December 31, 2010

Home on Wheels

The other day, kiddo and I were on our way home from work and school.  We were stopped at a red light.  There was an 18-wheeler type truck pulling a mobile home turning onto the road we were on.  It got kind of close to us turning and kiddo looked out the window in amazement.

"MAMA!  There's a HOUSE!  Or is that a train?"  She asked.

I replied, "That's called a trailer honey.  One day you will learn about them.  Your Mama and Daddy lived in one when they first got married.  It still haunts us to this day."

"What?"  Kiddo asked.

"Never mind.  It's a home on wheels!"  I replied


December 30, 2010

Christmas Decorations

Today is December 29th in case you didn't know.  We have not celebrated New Year's yet.  I usually disassemble and put up all my Christmas decorations on New Year's Day.

Well, this year is different. 

Why you ask?

Well, for one thing, there is a very important football game on New Year's Day.  Gator Bowl.  Jacksonsville, FL.  Been a LONG time since I have watched my Bulldogs play on NY Day!  Go Dawgs!  Beat Michigan!

The other thing is that I would rather be packing for...


That's right folks.  Kiddo, my mom, and I are headed to Orange Beach on Tuesday night.  I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!  Indoor pool.  No one around but security guard.  We are looking forward to a little spending of Christmas money at the Tanger outlets and maybe some Yogi Bear or Tangled at the movie theater.

How is all that possible you ask?

I have the best friend in all the world.  Lisa has been at the beach for 3 weeks and although I am sure she would never leave if you didn't make her, the kids have to go back to school.  So she offered me the last bit of her time at the 4 bedroom, 3 bath condo.

It will be heavenly.  The only thing that would be better is if my sis in law decided to come along and bring her kiddos or if the hubby could come.  But Mom and I will make the most of it. And I know the kiddo will have a blast.  We are telling her it's an early birthday present.

So, this time next week I'll be looking at this from Lisa's blog.

December 28, 2010


I love my hair, on most days.  I've never colored it.  Never highlighted it.  Only permed it once.  Learned my lesson.  I get regular haircuts (trims) every 6-8 weeks.  I usually get a real haircut (chop off 4-5 inches) about every 4 or 5 years.

Right now, my hair is probably the longest it's ever been, or close to it.  I am loving it.

Except for one thing.

It seems like the longer it gets, the greasier it gets.  Gross right?  Oily, greasy, funky.

Any suggestions? 

I was every single day.  Mostly in the mornings.  Shampoo and conditioner.  And I blow dry it almost every day as well.  And no, I don't stink my fingers in my hair all day!

I have used all the normal brands like Pantene, Suave, Herbal Essence, Aussie, etc.  I've even started to use Head and Shoulders to see if that helps any.  Nothing yet.

I don't want to chop off my hair just because it's greasy.  But I can't stand it.  I will cut it one day and donate it, I'm just not there yet.

So short of buying the expensive shampoos, any other suggestions???

December 27, 2010

Homemade Guitars and Music Volume 2

Remember this post about Homemade Guitars and Music?

Well, here's volume 2.

The other day, my nephews and sis in law were at storytime at our local library.  We have an older group of men and women in town that are called Dante's Dulcimers.  They just happened to be playing that night.  The nephew was amused.

So they went home and made him his own dulcimer.

You go boy.  Your Daddy and I are proud!  Play on!

December 26, 2010

Christmas Hangover

We had a great Christmas!  We had multiple celebrations and we are feeling the affects today.

This is what my living room looked like yesterday after Santa came and all had to be opened and played with.  I really think my kiddo has ADD as she would go to one thing and play with it and then 1 minute later, move on to something else. Maybe that's just all kids at Christmas.

So today, we are soaking it all up. Being heathens and skipping church, GASP!  We are all just too tired and need at least 1 day to recuperate!

We are very thankful to all our friends and family who gave us all such great gifts.  But the greatest of all our gifts are the gifts of your friendship.  We cherish you all and are thankful each one of you have been brought into our lives.

Merry Christmas one more time.  Oh, and it's snowing at our house.  Not much but flurries that are noticeable!  That's as close to a white Christmas as I've ever seen!

December 25, 2010


Happy Birthday Jesus!

Wishing each and every one of you a very Merry and blessed Christmas.  
Remember why we celebrate.

And the celebrating at our house this year will be different than any previous year!

