Thursday, November 30, 2006

My Cousin Teresa's 50 Anwers!

OK Everyone - remember a few weeks ago, MJ started this "50 Questions" thing?!? Well, my cousin Teresa sent her answers to me in an email because she hasn't been assimilated yet into starting her own blog! We must all work on that! She is the sweetest thing and writes such nice comments on most of your blogs. I thought you all would like to get to know her a little better, so below are her answers. Want to know something funny? She left lots of my answers on there because we are so much alike!!! What an honor!

50 Questions!!!!1. First Name? Teresa
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? I think Ralphs wife.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? probably last cycle time, maybe 3 weeks ago
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HAND WRITING? used to (before college)
6. KIDS? 1 girl
8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? I'd either lose it or forget to write in it
9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? I'd like to if I was more witty
12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? anything sugary
14. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? physically - NO! emotionally - NO! well maybe
16. SHOE SIZE? 71/2-8
17. RED OR PINK? red
19. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? my daughter
21. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? gray sweats and no shoes
22. LAST THING YOU ATE? 1/2 tuna sandwich (the day I read this it was a whole tuna salad sandwich) but now, it's Indian lentils
25. FAVORITE SMELL? left over smell of lysol day after cleaning my bathroom with it or apple white tea something Glade plug ins
27. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? cleanliness, hygeine, odors (or the lack of them is always nice!)
30. FAVORITE SPORT? football
31. EYE COLOR? blue32. HAT SIZE no clue
34. FAVORITE FOOD? portobello mushroom sub from Steak Escape
36. LAST MOVIE YOU SAW? Nacho Libre
38. SUMMER OR WINTER? winter in Florida or summer in WV
39. HUGS OR KISSES? both
40. FAVORITE DESSERT? Chocolate cake and ice cold milk
43 WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? The Norton Anthology of English Literature
44 WHAT' S' ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Huff Consolidated School logo
45. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Rachel Ray on food network
46. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Kristin's voice
49. WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? not really sure
50. WHEN & WHERE WERE YOU BORN?(Aug. 28, 1960) in Iaeger, W. Va. (in a small clinic)M.J.had this on her blog. She thought it would be fun to copy paste, and put your answers in!!! We can all get to know each other better!!!

Patch Club

Shane is in center of back row, beside the girl with her mouth wide open! This is only a portion of the choir. It was taken after the service.

Shane loves Patch Club! He is the cutest thing in his navy blue slacks with the bright red sash tied at the waist (think Pirate), white shirt, and sailor cap! Tonight, he earned his second pin to wear in his hat. Each Wednesday night, our church provides this special service for kids. If the children are faithful in attendance, memorize their verse for the month, and perform in the program before the church once a month; they earn a special award pin to wear on their sailor cap. Each program they perform includes a skit. So far, this fall, there have been two programs. Different children are selected to memorize and perform the skit. Tonight Shane told me with his eyes dancing and the cutest, impish smile on his face, "Mom, tonight I was offered a part for our new skit!" I was so excited. "Oh honey" I said, "that is wonderful!" He goes on to say, "I didn't accept it though." "Why not?" I ask. "Because I didn't want to do it. And it was a very long part. I'm too shy." he said. "That's fine for now." I tell him. "But next time, accept it. Ask for a short part. Try something new! You will be great at it! This is called breaking out of your comfort zone Shane." So please pray with me that he will gain boldness and try this new challenge! He loves getting in front with his friends and quoting scripture, singing, etc. I would love to see him prove to himself he can take part in a skit also.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I Miss My Sissy!

I think it was just Pat and I blogging today. I knew Rita wouldn't be able to as she was traveling to Caracas today and will be there a few days seeing the Dr. for a follow up visit for her skin cancer surgery. I will be so happy to see her back on line! In this photo you see Rita with her hubby Clint and Shane and our server at the Olive Garden that night! You know, all those years she lived in the jungle, it was difficult having a real relationship. We really never knew much about what was going on in each others lives. We tried, and did the best we could, but hey - face it - with her living in the Amazon Rain Forest, we did have a handicap! I would send things through the mail occasionally to their PO box in Miami and from there a pilot would fly it into Venezuela. After several weeks, she would get it. But to be able to IM or talk on the phone was only possible when they would come out to the city for supplies or R&R. We would have to try to remember everything we needed to say to one another in one short phone call. Now that they are in the city, we can stay caught up and in touch. So one positive thing Chavez's shenanigans have done for good is to help two sisters build a better and stronger relationship! HAHA! I had such a wonderful time with Rita (and her family of course) while they were home this summer. I don't know why, but it seemed to be a major building time for our relationship. Then to think how God has supplied a way for us to talk for hardly nothing due to her having a Vonage Phone with an 813 area code! Same as mine! Wonderful! We can call each other as if she were just across the street. Thank you Lord! When they were in the jungle, we would hope and pray they were all fine. Then breathe a big sigh of relief when one day out of the blue we would get a phone call letting us know they were out in town for awhile and all was well, or not! But at least we knew something current about them! Now, in a "Jackie Style" list, I would like to let you know what I admire in my little sister. Ready??
1. Her faithfulness to God and her husband
2. The way she gets more excited in Home Depot over camping style toilets or solar panels than she does in Dillard's or a High End furniture store
3. How she parents her children
4. Her ability to be laid back and let others around her relax
5. How she keeps a stiff upper lip during her illnesses and many surgeries
(back 2x and cancer removed 7x)
6. How she giggled and thought it was funny rather than getting angry with me the time I put her on the spot while we were singing a duet. I sang the first verse solo, she joined me with her alto on chorus. At 2nd verse, I simply looked at her and said, 'You take this one'. Then I stepped back a little. She did great but turned all red and blotchy on her neck and chest. Afterward, all her family members were laughing and letting me know that Rita doesn't do solos. That was her first!! I then understood why they all had funny looks on their faces as I looked at them in the congregation that morning while Rita was doing her "solo"!
7. I love the way she gets red blotchy spots on her neck and chest when she is nervous or excited or MAD!
8. I admire how she has lost so much weight recently
9. How she loves my boys and husband
10. The way she has been there via phone, internet, blogs, for me recently helping me through a tough situation

And then there is my little niece Jackie! Her list will come in a later post! She is the closest I will ever come to having a daughter I guess. I was her nanny in Mexico for a year while her mommy and daddy were in missionary language school there. While living in Mexico caring for Jackie, I met my husband. See how the Lord works! Back to Jackie - I think she was having internet problems Monday. She tried to call me and the line would start beeping. I would call her and it would go right to voice mail. I didn't see her on line all day, but was happy to see she did post a little something later. I love her to death! And now to think she has a hubby and a baby! I can't fathom it sometimes!

