Saturday, February 28, 2009

Honoring An Icon...

I copied this article from

CHICAGO — Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90.
Harvey died surrounded by family at a hospital in Phoenix, where he had a winter home, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for ABC Radio Networks, where Harvey worked for more than 50 years. No cause of death was immediately available.
Harvey had been forced off the air for several months in 2001 because of a virus that weakened a vocal cord. But he returned to work in Chicago and was still active as he passed his 90th birthday. His death comes less than a year after that of his wife and longtime producer, Lynne.
“My father and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television news,” Paul Harvey Jr. said in a statement. “So in the past year, an industry has lost its godparents and today millions have lost a friend.”
Known for his resonant voice and trademark delivery of “The Rest of the Story,” Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his “News and Comment” for ABC Radio Networks.
He became a heartland icon, delivering news and commentary with a distinctive Midwestern flavor. “Stand by for news!” he told his listeners. He was credited with inventing or popularizing terms such as “skyjacker” and “Reaganomics.”
“Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation’s history,” ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson said in a statement. “We will miss our dear friend tremendously and are grateful for the many years we were so fortunate to have known him.”
In 2005, Harvey was one of 14 notables chosen as recipients of the presidential Medal of Freedom. He also was an inductee in the Radio Hall of Fame, as was Lynne.
Harvey composed his twice-daily news commentaries for ABC from a downtown office near Lake Michigan.
Rising at 3:30 each morning, he ate a bowl of oatmeal, then combed the news wires and spoke with editors across the country in search of succinct tales of American life for his program.
At the peak of his career, Harvey reached more than 24 million listeners on more than 1,200 radio stations and charged $30,000 to give a speech. His syndicated column was carried by 300 newspapers.
His fans identified with his plainspoken political commentary, but critics called him an out-of-touch conservative. He was an early supporter of the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy and a longtime backer of the Vietnam War.
Perhaps Harvey’s most famous broadcast came in 1970, when he abandoned that stance, announcing his opposition to President Nixon’s expansion of the war and urging him to get out completely.
“Mr. President, I love you ... but you’re wrong,” Harvey said, shocking his faithful listeners and drawing a barrage of letters and phone calls, including one from the White House.
In 1976, Harvey began broadcasting his anecdotal descriptions of the lives of famous people. “The Rest of the Story” started chronologically, with the person’s identity revealed at the end. The stories were an attempt to capture “the heartbeats behind the headlines.” Much of the research and writing was done by his son, Paul Jr.
Harvey also blended news with advertising, a line he said he crossed only for products he trusted.
In 2000, at age 82, Harvey signed a new 10-year contract with ABC Radio networks. In addition to his unique voice and delivery, Harvey was credited with coining several words on his broadcasts, including “Reaganomics” and “guesstimate.”
Harvey was born Paul Harvey Aurandt in Tulsa, Okla. His father, a police officer, was killed when he was a toddler. A high school teacher took note of his distinctive voice and launched him on a broadcast career.
While working at St. Louis radio station KXOK, he met Washington University graduate student Lynne Cooper. He proposed on their first date (she said “no”) and always called her “Angel.” They were married in 1940 and had a son, Paul Jr.
They worked closely together on his shows, and he often credited his success to her influence. She was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997, seven years after her husband was. She died in May 2008.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Clarification! my previous post I wrote, "those were the best days of my life...." Please note the words "those" and "were" in that phrase. Let it be known, the best day of my life was giving my life over to the Lord, and since then, my marriage and all three of my children are my blessings and joy. "These days are indeed the best days of my life.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Those Were The Best Days Of My Life

