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Priceless

Friday, February 19, 2010

How cute is this? This is Coach Sean Payton after leading the Saints to Super Bowl victory.

Potato Chips for a quick snack on the airplane. . . $4

Aisle seat in 1st class from Miami to New Orleans. . . $899

Falling asleep with the Lombardi Trophy in your lap . . .Priceless



While I'm at it, I have to show you an early birthday present from my dear and cherished friends, Vernon & Randie. First, this is my two darlings:



It is the first Saints jersey I've ever owned in my entire life. It's Jeremy Shockey's jersey, #88. Here's Jeremy (can you BELIEVE how different he looks when he cuts his hair?!!!):



Though the picture of me is totally yuck, taken out at the Isis parade route in Metairie, this is the only photo I have of the jersey so far. I promise to try to get a better one soon.



And you thought I was done with the Saints blogs already, huh? lol I love you for putting up with me!!!

*hugs*

Missy

  
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SNAPPEAS 3/17/2010 5:30PM

    Having been born in New Orleans and spending several Summers there,I was HYPED when the Saints went to Super Bowl.One of my younger cousins ,who's in his early 30s was talking about finding my ex-beau because he wanted to thank him for giving him the love he has for the Saints and teaching him an appreciation for football.
When the Saints went to Super Bowl -my cousin's mom called to tell me that he collapsed in tears .Baby,when you're loved by someone from New Orleans it is real. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LABOSOXGIRL 2/23/2010 10:45AM

    WHO DAT! I love the jersey, I plan to own a Shockey Jersey in the future myself.

He is my favorite player, and there are many other pictures online of him with his hair short, check out my sparkpage for one!

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LIGHTHEART09 2/22/2010 8:09AM

    Too cute...loved it and that infectious smile!!! Go Saints!!!
much Monday love,
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MRSJARI 2/20/2010 9:37PM

    oh Missy! YOu and Coach are both so cute!

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TRAVELNISTA 2/20/2010 3:37PM

    Your excitement is beaming thru in the pic!

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AMAS92568 2/20/2010 12:41PM

    Love the picture of Sean. Too cute.

And Shockey? Ummm, yum!

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SECRETMUSIC 2/20/2010 9:43AM

    I like the picture, Missy! You look totally happy!

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    Congratulations. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/20/2010 3:16AM

    Couldn't ask for a better picture or a bigger smile. You Rock, Girl!!!

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SJG1953 2/20/2010 1:34AM

    That's a great picture Missy! You look so happy! Hugs, Shirley

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/20/2010 1:27AM

    AWESOME PICTURE MISSY! The SAINTS rock & so do you! Love, Dawn

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/19/2010 11:33PM

    LOVE IT!!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 2/19/2010 10:55PM

    I love your picture ~ you look so very happy!

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PEPPERLEAH 2/19/2010 9:49PM

    You look marvelous! So happy for you! And your blogs are awesome! Putting up with you is easy to do, because you bring so much joy and happiness to all of us!

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SPARKROZ 2/19/2010 9:18PM

    Who Dat? WooHoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TINKERBELL200 2/19/2010 8:49PM

    I love your jersey and your picture Missy! You look emoticon! What a wonderful gift from wonderful friends. I forgot to tell you,my daughter was at the Super Bowl and said it was awesome to see the Saints win!!! I read her what you said on my page and she said that was very sweet of you and your welcome very much!!! Yeah Saints!!!

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3CATSLEP 2/19/2010 8:49PM

    LOVE IT!!!

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IUHRYTR 2/19/2010 8:48PM

    Who says a Super Bowl win needs to end? Go Saints. -- Lou

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CARRIEANNE1027 2/19/2010 8:32PM

    Lol.. My son's friends call him Shockey because he looks just like him! Nice jersey..you look like you were having the time of your life!

