Friday, November 30, 2007

Show & Tell Friday (Holiday Edition)

With my trees up again, I am surrounded by my little treasures that I only see about a month per year. I think that's part of what makes them so special. Each ornament has a story. Some stories are better than others but they all have one just the same. Here are some more from my trees:

OK, these are very very special. I was either in 4th or 5th grade and my mom brought home this wooden ornament kit. We spent an entire evening painting these ornaments. I vividly remember that night. I know I painted these but I remember painting one that had a teddy bear on it because my little brother, Jon, who would have been about 5 or 6 had to run and get his teddy bear for me so I could see how to paint it. How cute is that? (I probably didn't think it quite so cute at the time) Several years ago my mom gave us each some of these for our own trees and ever since then they are proudly displayed in my home.

This little Boyd's bear came to me last year as part of a gift from my long-distance friend, Lorraine. Lorraine and I have been friends for over 20 years. And for 19 of those 20 years we have lived halfway across the country from eachother. We don't call or keep in touch like we should but we each have 4 kids and life is busy and hectic for each of us. We always remember eachother at Christmas. I thought this little guy was so cute and even though he's not a "traditional" ornament, it makes me happy to see him nestled in the boughs. He looks so cute up there. If I had him on a shelf or something, he'd get lost. On the tree, he has a nice place of prominence.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have collected 8 new ornamentes for the kids this year plus an additional one for me. I guess maybe I should get Cliff one so he won't feel so left out. Maybe certain people in "Bulldog" country could help me out with finding a GA Bulldog ornament?? Hmmm????? I will photograph and post the new ones as soon as I get my camera situation worked out.

For more Show & Tell fun, head over to Kelli's House.

Have a very merry weekend!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Good Day

I love days like today. Productive days. Days where I seem to get alot accomplished. It's almost 5:00. I've got bread in the machine, pumpkin pie in the oven and I'm going to make one of Emily's favorite comfort foods for dinner...shepherd's pie.

Today was mild...low 50's. Nice for the errands I had to run. Now that I'm settled here at home, it's growing dark and the temp is falling. I'm glad to be home for the evening. Since I got so much done today, I may treat myself to a movie tonight.

Cliff is off work tomorrow. He's off on Fridays which helps to make up for this crazy shift he works.

Have a good evening. I'll see you tomorrow for show & Tell.

My Grandmas

My grandmothers were very different people but there were a few things they had in common. The greatest of these was their faith. They loved God, they loved the church and they both sought to raise their children in this faith. Each of them faced very hard times. My grandma Benzing lost a son to cancer. Two of her daughters were widowed. In her later years she's had several strokes and heart problems. But through all this, she's never lost her joy. Do you know the impact this had on me? I was a kid through some of it. I watched from a distance as we lived across the country from them. Yet I still understood that despite the circumstances, she held on. My mom says that she literally held on to her faith by her finger tips.

My grandma Adrian was a pastor's wife. Not once but two times did a church turn on them and boot my grandpa out. With my dad being a pastor, I know the effects those things have on his wife. My grandmother about had a nervous breakdown. During the days of mine & Cliff's courtship, she was facing cancer. She made it to my wedding which is something I will always treasure. She was so happy to be there. 6 months later she passed away. Through all the cancer stuff she never lost her faith.

They also made me feel so treasured and so special. I know they didn't play favorites but I always felt like one. I always knew they loved me and I love them...dearly.

My kids are so fortunate because that's the kind of grandma my mother is. She's so rock-solid in her faith. When anyone goes to her for any kind of advice, she'll lead them to the Word. She's also alot of fun. The kids have always loved to spend time with her. And while she doesn't play favorites either, she makes each kid feel so special and important. When they're with her, they feel like they are the favorite. They are treasured, cherished and loved.

What great role models I have had. I can't wait to be a grandma!!

