Saturday, 30 June 2007

Time for a Sponge Bath......

As you have heard me say before, my husband threw his back out and has been in significant pain for almost two weeks. 

He went to the chiropractor and felt better until he picked up something he shouldn't have and ended up hurting worse than before. There was a slight problem though, the doctor was on vacation and it would be a week before he could see him.

So being the loving, supportive, caring wife that I am I became his sweet nurse. Much like the picture above I was kind, always had a smile on my face and never became frustrated. 

Now there is just one problem with this picture. The problem is, the nurse described above is the one in my husband's dreams.

The nurse he ACTUALLY had was more like this one. Sometimes a little crabby, sometimes not compassionate and sometimes not understanding.

This nurse took care of her patient and tried to be cheerful but there were times she wanted to stick needles in her eyes and run into the night screaming or stick needles in HIS eyes!!!

However, my poor husband went to the chiropractor yesterday and today and he is SOOOmuch better. He can get around a lot better and even though he is very sore and tender he is not in excruciating pain anymore.

I guess "Nurse Bunker" can go on an extensive leave of absence. Maybe she should go to a spa for a facial (don't you think it would help!!!) and a massage. OOOOH, how wonderful.

Friday, 29 June 2007

I'm Pooped......So...

No Friday Feast today. The kitchen is closed and I am pooped. I'm afraid you will have to go to McDonalds or just go eat at someone else's table. 

Now, I am going to rest!!!

Thursday, 28 June 2007

Thursday Thirteen #68

Thirteen Things I Would Like to Do

1. Get an RV and travel across the country with our family. We are already talking about doing this.

2. Have a get together of the blogger gals on the east coast. Wouldn't that be FAB!! Anyone want to organize that????

3. Lose these blooming 50 pounds!!!

4. Bounce my granddaughter on my knee.......I will in September
 after she is born !

5. Get caught up on laundry and clean out the closet so it all fits!!

6. Have a family reunion for my Dad's side of the family. We haven't all gotten together in a while and I think we need to.

7. Take my mom to see my cousin, Freida in Mississippi. Freida is the daughter of my mom's older sister. They are very close and haven't seen each other in a while.

8. Go back to NYC and stay long enough to see a couple of plays and do some shopping! Maybe even stand outside the GMA studios with a goofy sign and wave!

9. Get a full body massage. I could REALLY use one.
10. Go back to Ireland and then to Scotland. Ireland is SO beautiful and I want to go to Scotland because my ancestors came from there.

11. Have my 'waddle' removed. (Definition: the floppy skin below my chin!!)

12. Go to Australia. We have friends there and I would love to go see them.

13. Learn to belly dance. Hah! Gotcha.........I just threw that one in for fun.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Who Would Have EVER Thought.........

I was unable to log on to internet ALL. DAY. LONG yesterday!!!! So imagine my surprise when I finally got on today and found I had been given this very nifty award 3 TIMES!!!! I am completely overwhelmed. I was nominated by GramsSusan and Linda. Girls, you put a smile on my face and made my day! Thank you.

Now, it is my duty to return the favor by nominating five other Rockin' Girl Bloggers. So here are the nominees:

Kelly - This is one strong woman. She is married to Tyson and has two absolutely aDORable kiddos, Simon and Helene. She has had some pretty difficult health issues in the recent months and she has maintained her sense of humor (most of the time!) and has allowed her blogging friends inside her pain and, in our own way, we have shared that pain. Hopefully, we have helped to alleviate just a little of that pain. She is truly one Rockin' Girl Blogger.

Mary - She is definitely rockin'! She has two beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband and she is very active in her church. She sings and writes music too! She has a passion for Christ and shares her journey with those who read her blog. I have grown to appreciate her candidness and honesty in sharing her faith. Check out this rocker blogger!

Jennifer - I just love to visit her blog. She is upbeat and happy. She has a beautiful family and she is very active in her church. She has dealt with her hearing loss with such grace and is an example to everyone. I get such encouragement from reading her blog and I hope to meet her in person some day. Since she lives in Tennessee she is pretty close by. She is one rockin' girl blogger!

