If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Thursday, December 18, 2014

iPad vs Laptop for Blog Posting?

Which do you use for blog posting...a laptop or iPad?  I tried posting the Hodgepodge yesterday on my new iPad.  I finally got it posted, but it wasn't easy and I never could figure out how to link it to Joyce's page.  I finally did that this morning on the computer. 

I was really hoping I could use the iPad and maybe get rid of my laptop.  But unless someone can help me out with the linking issue, I guess I'll have to keep the laptop.  Sorry Kelli, I know you'd like to have it.

For just a regular post, I think the iPad would be fine and I could really get to like it.  I guess I need to just play with it some more.  Maybe I'll get it figured out.  Anyway, I really do like my iPad and am enjoying not having to get the laptop out so much.

So, which do you use?  And do you have any hints for me on the iPad?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Time magazine has selected The Ebola Fighters as their person of the year for 2014. Do you agree, and if so who would you say is a close second? If you disagree with their choice, who do you think should have been chosen? 

I really have no clue. 

2. This question comes to you courtesy of Susan who blogs over at Stew Mama Says. She knows we have a wedding happening any minute now, and she asks, 'What's your favorite-something old? something new? something borrowed? something blue in your home?  Be sure you hop over and say hi to Susan today! 
Old - the rocking chair that used to sit in my grandma's sewing room.  Everyone that visited with her sat in that chair (if someone else wasn't in it) as she was sewing.  Love that somehow I ended up with it.  It still has the leather pillow that she made for the seat.  So comfy.

New - our new mattress.

Borrowed - can't think of anything right now.

Blue - My sapphire ring that my parents gave me many years ago. 

3. Fudge-yay or nay? Your favorite flavor? Do you make it yourself? With nuts or without?  
Yay!  My dad's peanut butter fudge!  The best in the world. He's been making it ever since I can remember. Unfortunately, with his dementia he can no longer remember the recipe. However, my sister knows how to make it. But it's just not quite the same as having your dad make it. Sorry Sis. 

4. December 17th is Wright Brothers Day, commemorating the first successful flights made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  How old were you when you made your first flight? Do you like to fly? Have you ever been to Kitty Hawk or other parts of the North Carolina Outer Banks? 
I first flew in my early twenties. We flew to Miami to take a week long cruise to the Virgin Islands. No I've not been to Kitty Hawk. However I have been to the Wright Patterson Air  Force Museum in Dayton where they lived and seen one of their planes. And have also seen a recreation of their bicycle shop in Dayton. 

5. Do the people in your family tend to follow a particular career path, and if so what's the path?
Nope. We all go our own way. lol

6. What is one thing you absolutely, positively must accomplish today?
Picking up Kelli from the airport!!!!!

7. This Christmas I hope___________________________________.
My mom will be home and well. She went back into hospital Sunday with congestive heart failure. Doing much better and may come home today. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Even with all the hard things this year, I still know and believe that God is good and He loves me very much. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Everyone:

Time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Why don't you click the button on the left and join in with us.

1. What is one new holiday tradition you'd like to establish, or one you've established recently, say in the last year or two?
I can't think of anything I'd like to change.  As long as my girls come for Christmas, I'm good with the way things are.

2. It's the second week of December. Have you sipped a cup of eggnog yet this month? Wrapped a gift? Opened a gift? Kissed someone under the mistletoe? Lit a candle? Eaten a Christmas cookie? Seen Santa in person? Watched a Christmas movie or special? Read scripture relating to the birth of Jesus?
No eggnog.  Haven't wrapped a gift.  Haven't opened a gift.  Haven't kissed under the mistletoe.  Yes, I have lit several candles.  Yes, I've eaten a Christmas cookie (maybe several)  No, I haven't seen Santa.  Yes, I've watched a bunch of Hallmark Christmas movies and we watched Elf the other night with Kerri and Charlie.  Yes, I've either read or heard scripture about His birth this season.

3. Do you think it's better to be an adult or a child at Christmastime? Explain.
I think a child feels the magic more and that's awesome.  But as an adult I think I feel the spirit more.

4. It's often said, 'Good things come to those who wait'...agree or disagree? Why?
I agree.  After all God is always telling us to wait.  
Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the lord. 
Psalm 62:1 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. 
Psalm 62:5  Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. 
I figure if God tells us to wait then it must be for a good reason.  That being said, that does not mean I like to wait.  

5. What's the last sweet thing you baked? Did you keep it, take it to a party/event, or give it away?
Cookies for Thanksgiving

6. This question comes to us courtesy of Jhona who blogs over at The Red House at the End of the Lane. Everyone hop over and say hi to Jhona this week! Here is her question... "I heard an actor talk about how he makes a conscious choice to talk to people in elevators. He chooses to connect, make eye contact, and converse. Do you talk to people/strangers when you're in an elevator or any other place where you might have to wait together? Why or why not?"
Yes, sometimes I do.  It depends where we are and how receptive they are.  

