Every Word is True

I don’t normally post two days in a row, I know.  But I can’t help myself.
I’m having a lot of trouble typing (which I will explain shortly). This is the stuff Lifetime movies are made out of.  And they always happen to me.
It started out GREAT. I met Kyla at Target and spent $1300.  Yes.  $1300. Before you say anything, let me explain.  It wasn’t my money.  
It was yours.
And I had a ball spending it.
Okay, I can see I am going to need to back up a little. 
The Hope Clinic started a home for mothers who choose life for their babies instead of abortion.  3 women live there at a time, and there is a “house mother” (Kyla) who lives there with them.  We decided to use part of the money that people have donated to the Hope Clinic to decorate one of the bedrooms.  I bought all “Shabby Chic” style bedding, furniture, lighting, curtains, a glider, frame, decor (no sticks), baby books, and on and on. It is all going to be set up this weekend and I am so excited to see it come together and welcome the mommies who will live there.  What a blessing.  So, let me start off by saying thank you to each and every person who helped to make this a reality.  I will take pictures and post them (go figure).
And now onto the reason Kyla had to call 911 for me.
Let’s just say (hypothetically) that I am a clumsy person, and today, I was wearing a skirt. These facts will both become important in a minute, I promise.
I follow Kyla back to the house and we unload my car.  I open my passenger side door to grab my phone so that I can type in her phone number, and then I slam the door shut.
Hear me say that the door shut completely. Closed.
Which would not have been post-worthy had my finger not been in it.
It takes me about a millisecond to realize it, and I open the car door, at which point blood starts dripping everywhere.  I am not freaking out yet, so I make a crack about how I just got my nails done, and then I start to realize that there is a good chance my finger is broken and I need to get a plan together.  Kyla sees my finger and we start to run inside to grab a paper towel. I am concerned that I am going to get blood all over the house, so I am holding one hand under it and trying not to make a mess.  I was just in shock, I guess.  
We get inside and Kyla runs some cold water for me.  I put my hand under the sink and all of a sudden, I start to really feel it.  I mean, seriously feel it.  And it is not good. At all.
I start to feel a little woozy.  I’m not really weird about blood, but I think my body went into shutdown mode and I pass out cold.  I should mention that when I pass out (if you are a doctor and you have insights on this, please share) I have what appear to be seizures.  According to people who have witnessed it, I shake and make moaning noises and it is pretty scary to watch. Kyla said I had two or three today while I was unconscious, and she called 911.  I managed to show her how to call Todd on my phone in between seizures, because as you know, I am nothing if not a multi-tasker.
I will tell you all more about this later, but I took a big step in the last several days towards telling Audrey’s story in book form, and part of that is by partnering with a literary agent.  It was an answer to prayer that literally fell into my lap, and I am so excited about it. Anyway, he went to adopt two children today (his sixth and seventh, incidentally), and I decided I was going to fast for him (quickly, this just means that I abstain from eating for a day as an offering of sacrifice and prayer).  I wasn’t going to say anything, but they were wondering if there could be any other “factors,” so I mentioned it. The ladies in the house brought me a Special K bar and Kyla said, “Seriously Angie. It’s only like 90 calories.  I don’t think God will even notice 90 calories….” I think it was one of the funniest things I have ever heard.  Kyla, you are a gift.   
Let’s just also say (hypothetically) that I asked three questions when I came to.  See the title of this post for more information….
In order, these were the questions.
1.  I passed out again, didn’t I?
2. Tell 911 they don’t need to come, I’m okay. Are they already coming?
3. Did you see my butt just now?
So, for all of you who are keeping score, there was at least a 6 second window between seizure and pure vanity.
The medics came and checked me out.  I told them I didn’t want to ride in the ambulance, but they told me I should probably go to the hospital because it might be broken.  I wouldn’t know, because I have literally never broken a bone.  But anyway, they were really nice. Meanwhile, Todd had called my dad and asked him to come watch the girls because there was an emergency and he wanted to come get me.  He was in such a hurry that when my dad asked what was going on, he says, “She split her nail!!!!!!!”  My dad was confused, but he came right over.  God bless the man.  
I promise I wouldn’t be kidding around if I wasn’t okay (which I am).  
Todd came and got me and we went to see my doctor, who took x-rays and confirmed that it was NOT broken.  He put a little getup on it and sent me home…isn’t it pretty?
I know what you’re thinking.
I can’t get my wedding ring off, which is going to put a serious dent in my clubbing schedule. 
Other than that, I am fine (hypothetically speaking, of course).
Amy came in town today and as I was retelling my finger story, Todd realized that the grill was on fire. Because we were bored stiff up to that point.
He put out the fire (and the chicken) with the fire extinguisher, and it was so ridiculous that we all laughed until we fell over.  And of course, took pictures. 
And I haven’t even gotten to the best part.  And this might actually be the best kid story ever. God certainly picked the right day to let it happen because I needed a smile.
I was putting Kate to bed tonight and I told her I was going to pray for her.  I asked her if there was anything she wanted to say “I’m sorry” to God about, and she said yes.  I am not sure what she said after that, but I figured God had heard her, so I didn’t ask her to repeat it.  Then she looks at me with this heavy face and says, “He isn’t here, momma.”
She looks at the door and then looks at me.
“He is, honey.  We just can’t see Him because He is invisible. Remember?”
I promise you that at this EXACT moment (God is the best director), Ellie gets up out of bed and runs to the bathroom, so all of a sudden Kate and I hear these little running feet.
She looks at me, wide-eyed, mouth dropped to the floor, like she finally believes the whole thing is real.  
I can just see her little brain imagining the God of the universe running around in the bathroom.  Which is almost as funny as Red Robin at a car dealership.
Incidentally, for those of you who read my last post, I hope you get a kick out of this. I found it this morning and had to share.
Anyway, I am feeling a little better on account of the fact that I just took one of the happy pills they gave me after I delivered the kids.  
Oh admit it, moms.  You kept a little bottle as a souvenir too. 
Hypothetically, of course.

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  • Kim

    Am I really the first one to post?? Girllll – you are a riot!!

    AND I did the same thing to my middle finger once!! They actually splinted it and I looked ridiculous when I was driving with my ONE-middle-finger standing straight up?!

  • sumi

    You crack me up, Angie!

    I’m so glad that finger is fine.

    Happy pills? What happy pills? LOL

  • Jess

    I love you friend! You crack me up! Are you sure you didn’t leave out any details? hehe =)

  • Tina Vega

    Reading about your injury made ME feel a little woozy. I’ll pray for a speedy recovery…

  • momofonefornow

    I passed out a church car wash that I was running a few weeks ago. All I could think about when I came to was, “Now I have to find a new church because you all have seen a little bit of my belly fat.”

    So, you are not alone in the O to vanity in 6 seconds club.

    I am glad you are alright. That has got to hurt something fierce!

  • Marilena

    You are so funny! Thanks for the laugh and I hope your finger heals up quick.
    Love ya,

  • Audre

    That has to be one of the funniest stories I have ever heard. Except the whole having seizure thingy.

  • Sara

    Ok, so here’s my process tonight:

    I read a little… I cover my mouth and bust out laughing… I then scold myself for laughing at your pain.


    OH. MY. And then you put out the chicken with a fire extinguisher? A CHICKEN? I’m just sayin… cuz you shouldn’t HATE THE CHICKENS.

    The only mistake I can see that God has made in my life is that I can’t travel to Nashville and hug you around the neck. :)


  • Jacquie

    I loved this post. Sorry. I know it’s not funny. But you cracked me completely up!

    The doctor gives me Xanax to help me (like) monthly… if ya know what I mean. Anyway, I tell my kids they are “mother’s little helper”.

    Hope your finger is better soon.

  • A-and-Z’s Mom

    Slamming the car door on a finger is very scary! My dad was driving someone home from church one Sunday, and he closed the door on this elderly woman. There was BLOOD everywhere…
    Can’t wait to see the pics of Hope Clinic’s room!

  • Tara

    Oh, Angie, you are so silly. Sometimes you have to just laugh at all the crazy moments we have as mothers.

  • Jacquie

    PS – I better clarify… my “kids” are 21 and 19 years old now. Not babes.

  • Liz @ My Full Cup

    Oh my word, you are too funny! What a day! I’m glad you are okay though. And I thought our family was the only one who had crazy things happen like that. :)

  • Kristin

    I started laughing at the “Lifetime” line and kept smiling and laughing through my nose the rest of the way through! Thanks, Angie. Send me a happy pill!

  • our family

    Sorry about your finger but thanks for the laugh.
    Hope your finger feels better soon. Can’t wait to see the pictures of the beautiful Shabby Chic room at the Hope Clinic!

  • Jaci

    I am glad your finger is fine.. I passed out at Olive Garden and Peed my pants. I was so embarassed when the paramedics came, Because one of them was pretty cute, not that it mattered because I am married.. Hope your finger heals quickly

  • busy momma

    I got so excited to think that I was the first one to comment on this post….I should have known that even computers can’t keep up with you, Angie :) You are so full of life and I love that through all of the rain, you still laugh and have fun and share your family with us! thanks
    I wanted to tell you that I love sticks too! I might have been the most excited when reading about those! My friends think I’m silly because I buy stuff just like that. EXCEPT, I finally realized that day lillies when they die, leave a perfect stick to use in my home decorating :) And they seem to last forever!! Hope this is a new idea and saves you from stopping on the stick aisle at Target….besides, you’ll have more time to look for kiddy undies :)

  • Amanda

    Your posts are such a blessing! You are truly a gift.


  • The Barnes Crew

    Boy can I somewhat relate to your day but mine hypothetically involved a pie and lots of smoke (fortunately the extinguisher wasn't needed but close though)!

    Hope your finger gets better soon…you know it is Friday tomorrow & I'd hate for you to miss out on your clubbing! :)

    Oh, and I love the story of God running in your bathroom…even he has to go every once in awhile!

  • Rissa Mendes

    Glad to hear your finger is fine… Thank goodness you didnt break it.. I’ve broken 2 toes over the last hmm 6-8 months.. (Just saying I can relate to the clumsy part) and It really hurt.. So i feel for you on the pain part.. Hope you get well soon.. Praying for you!!

  • Kim H.

    Seriously, you are such a joy!

    I feel so bad for your finger – dagnabbit that had to have hurt. You are a trooper. I’m glad when you passed out you didn’t hit your head and crack it open. :) Cause it sounds like it was kinda “one of those days”….

    I can’t wait to see pics of what you bought for Hope House. It’s wonderful to know there are other generous pro-life mommies out there.

    Feel better tomorrow! And yep, I kept one of those little bottles as a souvenir of course – and a little souvenir from my kidney stones and a little souvenir from my gallbladder surgery – cause you just never know when you might slam your finger in the car door.


  • Courtney

    So glad you’re okay. What a day!

    I WOULD NEVER keep any happy pills….NOT ME. :)

    Just a little inside joke for MckMama’s blog readers.

  • Sarah

    OH man I am laughing out loud. What. a. day. I love your ability to humor the chaos. The older my son gets, the more I’m learning to do this :)

  • Jenn

    I was still in the laughing thought of you taking pics of the pirate panties and “willow branches” and now my sides are seriously hurting!!! You have a super funny way of re-telling events!
    I pray that your finger is okay!

  • Susan

    I hope you heal quickly!

    Love the pic of Kate! My daughter is 2 & 1/2 now, but when she was 19 months old we took her to see Sesame Street Live, and we had won tickets for a Meet & Greet with Bert and Ernie. We hesitantly lined up for the photo opp. Kids were screaming, and I wondered how our little spitfire would do… After our picture was taken (with no mishaps, she looked bored in the pic!) She waddled right back to Bert and grabbed his leg! Luckily he was a good sport and even lifted her onto his lap, but she clung right to him and did NOT want to let go. (Kids were waiting in line, some still screaming / crying…) My daughter almost looked smug as she had gotten extra time and attention from Bert! She sat there smiling like a queen.(Of course the look vanished quickly and HER screams began when we had to pull her away, smiling apologetically at everyone in the room…)
    Ah, you gotta love those moments, don't you?

  • Southern Gal

    You have to, have to, post on McMama’s “Not Me Mondays”. There are at least 10 in that story alone!! “Did you see my butt?” Oh.my.goodness.

    I hope your finger feels better. I know YOU feel good right about now.

  • Jenny

    This was the best way to end my day. I’m sorry about the finger, but you really are sooo funny. You’re an awesome story teller!

  • All Things BD

    Angie, that was one awesome day.

    And yes I still have my Vicodin thank you very much.

  • Mare

    This was a hilarious post.My family came running to see what I was laughing so hard about. Happy pills…lol, my youngest is 11 and I still have some. Hope your finger heals well.
    Oh…how was the chicken, looked mighty tasty. Gulp, Yummmmm.

  • Tedra

    I’m so sorry to hear about your finger but OH MY WORD…you are hilarious…you always have me rolling with your stories. Thanks for being so real and sincere. You are more than a blessing to many! :-)

  • Matthew Paul Turner

    I almost fainted reading about the blood. ugh.

    If there’s anything that Jessica and I can do for you and Todd, let us know.

    Oh, and I so wish I could have seen you faint. BTW, remind me to tell you what comedian Kathy Griffin says is the first thing a woman will say when she faints. I so want to know if you said it. :)

    Love you guys!

  • Anita J.

    Happy pills? I was offered Tylenol with Codeine, which I refused. Codeine is one of those ‘promises to God’ drugs for me. You know, the last time I took it I prayed, “God if you’ll keep this drug from killing me I promise I’ll never take it again, no matter how bad I’m hurting.” So after giving birth, I refused it. The nurses thought I was nuts, but I promised God, you know?

    Glad your finger isn’t broken.

  • Emily

    Seriously, seriously laughing out loud. Are you SURE we weren’t separated at birth???

  • tahnie

    i actually do that too when i pass out! my doctor’s explaination for it is that if you are tense when you pass out, it causes you to have what look like seizures. (hope that makes sense)

    i love reading your blog. hope your finger feels better soon.


