This blog is basically just a collection of my "random thoughts". I must warn you, though. I have been told that "I write like I talk", so if you don't understand what you are reading... chances are, if you met me... I wouldn't make much sense to you! Feel free to comment if you care to. Or not. I'm good either way!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A to Z Blog Challenge ~ B

For more info on my A to Z Blog Challenge --
click here -- A to Z Blog Challenge Start Page

My word for today is BECK as in GLENN BECK. I know that I said that I wouldn't write about "people", but..... I have to share something that I saw on his TV program, yesterday.

I knew that he was having a huge rally in Washington D.C. on Saturday. I also knew that it was about RESTORING HONOR to our country. I didn't get to watch it on Saturday because I was busy decorating my church for an event that we were having on Sunday. I was excited for Glenn and for the people that were going to be able to go and be part of this historical event. There was also a part of me that wished I could go.

The Glenn Beck Show comes on TV at 5:00pm at my house. This is when my family eats dinner. (I know that it's early, but because of Hubby's crazy schedule... it's what we have to do and it works for our family - **Smile**) About 90% of the time, this is what we watch as we eat dinner. (I know. I know! It's a bad habit to watch TV as you eat dinner! But, again.... it works for my family!)

Just as soon as Glenn began talking, I realized that I had forgotten about the rally because I was so busy this past weekend!!! The first thing that Glenn did was THANK everyone for coming. Here's are a "few" photos of the people that he had to thank -----



This BLOWS MY MIND, as I am sure that it did his, as well. What a wonderful showing of AMERICAN PRIDE!! Amazing!! You can see more of these photo's at http://www.glennbeck.com/

One other thing that Glenn shared with his TV audience is this AMAZING video http://www.glennbeck.com/content/videos/?uri=channels/390088/1013204 --- Sorry. I still haven't figured how to get video onto my blog page! -- But... PLEASE take the time to watch this video. It gives me chills every time I see it!! This video is evidence that God approved of Glenn Beck's rally and the message that he and others brought to the American People.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A to Z Blog Challenge ~ A

For more info on my A to Z Blog Challenge --
click here -- A to Z Blog Challenge Start Page

My word for today is ALONE, because this is how I feel right now.

I feel like I am in a crowd of people, but I am still all by myself.

I recently wrote about the POWER OF TOUCH. (You can read that post by clicking HERE.) I wrote about how this is a way of HEALING and how Jesus healed others by His touch and how we also have that power.

I am the type of person that needs love and affection and I don't do well without it. Because I am facing surgery on Friday, I am in desperate need of this kind of healing..... right now!

I know that there are people that care for me and love me, but........ where are they when I need them the most???  They are all around me, but yet.... they aren't.

Thankfully, this "time in the desert" that I am experiencing is bringing me closer to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He is there for me and is listening to me and loves me. I DO feel His love!

This morning I read... "Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow." -- James 1:2-3.

The JOY that I have found, is the love of my LORD.

Thank you, Lord, for helping me feel a little less ALONE.

A to Z Blog Challenge ~ The Start

Photo courtesy of padgettatoz.co.uk

I've been thinking hard about what day-to-day blog idea that I wanted to start next. I've decided to go with an A to Z Blog Challenge. I saw a blog like this once and have always kept the thought on the "back burner" for a future idea to use. Since I finished my Bucket List day-to-day blog posts. -- Well... they weren't written quite every day, but pretty close to it!

The idea of the blog is to pick a word for the letter-of-the-day, and then blog about it.

I like to write my blog posts in the mornings -- Well, some days... I don't have time and have to write later in the day. -- So, my plan is to think of a word from the previous day to write about. This way, I will have a full day to reflect back on in order to pick my word. --- Make sense?? -- I hope so!

I am going to try to not write about PEOPLE. That is too easy! I won't more of a CHALLENGE!

Enjoy!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bucket List #100!!!!!!!

We made it!!

Thank you for hanging in there with me to the end. I had a lot of fun posting about my Bucket List! I hope you had just as much fun reading it! If not... that's ok, too. **Smile**

#100 --- Have enough money to do all the things on this list --- Yes. I realize that MOST of the things on this list will require me to either... a) Rob a bank... b) Take out a HUGE loan... or... c) Win the lottery!

