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Thursday, April 30, 2009


I AM DONE WITH THIS SEMESTER!!! WOO-HOO!!! I took my last final this morning and I am done....at least until May 11. Then I will have a whirlwind of a summer with 2 classes, a wedding, and a birthday party. Whew! It never stops does it? There are always a million things going on at once.

But regardless, at this moment, I am tickled to say "The End" to this semester.

Friday, April 17, 2009



Think Outside the Box & Turn Off Your TV

National Turnoff Week April 20-26

Worried your kids are watching too much TV? Did you know that American children watch nearly three hours of television every day? Or, that children spend more time each year in front of the television than they do in school? Yikes! Well, unplug the TV, the computer, and the video games (adults too!) and explore the magical world of books. Give your children the chance to learn and create, and to spend time with theh most important person in their lives....YOU!

Thanks for the info Books-A-Million.

I know my family will unplug (as much as my school work allows me too). I often wonder just how much more my family could get done if it wasn't for the TV. Or, how close we would be. I doubt there'd be the age-old "I'm booooorrred!!" because we'd have to learn how to entertain ourselves.

Sidney Wood once said, "An educated man is one who can entertain a new idea, entertain another person, and entertain himself."

Take my Son

Take my Son

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door.. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.

He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.'

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son.. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'

There was silence.

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.'

But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting. Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'

Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!'

But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting.' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

'We have $10, who will bid $20?'

'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.'

'$10 is the bid, won't someone bid $20?'

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son.

They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'

A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!'

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.'

'What about the paintings?'

I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.

The man who took the son gets everything!'

God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is:

'The son, the son, who'll take the son?'

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Jesus Loves Me

A pastor once stated, 'I always noticed that it was the adults who chose the children's hymn 'Jesus Loves Me' (for the children, of course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it the best.'

'Senior version of Jesus Loves Me'

Here is a new version just for us who have white hair or no hair at all. For us over middle age (or even those almost there) and all you others check out this newest version of 'Jesus Loves Me'.


Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.



Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I'll go
On through life, let come what may,
He'll be there to lead the way.


When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
'Have no fear, for I am near.'


When my work on earth is done,
And life's victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I'll understand His love

I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

He is Risen!!

What a beatiful Easter afternoon!!

Today is a great day. We are reminded of Christ's great sacrifice for us and better yet, that He is alive today and we are forgiven. Hallelujah!

I've had a lot put on my heart lately about my life and issues I need to be confronting and asking the Lord to help me with.

Our church is starting a new series called 40 DAYS OF LOVE. I want you to think about this scripture:

I John 4:7-12

7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son[b] into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for[c] our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

How often do we see God as something other than love? I have; I think of Him being all powerful, something to be feared often times.

We've all heard and know that the greatest commandment is to Love God, Love People. Why do we so often forget that LOVE is the center of everything God wants us to be and do? Why is it so difficult?

LOVE is an action, not an emotion. I am guilty of this thought sometimes too. I forget that I have to choose to love someone, even those that don't choose to love me back. That's "loving your enemies." I have to choose my actions. I have to choose to think better of people instead of gossiping. I have to choose to pray for people I may be upset at, and I have to choose to ALWAYS do what's right for them regardless of my prejudice or bias. THIS is following the true commandment of God. Why? Because he loves me and does this everyday for me, and I am not worthy.

I John 4:19 says, "We love because he first loved us." How simple that is.

Like I said, we are starting this journey of Love with my church family. For the next 6 weeks my preacher will be discussing Love and we have small groups meeting of that same subject. Why 40 days? Because that's the shown amount of time it takes to make something a habit. Love sometimes is something we have to practice and make a habit. This is a good habit!!

I'm looking forward to this series. I want to take this time to ask for prayers on my behalf as I try and LOVE more. I apologize for any wrong I've done against you or others. I am not perfect and realize I won't be, but I must seek to do better and grow closer to my loving God.

