Thursday, May 31, 2007

Lisa Samson is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite authors. Not only are her books a bit sassy, but they also are a more than a bit "different". They always touch my soul and sometimes, as in the case of QUAKER SUMMER, they rock my world.
Lisa and her husband Will have written their first book together and its due out soon. JUSTICE IN THE BURBS is part fiction and part non-fiction. But as I've found out from reading Lisa's books, even her fiction is very true to life. A large part of that stems from the fact that Lisa is not only a very down-to-earth gal, but that she and Will are living out what they are writing about. These books aren't written from some secluded, sterile writer's haven, they are written with the real world knocking on their door every single day as they strive to live out a life of being Jesus to those that most of our society strives to avoid.
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY MAGAZINE has just given JUSTICE IN THE BURBS an excellent review. I just had to share it:
Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live Will and Lisa Samson. Baker Books, $14.99 paper (208p) ISBN 978-0-8010-6809-6
Award-winning Christian novelist Lisa Samson (Songbird; Quaker Summer) and her husband, sociology doctoral student Will Samson, intertwine fiction and nonfiction in this challenging and inspiring book about justice. Lisa Samson's novella features the Marshalls, a suburban family with all the accouterments: Matt climbs the corporate ladder, Christine cares for their three children, and both are busy with numerous church leadership positions. One day, however, Matt and Christine visit an inner-city mission, and their ideas about how they should be living gradually, but dramatically, change. The nonfiction portion of the book examines the issues these characters (and most of the book's readership) face. The Samsons talk about why God cares what we eat, where we live, how much electricity we use, and to whom we minister. Astonishingly, the authors manage to do this without hitting a sanctimonious note. On the contrary, they repeatedly highlight the heartbreak and complexity of what they refer to as "thinking and living in keeping with God's heartbeat of justice," and frequently acknowledge their own struggles and failures. The Samsons include short meditations at the end of each chapter written by a variety of Christian authors, as well as a series of helpful discussion questions at the end.
You can pre-order a copy of JUSTICE IN THE BURBS here:
You can download a copy of the introduction and first chapter here:

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


I love books. I love fat books and skinny books. I love rich classics and sassy modern ones. I love books that make me laugh, cry, think, dream, learn, grow, and sometimes with really good books I find myself responding in all these ways.

I truly am what would be called a bookaholic. My library card is usually maxed are the other SIX cards my family has. And on top of the scads of library books I have checked out, I've got scores that I own that are precariously piled around our house just begging me to read them.

But despite their pleas and my promises that I WILL read them someday, I still dream of new books. As I said, I'm an addict and as an addict, I am irrational in my obsession about books.

Here are just a few of the titles that I hope I'll one day be able to grasp in my greedy fingers:

APPLES OF GOLD---Lisa Samson
TIGER LILLIE---Lisa Samson
SONGBIRD---Lisa Samson
JUSTICE IN THE BURBS---And yet another by Lisa Samson :)
THE LINNET'S TALE---Dale C. Willard
THEODORA'S BABY---Penny Culliford
THE SPA GIRLS series---Kristen Billerbeck
The SAVANNAH series---Denise Hildreth
ONE PAIR OF HANDS---Monica Dickens
CRANFORD---Elizabeth Gaskell

A newly discovered novel by JANE AUSTEN...doesn't hurt to dream, does it?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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I think its rather fitting that since I often refer to my little corner of the world as Graceland, that one of my children would have some things in common with The know, ELVIS, the King of Rock and Roll!

First of all, 3 year old T and the King were born in the same, great state.

Second, the women (both young and those in between) LOVE and even SWOON over both of them.

Third, they both have a strange affection for peanut butter combined with unusual ingredients. For the past couple of months, T has wanted HAM and peanut butter sandwiches. Today, it was MAYONAISE and peanut butter on his sandwich. At first I balked, but then I thought, if unusual peanut butter sandwiches were good enough for The King of Rock and Roll, then why shouldn't they be good enough for MY little King of Hearts.

Our Memorial Day Weekend

I had great hopes that we would be able to really make our Memorial Day more meaningful this year and though we did do some things, I hope to honor it more next year.
Here's what we did end up doing over the last couple of days---

On Sunday, our pastor showed a power point presentation in honor of our troops and then recognized all the members of our church who have served in the military. I was so proud of my former paratrooper and green beret husband as he stood to be honored. The rest of the day was a good, lazy, family-day which was a nice change from the work intensive one of the day before (we discovered a leak in our shower and had to do a BUNCH of clearing out so Super Hubby could take apart a wall!).

On Monday, I made a big pancake meal complete with yellow star pancakes in honor of Memorial Day. Super Dad and I talked with the kids about the meaning behind the stars and reminded them of what Memorial Day was all about. We spent special time in our family prayers remembering those who have lost loved ones and praying for those who are serving now and their families left behind. I especially prayed for my FIAR Bracelet Babe pal Paige, her children, and her husband Matt who is deployed in Iraq. Later that day, the older children journaled about Memorial Day and its meaning to them and I pulled out my old Baptist hymnal and played a handful of patriotic songs. Super Hubby was plum wore out from working on the leaking shower all day. Not a very glorious way for this former soldier to spend his day off from work, but at least we can be grateful that he has a good job that gives him holidays and that we live in a country where he can earn enough money to provide for his what it takes to fix a leaky shower.

Next year, I hope that we can actually visit a cemetery and pay homage to those who are passed on but while living gave a large part of their lives in serving their country and in serving us...a family they never even knew but were willing to die for nonetheless.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Arlington by Trace Adkins

With deep gratitude to those who have given their all to protect our freedom.


For years, our family has been blessed by the Five in a Row curriculum. Its a creative and relaxed way of educating that gets kids (and their parents) excited about becoming lifetime learners.

The FIAR publishers are now offering unit lessons as digital downloads. So even if its the last minute and you've just now decided you want to do something related to Memorial Day with your kids, as long as you've got access to a printer, you're set! The FIAR Fold-and-Learn products are a great way for kids to not only learn, but then have a personalized record of their educational endeavor.

