Friday, July 31, 2009

Don't tell mom!

Shhhhhhhh.....don't tell my mom ..... I have a riddle for you.

A boy and his dad were driving in the woods and they get into a car accident. The dad dies and the boy goes to the hospital for surgery. The surgeon arrives and says, "I can not operate on him, he's my son."
How is the possible?


Signed,
Little K


Thursday, July 30, 2009

So So Sorry

Have you ever started something when you didn't have time to finish it?
That would be me and my blog.

Please feel free to wonder around, but as you can see I am very much under construction - still trying to figure things out on my new design.

Visit often to see the on going development of someone learning how to use a brand new template (who only thought she new what she was doing).

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Meet Thumper Junior

Meet Thumper Jr. Isn't he just the cutest -
Thumper Jr. almost met his maker tonight.




Thumper jumped out from the front of the lawn mower tonight as B was mowing the lawn. In his frantic state Thumper decided to hide out in our garage. He huddled up in a corner with his head down. Was he praying he couldn't be seen?

B grabbed an old towel and picked him up. Half way out of the garage Thumper decided to exercise his power to jump. Not wanting him to get hurt from the fall B hurried out the the grass and lowered his arms to shorten the fall.


My desire for blog pictures must be rubbing off on B because I was not home when these pictures were taken. B says it's not that I'm rubbing of on him rather the fact that I wasn't home and he finally had a chance at the camera.

As far as we know Thumper Jr is fine. He was last seen trying to blend into our rock garden.

B said needless to say it took longer to mow the rest of the lawn.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Brunch

Brunch is probably one of my favorite meals, I love breakfast food. Sunday my sister and her daughter were here. Though plans changed later, when we woke up we were going out of town so we thought we'd have brunch at The Cracker Barrel before we head out.

I love the amnions of the restaurant.
This is the ceiling as you walk into the restaurant.
They have a wonderful little country store to shop in while you wait.


I love this fireplace with all it's antiques and memorabilia. During the winter it is very relaxing to watch the fire in the fireplace and listen to the crackling wood.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a cabin with a fireplace like that. During the winter you could cuddle up in a chair with a great book, a cup of tea and just dream away the day.



When was the last time you were served soda in a bottle? I couldn't resist an ice cold root beer in a frosty cold mug.











Here is my sister and her daughter. H will be going of to college this fall giving my sis an empty nest.


The chairs in the header picture are lined up the length of the building and are for sale. I'd love to have a couple on my front porch.

One of these days I'll tell one of my most embarrassing moments as a parent and it happened in a Cracker Barrel.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Update...

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Abraham Lincoln
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Today marks the first full week of "No Caffeine".
About 2 1/2 weeks ago I started cutting back and last Sunday I made the plunge.

No-this has not been with out temptation. It's not that I want the caffeine it's self but my biggest vice is diet coke and most places do not serve caffeine free diet coke.

I am just filled with good intentions that never get carried out. So here's my goal; I want to work towards a healthier life style - on vice at a time. I am not going on a diet because diets don't work, not for me.

Slow and steady wins the race. Today it's caffeine, after a couple of weeks I intend on giving up the soda all together. There is not one ingredient in that product that will enhance my health.

Goal for this week:
  • Continue "No Caffeine"
  • 15 minutes of physical activity each day.
I'll be updating again next Sunday. If you don't hear from me-fell free to email and ask where I am. I don't want this to be another good intention that doesn't it carried out.

Have a great week.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Walk the Walk

Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct,
in love, in spirit, in faith in purity.

1st Timothy 4:12
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I receive a daily email devotion from Our Daily Bread, some devotions are more inspiring then others.

Not having to go into work until later today I was lounging in bed reading my emails from my phone. When I read today's devotion it hit hard - are we walking the walk or just talking the talk? To read the devotion click here.

It's easy to talk about faith but we must live out our faith, everyday, every moment. We must trust God completely.

For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Regardless of what is happening in our lives right now - we must cling to that verse. Many times we don't understand why the things happen to us and around us - we must cling to that verse.

If you are having a mountain top experience embrace it and thank God. If you're in a valley right now embrace it and thank God.

Show your faith - Walk the Walk.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Randomness

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I can not believe it's been a week since I last posted.

Who says date night has to be on the weekend. Tuesday afternoon I got a wild hair and called B at work, naturally I got his voice mail. So I just told him we were going out to dinner and a movie. We had a great time. We grabbed a sandwich and made a 6:40 p.m. show. Since B gets up at 4:30 in the morning he prefers the earlier times which is fine with me. We saw Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. Since I had read the book 2-3 times I was a little disappointed in the movie. I don't want to say much in case you haven't seen it yet and want too.

