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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

iHeartFaces Week #12

I decided to enter some photos at I ♥ Faces this week. This is my first time joining in. It seemed an appropriate week to join in because Jimmy pouts a lot and I love my pets! So here are my entries for this week's pet and pouty kid face categories. It was so hard to pick!

Pet Entry:

My Australian Shepherd Duke with a toasted oat on his nose. This takes a TON of self control for him, lol!

Pouting Kids Entry:

My 14 month old Jimmy.

Make sure you head on over to I ♥ Faces to check out all the great pics!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Not Me! Monday ~ For Stellan

This week Natalie at The Cline Family blog is hosting Not Me! Monday and in honor of Stellan, it is all about him! Please stop by MckMama's blog for updates on Stellan's condition and PLEASE PLEASE pray for him and their family!

I have NOT been praying for sweet little baby Stellan, who just turned 5 months old, constantly for the past week.

I do NOT think Stellan is just the cutest, sweetest little guy ever

I have NOT cried for him and his family multiple times in the past week.

I have NOT felt like I wanted to vomit a couple times because of just how sad it makes me that he is so sick.

I have NOT had their blog page open the entire time and I do NOT constantly reload it to check for updates.

Friday, March 27, 2009

VGNO - Love Boat Edition


It's that time again! Time for Virtual Girls Night Out, hosted by the wonderful Ann at Ann Again... and Again. It is a night full of pj wearing, blog hopping, new friend meeting, blog buddy chatting, game playing fun! And DON"T FORGET to head over to JAM's for even more fun, its an all around good time! =)

Here is the game of the night:

Turn these words into a silly, strange, freaky or completely wild little story.

**Lounge **Gopher
**Captains Table **Zsa Zsa Gabor
**Charo **Pacific Princess
**Lido Deck **Pool

Here is mine:

My first voyage on the Pacific Princess was quite entertaining! I got invited to sit at the Captain's Table for dinner. So off I went to get dressed and powder my nose. On my way to dinner, I passed the lido deck and almost got ran over by Zsa Zsa Gabor CHASING Charo!! Gopher was chasing after them, trying to get them stop, but too late! Charo looked back to see how close Zsa Zsa was and as she turned, she tripped over a lounge and Zsa Zsa, who was right behind her, slammed into her and they both went straight into the pool! Talk about a sight for sore eyes! Dripping wet gowns and makeup sliding down their faces. I laughed as I took Gopher's arm and he showed me to the Captain's Table.

Now its time to head over to JAM's where tonight, she is serving up the drinks for our voyage on the Love Boat. Since I am in a tropical mood, my drink of choice is a virgin one of these (Why's the rum gone?? lol):

Bahama Mama

What will you be having? Thanks for stopping by and happy VGNO!

The FairTax

Ok, I have been thinking about this post for a really long time....and haven't been able to figure out how to go about it, but I need to post about it, because I totally support it and "tax day" is coming up quick, so here goes.

I have been a pretty quiet supporter of the FairTax for about 3 years....maybe longer... long enough to have been able to acquire a something on my car that has been featured on the Neal Boortz show, website, and other places on the net...that's all I am gonna say about that ;-)

Anyway...with all this economic crap going on, and the ridiculous bailout plan, I feel the need to share with my American bloggy pals about the FairTax Bill - HR 25 - and the wonderful benefits it could have for everyone, if only it could be put into effect.

What is the FairTax Plan?
The FairTax Plan is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, dollar-for-dollar federal revenue replacement, and, through companion legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment. This nonpartisan legislation (HR 25/S 1025) abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax – administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities. The IRS is disbanded and defunded. The FairTax taxes us only on what we choose to spend on new goods or services, not on what we earn. The FairTax is a fair, efficient, transparent, and intelligent solution to the frustration and inequity of our current tax system.

That is the summary of the plan, to read more about it please visit the FairTax website.

