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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Getting To Know You.......

A little Sunday fun, brought to you by MannLand5. Just copy and paste these questions into a post, then go to MannLand5 and put your blog post URL into MckLinky!

Today's questions..

1. Middle name? It's top secret. Seriously, I try not to give too much of my person info out online.

2. What do you think is your best asset (physical)?  Everyone tells me my smile, although I don't like it.  I would say it's my eyes.

3. If you could only eat one type of cuisine for a year, what would it be (Mexican, American,Chinese..etc.)?  Mexican....yum!

4. Walmart or Target?  Target.  I'm too afraid of going into Walmart....I might end up on the peopleofwalmart website! LOL

5. Favorite State besides the one you live in?  Michigan, especially northern Michigan which has incredibly beautiful scenery.

6. What side of the bed do you sleep on, left or right?  Right!

7. King or Queen size bed?  King...I like to stretch out!

8. Beer or wine? Neither

9. or room temp? Definitely ice-cold.

10. it or hate it?   I do enjoy Christmas, but probably more toned down than most.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Six Word Saturday

It's Saturday, so that means it's time for Six Word Saturday. Visit Cate's Blog to play along.

Today's All About Baking For Christmas

My daughter and I will be making Christmas memories today by baking some Christmas treats. She loves to long as she doesn't have to touch the butter!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Birds: The Sequel

We've had some great weather the last few days so we got on our bikes and headed over to the beach.

N and E were playing, while I sat on the blanket. As usual, the seagulls gather around the blanket. Normally just sit there and stare at you, trying to will you to give them something to eat. Today, however, out of the blue, they took to the air all around my head. I felt like Tippi Hedren (wish I looked like her) from The Birds. No, I'm not old, I just like Hitchcock movies (that's my story and I'm sticking to it). I even screamed "HELP" to my husband, who came running and shooed them away. Evil seagulls. Well, not all of them were evil. There was The Nice One, this one rather pretty one who stayed off to the side. I'm sure The Nice One is a girl because it had good manners. :o)

Hopefully, I haven't been too traumatized by today's events. *sarcasm*   I think next time we'll bring squirt guns and shot them with water if they bug us again...except for The Nice One.  She can stay as long as she likes. :o)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Six Word Saturday

It's the weekend, so that means it's time for Six Word Saturday.  To play along, visit Cate's Blog.

 Hurtling Through Space At Breakneck Speeds!

My daughter is piloting a shuttle into outer space.  We are on our way to Jupiter.  Apparently I didn't pay attention when I agreed to go on this shuttle she has informed me we are not returning to Earth but rather are living in space forever.  I wasn't prepared to stay away that long,  But she was:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Sixth Birthday Benjamin!

My son turns six today. but he is not here with me to celebrate.  He left us shortly after birth.  This is his sixth Heavenly Birthday...and he is celebrating with Jesus again, and my dad, and now my father-in-law, who joined them the day after Thanksgiving.

Usually, at this time of year, I am a wreck....the build up to the day is always harder than the actual day itself.  But this year, I'm at peace.  Oh, I have my days when I cry and cry about him.  He is missed every day.  He would have been in kindergarten this year.  His sister misses him and wishes he were here to play with her.  Our family will never be complete.  Well, that's not exactly true.  We will one day.  When Jesus calls us home, we will finally be a complete family, living forever with God, in the place He makes for us. 

Until that happens, we will continue to miss our little boy.  We will have cake and ice cream for him, sing Happy Birthday and release a few balloons, sending our love to him.  We will continue to talk about him with E, keeping his memory alive.  Others in our family may not remember him, but he will not be forgotten.

Happy Birthday Benjamin.  Daddy, Mommy and E miss you very much.  We will see you again.  Until then, give Papa and Grandpa Nick big hugs for us.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Prayer Requests

Do you need prayers? Or do you know someone who needs prayers? I have a prayer page on my blog and I would like to add you or anyone you know who needs prayers to my prayers list. You can leave your prayer requests in this post or here.   You can also use the kontacr me button in the left column.

To get to the Prayer Request post at any time, just click the Prayer Requests link in my blog header.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mama M's Giveaway...........

What's soft, white and cuddly and has a microwavable/freezable heart, great for soothing your hurting child? To find out, check out Mama M's latest giveway.  You can have up to four chances to win.

My Little Life

Visit Mama M's blog for all the info! 

Super Snapshot Saturday

This is my first time particpating in Super Snapshot Saturday. Check out Angel's Blog for this week's theme and then link your blog post to hers using MckLinky.

Here are a few favorites of my daughter from a few years ago.  I use a program called PhotoImpact to edit my photos.

Now go through your own photos and find some favorites to post!

Six Words Saturday

It's the weekend, so that means it's time for Six Word Saturday.  To play along, visit Cate's Blog.


My husband has been out-of-town since Tuesday for his dad's funeral services in Seattle. He got in late last night and we are happy he is daughter especially. She was eagerly anticipating his arrival and was so happy when they were reunited. Of course, I'm happy he's here too, but three days feels like forever for a four year old.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Letter from Jesus about Christmas --

I saw this posted on a message board and thought I'd put it on my blog. I've seen so many discussion lately about "Merry Christmas" vs. "Merry X-Mas" or "Happy Holidays." Food for thought!