If anybody is interested in hearing more about this study or being a part of it, I'd love to share it with you and get you in with a small group too if that's somthing you'd like. The series was sort of kicked off today, but doesn't actually start until next week. My small group is meeting this Friday at 6:30.

If you'd just like prayers as you seek out how to be more loving and want to know more about God's love, please ask.

HAPPY EASTER once again and LOVE to all!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Gift giving suggestions


John's brother is graduating from Veterinary School on May 11. The only thing he's told anybody he wants are some (expensive) anatomy books. We can't afford that. I want to get him something nice. I mean, it's not everyday a family member becomes a Doctor!

So, here's where you come in....I need suggestions. I really don't know what $$ limit I have so throw out any and all thoughts.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Fun with my Hunn

Yesterday was such a pretty day, and my honey was home and the kiddos were not....so what do parents do when the kids are away? We PLAY of course!!

John and I went and played 2 games at Galaxy Lanes. I won both games- not cuz I'm great, but because (bless him) John is just that bad. LOL

Then, because he is a sore loser, we hopped on some go-carts. I tried, but yes, he beat me (though I had plenty of excuses to him as to why I didn't win...and none of those were my fault, naturally, lol)

We then unselfishly took the time to get some things for the girls for Easter....though we played a little in the stores too. We forgot how much fun it can be with just the two of us acting silly!

We rounded the night out with a movie. Because I'm an awesome wife :) we watched the new Fast & the Furious. I secretly enjoy those movies though, so it wasn't a huge sacrifice.

I really needed yesterday, because I have just been over the top stressin' and just hanging with my husband, being goofy and just enjoying each other's company was just what the Dr ordered.


Queen Bee

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Leprechaun Trap

I know, I know.....this is a post that should've been about 3 weeks ago. Bare with me; I knew I would get it posted eventually.

Kylei had to make a Leprechaun Trap for school, and so I bought some supplies, her daddy helped make the trap work and we all put it together. Kylei supervised some of it (was bossy!) about where things should go, and she wrote signs and helped create the colorful rainbow, and on and on. This was a project that took many man hours! lol Maybe one day I'll get a video of Kylei showing how it works, because her daddy helped make a secret trap door- very cool!

There were 3 signs: "Kylei's Gold, FREE Gold (with arrow), and KEEP OUT!

The really cool rainbow...picture does NOT do it justice.

The finished product!
Takes making a mess to make a masterpiece

Can you tell?! LOL

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Relationship Advice

So, it has hit me that in one week, Easter will be here! I bought the girls some Easter dresses a few weeks ago, but today I suddenly realized I haven't thought or bought a thing *for* the Easter Bunny to bring. (Speaking of....like the new layout?)

I sent John to the store seeing as how we desperately need groceries and I'm supposed to be doing homework (SO not in the right frame of mind for that right now...). I asked him to pick up some Easter stuff. He agreed, but said if I'm not satisfied with what he gets, it's my fault. Deal.

Anyway, not that this has anything to do with Easter, but I saw this, thought I'd post it, and would love to hear your comments or any advice you would add. Enjoy!

Dating 101: The Best Relationship Advice I Ever Got
Nine women spill the secret words of wisdom that keep their relationship blissful.By Sara Anderson for Redbook

#1. Polite Fight
"On my wedding-invitation RSVP cards, I left space for guests to write their favorite wedding wisdom. The tidbit that rings truest after almost nine months of marriage is: 'Attack the issue, not each other.' How it works: If my husband and I disagree about something, we stay focused on the issue and skip the personal put-downs." -- Melissa Gitter Schilowitz, 31, Metuchen, NJ

#2. Fit to a Tee
"My grandmother insisted that I learn how to play golf. 'If your husband loves to play, you can go along and spend hours together,' she said. So I took lessons, and now my husband and I hit the links once a month. We both love the game and are thrilled to share a hobby, even when we spend half an hour looking for my out-of-bounds balls!" -- Aimee Borders, 27, Houston, TX

