Friday, October 31, 2008

So True...

A Love Note

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I received this email today from my little Anna K. Is it not the cutest thing!?
She typed her name and then the number 4 beside it because she thinks her age is part of her name. I love that small child.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Welcome to Retirement

Our Uncle Joe, the retiree
Tomorrow is not just Halloween, it is also the day our Uncle Joe will hang up his pencil and calculator and step into retirement. He has worked for Southern Leather as the CFO for 31 years. The man has driven to downtown Memfrica 5 days a week for 31 years. He deserves a medal, I tell ya!
Many shoes, belts and purses have been had because of this sweet man. I remember getting Kangaroo tennis shoes with the zippers from the warehouse downtown. I would put my lunch money in them. My lunch was 80 cents. (What odd memories I have stored in my head.) Julie says she has no memory of the warehouse or his office. Maybe I was spoiled or favored a bit more. ha!
Uncle Joe has the patience of Job and a heart of gold. Randall often says, "There is a special place in heaven for that man"... I have to agree with him! We are so happy he is going to get to enjoy his woodworking a bit more, do more "honey-do's" for Aunt Babs and play with Claire a bit more.
Next weekend Aunt Babs and Hollye are throwing a party for him. I can't wait to go over and hug his neck and see all our family and friends. Mrs. Carolyn is catering the shindig. It is truly going to be the highlight of my week!
Congrats UJ, we are proud of you!
Abby Jo
P.S. He likes to think I was named after him. I either walk in the back door of his house or call and say, "Hey, Uncle Joe" and he says ,"Hey Abby Jo", both in the same excited tone.
I love it!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I'm not crafting

I said crafting, not crafty. I can be crafty too, but not very often.

I am still in Bentonville. I came up to northwest Arkansas Sunday afternoon. I met cousin Sarah and went to her house. It is amazing. First, the drive to her house was beautiful. Being fall, the trees were changing colors, falling from the trees and swirling on the street before us as we drove up the curving road. She has a log cabin house. Ok, so it isn't a log cabin, its a log house and a beautiful one. It is my kind of place. Just beautiful. Sarah, Brandon, Grace and Molly were gracious hosts.

The ministers wives luncheon went very well, better than my dreams/nightmares. I once dreamed that 12 people came and the chicken wasn't done. But we had 39 preachers wives there and the chicken wasn't only done, but tasted delicious. I am so honored to have been a part of that day.

Today, while Stephen went and attended to Baptist state convention business, the kids and I went and had a mini-vacation day. We walked through the Wal-mart museum. I figured as much money as I spend there, and as much as I sing their praises, I should at least go and see the humble beginnings of such a fabulous store! We then took off for ice skating. The Jones Center in Springdale offers free swimming and free ice skating. If you are ever up here, take them up on their gift. It was such fun. We skated for 3 hours. Our plan was to skate just one session(1 1/2 hours) but they were loving it so much we stayed for both sessions. We even ate lunch there(not free.) We really enjoy concession stand type food, and that is what we had. Such fun!

For dinner we met up with Stephen and Laura Ann. Man, I just love that girl. She is a freshman at the U of A. It was so good to see her, I miss her. We didn't get to eat with Megan. Not because we didn't want to, but because we had to eat like old people at the early bird dinner. She had a class until 6 and we needed to eat by 5:00. I'm sure Laura Ann will be needing to eat again before she calls it a night!

OK, so now that you are thoroughly bored and wishing you hadn't read this (thats saying that anyone would read all of this, those that did? Thanks!) I'll sign off.

Home tomorrow!!! YAY!!!

The Ornament 4-1-1

OK, I don't think I will sell the ornaments. Shipping glass ornaments, individually, around the globe does not excite me in the least bit. If you want to come to Jonesboro, I can hook you up with one for $10.

So, how did I make them, you ask?
I went to Hobby Lobby and bought:
1 box of clear balls (the craft kind) - $3.99,
sequins -$1-$2 a bag (I got 4 different bags),
feathers - $2 a bag (I got 2 colors/bags),
tacky glue - $3,
craft ribbon- $6 (3 rolls),
glitter glue - $2
...and went to town! I have some green ball ornaments that I plan on working with this week. I will post them when I get finished. Anyway, the supplies will last me FOREVER.

