Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Diet

Well, here we go again. It's NOT actually again, just a continuation.
We (my husband and I) actually started on April 14th. I am just
getting around to posting. We are basically doing Atkins. We've always 
done well with Atkins and it's so improved over the years. I am excited
because so far, it's been really manageable. I haven't been hungry
or tempted to eat "bad" stuff. This pyramid shows 
the way we eat. 

So, here is a recent pic. This was taken four weeks into the diet on 
Mother's Day. (didn't think to take one when I first started)
So, this is after a 10 lb loss) 
Just wanted something for ME to look back at and
see for myself any changes. 

So, there you have it. This is basically just for me.
Just want to have a way to look back and
document what I'm doing. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Celebrating Emily's 16th Birthday

Tuesday was the day we chose to celebrate Emily's birthday. The actual day was the previous Saturday but we had an incredibly busy weekend so we opted to go out another day so we could relax and enjoy it more. She is wearing her "Back to the Future" shirt (birthday present). We took her to the Darren Romeo Magic show at the Smoky Mtn Opry which she had been wanting to see and then out to her choice of lunch and dinner. We also bought her all the seasons of Family Ties (which she watches with ClearPlay). We also had her a little party after church Sunday night. All in all, I think she had a GREAT 16th birthday...which she will always remember.

Here is a picture of Emily with Darren Romeo and his assistant. The magic was really 
good. It is a matinee show at the Smoky Mtn Opry. He was also super
friendly and took time to meet and have pictures with anyone who wanted
them after the show. 
She also got autographs...which anyone who knows Emily...knows that she LOVES.
She simply adores getting autographs of those in the "fandoms". She has acquired 
quite a few. 

Anyway, she seems really, really happy with her birthday and of course, that makes
ME really, really happy because nothing makes me happier than to see
her happy. :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sweet 16

Happy Sweet 16 to my baby girl. My, how the time has flown! I wish
I could slow it down. She has fulfilled every dream this mother
could have had in a daughter. I love spending every minute with her.
She has proven to me that life with a teenager doesn't have to be grief
and arguing...every day with her in our lives has been nothing but JOY.
God Bless You, sweet Emily! Love you with my heart!!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Death is No Respecter of Persons

Yesterday, my husband preached the funeral of a very old man. He was the father of a man in our church. He had been sickly for a good while. He had been in the nursing home for a few years. His funeral was sweet. He was honored at the cemetery with a military ceremony. It was very moving. His grandchildren loved him very much and it was evident.  

We left that funeral and drove to another town a few miles away to attend the funeral of a baby girl. She was the great granddaughter of another man in our church. She was sixteen months old. She passed away unexpectedly. As a mom, this was really REALLY difficult. To see a tiny little girl lying in a tiny little was heart wrenching sight. She looked as if she were sleeping and would just awake at any moment. 

I have thought much about yesterday. Two funerals, totally opposite from each other. From a human standpoint, one wants to feel as if the old man were the very lucky one. He lived a good long life and accomplished a great many things. And the sweet little baby girl barely had a life, it almost feels as if she was cheated out of having a life. But...spiritually speaking...she was really the one MOST BLESSED. She was given a life but taken on to heaven before she had to live in a God-hating, God-denying, and sin filled world. 

We were talking in the car while we were on our way there about how much the world has changed...just in the last twenty years or so. Attitudes about sin...sin that at one time was scoffed at and accepted...not just accepted...EMBRACED...not just embraced...but for all intents and purposes...FORCED...upon those who disagree. And really, what we see now is just the tip of the iceberg. The America (if there even is one) that our children and their children (if the Lord doesn't return) will live in will not even remotely resemble the America that our generation knew. Other countries hate America and what it has been a symbol of and always have. They've never been able to stand up and show how much they've hated this nation until the last few years. They despise us. They want to destroy us, and unless America falls on her face before a HOLY GOD and repents (as Israel did many times in the old testament) she is going to fall prey to these God-hating countries. 

Personally, I think we are living in scary times. America has faced wars in her history. But, America has always had God's blessing because she was a nation who stood for what is right. Sadly, we are no longer that nation. 

So, thinking about that sweet little baby girl going on to be with the Lord in heaven? She will never have to live in world that hates God and his people. Her parents will never have to worry about whether or not she will be saved because the Lord carried her home before she needed to make that decision. She is happy in heaven, she is healthy in heaven, she is LOVED in heaven, by One who loved her even more than her parents, as hard as it is for us to even think about. I know these thoughts are scattered but I just wanted to try to put it all down in words...some of these thoughts and feelings all swirling around inside my head and heart. 

