Friday, October 31, 2008

I've Been Boo-ed and So Have You!

I wasn't feeling good on Wednesday. Of course, not feeling good isn't anything new since I have those up and down days with my fibromyalgia. However, when I woke up yesterday morning I knew I was dealing with something more. I knew it as soon as I stepped out of bed. That first step shot pain up through my sides and down my legs. Ow! Ow! Ow! Liquid fire!!

I didn't say anything to the boys since I thought it would feel better if I took some Motrin and drank some water. Wrong! By 9:00 I called my doctor and begged for an appointment. They said if I could be there in 10 minutes he could see me because he was about to leave for the day. Oh, boy, if you could have seen me you would have gotten quite the show. I had just gotten out of the shower so I literally grabbed on the first clothes I saw, threw my wet hair up into a headband and drove to the doctor's office.

When my doctor walked in he said, "Well, I know what your problem is. You are wearing a Mississippi State shirt! That would make anybody sick!" (My doctor and I are both Alabama fans.)

After an exam, I walked out knowing what I had suspected. Kidney stones. Miserable. Painful. Hideous. I walked out with prescriptions and instructions to go home and immediately change to a better shirt. Smile!

When I got home I got a notice that "I had been boo'ed!" Boy was that appropriate! But it was also sooo sweet. It came from Jenn at "I Hate Whine!"

So, since I can't give you any candy today. This is the next best thing!

BOO!
There... You've been boo'ed too!
Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thankful Thursday: Hot Chocolate


Waking up on these past few mornings with the extra blanket, curled up in the arms of my sweet hubs... I haven't wanted to get out of bed. The only thing that will pull me out of that warm and toasty place is my sweet boys' faces saying, "Mom, can you make us some hot chocolate?"

My boys are just like me. Hot chocolate is one of the first traditions associated with the first signs of cold weather. On Monday afternoon, when we arrived home from school their eyes lit up when they saw the steaming mugs of hot chocolate and big warm bowl of cinnamon popcorn waiting for them. Little Guy said, "It really is fall!"

Growing up, I always knew that fall had arrived when my Mom would begin making hot chocolate and toast for breakfast. I love hot chocolate and toast for breakfast. My Daddy taught us to dip our toast in our hot chocolate. My Mom thought that was the most disgusting habit ever, but we thought it tasted delicious. And if Mom made cinnamon toast? Wow!

Now today, my boys are like me and love hot chocolate and toast for breakfast. One guy loves to dip and one guy doesn't. Both think Mom's hot chocolate is the best in the world.
That is why on this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for traditions and for hot chocolate.

An Irishwomans' Tale


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

An Irishwomans' Tale

Kregel Publications (July 8, 2008)

by

Patti Lacy



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a B.S. in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She has two grown children with her husband, Alan, and lives in Illinois.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Far away from her Irish home, Mary Freeman begins to adapt to life in Midwest America, but family turmoil and her own haunting memories threaten to ruin her future.

A shattered cup. Cheap tea. Bitter voices asking what's to be done with the "little eejit." Mary, an impetuous Irishwoman, won't face the haunting memories--until her daughter's crisis propels her back to County Clare. There, in a rocky cliffside home, Mary learns from former neighbors why God tore her from Ireland forty-five years earlier. As she begins to glimpse His sovereign plan, Mary is finally able to bury a dysfunctional past and begin to heal. Irish folk songs and sayings add color to the narrative.

Watch the Book Trailer:



If you would like to read the first chapter of , go HERE

In Review: My Mom has always said that every family is weird in its own way. The older I get the more I know she is right. Each of us are built of day to day experiences, family influences, hereditary quirks, with bits and pieces of our own individuality mixed into the soup. Often life is served with a side dish filled with hidden calories that represent addictions, family secrets, pain and suffering that our families try to hide from us as children.

As Mary Freeman watches her oldest daughter begin to tempted into some very real addiction, she begins to feel pulled and evaluate her life. It is a journey she doesn't want to walk and one she has never shared with anyone because of the pain she has shoved so deeply into her heart. But like so many moms, she would walk through fire for her child.