For more information on the MEMORIAL DAY FOLD-AND-LEARN and other digital downloads available from the great folks at FIAR, visit this website:

And for other Memorial Day ideas you can visit the FIAR holiday forum:

Saturday, May 26, 2007

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Here are some ways that you and your family can make Memorial Day a true day for remembering those who have sacrificed so much to keep our country free:
  • Research the history of Memorial Day. If you're a homeschool family, center some special lessons around this day and its meaning. If you're not a homeschool family, you can still do special learning activities together to ensure that your child knows the true meaning of this important occasion.

  • Visit a cemetery and place flowers, flags, or other mementos on graves of veterans who have passed on for their eternal reward.

  • Send ecards or homemade cards to veterans, active duty military personnel, widows of veterans, & families of deployed soldiers expressing your gratitude for their sacrifices.

  • Play patriotic music.

  • Visit a nursing home and sing patriotic songs and/or give the residents small flags or hand-drawn patriotic pictures. Especially try to give special honor to any residents who are veterans or loved ones of deceased soldiers.

  • Pray for the families who have lost loved ones due to military service.

  • Visit a military war monument. Explain to your children why the monuments are important and give them a brief history lesson associated with the monument.

  • Proudly fly your flags and display other Americana.

  • Wear red, white, and blue!

  • Visit a VA hospital or veteran's home and deliver permissible goodies...homemade treats, hand-drawn cards and pictures, small flags, patriotic balloons. See if your family or a group can perform patriotic songs for the patients.

  • Have an impromptu parade down your street with the neighborhood kids' trikes, bikes, wagons, and scooters decorated with small flags and red, white, and blue streamers. A child can even lead the parade while carrying an American flag.

  • Read books to your children that feature patriotic messages or stories related to America and its diligence in the fight for freedom.

  • At you Memorial Day cookouts, set aside a special time to pray for today's military personnel, families who are still mourning the loss of loved ones due to wars, and for our leaders to have wisdom as they make hard decisions in a difficult time. Allow for some of the children to read or recite patriotic poems or parts of famous speeches. Play patriotic music in the background.

  • Watch patriotic movies, online videos (such as at YouTube), and special TV programs.

  • Decorate your car with a patriotic theme...even get the washable paint and write messages of support and appreciation on your car windows. Not only is this fun, but its a HUGE blessing to all those military families who will see your vehicle.

  • Journal about what freedom means to you and why you're grateful for the sacrifices made by our military. Even young children can dictate their thoughts to you to write down.

  • Include a time in your worship service to recognize veterans and the sacrifices made by so many. Have a special time of prayer for our nation and its troops.

Here's hoping that these ideas will not only help your family to make this weekend more meaningful, but as a result,will minister to those who are serving bravely...and those who are bravely going on in life without the presence of a loved one...a loved one who paid the ultimate price.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13


Aaaahhh-h-hh...the joys of childhood. While Super Hubby, the older kids, and I worked worked liked crazy to clean out the mudroom upon discovering a plumbing leak, the 3 littlest ones enjoyed plenty of fun on this Memorial Weekend Saturday. The trio spent copious amounts of time in the sandbox...probably energized by the icecream sandwiches fed to them by their dear old dad. :)

Thursday, May 24, 2007



I'm so thankful for my mom, Evelyn C. Growing up, she was always there when I needed her...through the happy times like musical programs and birthday parties, but also through the not-so-great times like ninth grade geometry and broken hearts.
I'm not a little girl anymore, but my mom is still my mom and she's still there for me as much as she can be. She's been here for the birth of every single child and she always tries to help out when Super Hubby and I need to get away sans kids.
This weekend was just such a time. J was out of town on business, the annual homeschool conference was coming up, and hiring a babysitter for both days would have cost a fortune...more than the whole conference put together cost! Mom sacrificed her time, money, and energy to drive up and spend the whole weekend here providing not only for my children's basic needs, but doing it all with a loving spirit. She also ended up rescuing A and I from the side of the interstate when the car broke down on the way home on Friday!
We may not listen to the same kind of music, our nail polish colors are different shades, she eats a cookie for breakfast every morning and I eat pasta or Tex Mex food, but despite our different tastes, we agree on the most important things. And one of those important things is family and the priority it should be in our lives. My mom has shown me, through her words and actions innumerable times over the years, that she loves me and mine.
I thank God for my mom, for all she has done and continues to do out of love for her family. She has been a wonderful example to me and I hope that I will be just as wonderful a mother to my 7 children as she was AND IS for my brother and me.
Thankful Thursday website:

The only car commercial to ever make me cry... is well worth watching. Praying every day for the troops and their families.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A Sad Week for the MacLellan Kids

On Monday, D's goldfish Obi Wan died. When we bought D's goldfish for his birthday last month, it was the first time he was given complete responsibility for an animal and he really loved his watery trio. He had to just stand by and watch Obi Wan die...what can you do for goldfish not even as big as your finger? D too the death very hard.

Then sorrow visited us again this morning. The kitten, Atrabillious Alpha, that A and B have worked so hard to provide for, passed away. The little baby was almost two weeks old and seemed to be doing well, but having been born as the runt of litter and then abandoned by a feline mother who never did a very good job with any of her kittens, it just couldn't make it. The girls are crushed by Alpha's death. Above is a photo of Alpha being fed by Super Dad yesterday evening.

Please pray for my children whose hearts are hurting right now.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

God's grace...simply beautiful, profoundly life changing.


Last week got off to a good start thanks to a lovely Mother's Day.

Super Dad had to go on a work related trip for most of the week. The kids and I mostly stayed around the house during the day though we still had B's clogging and prayer time at church.

On Thursday, my mom drove up for a visit. Its always good to spend time with her. This was our first time to see each other since she, my step-dad, and my nephew Cullen came up for his spring break. Mom and I took the kids down to the creek for our evening walk. T and M especially loved the trip because they got a special wagon ride compliments of Grandmommy.

Friday and Saturday, Super Dad, A, and I were at the annual state homeschool conference (see the post down a bit) after he got home on Friday night.

Sunday morning mom left before we headed out to church. That afternoon, A had a new church friend come and spend the afternoon with us. And that night, was church youth group. Afterwards, we treated the kids to Domino's pizza and we watched a science video for kids put out by Popular Mechanics followed by a Nova video on megavolcanoes.

Monday was a nice stay-at-home day. The kids played, we did homeschool lessons, we watered the garden, and B & A took over mothering a tiny, baby kitten that was not being properly cared for by its mother. All the other kittens in the litter had died so the girls are trying to keep this one alive and healthy. B has named it Atrabilious Alpha as its had a very hard life and its the only one that's survived.