It all comes down to this...we will all face a HOLY GOD one day, either through death or his return. It doesn't matter which way we go...the end is still the same. He died for us, to give us an opportunity to believe on Him and receive Him as our Savior. There is no other way. Jesus told us in His word, "...I am the way, the truth, and the life". We either believe in Him for the saving of our souls, or we do not go the heaven. My heart yearns to pray, "Lord come quickly" when I see the condition of our society but my heart also feels HEAVY at the many, MANY people I know who aren't ready to go.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Giving God the Glory He Deserves

This portion of scripture was part of my devotional reading this morning. 

26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.

The thing that struck me almost immediately was in verse 28. King Nebuchadnezzar had had a terrible dream but he couldn't remember it. He sent for all his astrologers and sorcers but NONE could help him. When the Lord revealed to Daniel the dream and it's interpretation, Daniel asked to go before the king. He had an opportunity to make himself look good before the king. BUT, in verse 28, the Bible says that Daniel made sure the king knew that it was the God of heaven that knows all things. Daniel didn't want the credit for God's work. He wanted all to know that it was God who should have the glory.

So many times, I am afraid that we, as believers, want to look good ourselves in the eyes of others, and we don't give God the glory HE deserves. Any good that we are able to do IS NOT OF OURSELVES but only because God made it possible. I see on facebook and other social media sights almost daily where people try to brag on themselves for what they've accomplished (they try to sound humble-but let's face it-if you are the one telling your accolades-it's bragging) We, as believers, should not be lifted up in pride but should always give GOD the glory HE deserves. We can do nothing in ourselves outside of God's mercy and grace. Just a thought from my devotions this morning. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Brand New Year With No Mistakes In It

Every day is a new day with no mistakes in it.

That is a quote (not word for word but the meaning is there) from
one of my favorite movies "Anne of Green Gables".
I was perusing Facebook this morning while waiting for my
coffee to be ready, and someone had posted something along those
lines but talking about a new year. And I thought it was a great thought. 
Every new year, people from all over, make new years's resolutions.
And there's nothing wrong with that. We all want (or should) to make improvements.
After all, no one is perfect, there is always room in our lives to do
better. Whether it's for better health physically(like exercising more and eating better),
or spiritually (like spending more time with God in our devotions and prayer time)
I always have these in mind at the new year. I always start out with such good
intentions. But, as the year goes on, and life gets back into the normal busy
day to day rountine, my lofty goals somehow get less important. 

But, I love the idea of a brand new year, with no mistakes in it.
And breaking it down even more...a brand new day with no mistakes in it.
Rather than look at whole year, all I really need to do is take it one day at a time. 
That is really all that we know we have anyway. So, with every new day, we
can make a new resolve. Did I do all I wanted to do for my Lord yesterday?
I have a brand new day do my BEST for Him. 
So, this morning as I am pondering a brand new year...I pray
that I can once again make some improvements.
I do need to get back to eating healthier (on a regular basis), get 
back to walking daily (if my heel spur will cooperate), and most
of all, I want to use this new year to get ever closer to God.
I want to help my heart to become softer toward Him. I want
Him to be able to use me to be a blessing to those around me and
to help those around me see HIM in me. 

With all these thoughts in mind, here are a few stanzas of one of my favorite hymns.
(I don't believe these are all the verses, just the ones on our church hymn book)

Take My Life, and Let it Be

by Frances R. Havergal

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord to Thee
Take my hands, and let them move 
At the impulse of Thy love
At the impulse of Thy love

Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King
Always, only, for my King

Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with praises, Lord, to thee
Take my silver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold
Not a mite would I withhold

Take my love, my Lord I pour 
At Thy feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee
Ever, only, all for Thee

A brand new year, with no mistakes in it. A new year to live every day
for God's glory and give Him my whole heart. 
I am looking forward to it. I don't want to waste one minute of it. 

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Random Catch Up in No Particular Order

It's been WAY too long since I blogged but honestly, it's
so hard to do everything that I want to do
and I never get it all done. Since it's been so long since
I posted, I just chose some random pics from my phone
to try and document some of our lives around here. Lol!

