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, June 27, 2013

Recent Photographs

Here are some pictures I've taken recently. I really haven't been taking a lot of photos for the last month or so, so just in the last week I've been trying to take a few.  Here are some of them.

The moon from my back porch on Friday night. (the night before the super moon)

The sky Sunday night from our church parking lot.

The moon from our front driveway on Sunday night (the night after the super moon)
This flower is in front of where I work.

This is from my house and I had just watered them

I thought the water drops were kind of cool.

I saw this flower out in front of the restaurant we ate supper at Monday night.  I love the lacy looking edges.

My new pedometer.  I decided it's time I start walking more and that this would help me keep track and hopefully motivate me to reach a certain amount each day.
That's all for now. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Summertime is a season of reunions, weddings, and other family celebrations and gatherings...are any of the above on your calendar in the next two months?
I'll be attending a birthday party for little Carina.  She will be 1 year old.  I'm pretty sure there will be pictures posted here.  haha 

I can't believe this little thing is going to be a year old in a couple weeks.
 2. June is National Iced Tea Month...are you an iced tea drinker? If so, how do you like yours (sweet, flavored, etc)?
No, I don't care of tea.

3. When were you last nervous? Looking back, was the 'event' actually nerve-worthy?
Every time I go to the doctor for a check-up.  Is it nerve-worthy...no.  But I really hate going to the doctor.

4. The bristle toothbrush was invented in China on June 26, 1498...not sure how that date was pinned down so precisely but, on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being sick to your stomach and 1 being not at all, how nervous do you feel when you're headed to the dentist? Do you see your dentist twice a year?
I'm used to be really nervous, but now that I'm pretty religious about going twice a year, I really don't get nervous at all.  Wish I could be that way about the doctor (see #3).

5. What's making news in your town this week?
Last week RAAM (Race Across America) an endurance bike race came through our town.  That was pretty cool.  This week, I don't really know of anything.

6. Curtains, drapes, blinds...your window treatment of choice? Are there any bare windows in your house? Is that by choice or because you haven't gotten around to covering them?
I have blinds and window toppers in my livingroom and curtains and blinds in the bedrooms.  I have a bare window in my kitchen and I prefer it that way.

7. Summertime is officially here (in the Northern hemisphere anyway)...what one song is a must-have on your summer playlist?
I can't say I have one in particular, but most anything by the Beach Boys makes me think of summer.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I'm doing this while watching TV with my hubby.  We're watching some shows about Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World.  I'm about to decide we may need to take another Disney trip this year.  haha  Plus today in my email we got a special offer for Free Disney Dining with additional dates over and above what the public are offered.  Hard to turn it down, but I think we're going to wait until next year. But you just never know.  You know me and Disney!  lol

Disney World

Myrtle Beach
Which one would you choose? 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Porch Chattin'

Everyday Ruralty

Do you enjoy grocery shopping?
No, I do not enjoy grocery shopping.
Are you following any particular news stories?
No, not really at the moment.
How do you feel about all of the technology we have today? Is it too much, just right, or not enough?
I love the technology.  It amazes me how much technology has advanced just in my lifetime.
On a scale of 1-10(1 being the least) how much do you worry?
Depends on what I'm worrying about.  However, I really try not to worry.  I know it's a sin and God really wants us just to trust Him.  And I try.
Without any of your responsibilities or concern with how you would accomplish this, what would your three dream jobs be?
 Retirement, Retirement, Retirement.  :)  I've always wanted to work in a book store or library would be one.  Another, I used to want to be an eye doctor.  And how about an astronaut?  I love anything to do with space.  Rather an eclectic bunch.  But really retirement is what I want for this point in my life.  But while I'm retired, I would love to live in Florida during the winter and do this part-time.

I want to be the Fairy Godmother at Walt Disney World!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Quiz About Me

Acting Balanced

1. June 26th is Forgiveness Day - will you be participating?  Forgiving someone else or asking for forgiveness?
I've never heard of Forgiveness Day.  However, I can't say I'll be participating necessarily, but I quite often have to ask for forgiveness and also have to work on forgiving others. Trust me, God is very good at letting me know when I need to do either.

2. Do you play card games?  Which ones are your favorite?
I do play card games sometimes.  I love Solitaire (but I mostly play it on the computer.  I also like, Uno, Skipbo and many others too.

