"Do not ask God to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet."



Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas at Mom and Dad's

Yesterday, we spent the day with my parents and brother and kids. We started the day off with snacking, opened presents for two hours (we do it individually!) ate Christmas dinner and ended the day watching the Dallas Cowboy game at our house. It was a very Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Our first Christmas...

My hubby and I decided to open a few presents Friday night and the rest Saturday morning. We each have one more to open in Missouri as well as our stockings!

We are just so blessed to have such a wonderful family and to have found each other. We thank the Lord above each and every day for molding each other to be our soulmates and best friend.

God Bless You!

Christmas at Gram's

Friday night, we had Christmas at my Gram's house. Shane and the kids drove down from OKC for a weekend full of family, fun and presents.

Grams asked Carey earlier in the day if he would share the story of Jesus' birth and have a mini sermon. It was awesome! I read from Luke and then Carey just let the Lord take over through him. You could feel the Holy Spirit in that room that night! Praise God!!!!

God Bless You!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

It's Christmas Time....


Tomorrow starts our first day of our six day Christmas spread! I am so excited to spend time with our families!

Friday, we will have Christmas at my Grams' house with my dad's side of the family which means eating some of my aunt's "special" mac n cheese!!! YUM YUM!!!

Saturday, we will have Christmas at my parent's house with my brother and neice and nephew's. That is sure to be CRAZY!!!!!

Sunday, we will have Christmas at my Nana and Papa's with my mom's side of the family! It's always fun to have all the great grandkids together!

Then on Monday we are off to Missouri! Christmas Eve night, we will have more Christmas with Carey's mom's side of the family which means game time! WHOO HOO!!!!

Tuesday is CHRISTmas!!!!! In the morning, we will open our stockings and head to Carey's brother's house for more family and unwrapping time!

Wednesday is just time to spend with Carey's aunt and cousin (whom I have not met before)!

I am just so ready for two weeks off from school and ready to spend time with my hubby! He is off for three weeks!!!! YEAH!!!

Enjoy the pics of our CHRISTmas decorations in our home...it's our first CHRISTmas!!!

God Bless You and Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ice Storm

Here are some pics of the ice storm that came through on Monday. This is the back road to my parents house.

Stay Warm!

God Bless You!

Peanut Brittle

It's Christmas Candy time!!!! Last night I learned how to make Peanut Brittle from my mom and my Papa. They make the best brittle EVER! I like how it is flakey and not so chewey! I decided to share the recipe with you. Let me know if you make it and how it turns out! Happy Cooking!

Papa's Peanut Brittle

Ingrediants -
1 quart unsalted raw peanuts with hull
3 cups sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 dash of salt
3 tsps baking soda
Stick of butter
Cooking Thermometer
Two Cookie Sheets

Butter the cookie sheets first. Then combine the water, syrup and sugar and salt and put the stove on high. Using the cooking thermometer, let it cook to 238 degrees stirring slowly but constantly. Once it is 238 degrees, add the peanuts. Continue to stir slowly and constantly until it reaches 300 degrees. Add baking soda and begin to stir quickly as it rises for about 30 seconds. Pour mixture onto two cookie sheets (two people should do this...it is VERY hot and difficult to do alone.) Immediately shake the cookie sheets to spread the mixture out. Put the cookie sheets somewhere until they cool (we use the garage since it is cold!) The peanut brittle will slide right off the cookie sheet when cooled. Place in bag and break to your liking.

God Bless You!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sit back, relax and enjoy the pics!!!

This weekend, we headed to Dallas to attend Tabitha (Carey's cousin's) wedding. It was so beautiful! Carey was a Bride's Man and he did such a fabulous job! Here are some pics leading up to the wedding and the actual wedding!

God Bless You!

What to do with no light....

So today was quite the day at school...at around 11:30, our electricity went off for good!!!

It started out with just going off and on for a few times and then nada! I was in my "hole" and I have no windows or emergency lights or exit light or anything so needless to say when it went off, it was pitch black!!! My door was closed so there was literally no light poking in. My kids started to panic so I told them to just sit there and I would find the door. I was using my arms as my "antennas" waving them about so that I didn't run into anything face first and knocked one student in the back of the head....oops! I finally found the door and sent all my kids back to class. (we had to gather their things with the light from my cell phone!) This was also during one of our lunch periods! The kids were in the cafeteria screaming! They finished and dumped their trays but we still had 6th grade eat lunch in the dimness of the emergency lights!!!

