Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Memories...

Sis took this shot of our Thanksgiving table...
The red polka dot fork would be our new
Pottery Barn kids silverware...adorable.
Also adorable were three of my grandchildren
around the table.

Leah is an old hat at Thanksgiving....

Kate and Jack celebrated for the first time....

After the food, fun and dishes were done I settled in the kids bedroom
for some one on one with my Kate....we were listening to
Somewhere over the rainbow and having tea.
The photo on the little chest is of Leah and the little prayer books are her favorites
Happy and content is how one facebook friend said I looked.....I was
Love spending precious time with my family!
This is the third Thanksgiving we have celebrated since we all started counting calories on
We have all changed in so many ways for the good
during these past couple of years
At Talbot's the other day, a clerk that knew me during the fat years,
made mention how much happier I seem,
carry myself differently, hair, attitude all better.
All I know is..... I sure feel great!
Liz Curtis Higgs said this moring on facebook,
"Ready for some good news?
The Lord offers grace instead of condemnation.
Life instead of law.
Freedom instead of bondage.
Hope instead of despair.
Oh, happy day!"

Saturday, November 28, 2009


1 Peter 2:24

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,

so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;

by his wounds you have been healed.


I like your Christ,
I do not like your Christians.
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
- -- Mahatma Gandhi

Kyle Idleman our teaching pastor at church really hit the nail on the head this past weekend.
So many people have been judged and abused by our church's.

Podcast from last weekend at church

Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

We Gather together....soon

We Gather Together
We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name:
He forgets not his own.
Beside us to guide us,
our God with us joining,
maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side,
All glory be thine!
We all do extol thee,
thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised!
O Lord, make us free!

---Traditional Thanksgiving Hymn---
(A translation by Theodore Baker: 1851-1934)

Happy Thanksgiving!
Love, Maree

Saturday, November 21, 2009

What Faith Can do....


1 Peter 1:6-9

In this you greatly rejoice,
though now for a little while
you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
These have come so that your faith
of greater worth than gold,
which perishes even though refined by fire—
may be proved genuine and may result in praise,
glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Though you have not seen him,
you love him;
and even though you do not see him now,
you believe in him
and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
for you are receiving the goal of your faith,
the salvation of your souls.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Let's see, if I tweak a few things I can look five years younger....

When My dad was in the service during World War 11 he was stationed in Jacksonville Florida, dad was a flight instructor. My mom desperately wanted to be a WAVE but my dad said no to that, so she worked on base selling shoes. They loved living in Jacksonville and made friends there for life.

We traveled to Jacksonville one summer when I was quite small to visit friends they had made during their time in the service. My mom was happy about that, but could not hide her excitement about going to visit the Fountain of Youth to get a drink from it. I picked up on that excitement and was intrigued to say the least. "Why did momma think that was gonna work?" I thought to myself. When I was 6 or 7 the fountain was huge and important looking.

Years later we took the kids to visit the Fountain of Youth and as an adult I was taken back how very small the fountain was and really unimpressive...once again I thought, " Why did momma think that was going to work?"....

Can we really get our youth back again or even stay youthful?
Maybe a sip from the fountain can't hurt but...
I believe yes, we can if we work at it!

Here's an article copied from Vibrant Nation about ways to look 5 years younger, I liked it..

I'm always eager to learn ways to look younger. That's why I was keenly interested in the beauty feature in this month's InStyle magazine on "10 Ways to Look 5 Years Younger." So, what did the 10 beauty tips say?

1. Brighten Up with Concealer - According to the makeup artist Mally Roncal, who is quoted in the story, if you use concealer "People will start asking who your surgeon was." (Yes, I do use concealer under my eyes every day. However, no one has ever asked me who my surgeon was...which is good because I don't have one.)

2. Be Careful With Color - By color, they mean hair color. According to New York colorist Louis Licari, who is quoted in the story, "If you over-highlight your blond hair, you lose the golden tones that keep it looking youthful and pretty. And hair that is dyed too dark is unnatural." (I am careful with my hair color. I have a fabulous colorist who puts just the right amount of highlights in my hair and doesn't dye my hair too dark either. Ah, glad I am complying with Lou's suggestions.I agree with you Lou. I do. I do.)

