Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

What's been going on this week?  Plenty.

- It's been a wet and rainy week yet again.  I can't recall one day that has been completely dry.  Either we get rain in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon, of vice versa.  Today it rained most of the morning.  It's sunny now, but it doesn't look like that sunshine is gonna last.

- My daughter did a special at church this Sunday.  She sang a solo, a song from an upcoming BarlowGirl album, and she was amazing!  No, that is NOT a biased opinion.  Not only were people singing along with her while she sang, she got a huge applause and cheering, and plenty of congratulations.  I only wish it had been recorded.  I thought since the service is recorded every week her song would be too.  It wasn't. :(.  I'll have to remember that for next time.

- Monday, Memorial Day, we stayed indoors.  It was (and still is) hot and muggy.  Of course plenty of people were barbecuing, but our grill has been out of commission for years.  Instead, I found a great recipe for baby back ribs which were on sale at Winn-Dixie.  The night before I boiled the rack in a mixture of half water/half apple juice for 45 minutes.  I took it out, let it cool, then covered it in Sweet Baby Ray's honey barbecue sauce (because Sweet Baby Ray's is the BEST) and put it in the fridge to soak up the flavor.  Next morning I put the rack in the oven at 250 degrees for 3 hours.  When those ribs came out, OH. MY. WORD.  They were incredibly tender and delicious!  All that prep and cooking, and they were gone in 20 minutes.  Soooo worth it!!!

- My daughter has gone to some interviews, has filled out numerous applications online and in person, but no job yet.  One positive, though - she applied to volunteer at a local orphanage, and she finally got clearance.  It's her desire to help out with the kids, and see if a possible future career is there.  We had talked about her working at the orphanage, but I told her this wouldn't be just another "job".  The majority of the kids there aren't orphans in the true sense; many have been placed there because their parents are unable or undesiring to care for them.  They've been through trauma, disappointments, and heartache.  It's a tough decision to say, "This is where I believe God wants me."  She wants to be sure first, and we both agreed volunteering would be the best way to see if it's something she can and wants to do.

- Another things we've agreed on:  Starting tomorrow, my daughter and I will be doing a mother/daughter study of the book of Proverbs.  We'll be reading one chapter per day and discussing what we've read and what impacts us the most.  I thought it would be good to do something different than what I'm doing with my son E (we're reading through Genesis), so I told her to pick anything except Isaiah (because Isaiah is HARD!!).  She chose Proverbs.  This is gonna be good!

- Tomorrow I'm going in for a sonogram of my gallbladder.  Due to some issues I've been having, my doctor had ordered a CT scan of my abdomen and found that I have gallstones.  I'm hoping it's not too severe.  Truthfully, I haven't had those intense pains some people complain about, but there is discomfort, and often bloating.  First the osteoarthritis, and now this.  Getting older isn't all it's cracked up to be :P
- Five days of school left.  The last day of school is next Thursday.  Sixth graders have their field day on Tuesday, which my son is looking forward to.  He's looking forward to the last day of school even more ;)

That's my weekly update.  Have a blessed rest of your week!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, May 30, 2012...

Outside my another deceiving morning.  Deceiving because it's sunny and bright out, but like everyday for the past few weeks it'll get rainy before the day is through.  We've gotten lots and lots of rain, making the grass and trees very happy.

I am a couple of days it'll be the official start of hurricane season, yet we've already had 2 named storms.  Looks like it's gonna be a busy storm season.

I am thankful family, my church, my Bible, and summer vacation.

I am make lunch once I finish this post.

I am wearing...a mint green top, blue skirt, and flip-flops.  It's gonna get up to 89 degrees today.

I am hoping...the sonogram I'm having done this Friday doesn't cost too much.  Thanks to a high deductible it's gonna be out-of-pocket.  Turns out I have gallstones.  Doctor wants to check them out.

In the'll be tilapia today.  We had tacos yesterday, and baby back ribs on Monday that were incredibly delicious.

I am reading...In Search of Christian Freedom, still.  It's a pretty big book and I'm making notes and highlighting a lot as I go.

I am noticing...lots of butterflies lately.  We get the orange and black ones and the yellow and black ones.  They are so pretty!

