Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Charlie Brown Christmas

Linus explains what Christmas is all about. This is one of my favorites! Hope you enjoy...
Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for:

My home that has running water, heat or air condition, electricity, garage with door opener so I can pull into it at night and not be scared, Joey who can't wait to return here after a long week of work and for the LOVE in our home.

My job and the friends that I have made there.

Heart Friends who pray, encourage me and laugh with me.

Dixie our winnie dog who keeps me company.

Surprise presents that students give...Hugs, smiles, pats and laughter!

Thankful for God who sent his son to earth to overcome the world to give us hope and forgiveness and eternal life. "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." Thank-you Jesus!!!

What are you thankful for?
For more Thankful Thursday visit Iris at Grace Alone.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Grown Up Christmas List

Grown Up Christmas List is a beautiful song by Amy Grant. I hope you enjoy....

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday's Quote

"Special Treat"
"Blend equal parts of Faith and Hope mixed well with Charity;Stir in Good Will and Sweet Content and Precious Memory.Add Kindness, Helpfulness and Joy; of Gratitude don't spare;Then drop by drop Love's Essence sweet, and Praises freely share.And don't forget such spices rare as Laughter, Smiles and Fun,Taste often for the best results, ('Tis sweet to mince upon).Now add a Thankful Heart and then, the recipe's complete,Your "Merry Christmas" all will like … so try the season's treat."
--Esther Lloyd Dauber

"May Christmas bring you happiness,
A song to fill your heart
With all the blessings large and small
The season doth impart."
--Garnett Ann Schultz ("My Christmas Wish")

"May Christmas lend a special charm
To all you chance to do.
And may the season light your way
To hopes and dreams anew."
--Garnett Ann Schultz ("My Christmas Wish")

Christmas is just a couple of weeks away....I still don't have a Christmas tree up and not one present has been bought. I am not stressed about this either. I do enjoy Christmas ...this year just seems different for so many reasons. I really like shopping in the hustle and craziness of last minute gifts. I have not always been this way. When Andrea was younger ...I would always try to make sure we bought what was on her list before the crowds was bad. Now that she is older I find that I enjoy last minute shopping. I know this sounds crazy!!! LOL
I decided to look up Christmas quotes and liked these and wanted to share. Do you have a favorite Christmas quote? If so, I would love for you to share it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for:
Joey ...He works so hard to provide for our family.
The sounds of laughter with my students as we put up the Christmas tree in our classroom.
Seeing their smiles ...oh the fun they had with the tinsel...They even try to decorate me with it!
The joy of holding my new great neice...she is so precious!!
The smell of Johnson's Baby Lotion...I love that smell always brings back such wonderful memories of when Andrea was a baby.
Watching my two neices in their Christmas play on Sunday night. They were magnificent!!
Rocky Road Ice Cream....YUM YUM!!!!
Blog friends who encourage me with comments and prayers!
Friends who call, send e-mails, encourage me and keeps my family in their prayers!
Answered prayers.
That I can call on Jesus any time, any place, any where and HE will always listen!
For my BIBLE...
What are you thankful for?
For more on Thankful Thursday visit Iris at Grace Alone.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

19 Years ago today!!!

I can't believe it has been 19 years!! This day 19 years ago was one of the most important days of my life!! On this day my beautiful daughter Andrea was brought into this world. I can remember everything about this day...
So much has happened in the last year and half ...but it doesn't stop the love that a parent feels for their child. A love that will last a lifetime and after forever.
For Our Daughter...
"A daughter is your heart's delight----it starts when she's a tiny thing
Who charms you with her every smile and sweetly makes your spirit sing.
Then as she grows, your love grows, too.
she seems to weave a magic spell That fills your world with tenderness and wonder, more than words can tell.
One day, you turn around to find a lovely woman, fully grown. She's graceful, strong, and confident, with talents of her very own.
You smile and thank the stars above for all she is and all she's done and celebrate the depth of love a daughter brings to everyone." J. Hund
You're a special gift to the lives of so many people...especially ours!!
What a lovely and amazing young woman you've turned out to be.
Daughter of my heart.
Joy of my life.
Sunshine of my world!!

Happy 19th Birthday Andrea!!
We love you more!!!

I have so much to be thankful for today.
Thankful for a healthy daughter.
Thankful for all the joy she has brought into my life.
Thankful for her physical and mental health.
Thankful for her smile and how it lights up her eyes.
Thankful for all the memories that I have stored in my heart.
Thankful for all answered prayers.
Thankful for Andrea the miracle that God brought into my life!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Can't Wait for #3!!!!

My neice Amy is expecting her 3rd daughter and tomorrow is the big day!
We are going to the hospital in the morning to wait the arrival of Brooklynn!
Ashlynn and Bralynn (big sisters) are so excited as is the rest of our family.
This brings back so many memories of the anticipated arrival of my sweet daughter Andrea. It seems like it was just yesterday ...I can't hardly believe it was 19 years ago!!

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

I know that God has a plan...while HE has not showed or told it to me yet....I know HIS plan is to prosper and not harm give hope and a future!

A great friend sent me a devotion today on Shattered Dreams. I needed this devotion more than ever. I plan to share more on this at a later time.

For now... I plan to stop saying "why me?" and say "what now?" HE has a plan I must trust HIM!

Pray for Amy and baby Brooklynn...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday's Quote

"Sometimes the joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy"
Edgar A. Guest

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."
Mother Teresa

"The most wasted of all days is the day one did not laugh."
Nicholas Chamfort

Today... I chose to smile and laugh and give with love...How about you?

Monday, November 3, 2008

A thought...

"Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be"
Anne Byrhe

"Plant seeds of kindness and harvest happy hearts"

Today I am going to take action for victory in everything I do!
Today I am going to plant seeds of kindness and have a happy heart!
How about you?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Gentle Thunder

"My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need."
Phililppians 4:19

God's faithfulness has never depended on the faithfulness of his children. He is faithful even when we aren't...When the disciples didn't pray, Jesus prayed.
When the disciples didn't see God, Jesus sought God.
When The disciples were weak, Jesus was strong. When the disciples had no faith, Jesus had faith. I simply think God is greater than our weakness. In fact, I think it is our weakness that reveales how great God is....God is faithful even when his children are not.

This came from Grace for the Moment Inspirational Thoughts by Max Lucado

Just in in these past weeks God has done so much for my family. When Joey was in New Mexico and drove to Oklahoma City, OK to wait for a load to return home....God provided him with a load to AK. So, much closer than having to drive his truck empty all the way. God made a way when we didn't see a way.
Now Joey is headed to Wisconsin...He will not arrive till tomorrow. We are praying for God to make a way for a load to come toward home so he will not be empty all the way. God knows our needs and I believe just has HE provided a load last week....HE will make a way for Joey this week.
There is so much more...if I listed all the wonderful things that God has would take me a long time and you would get oh so tired. HE provides for his children ! I am also thankful that HE provides for my every need!!!
God will make a way when we don't see a way!

What has God done for you ...when you didn't see a way?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday's Quote

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, knows no release
From little things;
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear."
Amelia Earhart

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes
taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
Anne Bradstreet

Do you have a favorite quote? If so, I would love for you share it with me.
Which of the three quotes do you like best?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Butterfly Award

I am behind on a few things ...Tracy gave me this award last week.
I have then honor of receiving this Butterfly Award from Tracy at Seed Thoughts. Tracy is always inspiring and encouraging and when you stop by her blog I am sure you be blessed.

Thanks Tracy for giving me this award!!!!!
I would like to pass this award on to the following blogs who have inspired me. I enjoy stopping by each of these blogs. I encourage you visit their blogs.
I pass the Butterfly Blog Award for the Coolest Blog to:
Dee Dee @ No Greater Joy

The rules are to pass award on to others with their link and link back to the person from whom you received the award.
Have Fun!

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Place Where Nobody Knows Your Name

Sunday morning Joey and I go to a place where noboby knows our name. This place is in Alabama close to 2 hours away. It was like taking a step back in time. Beautiful, small, loving, people who welcomed us with open arms. A place you could call home.