3. What is your favorite flavor of Birthday Cake?
Chocolate is my favorite anytime cake.

4. Do you like amusement park rides?  What is your favorite?  If not, why not?
Yes, I love amusement park rides.  However, the older I get they don't love me as much.  I get a little nauseas now on a lot of them.  Love roller coasters and drop type rides (favorite being Tower of Terror at Disney World's Hollywood Studios).
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

And This Is How It All Began

(I got this in an email and just had to share.)

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dorothy. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?" And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"
And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.
To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP).
And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.
And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others." And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known.
He said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."
And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.""YAHOO," said Abraham.
And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com. Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside.
It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE). That is how it all began. And that's the truth....

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Porch Chattin'

Everyday Ruralty

Thought I'd join in with "Chats on the Farmhouse Porch" today.  Why not click the button above and join in too.  This is my first time.

Chat Questions:
  1. Is there a friend or relative who has been on your mind a lot lately?
  2. Do you sunburn?
  3. If you were visiting my farm for a week (or weekend) would you want to cook with me, pick veggies or pull weeds with the farm crew, or just feed Wendell carrots until he outgrew his horse suit?
  4. Do you like to tell jokes or hear them?
  5. Do you wear sunglasses often?
My Answers:

     1.  Yes, a friend who's son is dying from cancer.  Prayers are appreciated.
     2.  Yes, I sunburn very easily.  But if I use a good SPF, I will eventually tan.
     3.  Definitely I would want to feed Wendell carrots.
     4.  I prefer hearing jokes.  I'm not very good at telling them.
     5.  Actually, I just recently got Transition lenses in the prescription glasses.  So, I guess the answer is yes.  :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekend Wrap-up

Friday after work, hubby and I went to Fazoli's for supper and then did our Wal-mart shopping. Then came home and relaxed.

Saturday hubby did a wedding around noon. It was just a small one with maybe about 8-10 people in attendance. I love small weddings. He said the groom was a little nervous, but when he saw his bride coming down the aisle, he teared up. I just think that is so sweet and the very way it should be, big or small wedding.

When he came home he and I went to Outback to enjoy a good meal from our oldest daughter, Kelli. She gave her daddy and I each a gift card for there for Mother's and Father's Day. Yummy! is all I can say.

We then went to my parents and spent a couple hours with them and all my brothers and sisters, except my baby brother and his family. I just love spending time with my family. They are just so fun to be with. Later that evening at home, we all sat out on the back porch while the dog ran around the yard and just enjoyed the wonderful evening breezes.

Sunday was church and a great sermon on the 5th commandment to honor your parents. Hubby did an excellent job, in my oh so unbiased opinion. ;) Then lunch with Tracy's family and also our youngest daughter, Kerri and her boyfriend. Here are a couple of pictures from that lunch.

Kerri and Charlie

Me and Kerri
Then Sunday night we Skyped with Kelli for 2 hours.  It was so good to get to talk with her "face-to-face."  She took us on a tour of her room and then the whole house where she is staying.  She also took us outside and all I can say is, "Wow! What a beautiful view she has!" 

As you can see, we had a great weekend around here.  Some good food, time with family and time with both of our girls!  The very best kind of weekend for sure!

So, now it's your turn.  How was your weekend?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Fragments

Unknown Mami

It's time again for Friday Fragments. Click the button above to join in and play along.

I've been doing a lot of reading this week and have totally been enjoying it. Currently I'm reading book 2 in the Kensington Chronicles by Lori Wick. It's called "Wings of the Morning". I forgot just how good this series really is.

I'm also reading Francis Chan's "Crazy Love".

I just ordered the Gideon Bible Study by Priscilla Shirer. Beth Moore is hosting a summer Bible study on this on her blog. I know I'm behind, but hopefully it will come in quick and I can catch up with everyone. It sounds really good. Can't wait.

Have you tried the new Pink Lemonade Freezes at Taco Bell?  Oh my goodness!  They are purely amazing!  I can tell I'm gonna gain 10 pounds this summer from them alone.  haha

Yumminess! (this picture is from the internet)

Carina's mommy called me yesterday at work. She wasn't feeling well and was having dizzy spells (possible ear infection), so hubby and I went home to help out. She decided she needed to go to the doctor, so we all went. While she was with the doctor, hubby and I watched Carina in the waiting room. We weren't there long and she conked out. I just think this picture is so adorable of her, so I wanted to share it with you all.

Chillin' in the waiting room.

Don't you just wish we could do this while waiting on the doctor.  Anyway, mama's feeling a little better today, but if you have time I'm sure she'd appreciate a quick prayer.

