cowtown Cattlepen Maze

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One of our activities at the Stockyards was the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. It was my auntly duty to go in with the girls. I had to fight them to convince them we had to eat something first because I was feeling a bit woozy. It was about 5:00 and had only had 3 1/2 cheddar peppers since breakfast. Going through a maze would not have bothered me in the past, but I've developed some claustrophobia or something. I'll blame it on being stuck in the truck through Custer State Park. The thought of going in the maze surprisingly a little hesitant. I didn't want to pass out. This picture is an overview of a large part of the maze. So, anyway, after we ate, in we went. Paige demanded that she was going to do it all by herself, so Peyton and I needed to head on in. A couple of years ago, Peyton led me plum through a mirror maze in Branson , so I figured she could wiz me right through this one. Well, she ran ahead of me and it was each of us on our own. Here is me and Peyton as

Bull riding

This afternoon, my parents and I took Paige and Peyton to the Ft. Worth Stockyards. More stories to tell over the next couple of days, but I'll share with you videos of their mechanical bull rides. The loud voice you hear on the videos is mine. The funniest part of Paige's ride is her getting on the bull. I would have been sick if I started spinning around like she did. Paige's bull ride from Audra Jennings on Vimeo . Peyton only decided to do it after Paige did. Her video isn't as long as Paige's because her ride didn't last as long. She was ready to get off quicker. Peyton's bull ride from Audra Jennings on Vimeo . I'll share more pictures and stories tomorrow.

My shorter hair and Spot in the Pot

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First of all, for those of you who were wanting to see a picture of my new, shorter hair, here it is. I had to convince the woman who cut it to cut as much as she did. Probably about 4 inches. Anyway, I look weird because I was trying really hard to get a decent picture of myself without the glare from the flash being too close and looking like I had 4 chins. That, and I kept blinking so I had a hard time keeping my eyes open. That's why I look bug-eyed. In other news, a kitten - not a tiny one - has decided to make the palm tree pot on my back porch it's home. It's a huge pot, and I guess it's just homey feeling. The heck if I know why. Anyway, this cat has been there several times when I've gone out the back door in the mornings and has been there some when I've gotten home. It's not always there, just more often there. It's scared to death of me and shoots off in a flash. It's kind of an ugly little thing in a way. It's gray, orange and w

Ginger Garrett's In the Arms of Immortals

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Ginger Garrett and the book: In the Arms of Immortals: A Novel of Darkness and Light (Chronicles Of The Scribe) David C. Cook (2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: An expert in ancient women’s history, critically acclaimed author Ginger Garrett (Dark Hour, Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, and most recently In the Shadow of Lions) creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. In addition to her writing,

Mama's Don't Let Your Babies...

Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Insurance Salesmen... I apologize if you hear Willie Nelson's voice for the rest of the night now. I really do. My brother was a cowboy in a way. Guess he still is, but as I've shared with you before, he is now an insurance salesmen. Yesterday, my cell phone rings... (imagine the Wicked Witch tune while she's flying through the air on her bicycle - maybe that will change the song going through your head) My brother. I'll give him a half a point credit for trying to start the conversation about me instead of him by asking a question about my life. Well, it's Brian, so I'll give him a full point. The next question: "Do you want to buy some life insurance?" "No, I really don't. Besides, I have some with my company." Then comes the sales pitch. "Brian, I don't really have any money for life insurance right now." "I'll pay for it for a little while, I just need

Don Cousin's Unexplainable

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Don Cousins and the book: Unexplainable: Pursuing a Life Only God Can Make Possible David C. Cook (2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Don Cousins leads a ministry designed to build and strengthen Christian leaders and organizations. He is a former associate pastor of Willow Creek Church and the best-selling author of Network. Don spends much of his time consulting churches and parachurch organizations, coaching Christian leaders, and s