I am wondering...if Chipotle will call my daughter this week.  She went for an interview yesterday.

I am looking forward cousin's little boy's first birthday party this Saturday.

Around the house...I'm still having to vacuum everyday thanks to Molly's shedding.  I also have to clean the floors regularly because she's such a heavy drooler, especially after our morning walks.

I am pondering these words..."Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence." - Henry Ward Beecher.

One of my favorite seeing puffy white clouds in a blue sky.  God is truly an artist.

A few plans for the rest of the week...sonogram on Friday, birthday party on Saturday, church on Sunday.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

While everyone is enjoying their day off from school/work, having barbecue with friends and neighbors and celebrating the unofficial start of summer, say a prayer for those soldiers who gave their lives, and those that are on the front lines, and the ones that are far from their families and loved ones, just so that we can have the freedom to take a day off for a barbecue.  Thank you, men and women in the military, for your sacrifice.  Words cannot express my gratitude.  May God bless you and keep you safe.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Observing My Senses

For Today, May 26, 2012...

I am seeing...bright sunshine on my left, and a sleeping doggie on my right.

I am feeling...a slight sinus headache coming on, but nothing like I expected after cutting the grass yesterday.  Thank God for Benadryl.

I am hearing...the air conditioner kick on, and the whir of the computer fan.  That's it.  The house is quiet (for now).

I am tasting...nothing at the moment.  I tasted some Greek olive hummus a little while ago that was just delicious.  I'm getting hungry again, though.

I am smelling...Lysol Neutra-air, combined with Raid flying insect spray.  Hopefully the one will neutralize the smell of the other.  With all the rain and humidity it's like invasion of the flies in our house.  I had to put a stop to that.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Follow Friday Four Fill In

It's been a real soggy week for us in South Florida.  Rain has been constant all week till yesterday, when finally the sun came out and folks (including myself) were able to get out and cut some grass!  This weekend is supposed to be dry, which is nice since my idea of a relaxing 3 day weekend doesn't include flash flooding.

So, here I go with my fill-ins for this week.  If you want to have a go at it, hop on over to Hilary's at Feeling Beachie.

1.       After a long day, I like to ___
After a long day, I like to take a nice refreshing shower.

2.       ___is my favorite cleaning product
Mr. Clean with Febreze is my favorite cleaning product.  I love the way it smells, especially the green one!

3.       I can’t stand to watch ___
I can't stand to watch movies on Lifetime channel.  I always end up depressed.

4.       I want to ___ when I ___.
I want to be like my cousin Laura when I have grandkids.  She is the most involved, the most loving, the most fun grandma in the world!  I aspire to her standard of grandmotherhood.

Five Question Friday

Huh?  Whaddya mean it's not Friday?  Just look at the calen...oh.  It's Saturday.  Sorry about that!  Hey, it's okay, I can still get my post up, and if you want don't mind being a day late, head on over to Mama M's at My Little Life.

1. Are you a napper?
No, not unless I'm sick.  I'm an early riser and my energy level is pretty consistent throughout the day.

2. What was your favorite subject in school? Most hated?
My favorite subject was and is history.  I love studying about the past and learning how things were done way back when.  My most hated was PE.  I'm just not the athletic type.  Though I did enjoy volleyball for awhile.

3. Did you have the something old new borrowed and blue at your wedding? What were they?
Nope.  Mine was a simple go-to-the-courthouse type wedding.  All the traditional hoopla wasfn't necessary.

4. What one thing are you determined to do this summer?
Have fun!  I want to do lots of things but mostly I just want to have fun doing them.

5. Ice cream or Popsicles?
I absolutely, positively LOVE ice cream and would choose it over popsicles any day.  Unfortunately my digestive system feels otherwise.  (I hate being lactose intolerant)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Words of Wisdom

"I never was without some religious principles. I never doubted, for instance, the existence of the Deity; that He made the world, and governed it by His Providence; that the most acceptable service of God was the doing good to man; that our souls are immortal; and that all crime will be punished, and virtue rewarded, either here or hereafter."

Benjamin Franklin

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, May 24, 2012...

Outside my window...the sun is actually shining!  I'd almost forgotten what it looked like!  We've gotten steady rain for the past two weeks, and even this morning it poured for hours, but now the sun is brightly shining and we're hoping it'll be the same this Memorial day weekend.