One of the reasons I just picked up and decided to go to the movie in the middle of the week is because we are getting a taste of the empty nest. DD17 is a counselor at camp this week and the other dd is never home. Now I have to be honest, I am having a hard time with the first one leaving for college. It doesn't matter that she's only ten minutes away. It's just weird thinking that she won't be home a night - her life is hers. I'm the one that cried all the way home when we first dropped her off at camp after she finished the 3rd grade. I felt like I had abandoned her in the woods. Thought I do have to admit this last week has helped me make the adjustment for when she moves into the dorms next month. Oh yeah, my house stays cleaner when shes gone. How sad it that?

About two weeks ago I started cutting back on caffeine and have had no caffeine for five days now; I feel wonderful. I have also practically cut out pop (soda) and have increased my water intake 100%. I feel so much more alert and have more energy. I actually care now. So if you're in a slump you may want to check out your diet. After I have been doing the no caffeine and pop thing for a while I'll move on to eliminating another poor food choice.

Yesterday would have been my mothers birthday; she would have been 68. It doesn't seem like she has been gone already for 22 years.
"Happy Birthday Mom".
That reminds me, on the first birthday after she passed away I went to the florist I bought some flowers and balloons to put on her grave. I put everything in the car and decided it was such a nice day I would put the top down-never say the balloons again.

Anymore randomness and you would probably go crazy so I'll just call it good.

Sheryl

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Electric Indigo

As I look back on the past few months of my life, it's like I have been on the outside looking in. What's the deal? I've wanted to be selfish with my time and I have abandoned my daily routines and habits and replaced them with what appears to be a lazy person. Okay, on the outside it appears as if I've gotten lazy but on the inside it's not anywhere near true. If only everyone knew my true intentions - hummm.....

Slowly, ever so slowly there has been a change; like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon. I am starting to take ownership and pride in my home again. I have the desire to start putting together routines and follow them. I am a week into going off caffeine and starting to take care of myself in general.

During this time, has God been working on me; to change me like a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly? What has been going on in my heart and soul? Why am I not seeing it right now? Am I growing up? I know God is working on me- we're all a continuous work in progress.

I feel like a Morning Glory, ready to bloom and turn my face to the light in the morning but as soon as it turns cloudy or dark I have a tendency to want to close back up. Not that I always allow myself to do that but it's what my inner self wants to do.

I want to be an Electric Indigo, this is a flower that blooms both during the day and night. Whether there are storms or sunshiny days in my life; with God's help I will strive to be the Electric Indigo, to bloom where He plants me, day and night, and I will rejoice in it.

Is is a Bug or Is is a Bee


If you look real close you can see it's wings above the window where the sun is reflecting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ouch!

I would like to thank everyone for stopping by yesterday during my special SITS day. I had a great time and I hope you did too.

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As with a lot of teens dd15 has problems with acne. She is currently under the supervision of a dermatologist. The first time around the doctor put her on Retinae. We knew she could not have her eyebrows waxed until she was off of the treatment for six months.

Fast forward, she had been off the Retinae for 6+ months and had her eyebrows waxed with no problem. Over the last few months she went back onto the acne treatment this time using Differin (a topical cream). I point out asked the doctor if this was the same as the Retinae or can she still wax. I was told there was not problem with waxing.

Yesterday dd15 exercised some of her independence and went and had her eyebrows waxed with horrible results. Her eyes were bright red and as I looked closer - she was missing skin! The skin had been pulled off in a strip the length of her eye - above both eyes. The hairdresser felt terrible. He asked if she was on acne treatment and we said yet but the doctor ok'd waxing.

I got on line to research the product a little more, click here to see what I found; under precautions it states "avoid waxing". So if you're currently using a
retinoid form of acne treatment - DON'T WAX, we were mislead.

Kuddos to dd15, she got up today and went to cheer practice and work today looking like she was wearing very red eye shadow. When the comment was made, "bet you won't go back there", she said "oh, I'll go back, it wasn't his fault." What a sport.

Oh yeah, what I didn't tell you about that "good sport" is that while the hairdresser was washing my hair she was snuggled into my arm pit crying and having me blow on her eyes.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Welcome - Welcome - Welcome

Make yourself at home, feel free to wonder around and help yourself to a nice refreshing beverage and some cool summer treats.

