Saturday, November 29, 2008
Posted by Jo at 11/29/2008 06:51:00 PM
Posted by Jo at 11/29/2008 12:07:00 PM
Friday, November 28, 2008
I was so excited to cook a nice Thanksgiving meal for my family! I had it all planned out and everything was ready to be prepared when.... DUH......DUH.....DUH......DUUUUUH! At 2 am I wake with the worst stomach thing I can remember in recent years!! Yes that's right, the yuck had found me! After a sleepless night, I slept my Thanksgiving day away only waking for a total of four hours which was divided in two hour slots! I did, however, find out that my husband is very capable of taking care of the baby for more than one hour at a time! He had to take care of her all day, dirty diapers and all! He took the kids to Walmart and bought them McDonald's for lunch (which made me feel worse when he said "Here's your Thanksgiving dinner kids"). I really don't think they minded one bit! After all his "care taking" he got sick later that night but bless his soul, he sweat it out last night and was up for work at 5:30 this morning! I still feel blah but at least I am up and moving which is a huge improvement from yesterday!
Posted by Jo at 11/28/2008 09:56:00 AM
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This afternoon will be spent with a handsome 2 month old named Jackson! I will be taking his Christmas photos, which reminds me that I still need to get Sadie's finished! I will also be photographing his mom, dad, grandparents, aunt and uncle! Whew, what a busy afternoon!
Babies are always fun to photograph because they are so darn unpredictable but I guess that is all part of the fun! I am especially excited because his mom, Jill, is very creative and has some great ideas that we are going to mix with my great ideas and WOW, who knows what will happen! It is going to be such a fun afternoon and there will be plenty of photos to post very soon. I suppose that is a good thing since this is supposed to be all about my passion for photography! Stay tuned, it only gets better from here!
By the way hope you all enjoy Turkey day tomorrow! Eat too much, nap often, love the ones you are with (and the one you aren't) and most of all be thankful for all that you have been blessed with!
Posted by Jo at 11/26/2008 10:54:00 AM
Usually I am the only one who cooks around here but occasionally Zach will make something or other IF he is in the mood! This morning happened to be one of those mornings! I awoke to the beautiful aroma of freshly baked blueberry muffins! OK, so they were from a box and the majority of the went to school with him this morning for breakfast with the JROTC cadets but there are a couple for Sadie and I to enjoy with a glass of milk for breakfast, yummy! The muffins are calling my name so I am sure there will be a second post later after my tummy is full!
Posted by Jo at 11/26/2008 07:45:00 AM
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Anyone who really knows me, will tell you that I love angels! Cute angels, majestic angels, all angels mystify me and capture my attention immediately! I love them so much that I have them on my dining room walls and sitting on shelves watching over us as we eat. But have you ever thought about the angels that are among us walking with us every day that go unnoticed! Bear with me a moment, I have not lost my mind and I am not seeing things that are not there! The angels I am referring to are the people around us who do good deeds each day and never expect anything in return! Let me give you some examples from my life! A few weeks ago when my husband was not working I got an anonymous card in the mail to encourage me, a few days later a gift card arrived in the mail with no signature on the letter, and most recently Derek has given my husband some work to do until he goes back to school. Derek is a one man shop and he did not have to help us out in any way but he did! He is a good Christian and I thinks he is glad that Spencer is working with him because he told him that he has gotten more done since Spencer started than he had in the last 2 years! Pretty cool! This time of year you can witness lots of angles among us since the Christmas season is upon us! My challenge to you is not to notice the angels but to become one yourself! It can be as easy as a donation to a food pantry or homeless shelter or more involved like making sure a family that would not have Christmas has the things they need to make it the best Christmas ever! I know what you are saying........economy..........whine.........whimper.........sob, but look at it this way: what if the shoe was on the other foot, would you want someone to reach out to you? My family has already done shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, Toys for Tots and donated food so 18 needy families in the area can have a great Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings! What can you do? Think about it!
Posted by Jo at 11/25/2008 11:03:00 AM
Posted by Jo at 11/25/2008 08:26:00 AM
Monday, November 24, 2008
The images above were take this past Wednesday evening as we rehearsed for the final time with our worship leaders Mike and Karen. They are stepping down after three years of hard work and building the team to what it is today! They are wonderful and will be missed greatly. The hands on the piano belong to Brad Brown our Associate Pastor and new Worship leader. He is an amazing young man. He is a self-taught musician who plays the piano, guitar, bass and sings. I am in awe every time I here him play or sing because, if you did not know him, you would swear that he was trained by the best musicians in the world! I'm serious, he is that good! I am looking forward to all that he will bring to this new leadership position!
