Thursday, April 30, 2009

Calling All Book Worms

I want to share a little secret (or not so secret) I found. You can buy used books, cheap, on Amazon. Usually you pay more for the shipping than the book. Just an example, I found a book that has been out of print for some time, for $5.49. The name of the book, Kenny and his Animal Friends. This is a book my mom had as a child and she read to me when I was little. I desperately wanted a copy to one day read to my own children. I paid $1.50 for the book and $3.99 for the shipping. Now, everyone knows about Amazon, I big secret there.

The real secret I wanted to share is, I noticed while shopping, you can actually go to some of the individual sellers websites and order from them directly. I highly recommend this option if you are purchasing more than one book, as Amazon charges about $3.99 per book for shipping. I found a really neat seller Springys Treasures, and I have ordered 3 more of my childhood Favorites from them...The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Charlotte's Web, and Stuart Little. The books were $.74 ea. and the total shipping was $5.00. I paid a total of $7.22 for all three books (that's roughly $2.41 per book). This was such a wonderful Deal, I just couldn't keep it to myself. If you want to check out either of these sights, I have had nothing but pleasant experiences with both of them. I order used books and they are in pretty good shape when I get them. The worst I have gotten was Kenny and His Animal Friends and the only thing wrong with it was the pages were a little yellowed and the hardback cover had a little writing on it (but not bad at all). I thought that was very good for a book that was published in the 60's! My mom still has her copy, but it is colored all over, inside and out, and the spine is being held together loosely tape that is probably as old as I am. So to find one so clean and well preserved was just lovely.

Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wacky Wednesday

I knew there had to be some good in these horribly uncomfortable contraptions...LOL

DETROIT - The metal underwire in a Detroit woman's bra is being credited with deflecting a bullet fired at her during a break-in at a neighbor's home.
Detroit police Officer Leon Rahmaan says the 57-year-old woman apparently looked out her window Tuesday when one of three men fired the shot.
He says the slug smashed through her window pane before hitting the bra's underwire. It did not penetrate her skin.

Police say she may have gone to the window after a burglar alarm at the house next door sounded. Her neighbor was not at home at the time. The suspects drove away after the shooting.

Credit to MSNBC

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Warm Spinach Dip

2 Packages Frozen Spinach (thawed and drained)
1 Can Artichokes
8 oz Sour Cream
1 Bunch of Freen Onions
1 Stick of Butter
2 Bags Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 Box of Pre-Cooked Bacon (crumbled)
Tony’s Seasoning

Melt stick of butter in skillet
Chop Green Onions and Saute’ in a skillet
Mix the Spinach, green onion/butter mixture, Sour Cream and Tony’s to taste
In a Round Dish later the spinach mixture, bacon and parmesan repeat.
Top with Parmesan Cheese and Tony’s Seasoning
Bake at 350 Degrees until bubbly (about 45 minutes give or take)

Serve with New York Style Garlic Bagle Chips

From the Kitchen of my sister Holly Hall

Monday, April 27, 2009

Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord....Stellan is going HOME!!! Continue to pray for this family and their safe travel back home and for Stellan's continued healing.

Check MckMama's blog for more details.

Thank you Jesus for holding Stellan and his family in your hands during these last few weeks. Please continue to comfort them and give them peace. Please heal Stellan's heart for your Glory, in Jesus Name we pray!! Amen!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Favorite Song Friday

It's that time again....Favorite Song Friday, courtesy of Mandye at Flowers Family Fun...However, I don't think she has posted hers for today...

I am really going OLD SCHOOL with these!!

This week I have been listening to Karen Wheaton a lot....I LOVE her...she is so annointed when she sings...It's simply amazing....I couldn't choose just one favorite song, so I put both of them up.

The first video isn't quite in sync with the music, but it's a great song....and the 2nd video...well all I can say is that it was filmed in the 80's (if you can't tell by the clothing, and Make-up)...but the songs are Powerful and Timeless...

Alright boys and girls we're about to GO TO CHURCH!!!

Make sure to pause the music player at the bottom of my blog before playing the videos :o)

He Ain't Never Done Me Nothin' but Good!