The funny thing is, later that evening I took Carina out on the front porch to relax in the rocker.  We were just sitting there enjoying the sunshine and the breeze and the chimes playing.  It wasn't long and she leaned back on me and went sound asleep again.  There's just something about me that if a baby sits with me very long, they go to sleep!  I'm not sure if I'm boring or maybe with my extra padding I'm just really comfy!  lol

That's about all the fragments I have at the moment.  Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. What do you think makes a good dad?
A sold out servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and someone who gives unconditional love.

2. What's something you learned from your own father?
To use stick butter or margarine when making grilled cheese sandwiches in a skillet, not tub margarine.  Tub margarine makes a cheese sandwich soggy.

3. It's your birthday-what kind of cake will we be having?
Chocolate, of course.

4. When you're faced with a big decision are you more of a go with your gut type of person, or are you someone who reasons it all out, weighing the pros and cons?
Probably more of a reasoning it out type of person.

5. June is National Dairy Month. What's your favorite dairy item? Most often purchased dairy item?
Hands down...milk!

6. Explorer Jacques Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910....what's something you've recently discovered or something you'd like to explore?
I'd love to explore Hawaii!  :)

7. Are you typical of your generation?
Yes, I think so.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

found this on Patsy Clairmont's page on FB
 This is so very true and I hope I always remember and live by it.  I never want to quit setting goals and dreaming dreams.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Good Advice for Raising Children

This is a short audio (What Time Teaches Mom) file by Patsy Clairmont that is well worth the listen for moms. If I could do it over again, I would try to follow this advise a little more than I did.

Have a great day and go hug your kids. I can't do that, but I think I'll give them a "hug" text.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Weekend Wrap-Up

Again, it has been a nice, quiet, pleasant weekend for us. And that is just the kind I like. After working and running all week, it's just nice to be quiet on the weekend.

Friday night, Kerri came and mowed our yard. They had already eaten so they didn't want supper and they didn't stay very long either. Hubby and I visited Uncle Bob (you know Bob Evan's) restaurant for supper. I had their country fried steak. I haven't eaten that in forever and it was soooo good. Then we came home and watched one of my all time favorite movies, "Apollo 13." No matter how many times I see this movie, I am always glad that they made it home safely. :)

Saturday we grabbed some lunch out and had to run around looking for gifts for the men at church for Father's Day next Sunday. Took a little while, but we finally found something. Next year, we really need to do this a little earlier. By this time, things are picked over a lot and it gets difficult to find an inexpensive, nice little gift to let them know the church appreciates them. Then we relaxed at home for a while and then visited with my parents and family.

Sunday was church and out to lunch at our local Mexican restaurant and home for a nap. After all, hubby's sermon was on the 4th Commandment to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. So we worshiped and rested.

Also, throughout the weekend I've been reading. I just got the Kensington Chronicles Series by Lori Wick on my Kindle and I'm reading book one, The Hawk and the Jewel. I read this years ago when she first wrote it and loved this series then. My sister and I would keep a watch out for her books as she wrote them. I remember finishing one and then having to wait for the next. As soon as we found out it was finished, one of us would run out and buy it and then we'd both read it. Well, now I'm re-reading this series. If you're looking for a good christian novel, this would be it. Or actually, any of her novels are awesome. I'm hoping to eventually have them all on my Kindle because these are books that every few years I could see myself re-reading. Lori Wick is definitely my all-time favorite Christian Fiction writer.

And that's it for my weekend. Now I need to finish getting ready and head out to work. Hope you all have a great day and a great week.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Fragments

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Time for Friday Fragments again. Click the button above if you want to join in with us.

* Hubby finally broke down and went to the doctor this week. He's got a really bad sinus infection, which he already knew. But they gave him some antibiotics, etc. However, the doctor said the infection still had to run its course and it would probably be another week or so.

* I'm fighting one too, but not as bad as his. Pretty much all we've been doing is going to work and then coming home and resting. We've done a little work at the house, such as trimming bushes out front and just running the sweeper and stuff. Haven't felt like cooking much or anything, so it's been sandwiches and stuff like that.

* Youngest daughter was supposed to come yesterday to mow, but it rained all day. Hoping for a dry day today because the grass is crazy high.

* My brother brought home fresh peaches from either Tennessee or Georgia for the family. They are soooo good. I've been working on them this week too. Still have to finish them up tonight. It's wonderful to have some fresh, frozen peaches for the summer. I love them in my cereal or just to eat plain. I could make a cobbler also, but no one else in this house will eat it. So, I'll just be good and eat them in my cereal. haha

* We just watched the first season of Chicago Fire on "On Demand". Anybody else watching that show? It's pretty good actually.