You know the song, "Summer of' 69," "those were the best days of my life..." Now, while I sure didn't have a "six string," I can assure you, for me, thinking back, my 11th and 12th grade years were "the best years of my life." Why do I bring this up you may wonder? Well, just a few minutes ago, before my son made a huge mess on the floor and I had to abruptly end our "Instant Messaging" session, I found my best friend from high school! When I left the children's home after graduating, I went to live with my grandparents. A year later I moved to SC to live with my dad. I guess it was then that I lost all sense of reality; started hanging out with the wrong people, drinking, smoking, partying.... just went nuts. It's like I wasn't the same person any more... I can't describe it. Anyway, the last few days, my oldest daughter has had me thinking about memories and my past. I got frustrated with her because I have tried so hard to not think about the past. She told me that I needed to stop running from my past, it was, what it was, you've learned from it, enjoy life and have fun! Hello.... I have tried so hard to block out so much of my past that I don't know who I am anymore. Now, I know who I am, but what I am saying is, "What happened to that care free high school girl who was going to take the world by surprise? That loved life and was passionate about living and laughing... what happened to me having fun? It's like I've gotten lost by trying so hard to blot out the bad, that I've forgotten the good. I don't know if any of this makes since, all I know is that I felt like a teenager tonight, wanting to chat and talk and catch up my 16 year old does! Wow... I haven't been able stop grinning just thinking about those days.... friends, football games, boyfriends and first loves.... wow! As painful as it is because I have missed 15 years of their lives, I am thankful for my memories; and I am thankful for my daughter's persistence in getting me to find Kristie.

Now, I have been praying for a girl named Cindy. She celebrated one year "clean time" yesterday and has been leading The Most Excellent tonight. Please pray for Cindy. She needs to be guarded and stronger than ever as she begins serving the Lord in this ministry.

Also, I have been asked to lead the meeting tomorrow night for The Most Excellent Way. I used to teach regularly. I haven't taught a Bible Study in over six months... been tough teaching when I was struggling so bad. I still can't seem to get clarity on the direction the Lord wants the study to go in, so please, please pray for me about this and for tomorrow nights meeting. It starts at 7:00 and goes until 8:30.

Thanks...and I guess it's OK to remember when.... :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mixed Emotions

Today is my last day of working at Pine Summit. I have mixed feelings; while I love to go there and be involved with the people of Pine Summit and I get to feed people (a passion of mine), it completely exhausts me. I pay for it for days. I just can't seem to "get well" and function. (In fact, my doctor has ordered a full panel of blood work to make sure my thyroid medication is working properly.) Not only do I deal with that aspect of working, but I am filled with guilt when I leave my kids. Every week since Christmas I have had sick kids and have missed many Wednesday's of work, and now today, I not only have a sick child, but a sick husband who has to take the sick child to the doctor! Very frustrating, but somewhat confirming my tough decision.

Have to get going... won't get in until after 7:00 from cooking. Have a great day:)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Publishing My Book

I have one publishing company that has remained in contact with me over the last year. This individual emailed me before the holiday's to touch base, see where I was. I told him of the obstacles we had faced with the black mold and having to leave our home, of sicknesses and not wanting to miss Jesus through the holiday's. He has contacted me again. Is this normal; do all publishing companies continue to reach out? My husband has been after me to pick up the pen and start writing again. Just this morning I was asked to lead a meeting this Friday night for The Most Excellent Way. I haven't taught in months and months. I sense the Lord is prodding, maybe moving me beyond this "weird" place I've been. Chris and I had talked about us publishing, getting ISBN's...doing everything to save cost, but I am so overwhelmed right now, I don't know that I could do it all right now. Pray for me, for clarity, for courage, for wisdom....

Real Quick

I'm walking out the door to take the dog to the vet, but have to share this...and more will come. As many of you know I had dental surgery a few weeks ago. I've had a horrible time healing from it. Just yesterday the pain in my jaw seemed intolerable, and I couldn't figure out why after such progress had been made in days prior. There is an area on my jaw bone that has exposed bone. It hurts as it is in just the right spot that my tongue constantly hits it and irritates it. Last night, the area around it was throbbing. A few minutes later, I noticed something lose... slivers of the bone broke off! No kidding. What is amazing, is since then, no pain at all! I was lying in bed last night, not able to sleep (we have a female cat in heat... but won't go there now); and the Lord gave me a visual. As tiny as that sliver of bone was, in the big scheme of things, it was an irritant. Just like that sliver of bone wiggled its way out, so sin wiggles its way in... unnoticed at first, until you start noticing roughness around the edges... then daily you become more and more aware of the sensitivity of the sin... maybe it's not even sin to you, but something just isn't right.... ouch. Going through the pain of recognizing it, having the patience to deal with the consequences of it, then finally, one day, it wiggles it way out. Aaaaggghhh.... what relief. The Bible says what is in the heart will come forth.... as painful as it is, it has to come out or we will be separated from Him....OK, I am like rally late now for the vet... and this probably makes no since, to you, but in my warped mind... makes perfect since.

