Friday, October 3, 2008

Football Update

Well we have been defeated by two very good teams in our region. Tonight we play another region team with the same record as we have. The Valdosta WildCats. Tonight maybe the turning point in our season. Both teams our looking for a win, and I hope it is us in the win colum. It has cooled off here and now it feel more like football season. It really is no fun sitting in the stadium in 95 degree heat with people very close to you. They are hot you are hot and then everybody is HOT!!!

Well i've rattled enough so I'll close for now and get ready for me some friday nite football!!!!

Friday, August 8, 2008


Coach Propst and his staff.

Here is our 2008 Packer Football Team.

#58 is My son. He is so handsome.

Coach "D" and his men!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beau is a Linebacker and this is what Coach D coaches. We love us some football here in South Ga. We are just 45 miles from Winnersville, ( ESPN awarded this title to the winningest town in the Nation.)Valdosta Ga home of the Lowndes Co Vikings, Valdosta Wildcats, and Home to VSU Blazers 2007 Nationl Champs,Whoo Hoo go Georgia!!!!!
We have the 2-aday coach Rush Propst from Hoover Al as our head football coach. He has brought with him several years of experience, maybe he can turn our team around into a winning team again. We went 2-6 last season, not to good a record.

Well if you are a football fan in your town, and if you have a child that plays let me know. I'm just nosey like that!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

4th of July

We got together at my mother-in-laws for the fourth of July. I got my family together and had my niece take our picture. M wanted to know why I didn't tell them ahead of time so her and her sister could have worn makeup. Sometimes you just have to surprise them. Our oldest is pregnant with her 3rd so I am planning on a family picture after this baby arrives. She, yes we know that it is a girl will be here on James 55 birthday. How fitting, Randi was born on our 3rd wedding anniversary so this baby being born on James' birthday is pretty cool.

Dalton is hollering in an empty grain bin to hear it echo. He thinks that is so funny. The humor of a 2 year old.

M in his swing is too funny, and him swinging her. Mother and daughter moment how sweet. This is my niece Lori she is 15 days older than Beau.
Hope every one had a great 4th sorry this is so late. Oh well at least I got it posted.

Can't Believe My Eyes

I can't really figure out how to start this. We had a visitor at our house the other day. Now we do live in the country, but not that far back in the woods. We do have electricity and running water and indoor plumbing, so this was really a shock.

My husband has teased me for a long time that my family was the Beverly Hillbillies, anyone remember that show. Can I help it that my mother cooked on a woodstove ( and the year was 1978), or that she raised baby goats behind that said stove, or that we had chickens, and a cow and hog. Oh and did I mention that she kinda of favoried Granny, my daddy sorta looked like uncle Jed but what stinks is that I didn't look anything like Elly Mae. When kids now days talk about "old skool" they have no idea.

Now I know you nice city folk have never seen such as this before,in real life, maybe in pictures!!!!!!!!! It was really to much for me too. Some of you have never even had a mouse in your house let alone something like this.

And without futhur adoo............... Yes that is what you think it is a "POSSUM"
How that creature got into our house is beyond me. And to make things worse it likes rice. Thats how we found out we had this creature in our house.

You see my husband works late on thursday nights, so I leave his supper on the stove for him. Well we heard something and thought it was James fixing his plate only to discover this with its head in the rice pot. Thank goodness for brooms and big trash cans.

Ok to all my friends that eat my cookin all is well, critter is back in the wild. Bleach and a good scrub brush will clean anything.

So to Lysa TerKeurst that little spyder that was in your hair can't even touch this.
Check out Lysa's blog to read about her little experience.


OK so its been a while but life has been happening here. It doesn't seem like school has even been out. Beau has had football almost every day and M has gone to summer school. Hope she can pass her math finals. If not and she doesn't pass this math class she will not get to start student teaching in the fall.

I know that this seems like a trivial thing to most people, but to her it is very important. She has worked very hard to finish early and it seems like this professor is going to be her stumbling block. I want to go to the school and "snatch a knot" in this guy (my carnal self coming out) when I should be praying for him. Now don't get me wrong I am praying for him and M's passing his class( did I mention that math is her best subject?).

Oh let me get on my soap box while I'm at it, this isn't the only thing going on. Do you know that you still have to pay your whole tuition when you student teach? Plus a 100.00 extra dollars. Now that doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. M won't even set foot on the campus for the WHOLE semester and the whole tuition has to be paid.
Here is a breakdown:
Parking fees: she won't be there to park.....Priceless
Student Activity fees: she won't be there to be active..... Priceless
Student Teaching fee:100.00 ????????????........Priceless
Tuition:2100.00 for what no body is going to be teaching her she is going to be doing the teaching!!!!!!!!!!!!.........Priceless
etc...etc...etc... and to top all of this off when you student teach you do the teaching and the school system you teach in gets a teacher for a semester at not cost to them. Something just isn't right here. M does get the Hope what am I fussing about when all it is really costing us is 400.00 dollars. I just can't figure out for the life of me why so much when student teachers are not even going to be at the college. LIFE go figure. And do you know that you have to pay $125.00 for them to look at you graduation application. WHAT aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Quick somebody get me a Carmel Moolate before somebody get hurt.

