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From the famous mouth of our youngest….

(Not wanting to look up the word “city” in the dictionary, he proclaims that he already knows the definition!)  “City – A city is a place that has lots of fancy clothes and has lots of stores, has airplanes, has a lot of bridges, and it has alot and alot of TOYS!”

The dictionary’s version:  “city – a large important center of population and business activity”

I would say he’s pretty close, wouldn’t you? 🙂

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Grandbaby Love Goo

Walking through the living room, I look down and right there they were!  Perfect little footprints on the floor.  Details of every toe visible and stopping me in my tracks.

What a joy and unexpected blessing to see this artful picture, a little piece of my grandson who recently stood there barefooted and full of some sort of “goo” that remained behind!

He is the sweetest little man and I am so blessed to have this special time with him.

While Mom settles into her new job, I have the privilege of caring for him for a few months.  He has the sweetest disposition and just makes us laugh constantly!

The way he holds a camera or cell phone up to his face and says “Cheeeeeeeeeeeeze” just makes me melt with happiness!  His little frustrations and expressions of personality often force a giggle from all who are near.  He drives his little car throughout the living room, but when bumping into various things, he just screams out of frustration and throws out little “hmphs!” and sighs.  Is this a sign of future “road rage” to come?! haha

I love the way he wakes up in the mornings, all smiles and ready to snuggle.  He carries on conversations that would convince anyone he knows at least ten different foreign languages.  Laughing and using his arms for emphasis, he spurts out tales of grand significance!

I wish I could have kept this footprint forever!  If it were up to me, I would have pulled up the plank and framed it on my wall.

I love this little man!

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Boys Birds and Bees

Son 1:  “Mom?  So if I want to find the right girl, I take a rib from my side, put it into some dirt, say a magic spell and then I get my perfect girl, right?  Is that how it works?”

Me:  “Well………..almost” 😉

(Several moments later….)

Son 1:  “So are yall going to have another baby?” 

Me:  “That’s up to God.  He’s the Creator.” 

Son 1:   “Mommmmm, we know how the system works.”

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Boys will be Boys

…even when there’s a dollhouse in the room!

I love that they will play house with the grandbaby!  They are such proud uncles and have already proven their love through numerous toe nail paintings, tea parties and even an occasional “rock the baby” moment.

What especially warms my heart today, though, is seeing them play with the dollhouse even though the grandbaby is not here!  At their ages, it kind of feels like the last time I saw my daughters playing Barbies.  Knowing they are growing up so fast makes me want to just duct tape all their favorite toys to their bodies and pray it stops time just for a while longer.

Boys play so “boy-like”, regardless of the toy.  From infancy it seems they learn car sounds and the “put-put-puts” of a motorcycle engine like it were a natural first part of speech.  (Which I believe it is!)

Though still maintaining a nice level of masculinity, they have spent the last 30 minutes moving cars and dogs throughout the dollhouse’s corridors.  They like to press the button that flushes the little dollhouse commode.

If you were here, you would experience the sounds of a “tornado” as it nears the dollhouse and the safety preparations of its’ inhabitants.  You would fear that at any moment the imaginary tree is going to come crashing down across the roof, killing the people, and splashing their blood all over the place.  (kind of morbid, I know…..sorry 😉

The little kitchen adequately provides make-believe snacks…every 5 seconds…just like my boys really demand.

The doll swing goes round and round just like what all little boys believe they experience on the playground, regardless of what limb or body part may be broken in the failed landing.

My boys still play “house”.  Yay!

And now I have this picture to use for blackmail during their teenage years!  (In my most sinister voice…)  Bwa ha ha haaaaaa!

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Sunshine and Sunflowers

Oh how bright the sun shines when there’s a pretty little girl and a chocolate cake!  I just couldn’t resist making this cake for our little “Boo”!  It’s the first thing she and I have made together.  I made the cake layers.  She “helped” me with the icing, tested the “Peeps”, and continued to “fix” the icing as I added the chocolate chips.

2000 calories and probably 5000 grams of sugar later, the cake was done!

Notice the little finger at the bottom of this photo 🙂

Whoops!?  How did that happen?