  • Mary

    I need your talent of finding laughter after bad incidents! :) You are SO funny. I’m still trying to find some humor in this: I walked out of my bedroom into the living room yesterday after a shower, (I was STARK naked… seriously, when do I EVER leave my room like that???) to find my neighbor standing there. What’s the first thing I did, you might ask? Run out like mad? No! I stood there and apologized! I’m pleading temporary insanity.

  • amydare

    Hi Angie
    I’ve been lurking on your blog, praying for your family for a while…and passing it on to others going through a similar loss.
    But, I finally wanted to leave a message because I do the same thing…in very stressful situations (generally ones that also involve someone bleeding), I pass out and have seizures. The last time I was out for about 5 minutes. It’s a low blood pressure thing. After it happens several times, you can feel it coming and can prepare the people around you…so hopefully they don’t call 911! One time, I passed out while at the doctors, and I told them, “I’m going to pass out now”…and apparently after I’d already started blacking out, I told them “Bye”.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your life. You’re quite the inspiration…just watch out for car doors!

  • Cortni

    You are hilarious!! I so love your writing style. I am glad that your finger isn’t broken!


  • Inspired Kara

    This post is hilarious. HAHA!

    I would LOVE to see pictures of the decorated bedroom! I work for a non-profit for abused kids, and it makes SUCH a difference for a person to have a cozy, warm bedroom. Those little touches really help people. Thanks for giving!

  • beyond this moment

    Oh heaven help you! =) I can only laugh so hard and so long because I have had days that were disturbingly similar to this one!

  • Rach

    Oh my gosh!! You are hysterical girl! I mean…I’m so sorry you hurt your finger. And I have NO CLUE what happy pills you are talking about?! That pic of you and your finger and Todd and the fire extinguisher…years from now that will be even more hilarious than it is right now….think about it!

  • Beth

    Angie! I love your blog! I always check late at night because that’s when you always post. I look forward to hearing what is on your heart or what crazy things you have gotten into lately.

    My son does something similar when he gets hurt. I thought he had a seizure once, but was told it was muscle spasms from hyperventilating. Here’s a link that describes it. Hopefully that is all that happened to you too!

  • Jenny

    Glad to hear that your finger wasn’t broken.
    BTW…love your wedding ring! Beautiful!!
    Hope you get a good nights sleep tonight!

  • Beth

    i cant wait to be a wife and a mom and have all kinds of crazy adventures like you do!!!

  • Elmwood

    A. NOT broken finger and all you are gorgeous
    B. How often do you pass out? that people have told you what it's like..yikes!!
    C. I was in Marshalls today and had I known you personally I would have taken a picture of THE EXACT Target rip off sticks & sent to you via text message with their VERY red–we aren't kidding this IS a sale sticker—marked $7-!!!
    I am tempted to go back and do so and email you
    NO STICKS are worth $24.99…lol
    I am in Interior Design and Bargain is my middle name
    (sorry I know this is in the post below, but there are less comments here ;) ~

  • Kristin

    The best part of this story is that your clubbing schedule is messed up. . . no, that you were bored up until this point. . . no, the picture of you and your husband and the look on both of your faces. So funny.

  • Krystal

    Angie, my husband does weird stuff when he passes out. He first stares into space and his eyes bulge. Then, I realize he isn’t breathing. After a few seconds of that, he starts breathing in a moaning sort of way. Scares me every time. His fainting spells are triggered by the sight of blood or being physically ill.

    Thanks so much for the delightful anecdotes. You have a gift, and I’m so grateful you’re sharing with us in blogland.

    I have a 5-year-old daughter wearing size 7 clothes, and I too am having trouble finding appropriate clothing for her.

    Well, I closed my thumb in my car door once and had to open the door to release myself. Didn’t bleed, and I couldn’t tell the story half so well as you. I will pray for healing for you.

    Thanks again for the laughs!

  • Kirsten

    Yeah!!! So excited about your connection with a literary agent. What wonderful news. I’m excited to see how God will continue to use Audrey and your whole family for His glory.

    It is such a blessing to come to your blog and never know what I’ll find – but always walk away refreshed after reading your heart. Sometimes there are tears streaming down my face to the point where I can’t read the computer screen. Then there are times like tonight where I actually laugh out loud as I read the screen.

    Your life is amazing. That says it all. Sometimes it is amazingly funny. Sometimes it is amazingly painful. It always amazingly shows how good and faith God is and how much you love Him. Thank you for that.

    Todd looks so brave as a backyard fireman. The Smith’s have the funniest “chicken stories.” I can still see your little one holding up her chicken picture.


  • Joy

    Okay, is it bad and awful that I LOL the whole way through this post? Maybe the happy pills just helped you write it in such a comical way!

    First, I used to volunteer at Birthright (a crisis pregnancy center) and I think what you’re doing to help Hope Clinic is AMAZING!!! People might not think a beautifully decorated room means much, but that will be a scared woman’s SANCTUARY!!! I have tears in my eyes just envisioning all the little babies that Hope Clinic is helping save!

    Second, I’ve shut my finger in a van door before. I feel your pain! I didn’t pass out or bleed, but my finger was completely bent the wrong way.

    And the burnt chicken was the icing on the cake! Hooey I’m laughing so hard!

  • Janera

    Sweet Angie, I needed a laugh tonight like nobody’s business, and I thank you for giving me one, even if it’s at your expense (wink, wink).

    God sees to us at every turn, doesn’t He? I’m so grateful.

    So glad you’re fine. The pic of you and Todd with your emergency gear and bandages is wonderful!


  • Soldier in Training

    Knowing that you really are okay now…this was too funny! You had me already laughing but when I got to the part about putting out the fire (and the chicken) coupled with the photo of the charred chicken, I lost it!!! I bet your kids never complain about being bored! :)

  • Megan

    hahaha (I am so sorry about your finger) Your story though was hilarious. Between the “God won’t notice 90 calories” to “Did you just see my butt?” to the flaming chicken and extingisher…wow…what a story. Thanks for sharing and making me laugh. I do hope your finger heals soon. I crunched my finger in 1st grade because I was skateboarding sitting down and ran over it as I pushed. Nowhere near the kind of drama you had today.

  • Michelle

    This is hilarious. I’m so sorry that you hurt your finger, and that your dinner was scorched…but it sure made for a good story, and all of the pictures were terrific! :-)

  • Christy

    Oh my word, you had me crying with Todd’s comments about “She split a nail!” What a great dad to come immediately for such an “emergency!” So glad that your finger will survive! At least you weren’t bored today!

  • Joy

    LOL LOL LOL… I am so sorry for your finger… but please… you are too funny… and what a day! I love the picture of you and hubby.

  • Angie

    Love the pics. Thanks for sharing

  • Hollie

    HYSTERICAL! Not all the drama with your finger, fainting, etc….well, maybe that was a little funny (not that you got hurt…hypothetically, of course!). Possibly the funniest thing I have ever read at 2 AM!

  • Tiffany

    OMGooodness! Because of the fact that you said you are really okay, I am totally laughing! Only when I got to the end though. Before that I was gasping in pain for you and my heart was racing for your friend!

    I’m glad you are okay.
    I’m sorry the chicken was burned.
    I love the “God feet” running around in your bathroom!
    I’m SURE no one saw your butt (hypothetically)

    Much Love

  • kjoy

    This post IS my happy pill! Thanks so much for sharing & letting us all in on the joke! I sure God knew just what you needed today :-)

  • neverforsaked

    Who would believe that could all happen in one day to one family? Thanks for sharing, and I love the way you tell your stories.
    Also, regarding your previous posts about panties, Hanna Andersson is FANTASTIC, especially for both girls slips and panties, they are SO comfy, and as a matter of fact,we just got new Hanna “Unders” in the mail today, but I bought mine on ebay. You can get NEW ones on there for almost half the price that they are in the Hanna catolog.
    I can’t wait to see pictures of the things you bought for hope house!

  • ~Alicia~

    I had a few days just like yours… burnt my hands with pumpkin soup straight out of the microwave on Friday and then burnt my stomach on Tuesday with – you guessed it, the microwave again. But it was mac & cheese the second time! I remember thinking as the mac & cheese started to spill down my front "I cannot believe this is happening to me again in such a short span of time!"

    So I totally get it. People were calling my "klutz" and "accident prone" for weeks! And my middle finger was the most badly burnt, so it stayed bandaged for weeks, which I'm sure looked lovely to everyone as I was driving and going about daily life looking like I was making rude gestures to everyone!

    You have such a gift for telling stories. The way you write leaves no room for ambiguity! You're fantasticly funny!

  • Tippa Glover

    Love it! The picture of you and Todd is priceless! Stop hating chickens….really! Come on!

  • Stacia

    I have to say, I love your funny posts, and I feel your heart-wrenching posts too. They are both very needed and appreciated. What a day, passing out, and hearing God’s feet pitter patter in your hall!

  • The Werdebaugh Family

    Wow. I truly thought things like this only happen to me. The Lord has a way of letting us now we’re not alone, eh? Glad you are okay . . . troubling about the seizures, though. As a person that suffers from seizures due to neurological damage from lyme disease – I encourage you to follow up with your doc on that, ok?
    Christina in WV

  • Faith Hope Love Mama

    Oh your poor finger. I did the same thing 5 days before my wedding and slammed my thumb in the door. I had to pry it from the jamb. I did go to the ER because of the blood and they stitched me up and had to drill a hole to relieve the pressure in my nail. I was thinking of how ugly it would be for my wedding. Big bandage and all. It ended up fine and we were able to hide it in all the pics. Oh but the pain. I know the feeling. They gave me Vicodin and that is when I discovered I was allergic to it. Fun that was. Hang in there. I’m glad you are able to laugh about it now. :)

  • usafcole

    Great post. I am glad that you are okay. The older I get, the more things there are that make me “woozy”.

    Thanks for starting my day off with a smile.

  • Katherine Page

    Oh Angie! I first must say I am so sorry about your finger. Then laugh uncontrollably. :0)

    It is awesome how you can laugh about it. I wasn’t laughing too hard out loud incase you could hear me all the way from houston until I see the picture of you and todd! haha. I’m curious to know what all the kids said or thought especially your beautiful Kate.

    Seriously, hope that finger feels better.

  • kristen lorenze

    I was going to scroll down to see if anyone explained it, but I got sleepy. I’m working night shift.

    SO, I’m an RN and I too, have experienced the pass out with the seizure-like shakes. Only, I did mine at a hospital, so I got a full code with ICU docs, nurses, anesthesia…the whole bit. Really funny. The first thing I asked when I woke up was, “Is that condition for me?” I could hear it over the loudspeaker.

    Anyways, a lot of time when you faint, it’s because your heart can’t beat fast enough to push the blood to your brain for whatever reason. So, it just stops and goes REALLY slow. Then, no blood gets to your brain and you pass out. Then you come to, because gravity makes all the blood trickle down into your head, which is on the floor. That is called a vagal reaction. :) And you shake as you go down and as your heart rate and blood pressure come up, you stop the shaking thing. It’s pretty scary to watch, but pretty harmless. I’m not sure as to the scientific WHY? as to the shakes. Sorry.

    Hope that helps.

  • Bridget =)

    you poor thing! but i am DYING from laughing! =) you are a great story teller!

  • lori

    Wow, what a flippin day..

    I am glad you are ok. And I want an autographed copy of that book when you are all done, it is going to be so great.. I am so proud of you.

  • Crystal

    I am so glad that everything turned out fine with your finger and seizures. I did the same thing when I was about 8 years old, only the door was locked!!! My thumb was fractured and required a splint but that was the extent of it. I still remember the pain! You had quite an eventful day! I hope you slept well after hypothetically taking that happy pill!

    Love the finger and fire extinguisher picture of you and Todd, too cute!

    Love to you Angie, Crystal


  • Baseballs and Tutu’s

    I absolutely love you!

    You are hilarious!! Love the pic of you and Todd with the fire extinguisher.

    So proud of what you are doing with your story about Audrey. What an inspiration it has been to read her story. You will make a difference in more lives than you think possible! Even though I’ve read alot of it on here…I’ll be the first one in line to find one when it comes out!

  • Amber Saltamachia

    Angie, you are too funny! I did almost the exact same thing, except you tell a story way better! I was on a way to a marriage enrichment seminar with the guy who wrote the 5 Love Languages (blanking on his name right now) and I closed my hand in the garage door. We didn’t have a garage door opener and i closed my hand completely in between two panels. Why? because I’m carring a diet mountain dew, my purse and my bible and I didn’t want to put anything down. Where is my husband? sitting in the car in the driveway wondering why I’m taking so long! I didn’t break anything, but I had 3 fingers splinted and I tore the nail completely off my middle finger. Yep, the middle one. I looked like i was giving everyone the bird! I had some drugs left over from a miscarriage and you bet I took one. My husband suggested a tylenol (Seriously?) and I not so calmly suggested he find the vicodin! You are an amazing gal. I want to be best friends with you and I’ve never met you. I pray for you family.

  • Laura

    you are absolutely delightful. i so needed a good giggle this morning…thank you…… you have such a wonderful funny perspective on life and are a fantastic story teller. I can just see God giggling too and he watched the whole thing play out. Good thing you don’t wear those special low riding undies from target ;) God bless you!!!!!

  • Monica @ Writer Chic

    Hope your finger heals well and quickly.

  • Erin

    Oh my goodness, you made me laugh!! I always love reading your posts, especially when things in my life aren’t the best, because God always gives me the gift of laughter through you!

    I think I may be glad someday that my husband and I had to buy fire extinguishers to pass our adoption homestudy!


  • Alicia

    Ok, when I’ve shut the same thumb in the car door TWICE, it wasn’t nearly this funny! You. Are. A. Riot!

  • Jennifer

    What a day! Love the finger/fire extinguisher pose =P Thank you for giving me a laugh this morning!

  • Sarah

    Thank you for sharing!
    Your nails look great in the picture too :)
    You are a blessing to so many of us!

