Friday, July 19, 2013

Fire works.. dangers and scares!

Wednesday evening I got a phone call from our nephew. The neighbor had called him to let him know that there was a fire in the field. Our nephew was on vacation and asked if I was at home. We are next door neighbors. I was not home. He said the neighbor was calling the fire department. Needless to say I hung up the phone and started calling family asking them to get there asap. I also called chu...rch members and asked them to pray they could get it under control. I want to thank our wonderful family, neighbors and fire department for coming out to help! I'm sad to report that someone built a sparkler pipe bomp and placed it in a cousins mail box and drove away. The bomp went off and caught the field on fire. The neighbors say that a dark blue with light blue trim chevy truck with 2 young boys was seen at the mail box and was seen speeding away. It's a sad day when young people don't consider the lives and live stock they put at stake by pulling stunts like this. I pray God convicts their hearts and they turn themselves in. Again thank you to everyone who was so gracious to help out!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Vacation and such!

I keep saying this but man where has the year gone.  I will add some pics to show you what we have been up to.   Last week we went to Orange Beach and had our wedding vows renewed.  Had a wonderful week at the beach.   Hope you enjoy the pics.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Been a while. Been a busy year so far.

I took this picture of the kids on Easter.  
Two beautiful kids I would have to say even though I know I'm partial!

Our grandbaby Julie will turn a year old on the 14th.  We will be celebrating her 1st birthday at our house on the 13th at 1.  We will have hamburgers and hotdogs.  The more the merrier!

My granny has been in the hospital.  She spent a week in the hospital.  Had 3 stints put in after a mild heart attack.  Fluid build up around her lungs kept her there for an extended stay.  The stint surgery went well.  We are glad to have her home.  My Aunt Donna, Uncle Bill and their boys Brad and Dewayne have been here visiting.  Brad and Dewayne fly and their boys fly back home today.  I hadn't seen them since I think 2001!  Brad hadn't been back to Arkansas since he was 15 and he is 47 now.  Boy how time flies.  It was good to see them again.

Alex has started his baseball season.  He's doing fairly well and seems to be enjoying it.  He has two great coaches and that makes a world of difference.

Addie is still doing tumbling an will start a dance class this coming Tuesday.  It's the same day as tumbling so that will make life a tad bit easier having it on the same day.

The kids are both doing well in school.  The both made straight A's on their report cards.  Hopefully they'll continue this trend as they go thru school!

The grandbabies are all doing well.  Julie gave us a scare in January.  She spent several days in ICU after getting the Flu and it turning into pneumonia and rsv.  She is growing like a weed and you can't tell today that she was even sick.  Bentley and Jaylynn are both officially potty trained!  I know their momma's have to be thrilled.  I know that definitely saves on the weekly bills!  This week I went to Granny's and Bentley was there.  He looked up and said Hey Nanna and came running.  I held out my arms to grab him and he passed Addie on his way and I was a long forgotten memory!  The kids love their Aunt Addie.  She is so good with them.  Jaylynn will spend this evening with us at the ball park.  Should give us some good quality time with her.  She is quiet the talker and very serious much like her Daddy.

Have a blessed week and don't forget to be a blessing to someone!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Cry for the Orphan

Yesterday our local Kiwanis group asked me to speak about our adoptions.  I have been fairly quiet the last year about our adoptions.   But if I am asked to speak I am glad to do so.  I enjoy it a lot and I am blessed to be able to encourage people to conisder giving a child a forever family.  Many Christan's go through life saying they don't know what Gods calling for their life is.  I don't have that excuse.  I know what Gods calling for my life is.  He called our family to adopt, he called us to be a voice for the orphan.  He called me to teach His will regarding the plite of the orphan.

As you all have probably heard R*ssia is currently considering closing adoptions to the United States.  This saddens my heart.  We have a close family friend that has adopted twice from Russia.  While in Vietnam she thanked the Director of the orphanage we visited for his dedication to the children there.  She spoke of the untolerable conditions her other two children had endured in R*ssia.  While I am saddened for the families that have longed to hold their children and may never have that opportunity.  My great sadness is for the children that will now linger in orphanages and will never see the outside of those orphanage walls.  These children are left in their cribs, tied to chairs and neglected.  I am sure there are good orphanages in R*ssia but to think about the possibility that non of these children will have the opportunity to have a normal life or to have a Mother, Father, sister or brother is beyond belief.  Politics should remain politics and the children should not be impacted.

