Monday, July 30, 2007
Ready for A Bible Study Blessing?!
Seems there is always a giveaway going on somewhere in the Blogosphere. Wasn't that a fun time last week?! I have sent books off today to two winners from my giveaway. They both chose Beth Moore's latest book, Get Out of That Pit. I know they will receive a blessing from that book.

If you have never studied the Bible with Beth Moore, you will want to stay tuned here at Cherish...the word! I will soon be announcing an event that will start in September. I gave you a little hint at the end of my post here last week. I would like to give you a little more information today.

I have enjoyed studying with Beth through several of her Bible studies and plan to work through the latest one,
A Woman's Heart this fall with some friends here at my home. This is a newly released study that is an up-date of the original A Woman's Heart which was produced in the 90s and was Beth's first video Bible study.

I want to share this experience with blogging friends. Therefore, I'm working on a plan to do that. I was going to wait until the middle of August to tell you about it, but couldn't resist using last week's giveaway as an opportunity to let you know it was coming.

I am looking forward now to the completion of a button that we will use. Susie at Bluebird Blogs is working on it for me. She will have it to me by the middle of the month in tiime for the kick-off for
Fall Bible Study at Cherish...the Word! We will begin sharing our study in early September.

If you have an opportunity to join a Bible study group near you that is using this particular Beth Moore study, I encourage you to sign up. If you don't know of a group in your neighborhood or town, you can look on the Bible Study Bulletin Board at LPM Ministries. You might find one near you. When we kick off the blogging friends study I will give you some more suggestions for ways to work along with us in this study. It should be an awesome time in the Word.

This will be really fun and a blessing to all of us. Stay tuned for more. There will be some giveways coming up in conjunction with the kick-off. We all love a giveaway--We certainly learned that last week!

And Speaking of Giveaways!
Here's One More

5 Minutes for Mom is Giving One of Us
a 37″ Flat-Panel LCD HDTV!!!

I think everyone in Bloggityville intends to win this TV. Yep! 'm one of them. But, it's OK with me if you go over to 5 Minutes for Mom and put your name in also. I' m generous that way!

We have Best Buy to thank for this great prize!

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Sunday, July 29, 2007
Michael W. Smith - You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)

Isaiah 6:1-3 (NIV)
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne,
high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings:
With two wings they covered their faces,
with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.

3And they were calling to one another:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory."

Revelation 4:11 (NIV)
11"You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being."

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Friday, July 27, 2007
Giveaway Winners Named!
We Have Winners!
Drum Roll Please!
The winners of the Cherish the Word! Giveaway are
Stacey from
My China Journey to Miah
My Name is Renee from
Treasures of Joy!

The names of these two ladies were drawn in a ceremony
Cherish...the Word! at 3:22p.m. this afternoon.
The master of ceremonies for the event was Precious Husband.

The picture above shows the over 230 entrants in the prize drawing.

Precious Husband draws one of two winners.

Thanks again to Shannon from Rocks in My Dryer
for hosting
Dog Days of Summer Giveaway!

A good time was had by all!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Thanks for Coming By!
I want to thank all the people who have been coming by to sign up for the Beth Moore book giveaway. I'm glad to have you at Cherish...the word! I am enjoying my first ever blogging giveaway. I mean, first one with me on the giving end of it!

This blogging world never ceases to amaze me. Who knew so many people would show up to give things away! I hope you have all been finding items you really would like to have and commenting like crazy! I wish fewer of you had found the Starbucks and Panera giveaways so I would have a better chance! What about the books.! There are books to be had everywhere! And CDs! And crafty items! And jewelery! And the list goes on! Oh--Don't forget the salad spinners--well, at least one sald spinner--I'm sure you know where that is! lol

I have done quite a bit of visiting blogs during the giveaway fest. However, I have had some things going on in real life also that have kept me from the computer some today and yesterday. Yesterday I had wonderful visitors for lunch and part of the afternoon. Today a grandchild and a son were here for awhile. Of course, there are always the mundane things like laundry that have to be done. Really, we do have to live in the real world some, you know! lol

I will be back tomorrow with a real post. I have some bloggy business to take care of with some people--Like thanking a certain friend for an award she passed on to me!

Have a great day!


