Monday, April 28, 2008


Today we attended a wedding. It was unlike any wedding I have ever been to.

The groom is a pilot friend of DH's. Well, not really a friend in the "let's go hang out" sense of the word. However, they have flown together a few times. This man is 40 and Hungarian...born in Argentina. He moved to Bolivia in high school. His parents have since relocated to Hungary. His bride is Slovakian.

This man lived a bachelor life....nice car, nice house, good job. One day, while on vacation somewhere "over there" he met her. I am guessing love at first sight, as they first laid eyes on each other at THE very end of December 2007 or beginning of January 2008 and as of today, they are married.

Seeing as how both of their families are NOT in Texas, their wedding was small. So small, in fact, that there were only a total of 13 people present: the bride, the groom, the pastor, best man, maid of honor, 4 guests, 2 coordinators, harpist and photographer.

As we sat to witness the vows, I was struck by how simple and beautiful the wedding was. As the pastor began to officiate, I was surprised to see the bride gazing into her future husband's eyes.....eyes that were closed tight. It seemed like a really long time that his eyes were squeezed shut. Steadfastly, the bride continued to listen and look. Gently, the pastor handed her a tissue, which she gently pressed into his palm. The pastor continued as the groom dried his eyes, smiled and began to admire his bride.

I thought back to my own wedding. Were we that in love? Were we that happy? Were we that nervous? YES! But I do think the old saying: "Love is wasted on the young" could possibly be true.

My hubby and I were 20 when we married. I had my dream wedding. I had a LOT more people than 13 attend. I had more than that in my bridal party alone. My hubby didn't cry. I didn't have to hand him a tissue. I don't know that it was love at first sight. Most first graders don't fall in love. But I know what we have, and I know what we feel. And I know it will last "till death do us part."

To my new friends, may you find the joy and happiness that my husband and I have. May you have God in your hearts and in your marriage. Congratulations.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tracy Lawrence - Time Marches on

My third just turned 5.

My oldest just had his first little pimple, has a big boy stink and is getting ready for 4th grade.

My second is getting ready to learn cursive.

My youngest will be 3 VERY soon.


It is relentless. It is cruel. It stomps craters into my heart. I am so proud of my children. I am eager to see what kind of men they will grow into. I'm just not ready for it to actually happen.

I thank God for little reminders that our time on Earth is but a vapor. I hope to never take for granted the little joys that come my way. And to always be mindful that time, does indeed, march on.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Considering my last few posts, this one is quite benign. Sorry if you were looking for more.

What I was doing 5 years ago:
1. My third son had just been born. I was still in the hospital.
2. I was a middle school teacher. They were just about to take the Math TAKS test. Awww. I missed it.
3. My hubby had just stopped flying for American Eagle and was flying with a new company.
4. We had 3 dogs: 2 dachsies and a lab.
5. We were living in Grand Prairie, TX.

Five things on my to-do list today
1. Pick up the kids from school.
2. Help kids do homework.
3. Get kids to soccer game.
4. Attend school function.
5. Help son #1 study for his church stuff.

Five snacks I enjoy
(oh how easy to list chocolate for everything, but I won't.)
2. chips and salsa
3. chocolate chip cookies
4. bowl of cereal
5. piece of cold pizza

Five things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. tithe
2. Buy my acreage and build my dream house
3. Pay off all debt
4. Help parents (mine and his), pay off all debt
5. Make sure all 4 boys had college tuition set aside.

Five of my bad habits:
(I don't have any. LOL)
1. I leave my shoes all over the house
2. I don't clean up the kitchen right away
3. I wait until late at night to start a project
4. I eat out WAY too much
5. I speak before I think

Five places I have lived
1. West Texas
2. Austin, TX
3. Florida
4. New Mexico
5. North Texas

Five jobs I’ve had
1. Copy girl (at a law firm)
2. Bank teller
3. Accounts Payables/Receivables for truck dealership
4. Teacher
5. Mom

Five random things you'd like to do "one day"
1. Go to culinary school
2. Write a book
3. Clean my house (meaning to have the WHOLE thing clean at one time!)
4. Own a Corvette (must be silver)
5. own a horse

OK....tag...YOU'RE IT!!!


Topics just seem to fall into my lap. =)

I have recently been on a roll of causing some negative feelings....why stop now? No really...I found this in my email. I thought it was, um......interesting. I will not post the whole thing...just some interesting parts:

I'm not taking any chances.