Please keep my grandma Benzing in your prayers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday

Faith & Family
My "works for me" today is not a household tip but rather two things that have sustained me through my 42 years of life.
Today my grandma Benzing is in the hospital. Her body is tired and worn out. It's hard but at the same time, memories are flooding through my mind.
I LOVE both of my grandmothers. My grandma Adrian passed away in 1985. They were both very different but very, very special to me. I can sum up my grandma Benzing in one word - FUN!! She loves to laugh, play games, and have a good time. One year, I was so fortunate to spend the summer with them.
If it were not for my faith, I would be overcome with sadness today. But I'm not. If this is her time, I know that I will see her again. I enjoy the memories and celebrate her life that has revolved around this same faith. And if God gives her more days on this earth, I will treasure the time that remains.
My family has been there for me always. We're not perfect. We have our ups and downs as well as our ins and outs. But in the end, we are family. God has been so good to me.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Two Trees

It's Beginning to Look Alot like Christmas at my house!!!!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Monday, Monday

Monday has typically been a day that I use to catch up from all the running around on the weekends. Today was especially busy due to the long weekend from the holiday.

I got up and headed to Target. I was on a mission to find the rest of the ornaments for the kids this year. Since I ended up getting 2 for Jacob, all the kids will be receiving 2 this year. I found the remaining 4 ornaments plus one for myself. As an added bonus, all single ornaments were 20% off.

Next it was on to Walmart for grocery shopping. I usually shop between Walmart and the local grocery store but today I didn't need to shop for meat so I only had to go to Walmart. I did have to stop in the Subway in Walmart for a little lunch break!!

Once home, I got to work setting up my 2nd tree. This one holds a collection of acrylic and smaller ornaments that would otherwise get lost on my large tree. Got that done plus got Emily's all up and decorated. I unloaded most of the boxes and they are piled up waiting for Cliff to take them back to the attic. Tomorrow I will have him help me hang the garlands and put lights on another tree I purchased at a garage sale this summer for my front porch.

In between all of this, I did about 7 loads of laundry, made dinner, put said laundry away, dusted, and swept. I have really adjusted to Cliff's schedule and once he leaves its go, go, go until I fall into bed. I cannot work like this if he's fact, today I was kind of ready for him to leave so I could get to work. Isn't that awful?? I'm just far less productive when he's around...especially if he's sleeping.

I received my prize that I won in the bloggy give-aways this fall. Owlhaven sent me a Beth Moore Bible Study in a box. I'm excited to dive into this study!!

This week I hope to finish 2 scrapbooks, figure out all the cookies and goodies I want to make this year and figure out what gifts I still need to buy.

Have a good week!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Memory Album

The turkey has been eaten. Leftovers are gone. Anniversary celebrated. Josh is back at school. The tree is up and decorated. My dining room is full of boxes of Christmas decorations. I'm tired but feeling a bit nostalgic so I thought I'd take a short trip down memory lane to West Sand Lake, NY (a tiny little town outside of Albany) circa 1973. This is winter in upstate New York.

This is yet another slide from my dad's extensive slide collection. Walmart did a horrible job scanning it. I now scan them myself. But back to the picture...

I'm on the far left in the tan coat...I think that is my sister, Elizabeth on the far right in the brown coat...and my brother Jon is the little boy in the brown snowsuit sitting in the sled. I know the little girl in the pink coat. Her name is Diana but who the other 2 are, I don't know.

My mom was so good at stuff like this. We had so much fun when we were kids. She would somehow make everything seem like a special in this picture. She also picked up 3 more kids along the way!!! I have tried to do things like this have special evenings or outings with the kids. But it always seemed like those were the times they chose to act up the worst. Anyone else ever experience that? I'm making much more of an effort these days with Jacob & Emily to really spend some good, quality time with each of them. The days fly by so quickly!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Show & Tell Friday Holiday Edition

Jacob made this little felt stocking in 1st or 2nd grade. That particular year he brought home several ornaments he had crafted at school. Now Jacob isn't the craftiest fellow in the world...that's what makes these little ornaments all the more special to me!! That same year he made his own wrapping paper for his gifts. It was so adorable and so unique!!
That's all for today as blogspot will not let me upload anymore photos. :-(

The Weekend After...

I am sitting here just relaxing in the beautiful sound of Josh Groban's new Christmas album, Noel. I need this peaceful moment. Thanksgiving was wonderful. At this stage of my life, I treasure each and every opportunity I have to be surrounded by my children. I am so thankful for my family.