I plan to give these as little gifts to different ones on my guest list...and of course, put some on my tree!

I hope this helps spark your craftiness...and yes, if you want me to make you a whole box for $50 and ship them, we can talk!


Sunday, October 26, 2008


Here are the ornaments I made this weekend. I can't wait to make more!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pumpkin Painting

I am loving my monogrammed pumpkin.

What a cutie

Our painted pumpkins are a great addition to our porch

I decided that we needed an "activity" today, so we painted pumpkins. We are far from being artistic, so it was an interesting endeavor. Now, we are going to do Christmas ornaments. I think he is probably going to bail on me now, but oh well. At least he stuck around for the pumpkins.


Friday, October 24, 2008


For Real. On Tuesday night I stood at the ice machine and grinned real big thinking about Saturday morning and having no alarm to greet me. That is sad. I realized I have indeed, reached adulthood.
Rand's co-worker has now had 2 hand surgeries and is on the mend. Time will only tell if he will have full mobility. Because of the accident they are not working like they were. That is a blessing. He is not working on Saturday nor after dark tonight. That thrills me.
Rand and I went to a black tie event for the hospital last night that was a lot of fun. I will post about it when I get a picture of it from my photography friend. I want you to see my man in his very own tux...and of course me in my gold velvet dress that Rand proclaimed looked like a curtain. What a dear heart.
My house is a mess and I have laundry out the wazoo, I best get on it. I intend to craft a bit this weekend if I can get my chores done in time. I am craving some craft time. I have not yet crafted in this new house. I have ornaments to make.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I'm Jealous

Jules gets to see Molly Claire, Gracie Beth and thier mama, Cousin Sa, on Sunday...she even gets to spend the night at their house, in Rogers. As if! I hope they don't have TOO much fun...and if they do, I hope they don't tell me about it.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In the kitchen today....

I'll let you in on a little secret.... I don't like to cook.

I should as much as I have to do it, but I don't enjoy it. Today though I have done quite a bit of cooking.
For breakfast I made each male child an omelet (Anna just wanted scrambled eggs.) For lunch I made macaroni and cheese and hot dogs (all beef ones!) and for supper I have made a chicken pot pie.

Oh yes, I am a cooking machine.

And so that maybe my kids would pick up a love for cooking we made the 5 minute chocolate cake in a mug. Here is the recipe: 4 T flour
4 T sugar
2 T cocoa
1 egg
3 T milk
3 T oil
a splash of vanilla extract
Mix in a bowl and then transfer ingredients to a greased coffee mug, microwave for 3 minutes
and you have an oddly shaped chocolate cake. ENJOY!!!
I let each child make his/her very own cake. They loved it! They made a mess, I cleaned it up and they ate their cakes. Such fun for all of us!

I made banana bread Sunday, 2 loaves. From scratch! We also had a roast and potatoes. Last night I made Aunt Janet's famous sweet and sour chicken, it was delicious!!!!!!!! I had Stephen stop at the chinese restaurant and pick up egg rolls and rice.
I can't do it all people!!!!

For tomorrow night I have already boiled chicken and made my own broth so that we can have a yummy chicken tortilla soup.
Am I on a cooking roll (HA, a roll! I wonder if it is hot and buttered?) or what?

So, what are ya'll cooking?


Monday, October 20, 2008

Accident in the Field

Rand just called me in hysterics. His co-worker just got his hand stuck in an auger and they are at the ER. He has lost most all the flesh off his hand. I almost lost my dinner because I thought it was Rand who was hurt when I first picked up the phone. My hand is cramping up thinking about it.
Farm equipment is so dangerous, especially when you work 14 hour days, 7 days a week during harvest. They are all so tired. Please pray for Jay. Pray that he will not hurt too badly or be scared.

Update: Just came back from the ER (The "other" ER. I dressed in ballcap, glasses and jacket in hopes to not be noticed. The hospital political war in this town is fierce). Jay still has his hand. They have him in surgery now. Rand is very worked up about it all. He was the only one there when it happened and drove him to the ER. Pray for Randall, if you will. He is so tenderhearted.