*  Bloglovin - is anyone else having problems with this.  Seems like some of blogs I follow are not updating here all the time.  Some do and some don't.  And it's different ones, different days.  Just wonder if there's a setting or something I'm missing and/or if anyone else having this problem.  I just really don't want to miss anyone's new posts.

Okay, that's it. I've got nothing else to frag about. So hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. Have you learned more from success or failure? Explain.
Actually, I've learned a lot from both.  However, I prefer to learn from success.

2.  What did you call your grandparents when you were growing up? If you have children, what do they call your parents? If you have grandchildren, what do they call you?
Grandma and Grandpa for my dad's parents and Mamaw and Papaw for my mom's parents.The girls call both sets Grandma and Grandpa.

3.  You're invited to a luau.  In keeping with that theme, what dish will you bring to share?
An empty one so I can fill it up with what everyone else brought.  haha  No probably shishkabobs with chicken, onions and pineapple.

4. Besides Jesus, what one person's life story do you think everyone should know about?
Abraham Lincoln

5. "Don't sweat the small stuff." Agree or Disagree? Why?
Depends on what the small stuff is.

6.  June is National Rivers Month. When were you last on a river? What's the prettiest river you've ever seen? What's a river you'd like to see?
About a month or so ago, I was on the purple people bridge over the Ohio River.  Does that count?  If you mean actually on the river, it would have been 6-8 years ago when a friend got married on a riverboat on the Ohio river.  I have seen the Mississippi but some day I'd like to take a steam paddle boat ride down the Mississippi.

7.  Speaking of rivers-paddling, fishing, swimming, or bird watching safely from the shore? Which activity would you choose? Yes-you have to choose.
Bird watching or maybe fishing, although I love to swim, but I prefer it in a pool.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Have you ever been to the Longaberger Factory in Ohio.  This is the home offices that are located in Newark, OH.  It is so cool drying by and seeing this gigantic basket.  Yes it is an office building shaped like a basket.

We drove by the other day on the way to Amish Country and got a couple of pictures.  The factory is a little further down the road.  They have tours of the factory where you can watch the workers making the baskets.  We went about 8-10 years ago with the girls and some of the family members that originally started the company were there and I got a basket and a couple of them signed the bottom.  That's supposed to make it worth more.

Anyway, it's a very interesting tour.  I'm hoping hubby and I'll have some time this summer to take another drive up that way and actually stop and take the  tour.  If we do, I'll try to get some more pictures to show you.  If you've never had or seen a Longaberger Basket, you should check out their website.  I believe they are all handmade and they are beautiful and very sturdy.  I've bought a couple myself and have been given several as gifts.  I love them.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How Bad Is It?

This showed up on the board at work sometime over the weekend.  If you'll notice, my face has been added to the lady on the left.  The other one is a co-worker and we have both been here for well over 30 years.  I thought it was a pretty good one!

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook - June Edition

I've been seeing this around lately and decided to join in.  There is a link below, if you'd like to join too.

FOR TODAY - I wrote this Sunday afternoon after church and lunch.

Outside my window...The skies are blue with big white clouds.

I am thinking...about what a beautiful day it is and wondering what my girls are up to.

I am thankful...for a wonderful husband and a day to relax and enjoy being together.

In the kitchen...we didn't cook today, but went to lunch with my sister and her husband.

I am wearing...blue pants and a blue printed top (what I wore to church).

I am creating...crocheting some dish rags.  Plan to work on them later this afternoon.

I am going...to stay home the rest of the day, Lord willing.

I am wondering...if I'll ever get my spring cleaning done.

I am reading..."Crazy Love" by Francis Chan.

I am hoping...to have a wonderful week.

I am looking forward to...some beach time in November.

I am learning...more about the 10 commandments, as we are in the middle of a study on them at church.

Around the house...there's a sweet little baby girl leaving a trail of anything and everything she can pick up and throw down.  haha

I am pondering...something my husband said in his sermon today...God becomes more believable when we become more loveable. In other words, if we are more loving to people, it is easier for them to believe in God.

A favorite quote for today...“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.”- Erma Bombeck

One of my favorite things...My husband

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Attending a 3 hour class about my retirement plan.
Cookout with my family
Going to hear some good bluegrass music.

A peek into my day...Taught Sunday School, Church Service, Lunch with my sister and brother-in-law at Skyline Chili and then a lovely restful afternoon and evening.

(add your picture here)
I did it...I got my hair cut and I'm so glad I did.

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