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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring into CAMPING


TIME TO  spring into camping!!!

the trees are so beautiful, budding out and all, and the flowers too, and the pretty, green grass, but that pollen... it is not so pretty!! it has had me tore up!!, and that devilish purple stuff from the trees hanging..... wisteria... wisteria... it just sounds bad.. it does not like me at all.. but that;s ok.. the feeling is MUTUAL!!!!!!

i have been to the doctor twice in the past week. i have a double ear infection.. i have been on 2 different meds, and they are/have been making me real sick!!! I am feeling a lot better. we had our annual kick off to spring and the camping season this past weekend. we ended up at one of our favorite destinations.we love to go to this place. it is not too far away. we took the camper and the boat. it is so fun fishing with my sweetie!! he gets all excited for me when i catch fish!! and that makes me happy. we had a great time. it was a little cool it rained on thursday night, but we had so much fun, camping, fishing, and eating yummy food, reading, hanging some new organizing things inside the camper. we had some company on friday night. we had my niece and her fiance for a steak dinner.. we had a great time chillaxing with them and started talking about the planning of the wedding soon.. i can't wait for this wedding. it is gonna be so pretty.. it makes me so happy to know she is finally happy!!!

 our company.. we love good company, they came for a yummy steak!!
 the view across the lake on thursday. it was cloudy!!

 the trees at the water's edge.. in full bloom!!

 the green grass at the campground!!

 grilling and chillin
yummy grilled corn, bbq chicken, and rice, bbq bread!! yumm!!

a beautiful sunny, but cool day on the water
love these trees across the lake
I caught a small one..
the water was calm
me and my sweetie
the geese are so pretty
taking a saturday selfie
our dinner dates! yummy steak dinner!
AND I  caught another ONE.. A 2
looking forward to camping this year, and all the fun things we have planned !! we love to make memories with our family!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Breakfast Skillet

Every now and then, I see something on tv, advertising a certain product, this time it was the  ''simply potatoes''.. I get ideas that start spinning in my head..'' I would like to try that with this,''... I start thinking of different things to add or take away to make it my own. A few weeks ago, I had some time off and it was during the big snow..haha    the big snow that was gone by the next day!!! It sure was pretty while it lasted!!  I experimented in the kitchen a little.. I tried a new breakfast skillet.. I really liked it, and so did hubby. I served it with a side of bacon, but already have a new version for the next one...( haha) and I ate mine with a side of gave it a great added taste..


 1 bag of shredded hashbrowns
1 bag of sharp shredded cheddar cheese
6 eggs or 6 egg beaters (either one)
oil for the skillet

 heat enough oil to coat the skillet, add the potatoes.. (I added almost the whole bag).. let cook for about 6-8 minutes.. then flip in sections, and cook the other side for 6-8 minutes.

 after the second side is done, beat the 6 eggs, and pour on top of potatoes.

 let the eggs cook, add salt and pepper to taste at this time.

 when the eggs start to pull away from the side of the pan, scatter the cheese.
 this is when I like to see it get all melted and yummy looking!!!

 this is the final product!!!! It was so good.. next time I would like to add monterey jack cheese, diced ham, or the real bacon pieces, sauteed onion, and peppers.. mmmmm! It kind of reminds me of Waffle House scattered, covered, smothered.. you know!!! I also think this would be great when you have breakfast for supper, we love to do that !!!!
then it was time to go play in the pretty snow before it all melted !!!!!

Friday, February 20, 2015


WINTER BLAHS...... yes, I have them..

It seems as if this winter is lasting forever.. we have had some crazy winter weather lately, with a mixture of a little snow, a pinch of sleet, and a good bit of ice for our area. When this happens, our area really goes bizzerk.. we don't know how to make it.. I know the yankees laugh at us, because it is really nothing to them, but alot to us. I am ready for warmer weather.. We have a lot of fun things planned, and some home improvements too all ready to do when warmer weather comes!!!!!!!! Bring it, SPRING!!!!

I had to spend the night at my work on monday night.. that was very interesting to say the least. we had a pretty fun time though.. after I got to sleep finally, it really was not too bad. But I must say , after Tuesday was over with, I was ready to be HOME, TOGETHER with my hubby.  Last week was my birthday. Hubby told me to get ready, he had a special place reserved for our supper. We traveled to Charlotte for the evening. We had a delicious meal at Ruth's Chris steakhouse. It was very good, and the sweet potato casserole was awesome too.. We were both off for Valentine's Day, and had made plans a while back to attend a play. It was a very fun and moving play. The Gospel was presented in a great and unique way. We finished it up with a yummy bbq supper at one of hubby's favorite places, and did a little shopping... We had so much fun just being together..

Family time is important, and being with your friends too is important. We love to get together to celebrate birthdays, or just to hang out to catch up on what's been going on!! I look forward to doing that tonight!!!! We have a youth activity planned saturday.. it is going to be really fun, looking forward to that.
Next week, my sis has another chemo treatment.. Please continue to pray as she goes through with it. I just hope she does not get sick.. The last treatment was so good, it was almost as if she never had one!!! Praise the Lord!! We are so ready for all of them to be over.. We are ready to get away for some TOGETHER time as a FAMILY.!!!    Have fun being TOGETHER with your loved ones, and *LIVE EVERY SECOND*.