Now, I ask that you please do your homework concerning this, as I am horrible at explaining things. I am giving references to you so you can read about it for yourself, because I am sure to mess something up if I try to do it myself. Here are some links to popular questions and concerns about the FairTax:

Explanation of the difference between Inclusive and Exclusive tax

FAQ - including answers to ?'s concerning how the tax affects prices & wages, low income, retirees, how the tax affects social security, how it affects the people employed by the IRS, accountants, tax preparers, etc. and many MANY more!

Please, PLEASE educate yourself on this subject, it is very important that something be done to help our country in these tough times and this is the answer!! I hope this post has been helpful and maybe sparked some interest, thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I am Thankful for....

- My 2 sweet, adorable little nephews.
Conner, 9 months

Caspian, 5 months

- The rain we got yesterday & today. I recently planted a bunch of trees and we just had our second pasture seeded a few days ago so the rain came at just the right time.

- My cute little hyacinths popping out of the ground finally, I thought they were goners.

- Nice weather (until it started raining) so I am able to use my clothesline more and not the dryer so we can save some money.

Do you have something to be Thankful for? Let everyone know about it! Just enter your name or name of your blog and add the link to your specific Thankful Thursday post (not your blog's homepage please!) Also, please add the Thankful Thursday logo or link to my blog in your post. Have fun and thanks for joining me!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

WFMW - Homemade Diaper Sprayer

This week's Works for Me Wednesday post appears on my blog The Frugal Country Mom, so head on over to check it out!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I am NOT crying for sweet little baby Stellan and his family right now...
Praying for sweet little Stellan, please Lord help the Drs. find out what is wrong and help that sweet little baby boy! Be with his family and give them peace and strength! In your precious, holy name, Amen.

Edit: They know what is wrong now, thank the Lord for that. Please God, help little Stellan's heart rate go down to normal. Guide the Drs. hands and heal that sweet baby boy. Give his family strength and help them keep their eyes on you!

I did NOT get my new (used) camera working this weekend (had to wait for the batteries to come) and I am NOT so utterly in love with it and I definitely did NOT take tons of pics in the last 2 days.

This is NOT one of the pics I took with my camera:

The fact that the camera actually TAKES THE PICTURE when I push the shutter so I can get the pic I want right at the exact moment does NOT totally make me happy! Otherwise the above pic would NOT come out looking more like this:

(eewww not to mention that the new pics need less color correction!)

I did NOT actually stay off the computer most of the weekend because my sister and her family were visiting, it is NOT amazing!

Little Jimmy did NOT catch his little cousin's cold and he has NOT been using my shirts as random snot rags because I definitely HAVE been remembering to wipe his nose...

I did NOT see my 3 little hyacinths finally peeking through the ground and I did NOT scream YAY! and get all excited that I had 3 little spring flowers popping out =)

And....lastly...my hubby absolutely did NOT buy me a pink flowering dogwood for a belated anniversary gift yesterday. I would certainly NEVER let him spend $62 on a little tree and it is NOT the cutest little tree you ever did see!

Friday, March 20, 2009

VGNO - Spring is FINALLY here!!


It's Virtual Girls Night Out and boy do I need it!!! My sister is in town with her hubby and DS but they are out, and my little Jimmy is in bed, and now I am ready to par-tay (and get some cleaning done, because more company tomorrow!).

Hosted by the wonderful Ann at Ann Again... and Again, it is a night full of pj wearing, blog hopping, new friend meeting, blog buddy chatting, game playing fun! And DON"T FORGET to head over to JAM's for even more fun, its an all around good time! =)

The game for tonight:

Time For Some Fun!

Here's a fun site that helps you find Words In Words. Wordles.com. I want you to take your Blog title and see how many fun words can be found.

