Saturday, April 30, 2011

Praying for more

One of the things I love most about blogging is getting to know more about all the other bloggers that I follow.  No matter who they are or where they are from, they all have a story to tell.  And this is one story I had to share.


This cute couple is asking for your help.


You see they are like the blog title says, a "Party of Two...Praying for More."  And this sweet couple have made the decision to start the adoption process to bring a little girl or boy into their family.  If you would like to read more about their big announcement, click here.

As they go through the long and expensive process and await the moment they get to hold their precious angel, they are asking for our help.  

Prayers 
Pray the process will go by quickly.  Pray for the child.  Pray for them as future parents.  
Pray that throughout this process they seek God's will.

Expenses
They have the CUTEST shirts available for purchase to help out with this expensive process.

In brown
&
In sand

And if you order them online, they will ship them to you.


Each t-shirt is a reminder for someone to think about and pray for their little one, 
wherever they may be or whenever they may be born! 

They wanted me to share this with you, "We are humbled by your support and love! Thank you in advance!"

 So, please stop by their blog by clicking here and purchase one or more t-shirts.  Once on their page, look at the far right sidebar (under "help us bring our baby home") and you'll see where you can pick your size and color and pay through paypal.

And be sure to follow their blog to read more about their future angel.  And/or you can follow them on twitter by clicking here.

Megan and Russ, please know that there are many people praying all over the world for your future little one.  And I can't wait to order our shirts!!!

BTW - all pictures were taken by Russ.  Talk about a photographer!
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Heartbreaking

Yesterday evening, we were walking around in the front yard and we came across some limbs that you could tell didn't come from any of our trees, a milk carton and this...

insulation from someone's residence. 

It's heartbreaking.  This chunk of insulation measures a little more than a foot and I can only imagine which house this piece of insulation belonged to. If you have driven down HWY 514 from HWY 145, you can follow the destruction the tornado's track left.  It doesn't follow the actual road, but if you look to your left — you'll see the twisted trees with a new thinned out path from storm.  It never came off the ground once on the ground.

The house is only a short five minute drive from where the four individuals lost their life — along with many houses that are no longer or heavily damaged.  And seeing this piece of insulation makes you wonder how many other pieces of someone else's home is scattered throughout the community. 

This tremendous storm showed no mercy.  None of the storms that ripped through the south cared if it destroyed a small community or a large, thriving city.  However, no matter where the tornadoes ripped apart families and structures — what you will see now, three days after, are communities coming together to help pick up the pieces.  Communities are making sure that their neighbors know they are loved and that we do, care.  Please continue to pray for our neighbors and the other counties devastated.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Dana's Top Ten

Y'all know I love a good, funny, witty blog post and my friend Dana simply cracks. me. up!  I love her!  I love the fact that even with all the drama of being a mommy to three beautiful girls, she still has the time to make beautiful, amazing art and cook some delicious meals for her hubby!!  


If you want to check out her art work, click here.

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And now I give you, Dana's "Pointer's from a fed-up mom..."

So that I don't loose what's left of my mind, I'm about to brainstorm here on my "blawg". Here, I'll make a few suggestions - off the top of my head, of course. Nothing pre-meditated here.

10) From now on, glasses will not be used at the dinner table. The kids can either sip the milk straight from the table surface or suck it straight out of paper towels.

9) Two cups of acorns, a palmful of pepples or 15 cents in pennies shall be added to all loads of laundry, thus making a wet, exploded Pull-Up inside the washing machine seem like a walk in the park.

8) A 50-ft water hose will be run straight from the back patio through the den, kitchen and hallway straight into the guest lavatory for all baths and/or showers. This way, gallons of water in the floor won't be a surprise.

7) 25 will be the new default volume on all televisions and radios. This will serve as Deafening Noise Bootcamp. Afterward, Parents can boastfully attest that the screams, yelps, and blood-curdling tattling will not even register.

6) All meals will sauce, melted cheese, and/or sticky glazes shall be consumed in the family minivan. Wet Wipes available on request.

5) Should said minivan be at the detail shop for 10 consecutive days for cleaning overhaul,
slippery meals such as noodles, rice, etc. will be served on slippery melamine plates. Children will be encouraged to fix their own plate. Bonus points for tipping the plate as they walk to the table.

