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.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I CORINTHIANS 13 – A CHRISTMAS VERSION

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,
Carrie

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 excited..lol! I think I've totally embarrassed son #1! He may never be the same..lol!

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

Love and prayers,
Carrie

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.

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 here....no 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,
Carrie

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!!
Mom

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Drum Roll.....

I apologize for being late with the winner announcement of the new Selah CD. Life has been happening....smile...and 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!!

Carrie

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 Me....you 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!

Carrie

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

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,
Carrie

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 for...me or son #1?

Carrie

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 purge...like 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 wayside...you 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 amazon.com....on $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."

Carrie

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory

Hey everyone..long time no see:) Just wanted to stop in and say hi and let you know all is well. It's summer and we've been crazy busy.

I woke singing, "Rise and shine and give God the glory." Complete with hands motions and all. After the day I had a work yesterday, I needed pepping up. And that song will do it!

I wonder if taking a week off work is worth it?

Yes, it is.

We had the most fantabulous time! No reservations, no GPS, no schedule. Just a $10 Rand McNally , and we were off. We started out in Nashville, TN and ended up in Cincinnati, OH by week end, with Louisville, KY and Milltown, IN in between.

I was reminded also, there is no place like home. Home to family and friends. Why is it that after you've been gone, everything looks different? You seem like a stranger in your own home and town. Funny but true. Then once you are back at work, reality body slams you, and you feel all normal again.

If you are wondering about Mom, well, she is fine:) She did a happy dance after her last antibiotic IV. Way to go Mom! Now she is feeling better and we are praying each day brings her strength and healing.

Carrie

Thursday, July 9, 2009

So true.....

Eugene Petersen writes: "Every day I put love on the line. There's nothing I am less good at. I am far better in competition than love; far better at responding to my instincts to get ahead, than at figuring out how to love another. I'm schooled and trained in getting my own way. And yet I decide every day to set aside what I do best, and attempt to do what I do very clumsily-open myself to the frustrations and failures of loving, daring to believe that failing in love is better than succeeding in pride."

Deep isn't it. I had to re-read it a couple of times. My favorite is the last part...."failing in love is better than succeeding in pride."

When I read this I thought of the game we lost last night. What does this have to do with a ball game?..not really sure..it just reminded me that competition is just that. I love a good game of baseball.....don't get me wrong. It's just competition tends to bring out the worst in me. Mr. Petersen just reminded me that I would rather lose a ball game playing fair and square, with sportsmanship in tow, than win the state championship. Not that the other team cheated last night, however, I felt we were ripped on a call or two;), maybe the other team were using illegal bats:), sorry for the rant there...but I'm proud of our team for holding their heads high and giving it their best.

Oh what lessons we learn from the agony of defeat!

Really, being watchful of our words and honoring Jesus in all we do, even in defeat, we will be over comers!

Carrie

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mom's Home!

She's back! And proud of it. Mom got home from the hospital late Friday afternoon. After a few attempts, they finally got the new pic line in. She has quite the supply of antibiotics that Dad has to administer (via IV) every 24 hr. and another one every 8 hrs. Dad should be grandfathered in as a nurse by the time Mom gets a new heart. I have to brag on him some, he has really been a trooper and takes really good care of Mom. They hardly ever let us help them do a thing.

So for now, Mom is catching up on some much needed rest and sleep. Hopefully after the 2 week antibiotic regimen, she will be back to where she was before the infection. Continue praying that this pic line will work until she can get a new heart.

I just want to thank all of you for your prayers. Would you please whisper a prayer of thanks to God. I give Him all the glory!

Carrie

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ice Cycle Pickles

Ingredients:

Cucumbers
Salt
Cold Water
Alum
Vinegar
Sugar
McCormick Pickling Spice

Directions:

Cut up cucumbers and place in a gallon size jar. Cover cucumbers with cold water. Add 1 cup salt and let set for 4 days. On the 4th day rinse, add 2 Tbsp. alum and cover in cold water for 24 hrs. Rinse and add vinegar (no water) and let stand for 10 days. Drain (do not rinse). Put pickling spice in a coffee filter or cotton cloth and tie with a string. Place pickling spice in jar and then add 3 cups of sugar each day for 3 days.

They do not have to be refrigerated. However, I like mine cold and keep a quart jar of them in my refrigerator at all times.

