Tuesday, October 30, 2012

10-29 Grateful

Home sweet home!  Grateful for waking up in my own bed, getting out for my early morning walk, spending some time with my girls doing our Bible Study...great way to start the week!

Also, supremely grateful for my Hubby and boys who did all the laundry and kept the house picked up while I was gone!  Thank you fellas!

Finally, grateful to live in a country where it is my patriotic duty and privilege to vote.  Even more grateful to live in a state that allows me to vote early!  No lines, no waiting!

Monday, October 29, 2012

10-28 Grateful

The plane stayed up in the air on my way home!  Yea!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

10-27 Grateful

Grateful to spend the day on a girl's only trip to Atlanta to have the American Girl experience of a lifetime.   It was me, my mom and my sister, "The Nice One" and her daughter the "The Queen" along with The Queen's American Girl doll "McKenna".  Road trip!

We had a great time driving over to Atlanta on some quiet two lane highways, over the mountain and through the woods.  Some beautiful, autumn colored woods I might add!  Look at this tree that is across from my Mom and Dad's house.

Once there, we shopped till we dropped! We spent several hours just looking and touching and picking and choosing the most precious doll accessories and outfits.  The Queen got lots of very cool things.  We even ended up getting McKenna's ears pierced.  She didn't even cry!

We followed shopping up with lunch at the American Girl Bistro and McKenna had her own booster seat at the end of the table.

The staff at American Girl were very keyed in on the young clientele and spent a great deal of time getting to know The Queen and McKenna.  It was very cool.  Best shopping day of The Queen's life.

What a great way to spend a Saturday!

Friday, October 26, 2012

10-26 Grateful

I have a lot of catching up to do!  I went out of town for work and didn't blog while I was gone!  Back in the saddle....

First, I LOVE this picture of my Harry with his Cross Country Homies.  It is a keeper!  JV Boys win first place at District last Friday!   This picture is ginormous and I don't know what else to do with it! 

Grateful for an awesome Cross Country season.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

10-24 Grateful

Plane stayed in the air!  Woo Hoo!  Delivered me to my Mom and Dad's house!  Slept like a rock!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

10-20 Grateful

Saturday morning I couldn't sleep in...made me so mad. The alarm clock said 4:17 a.m. and I was wide awake.  Bummer.

I came downstairs and turned on a few lamps.  Then I saw the spectacular flowers that my friend Wanda had sent me on Friday afternoon.  I work with Wanda and we are co-leading this enormous project.  She had to be out last week for some unexpected surgery and sent me flowers to thank me for my support.  How backwards is that?  I should have been sending her flowers!

I was actually on the phone with her when the delivery was made and I was just tickled.  Who doesn't love getting flowers?  What a thoughtful person she is!  I enjoy working with her very much and am just glad her surgery was successful and she is feeling better.

Anyway, the arrangement was just beautiful when it was delivered, but on Saturday the roses had opened up a little more and were just gorgeous.

I am so grateful to work with such wonderful people like Wanda!  Makes all the hard work worth it when you have an awesome team of folks in it with you!

In other Saturday news, Hubby and Harry flew to Tennessee to see the Alabama football game.  They squeezed in a quick trip to the Vandy/Auburn game then headed to Knoxville to see the Tide.  Harry's buddy R got to go with them and I know they had fun!  Well except for the part where they unknowingly parked in a tow away zone and after the game their rental car was gone.  They had to walk a couple miles to the wrecker service place and pay a fine to get their car back.  Geez, am I ever glad I wasn't there for that.  They have eaten 30 Krystals between them in their quick trip to Tennessee and are already headed home.  Good times.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

10-19 Grateful

Friday morning I had to run Harry up to school and drop him off for an early Cross Country Meet.  The bus was leaving at 7:15 so he needed to be at school by 7:00. It is still dark at 7:00.  Friday morning was just gorgeous.  The perfect kind of chilly fall weather that last for about five minutes around these parts. 

We pulled up to the field house at the high school and of course there was lots of action in and out of the building in those wee hours of the morning.  Kids carrying pillows under their arms,  hair disheveled, looking like they were sleep walking through the parking lot.  All heading in to the locker room to change or grab their gear and get on the bus. I watched Harry among them.  So glad he belongs with this group of kids.  So happy he has a place and is part of something. 

