Thursday, December 29, 2011

What Would You Say to a 1 Year Truth Challenge?

Phil Calloway said yes which lead to a very funny book To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man's Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie.

Calloway is a Christian humorist and no that is not an oxymoron as many people may think. This is the first book I have ever read by him and I have a laugh warning for you, don't read while drinking (coffee up the nose is not comfortable) and don't read where your LOL bursts might embarrass you or get you fired.

I believe Calloway is a very brave man. This is a dare that though I would like to believe I always tell the truth about everything, we just completed a holiday that celebrated the birth the Savior of the world but left me telling fib upon fib about a dead St. who brings toys to children overnight. So yeah, truth telling challenges would not be for the faint of heart.

Through his book, however, he demonstrated true spiritual growth because even his prayer time with the Father changed. He made a fine point that prayers where we say the opposite of how we feel is quite ridiculous since God knows your thoughts and heart anyway.

There are tears as well as Calloway walks through the dementia that steals his mother in this life but finally releases her to a glorious after life with her Savior.

I really enjoyed this book. I was able to read it quickly over two days both laughing and crying. If you have had a rough year or are facing a difficult new year, this book will not only lighten your load but will give you perspective. I know I will look at my own life much differently after reading his trip through the year of telling the truth.

I received a free digital copy of this book. The opinions are 100% my own.

UPDATE:

Please pray, my nephew was taken to the hospital this morning by ambulance from the dr. office. He has pneumonia. My mom is beside herself with worry.

UPDATE: Nephew is still in the hospital but is better. Please keep praying. Thanks

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

ID's Required






great blog post shared by Dr. Wolf on the Wolf files with regard to the deep down belief of why ID shouldn't be required to vote when they are required in every other daily transaction listed in the pictre (also found on Wolf Files).

Monday, December 26, 2011

G's Dragon



One of G's gifts from me (was purchased 4 or 5 years ago) was a box set on how to draw or make paper dragons. This is a picture of G's Eastern dragon. She drew it and painted it. I helped a very little basically with encouragment and the green background. G did the face, majority of the body, scales, legs and feet. I helped with the tale and some of the interior of the design. It was a very good dragon and an interesting project for her.

Terrible Pictures from a Wonderful Day and Merry belated Christmas

These were taken with my phone in the only restaurant/bar open on Christmas. G and I were on our own for the day and after church, playing with some of the toys brought by Santa and a wee nap for me, I took G to see the movie The Adventures of TinTin. Very good movie by the way.

It ended after 6pm so I hoped and prayed we would find a place to stop and eat. Lo and behold one restaurant in the whole of big city was open and packed. A family who came in after me struck up a conversation because her brother and family adopted a 3 1/2 year old from some southern place in China (she couldn't remember now) about 5 years ago. So we had a conversation about her precious niece Quinn in MS and my precious G while waiting for a table to open up. Love the China connection (I really do).

While at dinner, I turned G onto the finer things of life like fried dill pickles!! As far as I am concerned fried dill pickles are a staple of life. Too bad I don't eat them except on special occassions and what could be more special than Christmas with my G?

While we waited G played the fire which also drew conversations out of other diners waiting. They all assumed it was her present. I explained that she was playing with the family gift because I never get to even hold it when she is around hardly.




Before we left the restaurant G asked if I would re-wrap all her gifts so she can open them again. She promised to forget everything she got so it would be like a surprise all over again! I said no.


G did receive from my parents a new set of sheets and bed cover (on super clearance from Target like REALLY SUPER CLEARANCED) and she slept in her own newly made up bed all night long last night! WOOT! We had left a (safety) heater on in her room so it was toasty warm for her and pretty much stayed that way even when I moved the heater back to my room. She played her new DS games while she fell asleep.


I have to say I loved having Christmas on a Sunday. We so enjoyed going to worship service Christmas Eve (candlelight service) then to worship the One Who came to the manger to grow and die on the cross for our sins, on that day we have chosen to celebrate as His birthday added so much to the day. Plus in a heathen way it broke up the present unwrapping so that celebration lasted longer too.

Today, I packed G up to spend the week with my parents since I have to go back to work tomorrow. She packed up most of her Christmas to bring with her to have something to play while here. Hoping she won't scatter all the bits where we can't find them. She is pretty good about keeping all the little bits together when she plays but has a bad habit of forgetting where she last kept it all. She also has 7 year old eyes that look for things only even with her standing line of sight.

Anyway looking forward to the New Year and praying it will be MUCH better than the last few.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Before Christmas Activities

Candycane Elf went with G (stowed away in her suitcase) to spend the night with the grandparents. This morning G found him tangled up in her over the door basket ball goal. It appears he must have been trying to slam dunk and got a bit confused at what is supposed to go first. Later in the morning as my dad passed under the door way, Candycane threw the ball at him.

G and I made a new ornament for their tree. I found the idea and instructions from Kim's Musings blogs. It is a walnut shell ornament. We used a rock for the face because we didn't have any beads although I thought we did. It is most itty bitty and the phone's camera kept trying to flash which washed the picture out but there it is. I painted G's name on one side and the year on the other.







Anyway, that is what we have been upto today, two days before Christmas.




I am very tired too because a friend and I went to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie. LOVED IT!!! LOVED IT!!! I want to keep Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes forever!!! Great movie. Now I want to see Mission Impossible and the Adventures of TinTin. TinTin may be a real possibility but MI may have to wait for the video.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Elves Talk to Each Other

Our Candycane spoke with another elf who said fishing in toilets was the thing to do so this morning, G found Candycane had caught a green goldfish out of our toilet.


**I almost hurt myself trying to not laugh!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hard facts to overcome...

interesting article about what Asians face in college admission practices. I guess G will just have to mark white. Of course we should exclude race questions from all questionnaires.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Needed in Our Financial Times of Trouble

Very timely for those of us struggling financially and in this economy very few people aren't struggling. Ellie Kay gives you a plan that in 60 minutes a day you can bring your family back into financial health. She guides the reader through a well thought out plan to reign in spending, get out of dept and save for the future. Each 60 minute work out has tips to use during the workout. This book is the 60 Minute Money Workout, out this month.

This is meant to be a workbook not just a book to read. This requires active participation from the reader as that is the only way to become financially healthy, active participation in planning, setting financial goals, looking at reasons we spend money and the whys we spend money on the things we do. It is a good resource for couples to get on the same page financially speaking.

I am hoping that this book for my family will be the turn around I need. I am going to go back through it actively now and really work it so that by the end of 2012 I will be debt free and financially healthy again.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my opinions.

