Friday, December 28, 2007

Sometimes it is just good to be QUIET!!!!!

I love this first song on my blog... Word of God Speak by Mercy Me. If you have a minute just close your eyes and listen to the words. So many times I find myself talking waaaaaay tooooo much. When I really just need to stop and listen and take in all that the Lord has done for me. I have to laugh because there is a verse in Proverbs that I believe the Lord has in the Bible just for me.. I will have to find the reference but the verse is... Even a fool looks wise when he's quiet.
Have a great day!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


I just read this in Max Lucado's book, It's Not About Me. It jumped right off the page.......

Is there any chance, any possibility, that you have been selected to struggle for God's Glory?

I know when I face struggles the first thing I usually do is try to figure out what I have done wrong why this would be happening to me. Sometimes I can be legalistic and think maybe I did not pray enough, go to church enough, or tithe enough when in all actuality there is nothing I can do to make him love me more. There are times when I know right away that I may be suffering because of a poor choice I made and the struggle is the consequence to sin but there are a lot of other times that I just can't understand what God is doing in my life. I know that once I have been through a struggle I peek over my shoulder at what lies behind and I always see His fingerprints. Dear friend if you are struggling right now just hold on tight to the creator of the Universe, the one who chose to breathe life into you, who has a plan for each of your days.
If you don't already have the book It's Not About Me by Max Lucado run out during the after Christmas sales and pick up a copy it will really bless you.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!!

We have had a wonderful day. Very busy and I have been soooooo sick. Our second child, Carson woke up at 2:30am and insisted on checking to see if Santa came. My husband and I did not even have to think about that one the answer was a quick NO!!!! After getting snuggled back into bed our oldest, Chandler woke us up at 6:30am. This was a more reasonable request in which we chose to honor. We hurriedly woke up the younger two and the whirlwind began. The presents were opened very quickly and methodically as Carson passed them all to the rightful owner. I don't use gift tags for the kids. I buy 3 different types of paper and wrap each child's in a certain wrap then in their stockings will be a little cut out of their paper so they know which presents are theirs. They love this and it cuts back on shaking and poking. Something else I have always done is place a clue in their stocking. They follow this clue to another one and after finding 3 clues there is the final present usually the "big one". My kids love this. I will probably do it well into their grown years.

David was able to speak to his sister, Pauline and John-Paul is doing well. His cell phone was messed up in the accident so once he was able he borrowed hers and was calling all of his college friends to tell them about the accident. Please continue to keep him in your prayers as the physical healing will take a while.

My in laws came over for brunch this morning and I went right to bed once we ate. I have been sick since Dec. 1st and it seems to be getting worse rather than better. I can't seem to shake it. The big brunch was about all I could manage so we ate grilled cheese for Christmas dinner instead of the turkey I bought and Jesus's birthday cake will be made tomorrow as well.

Enough of my rambling. I hope you all had a blessed day. Even being sick I still have so many things I am thankful for and blessed with.



Merry Christmas

I hope each and every one of you have a very Merry Christmas. Our family has so much to be thankful for and we are praising our Savior for coming to be born as a baby to die on a cross so that we may have eternal life.
Blessings to all of you,
Linda & Family

Monday, December 24, 2007

Please Pray

I just got word that my Nephew, John-Paul was in a horrible accident. He has several broken bones, pelvis, knee caps, and a colapsed lung. He and my sil and bil are all out of town. Please pray that the Lord will give them guidance and wisdom as to how to handle this situation and that they will be able to get him home asap so that they can get started on the physical healing end of things. Praise God that there were no head injures. He was the passenger in the car and the driver, his cousin, was not hurt.
Thank you so much,

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bad Blogger

I am so incredibly frustrated with blogger!!!! It shrunk my header and now it won't let me download any of my personal pictures. If any of you have had the same problem PLEASE help me out.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Kids really do say the cutest things!!! As I dropped Cameron off at his classroom today he quite loudly told his teachers that he brought a show and share item that was breakable and fragable. He keeps us all in stitches. He has even told us he had a girlfriend but she broke up with him and she did not tell him. He is 4! Me thinks he has been listening to one very moody teenager that happens to dwell amongst us. (hehe)

If your kids don't humble you when they are little never fret they are just waiting til they are a teen. I love my teen but the hardest part about raising him is the actual realization that I don't get a say in a lot of his day to day choices anymore you know like when they were little, using the red cup instead of the green one or wearing cowboy boots with shorts silly things like that or even the neat things like the innocence that comes with his belief in Christ. Just believing because he does and does not have the cares of the world weighing him down. Now there is so much weight on teens the hormones and the world around them that is doing it's very best to take Christ out of everything. The outer influences are so strong. It is a major reminder and wake up call that I really never had control God just let me believe I did for a while then he welcomed me to reality with the teen years. I know I have said it before but I so need to remind myself over and over that when anyone deserves to be loved the very least is when they need it the very most!!!(myself included) I do have to insert that sometimes hugging a teenager can be like hugging a cactus. hehe I borrowed that from a book title I have heard before.

