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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Laugh, Smile.....

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lesson Learned Today

Don't work out in the yard wearing sandals. Stuck a twig in the flesh of my big toe. It left a small piece lodged. Ouch!  Ouch again!

Hope this wasn't TMI.

Just a warning for all you girls!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Study Begins

"Discerning the Voice of God - by Priscilla Shirer provides a personal study experience plus viewer guides for the group video sessions of this women's Bible study. Having a hard time knowing what God is saying versus what others are saying? This Bible study is designed to help participants know the voice of God: His language, character, and tone of voice. By growing closer to God through His Word, participants will be able to discern God's voice from the voice of strangers."

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In summing up Spring Break 2012, several of my items on the list will be similar to Marilyn's list. (Thanks, M, for helping me out!)

  • A ladies' trip to Asheville, Gatlingburg, and Pigeon Forge in which we toured the Biltmore Mansion, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge mountain pass, and some cemeteries.
  • We finished our income taxes to send on to the CPA.
  • Rick and I camped at Texas Motor Speedway at the Good Guys car show. Enjoyed visiting with family and friends.
  • I finished a nine-patch quilt top and put a border around another one--both are now ready to be quilted.
  • Enjoyed watching Jonah and Glory play outside.
  • Baked some cookies and a pie.
  • Made a couple of trips to Sherman with Marilyn to run errands.
  • Visited with Aunt Bonnie.
  • God blessed us with the perfect weather all week. It was amazing!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Wild Plum Tea Room

This was another favorite of mine on our trip. We had lunch at this special little place tucked away out in the countryside within the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts community. On the outside, it was a rustic old house with a screened porch. On the inside, it had been converted into a special and unique little eatery.  There were special little touches all around--lace tablecloths, teacups, china, and flowers.

The food was all reasonably priced and so good. The iced wild plum tea was a treat!

Then we got back out on the road......

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

This was our first stop on our girls' trip this past week. The highlight of this city was getting to tour the Biltmore--the beautiful estate of George Washington Vanderbilt. It was magnificent. It was not your typical tour either. Most home tours allow you to see a handful of rooms with the majority of them being closed to the public. The Vanderbilt family did just the opposite. The home consists of four acres of floor space within 250 rooms, and I think we saw at least 200 of them! We even saw the basement which houses a gymnasium, changing rooms, servants' quarters, bowling alley, kitchens, and more.

Mr. Vanderbilt moved into his "country" home around 1895 as a bachelor. He later married and raised his daughter there. His home originally sat surrounded on 125, 000 beautiful acres. After his death, it became necessary for his wife to sell most of the land to the government. The family descendants still own the home and 8,000 acres. They travel there every Christmas to meet and celebrate with the staff and their families.  What a great tradition!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Healthy Soul

Marilyn and I put this little list in our "Notes" on our phones. It comes from Beth Moore's "James" Study. BTW, that was a great study!

So here's the deal.....

1.  Loss the victim mentality.
2.  Don't let anyone tell you there's nothing you can do.
3.  Live life with God.
4.  Pray and be prayed for by others.
5.  Confess sin.

And then just a little bonus (not from the study).....

When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Four-Wheeler Time

This weekend was big for Jonah. I mean BIG! He and his Papa decided it was time for him to give this little four wheeler a try--solo that is.

I was watching behind covered eyes -- no doubt -- truly carrying out my God-given rights as Nanna. (Prayer, pacing, patience, and applause!) Jonah had a blast.

Thank you, Papa, for installing a little "governor" on it.

(This is a second generation machine. I think Greg, Chad, Justin, and Jenna have some fun stories!)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nine-Patch Scrap Quilt

I finally got to start a project. It has been way too long since I could get something going. I wanted to make use of some more scraps from the stash that I had bought at a garage sale way back. A nine-patch design is an easy way for me to just throw the "magic" fabric pieces together. So there will be nothing to purchase except some domestic for the sashes, etc.

Looks pretty crazy right now I know.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Where has the month gone?

I can't believe today is the first day of March! Really?! I'm not sure where February went. I haven't been too good about journaling here the last two to three weeks. There are several things I should have documented in their own posts. But for now just for my record....

*found out Rick has a tumor on a cranial nerve; having to watch it for three months (one down, two to go)
*completed state certification requirements
*great Bible study on James by Beth Moore
*a little "spell" with my back and sinus
*Affair of the Heart Craft show
*beautiful warm February days
*camping at Ray Roberts
*Alabama concert