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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
That Bloggy Giveaway just about wore me out yesterday--
All the running from blog to blog trying to win prizes!
Of course, I didn't get through all the wonderful giveaways.
Then I even tried to visit some of my regular friends
who weren't participating in the giveaway.
I'm worn out.
How 'bout you?
I think I'm just goin' to lay around and eat chocolate today. :-)
Maybe that'll get my energy level up for more giveaway fun!
I still have places to visit, Ya'll!
You better have some chocolate,too.
Here ya go!

Click to Mix and Solve

Oh yes, be sure you've signed up for my giveaway! Then run over to Shannon's to find some more great stuff! Remember, I said you could sign up once every day this week for the giveaway. I'm new to this and I'm not sure that is going to work the way I thought it would. But, if you sign up every day I'll be sure to get your name in the drawing for each day. Next time, I'll do it the easy way--whatever that is! Have a great day!


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Monday, July 23, 2007
It's Time for a Giveaway!
NOTE: This post will stay on my blog until the Dog Days of Summer Giveaway ends on Friday. Please scroll down to find the regular Cherish...the Word! posts. Remember to post a comment to be eligible for the book giveaways. Thank you for coming by!
NOTE#2:Please remember to leave an email address with your comment. If you are not a blogger you must leave the email address in your comment. I will not be able to get in touch with you if you win if I do not have your email
NOTE#3 It's been fun! I will close comments about noon today and will draw for winners as soon after that as possible. I will notify winners by email today and in a post on Saturday. Thank you for coming by and participating in my little giveaway. Come visit me at Cherish... again real soon!

Here at Cherish...the word!
we are giving away two great books.

Yay! Twice the Fun!

That's right! I am offering you the opportunity to have one of these two wonderful books by Beth Moore. (click on each book for a description). If you are not familiar with Beth Moore, you might like to go here to learn about her ministry. Beth is a Bible teacher who loves leading women to a deeper, more meaningful walk with the Lord. She is an energetic Godly child of The Father, wife, mother, and grandmother who felt God's call early in life. She has used her gifts and talents of writing and teaching to honor that call in a wonderful way.

It has been my privilege to use several of Beth's Bible studies in my own journey with the Lord. I have been blessed every time. I would like to share some of that blessing with you.

Here's how to enter!
It's very simple!
Just follow these Easy-peasy Directions!

• Leave a comment on Cherish...the word! to enter the giveaway.
• You will be entered once each day for every day you leave a comment this week. That means you can be entered up to five times--once for each day, Monday through Friday.
• Comments will be closed at Noon on Friday, Central Daylight Time. (Check the clock on my sidebar for the correct CDT)
• The drawing will be held shortly after comments are closed.
• I will have a trusted sidekick, aka my precious husband, draw the names of two winners.
• I will notify the winners via email and ask which book you would like to have. I'm offering two titles; the winners get to choose. It's OK if both winners want the same book!
• You do not have to have a blog to win.
• You do not have to be a US resident. I know, I know, the shipping, but I just can't say no. So, I'll take care of the shipping. :-)
• Be sure to check back on Friday afternoon to find out if you won!

Excuse me,
Before you leave I'd like to share
one more thing--
I have a special reason for offering these particular books in this giveaway event. I was not quite ready to announce an upcoming event at Cherish...the word!, but when Shannon came up with this brillant giveaway idea I just couldn't resist. I saw this as an excellent way to introduce, or reintroduce, you to Beth Moore. You see, I'm going to host an event at Cherish...the word! soon. You are invited to join us. If you participate, I predict it will bless your socks off! I don't have all of the details worked out yet, but, so far, it is all falling into place very nicely. Keep checking in; you will see an announcement sometime in the next two or three weeks about the event coming in September.
Here's a hint--

Oh yes, we will have fun!
There will be laughter, maybe some tears,
praying, Bible reading, and
even a couple of little giveaway treats!
Most importantly, there will be
blessed Bible study with some sisters!
Don't you just want to go get your Bible
and a cup of coffee/tea right now and get started!
I can't wait to tell you how we are going to do this.
I'm going to wait, because I don't have it all
completely organized yet.
Please come back for all the details!

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Sunday, July 22, 2007
Steven Curtis Chapman-'Dive' Music Video

John 7:37-38 (NIV)

"If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
38Whoever believes in me,
as the Scripture has said,
streams of living water will flow from within him."

