Christmas fun & how your taste in Christmas presents changes

calvin santa flambeWhile reading over my favorite blogs, I thought, perhaps you all would enjoy some of the Christmas fun I have been reading about.

First is one of my faves: Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate.  Not only does Christy share with us about delicious food, she gives ideas on how to have some Christmas fun.  Click on the cookies to find out how you can do 25 free & inexpensive things for the best Christmas ever.

 

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Next, there is so much going on over at I should be mopping the floor.  Kristi has some adorable printables & ways to make your holidays less stressful.  Just don’t be mad at me if you spend A LOT of time there.

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Then, my other fav, who is always keepin’ it real over at Only a Breath.  Melanie has announced she wants us to share reading the Bible in 2015.  I know she would love having you all join in to study God’s word together.  Just click on her messy kitchen to go to the blog post.  (And by the way, this was after a night of at the last minute reindeer cookie making.  I feel her pain.)

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Now that I have shared some of my favorite blog stuff with you, I want to talk about how my taste in Christmas presents have changed.  When I was younger of course it was toys, toys, & more toys!  Then, as I became a teenager, it was a special piece of jewelry, clothes, or whatever it was everybody else was getting that year.  As I got older & had kids & now grandkids -it’s hard to buy my Christmas present.  Not that I am that hard to buy for.  You see, what I want for Christmas has become something you can’t buy in a store.  My kids will ask what I want, every year.

For the past several years, it’s been the same- nothing. 

 I just want them to take care of their own babies now.  To make sure they get what they want.  My Christmas present is my house full of people who I love & who love me.  Being able to open up my house to the ones who are dearest to me is a wonderful feeling.  In the past few years, people have become so much more important to me.  I think it’s just something that tends to happen when you lose those who are very dear to you.  Many of our loved ones have gone on & you start to really pay attention to the relationships you have.  My mama loved a get together.  I think I am getting more like her.  I love eating together, laughing together, & watching them all be excited for the season.  Seeing the little ones squeal & rip & romp through my house.   Having enough food for everybody & then some.  Being able to cook with my sweetie.  That is what I want for Christmas.  The feeling of contentment that right then, for a split second, my loved ones are fed, safe, & sound.  There, for the moment, there is peace on my earth, that I live in.  I wouldn’t take anything for all of that.  Now show me how to bottle & sell that & we will be gazillionaires!

What are you doing for Christmas?  Whatever it is, I hope you feel as blessed as I do.  Not with what’s under the tree, but being grateful for your family, friends, & spiritual blessings.  That’s what it’s all about anyway.  Until next time, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

A little Christmas perspective from Calvin & Hobbes

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Raising a peacemaker & this is what my Thanksgiving looked like

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The other day, I got a phone call from the school.  It was my Miss Neenee.  She began telling me she was in the nurse’s office.  (Which from my experience, has never turned out good.)

She said she had been hit by a boy in P.E. They were playing basketball.  They were both going up to catch the ball.  The boy slammed into her, to get the ball. Then, the ball hit her in the face.  All of that commotion broke her glasses & left a cut on her eyebrow.

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She started by telling me,

“Mama, I’m in the nurse’s office.  I cut my eye playing ball & broke my glasses.”

“You cut your eye?  Your eyeball?”  I was just a smidge panicked.

“No, the outside close to my eyebrow.  And it’s bleeding.” She said.

“It’s bleeding???” Now, full blown anxiety & confusion has set in.  And apparently, I sounded too frantic, because the nurse got on the phone.

The kind nurse reassured me she was not bleeding profusely.  That she took a lick on the eye & her glasses were broken.  She put the Miss back on the phone.  I asked her did she need to be picked up & she did not.

After we got home, I asked her, “Who was this boy & what did you do when you got hit?”

Well, first she cried.  Then, she went to the nurse’s office (accompanied by one of her besties, no less).

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“What happened with the little boy?” I pressed.

“He kept saying he was sorry & he said he would buy me some new glasses.” She said

“Well, what did you do to him?”  I quizzed.

“Umm, nothing.  He said he was sorry.  A bunch.”  She replied.