December 24, 2010

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

As told by Matthew

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 

 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us." 

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. 

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." 

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 

"In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "For this is what the prophet has written: "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'" Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him." 

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. 

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." 

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son." 

When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." 

After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead." 

So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene." 

       --Matthew 1:18 - 2:23 New International Version

    December 23, 2010

    Christmas Outtakes

    I saw this on someone's blog the other day and thought what a great idea!  
    The outtakes from Christmas card photo shoot!

    So, here you go.  

    WARNING: Photo heavy post!

    And remember, the same person has taken almost every picture of her (besides me) 
    since, literally, the day she was born.

     I really like the one above but it looks like that tree 
    is a peace sign behind her head. Or bunny ears!

    And I give you, my favorite!
    And that was before we ever really started.  The professional photog wasn't there yet.  I took this one.  Hence the face.

    Hope you enjoyed!

    December 21, 2010

    A Modern Day Christmas Story

    This past Sunday was my last Sunday to teach Youth Sunday School until this summer. We work on a rotation schedule.

    I've really enjoyed my time teaching these kids. We may have a small group but we have a good group.

    This Sunday's lesson was on Love's Great Sacrifice.  I changed it up a bit (which is BIG for me, I don't usually vary from the lesson).  I wanted to include some things from Mary and Joseph since it was the last Sunday before Christmas, Jesus' birthday.

    We talked about how much Joseph loved Mary and he could have turn and ran the other way when she told him she was a virgin but was pregnant.

    We talked about what it would have been like if Mary and Joseph lived in today's times.  People would laugh at Mary and call her a liar.  People would suggest/recommend she terminate the pregnancy.

    Then one of the older boys said something about how it would be all over Facebook.

    What great timing he has.  I showed this video to them next.

    It was amazing to see their faces.  They watched so intently!  It really made the lesson!

    We talked a bit more about how love's great sacrifice comes in many forms. But the greatest sacrifice of love was the fact that God gave His only SON to DIE for all of us.  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

    Never take love for granted. It began with God.  And, because of that love, we are able to have a free and unconditional relationship with Him, if we choose it.

    I know I said it already, but I've really enjoyed this rotation with these kids.  Young adults. And the other teachers are pretty cool too.

    And, 2 of them accepted Christ into their hearts last week.  Pretty cool!

    December 20, 2010

    Sayings from the Kiddo

    Here is your latest edition of sayings from my kiddo.

    Yesterday afternoon, we were headed to the hospital to see MeMe.  Kiddo was asking if she was still sick since we were going the hospital and not her house.  I tried to explain that she was still sick but the Doctors were making her better.

    In her 3 year old (almost 4 year old) mind, she sweetly said this:

    "I know!  She's having a baby!"

    Then I laughed.  Then she got mad.  Then I apologized and got out my phone to call hubby and tell him. 

    She then said:

    "Mama, you better not tell MeMe or Daddy that!"

    So I did.  As soon as we got the hospital.

    Then she got mad again.

    It took all we had not to BUST OUT LAUGHING.

    She's so sweet that she got over it quickly.

    After MeMe informed her that she was not there to have a baby.

    Happy Monday.  It's Christmas week!

    December 19, 2010


    Happy Sunday friends!

    My family could use some extra prayers today.

    My sweet mother in law is in the hospital.  Without going into a ton of detail, she has been sick all week and ended up having exploratory surgery Friday night.  She is doing much better now but she cannot go back to work for a while.

    Please pray for her health and that she gets her strength back soon.  We are all very blessed that she is in our lives.

    Thanks friends!

    December 18, 2010


    I just asked kiddo if she saw any deer while camping.  She said yes.  Then she told me she needed to get her gun.  So she went to her room and got her dart gun.  Then proceeded to shoot the deer, aka the front door! 

    We live in Mississippi.

    This morning when I got out of the shower, my kiddo informed me that we needed to go camping.

    I asked why.

    She said so we could get in the tent and look for deer!

    What else would one do on a cold Saturday morning in MS?

    She also wanted to find some presents while in the woods so we could wrap them and put them under the tree. Then open them. Sly little gal!

    She's been hanging out with her Papaw too much!

    December 17, 2010


    I have nothing witty to say today. 


    I'm exhausted.

    I'm going to enjoy my Friday.  Hope you do as well.

