John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Worth Remembering

**Today when Kobe got home from school I asked what he would like for an after school snack. He said cornbread and tomatoes! I guess he is from Alabama, huh?

**The other day Samuel and I had a little talk that went something like this:

ME: Sam, what would you like to drink with your breakfast?
Sam: I don't want breakfast. I want to watch Bambi.
Me: Well, you aren't watching Bambi until you have had your breakfast. SO, what do you want to drink?
At this point Samuel goes quiet. He won't answer me and he has his arms crossed up.
Me: Samuel, You aren't being very nice and if you do not answer me then I am going to call your daddy and tell him how ugly you are acting.
Sam: NO! Mommy, don't call Daddy! I am TRYING to be nice that's how come I am staying quiet!

**Sam recently got a fish. He named it Rainbow Fish. You had to say Fish after Rainbow because that was his last name. Then he changed it to Fish Stick Fish. 2 days later... Rainbow Fish Stick Fish was dead. I asked Samuel what he thought we should do. He said Pray to God for it to come back. So, he did. He says the fish swam a little longer (I am not sure because I wasn't there) and then he came and said he was LITERALLY (and yes, he used the word literally) dead. He asked if we should throw him away. I said no. He asked what we should do. I told him we should flush him down the toilet. I told him as soon as I was done with dinner I would help him. A few minutes later he comes back and says, "Well, it's done." I ask what is done. He tells me that the fish has been flushed. I immediately,in my mind's eye, see water spilled all over the house and a big mess waiting on me. I ask how he took in there. He says, " I reached down in the bowl and got him out with my hand carried him in there and flushed him!". Needless to say, we scrubbed our hands that evening!

**Today Kobe forgot his math book. He had a trying time studying for a test. He didn't get around to reading in his book. He was having a hard time with his practice uniform for football and he was just getting so flustered and frustrated. It was really cracking me up. I couldn't help it I started giggling. Kobe got even more ill after that. He finally yelled out, "You shouldn't laugh about a man having a day that just isn't his day of the week!".

**Yesterday we were driving down the road and this conversation took place between Kobe and his cousin, Braeden:

**Kobe: Why do you think it is always the dads who let us watch the good movies?
Braeden: No offense, Aunt Beth, but Kobe, I think it is because OUR moms are a little bit overprotective!

**What I didn't tell earlier about Rainbow Fish Stick Fish is that Samuel had been saving up for that pet! He saved up $4.62. When we went to purchase everything he had it in a bag and laid all up on the counter. Some of it was change. The lady at the cash register asked if I wanted to take his money and put it all on my debit card instead of just the remaining balance. Samuel yelled out, "NO! I have saved my whole life for this!"

**The other day we were watching a show about people who collect odd things. I looked at Kobe and said, "Kobe, I don't guess I really collect anything.". He said, "Mom, look around! You collect kids!".

**Recently Me, Sam, and Kobe were sharing an afternoon snack. I put Buster up so that we could enjoy it. He knocked the baby gate down and Sam looked at me and said, "And that.... is why I want a pet turtle!"

**One afternoon Sam told me he needed a snack. He comes back with a "new" snack he has never had before...cheese puffs. He thinks these are a new invention because its the first time I've ever bought them that he can remember. He then says, "They're good ain't they??" No denying he is from the South!

Let's Talk Some Trash

And... I don't mean like the kind you take outside to the road! Both of my boys talk "trash"! I mean, like they MEAN it. When they are playing against each other on a game they talk trash. If they are playing a video game, they talk trash. If I say (for example) "Oh! I hope this lady sees me back here and doesn't bump into us" Samuel would say, "If she does then I will tackle her!". I mean they talk trash all the time! I found it very funny and ironic that Samuel took a picture of one of Kobe's shirts he wears to football practice. Sam has recently found out that he LOVES photographing EVERYTHING and ANYTHING! So, here it is:

"I Promise To Help You Up After I Knock You Down"
It must just be bred into boys to "talk trash" to each other and to gaming systems. I get so tickled at Samuel. He was playing a video game one day recently and told one of the bad guys: "You better run because I am getting after you like it's my JOB!". I laughed and laughed at him for that. I think it is so funny to hear them talk this big game and then have the *best* sportsmanship behavior later. They are funny little boys!

