I am a 31 year old Christ follower, wife of 13 years and mother of 3 beautiful children. I Homeschool my two sons Luke and Bo, and teach our only daughter Daisy preschool. We had a vesectomy reversal in Febuary of 2008 the plan is to have more children. I love Babies! We are a Bible believing Jesus Loving and teaching family. I love to cook. HD loves to eat what I cook, good combination don't you think! I love my family more than anything else in this world! Enjoy our journey.
This picture was taken about a month after I got married, we were married on Oct 29,1996 and this picture was taken right before Christmas for a modeling contest I was entering. I was only 18 in this picture, hard to believe it was 12 years ago. I saw an ad in the paper for a modeling tryout and I went. I was excepted and off my career would go or so I thought. First let me say I had the weight right I was a size 1 yes you read that size 1 which is way to small I think ever rib stuck out I was sickly, I was a newlywed and I didn't know how to cook, HD traveled and was gone 5 days a week and so I lived on Cheerios's and we ate out on the weekends. Anyway the modeling company loved the size but I have one down fall that they couldn't overlook I am only 5'3.... That is not super model material. We went to a beautiful hotel in Louisville Ky called the Taft and we spent several hundred dollars on lessons to walk and learn more about modeling and in the end I was rejected. More or less I was told not every pretty face is made to model, I was just to short even in high heels! I loved the 3 weeks of fame I thought I was going to have, and being that I had always struggled with my weight being so small felt great. Looking back on those pictures today I think I look rather pale and I have absolutely no breasts am flat looking. And boy did I have alot of make up on!
I am very happy things turned out without fame! God had big plans for me to be a wife, mother and a teacher and those are the most important things to me and make me very happy!
I want to share with you all today something that will save you tons of time and allow you to play all day in the summer sun! Can you believe summer is almost over? Hard to believe in only a month I will be homeschooling 2 children, I am nervous with a capital N! Back to the time saving, use your crock pot, the crock pot is your friend! It saves me so much time and it allows me to have very tasty meals while enjoying my day with the kids and staying out of the kitchen. I use the crock pot a few times a month in the summer and even more in the winter because I love hot stew and soups. I am going to share two recipes that are all mine. One is my crock pot chicken and the only reason I have decided to share is because on Monday when I got a nasty comment you all were so supportive and I love you all really I do, so I think you all need this recipe! And the second recipe will be Lima Beans and bacon, a great summer recipe that just screams I Live In The South...
HM's Crock Pot Chicken
8 to 10 pieces of dark meat chicken like legs or thighs or 1 whole chicken I use dark meat
2 cups of apple cider vinegar
2 table spoons of minced garlic
1 table spoon hot sauce
salt and pepper
This is such an easy recipe it's hard to believe its one of my families favorites. I put the raw chicken in the crock pot and all the seasonings and vinegar and cook on med/low all day. It cooks for about 8 hours. At the very end you will need to take all the chicken out of the crock pot and clean all the bones out, pour the juice into another bowl making sure all the bones are out of the juice as well. Now put the chicken back into the crock pot and pull it all apart. I use two forks or my kitchen scissors. After the chicken is good and shredded up add some of the juice back in to make a nice consistency for sandwiches.
Now serve on buns with some BBQ sauce I use Sweet Baby Rays. I also make a side of french fries in the oven and a toss salad. Easy and really quick dinner.
Lima Beans and Bacon
2 bags of frozen lima beans
2 20oz cans of diced tomatoes (undrained)
2 table spoons of spicy mustard
salt and pepper
2 tea sugar
1/2 cup water
Place all of the ingredients in the crock pot and you will cook on low for 8 hours. You will need to fry 1 or 2 pounds of bacon. You serve these beans with the bacon chopped up on top and with some corn bread.
So please pull your crock pot out and use them its not a winter only appliance and it can same you time!
We went to see Prince Caspian this evening. We have a theater that has a 50 cent deal that's 50 cents per person can you believe that only 50 cents. We asked my mother and grandparents to come with us, so we made a real family affair of it.
I love the Chronicles of Narnia! HD has been reading them to us since last year. We finished up the 4th book which is Prince Caspian on our drive home from Fort Lauderdale, HD actually read the entire book on the car ride home it was great!
I really liked the movie and I say liked because I loved the book. The movie was Hollywood. Some of my favorite parts of the book were changed completely and some things in the movie were not even in the book. A part I did not like was that the movie made King Peter out to be some what selfish and uncaring of the Narnians which is totally not true. A part of the movie that I did like was at the end Queen Susan kissed Prince Caspian.
