What Does Tomorrow Hold?

Tomorrow is Election Day, as anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the past year knows. And if you didn’t know, how big was that rock?!

Anyways, I always wonder, just what will tomorrow hold. Will it be a good day? A productive day? A long and tiring day? 

With the election being tomorrow, I just ask one favor from everyone. 

Please go out and vote!  

My little Princess is going to have a Mock Election at her school tomorrow. She is so excited about it! Here’s what she had to say…. 


This has been an election of megatronic proportion. I will say, I’ll be glad all the bashing of the others is done and over with. ​

God is not the author of confusion, and I pray that Gods will be done in this election. May he bring peace, guidance and safety back into the United States. That we have a leader who loves God, and that has our best interest at heart, and not one who is trying to line their pockets with money from power.

Lord, please let tomorrow be done according to your will. That you will be given honor, and let your light shine among every individual in this nation. Please help us to make America Great Again. Where people are loving and kind to those in need. That people who have been trying to find a job for weeks, months and/or years will prosper with your guiding hand. Please help our Nation Lord and that people will realize they need you. One Nation Under God. Please be with us, lead, guide and protect us Lord. In Jesus name I pray, amen!

Cancer That Awful “C” Word & A Survivor Story

Cancer is an evil word, and even more so and evil and cruel disease that make loved ones leave us way to soon.

Some people are diagnosed early and go through their treatments, with no problem.

Some are blessed, and are able to get the best news that anyone facing the awful “C” word can hope for, that after undergoing surgery, all traces of the cancer are gone.

My Mom after having some issues with her stomach, trying medicine after medicine to treat the issue, was sent to do more tests.  Her Primary Care Physician went the extra mile to make sure everything was okay… Thank God she did!

Upon further tests, the doctor informed her that she had a 10lb tumor attached to one of her kidneys.  He said that it was indeed cancer, and that the type of Cancer she had was Renal Cell Carcinoma.  He informed my parents that they needed to go home and get their affairs in order.  This news devastated us. Completely devastated us.

My daughter was 1 about to turn 2, and I was so depressed that my Mom would not be around to see my sweet baby grow up. That my sweet loving Mom wouldn’t be there to help me raise my daughter, love on her, and do all the things that grandmothers do.  I am an only child, and my daughter is the only grandchild.  All I could do for the next couple of weeks was cry.  Looking at my sweet baby, I didn’t want to think about her growing up without her Nana.

Trying to be strong for my Mom and my Dad, I tried not to cry.  Normally not much makes me cry. But this is was my MOM we’re talking about.  I am blessed to have parents who are incredibly strong in faith.  They said from the get go, “We’re going to pray through this. God has never failed us yet, and we’re not giving up faith! He’ll get us through this too.”

Well, they were exactly right!  Our church family, family and friends rallied around us in the days that were coming ahead of us. Every step of the way.  In fact, when my Mom went to the hospital for her surgery, they’re was about 20-30 people there with us, rallying around us and praying for her and us the whole time she was in surgery.

She came out of surgery and the doctor came over and talked to my Dad and myself.  He said, that with removing her tumor and her kidney, that all signs of the cancer was gone. Yes GONE! He said that in all the cases that he had seen, it had always spread to the other kidney as well.  But with hers, it had just been on that 1 kidney.  He said that he couldn’t explain it, that she was lucky.  We told him, “Lucky yes, but she was BLESSED! She has the best physician working on her – God.  We prayed through this and knew that God was on her side.”

I am blessed to say, that my Mom has now been Cancer free for 4 years, and I thank God for that.  I thank him for never leaving her side.  I thank him for having his will and way done in my Mom’s life, and proving that doctor wrong! I thank him for all my many blessings, and that both my Mom and my Dad have been there to love my daughter, and myself, and my little family all this time.

Last year my parents started on a journey to become as healthy as they can. As of today, they have both lost 125 lbs each. Yes EACH! They are taking it one day at a time, and never giving up their faith.  I’m beyond proud of my amazing parents!

Don’t you ever give up on God! His timing is not always our timing, and he knows what’s best for us, and he especially knows what tomorrow holds for us.

Happy Birthday In Heaven: A Tribute To Sherrie Kelley

Yesterday would have been the 50th birthday to a dear sweet woman of God.  She left this world way to early.  She left behind a loving husband, son and daughter-in-law with 2 beautiful little girls along with many other loved ones.

This loving couple went to a church that my daughter and I used to go to when she was younger.  We hadn’t been back to visit for a while.  One Sunday we dropped in for a visit, my husband had not been to this church, and he was happy to have us all visit together. We sat in the back, and was just enjoying ourselves.

Little did I know, that this sweet lady had just been discharged from the hospital the night before, and she was dedicated and determined to make it to church the next day. They sat in the row in front of us. It was so good seeing them again.

After church was over, we sat and talked for a couple of minutes.  They told me that they wished I had sang today, that they really would have enjoyed it.  They said that the next time I come and visit with them to please sing for them.  I said that I would.  They touched my heart, and gave me one of the sweetest compliments I think I could have ever received.  They told me that when the first heard me sing all those years ago, that they thought I sang like an angel.  I told them that we didn’t have to wait until next time, that I would sing anything they wanted me to sing right then.  

I started singing, and got choked up with tears, thinking about how much pain she had to be going through.  He took my hand and they told me it’s okay.  I apologized and I started again. After if finished I wanted to hug them both, but knowing she was going through chemo I knew I couldn’t, because her immune system was low. Her sweet husband came and gave me a hug, and I told him I wasn’t sure if I could hug him either because of the circumstances. He explained that it was okay.  That’s when this sweet dear woman of God gave me a hug and said, I’ll hug you too, you’re special. 