  • Jess :)


    I’m so glad you are okay!! Thanks for sharing your stories with us!! They make me smile (sometimes cry :) ) everytime!
    You take care of yourself and let us know if we can do anything to help you out!!

    Love and lots of hugs,
    Jess :)

    P.S. Could Kate be any more adorable?!?! I tell you…I love that “God” is running around in the bathroom! Just love it!

  • Kate


    I have been reading your blog for a while now, and have been so touched by the stories you have shared of your family. I pray daily for all. Also, I have purchased 3 Selah CD’s and they are on constant play in my car. I passed the website on to other friends and family, and we have all become big fans. I am working on trying to make it to a concert. I listen all the way to work to help calm myself and prepare for the day!

    Seriuos stuff aside….I’m so sorry you hurt your finger, but it sure made for a funny post. I’m so glad that you weren’t hurt too badly! I also loved the underwear post. I have an almost 5 year old girl, and I bought a package of undies without carefully inspecting them. They were hip hugging bikini’s! Then I purchased another package as a replacement and even though they were a size 5 they came up almost to her eyebrows! I still haven’t found any I like for her, so it really made me laugh to see that I wasn’t the only one who really contemplated little girl panties :) :)

    Your girls are all beautiful, but Kate melts my heart. My brother even called me one day after the “crap” post and said that there must be something about the name Kate because it sounded just like something I would’ve said as a kid!

    Thanks so much for sharing your life and family with us all. Congrats on the book, and I look forward to being able to read it.

  • Shannon

    So you had pizza for dinner? I did when I lit the pork chops on fire in much the same manner…and to all who are wondering, baking soda does not put out the grill fire. Go directly for the fire extinguisher.

    God and his fast feet…we do say he moves in mysterious ways…

    Even wounded you are absolutely beautiful, spunky one.

    and yes, I removed my last post b/c I spelled something incorrectly –

  • Corinne

    I read your blog regularly and I just had to say that you crack me up!
    I’m sorry about your finger!
    About the whole seizure thing there are several things that could cause that. Spasmophilia is an option but from what you wrote I’m thinking low sugar. See, our brain needs lots of glucose to work properly and once the glycemia gets too low you pass out and can have seizure. This is what I was taught in my physiology class anyways.

  • Dugans

    oh you poor thing!!!!

  • Lauren

    I wanted to finally de-lurk myself! :) I am glad your finger is okay. Never a dull moment!

    I am looking forward to seeing the pictures from the Hope Clinic. What a great support for girls who choose life!

    Enjoy your weekend!



  • A 5 time mom

    Oh Angie, how you can take the incidents of life and make fun out of them…good for you! I’m glad your finger and you are okay. Thanks for all you share and the best on the literary agent and getting your story published.


  • Amy J.

    I hope your feinger is feeling better!
    That being said- I want to tell you I laughed so hard at this post this morning.I am sure all of my co-workers think I have gone off the deep end! ha!
    The picture of you and Todd is PRICELESS!
    Thank you Lord for these moments of laughter after the pain!
    Blessings to you and your beautiful family!
    In HIM,

  • Beth

    Wow, this one had me laughing out loud! Thanks.

    I’m so glad you’re finger isn’t broken.

  • Tutu

    As I was feeding the baby this morning, I saw you had a new post, but decided to wait to read it after I took the other kids to school. I am so glad I waited. Explaining to a 7 and 11 year old why I’m laughing about a possibly broken finger and a grill fire would not have been an easy task.

    I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one with souvenir bottles of happy pills in my bathroom!

  • Carrie

    I pass out and have seizure type things too! One time I did it during church, the ambulance came, end of service there. When Pastor came to my bedside he told me he wasn’t feeling good about the sermon anyway … I told him I wasn’t either! I am glad to know that I am not the only one that passes out like that – doing it while driving is a scary story, although the finger is quite scary too. Glad it’s not broken.

    Love your stories!!! I’d take a post everyday. :0)

  • Hip Mom’s Guide

    Again, laughing out loud. I’m so glad you’re okay, but I bet it hurts!

  • The Reid Family

    You always deliver the BEST stories! I love laughing at you…no, wait, WITH you!!! It was great meeting you at the bible study on Monday night & thanks again for allowing me to enter VERY tardly (is that a word?). Thank you for your gift of humor and I am now going to send you a photo of me…yet again, tardy. :)

  • Kyle

    I discovered your blog when I went to vote for one of my favorite blogs (faithful froggers). I’ve been playing catch up and reading your blog from the beginning since then. I just wanted let you know that I appreciate your humor and your grace. This blog is quickly becoming a favorite of mine! Glad you are okay!
    -Kyle (from CT)

  • Mandy

    Angie! You are just too funny! It’s so cool to read how your family is normal like mine! And I thought that the bottle of Happy Pills was trophy for making it through another birth! ;-)

  • Tyler and Brenda Foss

    Angie, you are so much fun. I love your sense of humor. Glad to hear that you are okay and I hope that your finger heals soon.


  • Steph

    This post had me laughing the whole time!! Im so glad your finger is ok. WOOHOO for getting to spend so much money for a room for those moms! What a blessing. I hope the literary agents adoptions went smoothly!

  • Jamie

    I will admit I had a souvenir bottle, too, although after 2 years, it’s all gone.
    I had a cat bite me on my ring finger and they told me it had to come off one way or another because of the swelling- I about passed out tugging it off.
    When I had a concussion, apparently all I kept asking was if I still had my front teeth (I guess I hit the head of a girl in front of me in a snowtubing accident).

  • Kyleene

    Glad to hear that your finger is fine. When you said that the car door shut, I knew what was coming next. It made me queezy just to think about it! I know about the vanity thing. Doesn't it come up at the craziest times?!? And yes, we ALL have a bottle of the "happy" pills left that we use just in times like these.;)
    I love reading about you & your family. You're such a great story teller & the fact that the stories are real makes it that much better!
    Hang in there!

  • partyoffivetn

    Oh, you make me laugh!! I just like to fill those little prescriptions, even if they aren’t needed at the time…why? because you never know when they will come in handy!! (hypothetically) Glad your finger is ok!

  • LBakker

    Okay, so here’s a story to make you smile… my sister had that happen to her finger when she was four. She had the big fat bandage and the pain, etc. She was VERY protective of her finger (rightfully so) and wouldn’t let anyone near it… certainly not her big sister. Anyway, later that night, after all of the hospital festivities were over, we were at home and she was sitting on the couch with her hand sitting on the next cushion over. No problems. That’s when her very graceful big sister came in to sit next to her injured little sister, and offer comfort. Wouldn’t you know that I jumped up onto that couch and (not seeing her hand next to her) landed right on that bandaged hand! The screams are forever in my memory, of my sister’s agony. Being the great sister that I am, I decided to get off of the couch (and her hand) as quickly as possible. As I slid down off of the cushion (and bandaged hand) I pulled the bandage right off of her poor finger. Let me tell you this… it was not a pretty sight. Not only was my sister screaming from the pain, but I was hyperventilating from seeing the blood and the bruised, strangely-crooked finger that was hidden under that bandage. I got dizzy and almost passed out! My poor mom didn’t know who to tend to first! Oh… the memories. :)

    Seriously though, I do hope that your finger heals quickly. And I also give a shout out to you for making even a most painful situation humorous. You GO girl! Thanks for the laughs.


    Are you kidding me? Oh to be a bug on a wall during one of your days. I’m sure you never have a dull moment in your house.

    I love the goofy picture… that would be a good one to have a caption contest like McMamma has from time time.


  • Tonya

    My kids think I’m crazy for laughing like a fool while staring at a computer screen! You’ve got some of the greatest stories ever…thank you for sharing your life.

  • mamaredhead

    OK, your whole post had me in stitches, but this line was PURE GOLD: “I know what you’re thinking. I can’t get my wedding ring off, which is going to put a serious dent in my clubbing schedule.” Snarfed coffee all over the keyboard… and that is the best way to start off a Friday! Thank you, Angie!

  • Traci

    You seriously crack me up! I loved the comment about your wedding ring putting a dent into your clubbing schedule. HAHA! It’s good to take a weekend off here and there. :)

    Hope it feels better!

  • Jill Williams

    What a great start to my morning, I am still laughing from this post. I hope your finger feels better and it is good to know I am not the only person that has crazy days like that :)

  • KK

    Oh sweet Angie, May God Bless You, Your Finger, Your Friend Kyla, Your Husband, Your Dad, Your Precious Girls…..What a day for all of you, but so thankful there were laughs when all was said and DONE (the chicken:))!
    You really know how to ‘write the picture’ so we can envision ‘exactly’ what has happened. What a gift!
    Have a wonderfully blessed day and I will pray your injury isn’t painful.
    Blessings today and always,
    Philemon 1:4

  • Dawn

    First of all, you should, depending on your state, be able to turn in your finger medical bills to your auto insurance company–FOR REAL!! It is under your PIP (Personal Injury Protection)coverage–check into it. Secondly–I think you and your husband just completely sealed with the grill fire that you do, indeed, hate chickens!!

  • Alicia

    How much fun to get to spend that much money!LOL….and what a GREAT reason!

    I was in 1st grade and my mom drove this big ol’ Cadillac. One morning when she dropped me off at school, as I got out of the car, wouldn’t you know…I slammed my finger in the door.

    Now that may not seem so funny, but I was too little to get the door open with my other hand, my arm just didn’t reach. So my mom leans over to open the door. Problem is she is very short 5 feet tall, and when she leaned over her foot came off the brake. Yes the car started moving. She stops leaning over so she can reach the brake pedal. She tries again. Still moving. She stops yet again. Now you would think,” put the car in PARK”, but I guess she was so frazzled it never crossed her mind. So, after being drug halfway around the parking lot, the principal finally sees this and comes to get me.

    Lets just say I’m very conscious now of closing car doors! Hope you heal quickly!

  • We are the girls, working it again . . .

    Yes,yes, you get a plethora of comments . . . but I wanted to add something that I’m sure many have already.

    Love your blog. Your make me smile.

    I’m smiling through the blog.

  • Cindy

    I’ve also had fingers (ok, so mine was 3) slammed into a car door, only the girl that slammed the door refused to open it back up. Lol. Love the pics of the chicken! And I hope you feel better soon. I’ve found that bruises and sprains hurt much worse than breaks. Hugs.

    (Also guilty of the souvenir bottle, lol).

  • Gina

    Sorry about that finger but on the upside…great nails girl!
    You are so funny…you and Todd are quite the team!
    And by the way…when I had my 4 babies…I never came home with happy pills! I feel cheated! And my first was a forceps delivery! (yes that probably is too much information but we are family here at this point!) All I got was Motrin 600′s….sheesh. Seriously!

  • Linda

    I almost cried when I read about your finger…just the pain…and then I about fell out of my chair laughing at the fiery grill and chicken (nothing says yum like blackened…then whitened…chicken!). But this post just had me rolling at the end. And for the record – I don’t have souvenir bottle of happy pills…mine got all used up on account of my kids were delivered by c-section and THOSE hurt. But my hubby had a few left over from his eye surgery…so I have THAT as a souvenir, lol! Thanks for the laughs.

  • margaret

    I cannot believe that you did this too!! The same thing JUST happened to me on Monday!

  • Creekermom

    WOW what an eventful day! Praying that your finger isn’t hurting today and that it heals quickly.
    What a blessing Todd is to come quickly and for your dad just to do as asked,trusting and knowing Todd to handle it.

    You are such a hoot and by the way,I know we all love when you post so post everyday… even about the little things as that is what life is made up of anyway. hehe

  • Shawna W.

    I sprained my middle finger when I was trying to get my dog on the leash! He jerked away from me and my finger was still in the rings that you hook the leash up to.. So my husband took me to urgent care the next day and I had him do the paper work and it ask for the reason of the injury! And he puts “She fought the dog and the dog won” I was so embarrassed! The doctors got a kicked out of reading that though….
    I’m glad your finger isn’t broken though, you are so funny on some of your blogs you really brighten up my day!

  • Amanda-The Family News!

    Funny!!! Yes, I do still have a souvenir bottle from the last little one! She’s only 8 months old so they are still good too!!! :)
    I am glad you are ok. Your nail even looks good still, but yes, you will have to lay out of the clubs for a while! :)
    You are too funny!!!

  • KimMc

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading every single post that you write…Thank you so much for starting out my Friday with a smile on my face and my heart! You tell the best stories, ever!
    I too shut my finger in the car door as a child…The only problem…the door was locked and because we were all so spastic my parents didn’t remember who had the keys… finger was locked in the door…no keys to be found! After they FINALLY found them…my finger was SOOOO swollen…and Broken! I hope that it heals quickly.
    I love the picture of you and Todd…
    What a day…and thanks so much for sharing with all of us!

  • Jill

    You crack me up! Glad your finger was not broken. What a story. Have a great weekend!

  • Jennifer P.

    OUCH!!! That’s gotta hurt!

    Let me say, I am thrilled to hear that you are making Audrey’s story into a book. You have touched so many people’s lives just here on your blog, and now those opportunities will explode.

    How did you just type that all out with an almost broken finger? Again, OUCH.

    prayers for healing…

    :o )

  • Al’s Girl

    Posting fast before the other 1000 do. Just wanted to say that you know God is moving in a HUGE way in your life and the lives of those around you when the only way that satan (the jerk that he is) can get to you is slamming your finger in the door. Saying MAJOR prayers for you that you will be surrounded with a hedge of protection so that the attacks of the enemy don’t escalate further.

    Love you as usual – I missed this post because I haven’t been checking on you as often since your postings decreased – it is a bright spot in an otherwise very yucky Friday work day.


