Friday, October 31, 2008

how can i describe this little lady ?

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Her silken hair is spun with dazzling rays of sunshine bright.
Her eyes are shimmering sparkles of clear crystal blue.
Her beaming smile spreads happiness with a warm brilliant glow.
Her musical laughter sings purely in perfect melody.
Her little voice speaks sweetly in a bubbly charming way.
Her tender kisses are especially precious and dear.
Her hugs reach tightly around my heart.

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She is adorable.
She is playful.
She is cuddly.
She is lively.
She is fun.
She is delightful.
She is incredible.
She is gentle and soft and delicate.
She freely loves.
She is a gift.
She is my granddaughter.
(ls 10.31.08)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

i doubt anyone really wants to know this, but...

This week, I emptied hubby’s coffee can – his spare change coffee can. I dumped the coins into a gallon size Ziploc bag and put it on the scales. I put the 17 pounds of coins into a cloth tote bag and carried (sometimes dragging) my load into the friendly neighborhood financial institution. They have the neatest coin counting machine. And to think of all the coins I have counted and wrapped in the past. Anyway, about three quarters of the way thru, one section became full. After the nice lady cleared out more space, I finished feeding the coins. I could see the running total as I went, and I admit I was rather surprised. After the receipt printed, I took it to the counter for deposit. Here’s the breakdown:
Penny 673
$ 6.73
Nickel 254

Dime 520

Quarter 635


Total 2,082
$ 230.18

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

praise, praise, and more praise

Praise the LORD.
Praise God in His sanctuary;
praise Him in His mighty heavens.
Praise Him for His acts of power;
praise Him for His surpassing greatness.
Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise Him with the harp and lyre,
Praise Him with tambourine and dancing,
praise Him with the strings and flute,
Praise Him with the clash of cymbals,
praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.
Psalm 150 a Psalm of Praise (NIV)


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

burdens & backs

Don’t pray for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


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We can throw stones,
complain about them,
stumble on them,
climb over them,
or build with them.
William Arthur Ward

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

isn't he adorable?

Today is the birthday of someone I dearly love.

I’m honored to celebrate this special day with him.

I’m blessed, for this is the 29th year I’ve spent this day with him.

Happy Birthday darling

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

words of life


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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. John 1:1 NIV

Beautiful words,
wonderful words,
wonderful words of life

Sunday, October 5, 2008

going up the mountain

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Several weeks ago, our plans for yesterday had been discussed and decided upon. Both hubby and I had agreed on where to eat breakfast and lunch. Okay, so it turned into brunch and linner (if brunch is between breakfast and lunch, it only makes sense that linner is between lunch and dinner). We wanted to spend a relaxing day, taking time to enjoy each minute.

(In another post, I’ll write about the beauty of this day. It deserves a post all by itself.)

We headed up the mountain to Boone, home of the Appalachian Mountaineers. We thoroughly enjoyed a scrumptious brunch (with great coffee) at our favorite breakfast place, the Mountain House. They serve the best pancakes this side of the Mississippi. Honestly.

Traffic around town was heavier than normal, especially around the campus of App State. We soon realized it was homecoming weekend and the Mountaineers were up against the Citadel (in a sold out game). No problem, App St 47, Citadel 21. (FYI - The Mountaineer football team brought home the 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Div I FCS National Championships. That’s three in a row!)

We knew beforehand that ‘Art in the Park’ was being held in Blowing Rock. We’ve gone to several of these and enjoy looking thru the wide array of handmade crafts. The large number of displays included paintings, pottery, woodworking, jewelry, knitted items, and the like. This year, we didn’t buy a thing.

However, we did buy several items at the Tanger/Shoppes on the Parkway, also in Blowing Rock. Of the large number of outlet stores, there are a few I cannot resist taking a look inside. I like that excuse - when I buy something, it really isn’t my fault.

Blowing Rock is also the home of The Woodlands Barbecue Restaurant, the ‘Main Attraction’. We ate ‘linner’ there, seeing as we are required to eat there many times each year. Okay, maybe more than many times. We also have an obligation to buy a minimum of two pounds of Q-to-go per visit. In fact, we’re so committed to Woodlands take-out, we come prepared. Each time we head up the mountain, we’re packing a cooler.

Regardless of the many reasons for the trip, in the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that hubby’s stash of frozen barbeque had dwindled away. That was the deciding factor. Every other good thing up the mountain was icing on the cake.

With gas prices high and availability low, we wanted this trip to accomplish as many of our have to’s, love to’s, want to’s, like to’s, and must to’s. Yep, this trip was well justified.

It was a very good day.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

i recently saw this on a church sign...

Eternity -

Would that be
Smoking or Non-Smoking?