Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My friends are like the cherry in my Cherry Limeade.

'Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.'
{Ok, so the title of this blog is silly. On purpose.}

I am convinced that Hubs and I have the best friends one could ever have. Friends from childhood all the way to the present are included in that statement. Thanks to Facebook, I am in contact with tons of friends from different stages of my life, but honestly, I wouldn't need FB to keep in contact with them. There are friends who I only have the privilege of talking to every once in awhile and then those that I hear from more often, as well as, those I talk to almost daily. But throughout my life I've always had friends. God has made my life sweeter because of them. Hubs and I went to a memorial service for his best friend over the weekend and it was refreshing and just plain sweet to remember all the good times they experienced together. He was definitely a good friend. During the service there was a testimony time, of sorts, where those in the congregation could say a brief word about our friend. It was very heart-warming and we laughed later because several people that spoke said that Matt was their best friend. And he was. He was everyone's best friend and made you feel that way. While there, we were reunited with some of our other good friends {Matt's other best friends =)} from far and near and it was great to see them! We hadn't seen them in a few years, at least, and were able to just pick up right where we left off. I love friends like that! Time cannot dull true friendship. It is just one of life's greatest blessings. I love being with Hubs and his friends. I didn't have the privilege of going to college with them...I met them all later. But I sure love hearing all the stories and reminiscing with them. I've mentioned it before, but I think of them as 'a band of brothers' because that's how they act. They know each other very well and God knitted their friendships together so tight during their college years. We had the best time laughing with them after the service and remembering the good ol' days. They surprised us Sunday night by coming up to our city {not just for our sake} and called us when we got out of church to meet us then later came over to our house when the restaurant closed. We laughed and talked and laughed some more til midnight and then decided reluctantly that the fun had to come to an end....until next time. Who knows when that will be, but we look forward to it.
I have a few very good friends, as well, from all different stages of my life. They encourage me, make me laugh {and laugh at me}, take care of my kids when I need them to, trust me with theirs, cry with me, pray for me {and I for them} and encourage me to be more like Christ. It's a joy to be around them. Life would be a bit dull without them. I'm so thankful for friends!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Fall Y'all!

It is officially FALL!

Even though the weather is not cooperating. {It's 91 as I type.}

But FALL is in the air...and all of your local stores.

Today I decided to make my first batch of Pumpkin Bread....{dairy-/egg-free} so I can't wait to see how it turned out. The house sure smells good!
Later, I will be making Pumpkin Doughnuts {dairy-/egg-free, as well} which will be a first for me. I would not be making doughnuts if it weren't for my sweet middle child. Her class is having doughnuts as a treat on Friday and so I want her to be able to participate and have her own kind. She deals with food allergies, so she cannot have just any ol' doughnut. Hers are created very special just for her! I hope she likes them!And if you're looking for a yummy Fall-type meal to make, try out my bro-in-law's yummy Italian soup {that my sister named, 'Yes, I'll fly with you to Italy for the weekend' soup}. It's delish. I made it Sunday and it hit the spot! Pair it with Pioneer Woman's 'THE Bread' and you'll have yourself a full belly.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Amanda who won our $35 CSN Stores gift card!
The code for your $35 has been emailed to you, Amanda!
Happy Shopping!
You can visit Amanda @ Life on County Road 39!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Dining Table

We have two dining tables in our house. One in the kitchen. One in the dining room. I like having a kitchen table because our kids are young and very messy and the kitchen is easier to clean up. The dining table is used most often when we have guests. I would much rather use the dining table regularly, but am still trying to convince Hubs that it's a great idea. I would like to get a smaller kitchen table, possibly round with just 4 chairs, and then use our dining room for family meals....regularly. I'll let you know when Hubs finally gives in to my reasoning.

And speaking of dining tables, CSN stores has a great selection of dining tables here. Go check them out and then come back here and tell me your favorite. Or just leave me a comment about whatever. And you'll be entered to win a $35 gift card to CSN stores online!!!! Be sure I have a way of contacting you if you are the winner. Contest starts today and ends Wednesday, September 15 at midnight. I'll announce the winner Thursday, Sept 16. Winner will be chosen by a random number generator.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Your Legacy