Adventures of Candycane

Sorry the pictures are so bad. I used the phone to take them. This little elf has gotten into some fun places. One morning he was in my cabinet with a note pad and wrote "good behavior" to take back to Santa that night.










Then one day he used a sucker to have a treat in one of G's hand made cups from school. Then one morning he was just hanging around on the cabinet door.

He drank G's milk from the night before as he hung out in the refrigerator where she put it.
G wasn't too upset with that since she obviously didn't want that milk again.












The second morning he got into G's leap frog games and played a bit before we woke up.




The first morning he was with us he got into G's snack container where we keep her easy to reach snacks which meant she couldn't get into them for fear of touching him.













Candycane has sure been an interesting addition to our Christmas season.

Hank Hanegraaff's Book


Has God Spoken? uses a handy acronym "MAPS" to give evidence for divine origin of the Bible.

"M represents the strength of the manuscript itself as many actual fragments have been located

"A stands for the archaeological proofs that have been uncovered

"P is for the prophecy that has accurately predicted events

"S represents the scriptural synergy found in the unity, consistency, and harmony of the sixty-six books"

If you have someone who is questioning the veracity and authenticity of the Bible, this is the book for them. It is a very helpful book for apologetics that any Christian can use to have open and frank discussions with questioning individuals.

It is well written and follows logical arguments with invaluable proofs. Hank Hanegraaff does nothing half heartedly. This is a well researched book to help Christians give an answer for the faith. This book will empower, equip and encourage Christians to always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks, to give the reason for the hope in Christ-with gentleness and respect as Christians are admonished to do in 1Peter 3:15.

Hank Hanegraaff can be heard on the Bible Answer Man radio program and has authored several books such as the Complete Bible Answer Book and The Prayer of Jesus. He is the president of the Christian Research Institute (website is www.equip.org )

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

G's elf has been quite a treat. This a.m. He hung out with my running Santa. G said, "Why did he go to that Santa? It's not like that Santa's real!" Heh

Saturday, December 10, 2011

G's Drawing of Her Elf


G did this on the computer. She is pretty good, at least I think so.

Good Videos to Watch

Everything's Amazing, Nobody's Happy

Discussion on Tim Tebow


These need to be watched by everybody.

A Santa Visit with a Surprise







Today G and I went to Breakfast with Santa where I am currently temp-ing. There were so many activities and even a picture with Santa. The food was pretty good too. As you can see in this picture, Santa left something for G at my desk.


She had never asked for one of the little tattlers before this year. She e-mailed Santa this year though and asked for one. Since Santa was coming to work anyway, he just left it with a letter for G. Her face turned bright red and she got REAL quiet. Since then however she hasn't stopped talking about it. His name is Candycane and he "looks like" her with dark-ish skin, black hair and brown eyes.


G is on the verge of not believing and I think this may be the last year of true belief. Two boys in her class already told her Santa isn't real. I know the boys are trouble makers anyway so I was able to deflect their words. She is 7 after all and still wants to believe. I do constantly tell her the history of St. Nick who actually was a true person, bishop I believe who did give gifts to help poor individuals.


Anyway, this was a fun day for G. She made several ornaments, shopped in the Secret Santa gift shop (all of this was free by the way). She even got her presents wrapped. I hope this temp assignment turns to be permanent even though it is much farther than I wish.


Now all that is left is to register Candycane at the North Pole. I will have to give reports on Candycane sans photos this week and upload pics next Saturday. First report is tonight. G said she hoped she didn't have a meltdown tonight, heh. Maybe this isn't such a bad thing after all!

Friday, December 09, 2011

What Was the Best Part of the...

...parade according to G? Throwing out the candy, of course. Probably the best $2.50 I ever spent. Even getting candy for herself wasn't the best. And of course none of my well planned idea worked. Too much to tell from the fire. Will have to post later from a real computer.

So now I can update the parade. The photos didn't turn out very well from the phone so no pics. I had planned to walk up to our church which was the end location for the parade (not far from my house), meet my parents, have chili provided by the youth group as a fund raiser, and then walk with G to the parade meeting place (again not far) and back home after.

That was how simple the plan was supposed to be. In actuality this is how it went down: First, I met my parents at the right spot but then they had to drive me back to my house because I forgot the candy. Then my dad wouldn't allow us to walk to the meeting place and drove us to the parade beginning. Then they drove us home instead of us walking home which literally would have only been a block from their car. Then when I went to put what I thought was the spare house key in the door it wasn't the right spare. Dad had to let me in the house. So all in all my wonderful plans didn't turn out so wonderful after all.

The only thing that did work was G throwing the candy and even then we ran out half way through! G was able to even collect some candy after our part ended. We saw my parents on the side of the road and jumped out of our spot to watch the rest of the parade. G said she preferred to participate rather than just watch so we shall see for next year.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Christmas parade tonight

Pictures coming soon. G and I are walking with her school. Very afraid it will be too cold. We are going anyway I think. At least right now that is the plan. I might be able to talk us both out of going or not.

So on another thought, this company for which I am temping has breakfast with Santa on sat. Not sure who is more excited me or G. I can't wait to post all about it on Sat.

Another thing, can't wait for Sherlock Holmes to open. Loved the first one.

Personally, I am in very great need of sleep. These next few weeks are going to be very busy with lots of late nights and potential tiredness meltdowns. We will get through this busy season. I just need to find one good napping day soon to boost me up for it.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

It snowed this morning and is still snowing but school hasn't been called. If it worked a snow covered tree albeit sideways posted from the phone.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

something good

I know sometimes most of the time I record frustrating things about parenting but in reality G is a very obedient child. Case in point: Sunday before church she lost the privilege of playing with fire during church while I sang in the choir. Now the reality was that I would have never known if she had played with it b / c although I can see her, I can't tell what she is actually doing.

For the beginning of the service until offertory I am in the choir loft with her on "our" pew watching our stuff. It is a small church so I trust her. There are also friends all around. So after I came down from the choir loft and G had met me as previously agreed, I asked her how she remembered to watch for me to come down? She said that while she played with her dinosaur sticker book, she would look for me at the end of each page. She had accepted the punishment of not playing with the fire despite my not being present to monitor.

Of course her ability to sit by herself quietly without disrupting at the ripe old age of 7 almost 8 is a testament to her good behavior in public. A lot also has to do with not wanting people to notice her AT ALL thankyouverymuch.

Now at home she isn't always so gracious in accepting negative consequences. Those are the frustrating times for me. On the other hand, we both can laugh at ourselves after the frustrations are over. I am reminded often how lucky I am to have G in my life. She is a super cool kid when you get past her wall.