  • Prachar family

    Your timely post made me feel better about myself (IF you have time you can read about my less scary but equally traumatic incident yesterday involving a fall at http://www.pracharfamily.blogspot.com). I also want to tell you that I am a Nurse Practitioner and I used to supervise a test in which the point was to make people pass out (called a tilt table test) and a great majority of those who did pass out had the same siezure like movements–and if they didn’t I was highly suspicious they were faking!! I can understand why Kyla called 911. We didn’t get the answer to your questions, so I am certainly praying no one saw your butt, since that was exactly what happened to me when I fell yesterday! I have enjoyed your blog since I found it shortly after one of my best friend’s daughters was killed in her driveway by a meter reader’s car on the same EXACT day as Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter was killed. Your posts have helped me know how to minister to my friend and understand her struggle and love her through this ordeal. The death of a child certainly thrusts one unwillingly, sometimes kicking and screaming into a special ministry. Thank you for taking yours seriously and helping so many.
    I thank God for you,

  • Doris

    See you do hate chickens, and apparently, so does your hubby. Great Couples shot, BTW! And, your nails look fabulous!

    My Dad did that to my finger when I was about eleven years old…talk about a guilty Dad (I should have milked that one a little more)!

  • Vicky

    Yay! Ooops, not for the finger part of course… but did you just say “literary agent” and “book!” That was actually part of my prayer for you! That even more people could hear your words! Thanks for the falling out of my seat laughter this morning. Hope the finger heals! What a joy you are to us all!

  • HappilyEverAfter

    Oh you just have to post the recipe for that chicken…. it looks delish!

    You are incredibly funny… you have a gift.

    Praise God your finger is okay… that really is too bad though about not being able to get your club on this weekend.

  • Candi

    How funny! I hope your finger is feeling better. Can’t wait to see pics of the new room!

    I need to ask you to pray for my friend Blair’s son Xander. He’s 10 months old and needs a liver transplant. His name was just put on the transplant list so they’re hoping things will start moving along soon. You can see her blog and read more about little Xander at http://colbykids.blogspot.com


  • Rebekah Walker

    I love the picture of you and Todd! Too cute. And two posts in a row- LOVE IT!!!

  • Jody

    I’m sorry you hurt your finger. But I am so glad you can put such a positive funny spin on the story. Thanks for sharing.

  • connorcolesmom

    ROFL!! That was the funniest post ever!
    I love the “did you see my butt just now!”
    I am so gald you are ok and the pics are priceless :)
    Enjoy your weekend

  • Lisa

    Oh my goodness Angie! I am glad that you are okay! I am really happy though, to see a picture of you smiling! You are amazing Angie, and are SO descriptive, I love it! Have a great day! Can’t wait to catch the next blog and see pictures of the room!

  • Kelly

    I loved you dearly when you were “deep” on your posts. But I have to tell you – you are HILARIOUS!!! “I can’t get my ring off and that’s putting a dent on my clubbing schedule”. How can you be so funny and wise at the same time? :-)
    Glad you are okay.

  • Katie

    I have never commented before, but I jsut had to tell you that you are so awesome! You make me laugh until I think I’ll pee my pants, and then the next day you make me cry. Plus I also had to admit that yes, I kept my happy pills too!

  • jennifergriffin

    I’m glad you are okay!!!

    You and Todd look like you could star in “Fireproof” that is out in theaters today! With him holding that extinguisher and all….

    Funniest blog ever on here!

  • Cindi

    I love you Angie! You are a hoot, girl! Sorry about your finger. Hope it feels better soon! I will be laughing WITH you all day! :)

  • Alissa

    Oh, Angie! The laughter that you gave me this morning was just what I needed. I had the worst “terrible parent” moment that I have had yet this morning. Nothing is worse than standing in the school office watching your Kindergartener get interrogated by the mean, old secretary about why she was tardy to school today. She really just asked her name and what her teacher’s name was, but in my moment of guilt, it really felt like interrogation. And what is the deal with giving the 5 year old the tardy slip, shouldn’t they give it to the parent, because everyone knows it was MY fault. It wasn’t like the girl slept through her alarm and forgot to wake Mommy up!

    After a few guilty tears and reading your post, I’m all better now. (Well except for the dog poop I tracked into my kitchen from the yard while trying to catch a praying mantis for the Kindergartener as an apology gift. But that’s another story)

    Thank you for the laughs!

  • Brittanie

    I laughed the whole time reading that! So funny.

    And for the record, I didn't take home a bottle of happy pills after delivering Erin. I was seriously not in any pain, and I always get really sick off those things. >_< But there are days like today when I have a bad enough headache that it might be worth it.

    Hope the finger heals fast!

  • Amanda:

    Oh my goodness – all the fun stuff happens to YOU, doesn’t it, LOL!! And all in one day too!!

    But, of course, I’m thrilled that everything worked out for you and it wasn’t any worse than it was (because it certainly could have been, LOL)!!!

  • Susan

    1st time commenter too … Not many people have the ability to make me laugh and cry all in the same reading session – but you’ve managed to do that! I’ve gone back to read your story from the beginning – Audrey’s life and your faith in God has moved me.

    Now about this happy pill thing – I have no idea what you are talking about! ; )

  • walkingbyfaith

    Seriously Angie, you had me laughing OUT LOUD [[looking like a total weirdo]] at work. I swear the guys think I'm losing it as I stare at the computer screen laughing hysterically. :)

    I'm so glad you're ok, and your finger is ok.

    LOVE the pic of Kate with the dog!

    Love & Hugs to you!

  • Rachel

    Incidentally, I had closed my index and middle finger in the car door. It was a very similar reaction- no pain and the realization of “what have I done and this is going to hurt in a few seconds.” Sure enough it did and I earned myself a trip the the er with fractured fingers. They put a rather large splint on and I looked like I had a lama paw! Yikes- so you made out okay it seems!

  • Annie Parsons

    That last picture of you and the hubs is priceless!

  • Kara

    This is hilarious! :) As I kept reading, I was thinking..hmmm, this story is going to get funnier and funnier. Iexperienced some much needed laughter.
    Thanks, needed that after being affected by hurricane IKE. I am in the Clear Lake Texas area and I can’t explain what my eyes have seen and what we are experiencing. So thanks. Good laughter today. :) Please keep us in your prayers.

  • Melissa

    You certainly have a life full of surprises. Glad that your finger is not broken. Especially since it is your wedding ring finger! Who wants to have a crooked digit?!

  • The Powell Family

    I pass out too and have the same little seizure things…Matt loves those ;) . I can relate to the “important” questions too. I even nearly passed out after Matt’s knee surgery last year and ended up on a bed next to him inrecovery. It is funny now.
    I sent you a little award over at katymom.com in the hopes of sparking more awareness and prayer. I am so addicted to your writing!

  • Jon and Ashley

    Okay… forget about the fact that you always inspire me and bring me into the presence of God… sometimes you just crack me up!!! Thanks for the laughs :)

  • Playground Monitor

    It’s been so long since my kids were born that the bottle of happy pills are long gone. However, I had foot surgery last February and I’m still working off that bottle.

    Congrats on the book deal, but just please be careful. The publishing world has some sharks in it who make it bad for the good guys. Be sure who you are signing with and have an attorney look at any contracts. I’m a writer with lots of writer friends and it can be a real jungle out there. Hugs that God will put you with the right people, but remember the devil is always trying to get you in the wrong place too. I’ve had too many friends who have gone with small publishers only to have them fold and refuse to give the author back the rights to their book.


  • Anna ‘B’anana

    What a hoot and so fun to read because you and your chicken were OK!!!!

  • karen44

    Oh, Angie, you are toooooo funny!! I love the bandage. Would you say you were keeping with your Tar-jay “Shabby Chic” theme?!!

    -karen l.

  • Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS

    That was an awesome post!

  • Darlee


    I was with another RN when she fell down stairs and hit her head. She passed out, moaned and had the same seizure-like motions (it was all my fault…I gave her a piece of gum right before her descent down the stairs and her body was unconsciously (literally) trying to extract it from her throat). Poor girl…her body was just trying to get the O2 it needed but the gum was a stubborn roadblock. “I just gave her the gum Mr. Ambulance man…it’s not like I tripped her too”.

    Enough about me and my goofs…I’ll tell on another day about the time I closed our mini-van side door on my 14month old son’s foot…twice!! Oh, Lord, save the world from clumsy Darlee!



  • Trena

    I just wanted you to know that my precious baby girl is 11 days old. When she gets fussy I come to your website and crank the volume up. Your song selection calms her down and she just listens all wide eyed in amazing. Thanks for the great selection!

  • Diana

    Ok, so what I was really thinking is how did you manage to type this awesome post with an injured finger?

    Thanks for the laugh! It sounds like it was one of those times where you could either laugh or cry and laughing was more fun.

  • Kim

    Okay, I must admit – the fact that you slammed THAT particular finger in the door is hysterical! Not that I don’t feel bad for you…my mom actually slammed my ARM in the door and it latched…when she was dropping me off at the babysitter’s house…(many, many moons ago when car doors weighed like 30 lbs)..I digress. It’s not like it was your pinky finger…closest to the edge of your hand to slip into the door by accident…or your middle finger because it was sticking out further than the others. You are a Talented, talented lady! At least God gave you a great sense of humor! As for happy pills…sadly I wasn’t blessed with those after my kids. Bummer, they sounds like great fun!

  • Ang

    I needed that…I thought I was having a bad morning! I woke up at 5 am and my two year old had got in the bed with us. He is potty training. He had taken his diaper off during the night. Needless to say, he had peed all over me and my bed, sheets, mattress, comforter and all. I love the way boys shower EVERYTHING with pee!

    Hope your finger gets better!

  • Addimando Family

    Funny! Funny!! Funny!!! Again I just love the blog…
    Thanks for the laugh, and of course I hope your finger heals quickly! :D
    Have a terrific weekend!

  • daniella

    Uhm, where do I start?

    1. You made me pee my pants again from laughing. Maybe I should start doing some kegels (but I had a c-section so that doesn't make sense!)

    2. Your ring is beautiful and I'm jealous you have perfect nails. I have hang-nails.

    3. Look at the bright side! You just went shopping at Target and spent $1300! The even better part is that you bought what YOU thought was pretty for some mommies very much in need and with no one telling you "No." Surely, something needed sacrificing for such a glorious day…like, the finger!…and some chicken breasts.

    4. You should wear skirts more often (I bet you look very pretty in them) but not on the days when you'll be using your trunk. Just tell the girls to hold the groceries in their lap :-) , it's the least they could do.

    5. A book!!!!!! About Audrey? Really!!!!!!??!!!!! I'm so happy I can hardly contain it. I WILL TELL THE WHOLE WORLD WHEN IT"S ON THE BOOOK STANDS AT B&N!

    6. A Special K bar has only 90 calories? Probably because they're made out of cardboard and I'm assuming taste like it too. You need some Chick-Fil-A, girl!

    7. You can now add "Firefighter" to Todd's occupation title.

    Ok that's enough for now, since 7 IS the magic number.

    Love the pic of Kate and the giant dog.


  • Peas on Earth

    Oh man … tough break! Well, almost. Here’s praying for quick healing! We wouldn’t want anything like a little finger trauma to interrupt your blogging schedule. :-)

  • Mandy and Jack

    Oh, Angie, I’m so sorry you got hurt but you made me laugh out loud a lot with your story. I loved “Did you see my butt?”

    When my mom had her hysterectomy, and she was still woozy from the meds after she woke up, a friend from work was visiting and before he came into the room she kept telling my dad “Make sure you cover up my feet! He’s going to see my feet!”

    Love you and your sweet family and I’m always praying for you.

    Ps – I also almost set my house on fire via grilling out a few weeks ago. It’s called “cooking with love.” :)

  • Jill W

    Oh My! You have me just cracking up! BTW, I think the red robin drives a firebird w/t tops so his tall head can stick out :)

  • Melissa Irwin

    Your happy posts can change the course of my entire week, month, year, life. When you finish the book about Audrey Caroline, you seriously need to publish your other blog topics in book format. I’d buy it for every woman I know! I’d buy both actually….for the record!

  • Heather

    Oh my gosh! This post is HYSTERICAL! I am sooo glad you are OK and I am even more glad you blogged about the whole day:)

    My body goes into shock REALLY easy. So far, I have never passed out, but I feel really woozy and have to sit down. I begin to sweat and get very pale. This happens ANYTIME a sharp sudden pain floods my body. So, literally, I can stub my toe and the next thing you know….I have to sit on the floor because I can’t stand anymore. Yea. My friends and family love it. It’s become the running joke in the house. Anytime I get a scratch they run towards me with sympathetic voices saying: ‘Are you OK? Do you need to sit down?’

    Yea. It’s a blast (insert eye roll here).

    Love ya, sister!

  • The Wade’s

    You are HILARIOUS!!! I just about died when I read the 3 questions you asked when you came to. Those are the exact same things I would have said.

    I almost passed out in a Wendy’s line before because I got way too hot, and the only thing that kept my feet under me was the fact that I was alone, and that I had a skirt shorter than normal on.

  • Julie

    From one accident prone person to another, I feel your pain(hypothetically of course). God used this to put a smile on my face today, so funny.

    Love the Biscuit pic, my daughter loved Biscuit!

  • Kim

    Sorry for the finger! Yikes.
    I’m starting to think you guys need your own reality show??!! Thanks for the enjoyment reading your blog brings!

  • Mary

    You are hilarious. I love your blog. But I wish you lived closer so we could be real friends. ha ha!

  • ~Kate

    All I can say is WOW! i just read the last two days of posts and I have laughed outload more than I normally do! You are so awesome!

    I will be praying for healing for your finger and thanking God that you had friends around you.


  • erin

    Oh that sounds JUST like Kyla! I can imagine her saying the 90 calorie comment exactly as you said. She has such a precious spirit and is an amazing woman of God….please tell her I said so and hug her hard for me the next time you see her. I used to volunteer at Hope and miss those girls terribly. Would do it myself…cept I’m in A-F-R-I-C-A…so I need a little help.

  • Gabrielle

    I'm sorry to hear about your finger. Hope it heals quickly. As far as the chicken & grill fire…I don't think this helps much in proving to your daughters that you don't "hate chickens".

    I love reading about your adventures! Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Alicia King

    oh my goodness what a day you had! I’m glad your finger isn’t broken!