Tuesday brought another nice stay-at-home day and more of the same from yesterday. The baby kitten seems to be growing stronger. L, T, and M have opened a "restaurant" in their playhouse. And B has been promoted up to a higher level in clogging. Way to go, girl!

And that's the news from Graceland....where we sure aren't perfect, but we sure are loved.

Monday, May 21, 2007


"What do you believe when you say, 'I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?' That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth and everything in them, and who still upholds and rules them by His eternal counsel and providence, is my God and Father. I trust Him so much that I do not doubt that He will provide whatever I need for body and soul, and will also turn to my good whatever adversity He sends me in this sad world. He is able to do this because He is almighty God and desires to do this because He is a faithful Father."

Heidelberg Catechism, # 26

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007


Latest from Maggi's husband---

May 18, 2007 at 11:59 AM CDT

Joshua 1.9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

Maggi & I want to again thank everyone who has been praying and thinking about us during this journey. Please keep the prayers coming.

On Wednesday after Maggi's first surgery, it was determined that her lower legs (mid shin area down) were not able to be saved due to no blood flow occurring in this area. Because of the increased chance of developing new infections and additional complications, Maggi & I, God & our Doctors made the decision for a below the knee amputation of both of her legs.

On Thursday we successfully accomplished this difficult procedure and I am happy to say that today she is doing pretty well and we're hopeful that this is the first step towards recovery and eventually getting Maggi back home with her family.

Maggi & I discussed this difficult "direction" that God required for Maggi to take and although Maggi said she isn't always in agreement with God regarding the directions that he lays out for her, that it isn't her position to question his judegement and direction, and thus because this new direction was coming from God, that she was comfortable and willing to move forward with HIS plans.

When I left her in ICU this morning (they are moving her back to a "normal" Burn Center room this afternoon), she was experiencing a little bit of pain, but all of her main vitals were looking good.

Numerous blessings include:

- Her kidneys appear to be getting a lot better (she may not need anymore dialysis)

- Her mind is as sharp as a tack

- Her arms, and fingers are free of infection and getting stronger

- Her liver is looking fine

- She has no evidence of hearing or vision loss

- Her heart and lungs are strong (like they always have been during this journey)

- Her smile is more & more precious each new day I see her

- Her attitude is one of hope

- Her faith in God is a testament to me (and everyone who knows her)

Moving forward here are some "tentative" next steps, etc. we've been told:

- Once her health and strength improves (and clear of all infections) she'll be moved to a "rehab" floor (probably still at KU Hospital), where she will then start inpatient "rehab" (Doctor thinks in about 2-3 weeks as things continue to improve)

- Unknown is the length of stay she will have in "rehab" while at the hospital (knowing my wife I would bet in the 45-60 day range...)

- Once home, she will then continue "rehab" for a period of time

- Starting from yesterday's surgery, Doctor says approximately 4-6 months until she can be properly fitted for prosthetics (she is really looking forward to this)

So, our journey continues and everyone's comments, prayers and encouragments continue to provide Maggi & I strenth and "peace" during this time. Don't forget that hug today, or tomorrow, or the next day to that someone special of yours! ;)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The things we do for our children.

My teenager has dared me to post this video. It IS a Christian rock video...but oh so very strange. Though to be honest, after watching it a few times, you start laughing and might even find yourself slightly addicted to this screwball spoof of the 80's. OH MY!

This 40 something mom of 7 actually finds herself singing the chorus while cooking. SCARY.

I asked my daughter "If I post this, will I be the coolest mom you know?"

She answered, "no, but you'll be the funniest".


She also said that my 11 year old daughter B's best friend Candace would LOVE me because she L-O-V-E-S this video.

I really hesitated to post this. It is VERY wierd. These people are very peculiar. And to be honest, I figured I would offend about half the people who visit my blog.

My daughter, in all teenage wisdom said, "Mom, don't tell me you are still worried about what people think about you?!?"

So okay...I guess since I DO find this video to be funny in a very bizarre and slightly insane way, and my daughter REALLY wants me to post it, and I REALLY am a little to old to let what others might think keep me from posting something so goofy, I guess I'll go ahead and post this.

Can you tell I'm rather unsure about this decision?

Can you tell I'm still a big ole people pleaser and want EVERYONE to like me.

Can you tell that I a goober?

Yep, I am all of those things. But at least, for tonight, I'm also pretty "fun" in my daughter's eyes. And I guess that makes it all worth while....maybe?

On this THANKFUL THURSDAY, I'm very thankful that tomorrow is the Mississippi Home Educators Association annual homeschool conference and I'll be able to spend the whole day with my beautiful and smart 13 year old daughter. We'll be attending the sessions especially geared toward teenagers plus just enjoying looking at all the books during the curriculum fair, eating out together, and simply enjoying some rare A/Mama time. We'll also attend the conference together on Saturday, but Super-Dad will be with us on that day. Of course, I'm thankful for a husband who is willing to go to conferences with us!
I'm also appreciative today of my mom. She drove all the way up here and will stay with us for the next two days so that we can go to the conference. What a sweetheart she is! I could always count on her when I was growing up, and I can still count on her now.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Adorable Desktop Backgrounds

The Mary Engelbreit website offers free desktop backgrounds for pcs. I've just downloaded the special Mother's Day one featuring a mother, her baby, and the phrase "Count Your Blessings". Too cute!

Also available from ME are free screensavers, coloring pages to print off, recipes, e-cards, and craft ideas.


A couple of weeks ago, Maggi was moved to a burn center so they could aggresively fight against infection and give her the specialized treatment she needs. Here is the latest update written by her husband on Mother's Day:

"Happy Mother's Day to all of you great moms! Mag & I have been enjoying her day at the hospital - all of the kids came up to wish Mag a great day. Aimee, Mag's younger sister, created a great digital picture frame set, which shows a continuous slide show of pictures of the boys, family, our dogs, etc. This really brought a smile to Mag's face.

Mag's strength is a bit better today. She is on a "normal" diet, trying to start to eat again like before. Not a lot of food taste really good to her, but she is trying...she had 1/2 a turkey sandwich for lunch today, she is making good progress. I anticipate in a couple days they will completely take her off of her feeding tube (they just have this on a bit at night time to supplement her feedings...)