Please, as the Lord leads, remember my mother in prayer, she took a bad fall on a train this past weekend, I also have a dear friend whose son, Clayton, has been admitted into the hospital for a problem with this foot, another friend whose husband will soon need a bone marrow transplant and of course don't forget Adam in Iraq.
I pray that this Christmas season has been a Christ centered one for all of you and if not I pray that you are able to refocus (as I have to do often, almost minute by minute) and make it all about the only one who deserves honor and glory.... Jesus Christ our Lord!


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Happy Anniversary to us..20 years

Blogger is giving me problems this morning. I can't seem to get my pictures posted.

I can't believe that I am old enough to have been married for 20 years. David and I were talking about it last night and we both agreed it really was one of the best decisions we have ever made. We met in high school I was 15 and he was 17. We dated for 6 years with an on again off again relationship. We ended up engaged on September 10, 1986 and then took the big step the following year. I must brag that I have a great husband. He has evolved through his relationship with the Lord into a really great man. He loves me and tries very hard to protect me from everyone including myself sometimes. He has provided for me and our 3 boys beautifully. He has a great sense of humor that still keeps me laughing. When I need something from him (if I tell him and don't expect him to guess) he tries very hard to provide it whether it is material, physical, or emotional. Honey, I hope you have a great day and know that I do believe that God has put us togther and I am looking forward to many more great years with you.

I love you!!!


Sunday, December 2, 2007

Please pray for this family & updates on ours

I would like to ask that you pray for the Luce family. If you visit their blog, Poppy Joy, you will know why. She is the grand-daughter of my former pastor. My pastor, her beloved grandfather, passed 12 hours after she delivered her first born and now she delivered her second born yesterday that resulted in the baby only living 3 hours after birth. They knew she would probably not live long. I do not know her personally but after reading her blog I know that she and her husband are two incredibly godly people.

An update on my father in law.... He is recovering nicely from the surgery, however, the doctor did tell him that at his age he would never fully regain all the elasticity needed in the arm. My prayer request for him now is that he will be able to at least function well enough that he can go into his workshop and do the woodworking he so loves to do. He has built some incredible things through the years and I know it would be extremely hard on him and my mother in law if he were not able to continue building.
My parents took a trip to Egypt I am asking for safe travels for them, and as always continue to pray for Adam who has been deployed.

On a lighter note we are all well. Carson had his first basketball game Saturday and we had so much fun watching. At half time the score was a whopping 0-0. Often times it ends this way so during the half time each team goes out and every player shoots a free throw. That is usually where the points come from. The opposing team made 4 and we only made 1. Carson did however, score a basket which was cool. They ended up losing 8-3.
Cameron has said that he is perfectly fine watching his brothers play sports and has no intention of playing any which is perfectly fine with us. We will just have to find that one thing that really interests him maybe boyscouts?
Chandler's soccer team has had quite an impressive 6 months. In 6 months they have won 2 state championships, competed in regionals where they beat a Texas team which was huge, got second in the premier league and then royally messed up this last tournament that they had this past weekend. It is a really big tournament and they have played well but just could not put the ball in the net. They lost both their games yesterday and they have one this morning.
David travels this week and I have a sinus infection, lucky me.
Blessings to you and your family,

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

As I was putting the turkey in the oven this morning, Cameron, my 4 yr old asked me if I went out and caught that turkey. I just laughed out loud. Then last night Carson and I were setting the table for today and I was out of napkins. He found some camouflage napkins left over from Cameron's birthday and insisted we use those. I quickly informed him that they did not match and we were not going to use them. He then replied that if we use those napkins we could not only celebrate Thanksgiving but we could celebrate Adam (my nephew) while he is at war. So you guessed it we are using camouflage napkins this Thanksgiving in honor of Adam who is in Iraq.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and may the Lord bless you and your families.



Monday, November 19, 2007


If the Lord leads will you please lift up my Father in law as he has surgery on his arm today. My mother in law as she takes care of him and my nephew Adam who is in Bahgdad.

Thanks so much and have a wonderful day in the Lord.



Sunday, November 18, 2007


I can’t believe it is my sister, Sandy’s 40th birthday. She certainly does not look it but of course they are saying that 40 is the new 20, like brown is the new black. I don’t know who “THEY” are but I will take THEIR word for it since I am already a year into the 40’s decade myself. Anywho. I have inserted several pictures that are reminiscent of her life. The jeans logo cracks me up because I remember my mother saying she was not going to pay for designer jeans when she could buy some perfectly nice ones at a more realistic price. Well Sandy saved her money and bought those jeans. She was so proud. I was jealous because I could not fit in them way too small for me.
I also remember that she would forgo birthday cake and want a Lemon Merenge pie instead which was always yummy. She was a cheerleader in high school and one of the prettiest I might add. She was and still is very photogenic. She was voted most attractive by her classmates. As wonderful as she sounds in the past she is a totally different and better person now. She loves the Lord. She is creative. A very gifted artist. She is a wonderful mom and wife. I really believe she and her husband run one of the most organized homes I know. She brought a wonderful man into our family when she married Steven and they have three great boys. She loves people and teaching them to paint. I know it thrills her to see the success that so many of her students are having in her classes. She is a hands on mother. She does not know how to say no very easily so often times she has volunteered for way too many things that all seem to be due around the same time. She is a terrific bowler and she makes some awesome homemade crescent rolls. She is very dear to me and I love her very much. Sometimes she will remind me of something she did when she was younger and I don’t have any idea what she is talking about then I remember that in high school it was all about ME so I don’t remember a lot of went on with her or my other sweet sister, Debbie. Definetly a regret I will carry always. Sandy, I hope as you read this you know how much I love you and how truly blessed I feel to call you my sister. I hope you have a great day and welcome to a new decade
Love you,

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Happy late birthday party to you!!

