Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Today I am thankful for/that....

1. Today and the gift of life
2. My faith, family and friends
3. My home
4. Our health
5. Babies
6. Motherhood
7. Our neighbors
8. Sunshine even though it is HOT today - another 100 degree day
9. Our pool - not sure what my dd would do each summer without it?
10.My cameras and all the pictures we have - it is so fun to go back and look at them.
11. Love and compassion
12. Random Acts of Kindness
13. The bible and good books
14. My hands and feet
15. Food to eat and water to drink
16. Scrapbooking and the friends it has brought into our lives
17. Our exchange student who will be living with us in August
18. Vacations
19. Color and eyesight
20.God's blessings and His protection today

We are so blessed and even in challenging times we can all find something to be thankful for in our lives.


Thankful Tuesday again...youtube video!!

I love this song we learned last year in VBS, check out this cute video. What a great way to start the day. I am thankful for so much in my life.


Have a great morning,

Monday, June 22, 2009

Free Photo Editing Class with Jessica Sprague

Photo Editing: Frame-ups and Special Effects is a two-week online class that is designed for all skill levels. You need to have a copy of Photoshop or Photoshop. Elements for the class, but don't worry if you don't have that, you can download a 30-day free trial!Here's some of what you'll learn about: brushes, frames, masks, textures, blending modes, filters and more. You'll learn how to make worn edges, rounded corners and get those dreamy, vintage soft light looks that are so adorable.In addition to the FREE class, you'll also receive a free digital design kit from Houseof3.com.The class works like this: each day you'll get an e-mail from Jessica Sprague that introduces new techniques and tells you how to access the instructional content. There will be video, an online forum, and a gallery to share your work.You don't have to be online at a set time. If life gets too busy, the course materials (as well as the free kit), will be accessible to you at any time, forever!You must register for the class at JessicaSprague.com during June 22-28 to be able to take the free photo editing class. Free registration ends June 28. Once you've signed up, you'll be sent additional information on how to access the class. Class officially starts July 6 and runs two weeks.To sign up for the class just log in to your account (or create one - it's free!) then click here and enter the code: FREECLASS062009 to be automatically registered! Then check out the class introduction in your "My Classes" link in the main menu. The free class is just one of the many freebies that are part of Jessica Sprague's two-year anniversary celebration. For more information visit JessicaSprague.com.

Also Freebie from Redbox for June 22 and 23rd - enjoy!
Today and tomorrow (June 22 and 23rd), you can get a free one-night movie rental at Redbox with code rbxthxu6. (Thanks, Frugal Living and Having Fun!)

45 Life Lessons Learned....

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written."My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12 It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple
.24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40 If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

I love all 45 of these lessons!!
Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

Be A Host Family for an Exchange Student next school year!

Happy Monday to everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed Father's Day.

I wanted to share some exciting news and encourage you to possibly join me in the fun.

In August, Demi and I will be hosting an exchange student next year from Germany. We are so excited to welcome Nadja into our family. She is 16 and will be attending the same high school that I did. She will live with us until the end of the school year. I will share her profile so you can see the type of children/youth that are involved in this program hosted by CIEE. You can visit their website at www.ciee.org if you are interested and or I can put the Regional Contact in touch with you. (I was contacted via email blindly which I am so excited about and then I found out that the student my sister has been sponsoring in her home this past year is part of the same program.)

What a wonderful gift to give to a young impressionable youth wanting to learn more about the US and our lifestyle not to mention get a valuable education all while living at your home. Did I say how excited I am/Demi is to be getting a big sister.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to answer them and or put you in contact with a local representative. PS - We have our final home interview today so that our rep can meet us and view our home. We are excited to meet Shana as well and can't wait to start communication with her this summer.

Hugs and kisses,

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Child's Ten Commandments for Parents

1. My hands are small; please don't expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so I can keep up.

2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely. Don't restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there. I'm little for only a short time - please take the time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and so so willingly.

4. My feelings are tender, please be sensitive to my needs. Don't nag me all day long. Treat me as you would like to be treated.

5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by and disciplining me in a loving manner.

6. I need your encouragement to grow. Plase go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without critizing me.

7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I'll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.

8. Please don't do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn't quite measure up to your expectations. I know it's hard, but please dont try to compare me with my brother and sister.

9. Please don't be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it's a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.

10. Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting up a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning about God!