So.... since NONE of these things are things that I am willing to do.... I guess I am left with them being just simply dreams that may or may not come true and I am ok with that. .....Honestly.

After all.... a girl can dream, can't she??

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bucket List #97-99

We're almost done!!!

#97 --- Be Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel --- If you don't know who I'm talking about... check her out by clicking HERE. Samantha is a television host for the Travel Channel. She travels all over the WORLD and introduces viewers to vacation destinations and hotels in the United States and around the world, as well as showcasing restaurants and activities at those destinations. She has MY DREAM JOB!!! Everytime I see her on TV, I feel a great sense of JEALOUSY!


#98 --- Have enough money to be able to donate regularly to a charity --- Don't get me wrong.... Hubby and I DO give to charity, but the word "regularly" is the focus, here. And....yes, we tithe at church every Sunday. And yes, that is considered "regularly". But, I want to give MORE!! Financially, I am not able to GIVE like I want to..... yet. But, I hope to someday be able to write a check and give whatever amount is needed, whenever I see that there is a need.


#99 --- Give anonymously to someone and watch it change their life --- This is what I REALLY want to be able to do! Yes, giving money to The Salvation Army, or Unicef is a WONDERFUL thing! But, I would also like to see a need that a family or person has and be able to give them what they need... anonymously... and then be able to see it change their lives! For instance.... a single mom that is struggling to make ends meet. She has a car, but it is very unreliable and is in need of costly repair. I would love to be able to buy her a reliable used car and have someone else (keeping my identity a secret!) deliver it to her! ---- Another possibility would be a wife & mom who's husband has suddenly passed away. She is in danger of losing her home because she has no way of paying the mortgage. I would love to be able to somehow pay off her mortgage so that she can keep her home that she and her children love so much. --- In other words... I want to help others, but I don't want to take the credit. The credit will go to the Lord above, who graciously gives me the resources to help one (or more) of His precious children. For it says in Matthew 6:4 -- Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you. --- My "reward" will be to live with HIM eternally, in Heaven.


Feeling God's Love

Last night, as part of my Stephen Minister training, we were asked to pick one of the following passages of scripture to read ----

Psalm 46
Isaiah 40:25-31
Matthew 6:25-34
Romans 8:26-39

We were also asked to LISTEN for God to speak to us thru the scripture that we chose.

I chose Matthew 6:25-34 which reads ---

(New International Version)


Do Not Worry


"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?


"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I chose this passage because WORRY is something that I have been dealing with for the past month because of my gall bladder issue. (By the way... I am having it removed on Friday, September 3rd.)

As I said above, we were asked to LISTEN for God to speak to us thru the passage. This is what I heard God say to me ---

Do not worry. Do you not see that I care for you? I love you and WILL provide for you. I am concerned for you. You worry too much and are forgetting about Me. You are forgetting to seek Me FIRST. Instead, you panic and worry. When you worry, you show a lack of faith in Me.

This hit me HARD!! Yes. I have been "forgetting" about God. I have been so wrapped up in "worrying" about ME that I have forgotten to seek the wisdom of God's words.

Our leader prayed for us and I cried as my head was bowed. I knew that God had gotten thru to me and I HEARD HIM SPEAK TO ME!

Wow!! Out of all the passages to read in the Bible, THIS ONE was one of the choices! God, you are amazing and I LOVE YOU!

On my way home, I turned on my Sidewalk Prophets CD and the song that came on was one called "You Loved Me Anyway". You can see the words and hear the song here. -- Sorry, I don't know how to add the actual video to my blog page. The words are beautiful, tho! I hope you will take the time to listen.

Again... God SPOKE TO ME!! He wanted me to know that even tho I have forgotten Him... He STILL loves me and there is NOTHING that I can do to keep Him from loving me.

Now... THAT is an AWESOME GOD!!!!

FRIDAY FUNNIES


Today, in this segment of
FRIDAY FUNNIES
I will share funny stories with you from this website:

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A Bug

Every night, Frank would go down to the liquor store, get a six pack, bring it home, and drink it while he watched TV. One night, as he finished his last beer, the doorbell rang. He stumbled to the door and found a six-foot cockroach standing there. The bug grabbed him by the collar and threw him across the room, then left.

