Monday, December 17, 2012
Current Playlist: I just usually turn on the radio to Magic 96 for christmas Tunes!
Current Food Favs: Venison summer sausage, goat cheese, homemade pepper jelly and Ritz crackers (all together)! Also I love the Peppermint Mocha liquid creamer for my coffee!
Current Wishlist: I would love to say my Momma but heaven is much sweeter than life here on earth but oh how I miss her!
Current Need: To get my Acadia's windshield fixed where a rock cracked it a couple months ago. To get the relector fixed on the back corner where someone hit me.
Current Triumph: Dealing with Momma's death with God's help and not medication.
Current Annoyance: My neighbor's facebook page. She is also my Dad's preacher's wife. Someone commented on her page while one of my 6 year old twins went to my desk and when I got back from a phone call......he asked what sh*t was. The "f" word had also been typed. When I asked her why she left it up there she said if we only knew where these people had come from. That she and her husband were just beginning to get through to them.GRRRR! Apparently folks from the church (sho are fb friends with her) saw it too and were very upset. As of last night the whole post was deleted. She neer apologized. No problem though. I just hope her children never see those type things.
Current Addiction: The Peppermint mocha liquid coffee creamer! Divine!
Current Blessing: My children! In light of the recent current events (shooting in Conniectcut) I am loving on them more and holding them tighter! Also, they help keep me busy and not focus on Momma's death as much as I would without them.
Current Outfit: Jeans, white long sleeved tee with hot pink tee from Lulu's over it, Nike Alvord 10's
Current Excitment: Making cookies and delivering to the neighbor above. Get togethers and parties coming up. Seeing the smiles from our twin boys on Christmas morning.
Current To-do's: Make mixes for some gifts. I am doing cocoa mix and bean soup mix as well as dilly dill dip. Make my families white chex mix and oreo balls.
Current Favorite Stuff: My new wreath for the front door and my new teacup Chorkie puppy!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
As Served By: LuLu's, Gulf Shores
- 3 pounds medium shrimp, heads on
- 2 pounds claw crab meat, picked for shells
- 4 crab bodies, if available
- 4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, coarsely chopped in their own juice
- 2 large onions, coarsely chopped
- 2 green bell peppers, coarsely chopped
- 1 medium head celery, coarsely chopped including leaves
- 2 ½ pounds okra, fresh if available, cut in 1/4 –inch pieces, or frozen cut okra, thawed
- ¾ cup vegetable oil or bacon grease
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 cups shrimp or seafood stock, heated
- 2 to 3 teaspoons salt, or to taste
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2tablespoons dried thyme
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
IngredientsDe-head, peel, and devein shrimp. Reserve heads and shells for later use. Pick through crabmeat carefully for shells. Refrigerate shrimp and crab until ready for use.
Fill a medium-sized saucepan with water. Bring to a boil. Drop tomatoes carefully into boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and let cool. Skins will slip off easily. Remove cores and coarsely chop tomatoes over a bowl to retain as much juice as possible. Set aside. (If using canned tomatoes, I cut them up in eights.)
Place chopped onions, bell peppers, celery, and okra in separate bowls. Set aside.
To make the roux, heat vegetable oil or bacon grease in a 10-quart heavy stockpot over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, gradually add flour, whisking continuously. Continue to whisk roux , adjusting heat as necessary to keep from burning. This may take 25-35 minutes or until your arm feels like it is about to fall off and the roux is a dark mahogany color. Be careful; if the roux burns, you will have to start all over again!
Carefully add chopped onions to roux and continue stirring with a large wooden spoon for 2 to 3 minutes. Onions will sizzle and steam when they hit the hot roux so caution is advised. Seasoned gumbo cooks have roux battle scars on one or both arms.
Add bell peppers and continue stirring for another 2 to 3 minutes; add celery continue to stir constantly for another 2 to 3 minutes. The mixture should now resemble a pot of black beans.
Add tomatoes and stir well.
Slowly add the heated stock.
Add salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, bay leaves, oregano, basil, Creole seasoning, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well. Bring gumbo to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to maintain a slow simmer, uncovered, for about 1 hour.
Add okra and bring back to a boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat again to maintain a slow simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or a day (until okra has lost its bright green color and is cooked down like the other vegetables). If gumbo gets too thick, add a little water. If too thin, continue to simmer uncovered.
At this point, you can cool the gumbo. It’s always better the day after it has been cooked, although I’ve never had a complaint when I served gumbo the day I made it. Remove from heat and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then place pot, uncovered, in an empty sink. Fill the sink with water and ice around the stockpot. Stir gumbo every 15 minutes to move the liquid to facilitate cooling. Gumbo will spoil if cooled improperly. When completely cool, refrigerate it, uncovered, for a couple of hours before placing it in an airtight container.