Wendy - I have been reading this blogger almost as long as I have been blogging. She lives in New Zealand with her family and she is famous!!! She has even been to the Emmys in Hollywood and she posted the pictures to prove it. I love to visit her......I even won one of her casting calls which was very exciting. She has not been posting a lot lately but she has a good excuse......she has been busy with her kiddos. Check her out and you will see why she is one Rockin' Girl Blogger.

Courtney - I just discovered this beautiful blog. Courtney and I share a love for cats and she writes about hers on her blog. She also talks about family and friends and honors our veterans. I always love finding new bloggers to enjoy and this is one that I have added to my list. Go and see what you think. She (and her cats) are reallyrockin'!!!!

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Sunday Seven #20

A weekly meme for giving thanks and/or for noting important events in our lives.
1. This week we found our that the heart of our soon to be born granddaughter, Zoe, is beating normally. We thank God for that and for those of you who were praying with us!

2. On the other hand my mother in law was told she has Parkinson's. However, it is mild and the doctor thinks will be easily controlled with medication. We are thankful to know the cause of her symptoms.

3. Hubby is still struggling with back pain. His body is telling him to de-stress! He is taking most of July off so hopefully that will do as much as anything to heal his back. PRAY!!!!

4. I find myself in disbelief that another pregnant woman has been murdered by the man in her life. How can a man kill his unborn child? Evil is alive and well.

5. We received some much needed rain and we are thankful. We need more. We are in a terrible drought.

6. I watched a news story about one of our local young men who just returned from duty in Afghanistan. He is an attorney and went there to help establish a new court system. His family were members of our church when he was young and it was so wonderful to see what a fine young man he has become and to hear of the wonderful things he did for the children of Afghanistan.

7. On a lighter note, poor Paris Hilton can't seem to find anyone to interview her when she gets out of jail. Isn't that a shame??

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Our Work in Venezuela

My husband has a blog where he shares information about the Methodist work in Venezuela. As you know, this is very close to our hearts. Below is an article he posted a few weeks ago prior to the June session of seminary. It explains one of the reasons we are in Venezuela and why we started the seminary. I would invite you to visit his blog occasionally and see what God is doing in Venezuela.

June Seminary

Last night I was asked to meet with the Mission Committee of a church that has been very supportive of the work at the Seminario Wesleyano de Venezuela. They had questions for me to answer about the work of the seminary and their continuing support.

I struggled to find words adequate to describe the critical work of the Kingdom being done through the Wesley Seminary of Venezuela. Since I am so passionate about this work and so very much in love with the people of Venezuela, I am always amazed that others do not see the value as clearly as I do. However, I must realize that it is like the love for one's own child. Others may love your child, but they will never love him or her as much as you do.

After some time to think about it, here are some of the reasons for the passion we have for the work in Venezuela:

1. The greatest single need of the church in Venezuela is the need for trained and equipped pastors. For example, San Christobal is a city of 600,000 people. The evangelical (protestant) church recently celebrated 100 years in San Christobal. Yet the pastors estimate there are only 5-6,000 evangelicalChristians in San Christobal - after 100 years of ministry and dozens of churches. This scenario is repeated all across the nation. The level of training and the models of ministry embraced by the indigenous church have not been as effective as needed in reaching the lost of Venezuela. Pastors need and receive excellent quality education at the Seminary in a fashion that is relevant, affordable and accessible. The 90 students enrolled are getting a practical theological education at the undergraduate level that simply is not available in all of Venezuela.

2. The people of Venezuela are primarily a secular people. While most claim to be Roman Catholic, in fact a very small percentage of the people have any religious life. Secularism is the dominate religion of the population. This is a country that desperately needs the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it is presented in our best Wesleyan tradition. Through the seminary we are making a significant difference in the practice and effectiveness of the ministry of our students and many new congregations and missions have been started as a result of the education received at Wesley Seminary. These new congregations and missions are the very best way to reach the lost of this great country.

3. The United Methodist Church of Venezuela is in its infancy. Wesley Seminary is providing the educational and spiritual foundation needed for the establishment of a strong and effective Conference touching the entire nation and impacting the church in all of Latin America. Venezuela is a strategic country in Latin America for many reasons. We desperately need a strong United Methodist Conference in that country. All the work of writing the Discipline and organizing the Conference has been led by the staff of the Seminary. This is even more critical given the political upheavals in the region.

