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


Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

May God bless each one of our service men and women whether they are here at home or over seas. And may He bless each one of their family members too. Thank you for your service to our country. I appreciate all you do and give to keep our great country free. Freedom definitely isn't free.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Random Dozen

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1. Would you rather host party or simply attend a party?
I'm not big on parties either way, but probably attend.  Means I don't have to clean my house first. lol

2. Tell us about the most memorable party you've been to.
As I said in #1 I'm not big on parties...but my favorites would probably be the family reunion type parties.  I do really enjoy those.  I love family.

3. What is one thing you hope for in the after-life?
To sit down and talk with Jesus and then find all my family and talk with them and I want to spend some time singing in the heavenly choir.  I know that's more than one thing, but come on it's for eternity!!!

4. What do you enjoy most about sunshine?
It's brightness and the beautiful blue sky that goes with it.

5. When you attend a bridal/baby shower, do you prefer to bring your own gift or chip in with others to buy a larger gift?
Bring my own.

6. Would you rather have a FREE week of having your house cleaned or all of your meals cooked for you and your family?
House cleaned (see #1)

7. What song describes your mood today?
"My Redeemer Lives"  Because when I remember that, no matter how I'm feeling, I know I'm blessed!

8. What is something you received for your own bridal shower/wedding that you still own or use? (If you are not married, feel free to sub a gift you received a long time ago.)
I still use several of the casserole dishes we received and I even have some decorator towels still (but I don't use them).

9. Your favorite flavor of ice cream is?
Twisted Turtle from UDF (I think I mentioned this a few weeks ago).  It's chocolate ice cream with pecans!  Yummy!  Okay, now you did it.  Guess I'll be stopping at UDF on the way home from church tonight.  There goes any thought of dieting today!  lol

10. When was the last time you felt "tested?"
Going through a time of testing right now and have been for a couple months or so.  Not fun, but it does help me to get closer to the Lord.

11. "[Fill in the blank] is a food that once I start eating I find really hard to stop."
Mashed Potatoes

12. "-----" is the best motivation.

Monday, May 24, 2010

I Love Awards!

I won the "Bodacious Blogging Book Reviewers Award from Linda at "Mocha With Linda".  Linda is such a great blogger and wonderful book reviewer.  I have enjoyed getting to know her.  She's a lot of fun and I highly recommend you check her out.  She's also the one that runs "Flashback Friday."  Give her a look see and I can guarantee you will love her.  Thanks Linda for the sweet reward.

I won the "I love your blog" award from Nel at "Fastenau Facts".  Nel is another sweet lady I've gotten to know recently and I totally love reading her blog.  Check her out. Nel thank you so much for this award. Now for this award I am required to list 10 things I love and then pass the award on to 10 other bloggers.   The things I love are not in any particular order and neither are the bloggers I'm passing the award to.  So here goes.

1.   I love the Jesus Christ
2.   I love my husband
3.   I love my girls
4.   I love my parents and my brothers and sisters (and the whole family)
5.   I love chocolate
6.   I love ice cream
7.   I love my blog and my wonderful bloggy friends
8.   I love doing Beth Moore Bible Studies with my Bible Study ladies.
9.   I love Disney World (is anyone really surprised by this one)
10. I love playing the piano

Passing the award on to:
Joyce at "From This Side of the Pond"
Trish at "Me & My Boys"
Fringegirl at "The Domestic Fringe"
Jill at "Jill Boyd's Place"
Robin at "I'm Not A Control Freak"
Nan at "Mom's The Word"
Robin at "Knit By God's Hand"
Tarah at "Eyeglasses and Endzones"
Sara at "Make Music from Your Heart"
Laura at "Goose Hill Farm"

Hope everyone has a blessed day.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Long Live The Queen

I received this in an e-mail and thought it was fascinating. Thought I'd share it with you.

"Long Live The Queen"

The phrase must be working
I was a little shocked by the pictures
when it penetrated my brain
how long she's been around.
She gives new meaning to the phrase
"Long Live the Queen"
How old does this one make you feel?