52 Home---Week 35

I implemented 20 minute reading time each day. I put Kobe in my bedroom so that he wouldn't be distracted by the other kids. This is what I found when I came to tell him his time was up:

52 Home---Week 34

I have started painting again. I have always LOVED painting and making things so I thought I would share some of my creations:

I am calling them Christian Creations. I have already had 4 orders placed. I am pleased as punch to be able to paint these crosses and door hangings and earn a little "me" money too! If you see something you like for yourself or maybe a gift... let me know. I can do a lot of different themes and all different colors...just ask!

Door/Wall Hanging with "S" and crosses

Candy Jar with "D" initial

Patriotic Door/Wall Hanging

Cross Wall Hanging

Front Door Hanging

Door Hanging for a Teacher's Classroom Door

Five on Friday 8-26-11 (Sticky)

This week's is late because the site had not been updated at the time I should have posted. But nevertheless, here it is!

Here is this week's Five on Friday blog! If you would like to start your own Friday5 blog go HERE and get your weekly list and don't forget to link them in your blog and comment on theirs!! If you ever begin wondering or would just like to know "why" I do these blogs take a look at my explanation HERE. I Hope you all have a FABULOUS Friday!!!

This Week's Topic: Sticky

  1. What kind of magnets do you have on your fridge? **Letters of the Alphabet and one large one that sings songs for the kids and the ones that are picture frames.**
  2. What’s your preferred type of glue? **Hot glue**
  3. When is it good to feel sticky? **Never!**
  4. What was the last thing you wrote upon a Post-It? **A note to remind Kobe of what he needed to do at school that day.**
  5. How much pancake syrup do you put on your pancakes? **Just a little.**

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thankful Thursday 8-25-11

My Top Ten Things I am thankful for this week:

1. God's Presence. I had a situation this week when I felt so overwhelmed it literally made me feel like I was being swept off my feet (and not in a good way). I retreated from the situation and I just prayed and while, the situation was still there... so was God. He stayed with me and gave me courage and boldness.

2. Jesus. I can't begin to type enough here. HE is my strong tower... all I have to do is call out His name and He will come. I can yell out His name and He will run to me! I have had such peace... just knowing that His promises are real and I am believing in Him and His Word!

3. John. I am so proud of him for stepping out of his comfort zone and going on the Men's Encounter this past weekend. My husband, our marriage (not that it was bad before), our children, and our home has been transformed. Thank you, Jesus! When your husband gets filled with the Holy Spirit and walks in line with God's word... watch out! John could have easily fallen apart this week... but he chose to stay strong for me. I love him. I couldn't imagine my life without him. I am so glad I was patient and didn't marry the first person that came along... I am so glad that I waited because God knew exactly what he was doing putting us together!

4. My Parents. My parents have been so great to help me out all throughout my life but lately... I can't even say Thank You enough. I am so grateful for them. I am happy to have praying parents who believe in the Word of God and remind me of it and speak the word of God over me and my family and pray for us. Blessed.

5. Prayer. I would not have survived this week without it. I am so glad that we serve a God who hears ALL of our prayers. He wants us to come to Him and talk with Him. He is just waiting to hear from us.

6. Unusual Ideas and Opportunities. I know that when a thought or idea pops into my head that it is a gift from God. I just can't think some things up on my own. The Lord shows it to me. I am so thankful He has chosen my mind to give some great ideas and given me the opportunity to implement them.

7. Faith. Believing. Enough Said. The Lord wants us to believe in Him and trust Him ... especially in our most difficult of situations.

8. Impossibilities. I had to strike that one out. Nothing... NOTHING is impossible when you have God on your side.

9. My Bible. I have "randomly" (not really, for we all know that there is a purpose and reason to everything) turned to different verses this week that I really NEEDED to read.