On the way home I thought of this sweet couple and prayed for them.  She had been battling cancer for a couple of years, and she still always had a smile on her face. She was truly an inspiration. 

I got a message some days later from a friend of mine explaining that our sweet friend was facing more challenges and that hospice was being called in. My heart broke for them. I told my husband that I was so thankful we stayed that day after church so I could to sing to them.  

I got in contact with this sweet woman’s mother-in-law and asked if it would be okay for me to come and sing to her at the hospital.  She messaged me later and said that would be fine.  I met her there and I said I would sing to her till she got tired of me. I told them I didn’t know what else I could do, and that I just wanted to share with them my gift that God had blessed me with. How we all have a talent chosen from God, and that I just wanted to do what I could for them.  I sang and we talked about how good God is, and she told me, “I know where I’m going, and if he calls me today, I’m ready.”  She was truly a woman of faith, and I told her one of the talents God gave her was the gift of joy, how she could make anyone smile just being around her. 

When I stopped singing for a minute, she told me, “When I leave here, I want you to sing for me.” I knew exactly what she was asking. She was asking me to sing at her funeral. I told her of course I would that I would be honored.  As I left that day, I cried the whole way home. She had picked out the songs she wanted that day, and the songs she picked were truly perfect for her and for the journey she had been through.  

  1. Brand New Touch
  2. Oh What A Savior
  3. If You Could See Me Now

She left this walk of life on September 30, 2016, but she began her new life in Heaven that same moment. 

This post is dedicated to Sherrie Kelley, who left this world so soon, but left a testimony of faith and love for all around her. And to her husband Toby Kelley who was always by her side, and to her son Bill White and his family.  

I would also like to dedicate this post to anyone who has lost someone to this awful disease. It’s Cancer Awareness month, please be in prayer for all who have lost someone to Cancer and their families, as well to those who have survived Cancer, and those who are currently fighting Cancer. 

God Bless! 

Happy Birthday in Heaven Sherrie Annette (Tubby) White Kelley. 

​The video I made for her family has been shared with them and I have also uploaded it to YouTube as A Tribute To Sherrie Kelley

Promises

I posted on my Facebook account some amazing news last month… September 4th, 2016 at 9:36 pm my sweet baby asked Jesus to come into her heart.

Whew! I cannot even begin to describe my emotions to you!  I had prayed and longed for this moment from the time I found out I was pregnant with her.  That God would lead, guide and direct my paths, and hers.

Last week when she was spending the night with my parents, she told my parents “Every night when Ma-Ma gets to me sleep, she has Bible study with me or sings me one of those ‘Ol Baptist Songs.”  When my mom told me she said Shelby wasn’t complaining about it. I said, “Well, that makes my heart happy, I must be doing something right.”

I love, and I mean LOVE having Bible study with her, she asks questions and is so intrigued by the people we are reading about, and remembers almost everything we study about.  Her favorite stories from the Bible so far are:

  1. Gideon and the wet and dry fleece
  2. Ruth & Naomi
  3. Sampson
  4. Joseph & The Twelve Tribes of Israel

Which brings me to my inspiration for this post thanks to Daily Prompt: Promises.  As some of you are aware of, we lost my Grandfather this month last year.  It’s hard to believe that he’s almost been gone a year.  There is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss him or think about him.  I even have a picture of him on my desk at work, so that I can see his smile (and remember) his laugh. Because when he smiled, he was always laughing. The kind of laugh that makes you smile yourself.

Last night as we were getting ready for bed, my sweet baby starting tearing up about missing her Pa-Pa. He would do anything for his girls, and he was always reading to my sweet baby.  Whatever she wanted him to read he would – he was an avid reader himself.

Today a customer came into work, and his last name was my grandfathers middle name. Doyle… not a name you hear very often.  I told him just hearing that name made me smile, and I thanked him for making me smile today.  When he left he said, “Goodbye Mrs. Doyle.”

No that’s not my last name, but I know that God promises us that he has angels watching over us.

Psalms 91:11 says, For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”

I’m not saying that this man was an angel. But the Bible also says in Hebrews 13:2

Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

But I know that every word of God’s is a promise to us.  And he never breaks a promise – EVER! What an awesome and mighty God we serve.

1 Kings 8:56 – Blessed [be] the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

I truly believe that now I have one of the most wonderful Guardian Angels watching over my little family.  I don’t think for an instance that it was just a “coincidence” that Mr. Doyle dropped by our office.  I believe with all my heart, that it was just a reminder from my Lord and Savior, that everything will be alright.

I hope this finds you doing well, and please keep my little family in your prayers. In just a couple of days it will be a year since our sweet grandfather left this walk of life to be with his Lord and Savior up in Heaven.  His life up there is only beginning, and we are left here missing him, but knowing that with God’s promises we will see him again one day.

You Can’t Stop Me From Praying

Every morning before my sweet princess goes into school, I remind her of many things. 

Some days they’re different than others… Here are some examples…

  1. Listen to your teachers
  2. Treat everyone how you would want to be treated, the Bible tells you to
  3. Focus as much as you can
  4. Do you’re best

But the one thing I focus more on than anything, is remember Mama loves you, and Jesus loves you too. 

Remember to let your light for Jesus shine.

One day last week she came home upset, which always bothers me. But what she informed me of, crushed my heart, till I heard… her response.

A little girl in her class saw her praying at lunch. The little girl told her that praying isn’t allowed at school, and that she didn’t need to be doing that…. So instead of letting the other girl have the last word… My sweet princess looked over at her and said very proudly, “I can pray all I want to, and you can’t stop me!”

