Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
- Get some of my work published again in devotional or other format
- Bake healthy loaves of bread in my bread machine on a regular basis
- Get 30 minutes of exercise 3+ days a week
- Learn to play progressive rummy even if it kills me
- Get over my fear of failure and try new things no matter how much it embarrasses me
- Jump out of an airplane without breaking any bones upon landing
- Tell my husband I love him every day
- Learn some conversational Italian and/or Spanish
- Go to Italy to visit my relatives before it is too late
- Truly love those who have wronged me or my family...and then pray blessings for them
- Read the stacks of books beside my bed and then pass them on
- Accept my body for what is it; accept my looks and grow old gracefully & avoid plastic surgery
- Cultivate a deep sense of peace and contentment, knowing that GOD is in control
- Refuse to let my physical ailments define who I am and what I can do
- Sing again in church or other group
- Learn to use all of the features on my iPod, computer and cell phone
- Be able to take naps at any time, any place, like my husband
- Learn to grow indoor plants and develop a "green thumb," rather than a "black one"
- Wear only the clothes in my closet that fit; give away the rest. Same with shoes I never wear
- Blog, blog, blog...
- Collect sea glass every time I go to the beach and make something beautiful out of these pieces
- Love unconditionally because God first loved me
- Work on my critical spirit~ask the Holy Spirit to help me with this one
- Try scuba diving at least once simply because Allen enjoys it
- Go on a short-term mission trip outside the USA
- Support missionaries and sponsor a child through CMF
- Decide what I want to be when I grow up!!!!!!!!! A medical assistant or something better?
- Keep in touch with out of town friends in PA, Maryland, etc. Send cards to those girlfriends!
- Switch to fair-trade coffee (got that one from Bethany)
- Eat more whole grains, fruits and veggies
- Wear sunscreen on my face and hands every day, not just sometimes
- Learn to make an incredible Tiramisu!
- Go grey (gray) just to see what my hair really looks like without all the harmful color and highlights. This will be a major challenge as you can imagine--I am working on this now. Please do not be shocked!
- Give to the poor in my community/serve them as often as I can
- See no race or color. See people only as God sees them
- Read my Bible more often and memorize scripture
- Be more politically aware and write my senators and leaders when it is important to speak up
- Tell my son & daughter that I love them every day
- Build bridges in any broken relationships I have in my life. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff
- Join the YMCA again
- Invite people into our new home and practice hospitality
- Organize my office and papers that clutter my life~
- Give away any books I do not need
- Switch to organic or natural cosmetics & hair care products that are not tested on animals
- Get an old, scruffy dog. Yeah, what Beth said.
- Learn to drive, park and tie up the boat all by myself! Did this 3 times last weekend. Yahoo!
- Visit Chicago and maybe get tickets for the Oprah show-going to Chicago end of Oct. No Oprah tickets!
- Visit Brian in northern VA
- Watch the sunrise over Lake Greenwood
- Update my calendar yearly with the birthdays of friends and family
- Take more pictures and put them into photo albums
- Help out in a soup kitchen more than just once in a blue moon
- Babysit for a couple or single mom who cannot afford a sitter
- Clean a friend's house just because--I like cleaning so this one was easy. Thanks Jenny!
- Lose 10+ pounds. Oh, that's just depressing!
- Spend time getting to know the teens in my church and the seniors too
- Visualize World Peace
- Help Aunt Lori move to South Carolina in 2009--May happen in 2010.
- Help my inlaws move to South Carolina in 2009--May happen in 2010. Neither have house on market.
- Attend and celebrate Bethany's college graduation in 2009!
- Learn to bite my tongue a little more often
- Never go to bed angry if I can help it...or don't let the sun go down on my anger...
- Really keep a journal; it doesn't matter how often I write just so I write
- Make batches of homemade meatballs and Italian soup more often
- Get back on my bicycle so I can enjoy rides with my hubby
- Work at listening and not interrupting others when they have something to say
- Dream big dreams for Jordan and Bethany and believe God for the outcome!
- Be a good parent and a better friend to my children
- Kiss my husband good night whenever possible!
- Watch all of our Rob Bell nooma DVD's
- Give flowers to a friend who is sad or lonely
- Camp out under the stars for a night
- Stop biting my nails when I am stressed out or nervous
- Floss at least once a day
- Use the good china for everyday meals, not just special occasions like X-mas or Easter
- Shop for a month using only cloth or reuseable bags
- Tip a waiter or waitress who really tried to get my order right but didn't for whatever reason
- Go for a glider ride
- Take a cooking class with Allen
- Stop all ordering stuff via the internet for one month--done this summer it was tough.
- Replace old lightbulbs in the house with newer energy efficient ones
- Visit Asheville, NC and Athens, GA soon!
