Thursday, August 31, 2006

Meme from Rocks in My Dryer

This is a meme that I found over at Shannon's place
What do you like most about where you live?
I like the place where I live because of the close proximity to the beach or the mountains. You can be at either place within about 4 hours.
Neighbors are nice here but they do keep to themselves! My husband jokes and says that everybody always says that the nice ones are always on tv for committing some awful crime.
What's one of your all-time favourite music albums and why? (I'm keeping Catez's sophisticated New Zealand spelling of "favourite" to inject a little culture around here).(Kept this here from Shannon's)
I really don’t have any favourite’s . I tend to like Christian music. I also like other genres as well. Although, I am really not into heavy metal or rock. This tends to drive my husband crazy because he loves listening to 80’s Christian rock. So I will list my favorite artists

Jill Phillps- I like her clean style, she has a calm voice that helps me to worship.
Kingdom Come is my favorite

Andrew Peterson- I like how he shares the word of God thru his songs. I enjoy his realness (not sure if that is a word). He also has an awesome Christmas show that he does in Nashville, TN and some other places too I think. Go check out his website for his schedule.

Casting Crowns- Their songs get you to thinking. They also wrote a song for a little girl who died from cancer. Her family lives down the street from us.
These are just a few.

Did you have a passion for something as a kid that you still have now? (If not - what is one of your passions now?)
My passion growing up was to be a teacher. I know that I drove my younger brother crazy by always having him play school with me.
I have also always had a passion for the Lord. Even when I was younger I remember wanting to know more about Him.
I taught for about four years before my son was born.

What do you like most about having a blog?
Even though I do not post something everyday I like the fact that I do have a place where I can share my thought with others who are like minded. It is also helping me to remember all of those grammar rules that I learned in school!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Everyday Things







Today I am participating in Everyday things hosted by Jules at Everday Mommy.

One thing in life that helps keep me content is my friends. I have always had a few dear friends. Most of the time they move away and I lose contact with them. I will call them my seasonal friends. They are great people and very dear to me. Although they only stick around for a season and then I have to let them go. Sometimes I hear back from them but it is not the same.

Then their are the people that I call best friends or as Jules calls them "ugly friends". I have one such friend. She and I have been friends since the seventh grade. We do not always get a chance to talk every week and sometimes it has been months between chats but our bond is still there.

I still remeber last May when she called my house and left a simple message. "Kim, this is Krsitie, I need to talk to you." Immediately I knew something was wrong. My head went racing "was it her young son, or her husband. " I just knew that something was wrong.
When I called her back all she had to say was "It's dad he is gone." Oh how I wished at that moment I could have climbed thru the telephone wires and held my dear friend. It would be two days before I could do so. At the funeral home she was standing in line holding it all together until I got to her. Then she just sobbed and I was able to do what I had wanted to do two days earlier. What a sad time but we had each other's love that was given to us by our heavenly Father to share. She has also lifted me up many times before when I was hurting and scared but this is the time that is fresh in my memory. Her father was a great man who died suddenly of a heat attack they think. He was only 49.

Contentment is what we are looking for in this life. So here I go living one day at a time not trying to think so much about the future. Let us love one another and look to heaven for our great reward.

Everyday Things







Today I am participating in Everyday things hosted by Jules at Everday Mommy.

One thing in life that helps keep me content is my friends. I have always had a few dear friends. Most of the time they move away and I lose contact with them. I will call them my seasonal friends. They are great people and very dear to me. Although they only stick around for a season and then I have to let them go. Sometimes I hear back from them but it is not the same.

Then their are the people that I call best friends or as Jules calls them "ugly friends". I have one such friend. She and I have been friends since the seventh grade. We do not always get a chance to talk every week and sometimes it has been months between chats but our bond is still there.