The next night, after he finished his 4th beer, the doorbell rang. He walked slowly to the door and found the same six-foot cockroach standing there. The big bug punched him in the stomach, then left.

The next night, after he finished his 1st beer, the doorbell rang again. The same six-foot cockroach was standing there. This time he was kneed in the groin and hit behind the ear as he doubled over in pain. Then the big bug left.

The fourth night Frank didn't drink at all. The doorbell rang. The cockroach was standing there. The bug beat the snot out of Frank and left him in a heap on the living room floor.

The following day, Frank went to see his doctor. He explained events of the preceding four nights. "What can I do?" he pleaded. "Not much" the doctor replied. "There's just a nasty bug going around."


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A Cat's Diary


Day 751: My captors continue to torment me with bizarre dangling objects. They eat lavish meals in my presence while I am forced to subsist on dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of eventual escape -- that, and the satisfaction I get from occasionally ruining some piece of their furniture.

I fear I may be going insane. Yesterday, I ate a houseplant. Tomorrow I may eat another.

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Butlers Nite Off


A wealthy couple had planned to go out for the evening. The woman of the house decided to give their butler, Jerves, the rest of the night off. She said they would be home very late, and that he should just enjoy his evening.

As it turned out, however, the wife wasn't having a good time at the party, so she came home early, alone. Her husband had to stay there, as several of his important clients were there.

As the woman walked into her house, she saw Jerves sitting by himself in the dining room. She called for him to follow her, and led him into the master bedroom. She then closed and locked the door.

She looked at him and smiled. "Jerves," she said."Take off my dress." He did this carefully."Jerves," she continued." Take off my stockings and garter." He silently obeyed her. "Jerves," she then said. "Remove my bra and panties." As he did this, the tension continued to mount.

She looked at him and then said, "Jerves, if I ever catch you wearing my clothes again, you're fired!"

Photo courtesy of this WEBSITE - It's actually a painting done by Mark Stock, entitled "The Butler's in Love".

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bucket List #94-96

#94 --- Own a Mastiff --- I LOVE BIG DOGS!! I own two Golden Retrievers, which I adore! They are THE most awesome dogs to own! But...... I have also have a love for MASTIFF's!! They are so cute and cuddly! Yes, they slobber and they eat a LOT!! But.... I can't help but love them! I don't know if I will ever be able to own one... but, if I could... I would!!!

This is an English Mastiff
#95 --- Quit working and become SuperMom & SuperWife again --- When I first wrote this list, I was working full-time. Since then... I lost my job and I am not working 3 mornings a week as a Preschool Teaching Assistant. AND.... I have Summer's off! So.......... This Bucket List item has "kinda'" been fulfilled. The Lord knew what he was doing when He planned for me to lose my job! Thank you, Lord!


#96 --- Own a Camaro --- I have wanted a Camaro since BEFORE I started driving at age 15!! My first car was a Chevy Vega. I DID love this car! But, I still had my eyes set on finding a Camaro! One day... I saw my DREAM Camaro in a used car lot!! I could not wait to tell my Daddy!! I just knew that he would get it for me since it was THE car that I REALLY wanted! This is what it looked like -----

1979 Camaro Berlinetta - I wanted T-tops in mine, tho!

My Daddy DID go and talk to the salesman about it, but Daddy didn't make a lot of money and my dream car was a "bit" more than we could afford. THANK YOU, DADDY for trying anyway! I love you and miss you!

In high school, I had a HUGE CRUSH on a guy that had a 1968 Camaro. -- NO! I didn't like him JUST because he had a Camaro!!! He was REALLY cute!! The Camaro was just a bonus! **Smile**  One time, while in class together (lucky me!), he received detention because he laid his head on his desk. WELL.... I had been trying to get this boy's attention for the longest time and I saw this as my opportunity!! I did what any girl "in love" would do... I put my head down on MY desk, too and sacrificied my after school freedom so that I could have detention with this cutie!! Yes... we did detention, together. Then... when the teacher said that we could leave... I walked out the door with him and instead of running to catch my bus (this was before I had my Vega!)... I told him that I had already MISSED my bus and asked him if he could give me a ride home. (This event would go down in history as one of THE BOLDEST things that I have EVER done!) My plan was working!! **Smile**  He did look over at the buses and asked me if mine was still there, but I lied (Forgive me, Lord!) and said that it wasn't. So.... he had no choice but to give me a ride home! I was on CLOUD NINE!! Not only was I with this CUTIE, but I was riding in a COOL CAMARO, which looked like this ----