Really?  No big throw down?  No show down amongst the 5th & 6th grader P.E. students?  If it had of been me, I would have probably had to smack some heads.  You can’t push somebody around & get by with it.  Then, I thought about what Jesus said, in His sermon on the mount:

Matthew 5:9 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (ESV)

Matthew 5:38-39

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. (ESV)

By Miss Neenee just letting it go, she became a peacemaker, like Jesus is talking about there in verse 9.  She passed on the opportunity to retaliate.   She turned the other cheek.  Perhaps I could learn a lesson here.  Maybe we all could.  Keep your temper & anger in check.  It’s what Jesus would want us to do.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We most certainly did.  I was off work for 4 days.  Out of those 4 days I saw my kids & grandkids every day.  That’s a lot of happiness for me.  I even got to keep my grandbabies for some of that time.  Fun was had by all.  I hope you have a wonderful week.  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

Some Thanksgiving highlights:

My Daddy & sister in law

My Daddy & sister in law

Me & my big brother

Me & my big brother

Jay-Dub & Livie - sweetest nephew & niece ever

Jay-Dub & Livie – sweetest nephew & niece ever

 

Daddy & Livie

Daddy & Livie

Livie & Miss Neenee

Livie & Miss Neenee

Thanksgiving breakfast sorta agrees with us.

Thanksgiving breakfast sorta agrees with us.

Star of the show- brined, smoked & ready to eat.  Best. turkey. ever.

Star of the show- brined, smoked & ready to eat. Best. turkey. ever.

Some of the Thanksgiving dinner.  The rest continued around on the other side of the counter.  Whew!  We were full!

Some of the Thanksgiving dinner. The rest continued around on the other side of the counter. Whew! We were full!

Here's some Thanksgiving kids.  Coincidentally, they do not like turkey.  However, are stuffing their little faces with the "chicken" we had.

Here’s some Thanksgiving kids. Coincidentally, they do not like turkey. However, are stuffing their little faces with the “chicken” we had.

Two of my sweet boys

Two of my sweet boys

When you can't find the butterflies for the Elefun game, you try to make other things fly out of his nose.

When you can’t find the butterflies for the Elefun game, you try to make other things fly out of his nose.

Like cups or guns....

Like cups or guns….

And here was the guilty culprit!  Look at that sweet face.  Now, how many times do you think he gets in trouble at Grand & Pap's?  If you said none, you were right.

And here was the guilty culprit! Look at that Mr. Sweetie Pants!  Now, how many times do you think he gets in trouble at Grand & Pap’s? If you said none, you were right.

 

 

 

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Why I like Thanksgiving & being thankful for what you already have

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 I Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

As everyone knows, that does not live under a rock, this Thursday is Thanksgiving.  I have always liked Thanksgiving for many reasons.  Here are a few:

1.  I get to see my family that I love.  Especially the ones from out of town.  I am turning into my Mamaw.  If it’s a holiday or Sunday dinner, my loved ones are required to be at my house.  And if not, I just won’t ever understand what else could be so important that you could not have your feet under my table for that time.  I just love them that much.

2. Thanksgiving is leisure time.  Not like that other holiday that is coming up next month.  Thanksgiving is cooking & eating & visiting.  You are really not required to do anything except cook, eat, & visit.  That’s easy.  Oh & watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade & football games.  Plus, we enjoy a little Just Dance, on the Wii, at our house as well.  Miss Neenee’s usual response when I play is,

“Mama quit. You are embarrassing yourself.”

3. We eat our way through the whole holiday.  I begin by hosting Thanksgiving breakfast.  We fill our bellies full of biscuits, Mama’s breakfast casserole, quiche, homemade Danish, bacon, sausage, & various & asundry jellies, preserves, & whatever else I can come up with.  Then, once that’s over, we go for the meal with the star of the show- the smoked turkey.  There’s dressing(not stuffing), cranberry sauce, beans, corn, salads, shells & cheese, casseroles, rolls, so much I can’t name it all.  And desserts that will make you want to slap yo’ mama & draw back at your daddy.  **On a side note, speaking of which, my Daddy has already proclaimed his Thanksgiving day plans are to eat breakfast at my house, then, go back to one of the bedrooms & sleep until we wake him up for dinner. **  I love a well thought out plan.