I love, love these pickles. I use them in tuna/chicken salads, on hamburgers, or just eat them with meals. Charlotte, my MIL, taught me how to make these. Thank you Charlotte! They are super easy to make!

Oh...the wax paper hats on the jars is not necessary....but my lids are getting old and I didn't want rusty stuff in my pickles;-)....plus it serves as a handy dandy label to keep me on track of the day I need to rinse/drain them.

Enjoy!

Carrie

PS...Mom is still in hospital. Today is the day for the new pic line. She will be coming home tomorrow, Lord willing. Say a prayer for her today. She is dreading this procedure, but looking forward to it all at the same time.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Work in Jesus' name

The following is another timely devotion from, "The Word For You Today."

"....take a moment at the beginning of your workday when you sit down at your desk or your computer or in your home, and invite Jesus to partner with you. Tell Him, "Today, I'm not going to work by myself." Any time throughout your workday when you have a tough problem, ask Him for help. When you have a difficult decision to make, ask Him for wisdom-then listen and be really open. When you find your energy flagging, ask Him for renewed strength. When you find your attitude turning negative, ask Him to re-orient your heart. ....every few hours as you're working, pause two or three minutes. Thank Him for His help. Hand Him your worries. Ask for His energy. Every moment is an opportunity to be with Jesus. When you forget-and you will, when you mess up-and you will, remember this really important rule: there's to be no beating yourself up! Every moment is another chance. God just keeps sending them. That's grace. Every moment of your workday is a new chance for you to be with Him."

"Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus." Colossians 3:17 NIV

Thank you Jesus for sending your Word to me today!

Carrie

PS....Mom is still hanging in there. Praying, God willing, tomorrow will be the day for the new pic line. The place on her arm looks better. It is drying up and peeling, so hopefully both are good signs. It looks like it will leave a scar. But as Mom put it, "what's another scar."

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Update on Mom

If I had another title to this post, it would be, " To God be the glory." That's exactly how I feel today. Mom is getting antsy. This is day 6 in the hospital. The place on her arm that is infected is looking better. She is hoping that maybe today is the day. Yesterday wouldn't have been soon enough for her.

As I was reading my devotion this morning, as usual, it was very timely. John 11:4, NKJV says, "That the Son of God may be glorified through it." We may not understand the whys of this world, but I do know that "God's time" is always "on time." He waits for two reasons: 1) that He may be glorified, and 2) that our faith may be strengthened.

I can praise Him this morning for allowing Mom to have lived through the heart attack and for the knowledge He has given man to perform heart transplants. I can praise Him for the length of time she had the previous pic line in...15 months...a record for her doctors. There is so much that speaks, "God", when I look back over the past 2 1/2 years .

So today I want to stand in the gap for Mom and encourage her. I want her to feel His presence so strong today. His grace is sufficient.

Carrie

Friday, June 26, 2009

Update on Mom

After talking with Mom this morning, I wanted to give an update on her. After a couple of moves in the hospital, she is now on the Cardiac Floor. They removed the pic line.....aaaah relief. I can just hear her saying that. It's been 15 months y'all. They gave her the longevity award yesterday for the record of having a pic line in. Give it up for Mom!!! Those meds are now going through a regular IV, along with the antibiotics. They cannot put another pic line in until all infection is gone. She had an allergic reaction to some meds last night and her blood pressure was really low this morning.

Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, kind comments and all the love you give to me and my family!

Love to all,
Carrie

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Prayer Request

Popping in for a quick prayer request.

Mom has been admitted to the hospital. A post or so ago, I asked you to remember her. The pic line has become infected and they are going to keep her for a few days to try and get rid of the infection. Once the infection is gone, they will remove the pic line and try and put it in another vein, hopefully, in her arm. They think they have gotten to it before it got in her bloodstream. I hope so.

Please remember her in your prayers. She is NOT critical and would want me to stress that to you all. Remember she is always fine:) I love her sense of humor. I love her for being so stubborn. I love her for not wanting attention. But, I would feel better knowing that you all are praying for her. Y'all are some prayer warriors. And I thank God for each one of you. We just could not make it without you.

I'll update as often as I can on her condition.

Love to all,
Carrie

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Favorite Quote

"Stop complaining, move forward in faith, problem (s) solved."

