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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Disney World with the Grand kids.....

It has been a very busy week!  I came with my daughter and her husband to Disney World.  I has been a blast!  I have rode rides and seen things that I normally would not do.  They are true adventurer's!  I am, (sorta), but I seek a complete different adventure.  My husband and I head out on our bike and see the beautiful country side.  I know, you are thinking not much of an adventurer, but we think so.
Don't you just love this expression on the face of my youngest Grandchild, Abby.  We are on the "Pirates of the Caribbean".  Needless to say, she loved the ride after it was over.
Mom, Dad (my daughter and son-in-law) and Sydney on the "Magic Carpet Ride".
My Grandson, Daniel and his Mom (Teah) goofing around as we wait in line to get on yet another ride!

Abby, Teah and Tim getting ready to take off on another ride.

I am the official photographer for the vacation so no pics of me.....I love taking pictures of the family having fun together!  What a blessing to enjoy a wonderful vacation and to have time with my Grand kids and beautiful daughter and her husband.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Views from my Garden........

I thought I would share a few pics from my backyard garden....
After a few days of rain everything is blooming so beautifully. 

The little garden angel in my fern has reason to be smiling as everything is lush and green.
The Sweet potato vines in my pots are growing out of control!

The black eyed Susan's and hosta's are proud as can be
The Cinnamon Stick ferns stand tall around the garden gazing ball.

This old claw foot tub of which I converted into a fountain is one of my most favorite things

My Husband put post in the ground with hangers for my large hanging pots.
Everything is blooming and growing so well.

This is where I sit and enjoy the evenings with a good book or my Bible or with family and friends.

The back porch and yard are a peaceful and enjoyable place. I hope you enjoy this tour of mine.

Have a blessed and Joyous Day!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Red Velvet Cake

My most favorite cake ever is the Red Velvet.
So, I gave into my cravings and made one.......
No sooner than I could get the icing on, my husband had to have a piece.

I make the old fashioned cooked butter cream icing that many of the southern recipes use for red velvet cake. 
 I prefer it over the cream cheese.
Needless to say..........I have satisfied my craving over and over again over the past few days (yum).
So much for cutting back.......Maybe next week.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thankful Thrusday...........

Today I am thankful that I have food.........

Today I am thankful for new friends......
I am thankful for flowers...........
I am thankful for grand kids......
I am so thankful for all I have and yet I am still thinking about those who do not have.....
Have a blessed Thursday and do not forget to be thankful!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I'm Back.........

After a couple of weeks of prep work and then ten days in Haiti and a week or so to recoup, I am back.......

I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Northwest Haiti with a group of people from the good ole USA. We worked with a group called the Northwestern Haiti Christian Mission.  The mission has been in this area for around 30 years.  I was so excited about the opportunity to go and experience the culture and needs of a people in a third world country.  I learned so much.......I saw so much............ and I definitely experienced much...... so many different emotions, both physically and spiritually.  I will share more as the weeks go by.

 The one thing I realized is that the people of Haiti regardless of their situation are a happy people!  We tend to believe because people do not have what we have, they must be miserable.  The Haitians have learned to cope with what they have.  Unlike us, they have learn to be content. Sure, they do not have unlimited food and resources.  They have learned that they may not eat every day.  They live in huts and sleep on dirt floors, yet, they are still happy! 

We have so much here in the USA!  One thing I know, I am more thankful for the small things, cold clean water, ice, taking a shower, being able to go to church anytime, using the bathroom in private, seeing a doctor when I am sick.  We take for granted so many things.  Yet, I think God is still saying to my heart, "the people of Haiti are happy"  Why?  You learn to live with what you have and they live a very simple life.   A lesson I think God wanted us to learn!  slow down!  Simplify! Learn to be content!

As Paul said in Philippians chapter 4:11-13

"for I have learned to be content whatever my circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all things through him who gives me strength." 

let us not forget, Our strength should not come from what we do or do not have but in who we serve and live for!