Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Winner is.....

The winner is....Linda of Linda's Patchwork Quilt!
And I didn't even need to use for this giveaway.

Congratulations Linda, I hope you enjoy The Hinsons CD "Favor". Thank you for commenting.

It has been a very hectic week around here. Trying to get things ready for Kyle and his family to move in. We will be leaving tomorrow night headed to Georgia to bring them all home. We are soooo excited!!

We didn't get as much accomplished as we had hoped to in preparation for their arrival. We'll somehow manage though. I sure have realized how old I'm getting. I just can't do things like I use to.

But I'll post more later on about all thats been going on this week. For now, I'm going to retire for the night.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Has anyone tried the Renuzit Pearl Scents room fresheners?

I purchased the "Pure Breeze" scent a few weeks ago and have fell in love with it. They are not only an attractive addition to a room, they smell wonderful.

The "Pure Breeze" color also goes along with my Bath & Body Works Foam Soap which I also love. This scent is "Dancing Waters" which is described as "reminiscent of cool water flowing through a field of flowers, the fresh scent of clear, sparkling waters has been enhanced by master perfumers with notes of water lily, Asian pear drops, crushed basil leaves and white musk". In other words its a "clean" smell.

I currently have the "Wild Honeysuckle" at my kitchen sink. Since I was a little girl I have loved the smell of honeysuckle, so this is definitely a favorite of mine.

Since it is smelling so good around my house I think I'll have a giveway.

Several weeks ago I ordered the latest CD of The Hinsons which is "FAVOR". I purchased this CD because of the song "The Potter's Wheel"(.....well...and because I like The Hinsons). The words of this song are so meaningful to me. I am different today than I was before because of His grace! I desire to be molded as clay by Him and to be all that He wants me to be.

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 64:8

Anyways...I had received the CD about 3 weeks ago. However, about a week ago I received another "FAVOR" CD. I was a little puzzled really. So I got on-line and emailed their Office Manager, Bobby Wheeling and explained what had happened. He replied and thanked me for being honest and told me to give it to someone that I thought it might bless.

Well who better than the blogging community? Yay!!!

So if you will leave a comment and tell me how you "saw God today". I will use to select the winner. I am going to accept comments for this drawing from now until Wednesday, September 23rd at 8:00 pm.

I've only recently gotten back to blogging so I don't have many (ok, I have zilch) commentors, so please let your friends know so I will at least have more than two people to select from.

Have a Blessed Day!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Last year I bought me a Blackberry cell phone.

I can't tell you how much I have come to rely on the "Calendar" feature of this phone. After all I'm over 50 and I have a tendency to forget things. So I am constantly making myself "reminders", as I call them, on my phone. I use this to remind myself to make certain phone calls, when a doctors appt. is, when to pay certain bills, oil change appointments, etc.

I have almost always had my phone set to vibrate rather than have a ringtone. Jim sometimes gets a little aggravated because I do receive a lot of texts and to him it is always when he has asked me to sit down and watch a TV show with him, or we are eating, or having a conversation, etc. But a lot of the time it vibrates because of a reminder.

He called me this morning and in such a cute way he said "I had a reminder just come up on my phone (which he doesn't cause he barely knows how to retrieve a text) and it was to remind me to call you and tell you that I Love You". (not that he has to remind hisself to do that, he tells me that all the time) Awwww. Isn't that just so sweet....or as Chondra Pierce would say "isn't he just precious".

Monday, September 14, 2009

They've Closed!

The house closing went well today. It's really official now.

Kyle has been busy today scheduling a U-Haul truck, packing some more, taking care of utilities, etc.

Kyle has worked for this company for about 6 years this time. He also worked for them before during the summers before Leslie and him got married. It's a nationwide company that does Commercial Heat and Air.

So Kyle gave his two-week notice today . When he spoke to David, the Vice-President over the location he is at, he inquired as to what Kyle was going to do. Kyle exlained that he had sold his home and was returning back to Arkansas where his family lived. David told Kyle how he really hated to lose him, that he had been there a long time, and talked about how he was in their system and everything. He asked Kyle "don't we have some places there, like Little Rock or somewhere?" Kyle told him Little Rock was several hours away. But he went on to say that he hadn't really known the chain of command concerning transferring so he had already called another location but was told they weren't hiring. David then said "let me pass the word down and see if we can't find you a job there, then we can keep you in our system".