4. Me & my sweetie get to cook together.  It just all comes full circle.  We love to eat.  So, cooking together makes it just that much more fun.

5.  No stressing out.   I have my menu made weeks in advance.  I get my groceries bought up.  We plan when we are cooking what.  We execute our plan.  If anything goes amiss, it’s ok.  It’s all family.  They don’t care.  Not like Christmas.  My hair will be falling out before Christmas Eve.  Seriously.  It happens every year.  You don’t have to worry about presents on Thanksgiving or making sure everything is just right.  I leave that for next month.

So you see, I try my best, to celebrate Thanksgiving the way it should be.  Being thankful for what the Lord has so graciously blessed us with.  I read an article that has suggested showing gratitude is a lot more healthier for us than not being thankful- even for the everyday things.  You can read 20 Mind Blowing things about Gratitude here.  I do want to mention Bro. Brad preached an excellent sermon on Sunday- pinpointing being thankful.  He said he had read a story about a preacher that was always thankful.  He said one of the negative Nancy’s of the congregation came in thinking there was no way the preacher would find anything to be thankful for that day.  It was nasty outside.  Raining, wind blowing, terrible weather.  When the preacher got up to pray, he said,

“Thank you, Lord, that not all days are like this.”

What a wonderful attitude of gratitude.  There is always something to be thankful for.  The blanket on our bed, that keeps us warm a night.  The roof over our heads.  Hot water.  Shoes. Our sight.  Things that oftentimes we take for granted.  We as a society are so funny.  Because you know what the day after Thanksgiving is- Black Friday.

black-friday-ecardSad, but true.

I am glad you stopped by to visit with me today.  I so hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Like every year, I will be so happy to be surrounded by friends & family.  However, will be missing my Mama, too.  She loved a celebration.  No matter what it was for.  Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll!!  Until next time I will be going because I should be washing clothes.

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Do you want a piece of me? & what a wonderful life it is…..

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As I get older, my life gets more full & blessed.  I am so thankful for the people in my life.  I am so glad our family is close knit & loving.  Even though my daughter is married, with a baby & my middle daughter has a busy life, we still can’t hardly go to town without calling each other to see if the other one wants to go.  Just the other day, I asked my 10 year old daughter if she ever felt like I didn’t give her enough attention.  You know I got these grandbabies, now, that we just gush over.  Then, the older girls, my 2 sons, my daughter in law, my sweet husband & I try to keep up with my Daddy, as well.  I work full time, teach a Bible class at church, try to keep a house, cook, clean (sorta) & sometimes, after all that, I feel like she may get a little left behind.  But when I asked her if she felt left out, she looked at me in utter surprise.

She said,

“No, I love my life.  I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”   

Whew,nailed it.

Isn’t that what we all strive with our kids? We just want them to feel safe, loved, & well, happy.  Now, ask her how happy she is when she can’t keep Mr. Sweetie Pants out of her room messing with all her stuff & you may get another answer!

Nonetheless, with my big family, something is always going on.  Ne’er a dull moment.  My oldest daughter got her degree in May (Yay!)  She has gone to work for a school district.  They had a 2 day kindergarten camp with the kids to get them ready for the school year.  She said there was one little boy that was a mess.  On the first day, he kept asking her,

 “Miss K.K. do you want a piece of me?”

 She kindly reassured him, she did not.

On Tuesday she finally had to get on to him.  She said,

“If you don’t stop doing that, you are going to have to come stand beside me & hold my hand.  Do you want to have to come hold my hand?” 

He sweetly replied, “Maybe.”

Looks like she will have her hands full & heart full by the end of the school year!

I am so proud of my daughter & her love of children.  Her grandmother loved children, too.

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Jesus had encounters with children.

Matthew 19:13

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. (NKJV)

 

Jesus knew the value of children.

Matthew 19:14

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (NKJV)

 

 

We should be ever mindful of these little fellows.  They have an innocence & trustful, loving, heart just like we should have.  Those are the kinds of things that will get us a 1st class ticket to be with Jesus.

