Tuesday, January 6, 2009


At our church, our women's ministry is called SHE. I'm so awful. I don't even know if that stands for anything. I know that our Bible study on Tuesdays is called GROW (Girls Raised on the Word), but that's about it. However, I know what SHE does. SHE covers all ministries for women, whether it's SHE Grows, where all women in our area are invited to come join in their choice of studies (last fall I led TrueFaced, but there were many other classes available), or SHE Encourages, where ladies make blankets to take to anyone in need. And I do mean anyone. Last year those industrious women made and gave out more than 2,000 blankets. And from the preschool moms' ministry to the blogging world, there are many women involved in reaching out to our community.

So, why am I introducing you to SHE? Well, mainly so I could post these pictures from Saturday night. Our Women's Ministry Director, Kam, graciously invited leaders, past and future, as well as our spouses, to her home for a game-playing, barbecue eating, picture taking fun time. And boy, did we have fun.

Let me say here that I love playing board and card games. When I say card games, no, I do NOT mean Poker! : ) I mean like Rummy, Phase 10, Skip-Bo, Uno, and my all-time, ALL-TIME favorite, Pit. Man, I love that game. If you know how to play, you know it's crazy. C.R.A.Z.Y. If you don't know how, here's what I'm talking about:

That would be me in the pink shirt, yelling the loudest, standing up I'm so into the game. But, like you see, all of us are spazzing out. For those of you who don't know how to play, basically you have to "corner the market" on a "commodity" like sugar, oats, oranges, etc. Once you have all of your cards of one commodity, you ring the bell and win the hand. You have to trade cards of the ones you don't want, all by yelling how many cards you have to trade. And everyone is doing this all at the same time. Man, I could never work on Wall Street. Here are some more pictures:


More Pit

Kam and Me

Jamy and Ami

Clockwise, from Me at the end of the table: Ami, Jamy (she and I swapped places since she was hot and I was freezing!), Angie, Lisa, Jennifer, Cindy, Tobie

My silly camera Sound Man

The guys got so scared of us yelling they went upstairs to play pool.
That's Jack and Randy. And someone holding a pool cue.

We finally headed into the living room to play Spoons. It's crazy, too.



One of my best friends, Jonathan's Aunt Lisa
(she and her family have Skip, Jonathan's brother)

Here we all are! Sorry this picture is so dark. Back row from left: Jennifer, Nicole, Ami, Lisa, Lynn, Judy, Kelly. Second row from left: Me, Kam, Angie, Jamy, Ola. Bottom row from left: Laura, Tobie, Cindy.

We had such a good time. There were tons of people there, which always makes things more fun. I'm so thankful I get to work with these ladies in one form or another.


Sarah Mae said...

I LOVE playing games, and I've never played Pit, but now it's going on my list!

I think you and I would have a BLAST together!

Darlene said...

What a fun group of ladies! I have never played Pit but it looks like LOTS of FUN!!! Now Spoons is a different story....LOVE playing that. Too much fun!!!

Lisa said...

My favorite times are ladies retreats when we gather around the table and play games. I LOVE games, but I have never played Pit.

Looks like ya'll had a great time.

Lisa Q

Unknown said...

looks like all you beautiful ladies had a wonderful time! i always love having friends over to play games. we're big card people! some of our favorite games are shanghi rummy, spoons, drug dealer :) and apples to apples!

great pictures! thanks for sharing

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Awwwww..I wanna play! I miss our old group from our old curch. Some of my best frinds from there moved to Texas. We stared going to a new church and Im so looking forward to meeting and making new friends. I miss that connection so much. Nothing in the world compares to your true friends from church. Yall look like a HOOT.... Love it girl. Wish I only lived a bit closer cause I sure have the loud mouth for that game...as my husband would say, smile!

Shannon said...

That looks so fun!! I love paying games!

Anonymous said...

Confession time. I'm not much of a game player. When I do play games, I have a blast, but it's just not something we do. It would be fun, so maybe I should invest in a few and have friends over. Of course, when we come to visit, you can kick my butt playing Pit. That looks like fun. And you are totally rocking the color pink. It is so you!!

Southern Fried Gal said...

It looks like you all had so much fun! Our ladies ministry is hosting a game night in January. This is getting me totally excited about it!

tpillstrom said...

Nice pic of me! Thanks! BTW...it's about time you post the pics...I'm long past that subject! Haha. Love ya Heathalee!

Ronnica said...

Pit sounds interesting...I'll have to check it out. My favorite card game (or really, game period) is Nerts. So much fun!

Tiffany said...

Hi! I came over from Kimbas place and saw on your profile that you are a fan of Kari Jobe. I hadn't heard of her until this weekend when our worship leader called me and asked me to look up one of her songs on youtube (Revelation Song) It was so beautiful! I sang it on Sunday and it was such a blessing to the congregation and myself. She is amazing.

"Intentionally Katie" said...

I love Pit. But I have an overly competitive girlfriend who officially refuses to play it anymore. She has been known to be so hateful and nasty that she had to send day-after apology emails to some of our friends!!!

Kimba said...

I haven't played Pit in years! I'm going to have to find a set for our next party.

Girl! We would have so much fun together! You crack me up. Love that video.


Susie from Bienvenue said...

You go girl!! You had better get busy making those tassels. Cause I know you will do awesome. I just found out this morning that the arts show I have attended for the last 7 years is on the same day as my sons graduation. Sooo you know where I will be and its not making money... I wouldnt miss his big day for a gazillion dollars. I cant believe its on the same day..darn it~ Oh well. I think Im going to try and attend the Bliss if I can pull together some funds. I would love to meet you on the way... Sweet~