Small Town Living

The nice part about living in a small town: When you don't know what you're doing, someone else always does.

Monday, November 1, 2010

I'm the one, Now is the time, This is the place

To say it's been awhile since I've posted on here is quite an understatement. Let's just say life has been pretty busy. Excuses, excuses I know.

I wanted to catch everyone up, if anyone still peeps in here, about Mom. I took Mom for her check-up last Thursday. What. A. Day! First off was blood work, check. Next was the stress test. double check. She passed it! Had it not been for orthopedic reasons, I believe Mom could have went in a full blown sprint. Yes, my Mother has been on the heart transplant list for going on three years now. Last but not least, a visit with the doctor. He had mentioned to Mom a month ago about the idea of taking the pic line out. Long story short. The pic line "should" come out before Thanksgiving. Her heart appears to be healing itself. Nothing short of a miracle from God. He has answered Mom's prayer. She has always had the Faith that she wouldn't have to get a heart and that if God saw fit, that she wouldn't have to live with a pic line. Ain't God good! She has one more test to pass before this becomes a reality. Needless to say we Praised God and giggled all the way home. Not to mention celebrating with a double cheese burger, fries and a cherry coke! Mom hasn't had this menu in 3 years...:)

Changing gears now. Yesterday we had a visiting preacher for youth Sunday. Did he ever bring The Word! I've never been so challenged to spread the gospel for Jesus Christ. My how I have failed Him. People it was time I said, "I'm the one, Now is the time, This is the place." God has been too good to me for me to not shine the Light of Jesus Christ. I want the world to know that I'm His and He is mine and that He is still in the miracle business! His hand has been on Mom. No matter the outcome with Mom I will proclaim His goodness and mercy!

Thank you all for your love and prayers!


Thursday, December 10, 2009


I received this in an email this morning. Needless to say it was God's timing.

"If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator. If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing. If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn't envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure."

Merry Christmas,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thankful for......

I almost forgot how to login to this here blog.

Lot's happening around here.

Do you ever get a good stirring up, like God is trying to get your attention? Yep, me too! Today was that day. On the way to work, I almost, I'm talking within a hair, of getting hit by a semi and a suv. I'm still shaking as I type. I was able to miss all the action by hitting the ditch. I'm fine and car is too. Like I care about the car, cause believe me I don't. I say that to say this. The lady in front of me that was hit, and I dodged, was really concerned about her SUV. She repeated a couple of times, "oh my truck." I told her that was only material and can be fixed and that she was a very blessed lady for being able to walk around. She was slammed by this semi and walked away. We had to get her out on the passenger side and there was smoke coming from the steering wheel. I say, "thank you God!" It's sad how important stuff can become a part of our lives.

Needless to say my heart is full...spiritually speaking! I hate that the accident happened, but it was such an awakening to me. Life is short. We all know that, but how much more I appreciate the busy, hectic life I live. Yes, I love it! There, I said it!! If you ever catch me complaining again about it, remind me of what I just said.

Changing gears here..

To those of you who are wondering about Mom, she is doing good. She had another pic line put in a couple of weeks ago. This was a miracle in itself, being that they told her the last one they put in, would be the last. It's amazing what God can do. We thought she would get a port in, but this cannot happen for various reasons. So, for now it's gonna be pic lines. Keep her in your prayers!

Going all over the place here with this post. Please bear with me.

What can I say about those Hornets!! Are we doing some major stinging or what? These young men have made HISTORY in our town. We are in the 3rd round of the STATE PLAYOFFS for the first time in our school's football history!!!! To say I'm PROUD of them is an understatement. I'm get plum weepy every time I think about it or read about it! I'm so thankful son #1 has had the privilege to be a part of this very exciting time. This team's success is long overdue. A direct result of the hard work and dedication from the coaches and players! We are behind you HORNETS!! Thanks for all you do and have done! We love to watch you play! Guess that's a wee bit obvious;-) Sorry, we get a little! I think I've totally embarrassed son #1! He may never be the!

This Thanksgiving season, I'm gonna have a little more to be Thankful for!

Love and prayers,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

One Month....

