Yesterday was the last day of school and we took Coco for ice cream. We now have a third grader! She is growing up way to fast!
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Yesterday was the last day of school and we took Coco for ice cream. We now have a third grader! She is growing up way to fast!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This is really lopsided and I don't know why I took the picture that way. This is my hutch. It was a old 70's wood look and I sanded it down, painted it cream and my FIL put a antique glaze on it. Isn't it pretty for FREE! That makes it even prettier in my book.
That it for me right now. Go check out Kellys blog for some beautiful decorating.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The first one was an example that she gave and it really got me to thinking about our society.
Rebecca was reared in a home where all the women were divorced. In her family, divorcing for trival reasons and remarrying was the norm. As a result, she learned to think this was normal and acceptable. She struggles with thoughts of divorce in her own marriage because of the tradition of her family. Like Rebecca our conscience can be shaped in a way that is not pleasing to the Lord. This can hinder our ability to clearly hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us.
As a child that was not reared in a Christian home this example really hit home and made me think about my childhood and past experiences that I wish I could change but more than that it made me realize how much we have to pay attention to what we watch on tv, what books we choose to read or what music we listen to. It is so easy to become immune to what society says is ok when it is not pleasing to God. I like that phrase.
Priscilla describes the Holy Spirit as our control tower. She asks "How do we begin focusing on the control tower within? We begin our day surrendering ourselves to Him and asking Him to heighten our spiritual senses to see and hear Him throughout the day. Then, as we do the mundane tasks that consume our lives, we purposefully turn our awareness inward and say God, what do you think?
Romans 8:5, NLT
Those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
God led me to these 2 things today and both were needed to remind me that I need to go to Him more and rely on the Spirit that dwells within me.
I finished the tiling tonight. Scott called me Tool Man Taylor. I don't think anyone will be hiring me to do it for them but it does enable me to have access to my window and not have a yucky curtain up to cover it.
now I am on the look out for a desk and shelf. I have decided to put a small desk by the bar in the dining room and a shelf on the wall going out to the back yard. I need a place to pay bills and more storage. I will have to hit the yard sales this weekend. I want a old desk like I had when I was a child. Nothing fancy b/c I could antique it like i did my Hutch. I will have to show ya'll a picture of it. I will work on that.
Did any of you watch the news tonight? I was listening as I was writing this and Meals on Wheels is reducing their meals by 2 a week I think hopefully not per day. One older lady they interviewed said she has oatmeal that she can use. What is wrong with this picture. I know that gas prices are up and the economy is in trouble but can't we take care of our elders. I can think of a few programs that could be reduced and some really young people that could get off there duff and go to work instead of using the system. I will get off my soap box. It just made me sad for those that rely on this for their meals. Their donations are down and that is part of the reason for the reduction. If you can give a few dollars to this organization it would help lots of people.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I also got lots of flowers planted in the yard. Scott has to plant a new rose bush and a hydrangea(sp) bush. With the hydrangea the soil has to be acidic. Does anyone know how to do that?? If it isn't the flowers won't keep their blue color and I want the blue.
Saturday night I went to Diana's wedding. It was beautiful and the vows were so beautiful. I wish all weddings would use those vows. I can't tell you what they were but the pastor used more than normal. They are Hispanic and so they had a interpretor so we had time to really listen to the vows. The reception was very nice too. They had Johnny Carino's and Las Palmas cater and the food was great. They are off to Jamaica today. Hope they have a great time after all the work of planning the wedding.
Scott and Colby got home this afternoon exhausted. Scott went to bed at 6:30 tonight and Colby is kind of dragging around. She needs her bath and put to bed.
We have no big plans for memorial day except dinner at the in-laws for my SIL birthday. I hope to get a family photo with Mamie while we are there. She is 94 years old and we know we won't have her for many more years. She is quite the little woman. I just love her.
Everyone enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I wasn't stopping to fix a silly bra strap! ha ha
This is us on the front porch of our beach house. We always hate saying goodbye.
We also went to Neely's Barbeque in Memphis. They have a show on Food Network. Have ya'll seen it? Well that is why we wanted to go. It was the biggest let down. The place was a hole in the wall and dirty. I have never received such bad service at any other restaurant. Our waiter took our orders, brought us our drinks and we never saw him again. There were probably 3 to 4 other tables with people when we walked in and then it began to fill up. 2 large tables began getting their food before us and when we finally got ours it was just for half of us. One of the Neely brothers came over to see if we had everything and I told him Sandy and I still didn't have our food and Scott needed more sauce. They finally brought ours and it was cold. The sauce Scott got was in a tiny little container. They don't put the BBQ sauce on the table. I plan to write a letter of complaint to them and to Food Network.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
These are some of us posing for pictures at the beach and at the house. First time I convinced Scott to wear pink. Doesn't he look good.
Colby and I in front of the pool. I am not sure about this new camera. Most of my photos turned out really dark in the face.
Isn't she lovely! The first time I took photos of her on this beach she was only 3 years old and so much smaller. Where did the time go.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This is where we had the most fun all week. At Gulf World so that Colby could swim with the Dolphins. We also stayed for the Dolphin show.
Before they let them swim with them they got to pose for photos with the dolphin kissing their cheek and holding hands as Colby is doing below. They have these dolphins trained so well. They also would play splash with them.