Joey was invited to speak at a church on Sunday for morning and evening services. He was so excited...I was nervous. One of Joey's friends called and asked if he could go with us he arrived at our house and off we go. Sunday School starts at 10am ...preaching at 11am. We timed it so we would arrive about 10:30... Well...that didn't happen. I knew I should have drove! Joey likes to talk and so does his friend. That is one reason I sat up front. At least I could hear the radio. Don't get me wrong...I like to talk too. Sometimes...I can be quiet...not often. Today was the day for me to not talk much. Anyway, We stopped by McDonald's for a breakfast to go and of all days for them to be was the day. Which made us behind on our journey. Joey and J are talking and then we slow down....speed up....slow down...speed up....slow down. I looked at the the speed we were going....I looked at Joey and said if you don't speed up and keep your foot on the gas we are not going to make it on time. He pats me on the hand...confidently "it will be alright". Then the clock gets to about 10:20....Joey starts to put his hand over the clock so I can't see... He decides to take a different road that he knows to miss all the red lights. I start to panic. Everytime we take this road ....we always get lost!!! I reminded Joey of this...he pats my hand again and says "it will be alright". We get 2 miles into the road and they are working on the road and traffic is backed UP. Joey said " OH NO this isn't good" and immediately take the exit off the road...he starts going turning right...left..right... I asked " do you know where you are? he said "NO" I said "great"! The time now is 10:30 ....Joey sees a bridge and remembers his way. so off we go again on the Right road.
We arrive at the church about 5 minutes before the choir comes out.

Johnny is this nice man who called Joey ....he meets us at the door and asks my name and Joey is motioning for me to go on in and sit down. I really need to go to the restroom....with 2 hours of driving fast...slow...then FAST the McDonald's diet coke. The restroom is right at the door in foyer....I look around like a deer in headlights...thinking what do I do? Everyone is turned looking at I make a mad dash to the ladies room and hope I make it out before the choir takes the stage? I start praying...okay God what do I do? the next thing I know I am on the second pew from the front! So, I told God....since the ladies room is out...will you control the urges and my bladder till church is over. God is so good....HE did just that!

Johnny comes to the front of the church stops and asks me where are we from....the church is quiet and I am trying to tell him "Jemison" he saids "what?" I said "Jemison" then I start to spell it for him. I feel like everyone is looking and can hear me. I start "J E M I S O N" he is trying to hear me and I have to spell it again. Then he says " Where is this place?" I told him South of Birmingham approx. 34 miles....He nods and says "Oh is this close to Shocko Springs?" I smile and say " no it is in Chilton County you know like the peaches" he nods goes to the front to start the service and he welcomes us and tells us that everyone wants to know where we are from... He looks at us with a big smile and proceeds to tell everyone that we are from Jemison 34 miles South of Birmingham and Shocko Springs is not close to us. Everyone laughs. I don't really know what Shocko Springs has to do with any of this...but, okay.

When the choir starts singing .....I noticed Joey squinting.... I asked "Did you bring your glasses so you can see the bible?" he shook his head ...NO. I am thinking ....Oh great.....we show up just in time for Joey to speak time to greet the congreation....and now he want be able to see the words to read them. I start praying again....I'm not sure I had really stopped. The choir takes a seat ...someone nods at Joey ...he pats my hand again like he had so many times this day...saying "it will be alright".
I realize at that moment that everything would be okay. My man in his nice suite...all dressed up and oh so handsome...takes the stage and if he was nervous would never know it.

Joey's message was from Matthew 4:19 "And He said the them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." "Follow Me" was the key words that Joey was focusing on. Joey stretched out his arms to hold his bible and read the words and made a small joke about his eye sight. Everyone laughed.... GOD was in control! Joey let God take control and use him and we all soaked up the message like sponges.

If you have never heard Joey speak (preach) you have really missed something. He lets go and lets God. He gets so is amazing to me sometimes. The week before...Joey receives a phone call asking what kind of food we like....the people of the church want to cook for us. So, I told Joey to not get to excited because they may decide to not feed us after his message....this of course is a joke.. After the service...everyone was coming up to us and shaking hands...some even hugged my neck and told us how nice it was to meet us.

We go to the Family Life Center to eat lunch and finally the ladies room. The food was Deliciously great. They went all out for us. Pork chops, fried okra, cream potatoes, peas, green beans, cornbread and of course Sweat Tea. The vegetables were fresh from soneone's garden. Mississippi Mud pie was awesome! There was also 2 other pies...I didn't eat any of those...Joey said they were good.
We hung around the family life center for a while talking, listening to the people talk about their church was built in the 1800's. It was neat to hear the history and see the pictures.
We then went to a member's home where Joey and I changed clothes and relaxed for a short time. I again was nervous about going into a strangers home... Joey says I am weird sometimes about things...oh well. I felt the pat on my hand "it will be alright". He was right ...everything was alright! We had fun getting to know the family and seeing their beautiful horses.
When we arrived at the church for the evening service everyone seemed so glad to see us. Joey preached another great message...this one out of 1 Peter.
After the service they came and talked to us more...trying to get to know us better. Some even asked Joey if he was looking for a church.

We had a wonderful day!
Like the theme song from Cheers..."Sometimes you wanta go where everybody know your name."
For me it was great to go to " A PlaceWhere Nobody Knows Your Name. "

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday's Quote

I received this in an e-mail and thought it was cute .

Dear Lord,
So far today, I am doing all right.
I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed, or eaten any chocolate. I have charged nothing on my credit card.
But I will be getting out of bed in a minute, and I think that I will really need your help then.

"Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind"

"You can't change the past but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future"

"God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him"

"A hug is a great size fits all. It can be given for any occasion and it's easy to exchange"

On all of these the Authur is Unknown.

One of my favorites: "Life is not easy and it will never be, but you've got friends and one of them is me"

I am so blessed to have friends...I truly don't know where I would be without you. God has brought each and everyone into my life and I am thankful for you! Thanks for all the encouragement, prayers, phone calls, comments, and let's not forget girls night out!
Do you have a friend that you haven't talked to in a while? Call them or send a quick e-mail or card.
Thank-you for being a friend!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I am Thankful for:
God answering my prayers
Joey having work
The rain we received yesterday
Cooler weather
God supplies my needs
No school on Monday the 13th because its Columbus Day!
What are you thankful for? Visit Iris at Grace Alone for more thanks.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday's Quote

Friday's Quote...

"Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water! "
Eleanor Roosevelt

Is this not the truth? I hope this brought a smile to your pretty faces or maybe even a chuckle!

This is one of my favorite quotes!

"Dance as though no one is watching you; love as though you have never been hurt before, sing as though no one can hear you, live as though heaven is on earth."
Alfred Souza

Only if we could do just this. Today is one of our dress up days for Homecoming that is next Tuesday. Tacky hair and tacky dress. I wish you could see the students. They are tacky! LOL
They are having a grand time . I just feel happy and I am going to dance, sing, love and live like not one is watching...How about you?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I am Thankful for :



Co-worker/friend Kerri whose husband brought us Shrimp Broil for lunch today and the yummy German Chocolate cake her mom made.

My job

The beautiful red bird that was outside my window this morning singing a song.

For the things that God is doing in my life and for the things that HE is going to do.

The nice cooler weather we are having...

My beautiful daughter Andrea

What are you thankful for? For more Thankful Thursday visit Iris at Grace Alone...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday's Quote

Friday's Quote...Change...seems to be the subject that keeps coming up in my life. Not only is the it coming up...there really has been a lot of changes. So, I decided to look for a few quotes on "Change".

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built" Eleanor Roosevelt

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future" John F. Kennedy

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain" Maya Angelou

What changes are happening in your life? What are you doing to help you deal and accept these changes?


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday!

Today I am Thankful for:

Answered Prayers

Spending time with my Mom.

My Mom going to church with me tonight.

Friends that have encouraged and prayed for me through this new season of my life..this includes blog friends.

Sunny days and nice breezes

Pomegrantes ....they are now in season ...I love them!

The ladies in my Monday night bible study.

Joey...he works so hard to provide for our family.

