Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
1. Respond & rework; answer the questions on your blog, REPLACE one question that you dislike with a question of your invention - ADD one more question of your own.
2. Tag five other people........Easy enough... Let's play!
What is your current obsession?
Cleaning in 15 minute intervals... seriously! I'm becoming obsessed with it - I have a schedule every day on which room gets the "15 minute make over"... I have a basket with a timer, dusting stuff, cleaning stuff & use the basket to throw stuff in that needs to be taken to other rooms... you'd be surprised how much you can get done in 15 minutes!!!!
What are you wearing today?
Easy Monday outfit... khaki's with a brown tshirt & brown flip flops... comfy... what I need on Mondays!
What's for dinner?
Havent even THOUGHT about it...
What would you eat for your last meal?
Fettuccine Alfredo... YUM!!! Love it - but after hearing how many calories & fat is in it - I steer from it - dont even remember the last time I ate it... but if it were a last meal, calories wouldnt matter!
What's the last thing you bought?
Banana Bread from our church's bake sale... its the BEST... it never even makes it to the table - they just bring it straight to me!
What are you listening to right now? Pandora!!! Maybe that's my latest obsession too... LOVE IT! No commercials!
REPLACED QUESTION: What is your favorite scripture or quote? "If God is for us, who can be against us? - Romans 8:31
Which language do you want to learn? I'm with Jen - Spanish! Seems so handy...
What do you love most about where you currently live? TREES!!! Everywhere!!!!
What style is your current home decorated in? .... dont think it has an actually TITLE of a style... MINE? Is that a style?
Jen's Added Question: If you could do or be anything (career wise) what would you be?
A wedding coordinator!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE anything to do with weddings... the dress - the cakes - the rings - the love... its all so great.. would LOVE to be a part of organizing for a family!
What is your favorite color? Cant say I have one.. I love them all!!! If I HAD to choose - I'd say yellow... or pink... or green... see, I cant pick!
What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? My Gap Jeans...
What is your favorite sound? LAUGHTER!!!!!!!!! Nothing like it!
Describe your personal style? I'd say SIMPLE... I'm a flip flop type of gal... flip flops with jeans, skirts, casual dresses... not a flashy, jewelry, dressy person...
If you had $300 now, what would you spend it on? I'd put it on a new camera.. I'm eyeing some nice cameras lately!
What are you going to do after this? Enter 200 checks for a Monday deposit!
What are your favorite films? Oh, you know what #1 is - Beauty & the Beast... also love "Moulin Rouge", "A Walk to Remember", "Phantom of the Opera", "The Lake House"
Favorite Books? Of course, The Bible..... When Heaven Weeps (Oh that book....), The Harry Potter series, The Twilight series, Three weeks with my brother by Nicholas Sparks, anything by Angela Hunt or Debbie Macomber
Do you collect anything? Beauty & the Beast goodies... & of course, YARN!
What makes you follow a blog? Interesting people that I feel I connect with.. people that holds my interest - have thoughtful words - or have a funny side to them!
What was the most enjoyable thing you did today? Well, since its 8 am... I'd say drink a Diet Big Red... desperately needed to wake up!
What makes you comment on a blog? I try to comment as much as possible to show people that their words are heard...
What is your favorite thing to do when you have some free time? knit, cross stitch, read, catch up on my recorded DVR shows!
Do you have a blogging pet peeve? Not really....
MY question: In honor of Michael Jackson just passing - What is your favorite Michael Jackson song? I LOVED the song "Keep it in the Closet".... so many to choose from!
OK - who do I tag? Lets see...
1. Running Away, I'll help you pack - Alexis... she is Miss Giveaway Queen right now... plus, her day to day adventures will TIRE you out! How do you do it lady?
2. Sunflowers, Chocolate & Little Boys - Denise... I love this lady! Her strength in health crisis is inspiring!
3. Eat... Pray... Run - Laurie - this woman is my running HERO!!! She's just finished the most incredible event.. & she is a woman who loves her Lord...
4. Infertile Myrtle - Meagan - this girl says it like it is about her infertility - & she speaks to my heart so many times - plus, she can just plain crack you up!
5. In Her Shoes - SB - Oh my... such wise words, such beautiful shoes! She is a fellow Sister in Christ... & feel like she's truly a sister... love everything about her - you gotta go visit her & say hey!
Anyone else wanna play along - feel free!!!!
Happy Monday everyone!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
HOT DANG... & I mean that literally! It is so hot today!!! The dog days of summer are here!
The dogs were running around the house so I went outside with them to run them - get their energy out ... as soon as I stepped outside, it was like someone sucked all the AIR out of the sky... replaced it with a bunch of humidity that you cant even breath in... I think I started sweating just STANDING THERE!
Needless to say - I told Ricky, I aint even leaving this house today... our air is fixed & I'm STAYING in it! Got the crock pot going with a roast so got a good supper coming - got socks on my knitting needles - I'm good for the day!