So I must send out a thanks to Pat for holding down the fort this Monday! I missed M.J. and Teresa and Beki and Jayde as well as Rita and Jackie. Weird how I've grown so attached to you all. Please lift Rita and her family in prayer as they must travel home still. Their elections are next week and things could get ugly. Chavez has announced that the EVIL EMPIRE (that's us you guys!) was going to shut down the power and phone lines on election day there! Makes me think he himself may have something up his sleeve!

Love to All! Now I am off to bed!

Guess Who???

Let's see who can guess correctly who this little lovely is! Leave your guess in my comment section for this post. Here's a hint: "She is related in some way to one of the "faithful ones" in our blog circle!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Slow Down and Listen

"Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!" God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It's our choice to listen or not.

Most of you have probably read the above in a story that goes around the internet via emails. I have read it various times in the past few years, but tonight, as I read it, I felt a warning impressed upon my heart to keep my radar up and not let busyness keep me from remembering what this season is really all about. Jesus is the Reason for the Season! We've all heard that. My goal is to make this the most precious Christmas around our house that we have ever had! I hope to have more people over for cookies and hot chocolate. (Well, here in tropical Tampa, we may prefer iced tea,!) I hope to "be there" for friends, I hope to slow down and listen amidst all the festivities to hear God's whispers to me, I hope to create an atmosphere of peace and contentment where ever I am. But most of all, I hope to point others to the real meaning of Christmas, Jesus!

"Ps" Banana Pudding

Now is the "P" for Pam or Paula? I mean, we both cook so well! I do want to post my recipe here especially for those who have already asked me for it. Now this will be a little difficult for me because I usually make it for big crowds. Keep that in mind. If you want to make it for a samll group, just use your own judgement and cut it down to the size you need. Enjoy!

Pam's Banana Pudding
3 large boxes of INSTANT VANILLA pudding/pie filling
(If large boxes aren't available, I use about 5 small boxes.)


14 - 16 bananas

1 AND HALF boxes vanilla wafers

1 large tub of Cool-Whip

In large mixing bowl, mix all boxes of pudding according to package directions
(Sometimes I use a little less milk than suggested)
Spoon in almost entire tub of Cool-Whip, beat with mixer until blended well
Set aside pudding mixture, begin peeling bananas
(I peel most of them, but not all, just in case I don't need them)
Start layering your vanilla wafers on bottom and along sides of large bowl you will serve your pudding from
Cut bananas into discs, not too thin, and scatter over cookies. Use lots of bananas. Don't be shy!
Pour a good bit of pudding over this,smoothing it evenly with back of a spoon
Begin layering again - cookies, banana discs, pudding until you have it as deep as you like or your ingredients run out.
I like to spread the last little bit of cool-whip over the top and then sprinkle crushed cookies over that.

It so easy! Have Fun!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I love the Fall! But I must say, Christmas takes the cake! Even though I may not feel like doing all that needs to be done, or should I say - all I think needs to be done - I get so caught up in the festivities. Just reading our Pat's blog made me want to zip out and shop! (and try that massaging chair)! That is the only thing my husband has requested for Christmas.

Speaking of my husband! Tomorrow he and his employees will be decorating the restaurant for Christmas. He wants to set a festive mood so has asked that everyone bring a dish. Of course, he is taking my Banana Pudding! He loves it and I must say; when I take it to any kind of function, there is never a bite left to bring back home. He picked up the items I needed after church tonight and just walked in, so I must make this blog shorter than usual. (I know, you ALL just sighed a sigh of relief!) Am I too long winded? Let me know if you think so. Love you guys! I haven't been able to go "blogging" all weekend, so I thouroughly enjoyed visiting my friends blogs tonight! I think I was going through withdrawal!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Blessings & Precious Moments!


#1:A hubby who works hard to care for us. (He is in the black chef's coat withthe sexy hair net on! Woo-Hoo!)#2: Two handsome sons who love one another.

Its hard to believe all that preparation and planning has come to an end! My last "customer" left about half hour ago. It is 1 a.m. now! We ate around 3 pm and everything was delicious and presented well. I was so proud of Agustin & myself. We have never cooked an entire Thanksgiving Day meal before. Having said that---I see why Pat commented earlier that she wouldn't dream of standing at the stove frying anything on Thanksgiving Day. My sister also left a comment saying she would be a "bundle" of nerves if she tried bundling beans on a day like today. They both are veterans you see! I was an overzealous perfectionist who wanted to wow my guests!!! I will never have so many things on my menu again unless its a Potluck! I didn't get the Onion Tartlets done, but plan on doing them soon since they sound so good to me and I have all the ingredients. Please don't be disappointed in me when I tell you, I didn't get the green bean salad or the green bean bundles done either. Not a good thing, as there was NOTHING green on our buffet! But there were brown things, and white things, and orange things, and yellow things and pinkish things. I think we did ok! But I learned from experience. Remember, I can order a mean pizza, but I rarely cook big meals, even though I tested out as Paula Deen. I do have a goal to do better in this area. I cook, but its mundane and not exciting, but for the past few months I have been changing. I guess because I have been watching Food network more.

