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Random Questions

Do you think people are aware, that wear things like this, that it’s not flattering?
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Something tells me she’s seen Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and thinks every pair looks good on every woman.

I know how hard it is to find a pair of jeans that fits every size. This woman is not overweight!! Infact her curves would look quite nice in the right pair, but don’t you think when you put a pair on and skin falls over the edge of the waist … you’d know it’s not the right pair?

Ladies tell me — what guide system do you use when shopping for a pair of jeans? How do you know it’s the right fit? How do you know when to put the tight low riders down and walk away?

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FRIDDDDAAAAYYYY

Today the weather is gorgeous! It’s supposed to get up to 84 degrees today. It’s been this way all week long. What a blessing to have a true fall, and a warm one at that. Oklahoma is known for never having a real fall. It usually goes straight from summer to frigid rainy yucky conditions.

I ran with my sis yesterday around the lake, and it was so peaceful. We stopped every so often to break up the run with crunches, lunges, or plank holds. I get bored just running non stop and I’ve not done it in a while, so I was sure I wouldn’t be able to keep up.

Today I feel so good and am glad I have my sis to partner with in my running endeavors. We’re going to do it twice a week. So now if only I can stay motivated. I’ll let you in on a secret … I’m lazy. I’m very lazy when it comes to exercise and staying healthy. I know I should do better, and want to … but don’t. So I’ve got to make myself do it … if not for me, than my little boy.

He told me today that he gets lots of good exercise on the playground at recess everrry day! He drove the point home to me, that my exercising is influencing good choices for his life too.

I’ve made very good tips this week, but not enough to sustain our family. I know God will bless the fact that I’m working hard, but know that there is something else out there for me other than waiting tables. This I feel is a temporary fix, to be able to work around my son’s school schedule. There has to be something that will allow me to work around his schedule, and still be able to make a living. What I’m doing now is not supporting our dual income needs. The blessing is that I have faith God is going to reveal it all to me in His time. I just have to keep pluggin along.

And lastly, my new sister-in-law is pregnant! I guess they got pregnant in Maui on the honeymoon, in July. They’ve been keeping it a secret, and just told us this week. I’m very happy for them and can’t wait to meet my new little nephew or niece. I have a feeling it’s going to be a boy! Dark skinned, long eyelashed, brown eyed beautiful boy … can’t wait to meet you little one!

I hope you all have had a great week, and have had the chance to recognize your blessings.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday’s Blessings

Each week I’m honored at how many beautiful things happen in life, and not just in mine. So many of my readers have been such big blessings as well. In reading up on their Friday posts, and catching up on all God’s doing for them….I’m truly blessed.

I want to say thank you to all of you, who participated in this contest of mine. I hope you’ve seen a huge difference in how many good things you can find in life, if you only look a little.

I hope you’ve received peace in knowing how much you’re blessed, even through the chaos life throws our way. Cuz trust me people…life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s hard!

You have to choose to see the silver lining and have faith that God will provide. That’s when your blessings will be abundant. That’s when you’ll see more clearly.

Before listing my blessings for the week I wanted to link to those brave enough to ‘consistently’ take my challenge on.

Thank you to:
Terri at Terri Terri Quite Contrary
Leblance at A Natural Deficiency Of Moral Fiber
Trish at Stringing My Thoughts
Bad Momma
Jamie at Bumps in the Road

And a few that posted from time to time were:
Tara at If Mom Says OK
Papa, my adopted grandpap, at Choices are Mine
Yvette at Fresh Wind Ministries
My buddy, TT, over at Total Transformation Test
Godsgal at Worship in Spirit and Truth

One of my Cre8buzz buddies at Half Past Kissin’ Time
Love posted once at LoveWillBringUsTogether
Down River also posted a couple…

If I missed anyone, I’m sorry. Some people forgot to link to my page, so I didn’t have them listed as participating…b/c I didn’t know they were. I am just humbled by all of you who participated. Thank you for blessing me each week with your posts. I will announce next week the winner of this contest!