My baby, Cameron is 4. He turned 4 on Sept. 28th. I promised myself he would have a birthday party this year as the last years we have just done family birthdays for him seeing that it is during soccer season and we seem to be always traveling during that time. Well here it is November 15th and guess what??? He is having a party tomorrow afternoon at a local party place and he cannot wait. We picked the cake out yesterday and he is anxiously awaiting getting to sit in the birthday boy chair in the party room. He does not know the difference in the time frame. He does know it is not his birthday but it is his party.
Chandler started indoor soccer last night with kids from his high school. It's just fun for them to get together and play before the actualy school soccer season starts. Indoor is fun to watch and the guys seem to have a great time. It is sort of like playing street soccer only with a ref. Carson is still practing for basketball. His team has not started games yet. They have all been doing pretty well in school so we are thankful for that. I am looking forward to some time off next week to get things back in order around here. The hardwood looks great and so does the carpet now of course I have to paint but I am really going to pace myself and just do a little at a time.
Have a blessed day,

Monday, November 12, 2007

Happy Birthday Jill

I could not figure out how to change the date as I prepared this last night for this morning so Today the 13th of November is Jill's birthday not the 12th as my post header displays.

Today in honor of Jill's 40th birthday her husband, Doug, is my guest columnist.

Birthday’s can be difficult. Milestone birthday’s can be devastating. To some more so than others, but to most people…they really seem to matter, to an extent, anyway. (How’s that for covering both sides of the fence?)

That is most people, except my wife Jill @ Who Could Ask for Anything More. Today is her 40th birthday and my co-conspirators I call BFOJ’s (Blogging Friends of Jill’s) have allowed me the distinct honor of being a guest columnist.

My hope is that wherever my wife goes within her circle of BFOJ’s today, she will see this message and know how much she means to me, not to mention how much the BFOJ’s think of her for letting a grizzled hack like me hijack their fantastic and very personal blogs.

Rather than do the traditional acronym exercise (J = Jazzy!) or the “40 Things I Love About My Wife” entry, I thought I would share the four most wonderful things about Jill -- the things that make me love her more every day.

She loves my older kids – Not everyone who marries into a new family will connect with the entire crew, but Jill never missed a beat. With my older kids, she accepted them and loved them – at first simply because they were my kids – and now because of who they are. She treats them with kindness, respect, gives them guidance on chores and other responsibilities, but is very respectful of their mom and never tries to “mother” them. She educated herself about Bay’s food allergies and is very cognizant of his limitations when planning and preparing meals. Rarely a day goes by that she doesn’t make a special version of our family meal just for him. Many times Jill has invited Kendra to come along to the salon to get their nails done. At 11 years of age, Kendra has always gravitating to older girls and more mature activities and this is a special way for them to spend time together.

She loves my parents - I can’t say I was ever really “close” to my folks in the sense that I sought them out for advice about life. So I wasn’t sure how that dynamic would play into my relationship with Jill. She has such a kind heart for that generation and quickly threw her arms around my folks and loved them unconditionally. Since we first met, my Mom has passed away and my Dad has endured a mountain of health issues. Through it all, Jill has been a steady, loving partner. In fact, on the occasions when my Dad visits, we have to make some alterations to the house to accommodate him, his wheelchair, his walker and his personal needs. Jill not only goes with the flow of the décor disruption, but lovingly plans meals that my soon-to-be 82-year-old father doesn’t get as often as he would like. It’s amazing how a simple plate of fried eggs and bacon can light up a proud man. My favorite time of our visits is in the evenings. Jill typically beats me home from work and when Dad is in town, they have usually already cracked open a new bottle of wine. Dad isn’t afraid to ask for service and Jill takes great pleasure in keeping his glass full. It is a precious time.

Her patience – Full disclosure: patience is not my strong suit. In fact, it is probably my greatest weakness and barrier to volumes of peace and happiness. That said, I find myself much more patient in the last four years in so many areas of my life (hmm…coincidence?). If you look up the word PATIENCE in the dictionary, you see a picture of Jill. Despite the chaotic nature of our house, I have rarely seen her react with desperation. In fact, I just see her continuing to raise the bar. As my patience has improved, she get even MORE patience. Her thoughtfulness and patience with Adam is uncanny…not that all mothers’ don’t have that nurturing gene…but even after a solid 10 minutes of whining about something that I find unintelligible…Jill merely says (for the umpteenth time)…”Adam, use words to tell Mom what you want.” She is amazing.

