Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
If you are interested in having some snacks, I do probably have some available because I have entered the season of baking. I will have no less than at least 4 or 5 get togethers at my house this month. So far I have made 2 batches of fudge, red velvet bonbons, cakes, and various other items. (I think I will need to hit the elliptical machine soon with all the baking) One item I am looking forward to making is the bacon things over on Pioneer Woman's page. They look scrumptious! Dear hubby loves this time of year so he can sample.
Ok enough chit-chat. Here is my home for Christmas.
This is was our first big snow of the year. I do have one more item added to my yard since I had taken this picture. I will add it soon.
Here is my "fancy tree" as I call it. It nothing but white and silver ornament and all different kinds of snowflakes I have collect all over the country. This is also the tree you see from outside.
This is our railing along the stairway. It is the first time I have ever had a railing I could decorate. I would love to add light to it, but I did not want have an unsightly extention cord. I think I may invest in some battery powered lights next year.
Here is our Family Tree. I was so excited to finally have a real tree after three years of having an artificial tree. Our tree is a snapshot of where our little family has traveled over the years. When we go on a trip I will usually try to collect an ornament from that area. It is usually an angel, but sometimes it may just be unique. I have ornaments from as far north as Niagara Fall, to Mexico, to California and to South Carolina. I have several ornament from Myrtle Beach since we go every year and visit my favorite store "Christy's Christmas". We also do have ornaments represent our respective college football teams we pull for. Yes, you to see our angel sitting on the floor. Our tree goes all the way to the ceiling and dear hubby has not trimed the top to where I can put here up there. She is a beloved angel. It was one of the first decorations I purchased our first Christmas. She was a little damaged during our fire several years ago, but she still works. I think she represents all of us. We may have been damaged from events in our past, but we can brush ourselves off and still work for God.
This is my newest ornament and prized ornament. This was a surprise gift from dear hubby. After Christmas last year we went to Cincinatti for a little overnight getaway. While I was getting ready to go home dear hubby went out to do a little shopping. There was a Tiffany store near our hotel. So, he went to try to pick up a little something for me and came back with a little blue box. This is what was inside. I absolutely love it, and I couldn't wait to put it on my tree this year.
Here is the girls tree. It has usually been in their room when they shared one, but now it is in the upstairs hallway. This is also the first year I let them decorate it. It mostly consists of gingerbread ornament, ornaments they have made, and Barbie ornament Nana has giving them.
Here are our Jesus trees. It is a set of 3 tree that we put our Proclamation Ornaments on. The girls put on one ornament a day counting down till Jesus' Birthday. Each ornament has a word proclaming something about Jesus. One side has a verse from the Old Testament proclaiming Him and on the other side has a verse from the New Testament where it was fullfilled. One Christmas Day we put the Jesus Banner on, on the the tallest tree at the top. It has been enjoyable this year because Emily can help read the verses. Also enjoyable is answering the question "What is a virgin?"
Here are our stocking hung by the chimney with care. This is also the first time we have been able to do this as well. I took a cool picture with the fire all aglow, but I was too blurry. I just love looking at it at night.
Last but certainly not the least - Our Nativity. This was another gift from dear hubby a couple of years ago. I love it so much and such a prized possession I leave it up all year long. There are a couple of sheep missing one due to a former cat who knocked it off and broke it leg and could find it, and the other was used in a church performance and has not made it back to its place.
I hope you enjoy your tour of my Christmas home. I have red velvet bonbons and fudge if you would like to visit. But please call before you come.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
While I was working of some recipes, I was found this. What can be better than any made with cream cheese. You can find this on www.cooks.com. I will probably try one or two of these, but I do know I will not be trying anything called "aspic". I think that is too close to acid. Enjoy!
Cream Cheese is a great staple to have on hand and lasts many weeks in the refrigerator. Teamed with the recipes below, you'll always be prepared for unexpected guests or late-night munchies.