#3. Tabletop Trick
"My aunt told me that if I'm running late when it's my turn to make dinner, just set the table. That way my husband thinks he'll be eating any minute, so he doesn't start complaining, which buys me some time. It's a silly trick that sounds straight out of the 1950s, but I have to admit that I've tried it a few times in the three years I've been married -- and it works!" -- Dawn Clayton, 34, Holdrege, NE

#4. Boob-Tube Brilliance
"Because my husband is such a remote-control freak, my mom suggested that we have 'my turn' TV nights. That means three nights a week I get to hold the remote and watch whatever I want, and on the other nights it's his turn to hold the remote and watch whatever he wants. Now when he starts flipping through the channels, it doesn't get on my nerves like it used to." -- Angela Clayton, 27, Odenton, MD

#5. Pop the Question
"My sister-in-law passed this helpful hint on to me, and it has served me well for our five years of wedded bliss: 'Marriage is not mind reading, so ask your spouse what he/she wants and believe what he/she says.'" -- Clare Graca, 27, Dallas

#6. Nix the Nit-Picking
"Before I said 'I do,' my mom (who's been married to my dad for 55 years) told me to take out a piece of paper and write down the top three things that bugged me about my husband-to-be. Then she told me to forget the things on that list and forgive him for not being flawless. Once you make a commitment this big, she explained, you can't let petty things get in the way. In our eight years of marriage, my husband and I have had two kids, tackled cross-country moves and started two businesses -- and so far, so great."-- Rebecca Hart Blaudow, 31, Jacksonville, FL

#7. Space Smarts
"Always have separate closets, my best friend told me. It may seem silly, but I listened to her and made sure to find a one-bedroom apartment with two closets (mine being the larger, of course). Now my husband and I each have our own private space, and we respect that: If he wants to keep his shoes in one huge heap or leave his dirty clothes in a pile on the floor, the mess doesn't bother me a bit!" -- Patricia Bontekoe, 26, Lake Hiawatha, NJ

#8. Agree to Disagree
"Before we got married, my minister told my husband and me, 'You are two imperfect people making an imperfect union, and that's wonderful.' This advice made me ditch my belief that in a happy marriage, the couple always agrees. My husband and I have learned to appreciate our differences (yes, even differences of opinion!); in fact, we encourage them because we realize now that those differences are what makes each of us unique and special." -- Beth Swanson, 28, Chicago

#9. Comic Relief
"Before I headed down the aisle, my stepfather told me to always laugh and never take myself too seriously. After four years of marriage, I know that this trick works. My husband and I often play practical jokes on each other and always try to crack each other up, even in the middle of an argument. Hey, if one person laughs, a fight tends to fizzle, doesn't it?" -- Lisa Giassa, 31, Bogota, NJ

Anti-Pop Advice From the Experts
You've probably heard a few of these pieces of marital pop wisdom before. If so, these marriage experts say to promptly forget 'em.

Love means never having to say you're sorry. "Oh, please! In marriage, love sometimes means having to say you're sorry even if you don't know what you did or you didn't mean to do it." -- Trisha Taylor, psychotherapist, Houston, TX

Always be totally honest. "What are you going to do, tell him that he's just too short and you can't stand his mother? Sometimes you need to temper the truth." -- Tara Fields, Ph.D., marriage, family and child therapist, Marin County, CA

Children come first. "This is bad advice if it means your husband always comes second. Of course you should love and care for your kids, but you should never lose sight of your couple-ness. The best thing a child can have is happy, fulfilled parents who are deeply in love." -- Mary Pender Greene, chief of social work services, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, New York

Always keep the peace. "No, no, no. If you don't face a hot issue head-on, you'll stockpile negative feelings. And before you know it, 20 years go by and you're still fighting over the same thing because you never resolved it in the first place." -- Rebecca S. Ward, M.S.W., psychotherapist, Little Rock, AR

Never go to bed angry. "Forget it. Often a couple needs time to calm down before they can rationally wrap up an argument. And that may take a few days, so in the meantime, get some sleep!" -- Gilda Carle, Ph.D., psychotherapist, New York