Monday, August 31, 2009
After lots of fun we went home to rest for the afternoon. Sundays are our 'lazy days'. After church and Sunday school we enjoy dinner with our family and then we take it easy. Dad was already snoozin' because he didn't feel so well, the kids lounge around watching tv and movies together or reading a book, and I took another 4 (yes, count 'em, f-o-u-r) hour nap. I woke up around 5:30 and we went to the local pizza place for dinner for Taylor's birthday. Even though her birthday was 4 days earlier we still hadn't celebrated with mamaw and papaw yet. So we met up and chowed down on the buffet, the kids played video games in the arcade area and we visited for at least an hour or more before we decided to head home. Taylor didn't get much of a party this year or any special recognition and fancy presents. She got a vehicle to drive again! lol (makes her deliriously happy! plus....bonus for me....I don't have to drive her around everywhere!!!). Daddy fixed up the pick up, got her a new headlight installed, we paid the taxes and new license and she's rollin' on her own again! This was present enough for her. Thank goodness for us she's a very appreciative child and knows the value of what we had to do for her to be able to drive again and she was more than pleased with that for her gift.
Surprisingly enough....after my 4 hour nap, I didn't feel wide awake into the wee hours. I managed to crash around 9:30 or 10 and slept like a baby. Ahhhh..... I love Sundays. :) I don't know that we served Him in much of a way today other than worshiping at church and thanking Him for the funnel cake I had during Fun in the Son, but I think He appreciates when we take a day to enjoy the sunshine and fellowship with other Christians. That's how we served today. How bout you?
(maybe I'll add pictures later.... blogger won't load them tonight). :(
Saturday, August 29, 2009
and Tater loves them. I guess he deserves a little treat from time to time....after all, he puts up with all of us on a daily basis. :)
Freebies this week are Greenies dog chew treats (which are awesome, we've had them before),
Click on the picture to go to the site and claim your goodies! :) And don't be chewing on them before the dog. lol! Okay, I'm tired and delirious....will post more tomorrow when I'm not half asleep and nodding my head while typing. I was a busy girl today and it's catching up with me!!! I made a quilt (okay the top at least), baked homemade bread (it was past bread making day and my family was tired of the store bought bread), and I tried a new pepper steak recipe with rice and veggies today (total YUMMY!). So, see, I deserve a break and I think I'll go to bed early for a change. Tomorrow if Fun in the Son at church and I'm looking forward to some relaxation and rejoicing on a Sunday. My favorite day of the week!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I knew she 'existed' before anyone else would believe me. I'd had two separate pregnancy tests ran at the local health department where we lived and they still kept telling me I wasn't pregnant. I argued that their tests must be outdated. They continued to try and 'explain' to me that I had fooled my body into thinking I was pregnant because I wanted to be so badly. I had tricked myself into skipping periods, having swollen breasts, peeing constantly and being so exhausted I was falling asleep at my desk at work. Yep.... it was all in my head. NOT! By the time I had a real doctor confirm my dreams come true I was about 2 months pregnant. And of course by that time I was being lectured as to why I hadn't come to the doctor sooner and wasn't on prenatal vitamins and caring for myself better. Geez.... I wonder why?!
Most people say they can remember the day their children were born. But how vividly can you remember? Little things can trigger those memories. I have things come back to my mind like they are happening now, or I'm living those moments. The smell of the hospital room, the sound of monitors and beeping noises, (and here's a gross one for you....) even the smell of TUCKS. Yep, those medicated pads they give you to sooth those nice episiotomies. (did I even spell that right?) Who cares, we all know what I'm talking about.
Now when she washes her hair and I still get to tuck her in at night, I can smell the clean scent of her shampoo and it reminds me of the baby shampoo and lotion when she was tiny. She always smelled so yummy. How did she grow up on me? On August 27, 1992 I gave birth to a beautiful, 9 wopping pound baby girl. She was perfect. She was CHUBBY! She was perfect.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
So, today I choose to laugh. The last thing I can really remember laughing so hard at and doing was when we were in Haiti and my daughter learned a song she sang with two of our friends from the Mission... Roberto and Alex. We miss them so. We miss Haiti. But I can hear the sound of my daughter's voice singing and laughing like never before while they acted out the motions to their song. It warmed my heart, it touched my soul. It made me laugh like I never expected. I'll try to link the video here, but if it doesn't work then please forgive me and picture if you will a young, American girl (i.e. white) lol, with corn rows in her long blonde hair, singing a traditional song "Welcome to my house my brother", with two grown (although childlike at heart) Haitian (i.e. black--like you couldn't figure that one out) lol, men standing up, sitting down and laughing....ha ha haaa ha haaaaaaaaa.... :) It makes me smile just thinking about it.