We thought it would come back on but not so much. Carey was in the parking lot bringing my Aunt Nay Nay and I lunch when he felt this rumble beneath his truck and he turned around and saw a big fire ball going across one of the electric lines. I guess enough ice was finally on the branches to make them fall and take out some of the poles!

Between 11:45 and 3:00, we had over 700 students call home and parents pick them up. It was total chaos! They were packed in the school's circle drive three cars wide and parking on the main street to come and get their kids. Our school phones didn't work since they run off electricity so kids were in the halls using cell phones (with permission) and getting jackets (the heaters obviously were out too!). Parents were rushing in like it was a bomb threat or something and running up and down the halls looking for their kid. We (teachers, counselors, principals) were trying to locate kids but with computers down, we had no access to schedules!!!

We even had a parent who showed up for a meeting and wanted to still have it, so we held it in the library by the light of the window!!!

By the end of the day, the emergency lights were even barely on. We were going off of the light coming in through the windows.

Trust me...it is a day that I will not soon forget!!!!

And, I am getting a flash light for my room!

God Bless You!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

An OU Christmas Carol

'Twas the night before the Big XII and all through the land,
not a Tiger was stirring, not even the band.

Their Jockeys were hung by the locker with care,
in hopes that the Sooners soon would be there.

Truman was nestled all snug in his bed,
while visions of the BCS danced in his head.

And Pinkel in his kerchief full of Tiger pride,
and Bob and the Sooners ready to ride.

When down in San Antone there arose such a clatter,
Chase sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.

He realized the Option was gone in a flash,
and Maclin's dreams of running had just been dashed.

The Tiger tight ends trembled as they watched the show,
A Crimson and Cream luster set the horizon aglow.

When what to their wondering eyes should they find,
but a miniature Schooner, seven National Titles behind.

With a wizened old driver, skilled in leading his troops,
they knew in a moment it must be Bob Stoops.

More rapid than Temple his players they came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

"On Bradford, on Joe John, now Patrick and Murray!
On Chris Brown! On Iglesias! On Hartley and Kelly!

To the top of the conference! To the top of it all!
Now dash their hopes! Dash their dreams! Dash away all!"

And then in a twinkling, the Tigers fought back a scream,
and Chase saw the last of his Heisman trophy dream.

The defense drew in their breath and looked all around,
and realized that their "Pig" was nowhere to be found.

Bob's eyes how they twinkled, his coaches how merry!
As they carried on the legacy left them by Barry.

Gary's sad little face and a fear in his belly,
he shook on the field as his knees turned to jelly.

Pinkel spoke not a word, and the ball they couldn't carry,
Stoops filled up the scoreboard and then turned to Gary.

And laying his hand on the shoulder of his friend,
he gave Pinkel a nod and said, "Like Norman again."

Bob sprang to the Schooner, to his team gave a shout,
to the BCS they flew and left Mizzou down and out.

And we heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
"Boomer Sooner to All and to All a Good Night!"

God Bless You!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Baby Weekend

I had a baby filled weekend!!!

Friday night, I went to my friend Melby's house and hung out with her and her precious baby Jake Elliot. I had a great time holding him...until he wanted his momma!!! I'm not quite the best when it comes to crying babies. He is so cute and a CLONE of his dad!!!! He is quite the miracle baby....

Saturday, I drove down to Dallas to go to Carey's cousin's personal shower. Tabitha got some beautiful things for her and Ryan's honeymoon. We had a great time playing games and just doing girly fun stuff!!! I even wore a lingerea toilet paper outfit! I'm sure I was quite hot! It was great to see her and Aunt Jean and Kim! We will be back down there in a few short weeks to see the beautiful wedding!!

Saturday night, I went to my friend Misti's house. She had her little girl Mackenzi a few weeks early but she is beautiful and doing fabulous! She was dressed in a little OU outfit and red OU socks for the Sooners football game!!!

She also has a precious big sister Zoe Curren whom I haven't seen in over a year! She is two now but she acts so big!!!! During the game yesterday, she had her OU cheerleading outfit on and when someone would yell, she would yell "BOOMER SOONER!!" Her parents have taught her well!!!!