10. My Church Family. I could NOT ask for a better church family. I love each one of them. From the youngest to the oldest. I ran into some of the youth at our local high school football game... they each went out of their way to not only speak to my children but to John and myself as well. Now, that is some good home training! I love watching them when they don't even know it. I have ran into them at local restaurants and other places and they are always the *best*. It makes me so proud to watch them and just to know them is to love them. I love the little babies in the nursery that I privileged to watch one week a month and each and every person and the sweet friends that I have made while there. I also adore our Pastors. I could not ask for a better church family!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011


There is nothing like beginning the day with a great attitude. You are dressed nicely and feel like you look your best and that makes you feel confident and in control. You have rehearsed something over and over and you know exactly how it will all play out. You know what you will say when and how you will say it. You have practiced many times. You know what to expect and you think you are in control. Then... out of nowhere... Something happens that you weren't expecting. Something that really shakes you up and destroys every single plan you had. You all of a sudden don't feel so "together". You don't feel so nice looking and so in control.

That happened to me today. I have had this date marked on my calendar for a while now. I have been somewhat apprehensive but at the same time looking forward to it. I had rehearsed it over and over and practiced for this day. I picked out my outfit for today a week ago. I fixed my hair differently and THOUGHT I had it all under control.

Then it happened. I was faced with the biggest "giant" in my life. A dark cloud that has loomed over me for several years surfaced. Up close and personal. In my face. In my business. I had no warning. This wasn't in my plans. At first, I felt so angry. Then I realized... God put me in the dark. He wanted me to see that I do NOT control ANYTHING! He does. He wanted to put me in a "spiritual time out".  He wanted me to walk by Faith and not by sight. He wanted to draw me closer and have me completely lean on Him. I won't lie. I lost it for a second. I ran ( as fast as possible in my cute shoes!) to the bathroom and had a little cry. But, then I realized that If God is for ME who can be against me?? The Lord reminded me that HE is my strong tower. He shelters me and protects me. When I am too "weak"  to walk He will carry me. He reminded me that HE IS IN CONTROL NOT ME!

I handled it like a champ. While, I had been completely "pitted" against my "biggest enemy" I couldn't help but Thank God for His mercies and His blessings, His comfort, and His strength. I began praising Him through my words,  through prayer, and through song. I immediately felt better. He just wanted me to come back to Him and not try to do it on my own.

While my "giant" has not been defeated ...just yet... I will keep lifting my Savior up in Praise. I will cry HOLY HOLY HOLY Lord you are worthy of my praise. His name will not leave my lips... my mouth will be filled with His praise! I am believing that God will not fail me. He never gives up and His love NEVER runs out!

I still have a way to go in the "dark" but I know that I am going to be a shining light in that dark and set an example for others and for myself to prove that I have changed. I was so scared to begin a journey with Jesus... and now I am so scared to stop. He has carried me at times and held my hand at times but He has never left me. I could never live this life without HIM!

For nothing is impossible with God.
Luke 1:37

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23

Friday, August 19, 2011

Five On Friday 8-19-11

Here is this week's Five on Friday blog! If you would like to start your own Friday5 blog go HERE and get your weekly list and don't forget to link them in your blog and comment on theirs!! If you ever begin wondering or would just like to know "why" I do these blogs take a look at my explanation HERE. I Hope you all have a FABULOUS Friday!!!