Monday, February 23, 2009

John 10:10

I love it when the Lord speaks to me. The last several months, its been a struggle hearing though. However, the last few days there are two things the Lord keeps telling me, one is there is healing in His Word. This, I know and have known; yet Him telling me, wooing me back in, is comforting to my soul and causes me to want to dig in more. The other He keeps telling me over and over is a scripture I was first introduced to in The Most Excellent Way, John 10:10. John 10:10 states, "A thief (that's the devil) comes only to steal, kill and to destroy. I (Jesus Christ), have come that they may have life and have it in abundance." (HCSB) I've read that scripture literally hundreds of times in the last 10 plus years of sobriety and attending meetings, but for some reason, it has come alive in the last few days. How long am I going to allow the devil leverage in my life? Jesus not only came to give me life, but to give me life abundantly! To the fullest... not a half way life... but a full, abundant life. Woo-hoo! Kind of gets me excited all over again!


OK, I am trying to set me up a Facebook. Is there anyone else out there that is computer illiterate? I'm working on it....

Today's Economy

My heart has been burdened for the many, many people I know or am acquainted with through Sunday School that have lost their job. Houses are being foreclosed on; vehicles repossessed, and what's worse, families are struggling to survive. I know the Lord will provide for each of these families, and while I know they will come through these circumstances stronger for Christ than ever, it is breaking my heart. I also find myself more thankful for my husband's employment. Olive is a big church, but that doesn't make it not "touchable" by today's economy. People lose jobs, there go tithes. It's tough. Olive is having to cut its budget this year. As of right now, jobs aren't being taken, but if the economy continues in this downward spiral, drastic steps will have to be taken.

"Thank you Lord for meeting the needs at hand for those without right now. Continue to show yourself to them and provide for them in ways that only You can get glory. Thank you for meeting our needs as a family this day, thank you for my husband's employment... this day. Amen."

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bear With Me.....

I'm trying some new things with my blog.... I am computer illiterate and have no clue, so bear with me.

Snow In Lexington

Mom is still enjoying her visit with Hudson. I don't know that she has seen snow in years and years. Kayla and I are so jealous as she has had snow almost daily in Lexington. All I get from it is a snap shot... I guess that's better than a T-shirt! He-ha:)

Pics Of The Nephew...

My nephew is absolutely beautiful. He has the most beautiful lips. I think they are Bruntlett.... but as he gets older might see that they are Ron's.

Aaawwwwwe, isn't he just adorable! I just wanna hold him...and smell him...and hold him...and smell him!

Have two kids home sick today; Kayla has a horrible cold and Kaitlyn has a horrible cold with a deep cough. Christopher begged to stay home as well. You'd think they could all get along and not bicker if they are "so weak I can't move...."

We are working on some fund raisers for Kayla's modeling. Will post more about it as we get things in order.

Have to go break up the fight that is taking place in my room, in my bed, among three children. You'd think the 16 year old wouldn't act like the 3 or 4 year old...

Friday, February 20, 2009


Not only is my little man running fever, Kaitlyn, my "little bit" is crouping. Its been a long day.

We had cool snap come through, was 31 this morning when I got up. Stayed cool, but sunny all day. Beautiful, simply beautiful.

I was reading a blog the other day that has had me thinking a lot about investments. Not the investments you are probably thinking of, especially with today's economy... but I mean the type of investments that really matter... people.

People invested in me. That's how I knew I needed a Savior. I have really been struggling for the last several months. For some reason I just can't get over this hump.... all I do is sleep, lay around, and am...what the word...blah. I struggle with my Bible readings; passages I once taught from, now are just words. Even with battles and struggles going on, life still goes on. Since reading Lysa's post the other day about Chic-fil-A, it's just had me more grateful for the people that invested in me. One of those many people was Truett Cathy.