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As always you are delightfully adorable, Missy! I feel uplifted seeing my sister-in-Christ so happy! Although for the life of me I can't get excited about football. emoticon

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WINNIEATWELL2 2/19/2010 6:34PM

    You're adorable...:) emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/19/2010 6:28PM

    You're GREAT to put up with!!!! emoticonLove, your friend, Lori

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NO_SNOW_BODY 2/19/2010 6:15PM

    love the picture, you look adorable

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DYNAMICDEB53 2/19/2010 6:12PM

    You sure look so happy. what a special gift.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 2/19/2010 5:19PM

    Fun times!

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A Day of Blessings

Thursday, February 18, 2010



Ever have one of those days where plans get botched and you're sure it's going to be a bust, and then the day turns out to be unbelievably full of blessings? That's how my day was today. I had plans to get to meet AHealthierJan as she headed back home to Tennessee. Last time she came to Louisiana my oldest got sick and I had to gather her up from her university and get her to the doctor. I was really excited for the opportunity to make up for missing her last time. Not one but BOTH the kids that are still at home (17 and 12) woke up sick and worn out from a long night of discomfort. I was just heartbroken. Why do we never assume things are going to get better? Human nature dictates that when things start rough, they'll only get worse. Isn't that dumb?!

Despite not getting to hug this SparkFriend who has become so dear to me and having to disappoint her yet again, I made the conscious decision to remember that this is the day the Lord has made and I determined to rejoice in it. I really believe when we turn the tables on disappointment, we open the door for blessings to flow toward us. Flow they did!!

A friend from church (they are worship leaders for our congregation) has a plumbing service. We've had some issues with pipes under the sink and with a bath tub that won't drain properly. Her son and another fellow came over and spent more than an hour working on these things. Her son, by the way, was a contestant on American Idol and made it to Hollywood in Season Seven but didn't make it all the way to the end. These guys were so pleasant and sweet. It was a delight to have them here. When they were done, he called his mom to ask how much to charge us so I could pay them. She wouldn't allow me to pay for any of the work they did. I protested. A lot. (I can do that well, too. lol) They were determined to bless us. How do you bless someone like that? I guess you don't. The best I can do is pray for God to bless that family in ways only He can accomplish.

Another friend is a painting contractor. She is amazingly good at what she does. It's sad to see that she is denied jobs simply because she is a woman in a man's world. That is SO their loss. She came over with color charts and informed me she is going to paint my bathroom and kitchen/dining room for my birthday. (They are in horrible shape.) She refused to give me a price other than to let us purchase the paint. That is a HUGE job, given in love, from the sweat of her brow. That is truly giving of one's self. Could there BE a more special gift? It really makes the StarBucks gift card we gave her for her birthday look cheesy! (But I know she'll love it just the same! lol She's a worse coffee hound than I am!)

Another friend spent most of the day making my entire heart smile by texting me back and forth, sharing the day's events, sharing hearts, sharing praises unto God, encouraging, laughing, caring, even crying a bit, sometimes just melting, all those things the heart does when it's extraordinarily happy. (Thank you and I love you!)

These are the things that make the heart overflow. These are blessings we can't orchestrate. Only God can grin down upon me and whisper: My child, keep praising me. Keep unlocking the windows of heaven by shunning the grumbles and murmurs and complaints. Keep opening the doors of my bounty by rejoicing in me and I will rain blessings upon you that are beyond anything you could imagine in your wildest dreams.

I am BLESSED, rich beyond measure.

  
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TINKERBELL200 2/19/2010 9:21PM

    Isn't this so...true! I loved this and it's a reminder that it's much better to choose to be happy in spite of your circumstances and God, our wonderful, merciful One will always Bless us and give us just what we need! God is Good All the time! Sometimes we feel like we need to look for the blessings, but sometimes it's very clear. I'm blessed just hearing how He blessed your family! Praise the Lord!

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And from you having taken the time to share your richly blessed day, the blessing continues to those of us reading how our Abba is working in & through your life, Missy!

It is true that you, Missy, are so blessed because of your choices to be such a blessing to so many others! I have been on the receiving end of your willingness to give of yourself & I have seen others in the same 'receiving line' here at SP! I can only imagine how wonderful it must be for those whose lives are blessed to have you there in person!

