Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy New Year's from My Kitchen to Yours

My beautiful family (Geoff, Jennifer, Charlie and myself).

As I was reminiscing I realized it is not the bad times of last year I remember the most. Though 2010, was a year that was financial hard on a lot of people. I saw my own family struggle to survive. I have seen families devastated by the loss of their children. Whether as an infant or as and adult child. And as they walk down this most difficult road any parent could travel. What I remember most is the grace that God provided to each in everyone of them and the peace that only God can provide.

2010 has been filled with so many blessings and events. We celebrated birthdays and anniversaries. We celebrated milestones both big and small. But most of all we can celebrate being a family! As mixed up and unconventional as we are, we are a family!

The first half of 2010 just rocked along. Kelly is in school and Chuck is work three jobs so I miss the time we spent together. But I know sacrifice now will be so worth the outcome later.  Jenn and I finished her last year of middle school and which also happened to be the last year as a home school student.

The summer was such an exciting time. I travelled to New York to see my nephew Albert graduate high school. when we drove home I brought my nephew Wyatt with me. I so loved having him. He helped me cook and taught me how to make "Man-Burgers".  We were also able to spend time with the Florida Barnwells. Getting to know Jennifer, Isabelle and Silas was wonderful. It was the first time we had seen them since Silas was a baby (now 6).

August brought more changes. Jennifer went from being a home schooled student to a high school student at Carrollton High School. Brooke is a freshman at Villa Rica High School and my sweet Whitney is a senior! Where did the time go!!! Geoffrey started his job at Wal-Mart. This is where he has met his sweet girlfriend Angelica.

On the road again in September!  This time to Jacksonville, Florida for the wedding of Charlie's son Billy and his beautiful wife Nicole. It was such a blessing to be part of the celebration. Zack and Kiaya rode down with us. It was great spending time with the grandchildren. And I started school at West Georgia Technical College. I thank Kelly for that. I am so proud of her! This time next year she will be a registered nurse!

October saw Brooke turn 15 and get her learner's license. She is doing a great job I might add.

November and December brought us to the holidays, a wonderful Thanksgiving and a magical Christmas. Cody came home from Texas. We found out in December that we will be gaining a granddaughter in February when Jimmy and Olivia wed and in July we will welcome our first great grandchild.

I know I did not mention every one's birthday by name. Trust me I did not forget. But with large family we have it would take a while. I love you all so much and you are what makes my life the wonderful adventure it is and I thank God for each and everyone of you. With my family and friends I look forward to the new blessings God has in store for us.

I love you all....Happy New Year!!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

When I say "I love presents as much as the next person" it may be a little bit of an understatement. I love giving and getting them Sometimes I catch myself thinking more and more about things, and less and less about the birth of my savior and the blessing God had given me.

I have a husband that loves me (even at my worst!). 
My husband and I share seven children that has blessed my life more than each will ever know. 
We have 12 grandchildren that are our pride and joy. And one little angel in heaven. 
And as of  Thursday Charlie and I found out we will be gaining a granddaughter in law. 
And to top everything off we will become great grandparents in July!!!
But most of all God gave his only son to save me from my sins!!! His grace is new everyday and trust me I need it. I don't deserve it but I need it daily!!!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I have finally decided what I want be when I grow up!!

I am so excited!!! I am taking the first step toward my new career! I start classes on Thursday.  I know it will be a little over two years before I graduate, but as a dear friend reminded me yesterday it will be here before we know it. I started thinking about that. In two years I am going to be two years older whether I attend school or not. I might as well use this time to create a better life for me and my family.

In the future I see a possible medical mission trip, my husband getting his masters degree in history and me helping my daughter as she starts college in four years!!

With God's strength and guidance I will be the best student possible. I need to keep my priorities straight. God, family, career!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I love photography as much as cooking....

over the weekend my trusty camera died!! It is very hard on me.Soccer season, the holidays and no money to buy a new camera!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Tradition of Two Southern Women !!!

A few days ago we received some sad news. Our neighbor Douglas Vines past away. He gave so much to the community at Christmas time with his Christmas light display. Some people thought he over did it and maybe he did. But he did it for one reason. His love for his family. He started it twenty one years ago when his first grandchild was born. They wanted her to see Christmas lights and there was no place to go that was close to their home so they brought the lights to her. Each year he added more lights and decorations. Jennifer enjoyed them every year since she was two. Each year Jennifer and I would bake cookies for him as a small thank you gift.

