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

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Blame Game!
Where do I start? And before I start, I want to make one thing clear, these are my thoughts, insights, feelings, passions, etc., and you may or may not agree. The best part of this life is....that it's okay...if we differ in opinion, because my friend, it's just that, an opinion. Let's make a pact, right here and right now......let's agree that it's okay to disagree......no hard feelings....okay? Good, now that we've have that behind us, fast forward to "the blame game."
By that, I mean, blaming others for any and everything that goes wrong in our lives. The current season is baseball, and with that is unlimited opportunities to blame the umpire, coach, fellow player, parent, etc. for whatever wronged us. Hubby and I try and not let the boys by with that. Now don't get me wrong, I've been guilty at hollering at umps and coaches, but I had to swallow my foot afterwards, seeing the boys radars are tuned in to that and remind me of such. Plus, if we put ourselves in their shoes....ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch....I myself could do no better....we are human....we make mistakes. Life is hard and you are going to get blamed for things at work, home, church, or whatever you are involved in. I see so much correlation between sports and life. I guess I've been drilled all my life on, work as a team, don't blame others, accept responsibility, learn from your mistakes, don't give up, yata, yata, yata. I just want my boys to see now, that if you try your darnedest and life still slaps you in the face, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try, try again. If you win as a team, you lose as a team. No pointing fingers! As Hubby says, "suck it up."
I'm a sore loser at best. To some extent this is a good thing. I try and tell the guys that wanting to win and having the drive to work hard at it, is a good quality. It's when you can't accept defeat, the sportsmanship way, is when it's not good. I have to pray daily to keep balance. I keep referring to devotions I read, but they seem to be just going hand in hand with my thoughts. So here's another one, "The harder you work, the harder it becomes to surrender to things like fatigue, complacency, discouragement, criticism, and all the other stuff that tries to break your stride." And we can accomplish this winning spirit, if we practice, practice, practice.
Now to wrap it all up, 'cause I could go on and on, and I'm sure you don't want that......
My prayer for our children is that of desire and discipline it takes to be a true winner. If we teach our children values through sports, win or lose, look at what we've gained.......good, hard working and honest adults. To me that's worth all the time, money, and troubles we go through. For most kids, sports are a breeding ground for life lessons, to which they can carry with them the rest of their lives. Kinda puts a different spin on things, when the kid with the broken heart over losing a tough game, comes home and begins to name the reasons why.................
"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life.....closely. Persevere"" 1 Timothy 4:15-16 NIV
Keep praying......and run as to get the prize!
Carrie
Jaundice!




Before I begin explaining the title of this post....I've just got to say, whew! When I agreed, in my sick state the other night, to son #1 writing a blog, I'll admit I held my breath. The deal was, I had to proof it before we posted. And yes it passed, so if you didn't read it, please scroll down....you just might get a kick out of it:) Thanks Son #1, you did a good job!






Now back to the subject at hand.........




If you see me and think, wow, she looks so orange/yellow, it's not from a bad self-tanner.....nope, it's because I've foundered myself on my friend KT's carrots and sweet potatoes! She and BT invited us over for a Memorial Day cookout. She mentioned she was fixing some veggies to go with our burgers, but little did I know how GOOD those suckers were going to be. I'm still eating them! I had another plate full last night with my wraps:) Talking about slapping your Grandma! Not only do they turn you funny colors, I've had to resort to Tums to take care of the other side effects:) lol!!!!!!!!



So if you want to try them, this is how it's done:





KT's Jaunders








1) Peel and cut up some sweet potatoes and carrots;




2) Coat with olive oil and salt/pepper




3) Place in baking dish




4) Bake until tender








You can thank her later!








Happy Eating!



Carrie



P.S. Tune in later for a topic on, "The Blame Game."

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

NSM CHEATERS CHEATERS !!!!!