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IUHRYTR 2/19/2010 9:19AM

    Interesting, isn't it, how, when we allow ourselves to become one with the universe, with God, that exciting things happen. So happy for the day you had. may there be many more. -- Lou

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GABY1948 2/19/2010 8:30AM

    Missy, you truly ARE blessed and I pray God keeps on blessing you even more because you bless the rest of us so!
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NO_SNOW_BODY 2/19/2010 8:05AM

    You are truly blessed

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/19/2010 7:26AM

    I LOVED THIS BLOG!!!!! IT SURE IS EASY TO FALL INTO THE GRUMBLING. YOU ARE BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH GOOD FRIENDS. I NEED TO REMEMBER THE I AM ALSO BLESSED. THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER

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DJS-DEBBIE 2/19/2010 4:51AM

    I think you must be a wonderful friend to have such wonderful friends!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/19/2010 1:51AM

    Your sweet spirit is a gift to all that you share it with... Thank you for blessing MY LIFE! Love, Dawn emoticon

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SUSAN134 2/19/2010 12:03AM

    "I made the conscious decision to remember that this is the day the Lord has made and I determined to rejoice in it. I really believe when we turn the tables on disappointment, we open the door for blessings to flow toward us. Flow they did!!"

I LOVE this!!! What a great attitude. I'm going to copy and paste this up as a reminder to myself when things don't seem to be going right.

You did have a totally awesome blessed day!


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PEPPERLEAH 2/18/2010 11:45PM

    Isn't it amazing that no matter how dismal things may seem, God always makes lemonade out lemons? Sounds like a great day, and I am certain tha you and AHealthierJan will have the chance to meet, hug, and share a good time of fellowship together!

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AHEALTHIERJAN 2/18/2010 11:36PM

    Thanks for your kind words. It is a wonder how things don't turn out the way we plan isn't it? Our blessings were smaller, but we did get home earlier than planned which, since we're heading out again tomorrow for a quick trip to Fort Smith, is not entirely a bad thing.

I can't wait to meet you in person and feel the sweet spirit that comes through in these words.

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BIGDAD1211 2/18/2010 11:32PM

    Sounds like you had a truly blessed day! Well you deserve it because you bless so many of us here at SP! I know you bless me!
God Bless you ,Missy
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GOSPELCLOWN 2/18/2010 11:16PM

    You are a great example! So, when is that birthday?????

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/18/2010 11:07PM

    What a completely WONDERFUL blog to read! YES!!! We are SO blessed!!! What if you had not been home??? What if a lot of things, but the BEST thing is that GOD is in control!!! Oh, I enjoyed your blog, Missy! I am so happy for you!!! emoticonLori

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/18/2010 11:07PM

    What a completely WONDERFUL blog to read! YES!!! We are SO blessed!!! What if you had not been home??? What if a lot of things, but the BEST thing is that GOD is in control!!! Oh, I enjoyed your blog, Missy! I am so happy for you!!! emoticonLori

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LINDA25427 2/18/2010 11:04PM

    What a blessing to have friends like you do.Happy for you and your many blessing ,sorry you missed your SP friend again .Hope you have a great week Missy .God bless. emoticon emoticon

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LADYSUNBEAM 2/18/2010 11:00PM

    Isn't God amazing! So glad you had a wonderful and blessed day!

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Grasshoppers

Saturday, February 13, 2010



Numbers 13:33b "We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them." (NIV)

Our enemies often look larger than life. The Hebrew spies saw what stood between them and their goals and realized the obstacles were huge. And they were. They were likened to Nephillim, godlike in stature, thoroughly intimidating.

A lifetime of being overweight, of overeating, of being sedentary, of being unable to overcome these obstacles causes them to appear larger than life, larger than my life, anyhow. That's the first thing that happens, perceiving our roadblocks as impossibly large, undefeatable.