I do recommend seeing the movie it was a good movie but even more I recommend reading the book.
Have any of you bloggers even gotten a nasty mean or hateful comment? I did today and it really makes you feel funny. I am always open to kind suggestions even if I disagree, but talking bad about my children and husband is unacceptable and will never be published, really does someone think I would publish something crude about my family, this blog is a constant testament of how much I love my family. I love all of you blog friends I have made and your comments make my day and I know many of you pray for me which means much more than sweet words. The nasty comment was really hateful and just through me for a loop because I find so much joy in sharing with you all. Thank you to all of you who encourage me and are willing to read my blog and laugh with me!
* The contest is now over. Thank you all for playing along!
Look a carnival! I love giveaways and I am always hopeful I will win. For this giveaway I will be sending one winner a great book, the book is 1001 Cookie Recipes and I just know you will love it! All you need to do is leave me a comment and I will choose a winner on Aug 1. So comment away and go to Bloggy Giveaways for all the great things up for grabs, now have fun!
Everyone left today. I was really sad. I had so much fun with my cousin Emily! We stayed up till after midnight every night she was here and last night we stayed up until 2:30 in the morning, we laughed until we cried. I haven't had that much fun just talking in a long time! I am so glad we got to have a few days together (and I know you read this Emily so I miss you already and can't wait for you to visit again) and can't wait to do it again.
On Tuesday my grandpa and I took my grandma to see a doctor, a psychiatrist to be honest, she has been forgetting things and not normal 77 year old forgetting and sadly my grandma has been diagnosed with the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, I can't really say I am surprised because I kind of already knew,that's why I made the appointment but the thinking she has Alzheimer's and the knowing she has it is very different. She started taking a medication today that will slow the effects of the Alzheimer's. I was able to really put this horrible news out of my mind while our company was here and that made it much easier. My grandma is in very high hopes that the medication will work for her and we all are relying on God to work this all out for his glory. I just love her so much ...
Tonight we had our small group and Ruby wife who is one of my best friends is in the group and I tell you I have kept it together really well all week and I just fell apart this evening on her, I am very thankful that even though my grandma needs me to be strong I have a wonderful best friend who is there for me with such Godly advice I can't begin to tell you how great it was to have my awesome husband on one side of me and my loving friend on the other letting me blubber like a baby, and I felt better really I did. I needed to cry I think it's the first time since I found out that I have aloud myself to really let it all out. Thank you Ruby Wife for being such a good friend and always being there for me! I love you!
So I had a long week and since my camera is broken I can't even show you any pictures. I think that my cousin sent me some so I will post pictures later.
I wanted to share with you all the very beautiful and easy way to decorate your children's birthday cake for a fraction of the cost a professional cake decorator would charge! We will start with Bo's birthday cake he wanted a bug cake. I was a little overwhelmed at first and then I turned to the trusty computer and started searching. I came up with a dirt hill and bugs on it.
This cake was really easy, I first made a 9x13 marble cake and iced it with chocolate frosting. Then I took my Pampered Chef batter bowl and made another marble cake I placed it on top of the iced 9x13 cake to make a mound. I then iced the round cake with chocolate frosting as well. I took 3/4 of a bag of chocolate filled oreo's and 15 gram crackers and 15 chocolate wafer cookies and ground them down in the food processor to make "dirt". I then patted the dirt onto the icing and put plastic bugs all over.
Now Daisy's cake was a little difficult. She wanted a Barbie princess birthday cake... I spent a really long time scanning the Internet in search of a cake and I combined several ideas and what I came up with is to take a 9 inch round cake and also the batter bowl for the dress. I bought a 5 dollar barbie and after the stacked cakes had cooled I wrapped her legs in plastic wrap and stuck her down in the middle (I hollowed it first) leaving her top exposed. I also put her hair in a plastic bag. I then took fondant found at Walmart and dyed it purple with Wilton's food color. I rolled and rolled until I had just the right amount and put her dress on. I cut around the base of the cake stand and made a top with the remaining fondant, as well as a bow for the bake of her dress. I then took cake decorating tips and made the back of the dress, and the decorations. The polka dots are Wilton decorating dots for cakes. The total decorating time not including baking was around 2 hours. Daisy was very happy with her cake.