Hi, my name is JAL or some of you may know me as son #1 or the boy who calls home at 3:00 a.m. I am going to blog for mom today cuz she doesn't feel good and I think it would be pretty fun and she would probably want me to type rather than to play the electric guitar on volume 10.
Well lets get to the topic. I am attending a team basketball camp a NSM. Its suppose to be a fun camp and not very competitive, not for NSM. Today we played NSM. The game started off great. We lead 10 to 2 about 3 minutes into the game. We were on fire, LJBG threw the ball to me, I had no shot, so I passed it back to him, he shot a 3 pointer and nailed it. As I ran down the court I noticed the scorekeepers(NSM 10th graders) gave us one point instead of three. "Cheaters", I said to LJBG.
Later on in the game I had the ball on the post and shot, I made the shot and was fouled. The score was 25 to 19 our way before I even got the ball. I made the free -throw. After I made it I looked at the scoreboard and the score was 25 to 20. We didn't even get a point and NSM got a point for some reason, maybe the reason was cheating. I went up to the ref and said," Didn't we just earn three points" "yes you did" said the ref. "Well, are they going to add three?" I asked. "Yes, I'll go tell them to". The ref never told them and they didn't add three points.
We went on to lose the game 35 to 33. NSM got their way once again. If they would have added the points they didn't , we would have won. But it will come back and haunt them during the real season. :)
Sin box, rowdy boys and a dog!




Why is it that the box in the living room/bedroom/kitchens is 90% Satan? After finding out that Grey's Anatomy has gone to pot, I've resorted to swearing off T.V. altogether. And I didn't watch much of anyway. I'm praying the writers will go on strike again.....PERMANENTLY! Who needs it?






Thankfully, if the boys aren't watching sports on the sin box, they are now hammering out a few chords on the electric guitar. I say thankfully very lightly. The few chords they do know, have permanently resonated in my brain. It's one of those catchy tunes that you can't quit singing...day or night. My dream last night had something to do with that tune and Athena looking something like this. Looks are deceiving!







Help!





So what to do in place of the sin box? I'm all ears. If you have any great fun ideas, besides family game night....ours just don't measure up to the commercials you see on the sin box of the happy family gathered around the table:).......please send the ideas my way. As long as it doesn't involve winning, electric guitars or a dog.... I'm all ears:)



I do love them! I weep in my heart every time I see how fast they are changing. After graduation last week, the fact that I will miss them so bad when they spread their wings and fly, makes me savour all the strange noises I hear from their bedrooms. Not to mention the week old, dirty/smelly clothes I find piled in closets:) My love for them is forever!



As for Athena....I guess we'll have to learn to get along, maybe even "love" each other:) But that heifer is going to have to give a little too....this barking in the wee hours of the morning is coming to a "shocking halt!"


I'll leave you with a line I read in my devotion today that summed me up good...."Face it, if you could kick the person responsible for most of your troubles, you wouldn't be able to sit down for a week."

Romans 12:2 GNT "Let God transform you."



Have a Happy Rainy Day:)


Carrie































Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Family









There is nothing better than family time and good food! Thanks to my FIL and MIL for making this possible! We love you!

Carrie

Friday, May 23, 2008

Boys!
There is nothing like getting a phone call in the wee hours of the morning....especially from your 13 year old:)
Our conversation went something like this:
  • Me-What's wrong!
  • Son-Giggling....
  • Me-This better be good!
  • Son-Can we walk to the house and play some pool? And I need a key to get in.
  • Me-At 3 a.m.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Why are you calling me at 3 a.m. and asking such a thing as that?
  • Son-Well we're not sleepy and want something to do. I thought Dad was going to work early.
  • Me-Not 3 a.m. early!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You know where the key is....and DO NOT DISTURB ME AGAIN UNLESS IT'S SOMETHING REAL BAD!
What was a graduation celebration at my friend S's house for her son C, turned into a spend the night camp out in "her" yard/roam the neighborhood on foot expedition:) lol!!!!!! See what I mean about "boys."
The old saying is true...."boys will be boys!"
As hubby and I tossed and turned the rest of the morning.....I couldn't help but grin:) I recall what it was like being a kid and all the mischievousness that went with it. BTW...scares me to death. The only thing different in my case was.....I KNEW BETTER THAN TO CALL MY MOM AT 3 A.M. AND ASK SUCH A THING!! Now that my friend is the difference between boys and girls!!
All Hubby and I could say this morning was, "we have a lot to look forward to!"
Please shout out a prayer for us! Raising these two is going to be fun:)
The bright side of this.....at least he does call me and tell me what's going on! For that I am glad....just not 3 a.m. glad!
As for punishment......any ideas?
I need a nap already!
L8R,
Carrie
P.S. I thought I might should clarify a few things, just in case you think my kids are always left unsupervised. My friend lives next door and who would have thunk it? Lesson learned.....if your kids are sleeping in a tent in the yard....set up booby traps to catch them if they try and sneak off:)