I had a birthday in August! I have found that the older 
I get the more I like "old" things. Haha! When we
were first married, my husband and I bought an old
house that had ALL the stuff in, glassware,
EVERYTHING still in it. And, I TOTALLY did NOT want
ANY of that old stuff. I wanted "country blue and ducks"
(which was ALL THE RAGE back then)
So, as soon as I could, we had a yard sale and 
practically gave that stuff away. 
Oh and learn.
I said all that to say this...I have recently began
getting into "vintage" stuff. Look what my
hubby found for my birthday! We got
it at a thrift store (which is our favorite hang out btw)  ;)
It's called a deacon bench. Not sure of it's age...from
my research, I would say it's from around the 30's.
It's in very nice condition (solid) and just
the right amount of patina (scratched up) lol.
I love it! And he got it for a song really.

Emily has recently developed some new loves.
She has always loved musicals. But, I found her a
few old Broadway musicals on VHS at...wait for it....the thrift store! 
And that started a whole new thing for her.
She has been watching Broadway stuff and getting all carried
away for weeks now.
Her absolute favorite is "Phantom of the Opera"
and more specifically the 25th anniversary edition
at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Mostly because she really LOVES
Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo.
I never thought I'd say it, but she's even
got me loving it and I HATED it at first. 

Here is a scene from her favorite version.
She's watched three or four different versions and
read the book.

Here she is in a mask she got for her "Phantom Shrine" in her room.
Didn't get a picture of that, but I need to. You wouldn't believe her attention
to details.

And of course, all these items are for the shrine.

And she also really loves Les Miserables...not as much as Phantom
but it HIGH up there on her list of loves.

My hubby and I were out "picking" one day
and saw Batman! How cool is that!?!
My honey is the one on the left. ;) (just
in case you had trouble making it out) Haha!

 One of Emily's newest additions to her "Princess"
business. The kids at the library loved Snow White.

This is Ramin Karimloo...Emily's favorite Phantom.
He now plays Jean Valjean in Les Miserables
on Broadway.

And you know, Emily has always LOVED
getting autographs from her favorites.
She had Kirk Cameron's and Amy Adams
plus ALL the autographs from the actors
in the Mandie movies.
She decided to try to get some of her
favorite Broadway actors. Here is 
a t shirt signed by all the cast of "The Little Mermaid"
on Broadway. Ariel (Sierra Boggess) is on front
and all the others on the back. 
And she also sent a letter to Sierra Boggess requesting
an autographed picture and she recently received that in the
mail (failed to get a pic of that too)
It has a prominent place in her shrine.

I found her this cool Broadway shirt at a thrift store.
It has almost every Broadway show you can think of.
She loved it!

Here is of the little sweeties
that our friends from church, Jonathan and Becky, are
fostering right now. Pray for them as they
care for these sweet darlings.

My husband loves putting trail camera's out
in the woods where he hunts. Look what he got
on camera last week. YIKES!!!

Here is Snow White at the library. We had a super great turn out. 

And look at all the "little" Snow Whites! So cute!

Emily and Kyeli

 Emily with Kyeli and Zidane

Emily's most requested...Queen Elsa!
She has had three parties this month
and all were for Elsa.

Here are some pics from one of the parties.

Emily found this "Phantom" hat in Family Dollar one day. 
Don't worry...I didn't let her waste her money on it. Lol.

My husband bought me this at an estate sale recently.
It's a vintage floor lamp. Isn't it so pretty? 
It's right behind my deacon bench. Makes
that corner so pretty. And ain't that deer head
pretty too????? 

Here is another that shows a little more detail
.The lighting sometimes messes me up.
And here is a cute little hand made quilt I also
got a thrift store to go on the bench. 

Well, that's about all really.
We have started back with school.
Emily is in tenth grade this year.
She is doing Algebra II (Abeka),
English II, World History, Physical Science,
and New Testament Survey...all ACE...,
Spanish II (Rosetta Stone), and one more
semester of Computer Literacy. She also does
music practice every day as a part of her work day.
Also, we found a lady who had just recently retired
from a local community college here who taught Comp.
She has very graciously offered to teach a class to a group
of home school students. The class is called English Literature and
Composition. It is a college prep class. We have chosen
to just do one semester so that she can still do her ACE English paces.
It makes for a pretty tight and challenging 
schedule but she is doing very always.
 I am excited about her getting to do this class...she is very gifted
in writing...although for the most part, she only writes stuff that
doesn't really matter (as I guess all teenage girls do)
Anyway, I am excited to see how her writing is expanded and improved
during this class. Her teacher is great...she is demanding...which
is good...that in itself will greatly prepare her for college.
That's it on the home school front.

There's not much else new right now. I am so looking
forward to fall days, cooler weather, scarf-wearing weather, 
and just the general slowing down of things.
And of course, I am REALLY looking forward to 
my first pot of chili...(which I always save for fall and winter)