Please, take the time to stop and laugh today. It's the best medicine, it prevents wrinkles, it warms your heart. And besides all that....it makes people wonder what the heck you're up to!!! LOL
Sunday, August 23, 2009
After working I took the kids and we made a Wal Mart run to finish getting school supplies and gym shoes, plus a few goodies for momma! =] I found some things I wanted to sew and try my hand at for fund raisers and gifts. So I was in need of some new material and found some awesome new little bundles of fat quarters in the sewing department. We're lucky that our Waldo World is one of the last few stores that the material and sewing notions haven't been yanked from the shelves. I'm convinced that's only because we live in the middle of nowhere and there's no other options to find the things we need. Okay, so they have some material, but nothing like making a trip to JoAnn's or Hancocks. Ho hum...the perils of living in rural America.
I've got lots of fun ideas in mind for these cute patterns. Some are hid from the picture! ;) hmmm... wonder if I planned it that way? lol
So here's the first attempt at a pattern I found for burpies on Susan Weinroth's blog. She links to the Fiskars website where she posted instructions and they are SUPER uber easy! Plus they were actually a lot of fun to make. I'm an instant gratification kinda' girl so these were a cinch to put out and very fast. I was so proud! lol =] I'm going to start making these and using them for fundraisers for our next mission trip. A portion of the proceeds will go to our mission travel fund, and a portion will go to the Life Connection Mission directly to help fund various needs for the people in Montrious, Haiti. I'm so excited! Something I can do in my spare time (like I've got much of it), to help us save money and donate to the mission.
So, here's the second thing I started. More burpies, but a matching set with one just using applique and an aplique newborn t-shirt for baby to match. How stinkin' cute is that?! I had a certain little baby girl in mind when I made these! I wonder if her momma will see this picture before she sees the shower gift. ;)
I cut the strips to make the burpies with just my quilting cutting mat and ruler with a rotary cutter, and the applique patterns (the P and the flower) I cut using my Cricut machine! Love that sucker! So, these were really quick!
Friday, August 21, 2009
And did you remember to fill out your form last week for the *FREE* chocolate?! I got my coupon this week and enjoyed a full sized 3 Musketeers yesterday! Just when I needed it, at the end of a hectic day when I was ready to pull my hair out. I stopped at the Shell station, got my 50cent Dr. Pepper and a chocolate fix. I tell you, it's like valuum. Aaaaaahhhhh.... Don't forget to click every Friday to get your chocolate!
So, now after I eat my fat-in-a-sack, have my Dr. Pepper and favorite candy bar I'll sit back and wait for my juice jug to come in the mail. Yep, it's shaping up to be a lazy Friday. Did I mention the weather is still awesome today? Cool with a slight breeze, overcast but not dark and gloomy cloudy. It's a nice day to curl up with a good book. Maybe at least for an hour or so. I do have work to do and want to look like I accomplished something when my hubby gets home (besides just cleaning the coffee table and dining room table off and throwing away a week's worth of junk mail).
Thursday, August 20, 2009
*SIDEBAR* (this is where my mind wanders in the middle of something important) Speaking of football reminds me of Tanner last night. My 5 year old comes into the living room sweating like a greased pig and with his hands on his hips proclaims that he's done with his workout! lol =] What workout? He tells me he's been outside doing his sit ups and jumping jacks and push ups so he can practice for football for when he's older and they will let him play. It's terrible being 17 and trapped in a little 5 yr old body don't you know. Then he proceeds to show me and do them all over again in the living room floor so I know he's actually telling the truth. And he's doing them right! The little stinker can do more push ups than I can! Then he takes a few more minutes to explain to me the proper way to throw a football so it spirals.... "like this mom." Once he's completed his 'workout' before leaving the room he informs me, "and I'm good ya know?!" "I'm gonna love it when they let me play mom, and I'm gonna be the toughest one!" Oh how I look forward to the days when he plays.... I'll be the mom on the sidelines wearing the oversized jersey with my sons name and snapping pictures while he's breaking records. Just wait and see.
Now...back to our regularly scheduled program.
Today, I'm thankful for my senses. The ability to see these colors, to smell the fresh air, take it into my body and know that God is with me wherever I go. He loves to share his creation with me and I think when we appreciate it He revels in making something so magnificent.
I think each part of God's earth is beautiful in it's own way. I'm thankful that He placed me right where I am. Where I can enjoy the green grass tickling between my toes, the shade of the trees, and the sound of the birds. Just as I'm sure those who live in other parts of the world are right now thanking Him for the sound of the ocean, the smell of the salt or the feel of the warm sand between their toes. I'm thankful today that God has placed me right where He wants me to be, and has made me who I am.