I feel withdrawls coming

Those of you that know me.
Well, really any of you that read this blog regularly know that I love an ice-cold coke in a can poured in a plastic or Styrofoam cup full of ice. I don't like the whole can poured in the cup, if you do that it just gets watery. So, I pour in enough coke that it doesn't get watery before I am able to drink it.

I know the exact amount and I think this out thoroughly.
As much as I love a coke when I get out of the shower I don't pour the coke in the cup until I'm out of the shower because it will get watery. I don't drink a coke when I am folding the clothes because I can't drink the coke in the cup before it gets watery while I am folding 3 load of clothes a day. 3 LOADS OF CLOTHES A DAY!!!! That could be a whole other post!

Anyway, back to the withdrawal. Our icemaker is broken. We have 2 refrigerators. One is ours and one came with the house, and the church asked that we also use it. The icemaker in our frig broke a few years ago so we have been so blessed to have an icemaker in the church's frig. Well, now we have gone and broken it. I would like to blame my oldest son, but Stephen won't let me.
So today, besides teaching my children the 3 R's, doing laundry, and watching tv. I have to transfer all the food in the church's frig and freezer to our frig. UGH! I'm not a fan of physical labor. I'm hoping I can make it a game for the kids.
And I'm going to have to do it without a can coke in a plastic cup filled with ice from my icemaker. I know, I know. I hear you, use ice trays, go to Sonic, get ice from church...
But I like my cokes the way I like my cokes. And today I will be deprived of that. And maybe more than just today.
Oh! That is a thought that I cannot deal with. I would rather think of 3 LOADS OF LAUNDRY!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Luka Lead me to Tom's Dinner...Love It!

Julie, all I have to say is, Susanne Vega. I love being the weird younger sister, really I do.

Yes, I still know ALL the words to Toms' Diner. Is this not so sad?! I remember singing Tom's Diner on the bus in junior high on the way back from ballgames. The girls were always amazed I knew every word. I am still amazed at it at age 30! I have not heard the song since Junior High, I am sure. Funny.
I am making a play list on YouTube and found Susanne. What a fun trip down memory lane.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Is this cute or what?!

Anna got her hair "punched up" today. I think it is the cutest on her!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Livin' Large

Because I know you come to our blog for inspiration, excitement, laughter and new insights.

I wanted to share with you what I ate today.

4 bites of Capt'n Crunch with berries ( it got soggy, and I refuse to eat anything soggy)

a small bag of fritos

a Hershey bar with almonds

drank 1 coke (shared with Anna and Daniel)

3 pieces of garlic bread dipped in spaghetti sauce

a Hershey bar with almonds (no that is not a mistake, I ate 2)


So, for those of you out there that think your daily diet may need work, I give myself as an example. You are doing fine. Just think you could be like me!

Hopefully tomorrow I will eat something that will have more than 3% of my daily requirement of something nutritious!

ps. When I complain about my weight, please don't bring this up to me!


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Being Me

Tonight I decided it was time to make up my guest bed, after Mama's stay over the weekend. I keep a memo board in my guest room and fill it with pictures of whomever is visiting us. This past weekend I had pictures from this summer at Zach's wedding, of all us Davis gals. As I got the room back in order tonight I looked at all those sweet faces and started singing this song. This song was playing the day I left Mama to go to UCA. We had lived quite the life in my 9 month leave of absence from college. I remember crying so hard that day as I pulled out from her work, that I almost drove off the road. Every time I hear it I cry a little. I love that woman.

I do thank God for allowing me the opportunity to see so many of most favorite faces this fall. He always knows just what I need. Molly is coming back next weekend and I am most excited to have her here again. I then get to go to Memphis to see all my sweet peoples for my Uncle's retirement party. Then Lindsey comes to visit, then who knows....

I am meeting lots of nice people and am involved in more clubs, organizations and messes than you can imagine, yet I miss that comfort of just being me with out reservation. I am not comfortable enough for that yet. I still have my guard up. We all know that being Abby has to come in small doses in a new town with my type of job...small doses of me, is all these people need at this point. I am cool with that though.