23 years ago tonight was the eve of my wedding. Tomorrow Cliff and I will celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. We were 2 young, idealistic kids who didn't have a clue about life. We just knew we were crazy in love and didn't think we could live another day apart from eachother. Little did we know what time held for us. We have had our ups and our downs. There have been good days and there have been a few days when I didn't know if we'd make it. They were that hard. But here we are, 23 years later. And you know what? I am proud of us. Most people who got married when we did are not together any more. It's hard. Marriage is wonderful but it's hard under the very best of circumstances.

Would I do it again? Yes. Sometimes I think I should have waited another year. It wouldn't have killed me to grow up a little more. But then I wouldn't have had Josh and I wouldn't trade he or any of my other children for the world.

Josh and Amy are the ages now that Cliff and I were when we got married. My daughter is looking at wedding gowns, thinking of dates, and I don't know where the years have gone! I blinked 23 years!!

I have a good life. I am blessed.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Busy Monday

Here's my day in list format:

1 - Kids to school
2 - Run to the mini-mart on the corner for forgotten lunch supplies
3 - Deliver shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child
4 - Lunch with husband
5 - Stop by grocery
6 - Lots of laundry
7 - Lots of dishes
8 - Phone calls
9 - Pick up Jacob
10 - Dinner
11 - Finalize shopping list
12 - Monday's post
13 - Collapse in Bed

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saturday Update

My crop today was WONDERFUL!! I just about finished the entire book I was working on. I have just a few little things to finish up and then I can move onto the next one!!

We had our monthly small group tonight. It's something I totally look forward to and enjoy. We share a meal together and then study the Word. Tonight another couple joined us and they fit right in. How great it is to share community with these wonderful people.

And as I was talking about God's Provision yesterday, He provided for me yet again. I was telling a friend of mine tonight how I broke my camera. She went and got one and handed it to me. It's mine to use until I can get a replacement. Isn't God good?? And I was wondering how I was going to photograph the holidays!!

Saturday Plans

I'm off to a crop at my friend Karen's today. I have been looking forward to this for 2 weeks!!! I'm going to just about finish one of the 6 scrapbook projects I need to have done for Christmas. This week I should be able to get another 2 done.

Woo Hoo!!!!!! My oven is finally fixed!!!!!! It's been broken since last spring. Yeah, I can bake for Thanksgiving and plan what I'm going to make for Christmas goodies and gifts!!

It never occurred to me to purchased Christmas tins and baskets at Goodwill. Most of the goodies I have mailed. If I fill a box with tins, it gets rather heavy so I have stuck with those Ziploc plastic containers. But I can use tins or baskets for gifts that I'll be giving. Thanks to Like Merchant Ships for her inspiration.

Have a great day today!!!!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Show & Tell - Holiday Version

Continuing the Show & Tell from my Christmas Tree, I have chosen two more ornaments to showcase today:

Aren't these snowmen cute?? I bought them at Kohl's 2 years ago in their after Christmas clearance section. Cliff has umpired baseball and refereed football and these little guys were just perfect for him!!

This wooden pink rabbit was on a gift given to me when Amy was born. I had stored it away in a box of keepsakes from her birth. Several years ago I was going through that box and decided this needed to hang on our Christmas tree instead of hiding in the box. It is Amy's to put on the tree each year and will go with her and one day hang on Christmas trees in her own home. This little rabbit is very precious to me but it has come to mean alot to Amy also.

For more Show & Tell treasures, visit Kelli's House.

Really Good Advice

Crystal at Money Saving Mom has some really sound tips for good money management on her post today. It's definatley worth a read!! I'm impressed that she is only 24 (from what I've read) and is so together financially. I wish I had been that wise in my 20's. Would have saved me alot of heartache later on in my life.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Very Thankful Heart

I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week!! How did that happen?? For years, we always had a special church service on Thanksgiving. Now when I say for years, I mean over 30 years. When my dad pastored in New York, the church was always full. It used to be so exciting. My mom would bake and cook for days, company would come, we'd go to church and then go home and just enjoy the day...together.
There were no stores open on Thanksgiving and football was not a factor. We'd eat, play games, watch King Kong and Mighty Joe Young (the old black and white ones), eat some more, play more games, watch Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang and March of the Wooden Soldiers (Oliver & Hardy). Thanksgiving was my most favorite holiday!!
In Kansas, the Thanksgiving services didn't go over as well as they did in NY. We stopped having them about 3 years ago. We always go to my mom's. She makes the Turkey and most of the side dishes. I make a great broccoli casserole and pecan pie. We watch the parade and then head over. It's a good time. We still watch a movie, play games, and eat but it's not the same.
As we head into this season of Thanks, I am thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for. During this year of budget-conscious living and frugality, I have become very aware of God's provision. Whether it be a $4.00 pair of jeans from Goodwill, or getting through the month with everything paid, God's provision is everywhere!! He has provided for me time and time again and in ways that are most times very subtle. God is so good!! He's so good to me!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday

Following the advice of Crystal, at Money Saving Mom and Monica, at the Homespun Heart, I have been learning week by week how to shop at CVS and Walgreens. I realized on Monday that I am stocked up on toothpaste, cotton swabs, toilet paper, cold medicine, antacids and dish washing soap. None of these items has cost me more than .50. The value of this all dawned on me when my youngest daughter was complaining of cold symptoms on Monday morning. Instead of running to Wal-mart and paying anywhere from $3.00 - $5.00 for a box of cold remedy, I went to my cupboard, which has been stocked and ready for such an incident.

It takes time though. I'm still fairly new at learning how to really work the coupons and such. Each week gets easier though and it's turning into a really fun game!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The GREEN Bottle

Headaches run in my family. Probably more on my mom's side than my dad's. I remember getting migraines as a kid. My head would hurt so bad and then it would make me sick to my stomach. I'll never forget the worst one as a kid. I was 13. We were driving home from Canada. I had a migraine and it quickly affected my stomach. Sitting in the backseat of a small car with 2 other siblings is not the best thing for a migraine. Add on the fact that I was watching the mountains go up and down (do I need to say motion sickness here??) took it's toll. Just as I was opening my mouth to tell my dad he better pull over, we had an expolosion of Niagra Falls INSIDE the car!! My mom shoved a map in my lap and we pulled off the road by a stream. The car was cleaned up as good as you can with stream water and napkins. I lost a good purse that day!! Unfortunately, that wasn't the first time that happened. It happened once again while I was driving!!!

The family cure has always been Excederine...(and in these days of budget conscious shopping, it's Equate brand). You can go to my mom's house, my sister's house, my brother's house, my aunt's....yeap, "the cure" is in all of them!!!! When the kids were sent to fetch "the cure" and they couldn't read, they were told to get the aspirin in the green bottle. This same conversation has taken place in each house....

"Josh, go get me the bottle of aspirin."

"Which one is it?"

"The green bottle!!"

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Memory Album

This is my brother, Jonathan about 1975 or 1976. With him was a puppy we received for Christmas that year. His name was Cubby. My mom got the puppy several days before Christmas. Jon or Elizabeth found a leash and we were almost afraid to believe that we might actually be getting a puppy!!
I love this picture of Jon. He's so happy with this puppy. In fact, from what I can remember, he was always pretty much a happy little kid (inspite of the fact he had two older sisters!!)
Today, Jon lives in Clearwater, FL. He's been there for 18 years. Hard to believe that much time has gone by. He is married to a wonderful girl and they have 2 extremely cute children that I don't see near enough!!
I hate that we live so far from eachother. There are some days that I'd just love to go have lunch and talk with him. Once I grew up, I realized he was a pretty great guy. He's a good husband and a great father and an awesome speaker (he's an associate pastor) I'm always impressed when I hear him speak.
Although he's 37!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's still my little brother and most times, I can still see a 5 year old little boy when I think of him.

Losing Focus

Colossians 3:1-2
"So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective."

Some days it is such a struggle to keep my focus on Christ. Some days I lose it totally. Then it's almost like I wake up and I realize that I'm doing exactly what this verse says...I'm walking with my eyes toward the ground and absorbed with what is right in front of me. I'm finding that one of Satan's biggest tools is to cause us to lose our focus within the Body of Christ. Yep, even at church (maybe sometimes especially at church) where we're surrounded by brothers and sisters in Christ and where we bring our human selves I think my guard is most let down. Not against my church community but against the war that is ever raging around us.

