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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tennessee ~ Love in the Air ♥



This past weekend my Mom, Jenna and I drove to Nashville TN for a friends wedding. I used to babysit the bride YEARS & YEARS AGO. My Mom and Her Mom have been friends forever, it seems. With Facebook though, they have been able to really reconnect!
So when Mom received the invitation she asked if I would like to go....Go to a real Southern wedding....YA, YOU BETCHA I DO!

We left fairly early on Friday and arrived in TN around 9:30 pm. When we checked in, we were given gift boxes from the wedding party.....How awesome is that! Saturday we walked around downtown Franklin, TN. It is just the coolest downtown area!! There were some awesome shops and great restaurants as well. I wished we would have had a whole weekend just for that area. As we were leaving to go back to the hotel to get dressed for the wedding we walked by this cute little cupcake/cake shop. Of course, we had to peek inside and see what they had.... As we were talking to the lady I saw a big article on the wall sharing how they did Carrie Underwoods wedding!! Holy smokes! Really!! We absolutely had to try some of their cupcakes! Jenna and I got the BFF ~
Chocolate cupcake with cookies and cream icing and a oreo on top...... OH. MY. ~ d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.!!! Honestly, I could have tried every single one of them! They all looked amazing and I'm pretty sure they probably would have been!



The wedding was at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens Oh my gosh you guys....This place is just Beautiful! My friends George and Betsy are always sharing the most amazing photos! They go to the Biltmore in North Carolina quite often, & I was so hoping to share some beautiful pics! Our hope was to arrive early and to be able to look around the gardens as well as take some pictures but you know how we women are when we are shopping.....We ran it so close that we were almost late for the wedding!

Since it was an Outdoor wedding, everyone was given a Fan...There's had 1Corinthians 13 on one side and their names & wedding date on the other


This is the Brides Maids and then the Maid of Honor which was her Sister....I LOVE their colors, don't you!


Just a beautiful setting for a wedding, wouldn't you agree!


Here is the Happy Couple walking down the aisle just after they were pronounced "Husband and Wife"....Look at those smiles!


Here is Jen, Mom and I at the reception



It was such a Gorgeous wedding and the Joy and Love of the couple was sooo obvious! I am so happy for them and know they will have many wonderful years together !!

It seemed like time just flew while we were in Tennessee! I absolutely love that state! It is just sooo pretty !! I would so move there if the opportunity ever presented itself!! I hated to leave but it is always good to get home! Missed my boys!

Hope you all had a great weekend! What did you do?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Funnies ♥




Sometimes we just have to tell on OURSELVES...ya know! Keeps us humble, right?! RIGHT!

So I was outside watering my flowerbed (thank you Lord the water rationing has been lifted!) and I walked to my mailbox to check for mail delivery. We just recently had some new neighbors move in. We have new neighbors on both sides now! Anywhoo....They are a young couple with a baby boy named "memphis" (maybe about 13-14 months old) who happens to be outside with his daddy. Now then, Memphis was buck naked! Yep, you read that right....BUCK NAKED! His daddy waves at me across the way and says, "i'm just lettin Memphis have some naked time" to which I reply, "Well, there is no better time than that is there?"...........Wait. What did I just say? Is he looking at me funny? Oh gosh, he's shaking his head and laughing....Wait, I just meant~ for a baby...Yes, for a baby there is nothing better than running around naked!! Not me, I would never....

Oh bother.

He just turned around and went inside. Probably thinking to himself....Wayyyy to much information there neighbor! :) LOLOLOL

Oh yes.....I was bright red and oh so embarrassed ...

Happy Friday my friends! I am off to Nashville today for the wedding! I am sooo excited! :) If you don't mind can you please say a prayer for safe travel!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Word-Filled Wednesday ♥




I just LOVE Word Filled Wednesday! If you would like to join in click on this link here



We all have the most special gifts given to us by our Heavenly Father! I know there have been times, that I have been jealous or envious of others gifts. I know that just has to break the Lords heart. Honestly, HE has provided me with just what I NEED to accomplish HIS Will, and share the gift of who I am and what HE has placed within me to bring Glory to HIM!

Have Peace in Knowing God has blessed you with all you need! Every single thing!

Happy Wednesday my friends!! Love you

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday's tidbits

Did everyone have a great weekend? We did! It was quite the productive weekend. I got a lot done inside the house and got Jenna's room cleaned up now that she is gone.....I am thinking I may find Jantzen taking it over LOL. I keep reminding him that she will still be coming home from time to time....At least I sure hope she does ;)

I am hoping to get the EEG results for Jantzen today! I called the Dr's office on Monday and they said one of the doctors assistants will be calling me with the results. We also go back to the Pediatric Dr. today for his arm! Woohooo! I look forward to him being able to workout with my at the gym I joined!