1. ANCHOVY-CELERY COCKTAIL DIP
2. BACON PINWHEELS
3. BURNING BUSH
4. CLAM APPETIZER DIP
5. CREAM CHEESE CLAM FLUFFS
6. FLOWER SANDWICHES
7. LILY SANDWICHES
8. PHILLY AVOCADO DIP
9. PHILLY HAM PUFFS
10. PHILLY PARTY DIP
11. BREAKFAST TREAT
12. PHILLY FILLED PANCAKES
13. WAFFLES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND STRAWBERRY PRESERVES
14. CHOCOLATE PHILLY NUGGETS
15. CHOCOLATE TOPPED COCONUT PHILLY FUDGE
16. COCONUT PHILLY BONBONS
17. CHOCOLATE PHILLY FUDGE
18. LEMON-CHOCOLATE PHILLY FUDGE
19. BUTTERFLY CUPCAKES
20. CHERRY TRICORNS
21. CHOCOLATE PHILLY CAKE
22. HEART CAKES WITH MARASCHINO PHILLY FROSTING
23. HOLLYWOOD CHEESE CAKE
24. LEMON CREAM CHEESE TARTS
25. PINEAPPLE PHILLY PIE
26. STRAWBERRY PHILLY PIE
27. STRAWBERRY ROLL WITH ALMOND PHILLY FROSTING
28. SUPREME CHEESE CAKE
29. CHOCOLATE PHILLY FROSTING
30. PEPPERMINT STICK PHILLY FROSTING
31. BAKED CHIVE CHEESE OMELET
32. SAVORY SCRAMBLED EGGS
33. APRICOT RING MOLD
34. ASPIC RING SALAD
35. BLUSHING PEAR SALAD
36. CACTUS PEAR SALAD
37. CREAMY ORANGE SALAD
38. GRAPE CLUSTER SALAD
39. JELLIED CUCUMBER SALAD
40. PINEAPPLE SANDWICH SALAD
41. TOMATO ROSE SALAD
42. CREAM CHEESE, JELLY AND NUT SANDWICHES
43. FROSTED SANDWICH LOAF
44. DATE-NUT BREAD WITH CREAM CHEESE
45. BAKED POTATOES (with chive sauce)
46. PHILLY HOLLANDAISE ON BROCCOLI
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Here is another one for fun. Sorry JB is couldn't resist.
Monday, December 03, 2007
- your kindness and generosity
- your willingness to put others first
- your sister is your best friend
- your organization - we are trying to figure out where you get it
- your love of reading
- your creativity
- your willingness to learn new things
- how beautiful you are on the inside as well as the outside
- you love for God and the desire to serve Him!
Hannah your Mom and Dad love you so much and are thankful that God gave you to us. Our prayer for you is that you will grow up to be a godly woman, mom, or whatever God wants you to be and that you will always follow Him. We know you are getting ready to enter a new stage in your life, and we want you to always we are on your side and will be here for you. WE LOVE YOU!!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
We have a busy week ahead of us. I think tomorrow night is the only night will get to eat dinner together until next week. We survived the 9 yr olds sleepover. Most of my Christmas decorations are up. Thats all for now.
Friday, November 30, 2007
|Your Christmas is Most Like: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation|
Christmas is a big, boisterous event at your place.
And no matter what, something hilarious usually happens.
I am thankful my family is not like his, but we watch this movie every year. My motto for decorating "More Lights the Better". I just wish my budget could reflect it. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I was over at a friend's house and saw her bows and how beautiful they were. I commented on how pretty they were and she said that her husband did them and all the bows in her house. I asked her if he can do me some. So, Jeff Salyer - when can I bring you my ribbon? You have a wonderful talent and need to share.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Oh well, the Dawgs did not win today but AL and Ole Miss DID lose and that is always exciting. The Egg Bowl is this coming Friday, and I am sad I not be able to watch it. Come on Dawgs - beat those Rebels!! I will refrain from yelling what most fans say to the other team in MS.
We do have a couple of busy weeks coming up with Thanksgiving, Hannah's Bday, and decorating for Christmas. I am looking forward to getting out ALL my Christmas deco, although I am having to wait till our carpet goes down in the basement because there construction mess in front of the door leading to my stuff. I am hoping it will all be done soon so I can get to the decorations. I would like to have a lot of it done by bday party.