She makes our house a home – Imagine buying your first home together…and it’s already 27 years old. Granted it was in good structural shape, but the majority of the décor was stuck in the 70’s. Over the past two years, Jill has developed a beautiful vision of how our house should look…how it should become a home. We started with dark wood throughout and some of the most exciting beige paint you could imagine. We’ve progressed to vibrant colors, amazing window treatments and bright open spaces. The original kitchen was hideous, but is now a show place. The powder room was engulfed in mind-altering striped wallpaper but now looks like a museum exhibit. She goes bits and pieces forward as time and budget allows and every step of the way she is filling the gaps of her master plan. We’ve both said that this home is the first, last and only one we will ever buy and we joke that our next stop is either the Retirement Home or the Funeral Home. We want a home in which we can build family traditions and memories and one that the kids will want to bring THEIR kids to. We want to grow old right here. Together.

There are obviously many more things that make Jill the woman to whom I have given my heart and want to give my life. She is the woman I dreamed of marrying. She is sweet, but tough, Honest and direct. Kind and loving. She gives without request or expectation. She nurtures with care and patience. She loves unconditionally.

Truly…I am blessed. Happy Birthday, Sweetheart.

What a great weekend. We made it to the State finals yesterday morning and in double overtime we were able to score and ended with a 1-0 victory. For the fourth time Chandler's soccer team has managed to win State. It was exciting and nail biting for us. It is always anyones game and fortunately for us it was ours yesterday.
Back to reality for us as soon as we got in the car to drive home. Chandler had to study for a huge English test all the way home and as soon as we walked in we had to move furniture. Our bedroom, Chandler's bedroom and our living room all had to be emptied. I am anxiously waiting for the call from the workers to tell me they are on their way to lay the carpet and hardwood. We are out of school today so this was the best day for me to have them come. I hope they call soon.
I am looking forward to getting to spend a little time at my favorite blogs today.
The kids are still sleeping so I figure I will blog surf for a little bit and then have some quiet time.
Have a blessed day,

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Long time no post.....and YES I know it is a long one

Well I have decided to quit posting that I am busy because it seems to be all I say. So lets just let it be understood that I AM BUSY and that is the end of it. Each and every one of you could make the same statement and I don't want to come off as complaining so on with my post. haha
Teaching has been fun for me. I have really grown to love these little children whose parents have entrusted me to be a part of their education experience. The little girls are sooo girly. I love it!!! They are sooo sweet to me and feel bad that I only have boys. Several of them have invited me to come over to watch girly shows since that does not happen at my home. The little boys are precious and are all boy!!! Everything becomes a gun or sword and is pow pow, of course we are not allowed to let that happen so I have to encourage them to find something else to play. They are loud and fidgety(not a word) I feel very much at home with them because there are not many calm, quiet moments around here with 3 boys and two dogs.
I feel blessed to have been given this experience. I know my dh would probably argue that because he has to hear the other side of me working part time and that is that I am not able to get anything else done around here. I used to be a perfectionist about my home then I had 3 kids and I settled for picked up and maybe really clean a few times a week now I feel like I am just blessed to get every one where they need to be on each day with everything that they need to have. I know this is just a season and I pray that the investments that I am making in my children's and my student's lives will be substaintial. I mean really do my boys care that my house is "eat off the floor" clean or would they settle for picked up and me playing with them?? My house is stuff and while I do believe we should teach our kids to take care of the things we have been blessed to have I don't want them to ever feel that our "stuff" is more important then they are. I have not always had this mentality but I am thankful I finally got it. My younger two will benefit from this but my oldest will probably need therapy. haha
We are off tomorrow for the soccer state championship. Chandler's team has won this 3 times in a row and not to sound greedy but I would love to see the team win it for the 4th time. We have one of our biggest defenders sick right now and if he even gets to play he will be weak. We also have a player that got a red card last game so he has to sit out our first game. Not great circumstances to play under but all teams go through these types of situations so we will just have to see how it plays out. My dh and I love to watch this team play. We have been so blessed by our coach and all of the parents. This team is truly a TEAM. No superstars, everyone is needed and they all know that. It has been fun to see my son and the rest of the team really have each other's back on the field and to see the relationships they have formed off the field is exciting as well. I have been told that teams are not always so special. Meaning that the players may be good but the coach is degrading to them or the parents cannot get along. I don't know what goes on anywhere else but I do know we have a wonderful coach, great players and great parents and my dh and I feel very blessed that the Lord put our son with this team and it's is a long story but it truly was the Lord that placed him here.
I will let you know how it all pans out but would love to have you pray that our team plays their best and that no one on any of the teams this weekend gets hurt. I also am praying that if it is in God's will that we will win and if it not that the boys will be gracious in losing.
Tonight we get to pack for the weekend and then move furniture out of 3 rooms since the carpet and hardwood are being laid Monday. Any creative ideas on keeping the kids and dogs off the floor for 24 hours???? Short of moving out for the night I am not sure how I will be doing that but I know it is doable(sp)
Hope a great weekend is in store for all of you.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Soccer/Harvest Party

Well last night my dh and oldest, Chandler arrived home from Chattanooga from the last weekend of premier league. We had to win the first game against the Huntsville Strikers to win the league and we ended up losing 2-0. It was a great game. The Huntsville team is very good. Chandler's team finished 2nd. The only way to qualify for regionals in July is to win premier league or State. We compete in State on the 9,10, and 11 of November. If we win State we go for sure. If we don't win then we hope that Hunstville will win their state because if they do they go to regionals as State winners and with us being second in premier league we get to take their first place spot and head to regionals ourselves. Was that clear as mud???? It has been a great run for our team and now they are just preparing for State. Chandler will also begin his Olympic Development training in about a month and do a couple of tournaments with that team and then for the first time in a long time he will only play on one team in the spring. His school team. In our State you cannot play on any other organized team of soccer if you are on the school team. It will be strange not traveling on weekends but it will be a nice break.