Revelation 7:16-17 (NIV)

16Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat upon them,
nor any scorching heat.
17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
he will lead them to springs of living water.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Growing "Olt"
Two of my grandchildren were here for a little while yesterday. I always love seeing any of the four of them. Luke and Ella are here more often than the other two. Of course, they live just down the road from us. I pass by their street every time I go to the grocery store, or almost anywhere I go! So nice! Joshua and Spoony live not too far away, but it does take almost two hours for them to get here. So we see them fairly often, but not on a drop-in basis.

Anyway, I started thinking yesterday about some of the really precious times I have had with grandchildren. What a blessing they are! Joshua was our first, and we had him for about four years before the others started coming along. So, he holds that special, first grandchild spot in our hearts. The others have their own special places--and they are each unique and precious! But this little story is about Joshua.

This is Joshua at about 3 months!

Joshua and Grandmama when he was about 2 years old.

Joshua had just turned four when Spoony (Isaiah) was born. Yes, there is a story behind the name, and I will probably get around to telling it sometime. But, remember, this story is about Joshua. Spoony was premature and spent time in NICU at a hospital near our home. During the early days of Spoony's life Joshua spent a few days and nights with us while his parents stayed near the hospital at Ronald McDonald House. He really had not spent nights alone at our house much before that; so we treasured the time with him.

Joshua at about 3 years.

Joshua and Spoony when Spoony was less than 2 months old.

One day, as Joshua and I were leaving the hospital, he began to explain his family to me. Joshua and Spoony have lots of people who love them, and Joshua has always had a special relationship with each of his grandparents. His maternal grandparents are Granddaddy and Nanny (aka, Buck and Wanda), his maternal Great-Grandmother is Boo (aka, Margaret or MaMaw). Lee and I are Poppy and Grandmama to the grands. These are the characters in this story.

OK--So Joshua and I are driving along, He is in his carseat in the back and I'm grooving along up front by myself. He says, "You know. Gran'mama, I've got four olts." (Joshua was still working on a couple of speech sounds.)

I answered, "Old whats, Joshua?."

"You know, four olts in my famly."

"Oh! You think you have old people in your family. Who's old?" I couldn't think of anyone that he knew well that was particularly old--certainly not his grandparents!

"You know. There's Grandaddy, and Poppy, and Boo, and You! All olts!"

"Oh, Joshua. Are you sure all those people are old?"

"Oh, yes! All olts. Grandaddy, Poppy, Boo and You! All the olts in my famly."

Well, you can see where this is going. If I'm going to be "olt," I thought it only fair that Wanda also be considered "olt." No matter that she is several years younger than me, wears about a size nothing, is always perfectly coiffed and dresses cuter than any grandmother I have ever known. I mean, I love her, but if I am old, the other grandmother is also going to be old! lol. I gave it my best shot.

"Well, Joshua, how 'bout Nanny. Isn't she one of your olds, too?," I sweetly offered.

"OH, NO! Nanny's not olt. Just Grandaddy, Poppy, Boo, and you, Gran'mama."

I tried again, gearing up my defenses just a little. Boo is probably more than fifteen years older than me, Grandaddy is probably two or three years ahead of me, and Poppy beats me by eight months. I wasn't going down without a fight!

"Joshua, I'm really not old, you know. Your Poppy and Grandaddy and Boo are older than me. I'm not old."

"Oh, yes you are! Grandaddy, Poppy, Boo and you are the olts. Nanny's not."

I was pretty naive, and this was the first time anyone had told me I was old. Of course, I was eligible for AARP discounts at the time. Still, I didn't think of myself as elderly--still don't for that matter! I was not going over to the old side without a struggle. I should have known better!

"Oh Joshua, I don't want to be one of the olds. I'm not really old. I'm young."


Joshua with Nanny (on the left) and Grandmama.
Joshua is 9 and in the fourth grade in this picture.
It was taken on Grandparents Day at his school last year.

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Friday, July 20, 2007
Show and Tell--A New Treasusre

Kelli at There is No Place Like Home, is the host of Friday Show and Tell.
She explains it this way:
"Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!
Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!"

Here it is Friday again!
Today I am sharing a brand new treasure!
Sometimes a treasure is in the eye of the beholder.
When I look at this item I behold a true modern day treasure!
Take a look here.

The picture above shows my hall closet.
It was a mess. I really should have taken a before picture.
I just didn't think about it.
Now it is a neat place for cleaning supplies and equipment.
It is where I store the new treasure.