Emily has finally lost her other front tooth. I will try to post a pic soon of it. She has been going around singing - "All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth". I am glad I have already taken our Christmas card pic.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
In a recent article in a MS newspaper states that if MSU could win out we would play on New Years Day. Dear hubby's nightmare could come true. To see him in maroon and white sitting there cheering on my Dawgs. What a wonderful Christmas present that would be! It would be so nice if this would happen. I have learned though from watching all the OSU fans up here don't count your chickens before they hatch. Playing in the Cotton Bowl would be nice, but being bowl eligible and watching them in post season play would be exciting enough. The funny thing about it is that if were too happen we could possibly play Texas A&M. We would have a rematch of the Snow Bowl. Wouldn't that be fun MG? You can vote for the Dawgs here please and Coach Croom here.
Ok to change the subject COMPLETELY. I receive email updates from AFA (American Family Assoc.). I received this one last night and if further confirms why I don't particularly care for Lowes - Lowe's refuses to call them "Christmas trees," chooses to call them "Family trees" . I will not be purchasing my CHRISTMAS tree from them this year. I plan on going to a CHRISTMAS TREE farm to get my CHRISTMAS TREE to celebrate CHRISTMAS with my family. I hope their trees just sit on the shelf. I am looking forward to celebrating this wonderful holiday this year and I think it will be one of our best CHRISTMASES ever. To email Lowes to express your thoughts click here. To view the ad click here.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
"Jack Bauer will return to save the world on “24” — again — but somewhat later than expected. And Michael Scott, the comically obtuse regional manager on “The Office,” will not be serving up any original cringe-inducing comments after next week.
As television and movie writers entered the third day of their strike against Hollywood producers yesterday, the walkout continued to complicate matters for the networks.
Fox, the first to announce revisions to its prime-time schedule because of the strike, said it would indefinitely postpone the start of the seventh season of “24,” which had been scheduled for January, to ensure an uninterrupted 24-episode season. For more info on some of the other shows check out this article. "
This strike may be good for families again. They will be able to spend time together talking, playing board games, and generally hanging out again.
Monday, November 05, 2007
The girls don't always enjoy being my models, but I promised that if they were good I would take fun pictures of what they wanted as well as mine and we would get cream slushes from Sonic. They complied thankfully and took some great pics. Grape slushes all around!
I am hoping to get out card out earlier this year. My goal is to beat a friend of mine with her card. Every year her card it the first one we receive. It is usually a day or two after Thanksgiving. Maybe she is not reading this and we may get her card next week. If I don't get everyones out I may just get one to her. I actually do have our cards already and they are just waiting on me to get the pictures printed. I was a savvy shopper and got them after Christmas last year. I also need to update the Christmas card list as well. So if your address has changed in the last year please let me know if you expect to get a card.
Here are some of the fun pics we took
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I have considered something call Dream Dinners. It is a place in Columbus where you go a prepare a meal for the week or so and freeze them and all you have to do is thaw and cook. For the month of November they has Southern Living side dishes and what could be better. I have seen a FoodNetwork special on the ladies who started this business. If I can get dear hubby on board and a few other ladies willing to try it with me. I would enjoy not wandering thru the grocery store trying to decide what to fix for the week.
Anybody else bored with their dinners?
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I would just like to say thank you to anyone who picked them in the CFP. Emily and I are the only family members who had faith in our Dawgs!! Now Auburn, come on and beat the other team in MS!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
- Attended Family Reunion - Coconut Cake - yummy. Sign by the bridge over a little creek - "Do not play in water due to broken glass and snakes" nice
- We did several field trips for school - Ag and Forestry Museum, Natural History Museum, Waverly Antebellum Home, Nanih Waiya Mound, and Mississippi State.
- Ate at my favorite BBQ restaurant - pulled pork plate and sweet tea to ya!Delish!
