Friday, December 30, 2011

Snicker...

This was floating around Facebook in my circle of people last week. I find it hilarious.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DYI

I know...the phrase is supposed to be DIY, Do It Yourself. I noticed I turned the letters around a few weeks ago, but somehow it's fitting for me.

Do Yourself In (just crafting difficulties, nothing dark or sinister)
Do Yourself It (Yoda)
Dog Yowling Incessantly (neighbor's, not mine)
Determined Yodeling Instructors
Do Your Isagenix (shameless plug, but still true for me)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thankful Tuesday!

So very Grateful...

1. Family
2. Togetherness
3. Walking
4. Laughter
5. Christmas lights
6. Turkey
7. Movies
8. Games
9. Pellet stoves (Toasty!)
10.Clear roads.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Maybe I am a Little Crazy Afterall

I am running* a half marathon in May.

Yep, a little crazy.


* More like slow jogging/walking probably...we shall see.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Introducing...

I am done being the big woman in the room.
I don't need to be skinny, but I am done being this fat. Period.
I also know how much our environment has changed, and how it is affecting people's health, including my own. Although we've made changes in our household we can not avoid everything.Chemicals, toxins, pesticides and GMO are in so many basic products.

Last Tuesday, the 13th of the month, after the big night of the concert, I started Isagenix. I just finished the "9 day Cleanse".

I've lost 14.6 pounds since then and 3 inches off my waist and 1.5 off my hips.

Instead of gaining weight this Christmas, I am giving myself a present and losing it instead.

Isagenix

Check that link out, and if you would also like to start a journey to better health, better quality of life, and/or lose weight then drop me a comment or an email and I will be glad to answer questions or order products. I am selling it now, so I ask that if you choose to buy some for yourself that you please do it through me. Thanks!

Also, this is an opportunity to start your own Isagenix business as well. The above link has testimonies, it's worth checking out.

I absolutely pledge to not turn this blog into a selling spot. But I will occasionally post what I have lost and how I am doing. It's a journey, and I am determined to finish it this time. I hope you don't mind.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Excuse me, it's 40 outside...

I drove past my neighbors garen the other day and saw that she still have a big ol zucchini growing on a nearly dead vine. I decided I should go look in my ow garden in case anything was still growing.

Apparently my garden doesn't know how cold it is outside. Love it!


How wonderful! I am so thankful for fresh produce.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thankful Ten Tuesday

So many blessings. So thankful..

1. Christmas is near.
2. Concert was successful, bought equipment for our fire department and helped 5 families in need, including a family whose home burnt down that very night.
3. My son is a sweetheart.
4. Jenelle is being very sweet as well lately.
5. Alyssa is coming to visit Wednesday, hurray!
6. Love really does exist, and conquers all.
7. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus on Sunday, without His birth we wouldn't have His death, and without that, we wouldn't have free to you for the asking salvation.
8. I am not craving anything sweet!
9. The weather is glorious lately. Looks like we will be able to take the beautiful short route to my parents house next week!
10. I am madly in love with my husband and he with me. Even after 12 1/2 years.

What are you thankful for? You can leave a link to your blog or FB in the comments if you would like too. SHARE! :)

I AM Such A Tease!

I know I said I would tell you something fabulous tomorrow...but I am going to wait until Thursday. It's very important that I do.

Let me give you another little hint of information...if you are someone that starts every year off with some sort of New Years Resolution about being healthier, or losing weight this will be good news for you, and right in time.

Tomorrow I will post a Thankful Tuesday list.

What are you thankful for this year? Make a list on your blog or facebook and post a link in the comments tomorrow! There is so much to be thankful for.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I Am Not Crazy, No Seriously, I'm Not

For years, YEARS, I have held to the belief that somehow, due to metabolism, or something weird, I can eat the same amount of food (or not eat it in this case) and not lose weight, or even gain weight while smaller women around me lose it. People, even friends, would look at me like I was crazy, or making excuses, or lying about what I ate.

I am a big woman. There is no denying it. I didn't get here only eating salads. But I wasn't lying or making excuses about this fact. I could eat the same amount of food as someone else and I would gain, and they wouldn't.

Guess what?
Dr. Kevin Hall of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has discovered something. I found this article in the December 2011 Women's Health magazine. Forever everyone thought that a pound was worth 3,500 calories, either direction. His new research shows that number can vary. Especially interesting to me? Lean people gain less than obese people taking in the same amount of calories.

Read that last sentence again.Here, I'll say it a different way:
If you are already overweight it takes less extra calories to make a new pound. You can indeed gain weight more easily than a lean person.

I. AM. NOT. CRAZY.
(Or lying, or making excuses)

Tell a friend.


My solution to this problem?
Get Lean.
More on that Tuesday.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I'm Seeing Red.

Been a busy month around here. I am sure it has been for you as well. Big benefit concert tomorrow. Made these over the last couple days with help from Jenelle. Heather and Nancy...and most importantly, Bake at 350. Not that I know her personally, but her work inspired me to try...and frankly, it worked! She doesn't have fire engines on her page, just a fabulous roll out sugar cookie recipe that does NOT require chilling the dough, Yippee! And lots of how to tips.  These lovely fire engines will be on the seat for each VIP ticket holder. Like a little thank you party favor...


Wrapped and waiting for their ribbons.


Just for the record, super black frosting looks like axle grease, especially if you put it in a jar like this.

You know you want one! So yummy too!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I Didn't Die

Monday night is our big Benefit concert. I am the leaders personal assistant type person, plus other duties, oh, and I sing on stage as well. SO needless to say, the last five weeks or so have been a bit busier than normal. We are honoring our local fire department. We are also buying them some defibrillators for their rigs.

It's going to be wonderful.

I am thankful that we sold out our first show and had to add another. I am thankful for everyone helping out, volunteering hours and helping make this happen. I am thankful for the raffle that will help needy families in our area have a better Christmas. I am thankful for this great experience. I am also thankful that it will be over and I can get some other stuff done soon.

Somehow I am part of a very small crew making very special decorated cookies for the VIP's as little a thank you. Not sure how that happened, but I will be utilizing all sorts of information from Bake @ 350's blog for that project (ACK!)

See you all soon.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Big Three-OH!

I made it. Blogged everyday for a month, sure. Blogged everyday for a month in a succession of growing thankful lists, whew!

I am a little brain fogged today. Been staying up to late trying to own Photo Shop 5. My husband is nearly done with yet another album, and I am in charge of the Album art...except I have never used this software before. Ye-haw, ain't this fun?!

Anyway...
I am grateful:
1. It's November 30th. Which means I don't have to blog tomorrow if I find myself out of time.
2. Christmas is coming, in 25 days.
3. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!! Love lights!
4. Our annual Christmas concert is in 12 days. It will benefit not only our Fire Department this year, but some needy families as well. Great music, great cause.
5. Christmas music is already being added into the play lists on my favorite radio stations.
6. There is still time to earn money so I can buy presents for people I love.
7. I am thankful for people that know more than me. Oh yes, and I rely on these people being willing to help me when I cry out..."You're my only hope".
8. Thankful for grace when I am not doing my best to show God's love.
9. Thankful for leaves fluttering to the ground outside like rain, so beautiful.
10. Thankful for everyone of you reading this list! Seriously, I am! May God bless you richly this very day!
11. New jobs for people I know. It's been a really great month around here of people finding work.
12. I am grateful for the new dryer we will someday have. It's damp around here, things don't dry on the line anymore.
13. I am grateful for my car, even though the check engine light came back on after the repair that was supposed to make it smog checkable. Today is the last day on our temp permit for it. Somehow God will show His love and mercy regarding this. It's been a long, long ordeal with this car. But I have learned things from the experience.
14. Thankful for a church home that is filled with loving people.
15. Thankful that God is our provider.
16. Our healer
17. Our protector...especially when people make off handed remarks that feel threatening.
18. Thankful for apricot almond bread. Just made some, yummy.
19. Grateful for other peoples sweet babies.
20. Thankful tonight when the large containers for food donations for the homeless and the needy were filled up by the end of service.
21. Thankful for friends that get me, even the weird stuff, (Medical oddity twin powers activate!)
22. Grateful that I WILL make photoshop work for me....oh yes, I will.
23. SO thankful that the roof is staying firmly in place during this wind storm.
24. Thankful for mild temperatures, sure it gets cold, but daytime is very nice still.
25. Thankful we have a place to call home.
26. Grateful for the gift of reading.
27. I thank God that I can grow and learn from my mistakes.
28. And that He forgets them when I ask for forgiveness.
29. Thankful He loves me.
30. Grateful I have broken through walls and am willing to take risks loving people.