Some days I just want to dance in the middle of the afternoon and snort really loud at funny stuff...I refrain though. I promise.


Catching up and checking in

Hey everybody!

It seems like it has been a while since I was here. It isn't that I've been busy, I just haven't done much that is blog worthy.

Saturday was Samuel's 11th birthday. We had been given free tickets to Magic Springs so we drove over to Hot Springs to spend the day riding rides.
It turns out Silver Dollar City has spoiled me. Magic Springs seemed dirty, un-friendly and un-kept. It is only open for a couple of weekends before it closes until spring. I guess they were understaffed. The lines were so long!! We had to wait an hour and a half to ride ONE ride! The free drinks were nice, although they were Pepsi products. I drank Dr. Pepper. Even when it is free I still can't bring myself to drink a Pepsi.
I think they call that an addiction. An addiction to Coca-Cola.
So anyway, we rode rides, ate corndogs and went home. On our way home we stopped at an all-you-can-eat buffet that is SOOO good. Ribs, catfish, chicken, gumbo, veggies, salad, desserts. Oh my goodness, it was good. So glad we remembered Dorey's would be on the way home from Hot Springs!
Sunday night at business meeting the church gave Stephen a token of their appreciation. I was so touched. What a nice gesture and show of love from a church to its Pastor. Thank you FBC, you are a sweet people.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty much normal. School, laundry, school, laundry.
So now you are caught up. I'm sure you are relieved to know all of our goings on. HA!
Enjoy this evening. Good luck watching tv tonight with the debate on. I'm planning on turning in early!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Only A Mother's Love...

would bear hug a horrid toilet and drag it out of the house for their young. That is what Molly & Mama did for us on Saturday. (Molly is my mother-in-law, Rand's other mother)
Our master bathroom was in much need of renovation. We don't use it, touch it, or spend more than 2 seconds in it. It was time to take ownership. We 3 women (mostly Molly) tore out carpet, a toilet and wallpaper in less than 2 hours....and it is a large bathroom. Rand cut beans all day and was most surprised when he got home.
I was most impressed with how those 2 bear hugged that nasty toilet and carried it out the front door, into the garage. I only wish I had a picture of it.
Now, we are ready to tackle new flooring, a toilet and paint. Hopefully they will come back!


Monday, October 13, 2008

We've been tagged!

My new friend at tagged us. Since she is my friend, I will answer the questions!
The tag is to answer the questions with a one word answers and then tag 5 of your bloggy friends!
Here goes!

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Where is your significant other? work
3. Your hair color? brown
4. Your mother? wonderful
5. Your father? funny
6. Your favorite thing? coca-cola
7. Your dream last night? nice
8. Your dream/goal?
9. The room you're in? school
10. Your hobby? reading
11. Your fear? failure
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
13. Where were you last night? church
14. What you're not? patient
15. One of your wish-list items? clothes
16. Where you grew up? Ft. Smith
17. The last thing you did? eat
18. What are you wearing? sweats
19. Your TV? on
20.Your pet? none
21. Your Computer? HP
22. Your mood? overwhelmed
23. Missing Someone? friends
24. Your car? van
25. Something you're not wearing? bra
26. Favorite Store? kohl's
27. Your summer? pool
28. Love someone? fiercly
29. Your favorite color? blue
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? today

I am tagging Susan, Jennifer, Heather, Mandy,and Emily. Have fun!!!!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Mama's Love

Isn't our Mama the cutest!
(This is her in Montreal, last week on "Holiday")
(Julie made the apron she is wearing in this picture.
She was with us in spirit)

Mama fried Rand his favorite meal tonight, in our new kitchen. Fried Pork Chops, fried potatoes, green beans, salad, brown & serve rolls and a yummy Carmel pumpkin pie. I loved having her cook in my kitchen. I love when she visits.
She came to visit on Friday and is leaving in the morning. This was her first visit to our new home. We have had a busy, fast, fun and event-filled weekend.