I had a precious moment here tonight'; well several of them really, but one I savor above all the others. Please allow me to share! Everyone had left except for my Josh. My brother took Shane home with him for the night. They left around 10:30 p.m. Josh Daniel and Paloma also left at that time. My Josh was conked out on the sofa in the family room. Agustin was watching a Mexican soccer match. I was still cleaning up! I had done little bits all day. Paloma had helped but when I would have to stop and rest a while I would make her do the same. We watched a funny movie and I received some beloved phone calls during this time. One was from my sis in Venezuela and then my niece Jackie Jo from Paraguay. Another blessing during the night was a phone call from my husband's baby sister in Mexico. Even though they don't celebrate Thanksgiving there, they knew we were planning a big shin-dig here and just wanted to know how it went. I also spoke to my mom on the phone at some point during the evening. She has been suffering from a bad back and wasn't able to come over today for the meal. She sounded well on the phone though and seemed to be experiencing some relief from previous days. But my precious moment was when I realized that for the first time in I don't know how long, Josh was here with just Agustin and I. Last year, when he came home from college for both Thankgiving &; Christmas, he always had a friend with him, (tongue in cheek here! Some of you know who it was don't you?). Since Josh lives with his grandparents in Tampa, he never sleeps here anymore. At least last year, he would so enjoy any chance of not having to go back to the dorm, that he would sleep here in his old bed on all vacations or go home week-ends. But tonight for a short period of time, maybe 2 hours or so, I felt like we had gone back in time. He was so soundly sleeping on the sofa, looking very innocent and tired. The only thing different was that now in his hand he clutched his cell phone!!! (He is never far from that thing!) It brought memories flooding back to my mind of his childhood days when he would always go to sleep with some little action figure or truck, etc. in his little hands! Then wake up in the morning looking for it before uttering a word or getting out of bed. And he never went anywhere with out some small toys in his pockets. I remember when we went out to eat with Rita and her family once, Rita observed that Josh acted very much as an only child, which he was in those days. Her reasoning for that statement was due to the fact that since he didn't have siblings to help entertain him, he always went places prepared! He simply took along his own entertainment in the form of small pocket toys. Well tonight, emotion swept over me like only you mom's can understand! Where has the time gone? But as he slept there, I really got to study him without making him feel self conscience. It was wonderful! I told Agustin we switched one baby out for the other. Shane had left, and we had Josh. It was great while it lasted, having my big, strapping 19 year old son home alone with us for a little while. Agustin brought out a blanket and covered him up. That awoke him. They watched soccer together a little bit. I went to the living room to contemplate on today's visits. It blessed me to hear them interacting one on one. How I miss that! Of course it was about Sports! Finally he got up and readied himself to depart. I was secretly hoping he would spend the night, but all of his things are at Grandma's (phone charger, ...) I know he likes order and loves the security of things all being in one place. One day soon maybe he will spend the night and we can have a leisurely breakfast together. I can always hope! Thanks for listening.

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Well, the bird has been in the oven since 6 a.m. It should be ready around 9. Then I'll have room in there to cook my dressing for about 45 minute. Its prepared and in the pan waiting to be popped in that oven and boy does it look good! Shane had fun tearing up the pieces of toasted bread for me. Agustin did a swell job cleaning, drying, oiling the turkey and then stuffing it with onions, lemon halves and rosemary sprigs. Meantime I was using the food processor to blend the salt, chopped up fresh rosemary and 2 tablespoons of lemon zest! We then rubbed and patted ole Tom the Turkey down with that mixture and drizzled more olive oil on him. Then my hubby thought it a good idea to add some rosemary sprigs under the skin above the cavity opening of old Tom. So in went the sprigs and some more lemon wedges! This bird is going to taste awesome! Agustin and Shane went to bed around 2a.m. I stayed up and did something (can't remember right now) and cleaned dishes and counter top. I think I went to bed at 4a.m. then up at quarter of 6! So---after getting old Tom in the oven this morning, I went ahead and made my dressing and giblet gravy. They both look great and I think so far I have done well. Oh also, last night Shane and I stuffed the dates with peanut butter and rolled them around in sugar. He loved it! Of course he thought the dates looked like big ol' cock roaches! Very appetizing!

Before we started preparing the food last night, we rearranged the living room. Put together 2 new lamps, hung an old rustic clock on the wall, ironed tablecloths, set the table, decorated the buffet table, laid out all serving dishes and serving utensils. Oh and before all that - we had been to the mall, Walmart, and Publix! You can tell, I work better under pressure! I got so tickled at Agustin at one point. He was really in touch with his "feminine side" last night during all of this. He had my cloth tape measure strung around his neck because he had used it to measure something. With that around his neck, he was at the dining table trying to invent a formal, attractive way for us to fold and display the cloth napkins. It was hilarious! I wish I had taken a photo of him. Plus, he was "playing the part" big time! You know, the wave of the weak wristed hand and the head cocked to one side! We are both very excited about today. I am so looking forward to my Joshy being here!!!

When I crawled into bed, I was so overtired and was hurting so bad, that I shook with fever for about 10 minutes. I felt like I was going into convulsions. Its as though all my muscles are having spasms. Maybe Pat can explain it to me anew. My Dr. has told me why this happens and I'm sure I've read about it in all my research of RA, but right now I can't remember why. This is common when I have overdone it, as I had Wednesday. Agustin woke up and threw his arms and legs over me trying to warm me. He also rubbed my forehead. Very soothing!!!I'm not sure but I think because of the inflammation, the blood and oxygen aren't flowing through my body correctly. My fingernails and toenails turn purple and I get as cold as ice. But after my dear hubby's warmth, all became calm and I drifted off to sleep to get up 1 hour & 45 minutes later. Well, I am setting a timer and heading back to bed. I ate some saltines and took some anti-inflammatory medication so hopefully I can get up and do a few more things before 2pm when we are scheduled to eat. Agustin is going to do the potatoes for me. But you know what--If we don't eat at 2pm, its ok. I am relaxed and love those who are coming over and I think they love me as well, so our day will be wonderful. Hope yours is as well.

More later I am sure. I can't wait to hear about EVERY BODY'S day! Good Eatings!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I Aim To Please!

Hey You all! Many have asked for recipes of some of the dishes I listed on my Thanksgiving Menu; and yes Miss Beki - I got the Fried Green Bean Bundles from an episode of Paula Deen!!! Anyway, I aim to please my faithful readers, so here goes. Enjoy!

Sweet Onion Tartlets
4 tablespoons butter
1 Vidalia onion or other sweet onion, diced, about 3 cups
1 box (15 ounces) refrigerated pie crust
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cups half & half
1 (1.3) envelope golden onion soup mix (recommended Lipton)
1 tablespoon fine herbs
1/2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

Unroll pie dough 1 at a time. Use a 2 1/2 inch round cutter and cut as many rounds as possible (about 14 to 16), reserving scraps repeat with second pie dough. Gather together scrap dough and cut out as many rounds as needed to make 36 in total. Fit dough rounds into cups of mini muffin pan. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, golden onion soup mix, and fine herbs. Set aside.