Her journey carries her to the cliffs of Ireland and through a painful path of discovering her past and the truth behind why she was sent away as a small child. Why her mother rejected her. Why she was raised in an emotionless home.

Discovering the whys of her past were painful, but hold the key to the future and the freedom for not only herself, but her family.

I began reading this book, but then I became immersed in it. Grab a cup of coffee, find a quiet chair and let this book move your heart and soul.

Rating: Five Cups of Coffee!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WFW: Pumpkins


Have you ever read the Pumpkin Patch parable? My boys love that book. It is all about how a farmer (Jesus) reaches down, picks out a special pumpkin from his garden, scoops out all the messy "goo" to make room for His light to shine inside.

I think about that book every year when people are buying and carving pumpkins. Scooping out all the slimy, gooey, yucky gunk that is on the inside. I wonder if that in any way resembles what Jesus has to take out of us when we come to Him and ask Him to forgive us of our sins. When I think of some of the things I have done in my life, I hate to think of all the gunk it probably left in my heart. I know this sounds silly, but I hate to clean my bathroom and that is just after a couple of days. I can't imagine how dirty my heart was the day I asked God to clean it after the years of sin that I had accumulated.

God is my strength and my redeemer. He is the only one who would die on a cross to clean the goo of my heart. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord!

WFMW: Framing Memories


When we first moved into our house, we desperately needed some furniture.    All of our furniture was "newlywed chic" or, in other words, not even garage sale worthy.     One of our friends had used a designer to help her put together her new house so I gave her a call to ask her to help me pick out and coordinate our living room.     I am not a designer type girl, but I did know that if I was going to spend money I wanted it to look good.     She further confirmed my thoughts that I am not a "designer" girl when she told me that I shouldn't have so many family pictures in my house because it wouldn't make my house sale-able.    What?   I wasn't trying to sell my house.   I was trying to make my house a home.

When I look at my home I am probably a designer's nightmare.     The things I love most are the things that I have incorporated into my "design" that are memories.

I just finished framing these pieces of art that my Big Guy made for me over the past three Christmases.    He is in the gifted program at his last school.   His teacher taught them to scherenschnitte.    Scherenschnitte is the German art of  paper cutting.      It is very tedious and complex.       The teacher allowed students to pick from many patterns and make something for their parents for Christmas.     My sweet son, knowing of my love of Nativities, made me different piece of the Nativity during the three years that he was at his last school.

Here is how they turned out framed:

Aren't they beautiful?     It is hard to believe I will ever get a better present from my Big Guy.    He spent hours cutting out these beautiful pieces and they were a gift from his heart.
Framing Memories.... that definitely works for me!!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Children and the Election

I originally posted this over at Conservative Belle...

Baby Shower

This weekend we went to two showers for my beautiful baby sister and my sweet twin nieces.   Have I mentioned how excited we all are about their arrival?   

Our hostess for Saturday's shower was Life With A Leach.     Her home is absolutely beautiful and she had prepared a gorgeous shower.    It was also fun seeing another blogging friend, McCoy's Musings.   

My sister was truly showered with beautiful gifts for the sweet girls...
I loved these little onesies.   They said, "This is my little black dress."
On Sunday we went home to our childhood church for a special shower.

Don't you love those cute baby decorations?    I love those pacifiers made out of balloons.    The girl who decorated is really creative.     They told me that these decorations were nothing compared to the Noah's Ark she made for her daughter's birthday party.
Being able to share this time with my sister is so special and I can't wait until these precious baby girls arrive.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Dangerous Heart


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dangerous Heart

Avon Inspire (October 14, 2008)

by

Tracey Bateman




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tracey Bateman published her first novel in 2000 and has been busy ever since. There are two other books in the Westward Hearts Series, Defiant Heart (#1) and Distant Heart (#2)

She learned to write by writing, and improved by listening to critique partners and editors. She has sold over 30 books in six years.
She became a member of American Christian Fiction Writers in the early months of its inception in 2000 and served as president for a year.