- Visited various family and friends
- The most exciting thing for me - Watching my alma mater play football. GO DAWGS!!! I didn't even mind the fact that the game was at 1:30 CST in the sun and HOT!! I was just happy to be there with other people who love MSU football.
I am just happy to be back home with my family. I missed my dear hubby terribly. I do not like being away from him that long. We did have a fun time with mom down south and when she came back with us.
We a currently getting geared up for busy couple of months with Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have planned on visiting the Dear family this year for Thanksgiving. We have Hannah's bday party to plan. Is it too early to go ahead and decorate for Christmas? I am very excited about decorating our new home. I am trying to talk dear hubby into letting me get the girls another tree because they are running out of room on their 4 ft tree. I would like to put their tree in the kitchen and get newer one for upstairs for them. Hannah thinks we don't need one for the kitchen because there will be one in the living room - which will be a REAL ONE! By the way I need a good recommendation for a tree farm to get the perfect tree.
I am looking thru my Southern Livings looking at all the new deco ideas especially mantels and looking at all the food options to cook for the holidays. Can you tell I love Christmas? I am excited Boomama is doing her Christmas Tour of Homes. I am sorry for my excitement. This will be the first time in 3 yrs to get out ALL my Christmas decorations. We will not even go into my dilemma of how to decorate the outside of our home.
Oh, well. I will not bore you any more. Here are a few pics from our trip.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Well, while were eating Emily had gotten herself a cruller and Hannah a pumpkin spice. Hannah was eating hers and was not sure if it was pumpkin spice and politely asked - "Is this Devil's Meal?" Dear hubby and I just started laughing when we realized what she asked. We asked if she meant devil's food, and then we started joking around if this is what he really likes.
I will hopefully post some more about our trip down south later. We are just glad to be back home.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
We have a busy weekend and week coming up. Saturday the girls and I fly out to MS to see my mom. We are attended a family reunion among other things this next week This is my mom's side of the family. I remember growing up attending this reunion every year. Since I have been in college and married I don't make too many of them anymore, and the main reason - it is on a Sunday. This reunion does have good memories is seeing my cousins, playing in the park, and going to the zoo afterwards. I have memories of my parents would always bring the drinks to the reunion and they were the bottles of various Coke products - CocaCola, Tab, Sprite, Nehi Grape. My cousins and I would always collect the bottle caps. I don't remember much about the food except for buckets of KFC and my mom's banana pudding. Many of my cousins now have families of their own and are scattered across the country. My grandfather of whom this is his family is no longer living. So, there will be many people at this reunion that we will not know other than my mom and probably a handful of people. One thing I am looking forward to - my aunt's coconut cake and maybe some banana pudding.
The girls will get to see some new places while we are in MS. We are studying MS in school, so we plan to visit several sites around the great state. Fun, Fun. The most exciting thing is MSU Homecoming on Saturday. Getting to eat Lil Dooeys BBQ, hearing the band, and all the other festivities is just very exciting.
Here is your pick'em results for week #4 -
- #1 - me
- #2 - emily
- #3 - hannah
- #4 - dear hubby - although he says he got the first 10 picks right but did not import them to the family pickem. if i believe him he would be ahead of me by one point.
Everyone have great week.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
- #1 - Hannah
- #2 - Emily
- #3 - Dad
- #4 - me
- #1 - Hannah
- #2 - Dad
- #3 - me
- #4 - Emily
I know I have fallen a little but our points are close, so it is any body's game still. Hannah had a great week with 14 points, and for some reason I failed to pick two games. Oh well, the only thing that mattered this past Saturday is that my team won!! (In case you didn't already know). Good Luck with your picks this week.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
It has been a good couple of days hanging out with the girls, but I did miss my family and glad they are home safe. We are preparing to the big football showdown between MSU and AU today. Everyone have a great weekend!!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
- #1 - Dear Hubby
- #2 - Me
- #2 - Hannah
- #4 - Emily
Today we purchase our tickets for the MSU Homecoming game, and I am sooooo excited about being there celebrating the university and being with all my closest MSU friends. This weekend should be exciting around the house - it is the MSU vs AUBURN game with Taylor Hicks as the halftime entertainment. There will not be much conversation between the dear hubby and I during the game. We will most likely be watching the game in separate rooms. But, it will be fun just to see some great SEC football. The game is at Auburn so it will tough for the Dawgs, but Appy St and South FL give us hope. Whatever happens it is just a game (right Sean).
