Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hodgepodge Vol 55

Gosh I am not even sure I remember how to do this, it has been so long.  It sure does feel good to be back.  Wednesday Hodgepodge is very entertaining and it is a great way to meet new friends.  So just hop in and join the fun.

1.  Do you send Christmas cards?  If so about how many will you send this year?  How do you display the cards you receive?  Or don't you?
Yes we usually do.  Between the two of us there is probably close to 100.  He has several working buddies and family and I have a slew of friends and family from Arkansas.  We usually receive around 75 and yes we do display them.  I have a stand that has a sleigh and reindeer and has a stiff wire between the two.  In this you place the cards.  It is very pretty when filled.

2.  When do kids become adults?
This is a hard one because I think it depends on the kids,  but usually I would say when they turn 18 or 21 it is time to start treating them as adults.  They need to learn how to figure life out on their own.  I think our job is to be there if they ask for advice or if they need help.  

3.  Does your beauty regimen change with the seasons?
I would say the only change I really make is more moisturizer and lotion.  My skin becomes very dry during the winter.

4.  What's something you like to eat that might cause another person to turn up their nose?
If my mom was still living I would probably say turnip greens or poke salad.  She loved cooking these and I enjoyed eating them once in awhile with fried potatoes and cornbread, not corncake, cornbread, no sugar added.  Nothing like southern cooking.  Now I would say probably orange slice candy and saltine crackers.  They are so good together, have that sweet and salt thing going on.  Ohhh thought of another one, mustard on my scrambled eggs.  Don't knock it until you try it.

5.  Gloves or mittens?
I have a pair of leather gloves that my hubby bought me that I absolutely love.

6.  What's the longest queue that you've ever been in?  Was it worth it?
Probably the longest one was waiting to eat at Lambert's Cafe in Ozark MO.  We waited for an hour and a half.  It was definitely worth it.  I might mention Lambert's is the home of the throwed rolls.  Here is the link:  Lambert's Cafe

7.  Besides Christmas, what is one thing you are looking forward to in the month of December?
We are going to take a day trip over to the Precious Moments Chapel at Carthage, Missouri.  They have decorations and lights outside in the park area.  We have never been there during the Christmas season, so I think it will be exciting.  I am like a kid when it comes to Christmas Decorations.  We also want to go in and talk to someone about older PM pieces.  We are looking for a new book listing all of the pieces.  We sell older Precious Moment figurines, and are listed as an secondary-market seller.  We receive quite a few calls concerning these so an updated book would be beneficial.

8.  Random Thought
I have so many random thoughts rolling around in my head it makes me dizzy at times.  I have a picture that I would like to share.  It is of my mom's baby sister and Eden Jade.  My Aunt was the youngest of nine kids and the only one still living.  She is 86 years old and still living and driving on her own.  She did have a stint put in 5 days before I took this picture, but is doing great.  She is such a hoot, she told her grandkids when they were at the hospital that night that they could all go home.  She was not planning on dying yet.  I hope and pray when I am 86 I can get around as good as she can and be as sharp as she is.  She amazes me at times and holds a very special place in my heart.

That's all folks!  Now just click on the button above and join in, you know you want too!

until next time... nel

Monday, November 28, 2011

Put Another Log On The Fire...

Brrrr...  It's cold out there!  But it is the end of November, right?  I guess it is time.  Christmas is around the corner - 26 days.  Where has the time gone?  I was always told time flies when you are having fun - dang, I must be having a blast, a whole lot more than I realized.  lol.  

We had a wonderful time in Arkansas!  I would like to thank all of you that were praying for my daughter.  She is doing great, like night and day.  She found out she was hypoglycemic and was low on Vitamin D.  So with changing her diet and taking vitamin supplements she is getting her energy back.  She is even getting the sparkle back in her eyes.  Praise the Lord!  This momma is so happy!

Today I have been working on genealogy.  I have been working on a puzzle that appeared to be missing some pieces.  However after writing the information on the census sheets and looking at it all together I have figured out part of it.  I found out a few years ago from a cousin that my mom's grandma Creacy was actually her step grandma.  No one knew the real grandma's name until my mom's sister found an affidavit of when her real grandma and grandpa married.  Her name was Martha Boland.  My hubby and I got a copy of the 1883 marriage certificate from the courthouse in Arkansas.  It is soooo cool!  My mom never mentioned it, or if she did I did not listen.  Oh how I wish I would of listened more.  Anyway I could not find any information on their grandpa besides his name until today.  He was a Henderson.  He remarried when my granny was 11.  No one knows what happened to her mom Martha, that is another trail I have to follow at a later date. 

After my g-grandpa William remarried, my granny lived with her grandpa and grandma and their last name was Plunkett.  At first I thought maybe that was Martha's mom and dad, but was not sure where the Boland came in.  Looking closer at several census records I am almost positive that Mary Plunkett was his mom.  William was 5 years old when they married. He is listed as the Plunkett's son on several different census'.  So John was his step dad.  John is even listed as a witness on my great grandparent's marriage license.  My puzzle now is figuring out who Will's dad was.  Was his mom previously married?  This is possible since she was 30 years old when she married John.  Questions, questions, questions...  

That is what is going on in my corner of the world today, how about yours, what is going on in your corner?  Genealogy is alot of fun, it does take alot of time and research, and it is very addicting.  You should give it a try!

Just a reminder 26 days until Christmas!  Is your shopping done?   :)

until next time... nel

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Just Wanted To Say...

A special wish to all those who read my blog and to my special bloggy friends!  You are the best!  Headed back home Saturday after a wonderful week in Arkansas... yes I am smiling!   Have a great day and have fun making memories!

until next time... nel

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Over The Top in Kansas City...