Tracey loves Sci-fi, Lifetime movies, and Days of Our Lives (this is out of a 21 year habit of watching, rather than enjoyment of current storylines).

She has been married to her husband Rusty for 18 years, has four kids, and lives in Lebanon, Missouri.


ABOUT THE BOOK

For the past seven years, Ginger Freeman has had one goal: find Grant Kelley and make him pay for allowing her brother to die. Growing up motherless with a father who leads an outlaw gang, Ginger isn’t exactly peaches and cream. So when she finally tracks down Grant on a wagon train headed west, she figured providence had stepped in and given her the chance she’s been waiting for.

On the wagon train, finally surrounded by a sense of family and under the nurturing eye of Toni Rodde, Ginger begins to lose her rough edges. She’s made friends for the first time and has become part of something bigger than revenge. Not only has her heart softened toward people in general, but God has become a reality she never understood before. And watching Grant doctor the pioneers, she’s realized she can’t just kill him and leave the train without medical care. Putting her anger aside, before long, Ginger’s a functioning part of the group.

But when the outlaw gang, headed by her pa, shows up and infiltrates the wagon train, she is forced to question her decision. Only self-sacrifice and her new relationship with God can make things right. But it might also means she loses everything she’s begun to hold dear.

If you would like to read from the first chapter of Dangerous Heart, go HERE

In Review: Some people have all the luck. Some people have all the pain. Isn't that how the song goes? Some people just flat out have everything stacked against them from day one and it seems that nothing will ever change. That is the way life has been for Ginger. She grew up without a mom. She has a dad, but his only use for her is to use her to help in him in his schemes and robberies with his outlaw band.

Her driving emotion is anger and revenge after seeing her brother die. Ginger thinks that her life has been a random set of circumstances which have brought her to the wagon train, but now she is having her doubts as she begins to hear God whisper in her hear.

Will she listen to God and turn from the life that she has known and been comfortable with or will she embrace the tugging from God and the love that the people from this wagon train have shown her? Most of all will she be willing to see past her anger to see the true heart of the man Grant is and wants to be to her?


Pumpkin Painting

It was a completely busy weekend. Baby showers for my sweet little sister and my soon-to-arrive twin nieces, a band competition for my niece, eating Chinese and watching the Alabama football game with my sis and a bake sale for the middle school at church. Whew! I have some pics that I need to upload but right now I am too tired.
So, I wanted to share some pics from Hubs and Little Guy's recent trip to our town's Fall Fest. They had so much fun. One of the things that kids could do was pick out a free pumpkin. As soon as he got home he pulled out a ton of paints and got to work.
Painting pumpkins is something that we do every year but we hadn't gotten to it yet this year so Little Guy was really excited. Little Guy is very creative and he had already thought out his art plan. He decided he wanted to use the pumpkins four natural lines to section it off. He then wanted to paint each section like a different sports ball: basketball, soccer, tennis, and baseball.
His pumpkin has eyes, nose and a mouth. I am always amazed at his creative twist and outlook on things.
P.S. With any luck, Big Guy's teacher will return today so they can have these crazy elections. I care. You care. Big Guy seems to have lost interest. If only the presidential elections could be this laid back!

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Ultimate Doodle-bug & Friday Randoms

First things first, Big Guy's election wasn't held yesterday. Apparently there was a substitute teacher in his home room so it was postponed until today. Another day of waiting....

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I made a run to Target yesterday for the essentials.    The highlight of the trip?   This crazy VW bug that I parked next to in the parking lot.    It looks like a family art project doesn't it?    My husband called it the "Ultimate Doodlebug"! 
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Yesterday I was driving past our local community college as classes were dismissing. One of the guys from our neighborhood was walking down the road heading home and it was raining. I pulled off the road to see if he wanted ride since I was driving right by our neighborhood on the way to carpool. While he was waiting for traffic to slow down so he could cross the road, the local fire engine company pulled along side my car.

FF: "Hey, are you O.K.?"

Me: "I am fine. Just giving him a lift home."

FF: "That is not safe!"

