Hats off to some of the greatest Dads

photo credit: Queen of the snot princess blog

photo credit: Queen of the snot princess blog

Did not want to miss the chance to say Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads out there. (You know who you are!) My choices for best Dads all around are: My Daddy, My husband, My brother, My father-in-law & My son.

Me & my sweet Daddy

Me & my sweet Daddy

I can quite honestly say, I was blessed with one of the best Daddys EVER. He is a Godly man. I don’t have to really say anything else about him. If you have a Godly father on Earth, you know everything else just falls into place. However, I will brag a little. He is the person I always go to for advice. Being a Godly man, he always dishes out Godly instruction. He is a rock that I lean on. He is truly a wonderful human being. If there is a finer man out there, well, I’m not going to say you are a liar.  But,  if you know how loving, generous, and down right funny my Daddy is, well, I guess I would choose my words wisely.  That is if you think somebody can pull all of that off better than him.  Just sayin…’ I’m kinda partial to him.  (When I say partial, I mean I’m real convinced I’m right about this one.)

Me & my sweetie

Me & my sweetie

My husband is the bomb.com (Do people say that anymore? Because he really is.) He is master griller at our hacienda. Thursday night grilled goes on all year round. We always have something that makes you want to slap yo’ mama good on Thursday night. He cherishes the ones he loves. He is loyal as the dickens. I’m not real sure what we would do without him. (And don’t plan on finding out.)

My brother-who I affectionately refer to as "Bud"

My brother-who I affectionately refer to as “Bud”

My brother is the younger version of my Dad. He is rooted deeply in his love & beliefs. He is kind. He is important. He is smart. (Did I just sound like one of the characters from “The Help”?) Oh well, it’s true, he is all those things. He loves his family. He is a terrific cook. I just don’t know if there is anyone better, that you can call a brother.

My father-in-law was a a Master Sergeant for the U.S. Army for 23 years.

My father-in-law was a a Master Sergeant for the U.S. Army for 23 years.

My father in law left this walk of life to be with the Lord in 2011.  I can say when he passed away, it was just like my own Dad had died.  That’s the kind of relationship we had.  He was such a terrific Christian man.  He loved church & his family.  He would do anything for anybody.  People loved him.  He made such a mark on my life.  I won’t ever forget how loving, gracious, and faithful he was to God & to his family.  I loved him just like I loved my Dad.  And the thing about it is, he loved me right back.  To top it off, he was a Master Sergeant for the U.S. Army for 23 years, a ROTC teacher, & an elder at church.  He was such a precious, precious soul.  I am beyond blessed to have been close to him.

Mr. Sweetie Pants & his Dad

Mr. Sweetie Pants & his Dad

My son has the tenderest heart. His little boy is so crazy about him. I know I could call him day or night & he would come help me. He’s just like that. He has been a Dad for less than 2 years. However, people could take some lessons from him on how to love your kids. Because he does love my grandson to pieces!

I hope all you remarkable Dad’s out there have a memorable Father’s Day. If your Dad is still living, please be sure to talk or go see him today, give him a big hug & kiss & let him know he means the world to you. I know he would treasure that.  As for me, I have to go, because I should be washing clothes.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

All access pass

Sometimes I am in awe of God. I mean, I have been so fortunate to have been brought up in church & in His service all my life. I think, as a human, one gets to going through the motions, & we take for granted or just plain forget all that God is & does. Mostly, how much He loves us. When I think of how much he loves me, little ol’ me, that just takes up about 5’6” of this ol’ world, I get teary eyed. It just tugs at my heart that I am significant to this Spirit, so indescribably powerful & in control of everything. In the same sense, I know to have an all access pass; I have to do my part as well.
In Chronicles 28:5-10 King David was advising his son Solomon about what he could have if he followed God. Here is how King David set all of this up:
5 And of all my sons (for the LORD has given me many sons) He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. 6 Now He said to me, ‘It is your son Solomon who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his Father. 7 Moreover I will establish his kingdom forever, if he is steadfast to observe My commandments and My judgments, as it is this day.’ 8 Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, be careful to seek out all the commandments of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land, and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever.
Here is the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say. For Solomon to receive the blessing he had a few stipulations to meet.
9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. 10 Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”
Doesn’t this sound like God’s grace for us? We have all these blessings, if we are willing to follow God’s plan, whether we deserve it or not. And like my Daddy always tells me, “You better hope you don’t ever get everything you deserve!” God is not playing hard to know. For those who seek Him & do his will, He is all in. However, just like Solomon, we have a responsibility to God. After that, if we are faithful, we have an all access pass to God’s love & blessings. But watch out, because God knows our hearts & the intents of our thoughts. We have to learn to love without regard. All the hate, deceit, & grudges our heart can hold, ain’t nobody got time for that! Especially God. So, just go ahead & get rid of ‘em!
What a wonderful life to live! All we have to do is submit to Christ. That’s all. I just pray that I will always be in awe of what a BIG God we serve, so that I can have my all access pass. I am so glad you stopped by today & visited with me for a bit. I hope you have a great week. As for me, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes….

