Thursday, February 5, 2009

25 Random Things

If you are on Facebook, this may be familiar to you. 25 Random things. That seems to be the latest fad on there.

I've had a Facebook page for a year now. I admit it. I love it! I have reconnected with people that I have no doubt I would have never seen or heard from again. I not only have connected with old friends but also: kept in better touch with my cousins; related to my kids in a new way;kept in touch with friends from blogging, conferences, and P31; my mother, father, and mother in law are on there; shared pictures; and become partially addicted to new games (Scramble and Word Challenge). I love Facebook.

Well, the latest thing to do on Facebook has been "25 Random Things". In recent weeks, personal information has spread furiously across Facebook via a simple application many of us have come to know as the "25 Random Things" note. The premise is simple: Users write 25 random things about themselves. when they're done, they send the list to 25 of their friends and encourage them all to continue the chain. It's been a great way to learn stuff about friends and family that I never knew. I knew many people were participating, including me. But I was super surprised to see "25 Random Things" on the front page of "The Charlotte Observer", our local newspaper. The front page!!!! Is it that popular???? Evidently so. Either that, or there's just not much news to report.

So, in honor of the popularity of the "25 Random things", I figured I'd go ahead and post mine here. Here they are. 25 Random Things about Melissa.....and in typical Melissa fashion, I couldn't stick to the rules....I had to list 30!

1. My husband is by far the most amazing person I've ever known. I am a better person today for being with him for so long. I know I can always count on him.

2. My children, Blake, Hayden, Dylan, and Hayley Grace...and even Princess (yes, my sweet doggie) brighten my everyday with their love, humor, excitement, and acceptance.

3. My cousins absolutely rock!!!! I have the greatest cuzins in all the world. Love them to pieces.

4. The funniest people I know are: Jeff, Robbie, my dad, and Dylan.

5. My mother is the most beautiful woman I know.

6. God is the center of my world. Seriously, Jesus rocks my world and I have dedicated my whole life to Him.

7. Brad Paisley can sing to me anytime and anywhere. She's Everything would be my choice. :)

8. Elvis Presley music gives me a good warm cozy feeling. I remember dancing to an Elvis 8-track when I was 4 yrs old with my parents.

9. I love having Girl's Night with Hayley Grace, Donna, and Sydney.

10. I miss my Fab 5 like you just don't know.

11. I have the greatest job ever. I work with the funnest and most amazing people. Going to work is one of the highlights of my day!

12. Van Halen was the first concert I ever went to. I went with Donna Faulkner. I learned about things I did not know existed.

13. I love the beach. The ocean, the sand, the shells, the waves, sunrise, and sunset. Nothing more peaceful to me than the beach. I hope to live there one day. Really I do.

14. Disney World is my favorite family vacation.

15. I'm either fit or fat. Never been much of in between. I'm still looking for a happy medium.

16. I am currently reading The Chronological Bible, The Love Dare, and Sunrise.

17. I am a speaker and writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries. This has taken me to New York, California, and The Bahamas...places I had never been to prior. It has also given me the sweetest friends...friends that feel like family.

18. My dog, Princess, was the best birthday present I ever received. The 2nd best was my trip to Greensboro to see Def Leppard, Styx, and REO Speedwagon...just last year! Great memories.

19. I've seen Jimmy Buffett more than anyone else in concert....or maybe Duran Duran.

20. I miss my grandparents more than I can say.

21. My favorite movie is Steel Magnolias. I also love Doris Day movies.

22. I am a Gamecock by birth. Mountaineer by college allegiance. Gator by my son, Hayden. I just love college football to the point of passion.

23. I am content with what I have.

24. I say "I Love You" to Jeff and my kids every day.

25. I sponsor a child through Compassion International. Her name is Maria. She is beautiful. I consider this sponsorship one of the most meaningful, valuable,and important things I've ever been a part of.

26. (yes I know it says 25, but I have more) I love my church. You should visit sometime if you have a moment. It has changed my family in great ways.

27. It is my 42nd birthday today.

28. I love American Idol. I've met many of the Idols including Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, and David Cook. David Cook is my favorite. I also met Chris Daughtry and Kelly Pickler. That does not make me better than you. It was just fun.

29. I have 2 toes stuck together on both of my feet. Do NOT call me a duck.

30. I am happy thanks to Lexapro. Ha! Just kidding. Well, kind of. I am happy thanks to God and you! Love life. Love to laugh. It's all good.

There's the big 25...well 30! So what's the big deal? Idk! But it has made a big splash across Facebook and the front page of the paper.

I am heading to the mountains tomorrow where I will have no cell phone service and no internet. I'll be with Jeff, my husband and no one else. We are celebrating our 19 yr wedding anniversary. I am so excited about this. Our friends, Kenny and Denise, have a mountain house and they have graciously offered to let us have it for the weekend to get away. It's been so long since we've had time away alone. I'm so thankful for this time we have been given. Jeff's parents are keeping our kids and Princess (sweet doggie). OH, I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

Have a great weekend and thanks for welcoming me back into the bloggy world.




Joyful said...

Well, the list is good the second time around too :o) So glad you tagged me in it because I had fun writing my 25 things a week ago.

I did manage to find the front page article from your newspaper on the 'net' last night. Pretty incredible. I think it's so big because people really long for connection. This is one more way to find out a little more about our friends.

Great chatting with you last night. Love ya tons! Have a fabulous weekend. Oh...and before I forget...the gal I was visiting with yesterday was telling me about her Mom who was diagnosed a year ago with stage 4 cancer - and today she is doing amazing - out driving, leading Bible studies - totally in remission and feeling wonderful. Hope that gives you more encouragement. I'm continually praying for your Mom, Melissa, trust you see God answering prayer.


Cheri Bunch said...

Always love learning more about you! I think you are an amazing and fun woman who loves Jesus! Another thing I love about you is that you are real!

Have an amazing weekend with your honey, Melissa! I will be praying for blessings to be abundant for you and yours! May the Lord bless your happiness for many many more years to come!!!!

Love and Joy to you,

Amy Carroll said...

Hope you and Jeff found something to do last weekend! Did you take the pom poms?

I loved reading your list. Barry would be very jealous of your Van Halen concert experience. They're his fav, and he's passing it on to my boys. My hair is standing on end--I'm such a cotton-candy pop girl. I'm sure you're shocked! :)


JottinMama said...

I just joined facebook myself and I'm having a blast :)

I totally enjoyed your 25 random things! I hope you and your hubby had fun celebrating your anniversary! Congrats :)

Kate :)

Wendy Blight said...

SOOO happy you are back blogging again. What a great idea to bring this Facebook trend to the blogging world.

Loved learning lots of new things about you. It goes along with one of the greatest things about are real!!

Love you, Wendy

Renee Swope said...

I love this list! So glad you are blogging again. Missed you girl!