I am thinking...about my daughter, and her job search.  It continues.

I am thankful...for an awesome night at Awana - it was awards night last night, and my son E came home with the Alpha award and Clubber of the Year!  I'm thankful for all the kids, and the leaders, and the parents.  What a great group we have!

I am read in a little while.

I am wearing...a brown and pink paisley top, blue jeans, and flip-flops.

I am noticing...the very green, very tall grass that I haven't been able to cut because it rains everyday.

In the kitchen...I had some whole wheat pita smothered in Greek olive hummus.  Oh my was that delicious!  I could eat pita with hummus every single day and not get tired of it!

I am reading...In Search of Christian Freedom, by Raymond Franz.  He was one of the Governing Body members (leaders) of Jehovah's Witnesses until he was kicked out in 1980 because he didn't agree with many of the organization's teachings.  Anyone who is familiar with Jehovah's Witnesses would do well to read this book about their teachings and inner workings.

I am hoping...this next test sheds some light on some of my health issues.

I am tall is my youngest son going to be?  He's getting close to my height now, and he's only 12 years old.

I am looking forward ending so I don't have to get up at 6:20 in the morning.

Around the house...everything is in pretty good shape, since we've been indoors all day everyday.

I am pondering these words..."Trees have their seasons at certain times of the year when they bring forth fruit; but a Christian is for all seasons." - Ralph Brownrig

One of my favorite things...seeing the faces on the kids when they get their well deserved awards in Awana.

A few plans for the rest of the's Memorial Day weekend, but my barbecue grill hasn't worked in years :P.  Not that anyone has been barbecuing much with all this rain, but if the weather clears up there will definitely be delicious smells in our neighborhood!

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Move It Mondays

Welcome to a new week!  The countdown has started, my son has 12 more days of school and we are excited about summer vacation!  I'm excited, and grateful to God, for the results of some tests I had done last week.  I've been experiencing pain in my joints, my fingers mostly and recently my right elbow.  The pain had become so bad I couldn't straighten the arm completely.  I had to have several tests done because of the possibility of rheumatoid arthritis.  My grandmother had it, and my mother's younger sister does as well, and while I didn't think that was my situation I decided it was better to be safe than sorry.  Well, my tests came back negative for RA, praise the Lord!  The doctor says it's osteo-arthritis, which isn't great but it's better than the RA.  At least I can breath a sigh of relief in that regard.

As for today, I focused on getting my bedroom dusted and vacuumed.  I also vacuumed the rest of the house because Molly is shedding again.  Ugh!!  I feel like no matter how much I vacuum and dust and clean up, the house is still filled with dog hair.  Hopefully this is seasonal and won't last much longer.  I didn't do much else because I pulled a muscle in my back and my sciatica is acting up as well (it might be the weather - we've gotten rain everyday for the past couple of weeks).  I figured a day of taking it easy was in order.

My daughter continues looking for work.  Hopefully she'll get some good news soon!  Have a blessed week everyone!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Observing My Senses

For Today, May 19, 2012...

I am seeing...the sun!  Wow!  We've gotten rain everyday this week, but this morning the sun is shining brightly!  That doesn't mean it will stay that way, though.  Summertime showers start early in South Florida.

I am feeling...tired, even though I overslept :P.  Ever have that happen?  I had a restless night and overslept this morning.  I hate when that happens.

I am daughter play with the dog, and the washing machine in the background.

I am tasting...the breakfast from this morning.  A fried egg, bacon, cinnamon raisin toast, and coffee.

I am smelling...the leftover smells of breakfast, laundry detergent, you know, the sweet smells of home.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-In

Happy Friday everyone!  It's time for my fill-in's, courtesy of Hilary at Feeling Beachie.  It's a fun challenge - I highly recommend it!

1.       I like to avoid ___ if possible
I like to avoid confrontation if possible.  I'm just not confrontational.

2.       ___ is a virtue I do not have
Courage is a virtue I do not have (see answer to ques #1).  I do need to work on that though.

