Monday, January 31, 2011

Little Nuggets

A few weeks, maybe months ago, I posted two stickies to my wall in order to remember a few nuggets of truth.

This is what was posted (taken from the UBC Daily Word):

To make us more like Christ....
God uses:

His Word
Other People
Difficult circumstances

God's word provides the truth we need to know.

God's people provide the support we need to grow.

Difficult circumstances provide the environment we need to show Christ-likeness.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


For as long as I can remember my family has always thought it incredibly funny to tickle me. I'm sure it started with my dad. He's infamous for diggin' his fingers into my neck and causing me to go into a squirming fit. It's not my favorite tradition...

In the photo above is my cousin, Dezmin, in a sly attempt to tickle me. He's always been particularly drawn to me and has been incredibly sweet and affectionate, but in spite of all his sweetness this little sucker is also the little brother I'm thankful I never had. :)

Dezmin and a few members of the new generation have picked up on the tickle Marcy tradition. During one of his tickle attempts we jokingly wrestled around for a bit until I pushed him to the ground. He hit the ground a bit harder than expected, but what made us laugh was my instant reaction to the situation.

As he was sprawled on the floor looking up at me in complete surprise as I said "Look what you did! You made me push apologize!!"
With total shock and amazement at what I had just said, he laughingly replied with "Whhhhaaaat?!?!? You did it!!!!"

LOL! life is so good as an Infante!
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Delicious Denton Day

Low 7o's in Denton. The sun is shining and the 'winder' is blowin' just perfectly! Today is delicious! Hung around the house for a little today and decided that there was nothing that couldn't wait until later to finish. Changed, grabbed my keys and yelled for the boys, and we were headed to the dog park!

The boys (Roddey & Parker) were pretty chill today. I generally have to keep my eye on Roddey as he's infamously sneaky! He somehow learned how to open adjoining gates and escape to greener pastures, but today he was chill. He sniffed, played and mostly seemed content to bask in the sunshine. Parker was just as chill, but then again he's always been chill and rarely gets in trouble, much like his momma.

While enjoying the world I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. Parker Poo Poo and his new beagle friend simultaneously stopped playing, faced the sunshine, closed their eyes and sniffed the air for a few seconds. When the sniffing ended this sweet breeze blew by....I couldn't help but wonder what it was they smelled or how they new it was coming or what was it in the air...they made it look so tempting. I couldn't help but think of God.

I don't know why, but He was very near in that moment. Do you think animals are aware of his presence? Rocks will sing His praises if we don't, so why not animals? :)

Other things that made this day great:
My brother called and taught me about Pirate English on Facebook! This may be old news, but it's new news to me and I love reading things like
Cap'n Marcy Infante or Cap'n Sara Lowry

Me Hearties (439) (apparently friends are now called hearties. I love it!!)
Gained knowledge doin' Health Studies at Texas Woman's UniversityBeen sailin' since Octobarrr 17

When I said I liked an art project my friend Cassie created I got this in return "Yar scurvey self be aprreciat'in this."

When my status was liked I read this
PacoandTami , Nick, Khela Huntsinger an' 4 other mateys be likin' this ere' scroll.
Margene , Kara an' 2 other mateys be takin' a fancy t' this 'ere.

I'm so easily amused!

I had wheat pancakes for lunch.

My hair is messy, but it looks sorta nice. I'll take it!! haha

My sister came in and we had a good catch up conversation. I've missed these. She's been a bit stressed since school started.

While talking to her I said "I have a confession." She immediately assumed the worst and started asking a million questions. When I shared my confession she and I were both surprised to see how much my heart has changed. There was a time when a "confession" was most likely linked to sexual sin, this wasn't the case today. I hadn't realized how much He's changed my heart....

Another funny moment occurred during our conversation when I noticed her lovingly closing her eyes, shaking her head from side to side while pursing her lips together. I stopped talking and asked what she was doing. She replied "I was mentally hugging you for being such a good girl."

My super chica Uyen came over after dinner to take my sister out on a frozen yogurt date, and I'm assuming Yogurt Fusion, they're fav hangout. When she came to greet me in my bedroom she noticed my desk and laughed. I had an odd assortment scattered across my desk like a Clorox spray bottle, Windex, a plate (from my lunch panckes), a starbucks mug, a decanter, floss, and make up. :) I'd offer to take and post a picture, but that's just embarrassing!

