Thrift Store Hound

So this is the dress I got for Abby for Easter next year.

Can you tell we are “out of season” and “bargain hunters”???

Yes, it’s a mini-bride dress….but won’t she look adorable with her white hat and purple flowers?

The best thing about this dress?

It cost $1.



Yeppers…feeling pretty good about that one.

Hands Free Cell Phone Holder

According to new State of Texas laws, you will no longer be able to use a cell phone while driving unless you have a “hands free” adapter. I have been driving and talking for some time, so I decided to do the right thing and get legal.
I went to Circuit City and they wanted $50 for a headset with a microphone for my cell phone. Having a friend in the cell phone business, I talked with him and was able to come up with an alternative, working through Office Depot. These kits are compatible with any mobile phone and one size fits all. I paid him $0.08 each because he bought in quantity. Then we tried it with Motorola, Sprint, Verizon and Nokia units and they worked perfectly.
Following photo is of my friend modeling our new headset:

Fall is a great time to…

Make banana nut bread
Play outside with your kids
Drink hot chocolate
Go through the corn maze
Read a good book
Sleep in on cool mornings
Finish the sewing you started
Clean out the pantry
Cook beef stew
Get involved in your community
Take a walk outside
Today I am so thankful for the wonderful things that God has given me. I am rich compared to most people, I have an adoring husband and three precious children, a wonderful home church and have begun to make some wonderful new friends. Sometimes I forget to just stop…and show appreciation for what I do have. Not just to others, but to my family. I don’t ever want to take our family life and what we have for granted.
For some time, my husband has felt that his time on earth is not going to be long. He has shared this with me before, but I have always pushed it aside, as it has always seemed so absurd to me that he should die at such a young age. But there have been little things…I can’t even begin to explain it all…I do feel as though God is preparing us for something…but I don’t know what. I can’t even begin to imagine it would be that, I pray it’s not. The Bible says we shouldn’t have “vain imaginations”, so I am instead focusing on how truly wonderful it is to have my family all together and how blessed I am to my husband in my life.
I don’t ever want a day to go by that he doesn’t know in his knower that I love him with every fiber of my being and that I feel so blessed and honored that he chose me to be his wife. Somehow, Fall just seems like a great time to begin letting him know…

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas…

A while back, I blogged on 6 Degrees of Separation, Sara Evans, and her husband, Craig Schelske here.
Now, come to find out, they are going through a divorce and all is not as it has appeared to be over these last few years. I don’t know what makes me sadder…what he has been accused of doing or simply the fact that another marriage is down the drain. I feel badly, because I have been in touch with his family on occasion over the last 20 years…and while I do not know if any of the accusations are the truth, I am inclined to say that it’s not impossible. Even the most upstanding people who seem truly to “have it all together” have these problems and I am well aware of that.
Sad day, indeed

For Hire…


Long term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.


Must provide on-the-site training in basic life skills, such as nose blowing. Must have strong skills in negotiating, conflict resolution and crisis management. Ability to suture flesh wounds a plus. Must be able to think out of the box but not lose track of the box, because you most likely will need it for a school project. Must reconcile petty cash disbursements and be proficient in managing budgets and resources fairly, unless you want to hear, “He got more than me!” for the rest of your life.

Also, must be able to drive motor vehicles safely under loud and adverse conditions while simultaneously practicing above mentioned skills in conflict resolution. Must be able to choose your battles and stick to your guns. Must be able to withstand criticism, such as “You don’t know anything.” Must be willing to be hated at least temporarily, until someone needs $5 to go skating. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.

Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys and battery operated devices.

Also, must have a highly energetic entrepreneurial spirit, because fund-raiser will be your middle name. Must have a diverse knowledge base, so as to answer questions such as “What makes the wind move?” or “Why can’t they just go in and shoot Sadam Hussein?” on the fly. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.


Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.


None required, unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.


You pay them, offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.


While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered, job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

Taggle Rock

Tagged by Vicki. Consider yourself tagged if you are reading this – I don’t do mandatory tags, since I know we all do tons of these…but I don’t think I’ve done one in a while…so here goes:

Food: Vegetarian Pizza – Chicago style
Breakfast: EAS nutrition drink
Lunch: Usually tuna in water or leftovers…sometimes a pb&j
Supper: It varies, but I try to have meat and potatoes for husband
Dessert: lemon icebox pie
Cake: Carrot
Cookie: Samoan
Candy: Snickers…it reaaaallly satisfies.
Vegetable: fresh steamed broccoli with REAL butter and salt
Meat: grilled chicken
Soup: Hot and Sour
Fruit: Orange
Juice: Orange
Sandwich: Pickle, cheese and mayo
Hot Drink: Coffee
Cold Drink: water
Actor: I don’t have a favorite….I know, how boring. :o) Maybe Sean Connery?
Actress: Again…sigh. I don’t watch much tv or movies.
Movie: The Sound of Music
Music: Christian – very little contemporary
Song: “The Blood Cried Out” – Ernie Haas
Singer: Jonathan Pierce
TV Show: Supernanny
Book: 360 Degree Leader
Author: John Maxwell
Holiday: Christmas
Sport: Volleyball
Possession: My Bible…if I could call my salvation a possession, it would be #1, but I do not belong to myself. When I got saved, I gave myself over to Jesus and so I am his.
Pastime: Reading, Internet
Pet: Homer and Sarge (two bassetts) and about 12 cats (all outside!!!!)
Hero: Jesus…want to be JUST like Him when I grow up…only a girl.
Pet Peeve: People who are intentionally mean to others; people who yell to communicate.
Bad Habit: Procastination.

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