Friday, August 29, 2008


Tessa got her license!!! Only one more to go!
Remember to pray for Tessa today.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Projects! Projects! Projects!

Megaphone yard signs to finish lettering.

Here is a picture of the pumpkins I painted last year. I have a whole stack of them, that I need to paint for this year. Anybody want some? They are for sale.

Well it's that time of year! I am getting in the mood for fall! Terra started classes yesterday. Toby is on his 4th day of classes. He had to have his schedule all changed around so it feels like only his 2nd day. I think we are off to a good start!Travis is doing well in California. He is supposed to be getting me his address so as soon as I receive it I will pass it along! I took Tessa to get her drivers license on Tuesday. She is supposed to be buying her first car. I haven't heard from her since, so who knows? Remember to pray for her. If anyone needs her cell number, call me and I will be happy to pass that along.

Yesterday was the first Tune Up of the year. I think it went well. When it first started it was a bible study with business people in mind, an outreach opportunity to invite coworkers to bible study/lunch for 1 hour. We still have a few business people that come but the majority of the attendees are retired. They are a great group of people. Last night was our annual S.S. kickoff rally. I think we ended up serving around 90-100 people. It was a good turnout. For Tune Up I cooked Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas with green beans, salad, and brownies for desert. For the rally I made baked spaghetti, garlic bread, green beans, salad and chocolate or vanilla cake. Then after the meeting we had meetings. I was a zombie in our meeting! I am really going to have to pray about my attitude. Last night after dinner I was pretty whipped. I was telling Mike that I am kind of sick of food. Unfortunately cooking for large groups not eating.

Mike and I are going to start helping in the college dept at church. I am really looking forward to it. We are going to have a home group bible study here once a week starting next month. Please pray for us. I am always so afraid no one is going to choose to come to our group! I guess I will just have to make lots of brownies! Just a little bribe!

Well it is four months till the wedding!!! I have got to get busy. I am starting to panic.

I have 10 cheerleader signs, 1 tiger paw mascot sign, 1 eyebrow window cover to paint and finish detailing. I have a stack of pumpkins to paint (pictured above!)and about 300 wedding invitations to make and my Mom asked me if I wanted to have a table at a craft fair her church is having in November. I want to do it, they are only charging $25.00 per table. I am so excited! I saw a picture of the cutest advent calendars, (Christmas count down) made out of cookie sheets, magnets and assorted scrap booking stuff! I have already picked up the cookie sheets at the dollar store! I have so many ideas and so little time!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Gena's Boys

My sister, Gena just had her 4th baby at 40. She is so much braver than me! This is a picture of her 3 youngest children. Her oldest is Caitlin - 20, who is married! So Gena could very soon be a grandmother!!! On the left is Jonathan - 4 , A.J. 1 month, Sylvester - 10. Cute Kids!!!

Nashville or Bust!

We splurged and had lunch at P.F. Chang's. I could eat there everyday!

Mike's dad, T.O. made Terra and Andrew this stained glass lamp for a wedding gift. The picture doesn't really do it justice. It's really pretty at night.

Terra and Andrew at the FAT STRAW. This a interesting place to get a smoothie or some kind of green or black tea. In all of their drinks they have tapioca pearls that they put in the bottom of the cup. The pearls are about the size of large peas and they are black and they are very slippery. Kind of like a wet gummy bear (or snot) sorry, it's the truth!. So when you get your drink it has this very large, wide straw so that as you are drinking your smoothie or whatever, you suck up these pearls. It is quite a unique experience. The pearls really don't have a flavor they just taste like the drink you ordered. I will tell you this, it is all about a texture thang. I am really not sure I was sold on it. I am also surprised Terra likes it as much as she does. She will not eat any kind hamburger meat because of the texture. I think Toby and Andrew liked it because they figured out that the straws were perfect to be used as air guns and well lets just say the pearls were the perfect spit wad. So all in all it was fun!
This is the Nashville Skyline, Andrew's backside and Toby, not sure what he was thinking about!
I just realized that every picture I have of Andrew is of his back!

Mike relaxing on Terra's new furniture. Thanks Nita!! Terra has some good pictures of her new apartment on her blog. Check it out

This is the front of the house where Terra is living in the basement apartment.

As I was loading pictures of our Nashville trip onto my computer I realized that I didn't take very many and I missed shots of all the good stuff! What was I thinking. We had a good time. I NEVER get to stay as long as I would like. Every time I leave, there are about 10 places that I still want to go and see. I guess that means I will just have to go back and see more another time! I would love to take a Girls Road Trip! All shopping, no ESPN! eating at all the cool little girly places. Getting to stop and look at some Antique stores along the way. I will probably have to wait until everyone I know is retired before this happens! Oh Well! Something to look forward to. Who's IN??????

Monday, August 18, 2008

God is so Good!

Today it is raining! I love the rain. When you live in Texas and you have a day or two of rain in the middle of August it is like a blessing straight from heaven! Thank you Lord for the rain.

These are the things I am thankful for today...Jesus loving me, Mike also loving me, Terra, Travis, Toby, and especially for Tessa today. I have to try and remember that if it weren't for her these days, I wouldn't be seeking God's face quite as much as I have been lately.

Thank you Lord for Jeremiah 29:11-14, Romans 8:28, James 1:2-12!

But most especially, thank you Lord for Hebrews 13:8 -

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

When things seem so hopeless, God is so good to remind me that he is in control, he does have a plan and he will be victorious!

The last two weeks have been so busy, We went to Travis's graduation. The whole family was there, except Tessa. We had a really great time. Thanks everyone for making the effort. Then we went to Nashville and moved Terra into her new apartment. It is going to be such a great place for her, nice and safe. Such a relief for this Mom's heart! Once again, thank you Lord for your provision. Here are some pictures of the trips.