He'll Do It Again!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Playing Dress Up

I took off work Monday of last week and went to Nichole’s to spend some time with my favorite kids! We played dress up, even the stuffed penguin got in on the action (thats him with the bunny ears and princess dress in DD's arms). I just wanted to share a few pictures. I know it’s a little late, but better late than never.

Little Man didn't want to get in on the dress up action I guess!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Only 2 Days Left

There are only 2 short days left to donate to our Relay for Life efforts. I know the economy is tight, believe me I KNOW!!! Any amount no matter how small helps.

Also, anyone that lives in my neck of the woods, and would be interested, we are selling Raffle tickets for $5 (all money goes to the American Cancer Society). The drawing will be held at the Relay Event on Friday night. You do not have to be present to win. However, you would need to be local in order to purchase tickets as some of the prizes are local vendors and we can not ship the other prizes. Sorry.

We will have several drawings for prizes that include...

  • A round of golf at Reunion Golf Course
  • A Lexmark Home Photo Printer
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Julep
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Mint
  • (2) Phleuger caps
  • A Bad Medicine Hitman Duck Call

If you are interested in purchasing a Raffle ticket e-mail me and let me know. My e-mail address is

You do not have to be present to win!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stellan Update

I have had a lot on my mind lately with our job situations. But I haven't forgotten about Stellan, I have been praying for him today and I am wearing my organge! Sorry there is no picture, but I have no make-up on and my hair is a frizzy curly mess! I have been working quite hard today and it shows, I didn't want to scare my blog readers away! Please visit MckMama's blog for updates on what happend with his surgery today. Praise God for the ability of these Doctors.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Weekend Planting

Please forgive the poor quality of these pictures! I took them as an after thought when I was leaving for work this morning. This is what we did yesterday afternoon. We dug up all the old pine bark in the flower bed, and replaced it with some pretty shredded red cedar mulch. We also bought some pansy's for our hanging basket, and purchased the small solar light-light stand that is in front of our porch. The potted plants are only temporary! Bill likes them...but to me there are just too once we get our patio cover finished, we will be moving most of the post around back.

Please no comments on the cactus....I HATE it...but it's Bill's and he loves cacti, so it must stay...the pot is pretty though...don't you think?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Favorite Song Friday

Mandye has not posted her Favorite Song Friday, yet, but I couldn't wait any longer, I am really excited about my song this here is my Favorite song for this Friday.

I remember when this CD first came out! The youth group at our church went to Atlanta Fest for our summer trip. I think it was probably around 1993 or 1994, I can’t really remember what year.

Wore. This. Song. Out.

Every time we would get in the van, it was “Lean On Me”, on repeat, the whole trip! This was the JAM back in the day!

Lean on Me – DC Talk Style

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My Peace comes from the Lord!

Updated :
I apologize for the post that was originally typed here out of anger!

Incase you don't know what is going on....My husbands job is not going well, and they are only working 2 to 3 days a week! This has caused me much anxiety, and I said somethings originally out of anger! (Not at my husband or even about my husband)...just about the situation in general. The main point of this post was that I have decided NOT TO WORRY!!!


If you have been following me on Twitter though, you will see that I have decided NOT to let this worry me! I will not worry about this second pay cut! I will not worry that there isn’t enough work to keep them busy 5 days a week at the new pay rate! I will not worry how we will afford to buy groceries & pay bills! I am simply going to stand on God’s word and believe that God is going to take care of it.

Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I am now thanking God for all of my wonderful blessings he has already given me, and am presenting my request to him for a new job, a better job, a more stable job, for my hardworking husband!

Psalm 37:25 (NIV)
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

Reminder - Relay for Life Event

Hey guys!! We are 7 days away from our Realay for Life event on April 24th. I am still trying to meet a goal of $200, I am $75 short of reaching that goal! You can Click on "My Reason to Relay" above or click here to read my previous post about this event. Any amount no matter how small helps.