4. The North American Church needs the enrichment provided by partnering with the church in Venezuela. Pastors here get embittered if the local church does not pay a minimum compensation package of about $60,000 (total cost to the church). Many pastors in Venezuela earn less than $4,000 a year. Churches here feel entitled to all the facilities, programming, budget and staff of a well established congregation. Many congregations in Venezuela have bi-vocational pastors, no other staff,minuscule budgets and have to meet in homes or rented garages. Yet they are joyful and thankful for God's blessings and generous with others less fortunate. We need a good dose of that in the US. Taking American professors, pastors and lay leaders to Venezuela to help with seminary allows them to be touched by some of the most dedicated servants of Christ I have ever known.

5. The work of the Seminary is a long-term commitment. Most churches use a shotgun approach to Global Missions investing limited time and money in many different places, resulting in very small long term gains. That is how I learned to do mission work and perpetuated that pattern for many years. However, a long term partnership with an indigenous church in another country resulting inspiritual and theological formation of the leadership of that church for several generations has far greater lasting impact for the sake of the Kingdom. Therefore, the Seminary needs many US partnerchurches to support and expand this great ministry. We do not need to cut back or lose any of the current support. We need to increase and expand the support for this great work.

One of the ways of looking at the ROI (Return on Investment) of mission dollars focuses on immediate gains of professions of faith or new members or churches. We certainly have those results in Venezuela. However, those are all immediate and measurable results and if they are the only criteria of measurement of effectiveness, we will miss the greater significance of the ministry of the SeminarioWesleyano de Venezuela. That is like measuring the effectiveness of a church solely on Professions of Faith. No District Superintendent in North Georgia has said more about the need for our own churches to be more effective in measurable ways, such as average worship attendance, professions of faith, net new members, etc. However, as a pastor for over 30 years, I know those are only part of the work. They are tangible. The intangible includes the spiritual growth of the pastors, staff and laity of a congregation, the primary outward focus of a local church, the holiness of heart and life of the people of the church, the generosity of the congregation toward others, the sense of divine call evidenced in the life of the laity and lay leaders of the congregation. The raising up of new mature lay and clergy leadership is of critical importance. It is not measurable, except anecdotally. However, it cannot be over-valued.

Finally, please pray for the seminary as we meet in June. David, Dean of the Seminary, will be teaching an Old Testament Course and I will be teaching a worship course, "Worship that Transforms." Also, please prayerfully consider how you can support this critical work.

Friday, 22 June 2007

Friday Feast - Have You Washed Your Hands???

Name a funny habit you have.
I talk to myself when I am alone. But my father told me it was OK as long as I didn't answer myself!!!!
If you could instantly know how to play a musical instrument, which one would you pick?
Piano. I took lessons for two years as a child but hated to practice and finally convinced my parents they were wasting their money! Now, I would love to be able to play.
How long is your hair?
Usually it is right below my ears. Right now it brushes my collar but it needs cutting!
Main Course
When was the last time you forgave someone, and who was it?
Probably my hubby for some silly something!!
What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
My George Foreman Grill. I love, love, love it! It is great for cooking stuff for two people.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Thursday Thirteen #67

A Random T13

1. My orthopedist has released me and doesn't want to see me for two years!!! YEA!

2. Our DIL went to her doctor yesterday and little Zoe's heart is beating normally. Praise God.

3. The new season of "The Closer" started on Monday night. I love this show!

4. Last night I babysat for our DIL's three nieces, ages 12, 10 and 3. The three year old sat in my lap part of the evening and gave me some great hugs and kisses! You know I didn't like that!!

5. Hubby's back is getting better, little by little. God help me!!!

6. We finally got some much needed rain and we are very thankful. Today the sun is shining and the sky is blue and it is a gawgeous day!

7. DIL's parents are here....permanently!! Her father is going to be pastoring a Hispanic congregation and we are all happy they are here.