7. Are you on the naughty or nice list this year? What put you there?
Depends on which day of the week it is.  haha  Sometimes I'm nice and sometimes not so much.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
It's fun to be back to the Hodgepodge this week.  Thanks Joyce for keeping this going.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Brother

My oldest brother passed away a week ago Sunday.  He battled cancer for over a year, but in the end cancer won.  But you know, it really didn't.  The Lord was with him through all the struggles and then he took him home.  And home is where Larry wanted to be, if he couldn't be healthy and do the things he loved. 

I always knew Larry was an extremely intelligent person and he and I always got along very well.  I don't really remember ever being angry with him.  Although, I'm sure when we were kids we had our tiffs.  I respected and trusted him.  Before I got married, we had taken several trips together to Florida and we used to go to the movies together a lot.  For a lot of years, we both worked 2nd shift, so we'd meet for lunch quite often.  I'm so glad for that time together. 

I learned a lot from Larry too.  He taught me to play chess (and I never did win a game with him).  He took me on my first and only motorcycle ride.  He would also tease me and give me hard time if I refused to try something new.  He could always talk me into it because I never wanted him to think I was chicken.  haha  Because of him I now like alligator tail, calamari and I'm sure many other things.  He also introduced me to my first James Bond movie.  Good thing too, because James Bond movies are a favorite of my husband. So you see big brother taught little sister a lot.

Larry traveled all over the world and had many friends.  I never really knew how many until he became sick and they started showing up to help or just spend time with him.  Larry's memorial service was on Saturday and I can't believe how many people came and they had a time of open mic when people had the chance to tell something about Larry.  There were probably 15-20 people who spoke and almost everyone of them had something to say about how Larry had helped them in some way.  Maybe by laying a floor for them or giving them something he'd heard they needed or even helping them build a home by a lake in Tennessee. It amazed me and makes me want to be more like him.

So Larry, you taught me a lot in this life and I'm going to miss you.  But I know I'll see you again in time and you can teach me about heaven then.  I love you brother.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanks List

I was reading a devotion today from Proverbs 31 Ministries which was asking if the "if the daily grind has made you blind."  It also said, "Sometimes naming a gift helps us to see it more clearly. Maybe that's why God urges us to remember our blessings: "O my soul ... don't forget a single blessing!" (Psalm 103:2, MSG)"

So as a reminder to myself I'm writing this list of things I am thankful for. They are in no particular order except just what comes to mind. In fact, yesterday, hubby's sermon was on being a grumbler and I know I can fall into that very easily. So today I choose to be thankful.

- My husband who stands beside me in the good and bad times. 
- My parents who have loved me since the day I was born.

My parents from a few years ago with Kerri

- My girls whom I have loved since I first met them.

This is the first time they visited in our home
- My God and Savior
- My job-even though I often want to retire, I'm thankful for my job and all it has provided for our family. 
- My brothers and sisters whom without them it would be so much harder to walk this road we are on right now.
- Lucy brings me endless laughter and joy.

We used this picture for our Christmas card this year.
- My church family is always there in the good and bad times. 
- My in-laws who raised such a wonderful man and then gave him to me.

These are my husband's parents with Kerri from a few years ago.

- Our home and our vehicles - they all provide what we need and even more.
- Our precious little honorary granddaughter, Carina.  Nana and Poppy love you!

 - Our many trips to Disney World with the girls through the years.  So many wonderful memories and I'm proud to say they love Disney as much as their Daddy and I do.  lol


I'm going to close this  for now, but I'm sure I'll be adding more as the day and even week goes on. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Click the button to the left to play along.

1. What's something you take for granted, that when you stop and think about it you feel truly grateful for?
My family.  I have a tendency to take for granted my hubby (See yesterdays tribute to my husband) and also my brothers and sisters.  I truly appreciate each one of them and all they have done and are doing to take care of our parents.  I'm so thankful to have each of them.

2. The color brown-love it or no? What's your favorite shade of brown? Most loved something in your home or closet in a shade of brown?
I like brown, although I really don't have very much brown in my house or closet.  My favorite shade is chocolate.  Maybe it's not the color I like but the taste.  lol  

3. What's something you're looking forward to today?
Kelli coming home for Christmas and getting to have Christmas with both our girls.

4. The word 'feminism' is not new, but it has been generating all kinds of headlines in recent days and months. What do you think/feel when you hear the word? If you're a woman, do you want to be described as a feminist? Why or why not?
I would not describe myself as a feminist.  See, I really don't think I want to be treated as an equal.  I like having someone open the door for me and treat me with an extra respect, just because I'm a woman.  Probably not a popular answer, but it's the way I feel.

5. What's something you personally can't eat without making a mess?
Spaghetti, I always manage to get a spot of sauce on my top.

6. When did you last surprise someone with a little gift or when were you last surprised by someone with a little gift? What was it?
My minds a blank right now.  I think it may be time for me to give someone a surprise gift.  I'll have to think on this.

7. Share a favorite quote, saying, song lyric or scripture relating to gratitude.
I googled for an answer for this and found the below quote and really like it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I do not like this cold!  lol