Monday, February 2, 2015

press on

january is already gone!!! can you believe it?? it was a fun month but also a busy one too. getting over the holidays, putting up the holiday decor.. it seems like it is a time to get organized more... i have found a few new things that i am experimenting with.. i am loving them and have learned that making changes for the better is not always bad... and i do not adapt with change well at all..
some things are already behind us this year!! and boy, am i glad!!! i have learned so much over the past few months and i am thrilled with results that i am seeing!!i think my family as a whole is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel..!!!!!! only a few more treatments for my sis, and we hope all of this chemo stuff is gone bye bye!! she had such a good week last week. we were able to do a little shopping, eat a good meal, ( and let me say she cleaned her plate).. and get pedicures together!!!!!!!!! just whatever makes her feel good and special.. that works for me.. she is pressing on!!
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
sometimes, we seek God as to where He is when things arise. one thing I have to remind myself of is.. HE IS NOT IN HIDING.. He is there ALL the time.. just wanting us and waiting for us. that's why it is important to seek Him in ALL things!!sometimes, when certain things happen, it is so easy to question God.. Why?? how?? where now?? what if?? And we also wonder why He does things in such a way that we do not understand.. then I am reminded..''His ways.. not MY ways.'' I think this can be an opportunity for GROWTH and MATURITY!!!!!!! He can use things that we do not understand, to teach us and show us to PRESS ON for Him.This is our high calling for Him. In the long run, it can be that the Lord puts on display for Him.. for the Lord to show EVERYONE His goodness and mercy..
Over the past few months, I have learned a lot. I have had to do what the Bible says about ''forgetting those things'' I have learned that sometimes God says no.. but teaches us to PRESS ON.. I have learned that it can be hard to see a future view of things..only God knows the future and what it holds.. we just have to PRESS ON for Him.. We can find the strength to press on through Him.. by prayer, reading, and depending on the promise of HIM NEVER FAILING US, when it seems like there is no one else to really understand our true feelings!!
Things and THOUGHTS can posess us IF WE LET THEM.. Sometimes, this can lead to bitter thoughts... be honest with yourself.. you know you have been there!! Bitterness can and WILL destroy you IF you let it!!! I really feel we will be judged for things we let posess us.. and this is NOT ALWAYS material things!! just sayin!!If I dwell on WHY certain things happen, it can  control my actions.. actions I may have towards other people, places , or things !!!! lol.. you get it??!!i am PRESSING ON!! When these things happen, when we deal with those things, it can and will make us more in harmony with Him, and let us PRESS ON and depend on Him like never before!!
My heart is pressing on today!!

***If you only walk on sunny days, you will NEVER reach your destination.***

Thursday, January 22, 2015

what's going on

we had a fun past few days. we went on our annual new year's trip to the mountains. every year , my whole family is invited we had such BEAUTIFUL weather!! it was in the high 60's all 4 days.. one day it got to 68 degrees!! i was so excited!!.. my sister was hoping to get to go with us this year. she had her 3rd treatment a few days before we were to leave. she did not get to go.. but thats ok.. we are planning another weekend trip soon. we had my other sis and her son to go with us.. we had a blast.. we did all kinds of things... watched a movie, ate , laughed, had jacuzzi time, ate, shopped, and dropped... ate, played cards... you get the picture i am sure.. she and my hubby made fun of me.. we went to an arcade... i TOTALLY love skeeball... i will have one in my basement if i can ever find one real cheap.. anyway, i won 10,000 points twice.. this is the grand total on a skee ball machine.. i let out the biggest whooooooo!!!! ever!!!! while jumping up and down.. i felt like i had just won a car on the price is right!!!! they just laughed and laughed and then kind of was like.. really??? i could not help it.. i was excited!!  we had a great time and look forward every year to it when it comes around.. my mama usually goes too, but she stayed home to take my sis to her appt. to get blood and fluids.. we really did miss her too!!!!

 my sis, lorieann and my nephew, drake

me and my sweet hubby

hubby saw that it was gonna warm when we returned home.. so.. his fishing itch started .. he got it really bad.. not counting that he got some new fishing stuff at bass pro that he just HAD to try out.. we went on a fishing date this afternoon.. we had only 2 bites,, and did not catch anything, but we had a great time!!! it was so fun!!!
tomorrow is his birthday !!! love our sweet times together!!
we are looking forward to seeing what new things the Lord has in in store for us this year.. as i said last year, we had a few bumps in the road last year, and was uncertain of a lot of things, we  went on.. trusting God.. that has NOT changed.. we are trusting Him to bring us through together as a family!! that's what is going on right now!!   Proverbs 3: 5-6

Monday, January 12, 2015

NOTICE the little stuff

I am a little tired tonight.. Seems like life has been such a whirlwind over the past few days. We had a week long revival that I so DESPERATELY needed. I got to come 3 out of 5 nights. It was great, and seemed like every message was just right on time. We had a funeral at Church yesterday.. A dear man had been in an out of the hospital for a while, on and off the vent, and just got to where he just could not breathe.. HE is so much better NOW.. safe with his Savior...