I would like to tell you how Chic-fil-A has affected my life. At the age of 12, I was sent to live in a children's home just outside Atlanta. It was Christian City Children's Home. Every year Chic-fil-A sponsored a HUGE Christmas party for ALL the kids in the children home, the houseparents kids, and the houseparents. We were treated to, of course, all the sandwiches we could eat, coleslaw, fries, and then the highlight...Santa came out with all the elves and handed out gifts to everyone! It was the highlight for each of us. One year in particular, they had a magician. I got sawed in half! What great memories. Truett Cathy invested in hundreds and thousands of kids that have gone through Christian City. I was one of those. He also sponsored all the kids for Camp Windshape. It was and still is the best time of my child hood. Truett Cathy spoke at one of the chapel times. He taught us.."I am Third." That Jesus is first, others are second, and that I am third. I'll treasure those times and the camp workers in my heart forever. Upon graduating high school I sent Truett Cathy a graduation announcement. He sent me a $100! I couldn't believe it. He invested in me. I also had sponsors as I had no family within a five hour drive. One of my sponsors worked at the corporate office and her husband worked for Delta... I will never forget them. They visited with me almost monthly and at holiday's.

While I chose to take a road of drugs and alcohol and other abusive lifestyles as a young adult, I knew, when I hit bottom a little over ten years ago, when I got sick and tired of being sick tired, when I got so caught up in the lies that I didn't even know what the truth was any more, that I needed to look up. I knew that Jesus Christ was the answer. I knew that because of the people that invested in me.

With all the worries and challenges that are ahead with a good majority of us because of today's economy, I challenge you to find something worth investing in.... people. When I think about it like that, kind of makes we want to hurry up through this dry spell I've been!

The Joys Of Being A Mommy:)

My little man is home with fever this morning. He's in my bed, wanting me! Heading there now, have a great day:)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Really Cool Stuff

I have found this neat little site that has great stuff! I have been searching for an AFFORDABLE purse planner. I haven't been able to find one, until now. I ordered it tonight and based on the testimonials I read, I wish I had it yesterday! I'll let you know how it really is when I get it. I hope you'll check out her site. She also has a Personality Quiz on her site you can take. I'm sad to say, it nailed me to a "T." I'm a wanna be "A" Personality living in a "B" world!

In A Nutshell

Christopher has had two pretty good days at school. Continuing to use positive words and be consistent...

Dinner was great last night. Everyone raved on the potato salad. I love to feed people!

I'm starting a new devotional study. I've been yearning to get back on track, and this has seemed to "fallen in my lap." Once I get started I'll fill you in. I'm not familiar with the author and am careful to recommend something when I myself am not sure; in other words, I just want to make sure her teachings are Biblical. I hope that makes since.

Mom is visiting with Michelle and the baby. I wish I could have gone. Mom called this morning and said it is snowing and scheduled to snow every day through Tuesday. Mom says the baby definitely has the "Bruntlett" frown! Isn't it amazing how certain traits get passed on and on...

More later.

Pray For Abby

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

With Our Words We Speak Life....

I believe in the POWER of prayer. I know it sounds silly to some, but I pray a lot; that's how I get rid of worry, that's how I speak to my Creator, that's how I get through and have gotten through the last six months of attacks on our family. Today, I need you to speak words of life over my son, Christopher. Everyday for the last three - four weeks he has come home with a bad report from his teachers. He is sassy to them (which is a behavioral issue), but he can not sit still. He fidgets all day long, doesn't rest well, comes home going 90 to nothing and has becomes very emotional. Every little thing sets him off to cry, he gets angry over very little things...uncontrollable rage where he hits and screams at the top of his lungs. His Pediatrician increased the Straterra to 25mg just over two weeks improvement at all. If anything, it seems worse. I am at a loss. I don't know what to do. The doctor's suggestion is to take him completely off the medication for a few weeks to get it all out of his system and start over. This roller coaster is killing me, not for me, but for him. When he doesn't have some sort of help to slow down, you can see the lostness (sp?) in his eyes. My heart is breaking for my little man. So, this morning, during his screaming fit, I sensed the Lord telling me to speak like over him. So that is what I am doing. Proverbs 10 is full of lessons of the mouth and tongue and what our words can do for a person. So, please...speak life over my son today.

I am cooking today. Next Wednesday will be my last day. We are preparing ham, potato salad, black eye peas, corn bread and an eclair dessert. Kayla is going with me so I can get potato salad for 130 done in time:)

More tomorrow, with a positive update on Christopher.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The King and Queen of Spain...

