Friday, July 30, 2010
"A thousand times I've failed
Still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in your grace
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
My heart and my soul, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise, become my embrace
To love You from the inside out
Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
And the cry of my heart is to bring You praise
From the inside out, O my soul cries out"
When I fail at the tasks put in front of me, when I stumble in my walk, when I fall flat on my face from pride, when I let others influence me and their judgements consume me, when all else fades I am reminded that He is Everlasting and that is all that truly matters. Thank you Jesus for never letting your light fade in me, for letting your purpose remain in me and for giving me a voice to praise you.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Siloam Springs Baptist Camp has a children's only week the last week of July each year. It is fabulous! There are hundreds. Hundreds of kids all in one place. Eating, playing, studying God's word and worshipping together.
Mike Seabaugh is the worship pastor for the week. He was the pastor at FBC in Camden when we were at Hillside Baptist in Camden. I was his daughter's kindergarten teacher and this year is her senior year. Yes, it makes me feel a little aged, but I'm handling it well.
He does a great job. The kids loved him, and most of all children are saved under his preaching.
Siloam is nothing new. My mother went to Siloam, Stephen and I went to Siloam as children, and now our children are going to Siloam. Three generations of Siloam campers. Who would have thought!!!
Not a lot has changed at Siloam since the first time I went 31 years ago. Oh My Goodness! 31 years ago! That's as old as Abby! And I was old enough to go to church camp???!!!
Like I was saying before I realized that I've been going to church camp as long as Abby's been alive..... Not a lot has changed. God still moves in the lives of the campers who visit there each year. People have prayed for that campground for many, many years. And God has been faithful to honor those prayers every summer.
If you think about it and you are a praying person. Pray for our group this year. Daniel, Anna and I will leave early to have his arm re-x-rayed (can you hyphen a word twice?) Thursday. They are both complaining about leaving early, but I won't be!! I can only handle the heat for so long!!!
If you would like to read posts I've written about Siloam the past couple of years go here. I'm sure it will be a waste of your time, but if you have time to waste it may be a little bit of fun!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Abby: Where is your mom?
Samuel: She went to Fort Smith with Dad for the funeral. Christy will check on us often. Do not worry and do not tell Marmie!
Abby: What? Is this Samuel?
Samuel: She said cereal and sandwiches and I cannot use the stove.
Abby: You are a dork. Where is your mom?
Samuel: Headed north. I am getting scared. Don’t ever leave Henry alone.
Abby: Where is your mom and why are you not answering the phone when I call? Seriously, I am going to beat you!
Samuel: Duh, She is in Dad's truck. Probably in Conway by now. Sorry, I could not get to the phone fast enough. I have been with Daniel, cuz he was throwing up.
Abby: You really are a bad dork! Where is she?
Samuel: I am not a dork and I don't think that is very nice!
Abby: I think you are holding me hostage from my sister and it is not very nice. I think you have a bday soon….u best be nice or your lone aunt will get you nada!
(I then call Samuel and have a conversation with him about this. He tells me David & Anna have taken their bikes and gone to the BP to get lunch. He tells me Daniel is still throwing up and has thrown up all over the den carpet. He sounds so stressed and troubled. We get off so he can go clean up Daniel's mess. This is all so insane, really)
Abby: The BP called me and said David & Anna stole their lunch. The police are on the way to come and pick all you kiddos up. You are in hot water, son!
Samuel: Sorry. I will send them back with money.
Abby: They are mad and do not want money. You are getting locked up and then put in foster care and your parents are going to jail!
Samuel: You are really scaring me. For real??
Abby: You need to be scared! Those other kids will eat your lunch in that jail!
(I try calling him again to tell him he is King Dork for the day and he does not answer)
Samuel: Daniel is finally asleep and I am trying to be quiet. That is why I am not answering the phone.
Abby: Seriously, PICK UP THE PHONE!
Abby: You are full of poop!
Abby: Because you are a liar!
Samuel: That's not nice
Abby: You are not nice. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for lying to your little aunt. I have talked to Marmie and Granddaddy and neither of them are getting you anything for your birthday or Christmas. They are so very disappointed in you.
Samuel: What do you mean?
Abby: You know what I mean. No more games, son!
Julie finally called and all the children were laughing at having a grand time with all this. They had all been in the van together, taking Anna to the doctor for her ear infection. Julie encouraged Samuel and he took it and ran with it. He is his mother's child and it frightens me! Mother and Stephen were also aware of this little bit of insanity. It went on for almost 2 hours. Stephen texted me that they would be fine and Mama called to tell me Julie left them alone and they would be fine. I knew it was a tall tale but it aggravated me in a large way. This is classic Julie stuff. She is the one person that can push that button of mine and she LOVES it. I love that her children know how to do it to me just like she does. It is really funny. I am blessed to have such a fun-loving and crazy family!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
This is a family favorite from my mother's side. I had the pleasure of eating this very piece if pie that you see in the above photo this past week. My sweet Mawmaw made a rhubarb pie just for little ole me. I loved it and loved texting my Aunt J about the pie and making her jealous! hee hee
3 cups sliced rhubarb
dash of salt
1/2 t orange peel
1 cup sugar
3 T flour
2 refrigerated pie crusts
3 T butter
Combine rhubarb, sugar, flour, orange peel and salt. Fill 9 inch pie crust. Dot with butter and adjust top crust. Crimp edges together. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 10 minutes, then change temp to 350 degrees for 30 to 50 minutes or until juices boil up. Cover edges of crust with foil if it browns too fast. (if you use frozen rhubarb you may need to cook longer) It is tart, sweet and just plain yummy!