Me: "He lives in my neighborhood. It is fine. I don't want him walking home in the rain."

FF: "Well..... O.K."

You know you live in a small town when the firefighters know your name and stop to check on you!

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And last, but not least,  Black Betty, I was wandering around Barnes & Noble and found the PERFECT calendar for you for 2009....

Have a great Friday everybody!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Good Luck, Big Guy!


I hope you will forgive this "Mom" moment, but Big Guy is running for class president this morning.

He kind of made the announcement to us in a nonchalent way. Told us he was thinking about it a couple of days ago and then last night said, "I decided. Elections are in the morning."

Big Guy is very quiet and reserved. This was definitely a step outside the box for him.

Good luck, Big Guy. We are so proud of you. We will be celebrating tonight.

Kreativity & Friendship





Veggie Mom sent me this very pretty award. Along with the award comes a meme that says I am supposed to tell you things "That Make Me Happy".

These are a few of my favorite things....
  • Picking up my boys in carpool, getting that first hug and hearing all about their day at school.

  • A date night with my hubs.

  • Our house filled with the laughter of my boys and their friends.

  • Spending time with my sisters. (We have a weekend planned in two weeks and I am counting the days, hours and minutes until it arrives.)

  • Shopping and finding tons of things I need on clearance.

  • My house being completely clean and all the laundry being done.
  • Curling up on the couch on a rainy afternoon with a book, my favorite blanket, a mug of coffee and reading until I can't keep my eyes open anymore.
  • Comments on my blog!
There you have it! And now I'm gonna pass this Beautiful Bit o' Bloggy Bling along to five of my Kreativ Blogger friends. Enjoy my friends...


Willow gave me this sweet friendship award. Friendship is something that you should never take for granted. Ever.

Every person has a friendship "personality". I am not one of those people that you will ever see surrounded by tons of people. I guess I am just not magnetic that way. But hopefully my friends know that I love them and would do anything for them. Whether it is a phone call at any time of the day, a little retail therapy, chatting over lunch (yes, Miss Mudd we ARE going to have lunch!), a pan of brownies, or someone to sit with them in a hospital waiting room, I'll be there.

I want to pass this award on to three very special friends in my life:

My sweet and precious sister, Krisa

My friend, Carrie, who I am so convinced is my long, lost sister!

and

Amusing... Thanks for sharing many lunches, text messages, phone calls and more secrets than either of us can count!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WFW: What Are You Wearing?


Being a strong woman in today's world isn't always looked at in a positive light. However, the Bible says that we are supposed to be clothed with strength. That strength is supposed to cover every area of our life -- spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional. Of course, how often do we as women actually take the time to make sure that we are putting on those clothes each day? Some mornings get so hectic I skip eating breakfast. That is not good for my physical body, but when we skip sitting down with Jesus and filling ourselves with Him it is not good for our spiritual body.

My husband has a really busy schedule. There have been moments when I have been jealous of his job and the amount of time it requires. I am proud of him and how hard he works, but I also sometimes just want to say, "Forget the job and just spend time with me!" I know that God feels that way with me. When I get so busy with my supposedly all important schedule, I know God must say, "That is wonderful, but I just want you to spend time with me!"

The Lord says that when we take the time to clothe ourselves with strength and dignity, we can laugh at the days to come. Considering the worrier that I tend to be, that is an appealing thought to me. To know that the joy of the Lord is my strength. For today and for the future.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

WFMW: Etsy


I love to shop, but I really love to shop from the comfort of my couch with my feet kicked up on my ottoman with a cold glass of Pepsi in one hand and my mouse in the other.

I have become quite addicted to Etsy. If you haven't discovered Etsy, let me introduce you to one of my favorite shopping friends on the internet.

On Etsy, I discovered these amazing little envelopes made from the pages of old books and sheet music from Adnagam....    (Don't you recognize that Dr. Seuss book?)
I am in love with the L. Young Studio.    I bought one of her canvases with her new initial for a friend when she got married.     She has state series which include: Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and more.    If you have a hard to buy for lady in your life... start here!
When our friends adopted their precious baby boy, I went straight to A Simple Impression to order a custom plague to commemorate the occasion.      That sign turned  out almost as sweet as the new baby boy.... ALMOST!