Reheat gumbo slowly to simmering. Thirty minutes before serving, add green onions, parsley, and lemon juice. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add shrimp and crabmeat. Mix well. Cover and turn off heat. Let sit for at least another 15 minutes while seafood cooks. It will stay hot for a long time. Adjust seasonings and serve over cooked white rice with French bread and butter.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
It's been almost 3 weeks since I have written and one week ago today we laid my sweet Momma to rest. The above pic was taken last Thanksgiving (2011). I still cannot believe she is gone. It just hit me that come Mother's Day I won't have my Mommy. 36 is just too early to lose her. She was only 68 years old. Momma passed away on Black Friday, it was truly a black day. We were all gathering around her bed. She was at my parents house and was very confortable. She went in peace, in HIS peace and HIS time. Please continue to pray for our family as we learn how to live life without her. Til we meet again, Momma. I love you!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
My husband's oldest sister despite having to get up at 3:30 am to go to work came at 5pm and stayed with our boys while John came and stayed with me at my parent's house. When I got home she had done laundry and dishes, put things away and straightened the house up as well as played with and read to our sweet boys.
Thank you Lord for these two precious ladies that our boys get to call "aunt"!
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
We have been through so much. He has taken on a load so I can be with my Momma during these days. He has taken on extra duties with the boys and with household things as well as farm things. He holds me and wipes my tears. He prays over me and my family. He loves me unconditionally. He is wonderful! Thank you Lord for choosing such a wonderful husband for me.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I am so thankful for the 36 years I have had with her. I sleep with the "daughter" throw over me each night that she gave to me two Christmas' ago. The last thing she bought me herself. I treasure the Friday night talk to had while lying in her bed just 2 days after Hospice came in. I had no idea that would be the last conversation that she would be able to actively participate in.
Headed back to my parents' house to give Momma her breathing treatment, give her meds and tuck her in. I am blessed! While my heart breaks multiple times a day while taking care of her. I praise HIM. When I carry her, I carry the "yellow umbrella". And praise God, HE carries us ALL! Blessings!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
John is working on the farm now and is a full time, year around employee of our farm!!! We are beyond excited! We had been praying for some time that God would show us where he needed to be. His company was closing it's door to short hauls and drivers being home nightly and only doing longer hauls when my parents offered him the position. We are beyond excited that he will get to be home more, lots more and tuck the kiddos in EVERY night. It also means he will be learning some new skills (more on pruning, thinning, fertilizing, spraying and those things that he has never had much to do with, until now). He already knows how to pick, haul, deliver and such. We also will be buying our first cows and our horizons will be expanded! He did take a cut in pay but not by much and we will save gas money and wear and tear on a vehicle too. We sold our old mini van and are back down to two vehicles so the savings on auto insurance will help too!
His schedule is much more flexible and that is a welcome! He also will be getting on with the county as a school bus driver. That will help with insurance cost and bring in an extra almost $800 a month. We are so blessed!!!! So, here's to our endeavor!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
|The swwt puppies we have raised on a bottle and treated as our own babies.|
|The momma to the puppies (the black one) Mollie Lou and the daddy (the tan one) Jake.|
|Mason sporting his new specks!|
|John getting the wasp nest out of the boys' playyard.|
|The men folk relaxing in front of the tube.|
|Our sweet Mia thinks she is human stretched out on my loveseat outside on the front porch. LOL!|
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
On Tuesday the 3rd I took Aunt Mary for chemo and to see the docs. They had told her maybe 2 months with treatment (that was the Friday before Christmas). Here we are almost 4 months out and she is doing pretty well. The chemo has some terrible side effects! Her infusion ran for almost 3 hours and we were gone for almost 6 hours. Please keep her in your prayers. We just celebrated her birthday this past Friday. Cancer is EVIL!
Easter was great and we are so blessed. My parents' Labradoodle "Mollie Lou" had her puppies also. She had 7. She laid on 2 and killed them, one was still born and the other one somehow got out of the dog house and lost it's body temp and died. That left 3. She never produced any milk and just wasn't sure how to Mommy to them. I talked with the vet and decided to bring them home and raise on a bottle. They are all black and boys. They are two weeks old today and just precious but I tell you it's like having triplet newborns! When we brought them home they were eating every 2 hours! It's gotten better now. Only one has opened his eyes a little. That is to be expected since they were about a week premature. They are thriving and now we are looking for good homes for them both the end of next month.