In the face of such disheartening foes, a mystical (Shazam!) happens whereby we shrink in size, morphing into near-nothingness. Our abilities diminish. Whatever faith and confidence we possess, however robust, deflates. Our courage to fight disappears. Those things which stand in the pathway we must travel in order to obtain the things we desire reduce us from the strong, intelligent people we are, people who are assured of God's help, to something so small, so ineffective, so frightened that we no longer even resemble our true selves. That's the second thing that happens. Our perception of ourselves dwindles so pitifully (and unrealistically) that it drives us downright buggy.

Once we begin to see ourselves as insects, easily stomped out by our hindrances, in very short order we are convinced others perceive us as grasshoppers, too. So we don't want to be around them, and we isolate. While we and our enemies are in agreement about our stature, our character, our posture, our value (again, all unrealistic, based in perception, not fact), we resent them for thinking we are a non-entity as an adversary. (Remember, our enemies may not believe those things but we are, nonetheless, convinced they do.)

So now, in addition to feeling alone, alienated, afraid, resentful, we add bitterness and anger to the mix. Who could possibly fight with all that emotional baggage weighing them down?!

What if, instead, we kept things in proper, realistic perspective as Caleb did in verse 30? What if we beheld our obstacles and said, "We can certainly do this"? That changes everything. We boldly march forward and achieve the goals set before us. We overcome. We are triumphant.

No more grasshoppers for me!!

  
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GRAMIAM7 2/23/2010 7:43AM

    Awesome! Thought provoking. That is why I picked up the book by Beth Moore "So Long Insecurity". I hope God speaks to me through the words she has written on her fight with insecurity. emoticon

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FILLANGES 2/15/2010 10:45PM

    Great blog, Missy. It sent my mind to 1John5:4 "for whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith." Thank you for sharing! God Bless. Rick emoticon emoticon

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LADYSUNBEAM 2/15/2010 9:08PM

    You have given me something to think about, thank you for that Missy!

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SWEESIN 2/15/2010 9:05PM

    Amen! You hit the nail on the head. It us who create part of our own problem by our lack of self confidence. We allow ourselves to become the victims of our own design. We can, and we will overcome with guidance from above and friends like you. Please read my anniversary blog when you have a chance. Also look at my chickpean chicken salad with pico de gallo.

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    WOW! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNI65 2/14/2010 1:40PM

    Thank you so much.
This is exactly how Ive been feeling. I have been feeling defeated and tired believing I am weak and incapable but , God spoke through this to me this morning. Praise you Father! I AM MORE then a conqueror & I CAN do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me. I can certainly do this. emoticon

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SECRETMUSIC 2/14/2010 10:45AM

    Great blog, Missy. I'll not only reflect on it today, but I think I'll mull it over all week!

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Good job! I think this will help a lot of people. Thank you for sharing this.

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PEPPERLEAH 2/14/2010 12:54AM

    SHAZAM!!! Grashoppers, be gone forever! I love this blog, Missy. Thanks for posting it. It definitely puts things into a different perspective.

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SJG1953 2/14/2010 12:47AM

    That certainly IS man's way of perception. I think we are all guilty at one time or another. We just have to do as you said and to keep things in proper, realistic perspective! We CAN overcome!

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us. That's the only way it works is if we put our faith in God for the victory!

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DYNAMICDEB53 2/13/2010 11:51PM

    Very nice blog!! Makes you think and that promotes growth.

Thank you and hugs
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WINNIEATWELL2 2/13/2010 8:57PM

    Grasshoppers BE GONE!! Great blog!

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CARRIEANNE1027 2/13/2010 8:32PM

    Great insight!

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SUNNYARIZONA 2/13/2010 8:23PM

    Really good one for sure!

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    Thank you for posting this! emoticon

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LIGHTHEART09 2/13/2010 6:37PM

    ShaZam is right! No more going around this mountain anymore, I am hanging out with Caleb and Joshua!!! emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/13/2010 5:55PM

    Great perspective. All too often we forget Who's team we are on. Why go it alone when God is on our side?

