Friday, March 30, 2007

Quick Check In

I'm so happy to see you all enjoyed my Red Skelton Jokes post! I loved watching his show as a small girl.

This will be a short note just to thank all who have been praying for our revival meetings. God has surely met with us this week. Tonight (Fri.) is our last service, but prayerfully not the last of our revival! We know the evangelist doesn't bring revival all nice and neat in his brief case. He brings the sermons God lays on his heart for us. God brings the revival if we allow Him. I really feel many have allowed true revival this week. My parents and my son Josh have driven up from Tampa several nights this week to be in church with us. It has been a blessing to all be in a service together again! I can't wait to share more later.

My mom, Loretta.

My Dad, Pastor Jack Riffe, with my son, Josh Rios.This was taken after Josh's third time to preach.

God bless you all! Thanks for all the great comments you have been leaving. They truly help make my days better!

Thursday, March 29, 2007


I just found these to be so hilarious. I hope you do as well! My favorite has to be number 8! Please let me know which are your favorites!

1. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, have a
Little beverage, good food and companionship.
She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.

2. We also sleep in separate beds.
Hers is in California and mine is in Texas.

3. I take my wife everywhere.....
But she keeps finding her way back.

4. I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our
Anniversary. "Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" She said.
So I suggested the kitchen.

5. We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

6. She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric Bread maker.
She said "There are too many gadgets and no place
To sit down!" .. So I bought her an electric chair.

7. My wife told me the car wasn't running well because
There was water in the carburetor.
I asked where the car was; she told me "In the lake."

8. She got a mud pack and looked great for two days.
Then the mud fell off.

9. She ran after the garbage truck, yelling "Am I too late For the garbage?"
. The driver said "No, jump in!"

10. Remember: Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.

11. I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her
First name was Always.

12. I haven't spoken to my wife in 18 months.
I don't like to interrupt her.

13. The last fight was my fault though.
My wife asked "What's on the TV?"
I said "Dust!"

Can't you just hear Mr. Skelton say all of these?
I love it.........these were the good old days
When humor didn't have to start with a four letter word........ Just clean
and simple fun

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A Few Precious Moments

I have had an unusual week. I haven't blogged as much as I normally do, but believe me when I say blogging was on my mind a lot! I just didn't have the time or if I did get a little time, I had to use it to rest these weary ol' joints of mine!

Last Tuesday, Shane finally got into the Dermatologist for the dark spot on his temple. Guess what everybody? It's just an inverted mole called a blue nevus! I was so relieved! The Doc said it looks blue due to the way it reflects the light. He said a whole lot more too but it went right over my head! I was just so relieved that is wasn't a growth of suspicious cells or something that required surgery! I also had the doc look at a spot on Shane's head. He said it's just a mole and to keep an eye on it. It seems Shane is going to have lots of moles just like his father does. Then I pointed out the patch of thicker skin on the inside bridge of Shane's nose. Just an inherited skin condition, blah, blah,blah. Then I showed the doc the bumps on Shane's upper arms. The Doc said he had them too. It's common. So he basically said he didn't want to see us again until Shane got acne or one of his moles changed! What a relief and what a precious gift from God! LOL

Wednesday night, we had three college students come over after church for food and a movie. I had made some Crock Pot Jambalaya from a recipe I snagged from Oh Fiddle dee dee's blog. It was delicious and everyone loved it. The kids were on Spring Break and staying at my parent's home, so no real curfew! One was my nephew, Josh Vernoy. We had a great time! Usually when the kids are here late, my hubby has to "give up the ghost" and go to bed. Not this time however. He was off Thursday, so he forced himself to stay up for the movie. We all had a precious time together.

Friday, while I was on the front porch discussing our lawn with our TrueGreen guy, I knew I had to witness to him before he left. He himself was very open and in a very talkative mood. I heard about his 22 month old son, lots of his family history, etc.I had noticed Shane coming to the front door for a while and then leave for a bit. He did this several times, sometimes making a comment and joining in on mine and Nick's conversation. One time though, I heard Shane whisper, "Mom", so I turned to him and he slipped a gospel tract into my hand. My heart smiled within me and I felt so wonderfully blessed in that moment! I will cherish that "precious moment" forever in my heart and mind! Here was my little man taking the initiative to witness to Nick. The best part is that Nick received the tract very warmly, looked through it, then promised me he would read it in its entirety when he got home. I told him it was a gospel tract when I handed it to him and he started pouring out about not having gone to church in so long, but had been raised Southern Baptist. I kindly laid my hand on his arm and sweetly said, "That's not really what it's all about is it Nick? The important thing isn't whether you have been in church or not, but whether you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and knowing for sure that you are going to Heaven when you die. This tract explains how you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt and it will give you scriptures as well." We spoke a little more on the subject. I invited him to our family oriented church but he lives in Lakeland, which is quite a distance away. We finished our paper work concerning the business of the yard, then as he walked away, he reiterated that he would read the tract at home. I hope he did. I have added Nick to my prayer list for salvation.I've told Shane how happy I was that he realized we had a perfect opportunity for sharing Christ right in our own front door. He really blessed my heart that day!