What are you thankful for?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Cinnamon Roll Dough:
1 Cup warm water
2 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1 Cup hot water
3 egs, beaten
1/2 Cup butter flour
3/4 Cup sugar
Mix the first 3 ingredients and set aside. Dissolve the next 4 ingredients and then add eggs. Add enough flour to make a soft batter, then add yeast mixture and beat well. Add more flour so that you can stir it with a spoon. Let rise, work down, and let rise again. Roll out on floured counter top. Add your butter, sugar, cinnamon, roll 'em up and slice 'em!
Yep... yeast and dough look really eewwy! ;(
Okay... now for the good part!!!
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 1/2 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
1-2 Tbsp dark corn syrup
2 Tbsp heavy cream
In a heavy skillet melt butter on low heat. Don't get in a big hurry, we'll indulge soon enough! :) While your butter is melting add brown sugar. You don't need to stir right away, just let it melt down. It's starting to smell gooey and yummy!
Then add in corn syrup and cream. Stir it all together, still keeping your heat low. When it starts to bubble and simmer you've got your caramel! Poor half the mixture in a round greased pan (a 9-10 inch cake pan works great). You've got enough for too pans or if you really like TONS of caramel poor it all in one pan. :)
Take one green apple, peel and dice into tiny chunks. Scatter your apple in the bottom of the pan on your caramel mixture. Place your cut up chunks of cinnamon roll in the pan and let them rise for about 20 minutes.
Now it's time to bake your goodies! Keep them loosely covered with foil in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, uncover and cook for about another 10 minutes or until rolls are done. When you take them from the oven find a serving tray (even a large dinner plate works fine), cover your pan of rolls and quickly flip! Use a butter knife if necessary to raise the pan and voila! You've got warm, yummy, gooey sticky buns! Which unfortunately if you eat enough of these, will be how you describe your own buns! lol :) Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I'm a senior momma!!! :) Oh please....
My boys' first day of school. Sissy was already off to her high school responsibilities before the boys were out of bed. :( Tater just couldn't understand why he couldn't go with us this morning. Where is everyone off too?
Monday, August 17, 2009
I just saw this trailer today and I think I have to mark my calendar, schedule it in my blackberry, put post-it's on my fridge... When November rolls around you'll find my butt in a movie seat soaking in Sandra Bullock's latest: The Blindside
Extra Bonus! I found a new video link through the ABBA fund for books on adoption! I'm off to Amazon to find the latest great reads! Stay tuned for reviews!
What will your heart be led to today? Even if it's not sponsorship of a child through Life Connection, or another country even, let it be to works that are pleasing to our Lord above. Find your own mission in life, your own way to be of service to Him by helping his people, wherever they are in need.
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." --Matthew 25:40
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Sure, I got up went to church but this morning it wasn't something I looked forward to or even felt as if it was a chore. It just was. What happened to excitement and thrill of hearing a new message or feeling moved by the music or others' words of inspiration? We skipped Sunday School and came home. I made lunch (homemade pizza! Yep...again), and then spent my afternoon wanting to be left alone. I ate my lunch alone while watching the tail end of a movie that didn't impress me (least of all inspire me), I didn't encourage my kids in anything this afternoon. Taylor left with a friend to go to evening service at their church, Tyler has one again felt like the loner being the middle child and never knowing what's going on or feeling left out. Tanner spent his time with Dad and they went to the skate park this afternoon late to spend some time just getting out of the house I suppose. So, voila.... I was ultimately left alone. Just like I wanted, right? Wow... I guess I didn't want to really be alone after all. I began thinking of when i was my daughter's age, looking forward to going to church on Sundays with my boyriend (now my kids daddy), it was actually something I looked forward to and I could have been more encouraging to her. I remember having the 'only child' syndrome in my house and knowing how Tyler feels being left out of everything. It stinks. And, then I remembered what it was like feeling like a single parent in a two-parent household once upon a time. That really BITES. And, here I'd left Eric to feel like that single parent today. Yesterday went down the pooper and today wasn't any better for me.