Tears of joy came flooding down my cheeks. I have always been and always will be proud of my baby girl, but I was overwhelmed with joy that she IS standing up for Jesus. My 6 year old is standing up for God’s Word and what she has been taught daily. 

God is so good! 

Her prayers every night have blown me away. Each night she tells God just how much she loves him. I know he hears her sweet humble prayers.

My prayer is when it’s her time to be saved I get to be there, and help lead her to our wonderful Lord and Savior.

God bless everyone! May we ALL let our light shine for Jesus. 
Matthew 5:16King James Version (KJV)

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Memorial Day 2016

Video taken from Memorial Day Laser Show at Stone Mountain Park. Music is sung by my parents and myself.

I hope everyone had a great 3-day weekend last week.

Memorial Day is not just about a 3-day weekend (although it is a plus). It’s not about cookouts, hamburgers, hot dogs, pool parties… No… Memorial Day is about honor and respect for those who have sacrificed, fought and even died for our Freedom to be in this wonderful land. “Home of the free, because of the brave!”

 

Think about these few things for a couple of minutes:

  1. Soldiers leave their home to go defend our great nation.
  2. While their soldiers are gone – the spouses and children are left at home praying that they will return safely.
  3. Some return home unharmed and are greeted by their loved ones.
  4. Some return home for their families injured, battered and bruised.
  5. And some make the Ultimate Sacrifice to defend our freedom and our rights with their lives – leaving behind spouses who are now widows and children with a void from the loss of a parent.

 

I urge everyone to join me in prayer to honor, respect, love and support our military men and women who sacrifice so much of their selves for EACH and EVERY one of us.

When you see a soldier, or a Veteran, please thank them for their time and sacrifice for us!

God Bless America!

 

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Did he read my mind?

I’ve been away from blogging for about 2 weeks now due to family emergencies and then just plain ole life in general.  I needed this read today, and I have shared it because one of you may need it today as well.

A special thanks to MakeItUltra for the words of encouragement!

Happy Monday everyone!

 

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~Dalai Lama 1. Fight the urge to run away or shut down Let’s face it, it is in our nature to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Seeing a loved one suffer is one of the most […]

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God will never die


Over the years I have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people.
I’ve also been to more funeral homes and funerals in my lifetime than I can even remotely start to try and count.  In fact, at a very young age my parents decided that it might be best for me to take a break.  Why you ask?! Because at the age of 2-3 years old, they found me walking around a coffee table with my baby doll saying, “Don’t she look good?”

Okay, so this may sound crazy for someone to do you might say… Well… not when you’re the daughter of a Southern Baptist Deacon.  Growing up watching my parents lead by example of how we should act, treat others, do out of respect has molded me into the woman that I am today, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in this world.

I grew up knowing every day that I am loved, and I am the child of a King!

I learned at a very young age, that death is very real, and you are not promised tomorrow. How we handle the death of a loved one… or how we comfort a family that has lost a loved one that brings peace to our hearts.

Peace does not take the sting, the hurt, the shock or the emotional roller coaster away.  But we can find comfort in knowing that God promised to send a comforter to us.

John 14: 26 – “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

We can find peace, comfort and rest in the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Today, a friend of mine from work told me about something her 5 year old grandson told her this weekend.  It is truly a profound statement!!! I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this young man as he grows up.

Here’s what he told her (get the tissues ready).

God’s heart will never break, meaning Grandmother that God will never die and God does not have a beginning, because he is God.

When we lose a loved one, our hearts are broken!!! Absolutely broken.  Even knowing that we will see them again, we are emotionally broken.

But what I believe he is expressing here is that we have him forever! He will never leave us alone, he will always be by our side. His heart will never stop beating because he is God!!!!!!

Who else loves us so much that he would send his only Son to this Earth to die on a cross for us.  And after conquering death and rising again on the 3rd day send us a comforter to be with us.  No one else could do what he has done, what he will do, and what he is still able to do today.

My prayer is that we humble ourselves and let God’s light shine through us.  That we may be a beacon of light to a lost and dying world. His grandmother shared that if all us adults could get our head around this knowledge the world would be a much better place to reside.

Matthew 18:1-5King James Version (KJV)

18 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

So please remember this as you close my blog for the day, that God loves us. When our heart is broken, he is the only one who can mend it, and his heart will never break.

Hope you got to the tissues in time. 🙂

 

* A special thanks to my friend for sharing her grandsons powerful and profound words of wisdom!!! *

 

Happy 1 Year Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to us (cha cha cha), happy anniversary to us (cha cha cha). As you may have guessed it… today is mine and the hubbies 1 year anniversary.  Woohoo!

Time has FLOWN by, and it has been another great year! As I’m writing this, this time last year I was saying prayers with my family and friends before walking down the aisle (at last) to my sweetheart.

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Surrounded by our family and friends like family for a word of prayer together, before the ceremony. I could feel God all around us! So many people lifting us up in prayer at the same time.  Woo! I’m getting Glory Bumps again just thinking about it!

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I want to be in God’s shadow

  
Shadows can be a very spooky and scary thing and or place. However, there is one shadow that I constantly want to be in… God’s shadow.

Shadow: a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.

John 8:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

My favorite scripture is Psalm 91. It is my go to passage. If I’m happy or if I’m sad it touches my heart.

Psalm 91:1-16

  1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  2. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
  3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
  4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
  5. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
  6. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
  7. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
  8. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
  9. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
  10. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
  11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
  12. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
  13. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
  14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
  15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
  16. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

How comforting it is to know, that whatever circumstance the Devil throws at us, God will always be there protecting us.

