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Woke up

After these all night and morning,

we woke up to a few surprises.
Surprise # 1:

but I chose to focus on Surprise # 2:

Then I called the cops…
This is what I get for living near Hud housing with kids that are out for the summer, roaming neighborhoods looking for trouble.

Our neighborhood gets vandalized weekly and the police are so understaffed that they can’t do anything. So my husband and I have decided to get a infrared camera to post under the eaves of our home, to catch the little buggars who feel they can egg our cars, write bad words or obscene gestures on our driveways, race down our streets/through our yards, and bash and uproot our mailboxes. Maybe then the police can do something.

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Faithful Friday

Today is a me day. I’m tired after a month’s worth of a lot of crazy stuff going on, and after a full week I’m ready for a me day.

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Blessings from the week have been abundant:

*My contract came back in the mail, with my publisher’s signature…so it’s official!

*I ordered a book from them to see the quality of their product, and I’m very pleased with what I see….great graphics on the cover, nice heavy paper, and a very well put together book. I know even more that my upcoming book is in good hands.

*My Gladiola’s (purples and pinks) are blooming all over my garden. I’ve been waiting for almost 2 months for the flowers to sprout out from the leaves. Yay!

*My son’s temper tantrums have settled down some this week. This is a huge blessing in my world.

*My husband’s health is back to normal thank the Lord.

*My Grandmother turns 88 TODAY. She came in town this week and we had a great party with her.

*I’ve got such a wonderful new boss at a new job I took to supplement me in my efforts, while starting up my photography business. He’s a kind and generous person who really cares about every person in his office. What a concept to walk the walk in this area. While most bosses say they do…my new boss proves he does daily. I’ve been very blessed.

Please keep in mind that my contest for Faithful Friday’s starts this coming FRIDAY. I’ve successfully figured out the code to post the button above to your blogs on wordpress.  Use this code:

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Happy Friday and remember to give thanks to God for all things great and small when you’re blessed.

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Child Prostitution Ring Brought Down

I have to say a big PRAISE GOD for this weeks big story in the news. You can go to Yahoo for their updated story on an entire ring of Child Traffickers that were caught and prosecuted.

Nothing makes me more ill than the thought of someone being so vile, as to turn an innocent child into a sex pawn for their own gain. What kind of person wants not just to hurt another person, but to ruin the moral fiber down to their core? What kind of monster would break a child? It makes my skin crawl to know that there are those out their profiting off of this type of activity.

The Justice Department’s sting focused on the following cities: Atlanta; Boston; Dallas; Detroit; Houston; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; Montgomery County, Md.; Oakland, Calif.; Phoenix; Reno, Nev.; Sacramento, Calif.; Tampa; Toledo, Ohio and Washington. Now I hope they broaden their scope and continue on with their persecution of these vile human beings and rescue more children, who’ve either run away or been thrown out by their families. No child, no matter what problems they’ve caused or dealt with, deserves this.

I read in People Magazine today at the salon about Elizabeth Smart and was so happy to read she has a happy ending. Most kids don’t have a moderately semi happy ending, and she’s in the minority. She’s now trying to help those in her shoes, those abductees that are brought back home trying to find some normalcy in life. Thank the Lord for her miraculous survival skills and will to press forward.

In reading this I ask you for two things: Pray for the runaways and throw away children and teens in America and abroad…because some are shipped to other countries. And pray for the F.B.I and any government organization in their efforts to infiltrate these types of cells.

One of my good friends here in OKC, is traveling to Cambodia in July on a rescue mission for children sold and trapped into sex slavery. Please pray for her traveling mercies, and the children she comes in contact with. Pray for her safety even though she assures me she’s only dealing with the children, who are already rescued and need to be cared for.

She’s involved in the operation that will care take these children to help them learn what true Christian unconditional love is – an innocent, clean, releasing love that isn’t anyway dirty…sexual….or evil. She’s basically going to be deprogramming these children, who are forced into the sex trade as early as infants, to show them a motherly love vs. sexual abuse.

—What a mission she’s going on. I’m going to ask her to be a guest blogger when she gets back from her mission trip on Reality Chicks.

—My heart breaks for all of today’s lost children!

I also have to give kudos to Our Crooked Tree for giving me a link to a non profit org that works to save these children. Please go check them out.