Sometimes, little things happen to us. This could be a gesture, and kind thing done by someone for you, a word said to you that was right on time.. THESE things are small things, but are HUGE.. We need to realize they happen for a reason.. It is when God gets our attention by allowing this particular thing to happen, sometimes to show His faithfulness, and for us to TRUST in Him... HE wants us to.. We can fight and try things the way WE want, but in the end, HE has everything in the palm of His hand... It is really foggy tonight... It was a rough ride home. It reminded me of how when we do things our own way, and a cloud of ''I CAN HANDLE THIS ON MY OWN'' hangs over our path.. We push and scramble around to plow through that cloud... Sometimes, it is a DARK, LONELY, CLOUD... but we can push through the cloud, and on the other side is bright, beautiful, AND clear.. CRYSTAL CLEAR.. with God's help, and we trust in Him to handle every situation.
My sis goes Friday for her 3rd and HOPEFULLY FINAL Cancer cell treatment... We are praying that when they do the scan after a few days, they will say that it has helped and she needs NO more.. WE are pushing through the cloud and seeing the bright sunshine... The Lord knows what the outcome of this whole situation is..
So, tonight I am reflecting on the little things.. The SIMPLE , little things that I take for granted..I want to look up to Him and see that the little things that mean so much, look down at the things and people around me that I think are here FOREVER, and they are not, the rain that God has blessed us with today, and look FORWARD to the future of a better tomorrow, and even backward, at what the Lord has done specifically for me today. Right now, I am thinking of SAFETY to and from today!!!!. Some things I had on my mind today, He sends different people along my way, and things they say, or just a simple, ''I am praying for your family.'', means SO MUCH!! It is when you notice the little stuff, and are thankful, and know that God is there sending that ''little stuff'' your way, makes every thing a little better.. One last thought that came across my mind today was IF the many ''little things'' that came to me today, only happen once in my lifetime, would I know them and appreciate them more??????? Some of these could be a smile,a word said, and huge belly laugh, (had one of those today) a kind word of encouragement, a simple talk about a dear coworker's dad who was given only 2 weeks to live as of yesterday........................ The answer is a definite YES!!! Take time out NOW to notice the little stuff !!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


I know it has been a while since I have posted on here. Alot has been going on in our lives. We feel like we are on a rushing roller coaster.... I can not believe that Christmas has came and went byebye!! We had a very full schedule during this holiday season. We had Thanksgiving, AND my sister had some surgery done. We got it all done and over with and the Doctor wanted her to still do some Chemo. She has had 2 treatments so far.. She has had some sickness with them, but overall, I think she is a real trooper. She is a STRONG AND CARING person and that makes her so special. I know like many, so many people ask why??? WHY NOW?? Her son is a senior in high school getting ready to go to college, her grandaughter is about to be a year old.. but she is a fighter. The Lord KNEW ALL about this long before she was ever born and knows the outcome of all.. She has made it through Christmas day without any sickness, and to me, that MADE my Christmas. If I did not get any thing else, that was all I needed... to God I give the praise. He answers prayer!!!
The new year is here and I cant wait to see what the LORD has in store for our family!!

Another thing that happened during the holiday season was our nephew, DEVIN, graduated from USMC boot camp. He recieved a special award as being the top shooter of his company,MIKE. We as a family loaded up and headed down to Parris Island to spend some days with him on base as he graduated!! It was so fun and full of emotion, excitement, and beamed with a lot of proudness!!! He was great, and the ceremony was great also.

We still hold our annual tradition at Christmas Time. We go somewhere special as a family, whether it be all or some of us, and go to eat a good meal, and then to a special Christmas outing. This year's choice was at a botanical garden with a display of their Christmas lights. It was very pretty. This year, it was my mama,sis, hubby, and me.

Another great thing that happened during this same week , was my niece, Corrie, got engaged!!! She has found who her soul loveth!!! They make a great couple and we look forward to this special time in their lives. It is so fun to see your ''kids'' grow up and reach that next step in their lives!! I have some pics of the ring, I will share later.
SO.. 2015 is almost here. I ask myself this question.... WHAT are you going to do differently in 2015 that you didn't do in 2014? One thing I will do is make BETTER choices. This includes Alot of different things. Another thing is have MORE sister time. I love my two sisters and NEVER want to take them for granted. Thirdly. I want to spend more time in devotion and less time on Facebook!! This is one thing I will definately do, because I am getting tired of all the drama.. I am getting too old for it...haha!! And, I am praying hard like never before for lost family members.. I know God has a plan and I can not wait to see what it is..  Until then, Chris and I are living EVERY second, still blessed. Happy New Year and may God richly overflow you with blessings in 2015.