It aint' easy being green... so go with God instead.
Hopping to it-
Karen

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JOYATLAST 2/13/2010 5:45PM

    Bravo!!! A brilliant depiction!

Speaking from experience, I can tell you that agreeing with God will change the downward spiral to a triumpant VICTORY!

We MUST know who we are in Christ and what we believe in order to wage a good fight of faith.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/13/2010 5:30PM

    Missy, I already love the story of Joshua, and you really made it come to life! Thank you!!!

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MRSJARI 2/13/2010 5:14PM

    Thank you!

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IUHRYTR 2/13/2010 5:09PM

    I could use a few Shazam's right now if you have any extra. I enjoyed your analogy and will now "hop" out to get a nice salad for dinner. -- Lou

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MOMOSEVEN 2/13/2010 4:52PM

    Very good analogy of ourselves. However, may I add that we alone cannot go out and conquer those giants of doubt and despair but only when we go with God. Joshua, David, Hezekiah and others were successful only when they allowed God to lead them and fight for them. When they saw themselves through God's eyes they had the right perspective. Without God we are helpless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYRTLY 2/13/2010 4:30PM

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THEADMIRAL 2/13/2010 4:11PM

    This is lovely! Thank you, I never put my own fears and perceived obstacles together with this chapter from Numbers. God is ABLE and that makes all the difference between the grasshopper mentality and victory in Jesus! emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 2/13/2010 3:32PM

    Missy, what a wonderful motivating word from you today! Thanks for sharing!
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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/13/2010 3:28PM

    WOW, THIS IS A WONDERFUL POST. WE CAN BE TRIUMPHANT!!!! THANK YOU FOR THE MOTIVATION.

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The Super Parade

Friday, February 12, 2010

No, I'm not going to expound on the big win, yet... maybe not for a long while. I still can't even process it, really. It's just too grand to put into words. I do, however, want to share some photos with you from the Saints Super Parade. We're a parade town. We LOVE parades. And ours aren't like what most of you know of parades. I see people standing in other parts of the country waving nicely, smiling, applauding even. Here? We scream, we cheer, we howl, we hug, we dance in the street, we jump. We do parades like we do most things, full throttle.

It's Mardi Gras season here. How I wish each of you could experience the fun of it just once. Despite what you see on national television, Mardi Gras is not about exposing your body in exchange for beads. Beads are thrown off of every float in every one of dozens of parades. They throw plastic cups with the parade name and theme on them. They throw footballs and Cupie dolls and stuffed animals and plastic swords and Frisbees and even, for Zulu, gold-painted coconuts (though they don't throw them anymore, and it's a big event when you're handed one by one of their riders). It's really not possible to adequately describe what it's like to stand on the parade route for a couple hours before the parade, traffic closed, music playing from all over the place, laughter, strangers becoming friends, sharing whatever goodies brought to eat with the fine men and women in blue who protect our region, kids drawing huge murals in the street with sidewalk chalk, hopscotch games with adults actually playing with their children (and the children of strangers), football games striking up every few blocks, complete with mama-cheerleaders, grown ups holding the little ones, dancing, with huge smiles and big laughs, swapping stories, figuring out who knows whom, works where, attends what church, is related to whom. New Orleans is often called the biggest small town on earth. It is a rare, rare day that you don't know someone who knows or is related to or works with or went to school with someone this total stranger you're sharing the parade route with knows. Do they do that everywhere else?

Anyhow, that gives you at least a vague idea of what Mardi Gras means to the sane people who are not on Bourbon Street (which, by the way, has NO actual parades on it). It's a family time, a celebration time, a time when we remember the real song of Mardi Gras (If Ever I Cease to Love) and the true theme of New Orleans (The City that Care Forgot), and we live it. It was never expressed on such a grandiose scale as it was in the thrown together Super Parade to honor our beloved Saints in their Championship Super Bowl win.

