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!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Daddy

Today would have been my Daddy's 81st Birthday. I miss him so very much! He died, way to young, at the age of 53 of a heart attack. I was only 18.

I was a Daddy's Girl and not a day went by without him telling me..... "I love you."  They weren't just words with him, either. He meant it. I KNEW that I was loved! He always called me his "Little Sweetheart".


During football season is when I think about him the most. I have many memories of us watching the Atlanta Falcon's play on TV together. I believe this picture was taken as we watched a game together in 1972. I was eight. --


Another memory I have of my Daddy is helping him clean the pool on Saturday mornings. My job was to put the chemicals into the little tubes to test the pool water and then shake them to see what color the water turned. I thought that was so much fun!

My Daddy is the one that taught me how to swim, too. I was always afraid of the drain in the deep end. When I jumped off the diving board, I would always jump to one of the sides and never OVER the drain! It might suck me up!! One time, after I learned how to swim, he took me by the hand and swam with me to the drain and made me touch it to prove that it wouldn't suck me up! This was all it took to get me over my fear.


I used to love to watch him work on our cars. He was a very good mechanic and loved "tinkering" with them. He wasn't a mechanic by trade. He just enjoyed it.

I have many, many other memories of my Daddy. I could go on and on about them.

I can't help but wonder what my life would have been like if he hadn't died so young. The thing I hate the most is that he didn't get to see me grow up, get married and have a family. I hurts that my girls never knew him. They would have LOVED him!! He would have been the BEST Granddaddy EVER!!

It makes me sad that he is no longer here, but I know that he was sick and the only way that God could heal him was to take him home.

My hope is that my Daddy is waiting for me up in Heaven and I can't wait to get there to see him again!!

Happy Birthday, Daddy! I miss you and I love you!!

A to Z Blog Challenge ~ V

Today's word is VOLUME, as in the volume of the TV.

This word came to me last night, as I was watching my favorite Wednesday night ABC shows. I would have to turn down the volume during the comercials. I don't mind the comercials, but the volume on the TV almost always seems louder when they come on! I know that they somehow do this on purpose, but I have no idea how!

So, as I watch TV, the remote is always in my lap so that I can turn down the volume when needed.

Sometimes, the reverse happens. Some shows seem to have their volume turned DOWN and I have to turn my TV's volume UP! It's crazy!!

Hubby is the same way when it comes to the TV remote. He also keeps it in his lap, but his reason is almost always to turn the volume WAY UP or to flip the channel as soon as a comercial comes on! He likes the TV LOUD and he doesn't like comercials at all!! The girls and I get frustrated with him, but it's a joke at our house now, and we just laugh about it!

The only time that I want the TV loud is for my football games and maybe for certain movies. That's about it.

When Hubby actually sits down to watch TV -- which is rare! -- we usually let him control the remote, this way he gets to be "in control" for....  just a little bit.... because we know that in about 5 mins, he will be asleep and we can get the remote back!! **Smile**

Yes, I know! If we didn't watch so much TV... we wouldn't have this problem!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A to Z Blog Challenge ~ U

The word for today is UNITED, as in the United Methodist Church.

Since I was born, I have been a member of a United Methodist Church. I was baptised -- or "Christened", as my mother would call it - in a very small United Methodist Church very close to where I live now.  This is the same church that my mother went to as a child with her parents and grandparents.
Bigham Chapel United Methodist Church
As a teen, growing up in Atlanta, I began attending a friend's church and youth group. This was also a United Methodist Church. I couldn't find a photo, unfortunately.

When I became a mommy, I wanted my children to grow up in a United Methodist Church. God led me to this perfect little church very close to our home.

Zoar United Methodist Church

We moved away from the Atlanta area in 1998 and found another wonderful United Methodist Church, where we are currently very happy members!

Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A to Z Blog Challenge ~ T

The word for today is TELEVISION. -- We'll call it "TV" for short.

I have to admit that I do enjoy watching TV. It is my nightly "thing". I like all different types of television shows. I like sitcoms, reality TV, talk shows, game shows, drama, educational shows, and others that I am sure that I am forgetting.

Off the top of my head... here are some of the TV shows that I enjoy watching and a little bit of what I enjoy about them ----

The Amazing Race -- I like how this show takes the competetors all around the world as they race to get from destination to destination and compete in challenges along the way.