- Practice gentle yoga and meditation
- Get up and sing a karaoke song
- Catch fish in Lake Greenwood and throw em back. I've caught one fish so far all summer!
- Make stuffed grape leaves, lebanese style
- Attend a Clemson, USC or Georgia football game--USC game Oct 10th, 2009 going with Kevin &Julie!!
- Make a snow angel while living in SC
- Read Pride and Prejudice again and other Jane Austen classics
- Start working crossword puzzles again to stimulate my brain
- Get to know Ashley better and pray for the best in her life
- Take my own sunset picture over Lake Greenwood and frame it
- Take a meal to a neighbor
- Find a used elliptical machine I love
- Recycle as much as I can
- Learn to laugh at Myself!
- Shop at my local produce stands and farmer's markets
- Tell my niece how much Jesus loves her! I am praising God that Baleigh asked Jesus into her heart in 09.
- Participate in a Walk for Life or Relay for Breast Cancer awareness
- Write a love letter to Mom--
- Post this on my blog~P.S. I roasted my own salty & delicious pumpkin seeds too.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Mother, Mommy, and then my Mom
Sunday School at Hope Lutheran
Summer camp where I learned to love Jesus
Swimming at Aunt Julie’s, Drive-in movies and Kennywood Park
Best cook in the world—homemade sauce & meatballs, grape leaves & stuffed olives
Anise bread for the holidays
Mancini’s Bread every day, provolone cheese and Beto’s pizza
Rough years in Jr. High, temper tantrums too
Carnegie Assembly of God got me straightened out
Apology letters to each other. Do you remember those notes we’d write?
Confidante in High School. Bruce, being at Gram’s house, love & graduation.
A new beau, this Allen from
How will you support my daughter you asked?? A ring and a promise to care for me
No worries Mom cos I’m sure he’s the One and I’m going to be Ok
Allen, my lover, my soul has been all that and more
Baby on the way, JD the blonde haired blue eyed peanut. You all came to take care of me. Colicky child #1
Toddler and Bethany kicking in the womb. Again you came. A boy and a girl, both within 2 years; colic again!
More trips back & forth with Megz in tow. Wave pool,
Kids are growing up too fast. High schoolers now and graduation looms.
2004—JD graduates; 2005—B graduates. Colleges far away. Heartache over
Our relationship is changing; Can you feel it? What can I say? I’m a grown woman too. Not always on the same page, but the love is always there Mom, it’s always been there. Respect and love. Remember that you pointed me to Jesus. Remember that you loved me no matter what I did or said. And I love you all the more…
Monday, November 2, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
But on a positive note I can cross off the following #'s:
3. 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week. Swimming in the lake and walking are very helpful.
6. Get ready to jump out of an airplane before my 45th birthday!!!
7. Tell my wonderful husband that I love him every day. No brainer right?
14. Refuse to let my physical ailments define who I am and what I can do. Again, swimming across the cove hurt like the dickens, but I am glad I did it.
23. Work on my critical spirit. I am thankful to Pastor David for challenging sermons on this subject.
#40 Join the YMCA. We never go!
#60 Attend & celebrate Bethany's graduation from ACC. She was not able to walk but we are celebrating her achievements and congratulate her success!! We are proud of Baby Girl.
Well, there you have it. A brief update. And I will attempt to keep my fingers away from the mouse in the next 30 days. Perhaps I should unsubscribe to those pesky stores. Until next time-Breathe.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon lime zest
Small handful fresh cilantro, leaves and stems chopped fine
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup gold tequila
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin or chili powder
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 pounds large or jumbo shrimp, cleaned and deveined
4 swordfish steaks, 1/2 inch thick or 1 1/2 pounds sea scallops, cleaned and threaded on wooden skewers
Allen and I almost always use this marinade for shrimp or fish. You can leave the shell on the shrimp if you prefer to peel and eat after grilling.
Mince garlic with salt to form a paste, chopping in lime zest and cilantro.
Transfer to a small bowll and whisk in lime juice, tequila, and spices. Pour into heavy duty Ziploc or a glass baking dish. Add fish or skewered scallops and cover or zip bag tight. * Soaking the skewers will keep them from burning and add to the flavor.
Marinate in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once. Remove from marinade. Grill over very hot coals till cooked to taste, about 2-3 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
*Serve with hot jasmine rice. For coconut rice, add a splash of lite coconut milk, 1/4 cup grated coconut and a sprinkle of mango powder. Cumin also works in place of the mango powder.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
1. It's never Hi or Hello; It is always Heyyyyyyy. Howyadoin?
2. Steak and baked potatoes are a big deal, especially when served with ranch dressing/aka special sour cream.
3. It is impolite to blow your horn while driving behind an idiot. Nope, no matter what, do not lay on that horn. People glare you for acting like a Yankee!