This Week's Topic: Alarming

1.What was your most memorable alarm-clock failure? ** I FAIL at getting up in the mornings. I mean, I am the WORST! Worse than my children! I HAVE to hit snooze at least three times. So, once I accidentally hit “dismiss” and turned it off instead of snooze. When I woke up I had about FIVE minutes to get everyone ready and to school and work… needless to say… we were late that day! I have to admit that ever since then I have been much better!**

2.What item recently in the news do you find most alarming? ** I saw where some man dismembered a child’s body after killing him. I couldn’t believe what I was reading! Well, that and the two children I have read about who were killed in car accidents this week. Very Sad.**

3.Of car alarms, burglar alarms, and smoke alarms, which do you consider most effective or useful? **In my opinion, I say SMOKE alarms. I think they are all great to have and while I enjoy the protection each of them offer… there is something about knowing we will be awakened by the loud, shrill beeping noise that the smoke alarm gives off if we were to need to get out in case of fire!**

4.If the shoplifting alarm is tripped as you exit a store, what do you do? ** I would stop and let the associates check my receipt and bag. I have had it happen when a clothing tag wasn’t removed. I wasn’t upset… I knew I had paid and that everything was fine. I have, somehow, made it home with a clothing tag still on the clothes without an alarm sounding before.**

5.If you owned some kind of personality alarm to warn you upon first meeting someone of likely trouble in the relationship, what would be five qualities you’d set it to detect? ** A. A Deceitful Nature. B. Lazy. C. Lack of Goals and Perseverance. D. Lack of Persistence. E. Someone who likes to half way do something or “take the easy way out”.


Thankful Thursday 8-18-11

My Top Ten This Week:

1. God. He loves us with an everlasting love.

2. Jesus. He DIED for you and for me so that we might live with Him for eternity.

3. John. I am proud of/for John. He is getting to go on the Men's Encounter Retreat this weekend and I am so proud that he is going to get to experience that! He has been really trying to live more Christ-like lately (even more than before) and I am very happy for him.

4. The Joy(s) of my life! My boys. They make me smile and laugh. They are the greatest blessings I have ever been given! I am very, very proud to be their momma!

5. Church. I am so blessed to belong to Church of the Shoals. I LOVE my church and each person that is there. I love the pastors and all of the sweet kids! I am blessed when it comes to church!

6. Youtube. That is a strange one... I know. But, I LOVE it. I can type in the song that the kids want to sing and there it is ready for us to sing along to! I don't have to swap CDs 100 times or look for the right track... plus... they have every single song and bible story you can think of! It sure makes my Bible Story/Praise and Worship Time each morning a breeze!

7. Chicken Fries. Another strange one. Chicken fries are my new best friend and my children's new best friend! They are super easy to make and super easy for them to eat. Put on some mashed potatoes and mac & cheese and I get thank yous and I love you mommys all day/night long!

8. Fruit. I LOVE fruit. I am so glad I finally learned how to cut a fresh pineapple. I LOVE it. It is actually quite fun to do actually. I am about to go cut one up right now!

9. My Parents. My parents are so good to us. All of us. I am so blessed to have the parents I do. I am so glad that my children know them as Nana and Poppa!

10. Practice. This is probably the STRANGEST one I have ever chosen for my list. Normally, practice=dread to me...and eventually the boys too! Eventually, I am sure that I will feel dread during the football season but right now.... I love it! I love watching Callum practice at band. He is getting so good and I am so proud of him and for him to be involved with this group! I love watching Kobe practice football! I love watching him learn new things, learn about discipline, and watch him "get" the things he has been working on.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Why So Serious?

It isn't a secret that Samuel LOVES Batman AND the Joker. He plays with them and has a "batman castle" and a "joker house" (his words!) and all of the "Stuff" that goes with these toys. He loves anything and everything that has to do with Batman... He even told me the other day that Buster looked like the Joker. I looked down and sure enough, Buster was "smiling" very big due to it being so hot outside and he did somewhat resemble the Joker.

When I look at this picture it makes me think of the line "Why So Serious" which makes me think of the Joker which makes me think of Samuel...  I am sort of like the pig who got a pancake in the book If You Give A Pig A Pankcake!

He looks very serious about his "muscles"

I "Don't Love" Spiders

I have taught my children that we don't "hate". That we aren't supposed to and further more it sounds ugly. I have taught that we are to love all things and all people. Of course, they are kids... and I mean, we are all human... so we will run across things from time to time that we don't necessarily LOVE. So, because Samuel has found himself in trouble more than once for saying "hate", he has now started saying, "Mommy, I don't love (insert whatever it may be that day)." It comes out more like "wuv" instead of love but I know what he means.