3. Perk Up A Saggy Butt - This tip says that 'our bottoms tend to be less buoyant as we age...gravity pulls them down.' Susie Crippen of J Brand, says to "check the label of every pair of jeans before buying to make sure they have at least 2 percent stretch, like Lycra. Pants with more than 98 percent cotton can stretch out as soon as you wear them." (Wait, J Brand is the brand of jeans that my daughter A raves about. I should listen to Susie, she must be smart when it comes to perking up saggy butts. I do love my Not Your Daughter's Jeans which also perk up my butt.)

4. Shine On - This tip says that years of blow-drying and styling our hair can leave it lackluster...that adding conditioning gloss or a shine serum can help hair sparkle. (I'll have to try the conditioning gloss. As for the shine serum, I already have that product in my repertoire of haircare products and it seems to weigh my hair down rather than sparkle it up.)

5. Find the Perfect Bra - According to New York stylist Annabel Tollman, "A good bra elevates your chest to a higher altitude, giving you a longer, slimmer-looking waist." (Hmm, hmm, maybe I will have to listen to Annabel and go to Victoria's Secret and buy one of those new Miraculous bras.)

6. Give Some Lip Service - This tip says that our lips lose volume as we get older and that dark matte lipsticks accentuate our aging lips. It says to switch to pink gloss to look younger. (Okay, after I go to Victoria's Secret to get my new perfect bra, I'm going to go to MAC and buy some 'pink gloss' for my lips.)

7. Fake An Eye Lift - Ooh, ooh, I think I am practicing this tip already. Yes, I am. I put my eye makeup on just like the tip that N.Y.C. makeup artist Paula Dorf says. Sorry Paula, I learned this tip from the MAC makeup lady when she did my colors several years ago. I think it was when I was 5 years younger and I'm still practicing this tip. I do 'use a light-colored shadow near my lash line and a deeper shade in an arc above the crease where my lid is dropping.'

8. Get A Little Cheeky - The Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Gabriel Chiu says that "as we age the fat pads in our cheeks fall" and that to defy nature you can either get a filler or you can use a bright pink blush, which illuminates the cheekbone and draws the eye upward." (No fillers for me. I'm not putting any fillers in my cheekbones. And I've tried bright pink blush once before and it doesn't look good on my cheeks. Guess I won't be practicing this tip. I wonder, if each tip is worth .5 years and I practice all the other nine tips, will I look 4.5 years younger? You think?)

9. Lose the Powder Makeup - Paula Dorf says that "As you get older and your skin produces less oil, dewy makeup is more flattering." (No wonder why the makeup artist at Bobbie Brown recommended that I start using an oil based foundation when I had my 50th birthday makeover. It's been almost two years since I had my 50th birthday makeover and I've been practicing this tip ever since.)

10. Mix Things Up - This final tip says to "always throw in something unexpected, like messy hair, a casual jacket, or flats with a fancy dress." (I can do messy hair, I have several casual jackets in my closet. I don't like flats with a fancy dress, they tend to make my pear-shaped body look more hippy. Personally, I like pumps with a fancy dress or a sandal.)

My yoga teacher N, also had a few yogi cures for aging that she shared with us during tonight's yoga class:

Yogi cure #1 - The first yogi cure for aging is to do a 10 minute inversion every day. An inversion can be a head stand, or a hand stand, or the dead bug pose (which is my favorite. I look like an upside down dead cockroach when I do this pose.)

Yogi cure #2 - Massage your face outward every night. Start at the top or bottom of your face and stimulate your skin and then put your moisturizer on your face. Stretch out your neck too by pulling your face forward. (This will add an extra step to my evening skincare ritual, but I'll try it if it will help me stay forever young.)

If I can find 10 more beauty tips to help me look younger, I wonder if I can look 10 years younger? Wait a minute...wait a minute. How does the chorus in the "Forever Young" song go? Think I need to stop, breathe, and sing...