Then I pulled out of the parking lot to head home and saw that the football field was lit up.  I glanced over and there in a precise marching formation was the high school band.  Ramrod straight backs, instruments held in front of them all exactly the same way, exact amount of space between each of them.  And there are ALOT of them. This is a massive band and they are good.  I mean REALLY good.  They are sweeping every competition they enter around here. This is why, I guess.  Practice, practice, practice.  They start in the summer, marching for six or seven hours a day.  Then, once the school year starts they come early and stay late. It is alot of work.  The drum line was out in the front parking lot a little closer to me, holding a separate practice I guess.  There is not a sound that is much cooler than hearing a drum line practice. Then the band cranked up a song and I rolled my window down so I could hear them better.  I can still get chill bumps thinking about it.  A chilly Friday morning, a high school band playing for all they are worth, it really was an awesome way to start the morning.

Then still smiling to myself thrilled that I was blessed with a quick early morning concert, I pulled on past the football field toward the school pool. It is heated after the blazing hot weather of summer passes and steam was rising off the water like it was on fire. There was just enough light streaming through it that it looked like something from a movie set. Through the steam, I could see the kids that make up the high school swim team.  Diving in, getting out and with my window still down I could clearly hear them laughing and talking.

I had such a moment where I was just so proud of those kids.  All of them.  I think they will all look back fondly on these years of high school, being part of something.  Working hard but having fun. I know many of them and their parents and they are just good kids.  I can't wait to see what awesome things are in their future.

As for me and the purposed of this post....I am just so grateful to live in a community that supports these kids...my kids.  Giving them the facilities, leadership, teachers, coaches and opportunity to have these experiences.  Truly blessed.  Grateful.  Seriously.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

10-18 Grateful

Today, I was just grateful all day long.  This one is going to be in bullet format:

  • Cool temperatures on an early morning walk.
  • A yellow field trip card that saved the day on my front door this morning!  Thanks John and Peggy!  Seriously appreciate it! 
  • A hot cup of coffee on a chilly morning.
  • A husband who carries down all the dirty clothes in one trip.
  • No New Adds! It is a work thing.  It made me mad today, then happy!  
  • I see a light at the end of the long hours of work tunnel!  I hope it isn't a train!!! 
  • A good workout and a couple more pounds gone.  I think I did 330 crunches today.  Whew.
  • A sweet friend who invited me to A Christmas Affair.  Can't wait.
  • A great friend I can laugh with at the grocery store till we both have to pee.  Does that mean we are getting old? I think that is what that means. 
  • Paper plates.  I love them.  
  • An awesome neighbor who called me outside tonight to hear an owl in the dark.  Her in her jammies.  And my whole family ends up out in her driveway and every single one of them tried to "Hoo Hoo" like an owl.  I am sure they ran the poor bird off. 
  • Sweet boys. 
  • A hot bath.
  • A cozy bed. 
  • A happy heart.
Grateful to feel so blessed! 

10-17 Grateful

Dang, I am always behind.

It is Thursday and I know what I am grateful for today, but that is my next post.....let me think back to Wednesday......

Oh, yes!

Wednesday was "The Queen's" 10th birthday!  I sent her a present for her birthday that I am totally jazzed about!  We are going to the American Girl Store in Atlanta in a few weeks.  We are going to cover that store from top to bottom, maybe get one of the dolls hair done, even have reservations for the Bistro to have lunch.  She was so excited!   I think I am even more excited.  It will be so fun.  Grateful to share this special time with her.  Happy Birthday Queen!  Love you!

My nephew Cole also celebrated his 11th birthday this week!  It is a birthday bonanza around here!  We sent him so cold, hard cash which I hope he spends getting something fun for himself!   He texted me to thank us for the money from his new phone....I think that might be what he spent his money on!

Grateful to have such great kiddos in my life.

10-16 Grateful

I am winding down the day, sitting in Chip's room as he drifts off to sleep.  It is our recent solution to an age old problem of a kid thinking that The Joker is a little bit to close to real.  I don't mind it most nights.  It gives me an opportunity to pick up my computer, check on email, catch up on Facebook and maybe blog for a minute or two.  However, in addition to his own personal body guard keeping an eye on the door for him, he also has a noise machine .  He has it set on ocean and I mean it sounds like waves are hammering the shore just inches from me. I expect any minute to feel the water hit my feet.  It also makes me want to pee.  It won't be long before he doesn't even want me near his room.  So tonight I am grateful that I can bring him some comfort and a little security.

Random:  I am also grateful for Honeycrisp Apples...man are they good!

In other news...

Chip hit a home run over the fence in practice yesterday.  It was on the big field out at Old Settler's where he plays.  He was so excited.