I'm attaching a link to Linnys blog  she is a much better writer than I am and makes some good points regarding Gods timing and His mercy on us.  She has asked that we join her in prayer and fasting on 12/29/2012.  If you read this in time please join us.

With all that said I feel renewed with the fact that God has a work for me to do and I will continue to do His will.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


So earlier in the year I started running.  I was always one of those people that said, "Running is not for me." I decided that 2012 was going to be a year of change for me.  So I read the Bible in 90 days and on 3/31 I ran my first 2 mile run.  I ran at the Paws and Claws event at Withrow Springs.  I ran 2 miles in 23 minutes.  Which if you know anything about running that is really pretty dog gone slow!  But hey I did it.  So my next run was in Harrison.  It was a 5k which calculates out to be 3.2 miles.  I ran for Housing for the Orphans and I ran that in 37.05.  Which again is pretty dog gone slow!  Two weeks ago I ran at the Sugar Plum race in Springdale.  It was another 5k and I ran it in 32.43 minutes.  It was all pretty level and I had a 5 minute improvement in my time.  On Sunday I ran the Fayettevile 5k.  If you know anything about this 5k you know that it is hilly.  I was concerned that my time wouldn't be as good this go around since there were so many hills.  I was rather pleased with my results.  I ran it in 32.44.  One second difference than the weekend before.   So I'm running about an 11 minute mile on average which for "runners" that still pretty slow but I'm improving.  The last 2 events I've come in #6 in my age group so overall I'm pleased with my progress.  I'm not telling you about my running as an attempt to brag but to encourage all those people out there that have always said the same thing I did "running is not for me".   Get out and get moving.  You don't know what you can or can't do until you get out and give it a try.  

Here are a few pictures that you can chuck at.  I look like a fat cow!  No matter.. I'm moving and you can too!

This was the last 20 feet or so of the 5k.

Monday, December 10, 2012

It's almost Christmas!

I've been promising pictures for quite some time.  Well I finally have a couple to share.  I've got to get back to taking more pictures of the kids.  Especially here at Christmas.  I always do a comparitive growth year over year of the kids. 
Addie got a new hair cut last week.  It looks super cute on her.  I wish she'd take the barette out of it so you could see it down.  Alas, she likes it pulled back.
 We went to see Santa on Saturday.  We had over an hour wait to see Santa but the kids were troopers.  We then went to see the Christmas lights on the Fayetteville Square.  If you've never been to see the lights you really need to go it's a treat.
Last but not least Jonathon will turn 26 tomorrow! I can't believe he will be 26.  He has always been such a blessing to us.  He protects our county and he loves his family so much.  Happy Birthday Jonathon we are very proud of you!
Don't forget to be a blessing!  In doing so you will receive the greatest blessing yourself.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Whew October is over..

It seems like we had a birthday every week of October!  What we almost did!

Ashton October 13th
Alex October 19th
Joseph October 25th
Johnny November 1st

Yep the pocket book is now a bit lean starting the Christmas shopping season.

We pretty much get a break on birthdays until December.
Jonathon December 11th
Elmer December 15th
James December 17th
Shawna December 22nd

Yep our family pretty well celebrates birthdays in a two month time frame.  Right before Christmas.

I went and voted this morning.  I hope each of you did the same.  I'm one that says you don't have a right to complain if you don't take the opportunity you've been given to vote.  I hope you prayed and voted based on Biblical values.  I don't know what God has planned for our future but it is time we as Christians stand up for our rights and stand up for Biblical values.

To change the subject.. Addie has 3 loose teeth.  One is hanging loose and I can't get it pulled she starts crying the minute she thinks there's going to be pain.  I don't think  Alex is ever going to loose a tooth.  His teeth are still all intact.  It's funny one thing I was so worried about when we got pictures of him was that I thought he had bad teeth. The pictures just weren't clear.  He has a beautiful smile and great teeth.  I really dread it when the kids hit that ugly duckling stage where their teeth look two times to large for their heads.  I remember when the boys went thru that.  Jonathon ended up looking like a goofer and ended up needing braces.  He has great teeth now but it took almost 4 years to get him all straightened out. 

Well this is a mostly a random post about a bunch of nothing but I thought at least I could/should get on and post something.

Have a great week and make it count for the Lord.