3.       Sometimes the _____________ are the ______________
Sometimes the best meals are the ones prepared on the fly.

4.       I think that _____________ are the best ____________
I think that foot massages are the best way to relax.  (I could use one right now!)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

* It's another stormy day in South Florida.  We've been getting beaten down with lots and lots of much needed rain.  The thunderstorms are here, and poor Molly isn't enjoying the noise.

* To top it off, our neighbor who lives behind us is doing tile work in their house, and they're cutting tiles outside every time the rain stops.  That's the only time Molly will go out, since she doesn't like being in the rain, but she won't go out if there's any other kind of noise.  It's making her antsy.

* Speaking of antsy, my daughter's been home just a couple of weeks and is getting discouraged because she hasn't found a job yet.  Everyone's been telling her it's normal, what with the economy being what it is, but she likes having things done on her timetable and it's bothering her that she's still unemployed.  What bothers her the most is places that tell her they'll call on a certain day but don't.  Unfortunately, folks lie. :P

* She is happy about one thing:  as a graduation present we got her the Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitar but not the amp.  The one she wants costs about $600.  She's already got about $375 saved up from graduation gifts, which is nice.  I think that's why she wants a job so badly.  She needs that amp for her guitar.

* School is winding down for my son too.  He's already turned in a couple of text books.  There's 14 days of school left - last day is June 7.  He's pretty happy about that. :)

* I've been compiling a list of things to do this summer that are free, cheap, or at least affordable.  In the free department, there's the free movies at our local theaters on Tuesdays - Thursdays.  We've watched these the last 3 years.  On the list for this summer:  Zookeeper, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Puss in Boots, and Kung Fu Panda 2, among others.

* There's a free/cheap combo at the bowling alley.  Children sign up and get 2 free games per day.  Grown-ups get a sweeter deal:  for $29.95 the summer pass allows 4 persons to bowl 2 games per day all summer long.  I just need to get the bowling shoes for us, since shoe rental is not included.  We enjoy bowling, it's good exercise, and this deal is hard to beat.

* Another incredible deal is the Summer Savings Pass in South Florida.  $45 for kids 3-12, and $55 for adults.  What do you get?  Entrance into 4 South Florida parks all summer long - Zoo Miami, Miami Seaquarium, the Museum of Discovery and Science, and Lion Country Safari.  That's entrance the entire summer, as many times as you want, for one low price!  I'm working on this month's budget to make sure I can get tickets for E and myself.  With my daughter looking for work and determined to start working ASAP I'm not sure she will be able to join us, but I'd sure like for her to.  Just visiting 2 of the parks pretty much pays for ticket - visit all 4 parks just once and you've paid half price.  I really want this deal!

* I'm also looking into service projects in our area.  I want for us to serve in the community, whether it's at a local orphanage (where my daughter is already signing up to volunteer) or a local family ministry just north of us, I think it's important to remember how very blessed we are and to share with those less fortunate.

* Of course there's the typical stuff to do in South Florida - beaches.  My kids aren't big fans of the beach, though.  They don't like the sand or the heat or the crowds (I'm not fond of the crowds either).  We can have picnics at the local parks, too - there's one right across the street and another one a short drive away that has basketball hoops.  My son E is into basketball now, so a packed lunch and some outdoor fun will be quite easy on the pocketbook :)

* We have to make time in July to move my oldest son and all his and his sister's belongings back to South Florida.  That's when the lease on the apartment is up.  I'm looking forward to having my kids close by again.  My son says he's going to get a roommate (one of his best friends) and move into a place nearby.  I hope they can find something affordable.  Prices here are much higher than in Central Florida.

Are you preparing for summer?  It's right around the corner!  Have a blessed day everyone.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, May 15, 2012...

Outside my window...the hot, humid day is winding down, and hot, humid twilight is taking over.  It would be nice if we got some rain and the humidity went away.

I am thinking...of the tests the doctor performed today and when I'll get the results.

I am thankful for...modern day medicine.  There's not a cure for everything, but we sure have come far.

I am take a shower after I finish this post.

I am wearing...a colorful top with brown and fuschia as the main colors, a jean skirt and black flip flops.  It was in the 80s today, very hot.

I am noticing...painful joints, which is why I went to see the doctor.