I just walked in from our Harvest party and Farm animal visit. The kids all got to feed the animals and hold a few of them. Last week it rained everyday so it was so nice to have a pretty sunny day for the children. Then we had our little harvest parties in our rooms. I was pretty hot and sweaty by the end of it all. Trying to run to each of my own children's rooms and then my own class's party it was pretty hectic. Maybe it is pre-menopause but even with the cool temps I am finding myself pretty hot lately and I'm not talking about my looks. (haha) Guess what?? I get to do the same thing tomorrow with the Tues/Thurs. class. Yeehaw!! It really was fun though and I with all the activities I did not even have to teach just coral them in.

We are trying to make changes around here to get the house on the market maybe in mid spring. I met with someone about getting new carpet in 2 rooms and hardwood in the living room so we are about to have that done soon as well as painting some rooms and probably new counter tops. It may look so nice I won't want to leave, who knows?
I don't get to blog as often as I would like but I still lurk around when I have the chance. Hope it is a God-centered week for all of you.
Another one from my late pastor, Dr. Adrian Rogers,

"The most miserable man on Earth is not an unsaved man. The most miserable man on Earth is a saved man out of fellowship with Jesus Christ".

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad

Just want to wish a Happy Anniversary to my Mom and Dad. They have certainly taught me that you really do and can stick together for better or worse. By God's grace they have had 42 years together which is a real accomplishment in the times we live in. Hope you two have a wonderful day! (the picture is of them with my Grandmother and all the grandkids last Thanksgiving)


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Aunt Debbie

Just want to shout out a big Happy Birthday to my sister, Debbie. This is a picture of her and her sweet family. We hope you have had a great day!!!

We just made it in from Alabama where my son's soccer team played the LA. teams. We came out with a win and a tie. It was a great time, great weather and I am glad to be home. The drive there was 5 and 1/2 hours which was the best since our schedules require so much movement and thought I really enjoyed just riding in the car and not having to think about anything. I was also glad to have my dh back in from Europe. He arrived late Friday evening and we were gone by early Saturday morning right after my middle son's local soccer game(they won). He is extremely tired but glad to be home as well. Thank you to those who prayed for us while he was gone.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I know it has been a while and saying I am busy would be an understatement. Hubby has gone to Europe and I am trying to hold down the fort with work, school, soccer practices, games, and going away parties and it is only Wednesday. I am looking forward to his return on Friday. We will then leave for Alabama for a Soccer tournament. I am sure I am not the only one in the world who is busy but when you are in the midst of it it can sure seem like it. Oh and did I mention I am pmsing? Lucky for my husband because he is gone but my poor children. Satan is having a field day with me this week.

My nephew, Adam has made it overseas. He emailed us to let us know he made it. As the Lord leads please lift him and all the soldiers over there in prayer. We get caught up in our busy lives and forget there are a whole lot of families out there who are separated and are hurting.

I hope you all have a great day. I want to leave you with this:
Peace is not the subtraction of problems. It is the addition of power to meet those problems. (Dr.Adrian Rogers)

Saturday, October 6, 2007

WW update/Prayer Requests and a great give away

Just wanted to let you know about a 100th post give away. KJ is having one and has some great gifts to give. Hop on over there, take a peek, and be sure to leave a comment. She is trying to reach a personal goal of 100 comments, So even if you are not interested in the gifts please help her reach her goal.

Wanted to give you a WW update. My dh and I had to go weigh in today instead of tomorrow because of other obligations.
I lost 5.8 and he lost 5.6. Very exciting for both of us. You will notice that I am .2 ahead of him. Not bragging of course but I am basking in the lead right now because the weight just drops off him so I will not be ahead for long. (haha) It really is amazing what happens if you cut out daily Starbucks Carmel Fraps and Three Muskateers bars... Who Knew?? Hopefully we will be able to stay on program. So far it has not been to hard. I just have to remember... slow and steady wins the race. It is when I start having grand expectations that I fall of the WW Wagon so to speak.

Two things that have been prayer requests for us this week. My sweet brother in law Bruce lost his Mom this past Thursday. She was a wonderful Christian woman and a great mother. A very classy person who loved much and was loved by many. Her funeral is tomorrow. This same brother in law is sending his only son off to Iraq this Wed. my nephew Adam. I mentioned him several posts ago. His training is completed and he will fly out Wed. This will be hard on the whole family but especially Bruce and my sister in law Helene as they will be burying a beloved mother and sending a son off to war all within 4 days of each other. If the Lord should lead any of you to pray please do so.

I will leave you with something my pastor used to say....
If you please God, it doesn't matter whom you displease. If you displease God, it doesn't matter whom you please.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Tag. I'm it.