Sunday, our church began revival meetings with Evangelist Dave McCracken. What a unique man of God with a unique style of preaching. He has brought us 4 very powerful sermons so far. After tonight's service, he felt led to ask for testimonies. It was amazing! One man after another stood up and shared how God has been working in their lives. One confessed his complacency, another, crying like a baby, shared how he has been allowing work to keep him too busy. He said he remembers our pastor saying in the past, "If you are too busy for God, then you are TOO busy!" God really moved tonight and we were all talking after church about how we are anticipating Wednesday night's service! The altar has been full after each service. It has been precious! Please pray that true revival will break out in our church and community. I have asked God for it to begin with me.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Love While You Can

One day someone special will be gone.

And on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of your bedroom,
you might be struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there
isn't any more.

No more hugs,
no more lucky moments to celebrate together,
no more phone calls just to chat,
No more "just one minute."

Sometimes, what we care about the most goes away.
Never to return before we can say good-bye, to say "I Love you."

So while we have it, it's best we love it.
And care for it and fix it when it's broken,
and take good care of it when it's sick.

This is true for marriage .... and friendships .
And children with bad report cards;
And dogs with bad hips;
And aging parents and grandparents.
We keep them because they are worth it,
Because we cherish them!

Some things we keep --
like a best friend who moved away or a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what.

Life is important, and so are the people we know
And so, we keep them close!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Smarten UP Ms. Walters!

When I read the following, I had to subdue the need to scream, and say a prayer for this woman! I just want to cry when I see so many hold an ungodly, trouble maker up in higher esteem than their own decent President. I just don't get it. Oh wouldn't it be wonderful to hear Ms. Walters or any of the other MSM (Main Stream Media) speak so kindly of our good President?
God help us!

Barbara Walters recently scored an exclusive interview with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Here’s part of how she described the experience to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America:

Roberts: "Barbara, fresh off the plane. He is a very passionate man that's very apparent."

Walters: "Yes, but, you know, when you meet him, when you see him in the navy blue suit and not the red shirt that he's in, um, he's passionate about his dislike for George Bush. He does like this country and he's passionate about his feelings about America. And he feels that with a new President, that we can be friends. He cares very much about poverty. He's a socialist. What he's trying to do for all of Latin America, you know, they've been trying to do it for years, is to eliminate poverty. But this is not the crazy man that we have heard."

Friday, March 23, 2007

Socialism & Education

Many of you who read my sister's blog ( are aware that President/Dictator Hugo Chavez is quickly turning Venezuela into a full blown socialistic country. One of Rita's earliest concerns was the mandate that all children ages 18 months to 18 years of age must attend a government school for at least 8 hours a day. We know that the younger you can get the child's mind, the easier it is to control them later. Most of us also know and would agree that parents understand and know what their children need far better than any government entity would.

The following came to me today from the "American Family Association". Please hold these families menioned here in your prayers.

How would you feel if a group of 15 fully armed police officers walked into your home, grabbed your 15-year-old daughter, and left without telling you where they were taking her? Not only that, but you soon found out that your daughter was being arrested because she was being home schooled, and she would not be allowed to come home until she was placed in a public school!This is already a reality for some families —not in America— but in Germany.

Melissa Busekros of Erlangen, Bavaria, was taken from her parents, Hubert and Gudrun Busekros. Why worry about this if it isn't in America? Because America is becoming like Europe more and more. Not only that, but here are two families who have nearly no hope that the government will listen to them. I don't like saying this because it seems so extreme, but if we continue on the way we are going this will be happening in America, unless we work to stop it now.

Using the same law, police recently took five "well-educated" children from their parents for the same reason. Police took into legal custody Rosine, Jotham, Kurt-Simon, Lovis and Ernst Brause, the children of Bert and Kathrin Brause. The state will not allow Bert and Kathrin to regain custody of their children unless they agree to place them in a public school.

The judge concluded that the children were well-educated but accused the parents of failing to provide their children with an education in a public school. The judge noted that one of the daughters expressed the same opinions as her father, stating that they have not had the chance to develop "independent personalities!"

Please take the following quote in context. I'm not trying to be an extremist, but a realist. One of the first acts by Adolf Hitler when he gained power in Germany was to create the governmental Ministry of Education and give it control of all schools and school-related issues. In 1937, Hitler said: "This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its (the state's) own education and its own upbringing."

Try This!

Just try this. It is from an orthopedic surgeon............This will boggle your mind and you will keep trying over And over again to see if you can out smart your foot, but you can't. It's Preprogrammed in your brain!

1. WITHOUT anyone watching you (they will think you are GOOFY) and while sitting where you are at your desk in front of your computer, Lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.
2. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' In the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction. I told you so!!! And there's nothing you can do about It!

You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day Is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so.

Send it to your buddies to frustrate them too

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

House For Sale

I found this ad for a lovely home today. You must click on the link and see it too! Once you're there, click once on scroll bar and it will continue scrolling on its own.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Our President in Enterprise After the Tornado

Unable to verify the account below or its source, but its just
one of those stories that "fits" the pattern that has emerged
about this apparantly honorable man that is the President..

I trust as it circulates on the net it will be confirmed
or exposed. Will keep my eyes on the "urban myth"
sites which are in the business of confirming or
debunking these stories.

Its refreshing to note most of those I've researched
about George Bush have been confirmed. Some are
listed below.

The returned salute at his helicopter to the Marine guard.

The returned salute at the hospital bed of a Col. Birdwell,
a soldier wounded as a result of the attack on the Pentagon.

His many visits to the survivors of those killed in action .

President Bush was reportedly one of 156 candidates
considered for the 2002 Peace Prize, which was awarded
in October 2002 to former President Jimmy Carter.

President Bush fulfills his promise to jog with a soldier
who lost his leg in Afghanistan.