Wow, there were A TON of pages so here are a few words:

Bedclothes (yep yep)
Beer (no thanks)
Belch (excuse me!)
Bloomers (yep I do)
Boloney (anyone ever had it fried? I hear its good...)
Bums (dont be lookin!)
Bust (at that either!!)
Coy (I can be)
Crud (on my boots after being in the barn)
Cute (awwww yeah I am aren't I? lol)
Delouse (ummmm...ew?)
Duchess (yep, sounds about right...teehee)

I had 75 pages of words!! Yikes!

And make sure you check out the giveaway Ann linked to!

Ok, now on to JAM's.....Aww lookie! It's me wee little bloggie! JAM is too sweet to mention me... Trying to make up for making me take a pic of myself last week eh?? Teehee ;-) That was so much fun!

So this week we are going virtual shopping! Oohh, you SO read my mind, I totally needed this! So here is my dress, oooh la la! I might need it a little less low cut though, don't want anyone staring at my BUST lol.... ;-)

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Ruffle Front Dress

Well, time to go visit some friends before my sis gets back, she just called to say they are on their way. My computer is in the guest bedroom and they have to get up very early for a wedding, so I have to call it an early night (and go clean for tomorrow, booo!). Happy VGNO to everyone if I miss you!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I am sooo Thankful for my new camera! I can't wait to start using it (waiting for the batteries to arrive!). Watch out! I will be unstoppable! lol =)

Thanks to my uncle and cousin for passing this on to me, I am forever grateful! By the way, they are AWESOME photographers, visit their website here.

I am also Thankful for my sewing machine. If I didn't have it, it would have taken me FOREVER to sew these by hand (and I have sewn by hand before, I made my prom dress Jr. Year ALL by hand, I will try to post a pic, that was 10 years ago after all lol!)

Do you have something to be Thankful for? Let everyone know about it! Just enter your name or name of your blog and add the link to your specific Thankful Thursday post (not your blog's homepage please!) Also, please add the Thankful Thursday logo or link to my blog in your post. Have fun and thanks for joining me!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A little bit of this and that....

Wow. it's just been one of those days, I haven't been online hardly at all today (which really is good, I got things done around the house!) and I was gone all day yesterday and didn't get to post what I wanted to for St. Patrick's Day....oh well, next year! So I didn't do Works for Me Wednesday today, I was going to do Wordless Wednesday, but never got around to it.....so now I am just blabbering =)

Yesterday Jimmy and I went to tea with my grammy & my aunt who was in town visiting my grandparents. Besides being wonderful to visit, it was so nice to get out of the house! Here is a pic of Jimmy with his Great-Grammy and Great Aunt:

Spring really is in the air the last couple days. Here is a major sign of it coming around here:
Jimmy had a blast watching the tractors disc the field across the street, he kept giggling and pointing and "talking" about them.

Here is another sign of spring:
Yay! I got to hang the diapers out to dry, but it was super windy! At least they dried pretty quickly!

This is what Duke thought of the wind:

I have been cleaning house because my sister and her family are coming to stay with us for a few days while they are in town for a wedding. I have also been making some tie-up shades, one more to go for the kitchen! I will have to post some pics. Well, that is about it for now. Oh, and before I forget, THANK YOU all so much for your great comments and congrats on our anniversary, it really means a lot! So I leave you with this photo of my little family on our Anni-St. Patrick's Day, have a great night!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Our Wedding Day

