Thursday, October 30, 2008
My Precious Son,
These are the words written down in a journal by Ms. Sara. She watched anxiously outside the door keeping notes for me as you were being brought into this world 18 years ago today. I will keep these and cherish them forever.
Words cannot express what I am feeling today. Some happiness and some sadness. Happy that you have had such a good life surrounded by people that love you so much and want the very best for you and sad that my work is almost done. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to be your mother and entrusted me with the job of raising you to the best of my ability. I know you haven't always agreed with decisions your dad and I have made for you, and I know you feel you got the short end of the stick because you were the 1st born...sort of a trial run, you say. That makes me laugh. Maybe one day parents will get a manual with their children, and then they can make sure they always get it right the first time.
Being a mother to you has made me feel complete over the past 18 years. It has been the most important thing in the world to me. I can't think of anything I would've rather done with my life. You have made me laugh and you have made me cry, but my prayer is that you will always cherish our good times and learn from the bad. And just so you know, even though you are grown, I will always be here for you no matter where life leads. I love you more than words can say.
Happy 18th Birthday, sweetheart.
Godspeed - (noun): A successful journey.
Music & Lyrics by: The Dixie Chicks
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I did want to stop in and say hello though. I had a busy, but great weekend. Friday, Pete was actually home long enough to accompany me into the "big city" for a little supper and some shopping. It was high time to get Little Ann some winter clothes. The temp is finally beginning to drop here. We had a good time except for the grocery shopping at 11:30 pm. ug.
Saturday, our church had it's yearly fall fellowship at one of our newest member's home. It was a blast. I did some serious karaoke. It's a good thing Big Dan and the girlfriend didn't show up until after I did my 1st number....Joan Jett's, I love Rock n Roll. OWWW!!! lol. I wasn't the only one though. You should've seen our pastor. All I can say is...oh. my. goodness. It was hard to take him serious this morning, lol. Even he made that comment as he stepped up to the pulpit. Great fun.
I'll be working I know at least 3 days this week at the school. Evenings are going to be pretty packed with Girl Scouts, Church, Costume fittings, Big Dan's 18th and of course Halloween. All I can say is, I hope you have a great week and I will be in and out as time allows.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Last week, I watched this on Kim's blog and it just absolutely blew me away. I don't get into politics much. To be honest, I have only voted in one election and that was the last one. When I sat down to vote, I didn't even know who half of the people were or what the acts even stood for. Which reminds me. I need to do better this year. I want to know exactly what's going on for this one.
I'm so glad Kim posted this. It really opened my eyes to what could happen if we don't take a stand. Please watch this and forward it on.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Several of you have been so sweet to bestow awards on me recently...and not to mention the memes and tags. I wish I could get to it all, but I'm so sleepy right now..AND I just might sleep all day tomorrow too.
I will try to return to the land of blog soon. I promise.
OH!!! And I got the most thoughtful package in the mail from my sweet, sweet, friend Naomi. I will share that with you too. Thank you so much for thinking of me!!!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Just a little heads up for you.....This may be long. I'm going to include several pictures with this post. There are just so many good ones, I just couldn't decide.
Friday, the girls all met up at the school to head to the park site where we would set up camp. Their first attempt at a "girl scout duty" was to get the tents set up.
Next up was to get the fire going. Yes, my little pyromaniac, Little Ann was one of the fire cheifs on first shift. Her daddy had taught her lots of neat tricks for starting a fire. One of the methods (and the one she chose to use) was touching a battery to a piece of steel wool. She blew on it a little to help it spread. I was impressed that it actually worked.
Here are the 2 fire chiefs on fire patrol while everyone else scurried around the site, completing set up, unpacking and preparing for dinnertime.
After set up, the girls roasted a few hot dogs over the fire, and our picky eaters fixed up some Campbells soups on the burners.
Every year, this particular state park, hosts what they call a "Ghost Roast" usually on or the weekend before Halloween, depending on the day it falls on. All of the tenants set up their campers usually for the whole month and decorate their spots. There is a contest for the best one. The kids love this and absolutely flock to it every year. Our girls were fortunate enough to catch a sneak peek of the sites as nightfall came and the park lit up with orange lights and sounds of ghouls.
Here is one of the camp sites I photographed as I walked past.
