Monday, February 28, 2011

M is for Monday

What is it about Monday that makes it so, well, Monday?

Linking up with Carissa to share some Miscellany...

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1) After some storming overnight, the weather is really beautiful today. A little extra wind but that just reminds me of Oklahoma.

2) Today marks the eighth  month that we have been without a job. Eight months of living with the in-laws. We are so very tired. We try to stay positive but each day that passes makes it more difficult.

3) Went to a wonderful softball tournament this weekend. We won, so of course that made it all better. Played against the hosting team and it was a nail biter. Too much fun!

4) Teens and attitudes. Yuk. Let me say it again just to feel better... Yuk. Actually this whole experience has been neat in the way that I see the girls more often BUT they are beginning to get on each other's nerves. And that gets on mine. If you have or have had teens, any advice would be appreciated!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stuck in a Rut

OK, I know that I said I would be better at this blogging thing... obviously I haven't been. After losing Abby, we just kind of existed. Sadness was overwhelming some days and other days I felt like I was just going through the motions. Looking forward to weekends when we could all just be together and relax.

Softball season has begun here. One plays and one manages the team. For us, that means lots of driving back and forth, late night dinners, and no free weekends right now. So, we will settle into this new rhythm, enjoy the ballpark life and treasure our time together.  *pics coming soon

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Goodbye Sweet Girl


Hope's Abby Gail
March 1, 2001 - February 14, 2011

In life I loved you dearly, 
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no pup will ever fill.
                                                                   Author Unknown

We miss you very much!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


She's the sweetest. She's one of the best presents I've ever received. She's been in our lives for 10 years. She's part of our family. And now...   She's sick.

Over the past 6 months there has been a lot of diarrhea and vomitting. Gross, I know, but when it is a "family member", all that kind of goes out the window. Especially if you are a parent and have already been through many a diaper change and toilet cleaning.

In the past few weeks, everything has gotten more intense. We have been to the vet numerous times for blood work, sonograms, meds, etc. Today, a new vet. A tumor has been found and a biopsy sent off. And so we wait. With heavy hearts. And pray for our sweet Abby Gail. For those of you that are not dog lovers, this may not make any sense. But, to us...
she is one of our fur babies and we love her very much.

Monday, February 7, 2011

More Miscellany

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1) So glad the winter weather is gone. Like being home with the family but sometimes things happen. This go-round the oldest lost her cell phone... at a snowball fight with about 20 kids... at a park about the size of a football field. So much fun spending hours on end with wet cold feet. Plus side? Phone found, still on, not even wet. Only God.

2) More snow headed our way. Cell phone will stay in the car.

3) Watched a donkey and a border collie playing while I ate lunch. We have never been around so many donkeys in our lives. They are everywhere. Cute when they are newborns, though. Lots of "fuzz". Loud when they grow up.

4) Beth issued a challenge today to go the rest of the day without criticizing or complaining. Ugh. Not one of my strong points. I think God must of told her to do that. I just know it!

Link up with Carissa and post your miscellaneous thoughts today.
Have a good one!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cold is necessary for what, exactly?

Yes, it is cold here. Way too cold. I am missing the snow but definitely not loving the cold. Very thankful to have somewhere to live. Can't imagine being homeless through all of this. Ugh. Just so painful to think about.

I read a verse this a.m. during my quiet time that made me laugh out loud.

             A fool shows his annoyance at once,
             but a prudent man overlooks an insult.  Prov. 12:16

 If only I had read it before my little episode... I could have avoided the 2 hours crying in my car at the library! I almost considered making that my memory verse for SSMT this week. Decided to just work on that one on my own. My 3rd verse is actually...

            Be strong and take heart,
               all you who hope in the Lord.  Psalm 31:24

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

So much to learn

Having to drive 10 minutes for internet keeps me from being regular with my posting. When I do get online, I tend to spend my time trying to catch up with my blogging friends and I run out of time. So, I am going to pretend like it's the start of a new week, be a bit random, and act like it is a  Miscellany Monday.

1. I did something SOOOOO stupid and it took me a couple of days to get passed it. The day began like any other... driving my teens to school which is "in town". A woman pulled out in front of me while I was driving about 60mph. When I passed her, she gave us the universally known hand signal. I was not a happy camper needless to say. She also went to the school. I got out of my car. I know. I know.
She was yelling and certainly wasn't hearing anything I had to say. I did not yell. However, that's when I started shaking. All over. The realization of what I was doing had hit me. But, it didn't keep me from making the next stupid decision. I told her that I wish everybody in town knew what she had done.
There.................................................... I had said it............................................ I couldn't take it back. Ugh. What was I thinking? What made it worse was that there were 3 children raising the flag that were within 15 ft. of us, the principle of the school was not much farther up the sidewalk and a teacher was standing at the front door. I couldn't find a hole anywhere. 
2. Joanne is improving by the day. Amazing. Only God.
3. When is the right time to get the Gardasil shot? Or is it ever right?  Hubby and I decided a while back that at the girl's ages, it just wasn't the time. This year their school sent out a letter to us. And then another. It's not required but "highly recommended". When talking to the girls, they both held up their purity rings and said, in unison, "This is my Gardasil shot." Wow. Could a parent be happier? Very cool. However, I know things happen. 
4. Kind of wishing we were back in Tulsa for the big storm. Something about just being HOME with nothing pressing and no school and no work. Everyone together.  Here it just sleeted a bit. Maybe a flurry or two will drift its way to our part of Texas. We are told not to hold our breath. *sigh*
5. All stocked up on groceries just in case some ice keeps us inside. I had a hard time thinking of meals that sounded good. The winter one-pot meals are all running together. Everything is starting to taste like chili. What is your favorite winter food? You are NOT allowed to say C-H-I-L-I!