I went to a meeting at the High School last night were we talked about class rank, scholarships, dual credit, transcripts, advanced measures, distinguished diplomas, college applications, ACT, SAT....the list went on and on.  I felt like I needed a paper sack to breath into.  It is overwhelming to have a Junior in high school.  My head was spinning.

Must get some sleep..another action packed day awaits tomorrow!

Good night!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10-15 Grateful

I am in bed.  With my laptop.  Bound and determined to post my grateful post for the last few days.

Monday I was grateful to get back to running a bit.  I have not been feeling that great for the last couple weeks so my morning run has been a morning walk.  Nothing wrong with that..but Monday I was happy to run some of the way.  Felt great.

Bible Study was awesome.  It was a terrific history lesson and I really walked away feeling like I was getting an education and an understanding.  Martha's prayer at the end was a thing of beauty!  I am so grateful that I am finally learning more about God's word and understanding His unconditional love and grace in my life.  It is powerful stuff and it is changing me.

Monday, October 15, 2012

10-14 Grateful

Sunday afternoon I was grateful that my boys convinced me to step away from work to go shoot some hoops with them up at the Elementary school.  Because basically I was a Boss at basketball!

I was covering folks, stealing the ball, running, gunning, guarding and was for all intents and purposes a phenom shooting machine!   Of course, Chip laughed himself into the fetal position many times and wasn't playing that great of a game of defense and of course I am still about six inches taller than him.  But outside of that it was a pretty fair match up.  Me and Hubby against Chip and Harry.

We won by one.

Then we laid down on that concrete and let that hot sun just beat down on us.  It was glorious!

Good times.  Good times indeed.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

10-13 Grateful

Saturday was a great day.  I got lots of things done around the house that I have not been able to do for all the dadgum work I have been doing.   Putting away laundry, mopping, cleaning bathrooms...ahhh it felt great to get things back in order.

Then my sweet Chip invited me to his room and we played Legos for a couple of hours.  He wants to build a base, so we sorted through all his Lego pieces and put together a base.  He was so appreciative of my mad skills at finding the perfect Lego piece he was looking for. I was a great base building assistant.  Grateful that he still wants to hang out and play with me!

Then it was Alabama Football...ROLL TIDE!

Then on to some Eagles baseball!  Go Chip!  They had two games on Friday and it was a bit on the drizzly side, but it wasn't cold... Grateful!  Got some good pictures, but I have to upload them to my computer. Maybe I will get that done in just a bit and share some pictures!

Hope your Saturday was awesome!

10-12 Grateful

Friday was a massively busy day and I was so grateful for all that I accomplished.  I got some big things done at work and that felt great.  However, the highlight of my day was watching Harry run at his cross country meet.  It was an evening meet, which was kinda cool.  And the weather, although a bit muggy wasn't bad.  His race started at 7:00 p.m.   He ran well, but of course he didn't think so.  It seems to be a trend with him.

Got to spend some great time with my friends at the meet.  We have way more fun out there than most parents.  Didn't get many good pictures because it was getting dark and the subjects were moving and that is just a bad combination.

Oh, and Harry brought home an order form for his class ring this week.  What?  Wasn't it just yesterday I was ordering my class ring?  How in the world did this kid of mine get to be a Junior???  It was fun looking at all the options and colors and emblems.  There are way many more choices than when I was in school.  Now they have a website where you can design your ring.  I even went and got me and Hubby's class rings out of my jewelry box and we wore them for a while. It has been fun!

10-11 Grateful

Dang - I am an epic fail at the grateful business!  Now I am four days behind.  I can't really remember Thursday that well so I am going to write about something I am grateful for every single day.

My two sweet, handsome, funny, amazing children.

They are football and Legos, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms, baseball and cross country, rice and macaroni and cheese, root bear and sweet tea, riding bikes and driving cars, blue eyes and brown eyes, physics and long division, curly hair and straight hair, Red Sox and Blue Jays, Sponge Bob and ESPN, getting up early and sleeping in late.

They are the very reason my heart beats.

I love them.  The kind of love that you don't choose...it is just a part of you.  It is unconditional. It is powerful.  It is sometimes overwhelming.  A love that is bigger than anything you can imagine until it is given to you.  An amazing gift.  It is the most wonderful part of being a human that I have experienced.  For my beautiful boys I am eternally grateful.  Forever and ever and ever and ever.  Amen.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10-10 Grateful

Here is what is up in my world and all the myriad of reasons that I feel grateful! 