So I was going to title this blog "I Hate Spiders" but I can't because that is against my own rules. So I entitled it the way Samuel would say it. It's true... I don't love spiders...but this is a cute little spider web...

You KNOW Kobe had to come up with something "out there" for the first day of school... so a spider web fit the bill that night. I actually really love this design and I think John does great detailing Kobe's hair. Who knows what will be next!

52 Home--Week 33

School Is Back In Session!! I couldn't pick just ONE!

Kobe (4th grade) and Callum (9th grade)
August 15th, 2011

Callum--I MADE him smile!

Kobe --With a little Buster Bean peeking out the door in the background

Sunday, August 14, 2011

And Time Marches On...

Tomorrow is a *big* day here at the Rainey House:

 Tomorrow, Callum enters HIGH SCHOOL! I am telling you the truth, it feels like just yesterday I was in high school. He will be a Freshman. He acts like he isn't, but he is so excited. I am so proud of the complete turn around he has made since the beginning of this year. He has brought his grades WAY up, joined clubs at school, and is now a member of the band. These are not easy accomplishments! They took work (on his part and ours) to get him to where he is today. I am very, very proud of him. Plus, he still tells me he loves me in front of the other kids... on the phone or in person! I know that with his new attitude and new school habits that this year will be a breeze. I know he is going to do so well. I am truly excited and anxious to see what is going to happen with him this year.

Tomorrow Kobe enters FOURTH grade. Excuse Me, Mister? I would like a refund on my time back, please??!!! I can not believe he is going into the fourth grade. He is a sweet, smart, and friendly guy and I know he will go far in life. I have been talking to him lately about the talents, gifts, and abilities that God has given him and how he can use them. I hope he listens because he has so much potential to make such a big difference in this world! I am so proud of Kobe. He wants to be bigger than he really is...and I am ok with that as long as he keeps hugging me and telling me he loves me, making good grades, and looking back one more time and smiling when I drop him off at school! I am excited to see what this year brings for him.

Tomorrow Samuel starts his new "routine". We are going to gear up and get ready for kindergarbage (that is what Sam calls it), I mean Kindergarten! I love, love, love this little guy. He is so funny and fearless. He keeps me laughing...most of the time! He is so loving and has such a sweet heart. He randomly walks up and tells me how much he loves me and "with all of his heart" and he tells me I am the best mommy ever. I am very happy to be able to spend some extra time with him now.

This month is going to get hectic. We will have band and football practice most days of the week and church activities on the days we don't. Even though the beginning of school and Fall are so busy, it is my favorite time of year. A time of change and a time of getting back to "normal". Change is near for the seasons and in the way they do things at school when entering a "new grade" and at home but yet we get on a regular routine. I love when the weather becomes cooler and when the leaves start falling. I am going to savor each and every single moment that I possibly can. I feel like time is marching on... sometimes it is going ahead of me and looking back yelling, "COME ON, SLOW POKE! KEEP UP!". But, I don't think I will. I like bringing up the rear and taking my time. I like sticking back and hearing the last word and watching the last glance. Life is so hurry up and wait! I am going to earnestly try to create lasting memories and fun times (more so than usual) with my boys this year. I am watching and thinking that in four short years... Callum will no longer live here. He will be off to college and then to the work world. Kobe is beginning to get to "that age" where he will begin to have priorities that don't include me. Samuel will start kindergarten next year. This is IT! This year is MY year. My year to have with all three of them while they are all still here and willing! I am very blessed to have the children that God has blessed me with and I thank Him every single day for them.


Proverbs 22:6  

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.    