This would truly be a God-send for them. They wouldn't lose any of their insurance benefits, etc. Leslie is a diabetic and using an insulin pump. Not to mention having two young children under the age of 5. Insurance is important.

So please be in prayer regarding this job opportunity. As I mentioned before we totally feel this has been the Lord's will and we are trusting in Him knowing then everything will work out for the best. I might also add that if this door closes we know another will open. It is God's plan that they desire, not theirs.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Answered Prayers

I cannot tell you how excited I am.

Kyle and Leslie sold their house!!!!!!
(In case your wondering, that is not there house)

Thank you Jesus for an answered prayer!

Ok, maybe you do know just how excited I am.

They are suppose to close on Monday and they will need to vacate by the end of the month. We all have a lot of work ahead. They will be living in a house here on the farm. However, this house is not livable as it is. It's really a newly constructed house but it has never been completely finished. So we are going to revert our den back into an apartment again and they will stay there for a month or so.

Meanwhile Leslie and him are readily packing, having a yard sale and giving stuff away. We have to get the den emptied out which basically requires moving the TV in our living room and store the rest of the den furniture. Then we need to make room in our old music studio for some of their furniture.

This may sound rather simple. However, currently we have stored some of the theater seats, sound equipment, curtains, etc. in the studio. Not to mention the accumulation of household items that were already stored in there.

Believe me, this is not going to be an easy task. I'm up for volunteers!!

Oh I'm just so happy I could cry!!

As Paul Overstreet sings -

God is good all the time
He put a song of praise
In this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night
His light will shine
God is good
God is good all the time

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Trusting in Him

This morning I received a phone call from my daughter-in-law, Leslie. I could tell from her voice that while she was excited, she also had apprehension, fears and anxiety.

You see about a year and half ago Kyle and Leslie had put their home up for sale. During that time there were several interested prospects but they never materialized. So after almost a year of disappointment they took the sign down.

She proceeded to tell me they had put the "For Sale" sign back out yesterday. It was her neighbor that had come over and was inquiring about it. He mentioned that his dad was going to buy him a place and wanted to look at theirs. He further explained that they had been looking for a while and couldn't find exactly what they were wanting or they were too expensive. He then spoke to his dad and the dad was going to come look at it tomorrow morning. This is the reason for her feelings of apprehension. Trying not to get her hopes up but wanting it to sell.

Please be in prayer concerning the sale of their home. They have been wanting to move back here for a while now. I know they have been praying about it and trying to follow the Lord' will. Also being accepting of the fact that it may be His will for them to remain where they are.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Feeling His Presence

I can't really explain how I have felt recently, other than to say I feel the Lord is in it. How it is that during one of life's storms you can feel the very essence of who He is. More so probably than when your on the mountain.

You see, just a couple of days ago I "happened" across Angie Smith' blog, Bring The Rain. (Which if you haven't read you need to....from the beginning.) I was overcome with her honesty, openness, strength, weakness, courage, and fear. Her display of compassion for others amidst her own pain was humbling. She conveys not only the deep love for her children, husband and family, but first and foremost her Savior and His will in her life.

I'm not exaggerating when I say I spent most of the weekend reading her story. I was so touched by her words and felt the very presence of God among them. It reminded me that He has not forsaken me even though it may seem that way at times.

We have several acres here that we keep mowed. I enjoy this time on the tractor for a couple of different reasons. I always have my iPod that I listen to so it is a stress reliever for me. The other is it is an opportunity of alone time that I can talk to the Lord. Either way I always get a blessing.

The other day as I was mowing I was thinking of Angie and contemplating the situation at hand. I was listening to Leann Rimes version of "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow". I had probably repeated this song about 20 times already and was reminding myself that I DO know who holds tomorrow and that I need to trust Him. Which, if you are a Christian, isn't always an easy thing to do, as we want to be sure he hears our two cents worth. But as before I come to the point that I know there is absolutely nothing I can do. Except trust in Him completely. That I have no control over this or that, but He does. And knowing that if I trust Him it will all be for the good.

So as I am mowing I look over to this section where I can't really get to and is mostly weeds. When I realize that right there in the midst of the weeds is this:

Now it appears to me that this may also be a weed, but does this bloom not have a beautiful shade of purple? And that while the stem may be a weed there is beauty at the end of it.