Divide onions among tartlet shells. about 1/2 teaspoon each. Top each with 1/2 teaspoon of cheese. Stir egg mixture and fill tartlets. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

Green Bean Salad

1/2 pound green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoon chopped red onion
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper

Bring a large pot of water with a steamer basket to a boil, add green beans and steam for about 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Toast the walnuts in a smaller dry skillet over medium heat until they become fragrant, about 2 minutes, and then transfer them to a small bowl to cool. Add the parsley and onion to the walnuts and stir to combine.

In another small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, and mustard. Toss the dressing with the green beans, top with the walnut mixture and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Fried Green Bean Bundles

1 pound fresh green beans
1 bunch green onions, cut into strips
2 tablespoons House Seasoning, recipe follows
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
Oil, for frying

Bundle about 5 green beans by tying in the center with a green onion strip.
Combine house seasoning and flour. Dip green beans in buttermilk and roll into flour mixture. In a deep frying pan or Dutch oven, fry in hot oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together an store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

I think my Banana Pudding recipe will have to come at a later date. I must get back to bed. Love to all and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Pat has a blog!!! Did I MAKE her do it with my little crusade? She says no. Oh well! I love the name of her blog. Everyone go check it out and Jackie, could you please line her up over there with my other links! Thank you baby! Ok-everybody ready to go blow her out of the water with comments? Go
Love you guys.

Monday, November 20, 2006

My Thanksgiving Menu

This is what I will be serving on Thursday.

Thanksgiving Menu

Sweet Onion Tartlets
Stuffed Dates
Hot Cranberry Cider

Main Course
Citrus Rosemary Turkey
Good Old Country Stuffing
Giblet Gravy
Green Bean Salad
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Fried Green Bean Bundles
Buttery Corn
Cranberry Relish
Crescent Rolls

Pumpkin Pie with Cool Whip Topping
Gourmet Pecan Sweet Potato Pie
Sugar Free Apple Pie
Pam's Banana Pudding
Jackie's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Dream Pie

Cranberry Cider

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Blessing Blog!

I no sooner signed out of my blog when my phone rang. It was --- Pat! Guess what she was calling to say? She could now see my blog! YIPEE! Now I can rest in peace while I nap! She did admit that her girls had to show her a little trick in order to see my blog. For some reason it is coming up on her computer with dark letters on a dark background. So her 2 smart daughters showed her how to highlight the words and make them contrast. The design is a navy blue border with tan blocks where the text should be. If you have the same problem as Pat and are not able to see the words, try highlighting the text section. I mean, my goodness, the blog must go on! ok, now I am off to a peaceful sleep knowing my baby blog isn't sick!

Panic Attack!!!

Hi everyone! I just got in from church and had lunch. Shane and I went through the Burger King drive-thru since
Agustin is working today and I didn't have it in me to cook! I wanted to hurry and eat so I could post.

First off, I hope you all can see this because I am worried that my blog is suffering from something! Pat had trouble viewing it this morning and we were wondering if it was a flaw with the new designer look! I just about had a panic attack today when right after service Pat informed me she had tried to view my blog before church and could only see certain portions of it. Was my new baby sick? Oh the protective, motherly concern kicked right in! I felt my throat constricting, my palms began to get sweaty, I was short of breath! My poor, dear baby blog! Was something wrong with it? Did it catch Jackie and Elena's cold? I must rush right home and check its pulse! So I woofed down my whopper and came right here! Oh the relief that flooded over me when my blog appeared before my eyes. I am hoping it was just misbehaving for Pat and not sick at all. Rita and Jackie have read my latest post and left comments so I know they can view it okay.
I must get this worked out because Pat is so much of my inspiration!! It is imperative that she be able to read and post comments! I mean -- its not like she has anything else to do, right? (wink,wink) Now don't get me wrong-all of you faithful "posters" are an inspiration to me, but my Pat is right here in Wesley Chapel!! She is a real multi-dimensional person. I can hug her and see her smile several times a week. She is a prayer warrior for me right now, so please pray this isn't a real problem. I look forward to her "faithfulness" to my blog!!

Secondly, our Pastor spoke on "Prayer & Intercession" this morning. I got so much out of his sermon taken from Romans 8:26 & 27. He also spent some time talking about how the Holy Spirit is there, comforting us, helping us, and hugging us as a dear friend or spouse would in times of trouble. I especially liked this quote: "No man is greater than his prayer life." - Leonard Ravenhill (I think that is the corrrect last name. Pat may remember! That is, if she can read this post!)

Well, I need a nap, so off I go. I guess all this worry for my baby blog has drained me. Oh no - I remember what really drained me. No sleep for the past 2 nights may have done that! Shane has to be back at church by 6pm for his rehearsal. The "PATCH CLUB" is performing in the evening service tonight. I sure hope my baby blog behaves or gets better or whatever it is it needs to do so life can go on normally!!!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Recipes from Pat

Proudly announcing, from the kitchen of Pat Howard (DRUM ROLL PLEASE!)---- MY FIRST RECIPE POST!

Pat actually gave me the following recipes to e-mail to Jackie. She has noticed that Jackie has a "thing" for recipes! LOL I thought it would be fun to post them here instead for everyone else who wants to give them a try. They sure sound tempting and I can't wait! By the by: Pat tested out as Rachel Ray on our infamous chef test! {APPLAUSE,APPLAUSE}
2 pkg. frozen chopped spinach
Seasoned salt
1 can sliced black olives
4 to 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cans cream of mushroom (or cream of chicken) soup
3/4 cups mayonnaise
Juice of one large lemon
2 teaspoon curry powder
Parmesan cheese

Drain spinach well. Sprinkle in bottom of 9x13 pan. (Don't forget to spray first for easy clean up!) Sprinkle seasoned salt over spinach and then place olives over that. Place chicken breasts on top of olives. Mix mayo, soup, lemon juice and curry powder. Pour over chicken. Top with parmesean. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes.

1/2 cup butter
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Chopped walnuts or pecans (or your favorite)

Melt butter and chocolate together. Mix flour and sugar and add to chocolate mixture. Add eggs and vanilla. Pour into an 8X8 pan (prepared). Cover with chopped nuts. Bake at 325 for 25 or 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Of course, whipped topping or ice cream are GREAT toppings for this!

Enjoy! I need a photo of Pat to post here, don't I?? Or better yet - let's take a vote. Who thinks Pat should "assimilate" and start her own blog?? Leave your vote on comments here please!


I Timothy 2:1 & 2 " I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessons, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."

I couldn't sleep last night but that's okay. It afforded me time to be in prayer. Some of my prayer requests at present are listed below. Feel free to join me and lift these before the Lord.