Please keep my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law in your prayers. Rita needs some lifting up during this time taking care of her mom.
For all my northern friends who would like to hear some good southern women conversation please check out boomama and listen to hear podcast with bigmama. Enjoy!
Wishing you a great day in the Lord!
P.S. As I have been sitting here typing the girls are getting into bed. Hannah has her radio listen to Christian music and singing along to the song "Heart of Worship" I am just about to cry. I thank the Lord for my little girls!
Friday, September 07, 2007
I know it is wrong, but I am a little looking for to 2 days home alone next week. My dear hubby is taking the girls to see his grandmother and I had to stay behind to teach piano. I don't think I will know how to act. Penny, Amy, and I have already planned a trip for one - we are touring various thift stores and other places we want to go. Needless to say I am looking forward to a little girls only time. I am so thankful for my friends in our church.
Well, I wish everyone a good weekend and may your football teams prevail (especially mine - GO DAWGS!!)
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
- #1 - me
- #2 - dear hubby
- #2 - Hannah
- #4 - Emily
We wish everyone a fun football season.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
This year we have added a little fun into the season. Since my dear hubby cannot seem to get enough fantasy sports, he has added fantasy football to his college pickem as well. He got a jump on Jeff S. on setting up the pickem in which they have to type in the password goauburn - fun. Well, he would not let me in the pickem with the guys, but he set one up for the our dear family. Yes it is girls vs guy, and yes I said girls - the girls are going to pickem. Let the fun begin.
(click on title to here fight song)
Hail dear 'ole State!Fight for that victory today.Hit that line and tote that ball,Cross the goal before you fall!And then we'll yell, yell, yell, yell!For dear 'ole State we'll yell like H-E-L-L!Fight for Mis-sis-sip-pi State,Win that game today!
In the heart of Mississippi
Made by none but God's own hands
Stately in her nat'ral splendor
Our Alma Mater proudly stands.
State College of Mississippi,Fondest mem'ries cling to thee.
Life shall hoard thy spirit ever,
Loyal sons we'll always be.
Chorus:Maroon and White! Maroon and White!
Of thee with joy we sing.
Thy colors bright, our souls delight,
With praise our voices ring.
Tho' our life some pow'r may vanquish,
Loyalty can't be o'er run;
Honors true on thee we lavish
Until the setting of the sun;
Live Maroon and White for ever,
Ne'er can evil mar thy fame,Nothing us from thee can sever,
Alma Mater we acclaim.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
On a another note we have started school back and soon we will be back into all our activities, except gymnastics. We have decided to take the year off. But we are looking forward to a good year in school.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Here is another item of business. We have these flowers blooming in our backyard. The blooms are almost the size of dinner plates. Will someone please enlighten on what kind of flower this is?
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Last night we have our new worship pastor's daughter spent the night with us. When they first met they just hit it off. All the girls were in vbs together, so we decided to have a sleepover. The girls were up late having fun, and in the middle of the night since they could not go to sleep, they cleaned the kitchen. I know that is so hard to believe kids cleaning, but they did. But the sweetest thing was what was on the wall...
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
I know you are just anxiously awaiting how our vacation was. It was great. We started our trip by visiting family and friends in AL(which including eating Mata's Pizza!!) before heading toward the beach. Thankfully in the wee hours Wednesday morning we pulled into the parking lot of our condo. Our vacation consisted mostly of swimming, playing at the beach, and eating of course. The girls are getting more fun and braver at the beach. We were afraid this time of year would be too busy, but it was not too bad. We picked out the best section of the beach to go to. We only had one day where the waves were too rough to play in. The most exciting and a little scary thing we got to see was a school of stingray swimming by, and it was a lot of them. I think our favorite day was the Fourth of July. There were alot of people there that day, but it was not bad. We arrived in the morning and stayed till late afternoon. The weather and waves were great! My dear hubby was happy with his spf50, book, and beach umbrella. We brought lunch and snacks, and I think it was just about the best family day we had had in a while. Emily even took a nap laying on her beach towel. The evening was capped off that night with BBQ at one of our favorite restaurants Sticky Fingers, and the we watched fireworks at Broadway at the Beach. It was just a wonderful day. What a day - Beach-BBQ-Fireworks!!