Of course, no camp out is complete until everyone sits around a campfire roasting marshmallows, making s'mores and singing campfire songs in their pj's......
Saturday, we rose up from our slumber fairly early to meet the day...well, actually some of us were already awake, because some of us never really got to sleep, because some of us had to sleep in a tent, and some of us didn't have an air mattress to sleep on. And I can thank my frugile hubby for that one. At breakfast, it was every man for himself. They each cooked their own pancakes, and others pitched in to fry up some bacon and eggs.
The weather was absolutely perfect for our midday hike. I swear, Little Ann had everything in her backpack but the kitchen sink.
And just as we were about to head out for our 3 mile adventure, I noticed the sun glistening through our own camp site Halloween decoration!
I can't say that I am a hiking kind of gal, but this one was quite enjoyable. Like I said before, the weather was gorgeous, the trail was nice and spacious, and I just enjoyed spending this day with Little Ann. She had the greatest time.
At the end of the hike, the girls had a little down time at the play area in the park. We left shortly after this so we would have time to stop my mom and dad's house to check on the newest member of our family.
Meet Amelia. She was born Thursday evening.
Thursday, Little Ann and I had actually just stopped by my mom and dad's for a brief visit and so meemaw could sew a few Girl Scout patches onto a blanket...unknowingly mother Abigail was in labor......lol. I can't say I have ever seen a calf born before now. Isn't she adorable?
Today has been such a good day too. My brother and his wife have reconciled after 10 long months of separation and an almost finalized nasty divorce. It was a shock to all of us and will take a long road of healing for everyone, but we are making a start. She and the boys came to church with my brother today and it was such a blessed feeling seeing them in the row in front of me again. Right were they should be. The boys like to sit with me and color and I just eat it up.
Tonight, a group went to our local Sunday night Mexican hangout and they went along for that too. I love sweet fellowship with my church family. If you haven't already, tell your pastor how much you appreciate him....this is Pastor Appreciation Month.
I guess I will go to bed now. I am substituing at the High School tomorrow!!
Have a great week!
Friday, October 17, 2008
2. Sleeping Bags and pillows
3. Heater/Extension Cords
4. Warm PJ's, hoodies, coats, and warm fuzzy socks
5. Clothes and backpack for hike
7. Personal hygiene items and towels
8. Camp blankie and lawn chairs for fire time
9. Fishing pole and worms
10. One very excited Girl Scout and one apprehensive, never slept in a tent before, hates to be cold...MOM!!!
Going on a little weekend getaway with Little Ann. Be back soon!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Outside my window.......a warm, sunny, Autumn day. It is pleasantly 84 degrees in South Arkansas today.
I am thinking......how I wish my teenager needed me. Well, I know he needs me, I just wish he knew he needed me.
A few plans for the rest of the week........taking Little Ann over to my dads to see the new baby calf (hopefully being born, but we may miss that), A girl scout camping trip (yes, I'm really sleeping in a tent for the 1st time...ug!!), A hike and some new cooking techniques, and watching my nephew play in the Pee Wee Homecoming game this weekend.
A picture thought for the day.....
my sleeping teenager
ok, so maybe you don't want to "think" about this too much today, but I found it somewhat funny. Good thing he didn't have any boogers. Do you sleep with your mouth open or closed? (Or do you know?? Someone told me spiders crawl into your mouth at night when it's open!!)Ick!Have a happy Wednesday.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
One thing that seems to stand out in my mind is the time in my life my mom lead my "Brownie" troop. Several of my friends and I met in a little classroom in our old elementary building for our weekly meeting. Mother had an entire set of Wilton Cake decorating tips and an assortment of cute little Disney cake pans, so one day our troop came to my house for "cake decorating lessons". We have pictures and I wish I could've shared them, but they are at my mother's house tucked away in the "sticky" kind of album.
I attempted a cake or two as I got older, but never really got into it, until I had kids. When Big Dan turned 1, I got out the hippo pan and tried to show everybody what a good mother I was. Why look at me!! I made my baby's 1st birthday cake, but despite all compliments, I quickly decided ordering was much easier and faster.