Just 3 more days and 3 more tests she can do it, she can do it. As I keep telling her we are gonna pray her through this summer semester. So will all my cyber- friends unite in helping me pray for my daughter and her finishing school. She will be a wonderful teacher. I know that God has called her to do this because she has such a way with young children. She really cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks again
Your sister in Christ

Saturday, June 7, 2008

21st birthday party

Here she comes, she really dosen't look 21. She will appericate that later on in life. We had a great time, as you can see Dalton had to help MeMe blow out the "cake". We all had a blast. here's to your future M.
(sorry the picutres aren't in order I still haven't figured that part out of this yet.)

Friday, June 6, 2008

My" 21" year old "Baby"

Our baby girl (don't tell her she is really the middle child) turns 21 Friday.
Where did the time go? Just yesterday we were on our way to the hospital, finally in real labor. I had had two weeks of Braxton-Hicks contractions oh and did I mention that M was 2 weeks late. She was suppose to arrive on May the 30th but no she waited until June 6th. I know God knows what he is doing but I was very pregnant and very miserable. (Don't ask God for patience because he will sure give it to you.) She was such a precious gift, not that all my children weren't but Emily was different. Right from the beginning I knew she was going to be different. She was my good baby, you know the kind you hear other people talk about. She wanted to be fed, changed and put in her bed when bed time came at night,no rocking or cuddling just put her down and leave her alone. She is still pretty much like that today. When Emily would wake up in the morning she didn't cry she would lay in her bed and coo and look around. When you went to get her she was always smiling glad to see you. Not that I can say that about her now when you go to wake her up. Emily has for the most part been a good child, she is though a "D" personality. She has an opinion and doesn't mind letting you know it.

Emily will graduate in December from VSU with a degree in Early Childhood Education. That is a semester early. We are very proud of her. Since Emily was in about the 6th grade she has wanted to be a teacher, before then it was a lawyer( and she would have made a very good one). Emily has a gift with young children, something rare. She can take a group of any age 5th grade and down that most people can't seem to do anything with and have them sitting in a circle around her in total awe. It is amazing how she can control a group of rowdy children. It is a true gift. My granddaughter is just a little spoilt, ok a lot spoilt Emily is the one who makes her mind at our house, I try I really do but with those big blue eyes she knows that I am just putty in her hands. Another example of M's gift(that is her nickname because Lexi couldn't say the letter E so she called Emily Me-Me. We really think she was calling her Meanie) was one night at my son's baseball game, his game hadn't started yet and we walked over to watch our music director's oldest son's game. His little brother was running around the bleachers climbing on the fence and Trav was trying to take pictures of Kellen. We sat down on the bleachers and M got Adain to come and sit with us. I left to watch my son play and she stayed with Adain (his mom was at a meeting at school, she is a teacher) he sat on the bleachers the rest of the game and did not move. Trav said he could not believe it, he ask her if she threaten him and M said no she just told him to sit there with her. I have watched her with the kindergarten class she teaches at church it is amazing how she controls their attention. She can even keep pre-schoolers occupied.

To show how much patience she has, M and her boyfriend of 6 years are taking Lexi to Wild Adventures today. M called Lexi last night at her Ninny's (my husbands mother) to ask what she was doing today, Lexi said "Well since my momma has to work I guess I will have to stay at Ninny's again." M ask if she wanted to go to Wild Adventures and Lexi screamed yes dropped the phone and ran off the tell ninny that she was going to Wild Adventures. After about 5 minutes poppy came and hung the phone up. We went over to ninny and poppy's last night to get Lexi so she could spend the night with us, both Lexi and Dalton(her little 2 year old brother) came running out of the house. I went to the porch to get Dalton and he was standing there hollering MeMe get me MeMe get me, no Nanna MeMe get me. My grandchildren don't even care about me when MeMe is around. Go figure. She is going to be a great mother some day.

M has grown into such an amazing young woman, I can't believe how the time has passed so quickly. I have seen her grow in the Lord also, she has a deep relationship with her savior. I know that we are raising her to be independent and I have to let her test her wings and fly, but I hope she doesn't fly to far because I will miss her terribly.

Happy 21st Birthday Emily!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

No pictures of me, on one likes to operate my camara. That's ok the park ranger at St.George Island kept trying to put me back in the water, (thought I was a beached whale). Gotta loose some weight. My oldest daughter says that there should be a load limit on spandex, and if you weight over 125# you should not wear a bikni. Nobody wants to see that much meat, when they aren't at the meat counter. I wish you could listen to her she is a hoot, too funny. I love her she always keeps everyone around her in sitches.


Cory and book, he is suppose to be studying.
Beau and his hole, Dalton thinks it is his private swimmin hole.