4. It is however, common courtesy to wave to perfect strangers on the street or on the lake as you pass each other on your boats, Sea-Doo or other watercraft vehicles.
5. SC is divided into 2 camps: USC fans and Clemson fans. Upon moving to SC one must immediately declare loyalty to a college team--I will refrain from telling you which team I chose.
6. Mud-bogging. Pickup trucks. Big pickup trucks with monster truck wheels.
7. Shag dancing is something to be learned; one cannot fake these dance moves for very long.
8. Rebel Flags, American Flags and South Carolina flags abound. Not always in this order.
9. It is imperative that you learn how to mash a button. It is also good to know that you are "fixin to do something or fixin to go somewhere." These are very important phrases.
10. It is either Ya'll or Y'all depending on whether you imply all ya'll or y'all. All you all know what I mean.
I could go on, but these are just a few observations. Of course I do realize that BBQ is king down here, as is hash, shrimp and grits, sweet tea, pimento cheese, corn bread, black eyed peas, collards and the like. Good stuff and I am grateful to be here in the land of Dixie!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The devotional was titled, "The Greatest Miracle in the World," by Og Mandino. I am going to share a few excerpts from this because it inspired me and was in some way an answer to my prayer dated May 12th. I hope it touches your heart.
I love you. You are the greatest miracle...
"The passing years have destroyed your recollection, for they have filled your mind with fear and doubt and anxiety and remorse and hate and there is no room for joyful memories where these beasts habitate.
Weep no more. I am with you...and this moment is the dividing line of your life. All that has gone before is like unto no more than that time you slept within your mother's womb. What is past is past. Let the dead bury the dead.
This day you return from the living dead. This day, like unto Elijah with the widow's son, I stretch myself upon thee three times and you live again.
This day, like unto Elisha with the Shunammite's son, I put my mouth upon your mouth and my eyes upon your eyes and my hands upon your hands and your flesh is warm again.
This day, like unto Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus, I command you to come forth and you will walk from your cave of doom to begin a new life.
This is your birthday. This is the new date of your birth. Your first life, like unto a play of the theatre, was only a rehearsal. This time the curtain is up. This time the world watches and waits to applaud. This time you will not fail.
Light your candles. Share your cake. Pour the wine. You have been reborn.
Like a butterfly from its chrysalis you will fly...fly as high as you wish, and neither the wasps nor dragonflies nor mantids shall obstruct your mission or your search for the true riches of life.
Feel my hand upon thy head.
Attend to my wisdom. Let me share with you, again, the secret you heard at your birth and forgot.
You are my greatest miracle.
You are the greatest miracle in the world.
Those were the first words you ever heard. Then you cried. They all cry..."
I will claim May 12, 2009 as the day of my rebirth.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Fruit salad in the month of July or August is a special treat--watermelon chunks nestled next to ripe strawberries, blueberries and maybe even raspberries. Yum! The flavors are succulent. Fresh fruit is good for our bodies because it provides vitamins A & C, and E--important nutrients. God designed our bodies to live on healthy foods. He also designed a way for our spiritual bodies to grow in strength and might. Our spiritual nourishment comes from his Word and the Holy Spirit.
God, in his bountiful kindness, gave us his written Word to carry with us in our daily lives. It is through the eternal goodness of God's word that we learn about our Father's character and gain understanding of his kindness and mercy. Being saturated with God's Word is the beginning of aligning our lives with his character and spreading his kindness to others.
Imagine again a tasty fruit salad. When we spend time in the Word and in prayer, our spiritual fruit is healthy and full of life.
Now imagine making fruit salad with fruit that is days old. Fruit flies take over and leave you with unrecognizable lumps. When we fail to read God's Word and focus instead on worthless things, aren't we more likely to be unkind and disobedient? We react to situations inappropriately because we have deprived our bodies of their spiritual nourishment. God's Word does preserve us. It has the ability to keep us from worthless things and can keep our kindness from deteriorating. God can't use us when our fruit is moldy.
Weed & Water:
Pray for the strength to resist pursuing worthless things. Prayer for the day: Father, turn my eyes from worthless things and...
*Fruit that is not used rots quickly.
Taken from Bible Seeds 2002/DZ
Monday, May 4, 2009
Although we are experiencing a certain loss of privacy right now, we are reaping the benefits of engaging conversation with our grown children. We have outrageous vegetarian meal nights, boating adventures and laughter that we wouldn't trade for anything. It is great fun to reminisce over the good old days when the kids were young. They really got into having pool parties every summer, bonfires in the fall and our annual Christmas Eve/Christmas morning festivities.
I know that having Jordan and Bethany home is but for a season. It is a good season; one my husband and I will cherish until this season passes and a new one begins. I have a feeling Summer 2009 will be a summer to remember. Boomerang!