It wasn't until I was grocery shopping one night just before Big Dan turned 5 that I decided to give it another try. I ran across a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pan on the cake decorating aisle and knew I had to have it. Big Dan was a turtle fan and had already expressed interest in a Turtle party. It must've been fate. I bought the pan, got out the old faithful star tip and...here ya go...
I was so proud of myself, but.......not enough to tackle it again for quite a while.
The next years would be spent ordering Walmart cakes that included figures on top such as "Power Rangers", "Space Jam" and "Pokemon whatever they are". For the last several years, Big Dan has requested the easy route..his favorite...Oreos Ice Cream Cake, which, I'm sure will be his request in a couple of weeks as well.
Mr. star tip and I became friends again when I drug out the Winnie the Pooh pan for Little Ann's 1st birthday. But as the years quickly passed, I continued to take the easy way out and it wasn't until Little Ann's 9th birthday that I mustered up enough courage to try my hand at cake decorating again. My brother and sister-in-law had just opened up a party store and she was carrying the entire Wilton line. She volunteered to gather everything up for me and allowed me to come to her house and use her supplies. Little Ann was having a puppy party and I just had to make it up as I went along. This is what we came up with....
It was just the cutest thing ever. The cake was strawberry flavored so it was pink inside. I found some "Littlest Pet Shop" toys in her room for toppers and walla..it all came together. Haven't done it since, but I'm getting braver with each birthday!!
Leigh Ann is having a puppy party for her little Ella Grace and has requested this recipe for homemade puppy chow. We put this in little doggie bowls for the kids and they had to race on their hands and knees to their bowls and gobble the chow down (no hands). It was such a hoot!!
So.....this is for you Leigh Ann. Hope your party is great!!
Homemade Puppy Chow
2 cups chocolate chips
15 ounces of Rice Chex
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter together in the microwave or stove top. Toss in the cereal. Place the powdered sugar in a large bowl or a baggie. Add the cereal mixture and toss. Spread out on a large pan to dry.
Looks gross....but taste great!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Aren't babies just precious? Our church is small.....just a congregation of about 75 on Sunday morning, but that number is quickly changing. Something must be in the water around here. One mother just had her baby, Chickadee will be hatching very soon, and our Pastor's wife is due in April. I forgot just how much I missed holding a little one until I spent the afternoon taking in that sweet baby smell, rubbing those tiny, precious feet that have never touched the ground, and feeling that soft, silky hair touch my cheek. There is nothing like it.
Her baby came a little early and so her shower was after the fact. I called my mother and had her do up a little something special for today.
This a monogrammed fleece blanket. It is so soft and delicate. I just love it. I wanted to post it for you to see since mom has started her etsy shop. I don't know if she has these listed or not, but you can always email her or contact me if you might be interested.
I admit, I am fighting the "empty nest" syndrome. I guess I will have to continue getting my baby fix from everyone else's babies. I came home from the shower telling Pete how I wanted another one. He looked at me like I was insane-o and then reminded me.. they soon turn 18.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
But, I have found that my latest morning devotionals have bit me right in the buttocks! I know from reading some of your past posts that you are going through some of the same things as well, and I just wanted to share these thoughts..or reminders. If they help you, then it was worth it.
Do you have the same problem with that sharp little tool between your teeth that I do?
Proverbs 12:18-19 - Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
The tongue is a two-edged instrument of power. With it we can lash apart a loved one, leaving deep scars. We've seen our children's confidence wilt after our tongues strike a blow. We have torn our husbands apart thoughtlessly with our condemning words. The tongue has the power to destroy.
BUT.. thank goodness it also has the power to build up and heal. It can just as easily offer solace for the open wounds around us. Why don't we try those 3 little word groupings such as "You look great".."Good for you!" or "I love you" more often. And how about this one? "I forgive you". These can transform our human lives.Ok, I just thought that was good. Hope you did too.
Guys, I have just been so blessed with the greatest bloggy friends and I thank you so, so much for these awards. I look forward to reading your posts every day and I get so excited writing my own and then checking in to see what you have to say about it. I love your encouragement, your wit and the way you make me smile. Because I have 3 awards and a blog roll that isn't very long...I'm only going to choose 3 for each award. Although I would give you all an award. If I didn't love your blog, you wouldn't be on my list!
This first award is the SMILE award. There are several characteristics that one must display in order to be considered for this award. They are:
-displaying a cheerful attitude
-showing love to others
-learns from others
-contribute positively to the blog world
-loves life and kids!