Last Wednesday the 11th I had punctal plugs put in both eyes. I was awake and it was done in the eye doc's office without any numbing drops just antibiotic drops. It is to help increase my tear production from the top ducts (the plugs were done to the bottom). It was very uncomfortable! I still feel like I have 10 somethings in my eyes. I go back to the eye doc tomorrow for my follow up. I also ordered new eyeglasses since my script has changed so much.
I also had a dental appointment before the eye surgery and had a crown cemented and 3 more fillings.
Tuesday the 17th I had bladder surgery. They did it without making an "external incisions" but they made a 3 1/2 inch internal one and then I have some metal type sutures attaching the neck of the bladder back where it goes, they also used a sling and tape to hold it on position. I have had to train the bladder to function again...NOT FUN! I am still in the uncomfortable part of the pain, lots of pressure and very swollen. they gave me a lot of gas to knock me out. Instead of the normal 2 breathes it takes most folks it took me like oh SEVEN! LOL! I am moving slowly and steps are bad....BAD! John was off work with me for 3 days and learned how to be Mommy when needed! He had an eye doc appointment and took the boys for dental check ups all by himself! :)
I managed church today just for preaching and that pew was oh so hard. Today is my father-in-law's first birthday in heaven and I rode with John and the boys to the cemetery and to get milkshakes from Jack's!
We have some great changes coming our way and many prayers have been answered concerning John's job situation. more on that next month when things are finalized! God is so good and we are so blessed!
Friday, April 6, 2012
I have been letting things slide since others have been deemed more important. With all the death and sickness it just doesn't seem like Easter time. I have always been "on the ball" with all things holiday! Not this time. I ordered the boys pants and a shirt for Easter. Neither fit them correctly and I have not taken them back. I have resorted to letting them wear last years attire,AHEM...if it fits. If not i will run to Wal-Mart and pick up some khakis and a polo. I am not even sure what hubby has to wear since his weight loss. And since my AHEM weight GAIN I am not sure if I have clothes either. My parents have decided that I need not cook and we will just get take out for Easter lunch. This is NEVER heard of in the south at least at our house. I am totally okay with it though....for some odd reason.
I have not dyed eggs with the boys or read the Easter story for that matter. Their Resurrection Eggs have sat alone in the closet as well. I am actually okay with this.....most all of it actually and am not stressed at all. I do and will talk with the boys about Jesus being "Alive and well" and how blessed we are. John is singing his first solo at church (Easter morning no less) and does not even have the soundtrack to listen to for practice and he is as calm as can be. While we are not ready we are okay and God has a plan. Perhaps we will figure it out before out Sonrise service Sunday morning! :) Happy Easter!!!!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Waiting to blow out their BIG #6 candle!
Monday, April 2, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
So what are reading? What are your reading goals this year?
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
God is so good! We knew early on that IVF was not an option for us, nor was adoption. Now, at the ripe ole age of 35 with many, many irons in the fire and health issuses that linger I find myself looking at one of those options again. You see a few months ago there was a family member that became pregnant and not in the best of circumstances. She (John's 3rd cousin)had just graduated high school, was not married and wanted to go to college. The Father is on mental disability living with his Mom in a travel trailer who is also on mental disability and is not your stand up citizen. We offered to pay the medical bills and take care of the baby's Mom while she was carrying the said child. She wanted more ($$$). We had a few stiff conditions and things went south. To make a long story short. The child is two weeks old today and precious. I took some things to the Mom (who is living with her grandparents) for the baby. I held her and when I left I felt empty. I will not go into the fact that we are good parents who are stable in EVERYWAY, goes to church, loves God, yadda, yadda, yadda. The Mom does not work, is on every available government aid provided and a few days ago was "hanging out" in Wal-Mart to get some time "away" while the Grandmother kept the baby.
So, While I would love to adopt THAT precious baby (girl). I am praying that God opens a door somewhere else for us to parent a baby (girl) else where. My heart hurts for this "other" baby cause I know what she will and won't have and what we could give her. God has a plan. John is opening up to the idea of it. He did say that when God opens that door he will be ready.
Now, you know my heart and intermost feelings. Also let me say we have "fostered" before. An older male child that was in theraputic care. Feeling on that: WE WILL NOT GO THERE AGAIN! ;) Enough said.
I will wait on HIM! Blessings!
Friday, March 16, 2012
- I went shopping, mainly taking some clothes back that didn't fit John, that he had gotten for his birthday. I hit Wal-Mart, Kohl's, TJ Maxx, Target, Publix and Aldi.