That was a summary of yesterday's Sunday School lesson. And boy was it timely! Thank you Jesus for bringing to remembrance your promise. I needed the scolding.

As you can tell, blogging has been a little lax lately:) I won't go into all the reasons why. But today I had a notion to share with you the aaaahaaa moment I had yesterday with the above quote. It may or may not be of any help to you, but it was exactly the lesson I needed to hear. Work has been stressful. Enough said:) Please pray. Also, I would covet your prayers for Mom. The site where her pic line is, has become infected over the weekend. As you know, this is her life-line and they attempted to try and move it to her chest area, back several months ago, to no avail. She needs this pic line to stay put and be healthy all at the same time. Thank you so much for the prayers!

Carrie

Thursday, June 11, 2009

War Eagle!



Not:) lol!! I just can't bring myself to say....well...you know. ;-) Sorry son:)
Carrie

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cutting the Apron Strings

A little at a time we have to cut those apron strings. It hurts. But it's part of life. As I left son #1 at football camp, the unraveling began....165.8 miles, 3 hrs 24 minutes of unraveling...yikes! Thank goodness when something is unraveling, it's still hanging on, maybe just by a thread, but it's still connected. God willing, the string will hang on for a few more years.

Sigh.

Son #2 is also away from the nest....552.9 miles, 11 hr 54 minutes to be exact...double yikes! He's having the time of his life. Vacationing with grandparents is every kids dream. All the fun and ice cream you want!

Thus my somber mood today.

Empty nest syndrome.

But when I see the excitement on their faces when they are experiencing something new, I can't hold them back. It's time to spread their wings and do a little test flight.

Man it's hard.

Praying for their safe return!

Carrie






Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sad News

My dear Mawmaw passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 @ 1:00 am, cdt. We were by her side and watched as drew her last breath. She was very peaceful and just went to sleep. We felt God's presence so strongly and rejoiced as He held her hand as she crossed death's river.

We were blessed to have spent the last 5-6 days with her. It was such a time of reflecting and family togetherness that makes one weep and laugh all at the same time. Reminiscing with loved ones about how Mawmaw has always been the heartbeat of our family. She was a care-taker in every way. Very loving and generous with all she had to give. You didn't leave Mawmaw's house without some homemade cat head biscuits and gravy and most time her famous salmon patties to finish it off with. I'll never forget those times of sitting around and listening to her singing the funniest old folk songs you've ever heard, and also the good 'ole gospel sacred harp hymns. We sang those as we sat and watched her spirit leave this world. A true Christian lady would sum her up the best.

I pray that I will remember all that she was and try to be half the woman she was. I will miss her. Would I wish her back? Never. Her dementia is gone. She is reunited with Pawpaw,Uncle Ronnie and all her family and friends that have gone on before her. Most of all she is with Jesus. She has finished her course and kept the faith. For that I'm blessed. Praising God for allowing her to part of my life and the lives of my children.

Love you Mawmaw and look forward to seeing you again someday. Until then....
Carrie

Monday, June 1, 2009

Please Pray

I've been behind in blogland due to the current crisis our family is in. My Mawmaw had a fall on Thursday afternoon and ended up with 7 staples in the back of her head. From there is has went downhill. She is now under Hospice care and in the hospital. I ask the you please pray for God's will to be done. Our prayer is for Mawmaw to go peacefully and quickly. It's been a long weekend and I'm completely and utterly exhausted. As are the rest of the family. But I'm so honored to sit and hold Mawmaw's hand for as long as she has breathe. She is our rock. I love her more than I can say.

I'll try and update as often as I can. Thank you so much for your love and prayers!

Carrie

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Proverbs to live by

As I was reading today's daily bible reading this verse spoke volumes to me: Proverbs 6:16-19, "There are six things the Lord hates-no, seven things he detest: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family."



I'm so excited to be reading in the book of Proverbs, from the wise Solomon himself. And just how important it is to not only hear but really listen and apply to my heart? Very. This past Sunday School lesson was on Moses' attention getter, the burning bush, and just how important it is to really listen. I struggle with that at times. I've prayed and asked God to help me to not just hear His word but to really listen to His word. So when I read the words, Lord and hate in the same sentence, it got my attention. I know as a parent I can tell when one of mine are not really listening to my instructions. I know how upset that makes me feel, so I can imagine the disappointment the Lord has in me when I don't listen to what He is trying to tell me. But I also know that I still love them, no matter what, and He loves me even through my disobedience. But the boundaries are set. The instructions are given and there are consequences to be had if broken or not followed through. Tough love.