The King and Queen of Spain are making an appearance in Pensacola in honor of its 450th Anniversary. They will be arriving on Wednesday with a departure of Thursday. Fox10 News out of Mobile interviewed the person that was responsible for "dressing" their beds. The linens cost $30,000. No, I didn't miss-print that either. Can you believe it! That is almost one years salary for us, and that's what was spent for two people who put their britches on the same way I do to sleep for one night. Hello... does any body else have a problem with this or is it just me? That's crazy!

My daughter has just informed me her thoughts... she says, and I quote, "They are King and Queen Mom, it's not like they are taking money from their kids mouths; they're royalty and can be treated like that." All I can say is, "Whatever." LOL.

Playground Pics

Wild Woman!!

Fly Away Hair!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Pray For Pensacola


Some people think I'm crazy when I see "the little things." Today, I saw the Hand of God, in coffee. I ran into a friend at my favorite store...Wally-world! I noticed she had two different kinds of Community Coffee in her basket and commented that I drink Community Coffee but had never tried what she had and was simply inquiring about it. Out of the blue, she hands me two coupons for $2.00 each. She gave me her coupons, took her coffee back and I got what I drink. Winn Dixie had the coffee on sale for $3.99. Not only did I get the discount price at $3.99 because Wal-Mart price matches, I got $2.00 each off! Yeap, I got Community Coffee for $1.99 a bag! Now, if the Lord can show himself in Wal-Mart over a bag of coffee, I know He can show Himself in every other way that we need to cut back! Thank you Lord and thank you Debbie for being used as confirmation! I love ya:)

Changes On The Homefront

I have turned in my two week notice at Pine Summit. I have missed many Wednesday's since the Christmas Holiday's due to sickness, knee surgery, tooth thing after another. I have struggled with this decision for several months, when we were first forced out of our home because of black mold, but I stayed. I stayed for a couple of reasons, one..I absolutely LOVE the people at Pine Summit Baptist Church. The first day I was there I was welcomed with open arms. They embraced me during the mold days, loved on me and my family and prayed for us. I feel a sort of dedication to them...that's different than obligation. Another reason though, that I put of resigning is because of fear. I know, I know, I can't have fear and reflect a faithful life...for where there is fear, there is no faith. My fear has been lead by money. We live on a very tight budget. We struggle just like the next person does, I'm sure, but we seem to just never get a break. My working one day a week brought home $138 which paid for groceries. I learned how to shop on a budget, shop on sale and clip coupons after I quit working after two back to back pregnancies several years ago. Our income was cut more than half because at the time, I was the Kitchen Coordinator at Olive Baptist. I was responsible for all the spending... accounts, paper goods, food purchases, scheduling and staff of seven at the time. We took a huge cut, but it was one we felt was important. I wanted and needed to be home with two small babies. When I was approached about the position at Pine Summit it was a huge answer to prayer and the scheduling was perfect as Chris was off on Wednesday's and could manage the kids while I worked. This routine has worked well for over a year and half. With Kayla's homeschooling requiring more of my time, her volunteering in the Social Ministries at Olive on Monday's, and the all around craziness of my life, a son who is not responding well to medications for ADHD/OCD and a precious little girl that gets left out a lot, and me personally struggling with my depression and continued weight gain, I feel I need to be home. Chris has been supportive of me working, but told me months ago when things started piling up on me that he would be OK if I decided to stay home. Again...fear crept will we make ends meet? What else can I cut out that we haven't already cut out....well, I;m sure I will come up with a few things, trust me! In all my years as a single mother, I saw the Lord's hand over mine and Kayla's life over and over and over. The Lord has continued His faithfulness, even when I was faithless...especially when I was faithless. So, with that, I am stepping out in faith, to try and make myself well, and to take care of the home front.

Schooling is calling and papers are mounting. Until next time...

2 Timothy 2:13 "if we are faithless, he will remain faithful....."

Sunday, February 15, 2009

More Pics of Michelle and Baby

I have never seen my sister more beautiful, more radiant, than in this picture.