Here is your financial blessing! It's a simple prayer, you've got 30 seconds. Don't sleep on this. Someone recently read this for the first time and received exactly enough for a $0 balance on all credit cards.

(prayer follows)

Take 60 seconds and send this on quickly and within hours, you will have caused a multitude of people to pray to God for each other. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life for doing the thing you know He loves. Peace and blessings....have faith. 8 angels are sent to you. You must send them to 8 people. In 8 minutes you will receive something you have long awaited.

(I'm sure the original author will not mind that I took editorial privilege and corrected a few GLARING grammatical and spelling errors.)

Do I really need to discuss this?

YES! It is good to pray.

YES! We can ask for help with our finances.

BUT......don't limit GOD. Don't put Him on a time-table.

8 Faith angels to 8 people in 8 minutes? Hmmmmmm......Really? I mean REALLY?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Weirdness will follow me everywhere.

OK....I have done this before. AND, I got tagged twice. But this tag had 7 things instead of 5. SO, I thought I would repost....and not lacking for "uniqueness" I'm adding 2 more. (Some of these are not so weird, but ME.)

I JUST decided...instead of a repost (look at April 1 if you want to see the original) I will post 7 things about me that aren't known by a lot of fact, I can think of 3 readers who know this.

1. My hubby and I have been married ALMOST 17 years.....we've known each other for 31 years.....and we are only 37 :-) We were in the same homeroom class from 1st grade through graduation.

2. I was a twirler all through middle school and high school.....and so far, have been the only twirler from my home town to score a 1st division at State competition in Solo-Twirling....and I have done it twice.

3. I have played the piano for the past 31 years. (maybe not so great any more, but I can still play.)

4. My hubby and I waited over 7 years before even trying to have a baby.

5. Gel toothpaste CREEPS ME OUT!!! I can't use it. I get a rigor just thinking about it. Blech Blech BLECH!!!

6. I am an only child, my mother is the youngest of 11 and her mother (my Mam-ma) is 100 years old. She will be 101 in July.

7. I LOVE Martha Stewart....not as a person. She is a female dog, from what I hear from a VERY reliable source. BUT, the fact that she can become a billionaire from being THE "Domestic Goddess"......well, that is cool. I want to be like her....except the female dog part. LOL.

O....O....OPRAH....What are you DOING?

I have blogged about her before. You can read that here.

I have a friend who has also blogged about this problem. You can see it here.

I am asking that you take the time (a little over 6 minutes) to view* this video, pray for Oprah AND the people who are falling prey to her lies and deception. And, if you are Christian, I'm asking that you put this on your blog. (heh....I won't be offended if you don't....I will just put you on my prayer request card Sunday! ;) )

*Be sure to pause the Beatles in order to hear this.

John 14:6 ~ I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


Monday, April 14, 2008


Here is a snowman.

My friend promised me this snowman back when we had our "heavy snow" here in North Texas.

Hop on over and take a look. Drop her a line. Sit and read a spell....she is AWESOME!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


OK.....I have blogged about vermin before. To read (or if you have already done so, but need a laugh, reread THIS.) There is NO WAY I can top that vignette, so don't expect it.

Well, we still have mice. Wait....that is not entirely true. We got rid of them....we didn't see hide nor hair for a long time. Then DS #1 said there was one in his room. Now he, being 8, could have imagined it, but we didn't want to take chances....especially considering that one of the little beady-eyed monsters came and ogled me while I was taking care of some "business." (*hint* I spotted him at the crime scene of that last episode and the throne WAS in use so ALL I could do was SCREAM for my hubby who did NOTHING but say, "what?" when I finally got to him.)

BUT, I digress.

We are having SERIOUS issues! We put out traps in my bathroom and DS #1's bedroom. We then added one to DH's bathroom when another greeted me as I was emptying the trash. Of course, I woke a few people with that "greeting."

Within the first day, we had caught 4. DH was using the sticky traps. He takes some sick pleasure, I think, from stomping them....he doesn't want them to die a slow and painful death so he puts them into a Walmart bag (use #289) and crushes them. BLECH! But hey....he's a guy....knock yourself out, huh?

His first tour out, he picked up the traps. I REFUSE to stomp a critter (spiders and bugs being the exception and not all the time). The sticky traps keep them alive and I can't pick up a trap, even with a live mouse. (Please see "EEEEEEK.")

Mice these days are BRAVE things. I was sitting doing the important work of emailing when something caught my eye. Mickey's nephew scurried ACROSS my kitchen floor IN broad daylight WITH ME watching him.......the furry scum!