Let me tell you pretzel salad is one of my favorite desserts of all times, and since it uses the word salad I am just a little less guilty for eating half the pan myself! We have family visiting from Ohio this week, both of my grandma's baby sisters and my cousin Stacy and her daughter Emily who I played with when I was a little girl remember I posted a picture of us a few weeks ago.
So tonight I am having the whole gang over for dinner, we are going to have my special pulled chicken BBQ which I am starting now because it takes all day in the crockpot, don't you just love the crockpot? I do, even more in the summer because we run all day and with swim lessons this week I can pop some goodies in the pot and still have a great dinner.
I am making HM baked beans, coleslaw which I have found to be so easy, I just use the food processor to chop up the cabbage and a few carrots and I have been using Maries Coleslaw dressing, this is the best coleslaw I have found you need to try it.
Now on to dessert I want you all to get to have this wonderful yummy and almost guiltless dessert with me.
1 stick of butter or 1 cup of Parkay butter spray (if you are feeling very health conscious like my lower extremity's need me to be)
2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
1 8oz container of cool whip
1 8oz container of cream cheese (can also use low fat but not fat free)
1 20oz can crushed pineapple
Melt butter and mix with pretzels and 1 cup sugar, press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, you are making a crust with sugar butter and pretzels, does it get any better than that IDONTTHINKSO!
Now take your room temp cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar mix well and then stir in the very well drained pineapple and then fold in the cool whip.
Now spread the pineapple mixture on top of the cooled pretzel crust. Add a few crushed pretzels for looks and refrigerate for a few hours.
Now hurry off the store and buy everything to make this lovely salad you will thank me! Happy Tuesday!
We left on Thursday to take my mom to have the first of two cataract surgeries. Her surgeon is in a large town about an hour and a half from where we live. The surgery was a very big success! She really didn't even experience much pain. The hotel we stayed in had a pool so the kids were very pleased to say the least.
All went really well until bed time. We go a room with two queen beds. Bo and Daisy were to sleep with me, and Luke with my mom. This seemed to make perfect sense while making the arrangements but let me tell you I couldn't have been more WRONG! Bo sleeps very still but the child is a human furnace who also steals covers repeatedly through the entire night. And to my surprise Daisy will not remain covered she kicks the covers off all night long and if I try to cover myself she starts to kick landing the back of her heals into my stomach or arms or anything else that gets in her way all the while I am fighting to remain covered while Bo the furnace steals them and Daisy kicks me.
Now on the other side of the room Luke is kneeing my mother over and over and in between all that
SHHHH, she snores really loud, now this is a secret so please don't say anything, she might get mad but since you all are just a few of my best 100 or more friends I wanted you all to understand just how bad the night was and ya'll it was bad!
So in between the loud snores and kicking and freezing cover less I thought I heard the fire alarm it was very muted but still I could hear a low whining noise, I ran to the door and opened it, nothing. After 15 minutes looking around I realize the fridge is making the funny noise and I try again to sleep.
Longest night of my life I swear, and I have to do it again next month, Lord help me!
On Friday morning we got up early and went to her post op appointment and then we let the kids go swimming for a a couple hours to make up for the long car rides and everything. I need to tell you all while we were at the pool a man I will refer to as Mr. Massachusetts because that's all I know or want to know about him, was at the pool he was with his 2 sons. I smiled at Mr. Massachusetts politely because my 2 boys were going to be splashing and canon balling for the duration of our visit and so I saw fit to at least smile and politely say hello because that's the SOUTHERN thing to do not for any other reason! Now Mr. Massachusetts tried to make small talk, probably whipped my face with my left hand 30 times people to let this man know I am married, I even asked the kids loudly are you ready to go home and see Daddy, they said NO we want to swim, great that plan back fired. This man just kept right on staring and smiling all big at me, it gave me the creeps! I finally made mention that his son looked like his mother (I had seen them the night before at the pool) and he quickly said oh that's not my wife she is my sister! Yikes~! The kids and tried to stay in the hot tub while he was in the pool and finally he left and not before telling me it has been a pleasure to meet you today, What! I just think it is totally rude, I was evidently married and with 3 rowdy kids to boot. So Mr. Massachusetts you need to mind your manners we southern woman say hello when we enter a room full of people out of politeness not interest and it was not a pleasure being watched by a very hairy man who had no manners! Thank you very much!