- Got a deal on 1# packages of fresh strawberries for $.79. I have never seen them this cheap!
- I spent some time relaxing and just reflecting on life.
- By the time I picked up the boys at school I had one of the worst migraines I have had in a long time. My meds did not even help.
- The church youth came and picked up a tv that we gave them for the rec room.
- I fell asleep on the couch at 9pm, was in bed by 9:30pm and did not wake until 6am Thursday morning! Whew! I was one tired girl!
- Bought groceries, went to the pharmacy, post office visited with my parents.
- Made 16 containers of strawberry freezer jam! YUM!
- Changed the printer cartridges.
- Did one load of laundry and did NOT get it put way.
- Ordered some jeans online from Kohl's for John and used my Kohl's cash.
- Did the boys birthday invites.Mailed them out.
- Called the insurance company.
- Ordered some gluten free, organic cereal for us and Mom, from Amazon.
- Found a condo on the beach for early summer vacation.
- Made chicken pot pie via Paula Deen recipe and salad for my brother and his family
- Made beef pot pie and grape salad for my parents
- Made chicken noodle soup (homemade) for my aunt
- Made hamburgers and salad with chips for us for supper.
- Cooked 12 #'s hamburger meat for freezer and divided into 1 # packs.
- Went to dentist, post office and pharmacy
- Visited with my parents
- School called, Mason had allergic reaction outside (eyes affected). Put in 2 script drops and checked the boys out. It was 1:30pm and all they had left was p.e. and snack.
- Did 2 loads laundry
- Cleaned out and went through pics of John's family that had been in our closet. Took them out of frames and added frames to yard sale pile.
- Put together new (dirty) laundry organizer.
- Visited with brother-in-law and sister-in-law when they came by.
- Went through the birthday party stuff for the boys party next Saturday.
- and now to spend some time with the boys making bead art.
- Ordering pizza for supper!
Tomorrow holds promise of yard mowing, then Outback Steakhouse for a (week) late birthday dinner for John!
What's the weekend looking like for you? Do you go out to eat on the weekends?
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Mom was very sick once again. Daddy and I had her to the doctor twice and the hospital once in two days time. Little John was not himself and feeling quite badly. I had been canceling appointments left and right. John had been off work for 2 weeks.
On Tuesday February 28th John and I discussed the fact that I had to keep my dental appointment the next day as I had a tooth cracked and broken and was in pain. Nor was the situation good that close to my MRSA infected sinuses. Thankful that I am on the Doxycycline and felt as "safe" as anyone could in that situation. When i walked in the dental office (this is a great group of females who love the Lord), I explained that any given time I may need to leave due to my father-in-law's declining condition and impending death. We had been told just two days before that his eyes were "fixed", his toes had already curled and he had no food or drink for 48 hours. The dentist prayed over me (mainly for peace and comfort) as she started her work.
At 9:53am I got a text from John that read, "He's Home!" My heart dropped, because I knew John was there by himself and I wanted to be there, ASAP! As the dentist finished as quickly as possible (with a temporary crown) I texted our preacher's wife and thankfully our preacher was able to be there in 2 minutes with John. I arrived 18 minutes later. The smell of death is like no other, it lingers with you always. You never forget it. John was taking things well, better than I would in that situation.
After the funeral home came and picked up the body we went to pick up a few last minute things and pick out a casket spray. I had never purchased one before and the cost was completely on us (as John is the only biological child and the 3 half sisters wanted to purchase a simple wreath). We were floored at the price, not that we minded and thankful we had the money but $425.00 surprised us. We also had a 5x7 framed of the boys sitting with Pawpaw McRae in their cowboy gear and cowboy hats he had bought them at the rodeo the year before. We had a sweet arrangement with 2 red roses attached to it and it was set in the corner of the casket.
That afternoon we picked up the boys after school and came home. We told them Pawpaw was in heaven and all better now. That he was happy and he and Mawmaw were together again. John got really sad and had a few tears but Mason cried out for the longest. After supper they seemed fine. John had some questions but was very "grown up" about things. The boys kept telling each other (and anyone that would listen) that if we all let Jesus live in our hearts that we would get to be with Pawpaw McRae and Mawmaw one day in heaven. So sweet!
On Thursday we went to the funeral home and made the final arrangements while my brother took my Daddy to the orthopedic surgeon. We had more errands to run that day and the visitation was that night. We let the boys go for a little while and "see Pawpaw" one last time. As the crowd started pouring in our music minister and his girlfriend took the boys back to the house and kept them while we finished up at the funeral home. Our church had brought a sandwich tray, all the condiments and bread, a gallon each of milk and tea. It was a welcome sight upon our arrival at 8:30 that night.