High Five For Friday!

January has sure been a month of ups & downs weather wise. We have had some warm weather then, cold, freezing rain/sleet/snow (though not much). Here we are at the LAST Friday in January! What will February bring?? Until then, let’s give a High Five For Friday.

Chocolate covered strawberries (homemade)

Chocolate covered strawberries (homemade)

These were my 1st attempt at those delectable chocolate covered strawberries you see everywhere, this time of year.  I was going to make them closer to Valentine’s Day.  But what the hey, there’s no time like the present!  They tasted pretty good…

Quinoa

Quinoa

One of my co-workers is such a wonderful inspiration, when it comes to health & fitness.  You can visit her awesome blog at www.thewhitedish.wordpress.com   She often times has news of what she has been doing to keep fit.  One of the dishes she has been talking about is quinoa.  She inspired me to try my own version of quinoa.  This is roasted red pepper & basil (that I doctored up just a wee bit).  It was all good & healthy, though.  This was a delicious dish & truly a much needed break-thru in my substandard regular diet! (See chocolate strawberries above, which is fruit, so, in reality, it could be classified as moderately healthy.  I said could be…)

Cleaning service arrived!

Cleaning service arrived!

My favorite cleaning service was in the house this week.  Not only does he sweep, he cleans the toliet, empties out my cabinets, throws lots of stuff in the garbage, & can dust the coffee table in his socks.  We may or may not tell his parents about all the great things he does each visit.  That way, they may or may not let him keep coming back.

 

Saw some sunshine this week

Saw some sunshine this week

On the drive in to school & work one morning, saw a rare sight.  Little bit of sunshine.

My 1st 5k of the year will be at Jay Bird Park

My 1st 5k of the year will be at Jay Bird Park

So excited about my 1st 5k of the year.  It will be at Jay Bird Park.  My friend Jen said she was gonna get us signed up.  Can’t wait to get out there & begin racing, this year!

I hope everybody’s week was good.  If not, there are still a few more to go in 2013!  I will be linking in with Lauren from my grey desk.  Come on over to the link party!  We always have a fantastic time!

Link in with Lauren!  You will be glad you did!

Link in with Lauren! You will be glad you did!

 

 

 

 

 

High Five For Friday

Here we are again, giving another High Five For Friday. I hope your week has been great! Mine has been filled with work, church things, & kids (normal stuff!) Oh yeah! And we had a visitor called SNOW for about 5 minutes. Really, in northeast Mississippi, it hardly ever makes an appearance. But when it does, watch out Piggly Wiggly! All the bread & milk will be gone in a split second. Without further delay- here is my High Five For Friday.

Stila eyeshadow

Stila eyeshadow

Not real sure how I ever got by without this, but grant you, I never will again.  Pretty sure I am in love.

What happens at my aunt's house, stays at my aunt's house......

What happens at my aunt’s house, stays at my aunt’s house……

Miss Neenee put this shirt on Mr. Sweetie Pants after his bath.  He was too cute in it.  And he knows being with his aunt Neenee is the BEST place on earth!

My new Sandra Lee salt & pepper shakers

My new Sandra Lee salt & pepper shakers

I needed (so badly) a new salt & pepper shaker set.  I found this one at my local K-mart.  You can flip the blue & green top thingys down to close them.  If you are wondering what’s in the salt, it’s rice.  We have to do that to keep the salt from sticking together, here in the land of high humidity! 🙂

Bacon cheeseburger with cheddar cheese & seasoned fries YUM!

Bacon cheeseburger with cheddar cheese & seasoned fries YUM!

Thursday night grilled!  Love our Thursday night grill night.  So happy it runs year ’round!

Making compost

Making compost

Miss Neenee came home all excited one day this week.  She went on & on about how they were learning how to recycle & put good things back in the earth.  Apparently, the teacher was teaching about compost.  Apparently, we are now making our own compost in the kitchen.  Apparently.

This pretty much sums up my feelings about the weather this week.  Oh well, better luck next time.

I hope everyone is having a terrific Friday.  I will be linking up with Lauren from my grey desk.  There is a happening link party there every week.  Super fun!  I have made several friends just by linking in.  You should link in, too!  Until next time I am yelling, HIGH FIVE FOR FRIDAY!!