I am not sure where I got this handout but I love these commandments so much I am framing them to read everyday. It is a great reminder of the gift of our children and parenting.


Happy Father's Day to all the fathers in our lives!!

Happy Father's Day to my father who is Resting In Peace today. Miss you and love you so much! I hope my brother, Kevin and two brother in laws Darrell here in TX and James in NC had a wonderful father's day today. For Darrell it is his first so enjoy the special moment and day today.

As I write this post I am so happy that I had so many wonderful years with my dad but sad that he isnt here today. He would have loved his grandkids, several of which never got to meet him. I wish he was here which makes me appreciate my mom that much more. It is funny how we really learn to appreciate life so much more the older we get and as we loose loved ones way to early.

Have a great week everyone and I will be back to post the ABC's of parenting for those that are interested in reading it.

Hugs and blessings,

Friday, June 19, 2009

Ten (10) things I love!!

Here are 10 things I love today:

1. Laughter of children
2. Burning Candles
3. Running Water/Waterfalls
4. Green grass/Flowers
5. Being Faithful
6. Photography/Scrapbooking
7. Facebook
8. Family/Friends
9. Dr. Peppers
10.Random Acts of Kindness

**I love Fridays and the weekends!!!!!!

What about you, what do you love today? What makes you happy and brings you joy?

Have a great day and enjoy what comes your way,


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Free Schwann's ice cream or frozen food with code!!

I am so excited about this find over at http://www.moneysavingmom.com/ today.

Right now, you can get $5 off any order with Schwan's--a food delivery service which brings frozen food straight to your door!

Just go here to place your order and use code D5 when you check out to get $5 off. There are a number of things available for $5 so you'll get the order completely free (minus a $1 delivery charge) after the discount.

I just placed my order for some cookies and cream ice cream. One carton for 5.49 minus the 5.00 will be .49 and 1.00 delivery charge. That is a great deal! There are a lot of items under 5.00 leaving you just cents for something you like and it is delivered to you!!

I cant wait to try their cream and see what their service is like!

Free blog giveaway today - check out this blog!

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Thankful Thursday and More of My FAVORITE Layouts/Projects

Today is thankful Thursday so I am going to leave my short list today with hopes you will join me today with your list. What better way to start your day and thinking today?
Thankful for/that:
1. God's blessings, His protection and the gift of life today

2. My faith, family and friends

3. Love, Grace, Forgiveness, Compassion, Passion

4. PIF opportunities

5. Random Acts of Kindness

6. ABCs for parents (I will come back and list these today for you!)

7. Caffeine

8. VBS this week and summer smash soon at CPC

9. Who I am and have become and the opportunity everyday to share God's love
10.Today and what it will bring to include all the good and challenges!
I hope you have a terrific and fun day and remember to hug your love ones today and let them know how much you love them!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I am going to upload 5 of my favorite Swapp size card/layout today. I actually uploaded a couple more which I will upload soon.

Want to join me today? If so please let me know and I will go and check yours out.

Enjoy with hugs,


Do you ever just want to take the day off from work, parenting and just life in general?

That would be ME today. I am feeling very overwhelmed with no business and open job orders while my bills continue to be delivered daily by our prompt and courteous mailman. Mentally I am worn out today. Excited and overjoyed yesterday to have some answered prayers with help from the church but today I am wondering how long my car will work, how long my food will last, how long will the 10.00 worth of gas last, how long my internet will be on so that I can try to work all while trying to remain hopeful and faithful. My point to writing this is not for you to feel sorry for me but to really think about all the little things in our lives that use daily and what you would do without them. And also share that I am trying to live the a God centered life all while facing challenges again that I thought I would not have to endure again, at least not 7 years after the first time I experienced this same thing. I know these times have been hard on so many so I hate to even post about it but it is how I am feeling today. Do you think anyone would mind me taking the day off from LIFE today? (Smiling and appreciative of the challenges today!)

So with all that being said, I also feel a little quilty that I can not take my daughter on a vacation again this summer. That is 2 summers in a row. Not the worst thing in life but it sure would be nice. I keep trying to think of things we can do but most activities cost money. So if you have any ideas please let me know?