I can't help but wonder if he's tootin'! Ha-ha:)


Having blog problems; will work on this later as I am in much pain. All my packing in my teeth are out...more later.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thoughts About The NY Plane Crash

You know, I'm thankful today. With all of life's bumps and bruises, I'm thankful for it just the way it is. My heart is saddened for all the lives and the lives of the family members from the plane crash in New York. At the same time, I find myself wondering... with all the houses so close together, how did the plane only hit one house? Do you know how many more lives could have been lost if the plane had not dropped so quickly? Oh my goodness...

Thank you Father that through this tragedy, hopefully someone will see Your hand of protection for all the others! Thank you for the two that walked out of the home with little injuries. I pray their lives will be changed for eternity to better the Kingdom! Please Lord, be a comfort to the families that are hurting so right now. We love you, Amen.

Clove Oil Reaction

This has been a crazy week. I've been to see Doc every day because of my reactions to the Clove Oil; apparently I'm allergic to it; but it's the only thing that works on dry sockets so they are having to pack it daily. They've been putting this silly putty stuff over it to keep my tongue off the oil; but it doesn't seem to stay on very good. Every time I eat, drink, or even move my tongue, pieces break off. My husband said, "Maybe you are talking too much." That went over real good!

Kayla is still doing her therapy three times a week, in the midst of this she is taking tests and doing school work.

Not too much else right now, hurting pretty bad.

More later.

More Pics...

Mommy and baby...beautiful

I just want to hold him!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pics Of The Family....

My beautiful sister

Hudson with Daddy

The STAR of the Show...Hudson Louis!
Thank you Lord for a healthy baby and keeping your hand on Michelle! Amen!

Welcome To The Family Hudson Louis!

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers! Michelle finally delivered a beautiful 7 lbs 7oz, 19 1/4" baby boy! Hudson Louis entered the world at 4:03P.M. eastern time. Hopefully they will send pictures soon. My mom flies out Tuesday to be with her. Oh I wish I could go. I hate having her so far away from us. Thank you again, for your prayers. I will definitely post pictures as soon as I can.

Update on Michelle

Michelle is resting. The baby's heart rate was very high last night and now is low. They've given MIchelle an epidural and she is resting, given her oxygen and have monitors on the baby. They are in a wait mode right now. Thank you for praying for her and Ron.


I just got off the phone with my mom about my sister. Please pray. My sister is very upset, all she would say was the baby had a bad night and they were looking at doing a C-section. Please, if you have a prayer group, call them and share this with them. My sister's name is Michelle.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Oh The Pain!

Let me tell you, I have been in the most excruciating pain since last night. I noticed last night my tongue was swelling (like it does when I take Loratab or Amoxicillin). A few hours later my jaw was hurting and my gums were burning, shortly to follow was a deep, deep pain in my left ear. I don't remember how I fell asleep, but I know I had ice packs, Benadryl and tears! This morning the pain was worse. Doc's office is closed on Wednesday's, but I had emailed him last night when things started going "weird." I called him this morning and he had a nurse see me. Apparently some food had gotten under the packing they used for the dry sockets; that on top of having some sort of allergic reaction and I was done for! Feeling much better now; but have to keep taking Benadryl as clove oil is the only thing that works on dry sockets.

I am fortunate that one of the volunteers had already asked to prepare the meet for tonight's dinner, another wanted to help fix the dessert. Chris drove me to Sam's and helped me get the other items needed for dinner and he is delivering them right now.

My Benadryl is making me tired, gonna hit the sack and put ice on my face:)

My sister should be checked in at the hospital. Pray for her. Her name is Michelle. They plan to induce her labor tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Prayer Request

Please pray for this family. I read of their loss on another blog.

Good Ole' Chicken Pot Pie!

Well, I sure thought today would be a better day with my teeth, or lack of I guess I should say. Doc had to pack more of that nasty tasting stuff in my sockets this morning. I found out I'll be going back again Thursday and then again Monday... Aaaghhh! Will it ever be over?!

My youngest daughter has been on a movie kick lately. She loves The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. She calls it the "Lion Movie." She watches it every single day. Now, that might give a poor reflection on me, but hey, if it gives me down time, and she will sit still...I'm all for it. She's so stubborn that she just won't take naps; if I put her in her room, she plays and jumps and breaks things, so at least this way, she is monitored and I can ... what's that Sigh:) Kaitlyn talks during the entire movie. Every day she asks the same questions at the same point, yet when I, out of frustration say, "oh Kaitlyn, I don't know." She then tells me the answer to what she was asking! I wonder why that is?

