Monday, April 30, 2012


John 8:31
"If you continue in my word, then you are truly Disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."Blessings,

Saturday, April 28, 2012


1st:  I am linking up with Flowers for Leontien today:

Throughtout the day, I've been missing my CollegeGirl, one of those deep 'mommy longings'...wanting to once again cuddle her in my lap. My longing has been building from a week-ago Friday when she had some disappointing news about her next semester...something not in her 'plan'. 

Her Daddy and I have been pondering and praying over the change and rely on God fulfilling His promises of wanting the BEST for her. 
Psalm 31:19  How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.

This evening as I was really feeling the hole of her absence, while making dinner.  Then, He brought an answered prayer... the phone rang and it was her laughing on the other end.  
check...she's had a return of some JOY.

Talking quickly and excitedly she told me she's just a few feet away from Nick Saban...
check...she's been wanting to run into him on campus

...yet she couldn't get a pic...being on the phone with me, haha...noooo....:(   
(that was me) 

Coach was going into the celebration for the ladies' gymnastics team, WHO WON NCAA Nationals!  yeahh!!!  (being a past gymnast, I had wanted to go to the competition here in Atlanta last weekend, but forgot ;(  (that was me again)

She continued on updating me...her roomie made it through auditions and will be on 'flag corps' for the Million Dollar Band again  :)      
check...more  JOY!  They're off to celebrate after changing clothes.

There was even MORE joy about another subject, but maybe I'll get to let you in on that later...too soon right now to elaborate. 

God is so attentive ... and I'm very thankful He heard this Mama today.

It was just like she had crawled up in my lap.  I feel better now.  Thank you, Jesus!


John 8:31 "If you continue in my word, then you are truly Disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."


Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Here's to Spring! (just click it to see a precious capturing)

John 8:31
"If you continue in my word, then you are truly Disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." Blessings,

Sunday, April 22, 2012

PROJECT 365...angels unawares?

Week 16.

On 4/17,

I finished my 5-hour sweater (and it took me longer than five hours, hahaha)

God provided a 'bee one' opportunity today after church...and I'd like to present this award to my hubs (who took the opportunity 'to bee one').  
Let me explain further:  While walking out to our suv after church, hubs was on the other side of the vehicle from me and I couldn't see that he had stopped to talk with someone.  A man had asked for money for food.  Hubs told him 'lunch with friends' was just where we were headed...and invited him to go with us (at the 'all you can eat' down the street). 

Still unbeknownst to me, the man, his backpack and full shopping bag piled into the backseat.  When I opened my door to get into the truck, my attention was caught by there being another person in the car. 

So, what does one do when a stranger is sitting in their car unannounced?

Kindergarten manners kick in...
I reached into the backseat with a handshake and introduced myself. 
(In my head, I'm thinking I might need to keep his hands busy because he might have a gun in that bag) :/

He said, "Hi, my name eez Patrick" in a muddled latino accent.  His hands and skin were very worn, caked with old dirt, yet gentle.  He repeated 'think you' several times before we left the parking lot.  (I should be 'ashamed' was running through my head)

At the restaurant, he shyly took a plate from the buffet line ... returned to the table and ate two plates of food.  He shared he's originally from Houston, TX but has fallen on hard times...having recently lost his home...and having been robbed of his wallet and credentials and no money to get them replaced.  We mentioned a few things he could do locally to help get 'back in order' and he talked about a couple of 'labor' jobs he had recently worked as well as a local garage that had let him live in their back room so he didn't have to sleep on the street some nights.

He didn't eat any dessert, just meatloaf and spaghetti...and green beans.  After saying goodbye to our other friend who had met us there, we drove Patrick back to the side of town not too far from where he said he needed to be.   As he thanked us again and while closing the back door, I heard him also say, "Thank you, Jesus..."

God is wonderfully creative in offering opportunities...Patrick came into our lives quickly and was gone before we turned out of the garage parking lot.