One exciting/scary night we went to watch fireworks at another shopping area of the beach and not realizing how close the fireworks would go off to us. We were hit by the shrapnel of exploding shells. It scared Emily, and it was SO loud were we decided to sit. Thankfully there was only one piece of cardboard that was still burning but it did not land near us. The fireworks were pretty though.
I am sure you are wondering if we tried anything new. Only Emily. I was able to sneak a fried scallop in with her shrimp, but she caught that and didn't care for that. She also tried smoked chicken wings like Hannah did last year and is anxiously awaiting to eat more of them. I was able to get my favorite soup - She Crab Soup - mmmmmGOOOD! Many have also asked Krispy Kreme count - 4 dozen.
One last exciting this - I finally beat my dear hubby in a round of putt-putt!! We played 36 holes - he won the first by 1 and then I came back to win the second round. Yea for me! Wii golf may be paying off?
I almost forgot. At our condo complex there is a pond behind our building. Every year we go out and feed the turtles, always fun and exciting for the girls. This year was a little more exciting - an alligator. He would come up and try to get the food we were throwing out and would come up to the side of the pond you were on. Thankfully he never came out, but my dear hubby called the sheriff's dept and they came and investigated. He was about 5-6 ft long, but they said he was too small to take out and that it could not eat anyone yet. Hopefully management will put up signs about not feeding the alligator and it will not be there next year.
But overall a nice relaxing time spent with the family!!
Monday, July 09, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
It has been nice to get away with my dear hubby this week and enjoy talking without kids interrupting you. The convention was good and it is always fun to see Baptists get into heated business. Each year for the minister's wives they have a lunch. For the 3 yr I was a table hostess. It is nothing fancy. You just basically get into the event earlier. This year was nice because Dennis Swanberg was the one of the speakers. The lunch was good and was nice to meet other minister wives from across the country.
We were able to take in some of the sights of new and old San Antonio. We saw the Alamo of course, but we then decided to drive the Mission Trail. It was very interesting to see the old mission churches and learn a little history behind them.
As you may have read in earlier posts our flight to TX was interesting why shouldn't the flight home not be as well. We arrived early enough and were going to be on the way home. They announced that the flight was overbooked and were looking for volunteers to take a later flight. We decided to look into it and see how late it would put us and where we would have to fly to. I was already not looking forward to flying for 3 hours in the middle set, so I was just hoping for a little better. The agent was able to find actually a better flight that would get in 1 minute earlier (or so we thought) and we would connect thru Kansas City and not Detroit. So we went for it. We were flying Midwest Air which we found out hands out warm chocolate chip cookies on flights after 10am. Well, our flight was delayed 20 minutes so there went our 1 minute lead and then the pilot announced that due to bad weather we would have to zigzag around them pushing a 1 1/2 hour flight to 2 hours. We only had a 20 minute layover in KC but we found out that we didn't have to disembark because our plan we continuing onto Columbus. Our luggage beat us. It was on our old flight. But I will say we did get compensated for the change. We are happy to be back home with our girls.
I will hoping to post pics from our trip and pics from the girls recital soon. I am just trying to catch up on sleep, so if there are typos I am sorry.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Funny thing while I was typing my last blog, I looked up to see Pastor Tim and his wife. They were on the same flight with us to Dallas.
We are just trying to decide which Mexican restaurant to try first.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
We were so thankful the lady at the counter was VERY helpful and who was working over to help people find flights who were missed or delayed. It was exciting in line. We had nice people to talk to. We got to the the Kansas City arena football team and found out that one of their players played for Auburn.