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 1: 1-8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember :



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's a beautiful day here in Paradise. I am thankful for so many things, including:

  1. For a God who loves imperfect me and who promises never to leave me nor forsake me;
  2. For a Savior who was willing to go to the cross for me, that my sins would be forgiven;
  3. For the gift of three beautiful children:  two here to love and one waiting for me in Heaven;
  4. For my husband's continued employment, even with reduced hours and pay, when so many others have lost theirs;
  5. For family and friends near and far;
  6. For continued good health;
  7. For my 12 year old Labrador Retrievers, Jake and Luke.  It's so hard to see them age.  Each day is a blessing;
  8. That I get to live here, in Paradise, my own Slice of Heaven;
Speaking of My Slice of Heaven, we went to the beach today.  Yes, here in Paradise, we get to go to the beach pretty much year round.   Here are some photos from today.  Enjoy!

Walkway from parking to the beach

A couple we used to live by keeps their boat (catamaran?) on the beach

Boat belonging to a beachfront house

Beach chaises for a beachfront property

People often just leave their chairs on the beach
and come back later

These shots need no description


 I'd be happy with this little cottage

Or maybe a condo in this new building?

One of these days, I hope we can move back to to this little city on the beach.  It's where we feel most at home, but until then, I'm so thankful that we live close enough to visit whenever we want!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Six Word Saturday

It's the weekend, so that means it's time for Six Word Saturday.  To play along, visit Cate's Blog.

Sunny and 79° Today In Paradise!

Another beautiful day here in My Slice Of Heaven.   We're still wearing t-shirts and shorts.  Sunshine and warm temps is why I moved here nine years ago and why I plan on staying here until Jesus calls me home!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Six Word Saturday

Where has this week gone?   It's already Saturday and time for Six Word Saturday.  To play along, visit Cate's Blog.

The Best Medicine? My Daughter's Smile!
If I'm feeling sick or having a bad day, seeing this face makes everything better.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Six Word Saturday

 Child playing keyboard near me . . . headache!

 Send child to bedroom . . . headache gone!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Disquis Comment System

I installed the Disquis Comment System on my blogs. Please let me know if you have any issues when trying to leave comments.

If you do, there is a "kontactR me" button in my left column that you can use to send me a message. **You can use that button anytime...feel free :o)**

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Six Words Saturday

 Lab hair everywhere. Time to vacuum.

....or Swiffer, which my litle girl loves to do.   "Oh Princess........."

Friday, October 30, 2009

Five Question Friday

My Little Life

This is my first time participating in Five Question Friday. If you want to play along, visit Mama M's Blog to get the code for the FQF button, copy the question to your blog and insert your answer, then head back to Mama M's blog to insert the link to your FQF post into MckLinky so others can come check out your answers and learn more about you.

  1. What were you doing the last time you really had a good laugh? It happened just a few minutes ago.  We are eating lunch and my daughter looked at my husband and said "Dad, I have to tell you something.  Do you know when you eat, your ears wiggle?"   We tried to stiffle our laughs but then she wanted to know if her ears wiggled when she ate too and we lost it.  She is such a funny kid....our own inhouse comic!!

  2. Who was your first CELEBRITY crush?  Donny Osmond...and I think he is still hawt even today!

  3. What is one talent you wish you had? I wish I were more artistic/creative.  There are so many things I would love to do but I just lack any creativity of my own.

  4. How often do you and your spouse go out w/o the kids? Is it frequent enough? Never...seriously.  My husband works a lot of hours, so when he is not working, we really just enjoying being together as a family.

  5. What colour(s) is your bedroom?  A dark-ish tan color...same as the rest of the house.  Not a color we chose but it is the color that was in the house when we bought it.  I want to paint it but am undecided on what color.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey

If you'd like to participate in Thankful Thursday, head over to Sonya's blog and get the graphic and code and paste it into your post. Next write down five things you are thankful for this week. Finally, go back to Sonya's blog and link up with Mr. Linky. It's that easy!

So, here's my list:
  1. I continue to be thankful that my husband still has both his jobs.  Although his salary is shrinking at his full-time job, there are so many who have no jobs so I am thankful that there continues to be enough work for him to continue at both jobs;

  2. I am thankful for our continued good health. With so many people I know of who are ill or have passed away recently (including several children), I am grateful that our family has been spared from any serious illness;

  3. I am thankful for a little girl who loves to be with me and help me. The other day she went and grabbed some cloths I had just dried and without me even having to ask her, folded the entire pile and put them away. She is such a sweetheart and every day I thank God for giving her to me;

  4. I am thankful for the free internet and cable service that is a benefit of my husband's job. Without it, I would no longer be able to get online and enjoy the friendship and fellowship of my new (and old) online friends;

  5. I am thankful that I have gotten to realize a long-term dream of mine to live down here in Paradise. I lived 39 years in the upper mid-west and am so grateful to have the chance to live the last nine years here and hope to live here the rest of my life!

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