Monday, December 05, 2011

The Queen of What Ifs

G is the queen in asking all the possible what if questions imaginable with regard to any situation. This morning it was in regard to canned goods food basket for the custodians. I packed two cans in G's b/p to take to school. Her 1st concern was what if the boxes aren't labelled? I said ask the teacher. Then her 2nd concern was what if teacher didn't know about it. She had several other unrealistic what ifs regarding the collection so that I ended up yelling kindly mentioning for the thousandth time that I will not deal with what ifs so she could just bring the cans back home. The note that was sent home that G read took care of all potential what ifs imagined.

Sometimes I think she asks these questions to frustrate me. Then I have to remember that sometimes she just needs everything worked out to her understanding. I like things worked out too so we are not that different after all. My goal is to remember the latter more often than believing the former. Maybe that will help us have peace and understanding this holiday season.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Necessary and Needed Updates.

Thanksgiving we spent with my parents. Mom seems to now be almost over her vertigo thankfully. G and I put up her Christmas tree the Friday after Thanksgiving. I took no pictures but should have since G was dressed in shorts, flip flops and a T-shirt. It was unseasonably warm that day. Then of course is snowed three days later. It is back up to high 50s low 60s today. Mom and G planted pansies that were a gift from my aunt.

I am on my 3rd temp assignment at this point, started the Monday before Thanksgiving. Large company long term possibility but I am not hopeful. The second temp assignment was supposed to be through the end of the year but didn't last that long. I had promised to not look for anything or take any time off during that assignment but the total assignment ended up lasting only 3 weeks total (hours wise and pay wise). Then I was off between assignments with no income for 2 1/2 weeks the first time and then 2 weeks 3 days weeks the next time. It has been financially difficult and I won't lie. Seems to happen right here at Christmas.

Thankfully while I was working I was able to snag somethings early in the year for G for Christmas and thanks to my mother's bday present G now will get everything on her Christmas list. It wasn't long to begin with. She really likes stuff but she is fairly content with just a few things.

With the gift from my parents I was able to get us the Kindle Fire which I now am loving. G will get some of the craft things she longs for with the rest of the Christmas money that will be from my parents to her.

I have my Christmas cards but haven't mailed them. Left them home accidentally today when we came to my mom's. I can't seem to get everything I want to do in the same place at the same time that I am thinking of it. Must be age.

The house sold and I closed with no tears last Monday. It was a short sale and I am still required (which I know I owe) to pay over the next two years the second mtg I had on it. Will never own another house ever never ever again. Will never buy a house in a bubble again. Had a dream that we had to move at the end of this month because I sold the house then I had to wake up to remember that we didn't sell the house we are in.


G has three different groups to walk with in the local town's Christmas parade. One is with the school's honor students. This year we will walk with them. Next year maybe with another group like her Karate group and maybe the next year with GAs that is if they all participate again. G has way more social events than I do.

This new job has a breakfast with Santa opportunity that I signed us up to attend. I think G will receive a special gift left at my desk from him that day. G has decided she wants an elf on the shelf so now I have to find one. New tradition? I am always up for that.


G drew this Santa at school in art class. I was very impressed with it. It is now hanging up on the wall of Christmas (that tends to stay up all year).

Thursday, December 01, 2011

What My Mother Got for Her Birthday

My father bought my mother a Wii for her birthday. In reality it becomes G's by default. My mother has no plans to play with a Wii.

Happy Birthday to my Mom

Happy birthday to you, Mom! I hope it is joy filled and fantastic. Love, your favorite kid(Me)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Snow in November-Updated with Pictures



They said we would have an unusually warm December, whoever "they" are. Well, it is snowing big snow flakes and covering the ground. So far the roads are fine.


**Update**


This picture was taken 11/29/11 before I took G to the sitter's for school before I went to work. To say the child was excited about this snow is an understatement and all she could talk about on the way was snow and how the yards and houses had snow everywhere. It was that very wet type of snow that is just stick to you wet.

Funny conversation

I think to blog on the fire, I have to be in html not compose.

Last night I had the funniest conversation with G. We were at choir practice when the director said "calling" but it sounded like "cawling". G said, "Why did she say it like that?" I told G that the choir director was from Philadelphia not our southern state. Then G said, "Well why doesn't she learn to speak English right then?" Hee hee, that coming from a very southern Chinese-American.

I am growing to like the fire if I can master the keyboard that is. G loves it and all the free games I have loaded. The more I practice the better I will get I am sure.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

We did absolutely nothing and it was wonderful. Both G and I spent Wed night with my parents so (for me) the best part of Thanksgiving was Dad making breakfast. Then we had pizza for lunch. Dad had a ham sandwich, not pizza. Don't feel sorry for us though, Mom has vertigo so she wasn't actually that hungry and neither G nor I like turkey. (I know, I know, I have heard it all my life, unAmerican). I would have cooked one for my mom and dad but since I don't like it and have never cooked one it probably wouldn't have turned out anyway. I did make some pumpkin cinnamon rolls from scratch and burned some spiced pecans (boo hoo) over the holiday weekend.

Anyway, I downloaded some games to the fire and G spent all most of the holiday weekend with her face in the fire like this:

So we agreed to keep it. I can go at lunch to a *bucks or McDs for the wi-fi which works fine for what I need anyway.





Today, G, mom and I headed off to the big city next door to buy seaweed because we have been out for a bit. Then we stopped at mcds for lunch and downloaded a few more FREE games. I will only put the free on the fire.

G and I did decorate Mom's tree for her for two reasons, 1) she feels badly and 2) 'twill be the only tree G and I decorate until the cats die for Christmas this year.

Friday night we watched the news where people were killed over a $2 waffle maker. The prices looked really tempting on some of that stuff but honestly my life is so much more valuable. Two women in big city next door left their babies in the car to shop and ended up arrested. Yup, brilliant I tell you! Black Friday is turning away from bringing the stores into the black from the red and becoming more of a "black" as in death and dismemberment day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

posting from the fire

Seems to be a bit difficult. I am still not sold on it. I have a few more days to decide yet. Can't figure out how to tab on this yet. Any help would be appreciated. Also, I wish to give G a chance to see it in action. So I started the new assignment yesterday. So far so good. Please pray my car will hold out. Thanks.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Free Christmas Cards







Stationery card

View the entire collection of cards.

I just ordered my free Christmas cards. I hope my three winners have been able to order theirs too.

My Personal Opinion on the Kindle Fire

I received an early Christmas gift from my parents. I got the Kindle Fire. I will tell you that I bought for my birthday a Kindle with 3g and wi-fi. The only thing I don't like about that one is it isn't touch screen or it needs a small mouse attachment. The lack color isn't a big deal.

