For the love of music

Oftentimes I find myself watching late night television because my hubby usually works the graveyard shift.  While flipping through the channels last night I came across the fabulous Ms. Adele performing on Letterman. 

OMG!  She's simply amazing!  I think she even stunned Letterman.  I'm so excited about her new album that releases today!

This is her much anticipated follow up album from her previous album 19.  As much as I loved that album, honestly I think 21 may be better.  Judge for yourself.  You can listen to snippets of the album tracks here.

If you didn't catch her performance on the Late Show you must see her in her element.  This chick has such an amazing talent and it shines through her. 

Enjoy!  And go get this album!

Love and Respect...sure if you're Doris Day

1:38 AM Posted by simplyamberl 0 comments
Personally I always enjoy receiving selected books from the BookSneeze blogger program.  This time wasn't any different that is until I opened and started reading this book.  "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs was quite possibly the most sexist, inappropriate, frankly rude thing I've ever read.  I couldn't even finish it.  I've always been against burning any books but let me tell you I'm seriously considering it.  It's that bad.

Somehow it seems that according to Dr. Eggerichs all women should unconditionally show respect to their husbands no matter what.  Seems this is a commandment according to scripture.  Must have missed that one Moses.  One of the examples that he used to convey this lovely message was an argument between a wife and husband over their anniversary.  It goes a little something like this: A wife was hoping that her husband would remember their 10th wedding anniversary all on his own so she didn't remind him or even hint about it.  Her husband is really proud of himself when he remembers it on the day of the anniversary and rushes off to the store to find the perfect card to convey his feelings.  Sounds pretty nice, huh? Just wait.  He finds the card that seems to put his feelings into words and rushes home.  He excitedly presents the card to his wife.  She's touched that he remembered without being reminded and reads the card.  Then she opens it.  Happy Birthday is the message inside.  Of course she's hurt so she asks him if he even read the card.  Then asks him if this had been his car being detailed wouldn't he have paid close attention to make sure that it was correctly done.  Seems this upsets him so they argue then he storms off.  Ok stop right there.  Did you read all that?  Get this...It's her FAULT!  Yep you read that correctly.  According to Dr. Eggerichs's book she was disrespectful which caused her husband to behave in an unloving way! Oh and by the way that was in Chapter 1.

The attitude throughout this book was that the wife was to be completely submissive to her husbands needs and feelings regardless if he behaved and treated her in a loving manner.  Who cares if he's abusive, an alcoholic, a womanizer, or any manner of bad behavior...she's commanded to be respectful because it's a commandment according to Dr. Eggerichs.  Every single problem that he explained also seemed to trail back to it being the wife's fault for not showing proper respect.  Food not on the table when dear old hubby gets home from work= disrespect.  House not perfectly clean= disrespect.  Headache when he's in the mood= disrespect.  Seems the good Dr. needs to learn how to change the channel.  He must be watching a Leave it to Beaver marathon on TV Land.

I had such a huge problem with the theories in this book.  Love and Respect, in my opinion, should be equal between a couple.  Period. You can't have one without the other.  By showing respect to one another you also show you're love for one another.  That's the scriptures that I've read.  That's what I understood from Ephesians 5:33.  But then again who knows, after all I'm not Doris Day.

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Fun Wallflowers

MADE: TUTORIAL: Wallflowers

Every now and then you run across a really amazingly simple craft and think to yourself, now why didn't I think of that. This is one of those times. I've noticed lately that the Ho3 girls make these all the time and wondered how do they think of this stuff. Well today 1/3 of the Ho3 girls, the lovely Rhonna, blogged about her addiction and how she found out about these fabulous flowers. What the Ho3 girls learn? I assumed that they have magical dreams filled with lovely glimmer mist filled ideas and the craft fairies share their goodness among them. Hey it could Hey craft fairies over here please. I cannot get over how simple and easy these flowers are to make. Well it seems that the Ho3 girls have learned this lovely flower technique from the fabulous Dana.   I'm taken back to the days of making tissue paper flowers in school as a child.  I'm filled with so many ideas and now need to go napkin shopping. But the possibilities are endless! How fun these would be with several different layers of fabric? I think some vintage fabric patterns would be perfect. Hmmm think I'm going to go raid my mother's linen closet now. Thanks mom. Ha! Enjoy.