SO, after all of this. Can you tell me, what are you grateful for?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Twenty-nine Steps

I am thankful for the journey my life has been thus far. Even the hard stuff.

Thankful...

1. I was born.
2. I had siblings.
3. My parents loved each other.
4. I was taken care of.
5. We moved while I was in 3rd grade.
6. I was punched in the back by an angry student when I was in 7th grade.
7. For being hit off my bike by a car.
8. For being stuck in a sand storm in the middle of a lake with our boat weighed down by camping gear, the motor was flooded by water and we rowed to shore. My dad engineered a shelter and we ate sandy Spaghetti-O's , but I learned I could trust I would be taken care of and protected, even when things were really scary, and really bad.
9. Cracked Radius.
10. Cracked Ulna a year later.
11. Dislocated Patella the following year, yeah, call me graceful.
12. First loves.
13. First heartbreaks.
14. BIG mistakes.
15. Friends that stood by me during those big mistakes, not because they approved, but because they loved me.
16. Standing up and making things better.
17. Finishing college.
18. Having my backpack stolen.
19. Meeting my future husband. 12 1/2 years before we got married. No, we didn't date that whole time.
20. Having my daughters.
21. Moving away from family.
22. Moving back near family.
23. Moving away again...not because of them, but because of where we eventually ended up.
24. Buying houses (one at a time)
25. Selling houses.
26. Losing a house. Painful, and embarrassing, but I can empathize with so very many people now. And we learned how to fight hard for something, and we learned to let go. Both are very important lessons.
27. Trusting my husband.
28. Standing firm when things got hard. Trusting it would all work out. (it is)
29. For challenging myself to this month long thankful party.

All events build who you are and who might become. Bad things can be released, and good things held on to. One doesn't need to stay under a bad umbrella. seriously. Bad things happen, to everyone. Learn, grow, move on. Sometimes it takes more time than others, but that's okay. It's a journey...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Two and Four are Eight

Twenty-eight:  blogs I love to read and some reasons why.

1. My Crowded Kitchen
2. Falling Out Of the Wardrobe
3. Jim Henson's Red Book
4. Livesay Haiti blog
5. Cake Wrecks
6. We Are That Family
7. Epbot
8. Stilettos and Grace
9. Fragile Flower
10. Snow Comes Up
11. Life In A Shoe
12. Livin' in a Fishbowl
13. A Holy Experince and hey, she wrote a book of thankfulness, I wonder why I like her.
14. Simple Mom
15. New Life on a Homestead
16. Craft Hope
17. Bake at 350
18. Cheap Healthy Good
19. The Pioneer Woman

Reasons I am thankful for these blogs
20. Some open my eyes to truths in the world.
21. Some remind me of God's goodness, and His love for us.
22. Some are just downright hilarious.
23. Some offer new recipes and ideas on how to feed a family.
24. Some offer Hope in a dark world.
25. Some are personal friends.
26. Some have tales of over coming amazing things.
27. Some open my eyes to new ways of thinking about things.
28. I am thankful they exist, so I can learn, grow, laugh and feel connected to others.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

27 Promises

This is partially re-post from last year. I still stand behind being thankful for every single one of these promises...

I have mentioned that I am thankful for the Bible. God's word is powerful and true, and is like armor for those that love him. I am so very thankful for the promises He lays out in the Bible as well, including but not limited to the following.

1. I (Jesus) have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 KJV

2.
  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;
 my cup overflows.Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.Psalm 23:5-6 NIV

3. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

4. Jesus said to them, " I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst." John 6:35 NASB

5. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.2 Corinthians 4:8-9

6.When you go through deep waters of great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through the rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord , your God....  Isiah 43:2-3 NLT

7. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go bear fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15:16 NIV

8. He who listens to a life giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. Proverbs 15:31NIV

9. “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10 NIV


10. How happy are those who can live in your house, always singing your praises. How happy are those who are strong in the Lord... Psalm 84:4-5 NLT


11. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news bring health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30 NIV


12. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 NIV

13. Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23NIV

14. I know what what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH. Philippians 4:12-13 NIV

15. Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said,"I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you." Hebrews 13:5 NASB

16. The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

17. Fear Not, I am with thee. Isiah 41:10 KJV

18. Cast your cares on the LORD  and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.  Psalm 55:22 NIV

19. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you. Psalm 91:9-10 NLT

20. Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me...watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. i won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

21. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

22. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  Psalm 23:4

23. for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  1 John 5:4 NIV

24. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8NIV

25. Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

26. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV


27. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

That's the best promise of all. Eternal life.

What are you thankful for?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Five To Go...

Wait, I mean 120 to go...

I've been trying to communicate thankfulness for some time now. How it's good for you heart, both literally and figuratively. Now scientists have caught up with the notion, imagine that. I've noticed something this month while making my lists...I am in a better mood, it is easier for me to be in a good mood. I listen to the things I am saying to other people, and it is more positive, and up lifting, and hopeful. I am not perfect, I have just noticed a change, and it was an easy change! I didn't even notice, I didn't have to work at it, or strive. May I suggest trying it for yourself?

Today....thankful for:

1. Family traditions
2. Turkey leftovers
3. Pie leftovers....mmmm
4. Crisp weather, but no big storms
5. Bowen therapy for my mom's shoulder.
6. Apples to Apples
7. Nertz
8. Banagrams
9. My dad teaching Spencer how to play Cribbage
10. Quick recoveries.
11. Bob's soft peppermint sticks. My favorite.
12. Aaron's diligence to get yet another album finished before a big concert this month.
13. Next weekend we have a gig away, for 2 nights, alone, in a hotel room....alone....
14. Adult kids to care for younger kids, so we can go away to be alone...
15. We are thankful for all of our kids. And we love being with them. Just making that clear.
16. Snow capped mountains.
17. Sunsets of beautiful colors.
18. Time to spend together, just to enjoy being together.
19. Hope.
20. Joy.
21. Christmas music
22. Target putting up a sign that reads "MERRY CHRISTMAS", good for you Target!
23. I am thankful that my daughters both have jobs.
24. I am thankful for my employment as well.
25. I am very thankful for knowing that God will care for all our needs.
26. Sunglasses. I need a pair, you realize how thankful you are for something sometimes a little late. I am thankful in advance for the next pair.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 25, 2011

TwentyFive Friday

In my family we love movies. We are very thankful for time we can spend together, and for creative minds. This list is obviously not every movie we love, nor is it all agreed upon...

But I am thankful just the same...
1. Despicable Me
2. White Christmas
3. The Muppet Movie
4., 5., 6. Star Wars: New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi
7. Guys and Dolls
8. Monsters Inc.
9. Up
10. Inception
11. When Harry met Sally
12. Elf
13.-16. Pirates.
17. Muppet's Christmas Carol
18. Breakfast At Tiffany's
19. Trouble In Paradise (1934)
20. Usual Suspects
21. Tombstone
22. Finding Nemo
23. Blindside
24. Thor
25. The Incredibles

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, AKA 24

My parents are here for Thanksgiving. I love it when people visit me!I love my parents, so this is really working out well. I will miss other family members who are not in attendance, but I will see some at Christmas, and maybe some in January...who knows!

Things got a little weird around here, but I am still thankful.