She anticipates some agressive PT & OT work starting tomorrow - she is ready for this, her goal is to get out of the hospital and back home with her family.

Please keep Maggi in your prayers especially come Wednesday - we are having her first surgery on her legs and feet - possible skin grafs will be completed during this time. Also, the Doctor's will look closer into her wounds on her legs/feet to determine the severity of things...we are hopeful for her full recovery. She still has pulses in the top of her feet so our prayers continue to work. Her toes are pretty dark so I continue to ask God to touch her with comfort and healing here."

Continuing to praise God for Maggi's life and praying for her continued recovery!
For original post about Maggi and her condition: . Other updates follow later in the April archives of this blog.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Another homeschool mom shared at the Five in a Row boards, that as a child, she had told her mom the ten things that she wanted to do when she grew up. Her mom kept the list all those growing up years and had it to read at the daughter's wedding. It was a sweet AND funny moment. Her story inspired me to record what my children at this point in their lives hope to achieve one day. It will be interesting to see which of these dreams will become a reality in the story God is writing with their lives.

13 Year Old A wants to:

  1. Be a writer, journalist, popstar...or Queen of the Universe!
  2. Live in Colorado.
  3. Get married and hopes its to someone she already knows.
  4. Travel around the world and definitely visit New Zealand
  5. Only have 2 children, twins, a boy and a girl.
  6. Make a forever best friend who will never betray her...she hopes to achieve THIS one this year.
  7. Grow to be 5'10'' tall.
  8. Live to see THE HOBBIT come out as a movie directed by Peter Jackson and also THE CHILDREN OF HURIN and THE LAY OF LUTHIEN AND BEREN.
  9. Act in 3 new STAR WARS movie. She wants her character to marry Jason Solo, Han and Leia's oldest son.
  10. Own a Corvette StingRay.
  11. Learn to speak Gaelic and Hebrew

(Yes, I know she didn't limit it to 10, but what's a mom to do?)

11 Year Old wants to:

  1. Get married.
  2. Own and run a boarding school.
  3. Live in England.
  4. Learn to roller skate backwards.
  5. Go New York Fashion Institute.
  6. Learn to double dutch.
  7. Travel to Scotland and take a photograph of the Loch Ness Monster proving its existence.
  8. Learn to speak Gaelic, Chinese, and French.
  9. Have 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls (hmmm...that sounds familiar).
  10. Meet Corbin Bleu and Johnny Depp.
  11. Get closer to God.
  12. Change the world!

(I know, she didn't stick to 10 either, but since big sister got to have 11 items....)



Some days it just seems like everywhere I turn I'm surrounded by goodness. I'm not talking about anything that will be made into a Hallmark movie or featured on Oprah Winfrey...just everyday helpfulness and kindness.

Today was one of those days and these people were a part of it:

Cara and Alice at the R. Library. They not only checked our bajillion items out with a smile, but then took the time to chat about books and share a bit of their heart as they discussed ones that had been extra special in their lives.

The owner of the local consignment store. She let me take shoes out to try on my toddler so I didn't even have to get her out of her carseat. If only Wal-Mart could be so trusting!

The cashier at the Kroger grocery store. She was friendly, competent, helpful, and gave free balloons to all my children...even let me take one to a Mommy pal.

Homeschool mom Tina C. Her compliment about me looking pretty today made me feel pretty.

Internet friends. Sweet, thoughtful, and encouraging emails, posts, e-photos, comments, and other blog's postings that do so much to refresh my spirit and keep me connected to the lives of people all around the world.

Candace, one of my 11 year old daughter's best friends. She spent the afternoon with us and as always, was just such a joy to have around. She was a willing help with the wee ones and even pitched in when it came time to shuck the corn for supper.

My 7 older children. They all were so obedient today and did so much to help the household run smoothly...from changing diapers to setting the table plus SO many other things. They were a true blessing to this mom of many today.

My 2 youngest children. Though they made messes and definitely required more work than anyone else in the family, their sweet smiles and loving snuggles sprinkled precious goodness throughout my day.

GOD. Its through Him that all this goodness flows....and so many other truly good things...more than I can even begin to number.

There are days when its harder to see the goodness...when family members are diagnosed with cancer, a preborn baby is lost, a community is ravaged by a hurricane, a ministry relationship is painfully brought to an end. Some days its so easy to only see the bad and it feels like nothing good can ever again be.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6

ALL THE DAYS? That's what it says in God's Holy scriptures. Not some of the days, nor even MOST of the days, but ALL of the days. Even when I can't see it, even when I can't feel it, even when I don't BELIEVE it! God is still God and He's still good.

I praise God that when I'm in that dark place, the place so dark I can't see Him with my unbelieving, unfaithful eyes, HE is faithful and keeps pouring out His goodness til I can see the truth once again.

And I praise Him for these light-filled days. I praise Him for these days that are not stormy.

I praise Him for these days when the light of of goodness is so apparent and for at least a little while, can just bask in the goodness of Him...and that goodness that is reflected in the people around me...the people He created and made in His image.


As I was looking for a reference for the scripture I cited in the post above, I came across this lenten reading. It spoke to me and helped me sort through some of what I was feeling tonight. May you be blessed as well:

Monday, May 14, 2007


Rarely is a day totally awful or completely great. There seems to always be this mixture, sometimes strangely so, of the good and the bad. And I don't think I'm the only one that can be weeping over something tragic and find myself 10 or 15 minutes later laughing (sometimes guiltily) about something absurdly comical. Today this was brought to mind...

To everything there is a season under Heaven. Ecclesiastes 3

A time to be born...the children are so excited about the four litters of kittens we have on our farm.

A time to plant... we've finished putting in our garden today.

A time to kill...all those troublesome weeds that spring up so quickly.

A time to weep...when I read a post by author Lisa Samson on the Five in a Row boards that 38% of the population in my beloved Swaziland has HIV.

A time to mourn...we've just learned that a dear relative is fighting cancer.

A time to embrace... I held my sweet toddler close today and revelled in how much I love her.

A time to sons built a robot rabbit out of D's K'nex set

A time to laugh...Toddler M found my animal voices during read aloud at lunchtime to be very amusing.

A time to search...for the ladybug LG put on our largest tomato plant to eat the aphids.