A soldier at Walter Reed stuck his limb up to the President as
he was leaving after awarding medals to many of the soldiers,
and President Bush cupped his limb with both hands and said
"God Bless You." He then knelt down and kissed him on the

A picture of President Bush hugging a 911 victim.

Subject: President in Enterprise

There is a man at Ridgecrest who is an ABI officer. He got up last night and told us about having the honor of being paired with one of the secret service men who were with President Bush Saturday in Enterprise. He said when they started walking through the rubble at the school they came upon four students waiting for the President. They were in an area where on the floor there was a emblem that read EHS Class of 65. When the President approached the students he asked which one of you are the president (I assume president of the student body)? One of of the girls kind of raised her hand and said I am then she hung her head and started to cry. President Bush wrapped his arms around her and the other three joined them. Barry, the ABI officer said President Bush started to cry and said "It's tough being the president isn't it." Barry said he talked with them a little longer. He said he was very close to the President but couldn't hear every word that was spoken, but he could tell that the President was quoting scripture. After a while the President started walking again and said he wanted the emblem preserved whatever it took. The Mayor then spoke up and said they would take care of it and President Bush turned to him and said "I was speaking to the President." I bet that the Mayor closed his mouth then!!! and then President Bush said "by the way where are my children"? The four students who were lagging behind came running up to him and walked the rest of the way over to the church with him. The media were sent to a different area Barry said. When President Bush got inside the church to meet with the families of those that had been killed the secret serviceman turned to Barry and said this is as far as we go. This is his time with them. Barry then asked him if the President was protected and the secret servicemen said yes, he is protected, but not by us. Barry could hardly contain himself as he was telling us this last night. He said he told the secret service man that he wished everyone could witness what he just did then they could see that the most powerful man in the United States was just another human being, a father, a comforter, a friend and had true compassion for these people. However the media does not portrait that, big surprise! Of course I don't tell this story with the humility that Barry did because he was there, but I thought you might like to hear it. You might want to share it

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Summary of Sunday

I missed church yet again! I can't remember ever having missed so much church in my life! Shane has the sore throat and low grade fever again, with some chest congestion. I don't know if he may have picked something up again Wednesday night at Patch Club or Friday at his Grandparent's house. His cousin, Josh Vernoy is staying there during his spring break and is ever so sick. So it's 6 of one and half dozen of another as to where Shane picked it up. Please pray for him. This is his third time going through this virus or whatever it is. Thank goodness, it isn't Dengue! (Right Kim?) It just seems for a couple of months now, it has been either he or I sick. It is getting very old, let me tell you, very old!

Speaking of my nephew Josh Vernoy. He could use your prayers as well. He is a Junior in college, majoring in Pastoral Studies. He has his own bus route, works 5 nights a week, is RA for the boy's dorms, preaches every chance he get, (he LOVES that!) and has many other activities and responsibilities. He has been sick this entire 2nd semester! He has ran the gamut from sinusitis, to viral infections, to bronchitis, oh and did I mention he has asthma anyway? He needs to rest!!! Pray that this next week or so, while on break and living at his grandparent's home, he can sleep in since he will have no classes and goes into work at 5 p.m. to let his body and mind rest a bit. I know his mom (Jungle Mom from The Jungle Hut) would appreciate those prayers for her baby as well; seeing as how she is on a different continent and all! We know her heart and concern is with him. We also know from her testimony, that she has left her son in her God's hands and trusts Him completely!

Joshua Vernoy, my nephew, preaching for the first time!


Click to enlarge!

The two cousins! (Josh Vernoy & Josh Rios) This was a big night! The boys had just spent all afternoon moving into their dorm for their first year of Bible college at Florida Baptist College. This was the inaugural year for the school. It was an emotional evening as we realized our boys were an important part of history. The evening culminated with a beautiful buffet dinner cooked and presented by the resident chef. Dessert was a huge cake! The frosting on the celebratory cake had lots of green food coloring in it! Later, everyone laughed so hard when Dr. Turner, President of the college, got up to speak and he too had this same look, which he had just laughed at a few minutes prior when he saw the two boys at the beverage station!

Hubby just called and said he is just now leaving work. It is 11:44 p.m. He is bringing home a pizza! Oh my! I haven't eaten since lunch, which was a healthy salad! Maybe one piece? I promise I will walk an extra block or two tomorrow! LOL

My son, Josh, is making me so proud these days! He has become such a responsible young man and I couldn't be prouder! I've seen him do some amazing things for people lately. It's very touching! He recently received a raise at work! That was very encouraging to him. He is becoming more proficient with his job and now has reached the point where he can be sent to one job site, while my brother goes off to meetings or another job site.

The first time for Joshua Rios, my son to preach!!

His 20th birthday is coming up April 6th, so we are planning a family day out at Busch Gardens. We get the Fun Card which is a great bargain. We pay for one day's admission, then with proof of Florida residency, we get the Fun Card which allows us admission throughout the rest of the year, FREE!!! Let me tell you, with all of our out of state friends and relatives that come down to sunny Florida to visit *us* (yeah right!), we make many trips a year to Busch Gardens!

Uh, yep, that's me waving from the top of the Cheetah Chase, Busch Gardens!

Click to enlarge!

This is the famous "Sheikra"! Shane finally got the nerve up to ride it last year!