Today was a very productive day.  I got lots done at work.  Finally starting to feel a little bit in control of the mammoth job we are working on right now. That is a good feeling. 

I also found my crock pot. It wasn’t really lost, but it was forgotten at the High School.  The super sweet lady who was in charge of the teacher event took it home with her AND washed it!  I thanked her for not turning my name in to CPPS (Crock Pot Protective Services). 

I got my stitches out, ran to the grocery store, cooked a yummy dinner including some Kale cooked just like Collard Greens cause I picked up the wrong bag at the grocery store.  They were still yummy! I am definitely a fan of the Collard Green! 

My friend Connie had her hip surgery and is feeling good!  Go Connie! 

Chip had a great day at school.  He told me on the way home that they started Long Division in Math and that he stunk at it.  I just nodded my head and told him I understood, but that I could probably help him out.  So we worked through some problems together and before long he was coasting through the rest of his homework.  Go me…feeling good about some fifth grade math! 

Harry came home about 6:30 from his Tuna rehearsal.  He told me he was asked to stay after tomorrow for some Fine Arts Gala Night to do a theatre performance at school.  I think he is going to do some piece from the Tuna Christmas production with another kid.  Then he also told me he was invited to some State Thespian Festival next month.  It is held in Houston over a three day weekend.  He would get to miss school, so you know he was jazzed about that. Sounds like a lot of fun.  He was full of all kinds of information tonight.  

So, it has been a good day all around.  Feeling grateful, blessed and a little less stressed! 

I hope you are feeling good too!

10-9 Grateful

Sue me…I missed another day of being grateful.  I am starting to think I stink at this!  Let’s catch up, shall we?

Yesterday was Tuesday.  Let’s rewind Tuesday and find some things to be grateful for….I was grateful that I woke up early and got my walk in!  Love my time with Martha in the wee hours of the morning.  It is therapy in motion!  I was grateful that I am starting to feel a little better.  Not quite sure what is off with me, but I think I am finally starting to shake it.  Grateful for hair clips because my hair was an awful mess yesterday.  Grateful that Mr. Knowledge turned me on to Quinoa.  It is especially delicious, although how it is correctly pronounced is a complete mystery to me.   Grateful for a comfortable bed to fall into…exhausted at the end of a busy day.

Monday, October 8, 2012

10-8 Grateful

I am grateful today that I got to sleep in until 8:30!  It was glorious!

The kids were out of school for a Teacher Work Day and so we didn't walk...we slept!

The rest of the day has been a high stress blur, so sleeping in was essential!  Sleeping in and not exercising also makes me miss my walks.  I love that I miss them.

Tomorrow is a regular day, up early and definitely no sleeping in!

In other news:

  • The weather is spectacular.
  • My skin is so dry.
  • My husband walks around saying things like "You should be grateful this stupid dog barks at people in our family and our friends, but not strangers."  Funny but wrong.  Astro barks at strangers too! 
  • I have so much dang laundry to put away. Three giant baskets full.  No one has any clothes in their dresser I am sure.  It has been rifled through a million times as people dig around for certain things.  A mess.  I will have to refold it all.  Or maybe I will just cram it in a dresser and act like it was already wrinkled.
  • Made soup this morning to take to school for the teachers.  I still have dishes in my sink from this morning.  They will still be there in the morning cause I am not doing them tonight.  
  • Last week, I worked 57.5 hours.  That is ridiculous.  Seriously. I am part time. 
  • I did not have Bible Study today since the kids were out of school.  My house looks like a tornado hit it since I didn't clean up for Bible Study.  Missed Bible Study and my clean downstairs.
  • My boys are sitting here watching the Yankees/Orioles and talking about how they hate every Yankee that picks up a bat and approaches the plate. They are definitely Red Sox fans. 
  • However, Harry is also very disgusted with the Red Sox Managerial candidates.   And also miffed that the Celtics lost to some Turkish team in a preseason basketball game. Sometimes it is better not to have all that information.  
  • My skin is getting rashy again. It is pissing me off. 
  • I was sporting some smaller jeans this weekend.  Thank you Connie! 
  • Connie is having hip surgery on Wednesday this week.  Let's all say a prayer for a perfect surgery and a quick recovery!  
That is all.  I am going to bed. 

10-7 Grateful

Alright, alright...I know I am a day behind now, but I am going to catch up and do two posts in one day!

Sunday, October 7th....grateful for a house full of boys that are happy with waffles for dinner!  