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Faithful Friday contest

Sorry guys–I’m a little late…2 days late to post my blessings for last week.

So many awesome things have been happening that I almost feel guilty posting so many hoorrah’s. Then I look back to the last 3 years of my life, where there was plenty of the opposite in my life and I remember that I still found ways to count my blessings. (beating myself up) I should not take anything away from what God is doing in my life at the moment, as He’s always so good…but now at this time in life…is stearing me toward so many wonderful things. Humble and thankful is what I should feel…not guilt.

Although on top of a mountain now, I’ve seen my share of valleys and they sure will come again. Valleys are where we really learn to trust Him and His love for us. For without those valleys…the mountains would not be quite as sweet. And sweetness is what I have for the moment…praise God and all His glory.

I know first hand how life changing it can be to focus on your blessings in the midst of the lows in life. I’ve seen plenty of lows, and to simply survive I had to cast my eyes and heart on Jesus to make it through to the other side. To see what you’re blessed with DAILY is one of the most important lessons, and to thank God for those being included with it.

I’m going to start a contest for the summer, or for 6 weeks of it anyway. I’m going to challenge ALL of you to start posting on Fridays and link back to me, so that I know you’re participating. Each week, count everything you’ve been blessed with from large to small…even if you’ve got to really search for something….post it!!! And don’t stop there, I want you to encourage you to invite your friends/readers to do this to, and ask them to link back to me. I will keep track of how many links come from your pages.

The contest will be measured by how many links you provide, and how many Fridays you, yourself, participate in. I want to read about your weeks and your blessings. I want to see how God is changing your outlook in life. I want to know what blessings you find, even if it’s a simple one…sometimes those are the best!

This contest will start July 4th, a day a celebration here in the U.S., and it will end August 8th. I will post on Friday, the 4th, what the grand prize will be, but the obvious gift will be what you give yourself by utilizing this contest for your own outlook.

I look forward to reading all about your blessings! Yay!

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This code should work for most bloggins sites, like blogger, buy may not for wordpress. If it doesn’t work for wordpress…let me know & I’ll try to get another code for ya.

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Soooo today

So today I accomplished some things that made me smile.

  • I sent of my publishing contracts to my new publishing house, and was so tickled.
  • I set a couple appointments for my part time sales job.
  • I ran some overdue errands.
  • And…I just felt at peace with all the change happening in my life.

I know right now my future is not certain, but God’s future for me is. I love that old song that states:

Because He lives I can face tomorrow……Because He lives, all fear is gone…..Because I know…I know … He holds the future….and life is worth the living just because He lives.

Right now my financial status is uncertain but one thing is certain–God is holding me up right where I am and leading me. I feel Him as if He were in the same room with me, and today I’m so grateful just to be right here in the now…uncertainties and all!

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Bop till you Drop


Sorry Terri. This is not autographed. We went to Rick Springfield last night, and my wonderful husband had arrangements to get us back stage to meet him again. At that point I was going to have him sign this photo, from his concert in 2000.

My hubbie had his position backstage all night, since he did his show from there last night and got the opportunity to introduce Rick on-stage. My sister & I weren’t allowed back until after the concert. Security was heavy as many had tried to jump the barricades to get up close. I don’t get some people, but it was funny watching them try something stupid and then get in trouble for it.

Unfortunately my poor husband quickly came down with some strange stomach problems after eating some food he’d bought. He says his tummy was upset before hand, as he’d not eaten almost all day. I’d given him a sugary frozen lemonade earlier in the evening and he said the sweetness upset his stomach, but I don’t think the lemon ice started his downward spiral. It may have contributed to it, but he had some severe issues.

Scarrily enough, multiple vomiting in-sued and he passed out. He was as white and clammy as I’d seen him last time I had him in the hospital, which gave me the gut feeling that something was more wrong than sugar ripping into him. I hurried passed security, to ask for a medic. No barricade was going to keep me from my man.

It took a few minutes, but the medics arrived… as well as some lookey-loos. What is it about some people, who have to interrupt while someone is obviously sick? And continue to try to talk to them — oblivious to the fact that they’re feeling as if they’re on their death bed?