I had a Chicken Pot Pie in the freezer, since I'm hurting, that's what we are having for dinner. This isn't just any ole' Chicken Pot Pie though, it's a recipe I got from my Mammow...yum. I don't know where she got it from, but man it is wonderful! At one time I was making them and selling them to people in our church. With all the turmoil in our life, it's kind of fallen by the way-side. I looked into trying to start a little "mom-n-pop" place so I could sell my pies and casseroles, but that door never opened. I even looked into selling them from home, but due to state and county regulations, that didn't happen either. Oh well, I know the Lord knows my heart and He is the one that gave me the passion and desire to feed people, and I do know that His timing is perfect. I'll just keep telling myself that:) With the economy like it is right now, I suppose it is best that doors were kept shut.

Time to get that pot pie in the oven.

More another day.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Dry Sockets

I saw Doc this morning; I have two dry the words of my three year old, "owie, owie, owie!" He packed both, put something to cover the top of them that resembles silly puddy to keep the bone from being exposed. There is also a little bitty bone fragment sticking out of my gums that will hopefully work its way out or new skin grow over. I feel much better today than I did just a few hours ago this morning!

My sister is still pregnant. She checks in to the hospital Wednesday, will begin a pitocin drip on Thursday early.

More later.

Friday, February 6, 2009

HGTV Dream Home Give-A-Way

I forgot about this, but you can enter daily until the 19th of February for your shot of winning.

In-Between Chicken Recipe

I want to share a recipe with ya'll. It's something I sorta made up. My mother-in-law makes Chicken Cacciatore that my husband loves, and I love Chicken Parmesan. Unfortunately, for some reason, when I tried fixing both the above recipes, they flopped. I love to cook, so I kind of played with the recipes and came up with what I call, "In-Between Chicken." I haven't fixed it in months; but it's one of my family's fav' here it is.

Tyson Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins (I get mine from Sam's because it's a better price than the Wal-Mart brand)
1 jar Ragu Spaghetti Sauce (I get the Robusto w/ Parmesan & Romano because I don't have to add any seasonings at all to it!) Whatever sauce you like though is fine. If you are fixing for a crowd, use extra jars. When you cook the sauce down, you also decrease the amount of servings per jar. I hope that makes since.
Penne Rigate Pasta (I buy the Wal-Mart brand)
Provolone Cheese (Again, I buy the Wal-Mart brand)

Cook the sauce on medium, letting it boil and vent. Do not cover. Use a wire splash guard to keep from splashing. You want the water to boil out for a thick sauce. If you always have watery sauce it's because you aren't cooking it long enough.

Bake the chicken according to directions on the package.

Boil pasta according to directions.

Slice the Provolone Cheese in half and place on top of chicken for 5 - 10 additional minutes. For larger pieces of chicken put two halves of the cheese on the chicken, for smaller pieces, put one slice on the chicken.
Plate your pasta, then chicken on top of pasta, top with sauce. It's that simple and it really is delicious.

On a another note, I have also sauteed boneless, skinless chicken breast in olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, then top with the cheese. It's also delicious and probably has better nutritional value.

As you can see, it's a super easy meal to pull together with a veggie or even with just a salad.

I hope you'll try it and if you do, please let me know your thoughts about it.

Oh My Aching...TEETH!

I am in excruciating pain. Each day my pain is getting worse. I just want to punch all my teeth out kind of pain.

Christopher did not want to go to school this morning. He cried and cried and begged to not make him go. When I asked why he didn't want to go, he told me he was afraid of Anthony hitting him again. We prayed for Anthony right there. He went on to school. I just talked to the teacher, Anthony is not there today. Please pray for my little man, and for Anthony. Is this normal for 4 and 5 year olds? I thought stuff like this happened in middle school, not Pre-K and in a class for children with disabilities!

More later when I can focus on something other than my mouth hurting.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Following Through...