The funeral time had to be moved from 2pm to 11am the next day as it was tornado Friday and the sky was more than eerie! By the time we reached the cemetery it was 80 degrees! After the funeral we elected to come home and we had some friends to bring some food over. Our church had offered to cook for the WHOLE family but John just wanted some time to ourselves. School had let out early and the boys had ridden the bus home with my brother and was at his house playing. Before the weather turned early he brought them home and we just chilled out.
Daddy found out with an MRI that he tore the cartilage in his left knee but the overall structure of the knees are in great condition to be 78 almost 79 years old! So happy for that. He is doing therapy and goes back next month.
I had to cancel my Mom's appointment with the rheumatologist that morning and she was getting worse, much worse. I got it rescheduled for Wednesday of this week. We saw the doctor and he could not believe the shape she was in. She was using a cane and still not walking well. The tremors were back with a vengeance and her fever was 102.8 when we got there. It is the http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/polymyositis/DS00334. You read more about it in the link. Not only has she been out of remission for over a year but it is at the worst it has been, leaving her mostly in the bed and unable to do common everyday tasks and feeling awful. She got an iv infusion as well as her Prednisone increased from 30mg daily to 60mg daily. It has been 48 hours since that and she is a good bit better! We are hoping for even more improvement. We go back in three weeks.
Wednesday afternoon we learned that my sister-in-law's Mom's cancer (brain tumor) has come back and the prognosis is not good. She will start experimental treatments next week. They are a very private family (and if you are related please keep it to yourself and just lift them up in prayer).
We cherish your prayers a this time. God is good and merciful and just and I am holding on to HIM for my strength! Blessings to you all!
Some of the things I hope to accomplish today:
- Print off my Bible calendar pages for the month of March
- Hire someone to paint our master bath and kitchen
- Do devo
- Make bed
- Take Aunt Mary's garbage can to her house
- make March menu plan (I am a little late)
- Return some emails
- Find a rental for our spontaneous beach vacation
- Call Mom @ 9am for meds
- Call Mom @ 3pm for meds
- Call Mom @ 9pm for meds
- Go to Piggly Wiggly and buy meat (steaks, ground round)
- Make broccoli salad
- Make grape salad
- Run dw, unload dw
- Clean all bath mirrors
- Clean bath and kitchen counters and sinks
- Sweep and mop kitchen and both baths
- Boys to school
- Go get boys from school
- Clean both toilets
- Finish thank you's and mail them
- Post Office
- make lunches
- get boys breakfast
- check pay stub
- Dust (everything)
- Get dishes back to Connie
- Balance checkbook (this is scary, it hasn't been done since before John's Dad passed and the casket spray alone was $425.00!)
- Order invites, horns and hats for boys party (March 22)
- Bath, get ready
- Take a form to the school nurse
Praise the Lord that's all, I don't think i could fit anything else in there! LOL!!!! I am so blessed and God is so good! Thank you all for reading!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I be back soon with a detailed post.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I love the quote: "When you reach out to help others, pay close attention to who you are reaching over in the process."
Monday, February 27, 2012
John was off work all week last week and will be off this week as well, taking his shift at the nursing home watching over his Dad, until he falls into the arms of our Lord and is taken home. It seems as if the wait is taking forever. It is so hard to watch his Dad suffer. His Dad's final request was to have family by his side at all times until his passing.
He stays "out of it" most of the time. He is on a full 10 liters of oxygen with a bagging mask on his face. He is down to less than 130 pounds (normal weight for him was 180-190). He eats very little, maybe a cup of applesauce or oatmeal for breakfast and that is it. Maybe some juice or iced tea. All medicines have been discontinued EXCEPT liquid morphine and ativan. His color is yellow at times and gray sometimes. The doctor released him from his care in ICU at the hospital into the care of Hospice at a local nursing home. Unfortunately his insurance coverage does not pay for a sitter. We were told last Tuesday by the doctor that it could be anytime, that day or a week. Tomorrow will be a week. Only the Lord knows the time and the hour when He calls us home!
With weak speech and deep breathes he ever so often asks, "What are we waiting on?", or says, "I am ready to go." He is 83 years old, if he sees April he will be 84. The congestive heart failure, organ failure, non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver (late stage 4), pacemaker, COPD and emphysema are just more than his body can take. He has signed a DNR and just wants to go see his wife, Marilyn that waits on him "in the sky".