Wendy Pope puts it way better than I can, so visit with her today and dig a little deeper into God's Holy Word with her.



If you feel like sharing your daily walk with the Lord and this journey of reading through the Bible , please do so. You never know who might be blessed with what you have to say. Reading God's word is the main thing, whether it's Chrono style or not. I'm drawing so much strength from it and from knowing others are reading along with me.



Carrie

Friday, May 22, 2009

Grandmothers Are Special...especially at Awards Day!

Gran and J



Mawmaw and J



Gran and J



Mawmaw and A
Mawmaw, A, J and J

These are two very special ladies in my life and to the lives of my children. I want to thank them both for all the love and support they give. God so graciously have spared both of their lives. Gran had open heart surgery 5 years ago for an aortic aneurysm. Mawmaw survived a massive heart attack 3 years ago and waiting for a heart transplant.


Ain't God Good!


Carrie


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Received from Hubby via email

WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS
Unmanaged stress can have a negative effect on your health and well-being, increasing your chances of being involved in an accident. The following are some tips to help you cope with stress in positive ways.

MAkE TiME TO RELAX. One of the body’s automatic reactions to stress is rapid, shallow breathing. To turn off this response and turn on your relaxation response, concentrate on breathing slowly and deeply. Also, stretch the muscles in your back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, and upper body to release tension.

A vOid SMALL ANNOYANcES by planning ahead and expecting the unexpected. Eliminate small stressful situations by arranging travel schedules to avoid rush-hour traffic. Conduct thorough vehicle pre-and post-trip inspections to avoid mechanical delays or stress from receiving citations or out-of-service orders.

N EvER MAkE TOO MANY LifESTYLE chANGES at once. If you are facing one big change (as a new job or moving to a new home), wait until you have adjusted to it before taking on another stressful situation.

A LLOW YOuR MiNd TO ThiNk pOSiTivELY and shut out negative thoughts. Maintain a sense of humor and learn to laugh at the stressful situations and your reactions to them. Interact and socialize with people who have positive attitudes.

GET ENOuGh SLEEp. Adults need 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night (or day). Don’t eat heavy meals or watch TV in bed shortly before bedtime. Block out light and noise. Consider using a sleeping mask and/or ear plugs if necessary.

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His dream is to one day open up a nervous hospital in our little town. He figures that's where the money will be. JK!!!! We've got the "think positively" down pat. You have to laugh! We do!!!! Last night's ballgame was the perfect example on when to laugh.....believe me I did...and slept like a baby...no crazy dreams!!! YEAH!!!!!

As for the ear plugs...now there's an idea:)

Carrie

Monday, May 18, 2009

Squeallllllllllll!!!!!!!!

Isn't that what little girls do when they are so, so, so, so, so, very excited! Well I wanted to revert back to that childess behavior yesterday at church. But let me first tell you the most wonderful news. We had 2 little girls to join the church for baptism yesterday. One was saved at home on Thursday. She couldn't wait to get to church and join. The other came forward and asked Jesus into her heart soon after the first one joined. Now all this happened when we first got to church, before Sunday School. Needless to say we had a wonderful time in the Lord! Praise God for whom all blessings flow!



And boy did He ever pour them out!



I have a thorn in my side called nerves. You would think after singing in church all my life that would have dissipated by now......um...NOT! After begging and pleading with some of the members of this little group I sing with, it became apparent that I was outnumbered. For what you may ask? Singing in front of, gulp, KAREN PECK AND NEW RIVER! Squealllllllllllllllllllll!!!!! Yes they were at our church yesterday and brought the house down! Click on their name above and check them out.

Here's the kicker.....Karen Peck came off the stage and started pointing and saying you two girls right there...uh...me....surely not....no...no...no...no...not me. Yes, she got Chelsea and me to help her sing, "We Shall Wear A Robe and Crown." Squealllll!!! I warned you about being a mere child again:) lol!!! Then at the end of the service they got us all, our singing group, to help them once more to sing that song. Wow! I can't believe I've sung with a Grammy girl!!