Here is a pic of Misti and Zoe about a year ago at a Dallas Cowboys game. Misti is one of my best friends that I cheered with at OU. She and I are those type of friends where I can go months without talking to her but the second we are together, it's like no time has passed. I am blessed to have that kind of friendship with someone. You always hear that you only have a few "true" friends in life and I know that Misti is one of them! Love ya Mist!!!

Carey was in Buffalo, NY this week and came home a few days early! I was so excited but was on my way to Dallas while he was on his way home! He will be home for over a week and I am so ready for him to be here a while!!! He makes my world complete when he is home and I am so blessed to have him as my hubby! I love you sugar bear!!!!

Have a blessed week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

God Bless You!

What Color Are You??

Okay, so I am borrowing another survey from Tommie. I even got Carey to do this one! How accurate are these descriptions of us...

Your color is black. The color of night. Serene and mysterious, black conjures up images of elegant evening gowns, dashing tuxedos, and gleaming limousines. Traditionally a symbol of success, black also represents power and an uncompromising demand for perfection. Not surprisingly, you tend to set challenging goals for yourself and do whatever it takes to achieve them — your strength of character is second to none. This unfaltering determination, along with your natural elegance, impresses people. But keep in mind that your personality might be intimidating to some. Try to temper your demanding side with a little softness — trust us, it won't kill you. Overall, though, black is the color of professionalism and achievement, which means it's clearly the color for you.

You're green, the color of growth and vigor. Good-hearted and giving, you have a knack for finding and bringing out the best in people. Green is the most down-to-earth color in the spectrum — reliable and trustworthy. People know they can count on you to be around in times of need, since your concern for people is genuine and sincere. You take pride in being a good friend. For you, success is measured in terms of personal achievement and growth, not by status or position. Rare as emeralds, greens are wonderful, natural people. It truly is your color!

God Bless You!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Personality Quiz...

One of my friends Tommie took this quiz and hers was pretty dead on so I thought I would try. How accurate is mine in your eyes? I added some little notes out to the side!

The Choleric's Emotions...
Born leader
Dynamic and active
Compulsive need for change (um, I don't think so. I don't like my cheese moved!)
Must correct wrongs
Strong-willed and decisive
Unemotional (have you met me? who knows what emotion will come through next!)
Not easily discouraged (depends on the situation)
Independent and self sufficient
Exudes confidence
Can run anything

The Choleric As A Parent
Exerts sound leadership
Establishes Goals
Motivates family to action
Knows the right answer
Organizes household

The Choleric At Work
Goal oriented
Sees the whole picture
Organizes well
Seeks practical solutions
Moves quickly to action
Delegates work
Insists on production
Makes the goal
Stimulates activity
Thrives on opposition

The Choleric As a Friend
Has little need for friends (I do not agree with this one!!!)
Will work for group activity
Will lead and organize
Is usually right (well duh!!!)
Excels in emergencies

Here is the link so you can try it yourself!

God Bless You!


I don't know how most of you do Thanksgiving but in my family, we have several days of it. We start off with my mom's side and all of their traditions. First, mom and Aunt Nay Nay have to get together with Papa and figure out who is cooking what each year and then they in turn tell their kids what to help cook and what to bring. Well, my role for the last 5 years has been to make our home made noodles from scratch. My great grandma Mary made them and Papa learned how from her. When I first learned how to make them, my papa didn't have a recipe. He said "It's all up here" and pointed to his brain. Now, if you know me at all, you know that I am not well known for my cooking abilities so I needed a step by step recipe. It took me two years of watching him sprinkle a little of this and a little of that to come up with something to put on paper. Now that I have it written down, I can actually make them by myself but that is not the fun part. It has become a tradition that my Papa and I do them together. I do all the mixing and kneading and rolling and stuff while he sits there telling me story after story (some of them I hear each year) and he cuts up the noodles and lays them out. It is a moment that I will forever treasure!

This year, we introduced Noodle Making to JR and Nat. They came up from Dallas early Friday and took turns measuring things, kneading the dough, rolling the dough and getting covered in flour (which by the way was quite hilarious!) As I sat there and watched them make the noodles and listened to Papa telling them the same stories, I began to realize how blessed I am to have such an incredible and loving family. My family may have its fair share of tiffs and what not but we truly love each other and every single one of us have so much to offer and it all started when Papa swept Nana off of her feet!!! Now 3 kids, 5 grandkids, 3 in-law grandkids and 5 great grandkids later, look at this awesome family!