I made chicken and dumplings this week for the first time. I cooked a 5 pound chicken, deboned it and used half of it for this dish and the other half for my Meemaw's chicken spaghetti (making it this weekend). I used Bisquick for the dumplings. It was pretty good! I served it in our John Deere bowls. I never use those dishes unless it is something real southern...this fit!
And what is Food Friday without my little foodie himself! Hard to believe that is the same little boy in the ultrasound picture above. He was in the kitchen with me the night I made dumplings and was talking the entire time. He screams when he talks. I think it is time to learn some sign language and turn the volume down a bit. He is one loud child, but I just love how excited he is about life. He loves the kitchen. I think he knows he will get juice, puffs and baby food if he sits there long enough. So smart, already!
Happy Food Friday!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
His family and Stephen's family vacationed together at the beach for many years. The families were close and he was Stephen's first "boss". Stephen spent a couple of summers working at Tommy's heating and air business.
Stephen learned a lot those summers. Somethings not worth repeating. But he also learned how Tommy conducted himself in his business.
Stephen has preached many a sermon on the kind of man Tommy was. On how a christian man should conduct himself in business and in his personal life. Tommy made a great impact on Stephen and so many others.
Tuesday night Tommy went to be with the Lord. It is such a sad time for his family and friends. He had such a great spirit and personality about him.
Stephen is going to Ft. Smith for the funeral. He and two other preachers that are all about the same age are going to preach it. Three young men that Tommy poured his life into are going to speak of his life today, and tell others that they can also live a life like Tommy and receive the ultimate reward when their life ends.
I'm staying home with the kids. Daniel is feeling better, but is still running a fever. Anna has an appointment this morning with the doctor. She has been complaining about her ear for a couple of days and is also running a fever. As much as I want to be with Stephen at the funeral. I know my place is home with my children.
It doesn't mean I'm not having a pity party though. Because I am. I'm cranky, crabby, and almost mad that I can't go. But as my friend Christy just told me in a text...suck it up and be a mom to your sick kids... Thats what friends are for right?! To remind us of our priorities and when they get shifted out of whack, a friend comes and whacks them right back into place!
That was the kind of man Tommy was. A friend. A wise friend.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I took him to the doctor this morning and he also has mono.
2 down, 2 to go!
Stephen had to be in Pine Bluff for a couple of meetings today, so in between the meetings he was able to take David to the dentist for me while I was at the doctor.
David did good at the dentist and I felt better that he wasn't alone. Not that he would have known he was alone. But I would have known and it would have made me a wee bit sad.
Thanks for your prayers and sweet comments. I'm hoping that Daniel begins feeling better and can be fever free by Saturday so that he can go to church camp on Monday. Pray with us please.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Fast forward to July 18. Daniel comes home from swimming all day and says he doesn't feel good. I take his temperature and its 101.8. He has a low body temperature so 101.8 was really high for him. He has since been complaining of a sore throat, headache and lack of energy.
Fast forward to July 19. Anna is running a low grade fever and has diarrhea.
Samuel is away for a couple of days with Stephen's parents. I'm praying he misses all the sickness.
We are all supposed to leave for church camp on Monday. We'll see!
I'll let you know what the doctor says about Daniel. I take him in the morning. I'm going to go ahead and have them see Anna too. All while David is at the dentist. Oh yes, the joys of mothering!!
But don't bother asking if I need help, I wouldn't trade this job for the world. And would you really want to ride in a van with 2 sick kids, 1 used-to-be-sick kid, and a mother? No, I didn't think so!!! HA!
I hope your day goes smoothly and that your family stays well for the rest of the summer. I hope that for me too!!!
We loved taking Henry to Texas and showing him what it is all about...oil and family. We took some fun photos in downtown Kilgore in the Texas size heat.
Henry loved looking at new things and posing for the camera. He is a ham.
He and his daddy are a silly pair and quite cute, if I must say so.
Henry in front of the oil derricks.
Henry loved bonding with his UD and grilling out under his peach trees.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Unusual Peach Cobbler
3/4 stick butter
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 large can peaches & juice
Melt butter; mix all ingredients except peaches. Pour over melted butter. Add peaches and spices (cinnamon & nutmeg). Bake for 45 minutes at 350.
This was my great-grandmother's recipe. I typed it just as it was written in her recipe file. My Granny was the best cook. I made this cobbler this week for Randall and it was as yummy as ever. I love making things she cooked. It makes the dishes so much sweeter!