8. I heard Dennis Miller say this last night: "If Rosie O'Donnell becomes the host of 'The Price is Right' they will have to change the name to 'The Price is Left'!!! Now that's funny!

9. I am so distressed by the news of pregnant women missing from their homes. One was found murdered and the other has not been found. What is going on?

10. I am reading Mary Higgins Clark's latest book, "I Heard That Song Before". It's pretty good but not as good as her previous works.

11. We (the three girls and I) watched "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" last night. I had forgotten how much fun those movies were. I loved it!

12. Did you hear about the person who wanted to change their identity? The only problem was the identity they chose to be was "Herman Munster". Needless to say, that didn't last too long!!!

13. I can't think of anything else to say.....I am completely out of random ideas. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Give Me a Break!!

Rosie O'Donnell is talking with CBS execs about becoming the new host for "The Price is Right". Have you EVER heard anything so ridiculous? 

When asked about the idea she said, "I love that show. If they offer me the job, I'll take it". She knows that no one can replace the iconic Bob Barker but she says she will try to continue to make it fun.

According to a poll I saw recently, the odds of her getting the job were about 100 to 1. If CBS were to actually give her the job they would be effectively killing the show. The other contenders (John O'Hurley, George Hamilton, and Mark Stiennes(Entertainment Tonight) are MUCH better choices.

CBS.....PLEASE don't choose Rosie. She would be the death knell for The Price is Right.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Another Book Deal!!

Kris of "Not Enough Books" is sponsoring a contest for the month of September. She is calling it "Cozy Mystery Month".

She is encouraging as many people as possible to read as many "cozy mysteries" as possible. Since I am a big fan of cozies I have signed up.
 You can visit her site to learn more about the contest. It is going to be fun!

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Sunday Seven #19 (for me!!)

My Sunday Seven is in honor of my father this week.

1. My father was a man of few words but when he spoke it was worth listening to. 

2. As a young man my father was known by many to be the best pitcher in the Mill League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and went to training camp but was too homesick to stay!

3. My father had a great love for his family. Not only his wife and children but EVERY member of his family. They were all very important to him.

4. Until the day he died he called me his "little girl". I loved that because I knew when he said it he was remembering when I WAS a little girl!

5. My daddy was a man of faith. He was not very 'showy' about it but his life exuded an underlying belief in God that manifested itself in the way he lived. You knew by his actions in whom he placed his trust.

6. My father was a man of integrity. His word was his bond. Honesty was very important to him.

7. Most of all, he was a great daddy. He would go to any length to make us happy. If that meant stopping at some silly roadside attraction while on vacation...he did it. If it meant going to the Dairy Queen after supper for an ice cream....he did it. He just loved to see us smile.

Happy Father's Day Daddy. I miss you terribly and love you so.

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The Right Decision

Mike Nifong, the District Attorney in the Duke University case, has been disbarred. That is absolutely the right decision.

Mr. Nifong forgot one very important aspect of our legal system....innocent until proven guilty. Because he wagged his tongue far too often, he had already tried and convicted these young men before they could have their day in court.

He put them and their families through a horrible experience. He tried to use this situation as a political stepping stone and almost succeeded in ruining the lives of these students.

Shame on you Mr. Nifong.

Saturday, 16 June 2007

Great News for Book Lovers!!

I found out about this GREAT give away from Stac at Vader's Mom. Go and visit Jill and find out about "Jill's Book Bag. 

Jill loves to read and she will pick a "Book of the Month" and draw a name from those who have left their name at the above link. The winner will receive the book and some other goodies of her choosing all in a great little book bag.

So, if you love to read, go over and leave a comment and get in on "Jill's Book Bag" giveaway!

How cool is that!!

Friday Feast - Let's Eat!

Fill in the blank: The best thing about where I live is _________________…
...our view. We can see 1 mountain top and trees. It is very peaceful.

Create a new name for a deodorant (like “Flower Fresh” or “Shower Scent”).
"Stink No More"

What was the last piece of software you installed onto your computer?
Photo Impression 6

Main Course
If you were to receive a superlative award today beginning with the words ”Most likely to…”, what would the rest of the phrase say?
Most Likely To wait until I can braid the hair on my legs before I shave!!!!!