We had Thanksgiving on Saturday and everything was so delicious! We had our entire family (except my hubby) there including three from Dallas, four from OKC and one from Atlanta, GA! We know how to get together when there is food involved!!!!

Carey was unable to attend because he was in MO hunting. It was opening weekend for rifle hunting and they have a tradition up there when they get together and go to the farm for a fun filled boys weekend of: hunting, tooting, butt scratching, deer shooting, loogey spitting, practical joke doing, story telling, story exagerating (my deer was SSSOOOOO big) and whatever else boys do when they are together! He had a great weekend and took down a 10 point buck and a doe!!!! Great job sugar!!!!

God Bless You!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

This is the neatest video. The music is by Casting Crowns.

Hope you enjoy it as much as Carey and I did!

God Bless You!

Nobody's Perfect...

So I can't believe I am putting Hanna Montana on my blog but this is a song that my HIGH SCHOOL volleyball girls like to sing over and over...just thought I would share it with you....

Hannah Montana Lyrics

God Bless You!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Judgement House...

Carey is in Decatur, Alabama this week so please keep him and the other Power Team members in your prayers!

Linda came back with me from Dallas and is spending the weekend with me until Carey comes home on Monday and then together they will head to MO. He is so excited to go since it is opening weekend for rifle season!

Now on to tonight...
Coach Kemp and I decided to ask all of our volleyball team to come to the Judgement House with us. I asked several other people to come as well. We ended up with 13 people and it was so awesome! Four of our girls accepted Christ into their life!!! PRAISE GOD!!! Amber, Cyra, Scooby and LaKisha really need your prayers as they walk into this brand new life. They have many trials and tribulations that lie ahead of them and only our Father will be able to get them through each of them. I thank you ahead of time for all the prayers!

God Bless You!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!!

I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!!!

I celebrated my Halloween last night. Carey got to hunt with Coach Kemp's husband while she and I went to the Cement Halloween Carnival with her daughter Ashley. It was so much fun! We even went through a haunted house!!! I got to do the cake walk and the soda walk...took me back to the carnival days at good ole Central High! They even had a jail too!!!!! I wish I was a little kid again sometimes!!!

I have to tell you my worst halloween memory....when I was about 6 or 7, my mom dressed me in my ballerina outfit and I had on my tutu, my leggings and even my tap shoes with the red crayons holding it together. I lived in the country, so my parents would drive to the end of each person's driveway and then I would get out and run to the door and run back to the car. Well, this one dreadful evening, I got out at the end of the Pittman's driveway and I knocked on the door and I got homemade cookies. Now as I child, who wants homemade cookies..I wanted the hard stuff...candy from the store!!! So already a little disappointed, I make my way up the long gravel driveway and I hear footsteps gaining on me! I turn around and a huge black dog is running after me! He was barking and panting and slobbering and whatever else a mean dog does! I take off running and what do I do.....I fall on the gravel, skin my knees up and tear holes in my leggings! I, for some reason, tried to pick up the cookies crying hysterically and dash back to the car. Just to top things off....the cookies were old and stale!!!! Needless to say, I never trick or treated at that house again!!!

I hope your Halloween is better than that one!

God Bless You!

Okay, Okay....October Review

So after some "pushy" people commenting that I am not blogging enough, here goes the latest in the Leighow life! (with no pics by the way!) Just kidding T Tommie Reid and Nat...I love you guys and am thankful that someone reads our blog!

So OU beat Texas and I was super pumped about that! My mother-in-law (Momma L) was in town for the week and she is from Texas so.....she walks out of her bedroom Saturday morning wearing a burnt orange Texas shirt...yes people I had a Texas fan sitting in my living room. I know, I know...I was a little flustered at first but I dealt with it and she took the football whooping with integrity! BOOMER!!!

That same weekend, Carey preached at my old church. He did a phenominal job and was an awesome portal to God. We had invited two of my high school volleyball girls to church that morning. Amber and Megan...they called that morning and said that they were on their way and we were so excited. Carey had really been testifying to Megan during our games this season. God had really put her on our hearts...and praise God...those two girls gave their life to Christ that morning! I was so proud of them! Please keep them in your prayers..we all know how hard it is in any aspect of life to be a Christian and to be a young Christian in high school is soooo hard!

