Thursday, January 29, 2009

Relay for Life - American Cancer Society

***** UPDATE *****
Tuesday passed away January 30, 2009! Please keep this family in your prayers, I know they are in mine! Loosing a child has got to be worst pain anyone can feel!! I know that we serve a Mighty God, that is able to wrap his arms of Love around this family and show them peace beyond anything they can think or imagine...Please pray for this family!!
Note: The "Pray for Tuesday on Tuesday" button mentioned below has been removed (the family removed it from their blog), however, the family's blog is under the "Pray For" section on my side bar, click on "The Whitt Family" to read Tuesday's story.


ORIGINAL POST:

We here at OffiSource are ready to get started with the 2009 Relay for Life event. This year our team will be dedicated to Sydney Duckworth; a three year old girl in our area. She is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.

This event is also very near to my heart for another reason as well. I had a dear friend, Melanie Webster, pass away due to a brain tumor and I miss her very much.

Also, if you notice on my side bar there is a button that says
Pray for Tuesday on Tuesday! I haven't been following this blog, however, I thought it was fitting that "Steece's Pieces" posted about her today when I was about to post my efforts for Relay for Life. I would like to raise money in honor of her as well. I have set a goal for myself to raise $200 for the American Cancer Society in honor of these 3 people. I hope to surpass this. Maybe with your help I can. Please take a minute to click on the link and donate any amount that you can. All money donated will go to the American Cancer Society.

To donate to the American Cancer Society and help me reach my goal of $200 please click My Relay for Life Web Page

This year, hundreds of thousands of people will hear the words "You have cancer", and there's a good chance that some of them will be people we know and love. We have all been touched by cancer in some way. However, we all have the power to make a difference. I want to invite you to join me in the fight against cancer by making a donation in support of my efforts. Please click on my personal Relay For Life® web page where you can make an online contribution. Every amount, no matter how small, makes a difference and provides hope.

Relay For Life® brings more than 3.5 million people from across the country together each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. This fun-filled, overnight event empowers everyone to help fight cancer by raising money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission.

Thank you in advance for your support. Together, we will celebrate, remember, and fight back.

For state fundraising notices and the American Cancer Society's Privacy Policy, please
click this link

**Note: OffiSource, Inc. collectively is raising money for the relay for life, in our area, for the American Cancer Society in Honor of Sidney Duckworth. For the purpose of our Jackson Relay for Life we are the "OffiSource - Sidney Duckworth Team". As a team, OffiSource has a goal of $4,000. I personally would like to honor Melanie and Tuesday with my contributions as well as Sydney and ask everyone to pray for all families affected by cancer. **

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Butterfinger Dessert


1 Yellow Cake Mix
1 Can Condensed Milk
1 Large Cook Whip
5 Butter Fingers

Bake yellow cake per Directions (or buy a pre-made cake)
Mix cool whip & condensed milk
Crumble Cake into mixture
Smash Butter Fingers and add to mixture
Cool in Fridge before serving

Monday, January 26, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.





I did not baby sit Kylie and Kennedy Sunday afternoon, and we certainly did not give every stuffed animal and baby doll in the house a flu shot so that baby Grey wouldn't get sick.

I did not find as many old pictures as I could this weekend, and post them all over Facebook and MySpace and tag everyone in the picture. I did not get some really nasty comments from my friends about the pictures I posted of them! I most certainly am not in for some real pay back from any of them!

Friday, January 23, 2009

My "Family"

I can't have a blog about me and my life without including these people at some point. They are like family to me. I honestly can't tell you how dull my life would be without them!

This is Nichole and her husband Rus!

Nichole is my best friend. Through so many happy times, and a few too many tears, she has been there. We met in Jr. High and have been friends ever since. We have laughed, and cried, and stayed up all night, and slept all day! We have spent so many hours on the phone we probably single handedly kept the phone companies in business. I was there for her wedding, and she was there for mine (even if it was cat sitting, since I decided to get married 12 hours away). I have been there for the birth of 2 of her children. I was there shortly after the birth of the first one (since she lived 2 hours away that time). She was there for me when I miscarried. She cried with me, and prayed for me, but most of all she let me be me and say anything I needed to say without judgement. I couldn't ask for a better friend than her. So I feel like this blog would really be missing something if I didn't include her beautiful family. So here they are...