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Rant and Rave

Rant:

The Walmart checker who did not want to comp “Calabicita” for “Zucchini”.

The same Walmart checker who did not want to comp 1lb of broccoli crowns for 1lb of broccoli crowns wrapped in plastic and on a styrofoam platter.

Walmart comp policy period.  Why have the policy if you are going to give people a hard time when they try to do it?

Empty toilet paper roll on the dispenser.  Again.

I bought this cereal……..yesterday!?

Rave: 

A Hubby who would clean the house on his day off.

It’s March and I’m actually on schedule for my bible reading plan.

The granddaughter asking to go to “Mickey Donnells”.

Cooking new things for dinner — I love to cook!

Three seriously the-boys-did-not-have-a-meltdown-nor-even-hardly-complain great school days in a row!

The smile of my grandson while I was singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” via Skype!

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Peas and Crepes

Black Eyed Pea Soup

4 slices bacon, diced
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 med. onion, chopped
1 med. bell pepper, chopped
2 cans Black Eyed Peas, undrained
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained (or one can tomatoes and one can rotel tomatoes)
1 cup water
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp pepper
salt to taste

Cook bacon over medium heat, until crisp. Remove to paper towels, reserving drippings in pan. Cook garlic, onion, and bell pepper in bacon drippings until tender. Add peas, tomatoes, water and seasonings. Mix well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes.

Strawberry Banana Crepes

1 cup Mascarpone cheese
2 Tblsp confectioners sugar
3 to 4 teaspoons minced fresh basil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
BATTER:
3 eggs
3/4 cup plus 2 Tblsp milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
5 teaspoons butter, melted
1 Tblsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
STRAWBERRY TOPPING:
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tblsp orange juice
1 teaspoon strawberry or vanilla extract
dash salt
4 teaspoons butter, divided

For filling, in a small bowl, combine the cheese, confectioners’ sugar, basil and lemon juice. Gently fold in strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the batter ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Let stand for 30 minutes.
For topping, in a small bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, orange juice, extract and salt. Let stand for 30 minutes.
Melt 1 teaspoon butter in an 8 in nonstick skillet. Pour about 1/4 cup batter into center of skillet; lift and turn pan to cover bottom. Cook until lightly browned; turn and brown the other side. Remove to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter, adding remaining butter to skillet as needed. When cool, stack crepes with waxed paper or paper towels inbetween.
Spoon filling over crepes; roll up. Serve with strawberry topping. Yield 8 crepes. (Recipe from Taste of Home magazine, February & March 2008 edition)

If you are like me and have no idea what mascarpone cheese is and/or cannot find it in your local grocery store, try this substitute:
16 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (I used half and half)

Blend all three ingredients together until smooth.

My family is all going to bed with full and happy stomachs tonight. Let’s just say we now believe that there are crepes in heaven!

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Move over chocolates!

Move over chocolates!
Get lost roses!
Roll away diamonds, cause
My Hubby got me a KitchenAid mixer!!

(…and a coffee cup, and some pink shooting glasses, and some ear plugs, and a cute little “I Love You” puppy, and…..

HE WROTE ME A POEM!!!)

25 1/2 years of love with this man and still growing………I am blessed 🙂

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Oh yeah!  (Doing the Happy Dance….da da da  dut da da…da da da dut da da!)

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A Life-Worth of Loving

Life is so short.

I was recently blessed to spend 20 minutes with a complete stranger…an 81 year old woman who stopped to shop at our garage sale.

 Taking her purchases to her car, she walked slowly, bent over from osteoporosis but still full of life and so much wisdom. We continued talking out in the road by her car for about 20 minutes, and I was honored to be shown pictures of her family!

Proudly and with love she told of her children, their spouses, and grandchildren, all of who have faced varying degrees and difficulties in life. Each obviously held different values, priorities, and goals but were still loved unconditionally by this sweet lady. She was now alone, after being married to her husband for 61 years, but not alone because her family was still family.

I find myself wishing to be her. Hoping that as time goes by, our family will be strong, feel loved, and free of divisive trials.

Time is short.

We are all imperfect….especially me, but I love them all, and hope that love will be returned just as strong when I am 81.