Hope you enjoyed this look back at the Queen through the years as much as I did.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Random Dozen

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1. What is one really fast, know-by-heart "go-to" meal to fix in a pinch?
Something we call "Schlop"  It's browned hamburger, macaroni and cheese, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream.   Yummy!  We love it here and it's very easy and very filling and I'm sure very fattening.  lol

2. What is one item you won't leave home without. (Purse and license do not count.)
My cell phone.  Even though I really don't use it that much, it's just a comfort to have in case I need it for something.

3. Where is one place you never tire of visiting?

Disney World, of course! 

4. Share one factoid of your family's history.
My great grandmother was a bride, a widow and a mother all in 1 year.

5. Complete this sentence: "Once upon a time I ...."
said I would never marry a preacher.  I guess God had other plans.

6. If you could win a one year's supply of anything, what would it be?
Gasoline - so I could travel as much as I wanted.

7. "One quirky thing you may not know about me is ...."
I can't dance, not even a little bit, but I really wish I could.

8. You have one dollar in your pocket. What will you buy?
A candy bar

9. "One thing that always makes me laugh is ...."
Puppies and Children rolling around on the floor together.

10. What is one thing you could do today to help yourself reach a personal goal?
Take a walk

11. What is one thing you could do today to bless someone else?
Be kind and patient

12. What is one thing you're looking forward to soon?
My daughters' graduation.  Actually one is graduating 8th grade and the other is graduating high school.  I'm proud of them both!

Monday, May 17, 2010

And the Winner Is.....

Linda at Mocha With Linda!! Congrats Linda!!  And if you've never been to her blog, you really need to check it out.  She's an awesome lady and she has a giveaway going on right now too.  Oh wait, a minute...never mind.  I want to win that so wait a few days and then go check her out!!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Flashback Friday

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How old were you when you got your first (paying) job? Did you work during the school year? What stipulations, if any, did your parents put on spending, saving, etc.? What types of jobs did you have you were, oh, 21 or 22? Did you go to college or a technical/trade school? If so, did you work while you were pursuing your post-high school education? What were your favorite -- and least favorite, if you wish to share! -- jobs? What did you learn from those early jobs?

I got my first paying job the week after I turned 16.  I worked at Kings Island Amusement Park in a small gift shop in the front gate area.  I loved that job.  I finished the summer there and then I went back the next summer and worked in the same shop.  The next 2 summers I worked at Kings Island running the switchboard and also in communications (the radio room). During the school year I worked at a couple secretarial positions (I hated being a secretary) 

My parents never had any rules about spending the money I made.  I wished they had though, cause maybe I would've saved more.  

I didn't go to college at all.  A month after I turned 19 I started working at our local police department.  The training I had in communications' center at Kings Island definitely helped and the fact that my dad knew the Chief of Police didn't hurt either.  33 and a half years later, I'm still working there.  I'm no longer full-time communications, but still help out in there quite often.  Now I'm the Administrative Assistant.  It's been a good career and I definitely feel it was a gift from God.

To give you a bit of an idea how the job has changed over the years.  When I started there we used a manual typewriter.  We asked for an electric typewriter and they told us no because what would you do if the electric went out (uh, how about get the manual back out or use pen and paper til it comes back on).  Eventually we talked them into the electric and now we are fully computerized, which is pretty cool.  Plus there was no such thing as E-911 then either.  We sure have it now and it scares me to death every time it rings when I'm in there by myself.  That's a lot of responsibility for one person.  Fortunately, for me and for the citizens of our fine town, I'm not by myself in there very often.  lol

So there's my entire working career in a nutshell.  Now why don't you go over to Mocha With Linda's site and join in on this Flashback Friday Fun.

If you like a good mystery, be sure to check out my book review and giveaway on the post below.  You have until Sunday to enter.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann Book Review and Giveway

Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann - Book Review

Author:  Kristen Heitzmann - While homeschooling her four kids, Kristen Heitzmann wrote here first novel, and it grew into a five-book hisgtorical series.  Since then, she has written more historical novels and several contemporary romantic and psychological suspense novels, including "The Still of Night", nominated for the Colorado Book Award; "The Tender Vine", a Christy Award finalist; and the Christy Award-winning "Secrets".  She lives in Colorado with her husband, Jim, and sundry family members and pets.  Link to Audio Interview with Kristen Heitzmann - Click Here.

Click here if you're interested in buying this book.

