Category: my family

braces {whisper a prayer}

braces {not what he wants} 

today, nick (my 14 yr. old son), gets his braces put on. 

to say the least, this is NOT what he wants. 

it’s hard to convince our children of things they “need” even though it’s not what they “want”. 

hard to convince them that they “will appreciate it later in life”. 

i remember when i got my braces put on.  i don’t remember hating it.  i just suffered through, like everyone else. 

knowing that today starts a process that will last at least a year, i pray he adjusts quickly & doesn’t feel self-conscious about them.  it’s hard enough being a teen, nowadays, let alone if you feel you stand out from the crowd. 

  • Dear God, “Bring your peace to Nick’s heart because a heart at peace gives life to the body.”  Amen  (Proverbs 14:30)

taken from – Praying the Scriptures for Your Teenagers

am i crazy?

what am i thinking? 

i am actually considering getting another puppy. 

am i crazy?? 

chewy, (our current bichon), he will be 9 in may. 

we love him and can’t imagine our home without him. 

yet, the thought of another puppy sounds kind of nice! 

but, what will chewy think?  will he see the new puppy as a friend or enemy?? 

will he feel unloved? 

will he be jealous? 

will he accept a new puppy into his house? 


i’m not sure. 

do i want to potty train another puppy? 

do i want TWO in my bed? 

2 to groom, 

2 to feed, 

2 to walk,

2 to take out, 

2 to keep healthy & immunized, 

2 to pull off of guests, 

(not to mention starting price of $500)…yikes…

but look at that adorable face!  (that’s just a pic from the web), but that’s what chewy looked like when we got him. 

too cute. 

have YOU had a dog for many years and then introduced a new puppy into the family? 

any advice? 

am i insane? 


oh whatta great day!  

my hubby took the day off so we could spend the day together. 

it was the best!! 

Christmas shopping. 


wrap’n presents. 

driving around looking at Christmas lights (tonight with son & dog). 

it was a truly enjoyable day…..i am really blessed to have him as my hubby!   


big day

big day.  

my hubby is home from chicago!!  (yippee)  he was there on business and we missed him greatly! 

he is aware of my love for starbucks and brought me back some goodies.  he even went to a ralph lauren outlet store and picked out a shirt for me there.  he is a good hubby.

it is sooooo good to have him back home. 

big day for another reason.  my son, wore a tie, dress shirt, dress pants—“the works” tonight for the first time.  yes, he’s obviously dressed up before, (khakis, nice shirt), but we’re talking a tie/pants/shoes/shirt all from the men’s department.  he looks so grown up!  he had a “winter concert” for band tonight.  he is a percussionist.  i was quite proud of him.  he’s really becoming a young gentleman.  hard to believe he’s 14…he’ll be driving next year.  time flies. 

God has reminded me this week what a blessing my family is to me.  they are a true gift from God and i thank Him for them.

christmas pretties

went to my parents’ house tonight for a quick bite of supper.  took a few pictures of their house.  their house is beautifully decorated, magazine-picture-perfect.  this picture is actually their master bathroom.  it’s very elegant and pretty.  the pictures don’t serve it justice.  this is only a bit of the room…
the next 2 are just a glance at their sunroom.  i love the little white Christmas lights on the mantle and wreath. 
well, that’s all.  it’s been a busy day….just thought i would post a few peaceful pictures of “Christmas pretties”. 

enjoy your friday evening!

day of gratitude

welcome to our table, sit down, eat and enjoy!  

i hope your Thanksgiving day was full of wonderful food & fellowship, family & friends!!! 

my side of the family, is very small.  i have one sister and no grandparents.  so my parents and sister always get together with us, then later in the day, we spend the afternoon and evening with my husband’s side of the family.  both in-laws are good friends, (our mom’s were best friends before we were married), so occasoinally, we celebrate together.  my husband’s side of the family is much larger.  he is one of four with many neices and nephews.
i absoluteyl looooove making the turkey.  i have a spice rub that i rub on it, along with an entire stick of butter.  then he is stuffed with delicious stuffing (m-i-l’s recipe)… is my hunky hubby carving the turkey. 
over at the Internet Cafe Devotions, they are celebrating the holidays in a lot of fun ways.  today’s theme is ‘day of gratitude’. 

things that i am very thankful for:

  • my salvation through Jesus Christ
  • my marriage
  • my husband and all that he stands for & his commitment to me and our family
  • my son, who is a gift from God above
  • the country that i live in
  • good friends and family, whom love the Lord
  • the Lord’s provisions in all areas.  not always giving us what we want, but always supplying what we need

on Thanksiving day, i usually watch the Macy’s parade, but today, i watched the Jon & Kate plus 8 marathon, along with a little bit of I Love Lucy.  of course, once the men got ahold of the remote, it was Fox News or football.   we played a few rounds of Catch Phrase, which we recently discovered, is a great game to play with all generations. 

happy Thanksgiving!

holiday traditions

over at the Internet Cafe Devotions, they are hosting a Holiday Expo, beginning today.  click over and check them out!

today’s topic is traditions. 