In the kitchen...we had breakfast for dinner.  Pancakes, sausages, and hash browns.  I like doing that once in a while.  It's a nice change of pace.

I am reading...through the Bible with my son; we're on chapter 19 of Genesis.  I'm almost finished with the Duggar book again.

I am find more fun things to do over the summer on a budget.

I am wondering...where the Lord is leading my daughter.  She has a few opportunities she's looking into, but she wants what God wants.  She's a smart girl :)

I am looking forward to...summer vacation, and some plans we have for bowling, movies, and serving in our community.

Around the house...I got lots done yesterday, but with the doctor's appointment this morning and an anti-inflammatory shot that was given in my seating section :P, I didn't get much done today.

I am pondering these words..."Thankfully, our Father in heaven is near to hear our prayers yet so far above us in power that He can meet every need." - Julie Ackerman Link.

One of my favorite fun activities with my kids.  Nothing beats an afternoon of bowling and laughing with 3 great kiddos.

A few plans for the rest of the week...tomorrow is the last day of Awana, and next week is the awards ceremony.  I'm gonna miss those kids!  My daughter has another job interview; we're praying for the Lord's blessing.  There's a sleepover at church this Friday for the T & T girls; I'm not sure if I'll make it, but I want to try.  And church on Sunday, of course.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Move It Monday

Yes, it's Monday, and boy did I move it today!  I got quite a bit done.  Here is a list of what I've accomplished so far:

*Walked Molly for 20 minutes
*Washed a load of towels
*Gave kitchen a good cleaning and mopped floor
*Gave family room a good cleaning, dusting, and mopped floor
*Same for dining room
*Same for living room
*Made large meal:  meatloaf patties, mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli

Here is what remains to be done today:

*Fold and put away 3 loads of laundry

And this is what's left to be done the rest of the week:

*Clean both bathrooms
*Clean master bedroom - dust and mop
*Clean E's bedroom and organize

Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment, which cuts into my cleaning schedule, but with the Lord's help I'll get it done just as I got so much done today.  Have a blessed Monday and a productive week!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

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"Good mothers not only tell us how to live - they show us."

Happy Mother's Day to all the exemplary mothers.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Observing My Senses

For Today, May 12, 2012...

I am seeing...shadows of palm trees against the family room recliner.  Items on the coffee table from my son's trip to see a baseball game.  His sneakers under the table, large and getting larger everyday.

I am much better today after 2 days of a sinus headache.  I'm gonna have to take people's advice and find a way to cover my nose and mouth when I cut the grass, otherwise I'm gonna be very unhappy.

I am hearing...a couple of clocks ticking, one in the family room and one in the kitchen.  An airplane flying overhead, which is unusual.  The peacefulness of my home.

I am tasting...fried eggs, bacon, and hash browns.  I like Simply Potatoes, and I got the new O'Brien potatoes. I may never buy another flavor again.  They are simply delicious!

I am smelling...those incredible potatoes!  They already have bits of onion and bell peppers, which not only make them taste great but the aroma is tantalizing!  I love coming into a kitchen that smells of yummy food!

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Graduation Day

You may have noticed me mention my daughter's graduation in one or two or ten posts (hey, I was excited).  I have some pictures I want to share of this very special, very happy occasion.

Here she is, as we were walking to the arena where graduation was taking place, putting on her gown.

With her brothers. (I still can't believe that little booger is almost as tall as his sister.  He's only 12 for crying out loud!)

This is my favorite picture - mother and daughter.

Before graduating...

And after!  There she is, my little girl, the college graduate, with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.  Thank You Lord for such a special and precious gift!

Follow Friday Four Fill-In

Here are my four Friday fill-ins for this week.  For some reason they were easier to answer this time around.  Maybe I'm actually getting good at this ;).  If you'd like to give it a shot, visit Hilary at Feeling Beachie.

1.       In the summer ___
In the summer I hope to do some service work in the community.  There are several outreach ministries that could use some extra hands, and it would be a good experience for all of us.

2.       I always ____ when I___
I always end up with an allergy attack when I cut the grass.  I'm going through one right now.  Ugh.

3.       Reading ___  makes me ____
Reading grammatical errors makes me lose total concentration.  I can't focus on what I'm reading because I'm too busy looking at the spelling or grammatical error.