One more prayer request. My friend Grace, who is a Junior in Crown College of the Bible, is leaving Monday morning for England! This is a mission's trip that she has been so excited about for the past few months! She has asked us to pray that the people of England will be tender to the message of Christ's love that she and the other college kids will be presenting. Pray that the group will all maintain Christian testimonies as well. Then of course, this should go without saying, safety. Another young lady from our church went to England with Crown College the year of the subway bombings! Yes, she was there about an hour away from London. Thankfully, the entire group was sheltered in the arms of God.

Shane with Grace & Josh on their graduation night! 2005

Well, hubby is home and needs some TLC . Goodnight!

A Quote That Makes Me Smile!

I never worked a day in my life.
It was all fun!

-- Thomas Edison --

What a terrific outlook!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Roger Bennett Graduates to Heaven

Below is an email I received from Ernie Haase today concerning Roger. After battling leukemia for 12 years, God has finally called him home. My heart grieves for his dear family, but yet rejoices to know Roger is out of pain and praising the Savior which he sang about!

Roger Bennett
March 10th, 1959 - March 17th, 2007

It is with much sadness that I must tell you that our friend Roger Bennett has gone to be with the Lord. Scott Fowler just called and told me that Roger went peacefully and with his wife Debbie at his side. Roger Bennett, along with myself, George Younce, Glen Payne and Scott Fowler had the great blessing of traveling together for the last 10 years of the Cathedral Quartet's career. Roger made those long miles very fun and enjoyable.

The sadness we all feel right now is not for Roger ..... he's healthy and whole ... free at last from the body of disease! Our grief is for his family and for our own personal loss. Not having Roger around is what makes our hearts heavy.

I and all the Signature Sound family grieve today along with all the Gospel Music world.

We will miss you ol buddy!


If you would like to see a tribute for Roger, please click on the link below.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Can You Handle Another MeMe?

Alphabet MeME I swiped from over at Just Theresa's.

A is for age: 46

B is for booze: NO! Praise God!

C is for career: wife and mommy

D is for dad's name: Jack Riffe

E is for essential items to bring to a party: My homemade Chewey Chocolate Chip Cookies

F is for favorite song at the moment: "He Made A Change" Cathedrals

H is for hometown: Iaeger, West Virginia

I is for instruments you play: piano

J is for jam or jelly you like: Smucker's Strawberry Jam

K is for kids: 2 beautiful boys!

L is for living arrangements: Happily married, living with hubby and youngest son in a one level contemporary home

M is for moms name: Loretta Blankenship Riffe

N is for name of your best friends: Heavenly Father, husband

O is for overnight hospital stays: only when giving birth

P is for phobia[s]: tight spaces

Q is for quote you like: "When you fail to plan, you plan to fail."

R is for relationship that lasted the longest: with Kim L. almost 20 years

S is for siblings: I'm the eldest of 3. I have 1 sis and 1 bub.

U is for unique trait(s): can sense if someone is hurting without them telling me

V is for vegetable you love: carrots

W is for worst trait: too insecure at times

X is for x-rays you've had: feet, ankles, hands, chest

Y is for yummy food you make: My Banana Pudding & Chewey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Z is for zodiac sign: Don't believe they are good for Christians to dabble with

First job: besides babysitting, working in a Private Day Care

First funeral: Mr. Sloan ??

First piercing: Ears only

First tattoo: no tattoos at all

First credit card: Burdines Dept. Store

First favorite musician/band: Cathedrals & Gold City

Last movie watched: "Wrong Turn"

Last beverage drank: water

Last food consumed: Rotiserie chicken , baked potato, salad

Last phone call: to my mom

Last CD played: Patch the Pirate's "Mount Zion Marathon" with my son as he fell asleep

Last website visited: Just Theresa

Single or Taken: Taken

What do you miss? Feeling well and having energy to do what ever I need to do

Hair color: Frosted blond

Natural color: brunette

Eye color: blue

Makes you sad? when I hurt someone, even if it is unintentional

Inexpensive Cure-Alls

A friend sent me the following information. I can't vouch for them since I haven't tried any yet. However, I do intend to try a few of these ideas. They make snese to me. Have any of you tried any of these home-made cures? If so, I would love to hear about it in my comment section.

Tape this inside your medicine cabinet!

Did You Know That ...

Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product was never advertised for this use. ( Note : Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same..and contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if you have ulcers.)

Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover the blemish with a! dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine - therapy for toenail fungus ... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection ... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Coca-Cola cure for rust ... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done. Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer.

If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409 . Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover ..just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ...cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters ...To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine ... a powerful antiseptic.

Heinz vinegar to heal bruises .. Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Kills fleas instantly - Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas

Rainy day cure for dog odor ... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Eliminate ear mites .. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief ...It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday's Random Activities

Well, it all started at 12:30 a.m. with a phone call from my hubby's brother from down Mexico way. He wasn't being unthoughtful by calling at such an ungodly hour; he knows his brother works many late nights and was simply trying to catch him at home! I spoke just a moment with Elias, wondering what was wrong! He seemed calm enough and was only offering small talk. I awoke my hubby. As I listened, I could tell that his brother was wanting to come see us on his vacation, possibly in April. Would we be able to pick him up in Orlando if he landed there? So that was exciting and all good! I think he wants to come to the states to do some shopping before their little sis graduates from law school in June. He always sees that she has the best! The best laptop, the best clothes, the best perfume, the best jewelry! Since he is a bachelor and makes BIG MONEY- I say - "Hey, Why not!?"

