Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shug aka, Sugar


I knew that being a GRANDMA was not for me!

I can remember when Sam and I first found out that we were going to be grandparents.   This was such an exciting time, until it came time for me to say "I'm going to be a Grandmother"

Like, Ok...I know I'm grand, but I don't want to be called Grandma!  I didn't want to be a Granny, or a Maw....Of course, there are hundreds of names.

   
Maw, Maw.....Nana....Nanny...Big Momma...Gran...
Grandmother....Grand maw....Mam, Maw.....Nina....
Mimi.....Granny P......Me, Maw,  and numerous other names. 

But, non of these names fit me.....I tried out a few, but I just couldn't handle them.  When Tyler was born, he started  calling me Sugar Bugger!  A cute name....don't you think?   I really kinda loved it....As he got a little older, he dropped the Bugger and started calling me Sugar.

This is a name that fit me perfectly....Who wouldn't want to be called something sweet?    When Tyler and Tucker were in elementary, I worked at the school as the Library teacher......Not only did they call me Sugar, but every kid in the school called me Sugar.  These kids are now older, but when I see one of them, they still call me Ms. Sugar...

Well, Tyler is now 14 and going into High School....He still calls me Sugar at times, but for the most part it is Shug....  I now have two or three grandchildren that call me Shug and for the others, it is Sugar.

Shug, Sugar.......They are both sweet names.  I always answer to both.  I love Sugar (the white kind too) because it reminds me of when they were little.  I guess it would probably be my preference....But I know that when they are in front of their friends, that they prefer to call me Shug...  Whatever...it doesn't matter, as long as they don't drop the Sugar and just call me Bugger!!

Shug..aka:  Sugar..............

Add some sweetness into your life...you never know where it will take you!

Fashion Smashing


Girls Day Out....and What a day it was!

Trista, Tori, Shanda, Mylee and Shug.....We all met at the Mall this past Wednesday and boy did we have a good time....

The day began as Tori and I made a run through McDonalds..



Tori needed a Kid's meal.....Not for the food, but for the little toy that came with the meal...


We then made our way to the mall.   Trista met us there, and we decided to wait in the shoe dept. of Dillards, until Shanda and Mylee got there.


Tori kept us totally entertained while we were waiting...


Shoe after Shoe....She modeled many shoes...


Tori insisted that the purple shoes fit her to a T...
Wanted us to buy these for her to wear to school.   If these shoes fit, She must have some very long toes.

Shanda and Mylee caught up with us and off we went....Down through the mall,  store after store, looking for FASHION. 


Oh my.....No, No, No.....we don't need this hat....It's only a 101 outside!


How about some new hair......Tori says it looks FAKE...you think?



Maybe a few hair accessories.....

Mylee found just what she wanted.....A cute little dress and let me tell you, she was styling.


And then they found just what they had been looking for.....
Way to go Tori!  Way to go Mylee!  These girls were putting on a show.
Dance, Dance, Dance.....


At this point they were not very happy with us...Time to take them off..


This didn't set very well with Mylee....Guess what?  We are going to have to buy this PINK thing......


The tractor saved the day.....No more tears, All is well!


Tori, right in her element....Four Wheeling!


All in All....A FABULOUS DAY!!

Thanks for letting us share our day with you...

Shug......

I'm am Blessed!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Crazy Cough Drop Wrapper....

Yesterday was one of those days.... I hopped out of bed like a bunny rabbit full of caffeine, and was ready to start the day..cleaning...Yes Cleaning is what I had on my mind.  I wanted every inch of my bedroom dusted, cleaned and looking spotless. 

The day started out great.  Had my glass of OJ and made myself a bowl of Oatmeal..  (Trying to be a better eater)

Enjoyed my devotion and enjoyed the time that I had to reflect upon God and His plans for my life.

Then out came the cleaning supplies...Bathroom spotless/check,  Bed changed and made/check, Furniture dusted/check, Everything put away/check,
Floor vacuumed/check,  and then.........there was this one little cough drop wrapper underneath the edge of my bed!!  Who would put a cough drop wrapper on the floor.  Could it be the one that had a sore throat last week? (Me).  OK...that sounds like my floors have not been cleaned in a week.  They have, I just missed that one little piece of paper.

