Wednesday, November 28, 2007


A lady from my Bible Study dropped off some popcorn-on-the-cob.
Emily: Cool! What do you do? Stick the whole thing in a bag and put it in the microwave and cook it?
Needless to say, we had to have a short lesson on how we had to pop corn in the "OLDEN" days!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


For posterity's sake, let it be known that today is officially the first snow of the year. I don't know how long it will last. But, it is white. and it is here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

my music

I realized today that I have peculiar taste in music. I was listening to my computer as I was working and put it on "random". Random is pretty much right. One minute I was listening to the Go-Go's, which I am sure Nate and Bill will LOVE to hear me say. They absolutely love that I like the Go-Go's and know all the words to the Beauty and the Beat CD. I was immediately transported into 1981 with my girlfriends listening to the album at my birthday party and beginning to memorize those songs...writing down all the words so we don't forget them. Did they not print the lyrics back then?

The next minute, it was Lashell Griffin belting out "YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO FREE..." She. is. awesome. by the way. I begin to imagine I am in a meadow twirling around amazed at God's presence.

Then, suddenly, it changes to Mozart's Serenade No. 13 in G major "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik", and swiftly I am a star in the movie Pride and Prejudice.

Glancing at my list, I see Louis Armstrong's "Cool Yule"... my favorite Christmas song of all time...Ella Fitzgerald's "A Sunday Kind of Love", Billie Holiday's "I loves you Porgy", and John Coltrane and his tenor sax. Along with that, it's Chicago, REO Speedwagon, and "Purple Rain".

I am an odd one.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

my husband

I was encouraged by His Girl's blog yesterday. So, I thought I'd share a prayer that I pray for my's printed on a 3x7 card and I got it when we went to a family life conference one time.

Lord, I lift Shawn up to You today and pray, according to Your Word that:

You give him strength to lead (Josh 1:7), time to know his family(John 10:14), and a passion to manage his home(1Tim. 3:4).

You bless his work and show him daily how to honor You in his attitude and spirit; confirm the work of his hands unto Your purpose (Psalm 90:16-17; Daniel 6).

He will be a wise steward of our finances and all we possess, remembering that all things are Yours and entrusted to us for Your purposes (Matt. 6:19-21)

He will love You with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength and hate evil (Mark 12:30, Psalm 97:10)

He will be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1:19)

You protect him physically, mentally, and spiritually (Psalm 28:7-9; Psalm 41; John 17:15)

You give him the desire to teach and model a godly lifestyle for his children (Deut. 6; Psalm 78:5-7)

You will instruct him and teach him in the way he should go (Psalm 32:8); give him peace in the circumstances, and integrity in decisions he must face today (1 Corin. 14:33; Prov. 11:3)

He would meditate day and night on Your Word, pray without ceasing (Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 119:18,73; 1 Thess 5:17), and stay faithful to Christ to the end (Hebrews 12:1-2)

He would develop strong relationships with other godly men (Eph 4:24-25; Heb. 10:24)

Make me my husbands helpmate, companion, champion, friend, and support. Help me to create a peaceful, restful, safe place for him to come home to. Teach me how to take care of myself and stay attractive to him. Grow me into a creative and confident woman who is rich in mind, soul, and spirit. Make me the kind of woman he can be proud to say is his wife. I lay all my expecations at Your cross. I release my husband from the burden of fulfilling me in areas where I should be looking to You. Help me to accept him the way he is and not try to change him... I leave any changing that needs to be done in Your hands, fully accepting that neither of us is perfect and never will be. Only You, Lord, are perfect and I look to You to perfect us.
Teach me how to pray for my husband and make my prayers a true language of love.

PS Thank you for your prayers... I feel better!!!! :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

sick day

It's funny how being sick as an adult always takes you by surprise.
For the past couple of months I have had fluid in my right ear. I thought it was from water that got in there and didn't drain. I have been taking constant decongestants and antihistimines to try to get it to dry out. It never really bothered me much.

About a week ago, that ear just started hurting. and hurting and hurting. I found myself feeling like a 18 month old child, pulling on it constantly. I always wondered why the doctor asked if your kids were pulling on their ears to determine if they had an infection. now I know.
Lo and behold, I had the mother of all ear infections. inside outside updside down. It was nearly into my face... no wonder my jaw hurt.

The doc ordered every kind of medicine you can imagine. ear drops, oral antibiotics, antihistimine, decongestant, nasal spray, tylenol.... I about fainted at the cost of some of those things... and because of the cost, opted out of one or two....

I was feeling pretty good to the naked eye really. But a few days later... well Sunday to be exact, I started feeling kind of cold. Nothing else really. I just thought they decided not to turn the heat on in the church. I came home for lunch, and it was strangely cold in our house too. I just couldn't get warm. Then, Sunday night, I was shivering all night long. It finally dawned on me that something wasn't quite right. I should have figured it out when everytime I took tylenol, I didn't feel cold anymore, but life has really been too busy to even notice.

I fought it all night and then went to work on Monday. After thinking about what I would say to my husband or children if I were them, I decided to come home early from work yesterday and sleep. And sleep I did. I slept for four hours. Then the kids came home from school, I staggered up to make them supper (Shawn is gone hunting for a few days), spent a little time with them, and slept more.

It always amazes me what a little sleep will do.

I think of the passage of scripture in 1 Kings 19 when Elijah ran from Jezebel and he was so exhausted and he fell asleep under the tree. He woke and ate, then slept, then woke and ate, then slept...

Sometimes in life we just need to rest and eat. So, today... that is what I will do.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Last night, we did a bit of shopping for some hunting equipment for Shawn's upcoming trip. (a bed to be exact. Is that considered "equipment"?)

We (me, Ab, and Em) coaxed Shawn into going to Cold Stone for a treat. Trust me, it didn't take much coaxing.

It was a chilly night and we really should have been drinking cocoa.

When we walked out with out with our ice cream - me with my chocolate and snickers by the way a fantastic combination - it was sleeting.

Yes maam you heard me right. SLEET.

You know what that means. Winter is here, a bit early I might add.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

In keeping with my emealz plan, here is the menu for the week.

Mon - Cajun Pork Chops, Dirty Rice, Carrot Apple Pecan Salad
Tues - Classic Lasagna and Salad
Wed - Low Country Boil and Cornbread
Thurs - Company Chicken over Rice and Broccoli
Fri - Microwave Greek Chicken and Potatoes, Greek Salad

So far, we've liked everything we've had!!!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Lazy Day Saturday

There is just something about having Lazy Saturdays... hanging around and reading and doing nothing and just putzing around... sleeping in until 10am (YES! I DID!) and then taking a 2 hour nap at 12:30 (I know... am I ill???)

I honestly haven't done anything today. Not really anything of worth anyway. Well, I guess I did go buy groceries and spent 2 hours at Wal-Mart (good grief, that's a long time really). Now, it's 11:15 at night and I'm baking a cake for my sister's birthday tomorrow and getting ready to go to bed. The best part.... is realizing it is only really 10:15 because of the time change and I can sleep even more!

I. am. seriously. so. lazy.