"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are
a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." - James4:14 NIV
It has been a long few weeks trying to keep things going around, home, take care of others that are sick, keep things as normal as possible for the boys and fight this awful MRSA infection. Staph infection is awful. Now it has moved into my eyes as well and they hurt so badly. I hope to get to see the eye doctor today to get a prescription for Lotemax. It is a steroid type eye drop and helps so much during these flare-ups. In the meantime, Mom has a doctor's appointment this morning and she is not doing well at all.
We are wasting not a moment, time is precious!
We are praying for peace during this time. God is good and He always prevails! Thanking the Lord for our blessings! Hope your day is blessed!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The pain and pressure is also a lot to deal with. There are times that the front of my face feels like it could just "pop off"! If I bend down too quickly I have found myself getting up from the floor.
I had sinus surgery for reconstruction(due to breathing issue) and to clean out infection and add silicone to bones to strengthen them. a couple of years ago and that was successful. This however is a whole new story. We have known for a while that this other surgery is a very needed option and I just don't want to think about it. I am running out of options. To break it down this surgery would reconstruct most of my face. There would have to be broken bones, screws, plates, possible cheek implant, teeth pulled and teeth implants added, all while building up that sinus cavity. Dealing with all we are right now is just a hard place.
So, that is where we are with my health. We are trying our best to keep me out of the hospital since we are expecting John's Dad to pass anytime, my sick parents and aunt and so on so forth. I currently have no broken skin lesions (sores outside the nose/sinus cavities). So we are very thankful for that! If you have a extra prayer for healing and another for wisdom they would be much appreciated! God is good and we are hanging on to HIM! Blessings!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Last Sunday I posted a status on facebook about the message (bridling your tongue). Yesterday I did the same (except the message was on patience).
Here is my status from facebook: Another great message today at church......on patience. Patience is something I don't have too much of these days. Lots of ugliness going on these days and I won't be part of it (hence the defriending button). Anyhow I know how to have patience and I will. Kicking my ugliness out of the way and letting God move in deeper to my heart..........right where HE should be. Lord, help me be more of you and less of me! AMEN! God is so good!!!! "By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls." -Luke 21:19 (AMP)
Keep in mind the reason we left was becuase we are never missed or checked on when we are out and with all the sickness around us we have been out about as much as we have attended. Sunday school teachers nor children church workers EVER have called to see about the boys, even during hospital stays. Noone has ever sent a card or called, nothing.
Last night, our previous preacher's daughter left a comment, something along the lines of we have your irs statement for tithes at the church, didn't know ya'll were going anywhere else.....lol. I commented and told her we didn't need it, we'd already had our taxes done and used our bank statements. They could just toss their statement. Of which she replied that she would let them know and thanks.
This morning her first comment was gone, she had deleted it. She didn't bother to say, we've missed ya'll or anything. My point is I want to be missed. I want to be loved. I want to be prayed for. I want these things but more importantly I want them for my children. Anyhow, what's done is done. I have forgiven them, even though they may not know they were in needing of being forgiven. God loves us all! Praising God for our new church home!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
1 Tangy Pork Tenderloin, Green Beans,Brown Rice
2Roast, carrots, potatoes, chocolatepudding
4 BLT’s, Oven Fries,raisin oatmeal cookies
5 Shrimp salad
6 BBQ stuffed potatoes
7 Chili, cornbread, Shoney’s peach pie
8 Enchiladas verdes Pg. 225, beans,rice, salad
9 Chili dogs, fried potatoes
10 Fried okra, peas, potato salad,cornbead
11 Chicken helper, leftover veggies
12 Steak, baked potatoes, salad
13 Taco salad, strawberry pretzel salad,chocolate covered strawberries
14 Breakfast casserole w/ sausage andcream cheese, fried apples
15 Hm Chicken noodle soup, sweet potatobread w/ pineapple butter Pg. 89
16 Hm beef stroganoff, green beans,Buttermilk salad
17 Ribs, beans, potato salad, fruit tray
18 Lasagna, bread, salad
19 Burgers, fries, salad, pb cookies
20 Santa fe soup
21 Chicken pot pie (Paula Deen recipe),pear salad
22 Fried chicken, green beans, mashedpotatoes, gravy, biscuits
23 Butterpeas, cornbread,mac&cheese, fried potatoes, sauted squash, fried green tomatoes, peach cobbler
24 Potato soup
26 Gravy, biscuits, sausage
27 Nacho bar, CB Oatmeal cookies Pg. 96
28 Pizza, wings (OUT) 29. Shrimp fet. alfredo
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
- Blog daily. I blogged 15 times compared to the 31 I wanted to. However, it is better than just once.