Baby Crouton is the newest addition.


I know you can't tell what an excited new big sister Bug is!!




This is Bug and DD on a "Snow Day."


This is Bug and DD on a Hay Ride!



This is Bug and DD at Christmas!



Thursday, January 22, 2009

Baby "G" is here!

My best friend had her 3rd baby Tuesday. He is absolutely amazing just like her older two girls. He is perfect, and beautiful and I am so proud to be called "Aunt" Heather by these gorgeous children!

I am not sure how she would feel about me posting too much information about her family, so I will just say congratulations to the "C" family! I love ya'll!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Is it Spring Yet ?!?!?!

Ok, so I am getting Spring Fever a little early this year.
I am ready for green grass, and bright flowers! I want to paint the house, and my toes, wear flip-flops, and play outside! All of this cold, drab, wintry, grey, bluster is starting to get to me! I need something bright and colorful! So since it's Friday and the temp. outside is a sultry 37 degrees AND because I honestly have nothing better to do....
I am going to create a blog-garden, and hopefully make some people feel a little more warm in the process, atleast on the inside :o)

Let me introduce you to Mr. Lizard, he shows up every year about the same time with his family, and once I see him I know happy days are here again!
So I couldn't post a "Spring-Time-Blog-Garden" in the middle of winter without him!


Nice to see you again my friend!


















Ok, feeling a little better now??? I am!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tomato Soup


Well it's Tuesday again, time for another recipe!!
In honor of how COLD I am today (our heater at work is broken)
I thought I would give you a great recipe for Tomato Soup!
I wish I had some right now!! It is SOOOO cold in here!

You will need:

1 to 3 Tbsp olive oil (enough to sauté onions)
1/2 C chopped onions
1/2 tsp chopped garlic (I use 2 big cloves of garlic)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 C water
1/2 tsp salt (to taste)

Heat oil in sauce pan over medium heat and sauté onions, garlic and herbs until onions are transparent (about 5 minutes)
Add tomatoes, water and salt bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15 min.
Serve with shredded Italian cheese on top.

From the kitchen of Pam Davis, given to me by my sister Holly Hall

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

STORM CLOUDS


I have really been struggling with this blog lately.
I have wanted to post an update (other than Not Me! Monday's or Tasty Tuesday's), but I didn't want to come across as being negative. Yet that is all I have been feeling lately, negativity. I have really been under an attack from the enemy! I feel like I really know the meaning of the phrase "sacrifice" of praise (Praising God even when we don't feel like it, because HE deserves it). I feel like i have lived every word of the Casting Crowns song "Praise You in the Storm."
Christmas was especially hard for me this year. Typically my house looks like the North Pole; I have tons of lights and decorations, complete with Mickey and Minnie, Light up Candy Canes, and lighted deer drinking from a lake made of blue lights on a snowy bank of white lights. This year I just couldn't make myself do anything other than a wreath on the door with some lights on it and a tree. I felt like a dark storm cloud had settled over my life, and I couldn't get out from under it. I was begging God for answers!
I have battled depression for a long time, but since I gave my life back to Christ and started living for him, the depression left. Then with the miscarriage every depression and anxiety came back worse than before. Sunday morning at church, I went to the alter during prayer time. I decided I was going to pray and seek God and I wasn't leaving until I was delivered from these horrible feelings of anxiety & depression. God is so good, and so faithful. I prayed for a while begging and crying, but the release came when I shut-up and let God speak. I stopped begging and just said, OK God here I am, I am listening. He spoke to me though my Pastor. Now I am not going to get into the specifics of the message that he gave, but the minute he started speaking to me I felt the tension release in my chest and I felt like someone had picked up this heavy heavy load I had been carrying for so long.
I still don't have my answers, I am still not pregnant, I still don't know when or if I will be again. But God gently reminds me that I don't have to know the reasons, I just have to know that there IS a reason, an eternal purpose. God will not do or allow anything that isn't for my good, and as long as I am walking in his will, he is going to take me to a better future than I ever could have planned for myself. I am so blessed! God is so good to me!
So I am still here and plan on posting more about what is going on in my life, I just haven't really had anything very uplifting to say. I have decided if all I can write is negativity, then I would rather just not write. I don't like reading sad blogs and I sure don't want this to turn into one of them!