For this award I choose:
1. Big Mama's Blog - Oh. my. goodness. Does she ever make me smile. There isn't a post that she writes that doesn't have me grinning from ear to ear. Even when she's sick, she cracks me up!
2. His Girl's Blog - Amber is a funny one too. I so enjoyed the post where she videoed herself. She is deep and profound, but she can definitely make me smile!
3. Sugar and Spice - Although I just recently added her to my blog roll, this girl has always got something interesting going on in her life. With as many little girls as she has in her family, it's got to be exciting. I love how she takes the good with the bad and continues to smile. She deserves a smile award hands down.
You know the rules. Your supposed to choose 5 to pass this along to. Of course, post the characteristics and the rules for this award. Make sure you link back to who gave it to you and be sure and thank them, and share your win with the rest of the blog world.
The next award is the BFF (Blogging Friends Forever). Of course the rules for this one is to pick 5 and pass it on. Four of who you choose are to be dedicated followers and one who is a newbie or lives in a far away land.
1. Can you do this? I don't know, but I'm sending this award right back to April who gave it to me. She is a dedicated follower and I so wish I knew her in real life. We have lots in common and I love hearing from her every day. Thanks April and here's right back at ya!!
2. This one is for my dear friend, Angie. She is so much like me it's scary right down to the red hair. She is another one I'd really like to meet. She is very dedicated to my blog and was one of my very 1st commenters. Thank you Angie!
3. I have to give this to Naomi for sure. She is a special one too. She always knows how to lift my spirits when I'm down and boosts my confidence every time I post a scrapbook page. She lives in Australia and how I would love to hear that Aussie accent. (lol)
And last but not least, the "I love your blog" award. This one is hard, because I love all of your blogs, but being as how I'm only choosing 3, makes it tough.1. Chickadee has to get this one. I love her blog with all my heart. Reading her blog was how I even entered into the blog world myself. She has been a real life long friend of mine. We go to church together and our girls are friends. She is such an excellent writer and her post are always wonderful and refreshing to read.
2. Christy deserves this award too. I absolutely love her blog. She has the sweetest disposition about her. I love how she writes the most precious things about her family and oh, how she loves the Lord. I never miss a post. They are invigorating to me.
3. This last one goes to Rae. Rae is a frequent commenter of my blog too, and I appreciate her. Her posts are real. If she feels it, she writes it and I admire that. I especially liked the letter she wrote to the little guy with the potty mouth. You go girl.
Of course the rules are: Recipients put the logo on their blog, link back to the person that sent it, nominate 7 others, and link up to them. Make sure you leave messages for everyone telling them they've been nominated!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Anyway, I will get to my blog business a little further into the post, but first I wanted to share with you a little excerpt from my devotion this morning. This soooo soooo much related to me and I thought you might enjoy it too.
It's so easy to trundle down the path of the insignificant. Dressing and redressing, piling each outfit in a heap on the closet floor, throwing a tantrum because the hubby wasn't home for dinner on time, battling with your teenager over the length of his hair, or with your little one over a bath when a sticky, happy child would rather go to bed dirty. In some moments, these issues might matter, but in the long run...how much?
When the writer of Proverbs writes "Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife" (Prov 17:1). I believe he is speaking to busy moms (among others) who focus on the insignificant instead of the eternal.
The next time you find yourself spinning..ask yourself one question. Will this matter in 5 years? If so, focus your energy on completing what's before you with grace and efficiency. If not, I say forget it!!
Ok, now let's get down to business....blog business, that is.
* I have been trying to "follow" as many blogs as I can, and I would so much appreciate it if you would "follow" mine too!! It brings me much joy to see your cute little faces on my homepage. If you haven't started this yet, it is so easy and works like the google reader, but with faces! (see all my faces on the right sidebar)
* I am fulfilling my noble duty of blogging about a really cool giveaway so I can get extra entries!!! So, you could just let me get my entries and go on about your merry way OR you could go visit and enter too! Heidi is giving away a custom made bulletin board.