Well, I guess Food Friday has to include something about this little foodie of mine. We found a new "dish" for Henry that is most yummy. My mother asked me if I let Henry eat the majority of it. Well, yes. I just took a bite or two and was blown away that something as simple and 48 cents could have that flavor. Broccoli and chicken is a new hit in the baby food section of our pantry. Henry is not a shy eater and he knows what he likes and dislikes and this made him smile. Such a funny boy!
Happy Food Friday!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This is when I want to stress but have to stop and laugh...silly boy! He pushed the sweet potato jar out of my hand and there you have it...all over the floor, cabinet and me. It even made it to the laundry doors behind me in this picture. It was everywhere. He just had that look of wonder and confusion on his face and could not understand why the feeding stopped and he kept barking for more. I must say that it was a cute mess!
This clean, happy face is what it is all about. When you look at this face you can tell he knows he is loved, cared for, cherished and I think you can even see some rottenness in this face. ha. He loves his duck bath tub our friend Cathy gave him at my FS shower last Fall. I know she smiles when she sees how much he loves sitting in it. The beak of the duck even quacks!
Having more time to spend with those who mean the most to us is making for the happiest of days this Summer. We are headed to the Lone Star state to see this sweet lady and her better half (my grandparents...and Julie's too) and I cannot wait to get in that kitchen with her and make something yummy!
What makes you happy this Summer?
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We started eating Granny Smith apples and caramel dip while watching ER and Chicago Hope on tv. Those were the days.
Now that we have children, we wait until they've gone to bed and then we eat.
We've eaten chocolate chip cookies, no bake cookies, fruit and fruit dip.
Lately, we've been eating popcorn (not microwaved! Coach Whitson taught me how to make popcorn on the stove many years ago, and I must say I'm pretty good at it!), and s'mores.
Man, I love a s'more!
I put a marshmallow on a graham cracker under the broiler and when it is nice and brown, I take it out , put the chocolate and cracker on top and man its good!!
I think they've made me sleep better lately.
How about you? Do you have bedtime snacks?
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
And I am late posting Henry's 7 month photo. He is taking part in Food Friday...he likes to eat his veggies and fruits so he can be in this Food Friday post, I reckon.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
So, all week I've been planning on taking the kids out to their garden to pick. Sounded like fun. Imagine the cute pictures of them kneeling by the pea plants smiling in the middle of the garden. Cute, precious.
Oh my word! We sweated, our necks and backs ached, three bumblebees accompanied me most of the time I was there. We saw nasty looking bugs, got stuck by thorny bushes, and our shoes. Well, they are very muddy.
I'm a city girl. I love country things. I love that I can have fresh tomatoes, corn, okra, and peas from a garden in my town if I just request it from a friend. But I do not like picking them myself.
(True confessions: I called Stephen to ask him what color the peas were supposed to be for us to pick. There were brown ones, purple ones and green ones. I had been told that these peas were a different color than the normal peas that are picked. So, I didn't really know. He told me to pick the purple ones, that brown ones were dead, and the green ones weren't ready. And if that wasn't enough, a few minutes later he drove up. To show me face-to-face what a ripe pea looked like. And then went back to the office. I just love that man!)
We didn't work long. Just a little over an hour. We picked quite a bit though. After everyone took their shoes off to get in the van, the kids told me thank you. They thanked me for taking them to pick peas. Unbelievable.
And when I was thinking about it on the way home I realized they never complained about the heat. They talked about how hot it was, but it wasn't complaining. I, on the other hand, was texting my friend Christy and complaining the whole time I was there.
It brings to mind Philippians 2:14 Do all things without complaining or grumbling... My children obeyed that verse but not me.
How about you? Are you picking veggies this summer?
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sunday I kept him home from the morning worship. Sunday night we were cooking out and playing games at church. He went for a couple of hours and then begged to come home. After we ate, he and I left the others and went home to rest. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be well-rested when this is all over.
Stephen's dad sent the kids money for fireworks. They each got to pick out what they wanted to buy with their money. Sunday night, we all gathered in the backyard and watched as each of the kids fireworks were blown up, popped, and set afire. Then we watched Stephen's fireworks. I think he got to spend more money then they did. His were bigger and brighter! But we had such a good time, in between swatting the mosquitos!
What did you do for the fourth?
Monday, July 5, 2010
They met up with all the man's work people
They missed the child
Last week Randall and I traveled to Minnesota for a company retreat. It was a nice change of pace. It was our first time to travel together without Henry. I willed him over to Juju for the week, after he had a brief stay with his Nana. I am so glad we have such sweet family who love our boy and take any opportunity to keep him for us. Sweetness.
Juju met us and handed over the baby boy. It was a struggle to have her give him up, but she did it and we were so very glad to see his sweet face. He heard our voices and went crazy. It was precious. Juju is a good second Mama. I willed her to him as I boarded the itty-bitty plane that took us to our little resort town in Minnesota. It sort of freaked me out so I texted her and said "Raise him well and tell him we love him!" ha.
After we got Henry loaded in the truck we headed to the Fort to see Marmie and the gang! Henry loved having his Marmie feed him Hawaiian Delight for the first time. She and Henry are quite the pair. He looks so much like her side of the family. They have an instant bond. I love it.