1968 Camaro SS 327 - His had blue stripes, tho!

Months went by, and I didn't hear anything from the cute boy... until.... he asked me to go to Homecoming with him!! But..... since I was dating someone else.... I had to sadly say, no. That is my biggest regret of high school --- to THIS DAY! Oh well.

Back to the Camaro's ---- I really like the newest models, too!

2010 Camaro - HOT!!

Maybe someday, I'll get to have one!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bucket List #91-93

#91 --- Get a passport --- I guess, if I am going to go to all of these wonderful destinations (well... at least the ones that are in (or ARE) other countries!) I will need to get a PASSPORT. I have never obtained one before, because I have never needed to. I have heard that it takes several months to get one. I guess Hubby and I better plan ahead for this before we go jet-setting off somewhere!!


#92 --- Go on a mission trip --- This is something that I have had the opportunity to do several times, but have always been a little hesitant about doing for whatever reason! I've had the opportunity to go to The Bahamas, to Costa Rica, to Mississippi, to Alaska, to Kentucky, and to quite a few others that I've forgotten about! I seem to always come up with an excuse as to WHY I CAN'T GO. My excuses usually have to do with either lack of financial funds or the weather (as in it being "too hot"). I really DO want to do this! I think I need to search deep down into my heart and really consider doing a life-changing thing, such as this!

Found this beautiful photo at  THIS SITE

#93 --- Read at least 4 books a year --- I have tried and tried to follow through with this one since I started this list. I really DO love to read! But, I face my own challenges when it comes to actually sitting down and reading a book! I have several TYPES of books that I enjoy --- I like fun romance novels that have both humar and romance. I also like fun mysteries that have a little bit of romance to them. I also enjoy reading to gain "knowledge". (Don't laugh!) Especially the type of books that set your heart on fire for GOD!

Here are a few books that I have read within' the past year (or so!) that I really enjoyed ---

This one is a blend of mystery & romance! Loved it!!

Great story! I fell in love with Italy by reading this book! (And I love football!)

I learned a lot from this book!

A MUST READ!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Salvatore Principe Torrentes

I am starting to develop an interest in wine. Not just to drink it, but also to learn more about the different wines that there are and where they come from.

Everytime I am in a store, whether it be SAM'S or my local grocery store, and I pass by the wine section.... I find myself stopping to read the labels. I mentioned to Hubby recently that I thought it would be a fun hobby to get into.

Well, this past Saturday, when Hubby and I were in our new FRESH MARKET store.... I found myself, once again, browsing the wine section!

I have always enjoyed the WHITE WINES and my favorite is WHITE ZINFANDEL.

I became intrigued by this one because of the beautiful label!

I love the heart!

I have always loved HEARTS, so this one caught my eye, of course! I decided that THIS wine would be my first one to do research on, and also to blog about. It's not a White Zinfandel, but it IS a WHITE WINE.

I found this website on the back of the bottle - http://www.prestigewinegroup.com/ - and here is what I learned about this particular wine....

Salvatore Principe Torrontes

Tasting Notes
Torrontes is a native grape varietal to Argentina and has the nose of a Gewurztraminer with aromas of violets, apricots, honey and spices followed by a refreshing palate of citrus fruits.


Food Pairings

Pairs well with salads, chicken or spicy dishes.

Varietal(s)

100% Torrontes

Region
Cafayate, Argentina

Vineyard & Winemaking Notes
The grapes are sourced from the highest commercial vineyards in the world in the Cafayate region of Mendoza, Argentina. The vines are grown in a mixture of sand and stone at the foothills of Andes. At over 5,500 feet above sea level, altitude plays an instrumental role in the development of the grapes. The warm, strong sunlit days followed by cool nights favor a slow maturation process allowing full development of flavors and acids. The grapes are hand harvested from low yielding vines.