Twelve different parade crewes (that's not a typo, either, that's how we spell it down here during Mardi Gras) donated use of one of their floats for the Super Parade. Marching bands (and their tireless parents who walk along with them) who had VERY full schedules for Mardi Gras took on one more route, this one 3.7 miles long, and what an honor it was for them to be included. I have to blow the horn (literally and figuratively!) of New Orleans' finest marching band, from the all boy Catholic high school, St. Augustine. They have many times proudly represented our city in the Rose Parade and Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. They ROCK. They lead most of the city's larger parades and are a highlight every time they play. Between 500,000 and 700,000 fans turned out in freezing temperatures to share this exciting moment in New Orleans history. Now it's my great joy to share it with you.

The star of the show, of course, was Drew Brees, our cute as a button quarterback and MVP of the Super Bowl, a man who is bold about his faith in Jesus Christ and his salvation, who has given God the glory for what he calls his calling, his destiny. Gotta love this guy!!











The Saints Flag



Great shot of the Super Dome in all her repaired, restored, reborn glory behind the alligator float donated by a Chalmette parade.



What a crowd!



Jeremy Shockey (I love, love, LOVE this man!! I am SO getting a Shockey jersey!) and Deuce McAllister (and I still don't understand why he's back on the team and didn't even play, presented the trophy, then retired... again)



As the New Orleans sportscasters have dubbed him, Robert "Money" Meachem



Neat shot of downtown New Orleans and the Jester float



Jeff Charleston, Will Smith, and Paul Spicer



Saints autographing stuff for the fans



Pierre Thomas



An amazing man, the dreamy-eyed, adorably dimpled Coach Sean Payton







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You might notice the conspicuous absence of a photo of Saints owner Tom Benson and his float. I haven't quite forgotten that he tried to move the Saints to Texas after Katrina, when we needed the Saints back in New Orleans desperately. I'm grateful that Benson DID bring our boys back home, but still, he leaves a nasty taste in my heart and I don't want his face on my blog.

Thank you for taking the time to read such a long blog. I hope you enjoyed sharing the parade with me!! I love y'all!!

Missy





  
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1THING 2/13/2010 11:22AM

    Missy, as a life long Louisiana native, even I shed tears watching and reading this. I saw the parade on television and even now we are preparing for lundi gras and fat tuesday. My spouse rides in zulu so our coconuts and throws are READY! Yea to the Saints once again! yea to fans and citizens! I was so worried that Drew was going to fall off that float!

Thank God for a beautiful time in it all, care has not been forgotten. You are so right, those poor taste actions are usually by outsider, city outsiders, custom outsiders, believer outsiders! Be blessed and have a safe mardi gras!

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PEGJOHN1997 2/13/2010 10:51AM

    Loved the pictures and the wonderful description. I makes me want to come right down there. One of these days I will. Even my husband is interested and as a cop he avoids crowds whenever possible.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/13/2010 12:29AM

    Missy, what an emoticonblog!!! Thank you for sharing this fantastic story and your pictures of the great Super Parade!!! I will one day get to Mardi Gras...Ken has already been and says it is unbelievable!!! Ken used to live in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs...came back north because of the hurricanes and is now freezing his bum off!!
Blessings and hugs,
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/12/2010 11:19PM

    Missy, these photos are MAGNIFICENT!!! WOW! I have never been to Mardi Gras, but this gives me a very vivid idea of how exciting it must be! Thanks so much for sharing it with everyone! I loved it!

I am with Clayton (my grandson) tonight, so this has to be fast! He already pooped in the tub once!

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FLUFFYFLOWER 2/12/2010 11:14PM

    Looks like a great time! Good job with the pictures!

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SECRETMUSIC 2/12/2010 10:55PM

    Wow!

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    Love the pics! Thanks!

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GABY1948 2/12/2010 7:54PM

    Missy, thanks so much for this. It really does bring it into focus. How awesome it must be to be there!