The whole gang

This is the life

Shark is a little hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is one cute dude!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are some pictures of our mini family vacation. We had a great time. I was so glad all my children were there also my precious grandchildren. Randi,(my oldest) Dalton, Lexi, Emily(My youngest daughter,middle child don't tell her) Beau my baby, and Cory- Emily's beau, and the love of my life Mr. Wonderful.


Wow it's been along time since I've posted. A lot has been going on around here just nothing I think is very interesting to write about.

Spring football practice is over, my son is thankful for that, 6:30 comes mighty early, he took U.S.History AP exam, he's glad that's over, didn't have to take any finals( exempted them all) woo hooo!!!!!!!! School is out and now the fun begins. He is off to Impact this week gets back on Friday night we get clothes washed and packed and he leaves Sunday for Black Mountain NC, will be back the following Friday. He escapes summer football workouts for one more week. Then off to wrestling camp. How is that boy gonna get a summer job if he is never home this summer?

We have a section in our local newspaper titled "Rant's and Raves", someone posted in there about teenagers not doing anything constructive durning the summer like working a job. They suggested that all teenagers needed to line up at the unemployment office to be hired out as field hands. Something about our youth being lazy. I didn't write a comment but I would have like too. My first question would have been just where and who do you think would hire a 16 year old? I have tried to get my son a job in the field( we have migrant labor here)and no one want to hire a (white)youth. I wanted him to see what hard backbreaking work was like so to encourage him to continue his education. He is an A student and wants to go to college. I would love for him to have a summer job, not a lot of places can hire 16 year old. You have to be 18 to operate any equipment, and as high as gas is working a couple of hours a day isn't worth the money.

Yes he does need the responsibly of working, but I guess that is what football workouts are doing since they have to be there at 7:00am every morning. Later on in the summer they will work out at 6:00pm also. All in all he will stay busy this summer.

Emily finished spring semester, May mester, and then will begin summer semester on June 11, she has really got her plate full this summer also. With the classes she is taking and the time driving from Valdosta it really cuts down on her work hours. Oh well God will provide!!!!!!

Hope everone is enjoying the begenning of summer"vacation" lol.


Friday, May 9, 2008

Mothers Day

Where to Start!

Do you have a mother to honor? I don't and haven't had for a very long time. I really didn't miss her so much untill I had children of my own and then mother's day became very hard for me. My mother never knew my children. She took her own life eight months before the birth of my first child. Now that I am a grand mother I know the joy that she missed. I was very mad at her for a very long time for cheating me out of the joy of her first grandchild.

You see my mother was a very depressed woman and we did not know it at the time. I do now because I know what the symptoms are but then I didn't know. How I wish she had of gotten treatment, so she would have been here to enjoy my babies with me, to see my babies. Our Lexi is redheaded like my mother was and Dalton is our little spitfire. I never had a grandmother so I really never new what a grandmother was or is suppose to do. ( I don't do very well in the kitchen area) I make a mean store bought chocolate chip cookie thought.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The "Eyes" have it
The "Eyes" have it Making you eyes pop is what make up is all about, I know we use foundation to even out skin tone and to give us an even looking complexion. But one of the first things you want people to notice is your eyes. If you are blue eyed try using a brown eyeliner, green eyes try a sage eyeliner, brown eyes use black or sable. Always use an eye primer before applying eye makeup as it will help with creasing and it keeps your shadow on longer.Start with a light color on the entire lid then proceed to the lid using contrasting colors for the lid and crease. If you have cap eyelids make a crease in you lid. Look down into a mirror and make a line where your crease should be blend this line with a eyeshadow brush. I wish I could find my clip art for this. You can go to for the latest tips.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The "Eyes" have it

Making you eyes pop is what make up is all about, I know we use foundation to even out skin tone and to give us an even looking complexion. But one of the first things you want people to notice is your eyes. If you are blue eyed try using a brown eyeliner, green eyes try a sage eyeliner, brown eyes use black or sable. Always use an eye primer before applying eye makeup as it will help with creasing and it keeps your shadow on longer.

Start with a light color on the entire lid then proceed to the lid using contrasting colors for the lid and crease. If you have cap eyelids make a crease in you lid. Look down into a mirror and make a line where your crease should be blend this line with a eyeshadow brush. I wish I could find my clip art for this. You can go to for the latest tips.

Skin part 2:

Ok ladies you know that you should cleanse and moisturize every day twice a day, now how to cleanse your face. Always use circular motions upward and outward. Never pull your skin always pat when drying your face or applying makeup. If you have normal to oily skin always use a sponge to apply your foundation, if you have dry skin always use your finger tip. Using you finger tip on dry skin will help since the fingers have oil on them. (yes they do place you finger tip on a piece of glass or your glasses see the smudge) This help with the dryness. If you have oily skin try to keep your hands off you face durning the day this increases oilyness. If you have very oily skin use an oil blotter, or oil mattifer before putting on your foundation. Monday we will cover the eyes.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Skin Care

Hello my blogger friends,
Today we will discuss skin care. Two important factors cleansing and moisturizing twice daily. Reguardless of what product you use washing and moisturizing you face is the key to healthy looking skin. At night is when the skin repairs itself from the damage done durning the day. Starting off with clean skin helps makeup go on smooth reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. For a list of complete skin care products go to and check out these great products.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Prom 2008

Arn't they handsom and beautiful. This is my son and his date for prom.
This is my (addopted) son's best friend and his date.