That's how long it's been since I've posted on this here blog. Times flies, when you are nursing the sick. Yes, both of the boys have been sick. Son #2 missed a whole week of school a couple of weeks ago and now son #1 has the swine. Son #2 is well and the swine has turned out to not be such a big deal. Of course that's coming from one who hasn't had the headache, fever, chills, aches..etc. All that to say, "Thank you Jesus for watching over them."

This past month has been so full. I have found myself on the verge of who knows what;-) Stressed so that I didn't feel like my skin fit me anymore. Weird I know. But true. I hate that feeling. It's only when I finally let go and let God, that I began to feel peace. I need peace.


Wonderful peace.

Churches have to have it.

People have to have it.

The world needs it.

Why then do we make it so hard to get it, then keep it?

If only we could overlook one another faults/failures and just be. I'm talking to me pointing fingers. God is working with me on this. When you ask Him to reveal your faults, you better be prepared to swallow it. The pastor said a couple of weeks ago about how he hated to deliver some messages that God laid on his heart. He could feel the coldness or avoidance of some who may have taken the message as a slap in the face or you are talking about me, when in reality he was only the messenger having no clue who was the guilty party. And man that really got me good. Guilty. Yes Lord yes.

We just came out of revival this past week. I love revival. I need it. I really needed to hear what this sweet little country sister in Christ had in store for us. She has written 28 songs just this year. The Lord lays them on her heart after hearing a sermon, or maybe a conversation with someone in the grocery store. She is stinking hilarious to boot! One song in particular stepped on my toes it was about being on-line with God. She said she doesn't have internet at home. She and her husband get on-line with God. They sit on their porch and drink their coffee and spend time with God. Ouch!

Which got me to thinking.

What am I doing with my time?

A whole month has passed since my last post and I can't tell you anything significant that I've done for God. And from the first paragraph you read, I have lots to thank Him for. I should be about the Father's business instead of ........ I'm convicted y'all.

I want to be able to keep everyone up to date on Mom. Which btw, she is doing well. She had a little weird thing that happened last week at her monthly appointment. Her pic line had made it's way to her liver. Have you ever? Apparently they measured her line wrong and it was too long. Whatever. Anyway, she is good now.

So...all that to say..... the posts my be few and far between, depending on how Mom is and if any praise or prayer requests need to be addressed.

Until next time....

Love and prayers,

Friday, September 11, 2009

Belated Birthday Wishes!

Yes, wishes it is! On Sept 9th we celebrated son #2's birthday, along with his Dad. Son #2 made an unexpected appearance on Hub's birthday 11 years ago! Just ask my sister C. She and Hubs had a typical phone conversation...lots of pun intended of course;-)...over a not-so-typical topic, from the doctors office. For some reason;) Hubs didn't believe sister C when she preceded to explain to him my "heartburn" was indeed labor pains and he best be getting himself to the hospital asap. Needless to say she hung up on him;) LOL!

How do you like the Easter/Birthday in September? Me too;-)

Happy Birthday you two! Love ya lots!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Drum Roll.....

I apologize for being late with the winner announcement of the new Selah CD. Life has been sigh.

So without further ado....let me introduce the winner..........Deedra! This CD is awesome and I prayed that God would pick the one that He wanted to have this. Enjoy Deedra!!

Changing gears just a bit....

Just for the record......Hornets are, "TEAM OF THE WEEK!" I've never cried at a football game before, but this much needed win, made my eyes sweat just a wee bit and my vocal chords got such a workout they are currently on strike. All worth it!! I'm so proud of the boys and coaches! They have really worked hard this summer and they deserve it!!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happy Birthday and Anniversary!

Nineteen years ago today, I sobbed and nearly passed out on stage taking my wedding vows, on the same day Mom was celebrating her 46th birthday! We can't remember dates, so we try to cram as many celebrations on one day as possible;-) As for the sobbing and passing out, I really wanted to get married, I'm just a little on the nervous side;-) I thank God everyday that Hubs didn't leave me that day at the alter, while looking at the bride of Frankenstein;) I can imagine the thoughts that was running through his mind while he was looking into my Tammy Faye eyes and holding my elbows to keep me from tipping over;-) Memories!!!