Agustin - safety, testimony at work, painful knee, fluency in English, ability to communicate, time to smell the flowers
Joshua - safety, walk with the Lord, come into contact with those who will sincerely mentor him, remain pure, wait for the proper godly young lady
Shane - safety, eating habits, apply himself in his schoolwork, for his future wife
Mom & Dad - health issues, ministry
Me - arthritis & other health issues, discernment, priorities , preparations for Thanksgiving Day
My sister & her family - comfort during the holidays away from loved ones, an assurance of the Father's love,safety in far away Venezuela, spiritual lives, Rita's recuperation from her surgery, for her to remain skin-cancer free, all of their health, financial supply, healthy marriage, open doors for evangelism
Brian, Jackie, Elena - general health, financial supply, for Jackie & Elena to get over their colds quickly, open doors for evangelism, ability to adapt to the culture in Paraguay, good times in the Word
My brother John - health, safety, encouragement from other Christians, priorities
Authority Figures - President, World Leaders, etc.
My Pastor & his family - general health, financial supply, a sense of Christ's love, see souls saved in their ministry, time to smell the flowers
My friends & relatives, and so many more things I can't list them all!

I'd like to share a written prayer I came across recently which I hope reflects the desires of my heart.

"A Puritan Prayer"
O God of the highest heaven,
occupy the throne of my heart,
take full possession and reign supreme,
lay low every rebel lust,
let no vile passion resist Thy holy war;
manifest Thy mighty power,
and make me Thine forever.
Thou art worthy to be praised with my every breath,
loved with every faculty of soul,
served with my every act of life,
O help me then to walk worthy of Thy love.

WOW ! I Couldn't Have Said It Better!

You Are An ENFJ
The Giver

You strive to maintain harmony in relationships, and usually succeed.
Articulate and enthusiastic, you are good at making personal connections.
Sometimes you idealize relationships too much - and end up being let down.
You find the most energy and comfort in social situations ... where you shine.

You would make a good writer, human resources director, or psychologist.

Sleepless in Wesley Chapel & A Prayer Request

My parents with Josh, Christmas 2004.

Well its 3:50 a.m. and no sleep in sight! I've tossed and turned and have kept dear hubby awake, so I had to leave the room! Pain, pain everywhere! I thought I would punch some photos through the celebrity look alike web-site. What a hoot when my blond nephew showed up as resembling basketball legend Charles Barkley and my dad came up as Jesse Jackson and Kafi Annan from the United Nations!!! Oh but later my dad came up as David Hasselhoff, now you tell me??? (giggle,giggle)My son Josh seems to keep appearing as Donny Osmond and John Ritter. Shane has been Rick Shroeder and Keira Knightly from Pirates of the Caribbean! His favorite was when 'THE ROCK" showed up on his match! But I think the funniest of all was when my dark husband matched as Jodie Foster!!!

I'm thinking about my Thanksgiving Day meal. I think it will be the first time I've cooked the entire meal and entertained. I have had a few Thanksgiving meals at home with just my intimate family, but I didn't cook it. I ordered it from Publix! Of course, that was back when I worked full time. Usually we go to mom's and I bring some dishes and of course my famous banana pudding -YUM! It will be fun this year, as Agustin wants to try some new things with a turkey!! Too much Food Network for him lately! Oh by the way, he came out as Bobby Flay on the chef quiz and Shane is Rachel Ray!!Its the warm gigglies they have in common I think.

My mom was going to have us over, but due to being put on bed rest for two weeks to try and relieve the inflammation in her back, she won't be able to shop or cook. It appears she has two herniated discs, possibly ruptured. We will know more soon. Please remember her in your prayers and my dad as well. He has been going to therapy for a pinched nerve in his neck all the while trying to keep on top of things at home while mom is down. He is 70 years old now; hard for me to believe. I still think of him as that daddy I had back in the 1970"s!!! Mom is 63, and not used to being down. She is very energetic and a hard worker. Dad said that the hardest part for my mother is having to lie in bed. I know they will appreciate your prayers.

Well my wrists are on fire and my back is finished for awhile. Must go. Love to all my friends in blogger world. Oh speaking of blogs!!! You must go read my brother in law's post from last night. You will have a good belly laugh as he shares his views about this blogging craze!! Go to

Goodnight now, or should I say Good morning as most of you will be getting up soon! Romans 8:28 "And we know, that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."

Friday, November 17, 2006

Why does it say "Vote Democrat"? I would much rather it read "Vote Republican"! Who designed this thing anyway?

Your Vote Score: 100% Republican, 0% Democrat

You fit well with the Republican party, and you should almost definitely vote Republican this election.

In fact, you're so strongly Republican, a political career (or at least some activism )may be in your future.

Hmm, what do you all think?

Oh Goody! Look Who I Am!

Which Food Network chef are you?

My Sesame Street Personality - What Fun!

You Are Elmo

Sweet and innocent, you expect everyone to adore you. And they usually do!

You are usually feeling: Talkative. You've got tons of stories to tell. And when you aren't talking, you're laughing.

You are famous for: Being popular, though no one knows why. Middle aged women especially like you.

How you live your life: With an open heart. "Elmo loves you!"

Wednesday, November 15, 2006



I asked my niece Jackie for help in getting decorative blinkies onto my blog. She took my password and found some especially for me! Didn't she do an awesome job in picking some out that go with my personality and interests??? Now a personal note to her! I love you Jackie! You're a real doll!! You are so clever. Okay, I guess I must forgive you now for the horrid photos you posted of me on your blog a week or so ago!! You are now back in my 'good favor'! (wink, wink) It was great speaking with you on the phone today and I absolutely loved all the videos of Elena that Brian sent this week. The one with her loving on her little lamb is so precious. Shane just giggled and giggled at her in the video where she chose one red and white book and read and studied and read and studied it for so long! Keep sending those precious videos.

Everyone is invited to go visit Jackie's blog at

I'm off to church. I have so much to post, but so little time!

Monday, November 13, 2006

A Blessed Birthday!

My son with a Big, Beautiful Bag! (NOT ME! The Jeweler's Bag!)

Beautiful flowers! Thanks Bianca & Teresa!

A close up of my pearl necklace from Josh!

God is so good to me! I know I don't deserve His goodness, but if He waited until I deserved it; He wouldn't be God would He?

