Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Today I am thankful for:
  • eating breakfast with my sister this morning.
  • being able to travel for Thanksgiving.
  • going to see family especially my new niece.
  • delicious pumpkin rolls.
  • my friends Debbie and Shawn who will be taking care of Miss Kitty while we are gone.
We are leaving early in the morning. We are pretty much ready~just a few things left to do.

I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving. Don't forget to be really thankful!!
See ya'll in December:~)

Monday, November 24, 2008


My new niece is here!!!!! She was born last night and she weighed 6lbs and 8ozs. She has a head full of red hair~~red, curly hair just like Taylor!!!! Jessie sounds great on the phone. She said this was her easiest delivery yet.

We are excited about going to Virginia!!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Today I am thank for:
  • being able to spend a relaxing Saturday at home.
  • surprising Trevor at work and getting lunch half price at Chickfila.
  • the couch that my snoozing hubby is laying on.
  • Christmas movies.
  • funny pictures of my children.


Last night we had a hankering for some sliders and potato skins. I must admit it was better than going to a restaurant because we were in our pj's and we were watching Elf and we were wrapped in quilts and we were laughing our heads off. Yeah, it was better.
Okay~I let Trevor have a washable marker and this is what he did:~)

Shelby at the Thanksgiving Feast.

Abby and Mrs. Caldwell

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Oh, I am such a slacker!!! I should have done this post days ago. But did I??? Noooooo!

I participated in the Harvest Swap with Carrie and Monica. My Swap partner was Kris. Go over and see what I sent her. Wait!! Not yet!! Look at what she sent me first, please.
Okay~there were two candles in my box but I already burned one:~) And I had to hold off on using the mini muffin cups until I took the picture. AND~~the girls, Mike, and I watched the entire Martha Stewart DVD last night.

People, I am talking TWO HUNDRED AND ONE MINUTES. We kept ohhhing and ahhing over everything she made. I am telling you I wanted to run down to the turkey farm and get a fresh bird, bring that thing home and do all sorts of stuff to it.

I could almost taste the pumpkin souffle. We were drooling over the garlic mashed potatoes and the sweet potato pie. Even my "I never want a vegetable to touch my lips" daughter was entranced by the Cauliflower with Brown Butter and Roasted Hazelnuts. (that said daughter would be Shelby, by the way:~).

We learned how to make cornhusk dolls and pinecone turkeys. We learned how cranberries are harvested and how to make edible centerpieces.

Ohh I could go on and on. But I think you get the picture. We were entranced by the whole thing. We sat snuggled up on the couch wallowing in domestic bliss. It was wonderful.

Because, ya'll, even though my hubby and I sat there wondering which segments were before or after jail~~Martha rocked it at our house last night.

Thank you, Kris and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Oh. my. word. The last night of the One Vision conference was so awesome!!

The text that the speaker used in the sermon was from Psalm 67:1-7 and it was powerful.

I keep sitting here staring at the screen wanting to say more but I just don't think I could do it justice.

Today I am thankful for:
  • the One Vision conference.
  • meals at church.
  • new doors that God opens.
  • old pictures.
  • lovely weather.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Today was a strange day. I had a lot to do, of course, it was Monday after all. Some how it became a weird day. I can't put my finger on it.

I had some baking to do because tomorrow is the kid's Thanksgiving feasts at Tutorial. For Trevor, I made Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies at his request. I made some Muddy Chex Mix for the girls. I made Butterscotch haystacks for supper tomorrow night at church.

Plus~school, laundry, making breakfast, lunch, and dinner, cleaning, taking phone calls, etc. etc. etc. So, you see I was productive, I was in a good mood, but was having a weird off day.

Could it be I didn't sleep good last night? Could it be I didn't have my quiet time? (I am leaning toward this explanation) Although, I did have some knee time when reading this situation. I have been following Adrienne, Jim, and little Owen for a while now and I was on the edge of my seat to hear that they were picking up their new little daughter. I am praying for God's Will in the whole emotionally charged decision that has to be made. Please join me in praying for all the people involved in this precious baby's life and that the right thing for her will be done. I want so much to see Adrienne take her home but God knows all and so I am praying the prayer that never fails~God's Will be done.