His last wish was to come home. His wife Estelle wanted to honor his final request and brought him home to lay in state.We had discussed the time we were going to visit the night before. We had been at the soccer field all morning. Jennifer's team played at 11:00 am so we had to get her there early for the warm up. After a hard fought 4-3 loss  where Jenn scored two goals. We came home to watch the Bulldogs lose. I was feeling a little blue and thought I would stay home. My beautiful daughter came out of the bath dressed for visitation. I made the statement that I wasn't sure we were going. She looked at me sweetly and said "Mommy, you know we are southern women. We are suppose to cook and go visit our neighbors when someone dies"

She was right. Tradition is something I find very important and have raised my children to believe the same thing.So Jenn and I together baked a chocolate bundt cake. We couldn't bring ourselves to bake chocolate chip cookies. Charlie, Jennifer and I walked down the street and visited with his widow. I was such a good visit. You could tell how much it meant to her knowing that people cared.

Thank you Jennifer for encouraging Mommy to do the right thing!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Motherhood....a never ending always changing journey!!!!

Jennifer 13, Geoff 25 and me 39 with a few years experience!

I have often heard that motherhood is not for the weak of heart or I work 24/7 for no pay! That is not the way I see it at all.

Motherhood is an adventure. How many careers do people have that they can truly say they never get bored. Just in this week alone I was a soccer star, time warped back to 80's, had a WWE diva as a daughter, had a great disscussion with a handsome 25 yr old man that really listened to my opinions and became a master tutu maker. Some weeks aren't quite as exciting. Some days I am a master chef or a chauffeur or just a sounding board when the day isn't going the way it should. Being a mom is the greatest job in the world. So here a a better motherhood quote: "Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love." ~Mildred B. Vermont

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Congratulations Billy and Nicole!!!

Bride and groom (Nicole and Billy) Flower girl and ring bearer (Isabelle and Silas)

We returned home Monday from a great weekend in Jacksonville, Florida. We went to attend the wedding of my stepson Billy and his beautiful bride Nicole. It was such a joy to visit with our grandchildren. Isabelle is nine and Silas is six.

While we were there Charlie, Jennifer and I went to the beach and spent the day. It was glorious!!! I would love to live on a beach some day. Or at least get to visit one every summer.

Charlie, Jennifer and I on Jacksonville Beach 2010

We built a perfect sandcastle! We finished it right before the tide came in. We had such a good time. We need weekends like that more often!!!

Happiness is......a full pantry!

Matthew 6:26
"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" NKJ

It always amazes me how good I feel when I go to the market and know I have good healthy food in the house to feed my family. I can sit back and breath a sigh of relief. As I was putting away groceries today, humming happily to myself I realized why that is so important to me.

First, I think as a southern woman we are programed since birth that you nurture all those you love with food. Our culinary skills are like a crown of glory. And for someone that loves to cook as much as I do it comes almost as easy as breathing.

Secondly, I feel it may come from my up bringing. I was raised in a poor family and sometimes we had no idea where our meals would come from. So when we get low on food in the house I tend to get a little nervous even though there is nothing to worry about anymore.

For today my pantry is full. I have a months worth of good dinners all planned out. I will only need to go to the store for bread, milk and fresh produce each week. I am smiling as I type this. I think I will treat myself to a bubble bath.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I played soccer with Lady Cyclones!!!

I had such a good evening. I took Jennifer, Shelby and Grace to soccer pratice. I was asked to play in the scrimmage. I played keeper and then I was a forward and scored a goal!!! It gave me the extra exercise I need.
I have always loves sports and didn't get to play them as a child. I think in the spring I will join an adult league. I will weight a mere 120!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One of my favorite recipes!!!

© 2000 Rosie Lerner, Purdue University

Jalapeno Cabbage

Servings: 6

  • 1 small head green cabbage, chopped
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 4 cups of chicken broth

Cook bacon in a  large nonstick dutch oven. Remove bacon, saute chopped cabbage in bacon dripping. Add jalapeno peppers, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Reduce heat to medium. Alternately cover and cook; open and stir until cabbage is to the desire tenderness.

Relax and Enjoy Life!!

I love to travel! My mom always teased me by saying "Karen you jump in the car and then ask where you are going!" I have always been a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl. One that was up for any adventure life had to offer. But I also have a secret. In the past I always get just a little high strung while I am preparing for the trip.