My job at school. I am working in a different department...there are days that are very difficult...God has a reason for opening this door ... I am so thankful and honored that HE would allow me to be touched by these special young people who are working their way into my heart.

Andrea....who will always be my Sunshine!

Icy Hot. I know this sounds weird. But, I am thankful for this product and how it works on my leg. I pulled something in the bottom of my calf and Icy Hot made it feel so much better. I will tell you about this in incident in a future post.

Jesus Christ who is always with me and who carries me most of the time lately. I can't imagine my life without HIM.

For more Thankful Thursday visit Iris at Sting my Heart.I am so glad to be back...I have really missed being apart of Thankful Thursday.

I just saw that Iris posted on "Change" I sat with my mouth opened for a moment. Look at my previous post and you will understand. God knows what we need just when we need it. I am thankful that HE is using people in my life to help me deal and accept all the changes that are happening in my life. I am pressing forward and trying to embrace this new phase in my life...with God's as my guide I am confident that I will be going through this season as a CHAMPION!
I too am thankful for His faithfullness and love for me.
Thanks to Iris for allowing God to use her blog to encourage and help others.
God Bless You!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Season

I can't believe that Summer is over and Fall is here!
Fall is usually a busy time for me. This Fall is different. Don't get me wrong...I have been busy...just not as busy since Andrea is in college. It amazes me how much can change in a year. Last year...was so busy with cheering, football games, pep rallies, running for class office, etc. My time totally revolved around Andrea and what was going on in her life. I loved every minute of it. I have to admit...I miss it! Life at my house is so different and quiet!

I haven't posted much lately due to several things. One major one is computer problems that I hope now are fixed. Time management, and emotions. I feel like I have been on a emotional roller coaster. Up and down, twist and turns, even upside down, flying fast and then still. I don't know if anyone understand what I am trying to say...don't know if I am even making sense but, to me it does. I hope to post on some of these things soon.

I know everyone goes through different phases in life and I have always embraced these changes....till now. The phase I am in now is not so easy. Actually, it is down right hard. To much change too fast. I am still trying to adjust....some days are good others...well, not so good.

Andrea is doing good at college. I am so proud of her...she is a very strong young lady! She is handling the change so much better than me. My chest swells with pride when I think of how well she is adpating to all the changes. I keep thinking Joey and I must have done something right for her to be doing so good.

Job change is another change that I am still adjusting to. I am working at the school ...just in a different department. Again, good days ...bad days. I have the honor to work with special students that are slowly working their way into my heart.

For the past 2 weeks it seems that something is always happening. Things that have kept my emotions on that roller coaster I mentioned earlier. I was reminded that God doesn't put more on us than we can handle. I don't know that I am handling things so great... actually, I know there are areas that I have not handled good at all. I am trying...

I was reminded of a song that I use to sing back in the day. "He's Still Working on Me".
Maybe that is why I am going through some of these things is because HE is still working on me.
I am so glad that HE has not given up on me and that HE is with me through all the changes, phases and new seasons of my life.
God has a plan ....He just hasn't given me the details yet.

I bet if I was walking in the sand ....there would only be one set of footsteps...HIS!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday's Quote

"You can be whatever you make up your mind to be."
Robert Collier

What I want to be....What I want to be ...when I grow up to be big me!
I remember singing this song with Andrea when she was in preschool. It seems just yesterday! Oh, How I miss those days!
Now she is in college working her way into nursing school. I am so proud of her!

Have you thought about what you want to be? Are you what you want to be?
I am constantly working toward the a goal to be the "best wife, best mom, best friend". I must admit that I have lacked in all areas. I keep trying to do better...but sometimes I feel like the rat in the cage spinning the wheel. Working hard to get somewhere but, going nowhere. I think I must have a bad attitude today. I must stop "the stinking thinking".

When I saw this quote it jumped out at me. What does Darlene want to be?
What does God want me to be? How can I improve to be that person? What changes can I work on to be a better wife, mom and friend?

What about you? Have you wondered these same things?
I know change is going to happen whether you are ready or not. It will happen. My life has changed so much in the past months that I think "What in the world is going on?" We knew some of these changes would come as Andrea grew older and I feel like I have embraced some of the changes...others I really need to work on.

Update: The job I am currently working at school ...I found out will not offer me benefits after they told me it would. I thought the door that opened for me was where God wanted me.. after not receiving the benefits I am now wondering if this is the right door to walk through. I need clear direction in this. Pray for God to give me clear direction.
Due to other happenings in life I have not been able to catch up on the blogs like I had planned. I hope to catch up in the upcoming weeks.
Starting on Monday....I will be leading a class at church .... I am very excited about this and looking forward to hear what God will be teaching me.
Andrea is doing good. Enjoying the college life and loves going to the football games. I thinks she has finally come to her senses and is now a "ROLL TIDE" fan. She thought she would be able to stay true to Auburn.... she was brainwashed to be an Auburn fan when she was about 3 years old by my neice who was attending Auburn University at the time. Continue to pray for her...

My Friday's Quote turned into several things.
I appreciate the encouragement and prayers...

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday's Quote

"Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive injury."
E. H. Chapin

I have been out of computer and blog world for about 2 weeks due to the monitor going out on home computer. I have felt so out of touch. Hopefully, by the first of next week monitor will be replaced and I will be back in full swing. I am posting today from a different computer.
I hope to catch up on all the blogs that I so enjoy reading this coming week.

Update: Andrea is doing great and loves college. She is beginning to get loaded down with her studies. I am working at the school as sub teacher till hopefully an aide position comes open. I am told this should happen in the next several weeks. Joey is still working out of town and is under a ton of stress! Keep him in your prayers!
Thanks for all the encouragement and especially prayers. Keep Praying for us.

Back to the quote... Do you have something that is weighing you down that you need to let go of? Don't seek ways of revenge or a way to hurt those that have hurt you. Forgive them and let it go. Sometimes we feel hurt and the person doesn't even know they have hurt us. Don't harbor bad feelings towards them. LET IT GO! You will feel so much better when you break those shackles that are holding you captive.


Oh yea, for Andrea....ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday's Quote

I found this in a card that I bought to give to Andrea. I thought it hit right on target with all the changes in both of our lives.

"As one door is closed in your life, a new one opens before you. Take a moment to pause briefly at this threshold, and know that you are moving forward and that is for the best. Approach this new door with great confidence in your heart, for you have so much to offer and so much to look forward to. Open each new door with trust, holding your hopes and dreams very near...
knowing that the world is waiting for the goodness and the love you carry with you.
M.E. Miro'

A good blog friend Cheryl told me once that "When God closes a door ...He opens a window".
The door closing for me was a job that I really enjoy. Due to lack of funding the job was not open at the time. Right now I am sub-teaching at the same school. A job maybe open that doesn't have benefits ( I need insurance since my husband is self-employed). I have prayed for guidance and while the decision is not yet clear...I know that God will guide me in the right direction. Do I take the job with no benefits or do I wait for funding to come in for my old job to open that has benefits( while waiting keep sub-teaching)? Pray for God to give me clear direction in this.

For Andrea....the door that closed was high school. She is moving into a different phase in her life. A phase that I know she will excell in. While we miss her like crazy...I know that she is safe and learning to prepare for her future. Pray for her to stay strong in her faith and to stay focused on her studies.

Thanks for all your comments, encouragement and especially prayers!!
Have a Fabulous Weekend!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I am Thankful for:
Cell Phones
Friends (including Blog friends)
The Truth of God's Word
Prayer Warriors
Encouraging Words
Music (especially praise music)
Loren who fixed my computer
Not being scared to come in the house by myself at night
Alarm system on house that makes me feel safe
The peace that I have in my Savior...HE reminds me that I am never alone
For more thanks visit Iris at Sting My Heart.

