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im so thematical. what.

March 28, 2010

thematic ideas have ended. a commenter has been picked. im convinced random picker hates me. you’ll see tomorrow!

i dub  this week…theme week.

you pick the theme.

i’ll write about it.


some way.

[cue barbara streisand]

from tuesday through friday.

so make it good and worth 4 posts.


i will use randompicker monday afternoon to choose the theme.

Lord help me.

help us all.

edited to add: i do have a special post on wednesday about a fab little book coming out! so excited about this!

39 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2010 6:51 pm

    okay…the whole ‘using randompicker’ idea is probably gon’ be dangerous.

  2. March 28, 2010 7:03 pm

    oooo i love this!

    hmmm… if you could be any [letter in the alphabet] / [book in the bible] / [person from history] / [song from the 60s, 70s, or 80s]…. what would it be and why?

    😉 I can’t wait to read your posts this week – yayness!!

  3. March 28, 2010 7:20 pm

    okay. I got one.
    The Power of Story. (seems to fit in well with Easter…right?)

  4. March 28, 2010 7:30 pm

    It’s strange you’re going thematical this week. I’m doing that same sort of thing on my blog this week.

    I really can’t put a name on my theme, so I’ll just say it is a series of posts born of out a particular experience.

    As for suggestions for you:

    If you’re like me at all (that’s a scary thought…) you probably have particular songs that have special meanings to you. Maybe you could pick a song for every day and talk about how that particular song speaks to you (being the musically inclined person you are, shouldn’t be too difficult)

  5. March 28, 2010 7:59 pm

    How you deal with disappointment in your life. How the bible says to handle it, how to overcome.

  6. March 28, 2010 8:03 pm

    El Chubacabra. Now go. Write!

    • March 28, 2010 8:10 pm

      what the?



      • Katie Ristow permalink
        March 28, 2010 8:17 pm

        Well… if you watched Monster Quest you would know that the Texan version is a hairless, blood-sucking dog with mange…

      • March 29, 2010 6:27 am

        I learned about El Chubacabra from X-Files.

      • March 29, 2010 12:17 pm

        The Chupacabra or Chupacabras (pronunciation: /tʃupa’kabɾa/, from the Spanish words chupar, meaning “to suck”, and cabra, meaning “goat”; literally “goat sucker”), also called El Chupacabras in Spanish, is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico (where these sightings were first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especially in the latter’s Latin American communities.[1] The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1990 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. It is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail. Biologists and wildlife management officials view the Chupacabra as a contemporary legend.[2]

        • March 29, 2010 12:28 pm

          oooh…ya write about that. we had our youth freaking out when we were in mexico!

  7. Katie Ristow permalink
    March 28, 2010 8:16 pm

    Hmmm… how about the incredibly romantic, or unromantic, journey of your family becoming what it is today.
    Starting with why and how you and Brent met/ dated/ married.
    Taking us through the birth of your sweet children. Your reactions. The whole process of parenthood. Joys, struggles, significant events of your married life, etc.

  8. Heidi permalink
    March 28, 2010 8:48 pm

    Top of my head….

    How did the 80’s change your life?

  9. March 28, 2010 10:54 pm

    Not goin easy on ya Tam. Explain your faith, where you got it, How you keep it. How can you use it to spread God’s word. Not trying to make you sweat, but seriously interested.

  10. March 28, 2010 11:50 pm

    Needs more fish.

    I’m just saying…

  11. Melissa permalink
    March 29, 2010 3:37 am

    Balancing ministry and motherhood and being a wife. You seem to have a handle on that;):) love your site!

  12. March 29, 2010 5:28 am

    If I was mean, I’d pick a topic like “best kinds of deodorant.”

    And since I’m mean, I’ll REALLY put into the mix “The four things that at the time seemed like the worst moments of my life…but I later learned were great things…and here’s why!”

  13. March 29, 2010 6:03 am

    Your most favorite memory of Brent, Kass, Kota….. and your biggest desire for them in their lives as well.