Speaking of my sister in law's graduation from law school! We had thought all of us would be flying down in June, but it is looking more and more like my husband will be the only one going. There are several reasons for this. I could feel the disappointment in his mom's voice on the phone yesterday when we told her the boys and I weren't coming. There is still a chance we all can go. It just depends on a few things falling into place first. We are continuing to keep it before our Heavenly Father in prayer.

My husband had the day off today, but had to get up and out of the house early today to have our SUV into the dealership for some work by 8:00 a.m. Nothing is wrong with it, but it was time to change all the fluids and filters, get an oil change, rotate the tires, add free-on to the air, just maintenance stuff which came to a total of $624.00 and some odd change! Agustin had the guy at the dealership give him a ride to my mom's since he was already in Tampa. He spent a quiet relaxing day there with my dad. I stayed home! I began my day by eating a boiled egg so I would have something on my stomach before taking my meds. I then checked my email and blogged awhile, waiting for some pain relief to kick in. Finally at about 10:30, I was feeling relaxed and ready to sleep. I went back to bed and slept until 3:00 p.m.!!! Yes, you read that right, but please keep in mind, I had only slept about 2 hours the night before and Shane was over at my mom's. It was quite nice actually!

I did get up, have coffee, read my Bible, got dressed, checked my bank statement online, and watched a little Food Network! That made me hungry, so I went foraging for food! Aw hah! There was half of my foot long Philly Steak and Cheese sub-sandwich left from last night! I warmed that up and YUM! I then chatted with Josh a little.

I then cleaned my two bathrooms, floors and all. Dusted the family room and windexed the glass entertainment center. Then hubby returned home and wanted the other half of his sub-sandwich as well. So I didn't even have to cook tonight! How good is that?

After he was on line awhile IMing with my sister, he turned the computer over to me. So here I am finishing up my day, doing one of my favorite things! Blogging and posting! But I must bid you adieu and go spend some time with my dear husband. We have the whole house to ourselves tonight!

Some Balance - Finally!

Our Prez wears cool "Underarmour"as he runs to stay in shape, pictured here with a wounded soldier!

VENEZUELA - What does your Prez wear?

I hope that wasn't too mean spirited!

Chavez's Horse-Head Diplomacy
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted Monday, March 12, 2007 4:20 PM PST

If you haven't the time to read this entire article, then please consider reading the parts I have high lighted in red. Thank you.

Latin America: Contrary to forecasts, President Bush's trip to the region is drawing friendly welcomes. Hugo Chavez, by contrast, is making a laughingstock of himself by shadowing Bush's tour. It'll probably cost him.

As TV cameras focus on anti-U.S. street protests, off-camera, Bush seems to be doing fine on his Latin American trip. Chavez, by contrast, is the one making mistakes, ones that work to Bush's favor and will likely reduce Chavez's influence.

Unable to stand Bush's invitations from Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico to visit, Chavez organized a tour of his own, bullying Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Jamaica and Haiti into visits from him on a week's notice.

But in Latin America, Chavez's shadow tour looks less triumphant than desperate, with some saying Chavez resembles a spurned teenage boyfriend still trying to get attention.
It's not surprising. Although Bush's poll numbers remain low in some parts of Latin America, Chavez's are rock bottom. A recent poll by Latinobarometro gave Bush a "positive image" among 30% of respondents, with Chavez trailing at 28%.

During his trip, Bush has forged a powerful new ethanol alliance with Brazil, renewed trade talks with Uruguay, encouraged Colombia and talked about immigration with Guatemala and Mexico.
Chavez by contrast has organized loud "gringo go home" rallies.

Even those seem to be a failure. Though South American nations are well known for massive street protests, the biggest anti-Bush rally, in Sao Paulo, drew only 6,000 protesters — not the 30,000 organizers had promised a day earlier.

By the way, in Spain last weekend 2.2 million people hit the streets of Madrid in a march against terrorism. Did you hear about that? And in Caracas, Chavez's own capital, protests of more than 6,000 against Chavez didn't get much coverage — yet they're happening.

Chavez's protests were an attempt to provoke. He had warned Bush earlier he'd be likely to get the same mobbing as then-Vice President Richard Nixon got during a visit to Caracas in the 1950s.

But what Chavez delivered wasn't a spontaneous anti-American attack, but the same old rent-a-mob leftist thugs in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Bogota, Porto Alegre and Mexico City, who always show up for such events.

On a continent where protest attendance can easily run into seven figures, these anti-Bush protests were pathetic. In Bogota and Porto Alegre, only 500 showed up. In Mexico City, anti-Bush protesters numbered a whopping two dozen.

Meanwhile, in Argentina on Friday, Chavez could fill only 20,000 of 40,000 seats at a stadium event, even with paid and bused-in protesters. Chavez invited the presidents of Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia as special guests, but all found better things to do that night.

Chavez blundered further after he flew off to Bolivia, where he loudly announced a $20 million aid package for flood victims who've been under water for a month. But officials refused to meet him, and publicly called him a meddler.

It got worse when AP reported Bolivians themselves peeking out from their USAID-stamped tents and refusing to greet Chavez, having already gotten the aid — when they needed it — from the U.S.

Chavez talked a big anti-American line, denouncing U.S. capitalism as the "road to hell" and threw in some new insults at George Washington, calling him an Indian killer. But the anti-Americanism didn't resonate — even with his own paid-for protesters.

Over in Brazil, a topless anti-Bush protester arrested for trying to flash President Bush's motorcade told reporters that what she really wanted was a U.S. visa.