Andrea's Big Move

First...I would like to thank everyone that is praying for us during this time of change. Andrea is moved in at University of Alabama and doing great. Her classes start today...
Moving is not easy for anyone ...when you add that you are moving your one and only child to a huge University ...makes it seem so much worse.
Moving day was filled with all kinds of emotions. For Andrea, it was exciting..can't wait to get everything in place...independant, feeling all adult like.
When we arrived at the University it was mass of people everywhere trying to move their babies into a new place. I saw parents that had the "deer in the headlights look", parents that had their chest all puffed up with pride for their child, parents who where scared to death, parents who just wanted it over with, parents emotions on this day was WILD!
The dorm that Andrea moved into has 12 floors and 3 elevators. We had to sit in line just to pull up to the sidewalk. We unloaded my car first and then I moved to another parking lot. Joey stayed with Andrea's things while she checks in. When she returns she asks me to grab a load and stand in line for the elevator. The line for the elevator was through the parking lot!! I was so surprised!! We quickly realized this was not good. Andrea is on the 3rd floor so, we decided to take the stairs. 2 flights of stairs per floor.....which means 6 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS ...CARRYING ALL HER THINGS! Did I mention we had 2 cars loaded down? Let's just say after the 3rd or 4th trip...this overweight, out of shape, mom was huffing and puffing like you wouldn't believe! My arms were like jelly and my legs felt the same. I was so hot and needed to cool down so I skipped trip #5 and chatted with Andrea's roommate Rachel.
Everything was finally in the room and Joey was nice enough to help Andrea's other roommates carry their things in. Rachel was kind enough to give Andrea the bigger closet and we are so thankful...because Andrea needed the space. I think she carried about 50 pairs of shoes at the least! Andrea and I start working on putting her things away and decorating, Joey is in the living room talking to another Dad.
We go to a nice Mexican place to eat lunch and Joey talks to Andrea about how proud of her that we are and for her not to forget her raising. That she will see things she has never seen or been around and she will need to stand strong in her faith and walk away from these things. The whole time I am fighting the tears. I know once they start they want stop. Andrea then drives us around campus showing the places she will have class and etc. Joey and I both feel so proud and confident that Andrea is at the right place. She already knows her way around and feels good about it. Which helps us even more. We go back to the dorm and Andrea leans over and hugs her dad bye and I get out of the backseat and I give her a big hug and remind her to call. I kept my shades on because I didn't want her to see my huge tears. I get in the car to drive home and the emotions start to well up and I think I was going to loose it. Joey looks at me and tells me that she is going to be okay and not to cry...because he needs me to drive home. (Joey drove all night Thursday arrived home at 6:30 am on Friday and we left for Bama at 7:30). He was exhausted! So, I put my big girl panties on and only allowed a few tears. He slept all the way home! Andrea called twice that night and I was so excited to hear her voice. Thankfully, she has called everyday to let us know how she is doing. She is even calling Joey while he is on the road. We miss her like CRAZY!!!!
These next months will be an emotional roller coaster...I know that God will see us through each turn and curve and ups and downs. Continue to pray for us. Especially, Andrea ...she is already facing some of the things her Dad has talked to her about. Pray for her to stay strong in her faith and stayed focused.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday's Quote

I have two quotes :

"Sucess is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."
Booker T. Washington

"Show class, have pride and display character. If you do, winning will take care of itself."
Paul Bear Bryant

Today...Joey and I will be helping Andrea move into college at the University of Alabama. This is a new phase all three of us will be moving into.
She is so ready to move into this next phase of her life. Both cars are loaded down and ready to head for "T-Town"! We are Bama Bound!

When I read the quote by Booker T. just seem to fit. In this last year our family has gone through so much. Alot of obstacles that I called storms. Thankfully, God saw us through each and every one!!
Paul "Bear" Bryant was a coach for the University of Alabama I had to use one of his quotes. You can apply this to other things besides football. You can't hardly talk about University of Alabama without "Paul Bear Bryant's" name being mentioned at some point. I have a good story about Andrea's first visit to the University of Alabama that I will post on later.

Pray for us ....Andrea is thrilled and happy ....Joey and I while we are happy and proud of Andrea we are also sad.
Andrea is her Daddy's girl and My world!'s your you have some advice for us or a favorite quote to share?

FYI: I have used Andrea's computer since Christmas ...our home computer was infected with what seems like a million viruses. It is being fixed...hopefully soon. So, I now don't have a computer at home... I guess that means I will be on a blog break. I hope by next week to post again. In the mean time.....when you think about us ....say a prayer.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

When God Whispers Your Name

"When I kept things to myself, I felt weak deep inside me."
Psalm 32:3

Ask yourself two questions. Is there any un-confessed sin in my life?...
Whether it's too small to be mentioned or too big to be forgiven isn't yours to decide. Your task is to be honest...
Are there any unsurrendered worries in my heart? "Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you"(1Peter5:7) The German word for worry means "to strangle" The Greek word means "to divide the mind".... Worry is a noose on the neck and a distraction of the mind, neither of which is beffitting for joy.

There are so many times I wish I could be like the birds in the air...they don't worry about shelter, food or anything. I know I am not the only one who worries about different things...but, sometimes life is just hard. Life changes phases....are not so easy to take sometimes. Parents getting older....daughter growing up and moving to college...job changes for honey...need of job...all these things going on cause me to worry. I am trying to cast my cares to my Savior ....I can tell him all about is the giving it all to HIM that is the hard part. I know that I am so blessed and have so much to be thankful....I don't want the worries of life to strangle my joy. I am going to work on this today....till this too shall pass. I am the daughter of the KING....HE loves me just as I am....for this I am so thankful.

So how about you? If you are worrying about something ...remember to turn it over to the one who told the ocean it could only come so far....who told the stars to shine in the evening...
Also, remember when ....God shuts a door ....HE opens a window!
Are you ready for the window to be opened?

Monday, August 11, 2008


Oh MY ! I am watching the Olympics tonight .....can I just say WOW! Team U.S.A gymnastics men's team is AWESOME! They are sticking their landing and making the other teams wonder what is going on.
Watching Michael Phelps swim is FABULOUS! I get tears in my eyes as I watch his mom cheer on her boy. I know she is just bursting with pride for her son. How sweet that he gives the flowers to his sisters.
I am so proud of our athletes. Listening and watching to their stories of injuries, training, how much time they spend in preparing for this time amazes me. They are dedicated!
I am glued to the tube! So glad they have commercial
I can almost feel the emotions all the way from Beijing!! Can you?

Talk to me...have you watched any of the Olympics this week?

Who rocks the house? U.S.A ROCKS THE HOUSE!!!!!


Friday, August 8, 2008

Friday's Quote

For Friday's Quote ...I decided to use Back to School Quotes since some school in Alabama started this past Thursday and some will be this coming Monday.

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.".
Malcom Forbes

"Education is when you read the find print. Experience is what you get if you don't."
Pete Seeger

"The important thing is to never stop questioning."
Albert Einstein

"I am always ready to learn although I don't always like being taught."
Winston Churchill

"As long as thre are tests, there will be prayer in school's."
Author Unknown

Do you have a favorite back to school quote?

Take a moment and prayer for our schools (teachers, administration, children, staff, traffic directors, lunch room staff, custodians, etc). Also, pray for our government leaders ...their budget decisions affect our schools. For the parents to be open to help their children when they are so tired from working all day. To give their children the attention they need.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

When Christ Comes

As a man rejoices over his new wife, so your God will rejoice over you.
Isaiah 62:5

Have you ever noticed the way a groom looks as his bride during the wedding? I have... If the light is just so...I can see a tiny reflection in his eyes. Her reflection. And the sight of her reminds him why he is here....
And such are precisely the feelings of Jesus. Look long enough into the eyes of our Savior and, there, too, you will see a bride.... And who is this bride for whom Jesus longs?
You are. You have captured the heart of God.

Brantley gave me this Inspirational Thought for Each Day of the Year and this thought is the one I turned to for today.. I was surprised at how it fit with what I have blogged about in the past several days. Of course I had to share.

What a great reminder that You and I have captured the heart of God! Is this AWESOME or what?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Wedding!