4.       4. I like to live _______ because  _____
I like to live in Florida because the weather is just the way I like it: sunshiny and warm.  (Well, except for those pesky hurricanes).

Five Question Friday

Ah, Friday, blessed Friday!  The day before Saturday, when I get to sleep in for a half hour longer than the rest of the week!  Yes, I get to wake up at 7am instead of 6:20 (okay, a full 40 minutes more of sleep).  What can I say, I'm a morning person.

So, here are my Five Question Friday answers, and if you want to try your hand at it visit Mama M at My Little Life.

1. What advice would you give a couple getting married?
Remember these 2 words:  I'm sorry.  Use them frequently.  They heal wounds faster than Neosporin.

2. If you could tell your 16 year old self ONE thing, what would it be?
Obey God in all things.  Not religion, but God.  Religion makes up rules, God teaches in love.  Obey Him above everything, and life will be a whole lot easier.

3. What do you do to keep cool in the summer? (AC, windows, fans, swimming, etc.)
Here in very hot, very humid South Florida, it's impossible to spend the summer with the windows open unless you want to convert your entire home into a sauna.  Since we don't have a swimming pool, our only option is the air conditioner working together with ceiling fans in all the bedrooms and the family room.

4. What did you (or your wife) crave most while pregnant?
That question depends on the pregnancy.  With my oldest I couldn't stand eggs, not even the smell of them, but with my 2nd pregnancy I ate white rice and fried eggs several times a week.  With the oldest I craved mini Reese's peanut butter cups, which explains why my son loves them so much.  With my youngest it was pasta.  It seemed to be the only thing I could hold down in my first trimester for some reason, so I enjoyed it all the more.

5. Who is your favorite TV mom? Why?
Oh wow.  Um, let's see...I guess Mrs. Claire Huxtable from The Cosby Show, because she taught her children with love and consistency, and loved her husband.  She had a lucrative career but still put her family first.  I think she was one of the few Proverbs 31 moms on television.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

We've been back home from my daughter's graduation since Sunday evening.  Here's a recap of what's been going on.

* My daughter decided to drive down with us, which was nice, but it meant my oldest son had to stay by himself in Central Florida.  I probably feel worse about it than he does.  He gets peace and quiet.  I miss him like crazy.

* My daughter's new bedroom set is still at the apartment in Central Florida.  We won't bring it down till their lease is up in July so we don't have to make 2 moving trips.  That means she's still sleeping in her childhood bedroom set, but she can't put anything away because her dad sold it and should be taking it anytime soon.  At least that's what he told me 2 months ago :P

* Getting everything unpacked and put away has been quite a chore.  I've been wanting to put up the pictures of her graduation but I haven't had a lot of computer time.  There was massive laundry to be done, and Molly is shedding again which means I have to vacuum a couple of times a day.  Add to that errands and everyday cleaning and taking E to school and helping with homework...yeah, it's been non-stop.

* I was able to cut the grass this morning, thankfully.  We've been getting our summer thunderstorms since last week.  It rains every afternoon, complete with plenty of lightning and thunder, which has nourished the grass till it looked like a jungle out there.  Today, I tamed the jungle.

* Today was also my son E's Blast Day at school.  It's like a field day/carnival.  They had games with prizes, bumper cars, Dunk the Teacher, Throw the Teacher in Jail, popcorn, ice cream, and all day general fun.  He had a blast (hence the name).

* Last night and this morning E prayed that we wouldn't get any rain during Blast Day.  The rain started about 10 minutes after we got home from school.  As we were coming, he said to me, "God answered my prayer and didn't make it rain during Blast Day!"  I just love when my son gets excited about the little things God does for him.

* Did I mention I'm hearing thunder in the distance right now?

* This Sunday is Mother's Day.  I'm a bit bummed, though.  My oldest son will be in Central Florida.  It's the first time my first born isn't with me on Mother's Day.  It won't be the same.

* My youngest son and I are reading through the book of Genesis.  We read about a chapter every morning.    Even though we know these stories, it's great what we're learning by reading them again.  I love spending time in the Word with my handsome little boy.