I still remeber last May when she called my house and left a simple message. "Kim, this is Krsitie, I need to talk to you." Immediately I knew something was wrong. My head went racing "was it her young son, or her husband. " I just knew that something was wrong.
When I called her back all she had to say was "It's dad he is gone." Oh how I wished at that moment I could have climbed thru the telephone wires and held my dear friend. It would be two days before I could do so. At the funeral home she was standing in line holding it all together until I got to her. Then she just sobbed and I was able to do what I had wanted to do two days earlier. What a sad time but we had each other's love that was given to us by our heavenly Father to share. She has also lifted me up many times before when I was hurting and scared but this is the time that is fresh in my memory. Her father was a great man who died suddenly of a heat attack they think. He was only 49.

Contentment is what we are looking for in this life. So here I go living one day at a time not trying to think so much about the future. Let us love one another and look to heaven for our great reward.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Front Porch Days


Hey everybody!

I hope that everyone is having a great time coming up with their dream vaction ideas. If money and time were no object I know where I would go. Our family would take a trip around the world. First we would visit every state in the USA. After touring our own country we would head over to Europe.
I would love to ride on a Double decker bus and see Big Ben in England. Next we would hop over to Scotland and Ireland. I want to visit the castles. Also, I believe in Scotland there is a village by the name of Skeen. I believe that my father's ancestors built that town. Maybe we can stay in the castle that is in this village. After we get tired of the castles and such we would contiune our journey to Africa and visit the desert. In keeping with the desert theme we would travel in the wilderness like the children of Isreal.(besides time and money being no option we would also have to interject that the people in the Holy Land stop fighting.) Anyways on with our travels.
Next we would stop in New Zeland and go walking through the vast country side and view the waterfalls and such. We would also take a helicopter ride to view the country from the sky. While we are in a flying mood why not head over to Austrilla and visit the kangroo and other wildlife. Next, we would cool off by going to Antartica. "What are we going to see in Antartica you might ask?"

"The penguins of course!" I say.
Onward to Asia. There we will tour the rice fields and eat some delicious food!Next on to Japan. After we leave Japan we would head to South and Centeral America. We would be sure and visit Mexico City and stop by and see my cousin Juan's family. We would tour the Aztec and Myan ruins. Our last stop would be the Virgin Islands were we would soak up some sun before heading back to our little home.

Hope you all had a great time on the journey with me. I sure did.
Jules the tea is so delicious!

Friday, August 18, 2006



As I thought about writing this post a million and one things popped into my head. This should be a clue to self that I am not content. So as I write this I can only think about my sleeping babe. How content he is to just rest in his crib. We have snapped a few shots of him sleeping because he looked so peaceful. So this got me to thinking about us mommies. Are we really content with what we have been given? I know that I am not. I know that I should be more content with what God has given me. I have a healthy family. My son is developing normally. Everyone says what a joy he is to have. He even recieved the best baby award during VBS.(not really but one of the nursery workers joking said this)So why am I so uncontent?

My answer is because I have not choosen to be content with what I have been given. Therefore I must make a change. I do not want to gripe or complain about what I have or do not have because there are alot of other people who have absolutely nothing. Compared to them I am rich. So there you have it contentment is a choice. We all have a choice to make. I am going to be content just like a sleeping baby.

Thanks to Jules for giving us the opprotunity to write about this.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Traveling the USA

I found this cool thing on M&M's blog. I thought that it was pretty neat. Although it got me to thinking about traveling a little bit more. I love the thought of more travel I just need to find the good ole money. Anyways here it is I hope that you all enjoy!


create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Works for me Wednesday


This is my first ever contribution to Shannon's wfmw. My idea is for parents or teachers who are trying to help left-handed students learn a new task such as tying their shoes or knitting. It is very simple but it works from my own experience (being a lefty) and from helping various children over my few years of teaching. All you have to do is sit in front of the child and perform the task. Let them watch you do it a couple of times. Then let them practice. It will probably not be perfect for a while and it might even seem backward to you if you are right handed.
Well I hope that this works for you! Let me know what you all think.
Thanks to Shannon who keeps this going for all of us who are in need of some great ideas!

Tuesday Rambles

Today I am going to the Morning Book Club at our church Pleasant Grove United Methodist. Here is a link to our website www.pleasantgroveumc.org . We are going to be discussing Anderson Cooper's new book. It is a very sad book to say the least but it did get me to thinking...