The wedding was so beautiful! Brantley was absolute breath taking in her gown. I am sure that is how Jonathan felt when he saw her walking down to meet him. The church was packed and so was the reception.
I think I have told before that Brantley is very special to our family. Her mom (Candace) and I are good friends as far back as high school. Our husbands went to school together...we ususally take camping trips together, sometimes vacations( actually this year was the first time we have not been on vacation together in several years). My daugher, Andrea and Candace's #2 Brooke are the same age. Brooke is leaving on Wednesday for college. Anyway, because our families are so close I was honored to be the Wedding Coordinator. This was my first time and I was soooo nervous. I felt like I was being mean on Friday night at the rehersal. Trying to keep adults focused is hard work. LOL On Saturday (Wedding Day) everything was going great till the grandparents start lining up and I have to get all emotional. I started to tear up and I was trying to hold it in. I knew when Candace saw me that she would start so I was trying to hide it. I kept breathing and trying not to look at anyone. That is very hard when you are watching and listening so you can tell them when to walk in. Candace saw me and was immediatly concerned that something had happened to Joey who was traveling to Utah. She asked me what was wrong and all I could do was shake my head. She finally realized that it was nothing with Joey and I was just emotional because of sweet Brantley getting married.
Bro. Hal tried to joke with me and said "If you are doing this with Brantley what are you going to do when Andrea gets married". I don't even want to think about this! I finally got a hold of myself after a snort or two. I was as shocked as Mike when that snort came out. Then I had to laugh. I got to hug Brantley and tell her I love her before she went down to meet her groom. Such a precious time. Everything went wonderful....the singing, the bride's court and groomsmen...the ring boy was entertaining and adorable. I even got the honor of driving Brantley and Jonathan to the reception.
Several people came up to me and said they didn't know that I did wedding coordinator professionally. I was sooo surprised and so was they when I told them this was my first!!!
Will I do it again? Yes, I really had a great time and enjoyed it. Being emotionally attached to the bride was a challenge... we survived snort and all. LOL I was surprised at the emotions I had ... I thought I had everything under control...then the tears had to come. It is okay...we will laugh about it someday...actually we already have.
Brantley will always be special to us ... We are very proud of both Brantley and Jonathan.

Do you have a wedding funny or mishap to tell...if so I would love to hear it.

Thanks for all the comments on Friday's Quote and the encouragment... I really needed it and it felt good to read all the positive comments.

Pray for me...this week is a hard one. Andrea leaves next Friday for University of Alabama and I am still in need of a job.
When God closes a door HE opens a window. Someone told me this (I think Cheryl) and I keep reminding myself of this everyday.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday's Quote

Love....tomorrow my friend's oldest daughter is getting married. I am wedding coordinator...this is my first time to do this. I am was honored to be asked. Actually, I thought it was a joke at first. I laughed....she was serious.... there is no way I could say no to her.
Brantley is so precious to my family. In so many ways Brantley and Andrea are so a like.
We are very proud of Brantley!! Because of the wedding tomorrow I decided to do some quotes on love.

Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself.
Jean Anouilh

To Love is to receive a glimpse of Heaven.
Karen Sunde

Love doesn't make the world go around, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
source unknown

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, belives all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
New American Standard Bible

Do you have a favorite quote on love?
Do you have any words of wisdom that I can pass on to Brantley tomorrow?

Pray for beautiful cooler weather, for the parents, bride and groom, wedding party, photographer, reception, safe travels....and especially the wedding coordinator (me).

Did I tell you this is my first wedding to coordinate? can you tell I am nervous?
I got a new to the ankles dress and strapy shoes... I am excited, nervous...and tonight about 7 pm I will be a wild woman ....wanting to please the bride. Did I tell you how precious she is to our family? We love Brantley like she was one of our own. I am going to stop now....before I really work my self into a frenzy!

Oh ...I almost forgot. This is actually my 100th post. I will post 100 things about me soon! I know you don't want to miss that!!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thankful Thursday!

Today I am Thankful for:
Spending time with Andrea
A Heavenly Father that loves me just as I am
Cell Phones
My Mom who came to visit for a few days
For more Thankful Thursday's visit Iris at Sting My Heart!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday # 24

Andrea and friends at last year's Watermelon Party for Football players and Cheerleaders.
Me and my a great title for this picture. Great times ....Great memories.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


I am so excited to receive this award from Amy at Sign Miracles and Wonders.
The Art Y Pico award is given to those who inspire others with their creative energy and talents in writing, artwork, design or contributions to the blogging community. It originated here
What is the meaning of the expression: And basically, ironically, it translates into a wonderful phrase in Mexico, “lo maximo.” LOL! It will never find its counterpart in English, but if it HAD to, it would be something like, Wow. The Best Art. Over the top. I got this infor off the Art Y Pico blog.
As a recipient of these awards, I have been asked to share each award with five blogs that bless me. I have chosen:
Christina @ All That Blog
I hope that each of these ladies are as excited as I am! There are so many blogs that I enjoy reading that it was hard to make a decision on which to choose. Congratulations friends!Your “official instructions” follow. Now go forth and share the love! To the recipients of the award...pick five blogs you consider deserving of this award, whether for creativity, design, interesting material, or contributions to the blogging community, no matter what language. Name each nominee and link to his/her blog. Show the award and include the name (and link to his/her blog) of whoever presented you with this award.Link to the Arte y Pico blog so everyone knows the origin of this award. Post these rules.
Congratulations Ladies!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday's Quote

"The safest place to be is within the will of God"

Not my will but God's will. This is so hard sometimes. We want what we want and when we want it. Sometimes what we want is not good for us and then we realize later I made a mistake. I should have listened to God.
I pray for God's will to be done in my life...but do I really allow it to be done?

What about you you allow God's will to be done or do you want it to be your way?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday!

Today I am Thankful for:

Long soaks in the bathtub.

Laughter....Andrea had friends over last night and it was good to hear all the girls laughing and having fun...most of them will be leaving for college soon.

Radio that is playing in my kitchen

Books...I have read some really good ones this summer.

Dentist...especially Dr. Dreamy aka Dr. Thomas who performed a root canal for me on Monday.

Happy Gas...that the dentist gave me to calm me down. I hate to admit ...I am terrified of the denitst!

The dental assistant ...She was AWESOME..she could sense when I would get upset and calm me down.


Joey ...he works so hard for our family.

Kids Kamp last week 16 children ask Jesus into their hearts!

All the volunteers who helped with Kids Kamp.

Friends who encourage me and pray with me. This includes Blog friends!!

Prayer Warriors

Answered Prayers

Butter Pecan Ice cream! Yum Yum!!!

Visit Iris at Sting my Heart for more Thankful Thursday!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

JESUS ... is HE in you?

That was the theme for our Kids Kamp 08 this year at Calera Baptist Church. I probably told you this before ....I am head of the committee of the children's team at my church. One of our responsibilities is to plan theme, t-shirt colors and design, get volunteers, live band, games indoor and outdoor, food and plenty of volunteers, etc for our annual Kids Kamp. The committee puts in alot of prayer, time and work. They are great to work with. They truly have a heart for children. This was our 15th year, however this was probably my 5 year to be involved and my 2nd to be on the planning committee. This is ALOT of work. BUT WELL WORTH IT!!

The children register. .1st -6th grade spend Friday and Saturday night and Day Campers are from 4 years to K. We have 3 boy and 3 girl cabins. The kamp is located about 4 miles from our church at Rolling Hills Camp. On Sunday we take the children to our church and have worship service where they all are on stage in their shirts and singing the songs we learned and motions ...they stay on stage during minister time and alot of them will go to sleep. They are so precious sitting on brings tears to my eyes each year when I see this.

Back to our theme.The front of shirt has our Kids Kamp with church logo & 2008 ... on the back of the shirt it has ... JESUS is HE in you... the color is purple with a lightning bolt in 2tone orange out lined in white and black. With big bold green letters going across saying HE in you.

At the bottom it has our scripture reference which is John 6:35 "Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

We had gatorade all over campus in coolers for the children to drink and we would talk to them about how it quenches our thirst and relate it to the scripture. IT WAS AWESOME! The children loved it and had so much fun. You can go to our website probably by the end of the week and it will have pictures of all that was going on and some of the leaders and children.

