May 31, 2005

Help

"When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching."
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton


Throughout this time away from Robert, I have learned quite a many lessons. Each of them are valuable. They are tucked away in my heart, because I do not want to ever forget any one of them.

Among these lessons, I have been taught to love myself through it all. Because in the end, if I do not love myself, nobody else will ever be able to supply enough love to fill me up.

For some strange reason, it seems as though people who have never even been in the position I am in have the "best" advice for me. They come to me with words of "encouragement." (I put quotation marks around these words because....well, honestly, I am being a little snarky about them.)

It still amazes me that it is so easy for people to bark out directives and give input on matters they know nothing about. I know people mean well. And don't take me wrong--I appreciate the thought.

"Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit - you choose."
- Proverbs 18:21
There comes a time, though, when one must stop and think before speaking. Are your words really helpful? Do they uplift the person that you are speaking them to? Are they filled with life, or are they just vain words, spoken in a moment of haste?

Sometimes a kind deed, a phone call, or a simple card just to say, "I'm thinking about you," goes a lot further than a lot of words that have no weight or meaning. The next time you feel yourself getting ready to "preach" to someone who is down, remember this little piece of advice. Think before you speak. Pray before you speak. Ask God for His wisdom and guidance on how you can help that person. Like the above quote states, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.

May 24, 2005

Graduation Day

My baby girl graduated from Kindergarten yestereday. Today is her 6th birthday. The time goes by way too fast!


Emily & Mrs. Debbie



Singing songs

May 18, 2005

End of school



I threw Emily a little surprise birthday party at school today. Her birthday is actually next Tuesday, but she's been patiently waiting all year for a party. I didn't have the heart to tell her she wouldn't be in school then. Thankfully, Mrs. Debbie agreed to have a party today.

All the kids were in fine form, as you can see. They were a wild little bunch of rascals. But they were very sweet, and enjoyed the treats. They gathered together for one last photo before I put my camera away. This picture is my favorite.

I still can't believe my BABY is fixing to be six! Were does the time go? She has matured so much this school year. I am amazed when I think about how far she has grown (mentally).

Mrs. Debbie is a cherished teacher in my heart. Somehow, she managed to skip out of all my photos.

We love you, Mrs. Debbie! Thank you so much for the wonderful school year!

May 17, 2005

More pictures

Here are more pictures of my pretty flowers from yesterday.








May 16, 2005

Happy Anniversary!

Today is Robert's and my 8th anniversary. We are celebrating our special day thousands of miles apart from each other. But my husband doesn't forget me. He co-conspired with my grandparents early this morning and look what he sent me:

anniversary flowers

anniversary flowers


I love that man of mine!!

For Fun

(I don't know why but it's pushing the chart way down.)

































































HOPEWILBANKS
H is for Honorable
O is for Openhearted
P is for Pretty
E is for Ebullient
W is for Witty
I is for Industrious
L is for Luxurious
B is for Boisterous
A is for Amazing
N is for Nervy
K is for Kinky
S is for Sweet



May 14, 2005

Memories

I'm helping my Granny with her Christmas projects. Look what I found--pictures of my little sisters and I. What fun!

Taming the beast

I did it! I finally sat down and wrote out a full chapter by chapter synopsis of my book. It took me about four hours total. I am still soaring on my "accomplishment high." I printed it off last night and am headed out to get started on the first chapter today.

May 06, 2005

Belle of the Ball

The Rags to Rubies Virtual Ball was a smashing success! I opened the day's festivites around 9:15 a.m. CST. The day was filled with wonderful, uplifting speakers. It was so encouraging to hear various women of God speak about their passions and ministries.

Throughout the day, door prizes were given away to registered participants. Fabulous gifts consisted of pearls, homemade greeting cards, baby items, craft items, computer "gems" and more!

At the closing of the Ball, there was a final drawing for the grand prize package. And the winner of this drawing, that was crowned The Ruby Princess was.................ME!!!!!

The day was such a blessing to me. It almost felt as though I'd been to a lady's retreat ONLINE. I can hardly wait until the next Rags to Rubies Virtual Ball!

LIVE Interview!!

Join me this morning at 9 a.m. CST for a LIVE discussion about Cup of Hope. Get to know me, and learn about the passion behind Cup of Hope.

To register for door prizes, go to:
http://www.christianinternetmoms.com/rags2rubies.shtml

Log on Friday morning for the discussions at:
http://www.incredibleimpressions.com/ballroomdoorway.htm

May 04, 2005

Really Love

You know it's true love when you tell your husband you've gained 20 pounds in the 9 months since he's been gone and he doesn't care.

"I've gained some weight," I told Robert.

"I don't care about that, Baby," he replied.

"Robert....I've gained TWENTY pounds."

And he asks, "You're still YOU, though, right?"

"Well, yeah!"

"That's all that matters then. I love YOU!"

I love that man! He's good as gold--and I'm so glad he's mine all mine!

May 03, 2005

Cup of Hope Interview--LIVE!

Listen to my LIVE interview about Cup of Hope at the Rags to Rubies Virtual Ball on Friday, May 6, 2005.

May 02, 2005

Understanding

There is power in the moment that you feel that someone truly understands and empathizes with what you are going through. Knowing that they have been right where you are and they came through the battle just fine, aside from a few cuts and bruises, gives one strength to fight on.

Sometimes it is so difficult to see that we are not alone. Somewhere, someone has experienced the same thing we have. And even if we can't find a "person" who can relate to us, the bible says that Jesus was tested at all points as we are.

He has been there. He has done that. He knows. He understands.

Thank You, Jesus! Help me to remember when I feel all alone that You are with me, and You know how I feel.