I stumbled across this next Etsy shop, but I found something  here that helped me give comfort to a friend who was grieving.     It is always so difficult to know the right thing to say to someone when they are hurting and this Etsy shop has what they call sympathy handkerchiefs.     It comes with a wonderful poem.    This lady created these after her miscarriages, but they are truly appropriate for any loss.    Handkerchiefs are very comforting to me because they remind me of my Daddy.    He always carries a handkerchief.  
But for all my friends who are on a diet, you could always visit this Etsy store and buy this necklace so that you could just wear your candy....
I'm telling you, whether you are looking for children's clothing, jewelry, food, recipes, art, pottery, crochet, photography, furniture, holiday items, or anything between.... you can find it at Etsy!
Visit more Works For Me Wednesday suggestions here!

Scribbling... Not Just For Kindergarten



I haven't been called a Superior Scribbler since I was in kindergarten, but somehow I don't think that is what the Scholastic Scribe meant when she made this bloggy award. Ha!
Our sweet Dr. Wifey passed this award on to me last night and according to the rules, I have to pick five blogs to pass this award on to. I am with Dr. Wifey... how do you pick just five? That is like trying to pick the best one out of your group of friends for Red Rover at recess! Why can't they ALL come over?!?!? (You can see why I was never very good at sports. Well, that and I couldn't run worth a flip!)

I am passing this award on to these five wonderful blogger buddies:






The rules:
Every Superior Scribbler will name 5 other Super Scribblers.
If you are named you must link to the author & the name of the blog that gave you the award. Then you must display the adorable award and link to
This Post, which explains The Award. Finally you must visit this post and tell your name to Mr. Linky List. Then they will have a record of all the people who are Super Scribblers!

Easy Button


You know Staples's Easy Button? I want one of those. Not to buy office supplies. I want one to deal with difficult things in life.
A long day and too exhausted to cook supper? Push the button.
Your groceries are running out before your budget is? Push the button.
You finally save up enough money to purchase floor for your house and you find out your foundation has to be repaired. (Grrr!) Push the button.
Hurt AGAIN by the same person? Push the button.
Unfortunately, life isn't easy and there isn't a button. In times like this I am glad that I have my Bible. The cover is worn, the pages are frayed, but the words are ever true and God's shoulders are forever comforting.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall. - Psalm 55:22

Monday, October 20, 2008

Confirming My Weirdness

I was tagged by Doghouse, Buzzard, and Black Betty to participate in this meme that asks you to list seven random and/or weird facts about yourself.

I decided to just jump off the deep end and tell you some really weird stuff about me! So lock and load people. Here goes:

1. I am a germ freak. I carry wet wipes with me everywhere. When the boys get in the car after school I usually immediately hand them a wet wipe to wash their hands, but when we walk in the door from anywhere they know the first words out of my mouth are going to be "go wash your hands."

2. I cannot stand to watch someone brush their teeth. Grosses me out!! Even if we are watching tv and someone starts brushing their teeth I have to change the station or leave the room. Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!

3. I think bathrooms in general are disgusting. Don't come in a bathroom to talk to me and don't you dare think you are being nice by bringing me a glass of tea or cup of coffee in there. Nasty! As much as I appreciate your thoughtfulness, once it enters the bathroom it has been contaminated and has to be thrown away.

4. When you order a drink from a fast food place and they fill it too much and put the lid on part of that drink is going to come flowing out of the top. My boys learned a long time ago NOT to sip that off of there or I will gag and THEN they will get a lecture on how who knows whose hands have been on that lid.
5. I am a huge "routine" person. If I do things out of my routine I wind up forgetting to do something. (i.e. the other morning getting ready I stopped in the middle of my routine and wound up forgetting to put on a bra... NOT pretty... stop laughing Amusing!!)
6. I have a very bad relationship with food. I am an emotional eater. I eat when I am happy, sad, mad, frustrated, stressed... basically breathing.
7. I'd rather have Jesus than anything. Let's face it... in today's world. That makes me more weird than anything else on this list.