Thursday, May 22, 2008





Wow...another week has flown by. I have so much to be thankful for. I'm still praising God for saving my two sons. Sometimes I just catch myself grinning and thinking back to Tuesday night when Jesus passed our way. God is so good!

I've been thinking a lot about my passion......or lack thereof. I believe that our passion is an offspring of our character. And my character gets weak sometimes and the fire gets snuffed out. I pray for God to allow me to somehow, someway show His love daily. I want to replace my "I can'ts" to "I can."

Philippians 4:13 (New International Version)
"I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

And I make it so hard!?


Thank you Jesus for eternal life and unconditional love!



I want to leave with you a prayer that was in my devotional yesterday. It is a prayer that Dale Evans (wife of Roy Rogers) prayed. This may not be fitting for a Thankful Thursday post, but it caught my attention and I just wanted to share.

"Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself, that I'm growing older, and will someday be old. Keep me from getting too talkative; particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Deliver me from the need to try and straighten out everybody's affairs. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. I ask for grace to listen to the tales of others' pains; but seal my lips when it comes to my own aches and pains, for they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them gets sweeter as the years go by. I ask not for improved memory, but for a growing humility and less cocksureness, especially when my memory seems to clash with the memory of others. Teach me that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I don't necessarily want to be a saint -some of them are so hard to live with. But a sour old woman ( or man) is one of the crowning works of the devil. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it; but Thou knowest Lord, I want a few friends at the end. So give me, I pray, the ability to see blessings in unexpected trials and goodness in less-than-perfect people. And give me the grace to tell them so, in Christ's name, amen."

Let this be my prayer too dear Lord.

Thanks to Iris for hosting Thankful Thursdays! Visit her when you can...she'll bless your heart!

Love,

Carrie

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Full Moon over......



The ball field Monday night. As this beautiful full moon began to ascend in the sky over the field that night, all of us spectators were amazed at just how beautiful it was! This picture doesn't do it justice. What got my attention was the different observations each one had about the moon.

These were just some of them;

"Do you see the man in the moon?"

"Hey honey (me being asked this ?), how does that song go about the Blue Moon over Texas?"

"You mean Blue Moon of Kentucky."

"No, it's Texas."

"Someone is going to have a baby."

"Dogs are howling."

"This is the 4th full moon......ya know that means the brim are on bed."

Okay, the last one was something I just knew you girls would want to know. I can just see all of you now, getting your fishing poles and crickets and heading to the pond:) lol!!!!!!!! Hey, you would win a high five from your kids! I can hear them telling their friends, "my Mom knows when the brim on bed!"

If any of you happen to know the song about a Moon and Texas, will you please let me know? Hubby and L are convinced there is such a song, and need to know the title and artist. Plus, he could say, "I told you so to me!" :) lol!!!! The only Moon song I could think of was, "Blue Moon of Kentucky."


What we do for entertainment!

Have a good day!

Carrie

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Update on Mom:

She had a good check-up on Monday. Her transplant coordinator encouraged her to not give up, but it could take as much as a year to find her a match. Her antibodies are going to be hard to match.....but not impossible! They will change her port out in the near future...from her arm to her chest. She will have to do the IV the entire time she is waiting.

Thanks for your continued prayers. God is hearing and answering!

We love you all so much!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Congratulations Class of 2008!