My situation may feel like a bunch of weeds has penetrated my life, but at the end it will flourish into a beautiful bloom. Like a rose on the stem of thorns.

I may have cried many a tear on the tractor seat that day, but I came home feeling the Lord had just enveloped His arms around me.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

What a learning experience!

Back in the winter we had a stray calico cat that suddenly appeared around the theater. It birthed about 4 or 5 little kittens among a pile of insulation that we had stacked inside. Unfortunately most of them didn't make it within the first few hours. But there was a solid black one that was moving around but the momma wouldn't let you get close to it. The next thing we knew they were gone and we didn't see her again.

Then about 3 weeks ago I saw what I thought was this same calico cat back at the theater. I kind of ran her off because I didn't want her getting inside for fear she might have another litter of kittens and we might not be able to find her very well.

Well a couple of days ago I was at the back of the theater turning on the lights so some people could look around. Then I could faintly hear a little kitten which sounded like it was under the floor area. (This particular part of the theater is a few feet off of the ground so you can easily get underneath it from the outside).

The sad thing is I discovered the momma cat in the backyard of the theater about 4 or 5 days before and it was not alive. Apparently some other animal had gotten to it. So when I was finished talking with those people I knew I had to go find that kitten because I was sure it hadn't eaten in at least those 4 or 5 days since its momma got killed.

I finally found her out in the dusty parking lot area. I got an old rag and wrapped her up and took her to the house.

Isn't she cute. She was only about 4-5" long.
Her eyes were already open.

Now while we do have two cats I did not want another one. Living out in the rural area we are all the time getting stray cats, especially since our cats have food outside. If I kept them all we would have waaaayyyy too many. (Ok, I admit I did name her Miss Kitty. But only so I didn't have to keep calling her "kitten". )

But I could not stand the thought of letting this little kitten just starve itself. We tried to feed it with a small syringe that we had. It didn't seem like it ate much though. Then a neighbor had a little bottle so we tried that too.

We continued with this every few hours. But I just didn't feel like she was getting enough.

Sunday morning I decided to go to our local Petco store and buy some milk supplement in hopes that she would do better.

(I also did not know that there was a reason for all that licking that a momma cat does to her kittens. That is until I read on the milk container that you are suppose to burp the kitten and rub its back (in lieu of the momma licking it) to help with it's digestive system. Nor did I know we were going to have know.....a.....stimulate it so it could use the bathroom.

I was rather proud of Lonny when he wet a rag and was a nurturing way.....without much thought.....going to do just that. (Then when it started working I almost rolled on the floor hysterically when he started to gag like he was going to throw up).

That was hilarious!

Anyway, after a few days and not feeling at all sure that we were accomplishing anything I called our local Humane Society and told them of our situation. They gladly offered to let me bring Miss Kitty to them.

I felt so much better knowing Miss Kitty was going to be in more capable hands. When we delivered her the lady told me they had a momma cat that might accept her. So they gathered her up and took her to the back. She returned with good news that the momma and Miss Kitty were taken with each other.

Yes....a happy ending! ......................and.............a learning experience!

This seems like a good time to show you our other cats.

This is Scooter.

Isn't it amazing how she just voluntarily
plops in her carrier so you don't have to
use force to get her in there.

Except it was the other cat, Tigger, that needed to go to the vet.

Yes these are some big cats. They each weigh about 16 lbs.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Yeah, the kids are visiting!!

Raylynne has been helping her PawPaw unload the
semi-trailer of theater seats.

We are all heading out to Casa Maya (Mexican) for supper. Are you seeing a pattern with our choice of restaurants?

Just pick up a camera and she's ready!

Kialey is like "do they not know I can't reach that thing".

Lisa is looking frantic.......and Kyle looks like he is
up to something.

If I only knew what she was thinking.

PawPaw's little girl.


Kialey had her 1st Birthday!!

Kialey Caprie
Aug 22, 2008

(Sister wanted to buy her a special cake - yellow one on the right)

What's going on?

Hmmmm....this looks like fun!

Will I get in trouble if I stick my finger in this?

Here I go....!!

Big sister is going to help
(My goodness, look at the grip she's got on her)

This is fun!