The Middle -- I love how this show is about a lower, working class, American family, with normal everyday problems that most families experience. The actors are SO funny and the situations that the writers have come up with for this family are what most American families can relate to.

Modern Family -- This show is different in a way that I'm not sure how to explain. I just know that it makes me laugh out loud! The actors are wonderful! There is a reason that this show is called "Modern" Family. You have to watch it to understand why.

Big Brother -- This show only comes on in the summertime. It is a reality show where they take 12-13 strangers of all ages (mostly people in their 30's) and lock them in a house for the Summer, where they have no communication with the outside world except through the host, Julie Chin. The "house guests" compete in challenges for food and other things. They also compete for "Head of Household". Whoever wins "HOH", gets to decide which two people are going up for "eviction" and could possibly get voted off the show by the other houseguests. This show is partially a "social" game and partially a "physical" game. For me.... it is great entertainment! It is so interesting to watch and see how the houseguests get along with one another!

There are other TV shows that I enjoy, but for the sake of time.... I'll just list them! (Some of them are not on network stations) -- House Hunters, Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Survivor, American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, The Ellen Show........

There are others that I am forgetting, I'm sure!

Monday, September 27, 2010

A to Z Blog Challenge ~ S

The word for today is STEPHEN, as in Stephen Minister.

Not sure what a Stephen Minister is or does?? Here is a quick explanation ---

Stephen Ministers are members of a church who are recruited, selected, trained, and
commissioned to provide one-to-one lay caring ministry to people in crisis or with other needs for care.
 
Another way of describing a Stephen Minister is that they are "Christian Therapists".
 
You can read more about the Stephen Ministry at THIS WEBSITE.
 
The reason that I picked this word as the word for today, is because I was selected to be a Stephen Minister for my church back at the beginning of the Summer. I have been going through the training for two months now and I am loving every part of it! I truly believe that God has called me to this ministry. I still have another month's worth of training to go and then I will become an official Stephen Minister.
 
I have already learned SO MUCH through out my training! I believe that this training will not only help me in my ministry, but also in my every day life.
 
Here is a list of some of the things that I have learned so far ---
 
- How to recognize "feelings" in myself and in others.
- How to be a better "listener".
- How to better use my Bible as a resource to help those in need of care.
- How to use "process oriented" caring, instead of "results oriented" caring.
- How to be an "assertive Christian".
- How to maintain boundaries.
- How important confidentiality is.
 
I feel so blessed (and honored!) to have been one of the few "chosen" ones. My prayer is that when the time comes for me to be assigned to care for someone, that I will be a blessing to that person and can truly help them through their crisis.
 
Lord, thank you for giving me this opportunity! I love you!
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A to Z Blog Challenge ~ R

Today's word is RAIN. This is something that we haven't seen much of in quite a while, here in Southwest Georgia. I miss it!

We had quite a bit back in May and June, then...... nothing! We had a random storm this past Tuesday evening that shocked us all, but that's it!

I think things are about to change, tho. The weather forecast for the next two days (Sunday & Monday) call for LOTS of RAIN!! Wahoooo!!! I just might go out and dance in it!!

All I can think of is the country song by Luke Bryan called .... "Rain is a Good Thing".

I found this cute picture at http://www.renaissanceminds.com/ and thought it was quite appropriate!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Today's Bike Adventure

Once again... I loaded my biking gear into the truck and headed up to Callaway Gardens for what I had hoped would be another beautiful morning of quiet time, biking and photography!

I took this photo of the golf course and lake, out of my truck window.


I parked my truck where I always do... at the Discovery Center. I decided that today I would go to the Vegetable Garden to look for some possible photo opportunities. I hadn't been there since Spring.

As I was riding the 3.5 miles to get there.... I came across two twenty dollar bills laying half-way folded up on the bike path in front of me. I admit that I got excited at first. "MONEY!!", I thought. But, then my mind quickly went to... "I'll pick it up and wait for a few minutes and see if anyone comes looking for it." Then, I realized that I hadn't passed anyone on the bike path yet that could have dropped it. So.... I decided that maybe the person was going the same way that I was going and maybe I would pass them coming back to look for the lost money.

So, I got back on my bike and started riding again. As I rode, I was thinking to myself... "I may never know who dropped this money." I decided that unless I ran into someone while I was at Callaway that was looking for the lost money, I would hang onto it and take it to church with me on Sunday and donate it to the church.