- Take more pictures. I haven't really, although I have taken several of the boys @ basketball games.
- Read Bible daily. Most days but not all. I did say read through it in a year. I am now striving for a chapter a day.
- Read 2 books or more a month. SUCCESS! DONE! I have read Gabby, Money Saving Mom's Budget and Organizing for Life.
- Read more to the boys. DONE! Almost everyday.
- Restart daily devo and prayers with hubby. Starting today.
- Read and pray as a family. Not done . Ashamed to say.
- Declutter and organize. A work in progress, however I would say I am 50% PLUS there in the house.
- Toenails have yet to be painted, however, feet are in better shape!
- Paint and redo master bath. I have the color picked out! :)
- New kitchen counter tops. Maybe late fall.
- Stick to defined budget and put $$$ back. Sticking with budget. No $$$ back yet.
- Finish cookbook and gt to publisher. Not yet.......
- Get back to "magic number" weight wise. Not yet but on my way! :)
- Organize pics/clean off sd cards. Not yet.
- Use kinder and more encouraging words with family. Trying and struggling daily.
- Surrender and trust more fully in God! Yes and continually working on.
How are your goals going?
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I never and I mean NEVER remember a time in our lives where we dragged our children out to a restaurant, ordered for myself and my husband and told them that could not eat there because they had already eaten at home. If we could not afford for them to eat we would stay home cause we certainly could not afford for us to eat either!
Saturday night as we were finishing our meal up a couple about our age, well dressed came in and was seated behind my husband and Mason. They also had their 4 children with them (somewhere between the ages of 5 and 12). The mom ordered a beer and the dad some other type of alcoholic drink and the children each had water ordered for them. I heard two of the older boys ask if they could have some chips and the mother told them no, they had already eaten. When the waiter came I could not believe my ears! The mother ordered, the father ordered and when the waiter asked what for the children, the mother said nothing. The children ever so quietly protested and asked to order, the youngest one even crying. Yes the mother refused and told them to just shut up, they had already eaten.
It was bad enough that my own children were witnessing such behavior from a grown woman, a mother no less but to hear her speak to them in that tone with those words. Mason actually started praying right at our table for "their mommy to have a kinder heart". We quickly finished our meal. The woman proceeded to have not one but two more drinks and the man another one as well, but yet they would not let their children eat. God help us, what is this world coming to?!
When we got in the car the boys wnated to pray for that family and we did. I wanted to say something to that woman, actually if I were being honest I would tell you that the anger in me made me want to slap her jaws. That was not the Christian thing to do and I refrained. What would you have done? Would you have said something?
I just cannot imagine telling my children they couldn't eat.................
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Saturday they had a basketball game and they played. Everyone seemed fine and we just rested the rest of the day.
Sunday none of us felt too good so I kept the boys home from church while John went to finish cleaning out his Dad's apartment. We met John in town and went by the nursing home to see his Dad for a quick visit.
Monday I sent both of the boys to school as they felt fine. When I picked them up I found out that 3 students had checked out of John's class sick. By the time we made it home and through the door, Mason had diarrhea. That lasted on and off until after bedtime. At 11pm he started vomiting.
He had diarrhea and vomiting constantly for over 24 hours and he didn't eat for 40 hours. We kept him hydrated with Gatorade. In the midst of all of this I called the peds office on Wednesday am for Zofran.
The peds office had been closed Tuesday due to a tornado touching down in the area. 2 were killed and over 700 homes damaged or destroyed. Please pray for these!
As Wednesday progressed Mason was a new child, feeling so much better. He was up and playing and I was a happy Momma!
However, as Wednesday wore on I got sick. Thank the Lord for Zofran and Imodium. I still feel rotten today and am in pain from the diarrhea and dry heaving. Hoping this bug leaves our house soon. The boys missed basketball practice Tuesday night but have a game Saturday. We also have tickets for the Circus that afternoon. Here's to a healthy house of McRae's soon!
Has the tummy bug hit your house or area? Blessings!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
- 6:00am up, get ready, try to get boys to eat some dry Cheerios and have some Gatorade
- 7:30am get cooler ready with snacks and drinks (it's our turn to pack these for gameday)
- 7:50am pick up my Daddy and head to the gym for boy's basketball game
- 8:30am game starts
- 9:30am game over (we won 18-10 - WOOHOO!)