This week has blown me away…so many blessings.

*It’s the last of my summer vaca with my son. We’ve been slowly transitioning to earlier mornings, and although I’m not liking the change…I’m blessed to be able to make it. Last year I would have been at the office already, not able to be at home to do this sort of thing. I’m loving being a stay at home mom for the moment, and that’s a huge blessing!!

*My cover art for my book, out next month, came in. I loved it loved it loved it. Then I found out it was just concept art, and the real art is in the works. I was only to approve the concept first. I fell in love with the first one. I can’t wait to see the real thing. Seeing my pen name on a book cover was an amazing and humbling blessing indeed. God is so amazing.

*My sister went on vacation with her boyfriend, and his 9 year old son, to spend time with his family. I’m blessed that she has such a wonderful man in her life. He makes her laugh and truly makes her happy. I’m blessed that she’s so in love, and one day will have such a wonderful extended family.

*My husband realized that he needs to get serious about his health and weight. He’s started his workout regimen…again. I’m blessed that he’s back on the wagon, and pray he makes it stick this time.

*My sister’s birthday was this week. I’m blessed to count her as my best friend. She and I are six years apart in age, but like twins as far as mental/emotional bonds are concerned. I love her very much.

*I joined FaceBook in May, but never really checked it out till this week. I’ve found so many old acquantainces and friends. I’m blessed by so many names and faces I remember. It reminds me how many wonderful people God has put in my path throughout my life. I recommend everyone get on there and do that!

*I’m blessed by a really great PR person in Melissa, who’s been doing everything to help me promote my book. She’s going above and beyond to get it out there to those in the media, locally and nationally. God has blessed me ‘big time’ with her willingness to do this. She read the electronic version of my book, that was created for review purposes, and she’s so excited for it to release. She’s the first unbiased person that’s read it, and her enthusiasm for my book is so humbling! I’m thanking God for her.

I hope you all have a great weekend coming up. Please remember that just because this contest is going to end, doesn’t mean you can’t continue your Faithful Friday gratitude blogs. I pray you find the time to continue, as it will change your life. Have a blessed day!

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Fridays are full of Blessings 6-6-08

Well anyone who read my latest post knows how well my week has gone. God is so good!

*My grandmother has been praying for 3 years that my book would get published. She faithfully and tirelessly would get on her knees every night, and pray for multiple things…my book being one of them. How wonderful was it for me to get to call her this week with the good news? She started crying and rushed off to church Wednesday night to tell everyone about her grand-daughter, the author. She lives in a small town, and I’m sure reveled in the moment. To me that was a huge blessing.

*My son got to be on stage with my husband, in introducing KC and the Sunshine band. My son got to turn to the crowd of about 1,000 and shake his booty to warm up the crowd in hopes of KC coming out to start the show. My little guy was a hit! The crowd roared in laughter as my husband then introduced the band, before joining the rest of us in the crowd for the show. IT was a blast. It was my son’s first concert and he had so much fun.

*My son asked me why it was special to get published. I gave him an analogy that he could understand a little better:
“You know when I teach your Sunday school class and I ask questions, that all your classmates raise their hands to answer?”
“Yes.”
“Well everyone wants me to pick them, right?” (head nod)
“I can’t pick everyone. I can only pick one person at a time to answer, and when I do pick that person it makes them feel pretty special…right?”
“Yah.”
“Well a publishing house is like me, the teacher, picking one person, like the student, to feel pretty special. LOTS of people want their books published, and they can only pick one.”
“WOW! Mom, that makes you special! I’m so happy for you!”
—This was a special moment for me because he got the big picture. He even answered the phone within minutes of our conversation and told my sister excitedly how his mommy was getting published!

*I put my notice in at work, in plans to focus on my photography/writing. Two days later I got another photography job, for July.

