December 29, 2008

I Survived "The Move"

I'm happy to share that I've survived the 12-hour trip and our official move to north Mississippi. To say this past weekend was long, stressful, and emotional would be an understatement. But I survived to tell the story. LOL!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

December 17, 2008

When a parent's job gets harder at Christmas

Em loves her Molly doll Every year Emily attempts to guess what's under the Christmas tree. The last two years she's gotten pretty good at it. What I didn't realize is that she also can't keep a secret anymore.

Last year she wanted a laptop. I thought it was a little too soon. She was only 8, after all, but Robert insisted she have her own laptop.

All the presents were wrapped under the tree, and of course, Emily had to shake and guess what they were. Every time she held the laptop box, she'd guess, "This is my laptop." We'd smile and act silly and try to throw her off. So when she opened the box and it was indeed a laptop, naturally, she said, "I told you I knew this was my laptop!"

This year the toy of the year for her was an American Girl doll. She's been on a kick all year, reading the books, watching the few movies they've made. She just loves American Girls. So I ordered her favorite, Molly, early, to be sure it would arrive in time for Christmas.

Because we are about to move, I decided to put up the Christmas tree early. Robert talked me into wrapping presents and placing them under the tree early, too. (No, seriously, he did. If it had been up to me I would have waited!) Instead of wrapping the Molly doll and all her accessories we bought together in one big box, I wrapped them individually to put under the tree. Wrong thing to do.

As soon as Emily saw the box, she "just knew" that was an American Girl doll. So we did everything we could to throw her off. But the child is just too old and too wise for our goofy parenting Christmas "tricks" anymore. We had our Christmas early (because of the move) last week and as you can see from the picture, she was pleased with her Molly doll. But that isn't the end of this pitiful story.

So last year we tried to throw her off about the laptop...but it was a laptop. This year we tried to throw her off about the American Girl doll...but it was a Molly doll. Okay, so obviously we aren't doing too well in the don't-make-it-easy-for-your-kids-to-guess-what's-under-the-tree department. :)

So we opened presents. The kids got all the toys they wanted. Robert got the metal detector he'd asked for. And finally everything settled down and they were in bed for the night. Robert came into our bedroom where I was resting in the bed, and giggled.

"What?" I asked.

He sat beside me on the bed. "I'm going to tell you something, but you have to promise not to get mad at Emily."


He proceeded to tell me that several days prior, Emily wanted him to try to guess what his present was. He acted silly and told her he didn't know what it could be.

"Well, I'll just give you one hint," she told him. "It's something you've ALWAYS wanted...and it's not a metal detector!"

When I asked her later why she told her daddy this, her response was (with a proud grin), "I was tricking Daddy, just like you and him tried to trick me about my laptop last year and my American Girl doll this year."

It's on, girl! Next year won't be so easy to guess what's in those packages. ;)

And next year I'm not telling her what her Daddy's present is, either!

Sickness, go away!

I'm still struggling to get better. I woke up with a terrible sore throat about three days ago. Two nights ago I slept all night, but last night was another rough one for me. I'm beginning to wonder if this crazy illness will ever go away.

The weather here isn't helping things either. Last Thursday we received 5"+ of snow. By Sunday, the temps were warming again. Monday we were back in the 70s. Yesterday the highs were in the 40s and today we'll climb back into the upper 70s to round out the rest of the week! It will be a miracle if everyone in the state of Louisiana isn't dog-sick in another week!

December 13, 2008

Book Review: Reflections of God's Holy Land

Reflections of God's Holy Land book review Reflections of God’s Holy Land is a remarkable, wonderful book that has broad appeal for every Christian. Eva Marie Everson has created an amazingly beautiful book, filled with photographs from her journey across the Holy Land. Hardcover and filled with full-color photos from her life-changing journey through Israel, this book is an investment you will be pleased with for years to come.

The thing that makes this book unique (and is my personal favorite part of the book) is Eva’s personal reflections. As she makes her way through her biblical trek, she shares personal insights and reflections, sharing scriptures to strengthen and highlight her writings. These personal reflections, coupled with gorgeous photos create an atmosphere that makes you feel like you are traveling with her on this breathtaking journey.