1. Thankful that we have a good dentist.
2. Thankful that my daughter could be seen right away by said fabulous dentist. Antibiotics were prescribed and she will need more work, pray for her. It is dipping into her college funds for next year and she feel panicked.
3. I know God will provide.
4. Thankful that said fabulous dentist was able to get us into a oral surgeon for my dad. I said it got weird around here. 2 Cracked and broken teeth finally had to come out. (After 20 years of care and trying to save them...not bad really)
5. Thankful the Oral surgeon had an appointment and is good at what he does.
6. My dad is thankful for soft food options tomorrow.
7. I am thankful for special ice packs we already had on hand to ice his face.
8. Thankful that Target wasn't too crowded and that the pharmacy wasn't too bad.
9. I am so thankful to be cooking side by side with my mom.
10. Thankful that our Bowen therapist can see both my parents before they leave. They will have a better drive home this way.
11. Peaking of driving, the weather was clear and they could take the shorter and much more scenic route to my house!
12. Even though rain is coming tomorrow, the weather should be clear enough to go home the short route too.
13. Thankful for my husbands dedication to getting the next CD done.
14. Thankful for the mild temperatures this week. Chilly, sure, but not bone numbing.
15. Thankful for good movies to enjoy together.
16. SO very thankful for pain relievers.
17. I am thankful that my friend Nancy had a little break from her life down here and went to Oregon for a visit. She looks rested and ready to tackle some stuff, including landing a new job she is interviewing for.
18. Thankful for my friends, many of them far away now, all over the place. They mean so very much to me.
19. I am thankful for the maturity I am seeing in my daughters. It's beautiful.
20. My parents both have iphones, they are in their 70's, they not only have them, but they know how to use them. I am so thankful!
21. I am thankful that my car's check engine light is on, again, before it could be smogged......I am thankful for the gift this car is to me, I am thankful that I can drive it for now, and all the time I have driven it. I will remain thankful, no matter what happens with it, even if I have to not have it anymore (if it is not fixable). I am grateful that people love me enough to want to give to me. I will learn something from this adventure with this car. I will somehow bless someone else because of it. I must keep my eyes on Jesus on this one folks, I MUST stay thankful that I have this car and have had this car. Miracles will happen.
22. I am thankful for laughter. Deep, and wonderful.
23. We had dinner out with another couple recently. A new couple. They are friends to us for a long time individually but now they are a couple as well. It was a really good time. We all get along, and out humor is well suited for each other. There is a reason the male friend is considered a brother to my husband. I am thankful for the time we shared.
24. Today. I am thankful, that hopefully, people that never stop and consider all they DO have might just stop and be thankful today. Even if it's just for 20 seconds before the meal. I am thankful for the pause button of thankfulness.

Happy Thanksgiving.
May your grateful heart be with you all year long.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

23 Skidoo

I have no idea where that phrase came from, but it's very old and funny.
I asked my family members what they are thankful for...
(Notice I didn't even count duplicate answers!)

Spencer:
1. My Family
2. My Friends
3. Food
4. Clothing
5. Shelter
6. Especially God
7. And for figuring out what the opposite of a ham sandwich is.
Aaron:
Family, friends,
8. My love
9. Music
10. Movies
11. Books
12. Humor
13. Driving
God
Alyssa:
14. Paint
My family
15. Star Wars
16. My hilariousness
17. Laughter
18. BFFs
Jenelle:
19. Christian Dior, The New Look
20. My best friend
21. A bed to sleep in
22. Food dreams when I am on a diet.
Me:
23. My family being grateful.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

22 Moments of Thankfulness

I still have responses from other people coming in...it's so wonderful!
I love hearing people's hearts. It was interesting when I asked in person, they would look at me funny, and repeat the question with an "Oh!". We shouldn't be walking around shocked to think about it, we should be walking around always thinking about how thankful we are to God...

1. Every breath I take and every heartbeat of my daughter.
2. God's faithfulness, even when I deserve nothing.
3. God spared my life 12 years ago.
4. Healthy family.
5. My family and God's freedom and provision!
6. For friends like you! (cool!)
7. That so many men and women offer to serve our country to protect all of the rights that I so easily take for granted.
8. I am thankful for a husband who treats me with love and gentleness, for a church family who loves and cares for me,for food in my belly and clothes on my back. Mostly I am thankful for life and thankful to have a mighty God who is personal and gives me a new day everyday.
9. Music, beautiful voices and dancing.
10. I am thankful for God answering my prayers that my husband would be the leader in our home and family, (didn't know it would require me to submit, but I thank God for that as well).
11. God's grace, freely given.
12. Treasured friends, near and far.
13. The peace that passes understanding.
14. I am thankful for my wife for giving me another chance in our marriage. She is everything to me!I love her with all my heart.
15. I am thankful for many things, especially reconnecting with old friends.
16. My family and church family!
17. I am thankful that God let my dad and mom live and healed them.
18. I am thankful for God who sent his one and only son to die for my sins.
19. I am thankful to be alive and that I have an awesome family who loves me.
20. I am thankful that Jesus gave me a good daddy and mommy and brothers and a sister.
21. I am thankful for my family.
22. I am tankful for my fammy. {translation, I am thankful for my family}



One of the above people almost didn't make it into the world. His mother was told he would be stillborn, they gave her the option to abort. She didn't. He was the 13th baby to ever receive an inter-utero blood transfusion. He helped pave the way for the "Rh factor" shot that mothers now receive if they give birth to a child who's blood sign is opposite their own (A-, A+). He is in the medical books. His life was almost ended, but he was born healthy, and the world would have been missing not only a wonderfully talented singer, but a gifted teacher as well. He is thankful. SO is his mother, his wife, his kids, his students, and those of us blessed to know him!

Monday, November 21, 2011

21 More People Are Thankful

I received so many answers to my "What are you thankful" question that I filled up today's list too. I am so thankful!

1. Family, friends, and my running shoes.
2. Pumpkin pie! Actually...Grandma's LEMON MERINGUE PIE !(That would be my mom's)
3. Second chances in life.
4. For fb for bringing my friend back in my life...hugs.
5. For a loving husband (My mom said this about my dad!!<3)
6. My life
7. Indoor plumbing.
8. Fuzzy blankets
9. Joy- in the midst of life.
10. Thankful that at age 73 God still uses me for His purposes. (My dad)
11. I am unspeakably grateful for the fact that I have countless blessings and reasons to be grateful. Aside from the gifts of marriage, children, extended family, friendships, good health, abilities intact. I am grateful for God's miraculous, abundant creation through nature.
11. Unexpected simple gestures, a cup of coffee, dishes that are magically done, dinner on your doorstep after a long weary day.
12. Kids/grandkids hugs-the best!
13. I am thankful for all the wonderful friends that I am blessed with. We may not talk often, but we are never far apart in our hearts.
14. My husband ♥
15. My Girlfriends (spoken by a truly sweet woman regarding her friends)
16. My life, Gods love, and my family!
17. My health, my parents health, my loving husband and good friends!!!
18. My amazing daughters, my church family, my fabulous friends, my job...the list goes on and on!
19. My friends.
20. My hubby.
21. My Husband.

I will have even more answers tomorrow, including an amazing story of a man who was supposed to be a still born...but obviously isn't.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Twenty Giving Thanks

I was feeling very narcissistic with this month of blogging. Instead of feeling deep gratitude, I was feeling embarrassed. I have a lot to be thankful for. The world is full of people with almost NOTHING, and yet they are filled with joy and thankfulness.

I asked people to tell me what they are thankful for, and these are their responses.


1. My salvation! AMEN!
2. Ditto..along with my trainer Carlyn Angela Blevins.
3. Things that make me warm.
4. Seasons of rest.
5. My family
6. The feeling of euphoria that overcomes you when you have completed a job well done. It erases the stress and overwhelmed feelings you had leading up to the event.
7. That my back hurt on the Harley and I asked Keith to pull over, if we didn't we would've been involved in the fatality(Car wreck) last Sunday.
8. Vanilla Chai Tea on a cool fall day.
9. I'm thankful for lithium, a supportive family and warm kitties.
10. For amazing nurses who love on my daughter like she is family.
11. I am so thankful for music!That God moves in power in the things we enjoy.
12. Jesus died for my sins and gave my life value.
13. Dustin, and my education.
14. I am thankful for a supportive family and friends.
15. I am thankful for a job I love and that my family hasn't murdered me.
16. Blueberries. (YUM!)
17. For Aaron's gift of graciousness. And caffeine.
18. Pantyhose (I caught her getting ready for an evening out)
19. Family...friends...a warm fire on a cold day...grace.
20. God's grace and my precious daughters.

Thank you everyone for adding into the thankfulness train!
I will probably have more tomorrow, as not everyone has responded yet.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Random 19

I forgot a few things in some prior lists, and I have thought of a few other stray things that don't have a formal list to belong to.

No particular order...I am THANKFUL!

