Things I Can’t Live Without (for the time being anyway)

I tried to come up with some witty paragraph to start this off, but it just wasn’t happening.  So, here are some things I can’t live without (or, at least, I don’t want to live without them!):

  • Chanel glossimer in #04 Spark.  This is a great color by itself or on top of your favorite lipstick.  It has a great shimmer to it.  I always receive tons of compliments when I wear this!
  • Clinique Redness-reducing make-up.  It really works.  It has excellent coverage and yet is not heavy at all.  I wear very little and it keeps my pink cheeks from showing up at the end of the day.
  • my comfy house shoes-a little sad-looking, I know, but no one gave me new ones for Christmas
  • Caphalon family size skillet.  I use this just about every day
  • nifty little strawberry tool (my kids love strawberries and eat about a package per day)
  • iPhone (absolutely CANNOT live without this)
  • my sewing machine-I have my eye on a Bernina, but it just ain’t happenin’ yet
  • favorite coffee cup from Starbucks-John serves me coffee in this every single morning.  He is such a doll.
  • Redkin 10-guts for the new super-cute do. Actually, I have used this stuff for about 10 years now and I would rather where a paper sack on my head than try to style my hair without it!

Shouldn't be hard-can you find all 9 items?

 I think I will stop there.  I’m sure I could think of more, but I don’t want to exhaust my reader!



Today is my husband’s birthday.  It is also a Thursday.  For some reason I love Thursdays.  I always have.  Maybe because Thursday means Friday is right around the corner.  Maybe because the television line-up for Thursdays is so good.  I really wouldn’t know about that now because we never watch television.  This is just a distant memory.  Didn’t E.R. air on Thursday?  Anyway…back to topic.  Today is my husband’s birthday. 

In honor or such a sweet, kind man, I am going to blog about some pretty unknown facts about things that he commonly says.  I say unknown because my sweet John is a man of few words.  You have to know him pretty well to have any idea that these things come out of his mouth.  These will be listed in random order (as they come to my mind).

1.  douche bag-I hate this one.  But I have heard it more than once from his mouth.  His granddaughters (thank goodness) have no idea what this is and after spending the weekend with their papa, began calling each other “dish rag”.  Much better!  🙂

2.  Stump Hauler-this phrase is commonly used for those people in life that just can’t be reasoned with and/or are not the brightest crayon in the box.  One day in town we actually saw an oversized trailer being hauled by an 18-wheeler with a HUGE stump.  It was very comedic to us.

3.  Freak of Nature or F.O.N. -this is also a very commonly used word around here.  If someone does something that doesn’t quite “click” with him, then they might be labeled as an F.O.N.  When our son was about two years old (he spoke very early), he told us that his four-year old cousin was a “freak of nature because he picks his nose”.  Unfortunately, he carries this same title at times. 

4.  Colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra-I guess that’s pretty cold.  Enough said.

5.  A mule looking at a new gate-that dumb look that some people get…you know you have seen it before.  Crazy eyes!

6.  This is livin’ in America-this is commonly said after a good meal or after a day of enjoyment such as riding motorcycles or taking the boat out.

7.  So good makes you want to slap your mother-in-law.  Another one often used in regard to a meal.

8.  I’ve Dined Sufficiently-obviously food related.

9.  Feel Better?-you might be asked this if you accidentally burp in front of him. 

10.  I’ve had worse cuts on my eyeball-not much sympathy for those many boo-boo’s that our children endure.  Must be why they come to me to kiss it. 

11.  I’d rather fight a circular saw-I hate the image this conjures up in my mind.  This is what he would say if he encountered a really tough guy.

12.  I’m gonna throw you in the dumpster-tells our son (and other people’s children) that he is going to dispose of them in this manner.

There are more, I’m sure.  I just cannot think of them right now.  This is one post I might be revisiting. 

I adore my husband.  He is very kind-hearted and a joy to share life with. (I know I am not supposed to end a sentence with the word “with”, but it just couldn’t be written any other way.)  He is my superman.  But that is a whole other blog.  Love you John!


13.  Nicknames that John has for people-they are usually pretty original!  Sometimes it’s just because he has a hard time with names, but mostly it’s just his way.  Here are a few-

  • Merica-our sweet daughter-in-law, Jerica
  • Leroy-a cousin named Roddy and NOBODY else better call him “Leroy”.  He absolutely does not allow anyone but John to call him this.
  • Rodchester-our beautiful niece Brooke who is about to get married.  He has always called her this.  Don’t know why, but it has always been something special to her.
  • Missy-his 1st born Melissa-Missy just always stuck!  She is a little sassy and super sweet!
  •  Thumper-our boy Sam.  John says he is like a KTM motorcycle.  It can go through it all and it keeps on going.  Therefore it was dubbed “Thumper”.

I must add another one. 

14.  N.A.T.-not a toy-This term was coined when Sam grew big enough to reach for things that a baby didn’t need to be touching.  So one day John told him, “That’s a N.A.T.”  It worked.  The boy never touched anything on that table ever again and anytime we said, “That’s a N.A.T.”, his little hand went back to his side.  Now it is funny to hear Sam tell our little darling 20 month-old the same phrase.