I had the most awesome birthday and I am dying to share it with all of my faithful readers; all five of you! yipee!

FRIDAY, NOV. 3: My awesome nephew gets off-campus permission, and spends the night with us. This made me feel so very special!

SATURDAY, NOV. 4: More of nephew Josh Daniel. He did have to leave us for bus visitation, but returned that afternoon. Then he left for a game of Laser Tag and dinner with friends, but returned that night to sleep. We did have an enjoyable afternoon catching up on things, looking at blogs, etc.

SUNDAY, NOV. 5: Nephew and his friends come over after church for dinner. By the time their bus routes were finished, it was around 3p.m. before we ate. We giggled and bonded. Wonderful time! Photos on my last post proved that.

MONDAY, NOV. 6: Recuperating from weekend. I had a very stiff and painful weekend, but the laughter and joy of having awesome people around me helped me shuffle through it. I was happily anticipating the next two days because my dear hubby was going to be off from work! A birthday gift arrived today - a beautiful, silver pair of hoop earrings from my mom. Gorgeous! Shane and I did some school and did partial amounts of our Monday Home Blessing.

TUESDAY, NOV. 7: I was feeling a little better by afternoon, so Agustin took Shane & I out. This was the day I went to CVS for photos to post, we then went out to Remington's Steak House. (We decided since there was WED. prayer meeting and Patch club on my actual birthday, it was better to go ahead and celebrate today so we wouldn't feel rushed, etc.)Remington's is so much fun. Its decorated with western and country flair! My kind of place! You get to eat peanuts and brush your shells off onto the floor! Shane's kind of place! The steaks are awesome. (Agustin's kind of place!) Agustin and I both ordered the New York srip with loaded baked potatoes. And these potatoes are HUGE and you get unlimited baskets of bread, which inlcude yeast rolls and cornbread -the sweet, southern kind! YUMMY! Shane had his regular--kids chicken fingers. Well they really weren't kid's fingers, just from the kid's menu!!! We giggled and talked. It was a really sweet time. It is times like these I miss Josh, my first born. He was at work and planning to come over on Wed. After dinner, we went to the Mall where I looked at so many purses! I didn't purchase one, but found a few I loved. Baker's had the most beautiful red purse I have ever seen. It also came in black which is what I really need. I wanted to look at more stores before purchasing anything. Unfortunately, by the time I did Dillard's and Macy's, I was hurting so bad I didn't think I would make it back to the car. So I didn't get back to Baker's to get the purse I had decided on. I just wanted to get home! I made it with help and home never felt so good! It was a great evening just being with my husband and child.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 8: MY 46TH BIRTHDAY! Agustin cooked pancakes for breakfast. I had hundreds of phone calls! (not really, but many!) I recieved a most beautiful flower arrangement from my hairstylist and her daughter in law. You will see the flowers in photos. We went to church. My friend Pat and her beautiful, godly daughters had a gift for me. OH JOY! We then came home afterwards to find my beautiful son Joshua. He has a key, so had let himself in and his friend Shawm Smith was with him. Shawn has been Josh's friend since they were babies together in the church nursery at West Gate Baptist Church. They went to preschool, K-4 and K-5 together. After K-5, we lost contact with Shawn and his family because we changed churches and they moved away not long afterward to Oklahoma. It was so neat when in Josh and Shawn's Junior year of high school, Shawn and his family moved back to Tampa. Josh and Shawn picked up right where they left off in K-5, except they were more mature and grown up . (I think!) So anyhow, the two guys were here and Josh comes up behind me with a beautiful gold Kay Jeweler's bag! I peeked inside and there it was! A beautiful, golden box with a beautiful, golden bow. I couldn't wait because we all know Josh has good taste in jewelry!!! (Don't we niece Jewell?) I have posted a photo for you all to see what my dear son gave me. You can't tell, but under the pearl are small diamonds. They pick up the light and sparkle so beautifully. This was wonderful; but even more than the pretty necklace, his gift of time to drive an hour to me and another hour back home meant more to me than any gift he could have given me. He had worked all day and had to work the next day, but he made the effort to come over on my birthday. I had told him on the phone the day prior not to bother. I could see him on the weekend. He just chuckled and said in his Napolean Dynamite voice,"I'm coming, gosh!" He got to spend a couple of hours with us. We made and ate tacos and caught up on things while Shawn snored on our family room couch! Bless his heart! He had worked hard all day as well, but what a good friend to accompany Josh on his little road trip! It was a very special time that I really don't seem to be able to put into words here. Then to top off my day, my hubby told me to use the credit card and order clothes for myself! He told me to include "underwear". Hmmm!

What a blessed week I had. Enjoy the photos!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

My Awesome Nephew, Joshua Daniel Vernoy

Where did Naomy go?
Josh Daniel, Paloma, Naomy, Shane


I have an awesome nephew named Josh,
It's also my son's name,(GOSH!)
He came over this past Sunday,
Boy that was a fun day!
His comments always make me giggle,
Gee, how my belly does wiggle!
Two girls came with him for food,
that must have put him in a good mood!
Josh had a big smile on as well,
because on his college mid-terms he had done well!
We ate fajitas and beans,
then later you should have seen the scenes!
We all sat on my small love seat,
then realized we had had too much to eat!
I threw myself across their laps,
thinking we'd be comfortable enough for naps!
Instead I realized I should buzz away like a bee,
because I had a sudden urge to pee! (Yep, that's me!)
My Shane was there too,
he thinks he lives in a zoo!
My hubby was at work that day,
but the rest of us found time to play!
We checked out blogs on line,
my niece's was so fine!
My sister's made me cry that day,
because of me she had nice things to say!
Well the time came for them to leave,
I had to wipe the tears on my sleeve!
Now what do you think of this boy,
whose name is Joshua Daniel Vernoy?

How did you like the way I totally hid poor Naomy with my BOD!?! The other sweetie in the photo is our friend Paloma. They will probably never come to my house again! (Thanks girls for my pretty flowers!)
So that is my attempt at poetry! Maybe its not that great, but I bet you could tell we had a blast! So my message got across huh? Who says it has to be perfection?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Quotes I Love!