Donate Here

*This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Don’t you just love Easter? I do. I have been struggling since Sunday to put into words, how I felt this particular Easter Sunday. This year Easter was more “real” to me than it’s ever been. I can’t say why that is, or if it’s simply because I am more in love with my Jesus this year than ever before. I caught a glimpse of what God did for us, giving his son, his precious innocent son, to suffer a horrible painful death for ME...for us...for you. It’s completely humbling.

Our Pastor showed a clip of “The Passion of the Christ” in the clip was the crowd shouting to release Barabbas and yelling to “Crucify” Jesus. Then the video went on to the whipping post, and it shows the beating and mocking of our sweet Jesus! There was one part that stood out, and our Pastor used it in his sermon: when Jesus prayed “My heart is ready”...WOW...that is TOTAL submission to God’s will, his heart was ready to suffer and die for God’s will, for our sins. I can’t say I have ever been that committed to God’s will in my life (I should be). How could I be so selfish as to think God owes me anything other than Calvary? He does not owe us anything. Oh, I believe God loves us and wants good things for us, and I know he gives us blessings in this life, because of that love for us. But who am I to get angry, when things don’t go my way, or when I feel things have happened to me unfairly? The cross is enough! If God never blesses me again with any worldly possessions, the promise of Heaven and living forever, worshiping the God that loved me so much He gave His son to a wicked world to use as a sacrifice, for ME, that is ENOUGH! Who am I, a sinner (saved by grace), to think God isn’t doing things the right way. Sometimes we think it isn’t fair when we don’t get things in our lives that we want or things we even feel that we need. Think of it this way how “fair” was it that Jesus was beaten and mocked, and hung on a cross? He was blameless, no sin was in him, but he CHOSE the cross! That wasn’t fair.

In essence the message Sunday was “Who are you Choosing Barabbas or Jesus.” If you choose to sin, when you know right, then you are releasing Barabbas and crucifying Jesus again. When you know beyond all doubt, something is a sin and you continue to do it, you are crucifying Jesus (and if you saw that clip you would never want to do that). Now, I know we all sin, and when we fall he is faithful to forgive us! But when you continue to walk in sin without care, that is when the bible says you nailing him to that cross again. Ever heard anyone use the argument “I will ask forgiveness later after I have had my fun” or “I can do this and God will forgive me, grace covers all”

Hebrews 6:4-6 (NIV)
4 What if some people fall away from the faith? It won't be possible to bring them back. It is true that they have seen the light. They have tasted the heavenly gift. They have shared in the Holy Spirit. 5 They have tasted the good things of God's word. They have tasted the powers of the age to come. 6 But they have fallen away from the faith. So it won't be possible to bring them back. They won't be able to turn away from their sins. They are losing everything. That's because they are nailing the Son of God to the cross all over again. They are bringing shame on him in front of everyone

Now let me be clear on this, I DO NOT believe this verse means if you have fallen there is no hope for you. I believe in grace; God’s Word is clear: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us” (Ephesians 1:7-8).

I believe if you truly have a repentant heart, you can ask forgiveness and be forgiven!

Repent means “to feel regret about a sin or past actions and change your ways or habits.”

Jude 1:4 (NIV)
4For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

God knows your heart and he knows when you are truly repentant. This is not meant to condemn anyone. I stumbled across this article as I was looking for the exact verses for this post and it explains what I am trying to say. I lack the ability in my writing to make my point as clearly as Mr. Bosch does. I am not familiar with the man or his background of beliefs, but this article is exactly what I am trying to get across here.

I have completely left my original point.

Easter Sunday.....

Sunday was such and awesome day! I love my church, and believe whole heartedly that I am going to encounter God’s presence every single time I walk through the doors! But there was something about this Easter Sunday morning, even the worship service seemed so saturated with the presence of God, more so than normal! I am not sure if that was because I was more open to receiving his presence Sunday morning than I have been in a long time; or if it was really that much different. I just felt so grateful and so humbled by the cross, but more importantly by the resurrection! That is really the most important part. Jesus didn’t stay in that tomb; he was raised from the dead and is alive today. Death couldn’t hold him, death can’t hold any of us that are Christians, and we will live eternally together with our Father in Heaven. That is the most exciting part! One of the worship songs we sang Sunday morning was “Marvelous Light” the words are so exciting, if you are a Christian.