We arrived home on Friday evening we stopped and had dinner with my grandparents. We got home around 9pm I hurried to start making cakes. Saturday was Bo and Daisy's birthday party which was a big hit! I will post pictures tomorrow. I can't wait for you all to see the cakes! I am going to post them on Wednesday for WFMW. You all are going to be so proud of me! I did a great job on the Barbie princess cake and a Bug cake for Bo.
We had a fish fry for the birthday dinner and then the kids did a pinata it was a lot of fun! The kids got all kinds of toys Bo loved all his new Playmobile and if you have little boys and haven't found playmobile yet you need to get in the car right now and drive to the nearest Target or ToysRUs and get your son some! Daisy got a new doll house from Twice Blessed Mommy and Daddy and all the furniture, she loves it! We got her a few Barbie Island Princess things, the kids are watching the movie right now. I will post some pictures tomorrow.
*Originally posted back when I was the only one reading my blog... I have to say after this post, Daddy has always called me when being late. I thought you all might enjoy this post.
Yesterday, Daddy was 20 minutes late coming home from work... Let me start by saying "I" forgot to put his cell phone in his lunchbox... Needless to say Daddy did not call me to tell me he was running late. At 5 minutes late on bible study night I'm thinking did he stop and drop off the trash? At 7 minutes dinner is now cold, (shrimp scampi that I worked hard to make at just the right time so it would not taste rubbery and it would be ready the minute Daddy walks in the door) and rubbery. At 10 minutes I page him which does no good HE DOES NOT HAVE A PHONE! At 12 minutes I pray that God would deliver him home safe and that I would stop thinking irrationally! At 15 minutes I pray again that Daddy would be safe that The pit in my stomach would leave oh and God please bring him home safe! At 17 minutes I yet again remind God I am flawed I am experiencing FEAR real FEAR, I them rebuke FEAR remind myself God loves Daddy more than I do and that God will bring him home safely... At 20 minutes Daddy gets home, I give God all the glory for delivering Daddy home before he even walks in the door. At which point I have two choices 1. Greet Daddy with open arms and tell him I was wondering where you were, I am so glad you are home safe, here is dinner darling and hurry so we are not late for bible study... or 2.I can say I can not believe you did not call me, did I or did I not buy you a watch, for crying out loud you work for the phone company you could have called to tell your wife "I will be a few minutes late darling" have you meet me you knew i would worry about you, What I 'm I supposed to think when you are 20 minutes late I should never have to be subjected to unnecessary fear that you have been in a tragic accident on the highway... You will never believe which option I choose, I wish I could say I am always a pillar of strength and can rebuke Fear and be quick to listen and slow to anger, But I am not, I shamefully choose 2... Daddy of course did not apologise for being late he told me I needed to apologise for yelling at him. I never let the kids know I was worried about Daddy being late so when he got home and I blew up at him they were like what in the world is wrong with mommy. He felt disrespected and I felt disrespected, we then had to leave for bible study. At bible study we were doing a video program on love and respect (boy is God funny or what) before we got in the car I told Daddy and the kids I was sorry that I had gotten so mad at Daddy, that even though Daddy was late I should not have yelled at him. Daddy forgave me and quickly apologised for not calling and letting me know he was running late. The video program talked about how woman want to be loved and men want to be respected, I think we want them both. I know Daddy loves me, He never hesitates to tell or show me, I felt very disrespected when he did not call me, after 14 years together Daddy knows that makes me crazy it always has and probably always will, but I never and I repeat never have felt unloved. Daddy also knows I love him with all my heart, which is why after I was scared to death he was hurt or worse I just freaked out -good reason- NO, Anger and fear go hand in hand and are both sinful, I was disrespectful and so was Daddy. I am so glad in our marriage that we never let the sun go down without forgiving each other to tell the truth we have never not even once walked away from a disagreement without a resolution right then and there, I love that about us. We of course shared and laughed at ourselves with the other couples at bible study, we allowed God to show us both a valuable lesson WE LOVE EACH OTHER AND RESPECT EACH OTHER and need to act like it because actions do speak louder than words especially while our children are watching... I am ever praying for peace and a sound mind that I will not sir come to fear, it's hard to untrain your mind, but I will continue to pray daily for this area of my life and mind so God can bring me into the place of peace he intends for me to have, I have come so far in the battle over fear it almost never even bothers me anymore, but obviously still have some work to do. (Daddy called tonight at 4 to let me know he had been approved for over time and would be running late) I just LOVE him. So I guess my conclusion is every marriage needs a good dose of both love and respect, men however really need to feel respected 9 times out of 10 they know they are loved but question how much their wives really respect them. I asked Daddy do I fall short on the respect in our marriage and even after my little episode he said I know you respect me and love me, I was glad that I am able to give Daddy what he really needs and wants in a wife. I also feel respected and loved and very fulfilled as a wife.