Also a few weeks ago I asked a general question on http://www.scrapinstyletv.com/ on what the ladies could live without. I cannot remember what their answers were but I am hit with the stark reality that this week I am about to find out. I am wondering how long my car will run with a radiator that needs to be fixed, how long and far my gas will take me - I have a gas card with 10.00 left on it, how long my groceries will last and how my leak under my kitchen sink will get fixed. So what about you, have you ever thought about what you could live without and or what the moms an women did without certain items. It has had me thinking about how you wash clothes with laundry detergent, what women did without tampons and pads, how we will get around town if need be, how we would get to the doctor if we had an emergency and church on Sundays. I don't know the answers to these questions but I am getting ready to find out.

The good thing about this is that the last time I was here I really beat myself up. I actually thought Demi would be better off with someone else because I my self worth was based on what I had bought and could buy and not Christ. Even though times are challening again I know this time too shall pass and I will be better because of it. There is a rainbow at the end of every rain storm.

So does anyone care if I just take the day off? Does anyone care if I cry today? Sometimes and I hate to say it but t I have to hit rock bottom and admit I am human to get motivated to change where I am today so that tomorrow will be better.

Don't forget to Pay It Forward today and or find a way to perform a RANDOM ACT of KINDNESS today. This is a great way to pick yourself up and or at least it is for me. I love making others feel special and love the OPPORTUNITIES given to me each day to make the world a better place.

Enjoy your day and if you have stopped by thanks so much, it means the world to me and so do your comments.


My thankful Tuesday list on Wednesday...

I am going to share what I am grateful for every Tuesday and remembered to late last night so I am adding it to today's blog.

Tuesday I was thankful....
1. God's blessings, His protection, answered prayers, my church family
2. My faith, family and friends to include my wonderful neighbors
3. School is out
4. VBS at HUMC this week
5. Our pool and the entertainment it provides
6. Mario and gang found Mom's family ring -
7. My home
8. The possibility of having an exchange student live with us next year fro Germany
9. AC, Water, Gas,
10.Internet service
11.My car that is working this week - the radiator has a crack so I am not sure how much longer it will be working
12.Few groceries that I was able to buy yesterday
13.The outfit that Demi bought yesterday with her bday gift card at Justice - it is for the 1st day of 4th grade and it is so cute :-))
14.The gift of life - truly treasure every moment!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Coupons and money back cards....

So we are off to Albertsons and Target for some shopping with my 40.00. This is all the cash I have so it will be fun and interesting to see what I can get with that with my coupons and then we are off to The Justice for Girls so Demi can spend her birthday gift card. I found a card today for 15.00 off of 40.00 spent so that means 55.00 for her to spend. I just love a great bargain and this couponing and money back cards is certainly going to come in handy.

On top of the good news from the church today, I found out that back in May I got a refund for paying my bills on time for 12 months with Atmos. This could not have come at a better time and now I have a credit with them. So that will be one company I will not have to worry about for a few months.

So tonight I am determined to reset my business goals for the next 6 months to hopefully finish my year off on a good note and to establish myself with benefits and a savings along with the principles of 10, 10, 80. That is 10% tithing, 10% savings and 80% spending. I know I will get back on my feet soon and that the economy will turn around sooner than later for us optimists!!

Be back with a report on how well I did with my couponing and shopping!!

Answered prayers today!

I am still in awe of God's timing and answers to prayers. I can also tell you that I am so grateful for my church family today. I started going to Centerpoint Church back in 1998. I remember telling Pastor Jay when I hadnt been there for a series that they were all about family issues and he used to tell me that I would need the messages someday. Little did I know that in 1999 I would become pregnant with Demi. We are so blessed to have our church family and I am so grateful that Michelle got one of my bestest friends Donna married by Jay. I have been enjoying Jay's messages for the past 11 years and I know Demi has grown into the beautiful child she has because of our church and our friendships there. I always say it takes a village to raise a child and I truly mean that in today's world. If you are not in a church family, I would so recommend finding one in your area. You can also visit our website at http://www.centerpointchurch.com/ each week for the weekly message and series. If you live in the HEB or DFW metroplex and are looking for a church please come by and visit us this Sunday. You will not be disappointed!! Thanks for all your continued prayers and love!

On to another subject, I have been without our directtv since last Wednesday and I have to admit for the few days it was tough not having the tv and noise. But after a week of no tv, bad news and activities outside of the home, I am really not missing the tv anymore. Actually I think I get so much more done and am really taking part in things I love like reading and getting out to visit with friends.

Also I am incorporating a new goal for everyday. I want to give something, a gift to someone daily. It can be as simple as a card, trimming my neighbors hedges or just calling someone in need. I also think that praying for others is one the best gifts you can give. So do you want to join me? Demi and I really try to Pay It Forward everyday anyway, it has become a way of life for us. It is cute to see her friends get into it too when they are here or with us while out. Isn't that a great life lesson and it doesnt' have to cost a thing.