I am so glad you came by today.  I hope your week has been full of good days. If you have not had the grandest of days I want to share this quote I saw this week:

You were born for a purpose,

You are here for a purpose.

When live knocks you down,

Remember your purpose.- Billy Cox

 

Now, go out & make it a great day!  As for me, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

 

 

 

Easter fun

Easter can get pretty crazy at my house. Oh we do the usual stuff. We go to church & just like every Sunday, celebrate the death, burial, & resurrection of Jesus. Then, we come home & eat a bountiful lunch. Our family comes over & we hide & hunt Easter eggs. This year, I don’t know if it’s because I did too much hiding & hunting Easter eggs, but Lord have mercy, I got out of my car at work Monday & I was sore! It’s because of all the crazy activities at my house. I just know it.  Or it may or may not have been all of the peanut butter fudge I ate. The jury’s still out on that one.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst, we dipped all kinds of low fat, low calorie goodness (not really) out of these bowls & partook of it.

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Second, we posed for some pictures.                               Here is my sweet niece & daughter.

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Me, Daddy, & my brother

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Then, we went on to the egg hunt.  That involved a few more people.

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Mr. Sweetie Pants & Miss Neenee counting the eggs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMr. Sweetie Pants hunting the eggs.  See that red wagon?  He pulled that thing around & would not stop for a second for Grand to get a picture.  That was about the jist of the day.  There was more people at my house, who were camera dodging folks.  But that’s ok.  I will get them next time around.  When they aren’t looking, of course.

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I am so glad you stopped by so that I could share some of our Easter fun with you.  Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

 

30 Days of Gratitude

Day 17

Slug burgers & fried pickles

Slug burgers & fried pickles

I am thankful for slug burgers & fried pickles.  If you don’t know what a slug burger is, well, you must not be from the South.  We eat these with pride.  It is so delectable & tasty we have a festival in town honoring the Slug Burger.  Read about that here.

Day 18

Sirius on my car

Sirius on my car

I am thankful for Sirius Radio on my car.  I don’t know what Miss Neenee EVER did without Radio Disney.  When my older girls ride with me, they say, “Do we have to listen to Radio Disney the whole time?”  No sweetie, we don’t, but remember sometimes you have to sacrifice to make others happy.

Day 19

Bone in pork loin

Bone in pork loin

I am thankful that when I see something like this, I can get excited because I know I have someone at home that can make this goo-ood!  Thursday night grilled goes on all year round.  My sweetie is always cooking up something tasty.  Ain’t none of us lacking in the eatin’ good department.

Day 20

Tutti Fruitti crew

Tutti Fruitti crew

I am thankful for Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt.  I really think I could live off of frozen yogurt.  It becomes a major staple in my diet from time to time.  I think I will come up with a frozen yogurt diet.  I could start my morning off with coffee flavored yogurt, lunch could be tutti fruitti flavor, for supper it could be salted pretzel caramel flavor with red velvet cake flavor for dessert.  Why am I still working a desk job when I have such incredible diet ideas??  I mean the dieting/weight loss industry is a multimillion dollar thing.  Oh wait, I know.  Because they don’t need my yogurt help.  Serves me right.

Day 21

mudI am thankful for mud on this tire.  This mud is from a little ride we took on our property.  I am glad we are blessed by being landowners.  And I am glad for the mud ridin’ we get to do there!

Day 22OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am so thankful for my sweet daughters.  You cannot make me believe there are any better kids anywhere.  I just don’t know what I would do without them!

Day 23M & MAMA

 

I am so thankful for these two ladies.  This is day 23 of being thankful & on November 23rd, my Mama would have been 67 years old.  This is a picture of her & my Mamaw (her mama).  This is how I like to remember both of them.  My Mama passed away in 2002.  She was a wonderful mother & Christian woman.  She was loving & kind to everyone.  She taught me so much.  I miss both of them more than words can say.  I am so blessed to have had their examples in my life.