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FILLANGES 2/12/2010 7:41PM

    AWESOME! My kids and I saw all those floats in the tour of the Mardi Gras museum. How my heart yearns to be there for the real thing. One day it will happen. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your town in this "super" celebration season. God Bless. Rick emoticon

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THEADMIRAL 2/12/2010 6:30PM

    emoticon You took some GREAT pictures! Thank you for sharing the parade experience and atmosphere!

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LIGHTHEART09 2/12/2010 6:26PM

    Wow !!! God is good!!!! Go SAINTS...SAINTS RULE IN 2010!!!!

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IUHRYTR 2/12/2010 5:15PM

    Terrific story and photos. Brought the parade alive. Thank you. -- Lou

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WINDSTAR2358 2/12/2010 5:07PM

    Missy what a wonderful blog! I feel like I'm right there catching the beads with you!!! I love the pictures too! Thanks for sharing....

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/12/2010 4:58PM

    What a great blog from THE poster gal of New Orleans!
You just ooooze enthusiasm and I feel as if I got to see the parade vicariously.
Thank you for sharing, you crazy saint!

Karen
(Let's hope tonight's Olympic opener is at least as well done as your parade!)

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ANGELCOWBOY1 2/12/2010 4:38PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the blog and the photos! Thank you for sharing Missy. We were whooping and hollering over here in AZ - your Saints did an AWESOME job!

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DJS-DEBBIE 2/12/2010 3:27PM

    Thanks for such fabulous pictures!

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MRSJARI 2/12/2010 2:59PM

    My daddy went to St. Augustine! Many a year ago!

Thank you for brining me back home. Although it isn't a Mardi Gras parade, it Is a Mardi Gras parade, and the Saints full well deserve it! I Miss New Orleans!!!

And your descriptions are so true. The city Is like that, and I have never seen another one like it, not even this small city I'm in now.

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AMAS92568 2/12/2010 2:48PM

    Love the pix! Thanks

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GINA7249 2/12/2010 2:08PM

    love the pictures. i have gone to 2 parades. 1 for the celtics and one for the boston redsox. the redsox did win another world series though. wished i went to the patriots ones but it get really bad up here in january feburary ish you know new england. you got so many good pics though. we had duck boats to carry the players on them. love your info about it. i saw drew on ellen and he seemed so mich about the win. i am happy for the saint because i really not likeing the colts. patriots fans arent happy with the colts.
gina

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WOODSYGIRL 2/12/2010 1:53PM

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE these pictures!!! I have never been to a parade of any sort, so this was a big deal for me to see! Wow, I can't even imagine how much fun that had to be and seeing all of your favorite players up close and personal! I am so glad you've had such a marvelous celebration...and it couldn't come at a better time! I hope your Valentine's Day is just as special!!

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LIFE-FAITH 2/12/2010 1:45PM

    Missy,
Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures and story! Someday I would love to visit New Orleans and experience Mardi Gras.

I know the feeling of pride when your home team wins - hang onto that feeling!

C o g r a t u l a t i o n s!!!

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jeanla

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AHEALTHIERJAN 2/12/2010 1:41PM

    Beautiful pictures. My kids didn't make it to the parade, as I'm sure many others did not. DS had to work till almost 6, and though they tried hard, they had to give up. I'm sending her the link to your blog.

I've been frustrated in the national news coverage when folks said things like, "Mardi Gras came early this year." Given that my kids had already been to at least 5 parades this season, that's hardly true. And what better time for the win to come than smack dab in the middle of Mardi Gras, (Sort of like the actual Mardi Gras day being pretty much the six month anniversary of Katrina, and therefore an entirely appropriate time for the celebration.

I'm really looking forward to the parades. I think we're just doing one in New Orleans, and then all in Metairie. And, of course, on the actual day, we'll be babysitting at least some while the young folks decide how much of the adult entertainment (Since they're brother and sister, that will, I assume, be a fairly low level.) they want to enjoy.

Have a great time!

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PEPPERLEAH 2/12/2010 1:11PM

    Wonderful blog! And fantastic pictures! Wish I could be there to watch these parades with you! That would be so grand!