4) Sanford & Son reruns shall play on a continual loop, therefore mapping out a specific plan for how much more crap will be required for littering the front lawn. Bonus points for out of season clothing items. (i.e. wool winter coats in the summer; half of a bikini in the winter.)

3) Large, classy objects d'arte shall be replaced throughout family home with small, sharp knick-knacks and bric-a-brac. Think "Jacks" and "safety pins". Extra point if found in hallway carpet...in the dark.

2) Dry, in-tact rolls of toilet paper shall be off limits. All toilet paper must meet these requirements: *on the floor; *shredded; *damp, preferably from bath water, and so on.

1) Forego any stops at the 181 Shell station's "Beer Cave". Buy in bulk from Sam's.

Y'all go and check out some more of Dana's "blawg" posts by clicking here.  She may not post every day, but when she does, it's pretty much the funniest thing you will ever read!

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Perfect Song for today's events

With today's royal wedding and with all the "official" royal wedding business of the day, I think this song is exactly how Kate has been feeling until now.  Why now?  Because today she said, I DO!! 


This is one of my new favorite songs, I do.  
Colbie Caillat has been adorning my iPod for a few years now
and hearing this song always makes me feel all gitty inside.

Congratulations Kate and William — thanks for letting all of us celebrate this day with y'all!
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

After the storm

I want to thank all of you who have commented, sent texts, emails and those of you who have mentioned me in tweets, we are okay and thankful for God's mercy by sparing us from structural damage and loss of life.  However, the same cannot be said for my parents' community were I was raised.  

A short twenty five minute drive to the south, and you will see destruction, heart breaking views of what use to be and a community coming together to clean up the aftermath.     


This was the first site of damage I saw while driving down HWY 145 South — the Yates home, which is less than a mile from my parents' house. I remember driving by this house day after day and I especially remember their house at Christmas — lights strung around the fence which is now torn up from the tornado.  Today, they are trying to pick up the pieces of their home.

Before turning on HWY 514, I went to my folks house, the house where I was raised, to witness for myself that it was safe and sound.  There is no place like home, the home where I was raised to say yes mam and no sir, played in the backyard with the neighbors and the place where I know I'm always welcome because it is still my "home."
After saying a quick prayer thanking God for the safety of not only my parents' home, but also the fact that they weren't there during the storm — I made the  short journey back down the road to turn down HWY 514.

Once turned, I saw the beautiful site of our church, Union Baptist Church, still standing without damage.  It is now the command center and with so many cars and people, I didn't take a picture.  But for those of you who have been asking about our church — it is still as beautiful as ever.  Past the church, you can see the trees twisted and mangled together.  It will remind you of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina only these trees were not bent over or snapped.

Then I turned down County Road 480 where you couldn't tell where the woods end and the road begins.  Clarke County employees were pushing the debris off of the pavement so the road can be a thru road, again.


While watching the trees being pushed out of the way you could hear them snapping in half.  Other workers were using chainsaws to help clear the way.  The smell of the fresh saw dust will stick with me for days, however, these images will stay with me throughout my life.  This was also a road that we traveled often.  Summer days, we turned down this road to head to the pool.  And one summer, I learned to drive on this road.  The first house on the left was my favorite house on the road, the Pogue's house.  


While waiting for the debris to be moved from the road, I talked with Mrs. Barbara Robinson, Ed Pogue's daughter.  She started describing the damage to me and then she said, "well come on, let's cut through the woods so you can see what I'm talking about."  We did.  We climbed up the bank and through the briers and then we got to the clearing to see all the damage.  
 Thankfully no was has been living here for a while which also meant no one was there during the storm.  The windows are all busted out, curtains hanging out blowing with the wind and yet, somehow the house, even with all the damage, is still breathtaking.  The late Ed Pogue built this house with his own two hands.  And I remember visiting with he and his wife, Jimmie many times while growing up.  While talking with Mrs. Barbara, I told her one of my favorite memories of her dad was him giving me my weekly piece of hard candy at church.


