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3 Dec

Thanksgiving breakfast has become a set tradition with our household.  Here’s how it played out this year: 

Guys got up early to work out – priorities, please.  

Cooking begins.

Grandma arrives ready to supervise.

Rest of the family trickles in. 

Food is ready and they line up to eat. 

They eat, and eat, and eat! 

To work all that off, and since the weather was GORGEOUS, all the guys decided on a game of touch football.  It was like a summer gathering with the grandparents sitting on the porch watching.

Around 1:00 everyone leaves to join other families and we head to grandma’s house. 

After dinner there (more good food), we pulled out the decorations and put up her Christmas tree – under her supervision, of course.  At each phase of the day, there were things that came to mind to be thankful for.  God has been good to us and our blessings are beyond even counting.  Hope you enjoy the pictures! 

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2 Dec

After all the difficulty of the last two weeks with IT issues, I have to give thanks and praise that these issues are resolved and we had a smooth, busy day of operation yesterday.  Thank you Lord! 

Theres no place like home for the holidays

26 Nov

The kids got home yesterday afternoon all safe and sound.  I have a confession to make: upon hearing of teenage automobile accidents several times in recent weeks, there was an element of fear that I was battleing and I was just really glad to see them make it home safely.  The enemy certainly knows the soft spots and likes to hit there whenever he can.

But, all is well and I had dinner cooking for them when they came in – chocolate cake made, per their request.  I actually tried a new mix this time.  It is made by Pillsbury, a reduced sugar mix – 50% less sugar!  It tasted really good!  Next time I would like to find a sugar-free or reduced sugar frosting.  I decided that this would not be our usual dinner in front of the tv kind of night.  So, I set the table and we actually ate dinner, at the table, with no tv – and talked. Family time.  Loved it.  

I could tell the kids were glad to be home.  After staying in a tiny room and sharing that tiny space with someone else, it is good to be in your own space.  Now, all their stuff is in MY space—–oh well…….

Later, all the guys, plus a buddy, gathered in the garage and pumped iron.  They love doing this and it is something I just don’t get.  But….if it makes them happy, then I’m happy. 

So, that is our kickoff to the Thanksgiving holiday.  I am so thankful for home, family and time together! 

My boys will be home soon.

25 Nov

I know, they were just here yesterday, but, I am still looking forward to them being home for the extra long holiday weekend.  In preparation, hubbie and I went to the store to buy all the seasonal goodies that are typical at our house. 

Their favorites include: 

Coca Cola in the little glass bottles. 

Sister Schubert yeast dinner rolls.

Potato chips with ranch dip. 

Honey wheat bagels. 

Pancakes. 

Moutain Dew and Doctor Pepper 

Chocolate cake (a special request) 

Brown rice (yes, they both love brown rice) 

Frozen pizza, so we can have a pizza and movie night while they’re here. (They prefer frozen over hubbie’s fabulous homemade – go figure) 

Thursday morning – 9am (my sister in law will be here sometime around 9:30!)  The event: our traditional Thanksgiving morning breakfast – location – our house! I don’t know how many years we have done this, but its become a custom and the kids squawk if we mention not doing it.  The menu will include: 

Breakfast casserole 

fried eggs (for those who don’t like the casserole)

Hashbrown casserole 

Bacon  Sausage Country Ham

Homemade biscuits

Redeye gravy 

Sausage milk gravy 

Various kinds of muffins  

A cherry breakfast turnover thingy my sister in law makes. 

Juice, coffee,  etc., etc.  (can’t you just see the cholesterol rising here)

DJ has prepared a slide show of pictures from previous family gatherings, including a trip to Auburn for the seasons kickoff game.  After we have finished this huge breakfast, we will kick back wherever we can find a place (there should be about 20-25 people here) and watch the presentation.  The guys may go out and shoot some basketball or throw the football – the ladies will do dishes (whats wrong with this picture?).  We’ll hang out until early afternoon (no lunch after all that food) then the crew will break up and go have Thanksgiving dinner with the other families.  For the fifth year, my father’s absence will be very much felt.  How has the time moved this quickly???  I think of other families who will have empty chairs this year.  The pain never goes away, but it does become bearable.  There are so many things I am thankful for and I know that God’s lovingkindness is with us.  

