Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
My cousin's funeral was today. It was very well attended. I am glad for it shows how loved she was. Thank you for your prayers.
I went to the dentist today...AGAIN!!! Still working on finishing the old root canal. Today was about putting in a temporary filling and making a mold for the crown. Two and a half hours of holding my mouth open, was NOT fun! I didn't feel real royal afterwards, either! :)
I went grocery shopping today. I have decided that I might as well leave my checkbook at the door...the store takes all my money anyway!!! Two hundred dollars in groceries today!!! Ugh!!! Of course that is because I am coming off spring break, and my kids were home. They ate, drank and used everything!!! I'm going to have to start saving now for summer groceries. Today I needed everything from paper towels, to ketchup to shampoo...yep! Out of everything!
By the way, on a side note, a certain Sonic today is on my sister's hit list. She was on the phone with me, while I was shopping and she was sitting at sonic. When they told her they were out of Diet Dr. Pepper, I was scared at what she might do... my sister loves her pineapple diet Dr. Pepper! She handled herself very well. You were very grown up about the whole thing, Amb. I'm so proud! How was the pineapple diet coke? :)
Tonight I fixed the most delicious dinner... I started by steering my grocery cart to the hot food bar at Walmart, whisked one lemon pepper rotisserie chicken into my cart, watched the lady whip me up some good 'ol mashed tators with gravy and then watched her scoop out some creamy mac and cheese. Oh but that is not all. If you know me at all, you know I topped it all off with some fried okra. Yes, I know it is not on my diet...it is not on anyone's diet for that matter. But I didn't care. It was good.
Did I tell you I got volunteered for another project at school for my son's class? Yep! That would be me, "MRS. PEOPLE PLEASER CAN'T SAY NO AND PEOPLE KNOW THAT!!!" Like I have time! However when your son's teacher and the lady that is President of the PTO this year both go to your church, well... kind of explains its self, doesn't it?
Our church is having someone come in view of a call this weekend for the position of music minister. I'm excited! However, I will say that I personally have enjoyed hearing my husband sing every Sunday morning, as he leads. But the truth is that this will bring the stress level down in his life. It has been hard juggling everything and feeling like you are not always doing your best in all areas.
I'm excited for my parents because they are on their way to selling their house. So happy for them!
Well, I guess that is all I know for now. Right now I'm just plain tired. It has certainly been a Monday! I think I will end the day by treating myself to an early bed time...oops! It is already almost ten. Oh well, there goes that plan...maybe tomorrow then. Goodnight everybody!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
We were never real close, but close enough that a piece of my heart broke off when I heard of her death. Her mom and my dad were first cousins, so whatever that made us...I always get the cousin line mixed up. Anyway, we use to hang out at the creek when we were young and the whole clan chose to get together. She would come over and play when I was in town visiting my Nanny. She was a part of the traditional family yard sales that took place every summer. She took care of my Nanny when she was sick.
My cousin Kenna had made many wrong choices through her growing up years, yet she was very loved. She new how to love and care for others too. I appreciated that about her. She had turned her life around and was leaving her mark on the hearts of her family and friends. She was way to young to go...
Her funeral is Monday. Unfortunately I will be unable to go. My parents will pass on my love and prayers. But I will be thinking of her and my family. Only God can answer our "whys?" but for whatever reason there may be for her passing quietly from this world at such a young age, I know my Savior is the giver of peace.
Please keep my family in your prayers. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, cousin and friend.
Kenna, if you can hear me, give my Nanny a big hug for me in heaven, OK?
Remember the days when you thought it, said it, even yelled it? Oh, the glorious teenage years! Those were certainly the days! I have so many GREAT memories, yet I also remember the "blown way out of proportion" teenage troubles too. A bad hair day in the '80's was enough reason for me to just want to go back to bed!!! ( After all, it was certainly all about the Hair in the 1980's. ) There were certainly moments, when I look back, that I am amazed my parents didn't go insane. Do teenagers want to mouth off just for the fun of it?
Well, I have entered the "zone." My precious baby girl is officially 12 and a half years old. Ugh! Of course I do not know what is ahead for already she is opinionated, stubborn, and MOUTHY!!! Everyday I try to go back and remember what she might be feeling, why she responds the way she does to certain things, digging deep to find compassion and understanding, because after all I was a young teenage girl at one time too. I think it is important to find the the things we have "in common." I think it is important to find things that we both like and enjoy.