I also thought about turning it in to the Discovery Center Help Desk when I returned there, but decided that whoever I gave it to, might just "pocket" the money for themselves and it still wouldn't get to the rightful owner.

As I rode the rest of the way to the vegetable garden, I continued to look for someone that might have dropped the money. No such luck. I didn't pass a single person until I nearly got to my destination, and that was nowhere near where I found the money! I feel really bad for the person that lost the money, but I will make sure that the money goes to good cause. I will put it in the collection plate at church and mark it to go to our "Pastor's Discretionary Fund" that helps people in need. That way, I KNOW that the money is going to someone who really needs it!

Here's my friend "Bike" -- Yes! I named him! Don't laugh!-- , as he rests and waits for me to return from visiting the vegetable garden.


Here are some photos that I took inside the vegetable garden ---



I guess I missed out on getting photos of the corn. Oh well!




Habanero Peppers -- One of the HOTTEST!

















I enjoyed my time in the vegetable garden. I found a shady place to sit, and enjoyed a nice gentle, COOL, breeze!

On my way out of the vegetable garden.... I took this photo of Bike, waiting for me --


These next two photo's were taken back at the Discovery Center. I know it as a "Beauty Bush". But, I believe it's technical name is the... "Callicarpa Beauty Berry Shrub". I also saw that it is called an... "American Beauty Bush". Either way, the berries are such a beautiful color!! We have one that grows wild in our yard, but it is nowhere near this pretty!



Here are some bonus photo's that I turned into black & white images. Let me know what you think! I have been messing around with the photo-editing software that came with my computer.







I'm no expert, but I'm having fun!!

A to Z Blog Challenge ~ Q

The word for today is QUIET, as in quiet time. I try to have at least a little bit of quiet time each day. It is something that I enjoy very much!

I get up early each day just to have an hour or two all to myself. I read my devotions, pray, check my email, check Facebook, update my blog and enjoy my coffee.

I also enjoy escaping to other places where I can be by myself and have my quiet time. Callaway Gardens is one of my favorite places. I'm sure that you have seen some of my blog posts that I have written after taking my bike and my camera up there. It is such a beautiful and peaceful place to escape to and I am thankful to have it be fairly close to my house. --- Less that 30 minutes!


Another place that I enjoy "escaping" to is F. D. Roosevelt State Park where we go camping quite often. It is near Callaway Gardens, so it is also close by. It isn't always "quiet" while we are there. But, it does feel like an "escape", which is still very nice!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

A to Z Blog Challenge ~ P

Today's word is PENS. I was going to use the word PIZZA because I love pizza so much, but as I was writing in my journal this morning.... the word PENS came to me as one of my favorite pens ran out of ink!

I guess you could call me a "Pen Junkie". I like pens. Well.... actually... I love all "desk supplies". I always have. I think my love for them started way back when I was really young and my Daddy worked for a finance company in Atlanta.

Sometimes, he would need to go into his office on a Saturday and he would take me with him. He would work and I would play and "pretend" at all of the other desks that were in the office. --- I wonder what those poor, unsuspecting people thought when they came back to work on Monday and their desk supplies were not where they left them on Friday!

Daddy would occasionally bring home extra "office supplies" for me so that I could play "office" at home.

Yes. I was rather sad when my black pen died this morning. I know that sounds silly, but this pen was special to me. It was a pen that I got from the hotel that Hubby and I stayed at when we were in New Orleans. I really liked the way it wrote when I use it.

Practically every morning, I write in my journal. I am a little bit "OCD" and like to change colors of ink on each day that I write. This is so the days can be easily distinguished between one another. One day, I write in blue. The next day, I write in black.

This is really the only time that I use a black pen. I prefer to use blue when I am writing. But... now that I think about it.... I DO prefer black pens when I send a note card to someone. I think the black ink looks more "formal".

When I find a pen that writes really well.... I tend to hang on to it or even HIDE it so that no one else will use it or take it! This was especially true when I was working as a church secretary. I either hid my pens, or I took them home with me each day. This was due to the fact that my office was VERY "available" to the church members and my supplies would "walk away" frequently.

So... for now... I am going to be using another black pen that I have. It happens to be one that I got from the hotel that Hubby and I stayed at in Atlanta, back in February. It doesn't write as well as the other one, so I don't feel as "attached" to this one! **Smile**

Good-bye favorite black pen. I will miss you!

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