Mmmmm.....Onion Rings

Every now and then we eat at Long John Silver's. We always say that we won't eat it again for a LONG time but we end up going back. You know how it is. :::snicker, snicker::: This time we tried the onion rings. WOW! Let me tell you, they are surprisingly good! Mind you, this isn't a nutritional choice, but they are good. If anyone out there likes Funyuns, you will like (maybe love) these. They taste like hot, fresh Funyuns. It sounds silly, but they are worth trying. Mmmmm...


Oh, no! A mouse????

I would have never believed that it is possible but apparently...it is! A mouse crawled up into our dryer and decided to end his little in there. I doubt that was his intention but that is the way it played out. The stench has been UNBELIEVEABLE and I wouldn't have thought it to be possible. Believe me, it is! My husband pulled apart the dryer last night trying to find it and after he did, we decided it probably was not worth it in the first place. Who wants to have a stinky dryer with who knows what presents the mouse left behind. So...off to the stores we go to purchase a new dryer. Just what I want to do this weekend!


A little guest

The other day I was on the deck and noticed something out of the corner of my eye. Well, what should I see but a little praying mantis. VERY LITTLE! It was so cute that for some reason I took a few pictures of it. The funny thing is they act like they are huge and try to hit you whenever you come near them. They act like they are boxing with you. My three-year old that it was very cute and talked to it and told it stories. Here are some pictures of our guest during his brief visit.


I want to PEEK

I spent a little time working on beads tonight and I wanted so badly to peek at the finished beads. To keep the beads from cracking, I put them in the kiln while they are still warm so I don't get to see how they really look until they come out of the kiln many hours later. So...that means that I don't get to see my little works of art, (or not), until the morning. It is fun though to look at them and see if the time invested in each bead pays off. Sometimes the beads look great and sometimes they go in the "junk" bowl. My three year old daughter thinks they all look great and cherishes them. I guess it lies in the eye of the beholder. LOL


A little funny

I thought this was so funny. It's a cute little joke (and I hope not a story).

The boss wondered why one of his most valued employee had not phoned in sick one day since he was not in the office. Having an urgent problem with one of the main computers, he dialed the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whisper. ' Hello ? '

'Is your daddy home?' he asked.

' Yes ,' whispered the small voice.

May I talk with him?'

The child whispered, ' No .'

Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, 'Is your Mommy there?''Yes..'

'May I talk with her?'

Again the small voice whispered, ' No .'

Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, 'Is anybody else there?'

' Yes ,' whispered the child, ' a policeman '.

Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked, 'May I speak with the policeman?'

' No, he's busy ', whispered the child.

'Busy doing what?'

' Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman ,' came the whispered answer.

Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, 'What is that noise?'

' A helicopter ' answered the whispering voice.

'What is going on there?' demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.

Again, whispering, the child answered, ' The search team just landed a helicopter .'

Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, 'What are they searching for?'

Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle... ' ME .'


The Chapman Family

Steven Curtis Chapman has been my favorite Christian songwriter and artist for as long as I can remember. Throughout the years I have enjoyed every CD he has put out and the most recent one is no exception. I love the songs and find them to be inspiring and challenging to help me with my walk with the Lord. I REALLY love the "Cinderella" song. It is so precious. It is even more touching now that the family has suffered a horribly, tragic loss. On May 21st of this year, a vehicle in the family’s driveway struck his five-year old adopted daughter, Maria, and she was killed. Recently Steven and his wife, Mary Beth, were on ABC telling their story of what it has been like for them and their family. I was so glad they took the time to let people into their lives during this emotional time. I can only imagine the anguish they feel but something wonderful is coming out of this horrible loss. Maria's Big House of Hope is being built in China with the money that has been donated from the outpouring of caring individuals. How wonderful that so many little children will be able to be blessed at this facility.

Once again I am reminded of the frailty of life. Sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in the trivial things and forget the bigger picture, but this story serves as a great reminder of what is important.


New Beginnings

How many people are blessed to find love twice in a lifetime? I'm sure the answer would surprise me but I think it would be a blessing to find love again after losing a spouse. My father became a widower when my mother passed away but was blessed to find love again when he met Carol. They got married last week and are now starting on their new life together. It will seem odd to have another woman in the family but I'm sure we will enjoy what she will add to our family.
I designed the bracelet above for the wedding. As you can see in the pictures, the wedding party wore black and I felt this bracelet was an elegant, yet simple addition to the dress.

The New Family Photograph

My little family - Robbon, Mark, Mia and Ashley


My Little Girls

Last week we attended a wedding and someone took this picture of my two little girls. I thought I would share it. Mia is three and Ashley is nearly 10 months old. This picture makes me smile because they look so innocent and precious.


The Silent Treatment

I received a funny e-mail today with some jokes and wanted to share this one because it made me laugh. Have you ever experienced the silent treatment?

The Silent Treatment
A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, 'Please wake me at 5:00 AM.' He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, 'It is 5:00 AM . Wake up.' Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.

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