Before I really get started I must apologize for being M.I.A. in blog land.  I feel like I have been meeting myself coming and going.  What free time I have had I have not felt like sitting in front of the computer, the sewing machine has been my friend lately.  Okay enough of that let's get to what this post is really about... and yes it is going to be long, you know how I love to talk!

On November 4th and 5th I had the privilege of attending the Women of Faith conference in Kansas City, MO entitled "Over The Top."  What a joy and blessing it was!  We were laughing one moment and crying the next.

Unfortunately the speaking schedule had to be changed due to Marilyn Meberg being under the weather.  We missed you Marilyn and hope and pray you are feeling better.  I have to say your cohorts regrouped nicely and schedules were adjusted.

What a blessing this weekend was from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon it was awesome!  The Worship Team consisted of Kara Tualatai, Hope Darst, Michelle Swift and Jovaun Woods.  They started us off with praise songs and continued various times throughout the conference.  There is something about 6000 women lifting their voices and hearts to God.  He was there, you could feel his spirit all around us.  On the choruses they would hold the microphone towards the audience so we could be heard.  The only way I can describe it is that is how I imagine the angels singing in Heaven sounds.  It was beautiful.  We were singing praise songs to Jesus but the song that kept going through my head was There's a sweet sweet spirit in this place and I know that it's the spirit of the Lord... as I wiped tears and recovered from cold chills.  What a blessing!

Patsy Clairmont was our first speaker.  What can I say about Patsy, she can have you laughing one minute and wiping tears the next. Patsy shared her life with us ups and downs.  

There are 3 things we need to do every morning: 1) We need to say Yes to God.  He has an adventure waiting for us, whatever the day might bring, we need to remember He is with us.  2)  We need to Thank God, for all He has done for us and for all he is going to do.  3) We need to be able to say No sometimes, not no to God but no to the people around us who tries to pull us from God's agenda.  We need to learn to have a Heart Attitude of Grattitude.  We need to remember behavior is louder than what we say!  Sometimes we just need to shut up in Jesus' name.  We all have stained glass hearts, they have been broken and devastated at times, but when we let God shine through it is beautiful, like a masterpiece.

Andy Andrews thought he was special by being the only male speaker but believe me that is not what made him special.  What a man of God!  He is a wonderful motivational speaker. 
We need to invest in ourselves, we control the input, what we watch, what we listen to, where we go are a vew examples.  We need to live our life purposefully.  Our purpose is not yet fulfilled, the best is yet to come.  As long as we are still breathing that is proof of Hope.  We need to remember that everything we do matters but so does everything we don't do.  God gave the birds worms to eat but He did not put them in their nest.  Instead of sitting back and letting life pass us by we need to find our passion.  Perspective is more important than answers, where is our perspective?  One of Andy's secrets he shares is you need to always smile while you are talking, this will make a difference in the way people see you.

Lisa Whelchel was a well known figure in our household.  I don't think we missed an episode of Facts of Life where she played Blair.  Lisa grew up on the set of Facts of Life, that is why she realized when that part of her life was over she did not really have any friends and she wanted so bad to have friends.
Lisa had several important points:  1) To have a friend you have to be one.  Do not place expectations on people, just accept what they have.  2) Find a friend who has it all together - then run.  If you feel they tend to be perfect they are going to expect you to be perfect too.  3) An imperfect person can turn into the perfect friend.  4) A real friend listens hears and recieves you - they don't try to fix you.  We need to remember God sees us, hears us and still draws closer when we mess up if we let Him.

Brenda Warner has a wonderful testimony of God's love and how He has always been there through times of testing and tragedy. 
At 18 Brenda was serving as a US Marine Semper Fi.  She is married to Kurt Warner who is a retired NFL superstar.  Her life has taken her down many roads of sorrow and loss.  She has faced many challenges and continues with God by her side.  She pointed out that our circumstances to not determine who we are.  We have the choice of what we do with those circumstances, how we face them.  At times we are faced with choices we have to make; do we wallow in self pity or do we worship God no matter what?  Brenda is a wonderful courageous speaker!

Deborah Joy Winans (neice of CeCe) was on the Drama Team.  She did a wonderful job and had us laughing and then wiping tears the next moment.  She is an extremely talented lady!  And we were so excited she announced her engagement to the Women of Faith team on Friday.  Congratulations Deborah!

Sandi Patty also shared her lifestory and worshipped with us in song.  She is such a talented beautiful lady inside and out.

Mandesa is a talented young lady also.  She was a finalist on American Idol and has come a long way since singing in her bathroom using her curling iron for a microphone.  She mentioned that she can see the work God is doing in her heart and you can tell by her singing.  Wow!  You can hear Stronger from her album What if We Were Real here

Amy Grant one of my all time favorite singers during the time I was a youth leader at our church put on a fabulous concert.  She is such a special lady and so down to earth!  You can listen to Better Than a Hallelujah from her CD entitled Somewhere Down The Road hereThis is one of my favorite songs.

And of course we have to mention Anna Trent, she was our announcer and by the way just happens to be Sandi Patty's daughter.  She did a wonderful job!  Yeah Anna!
We received an added blessing by meeting Lynda Randle.  She is a sweetheart and such a woman of God.  She is a wonderful singer and has appeared on several of the Gaither Homecoming Videos. We were so excited to have our picture made with her.

What a weekend!  If you ever get a chance to attend a Women of Faith Conference do not let the chance pass you by, grab it!  All of you people behind the scenes did a wonderful job getting this together!  You are awesome!

I would like to personally thank Book Sneeze a division of Thomas Nelson Publishing for this opportunity.  I review books for Book Sneeze and had the opportunity to enter my name in for 2 free tickets.  The only stipulation was to review the conference on my blog which is an honor!  You guys rock!

Here is a slideshow of the pictures I took.  Hope you enjoy them.

until next time... nel