So…….tomorrow it will be time to start cooking…..my boys will be home soon.

WE ARE ALL FIXED NOW

21 Nov

Hallelujah!  God is good and I am thankful for technicians who are also good.  We have FINALLY, after spending the day with a Bellsouth technician and an IT technician today, gotten all our issues resolved and my system is running without any bumps or glitches!!!!!!  I am SOOOO ready for the weekend now.   For all you out there that are hitting the stores Christmas shopping this weekend — Hope you find great sales and lots of bargains!

Last week’s review

27 Oct

Orlando, Florida – 2008 National Convention

Up bright and early Monday morning to catch our flight and spend 5, very fast days in Orlando, Florida –  Hubbie, me and 3 office leaders.  By the time Friday night, back home, came – I was dragging my you know what.  It was fun, it was tiring, we had one major scare and I am glad it is over.  Here is a condensed version of the week:

Monday: arrival and bus to Coronado Springs resort 

Monday night:  Disney gala – danced with hubbie 

Tuesday:  Recognition of Top 100 – yes one of them was ME!!! Presentations by the big guys, one particularly good one included “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch.  You can find it on U Tube.

Entertainment of the morning, jugglers – they were really good 

Tuesday night:  Mickey’s Not so Scarey Halloween Party (I am too old for that stuff – it was fun, but I was exhausted) 

Wednesday:  Boring stuff – tax stuff, blah, blah, blah  CRISIS – Then:  Trouble at WKU, lockdown, couldn’t reach kids, Bro. Ray calls, heard from Andrew, finally heard from Nick, everyone okay, whew, relief!   Back to boring tax stuff.

Wednesday night:  Took a boat to the Disney Boardwalk. Then Downtown Disney – loved the Swan and Dolphin resort. 

Thursday:  more tax stuff, break sessions, more tax stuff, more blah, blah, blah 

Thursday night:  Banquet at SEAWORLD!! Took tons of pictures, too many to post.  I can’t even imagine what HR paid for this!!! We had shrimp cocktails and crab claws, chicken, fish, pork, desserts like you wouldn’t believe and a special show from Shamu! 

Friday: Great presentation by Disney and then a presentation from the criminal investigation division of IRS (boy you would have loved THIS one) 

Finally:  conclusion and annoucement of next year’s location. Can’t actually say, but we will be hoping to take our boys to see some COWBOYS!!! 

Hard to believe, but life can go by quickly and change just as quickly. We are very thankful to all be home and well. Thank you Jesus!

  

Finally some answers are coming…

1 Oct

Today I had a doctor appointment with my doc in Eville.  After my appointment, reviewing lab tests, medications, etc., he arranged for a consult with an endocrinologist.  This doctor was a lady and when I sat down in her office I was aware that there was Christian music softly playing.  (I love this wellness center, there is a very Christian atmosphere). 

We talked, she asked questions, she listened while I explained the sequence of events that have transpired the last year and a half.  When I told her that I at one point I was just about at the jumping off a bridge point.  This is when she blew me away.  She said, “Well, did you think about God?”  Have you EVER had a doctor ask you something like that on the first visit.  She didn’t know me, I didn’t know her.  Well…..talk about an ice-breaker of a question. 

My 10 minute consult turned into a time of fellowship, once the medical stuff was out of the way.  What was even more helpful was that she has had exactly the same mid-life experience that I have had.  (I had tears in my eyes – finally somebody “got” me)  She was telling me her story and it sounded like me talking.  I can’t tell you the word she used for me -adrenohyposomething-, but it amounts to adrenal exhaustion.  About 1 in 100 women experience this during menopause and it can be potentionally life threatening. 

Dr. Gabhart’s specialty is endocrinology, her subspecialty is neuro-endocrinology.  I have never had such a thorough explanation, accompanied by picture drawing, at any doctor visit. She also did it as a courtesy to Doc C, which means there was no fee!!!  Another thing I really liked is that her frontline of treatment is naturopathic. 

 From this point on, she will collaborate with Dr. C and I believe between the two of them I will finally get well!  Praise God!!!!