This weekend my Mom, Jenna and I are all going to a wedding in Tennessee! I am so looking forward to this trip! I will be driving us and any time we can take a road trip...it's always a wonderful time that I cherish! Plus, I think this is one of those "True Southern Weddings" I've never been, and I simply cannot wait!

Oh ya!! You guys need to go over to my bookblog and enter my $25 Walmart gift card giveaway! Just go here to enter the giveaway!

Would ya'll mind saying a prayer for my Jenna....she hit that first bump in the road and is struggling a bit....bless her heart! Adjusting to college life is not easy at all! She is doing such a good job at it though! I am so proud of her. Today was her first day for classes and she seemed to like them! She really liked her Comp I instructor! She has always had awesome English teachers, even here at high school! Bet that is why she is such an amazing writer!

I hope you all have a blessed Tuesday! What do you all have going on this week?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Funnies ~ Ridiculist



Wow ~ I SERIOUSLY cannot believe it is FRIDAY! This week has been such a BLUR!! But Blur or no blur, this is a great way to start off your Friday....with a laugh!

I saw this yesterday and I will admit...I laughed until I cried! Once he gets tickled.....oh my goodness!


Enjoy all the PUNS :) I really hope no one takes offense at this....I loved this because of how he can't stop laughing! The part where he refers to YouTube...I'm seriously rolling on the floor! It gets me EVERY.SINGLE.TIME!!


Happy Friday my friends!! Please visit KIM for more Friday Funnies

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dorm room pics and Thanks!


Goodness Gracious..... I have been super busy with getting Jenna settled at College and then we had to get my Son ready to return to school Today!! Boy, will the house ever be quiet!! I took Jantzen to get a few things to wear for school and then grabbed some supplies for his classes. When the kids get older it seems the teachers don't give you a list of supplies until they have been in class a couple of day. It is not my favorite way of doing things. I am not sure why they do it this way but we really can't do anything about it LOL. I just really appreciate those teachers who do put out a supply list when we are enrolling! I feel like I am sending him to school Unprepared! HA..... Anyway, Spending a day with him is always a treat! We got to have lunch with my Mom which is always wonderful!

Mom also went up to help us move in Jenna....We all had so much fun and although we were there for a REALLY long time LOL, and NO! I didn't drag it out AT ALL....ok....Maybe just a little ;) We finally got everything unpacked and in order for her. Mom and I even found some Orange hangers 10 for $1.00!!! (we got 70) and redid all of her closet in them! It looks so cute and that is the one thing I didn't get a picture of! :(

Anyway, here is her dorm room.....

This is her side of the room. Her little desk with her New Mac and IPad 2 and OF COURSE her princess poster :) My little Priness LOL
She also took her colors and coloring book *GRIN* She is such a little girl at heart! Anyway it is so cute and cozy!


This is the door into their room....Jantzen thought it would be awesome to put the orange bandana on the door and they Loved it! Way to go Jantzen :)


This is the girls make up and hair station. They don't have a sink in their room or a bathroom. That is all just down the hall...She got some flip-flops to take showers with. I remember all to well....you must have shoes ON to shower in the dorms HAHA! We got her refrigerator and microwave up and going and their Tv and DVD Player. They are SET!!


She is doing really good! This is howdy week so there are no classes but a lot of fun activities for the college campus as well as in their own dorm and these are planned for the students each day. She LOVES the Workout facility! I got a text yesterday that read..... I burned 600 calories !!! She told me before she moved down there "I will NOT gain the Freshman 15!!" LOL I believe her! :)


Thank you all so much for the kind words on my previous post! It is certainly an adjustment for each of us! You all make it so much easier with your Love and Encouragement.... Thank you each and everyone of you!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Monday, August 15, 2011

Letting Go


See this Sweet Girl? Today begins a new Season in her life. Our Precious girl is College Bound. I am not sure how this day arrived so quickly. Wasn't it just yesterday I was bringing her home all snuggled up in her Pink Blanket? Or singing, Barney's "I love you" song. Surely, it was just the other day I was walking you down the hall to your Kindergarten class, waving good-bye with tears in my eyes amazed at how brave you are, and so very smart too!