The next weekend, Carey flew out on a crusade to Greenville, PA and his uncle became ill so he flew home and we headed to Dallas to see Uncle Bill. While we were there, we were able to go to Tabitha (Carey's cousin) and Ryan's wedding shower. It was a luau theme so what did Bryan (Carey's brother) and Carey do? They headed to the costume store to buy outfits. The bought grass skirts and couldn't find coconut bras so they made some! It was the funniest thing ever to see my husband and brother-in-law trying on these homemade bras on each other to make sure they fit just right! It was awesome! What made it even funnier was that we stopped a few blocks from the house the shower was being held and they were on the side of the road getting dressed. As people were driving by, walking their dog or pushing a baby stroller they were staring at these grown men putting skirts on with amazement....one of the passer buyers was Ryan's family!!! Needless to say, Tabitha and Ryan were quite suprised!

So on to the following week and weekend...Carey headed up to MO to do some bow hunting. I had to work for two and a half days so I met him up there Wednesday night. Before I headed out, we had our volleyball banquet. It was soooo neat!! Coach Kemp and I gave out awards to our girls and we had lots of families show up. We had over 65 people there! The girls in turn gave us some priceless gifts...Kemp got a scrapbook and a big picture that the girls signed and I got a volleyball and a big picture of the girls and they all signed both. It was a little emotional to see the season come to an end. Kemp and I have realized just how little/nil God is spoken in the home. We may not have been the best volleyball coaches but we definitly feel that God has placed us in their lives for a reason and vice versa. We hope we can continue being there for them when they need us to be.

Now it's Missouri time...I flew up Wednesday night and Carey had been hunting the past two days. He hadn't seen a whole lot in the acres behind the house so we headed up to the farm in Bosworth, MO. It is a beautiful drive and they have over 3000 acres so it just goes on and on and on. Once we got there and rested a bit, it was time for my first hunting trip with the hubby! (I am quite the experienced hunter since I went hunting ONE time before when I was in the 5th grade...I went Turkey hunting and only shot at some cans on the fence post!) I had never seen anyone bow hunt (except on the numerous shows we watch on tv but those don't really count.) Carey got me all decked out in his hunting gear and all my warm stuff underneath...if you know how cold I get, let me tell you that I was not cold! That is how bundled up I got...in fact, I was a bit warm! So now I am dressed and we get on the four wheeler and head down to the tree stand. We stop about 200 yards away and start walking oh so quietly towards the tree line. Now remember that I am in Carey's coveralls so I am having a hard time walking. I finally figured out if I grab the crotch area (which are down by my knees) and pull it up to the correct placement, I can actually walk normal! YEAH! Score 1 for me! We finally get down to the deer stand and Carey tells me that the ladder feels like it is not sturdy but he says "trust me, it is. Just be VERY quiet!" So he goes up first and it looks a little shaky but it's my turn next so here goes nothing. As I am crawling up the metal ladder that is nailed to the tree by two nails, I get about half way up and my legs start moving slower and my knees get to shaking...the WHOLE ladder is now shaking at this point! I look up at Carey and he is cracking up watching me work my way up the tree. Score another 1 for me! I finally get my knees to quit knocking and I just wanna sit down. He wanted me to sit on this little chair (that is the size one of my dolls would sit on) on the edge of this tree stand...um, I don't think so. I will just sit on the floor of the not so big tree stand. Now I am excited to keep a lookout for deer...I am ready...I am up in the tree...I am decked out in my outfit....and I look to my right and I see big black clouds heading our way. Carey thinks I am 5 and don't know what thunderheads look like and he says "they will go north of us." Uh, ok...NOT!!! So it begins to rain...I sit there not saying a word (another point for me...that makes 3 points) (Carey is waiting for me to say let's go in) and after about 10 minutes of pouring rain...it begins to hail!!!! I still sit there not saying a word (there's another point) (Carey is FOR SURE that I am going to say let's go) and after about 15 minutes of hailing, the lightening starts. At first it was just little bits of lighting up the sky and then KAPOW! I turn around and say "That was streak lightening!" Of course Carey is positive that I am going to flip out even more so he says "let's just wait it out". I turn around and just watch the lightening (add one more point to make 5) thinking about how there is a METAL ladder leading up to the tree stand, a METAL chair sitting in the tree stand and we are in the TOP of a tree and how my mom is going to kill me!!!! Then I began to think about what a great blog this would be...I think that kept me going throughout its duration. The storm stopped after about 30 minutes and my heart eventually slowed to a fast pace but not out of control like before. Well after quite a while I see a doe so I QUIETLY tell Carey. (that would be 6 points) From the position I am sitting at in the stand, the deer had walked behind the tree so I couldn't see it anymore. I was too scared to move an inch since I had been lectured to not move any if a deer was in sight. The next thing I know, Carey has pulled back and lets go of an arrow and I hear THWARP!!!! He got a doe! I of course see nothing and am sooo disappointed but happy that he got one. So we wait a while and then climb down out of the tree and start searching for blood. We found some and soon found the doe. Now as I am looking at this doe, I began to realize that she is going to have to ride on the back of the four wheeler all the way to the house touching me. You see, I am still unsure of this whole process. I love the meat and am okay with hunting...for other people to do though..just not sure about me. I have no choice but to hang on to the deer while we head back. It was a bit uncomfortable but I held on (another point to make 7). Once we got back, Carey said we had to clean it and I had to help gut it. Okay, I can do this. I watch him cut the deer up the middle and he nicks the stomach....EWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!! I almost threw up..the smell was horrendous! I had to hold a leg while he did this with one hand and I was holding my nose with the other (I am now up to 8 points). Now came the make it or break it part....I had to hold open the rib cage with my bare hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I am sooo up to 9 points!) During this entire process, I fought an internal battle within myself. I would look at it and think "Yeah, Carey got one!" and then I would see the toungue hanging out the side of the mouth and think "awwww.... how sad." Then I would think how cool it was to be with him and to watch him in his element and then I would look at those big brown eyes and wanna cry....I am still unsure which side of me won that arguement! So that was my hunting trip!!! Add up the total points and put an extra one on there for effort and I came up with ten! So Carey got a 10 point wife!!!! LOL!!! Sometimes I crack myself up!!!