I'm off to have breakfast for dinner with some friends in Irving tonight! See ya!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Swim Shirts

I get regular emails from and today I was stoked to see these new shirts!!! Pretty dang clever if you ask me!
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Fast Catch Up

I'm about to start week 3 of steps. Week one was a breeze. The going deeper section of week 2 semi got on my nerves. I had a difficult time answering some of the questions. I know the 'right' answer, but I didn't know if I really believed the answers. Does that make sense? Anyhow, I wrestled a bit and semi gave up trying, but in the end some questions (and the lack of answers) continue to haunt me.

The Sugar Fast:
Sugar. I've done so incredibly well in this area it's kinda scary.

A few weeks ago some friends (Sara, Renatta & Mita) and I went out for a Wal-Mart run. Sara had a hankerin' for ice cream and Mita needed school supplies for her upcoming semester at TWU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (yay!! i'm still so very proud of you O' sister of mine!) I'm not typically inclined to join the gaggle of girls (or even guys) for mass shopping, but they left me with no option. I went along and it wasn't that bad.

We finally made it to the ice cream section. Sara is perusing the isle looking for the perfect sweet treat, when I noticed to my favorite Mexican ice cream! I pressed my face to this glass in amazement and think "Why in the world would this primarily 'white' Wal-Mart carry those and in some many FLAVORS?!?!?!?!"

I can't remember for certain what I said, maybe I just groaned, like I said...I can't remember. When I suddenly hear Sara say "Awww....(that was a not so sympathetic awww by the way) you can check back in July."

*insert mental explicative here* I, as well as the other ladies, couldn't help but laugh..... That's how accountability works with us. Thanks, y'all!

You better believe that between now and June 30th I won't be found anywhere near the Swisher Wal-Mart! As I've matured I've learned that in order for me to beat temptation I need to be far removed from those triggers! I'll be shopping in Denton from here on out! =)

The Man Fast:
This portion of my fast has proven to be much more of a challenge.

I met an exceptional man before this fast started and for the first time in my history with men I obeyed God, put the friendship on hold, and entered this season of non-distraction with the Lord. Although, I haven't been actively engaged with this particular man, he continues to consume my thought life.... On a number of mornings after non stop nightly fantasizing session about him I've awoken and begged God for freedom from him and these endless thoughts. It has been obvious that despite the fact that we're not communicating he's still such a huge distraction! It's tiresome and I long for something else...

This verse comes to mind:
for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Jeremiah 2:13

As previously posted, men continue to come out of the wood works. I haven't had any issue withstanding these tests, but there have been certain times that I find myself lonely or bored and I long for that attention. I can't wait for this part of me to change.

My current indulgence!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lessons and Laughter

On Monday and Wednesday nights I teach a few swim lessons for a mixed group of swimmers at the natatorium. I rarely consider teaching aquatics a chore or even work for that matter because I love it so dang much. It's easy to say that I'd do this for free for the rest of life if I was able.

On Wednesday night I found myself teaching a preschool class for two sisters, Audrey & Caroline. Both girls are sweet and well behaved, but fearful as they haven't learned to trust me. We're working on going underwater and streamlining. Caroline goes first. She completes the exercise and when she comes up from the dip I hand her a pink toy whale. She's delighted and her enthusiasm excites her older sister, Audrey. Both girls do well for their first dip and both are rewarded with toys.

The next dip is upon Caroline so I extend my hand and ask for the toy whale. She hesitates and nearly refuses to relinquish her toy whale. Caroline has no idea that after this next dip I plan on rewarding her with a much larger and more elaborate toy whale.

It was then that I saw it....I nearly teared up just realizing what He was showing me. How often do we hold onto tiny toy whales without understanding that He's asking for them because we need free hands for the upcoming task, and because He has something so much bigger and better for us if only we obey and trust Him.

If only you could've seen her face when I gave her the new whale! It was precious, totally precious!!!

Pictured below are some of my favorite swimmers, Avery & Grant.
You haven't seen cute until you've had a chance to hang out with these little studs!
Their mom, Patti, a sweet friend and incredible example. I love her.
A few weeks ago I noticed that the lap lane pool was available. It's normally crawling with Denton ISD swimmers, but seeing as it was during Christmas break the swimmers were gone and it was our turn to play!
Over the last few weeks A & G have been killin' it in the smaller heated pool. I decided it was high time to introduce them to the big pool! I was so excited, until I started to get in the water. Lemme just tell you that it was uncomfortably cold! I took my first step in and thought 'wow. that's really cold'. I took another step, water now up to my thighs, and it felt like someone was suckin' the air out of lungs. I knew what I had to do. I had to just get it over with and fully submerge myself, but the thought of putting 'the girls' under was more than I could stand at the moment. I waited another few seconds. I couldn't do it! It was freezing! I looked up and noticed the guard on deck trying his hardest not to laugh at me. I gave him the stink eye, but it only made the laughter erupt, it was then I decided to just do it and get it over with! I did, it was awful, completely awful! and it took 600 meters to warm me up enough to tolerate the cooler temperature. (Lap pools are often heated in the winter, but not overly heated as the warmer temperatures coupled with a hard workout often gives long distance swimmers massive headaches. Imagine running on a treadmill in the middle of summer in a non air conditioned room, it's something like that.)