 

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I am so thankful for my brother, of whom I affectionately refer to as Bud.  He is such a great person, handsome & charismatic.  He is a fantastic Dad & husband.  He got a lot of maternal instincts from my Mama.  He’s a good cook, will clean, & when my niece was little, he fixed her hair for school every day.  He takes care of his family & is very loyal.  He’s a good planner & organizer.  He’s sweet & considerate.  He’s the type of person you always want on your team.  He always has my back.   He is the reason Mama & Daddy had me.  They wanted another child as precious as him.  I am the reason they did not have any more kids. (True story)

Day 25OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am very thankful for this young man with my Daddy.  He is my nephew.  He is such a kind, sweet spirited boy.  He takes after my brother.  He always makes time to talk to me.  He is very athletic & handsome.  He is funny & smart, as well.  Before he left my house, the last time, he made everyone well aware that he was the tallest person at our house.  That’s ok little nephew.  You will always be a sweetie pie to me.

Day 26OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am very thankful for my sweet niece.  She is officially taller than me…. sad sigh 😦  She is beautiful, talented, funny & smart.  She always returns my texts.  She is the Snapchat queen.  She is tall like my Mama was.  She always makes me feel special.  She makes me proud to be her aunt.

 

Day 27OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am so thankful for Mr. Sweetie Pants’ ability to keep gum in his mouth.  He knows I keep gum in my purse.  He always tries to get as much gum out of me as he can. Here’s how the conversation went:

“Grand, I wantgum.”

“I just gave you gum.”

“Grand, I wantgumnow.”

“You still have gum in your mouth, let me see it.”

And there it was.

 

Day 28OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am thankful for my family.  This is my brother, his wife, & my Daddy.  I love these people to pieces.  They are worth getting up early on my day off & cooking breakfast for.

 

Day 29OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am thankful for this sweet family.  This is my son, daughter-in-law, & of course Mr. Sweetie pants.  They all bring lots of smiles to our lives.

Day 30OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am thankful for these two together.  I just don’t know what I would do without her or him.  She is like a little mama with him.  He is a rambunctious, precious little boy.  Together, they are a force to be reckoned with.  Love. Every. Minute. Of. It.

 

Whew!  Finished this 30 day challenge.  I am so blessed & thankful for the fullness of my life.  I hope you have enjoyed this little project I did.  I am glad you stopped by to visit with me.  I would love to stay longer, but I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

 

 

 

 

Memories in the making……

An unshared life is not living. He who shares does not lessen, but greatens, his life.- Stephen S. Wise

In a fast paced world of jobs, school, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and household chores, it’s easy to forget to spend time with the people you love. Togetherness gets lost in trying to coordinate schedules & keeping up the workload & activities in a busy life.

I know of some families that still get together on loved ones birthdays, that have passed on.  It is just simply a meal with reflections of that person.  Wouldn’t that be admirable, just to honor someone in such a way?  Another family goes on a trip each year on the date of a passed loved one’s birthday.  It’s just a way of them keeping in their remembrance the joy they had for that person.

Another thing to do is to make a tradition with your family.  One thing our family used to do is on Christmas, at my grandparent’s house, was exchanging gifts.  One of the gifts was always a box with 2 ugly neckties.  Whatever lucky person got them, had to save them until the next year.  Then, they could give those 2 ties & add any other article of atrociousness to it, if they chose.  It was fun each year to see who was going to end up with the ties.

Just know, when you look back on your life. It won’t be the big promotion or the grade average that will warm your heart. Rather, important memories of the times you shared with loved ones will warm your heart. Enjoy your loved ones now, while they are still here. Celebrate life with the people dearest to your heart.

Challenge: Mark on your calendar & make a date with someone you love. Have dinner with your family, take your grandmother or grandfather on a picnic, go walking with a friend, take a pet or a child outside & play in the yard. Make some memories!

I hope everyone takes time out this week to spend some time with someone you love. Let me know what you did & how it turned out. I can’t wait to hear about the fun you have.  But right now, I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes!

Parts of this article was taken from a book- 101 Ways To Make a Difference Today by Candy Paul

I have become everything I ever made fun of ….serves me right.

Used to I made fun of people that couldn’t see.  I never could figure it out.  Why in the world would you be able to see something better by looking at small print held way out, an arm length in front of you?  I used to laugh at these people… used to.