All pun aside, my heart is so full this morning. I received such a blessing on the ride into work this morning. If you haven't purchased the new Selah CD, You Deliver must! With each song, I took a stroll down memory lane from our dating years to the present. I saw hardships, sickness, death. Those valleys then turned to laughter, joy and love.

Through it all we had to depend upon His Word.

Through it all He was there.

Through it all we had each other.

Happy Anniversary Hubs! Looking forward to the rest of our lives together!

Happy Birthday Mom! A little bird told me you got a "card" for your birthday!! I might as well tell it, since Dad announced your age to the church Sunday;-) Way to go Dad!


P.S. I haven't done a give a way in a very long time. With it being Mom's birthday, I'll do what she loves to do...give. Leave her a Birthday wish and you will automatically be in the drawing for...yes....the new Selah CD! Winner will be announced Wednesday!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Anxious. That seems to be the norm lately. On every hand there is some crisis, be it health, jobs or family/children, I sense that overwhelming feeling. It's the kind that will make you physically sick. But God's Word tells us not to be anxious about anything. Philippians 4:6

How fitting, again, that God sends the right devotion(s) my way. In fact, 4 whole days were devoted to just this. I want to encourage myself and everyone who is facing an insurmountable task before them, or facing sickness for themselves or loved ones, carry these promises from God's Word in your hand, hearts and mind:

1. Be strong and courageous. Be not afraid or dismayed...for there is...with us...our God to help us. 2Ch 32:7-8 AMP
2. I will rescue you...declares the Lord; you will not be handed over to those you fear. Jer 39:17 NIV
3. Fear not..When you pass through the waters...they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned. Isa 43:1-2 NKJV
4. Be not afraid or dismayed...for the battle is not yours, but God's. 2Ch 20:15 AMP
5. In the world you have....distress and frustration; but...(take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted)...I have...(deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you) Jn 16:33 AMP
6. Our fears for today...worries about tomorrow...even the powers of hell...nothing in all creation will...separate us from the love of God. Ro 8:38-39 NLT

It's up to us how we handle our fears. Fear is a good thing. Fear should be a healthy respect that produces positive reactions/outcomes.

Praying for all those listed on the prayer request bulletin at church, and for others who were not.

A little update on Mom: she has a cold and will be in B'ham tomorrow for her monthly appointments at the transplant unit. So, we are believing this "cold" won't turn into anything more serious and all is well.

Love and prayers,

Thursday, August 6, 2009

You know you are old...continued

Does anybody recognize my mistake on Son #1's b-day cake?

Who do you feel sorrier or son #1?


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

You know you are old when.....

I've been hit by the organizing bug.

With baseball behind us, I feel the need to giving my closet an enema kinda purging. Free it of all unused items, and make it user friendly. Why after baseball you ask? When baseball season lingers on all summer long, the house goes to pot. Blogging gets tossed to the see the pattern;-) By the time it's over, I feel the need to wipe the slate clean, organize something and slap some paint on. This years project...our closet. I would show you the before, but it's too scary, so when it's finished, I'll post the after. The before....just picture a walk-in closet with the classic rod down each side, with 2x4 shelving. Not poking fun at the craftsmanship, it was the thing back 17 years ago. And has worked very well, I might add. You may ask...if it ain't broke, why fix it?

Two words.... closet maid!

I'm still an old-school kinda girl so when I saw this........

I had to order one. I found this one at $12 bucks! It will be perfect to hang handbags, ties, belts, scarves, etc. That way we will still have a touch of old school with the new.

I just had a funny thought. Hubby and I have had some senior moments here lately;-) So, we've been coming up with, "you know you are old when....." statements. For example, we went rafting over the weekend and was so sore the next day, we could barley walk. We were sitting at the table drinking coffee, me a watered, sweetened version of coffee, and hubby looks over at me and says, "you know you are old when you are sore from rafting and having to put fiber in your coffee." I add today, "you know you are old when you get all excited over a expandable coat rack and closet maid."