Look for your 'opportunities' this week, okay?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

WK 15/P365

COME ON OVER TO SARA’S and check out all our happenings from this past week…

4-9-2012     The beans we soooo good last week, I decided to go buy more, snap them and cook them down again…lovin’ the onset of summertime veggies.


4-12-2012      Finished the shrug for the little layette I had made…this DEFINITELY ended up MAKING the outfit…prayers for a soon-to-be-in-this-world babygirl!




Family always brings some NEW laughs when we get together at birthday parties…my great nephew turned 1 and we gathered for a cookout birthday party.  Here the great grandmas are showing their prowess at embracing the ‘birthday style’…


Thrifting brings many surprises…and I found this cute little lawn mower for BabyR…He loved PUSHING it as he made circles around the couch amongst all the BIG people…then he went outside and REALLY cranked it up.  He can moved pretty quickly for a 1 year old…he started walking at 9 months Winking smile


Nana was enjoying watching him scurry back and forth, but Pops was eager to give his eyes a rest.


BigSiterKatie was able to get LittleBrother to taste a bite…and he was soon ‘smashing it’ and having a grand ole time getting the icing all over  him



and take LOTS of pics so we can see what you were UP to in your part of the world.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

PROJECT 365–week fourteen

JOINING SARA…and the group for week ‘fourteen’…

3/31/2012 – CollegeGirl,  her roomie and one of her nursing friends drove home to celebrate Skoot’s 20th birthday, and we enjoyed every minute. 
In that it’s Easter week, I have to ‘re-post’ one of my favorite pics of ALL time…from when she was four and we were making ‘Easter bunny muffins’ that Grammy had sent in a large box.  She was a little excited to open the oven Winking smile

**CLICK THE PICS for a LARGER view**

I made a double-chocolate cake that we all chowed down on after some wonderfully-smoked bbq chicken…then we played a game of PHASE 10…I miss the teenage laughter that comes with young people


3/31/12 – we took the girls to the ZOO…and to say they enjoyed it is an UNDERstatement…they really did have a fun time.  They’re coming back so they can feed the animals the next time.  Let’s call her “GingerA”…she absolutely LOVED the goats. 

I took this shot on Sunday before they piled in the car to return to school.

4/4/12 – After my SweetHomeAlabamaGirls left, I got busy and finished the baby dress … only one more piece to go in the set…a little shrug.

4-6-12 – Not having anyone at home to slather in my normal Easter treats, I decided to make a batch of peanut butter shortbreads to give to my SmallGroupGirls (for coffee dunking).  Next time I’ll use a little more brown sugar…they’re good but not quite sweet enough for my taste.


4/7/12 – Yardwork was  in order…and what a beautiful day it was…in the 60s with a slight breeze.  I had to trim back my roses, so the little cuttings I brought in to wait on their blooming.

Later that evening I stoked up the BigGreenEgg again and did another batch of grilled chicken and corn.  (the best leftovers EVER!)

4/8/12 – We gathered with friends after church and drove about 20 minutes down the highway to enjoy Easter Dinner at Pappadeaux’s…we LOVE seafood and cajun food…some of the best!

BS&K’s family joined us out on the veranda before heading into the restaurant where crawfish, shrimp, fried soft-shell crab, and stuffed crab were enjoyed with some great sweet tea.
Happy Easter, everyone! 
He is Risen and still answering our prayers!

Friday, April 6, 2012

GOOD FRIDAY …fabulous friday fotos

…a day remembering His unending love for us, the undeserving…he gave everything.
joining a new meme
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…finishing the laundry, still playing catch up from my CollegeGirl’s visit last weekend
…planting my herb boxes (cilantro, basil, dill, parsley, variegated lettuce)
…gathering goodies to celebrate His Resurrection (small Easter remembrances)
…catching up with a sister-n-christ about the weekend's happenings and her trip to Callaway Gardens
...baking peanut butter/oatmeal shortbread cookies..mmmmmhhmmmmm
…eating leftovers for lunch from the fridge
…opening the windows and enjoying the cool breezes and sounds of all the visiting birds (63* outside)
…watching snippets of the Masters Golf tournament as I work on other projects