Oh what a cute coupel(can't spell,spell check stuck) What clowns, they had a great time.
It seems like yesterday he was born. Then I woke up one day and he was turning into such a handsome young man. I am really proud of him. He is an honor student, play 3 sports and is and all around great guy. God has truley blessed me with three wonderful children and two special grandchildren. I hope all of you are this blessed.

After Mary Kay

These are pictures of me using Mary Kay I couldn't get my before picture to load, I guess it scared my computer so bad it wouldnt load, who knows. Take my work for it I am much more attracitve now.

Before Mary Kay

Hope these pictures come through. This is my husband son and his date for prom. I am a tanning junkie so I have done lots of damage to my skin. Mary Kay has done wonders for my skin. The body products are wonderful, sugar scrubs for the body, eye cream, mineral foundations,mens products, and shopping can be done from the comfort of your home.

If you ladies would like to help me out I would appericate it. Oh did I mention I will be 48 in 25 days?

Just leave me your name and address so I can send you a sample of our skin care. If you like the product you will receive 10% off your order and the best thing I pay the shipping to get your product to you. No more guessing on products.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Living Proof Live

Wow!!!!! We (me and 9 other ladies from my church) just returned from the Beth Moore conference in Jacksonville. What an experience that was. God showed up and stayed for two days. Just think 14500 ladies in one voice and one accord prasing the Lord. If you have never been to one of her conferences I am teling you now you need to attend. Her bible studies are great but to be there in person and experience the praise team and her speaking it is remarkable. We came home so alive and refreshed, with such focus. I am gion to stop looking behind me or to either side, I am only going to focus on forward.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Missing in Action

Well it's been awhile. Kinda got busy with life. Not that any body reads this. I just haven' had any thing to write about.

We did have a wonderful Easter service at my church. Our music director choreograph the whole service. We started out with a song then had the scripture passage read, the a song, 2 of the most moving parts of the service to me was the Lord supper and a song that was sung as well as signed. We don't have any one in our church that is deaf, but the young ladies who did the song did a wonderful job. There is nothing more beautiful to me than seeing a song signed, the flowing motions of the movements. I didn't watch the young lady that sang because I could not take my eyes off of the young woman signing. We partook of the Lords supper with out a word being spoken, it was so reverent and worshipful. The service started out with baptisim, and ended with a touching testimony. What a wonderful way to spend an easter morning.

The only down fall of the whole service was the air conditioning, for some unknown reason the air stayed on the whole time we were in the choir loft. We like to froze, it was so cold. I was miserable. I later made the statement that Christ wasn't comfortable on the cross so why should I be comfortable. Satan tried to take the joy of the message away by getting me to focus on my physical condition at the time. Do you know how hard it is to sing with your teeth chattering together. Hard!!!!!!!!! When I focused on the message and not on myself I found the joy.

Hope you had a meaningful Easter, and a joyful one.

Monday, February 25, 2008


Thanks go out to all of you who were praying for my last post on mother's and daughters. Thanks to our awsome God the daughter did not marry said young man. Through some wise counsleling from our pastor, they have deceided to wait till summer. Mother and father are very relieved. (friends of the family are praying this young man will find another love and break off this relationship) Only God can work this out, and he will let this young lady make up her own mind. We keep trying to protect her but she dosen't want protection, she is in "love".

Monday, February 18, 2008

Mothers and Daughters

I have a friend who's daughter is riping her heart out. This daughter was given an engament ring last christmas 2006. My friend and her husband had a talk with said young man who gave said daughter the ring and explained to him that daughter and young man could marry after she finished school this summer. He enlisted in the Navy after graduation in 2006. Well it seems like he has convinced said young lady that he is so in "LOVE"(lust) with her he can't wait till summer. He has been on a ship for the last 6 months. They have to get married this week. He has explained every thing to her how he has worked it out. She can live at home till June then when he gets relocation orders they will move. He will finish making her car payment and pay the insurance. He wasen't paying attention to her parents when they explained to him that if she got married before she finished school this summer, she had to move out. No car, no phone, no place to live. She can't live with him, because he is stationed on the ship in Jacksonville.

I can't fathom where this young ladies mind is at. Well I can!! She has the Cinderella sydrome bad. She is ready to play house. I am going to give away my age here do any of you remember the song by Tammy Wynette "I just wanna play house"? A young mothers struggle with children and responsibilites. Life looked good from the outside now that she is there life dosen't look as good.

I really think this young lady is in for the hurt of her life. She can't see "the forest for the trees'" right now and she is convinced every one is trying to tend to her business. If she would only look and see that with age comes wisdom, and she has no age or wisdom, just raging horomones. We are only trying to get her to see past the physical of this marriage into the reality of what she can expect.