Words just can't describe the feeling I have down in my heart. It's not the fact that I actually have shared the stage with Karen Peck, well maybe a wee little:)...but that God answered my prayer. I woke to butterflies in my stomach, heart racing, etc....you know the "thorn" thing. And I started asking God to show me in some way if singing was what I was supposed to do. I need some sort of sign. Did He ever show me! I got the message loud and clear. I'm not a great singer by any means. I just prayed and asked God to help my nerves and make a way and I would answer, "Yes Lord Yes!" He did. Now it's up to me to do my part. That's all He asks. Just a willing vessel. I want God to use what little talent I have for His glory and honor. Is it going to be easy? Nope..not for me. But with God all things are possible. As for the thorn, it may always be there, but if it be God's will, I know He can kill the root.

I do not want to be a stumbling block and for God to use our little group, I need to get on board. Please pray for us, for me. That we, I, will do what He has us to. That the first words out of my mouth will be, "Yes, send me!" Pray for the new converts as they begin their life with God.

I have a new favorite song. Wouldn't you know it would be Karen Peck's, "My God Will Always Be Enough." She sang it at a wedding I attended Sat. night. Which is how we got them in the first place. This dear couple at church had connections with them and they came and sang at their wedding. It was a powerful service in itself. I'm just so full! As the saying goes, "I'm drinking from the saucer, 'cause my cup has overflowed." Many thanks to Terry and Becky for giving us such a wonderful gift, as Karen Peck and New River! May God so richly bless your lives! I know He has great things in store for the two of you.


Carrie

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Walking Disaster


That's me. Now I know why? For more information on why more people are prone to accidents read here. Wouldn't you know it would be STRESS and MULTI-TASKING. If that's the case, then all women would be due an accident a week.
My latest fiasco took place in Cracker Barrel. It involved a bottle of Orange Crush. Needless to say the non-English speaking waiter, however I understood the, "no, no, no, no's", he was saying, thought I was crazy. He had reason.
Carrie

Thursday, May 7, 2009

In case you see a string around my finger

I've reverted back to my childhood days, when my Sunday School teacher would tie a string around my finger to help me remember to remember my Golden Text. Anybody remember those days? lol!!!

I'm considering the string around my finger thing.

Really.

The sticky notes, memo boards, text messages, etc. just are not cutting it. Thing is.... I remember at the most inopportune time....like say 2 AM.....after the fact!

Now, if I can figure out how to remember why I'm wearing the string...I'll be in business. lol!

Enough of all that.

Mom is on the mend. Or at least she says she is. Still very weak, but I can see some improvement. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers. I'm here to testify that I serve a living God who blesses me more than I deserve! And I will never forget the day I accepted Him as my Saviour! I know without a doubt that even in all my forgetfulness, that will never leave my mind. Mawmaw, with dementia, can remember all the gospel songs, word for word, and can always say how thankful she is to God for His many blessings on her. She gave sister C and I some advice this past Sunday, which I'll end with.....

"When you give with a giving heart, that makes it all the more special."


Carrie

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Yikes!!!

I looked at my May calendar. Y'all it's full. I'm talking only 2 or 3 days do not have something scribbled across them.



One day at a time Sweet Jesus.



Breathe.



May brings the end of school.



May has Mother's Day.



May means lots of decorations......that's a Sand Mtn. thing.



May has Memorial Day.



May brings flowers.



May is full of birthdays and graduations, which means I need to remember to get gifts.



So much to do.



One day at a time Sweet Jesus.

Anybody out there who's calendar mirrors mine? Give me a shout out...or better yet....do this exercise with me........inhale........................exhale......inhale..........................exhale.......inhale......................exhale....oxygen please:) lol!!

Carrie












Monday, May 4, 2009

Mom

Mom is sick. After a trip to the ER yesterday morning, she is back home and trying to recover from an upper respiratory infection. She'll be happy to know I've let the whole world know:) but I know that I can count on you to say a prayer for her. With her heart condition, even something simple as an upper respiratory infection can really get her down. So please lift her name up in prayer for physical healing and renewed strength.

Thank you for your prayers!
Carrie

Friday, May 1, 2009

I Shall Not Be Moved...........