Murder On the Ol' Bunions



This week, the


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance


is introducing


Murder on The Ol' Bunions


Barbour Publishing, Inc (2008)


by


Sandra D. Moore



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

SAndra has been writing for years with historicals being her main focus. By the time she had a polished manuscript in hand, historicals were unpopular. She didn't give up though and decided to try her hand at writing a mystery. A cozy mystery.

Her first book, Murder on The Ol' Bunions , released in April of 2008. Book two of the LaTisha Barnhart Mystery series, Polly Dent Loses Grip, and book three, Eat, Drink and Be Buried will follow in April 2009 and 2010, respectively.

She's almost always running a contest, so drop by her Website, you just might win a free gift!



ABOUT THE BOOK


LaTisha Barnhart’s bunions tell her something’s afoot as she delves deeper into the murder of her former employee, Marion Peters. When LaTisha becomes a suspect, the ante is upped, and she is determined to clear her name and find the culprit.

She’s burping Mark Hamm’s bad cooking to investigate his beef with Marion. . .getting her hair styled at a high falutin’ beauty parlor to see what has Regina Rogane in a snarl. . .playing self-appointed matchmaker between the local chief and a prime suspect. . .and thinking Payton O’Mahney’s music store lease might be the reason he’s singing out of tune when discussion of Marion’s murder arises. LaTisha’s thinking she just might use the reward money to get her bunions surgically removed. But she’s got to catch the crook first.

Small town intrigue, a delightful, vivid cast, and a well-crafted mystery make S. Dionne Moore’s debut novel a must-read! I loved it!~Susan May Warren~Award-winning author of Reclaiming Nick

“S. Dionne Moore has the rare quality of pulling together great characters and compelling plots.”
~Kelly Klepfer~ www.novelreviews.blogspot.com


If you would like to HEAR the first chapter, go HERE and click on the bookcover trailer box!

If you would like to READ, the first chapter of Murder on The Ol' Bunions , go HERE.

In Review:    Everybody knows a couple like the Barnhart's.     They are entertaining to watch because they argue and pick on each other like two cats in a cat fight.   However, this couple has been married for a very long time and they are fiercely in love with each other.     

LaTisha does her best thinking when she is cooking up something delicious in the kitchen.     With all that is happening after the death of store owner, Marion Peters, she has to do a lot of cooking to sort through all the details.      She may go through all of her recipes when she is actually added to the list of suspects!   

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Christmas Bargains

Big Guy went to a birthday party this afternoon so while he was there I decided to use the time doing a little Christmas shopping.

I went into Lifeway and saw that they were offering Prince Caspian, the movie, for a special pre-buy offer of $19.99. If you bought the movie, they gave you two $5.00 gift cards. That was like getting the movie for only $9.99!

A great bargain and a great movie to put in one of the boy's stockings.

Also...

I went into Toys 'R' Us and they had all of their games for the various game systems buy 2 get 1 free. My boys and my nephew all have Nintendo DS's. They also have a XBox 360. I took advantage of this sale to get them a new game for Christmas.

Faithful Servant... Award

A little while ago, my sweet friend Willow sent me this award. I was so touched by it that I didn't post it immediately. To be viewed in someone else's eyes as a faithful servant is so humbling. It is ultimately my goal for when I stand before my Savior's face... that he would see me as a faithful servant and say: "Well done."

Thank you, Willow! For your friendship, your encouragement, and your thoughtfulness!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fill 'Er Up, Please!

I haven't been able to kick this crazy cough since I had bronchitis.     I was running some errands the other day and started one of my coughing fits and couldn't quit so I whipped into Sonic to get a quick drink.  

I love their new specialty drink The Bulldog Blitz because it is mostly cranberry juice with Sprite and some vanilla. 

Man:   "May I take your order?"

Me:   *cough cough* "May I have a Bulldog Blitz?"

Man:  "Would you just like the cup or would you like a drink in it?"