I am reading this book again called "Expect to Win" by Bill Glass. It is such a great Christian read. My spiritual goal for everyday is to engage in some kind of reading either my bible, a bible study and or christian book. This really excites me and I hope to start my day with this as well as end it on the same wonderful note. Anyone want to join me on this one? I hope so.

So I will be back shortly to post some fun and cute pics from Demi's bday yesterday and her party last weekend. I also hope to get one week of my project 365 by Becky Higgins posted. I am still loving taking a POTD as well as documenting our lives. It really does change the way you see your life and more than anything the way I appreciate ours. I love our life and am excited to see what great things God has in store for us.



Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy 9th Birthday Demi! I love you so much <3

Happy Birthday to the most special girl in the world!!! What a special day today!

I could have never imagined all the joy and laughter my daughter would have brought into my life as well as all that know her. But the past 9 years have been flown by and there isnt a day that goes by that isnt truly lived every second, minute and hour! She is such a blessing and has been for the past 9 years. I love you so much my lil Demini Cricket and am looking forward to many more crazy, fun and joy filled days with you. Happy Birthday sunshine!! Love, Mommy

Friday, June 12, 2009

Boston Market - Get 3.00 off 6.00 - love great coupons!


Give Joyfully and Paying it forward on Friday!!!

I read this quote today on http://www.helpothers.org/. I am in the process of starting another blog with inspiring stories of random acts of kindess and paying it forward. I absolutely love this and hope to incorporate great quotes like this on a daily basis.

,"Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means." Busgalia

So tell me have you had any random acts of kindness displayed for you this week or recently? My sister called me today to say a mutual friend offered to help me with a month's loan for my mortgage. I can't tell you how nice it is to know that there are friends and people who really do care about you and your family. Friend, you know who you are, thank you! I would love to hear from you about random acts you like to participate in and or that have been done unto you.

So my challenge to you today is to Pay It Forward (Fridays are such a great day for this as is everyday) and watch your love spread througout the world today!