I have been tagged by my sister with a meme that lists seven things you might not know about me. Now my family will know most of these but I will list them for those of you who don't know me very well. Here goes:

1. I used to twirl the baton in high school and College.( The Universtiy of Memphis)
I also taught the twirlers at the University for several years.
2. When I was growing up I loved The Brady Bunch and I wanted to be Marcia Brady.( embarassing huh?) Marcia, Marcia, Marcia....
3. I am scared to death of Frogs. YUK
4. I have had a lot of backed into wrecks. Me being the one who backed into at least 4 cars, most of which were parked in my driveway. Now when my family visits they only park on the street in front of my house. Wonder why??
5. I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
6. I started dating my husband when I was 15 and he was 17. We dated for 6 years but planned our wedding in 3 Weeks.
7. I too like my sisters love sweets. I would pull Little Debbies out of the front of the package rather than open the whole box. I had hoped my mom would think she got jipped and instead of 12 little debbies she only got 11. I guess it was a dead give away though when there would only be 6 in an original box of 12.:)

Thanks Sandy for tagging me. Stop by and read her answers as well as my sister Debbie's.
Not going to tag anyone in particular. If you want to play go right ahead but be sure to leave me a comment so I will know to come by and look at your answers.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Hello WW, it's me again.

Okay, so today I rejoined WW for like the umpteenth time. My husband and I went right after church. He weighed and joined and I did the same and stayed for the meeting. I really like my Thurs. leader but I just can't seem to make it on Thurs. with work and all. This leader was someone I had not seen or heard before. I enjoyed the meeting. She was talking about the negative mindset we all seem to have concerning diets and that the WW way is to change that mindset to a way of life not a diet. One of the ladies in the class said our mindset might be that a diet is deprivation but the WW side says that our choices are limitless. I began to really ponder on that word deprivation and it occurred to me that a diet really is deprivation. Not necessarily deprivation of food but deprivation of the comfort and emotional security that food often times brings to those of us who struggle in this area. I believe it would be the same for a shop aholic. Once this person decides to change his/her lifestyle by cutting out shopping in excess they too may struggle with the "high" if you will that shopping brings them. All of us have a void in our lives that only the Father can fill. I know I am so guilty of trying to fill it with food. An example of this was a recent trip to the grocery with all three kids, I believe they fought the entire time. I had to correct them on numerous occasions. I bought a candy bar and once I got to the car I ripped it open and ate it as fast as I possibly could. It brought comfort for a few minutes then guilt. I pray that this time around on WW I will identify the hunger that comes from emotions and that when I do I will take it straight to the Father. If I find comfort in other things or if I just keep busy so that I won't eat then I am only masking the problem and or filling the void with something else. I am going to do my best to lay this idol (and thorn in my flesh)down once and for all at the Father's feet. I have to quit thinking I can do things apart from him.
Have a great week and remember to put the Father first.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Happy Birthday to my baby Cameron

I know it is said all the time by everyone but I really can't believe that 4 years have passed since I gave birth to my youngest child, Cameron. My pregnacy with him was such a HUGE suprise in fact SHOCKED might be an even better adjective to describe what I was when I read the little "two lined" test. The Lord really blessed us with him. He is funny, dramatic and often times a glass half empty kind of kid.(probably gets that from me:) The events surrounding his birth were pretty crazy. I will give a short synopsis: I deliver him, that was actually the easy part except for the fact that something went wrong with the epideral line and they kept having to pull off the tape that held it on my back, you know the tape that they spray adhesive on your back first and then apply. They had to rip it off 3 times I think it ripped every hair along with it. It hurt so bad I had decided that I would not let them do it again I would have to go natural. Glad they finally got it right:) I decided that because he was my third, and I was older and wiser, I would let him sleep in the hospital nursery as I knew I would need the rest. I told the nurse that was my desire and she said they were short staffed but he'd be okay. Well of course you know I did not put my baby in the short staffed nursery so no sleep for the older wiser mommy that night. My oldest son goes to soccer practice and breaks his leg and because I am being released at the very moment he is getting his cast on my fil had to bring me home from the hospital. As I walked out the people in the waiting room really were giving me a second look and I feel pretty sure it was not because I was looking good in my "maternity clothes wearing but not pregnant self" I have to believe that it was because they thought I had a sugar daddy. :) As we got into my van the check engine light came on. ($800.00 later that was taken care of) My oldest came home with a full leg cast on and a wheel chair. There that was it all in a nut shell. A real day to remember and remember I do as a day that I was given another blessing by the Lord. A blessing to raise for him and his glory. No matter what the circumstances were surrounding his birth He is a true gift from the Lord above. My Jehovah Jire, the Lord that provides, and provide he has done for me and my family.