The picture above shows my new treasure!
One day I was vacuuming our bedroom.
My husband commented that it seemed to him
that I was just stirring up the dust.
I explained that he was exactly right.
Our old vacuum cleaner, which had never been great to begin with,
was at an age where rearranging dust was about all it did!
The next day Lee was on the internet looking for a new appliance!
Gotta love the internet, girls!
Now our treasure just suctions that dust--and anything else that gets in the way.
I love it! It is truly a treasure!


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Thursday, July 19, 2007
A Day of Tests

Today I had to make the trek into the big city.
That once a year trek that all women of a certain age must make.
To get that test done.
You know, the one we all love!

I was a few months late for mine. It was really bothering me because I am usually very prompt about it. I let life get in the way.

Well, it's done now and I feel pretty good about it. At least the technician did not come back in and take more pictures.

The one time they had to do that I ended up having to come back and have ultrasound and more pictures done. That time I had a small cyst. It was gone the next year. The doctor cautioned me about caffeine and I really did try to be careful about coffee and soft drinks. This year I will admit to a St*r*bu*
cks addiction! The report will comes in a couple of weeks.

After that lovely experience I had that other test.
Yes, the one that lets you know if your body is beginning to show its age!
The old bone density test!

This one is not so difficult. You just lay on the table and "be very still, please." Then it is over and you are on your way--Hoping that the missed calcium tablets will not show up as a problem! I should hear from that one in about a week.

Well, it's over for me for this year--At least I hope and pray it is! How 'bout you? Have you had your mammogram and bone density test. Have you had your gynecological check-up for the year? (I didn't share that one--it was two weeks ago!)

If you've been putting it off, take a quick look here and here. Then, please, run to the telephone and make some appointments!

**Hey! Please go over to see Tammy at Family Doin's. She has a Giveaway going on right now in honor of her 201st post. If you've never been to her place, you will love getting to know her. If you are a regular, you know she'll be glad to see you!
**Before I went to the big city for the dreaded tests I won! I won a CD by going to Boomama's link to Monk and Neagle and signing up. You can go here to check out the CD. They may get some more to give away. Go have some fun!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Giveaway Fun!

That cute little dog has come from Rocks in My Dryer to tell us about the Dog Days of Summer Giveaway! Shannon has planned some terrific fun for us starting Monday, July 23. You can click on the little dog to get all the guidelines for this event. You might want to host a giveaway on your own blog, or maybe you just prefer to sign up for some of the goodies. Either way, you can get the total scoop at Shannon's.

I'll be signing up at Shannon's on Monday, July 23. Oh, yes! There will be a giveaway opportunity on
Cherish...the word! Come on back on Monday to find out what will be offered during the great giveaway extravaganza! I mean, you can certainly come back before Monday, you know. Just be sure to come back then for the giveaway! :-)


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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Several weeks ago Betty at Country Charm tagged me for a meme. I have been intending to get to it ever since. Today is the day! In fact, I believe we will just declare today MEME Day at Cherish... and do a couple of them. There are several floating around Bloggityville.

Betty's Meme is about dreams. We all have some, don't we? I'm going to share a couple of serious dreams, but also some playful ones. We have to have a little fun mixed into our dreamin'!

I dream---

1. I dream that I can lose another 15 pounds. The first 25 came off with little effort after a life style change that took me away from some bad eating habits! The last 15 or so are proving to be more difficult.

2. I dream that I can have a never ending supply of Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha. My new favorite is that flavor in a Frappuccino! Of course, this will not help with dream #1.

3. I dream of a lawn that is neat,trim, and weed-free. I thought I had this taken care of with a new lawn service arrangement. Maybe not so much, because they don't show up when they promise! The latest word is that they will be here today--I'll keep you posted.

4. I dream that my grandchildren will have the privilege of college educations (if that is their dream also), productive lives, and families as sweet and God-Centered as the ones their parents are giving them.

Actually, I suppose that dream#4 is the prayer I pray daily for my children and their children. There are other dreams I have also about our country remaining strong and free and the world being free of disease and war. I know that some of those dreams will not be completely accomplished because of the ways of mankind.

The ultimate dream is the dream that as Christians we can look forward to. That is the reality of spending eternity in heaven.