That's it for now.  Well, not really, but I don't like to be on the computer when there's a thunderstorm brewing.  Have a blessed rest of your week.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Poem for Moms

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A woman fretted over the usefulness of her life.
She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted wife and mother.
She wondered if the time and energy she invested in her husband and children would make a difference.
At times she got discouraged because so much of what she did seemed to go unnoticed and unappreciated.
"Is it worth it?" she often wondered.  "Is there something better that I could be doing with my time?"
It was during one of these moments of questioning that she heard the still, small voice of her Heavenly Father speak to her heart.
"You are a wife and mother because that is what I have called you to be.
Much of what you do is hidden from the public eye, but I notice.
Most of what you give is done without remuneration.
But I am your reward.
Your husband cannot be the man I have called him to be without your support.
Your influence upon him is greater than you think and more powerful than you will ever know.
I bless him through your service and honor him through your love.
Your children are precious to me.
Even more precious than they are to you.
I have entrusted them to your care to raise for Me.
What you invest in them is an offering to Me.
You may never be in the public spotlight, but your obedience shines as a bright light before Me.
Continue on.  Remember you are My servant.
Do all to please Me.

 - Roy Lessin, author of How To Be the Parents of Happy and Obedient Children

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

"Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart."

 - John Ruskin

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, May 8, 2012...

Outside my window...nighttime is approaching, the thunderstorms have subsided, and even the winds have calmed.

I am thinking...wouldn't it be nice if we had a thunderstorm during the night?  I love sleeping through thunderstorms :)

I am thankful...for the rain which makes the plants grow and turns everything green.

I am take a shower soon.

I am wearing...a mint green top, teal and brown skirt, and brown flip-flops.  It was in the upper 80s today, and humid.

I am noticing...the summer storms have begun, and it's the beginning of May.  We didn't get a lot of rain the last couple of months, so this month should be a soggy one.

In the kitchen...cheese ravioli with marinara sauce, chicken cutlets, salad and Italian bread.

I am reading...okay, the list is still the same, but then I haven't been reading much other than our Bible reading in Genesis because of my daughter's graduation.  It was a busy week.

I am daughter does well with her musical special which she'll be doing at our church at the end of this month.

I am wondering...will our youth pastor be bringing his baby boy over for me to babysit?  I love babysitting that little cutie.

I am looking forward to...getting the pictures I took from A's graduation and putting them in her scrapbook.

Around the house...I haven't gotten much done because yesterday it was all about laundry and today I went grocery shopping.  Hopefully tomorrow I can get the floors cleaned.  Molly is shedding and there's dog hair everywhere.  That drives me nuts!

I am pondering these words..."The national anthem of hell is, "I Did It My Way." - Peter Kreeft.

One of my favorite sleeping through a thunderstorm.  I guess it's that feeling of being secure in my home while the storm rages outside.

A few plans for the rest of the week...Awana tomorrow, maybe some babysitting, church on Sunday.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Observing My Senses

For Today, May 5, 2012...

I am seeing...a tidied up apartment.  I got up early this morning (as I always do) and cleaned up the kid's apartment a bit.

I am feeling...better than I did yesterday.  We went out to eat on Thursday for my daughter's graduation celebration, and I find that eating out, with all the salt and fat in the foods, doesn't agree with me.  I didn't feel well at all yesterday, but thankfully I'm feeling more like myself today.

I am hearing...a cartoon movie that my youngest son is watching.  The other kids are still asleep.

I am tasting...Pillsbury biscuits.  Yum!

I am smelling...biscuits, sausages, and coffee.  I love the smell of breakfast.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-In

Every week I'm challenged to finish these four sentences with something that makes sense.  Think it's easy?  Well, you give it a try.  Visit Hilary at Feeling Beachie and see if you have what it takes.

1.       I can’t stand when people say ____
I can't stand when people say "Know what I'm sayin'?" Because if I didn't know what you were saying, I'd ask you.

2.       If you are going to __ please___
If you are going to play on your Nintendo DS, please turn off the TV.  (I say that often to my 12 year old).

3.       Call me a _____ because ______
Call me a mom because it brings me great satisfaction to be one.

4.       If I had a dollar for every time I heard ______, I swear I’d be a millionaire by now.
If I had a dollar for every time I heard, "Mom, come here, look at this!", I swear I'd be a millionaire by now.