Today is our 2 Year Wedding Anniversary! In honor of it, I am posting some Q&A =)
(Thanks to Ali at Blessed Treehouse for posting this last week)
  1. When was your wedding day? March 17, 2007 - St. Patrick's Day
  2. What day of the week was it? Saturday
  3. Did you get married in a church? Yes
  4. How many in your wedding party? My BFF Katie and Jim's roommate from college, Andy
  5. Where was your reception? Our house, before we moved in so it was all roomy and we brought in tables - we were going to have one later in our barn for friends, but that never happened, o well sorry guys! ;-)
  6. How many guests were invited to your wedding? just family
  7. How long did you wait to Tie The Knot after your proposal? 6 days, we only got "officially" engaged the weekend before, but that is just a technicality, we already knew we would get married
  8. Who did you hire as your photographer & videographer? My cousin Brian, he works with his dad - Muncy Fine Photography - he did a GREAT job!
  9. Did you have a DJ or a band? cd player
  10. Did your father walk you down the aisle? Yep
  11. What color were the bridesmaid dresses & groomsmen vests? green dress, vest?? no vest that I am aware of lol
  12. Who was your Maid Of Honor/Best Man? Katie and Jim's roommate from college, Andy
  13. Did you have a Bridal Shower? 1 at church
  14. What type of limo did you get? HAHAHA! Its called Jim's Ford truck
  15. Where did you go for your Bachelorette/Bachelor Party? No parties
  16. What type of wedding gown/tux did you two wear? Off the rack, sleeveless. Jim wore a black suite
  17. How was the weather? A wee bit chilly - Thanks for making us take pics outside in the cold wind Brian!! ;-)
  18. Where did you go on your Honeymoon? Honeymoon? Whats that? TBD lol
  19. What was your favorite part of your wedding? When it was over, I hate being in front of people, even if it IS just family!
  20. How long have you been married? Two years today
  21. What would you change about the day? Could have been a little warmer
  22. What advice have you gotten and would you give to newlyweds? I have gotten way too much advice - My advice is that it is not about the amount of money you spend or the design of the dress or how many people attend, it is about you and your hubby and celebrating your love. People make WAY to big a deal about all the STUFF of weddings and I think the real meaning/importance tends to get lost in all the hubbub and stress

Monday, March 16, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Little Jimmy and I did NOT just wake up a little while ago, around 10

I do NOT feel like I have wasted half of the day already

I am NOT sitting here typing this in my pj's

Tomorrow is NOT me and hubby's 2 year anniversary ;-)

I did NOT get irritated at some people that were hanging out over by our creek on the other side of our property for like a half hour, then I did NOT feel embarrassed about my attitude when my hubby told me they were going down the road picking up trash! Oopsie!

I did NOT go to Lowes yesterday and get really excited when I saw the new trees and garden plants, yay!! Spring is NOT almost here lol!

Ooo, almost forgot! I am NOT getting a new (to me) camera from my awesome photographer Uncle (and cousin) and I am NOT super excited to finally be getting a digital SLR, even if it is only 6 megapixels, THATS OK, it gets me started, THANKS UNCLE BRUCE and BRIAN! Here is a link to their website if anyone in the Roanoke, VA area is interested, they do FANTASTIC work!
Muncy Fine Photography. They also have a link to their blog on the homepage, check it out!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Get Your Shamrocks Out Girls, its VGNO with an Irish Twist!


It's VGNO! Time to hang out in our PJ's and blog-hop! Head over to Ann's to join in the fun! And then head over to JAM's for even more fun, its an all around good time! =)

Yay! Happy early St. Patrick's Day! This is my favorite VGNO yet, I love all things Irish, Celtic, etc. I was even married on St. Patrick's Day 2 years ago. Here is a pic of my engagement ring:

Ok, enough about my wedding, more about that will come on Tuesday!
Now on to the party!

Here is the game Ann has posted on her blog this week:

The Shamrock 3

Name 3 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now:
1.) Scotland
2.) Ireland
3.) Somewhere warm and sunny!

Name 3 Things You Will NEVER Drink Again:
1.) Bailey's Irish Cream
2.) Buttermilk
3.) Tomato Juice

3 People You Would Like To Pinch (for not wearing green of course!):
1.) Johnny Depp
2.) Gerard Butler
3.) John Stamos

Now, delete my answers and post it on your blog so I can see what YOUR Shamrock 3 are =)

Also, head on over to JAM's and pick out your ideal view from your front window. Mine is #4, I live on a farm setting, but the pic of #4 (below) is so much more beautiful! I wish our place looked like that! But thats ok, I love my place too =)

Here I am at Ann's. Kinda got caught by surprise, ya know, just hanging out with the girls...virtually...no makeup required... lol!