Forever young,
I wanna be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever and ever
Forever young I wanna be
Forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever, forever

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I'm so very grateful...

I am on my knees grateful today.
My Lord loves me with unfailing love
He's crazy about me...
you too.
How can I not be grateful for that?

Psalm 36:7
How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men
find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Angel Time....

It's production time at my house...

promised my friend Cindy I would make 30 angels for her patients...

she's a nurse and really cares for each and everyone of her aging patients

Cindy gives a big part of herself each day she is with them

I wanted to do something to help her cheer their day.

They are made of paper ribbon

At one time I had a craft business

made dried flower wreaths, hats, baskets and such.

I prayed one night for God to give me just one thing I could make because

I needed to simplify

Sat down the next day and started forming these little girls...

I've made hundreds

It's my prayer that these little angels will bring joy

they are made with love.
Promised I"d have them done by this Wednesday...
gotta get busy! ;-)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

He Is....

Revelations 1: 7-8

Look, he is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.
So shall it be! Amen.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega,"
says the Lord God,
"who is, and who was, and who is to come,
the Almighty."

Friday, November 13, 2009

Well...I'm Shrinking...In More Ways Than One.

All my adult life I've been 5' 7 1/4......

more than 40 years I'd say.

Just found out yesterday at the doctors office

I'm 5' 6 1/2...

made the poor assistant measure me twice,

but there it was,

five six and one half...sigh.
Oh yeah...I weighed 10 pounds less than I thought! JOY!!

Hopefully, this will help me with my plea to Dick to join a gym. We walk about 4.5 miles a day, but that is it....we really need to be doing more strength training. He has resisted I believe because for years we paid good money to a gym, used it, but never lost a pound. Now I have proof I need strength resistance training or I'm going to end up like Edith Ann! ;-)

All in all though, I found out I'm in good health...

it's been a very stressful year ....

the state of my life

could have been so much worse

than loosing three quarters of an inch.
Trusting God, eating right, exercising and loving life has paid off.
I'm a happy girl!

Speaking of being a happy girl,
check out these photo's of my girls!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Over the Moon about these new photos Sis captured of Jackson....

Well, she did it again....topped herself.
Sis and her family traveled to Tennessee
this past weekend to visit Jack, Rachel and Rich.
I knew Sis would be taking pictures...that's a given,
all I can say is wow!
Jackson Wyatt will be 5 months on the 20th...
he's got the best little personality!

Be still my beating heart is this cute or what!

When Rich was a little guy he loved Chucks...

had a pair of orange ones...sweet memories

We are having so much fun watching this little guy learn and grow.
Jack, Pop Pop and Gramma Re love you so very much!

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Starbucks Holiday Coffee .....purely a dessert, even if it's low-fat or non-fat

(These are Grande facts)
1.Gingerbread Non-Fat Latte

Guess this is the best of the three...

calories, 270 with whipped cream, 200 without

fat calories 70

37grams of sugar

40 grams carbs

2.Peppermint Non- Fat Mocha

calories, 480 with whipped cream, 400 without

fat calories 120

75 grams sugar

78 grams carbs

3.Eggnog Latte ...
sadly my personal favorite

calories, 470

fat calories, 190

48 grams sugar

53 grams of carbs

Silly me thinking I could waltz to a Starbucks...
order a low-fat Eggnog Latte,
drink it
and worry about the calories later.
The girl in the box at the drive up window announced
(after I had ordered a low-fat eggnog latte,)
"oh, you don't have to order non-fat...
that's the only way eggnog latte come"

How thoughtful of Starbucks I thought,
just like them to think of the calorie conscious ...ha!

I could not believe my eyes when I checked the Starbucks web-site later that day to get the true calorie count....
470 CALORIES...for coffee!!??
sinking feeling
It was good..very good
However, not worth almost 1/3 of my daily allotted calories.
Buyer's the Holiday season..traps are everywhere.
To tell you the truth
the grande skinny vanilla latte for a mere 130 calories
has enough holiday in it for me!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Salvation Is Here!..& From The Inside Out..

