Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We just crossed into Kentucky and the sunset is absolutely breathtaking! In times like these, God's beauty draws you still closer to Him.
This song sung by Kari Jobe reminds us each moment is a gift.
Made Alive in Christ
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
It was Thanksgiving, and for the first time our whole family was together.
By Jennifer James November 23, 2008
It was Thanksgiving, and for the first time our whole family was together. Mom and Dad had to drive all night just to get here, but boy was it worth it!
The Grandsters really know how to do it up right. The Grandsters being Grandpa and Grandma. We were all seated at the table, and I couldn't wait to dive into those mashed potatoes and gravy.
And the smell of the turkey -- I thought I was going to faint with happiness.
"What's that, Mindy?" demanded my little cousin Sam.
He can be such a pain. He is 8 years old, two years younger than I am.
"What's what?" I asked.
He pointed to a little paper cup containing just three kernels of corn beside Grandpa's plate.
I opened my mouth to answer and then realized I didn't know. Ugh!
How I hate admitting that I don't know something!Grandma answered, "It is to pay tribute to the Pilgrims."
"But why three kernels?" asked the always curious Sam. Give it a rest, I thought.
Grandpa answered, "It reminds me of what a tough time the Pilgrims had. In the beginning, three kernels of corn was each person's daily food ration." The table got real quiet after he said that.
Grandpa continued, "Against all odds, they made a life for themselves in the wilderness. Let's talk more about it after dinner. "
"Sure enough, dinner was over and Sam wanted to know more." Squanto taught the Pilgrims to grow corn!" Sam exclaimed.
He's never going to forget that -- he played Squanto in the Thanksgiving Day play at school.
"That's right," Grandpa said. "But at first the Pilgrims were terrified of the Indians, as they called them.
Then one day a tribesman named Samoset ventured into their encampment. He was tall and dark and by many accounts quite handsome.
Loudly and plainly he proclaimed, 'Welcome!' in perfect English."
"The Pilgrims must have freaked!" shouted Sam.Grandpa laughed and agreed. "I'm sure you're right. He had learned the language from English fishermen.
For the Pilgrims, life was a constant battle for survival.
Later, Governor William Bradford made a decision.
Instead of the colonists sharing their crops equally, he assigned a parcel of land to each family and told them they could keep whatever they produced for themselves."
"Then what happened?" asked Sam.
"At last the Pilgrims began to prosper. Governor William Bradford wrote in his book 'Of Plymouth Plantation,''
''This had very good success, for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.'"
"Shoot! If you can keep everything you make, of course you're going to work harder.
"Everybody knows that."Grandpa answered, "The first seed had been planted for the American Revolution. "
People were free to practice their religions as they saw fit and were free to keep the fruits of their labor.
This had never happened before in the history of mankind.
In the words of William Bradford, ''As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.' "
"That William Bradford sounds like a pretty cool guy," said Sam.
"He was a pretty cool guy," Grandpa said with a chuckle.
Dick and I are on the road to Virginia, we are going to spend Thanksgiving with our son Brad and his wife Cheri, our grandson Sam and Cheri's Mom and family.
Our son's name is William Bradford...very cool person to share a name with!
Dick and I are blessed beyond reason with a wonderful family...we love all of you so very much and thank God for you! Melissa, Shawn, Leah, Rich and Rachel we will miss being with you on Turkey Day, but hold you tight in our hearts!
To all my bloggy friends...so grateful for all of you! Blogging is so relaxing and such a great part of my life, you all enrich my world so much...God bless you all!!
With a grateful heart I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
You can click the pictures and make all the Santa's bigger.
A few more Santa's taking residence at our house.... Ho,Ho, Ho!!!
Love his mink trim!
The picture next to Santa was painted by Dick's mother Bea. She painted their next door neighbors Scotty...the painting was made into a Christmas card for Kosair Children's Hospital (Shriners) in Louisville KY to use as their annual card...priceless..
Saturday, November 22, 2008
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
55"Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
So far I've lost about 56 pounds and I'm still losing about 1/2 pound a week. I'm almost at a normal BMI which is really my goal.
Don't wait until January 1st!! Start today!! If you have fallen off the wagon...hop right back on!! We are human we err...!!
Dick loves this granola bar....seems decadent...takes a while to eat, has 3 grams of fiber and 140 calories. I believe it is 3 Weight Watcher points.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Don't skip breakfast. If you starve yourself all day in anticipation of the big meal, you're more likely to overeat and feel uncomfortable. You might want to eat a lighter breakfast than normal, but don't skip it.
• If you're asked to contribute to the meal, bring a low-fat or low-calorie dish that you know you can enjoy without guilt. Fresh veggies and dips, fresh fruit, low-calorie casseroles or low-fat fruit desserts are always good options.
• Drink as much water as you can before and during the meal.
