Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.
2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you. 11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.
12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
We are preparing for our trip to DC!!! To do that we've watched this every day last week. John Adams DVD is a mini series made from HBO based on the book written by David McCullough. It chronicles the life of none other than John Adams!! :) Who would have guessed that!!!! :) I highly recommend it. It is very moving. At times I was moved to tears and at other times I was highly frustrated with John Adams. It does force you to reflect on the sacrifices of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and many many more. It depicts the debates surrounding the fight for independence. We started it a week ago Monday and finished up with it last Friday. It is amazing the change/movement of our country from the 1700s to today.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Tuesday was a good day.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I just read these verses this morning . I felt the Holy Spirit direct me to 1 Peter instead of the usual Psalms that I've been reading.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I had never heard of Reef flip flops until this Spring/Summer. I first read about them on Baby Bangs and fell in love with them. When I was in Arkansas earlier this year, Bryan and I saw them in Dillard's but I had not seen them in the OK Dillards. Then once Kelly wrote about them after her Hawaii trip, I took that as a "sign" I should probably have some. I think I might have even used the old "All my friends (Kelly) have them!" trick with Bryan. :) After all if they are comfortable, maybe I could wear them on my DC trip. :) So, I began shopping for them online. I had never bought shoes online. I found an auction on eBay and began bidding. I was a little nervous to buy shoes on eBay. But the description said they were brand new! I get nervous and giddy bidding on eBay or any other auction (even farm auctions). I'm sure my blood pressure rises and I begin to perspire. I just get nervous....Will I get the item? Will I loose? Will I pay too much? Is this an honest seller? etc. One time I bid on a Chi flat iron, won it but didn't realize it, so I was bidding on another one thinking I had lost the first one. Thankfully, I got out of the 2nd auction without having to buy a second Chi iron. Bryan just shakes his head! :) Sorry...got sidetracked...back to the Reef flip flops.
Last night Bryan and I went to hear Glenn Beck's Summer '08 Political Tour. He is a national radio talk show host and has a show on CNN Headline News Channel. He has serious discussions and topics and will add some humor to some of it.
Glen Beck walked out on stage in a hunter's orange vest with his NRA hat and t shirt on carrying a toy gun!! I think he might have stereotyped some of us Okies (based on his attire and he faked a 'hick' accent) but you can bet we were all hoopin' and hollerin'; proud to be those hunters and gun owners. I told Bryan I had to find him an NRA shirt to wear!!!! I've been shopping online today and they even make them for women!!!! Pink!!!!
The second half of his "concert" was his unelectable speech. I loved his props!!I do not agree with every single thing he may say and to be honest sometimes he talks over my head. But we do appreciate his stand on some issues and he does put a funny twist to things. His radio show does make the listener stop and think.
It was a great evening of laughter and time well spent with Bryan. I loved watching and listening to him laugh!
p.s. I took these pictures with my digital camera without a LCD screen. I had no idea how these pictures were going to turn out. WHAT IN THE WORLD DID WE DO BEFORE DIGITAL?!
Monday, June 9, 2008
I napped and napped some more. Jorge and Brooklyn had us over after Sunday night church. Jorge made homemade Barbecue Chicken pizza. It was absolutely the best chicken pizza I have had. It was delicious!!! I made a pig of myself!! I would have taken a picture but while we were over there I discovered my camera is broken!!!!! The view screen is cracked!!!! It still takes pictures but I can't see them, thus removing the whole benefit of a digital camera. I have a bad habit of tossing it in my purse and I bet I hit it with my keys or cell phone. I'm going to research having it repaired this week. I have to have a camera!! I just hope I get it fixed or get something else by our DC trip!!! I'm not looking forward to the camera issues this week!!! :(
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Led to this......
You can hear my sweet Lilly Belle barking in the video!!!
We had severe high winds in the OKC metro area Thursday. I heard reports of up to 58- 70 mph winds!!! It was crazy and it ended up storming late Thursday night. I rushed home to mow the backyard anticipating rain. I got it done but it was crazy trying to mow in these winds and bag the grass as I mowed. I had put in a load of clothes in the dryer and started another in the washing machine when the power went out. Bryan had called before leaving the gym and brought home Braums. We ended up eating out on our deck and playing with the dogs because we had no electricity. Good ways to pass the time when you don't have power. We came in and lit some candles and turned on the battery lantern.