My prayer is for her and her mother today, that God will intervene and stop this wedding this week. I don't care that the child notice I said child, wants to marry this guy just wait and finish her education so she will be able to provide a living for herself when he moves her away from her family and friends. I know that when sailors are stationed on ships they go TDY for 6 months, that is a long time for someone with no family and no friends. Life can be miserable durning that time.

Monday, February 11, 2008

My Love

How do I love you , let me count the ways. Remember that old line. Can you count the ways that you love your spouse? I must admit I have forgotten some of the ways lately. We have been together for 30 years this Valentines Day. We will be married just 28 years this June. Yes we have gotten a little stagnant in our relationship. We have gotten to the point of taking each other for granted. We just assume what the other person wants, we don't always ask maybe because we really don't want to know?

I decided it was time to reread the "love chapter in the bible. You know the one I'm talking about right............Song of Songs. How lovely to read God's word about my lover. To meditate on the words then apply them to my love and life.

I have found renewed joy in my husband, such a treasure is mine. God provided me with a soul mate and I am to be his help mate. Song of Songs 6:3 " I am my lover's and my lover is mine; he browses among the lilies." I am his and he is mine, no one elses. God placed us together for a purpose.

Let me count the ways, you are our example of a christian father. You have extablished a christian home for us. You work a tough job to provide for us, you love me inspite of all my faults. You practice Colossians living. I see many wisdoms listed in Proverbs that you pracice. You teach our children by example, as you try to lead a life pleasing to God. Oh my love the ways you love me are countless.

I shall practice 1Corinthains 7;4&5. 4 The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

Today and for the rest of our days together I will count the ways I love my husband. I will honor him, respect him, bless him, and pray for him. Thank you father for the manual and the opportunity to keep practicing till I get it right. And each time I forget I can refer back to the manual for a refresher course.
Trash Can Monsters, does anyone out there have one besides me? They must exist because why would grown men, teen and pre-teen boys be afraid to take out the trash. I don't think they are visible to the female eye, or you have to have a special looking glass to see them. They tremble and run with fear at the thought of removing the over running trash bag and taking it to the canister at the edge of the street. What gives? I can pull the bag out no problem, nothing attacks me, I can take it to the canister at the edge of the street I'm still fine ( except for the night I took it out because the next day was trash pick up and the neighbors dog decided to greet me. The neighbors like to have lost a dog.) If they do remove the overflowing bag and I do mean overflowing it must be in the middle of the day with bright sunlight and no chance of clouds. Example of overflowing trash bag: place trash in can use size 10 foot to move trash to bottom of bin. Place more trash in bin use same size 10 foot to move trash to bottom of bin. When can becomes full you would think a man with a college degree and a son with a GPA of 97 could figure out that NO MORE will go in said can. Nope. Now we strategically place trash around edge of trash (we have a bin instead of a can) bin. I tried an experiment to see how long before they would remove said bag. They didn't they just got another bag and started filling it up. I love my strong handsome men, but since they are trash wimps I will take out the trash. Maybe they can clean the toilets?

Friday, February 8, 2008

Valentines Day

What ya'll getting for Valentines Day. Wanna know what I'm gettin a new used van. You see the one I drive has 199497 miles on it. It only has 3 gears left reverse, 2nd and low. What says I love you more that transportation. My husband is so romantic I can count on car parts for birthdays and anniveries, I got a starter for Christmas one year. Now don't get me wrong I get lots of things I want, last year I got the new cannon digital camera I wanted for my birthday. I found it on e-bay and won it. My birthday is in May and I won the camera in March. Then I found the DVD camcorder like I wanted, this time I bid on 3. Yes you read me right 3. Seems that if you really want something if you bid on mulitples you have a better chance of winning the one you want. Oh how lucky was I. I almost chocked when I got the email that said I was the winning bidder of all 3. How was I gonna explain that to my husband. Well he was very understanding, I sold one to a gentleman that I work with who was leaving the next week to go to Alaska to see his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Couldn't seem to get rid of the other one, so I put it up saved it for my oldest daughter for her Christmas. So I do get good stuff I just have to buy it myself.

I was trying to deceide what to get my crew for Valentines Day. I got my husband one of those cards that plays music how cool is that. I also found cards for the girls that say exactly what I think about each one of them. I found one for my son that is just like him. Still I haden't deceided what to give each one of them. I went to Beau's room the other day to put something up and saw his little Precious Memoments bible laying on his dresser. It dawned on me that my child of 16 did not have a "grown up bible", no wonder he dosent' carry one to church. When did I miss that? Duh!!!!!!! Any way while I was at the Christian Book store I found him a teen bible, so that is what he is getting, what a better gift to give on Valentines Day the day of "love" than the book of love.

We saw a beautiful silver filagree heart in a sales flyer that came the other day that I think James and I might get for the girls. It was so delicate and beautiful like both of them.