I don't know how long it will last, but right now our common thread is MUSIC. My daughter has been finding new "songs" on YouTube to listen to. Funny thing is that there seems to be a common thread in her music selections... the 1980's. Yes, I will say it again, my daughter loves '80's music. Oh be still my heart! When I hear her singing and learning to play on the piano songs by Heart, Roxette, and of course my favorite man Jon Bon Jovi, well it takes me back in time to another place and time. The music will come out of her room in a volume of earth shattering degrees and all I can do is smile. Many of those songs make me happy. If only for the memories they old.
Today, Kayla was singing to Bon Jovi's "It's My Life." Although not one of their '80's hits, still a favorite of mine. It made me want to get out of my chair and dance. Yeah, it is my life and I am going to try everyday to make something of it. Hopefully that means spending time and loving on my girl everyday along the way as long as she will allow me to.
I think it is time for some kitchen dancing! Kayla, me and our friend Jon. Want to join us?
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Well anyway, while I was out and hurting, my wonderful pastor's wife made me some soup and cornbread. YUM!!! I have to say it was simply the best chicken noodle soup I have ever had and the best cornbread too! My kids wanted seconds and thirds. I enjoyed it very much too, and that is so unusual for me because I usually only like chicken noodle when I'm sick.
The crazy thing is that when I went back to ask for the recipe, she couldn't give me one. You see, she is one of those "a little of this and a little of that" cooks. In other words, nothing is ever written down. They experiment with every pot, and no two bowls taste the same. Very frustrating for someone like me who didn't grow up cooking from scratch. (I think if you have to add an ingredient or two, even if it comes in a box or can, that it is from scratch!!!)
However, this wonderful cook of a friend dictated to me what she "remembers" doing so I could reproduce what my kids called the"best soup ever." Granted people, if you like lots of veggies and "chunks" of stuff that doesn't look like it should be there, there might be a better soup out there for you. But if you are looking for a "kid friendly, " the onions are in there but you can't see anything but chicken and noodles, then this is certainly right up your alley!!!
Anyway, I'm writing about the soup tonight because I attempted to recreate the culinary masterpiece and be "the best Mom ever!" Did I succeed? Partly... I say that because it did turn out delicious, if I do say so myself. However, it may take me a few tries to get it "just right." Not all is lost, for I will keep trying because the family did give it a thumbs up.
If you would like to attempt your own version of "the best soup ever," then here are the ingredients my dear friend sort of "remembers."
Chicken breast boiled in bouillon cubes, garlic salt, onion and salt and pepper.
Add chicken stock as needed.
Take the chicken out and shred, put the egg noodles in to cook in the chicken stock.
Add a can of cream of celery soup.
Put the chicken back in the pot and add some ranch seasoning mix.
Easy. But oh so good. I guess the next step will be finding out how she made her cornbread...it certainly wasn't Martha White! Sorry Martha, but evidently you and I haven't been cooking from scratch all these years...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Anyway, as we entered the store, Kayla and I went straight to the movie aisle. We were in search of the latest kid flick that my nephew wanted for his birthday. After finding the "talking dog" movie we turned around and low and behold, there it was... TWILIGHT. I thought Kayla was going to die of excitement right there. Her face said it all. Needless to say, we bought the movie.
The thing is my sister loves the books almost as much as my daughter does. Both have been trying to get me to read them, but for some reason I haven't been interested. It is comical to watch how excited they get, though. I told Kayla we needed to wait to watch the movie so her aunt could watch it too and she was a little torn. I mean, it was hard for her to wait a whole another day to watch the movie, yet there was an anticipation of watching with someone who appreciates Twilight as much as she did. She waited for her Auntie Amb.
Anyway, last night we all sat down to watch it. Kayla, my sister Amber, Kevin, my parents and me. It was cute. Kayla was so excited and couldn't even lay back and relax. She was quoting lines and telling us what was happening. Amber was giddy too, but a lot of help in understanding what was going on...after all I still haven't read the books! Although I could see why the movie and books have tongues a wagging, and after the movie was over I even wanted to know what happens next, I still can't say it is up there in my top ten list.
It is a love story, I will give everyone that. Yet, I don't know if it is up there with Pride and Prejudice. I may have to watch it again one of these days with my daughter...I'm sure it will be a $17.00 well spent on her behalf. It was entertaining, but I am still not in love with the whole vampire idea I guess. Call me a wuss, but I just don't like the idea of things jumping out at you or watching you sleep.... I think I will stick with my Mr. Darcy fantasy, thank you very much!