Used to I made fun of people who were forgetful.  I mean, how could you forget how old your kids are, what grade they are in, when their birthdays are… their names??  How could you go to the grocery store, fill your buggy up past load capacity, rounded over, & hard to see over the top- then get to the check out only to remember, you left your debit card at home?  In any event, what would be the possibility of having an excited little girl in Girl Scouts- who lived for the once a week meetings to have fun & play & do all the perfectly wonderful Girl Scoutish stuff, then have a Mom who forgets to send the snack?  I used to make fun of these people…used to.

Used to I made fun of people who were turning 40.  Really? 40 is just a number! Get over it!  It’s not like you haven’t got lots of productive years to come.  What’s the big deal?  Just the other day at the doctor’s office, while I was in for my yearly exam- the nurse said, “How old are you?”  “40.”, I say.  She asked, “ Did they schedule you for a mammogram today?” “What??”  I gasped.  She just smiled a big ‘ol smile & said, “Welcome to 40.”  40 has panicked me a little.  However, I have learned from a dear friend that a lot of prayer & a lot of Paxil is the key to keeping your sanity.:)  I used to make fun of these people…used to.

Used to I made fun of people who had gained a little weight through out the years.  Seriously, just do some exercises, cut back on your portion sizes, at meal times.  It’s not that hard.   This was until I got cable t.v. in my bedroom & candy to eat while lying in bed, watching my favorite t.v. shows.  And a desk job.  And a metabolism of a 40 year old.  I used to make fun of these people.. used to.

Used to I made fun of people that had unruly children.  Every time I would see someone with kids running a muck or parents at a function that could not tell you exactly where their kids were at that particular moment, I would think- what horrible parents.  If I heard of a child taking a permanent marker & drawing on their brother’s bed, why did the parents not have that marker put up where the kid couldn’t get it?   Or if a child was taking their healthy lunch to school, because they were having some weight issues, only to find out that kid was standing up at their lunch table announcing what disgusting thing they had in their lunch bag that day to trade it for cookies & pudding & whatever sugary snack they could get out of the other kids. Well, that’s all just a reflection on the sorry upbringing by the parents.  Used to this would disgust me…used to.

All of the aforementioned, I am super guilty of.  I thought you got wiser as you got older.  I was so looking forward to that wisdom.  Only to find I will be the crazy cat lady who wears 2 different shoes, has the flat spot on the back of her hair, because she can’t see to comb it, who thinks the blue hair dye is really gray & talks to her collection of dolls, as if they were children.  I may be exaggerating a little bit ( I don’t really care for cats).  If you relate to any of this, you know most importantly, laughter will get you through…And if it doesn’t try an antidepressant.  So, now I have become everything I ever made fun of. Serves me right.   If you have a funny story about things you used to make fun of, I would love to hear it.  I have to be going for now, because I should be washing clothes!

Happy Father’s Day

Aaaahhh!  Father’s Day! A day to remember our Fathers or those who have been like a Father to us.  I have had such terrific Father like influences in my life.  My Daddy is just wonderful & always has been.  My Father-in-law was such an incredible example of graciousness & love.  My grandfathers were quite something.  They were both different, however, loved us so much.  My brother is a remarkable person.  He is so maternal with his kids.  It’s like he knows exactly what to do & when to do it.  A symbol of true & down to earth parenting at it’s best.  Now, I want to tell you about another Daddy.  That’s my husband.  He is kind, persevering, loyal, & always the one we all come to when we need help.  He has a great sense of humor, which, aids him in being a part of our family.  Read on.

When Miss Neenee was about 4 ½ years old, she could be quite the handful.  (But hardly a match for her Dad).  One Sunday night, after church, I was cooking supper. KK & EA were sitting at the bar talking.  The hubs & Miss Neenee were arguing back & forth about something.  All of a sudden Miss Neenee spouts off to their Dad, “You’re not the boss of me!”  In which the hubs said, “I am too.”  Before anyone could say Ninja Karate, Miss Neenee spins around, with her feet planted & her fists up in a stance & says, “I’ll beat your *&% !”  Well, my mouth dropped open, because not only do I not say things like this in front of her, cussing is strongly discouraged with anybody at my house.  KK & EA burst into laughter & her Dad took her into the living room.  That’s when Miss Neenee starts crying.  She wailed, “Are you gonna call the ‘leece?” (police)  Her Dad said, “Why would I call the police?”  Miss Neenee cries, “Because when somebody gets beat up, they call the ‘leece!”  Perhaps too much reality t.v. For her, but you know.  Her Dad handled it like a pro- laughing hysterically, the biggest part of the time.