Five Question Friday

Good Friday morning!  I woke up refreshed after a long day yesterday.  My daughter's graduation was wonderful!  I'll be posting pics, but most likely when I get home, since my internet connection at the kid's apartment isn't very strong.  What a joyful day, filled with gratitude and celebration!  (And too much food.  I need a diet right away!).  Now it's time to relax and reflect, and what better way that with my five questions for today.  To join in, visit Mama M at My Little Life.

1. What did you wear to prom? Include a picture if possible.
I didn't go to prom.  Parties outside of the church we attended were frowned upon.

2. Would you rather be on the biggest loser or a food eating challenge?
My weight is within its proper range, so I wouldn't do well on Biggest Loser.  Then again, I can't imagine eating on those food eating challenges where you have to eat tons of food in record time.  I'd gag.

3. Done fave sonic drink? Refreshing summer drink? (Hey, Kristina...was that a typo, or some "done good" Southern thing?)
There isn't a Sonic near me in South Florida.  There's one a few blocks from the kid's apartment, but I haven't eaten there.  My favorite summer drink is sweet tea, because it is the most delicious drink EVER!  Southerners know what they're doing.

4. What was your first car, and what did you call it?
It was a Buick Regal in a sort of gold tone, but I didn't call it anything.  I didn't even think of that at the time.

5. What's one thing your child or spouse does that sends you over the edge?
Complain about stuff.  Like food they didn't help cook, or laundry they didn't help wash, you know, that sort of complaining.  If you don't like it my way, do it yourself. :P

Thursday, May 3, 2012

National Day of Prayer

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14.  Today is the National Day of Prayer.  Will you be praying today?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Time For A Laugh

Nothing to Wink At

In Bible college, I began dating a fellow. During our first month of dating, we decided we should study the Bible together.  With my plot well set, one night I opened my Bible to (Proverbs 18:22) and read, "He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord." I looked up, winked, and said, "Couldn't you use a little favor from the Lord?"

My boyfriend, a Bible scholar, was quick with his reply from (Proverbs 10:10)—"He who winks the eye causes trouble."

 - From Church Laughs at

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Faith is the silver thread upon which the pearls of the graces are to be hung. Break that, and you have broken the string -- the pearls lie scattered on the ground.

 - Charles H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, May 1, 2012...

Outside my window...the rains have calmed down and there's a cool breeze blowing in.  I hope this weather lasts.

I am thinking...of my trip tomorrow to see my older kids, and my daughter's graduation.

I am thankful...that my little girl is graduating from college on time, with excellent grades, and will be coming back home.

I am finish last minute packing in the morning.  There's too many things that need to be used in the morning before they can be packed.

I am wearing...a blue paisley top, jean capri's and white flip-flops.  It's 78 degrees, partly cloudy and breezy out.

I am noticing...less humidity now that the rain has subsided.  Which is good, because no one likes bad hair days!

In the kitchen...we had leftover soup.  It was so dark and dreary yesterday with all the rain, I made a pot of chicken soup.  We had some today, because everyone knows soup tastes even better the next day!

I am reading...same as last week:  Genesis with my son (we read chapter 13 this morning), A Love That Multiplies, and In Search of Christian Freedom.

I am hoping...we don't have to deal with rain tomorrow while I drive up to Central Florida.

I am it really May already?!  I just got used to the month of April and it's already over!

I am looking forward to...spending time with my kids, and watching my daughter receive her diploma.

Around the house...I've packed all the clothes and dog food, bathed Molly and cleaned her bedding, charged the camera battery, packed the portable DVD player and some movies for my son to watch, and now all I have to do is pack last minute items tomorrow morning.

I am pondering these words..."At the close of life the question will be not, how much you have got, but how much you have given; not how much you have won, but how much you have done; not how much you have saved, but how much you have sacrificed; how much you have loved and served, not how much you were honored." ~~Nathan C. Schaeffer~~

One of my favorite being with my children.  I'm really looking forward to having them with me.

A few plans for the rest of the week...we drive up to Central Florida tomorrow after school, graduation is Thursday morning, and we will be staying with the older kids till Sunday.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.