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  

Matthew 19:14

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Five on Friday 8-12-11 (Evidence)

Here is this week's Friday 5 blog! You can go HERE if you would like to create your very own Friday 5 blog. Have a fabulous Friday Friends!!
This Week's Topic: Evidence
1. What could serve as physical evidence that you sometimes lose focus? **The SEVERAL projects I have going on at once at most times. I get involved with one and think of another and can’t start to wait so I have several “mini” projects going on at most times!**

2. What could serve as physical evidence that you are loved? **The notes, drawings, and cards that are around the house from my husband and my children!**

3. What could serve as physical evidence that you’re from wherever you’re from? **MY “Fall Attire”: Blue jeans, flip flops, and an ALABAMA shirt! Roll Tide!**

4. What could serve as physical evidence that you went anywhere this past week? **The “lowered” gas hand on my dashboard and the “packed-full-to-the-brim” cabinets and fridge!**

5. What could serve as physical evidence that you recently caved in to temptation? **The Candy Basket! It is now full of Twix & Kit Kat candy bars and Reese Cups!**

Magnifying Glass - Finger Prints - Magnifying Glass with...
"Looking For Evidence"

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    52 Home --- Week 32

    Playing a game and eating a snack...Buster looks like he knows who might drop some first!
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    Thankful Thursday 8-11-11

    My Top Ten for this week are:

    1. GOD! He is GOOD all the TIME!

    2. Jesus. I feel joy for the way he loves me, sorrow for the way he died, and glad that he saved me!

    3. John. This week I have been "sad" to say the least. We got rid of Chief and I miss him and I was dreading the day that we said "good-bye". I have cried many tears and had emotions that I didn't think I would have over a dog. John sat down beside me on the couch, put his arm around me, kissed me on the head and held me. We knew it was best but it was still hard. He knew exactly what I needed. Sometimes words aren't needed...just the love and action that would have been behind them.

    4. MY BOYS! They make me laugh. They make me proud. They make me cry! Right now they are making me laugh. They are playing a game and I just heard Sam tell Kobe, "I am going to KILL you if you beat me again." Of course, I called his name out and told him not to say that to Kobe. It tickled me because then Kobe said... Do It Then! And I hear a little tussle start up. I shouldn't laugh but it tickles me. Then Kobe continues doing what Sam does NOT want him doing so Sam calmly gets up walks up to the TV and turns the PS3 OFF! There. That ends it. I think Sam may have paid to close of attention to me when I act up over losing... I am such a sore loser and so competitive... at least he gets it honestly! They both do. Sam heard me laughing and yelled... "IT'S NOT FUNNY!". I told him I couldn't help it... he said... "THEN LEARN TO HELP IT!" Sounds like he has actually been listening to things I say to them.

    5. Clean Dogs. I love a clean dog. Buster Bean looks so cute when he is all clean up. He feels good too. He just prances all around and acts like he is King!

    6. Memories. I am glad we have the ability to remember. Whatever they may be. I have been thinking about Chief and I miss him. I am so glad I have good memories of him so that I can always remember him and laugh about things he did... and then cry because I miss him! I know it will get easier with time.

    7. Oil Lamps. I don't know if that is the proper name but it is a little lamp that heats up oil that you put in the top of it and makes your WHOLE house smell YUMMY! Haley got it for me for my birthday. I wish I had found it before! I have already bought several different fragrances and I can't wait to try more!

    8. High School Supply Lists. There were NONE!....yet

    9. Staying Home. I have enjoyed my first week at home with my boys (and girls!).

    10. Time. I like actually having time to do stuff!


    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    He Makes Everything New

    I began thinking about how many "new" things I have going on in my life right now. I have a new job. I stay at home now. I am helping a friend out by watching her little girl, Scout. She is one, almost two and I ADORE her. This week while her mom is getting her classroom ready for next week I am also watching her sisters. We are having a fun time and I am enjoying having time with my boys as well.

    I have a fourth grader now. That is certainly NEW! I can NOT believe that the little boy I brought home yesterday nine years ago will walk in to a NEW building at school this year and be an official Fourth grader! He is super excited about his NEW teacher and the NEW friends he will be making in his NEW classroom but I wish he could still just be the NEW baby I brought home that day. Time goes by way too fast!

