Thursday, October 30, 2008
Praising God just to be alive

I just took a walk around our wonderful lake here at work & had my MP3 player - playing songs from the MC Fellowship CD. I'm not sure if people passing by were giving me funny looks or not, but I really didn't care. I was too busy singing along (not loudly) and praising God for his goodness to me. For saving me from that pit of sin that I was in, changing the person I was once to a person who, by God's grace, can live a holy life on a daily basis. If you knew where I used to be - wow, what a change. I praise God again for his goodness. I don't ever want to forget what God has done for me.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Happy Wednesday Everyone
Its cold but beautiful outside! I'm glad I am warm and cozy inside. Well, I will be for a while anyways, have a meeting in the East tower in about an hour! Can you say BRRR.......wouldn't be so bad if the lake wasn't between here & there! But I thank God for the pretty lake too at my place of work....Thought I would share a picture of the campus I work at........

I am blessed with my job & the beautiful place I work at. God has been so good to me. I praise Him daily.

Monday, October 27, 2008

My granddaughter Savannah turns 3 years old today. I made her a 'chocolate' dress for her birthday & of course had to scour the stores to find her some 'chocolate' shoes to go with. Then I had her Great-grandma to make her baby doll a matching dress! Too cute.

She was very proud of her 'chocolate' dress

Her gifts

Her 'cake' was all cupcakes put together to form this "Pooh" beehive - it was with whipped icing and had clear edible sprinkles on it so it appeared wet. It was delicious & some people wore the icing very well.

Today is her actual birthday, but since I have her on the weekend we decided to do her party on Sunday. She wanted to go to El Camino (her version is "EL CAMITO") for lunch and then we gathered at our house for cake and gifts. We missed Emma and Caleb.

Happy birthday Savannah - Oma love you 'as wide as the ocean, and as deep as the sea'.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I love & miss you!!! Hope you have a wonderful birthday today.

Saturday, October 18, 2008
My sister Beth brought over her grand-daughters to play with Savannah - no matter how old they are (one will be 13 this Saturday) they love to play 'kitchen'. Tonight they had a 'gourmet' meal, one was a chef - other was a server and then they had to have 2 'customers'. They played rather well together - but only after i threatened them - heehee. I think they got what I meant!

Here are some pics of them all playing - forget the cleaning part - they were too busy destroying it all, so I just said forget it for right now....

Chloe` ....... Mia...........Lilly.............Savannah

Mia & Chloe`

Friday, October 17, 2008
Paul Newman
A Michigan woman and her family were vacationing in a small new England town where Paul Newman and his family often visited.

One Sunday morning, the woman got up early to take a long walk. After a brisk five-mile hike, she decided to treat herself to a double-dip chocolate ice cream cone. She hopped in the car, drove to the center of the village, and went straight to the combination bakery/ice cream parlor.
There was only one other patron in the store: Paul Newman, sitting at the counter having a doughnut and coffee.

The woman's heart skipped a beat as her eyes made contact with those famous baby-blue eyes. The actor nodded graciously, and the star-struck woman smiled demurely. Pull yourself together! she chided herself. You're a happily married woman with three children; you're forty-five years old, not a teenager! The clerk filled her order, and she took the double-dip chocolate ice cream cone in one hand and her change in the other. Then she went out the door, avoiding even a glance in Paul Newman's direction. When she reached her car, she realized that she had a handful of change but her other hand was empty.
Where's my ice cream cone? Did I leave it in the store?Back into the shop she went, expecting to see the cone still in the clerk's hand or in a holder on the counter or something. No ice cream cone was in sight. With that, she happened to look over at Paul Newman.

His face broke into his familiar warm friendly grin and he said to the woman: "You put it in your purse."

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Noah's Ark
Someone shared this with me & I would like to share it with you.

Working Replica of Noah's Ark Opens In Schagen, Netherlands

The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was thrown open Saturday for the first crowd of curious Pilgrims and townsfolk to behold the wonder.

Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark, built by Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.

The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.

Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold. A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine. Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been. Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son Roy.

Construction began in May 2005. On the uncovered top deck - not quite ready in time for the opening - will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs and chickens, and goats, and one camel. Visitors on the first day were stunned. 'It's past comprehension, ' said Mary Louise Starosciak, whohappened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw The ark looming over the local landscape. 'I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.'There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater where kids can watch a video that tells the story of Noah and his ark.

Huibers said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands, where church going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years. ''If You Need Help, Ask God. If You Don't, Thank God''... 'Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.' Psalm 23:6When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need. Live today to the fullest because tomorrow is not promised.

Monday, October 13, 2008

27 years ago, God blessed me with another baby girl! You have grown to be a beautiful young lady, have brought me many happy moments (and just a few gray hairs) but praise God those days are behind you and now you are a great blessing and encouragement to me. Love you baby girl. (Sorry sweetie, but you'll always be my "baby girl"). Happy birthday.

To TWO VERY SPECIAL people in my life. I love & appreciate them very much. I am so glad they found each other & that God is blessing them. I praise God for them.

Friday, October 10, 2008
Its Friday ----- are YOU ready for it?

Thursday, October 09, 2008
The Obamamobile
Official Democratic Party campaign car designed exactly the way Obama lays out his message


You figure it out. I have a headache.

(Thanks Beth)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

You are beautiful, funny, busy, and a joy to be with. I love you baby girl!

I'm so glad God placed you in our family! You've have taught us many things in the 2 years you've been with us. Happy birthday sweetheart.

Monday, October 06, 2008
Welcome to the family Mason Peter Smith!
Born on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 3:26pm. He was 7lbs 14oz and 19 1/2in long. Mommy & baby are doing great - praise the Lord.

Big brother Elliott is admiring baby brother Mason - adorable.

Saturday, October 04, 2008
Good morning
"Scatter seeds of kindness everywhere you go;
Scatter bits of courtesy--------
watch them grow and grow.
Gather buds of friendship;
Keep them till full-blown;
You will find more happinessthan you have ever known.
- Amy R Raabe

Thursday, October 02, 2008
She spent the first day packing her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases . On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things.
On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candle-light, put on some soft background music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of spring-water.
When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of the curtain rods.
She then cleaned up the kitchen and left. When the husband returned with his new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days.
Then slowly, the house began to smell.
They tried everything; cleaning, mopping and airing the place out.
Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were steam cleaned.
Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters, during which they had to move out for a few days and in the end they even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting.
Nothing worked!!!
People stopped coming over to visit. Repairmen refused to work in the house.
The maid quit.
Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move. A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house.
Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls.
Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.
The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going.
He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house
Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a price that was about 1/10 th of what the house had been worth, but only if she were to sign the papers that very day.
She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork.
A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home........
And to spite the ex-wife, they even took the curtain rods

Compliments of Bro Moore :)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008
The new Dollar Bill