Here are some situations he has asked to intervene on:

“Daddy! Tell him to quit beating the bongos!  It’s driving me insane!”

“Daddy! Tell her to she has to change clothes!  I am not going to school dressed like my little sister!”

“Daddy! It looks like someone scrubbed the toilet with my toothbrush!”

“Dad, I gotta question.”

He has done the drop off & pick up the kids in the car line, thing.  Once, when Neenee was about 5 yrs old he dropped three of the older kids off at school.  A teenage boy walked by the truck & looked in the window as he passed by.  Miss Neenee said, “Daddy! That boy was checkin’ me out!”

He always has always tucked us in.  One night he went to kiss Miss Neenee good night, she grabbed him by the collar & said, “C’mere cowboy!”  And firmly planted one on his lips.  Then she hollered, “Whew-hoo!”  That was when she had been watching too much Toy Story.

He has always been there for all of us. Thanks to my hubby for being just so darn great.  Happy Father’s Day to you!  You are my sweetie!

Happy Father’s Day to all the fantastic men out there!  I am so glad you stopped by for a visit.  I have to go now, because I should be washing clothes!

Mother’s Day

Sunday is Mother’s Day.  A time to honor our mothers.  For those of us, who’s mothers are passed away, it sometimes can be a difficult time.  I have so many fond memories of my mother.  I don’t want to make you cry, like Bubba Watson did, when he won the Masters.  But if you saw it, who was the 1st one out to him once he made that last putt?  His mama.  He hugged her & bawled like a baby.  I can appreciate that.  I loved my Mama like that.  That’s why I suppose Mother’s Day can be so hard. Because I do miss her just as much now, as when she passed away.

I have been fortunate to have been loved by many mothers.  My own, of course, but my Mamaw, my Mama B., special aunts, & my mother in law.  All these wonderful ladies were & are strong women.  They taught me how to love my kids & other kids, too.  They gave me values, & taught me how to act. They made sure I did not shame my family by leaving home, without knowing how to cook.  They went to church, they loved their neighbors, they took meals to the sick, shut in & those that lost family members. They gave spankings & hugs.  They feared God. They have all been fine examples of what a wonderful Southern mother should be.

In Proverbs it tells of a virtuous woman.  It says:

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman?  For her worth is far above rubies.

In the following verses it tells what she does:

    1. She is good to her husband.
    2. She works.
    1. She provides food for whoever is in her house.
    1. She strengthens herself.
    1. She helps the poor.
    1. She speaks words with wisdom.
    2. She watches over her household & is not idle.
    3. She has her children & husband’s respect.

v.30       She fears God.

This is a terrific description that we should try to live by.  The ladies that I have spoken of above have conquered this list.  My prayer is that every lady strives to be as the virtuous woman.  It makes our houses much better to live in.  It brings happiness to our lives & the lives of others.  We should respect others & respect ourselves.  We should practice peace & love toward others.  The attitudes we cultivate can have a powerful effect on others.  Ask God to help you find reasons to rejoice instead of complain.  Respond to difficult situations with calm faith & trust God’s will.

May 24th, 2012 will mark 10 years since my Mama has passed away.  She was a remarkable woman.  I only pray that I can carry on the way she & my other female influences have taught me.  The author Rick Bragg said in a Southern Living article, “You never outgrow the need for your mother’s love.”  Whether you are a mother, grandmother, aunt, or friend, make a way to show that special mother like love to others.  If your mother is still living, please make an effort to see or talk to her this Mother’s Day.  I know she will be glad you did.  Happy Mother’s Day to all!

I hope you have enjoyed this post . Maybe it has inspired you in some way.   I would love to write more, but right now I have to go, because I should be washing clothes……

           Me & Mama when I was about 6 years old