Friday, March 28, 2008


Phillip R. Bethancourt has been accepted into the PhD program!!!

He will be studying Systematic Theology under the supervision of Dr. Russell D. Moore

Studying alongside him under Dr. Moore and thus completing the band of brothers will be:
Robert E. Sagers and Jedidiah R. Coppenger

**I figure we better start using their middle initials now because it always seems to get included once you acquire a doctorate!

Congratulations guys! We look forward to many shared memories in the years to come...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

93% Dixie + 81% Dixie = A Highly Southern Marriage

I just got an email from my grandmother, Mama Sug, with a fun little tidbit attached to it. It is a quiz that is adapted from a Harvard study analyzing dialect. The quiz is short and rather amusing so I thought I would pass on the link for others out there to test their dialect.

So here's the address:
Or you can try this LINK to take you straight to the test.

The scale is 0% = Pure Yankee and 100% = Pure Dixie

Note: Once you click on an answer in the test don't change it because that will affect the score. Ponder your answer first then make a final decision and stick with it. After you have it scored you can go back and see the explanations for the other answers.

Phillip scored 81% which isn't too shabby for a guy who spent 6 years in Connecticut. I guess he didn't get too Yankeefied! I, on the other hand, am unmistakably Dixie with a score of 93%. With a gene pool like this it may mean our children our destined to be named: Bubba, Dixie, Loretta, or Earl, or at a minimum have 2 first names i.e. Peggy Sue or Bobby Jack. And now you know for sure we ain't just whistlin' Dixie...we're true Southerners y'all!

Enjoy the quiz and y'all come back now ya hear!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Little Did You Know...Part I

I have been thinking for some time now that I would post some interesting/little known facts about this brand of Bethancourts (meaning Phillip & I--I have to qualify which Bethancourts because there are a number of us!) Some other friends of mine have done the same and it has proved quite entertaining. So, without further adieu here are some fun facts about myself:

  • When I cross my legs while sitting, I use the foot that is off the ground to make patterns and geometric shapes in the air. They must always be symmetrical. It is crazy I know.
  • I love to dance! I took ballet, tap, and jazz for 7 years when I was little. Now, my favorite is to two-step and I sincerely wish I could spend many nights a year at a country western dance hall with my husband. Gruene Hall anyone?
  • Dessert is not my thing really. I would much prefer having extra meat on my plate instead of a sweet. If I do spring for dessert it will be a key lime pie, fresh berries and cream, or cheesecake--chocolate is never my first choice, so don't bake me brownies.
  • I love cowboy hats and boots, although I own neither. I had a Stetson straw hat in high school and college and then it mysteriously disappeared. I think it was stolen. Currently, I longingly pine for brown cowboy boots...
  • I have killed a deer. It was only a little spike, but I killed it with one shot nonetheless. Impressive I know.
  • The Container Store is my favorite store. I love all the organizing accouterments.
  • I choreograph music and dance in my head. It's like I am my own Broadway choreographer and I picture how I would organize the people, props, and dance moves to get the maximum effect. Don't ask me for any demonstrations, they're all in my mind.
  • I played sports growing up: basketball, track, cross country. I also played the trumpet. Move over Louis Armstrong.
  • In 2nd grade I electrocuted myself by sticking a paper clip into an electrical outlet at school all in the name of a science project.
  • American cheese makes me sick to my stomach. I feel like it tastes like the plastic it is packaged in.
  • I was voted Best All-Around Girl, Most Dependable, and Most Likely to Succeed in high school. I feel like I'm still doing pretty well in those departments. After all, I did succeed in marrying the most wonderful husband ever!
  • I love Texas (the state) and Texas A&M University. I might have been recently joked about as having a Texocentric mentality...and I am fine with that claim. But, even though I love it, Texas is not the center of my universe.
Are you shocked and amazed?? A Phillip edition will be coming soon...

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Long Ride Home

I had the privilege of being introduced to Patty Griffin by our dear friends the Dockerys some time last year. (I have to mainly credit Ben Dockery because of the musical guru that he is, but Julie soon became a fan about the same time she became a fan of Ben.) For those who know my musical taste, you will know that I love the country/americana/acoustic genre and I love thought-provoking lyrics. Patty certainly fits this bill. I can describe her voice as a combination of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton and put her in the same singer-songwriter category as my beloved James Taylor.

All that to say, my gracious husband gave me two of her CD's for Valentine's Day and I have been thoroughly enjoying them. So, I thought I would share some thought-provoking lyrics with you and let you meditate on them for a while. This song might be my favorite of hers. Although there are undertones of the sadness of death, missed opportunities, and misspoken words, it resonates with me to enjoy spending my life with the love of my life and encourages me to do all I can to love him well "until death do us part." There are times I mess up and times I could have said "some kinder words instead," but there is hope in Christ and it is because of Him that I can even love at all. And this song makes me look forward to the day that those who know Jesus will no longer taste the sting of death and will live forever in a new creation no longer marred by sin. I hope it encourages you to love and long in the same way...

Long Ride Home
Patty Griffin

Long black limousine
Shiniest car I've ever seen
The back seat is nice and clean
She rides as quiet as a dream
Someone dug a hole six long feet in the ground
I said goodbye to you and I threw my roses down
Ain't nothing left at all in the end of being proud
With me riding in this car, and you flying through them clouds

I've had some time to think about it
And watch the sun sink like a stone
I've had some time to think about you
On the long ride home

One day I took your tiny hand
Put your finger in the wedding band
Your daddy gave a piece of land
We made ourselves the best of plans
Forty years go by with someone laying in your bed
Forty years of things you say you wish you'd never said
How hard would it have been to say some kinder words instead
I wonder as I stare up at the sky turning red

I've had some time to think about it
And watch the sun sink like a stone
I've had some time to think about you
On the long ride home

Headlights searching down the driveway
The house is dark as it can be
I go inside and all is silent
It seems as empty as the inside of me

I've had some time to think about it
And watch the sun sink like a stone
I've had some time to think about you
On the long, on the long
On the long, on the long
On the long ride home