More on a Mama's love, tomorrow. Only a mother & mother-in-law who loves me BIG would do what they did on Saturday...


Friday, October 10, 2008

11 Years Ago

Samuel's weekend in Byhalia - 2005

Driving my Cavalier at Marmie's house -1999

...this young man made me an aunt.
His only aunt. His favorite aunt (yes, I know TBEO -YFA, DoJo -YFA & Babs, you are great aunts...chill!)
I was so excited the Spring weekend Jules & Stephen came home to tell us she was having a baby. They told us at Tallino's with a decorated cake. I was 19, a freshman in college and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world, to be an aunt. There are so many special memories we have made together. He did not have to share me for 3.5 years. He was a lucky boy, I tell ya!

Mama & I kept him a few days after Christmas in 1998 and when we went to take him back to Julie he clung to me for dear life and called me "Mama". Julie did not speak to me for a week! She even cried and cut the reunion short. It was so comical, really.
I visited them a lot on weekends when I was in college. He loved for me to read him a book before his nap on Sunday afternoons. It was the highlight of our little visits.
He loved riding in the car. He would sing at the top of his lungs. His favorite was "People get ready, Jesus is coming, soon we'll be going home!" He would close his eyes and over pronounce every word. And "home" was sung in a way you would just have to hear for yourself. All his songs sounded just like "People Get Ready" was his his special little "Samuel tune". So funny, that boy. Every time Jules & I hear that song we sing "Samuel style". I love it.
He was the ring bearer in my wedding ( He was Sa's too...and she could tell you some funny tales) and quiet the little turkey. I love watching the video. The pillow is lucky it had any stuffing left in it after all the twirling he did. I love watching Julie & Stephen's faces on the altar. Julie was my Matron of Honor and Stephen officiated. It is positively hilarious. Even Rand's Dad (The Best Man) rested his hands on Sambo's little shoulders....and that is when the pillow stopped. I love that! Thanks to my wonderful cousin-in-law's (Sa's hubby) videography work and love for Samuel, my wedding video is ALL Samuel. Thanks, kid!
A funny little memory of Samuel was when Jules brought all 3 boys to visit my apt, my senior year of college. They drove up and Samuel was just beside himself and said " Does Aunt Abby live in a motel"? They then came inside and he had a look of "wow" on his face and he said, with pure excitement, "Man, this is the nicest motel I have ever seen." (If you ever saw that apt, you would laugh at this)

His face is one of my most favorite faces. I sometimes sit and picture his face and it makes me giggle and smile from ear to ear. His chubby little cheeks and smile could melt my heart in an instant when he was a little boy. He still melts my heart when I hear him laugh at me on the phone. I love making him laugh. I wish all of you could hear his laughter. It is like he sings when he laughs. He is such a happy boy. A growing, loving, healthy, smart, Godly, happy. birthday. boy!

Happy 11th Birthday, Sambo!
I am so glad God has let me be your only & your favorite aunt for 11 years.


Betty O

This post is about a lady Stephen and I call Betty O.

