Monday, July 30, 2007

Friends and Baseball

Donnie and I joined a couple of couples for a Frisco Roughriders game this past weekend. I don't think I watched much of the game, too much talking that needed to be done! But it was a LOT of fun - in spite of Marley's driving and trying to freeze me out of the vehicle.

I am thankful for the leadership that God has placed over our lives. He knew just the right time to bring me into my church, He knew the right time to open my eyes to Donnie, and He knew just the right time to place me in the job I have. Even though we may not see what all He has in store - we can rest in the knowledge that it will be for our good.


Friday, July 27, 2007


My husband is a dork. And I absolutely love him. :) There is just no one else that can make me laugh and smile like he does.

Oh, and he's a pretty good bass player too. Isn't he handsome? :)

I love you starshine.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007


He beat me! I can't believe it! Donnie felt brave enough to challenge me to a Scrabble game last night. And I think he cheated. My father has taught me a rule for Scrabble. Always keep a U in case the Q raises it's ugly head. Well - my lovely husband had drawn the Q, and I had drawn every last U in the game. I felt safe in using them all. A hand or two later he only has consonants, so he dumps his hand, pulling a new one. I just so happen to pull the Q on the next go around! Let me tell you - it is very difficult to form a word using Q without the letter U! Needless to say, he went out with me holding the Q. Final score? 230 to 228.

Babe - 2 out of 3? :)


Monday, July 23, 2007

Weekend Bliss!

Well, we had a filled weekend! And it was a lot of fun. Friday night was the Youth Rally at Bro McGaha's. The place was packed! Lots of young people, and the minister did a phenomenal job. He spoke on commitment to God and I know it touched this "old married lady's" heart. :)

Saturday was FULL! Don went off to work and I headed to my parents. Steph, my mom, and I printed, rolled, and tied invitations until Donnie got off. We had lunch, I made potato salad, and we headed to Brad's. There we addressed invitations with about 12 other people. I got to hold little Brianna - and she is a doll! She's incredibly sweet and just the cutest when she yawns!! :)

Sunday was amazing. Church was PACKED! God moved in such amazing ways in both services. One was baptized!! And I know many, many more were touched. We are starting to help out with breakfast in Kidzone the 3rd Sunday of the month. Let me tell you, it wasn't fun being at the church at 8am, but it was fun once I woke up! :) It's a great ministry that I'm starting to get excited about!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Don't waste your week looking forward to next weekend though. Look for ways to be an encouragement to people around you. You'd be amazed what it will do for YOU. :)


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Yum, Fun, Yawn!

I got ICE CREAM!! We went to Braum's last night after service and I got a single scoop of Cookies n' Cream ice cream in a waffle cone. And my was it good. Worth every stinkin' calorie!

I am very thankful for the friendships I have. God has put wonderful people who are filled with Godly character into our lives. It is so nice and uplifting to be able to sit and talk with these friends. Knowing that the conversation will reflect Him, even though we may just be sitting telling dumb jokes! coughChadcough :)

I woke up extremely tired this morning. Again, not sleeping well. Please say a prayer. I need to be able to function at work and not have a short fuse with my husband. But the lack of sleep is making it increasingly difficult to do both! Rest. All I need is true rest.

Today is what you make it. Act that way.


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Allergies, Chicken, Ice Cream

I love my husband's cologne. And I should, since I picked it out! And I really like the perfume that he has picked out for me. However. On the days that my allergies are screaming - they both drive my nose in to a TIZZY! Today is one of those days. My allergies are driving me NUTS! It is like a thousand little hairs are tickling the end of my nose. I can't stop sneezing and I'm squinting. Not sure why I'm squinting, but I am! :)

Yesterday was our 4 month anniversary! So what did we do to celebrate? I tried a new recipe! Chicken marsala. It was actually really good. I only had minor problems with the chicken browning. I don't think I had quite enough butter in the pan. The mushrooms soaked it all up. But it is definitely a keeper recipe. Donnie even liked it, and he's not a huge fan of mushrooms. I served it over penne pasta that was tossed with a little olive oil, garlic powder (didn't have any real stuff!), and parmesan cheese. And on the side - broccoli with lemon juice, fresh ground black pepper, and (of course) a little garlic powder. A successful meal in my mind! The only problem - no dessert! Of course, I think Don and I are a little desserted out. I made a chocolate cake that we've been munching on for a couple of days. Needless to say, I was tired of cake last night. So... no dessert! :)