Here are some random ideas from helpingothersland:
Help The Homeless: Donate your professional clothes to an organization that helps people get back into the workforce. G...
Valentine's Day in September: Don't wait until February to recognize the impact they make in your life. Celebrate Valentine's Day ...
Lend a Hand to All Parents: Baby sit. Deliver a cooked meal for the entire family. Let their children spend the day with you or ...
Reachout to the Homebound: Reach out to the homebound -- seniors, ill or incapacitate children or caregivers committed to carin...
Crafts of Kindness: Ask a creative crafter to help you with acts of kindness. Knit a hat for a homeless person this wint...
Corporate Compassion: Plant seeds of kindness in the corporate world. Find the office of your CEO and leave a thank-you ca...
Gift of Generosity: Next time you give a gift, deliver it in a context of generosity. On your friend's birthday, sponsor...
Healing Kindness: Express kindness to those who are healing. Leave a stuffed animal for a child in a hospital. Plant a...
Long Distance Kindness: Reach out to far away lands, with long distance kindness. Ask your penpal to do something kind in hi...
Honor Your Heroes: Honor your heroes with kindness. Dedicate a small act of kindness to your hero by writing them a let...
Kindness Towards Environment: Practice kindness towards the environment. Participate in beach or park cleanups. Reduce air polluti...
Globs of Gratitude: Appreciate someone who has done something kind for you. Send a 'Thank You' card to someone who's hel...
Five Bucks And Under: What can you do with five bucks to make someone's day? Tape the exact change for a soda to a vending...
Spring Forward: Clean out your closet and take the extra clothes to a local nonprofit organization. If you have flo...
Community Kindness: Appreciate a community worker. Give a thank-you card to a bus driver who is driving off-peak hours, ...
Tag the Ones Closest: Do something kind for those closest to you. Give your housemate a hug in the morning, for no reason....
Public Transportation: Before you get off the bus or train, leave an inspiring book on a seat with a Smile Card. Give a flo...
Lending An Ear: Sometimes kindness is as simple as listening. Lend an ear to someone going through a tough time. N...
Connect with Seniors: Connect with seniors in your community. Visit senior centers or nursing homes. Walk or visit with ...
Public Places: Beautify public places in your community. Clean graffiti on public walls. Have a clean-up party at ...
Family Kindness: Surprise your family with an act of kindness. Send flowers (or a plant) to your mom or dad. Have e...
Hear the Homeless: It's been a long winter. Make some soup or sandwich for a homeless person in your neighborhood and d...
Gift of Books: Never underestimate the power of books to expand minds. Give an inspiring book to a friend in need. ...
Volunteer Wonders: Volunteering often provides a good opportunity to be exposed to people who may be in need of an anon...
Restaurant Uproar: Tag someone at a restaurant. Buy someone dessert. Pay for the person behind you at a drive-thru. Pic...
Kindness With Children: Get children excited about kindness. Have a child deliver a hand-made card to your neighbor. Gathe...
Halloween Happiness: Volunteer to take a child trick-or-treating. Teach a kid about safety while out at night; give them ...
Flowers of Kindness: Send unexpected bouquet of flowers to the hard-working receptionist in your office building. Plant ...
The Small Things: Share your umbrella with someone who doesn't have one. Write a thank-you note to a mentor or someo...
Pen is Mightier Than the Sword: Pen is mightier than the sword, they say. Write a note of appreciation to someone. Send an inspirat...
Giving Thanks: Give thanks. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Invite someone for dinner who would otherwise be spendin...
Winter Warmth: As December approaches, the heaters turn on and jackets are zipped up, be mindful of the less fortun...
Gift of Inner Transformation: Restrain from criticizing or saying anything negative to anyone this week. In a challenging situatio...
Seven Greatest Gifts: Gift of service: donate to a cause, as a holiday gift for your best friend. Gift of affection: be g...
New Year's Resolutions: Make a New Year's resolution about giving. Do one small act of kindness every month, whether it is ...
Give of Yourself: Prepare a nutritious sack lunch for a homeless person and hand it to him/her saying "have a great da...
Kindness With Youngsters: Get kids excited about kindness! Setup a 'lemonade' stand on a busy street corner in your neighborh...
Be Vocal In Times of Beauty: Create beauty, in the spirit of kindness. Draw the feeling of kindness and send it as a postcard to...
Ideas in Five Words or Less: Read to a child. Make a wish come true. Rake someone's yard. Smile at a stranger. Be a courteous dr...
Stop Negative Comments: Create change one conversation at a time. Stand up for a woman who is the target of a sexist remark...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your messages and comments today.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Arby's FREE Wednesday - dont forget!

Here is the summer schedule again - enjoy!

Here is the schedule for summer -Arby's is offering FREE items (with purchase) all summer

.May 13th - Free RoastBurger with soft drink purchase
May 20th - Free Chocolate Malt Swirl Shake with sandwich purchase
May 27th- Free Regular Roast Beef with soft drink purchase
June 3rd- Free FruiTea with sandwich purchase
June 10th- Free Roast Chicken Club with soft drink purchase
June 17th- Free Regular Side Kicker with sandwich purchase
June 24th- Free Regular Roast Beef with soft drink purchase
July 1st- Free Regular Beef and Cheddar with soft drink purchase
July 8th- Free Orange Cream Shake with sandwich purchase
July 15th- Free Regular Roast Beef with soft drink purchase
July 22nd- Free RoastBurger with soft drink purchase
July 29th- Free FruiTea with sandwich purchase
August 5th- Free Regular Roast Beef with soft drink purchase
August 12th- Free Roast Chicken Club with soft drink purchase
August 19th- Free FruiTea with sandwich purchase
August 26th- Free Roast Beef 'n Cheddar with soft drink purchaseThere is NO Coupon Necessary as long as your Arby's is participating, check with your local Arby's before you go.

I love Arby's so I will be going to get my FREE sandwich today. This is a great deal if you have lots of children too!

Walmart Freebies - Old Spice soap!

Here is one and you can always check out their website as they have some great products to try as freebies. You can't beat a freebie!!!


Free 50 prints and one 8x10 photo from CVS


http://www.cvsphoto.com/account/register.aspx (You will need to use the code FREE8x10 for the free 8x10. Thanks again www.moneysavingmom.com!)

Free GeoTrax DVD - Fisher Price

If anyone is interested, you can get a FREE DVD t0day here:


Thanks www.savingmoneymom.com for letting us know today.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Here is one more picture of Demi with the Indy drivers at Macys!

I just love this photo op!

Pictures of our week and weekend!!