A time to be silent...the phones are turned off and the older ones are working on lessons so the little ones AND Mommy can get get naps this afternoon.

A time to this case, through the internet, to my mommy pals scattered across the world---sending them emails and posts filled with news, encouragement, smiles, and affection.

A time to love...trying to be especially gentle with one child who had an emotionally rough weekend

A time to hate...hating the diseases that are ruining so many lives, stealing so many parents away from their children, destroying the innocence of the young.

A time for war...remembering our soldiers overseas and especially my FIAR friend Paige's husband Matt

A time for peace...praying that God will make His presence known to those living in darkness and turmoil; that His healing will come to broken bodies and broken hearts; that ALL would turn to Him and His amazing grace so they can experience the PEACE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING.

I'm thanking my Father right now that He is with me during all the seasons of life.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


What a special weekend this has been for me. Yesterday was filled to overflowing with fun and was completed by a steak dinner cooked mostly by my darling husband in honor of Mother's Day.

This morning, 3 of the children started my day with breakfast in bed. B, D, and P served me sausage biscuits, strawberries, Krispy Kreme crullers, and milk all accompanied by a lovely bouquet of wildflowers. B gave me a beautiful, old fashioned card with a sleeping girl on the front along with 2 hand-written coupons. David gave me a fun Snoopy card.

At church, LG colored me a cute Mother's Day picture and the older kids gave me a beautiful pink rose compliments of our church. Also, a fellow homeschool mom and member of our cell group, Sarah Macoy, gave me a darling present. The sweet poem and packaging were just as wonderful as the gift itself...a nice tea candle in a very hip holder. I feel especially blessed that this mom of SIX took the time to do something so sweet for me and her other mom friends. What a woman!

At home afterwards, A and B fixed lunch with a little help from me. ;) Then it was time for that treasured tradition...Sunday afternoon naps!

After nap time, we headed back up to church for a special youth service in honor of the moms. Each teenager gave their mom a pretty little bag of Hershey's Kisses and we enjoyed a reception featuring cake, chips, nuts, and sherbet punch.

Upon arriving home, we watered the garden, D helped me cook the pizzas, I popped our weekly ration of PoPcOrN, and then while the munchkins were eating, I called MY mom to wish her a "Happy Mother's Day"! Super Hubby and I also talked for a while. He's such a good guy!

After our Sunday supper of pizza while watching a movie (this time, some vintage Little Rascals), P put on a Mother's Day puppet show for me featuring Yoda, Curious George, "Puppy", and other stuffed animal friends.

And once all the little ones were in bed, B and I watched a sappy, sad movie while A escaped the drama via the Internet. ;)

Earlier in the week, Five in a Row Friend (and fellow Bracelet Babe) Paige, had sent me a care package with a cute card and some nice bath stuff.

I sit here feeling totally blessed by all the expressions of love I've received...from my husband, children, extended family, friends, and church family. I pray that I will be worthy of their love and respect. I pray that every day I will be the kind of mother and friend they need me to be.

So to all of you who helped make this such a special occasion, thank you so very much.

And to all you other mothers out there....HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! May your children rise up and call you blessed.



T has a way of saying things that are uniquely T. I've come to think of them not as truisms, but as T'isms. Today he made me smile with this one:

"I wish I was a tiny baby kitten so everyone would pet me."

What a cutie he is....when he's not being high maintenance, that is! ;)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Old Fashioned Country Fun

Too often, we let busy schedules, pc time, videos, and computer games keep us from enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Not this Saturday! Today was filled with good, old fashioned, country fun. Our neighbor Lily and her friend Whitney came over and joined us for a day spent splashing in the creek, catching a toad, planting seeds, playing with kittens, jumping rope, climbing in the treehouse, riding the zipline, swinging and sliding on the swingset, riding bikes and scooters, hopping on the pogo stick, playing in a bucketful of water, laughing with each other, loving on each other, and just enjoying a slower pace of living.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Thank God for this Friday

No, I didn't win the sweepstakes. No one from HOME EXTREME MAKEOVER showed up to surprise me with a fancy, HUGE house designed for a family of nine. And the house didn't miraculously clean itself from top to bottom while I was gone today.

But it was STILL a Friday to be glad about. It was a day spent loving my husband and children, chatting with other homeschool parents at the park, eating yummy food (especially the homemade Asian stir fry!), checking out tons of great stuff at the library, finding some hip shoes at the consignment store way cheap (see pic), laughing with my kids' friends as I gave them a ride home, helping my husband teach our kids how to double dutch, and spending the evening sharing our hearts and home with our pastor and associate pastor (and his two wonderful boys).

So often in life, we only chronicle the BIG events...the awards won, the special ceremonies, the births, the deaths. But it really is all those ordinary days that fill up the calendar that make up the real stuff of living. Those simple things of life...watching a baby sleep, singing a silly song to a toddler, holding hands with a loved one, praying before a meal...might not merit a page in a scrapbook or be chronicled on videotape, but they all add up to a life truly blessed and full to overflowing with God's amazing grace.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Today I'm VERY thankful for a husband who not only pays all the bills, but handles complicated problems with the medical insurance folks! 'Nuff said! :)

After viewing the unknown creature featured in the last blog posting, the kids did related homeschool lessons. The older kids drew pictures of the sea creature while writing about it...what is already known and what they THINK might be found out about the creature.

10 year old D believes that the animal is like an electric eel and he thinks that if it bites you it will kill you.

13 year old A thinks that the "rip" or "hole" was probably caused by a sharp rock. She does not think that its electrical. She thinks that it probably eats plankton/algae and has a long life span.

11 year old B speculates that it can stretch up to 15 or maybe 20 feet long. She thinks that its probably a docile, vegetarian because it did not look like it could move very fast. She surmises that it lives a long time and lays eggs. B says that she would name it "tangle serpent" because "having such a long body, it tangles itself up quite frequently".

5 year old LG's drawing of the serpent features the creature leaving his cave dwelling at the bottom lefthand corner. Above the long, dark serpent is its multitude of babies (the dark oblong objects). The round objects in the background are rocks. LG and her friend Laura Lee are on the deck of the boat while brother P and his friend Jacob are in the cabin.

This is P and some of his friends in a submarine floating above the firebreathing sea serpent.