Back Cover:  Battling his own personal demons, Police Chief Jonah Westfall has experienced the dark side of life and is committed to eradicating it.  When a pair of raccoons are found mutilated in Redford, Colorado, Jonah investigates the gruesome act, seeking to unmask the perpetrator before the rime escalates and destroys the tranquility of his small mountain town.  Jonah fights for answers -- and his fragile sobriety -- amid a rising drug threat and never-ending conflict with Tia Manning, a formidable childhood friend with whom he has more than a passing history.  But he can't penetrate every wound or secret -- especially one fueled by a love and guilt teetering on madness.  From best-selling author Kristen Heitzmann comes a spell-binding tale of severed connections and the consequences of life lived alone.

My Thoughts:  Good book.  The characters are very interesting.  All the main characters seemed to have hard childhoods, but all in different ways.  I loved how she brought them all together in their various friendships and relationships.  My favorite character was Tia Manning.  I would love to run a shop in a small mountain town like she does.  She seems to know a lot and understand people and loves to help them with problems.  I have to say, the book really didn't end the way I expected, but it was an excellent ending.  I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

FTC disclaimer: This book was provided for review by the Random House Publishers.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Random House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

If anyone would like to read this book, I'll be happy to give away the copy I read so someone else can enjoy it.  Just leave a comment and I'll pick a winner on Sunday and mail it to you.

Rhyme of Truth

A friend sent me this in an e-mail and I just wanted to share it with you. This is Tamara Lowe at Christ Fellowship. I've never heard of her before and I know nothing about her. But I will tell you this...she is definitely right on the mark in this video. Please watch. I don't think you'll be sorry.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Random Dozen

1. Please share one memory of your high school graduation. Pics would be great!
It was in 1975 and the ceremony was on our school's football field.  
2. What is one "emergency use" item you keep in your vehicle at all times?
I really don't unless you consider pain relievers or antacids
3. In your region, do you celebrate graduation open houses? Addendum: (If so,) how many open houses/bridal showers/weddings are on your upcoming events calendar?
No, but we'll be having a graduation party for our daughter this year.
4. Tell me one truth you believe about motherhood.
It's really hard.
5. What was the last thing you broke?
A fingernail.
6. On average, how many pieces of junk mail do you receive daily?
At work or at home?...Probably about 3 or 4 at home
7. Do you like to shop by catalog?
Not really.
8. Is lawn maintenance at your house a "his job," a "her job" or "his/her job" or "that's why we have teenagers" job?
For mowing it's a teenager's job. Isn't that why God made teenagers?
9. Which room would you like to redecorate in your home?
My bedroom.
10. Do you read a newspaper regularly, or do you read most of your news on line?
11. Do you believe everything happens for a reason?
Yes, I think so.  I sure don't believe in just happenstance. Although we may never understand or know the reason.
12. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
I think they are both important.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Random Dozen

1. What was the last thing about which you procrastinated?
Preparing my Sunday School lesson on Sunday

2. How long does it take you to fall asleep, and do you sleep through the night?
I usually fall asleep pretty fast.  I seldom sleep through the night without waking up at least once or twice.

3. Which decade would you choose to exemplify your favorite fashion styles?
At the time I was living in them I thought all of them were cool.  Now that I look back at pictures, I can't say the same.  I really don't have a preference.  I just want to look decent and feel comfortable.  Yes, I know this answer is a cop-out.

4. What is your personal best dish to feed a crowd?

5. Are you an impulse shopper? What was the last thing you bought on impulse?
Yes, sometimes.  My iPod Touch, sort of.

6. What is one wish you have for your own funeral?
A closed casket.  I don't want to be remembered dead.

7. If it's true that joy is in found in the simple things in life, what does your joy look like today?
Relaxing in my home with my family.

8. What is your favorite type of bread?
dinner rolls

9. What trait do you fear developing the most? (Laziness, greediness, grumpiness, etc.)

10. What trait would you like most to develop?

11. Which room in your house best reflects your personality? Why?
Bedroom - kinda messy, but relaxing.

12. How do you maintain balance in your life regarding, work, family, church, other organizations and activities, and blogging?
I don't always manage this.   If you'll notice, I've not been blogging as much lately.  I sometimes have to let some things go for awhile.  I'm learning more and more, that I have to make sure God has the most of my thoughts so the other things in my life don't become little gods to me.  I must keep the main thing (God), the main thing!