We looked at the barns that were moved hundreds of feet to their new location across the road, now in a pile of rubble. As we were staring at the destruction, I mentioned that I was glad he wasn't alive to see this mess.  She said, "if he was — he would say it's all just stuff, nothing that can't be rebuilt."


Walking around the south part of the house, she found pieces of china from the home, unbroken.  Something you wouldn't expect to find with this much damage.  


And as we turned to the back of the house, we found part of a trailer that was once down the hill, up the hill embedded now into the carport of the house. 


Back to the front of the house, we found trees uprooted from somewhere else now resting on their sides where they do not belong.


And the beautiful Magnolia tree which held the Pogue's great granddaughters first swing, ripped in half, blown over and mangled with other debris.


In front of the house in the middle of the road laid a pole and transformer, mashed with wires all around.


And then we found the other half of the trailer — the frame twisted with bed frames mixed in with debris from trees.


With part of the trailer flipped upside down.


And the rest of it flat to the ground with broken glass all around.

As hard as it was for me to see the wrath this storm took on the Pogue residence the hardest part was seeing their great granddaughter, whose swing was in one of the pictures above, see the destruction for the first time.

This area isn't as populated as Tuscaloosa, Ala. and it hasn't been on the national news, however this area still needs your prayers — especially as they begin to pick of the pieces of what once was, remember the good times that were had and the good times that will take place here, again.

While other parts of the south are getting visits from the President, Governors and others, the one thing this community has is the people of this community — coming together to help their neighbors who are in need.

    God is our refuge and strength,
         A very present help in trouble.
    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
         And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
    Though its waters roar and foam,
         Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
The LORD of Heaven's Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.
Psalm 46: 1-3, 7

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Praising the good Lord

 I'm thankful to be able to blog tonight.  The terrible weather had us all worried and upset, but thankfully from what we can see — we don't have any damage.  However, that isn't the case a mile from here.  And sadly, lives have been lost in our area from the tornadoes.  Please be in prayer for our wonderful South.

On to happier news, tonight we were celebrating with my neighbors on the birth of their son, Mason.  He was born in March, but I told them when they were ready — I would cook them any meal they wanted.  And they picked tonight with the menu of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, peas and cornbread.  I fully intended to make brownie balls, but due to the weather — that didn't happen.

So, meet the little guy who helped me forget about all the bad weather 
and smile because he is truly a gift from God!

Little Mason Michael Hill.  I could eat him up, he is that precious!

And I got to snuggle with him while his parents ate their meal.  
And then his mama fed him his meal while we ate and he left like this...

Sacked out!

Sweet boy!  I can't wait for him to come back and visit so I can get my baby fix.  Oh and Marleigh, well she loves to lick his feet.  lol



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Bracing for more storms

I just got home to let Mar Belle out before this storm hits 
and she isn't liking this weather anymore than I am.  


Stay safe out there, y'all!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Meet Myrtle

 And Myrtle's new ride.

Photo by Brian Livingston, one of our writers/photographers

Yes, our parking police officer, Myrtle has a new ride.  Last Wednesday, we saw her zipping around outside on her T-3 personal mobility unit (T-3PMU).  Of course half of the office had to get up to see what she was on and ask her questions about how she likes it, uses it, etc.

But, here is my question — why?  Why do you need one of these when you cover about 8 (if that) blocks.  Trust me, she has NO problem getting back around to make sure you have or haven't moved from the parking space with the noted time posted on the sign.  (Don't get me started on that "permanent" chalk.)  And she is so good that she will get there two minutes before your time is up and still write you out a ticket.  Yes, they are $6, but they can add up.  Moving every one or two hours can be a BIG pain while trying to work.  I have to keep a reminder on my iPhone alarm for when I need to go move.

So again I ask, why?  Is this what our tax dollars are going to?  And, if the city can afford to buy these — why give out parking tickets?  Until the day comes when we can buy a month parking pass to park anywhere downtown for unlimited time (which I'd be MORE than happy to do) — I guess we will be running from Myrtle and her new toy.

So Meridianiates and downtown parkers, watch our for our "friend" Myrtle.
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Monday, April 25, 2011

Toffee-Topped Bars

Before leaving Easter lunch at mom and dad's, mom handed me a stack of recipes.  She said, "here, since you're always looking for new recipes."  Yes, she knows me well.  