Monday, September 24, 2007

School, Soccer & the Letter "P"

Chandler & DH



Long time no write. I know and I am sure my Sweet Grandmother and parents are wondering where I have been. Where do I begin??? My kiddos are doing well in school. Carson, the middle one, is very much a pleaser and rule follower. He loves school and does his little homework papers on his own. I don't even have to remind him. Cameron likes school (preschool) but says he is tired (daily) and just wants to stay home. Chandler my ninth grader is so happy to go to school and get the awesome opportunity to communicate with other ninth graders who are of the female persuasion and communicate he does. What I don't get though is that I am of the female persuasion and some days there's not a lot of communicating going on between myself and him. Maybe it's just not the same.(haha)

We are spending a lot of time on the soccer fields. Carson's team won their game Saturday 12-2 He scored at least 4 goals. He is doing very well in soccer and looking forward to beginning basketball in about a month. Dad is the soccer coach and will try to do basketball too but with his work schedule he may have to enlist some help from the other dads of kiddos on the team. After Carson's game we went to Jackson, Tn to watch Chandler's team play one game Sat. night and 2 games Sunday. This was a region premier league weekend. The top two teams from Miss., LA, Al,Tn, and Arkansas play in a league. This weekend was Tn vs Ark. and we fit in our Tn vs Tn game. The team did very well and won all three games. My dh and I really enjoy watching our son play and rooting for the team. The team is now gearing up for the next premier league weekend in a few weeks where they will compete against the Louisianna teams. The team record so far in this league is 4-1 so they are progressing nicely.

In preschool this week we are studying the Letter P. Today we wore pajamas and cooked pink pancakes. We also are learning names of God and this weeks is Jehovah Shalom. The God of Peace. I try to cooridinate everything with the letter of the week. Even their show and share items are supposed to begin with the letter of the week. As I was cooking pancakes today in my class, Carson and his teacher showed up at the door and he had a fever so I had to leave my little learners in the care of my very capable assistant and our principal. I knew a trip to the store was going to be necessary as I had no medicine for a fever at home. Did I mention that today was pajama day? Well I too was wearing pajamas. Thankfully though I remembered as I left and was able to run home and change quickly before going to the store. That would have been a great post though huh?

I could go on and on but I think I am going to hop off this computer and see if I can work on figuring out how to put more hours in my day and if that does not work I guess I will settle for balancing and prioritzing it a little better. :)
Hope all of you have a wonderful week and remember God loves you!!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

A little bit of this and A little bit of that....

So much to say and never enough time....Well, I have been working with my little pre-schoolers and I love them so much. We have such a good time. I don't think I ever realized how much I would be singing though. In fact I have probably sung more in the past 2 weeks than I have in my entire life and let me tell you I am not a singer. I cannot carry a tune anywhere. We have the good morning , days of the week, months of the year, the pay attention, and the good-bye song and let me tell you if I forget to sing just one of these songs the kiddos will let me know asap. :) And guess what??? They don't even notice that I can't sing.:) I have very few behavioral problems. Nothing that I can't usually correct with a soft stern reminder. I will post some pics of the room later.

Here is a picture of the items I won from Peeking thru the Sunflowers give away. She sent them right away but of course without the digital is takes a while to get my pictures back. I just love them. Daughter of the King is having a very generous give away at her blog so stop on by and sign up.

I have to tell you about a prayer the Lord recently answered for me. MY DOG IS NOT PREGNANT!!!!! I wanted a female lab not a male because I did not like dealing with the whole "leg action to my company" that occurs when you have a male dog. When my male Jack Russell was a puppy he had the leg action going on and it embarrassed me so badly that I got him fixed as soon as I could. Having the female I have totally taken my time because she has not embarrassed me. Now she has chewed up the entire house(that is another very expensive story) but not embarrassed me with leg action so I sort of kept putting her surgery on the back burner. Well I have noticed she was acting weird and she looked a little swollen so of course I thought she was pregnant and I could only picture myself adding 10 puppies to an already impossible schedule. Come to find out she is not pregnant but in Heat. What a relief but what a mess. I did not know female dogs came with cycles, information I should have found out before I got the female dog. I did not know they make diapers for this. I tried to use some of my old low rider underware that I can't wear anymore because when I put them on the whole front disappears thanks to my ever-growing stomach. I had to cut a hole in the back as women's underware don't normally come with holes for tails,(they might somewhere but nowhere that I have frequented) I put a pad in and walah a solution to the bleeding problem that did not cost me a cent. It was a pretty prideful moment for me, but you know what the Bible says, Pride comes before the fall and fall they did right off her hind legs. If all of this means she is not pregnant than sisters I can deal with it. I am calling to schedule her surgery tomorrow morning. Then I will make sure this dog stays in the house unless one of us is right by her side when duty calls. If you look real close at the picture I've posted of the dogs, Dallas, has a stick in her mouth. I thought it looked like an oversized toothpick she picked up after a meal.

God has been good to me I feel so blessed. I could write so much about it and I will soon but for now I am trying to take it all in. I will tell you that in the book of Daniel the Lord is the Revealer of Secrets and when you are praying and are unsure of the things you are being told or are seeing happen, pray to Him to be the
Revealer of Secrets to you. Believe me He will reveal, in His time.
Have a great week in the Lord.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Happy Birthday Holland/ Grandma

Since I don't get to blog as much as I'd like I am going to do two birthdays in one day.

I want to wish my nephew, Holland, a great birthday today. He turns 11. He is the baby of my sister Sandy's 3 boys and let me tell you he is hillarious. He is very quick witted. Holland we love you, Uncle Cool says hi and we all hope you have a great day. Aunt Linda

Tomorrow is my Grandmother's birthday. This woman is in her Eighties, still lives alone and drives and is very active is so many things especially choir. She is amazing I am sure her involement keeps her young. We hope you have a great day Grandma. We love you.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

"Come on Lady are you for real?"