    December 16, 2010


    Father Time,

    Would you mind slowing down just a bit?  Especially around the holidays?


    Your Busy Friend Who Would Like To Enjoy the Holidays and Life

    December 15, 2010

    December 14, 2010

    Mercy Me - Joseph's Lullaby

    UPDATE:  Right now, this song is FREE on Amazon!
    Visit this link to get it! Enjoy!

    I LOVE Christmas music.  

    Yes, I'm the dork that will sometimes open my itunes in July and 
    listen to some Casting Crowns, Peace on Earth.

    I'm also a huge fan of Mercy Me.  I heard this song on KLove the other morning on the way to work.  The video below is not the best quality but I LOVE the story that lead singer Bart Millard tells at the beginning.  Listen to the words.  It's from Joseph's perspective.  Then he throws in another of my favorite songs at the end.

    Go to sleep my Son
    This manger for your bed
    You have a long road before You
    Rest Your little head

    Can You feel the weight of Your glory?
    Do You understand the price?
    Or does the Father guard Your heart for now
    So You can sleep tonight?

    Go to sleep my Son
    Go and chase Your dreams
    This world can wait for one more moment
    Go and sleep in peace

    I believe the glory of Heaven
    Is lying in my arms tonight
    But Lord, I ask that He for just this moment
    Simply be my child

    Go to sleep my Son
    Baby, close Your eyes
    Soon enough You'll save the day
    But for now, dear Child of mine
    Oh my Jesus, Sleep tight

    So Santa, if you are reading, I would LOVE some itunes credits 
    so I can download songs like this one.

    Privacy Policy

    Oh my.  Where do I start?

    Since I posted about Facebook yesterday, I'll do it again today.

    Facebook membership should come with some rules.

    There should be some kind of privacy policy for couples.  I love my husband.  Yes, sometimes (ok, maybe more) he gets on my nerves.  But sometimes he will surprise me and actually do something good.  When he does, I really try and tell him.  Thank him.

    Not that I get any thanks for anything I do on a daily basis, but I digress...

    I tell him IN PERSON.  Face to face.  Or via text message.  Or over the phone.

    I don't post on Facebook how wonderful he is and how much I love it and how my life is so much better with him in it.

    Those kinds of comments get you hidden if you are my FB friend.  Sorry.  I can't handle it. 

    And no, I am NOT jealous of the awesome relationship ya'll have.  Or that's he is a great Dad or husband. 

    I am sure those relationships that seem soooo glorious over Facebook probably aren't.

    So please, if you really love your spouse and he's done something good, tell him to his face.  In the privacy of your own home or car or whatever.

    I hope I don't offend anyone with this.  It is my blog but this has somewhat gotten out of hand on the 'social networking' sites. 

    Next time, please send them a Facebook message if you still feel that Facebook is your best means of communication.

    Until then, happy hiding.

    December 13, 2010


    If the Good Lord decides it's my turn to go Home, please please please don't post on my Facebook wall.

    I beg of you.

    It's creepy.

    And I won't be reading it!

    I'll be busy dancing with Jesus and walking the streets of gold!

    Promise?  I'll give someone my password so you can deactivate my account.  Please?

    December 12, 2010

    In exactly one short month, my kiddo will be 4. That actually kind of scares me! I can't believe how quickly it's gotten here!

    Last night, she and I kept sweet Frances for my friend. She's such a sweet baby! She cried a little on the way home and my kiddo had the best time trying to get her to laugh! She will one day make a big sister. And no, don't ask me when.

    I remember this time 4 short years ago just like it was yesterday! I was beginning to get slightly uncomfortable. I remember being at a wedding and the hubby getting to see her actually move her foot around my belly. He said it looked like I had an alien in there.
    I guess if I've survived 4 years, I can survive some more! And yes, I went in last night and checked to see if she was breathing once she was asleep.

    December 11, 2010

    Will I ever learn?

    Will I ever truly learn that things can wait?  To enjoy the moment instead of planning for the next thing?

    Probably not.  But I am working on it.  Been exercising my NO power too.  Kind of.

    December 10, 2010


    I love my daughter.  I really do.  For ever and ever and always.

    But, some mornings I find myself wondering if she has toddler PMS.  One morning she can be the worst child on the planet, throwing the biggest fit because someone 'looked' at her to the next day being the sweetest angel on the planet.