  14. March 29, 2010 6:33 am

    I have several themes:

    1) Seeing as you are “in progress” what are you progressing towards? When you’re done do they stick a fork in you?

    2) Cake.

    3) What song(s) do you sing when no-one is there to hear you?

    4) Which planet other than our own are you most curious about and why?

    5) Health care.

    6) Open toed sandals and how they’ve influenced your life to date.

    I like Debs’ theme actually.

  15. March 29, 2010 7:30 am


    I have no, just… HI. 😉

  16. March 29, 2010 9:06 am

    Random picker, eh? hhehehe
    Alright I’ll go:

    Barbra Streisand
    George Clooney
    window panes
    favorite state (of mind, of being, of the union)
    who do you know
    parenthood (yes – this will make you a bonafide mama-blogger)
    weather – yeah – write about the weather every day for a week. eh why not?
    5 things you love about your iPhone
    5 things you love about Mandy Thompson (just tryin’ to help here)
    the blogs you read
    the blogs you don’t read
    the blogs you wish we would read

    ok. that’s it. gotta go make a pb&j

    • March 29, 2010 10:22 am

      Girl, where are you every Monday when I am relying on commenters for my A 2 Z posts??? Seriously. I’m seriously serious. Where are you?!?!?! Seriously.

      [Can you tell next week is X? And we don’t have a lot of ideas?]

      • March 29, 2010 5:12 pm

        Gitz: you pose a great question, one for which I hope to have a great answer post easter. Post easter I will enjoy regular Monday’s off… And, post easter, I will hopefully enjoy more moments of blog reading. But, today, dear friend, I was obviously sucked into Tam’s need (being the codependent that I am) and I managed to neglect your X.
        xylephone. duh I don’t know how to spell that. ok. I’ve got some X-words. Now to help with the comments on your page.
        SuperMandy to the rescue! 😉

        (I’m suchadork)

        • March 30, 2010 4:30 am

          proof positive why we all love mandy! can’t wait to see how this plays out on Tam’s posts this week (tee hee hee!)

    • March 29, 2010 4:43 pm

      holy cow.

  17. March 29, 2010 9:11 am

    Why not keep going? It’s lunch break time, and the more ideas I give, the better my chances are: muahaha:

    your favorite room in your house
    your favorite items in your house
    the neighbors (not the stegalls)
    your church
    your favorite pastime growing up
    what you want Kass & Kota to be/do when they grow up
    what you DON’T want K&K to be/do when they grow up
    if you only knew then what you know now
    what you love about your church
    your favorite things about Brent
    What ifs… (ie: What if you never married Brent. What if you never started blogging. What if you don’t write this book. What if you …)
    your ideal toenail polish color (yes – write about this for multiple days)
    Make a wish (well, make three wishes, or however many wishes it takes to fill up your days of this week)

    • March 29, 2010 9:31 am

      i wont even know what to do if youre picked. do i take one topic or break them all up to even out and write about every one of them.

      oh, decision, decisions.

      and *I* get to make them.


      • March 29, 2010 5:06 pm

        Oh man. I’ve got a few favorites, and I HOPE one will be “randomly” picked!

  18. March 29, 2010 9:36 am

    Wow, are there any themes that Mandy DIDN’T suggest? 🙂

    I like @dubdynomite’s suggestion of songs that mean something to you!

  19. March 29, 2010 10:00 am

    oh. my. good. grief.

  20. March 29, 2010 5:35 pm


  21. March 29, 2010 6:43 pm

    How about predicting what the world will be like in 5 years

  22. March 29, 2010 7:39 pm

    Hi I just wanted to say that i’ve been really inspired by your courage to write about your life and mistakes that have been made but also the encouragement that God is in your life and how you are responding to his amazing love.
    I love that your commentors are not only filled with love and support for you and your family but also for those that might post contradictory and downright mean things about you.
    You are all a blessing!
    Cheers from Australia!


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