Right after we came home from Ft Lauderdale our beloved camera broke. The cost to fix is pretty high, around 300$ so we will have to wait a little while to fix it, but I can not be left cameraless and my mother agreed to allow me to borrow hers. In doing so I have down loaded all her pictures which consist mostly of my kids to my computer and then to a disk for her. I had never seen any of her photos and she had some really good ones. For this weeks Fro me to you I am sharing a few of my favorites I found on her camera.
This is Tate with his mama kissing his little fat neck.
My sweet baby boy is 5 years old today, he will be starting Kindergarten in the fall which is so overwhelming to think of homeschooling two children. So many firsts start at 5, sports and school...
Here is our sweet boy on his birthday 7/16/2003. Bo was born at 1:15 pm. He weighed 7lbs and 10oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. HD took this picture after we had dinner that evening.
This is Bo at his first birthday party. We had a Blues Clues theme. He really loved the cake!
This was Bo's second birthday. I was totally crazy, I had a pony party with 35 people 5 days after I gave birth to Daisy! Our boy loved his party.
For Bo's third birthday we went to a water park close to TBM and TBD house. We had so much fun! Bo loved swimming and his favorite thing in the whole world is to go on vacation (when he was younger he called it Ma-K-tion) and this other favorite thing is his Aunt.
Now for his fourth birthday we had a combo party with Daisy, they had a pony party (same horse his name is pistol) he had even more fun at 4 than 2, and so did I.
Happy Birthday Bo! We love you more than words can ever express, you are a miracle baby the beginning of my healing. You have given our family so much laughter and so many smiles, everywhere we go people just love to say how cute you are! You have a laugh like no one else in the world, it makes me smile just thinking of it. You are a best friend to your older brother and a wonderful big brother to your sister, you make Mommy and Daddy proud that God choose us to be your parents! We love you now and forever!
I have spent my day running around, I had to take my mom to the doctor about an hour from home and then we went out to dinner so I haven't had any time to sit down and blog today. I really wanted to play along so I asked HD to take some pictures of my apron collection and he is just the sweetest thing and did.
I have 8 aprons. Three of them Twice Blessed Mommy bought for me, this one she gave me for Thanksgiving last year
And then she gave me this great Vera Bradley purse with matching apron for Christmas
And last weekend while she was visiting she stopped at an antique store and saw this beautiful Vintage apron and she so generously bought it for me
Now these lovely aprons are vintage they belonged to my great grandma, she was a very wonderful cook and I proudly wear her aprons often, my favorite is this white one with a the straps crossing in the back
I can't get this picture to go up right but you see the straps
She wore this pink one more for everyday cooking and so do I. I use the pocket to collect eggs and hold toys....
This one is light blue gingham again an everyday apron
My grandma gave me this apron when I got married.
And last but not least is my beautiful apron from the Apron Queen, I love it! I love the pockets for holding things and the colors are great!
Oh and by the way, some of the pictures are by my computer where I spend my time talking to all of you...
I am making this for dinner tonight and will be setting this to post on Saturday because we are going out of town. I am giving you all this recipe because it just sounds so good I know it will be. And Ruby Wife is a great cook so I know it will be good!
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (chopped in small bite size chunks)
1 Box of stuffing (chicken flavor)
1 28oz can of diced tomatoes undrained
2 TBS dried basil
2 cloves garlic minced (I use 2 TBS jarred garlic)
salt and pepper to taste.
1 or 2 cups Mozzarella
Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Place the uncooked but completely thawed chicken chicken chunks in the bottom of a 9x13 pan, salt and pepper the chicken. Now mix the stuffing, tomatoes, basil and garlic in a bowl mix well. If the mix looks dry you can add up to 1/2 cup of water but go slow so it's not soggy. Spoon the mix over the chicken. Bake for 35 minutes. Take a small piece of chicken out for testing doneness. If it is done, add the cheese on top and bake 5 more minutes.
This picture was take of Daisy just minutes after she was born. She was born at 6:14 pm she weighed 8 lbs and 2 oz. She was 21 inches long.
This was Daisy at her first Birthday party. She had the most beautiful dress made for her with her name on it (her real name or I would show you) Twice Blessed Mommy got it for her. You can see what it looked like here. She loved the cake!