Baby Sign Language

I have been teaching Jimmy baby sign language. We are using the book and dvd "Sign with Your Baby" by Joseph Garcia. I haven't exactly been a stickler about it, but I at least wanted to teach Jimmy the basics and helpful signs such as "pain" so he can show where it hurts it he gets an owie. Well a couple days ago, he started showing me the sign for "please" and it is just the sweetest thing! You rub your chest in a circular motion and he has it down pat! So here is a pic of him doing it.

I highly recommend teaching baby sign language to your little one, it is so much fun and it is just so cute when they start doing it back to you! It can also be a huge help if they get hurt and you don't see it happen because if they know the "pain" sign (tap your two index fingers together over the area of pain) they can show you where it hurts. It also helps lessen frustration when they want or need something (which means less crying!) because they can tell you what they need, such as to eat, drink, have milk, have a diaper change, etc. So get to your library and check out this book!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Oops, I am late this week!

I am Thankful that my sweet little guy is such a good sleeper. Ever since he was 3 months old, I mean to the day, he has slept in his crib with no fuss. He goes to bed about 7-7:30 every night. And he doesn't usually get up until at least 8am. He has had a few nights in there where he woke up a couple times wanting to nurse because he is teething, or a couple times where he has SUPER wet his diaper (like last night, luckily it was before we went to bed lol) but I just fix him up and let him nurse again and he is good as gold and goes right back to bed. I am so blessed!

Thank you Lord for such a sweet baby, please protect him and watch over him and help me and his daddy guide him and teach him in Your ways as he grows.

I am Thankful that Jim is feeling better after he was sick last weekend, it would not have been good for him to be sick during the week because they have been having more layoffs recently...which brings me to the next one...

I am Thankful that my hubby still has his job! Please Lord, help him to keep his job if it is in your plan. I know you will provide for us no matter what happens, thank you for watching over our family!

Do you have something to be Thankful for? Let everyone know about it! Just enter your name or name of your blog and add the link to your specific Thankful Thursday post (not your blog's homepage please!) Also, please add the Thankful Thursday logo or link to my blog in your post. Have fun and thanks for joining me!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Fresh Sqeezed OJ

Yesterday I was doing the dishes and I had my utensil drawer open so Jimmy would be occupied. He was having a ball playing with the measuring cups and spoons and a spatula when he found this strange orange object:

What is that?? It took me a minute to remember (most everything I own used to be my mom's and she had a lot of neat little gadgets). It's a little juicer! I think it is called a squeeze juicer or juicing trumpet. You stick the longer end into an orange and squeeze the orange over a glass and juice comes out the short end and it filters the seeds. It was pretty fun. Jimmy was entertained for a minute. ;-) It worked great on my oranges that got kinda shriveled because I kinda forgot about them.... I was going to put them in my compost or cut them in half and put them out for the birds, but this was much better! And I was surprised by how much juice I got, about half a glass from 3 oranges. Guess there was more life left in them than I thought! I added enough water to fill the glass and stuck it in the fridge to get cold (gotta have cold OJ! and I didn't have any ice) and it was delicious!

Now where do you buy such a little gadget? I found a couple places online selling it as a plastic "squeeze juicer", it costs less than a dollar, or you might try a store like Bed Bath & Beyond. There is a fancier stainless steel version out there called a Trumpet Citrus Juicer (try Googling it, or use Swagbucks), but I think mine must have come from one of those home cooking utensil parties, probably was a prize for a game.

This is what Works for Me for simple juicing (and it is super easy to clean!).
Hop on over to We Are THAT Family for more Works for Me Wednesday tips and ideas.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Unexpected Angel

My husband sent me this email today. It is such a wonderful story, I just had to share it with you all, I hope you like it!

This is a good story...
By Catherine Moore

'Watch out! You nearly broad sided that car!' My father yelled at me. 'Can't you do anything right? ' Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to challenge him. A lump rose in my throat as I averted my eyes. I wasn't prepared for another battle.