When Patti arrives with the kids and sees me in the lap lane she's equally excited! Patti's a swimmer as well and understands that having the kids in the bigger pool, swimming measured meters, will help give us a better gauge for their progress and endurance.

The kids are excited and start stripping off their clothing. I call Patti over and explain to her that the water is unreasonably cold, and that if she's game I planned on having the kids just jump right in rather than walk in through the stairs. She agrees with the plan and stands back.

Avery walks to the edge of the pool and is getting ready to sit down. I dont want her feet to touch the water as I knew that if she felt how cold it was she wouldn't want to get in. I then tell her she's going to jump in, but that she has to hold my hand. She's a bit confused because she hasn't had to hold my hand while jumping in for some time now. But, she's a sweet girl and follows directions well and holds my hand. I don't even have to tell you how this goes down. I'm actually laughing as I write this....

Poor Avery. She jumps in on my command and I promise, you have never seen a child come up out of the water with such velocity!! She immediately reaches for me with her free hand and begins to crawl up my body and over my shoulders so fast to get out of the water! All she could say was "it's cold! it's cold! I wanna get out! I wanna get out!" as she's scrambling to get on deck. Patti and I are in hysterics. I couldn't control myself! It was so awful to laugh that hard, and yet so great!

My hysteria was only heightened when Grant, who was somehow oblivious to his sister's reaction to the frigid water just moments earlier, had the same reaction when he it was his turn! I just remember his huge blue eyes and his massive gasp for air as he hit the surface reaching to me for protection. For a moment it seemed as if he searched my face to see if was crazy. Maybe just a little. Patti is still laughing, but is now wagging her finger at me and saying "You're a mean Miss Marcy! Totally Mean Miss Marcy!"

Oh man!!! I'm still laughing and I feel awful about it, but goodness gracious that was such a great laugh and will forever be such a great memory. Just know that I tell this story so much better than I write it! Well, I tell it well when I'm not laughing about, but if you can understand me between my laughing fits, it's pretty comical.

Needless to say they warmed up. We immediately grabbed two kick boards, I took one child under each arm and started to run down the lane with them as they kicked their little legs off. I certainly got my workout in that day and they were such troopers.

When we finished in the big pool and got into regular pool, Avery said "Ahhhhh...this feels like a bathtub." Grant said "Miss Marcy, I don't wanna go in the other pool ever again, ok?" I just smiled and didn't make any promises.

I. Love. My. Job!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Snowy Sunday

North Texas looks beautiful today. A few inches of snow covers the trees, cars and ground. Pretty. Pretty! If you get a chance to drive past TWU's Lowry woods, do it! It's gorgeous and completely intact. I'm guessing that wouldn't be the case if the students were back in town.

I needed to run a quick errand so I yelled for my pooch (who snuck past me and headed out for some fresh air when I opened the door) and carefully made my way to my truck. As I got situated myself inside, turned on the ignition and started to reach for my seat belt I noticed that my windshield was completely covered in snow. I tried using my wipers, but the fresh snow was a bit too heavy and the wipers wouldn't budge. Remembering that my ice scrapper is usually stored under my driver's seat, I reached for it, but couldn't find it. Looking over my right shoulder I saw my blue flippers and had a ingenius idea!!!

Lemme just say that my flippers did the trick and because they're longer than my ice scrapper my boobies were spared! I usually have to lean quite a bit when reaching for the middle portion of the windshield, which usually leaves my girls pressed directly into the cold snow or ice packed on the side and hood of my truck. Frozen bubbies are no bueno and they seem to take so, so much longer to warm up that say my feet or hands! LOL go figure!!

Anyhow, when I got home I decided it was time for some hot chocolate. Found this recipe online and it's delish! Naturally, I tweaked it to my tastes by adding cinnamon and using 1% milk instead of whole. I also used light dutch cocoa that I purchased at Sprouts not long ago. Good stuff and incredibly economical. I'd suggest using less salt and maybe less sugar. If you like rich hot chocolate this will hit the spot!


Makes 5 3/4 cups dry mix or 92 eight-ounce servings

  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • Whole milk for serving


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
  2. For individual servings, pour 1 cup whole milk into a microwave-safe mug, and microwave on high just until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix, and stir to dissolve. For a larger batch of cocoa, warm the milk in a saucepan set over medium-low heat, taking care not to let the milk boil; as it warms, stir in 2 tablespoons of mix for each cup of milk.