- The rest of the day was kind of a blur........ate breakfast @ Jack's
- home, change, relax, John heads to nursing home to see his Dad, watch tv, play Legos
- eat lunch (the boys only wanted cheese, crackers and Gatorade), then nap (1pm)
- 3 up, John home, get ready, find coupons for supper, go get John a new phone (his is going out)
- drive to Trussville (almost an hour away), CVS, Verizon, Chic Fil A, Sam's (the boys love playing on the ipads)
- home by 8pm, boys in bed by 8:30. Cookies baked and coffee made. John and I head to our master bedroom retreat to tv/computer it.
- 9:50pm I blog and get ready for bed.........
Goodnight and blessings!
Friday, January 20, 2012
The boys love the cowboy lifestyle. Mainly they love the jeans, boots, buckles, horses and hats! LOL! They have decided to have a cowboy themed birthday this year. Their birthday is in March but it will be here before we know it! They want us to grill hamburgers and hot dogs. I will make bronco baked beans and we will have choctaw chips and dip. I am having a friend to make a cowboy cake with 2 smaller cakes with the boys' names. I would love to find some metal pie tin type plates for serving up the grub. I think we are going to keep the family/friend list a little smaller this year. We shall see how it all pulls together! Do you have ideas or suggestions?!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
My father-n-law has finally been given a true diagnosis of Cirrhosis of the liver (non-alcoholic type). He is in the final stages of this disease. The home health nurse said he might have 8-10 weeks left. He can no longer stay alone, is on a walker and O2 full time. He doesn't know when he needs to use the restroom. Sometimes he talks out of his head or sees things or people that are not there. He goes from grey to yellow. He eats very little and is staying swollen for the abdomen down. We took the boys by his apartment yesterday to get some pictures. We will be moving him today or tomorrow one to a nursing home in the same town where he lives. One of John's half sisters is a supervisor there and knows the nursing staff and such. She has been helping us with him ever since their Mom died (almost 3 years ago).
There are 2 more half sisters, John is the only biological child and closer to his Dad than the girls. Their Dad is still living and is a part of their lives. There are some hard feeling from one of the sisters grown children that we are not bringing him home with us and taking care of him here. They will just have to get over themselves. (They have not stepped up to help). John works outside the home and there is no way to keep a normal life for our boys, do their activities, me work and continue to take care of my folks and aunt, nor can I lift him. Please pray for us as we watch him transition to the next life. Man knows not when this will happen but the Lord does and we are trusting in him.
I hope to be around and post more often but we will see! Blessings!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
- Read Genesis 12-30
- Make beds
- Take meds
- Feed pets
- Load/run/empty dw
- Sweep kitchen and entry way
- Clean kitchen sink
- Clear/wipe kitchen counters
- Plan/cook dinner
- Wipe bathroom sinks
- Empty trash
- Do laundry
- Read to boys
- Quiet time
- Prepare tomorrow's clothes
- Clean bath mirrors
- Clean light fixtures and change bad bulbs in bathrooms
- Clean out purse/wallet
- Pay/file bills and balance checkbook
- Clean toaster
- Change boys hand towels
- Clean out my nightstand
- Send thank you card to Connie
- Soup to AM/AP/MD
- DG-carpet cleaner/milk
- Call Peds East-print out for last year
- Mop kitchen and master bath
- Iron and put boys stars on shirts
- Take Christmas stuff down
- Organize spare bedroom
- Clea out fridges' freezers
- Clean tiolets
- Check Mom's meds
Oh my! Maybe this will be today and tomorrow?!
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Yesterday we hired a sitter so we could drive an hour to the hospital to visit John's Dad. We stayed at the hospital for 2 hours and then went to eat an early supper/late lunch at Chili's. Then we drove the hour home. It was so nice to be able to sit and eat and talk just the two of us. We love our boys dearly but there were NO interuptions, no potty needs, no cutting up food, no spills or messes to clean up...it was JUST us! We would love a get away though!
So how often do you and your hubby go out just the two of you? Or do you? Do you go on weekend getaways together?
Saturday, January 7, 2012
This morning the boys have their first Upwards basketball game. Afterwards we will come home to grab a bite of lunch and leave the boys with a sitter to head to the hospital. John's Dad has been in the hospital a week today. Yesterday he was transfered to a larger, better facility in Birmingham. He has swelling in his stomach/ abdomen area and it is worse when he eats or drinks anything. He also has swelling in his feet and legs and his legs hurt really bad. He is using the bathroom in his clothes without knowing it. His kidneys are not wsorking at all. He has a bleed behind one kidney. Non life saving surgery is not an option at his age (he's 83 years old). His bloodwork is also out of sorts. We will meeting with an oncologist as well.
Please keep him and us in your prayers. Blessings on this rainy Saturday!