    Night and Day! 

    Monday was horrible for us.  Kiddo woke up with a crick in her neck.  Painful, yes.  Gonna kill you?  No.  You would have thought someone tore off an appendage the way she was acting.  Cried all the way to school.  Cried at school.  And no, I am not the nice Mommy that lets my kid stay home from school because of a crick in her neck.  She has things to learn!  And Mommy needs some quiet time.

    Took me a good 15 minutes or so at school to calm her down enough to wear I could pry her off of me and drop her off with her teacher.  Not fun days.

    Then comes Tuesday.  Sweetest angel around.  Was telling me she loved me every 5 minutes.  Went right into school with me only having to tell her once.  Went right into her class without 10 hugs and 15 kisses and 20 high fives.  Yes, that's our routine.  A kiss.  A hug.  A high-five.  Then I leave.  Some days it takes longer than others.

    After I walk out of her school and am driving to work, I think, "Man, that sure was opposite of yesterday!"

    Why can't that child be around everyday?  I know, I know.  Then life would be perfect and who wants that?  None of us are perfect.

    She's just showing me ALL sides of her 3 year (almost 4 year) old personality.  Lucky me.  If only I can survive her teenage years...

    December 7, 2010


    I take it all back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Everytime I said I didn't want a nap as a kid.

    I take it all back.

    I guess that's just part of life.  Always being tired.

    By the time Friday rolls around, I am usually so exhausted that I can barely keep my eyes open past 9:00 pm!  But somehow, I do.  Again. 

    I've been reading the same book now for about a month and I'm only halfway through.  I either fall asleep reading it or I never even open it at night.

    So, yawn, yawn, stretch, stretch.  I need a nap.

    December 6, 2010

    Happy birthday Uncle Bruce!

    Kiddo's favorite Great Uncle is Bruce.  I think the feeling is mutual.  Until Chloe was born.  Now he has to share his heart.  And we are ok with that.  She's pretty cute too!

    Sweet sugars

    Chloe's birthday - That's about as big as his smile gets for pictures!

    We are VERY blessed to have this big ole teddy bear in our lives!  
    We hope you have the happiest of birthdays!!!!

    December 5, 2010

    Hustle and Bustle

    There is no denying it, the holidays are upon us!  The parties, the plays, the presents, etc.

    Through all the craziness and commercialism that is Christmas, don't forget to SLOW DOWN and enjoy the TRUE meaning of Christmas.  I know, easier said than done.

    I am one who typically has my Christmas shopping done by December.  While, I have not quite completed that this year, I'm well on my way.  I like shopping early for numerous reason.  1)  Better deals = less money spent.  2)  I can enjoy December and the holiday season without having to stress about what gifts I still have to buy.

    Yes, I start buying (sometimes) on Dec. 26th for the next Christmas.  You can get some really good deals then!  I'm a dork and I can admit it.  I don't really start really shopping until about the summertime. 

    I'm so glad I started doing this shopping early thing when I got married.  I really like that I can enjoy the holidays, as busy as we are, without some of that stress.  Yes, there are other things to stress about.  But I can breathe.  I don't feel rushed.  I can enjoy.

    This time of the year is also some of my favorite times of scripture.  Teaching my 3 year old about Jesus' birth and explaining it on a 3 year old level is priceless.  She's learning a new verse every month in her Wednesday night class with Aunt Holly.  This month's is extra special.  She (and I) really like Luke 2:11.

    But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

    I really enjoyed putting up our nativity set this year.  The kiddo and I talked about the story and what each piece of it meant.  Special.

    With all that said, enjoy your holiday season this year.  Slow down.  Be thankful that Jesus was born on Christmas day to eventually die to save us all from our sins.  Pretty powerful stuff.

    December 4, 2010


    Remember that old saying, "You can pick you nose, you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friend's nose?"

    Is that really true?

    Can we really pick our friends?

    I think our friends are sent to us, not by chance.

    You can choose to NOT be friends with someone.  That decision is yours.

    Friendship shouldn't be work.  It should come naturally.  If God puts someone in your life, cherish it.  Nourish it. 

    BUT, it's a two-way street.  There comes a time when you get tired of trying to keep it together.  Sometimes you just have to fish or cut bait as my boss says.  I'm not saying cut them out entirely, I'm just saying, cherish the ones closest to you and pick and choose your battles.  Some things just aren't meant to be.