* And finally, I was recently tagged by Kim, April, and Naomi to list 6 random things about me. So, here goes. (And this is very random) 1. I am the world's worst at directions. I can't get anywhere without calling my husband or my mother a million times. I was driving recently in our capital city and went to pick Pete up from work. I asked him how to get out of where we were. He said "turn right", and guess what? I turned left. Hows that for getting around!
2. When I was pregnant with Big Dan I gained 40 pounds and craved green apple candy constantly.
3. The biggest fight Pete and I have ever had was over a recliner. My uncle was having back trouble and my mom had called to see if my uncle could borrow our chair because it had massage and heat and was very comfy. I said sure, and asked Pete to help me take it over. He had just come in from mowing the grass and wanted to get a shower first. I said NO!! It can't wait. We have to go NOW! Pete shrugged and went on to the shower. While he was in, I lugged that big chair out to the trunk of my little bitty car and left huffing and puffing with a recliner hanging out of my trunk. When I got home later, I thought we were headed for divorce. I look back on that one and die laughing.
4. I sleep on my side most of the time and cannot sleep unless my ear is covered. Weird, huh?
5. I don't really like hot dogs, but I will eat it roasted on an open fire. It has to be black though!!
6. I have never read a book from cover to cover (at least voluntarily). I try, really I do, but I am convinced it's NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!!
UPDATE: (okay, so maybe I shouldn't have said "never". Let me clarify this a little because some of you are going loco on me because I don't read...lol. I guess it would be safe to say that I did somehow manage to read library books in elementary...maybe even "Nancy Drew". I probably even liked it!! And I know for a fact I was forced to read Madame Bovary in French class, but I'm talking about now...my choice...reading for pleasure kind of thing, or self help. I just can't seem to ever make it from the beginning to the end. It just doesn't happen for me. Ok, is that better?)
Because I have some awards to pass on soon, I am not going to "officially" tag anyone for this tonight, but feel free to tag yourself!! Let me know if you do. I would love to read about your randomness.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Anyway, that is just my take on it, but neither here nor there, who can resist a good ghost story in October??
I had a busy weekend. The High School had their Homecoming activity games on Thursday and I went to get scrapbook pictures. Little Ann and I also went to see the Ceremonies on Friday night and to catch a little of the ballgame even though Big Dan was working. It seemed really weird not watching him out on the field, but he didn't want to play this year. I have had a hard time (as you know) with him giving up certain things his Senior Year that I really believe he will look back on and regret. BUT, you know teenagers. You can't tell them anything...and that's another story! One of Big Dan's friends was crowned Homecoming Queen. She is such a sweet natured, talented and beautiful girl.
Saturday, Some friends and I traveled up North to a wedding for a beautiful young lady that used to attend our church. Her parents got out of church for awhile, but she was old enough to drive and kept on coming in spite of things. Her family and she moved her Senior year, and it was hard for her to adjust at first. She's been through a lot in her short life, but I was so glad to see her smiling and so happy. I pray she has a wonderful life and this young man treats her like she deserves to be treated.
And..today I went to church and held a beautiful baby boy that was there for his first Sunday. There is nothing like new life. I held him after services and just cried. I think I have been so emotional lately because Big Dan's 18th birthday is this month (and we are still at odds most of the time). Holding this precious boy took me back to a time 18 years ago when I brought Big Dan into this same Sanctuary and everybody oooed and ahhed over him. Time goes by so fast. Cherish every moment.
I have some past due "bloggy business" to tend to this week so be watching for some tags and awards!!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Every October our local radio station hosts what they call a "Thriller Thursday". My kids (and myself) are mesmerized by some of the strange stories callers tell. I have always been raised in church. I know there are only 2 places you go when you die...Heaven or Hell...and once you're there, there's no coming back, but some of these stories are so believable. We even have a lady in our own congregation that jokes about one in her home.
I would love to hear your stories, so, tell me. What's your take? Do the freaks come out at night....REALLY?
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
My family loves candy. And it does me good to see the smile on their faces when I come home with the $12 variety pack! The ironic thing is..my hubby told me as I left for the grocery store today to....(are you ready for this?) to.....buy diet food. What was he thinking? Like we were going on a diet or something? Pu.lease. Obviously he forgot that today was October 1st!!
And I got this cute little leaf plate, some fally Hershey's miniatures, and a few Pumpkin Spiced candles as gifts for some of my favorite people. (and a candle for myself too!)