Thursday, February 26, 2009

Only in Texas.....

...does the morning traffic report warn commuters to watch out for horses on the freeways!

The trail riders are coming to town! It's rodeo time in Houston!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Good show!

I just love watching Daughter perform in her drama productions - last weekend the drama department at her school put on the play Dearly Departed - a comedy about a somewhat dysfunctional East Texas family dealing with the death of their daddy. Ya'll, it was hilarious. Those kids did such a great job! Daughter played a bratty little girl - one of the grandchildren of the deceased. She didn't have any lines, but exhibited some most naughty behavior, and let out one really good scream!

To celebrate a successful performance, Little Son made her this peaches & cream cake:

I have amazing kids.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Camera Critters #46

I just love baby animals! Isn't this baby giraffe the cutest? He lives at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida - but he THINKS he lives in Africa!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Being Moses in my 4:12 Life

"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and the attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

Despite the attack, I am continuing on in my 4:12 Life. I'm reading in Exodus, about Moses. In Chapter 3, Moses has gone from being a prince in Egypt to a mere shepherd in the desert. His life is defined more by what he's lost at this point than by what he's gained. Boy, can I identify with that! I can tell you the exact moment when my life began a downward spiral into desertdom (is that a word?). Life was going along swimmingly, just like it was for Moses in Egypt, then BAM! We were fleeing to Midian. And there we've been, feeling kinda lost. But you know what? God found Moses RIGHT THERE IN THE DESERT. And spoke to him in a most fantastic way through a burning bush. I wonder, would Moses have noticed the burning bush in Egypt? I think not.

God knows where I am. And He has not forgotten me. God will call me by name (He knows my name!) and tell me what He wants me to do. My current situation is only a chapter in a much bigger story - a story of redemption. God is still all about freeing His people from slavery - the slavery of sin. "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

God wants all of us to be Moses - to lead people to freedom from sin through Jesus Christ. Now I, like Moses, am the first to say, "Me? You want ME to do that? Surely there's someone else more qualified!" But the Bible tells me not to doubt myself - nothing is too big for God. So when I feel afraid, I must know that I need not be. Did you know it says "Do not be afraid" 365 times in the Bible? That's one for each day of the year! Awesome!

I truly believe God is leading me right now. He's leading me to a place I so desperately need to be. Is God speaking to you? Are you perhaps not noticing what He's saying? It sure would be nice if we all got a literal burning bush from which to hear God's voice! But we do have His Word, and by living in that Word, He is speaking to us every day. We just have to listen.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Wuv, Twue Wuv....

This past weekend was all about LOVE - that wonderful, powerful, scary, thrilling, mushy emotion that gushes from our hearts. Of course, when one thinks of Valentine's Day, they think of romantic love. Hubby and I don't need a special day to celebrate our love, for it is there EVERY DAY, but we did observe the holiday modestly and sweetly. He is the love of my life, and not a day goes by that we don't tell each other we love each other.

But I celebrated other kinds of love this past weekend as well. Friday the 13th was Tango's first birthday! My sweet little black puppy has grown into a big, fluffy, goofball of a dog, and I love him so much! I truly believe pets are members of the family. Last year I grieved so when we lost our beloved Misty, and I still miss her. Tango and Jax are my furry babies - they love me unconditionally, and they bring such joy to my life.

Friday night D... and I enjoyed a much-needed Girls' Night Out! There is nothing like the love of a true friend. D... means so much to me. She loves me unconditionally, too (crazy girl!) and I can always count on her if I need anything. I don't have a sister, but D... is the closest thing I've got. I love her.

Saturday D... and I got to do something really special - meet some blogging friends IN REAL LIFE! We met up with Diana (forgetfulone) and Kris (It's My Life) and had the BEST time talking and was like we had known each other forever! New friends are so fun - I love them already! I hope we can all get together again soon!

Saturday evening, instead of spending the holiday out with the crowds and the traffic and the packed restaurants, Hubby and the kids and I had a delicious dinner with Bubba's Mom and Dad at their house. We had shrimp cocktails, delicious filet mignons grilled by Bubba's Dad, salad, and baked potatoes. Little Son baked a Valentine cake - white chocolate, frosted with strawberry frosting and garnished with fresh strawberries and white chocolate curls. It was deee-licious! We enjoyed just being together, eating, talking, laughing, and playing Apples to Apples. The love of my family is like a big quilt that warms my soul. I am blessed with wonderful children who enjoy family time, and with parents that we are close to. We do so much with my mom and dad and their love and support in my life is beyond measure. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than being surrounded with the people I love the most!

Sunday morning we went to church, and I worshipped the God I love. What's even more awesome? He loves me more than I can even comprehend. He is always with me, guiding me and protecting me, even when I can't always feel Him there. He walks with me, and sometimes He has to carry me. I will spend eternity with Him. God IS love.

As I continue in my 4:12 Life, I am more and more in love with God. His Word speaks directly to my heart if I will only open up and let it. This week I am learning how to be Moses, and I believe I may have found my burning bush. More on that later.