So it has been a great week. We ended school on Wednesday and on our way to dinner and our annual end of the year celebration we saw the IZOD car and drivers. Demi may be the smallest Indy driver yet. We also celebrated her 9th birthday a little early yesterday with friends and family and she is sporting her new swimsuit from Target and her new peace necklace from Groovy's in Forney. It is really hard to believe that she will be 9 on the 15th of this month. And finally there is Brylee, my niece of almost 4 months. Isn't she just the cutest and so stylish. By the way my lil sister Sheri makes all of her bows to match each outfit. I hope everyone has had a great weekend and enjoyed their time with family and friends and like us got to hear a great message about HD moments at church with Demi being blessed with a series of games about how to deal with life experiences, forgiveness and zooplosion. My good friend Shari delivered teh message today for our youth and was fabulous. Hugs and love!!!

Choosing to Live Fully Always!!

Choosing to Live Fully
--posted by Modestobob on May 31, 2009
John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, 'If I were any better, I would be twins!' He was a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

He replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood, or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim, or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining, or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life."

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," he said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life."

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back. I saw him about six months after the accident.

When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?" I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter," he replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live."

'Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?' I asked. He continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action."

'What did you do?' I asked. "Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said John. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. "Yes, I replied." The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, "Gravity." Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.

My dear friends, events in our lives will change us and humble us. If it weren’t so then why these life experiences in the first place? May we look at these challenges with anticipation and courage that we may rise to the occasion with confidence that this was the plan from the beginning…to grow, to overcome and to live! Have a wonderful day today, and know that someone in Modesto, California is thinking about YOU today and smiling.

PS - This came from www.helpothers.org - I h0pe you enjoy this article as much as I did today. I also hope you had a great weekend. I will be back to post some pictures from Demi's bday party yesterday so you can see my precious almost 9 yr old daughter!!


Thursday, June 4, 2009


Thanks to "survivingthe stores" for offering this - good luck in winning!

Live close to Dallas? Come enter to win a one night stay at The Great Wolf Lodge! http://bit.ly/3wSgXc @survivingstores


Free Doughnut Day .....June 5th!!

National Doughnut Day: Free doughnuts from Lamar's, Krispy Kreme, and Dunkin' Donuts

Tomorrow (Friday, June 5, 2009) is National Doughnut Day!
In honor of the occasion, LaMar's and Krispy Kreme are giving away a free doughnut to all customers--no purchase necessary.
Dunkin' Donuts locations are giving away a free doughnut with the purchase of a beverage. More details here.
As always, I recommend you call your stores ahead of time to verify they are participating in this promotion.

Yum, I will take one that is fat free, no calories :-).

The power of prayer.......

What a beautiful morning here in sunny Texas. It is a wonderful 66 degrees, so cool and refreshing and it is June, can you believe it? Today is going to be in the low 80s for a high. Just unheard of for this time of the year.

So today as me thinking of the power of prayer. I believe in prayer and find myself praying somedays all day. This week I asked some friends and family to pray with and for me and our financial situation. I know that God has heard those prayers and I am so thankful. Thankful that He loves me and continues to bless us with so much. Not materials things but with faith, love, peace, forgiveness, family, friends and the gift of life today. It really is the little things in life that make all the difference.

Okay so on to some more exciting news regarding our Wednesday night. Last night we were driving to the mall for our end of the school year outing and we saw an Indy car in Macy's parking lot. So my three girly girls wanted to stop by to sit in the car. These drivers, Tony and Ed are sponsored by Izod and Macy's was hosting an autograph session. I took the girls in because they wanted to do this, I am shocked but such a sports fanatic so I was all in. This was a first for them with the Indy and autographs. Anyway the line was a little long and we were running a bit behind for dinner so we decided that we would try to come back before they left. For some reason the Izod rep thought the girls were so cute and wanted to have them take a photo op of them with the drivers. If you are into Indy you will recognize one additional driver in the photo today that I will post. I want to see if anyone knows who he is, one hint he is a legend in the sport and is in the Hall of Fame? Any guesses? So they stopped the session and had the girls take some pictures with them, they had news stations and the race car series there as well filming and hotographers for our local papers here in the Dallas Fort Worth area. (That reminds me I need a paper today to see if they made the sports section, how cool would that be!) Anyway when we went back they were already gone but 2 very nice men and one nice young lady who travel all over the world with the race car and displays went and got them bags, hats, posters and misc things. Such a nice gesture and the girls were in heaven. Then to top it off Indian said he would try to get us tickets for the race on Sat. So we may be celebrating Dem's 9th bday watching the Indy race. I love racing but either way the girls had a blast last night!