I'm going to tag a couple of people. I tag Susan, Penless Writer and Linda, Middle Years. Anyone else who has dreams to share is also tagged. My tags, as always, include the statement that you make your own choices for content on your blogs. Participate or not, as it suits your fancy!

PS--Dreams do come true! As I was writing this--The new yard maintenance people showed up! They are trimming, cutting, blowing, weeding, etc. as I write! YAY! Pictures to follow!

There is another meme I saw at Diane's Place the other day. She left the tag open to all of us. I think I'll, just for the fun of it, give you the Five Things Meme.

Here We Go--

Five Things to Do Before I Die

1. Continue to take care of my husband as long as God allows us to be together.

2. Live to see my grandchildren be adults.

3. Take a trip with my sister.

4. Learn to garden.

5. Meet some of my blogging friends! WooHoo!

Five Things I Can Do

1. Teach a child to read.

2. Organize a group of people to get something done.
3. Help people resolve conflicts.

4. Encourage people.

5. Love grandchildren.

Five Things I Can't Do

1. Spend all day in the kitchen!

2. See well! Gotta have the glasses on!

3. Enjoy being with self-centered people!

4. Stand to see children hurt!

5. Garden--I want to learn how to keep plants alive!

Five Things That Attract Me to the Opposite Sex

1. Being my husband!

2. Personality

3. Sense of Humor

4. Intelligence

5. Cuteness Factor

Five Celebrity Crushes

I don't have any now--Don't do that anymore--But in the past, maybe these!

1. Elvis

2. The Beatles--all of them
--but especially Paul and Ringo
3. Sean Connery

4/5. Robert Redford/Paul Newman--as in The Sundance Kid

I will leave this tag open for anyone who would like to share--Give it a go!


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Sunday, July 15, 2007
Word Of God Speak

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

"Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

Jeremiah 14:22 (NIV)

Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain?
Do the skies themselves send down showers?
No, it is you, O LORD our God.
Therefore our hope is in you,
for you are the one who does all this.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007
Celebrating with Char and Car!
Fifty Years of Living, Laughing, Loving

Fifty Years ago today, Charles and Carlene were married.
Over the years they added three children
to their family:
Karen, Michael, and Paula
Those three started their own families with:
David, Janis, and Chris.
Karen and David added to the family:
Jonathan and Amanda.
Michael and Janis added to the family:
Matthew and Megan.
Paula and Chris added to the family:
Grayson and a child to be born next winter.

Today this great family celebrates the marriage of the two
who started it all fifty years ago.
Congratulations, Charles and Carlene!
We love you

Note:Charles is my brother. Carlene is my sister.
(Technically she is my sister-in-law,
but I consider her just like another sister in my family).
Of course, I was just a child when they were married! lol

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Friday, July 13, 2007
Friday Show and Tell

Kelli, at There is No Place Like Home, is the host of Friday Show and Tell.
She explains it this way:
"Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!
Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!"

Poppy's Christmas Treasure

Last year I wanted to give Poppy--also known as Lee, my husband--something special for Christmas. I wanted him to have something he would like, that would have meaning, and would possibly be of some use. That's a tall order under normal circumstances. I have written about Lee's illness in earlier posts, so most of you know that we live a fairly quiet life at home these days. That lifestyle somewhat restricts the kinds of gifts that he might appreciate and be able to use.

Finally, after much searching and eliminating idea after idea, we hit upon a possibility that fulfilled all the criteria. The whole family could be a part of the gift. After taking with sons and dils we decided to make Poppy a quilt.

At one time I was a sewin' kind of person--at least a little bit. However, I haven't been into that in a long time and didn't feel like I wanted to attempt that as a project. Therefore, I went searching for another way to get this quilt put together. I thought I could probably find something on the web that would help. I would at least need some really good directions if I did end up doing the sewing.

Well! What I found was better than directions! I found a creative lady who takes you through the process of making your quilt step by step. She supplies muslin squares, pens, markers, and directions! After you finish the work on the muslin squares, you choose the color for the remainder of the quilt, mark a chart to show how you want the quilt to look, and ship the pieces back to her. Then--really pretty quickly--the finished quilt arrives in the mail at your house. It's like magic!

Here Lee's Christmas treasure.
He was so surprised!
The children even kept the secret!
Lee shows his quilt to almost everyone who comes to our house.
He says it is the best Christmas present he has ever been given.

The section below is from Kevin's family--
Kevin, Holly, Joshua, and Spoony.