Once you've got your refreshments come on out and join us on the beach for a little SITS talk.


Oh, did I forget to mention that I am being featured over at SITS - The Secrets in the Sauce. SITS is a wonderful blog that brings bloggers from all over the world together to support each other through our comments - lots of comments. I have met some wonderful people through this blog.

I started my own blog in the hopes to spread the word and love of Jesus Christ, and to let people see that being a Christian isn't boring and it doesn't mean that you can't have fun. I have shared some of my ups, downs, and just plain stupid moments in life.

I also have a photo blog over at Through The Lens of my Camera. I'm an amateur photographer who loves to take pictures and really what do you do with all those pictures? Yup you got it, you put them on a blog.

Some other posts you may enjoy are:
Hang around as long as you like, visit often-the beach is always open.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Silence

My favorite sound is silence. I so enjoy the physical silence and I soak it up when ever I can; but there is also another silence that I crave just as much.

A silence of the heart, of the soul, and of the mind.

This type of silence allows us to hear the precious words of Jesus; to hear His guidance for us, to feel and see is love, mercy, and grace.

During this silence, I find peace.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Adventures in babysitting

Katie was scheduled to babysit for our niece last night, when her driving time got extended, mom and dad came to the rescue. After dinner and play time at our house we took the kids to their house. I almost forgot how much energy little ones have at this age.


This is Paige, when she was younger she would never talk to me. Now she is making up for lost time-she never stops.

This is Braydon, her older bother. He too does not have a problem keeping up is side of the conversation.

They got the Kawasaki 4-wheeler out and were off to new adventures. I was really impressed when it was time to go in. With out saying a word to them they put the 4-wheeler back in the cabinet, plug it in, closed the door and put the rest of the toys away.

Paige decided she wanted to take some pictures. Here is her first attempt, yup that's me behind those foster grants or should that be finger.....

But she soon started to adjust. At least the finger is gone. Nice feet Braydon bet your mom is glad they were clean.

Now she's getting the hang of it. Actually she was starting to do too well, she got a picture of me with out me knowing it. I really need to pay more attention to what I look like when I leave the house-not a flattering picture (It was decided by the editor and chief of this blog not to post my picture. Don't want to be the cause of anyone needing therapy.)

This is Charlie, he is a Golden Doodle, aka small horse. Charlie is a very lovable dog. (Please forgive the blurred picture. I'd like to say Paige took this one but she didn't. Charlie was a dog on the run.)

All he wanted was some piece and quite so he could chew on his bone and no it wasn't the kids bothering him. . .

. . . it was Lucy, she's a miniature Golden Doodle with one speed - hyperdrive. She was like trying to shoot an animal in the wild. I had the wrong camera, my point and shoot just couldn't capture her.

It was a great night, I really enjoyed playing with the kids.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I'm a secret sneaky friend

I'm not here today, I'm the secret sneaky friend over at Sneaky Momma - click on the button below to check it out.

My Guest Post

Friday, July 3, 2009

Independance Day - 4th of July

Here in the United States we have a holiday called Independence Day also known as Fourth of July. It is a holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which was signed on July 4, 1776. This declaration declared our Independence form Great Britain.

Typical celebration activities include fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics and ball games just to name a few. This year my family will be celebrating the 4Th different from in the past.

Our daughters and their friends will join us for a barbecue in the afternoon. As they each leave for their own planned activities for the evening, my dh and I will sit out on the porch, watch the neighbors fireworks and enjoy the company of each other. We have never celebrated the 4Th of July together alone and we are looking forward to it.

Many people in many countries do not get to celebrate this kind of freedom. They are told what to wear, where to go to school, where to live, who to worship. We take that all for granted in the land of plenty. Yes this country is having it's share of problems right now but we still have our freedom and I thank every military personal who fought to give us that freedom we take so much for granted - Thank you.

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
1Peter 2:16

We are blessed with the freedom to worship where ever - when ever we want. We don't need to go into a basement some where and secretly worship. Let's go before God and worship Him and thank him for that freedom along with all of the other blessings He has given us. Let's kick up our heals and dance in the streets and worship Him in His Name, in His Honor, and in His Glory.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We have so much to be thankful for and we forget sometimes to stop and thank you and show you our appreciation. Lord we live in a land of freedom, freedom so many others do not have. I pray that those countries will soon be able to experience the same freedom, especially the freedom to worship you where ever - when ever they choose.
Amen