Sin has lost its power;
death has lost its sting,
from the grave you’ve risen victoriously

Easter was wonderful this year, and I have taken hold of the revelation of what Calvary and the Cross really are, and how undeserving I really am. My prayer is that God will give each of you a revelation of his amazing grace. It is such a wonderful comfort, in the midst of our many trials on this earth, to be a Child of the King!


Friday, April 10, 2009

Favorite Song Friday...and a little more

I am not sure if Mandye is doing her Favorite Song Friday today, like she did last week, but I sure didn't want to miss out if she did! Our office is closed for Good Friday and I am not near a computer. (I scheduled this post ahead of time)

It's a little heavy this week....I promise, next week will be all fun and games...upbeat and light hearted....I just wasn't "feeling it" this week...I am in such awe of our wonderful Jesus and how he manages to take someone so broken and fix them in the blink of an eye.

This song has really been on my heart this week. I have had such a hard time the past couple of weeks. It was hard just to hold on. I started to feel like my life was falling apart around me, and there was NOTHING I could do to stop it. I couldn't feel God, I couldn't see Him in anything I was going through, and I was questioning where he was in the middle of all my pain. The closer the days came to May 5th (my due date) the worse the depression and loneliness felt. Sunday night, I sat at my Grandmothers kitchen table, and cried and just laid it all out in front of her and God! There were things I didn't even realize I was feeling that came flooding out of my mouth. It was so raw and so painful. I can't even explain the experience. She talked with me for a while and told me some things the Lord had shown her concerning me, and then she prayed for me... right there at her table! It amazes me how faithful God is....Just like his word says, where 2 or more gathered in his name, he was with us...not at a big church or at an alter in a church service, no pastor around, no choir or worship team! It was just me and Mamaw....and Jesus took the time to show up...right there at her kitchen table!!

I feel so refreshed this week. I haven’t shed another tear since, and I had been crying constantly for weeks. I finally took hold of the fact that God IS always with us, even through the times when I can’t feel him, even when I don’t understand why things happen the way they do, and even when I am so angry inside. God is with us ALWAYS. His plans are not our own and His ways are not our ways. He is still on the throne, He is still holy, and He allows things to happen for an eternal purpose. I may never understand, this side of Heaven, why he had to take my baby from me, but I do know he knows my pain! He gave His son's life, in order for us to live! Why would I not trust a God that would do that for me!!

Always by Building 429

Remember to pause my music player at the bottom before playing this video.

I was standing in the pour raining
One dark November night
Fighting off the bitter cold
When she caught my eye
Her face was torn and her eyes were filled
And then to my surprise
She pulled out a photograph
And my heart just stopped inside
She said He would have been three today
I miss his smile, I miss his face
What was I supposed to say

But I believe always always
Our Savior never fails
Even when all hope is gone
God knows our pain and His promise remains
He will be with you always

He was living in a broken world dreaming of a home
His heart was barely keeping pace
When I found him all alone
Remembering the way he felt
When his daddy said goodbye
Fighting just to keep the tears
And the anger locked inside
He's barely holding on to faith
But deliverance is on its way

Because I believe always always
Our Savior never fails
Even when all hope is gone
God knows our pain and His promise remains
He will be with you always

Friend I don't know where you are
And I don't know where you've been
Maybe you're fighting for your life
Or just about to throw the towel in
But if you're crying out for mercy
If there's no hope left at all
If you've given everything you've got
And you're still about to fall
Well hold on, hold on, hold on

Because I believe always always
Our Savior never fails
Even when all faith is gone
God knows our pain and His promise remains

Always, Always
He will be with you always
He will be with you always
He will be with you

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wacky Wednesday

This is the strangest sweetest story. I just love happy endings to weird stories. I can't imaging how happy this family was to get this dog back and how happy the poor little dog was to be back. Amazing!