The section shown below is from Greg's family--
Greg, Audre', Luke, and Ella.

The section shown below is in the middle of the quilt.
It has my square, the Poppy square, and
two pictures of all four grandchildren.

We used children's artwork, hand prints, pictures,
and bible verses
to tell Poppy how much we love him.
If you read my last post you know yesterday was Lee's birthday.
This post is the second part of my tribute to him.

BTW--If you are interested in making a similar quilt, there are lots of kits, etc. on the web.
You can G***gle "quilt kits." to find some. The one we used can be found here.
Of course, some of you crafty people can make your own.
But some of us need a little help! :-)

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Thursday, July 12, 2007
Happy Birthday!
Who Has a Birthday Today?!

Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday to You,
Dear, LEE!
Happy Birthday to YOU!

July 12, 1945
Baby Lee was born in a coal mining town in Virginia.

His Grandmother, known as Ninny,
and his brother, Jack, look proud to have him in the family!

The story is told that Lee's mother loved those curls so much
she had trouble cutting them.

He is a pretty little thing, don't you think?!

Now that's a Hat!

Growing up, Big Boy!

High School Graduation 1962
Lee graduated as Valedictorian!

Lee, the college student, in Florida

Today I wish my dear husband, Lee, Happy Birthday!
He is a great husband, dad, Poppy, and friend!
He loves the Lord, his family, and a multitude of friends all over the world.
His life verse is Matthew 6:33
He lives it daily.

Happy Birthday Lee!
I love you!

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.

Lee's Birthday Tribute will continue
tomorrow at Show and Tell.

I'll be sharing a treasure that belongs to Lee.
Come back and see some modern day photos.

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Monday, July 9, 2007
Some Places to Visit
Good Afternoon! I really thought I would get this up this morning, but you know how that goes some days! Hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday!

Today I'd like to share several places in bloggyville that I have visited recently. There's a lot going on out there! I have found a few places you might enjoy going to meet new people, have a little fun, learn something, or even win a prize! So here goes--my little list of places I have seen in the last few days that I think you might like to visit.

• First of all--A new blogger to introduce--
Holly at SoccerMom is a sweetheart who is just getting started with blogging. She intends to chronicle family events and I'm sure she will have some good ideas to share from time to time. She is a great wife, mom, teacher, cook, etc! I know Holly irl and I know that anything she sets out to do she does with gusto and does it well. Go on over and meet her. I love Holly--AND--The good looking men on her Saturday post are also very near and dear to my heart! I'm sure you'll guess why.

• It's Tuesday, which means sometimes I would be over at
Seeds From My Garden or Many Colored Days participating in Woman to Woman. I really recommend that you go over there and read what some lovely ladies have to say about today's topic. This is how Morning Glory described the topic:
Tips and Tricks - Keeping your marriage alive: Whether you've been married for 38 years, 8 years or are a newlywed, you've probably picked up a few keys to a happy marriage, one which is nurturing and continues to grow. Maybe your marriage has struggled, but you've found a road back to each other and have insights to offer those in a similar situation.

What would you say are the three most key elements in your marriage that keep the romance alive and the heart aflutter?"

I usually write a few words to share. Today's topic is dear to my heart, but I just have not had time, or maybe I should say--taken time, to do it justice. Or maybe I could say I am working too hard on my marriage to take time to write about it. I can sum up for you in a couple of sentences my suggestions for marriage.


I have blogged several times about our marriage and our life today. You can find some of those thoughts here and here. I will also be honoring my husband in a post in a couple of days. Somebody has a birthday coming up! :-)

Anyway--run on over to Morning Glory's and Lei's and find what others have to say today. There are always a variety of perspectives on the given topic. I think you will enjoy your visit. I'm going over a little later today to read. Hope to see you there!

• Someone we know is celebrating the anniversary of her 29th birthday.
Leigh Ann is not really old enough to worry about how many years she is from 29, but she is funny, funny, funny and extremely creative. She has been celebrating her day by giving other people gifts! Today is the last day to get in on the Birthday Giveaway so you better hurry over! You can find her at Living to Learn and Learning to Live. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEIGH ANN! Thanks for sharing the fun and your special day with us.