The next week, Carey flew out to Knoxville IA and had a fantastic crusade! They were in a little town with around 7400 people and had over 1500 salvations!!! PRAISE GOD!!! It is so amazing how He works...you may go to a small town but when He is involved you better expect BIG miracles!!! During this week, one of my friends had her baby. His name is Jake Elliot and he is adorable! He is the exact replica of his dad! I started thinking about all the people who are prego or just had babies and I counted up 10 people that I am friends with!!! Holy moly!!! I guess that is the next step in my generation. Carey and I want kids, we are just waiting a little while before we take that step. SO QUIT ASKING!!!!!!!

Friday night, my parents and I went to Trinity Baptist Church and they were putting on the Judgement House. If you have never been to one, it is an eye opening experience. It is a play that you walk through rooms to see different scenes and they have a very scary hell scene and an awesome heaven scene! If any church hosts one near you, you should try and go see it. On Sunday night, I went to my old church to see the play Heaven or Hell. Four of my volleyball girls came with me! YEAH!! I am so excited that they are willing to go to events like this!

Also, on October 28, Carey's Uncle Bill went to be with the Lord. Even though we know that he is no longer in pain and is young again and filled with the utmost of joy, it is hard for the flesh to feel the same. Please pray for the entire family as they go through this difficult time.

Carey is in Decatur, Alabama this week on a crusade. He is with JC, Matt and Janet. Please keep the Power Team in your prayers for an awesome turnout this week!!!!

Unfortunately, Carey is unable to go to Uncle Bill's funeral so mom and I are headed down to Dallas to stay with Momma L and the rest of the family for the funeral tomorrow. Once again, please remember them in your prayers!

I hope this brings everyone up to date on the Life of the Leighow's.

God Bless You!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

28-21...NUFF SAID!!!


Bevo...the next white meat!!!!

Today had its ups and downs. We attended a funeral this morning for a family friend who passed away this week. He was a die hard OU fan so I'm sure he is celebrating today! Please keep the McCarter family in your prayers.

We cooked a big lunch today for Momma L, mom and dad. We had a great time eating and watching the game! Linda is from Texas so she busted out her burnt orange shirt!!!!! When I first saw it, it knocked the breath out of me but I soon regained my breath and realized that the score of the game would speak for itself! (I still love ya Momma L!)

OU BEAT TEXAS!!!!! The game was great because we got a W but our special teams need a little bit of tweaking!!! And our penalties...good grief!

Lead em Up Bradford!!!

That's 7 points!!!

HUGE FUMBLE!!! Great job Defense!

Add another 7!!!!

DJ Wolfe is from L-Town!!!!