Looking for the future.....



We had a little reception/recognition for the graduates of our church yesterday. Oh how well I remember that feeling. Yes, I'm out of here....no more school...no more taking orders....no more..etc, etc. What little did I know that those were the best years of my life.....not.....I do not like to use the word "hate", but at that time it summed my feelings up pretty good towards school. But the part of having no worries, like getting a job, getting married, paying bills, children.....is the part where these kids have no clue how good they have/had it! This is a part of life and they too will make their transition to adulthood, hopefully, with ease. My prayer is that they will consult God on all decisions. He will lead them to the path He had planned for them. I love them all!



Another congratulations to our school's Lady Softball Team....they won the state championship!!!!! Hooray!!!! This is the 2nd time!!!! What an accomplishment! The girl pictured on the far right was a member of the team, and brought the trophy with her for all to see!!



Here is the bobsy twins! They were just toooo cute!! Notice the matching outfits! This is my sister P and my good friend S, who happens to be the Mom of the guy pictured above, 3rd from left. I cried as I watched him stand up there with the graduates. I was there the day he came into this world, and kept him on several occasions. My fondest memory of him was the day Mom and I decided it would be fun if we took him through the drive-in car wash thing. NOT!!! He screamed and cried! We scared that poor baby so bad! I love him to pieces!



Our pastor talked directly to them from Proverbs. Not only was it a good sermon for them, but a good reminder to us all. After the sermon, the invitation was given and son #2 tapped me on my shoulder and asked me to go with him. As I looked around I saw my older son heading towards the front too! They both joined the church and will be baptized the 2nd Sunday in June!! Oh how I look forward to that day!! My cup is still full and running over! I'm praying that more will be saved and baptized.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Carrie


Friday, May 16, 2008

An Octopus On Roller-Skates....
What a week this has been! Don't it feel good when you are on the mountaintop? Yes Lord Yes! Thanks be to Him! It has been such a quite, peaceful week with the family. I'm trying to bottle it! Because I know as time creeps on, things are going to get all hairy again:) lol!!! And when it does, I'm hoping to go back to this bottle and just breathe the sweet feeling back in. I better make sure I get a enormous bottle....cause I have a feeling I'm going to need it:) lol!!!!
We made a trek to SAM's and try and get stocked up on a few things last night. Surprisingly it went well...ya know with boys in tow. I managed to remember almost everything I went for! Yeah me! But the best part of the whole trip was a visit to Ankars Hoagies and Bakery on Brainerd Rd, Chatt. They have these onions rings that will make you slap your Grandma:) Needless to say I slapped Hubby instead....jk:) lol!!!!! We ate mega burgers and onion rings and then stopped at my other favorite place.....Krispy Kreme Doughnuts......and the sign was flashing "HOT!" Just when I thought my week couldn't get any better!
I believe I had a point to all this babbling....oh yeah.....as the week is coming to an end.....I have thought about my life and what my purpose is here on planet earth. Lately, I had began to let things just....go. No direction, no callings, no drive! I found the best description of my life in a devotion this week. This summed me up...."An octopus on roller skates: lots of movement but no real direction." I immediately thought...that's me! I'm flying through my days and not really getting anywhere! I want more out of my life. I want more time with God. I want more quality time with my hubby and children. Now my goal is to make the time. I see how much time I waste. And it made me sad. Tuesday night was a wake up call for me.
As the devotion read....which person am I going to be...."(1) One with low flame, or (2) one with no flame. If you're not careful you could end up like the man whose tombstone read, "Died at 30. Buried at 60."
Ouch! That one hurt! But, it made me realize that I needed to fan the flame for Jesus. And thanks be to Him.....Tuesday night lit the fire! Shame on me for not already being on the mountaintop! Forgive me Lord.
Have a great weekend!
Carrie

Thursday, May 15, 2008







This Thursday is a special edition of Thankful Thursday. I had to go ahead and post yesterday about my kids being saved....some things just can't wait!