Hillsong United

Psalm 64:10

Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD

and take refuge in him;

let all the upright in heart praise him

From The Inside Out....

Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Get out there and celebrate life!

We took these photo's this past weekend while hiking in the Jefferson Forrest ...let me repeat that...while hiking. Sure sounds good to my ears... never thought the words hiking and me would ever go together.

Life is short...

make the most of it...

My heart and prayers are

with the families of those killed and wounded at Ft Hood.

God Bless them.

William Sonoma has their Panini Press on sale...

William Sonoma has their awesome panini press discounted another $20...$79.95, check it out here. We use this press so much...we cook bacon on it, sandwiches, chicken, pork and salmon. Use any kind of bread, low fat cheese, chicken, turkey or ham with mustard....a toasty warm sandwich makes a meal special. Restaurant quality and control the calorie content by knowing exactly what is in the sandwich. Time saver.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Holidays...they are a coming...

These are the kind of buffets/pot lucks that really get to you...

how do you decide what to eat and avoid temptation.

It was about a year ago I stopped logging into on a daily bases. After about 8 months of faithfully logging in every speck of food I ate (Dick too), I wanted to see if I could manage in the world of dinner parties, restaurants, bakeries, ice cream parlors and such alone. At the end of the holidays last year I had only gained 2 pounds...not too bad! From time to time I log back in to see how I'm doing....bottom line, you can teach an old dog new tricks. I'm a changed person...forever!

My friend Deborah teased me yesterday that I know how many calories are in everything....not quite...but almost! Practice makes perfect! ;-)

Getting control of the food you eat is key. So...

1. Plan Ahead.

Without thinking about what is likely to be served, the best intentions fall by the wayside faster than you can shake a drumstick. If you absolutely cannot pass up the cornbread or cinnamon buns warm from the oven or Aunt Fay’s amazing apple cake, then you need to decide what and how much you will eat so someone does not have to roll you out. If you’re going to eat the apple cake that’s fine, but remember to eat fewer quiche and pastry puff appetizers when you arrive and to pace yourself throughout the meal.

2. Strategize. So if you’re not eating puff pastry appetizers, what are you going to eat? If you’re going to someone’s house for the holidays or if it’s in your home, serve something that is good to eat like a salad, lots of vegetables and maybe shrimp cocktails and take larger portions of those and smaller portions of the rest of the meal. Eat your vegetables first. They’ll fill you up, leaving less room for the more calorie-packed stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie.

3. Relationships first, food second. Yes, the holidays have wonderful foods – everywhere. But the reason you’re gathered together with relatives and friends, rather than eating alone is to be in contact with people. Focus on the people and what you’re doing instead of strategizing how to get those last potato puffs before Aunt Harriet does. Let Aunt Harriet have it. Besides, if her mouth is full, it will keep her from gossiping and give you the opportunity to connect with people you care about.

4. Eat small meals throughout the day. Do not make the mistake many people do of eating virtually nothing during the day to “save” extra calories for the big meal. You’ll end up hungry and eat things you don’t particularly like. Eat high-fiber mini meals for breakfast and lunch with snack (think whole fruit) in between to prevent an all-out binge.

5. Slow down. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to register fullness. Put down your fork and talk to your neighbor.

6. Water, Water, Water. We often eat, when we are really thirsty. Drink water before, during and after the meal so you are well hydrated.

7. Go for a walk. Instead of watching football on the couch all afternoon – eating the chips and dips during time outs – why don’t you gather everyone for a long walk? Taking a 45-minute walk could use up almost 250 calories. This is a wonderful holiday tradition you could start. If nothing else, you’re not home eating the leftovers.

8. Talk kindly to yourself. Banish the mantra, “I always gain weight over the holidays.” Instead say to yourself, “I am giving myself the gift of health. I can eat and enjoy any food I want in moderation.”

9. Enjoy the season of celebration. Remember the holidays are about coming from a place of gratitude. Now especially this year, we have a lot to be grateful for. Treat yourself well with friends, with loved ones and yes, with foods.

There are more good tips here from this article from