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.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Note to Self

Note to self:

Do not try to get anything on Hubby, as I did here. Believe you me, it came back to haunt me. The kicker is, I always manage to get myself back, with no help from him.

The scene:

At work. Trying to look all professional and all. When I begin to try and scoot myself, in chair, back to my desk. Next thing I know, I hit the floor, rear first. The lady, wouldn't you know I'd have a witness, in my office, trying not to laugh, is asking me if I'm okay. Yes, all but my pride.

The result:

-Ten minutes of cardiovascular workout...due to laughing so hard.

-And one big 'ole hole in wall. Yep, as I fell out of my chair the wheel to the thing went through the wall.

Moral of the story:

I have no idea, except I need therapy:) lol!!!....physical and mental!

Happy Friday y'all,


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I need to clean house

Really, really clean. Like take account of all things collected and dish the things that are dragging me down. I'm not talking cleaning my house, which the Lord knows needs it so bad, but I'm talking cleaning out the cobwebs in my spiritual house. Taking account for me. For what I'm doing, and most likely, Not doing to obey my heavenly Father.

You Daily Bible Readers may know what I'm getting to here. I've struggled reading the whole laws, sacrificing and celebrating rules and regs that the OT folks had to follow. It's been hard to focus. The nuggets were getting harder to find. But oh my how the last few days have caused me to think. And that is scary:)

Keeping the Sabbath Holy.

Ouch! No work. No me. No nothing, but complete and utter rest.

This is the Lord's day.

I go to church every Sunday. check

I teach Sunday School. check

Sing in the choir. check

And participate in just about every aspect the church offers. check

I'm doing okay with this whole Sabbath day.

I don't think so.

What God has convicted me of, speaks volumes of no, no, no, no, you are not giving the whole day to me. What am I teaching my children?

We schedule every tenth millisecond. Go, go, go, go, go! That's all they know. Have you had your children come to you on a Sunday afternoon and say, "all ya'll want to do is lay on the couch and sleep on Sunday's?" lol!! I used to. Not anymore. I've let life creep in.

I remember as a child dreading Sunday's because I knew it was going to be a boring day. Church, eat lunch and hang around the house. Man I miss those days. I remember getting outside and walking in the woods with the family. No money required. Just good quality family time.

And I wonder why I'm stressed?

What's God speaking to you through our OT's reading?

For more insight on today's word, visit with Wendy. She'll bless your heart!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Weekend of Reflection

I dedicate this post to Miss Eliza.

I was reminded on Saturday, while attending a funeral of a dear lady in our community, just how we can impact the lives of others. I love to sing. I love music. Both because of her. As I sat through this lady's funeral, memories flooded my soul. Joyful ones. They were of music. My first recollection of learning how to read and direct music was from this lady. She taught a music school each summer. Back then, as a child, I did not see any point in attending. My parents, however, saw differently. Thank God they did. Thank God she gave her time to teach us. It has been a lifetime gift.

I sat and listened to her son give a beautiful eulogy. As he described the Depression and how it shaped her life, I immediately began rehearsing scenes of those music schools. I quickly saw her standing with us and instructing us on the proper etiquette of beating time and how to sing from the diaphragm. She loved music. You could see it on her face each time she sang. I could hear her singing Saturday just like I did back then.

What I regret the most is not telling her just how much I appreciated what she taught me. I know God blessed her for her obedience to Him, but I should have told her. I hope the family knows just how much she meant in my life and how they too have been an influence. Her daughter shared the same love of music as her Mother. I know, because she taught me piano. Both are dear to me.

I'm inspired because of such a lady and I hope to do my best in sharing my love for music. What little ability I have to sing, I want to give it all to God. I want to sing for His glory. I want others to know Jesus!


Friday, February 20, 2009

Just in case you missed this.....

I will totally live to regret this....BUT... I just can't help it. I've never been able to get much on Hubby, so when I can....believe me I take it!! lol!