Overboard dog comes home after 4 months on island

SYDNEY (AP) - A pet dog swept off a sailboat in choppy seas off Australia was found alive four months later on a remote island - and returned to her family, who'd thought she was dead. The 4-year-old blue heeler, named Sophie Tucker, was captured by rangers last week on St. Bees Island in northern Queensland state, nearly 6 miles from where she was washed off the sailboat in November, owner Jan Griffith said. Rangers initially thought they'd captured a wild dog, but friends who heard about the canine contacted Griffith and suggested it might be Sophie.
Last Tuesday, Griffith and her husband met the rangers' boat as it arrived back on the mainland and were shocked to find their long-lost pet on board.

"We called the dog and she started whimpering and banging the cage and they let her out and she just about flattened us," Griffith told Monday's Daily Mercury newspaper. "She wriggled around like a mad thing."

The dog had been spotted by several people on both St. Bees and nearby Keswick Island, leading Griffith to believe she swam back and forth between the two, which are separated by a narrow channel. Queensland wildlife official Steve Fisher said three rangers trapped Sophie in a cage, using dog food as bait.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cake & Home-Made Icing

This is soooooo yummy. I have made it with both the vanilla and chocolate pudding mixes they are both great. This cake usually disappears VERY quickly around my house. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure.

To Make the Cake

Mix together in a bowl:
¼ Cup Water
1 Cup Oil
4 Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Box Instant Chocolate Pudding (or vanilla your choice)
1 Box Butter yellow cake Mix
6 oz. of Semi-sweet Chocolate Morsels
8 oz. Sour Cream

Pour Mixture into greased bunt pan
Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes

To Make the Icing

Mix together in a bowl:
1 Stick of Butter (Melted)
1 Box of Powdered Sugar
8 oz. Bar Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 Tsp. Vanilla

Mix until creamy with electric mixer.
Pour over warm cake or if cake is cool heat icing in microwave for just a very few seconds to soften. it will not “frost” the cake it will drip down the sides and look very pretty.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Favorite Song Friday

This is kind of fun. I read a blog called Flowers Family Fun and she is doing Favorite Song Friday. I thought I would play along. As you know (or may not know) I LOVE music. So here it is, my favorite song for this Friday.

Remember to pause my music at the bottom before you play the video.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Crappie King

My husband is the Crappie King of the Reservoir here. He loves to fish, and Crappie are his fish of choice. He has an uncanny ability to catch fish in large numbers, when everyone else around him is reeling in nothing but their own bait. Lately the fish he has been catching have been HUGE. I am not well educated on Crappie size in other areas but for us these are the biggest Crappie I have ever seen. They taste great too! I just wanted to brag a little on my husband today. I love him so much! I wish we were fishing together right now, but considering the weather Barbie is predicting for today...I will just have to settle for these pictures.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wacky Wednesday (2 for 1)

You get two, for the low low price of one today!!

I couldn't decide..... Post about the dumbest crook EVER or the drunk guy on a motorized BAR STOOL!! So your getting both...enjoy!!

'Dumbest Criminal' Nabbed in Cop Convention Holdup

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A retired police chief said he was robbed by "probably the dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania," at a police officers' convention on Friday morning.

John Comparetto said as he came out of a stall in the men's room, a man pointed a gun in his face and demanded money. There were 300 narcotics officers from Pennsylvania and Ohio at the gathering. Comparetto gave up his money and cell phone. But when the man fled, Comparetto and some colleagues chased him. They arrested a 19-year-old man as he was trying to leave in a taxi. The suspect is also awaiting trial on four previous robbery charges.

The suspect was arraigned and taken to Dauphin County Prison. When a reporter asked the suspect for comment as he was led out of court, he said, "I'm smooth."


Ohio Man Charged with Drunken Driving on Bar Stool

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in Ohio say a man has been charged with drunken driving after crashing his motorized bar stool.

Police in Newark, 30 miles east of Columbus, say when they responded to a report of a crash with injuries on March 4, they found a man who had wrecked a bar stool powered by a deconstructed lawn mower.

Twenty-eight-year old Kile Wygle was hospitalized for minor injuries. Police say he was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he told an officer at the hospital that he had consumed 15 beers. Wygle told police his motorized bar stool can go up to 38 mph.

Wygle has pleaded not guilty and has requested a jury trial.

Credit to