The world is never boring when seen through the eyes of such creative childen! :)

Unknown Sea Creature Filmed Off Florida Coast!

If your kids ever complain that there is nothing new left to discover in this world, then show them this video. An underwater videographer for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel, Jay Garbose, has filmed a 7 to 10 feet long mystery creature that even Smithsonian scientists are unable to identify. Wonders never cease!

As for my kids, here are their varying reactions---

3 year old T: "It looks like throw up."

5 year old L: "It looks like a gummy worm or a sea monster. Its also like on DIEGO [DORA THE EXPLORER's cousin for those of you not in the kiddie show know]."

8 year old P: "Its gross and wierd. I want it as a pet. Can I have it as a pet, Mommy, please?"

10 year old D: "Maybe it looks like an eel of some sort."

13 year old A: "Eww, Eww, E-W-W-W-W! Its horrific! It makes me sick!!!"

Out of all the Graceland minors, 11 year old B was the most fascinated. While watching the video, she reacted with: "I wonder if it is like an eel and will electrocute or if it is poisonous? I wonder what it eats? I wonder what he [the man who discovered it] will name it and if he will capture it?"

For more details, follow this link .

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water......

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


13 year old A's favorite things:

  1. The rock band HAWK NELSON
  2. Books (especially fantasy)
  4. LORD OF THE RINGS (movies and books)
  5. Spending time with church friends
  6. Weekends with Cousin Emily
  7. Chick-fil-A's lemonade
  8. The color BLACK (especially to wear)
  9. Christian rock concerts
  10. Praying and spending time with God
  11. Playing the guitar and piano
  12. Getting unexpected phone calls from special people
  13. Roadtrips, especially with friends
  14. Meeting famous people
  16. Computer time
  17. Clean Avril Lavigne songs
  18. Grapefruit
  19. The Jonas Brothers band
  20. The Pop/Rock band Relient K
  21. Recording artist Krystal Meyers
  22. Colorado and the mountains
  23. Singing and discovering people around me who can sing
  24. Downtime
  25. Busytime
  26. Driving FAST with the windows down and the music BLARING!
  27. Icecream (especially sherberts)
  28. Sonic Reeses Blast!!!
  29. Riding my horse
  30. Blueberry bagels
  31. Writing songs and stories
  32. Stuffed crust pizza
  34. When Seth plays "I will dance, I will sing"

11 year old B's favorite things:

  1. Drawing
  2. Reading
  3. Writing stories
  4. Peter Pan
  5. Writing poems
  6. Nature
  7. Annoying my sisters
  8. The color green
  9. God
  10. Making Meezes
  11. Swimming at the creek
  12. Scouring the internet for "originality"
  13. Clogging
  14. Playing softball
  15. Nancy Rue's LILY and SOPHIE books
  16. Stealing boys' hats
  17. Shakespeare
  18. Beatrix Potter
  19. Lemony Snicket books and movie
  20. Watching acrobats
  21. Driving 4-wheelers
  22. Archery
  23. Hula-Hooping
  24. Riding her bike without using her hands
  25. Watching people double-dutch
  27. ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING (the movie)
  28. Talking to Miss Robin
  29. Spiders and their webs
  30. Snakes
  31. Bats
  32. Playing softball
  33. Clogging
  34. The Mellow Mushroom
  35. Chinese buffets
  36. Sonic strawberry lime-ade
  37. Cherry cobbler
  38. Going on trips
  39. The mountains
  40. England
  41. Scotland
  42. Ireland
  43. France
  44. China
  45. Japan
  46. Eclectic decorating
  47. Working on her blog
  48. Playing the piano
  49. Spelling bees
  50. Competition in EVERYTHING
  51. Waterfalls
  52. Rainbows
  53. Contortionists
  54. Keira Knightley
  55. Corbin Bleu
  56. JUMP IN
  57. The Keira Knightly PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
  58. Audrey Hepburn (and WAR AND PEACE starring her)
  59. NOT doing math!!!!!!!
  60. Bees
  61. Roller skating
  62. Ice skating
  63. Sk8tr Boi by Avril Lavigne
  64. Jane Austen
  65. Learning new languages
  66. Uniqueness
  67. Spending time with Mallory, Candace, Caitlin, and Lily
  68. Gaelic
  69. Watching ballets
  71. Art museums
  72. The Mississippi Natural Science Museum
  73. Exploring the woods around our home
  74. Water
  75. Picking blackberries
  76. Neopets
  77. Card games
  78. Decorating her dollhouse
  79. Backgammon
  80. Scrabble
  81. Daydreaming
  82. Looking at the stars
  83. "Being ME"

10 year old D's favorite things:

  1. Playing with his best friend Caleb
  2. Game Boy Advance SP
  3. Reading books
  5. Playing Star Wars with his brother P
  6. LORD OF THE RINGS (action figures, books, & movies)
  8. Recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman
  9. Mellow Mushroom pizza
  10. Playing the game of LIFE
  11. Sanibel Island
  12. Busch Gardens, Tampa
  13. Colorado Springs, CO
  14. Nevada
  15. Florida
  16. The Jackson Zoo
  17. Playing with his cousins Christian, Hunter, & Cullen
  18. The color BLUE
  19. 2nd fave color is RED
  20. Coca-Cola
  21. Cherry-Coke
  22. Singing
  23. Going to homeschool group
  24. Sonic Drive In
  25. Hot Wheels Acceleracers
  26. Hot Wheels World Race
  27. Zoo Tycoon pc game
  28. Asteroids pc game
  29. Lego's Star Wars I & II Game Boy Advance
  30. Mario Brothers games
  32. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (movie, books, and Game Boy)
  33. Cub scouts
  34. Camping
  35. S'mores
  36. Ice cream (chocolate with M&M's)
  37. Ice cream sandwich "cake"
  38. Cookie cake
  39. Upward basketball
  40. King David in the Bible
  41. Pet goldfish---Anakin, Padme, and Obi Wan

8 year old P's favorite things:

  1. Turtles
  2. Brother D's Game Boy Advance
  4. Lego's
  5. Macaroni & Cheese
  6. Ice cream sandwich "cake"
  7. The color GREEN
  8. The color RED
  9. CASTING CROWNS (especially the song IF WE ARE THE BODY)
  10. Pizza
  11. Chinese buffets
  12. Playing with Jacob and Wyatt
  13. Visiting his Hattiesbrug cousins
  14. Hot Wheels Accleracers and World Race
  15. Hannah Montana
  17. TARZAN
  18. Snacks at church
  20. Popeye
  21. Superman
  22. Mighty Mouse
  23. Pancakes
  24. Chocolate Sprite
  25. Playing in the sandbox
  26. Riding his bike
  27. Attacking Mason and Nathaniel
  28. GO, DIEGO, GO
  29. Golden Bellied Mangabey at the zoo (the "mooning" monkey)
  31. Zoo Tycoon pc game
  32. Spy Kids
  33. Uno card game
  34. Backgammon
  35. Scrabble
  36. Riding the carousel at the zoo
  37. Spades
  38. Go Fish
  39. ALEX RYDER, the movie
  40. "Puppy"
  41. Action figures
  42. Shopping at Target
  43. Exoforce
  44. Underwater Aquaraiders
  45. Mazzio's Pizza
  47. Brother D's fish
  50. Playing in the tree house
  51. The Ag Museum
  52. Tin Tin graphic novels
  53. The new CHARLOTTE'S WEB
  54. OVER THE HEDGE (he IS Hammie!)
  55. Texas

5 year old L's favorite things:

  1. Strawberry Shortcake
  2. Zac Efron
  3. High School Musical
  4. Playing Queen and Princess
  5. Lip gloss
  6. Dress up pretend
  7. Playing with Desiree, Laura Lee, Grace, and Baby Selah
  8. Strawberry Shortcake shoes
  9. Hello Kitty house shoes
  10. Holly Hobbie
  11. Horses
  12. Unicorns
  14. Doll "daughters"
  15. Peter Pan
  16. BLUE'S CLUES (especially Steve)
  17. Cheese Grits
  18. Oatmeal
  19. Pizza
  20. THE LAZY FLAMINGO restaurant (on Sanibel Island)
  21. The Shell Museum (also on Sanibel Island)
  22. Kids' Church
  23. Playing in the sandbox
  24. Drawing
  25. Painting
  26. Tinkerbell
  27. All C O L O R S except for GREEN
  28. Zoo Tycoon pc game
  29. Strawberry ice cream
  30. Going to the beach
  31. Busch Gardens in Tampa

3 year old T's favorite things:

  1. VeggieTale's Larry Boy
  2. Pizza
  3. Dora the Explorer
  4. M&M's
  5. Donuts
  7. The Mississippi Natural Science Museum
  8. Big Dog stuffed animal
  9. Flag blanket
  10. Boo the dog
  11. Sebastian the cat
  12. Mom and Dad
  13. His sister A
  14. Hannah Montana
  15. Sanibel Island
  16. Busch Gardens in Tampa
  17. The Bynums, Lewis, and Macoy families
  18. High School Musical (he wants to be Troy when he grows up)
  19. His stuffed Kee-Kat
  21. Diego (Dora's cousin)
  22. Disney's CARS (and his CARS shoes)
  23. Playing rough (especially with A's guy friends)
  24. Ice Water
  25. Going on walks with Mommy and Daddy
  26. "Big Kiss, Little Kiss, Big Hug, Little Hug"

Toddler M the Hobbit's favorite things:

  1. Mommy and Daddy
  2. Her big brothers and sisters
  3. Laughing
  4. All natural Lays white cheddar Cheetos
  5. BOOKS!
  6. Swinging
  7. Dora the Explorer
  8. Blue's Clues
  9. Hannah Montana (especially her music and REALLY especially BEST OF BOTH WORLDS)
  10. Her pink cuddly bear
  11. Pacifiers
  12. Mac & Cheese
  13. PB&J sandwiches
  14. Tex Mex fried rice
  15. Dancing
  16. Playing outside
  17. Boo our dog
  18. Gummy vitamins
  19. Bananas
  20. Cereal bars
  21. Drawing on anything and everything!
  22. The "Happy Birthday" song
  23. Going on stroller rides
  24. Cheese rice
  25. The "buzzy bee" tickle game
  26. Lilly, our 11 year old next door neighbor
  27. Playing in the sandbox
  28. Running around the church
  29. Being cute
  30. Shoes ;) (what a girlie girl!)

Super Dad's favorite things:

  1. Teaching (especially things related to God)
  2. The Bible (NIV favorite edition)
  3. Reading a good book
  4. History
  5. Learning new things
  7. Backpacking
  8. Rock climbing
  10. Muppet movies (especially MUPPETS FROM SPACE!)
  12. Pizza (preferably Domino's or Mellow Mushroom though there are fond memories of Shakey's Pizza for the growing up years)
  13. Rachael Ray's recipe for beer brats with sauerkraut and apples
  14. Lord of the Rings movies
  15. The film A Bridge Too Far
  16. Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  18. Lemonade
  19. Fried catfish
  20. Fancy cheese (during the wintertime)
  21. Clint Eastwood westerns (especially the early ones like A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY)
  22. French fries
  23. Good salad with fried chicken or steak and chunky blue cheese dressing (during the summertime)
  24. The Passion
  25. Amazing Grace, the movie
  26. DOMINION by Randy Alcorn
  27. The film DEEP IMPACT
  28. caves
  29. Rock Bridge Canyon in Alabama
  30. A pretty stream to canoe and swim in
  31. The Grand Canyon
  33. Movies by M. Night Shaylaman (especially SIGNS and LADY IN THE WATER)
  35. Richard Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell
  36. Steak
  37. Secret Recipe MacLellan fruitcake
  38. Coffee
  39. Sightseeing in Washington, DC
  40. Chocolate
  41. Hiking in the mountains (ANY mountains)
  42. Camping
  43. Sanibel Island
  44. Dates with his wife
  45. A clean house
  46. Hotdogs
  47. Sonic Cherry Limeade
  48. Onion rings
  49. GOOD sweet tea
  50. The South
  51. Coming home after business trips
  52. PORK sausage
  53. pancakes
  54. hash browns
  55. Eggs Benedict
  56. Clive Cussler books except his early ones)
  57. Coca-Cola
  58. The original STAR WARS trilogy
  59. The Ten Commandment movie starring Charlton Heston
  60. BLACK, RED, and WHITE (a trilogy) by Ted Dekker
  61. Scripture verse: "They said to Him, what shall we do, that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." and "All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out." John 6:28,29, and 37

To be continued....