This scripture was in my reading this morning. I want to memorize this verse (at least the last half) and perhaps use it as my theme verse for a while. It fits where I am at right now. There are so many things distracting my mind, my whole entire mind, from focusing on God, His Word, and the Study of His Word. I can read His word everyday, but I must implement some study and application. I can get distracted with my house, when to adopt, my yard, my family, social engagements/commitments, laundry, exercise (when I actually do it), daydreaming, shopping, relationships, finances, projects to get done, tv, and the list goes on. I don't mean to say these are not important but I want an undivided mind focused on God and His leading. I'm too distracted.
What do you do to guard your mind and keep balanced? Maybe you have some habits I could apply. I'm open to anything.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Tonight my younger sister and her son had dinner with Bryan and I. Jackson chose to have grapes as his appetizer!!! He loved the red grapes!!! He is 19 months old and growing so very quickly. He may look like he is still bald, but he does have some thin, light hair on top! :)
Tonight I made Old World Spaghetti. It is a recipe passed to me by our former Sunday School teacher's wife. I didn't even think to take a picture. I concentrated more on spending time with my sister and nephew. I'll give you the recipe even though you have no idea what it looks like!! It has some different ingredients but we love it. Trust me and try it!!
Old World Spaghetti from Toni Waddle
Cook 1 lb ground beef, drain and set aside. In a separate pan saute' 1 chopped onion, red bell pepper, 3 celery stalks, and mushrooms (optional). Add 1 clove of minced garlic (Or 1 tsp garlic powder).
Add beef, vegetables, 1 can tomato soup, 1 Tablespoon Chili powder, and 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, and 1 teaspoon salt/pepper.
Slow cook in crock pot on low or high for shorter amount of time. Add 1- 8 oz package of cream cheese right before you serve. Recipe can be doubled.
I cooked mine over the stop on very medium to low heat for about 45-50 minutes.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Greetings!!! I'm coming to you live from my couch!!!! My wonderful brother-in-law, his friend Wade, and my outstanding husband worked on our wireless Internet router today and I can finally work on the laptop to blog!!! I've looked forward to this moment for a long time!!! Now I don't have to share the main computer with Bryan and I can blog whenever!!!! Thanks guys!!!
I am sure I am going to leave something out that happened this weekend. It was nonstop even through today. But it is all good. It's what I live for. I love making memories with my family. I am very thankful for the relationships my cousins and I are making. We are determined to remain close, get together often, and make wonderful memories. I believe in relationships you have to determine to work at them no matter what may occur. We have to look beyond what we feel may be other's faults and work on that relationship. I have numerous faults and habits others may not like but I'm very thankful to my family for working at a relationship with me. Each person is very special to me.
James, my cousin I've blogged about before, and Whitney and Katie were at our house on Friday. James was up from Texas and we wanted to celebrate his 30th birthday early. Bryan grilled steaks. And we had baked potatoes and mixed veggies out on our deck. It was a little humid but we enjoyed the evening despite the temperature. Bryan and I and Whitney, Eric, and Katie bought James a Fossil watch for his birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES!!!!
I hope Katie had a wonderful party. Bryan and I counted on the way to church and we had 29 people at our house!! I used 8 pounds of hamburger meat and made about 29 patties and Whitney brought several packages of hot dogs. We all ate outside and then squeezed in the living room and dining area for Katie to open presents. To say it was hot outside is an understatement!!!! Bryan made the comment today that we should have planned on more shade. We should have rented a canopy or something. Several people sat under a large tree in our yard and that helped.
The Grill Master
Here are some additional snapshots of the party. I didn't get a lot of pictures. I was a little distracted. I had a great time and I was glad we could have people over for Katie. r
My younger cousin, Shane on the left. My niece, Kayla on the lounge, and my younger cousin Trent.
They were all very thankful for the large bradford pear tree in our yard.
My cousin, Alyssa with Kayla. They even stayed at the house later that night and babysat some of the younger kiddos so we could go eat our. Thanks girls!!!!