The Kindle Fire is really pretty but twice as heavy as the one other Kindle with its cover even. The screen is nice but you can't see if light hits it. It is wi-fi only. I can't download books if I am not hooked to wi-fi. I also haven't gotten used to the touch screen. Sometimes it is uber sentitive and other times I can't find the correct spot to touch.

And it is ONLY wi-fi. That actually is a big problem because it can only be used in hot spots. I personally do not have any internet service at my home. I have no computer because my laptop died several years ago and being unemployed/underemployed I just couldn't justify buying a new computer and spending the monthly fee to have internet access. There are no hotspots within a reasonable area to my home. It is pointless to drive (waste of gas) to get within reach of a hotspot that would also require a purchase of something for the right of usage. *bucks is no longer in our town which would at least be helpful.

I also tried to download some of the favorite games we have loaded on other Kindle like sramble (G's word for scrabble) and Every Word but even over wi-fi it wouldn't download for me. I was able to add the books I haven't yet read to the device but new books go directly to the other Kindle which G and I will still have to share. But we now will share both.

Maybe I will soon have a permanent job that will allow wi-fi at home but maybe I will just save money and buy G and me an i-Pad 2. Maybe they won't be so expensive in a few years.

I wouldn't recommend the Kindle Fire if you can afford an i-Pad. I couldn't so I thought the Kindle Fire would be a great alternative, but without the 3g in the least it becomes just a very expensive e-reader. I may try to see if I can use the other Kindle's USB cord and see if I can download through that. It came with no instructions and the user guide is accessible through the internet only.

I purchased this Kindle Fire (parents paying me back for Christmas) thinking I would be able to use it at home. The first day I got it I was contemplating sending it back. I have a little bit of time to decide still. I begin a new temp assignment on Monday as the last one that was supposed to go to the end of the year didn't. I will take it with me and see if I can at least use the Fire at lunch or on break or something. If I can't I may send it back or offer it here for what I paid plus shipping because I can't afford to ship it anywhere like Amazon can.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Princess Cake



G attended a birthday party recently and this was the activity, cake decorating. All the girls were very serious and worked really hard at making sure their dolls were decorated. G ate every bit of the cake too. She really had a great time and the dolls were picks not real bar*bies. G wouldn't let me through it away either because she might decorate another cake sometime of course.

Book Review

Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions that Control You by Andy Stanley


I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Andy Stanley gets to the heart of the matter with this book. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Jeremiah 17:9 tells us. How do we fix it? Of course the ultimate fix is trusting Christ as Savior and Lord. However, there will still be sin in our hearts because we are still human. We will still have times we will lash out and then wonder from where that came. Andy Stanley gives us the answer in this very helpful book.

Andy Stanley helps us understand what the Bible tells us all about human nature and the source of sin. He expertly guides us to the problem, ie the sin problem like guilt, anger, greed, jealousy, etc. Then he shows us through scripture the answer to these sins. Forgiveness is the answer to anger as generosity is the answer to greed, and so on.

It is not a difficult read; however, it is very difficult to look closely in my own heart to recognize the depths of sin that without a Savior would bind me for all eternity. It is a very helpful book that has taken time to read because in all honesty I don't wish to believe that I can be so bad when the reality is I can be my own episode in a J*SprinTer (name changed intentionally) show.

God knew when He created the universe that His special creation: humans would need reconciliation to Himself. He not only knew the problem, He provided the solution. In this book, Andy Stanley uses God's word to show us a better way to handle the deceitful heart.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Kay Bratt's New Book Out Now

Chasing China: A Daughter's Quest for Truth Kay Bratt's newest book is out. For Kindle lovers it is $1.99 on Amazon. She also has another little novella titled The Bridge.

So far The Bridge is a really good book that lends the reader a view of life in China from an elderly mother's perspective. Can't wait to read the other., but will have to wait until the tears are gone from this one. Ugh! heart wrenching.

G started asking lots of questions last night. We had a very long conversation about how she in particular ended up here. Some how she decided she was found in a box. I thought it was her imagination, she said it was what she thought I had told her. I think from several books and songs we have heard she formulated that idea on her own. Problem is what I know which is very little doesn't include information about a box.

She was still processing this all this morning. I let her know it was okay to be sad, be curious, be glad, be confused all at once. She had a question that she said I can't answer and that is what is her mother's name. She is right I can't answer that. I told her that we together can give her a name (as is suggested in one of the adoption workbooks for children from China) that we have.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Vetran's Day 2011

If you see a Vet, thank a Vet! Some gave all and all gave some for the continued freedoms we have today. And the nice thing is the Vet's that I have personally thanked appreciate the acknowledgment and are so humble (must be in their blood). They are what the Bible describes as meek (strength undercontrol with true humility). They deserve the honor; we should give it!

So thank you to all who have served and all who are serving and that includes the families!

Monday, November 07, 2011

For Family Documentation Purposes Only

I witnessed God working in G's heart last night. This story begins on Wednesday when a speaker gave a lecture about ministry in the women's jail. G did not mention to me anything about it until last night. I did know there was a speaker who came to speak after the fact.

So last night she started asking me about the jail. I have experience with jails from a professional standpoint only so I was able to answer a lot of questions. As the questions though began repeating themselves I ended the conversation. Sometimes G likes to make statements in order to get a response from me. So I prayed that God would work in G's heart to keep her following His direction and not end up in jail at some point in the future.

Now almost 10pm and I was almost asleep she said, "Mama, what happens to people who stole something?" I said, "They go to jail, why G?" And G fell apart and admitted that she had stolen something from a friend not once but on two occassions. No, it wasn't money and not to brag but only to bring a bit of humor to this she is actually a very clever theif, but I digress.

I asked her why she did it and she has no idea why. I told her that she would have to tell them and return the items, she cried harder. I told her that I was so glad she told me and I was proud of her for finally doing the right thing. She so didn't want to tell anyone. She is so afraid that this friend will not want to be friends with her (understandable). She is so afraid that this friend will tell other people and they won't want to be friends with her (possible not probable). She is so afraid of what others will say or think about her. I am praying she will learn to care more about what God thinks rather than peers or for that matter any human.

I did come up with a way to give it back and tell the person without a big confrontation. She wrote a note this morning to the girl apologizing and asking forgiveness, returning the items in an envelope. I went with her to the child's class and returned it through the teacher this morning.