'I saw the car, Dad. Please don't yell at me when I'm driving.' My voice was measured and steady, sounding far calmer than I really felt.

Dad glared at me, then turned away and settled back. At home I left Dad in front of the television and went outside to collect my thoughts. Dark, heavy clouds hung in the air with a promise of rain. The rumble of distant thunder seemed to echo my inner turmoil.

What could I do about him?

Dad had been a lumberjack in Washington and Oregon... He had enjoyed being outdoors and had reveled in pitting his strength against the forces of nature. He had entered grueling lumberjack competitions, and had placed often. The shelves in his house were filled with trophies that attested to his prowess.

The years marched on relentlessly. The first time he couldn't lift a heavy log, he joked about it; but later that same day I saw him outside alone, straining to lift it. He became irritable whenever anyone teased him about his advancing age, or when he couldn't do something he had done as a younger man.

Four days after his sixty-seventh birthday, he had a heart attack. An ambulance sped him to the hospital while a paramedic administered CPR to keep blood and oxygen flowing. At the hospital, Dad was rushed into an operating room. He was lucky; he survived.

But something inside Dad died. His zest for life was gone. He obstinately refused to follow doctor's orders. Suggestions and offers of help were turned aside with sarcasm and insults. The number of visitors thinned, then finally stopped altogether. Dad was left alone.

My husband, Dick, and I asked Dad to come live with us on our small farm. We hoped the fresh air and rustic atmosphere would help him adjust. Within a week after he moved in, I regretted the invitation. It seemed nothing was satisfactory. He criticized everything I did. I became frustrated and moody. Soon I was taking my pent-up anger out on Dick. We began to bicker and argue. Alarmed, Dick sought out our pastor and explained the situation. The clergyman set up weekly counseling appointments for us. At the close of each session he prayed, asking God to soothe Dad's troubled mind. But the months wore on and God was silent. Something had to be done and it was up to me to do it.

The next day I sat down with the phone book and methodically called each of the mental health clinics listed in the Yellow Pages. I explained my problem to each of the sympathetic voices that answered. In vain. Just when I was giving up hope, one of the voices suddenly exclaimed, 'I just read something that might help you! Let me go get the article.' I listened as she read. The article described a remarkable study done at a nursing home. All of the patients were under treatment for chronic depression. Yet their attitudes had improved dramatically when they were given responsibility for a dog.

I drove to the animal shelter that afternoon. After I filled out a questionnaire, a uniformed officer led me to the kennels. The odor of disinfectant stung my nostrils as I moved down the row of pens. Each contained five to seven dogs. Long-haired dogs, curly-haired dogs, black dogs, spotted dogs all jumped up, trying to reach me. I studied each one but rejected one after the other for various reasons, too big, too small, too much hair. As I neared the last pen a dog in the shadows of the far corner struggled to his feet, walked to the front of the run and sat down. It was a pointer, one of the dog world's aristocrats.. But this was a caricature of the breed. Years had etched his face and muzzle with shades of gray. His hipbones jutted out in lopsided triangles. But it was his eyes that caught and held my attention. Calm and clear, they beheld me unwaveringly.

I pointed to the dog. 'Can you tell me about him?' The officer looked, then shook his head in puzzlement.

'He's a funny one. Appeared out of nowhere and sat in front of the gate. We brought him in, figuring someone would be right down to claim him, that was two weeks ago and we've heard nothing. His time is up tomorrow.' He gestured helplessly.

As the words sank in I turned to the man in horror. 'You mean you're going to kill him?'

'Ma'am,' he said gently, 'that's our policy. We don't have room for every unclaimed dog.'

I looked at the pointer again. The calm brown eyes awaited my decision. 'I'll take him,' I said.

I drove home with the dog on the front seat beside me. When I reached the house I honked the horn twice. I was helping my prize out of the car when Dad shuffled onto the front porch.

