Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 cup melted butter
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
6 ounces chocolate chips
Mix together all of the above ingredients except the chocolate chips. Press the mixture into a 9 x 13 inch greased pan. Let it set in the refrigerator to cool. Melt the chocolate chips and spread over the top for frosting. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator to help them keep longer.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
North Oxnard CA United Methodist Church has honored each fallen soldier in the Iraq war with a flag totalling 3021 to date as of May 12, 2007. This Church has run out of space for all of our fallen soldiers and now has to put a flag up for every 5 FALLEN soldiers. I just wanted to take a moment and give thanks to all who are fighting for our country... for those who have kept us FREE and those who continue to do so!!
This weekend is more than just yardsales, weddings, camping, and an extra day off ... Keep our fallen soldiers family in prayer... and continue to cover those in Iraq and elsewhere that keep our country FREE....
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
As I was driving home from work yesterday I was listening to Christian Radio.. I have to be honest.. if there isn't music on it that I don't enjoy.. I turn the channel or listen to my CD's. Yesterday however there was a gentle sounded speaking woman on the radio and I let my hand slide back to the shift and listened to her soothing voice. I absolutely have no idea who this woman was. As I listened she went on to recite the verse above.. and it hit me like a TON of bricks.. I, me, the gal driving this car have EYES in my HEART... STRANGE... as I listened more intently I realized that I have been living with my eyes closed for some time.. seriously.. if I KNEW I had eyes on my heart I wouldn't keep them closed.. I have to capture everything that I SEE in life... It's the human side of me!! Ü
My eyes, on my heart, is my inner awareness to the Holy Spirit... hmmmm it's my inner ASSURANCE that I WILL go to HEAVEN!! and have a guaranteed Eternal life... My heart contains the HOLY SPIRIT... My Inheritance... a home in heaven.. with no more sickness.. no more disease.. but just a pathway paved of Gold.. and extreme happiness.. probably a happiness that any of us has YET to experience here on earth...
Through the ups and downs of life.. I am always grateful for the little things that POP up in my life that I can SEE!! But if you blink.. sometimes you can miss the MOST beautiful moment of the day... I ALMOST did that today..!! Although my day isn't complete.. I was running.. and doing errands.. and I was on a back road.. I wanted to quickly get to my NEXT destination... ( boneless skinless chicken breast on SALE!!! $1.69lb... ) that I ALMOST missed this picture I captured.. One of the reasons I LOVE Living in NH!!( Oh I wanted to add.. the date on the camera isn't right... it's a day late.. hmmmm wonder what God is REALLY telling me)
What did you almost miss today?
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
**********One of my favorite and true quotes. " life is what happens, while you are busy making plans". ***************
ENJOY the journey because some of us will not make the entire trip..
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Well... my grumpiness.. sadly.. came back tonight... I was upset because my dishes were not properly done and I felt expected to clean up the rest... I was angry... and I shared my feelings with my children.....
Now... I wish I hadn't... not 20 seconds after my angered moment.. a friend of my daughters called me to talk... wanted a "moms" perspective... He wanted to talk to me because my beautiful daughter told him I was a SURVIVOR... The funny thing is.. this wasn't the FIRST time I heard this today!!
Today has been extremely emotional for me... Why? I'm not truly sure.. I believe the Lord is moving my heart in many directions.. Earlier today I was talking to a girl.. well I should say WOMAN that I grew up with since the age of 14....
Her words to me after having already talked 2 hours.. ( and believe it or not I HATE the phone) just out of the blue she tells me.. "Terri.. I don't know if I ever told you.. but I ADMIRE you.. I ADMIRE you so much.. You are a SURVIVOR... You have turned into a mother I only wish I could be.. you endured so many challenges, from a crappy home life, to a manipulative hard mother, to a teenage pregnancy that led you into being a unwed, single mom..to moving miles to go to college and you're daughter is beautiful and has a wonderful head on her shoulders...You are a beautiful woman"....