So, while I'm sitting here alone I think of what I can do to serve today. To make Him proud and not feel like I wasted one of his glorious days for me. I decided to make my family dinner. Not just a coldcut sandwich and chips with dip. I love to cook and haven't done a really big meal in a while. So, I head to the kitchen. I love my kitchen. I wish it were bigger and brighter and had a freakin' window!, but I love it. :) Hmmm, what to cook. T-Bones, fresh corn on the cob, garlic oven fries, fresh cucumbers.....yep, that'll do it. A bit starchy but what the heck. Some of my family's favorite things. So, while I'm cooking started thinking of what these things remind me of. My all-time favorite cooking magazines are Cook's Country and America's Test Kitchen. Awesome recipes and the pages and pictures make me think of my Pappy's house and how Mammie used to cook. I don't remember her, but I remember him and the house and the retro furniture and the big giant coffee can full of crayons they kept for us in the living room and the red velvet curtains in the house. I miss that.
These magazines are from the same parent company I believe and the same editors. Check out their websites and get a free issue (actually several free issues!) of different cooking magazines. They're awesome and you'll love them!
Eric's favorite recipe from my magazines is Garlicky Oven Fries. He's been hooked since the first time I made them, and I've learned to modify recipes to suit our tastes. Or at least his.... he's not as much of a garlic fan as I am. ;) lol These are super simple and yummy! You can see the ingredients if you click on the pic. My simple solution. I nuke my 'taters for about 5 minutes to get them somewhat cooked around the edges and then cut them into chunks about a 1/4". I put the corn starch, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a plastic bag, toss the 'taters in and shake it up till they are all coated. Oil my pan, spread them out and bake away! :) It makes it much quicker and less garlicky than using real garlic minced. That's totally yummy, but not Eric's fav. I'm hoping he'll be a little excited when he gets home. Or at least in a better mood after eating that we can enjoy our evening together.
Throw in some home-grown corn on the cob and what could be better? Did I mention I love my kitchen? I love some of my antique pots and pans and bowls too. This pan makes me think of my grandad, and the 70's. :) How he used to cook in his kitchen with a dish towel thrown over his shoulder, one tied around his waste for an apron and the whistle of the pressure cooker while he sliced up raw turnips for us to eat together. How can a pot provoke such memories?
Well, did I make you hungry? I've got my family home again, they ate and we're spending our evening together. We're watching the food network. lol :) The cake challenge show. Tyler is designing a cake to make next week and we'll do it together. My hubby has his belly full and in a better mood. I'm hoping that in some way I've served Him by serving my family. There are so many more things I could have done today. So many more ways I could have served Him. Just worshiping and praising my Lord doesn't seem like enough at times. I'm hoping tomorrow I do more to share Him with others. Hopefully today I shared Him with my family by serving them.
Still trying to get used to my new glasses and those annoying little blue pills. Maybe that's why I'm feeling out of sorts today. That's at the top of my prayer list. To somehow figure out this dizziness in my head and the headaches that seem to linger.
Tell me, what did you do today to serve Him? I hope your Sunday was better than mine.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tanner has been begging since he saw the previews to go see G-Force and today he got his wish. I've heard "get your face out of my butt" so many times I swear he could memorize the entire movie. That and "poop in his hand! poop in his hand!" Oiy... and Kindergarten starts in two days?! I hope he learns how to control his sense of humor and his little mouth before school starts. I think the 'cuteness' wore off about a year ago...
So, while I'm surfin the web, I come across this little jewel I think Tanner needs. Looks like a great shirt for a 5-yr-old wouldn't you agree?Seriously have to find some more goodness at their website: Chasing Fireflies
I came across their site from another bloggie friend who ordered a halloween costume for her daughter. MAJOR cuteness! Seriously! I wish I had small kids again just to shop for some of their useless stuff! I *big puffy heart* this stuff! Yep...I'm feeling the need to do something domestic! Do I torture the Cricut Machine or the sewing machine?
Friday, August 14, 2009
So, onward and upward to better things! It's Friday Freebie! Did you know that Wal-Mart online has a page for just freebies?! Free samples and free trial offers. They change constantly! Bookmark THIS PAGE and go back to visit often! There are tons of freebies. Maybe something that interests you, or maybe your neighbor or a friend. This week, I think I'm going for the Nicorete Gum and I'm going to send it to my sister. :) I quit smoking over 2 years ago, wow... almost 2 1/2 years ago! And I'm so glad I did. She's tried lots of times, and even if the Nicorete doesn't work, it will be my way of saying, "What the heck are you doing? Would you QUIT already?!" lol She may hate the gum and never chew it, but she'll try to quit one more time. Who knows. The gum may work....and it's FREE! :)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Today I'm thankful that my (our--mine and my husband's) voice was heard at the school board meeting. My youngest son will attend school where his siblings have always gone. Small victory yes, but the battle isn't over. Long story short, his class size was increased rather than the enrollment policy being modified. My work is not finished there...