Ahhhh....the smell of rain. I love it! And with the pollen and dust I've been eating lately, God knew we needed it. What does rain have to do with the title of this post you ask? The rain this morning made me think of this old hymn I've sung all my life, "I Shall Not Be Moved." Yes, water is in the lyrics:)

Which then reminded me of this verse from a devotion I read this week.
Acts 20:24 (King James Version)
24But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Come tempest.

Come stumbling block.

Come storm.

Come pain.

Come problems.

Glory hallelujah, I shall not be moved. Just like a tree planted by the waters, I shall not be moved!

Today if you are burdened down with life's troubles, choose not to let them move you. Instead use those stumbling blocks as stepping stones. God will supply the grace needed to climb each step.

Have a blessed weekend,

Carrie

Friday, April 24, 2009

Fhoto Friday



This prism thingy was a gift from my boss. She told me to hang it in a window and enjoy. When the sun hits it just right, it fills the house with all kinds of dancing lights. I took the following pictures through the prism. Kinda different...huh?






Be sure and check out Natalie at Fhoto Friday, she is one good photographer!

Location: Kitchen Window

Camera: Kodak Easyshare 8.2

Setting: ISO


Carrie

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mom.......

Updated to add:

*For those of you who do not know about my Mom and why I started this blog, click here. Now, fast forward 2 years and 5 months; still waiting on a heart transplant. She is able to be home with a permanent IV line that is delivering her crucial meds that are keeping her going. To which we are so very thankful for! God is so good!

Mom is back home. No big news today, just doing about the same. They are keeping a close check on her sugar. Her numbers are not where they want them. Other than that, all is well. Mom would be so proud I put it like that...you know she is just fine;-) lol!!!


I'll leave today with some scripture that comforts me when I'm wondering when and why regarding Mom.
-Deuteronomuy 29:29 NIV; "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us."
-Proverbs 3:5 NKJV; "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding"
-Romans 8:28; "And we know all things work together for good to them that love God"

He has a plan and He's working it out for Mom's good and His glory! So I'm trusting Him!

Thank you all for your prayers!

***************************************************
Mom's in B'ham today for a check-up. Please say a prayer for a safe trip and a good report. I'll be back later today with an update.

As for the sleepless nights.....

Did you know that Hammondville has a river running through it with alligators:) lol!!!

Later,
Carrie

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Weird Dreams and Sleepless Nights

K. So I'm going through a bought of sleepless nights due to some very weird dreams. I do that from time to time. And I'm flat worn out from all the tossing and turning. I'm ready for a good nights sleep. Any suggestions?



Note to self: what happens from blog overload!

You should get a kick out of this one.....


Apparently after reading blogs over the past few days, my mind made it's own version of Holly's and Lisa's vacations. Here it goes........Hubby and I were in South America, (guessing Deedra's post promted the location) on vacation and we walk into this huge Olympic size swimming pool arena. We take our seats to watch the show and lo and behold, we look down and see none other than Luke and Lisa. Lisa was swimming with the dolphins;-) lol!! I'm talking Lisa had some awesome maneuvers in and out of the water. Those dolphins were flipping her up and out of the water so high and she was turning all sorts of acrobatic stunts. Then, we turn from them to this guy we know from church, RT, and he's wearing Tenn. orange from head to toe. Y'all he's a die hard Alabama fan! lol!!!!



Interpret please?




lololololololololololololol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Carrie



P.S. Your welcome Lisa! lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hello!

Yes, I'm still alive. Just snowed under with life. Which I'm very thankful for. God has blessed me beyond measure. And I try not to complain;-)

Spring Break was eventful....pictures tomorrow? Really, they speak for themselves.

As for Mom she is doing about the same. We had a little funny at church yesterday. Her pump started beeping, so she exits the building. I wait a few minutes, still hear beeping, and go and check on her. The pump is saying that there is air in the line. Ok, last time I watched a movie, air in the line was not a good thing. I call the # on the pump, leave a message, and wait. They called right back and walked me through priming the pump to get the air out of the line. Note: air in the line in a main artery causes concern. Air in a large vein, not so much. Whew!!!! Now ya know:-) Meanwhile, the church is all staring at sister P at the piano wondering what's up with Mom. Sister P proceeded to explain it was just her pump, no phone call today.

