Apr 28, 2009
I just thought this video and song by Barry McGuire was pretty so I thought I'd share it today. I'll be home tonight from my wonderful Florida girls vacation! I'll be back posting pics in a couple of days!
"Callin' Me Home"
Don't forget to pause the beach music on my sidebar before clicking on the video!
Apr 26, 2009
Apr 25, 2009
Now for the next six bloggers to participate in the photo challenge:
Apr 24, 2009
8 things I'm looking forward to:
1. spending the next two weeks on a Florida beach!
2. my son's wedding in June
3. going to Florida again with my husband in July
4. planting flowers in my gardens
5. hosting our next couple's Bible study at our house in May
6. having much of my family in town for the wedding
7. spending time with my brother in Florida
8. eating lots of fresh seafood over the next two weeks!
8 things I did yesterday:
2. worked out at the gym
3. put my Easter decorations away
4. put out my sea shell summer decorations
5. cleaned my guest room
6. shopped at Target for a travel alarm and luggage tags
7. packed for my trip
8. watched three straight hours of Andy Griffith with my husband!
8 things I wish I could do:
1. live on the beach
2. take better care of my parents
3. find my son-in-law a perfect new job - he's a victim of the financial crisis in our country
4. live in Mayberry!
5. lose 25 pounds before the wedding on June 20 - sure...like that's gonna happen!
6. REALLY clean our basement
7. make a mosaic table with shells and sea glass
8. paint every day
8 shows I enjoy:
1. American Idol
2. Andy Griffith re-runs!
3. Everybody Loves Raymond
4. Barefoot Contessa, Food Network
5. Shepherd Smith, Fox News
8 people I tag:
1. CeeKay, Thinkin' of Home
2. Pam, Gray Like Snuffie
3. G, Doves Today
4. Sandi, My Yellow Door
5. Mimi, Our Family Attic
6. Deanna, Timeless Things
7. Debra, Portrait of My Heart
8. Saleslady 371, Kitchen Favorites Through The Years
Apr 23, 2009
Sydney now has a PRECIOUS little sister whom Mimi also adores, but that's another story for July!
Oh! I almost forgot...about lellow. Sydney's favorite color has always been "lellow". I LOVE that she said lellow. I asked Sydney on her birthday what her favorite color is, just to hear her say it. And she said YELLOW. Oh, my...lellow's gone. Darn it, now it'll only be a week or two until my little blue bird wants a lellow car!
I Always Knew You
As long as I can remember, I have waited for you.
I knew you would be the one to fill the garden,
To clear the clouds always from the sun,
To overflow the cup of joy.
The moment I was told you were coming, I knew you would fill any vacant place…
A baby button picture held my heart in it’s grasp.
Tiny shoes waited for your feet.
As I watched you emerge from your mother,
As I sat by your bed those first tenuous days and nights -
I knew it was you, as I watched and waited.
The moment of true recognition, of knowing, came as a gift in a dark, hot hospital room.
You opened your eyes, then deep pools of gray, and looked directly into my own tired weepy eyes
As if to say, “Yes, it’s me. I’m here. I’m your heart.”
At that moment, my heart continued to beat only because of the gray.
“There you are, Love” I answered aloud.
Our two hearts swirled and danced together as one,
In that ancient miracle of bonding between grandmother and grandchild.
It was a rare moment when the world stood still while a single bud opened to full, instant bloom - A moment of clear recognition, who you were at that moment and who I would be to you.
You, the one who would cause the birds to sing, the sky to be blue, the rose to smell sweet,
And I, the one to share them all with you.
You awakened the grandmother always in my soul.
The first year has nearly passed, just as the pages of a dearly loved book are turned.
Slowly at first, the story laying its foundation in a tiny body, a first smile, a giggle.
Then building intensity, sheer delight, as each page becomes more enticing than the one before.
Your head full of dark hair turning to corn silk,
And the gray pools which first held my gaze now dance in a melody of bright blue surf.
Your trade mark baby cheeks have softened to the delicacy of a tiny girl.
Arms and legs, once weak and helpless, are now strong and determined…
Climbing, crawling, standing, pulling, ringing, clutching, clapping, patting, wiggling -
Dancing to your own rhythm, demanding to be you.
Inquisitive play, excited chatter, a toothy grin, endless pat-a-cake, soft drooling kisses.
The pages of our book come alive each time you see me for the first time and your face electrifies.
A double toothed grin spreads your face to sheer delight,
Your eyes sparkling with yet unspoken baby-heart love, the story always holding me bondage!
A second year prevails.
Days of sun and shells, perpetual motion, captured hearts, independent ringing.
It will all be laced with familiarity.
Because as long as I can remember - I waited for you, I wore you in my heart.
And I always knew it would be you, my Sydney Bell.
Mimi & Sydney at the beach last summer
Apr 20, 2009
The Rules of Chocolate
If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
The problem: How to get two pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.
A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy?
If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you?
If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.
Money talks. Chocolate sings.
Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.
Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? Because no one wants to quit.
Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.
Chocolate is a health food. Chocolate is derived from cacao beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived either from sugar beets or cane, both vegetables. And, of course, the milk/cream is dairy. So eat more chocolate to meet the dietary requirements for daily vegetable and dairy intake.
Apr 18, 2009
I am sooooo happy and feel sooooo blessed to be in sunny Florida this Sunday with sister-in-law Jeri! I love Audio Adrenaline and thought of this song to post today. It compares the depth of the ocean to God's forgiveness. When we receive forgiveness, it's forever - our failures never to be seen or remembered again by God. Just as if it's all been swept away to the depth of the ocean floor!
written by Matthew
The mistakes I've made
That caused pain I could have done without
All my pride
They're all behind you
They'll never find you
Your sins are forgotten
Of the ocean floor
All the things that haunt me now
But they're wiped away
A mighty, mighty wave
Your sins are erase
And they are no more
They're out on the ocean floor
Take them away
To return no more
Take them away
To the ocean floor
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
Having lots of girl time fun! Oh, YES...
There are lots of fabulous stores to explore and I've got my shopping bag ready to go!
I've been dieting and working out for months and I plan to enjoy all my favorite seaside treats.....
Dipping my toes into the warm Gulf waters