Monday, July 31, 2017

Every Mile Mattered

About Nichole Nordeman:

Nichole Nordeman was born on January 3, 1972 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a Contemporary Christian recording artist and songwriter and eight-time Dove Award winner. Her music has been featured in the movie Facing the Giants (2006) and Tribulation (2000). She resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her two children, Charlie and Paige.

Why Nichole Wrote Every Mile Mattered

“For anyone who has been on a faith journey for some time, walked the long road with Jesus, the peaks and valleys, the deep joy and deep sorrows, the confusion and questioning, the moments of certainty and gratitude, every mile, every bump, bruise and beautiful encounter… these songs are for you. For both of us.
There comes a time in your life and in your faith where it makes sense to look back at what’s behind you. Looking over your shoulder at where you’ve been, what you’ve learned, what you thought you knew, but didn’t, what you’d change, and what you wouldn’t. That’s where I’ve been. Taking spiritual inventory.  Examining what I thought I understood, but didn’t, what I got right and what I might still be getting wrong.
In that moment, the looking back, it is easy for us to judge ourselves. To look at certain decisions or beliefs or experiences and feel regret. Wishing that a certain chapter ended differently. Wishing I’d taken a right instead of a left at that fork in the road. Wishing I could re-write history. Rewind the tape. It’s only natural to glance at the miles in the rear view mirror, and see all the “if onlys.”
Sharing from my heart

As I was reading and doing some research about Nichole I read that she considers each of these songs as mile markers.  I'm at a point in my life where I understand exactly what she's talking about.  Her song Slow Down is about kids growing up, but you want them to slow down and features her daughter Pepper singing with her. I can definitely relate since my children aren't kids anymore, they're teenagers now, Kenzie is in her senior year of high school and Kylan will be a sophomore.  This is a mile marker for our family, next year Kenzie is off to college and I will be homeschooling 1 child for the first time ever.  As a matter of fact, later on today Kenzie and I will be making a road trip to Oklahoma City to stay the night with friends and then head off tomorrow morning to tour the OU campus in Norman, you better believe we will have this CD playing!  Another mile marker is our 25 year anniversary is coming up on September 5th and we're celebrating by going on a cruise with our best friends and no children.  WOW, how times change. 
 In my spiritual life I can tell that I'm also at another mile marker as well and that's where Every Mile Mattered comes in and became personal to me.
God's endless love and protection has changed my life drastically over my 44 years of living. Nicole is correct in saying, "Dear me, you did not learn this in a day or two or three so ask a lot of questions." If I could go back and talk to my younger self I would say ask questions more often and learn from others, I was such a know it all and when I look back it was just grace that got me through.  As a traveler this CD speaks to my soul. I'm adding links to make it easy for you to download Every Mile Mattered.  
Just click on the links below and be sure to enter to win your own copy!


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Official website - http://nicholenordeman.com
Buy links – ITunes http://capcmg.me/emm?IQid=b
                      Spotify http://capcmg.me/emm.sp

                       Amazon http://capcmg.me/emm.am)

She also has a book “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August, pre-order here:



Song List for “Every Mile Mattered” CD

  1. Every Mile Mattered
  2. You’re Here
  3. Dear Me
  4. No Longer
  5. Lean
  6. Hush, Hush
  7. Listen to Your Life
  8. Beautiful Day
  9. Sound of Surviving
  10. Anywhere We Are
  11. Slow Down
GIVEAWAY
Please leave me a comment telling me what your mile marker is in life or leave a comment on the Facebook post and you'll be entered to win!
No Canadian winners please for this promotion.  Continental U.S. residents only. 


“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Tulsa area attractions and field trips


A couple of homeschooling mamas and I were chatting about fun things to do in our area or within an hour or so of Tulsa, OK.  I realized that we've really done a lot of fun thing so I decided to post an easy to find list on here with links in case you want to go back and read about our adventures or maybe you just want the details. So here it goes!