Overwhelmed is launching a new Bloggy activity this week. She is hosting Pay It Forward Book Exchange. If you are a reader you will probably want to get in on this one. The first book she is offering is Lucky, by Alice Sebold. She suggests that other bloggers might like to grab her button and do their own Pay It Forward Exchange. Head on over tojoin the fun! Note: I am supposed to insert Overwhelmed's button here. I cannot get it in! I will continue to try, but Blogger is currently refusing it with a quirky little comment. Sorry.bout that!

• Barb at A Chelsea Morning is giving away a set of Debbie Macomber 's series, Cedar Cove. Ya'll that's six books! On second thought, don't go over there--She probably already has about three hundred people signed up--And, Anyway--I want this one!

• Those of you with little girls might want to go over to Skimbaco and link up for the beautiful child's eternity necklace they are giving away in their weekly contest. I just know it would look delightful on my little granddaughter, E Girl!

OK--I've given you several places to visit. You better get on the road. Oh--transportation? Not a problem--
Your Carriage Awaits!

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Sunday, July 8, 2007
Awesome God - Michael W. Smith

Exodus 15:11 (NIV)

11 "Who among the gods is like you, O LORD ?
Who is like you—
majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
working wonders?

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Friday, July 6, 2007
Do Civics and Bloglines Go Together?
How About a Little Civics Test!

I found this on someone's blog yesterday. I took the test and copied it to my blog and didn't get the name of the blog. I went back looking for it so I could give someone credit for leading me to it, but I couldn't find the correct blog. Sorry!

It is a pretty cool little test of what you remember from High School Civics! I surprised myself! I guess I did learn something in Coach Lowrance's class! Come on--give it a try! Just click on the question to go to the test. I don't think anyone will revoke your citizenship if you can't remember all the answers! :-)

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 10 out of 10 correct!

Could You Pass the US Citizenship Test?

How 'Bout Those Bloglines, Rolls, and Readers

Thanks for the comments about organizing the blogs you read. Seems like bloglines is the choice for most people. I tried to sign up with them, but we are stuck at the point where I'm supposed to respond to an email they say they sent me. I never got it! So--I am on Blogrolling for now, but I am not sure their service gives me everything I want. I'm still looking. I may try Google Reader. It has a couple of extra perks I might like. And--who knows--bloglines might decide to let me on!

All this internet, computer stuff really makes my head hurt sometimes. Computers are like cars with me. You are supposed to be able to turn them on and they do everything you want! Doesn't always happen that way with me and cars, computers, or any electronics.

As a school principal I was accustomed to finding someone who knew what to do and getting them to do it! I did my own word processing, and my computerized record keeping. I wrote the reports, etc for the district office and the state. If it had my name on it I was writing it. But as for the real techy stuff--I used anyone who knew more than me to get it done.

At one time I was one of the teachers in my school who was on the cutting edge of technology. You know, in the group that wrote the grants and helped choose the computers and other technology that we bought. Technology was not in the District Budget in those days, so we had to find the money ourselves if we wanted any "modern innovations" in the classroom. Of course, that was back in the day when being on the cutting edge meant you knew how to flip the switch on the computer to make it "boot up." Oh! We were So Happenin'!

One time it was actually a plus for me in an interview that I knew how to put bullets in a document. I got the job--Assistant Principal. I mean, REALLY! The principal and I shared a computer--it was in my office. YES, that tells you something about who did most of the computer work that was needed! I LOVED that job--and that principal. But, ya'll, I faked a lot of that computer knowledge--I just acted like I knew what I was doing until I figured it out! :)

Things have come a long way in technology. I can still fake it for awhile on some computer tasks. But, there are still things that just bring that tech headache on. Anyway, thanks for the suggestions. I plan to figure out the listin', rollin', or readin' of your blogs before long.

Hey--Speakin' of bloglines and such. A member of my irl family has joined us in blogland. I just knew someone would before long! I think there may be a couple more that will come along soon. I'm going to give this sweet one a couple of posts to get going and then I'll send you her way! She is a good writer and should have plenty of stories to tell--Her family will supply her with A LOT of blog fodder!

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Show and Tell

Flowers From Martha

Kelli, at There is No Place Like Home, is the host of
Friday Show and Tell. She explains it this way:
"Welcome to Show and Tell Friday! Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!"
If you want to join in the fun hurry over to Kelli's and sign up!

My Show and Tell today is about a basket of beautiful flowers that have been gracing my dining room table for this past week. I wish I had thought to take a picture on Monday when my neighbor brought them over--But they are still gorgeous!

