Saturday, December 27, 2008
1. I love to visit Ruby's Readery (a local used and new bookstore) and buy books by authors I have not previously read.
2. I have increasingly alarming short term memory loss.
3. I can't stand it when people walk into work in a bad mood. Leave it at home, people!
4. I still worry about my grown children when the weather is bad. I will call my son (almost 28 yrs. old) to make sure he made it to work okay.
5. My favorite event of the year is NG weekend. That's the weekend I get together with my three sisters for about three and a half days. This year will be NG6.
6. I need to get back on track with Weight Watchers.
7. I didn't send Christmas cards this year.
8. I want a large print Bible but I don't want it to weigh ten pounds.
9. I never thought I would enjoy receiving email as much as receiving regular mail, but I do.
10. I like SPAM and I have several recipes that include it.
11. My job is very challenging but I love it.
12. I find myself referring to people I know only through blogging by their names as if we know each other. (I hope that doesn't scare any of you.)
13. I would still like to be a stay at home mom one day.
14. My favorite place to be is at home.
15. I go to an amazing church-First Free Will Baptist Church of LG.
Okay, just like Melinda, I won't tag anyone. Do it if you want to be random like us!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Here's my beef: I just shudder when I hear people say "I CAN'T WAIT TIL CHRISTMAS IS OVER!" Am I the only one who cringes when they hear this? Do these people think about what they are saying? Do they really mean they can't wait until we stop honoring and celebrating our Savior's birth? Are they that sick of the idea of being generous and giving and loving? Is being with family and friends that painful? Have they forgotten what it was to be a child and LIVE 364 days a year just for Christmas Day?
I'm just asking.
If you are one of those people, maybe it's time for you to step away from your baking and shopping and planning and going and doing and just BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD.
Let me share something with you from John J. Parsons: "Be still comes from the Hiphil stem of the verb rapha (meaning to be weak, to let go, to release) which might better be translated as "cause yourselves to let go" or "let yourselves become weak". But to what end are we to "be still" or "let go" or "surrender" or even "die to ourselves"? We "let go" in order to objectively know the saving power of God in our lives. We give up trusting in ourselves and our own designs in order to experience the glory of God's all-sufficiency. When we confess the truth about who we really are-weak, feeble, ineffectual-we can surrender our desire to control outcomes and entrust the care of the world to God."
Maybe the reason you are ready for Christmas to be over is because you think it is up to you to make Christmas be everything for everyone. Stop trying. Rest. Be still. Know that He is God.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
My picture is one of my family that was taken when I was about four years old. I am the blonde in the front. I love this picture of my sweet, wonderful family. It is especially dear to me now that my mother, father and youngest sister are in heaven. I would LOVE to have this on canvas to hang on my wall. Even better, I would love to have four of them so I could give one to each of my remaining sisters.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
This is the dining room table. It is rather plain but I like something simple so that it is easy to remove for dinner time.
Dennis' Christmas Village:
Some of the pretties on the tree:
A shot of the tree from the living room. We decided to put it in the little breakfast nook and I love how it looks here. Our artificial, pre-lit tree was destroyed in the flood we had in April so we bought a living tree that will go out in the yard after Christmas. It is a white pine.
Our little tree in the foyer by the front door.
The little Nativity vignette on the tree. I love this.
I have used this little sleigh for a foyer decoration for years and decided to use it for our smaller Christmas gifts this year. I found the neatest wrapping paper at the GROCERY STORE for $1.00 a roll. It has baby Jesus in the manger with a sweet little lamb beside him.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Another contest at http://comeandpeek.blogspot.com/ Check it out.
Whit's first Christmas giveaway is at http://glamlifehousewife.blogspot.com/. You know you want to win so go there!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I am looking forward to this week. We have a bank holiday tomorrow so that means a day all to myself just for me. I cannot wait. I have debated whether or not to run around or shop or just stay at home. Right now staying at home is the most attractive option. I never get a whole day to myself in my house. I love home, don't you? I don't understand people who can't bask in the simple pleasure that is home.
We are also having a community revival all week. It started yesterday and goes through Wednesday. It was great yesterday and last night getting together with other churches and community residents for one purpose-to worship God.
This week means that we are now just a little over two weeks away from my favorite holiday of the year! I get to see all of my sisters and their families and some cousins. I cannot wait to hug my sisters. It has been too long since we were together-May- and that was for the untimely death of our baby sister. It will be good to spend time together at a happy occasion.
Plus, we are taking a little short trip over to Branson with our 11 yr daughter and our 10 yr old grandson the weekend before Thanksgiving. That should be fun. We love that little trip. This time we are staying at the new Hilton for a couple of nights.
And, then we can start the countdown to NG6-our annual sister getaway! Woohoo!
I hope your week is full of fun to look forward to things also.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
1. Do you sit down on a regular basis and write posts archiving them somewhere so you can, with just a few clicks, have a new post every day? OR
2. Do you wait until something fun, sad, incredible, noteworthy, or everyday wonderful happens and sit right down to share it with us http://keelysteger.blogspot.com/? OR
3. Are you organized and creative like Tanya http://comeandpeek.blogspot.com/ and have designated days with lots of fun pictures and tips and contests? OR
4. Do you sit and gaze longingly at your computer screen, fingers poised over the keys, just hoping for a burst of inspiration and, then, when it doesn't come, you settle for those mundane observations and thoughts that, at least, entertain your sistershttp://verlamf.blogspot.com/? OR
5. Do you have a job that allows you lots of free time to look busy while you update and comment and surf? (wouldn't want to get anyone fired) OR
6. Do you have adorable kids that need to be shared with those who live far away http://meganmingy.blogspot.com/ so you post pictures regularly?