Link in with Lauren!  You will be glad you did!

Link in with Lauren! You will be glad you did!

 

 

 

 

High Five for Friday!!

Thank goodness it’s Friday!!  It has been a long week!  I am excited to share with you some of the highlights of my week.

Welcome to Fairyville signs & playbill.

Sunday afternoon Miss Neenee had a friend over after church.  Thank goodness we are well versed in the arts around our house.:)  I enjoyed a 30 minute play called, “Welcome to Fairyville” starring, written, directed, chorographed, & costume designed by Miss Neenee & her friend.  They dressed as fairies, in tutus, danced, sang & entertained.  This was the ticket I had to have to “get in” the play.  These are some signs that were taped around the room.  What fairy town would not be complete without a mall & a gun shop??

Gooseberry yogurt-yummy y’all

Had a little Gooseberry yogurt with Miss Neenee.  It. was. amazing.  I can’t tell you how much fun it is to try to guess which flavor I am eating.  (Because I put some of all of it in my cup.)  What did we ever do without a do it yourself yogurt shop?

Best cheeseburgers in town! Downtown Borroum’s Drug Store

Got to eat some good food at the drug store.  If you are saying , “Who eats at a drug store??”  Has never had a cheeseburger from this place.  All the fountain drinks & milkshakes are made right in front of you.  Shut the front door tastiness.

My new initial earrings- in love.

So, when we were paying our check at Borroum’s, the young lady taking my money had on some lovely earrings similar to these.  I commented on how cute they looked on her & of course asked where she got them.  Come to find out, they came from a store, just down the street.  I went by there & these jumped out at me.  I know the girls at work are sick of seeing them this week.  It’s just so hard to take them off….

Chicken chili-a fall favorite

Last week someone commented on the taco soup I made.  They said they loved chicken chili.  I couldn’t get it out of my head.  I had to make some & it was delish!

Thank y’all for stopping by & sharing Friday with me!  I hope you all had a great week.  Until next time…. I have to go because I should be washing clothes!

High Five for Friday!!

Here we are again with another High Five for Friday!  Following are some things I that I loved from this week-

Taco soup...warms you up every time!

We had some cool fall like weather this week.  When fall begins, there is nothing better than homemade soup.  Mine was Taco Soup!  Very yummy!

My nephew was a homecoming court escort at our local high school.  He is looking very dapper with my girls!

One evening Miss Neenee wanted to make her own dinner.  So, I did some housework, while she was busy in the kitchen.  On the menu was a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, cheese Pringles,  a dill pickle & diet dr. pepper.   Does she need me for anything anymore???

Love my coffee in my Rachel Ray owl mug.  One of the reasons I get up in the mornings!!

A lady from our community sponsored her 2nd 5k race this year.  It is in memory of her mother, that lost her battle with ovarian cancer.  This year she raised over $10,000 to be donated to help fight ovarian cancer.  I was honored to get to be a part of the 5k race. While I did not set record time, I was just glad I finished!  It did rain & a donkey tried to chase some of the participants!  It was a fun day! 🙂

Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!  Thanks for coming by to visit with me as I give my H54F!  Link in below with Lauren @ My Grey Desk for an awesome link party at her blog (just because it’s Friday!).  I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes!

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Needing strength

I Samuel 30:6     David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

Sitting in a hospital room, after the car crash of my son & girlfriend, I began to realize how drawn I was to God’s word.  I knew my son & his girlfriend had a long road to recovery.  I sat & read devotionals & studied my Bible.  I firmly believed I was gearing up for the ride of my life.  My 17 year old son was coming back to live with me.  He had been out of church for 2 years.  During that time, his life had been filled with those who had been less than good examples to him. I knew he would be hard to handle.  Probably pretty resentful for awhile, too.  I had my work cut out for me.  However, I knew with God’s strength & with His hand over me, that I could do anything. (Philipians 4:13)

Christ frequently drew nigh to God for strength.  After being tempted by Satan, angels came & ministered to Him. (Matthew 4:11)  In the garden of Gethsemane He prayed to God- “..not as I will but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39) When Lazarus died, Jesus went to his tomb.  In John 11, He lifted up His eyes and said,

v.41 “Father, I thank you that you have heard me & I know you always hear me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe you sent me.”

Jesus would not have prayed this if He did not believe God would come in & make believers out of these folks BY HIS POWER.  Jesus knew the answer to His issues was receiving strength from God to endure.  Shouldn’t we have the same faith? Just as Christ taught by example, we should draw near to Jesus for strength & He will draw near to us. (James 4:8)