  • Holly

    That is so funny! We are a bunch of sickies in the house this week and I needed a good laugh. Thanks so much for blogging! PS:I love the picture of you and Todd… so funny!!!!!!

  • tonya

    I love you, sister, but this post made me sick (literally). So, of course, I blogged about it.


    I am very sorry about your finger, but that's all I'm saying because I'll hurl if I think about it.

    By the way, I had never broken any bones before when I broke my toe a few years ago. I did the pass out & have a seizure thing, too. I am glad I am not the only one!!

  • mom of 2 boys

    Never a dull moment with you & your family! You are hysterical!

  • sheila

    It was great to laugh today, thank you. Incidentally, you did shield Kate from the burnt chicken I would hate for her to think Daddy was in on the conspriacy. Enjoy your weekend and family. In God’s Love, sheila

  • Jaysi

    You are hilarious…hypothetically of course! Hope you are feeling better!

    We had a fire on our grill this summer and actually had to call the fire department! My 3 year old son was in heaven!

  • Aspiemom

    This was such a funny post! I love how you take one or two incidents and write them out so humorously. I would have said “I hurt my finger”.

    You’re a riot!

  • Martha

    I’m sorry to hear about your finger (no small thing when you’re a mommy!) but I have to admit that I got a good laugh out of everything else. What a day!

  • Steph at The Red Clay Diaries

    Oh my gosh. I ordinarily lurk here – even tho I love your writing. But today’s post had me laughing OUT LOUD at least three different times. (The dogs think I’m nuts. Fortunately the kids aren’t home yet.)

    Great post. Interesting day, but great post. :)

  • Melody

    You are absolutely hysterical!! You really have a way of telling stories, so that we can all actually see the action and totally laugh right along with you.

    Thanks so much for sharing your crazy life with us! I love it! (Ohhh to be a fly on the fall of your house…haha)

  • The Swann’s

    YEAH!!!! Okay, that’s not meant to be about you shutting the door on your finger or anything but specificially that I’m NOT completely wacko!!!! LOL

    I too, when in shock, pass out and have a mild seizure!!! *knocking on wood* Has not happened since like sixth grade when I sliced my finger in art class but forever a thought in the back of my brain… Perhaps we should discuss these instances over tea? Would that be appropriate as the tea could fall in our lap and since it’d be steamingly hot on a very cold winter day, we might go into shock and well, have a team pass out/seizure session?? :-)

    Okay. Joking done. I do hope your finger feels better and YEAH for the shopping trip for such a great cause!

  • nursamy

    your bolgs are so entertaining! I love the way you write! Great pix of you and Todd. I agree with your thoughts about the little girl underwear too!

  • The Rhoderick Family

    Oh this is just too funny! I absolutly LOVE the chicken pictures too. You just brighten my day. I wish you would blog several times a day. I just eat these posts up!!!!

  • Ryley

    That was one of the FUNNIEST posts EVER!! Thanks for giving Friday a good start! Hillarious!! My favorite part is that Todd told you dad that you broke a nail!! Love it!! I can’t beleive he came over…
    Love it…
    What a fun day!

  • Eliz

    laugAngi, How did you know I needed a good laugh today!?!?!

    I’m so sorry about your hurt finger, but the third question and the burnt chicken just put me over the edge! I won’t even mention what the undie pics and the sticks did to me! This has been a really really tough week for me, and you just brightened it; all by your little accident prone self! Thank you!!! *hug*

  • Jenifer


    Glad you’re ok.


  • Pitchoune

    You are too funny! Thanks for the good laugh!

  • Allison

    :) You are a riot and I just love your heart! I hope your finger is feeling better!

  • AJ

    I sliced my middle finger open on a can of tuna once… 6 stiches! Lots of blood! and I continued to “flip” people of for a good 4 weeks after. great post! :)

  • crochetcrazymommy

    I feel your pain. I got my entire hand smashed in a car door when I was in elementary school. No broken bones for me either, but I did have the best show and tell in my class that week! And if you’re still in the market for sticks, we were recently visited by the wrath of the aftermath of a hurricane and our yard is full of them. We’ll gladly share as many as you can stand!

  • Rebecca

    Congrats on winning the money for the Hope Clinic! Post pictures when the room is done!

    These last few posts have been hilarious! They brightened my day!

    And you know…although I initially said no $25 sticks, if you go back to Target again & the sticks are still there…oh, what the heck, just get them. Then you will always be able to remember the funny story about them!

  • According to God’s Plan!

    Always bringing a smile to my face, I love each & every post – thanks for the laughs!! : ) Stac

  • Hear My Cry

    Gasp! Oh my! Great story! How you take a sort of tragedy and turn it into a comedian show, I’ll never now. I needed a laugh after today! You must have somehow known that. I enjoyed reading both posts. Hugs girl! I’m so glad your finger is ok and NOT broken!

  • Strawberry Blonde

    Ok, that has GOT to be the funniest thing I have read in a long time.

    Well, except for the fact that you almost cut your finger off, passed out, and were expected to eat “frosty” chicken.

    So loving the picture of you and Todd. I think you should hang that one on the fridge.

    – Brandi

  • Carrie

    Oh, my word- TOO funny. I’m SO glad your finger wasn’t broken!!!

  • Brittany

    I spewed not once but twice. . .you owe me a new laptop :) Todd told your dad you split a nail and the chicken caught on fire oh my-hilarious!

  • Allyson

    Such funny stuff! Thanks for the laughs. Sorry about the finger, I know that was painful. And, like some of the other comments have asked, how in the world did you manage to close your ring finger in the door? Sounds like a blond moment (of course I can say that since I’m a clumsy blond). But the manicure still looks great.

    Congrats on the book. I can’t wait to read it.

    - Allyson

  • Erin

    How on earth did you get that particular finger caught in the door? What were your other fingers doing?
    This post was so funny :)

  • natalie eve

    Seriously, Angie?! I love you! And if we never meet this side of heaven I cannot wait to hang out with you there :)

  • Ambulance Mommy

    seriously, you crack me up. I can’t tell you how many patients I have that worry about how they look when I show up with the ambulance!
    Hope the finger is better, and look out for those fires!

  • Kristi

    Your nails look great! =oD I so look forward to reading your blog. You are a hoot!

  • Stacie and Jay

    i have been following your blog since spring after a girl i met from scotland at my old church as a youth found me on facebook… she now lives in england and we were talking about when i worked as an RN in the nicu and she told me about your blog. anyway… i know the kyla in your story. i love her! please pass on a hug from stacie dennis the next time you see her. she is such a dear girl. and, by the way, you have a wonderful way with every story you tell that it is mesmerizing. and the sticks at my target in asheville, nc are not even on sale.

  • susan

    been reading your blog for awhile. great story, glad the finger is ok. But seriously, your chicken issues..too funny

  • Becca Sports

    Thank you for the laugh. If I would have been drinking water, I would have water all over my counter now! :) I’m glad your finger is okay. I did that once and it takes about a year for your finger nail to go back to normal.

    What a day! I hope you can sit down and relax after a crazy day like that.

  • Shana

    You are hilarious! I’m so glad that God invented laughter! Glad the finger is okay. (My children don’t do well with large costumed people either…should make Christmas at Disney World this year lots of fun!)

  • Honea Household

    You are hilarious! And I am so glad that your finger is not broken. Has it swollen up real big?

    Um…yeah, if I was smart, I’d sell those 4 or 5 bottles of happy pills and make some money. Haha. I’m just kidding.

  • kristy mae

    You guys are hilarious! I’m so glad you’re all ok (and that you had your little souvenir to get you by…yes, I kept mine both times!)

    And I know we haven’t met (yet) but I tagged you on my blog. Hope you have a great weekend!

  • N, Kelly, D, E and Zoe

    I’m so glad you and the BBQ are okay.

    Because I laughed out loud for about 15 minutes from your tale.

    Have a great, uneventful weekend!

  • Sara

    That picture of you & Todd cracks me up! I can totally see you guys in that moment! Miss you, girlfriend! :)

  • Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot


    I’m looking forward to those happy pills!

    Glad your okay and can laugh about it!

  • Vintagesquirrel

    Hi Angie,

    I have been enjoying your blog for many months now, but have never left a comment. Following your life journey has provided me with encouragement and entertainment during my recovery following major surgery. Today, I just felt compelled to write to let you know just how much
    inspiration /enjoyment /camaraderie you have given me during this difficult time.

    And, I also have to let you know that I can so relate to your clumsiness. Along with numerous other self-inflicted injuries, I, too, have slammed a car door closed on my own hand. (How I could smash my right hand in a car door while closing it with the very same hand is beyond me.) Unfortunately, I did break a bone. And this occured when my oldest child was just 4 months old. One-handed diaper changing is not my forte.

    I am also thrilled to hear about about your book proposal. I eagerly await your words in book form. Meanwhile, I thank you for sharing your life with us through this blog.

  • Dawna Lou

    Oh Boooooo Angie! Even in your apparent “pain” you’re still hilarious! I’ll be lifting you up for a speedy recovery….looking forward to seeing you (in ONE piece) at Bible study Monday night! Love, Dawna

  • Jamie

    Im still laughing. I hope your finger feels better. My 3 yr old slammed her hand in the door last week, and she still can’t bend her finger. I’ve taken her to the Dr twice, and they say it’s not broken, so there’s not much else they can do. So I feel your pain.

    Oh, and I can totally relate to the kids underwear post. I was also shocked when I went underwear shopping for my 7 yr old, at Target. Glad Im not the only one who felt like a prude:)

    Love your blog by the way. I’ve been reading for a while, but have never commented (that I remember at least).

  • Natasha

    Wow! What a day!! We are all glad that you are okay and are able to type…we would have missed your posts!! :)

    I will pray that your finger heals quickly.

  • Jennifer Renee

    So a few weeks ago…

    I’m in the airport getting a chair massage and I start to feel like I’m going to puke…I think “this is not going to be a comfortable massage, but I’ll be okay”….I’m trying to convince myself this is true, because of course I don’t want to tell the lady I suddenly feel as though I will vomit. And I don’t even understand why this is happening.

    Then I start feeling really hot and realize that I’m not going to be able to make it through the massage…so I sit up and say, “You’re not hurting me, but I feel really nauseous all of a sudden.” As she’s saying, “Are you okay…should I get a trash can?”, I realize I can’t see. So I say, “I don’t know I feel like I might pass out, maybe I should drink some water.”

    And then without any further warning. I just completely pass out. When I “wake up” she helps me walk to a back room (because let’s face it…this is really bad for business). As I’m walking my vision is still tunneled and very fuzzy, but I know I’m walking past several workers and customers so I’m trying to get it together. My memory of this part isn’t quite as vivid, but I’m positive that I was gagging and making “I’m gonna puke” faces as I tried not to actually vomit. She leaves me on a massage table in a back room and I drink some water while she goes to (I assume) talk with her co-workers about the crazy passing out redhead.

    After a while I feel fine and I re-enter the front of the spa. Everyone is staring at me asking, “Are you ok?”, “Do you have low blood pressure?” “Have you eaten today?”

    I quickly pay (leaving a huge tip) and repeatedly apologize explaining, “I have no idea…this doesn’t normally happen.”

    On my return trip I practically ran past the store!So a few weeks ago…

    I’m in the airport getting a chair massage and I start to feel like I’m going to puke…I think “this is not going to be a comfortable massage, but I’ll be okay”….I’m trying to convince myself this is true, because of course I don’t want to tell the lady I suddenly feel as though I will vomit. And I don’t even understand why this is happening.

    Then I start feeling really hot and realize that I’m not going to be able to make it through the massage…so I sit up and say, “You’re not hurting me, but I feel really nauseous all of a sudden.” As she’s saying, “Are you okay…should I get a trash can?”, I realize I can’t see. So I say, “I don’t know I feel like I might pass out, maybe I should drink some water.”

    And then without any further warning. I just completely pass out. When I “wake up” she helps me walk to a back room (because let’s face it…this is really bad for business). As I’m walking my vision is still tunneled and very fuzzy, but I know I’m walking past several workers and customers so I’m trying to get it together. My memory of this part isn’t quite as vivid, but I’m positive that I was gagging and making “I’m gonna puke” faces as I tried not to actually vomit. She leaves me on a massage table in a back room and I drink some water while she goes to (I assume) talk with her co-workers about the crazy passing out redhead.

    After a while I feel fine and I re-enter the front of the spa. Everyone is staring at me asking, “Are you ok?”, “Do you have low blood pressure?” “Have you eaten today?”

    I quickly pay (leaving a huge tip) and repeatedly apologize explaining, “I have no idea…this doesn’t normally happen.”

    On my return trip I practically ran past the store!

  • Darlene R.

    You are so funny! I LOVE the picture of you and Todd! So glad you could find humor in all of this!

    3. Did you see my butt just now?
    ~~ That cracked me up!

    Thanks for the laugh!

  • Susie

    I am so sorry to hear about your finger. It looked like a really nice manicure:-(

  • Angie Atkinson

    Oh my gosh lmao. You are freaking hilarious…and I’m not laughing because you injured yourself…but you are certainly a gifted story teller. Thanks for the giggle and I’m so glad you’re ok!

  • krista

    So, Angie, I’m an EMT with a Fire/Rescue department-and we have completely gone to homes of people twice in one day-we may call them “thrill seekers” but that’s ok! So hopefully you do much better-and tell Todd he can come work with us anytime-he was such a natural with that fire extinguisher.

  • Monica

    I am laughing so hard tears are streaming down my face and my husband is wondering what the heck happened to me!!! By the way, when my husband passes out he does that weird thing too with the whole seizure look. Scared me to death the first time it happened, I thought he was dying and I was screaming. The nurses were laughing at me at the hospital. What can I say?!

  • Stephanie

    Ok, you are the funniest, most entertaining person and I just LOVE you!! Only you could make that story so funny, but seriously, I hope you’re feeling better!
    Just think how perfect that would have been, had you been recently engaged! What a great way to show your ring off, which we all did the second we got one, right??