I in no way have any room to talk about who could ski. Let me tell you I never mastered getting off the ski lift correctly. I'm talking shutting it down, ever time I tried to get off of it. Timing was everything to this feat, and believe me when I say it was UGLY, I was. My children begged not to ride with me. And after the up-tenth time I fell trying to get down the mountain, needless to say, all I could do was laugh. Mom called me on one such fall and she thought I was crying. I was:) Not because of injury, but crying from laughing so hard. I finally managed to get over to her my situation. Of course she joined the laugh and demanded I not try this again. Yes ma'am. I agree. This can't be good. So, after 3 trips of slipping and sliding on my butt, I called it quits.

Hubs on the other hand, went for the big slope. Through the woods, around curves, straight down one. From all accounts told, he must have been doing ever bit of 50 miles/hour, when he came upon a snow boarder who has just fallen. Seeing he never mastered the brakes, he hit the poor guy/child. He came straight out of the skis and head forward 10 or so feet, landing head first in the snow:) At least it wasn't a tree.

Colorado here we come.

Have a good weekend,


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I guess you can tell by a few posts that I have had some stress in my life lately. Work has been a roller coaster. Lots of emotions. I'm still very thankful for my job. This is just a season and it too shall pass. I'm praying I will listen and look for what God is trying to teach me through this time. I want to do His will and not mine.

The timing on this email forwarded to me was uncanny. I usually don't open every email, but seeing the word "stress" caught my attention. Here's one that just cracked me up.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

That person has absolutely no stress in their lives:) lol!!!!


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Under His Wings

Do you ever feel like your whole world is titled on it's axis? I mean, you just feel like all things are off-kilter. It just occurred to me. The enemy ain't happy. We've been faithfully reading God's Word and good things are happening. I'm telling the enemy, to get thee behind!
Often times I find myself saying, "I can't figure things out, I can't go on..." What God tells me is, "I will direct your steps and My grace is sufficient." That's all I need to know. When I've prayed and felt like I've done what God directed me to do, that's all I know to do.
I've had a song on my heart today. It's by the Ruppes, called "Under His Wings."

Under His Wings by The Ruppes

Monday, February 16, 2009



Thank you doesn't seem enough for this.....

A few posts back, I asked if someone would help me make one of these buttons. Deedra was the first one to respond. After several you're not nuts Deedra lol!......she designed this beautiful button for me. I have been wanting to do this for sometime now, but could not figure out how. Tears filled my eyes when she sent me the rough drafts. It conveys exactly what I was looking for. Mom in the center of God's plan. Through the blood stained cross she found eternal that is LOVE!!!

If you want to post to your sidebar, just copy the code above. I know Mom would appreciate it.

Thanks again Deedra! God will bless you!


Thursday, February 12, 2009

#2 Update on Mom......

Just off the phone with Mom and they arrived safely at home. She feels better now that she has rested. A few things she learned from today's trip:

-no artery disease in her legs
-she is # 2 or 3 on the transplant list
-she has been considered for a transplant on several occasions, as the coordinator put it, " many, many, many times."
-never called due to her antibody factor
-ejection fraction at a 10....lower than the last time...not good..btw...yours and mine are somewhere between 55-70ish
-gained 10 lbs...good thing...but where did it go? ;-)....
-due to weight gain, the IV meds were increased therefore she is toting the new and improved "concentrated" IV's smaller/lighter...yeah for Mom!!

Thanks for your prayers!

Love you all,

Mom Update.....

From Sister C..."Mom is finished w/her testing. She does not have athro… something in her legs. But her ejection fraction is down to 10. She is now waiting to see the dietitian. She said she didn’t sleep last night and can’t wait to be home and sleep. Very tired. I think they put her through the ringer this morning…."
Today was Mom's appointment in B'ham for some testing. I'm concerned about her ejection fraction, it seems lower than before. I do not see how this woman walks around. It is only through the grace of God that she can. Please whisper a prayer for her today that she can get some much needed rest and that both her and Dad have a safe trip home.
God's Word says.....
Matthew 11:29 (KJV) says, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

My mind can comprehend this verse, I know it to be true....yet I still sin and worry. So I'm stopping now and giving it all to God...again. I'm so glad He's able and is just to forgive me...again.