I don't know if it's because I'm so addicted to researching the family tree or what, but I've been thinking a lot about the effect other people have on our lives and vice versa. Last Sunday, we were visiting my parents and went to their church on Sunday. My dad preached about Joseph being a foster father to Jesus and how he was a great influence. We always put the focus on Mary when thinking of Jesus's parents, but in reality God also chose Joseph to be Jesus's earthly father for a reason. While my dad was preaching, he mentioned how nice it would be to be the parent of a perfect child. And Mom leaned over and said, 'Yeah, but can you imagine being a parent with a sinful nature to a perfect child?' I haven't been able to stop thinking about that. I act ridiculous at times when things aren't going my way. When my pride gets hurt, the real me comes out. What a huge responsibility Joseph and Mary had to keep their own actions and reactions in check. As parents, our influence over our children affects them the most. And I have been challenged to walk in the Spirit so that I do not give in to my flesh. My children are watching closely.
Then, today I was reading in 2 Chronicles 26 about King Uzziah. He was pretty amazing - becoming king at age 16 and completely rebuilding the Southern Kingdom of Israel (which his father had let fall to pieces) and building up quite a large army to protect it. He was amazing only because he lived according to God's will for his life. Things went great, he was prosperous. He reigned for 52 years and became a strong man....and then, he became proud. Pride is so sneaky. We start out with nothing because that's really what we are without God. We're so dependent upon God because without Him we can do nothing. Things just seem to flow, and everything goes fine and then, somewhere along the way, we forget where we came from. We get a distorted view of ourselves and forget Who brought us to where we are. And then, we wonder why things seem to be falling apart. Uzziah did that. After so much success, he forgot God. He became self-sufficient. He even went so far as to break the 'law' and went into the holy place where only the priests were allowed to go. This shocked the priests (all 81 of them) and they confronted him, but he was too big for his britches and would not listen. He got angry. And God immediately struck him with leprosy...on his forehead. (I love how the Bible is so specific.) This man who had been a hero to the kingdom, and had done great things because of his dependence on God ended up alone with a disease that ultimately killed him. And do you know how he was remembered? They said 'He was a leper.' 52 great years of dependence upon God and because of pride and self-sufficiency, he died alone from leprosy. This is a challenge to me to live in total dependence on God and to teach my children to do the same. I really believe that is the greatest legacy I could leave them.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

5 Years Ago...

God gave us this precious gift.

Her smile is sweet.

Her heart is BIG.

This girl knows how to have fun!

We can't imagine our lives without her.

Thank you, Lord, for giving us this sweet girl.
PS - She looks adorable with cupcake on her face.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Family Tree

Hubs and I have really gotten into the show 'Who Do You Think You Are?' about celebrities finding out their genealogy and tracing it way back to reveal some very interesting and historical things. Starting Sunday, Hubs and I both began researching our families historys and have gotten quite a lot of information about where we came from. It's been so much fun. Almost too much fun. Every night since then, we have put the kids to bed and resumed our spots in the living room with our laptops and found more information. I can't even wait til after church when we get the girls to bed and we can research some more. Thanks to one of my dad's cousins, I was able to find a ton of information on his mother's side of the family dating back to 1755 in Ireland, which would be all the way back to my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather. On my dad's father's (Papaw's) side of the family, I can only get back to my Great Grandfather (born in 1884), so far. I am going to find more info on that side of the family. It's my mission. Then, my mom's side of the family had some more information that I could use to put the puzzle together. So, on my mom's father's side of the family I have traced back to my Great-Great-Great Grandfather (still trying to figure out dates on that). And on my mom's paternal grandmother's side of the family, I've gotten back to my Great-Great-Great Grandfather. Then, there's a gap of about 160 years and we found out these people descended from a couple born in Ireland around 1690 who then, travelled to NC about 1700 and settled there. I have to figure out this gap. It's going to drive me crazy until I do.

I've found some very interesting info that I think relates to this gap I just mentioned. If it's true, then, my Great-Great-Great Grandfather was fighting in the Civil War which started April 12, 1861. He was on the 1860 Census and was 30 years old at that time and in the same household with two other men who were not relatives of his. I found one of those names on a military list, as well as, what I believe might be my GGG Grandfather. According to the document, they were in the 2nd Regiment NC Infantry AKA 2nd Infantry Regiment State Troops. My GGG Grandfather's wife is listed on the 1860 Census as being 32 yrs old at the time and living with a man who was 26 (either a husband or brother) and a little girl, age 2. She and my GGG lived in the same city and I have more research to do to find out if these are indeed the people I'm looking for. And if so, when did they get married? It is very interesting getting all this info. I can't wait to find more.

Stay tuned. This is going to be a journey.