Just thought I'd let you see what my purchases were at the store the other night. It really makes no sense. I know the clerk thinks I will be lounging reading my WW magazine and snacking on all the candy but hey the drink is diet. Guess what??? He is pretty much right! I do share the candy with my family but I would be lying if I said it was all for them. I am really going to give this another shot. I have been very inspired by Diet coke & Zingers(love the name) She is doing a great job at reaching each of her goals. Go visit if you have a chance.

Fun Name stuff

Well a long long time ago my sweet blogging buddy Christina did a sweet post on some of her blogging friends where she had created their names on a special setting. I have just recently figured out how to do it so I am now participating my sending one back to her and a few others.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Little people funnies

This is the sort of stuff we hear
around our home on a daily basis....
Cameron (3yrs)" Hey lets play good guy bad guy. I'll be Jesus, you be the guy who nailed me to the cross."
Carson (5yrs) " No you be the dog and I'll be the dog catcher.
Cameron Oh, okay.
They keep us on our toes, keep our faces smiling, and our hearts full.


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

We have a winner

You are all winners and I am so excited you participated in my give away. The name my son drew was Daughter of the King(email me with your address). Thanks for the sweet comments.
Blessings to all of you and your families.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

50th post give away

Update: Since it is Labor Day I will wait til Wednesday at 7:00pm to pick a winner not tonight.

Finally I got my pictures back. Blogging without the digital camera is sort of a pain. Anyway here they are. A frame with easel and a ceramic cross. Any comments from the 1st post about the give away, from today's with my sisters anniversary til Monday evening September 3rd at 7:00 will be counted. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Happy Anniversary/Tagged

First, I want to wish my sister, Sandy and Bil Steven a wonderful Anniversary. I always thought she was such a pretty bride and very photogenic. They are truly a team and a real testimony to the way a marriage should be. Hope you guys have a great day!!!

Second, Alice tagged me with a name game. You are to use each letter of your middle name to describe you so here goes:

J-Jesus Follower
E-Engraved in His palms
A-Analytical(sometimes to a fault)
Thanks Alice that was fun. Anyone that wants to participate feel free. If you do, let me know so I can check it out.
Third, Don't forget to check back to see my give away item I hope to get the pictures back today. Any comments from this post as well as my last post will be counted.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Frazzled Mom/50th post give away

No I have not fallen off the face of the earth but I have fallen off the land of blogville and have missed it terribly. I think I have been online maybe 2 hours in the past week and most of that was trying to find great pictures for my classroom's job chart. I posted a while back about the opportunity I was given to teach one of the two 4-K classes at my children's preschool. Although I have a degree, having babies and staying home with them has been my classroom. I have not actually had my own classroom. I started with the other teachers this past Monday to get our rooms prepared. They had so much stuff at the school to decorate the room with but of course since it is my first classroom I wanted to put my own touches in the room so I have gone OVERBOARD in getting the room ready. I have to say I am not all about the traditional primary colors either. Now of course the kids need to know them and learn them but I do like a lot of other colors as well so some of my decor might be called a little rebelish(a word I think I just made up) We have some pillows in the reading center that have seen much better days so I am going to pick up some animal print material and my sweet MIL is going to make some new pillows for me, I think the kids will love them. Ladies after this week of lesson planning and room preparing I have to tell you I really had no idea how much work these teachers put into their rooms and lesssons. I also thought (especially at preschool age) that when you went home that was it. Well you have to earn a certain number of training hours outside of class time. There are staff meetings, cpr training, open houses, programs, all taking time outside of the classroom. If you have a kiddo in preschool or any grade for that matter, thank them, I mean really let them know how much you appreciate the work they do. The preschool is in a church and the church does not want the classrooms to look like school rooms on Sunday mornings so we have to remove some items and we are limited to the wall space we can use. At first I was disappointed that I could not do more but after this week I'm thinking that is the best rule I have ever heard. I am tired and the kids have not even come yet. They come tomorrow and though I am tired I am equally as excited to meet all their sweet little faces. I have prayed for each of them as I have cut out their name tags. Today as I sat in the room I prayed over the room, for the children, and all the parents of the children. I want to be a blessing and not a burden to each family. I will have to let you know how it goes. They are coming in groups over the next two days. The first official week starts next week.

Now I mentioned in my last post that I would be having a give away in honor of my 50th post. Well this is it. Number 50!!! I am so excited that my sister got me started blogging because I have loved it. I guess it can be tempting at times to make your life seem more exciting than it is but I have not come across too many blogs that are that way. I have read a lot of stories about struggles, marriages, parenting and there is a lot of pain and raw exposure. Knowing that other people are going through valleys and reading about how they get through them is so encouraging to me. I don't mean to say I am ever encouraged by some one else's pain I am encouraged that I am not the only one. I also am encouraged by those who share their love for going to yard sales and thrift stores and turning a once drab find into something beautiful all at a very low cost( no pretending there). As I blog and share pictures and glimpses of my life I have become very reflective and thankful for the blessings that the Lord has given me. So I want to thank all of you bloggy friends for keeping " it "real.

I do not have my digital camera so I will not be able to show a picture of the gift until Fri. or Sat. but I will begin today and anyone who leaves a comment beginning today with this post will be included in the drawing.