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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..

Friday, July 24, 2015

some good news to share

I do not usually watch the news that much, but I do catch the headlines before the main thing comes on I care to see... the weather... but I am kind of sad about all the stuff that has been happening here lately.... but that only means one thing.. and that is that JESUS IS COMING SOON!!
Everything in the news lately has been about hatred, violence, wrong doings, and wrong RULINGS.. but JESUS IS STILL KING !!! AMEN!!
I just want to share some good news from our family.. over the past month we have had our nephew come home from Cali and get married, a cousin , who we have prayed for a long time, accept Jesus into his life, and also we had a fabulous time on our annual family BEACH vacay.. also, we snuck in a little weekend getaway camping, I am happy to share this good news..also, I went to the doctor for a checkup, and my labs were okay, only one thing is still not like my doctor wants, but I am still working on improving that with diet, exercise, and a little white pill.. so I think when I go back in a month, it will be even better.. praise the Lord!!
here is some pics from the wedding, and our family camping trip, and beach vacay!!!
Lil d enjoying the water !!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ben's Graduation

 Our Bennie boy graduated saturday !!! It was a wonderful time!!
 family portrait minus a couple
Ben and Madison

we enjoyed watching these kids graduate, along with a few other people we knew. afterwards, was a time of making memories, taking graduation pics and spending time together as a family. I was having one of ''those days''.... Chris and I were talking on the way to gradution about how FAST our nephews and nieces have grown.. the kids are having kids... we are now great aunt and great uncle, thanks to ethan and hailey, and chelsea and kamran!!  Seeing ''your kids'' grow up is hard.. we say ''our kids'', because right now, they ARE our kids!!!!! It may be that the Lord does not bless us with children of our own.. but we STILL have our nephews and nieces to spoil...
We watched as the kids walked across the stage... this was it!! they made it!!! I was so proud... but I was really proud afterwards... Ben has a big heart and he blessed ours by reaching out to a dear classmate in need... That blessed my whole family.. I tell you.. you NEVER know what some people go through.. and when you think you have it hard.. look around...someone has it so much worse.. I left graduation with a beam of proudness.. proud that Ben let the Lord use him in a mighty way, and to show his example of Christian Love.. I also left with a heavy heart.. wondering what if??? I take SO much for granted.. I am thankful for EVERYTHING the Lord gives us EVERYDAY!!! He daily LOADS us with benefits.. we are so UNDESERVING!!!

Psalm 68:19King James Version (KJV)

19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

We were talking on the way home from graduation... I was saying how I really wonder if this crossed the graduates minds.... they just spent an hour and half with their classmates... and they WILL NEVER all be together again... What kind of impact did they have on each other?? What thing would they remember about one another???  The Lord spoke to my heart about taking things for granted... the little things that I EXPECT to always be there.. They could all be taken away in an instant!!!!! I am so thankful for a Christian family, and for parents who always made sure we did NOT do without!! I am thankful for the most simple things.. home, AIR, FOOD, water, power.. we take all of this for granted. I am so proud of the future that God has in store for Ben and also for Madison, his girlfriend.. who is already a huge part of our family. I just can't wait to see how God is going to use them....

John 15:7King James Version (KJV)

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Praying for the Will of God in their lives.. and I am praying too that the Lord will keep this dear classmate of theirs safe, and maybe through all of this the Light of Jesus continues to shine around this young boy..
When you have a chance.. make a choice to make a difference.. you NEVER know what will become of it.. Live every second.. because you never know what tomorrow holds... we are Still Blessed!! 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Unanswered Prayers

You pray and pray.. sometimes, with a  gut feeling that you know that God SURELY will answer your prayers. You can see what you ask for just right around the corner.. It is in plain sight.. but then, it grows dim.. He removes it '' from our vision''. Then, you take it as '' NOT NOW.'' When God says NO, He has a plan as to why HE says NO.. It could be because of something better, something that YOU think is a good thing, it turns out to NOT be a good thing.

Over the past few months, my family and I prayed, that if it be His will, for my sister to be cancer free, that He would allow it. He chose to answer our prayer. So glad that we can say this... but what if He had not.. We still would have prayed right, cause we wanted it to be the Lord's will for my sis. If He would have chose NOT to heal her, it would have been hard, but we still would know it was not His will to do so.. and would have moved forward as a family. As hard as it could be, we would have to accept HIS will, and move forward with the next step, but I am so glad He chose to answer our prayers.

I know when you see this,it seems kind of  crazy..
But do you have unanswered prayers??? Have you prayed for something and you have NOT got an answer from God yet?? It is hard.. but very easy to give up and say you are not going to pray about it any more, but really, it is all in God's time. God knows exactly WHAT you need, WHEN you need it. His timing is perfect.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in His time......

Lord, protect me from the things I want, IF they are NOT in accordance with YOUR will.

This is a hard pill to swallow sometime.. We tend to make promises to God, if He gives us something, we will do this or do that... That does not work that way. He does not owe us anything, and EVERYTHING we get is from Him. We need to appreciate his shield of protection. The things we really desire could be ''harmful'' to us in the future.  We need to trust Him in EVERY thing.
I have prayed for something specific since January. I have asked the Lord to provide something for me and my family, He has not answered yet.. but I am still going to pray for it. I am thankful for Unanswered Prayers. I prayed for something specific a while back, and He chose to NOT ANSWER, but boy, am I glad He did NOT.. I can see ,  now, His plan unfolding.. and I now, know WHY He did NOT answer!!!! It was for my good, and for HIS glory!!!!
Never give up hope!! The most amazing thing in life can happen when YOU are just about to give up hope...
Sometimes we pray harder, when it is really hard to pray.. We pray and want the Lord to answer, and then He has not, and we pray harder.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving; let your requests be known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth   all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Be THANKFUL when someone says they are praying for you!!!!
When someone says they are praying for you, you should NEVER just blow it off like, ok.. whatever.. If they are praying for you, be thankful God laid you on this person's heart to pray for you for a reason. I don't know about you, but I need a wall of prayer surrounding me!!!!. That is another prayer prayed for you, and another  prayer that could be answered for His Glory. If someone prays for you, it is for a reason. It could be for a health issue, it could be for a financial issue,a change of heart and attitude toward someone, a prayer regarding the will of God for your life... I am thankful for the people that are praying for me and family... I am thinking of one lady right now, who tells me she is praying for me and my family. She tells me this EVERY time she sees me... That is such an encouragement.. an encouragement  to know that she LOVES AND CARES for us, and is concerned.. That says A LOT about this woman. Oh and by the way, she prayed for this same thing with her family for over 20 years.. and God finally answered her prayer, so I am thankful she prays for us!!!

I'll pray for you, you pray for me, and together we'll touch Heaven from our knees, ANYTHING can happen, in HIS name, if we agree, I'll pray for you, you pray for me!!!
If you have  prayers that you are praying, don't give up.  It could be an '' UNANSWERED PRAYER''... and if HE chooses not to answer  this.. it is ok.. why?? because HE is STILL GOD, and He is STILL good.