"Not everything that counts can be counted; and not everything that can be counted counts." - Albert Einstein

"All of us wonder, at one time or another, who we are and why we're here. While society emphasizes wealth, success, and the pursuit of pleasure, the truth is that we are created by God in His image, and our fulfillment is found in pursuing His purposes for us." - Cynthia Heald

"Discontentment is not a product of circumstances; it is the state of the soul." - Debi Pearl

"Joy is often lacking in a woman's life because she is not thankful." - Debi Pearl

"My heart's desire is to be so overwhelmed with our incomparable, awesome God that my life cannot help but bring Him glory." - Cynthia Heald

50 Questions! (Pat & Rita-you can do this!)

50 Questions!!!!
1. First Name? Pamela
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? last night
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HAND WRITING? used to (before arthritis)
6. KIDS? 2 boys
8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? sort of and this blog
9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? sometimes
12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Frosted Flakes w/ Peanut butter & bananas added
14. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? physically - NO! emotionally - NO! well maybe
16. SHOE SIZE? do I really have to answer this one? (10 1/2 W)
17. RED OR PINK? red
19. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? my niece Jackie & so many others! (Can't afford to offend anyone here!)
21. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? purple dress with white fish all over& as usual, I am barefooted
22. LAST THING YOU ATE? 1/2 tuna sandwich and cup of coffee
23. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW. my little boy whistle and practicing his memory verse for Patch club (Rom. 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God and to them who are called according to His purpose."
25. FAVORITE SMELL? left over smell of lysol day after cleaning my bathroom with it or apple cinnamon Glade plug ins
26. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Teresa Pedersen, my hairstylist and friend
27. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? cleanliness, hygeine, odors (or the lack of them is always nice!)
28. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Yes, even though I only know her on line
30. FAVORITE SPORT? football
31. EYE COLOR? blue
32. HAT SIZE no clue
34. FAVORITE FOOD? Philly steak & cheese sandwich from Publix Deli
36. LAST MOVIE YOU SAW? Nacho Libre
37. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? purple and white dress
38. SUMMER OR WINTER? winter in Florida
39. HUGS OR KISSES? both
40. FAVORITE DESSERT? Chocolate cake and ice cold milk
43 WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? "Home Education, Training & Educating Children Under Nine" Vol. 1 by Charlotte M. Mason & "Becoming a Woman of Purpose" by Cynthia Heald (Thanks Pat for the gift!)
44 WHAT' S' ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? it's black with a big white W on it and then under that are these words also in white, "Still the President". The word "Still" has a red line under it. (Got it after 2004 elections)
46. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Josh or Shane having one of their full fledged belly laughs
48. FURTHEST AWAY FROM HOME? not sure what this means, I've been to Mexico
49. WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Singing, cleaning, making my nephew Josh D. laugh
50. WHEN & WHERE WERE YOU BORN? the day John F. Kennedy was elected Pres. (Nov. 8, 1960) in Iaeger, W. Va. (in a small clinic)
M.J.had this on her blog. She thought it would be fun to copy paste, and put your answers in!!! We can all get to know each other better!!!

Motivations for Moms


Add this to your site

I'm a P. P.

I'm a P P, are you? See if you can figure out what I mean by a P.P. okay? I have so many wonderful things to share with my family members and others who find time to read my blog. (Thanks M.J. & Pat! You two are just about as regular as my blood relatives! HeHe, I love it.) Anyway, I wanted to get my digital photos ready before I posted again. Guess what? IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN! My card reader is malfunctioning, so I went to CVS to put my recent photos on a CD. Tonight when I tried to upload them, NOTHING HAPPENED! So I pulled out other photo CD's and they all loaded just fine. Then I remembered the KIOSK at CVS acted slow and weird Tuesday while I was using it. I even had to call a clerk over to help. So---back to CVS tomorrow I go to try again! I was so disappointed because I wanted so badly to include some photos in this post and the PERFECTIONIST in me was telling me I had to wait for those photos or my blog wouldn't be good enough. Why bother without the photos? Then I remembered: I am trying to break my perfectionistic way of thinking. You know, contrary to many people's beliefs, perfectionists don't get a lot done (for the most part). I mean - We are PROCRASTINATORS! I am a prime example of that last statement. I find it very difficult to clean off my desk unless I know I have time enough to read each item, file, dust, shine, empty sharpener, respond to cards and letters, pay bills. If I leave my desk and there is still an item to tend to -- I feel like I did a lousy job and accomplished nothing. So normally, I pile things on my desk until it is so sloppy, I must close the office door when company stops by!!! Don't get me wrong! I love a clean desk, but I never seem to have one because I won't do a little bit each day. (Ask my niece Jackie about my desk!) Why am I so silly? I could enjoy a much better environment if I would just put the mail away right when I open it. Why won't I put bills in my bill paying center until bill paying day? Wanna know something funny? My drawers in every room are perfection, but nobody ever sees inside them other than my family. But I have areas (Fly Lady would call them hot-spots) that I fight to keep free of clutter daily. Thankfully, I have learned that it isn't necessary to be perfect for people to like me. They seem to like me whether my makeup is perfect or not. They like me whether my house is spotless or not. I am trying to check myself each time I get on a perfectionist's tangent. I've asked the Lord to help me in this. I know He loves me unconditionally. I must say that over the past 5 years or so, I have lowered my standards for my house. A lot of that has to do with priorities. You know with the arthritis afflicting me more days than not, I am limited in how much I can get done. I must get Shane's lessons done and dishes and wipe down the bathrooms. There is cooking and laundry to do. You all know the drill. Unfortunately, most days after I do the necessities, I begin feeling the inflammation and pain and must elevate my feet. I can read or listen to CD's or read to Shane. I can watch some news or nap. But those things, while necessary and enjoyable, don't keep my home organized and clean!! Oh well! We all just do the best we can. I am learning to be less and less of a P.P. Have you figured out what a P.P is?It's a PROCRASTINATING PERFECTIONIST! Its ME!!! Love you all who visit me regularly. Have a God filled day!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

It's My Birthday!! Election's are over! ( well,almost!)