We have a slide show for the parents to see on Sunday when they come to Sunday morning worship to pick up their darlings. This gives them an opportunity to see how much fun we have.

It is also a perfect opportunity to witness to their parents. We had a family to get saved several years ago when their son attended Kids Kamp and when the pastor gave the invitation the father came forward and wanted what his son had recieved. WOW....God is so good. This family works in our church and Kids Kamp.

As some of you know .....on Thursday evening I got a terrible toothache. The pain to the point of tears. On Friday....I woke up to no pain and feeling good. Saturday evening toothache again. Some precious ladies found me an antibiotic to start and I had something to take for pain. I didn't have to spend the night this year ...but due to the fact that my neice was there ....I wanted to be with her(this was her 1st year to get to attend). I stayed...others tried to take me home ...but I refused. I can be stubborn sometimes. Anyway....I am so glad I didn't leave! Celebration on Saturday night was AWESOME... All 1st - 6th graders are in the gym and we are singing songs, bouncing around enjoying the time. Bro. Hal talks to the children about having Jesus in your heart and how you can invite Jesus into your heart. We bowed our heads to pray and while the heads were bowed he asked if you asked Jesus into your heart to raise your hand. Then at the end of service he told the children ... if you raised your hand when you get with your cabin leader tell them and they will bring you to the front as the other are leaving to cabins.


Through the last months we (children's team) have gone through different things in our life ...times when we would want to give up or quit the team. Even this week with toothaches, husbands out of town, frustration, work, high levels of stress of planning and wanting things to be perfect for the know last minute details. Because we keep encouraging each other and we would not let each other give up we allowed God to use us for these children! This is not about us this is about GOD! WE GIVE GOD THE GLORY!

Kids Kamp 08 is successful because of awesome volunteers who have a heart for God and love children. MOST IMPORTANT BECAUSE GOD IS IN OUR MIDST. BECAUSE HE IS THE BREAD OF LIFE...WE WILL NEVER GO HUNGRY ....ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS BELIEVE AND HE WILL QUENCH OUR THRIST!

Example: working outside is hot, you are sweating and your mouth is so dry. You are so thristy and all you want is a big tall glass ice know when you take a drink you can feel it all the way down to your stomach...your mouth can't wait for you to quench the thirst. When you take the first drink....ahahah ...feels so good...wet, cold and just what you need.
That is how God is to us. Only HE can quench our thirst. (my pharaphase from Bro. Hal).

Is it worth it? YES 100 times YES!!! 16 children giving their hearts to GOD!

on a side note: Pray for me....I am going to the dentist tomorrow ....I am terrified of the dentist! Not looking forward to going....but can't handle the pain any longer. Also, pray for our team....each of us have things going on in our lives. Especially one who has a wedding in a couple of weeks. Her oldest is getting married and 2nd daugher is leaving the next week for college.
Talk about STRESS! She is stressed!
Thanks to those who prayed for my mouth ...I know God heard your prayers. For me to wake up on Friday with no pain and make it through most of the camp is an answered prayer!

Satan is roaming to and fro...seeking whom he may devour....GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN ME AND HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD!!!

A question....JESUS....IS HE IN YOU???

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for:

That I can cast my cares to my Savior.

Spending time with Aunts and Uncles from out of state that came to visit my Mom.

My sister who had a fish fry with the fish that she caught while on vacation on the West Coast.

Butterfinger cake....yum yum

My Aunt Sadie that lives in Florida staying a week to spend time with my Mom.

My Mom who always takes the time to talk to me.


My husband who tries to be understanding....while he is lost on dirt roads in Nebraska.

Answered prayers.

That in the midst of a storm ...God gives me peace.

All the volunteers who are helping with Kids Kamp this weekend.

We have 80+ children registerd for Kids Kamp.

The Children's Team that I am a part of who plans the Kids Kamp each year. This is a LOT of work and I am so thankful that our team works great together.

My neice Bralynn who has a birthday this weekend.

My neice Ashlynn who is getting to spend the weekend with me at Kids Kamp.

Andrea (my daughter) is going to work with Day Kampers this weekend.

Everyday with you Lord sweeter than the day before. This is a song the choir has sang I think 2 times...But, this week I have been singing this as I get up. I am thankful for the choir and the director who bless my heart with praises each Sunday.

I am thankful that I have a friend in Jesus...I can talk to HIM anytime, anywhere and HE will always be there to listen. When I call on Jesus I don't get an answer machine or voice mail. HE is with me....therefore I am never alone.

For more thanks visit Iris at Sting My Heart

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wordless Wednesday # 23

Friends....Andrea, Hillary, Alexis and Lauren have been friends probably since beginning of elementary school. In about a month they will be going different directions for college. They will be making new friends and moving on with life. I hope they will always stay in touch. True friends are not so easy to find.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Holding On...

Encourage Yourself

We all face trials and difficult seasons in life. The key to victory during these times is to stay encouraged. Although it's important to be lifed up by our friends, the best way to stay encouraged is to encourage ourselves!

For more visit with me today at: Holding on to the truth....

Holding on..

Monday, July 14, 2008


Today has been one of those days that you enjoy, but is tiring. I went to work at the church for a little while to help out with all the phone calls for Kids Kamp that will be this weekend. Went to lunch with a friend. Joey called and needed me to pick him up in Fultondale. Headed to pick him up and get to Hoover and he calls to tell me never mind! So, I head home and fill out some paper work for Andrea (college stuff) ....then I take the time to read my blog. I am so glad I did! I have received my very first blog award!! YeaH!!! I am excited.!!!! Cheryl from :Hope for Each Day has honored my with this award! It is called: Arte y Pico (meaning "Peak of Art")

What is the meaning of the expression: And basically, ironically, it translates into a wonderful phrase in Mexico, “lo maximo.” LOL! It will never find its counterpart in English, but if it HAD to, it would be something like, Wow. The Best Art. Over the top. I got this info off of the Arte y pico blog.

Cheryl is a SWEET GODLY WOMAN who has a heart for God! I met her through blog land . I enjoy reading her blogs and encouraging words. I visit her blog each day and encourage you to check her out at Hope for Each Day .You will be blessed!

As a recipient of these awards, I have been asked to share each award with five blogs that bless me. I have chosen:

Kimberly @ A Planting for the Lord
Deborah @ Bout Crazy
Lori @ Encouragement From My Heart
Krista @ Krista's Kronicles and Coffee Talk
Dee Dee @ No Greater Joy

I hope that each of these ladies are as excited as I am! There are so many blogs that I enjoy reading that it was hard to make a decision on which to choose.
Congratulations friends!Your “official instructions” follow. Now go forth and share the love! To the recipients of the award...pick five blogs you consider deserving of this award, whether for creativity, design, interesting material, or contributions to the blogging community, no matter what language. Name each nominee and link to his/her blog. Show the award and include the name (and link to his/her blog) of whoever presented you with this award.Link to the Arte y Pico blog so everyone knows the origin of this award. Post these rules.

Congratulations Ladies!!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday's Quote

"A rule I have had for year's is : to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. He is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is HE Himself we have."
Dwight L. Moody
1837-1899 American Evanjelist

HE is my friend. How about you..... Do you consider HIM your friend?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for:

Answered Prayers

My husband that works so hard to provide for our family.


Sunshine and the breeze across my face.

My Heavenly Father who never gives up on me.


Unexpected phone calls from friends who you haven't talked to in a long time.

Visit Iris for more Thankful Thursdays at Sting my Heart.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wordless Wednesday # 22

This is Andrea and her prom date Paul. They are good friends and I love this picture. It captures both of them having a great time and dancing.
Proms are so much fun. I was talking to a friend the other day...the subject of prom came up and how much fun we had. This brought back fun memories ....which made me look at Andrea's pictures again. Hope you enjoy the picture.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Have you killed someone today?

I got your attention with that one huh? Have you killed someone today with your tongue?