Praying for Mom,


P.S. If one of you expert bloggers would be so kind as to help me make a "pray for Mom button", so I can place it on my blog and maybe others will put it on theirs too. I would love to honor her in this way. I just cannot figure out how to do it. Thank you!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Thank you ladies/gents for your prayers yesterday, I felt every one!! All went well. No bloopers or blunders! And what a blessing I received. I'm so thankful for my job. Yes, even on the worst days, I'm still thankful. It's not often you get to go to church for a business meeting, well, for me anyway. The non-profit I work for has opened up all kinds of opportunities for me. The meeting last night was a group of concerned citizens banding together for the cause of Christ. What can we do as agencies, churches, businesses to help the people suffering from the economic crisis? Lots!! It gave me goose bumps to see the concern and feel the love from total strangers coming together to help our community. I will update you on more details as they become available. What I know is, it will be a great missionary work, and you and your church will want to be a part of it! Please pray for this vision to become a reality!
On a completely different note.......
I just wanted to encourage you Chrono readers. I know the OT is some hard reading, with all the blood and guts, but it has given me a deeper appreciation for what Jesus did for us. No more slaughtering animals to cover my sins. Jesus did that for me and you! He extended grace to me, even though I did not deserve it. Now that just makes me want to shout!! How about you?
Don't forget to visit with Wendy, you will surely be blessed!
Love to all,

Monday, February 9, 2009

Manic Monday...

Why is it Monday's seem to bring out the worst in people, (myself included)? Yesterday was Sunday:-) lol!! Work has been crazy and add all kinds of other life happenings and I'm exhausted! Hubby and I took us a stroll yesterday afternoon, and every dilapidated muscle I have is screaming, "DO NOT EVER WALK AGAIN!" 2 miles is not much to walk, but when it's been FOREVER since I've purposely set out to walk that distance, it's BIG!!! However the fresh air did me some good! It's good to breathe the real stuff. My lungs were in shock I'm sure.
I've got to I'll explain why I'm rambling on....
Here's the deal. I do not like to talk in front of a group of people...strangers at that! I tend to say things backwards and wrong-side-out, cotton mouth sets in, nature tends to scream, well, you get the pic. I covet your prayers today. I have 2 meetings where I will have to speak. Enough said!! ;-) Thank you!!!
Happy Monday to all,

Friday, February 6, 2009

When you need a little help from a friend.....

Something from today's Word pulled a heart string or ten for me.

Exodus 17:11-13, NLT

11 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. 12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.
Gave me goose bumps. How many times have I faced obstacles, trials, been grief stricken, or was carrying a huge burden and have my family/friends hold my hands for me. When we are ready to throw the towel in and revert back to Egypt, here comes the sisters, food in tow:), and all seems well again. They know exactly what to say, when to say it and will hold you up till you are back on your feet again.
Or, better yet, they will stand in the gap for you and face your enemy with much prayer. When you have friends/family that will stand with you against the wiles of the devil, without ceasing, you can overcome!
I'm thankful God knew that we needed a support system. We cannot travel this road alone. With God as my helper and my family/friends at my side, the valleys don't seem as low!
Making a u-turn here, IT'S FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST MAKING SURE YA'LL KNEW IT WAS FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I SURVIVED THE AUDIT!!!!!
And for some reason this song just popped in my head, "Standing on the promises of God." Maybe you needed to sing it with me today:) lol!! Scroll down and sing with Alan Jackson. Your welcome. Now that you can't get it out of your!!!!

Alan Jackson - Standing On The Promises

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Guess who's the Big 10 today?

Yes, my niece J! Hubby calls her Aunt J! He loves to aggravate her, doesn't he J? lol!
Niece J is my PR person. She makes friends easy and loves to have a good time! She is a tomboy like me. But can get dressed up if she has to:) Unlike me, she is a dog lover.....the more dogs the better. She is an athlete...aren't we glad she didn't take after her Mom:) ya sis...really she is a mean basketball and softball player, and would love to play football for her Dad...if a certain someone..uhhum...Mom...would let her:)
Anyway, I hope you have a Happy Birthday! I love you!! Looking for my birthday hug and I'll make sure you get your one lick to grow on!!
Oh...and....I'm getting you a bag of grapes for your birthday...that way we both can enjoy!!!
Aunt Carrie