*Today is one month till my birthday! Yay! I told my son I’d be 36 years young. He responded with, “Yah, you are young…but I’m younger! AND your skin is getting thinner every year!” Okay now I’m imagining my veins showing through my skin when I’m 70, and wrinkles everywhere, but I’m still blessed.

*This week we bought our tickets to Oahu/Maui for my brother in law’s wedding, in July. We couldn’t afford to buy them until now, so we were blessed that our finances finally fell into place PLUS we found some tickets at a rate we were happy with considering how late we were buying them.

*My future sister in law, whom I adore, asked my son to be their ring bearer. So not only do we get to stand on a beach and watch them take their vows, but I get to watch my baby be a part of it. I’m so happy.

*I confirmed that I can stay with my aunti and uncle on Oahu, on our 3 day trip, before heading to Maui. That will save us a lot of money with room and meals. They’ve not met my husband yet so not only do I get to introduce my son to them, but my sweet husband. It’s going to be a huge blessing to show them where I went to school, lived in which houses, and attend church on Sunday at my church home. This church sits down in the valley, where the breeze flows through the slatted windows from the mountains above. I’m blessed to think of how peaceful that will be.

*My husband used his academy sports gift certificate and came home with a big 40″ X 12 ft pool for our back yard. It will give our son the practice he needs swimming for our trip next month. The mere fact that he’s home at 5:20 at night, from his new job, is a huge blessing….but that now he’s home to take care of the back yard and now put in a pool is bonus!

*Lastly I took my first Zumba class with my sister at the gym, we recently joined. I loved it and lasted the whole class. I got to shake my booty and have fun with my sis!

I hope you all have had a great week!

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Rant….just a little

Tam posted today on something that just got me in a little rant mode.  Although I commend American Idol for their “Gives Back” show in getting our nation involved in doing something…anything to help those in need across our own nation and abroad, I’m more than upset at the moment.

Censorship is necessary in some forms so that our kids aren’t exposed to certain messages in the media and film industry.  However American Idol is supposed to be a family friendly show, where the whole family can watch and be entertained.

Last night they targeted their acts to the younger audiences, as the music industry is tailored to the younger generation.  These stars mentioned over and over, “Kids break out your piggy banks, parents get out your wallets.”

Obviously it’s a show where kids will be watching and tuning in…..

YET they censor the name Jesus, and leave in words like bitch and ass???  Come on give us parents, Christian and non, a break from vulgar language with our kids in the room!!  Seriously????

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My life in a nutshell

Today has been so tiring yet so peaceful at the same time. My husband hasn’t slept since Thursday, as his job has been very demanding and he’s only been home long enough to shower and change clothes…and then go back again.

I can’t sleep, sleep issues aside, when he’s not home. I worry that he’s going to have a heart attack from no rest or food. I get angry that he works so hard. I’m not angry at him, but rather at the person he works for. And then, on top of that my son and I are so connected that when I don’t sleep…it transfers and he doesn’t sleep. So I’m up a few times each night to calm his bad dreams or help him wobbily walk to the bathroom. If I’m solidly sleeping, he doesn’t have those issues.

Today was D-day for a huge event that my husband was in charge of planning and executing, hence the no sleep for the last few nights. My mom came over to pick my son & I up. I asked her to follow me to the rental car place, so I could drop my rental off to Enterprise ($228.00-cha ching-ouch).

Afterwards, I hopped in her car, so we could tote my son to see his daddy down town. My little guy’s not seen his daddy in a few days and we needed to make sure we had some family time, even if it was while at work. We stopped at Braums on the way down there to get my other half’s bun-less burger, as he is allergic to wheat. My son and I ate on the way down there. ($15.00-lunch for three)

Around 12:30 we arrived so that we could deliver my hubbie’s food and go check out all the vendors at the event. Bart Conners had his gym and crew there to entertain the kids. We got there just late enough to miss Bart…:( But my son still got to run through their gymnastics course. He walked across the low beam, jumped on the spring board, walked on his hands and feet across the low parallel bars, and rolled down the angeled pads to land on the mats. He’s such a talker and told all the girls how easy it all was and asked so many questions.