I can't believe that we are at the end on November already! I have all the fixins for Turkey day and am prepared to cook all day for the family. The one thing I never do the day after Thanksgiving is shop! Don't get me wrong, I love to shop but I hate the crowds of rude people so you will not see me in a mall or at Walmart this weekend! I may venture down to the local County Market for a few groceries if my family is lucky!! Other than that my weekend will consist of going to watch Zach march in the Christmas parade on Saturday after which we will take Sadie to meet Santa at the pizza party at the mall. I also need to take Zach to see a movie because Twilight came out this past weekend and he has read all the books! So you see I have big plans just NO SHOPPING!
Posted by Jo at 11/24/2008 08:58:00 AM
Saturday, November 22, 2008
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Posted by Jo at 11/19/2008 05:24:00 PM
It is rare that I do a third post in one day but I was out running errands when the song Slow Fade by Casting Crowns came on the radio and stopped me in my tracks because it relates so strongly to things that people I love are going through right now as I type. One line is: people never crumble in a day. How true is that? This is a long term process and does not happen overnight no matter what anyone says. It really doesn't matter what your downfall is: booze, drugs, or lust it is a process of choices that we as individuals make and then suffer the consequences. It occurs over a period of days, months even years as we spiral out of control to the point that we really don't know where to turn for help! I HAVE BEEN THERE and I hate to see others go through it, but I know that I cannot fight a battle that is meant for some one else to fight and learn from. If you are struggling please know that you are not alone and there is always help out there even though it is often hard to ask for it! Check out the video bar at the right. Click on the third picture down and you can hear the song and watch the video. Have some tissues ready because this song will grab your heart no matter what your circumstance.
Posted by Jo at 11/19/2008 11:22:00 AM
These girls are only 6, 7 & 8 years old! They are AMAZING! I promise you will get goosebumps with this one!
Sorry Deb your go kart adventure was great while it lasted but these girls are super talented and kind of trump my big sis in a go kart!
Posted by Jo at 11/19/2008 09:06:00 AM
Yesterday I was all set to go out and "view life through my lens" when life got in the way and I didn't get to go! Today is too windy and cold to take Sadie out so it won't happen today either but I know it WILL happen soon! Maybe we will go the mall for our covert photography project, it could work! We could also check out the layaway plan at Sears that Petula spoke of today at http://www.petulaw.com/ . Sadie is always a willing accomplice but has not mastered the art of the sneak attack since she is only 21 months old! She squeals in delight when I push her stroller fast and that usually gives my position away to my unsuspecting target! Oh well, we have so much fun together anyway and our adventures usually end with both of us near exhaustion and in much need of a nap, trying to stay awake as we munch on her favorite treat (not me) of McDonald's french fries!
Please remember to keep my niece Tracy and her family in your prayers as she starts her journey today! We do not know what the future holds but we know who holds it and she is in His hands now!
Posted by Jo at 11/19/2008 08:35:00 AM
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Posted by Jo at 11/18/2008 08:21:00 AM
Monday, November 17, 2008
A rare second post in one day to ask for prayers for my niece, Tracy and her family. Tracy has a battle in front of her that will not be an easy one! Please keep the family in your prayers! Thanks for your help in this matter.
Posted by Jo at 11/17/2008 05:14:00 PM
Lately, I have learned or should I say relearned some important lessons about life in general. Take for example the people you wait in line with at Walmart: in front of you is a middle aged couple with two children all nicely dressed with three carts full of items and you think "wow, must be nice to be able to buy all that and not worry about if you brought enough money"! Behind you is another middle aged couple with two children who are dressed rather poorly and their one cart has barely anything in it. One of the children asks for some gum from the "parent trap" at the counter and the mom says "Honey, I told you I could not get you any extras today" as she looks at you with sad pleading eyes. And then there is you in the middle of the two! You are dressed in a nice pair of jeans and sweater with a warm coat and hat and your cart is overflowing with all the items your family needs and wants this week and when your child asks for candy at the counter you can say yes.
I am that middle person! I am not rich, I am not poor but the one thing I am is happy! My kids have warm, functional clothing and shoes on their feet, they have a roof over their head and food in their bellies! They have toys and video games but more importantly, they have love and lots of it! They will wake up Christmas morning with some nice gifts from the lists they have made but they will not be overstimulated with everything that their hearts desire! I have also helped each of them pack a shoe box for children in need! I think it is important that they learn that there is always someone less fortunate than they are. I love my kids enough NOT to hand them everything on a silver platter, I really want them to have compassion for others and have generous hearts! That is the best gift we can pass to our children!
Posted by Jo at 11/17/2008 09:20:00 AM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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Monday, November 10, 2008
Posted by Jo at 11/10/2008 05:51:00 PM
Friday, November 7, 2008
Yea, Friday!! I am always glad when Friday gets here! I guess it's a throwback to my 8-5 office job days! Today is especially good because of the uncertainty earlier in the week! My husband has been working for a friend the last 3 or 4 weeks and the work is ending next Monday and we were not sure what would happen next but as God would have it another job is on the horizon that will start on Tuesday and be full time for the next couple of months until Spencer starts school in January! This really renews my faith when I needed it the most! This job will not make us independently wealthy but it will put food on the table and that is what matters at this point!