As for right now, the books are still not on my reading list, but I do enjoy watching and listening as my daughter tells me all about her "EDWARD."
Saturday, March 21, 2009
We rented "Bolt." Cute from what I saw. I liked the last 20 minutes of it, anyway! :) Oh and we had Walmart pizza for dinner, pretty good stuff! Pretty good night with the fam... Well what I remember of it!!!
I just found out that I probably will not win "Mother of the Year" with my daughter today, since the Twilight movie on DVD came out today and there were 200 something people at Walmart at 12:00, waiting in line for their copy. What are my chances of going this afternoon and buying one? Probably not good, huh?
I have to pay bills today, not fun. I will probably NOT be a happy camper when I'm finished. Where does all the money go?! I rented "Made of Honor" last night, may have to watch the chick flick to cheer me up when I'm done. I like me some Patrick Dempsey!!!
Good news is I'm going to see my Mom and Dad during spring break, for a few days. A few days off work with my family is always something to look forward to. A few days off work, well that is exciting anyway! Happy Spring Break everybody!
Well, I have rambled enough for one morning...
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This past Wednesday, American Idol... well I have to say I LOVED IT when Carrie Underwood sang with Randy Travis. First of all, Randy Travis is near and dear to my heart. He reminds me of my Grandpa for some reason. He is just a good 'ol CHRISTIAN country boy! Second, when I first met my husband, he started introducing me to the likes of Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and especially some Randy Travis. In fact the song Carrie and Randy sings is one of Kev's favorites. Like I said, near and dear to my heart...good memories!
I know Randy's voice isn't what it use to be, but It was just a "feel good moment" for me, watching that performance...loved it! That Carrie can sing!!!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
But isn't that how life is? Very few people KNOW when they are five years old that they are going to grow up and be famous, or a teacher or even a missionary. My parents didn't realize God's dream for them and their adventures on the mission field until I was in third grade!!!
When I met my husband in college, I really just wanted to be friends. After all, he was a MINISTRY STUDENT. But the love bug bit me and I ended up doing a lot of soul searching... I still am. In fact I am always amazed how God can use such imperfect people like my husband and I. But that is another story in itself.
The real reason I am writing this, is God sent me a hug today. One of those "you are not alone" hugs. Sometimes even if you can't make the struggles disappear, it is nice to know that you are not alone and that there are others who understand what you are going through.
I am a HUGE fan of Beth Moore. Love her! Admire her! Envy her and her relationship with our Lord and Savior. This woman has it going on!!! Anyway as a blogger, I love to read her blog everyday. Today was video of messages from fellow minister's wives. Words can not describe how it made me feel to watch and read the words of other women like me.
If you are a minister's wife, I suggest you read her latest post. If you are not a minister's wife and would like to know a way you can lift up or how to pray for those that do minister in your church, you might want to catch Beth's latest post.
It touched my heart...
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
He came to me the other day about a book he had read and he was excited about it...
Until today. It was parent/teacher conference day. I had worked it out with Kevin and he was going to go right after school, since we had a busy night. I was late coming home from work so I called home this afternoon...
"Jordan, what's wrong?"
"Mom, I got my grades!"
"How were they?"
"I'm so dumb!"
"You are not dumb! What were your grades..."
"I made a 79 in Reading. It stinks."
At this point I can tell he is on the verge of tears...
"Mom, I've been trying so hard and I brought my AR score up and everything. It was just that one test, Mom, that one stupid test!"
Two weeks ago, my son came home with an "F." We are not sure why, and didn't make a big deal about it, because he was giving himself a hard enough time as it was. It was just one of those days, when for whatever reason, he didn't do his best. We all have those days, but try explaining that to a ten year old. He thinks the world will come to an end because of that one grade.
What he isn't telling, is that his other grades were good, therefore he averaged out to a 79. The crazy thing is that it is just one subject and one grade, with plenty of opportunity to bring it back up. Believe me, he plans on it, if it kills him! He has already told me so! I wish I had been that kind of motivated when I was his age...I've just never been the school person. Therefore I've never been real hard on my kids about their grades as long as they work hard and do their best.
First of all, I don't have to have tough love in this area FOR NOW, for my kids are extremely hard on themselves. Second, I have always considered it a little hypocritical for me to punish for low grades, when I myself have made a few "C's" and beyond... I believe if you do your best, that is what matters.
So, back to Jordan... yeah, he sure is dumb alright! Let me share with you my son's stupidity:
SOCIAL STUDIES 97
See anything wrong with this picture? His grade in reading last semester was a 91. Yeah, he is dumb alright! He and reading will just have to continue to battle it out until he has it conquered!!! But, unfortunately I think it will always be his Achilles heel...