Today I'm thankful that my favorite doctor (Hi Dr. J!) was on-call at the ER when I arrived. Hubby was worried after a nasty dizzy episode that I might have been having a stroke so he rushed me to the ER. Dr. J participates and practices medicine with Life Connection Mission. His heart shares the same love for a people that have become so important to me. I know his soul and heart better because of his mission work. (Plus he was my family doctor as a child too! I'm kinda partial! But since he's retired I don't have the luxury of his expertise on a regular basis.) lol
I'm thankful that the good Lord listens to prayer. For those who earnestly seek him you'll find him when you seek him with all your heart. :)
Then, yesterday, it was a trip to the eye doctor. I haven't had a real eye exam in probably close to 20 years. The over-the-counter reading glasses from the local waldo world aren't cutting it anymore. So, yes, old age is starting to creep up on me...I have been prescribed real glasses. (insert rolling eyes smiley face here). lol I'm thankful that I live in a world where modern technology can diagnose so many things and there are remedies to help us be comfortable in this world. I can live with glasses. Maybe i'll start wearing my hair in one of those tight buns and people will think I'm some freaky genius girl! lol I'm just glad I will be able to see what I'm eating, and read what I'm seeing. That was my funny for the week. I told the doctor when he ask that "I wear eating glasses". Honest... serious slip of the tongue. Then I explained I have to wear my reading glasses to eat because my plate is blurry and it gives me a headache. lol So, I wear my reading glasses to eat, and my eating glasses to read. Okay, maybe too much valum and little blue pills. lol But I'm thankful that they give me comfort and relief for my current symptoms of the week.
My most awesome and incredible thing I'm thankful for today is a loving husband who cares for me like no other. God's command for the husband to love his wife as Christ loves the church is truly what he strives for on a daily basis.
(Okay, so I spooked him a tad bit), He rushed me to the doctor, babied me by taking care of my clothes and jewelry, and filling out all the nasty paperwork that I was surprised he knew answers to questions I thought he wouldn't. lol He never left my side. He even sacrificed and slept in the awful (uncomfortable) hospital bed next to mine. I can't remember the last time he was so attentive, not even during childbirth! lol :) He took me to the eye doctor (so I didn't have to drive the one hour round trip...not a good idea when the road doesn't go straight in my mind this week!), and he's taken every opportunity to hold my hand when I least expect it. He fixed me breakfast this morning and brought me yummy warm pancakes dripping in syrup and has stayed home with me for the last two days. I love him more than he could ever begin to realize and I am so very thankful to my Lord for giving me such a wonderful gift to care for me and share all my days on this earth with. I love you Eric!
What are you thankful for today?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
During our trip to Haiti we met Olivia. A missionary family currently living in Haiti is in the process of adopting this precious little girl. She was a joy to see and play with and this one picture just makes me think of looking to Heaven to thank our Lord for the blessings we are so abundantly surrounded by. The simple things in life....sunshine, trees, birds, water. The things that are new through a child's eyes. :)
And precious Kristi. Beautiful little Kristi. Surrounded by so many people who aren't like her, wanting to have a tiny little nose, straight blonde hair, different colored eyes. She can't see the beautiful person yet that we all discovered long ago. God made her perfect just like she is. This picture was actually taken before she had her hair straightened. I told her I was going to miss her 'fro braids and fuzzy 'fro hair so she let me take pictures before she had her dream of straight hair fulfilled. Someday she will see just how beautiful she really is. We love her just the way God made her.
Monday, August 10, 2009
...that Evaline is one heck of a 'cosmetologist' (of sorts). Trying to earn extra money for her family she takes time to come to the mission house when teams visit to see if anyone would like their hair done, Haitian style. ;o) She graced us with her beautiful smile and personality one evening and we paid her to braid the girls' hair.
I guess to me, seeing who the faces of Haiti really are shows so much more than a face with a name card against a school wall. Evaline is still in need of a sponsor to help her attend school. At the age of 20, being in the 8th grade is quite an accomplishment. You see, in Haiti the grade you're in doesn't depend on your age and simply passing to the next year...you don't go to school unless you can pay for it. So making it to a jr. high or high school level is awesome. But also, difficult.
It's not just about picking out the one with the cutest smile or saddest face. It's about who the children and the people are. Today, I'm sharing just Evaline, giving you an idea of what's to come. I want to share who the children are and hopefully match them with loving, supportive sponsors who want to share the love of Christ with them.
To sponsor Evaline you can click on the sponsor link in the right sidebar or leave a comment to this post, or feel free to e-mail me directly at email@example.com and I'll make sure you are linked up with Evaline, or another child of your choice. There's more to come! Watch next week for new faces.