As if that wasn't enough we stopped by Sonic for our free rootbeer float - that was something else. I think half the town was there and it was crowded to say the least. It was nice to see family and neighbors as well as school friends there!

So I am off to the bank this morning with hopes I can find some ways to manage my debt as well as get back on my feet again. Thanks to all those who have been praying for me/business and for us this week. It means the world to me and it warms my heart to know we are loved and thought about in way that is so touching.

I will be back at some point to post more pictures of our week and my Project 365.

Have a great Thursday and try to find something to be thankful for today!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

It is the LAST day of school!!!!

It has really been a great year but this momma is so glad it is over. Time to enjoy the summer and our friends and family without the hustle and bustle of mornings and bedtime routines.

So here is another freebie from the Picture People for a Portrait. Since the Sears one did not work out I am going to take advantage of this one soon. It has been 5 years since we had a professional portrait so i am really looking forward to having one this summer~Demi will be 9 on the 15th of this month so it is about time right?


I will be posting those pictures that I have been trying to get here as well sometime today so thanks for your patience this week.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Just Stand by Bebe and CeCe Winan with Donnie McClurkin

So this is one of my favorite Oprah shows right after 9/11 - Donnie McClurkin singing with CeCe and BeBe Winan ~ Just Stand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgsMgCfDCf8 from his Love and Freedom album. I was wanting to add this to my playlist but I can't seem to find it on the Playlist.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I still do!

Today I am thankful.....6.1.09

Don't we all have so much to be thankful for today if we just look around we will see our blessings right in front of us.....Today I am thankful for/that...

1. My faith
2. My family
3. My dd and for being a mom- best job in the world and also the toughest some days
4. My friends
5. My home
6. Our pooch
7. Our good health - I saw this show last night about the lady with the giant legs - anyone see this? OMgoodness I dont know what inspires this courageous woman to get up everyday and go like she does but she does!
8. My business...I think...no seriously I have loved being in business for the past 14 years and am thankful I have been able to work, take care of Demi by myself for the most part and everything else that I am abe to do - could not do what I do if I didnt have the business and work from home. I am praying that something will happen soon so I can make some money - I am starting to worry a little about being able to provide food and the basic essentials for us but will remain faithful!
9. Transportation
10. Our town and the quaintness...

**that school is almost over - 2 more half days and we are done - woohoo!

How about you? What or who are you thankful for today?

Hope you had a great Monday!!

Diana aka BiT

Bird Nest Recipe also called CrispyEaster Nests

So here is what I am baking for Demi's teacher today as per her request - I hope they turn out and are as good as I hear they are :-)


1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow creme (about 2 c.)
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 (5 oz.) can chow mein noodles (about 3 c.)
1 c. chopped holiday plain M & M'sHoliday peanut chocolate M & M's - I am substituting the choc with BUTTERSCOTCH CHIPS!!

Combine marshmallow creme, peanut butter and butter; mix until blended. Add noodles and 1 cup holiday plain chopped M & M's; blend well. Drop by 1/3 cupfuls onto greased cookie sheets; shape with greased fingers to form nests. Let stand until firm. Dust bottom of nests with powdered sugar if desired. Fill with holiday peanut M & M's before serving. Makes 10 to 12 nests or 18 to 20 smaller nests.

Quick recipe for some O'henry Bars and or as now called Becca Bars!

1 cup white corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup peanuts
3 cups rice krispies
1 (6 oz) pkg. chocolate chips
1 (6 oz) pkg. butterscotch chips

Mix together the corn syrup and peanut butter in a large microwave-able bowl. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir. Add the peanuts. Cook one more minute. Stir. Add in rice krispies. Mix completely and pour into a greased 9 x 13. In another microwave-safe bowl, melt the chips with the chocolate on the bottom of the bowl until smooth and melty. Pour over the peanut and cereal mixture; spread evenly. Put into the fridge for 10 minutes to chill. Remove from fridge, cut into little squares and enjoy.

Thanks Becca!

I love a great deal - Redbox Movie Free Rentals on Mondays

Here is the link to Redbox, all you have to do is sign up to receive a FREE code on your cell phone on Mondays. Easy right? Hope you enjoy your movies this summer with you families!!


BB later with more posts and pictures,