This particular verse came to my mind this morning. I've been struggling since Wed. Satan has been able to get my eyes off of Christ...I've lost my perspective....I've forgotten who my real enemy is. I also realized this morning that I totally failed to "put on my armor." Would any soldier ever think of going into battle without his weapons of defense? I did.

Our adversary is crouching around seeking who he can devour. He didn't devour me. He did, however, get me down.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Making Christmas Gifts

I need to make 5 scrapbook albums for Christmas gifts. 3 of them are mini-type albums that shouldn't take too long. 1 involves a process I've never used before. For some reason this year I'm having such a mental block getting going on this. I can't seem to focus and get together all the pictures I need. A couple will have to be mailed so my deadline is about a month to get them done. I don't know why I have procrastinated so much this year. I'm trying to get things going this afternoon and as you can see, I'm posting here instead!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Show & Tell Friday (Holiday Edition)

Continuing the show & tell of my Christmas tree, here are some more of my ornaments.

My neice, Anna, sent me this ornament a few years after we moved to Kansas. It's a little wooden sled, painted green witha nice big snowman sticker on the front. I love this little ornament. I think of Anna every year when I put this on our tree.
When Cliff and I got married, we moved to Jacksonville, FL where he was stationed in the Navy. Cliff's Aunt Doris lived there and had a huge ceramics studio in her garage. She invited me to come spend a day there making some ceramics. I made several Christmas things, two of which were these ornaments. As you can see, some 23 years later, the little mice in the stocking have lost their toe. I don't care. I position them behind a branch where the missing toe won't show. These are some of the very few things I have left from those very first days of my marriage.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Backwards Works For Me

OK, Rocks In My Dryer is hosting a backwards version of Works for Me Wednesday. It's where instead of giving out what works for us, we ask a question. I'm hoping through the link over there to be able to find someone to answer this question for me.

I have some audio clips that I'd LOVE to upload here on blogspot. I know you can upload video but I can't seem to find a way to upload a music file. I don't want it to play once the blog is opened but rather some sort of a button that could be pushed so you could listen if you want. Sort of like a YOU Tube video works. Any ideas???

Thanks in Advance and Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


While running an errand tonight, I was listening to the Christmas radio station. John Tesh has the radio host and he was talking about living a life of passion. Then he said something about listing your top 5 Fears. Hmmmm. That got me to thinking. What are my top 5 fears? Here's what I've come up with (and they are in no particular order!!)
1. Heights
2. Losing one of my children
3. A fire in my home
4. Losing Cliff
5. BIRDS, mice, rats, and other assorted vermin!!!
So, what are your top 5 fears??????

Monday, November 5, 2007

Monday Shopping

Cliff and I took off this morning to start the weekly shopping trip. We had a less eventful trip to Walgreens than we had last week!!

Once again, thanks to Crystal, my total between Walgreens and CVS was $100 and I paid $11.00!!! In fact, CVS OWED ME .38!!!!!!!! I have NEVER had that happen before!! The cashier was quite impressed with that balance. I told Cliff that our family will probably not ever have to worry about toothpaste or shampoo again. :-)

Once Cliff left for work, I had to go back to the grocery store and Wal-mart. I was pretty tired by that point but now it's done for a week.

We had a really nice visit with Josh. We all met at Culver's for hamburgers. Josh's best friend Allan was with him and J.T. also came. We had a full table and a nice but all-too-rare family dinner together.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Sunday, Sunday

We just put in a new sound system at church. This morning, we opened with an up-beat worship song. The music was absolutely incredible!! We united in worship and sang praises to our Lord with one voice as one Body. I absolutely had goosebumps!! Our pastor brought a very good, practical, biblical message on finances.

Josh is in town today. I'm waiting to hear from him and we are going to meet him for dinner. I am so anxious to see him. I miss him so much!! This past weekend he was in Colorado for a vocal competition. He made it to the finals and finished 3rd out of 100. I was so proud of him. Last year he went to this same competition with a bad attitude. He didn't even place. I'm glad he improved himself and competed at a level he is more than capable of competing at.

For a while, I guess I won't have any recent pictures. Amy has a video camera that takes still shots so I may hunt that down and try to figure out how to use it. They aren't as good a quality but they'll do for now. :-)

While I watch the race on Sunday, I prepare my shopping lists for Monday. I use
Crystal's blog, Money Saving Mom to figure out how to get the best deals at CVS & Walgreens. I've not really shopped there before but there are some great deals to be had and I'm all about saving money when I can.