So, I give you the first recipe from the stack...

Toffee - Topped Bars


2 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 stick of butter, softened
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (optional, I didn't use it)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, mix together the brown sugar and flour.  Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Remove 1 cup of mixture and set aside.  To the mixture in the large blow, add baking powder and salt.  Using a fork, lightly beat in vanilla, milk and egg.  Continue beating until a smooth batter forms.  Pour batter into a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.  

In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips and walnuts.  Fold in the coconut if you decide to use it.  Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over top of batter in pan.  Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and walnuts evenly.

Bake bars for 35 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool bars in pan completely before slicing.

Enjoy!!

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

It may be early in the afternoon, but we are exhausted.  We had a sunrise service at church this morning and after not getting much sleep last night — I'm thinking it's time for a nap.  Terry's already passed out in the recliner. 

After a wonderful Easter service with the choir and soloists doing a wonderful job... we had breakfast with the rest of the congregation in the fellowship hall.  And before leaving to head to mom and dad's house, we had our Easter picture made in front of the beautiful cross.
Mom fixed a massive amount of food and we enjoyed visiting and playing with Mar Belle.  

Now we are back home and I'm about to join Terry in an afternoon nap.

Hope y'all are having a wonderful Easter!

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tonight's Dinner


After going back and forth trying to decide what kind of chicken we were going to have tonight, we finally decided on Italian baked chicken.  And for sides:  cajun green beans, loaded mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and fresh corn.

For roasted carrots, just sprinkle a little extra virgin olive oil over washed and peeled carrots and then sprinkle some salt and pepper.  Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until tender.

Happy eating, y'all!!
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Hidden Treasures

Well, I'm not sure if you would call it "spring cleaning," but we are moving some things from the house to the shop and have run across things from Terry's bachelor days that even he hasn't seen in over ten years!

A Mali Pool Cue

Of course, there are two more Budweiser Pool Cues, too.

Brand new headphones... I'm not sure these will work with the iPhones.  lol

Rolan Martin Helicopter Lures

These are going to my grandfather's house because he loves to fish on Kemper Lake!

I wonder what else we are going to run across today. 
Who knows you may see some of these and other items on ebay, later! 
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Versatile Blogger Award



I awoke this morning to find that I was awarded The Versatile Blogger Award. I'm honored to have received this from one of my newest followers, Nekky.  
You can check out her blog, here.

There are rules for these awards:
1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
2. Share seven facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggy friends.
4. Contact those bloggy friends to congratulate them.

 

• I'm a true Southern lady who loves to cook. 
• I took piano lessons for 13 years (5-18) and still love to play.
• I have naturally curly hair however, I straighten it most days.
• I'm always singing and tend to think of lyrics during conversations.
• I believe friends are an extended part of our family.
• I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my work and cooking.
• I love photography, blogging and traveling.


And now, I'm giving this Versatile blog award these bloggy friends:


1. Mrs. Sergeant of Air Force.Wife.Life
2. Inessa of Diaper Style Memoirs
3. Laura of A Hootie Hoot
4. Sherilin of Laughing My Abs Off
6. Ally of Twingle Mommy
7. Angela of Go, Shepards, Go!
8. Lisa of Berk's Girl
10. Lindsey of Great Expectations
11. Abby of In His Time
12. Courtney of Angel Court Jewels
15. Roz of Hello Rosie

Please check out these blogs, you will love them.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Is it ready, now?

I think I was asked that question about a hundred times today as we dyed Easter eggs with the girls.

This was the first year they truly got in to it — which meant a lot of cracked eggs and not a lot of patience.  =)

They had to be involved in every step of the way.

From pouring the water in the vinegar/dye mixture...


To sitting around watching them "change colors."


To checking the eggs every few seconds!




And this is why this post is called "Is it ready, now?"

If you could only hear that question coming from her little voice.


The eggs turned out to be very bright and cheery.  And yes, even the cracked ones turned out, cute!
Wonderful memories with two beautiful little girls.

Hope y'all have fun dyeing Easter eggs!!

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