So, we are sitting here waiting for our flight to leave at 3:30 with a different airline than we booked which was fine. We are very sleepy and ready to get to our destination. There is one bright side to our delay - we get to fly 1st class from Dallas to San Antonio! They were the last seats available so thanks for the upgrade!
P.S. Dance is over for the summer. The girls did great and I will try to post pictures when we get back.
Remember the Alamo!
Sunday, June 03, 2007
- Learned to read
- Decided tap dancing is more exciting than ballet
- You have almost mastered the cartwheel
- LOVED Disneyworld
- Gotten your first American Girl
- Lost your first tooth
- Moved into your own bedroom
- Had your first solo and drama part in musical
- completed your first year of Sparks
- Loved Jesus More!
My prayer for you is to continue to love Jesus more and continue to love and care for others. I am so glad God blessed our family with you! You are an important part to us and love you more than you will ever know.
WE LOVE YOU EMILY! Mom
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Congrats Johnny, Beth, Heather, Jarred, James, and Xiaoli!!!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Yesterday my dear hubby bought a toilet auger for one last shot of trying to fix it before taking it up or calling a plumber. The auger brought final success!! You would not believe what was stopping up our toilet - a nose hair trimmer! We guess the former owner or child of owner must have flushed it, why I don't know, but now our toilet flushes. The plunger can now take up residence in the basement.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
The girls are excited about sleeping in their own rooms. Hannah is taking pride in her room and keeping it just so. I just pray this last a LONG time! Emily is a different story. This is the first time for the girls to have their own rooms. I am just excited not to have a share a bathroom with the girls, but I guess I do have to share with my dear hubby. We are just so thankful to God for allowing us to find and purchase this home.
The only down side of this week is that Emily and I have both been sick. She even had a trip to the doc. I think we just have a cold or our allergies have kicked in. So add being sick to being tired and sore from the moving, I am just ready to be done and get back to "normal".
We do hope to start having people over soon, but currently we are just enjoying having breathing room. Maybe I will try to post some pictures of our home soon.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
By Melinda Wenner
Kids with religious parents are better behaved and adjusted than other children, according to a new study that is the first to look at the effects of religion on young child development.
The conflict that arises when parents regularly argue over their faith at home, however, has the opposite effect.
John Bartkowski, a Mississippi State University sociologist and his colleagues asked the parents and teachers of more than 16,000 kids, most of them first-graders, to rate how much self control they believed the kids had, how often they exhibited poor or unhappy behavior and how well they respected and worked with their peers.
The researchers compared these scores to how frequently the children’s parents said they attended worship services, talked about religion with their child and argued abut religion in the home.
The kids whose parents regularly attended religious services — especially when both parents did so frequently — and talked with their kids about religion were rated by both parents and teachers as having better self-control, social skills and approaches to learning than kids with non-religious parents.
But when parents argued frequently about religion, the children were more likely to have problems. “Religion can hurt if faith is a source of conflict or tension in the family,” Bartkowski noted.
Why so good?
Bartkowski thinks religion can be good for kids for three reasons. First, religious networks provide social support to parents, he said, and this can improve their parenting skills. Children who are brought into such networks and hear parental messages reinforced by other adults may also “take more to heart the messages that they get in the home,” he said.
Secondly, the types of values and norms that circulate in religious congregations tend to be self-sacrificing and pro-family, Bartkowski told LiveScience. These “could be very, very important in shaping how parents relate to their kids, and then how children develop in response,” he said.
Finally, religious organizations imbue parenting with sacred meaning and significance, he said.
University of Virginia sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox, who was not involved in the study, agrees. At least for the most religious parents, “getting their kids into heaven is more important than getting their kids into Harvard,” Wilcox said.
But as for why religious organizations might provide more of a boost to family life than secular organizations designed to do the same thing, that’s still somewhat of a mystery, said Annette Mahoney, a psychologist at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, also not involved in the research. Mahoney wondered: “Is there anything about religion and spirituality that sets it apart?”