    Oh, and that chicken looks so gross with fire extinguisher stuff on it! Glad you keep one around! Try to have an uneventful weekend Angie! And thanks for the laugh, although I’m afraid it was at your expense! Can’t wait to see the room for the Hope Clinic. What a wonderful ministry. Blessings to you!!

  • Dawn

    OUCH!!! I sure hope your finger heals quickly!

  • Tammy

    well I have to say you are just a riot…and God has a sense of humor. So glad the finger is ok…but I have to know what color are these happy pills and cans you share them with the rest of us.

  • Lynsey

    OMG that is one of the funniest posts I’ve ever read. Thanks for sharing! I needed to smile today.

  • Hall Family in MD

    Praying for your finger to heal!

  • The B’s

    Okay…i Haven’t even finished reading the post because I CANNOt stop laughing…my husband thinks I’m crazy!!! I love Todd saying “She split her nail!” I am rolling on the floor…after I stop laughing I’ll finish reading. Have a GREAT weekend!

  • mandy_moo

    HA HA HA HA HA!!! I mean… uh… *muffled snickers* Holy cow, that post was stinking hilarious!!! Though that picture of the chicken really made my stomach churn…. lol!! Hope your finger heals up quick. And your pride ;)

  • stephanie

    is it possible that your posts get funnier every single time!?!? i think it is. you have me cracking up over here! i so look foward to reading your blog, and am SO excited about your book deal w/ Audrey’s story!!! keep us updated please!!

  • Gail Lynn

    You are SOOO funny, Angi!!! I can just see Kate when she “Gets that God IS real”~~~! How great is our GOD!

    The last two posts have been tooo funny – just life, but some people never have those things happen.

    My sister and I do a LOT of laughing until we cannot breathe and tears course down our cheeks, etc. Loved the “grillin” part! You Go, Girl~!

  • Jenn

    Oh my gosh you crack me up (hypothetically speaking)!!!!

  • Andrea

    I love it! And, at least your nails were manicured for this picture!!!

  • noahandlylasmommi

    so glad your finger is okay! enjoy your happy pills while you can :) cant wait to see the room you decorated! I love all that Shabby Chic stuff!!

  • Tabatha

    That has got to be the funniest post ever! I was laughing so hard as my husband looked at me like I was crazy. Oh…I too broke in to my happy pill bottle for the first time since my son was born a year ago to try to rid myself of a headache this week. I feel better knowing I’m not the only one.

  • Mallory

    Something like that happended to me too a few months ago.
    I was on a swing and it broke, and I fell and broke my finger. I really didn’t feel the pain till I got home and tried to clean myself off.

    Then, I passed out in my mom’s arms. She layed me on the ground I started to seize. The aid car was called, but I didn’t go to the hospital. I went to the doctor’s the next day. I had broken the ring finger on my right hand.

    On another note, last year my sister slammed her finger in our van’s sliding door. Thank heavens her finger didn’t break.


  • Vern ~ Inspired

    OH MY!
    That was hillarious!
    I love the burnt chicken story and picture – You made me laugh and I am so tired tonight I did not expect to laugh like this!!!!

    Take care of yourself!

  • Jane

    I love reading your post! YOu make me laugh and cry.
    I love the happy pills – I thought I was the only one.

  • laceylyn

    Yall are tooo cute!
    You are still geeeorgeous, even with bum finger. ;)

  • Momma-of-5

    Oh I have so much to share that I don’t know where to start!

    1) My husband shut his thumb in his car door about 3 months ago. His nail finally fell off the other day. It was GROSS. You have my sympathy, because I just lived through HIS ordeal!

    2) I thought I was the only person in the world that had “seizures” when they passed out. I’ve had them ever since I was little. I’ve had blood work, EEGs, Catscans, you name it. They don’t know why! So, yeah!!! I’m not the only one!

    3) I’m in love with your daughters. But I’m really in love with your bedtime prayer routine. I have to adopt (aka Steal) it, if that’s okay. I think breaking down the different ways we need to speak to God is SO key.

    4) I can’t wait to hear all about the progress in your book adventures. Praise God!

    Okay…I’m done. Thanks for listening.

  • Kimmie

    Angie, you are so amazing!

  • Just Me

    You truly are a gifted story teller! I love reading your stories :o ) Hope your finger is better…too bad about the whole “clubbing” issue, but I guess dancing the same day you pass out may not have been a great idea anyway :o )

  • Karen and Shane

    My grandma did that once only her finger was stuck in the LOCKED car door and my grandpa was already inside with the keys!!! I think it was a good 5 minutes before he heard the screaming.

    And I don’t think she had any happy pills back then :(

  • Kristina

    Thanks for the laugh! I laughed so hard when Todd told grandpa you split a nail, heck, I still am chuckling away :)
    Squished fingers aren’t fun, it happen to me twice as a kid. Naturally it had to be the middle finger and it was splinted… I got a real kick out of that hanging on the tire swing!
    Well girl, you take care of yourself, and keep writing!

  • maggieallen123

    After I got through laughing, I realized the seriousness of your trip to Target in the first place. You were going to get stuff to put in the home for the girls that chose life instead of abortion….what a wonderful thing. I have had an abortion (35 years ago) and I wish to goodness I would have had someone like you and your Hope Clinic to help me make a better decision…I wouldn’t have lived my life with regret. Thank you for being such a wonderful blessing.

  • Jill

    My name is Jill and I just began reading your blog tonight. I came across it through a friend of a friend of a friend (you know how blogs go).
    I wanted to say that I am extremely sorry for all that you guys have had to endure over the past year. You have an amazing testimony.
    I have two wonderful little girls, ages 6 and 2. I thank God everyday for their health and that he has entrusted them to me. If anything, your blog has reminded me that children are precious “gifts” for us. We are not promised tomorrow. I truly admire your strength and faith in God.
    I have been a Christian for over 20 years, but I wonder if how my faith would endure in this situation. Thanks for reminding me to daily trust God – even with the little things. You are an inspiration in your faith as well as in your mothering.
    May God bless you and your family. I know your blog has and will continue to touch many lives.
    Jill, Arkansas

  • Judi

    Thanks for the laugh Angie!! I really enjoy your blog. Your faith and grace inspires me. I tagged you on my blog if you’re up to sharing some random facts about yourself!

  • Jean

    You crack me up!! It sounds just like one of my days!LOL You are a treasure, Angie.. I hope you know that.

  • Salmon Tolman Fam

    That’s quite the story(ies) and quite the day! I love your humor amidst it all! And btw, I also hypothetically kept a souvenir bottle after delivering the kids!!! ;)

  • Heather

    You are so hilarious! I am afraid that finger is going to get more sore before it gets better, so keep taking those pills! (I’m kind of surprised they didn’t give you any at the doctor!!)
    Hope you guys have a great weekend!

  • Ondrea Harrison

    So glad to have found you, but hate that I am number 249 commenter… what a bummer!

  • Holly

    You are my favorite writer ever!! I love your posts– let’s go for three in a row!
    I have a similar story…. on the day I was shopping for my wedding gown, my dear friend slammed the door shut just as I was wrapping my hand around it to get out (she was in the front and I was in the back). Everyone else was out of the car (which was LOCKED!), so I had to reach the front door and unlock before someone could open it. The only finger not flattened was my thumb!! Nothing broke or bled, but I don’t remember anything about the first two dresses I tried on….. I was a wet noodle! We call that “making a memory” around here :)
    My life is full of those precious moments!
    Keep ‘em coming!
    Gadsden, AL

    Todd looks so macho with that extinguisher! What a hero!

  • Songarden4

    Angie, i am so glad to see your joyful spirit and lovely sense of natural humor coming out in your writting. I love reading your escapades and i look forward to each new one. Please keep up your blog – it has highly encouraged and inspired me (you have made me think about so many things in so many different ways). God is leading you in some interesting ways. Personally, i wish there were some way you could share the Broken Pitcher ministry by internet with those of us who live 13 hours away from you and cant drive in on Monday nights to join you. (trust me, if i could i would). Thank you for being a faithful woman of God and for being an encourager to so many of us. Tons of blessings to you.

  • Beckycain6

    THOSE JERKS…. they never gave me any happy pills. I just ended up with tons of milk (enough to feed the neighborhood during a famine) and cruddy hair. I knew I was getting ripped off by choosing to stay the “extra” day.

    Oh the things we trade in life for….. HA HAHAHAHAHA!

  • Jill


    I have to tell you – I was just at our nearby Target, and your willow bundles are only marked down to $37.99. You would have been getting a STEAL for $25! =)

    Love your posts,
    Jill in CA

  • Janice

    oh my goodness, you either bring smiles and laughter or tears or joy or some other amazing feeling. You’re great. What a day!

  • The Littles

    ANGIE- I also have seizures when I pass out. I’m not sure if they ever figured out exactly what caused the seizures….they put me through a series of tests when a doctor saw it happen and decided it wasn’t “normal” (duh, anyone?!) anyways- they figured out that it was vaso vagal syncopy that caused the “episodes.” e-mail me if you want more details…

  • Suzy

    Thanks so much. I’ve laughed with you, cried with you, prayed with you, and I just love your spirit.

  • Jo Jo

    Hi Angie,
    So after a month of reading I finally read your entire blog. I started at the beginning about 1 month ago and had to stop many times because my heart was too heavy to continue on that day. I have never been so inspired in my life. Your complete surrender to and dependence on the Lord is what true Christianity is. You are an encouragement and an inspiration to me. God’s timing is perfect. I found your blog right when I needed to. Thank you for sharing your life, your heart, your relationship with Jesus and your parenting techniques on this blog. I have learned so much from you. You are a blessing!

  • queenie76

    Angie! I tell ya , it’s NEVR a dull moment at the Smith house! Yeah, I know your clubbing schedule is shot! and you have a burned up grill with charcoal chicken, and the possibility that Red Robin drives to work , God may or may not wear panties AND you have a husband that can put out grill fires with the oh so mighty frie extingusher! What more could a girl ask for!! HA HA!!!!

  • Shirley

    I visit your blog every couple of days and it usually makes me cry. This post made me cry with laughter. Too funny. I’m going to chuckle every time I think of God running through your bathroom! My husband also has seizures when he passes out. Unfortunately he does this at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. They call it a strong “vagal” response where his blood pressure drops so low that it looks like his heart stops beating. They don’t like that to happen in the hospital and they called a code on him all three times. I told the nurses that this happens to him but did they listen…. NOOOOOO!! I begged him to stop doing this so we could go home but again… did he listen?? NOOOOOOO!! Seriously, though it is scary for the people around you and luckily it only happens to him when he’s recovering from surgery. The pain makes him nauseous and dizzy and he passes out.

    Take care of your finger, don’t wear a dress the next time you pass out and lay off the chicken. Really, what did that poor chicken ever do to you?

  • froggymama

    Angie…I'm new to your blog but I couldn't stop reading once I started at the beginning. You are amazing, God has truly blessed you with love, understanding, patience and HUMOR beyond belief!

    I am still laughing at this post particularly b/c my hubby did the EXACT same thing just last week w/our grill. After Ike hit, my son & I headed north to my parents for our electricity "fix"…oh yes…it is an addiction you never knew you had!…and my hubby had to stay behind to work (at night he was grilling some of the meat that was defrosting in the no longer freezing freezer!). He got caught up in the excitement of the power returning that evening and forgot he was grilling…until he saw the flames!

    I am still so sad that I was not there to catch the moment on film…the scrapper in me can just visualize the page it would have made, ha! He apparently lost a few arm hairs while tackling the grill with the fire extinguisher.

    And before you think I'm heartless, I did ask him several times if he was ok…however, it was hard for him to understand me through the chuckles, giggles and flat out guffaws as he told me the story…did I forget to mention he was in his boxer shorts at the time?

    Just had to share this, let you guys know that you are not alone in the grilling challenged area :)

  • Meghan

    You… are hilarious.

    I love how I’ve never met you but I know I’d totally get along with you because you sound just like I talk! :) :)

    So glad you’re ok… wish I could say the same for the chicken.

  • Shannon

    This is my first time visiting your blog. I could not believe how you had me laughing while sitting alone at 6 am. If my husband were to hear me, oh my. I’m sure he would wonder.
    I will definitely be reading more.

    I’m glad your finger is ok…and I’m sorry about the chicken.


  • Karen R

    This is the first time I ever commented on your blog. I am really enjoying reading what you have to say. You have a gift with words. Anyway….I’m really glad you post pictures too, because I don’t always quite “get” what you’re saying. Example…the sticks. Here’s what you wrote.
    “I was shopping for some baby shower gifts and decided (as usual) to spend an extra hour smelling candles and trying to figure out what I could do with a cluster of sticks on clearance. I started to put them in my cart and then reconsidered, because they were $25 and they were, well, sticks.” I read that and thought you were calling candles “sticks”. And since I happen to love candles I couldn’t figure out why you wouldn’t spend $25 (or more, even) on candles). Then you talked about sticks in another blog, and again, I thought you really had an issue with NOT buying candles. It wasn’t until this latest blog with the pictures that I finally got it it. There really were sticks for sale!!! Wow…do I feel kinda dum?!
    Anyway, again, LOVE your blogs.
    Do you actually read all these comments? This one is WAY too long! Sorry.
    By the way, I live in Zeeland, MI very close to the church Selah will be at in Oct. Very much looking foward to that concert!!!!

  • today is the present

    I was sitting here, reading your, trying so hard not to laugh because then my husband would know I was playing and not working and when I got to the part where you asked your friend if she saw your butt and what your husband told your dad, I lost it. Thankfully my husband didn’t ask :)

    You are so funny!

  • Lorri

    I’m thrilled to read you have an agent and can work on a book…God continues to grow Beauty from your ashes. His hand is on you Angie. Can’t wait to see the book!

    Love, Lorri

  • Kelley with Amy’s Angels

    I love the photo of you and Todd. You have the Game Show Hostess pose and Todd has the “I man. I put out fire” look.


    Glad to hear you’re OK!

  • Kellie

    Hi Angie.