He loves us so much that…

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”

In his shadow I find refuge – a safe place – peace, and comfort. He protects us from harm.

A Mama bird puts her babies under her wings to shield them from harm, to keep them warm, protect them.  Do you think this is a coincidence that our Heavenly Father does the same to us? I don’t think so.

I yearn to be constantly in his shadow.  I pray for a hedge of protection over my family daily.

Remember that when you are facing trying times, and you see a shadow, be reminded that God is our light, and no matter what comes ahead of us, beside or behind us, God’s light will shine around it, creating a shadow.

So the next time you see a shadow, I pray that it will be a reminder to you, that God is walking with you each step of the way.

Please let his light shine within you today.

Winding Down

Sometimes it’s impossible to wind down, and i’m not just talking about with the kiddos in our lives.  When I lay down to go to sleep my mind goes CRAZY and it drives me nuts!!!!

Ya know, by the end of the day, you’ve went to work, you’ve busted your butt, sat in grewling traffic, pulled your hair out (well most days), got home cooked supper, got the princess a shower, helped with homework, dried her hair, and finally got her to sleep….

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Okay… how at this point is your mind even functioning?! I mean I know it’s a normal typical day, but it is tiring, so how in the WORLD are you WIDE awake, and can’t get your mind to STOP thinking about what else you need to do.

There are only enough hours in the day, and I wouldn’t trade my life for anything in the world…. but sometimes I would just love to go to sleep, and get a goods nice rest. Anybody with me?

Somtimes I lay awake and count the hours until I need to get up…. Below is an example of one of my sleep records. Believe it or not, this is on a better night.

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In the past week, me and my Princess have came up with an alternative way to set our minds at ease…. Coloring.

I have to say, it’s really worked for us both, and I don’t want to jinx myself or her, but it’s been great.  It’s our special time together, just the two of us, exploring our artsy side and winding our brain down.  Focusing on the designs.

Has anyone tried coloring? I really love my adult coloring book.  Call me crazy, but it’s therauptic for both of us.  It makes me feel like a kid again.

I would love to hear if anyone else has enjoyed coloring as much as the two of us do.

* Shadows coming tomorrow.

** Please leave me a comment, it would probably just make my day. :)*

 

 Birthday Eve

Today is my birthday eve. Woohoo! Party time!!! Time flies when your having fun. This past year has been both wonderful and heart breaking. I married my high school sweetheart…

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spent quality time with friends that I hadn’t seen in years….

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met new friends, and watched my sweet baby grow. I was very blessed this year, and I owe it all to my Savior, Jesus Christ.

This past year my baby started Kindergarten (time please stop going so quickly).

First Day Kindergarten

She’s all ready to go!!

She amazes me each and everyday. She has memorized so many verses in her Awanas class, and is excelling in so many ways.

Her current favorite Bible story in our study time is about Ruth and Naomi. Such a beautiful story.

We also took our sweet baby to her first Georgia game last weekend.

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This has truly been a wonderful year. It’s had it’s ups and downs, gains and losses, but all in all, it’s been great!

God never promises us that our lives will be perfect and without some heartache, but he does promise that he will never leave our side.

Please come back tomorrow for another post about Shadows.

Taming a hair melt down… and here’s how I do it

You wouldn’t think that just by brushing your little one’s hair, that you are opening up the door to mass destruction.  I’m not even kidding.  Does anyone else have a little one that HATES for their hair to be touched, much less, brushed.  Oh heaven help me.  Continue reading

Warm & Cozy Hat

I hope that you enjoy making this hat as much as I did.

In the start of it, it was intended for me, since I had just made the princess another one.  However, she loved it so much, that this one now belongs to her, and I will begin making me one.

If you would like to share this pattern, please remember to share the love.  Thank you!

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Instructions:

Step 1: Chain 8

Step 2: Single crocheat (SC) in the second CH from the hook.  Repeat until you reach the end.  CH 2, turn.

Step 3: Double crochet (DC) in every SC until you reach the end.  CH 1, turn.

Step 4: SC in every DC until you reach the end.  Repeat steps 3 &4 until you get the desired border length for hat.

Step 5: Slip stich together the 2 ends of the hat border. Chain 1.

Step 6: DC around every loop, chain 1… repeat around the rest of the row.  Slip stich them together when you get back to the start of the row.  Repeat for 7 more rows (or to desired height of hat).

Step 7: DC around every other loop.  Repeat until you have joined at the top.

Prayers for Paris

Tonight as I’m sitting safely in home, my heart is overwhelmed by the “Terror Attacks” in Paris.  I personally do not know anyone over there, but my prayers go out to them.  So far 158 people have been reported dead… I don’t understand how so much hatred and meanness is out in the world today.

My daughter and I were watching Aladdin a couple of weeks ago, and it upset her that Jafar was such a mean man.  I explained to her that it was just a movie… but her heart was filled with compassion towards him saying, “Mama, Jafar needs Jesus.  He needs to be saved, and know Jesus, because then he wouldn’t be so mean, and he could go to Heaven.  I’m going to pray for him that Jesus comes in his heart…”  Such powerful words from a 5 year old.  I explained to her that “if” Jafar was a real person, HE would have to ask Jesus to save him, that no one else could do it for him.  I gave her the example of how I couldn’t ask Jesus in her heart, just as she couldn’t ask Jesus into my heart.  That it is a personal decision.