Bartkowski points out that one limitation of his study, to be published in the journal Social Science Research, is that it did not compare how denominations differed with regards to their effects on kids.
“We really don’t know if conservative Protestant kids are behaving better than Catholic kids or behaving better than mainline Protestant kids or Jewish kids,” he said.
It’s also possible that the correlation between religion and child development is the other way around, he said. In other words, instead of religion having a positive effect on youth, maybe the parents of only the best behaved children feel comfortable in a religious congregation.
“There are certain expectations about children’s behavior within a religious context, particularly within religious worship services,” he said. These expectations might frustrate parents, he said, and make congregational worship “a less viable option if they feel their kids are really poorly behaved.”
Saturday, April 14, 2007
We are just very excited and thankful that God has provided this new home for us, and we want to give Him praise for it. PRAISE THE LORD!!!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
I decided to post this because I feel this is just the most powerful song. I know I had the link in an earlier post, but I was able to find this on youtube and post it directly on the blog. Everytime I hear this version, I just about cry. At this time of year, Amazing Grace should ring true with all Christians. It is true what Chris says in this song "my chains are gone, I've been set free". We should live like free people and not slave to what intangles us. This Easter we should be thankful for that "AMAZING GRACE" that was secured for us on the cross and in Christ's resurrection. HAPPY EASTER CHRISTIANS!!
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Here are a couple of more pictures of our new home. The second one as you see is of the back yard. I am standing in the location the swing set will go. You may notice the BIG deck on the back. We are fortunate to be one of the few houses that have a bigger deck on the back. As our friends in AL know how much we love our deck. If you need us this summer - that is where we will be be. Can't you see my dear hubby grilling and all the people waiting to see what he is cooking up? We are looking forward to having friends and family over. We are just so thankful to God that He has allowed us to find this house. This is house is a gift from God.
So, who is ready to paint?
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
This past Friday my dear hubby and I were able to go out on a date. Hannah asked me why we are still dating when we are married. I told her we enjoy being together. We went to see the Amazing Grace movie. It is VERY good. You get to the back story behind what had inspired the words the hymn. But the movie is about William Wilberforce and what passion he had to see the slave trade abolished. It is about someone willing to take a stand for what he believed and never wavering. He gave his life for this cause. The only thing I didn't like was that at the end they did not play the new Chris Tomlin version which he wrote for the movie. You can see it I believe on the movies website at http://www.amazinggracemovie.com/. You can see the video here - http://search.music.yahoo.com/search/?m=all&p=chris+tomlin.
I am sure most of you reading are wondering about the house. Our offer was finally accepted!! Yea. Praise the Lord!!!Once all the stuff was done we will hopefully have a closing date. We just pray everything else will go smoothly. Anyone in the mood to pack?
Here is it- Our future home
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Please just keep the family in your prayers.
Mildred Ferguson - Noel's Grandmother
Tommy Nall - uncle
Rita Dunaway - Noel's mom
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
My dear hubby finally found some pictures I have been missing. They have been on a hard drive that has been on his computer at work, but he has not been able to transfer them to the home computer. Now that he has his new laptop the pictures have returned home. I have enjoyed looking at them and remembering all the fun we have had. Most of the pictures were around Emily's first year of life, and various other events. The girls have enjoyed looking at themselves. I thought our friends in Ohio would enjoy seeing a picture of the girls when they were younger. It has also been fun to see pics of my dear hubby and I younger as well. So, enjoy. They also still enjoy dressing up.
Question: I have a picture of my dear hubby and his friends at a wedding from about 6 yrs ago, should I post it?
Monday, March 19, 2007
I thought I would give you a little update. This is all for now 24 is on. We are hoping Jack will be able to stop the nuclear weapon and find out why Audrey died. He is not happy why no one told him about it. We may be in a nuclear war soon. GO JACK!!
Also - I AM TIRED OF BEING SICK!!! Does anyone have any antibiotics?
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
We have a busy couple of months coming up, so I am not sure how often I will get to update. Maybe more than my dear hubby does?