This past year.. Kim can attest to this... I have felt lost.. I haven't been able to open that door that God has pushed slightly open.. for me... I feel like I have been running my palms on blank walls not able to find the cracks to slide my fingers under to pry the door open.. yet.. I can feel the breeze of the crack....
My Goal is to finish what God has started... I want to be a college student.. but most of my life I have been told I was never good enough... Why did I waste 34 years listening to another human? Why didn't I listen to the whispers from my only TRUE father.. Our Lord and Savior... It is only HE that I need to obey and impress.. no one else...
So even though my heart is heavy.. I'm positive I know what I have to do.. and I WILL do it...
Life can seem long... but In truth it's only a breath....
Even though growing up stunk for me.. and some of the things that followed.. It wasn't until I was 20 that I found Christ.. Thank You Jesus!!! I must always remember.. no matter how sad, how hurt, how lonely, how everything just feels bland and blah... There is always someone out there that has lost more than I have.. or has endured more than I have.... and I have to be thankful FOR EVERYTHING that has happened in my life.... because everything I have FACED has made me the Woman I am today...
I found this song... I had NOT heard it until today.. which is quite funny cause I LOVE music.. people LOVE playing music trivia games with me... I think God was waiting for a special moment for me to hear it.. Today I needed to hear it...
If you have NOT heard this song... grab a few tissues.. TRUST ME ON THIS!! Now go down and click off my Stellar Kart song.. and hit play.. close your eyes and listen... listen to every word as if each different person is talking to you!!! Tell me what you think?? I love how many songwriters are given this gift by God to express things better than I ever could!! Ok.. shhh.. go ahead.. and hit play!!!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
What do you do to "pick yourself up"??? I'm in need of some ideas...
Hope your night is better than mine...
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Sign You're Driving Too Fast........
I thought this one was SUPER funny!! I have to be honest.. I DISLIKE STUPID Drivers!!! Come on you know the ones I'm talking about!! The ones who can't make a complete stop at a STOP sign.. The ones that think just because the car in front of them stopped that they stopped too.. and ride through with the front car.. ( I think this one drives me the MOST insane)...
Today my son was at baseball practice and well.. let's just say his face caught the fly ball... BLOOD everywhere... he was crying.. OH WHAT A MESS.. all I wanted to do was get him home.. and I think America's WORST drivers were on the road... My husband surrendered His shirt to catch the massive amount of blood that came from my son's nose.. so after I got my son settled.. I had to run back out and bring hubby a shirt.. but didn't want to leave my son alone to long... UGH!! I was leaving my drive way and I let a minivan go by.. I jumped out of the driveway ( cause normally the gal at the end of the street that babysits, gals come FLYING up and down our road .. another UGH) Well today this person decided NOT to move at the end of the road.. just sat there!!!! WHY???????????????????????? I have no idea.. Ok.. I GOT MAD!!! and just went around them.. and as I was going around them .. that's when she decided she wanted to go... umm NO DEAL lady... NO DEAL.. I actually ended up squealing my tires... don't think I've ever done that before.... Why do drivers have to be so mean?
I love this one.. this happened to me just this past week.. I'm listening to Toby Mac.. and BAM some old guy cuts me off.. I'm doing 35 TOPS.. well I didn't get a chance to slow down and guess what he DOES.. SLAMS on his breaks... WAIT.. ummm I beeped my horn and he gives me a shrug!!! Why is it some peoples intent to purposely take another person's life because of a car and who has to be first....WHY? In all honesty... that man could have killed me if I hadn't seen him slam on his breaks... it only takes seconds....
For the record.. I'm NOT a perfect driver... but I try to keep in mind why people drive the way they do.. Why do people think vehicles are toys.. and why oh why is there someone ALWAYS out there that think that they should be first .. and NOT you... WHY??