    I have a little boy who has a NEW schedule every day. He gets to stay with his mommy and he is LOVING it... and so am I. He also has a NEW goal. He is going to try to sleep in his own bed with zero accidents for the next week so he can get a NEW happy napper. I wish I could freeze time with him NOW! He is so sweet and LOVES John and I so much and is the best little boy ever!

    I also have a little boy who has a NEW activity. Callum is in the MSHS band. Last night they had an exhibition show and when I saw him standing there on the front playing his little heart out and concentrating so he would not mess up (Freshmen have to be EXTRA careful you know!) and doing really well... I cried. I tried to pretend like I wasn't. But I was. I couldn't help it. I was feeling so happy and proud to see him involved in something he has wanted and he worked so hard on. He is also going to a NEW school and is going to make NEW friends and join NEW clubs and ...ok... that is enough... I can't think about that anymore! Soon, we won't even see him anymore when he gets his NEW driver's license!

    I am also facing a NEW situation that I never thought I would but...that is how life works. John has decided to let Chief go to live with a NEW family. It breaks my heart. I hate to see him go. I love that dog. We just don't have the time to give him the attention he deserves. He is so big that he can't just hop in the car and go wherever we go and he needs a lot of human interaction and attention that we just can not give him with our schedules. I have cried many tears and said many prayers. John and I both talked to the family that we chose for Chief and we feel he will be very loved and well taken care of. They are so excited to be getting a NEW member added to their family ...about as happy as we are sad to see him go. He is such a great dog... I mean it, hands down the best dog we have ever had. I have tears flowing as I type these words but I know he will be better off. She is a SAHM to a little boy and that little boy and Chief will be NEW best friends. It rips my heart out. I will always remember and ADORE Chief. I absolutely HATE seeing him go.

    I also have another NEW coming soon...but you will have to wait on that one until another post...another day...

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Ooey Gooey Yummy Mess!

    Samuel and I decided that we would try our hand at making Rice Krispie Treats tonight. He helped me from start to finish and everyone in the house has enjoyed our "experiment"!

    Samuel helping me make Rice Krispie Treats

    Our creations!

    We JUST finished watching the movie Everybody's Hero so Sam wanted baseballs and a baseball bat too!

    Jesus' Cross



    I think the "Chef" was pleased!

    Five On Friday 8-5-11 (Lifelong Learning)


    Here is this week's Five on Friday. I got the list from HERE if you would like to create your very own Friday 5 blog. I hope you have each had a Fabulous Friday Friends!


    This Week's Topic: Lifelong Learning

    1.What’s something you recently learned how to do on a computer? **"Pin" stuff on Pintrest. I am really enjoying creating my bulletin boards! Go to PINTREST.**

    2.What’s something you recently learned in the kitchen?  **Samuel and I just made Rice Krispie Treats for the first time ever!**

    3.What’s something you recently learned about the town where you live? **Well, that is a tough one... I have lived here all my life so I can not think of anything new I have just learned... except that at the nearby train yard there is a watch tower where someone stands to "direct" train traffic. I never knew that!**

    4.What’s something you recently learned from television? **I was watching a show the other day that showed how to make a very cute wreath and I am going to be trying that very soon and when I do... I will post a picture!** 

    5.What’s something you recently learned the hard way? **NOT to take ALL the kids with me to buy groceries at once. I knew it was time consuming and that they made me spend more money by slyly throwing things into my buggy when I wasn't looking.... but I went ALL ALONE tonight and I spent less and had more time to just look around AND I got out even quicker than normal even with the extra perusing.**


    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Thankful Thursday 08-04-11


    This week's Top Ten:

    1. God. You are the Everlasting God!

    2. Jesus. Open up the floodgates of Heaven and pour Your Holy Spirit out onto us!

    3. John. So very proud of the kind of man John is becoming in his old age (ha!). He is becoming someone that I really look forward to getting his opinion on things and someone that I know when I ask him to pray for me about something specific that it will be done! What a great example of a husband and father!