    I’m not a religious person, however I am very spiritual. Well, sorta spiritual. Your writing does inspire me though, I wish I had your faith and conviction.

    Glad your ok.

  • LSaldivar

    Ok….can I just say, you are hilarious!! I haven’t had a chance to read your blog for several days, maybe even a whole week so the last few post have just cracked me up! I always enjoy reading your blog and just had to comment on this one. I am a mother to three little ones (twin boys who are 3yrs and my daughter who is 4yrs) so I guess this is what I have to look forward to in the panty section at target???…lol..


  • Jill

    oh my goodness girl!!!!
    you seriously need to have your own comedy show!!!!!

    sorry about the finger and passing out cold though~ so glad you are doing better!!!!!

    and hope you and Todd got some yummy take out after the chicken fire incident!!

    love ya!!!

  • michelle

    The pic of the chicken is cracking me up :) glad your finger is ok!

  • Freebie Guy

    “I can’t get my wedding ring off, which is going to put a serious dent in my clubbing schedule.”…okay to prove how blond I am my first thought was “she plays golf?”…and then the (disco) light hit me “OH CLUBBING”….THANKS FOR THE LAUGH ANGIE!

  • BrandonandBethanyHartman

    Great laughs,Thanks Angie! Your little Kate thinking that God was running around the bathroom is classic!
    p.s.I was the one who commented about being blond…was signed into the wrong account!:p

  • Lori

    I don’t even know how I found your blog, Angie, but I have been following it for a long time and I am finally leaving a comment because I am so way laughing! I love the fact that you are totally real!

    I would love to know who you are using to write your book. I, too, have an incredible story that I need to get published but I am at a loss as to how to get it out there.

    I am so with you on the underwear and clothing situation! Ted and I are foster parents and I have to be very careful about what to purchase for our foster daughter because of her background (we have to work on keeping her focused on being a little girl.) I still have my Trapper Keeper from when I was young!!! Can you believe it?!?!? It’s one of those things that I can’t let go yet! :0)

  • Robin

    Oh my goodness…you are hilarious!

    I am glad youf finger is ok. I did that once one my way to my 2 week check up after having my second daughter..and another time leaving costco…OUCH!

    Happy pills..? Yes. They are good. ; )

  • Mindy

    you seriously are hilarious!!

    and yep, I kept a souvenir bottle, don’t tell!

  • Carrie

    Thank you for the laugh on such an ovewhelming day for me. Your blog was just what I needed!

  • Michelle

    I’m so glad you’re alright!! You are just to funny, and I love coming by to read your post.

    I just wanted to point out the pic with you and Todd. Do you see all the orbs you have around you?? Don’t know if it’s true that they’re spirits or what. Just things that I learn from watching those ghostly shows. I noticed the burnt chicken didn’t have any around them? lol

    Hope you and your family are having a very nice weekend!

    God Bless~Michelle

  • Mab

    Your writing is simply the best…
    better than all the rest!–hey, isn’t that a song? maybe tina turner?
    anyway, so glad you are okay..
    too sad for the chicken though.
    love ya.

  • Beckycain6

    She was right…. “Chicken Hater.”

    Looks like you even have an accomplice.

    (har har)

  • Christi

    I am a pediatric nurse, and I have seen teenagers pass out when they get their boosters for tetanus at 11-12 yrs of age–usually girls. But the most dramatic one was a big 14 yr old boy who was on his way out of the office and as he was at the check out window he says he “started thinking about the needle going through his skin”. Before we knew it, he was on the floor on top of his mom, who had tried to break the fall and hit her head on the wall on the way down–we moms always sacrifice ourselves in these cases, you know. Anyway as he came to, he started thinking again and fainted again and then had a seizure! I had never seen that before, but the pediatrician I work with says it happens when you faint a couple of times in a row. Your brain just sorta “freaks out” for a bit. Not a long-term-damage kind of thing, but it does get everyone’s attention! Every time this kid “came to” we had to yell at him to STOP THINKING!!! Funny how it’s usually the macho-atheletic types that do the most dramatic things in my office! I guess it can happen to the little skinny 100 lb moms too! ;) Sure am glad you’re ok! And your nails look great too!

  • Mrs. K

    You are just too too funny. And you got me in trouble at the library. If you think you get in trouble for talking in the library, just imagine how much trouble you get in if you laugh out loud at the library!

  • Allmykids123

    Oh Angie.. I still have my bottle of post partum, pain relieving, happy pills, with one left, from 1993!!! Think it is slightly expired? For some reason I just can’t throw it away because I just might need it one day. Ha ha. Glad your finger is going to survive. Have a great weekend.

  • Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul

    Well, the ‘sticks’ are still $29.99 here in the Dallas metro area…why are they on sale everywhere else???

    And happy pills after having babies, I didn’t get any of those…how unfair is that!!!

  • Mountainmom

    I’ll bet the Lord looked at that chicken and said, “WELL DONE, my good and faithful servant!”

    I read about halfway through the comments and decided that Mary’s exhibition for her neighbor takes the cake! I swear I would move to another state.
    Lori C. in VA

  • Tabaitha Kaye

    Wow, so glad to hear that your finger isn’t broken and that you are alright. I laughed so hard at the grill catching fire. We have had that experience, except it was our oven.

  • mrsbroccoliguy

    Oh. my. gosh. How you could make that freaky event into such a funny post I will never know, but that was the most entertaining thing I have read in days!!! And, ahem, I’m really glad you’re okay. :)

  • Leilanni

    Oh, you are good medicine!

    I have been laughing hysterically as I read this and the last post. My poor husband is trying to get some work done over there on the couch and my inane giggling is not so much a help :-)

  • Kim

    Oh my GRACIOUS girl! You absolutely crack me up!! And I must admit that I teared up a bit at your daughter’s experience of God in your bathroom….he must have chose that moment to help her trust and believe just a little bit more…really precious…

    GREAT photo of the clumsy momma and her heroic fire fighter!

    ps….what did you have for dinner then?? ;)

  • Sue

    Thanks again for sharing with us!!!
    Your stories are sooo funny.

    Thank you also for the way you are helping at Hope House. I am sure that having a comfortable place to stay is a real blessing for women in such hard circumstances. Thank you for being our ambassador to these women that Jesus loves.

    I am also soooooo happy to hear that you are in the process of putting your story into book form. I will be the first in line at my local bookstore to buy several copies.

    Blessings to you Todd and the girls.


  • Jen

    I am lol because I do have my little bottle of pills (hypothetically) I only take them a half at a time…because it would be ridiculous to take a whole one for cramps…plus the room tends to spin and I can’t feel my toes.

    Hope your finger feels better. You could always buy the sticks and use them as a splint. I have heard that willow has healing powers. (made that part up)

  • Dona

    you are toooooooo funny, sounds like the adventures at my house, and yes, happy pills are useful souvenirs!

  • Mackenzie’s Forever Family

    I am comment 295. I read your blog regulary but always hesitate to comment. Mostly because I think at number 294 is she really reading them…..if you are I gotta say, how do you find them time….I’ve got three kids and there are days I can’t find time to shower anyway-I’m in awe. The real point of this is that I think you are hilarious and so wish to meet you some day. Keep on keepin’ on.

  • Melissa

    Great story….. I laughed the whole through. Glad I’m not the only one who “stashes” the happy pills…. : )

  • Amanda

    I enjoy those little souveniers from time to time too! Sounds like a full day. I’m so glad you blogged about it. I am quite accident prone myself. As for the seizures, I just learned first hand that shaking can accompany a faint. My two-year-old daughter fainted two weeks ago and it really looked like she had a seizure. You can read that incident on my blog. :-)

  • Rebekah :)

    You make me laugh!!!!! And right now I needed that. Thank you!

    Not that you coudl possibly ever read down all the way to the bottom of this long list of comments, but your post reminded me of one of mine (but yours is written better) http://ebekahray.blogspot.com/2007/04/just-got-to-laugh.html

    Thanks again for sharing of yourself and being there. It was just what I needed today!

  • Noordam’s Blog

    I once fainted in church ( I was wearing a relatively short skirt) and my brother in law hoisted me over his shoulders and carried me out down the center isle!!! I was mortified. I wear pants to church a whole lot more often now…or really long skirts, just in case :o )

  • perilloparodies

    oh, my goodness, i am so sorry about your finger… and your chicken, but you have me ROLLING!!! I am trying not to wake up my family with my giggles. I hope your finger feels better… and, so you know, you have a been tagged with a fun little logo button at my blog. perilloparodies.blogspot.com blessings to you… and continued health… :-)

  • cheryl_lynn

    Passing out seizure happened in our house a few weeks ago too. I have had them all of my life also. We asked the doctor about the once. He said something about a nerve in your chest that doesn’t get enough blood. I didn’t understand him. But my husband thinks they are freaky.

  • Cynthia Jill Photography

    Ouch, girl!! I’ve done that before too. Hurts like a B*tch!! I bet that’s a mistake you won’t make again lol It was obviously not your day. That picture of you and Todd is priceless! Too funny!

    BTW, I don’t know if I have mentioned this yet in any of my replies… but you are so totally awesome for all of that you do for others – namely, the Hope Clinic

  • Toia

    I bet there’s never a dull moment around you. Have you ever thought about a reality show……LOL!!

    I am glad to hear your finger was not broken….have bless day.

  • becca

    Oh no!!! I can’t believe what happened to your finger! And the chicken! All in one day?! And what an awesome thing that ya’ll are doing as far as decorating the room goes – that is AWESOME!!!

  • Amanda

    I do the same thing when I hurt my fingers or toes! Seizure and everything. So embarrassing, makes me feel like a total freak. The last time it happened was when I was about 34 wks pregnant and dropped a heavy trash can on my toe after cleaning out the pantry. Nesting, ya know. It’s dangerous. :)

    Glad you’re okay though :)

    Oh, and I didn’t have any happy pills left over after having my baby!!! I must be quite the wimp!

  • Jessi

    I love your posts! When I read that Todd told your dad that you split your finger nail I about lost it!! I have been there before. When I was about 16 my grandma had taken me to get my nails done and the next week I went to youth camp with my church. Half way through the week I went to open the door to our cabin to get my bible and head to chapel. Well the door was a wooden screen door that was probably about 10 years old at that point and had been worn down behind the handle. When I went to open the door I was doing it quickly and caught my index finger nail. It snapped in half all the way through to the point it bled. I was very queezy when it came to blood, my best friend was with me so she got a bandaid and I put it on, got my Bible and we headed to chapel. About half way there one of the directors stopped me and my friend and asked what was wrong with me (aparently I was as white as a ghost). My friend explained and I showed him my bandaged finger thinking it was fine. As I’m put it in front of him I notice that the blood is running so bad that the bandaid was now useless! He told me to get on his golf cart and he took me to the nurse. I ended up having to sniff an alcohol wipe to keep me from passing out. (Did I mention that my friend was still with me laughing her head off? :) ) The nurse cleaned my finger off, wrapped it in gauze (which came from a new package she had JUST opened), put a splint on it, and used the rest of the gauze to wrap around the splint. I’m not kidding when I say that the entire “bandage” on my finger was 1 1/2″ thick. I didn’t think the broke finger nail story was funny then but now it is. :)

    Hope your finger is feeling better

  • jami

    Thanks Angie
    I needed that laugh


  • Shonna

    I was walking thru Target today and as I rounded the corner by the “little girl” panties….low and behold, your favorite ones were hanging there with the cute red sticker. I sped up my walk a little, as my daughter (8) and son (10) were walking behind me, praying they wouldn’t notice the hot pink panties with the pirate on them…just when I think we are in the clear I hear my daughter as she points them out to my son. Oh for goodness sakes! Sadly, we didn’t see the sticks! :)

  • Sarah Taylor

    “…serious dent in my clubbing schedule…” had me laughing out loud. The best part is, when I speak of you to my friends or my husband, I no longer need to preface it with “I was reading Angie’s blog, you know, Angie…” and they are like “Sarah, we know. Whats the story today?”

  • the parental unit

    Oh my goodness…I SO wish you were my neighbors!!!! I just caught up on the last two blogs and I’m literally sitting here laughing and my hubby is thinking I’m strange!
    God Bless your entire, completely normal family Angie!
    I hope you have a fantastic week!

    Lyne :)

  • Julie

    Awesome post! Be reassured, you are not alone in your story. My sister broke her nail playing volleyball in gym class in highschool. It was bleeding so they sent her to the office – alone. Obviously they don’t know her history, she always faints at the sight of blood. Half way there, sure ’nuff, she passes out cold. Happens again a year or so later when she drove me to my cousins for a horse emergency. One second she’s leaning againt the hood of her car, the next – TIMBER! Face plant in the gravel driveway. We asked her what happened since the horse’s injury was already bandaged and she said she thought about what the blood must look like and down she went.

  • insertgracehere

    What a day! My oldest daughter passes out often. Sometimes due to shots or needles or blood, sometimes just an eye exam. She is at basic training for the National Guard (prayer requested) and passed out twice the first day and she threw up as well.

    She also looks as if she’s having a seizure. Her arms draw up and shake and her eyes look like they’re rolling. It’s awful to see.

    I’m glad you’re finger isn’t broken. Those nails on the other fingers sure look great!
    Rena Gunther

  • The Duecks

    Kyle from Memorial gave us your link. We are hoping to get Renee’s story published some time next year. http://www.ReneeDueck.com
    Do you have any tips on how to?

  • katemcdonald

    I just found your blog and read your beautiful story..thank you for sharing!

  • La Familia Garcia

    That was sooo worth the two-days-in-a-row post!
    Hearing God’s footsteps! How cute is that!? That is teaching her to be quite and listen to God!!

  • R. Sutphin

    Seriously, I believe that you have missed a calling in your life!! I have never met you, but have followed your blog for quite a while now. I lost my son Lucas at 7 months old 5 years ago(10/15/03) and my twin daughters 3 years ago (10/2005). I’ve never posted…just lurk.

    This post is hilarious!!!!!!

    I’m glad that you are ok and that your finger is not broken.