I hope that all of you had a wonderful weekend, surrounded with love, whether it be love from a sweetheart, from a pet, from your family, from your friends, or from your Heavenly Father. I love you all for reading my blog and leaving me your comments - it means so much to me, and with each one, my heart swells. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sleeping With A Man

We all love our husbands. We do. I love my husband more than anyone can imagine. But ladies, raise your hand if maybe sometimes - even if it's just every once in a while - you wish you could have your bed ALL. TO. YOURSELF. I mean really - the marriage bed is a beautiful thing, but don't you ever just wish that heat-radiating, snoring, teeth-grinding, cover-snatching man would go sleep on the couch?? Sure, spooning is great, until he falls asleep (which he inevitably will within 5 minutes) and gets real heavy and HOT. And he has those little muscle-spasm twitches that men have when they're falling asleep and that hand that's lovingly resting on your hip (or elsewhere) suddenly SQUEEZES and scares the bejeezus out of you! And the snoring - oh, the snoring! Don't even get me started!

So as I'm lying in bed last night, thinking of how lovely it would be to have my bed to myself for an entire night, I doze off and have a bad dream. And when I waken, I reach out to touch Hubby - just to know that he's there. And just putting my hand on his big, heavy, warm, sleeping body is a comfort. He's there. He's always there. When I'm having a bad day, I can pick up the phone and he's there. When tragedy strikes and all I can do is cry, he's there. When I'm scared, worried, lonely....he's there. And when joy overflows from my heart and I'm giddy happy and want to celebrate....he's there.

Seventeen years ago, when I was feeling trapped in an abusive marriage to a mean drunk, he was there.

Through all the ups and downs of our marriage - and let me tell you, there have been many - he was there.

When my family needs him, he's there.

When our children need him, he's there.

A few years ago, Hubby broke his leg when he flipped an ATV. But in treating his broken leg, a much bigger, scarier problem was discovered - his blood pressure was stroke-level high. As they were prepping him for surgery on his leg, the nurses were calling in doctors left and right and they told us they couldn't even think about putting him under for surgery or he would surely stroke out and possibly die. I was terrified, and for the first time since I've known him I realized that something could happen and he wouldn't be there anymore.

He's fine now. With medication, his blood pressure is under control and his heart is healthy. But I'll never forget that feeling of fear that I might lose him.

So why, oh why would I ever not want him to be there beside me? Yes, he snores. He tosses and turns and gets the covers all wadded up sometimes. He takes up more than his half of the bed. But he's there. I can reach out for him, and he's always there. And I wouldn't trade that for anything in the world.

Photo Challenge

Stacey over at JameeForever and Jami from the Fleming Family Circus BOTH tagged me for this one, so here it goes! I am to go to my Picture Files, go to the 6th folder and find the 6th picture and post it here. Gosh, I hope it's decent!

Awwww - it's my favorite picture of Jax!! He was still a baby - so cute!

I'm not tagging anyone, but if you want to play along, leave me a comment and I'll be sure to come by and see!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Mondays are Mine

I know, I know - most of you dread Mondays. Me? I rather look forward to them. Because on Mondays, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., I am HOME. ALONE. BY MYSELF. IN THE QUIET. I never plan anything for Mondays. The kids go to school, Hubby goes to work, and I cherish my time to myself. I can sit around in my jammies, read blogs and Facebook, sleep, eat what I want (I just wolfed down two Junior Chili Cheese Frito Snack Wraps from Sonic, and a handful of cherry sours washed down with a swig of ginger ale. I think I might throw up now, but at least there won't be anyone knocking at the door yelling, "MOM?!?" while I'm doing it!). I might throw a load of wash in on Mondays - I might not. I might make phone calls or pay bills - I might not. The beauty of Mondays is that I do what I want. I think everyone needs a day like that, don't you?

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Camera Critters #44

Waiting for Daddy to get home......

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Sincerely 'Fro Me to You - Little Ladies?

In their first year of junior high (6th grade), Daughter and her BFF Lamb attended all the school functions. They were excited to get involved and to socialize! So of course that had to include the Valentine Dance. They each got new dresses to wear and looked perfectly lovely for the occasion. Like beautiful young ladies.

And they had a great time dancing and laughing and talking with all their friends! After the dance they headed back to Lamb's house to relax and unwind.....

And apparently to forget all about being ladylike!!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

B Happy!

D.. is playing this fun game and I decided to play along! Here's how you do it: Tell me by leaving a comment on this post, and I will assign you a letter. Then post ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter on your blog. Explain the rules with your ten things and when others comment requesting a letter, assign one to them; thus, the chain continues.

D... assigned me the letter B - a very good letter, indeed, seeing as how I'm Bubba's Sis! My maiden name also starts with B. This should B easy!

I actually thought of a BUNCH more, but here are ten things I love that start with the letter B:

1. Bubba - I wouldn't be Bubba's Sis without him!

2. Bubba's Mom - I wouldn't be here at all without her!

3. my BFF

4. Bubble Baths

5. the Beach

6. Boots

7. Bon Jovi

8. Bluebonnets

9. Blankies

10. Baseball