    4. My KIDS! They have kept me VERY busy this week but that is what I signed up for and even though I am very tired at the end of the day...I honestly couldn't imagine it any other way!

    5. Marching Band. Callum is in the marching band this year and I am so pleased at how mature he is becoming and I think that all of the practicing and rules from band camp have contributed some to this... well, that and the fact that he is growing up.

    6. Finished Countdowns. I have been on a countdown since the beginning of last month of when I would get to become a Stay At Home Mom. I am *so* glad that I am finally through counting down! I am enjoying spending time with my kiddos!

    7. Moving Sales. Today I went to Austin's Shoes "old" building because they were having a "Moving Sale". They built a new building and left some shoes behind (I am sure they are last season...but I live in Muscle Shoals, Al... I don't know if they are and I surely doubt many others would either!) so every one in our family got new shoes today. I haven't had a new pair of tennis shoes in a LONG time. I always opt for the cuter ones if I have money to spend on me but today... for $14.00... I got some! It was the cheapest/easiest back to school shoe shopping ever!

    8. Movie Nights! I love rainy weather and movie nights....they just go hand in hand.

    9. Hot Pocket and Popcorn Night. Normally, I cook. Every night. A meat and three and a bread and dessert (of some kind!). Well, once a month we get to eat Hot Pockets and Popcorn and have Concession Stand (movie style candy) for dinner! Tonight's the night! YAY!

    10. My Church and Pastors. I am so blessed to belong to such a great family. I adore each and every one of the people at my church. Everyone is so friendly, loving, and genuine.


    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    52 Home --- Week 31

    A New Place to Nap
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    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Not Your Average Fruit Cake

    When most people hear the words "Fruit" and "Cake" together, let's be honest, you don't think lovely thoughts. The thoughts most commonly associated with fruit cake are thoughts such as: nursing home, YUCK, tasteless, and worst holiday gift option. Not many people would identify with a fruit cake. You hear people say, "Oh, she's like a ray of sunshine!" or "He is like a breath of fresh air!" but when it comes to a fruit cake you hear, "He is nuttier than a fruit cake!" or jokes about fruit cakes being the "gag" gift at your holiday party.

    Well, I am going to go out on a limb and say... "I want to be a Fruit Cake". I really do. A Spiritual Fruit Cake. The Lord tells us that we are to be filled with and live by the fruits of the spirit.

    Life by the Spirit

    Galatians 5:13
    13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

    16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

    19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

    After reading that, who wouldn't want to be a fruit cake?? I want to be just like a fruit cake that has all the fruits mixed up inside. I am a lot like a fruit cake. Because of my "past" labels people see me sometimes as yuck or tasteless and no value but when you actually "try me out" you see that I am really not that way at all.  You see that everything, some good things ,some things that you might not like alone, and some nuts picked up along the way mix very well together and make a rather "tasteful" concoction. I encourage everyone to try to be filled with the fruits!


    Five On Friday 7-29-11 (Public Options)

    Here is this week's Five On Friday! I got the list HERE if you would like to participate and create your own Friday 5 blog. I hope you each have a Fabulous Friday, friends!

    This Week's Topic: Public Options
    1. When did you last use a public restroom? **Yesterday. At Church. I consider the church my family so I don’t really think of it as a public restroom but I guess it is technically public.**

    2. When did you last ride public transportation? **This is tough. We don’t have a form of “public transportation” where I live so I guess it was about 12 years ago when I rode the subway in New York.**

    3. How far away from your home is the nearest public housing? **I am not good with estimates so I would have to say about twelve miles.**

    4. Which of your public utilities is the least reliable? **ALL THINGS POWER! It seems like every time the wind blows too hard or it rains really hard our power goes out!**

    5. What did you last view on public television or listen to on public radio? **Public Radio: Sunday morning sermon from the Rock in Huntsville on our way to church on Sunday morning… public television… Shark Week.**