My thoughts on this wine --- I didn't like it as much as my fave (White Zinfandel), but I would consider buying it again. I give it a "Thumbs Up".

I also learned that Salvatore Principe is an artist, which also intrigues me because my mom and Dtr. #1 are artists! Here's his website -- http://www.salvatoreprincipe.com/

My mom painted this beautiful glass for me years ago.

I also came across this wondeful website -- http://www.wineintro.com/ -- which has LOTS of wonderul information on wines!! From this website, I learned WHY I like White Zinfandel. It is the wine for those of us with a "Sweet Tooth". **smile**

Gall Bladder Update

For those of you that are following my gall bladder story.... I have an update -- FINALLY!

Last Wednesday (Aug 18), I had received a phone call from the nurse at my family physician's office telling me that I had a MALFUNCTIONING GALL BLADDER and that she was going to schedule an appointment for me with "the" surgeon. -- That word "THE" kinda' freaked me out, just a little! You can read this blog entry HERE, if you wish to.

I have been not-so-patiently waiting on this nurse to call me with the information regarding my appointment time with the surgeon. She didn't call on Thursday and she didn't call on Friday, even after I called and left a message for them to please call me. So... therefore, I had to wait all weekend before I could find out anything. Thankfully, I had a lot going on that kept my mind off my gall bladder worries! -- SEE PREVIOUS POST

This morning, at 9:00, on-the-dot, I called my doctor's office. I explained my situation to the nice lady that answered and she was unbelievably UNDERSTANDING and AGREED with me that the nurses should have called me back. I thanked her UP and DOWN for understanding what I had been through! She said that she would PERSONALLY deliver my message to the nurses and said that if I did not receive a phone call by 2:00, to call back again and ask for the OFFICE MANAGER. I thanked her again and ...... waited.

Within an hour, a nurse called me back. YAY!!! FINALLY!!! After hearing me complain about not receiving a phone call and also them not returning my phone call.... I got the information that I needed.

I now have an appointment with "THE" surgeon on Wednesday.

Now... the waiting continues, until I talk to him. But... at least after 23 DAYS... I am finally getting closer to knowing what is to become of my gall bladder.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Day With Hubby

Every now and then, Hubby and I get to spend a Saturday together and I LOVE IT!! Even if it is just running around town taking care of errands, I thoroughly enjoy it!

Yesterday, was a day like that!

We had a 10:00 appointment somewhere --- (I'll tell you WHERE, in a moment! I want to LEAD up to that!) --- but, because we are creatures of habit and get up WAY earlier than most of you.... we left the house at 8:00am and went to STARBUCKS for coffee. I ordered a TALL SKINNY VANILLA LATTE' and Hubby gets the same, only he doesn't think he needs the "skinny" version! ** Smile **



We sat outside for a little bit, but it was already quite HUMID outside --- (I am SOOO ready for Fall!) --- so we headed on over to our next destination which was an OUTDOOR MARKET at one of our local shopping centers, where we had heard that there was a vendor that sold HONEY that was from our local area. I have always heard that if you eat a tablespoon a day of honey that is produced in your local area, it will help with your allergies, but I never knew where to find it. Luckily, I was recently told that this market sold it. YAY!! Hubby and I found the vendor and bought the honey! YUM!

After chatting with the "Honey Couple" -- (They were very sweet!) -- we also chatted with a nice gentleman that had a Mediterranean-type restaurant. At his booth, he had samples of humus, which I LOVE!! He also told us where his restaurant was located and the types of foods that they had on their menu. I can't wait to try it sometime!

It was now 9:00am and time for our next destination to open. This would be our a new store in our city called FRESH MARKET. Hubby and I LOVE this store!! They have all kinds of yummy foods, some of which we have heard of and some that are new to us. It is what we call a "Fancy Grocery Store", but also "Unique" and "Fun".

Hubby and I wondered around for about 40 minutes just checking everything out and thinking about meal ideas, which we are always looking for new and healthy ideas! We couldn't buy anything that needed to be kept cold, because we weren't going straight home. I did buy a bottle of wine, which I plan to blog about SOON! Hubby wanted to buy some LIMBURGER CHEESE because it reminded him of his Grandfather, but like I said.... we couldn't keep it cold.