So, I'll begin my Thankful list with:




1) Singing with my friend KT..."There are new names written down in glory, and it's J&J, oh yes it's J&J, with a white robed angel singing glory, 2 sinners have come home" This is KT's yesterday's version of this song:)




2) God is still in the saving business!




3) God is still answering prayers!





4) Though undeserving, He still loves us!





5) I can call my family and friends in the middle of the night, and they still love me:)






6) I can call on my family and friends to pray...and they do!






7) God gives us the right words to say to a questioning child.






8) My Pastor and Church! Kids do listen!





9) Tears!





10) Voices to Sing!






11) Beautiful Smiles!





12) This one is from Mom, "Thank God for His unexpected blessings!"




13) Another one from Mom, "God works in mysterious ways."




14) Health!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

How to De-Stem Strawberries!





Don't you just love strawberries!! Hubby and I do!! My sweet SIL stopped at my cousin M's Strawberry Farm and picked me up some.







So here is what WFMW tip I got from them:







As we...yes Hubby helped me...... prepare these berries.....the tip was a success. And here it goes:




Items needed:




1) Drinking Straw




2) Freezer bags




How to:




1) Don't wash them. Wipe dirt...if needed.




2) Push straw from bottom of berry up through the stem. Tada!




3) You are now ready to put them in a freezer bag for future use!







Now for the bestest part:)




1) I fried up some frozen waffles this morning in a tid bit of olive oil;




2) Poured some warm syrup over them (2 that is);




3) Squirted some cool whip in a can on top of the syrup, that was on top of the waffles;




4) Throwed some strawberries on top of all of that;




5) Garnished with some walnuts!




I was going to show you a picture of that scrumptious breakfast we had this morning....but, I had it ate before I could take the pic. Sorry:) lol!!!!!!!!!!!!




Now, if you need some of these berries....Gilbert Strawberry Farm - Strawberries Hwy 40 East, Henagar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5581. Directions: Approx 1/4 mi. east of the Henagar red light on Hwy 40 E, Co Rd 134. Open: Mon-Sat, 7 am to until dusk. We pick April 20 to May then we open for U-Pick in June. Call for pricing.


Now go and get 'em while they are fresh!


Happy Day to you!


Carrie

Angels Are Rejoicing!
Over what you ask? Two lost souls are now saved! My two sons! Yes, after what seemed to be a normal ballgame night, turned into the most wonderful, sweetest time with my children. Words cannot express what I feel today. As you know, there is nothing greater than salvation...and it is something I've prayed for, for a long time now, for them.
Due to the time crunch of getting ready this morning for an award ceremony at school, I will post more details of this glorious night later today. I just had to Praise the Lord for His Saving Grace! Ain't God Good! He is always on time!!
Check back later today for more.......
Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus!
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I'm back! I just came from son #1's awards day at school. I'm proud of him, but none of that compares to the Heavenly Award his received last night from our Heavenly Father. For those of you who have prayed for him, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. He is 13 and I had such a burden for him, but low and behold my 9 year old, out of the blue last night, had been burden down with a feeling of needing to be saved. I knew he had asked several questions lately, but had no idea just how concerned he was. I tell you we had a Hallelujah Happy Spell last night right in his bedroom. You can't tell me that God isn't real! He shows up at the most unexpected places and times....just when you begin to give up.....he comes in and does the unexpected! Let me tell you right now, the Holy Spirit was real last night in my house, in my PJ's, in the middle of the night! I'll will never be able to thank Him enough for what he has done and is gonna do!
What I thought was a broken heart over a couple of strike-outs, was in fact a broken spirit and a contrite heart! No way was he upset over such trivial things as strike outs, no, it was a need to be saved. Praise the Lord! What I learned last night from a 9 year old, I will never forget! God can use children in a mighty way! His testimony spilled over to my 13 year old and he also accepted Jesus as his Saviour too. See what I mean....you think a 9 year old can't be a witness...think again:) lol!!!!!!
As parents, J and I, will forever treasure last night....it is one of the greatest moments a parent can experience with their children. Oh what a mighty God we serve! The grandparents came over, and we had another good time in the Lord! Ain't God Good!
My 9 year old made several phone calls last night to aunts and friends. Sorry he woke you from your slumber, but I knew you wouldn't mind. We love you all so much!!
I'm trying to get myself straightened up, but I think the smile on my face and swollen eyes will be around for awhile.
Love you,
Carrie