Absolutely the best jellybeans ever! I am constantly buying them, because I know I will be up a creek without a paddle after Easter. Do they even sell these year round? Have you heard of anyone stocking up on jellybeans? I may be the first.
So, if you are a little tired of the same old chocolate and coffee, you might give these little "bursts of pleasure a try. Of course I don't know if a jellybean can actually be compared to chocolate, unless of course you are me, but I thought I would share anyway!
Have a stress free day with a little Sunny D and a hand full of jellybeans on me!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
10. How come I can bust my rear cleaning and walk into a room five minutes later and it is already messed up? I really have just about given up! I mean what is the use? I really do need maid service, if only I didn't feel like I had to pick up for the maid!
9. How come you can put "matching" socks in the washer and dryer, yet you never seem to have a matching pair when you take them out of the dryer?!!! I think I have bought I don't know how many packages of new socks in the past year, just to lose them after a washing. Good thing my kids now wear the same size as me...so we all share.
8. How come I can go all morning without feeling hunger pains on a Saturday, yet the minute I enter Church or a meeting of any kind, my tummy rumbles as if I hadn't fed it in a week? Frustrating if not embarrassing!
7. I, as the Mom of the house can go all day without anyone needing anything from me, but the minute I lay down for a little nap, I'm greatly needed and bombarded with twenty questions... why is that? Is there some secret code they give children at birth that says: "Moms can't rest!"
6. Am I the only one that believes in keeping their commitments these days... the person who feels guilty if she doesn't follow through with what she said she would do? People who float in and out of the workplace, church and other activities, without a care in the world, bug me. I mean if the whole world acted like that then nothing would ever get done! Have you noticed that it is the SAME people that seem to do everything? Why is that?
5. Why do some people don't think they have to follow the rules? I know this one is kinda a continuation of #6, but I've had a hard few weeks, need to vent and just wish I knew WHY? It is no wonder why the people pleasers of this world often have depressing moments... Why can't life be fair?
4. Why when you buy a bag of chips, it is only half full? What am I paying for? AIR?!!! Is it a special kind of air?
3. Why is it that the one time you do not check your order at the fast food place, they get it wrong? Do they have special cameras to see if I'm paying attention or not?
2. How come the beautiful sunny weather comes out during the week, when you are forced to work and go to school, but the minute you start planning for the weekend, it turns cold and wet? Something just doesn't seem right about that! I mean, give me a break MR Weatherman! Don't you know Moms are suppose to be able to kick their kids outside to play on Saturdays?
1. This is the big one, the one that makes me extremely frustrated on a weekly basis... Why don't I own a part of Walmart by now, since of course, they take more than their share of my paycheck weekly?!!! I really do wish I had the time and a green thumb, I would try to grow my own chips and cookies! Anyone have a cow for sale?
Well, that is my attempt at a top ten. It might not mean anything to any one else, but I certainly feel a little better, to get it off my chest... thanks for allowing me to get on my "Why?" soapbox for just a minute or two. It is really good therapy! :)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I was at work and somehow the ladies in the room with me got to talking about age...of course they are all younger than me! Anyway, they were talking about looking young and their skin. Hmm... not really comfortable conversation for someone leaning closer to forty than thirty, with very pale skin... no, I didn't really want to jump in this chat session.
Yet someone decided I needed to be a part of it anyway and I guess you could say "pushed" me into the latest gab fest with a topic that leaves me feeling a little washed up and washed out. The conversation went from tanning beds to facial creams to their "wrinkles." WRINKLES?!! Come on, my sister is older than all of them and even she is 6 and a half years younger than me! As I said, not a comfortable conversation for you know who!
I was starting to get a little discouraged, feeling dumpy, OLD and of course on the pale side, when one of the girls directed a question my way. "Michele, how do you get your skin to look so young?" Huh?!! I must have had a look of confusion plastered on my face because she then began to "clarify" what she meant. "What I mean is, how to you keep your face looking so young?" Did she really clarify anything? I mean I probably still had a look of "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!" written all over.
On the way home today from work I had time to dwell on what she said a little more. I had to laugh! ME?!!! Young looking skin?!! Well I guess if having adult acne, hundreds of freckles and moles and eyes that can't seem to keep eyeliner on, means I look young, then move over beauty products... maybe imperfections and tanless cheek bones are the new look of youth!