Seriously…my husband wanted to die on the spot from not only how he was feeling, but the fact that it was in public view….and 2 ditzy blonde girls want to ooh and aah over him? And then have the audacity to ask if my husband can get them backstage to meet Rick?

—>AAAAAh, that would be a BIG FAT NO!!! I had security send them off immediately.

Long story short we were in the emergency room all night and morning, where in my opinion they discharged him too early. IF a man can’t walk and is barely mobile, someone should be wise enough to keep him under observation!! We got home and he continued vomiting until 4 a.m.

I prayed and prayed that God would bless him just enough to keep meds down. Thank God for answered prayers! He’s finally keeping some meds and a little Gatorade down, and is resting comfortably at the moment.

The official diagnosis was the flu. BUT he had no fever or no symptoms prior to the food he ate at the concert. After eating, within 10 minutes he was vomiting. To me, my wife-dar, tells me that it’s food related…especially with all his food allergy history.

Here are some pluses for the day:

*We’re so blessed that he didn’t have any anaphylaxis issues.

*We’re so blessed the my son was at my mom’s, where he stayed the night.

*We’re so blessed my sister and boyfriend were there to help facilitate the operations of getting my poor sick husband into his work truck, so I could drive him out of there.

*I’m blessed by the fact that at the last minute, I rode to the concert with my sister instead of on my own car…that way I didn’t have to factor in an additional car in the scenario of leaving. My husband could have NEVER driven himself, and my car wouldn’t have been in a safe place overnight

Will you all please pray for my hubby? Pray that God gives him is healing peace? Pray that God blesses his stomach and intestines, so that we can keep liquids down him?

Thank you all!

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Faithful Friday… with a few answers

My last post I invited you to ask me some questions and a few of you were bold enough, or maybe when I asked to keep it clean…only three of you could stay within those parameters. Not sure which, but here ya go with my answers:

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What do you and your husband do to keep your relationship fresh and fun?

Wholly Molly, I didn’t know we did have it fresh and fun! I think because we like some of the same quirky stuff, we enjoy a lot of extra activities together like concerts and events. For example, this Saturday we’re going to go see Rick Springfield rock out and get to meet him back stage. We did this in back in ’99 and now I’m repeating the same fun concert again. To know that my hubbie thinks of me, to provide me with such awesome entertainment…makes me always consider him fresh and fun. So far he’s snuck me back stage to meet: Phil Collins, Hall & Oats, Jim Brickman, REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield, Tom Selleck, … man there are more but I won’t keep the list going.

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How did you get started blogging?

I started on Myspace about 6 years ago, and branched out from there. I wondered over to blogger and then wordress. Writing is in my blood, so needless to say it got addicting quite fast.

What does your husband think of your blogging?

He thinks it funny. He always tells people about my various blogs and repeats stories I’ve blogged in laughter. He’s secretly wished he could sneak in on one of my blogs and give his point of view of what I’m posting. LOL!

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What is your biggest regret and why?

I really don’t have any regrets on anything. Yes, there are things I’d be wiser about now, but if I hade done them differently in the past…I wouldn’t be exactly where I am right now. I’d never regret that.

What has been the highlight of your life so far?

Seeing my son be born into this world, and watching him grow into this amazing little person, destined to do such big things for God. That is and will be my biggest highlight.

What is one thing you’d like to do before you die?

I think I take steps to do exactly what it is that I should be each day, so that I don’t have to worry about want I’d want before I die. BUT if I had to make a list:

finish learning to play the guitar

Make my son a list of things to do when he grows up to be a man

Make my son a video so each year he’d have a message from me

Make sure my family is all in order

Man you all had some great questions…thank you thank you thank you for giving me something to think about.  I like knowing what’s on your mind and having to answer such insightful questions.

To move onto Faithful Friday, I’ve had a great week. It’s been a low key one as far as work is concerned. Everything I’m trying to wrap up keeps getting putting up, not by my choice, but it’s allowed me to let go of a few things and move on mentally to my new path.

I have two date nights with my husband this week. Thats HUGE!

My husband adores his job.

I got my contract via email this week from my publishing house.

My son took my business cards to VBS so that he could be reminded of me all day, but ended up handing them out to teachers b/c he wanted to get me some business! My son is the biggest blessing of all.

I hope you all have a peaceful weekend and please say your thanks to God for all your circumstances and blessings!