What two colors do you like to wear together?
Black and red or fushia or cornflower blue or turquoise or yellow or green or........

Friday, 15 June 2007

Rest in Peace

Ruth Graham, beloved wife of Rev. Billy Graham has died. She was surrounded by her children and husband as she went from this life into the next. Her example of a life well lived is one we all should follow.

The angels are singing now as Ruth Graham is welcomed into the arms of her Heavenly Father. She will be missed by more than just her family. Until we all get to heaven.....

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Thursday Thirteen #66

Thirteen Reasons I Can't Do a Thursday Thirteen Today

1. I am still tired from all my travels.

2. My back hurts and I don't want to sit still long enough to write one.

3. I have to clean out my refrigerator and then load the dishwasher.

4. My dog needs a flea treatment.

5. I need to do laundry. 

6. We have no food so I must go to the grocery store.

7. I need to finish my letter to my pen-pal, Paris Hilton!
8. I can't think of anything to do a T13 about.

9. My hair needs to be washed.

10. I need to clean out my sock drawer.

11. I have the beginnings of a blister on my pinky finger and it hurts to type.

12. I just don't have the time today to think of 13 things to say.

13. I'll do a T13 next week, after all, next Thursday is another day!!!!

"She's my soul mate......"

Ruth Graham, wife of Rev. Billy Graham, slipped into a coma today and appears to be close to death.

Rev. Graham is quoted as saying, "She is my soul mate. I love her more today than I did when we met 65 years ago at Wheaton College. I can't imagine living without her. She is close to going home to heaven".

Mrs. Graham has been a wonderful example of a strong Christian woman. Her books on prayer and her poetry were inspirational.

She raised children who are in Christian service and has supported her husband's efforts. Soon she will hear the words of her Heavenly Father, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant".


TRUE Desperate Housewives!!!

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Pain, Pain and More Pain!

Bad news. DH was feeling so much better after we returned from the doctor yesterday. Then he laid down on the bed for a little while to rest and when he tried to get up he couldn't!!! He was in terrible pain. He finally was able to struggle into a chair.

After sitting there for a while I thought he was getting better. He did get a little better but by 10:30pm he just couldn't stand it any longer. We packed up and came home!!!

He is going to call the chiropractor and get in to see him today. He is SO upset about leaving the conference. He has NEVER missed a conference and it is killing him, especially this year with the elections.

Please pray for him. He has not had back problems like this in 25 years and he is not handling it very well. Pray for me too........pray that I don't kill him!!!! (Just kidding)

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

What a Fun Day!

As a result of sleeping on very hard beds in Venezuela and making one wrong move yesterday my poor husband threw his back out! He was almost unable to walk and groaned with every move.

We called our chiropractor and got an appointment this morning. We had to drive from Athens, GA back to Alpharetta, GA (about a 2 hour drive) to see the doctor. I drove and with every bump my DH's misery was compounded.

We finally arrived at the chiropractor's office. Dr. Rick worked his magic and when we left DH was able to stand up a little easier and actually took a nap in the car on the way back to our hotel in Athens. 

He goes back to the doctor next week but I hope he will be feeling better by then.

Monday, 11 June 2007


A top Anti-American Terrorist has finally been captured. She had eluded authorities for quite sometime but, at last, her big mouth was her downfall. Authorities say she resisted very little but was making a furtive plea for Nair! When more info on the breaking news becomes available you will be notified.

Sunday, 10 June 2007

We're in Athens!!!

Athens, GEORGIA, that is!!!! We are here for a week for our church's annual meeting. Our conference (North Georgia) is one of the largest in Methodism. This is time we discuss the business of the church. It is a very important time and many crucial issues will be discussed.

This year we will also we electing delegates to attend the General Conference of the United Methodist Church which occurs every four years. It is very important that we elect people who will uphold Biblical authority. So, if you can add this to your prayer list, I would appreciate it.

Of course, I plan to have a little fun too! While DH is in meetings I will be visiting with friends and catching up. There is always a luncheon for the spouses of ministers and we get to see people we only see once a year.

I will be checking in as I can. Have a great week and be thankful for all your blessings.