I have gotten so much better. I have come to realize that I am not in control God is. The world doesn't revolve around me, even though I like it when it does! My son is a grown man and can take care of himself and the animals while I am gone, And if I forget something I can by another one or do without it.

These little epiphanies have made me a much happier person to travel with. I make a list of what to pack. That helps someone like myself that chases rabbits and if I forget something, oh well Wally World here I come!

So tonight I will make my list. Tomorrow we will get our  hair done, do all the shopping that I need to do and make sure Jennifer has everything she needs to pack. Friday I will take Jennifer to school, walk 3 miles, pack for myself and make sure my darling husband has everything he needs packed, I will feed and water my dogs and kiss my son goodbye. Go pick Jenn up at school. Head over to my step-son's house pick him and my beautiful granddaughter Kiaya and off to Florida we will go!!!

Saturday I will relax and enjoy life!!!!


As I am enjoying my coffee my mind wanders about, thinking of the blessings God has put in my life! I am not saying life is always good, but I am saying God  always is. Here is an example.

Yesterday was my father's birthday. He would have been 75 if he were living. Even though we had a sometimes stressful relationship because of his alcoholism I loved him. And I know he loved me the best way he could.

Daddy (J.W. Eaton) is the handsome marine in the middle.

Daddy was born August 31, 1935 and passed away suddenly on July 8, 1992 at age 57. Every year I would make him a banana pudding (his favorite) for his birthday. I can't eat banana pudding without thinking of my daddy.

On May 28, 1999 I married the most wonderful peson I know! When I married him I gained all my beautiful grandchildren. We have twelve now, but at that time we only had seven. My wonderful grandson Cody was born August 31, 1991. God chose to take my daddy, but blessed me with another reason to celebrate!!

My handsome grandson Cody Vaughn USAF.

God gave me the same type of blessing when my mom passed away. Mom died Feb. 19, 2002 on my son's 17th birthday. So we celebrate his life as opposed to focusing on her death.

God is good

All the time

Trough the darkest night

His light will shine

lyrics by Don Moen

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Darling!!

Happy Birthday to the world's greatest husband, father, and grandfather. God truly blessed me when he brought you into my life! You are not only my husband but also my best friend. I love you!!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lipstick Can Make Anything Better!!

I have a great opportunity to give my husband a wonderful gift. My husband's son is getting married Labor Day weekend in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Our monthly budget is extremely tight. I figure we will need about $500 to make the trip. I have made the decission to do five Mary Kay parties in the next two weeks. This will not only give me the money to take my family to Florida, it will also give me a 25 new customers!!!

I love to help women feel better about themselves. Working with a company that believes in God first, family second and career third lets me do just that. I can use my business to minister to others while making a better life for my family!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The best laid plan of mice and men and mommys baking birthday cakes

Yesterday was my daughter's 14Th birthday party. Anyone that knows me knows how much I love to entertain. However I want everything to be perfect for my guests and sometimes perfection is not possible. Yesterday was one of those "Murphy's law" days.

I had my timing perfect. I baked a beautiful chocolate cake. It cooled perfectly and when icing the cake I didn't have quite enough icing. No problem I made some butter cream icing. And while finishing the cake I dropped the bowl of icing shattering my cake plate and my beautiful cake crumbled into a pile of broken glass. After spouting a few words that should not be in a christian woman's vocabulary I regrouped and decided when I picked Jennifer up from school I would get a cake mix and icing.

I made it home with cake number two. I asked Charlie to grease and flour the cake pans. Here we go again. When Charlie had bought the shortening, he purchased shortening that has animal fat in it. Not much of a problem but one of our guest is a vegetarian we couldn't use it. Charlie tried olive oil and flour. Needless to say both layers stuck and broke into pieces. I had to piece this poor cake back together. Finally, the cake is finished!!! Time to move on to the hamburgers.

We had prepared the burgers earlier. All we had to do was put them on the grill. The grill is heated, burgers are on, and flames go off. We are out of gas. So all the burgers were pulled off the grill and brought into the house to bake in the oven. The food is finished. Now time for a relaxing game of "Ninja".

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Queen, My Goddess, My Inspiration Turns 14

I was not only blessed once with a handsome, wonderful, and extremely artistic son, but God also saw fit to bless me with a daughter that is uniquely her own person.
It amazes me daily what wonderful people my children have become and are becoming.