My thought was how we deal with situations in our lives is by reliving something in our past. We are always linked to our history. The good, the bad and the ugly. We can only make changes by realizing that we can do something to make a difference. If we don't learn from our past mistakes how can we move forward. This is something that I am struggling with right now. I want to be the best mom and wife that I can be. The only way for me to do this is to lean on my Savior daily. So here I go. I am going to try my best to lean on my Savior daily with all of my struggles, especially my weight issues and body image issues, but that is a whole other post.

Until next time my God's grace shine down upon you!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Our mutt dog "Starsha"


I was just reading the post over at Rocks in My Dryer by Shannon where she talks about there dog that they got at the pound. This got me to thinking about our dog Starsha. She is a black lab mix. She probably has some pit bull in her but she is such a loving doggy. My husband and I decided that we wanted a dog a couple of years ago. So we began searching. At first we thought about getting a dog from a breeder but decided against it.

So three Christmas seasons ago my husband and I had almost forgot about our decison to get a dog. ( Actually I had decided not to bug him too much about it) Anyways, my husband has some time off between Christmas and New Years. After he went back to work one of his friends at work told him about this sweet dog that had come up to his house and just hung around. He had decided to take it to the pound because he and his wife had a dog and had just recently become new parents. Therefore, they did not have the money to take care of another dog. My husband called me and told me about her and sent me pictures. I immediately fell in love with her. I went to visit her after work one day. I was so upset when I left the shelter that I called my husband. He was on his way home from work and said that he would meet me back at the shelter if I wanted to adopt her. Of course I wanted to adopt her! Good thing that we decided to come back and get her because another family came in right after we did and wanted to adopt her too! I telling you that she is just such a great dog.
A few days later our first "child" Starsha came to live with us. When we arrived to pick her up they had "fixed" her that day. She came out and just sat at my feet and would not move. She just looked up at me and said "Please take me home." She had to be carried out of the pound by my husband and another man. When we got her in the car she scooted over in the seat so that I could sit beside her. That night she was sick from the medicene and threw up in our bathroom. She would not even get into her kennel that we had bought for her. I could blame her.

She is such a great dog! She is gentle with our little boy. She loves to give kisses and doesn't really understand when other dogs do not like her. Our only problem is that she loves to jump up on people. So I say if you can go rescue on of those precious animals that are trapped in the animal shelter.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Crazy Friday

This week has been a little crazy for me to say the least. All I have to say is that I hate church politics. It drives me up a wall. Next time I agree to take a leadership position will somebody just shoot me first.?I hate when people complain. Therefore, I should hate this post right?

The problem is that I just need to vent. So here she blows! Last night we had a meeting at our church. We are needing to make some policy changes. They are for the good of our children and adults. Why is it that people do not like change? I guess it is because we are creatures of habit. God knew this when he created us. I know that is why he gave the Israelities instructions on how to live thier lives. The early church needed this structure as well. Maybe that is what I need to tell those who do not like change. We have to have structure in place to keep us doing the Lord's work and not creating chaos. Well I must stop my vent because my little boy says
" That's quite enough Mommy!" (translated of course from his fussing in his playpen.)

Until next time God bless you!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

1950's Name

Thought this was cute! So I had to try it.

Your 1950s Name is:

Wanda Connie

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Being a girl....


I so enjoy reading others post. It helps me to get my thoughts to flow. For me being a girl has new meaning since the birth of my son. So much has changed. One is that I am a stay at home mom. This means that I get to run errands and shop more than I did when I was working. Sometimes this can cause a problem. Can we just say," Money Money!"? (This gives me an idea for another post!)

Any way let me get back to being a girl. For me this means dresses, sweet tea,fresh cut flowers and conversations with the girls. How about anybody else?

I am so glad that God made me a girl. We truly do have all the fun. We can raise our children with lots of love, hugs and kisses. That is what I am looking forward to as my son grows up to be a Godly man.