Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A New Addition

Let me start by saying I am not having a new addition, we recently purchased a new addition and it is not a pet either. We have been thinking of getting a 3rd vehicle for John to drive his 70ish miles a day to work (round trip). In the summer I use his truck for markets and on the farm and he did want to drive our Durango to work and get it all messed up and rack the miles up on it. Besides those factors it does NOT get good gas mileage. Let me say that BOTH of these ARE paid for in FULL! So we had thought about a small car but the boys seats would not fit properly in the ones we looked at. The boys still use a full seat with a five point safety harness and will for a long while yet.

John's sister (one of the three) called the other day to chat and told me they were thinking of getting rid of their third vehicle since they never drove it. Their third vehicle belonged to my mil before she passed two years ago (the sister had paid my fil for it). So I asked some questions and she quoted a price. I told her I would talk to John and call her back. It is a 2001 Chevy Venture mini van with 83,000 miles on it. The main thing was that the price was right. Actually is was $1400 less than book value. We talked and we decided to take it. It is perfect for him and us. There is plenty of room in it and if we need a family vehicle (should something happen to the Durango) then there it is. We can also get the boys seats in it and they have room too! I am glad that we have it and it is still in the family. i think that would make Mawmaw happy too!

So there you have it, a new addition! Do you have a mini van or are you a car person? What do you drive?


Friday, March 26, 2010

A True Blessing

I have been cooking for most of the out of town guests for a few days (since Tuesday am). Wednesday a lady (Cathey) called from our church and told me that the pastor's wife had told her to get the ladies together and provide us with a meal. Cathey is in charge of things like that. She told me they would be here Friday and asked what time. I told her 4pm. This morning I got up exhausted. Doing all of the usual things, taking care of my Mom, arranging child care, the funeral home stuff, flowers, the funeral and taking food to this house and that house. I had two aunts that made a few things and that was a big help. Then today Cathey came and let me tell you those ladies cooked for a army and a half!!!! We are so blessed to be part of such a wonderful church! Thank you for our wonderful church family!!!

There was meatloaf, kraut & wieners, 2 gallons of tea, 2 packs of rolls, peach cobbler, lemon pie, strawberry cake, green beans, chicken and rice casserole, whole kernel corn, mashed taters, deviled eggs, mac & cheese, cornbread salad and squash casserole! We feed 12 of us tonight, a far cry for the 30 we fed yesterday and the day before. One meal yesterday was provided by my cousin's church. We are so blessed in the midst of our grief. Today has been so hard for my Mom. She wanted to stay in bed but I took the boys over and she perked up. When she saw all of the food she and my Daddy both were just in aw. My Mom cried.....again. These were tears of thankfulness though.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rest in Peace

We laid Uncle Tom to rest today. It was a difficult day, but God knows! He loves us and will see us through. Please continue to pray........especially for my Mom. Thank you.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Boy's Fouth Birthday Party in Pictures

This is KK our wonderful sitter/mother's helper. The boys as well as their Daddy awaiting party time. I made 60 cupcakes, here are some of them.

The boy s are more than ready to make a wish and blow out their candles.

Here are my niece Ava and nephew Gavin with thte boys and my Mom. She was so tired. She had slept in the ICU waiting room the night before (her brother was in ICU).

Silly Boys!

Opening Gifts!

My nephew Peyton with the boys, playing.

Here are the boys on the bikes my parents got them. We had to leave all of the outdoor toys in the packing house and go see them after the party. It was 40* with rain and sleet and lots of wind.

Here is their Pawpaw McRae (Big John's Dad) with the boys.

These were our BIG gift to the boys. They love their Gators!

My parents with the boys!

Pawpaw McRae with the boys!

And last but not least, a family picture!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Prayer Please

Please be in prayer for my family. My Uncle Tom passed away last night. He is my Mother's brother. Thank you.


Monday, March 22, 2010

4 Year Old Boys Today!

Happy Birthday to the lights of my life, John and Mason! Mommy loves you more than anything! You make each day a blessing and a joy for me! I am so happy to be your Mommy! May God bless you in your lives always! I love you!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Party Day!

Tomorrow my miracle babies will be 4 years old! How my heart aches for them as they have grown too quickly! How excited I am as they learn new things and challenge me as their Mommy! God is so so good and we are so blessed times two! These little boys have brought more joy and love in our lives than I ever knew possible! "I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him." I Sam. 1:27. Praise your name! I got double the blessing! God is so Good!!!!

We are having a birthday party today at 2pm to the tune of lots of liquid sunshine! Not good the all of the outside toys the boys are getting nor for their energy level. We are going to make the best of it though and have a great day!

Hope you have a blessed day!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Almost party time!!!! Woohoo!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Getting Ready for the Party!

The boys birthday is the 22nd. Today we are headed to get their presents (we have a sitter). I am so excited to see their faces. We are giving them JD Gators. My parents are getting them bicycles. They are having a Disney Cars party. I got great deals over at Disney.com on the party supplies. Hope you all have a great weekend. The boys and I are off to church tomorrow and their Daddy has to work again on Sunday..........yuck.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sickness and Death

Our beloved family friend passed this morning (the one on the vent-in his 40's). Please pray for the family. Married with a daughter.

Also, my aunt is home but is till in need of prayer. The c. diff is still there and they cannot do chemo right now. Please pray for strength and that the cancer does NOT spread.

One more...........my Uncle is still in the hospital. In surgery right now........

Thank you for your prayers! It has been a rough day!


Monday, March 8, 2010

What a Beautiful Day!

I am looking forward to this day! It is beautiful with a high of 72* today! Woohoo! I have many things to get accomplished today.

Pay bills
make tea
make gucamole
make beef stew
go to T'ville
get things ready for (big)John's b'day Thursday
order boys Easter outfits
do small grooup research
get sales ads/list/coupons ready for the week
picnic outside with the boys for lunch
play outside

More laundry! LOL

More dental work tomorrow.........boohoo.

Hope you have a great day! What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Living Life

I just wanted you to know that I am still around, just not here much. We have several things going on right now. We had some friends loose their quads (yea, all four) this week (she was 22 weeks). I have an aunt fighting cancer and sick in the hospital. So sick she has only taken one round of chemo. She has c.diff and it is taking a toll. My Uncle on the other side is having heart, bp, sugar problems. We also have two very dear family friends sick,. One was told without treatment for cancer he has 2 weeks with treatment 6 months, maybe.The other is 45 years ago on a vent and has a feeding tube......he just got sick one day and the doctors do not know what is wrong. Please pray for these.

My fil is better and is going strong again. The boys are good and we are busy preparing for their birthday party. i finished invites and got most of them out yesterday. The small group is growing and we are adding another ministry to it. John is working many hours and is home little. It has been hard. We are getting the ground ready to plant again! The tree crops look good so far!

I took the boys out for picnic lunch today and we had a blast! They are growing so quickly! I love them so much!

I had more dental work done yesterday and it was not pleasant! I go back Tuesday and I am not excited! LOL

Big John's birthday is next week and I have 2 market meetings as well as the dental work. Exciting times!

Hope all is well and I'll check in soon! Hugs and blessings!!!