Happy Birthday Nuggs!!! I love you!!!!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Reinventing Myself

I have found myself at a strange and unfamiliar place. For the last ten years, I have been a homemaker and a home school mom. Everything revolved around my family. And I was very happy with that. Now I find my life totally changing.

My son is an adult now. He is working and making plans to move out on his own. My daughter will be fourteen on the 19th and has started high school at Carrollton High School. And last but not least my darling husband is retired and home full time. It is time for me to evolve as my family has.

I have decided to return to school. I have applied to attend West Georgia Technical College to major in radiologic technology. I am a little nervous because it has been a long time since I have attended school. I am so excited about getting a degree. Not attending college has been one of my few regrets in life. Now that Charlie is home to help with Jennifer I think it is a good time for me to start a career.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer is over :-(

My summer is coming to a screeching halt! Today I pack my nephew up and send him back to his parents. We have enjoyed having him so much. I hope this can become a tradition and he can do this every summer.

To add insult to injury, not only do I lose Wyatt today, Jennifer starts school tomorrow! I will not know what to do with myself!! I have applied for school myself. So maybe tomorrow I can get my transcripts sent to the school and schedule my COMPASS test. Going back to school scares me and excites me all at the same time.

After all ... tomorrow is another day.

Chef Wyatt's dinner party was a success!!!

Chef Wyatt teaching line cook Charlie how to grill "Man Burgers"!

For his first dinner party Wyatt invited Uncle Bill, Aunt Judy and her son David along with the five of us. His party was a success. The Smith boys' recipe for "Man Burgers" is out of this world!!

I don't know who was the most proud, me or him!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chef Wyatt hosts his first dinner party!!

My nephew Wyatt and I share a love for cooking. Wyatt has been my sous chef and my apprentice for the past month. Tonight the roles are reversed. I will be the sous chef and he will be the head chef and host his first dinner party. It will be dinner for eight. The menu is all his own.

Wyatt's Menu

Man burgers
baked beans
French fries
Sweet tea

We have had such a good time cooking together. I am sure when he opens his first resturant he will name it "ma tante préférée" or my favorite aunt.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Jenni-Lynn

How can it be that this sweet little cherub face girl with the balloon hat on has grown up to be this beautiful young woman entering high school. It seems like the time has just flown by. And I know in just a couple of short years we will be looking at colleges as she plans her future as an adult. I was trying to think of clever words or advise that I could pass on. But the only thing that keeps going thourgh my mind is a song by Rascal Flatts "My Wish". So Jenn this one is for you.

"My Wish"

I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window,
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God's grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take.

But more than anything, yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

My queen, my goddess, my inspiration!

I love you!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Never Forget to Pray!!

Sometime God works in my life in the strangest ways and for some reason this always amazes me! Facebook can be such a good way to reconnect with people from your past, but I believe we don't realize how much life has changed us or the other person. I have reconnected with an old friend I had worked with at Six Flags 30 years ago(wow can it have really been that long), He also became a facebook friends with my younger sister.

He is extremely liberal and extremely vocal about politics. Yesterday the two of them started to debate their opposite views and it got a little ugly. Later he posted a comment to the affect if anyone does not agree with his opinion they can remove him from their friends list, so she did.

Tonight he saw me on FB and IM me. He wanted to know why Sheron had removed him from facebook. We had a long conversation which he did not really like. I explained that he was very abrasive and acted like the liberals only had the right to an opinion. I explained that I am a conversative, christian republican all the thing that he hates. He left the conversation.

A couple hours later when we were both on Facebook again we had a long talk. He told me a story that he believed in God and Jesus. I know he believes but does he know Christ. I realize that we have a whole country full of confused people that are believing the lies that satan are feeding them. It breaks my heart.

I realize I need to make it a priority to prayer for my family.I need to pray for my fellow americans. I need to pray for my country. Pray that godly leaders will rise up and are elected to office. I also need to pray for a spiritual revival in our country. God please let it start with me!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

God's Blessings

Friendship Day Graphics

Have I ever said how much I hate having a yard sale!!! I love going to them, but not having them is a different story. And I must admit I wasn't the most pleasant person (my husband added an amen!)while I was helping my family get this thing together. However my God is so good.