I have so much to write about, that I don't know where to begin. I am forty six today! That's as good a place to start as any I suppose. I haven't had time to post for a few days because of so much going on in my life. I haven't been home as much as usual and what little time I have been home, I've been pooped! This has been one of my best birthdays ever, well except for one thing. My party didn't do as well as I had hoped for in this mid-term election. It came as no surprise to me though, because so many in my political party have been acting like the 'other side'! And now it seems the new trend is that the other side elected more conservative folks in their party, (i.e. Heath Shuler of N. C.) I think my 'party' needed a kick in the pants anyway. So many have forgotten about values. They went to Washington to change government and instead, government and Washington has changed them. Anyhow, it reminded me so much of the presidential election of 2000. So close, our country almost equally divided in ideals.
Please read this quote: "We will honor the trust the American people have put in us with the promise that we will respect all Americans," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said. "We will value your beliefs and your families as we restore America to its position of moral leadership through out the world." Didn't he sound like the 'other side' was speaking here? I have a question for you Mr. Dean. When you say you will respect ALL Americans - were you speaking to all the babies being carried in their mommy's wombs? Will you protect them from abortion? (murder)Friends, we have lost many pro-life advocates in Washington. Some pro-life congressmen, like Ohio's Steve Chabot, survived the Democratic onslaught and will be coming back to Capitol Hill in January — but many key pro-family defenders won't. ( from today's Citizen Link article from Focus on the Family)
In Indiana, Republican John Hostettler, the author of the Public Expression of Religion Act, lost to his Democratic challenger. In Kansas, Rep. Jim Ryun, a well-known pro-family lawmaker, went down to defeat. In Pennsylvania, which suffered a political meltdown, pro-family congressman Curt Weldon and a strong pro-life leader, Rep. Melissa Hart, both lost their seats. And stalwarts like J.D. Hayworth in Arizona, and Kentucky congresswoman Anne Northup, won't be back as well. On top of all this, we have to see lots more of Nancy Pelosi, with her plastic smile, as she will now be Speaker of the House! YIKES! I am noticing that the DOW is down as well as NASDAQ and the S&P! They have been consistently climbing lately. My President is speaking now. He just made the point, in reference to the war, that this enemy is not going to leave when his term is over. I am happy to see Secretary of Defense Rumsfield has resigned. I think a fresh perpective and fresh ideas will be helpful. So all this may be a good thing. It certainly is not abnormal for the "6 year itch" to cause power shifts in any presidents 6 year election. This kick-in-the-pants may be the best thing for my party! Maybe some politicians will wake up and be more accountable. I do hope everyone reading this did their job yesterday and voted. If you aren't registered, do it now, so that you can have a voice in 2008! My husband and I voted by absentee ballots which is so convenient. Now, my next post will be much lighter, as I will be writing about the "FUN" stuff that I did yesterday! Thanks for allowing me to vent today. After all -- IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Rose & My Early Birthday Surprise!

I love Cracker Barrell Restuarants! When I need comfort food, to Cracker Barrell I go! Well, I thought I would check my email one last time before going to bed Thursday night. I was so thrilled to see an email awaiting me in my inbox! YEA! It was from my friend Rose Hand. What a sweetie! This woman has a heart of gold. I tell you---she would give you the shirt right off her back. I have known her for about 10 years now. We have been through many ups and downs together. One thing Rose and I can do real well together is CRY!!! She is so tender-hearted and concerned for others. The reason Rose emailed me was to invite me to breakfast at Cracker Barrell the next morning. She was on vacation this week, so her schedule was more flexible. She also thought it was my birthday this week! So I shot off an email right back at her. YES of course I was up for breakfast with a friend whom I haven't seen in about 2 and a half months! So what if the birthday celebration was a week early. It was glorious to feel so loved! So early Friday morning, Rose called and plans were made. She would be here within the hour. Shane and I got dressed and did a few of our 'home blessing' activities. (We straightened up the house!) Rose arrived to pick us up and off we went. We had a super morning of fellowship and making up for lost time! We were presented with the opportunity to encourage our server a little bit about child training, then we shopped a wee little bit. What? You know you can't go to Cracker Barrell without including a little bit of shopping! What a blessed morning! Back at my house, we sat in my driveway and chatted for another hour or so! Yep-that's the kind of friend Rose is. She is so easy to talk to. We love discussing our kids and voicing doubts to one another about our parenting skills. We enjoy sharing how the Lord is working in our lives. But in the long run, you know what? We seem to motivate one another. Yes, I leave my visits with her realizing we have experienced one of my favorite scriptures! Proverbs 27:17 says,"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." Rose, let me say especially to you, thanks for sharpening my countenance yesterday! I had a blessed, wonderful Friday and a wonderful early birthday surprise! Thank you for allowing God to use you!

Friday, November 03, 2006

A More Recent Photo Of Shane

Here is a photo of Shane with his best bud, Chance! There is nothing like a little boy and his dog.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

A New Resource I Am Happy To Recommend & Some Great Blogs To Visit!!

While investigating the homeschooled-kids website further today, I came across a link to Bible reading on line! I love it! Check it out!

Shane and I had so much fun in History today. We studied about the first settlers of the New Netherland Colony (now New York), and how they had to trade with the natives. I set up my own Trading Post for fun. Shane decided to trade his pencils for "trick or treat" candies! But the neat thing was when directly after the lesson, I hopped on the internet to check out my family member's daily blogs. Low and behold, my niece Jackie had posted a story just this morning about the time some indians came to her home in the jungle where she grew up as a kid. Five toothless men wanted to trade with her father. They offered her father a pig as a trade --- for Jackie!!! you must go read this story on her blog. It will give you a good laugh. I will also include the blog sites of her parent's. They make for good, fun reading!


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Come Surf With Me!

I have just been to the most amazing website! Whether you homeschool or not, this is one of the best sites I have come upon lately! It is chock full of ideas and learning activities for the upcoming holidays. I am so excited about it. I will share it with you so you too can check it out!

A Soldier & A Teddy Bear!

Here are my boys back in 1998 at our church's Fall Festival. My friend made the little bear costume for Shane. (Thanks Connie!) Josh came up with his costume on his own. He was 12 here and Shane was at the ripe old age of 11 months! My sister commented that the costumes represent their personalities so well!

Wanna know what I love most about my boys? My favorite things about Josh: He is gentle. He is a godly young man. He attends church faithfully. He helps with the elementary children in Junior Church. His GORGEOUS smile. He has good personal hygiene. He loves to do special things for others. He has always treated his little brother well. He is super athletic! His BIG, GREEN, BEAUTIFUL EYES!!!

Now about Shane: He is very affectionate. He is so very cuddly. He loves God. He senses others needs. His breakfast's that he surprises me with often. His CONTAGIOUS giggle. He is very obedient. His enjoyment of singing in a group. His culinary interests and skills for one so young. His BIG, BROWN PUPPY DOG EYES!!!