Time has flown by, my girl. You are your Daddy's girl. Your quick wit has always brought such laughter into our home. Your smile lights up the room and your heart is so full of Love and Compassion. Your teachers were always so quick to share how thoughtful you were of others and how very successful they knew you would be...no matter what you choose to do, they would tell me ~ She is going to be a Huge Success in every way imaginable! Of course, I knew that, after all, You are Your FATHERS' girl, and through HIM, You can do ALL Things!


You are your Momma's world, Yes Sweetheart, you are! From the moment I laid eyes on you and held you in my arms, I was a goner. Your sweet spirit is so humble, so loyal, and so kind too, but lets not forget the perfect amount of orneriness thrown in when the time is just right! ;0) Throughout the years, you have grown to be such a strong young woman, making choices that have made us so very proud. Not one to go "with" the crowd, but recognizing that you are "set apart." Learning that life may not always be easy, but knowing that in those times of difficulty is when God can and will prune you, teach you and change you to be more like HIM.


You have always had Ears to Hear what the Lord is saying, a gift given from HIS Heart to yours. Look to Him, Seek Him honey, with all of your heart, and all of your mind. Always remember, Success as the world measures it, is completely the opposite in the Kingdom.

So Kick up your heels and enjoy this new Season HE has prepared for you. Your Daddy and I are so very proud and even more excited to see what God is going to do in you and through you!


I Love you A Bushel and a Peck,
Mom
XOXOXO

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Praying for Miracles?


I have been away from Spiritual Sundays for a couple of weeks, and let me tell you ~ I have missed it soooo much!! Trying to fit in every single second with my girl before she leaves for college on Monday has been a HIGH PRIORITY :)


First let me share with you all this is the Miracle Makeover weekend @ Spiritual Sundays! Please go over here and leave a comment because each comment left will be worth $1.00 towards the next makeover by Design Gives Back!

When seeking the Lord about my post I got so excited to see how HE put it all together this week! We are in the middle of a series @ Church titled BOLD. Last weekend, the Bold was specifically "Bold Prayers."

Pastor Craig Groeschel shared this:

"What you Pray for Reflects what you believe about God"

ok, broken down it would mean this:

If you pray for yourself mostly, you believe God is here to serve YOU

If you pray for those around you.... family, friends, your church, your co-workers, etc. you believe God can serve only a small amount of people

OUCH!!

Why don't we pray for:

"THE" Church
Orphans
A Revival to be swept across our Nation
A Move of the Spirit in ALL Believers ~ everywhere
Widows
Miracles
Wonders
Healings
etc.......

I am so guilty....guilty of those self-centered prayers. The prayers that span maybe 50 miles around me..... Forgive me Lord!

Please Understand! These prayers are not wrong, nor are they bad. But as Pastor Craig so eloquently shared this food for thought: When we pray those repetitive prayers like maybe this one...."traveling mercies" for the 25th time this month, or maybe it's as simple as "Please be with me today" we gotta know this.....

HE IS with US, HIS Protection is over us !! Do you wonder if God might ever say:

"Give ME something BIG, something other than life's normal everyday chain of events"

Release your Faith, Stand on HIS Word, and ask Boldly for Those Miracles to happen, The Healings to go forth, A Move of the Spirit on all Believers.....

Remember God watches over HIS Word to Perform it!

And now, Lord, listen to their threats. Lord, help us, your servants, to speak your word without fear. Show us your power to heal. Give proofs and make miracles happen by the power of Jesus, your holy servant." ACTS 4:29-30


This week The Miracle Makeover is for Charlie Grady. Charlie needs a Miracle, a Healing touch by the Great Physician. Won't you join me in praying for a Miracle for this precious young man and his family too.
Here is Kelee Katillac and the Grady family sharing about the Makeover: Thank you Charlotte and Ginger for allowing all of us to be a part of something so wonderful! Please remember to go here to leave a comment!

You won't want to miss this!


Have a blessed weekend My dear Friends

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Updates with Thanks

Being Thursday means Thankfulness is in the Air!!

I am sooo thankful for:

Jantzen went to Orthopedic Doctor and he won't have any surgery! He is able to keep the soft cast on which means he can remove it during showers as well as taking it off 3 times a day to do exercises to gain his range of motion! The break will heal fine and we return in a couple of weeks to see how he is progressing! What a great doctor we had!

No results on his EEG yet ~ at least the test is done and he didn't have to miss the 2nd day of school like we originally thought!