Hey ya'll, Christopher's teacher called Chris first thing this morning regarding the email he had sent her stressing our concerns. Please pray for Ms. Casey and the other students. Pray also for Anthony, the little boy that is causing so much problems. Ms. Casey has had a headache since Monday regarding her dealings with this young boy. He is abusive to everyone in the classroom. So, this morning, Christopher and I prayed for Anthony. I would appreciate it if you would pray for Anthony also. He is 5 years old; a year older than Christopher. Please also pray for Christopher. I've mentioned before Christopher was diagnosed with ADHD/OCD. Last week we had to increase his medications as it seemed like nothing was working. We aren't seeing a difference with the change either. He has become more emotional that ever, throwing himself down and screaming, tackling his sister (the younger one). We don't know if this is the wrong medication or if it's behavioral.

We were sent an application for the SuperNanny show; in fact, we got it the same day we were told to leave our home because of the black mold. I think it's time to follow through and get the help we need.

Thanks for listening, well, reading.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I Can't Imagine....

My husband picked me up from work this evening; all went well. I was anxious to see my little man as Chris had told me earlier that when Christopher got off the bus he noticed a bad scratch on his face and eye. The bus attendants informed my husband that another boy was clawing and punching Christopher. The day before yesterday Christopher came home with scratches on his face also. I had no idea though just how bad it was. Christopher has a black eye, the top of his eye lid to his cheek is scratched and swollen. The same boy spat in Christopher's face today and bit him on the leg! I'm hot. I was so mad I was ready to call the teacher at home. Why didn't she contact me to let me know about this, has the other boy been punished? Who's going to handle this because this momma's ready to handle it! It angers me that children behave like this. I am taking my little man to school tomorrow to meet with the teacher and hopefully the boy's mother will be there. I would appreciate your prayers as I don't want to say anything that would tarnish my testimony. I would appreciate it also if you would pray for a boy named Anthony. He is the one that is being so abusive to Christopher. I know this probably sounds silly, but it really hurts me that my son is being hurt! I can't imagine how God felt, knowing His son was being tormented, knowing His son was going to die. I can't imagine it.

My jaw is killing me. I've got to get some ice on me and get some medications. I see the neurologist tomorrow regarding my migraines.

More another time.

Robin Roberts to Speak at Olive Baptist Church

I've been sleeping most of the last two days, thanks for pain meds I am feeling almost nothing. Dr. Morris said I gave him a good work out. I was expecting to be put to sleep during the extractions... nope. I was given Valium about 40 minutes before they called me in, then was given some laughing gas, but it sure didn't make me laugh! As my three year old say, "owie, owie, owie!" Seriously, I didn't feel the pain, but hearing teeth cracking and having my head rotate was enough for me! Dr. Morris is a great man. He and his wife are my Sunday School teachers at Olive.

Robin Roberts from Good Morning America is coming to Pensacola on Friday, March 27th at 7:00 PM with The Women's Board of Baptist Care Foundation. She is speaking at my home church, Olive Baptist. My husband already got me a ticket and I'm thrilled.

I'm heading out to cook, so will be without pain med's for the rest of the day. Good ole' Tylenol and Ibuprofen will be my friends today!

Continuing to trust in Him....

Monday, February 2, 2009

Stacey Back Home

Stacey's extraction of her 2 fractured teeth went well.
Dr. Morris said he had a workout, and that she has good bone structure.
She is in moderate pain, but is resting.
She just had some pudding and a pain pill.
Thanks fro your prayers.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Oh Happy Day....

I like this favorite rendition is the one from Sister Act. When I watch the video clip, I find myself wondering if they really get it, if they know what they are singing about... "Oh happy day, when Jesus washed...when Jesus washed, washed my sins away!" Wow! Is that a shoutin' song or what?! I get goosebumps when I hear this song, when I remember...when I remember the day Jesus washed away my sins! Oh thank you Father! Whew!

I'm assuming I'll be out of pocket for a couple of days. My fractured teeth are being removed Monday morning, you remember, the ones I messed up when I hit my head so hard Christmas Eve?! Oh, I just remembered I can't have anything to eat after midnight! Probably night a good night to skip dinner....yikes!

I'm scheduled to cook on Wednesday; so I would appreciate your prayers for a super fast recovery! My husband took off Monday and Tuesday so I could get the rest I will need in order to do so.

Have a great next few days.

More later.