These can all be done as day trips or just an hour or two on some of them:

Blue Hole- pics are here http://www.justwedeminute.com/2010/06/blue-hole.html and the info is here




Little House On the Prairie- their website http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/




Tulsa Zoo- everyone knows about this one http://www.justwedeminute.com/www.tulsazoo.org






OKC Zoo- my pics aren't showing up anymore so here's their link http://www.okczoo.org/


Field trip ideas-



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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mandisa-Out of the Dark



Watch this video to see the story behind her album.




About Mandisa:

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called 'Out Of The Dark' because that is exactly where God lifted her out of! 


You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/mandisa-opens-overcoming-depression-47020463

Sharing from my heart:

Wow, I don't even know what to say about this new CD by Mandisa except that it's POWERFUL and beautiful!  She starts off with a voicemail intro which I was not expecting and from that point I was hooked.  I've always loved Mandisa and didn't realize that she was struggling with depression and was in tears as I listened to her. I've known many people including family and friends that have struggled with depression and it's a long, hard road but God can lift you out of that pit! Mandisa is victorious and didn't let Satan win this battle!  This would be a great CD to share with someone you know that struggles with depression, it could be the key that encourages them to seek the Lord and cast that depression on Him.  I highly recommend Out of the Dark.

Unfinished:
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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
 

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Hanging in Hongdae




We arrived in Seoul on April 1st and just stayed at the house and didn't venture out. On April 2nd we woke up and were ready to go explore.  Kevin and I took off walking and found a great bakery that we went to often, a grocery store and the fruit/veggie market.  After breakfast Lynn, and the kids joined us in exploring the Hongdae area. 

The Hongdae (Hangul홍대Hanja弘大) is a region in SeoulSouth Korea near Hongik University, after which it is named. It is known for its urban arts and indie music culture, clubs and entertainments. The area is located in Mapo-gu in the western end of Seoul, stretching from Seogyo-dong to Hapjeong-dong.
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People ask what my favorite thing was about our trip and I loved every single minute of it but my all time favorite thing was watching my kids experience their birth country for the first time.  They soaked it all in and loved their experiences.

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Kylan tried the sweet potato frozen latte and Kenzie had the green tea frozen latte at Coffeenie.
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We thought the menu was interesting


 All of the fruit in Korea was delicious and organic.  No organic section here because that was all they had.


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 Every day we walked past a Buddist temple on one side of the road and an LDS temple on the other side.
 I loved looking at all of the gates on our walks. They were all so different from what we have in Oklahoma.

My mom wanted to attend church in Korea and I had been to Youngnak Presbyterian Church on my previous trip so we agreed that this would be the easiest church for her to attend.  Mr Chae came and picked her up and brought her home so she wouldn't have to ride the subway or take a taxi.  Youngnak is a large, beautiful church and I know she enjoyed the service, they offer a section for foreigners and they give you headphones with a translator so you can understand what is being said.
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In the afternoon Mr. Chae brought my mom home from church and picked up everyone but Marilynn and myself.  We decided to stay at the house and rest up a little before the whirlwind of activity started.  Unfortunately, my mother in law had broken her toe on the first day so she really needed this day to rest her foot. He took them to the International Market so they could buy some water and some staples like fresh kimchi. I love the vibrant colors and can close my eyes and smell the kimchi.
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and they brought us home something to eat.
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Exploring our house in Seoul

We accidently went through the wrong line when we were arriving.  They checked our passports in the Diplomat line so it only took all 7 of us about 5 minutes to go through customs into Korea.
 Here's Kenzie and Kylan back in their birth country for the first time since we adopted them!
 After arriving at the Inchon airport in South Korea we exchanged some money.  This is what the Korean Won looks like, it's so colorful and pretty!