Hope every one of you enjoys your Valentines Day. I know I will because the one who loves me the most loves me the most always.
( If the spelling is bad blame it on the spell check on this program it dosen't seem to want to work)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Today was a tought day for a friend of my son."R"is one of my unbirthed children. He has a mom and dad it is that he is at my house more than his. They started baseball tryouts yesterday and "R" got cut. "R" dosen't play any other sport just baseball. My son on the other hand plays football, runs cross country, wrestles, and we hope makes the baseball team. He hasen't been able to try out yet because he hasen't finished wrestling season.

I am one of those people who try to fix things, I know life isn't fair and I do not agree with that. I want life to be fair. I want every child to be given a chance to make the team. If you have to many kids make another team is my way of thinking. You see my husband and I coached midget league, farm league, and pony league In midget we had the only girl and the 3 youngest kids in the league. We played every kid on the team. They would alternate in one time and play the field one time they played alternate innings and we batted the whole team. We came in 3rd in the league. We would have won the league that year but lost the championship game on a triple play.

You see I was not athletic in school I did not find my ability until I was in my early 20's. Guess I was a late bloomer. I have three children and my youngest daughter(she is the middle child but don't tell her that) is not athletic yet either. She is a life guard at the Y and is a very good one but don't ask her to walk and chew gum at the same time. She could suffer serious injury.

When I found out "R" got cut my mother instinct took over, I wanted to pull out the Band-aids and make the "boo-boo better. There was nothing Icould say to a 15 year old to make the pain go away. Do I think he is as good as the ones that were left today....yes...but I'm not the coach. I can quote scripture to him and "tell him that all thing work for good according to Gods plan", will that make him feel any better today. No. Does it make me hurt any less for him today. No. Do they make Band-aids for the heart? No. If they did the person that invented them would never have to work again.

Will this leave a lasting scar on "R", maybe not but you never know. Young lives are so fragile and hearts are so tender. Will I be there to help him through this you betcha I will. Maybe I will even encourage him to look at other sports: tennis, golf,track,(naw he don't run so fast, I can beat him). We'll pick up the shatter pieces of his heart and prove to him that life will go on.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Take The Pressure off Valentines Day

WindowsTake the Pressure Off this Valentine's Day
Whitney Von Lake Hopler
Gazing at bright orange and pink colors streaking across a deepening blue sky at sunset, my husband and I held hands atop a platform on the Eiffel Tower. I thought of the thousands of miles we'd traveled and all the money we'd saved to make this trip to Paris for our 10th wedding anniversary. We'd set the stage for the most romantic evening possible ... yet we still ended up with a disappointing experience
The reason my husband held my hand wasn't pure affection; it was because he was trying to steady me on my feet as I wobbled precariously close to fainting. Standing in the middle of a huge crowd for several hours waiting in line to board a tiny elevator wasn't so good for a pregnant woman like me. I felt lightheaded (probably from a lack of food and water, which we'd neglected to bring with us since we thought the wait to reach the top of the tower wouldn't be long), but there was no space to sit down since people were packed tightly around us. Our 7-year-old daughter whined again, "If we can't go up, can we just go down?" and we had to tell her yet again that the wait for the descending elevator was just as long.
Yes, we were on the Eiffel Tower -- the place of our dreams. But we were trapped and miserable.
It didn't help when storm clouds moved in and unleashed a torrent of rain on us, soon after we finally reached the top. When the lightning bolts lashed out, we figured we'd better get down fast, since it's not very wise to stand atop a tall metal tower during a thunderstorm. So, out of desperation, we skipped the long line for the descending elevator and started running down the stairs as fast as we could. My husband and daughter bounded ahead of me, leaving me steaming as I struggled to navigate over the slick steps with my bulging belly. Of course, I was much slower than them, so they soon disappeared from sight and I was on my own.
When I finally arrived at the bottom, I was right in the middle of glowing lights in the City of Light, just as I'd dreamed I someday would be. But suffice it to say that I wasn't exactly feeling romantic. None of the dreaming, planning, saving, traveling, or any other work we'd done to prepare for our big romantic moment at the Eiffel Tower had actually led to experiencing one.
Each Valentine's Day, couples work hard to plan the most romantic celebrations they can imagine. They often spend lots of money (U.S. consumers spent about $16.9 billion on Valentine's Day gifts in 2007, according to the National Retail Federation). But, despite all their efforts, many encounter more disappointment than romance -- just like my husband and I did at the Eiffel Tower.
If you've been married even a short while, you know that even the best laid plans can go awry. So this Valentine's Day, take the pressure off. Instead of breaking the bank to buy the most elaborate experience or expensive gift you can, express your love to your spouse in simple ways. No matter what happens on the big day, you and your spouse can nurture a meaningful connection if you focus on each other instead of on the trappings of romance.
Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day free of romantic pressure:
Don't limit yourself to tradition. No matter how many ads you see for diamond jewelry or fancy cologne, despite how many boxes of chocolate and bottles of wine you walk past in the stores, nothing says that you have to buy traditional Valentine's Day products to have a romantic holiday. By the same token, there's no reason you can't celebrate a fulfilling holiday without investing in expensive traditional Valentine's Day experiences like eating out and taking trips. Be creative. If you have an idea that doesn't fit the mold of what's traditionally considered romantic, go ahead and pursue it anyway. For example, maybe you and your spouse are looking forward to choosing materials for a home improvement project you plan to work on together. In that case, you both might actually enjoy spending Valentine's Day shopping at hardware store, however unromantic that might seem to others.
Ask instead of assuming. Don't worry about trying to figure out on your own what to get your spouse for Valentine's Day. Rather than just working from your assumptions, ask your spouse what best communicates love to him or her. Although you may think your husband will enjoy eating out at an elegant restaurant, he may actually be hoping that you'll spend a quiet evening at home. You may look forward to surprising your wife with a new silk nightgown, when what she really wants is a handwritten love letter. Before making your Valentine's Day plans, ask your spouse to let you know what specific ways you can make the holiday special for him or her. Be willing to sacrifice what you think would be best for what your spouse would enjoy the most -- even if you don't relate to your spouse's choices. Keep the focus on honoring and blessing your spouse rather than indulging your own desires.
Notice what you already have. Realize that you and your spouse don't have to do something wildly romantic together in order to appreciate each other. Take the time to consider some of the many ways your spouse acts in love toward you every day, and use Valentine's Day to express your appreciation -- both by letting your spouse know that you notice what he or she does for you, and by making a concerted effort to bless your spouse through small yet meaningful acts of affection (such as giving him or her a massage) and service (like taking over one of your spouse's household chores when he or she is especially tired).
Celebrate the greatest love of all. Remember that the greatest love story isn't about you and your spouse, or any other couple, no matter how romantic. Even Saint Valentine served the One who is the source of all love -- Jesus. And the love Jesus has for you and your spouse is greater than even the most exciting romantic thrills you can experience together. So ask your spouse to join you in prayer this Valentine's Day, letting Jesus know how grateful you are for His love in your lives, and loving Him back through your worship. Live Hotmail