We went through awhile without one kill. DH decided to go buy the mouse "killers" in the form of "TOMCAT" traps. (We won't put poison in the house for a few reasons.)

I asked him to pick them up....he's going to be gone for a week. Only his logic convinced me that I didn't want them breeding for another week and running all over the place.

My hubby has not even been gone 12 hours. I hear a snap and a ruckus.....don't know how else to say it....just a ruckus.

I balls it up to go check. I have my WM sack ready AND my latex gloves on. I open the door, somewhat comforted in the fact that I have the "killing" trap out. At least it won't be a fight to the death.

Open the door, and what do I see? Mighty Mouse, with his leg caught, clawing at things, squeaking, trying to get out. GRRRR! I grabbed the triggering part of the trap and pulled it into the sack, all the while with a high-pitched EEEEEEEE-EEEEEEEEEE ringing throughout the kitchen. He is still doing that, to my knowledge, in the outside trashcan.

I have sent my list of demands to my hubby for when he returns. I will also be getting a newspaper so that I may peruse the real estate section.

If anyone has a room to rent, please call!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


I found this on my friend's blog...thought it would be interesting. Here ya go.

The Blog-O-Cuss Meter - Do you cuss a lot in your blog or website?
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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

I WISH I....

Have you ever been in a situation where someone said something and you had the PERFECT retort....only you couldn't say it? I'm not talking about a physical impediment, but a it social graces, slow comeback, gutless or too polite, you just don't say it.

I do (or don't, I should say) that all the time. I will talk to my hubby and let it all out. I can be perfectly open with him. I can say the things I wish I could have said, but didn't. And for the most part, he understands why the thought(s) come to my mind.

So, my entry today is in honor of that. First, a disclaimer of sorts. My faithful readers are NOT the ones who brought about these responses. You might think I'm talking about you....but that's just it...your thought. There is only 1 reader who might be able to attach a comment to herself, and it's not who you think it is. The rest of you, it is purely coincidental. Only my hubby will be able to say for sure, and even then, he might question some. (And if you are paranoid and think I'm talking about you, feel free to ask me, I MIGHT tell you.)

And please, REALLY, keep in mind that it is MY blog. I write for myself, YOU are the one who chooses to read. So if some of this gets your knickers in a bunch, please handle it yourself. You should be glad that I kept all this to myself back when it needed to be said. This is just a rant....a pretty negative rant.


1. The person you think is really cool and trustworthy? Well, she has a fat mouth and can't shut it!

2. Really? OK. Shut-up!

3. You aren't too smart, are you?

4. I can do that better than you.

5. I need a different answer because you know what? I can't do that!

6. USED to be a Christian? I would suggest you weren't a very good one.

7. I don't care.

8. Foo-man-chu

9. They have drugs for that....take some.

10. I don't get paid for this!

11. If you try to leave a problem, and the problem remains the same....well, guess what? YOU are the problem.

12. Just go! Stop talking about it. JUST. GO.

13. I understand. Really. You're stupid.

14. Did you know that you have another side to your face? And it is just as mean as the first one.

15. No, I don't feel sorry for you. You are feeling sorry enough for yourself.

16. PLEASE. Just spank your child. I have a belt you can use...or a flip-flop. Both are very effective. Yes it hurts....the child, not you, you won't feel a thing. Honestly, they will love you for it when they grow up...and others will love you for it NOW!

WOW! That was very liberating. May I suggest this as a tag? Go ahead....guts it up and let it go!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


OK....I have 2 friends, whose names start with "L" who are already laughing......the title, apparently, says enough.

I saw this tag a few months ago....thought today, being April Fool's Day, would be appropriate to post 5 weird or unknown facts about myself. I have done this before, but don't remember where it is....nor do I want to take the time to look for it.

Hmmmm....5 weird or unknown things about me.

1. I REALLY love to grocery shop. I am about to get into (again) couponing. I enjoyed it then, but even when I don't save money, I enjoy going up and down the aisles of a store and shopping. (On the contrary, I really can't stand to do any other type of shopping.)

2. One of my favorite foods is a cheap Patio Burrito with ketchup. YUMMMM!

3. I just finished reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" for the 5th time.

4. I love lists. I love checklists, count-down lists, to-do lists, grocery lists, gift lists, lists to remind me to make a list.....

5. I really don't like to take showers....I take a bath every day, instead.

OK.....I tag all of my faithful readers to do this "meme."

Happy April!!!