Chip lost his game on Sunday, but they played them hard.  The game ended in a tie and had to go to some crazy Texas tie-breaker and the other team pulled ahead.  They played well but with those breezy temperatures I was happy to head to the house!   Grateful for heat too!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

10-6 Grateful

I am supremely grateful for FLEECE!  Warm, cozy, toasty fleece!

Yesterday, I was blessed enough to be outside all the live long day! I got to watch Harry in a great cross country meet.  I think there were 3400 kids there from all over the area.  It was a big one!  The temperature was dropping all day.  Harry ran great (even though he never thinks so)!   It was a race PR for him.  He did 3.2 miles in 21 minutes and change!  OMG!  So proud of him!  Had just a great morning out there dashing all over that course watching those kiddos run with my friends.  It was fun!  AND I took about 600 pictures!  Can't wait to go through them and see if I got any good ones!

Next, it was time for baseball.  Chip's first baseball game was supposed to be at 4:00, but didn't start until 6:00.  The temperature continued to drop all afternoon.  By the time it ended about 8:00 p.m. my teeth were chattering.  I mean it was dang near COLD!  This was the first game for Chip's fall team and it was a good one!  It ended in a tie!  Chip played great!  Pitched awesome - fielded several balls - made some great catches - hit good!  It was a good showing by the Eagles!  And the other team had some awesome tunes blasting from a boom box!  Sweet!

We had a little time before his second game to go home and get more clothes.  I grabbed fleece and it was the best!

Second game was good right up to the last inning when it kind of got out of control and we lost, but we were contenders and that is really something we can live with.  Chip had another great game even battling the chilly, windy conditions!  It didn't end until almost 11:00 p.m.!  Had such an fun time out there with our baseball families.  We have a great group of parents and kids and that makes it enjoyable even when the conditions aren't so good.

Today, we are back in baseball mode!  First game at 10:00 and it is going to be 50 degrees! Can't wait!

Have an awesome, blessed day and I hope you have lots to be grateful for yourself!

Friday, October 5, 2012

10-5 Grateful

Today I am grateful for the following:

* It's Friday.  Enough said.

* My sweet Chip's big smile when I picked him up after school and he was busting to tell me he got a 100 on his spelling test and an unbelievable 105 on his Math test.  You know, we are genetically challenged in math, so a 105 is definitely something to celebrate!

* Harry remembering that I was not feeling good and the first thing he said when he walked in the door from school was "Hey Mom, how are you feeling?"  Sweet boy.

*  Feeling better.  Thank goodness.

Tomorrow we have a cross country meeting in the morning and two baseball games in the afternoon.  The weather is going to be spectacular. Nice and cool.  Can't wait!

Hopefully I will have some pictures to post in tomorrow's post!

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

10-4 Grateful

Today I am grateful for good news from my skin biopsy.  The results showed that I had inflamed skin that had been scratched.  Doesn't seem like you needed to take a plug out of my arm to determine that, but I will take it. There were some complicated medical terms for inflamed and scratched, but the gist was that it was not much of anything.  The doctor said it was good news since it ruled out it being anything bad.

I am to continue on my high dose antihistamines until next week when I get my stitches out.   Rash feels much better, not itching at all.  I think it is definitely working.

That is good and I am grateful.

Very grateful.

You know, today has been kind of a crap day for me.  Work is crazy.  Super crazy.  I don't feel very good either.  Spending a few minutes thinking about what I am grateful for is an excellent exercise. It was easy and it made me feel better about my day.

Tomorrow is Friday!  So grateful for that too!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

10-3 Grateful

Just slipping in under the wire....it is after 11 p.m. and after a whirlwind day of work, emergency fill in for Hubby to take Chip to baseball practice, dinner and more work I am heading to bed.

Today, I am grateful for...
  • That crazy throw to first base not hitting my little Chipster in the head while he was getting a drink by the dugout. Just a matter of inches.  Man, that would have hurt.
  • Coffee.  Lots and lots of coffee.
  • Sleeping in till 6:30 in the morning!  Woo Hoo!  Can't wait!
  • Chilly temperatures heading this way!
  • Afternoons talking with my boys about their day.  It is the best.  Even when it is about how hard PreAP Physics is or getting a page by page summary of the latest Big Nate book.  
Now, I am going to go lay my grateful weary head on a super soft pillow and get some sleep!