I’m sharing this experience with you, because although we can’t ask Jesus into someone else’s heart, we CAN pray for them that they accept him.  We can also pray for everyone.  I’m asking that you join me in prayer for:

  • There to be peace in this wicked world
  • Safety for our loved ones, and those we do not know
  • Comfort to those who are hurting
  • And kindness to be shown worldwide, where no one will have to leave in fear of a Terror Attack

Thank you to all veterans, alive and those who have passed on before us, fighting and putting your life at risk, that we as a Nation could be free.

Love and prayers for Paris.

XOXOXO – Georgia Peach Queen

Pantry Homemade Double Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

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Yesterday, I was trying to get a meal plan for the month (okay maybe just the week… baby steps) and I knew that we wanted soup.  It’s been rainy and nasty in Georgia the last couple weeks.  With that being said, I wanted to make a new soup that we haven’t ate at home this winter, and not have to go to the grocery store to do so.  There’s not many things worse than unloading your groceries in the cold and rain with your little one.  So what is a mom to do you ask? Cook from your pantry.

First of all I want to say that I got my inspiration for a “pantry make-over” from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen.  You can click here for her recipe.  I happened to find her on Pinterest.

I revamped this soup to fit our hibernating needs and making a good wholesome meal with what you have.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/4 Sweet Onion (chopped finely in food processor)
  • 1/2 cup Canned Carrots (drained well & chopped finely in food processor)
  • 2 tsp – Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. Self Rising Flour
  • 6 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
  • 8 Cups Water
  • 1 Pinch of Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 Pinches of Thyme
  • 1 Can of Spinach (well drained)
  • 5 Chicken Breasts (could used canned, drain well)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Milk – 1/2 cup Melted Butter
  • 2 – 17.6 oz Packages of Gnocchi

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400, line your baking sheet with aluminum foil – spray – place chicken on baking sheet.  Spray the tops of the chicken with cooking spray.
  2. In food processor, chop carrots and onion.
  3. Meanwhile, drain your spinach, shaking to get any excess liquid off.
  4. Using the biggest pot that you have (trust me you’ll be happy you did) melt the butter.  When melted add carrots, onion, minced garlic and celery seed. (This is a true time saver, not having to worry about vegetables getting soft.)
  5. Whisk in flour, add water and bouillon cubes. Whisk until it all comes together.
  6. Add nutmeg and thyme. Let it simmer while your waiting on the chicken to finish cooking.  Keep whisking.
  7. Add cooked chicken (I chopped up 3 chicken breasts in food processor, and pulled 2 pieces of chicken apart by hand.  That way you’ll have some nice small chunks of chicken, giving the soup a nice texture.)
  8. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, then bring it down to a simmer.
  9. Melt butter and add to the milk.  Heat mixture in microwave, until warm.
  10. Add butter/milk mixture, spinach and gnocchi to the pot. It will look glorious 🙂
  11. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, making sure the gnocchi is cooked and soft.

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we did.  My little family devoured this, and said it was definitely a keeper.  They want it again this winter.   The Georgia Peach King said he liked it better than what Olive Garden serves, because it has more chicken and more gnocchi’s.

I’m so glad that I stumbled upon Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen, so that I could make this wonderful soup.  Making it truly our own by what we had on hand.

Grief & Healing

I have been away for a while… today marks 2 weeks since my grandfather passed away.  I loved him dearly.  We didn’t always see eye to eye on things, but that is normal with anyone, even family… it seems that as every day passes by, more and more memories are brought to my attention…

As a baseball/softball lover, you would always find my Pa-Pa at my softball games, cheering me on.  While I was pitching and while I was batting.  If you know me well, you know that pitching for Fastpitch Softball was my life… I lived it, dreamed it, and spent many many hours perfecting my pitches.  My Pa-Pa was always there when he could be, and if he wasn’t there, he was there in spirit.

I remember practicing one afternoon, when he had took me to practice.  I was so excited, and overjoyed at being on the mound.  When it came my time to bat, he was there cheering me on… even at practice.  I had made contact with the pitch and it was a foul ball… he was a lover of the sport and even at the young age of about 65, he was going to interact with the game.  I remember being so guilty of my Pa-Pa getting hurt.  I had fouled the pitch off, and he was trying to catch it..  With him trying to catch my foul ball, he fell and broke his glasses.  It broke my heart knowing that he got hurt because of me. It wasn’t until years later, that I realized, he never complained about having to get new glasses, or getting hurt… he was in his element.  His “girls” were his world.  He had given up many years before trying to catch for me…. Not to toot my own horn, but my love of pitching, had reached past his years.  He always told everyone that my pitching could whip anyone, especially any boy. He and my Granny had not raised some “sissy girls”.  We were brought up to take up for ourselves.

My Pa-Pa was always there for us.  Whether on the field or off the field.  It was a known fact “not to mess with his girls.”  You never get to old for a Pa-Pa to take up for you.  He always told me, “I may be old, but no one is going to hurt my babies.”

Today has been 2 weeks since Pa-Pa has left us, and gone home to be with his Lord and Savior and his other loved ones in Heaven.  I miss you as much today, as I did when you passed on.  Fridays are now very hard for me to bear with, but I know that he’s better off, and he’s now with my Great Grandparents and Uncle Shorty that have gone on before…

I remember cutting their grass for them, and he insisted that having “chewing tobacco” in my mouth would help me cut the grass. LOL.  I turned green, and about lost my breakfast and my lunch that day. 🙂

I drove by his grave on Thursday, and I was overwhelmed with pain.  I love him so much, and it doesn’t seem real that he’s gone.  I am grateful that I got to say I loved him, before he passed… but it doesn’t take the hurt away.  Only God can help ease my pain.  Shelby the “Georgia Peach Princess” is really taking his death hard.  She’s 5, but saw him almost every day of her life.  She has dreamed of him, and my heart aches for her.  In her lifetime, she has lost 3 Great Grandfathers.  I know that she will see him again, but until then, I pray that she finds peace and comfort in the Lord.

