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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Live Life in FULL Bloom

Everything is great around here.  We are so busy,  but it is good.  We have been busy with bridal showers for our niece, Corrie,  who is getting married to Kevin  on June 11th.  We are having a lot of fun,  preparing for the big day,  and also,  they are building a house.  It is a great thing.  The Lord gives our family so much,  we are so undeserving.  He is so faithful. We are so overwhelmed  and happy to see what He is doing and how He is blessing this couple already!!!
the front of their gorgeous home
the living area of their home

We just returned from the annual Teen Camp meeting in Murfreesboro, TN.  We look forward to this meeting every year.  I was so ready to go this year.  I needed the break away from the every day rut,  and I needed to be around my Christian friends, and hear some good messages from God's men.  It was a wonderful time of fun, and great food, fellowship,  and great spiritual food too as well. It was a great meeting,  Sunday,  back home at Church. .I always look forward to hearing what the teens got from the meeting. I  must admit,  I was a little discouraged at first this year.  A lot has changed in a year's time.  But at the end of the meetings,  I became more encouraged, to go on, and live life in FULL bloom.
my Pastor preaching in the camp meeting
me and my buddy hubby

That leads me to the main point of this post.  I really do love Spring time.  It is amazing to see every day,  more and more blooms on the trees.  It is a picture of  God's hand,  and how He really does control EVERY detail of our life.
I love to take pics of the new "life" we see every year when everything is blooming.
Live life in full bloom... Bloom where you are planted. ..
This means so much to me. I want to always do what the Lord wants me to do. I feel so undeserving that He would use my life to bless others,  but it is a true blessing!  I want to be used wherever God wants me to be used. . Just as God controls every little bud that  He produces beautiful flowers, trees,  and fruit. HE controls every little detail of mine and your life. . It gets hard and rough sometimes,  and people can be so rude, and things don't go as you plan, but remember that He knows what is best, and can make something beautiful of your life.
This is so very true!
''Life's field  will yield as we make it,  A harvest of thorns or of flowers! '' - J.Goethe
I want a huge harvest of flowers, not thorns!!! :)
this bush is so bright and pretty
the Azaleas blooming in my front yard against the house
pansies and tulips in the park
this is such a unique tree.. it is beautiful and my favorite color
love this tree and the colors are so pretty!
Live life in FULL bloom!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sunshine is back

HE put this sunshine over my shoulder.. just for ME!!

the warmer weather is here this week.. I have so enjoyed being able to walk around outside and feel and see the beautiful sunshine!!!! It only means that SPRING is almost here!! I am excited about the time change that will happen this weekend!! I love being able to come home to a little bit of daylight left.. We can do more things outside... and ready to gear up for this year's camping and fishing season..!!!!!

The change of seasons is something that has always fascinated me... I know it is all the LORD..but simple things that seem so little... like walking into work, and hearing the sweet, little birds just chirping away, and yet, the day is just breaking.... and the sky.. let me just say, ( just in case you have never really I am really into the sun.. sunsets mainly.. but I do love those sunrises.. lol.. I just don't get around to seeing them as  I am so into how the sun sets.. It really is amazing to watch.. The colors, the sky afterwards... the beauty of God.. is just breathtaking!!
 This was taken at the lake last may.. It was a beautiful end to a beautiful day!!!!

When I see things this beautiful, I think of a lot of different things.. But one thing that hits home to me, is just how POWERFUL God really is. The CREATOR, the FINISHER, the TRUE GOD!!  I love it when He speaks through nature... The end of a perfect day, with a promise of '' I am in control!""  When all these certain people want to prove that God does NOT exist...all they really need to do is look up.. 
''Every sunrise can give us Hope, but every sunset gives us Peace."
We had one of those ''spur of the moment days'', the other day.. Hubby comes home and says for me to get ready.. get ready to go on a little day road trip....''ok, I said!'' So, we got in the car and took a long country road.... a long, bumpy, BUMPY, country road...... to a bait and tackle shop he goes to, when he goes on the men's fishing trip.... We have an upcoming fishing/camping  trip planned, and we needed some things, so , we went.. and then traveled back and stopped for a late lunch at one of our favorite places... Culver's... We tried Culver's in florida last year on vacay for the first time.... we drove by and I said,''that is a new place, it looks good''.. so, we tried it.. needless to say, we went back 5 times in 14 days........ I know.. that is crazy.. but DO NOT knock it till you try it.... the custard is simply delish!!! My point is, We just love those spontaneous trips down those country roads.. even if they are rough.... lol  we still had fun, just being together... and admiring the beauty of the Lord..