This was Daisy's 2nd birthday party, she was born on the 11th and Bo's birthday is the 16th so they had a shared pony party. She had tried so hard to stay up all day but still fell asleep before her cake.
Happy Birthday Daisy, you are a joy to all who meet you, you are a blessing strait from God! We love how you have such a nurturing heart, you will be a wonderful mother some day! You have a smile that lights a room. I can't wait to see all the things you will do and accomplish, with God on your side you can do anything! We love you with all are hearts now and forever!
For this Weeks Addition of Fro Me to You I wanted to share some photo's of Twice Blessed Mommy's Wedding, I wanted to share photo's of TBD's Father who passed away on Tuesday. TBM and TBD were married on Jan 15, 2005 it was TBD's parent's 50th anniversary.
*First believe Jesus is the one and only true son of God, Believe Jesus came to earth as a baby to die on the cross and take our place of suffering, Believe he rose again in three days and is in heaven with God prepairing a place for those who love him. Read Romans 3:21-26
*Know That you can Never be good enough we have all done something wrong and it is only through this free gift can we be saved. Romans 6:23
*Know you can now be free from all bondage and sin because Jesus took our place. Romans 6:6-11
*Now tell God you know he is Lord and ask him to be your Savior. Romans 10:9-13
*The Bible tells us Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be SAVED Romams 10:13.
*Just ask Jesus to be your savior, confess you have done wrong in your life and your want him to become your best friend and free you...
*1 John 1:9 Says "But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong"
*If you prayed this prayer you are free and you have just chosen the best friend you will ever have, know now you are forgiven and clean, you are now the son or daughter of The King... And nothing can ever take that away from you.
*Romans 8"38,39 Says " And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The Angels can't and demons can't. Our Fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep Gods love away. Wheather we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Quotes and Poems
*It's not about rules, it's about freedom!*
*JESUS* Whatever the question, He is the Answer.-John 14:6- Whatever the problem, He is the Solution.-Matthew 11:28,29- Whatever the Hurt, He is the Healer.-Luke 4:18- Whatever the bondage, He is the liberator.-John 8:32- Whatever the burden, He is the Overcomer.-John 16:33- Whatever the need, He is the Supplier.-Matthew 7:7,8- Whatever the sin, He is the Forgiver.-Psalm 103:2,3-
*Though no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.* -Carl Bard
*To be in your childrens memories tomorrow you have to be in their lives today.*
*We crucify ourselves between two thieves: Regret for yesterday and Fear of what tommorrow may bring.*
*Faith is putting all your eggs in Gods basket and counting your blessings before they've hatched.*
*Good Housekeeping* Lord, it is not the dirt and clutter in plain sight that nag at me. It's that hidden dirt... you know, behind the refrigerator, in the closets, under the bed. Dirt that no one sees or knows about but me. It's the same way with my life, God. It's those hidden sins that I can't keep up with... those petty little grievances, the grudges, the resentments, the unspoken harsh feelings that no one else knows about but me... and you, God. Help me, Father, to clean my heart as I would my home. Take away all dust and cobwebs of pride, ill feelings and prejudice. The dirt behind my refridgerator will never hurt anyone. The dirt in my heart will. - Source Unknown
*RELAX* If we weren't meant to keep starting over... would God have granted us Monday? -from a bumper sticker
*True Understanding* We do not understand: Joy... until we face sorrow, Faith... until it is tested, Peace... until faced with conflict, Trust... until we are betrayed, Love... until it is lost, Hope... until confronted with doubts -Source Unknown
*The Pit* A man fell into a pit and couldn't get out. A SUBJECTIVE person can along and said: "I feel for you, down there." An OBJECTIVE person came along and said: "it's logical that someone would fall down there." A PHARISEE said: "Only bad people fall into a pit!" A MATHMATICIAN calculated how he fell into the pit. A NEWS REPORTER wanted the exclusive story on his pit. A FUNDAMENTALIST said: "You deserve your pit." An I.R.S. Man asked if he was paying taxes on the pit. A SELF-PITYING person said: "You haven't seen anything until you have seen MY PIT!" A CHARISMATIC said: "Just confess that you're not in a pit." An OPTIMIST said: "It could be worse." A PESSIMIST said: "Things will get worse!" JESUS, seeing the mand, took him by the hand and LIFTED HIM OUT of the pit. -Source Unknown