'Ta-da! Look what I got for you, Dad!' I said excitedly.

Dad looked, then wrinkled his face in disgust. 'If I had wanted a dog I would have gotten one. And I would have picked out a better specimen than that bag of bones. Keep it! I don't want it' Dad waved his arm scornfully and turned back toward the house.

Anger rose inside me. It squeezed together my throat muscles and pounded into my temples.

'You'd better get used to him, Dad. He's staying!' Dad ignored me. 'Did you hear me, Dad?' I screamed. At those words Dad whirled angrily, his hands clenched at his sides, his eyes narrowed and blazing with hate.

We stood glaring at each other like duelists, when suddenly the pointer pulled free from my grasp. He wobbled toward my dad and sat down in front of him. Then slowly, carefully, he raised his paw.

Dad's lower jaw trembled as he stared at the uplifted paw. Confusion replaced the anger in his eyes. The pointer waited patiently. Then Dad was on his knees hugging the animal.

It was the beginning of a warm and intimate friendship. Dad named the pointer Cheyenne .. Together he and Cheyenne explored the community. They spent long hours walking down dusty lanes. They spent reflective moments on the banks of streams, angling for tasty trout. They even started to attend Sunday services together, Dad sitting in a pew and Cheyenne lying quietly at his feet.

Dad and Cheyenne were inseparable throughout the next three years. Dad's bitterness faded, and he and Cheyenne made many friends. Then late one night I was startled to feel Cheyenne 's cold nose burrowing through our bed covers. He had never before come into our bed room at night. I woke Dick, put on my robe and ran into my father's room. Dad lay in his bed, his face serene. But his spirit had left quietly sometime during the night..

Two days later my shock and grief deepened when I discovered Cheyenne lying dead beside Dad's bed. I wrapped his still form in the rag rug he had slept on. As Dick and I buried him near a favorite fishing hole, I silently thanked the dog for the help he had given me in restoring Dad's peace of mind.

The morning of Dad's funeral dawned overcast and dreary. This day looks like the way I feel, I thought, as I walked down the aisle to the pews reserved for family. I was surprised to see the many friends Dad and Cheyenne had made filling the church. The pastor began his eulogy. It was a tribute to both Dad and the dog who had changed his life. And then the pastor turned to Hebrews 13: 2. 'Be not forgetful to entertain strangers.'

'I've often thanked God for sending that angel,' he said.

For me, the past dropped into place, completing a puzzle that I had not seen before: the sympathetic voice that had just read the right article.

Cheyenne 's unexpected appearance at the animal shelter... his calm acceptance and complete devotion to my father. . and the proximity of their deaths. And suddenly I understood. I knew that God had answered my prayers after all.

Life is too short for drama & petty things, so laugh hard, love truly and forgive quickly. Live While You Are Alive. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.

Great Read!

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I did NOT forget about Not Me! Monday and am not now trying to remember things that I did NOT do this past week....I would NEVER forget!

I did NOT make my husband sick after I was sick last weekend and he did NOT spend this past weekend on the couch....poor guy =(

I did NOT get the hang the cloth diapers diapers out to dry on Saturday because it was NOT such a nice day! And I did NOT get very excited about it!

I am NOT sitting here typing this as little Jimmy sits in his highchair asking for more food...brb!

I did NOT find this just when I walked over to him to give him another bite (notice his diaper):

Well, that's it for this week, join me again next week for things that absolutely DID NOT happen to me!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Don't Forget!

Well, I am off to bed, but I just wanted to remind everyone to turn your clocks forward 1 hour. Goodnight!

Jimmy's First Haircut

Well, I did it. I finally cut little Jimmy's hair. And he was such a good boy! He just sat there in his chair watching his movie while I snipped away. Now he no longer has his onthevergeofamullet 'do, its just a cute little boy cut. Here are a few pics (the before pic is a little older, forgot to take one tonight!).



