Friday, June 25, 2010

Fiery Friday

Ok, boys & girls, could it be ANY hotter?!?!  Gee Whiz!  These past couple of weeks have not even been the fun kind of summer sunshine.  

We did enjoy some cooling off in the pool on Father's Day.

But if you have to be anywhere besides in the water, it's miserable.

It's been challenging to find fun things to do with the temperatures being so hot. Liv, of course, wants to go to

but the tickets are SOOOO expensive. I did find out that I can get discounted ones through REMC so I think that maybe later in July I'll try to take her. She's wanting to take a friend too so we'll just have to see.

We have free admission to the zoo thanks to Dad but right now it's just too blame hot to wander around the zoo.  Maybe we can take that trip later closer to fall. 

Any ideas, moms?  What do you gals do with your kiddos to pass the time & stay cool that doesn't destroy the family budget?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Father's Day

There's lots I could say about my Dad & the Papa in my own household, but really words can't convey how much these men mean to me. 

From the eskimo kisses of childhood to the "I've got your back" of adulthood, Dad has always been the rock I felt sure of. 

Today, I admire so many of those same qualities in Toby.  From his strong work ethic & his determination to take care of me & Liv to his beliefs that right is right & wrong is wrong & his unwavering focus to instill these basic principles of goodness in Liv, I find these are the traits that I love about my Dad & I'm glad that Liv's Papa brings these to our home.

Thanks Dad for the laughs, the support, the always being there! I love you more than I could ever put in words.  Your example helped me know what I had found when I met Toby & set the bar for what being a Dad means.

Thanks Toby for being a good Papa & for helping me raise Liv to be a kind-hearted, strong, determined young lady.  It goes mostly unsaid, but your hard work, love, & support have made chasing my dreams possible.  You helped me look in the mirror & like the gal I am & you gave me the strength to be okay with being me. Time has only made my love for you grow deeper.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life." ~ Bob Barker

Today, as I was cuddling with my favorite little mutt, I thought of this list that I had tucked away a long time ago and thought I'd share it.  Maybe you've seen it before.  It always brings a tear to my eye. Our little pets are so much a part of us & bring us so much companionship & comfort.  I never cease to be amazed at how perceptive our little Bailey is.  When one of us is sick or upset, she knows it instinctively & she will cuddle & "hug" that person until she deems the person to be alright again. I hope that we can always adhere to the 10 Commandments for Pets when caring for our Bailey. 

Ten Commandments for Pet Owners

  1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want from me. Do not break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you. Your patience and understanding will teach me more quickly those things you want me to learn.
  3. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you.
  4. Speak to me often. Even if I don't understand all your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me. Your voice is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my enthusiastic excitement when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.
  5. Please take me inside when it's cold and wet. I'm a domestic animal and no longer am accustomed to the bitter elements. I ask for little more than your gentle hands petting me.
  6. Keep my bowl filled with clean water; I cannot tell you when I'm thirsty. Feed me good food so that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to be by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to share with you my life, for that is what I live for. However you treat me, I'll never forget it.
  7. Don't hit me. Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
  8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I am not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.
  9. Take care of me when I get old. You will grow old, too.
  10. When I am very old, when I no longer enjoy good health, please do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having fun. Just see to it that my trusting life is taken gently. And be with me on that difficult journey when it is time to say "goodbye". Never say, "I can't bear to watch." Everything is easier for me when you are there. I will leave this earth knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest in your hands. Remember - I love you.
~ Author Unknown

Friday, June 4, 2010

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

So it's June now & we're suppose to be having...
But instead we're sitting inside all... 

I can't remember the last time any of us got sick in the summer months, but we managed to do it up right this year.  Liv's asthma started flaring up early in May & she finally got down good & sick this past week.  After taking her to the doctor & getting some meds she seems to be on the mend but not before I jumped in there & took a cold too.  Gee Whiz! After going 3 days with practically no sleep taking care of her & then only getting a couple of hours sleep last night due to myself being sick...I look & feel a whole lot like this little monster above.  

Anyway, on a completely different note, I thought I'd write a little bit today about a book I recently finished:  "A Soul's Remembrance: Earth is Not Our Home" by Roy Mills. 
I should start by saying that reading this takes an open mind because Mr. Mills believes that he can remember his time as a soul in heaven before he came to earth and entered his human body.  Now before you all say, "Whoa, crazy lady, I'm not wasting my time on this weirdo", please let me tell you a little about the book & how I came across it.