My sister in law came over and visited with me and help get things together. It was such a blessing. He sent me two friends that I have not seen in a long time. It was so nice visiting with them both. I was blessed with time to visit with my daughter in law that I love so much. She is in nursing school full-time, works on the days she doesn't have school, and is a wonderful wife to my son and mother to my grandchildren and to top it off we made the amout of money we needed.

I am glad He loves me even when I am unloveable!!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I want to play, but I have to clean :(

This is not my actually basement, but it looked so similar I could help but use this image.

The main family room area of my basement is approx. 19x20. It is going to be my gym. I have a weight bench,a punching bag, treadmill, free weights, several different machines. I will have floor space for my yoga pad, exercise ball and a t.v. and DVD player. There is an alcove where I will eventually get a small refrigerator for water.

Off from my gym will be my small but quaint art studio. This is where all my photos and scrapbooks are. Along with my sewing machines and my son's painting supplies.

There is also a full bath, my laundry room and a bedroom that we are remodeling. I am so excited it has been a long time coming. I will post pictures and it unfolds.
Wish me luck!!! Gotta run, so much to do.

Friday, July 9, 2010

High Head

My grandchildren always keep me laughing. But two of them just crack me up, Jake and Kiaya. Neither realize how funny they are. They are just being themselves.

Yesterday my daughter in law Marlena put a Kiaya story on facebook. It seems Kiaya just ran up to her brother Xavier and said "High head" and before he could ask what it meant SHE CRACKED HER FOREHEAD INTO HIS!!! Apparently, high head is like a high five, just with your heads instead of hands..she's a crazy lil lady!!...xavier was a little shaken, lol!!!

My grandson Jake has an ongoing debate with his sister Brooke that he is only half omnivore because he eats more meat than vegetable. So he insists he is half omnivore and half carnivore. She has given up trying to convince him that being an omnivore would cover the meat he loves and the few vegetables he tolerates.

I have missed seeing everyone!!! I am thinking it is time for a family get together!!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Dinner at the Kitchen Table

When my husband and I were first married we made the decission that our family would eat dinner every night at the table. I can't think of anything that brings me more pleasure. Having dinner together keeps us updated on each others lives. We laugh, dream and plan at our kitchen table. We make observations about each other that may otherwise slip past us. For example, a couple of evenings ago my artist son said "Mom I just realized that your cooking is your art, the same as my sketching is for me." Or like my nephew Wyatt discovering that he likes talapia and jalepeno cabbage.

This weekend will be a little more challenging. My stepson and his family (which I love dearly)will be here for a cookout. Zack and his family are vegeterians and my son and nephew are carnivores. So I will be creating a menu that will satisfy both.I have become pretty good at vegeterian cuisine

Tonight at dinner we had lemon pepper talapia, toasted pastina pilaf and a salad. We all laughed when Wyatt tried talapia for the first time and announced "It tastes like chicken!" Below is the recipe for the pilaf. I hope you enjoy it.

Toasted Pastina Pilaf

2 carrots finely chopped
1 medium onion finely chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 package (12 oz.) Pastina uncooked
4 cups chicken broth
2 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
1/8 teaspoon of thyme leaves

Cook and stir carrots and onion in hot butter until tender but not browned. Add pasta, cook and stir until lightly browned. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook 5 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Makes 6 servings.

A thought to ponder: Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Have a Truly Blessed Life!!!

(front row) Jennifer 13, Geoffrey 24 (back row) Zacharia 30, Anne 38, Kenny 26, Chuck 36) Billy 29 was not able to come home for Christmas.

The older I get the more I realize that there is nothing more important than family. I always knew I wanted a large family. My Aunt Ruby had eight children, so I thought that was a good number. I didn't make it to eight but between the birth of my two and marrying a man with five children I now have my family of seven children. And I love each of them dearly.

(Kiaya 3, Xavier 10, Jake 9, Kristyn 11, Whitney 16, Brooke 14, Jimmy 20, Caleb 14, Blake 15, Cody 18)Isabelle and Silas were not about to be with us.

Isabelle and Silas

One of the best things about having adult children is having grandchildren. We have been blessed with thirteen. Twelve we celebrate here on earth and a beautiful granddaughter that is waiting for us in heaven.

I love to get together with them as much as possible! That gives me an idea, how about a cookout this weekend.

Happy Birthday Marmee!!