In Guatemala, a local journalist explained to us that most protesters are angry about U.S. deportations of illegal immigrants and not being able to get visas into the U.S. easily. In short, Chavez's anti-American rhetoric was a resounding failure.

Still, like a spurned boyfriend, Chavez carries on his anti-U.S. tour — as Bush continues to encounter spontaneous, pro-U.S. rallies and signs of welcome.

With Chavez's rabid hatred of Bush and the U.S., he's starting to make mistakes and the rest of the region is starting to realize he's making an --- of himself. Bush is not losing ground in Latin America. Chavez is.

More About Me

I found this over at my friend Kim's blog. ( Click Home Sweet Home link on my right side bar). I can't believe how accurate the summary of me is!

You Have A Type B+ Personality

You're a pro at going with the flow
You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer
A total joy to be around, people crave your stability.

While you're totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.
Get into a project you love, and you won't stop until it's done
You're passionate - just selective about your passions

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Political Poll

The Democratic National Committee is currently polling Americans through the internet to determine the electability of Hillary Clinton for the presidency of the United States in 2008.

If you would like to show your support for Hillary and encourage her to run for President of the United States in 2008 please add your name to the bottom of the list below and send it on. Please forward and don't break the chain. This poll has been circulating since 1/03/07.


Praying For My Friends!

So that you, my friends all know I have been praying for you, I thought I would share the following as proof!

I must have good connections, 'cuz He seems to be answering my prayers! LOL
(Just Kidding Girls! I couldn't resist this funny!)

Monday, March 12, 2007

Unfair Labels

Below is an article I received today in "Daily Focus" from Alpha-Omega Publications.
I know some of you who visit my blog homeschool as I do. I found this to be a word of encouragement! Hope you do too!

Unfair Labels
Monday / March 12, 2007

What labels have been placed on your children because they homeschool? During our years of homeschooling, my children faced innuendos that ranged from mental retardation to religious fanatic. Today, the media still portrays homeschoolers as naive, unfashionably-dressed nerds. Even though studies prove the contrary, public educators also insist that homeschoolers are deprived of proper socialization. Why does the phrase “homeschooling” bring out such nastiness in people?

Unfair labels are nothing new. When Christ lived on earth, He suffered with being misunderstood by the multitudes, Jewish leaders, and even His friends and family. Unfair labels of trouble maker, demon-possessed, and foolish fanatic were placed on Him as He told the world about the Kingdom of God and His love. Although the label placed above Christ’s head on the cross was intended to mock Him more, it was the one label that the world got right when it read, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” (Luke 23:38b)

So how do you live in a negative, anti-homeschooling world and not become negative yourself? As Christian homeschoolers, it seems we receive a double whammy from the world – unfair labels for our faith and unfair labels for our homeschooling. As hurtful as these labels can be, Christ can help us forgive and move beyond the painful remarks when they come. Jesus’ example of love on the cross shows us the way when He said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:24)


Strengthen me to stand against the world’s opinion of homeschoolers and teach me to love as You loved when You died on the cross. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Happy Birthday to a Special Someone!

Today, Saturday, is the birthday of my sweet niece Jackie Jo Vernoy McCobb! That's her in the photo above with her knight in shining aromor!

A bouquet of lovely roses for my lovely niece!

How can it be 22 years already since the announcement of her birth? Boy, time does fly. I feel I have a special bond with Jackie for several reasons. One, she was my very first niece! Two, I moved all the way to Mexico just to care for her while her parents attended an intensive language course before going to Venezuela. Three, she is a fun and easy person to talk to. She really listens to me. Even though she is ____ years younger than me, she gives me good advice. (Since we have both been accused of being *economists*, I should be able to do the math here!) Four, she makes me laugh so hard and so much, whether we are together or on the phone or IMing! It doesn't matter. Something will cause us both to break out in fits of hard belly laughs! I love it! Five, she loves the Lord so much and desires to be a Proverbs 31 lady!

Happy Birthday my dear Jackie. I miss you, but I'm so happy you are in God's will serving as a missionary in Paraguay!

Here's a few photos I had available on my computer to post. I have some great photos of us together when she was a baby in Mexico. If I had a scanner, I would love to have posted the one with her taking her first steps - guess where? Climbing the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico!!

Jackie at age 3 welcoming my son home!
4th of July picnic at my house before she and Brian headed to Costa Rica for language school! Do you all remember when she posted a terrible photo of me on her blog and I promised I would get even with her? ya' go!

In Costa Rica, awaiting the arrival of their princess-Elena Grace!

One of my most favorite photos of Jackie! She had just given birth to her first angel!

A tired Mommy and baby at home!

Now just for you Jackie! Because you are expecting angel number 2, I thought you would enjoy this picture of the baby's foot marking the mommy's belly! So sweet, don't ya' think?

Who Sounds Like The Better Statesman?

"The U.S. president today is a true political cadaver, and now he does not even smell of sulfur anymore," Chavez told a raucous stadium crowd, alluding to Bush's waning years in office. "What the little gentleman from the North now exudes is the smell of political death, and in a very short time, he will be converted into cosmic dust and disappear from the stage."

Chavez added that he did not come to sabotage Bush's visit, saying the timing was a coincidence, even as Bush landed in Uruguay for a 36-hour visit.

Chavez is using his country's vast oil wealth to reach out to ordinary Latin Americans and to court other leftist leaders.