Yes, I like to think God was belly rolling in laughter today... but He still managed to send me a little "boost" when I needed it the most.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This is a picture of my dad, me , my sister and my mom back in the day. (1984?)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Isn't my baby cute. Those pictures are sold! Mom, you just have to tell me what size you want...
Monday, March 9, 2009
Need I say anything more?
**On a side note: say a prayer for my nephews. They are very sick with high fevers. Thanks!**
In other words I count my children among my biggest blessings, so undeserved...well I'm actually humbled sometimes that the Lord saw me fit to raise these two...but that is another story...
Today, although I love my kids, totally wanted them, would give my life for them, etc... I'm tempted to put a sign on my lawn that says "Free Kids! Get one and then get another one free!" Do you ever have those days?
Here I am, recovering from having the tooth ordeal done, still enduring chipmunk cheeks, resting after attempting to do some cleaning today, when my kids come barreling in the door after school. Rather than hellos or how are you feeling I hear "Mom!!!" Not the good "I love you" mom, but rather I'm fixing to kill someone if you don't do something about it, mom.
The kids have been home for two hours and have argued, fought (yes, the kind where you get hurt!) tattled, fussed, bossed and now are laughing together watching Sponge Bob. Huh? How did they go from a "fight to the death" match, to "let's be best friends and watch TV together" in the space of 30 minutes? Did I miss something? Do they just do this for pleasure... "let's see how long it takes before Mom pulls her hair out and then stop!"
I have a friend who had had enough of her fussy boys one day, so she pulled over at the top of her dirt road and told them to get out and that they could walk the rest of the way home. She said if they needed to fuss, they could just do it without her! By the time they reached the house, they were best buds again, with stories to tell... they had somehow forgotten they had permission to fight on the way home!
There are just some things this Mom will never understand...
Sunday, March 8, 2009
They call me back, you will be proud to know I went back by myself, Kevin didn't have to hold my hand! The nurses put me in the chair and start to work, getting me ready for the dentist. Now, because of my fear of needles, one of my worries has been the IV. God had a plan to help me out...the other nurse put the blood pressure cuff on so tight that it HURT every time it went to read my blood pressure. My arm has a bruise from it! Anyway, I didn't even realize the other nurse had stuck me until it was a done deal. God has a sense of humor!
I really don't know much else, for after that I just remember Kevin helping me to the car...and I barely remember that!!! However, once the pain meds started wearing off, I HAVE FELT IT! So, I know they did something. I had one wisdom tooth taken out, yet besides pain, my main problem so far has been reactions to the medications. One makes me itch, one makes me feel like I could throw up and the gargling with salt water just plain tastes bad! How is a person suppose to rest with all that going on?
I'm on day three and still have some pain, but my faithful friend Tylenol is now helping me out. I look like a chipmunk with a very swollen cheek. ( No, I didn't take a picture, so you will just have to take my word on it.)
I did learn a few things about myself and my family during this experience... I can be a Big girl when I set my mind to it. Mom and Dad, I didn't make them chase me around the room!
My God is the God of peace. He provides it when we need it most!
My husband can take care of me. The man who runs for the hills when someone is sick, came through for me and has not fussed once about getting me something or helping his wobbly woman make it to the bathroom in time. He even cleaned house and washed clothes all day Friday since he had to stay at home with me. Gotta love him!
I also learned that kids are going to fight whether you are sick or not! I guess not everything makes itself perfect while mom is down and out! Jordan did make his mom gargle her salt water and cooked me some easy mac for dinner, since daddy had to be gone last night for a few hours. It does a Mother good to know that she is raising a nurturing son...
So, after great worry and stress, I'm ALIVE! However, I am still a little worried...after all, I am now down to two wisdom teeth. Does that mean I am only half as wise? I'm going to have to pray about that one, for this blond mom needs every ounce of wisdom she can get!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
God is AWESOME! We had a great weekend of studying God's word, growing together as a group and just plain having a good 'ol time! By the time the event was finished on Sunday afternoon, I was worn out physically, mentally and SPIRITUALLY! I took a 4 hour nap Sunday afternoon!!! And yes, I still slept that night.
Anyway, to family and friends, I wasn't trying to ignore you. I was just plain busy! Thank you for your prayers...
Oh, by the way, I have a little minor surgery scheduled on a tooth on Friday. Please say a prayer for me...I am just not very good with this medical stuff. I'm trying to be a "Big Girl" about it all...if you know me at all, then I know you understand what I mean by this statement.