Proverbs 18:21 "Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Bound in one small group of muscles called the tongue lies an instrument with huge potential for good or evil, that build up or to tear down, to empower or devour, to heal or to hurt. It all depends on how and when the joining together and splitting apart take place. Our words can make or break a marriage, paralyze or propel a friend, sew together or tear apart a relationship, build up or bury a dream, curse God or confess Christ. With our tongues we defend or destroy, heal or kill, cheer or churn. And we, as women, seem to be quite talented at deciding when and where to wield this tiny sword.

James paints a poignant picture of the power of our words:

James 3:3-6 "When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell"

We are shaped by words from those that love us or refuse to love us. We are shaped by the words of those who don't even know our names. It is the hearts cry of all mankind to be loved and accepted, and sometimes a simple words of encouragement can make all the difference.

William Barclay said, "One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement. It is easy to laugh at men's ideals; it is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm; it is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a tme a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man ( or woman) who speaks such a word."

Amazingly, our words have the capacity for both(encouragement or discouragement) and we are faced with the choice every time we speak as to which it will be.

Hebrew word for "mouth" is peh, is often translated "edge" Like a knife, the tongue has a sharp, powerful edge that can either be used to heal or destroy. Example, a knife in the hands of a skilled surgeon brings healing and life. But, a knife in the hands of a felon brings death and destruction. Like the surgeon we can study how to use our mouths to bring life to those around us. This is not easy...the tongue is difficult to control.

Words are POWERFUL!

Our words can spark a child to accomplish great things, encourage a husband to conquer the world, fan the dying embers of a friend's broken dreams into flame, encourage a fellow believer to run the race set before her, and draw a lost sould to Christ.

A careless word may kindle strife;

A cruel word may wreck a life.

A bitter word may hate instill;

A brutal word may smite and kill.

A gracious word may smooth the way;

A joyous word may light the day.

A timely word may lessen stress;

A loving word may heal and bless.

Author Unknown

Think about the words we use and how they affect others.
Which are you...the surgeon or felon?
So many times my mood sets what I say. Sometimes I am the surgeon ...but, sadly I feel too many times I am the felon. Unfortantely, I hurt the ones that mean the most to me with my words. I am going to work on improving this.
I am reading " The Power of A Woman's Words" By Sharon Jaynes.
The first 2 chapters are packed with so much information and encouragement. I just had to share with you what I read and what spoke most to me; also, how God is using the words from her book to make me think about what I am saying and how it affects others.
I just started chapter 3.
Words we use is a choice it affects others can last a lifetime.
Join me today in chosing to be the surgeon with our words. This want be easy...but, maybe we will think before we speak.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

V8 Moment

Last Thursday on Thankful Thursday I said I was thankful for the V8 moment from God. Several asked, "What is a V8 moment"? So, I am going to explain what it is to me.

V8 is a vegetable juice that is suppose to be so good for you, especially for those who don't eat their vegetables. There is commercials out where you see different people getting tea, coffee, soft drink or something and then they see V8 juice and the raise their hand and tap their head on the side or forehead and say "Wow, I coulda had a V8". To me it means when we say "light bulb moment"... Like you finally understand what is going on or what someone is telling you. "I finally got it"!

Anyway, I try sometimes to come up with different comments. Sometimes they are just plain o' stupid and sometimes they sound good. LOL I ususally try these out on my friends and you should see their looks sometimes! Talk about funny!!

I have been praying for God to show me areas in my life where I need to work on or improve. For the last several weeks, different blogs that I was reading, scripiture, the word LOVE was coming up. I asked God if this was an area I need to work on and if so to give me another clue.

My friend Mitzi posted a devotion on Holding on to the truth...titled "I Am the True Vine". At the end she asked "Are you a dirty leaf in need of the Vinedresser to pick you up?Or..Are you a nice, full fruitful vine?" ***I encourage you to go and read the devotion ****
LOVE is a Spiritual Fruit!

What happened next is what just blew me away and made me realize "V8 moment" what God was telling me.

My friend Krista posted on Word Filled Wednesday -LOVE. She used 2 Corinthians 13:1-8, which describes love and she said "If God is love and we are to follow God's example in all things, then we are also to BE this verse". ***read this post too***

Be the verse means to BE LOVE! There are days that love comes easily other days ...well, let's just say EXTREMELY HARD!!

God has a sense of humor and I know he laughs alot....especially with me. How great that after I asked God to give me a clue that HE sent me not one but two! HE really knows me and how I have blonde moments. HE wanted to make sure I got it....and this is where the V8 moment came in. I finally got what God is telling me.

HE's still working on me. To make me the way I should be. It took HIM just a week to make the moon and stars, the sun and the earth, Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient HE must be. HE's still working on me. A song I use to sing as a child.

The Vinedresser is still working on me. HE is picking me up and washing the dirt off my fruit.

Have you had a V8 moment lately?

Monday, June 30, 2008

Exciting and Exhausing!

Today was exciting and exhausting. My neice Amy is expecting her third child and I watched her two precious girls Ashlynn (I have blogged about her several times) and Bralynn while Amy goes to the doctor to find out what baby number three is going to be.
Andrea decides that she would like to go shopping to look for dorm things and decide colors for bedding, towels and etc.
We meet Amy and Brad in Alabaster to eat lunch and to give them the girls. They are having a GIRL!
We (Andrea and I) then head to JC Penny's then to Belk . Andrea wants a purple comforter and matching sheets know the hole shabang! Well, dorm beds are bigger than a normal twin bed. You have to buy twin XLG. Do you know how hard this is to find?
Well, we ended up at Bed Bath and Beyond. I think we was in this store for hours! We found a purple comforter but it wasn't soft. We picked up several different things. Andrea couldn't make up her mind. Because she has been set on the purple...but wants it to be soft. So, she ended up with the brand Nautica that has pink, green and whitish blue plaid. It had the sheets and comforter and pillow case in a package. We then had to find the perfect color match throw blanket that also had to be soft. We got one in the green color to cordinate with the plaid. The green is not a deep green...more like a light green ..pastels. Andrea is not really into pink....but with the other colors it just may work. We are still looking for the purple combo that is soft in twin xlg. The towels are going to be purple/lavender and turquoise. She wants her name monogramed on the towels.... turquoise thread on the purple/lavendar and purple/lavendar on the turquoise. My neice, Amy can do the monograming.
We got home and off we go again. My friend Chrissy, is having a Home Interior party and I haven't been to one in like, I go and pick up my friend Candace and we head to the party. They do things so different than they use to. But it is easier also. I really enjoyed visiting with friends and looking at the new things. Now, I am so tired but, can't seem to sleep.
I can't was filled with family and friends and spending time with Andrea.
It is fun and exciting to watch Andrea in this new chapter of her life.

I plan to post soon about my weekend in Atlanta, GA at the conference.. I am trying to get all my thoughts together on all that I soaked in. It was FABULOUS!
Stay tuned.....

Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday's Quote

Today's quote is:

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
Mother Teresa

Talk to you like this quote?
If you have a favorite quote ... I would like to hear it.

I am going to Deeper Still Conference this weekend at Atlanta, GA. I am so excited!

FYI: Atlanta, GA is also hosting the 30th Dukes of Hazzard Festival. I think Bo Duke aka John Schnider was from Atlanta. YAAAHOOOOO!!!

Have A Fabulous Weekend!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for:

Heart Friends

My brother-in-law (Tony) and his son (Todd) for coming yesterday and cutting our field and weed eating. It took them almost 6 hours.

My father-in-law who will be returning the industrial lawn moore to the rental place.

Women's team at my church for planning for us to attend "Deeper Still" this weekend in Atlanta, GA

For the V8 moment from God in an area I need to work on.

Husband who works so hard to provide for our family.

Andrea (daughter) even tho she is driving me NUTS right now. I am thankful that God gave her to us.


Encouraging words from bloggy friends.

The sounds of summer.