If you are interested in learning more about scriptural lands, this is a book you will enjoy reading time and time again. Possibly considered a coffee table book, this is one that you will be proud to share with friends and families. It is also a masterful centerpiece for conversation starters and biblical-based discussions.

I highly recommend Reflections of God’s Holy Land. It is an eye-opening expedition, offering heartfelt and emotional passages that will strengthen your faith and encourage your spirit.

December 12, 2008

In My Skin

It feels good
To be in this skin
Of mine.

No worries
no more
About what you think, say or do.

I never realized
how much I let
you get to me. Until now.

I love you.
But I don't care anymore
what you say or do.

I'm me.
Just me.
Love me or leave me.

I love
this skin
of mine.

Brief Update

I'm slowly--finally--beginning to feel better. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has been praying for me the last couple of weeks. I've felt your prayers wrap around me like a warm blanket, and it was just what I needed while I was sick.

I got my first full dose of meds on Tuesday. They're finally kicking in, I suppose, because yesterday evening I could tell that I felt better. I'm still not sleeping much at night, but I did manage to sleep until almost 3:30 this morning, so that's a plus.

My posts may be sporadic for the next couple of weeks. There are a lot of huge changes about to take place and I need to start preparing for them. (I'll share more later when I can.)

December 09, 2008

I've Been Sick

sick I haven't meant to be away from my blog for so long, but I've been incredibly sick. About three weeks ago I started with a cold. I took OTC meds, hoping to cure myself because I don't have medical insurance. It didn't work. I only got sicker.

I went to the doctor the week of Thanksgiving and was told I had an upper respiratory infection. By then, I had a constant cough that was more than annoying and could not be controlled with cough syrup.

I took my antibiotics and prescription-strength cough syrup faithfully for a week. When all medicines were completely gone by this past Thursday, I still wasn't totally well. I felt a lot better, but the cough remained. In fact, it has gotten even worse. Now I can hardly sleep at night because when I lie flat on my back, I can't breathe. I wake up coughing and gasping for breath. It's not fun.

So I went back to the doctor yesterday. I was told that now I have walking pneumonia. I had to breathe into a machine to test my lungs. The doctor showed me the results; the machine said I have the lungs of an 81 year old right now. I believe it because I haven't been able to breathe well in weeks now. I'm on more meds and I am hoping and praying that by the time I finish these I will be better. He said this antibiotic is used to treat a few things, so it should knock it out for me.

I just hope I'm better by Christmas. We're moving the day after Christmas and I really need to be able to move heavy objects. Please remember me in your prayers!

December 02, 2008

What are you wearing?

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
- Colossians 3:12, New International Version

spiritual clothing In the intoxicating rush of the holiday season, do you find yourself almost running on auto-pilot at times? Do you walk by the bell ringers without so much as a sideways glance? Do you rush past fellow shoppers, in a hurry to grab your goodies and run? It's really easy to be sucked into the madness.

You don't have to give away a ton of money that you don't even have, or buy presents for misfortunate children when you can't even afford to buy for your own. As God's children, we do have a responsibility, though, to share and display the five virtues as listed in the scripture above.

The next time you feel yourself rushing and ignoring everyone else around you, stop. Breathe a prayer of thanksgiving. Then show compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience to others.

Book Review: Joshua's Hope

I have been reading through ebooks like crazy lately. My latest favorite read is Joshua's Hope, by Carol Ann Erhardt.

Hope's Review

Hope Courtland has survived an emotionally abusive marriage and is fighting for the one thing that made it all worthwhile--her stepson, Joshua. She's frustrated with God and feels like He's just not listening to her prayers. Zack Stone is a small-town sheriff, healing from the unexpected death of his wife, who tells himself he only wants to help Hope, then discovers he's falling in love with her despite himself.

Author, Carol Ann Erhardt hit a home run with Joshua's Hope. This fast-paced story kept me reading from start to finish (in a matter of a couple of hours!). The story is complete, with an emotional tale and characters who grow spiritually and emotionally throughout the book. Joshua's Hope contains mystery, murder, mayhem, and romance. It was truly a treat to read Joshua's Hope and I look forward to reading more of Carol's books.


To purchase

I highly recommend Joshua's Hope. If you've never purchased or read an ebook, this one is a great way to begin. Joshua's Hope is available through The Wild Rose Press. Click here to buy your copy.