Today's post is kind of a little rant.. and for that please forgive me.. but thanks for letting me SHARE!!!
***** CONTEST UPDATE*****
I found the CUTEST stationary to give away this week.. one of the boxes is shaped like a little purse with handles... and the other stationary looks like scrapbook paper.. it's so adorable.. so please.. keep posting.. can't wait to give it away!!!
Monday, May 14, 2007
I wanted to say Congrats again to Amberley again for sharing her 5 things she is grateful for!! That package is headed out the door in a few minutes!
This morning I was thinking about how wonderful the Internet is.. how I can communicate with everyone here each and every day. But then I think the Lord put something in my heart this morning... our OLDER generation... those that don't do the Internet.. those that still have rotary phones that probably sit by them and wait for them to ring daily.... As much as I would like to believe everyone loves the Internet.. or EVERYONE has cell phones.. it's just not true.. and those that tend to have neither.. can be forgotten... guilty myself of it...
The older generation to me are the ones who probably fought in World War 2 and Vietnam... I think back to those days even though I wasn't even thought of yet.. of how they communicated with their loved ones while fighting for my future freedom... My thought.. "old fashioned" letter writing... Ok.. now take a second and think back to when was the last time you got a "beefy" letter from anyone? When was the last time you wrote a letter FOR anyone? Kids don't even get in trouble in schools these days for passing notes.. they pass TEXT messages....
I was at Home Depot yesterday and I heard one gal yell to another.. "oh hey TEXT me about play dates for the kids".. I stood there and gawked.. probably rude of me.. but I did.."TEXT ME"... what happened with the telephone... I'm 34 and I don't understand a TEXT.. I really don't.. Now.. don't get me wrong.. I'm not judging you all if you do.. it's just going to be one of those life mystery's to me I think!! Ü
Ok.. ready for this.. this is THIS WEEKS CHALLENGE....
I want you to pick ONE person in your life that you can take this week and write a NICE thoughtful meaning letter to.. preferably someone you may always think about.. but haven't talk to lately... You may even write a LOVE letter to your husband... Tell me who you're going to write to.. and what will your opening line be....
Your PRIZE.. a Stationary Set.. I'll be on the prowl this week looking for one... or better yet.. I just might stamp you one.. !! I'll let you know mid week what I'll be doing.. So again, you have til FRIDAY 8 PM to respond to my BLOG.. and the peas who don't have one.. POST it to the board!!
Here's a cute Stationary set I found on line..
Here is their website.. http://www.americanstationery.com/catalog_request.asp You can request a free Catalog
My letter you might ask... well I think I have TWO people in mind this week.. One my Grandfather whom I haven't seen in a few years.. and he lives only 45 minutes away.. YIKES..
And to my Loving husband.. whom I've been married to for 13 years TODAY!!!! My opening line to my Darling Husband.... There is no man greater than you! You are my best friends, my love and a wonderful provider......
Friday, May 11, 2007
AMBERLEY!! E-mail me to give me your address so I can mail this out to you on Monday!!!
Just so everyone knows.. I threw all the names in a jar and just pulled a name..
Thanks for playing..
I'm hoping to do something NEXT week so check back!!
Enjoy the Weekend!!
It's soon to be Mother's Day!! Although I'm truly blessed.. I feel that Mother's day is EVERYDAY!!! Cause let's face.. even on mother's day the day doesn't stop..!! You don't stop being a mom ---just cause... So.. if I don't get back on here after tonight ( I'll be posting the winner of my drawing later tonight) HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!
Here's a little funny I thought I would share....
FAMOUS MOTHERS:COLUMBUS' MOTHER: "I don't care what you've discovered, you still could have written!"
MICHELANGELO'S MOTHER: "Can't you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?"
NAPOLEON'S MOTHER: "All right, if you aren't hiding your report card inside your jacket, take your hand out of there and show me."