  • Kendra

    TOO FUNNY!!! Love the pic of you and Todd. Please tell me you are blowing that up to an 8×10 to go above the mantle?
    Hope the last few days have been a little less entertaining for you guys!
    Oh, and I was wondering, do you think the Red Robin ever picks up The Burger King so they can commute in the carpool lane?

  • Carissalayla

    I was literally laughing so hard that I thought I would wake my son from his nap! Thank you Angie for making my day almost every day! Youa are a blessing-

  • Lisa Laree

    I feel kinda silly mentioning this here, but I have nominated you for a ‘Brilliant Weblog Award’

    Stop by Sew Random for details ;)

    Don’t feel obligated to play along…mostly, I put the link there so some folks who might not otherwise have seen your story will find it. But the rules say I have to leave a comment and let you know, so….

    Have a blessed day!

  • Lisa Laree

    Uh…actually, this is the post about the award. Might save you a little looking around. Sorry I didn’t think of that sooner!

  • Jo

    A couple of years ago I slammed my own finger in the sliding glass door. I did break it… right at the base of the nailbed. I was home alone with my son at the time and I fell to my knees holding my hand against my stomach. My son handed me a kleenex and I asked what it was for and, wide eyed, he said, “For the blood” I looked down and realized there was blood all over. I thought for sure I had ripped the tip of my finger right off!

    Blake called his dad at work and told him he had to come home right now. I didn’t know if I still had a finger or not, until Mike got home and looked at it. It was still there. A bit mangled, and will always be bigger than all my other fingers.. but there.

    And, yes, it was my middle finger… on my right hand and I am right handed! THAT was interesting.

    I taught preschool at the time and had to remove the bandage and splint so the kids could see that a broken finger was still on my hand (as in not broken right off).

    I laugh about it now.. but at the time…..

    Thanks for sharing yourself with us :)

  • Keri

    So glad I’m not the only one that takes pictures of injuries. So glad everything turned out ok. By the way, I think you should frame that pic of you and Todd. Hilarious!!!

  • Katie

    I’m glad your okay. That is scary. Goodness!! Your brilliant at writting that is for sure!

  • gillberk

    I don’t think words can ever sum up all that is God and all that is in the universe.Words are on a human level, and God is above that, beyond that. So trying to limit what God is, and what God says or teaches,into words deduces the meaning and can never really get it exactly right.It may not be a lie, but we can never fully encapsulate God’s meaning into words.Some words are literal. Some symbolic. Some metaphorical and some allegorical. Only by studying can one understand the difference.


  • Heidi

    OK! To weird… I also have episodes where passing out brings on seizure like episodes. You may want to get an EEG. I actually had one after and there were some short epileptic wave runs. Things like that can certainly trigger a seizure I am sure.

    I do have seizures and take meds for them, but what you had sounds like a vaso-vagel passing out episode which my nerologist told me can bring on a seizure or seizre like episode.
    I hope this helps….

    You are a hoot!

  • Rebecca

    Oh my!! It’s horrible yet funny all at the same time. :) One second I’m cringing at the blood/gore/seizure and the next I’m dying laughing!!! Such conflicted emotions you make your readers go through. :)

    I’ve enjoyed following along the past few months. You’ve been an encouragement to me!


  • Jenny

    God bless you, those sweet babies and that wonderful husband of yours! I have those sort of “Target fantasies”, too. Why is it men don’t find a trip to Target nearly as satisfying and thrilling as women do? And who in the name of Abe Lincoln’s mother would pay $29.99 for a bundle of sticks? Willows my patoot…

  • traewilder

    Last week I bruised my right elbow, bad enough that I couldn’t rest it on the table while talking (which, because I have to rest my elbows on the table so I can talk clearly with my HANDS, nearly stopped me from talking for, like, 72 hours!). The first day it stopped hurting so bad, I bruised the other elbow in a similar fashion, which is now still healing. Today I took out my right kneecap on the permanent, unmovable, stairway post. Like I’ve never seen it before, haven’t passed it 329,568 times in the last 5 years we’ve lived here.

    The only thing that bugs me, besides the obvious pain, is the fact that I am bruised head-to-toe like a five year old learning to ride a bike. And I can’t wear shorts or capris right now, because everyone will know it.

    Zero to 6, just like that.

    Now, reading this, I’m glad I’m not alone in my kind of crazy. ;)

  • Suzann

    Oh my goodness. I LOVE your blog. I have just spent the better part of 30+ minutes sipping on my coffee and reading your posts and smiling and laughing (a great way to start my day too). You are one great gal! Love the stories, love your humor, and as a fellow Target shopper, Love your choice of shopping locations. Panties? Agree! Sticks? Agree. Happy Pills? I plead the 5th. But, my kids are 18, 14, and 7 (okay, almost 18, but it’s days I tell ya, days) and honey those happy pills ran out years ago. And, for the record…Love the butt comment.

  • Cindy

    You are one of the funniest people ever–I love reading about your adventures.

  • Julie

    Oh my – what a day you had last week! I hope your finger is feeling much better!! You crazy girl!!! I was laughing right along with you…as soon as I read the part that you were okay!

    Hugs! :)

  • Michele

    I pass out too!!! Each adn everytime.
    U are not alone!!!
    Glad it was not broken. Glad you were not alone when it happened.
    Hang in there.
    I think it is awesome what you are doing. I too placed a baby up adoption after I chose not to abort 24 years ago. May I make a donation to the clinic? In honor of my daughter Elizabeth Grace.
    Thank you for your love for these girls. They feel alone and scared but then have the clinic to love them and thier babies.
    God Bless you all.
    Love Michele

  • Mellissa

    Oh Angie! you make me laugh so hard! I am so glad that your injury is not worse. And what a funny, chaotic day it was. You do have a gift with words. I really need to learn to read your blog with all my water and tea on the other side of the room. Snorting either one is soooo not fun! God Bless you all! p.s. And here I am planning a home birth with my baby and I just realized that I won’t have *any* little happy pills to take home…sigh…

  • Jordan

    your nails DO look good! :) bandage and all. it hurt my finger just to read about your finger so i can’t imagine the pain. yuck. hope you feel better soon!

  • Jennifer @ Taking My Time

    I would’ve worried about them seeing my butt too. When I was a teenager and wearing a miniskirt (uh-huh) I fell down the neighbor’s icy front porch steps and I think the nieghbor guy saw it ALL when I fell, unladylike.

    Glad you’re ok

    And the pic of you and your firefighter dude (husband) is so cute.

    You are such a good writer. I feel like I’m there, you tell it so well!


    nothing better then old perscriptions that’s for sure!!

    I’ve been there with the finger issue and it really hurts–next time you use craft scissors..tread.lightly! :)


  • Melinda

    Oh my goodness look how many comments you have. I will surely be lost in here somewhere. I just wanted to say, “you have been tagged”. I love your writing, your beautiful smiling face, your sweet family, and wonderful husband, and would love to find out a few more interesting facts about you. just go to my blog to get the details. http://www.kinghornscalledtoserve.blogspot.com Love, Melinda

  • Butterbean

    angie, angie, angie! girl! i needed a laugh today. i sure got one from reading you blogs (not that hurting your finger is funny).
    i slammed my daughters finger in the car door once just like you. she hurt for days and her nail ended up turning black and falling off while the new one grew back.

    so, since the grill caught on fire with your chicken in it, did yall call for take out? omg, that must have been one heck-of-a day.

    well, angie, until the next event, take care, God bless you and your family, and happy healing for your finger. love ya!

  • Sarah

    I am so sorry about your finger. You are so funny. I really laughed hard.

  • Kim

    That home sounds amazing! What a privilege to be a part of something like that!

  • Anita

    Angie, I just saw the layout that Courtney Walsh did of you, Todd & Audrey. It was beautiful! I hope that readers will visit your blog to see your story and to learn more about Christ.
    Love your blog, your sense of humor and how you share your heart so openly.
    Blessings to you as you follow Him. Anita

  • lespitts

    ya’ll are so silly! and yes i kept those happy pills too!!! you know, just for a rainy day or something, hypothetically speaking of course.

  • Kristin

    I had not checked in on your blog in several days, but I am seriously laughing out loud as I type! Your posts are good medicine for my soul! I LOVE your humor, your lightheartedness and the way you see the fingerprints of our Savior in each day. Thank you for sharing your life so candidly with all of us! You are a blessing!
    Kristin from CA
    PS…Hope that finger is healing! Ouch!!

  • Jennifer

    Angie, Angie, Angie,

    So, I’m at Target tonight and I come across some very cute and very modest underwear on clearence. They were breif style and just in simple colors. 6 pairs for $2.33. I almost bought them for your girls….but they only had XL left. I just love Target. I did get some cute photo albums for $3.66 and some soy candles for $1.44, (they are big and tall) Just thought you might want to know that there is someone else out there that loves Target and its clearence sections too.

  • Stephanie

    Oh my. I know this wasn’t funny when it happened but you have a gift for humor! I’m still laughing!

    Reminds me of the day we were leaving a friend’s house and I was in the back seat, behind my mom’s seat, with my hand out the window and I had my fingers hanging onto the frame. My mom got in the car and slammed the door shut… on my right index, middle, and ring fingers. Then she locked the door! I was saying “ah, Mom… my fingers! Open the door!” and she kept on talking. Finally our friend saw the problem and freaked out. No blood was spilled, but my fingers were 3 times their normal size for several hours!

  • Misty Rice-Baniewicz

    Awww so refreshing…. I had tons of giggle quietly and out loud. Love the big smiles too! You words sound so alive and joyful! Love it my friend.

    and um don’t tell anyone but I kind of like those pink panties… not so into the sticks though. LOL

    Our little girls will be 6 months next week…. thinking of all of you.

    God Bless and keep the smiles coming, they look so great on you. :)

  • mmullenix

    Sorry about your finger. I can’t believe your DH told your father-in-law that he needed you to come over b/c you split a nail – LOL!

    I think your home is an awesome idea, and I know that there will be many blessing coming out of it. Thank you for inspiring us all!


  • Jaime

    Oh my gosh I am laughing so hard. I did the same thing with my pinky finger 2 months ago, but I actually broke the bone at the tip! The funny part? I AM a paramedic and did it at an ER! And I so had to lay on the floor (eeewww… germaphobe here!) just to keep from passing out.

    I hope your finger is getting better… I know how badly it hurts!

  • Joyous

    I did it! I read through your entire blog..in under 4 hours I might add…and thats through dinner and potty breaks! :) hahaha
    These last blogs had me cracking up! I love your sense of humor and your fun outlook on life! I would love to run into you in Target someday! :) hee hee
    Glad your finger is not broken! Happy healing to you!
    You’re now on my list of blogs I read…cant wait to see what you post next!! Thank you so much!! :)

  • chesley

    I am laughing my head off at you..hypothetically of course! I do that same passing out / seizure thing & everyone always insists that I must go to the hospital, but I never will!!

  • Karen Deborah

    You are so funny, seizures are not funny though and you should get that checked out. I had my finger shut in a door once as a kid, it hurt. Unfortunately when your kid you don’t have any bottles stashed away, THROB THROB THROB. how can anything so little hurt so bad?
    I’m still laughing about the Target trip and here you go again.

  • StephG

    All I could think about when I was reading this was, “Please don’t let anything happen to her wedding ring!”

    I know, seems superficial…so, while I’m glad your ring didn’t get slammed I’m sorry your finger did!

    I’m sending your blog link to my hubby! He will get a kick out of the blackened chicken :)

    I love reading your words, btw! You’re amazing…

  • Amee

    I have never laughed so hard at a blog post as I just have! Thank you for sharing your God given talent of writing!

    I have enjoyed reading your blog. You are inspiring.

  • Lewis Family

    I love the picture of your big strong man holding the fire extinguisher and you with the bandaged hand as the damsel in distress. Now I really have to go to the bathroom!

  • heidt.jenn

    I don’t know what made me laugh more in this. Definitely not your finger injury part, but the 3 questions were priceless. Thanks for the pictoral follow up to the sticks and panties.

    Side note as this is my first comment – you are such a blessing! Please know that you are helping so many people through the sharing of your tstimony.

    Blessings on you and your family – Jenn


    wear r you? you did two blogs then left blog world?

  • Jennifer

    You are way too funny! Thanks for making me smile once again. Sorry about your finger :)

  • Cheryl


    I’ve been following your blog for some time! You are so precious!

    Not sure if you got your question answered about the seizure, but I passed our when I was staying with my Dad in the hospital one night and passed out. I did the same thing. Not a seizure most likely. It is a natural thing your body does!

    Hope your finger is healing!


  • Jenna

    “I can’t get my wedding ring off, which is going to put a serious dent in my clubbing schedule”

    and this comment made me laugh snot out of my nose.

  • redeemedintohope

    i keep up with your blog from time to time and always love it. today it found me laughing out loud at the maternity boutique i work at here in nashville. great great joy! thanks and blessings of His immense grace over you

  • Bonnie

    Ok, so there are 300 and some comments and I never comment because I figure you have enough to read but this time I really have to. You are by far the sweetest, kindest and pure people I know. I have never even met you. I wish I had someone like you in my life on a regular basis. I know it sounds weird but you are just so sweet. You remind me of Cinderella…never a negative thing to say. You ROCK!!

  • -waiting-

    I also fit when I faint, but only if I end up lying down. My husband knows me well enough to not let me lie down, and will either hold me up or sit me down and hold my head, which stops them. No idea why – but it can be SO embarassing :-D

  • Heavenly Jen

    I have just sat here for 4 hours reading your story…. wow… Thank you. What an encouragement. I went through a roll and half of toilet paper and a pot of tea.. neglecting the kids to read it. If that is not an inspiration and a powerful testimony I don’t know what is

  • movingthroughlife

    You killed the chicken…

    We must send Todd back to grilling 101.

  • stamper1820

    Oh my stars, I am crying from laughing so hard.

    Flowery Branch, GA

  • Bethany Hjort

    Clearly Ellie was right… You do hate chickens.