We arrived at our 10:00 destination a little early, but that was ok. This destination was one that I was a little nervous about! It was a place called SHOOTERS. Hubby and I were going to take a lesson on how to correctly use a GUN!!! Hubby has more experience than I do --- (Well, since I have NO experience... I guess he has a LOT!) --- but, still felt like he needed to learn the "basics". Our lesson was an hour long and got me over my FEAR of guns!! I learned how to hold a gun, how to "stand", how to "aim", and how to SHOOT! Of course, I still have to practice more, but I DID GREAT!!! I hit the target EVERY TIME!!!! Hubby was so proud of me!

This is the picture that Hubby insisted on taking of me, after we got home.
Like I said... I had a fear of guns --- (Still "kinda" do!) --- but, after handling one and learning more about them, I feel better. Hubby felt like I should really learn to use one .... JUST IN CASE! Now, I am anxious to go "shooting" again!
Our next destination was to ACADEMY SPORTS in the nearby --- (Well, it's really not that nearby! It's about 45 mins away, I think.) --- town of Auburn, Alabama. This is one of mine and Hubby's favorite stores and we wish like crazy that our town had one!! It's like the "Wal-mart" of sports stores!! They have everything!! And, great prices, too! Hubby bought a few things, but I sadly walked away with nothing. This was my choice, tho.


By now, it was nearly 1:00pm and I was STARVING and THIRSTY!! We decided to stop next door at the SAM'S and get a quick bite to eat there. I know it's not the best choice for lunch, but it was cheap and close by!


This was the end of our day together. Nothing too exciting --- (Well, I have to say... learning to shoot a gun was VERY exciting!!) --- but, like I said at the beginning of this post.... I LOVE SPENDING SATURURDAY'S WITH MY HUBBBY!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bucket List #88-90

We're almost to the end!!!

#88 --- Become better at public prayer --- By this, I mean that I want to be able to pray better in front of other people, especially a large group, such as my whole church! I have been asked by my pastor on several occasions, if I would be willing to pray on Sunday mornings, during the service. Each time, I have said .... "No. I'm not ready for that." And of course, I feel GUILTY for saying "no". But, the truth is that I really haven't been ready. I have just gotten comfortable with praying in a "small" (12 people and under!) group setting, within the last couple of years.

But, I told my pastor that I would "PRAY about PRAYING" -- This is how it is written in my Prayer Journal. And because I have been doing that, I now feel more confident that I can do it. I am just waiting to be "asked", now. **smile**


#89 --- Write my own personal mission statement --- Believe it or not... I got this idea from watching "Jon & Kate Plus Eight" --- This was BEFORE all the drama with them splitting and BEFORE Kate had her million dollar (I know... it really wasn't a million! But, it might as well have been!) makeover! --- when the show was actually GOOD! They wrote a "Family Mission Statement". I thought it was such a neat idea, so I "Googled" (of course!) "Personal Mission Statements" to get some ideas of how I could write one for myself. Here's what I have came up with, so far ----

To find happiness, fulfillment, and value in living I will:

· REVERE admirable characteristics in others, such as being spiritual, caring, healthy, fun, inspiring, and giving, and attempt to implement similar characteristics in my own life.

· RECOGNIZE my strengths and develop talents as a person who is good with words, a listener, a writer, Understanding people, Leading, and artistic.

· UTILIZE these talents in things I love to do, especially to read, go camping, go to the beach, watch TV, go hiking, ride rollercoasters, travel, go to church, garden, and play on the computer.

· ENVISION myself becoming a person who:
Dtr. #1 thinks is caring, trustworthy, and fun.
Dtr. #2 thinks is respectful, dependable, and moral.
Hubby thinks is sensitive, wise, and enthusiastic.
And I Will Remember What Matters Most to Me

· 20 years from now, I hope to be surrounded by the most important people in my life. This is who they are and what I plan to be doing:
Hubby would be there. Dtr. #1 and Dtr. #2 would be there. Their husbands and children would be there. We would be vacationing together somewhere fun.
· If a six inch steelbeam were placed across two skyscrapers, this is what I would be willing to cross for:
My family

· If I could spend one day in a great library studying anything I wanted, this is what I would study:
Christianity

· This is what I feel represents me, and why:
Bible

· This is a time when I was deeply inspired:
I was inspired to make a list of 100 things that I wanted to do in my life before I die.