Ok, I think I can do it myself now!

Yep....I got it now!

Ok, clothes off, washed up, now presents!!! Yeah!

It looks like she is lovin' on Ethan but I'm not too sure
she isn't fixin' to bite him!

I guess they are just checking each other out.

I almost got them to sit still long enough to get a picture of all of them together.

Cody made it back in time to say goodbye.
And then they were gone...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Short but Sweet.

Kyle and his family are on their way from Georgia. We are actually just a stopping point for them on their way to Illinois. His sister and her family is flying in from the state of Washington so they will all be staying at his dad's.

I am still thrilled even if it is just an overnight stay. Cause they will be back the middle of the week and will then be staying for a few days.

Within a few hours after take-off Kialey was ready for a nap.

Then Kyle texted me and said Leslie was driving the
first shift and send me this picture saying "I'm scared!!" .

But needless to say they made it here safe and sound. Thank you Jesus.

It was short....but sweet. They got headed back out again.

Apparently this is a normal position for her when she sleeps in the car seat.

I bet she could take up a lot of room in the bed!!

In the State of Alabama.....

Ethan is all suited up for his first football game. He is so excited!

Doesn't he make a handsome football player.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jim's Birthday

For Jim's birthday we went to El Acapulco for some delicious Mexican cuisine.

This is what he spent most of the time doing.

Looks like Lonny is hanging on his every word.

We are very serious when it comes to food!

Yippee!! Presents!!

In case you are wondering, Paul is an average size guy, it's a child's chair he is sitting in.

Looks like a sentimental card.

I hope he doesn't cry or we'll all be crying.


We love you!!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to show you the cake. Look reeeaal hard, it's there.

You see I was trying to tip the cake up by myself so I could take a picture, when all of a sudden the cardboard started to slide. So rather than let the cake fall on the floor I tried to catch it with my right hand. Unfortunately this was the hand I had the camera in. I knew that the camera had slightly landed in the icing because I had to wipe it off of the lens thingy ma jig. However, I didn't notice that when I went to take pictures that thingy ma jig that opens and closes on the lens area, wasn't opening very much. So it only took a fraction of the picture.

Trust me, it was a lovely cake.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

He's got charisma!!

Paul told us that today he and Ethan went to Walmart and while they were there they got something to eat at the Subway. He said at a table fairly close to where they were sitting was a mom and her two little girls. It was apparent that these two little girls were flirting with Ethan and giggling and smiling at him. He would look over at them with his sly, bashful look that he has which makes his dimple come alive. He said this went on for a few minutes and suddenly Paul looked at Ethan right at the time Ethan glanced at them girls and WINKED!!!

In my mind I could see this picture unfolding. I also have no doubt that the sly, dimpled look that he gave those girls worked a little on their heart too.

Because it works when he uses it on me!!!!

Just look at those dimples!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

He's Just Trying to Help

Today I watched Ethan while his dad ran some errands. I was doing some work in my office when he came in and started scribbling on some paper. I have to watch him though cause he likes to scribble then turn around and make a copy of it.

I'm usually aware that he gets a piece of paper out of the copier tray but I have to listen with one ear while I'm working to make sure he doesn't try to copy it too.

Or I could end up with "10" of these!

I caught him fixing to do just that when I said "Ethan, what are you doing?" He said "Gannie, I need to make a copy!" I said "Well what are you making a copy of?" He opened the copier and showed me it was a blank piece of paper.

I caught him the other day doing that too. So I tried to explain to him that he didn't need to make a copy of a blank piece of paper. He kept saying "But Gannie, your almost out of paper". To which I replied "Exactly, so you don't need to make it run through the copier". He just kept insisting and explaining to me that I didn't have much paper.

Then it dawned on me that perhaps he was wanting to make a copy of the blank paper thinking he was actually making me more paper!!!

Bless his little heart! Isn't he just so sweet to help Gannie like that.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hamming it up!!

I posted about Raylynne's dance recital here but today I received a couple of pictures from her dance instructor.

These were taken during rehearsals.

She's in the front in the middle.

She's in front.

I told y'all she loves to have her picture taken.
She's a her Aunt Lisa is was.

Kyle called me earlier and told me that Raylynne has lil' blonde hairs growing on her legs. I didn't remember it starting that young. Oh my word!!