Me:  ....Pause... "I would like it all please."   

Man:  "You sure?"

Me:   "Positive."  (But in my head I'm thinking.... No, I am coughing my head off and just want to chew the cup!!!!   Of course I'm sure!)

Seriously, I am with Amusing.   Where do they get these people?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Where Do You Blog?

Maybe it is the fumes or maybe it is the fact that cleaning is so b-o-r-i-n-g, but I was doing some laundry and I got to wondering about what the places where everybody blogs looks like. I know that a lot of you do your blogging while you are at work.

I can just imagine Dr. Wifey and Confessions surrounded by chemicals and test tube beakers with white lab coats on. I imagine Doghouse and Sandi up to their eyeballs in newspapers and peeking over the top of their computer. Carrie sitting on her brand new lovely couch.


But really, where do you blog????

Thought I would post a few pics of where I like to blog. I blog in a few places. Depends on my mood and what I am doing.

I do a lot of blogging right here.... my dining room table. As you can see, I have my mouse, my daily cup of caffeine, and files (aka work). If I need to spread out, I do a lot of working here.

If I am wanting to relax or chat with hubs while he works, you will find me kicked back here... on our living room couch. Our house computer is in the living room so if hubs is working from home I like to be where he is so we can chat while we work.

One of the best places to blog is my "room" which really isn't a room at all. It is my front porch. No one really goes there but me so whether I am sitting there in the morning with a cup of coffee or enjoying a glass of iced tea in the afternoon, it is really a relaxing place to be!


So I challenge you: Post a picture of where YOU blog!

WFW: Many Dimensions

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:11

This verse fascinates me. Every time I read it I get something different from it. Maybe because every time I read it I am experiencing something different in my life.

To add even more dimension, you can say this verse ten different times each time emphasizing a different word in the verse and it will mean something different. For example:

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me."

Same verse that can mean two different things to you depending on the emphasis. I think that is why this verse is such a comfort to so many people.


WFMW: Blankets for Soldiers

Since the war in Iraq has started, I have spent every day praying. We have family members who are serving over there. One of my high school friends was killed in Fallujah in December two years ago. And now sweet Andy is recovering from a sniper wound as a result of the most deadly battle to date on Afghanistan. It is hard not to feel as if you wish you could do something more than "just pray".

When my friend, Conservative Belle, told me about the Blanket of Belief project, I knew that it was something I wanted to participate in. First of all, their goal was to help the soldiers. Second of all, their project involved a NO SEW blanket. Since I can't even sew a button I knew I had found a project I could handle.

First, let me tell you that in addition to the fact that I can't sew. I am a rebel. The very GOOD instructions said that you should make a template out of cardboard, mark the 1 inch segments so you know exactly where to cut and mark 4 inch squres in the corners to cut out as well. Me? I was too anxious to start the project to actually find a piece of cardboard so I just got out my measuring tape and eyeballed it. I know... hardheaded.
Once I cut out my blanket, there was some leftover so my boys wanted to know if they could make miniature blankets. I figured this would be a good way for me to practice the cutting. The boys had a ball tying blankets.
Big Guy working on his blanket while home sick from school from day. We enjoyed sitting and talking while tying on our blankets. My Little Guy loves his new little blanket. He uses it to cover up his "soft tailed baby". (The story behind "soft tailed baby" is another blog, but I'll just tell you that he is definitely another member of the family and he goes wherever we go.) I guess now this little blanket will go with us too.


Below you can see my finished blanket, despite my first attempt and lack of a template, it turned out pretty good. It wasn't until after I finished my blanket that I realized ONE MORE piece of instructions that I forget to read. It was supposed to be RED, WHITE and BLUE! Oh, well, Belle assures me that they will take it anyway. I enjoyed making this one that I am going to go buy more fleece to make another one.
Doing something for our amazing soldiers who are doing so much for us? That is what Works For Me!
You can join in too! Just follow this link and find out more about how to help the Soldiers' Angels meet their goal of sending 180,000 blankets to our troops for Christmas.