Last night I had a date with my true love. No it wasn't our anniversary. It wasn't my birthday. It wasn't to celebrate anything in particular...just a chance to spend some time alone together...and that enough is reason to celebrate!

After fixing the offspring a super kid-friendly meal of mac & cheese, we were off to the Alltel store to upgrade to new phones---flip phones--- and a new plan! WHOO-HOO! As a surprise for our 2 oldest daughters we got a third line and now they have a phone to share and aren't, in their words, the "only kids who don't have a cellphone".

Then we went for supper at one of my favorite eateries, McAlister's Deli. As we munched on their HUGE chili nachos (his) and their new open face chicken cordon bleu sandwich (mine) we did the social "DON'T" of playing with our cellphones. Yep, these 2 middle aged fogies were having a kick figuring out ringtones, graphics, etc. Don't wasn't crowded and so we weren't TOO very rude. ;)

Afterwards, we just enjoyed doing a little shopping at Wal-Mart where we got a few chuckles over Mother's Day cards.

WARNING: Chris, if you're reading this, your Mother's Day cards were chosen with the most sentimental emotions imaginable...REALLY! here comes the really mushy part...even cellphone upgrading, figuring out new cellphones, and Wal-Marting is great when its shared with the one I love. And I do love my man!

Extraordinary Ordinary Miracle

This beautiful treasure is tucked at the end of the new CHARLOTTE'S WEB movie. May my eyes always be opened to the beauty of God demonstrated thru those extraordinary ordinary miracles.

Monday, May 07, 2007


"Many Christians believe that if you tell people that they are totally free and that God will forgive them no matter what, then they will feel free to sin and the Church will lose what little holiness it has. However the truth is that you love God because He first loved you. Once you understand just how much he loves you, your desire then is to please Him. Freedom produces obedience. Obedience never produces freedom." Steve Brown, Born Free

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Mary and her bestest forever friend Brenda.
Today's been nice. I spent my morning at church being blessed as I led children in praising the Lord and then teaching them that WE are the church...and one of the ways we should behave as the church is to share and love others in practical ways. The hugs and smiles they shared with me definitely communicated a big heaping helping of love.

Then later this afternoon, nearly 30 of us came together to love on Mary L., a dear homeschool friend who is expecting her first baby girl. What a time of sweet fellowship we had as we celebrated with her this upcoming event plus had fun chit-chatting and eating some yummy treats. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such a crowd of dear, dear women...and lovely daughters, too!

Now I'm home and its time for our weekly tradition of pizza and movies.

Hope your week is filled to overflowing with the reality of God's great love for you.

Saturday, May 05, 2007


Well, I'm plum wore out...but its a good kind of tired that's a result of a fun, full life. Yesterday was the weekly homeschool group meeting at the park and, of course, the typical errands to run plus shopping for Mother's Day gifts for the grandmothers. I managed to score 3 out of 4 in that gift-buying game. Then I helped get Super Dad and the 2 oldest boys off for another weekend of cub scout camping. They are due home any minute now but I've heard via cell phone that they've been busy having a good time.

Since hubby and the boys were gone last night, after we big girls put the wee ones to bed, we watched THE QUEEN and ate PoPcOrN. It was an excellent movie and as we had been warned about one section, I kept my finger near the mute button. Other than that it was clean and not only highly interesting, but taught all three of us a great deal.

Today A had a church outing at some one's fish pond. The teens and adults fished, goofed off, and had a hamburger cookout. Poor A was the ONLY one not to catch a fish!

While the big boys were doing the camping thing and A was off with the youth group, I took the rest of the kids for a bday party at the zoo. One of our homeschool friend's little girl is turning 3 so we all celebrated the day with her as we roamed the zoo, played on the playground, ate cake, opened presents, and rode the train around the park.

Then it was off to buy the one last gift as we waited to pick up A. She's been craving muffalettas so we stopped by the IGA on the way home to pick up some missing ingredients then it was an early supper. Though we were already very tired, B really wanted to get our garden started so we got out there after supper and put in the seedligs we had bought at Wal-Mart yesterday. We planted 2 types of tomatoes (a regular kind and some grape ones), zucchini squash, yellow squash, and Japanese eggplants. Once the ground dries up just a wee bit, we'll plan some seeds.
We gave the 3 little, sweaty, dirty kidlets a big bubble bath then put them to bed before 7:00! I love it when they still can't tell time! LOL!

Then I shooed off my big girls to watch a movie so I could get cleaned up, change into comfy pjs, veg at the pc for a while, and I'll soon crawl into bed with the two books I'm reading right now, THE AMAZING MAURICE AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS by Terry Pratchett (a pre-read for 11 year old B) and the latest NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY book by Alexander McCall Smith, THE GOOD HUSBAND OF ZEBRA DRIVE.

Tomorrow we'll have church and we're teaching children's church plus I'm helping give a baby shower for a dear friend. Mary is the mother of 4 boys and is now expecting her first baby girl.

So, I'd best be getting this weary old self off the pc. I need to rest up for the living that's still to come! Night!!!

Baby M peers at the giraffes as the bday girl gets a lift from her grandmother.
Baby M, Bday Girl C, and C's "little" brother G fascinated by the flamingo. It sure doesn't look like OUR duck!
5 year old L intently watches the flamingo as it proudly strolls past.

Friday, May 04, 2007


As a mom of teenage and pre-teen daughters, I'm constantly on the outlook for things that we can do together to keep the relationships open AND fun! (Yes, we DO like FUN around here!) One thing that all three of us enjoy is goofing off on the internet. And when we find something that the three of us like to do, we sieze the opportunity. This time its MEEZ characters. Its an online free service that allows us to create our own online characters. They can be as fantastically imaginative or as close-to-reality as we want to make them. (Warning, some options are a bit, er, um....well...rude.)
Above is my Graceland personna. Granted, she's not quite as curvaceous as moi, but for a cartoon gal, she's a fairly close facsimile. Though poor thing, her eyelashes aren't NEARLYas long and lush as mine nor is her hair quite as BIG. ;)
So from Graceland, this princess of the TRUE King of Kings sends greetings of amazing grace and endless mercy! Ta for now!!!!