No child is perfect, no human is perfect and my deep prayer is that God will allow her to get caught each and everytime she does something wrong. Is that mean? I would rather God break her heart now and keep it soft for Him than for it to get continually harder landing her in jail in the future. She needs to learn lessons now when she has family to support her, help her make corrections and stand behind her rather than as an adult who is facing a life behind bars.

Monday, October 31, 2011

What She Wore Out


(I so stole the title to this post from other blogs)



We did the whole Trunk o' Treats things at our church yesterday so we wouldn't have to stay sugared up late tonight. G came up with the doctor theme after listing so many options that would require hats or masks or boots or some other something that she dislikes. So doctor was the easiest idea.


We were going to borrow my mother's x-ray for her to carry but alas we forgot to get them when we left Saturday. I found a suitable "dr. bag" for her to deposit the candy so the big orange pumpkin wouldn't take away from the aesthetics of the outfit.




Today, she is going to the zoo with her class which was a reschedule from last week. So my parents graciously agreed to accompany her so I could work. She spent last night with them which meant I got the whole bed to myself was alone last night and didn't have to get up early this morn.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yesterday While at My Mom's...



I found this drawing G had done. Apparently, G and my dad were having a drawing competition. See who won? She made herself a first place ribbon to put on it as well. G does really well in art anyway. Sometimes however I am surprised at how well she does.


One thing that surprises me is her creativity. When I am around she ALWAYS asks me to tell her what to draw. Even if I say "no" a thousand times she still wants me to tell her what to draw.


Now don't get me wrong, I am never opposed to helping her but mostly I would like for her creative juices to flow. She can really get demanding even going to the bargaining lengths, you know, "Just this one time, PLEASE tell me what to draw." It gets old really fast.


When G gets an idea she is truly a bull dog about it and won't let it go and I don't mean with regard to a creative idea. I mean she tends to get fixated to the point that sometimes I wonder if she even remembers for what she started asking/demanding.


But back to this drawing, she is only 7 and I love the details with the things in the backgound. I couldn't do this well at my age now, much less at 7.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Soccer End of the Year



This year the teams received trophies. Typically Upwards doesn't give trophies but this particular church was able to supply each child with a trophy about which G was SO. VERY. EXCITED.


I think she was more excited about the trophy than she was about scoring the winning goal. Isn't she a cutie patootie?
Finally, last game of the season, G scores the winning goal. Their team even had to come from behind. Woot!

For the season the team was 2 wins 6 losses.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Shutterfly Giveaway Just in Time for the Holidays

I have 25 cards to give away to three lucky winners. Take a look at these Christmas cards. Or maybe these Greeting cards. There are so many kinds to choose from; any one would make you and your receipiants happy.

I am taking the 1st three people who will comment on this post with your favorite holiday and the reason why you chose that holiday. It doesn't have to be a fall or winter holiday, any holiday will do. I will say that I am very partial to Thanksgiving because it is a non-commercial, think about the reason and to Whom one gives thanks, family holiday. Plus no work for the long weekend, typically.


I recently set up a highlights card for 2011. The pictures are on both front and back with a summary of what the year was like. I love the card. I think I am going to use it for my holiday cards.






I love Shutterfly for several reasons, one is they are relatively easy to use. Another reason is that the photo and project storage is a life time. The other reason is that Shutterfly gives great deals to loyal customers. I have completed several photo books for G beginning from referral through this past September. Her life is well documented in photo books. The best thing is if the house burns down (which is my one of my many irrational fears) I can still get the books from Shutterfly in a re-order situation.



Shutterfly used to only have certain options for page design that were fixed placements of pictures, but now you can actually redesign their pages by editing and adding photos or captions to the already set pages. I love that. I truly try to get as many pictures per page to tell the story of G as well as I can.


So for the first three people to comment on this post with your favorite holiday and reason why, you will receive 25 free cards from Shutterfly. The deadline to comment is Friday, October 28.

Are You Still Planning to Vote Democrat?



Before you do, remember who has been in control of congress with a majority in House and Senate from 2008-2010 and who controlled the White House during the same time frame. And look at the havoc that was caused.


This was not inherited but caused directly by Barney Frank (fannie and freddie) and the dems.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wow-Powerful


Powerful video to remind us all that abortion affects many many people not just the two (mom and baby) involved.

Monday, October 17, 2011

UPDATE

So one update is that the car didn't come back like the police told me. It was another car. So that is really good news, maybe the potential kidnappers are forever gone.

Second update is 8-5 is not bad. We were able to get up and to school early actually so that I can set the alarm a wee bit later. The call center for today hasn't been too terribly bad. Of course that may change as the week goes on.

Third, this year I am skipping the whole flu shot thing since I am not allowed off to get the freebie. That is a long story and gripe of mine but I am trying to remain positive right now.

Fourth, I have several (2) books to review and post. They are both really good books and I am enjoying reading them but honestly sometimes finding the time is difficult to do. I will get them done soon though.

I know there was more to update but I forgot what all I wanted to say so I will have to come back later and re-post more.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

G's Twin



What G spent the Saturday after soccer doing, making her twin sister, heh.


G was so excited to make her scare crow. She had the clothes picked out earlier this week. Her grandad and she got the hay from the side of the rode where some fell off a truck. She had a great time doing this on her own other than having help assembling the sections.


(The head is just a bag so that is why it looks so odd.)


Happy Fall Y'All

Friday, October 07, 2011

Just heard: "If I were an octopus, I couldn't keep up with my shoes very good. I wouldn't know which one went on that foot or that foot or that one." :-)

If You Like This...


You can thank him.

Unbelievable!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The car of potential abductors returned today to the very same cove. The tags on the car are stolen. They must be desparate. Please pray they are caught soon.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

G Conversations

Heard last night:

G: Mama, you remember I'm smart?
Me: Yeah?
G: Well, when I have to do hard stuff I don't use my smarts.

G often starts a conversation with "Mama, do you remember ..." One morning she said, "Mama, do you remember Grandaddy?" So I answered as any smart aleck curious mom would answer, I said, "Umm, no I don't believe I remember grandaddy." And turns out that was the wrong answer for the absolute dramtics it produced. So the answer is always a "yes I do remember" even if in reality I really don't remember.

And for clarification, Grandaddy is my dad who is alive and well, thankyouverymuch.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A child we know in town was offered candy & ride to play by man & woman. Child did right thing telling her mom. Suspects haven't been caught. Scary situation.

Lunch with G

Since I don't start work until tomorrow I have been having lunch with G. Yesterday she announced that she was chosen 2nd grade artist of the week. So today we took a picture of her with the artwork. This is actually a big deal with the principal even announcing her name over the intercom for the whole school. Yes, her eyes are a bit furrowed in this blurry picture because there were two classes of third graders watching me take this pic of her. She had to even stand in the chair to do so.