• Replace pre-meal nibbling by sipping water or a low-calorie beverage and munching on fresh veggies and healthy dip.
• Get at the end of the line if the meal is being served buffet-style. That will give you less time to go back for seconds.
• Fill up your plate with low-fat items such as white meat turkey, roasted vegetables, green salads, and either fresh fruit or a fruit dessert.
• Go easy on the veggies covered in cheese and breadcrumbs.
• Select a whole grain roll if they're available and leave off the butter.
• Use a salad plate instead of a large dinner plate to help with portion control.
• Keep healthy proportions in mind as you fill your plate: One half of your plate should be vegetables, one fourth protein, and one fourth carbohydrate.
• Keep up with the calories you drink. One 5-ounce glass of white wine has about 145 calories.
• Finish your meal with a cup of hot tea or coffee. While you're sipping, you'll have time to receive the signal from your body that it's full.
These are Perfect Endings at William Sonoma...
Have a slice, have a cupcake....really have a piece.....take time to really taste and enjoy...drraaag the experience out.
Don't beat yourself up! We are human and that is that.
My beloved big ole Uncle Earl was a diabetic. His wife, my precious Aunt Libby was an excellent cook and baked pies and cakes Uncle Earl couldn't have.....he had
SUGAR FREE ice cream and such.
I stayed with them in the summers when I was a girl, they lived on a farm, and I absolutely adored them. One day Aunt Lib asked me to go get something from the freezer in the pantry...when I opened the door, there was Uncle Earl hiding, with his apron on that Aunt Lib made him wear when he was eating.....and he was eating alright...a huge piece of cake. He put his finger to his mouth to shush me. I felt so sorry for him!! I gently closed the door and told no one.
Don't hide and eat something wonderful!!
enjoy it without quilt.....
one piece is enough to satisfy,
then get back to life a little happier and content!
Monday, November 17, 2008
12 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
1 1/3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 cup canned chopped green chiles, drained
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup fat-free sour cream
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (10 1/2-ounce) cans condensed 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup, undiluted (such as Campbell's)
1 garlic clove, minced
24 (6-inch) corn tortillas
4 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 1 pound)
2 cups (8 ounces) finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine the first 9 ingredients in a large saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Spread 1 cup soup mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 6 tortillas over the soup mixture, and top with 1 cup chicken and 1/2 cup cheese. Repeat layers, ending with the cheese. Spread remaining soup mixture over cheese. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Calories: 335 (29% from fat)
Fat: 10.8g (sat 5.9g,mono 2.7g,poly 1.2g)
Theresa Marquez, Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2003
Leah and I loved this casserole!!
For dessert we had pumpkin pie that I posted in October...it is delicious!! I love the brown sugar in it and the fact it's so easy to make. I'd gotten Leah a chocolate cupcake since I didn't think she would go for the pie...wrong!
It was fun seeing Leah talk to Sam on the phone last night....we miss you Sam !
See you next week!!
The cool thing was Dick was able to see Rich get this award since he works for the same company in a different capacity. Sweet moment!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Revelation 19:11-16 (New American Standard Bible)
The Coming of Christ
11 "And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen,white and clean, were following Him on white horses.
15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
16And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written,
"KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
It's Friday and Sunday's coming!!!
Rejoice!! He has saved us!! Rejoice!!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Gianna's visit was sponsored by the Ad Hoc Interfaith Committee
Gianna was born during an saline abortion attempt on her life. Her abortionist signed her birth certificate, so she knows who he is. Gianna talks about being hated from birth and identifying with Christ. She is God's girl!
Wow! Takes your breath away!
Taking care of my dad could be a real challenge, he had dementia. At the same time I was juggling helping my husband run our small business, teaching high school Sunday School , President of a Garden Club and all the other things associated with living life.
Then it happened..... Pearlie yelled out as I past her door....
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
BUT LAST NIGHT WAS VERY,
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Brad said Sam couldn't believe how everyone was giving him candy!
Hope time flies and it's no time in all, we will be on our way to Virginia for Thanksgiving!!
( and fun with Sam!)
Sara is my friend that I met thanks to my daughter Melissa, (who is waiting still to be matched with a daughter).....Sara and her family have been waiting over 90 days ( a lifetime!) to receive this LOA!!
An LOA is a adoption term, anyone who has ever adopted yearns to receive their LOA, Letter of Acceptance!! Sara's is from the Chinese Government, and they are requesting Sara and her husband sign it and decide, (*one last time*), "Is this your child?". They must check yes or no... then seal it and deliver it to their adoption agency. Their agency will send it overnight to China. Then they wait for China to "Invite" them. The next document will be called TA, (Travel Approval). They could leave in as early as 5 weeks!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Leah and Pop like to hit heads....go figure!;-)
Leah with Momma and Daddy
Life doesn't get any better than this!!