Count Your Blessings

Tonight, after I got home from leading a Weight Watchers meeting, I had to cook dinner for my family.  After that, I had to clean the dishes, load the dishwasher.  I had to get my kids ready for bed. I had to help my daughter brush her teeth.  I had to tuck them in.  I had to sweep the kitchen floor…it was dirty, even though I had just swept it this morning.  I had to do some laundry.

Tonight was a normal, Monday evening.  Nothing I did was exceptional.  These are typical housewife/stay at home mom type duties that some may feel are mundane.  Boring even.

However, in my home state, there’s a mother who couldn’t make dinner for her family.  She couldn’t put up leftovers or load the dishwasher.  She couldn’t get her kids ready for bed or brush their teeth or tuck them in.  She couldn’t sweep her floor or do laundry.  She couldn’t do any of this because she has no home.  This morning, she did.  Now…nothing.

Oklahoma was hit by a devastating tornado this afternoon.  I have experienced a large tornado.  In 1999, on May 3rd, the same town, Moore, Oklahoma, was hit by a huge tornado.  Hundreds experienced damages, losses of homes and more tragically, losses of life.  

The early news reports are that today’s tornado was 3 times more destructive that the 1999 tornado.  I can’t even begin to imagine that it could be worse that what I saw 14 years ago.  One thing that has stuck out to me is a nightmare no parent wants to ever experience.  Two elementary schools were hit by the tornado.  Both schools were completely demolished.  One school’s students were fortunate enough to have all children safe and accounted for.  The other school did not fare as well.  The latest I’ve heard is that at least 7 children were counted as fatalities at that school.  

My heart breaks for those parents.  My prayers go out to them.  I can’t imagine what they’ll have to face in the days, weeks,  months & years to come.  

I hugged my children a lot tighter tonight.  I told them I loved them more often.  When they were being loud and running around, I didn’t stop them.  It didn’t seem like such a big chore to cook them dinner.  I was happy I had a kitchen to clean.  I was thrilled I had a floor to sweep and laundry to wash.  I am blessed that I have 2 wonderful children to hug and tuck into bed…to kiss them on the forehead and wish them sweet dreams.  

In our day to day life, please remember what’s truly important.  Remember that it can all be gone in a split second.  Our lives here are short.  It’s easy to get hung up on small, petty things.  Let’s not waste our energy and efforts on those things.  Let’s look beyond this life to what lies in front of us.  A place where there are no tears, no suffering and no tornadoes.

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  James 4:14

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Beware Of The Zombies!!!!

Tonight, I found myself in a quiet house by 9:00 p.m.  My hubby & son had gotten up super early this morning for the last hunt of spring turkey season.  Unfortunately for them, it rained on and off all morning long, so they were unsuccessful.  However, I have learned that nothing helps an 8 year old sleep better than getting him up at 5 a.m.!  He was out less than 15 minutes after going to bed.

Well, for a bit, I read on my Kindle and then turned on the TV.  I was pursuing the channels when I found a new “documentary” called “Surviving Zombies”.   Immediately following it is another show called “Zombie Preppers”.  Each show’s premise is basically people building shelters or bunkers to prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse.  

Now, I find it very hard to believe that there is not one, but two shows where people, seemingly serious, are preparing for this.  I posted something about this on my Facebook status and had several responses…mainly agreeing with my point of view or “liking” my statement.

Then, I started thinking…how can people believe in the zombie apocalypse??  First of all, how do they believe in zombies in the first place?  To my knowledge, there has been no documented proof that they even exist.  Then, I thought…how can some people NOT believe in God or the Bible, when we have lots of proof that both exist and are true.  

I know some wonder how you can prove God’s existence.  You can’t see Him.  You can’t hear Him.  You can’t experience Him.  He’s not tangible.  Well, I have to disagree with those statements.  I see Him every day.  I see Him in the morning when I look at my children.  I see Him on the way to taking my son to school in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.  I hear Him when my son prays at night.  I experience Him when I see Him working in my life.  All you have to do is look around you.  God is everywhere.  

Then, I wondered…people who build these bunkers are putting a lot of time, effort and money into preparing for something that is never going to happen.   What effort are we putting into preparing ourselves for Jesus’ second coming?  We know this is going to happen someday, because we were told it would.  

“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  John 14:2-3.  

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on guard!  Be alert!  You do now know when that time will come.”  Mark 13:32-33.