Tell the ones you love them every time you leave, because tomorrow isn’t promised.  Rest in peace Pa-Pa I will see you soon.  Until then, we will stay strong as you raised us to be.  Family is the main priority besides God.  Stay close to your family, and do all that you can with them, and for them.

Please pray for our family during our time of loss.  2 weeks seems like an eternity for us, but I know that our days are mere seconds to what he is experiencing now.

We love you Pa-Pa, and thank you for all that you did for us.  Our family is not the same without you, but you raised some strong willed girls, who aren’t afraid to take on the world.  Until I see you again, Shelby & I love you.

Every battle is not the same

During Bible Study we read about Joshua and his defeat over Jericoh.  And also about the defeat that they endured at the battle of Ai.  They felt so confident about their attack, since it went so peacefully at Jericoh.  Many at Jericoh probably thought that they had lost their mind.  However, their tactic is exactly what God had planned for them.  To march around Jericoh and shout on the last go around.  But that isn’t how he wanted the battle of Ai to go.  He had other plans.

This made me realize just how different each trial that we face, compares.

Why do we assume that each battle is to be handled the same? Why do we not ask God for guidance in each situation that we are faced with?

Many times when we ask God for guidance or strength we think that this is a “general” area.  Not each trial or tribulation that God sends our way is the same.  We need to ask for his guidance in EVERY situation that we face.

Just like when Moses was in the wilderness, and his people were thirsty. God told him the first time to “strike the rock”.  But the next time that his people were thirsty, God instructed him to “speak to the rock”.  However, he “struck the rock” once more, and his disobedience, caused him to never reach the Promised Land of Canaan.

Why do we think that when God gives us instructions, it is going to be “universal”?  Is it substantial enough for everything that we are going to face? Why do we not go to him for each problem that we are facing, and ask his guidance to bring us through it?

God never changes, but his mercies are endless.  Meaning that just like sheep, we are always in need of the shepherd.  Without our shepherd we would be lost…. clueless.

That is why we are compared to the sheep in the Bible, because we often stray from God’s will, and plan that he has for us.  Pray for each situation that God has in your life.  Pray without ceasing.  God yearns to hear from his children.

Without God’s direction, we would be like the lost sheep that the shepherd had to leave the 99 to find.

When God gives you instructions, learn… love… and trust his leadership and path.  But with every situation, seek his guidance.  For he will never leave you or forsaken you.

Abraham, Joseph or Jonah?

This is a very common question in our house. No, were not trying to name a baby boy.  Just getting that out right away.

Over our Bible Studies that we have, we have learned some of the characteristics of these men in the Bible.  Each one had a different and unique relationship with God. But what they did with their relationship is where their character was built.  Think for a minute about each of these 3 men.

Abraham

  1. After praying for a child for many years, Abraham’s wife Sarah bore him a child – being old in age.
    1. After having loved his son Issac for many years, God asked Abraham to offer him as a sacrifice.  (I’m going ahead and putting it out there – I know I wouldn’t have the same courage that Abraham did.  But Praise God we don’t have to do sacrifices anymore.)
    2. When it came time for the sacrifice to be made – God sent the sacrifice to him.  Faith, love and courage was proven to God out of old Abraham.  He DID as God instructed him.

Joseph

  1. His brothers were incredibly jealous of him.  So much that they took his coat of many colors dipped in the blood of the animal that they killed, threw him in a well and sold him as a slave. Then told their father that he was dead.
  2. After so much hate being shown by his brothers – he was still able to go on with his life.  A very prosperous life at that.
  3.  When he was finally able to see his brothers and father again… he FORGAVE his brothers.

Jonah

  1. Ol Jonah was a rebel.  God instructed him to go to Ninevah.  He went the opposite way. Silly silly man.
  2. God was not having that.  He sent a great storm, and in the end, Jonah was threw overboard.  And swallowed by a large fish. But, his journey did not end there.
    1. You cannot run from God – no way, no how, no time of the day.
    2. God was testing him.  He cried out to God – asked for forgiveness.
    3. When the large fish (whale) spit him out, he was close to Ninevah and went and did as God had instructed him to do in the first place.

So, why is this question so popular in our house?

Behavioral Change

When the Georgia Peach Princess starts acting out… I ask her, “Are you acting like Abraham and obeying me and your Dad like Abraham obeyed God? Or are you acting like Jonah, and disobeying?”  This really makes her think about the decisions she’s making or how she is behaving.  Most of the time (because, hey, we’re human) she says she’s acting like Jonah because she’s not listening.  That’s when the change begins.  I ask her, “Now what happened to Jonah for being disobedient?” She responds with “A whale swallowed him, and I don’t want that to happen!” So I ask her who would be a better person to have the characteristics of.  She proudly answers “ABRAHAM!!!! Because he listened to God, and I know that he wants me to listen to you the first time, not the second.”

Hurt Feelings

My sweet baby may sometimes have a rough exterior to her… those of you who have been around her, this is obvious.  However, she has an incredibly big and loving heart.  Who really cares for others.