Monday, May 19, 2008
This is looking into the living room from the pool area. It had a wall of glass doors that completely opened up to the pool. I loved that and then we had a door from our room that opened up to the pool. All the doors had alarms on them so if a child went out you would know it. The owners live in Minnesota and have 18 month old twins so the alarms were put in for them. Another plus for the renters.
This is our beach. Isn't it beautiful. I just love the beauty of the emerald green water. There was some really big waves while we were there. It was busier than usual. We saw lots of college age kids (and heard them too) around town and at the beach. We had a wonderful trip and I have lots to share but it is getting late.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
I won't get to blog from the beach so my lovely and talented sister Tammy Lou will be updating the blog for me. Maybe this will give her the push she needs to start her own blog.
Update on my friends and family:
Uncle Cecil is not doing well. The doctors have told them it will be a few days and he will pass away. I am sad about that but I keep thinking about the party in heaven when he gets there. Can you imagine getting to sit at the feet of Jesus or see Moses or David or I could go on and on. I don't want to leave my people just yet but what a wonderful feeling to know that someday I am gonna meet all of them. Praise the Lord.
Beth went in on Wednesday for test results and they gave her the first Chemo treatment. She had the MRI yesterday and they found cancer in both breasts. Please pray for guidance and strength for her. I know that it would be horrible just trying to work yourself through the first weeks of this. Fear, anger, confusion, worry, devastation, she is probably feeling all these and more.
Stacy is in Kansas today to see how her medication is working for the Graves disease. As I told ya'll before she will have radio active treatment in July if nothing happens before then.
Thank all of you who are praying. Please keep them lifted up to him. You might say one for us for the next week while we are traveling.
I will be back to blogging soon.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Don't allow those vacuum sales people into your home just b/c you think you can get the stain removed during their demonstration. Yes I did this. I knew I wasn't going to buy the thing but he was a nice kid and I did have a stain I wanted cleaned. We thought he was going to spend the night. He initially told me it would take 15-20 minutes. 2 hours later I had to tell him to leave and he didn't have a car. His supervisor was somewhere in the neighborhood in someone else's home. The poor kid had to stand out on the curb for another 30 minutes and he didn't even make the sale. I know I am gullible but no more I have become a rebel when people come to the door.
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Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Have ya'll heard of Makin Room. It is a online consignment shop in Northwest Arkansas. I found it in the free kids magazine. Go to http://www.makinroom.com/ . Might be better than a garage sale.
Have a great Monday.
Friday, May 2, 2008
"You don't need it, it costs us more electricity".
Next thing you know she will tell me to stop using paper towels or something. She keeps me on my toes. I will have to remember this when she is wasting our resources! Hey maybe that work we did on Using resources wisely in Girl Scouts really did sink in.
The bridal shower at work was really fun today. We did a lingerie shower and gave each guest a color and they had to buy the gift in that color. She got so many beautiful things. I wish I could have had a shower like that when I got married. Anyhoo while she was opening gifts I wrote down all the things she said and at the end I read it all back and told her this is what you will say on your wedding night. It was hilarious. Have you ever did that for a wedding or baby shower. Try it, it comes out with some crazy things.
I made the cake balls from Kelly's Korner and they were very yummy and everyone loved them. I did chocolate on chocolate. I forgot to take photos while I made them but I did get some at the party today.
Update on my friends. Beth got her test results today and she does have cancer. They are going to start with radiation to shrink it and then do a complete mastectomy. We are going down to see them tomorrow after the baby dedication. I got her the book by Jeana Floyd "An uninvited guest" it is a beautiful little book about Jeana's battle with breast cancer. I hope it will lift her spirits.
Stacy does have Grave's disease. They are going to treat her with radio active dye on July 1st. She has to wait b/c she just had some other dye test and they have to wait for that to be out of her system. When she does this in July she will be limited to a few minutes at a time with her girls b/c of the danger of them being affected by the radioactivity. This she says will go on for about 2 weeks. There is a lot of stuff she has to do so that she doesn't contaminate anyone else with the radio active stuff. Like flushing the toilet twice each time and cleaning it after each use. She won't even be allowed to sleep with husband. That is some strong stuff.
So please keep praying for these girls. I want to question Why is this happening to such young women, but I know that God is in control of everything and his ways are not our ways. As in my favorite verse He has a plan for us. We just have to keep remembering that. Whatever happens to any of us God is in control!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I received a call from my cousin Stacy this morning and she was scrambling to get to Kansas by 3:45 today b/c her doctor wanted her there for more tests. When I talked to her they were pretty sure she had Grave's disease which is a thyroid thing. Please pray for healing, strength, wisdom and knowledge for her and the doctors. Stacy is married to my cousin Kevin and they have the 2 girls I claim as my own. I know that she is scared and worried so just lift her up in prayer.
When we got home tonight Scott got a call from his best friend Vance and his wife Beth has breast cancer. Beth is in her early 30's with 2 beautiful little girls. We don't know everything yet but at this point they are planning chemo treatments. Please pray for healing and strength for her too. I know there are so many in the world fighting this dreadful evil thing but it really makes you think about your own future and all the people cancer affects.
We had our girl scout meeting tonight and we had fun. We finished up our Travel Right Try-it and planned for May and June. We usually end in May but we have so much we want to do it is probably going to be July before we break for summer. These girls are growing up so fast. Sunny made me a precious little book about how she loved girl scouts and me. That is when you know all the time and effort you put into something is worth it. To know that the sacrifices I make to be their leader is making a difference in their lives.
Thank you in advance for your prayers.