Everyone is healthy again! Yea! We figured out what made the dog sick this morning when Spencer went on the back porch to put the NEW bag of dog food in the container and discovered a hole had been chewed in the bottom! Was this the work of vermin? I think not! It was the work of a beagle who will eat anything at anytime! I mean really this dog has never been full a day in his life (he's never been denied food either)! He ate too much of the new bag of food including the packaging! No wonder he wouldn't eat the food we gave him yesterday, which, is very uncharacteristic of him to say the least! He is back to normal today and so is Sadie who stopped puking around 4 pm yesterday!
Posted by Jo at 11/07/2008 01:27:00 PM
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This morning I awoke to a puking baby AND a puking dog! I refuse to ask what else can go wrong because I know it could be much worse! So...............I am just choosing to see things in a positive light and be thankful that I am able to stay home and take care of everyone! I did not have to call in to work or reschedule an important meeting to take care of my family when they need me most! Who cares that Sadie has gone through 3 pairs of pajamas! I have to wash my sheets cause she got them too, not to mention my pajamas were a target and now will need to be washed! It's OK! This too shall pass and life will be back to normal or at least as normal as it gets around here! Life it good, God is in control and I am just a passenger on this roller coaster called life!
Posted by Jo at 11/06/2008 09:03:00 AM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
It seems like, lately at least, one good day is followed by one bad day! Yesterday was good for me and for our country! Today, not so much! The country is still reeling from Obama's historic victory and I am dealing with a teenage boy who does not want to be dealt with!
I get a call from the high school telling me that Zach has been suspended for 5 days (I will spare you the details because it would take way too long and my fingers would cramp)! Needless to say, I am NOT AMUSED in the least! He thinks he is getting a vacation and I say otherwise! I have already made several calls to our church and elderly neighbors "volunteering" my son to serve them in any way they may need! I am talking the dirtier the better! I want him to do heavy, manual labor while he thinks about what he has done! I want to make him wish he was in school and away from the wrath of MOM! I want him to pray that he were in a boot camp because it would be easier than the punishment that mom is doling out! If anyone knows of a good job I can make him do please let me know! Hey if you live close enough I could even bring him to you for some chores that you may need help with!
Posted by Jo at 11/05/2008 01:48:00 PM
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Today we, as Americans, will be a part of a "first" in the history of our great nation. When all is said and done we will either have out first African-American President or our first female Vice-President! All I can say is WOW, why wouldn't you want to make your vote count and be part of history either way! I don't care who you vote for (OK I do but I won't push my views on you) as long as you stand up and are counted!
I was very proud to go vote this morning with Sadie in tow! It was a tad difficult because I could not take her stroller in since there were only stairs and no ramp and to top it all off I had to use a PEN AND PAPER ballot while holding her in my other arm! It wasn't fun, but we got the job done and after we placed the ballot in the box we both got stickers that say "I Voted". She was very excited about the sticker!
The whole pen and paper thing kind of got to me because I do not remember using a pen and paper when I voted here in the 2000 election! I know I used a machine in 2004 at Ft. Campbell! Oh well, I guess it really doesn't matter what method you have to use as long as it counts!
Some voting perks today: Starbucks - free coffee, Ben and Jerry's - free ice cream. Just thought I would throw that in there as some extra incentive.
ROCK THE VOTE!!!!
Posted by Jo at 11/04/2008 10:48:00 AM
Monday, November 3, 2008
There is a time in every parents life when they will be faced with the most important question a teen will ask (at least to the teen). "Can I get a car?" This question automatically puts a huge knot in the pit of my stomach! We told Zach that we would match what he saved for a car and that he would have to pay for the insurance and tags. I think this is a good plan since we would not just be handing him the vehicle, but instead making him work for what he wants so he appreciates it more. He turned 16 in August and still has yet to find a job (not for lack of trying), so Zach still has no car! Our neighbors son turned 16 a week or so ago and a couple of days later a nice, shiny, red Firebird appeared in the driveway! UGH! Number one, the kid has no J.O.B. and more importantly, that is WAAAAAAYYYY too much car for a new driver to handle especially a boy, who tends to want to go fast and show off for friends and by friends I mean girls!
So, now Spencer feels bad for Zach because he doesn't have a car! It is at this time I also remind him that we have no car payment or insurance payment either! Back to reality!! I feel bad for Zach too, but not bad enough to buy him a car to which he cannot afford the payment not to mention a car that is not suitable for a 16 year old NOVICE driver! Zach is still looking for a job in a market where the teens are competing with adults who need those jobs to support a family! Hopefully by this time next year he will have a job and be on his way to EARNING his very first car!
As a side note: Don't forget to vote tomorrow! It is our right and our responsibility! My theory is: If you don't vote, don't complain about the winners!
Posted by Jo at 11/03/2008 11:24:00 AM
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Posted by Jo at 11/01/2008 02:11:00 PM