So, what do you do or say when someone has hurt your precious little ones feelings?  This is my response… I remind her of the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors.  How his brothers, were so cruel and mean to him.  Then I ask her, what Joseph did to his brothers when he finally saw them again?  1. Did he scream and shout at them? 2. Did he throw a temper tantrum?  She says, “No Mama.”  Then, I ask just what he did.  This is when she is reminded that we need to forgive others, like Joseph forgave his brothers.

Also, of how God forgives us when we mess up or do something that would make him unhappy.

She is all but 5 years old, and is learning so much about God’s love and the compassion that he has for us.  I try to remind her that we need to learn some lessons from these 3 men of the Bible:

  1. Obey your parents, for this is one of God’s Commandments.
  2. Trust God, and be faithful. (Abraham)
  3. Do things the first time you’re asked to (Abraham) not the second time (Jonah)
  4. Forgive others when the do us wrong (Joseph)

I love having our Bible Study time together.  She is not the only one benefitting from the study time.  You’re never to old to hear about God.  As many times as I heard these stories growing up, I still take something new away from it every time we study.  Sometimes, it’s just a refresher course, and others it’s the “Aha” moment when God shows you something new.

Remember, while we discipline our child, we can also be teaching them life long lessons of how God works in our lives each and every day.

– Love & God Bless,

Georgia Peach Queen

“AL”ien Invasions

This may not be a normal post.

But, I had an insight on my way home from work, and meeting up with hubs. No, a spaceship full of “aliens” didn’t appear. No UFO’s or strange little men…

It was the beginning “infestation” of Alabama fans going towards Athens to get ready for the face off “Between the Hedges”.  Be aware my friends, there are BAMA fans, more than ever before, round and about our territory.  Let us greet them with a friendly, loud and proud “Go Dawgs!”

These fans have made the journey, to come and watch Alabama face off with our Georgia Bulldogs. But HAVE NO FEAR… Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie are here to beckon their call.  The “fearsome threesome” as I like to call them.  Running is the passion that is evident to all that watch.

No offense to any “Bama” fans that may be reading this… know that I love you – even though you’ve picked the wrong color of Red.

Go get em boys! Show them exactly what you’re made of.  Play hard, stay focused – and GOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                 Awake the Nation!

Georgia Bulldogs 2015

Labor Day – Rest Weekend

wpid-20150822_194655.jpgWell, as everyone is celebrating Labor Day, we are taking a chance to sit around the house, and just enjoy each others company.  Besides today we didn’t get out of the house.  The Georgia Peach Princess was trying to distract us from the games. She went and got herself dressed, and asked, “So, where are we going? Are we going in the out now?”  We hated to bust her bubble, but… No one was going in the out… not now, not later… because Football season was finally here!!!!!

Saturday – well it was football, football and oh yeah ice cream, plus some more football.  The Dawgs came and played their hearts out. Chubb – well, he says enough by his ability and talent on the field! Give that man the ball – and it’s all she wrote.

Most of the games had some great moments, which had us on the edge of our seats. Some however, lacked in enthusiasm.  Leaving you to wonder, just what had these teams been practicing during the off-season?  Was it just first game jitters? Or where they in over their head.

It’s race time now, and Tony Stewart has a good car tonight! He’s had a rough year, but I’m hoping that things are looking up for the #14 team.  Go Smoke!

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Football Begins!!! Countdown!

It’s been a long off season… so long that the Georgia Peach King has been anxiously waiting on kick-off for the good ol’ Georgia Bulldogs… and the Dallas Cowboys.

He was so pumped up tonight when he got home, football season for Georgia officially starts next weekend.  Which means:

  1. Only football related stuff on TV
  2. Watching every game that comes on (I don’t mind that)
  3. Cookouts
  4. Earplugs for Georgia Peach Princess as she’s trying to go to sleep (Just kidding… well… maybe)

With that being said, the ultimate countdown has begun! 6 days till we get to see our Dawgs in action!!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS! Sic em woof woof woof!Dawgs & Cowboys

Pan Seared Veggies

Pan Seared Veggies

Another great night of eating in the Peach Queen kitchen. So proud of my family for being willing to try vegetables that some have not liked before. All I ask is that they try it. More times than not, they end up liking the vegetable unlike before.

Ingredients:

2 Carrots (peeled and cut into 4ths)
1 Bag of Steamed Veggies – Broccoli & Cauliflower
1 Sweet Vidalia Onion (slices)
Pam cooking spray
Salt to taste
Garlic & Pepper Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Cook steamed vegetables according to directions on the bag
  2. Spray the pan with cooking spray
  3. Add sliced vegetables and steamed veggies to pan
  4. Spray vegetables with cooking spray
  5. Sprinkle vegetables with Salt and Garlic & Pepper Seasoning
  6. Cook until vegetables are seared and caramelized – spraying with cooking spray as needed (this helps with the char marks)

This was a HIT at the table tonight! I truly hope your family enjoys this as much as mine did.

Kindergarten Here We Come

She's all ready to go!!

She’s all ready to go!!

Princess posing

Proud of her book bag

Well… my sweet baby made it through her first two weeks of Kindergarten. It took me those 2 weeks to get adjusted with our new schedule.  Here are a couple from her day.  She was SO excited on her way there. She couldn’t believe she was going to be in a big girls school now. (Neither could her Mama)

Getting ready to leave!

               Proud Ma-Ma & Shelby

She couldn’t wait to leave, but she let us take a few pictures before we left.

Dad & Shelby

When we had finally left, she was still all smiles! We prayed when we were on our way to keep her safe and build a hedge around our sweet little princess. This a BIG milestone! So glad he’s with her always.

Kindergartener

Getting out

We’re here! Time to go in!!!!  It’s the beginning of her school career. Still excited.