1. Strawberries (don't know how I forgot them on the fruit list)
2. Mangoes
3. Toast, mmmmmmm
4. Tea, herbal and fruity for me thank you.
5. Zucchini
6. Tomatoes
7. My washer and dryer, even if the dryer is broken right now, I am still thankful for it.
8. Information at our fingertips. If I need to know what to do to sooth a bee sting, or get a stain out of cotton, or Spencer needs to write a paper on the laws of Physics, we can do that, without leaving home. It's pretty impressive.
9. Well stocked grocery stores. Even if they run out of an advertised special, the shelves are still filled with food and products. Many countries do not have this luxury.
10. Blue skies after rain.
11. My friend's photography skills.
12. My friend that uses #11 and sends us beautiful photos of her family each year.
13. Ways of communicating with people far away. I love that I can have conversations in so many different ways. While I think real letter writing is a art form that is indeed being lost, I still relish the fact that I can converse with someone without a 2 week or more waiting period between letters.
14. Anti bacterial wipes and that type of stuff. We all have moments when we need them and soap and water isn't available.
15. French bread. With butter.
16. The physical ability to clean my house.
17. Being appreciated. We all need to hear that what we do is appreciated. Make sure you tell someone today.
18. My Redline stapler from friend #11. It used to be red, it's kinda orangeish/ light red now due to sun fading, but I still love it.
19. Post-it notes.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Eighteen.

I am very thankful for mentors, teachers, encouragers, other "moms" and the like in my life...
So thank you...

1. Mrs. Hawkins. Yes, I can call you by your first name now, sorta, feels weird. Thank you for taking me to Merl Norman for a makeup lesson with Heidi. Thank you for tolerating our slumber parties and shananigans.
2. DB, she taught me what classy looks like, and that just because you had money doesn't mean you treat people poorly.(TV always made it look like that)
3. Sondra Pepper. Always an encouragement to be ourselves and not care what others think. Thank you for answering God's call to interior Mexico, and taking us with you to open our eyes.
4. V.M. You endured countless sleep overs as well, and week long visits after my family moved away. I am blessed to still call your daughter friend, just as I always have my whole life. Thank you for the indulgence of Winchell's donuts on the way to church and the introduction into my life of Swiss cheese.
5. Mr. Slater. He was a great history teacher. He made it interesting, and kept a sense of humor about tests. I appreciated that, and I believe he sparked an interest in something that might have died completely had someone else taught it.
6. Mrs. M. You spoke my language and I understood math beautifully from you!
7. Mavis. Thank you for teaching me how to make cream puffs, and loving me after I no longer shared your name.
8. Shirley G. Thank you for teaching me to be generous, even when I didn't have much. Thank you for showing me what real hospitality looks like (it isn't all fancy you know). Thank you for teaching me how to make egg noodles on your kitchen table. Thank you for being a highlight while we were in AZ.
9. Chris S. You are a soothing balm to an ailing heart. You are kindness in a troubled world. Thank you.
10. Nancy W. You also taught me generosity when having nothing. Such a giving heart. Thank you for taking the time to teach me to can.
11.LL. Thank you for continually pushing for excellence and teaching ways to improve my voice. Thank you for believing in my family and supporting us.
12. Momma C. You don't know it but you inspire me to be a better wife. Your gentleness in certain situations is noble and I strive to improve.Thank you for being a good example.
13. The Babs. Generosity, knowledge, and just plain fun. Thank you for being rational and willing to listen when things got tough for us and not trying to solve our problems for us, but willing to help us seek the answers we needed. We hope someday to be like you both.
14. DeDe. You were such a joy to be around and showed me the ropes of being a Pastor's wife. THANK YOU!
15. Marty. You were an awesome youth pastor, and an awesome man of God. Your legacy still lives on.
16. CL. You are so very gifted to preach. I learn so much from you, not only in your sermons but by how you live so peacefully in this world.
17. BW. Also a gifted preacher. Inspiring, and unafraid of what people might think or say. Thank you for being up front and unashamed.
18. Jackie L. Thank you for sharing what you hear from God with us. With me. It truly changed my life, all for the better.

Who has made a difference in your life like this?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Seventeen Symptoms

Weird title right?
God instructs His people into living in His word, and abiding with Him, spending time with Him, having a relationship...the symptoms of doing these things?

1. Compassion
2. Kindness
3. Humility
4. Gentleness
5. Patience
6. Forgiveness (towards others and self)
7. Love
8. Peace loving
9. Considerate
10. Sincere
11. Merciful
12. Submissive. This is not a dirty word. Being submissive to someone that loves you as much as they love themselves works out for everyone involved. We all need to be submissive to someone in our lives, bosses, laws, those in authority over us. Those that struggle against authority always have it harder, it's like constantly climbing uphill, on your knees, on broken glass. Submissive does not equal slave, do not get the two confused.
13. Impartial
14. Peace maker
15. Goodness
16. Faithful
17. Joyful

For all these lovely "symptoms" I am very thankful. What a wonderful lists of attributes, what a picture of peaceful living among His people. Is this always the truth in every situation? Of course not, humans aren't perfect, and there are stumbling blocks...but I will keep building my relationship with God expecting more of these attributes.
What about you?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sweet Sixteen

I am thankful for these special moments in my life.

1. Turning 13, because you know, I was a full teenager then, and knew everything.
2. Turning 16, because I could drive!
3. Turning 18, an adult! And I could vote, woohoo! I am very thankful to live in a country that has a voting system in place, that I can vote freely, and without fear of an armed gunman at the polls, or being turned away because I am a woman.
4. Having my twin daughters. At one point during labor I told the nurse or that I was tired and I would just like to go home please. She laughed and said that wasn't possible. It was for the best I suppose. I love my girls.
5. Graduating from college.
6. Getting my first real job, with benefits.
7. Being laid off from that job the day before I started my paid vacation. Now you might be thinking..."What?Why is she thankful for that?". Everything that happens gives you a chance to grow as a person. Experiences you have help form who you are. That experience helps me have compassion to those around me going through it now. It also taught me a few things so I am more prepared in case it ever happens again, even though I don't have that type of job or work in that industry any more.
8. Marrying Aaron. Boy, was that the smartest thing I ever did.
9. Having Spencer. That kid is such a blessing to us, a true gift.
10. Being asked into "Wives". It's really just a very small group of friends. We used to all live in one general area and we would meet once a month to gab, and figure stuff out about marriage, and drink iced tea. Three of us live elsewhere now, but we are all still really close friends. That connection, to those women, has helped me through a lot of difficult times in my life. We support each other, and it's wonderful.
11. Moving to Auburn. Getting here was hard, and frankly, awful. But once we were here it has been wonderful even when it was really hard, and I am thankful to be here.
12. Singing without fear. You know the saying, "Use it or lose it"? I thought I lost it. Then I started singing again, for real, and training, and now although I am still learning my instrument, I sing without the fear and worry like I used too. It's great!
13. My birthday a few years ago was 08-08-08, that was cool. Thankful for fun, simple things.
14. Learning Sozo prayer, and realizing it is a perfect match to my gifts.
15. Traveling. I think this needs it's own blog list. I am thankful for the freedom here to travel.
16. Accepting Jesus as my savior, knowing God, having a relationship, knowing I am a daughter of the creator of the universe. It's pretty special.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HALF!

15/30
Half way there!
In honor of halves...I am thankful


1. For my twins. Identical so therefore, something that was whole halved, into 2 wholes. Weird right? BUT MIRACULOUS AND AMAZING, so very thankful.
2. I love people with positive, half glass full attitudes. They are good people to hang around.
3. When I am thirsty, I am very thankful for a half glass of water.
4. 50% off sales....oh yes.
5. Buy one get one free sale...(sorta the same thing, but still)
6. My better half! ;)
7. "Half way there", on a hike, or during a long project, these words motivate you to keep going, keep trying!
8. Speaking of halfway there...I am , and this list is harder than I thought. Thankful I am half way done.
9. 50% reduction, say, in weight you have to lose, or a tumor size, that's a pretty big deal, we can all be thankful for those moments.
10. Half gallon, I am thankful when ice cream is still a FULL half gallon, not that 1.75 quarts stuff.
11. Half a stick of gum. It's just enough to freshen the breath, keep the throat moist, without getting in the way of singing.
12. Half notes. Where would we be without them?
13. "Half a notion", let's face it, if whoever was saying this phrase to you had a full notion, you would have been smacked a lot more. Seems to me the "half a notion" was usually connected to discipline of some sort, or possibly revengeful ideas. I am thankful they stopped at half.
14. Half Moon Bay, such splendor.
15. Half day! For school or now work, YAY!

What are you thankful for?
(Halved or not)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fourteen Falls

I am so very thankful...