What are you thankful for?
For more Thankful Thursday visit Iris at Sting my Heart.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wordless Wednesday # 21

This is my great neice Ashlynn. When I say great I mean this in several ways. She is my sisters's granddaugher which means Ashlynn's mom Amy is my neice ...which makes Ashlynn my great neice . Are you confused yet? LOL She is also great to hang out with. She loves to come to my house and spend time with us. She enjoys drawing, watching movies and eating popcorn and swimming. She also went on vacation with us last year to Destin, FL which is where we took this picture.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Last night was a BIG SURPRISE!! My "Heart Friends" group was meeting and boy did they surprise me! We get together once every two weeks for accountability, devotion, talk about things going on in our lives and give our prayer request. We are sitting in Candace's living room waiting for everyone to get there ...just chatting away about this and that... and I made the comment that I hope we can start on time because my mom was at my house and while Andrea was at home with her... I felt like I needed to get back asap. When everyone arrived ...I was busy getting ready to write down prayer request when they all stood up and Candace said " are you ready to go?" I thought "GO we just got here...what are you talking about"? When she walked over towards me and said " we are taking you out for your birthday!" My immediate response was "OH NO You are Not!" then I started to cry. They had taken care of all the plans ....
I WAS SOOO SURPRISED! I had on shorts and a blouse with flip flops and no makeup and my legs needed shaving. Thankfully, because Candace knows me so well.. told everyone not to dress up because she knew what I would probably be wearing. They explained no one would know that my legs needed shaving and I looked fine after their encouraging off we go to eat. We went to Long Horns and the food was yummy O! The staff came out clapping their hands and singing to me and I even got presents! YEAH!!
***let's back up****
My birthday was on May 24th. Graduation was on the 22nd and because of all the planning for graduation know receptions, family parties and etc. My birthday was not really forgotton...just with so much going ... the date got lost. I didn't think anything about it. I was so tired from all the things going on. Andrea remembered and called me from her senior beach trip to tell me Happy Birthday. Joey carried me out to eat on Sunday with friends at Zapopan's and they sung to me and put whip cream on my nose. My three sisters called me and gave me gifts at different times along with family.
Monday morning was filled with errands and etc. I picked my mom up to come for a visit to keep me company while Joey is working.
I have had so much going on ..just a bunch of stuff... by the afternoon ...I just was tired and feeling very frustrated about alot of things. I almost didn't go to my meeting....I talked to a friend and then changed my mind. I am so glad I did.
Thankful ....Blessed...Special .....this is how I feel.
Thankful for friends who care enough to take the time to talk, laugh, cry, listen to me and celebrate special days with.
Blessed by my heavenly father who has put these wonderful ladies in my life.
Special...I don't care how old you are always want to feel special on your birthday.

These ladies(friends) are so special to me...They have seen me through some very bumpy roads filled with huge pot holes. Because of their prayers and encouragement and with God carrying me/ family has weathered some harsh storms.

THANK-YOU for remembering my birthday...but mostly THANK-YOU FOR BEING MY FRIENDS!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Be Still

Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

There are moments when God is not asking you to be victorious or walk through the door smiling. He is asking you to stand don't always have to have the answers...because the Lord already has them figured out.
God will be God, our responsiblity is to BE STILL. HE will be exaulted!

LISTEN for His voice. God has the answers!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday's Quote

As you probably know by now...I enjoy quotes, so I decided to share another quote for today.

"Do you wish to find out the really sublime?
Repeat the Lords Prayer."
Napoleon Bonaparte
1769-1821 French General Emperor

Tell me what you think.
Do you like this quote or do you have a quote you would like to share?

Have a FABULOUS weekend!!!

Oh yea...Today is the First Day of SUMMER!!!!

Happy SUMMER!!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for:

My Heavenly Father


My daughter Andrea for her safe travel to and from Orientation at University of Alabama.

Cell phones to make communication so much easier.

Singing... I attended choir practice after church last night.

The smell of fresh cut grass.

Summer time

Blogging friends

Iris the host of Thankful Thursday.

For more on Thankful Thursday visit Iris at Sting my Heart.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wordless Wednesday # 20

She loves to lick you when you least expect it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Today is Tackle it Tuesday.
I am going to tackle the mountain of laundry. I have a ton of laundry to work on. I just wasn't in the mood yesterday.
Our house is for sale and I am trying to keep it clean...which isn't too hard since I am home for the summer. But, I get tired of the laundry. I keep thinking one day someone will invent throw away clothes. The kind that look great and doesn't cost much since you are throwing them away when the day is at end. Will not harm our planet. I guess that will disapear like on the t.v. show I dream of Jennie. I think I must be in dream land. LOL
What are you working on today?

For more on Tackle it Tueday hosted by 5 minute moms visit here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bama Bound

Andrea is Bama Bound. She left this morning with a bag and pillow and a little grumpy. She is not a morning person. Orientation is today and tomorrow for Andrea at the University of Alabama. She will learn about student life, academics, meal planning, and housing. Andrea will also get the opportunity to meet her dorm roommates.
Feelings: Last night, Andrea was getting nervous. You know how it is want everything to work out, not get lost, everyone to like you. It kinda reminds me of when she started kindergarden. Except this is soooo much different and on a way bigger scale.
Joey wasn't really making things easier for her. He kept asking her " Are you sure you want to drive all the way over there by yourself?" I think he too was nervous. For those who don't know ... Andrea has driven to Tuscaloosa probably about 3 times now by herself to football games, tailgating and such. It is about one hour and 10 minutes away from where we live.
ME: I wanted to make sure she had everything packed that she needed. I haven't packed Andrea's things for her in a while now...but, I was asking lots of questions. This was my way of reminding her of things she may have forgotten. Plus, I really hadn't thought about how I would feel because I was so busy trying to keep Joey from driving Andrea bananas. LOL
This morning, Andrea has only been gone about an hour and I already miss her. The house seems so quiet. I am excited for Andrea and I know that she will prosper at Alabama. This is one of the things that we have prepared her for most of her life.
Let's back up to Preschool. I remember a conversation with Andrea ...this is how it went.
"Mom how many years of school do I have?" My answer: "Well, lets have 2 years of preschool, 1 year of kindergarden, 6 years of elementary and middle, 2 years of junior high and 4 years of high school and 4 to 6 years of college. Then you will be through depending on what you want to be when you grow up." At this point. Andrea wanted to be a Wal-mart cashier. Boy, has that changed over the years. In first grade she wanted to be an Anstronaut, till she realized that I could not go with her to the moon. About 4th and 5th grade she wanted to study volanoes and earthqakes. When she realized that Alabama didn't have a lot of action in this; she started changing her mind. The next several years she wanted to be study cells and was very interested in the medical field. Started talking about becoming a doctor. In 8th grade she took a Career test..this helped the school know what classes to give you to help prepare you for your goals. She tested high in medical and science field. With this information, Andrea was set on going into the medical field. She decided she wanted to be a OB-Special delivery Doctor...that changed to Cardiovascolar Pediatric Surgeon (sp?) Now that has changed to Nurse Anesithis or(sp) nurse practictioner. My spelling is horrible. Because Andrea knew she had alot of college ahead of her ....she worked hard and took 6 college classes her senior year of high school. She only needs 3 classes to be a sophomore in college.
Joey and I have always encouraged Andrea to follow her dreams. We have always told her that she can be anything she wants to be keep God the center of her life and do her best. We have repeated numerous time the scripture Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
We are now at a new chapter in Andrea's life. This chapter is going to be hard for us. In August, she will move into the dorm for serval months and only come home on weekends (hopefully). I am sure the weekends she comes home will be when Alabama football team is playing away. That's long as she calls and does come home some. I want Andrea to enjoy her college years, make new friends and study, be all that God wants her to be.
I think I got side tracked. LOL I think I was talking about how I was feeling. I have tears in my eyes .... Andrea is her Daddy's girl but, she is my world! I am so proud of the beautiful young lady that she has become. Laughing now. She just called and she left her directions to the Ferguson Center on her bed.. you can hear panic in her voice. I read them to her and she is now parked and whispered into the phone "MOM ...Alabama's gymanastics coach is walking beside me...I gotta go". I could hear excitment and joy in her voice .
God has a plan... today Andrea is showing independance, bravery, and courage.
I am relieved that she made it safe and found the place. Excited for her and thrilled that she called me and the way she said MOM just melted my heart all over again.

Okay, Moms .....give me some tips on how to keep it together when she calls and how to deal with her moving into the next phase of her life.