Friday, March 6, 2009

VGNO - Women of Worth!


It's VGNO! Time to hang out in our PJ's and blog-hop! Head over to Ann's to join in the fun! I had such a blast last week meeting everyone, so I am back for more fun this week.

So for the party tonight Ann wants us to describe Women in one word for Women's History Month. So take the first letter of your name and use the chart to find what your word has to start with, ie = If your first name begins with the letter A - E describe women in one word beginning with the letter W... Mine is Ali so my word is Worth. Women are Worth so much! Without us, men would be in T-R-O-U-B-L-E =)

A - E = W
F - J = O
K - O = M
P - T = A
U - Z = N

Also, make sure to check out the really cute giveaway!

Last, but not least, head over to JAM's to pick out your cute celeb and movie we will watching tonight! We are watching Pirates of the Caribbean here at The Blessed Country Mom, love me some Captain Jack!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Ok, this is a little premature maybe, but I am thankful that spring is almost here! And it is SUPPOSED to be in the 50's today...we'll see. I am so glad the cold is almost over, lets hope it doesn't get really cold again until November!! I just wanna be able to go outside and work in the garden and my flowerbeds and take walks and just be without a coat and yucky dry skin, its been HORRIBLE this winter!

I am also thankful that my little sweetie is feeling better, his first stomach virus came and went and now we are pros for the next time it happens (hopefully not for a looong time!). We went through a few sheets and towels and pj's and ate lots of crackers and drank Pedialyte and just had a good ole time of it. And he was still so sweet and smiley through it all, did much better than mommy did! I was all, "Oh woe is me, my tummy hurts, wah wah wah...." Thankfully hubby was here to take care of us through the worst! =) Thanks babe!

Do you have something to be Thankful for? Let everyone know about it! Just enter your name or name of your blog and add the link to your specific Thankful Thursday post (not your blog's homepage please!) Also, please add the Thankful Thursday logo or link to my blog in your post. Have fun and thanks for joining me!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New T-Shirt Designs!

Go vote for my friend Nathan's t-shirt designs at Threadless!
Colourful Language - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Possibilities - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

WFMW - Homemade Laundry Detergent

Welcome to Works For Me Wednesday. Hop on over to We Are THAT Family to join in the fun or to find more tips.

I posted this on my other blog, The Frugal Country Mom a few weeks ago. There is a powdered detergent recipe posted there as well as the liquid, for those interested!

Looking for a low cost laundry detergent? Worried about allergies to perfumes or dyes? Is it environmentally friendly, and is it low-sudsing for high-efficiciency front loading washers? Try this detergent! I use it for everything from daddy's really stinky socks to the baby's clothes. It's great and best of all CHEAP!

Liquid Laundry Detergent

3 pints water
1/3 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated
1/2 cup Super Washing Soda
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
2-gallon bucket
1 quart hot water

Mix grated Fels Naptha Laundry Bar Soap in a large pot with 3 pints hot water and heat on the stove over low heat until dissolved. Do not allow to boil. Stir in Super Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened. Remove from heat. Add 1 quart hot water to your 2-gallon bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill up bucket with some additional hot water, leaving a few inches at the top, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. If it gets too thick, just run a hand mixer through it to loosen it up. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load. Note: This recipe multiplies well, but you’ll need a 5-gallon bucket.

Storage: I keep mine in an old laundry detergent bottle. Depending on the size of the bottle you will probably need 2 if large, or more if they are the new smaller bottles. Use a funnel to pour the detergent into the spout. Then make sure you shake it up each time you need to use it, as it tends to get thick again and separate a little.

(I got these recipes from my sister, but I believe they can also be found at everydaycheapskate.com)

Happy Washing!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Random Barn Pics

Random pics of me and the horses (and the cat) from the other night. It was COLD out there. I LOVE my Carhartt overalls! I think this was the night before I got sick. Happy times... ;-)

Me & Gunner

Me & Pegasus
Oreo our barn kitty
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