1. The sun is out today. The weather has been so lovely recently. Yes, we've had rain, but nothing ridiculous. Blue sky, crisp fall air, ...and...
2. Beautiful, exploding colors all around us. The leaves are just glorious right now. Orange, yellow, red! Such a delight to see.
3. I think I've said it before...PUMPKIN. Love the flavor of pumpkin, and now is when it shows up...yummy!
4. Thanksgiving. How could I not be thankful for a day set aside to be thankful?
5. Snuggle time. As temperatures drop the cuddling increases, without it being a sticky unpleasant experience like it is during the heat of summer...
6. It's not yet winter. Not super hot, not super cold. Crisp sure, I can handle that! Love it in fact! Because...
7. Jeans, sweaters/sweatshirts, boots! I am thankful when I get to wear these items without melting.
8. Apples. We live in an apple area, so fresh from the tree is a wonderful experience. It also leads to...
9. Apple butter, apple sauce...made fresh and preserved in my kitchen.
10. Crunching leaves. Once the spectacular show is over and the leaves start fluttering to the ground , which is also lovely, it's crunching time. It brings out the little kid in me(which isn't hard to do actually). I can't walk by a pile and not scuffle through them. It brings me silly joy and I am thankful!
11. Warm foods. Now the thought of soup, stew, and hearty heavier pasta dishes sound fabulous instead of heavy and too hot, like they do in summer.
12. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....but it isn't Christmas yet....it's like an alarm clock going off with enough time for a snooze button. I am thankful I still have time to purchase things slowly, and plan things out.
13. Increased hours at work. I know that seems weird to a few of you. My paid job is only part time. Sometimes(always...) we need a little boost to our budget. My job increases this time of year do to some major events coming up...so it all works out! I am thankful.
14. Less yard work. Our yard is shutting itself down, which means less yard work over all. Sure, we will have some leaves to tend to...but that's okay, that can be fun.

What are you thankful for regarding FALL?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Lucky Thirteen

Today is Sunday.
I love Sundays! I am thankful for Sundays!
Here's why...

1. Set aside for God.
2. I get to be with people who love God.
3. I get to sing praises to Him with other people!
4. I get to learn more about Him!
5. FELLOWSHIP.
6. I am able to pray for others to help them breakthrough, or overcome, or pray with them for healing or peace. I can do this any day of course, but I do this personally with people on Sundays, it's wonderful.
7. Family time.
8. In Fall and winter...football if we are lucky.
9. During warm months hang out time.
10.Hear God's miracles that He has been doing for people throughout the week.
11. No school, no to do list (when we can manage it).
12. Sunday afternoon naps. I've heard of these, I had one once, it was lovely.
13. Comics. I know it seems silly, but I love the colorful comics on Sundays.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tantalizing Twelve

It's the weekend, I am thankful for a break from a hectic and busy work week. I am also thankful for sweet, wonderful, no additives, natural, God designed fruit!

No particular order:

1. Manderins, their season is upon us any day where I live, and there are many orchards around here, YAY!
2. Kiwi, a fun to say, sweet little fruit.
3. Starfruit, because it really dresses up a plate or fruit platter.
4. Watermelon, aaaah, the taste of summer refreshment.
5. Peaches, fresh off our tress, pretty spectacular.
6. Plums, red ones to be specific. I am not a big fan of the black ones with the white insides.
7. Pluots, plums and apricots mixed together? How can you go wrong?
8. Apricots. Sadly our tree is an every-other year tree, so next year I expect a bumper crop!
9. Cherries.
10. Grapes, especially seedless reds, or globes.
11. Honeydew
12. Tomatoes. Technically a fruit. I do love them so.

Honorable mention (or for those not accepting tomato...and alternative): Bananas, although I can no longer consume them, I do still love them.

What's your favorite fruit?

Friday, November 11, 2011

ElevenElevenEleven

11-11-11
It looks so nice and tidy.

Today's list is all about serving. Sometimes I watch others around me just keep giving of themselves and I am amazed. We can all learn something from people like that.

1. For the men and women that have served this country so selflessly. Thank you

2. For the families of those in the service. They stand strong as their loved ones leave for months, and sometimes never to return. They have a strength that is amazing, thank you.

3. For those still praying for our nation. Standing in the gap for those that won't. Thank you.

4. For those that remember and still recognize that this country was founded on Christian principles. Am I proud of everything people have done in this country? Of course not. But what country can stand up and be blameless, who is perfect? No one. Thank for believing our foundation still matters.

5. For those that sacrifice their lives to serve God. They give up the notion people have created of "the American Dream" to make sure others see Heaven. Thank you.

6. For those that serve humbly behind the scenes. They come early and stay late and do not boast or moan, they are amazing. Thank you.

7. For those willing to teach. God makes it clear that teachers will be held more accountable. Thank you for stepping up.

8. For those that help the invisible, the undesirable, the "least of these". Your diligence, your compassion and dedication is anointed and to be respected. Thank you.

9. For those willing to do the dirty jobs in life. Humility is beautiful. Thank you.

10.For those that do without being asked, for those that are willing to say yes when others flee, for those willing to give up something for the greater good. Thank you.

11. For the ultimate sacrifice for all people, worldwide, for all time. Jesus. Died, His blood poured out like a sacrifice of old, for one purpose, for you to be able to re-connect with your heavenly Father, to have a real relationship with your creator. Cleansed free of all sin, all past, everything. It's true freedom. Thank you Lord for that.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ten Tasty Treats

Michelle C I am giving you fair warning...this might not be a post for you to read today!

While I try to avoid such foods, and we all know that statistics of such things, I still am very thankful for these item's existence.
I know, it seems shallow to be thankful for such things. But I am thankful I was able to try these in my life. They taste good, things that taste good are enjoyable, I think that is a good thing. SO therefore, I am thankful.

1. Pumpkin pie.
2. Scones, especially pumpkin, or lemon, or cranberry.
3. Lemon Crunch Cake, I remember this from childhood. I believe it's chilled and something about the glaze frosting gets crunchy on top. IT'S SO GOOD.
4. Cream puffs. I recently had a little one with a hint of Strawberry in it, delightful.
5. Fresh, home made, ice cream. I like many flavors.
6. My mom's sugar cookies. Not just ANY sugar cookies...my mom's.
7. Oatmeal drop cookies. I love these because they are wheat free, making it possible to share them with friends that can not eat wheat.
8. Lemon Meringue, again, my favorite is my mom's, it's so good.
9. My Mom's cheesecake too. I am not a huge fan of the New York Style cheesecake, to thick, or dryish or something. My mom's is smooth and creamy and wonderful.
10. I think I better just be thankful for my mom right here.

What are your favorite treats?
And yes...you did notice that I am not a huge fan of chocolate things. Never have been. I do love nice piece of chocolate now and then, but other than brownies I am not a big chocolate dessert kind of gal. Saves more for the rest of you that are...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It Has Arrived



This man worked very, very hard making beautiful music to honor the Lord, and to usher in His presence.
There were many, many trials along the way. Hissing, crackling, equipment problems. Some needing monetary fixes, some needing hours and hours of extra time designated to the project. But finally, one day (yesterday) this truck appeared in our driveway.


I find it appropriate that the sun cascading through the trees makes the truck hard to see...it was as if angels were singing and the glory was coming from heaven. In the truck and handed to us was a box filled with these:
This is a day of great gratitude!
THANKFUL!
1. This album is finally here!
2. It is anointed, thank you Lord for meeting my husband in this music.
3. It is to be shared. Those that have already heard it and experienced it, LOVE IT!
4. Funding came through in just the right amount to create this album.
5. Sales from this one will pay for the next one, due by Christmas...
6. which is completely different, "Get Your Praise On" music!
7. My husband is diverse and wonderfully gifted.
8. I am thankful we make a good team.
9. I am so very grateful for those that prayed with us and for us to get this album completed! It took a lot of prayer,and work, but it is so worth it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thankful Tuesday, 11811

Thankful to God for His timing, grace, mercy and love towards us.....