· If I could spend one hour with any person who ever lived, this is who it would be, and what I would ask:
My Granddaddy. I wish that I had known him. I have heard great stories about him. I would ask him to tell me some of his stories.

I don't own this book, but it looks like it would be a good resource!


#90 --- Write my will --- This is something that Hubby and I keep "putting off", but I know that it is SUPER IMPORTANT! Of course, I don't think it is as important now that our kids are adults (Yikes! When did that happen?), but yes.... it is still important. We just need to sit down and "JUST DO IT", as the Nike slogan says!









Friday, August 20, 2010

FRIDAY FUNNIES

I am going to add a new element to my blog. It's going to be called
FRIDAY FUNNIES.
Each Friday, I will find a "Funny" and blog about it.

Today, I have chosen to write about "Dumb Laws", and because I live in Georgia.... I picked "Dumb Laws in Georgia". Let's see what we can find...

No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday. --- Hmmm.... Have you ever carried an ice cream cone in your back pocket?? THAT is probably the last place that I would carry it! Well, I can think of many other places that I wouldn't carry one either..... my sock, under my hat, inside my shirt, my FRONT pocket, ....

And I wonder why this law was made only for "Sunday". Why not the other days of the week?? -- Interesting.

Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs. --- Hmmmm.... again, I wonder.... WHY would anyone have a donkey in their house in the first place, much less their BATHTUB!!!! And why would anyone make a LAW about this?? If I had a donkey and wanted to keep it in my bathtub, it shouldn't matter to anyone else, but me!

Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session. --- Shouldn't they be IN the state assembly and not driving? --- Oh, I guess this law was put into affect so that they can't be ticketed for being "late" to the assembly!! Leave it to the gorvernment to put a "loophole" in somewhere in order to protect their precious employees!

Bucket List #85-87

#85 --- Volunteer on a regular basis somewhere other than church --- I have been a volunteered for everything (well, almost everything!) imaginable at my current church and in my previous church. I have lead Bible studies, lead children's classes, helped & lead VBS, worked on various ministry teams, helped with the youth group, .... the list goes on. Last Fall, after I lost my full-time job, I did volunteer briefly for a while at a local place called "Open Door Community House". I LOVED working there!! I loved being around the people and knowing that I might be making a difference in their lives. But, I had to let that go when I started back to work in January. Even though my job is part-time now, I felt like it would be too much to continue also working at Open Door. I do miss it, though!
I also would love to volunteer (like my mother-n-law does!) at a hospital. I actually did that briefly back in high school. I was a Red Cross volunteer worker during the summer of my 8th or 9th grade school year. I was basically a "go to" girl, but it was fun and interesting!
Another place that I would like to volunteer at would be at the library. I LOVE books and I also enjoy organizing -- believe it or not! Back in the 9th grade (again!) I worked in the school library, shelving books and making labels for them. I loved it!
Even if I get the chance to volunteer at one of these other places... I will ALWAYS be volunteering in some way or another at my church. That's what you do when you are a member of a church. The other members are your FAMILY! -- Family takes care of family!

#86 --- Leave a legacy for my children & grandchildren --- I am not sure what the word "Legacy" really means, but all I know is... that I want my children and grandchildren to remember me in GOOD ways. When they remember me, or think about me, I want words like -- Christian, loving, devoted, giving ...etc. -- to come to their minds. I think of Hubby's mother & grandmother as leaving wonderful legacy's behind. That's what I want, too!

#87 --- Record my memories in a journal --- I have been doing this off and on for a while now. I LOVE to write! I have a rather good-sized box already full of my "writings". Not only are there journals in there, but also my notes from when I have studied God's Word. I also have some old calendars and "planners" in there, so that my family can look back and see how busy our lives were! This blog is also "kind of" a journal. Just a "new" kind! **smile**  I hope to have it published into books as the years go by. Family history and documentation is so important to me! I just hope my family appreciates it way after I am gone. I think they will.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bucket List #82-84

Forgive me for be a "little" distracted lately and not continuing with my Bucket List. I am anxious to complete it so that I can go on to blog about other ideas that I have!