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S MOTHER: "Again with the stovepipe hat? Can't you just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"
MARY'S MOTHER: I'm not upset that your lamb followed you to school, but I would like to know how he got a better grade than you."
ALBERT EINSTEIN'S MOTHER: "But it's your senior picture. Can't you do something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, something….?
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S MOTHER: "The next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance goodbye!"
THOMAS EDISON'S MOTHER: "Of course I'm proud that you invented the electric light bulb. Now turn it off and get to bed!"
PAUL REVERE'S MOTHER: "I don't care where you think you have to go, young man, midnight is past your curfew."
MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY'S MOTHER: "I don't mind you having a garden, Mary, but does it have to be growing under your bed?"
HUMPTY DUMPTY'S MOTHER: "Humpty, if I've told you once, I've told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall. But would you listen to me? Nooooo!"
BATMAN'S MOTHER: "It's a nice car, Bruce, but do you realize how much the insurance is going to be?"
GOLDILOCK'S MOTHER "I've got a bill here for a busted chair from the Bear family. You know anything about this, Goldie?"
LITTLE MISS MUFFET'S MOTHER: "Well, all I've got to say is if you don't get off your tuffet and start cleaning your room, there'll be a lot more spiders around here!"
JONAH'S MOTHER: "That's a nice story, but now tell me where you've really been for the last three days."
SUPERMAN'S MOTHER: "Clark, your father and I have discussed it, and we've decided you can have your own telephone line. Now will you quit spending so much time in all those phone booths?"
MONA LISA'S MOTHER: "After all that money your father and I spent on braces, that's the biggest smile you can give us?"
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
<----- This is the only picture I could find quick enough to post in my blog... it's cute.. but I hope I don't get in trouble for using it.. YIKES!!
Well you know that I'm reading my chocolotherapy book... and last night while reading I found a little snippet about God... If God was a gossiper.. What would he say about you?
Now I Know what you're thinking.. you're off your rocker.. God doesn't gossip, it's a sin... It's just plain NOT Christ like... I know.. I know.. But for giggles.. What are a few things right here right now.. that you think God would TELL ME about you!! Of course I'm a secret keeper.. so I would never Tell!!!!
For me.. I think God would tell you all.. that.. I'm LOST in the direction I'm going in my life.. I don't know what the future is suppose to hold and have been Lost for about two years... That I'm not listening close enough to HIM or following direction. I don't spend enough time in the word, therefor our relationship is strained, yet I'm not a hopeless cause.. ( but then again NO ONE IS!!)...That I'm a giving person and I put my family FIRST.. ALWAYS.. That I can be selfish and unselfish all in the same action.... But no matter what I do.. I am always forgiven and loved unconditionally.. and sometimes I put that Love on a back burner because there are days I just don't know what to do with it!!
Have you ever been hurt by gossip?? Or have you gossiped and hurt someone? I think we can pretty much ALL say both has happened..."A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks to much." Proverbs 20:19 I envy women who can talk and NOT gossip.. I ENVY people who can ONLY say nice things about others... I always ask God.. "Why don't I have a heart like that"... His reply if I could guess... "You could you just chose to speak before you think.. the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body... but it can also be the MOST hurtful if not exercised right".... GULP!!!!
The next time you feel like speaking BAD about someone... WRITE IT DOWN and then throw it away.. I think getting it out still helps... but maybe not directing at another human being might be more kind.... I'm guilty... sooooooooo guilty.....But working hard at it!!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
5 Things I am Grateful For
Sometimes life comes at you so fast you forget why you're here .. and what makes you tick as a person. Here's a sneak peak at the Love(s) of my life... My husband, My GORGEOUS daughter, My ever so HANDSOME son, and our Foreign Exchange Student Maria, who has taught us some life and parenting skills. Ü
Today.. I want to know what 5 things in your life you are grateful for.... and by doing so... if you tell me.. I have 6 of those HARD FINDING clear stamps from Michaels with ONE block ( sorry that's all they had)..Here is the description
2) let's party
3) For you
4) Party--you're invited
6) Sweet heart-I love you
Each stamp set has about 4-5 designs in each package.... Here's a picture I snagged from e-bay so you can get the idea of what they look like...