Hope everyone is staying cool today! Happy Saturday!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wow... what a sad day... First, to hear the news of Farrah & then the surprise of Michael Jackson... It was shocking!!!! So I'm going to focus today's Fragments on the sad news...
*There will never be a time again like Michael Jackson & his videos... Literally, there were WORLD PREMIERES!!!!! I can remember even the "Black & White" video being on regular TV - not just MTV! Now - what the heck is a video?... MTV doesnt even know anymore...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I just got reading little Miss Ava's story of her first shots ... go visit this mommy, Stephanie - her & her husband are amazing Christian people! And Miss Ava is just the cutest little expressive baby!
It instantly hit me while reading this - the process of taking your baby to get the shots. Even Stephanie's title of "This is going to hurt me more than you" hit me in the heart.....
Do you ever think God feels that way?
I mean, you take a baby in for shots because why? You want to protect them from the things in this world - you want to build them up - make them stronger! Do they know that when they are getting poked? Nope - they just know it HURTS!
And is a shot REALLY that painful? Yeah, it stings & yeah, certain ones can bring a tear to your eyes - but I think what makes a baby cry more then anything, is the SURPRISE of the shots. They're not expecting that! They're in the doctor's office with mom & dad, thinking everything is just fine - they get stripped down & they think, "Oh, this is fun, I'm going to get a bath here probably" - & next thing you know, a man or woman they arent too sure of is taking temperatures, putting cold things on their chest to hear their hearts, being measured - just things out of the ordinary... & then... the DREADED SHOT! Still, babies dont even realize that is coming until its too late!!!
The surprise of a little pain....
And then mommy & daddy rush & pick up the baby & rock them & tell them its OK - & just the sound of their parents & the comfort of their arms usually takes that fear away quickly...
Does God see us going into something we dont ever see? And does He say "This is going to hurt me more then it hurts you..." - because He knows we HAVE to go through something to make us stronger - to become "healthier".... & do we find comfort in our Father's arms - letting Him take away the sting of the hurt?
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
*I feel like I'm 12 years old again... not in a good way! My ear lobe is infected from my earrings! That use to happen all the time when I'd wear play jewelry - & now, I will only wear 24k gold or sterling silver earrings... now sure what happened... just know it HURTS! And I feel naked without my earrings!
*I am totally addicted to Pandora - the on line radio station!!! Its been the only thing I've been listening to at work every day...
*I've been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Hulu every day at lunch time (Thanks again Chandra!!!)... I totally forgot how much I loved it - especially those early seasons. Xander & some of the lines he pulls off is hilarious!
*Favorite Xander Line of the week: (After Buffy rejected him for a date) - "I'm just going to go home - lie down & listen to country music - the music of pain"
*Will the media PUL-eze leave Jon & Kate alone???? She spanked her child - she didnt sit there & beat her daughter - she didnt pull out a whip & lash her.. she spanked her. Regardless if you agree with spanking or not, that is how she disciplines her child - leave her alone! Yes - a child will cry when they are being disciplined... I just feel so bad for this family...
*Speaking of which - did you see there is a "special announcement" on their show Monday...
*Random Fact about Me: I get just as car sick sitting in traffic then moving!!! The constant stop & go of traffic... I'm feeling green thinking about it
*So you Think you can Dance Fragments!!!!
- When did Lil' C become quite the philosopher!!! What the heck was he talking about ... progression - labor - birthing pains... WHAT???
- Did you see Ryan - Evan's brother - tried out again & is on his way to Vegas! If that guy doesnt make next year's show - I'm going to be like Mary & cry & say "I think I'll just die"
- I cant believe Max got booted! He looked TICKED off! I think they are giving Kayla WAY too much credit! That first week - it was Max & his ballroom that made her look good! And he totally stole the show from her in that wacky "Princess" dance... felt bad for the guy!
*Ricky has to work on Saturday... which means for me... SLEEP!! When he's home - he's up at 5 AM! Yes - he's sick like that! And when he's up, the dogs are up - following him, jumping back in bed with me, following him, JUMPING back in bed with me... so needless to say, I usually dont get to sleep past 7 myself on Saturday... but when he goes to work, the dogs jump back in bed & sleep the morning away with me.... aahhh - looking forward to it!
*BLOG BUDDY YOU MUST VISIT: If you have a minute, you really should go visit Three Girly Girlz - this blog always blesses me! Nicki has such a way of writing about God... I always leave her site feeling like my heart has been spoken too... check her out!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
But there is one line right from the beginning that takes the breath away from me every time I hear it .. or sing it... I'll be in my car & it'll come on, & that first line is the 5th line in the song - after that, I ususally cant sing much afterwards - it knocks the breath out of me every time...the line -
I know I forget who's hands I'm in... who is in control of me & this world.... who I belong to... who loves me more then anything, even after I fail Him over & over....
For those who have children - think about how much you love them because they are "yours" - a part of you... no matter what they do - they are YOURS!
How quickly we forget we are God's children...