As for Mawmaw, she is not doing so well now. Please remember her in your prayers. She is having pain in back/hips and cannot walk and has a cold. Hospice and her nurses are taking good care of her. We are so blessed that she is in a very caring environment! God will supply all of our needs!!

Don't know about you Chrono Bible readers, but these familiar faces and events we've been reading as of late, are such a blessing. I love the book of Psalm being intertwined with Samuel. With all Saul's jealousy and rage, these are reminders of how we are to react when the enemy is at our heels. That no matter what, enemy or foe, we should keep our vows to God and give thanks always!

Here are some of my favorite verses from last week. Psalm 56: 8) "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. 9) My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side! 10) I praise God for what he has promised; Yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

This should make us all smile.

Psalm 56: 13.....So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.

Love to all,
Carrie


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I'm Learning.....

...................it's OK if I can't be everywhere all the time.

...................it's OK if my beds don't get made everyday.

..................it's OK to eat cheerios for supper occasionally.

..................it's OK dust bunnies have a party under my bed, furniture, etc.

While all of the above is OK there are some things that are a MUST.

..................it's a MUST that I pray daily.

..................it's a MUST that I read God's Word daily.

..................it's a MUST that I tell my family how much I love them daily.

.................it's a MUST I count my blessings daily.

.................it's a MUST I sit and be still daily.......no noise, no distractions, just me and God.....it's amazing what I learn from Him about myself and how to handle certain situations.

................it's a MUST I sing of praises to Him.

................it's a MUST I Stand!

Ephesians 6:13 (King James Version)
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Y'all have a good day!!

Carrie








Friday, April 3, 2009

Fhoto Friday






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Subject: Japanese Maple (Tulip Tree)


Location: Backyard


Camera: Kodak EasyShare M853


Setting: Scenery

Have a great weekend!

Carrie

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fhoto Friday




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Have a blessed weekend!
Carrie

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mom

Update:

Mom should be home by now. The test went fine. Of course they didn't tell her any details. Assuming everything is about the same. Thanks for all your prayers!




I'm such a good daughter. I had no clue Mom had a heart cath scheduled this morning. So, I'm calling her at home.....no answer. I call her cell and ask if she's ok, and she says, "yeah, for now, I'm still waiting." What? Waiting where? B'ham, you know I have a heart cath this morning. Uh...no;-) See, I really am a good daughter......not. How could I've forgotten? I'm telling you I've got waaaaay toooo much on my mind!

Please say a prayer for Mom today. Pray that it will go smoothly for her. She really dreads these things. At least her favorite doc is there and will do the procedure. She was excited about that.

I'll update later today, when I hear back from her.

Carrie

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Lord Keeps A Record

This song has become very special. A couple of weeks ago Mawmaw was singing this song to my Aunt Myra. Actually at that time, she nor any of us knew the song that Mawmaw was singing for her.

While visiting with Mawmaw Sunday, we asked her to sing the song again.

She did.

We cried.

Now I'll pass the hanky to you.

video

I'm so thankful for technology. I hope we can get better, longer videos of her singing. I just happened to have my cell phone and caught a tid bit of her. Something I will always treasure.

As a child she said for past time they sat around and sang anything from scared harp to made up, crack you up, crazy songs. You should hear some of the silly old songs. She would have herself and all of us laughing in know time with them songs. So, from a woman who has trouble remembering anything, and out of the blue just starts singing a song she learned from childhood, just amazes me. It blesses me!

Hear are the words to the song:

1.What a wonderful beautiful picture I have

of a place with out sorrow or fear

And I'm going to live in that city someday

For my days are all numbered down here

CHORUS

My Lord keeps a record

Of the moments I'm living down here

He knows all about me

all my troubles, my sorrows, my fears

I'm living each moment

through the mercies of God's loving grace

And some day he will call me

To that wonderful beautiful place

2.I will walk on the streets of that city of gold

I will bask in that heavenly light

And I'll look on the face of my Savior so dear

In that city that cometh no night

CHORUS

3.Now I want to be doing the will of my Lord

As I travel this weary some land

So I'll not be ashamed of my record up there

When I stand at the Saviors right hand

CHORUS

Carrie

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Touch Your People Once Again

I woke up singing this song:




Touch Your People Once Again

We need wisdom we need power
And true love for each other
We have had so many big but empty words
So we come before Your face
Asking for Your grace
Bring Your people to a state of kingdom life
Restore Your church again
Chorus:
Touch Your people once again
With Your precious holy hand, we pray
Let Your kingdom shine upon this earth
Through a living glorious church
Not for temporary deeds
But to restore authority and power
Let a mighty rushing wind blow in
Touch your people once again
Lord You see Your tired servants
And the broken wounded soldiers
Oh how much we need
Your precious healing hand
We need the power of the cross
As the only source for us
When we stand up facing final battle cry
Restore your church again
As a nation, community and school, with these words written on our hearts for true, genuine love for one another, there wouldn't be any room for bitterness, jealousy, prejudice, anger, false accusations, the list goes on and on. Which leads me to another song, "Jesus is Coming Soon." We've got to be ready. None of us like to be on the receiving end of any of the above named actions. I most certainly don't want to be harboring any of these feelings when He splits the eastern skies.
My prayer is that I will humbly be a servant to Him first, and then to my fellow man. Serving one another in love!
Love and prayers,
Carrie

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring has sprung....

In random order these events occurred this week.........



First and foremost the most wonderful event of the week........Mr. Hayden Tilley from Life is Good was saved Wednesday night. When his Mom, my dear friend, KT, called the next morning, needless to say, there were no words to explain the joy I felt in my heart. For those of you who know him, know his is the cutest, most wise, young man. He has a big heart and loves life. You can see that on his face each time he smiles! I'm so proud of him and I'm looking forward to Sunday!!!!!!! Leave him a comment today of encouragement of being a young convert!



Wow we've made it to day 79 on the daily Bible readings!! Give yourself a high five;-) I'm current now:) This week I've had to play some catch up....because as you all know...life happens and I'm just trying to keep up....which causes me to play catch up on everything from reading my daily Bible readings to folding the mountain of clothes piled in the...I would love to say laundry room, but that wouldn't be the truth....the couch would be more truthful. Am I the only one who dumps them on the couch? I figured if they can't sit on the couch for the clothes they might fold them. Advice....it doesn't work:) lol!



Sorry about the derail there.....



back to the daily Bible readings......sorry for all the .......



I'm loving the, "if you's, then you will's." Easy for me to say, sitting here not having to eat manna and offering the right animal, celebrate the right feast at the right time, etc. God's Word plainly states that if we obey the Lord, then life will much easier. He doesn't promise us a bed of roses. Trials will come, that's when we dig a little deeper in the storehouse of love. Don't disobey the Lord and take the broad road; narrow leads to the gate. We can be a successful prosperous Christian! The world doesn't teach that. Don't be deceived!



Among all the regular ball stuff and duties of being a Mom, I managed to have my singing buddies over for practice and food.





And a little fun!



For my, what is proving to be, weekly Friday post, that's a wrap! Until next time....hoping you got a little more spring in your step today!

Carrie

Friday, March 13, 2009

God's love

I almost rear ended a cop this morning, which almost started a chain reaction according to the various vehicles trying to dodge me and said cop. Then it dawned on me....it's Friday the 13th. I'm not superstitious. Just saying.

Now for what I really had on my mind.

In the daily Bible readings this morning some scripture really spoke to me. It's where Moses was speaking to the people of Israel. Moses recapped the last 40 years of wondering in the wilderness. He brought back to their remembrance just what all God had done for them. Ahh Haaa moment! I tend to want to sit back and judge the Israelites harshly for their disobedience and hard headiness, but my goodness could I, would I, have done any differently? I don't think so....hope so...but still...nay. I'm a fleshly, sinful creature and I tend to wander around in my own wilderness trying to find my way, and not His way.

Deuteronomy 4:39-40 NLT says, "So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other. If you obey all the decrees and commands I am giving you today, all will be well with you and your children. I am giving you these instructions so you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you for all time."

All this because He loved them.

He loves me.

Really that is all we need to know. Jesus shed His blood for me and you. There is no greater love than that!

I'm encouraged today to follow His instructions. I want my children and their children's, children to know Him. I think of my Mawmaw today. Everyday seems to bring her weaker. Only God knows how much longer we will have her. It saddens me to think of this world without her. She has followed God her whole life and made sure her family knew of her eternal inheritance.

Love and prayers,
Carrie