These flowers were on the head table at the picnic-themed wedding rehearsal dinner for Martha's son and new dil. Martha had many flowers from the dinner and wedding, so she shared them with various friends. We were privileged to have these beautiful lilies, daisies ,etc. to enjoy.

I have known Martha for at least twenty-eight years. She was our younger son's kindergarten teacher. Oh the stories she could tell! We have also been in a professional/social organization together for several years. Then, about four years ago she and her husband, Bruce, moved in next door. What a pleasant surprise.

Martha and Bruce are great neighbors! They are a wonderful Christian couple. Martha lives a Mary/Martha life. She is an example of a woman who shows the "Mary" side of her heart by loving and serving the Lord using her "Martha" talents and personality. She collects friends the way some people collect lighthouses, dolls, or angels. She obviously finds great joy in taking care of people, entertaining them, and just in general sharing her great capacity for love and friendship.

Since Lee's illness two years ago and the following months of disability, these two thoughtful people have been a great source of help. I think God allowed them to be our neighbors just when we needed someone like them. The greatest thing is that I know I can call at any time and they will be right here.

So my Show and Tell is about flowers and wonderful neighbors. In a few days it will be time to take the flowers out of the basket and return it to Martha. I would never be able to return all the kindnesses these sweet people have extended to us in the past two years. Thank you Lord, for wonderful neighbors!

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Thursday, July 5, 2007
A Little After the Holiday Randomness

This is who I have been the last couple of days. Grandmamachick! Both sons and their families were with us for an early Fourth-on-the-Third celebration. We had an All-American meal of fried chicken, potato salad, layered pea salad, baked beans, fruit/melon mixture, and ice cream with what I called Cherry Nut Crunch.

After dinner the grandchildren participated in a time honored, family-get-together, cousin activity. You know the one--See who can run the fastest, kick the farthest, yell the loudest, and still be the precious children we all know them to be! They loved being together and I loved every minute of watching them!

On the 4th I went to the mall with one dil and one grandson for a few hours of that Great American Tradition--SHOPPING ON THE HOLIDAYS! It was fun and we found some bargains. Spoony, J's younger brother, spent part of the day with his cousins. (Someday I will explain that child's name--Spoony. He's the one I also call S Guy). Son and Poppy spent time together--watching a movie and talking about whatever dads and sons talk about when the children and women are gone. (Wonder what that is?!)

It was a nice, quiet--well, four children are not quiet--but quiet is highly overrated. Any way it was great family time. The grands and their parents all went on to other fourth celebrations later in the afternoon. That left Poppy and me with some of that highly overrated quiet time--with the sounds of neighborhood fireworks serenading us in the background.

Happy Birthday, America!

Thank you, Lord. for time with people we love so much!


I need a little help! Anyone??????

This blogging gig is fun, but it can be frustrating on some levels. I need some suggestions from some of you very organized people. The main thing I need to know is how to keep up with the blogs I read in order to keep my blog life a little more simple and organized!

Just talk to me about bloglines, blogrolls, or bloganything that helps you keep up with the blogs you read. What do you use, how does it work, why do you use the service you use--or whatever plan you have developed on your own? Anything you have to say on the subject of keeping up with he blogs you read! What does a fairly new blogger like me need to know? Can you tell I. NEED. HELP!

Have at it--Give me some answers in the comments--or if you have a lot to say you could write a post at your place and let us know--I can link back to you. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you have!

BTW--For a chick similar to the one I have up there at the top you can go here to make one).

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007
"O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"

"The Star Spangled Banner"

In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote new words for a well-known drinking song, "To Anacreon in Heaven," to celebrate America's recent victory over the British. However, only in 1931, following a twenty-year effort during which more than forty bills and joint resolutions were introduced in Congress, was a law finally signed proclaiming "The Star Spangled Banner" to be the national anthem of the United States.

Shown above is a copy of the first printed edition combining words and music -- one of only ten copies known to exist.

From--American Treasures of the Library of Congress

The National Anthem

"The Star Spangled Banner"

Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Psalm 20:7 (NIV)

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Have a Happy, Safe, and Blessed

Fourth of July!

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The Father Cherishes
Isaiah 40:11 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) 11 He protects His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries [them] in the fold of His [garment]. He gently leads. . .

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