Hope each of you can make sence of my earlier post. I think I was just a little hormonal. I saw a mother go off an a child about nothing this weekend. At least it seem like nothing to me and then I compaired it to how I went off on my kids and I guess it was the same.


Family one of the groups we take for granted. No matter what kind of mood we are in we are nice to strangers, but not family. We will jump them in a heartbeat. Let a child leave a dirty towel on the bathroom floor and we go balistic, husband dosen't put his underware in the dirty clothes hamper ( he never has in 28 years of marriage) and we blow up like a puffer fish-run our lips out like a two year old and say nothing is wrong when asked. Why do we do this, human nature? I must of missed that chapter in the manuel of human relations. I need to go back and read it again. We let coworkers take the credit for a project we worked hours, days,and weeks on and get mad at some one at our home for leaving the cap off the toothpaste. How stupid.

Why am I raving so madly today. We all do it. We should love our family undconditionaly, just as Christ loves us. We don't we set guide lines. Ok you follow all the rules today and I will love you. What little idioschyrocies do we have that drive our husbands and children crazy? Our poor children can't say mom the way you fold my socks and underware drives me crazy. They know the wrath they will suffer. My 20 year old whose has always had an opinion of her own explained to me the other day that she did not want her jeans hung up so the would have a crease down the middle at which I explained to her she could fold her own jeans..........

If you have read some of my earlier post you know we lost a 10 year old cousin to lukemia, well yesterday a coworker of mine lost her 19 year old daughter in a horrific car accident. I am very troubled because I do not belive the coworker is saved. She has a very vulgar mouth, I don't see any fruit or works, do not get me wrong I am not judging her just concerned. My point being in this does it matter that my mother tought me to put the creases together and hang up pants and M dosen't like them hung up that!!!!!!!! She could be gone tomorrow and who would care how the pants were hung up. So the towel misses the towel rack and lands on the floor remind them again to try to hit the rack and help mom out just a little bit more. Does getting mad help any thing or any one,no, it certanly dosen't help me only make satan happy. That is the last thing I want to do as a Christian.

So the next time a family member pushes one of you buttons just stop and think is it worth it because this is not the last memory I want to have of them. As I said before I will get up early just to see my children before they leave for school to tell them I love them and I will see them later. I will kiss my husband goodbye as I pick up his dirty underware and carry them to the washer. Life is to short to let satan steal my joy from me with stupid things.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I got up this morning just to see my children's faces before they left for school. You see I am the late sleeper in our house. I work outside the home and I don't have to be at work till 9:00, so that gives me some lazy time. I only work 7 miles from my job, no long commute, no traffic jams, no road rage, no quite time with God either like most people have that have a long drive to work. Just jump in the shower, brush my teeth, get dressed and leave. But our family had a wake up call last week, we lost a 10 year old cousin to leukemia. Did not know she was sick, the doctors were treating her for strep throat.