Asked directly about Chavez's latest taunts, Bush refused to mention Chavez by name, a common practice. "I bring the good will of the United States to South America and Central America," he said. "That's why I'm here."

Friday, March 09, 2007

Texas and Respect For Our Soldiers!

In Texas they really do pull off the road and stop for funerals......nobody moves until the last car has gone by.

What follows is a message from Vicki Pierce about her nephew James' funeral (he was serving our country in Iraq): "I'm back, it was certainly a quick trip, but I have to also say it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. There is a lot to be said for growing up in a small town in Texas. The service itself was impressive with wonderful flowers and sprays, a portrait of James, his uniform and boots, his awards and ribbons. There was lots of military brass and an eloquent (though inappropriately longwinded) Baptist preacher. There were easily 1000 people at the service, filling the church sanctuary as well as the fellowship hall and spilling out into the parking lot. However, the most incredible thing was what happened following the service on the way to the cemetery. We went to our cars and drove to the cemetery escorted by at least 10 police cars with lights flashing and some other emergency vehicles, with Texas Rangers handling traffic. Everyone on the road who was not in the procession, pulled over, got out of their cars, and stood silently and respectfully, some put their hands over their hearts. When we turned off the highway suddenly there were teenage boys along both sides of the street about every 20! feet o r so, all holding large American flags on long flag poles, and again with their hands on their hearts. We thought at first it was the Boy Scouts or 4H club or something, but it continued ... for two and a half miles. Hundreds of young people, standing silently on the side of the road with flags. At one point we passed an elementary school, and all the children were outside, shoulder to shoulder holding flags . kindergartners, handicapped, teachers, staff, everyone. Some held signs of love and support. Then came teenage girls and younger boys, all holding flag! s. Then adults. Then families. All standing silently on the side of the road. No one spoke, not even the very young children. The military least two generals, a fist full of colonels, and representatives from every branch of the service, plus the color guard who attended James, and some who served with him . was very impressive and respectful, but the love and pride from this community who had lost one of their own was the most amazing thing I've ever been privileged to witness. I've attached some pictures, some are blurry (we were moving), but you can get a small idea of what this was like. Thanks so much for all the prayers and support."


They Need Our Prayers

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they

protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they

perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our

Lord and Savior. Amen."

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine &others deployed in harm's way, Prayer is the very best one!

Urgent Prayer Request

Roger was the pianist for the Cathedral Quartet for many years. I have met him personally on several occasions. I was always impressed and deeply touched when he would just hand music over to my sister and her family, FREE OF CHARGE, once he realized they were missionaries. He has written some of the most beautiful songs to be sung!
Once at a Cathedral concert, at Word of Life, here in Florida, I let loose of my little Shane's hand. He was about 2 years old at the time. Well, that was a huge mistake. He shot off like a rocket after having been couped up in his car seat for a long ride to the Camp. I saw him heading straight for Roger and the Director of Word of Life, where they stood near the front of the auditorium deep in conversation! I didn't catch the little booger in time and -whoosh- right through Roger's legs he flew! I was running behind in hot pursuit!. Roger just rubbed the little tike's head after he passed through, then he glanced at me and chuckled out loud. I think he said something like, "What's he running for? We haven't even started singing yet!" I can't really remember. I was so embarrassed!
I've had a few more conversations with Roger over the years , when I wasn't red with embarrassment! He was always friendly and accessable. Once I mentioned that I had lost my Midnight Meditations CD on the way home from their last concert. I was going to buy a new one. He insisted I just take one! I really did argue no, that wouldn't be right, but he leaned over the table and stuck one in my diaper bag! I will always remember his acts of kindness.
In the last several years, he has been the pianist for Legacy Five Quartet. You can read more about Roger on his blog.


March 08, 2007

Well, I hardly know what to write. It has surely been a long few days,weeks, etc., etc. I spoke to the teams of doctors this morning, and they have no new news since yesterday, really. I know there are other tests scheduled for today, and yesterday, they inserted a line and began dialysis. I hope this will help pull some toxins out of his body, and maybe that will jump start things.

The doctors still do not understand what is happening in his body. Besides the obvious infections, which I have described previously, there is still something unidentified that is not allowing him to heal. I have not been able to speak with him since Monday, and I never knew how many things I would want to ask him or talk to him about.

We are all holding up pretty well. Doug came down Tuesday night, and although it is terribly painful for him to see his only child in this state, he is bearing up. Chelsea and Jordan were able to be here on Sunday, so they had a couple of days where they could visit with him. Jordan had to fly back yesterday, and that was so hard. I didn't want to put him on that plane alone, and it was heartbreaking watching him say bye to his dad, not knowing what the future holds. I told him not to feel bad about leaving, since he was here when it really counted, and he is only a plane ride away, should he be needed again.

Chelsea was able to extend her visit, and can be here a few more days. My mom and dad are in Linden, TX right now to be with her Aunt Ora (who is the whole family's favorite) as she is dying. They asked if I needed them here, but I told them to stay with Aunt Ora, as there is little to be done here right now. If the tests that are run in the next few days do not give us more direction, there may be little that can be done for Roger. I do not discount a miracle, but that is what it seems it will take at this point.

I know there are prayers coming our way continuously.....we feel them, and we find much comfort in them. There is a peace in knowing that God is in control, and is working a perfect plan. It may not always feel good, but we continue to trust. I am glad I don't have to orchestrate it all. Please just continue to pray. So many have asked what they can do to help, but that is what we need more than anything. I'd love to see that miracle come our way, but whatever happens, we know we win. There is no down side for Roger. I love you all, and appreciate your support.