At lunch we eat outside on the picnic tables. Today she demonstrated her Asian squat like I call it on the picnic bench. Sometimes I think she thinks she is a frog, heh.





Thursday, September 22, 2011

Defending Marriage, Explaining Grace

Fr Dwight Longenecker explains the defense of marriage better than I have heard in a long time. Though I disagree with marriage as participating in salvation (I am not Catholic) I do agree it is God's grace providing a glance at the marriage of Christ and His church. I also believe that the best marriage between 1 man and 1 woman is the ideal for children.

Here is an excerpt of his post:

"Our response is to note all of these crimes against marriage objectively and then accept on equal terms all people--no matter what their sinful condition. Do we find some of their behaviors repugnant? So be it. However, our natural repugnance does not mean we should hate those people or deny them human rights. We still see each person as a son or daughter of God and we hope to offer to them, as we do to all sinners--the heart of compassion and the chance for redemption, forgiveness, healing, peace and life.

"For that is what we wish for ourselves, who are also sinners and in need of the same."

Christians need to stand up and defend objective truth not based on if someone is good or nice in their own eyes but based on what the Bible says, what tradition says and what 5000 years of societies and cultures around the world have said.

It irks me to no end to have a person who chooses to live as the opposite gender claiming that distinction when a simple genetic test proves otherwise. Adding a few bits here or removing a few bits there no more makes a person the opposite gender from their birth gender than does wearing chain mail (metal) make them a car or a pipe.

The heart is deceitfully wicked beyond all things, that illness of the mind comes straight from the heart! And yes despite the DSM trying to make sin and crime normal it is still a sickness and deviance in all other ways.

Here is the plain truth, God loves you, the sinner, the traitor to His Majesty the Creator, above all things and enough to send His Only Son to die for and pay for your sin, your hypocrisy, your treacherous ways and to take away the rightful wrath of God that is directed at you; however, He also loves you too much to leave you in your filth and sin. He wants to rescue you from yourself and His wrath so He can make you like Christ. And the "you" I am using is collective; it includes myself just as it is individual meaning each and every person ever born or ever will be born!

Just think, the Creator of the Universe, came down to earth as a human baby, to live out the law perfectly because we wouldn't and couldn't (it is both, we won't do it and we can't do it because of our sin nature) and then sacrificed Himself at His Father's wishes to save us for His OWN GLORY. Not because of anything in us but from what is in HIM. To God be the Glory, forever and ever Amen!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Everyone Who Believes in Man Made Global Warming...

should watch this:
I hope this will clear things up.

History of Palestine - Israel Conflict Explained

This is a wonderful video explaining the lies told about the Palestine Israel conflict. If you haven't an idea what is really going on, Bill Whittle does a great job putting it on the table in a clear and consise manner. Mostly it is all about Jew Hatred and ignorant Western leaders playing the PC card.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Primal Book Review



Mark Batterson takes us on a journey to the 1st century underground church. Basically, he takes us back to the "ancestors" of our Christian faith. He reminds us where we came from and helps take us back to the time where being a believer would cost a life. For us in America, we know nothing of this faith though around the world there are believers who face this kind of persecution daily.


This is a wonderful book to bring us back to what it means to believe at the most basic level like the Christians of the first century. Truly in the West, we believers need to know and go back to this strong faith in the One Who gave His life for us. We may face a time soon when our faith will return to its primal beginnings.


I received this book for free in exchange for this review. My opinions are 100% mine.

Waiting for the New Job to Start

While waiting for the 28th to arrive, I am working on writing a grant for the ministry where I had volunteered during the last unemployment stint. If anyone has any advice please let me know. I have found several places but so far nothing that actually fits the purpose of the ministry.

I also had lunch with my baby girl yesterday on the picnic table in the school yard. That was fun for her. I brought her McDs and she enjoyed every bite.

I am trying to watch every penny being spent. I am not sure if the UE is going to come based on a myriad of things. I will have to wait and see.

My very good friend bought the tickets for Les Mis for my bday, I think I mentioned previously. I was able to find free parking down town even. So nice. I was so tired though the next day. I so enjoyed the play overall. there were two things I wish they hadn't changed though, one was the after the battle when Marius sings empty tables they no longer have the tables. It appears he walks through a "graveyard" singing the song. And Gavrouche, little people song is pretty much gone. I did like they way they handled his death with the one rebel's reaction. Anyway, I loved it.

So that is what I am doing in the meantime.

Book Review

Larry Crabb's book God's Love Letters to You is a daily devotional using the books of the Bible to show us just how much God truly loves us. Using the book of Deuteronomy Crabb shows us just how faithful God is despite our complete unfaithfulness to him.

Using the book of Genesis and the story of Joseph Crabb shows us that God does have a plan for us that may not necessarily be how we see or want our lives to go. If you need a devotional that brings home the message of God's love using His Words from His Book, this is the book you need. This would be an inspirational book to give to graduates making their own way, high school students as a reminder in the tough days, individuals struggling with finding a purpose in life and any other person who needs a reminder that God does have a plan and purpose for every individual.

In exchange for this review I received a free copy of this book. The opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Obama's Effort to Humor the World

ATTACK WATCH!

"You and your whole administration is absolutely crazy and are ruining our great nation. This is presidency is a big farce. Obama, you should be ashamed of yourself. You have a crooked Justice Dept., Homelande Security Dept. You have a joke of an Energy Dept and Human Services Dept. You are hurting businesses and individuals."

I wrote this personally in the website's report. I basically self reported, heh.

G Conversations

Heard at breakfast: I smelled my breath and it smells like pesto and when I smell that that is what I want.

Heard while walking from school: Mama, H telled me that she wants to be a strater or straker when she grows up. You know mama, someone who takes their clothes off. (mama cancelled that friendship)

Heard while getting ready for school: Mama, I feel like I have a stack of pepperoni in my stomach (holding hands vertical) and it feels like it leans like this (tilts hands). When I run it feels like they are breaking apart. (I chalked this up to things that make me go hmmmm)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Awesome! A def must see!
3001st performance of this Jean Val Jean.
So excited! Waiting in the theatre for the start of Les Mis!!!

Soccer Season







Soccer Season has begun. G saved her team from a much bigger loss by preventing 6 goals by the other team.

They have very pretty uniforms this year in green and blue.