At the front

First steps in

And we’re in.  Still excited…

Walking in the hall

Now she’s getting a little nervous. Bless her heart.

In the doorway

We made it to her classroom!

Cubby

She found her cubby! (Is this really happening? I think she’s to young to be in school – just a Ma-Ma’s opinion)

At the tableThis is where it got real… I had to say bye to her and let her start school.

I thought that everything was going smoothly… then she admitted to me that she was scared. (I am to baby don’t worry) Of course I can’t say that to her, but inside my body ached to be with her through the whole day. But I knew that she was in very good hands. As I gave her a bye hug and kissed, she LOST IT! Oh my poor baby!

So, I did as any Ma-Ma would do… I went out in the hall and cried and cried. I didn’t leave the doorway till I didn’t hear anymore tears or sniffs from my sweet little princess.  All the moms that walked by me, patted me on the shoulder and said encouraging words. They all told me she’d be fine. I nodded and said, “Thank you”, but inside my soul was still breaking.

Then someone from the school walked by and gave me a hug saying, “Oh Ma-Ma, it’s going to be okay.” Little did I know at the time, but this was actually her principal.  She actually went into the room to check on her for me. God Bless you! She also informed me that her daughter in the same class, and that she would check on Shelby and her daughter all throughout the day. This was so encouraging to me.  God let this sweet lady be there and watch for her while she was at school.

I got a sense of peace just knowing that someone would go and check on her throughout the day.  That she cares so much for these children at her school, that she would do this for this Ma-Ma bawling her eyes out in the hall.

Thank you God for this wonderful blessing, and sending this sweet principal my way that morning. I know that he is always with her, and everything REALLY is going to be okay. The hedge built around her is so wonderfully made by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Kindergarten – School Days Begin

So, open house is tomorrow afternoon.  I am not ready for this… it seems as though just yesterday I had given birth to my sweet little Princess. How has the time flown by so fast?  I’m told it goes by even quicker when she actually starts school.  I wish there was a way we could slow down time.  But, knowing that I cannot actually do this, I try to take in every memory.  Cherish every moment we have together.

My first time holding my Princess after recovery.

My first time holding my Princess after recovery.

I love our Bible studies, our special kisses that only the two of us know.  We have a special bond that no one else understands. We’re best friends. I’m so thankful that God gave her to me.  What a blessing.  So young, but yet wise beyond her years.

I pray that she is a light for this wicked world, and that God builds a hedge around my sweet baby.

Pray for us as we start a new adventure of school tomorrow.  We’re so excited about meeting her new teacher, and seeing her classmates.

Posing with our Uga's.

Posing with our Uga’s.

A Bunch of Gamers

Game time - old school style! Bringing back the Atari!
Baseball – Atari style. Dad teaching her about the game.

Tonight was filled with love and laughter… (picture says it all) bringing back the old school game of Atari.

Wow, it seriously brings back some memories. The thing that I love about this game system is that it is kid friendly. So many of todays games have WAY to much violence. I personally don’t want my little Princess’ mind filled with that garbage. The world is such a mean place. I want to do my best to keep her mind, body and soul in God’s will. “Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.”

The game isn’t just for kiddos, we got into to it as well. The simplicity of times, oh how I miss those days. I’m enjoying every minute of my little Princess’ youth! 🙂

Bible Study – July 28, 2015

Last night in our nightly Bible Study, we were reading about Moses and the Israelites on their journey to Canaan.  As we’ve read the past couple of weeks, once again the Israelites were grumbling and complaining about their situation. Constantly complaining about not having water and, being tired of eating Manna.  When they grumbled to Moses about wanting meat… Moses cried out to God asking for him to provide his people meat.  When God heard his prayer, the meat was given to them.  Quails being sent by the multitudes! He even made it where they didn’t have to put much effort into catching their meat! What an awesome God we serve.

But… they were STILL not satisfied.  God heard their prayer, and yet when the prayer was answered, it wasn’t long before they were unhappy with their situation.  They didn’t even give him the praise and thank you that he deserves.  That seems like many of us in today’s world.  Do we praise him for the small things that he does for us daily? Or do we just thank him for the big things that he does for us?  Do we thank him for the groceries that he puts on our table?  Or do we just think him for the extra money given to us as a bonus?

Last night during our Bible Study when I brought this up with my 5 year old, it was clear how little the Israelite’s trusted God, and how even less they loved him.  This really broke my daughter’s heart.  She just couldn’t imagine how someone could be that way towards our Lord.  In her life, she’s grown up learning about how good God is, and how he provides for his children.  She knows that there are some children her age, that have never heard of him, and it breaks her heart.

As we discussed what was going on with Moses and his people, I told her that we need to strive even harder to do the things that please him, and makes him happy.  I was completely blown away when she told me that she didn’t think I could do much more for God, and thank HIM more.  I asked her why, and she said, “You teach me about Jesus – we pray – we try to show people and tell people about God.”  Not saying that I’m perfect, I am FAR from that.  I’m just a sinner saved by his wonderful grace. So many times, I’ve wondered if I’m doing enough for her – teaching her enough about him – showing her love as he shows us.

Last night, my prayer was answered, and I owe him all the thanks and all the praise!!!  When I feel like I’m not doing the best at being a parent, he shows me the harvest that has been reaped from the seeds that have been planted in my sweet little angel.  She told me she KNOWS that I love Jesus, and she KNOWS that we are thankful that all we have.

Thank you Lord for answering my prayer, and hearing my cry to strive and do the best I possibly can at being a Mom!  With you I know all things are possible, and YOU are teaching me how to be the best example I can be.