#82 --- Live to see my grandchildren have children --- I am a family history "buff", as some might say. (Although, I have no idea where that term came from!) I guess I could say this instead.... "I enjoy learning about my family history."  There. That's better! I would love to be around long enough to be a Great-Grandmother!! All of my Great-Grandparents died WAY before I was born. And even my "Grandparents" weren't around very long. My girls only knew my Maternal Grandmother. Hubby was lucky enough to have his Grandparents around for a while. His Paternal Grandmother is still living and is 98 years old!! She is a wonderful lady and is someone that we all admire and adore. I pray that someday.... my Grandchildren & (hopefully) my Great-Grandchildren ... say this same thing about me!

#83 --- Stay healthy so that I can be an active Grandma & older adult --- This is something that I REALLY WANT TO DO!! I have two very different examples in my life -- well, three... if I count Hubby's 98 year old Grandma! --- of older adults. The first one is MY MOTHER. She is 78 years old, and because she did not live a healthy lifestyle throughout her adult life.... she is now in a nursing home and pretty much "trapped" in a wheelchair. I DO NOT want to be like her!!! The second one is MY MOTHER-N-LAW. She is 70 years old and is still VERY active!! She volunteers (and works) HOURS UPON HOURS at the hospital near her. She travels at least 3 times a year either by plane or by car. She still has a business that she runs out of her home, which involves sewing and making cushions & covers for boats. She is VERY active in her church where she plays the organ & piano and also leads the choir! As she does all of these things, she is also being a WITNESS FOR CHRIST.  --- THIS is the type of "Older Adult" that I want to be!!

#84 --- Spend a weekend at a spa with a friend --- I think this would be so much fun! We would get manicures & pedicures, facials, and massages! We would relax by the pool and have a total "Girl's Weekend"!
This photo was taken at the Spa that Hubby took me to for our 25th Wedding Anniversary!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The waiting is over... but, then again... it's not.

Well.... I got the long-awaited phone call. (See previous post)

I DO have a "malfunctioning gall bladder"!! ~ YIKES!

The nurse that called also said that she was going to call the surgeon and schedule an appointment for me. ~~ Double YIKES!!!

I have LOTS of questions for "Mr. Surgeon" before he does any cutting on me!! But.... first... I'll have to do more WAITING AGAIN before I can talk to him --- assuming that he is a "him".

Continued prayers, would still be appreciated.

Waiting and More Waiting!!

Why, oh why, do doctors office's like to keep you waiting... and waiting... and WAITING??

I had a HIDA Scan done on Friday of my gall bladder. (Click HERE to read my blog about my HIDA Scan adventure!) The hospital nurse-lady told me that I should hear from my doctor by Monday with the results. Well..... today is WEDNESDAY... and I have NOT recieved the long-awaited phone call, yet!! UGGGHHH!!

I am normally a very patient person, but since we are talking about my health here... I am just a "little" concerned, and would like VERY much to KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE MY BODY????

I feel like my life is on HOLD. I feel like I can't make any plans until I know what the results are.

Is my gall bladder functioning correctly?? 
Or... is it a different problem??

Am I going to need surgery??  
Do I need to cancel our beach trip that we have planned??

I just want to KNOW!!! 

Sorry for all the "venting".

Please pray for me as I try to wait PATIENTLY. I need to remind myself of this verse:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. -- Philippians 4:6

And this one:

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? -- Matthew 6:27


Maybe... just maybe.... they'll call..... SOON!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Boys

These photos are just too cute not to share!


 I just happened to catch this moment of sweetness between them!


I'm surprised that I managed to get this one of Chester.
He wouldn't stand still!


When Jackson has had enough of Chester, he practically "sinks" into the floor!


This is what you see if you are standing at the kitchen counter at my house, eating peanuts -- two adorable faces staring at you, waiting and HOPING that you throw them one!


Side view...


I found Chester HERE this morning!


He had no idea that I was even in the room!

  

Totally OUT!





After taking quite a FEW photos... I finally got Chester to sit still

for a couple more!



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