Newest News

I have a new temp assignment that begins 9/28. The time schedule is not my ideal but we will deal with it. It isn't as much money as the last but is it 5 more hours a day so I will end up making a bit more. It could work into something more permanent but won't know that until the assignment end date in three months. Of course the biggest downside or upswing, however you wish to see it, is that the building is near a TAR-JAY with a *bucks which means I will have to be extra vigilant to avoid!

If we can work the time out for school drop out and pick up I think it will be perfect. Oh and I really am praying my vehicle will survive. God is holding her together for me right now. Apparently He wants me at this company for this time too because I specifically prayed that they would say no if it wasn't meant for me.

The potential schedules are 8-5 (bad for drop off), 9-6 (ideal), 10-7 (not terrible), and 12-9 (worst case) and not my choice! The company is also about 40 mins from my door to theirs in ideal conditions.

I am actually very okay with this and am praying that unemployment will at least cover the gap for the next few weeks.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Remember-Never Forget


On this the 10th anniversary of the day that changed America, we shall never forget. I still remember what I was doing.

I think about G not even being a glimmer in her China parents' eyes. Amazing, seems like it was so far away and yet remembered as if it happened yesterday.

We must never, never, never, never forget.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Now for the Ironic News

As of today I again join the ranks of the unemployed. Not sure exactly why but the rumors that were going around two weeks ago were very true but the COO didn't want anyone to know she actually told someone who she would get rid of. Three of the temps were sent home for good and I was one of them.

No job news from the agency either. There is a possible project that starts the end of this month but will only run until January which will prevent an unemployment claim at that time. I can file now but not sure when that will kick in and the state sends checks not direct deposits which will mess up my no longer free checking account. YIPPEE!

I did manage to get holiday pay for Labor Day though I lost 3 hours on Tuesday due to a system being down and being sent home after being there only 1 hour. I made up the other three hours this week. We were promised the ability to make up the other 3 hours next week, hardee har har.

Not that I particularly liked the drama at the place nor did I like being a long term temp without any promise or hope but it was a semi steady income. So I cannot sleep, read or rest right now without my mind going in all directions. G and I came to spend the night with my mom since there is no dog to worry with anymore. That also is very ironic in that now I have no job and can be there during the storms.

My body seems to be attacking me, I am having zits or skin erruptions all over, and I do mean all over; I have a ginormous fever blister popping up (forgot my wonderful medicine at home); and my mind won't let me sleep. Plus I am cold because I am awake past my bed time. WAH!

On the upside, however, my friend S is going to give me a ticket to see Les Mis next week as a late (or rather on time considering) birthday gift. Did I mention I turned 41 last Saturday?

Pictures I Never Got Around to Posting



First Day of Second Grade










Green Belt Rank Test. No they didn't happen on the same day though it is the same shirt.




Labor Day Morning turned a wee bit cold and G decided to swing in her snow boots, pj shorts and northface jacket.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Truth About Big Oil



Mostly what we are paying at the gas pump goes back into the government in the form of taxes. We really ought to stop that!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Opinion Is Not Truth



There is truth and there can not be two opposing truths in existence. Thank you, Bill Whittle for this wonderful explanation.

The Donkey Whisperer



This is great! and OH SO REAL!

Kevin Jackson Responds to Questions Regarding Rep. Andre Carson

This guy is right on the money. I appreciate his candor and truly appreciate his POV.

Friday, August 26, 2011

So Very Proud of My 2nd Grader

G stood up for herself against the little girl who kept telling her she was short. Now this wasn't just once or twice it was every day even after G asked her to stop, threatened not to be her friend if she didn't stop and even threatened to tell the teacher if she didn't stop. G even went so far as to follow my advice and tell the girl that she was too tall. Then the girl said it was best to be tall because according to a book she read ghosts take short people. Let me tell you that G was so terrified of a ghost getting her that we had another night of bed fail.

So G practiced what to say to her teacher that night and the next day and then she did it. She really told the teacher. I explained why it was necessary to support what she said so that the teacher would understand how serious it was and that she had made an effort to stop it herself.

She told the teacher what the girl was saying/doing (because there was another physical incident, not hurting but physical) and all the ways G tried to stop it before coming to the teacher, and the teacher responded positively. G didn't get in trouble as she feared she would. The girl only had to apologize and as of yesterday there were no more incidents. I have warned G that she may need to still be careful and if the girl does anything tell again.

But just to know that G stood her ground and did the right thing I am just so proud! I had warned G that if the teacher didn't respond positively I would have to get involved. I am trying really hard not to get involved but to help G take her own stand.

And tomorrow morning G will test for her green belt in tae kwon do. Monday starts soccer. We will have a busy season this fall.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

One Week Today

We made it one whole week in school as of today. So far things are great. G has made two friends but one tells G everyday that she is short and even bends down to talk to her.

Yesterday when I picked her up, in her rush to get the back pack on she whacked herself in the eye with a plastic tag that is on her pack pack. So when I saw it my own eyes started watering and I over reacted taking her to the eye doctor up the street. He checked her out anyway. She did have a scratch on her cornea so we are on eye drop antibiotics until Thursday. This morning she looked at it and said it still looked a "little more shutty than the other eye." Yesterday it was so red and she said it felt "pinched" so I said, "better safe than sorry."

Other than that we are just rocking along. Storms are coming this morning. Every clear sunshiny day I regret putting Clementine down, but then the storm comes and I am so thankful she isn't here to be terrorized. It still hurts my heart but I know her heart was hurting so much worse than mine.

Oh and a little knock on wood side note, I am working on transitioning G back into her own bed. SHHHH don't judge! She has slept 2 out of 3 days there. I promised her that on the weekends she could have a sleep over with me so she is very much looking to Friday and Saturday night. My own hope is that she will enjoy sleeping in her own bed so much that she will not want to come back to mine.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Utter Chaos

Was the first day of 2nd grade. It didn't help that it was raining. But G did great. The teacher let them chew gum and play with play doh just to ease them into the day. I did take pictures but can't download them until the weekend.

The weather is starting to cool off now which is good for us and bad for us all at the same time. The mosquitoes are biting with a vengeance. G has 9 bites down the outside of her left calf. I didn't even know that section of her leg was big enough to hold that many bites. She looks like she has whelps and that isn't the only place she has them.

So new mosquito bites for a new school year. YIPPEE!

oh and did I mention that she is now a size 2 shoe? Here I was thinking we were going to make it on size 1 for a bit longer and whaddyaknow? size 2. I felt kinda of bad for the fussing at her about her complaining of her shoes hurting. Maybe she was a size bigger than I actually had her in last year. How fast do feet grow anyway?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

2000-2011 Clementine



One of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Last night came a huge thunderstorm and of course we were not at home when it hit. Just a reminder of why the necessary decision. She was terrified and bleeding from trying to escape from her kennel. The vet understood and was very compassionate, not judging my decision. G and I cried all the way home.