I admit it.  I know very little about blogging.  I have had this weblog for probably two or three years.  I am not consistent with my blogging.  Probably because I don’t really think anyone is that interested in reading what I have to write.  But, today, I am inspired.  I have decided that I am going to try to write something everyday.  And, I am determined that I will not be discouraged if no one reads my blog or posts comments.  However, if you do happen upon my blog, a comment would be nice.  Thank you. 

I am inspired by the Pioneer Woman.  Here is her link  She inspires me.  She blogs about all the things that interest me at this time in my life-homeschooling, recipes, quilts, family life, photography, home projects and my favorite store-Anthropologie.  I happened upon a blog that she wrote about blogging   She says that you need to blog often.  So, I am going to do this.  Even if it is just something very short. 

My husband, John also inspires me.  He believes in me and he thinks everyone should read my blog!  I am so thankful that he thinks I have something important to say.  Either that or he wants others to share in what he has to endure! 

Others who have encouraged me to write are Gail McWilliams, John Stanko and my very own sister C.B. Grace

So with all of that said, this is my first post in a long time and hopefully the first of many more to come.

Life’s Messes

Funny how you can go through life feeling like everything is o.k., good even, and then you look around.  I mean a good look around.  And you realize that you have made a terrible mess of things.  Sometimes the “messes” in our life take years to develop, but other messes can be made by the slip of the tongue and/or poor judgement on our part.  A “mess” could be anything that causes a distraction in your life and takes you away from what God’s perfect plan is for your life.  I think debt is a huge mess that some of us get ourselves into.  Then we pray that God would send us a financial blessing.  Why should God bless us with money when we didn’t handle our other money wisely?  Isn’t there a parable about that in the gospels?  Other messes involve relationships in our life.  It is so easy to make a mess of relationships.  The wrong words are spoken or the right words are spoken, but not received.  Or sometimes, nothing at all is spoken, but vain imaginations run wild and we begin to think, “Maybe this person doesn’t like me.  I must have done something wrong.  Well, she can just get over herself…” etc. etc.  Why do we do this?  What a mess!

Thankfully, we have a God who is kind and tender-hearted toward us.  He helps us clean up our messes.  He doesn’t always clean them up for us, but with His divine guidance, the messes can be cleaned up.  Sometimes we fight with Him (and ourself) about who will clean up the mess.  Ex., We pray, “God please show so and so that they are wrong and please fix this situation for me.”  He tells us, “No.  You should humble yourself and apologize.” 

I think there are several ways our “messes” get cleaned up.  First, God has to bring revelation knowledge.  Before we can fix our mess, we have to have knowledge that there is a mess.  As a mom, I am constantly seeing the messes that my 3 year-old son Sam makes.  I refuse to clean up a pile of toys that he dumps out in the middle of the floor to play with for 5 minutes.  He does not see the mess.  He will play and then walk away and not think a thing of it.  It is my responsibility as his mother to show him the mess and teach him to pick up after himself.  At other times, we are very aware of the mess, but we are overwhelmed with how to clean it up.    Let’s revisit the toys dumped out on the floor.  Sam has no problem doing the dumping; however, when I tell him it is time to clean up, he whines and says it is too hard.  I hear myself telling him, “you didn’t need help making the mess, you shouldn’t need help cleaning it up.”  I am so glad that God does not tell me that when I cry out to Him.  Maybe I should be a little easier on Sam. 

Sometimes, God helps us fix our messes in baby steps.  We recently began taking the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class.  The first thing he talks about is taking baby steps to get out of debt.  I was able to apply this same principle with Sam picking up his toys.  He dumped his toys out once again and played briefly and then wanted me to clean the mess up for him.  I told him to pick up five toy cars at a time and put them in the box.  He began to pick the toys up in increments of five (well maybe not always five, but you get the drift) and before he knew it, he had picked up all the toys by himself.  I think this was a great lesson for him about cleaning up his mess in “baby steps” and it was a great accomplishment for me as a mom that a lesson was taught.  Yea, mom. 

There are times when we find ourselves involved in a “mess” that we did not make.  Sometimes we do become victim to our circumstances.  These are some of the most trying times because they cause confusion and probably some separation from other parties involved.  Divorce is a fine example.  Jon and Kate of the popular “Jon and Kate Plus 8” reality t.v. show announced Monday that they are divorcing.  Divorce is such a common outlet now, but that does not take away from the damage that is caused from it.  Their children will most likely at some point be confused about their parents’ relationship and they will suffer some separation.  I married into a family with divorce.  I have step-children who had to accept me as their dad’s new wife.  This was hard for them and hard for me.  I did not cause this divorce, but because of the “mess” left in the path, these relationships were hard to build. 

Whatever the mess, there is always a way to clean it up.  Seek God, seek wisdom.  He will lead the way if you ask.

Infusion 2008

The WLC (Women of Life Church) are proud to present Infusion 2008-A Women’s Conference.  I am so excited about the progress our committee is making with this year’s conference.  This is our fourth annual conference, but the first year that we have branded the name.  Every conference from now on will be called Infusion.  Our theme this year is “A Dance with Destiny”.  We are bringing in a new speaker named Judy Brisky.  She is a member of Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.  We are so excited to have her come.  Our pastor, Kami Collins will also be one of our main speakers.  She is a very dynamic speaker who uses her wit and humor to deliver the truths of God.  Our conference this year will be June 20th-21st at Life Church in Big Spring, TX.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Proverbs 22:1

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

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