The rest of the words are amazing too... hope you take a few minutes to sit back, read the words, sing along if you want... & remember if you do - the DA DA DA DA is FOUR times... (I had to laugh at that part of the video)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Even the dogs are going to miss him! Who else just smiles while sneaking down food! & Isaac would just grab Zoe & hug her through the day - or snuggle with Bruno - or just push Buffy out of the way... lots of dogs for constant entertainment!
And this little cutie is the only one I can walk into a room & see doing this - & I just laugh & take a picture... if Ricky were to pull all my yarn down, it would be MADNESS... instead, I just say "That's the cutest thing I've ever seen!"
Counting down... 4 months till the next visit...
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
As soon as I was told that it was truly a scam - & I whole heartedly was hoping it wasn't true - I just sort of sat back & read all the articles & with every one, I sat with my jaw dropped, my heart heavy, & a brain that cant wrap around the "joke" of it all...
Mainly what hurts me is the idea of following other blogs that have showed the TRUE stories of people that have hurt over babies that have passed, such as Miracle Max... or the stories of joy of babies that have survived with prayer, such as Baby Harper.... & to have deceived so many who have followed this with prayers lifted & hope extended... I just dont understand.
A friend of mine, Chandra was telling me how her little girl was praying for Little April Rose the other night & she had to tell her that the baby was OK, that they needed to just pray for the mom... that's what hurts me... even little children were scammed in this... what is the joy or pleasure in that.
And that my Blog Buddy Lianna or others even submitted prayers for "His Will Wednesday"... that these people feel deceived & hurt - it just confuses me... no other word for it - confusing....
I am in agreement with the other blogs that promote praying for this lady who had this scheme going... she truly needs to be held up for issues of the heart that God can touch & heal....
I even had the link on the side to direct people to this place - wrote a post myself... I was just as deceived....
The reason I am saying something about this now... I got home from a great day with Julie & Isaac at the zoo & we were beat... naps all around. I go to check out my email & ABC News had contacted me! TRULY! They had seen my blog & wanted to discuss with me the whole story & how it felt to be deceived....
This was a legit call....I called them back & the number went straight to ABC News... I was amazed... but the reporter was very friendly.... unfortunately, I contacted him too late for my response - he was on a deadline... but he thanked me & now, I'm just waiting to hear the story on ABC News!!!!
And now, we go on with our guards up .... But I hope we can still, as bloggers, hold our hearts open for others who are going through hard times & need prayers & support! I hope we don't become jaded & automatically think the worst... but that we always love others... even Beccah... who obviously needs love more than anything right now...
Now, I'm headed to upload another LOAD of Isaac picture & we'll get back to our fun days with the most beautiful grandbaby in the world!!!!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Showing Nanny how smart he is with his toys... (Does that smile just melt your heart, or is it just me?)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Here's a close up... I'll be talking about this verse very soon... Am loving this one!
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
There was an article written by Kay Warren called "The Loudest Cheers in Heaven - One day God's invisible heroes will gain due respect"
I have to sum up a part of this to share...
This writer was in an airport & noticed a big crowd of people who had flags & were waving them & passing them out - signs everywhere - people waiting! They joined the crowd since they had time until their plane took off. Soon, soldiers were returning home - young, old, men & women. Families were cheering, strangers were cheering - everyone was there to show they were so grateful for these people & the work that they do.
The woman & her friend then thought about how it will be in Heaven.
One even said that if she made it to Heaven first, ".... I'll be on your welcoming committee - I'll be jumping up & down screaming "You made it! I'm so proud of you"
The friend said if she made it first "... I'll be at the head of the line to greet you!"
(The rest I'll just quote from the article because it is amazing & I dont want to do it unjustice)
All of us fight unseen battles every day, each believer a secret soldier locked in battle with forces no one else can see. The bravest among us are not necessarily those who fight with guns or tanks. The bravest person you know might be your husband or wife or neighbor or coworker who goes on living one more day when every bone in his or her body says its no use.
How much courage & tenancity does it take to enter this hidden war zone every day when an unseen Enemy is whispering (or shouting) "Let it go; give it up! There is no hope for a better tomorrow"?
The loudest cheers in heaven's victory stands may not be reserved for the obvious heroes. they may go instead ot the young man who chose to face the crushing disappointments of life, or the person who learned to ignore his Enemy's taunts. The most applause might go to the woman who refused to surrender her joy to the evil forces that never stopped reminding her of her brokenness. (That line right there just makes me cry every time I read it... relate?)
The hidden battles often involve hand-to-hand combat & leave us exhausted. How much more bearable would this daily fight be if we knew we were not alone?
How much could we lighten the load for another just by telling him how brave we think he is? Oh, to be so merciful with fellow soldiers fighting their personal, hidden wars.
Best of all, how much better when we bring undisclosed struggles into community, where victories can be celebrated TOGETHER, great losses mourned TOGETHER, & where whoops of encouragement can provide even the most weary soldier the courage it takes to keep on keeping on, ONE MORE DAY
Keep being Brave!!!! You're going to have a crowd cheering the loudest cheers for you one day!