Love you;
Leah

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SUSAN134 2/12/2010 1:04PM

    Loved seeing these pics Missy! I so want to visit New Orleans! I feel such an affinity for this city and area, not sure why. I think part of it is the huge amount of spirit exhibited by the people that live there. They have a real
"joie de vivre". I have an artist friend that lives in your beautiful city and she informed our group earlier this week that she will basically be away from the forum for the next two weeks because of Mardi Gras. She and her family have so much fun!

Oh, I have to agree with you - Drew Brees is one Cutie-Patootie!

Hugs!

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Surprise!!!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Betcha you thought this would be a blog about the Super Bowl winning SAINTS, didn't you?! No. Not yet. I sill can't even THINK it without crying, yet. Ohhhh, but it feels good to win!!!

For today, I have to share some out loud, sincere, belly-ache kind of laughs. I hope you enjoy Dennis Swanberg as much as I did!! It would be impossible for me to decide which one of these is funnier, so I am sharing them both. Laughter truly IS good medicine!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWH-VToohro

www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0GEv78335o&
feature=related


P.S. I found this one since I was there in the comedy section and couldn't resist. Ohhhh how my honey loves Home Depot! lol This is Mark Lowry.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kR_XG1DnDs&
feature=related

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOYSONG50 2/10/2010 2:12PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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LADYSUNBEAM 2/10/2010 12:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI laughed so hard I cried... those were great... thanks for posting them Missy!

Sandra emoticon

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SECRETMUSIC 2/10/2010 10:38AM

    Thank you for introducing me!

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LINDA25427 2/10/2010 8:32AM

    Never heard of him before .Hope you have a great week . God Bless. emoticon emoticon

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LIGHTHEART09 2/10/2010 8:18AM

    Love the zipper on ole bubba...and the plungger....
Thanks those were real cute...
Esp. about the watch in a bag...very insightful...
Wed. Hugs...
sniff sniff
Nan

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/9/2010 11:46PM

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PEPPERLEAH 2/9/2010 11:09PM

    Love them! Thanks for sharing them!

Love you;
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SJG1953 2/9/2010 10:06PM

    Thanks, I needed that! Funny for sure!

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TRAVELNISTA 2/9/2010 9:09PM

    Thanks I needed this today. Who said that jokes have to be X rated to be funny!

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GABY1948 2/9/2010 7:16PM

    How wonderful and thanks. And the Home Depot one, in our family it is ME that loves Home Depot. It is a toy store to me. DH always knows taking me there will make me happy for sure!

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LINDAKAY228 2/9/2010 5:24PM

    I'd never heard him before! He was so funny. Thanks for sharing this!

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SCORPION1352 2/9/2010 5:11PM

    Oh Missy those were so funny thanks for sharing. I love Dennis Swanberg.

Aren't we all happy yeah Sanits and how 'bout that Drew Bree?

Marty

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PEGJOHN1997 2/9/2010 4:53PM

    Hilarious!!!!

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MRSJARI 2/9/2010 4:51PM

    YatMama, You are Thumbbody!!

Thank you!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 2/9/2010 4:34PM

    Oh the zipper, I almost forgot about the zipper, the lady lives down the street and everyone has heard of her emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN 2/9/2010 4:32PM

    I have never heard of Jeanne Robertson she is priceless. Oh, I am still laughing. If anyone passes I will always think of her account of you thanks for sharing I love it emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARTHAR3 2/9/2010 4:19PM

    I just love him thanks for sharing...

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GUSSYLYNN72 2/9/2010 4:02PM

    I LAUGHED SO HARD i CRIED. VERY FUNNY. THANKS I NEEDED THAT, HAVING ONE OF THOSE WEEKS.

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SUSAN134 2/9/2010 3:42PM

    Missy, I wish we had ministers/preachers here like Dr. Swanberg! He really is funny.

LOL....I thought of you when the Saints won. I envisioned you doing the happy jig all over the house! I didn't see it all but what I saw, it was a great game.

xxoo

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