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Sunday Seven #18

A weekly meme for giving thanks and/or for noting important events in our lives.

1. We spent time with our dear friends, the Cosbys, in Venezuela. They have been our friends for 35 years!!!!! We met in college and used to double date. It is hard to believe we have know each other that long. We are thankful for old friends.

2. We enjoyed worshiping in our son's FIL's church in Venezuela. He is a wonderful preacher and we are excited about them moving to Georgia this month. He will be pastoring an Hispanic congregation in our conference.

3. Being with the Christians in Venezuela is a shot in the arm. They are very encouraging to me in my faith and I appreciate that so much.

4. I did a LOT of walking on this trip. Of course, I had to walk through the airports and I walked from our hotel room to the restaurant and I walk in the mall (well, I do have my priorities) and I walked at the artisan's mall (more retail therapy!). I am very tired and little sore but I. DID. IT!!!!

5. I am extremely thankful for my comfy chair! When I placed my posterior in the seat Friday afternoon I was a very happy girl!

6. There is nothing like the wag of your dog's tale and his smile when you return from a trip! Smokie was very happy to see us and our cat, Boxer, has been very clingy as well. It is good to be loved!

7. Now that I have had a day and a half to rest, wash clothes and repack.....we are leaving today for Athens, GA for our church's yearly Conference. We will return on Friday. I am taking my laptop so I can stay in touch. It will be a busy week and an important one as the ministers and delegates deal with important issues. Pray for God's will to be done.

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Venezuela Trip in Pictures!

We drove from Maiquetia (the location of the airport) to Barquisimeto (about a 5 hour drive) and the scenery is spectacular. The airport is located on the coast and you drive immediately into the hills.

The roads are curvy but it pays off. We made a few stops along the way for snacks and potty breaks and to snap some pictures.

Another shot from the drive through the mountains. The pictures just do NOT do it justice.

Here is one of many flower stands on the streets of Barquisimeto. They grow beautiful flowers of many varieties and they are very inexpensive.

I just had to snap this picture. There is a plastic chair in the tree! We decided it was a Venezuelan "high chair"!!

This is Wilmer and Juni and their precious new baby boy, Wilmer, Jr. They are active members ofLugar Altisimo UMC outside of Barquisimeto, VZ. They are a wonderful young couple.

Little Wilmer is absolutely adorable. He was all smiles and entertained us while we were there. He is three months old.

These are some of the seminary students. Each morning is started with a worship service led by one of the students. The singing is always beautiful. They are all so grateful for the opportunity to attend seminary and be better trained to serve their churches.

Here are three of the students at the seminary. They each have very effective churches. (L-R) Cheo,Thoby and Carlos are all passionate about their ministries and about reaching Venezuela for Christ.

We were able to spend some time with our dear friends, David and Carol Cosby, who are missionaries there and the Herrins who are also missionaries there. Please be in prayer for these families. There are shortages of many items including eggs, milk, chicken, cooking oil, toilet paper, sugar and butter. They can get these items sometimes but not all the time. The political situation is fragile and they watch things very closely. Pray for their safety and for their ministry with the people of Venezuela.

Friday, 8 June 2007

I'm Home and I'm Exhausted!!!

We are home safe and sound from Venezuela. We had a wonderful week of seminary and enjoyed visiting with our friends. 

I feel like I have walked 10 miles after walking through the Caracas airport and then the Atlanta airport. I AM POOPED!!! So, I will write a more detailed post about our trip (with photos) later. 

Thanks for your prayers and thoughts. I appreciate and love you loads!

Thursday, 31 May 2007

Outta Here!!!

We are leaving today for Venezuela. My husband will be teaching in the seminary and we will get to visit with many of our friends. 

So, no Thursday Thirteen for me today or next week. Hold down the fort and don't make too big of a mess. I hate to come home to a dirty house. If you have a party be sure to throw away the evidence. You know that Lazy Daisy and Melli love to party, so watch them. Lazy Daisy is always leaping over things, like cars, and Melli loves to climb things. Yellowrose sometimes gets rowdy, you know how she loves to dance. She has even been known to fly off to exotic places like New York City and completely forget about the rest of us!!! I am hoping that Flip Flop Floozie will keep an eye on them for me. She seems to have a somewhat calming effect on them.