  • HAM ROLL-UPS:  my favorite holiday recipe is (& always will be)…Ham Roll-ups…as mentioned here.   they are a simple appetizer, but i looooove them!!  it wouldn’t be the holidays without them!
  • HOLIDAY DRIVE:  i love to drive around and look at holiday lights and decorations.  we all pile into the car, including the dog, drive thru and get our favorite warm drink, pop in a Christmas CD and drive around….if it’s snowing, that’s even better!!!
  • STOCKINGS:  my parents have always gone above & beyond on our stockings.  amazing little gifts- all wrapped- ranging from normal things, like chap-stick, nail-files, candy, to crazy things, like toilet-seat covers to carry in your purse, or holiday themed tissues for your purse….it’s amazing…oh and always, an orange in the toe of the stocking.  even to this day, my parents continue to fill our stockings.  and of course i have carried this tradition into my own home.
  • CHRISTMAS MUSIC:  even though it makes my husband & son crazy, i begin listening to Christmas music at the end of october.  i looooove Christmas music.  absolute love carpenter’s Christmas album, johnny mathis, amy grant, michael w. smith….just to name a few
  • ADVENT:  when i was a child, we always had the advent wreath & candles on the dinner table…when my son was little, we would just do a Christmas countdown, like a lego advent calendar, as mentioned here.  (always remembering to emphasize the real meaning of Christmas, Jesus’ birth.)  now that nick is older, we have our own Advent wreath and we celebrate Advent by reading the devotionals as a family.
  • CHRISTMAS PHOTO:  every year, i love to send Christmas cards.  it’s a great time to touch-base with those that you don’t hear from often.  of course, i love to include a photo of nick and chewy, as you can see here and here.  each year, we buy a silly outfit for chewy to wear and nick is gracious enough to smile for the camera….this year, we might try something different….OH and this year, i am making my cards….around 60….guess i better get busy on those! ha!!
  • EARLY GIFTS:  i have a problem.  i get sooo excited about the gifts that i’m giving, that sometimes, i can hardly wait until the 25th.  over the years, i have been known to give many early gifts.  one traditional gift, is always opened on Christmas Eve….pajamas…sometimes even matching lounge pants and t shirt for dad & son.
  • BAKING:  i love to find different holiday recipes to make, and especially to give as gifts to teachers and neighbors.  one of the most loved recipes are homemade chocolate covered cherries.  they take a while to make, but are well worth the effort.
  • CHRISTMAS SHOWS & MOVIES:  i looooove to watch holiday programs.  my favorite movie is The Christmas Story, Elf and many many more.
Ok. now for a crazy tradition that has been going on since 1988. 

THE TOILET PAPER ROLL:  when i still lived at home, i never would change the empty toilet paper roll, (much to the demise of my mother)…(which as a mom, i know understand why)…..anyways,  one night, after being told a million times to change it, i kept the roll and shoved it under my mom’s pillow.  (why? i don’t know.  just to be silly)…..   well, low & behold, she kept that roll and i unwrapped it under the tree that year!  then, i kept it for a year, and hid it in one of their gifts and so it began.  this SAME toilet paper roll has been passed back and forth since 1988!!!! 

some of the ways its been given:

  1. in a pan of cinnamon rolls (the bakery actually helped out on this one)
  2. in a planter of flowers (the florist helped out)
  3. in the base of a cookie bouquet
  4. covered in chocolate
  5. found after clues, like a treasure hunt
  6. put INTO a Build-a-Bear’s leg

no matter how it’s given, it’s always signed with the year and wrapped to prevent any damage.  i don’t see it in my sock drawer, so it must be dad’s turn this year!!!!

it may sound crazy, but this tradition now even has friends asking about it each year–anxious to see what is done!

thanksgiving day journal

i’ve been trying to think of a something special to make for thanksgiving. 

not a recipe, but some sort of book or journal to hold pictures and memories of the day. 

i am hoping that family & friends will be willing to write down a few sentences about how they have been blessed, or what they are thankful for, or even as basic as a favorite thanksgiving memory. 

i remembered a thanksgiving recipe album that i had started last year.  it contains “favorite family recipes” along with a picture of the food and recipe.  i have many more empty pages, so i decided that i will take each family member’s picture and include it with what they choose to write down. 

hopefully it will be something to treasure and look back at the many ways that God has blessed our family over the years. 

here are the few pages that i have done.  (i may add a few more embellishments, once thanksgiving day is over and the other pictures and journalling can be added.) 


i love this paper (above)…it will be the title page…somehow i will frame the words “Thanksgiving dinner”… 
this next one is for my mom’s “pan gravy”…here she was using the juices from the turkey to make her yummy gravy.  i am pretty sure that this is the same recipe that my grandmother always used. 
this page is for my favorite recipe of all.  ham roll-ups.  absolutely my all-time fav. 

i could pretty much each the entire platter and skip the rest of the meal. 

for as long as i can remember, this appetizer has been a part of our thanksgiving. 

my sister now brings these and i pretty much meet her at the door, gladly relieving her of her platter of yummies! 

the recipe with the turkey is for a spice rub that i have used when preparing the holiday bird. 

it adds lots of flavor and the butter adds lots of moisture.  (the inside is also stuffed with my m-i-l’s dressing!) 

the next recipe is for my mother-in-law’s dressing.  this is the only food that my husband cares about. 

he loves it. 

according to him, it wouldn’t be thanksgiving without it.

this is more paper that i love.  i love all of the different fonts and words and colors. 

so, that’s it.  it is pretty much ready for thanksgiving day.  i may prepare some small journalling papers ahead of time, so that on the big day, it will be ready for them to journal…..