Ok.. here's the deal.. I'm going to tell you the 5 things I'm grateful for today!! I want YOU to tell ME the 5 things you are grateful for today as well... HOWEVER... I'm going to leave this open til Friday.. ever go to a blog daily but then MISS a day only to find out there was a contest?? and you MISSED It.. Kind of makes you sad huh? Well... I want ya to be happy and grateful!! So as of 8pm friday you have time to tell me what makes you happy TODAY!!!
Here's my Top 5
1) The sun is shining and I can work on my yard today!
2) My son gave me the sweetest kiss goodbye today
3) My husband is sleeping so that gives me a few extra minutes this morning to blog Ü
4) I have great friends who love me and on occasion spoil me
5)My MT. ST. Laundry is caught up!!
Ok.. your turn!!
Monday, May 07, 2007
The History of Aprons
Written by Thomas Morva
Aprons have been cooks’ companions for hundreds of years. Indeed, aprons were used by men and women for a variety of tasks long before they were seen on 1950s television. During this era, women were portrayed as homemakers and good mothers and you rarely saw them without their aprons.
Some researchers point to Biblical references about aprons. They cite a passage in which Adam and Eve sewed together fig leaves to make aprons to cover themselves. We traditionally think of aprons being used for cooking, and while that is true, they have served as a cover-up for other tasks that tend to be messy. Occupations such as butchers, welders and bakers have always used aprons to protect both their clothing and bodies from their work.
For centuries, homemakers have used aprons. Even since the early 19th century, women have used aprons to keep their clothing clean. They have also used aprons to carry essential utensils such as rolling pins, for gathering and carrying eggs and for transporting kindling wood. Aprons have been an effective tool for many, many years.
It was not until the 1940s and 1950s that society started to see the stereotypes of the "perfect mother" who always wore an apron, no matter what. Until that time, aprons were thought of as a functional piece of the wardrobe.
Today’s aprons are more stylish. Perhaps surprisingly, aprons have made a fashionable comeback, even making occasional runway appearances in the form of the apron dress.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
In School I use to be deathly afraid to ask questions for fear of looking stupid.. now many years have passed and I realize that I looked more stupid NOT asking than if I had. I might have understood more things and not desired to daydream out the window..
Any way.. see this fancy McDonald's...??? It's the BEST.. I've been there before.. in downtown DISNEY!! How I wish I were there visiting my friends who moved down there.. and saying a cheery hello to any Disney Character!! I'm a HUGE HUGE Disney fan... but I can't take the heat in the summer months.. so I have to wait til around December to be comfortable! Even though I didn't eat at this McDonald's.. ( I get belly aches and who wants one at Disney WORLD) it was pretty cool! Hmmm I wonder if Heaven will have a McDonald's... and I wonder if the people there will be happy to serve me.. Ü Ohhhhhh I'm LOVIN IT!
Here's a website if you are bored.. you can play some pretty cool McDonald's games... Like TETRIS and catch the burger.. I played the TETRIS for awhile... boy I'm rusty!!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Three eggs, one cupful of sugar, two of flour, one tablespoonful of butter, a teaspoonful, heaped, of baking powder. Beat the butter and sugar together and add the eggs well beaten. Stir in the flour and baking powder well sifted together. Bake in deep tin plate. This quantity will fill four plates.With three pints of strawberries mix a cupful of sugar and mash them a little. Spread the fruit between the layers of cake. The top layer of strawberries may be covered with a meringue made with the white of an egg and a tablespoonful of powdered sugar. Save out the largest berries and arrange them around in circles on the top in the white frosting. Makes a very fancy dish, as well as a most delicious cake.