Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Final Touch

Hey ya'll,

This is my last post. I am much on my plate right now, and giving of myself in this area of my life is just not responsible.

Thanks for following my blog. I would appreciate your prayers for me and our family.

Blessings on each of you.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Change And One That Is NEVER Changing

Changes.  Some like change, some don’t.  Regardless of which category you fall in to, it is still going to happen.  BUT, I know One who it NEVER changing, One that stays true to the end, One that loves unconditionally of wrong done…. His name is Jesus. 

The Bible tells us in Malachi 3:6 that the Lord does not change.

Whether the change in your life is good or bad, or should I say, your “perception” of the change is good or bad, He will be there to guide  you, encourage you, and love on you.

My mind is on changes today because change is coming today directly to six people in the Paden family.  We’ve been preparing the best we could over the last four weeks, through all of us having H1N1, pets dying, and more colds and melt downs, for Memaw to move in with us.  Memaw is Chris’ mom and my children’s grandmother.  She has raised her children, buried a husband, sacrificed much for her family.  Now, it is her turn to be taken care of. 

I  have been praying for this moment since we knew she was moving in.  My prayer has been that this would be a smooth transition, one of peace and comfort.  The Lord keeps telling me to love her and take care of her.  I am amazed to the amount of love and passion the Lord has given me through these last few weeks.

So, I write today with a thankful heart that the Lord has answered my prayers.  Now, I will continue to pray for Memaw and ask you to be praying for her as well.

More to come later….

Monday, February 8, 2010


from my Valentines Day Give-A-Way is.......


Congratulations Cindy! I'll get with you this week to bring your winnings to you.

Also, I'll be hosting another give-a-way before Valentine's Day, so I hope you'll check back soon!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Valentine's Day Give-A-Way!!

Hello my friends!

I have the hankering for a give-a-way! It's a new bath and body product from, of course, AVON!

Here's what is included:

naturals red rose and peach shower gel

naturals red rose and peach body spray

naturals red rose and peach moisturizing hand and body lotion


I have a heart shaped shower scrubber; I just can't find a picture of it as I bought it before Christmas to have for my Valentine's Give-A-Way! It is pink, long handle and the scrub brush part is in a heart shape. Too cute.

OK, there are many ways you can enter. One way is to leave a comment here, on my blog include your name and email address so I can reach you. If you do not have a google account, you can leave a comment by clicking "anonymous," JUST MAKE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR NAME AND EMAIL! A second way to enter is on facebook. Post a link on your wall to my blog ( for your friends to see! You will have to email me at to let me know you did this. A third way you can enter is to go to the notes section on my facebook page and leave a comment there with your name and email address. It usually takes a few hours for it to appear there, so keep checking.

You can enter to win until Monday at 10 A.M. Eastern time. That HAS to be the cut off so if you are out of town I can get it to you before Valentine's Day!

Good luck!

Memory Screening

I have a memory screening today.  It is a four hour test.  For a couple of years I have been telling my doctor that I haven’t been able to make “A” connect to “B” and so forth.  This is not a constant thing, but comes and goes.

For many years I have been cooking, multiplying out recipes by fractions.  No problems as it was a part of my daily life.  I sat down one day to work on menus for a church I was cooking for, and I couldn’t do it.  I literally could not even remember the ratio of what to multiply and what to divide.

More recently, the scariest part for me, was not being able to tell someone my sons birthday.  That freaked me out.  BUT, finally my doctor would listen to what I was saying.

I saw a neurologist recently.  He was surprised to see that during an EEG from a year ago my brain was showing seizure activity.  He was even more surprised to find that it was not treated.  After much discussing, found out the side effects of a seizure runs parallel with what I have been complaining about for two years.  It also parallels symptoms of depression AND sleep apnea! 

I have recently been through a sleep study and found out I do have sleep apnea.  I have another appointment next week to sleep with a mask and see if that works.  I also have another EEG next week to see if I am still showing seizure activity in my brain.

Today’s test, however, has me a little “wigged” out.  I already know I’m a nut case, but I sure don’t want some doctor telling me that I am!  Funny as it may be, it scares me.  Today’s testing is an extension of the test that was done in the office a few weeks ago.  It is to find out what compartment of my brain is not working properly and to hopefully find out why.

I am pretty open about my life; some don’t agree with that, and that is OK.  I just want to always be real.  With that said, there have been many “stressors” in my life that I have not been able to share publicly in order to protect the ones I love.  That, on top of having a son with special needs, a teenager (God Bless HER!) and a four year old that is so smart (already counts to 30 and teaches her brother how to!) that I can’t keep up, AVON, and life in general, that my neurologist believes it is more than likely going to be all related to, yeap, you got it, the stress word.  I hate that.  As hard as I am trying to “deal” with life, I feel like this is a reflection of my faith.  While my “brain” knows that statement is not true, my “heart” does not believe that. 

So, that is where I am today.  I am a 38 year old woman who loves her Jesus and know HE has a perfect plan for my life and that HE can use any of my life’s circumstances and use it for good, just as HE has time and time again.

There is particular scripture passage that has continuously come to my mind this morning.  In fact, it was just recently quoted in Sunday School.

Read it with me,

2 Corinthians 4:15 – 18

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.  For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen; but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Have a Jesus filled day, and continue to trust in Him.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Playing Catch-Up!

Haven’t posted lately, all five of us were sick; the kids had the worse part…H1N1.  Yeap.  The doctor said since we had the same symptoms we (Chris and I) more than likely had the same thing.  It has been crazy.  Christopher ran 103 degree fever and was sick the longest, but Kayla' suffered with the body aches worse due to her fibromyalgia.  Crazy.  In fact, it has been so crazy I started this little paragraph two days ago and am just  now trying to to finish it up!  With that said, I sit here typing with my little man lying down next to me with a 101.5 degree fever!  He was in school for four days and now he is sick again!  He’s even coughing again.

I’ll post more another time.  Hope you all have a great Wednesday!

Continuing to trust in HIM!