    I am blessed with some pretty good friends.  Some have been around for a long time, others are recent pals.  They are all the same nonetheless.  I am a very lucky lady for each of you!

    Again, in the words of some of my favorite girls, thank you for being a friend!

    December 3, 2010

    Sweet Procrastination

    I'm a procrastinator.  Not a bad one.  I'm getting worse as I get older.  I used to be done with all my Christmas shopping before December ever got here.  Here it is the 3rd of December and I'm not done.  Close, but not done.  Hello brother of mine, if you are reading, I need some suggestions!!!

    I do have to brag on my kiddo today.  Yes, I'll tie in the procrastinating.   I'm pretty proud of my kiddo.

    We mostly listen to K-Love in the car.  It's a Christian radio station that relies on donations alone to produce.  And there are no commercials.  They sell no advertising.  Yes, they have announcements, etc. but not your normal garbage advertisements.  We love rocking out to some good music that I know is quality music for the kiddo.  I didn't have that growing up.  We didn't listen to bad stuff, just not good contemporary Christian music.

    Twice a year (Fall and Spring) they have a pledge drive to raise funds so they can continue to exist.  I have donated to them in the past.  This year, at that moment, money was/is too tight.  While I would love to be able to give all I have, it's just not possible.

    The last Fall pledge drive was sometime in October.  I sometimes have to change the station during this time because I get all teary-eyed hearing the stories about how it was a 'God thing' that K Love played the right song at just the right time for someone. 

    But, one afternoon kiddo and I were listening to it on the way home from work/school.  She heard them talking about money, donations, etc.  She asked me a bunch of questions.  Then she said something so beautiful that I almost didn't comprehend.

    "Mama, I want to count the money in my piggy bank tonight and send the KLove."

    Word for word.

    So, we went home and cleaned out the princess castle.  We counted it and came up with almost $25.00.  She told me to keep just a little and send the rest to KLove.

    Who is this child?

    I'm glad she has my giving spirit and not her Daddy's spending spirit.

    Which brings me back to the procrastination. 

    It was almost the last day or so of the pledge drive.  I was busy and needed to take the change to the local grocery store and cash it out in their machine.

    I never did.

    Until last week.  The money has been sitting on the kitchen counter for weeks.  She would ask me about it.  She always wanted to count it again and again and again.

    So last week, I had to run by the grocery store to get a few last minute things before Thanksgiving.  I had already done most of my shopping the week before that, but something got added to the menu and I didn't have all the ingredients.  So what did I do?

    I went to the grocery store on the Tuesday before the biggest cooking day of the year.  Along with about 100 or so of my closest friends.  But they had every check out open and even the manager in his suit was bagging groceries. 

    I used the machine and got rid of my coins in exchange for dollars.  $22 to be exact.

    I brought them home and the kiddo was so excited.  She wanted to draw a picture to send with her money.

    Here is the final product.

    The sun and the moon and the grass.  Can't you see it?

    My Picasso's work and her hard earned money.  On Wednesday, I finally mailed it all off.

    Whew.  All that for $22.  Yes.

    Worth every penny and minute I spent on it.

    That $22 will fund a K Love station for longer than you think. 

    And really?  It's more about the thought and effort my 3 year old put into it.

    Just wish her mama would have put her rear in gear sooner!

    December 2, 2010


    Here is a pretty good video from the David Crowder Band.  The song is pretty amazing and the video is super cool.  Enjoy!

    Lyrics to Sms (Shine) :
    [Verse 1]
    Send me a sign
    A hint, O whisper
    Fill me with life
    'Cause I am listening

    Come break the quiet
    Breathe your awakening
    Bring me the light
    'Cause I am fading

    Surround me with the rush of angels' wings

    [Chorus 1]
    Shine Your light so I can see You
    Pull me up, I need to be near You
    Hold me, I need to feel loved
    Can You overcome this heart that's overcome?

    [Verse 2]
    You sent a sign
    The hint, O whisper
    Human, divine
    Everyone is listening

    Death laid low
    Quiet in the night is stirring

    All around the rush of angels

    O the wonder of the greatest love has come

    [Chorus 2]
    Shine Your light so all can see it
    Lifted up, 'cause the whole world needs it
    Love has come, what joy to hear it
    He has overcome, He has overcome