Today would have been the 71st birthday of my mom and my best friend. Mary Eaton Bush lost her fight with cancer on February 19, 2002. We had prayed for healing and God gave her just that. But as always our thoughts are not God's thoughts, and our ways are not God's ways. God chose eternal healing over our mere earthly healing. So today I will not be sad because I know my precious Marmee is celebrating with her loved ones and her savior. Today I choose to remember the beautiful soul that was my mother and rest assured that one day I will be with her again!

My mom was the one who nutured my love for literature and poetry. My name for her always changed depending on which book I was reading at the time. Mother, Mommie (my sister always corrected my spelling, but I liked it that way), Mom or Marmee just to name a few. So I will close with a poem I believe is by Emily Dickenson.

You will not see me, so you must have faith. I wait for the time when we can soar
together again, both aware of each other. Until then, live your life to its fullest and when
you need me, just whisper my name in your heart, ...I will be there.
Emily Dickenson

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Taking Time to Breathe

June was a wonderfully hectic month. It started with me being blessed to be a team leader at a great christian youth leadership camp. Once home I needed to prepare for VBS and the next week I taught the best group of 5th graders. After VBS was over on Thursday, I left for my 1000 mile road trip to see my nephew Albert graduate and visit with my sister for a week. Then back in the car for my 1000 mile/1 battlefield trip home.

We arrived at home Saturday, July 3 about 6:30 pm. My fur babies was so glad to see me. Sunday was July 4th we had church, cook out and lit fireworks! Monday was the 4th of July parade and a nice home cooked meal "chicken roast".

Today we are going to the water park. My son, daughter, nephew and daughter's bff. It is wonderful having a 25 year old to help supervise. So I am going to take some work to the pool and plan my business strategy poolside. My life DOESN'T suck!!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

It has been a great July 4th. We woke up this morning in the greatest country in the world. Freely attended the church that I wanted to attend without fear. I came home and grilled hamburgers with all the fixings and tonight we will top it off with fireworks and watermelon!!! My family and I can do all of this because of the scarifice of the men and women of the armed forces, but above that it is because of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

There is a quote I read today at our worship service that sums it up, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly of too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here." Patrick Henry, 1776

Happy Fourth of July!!!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Long Journey Home.

Morrisville, NY in June is such a beautiful place. The rolling hills, green pastures, red barns, and dairy cows as far as the eyes can see. My younger sister Sheron moved here about 10 years ago with her family. This is how a Georgia girl has fallen in love with the people and the towns in this quaint area.

I travel up every chance I get. Usually about once a year. This trip was special. My oldest nephew was graduating high school. It is amazing how fast children grow up. It truly seems not so long ago I was pushing his stroller through the Atlanta Zoo.
Monday, July 5 he will be off to Scotland on his first international missions trip.

My trip was a blessing. I always love spending time with my sister and her family. I could not have hand picked a better brother in law and my three nephews (18, 12 and 18 months) are wonderful. It was a busy week. First was Al graduation and party. Then on the 30th six of us went to see the midnight showing of "Eclipse". My brother in law celebrated his birthday and now I am bringing the 12 yr old home with me for a month.

On our way home we stopped at Antietam battlefield in Sharpburg, MD. We walked the trails and visited the museum. It was a five hour delay in our journey home but it was well worth it.

We made it as far as Staunton, VA. We decided to stop for the night. We are at the Best Western. It is a nice clean place with an indoor pool. The children played in the pool until 10:00 pm. Now everyone in is getting settled in for the night. We will wake up at 7:00 am and start our 545 mile journey home!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Let the Blogging Begin!!!

I have often heard it said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. This may not always be true, but for my home I have found no truer statement. I love to cook, bake and entertain! There is nothing I love more than sharing my home with family, friends and any other stray creature that might show up on my doorstep. Thus the reason for my four dogs, two cats and a collection of teenagers I claim as my other children. The thought of anyone or anything being hungry or feeling unloved breaks my heart.

My kitchen has seen the best and the worst of me. It has been the heart of many celebrations and the joys of everyday life. My kitchen can also affect my mood. When my kitchen is out of sorts so is my mood. Maybe that is why my darling husband helps me clean the kitchen after each meal!

My hope for this blog is that anyone that enters here feels the love and warmth you would feel if you were at my kitchen table enjoying a cup of coffee or on my porch swing sipping ice tea.

Welcome to my kitchen!