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Today is vent day......
Update: Thanks to Lisa, she cleared me up on how to keep my post and delete the nasty comment. So for those of you who haven't read the post that drove the commenter to such audacity...it's back on. click here.
There is just something I've got to get off my chest. Apparently even blogland is not exempt from Satan's attacks. This is probably no surprise to you. However, I received a comment on a previous post that I did on National Prayer Day, May 1. I can't link this post to you, because I removed it due to the comment that Satan left. You know the school-yard rhyme..."sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me"......well, he may as well have thrown stones at me! It was the most abhorring comment...apparently written by an atheist. I couldn't even read the whole long thing, it made me sick. Then I had to stop and think how God must feel. To know that He died for everyone...even those who do not believe in him. I had to stop and pray for this individual. Maybe through something he/she reads on this blog or other Christian blogs...the Holy Spirit's convicting power will be so that he/she cannot bear it any longer and accepts Jesus as their Saviour.
I began this blog to help my Mom. So, why in the world can't people keep their rude and insulting comments to themselves. This is not a mandatory read! Come on, give me a break here. I'm not any better to receive criticism, and I welcome it...keeps me in line....but to talk about God they way this person did....offends me to know end!!!! I reserve the right to praise God in any way shape form or fashion I please. I want His name proclaimed as the mighty King He is. The Bible tells me if we don't praise Him...the rocks and mountain's will! If you just look around they scream....look how wonderful and beautiful God's creation is!
My point being.......I don't read blogs that are dirty and certainly don't comment on them...so please refrain from commenting on My Life....it's just that..... My Life....My personal journey on God's green earth! I belong to Him!! Thank you Jesus! If you don't agree......I'm praying for you anyway....but please don't leave your comments.
To fellow bloggers....has this happened to any of you? I wanted to just delete the comment, but couldn't figure out how, without deleting the whole post. I want to keep the post. Help? For the future, I've changed my comment form, allowing me to review/approve the comments.
That's all for today:)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

This is a must read! Our pastor reads this to the congregation every year on Mother's Day. And every year it gets sweeter! Get your kleenex box...you are gonna need it!

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.




Happy Mother's Day!

If I had to choose two words to describe my Mom, they would be, "simple love." When I look back on my life, all I want, all I need to give, is that same simple love my Mom gives to me. The kind of love that always gives and never asks back. A lifetime of love that permeates to the very depth of your being. One I will carry with me to my grave.



This "simple love" came from the love of God and how she has kept him the center of her life. I've watched her experience death of loved-ones, how she stood by them until the end, taking care of their every need. Listened to her prayers and testimonies, thanking God for His blessings. Asking how to accept the miracle he performed in her life, that allowed her to live through a massive heart attack. How unworthy she felt for such a blessing. How humbling this experience has been. How she doesn't like to be the center of attention. How selfish she feels when she needs to ask for assistance. These "simple acts" are indeed great.



Now that she is waiting for a heart transplant, I've considered all the times she has put others before herself, and now ask myself, "can I return the simple love?" Yes, with the Lord's help and every ounce of my being, I will! My prayer is that I will pass it on, and my children will know the "simple love" that I know.


When we can do nothing else, we can "simply love."


Love you Mom!







I have the greatest MIL, Charlotte. She too, has this simple love. I love her dearly and will never be able to repay her for all she has done for me and the boys. She instilled that same kind and gentle spirit to her son, my better half. For that I am grateful! She has lost so much this past year, but through it all she stood steadfast to her faith in God! I still have this penny with a cross cut out of it, in my wallet. She gave me this before our trip to NY, for her heart surgery. I will never forget what God did for her back then! The penny is a reminder of what that trip symbolized! I keep it in with my license and when I'm asked to show it, people always ask about it. What a good opportunity to slip a little Jesus in, and tell just how big He is!!