We remain always, and securely,

Thursday, March 08, 2007

"Mr. Right" Meme

In our son's college dorm room- Augsust 2005
After Josh's homecoming game - February 2005
MR. RIGHT! I snagged this from my sister's blog. But first, let me share a funny with you! I started answering the below questions. To be sure I got them all correct, I kept yelling to Agustin in the den. "Honey, are you still 43?" "Si" he answered. Next question: "Mi Amor, how tall are you:" He replies: "I'm 5'8" or 5'9"." I ask him, "Well, can I measure you? I want to be accurate." Then I hear, "What are you doing? Ordering my box already?" (He calls caskets boxes! LOL) Then he says in a loud, booming voice, "HOW RUDE!!

His age? 43 and a half

How tall is he? 5'8"

How long did you know each other before you got together? one week after meeting we were dating, then married in 7 months.

What physical features attracted you to him first? His beautiful skin & big white smile, oh and the way he could handle a soccer ball!

Eye color? Brown

Hair color? Jet black! I have found a few gray ones lately near his temples. I probably put them there! LOL

Hair style? contemporary, short, gelled into place

Normal outfit? Dress clothes and tie for work each day, but prefers shorts or jeans and t-shirts on his days off.

How did you meet? An American Missionary friend was dating my husband's sister. He got permission to invite me to a birthday supper for my hubby's brother.

How serious is it? Oh it's very serious!

Are you "in love"? More and more each day!

Do your parents like him? Very much!

Do his parents like you? Yes

Do you trust him? Oh yes!

Would you share a toothbrush with him? I probably would after scalding it, but he wouldn't allow me to! He is a germ freak!

Would he let you wear his pants? LOL I guess if I really wanted to but ...

Do you have a shirt of his that you sleep in? Nope

Do you like the way he smells? after he bathes!

Can you picture having kids with him? Yes, but I think those days are over so now we look forward to having grandkids!

What bothers you the most about him? I had to come back and edit this answer. I had put something that he used to do and I feel that was unfair to my hubby. Currently I guess the best answer here would be: He is aging so much more gracefully than I am!

Does he have a temper? He does, but keeps it under control., (most of the time!)

Are you happy to be with him? Yes

Does he embarrass you in public? Not anymore.

Does he smoke or do drugs? Nope

Does he have any piercings? Oh goodness No!

Any tattoos? No

Does he have any scars that you know of? Many from his days of semi-pro soccer in Mexico. Burns, stitches in the head, at work here in the USA he almost chopped a finger off!

Is he a party dude or stay at home? He used to be a party dude, but now is quite content to stay home

Is he outgoing or shy? Depends, he can be both depending on different factors

Does he love his mama? oh very much.

Would he hang out with you and your friends? Not for too long a period or too often. We usually do family things with other families.

Sing? He sings, but do you mean "well"???

At Hunting Island, S.C. August 2006 (It was so overcast our last day there:(

Easter Sunday 2006 - Please click on this one to get a better look at my
"hot tamale"!

Once Again, Allow me To Play "Catch Up"!

Not long ago, I finally got around to posting photos of our Christmas for my family members who live on other continents to enjoy. Tonight I was in a quandry, once again not able to decide what to post about. I have been in sort of a funk today, so I wasn't feeling very creative. I decided to browse through some photos and post some that my family members far away have not seen yet. I also thought it would be a good way for some of my newer *friends* who have been visiting my blog to get to know me a little better! I hope you enjoy the following photos of our Christmas Eve-2006!

Our festive evening began with a wonderful Christmas Eve service which was very moving as Pastor had the small ones come up on the platform and sit at his feet while he read the Christmas Story. There were some really cute exchanges of dialogue that took place between him and the children. After a short service, we were dismissed, but I noticed how many families lingered around, chatting and fellowshipping. It was a very nice feeling not to feel rushed to get home and get the kids in bed for school the next day. We hung around the auditorium for sometime visiting with many friends. Then the "photo shoot" started happening!

The Rios Family, Grandma and Grandpa Riffe, The Leonard Family, after our Christmas Eve service at Faith Baptist Church, Wesley Chapel, Florida.

One of my favorites of my boys! Taken after church service Christmas Eve. (Josh & Shane)

I told my dad to look dreamily into my mom's eyes. They both got tickled! So much for the romance!

Three Lovely Leonard Daughters and Two Handsome Rios Sons!

After service, The Leonards and Riffes came home with us for a Mexican Feast! Here is Amber helping Agustin finish up the chicken enchiladas in "salsa verde"! The apron Amber is wearing was given to Agustin by some of his employees years ago. Notice the chili peppers all over it! Amber loved this apron so much, that Agustin gave it to her! Talk about *re-gifting*!

A mean game of UNO broke out in the living room!

The two youngest had to entertain themselves as the night wore on! (Alex and Shane)

Following the Mexican tradition, after a late meal and the company left, we began opening our gifts! It was around 2:00 AM!

Not the best family photo, but it was around 2:00 AM remember!

Agustin tried on his new silk pajamas I gave him. As he was about to turn the covers down and finally fall into bed for the night, our son, Josh, started a wrestling match! It is now around 3:00 AM!

It was a wonderful night, but I think it would have been even more wonderful if my sis and her whole crew could have been with us. Oh well, maybe this year!