Usually when kids get done with their course, they have them stand on stage to get applauded before handing them a certificate. It’s very empowering for those kids and exciting to see.

Well with my boy, instead of announcing he’d finished for everyone to simply applaud…they interviewed him for about 10 minutes. The entire place came around to see it, and he had everyone smiling. When asked what was the hardest, he answered, “Well actually….it all was pretty easy but if I had to pick one…the beam was not so hard but not so easy. It was in the middle!” That got a huge laugh.

The laughter drew a crowd. I felt like such a stage mom. I was beaming! He’s such a natural entertainer. A couple of years ago, on his 3rd birthday, he got to stand on stage in front of a huge crowd as Sesame Street Live. He had no apprehension about introducing the show with his dad. He has no fear of being on stage. He’s just like my hubbie and me, at ease in that type of position.

Today although stressed and tired, it was good to see my son so happy. Plus I got to rock climb and kick my hubbie’s butt! I got all the way to the top, and it had been ten years since I’d done any rock climbing. It was hard but good to stretch and let some of my stress out. It was a good outlet.

My mom dropped me off at my dealership, to pick up my car (post accident). It was all fixed, shiny, and like brand new. The inside had been detailed and it felt so good to drive it again. I missed my car.

On a sad note, I may have to put my dog down on Monday. He’s at the vet this weekend. I basically was told that if if were up to the vet, he’d make the call to put him to sleep. I’m supposed to take the weekend to think about it and call him Monday to give him my decision.

I think my heart is really heavy. 15 years of my life have been with my little Hershey. My son is sad and I hate to put him through this, as I want to protect him from feeling like I do.

Today, I have peace just to have seen my husband and son have some time together. They both needed it. I needed to be with both of them. I have peace in my heart, seeing the joy in my son’s eyes as he was in his element on stage. I have peace as I got some quality time with my mom, who I love so much.

This post is all over the place and I apologize. I just needed to get some things out. I know I’m so blessed, but today I am really really tired and sad.

I need for my husband to rejuvenate and find peace in his sitaution with work. I need for my doggie to be okay. I need my rental bill to be taken care of by the kid who wrecked my car’s insurance company. I need some sleep.

Thanks for reading, if you got this far. I hope you all can find peace in whatever situation you’re in today. With whatever you’re dealing with, whether it’s directly a part of your world or caused by someone else’s situation…I pray you’re able to find peace.

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Miracles all around us

capt12039deb012545e99c0d74d081bb1365not_dead_nyr102.jpgMany of you, who read me, know how many miracles have happened just in my little life, let alone the ones that go unnoticed every day in everyone else’s lives. You also know I’m a big believer in giving God the glory for every little blessing, to give credit where it’s due.

This story blew me away as I saw it on the news yesterday. I provided that link for you to be amazed as well. It’s just another sign that God is alive and well, and at work in all our lives.

In the midst of young Zach being pronounced brain dead, as there was zero blood flow in his brain, this young man was provided a huge miracle in being able to come back and be with his family today.

The news last night showed his grandmother crying, “Lord he’s too young to take, please help us.” Another family member, who prayed the same thing decided to run his pocket knife up the sole of Zach’s foot, when it zerked free from the sharp jab. Once they saw the obvious movement, he poked underneath his fingernail in his hand which resulted in Zach throwing his arm across his body to retract from the knife.

Doctors had NO explainations as he should be dead. They kept him on life support and told his family not to get their hopes too high as if he recovered chances were he’d be extremely brain damaged. Today Zach is fully mobile, talking, and can recall the doctors pronouncing him dead in his hospital room. His response to that, as Yahoo reports?

“I’m glad I couldn’t get up and do what I wanted to do,” he said. “Probably would have been a broken window that went out.”

Here is a huge miracle…go read about it here.