Psalm 36:5King James Version (KJV)

Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

God is faithful.. He is faithful to bless us with TIME. Time we take for granted, time we need for healing, time we need with each other.  When I look at the clouds and sun, it reminds me also of the promise of Heaven!! Thankful for this today! It is really hard to even think about, but if the sun and clouds can be so beautiful down here.. think about the beauty of Heaven. WOW!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


As Christians,  we are to rejoice.  Rejoice in the good times,  even rejoice in the bad times. We don't need to be anxious as to why things happen,  but in these certain times,  let YOUR requests be made unto God. 

COLOSSIANS3: 16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Even IN the biggest problems we face, we can go to Him and pour our hearts to Him, and know that He is working them for OUR good and for HIS glory. Then, as the scripture says, fill our minds with Psalms and hymns , singing unto the Lord. sing..sing sing.. to the top of your lungs if you have to... to me, that is giving Him glory, not only for what He has done, but going ahead and doing it for what HE IS GOING TO DO IN THE FUTURE.
Our minds can get the best of us ,if we let it. I fight the '''what if's'' ,ALOT! But, I have to say, that over the past year, I have learned to depend on Jesus like NEVER before... Sometimes, it does take certain trials to get you where you need to be. It takes them for God to mold you, and make you BETTER for Him.. No, I know I am not perfect, but I am forgiven, and that is really ALL that matters .A year ago this week, I was so downhearted.. I really was uncertain of what was going to happen... My sis was had just finished up all of her chemo treatments, and we were playing the waiting game, as a family..... I, personally, had just recently been faced with a true, discouraging time. I was lonely, and really confused, and a little, no ALOT hurt.. but I knew that God would see me through. When it seems that you have NO one sometime, and stuff gets thrown in your face, it is really hard to keep on keeping on, but you have too.... so,  I made up my mind that I would just go on and trust Him, and not worry about things I had done or things I could not change, but to go on for Him.I am so thankful, cause it has helped me draw closer to Him, and also, I can rejoice in the fact that a year later, I have learned that JESUS is really all that matters, and these little things that I think do, DON'T!!!!!!!! I don't have to try to be anybody but MYSELF, and to worry about what God thinks about me, and to have a forgiving heart, and let GOD deal with those who still hold stuff against you, or still may need to forgive you in their heart. This is true biblical repentance.

Colossians 3:13King James Version (KJV)

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

  And also, after all the chemo treatments, and all that my sis had been through, she is still cancer free..
. THAT IS SOMETHING TO REJOICE ABOUT..and I can rejoice too, because God brought me through a valley of uncertainty, a valley of confusion, a valley of  a broken heart. It has brought more Positive things in my life and made me dwell less on the negative, and things I know I can not change, the LORD can and will take care of that .... and showed me that I can do more, and be a better Christian for His good and for His glory. It took these certain things to really learn something.. and that is to  REJOICE in the POSITIVE and the NEGATIVE things , God will give you the victory. Thankful I can rejoice today.. I am rejoicing!!! His love NEVER FAILS!!


rejoicing as a family!!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Catching up and God's GRACE

I know it has been quite some time since I have updated on  here.. I do apoligize.. I do know I have some people that follow me on here and our happenings... I do thank you for taking your time out to read this blog.. We have had A LOT that has been going on over the past few months.. We have had the holidays, and my parents celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary, and My cousin, Gary, passed away with cancer, and then another blow, my aunt, fell and broke her hip on Christmas night...I am pleased to say she is doing MUCH better, and is recovering well... AND my nephew broke his foot while playing basketball in school..whew, I am tired... lol     The GRACE OF GOD has helped us over the past few months for sure......