Our children are 16,20, and 24. Beau is our 16 year old and a sophomore in high school, Emily is the 20 year old she is a junior in college. I regret that I wasted alot of years sleeping in while they were growing up. My husband is a great man, he always got the children up and ready for school. When the girls were little I went to work at 7:00am and James didn't have to go to work until 8:30am. He brushed their hair and did pony tails. I must admit when school pictures came home I was a little disappointed in how the girls looked. No cute bows just plain pony tails. It wouldn't have done any good for me to fix their hair because when it came time to have pictures made it always seemed like it was right after recess.

Now I realize that I might not have these precious gifts tomorrow, I only have today and I have to make the most of it. My son wanted to know if every thing was alright (shocked I was up) and I told him yes that I just wanted to see him before he left for school. I do not want to miss another moment to be around my children because in the wink of an eye they both will be gone.

Our oldest daughter blessed us with 2 beautiful grandchildren, Lexi and Dalton and we don't get to see them every day but I will try and talk to them every day. They do live in the same town we live in, we are just busy with our son and the sports he is involved in.

Deuteronomy 4:9- 9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. God is telling the children of Israel to be obedient about keeping the laws. But don't you think this also can apply here. Keeping our eyes on our children. Teaching our children that we aren't guaranteed tomorrow and always live today as it could be your last. ( Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today).We must remember what our eyes have seen, our children's smiling faces, pouting faces, angry eyes and those I'm sorry looks. Parents if you only have small children don't think for one minute that they don't have all of these expression, they do.

Yes those little ones get on your nerves, as the saying goes when they are little they stomp on your toes and as they get older they stomp on your heart. My toes have healed as is my heart. I read a bumper sticker the other day that said "Grandchildren are a reward for not killing you children". I totally agree with that statement.

I will get up early tomorrow just to see their faces before they leave for the day, no matter how sleepy I am. I can sleep in when they have both left home.
Are you making memories? Not those earthquake kind, just the simple caught in the moment kind. Like the sunrise over the horizon out you kitchen window or a sunset at the beach. Or the hug you get from a 16 year old when you tuck him in bed at night and he says love ya mom sleep good see you tomorrow kind. Yes I still tuck my 16 year old in bed at night, how sweet is that!!!!!!!!!!!! Our goal in life is to raise them to be independent, self sufficient adults. It is so hard to let go when you still see them as your precious little ones.
Your sister in Christ

Friday, January 25, 2008

He's still working on me and you..... Part 2

Have you ever stopped to think about how you were made? Do you remember as a child "play dough" and all the wonderful things that could be make with it? Well I was not one of those creative children all I could make were snakes and bird nests with eggs and in summer I would make snow men with white play dough. I had friends who made houses with trees and in those trees little birds. In their house's they had a family:father, mother, brother and sister, complete with a dog in the back yard of that little play dough creation, every thing a child could imagine. Not me, I just didn't have those creative juices. No matter how hard I tried
In Psalms 139:14-16 the psalmist writes: 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (NIV) How majestic are these words. That I was woven together and My God saw my unformed body when I was created in the secret place. He made me just as he wanted me to be and placed me in my mothers womb at the appointed time. He picked out who my mother would be, I was his gift to her.
He has a plan for my life as he does for your life. Am I completely sure what these plans are? NO. What path am I to go down I do not know but I am trusting my God to show me the way.
Remember you are not a "play-dough" creation you were hand crafted by God. He formed you and has a plan for your life a plan that is for good and wonderful things. Things pleasing to God our creator. So you see he's still working on im sure he is still working on you. Have you found your path? Are you like me have you strayed from it from time to time because you took your eyes off Jesus and what it was he wanted you to do. Did you get ahead of him? No wonder we can't see him turn around he is behind us waiting patiently for us to follow him, not for him to follow us. I know we get excited about something and run ahead just slow down and and learn to walk with God, I know it's hard because we are still God's children no matter how old we get. Get back in contact with the Lord through prayer and bible study. Walk with him dear one trust him and remember he is still working on you and me.
Love Your Sister in

Thursday, January 24, 2008

He's still working on me..........

Hello blogger world, this will be an interesting journey for me. I am so enthralled at all of the wonderful writers out there. So much wisdom and insite. I have been reading and enjoying the blogs for quite some time now and God has been moving me to post also. Why I don't know yet, maybe to give insite to some one who is going through what I have been through or am going through at present? Only God knows and only he will reveal in his divine timing.
I am not a writer or speaker as so many of the post I read are. Just a plain ole mom with a plain ole job and three pretty amazing children. Oh did I mention the perfect (yeah right!!!!!) grandchildren. I am married to my plain ole "Prince Charming". As I said I am not a writer I do journel alot, pray alot( who dosen't with three children one of whom just turned 16) and attend church alot. As our oldest daughter would tell vistors to our church she had a drug problem. Her daddy and momma drug her to church every time the doors were opened. Didn't seem to help as she does not attend any church regulary at this time. She attends three times..........a year, you know Christmas, Easter and Mothers Day. Ok more on my prodigal daughter later.
I look forward to hearing from experinced bloggers with more info and insite on the working of this technology.
He still working on me.................