Ice cream. I just want some good ice cream. Not the frozen yogurt stuff. Not the fake. I want Braum's. Butter Pecan. Mint Chocolate Chip. The good stuff. Maybe I can talk Donnie into going to Braum's after church tonight. :) hehehehe


Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Life is pretty normal right now. And that is a good thing! Donnie and I are currently looking for a cheap desk. Stephanie and we are thinking about swapping computers for good, which would mean a desktop for us. We love the thought and having one (we just didn't use the laptop as a laptop!) but right now it's just sitting in the floor! So, if you know of a cheap desk (preferably a dark wood) :) let us know! We did find one at BB&B that we really like, and - bonus! - we still have a gift card there! Tell me what you think of it...


Thursday, July 12, 2007

What Dreams May Come

Captains Log...Stardate 71207

I've learned a new language to this human masterpiece called marriage. It is interesting how your wife's dreams can totally affect her mood in the mornings. There are times that I want to crawl back into the bed and wake up again. It's only when I hear the story behind these dreams that I begin to understand exactly what makes her function.

Sondra and I enjoy spending time together in the mornings. With our complicated schedules, it really has become a source of strength for both of us. Its when you awaken to icy shores of a conversational Antarctica that things become interesting. It doesn't matter how much clothing you attempt to put on, it doesn't seem to help.

Its only when you can look her in the eye and sincerely ask her what her dream was about that the ice begins to thaw. You'll find out, that while in her dreamland, you did or said something, or even looked at her in a way displeasing. You did something to really torque her over. I found out that I did that very thing. It was only after breakfast that I got the story straightened out. I would have been upset at me too.

With each passing day, I learn a little more about the female psyche. It truly is the final frontier.


Please forgive the Star Trek references. I was in one of those thought patterns.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Sleep, Exercise, Food

Good MORNING! Today is a great day. Nothing special about it really... just woke up in a fairly decent mood. I've been having trouble sleeping and for the past two nights, I slept the ENTIRE night!! :) It's very exciting, at least to me!

Change MUST occur! Since the wedding I have put on almost 15 pounds. I'm thinking I might be the typical newlywed... Donnie is attempting to motivate me to exercise. I'm hoping he will actually succeed this time. I know, I know... it's up to me to want the change and to want to exercise. But tell me - who really wants to exercise? You sweat, you hurt, you sweat some more... it just doesn't sound appealing to this chica. Oh well!! No pain, no gain I guess!! I'll keep you guys updated on how the progress is!

On the flip side - we had a date last night. :) We ate at Bone Daddy's and then went grocery shopping. lol Great date, huh? It was actually a lot of fun. The food at Bone Daddy's is incredible. Great brisket. Though the pecan pie was just NOT as good as my Aunt Leota's. ;) Everything else was super good.


Monday, July 9, 2007

The Joys of Family!

Welcome to the new Gandee blog! Our first post!! And Donnie isn't even around... :) I figured we might as well succumb to peer pressure and get one. I'll try to post more frequently than my previous attempts at blogging!

This past weekend was the CNR Reunion at Canyon Camp in Hinton, OK. Donnie's first Nickell Reunion as an OFFICIAL Nickell! It was loads of fun but we are both VERY worn out. After the four hour drive up there we talked, ate, hiked, sang, played games (I whipped them in Phase10!!)... it was a lot of fun. But there was very little sleep in the midst of it all. And then there was of course - the four hour drive back! :)

For those who are acquainted with the Nickell clan - you know I have some family members that are... interesting. They can be loads of fun and yet test my patience at almost every turn. And while I love them dearly it is sometimes difficult to be around them. Perhaps we are just a little too similar. :) In one of those more stressing moments this weekend, I responded in a way that I shouldn't have (i.e. rashly and with a little bit of an attitude). In my reading the next day God showed me this scripture:

"A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Prov 12:16 & 18

Proverbs is full of wonderful words of wisdom - each one stepping on my toes at some point!! I long to be closer to God and bring others closer to Him, but that small member seems to have other plans!! My "wisdom" is quick to judge and faulty, in a flash of annoyance or anger my tongue can cut and destroy those whom I truly love. God, help us... ME... to reflect you and be full of YOUR wisdom. Bridle our tongues so that through Your word and wisdom we may minister Your true healing.