There are so many women in my life that are such roll models. My grandmother, sisters, friends, aunt, sil, cousin....you all mean so much to me! I love you all dearly!!!






Ruth received the annual Mother's Day Bible at church yesterday. It goes to the oldest Mother present, that has never received it before. Another deserving Mother. She and her husband are the pillar of our community! I love them so much!




Love,


Carrie













Friday, May 9, 2008

Pucker Up and Get Ready For A Lipsticky Kiss!!








Ain't he cute!






The perfect pout!

It even tastes good!






Guess who found Mawmaw's lipstick?






Thanks to my Brother J and SIL M for providing me blog material:) lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




LYL!!


Carrie




Leaving you with a couple of pics of what I came home to yesterday evening......can you guess what's planned for the weekend:) lol!!! Gotta love 'em!!!



Thursday, May 8, 2008

Thanks Iris @ http://www.eph2810.com/ for hosting Thankful Thursdays! Check her out and see many more Thankful Hearts!

It Is No Secret What God Can Do!
That's what my Mawmaw said. And boy is she ever on target. Last Thursday was a good visit with her. I always come away feeling blessed from visiting with her. Even though her dementia limits her to keeping with conversation, she always knows just what to add to it. She knows something is not right with Mom, and she regularly requests prayer for Mom at her church every Sunday she gets to go.....which BTW is my sweet Aunt who gets up that extra hour and makes the trek to get her and take her. Thanks Auntie M for all you do...we love you! God is gracious enough to us that he has allowed her to recognize us so far and help her sense certain things...and one being her concern for Mom. I believe as long as we Mothers have one ounce of strength and mind about us, we will forever worry about our children.




As we were leaving she thanked us for coming and expressed her love for us and the whole family and thanked us again for all the family does for her. She reminded Mom how good God had been to Mom by allowing her to feel as good as she does and to have come this far. But, what struck my heart string the most was what she said as we left, "It is no secret what God can do." Now what about that?...coming from a lady who lives in the past most of the time and cannot remember if she ate 2 mintues ago or not! I went away having been blessed!




Then she blessed my heart again this past Sunday. She cried. Why is that so special you ask...because I haven't saw her cry since my Pawpaw died 6 years ago. She lost her only son about 3 years ago and couldn't shed a tear. She told me one time she didn't know where her tears were, but she sure wished she could cry. God has answered that prayer. I could not get myself straightened up for love nor money. I guess I needed a good cry too Mawmaw! It was sweet and sad all at the same time.



I'll leave you with some photos of this past weekend's Decoration/Memorial Service at my Mawmaw's church. Here in the south we still honor this tradition.


Strolling along on this beautiful Lord's Day!

Mom with the grandkids!

Gravesite of my Pawpaw and Uncle.....We miss you! (Notice the boot-shaped head stone....Uncle loved horses.)

LR; (Me, Mom, Sister P and Sister C)


Last but certainly not least.....my friend T with my hubby! T's been after me about why she hasn't made the blog.....I had to wait until I got just the right picture.....and I finally did!! Love ya girl! btw.....if you happen to see T out somewhere and she calls you by a name that's not your name....just play along.... :) lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





Have a blessed day!




Carrie





















Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Breeding place of anything nasty....aka....my home!



I've had waaaaay too many encounters with pesky insects and rodents lately....actually enough to last me a life time:) Yesterday morning, as I was setting in my chair at work, talking to Mom on the phone, I feel something crawling across my leg. First thought...spider...no biggy....then a closer look confirms my worst fear....A TICK! Anything that can suck blood like those things can.....gives me the creeps! Not to mention a disease:) Thankfully it had not attached..yet...and I flushed her down the toilet...why did I just call it a her instead of a him? Anyway....it's gone!