Betty O. is quite a woman. The first thing I remember about her is when we were moving in to our first house in Leachville, Stephen came in with two huge frozen pizzas and said "Betty O brought these." We promptly put them in the oven and ate them. This was the first of more- meals-than-I-can-count that she provided us.
She was the church secretary. She is a retired school teacher. She wrote the church newsletter, did all the gardening around the church and kept Stephen and the preacher in line. She taught 1-3 grade Sunday School and then went on to teach an adult ladies class. She has a craft closet at her house like you wouldn't believe! At Christmas she decorates her house with angels and the smell of homebaked goodies.
Because I had never lived away from home until I got married at the ripe old age of 23, I was scared to stay by myself. And that suited Betty O just fine. When Stephen would go off for church camps in the summer, I would move in to Betty O's house. She would fix me breakfast, lunch and supper. And she always had Coke for me.
She cooked lunch for us every Sunday. EVERY SUNDAY. She cooked enough that I got a to-go plate and so did the preacher and his wife. The food was incredible. I think our parents came to visit us on the weekends just so they could eat at Betty O's house. It was worth a 5 hour drive!! When I was pregnant with the twins she would even cook for us on Wednesday night and give us leftovers that would last until Friday night. I didn't hardly have to cook while pregnant with the twins. She is a God send.
She treated Stephen and I like we were her own children. She loved us fiercely and would chastise us when needed. She loved our children. Even though babies were foreign to her. She had never had any of her own. I talk about her so much still (even though I haven't seen her in 3 years) my kids think she is a family member.
I am thinking of her today. 11 years ago she brought me a present back from a trip she had been on. She brought the cutest little gift sack full of stickers, and notecards to me just as Stephen and I were leaving to go to the hospital to have Samuel. Betty O had just gotten back to town and hadn't yet heard that I had just found out that I was to go to the hospital. She had the sweetest look on her face, full of love, apprehension and prayer.
Betty O was at the hospital when Samuel was born. She was the first one to visit at our house when we brought the twins home and I'm pretty sure if we had lived there when Anna was born, she would have taken Anna home with her. If we lived closer, Anna and Betty O would be fast friends (as my mom would say.)
I love you Betty O and miss you so much!! I plan on making a visit in December, so if you read this- get ready! Make some rolls and put a coke on ice for me. I can't wait!!!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Ooey Gooey Oobies

Ok, I confess. I made them. I did. I know I am not suppose to, but I did. He loved them too. Jules, you have a lot to live up to now!
They aren't very pretty, but I hear they are most yummy.
This is Jules special dessert that only she is allowed to make Rand. Most people call these Ooey Gooey Butter Bars. Randall calls them "Oobies". Anyway, I broke all recipe rules by making them. I am doomed for sisterly punishment. And man, she is mean!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mighty to Save-update on One of THOSE days

This afternoon I took the kids to the Veterans Memorial Park. I listened to my ipod while I read and watched the kids play on an old army tank. They were having a war of their own on that tank-a pinecone war. I could hear their laughter through the loud music in my ears.
I listened to Laura Story sing Mighty to Save twice. I love that song. I've been singing parts of it for God is MIGHTY TO SAVE....(just imagine!) I sat listening and prayed, telling God that I wanted to soak Him up. You know what I mean? Just listen to His words, allow Him to speak to me.
As I began reading a book I had just checked out at the library, this sentence was there....Jesus you are MIGHTY TO SAVE. I sat at that picnic table with tears running down my face. The breeze that was making me wish for a jacket stopped and I felt the warm sun on my face.
I felt like I had had a moment with my God. My God who is MIGHTY TO SAVE.
It has been such a day and He met me right where I was. At a picnic table at a park where I was having a self-pity kind of day.
Thank you God, for listening, answering and being MIGHTY TO SAVE.


One of THOSE days

Do you know what I'm talking about?

Everything is achy, PMS, can't stand the voices of your own children, have 54 things to do but can't seem to get the first one done, want to decorate for Christmas but it isn't even the middle of October yet.

You know what I mean?

There are weeks that go by when I think I have this mom thing under control. And then it all comes crashing down. I realize that my lapses in disciplining my children over time have rewarded me with disrespectful, disobedient children.

And it isn't that I don't know better. I know all the Bible verses, I've read all of Dobsons books, I am a Babywise mom(Oh how I love the first Babywise book!), I have 4 children and homeschool them, how could I be doing this all wrong?!!

I'm supposed to love my childrens voices, enjoy cooking breakfast and lunch for them, and enjoy our time together. But then there are days like today. What is that verse again? Isaiah 40:11 ...and (He) shall gently lead those that are with young.

Oh Dear God, I pray that you gently lead me today. Lead me to love, cherish, and discipline my children in a way that is so very pleasing to You. Amen.

Please don't read this and think my plate is too full. It isn't. If I were volunteering, running to meetings all week, working at the church and ironing then maybe my plate would be full. But I haven't had to put makeup on since Sunday, so I'm pretty sure my plate isn't full! Thanks for the empathy and wanting to help though.