I may find it ridiculous that people buy into the idea of zombies or the zombie apocalypse, but  what does it say about me when I don’t take Jesus’ second coming as seriously as I should…because I KNOW it will happen.  No second guessing…no theory…no fairy tale belief here.  It WILL happen

So, instead of being a Zombie Prepper or Domesday Prepper, we should focus on being Jesus Preppers.  Focus on those things that really matter.  Help your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors become Preppers of the truth!! 

Happy (Late) Mother’s Day

Hello all!!  I have really been slacking on the blog side of things lately.  I have a couple of excuses reasons.  First of all, I’ve been pretty busy with cakes…mainly baby shower cakes.  We have several ladies at the church who are expecting (which is very exciting) and we’ve had baby showers almost every week.  Here’s my latest cake:

ImageIt’s been interesting.  I’ve made a monkey cake, a jungle cake and now an elephant cake. I haven’t looked at baby stuff in a while, but I’m guess jungle/safari nurseries are pretty popular right now.

So, I want to wish all mothers out there a happy belated Mother’s Day.  On my side, I had a wonderful one. My family took me out to eat & then we went to Sweet Frog for some yogurt (Yum-O!!).  Then, we came home and just relaxed.  The day before, our local Chick-fil-a had a Mother/Daughter Tea.

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ImageWe had a lot of fun.  They served us a lovely breakfast (can you believe I have never had a chicken biscuit?  Where have they been all my life??)  Then, we got to paint a flower pot.  A lot of my friends have little boys, but we were able to sit with some good friends, Becca and Eva…

ImageSo, all in all, it was a wonderful weekend!!!

I’ve been very excited to share my latest project with you, but since they were gifts to 3 special ladies in my life, and since I was a slacker and didn’t mail them until Monday…I’ve had to wait.

A few weeks ago, I found a cute little blog site called Crazy Little Projects.  This is where I got the tutorial on making hooded towels.  Well, the more I looked at her blog, the more I liked it!!  So, I started following her.  A little bit before Mother’s Day, she wrote an article with about 25 sewing projects for mom.  This is where I found this project.

My parents are going to be visiting us this summer and we are going to the beach, so I thought this would be perfect for their trip.  I wanted to find some fun, beachy fabric.  I didn’t find something “beachy”, but I did find a nautical print that I fell in love with.  This is what I ended up with:

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It is reversible…although when I picked it out to make, I didn’t really realize it 🙂

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This is the reversed (inside) part of the bag.  The items to the left are the car seat coolers I made for my niece and nephew…see “Cool Your Jets” for that tutorial.

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Here’s my lovely mother modeling hers after she got it in the mail yesterday.  I’ll probably get in trouble for this one…lol 🙂

After I figured out what I was doing, it only took about 1 – 1 1/2 hours to make.  The tutorial calls for 1 yard of each fabric.  I bought wide fabric and was able to get all 3 bags made out of 1 yard of fabric…Yay!!

This was a really fun project to make.  I will probably be making one for myself in the near future…when I get some free time…ha ha ha 🙂

Even if you don’t have a trip to the beach planned, this bag will work for just about any occasion!  And, in my opinion, you can never have too many bags/purses/totes!!!

 

They Gone

So, last week was the season finale of Duck Dynasty.  It was great.  The whole fam went to Hawaii.  There was mayhem.  There was madness.  There was Si trying to surf.  But, now what?  What do we do now that Duck Dynasty Season 3 is in the books???  I’m not a huge fan of David Letterman, but I thought I’d try my hand at a Top Ten list.  Here we go…

Top Ten Things Duck Dynasty Fans Can Do Now That “Duck Season” Is Over

10.  Go to your local furniture store and try out mattresses.  Take along your kids and     embarrass them!

9.    Buy a vineyard, sight unseen.  Then, buy regular grapes from the store.  Smash them, add tons of sugar and make your own wine.  Talk it up to your friends, plan a fancy party and force them to drink it.

8.   Handcuff yourself to an annoying family member.  Drink lots of tea so you’ll have to go to the bathroom multiple times that day.  Misplace bolt cutters.

7.   Take your wives deer hunting.  Yeah…that sounds like a great idea!!!

6.   Go bowling with your grandma.  Let her give advice to your friends.

5.   Teach your kids about the birds and the bees via crawfish.

4.   Go to your kids school on career day.  #1, talk to 1st graders about your experiences in “Nam”.  #2, skin and gut a duck in front of a bunch of junior high students.  

3.   Take your kids hunting to your favorite fishing hole.  Of course, you’ll have to “Bradshaw” them.

2.   Try to work “Si-isms” into every day conversations.

And the #1 thing to do now that “Duck Season” is over…

1.  Spend time with family.  No matter how much trouble you find yourself in…it’s more fun when you’re with the ones you love.

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