Maybe I should put Susie Pie in charge. She has a level head and is neat. Besides, she can make sure no one messes up the beautiful template she created for me. But it might be best if I depend on family. I think Median SibDaddy's Roses and Blue Star Chronicles should keep an eye on things for me. Girl cousins stick together, you know!!

I think I have everything covered. So, adios. Dios le Bendiga (God bless you).

Zoe Update!

Our son and DIL had an appointment with a Perinatal Specialist today. The doctor checked everything thoroughly and told them they do not need to be overly concerned at this point.

He told them that this happens in 1% of all the pregnancies he deals with. He also ruled out a couple of other problems that the "skipping" heart beat could signal.

All in all it was a good report and they feel much better. The doctor did tell them to move up their next appointment with their OB/GYN to check the heartbeat. If it were to speed up or slow down there would be more reason for concern.

This is one of the shots taken in the 4D sonogram. Isn't it amazing? She is so beautiful. I am totally in love.

Thank you so much for all your prayers. Don't stop! We want her heartbeat to be completely normal.

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Getting to Know Me.........

I was reading my favorite blogs this morning and found this at Melli's place (Insanity Prevails). I decided to play along and answered the questions about her in her comments and then posted it here to see if you would play too! It's fun and a good way to learn something about each other!

How well do you know me? 
(if you read my blog at all regularly, you know me pretty well!)

My name:
Summarize me in three words:
Where did we meet:
Take a stab at my middle name:
How long have you known me:
When is the last time that we saw each other:
Do I drink:
Am I happy:
Am I a good person:
What was your first impression upon meeting me/seeing me:
What’s one of my favorite things to do:
Am I funny:
How do you make me smile:
What’s my favorite type of music:
Have you ever seen me cry:
Can I sing?:
What is the best feature about me:
Am I shy or outgoing:
Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules:
Do I have any special talents:
Would you call me preppy, average, sporty, punk, hippie, glam, nerdy, snobby, or something else (what):
What is my favorite food:
If there was one good nickname for me, what would it be:
What’s your favorite memory of me:
What is my worst habit:
Have you ever had a dream about me? If so, what?:
If you and I were stranded on a desert island, what is the one thing I would bring?
Are we friends?:
Do I believe in God?
Am I family oriented?
Who is my best friend?
Will you repost this so I can do it?

For Your Information!

We all get heavier as we get older because there's a lot more information in our heads.

So, I'm not fat, I'm just really intelligent and my head couldn't hold any more so it started filling up the rest of me!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!

No More Protests!

It has been reported today the Cindy Sheehan is giving up her protests against the war in Iraq. She has been voicing her feelings about our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as her distaste for our President since the death of her son.

But she has decided to hang up her placards and put away her anti-war t-shirts and retire from the scene. She said, "I am giving up the peace movement and my son died for nothing." 

She is also very disappointed with the Democratic Party. She was their "fair-haired" darling as long as she was criticizing the Republicans but when she found fault with the Democrats they turned on her.
Imagine that!

It is sad that she feels her son died for nothing. I am very sorry she lost her son. I am sorry for every mother and father who have lost a child in this war. It is tragic. But it is even more tragic, in my opinion, to dishonor them by saying they died for nothing.

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Just What I Expected

I knew this would happen. I was just waiting to hear the words. On her blog, Rosie O'Donnell, now says she was like a 'foster child' when she came to The View and she never fit in with 'the family' so now the foster child is moving on.

She is THE VICTIM!! You had to know that would happen.
 She is evidently not responsible for any of what happened. She was just not appreciated, not accepted. She was a victim! 

She and her head writer appear on her blog and laugh about the writer drawing a mustache on Elizabeth's face as she was leaving. They did not seem to see anything wrong with that. It was such a childish act. But Rosie IS childish and so is her writer. I am sure there will be more to come.

Monday, 28 May 2007


Today is the day we remember those who have given their lives for our country. A time to remember those who died defending our freedom. 