With this being my daughters last week at home before leaving for college I am so thankful her wish was to spend so much time with family! She asked to have our granddaughter come spend the night....Rylee LOVES her Aunt Jenna and believe me Aunt Jenna loves loves loves her Rylee. She took her to the zoo, they colored, they glued, they took naps together. It is just precious watching the two of them! Then she wanted to have time with her Sister too so we all had a big family dinner on Tuesday night :) So thankful for nights when we are all together. Wednesday night she was treated to dinner by my Mom and Stepdad aka: Nanny & Papa!
Mom took all 4 grandkids to dinner and she asked the kids to write a note to Jenna and they read them at dinner ~ so much fun!

I am also sooo very thankful for the rain we have received!! We have had Thunderstorms and rain 2 evenings in a row and I can't tell you what a treat it has been! My husband walked in the house around 7pm and said..."Wow ~ the air conditioner isn't running AND we don't have to water our plants tonite!" PLUS, the temperatures did not reach 100 or over for the first time in months! Can I get an AMEN!!! HALLELUAH!! and a THANK YOU JESUS!!!! :)

I am so thankful for my sweet Son! He is just one of the most thoughtful young men and knows the importance of cherishing each and every day.

Last but not Least, so thankful for all of you! Thankful you come to the MagoosNews and encourage me and share the gift of your friendship! What a blessing you all are! Thank YOU!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Word Filled Wednesday





The shopping has been done. All necessary items await to be loaded and delivered to their new home. We are just days from packing up our girl and taking her to begin a new season in her life. I dare not talk, let alone type too much about it or the tears will begin again. Don't get me wrong....I am so excited for her. I know she is going to do awesome. She has God with her and For her....NOTHING is more reassuring than that my friends! I also know that HE has some amazing plans for her. So as I asked the Lord what to share today ~ I felt in my Spirit that this is what HE wanted me to share. I am so thankful knowing the Lord has plans for each and everyone of us...

May we seek HIM and in the seeking may we find HIS WIll for Our lives! His good, pleasing, and perfect will!


Monday, August 8, 2011

Armadillos, Racoons, and Foxes....OH MY

Happy Monday :) How was your weekend? did it fly by? or did it drag on and on and on and on? ;) Did you get a Sunday nap? How was church?

We had one of the craziest weekends that I can remember! Friday found us in the urgent care, only to find out my son Jantzen had broken his arm. Thursday night last week, he and a friend went to play tennis. Jantzen was near the net and his friend tossed him a bottle of gatorade or water to catch and he fell over the net. As he fell he stuck out his arm to catch himself and broke his radius head. He was in a lot of pain but didn't tell us how badly it hurt him. On Friday morning when I woke him up I noticed the swelling and saw him wincing in pain. I tried to get into our dr. but he had no appts. so we just ended up @ Urgent care. They put on a soft cast, explained the X-rays to us and sent us on our way. We are hoping to get into a orthopedic dr. early this week and get a hard cast put on. Praying there is no surgery needed!

I shared with you all about his EEG appt. being changed to Saturday. Well, the rules were he had to go to sleep around midnight the night before the test and wake up @5am. and have no caffeine products and no sugar prior to the test which was @ 12.30 Saturday afternoon. So he didn't fall asleep til about 2 am. He was on some pain meds for his arm. So needless to say, waking him up and keeping him awake was quite the chore. I woke him up @ 5 and we went for a walk and then watched the sunrise together :) Then I took him to his favorite breakfast place and oh my, after we got our bellies full it was even harder to stay awake. LOL
Let's just say, his head was a bobbin on the way to the appt. Got the test done and headed home. It all went fine and we hope to get our results this week but let me tell ya, We were quite the zombies the rest of the day.

So later on, around 1 in the morning on Saturday or I guess it was really Sunday at this point huh? I woke up bc I heard my husband in our bedroom. I sat up and saw he had his gun in his hand....I was like "What are you doing??????" He said "Looking for that armadillo!" The pesky thing has been digging up our yard and our new flower beds looking for grubs. Makes me soooo not happy! So then, about 30-45 min. later, I hear our dogs start to barking. Like crazy barking! Come to find out my husband is now chasing off three raccoons! They come and eat our cats food or try to get into our trashcans. They aren't even really afraid of us anymore..... Then, after all that our daughter is getting ready to bed and takes our boxer out to potty. This time though, she went with Maggie and all of the sudden she hears something and our dog is clearly scared to death. She isn't barking nor is she moving. She is just standing there frozen and looked at jenna like she had seen a ghost or something. Jenna was hearing this sounds that was horrible and she thought...."If my dog is scared, then I should probably be really scared!!!" She yells at my husband and says "There is something in our yard and it sounds HORRIBLE!!! My husband shines the flashlight out back and sees two eyes shining back at him!! There is a FOX in our yard and it is making a HORRIBLE NOISE!! Have you ever heard a fox before??? Here ya go, when the video gets to the 30 second point is when you will hear what they heard that night....I would never have thought it was a fox!