I'm not really a fan of dogs and especially cats....and please don't call the Humane Society on me....I'm not cruel to animals...I just don't love love love them and I'm especially not fond of them jumping on me...which is what Athena did to me that morning. I'm trying to get to the car, which is parked in the freshly mowed grass...hint wet feet and wet feet with grass on them....and she decides to pounce on me:) lol!!!....All the while I'm trying to salvage son #1's shoes she was currently eating:) Now, I'm dressed for work and well the day just didn't start off just right:) if you know what I mean....time is of the essence! And for some reason this dog loves me:) She actually minds me.....the only member of the family that I don't hug and kiss on...actually loves me:) Go figure:) lol!!!!!!!!!!! I know what it is...I feed her good....lots of home made goodies....so every time I'm out the door she attacks me, thinking what good scraps I have for her this time. I bring it on myself....see I am too good to her and she is just trying to repay me:) lol!!! Whatever:)lol!!

Back to Mr. Tick......I figure I got him while Athena was loving on me:) My home has suddenly became this breeding place for insects and rodents! UGH!!! Don't you want to come and visit? We love to share:) lol!!!!!!!! Just wondering if disrupting the ground, like we've done in the backyard...see above link to Athena...to see what I'm talking about....has stirred all these critters up? Just wondering?


I made a trek to Fred's and stocked up on all repellents....wonder if they have a repellent for dogs:) Just kidding:) lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I did see a repellent for snakes....got to go back and get that for sure:) And I bought Athena a big bone to gnaw on, hopefully instead of the shoes, and guess what she did with that? Went and buried it:)
After all I did for her....that heifer woke me up barking in the wee hours this morning! She and I are fixing to have a heart to heart! Because I love her so:) lol!!! Plus, I was dreaming all kinds of crazy stuff....like me and my friend KT were in son #1's decrepit truck....KT was driving us to who knows where, because I couldn't see...which is usually her...and I broke my cell phone...which I have... and we were off for a weekend....and had to turn around because it was in the middle of the night and I had all these problems...and I just was tossing and turning all night trying to solve our problems. Crazy but true.....I must be stressed....again:)


You would think being raised on a farm that I would just love dogs and cats....you think? I'll stick with cows....they don't love on me, just hubby:) lol!!! Another story for another day:)
What does this say about me?
I'm thinking a cold fish loafer!

Got to work on that!


L8R,


Carrie

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

CGBC Ladies Banquet









This is an updated version.....I knew I had more pictures:) Forgive me, for I know not what I do:) lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



CGBC Ladies Banquet


May 4th, 2008





Turn on the volume....music always soothes the soul.



A big thank you and hug goes out to Lori. She so graciously organized this event! And to all who helped her. There ain't nothing better than getting together with Godly women. We had great food and lots of wonderful new memories added to our hearts and minds. Lisa did an outstanding job with inspiring us to rise to whatever occasion life throws at us......just like Paul did! God can give us the strength to face the adversity of everyday occurrences, if we will only ask.




As the song goes..."You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down"....or that should have been the title...had a woman sang it:) lol!!!!!!!!!




Have a great week!




Love ya,




Carrie

Sunday, May 4, 2008



Happy Birthday Hayden!
Say it Ain't So.......13!

Today is the Birthday of one special young man! He is son #1's best friend. These two started pre-school together and now are in the 7th grade. It's hard to believe that H is now 13! He is just like one of mine! I love him to pieces! He is one awesome athlete and duck hunter! I've watched him grow up and he is one fine young man. I love to make him cat head biscuits and watch him eat'em with grape jelly! He loves music and I can see him on stage in a few years playing the guitar.
That is H pictured above by himself in front of the beautiful sail boat. And the other pic is of him, my two, and my niece and nephew. They all have such a good time when we vacation and just hanging out around the house.

Thanks for being such a good friend to son #1!

So here's to you H......we hope you had a great day and the boys are looking forward to the party this week! We love you and wish you a lifetime of happiness!
Love you, J, C, J & J
P.S. Due to technical difficulties.....the video I've been trying to upload, download, transfer, save, pull out of the nice little camera and put on this for you.....JUST WON'T WORK! Sorry.....if for some miraculous reason I figure out what I'm doing wrong....I'll update it for you at a later date!