My family and I, last year had planned our annual trip to the mountains after the holidays. We all were planning to go, my sis, angie, had a treatment at the beginning of that week, and was feeling pretty crummy by the end of that week, we were supposed to leave, so she and my mom did not get to go....... but THIS YEAR THEY DID....  SHE beat Cancer with the GRACE OF GOD!!!
We were able to go this year, along with them, and my other sis , and my nephew and his wife, and baby girl, Lil d. We had such a fun time, and it snowed while we there.. We had fun, laid back, just ''catching our breath'', relaxing by the fire, curled up, eating Krispy Kreme,(LOL), and watching movies... nonstop.. It was awesome.. Then, we would pack up, hit the town, shopping till we were dropping......literally!!!!!!!  We caught some great sales, and ate some yummy food, AND to top it off, went to eat at my friend, Paula Deen's.... it was fun, and a yummy treat!! We have been to her places in Savannah, The Lady and Sons, and Uncle Bubba's, but never to her place in Pigeon Forge.... We had a great time, and stayed in two really nice cabins... why 2 you might ask?? the first was where we had planned to stay the whole time, it is on top of a mountain, literally.... the forecast for snow was pretty definate, so we were at the cabin with already around 1 1/2 inches... and the owners called and told us that they were expecting more snow, and we would not be able to get back to our cabin, if we left to go anywhere... so they opted for us to move down to another cabin.. lower to where we could at least get out and about... SO WE DID... best decision we made.... The GRACE OF GOD helped us with this too...
all bundled up and ready for gatlinburg
 all the ladies
 my sis angie who looks AMAZING in this pic
 enjoying a great meal at Paula Deen's
 here we go a cooking, and one
 the gorgeous view from the upstairs of the cabin
my nephew and his family
   AND we got home safe and was just home barely before we got the same snow at our home..... it was the first of 2016!! and beautiful!!
 out and about to see the snow
 the beautiful snow
a beautiful view through town
The GRACE OF GOD..... it really is AMAZING.....  I have been studying on grace over the past few days in my devotions... and to sum it all up.. basically, all I can say is HE gives it even though we are SO VERY UNDESERVING!!!!!!!

2 Corinthians 12:9King James Version (KJV)

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon ME.
According to this verse, it is ENOUGH...Even when I am weak, and don't understand why I feel bad, or when I don't understand why ''certain people'' act a certain way toward me, or when family sometimes do bad things to you, and yet when they say'' I AM SORRY'' over and over AGAIN, but yet still continue... IT IS OK.. cause the GRACE OF GOD will see me through, and His power is ENOUGH to get me through.. when I am weak.. HE IS STRONG, AND I can get by and do the things in Life I know HE wants me to do and to use me to do for HIM..  
I have set aside some things that I know I would like to do or have, but can not do them without His GRACE!! Praying today to give my goals over to Him, and HE will help me achieve MY GRACE GOALS......   

Receive Grace,GIVE Grace, and Live Grace!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pizza Dip

Ok. .. so I get in these moods where I just love to snack,  and cook, and eat... This week, I told the girls at work, I wanted to plan a dip party. They agreed it was a great idea. Everyone brings a dip, and whatever cracker or chip they wish to dip it with.
We had all kinds of different ones.. crab taco, corn,  guacamole,  hot apple,  cream cheese,  pizza,  and a fav of mine.. cake batter dip. I found the cake batter one on Pinterest.  It was a big hit!
All of them were Delicious,   it was very fun. I made the pizza dip also..
I told them I would share the recipe.  My aunt gave it to my mom, who  then gave it to me..
Here goes!
1 8 oz. Chives and onion spreadable cream cheese
1/2 cup of pizza sauce
1/2 cup of bell pepper
1 cup of shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup of chopped pepperoni
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
Layer all ingredients as listed above in a 1 1/2 quart baking dish, ungreased.  Top with some pepperoni.  Bake at 350 degrees  for about 25 minutes or until  the chesses become bubbly.
Serve with bagel chips or tortilla chips.
This is a wonderful dish to take to any holiday party,  and a great appetizer!
:) *; )

Hello Fall

So, fall is here!  Time for camp fires, apples, and beautiful leaves.  We have had a busy October.  Got to go to Destin for 2 weeks for our Anniversary.  IT WAS A BLAST ! we went fishing on the pier,  deep sea fishing, flea markets,  produce stands, and spent some quality time on the beach! :)  We took some great pics!
After a few weeks of being home. We took the Senior Adults on a lake fun day followed by a fish dinner.  It was a wonderful time, and we took a boat ride around the lake to view the leaves. What a blessing too to pull up and see my cousin. Gary,  who is battling cancer there waiting on us. Day was made!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bye Bye Summer

I really do love summer time.. I love the warm weather, pool days, watermelon, fresh veggies from the garden... ALL of these things are so great, but my FAVORITE time of the year starts September 23rd....... THE FIRST DAY OF FALL.. 22 MORE DAYS AWAY.
I love the crisp air, the smells of fall, yummy soups and warm comfort food, the beautiful changing of the leaves, and of course, it is the time for our ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY TRIP... so looking forward to it this year!!!!!
We recently was blessed to spend some family time, going to the water park, and camping with some of our family. We were also blessed with a free trip to the race in Bristol. This included tickets to the race,and a hospitality pack from Auto Zone. We got to meet Joey Lagano, and got to see some beautiful things. The race was awesome too..