It is just one of THOSE days!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

How Convicting

I heard this song by Casting Crowns for the first time on my way home from work today. It made me think about the slow fade in my life. I don't always realize how easily I let sin in my life. It slowly fades the black to gray, as the song states. Something to chew on, reflect on and pass on.
Click on the link above ("song"), watch and listen.

Monday, October 6, 2008

He Really is Cute

Tonight I am reminded how blessed I am to call this man my husband. Not only is he cute, he is the most talented person I know. If you don't know my Rand...I wish you did. It is almost my bed time and I am still home alone. He is out working on farm equipment in the dark, with a smile. I love that about him. Oh, and did I mention that he really is cute?

Sometimes I get so hungry for a hug. I love hugs. I don't have anyone else here to hug me (no Carolyn, no Mama, no Babs, no Daddy). I know I smother him with hugs but I can't help it. I fear one day he is going to duck and scream "stop the hugging" but I kinda think he needs them and likes them as much as me. Oh, and did I mention that he really is cute?

As he works long hours this time of year and works on our new home in his cherished free time, I realize how glad I am he is mine. His smile, excitement for life, conviction and level head make me a more balanced person. Oh, and did I mention the he really is cute?

Yes, he is real. He doesn't like when I buy him soft apples and put them in with his lunch, or forget to turn the air up in the morning before I leave for work, or when I run through a mud puddle and dirty my car, or fail to put bleach in with his whites, or get the mail as I come up the drive...but I love him for the passion he gets about the little things in life. And if you know my Rand you know how passionate he can get about the simple things! Oh, and did I mention that he really is cute?


Birthday Bonfire

We had Samuel's birthday party Saturday night. We had to have it a week early so that his friends could come.
Friends coming to your birthday party is the biggest reason to have a party after all.
Everyone he invited came.
aside: I really dread birthday parties. I always fear that no one will show up and my
child will be crushed.
And they all brought presents. Presents for an 11 year old boy no longer include gift wrap. Just a card, envelope and money. Sometimes a card isn't even necessary, just an envelope and money. It is easy to please an 11 year old boy!!

So, here are the highlights of the party (in list form because I LOVE A LIST!)
  • We had a huge bonfire!!! It would make any boy scout proud.
  • 2 kids threw up. One in the yard, and one somewhere in the street ( I didn't go looking for it)
  • The boys played flag football, and can't tell you which team won. I think that is a good sign.
  • We had 13 kids people at the party, roasted 38 hot dogs, a bag of marshmallows, consumed 3 Hershey bars, 2 packs of graham crackers, 2 bags of chips, one pound of cheese dip, six 2 liter drinks (this could explain the throwing up)
  • The boys rode all of our bikes and scooters (even Anna's Dora bike and princess scooter),around our block many times.
  • They also did the "ding and ditch." You know where a cute little innocent 11 year old boy goes up to a house rings the doorbell and then runs away.
  • I made Samuel's birthday cake. Yes, I know. While standing in the cake mix aisle at the grocery store Thursday looking at brownie mixes, Samuel says (with excitement) "you're going to make my birthday cake?" So, I made him his request. A white cake with white buttercream icing. I didn't have 2 cake pans that were the same size, so the cake was doomed for failure once I noticed, while I was icing, that one was bigger than the other. So I went to the store looking for sprinkles, and found none. NONE. So I bought Skittles. Decorated the sides of it with them and then made an S on top of the cake. Because you know Skittles have an "S" on them, for Samuel.

Those are the birthday highlights. I'm sorry for those of you that couldn't make it. Which I believe would be everyone that reads this. If you read this and were at the party please let me know!!! It was great fun.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Better Place

The hydrangea bush that Ms. Rochelle (my neighbor in Byhalia) bought for me is dead.

The people who bought our old home are not able to keep up the demanding yard. It was so sad to drive up in her driveway, look over at my old yard and see my beautifully manicured flowerbeds over grown with grass and weeds. All my bushes and tress were dead or dying. Randall was quick to remind me that those were not my flowers, bushes or trees and to "get over it"! He was/is right. (Men....I need not say more.)