1. For extra work, that was offered to me today. Just when we needed it.
2. Many years ago during a sudden hard hail storm on the freeway everyone lost control of their vehicles, including the car I was a passenger in. The last thing I remember was looking out my window at the front of a semi truck coming right at me. The next thing I knew we were parked, neatly, at the side of the road. The driver looked at me and said, "How did we get here?". As we witnessed cars and trucks slamming into each other, completely out of control due to the ice we and our combined three little girls in the back seat and her then unborn child all survived because of God's intervention.
3. Last week extra work came in for my husband, just when we needed it, and then the pay for that project grew, which is huge blessing.
4. My friends' (yes, plural) tumors and suspicious masses were all benign.
5. Another friend's one year check up after fighting cancer showed "no cancer found"!
6. My student loan payment request was approved and has been lowered, this is a huge deal. I know God will provide the money to pay it.
7. My niece is still pregnant, this is a big praise, please pray for her , her husband, and their wee baby boy. There are medical issues and we just need him to grow big enough before he makes his appearance.
8. I am thankful for the miracles and breakthroughs I get to witness, or that people share with me. When God moves it is amazing. We don't always understand why things happen, especially when they are hard or sad things, but His ultimate plan is for good. I am thankful.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Seven

I am so very thankful...

1. That the 7 yards of "compost" that I helped a friend move with shovels and a wheelbarrow wasn't 8 or 9 yards. Whew.
2. That said friend had desserts from a fabulous German bakery, amazing cream puffs.
3. She also made chicken and waffles, yum.
4. The rain stayed away, that would have made this job so much harder.
5. Tons of laughter ensued while shoveling "poo". Seriously, it was hilarious. Nothing makes hard, stressful work (she had to have this weird project done by today for her HOA!!), go faster than a good friend and laughter! A spoon full of sugar and all that.
6. I do not live in a HOA neighborhood, on purpose and with good reason. I am truly thankful for this.
7. And finally, I am thankful I was able-bodied enough to help her in the first place.

Nothing lifts the human soul and spirit like gratitude and helping others! Try serving, try it! You were created to be helpful and productive, it really works!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Six on Sunday

I am thankful for...

Syndication, otherwise I couldn't be thankful for these shows:

1. The Courtship Of Eddie's Father. (1969-1972)In researching this today I found out that there is an original book and movie from which this TV series was based. I was too young when this show aired originally, but was always delighted to watch it during school vacations. My favorite part of the show was when they had their final conversation, always dubbed over the father and son duo doing something like walking on the beach or playing at the park. The bond between them shown strong. I loved that.

2. The Andy Griffith Show.(1960-1968) What a fascinating cast of characters. From the charm and care provider found in Aunt Bee to curious Opie and stead fast Andy. Throw in the ridiculousness of Deputy Barney Fife...and well, it is just good fun. I learned things turn out in the end when you stick with your family and work it out.

3. Gentle Ben,(1967-1969) I just found out this is from an original book as well published in 1965, the series came along a couple years later (still before I was born). It is the adventures of the young son of a game warden and his pet black bear in the Florida Everglades. They often rode around in an airboat or a swamp buggy, and as a kid I loved that part of the show just as much as the parts with the giant black bear and the dolphins. I learned you can go really fast with the right equipment, and you don't always have to kill something just because it's a trouble maker (good stuff I tell you!).

4. Gilligan's Island.(1964-1967) I know it was campy, I know it was ridiculous, but I still enjoyed that show! I learned to never give up! Keep trying! And you can make all sorts of things from coconuts and a little bamboo.I bet McGyver watched this show.

5. The Brady Bunch. (1969-1974)Although my family was not blended I was the youngest of many, so I understood Cindy. I understood feeling over looked, or left out because you're too young. I probably changed who I identified with as I grew older. The episodes weren't in order (being all re-runs) so this changed around as time went on. I think I was mildly shocked when family situations couldn't be solved in a few moments of gentle conversation and explanations. I never gave up hoping Sam would ask Alice to marry him. I learned to not mess with voodoo or curses and to stick close to your family while at the Grand Canyon. Also, if something was missing, check the doghouse.

6. Here's where it gets tricky, I have more than 6! Should it be I Love Lucy? The Dick Van Dyke show? Little House? Or ssssshhhhhhh "Love American Style" sssshhhhh, which I am sure if my parents had known I watched it would have banned me from watching it. A lot went over my head, until years later I caught an episode and was shocked! Oh well. Back to the innocence I go....
I Love Lucy.(1951-1957) For the sheer brilliance of comedic timing and true situational comedy. Plus I loved Fred and Ethel too. Things I learned: If you want to be in the show, you better really know how to sing. Don't overstuff the oven with bread dough, don't have stars sign grapefruit, don't get into a jealous fight right before your big operetta opens, and always pay your set rental bills.

Seems like good things to know to me. I am thankful I learned them early.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saturated Saturday

So thankful...
1. For rain.
2. Snow
3. Sleet
4. Dead of night... wait. Wrong list.
Ahem...
3. Rivers
4. Lakes
5. Oceans

Where would we be without water? The cycle of evaporation into rain, ending with fresh spring water (or water that can be purified) is amazing. Aaron and I love being near water, on it, in it...or just looking at it. It rained a couple days ago, and will again maybe today. Snow was reported nearby as well. Precipitation cleans the air, the leaves, the houses and my car. It waters the earth and all that grows. I know soon we will start our rainy season, and eventually I may tire of being damp all the time. I will still appreciate rain and bodies of water. I appreciate that they exist. They represent life. And life is good.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Four For Friday

4 4 4 or...Four For Four:

Today is an easy list. I am thankful for my immediate family.(From oldest to youngest)
1. Aaron
2. Alyssa (That 18 minute head start counts)
3. Jenelle
4. Spencer

Each one has changed my life for the better. Each one comes with unique challenges as well. Which contrary to general beliefs is not a bad thing. We are all on a journey, traveling, learning, and hopefully growing.There would be a big hole if any of them were missing from our family. I am thankful for them all.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thouroughly Thankful Thursday,Three

Because 3, is a magic number...

I am very thankful for the Trinity.

1.Father
2.Son
3.Holy Spirit

Like three parts of an egg, all different yet all together one whole thing.

God created all. Gave people free will, wanting them to crave time with him,a relationship with Him. He gave them the choice, free will. People blew it.
God gave them ways to still have a relationship with Him, if they so chose. Only a few were really, really good at it. Eventually He came down himself, Jesus, his son, who paid the price for all humanity past, present and future and re-connected everyone that so chooses to Father God. Now Jesus couldn't stay here forever, so when he left earth The Comforter, The Holy Spirit,came in His place to help us, guide us.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Weak In the Knees Wednesday

I am so very thankful for:
1.
Here's the deal, I may bring this man up more than once, or twice. I will qualify why each time, and it will probably be something specific. I am in the refiner's fire right now, and currently this wonderful, loving, gentle man, is a huge factor in me not running away from the challenge of growth. It doesn't feel good here, but I know it will be worth it.



2. God's amazing grace.

I don't know about you, but I mess up, a lot. I may not be out murdering anyone, but I do fall short of the glory of God. I may try to model my life more like Jesus, but whew, not quite there yet. With this in mind, I am EVER SO THANKFUL for God's wonderful, and free, grace. I try harder, and will continue to try because I love God, and He first loved me...and I know that He loves me even when I mess up. Even when I mess up BIG. There is no mess up so big that Jesus' brutal death on the cross can't clean it up, that took care of it all. I may not deserve the grace, but I have it, as do you for the asking. I am thankful. Are you?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thankful Tuesday, and day One

Today is November 1st.
It's the kickoff of NaBloPoMo.
That's right, National Blog every day of the Month Month, or something like that.
Last year I wrote things I was thankful for everyday of the month, and increased the number of things as the days grew, 2 things on the 2nd, 14 things on the 14th, and 30 on the 30th. It was challenging to not repeat myself, but truly, we all have that many things, or people , to be thankful for. I haven't decided what to do this year...theme or no theme. So here is today's item...just in case I choose to do it again like last year.
 I am thankful for...

1. A creative mind.

What are you thankful for?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Captain America at Your Service.


Home made, thankyouverymuch.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Things I Love, and Things I Don't

LOVE:














Don't:



Credits: Leaf artist: Alyse Ochniak, Robots from Hobby Lobby, Mustache candy mold from Wilton brand. Mom Jeans by SNL. Fleece jumpsuit was being sold at K-mart in case you want to run out and buy one. Jello...no idea, scary stuff.

(I think the fake ad is hilarious, I don't love actual mom jeans...)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thankful Tuesday, the Basics

My pastor preached a really good sermon on Sunday, well actually he always does. Part of it was taking note of how blessed we are and how many people are so focused on stuff or money that they don't recognize the harvest of blessings around them.

