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Sunday, January 7, 2018

My Instant Pot

Happy New Year to One and All!

So far this year I’ve cooked more meals at home thanks to a Christmas gift I received, my Instant Pot. 

First, let me say that I am NOT being paid for this article. I just love how quick the food cooks. I’ve made a pork roast from frozen and it was delicious and ready in under an hour. 

Tonight’s cooking adventure is Chicken and Dumplings. It smells wonderful as it finishes up. We’ll see if it get a seal of approval from the family as well. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Firemen at our House

Short version: A neighbor a few doors down has a fire false alarm. Their house number is at quick glance very similar to ours. No fire. Everyone is okay. My neighbor might be slightly embarrassed. 

Long version: We were watching services at Bay Hope Church online. Towards the end of the service someone knocked on our front door rather frantically. I get up, go to the door, and see a firetruck in front of my house, but no firemen. A few doors down they are talking to one of my neighbors (whose address is 1 number different from mine) who had a false alarm. In the meantime my daughter saw the firetruck and went back inside, and a fireman has knocked on our back door. Under the circumstances she lets him in. He walks out through my front door and says, "Honey, I'm home!" He then says our house is fine. Another fireman confirms our neighbor's house is also fine. It felt like the entire neighborhood also came out to see what was happening. Jack was fortunate. He was volunteering at church, so he missed the entire scene. Never a dull moment at our house. LOL 😂

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pictures from Vacation Earlier This Year

Monday, June 5, 2017

Amazing things on the horizon!

Once again it's been awhile, but I had to post something. 

As you are aware if you have ever read this blog, I am in a constant state of growth. It could be physical, personal, professional, or spiritual (I ran out of "p" words). 

This time it seems to fall under the categories of personal and professional growth. I am a firm believer in continual learning, so I'm expanding my horizons and educating myself on new platforms and new programs and working on certifications that can help me evolve in this ever changing world of media arts. 

Where will I end up professionally speaking?Who knows, but I'm ready for this adventure. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wow! I've been gone FOR-Ev-eR!

Holy Cow!

It's been almost 2 years since my last post!

I'd be amazed if anyone was still following my little blog.

Anyway, a lot has happened in my family's life. We move (about 4 miles). Went through the entire selling of a home/purchasing a new one (we hired and fired one realtor...NEVER hire a friend...hired a new, THEY sold our old house).

We're still getting settled in so I can't promise that I will be as blog attentive as I use to be, but I will try.

For those following my weight loss journey, well I'm still struggling, but I did get a good report from all my doctors this year so that is something.

Be patient with me as I try to do this thing again.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your Kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity" - From the song "Hosanna"

This is part of what I pray everyday, and after the past few days I have to say that my heart is breaking:

While the majority of my Christian friends on BOTH sides of this Chick-Fil-a debate (and, yes, there are Christians on both sides of the debate) have been respectful to and mindful of others who don't agree with them when speaking their minds on the subject, my heart is breaking because I also have other Christian friends who seem to have forgotten both Matthew 7:12 & Matthew 22:36-40 when speaking their minds on the subject. If you're not familiar with these passages, then here they are:

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." - Matthew 7:12 (New International Version)


“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Matthew 22:36-40 (New International Version)

Sadly, in a few cases I have seen such hate filled bile spewed out, not just from one side but both, from Christians at fellow Christians. I'm not telling you what you should or shouldn't believe on this subject. I'm not even saying that as Christians we will never disagree about anything. What I am saying is that whatever your thoughts are on this matter, your words to others and about others regarding what you believe should come from a place of love and respect for the other person. Why? Because that is what we are called to do, and if we can't do that with other Christians when we disagree, then how can we possibly expect to do that to our neighbors out in the world?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I'm starting up again

Ok, all the weight that I lost back a few years ago I've pretty much put all of it back on again. This time I've got a goal of simply being healthier, but my 40th birthday in September. I'm using My Fitness Pal to track both my exercise and my caloric intake. I will try my best to update at least the weight loss ticker and give you occassional updates. Love to all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

I think I might need to start blogging again

It's been over a year since I've blogged ANYTHING...I might need to start up again as I do have a lot still to say. Merry Christmas to you all.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas is a lot of things to me

Mostly it's a celebration of Christ's birth. A reflection of the past year. A look forward to the new year. Time to give to those less fortunate (preferably, without making a big deal about doing so too). Time for family and friends that you don't get spend as much time with as you'd like to through out the year. Baking, caroling, decorating (my family LOVES the decorating).

Growing up I was a preacher's kid, followed by a Air Force chaplain's kid (Yes, I am a PK/CK which is a precher's kid/chaplain's kid/military brat. Since I moved so much growing up, the decorating and the baking were the tangible things that made the holiday, no matter where we were, feel like we were home. The traditions I grew up the celebration of Advent my husband and I have past on to our own children. Another tradition we have is we put up 2 old artificial trees 14 & 12 years old, respectively, every year. Some may think it's excessive, and, yes, it isn't necessary, but the 14 year old one my husband and I bought at Target Greatland in Ft. Myers during our 2nd Christmas together for $29.99 (along with the $1.99 ornaments we bought to fill in the empty space that year, and we still have those ornaments). We've taken very good care of it and it has lasted. A lot of fond memories of friends and relatives who have passed on are attached to that little tree. Most of the kiddos handmade ornaments and ornaments given to them by family members now adorn that little tree. The other tree we bought was a little larger and we bought it the 2nd year in our house. The ornaments on that tree are from around the world, as they belonged to my husband when he was a kid & to me when I was a kid. There are also the ornaments we bought on our honeymoon. The ones that commemerate the births of each of our children. There is literally a story behind every single one. The kids love hearing the stories and putting them up is one of their favorite things to do each year. In a since these trees contain our family history, and it doesn't matter if there's a lot or a little underneath them... it is what they represent to, and all the times and things that God has brought us through.

What are your family traditions this time of year?

Thursday, September 9, 2010


THANK YOU DAD! You said it far better than I ever could have. A Christ Follower: The Journey: TERRY JONES AND THE BURNING OF KORAN'S: "Anyone who knows me, knows that I have served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force (Now the VA) for many years.  Ever since the late 80s, I h..."