We are looking forward to Thanksgiving and going to Virginia. Hopefully I will have a new niece to cuddle by then. Wooo-hooo.

Today I am thankful for:
  • measuring spoons.
  • kisses and hugs from my man.
  • direct access to God.
  • the prayer that never fails.
  • sweet preschool voices in class tonight.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


I have not been keeping up with these posts like I wanted to.

Between our normal busyness we have had a bout with a stomach virus. Nice.

We started the One Vision missions conference today and it has been great so far. We had a banquet tonight and we served around 150 people. It was a three course meal and it went off without a hitch.

There were missionaries that spoke at the banquet and we had a wonderful turn out. The only thing we ran out of was tea and Trev made a Kroger run and bought 15 gallons:~)

Mike and I helped in the nursery this morning so we didn't get to hear the speaker. I am sure it was good.

Yesterday the girls helped serve food at a luncheon for the Merry Hearts, our senior adult group. After that they practiced the Christmas play. While they were there Mike and spent some time together. We went and looked at artificial Christmas trees and then we went to REI. It is one of Mike's favorite stores. Then we grabbed lunch at Five Guys. Their burgers are awesome.

Friday the girls had a birthday party to go to so we went to Opry Mills. The party was at Build-a-Bear Workshop and they had a blast. I got to chat with the other mothers for 2 hours. Mike went with us and did some window shopping. After the party we did some actual shopping. Shelby needed shoes and so did I.

Well, I guess I gave you the weekend synopsis backward.

Today I am thankful for:
  • missionaries
  • babies in the nursery.
  • the ability to serve.
  • iron that sharpens iron.
  • cold weather.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Today I am thankful for:
  • returned phone calls.
  • recycling.
  • my daughter.
  • my daughter.
  • my son.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Today I am thankful for:
  • good books.
  • internet access.
  • a nice pot of Corn Chowder with Beef on a cold night.
  • freshly laundered clothes.
  • laughter at supper time.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Today I am thankful for:
  • paper and pens.
  • a stocked pantry.
  • Sundays.
  • comfy chairs.
  • undeserving hugs.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Today I am thankful for:
  • saltines and Ginger Ale.
  • movies on DVD.
  • warm blankets.
  • understanding friends.
  • a 17 yr old that was able to go and open a bank account on his own.
As you can tell by that list we have had sickness here today:~) We were supposed to go to our Sunday School class get-together but Mike and Abby have had tummy troubles and I have been feeling like I was going to have them soon.

Thankfully we are on the mend.

Have a super duper weekend!!

Friday, November 7, 2008


Today I am thankful for:
  • the house I live in.
  • the cars we drive.
  • the grocery store.
  • my Sunday School class that we are getting together with tomorrow night.
  • being able to share my faith.
In my quiet time with the Lord today these verses stood out to me and I felt compelled to share them.
II Cor. 4:7-10 (ESV) "But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; stuck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus, may also be manifested in our bodies."

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Today I am thankful for:
  • the library.
  • my book study tonight. It has been such a blessing.
  • the privilege to homeschool my kids.
  • Dr. O, the person who fixed Mike's legs.
  • the health of my family.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Day after election posts that reflect my heart: go here and here.

Today I am thankful for:
  • my hope being built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
  • the wonderful assurance of salvation.
  • the redemption I have been given.
  • the grace (definition~the unmerited love and favor of God toward me and all of mankind)
  • the mercy (Romans 5:8~But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Today I am thankful to God for:
  • my husband who works hard to provide for his family.
  • this country where we have the right to vote.
  • the ability to hug my children.
  • the mail.
  • my refrigerator.

Monday, November 3, 2008


I meant to start this on Saturday but we had a pretty busy weekend.

I am going to try to post things that I am thankful every day til Thanksgiving. If you want to join me leave a comment to let me know.

Today I am thankful to God for:
  • warm socks on chilly mornings.
  • good friends to sit around a bonfire with.
  • a Pastor that speaks the truth from God's Word every Sunday.
  • wonderful smells coming from the kitchen.
  • the ability to smell those things cooking in the kitchen.