Our tour guide Mr. Chae met us with a luggage van and his own personal van and drove us to our house in Seoul.  Seoul was about 1 hour away from the Inchon airport.  We decided not to get a hotel and to go with an AirBnB instead so we could learn how a typical Korean lives.  I actually don't think a typical Korean lives in a house like this because most of the people in Seoul live in apartments and this was a house.  If you want info on this house please email me at JustWedeminute@gmail dot com and I'll send the info to you.  It was wonderful!  I can't say enough about the owners Meme and Jeje, they were amazing and very helpful!!




 Here's our house!

Our AirBnB hosts gave us some gifts of bread and different types of rice cakes. They were really good and we loved the colors!

 The little kitchen was adorable
 We used the dining area a lot





 One thing I was not expecting was how hard the mattresses were. I mean rock solid hard, they were not cozy at all but my back loved them and did very well on the hard mattress.
 Views from the rooftop garden.  Apartments and buildings for as far as the eye could see.  With 10 million people in Seoul this is not shocking.





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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Travel Day to South Korea

Leaving Tulsa
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We were exhausted from prom so our travel day seemed extra long and to top it off we flew standby on American Airlines.  Good news is we made all of our flights, bad news is the flight was 15 hours long from Dallas to Korea, ugh that one hurt.  Last time I went to Korea to pick up Kylan we came home on March 31st, 2002 which is the same day that we left this year March 31st, 2017 so our journey feels like it went full circle. I never dreamed that 15 years later EXACTLY I would be returning with Kevin, Kenzie, Kylan, my mom Gayl, my mother in law Marilynn and my father in law Lynn. This is the start of our Korean adventure.  Sit back and enjoy the ride!!!


We flew out of Tulsa and into Dallas and once we arrived at our departure gate I looked up from my phone and this is what I saw...EVERYONE in our group was asleep but me!  My mom hadn't arrived yet so she was probably awake at this time.



The flight was oversold and the only person that had bought a ticket was my mom. The rest of us were on the standby list.  Kevin's parents and my mom boarded the plane and we fully expected to be getting a hotel room that night but after the plane was full they found 4 seats for us and Kevin and I even got to sit together.
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They served us some Korean food on the flight so we were super pumped!
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I'm not gonna lie to you that 15 hour plane ride was brutal!  When I was in my 20's it didn't seem that bad but this time it was horrible and my feet swelled up so big I couldn't put my boots back on.  When I stepped out at the Inchon airport it was in my socks and carrying my boots. Next time I'm taking compression socks!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Prom and Aspire co-op

March 31st, 2017 was a crazy day for us.  The kids had homeschool prom for the first time.  I was on prom committee so helped set up all day, our homeschool co op was wonderful because one mom let all the girls get ready at her house with hair and makeup, etc and another mom organized a taco dinner...oh how we love our Aspire co op so much!  God put us in this group for a reason, He knew we needed them and hopefully they needed us. If you want more info about Aspire Homeschool Co-Op click here and if you're in the area want Tulsa homeschool prom info click here.

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 Don't they all look amazing?

 Two of the dad's were helping out and having some fun.
 Several girls were kickin' it with Converse shoes.
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Here's Kenzie and Kylan...it was kinda later in the evening so they were untucked and had been dancing a while. I asked for a sibling pic and they were nice to their mom and obliged.
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One of our fearless leaders Amy Dean was gracious in opening up her home to the teen girls and helping with makeup, jewelry and hair.


Another Aspire mom...Amy Gamble organized a taco dinner for our prom goers.
The theme this year was Under the Sea which kind of reminds me of my favorite retro movie series Back to the Future.





One of my jobs was making center pieces with the fish and they ended up looking great!
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Those homeschool kids know how to boogie!  They seriously danced all night long.
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Kevin and I had to get a pic too as official chaperones.  After prom was over our Korea adventure was about to begin.  We left prom and headed home to change and grab our luggage and then headed to the airport. By this time we were exhausted but more on that later...

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Every Mile Mattered

About Nichole Nordeman: Nichole Nordeman was born on January 3, 1972 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a Contemporary Christian r...