It felt like we were in a zoo! Dogs barking, raccoons chattering, armadillos digging and foxes well, I don't know what you would call that, but I was so glad when it all stopped and the quiet peaceful sleep came LOL

I'm not sure I could even dream up something as good as that night was! Did you have a crazy night this weekend?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Funnies





Happy Friday Everyone!! If you want some laughs today you can visit KIM & all who have joined Friday Funnies over @ Homesteaders Heart





Have a Blessed Weekend my friends!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Word Filled Wednesday




Prayer is asking for rain and faith is carrying the umbrella.
Barbara Johnson







So thankful that we can cry out, asking the Lord to bring the rain and knowing that when it comes ~ we WILL be refreshed!


For more Word-Filled Wednesday's go here

all images are from internet

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Heat update ;)~

Happy tuesday.....

Surely, there is a much more exciting opening line...

I could say....HOW HOT IS IT???

or "Yes, I'm still here but I seem to be melting!!"

Today friends we are only suppose to be 112 but tomorrow..... yes, tomorrow's forecast is 114! ONE HUNDRED F.O.U.R.T.E.E.N ~ how does that even happen?

Our city broke a record on Monday....we reached 110 which beat the record from all the way back to 1923. We also officially have the hottest month ever in the history of Oklahoma. ~ July 2011 will now sit in the record books!

Last night @ 10 pm it was still 102 sooo we decided to have a little fun in our living room. We broke out the golf putting green and had a little family contest. Then we played the WII. Just Dance Summer edition, it had us dancing, laughing and burning some calories too! woo hoo! I dominated for most of the songs and then Jenna came back strong!




Oh YA!! We got Jantzens EEG moved up to this Saturday! PRAISE THE LORD!!! He has to go to bed @ midnight and wake up @5 and then test that afternoon. I am sooo thankful the Lord allowed for this to change! Now he won't even have to worry about missing any classes that first week back to school. (oh how I HATE typing those words!)

I hope you all are staying cool and taking care out there in this heat! Love and Hugs to you all ♥

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mondays Musings

๐ŸŽถ Monday, Monday, so good to me๐ŸŽถ....Can't you just hear the "Mammas and the Pappa's" singing about now ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you all had a blessed weekend. What did you do? I honestly cannot believe we are in August ALREADY! Just blows my mind how quickly June & July went!
I have asked you all to pray๐Ÿ™ for rain right?? Well, this week is going to be down right unbearable! Just take a gander @ this weeks forecast! We were sooo excited this past weekend when we saw rain clouds but unfortunately they didn't produce one drop for us here in our town. ๐Ÿ˜ข




Can you believe it??? It is really getting to a dangerous level because of the water rationing and consistent days over 100+. We were out and about yesterday (sunday) and saw heat/air companies business trucks out working on houses. Don't you know they are just swamped. Everyone's poor air conditioner has to be running non stop trying to keep our houses cool. Our weatherman was literally just speechless when he was giving the forecast. Bless his heart...don't you know they want to just put up a sign that says "Ditto" or "Same, just hotter than last week" Those poor guys or gals really have to let things slide right off their backs much of the time don't you think!?!?

This week I am thinking we will spend time inside, maybe have a movie marathon, stay in our jammies, and CHERISH these final 2 weeks before we are back to school .....Has anyone seen "The Kings Speech?" or maybe, "Diary of a WimpyKid?" I really want to see "Limitless" as well. I am so excited movie rentals are just $1 these days!! Thank goodness for Redbox! They have set a standard for all those corporate Movie Rental places haven't they :)



this week @ LifeChurch.tv we started a new series, titled "BOLD." It's gonna be sooo good! Here are a couple of thoughts:

**God gives ordinary people extraordinary boldness!** Peter, a doctor, and a man who denied Christ 3 times yet HE still accepted him even after he sooo messed up! Then Christ gave Peter a boldness, (Acts 4:13) baptizing him with the HOLY SPIRIT and Peter brought many to Christ, healed a lame man, preached in the Temple, and much more! Now I would say that is One Bold Man!


Thought for the day......."How AMAZED are people by my boldness for Christ?"

Happy Monday my friends! Love & Hugs to you all!