Which one are you? What is your method? I would really love to hear your stories. Inspire us.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Blair starts practical nursing school November 3rd! We are so very PROUD of her and excited for her. She has been working as a nurse tech at a hospital and is ready to jump head first into this career. We wanted to show her how we feel and just didn't see any reason to wait until December 25th. So, we didn't.
Can you guess what we gave her?
It wasn't a stethoscope.
It wasn't a pair of white support hose.
One more guess.
It wasn't one of those cool 1950s nurse hats.
It was a ..............................................
She was surprised and excited. It was fun to do something so totally unexpected.
Merry Christmas to you, too!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Here's the clan a couple of years ago at my house for Thanksgiving.
So, it got me thinking about holiday food and what makes it holiday food. In our group they include Mom’s Famous Lemon Fruitcake (don’t flinch til you’ve tried it-out of this world!) and Rhonda’s Cream Cheese Muffins. We only eat these at Thanksgiving. The first Thanksgiving without Mom I determined that we couldn’t go without her fruitcake so I am now the baker of that lemony, nutty sweet. You really should try some. I wish I could send a slice to everyone and forever lay to rest your misgivings about all cakes of fruit. The Cream Cheese Muffin recipe was found in a newspaper years ago and became a staple once served at a family gathering. These moist, gooey balls of dough filled with cream cheese and coated in butter and cinnamon are mmm, mmm good.
I am sure that some of you are like our family and there are items that you ONLY eat on certain holidays. Here’s your chance to tell us about your awesome annual delights.
What dish or treat is ONLY served on a holiday at your family get-togethers? And, is there a special story behind it? We love background!
I need to start my list of fabulous things to take to Hot Springs this year. I will be taking the Lemon Fruitcake as always but try to find something new to introduce each year, hoping that we will discover a new must-have, eat it once a year, only Auntievee can bake it that good treat. If you have any suggestions for me, let me know?
Fall IS my favorite time of year and I know it is because I will get to spend several days with my wonderfully dear family. I hope you are blessed as I am.
Monday, October 20, 2008
My sister Nora and my husband Dennis are not afflicted in this way at all. They have the ability to open drawers and boxes and, in one swoop, dump it all in the trash bin. They don't pick up every piece of paper and envelope and peruse the contents on the outside chance that some treasure has been hidden there for generations, or at least months.
Friday, October 17, 2008
My own birthday came in August that year. (Well, it comes in August every year………but, oh well.) I think I felt her absence more that day than I had any day so far, even the day we buried her. It was the first birthday in my memory that I didn’t hear her say “Guess what I was doing X number of years ago today?” I loved the way she asked that question as if it were the first time every time. I can hear her voice and see her smile even now.
Then, along came October 17th that year and I wondered how I would get through her birthday. I felt like bursting into tears every time someone spoke to me and knew that I would have to find a way of coping at work. Leave it to my sisters to make that possible for me. Each one of them made sure to let the others know that they were thinking of them and thanking God for the gift of each other. Being reminded of the great treasure we have in each other made it possible for me to make it through that hard day.
Today was the third birthday for her since her passing. I didn’t spend the day in tears or even have terribly sad thoughts. I have been thinking about this day for about two weeks, wondering if I would be sad. I have thought about my sisters and wondered if they were doing well this week. But, I have spent most of my thoughts about her just remembering how blessed we were to have her for the years we did.
Earlier this year, after the death of my youngest sister, one of my nieces sent this note of encouragement to all of us:
“James Patterson wrote, “I won’t lie to you. I won’t say why God would take her now. But if the fact that she was sent here among us doesn’t point to a loving God, then I can’t help you.”
And so, maybe that is it. The Lord in his infinite mercy loans us those that have the power to shape us, people who are fallible, people who try their best and sometimes still end up short, people who inspire us to leave this world better than how we found it, people whose absence leaves those left behind with the uncertainty and sometimes the unwillingness to carry on without them. And maybe that too is a gift: to feel that deeply, to love that much, to have had them in our lives even for a short while.”
I do believe that God’s mercy is infinite and that His love is indescribable. And that He chose to give me almost 49 years with my mother and I am so thankful for that.
Happy Birthday Mom. I hope you are beating Daddy in a game of Scrabble using all those words you learned with the letter Z!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tonight I talked to my sister Rhonda for about an hour. We usually talk every Saturday night and we missed last week due to my crazy weekend activities. Tonight I didn't make it home from a community function in time for her call so I had to call her back as soon as I walked in the door. As always, she answered and said, "Hang up-I'll call you back." See, she has a plan where she pays one base rate for the month and can call long distance all she wants. So, we always talk on her dime.
We both agreed that two weeks without hearing each other's voice was just too long. We e-mail several times during the week and usually talk to one of the other sisters who can catch us up if we haven't talked to another sister. But, it is not the same as hearing her voice. Each one of my sisters can evoke certain emotions and memories just from the sound of her voice. I am most blessed to enjoy a best friends relationship with each of my sisters. It is interesting that the older I get the more I realize how much they have shaped me and made me who I am today. Sisters are your first playmates, your first friends, your first enemies, your first bodyguards, your first confidants. And, something tells me that mine will be my last of each of those roles, too. I plan to stick with them and I know they will do the same for me.
Nora, Rhonda, Debe - I love you.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Go over here to my friend Whitney's blog and join her pinktabulous giveaway! http://glamlifehousewife.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
She wanted a slumber party. So, we went to work and planned one. First we found an idea for a purse cake and made it for the party:
We decided that the party should be a spa party of the homemade variety. We did foot soaks in the bathtub with our honey foaming bath oil (Katie is on the right):