With that in mind, here is this week's list
I am so very thankful to God:
1. Fresh air to breathe and the ability to breathe it un-assisted.
2. I can walk.
3. Although taste may be an issue, I can drink my tap water and not get a disease.
4. I have a home, a home that truly keeps out the elements. I may not own it, but I live there.
5. My family has food.
6. I am blessed with friends and a community of people that care for one another.
7. Although we don't have much according to American standards, we have more than enough compared to world standards, and...
8. Enough to share.
9. I am free to worship God openly in my country. Yes things happen and somepeople try to squelch any mention of Him in schools , but I will not be arrested for singing his praises or reading the Bible.
10.Possibility and HOPE.

If you are missing hope talk to me about it. There is always hope available to you!
I know the plans I have for you, saith the Lord, plans to make you prosper, plans to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Glimpse, Table Battle

The Bionicle Heroes suddenly stopped in the middle of their great battle for a big dance number.*





* Spencer wants it made clear that he had nothing to do with this. In fact there are several more heroes dancing on the table right now! No Legos were harmed in the making of this blog, embarrassed maybe, but not harmed.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

1 in 22

That's a hard number to understand. One in every 22 pregnancies in Africa ends in death of the mother. It's even worse in Haiti.
This is a blog of a family that lives in Haiti, they lived there through the earthquake. They are still there. She works with a maternity center giving care and education to expecting women.

"Can you imagine taking your very pregnant sister, friend, or wife to a hospital only to be turned away, verbally abused, and/or neglected?

Can you imagine being in a hospital room with dozens of other laboring women and only two nurses to work the entire room?

Can you imagine a hospital without consistent electricity, basic supplies or equipment?"


Please read her post, and if you can, support this ministry of love and compassion. Even if it's just prayer. There is no "just" really, prayer is powerful and our ultimate defense.

Please take a moment to read her post.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

POP! POP! POP!

I had opportunity to share one of my skills with friends today. We made cake pops. I taught the basics of what I knew, and we researched new designs on line, but then we just went crazy and had fun. I originally learned from Bakerella. Such amazing and fun designs. We experimented and through trial and error learned some new ways to make these fun pops.Here are some of my designs today. I unfortunately only had my cell phone camera, and I missed getting a shot of the fabulous turkey and flowers that my friends made.


Pumpkins, I couldn't get a good shot that showed the grooves on the sides.
Three little Kitties
Classy
Fun designs
I SEE YOU
Spencer
Sheep and owls

Snowmen

A very fun day with sweet treats!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

I am thankful for:

You know what?
I am still thankful. I am thankful for many, many things. Today I am struggling. I have a whole list of wonderful things that I am very thankful for, but it is over shadowed by yuckiness. Am I still grateful? YES! But placing that list on here while feeling this other yucky thing is hard.

Through absolutely no intention I apparently hurt someone very dear to me. The more I tried to fix it, the worse I made it. Completely separate this weekend another person threw a text at me that rocked our friendship as well. It was really hard to bare. Both situations are/were crushing to my heart and soul.

I know this was an attack. I am involved deeply with a new ministry at church, it is exceptionally healing and people have great breakthrough in their lives, if they choose. I know I was given gifts to use specifically for this ministry. It is overwhelmingly beautiful. I thank God for the opportunity to be a part of it.

Satan doesn't like me doing it, and since I am using my God given gifts, and since I am helping others stop believing his lies and they are being re-connected to God, well, it makes him mad. So, as expected, there are attacks. This was one of them. I have worked out the mess with one friend, and I am at a loss with the other.

Here is my list just the same....when things look ugly, and things get hard, and things are yucky, I AM STILL THANKFUL...

1. God faithfulness to see me through.
2. Words of encouragement from other sources, that have no idea what's up.
3. I don't have to have all the answers.
4. Miracles.
5. Restoration.
6. New babies! This time a great-nephew.
7. Fall leaves fluttering, and a garden still producing.
8. No a/c or heat needed.
9. Twelve extra inches of insulation going into my attic tomorrow!
10. Progess and growth in my daughters, beautiful, maturing growth!!

I pray you have a blessed week. I pray you find gratitude even in the dark moments.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Just Like That

Today our community, and our church, and a dear sweet family in our church said good bye to a member of the family. She sat with her husband and three daughters and sang worship songs, and smiled a big beautiful smile. She taught at a local high school and was dearly loved. She was the kind of teacher that really cared about her students, helping them strive for more, expecting more. The kind we need more of.

She was only 51. Apparently she didn't shared her age with even her own daughters. About 5 weeks ago ago she went into the ER because she couldn't catch her breath. They found blood clots, gave her medicine and sent her home. The meds didn't really help, they went back in. Two and half weeks ago she was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Two weeks ago they said she had six to nine months. A week ago she went home to be with the Lord. JUST LIKE THAT.

This post isn't about death.
This post isn't about fear.
This is about legacy, and life, and how you treat others.
If you treated everyone like they were going to die tonight at midnight how much better might the world be? Would you be mean just because you could? Or would you forgive a little more, let go a little more, use better manners, speak with more kindness, and frankly, honesty. Not the kind of honesty that would insult a person's hair or clothing, but the real stuff. People are treasures.

This woman left a legacy behind because she built up her students to try and better themselves. She did it with compassion and shined God's love in a dark place. She left behind a loving husband and their three lovely daughters. I pray her legacy lives on in how they choose to face the world, how they interact with others, how they answer God's calling in their lives and how they love others. This road will not be perfect, nor easy. I just pray they stay on it.

I don't want my legacy to be about perfectionism, or striving, or money. I want it to be about relationships, and love and doing what is right. I want it to be what God intended it to be, what ever that is. It doesn't matter if you are a sewer worker or a billionaire business owner or the Queen of England, it's who you are, not what your job is.

Hug your family, tell your friends they are special to you. Be the best sewer worker (or whatever) you can be, strive to grow and stretch, be less offended and more forgiving, and leave a positive legacy behind for others to follow.

Just my humble opinion.

Friday, October 14, 2011

One Month

Our new house mate, from henceforth called Worf, has been with us for a month now.
We are ironing out a few small things, mostly with internet companies and stuff like that. He is finding his groove living with a family, and I am finding my groove having to feed one more man sized appetite as well having someone non-related living with us. The whole walk out to the kitchen in your PJ's thing has truly been an adaptation for me.

All in all, it's all good.

Seriously.
I see how his presence is a blessing to my husband. While I speak Aaronese, Worf speaks it more fluently in the music department. Aaron just finished creating/producing one CD (more on this in a few days) and is starting the next, due out by Christmas, and already I hear the influence and modernization of his songs. This is a blessing indeed.

On the flip side having Worf around has gotten me off my fanny a little more and preparing better meals for everyone. I had slipped into bad habits and now, that just won't cut it. Just because Aaron is away at dinner time doesn't mean I can just eat a snack and feed Spencer a quesadilla anymore, nope, full meal it is. I forgot how much I really like to cook, real food, from scratch.

This arrangement is mutually beneficial. It's a good thing.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

7,100...And Counting

My daughter sent over 7,100 text last month. SEVEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED.

Do you know how ridiculous that is?

That's more than a text every 6 minutes of the month...even sleeping.
OR One every 4 minutes of waking time (based on 8 hours sleep).

She doesn't text while working, and I'd love to think she doesn't text while in class (Wahahahahaaaaaawooo).


Based on her current usage she is going to blow this number out of the water this month.

And interestingly enough, you'd think with all that texting going on she would be out of things to talk about to me....but she has plenty to say. Plenty.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thankful Tuesday

Very Thankful Tuesday.

Thank you God for:
1. The power of your name.
2. Health in my family.
3. Restoration.
4. Fall weather, seasonal changes.
5. Progression, growth, breakthrough.
6. Food on the table.
7. Shelter.
8. Ability to share with others.
9. The army helmet at the thrift store for Spencer's costume, small and silly though it be, it is a big thanks.
10. Spencer's bike. What an incredible blessings for us all.

What are you thankful for today?
If you are reading this, you have electricity, that right there is something to be thankful for!

Friday, October 7, 2011

I'm Looking At You!

