Monday, December 28, 2009

My Spirits are back

What a wonderful Christmas it has been. I am thankful for those of you who helped boost me up again. Thank you for you kind words and the blessings that were brought to our house. I could not have asked for a better Christmas. The Spirit of Christ is feeling my heart once more and I am not feeling so low and lonely. Things will continue to get better and I pray that the Lord will stay by my side as I continue through this journey. Love you!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Season

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

This year for reasons unknown to me, I am feeling a little lost at times. I am grateful for our Heavenly Father and the knowledge He has to offer me. I am grateful for Jesus Christ and the sacrafice He made for me. I pray that I can find the peace and joy this Christmas Season as I celebrate the birth of Christ with my family.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christmas Give-a-way

Go to this link and check out the Give away that could be your's! (If I do not get it first haha)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fun at the Fort Worth Zoo

Alexis and Nolan
Love this photo and had it turned into a black and white photo.

Nolan and I on the train at the Zoo.

The Lion and his female were separated from each other and he would ROAR really loud for her. It was an eerie sound and I would not want to be in the jungle hearing his roar.

The Tiger's were beautiful to watch.

The Snow Tiger was fun because if you put your hands on the glass it would come up and play with you.

This Hippo was rescued from Poachers. But the Poachers got his horn before he was rescued.

There were 5 Giraffe's at the Zoo. They are so beautiful to look at and amazing to watch as they ate the grass.

The Pink Elephant is the size of a real Elephant and the kids look like ants compared to it.

Pink Flamingo's


Just like off of Lion King

The Turtles were in all the pounds at the Zoo.

The Meercats were funny to watch. They were sunny in the sun and would turn and look at us.

This guy was fun to watch. He had this sack and went over the waterfall and covered up his face and would pull the sack off his face to see if any one ws watching and if we were he would cover his face up again. Nolan got a great laugh from watching him.

We had a lot of fun this day at the Zoo with our friends the Ritchie's. Nolan bought Leland, Paeton and himself a Monkey to remember the day we went to the Zoo.

Halloween Fun

Leland as Iron Man
Nolan as G.I. Joe

Paeton as a Beautiful Witch

Leland's Pumpkin

Paeton's Pumpkin

Nolan's Pumpkin
We had fun carving these pumpkins and putting on Costumes more than once for Halloween. I love seeing the excitement in the kids eyes! Holidays are such fun!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Years Ago

I ran across these pictures when I was going through some boxes and thought it would be fun to post them here. Scary I know, but they are 20 years old, which is even worse, LOL!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Carrots, Eggs and Coffee

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee....You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling.

It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without say ing a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.' 'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.

The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water.

Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean?

The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

I want to be coffee, even though I don't drink it.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Curtains for Paeton

I made green ties that are the same color of green in the flowers. They turned out so cute and she LOVES them!

First day of school

I love these faces!!

Our Garden

We had so many new things in the garden this year, but it was fun watching it grow.

My Favorite Photo's from Summer

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


The longer I live,
the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me,
is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past,
than education, than money,
than circumstances,than failures,
than successes, than what other people
think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance,
giftedness, or skill.
It will break a company…a church…a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice
every dayregarding the attitude
we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past…
we cannot change the fact that people
will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the
one string we have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10%
what happens to meand 90%
how I react to it.
And so it is with you.
We are in charge of our attitude.
Charles Swindoll

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


OH MY!!! We went camping 2 weekends ago and had a bear come through our campground. One of the families that were camping with us had the bear scratching on their tent for about 20 minutes before Sam, the dad, yelled for Rod and Jed to get their guns and spotlights. It happened about 3:30a and I and our 3 kids slept through the whole thing. Rod said they were making a bunch of noise and it scared the bear off. Glad to know that the kids and I can sleep through anything, LOL!

Jenn's Trip Here

My friend Jenn and three of her kids came for a visit and here are some of my favorite pictures she took while here.