It became obvious to me that this precious lady had committed to live her life, loving

Not just loving life itself, but living to love…each day, each moment, each family member…through trials and adversity, through good times and bad, through hardships and pain.  Making a concentrated effort to let loved ones know she cares.  Purposefully looking for the “little things” that need attention as well as the big things.  She has pushed through all those things and is coming out on the “other side” happy and in receipt of the fruit of her many years. 

To “Live Loving” is what it takes. 

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To my children, their spouses, my grandchildren, and friends…you are a gift I gratefully receive. I will try not to judge, burden, misunderstand, etc as we proceed through this one life together. Yet when I fail (as I often do), know that your forgiveness and love is appreciated and cherished just as much. Starting over and given the chance to “Live Loving” again will plant a legacy no one can destroy. Thank you for that chance, each time it’s needed.

We are going to “Love Living” through each generation of 81 year old men and women! 

“…but the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13

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Confession is good for the soul

Today I read Proverbs 28.  It said in verse 13, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”  The Lord began pointing out the need for confession so I decided to make it a day of confession. ..even wrote down all some of my shortcomings as the day progressed.

As a nice hot shower cleanses the body, so does a time of confession does for the soul.  It’s nice to look clean, AND smell clean!  I only smell that way, however, because I am bathed with the breath of Jesus.  His love and sacrifice became the mercy I needed for such a day as this. 

Because I try to be transparent, I don’t mind sharing my list with you.  This is me…the good and bad, loved and full of mercy, before God our Creator, as I am.  For those of you who might think I am always “rosey”, well…..let’s just say the Lord isn’t finished with me yet! 

Lord, help me to spend more time loving and caring for my husband!  I have been selfish, have given into depression at times, and allow worry and anxieties to fill my day.  I have been financially irresponsible lately, allowing the accumulation of some credit card debt for things we really didn’t need.  I enjoy eating a little too much!  Gluttony is sinful, and I should take better care of my “temple”. 

With worries and doubts and anxieties come lack of self control at times when I should be more focused.  Lack of motivation to be productive, keeping walking “forward”, and manage my household duties has been a problem at times. 

I have not stayed “in Him”.  I need more of His Word daily. 

My children suffer when I am down and depressed.  I sometimes only give them 1/2 of me…..1/2 of my attention, 1/2 of my best teaching during school, 1/2 of the love they need and deserve.

Sometimes I just. do. not. care.  I give in to bad times, bad days, and just don’t try. 

Drudgery of the “same old, same old” enters my mind as I rise in the morning, and again when I finally go to bed at night.

This week, I brought our dog indoors against my husband’s wishes!  I cook too much chicken and fish when the Hubby wants beef!  (Poor guy…..he just wants a steak, lol)

Lord help me to not give into despair.  Help me to give the anguish and hurt of the lack of some family relationships to You.

I need to better guard the eyes of my children.  Prime time television does not innocence make!  What enters our home through feet or through wires should meet godly standards.  Our children know when we make godly choices and when we don’t.  There used to be a day not so long ago, that I stood firmly against watching “Nemo” because one of the main character voices was from an openly homosexual lifestyle.  Lately, I have caught myself inwardly justifying watching a prime television show that is promoting the same thing.  What a hypocrite I am at times?!

I still struggle with letting “busy-ness” take over priorities.

Although I try to live in honesty and as much righteousness as possible, I need forgiveness for thinking I don’t have much to confess….even unintentional sin is sin.

I forgot to pray before lunch today.

…and the list will most likely go on and on.

Yes, I am low sometimes….a dirty, rotten, scoundrel as might be described in our western world.  I try to be good, but the “good that I would do, that I do not”! 

What is important, though, is that I am ABLE to confess, and I know the Lord HEARS and ANSWERS!  The next step is to “forsake” the sins I have confessed.  It is a struggle…..day to day, hour by hour, minute by minute….because of my weak flesh. 

Thankfully the Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and rich in love!  I am wretched, but He is WORTHY of all praise. 

I write this to you with love, and while experiencing the forgiveness of God.  It feels good!  Now I look forward to starting tomorrow clean and fresh!   When is the last time you took time to confess and forsake?  God is waiting …..

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