Good night!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

10-2 Grateful

I was going to write about what a long, long day this has been.  Work is killing me.  Seriously.  But you know I am doing the grateful thing. Today I am so grateful that I get to work from home.  I put in probably nine hours of work today, but because I am fortunate enough to work from home, I was here to see my kids off to school, run to the gym for my session, pick my little Chip up from school, hear about his day, greet Harry when he got home from school, make dinner and even do a couple of loads of laundry.  All while still at the office.  It is good to work from home. 

Working from home also means I don't actually pull anyone's hair out of their head.  A couple of times today, had I been in physical proximity, I may have just done some hair pulling.  Saved from myself. 

So today I am grateful not only for my job, but for the fact that I get to do it from the comfort of my own home, surrounded by the people I love.  I'm a lucky girl! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

31 Days of Grateful

I am going to get back in the habit of blogging every day, by committing to posting something for each and every one of the thirty-one days in October.  In each and every post I am going to include something I am grateful for.  I think it is very appropriate as we lead up to the season of Thanksgiving that is just around the corner and approaching faster than a freight train.  I have so much to be grateful for but sometimes in the day to day grind, those blessings are easily overlooked.  I am putting them front and center.  Giving them a moment in time to shine.

Today, I am grateful for....

My husband.
Our marriage.

I can't really do one without the other. They go hand in hand.  All marriages go through ups and downs and ours is certainly no exception.  At this very moment in time, our marriage is something to celebrate and cherish.  He makes me laugh, even when I don't want to.  I find it charming, instead of aggravating.  He helps me when I am overloaded.  I appreciate it, instead of expect it.  He talks to me and I listen.  He listens when I talk to him.  Mostly.  He is encouraging to me.  He is a great Dad and looked up to as a hero by our boys.  He just makes me happy.  I don't know that I could list all the things about him that I love, but I know that I miss him when he is gone and that when he walks through the door the house just feels different.  He is an energy field all his own.  I don't know that a year ago, or five years ago, or ten years ago I could have loved him as much as I do today.  I am just so thankful that every trial, every hiccup, every difficulty brought us to this.  To where we are right now.  The journey wasn't always easy, but without a shadow of a doubt, it was certainly worth it.  I am so grateful that I am doing life with him.

In other, way less sappy news, from the week:

Dermatologist did not know what was causing my crazy rash.  She took a biopsy that required two stitches to close.  She put me on four Allegra a day, a prescription strength of Benadryl for night time and a topical cream for my skin.  Seems to be working.  Itching is much more controlled and the rash is fading.  Yea! I go back in about 10 days to get my stitches out and if the biopsy doesn't turn up something she is going to have me tested for contact allergens.  You know that thing where you get 100 patches on your back to see what swells up?  Good times.  Sometimes I am just grateful to wake up and not have a new rash spread across my face!  It will be soooooo easy to find something to be grateful for every day! 

No baseball this weekend.  Rained out. Boo!

Weather in the morning is SPECTACULAR!!!  Made for an awesome run this morning!

Bible study this morning was amazing and scary.  It was about tests and how God will keep putting you up against something until you learn from it.  From hard tests come great lessons.  We had wonderful discussion after the video and I realize again and again how much more alike we are than different.  All of us are scared of hard tests.  I am grateful for Bible Study and the wonderful women that share it with me every week. 

My brother-in-laws knee replacement surgery went well.  He is  home. Recuperating.  Doing his Physical Therapy - taking his pain meds!  So happy that he is on the road to recovering!! 

I have kicked off my Christmas shopping!  The first gift of Christmas has been purchased!

That can only mean one thing....the holidays are just around the corner.  Must get down my Halloween decorations this week!  Time to get some pumpkins and scarecrows out and about!  I love this time of year!  A little nervous about the enormous amounts of candy that come with this festive time of year.  I wonder if my kids would notice if we just handed out bags of carrots??

I made an Egg Casserole with Kale and Mushrooms this morning for Bible Study.  Kale is a power food.  One of the best.  The casserole was actually pretty tasty...even being healthy!  Thanks to my girls for being guinea pigs for all these recipes I try! I will make this one again!   Hey, Nice One...this is another one you would love.  I will send you the recipe!  That girl will eat broccoli with eggs. UGH!!  Kale will be an improvement! 

I have such a new take on Mondays since I started hosting Bible Study here....kick off the week with my house clean (well...the downstairs is clean!  The upstairs....not so much)....a little God....the week stretched out in front of me with endless opportunity and promise.  It is a great way to kick off the week.  Now, when Friday rolls around the house will be a wreck and I may be too, but for now all is well in my world! 

I hope it is well in yours too!