Clementine was such a good dog. She just was extremely anxious and fearful of the storms. She is in a much better place now and no storm can scare her again. My dad buried her in their yard. She will always be with us, in our memories.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Meet the Teacher Night

Last night, G and I and my parents met the teacher. G had been with my parents and I have had to work late this week so we just met at the school. Lots of paper to fill out. The teacher happens to go to church with us so that is nice. I didn't realize I knew her until I saw her, didn't recognize the name. I think I am going to like her. There is one little girl who was in G's kindergarten class that I am not happy about. She is a very disturbed little girl and causes lots of trouble. Thankfully though the class literally is across the hall from the principal this year.

Saturday is the dog's appt., earliest I could get. Tuesday we had a death in the family so tonight is the visitation. Seems this week has just been very very weird not just for me but for lots of folks.

G got to spend the night with a friend (not family) for the first time and did wonderfully well until she realized she left her bunny at the friend's house. With many tears, we had to retrieve said bunny before bed last night. Thankfully we discovered it fairly early in the evening so it wasn't quite as difficult to get.

Tomorrow morning is soccer try outs for G. Later in the week we will know who her coach is and when practice starts. So glad it is the weekend even if it is a very very sad weekend for us.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Pictures of Destruction




Well, here are the few photos I took. They are all woppie jawed. The curtains were ripped apart/down, clean and dirty clothes were strewn every where, the mattress has a hole in it now, two small shelves were chewed and broken apart and a heater knocked over.

Clementine had thrown up a mix of blood and bile while in her kennel. My parents had put her back up before I got home. My dad rigged her kennel but how good it is rigged is still to be determined. I have to get an appt. this week for her. Makes me very sad but she isn't safe. There was a trail of blood to clean up too.

On the bright side (if you can find one) she helped me de-clutter my room. So, you know, there's that. If you find my humor out of place, too bad, that is how I deal with stressful situations. Trust me there have been and will be plenty of tears shed. She is really a good dog when there are no thunderstorms.

Friday, August 05, 2011

The Time Has Come...

To have my Clementine put down. I can no longer keep her safe. She has broken out of her kennel too often leaving a bloody path of destruction, and today was the last straw. This is for her safety as well as my sanity. She has destroyed parts of G's room and now my room. The stuff is not the point though we now have no mattress in our house un-mauled.

But the fact of her anxiety and her natural intelligence of being able to get out of whatever holding thing she is in and leaving her to her fears is too much. I do not own this house and am not paying rent so when she shreds a door I can't pay to have it fixed so the damage is actually being done to another person.

She was on two melatonin tablets this morning because there was a chance (20-30%) of thunderstorms which turned into 100% by mid morning. I asked my mom to go give her an additional 4 benadryl but the damage had been done before noon today. I haven't see it yet.

When I got Clementine I was making really good money and I was able to keep her under vet care regularly as well as pay for the damages that she caused. Due to financial set back, unemployment and now scraping above poverty level at a job that keeps me away from her for long stretches at a time, I no longer can keep her safe.

I have turned the comments off because I am just making a record of this day. It has been rolling around my head for a while now and I have found a vet to do it for me not cheaply however. She really has suffered long enough. She is 11 now and super intelligent. This decision is breaking my heart and, no, G doesn't want it done either but honestly she is too high maintenance to re-home (as told by the rescue group). Plus I don't want her used for pit bull training which is prevalent in my neck of the wood, so I can't give her away to "good" home!

Anyway, this is a deep and depressing post. Sorry, but it is what it is. She has been a great dog but she is hurting with the anxiety and even though storms don't come that often; lately they have been more intense, and she has been affected deeply.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Monday, August 01, 2011

G Is Home

I couldn't be more thrilled. She walked in and I picked her up and she just couldn't stop grinning and I couldn't stop smothering her in kisses. She even had a little embarrassed laugh she would do. It was too cute. We had to read her journal that night for our bed time read. It is the cutest thing ever! She showed me her souvenirs, a pencil sharpener shaped as a cannon, confederate money, historical trading cards and the pamphlets from the places she visited. I had seen her pictures earlier in the day. She told me lots about her trip which I enjoyed hearing.

We had a delayed anniversary celebration. I had gotten her a very cool watch for family day which I gave her when we all settled a bit Saturday. The cool part other than it was green with a cupcake on it is that it's a mood watch and the face changes color which I didn't realize. TOO COOL! She loves to go around now and ask how she is feeling based on the color of the watch, heh.

Sunday we stayed home after church and made dog biscuits, pizza for lunch and a couple of simple crafts. She let me get an hour nap which was nice, then we went to the grocery store. After that we made dinner and then ready for bed. She is hanging out with the grandparents today, tonight is karate (back in the swing of things) and another night with me, yea! To say I missed her was such an understatement. I was so excited they were on the way home that I didn't want them to stop for anything. I got dinner for Saturday and a few necessities so they could just come straight home. Though G missed me she didn't miss me near as much as I missed her.

And somehow she came home with more money than I sent her with so I am planning another trip just for the cash increase, heh. Actually she told me and my parents that she wants to go back for her birthday in April. I told her she needed to be sure and talk that up to the grandparents!!

Now we have to prepare for the start of 2nd grade. Where does the time go. G told me this morning that time moves really slow to her echoing my own belief at her age. Oh if it were only true!

Friday, July 29, 2011

G is Coming Home and I Baked Bread


G should be here by tomorrow. They should be on the road now with plans to stay with relatives on the way tonight. I hope she is able to sleep some in the car and stay entertained.

I am so excited. I can't wait to hold her. She is asking already though, what is she going to do when she gets home? I have no entertainment plans at all for her. I have no entertainment plans for me either.

I may suggest helping me bake a loaf of rosemary bread with actual bread flour not just self-rising like I made last night. It took 3 hours or just over 3 hours from start to finish so like at 9:30pm I was trying to figure out how to get the thing cool enough to put in a bag for freshness without the condensation. I was only some what successful.

I haven't tasted it yet because I had already gotten ready for bed and brushed my teeth. I so didn't completely follow the recipe I found. I changed the basil from dry to fresh (all I had), the minced garlic to powdered (didn't have minced garlic), didn't have white whole wheat (only brown), no bread flour (only self rising), and no egg for the egg wash. Oh well. It looked pretty and even this morning my kitchen still smelled wonderful!

I think I may try this again tonight but first find bread flour. Any tips would be welcomed.