Sunday, November 30, 2014

Weekend Rewind.....





Where did November go??

Some things to remain the same and some changes this Thanksgiving.....



Cold start to my Thanksgiving with a little snow on the ground.  For the past 14 years my family has helped prepare and deliver food to those less fortunate or to the elderly who have no one coming on Thanksgiving.

My daughters also look forward to doing this-our family tradition. Just to see the look on the little ones' faces as most stand in his/her yard waiting on us so they can eat, or seeing a smile on an elderly person's face to have a visitor on Thanksgiving warms all our hearts.
Hub and I always deliver with a smile...

After the food has been delivered, we head back to church.
We enjoy a meal and great fellowship.  Much talk is centered on how blessed we are and how we take so much for granted. A tradition I hope my family continues for many, many years.  Absolutely love doing this every year.

After leaving church, we usually put up our Christmas tree and then I finish preparing our Thanksgiving dinner-most pre-ordered from Cracker Barrel-NOT this year.  Daughters had other plans.  I knew this day would be coming-and I know I need to share daughters with others but a hard change for me to get use to. So after leaving church, daughters with separate ways, hub watched football and took a nap and I began to read.  The quietness of the house was getting the best of me --I announced to hub I was going to Wal-Mart!!  Hub piped up and agreed to go.

Never in a million years did I dream of the experience I would see at Wal-Mart.  Now I have heard stories, but I thought of them more like stories fishermen tell.  Speaking from experience-the stories I had heard were true.  The place was packed with aisle to aisle people. I had one thought running through my mind-my daughters would think their mom was CRAZY!  Actually, I kinda enjoyed it-it wasn't quiet like my house was and I wasn't buying anything...just something to do.  Well, I did purchase a few things (paper and bows) and I stood in line for over and hour and a half just to check out.  Hub wasn't as thrilled as I was...I do believe he would have been much happier staying at home because he did tell me NEVER AGAIN!

I didn't shop on Black Friday.  I chose to tackle some household chores-laundry, cleaning, and I did put up the Christmas Tree.


Saturday was a different story.  The quietness had left and daughters were home plus both grandsons spend the day and night with us.  What became of a clean house....
was filled with toys..
football was a thing of the past-even though hub tried..
I was no longer feeling lost..
I had something to keep my occupied...

Woke up Sunday with these two..

I know some things cannot remain the same...and one day I will learn this.

P.S.  Know what tomorrow is....



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekend Rewind....


Weekend Rewind...





There are many days I am grateful, but never express my gratitude.  So instead of writing about my weekend, I am going to list many small things I am grateful for...



my family...Not often do I stop and just be thankful for my wonderful family

the rain...Yep it is raining now and I now some plans were changed today or some not very grateful for the rain today as they had to participate in the Christmas Parade


my house...It may not be as big or as fancy as the ones I have lived in but a house is a house...



clothes... Not the most expensive ones but I do have clothes to wear that keeps me warm and clothes to wear when the weather turns warmer...


church... My church family means the world to me



friends...I don't know what I would do without friends...people who take me as I am...


quietness of nature...


It is the small 'things' I take for granted and I very seldom stop and thank our Almighty God for...
Not only should I be thankful just on Thanksgiving, but every day- something I am going to strive to do everyday.

Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge





Brrrrr..stay warm all!

1. What's something you take for granted, that when you stop and think about it you feel truly grateful for?

My first thought-electricity.  When our lights flicker on and off, I get a little uneasy. I am very grateful for my health-so thankful I am able to get out of bed in the morning without any help and go to my work place. Here lately, I have heard so much bad news-concerning the health of my love ones and dear friends.

2. The color brown-love it or no? What's your favorite shade of brown? Most loved something in your home or closet in a shade of brown?

Brown is really not my favorite color, but in my closet I have many, many different shades of brown.

3. What's something you're looking forward to today?

Hearing the little ones' prayers tonight at choir practice.  It truly warms my heart hearing their prayers.

4. The word 'feminism' is not new, but it has been generating all kinds of headlines in recent days and months. What do you think/feel when you hear the word? If you're a woman, do you want to be described as a feminist? Why or why not?

I don't really think about being described as a feminist.    I keep thinking about this verse:
Galatians 3:28  "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

5. What's something you personally can't eat without making a mess?

Watermelon--I never cut my watermelon up in chunks love to cut in slices and then just dig in.



6. When did you last surprise someone with a little gift or when were you last surprised by someone with a little gift? What was it?

I was surprised a couple of weeks ago by one of my wee worship children.  This particular child had given me a Thanksgiving  necklace thanking me for all I do. So sweet and he says "Ms. Tammy, you need to put it on."  and I have worn it twice to church!!  Love the little ones.

7. Share a favorite quote, saying, song lyric or scripture relating to gratitude.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
I also like the song "Thank-you" by Hillsong
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

http://youtu.be/sO2o98Zpzg8




Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weekend Rewind....







Weekend Rewind.....


We had a dance after school on Friday-our canned food drive dance.  Admission to the dance: 3 cans of food per person or $3.00.  Most of the students brought canned foods-YEAH!!  Our local food pantry is in great need of food.

Great sunny skies on Saturday.  It was kinda chilly-well down right COLD!!  Hub and I did a few errands.  Last stop was the grocery store, and hub says he wants to grill out-literally.  I said it is too cold for me and he replied not for him.  So we bought a few thing and went home.  Hub grilled out-in the cold with a flashlight.  After dinner, he said it was never too cold for him to grill out.

Rainy, chilly day Sunday. I kept telling hub it looked like snow clouds-I am looking on the bright side!  Hearing Christmas music on the radio had me in the Christmas mood.  I went looking at all the Christmas decorations out and truly enjoyed just browsing.

I have a big week ahead.  It is American Educational Week-and the SCA-Student Council Association-(I am sponsor of) tries to do 'little' things for our faculty/staff, bus drivers, and cafeteria ladies.  We have planned some nice surprises.  Lunch (country ham biscuits, barbecue sausage, breakfast casserole, fruit tray, cheese tray, cheese ball, and some other nice trimmings) will be provided for all faculty/staff on Wednesday.  Usually, we have a faculty/staff breakfast but most teachers were rushed -hard to eat breakfast with 30 kids in your classroom!  So we changed up this year to a lunch instead.  I think it will go over much better.

Since it is American Education Week, please thank a teacher, custodian, bus driver, cafeteria worker, or anyone else who takes care of your child.  No one knows how  so many of us go out of our way to provide for school kids.  A bed was delivered a couple of weeks ago to a student because he was sleeping on the couch and was so tired at school.  When asked why he was so tired, he explained he couldn't go to sleep because of the television.  With more questions-later was found out that this student did not have a bed and was sleeping on the couch.  He couldn't go to sleep with other family members watching television.  A bed (bunk bed) was delivered!  Another incident with others-involved a field trip. One of our school's custodians offered to pay for a student who couldn't afford to go. These are just a few incidents that has happened in the last couple of weeks, and I know there are many, may more stories just like these.... So, say a Thank-you this week to someone you know who is employed in a school system.

Have a great week and Stay Warm!

Wednesday Medley

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