First of all, many of you know that, while I believe in God & prayer, I am strongly opposed to what I feel organized religion stands for today. Maybe this is why I was able to approach this book with an open mind.  I firmly believe that God has more out there for us than just what today's churches project. 

Second, this book was recommended to me by Toby's Aunt Sue; which most of you already know is someone I greatly respect & consider to be extremely wise.  This means when she speaks - I listen. Even though some of her thoughts are what the mainstream public would consider "out there", I believe in her & her thought process 100% so when she said "You should read it."  I knew she would be right. 

Anyway, finding the book was no easy feat.  It is for sale online but I was hesitant to order through an unknown site. The library finally tracked down 1 of only 94 copies available for interlibrary loan & I had the pleasure of reading Mr. Mills' story.

Mr. Mills' story is not one in which he lifts himself up as something unique or special.  He is not making millions off of his story.  What his story IS, is one of great hope, love & God's plan for us all. I will stop short of saying whether or not I believe him 100% because I haven't decided that yet.  What I did find in the book was great comfort and a sense of understanding of a God that I feel I have never really understood.  

Mr. Mills describes heaven as he remembers it, angels as he has & sometimes still does experience them and he explains our spiritual self in a way that makes sense to me (something that I have never had done before).  Mr. Mills may be full of it, but I catch myself going back to what he has written & taking great comfort from it.  I think that is God's way of letting his story work in my life, which is what Mr. Mills says his purpose is anyway:  to share God's love.

For those of us who have lost a loved one or watched a loved one suffer, this book is a must read.  For anyone who has witnessed tragedy and asked "WHY!?!?" This book is a must read.  What Mr. Mills relates makes more sense to me than any preacher in any church ever has. And his ultimate message:  That God loves us & that our whole purpose on earth revolves around love.

Liv asked me if she could read the book & I told her "yes".  She asked me if I believed him & I told her "I don't know".  But one thing I am certain of, nothing in his book is harmful.  Nothing he says would lead a person against what the Bible teaches.  In fact, if anything, he makes heaven seem more real & a place that we all should want to go back to.  

I do believe that there are people who have special gifts among us.  I don't think they are at the end of a 1-900 #.  But I believe they do exist & God has put them here for a reason. Mr. Mills just may be one of those people. 

If you've been wondering what God is really like or are struggling with the concept of heaven or what your purpose in life is, I highly recommend seeking out this book.  I can honestly say that parts of this book brought tears to my eyes as I felt that I was being shown answers to questions I'd had for years about people that I love & the suffering they've experienced.  

I'm a HUGE skeptic & actually a fairly big believer in science over religious rituals & handed down stories. But Mr. Mills' story touched my life & gave me much to think over. I hope you'll make the effort & seek out his story.  If you do, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

It's not a real BBQ until something is on fire...

Summer is definitely here!  Golly,  it got hot & fast!  This past Memorial Day weekend we celebrated Toby's 38th birthday with a BBQ & some good times with friends & family.

Because I am on a mission to prove to everyone that I should not be allowed around anything that generates a flame, I made sure to bring some excitement to the day by setting the grill (yeah, my new one that I just got a few months ago - >:\ ) on fire...

After the flames were extinguished, it was decided that a new cook might be in order & the birthday boy decided to take over...

I was REALLY thankful that I bought some extra ground beef just in case I needed extra & I headed off to make up some more burgers to replace the ones that I had flame-grilled in the most literal of senses. 

Toby had never used a grill before in his life. If you'll recall, Toby & cooking DO NOT go together.  But I have to say, he did a FANTASTIC job & I think he will, from this point on, be known as this household's Grill Master!

Regardless of the little fire incident, we really had a great time visiting with friends & family.

(Toby & his SIL, Kim)

(Toby's dad, Bill)

(Dear Friends: Kevin & Cheryl)

(My brother, Adam & my SIL, Sarah and Dad - on the R)

(Toby's brother, Trent, & SIL, Kim)

(Chad & Sheena's son, Waylon, enjoying Allison's great cake!)

Speaking of cake...We LOVED Toby's cake!  Allison did an awesome job with it & it tasted delicious!

All in all a really great day!  I'm ready to do it again soon...
only maybe with pizza ;)