Saturday, November 3, 2007


Two years ago as I was taking the kids to school, I noticed a little white dog walking along the side of the road at the end of our street This really bothered me because:

1) I am a big softie when it comes to animals. I don't like to see stray/abandoned/hungry/or ones that are not being taken care of.

2) I just knew this dog was going to get hit because he was so small he was barely visible from the car.

I decided to stop and get him on the way home but I didn't see him as I passed by.

The next morning, I saw this little dog again. He was tied up in the small front yard of a house down the street from us. He maybe had a total of 1 1/2 foot of rope. I felt so sorry for him and said so to Emily. She then informed me that her friend kept asking her if she wanted a dog. This turned out to be the dog! I told her that if the friend asked her again to tell her YES!! I just couldn't take it anymore!!!

The next day, Amy & Emily walked down the street and that's the day Jack became a part of our family. He was so cute!!

The irony is that there was a lady at church who had offerred me a puppy about 6 months before. I emphatically said "NO." Josh had brought home a puppy who was supposed to be a medium-sized dog. She's HUGE. With this dog filling the house and the cats, I didn't want another dog. Turns out, Jack was the same dog!!

I guess we were supposed to have him!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Show & Tell

Before show & tell, I have to say that today was my most exciting day in blogville since starting blogging in Sept. Rocks in my Dryer has been hosting a Fall Give-Away and last I checked, there were well over 600 on the list. That means over 600 prizes to be won!!!! Since I'm new to the blogging world, I have never seen anything like this but have had a ball entering for a ton of stuff!! I was hopeful that I might win something...anything. I found out today that I won a prize from Owlhaven. It is a Beth Moore Bible Study. WOW!!! Am I excited!!! And just as I'm on my last week of the Daniel Bible Study. Is this God's direction or what? And just as I was beginning to wonder what to study next!!!

Now for Show & Tell. Two years ago, I photgraphed my Christmas ornaments as I packed them away in the hopes that I would devote a scrapbook to them. I have not yet started the scrapbook but I thought this would make fun Show & Tells from now until Christmas. So, here's today's installment:

This little blue star has hung on my tree since 1987. It is a wood shape covered with blue glitter. Josh made it in Sunday School when he was 2. He hangs it on our tree every year. Even though he made it, technically it was a gift for me so I'm not sure that he'll be able to take it with him when he has a home of his own. It is so precious to me because of the little hands that made it!!!

My mother bought me this ornament either in 1995 or 1996. It is 4 angels that rotate. It represents my 4 kids. It always hangs front and center on my tree.

Tune in next Friday for more Show & Tell! :-)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween, Sisterhood & An Accident

Last night was the first Halloween I have not Trick-or-Treated in at least 12 years. I had asked Emily last week what she'd think about having a game night instead. She was all for it. I made a crock pot full of Taco soup and we played our favorite game, "Settlers of Catan." I had bought 2 small bags of chocolate bars for anyone who might come to the door but we had no callers as I forgot the porch light is burnt out. Jacob was more than willing to take care of the candy.

This morning, I went to my Bible study, "Daniel" by Beth Moore. I love Thursday mornings. We have met each week for 12 weeks. These ladies are my sweet sisters in the Lord and some of them are my dearest friends. One of my friends, Carla, has been going through a hard time and we have all walked with her. We have laughed together, cried together, prayed together, learned together and shared the Word together. We have one more class and our lessons are over. Today's lesson was extremely challenging and a call to live a life of sacrifice.

When Carla came in this morning she brought me a box. In it were several kitchen items of red and white. I had previously mentioned to her that one day I hope to have a vintage looking kitchen with lots of red accents. It was so kind of her to think of me like that.

After I took this picture, I was walking into the living room to get it from my camera. I tripped and the camera fell out of my hands. I think its broken. It didn't fall far or hard but I guess it fell enough because it won't turn on. My camera has been like a good friend to me. I've brought it virtually everywhere with me. I have taken literally thousands of pictures in the 3 years I've owned it. Fortunately my laptop has a card reader and I can get the last of my pictures off the card.

See you tomorrow for Show & Tell!!!!!!