Many of us will be gathering with family and friends today for a cookout and some fun. There will be laughter and good times. We will enjoy the freedom we so often take for granted.

However, there will be families today who will be grieving because they have lost a son, a daughter, a husband, a wife, a father, a mother. Let's remember them today and say a prayer for them all. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

Sunday, 27 May 2007

Sunday Seven #17

A weekly meme for giving thanks and/or for noting important events in our lives.

1. I had a wonderful evening Friday with my friend Julie. We went to dinner at Cheesecake Factory (YUM) and then to see "Waitress". What a fun movie. Very well acted and FUNNY! I recommend it highly. I am thankful to have friends.

2. My sweet husband is preaching on Sunday Morning and I am looking forward to hearing him. Since he has not been pastoring a church I have not gotten to hear him as often and I miss it.

3. We attended the wedding of a dear friends' son on Saturday. We have know the son since he was born and he has become a fine young man who is pursuing a call to ministry. We felt so proud of him as we watched him take a wife. What a blessing.

4. I got to feel my grandbaby move Saturday. It was so exciting. What a miracle it is! 

5. School is out for the summer and I am happy for the teachers and the students. I know the teachers need the rest and the students need a break. Having taught myself, I have a great deal of respect for those who teach. It is a job that pays far too little in my opinion.

6. I am thankful for "Breath Rite Strips". Now that I am using them, I sleep better and my husband says my 'purring' is not as bad as it used to be!!

7. We had our son and DIL over on Saturday evening for dinner. It is so nice to have them close and be able to eat together occasionally.

Saturday, 26 May 2007

So Sad!

I am SO sad. I just heard that Rosie has decided to go ahead and leave The View earlier than expected. It all stems from her blow-up with co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck

Rosie is hurt that Elizabeth did not 'defend' her when people questioned her about Rosie's comment about our troops being terrorists. Elizabeth was trying to get Rosie to explain her comment herself so that it would be clear. Rosie thought that Elizabeth should have explained her statement! What IS her problem? Why should someone else have to explain her words?

Rosie's comment about the troops was unconscionable. She quoted a specific number of dead Iraqis and then said, "So, who's the terrorist?" Now, how do YOU interpret that? Sounds like she is calling our troops terrorists to me! I hope she just goes home and fades into the woodwork. I am SO tired of her complaining, her grandstanding, her anger and her venom. She is an angry, bitter, sad person.

Friday, 25 May 2007

Friday Feast!

Name a sound you like to hear.

It is hard to narrow that down there are many but I will have to say I love hearing my husband's voice.

What is your favorite kind of cheese?

I love sharp cheddar, especially when it is melted on sourdough bread in the oven. YUM!


Do you sleep late on Saturday mornings? Why or why not.

I used to but now if I sleep until 7am or 7:30am on Saturday I feel I am sleeping in!


When was the last time you forgot something. What was it and how long did it take to remember it?

Well, as soon as I remember it, I will let you know!!!!


Fill in the blank: I notice ___________ when ____________.

I notice my joints creaking when I get up from a chair!!!

Check it Out!!!

Jennifer of .....a work in Progress tagged me for this and so I thought I would give it a try. It is supposed to increase readership so I hope it works. The five sites I listed as "Enjoyable Finds" are the five people I am tagging for this. I hope you will participate....let me know if you do! Copy EVERYTHING below and paste into a new post and move my five 'finds' to oldies and add your 'five finds' and that's all there is too it.

“~Start Copying Here~” and copy all the things listed without removing the links (Of course, the train would be no use without those links) Move all the sites labeled "Enjoyable finds" to the list labeled “Oldies”. Add 5 sites that you want to include in the train under Enjoyable Finds and make their “Visit My Site” link like this: along with this add the url of the blog you are choosing example: (This is my blog that I'm using as the example) then invite them to join the train. Visit all the listed sites using the "Visit My Site" link. Make sure to go to Alexa and see your blog rankings:-).

Enjoyable finds:
Yellow Rose's Garden: Visit my site!

Lazy Daisy: Visit my site!

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The Median Sib: Visit my site!

Blue Star Chronicles: Visit my site!

Richardson Zoo: Visit my site!

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~End Copying~