This week during Bible study it was said, and I believe it, if you are always critical of yourself you will be judgmental and critical of others as well. Think about it, when you feel bad about yourself and you tear yourself apart doesn't that attitude walk around with you? Do you look at others lovingly and forgiving their imperfections, or do you tear them apart, even if it's in your own mind? I was watching another teaching recently that stated during a conference a woman left the room to use the restroom, the speaker told everyone to think bad things about her when she returned. When she came back they did just that. Minutes later he asked her to the stage and asked how she was doing. She said she had been fine until she came back in the room and suddenly she felt terrible about herself and about being there.It's not just the words that hurt!
In a household one member can bring a bad attitude into the room, and affect everyone and their days, especially if that someone is the mom or dad. I think the mom influences this the most. If a mom sets the tone in the morning with negative thoughts and expressions of dislike everyone takes that with them. If she sets up the day with optimism, and love, that's what they will carry into their day. It's amazing. If someone comes home with good news and is met by grumbling a sore mood is surely to follow.

It's easy to say we can overcome someone else foul mood, but it's much harder to repel it than you think. Circumstances shouldn't rob us of our joy, but we often let them.

I challenge you to work harder at this for the next week and see what a difference it makes around your home or with your co-workers. Pray deeply and spend time with God, ask Him to help you set an example of JOY instead of grumbling or depression, or the need for perfection. I am taking this challenge myself. I have already noticed the difference in the past, but I have been slipping lately. so I am getting back up on the joy wagon. Who's with me?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rainy With a Chance of Humility

Our church started something new this fall. Wednesday nights are now an everybody night. Instead of youth group one night, men's study another and ladies Bible study yet another we condensed it all so there is one trip for families. This is a wonderful thing. My husband leads the worship every other week, and he always wants me to sing with him. A few years ago I would have tried to wiggle my way out of it. Sure, I can carry a tune, and have good pitch, but I wasn't amazing, and only amazing people get to sing to God on stage, right?
Four years ago, in a desperate cry to the Lord for healing of my own soul I heard an answer,"just sing to me". I did. I was asked a week later to join Worship Team, I did. I struggled at first with so many songs I didn't know, but I kept at it. I learned what I could about voice training and my own voice, what it could do and how I could stretch it. I was no stranger to vocal training, I sang in a performing arts high school and in college as well, but this was different, this was trying to be excellent for God.

My voice has been stronger now, and I can do more with it. I feel a freedom now to really go for things, to express it and not just hide it. People have complimented me, and noticed the changes, and I talked long with the Lord to not let it go to my head. I need to live somewhere between "I suck" and "I have arrived", because neither is true.

Our weather changed this week. Ninety last week, forty-eight today. That's a big swoop. As soon as we slept with the windows shut I noticed a middle of the night coughing fit, something I hadn't had since the windows were open. I am beginning to suspect my down comforter, which frankly saddens me and I don't want to talk about it.

On to what happened last night. This weather change, and apparently air change in my room has left my voice hurting. Suddenly I can't make it be powerful, it's weak. We did a great set of worship songs last night. Aaron had me leading two in particular that I adore to sing with all my heart. I can enter in the throne room and sing them to God. They are just amazing. Rehearsal went well. I could tell my voice was tired compared to normal, not quite right.The actual service started and my voice did weird and funny things during these songs. In my head I kept thinking,"ACK!", but I would open my eyes and see that people were worshipping, not paying attention to me. I was so very thankful. My Worship pastor sat in the front row, along side her amazingly musically gifted daughter, and they just kept praising, not cringing, not staring me down. I know I am my hardest critic.

God can take us where we are, use our imperfections and glory to His name can happen anyway. I am so thankful!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thankful Tuesday!

Fall has fallen. I am thankful...

1. Cooler, crisp air
2. Last produce from the garden before winter.
3. Fall leaves
4. Less gardening, weeding, lawn mowing
5. Soups
6. Rain
7. More clothing options including...
8. BOOTS, including...
9. Uggs!(Or Bearpaws in my case)
10.Baking without dying in the kitchen, woohoo!

What are you thankful for this season?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Eleven

Eleven years ago my daughters were asleep in bed, Aaron was working on something or watching TV, and I took the deepest most wonderful nap. I was also 40 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I awoke needing to use the bathroom, imagine that. I rolled off the sofa and stood up, and said, "Uh oh!". The time had come.

Long story short: the next day, at around dinner time, via c-section, my son was born, all 10.3 pounds of him. He has been a joy ever since.

Eleven reasons why we love our eleven year old:
1. He is a beautiful blend of Aaron and I. He is not just a carbon copy of one of us. It's great, He is all Aaron's and he is all mine as well.
2. He has a full vocabulary.
3. He enjoys trying ethnic, or interesting foods.
4. He craves learning new things.
5. He is compassionate, empathetic, and truly cares for his friends and family, and people of the world.
6. His creativity is endless, and he has new stories to tell all the time.
7. He is musically gifted, he can find a harmony and stay on it.
8. He enjoys laughter.
9. He loves to read.
10. He is a quick and witty thinker.
11. He loves God. And this is the most wonderful thing of all.

Raising a child (or 3) is certainly a journey. You not only discover who they are, but who you are. This boy has changed my life. As I watch him turn into a young man, and eventually (sigh) a grown man I marvel at what God has gifted him with, and wait with great anticipation of what's next in his journey. As the marks on the wall grow higher and higher I wonder about what fabulous future he has, all the possibilities. We will work hard to help keep him on track, close to God, but ultimately it is his choice. I know he will do great and amazing things if he sticks with God's plan.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Avoiding Slime!

I finished reading blogs, a lot of blogs,I had fallen behind in my reading.
I poked around on Facebook a little.
I wrote yesterday's very late Thankful post.

I then sat at the dinning room table thinking, now what?
Spencer was in bed, girls were elsewhere for the night, my husband was out in his studio/office in the garage. Our new room mate, his best(male)friend, was in his own office. My husband was working hard on a chart that was needed the next day. I wanted to play Nertz, a fun card game that has recently filled a few hours, or more, around here. We don't have TV signal of any kind, not even Netflix(do to broadband limitations). Watching TV isn't an option to fill up the lonely time.

It was well after 10pm and something in my brain clicked, actually I would say it was more of a snap, and it wasn't from God.I picked up my phone and typed out the following text to my husband:
"Know what's fun? Sitting by yourself for hours and then going to bed alone".

I didn't send it. I corrected it a little and then it hit me. What a mean, manipulative thing. The Holy Spirit whispered in my ear, in my heart. I listened. It was mean. I was wrong in thinking it. I erased it, thankfully before it was sent. My husband works hard to provide for us, and I am so very grateful for him. At that very moment I heard his distinct footsteps coming towards the house. He came in a whirlwind announcing he had to leave. We have a friend in trouble, and while he is spiraling downward his dad was taken to the hospital, it's not looking good. My husband and our new room mate, who also knows this man, left to try and find him, to help him out of his own stupper to possibly go say good bye to his father.

My husband is a good man.

Before he left, in fact before he even told me what was up he took one look at me and asked, "What's wrong?". It's hard to explain guilt mixed relief. He rubbed my shoulders a moment and kissed me before he left. He connected with me.

My husband is a really good man.

He and our new room mate were willing to drop everything and do what was necessary to help our other friend in trouble. They sacrificed hours of work, play and sleep because it was the right thing to do.

I almost set a completely rotten, nasty, selfish, ungrateful layer of filthy slime on him moments before he was to leave to do something right and good, but I didn't. I listened, I corrected myself, and I changed my path.

As he changed his shoes to leave I thanked God for keeping me from destruction.
It was the least I could do.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thankful Tuesday!

Holy Mackerel I forgot today is Tuesday!
Which is weird because I went to work and everything, and I don't work on Mondays, so I knew it was Tuesday.

Moving on...

I am so very thankful for:
1. New recipes! Try Mycrowdedkitchen.com Fabulous!
2. Lemon
3. Pumpkin, and the season of pumpkiny goodness we are entering.
4. Deep laughter, the kind that cleans out the cobwebs of your soul.
5. Good finds with my pal Nancy at a thrift store outlet.
6. Fabulous pieces to paint and change up for my son's Halloween costume request.
7. Friends that hear a need and call their own home, "Hey don't we have one of those lying around? Clean it up, our friends need it". I strive to be more like this friend in generosity everyday.
8. Birthday commotion. We have a birthday this week. Someone is turning 11. It's fun to see him so excited.
9. Pumpkin pie at the birthday boy's request. (Good lad)
10. A powerful Sunday service at church. The presence of the Lord was so strong, it was amazing. From music to sermon just a beautiful thing. It's something I strive for everyday. Once you experience it for real, you never want to leave it, you always want that presence. It's strong and gentle,startling and peaceful, and simply beautiful.

What are you thankful for?