Read more at Homemade Hot Chocolate - Martha Stewart Recipes

Friday, January 7, 2011

Barlow Girl - Thoughts of You

I've been crying and meditating over this song all day. (thank you, pandora) I haven't literally been crying all day, but for the most part it's been a pensive day. A flood of thoughts and memories have continually washed over me and it has almost felt overwhelming.

In the last few weeks there has been an echoing theme in all that I hear and read and it's been about recognizing and enjoying the moments that make up this journey. It seems to have presented itself t me in the strangest places from an acquaintance's "laws of fighting" (click here), a devo from Girlfriends in God (click here), UBD daily word emails, songs on the radio, in my quiet time, movies, and fictional reading. Although, I've understood the concept for many years, it's just now sinking into the secret places of my heart. While listening to this song I was finally able to sit back and sincerely thank Him for this momentary lack of peace/discomfort and a bit of uncertainty.

I hope you enjoy this song. It's simple, sweet and worship provoking.

Call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Psalm 50:15

It may not be according to our time line, but He will deliver us.
Trust in Him.
Enjoy the heartache.
Enjoy the waiting.
Enjoy the process.
Consider it pure joy as the author and finisher of our faith disciplines our lives.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lost In Translation

While starting a round of leg extensions a friend approached me to see how training was going. I was trying to focus on the set, but he kept asking me questions, to which I answered with nods, forced smiles or shoulder shrugs. So much for gym etiquette... he wasn't getting the hint so I took a quick break to chit chat. Our conversation was pretty standard, but he said something as he was leaving that caught my attention. He said "Ok. Well, have a goodnight. échale ganas."

échale ganas. I kept repeating it to myself, understanding fully what he was saying to me in Spanish, but when the thought was considered in English all meaning vanished from me. It's a difficult phrase to accurately translate because it can easily mean so many things, and it occurs to me that yet again the English language is sometimes flavorless. In this particular instance he was telling me to give it my all, hit it hard, do my best, etc.... Even as I translate for you, I feel like it's still not enough to fully describe what he was saying to me. It's almost as if it means, give it my all with an extra measure of something much deeper, more positive and hopeful. Work harder than hard!

To all my ladies who are climbing those mountains and waiting it out - échale ganas.

Love y'all.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


an undisclosed temptress emailed this to me tonight! She knows....oh, she knows very well....All I gotta say is that this beanie wearing Italian Rugger, Sergio Parisse, is ahem... =) very attractive. I like ruggers. I like the way certain men look in beanies and this man is rockin' it! If only y'all could see him smile, it's presh! Goodness gracious!
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These photos make me smile!

Uyen, showing off her fancy pantene hair. I had so much relaxed fun at her wedding reception. I heart this woman, big time!
Roddey. Messed with the bull and got the horns! Just kidding! I mess with him all the time for no apparent reason. I thought he'd look cute sportin' a pair of kid swim goggles. The teal goggles + his purple monkey = one hot mess! We're so much alike it's crazy! (Minus the dry humping...I don't dry hump! lol)
Mita!!! I love you most of the time!
Nolan. He's cool. He's messed up in the head. He was the cutest puppy, next to his daddy Texas, of course. Oh! and Roddey! (Roddey was completely delicious when he was a puppy!)If I had a bigger place I'd consider calling him my own, but I highly doubt my sister-in-law and nephew would part with him. He's fun to walk with and semi "special" to jog with. He gets easily spooked and hasn't quite figured out that running directly into and clipping the person that's jogging beside him is highly dangerous. It's especially dangerous if said jogger is a BBW! He just don't know!! If all this woman went down because of better believe he's gonna feel it cause I'm gonna make for dang sure I land on him! =)
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Monday, January 3, 2011

What the heck?!?!

It's been days since this fast has started and it seems that the trials are slowly starting to roll in. These trails are small, very small, and not all that tempting, but nonetheless men that I may have previously dated or talked to are suddenly starting to emerge from all over the place, the gym, random text messages, emails, phone calls and even facebook!!

Ah! I'm glad these tests are starting off slow, it'll be good for my spiritual muscles to build some endurance. Before the fast started I sat down and heavily considered my greatest temptations and made a plan of action. I know they're coming, not sure when or how, but I'll have to face them sometime.

This journey isn't even about men, but about the things I hold on to so tightly. Affirmations, compliments and attention make me feel good, but with all feelings are often fleeting. I long for something much deeper.

I'll keep you posted.