Red River Champs!!!

Carey is preaching tomorrow at Letitia so please keep him and the church in your prayers!

God Bless You!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Worthington, MN

Last week, Carey and the guys were in Worthington, MN. They had an awesome week and saw over 600 salvations! Can you imagine how much the Holy Spirit was moving in that town? The devil was sooo not happy last week! WHOO HOO!!!!!

Check out the website below to see the article of Carey and The Power Team. He was on the front page of the Worthington Paper!!! There were three great pics in the paper (which he brought home!) but only one on the internet.

Here is a pic of Tim, Carey and Jonathon from the Jasper crusade.

Carey ripping a phone book...

Carey blowing up a hot water bottle...

C and the guys are in LA this week for three days full of schools. Please keep them and the students who will be hearing them in your prayers!

God Bless You!

Saturday, September 15, 2007


When Carey was in Jasper, TX, he preached at an awesome church called Harvest Church. They actually taped his first service sermon and put it on their website. If you would like to hear it, click on the link below


and then click on Resources, Media and Message Archive.

You will see August 9th, The Power Team, Carey Leighow.

Click on it and it takes quite a few minutes to download. If you have the time, sit back, relax and let the Holy Spirit fill your heart and home with His words!!!

God Bless You!


Boomer Sooner!!! We had a nice win today! Granted it was against a not so good team but it was still a W!!!! I sure do hope they get these silly penalties over and done with before we play with the big dawgs or that will surely end up biting us in the rear!!!! Keep it us Sooners!!!!

God Bless You!

North Pointe, FL

Carey has been in North Pointe, FL all week doing a huge crusade. They have had an awesome week with over 300 salvations so far! Please continue to keep him and the rest of the guys in your prayers as they finish the crusade tomorrow. Hopefully, tomorrow night will be standing room only in the sanctuary!!! Our Father can sure do some awesome things!

God Bless You!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Well, I have been doing lots of coaching volleyball lately. We have had games around 4 - 5 times a week. Carey has been the biggest fan we have by traveling around to all the games and tournaments and sticking it out whether it is a a three game day or an all day tourney. He does so much by getting out on the floor during warm ups, helps by shagging balls, is the biggest and loudest cheerleader in the stands and even kept clock for us last night!

Our volleyball girls have improved so much with not only their volleyball skills but their internal strength and faith as well. Coach Kemp and I are trying to instill good values and also faith in our Father within each girl. We pray with the girls before and after the games, we teach them to be humble with their wins and to praise God when we win and when we lose. When we first started out, the only ones praying were Coach and I and now we ask the girls who wants to pray, we have several that will pray one after another. The other night on the way to a game, the girls were singing worship songs in the bus!!!!

My heart was filled with so much emotion during that bus ride! I am so proud to have been a part of each and every one of their lives.

We are going to have a party at our house for the 15 Varsity girls before regionals and watch Facing the Giants. (If you have not seen the movie, it is a MUST!) It's a great inspirational movie that a church made with the actors being people in the church, for example, the leading lady is the secretary!!!! Please pray for these girls before then and pray for us to have the right words to share with them. Carey and I have been praying for an awakening in Lawton for the youth and I am hoping that this is the start. We are praying that God will use us and this house for Him and His desires.

God Bless You!


Do you ever have those days when you feel like you have been treading water for so long and you just get more and more tired? Well those have been the last few weeks for me. When I am overworked, exhausted and sick, I like to imagine myself crawling in my Savior's lap and Him just caressing me and telling me to relax and that everything is going to be okay. Can you imagine that day? Can you even fathom the thought of going to Him and just being in His arms? The thought is so overwhelming to me. The song by Mercy Me "I Can Only Imagine" is my all time favorite song and literally brings tears to my eyes and gives me huge goosebumps when I let myself get lost in the moment imagining. The words are just so powerful...

"I can only imagine what it will be like, when I walk by Your side...
I can only imagine, what my eyes will see, when Your Face is before me!
I can only imagine. I can only imagine.
Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine! I can only imagine!

I can only imagine, when that day comes, when I find myself standing in the Son!
I can only imagine, when all I will do, is forever, forever worship You!
I can only imagine! I can only imagine!

Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?

Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine! Yeah! I can only imagine!

Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?

Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing 'Hallelujah!'? Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine! Yeah! I can only imagine!