After a WONDERFUL visit to the "hell-yeah" (as we affectionately call our old home place) to visit our sweet neighbors and surrogate parents, I realized... we are in a better place. Though there is lack of history with most people here (with the exception of the White's) and lack of familiarity and friendly faces, I trust it will all change with time. The possibilities of a nice life here are plenty.

I left Fort Smith in 2001 for an internship at ALSAC/ St. Jude, and never returned to live in the at home again. As much as I LOVE the Fort, I don't look back with regret. I love the places God has put me and the people He has put in my path. I now understand that I am not looking back at this move with regret either. I sometimes think I was trying to, and really, there is no need to force something that is not there.

Thank you God for moving us, changing us, molding and shaping us into more well-rounded people.


Friday, October 3, 2008

I Can be Random Too

Last night I went to the new beauty school in town. It is rather posh for a beauty school. I will visit this one again, instead of the others. I love doing a little sociology examination on these girls. Wow. After 3 hours, my grey was covered up and my hair was thinned out. She ran out of time to do my trim. Yes. 3 hours and no trim. It only cost $45 for a color, highlight and a thin...I really can't complain. If you can deal with a little color on your face, crude commentary between the gals and a SLOW process, you can do beauty school...actually you can do most any beauty shop.

We had a mum fairy at our house. I had no idea who left yellow mums on our porch yesterday. There was a little note with them, but no name. You know me and my "thank yous". I approached both neighbors to find that neither had done such a thing. They were slightly embarrassed that they hadn't. I was slightly embarrassed that I had put them on the spot.
Come to find out, it was Diana! She says I have to get them in the ground or she is coming back to get them. No Indian giving!

We are going to visit our old neighbors/friends this weekend and eating at our most favorite place in the free world. I am saving up my calories/Points for the big feast.

I had a stomach virus on Wednesday. I am not expecting...I promise.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy Birthday, Sa

Christmas Morning at Granny's in the '80s.
It is our cousin Sarah's birthday today. Because we seem to honor everyone else on their birthday, we thought we should honor her.
We are blessed to have 1 girl cousin on each side of the family. Sarah is like a sister to us, just like Hollye is, on the other side. We poke fun at each other like sisters, laugh like sisters, cry together like sisters,hug each other like sisters and love each other like sisters. (Though we look nothing like sisters...blonde hair and blue eyes, she has.)
Happy birthday, Sa.
We love you the BIG much!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Random thoughts

  • Just a few random thoughts. (just between us, random thoughts are much easier for me then writing-don't tell Abby)
  • Our mom is in Montreal. I'm so hoping she picks up a cute French phrase to teach the kids!
  • There is a cat stuck in one of our pine trees. No, it is not ours! Apparently it has been up there since sometime in the night (it is now 4:00 Wed afternoon.) She won't come down, so if you have any hints on how to get a cat down please let me know!
  • Last night's style show went really well. The models did an excellent job. They were all beautiful, and did such a good job of walking, or strutting, down the runway. Thank you for your prayers. I spoke on being beautiful on the outside, but having ugliness(like bitterness, anger, grief, etc.) on the inside. And how God wants to exchange the ugly for beauty. I'm praying my message got across and didn't sound preachy or like I was better than anyone.
  • I found out that when I am speaking to a group of people and all eyes are on me, that I forget to breathe. Which is really bad, because then my throat gets weird and I sound like I'm trying to catch my breath. I do this in all sorts of situations but tend to forget about it after the situation has passes. I really, I mean REALLY, need to practice breathing. (Need I tell you that Stephen and I almost got kicked out of childbirth classes the night of the breathing exercises? No? I didn't think so!)
  • Abby is sick today. She threw up 5 times today at work. She was in a meeting and had to keep getting up to go throw up. GROSS!!!!!!! She went home thankfully! I bet Randall is counting his blessings that he is working long hours this week!
  • Samuel's birthday party is Saturday. We are having a wienie roast and of course s'mores. If you want to come, you are invited!!!! Come on!
  • Kmart is doubling coupons up to $2.00 until the 5th. So, if couponing gives you a high (like it does me. I told Stephen this excited me as much as this being the opening day of hunting season does him!) then head to Kmart!!

I hope you have a great Wednesday night. AWANA here we come!!!