I can only imagine! Yeah! I can only imagine!! Only imagine!!!
I can only imagine.

I can only imagine, when all I do is forever, forever worship You!
I can only imagine."

If I didn't have one of the most thoughtful and supportive husbands in the entire world, I don't know how I would have made it through the last few weeks either. Carey is truly a gift that God gave me that I cherish more and more. I would come home tired from a long day at work and then three volleyball games after and think of all the things I needed to do when I got home but no! Even though he has been sick, I get home and the laundry is done, the yard is watered, the flowers are watered, dinner is ready, the house is cleaned, etc. I thank God for my husband so many times a day. I have been blessed above and beyond my means! Thank you for all that you do sugar! I love you!

God Bless You!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


First of all...

BOOMER SOONER!!!!! Nice game on Saturday. I just got to see the beginning and end of it but what I saw seemed pretty promising. I know it was only North Texas but still...GO SOONERS!!!

We got back from Jasper Monday night and had an incredibile time. There were over 300 salvations for the week! Praise God! Carey preached two services Sunday morning and the Holy Spirit was sure moving in that church! One guy who gave his heart to the Lord in the first service got baptised in the second service! How awesome is that! Not being able to see all the amazing things the Lord does through the Power Team each week and then going for a week with Carey helps me to realize how powerful He is! Here are a few pics from Sunday morning...

Yesterday, we saw the most beautiful rainbow!!! Just an example of God's beauty and a gentle reminder of the many blessing He has given us...

We also got a new grill today and had our first cookout. We invited mom over for dinner. Carey cooked chicken and steak on it and it was yum yum good!!!!! Here is Chef Leighow at his best...

God Bless You!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

I know, I know...

I know it has been awhile since my last post. I am now officially blogging so all the nasty emails and comments and death threats can stop!!!!!

Here is what has been going on in our lives....school started for me along with volleyball games 4-5 times a week so I have been crazy busy! Carey has been the best supporter ever by going to ALL of my games and sitting at the tournaments all day long!!!! Thanks baby! I love you!

We also had a fun pool party last Sunday with Shane, the kids, Alisha and her kids. I took some fun pics and will try to post them later.

Right now, we are in Jasper, TX. Carey came down Wednesday for a crusade and mom, dad and I droved down Thursday and got here around midnight. Friday, the guys had 6 schools so we traveled around with them. Carey did a fabulous job talking to the students and really getting on their level! Here is a slide show of the schools....

I will update with night time program pics later! Please pray for the Power Team and all the salvations!

God Bless You!

Friday, August 17, 2007


Oh happy day!!!!! I arrived at work this morning (which by the way was the first day of school!) and Nat texted me to look at her and J's wedding website because she updated it. When I got a chance to look at it, I saw where she had listed the bridal party with pictures and had written an excerpt about each bridesmaid. To my surprise, my pic was on there! She had written such sweet words that I began to cry and called her crying like a blubbering baby and yes, I had students in my room at the time!!! I am so honored to be apart of their big day!!!!

A few hours later, Carey let me know that his cousin Tabitha was also getting married!!! She asked him to be her "bridesmaid!" He will look so cute in a little dress!! Not really about the dress but that is so neat that he is going to stand up beside her!

Now we have a fun and exciting next few months getting ready for two weddings!!!

God Bless You!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Nice Matter's Award...

Nice does matter....

My friend Tommie (who I worked with at Central and had many a laughs with!) has tagged me with the "Nice Matter's" Award. I am not really sure what it means but thanks T-Tommie-Reed!!! I appreciate you always reading my blog and leaving comments. It makes my day to see comments on my email!

The mission of this tag is to pick 7 bloggers for this award.....

So check out the blogs of our fellow friends!

Please consider yourself awarded:
Natalie and JR
Tommie (back at ya!)
Holly and Cody
Megan and Ryan

Visit them if you get the chance...

God Bless You!


Saturday we went to the Lawton Speedway to watch some races and saw some whopper wrecks with the sprint cars! We had a fun and silly evening just the two of us! I just love spending time with my hubby! After the races, our tummies were hungry so we headed to Taco Bell. I took this pic of the side of the building....all the little black things are crickets! It is the invasion of the crickets!!! AAAHHHHH!!!!!

Sunday, we went to church with my parents and my Grams came to church too! We all went to eat lunch and my cousin Erin and her boyfriend Josh joined us as well. It was a really nice time.

God Bless You!