I bent down to grab the wrapper and just as I went to stand up ......... It happened...My back decided to do something crazy and out it went.

My first thought was about had bad it hurt, and then my thoughts turned to all the things I wanted to get accomplished and how was I going to be able to do it.  Needless to say, my bunny rabbit had done lost it's zap.  No more cleaning for the day.

I tried laying down and adding some heat to my back.  That helped some, but I still was walking like a Turkey trying to strut it's stuff.  Tried the ice pack and I must say it felt pretty good.  

Had plans to go to Carson's ballgame (still in the State Playoffs) but decided it would be best if I stayed home and took care of my back.  Don't you think that was a wise decision?  

Stayed home (was here all by myself)  WOW.  Climbed into bed or should I  say ROLLED into bed and enjoyed the rest of the evening.....What will I be able to do today?

Guess we will see what today brings.....

Sure hope that Bunny Rabbit gets it's caffeine again real soon...Have much more to do in this house. 

Shug................

There is NO PLACE LIKE HOME!     LOVE YOUR LIFE, LOVE YOUR HOME!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Fold Over

Peanut Butter & Jelly, TURKEY, HAM, Tuna, Chicken Salad,
ROAST BEEF, VEGGIE, CHEESE, Salami, Bologna, SPAM, PIMENTO CHEESE,
Peanut Butter & Banana, POTTED MEAT, BBQ

Do you have any idea what I am talking about?

I'LL BET YOU THINK I'M TALKING ABOUT A SANDWICH....AND YOU JUST MIGHT BE RIGHT!

I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT JUST ANY OL' SANDWICH....THIS IS A SANDWICH I HAD NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE UNTIL RECENTLY. 

"A FOLD-OVER SANDWICH".............

Have you ever heard of such ??????  YES, I HAVE HAD ONE, BUT WE CALLED IT A HALF OF A SANDWICH.

A COUPLE OF OUR GRANDSONS PLAY SELECT BASEBALL.  THEY WERE HAVING A TOURNAMENT IN THE DALLAS AREA, WHICH MEANT THE TEAMS WOULD BE THERE MOST OF THE WEEKEND.  SEVERAL OF THE MOMS WERE MAKING PLANS TO TAKE PICNIC FOODS IN ORDER TO CUT DOWN ON THE COST OF THE FOOD. 

SHANDA WAS VISITING WITH ONE OF HER VERY GOOD FRIENDS (WENDY SMITH) ABOUT WHAT KIND OF FOODS WOULD BE THE EASIEST TO TAKE.  WENDY STATED THAT THEY WERE GOING TO BE EATING A LOT OF FOLD-OVERS SO, SHE WAS PLANNING ON TAKING SNACKS TO GO ALONG WITH THAT. 

SHANDA WAS A BIT CONFUSED....SHE ASK WENDY WHAT A FOLD-OVER WAS.  WENDY EXPLAINED THAT A FOLD-OVER WAS JUST A HALF OF A SANDWICH FOLDED OVER...NOW HOW SIMPLE IS THAT?  WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED THAT?


WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF LAUGHS ABOUT THIS ONE....  WENDY WAS TICKLED BECAUSE WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF SUCH, AND WE WERE LAUGHING SO HARD ABOUT THE WAY WENDY WAS LOVING HER FOLD-OVERS.

FUNNY ISN'T IT, HOW WE TAG A CUTE LITTLE NAME ON DIFFERENT FOODS WE EAT.
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A "Brown  Derby"

I AM ALMOST SURE THAT EVERYONE HAS HAD A BROWN DERBY.  IF YOU HAVE EATEN AT A DAIRY QUEEN, CHANCES ARE THAT YOU HAVE TREATED YOURSELF TO ONE.
A BROWN DERBY IS A DIPPED CONE.....

HOW ABOUT "SARATOGA CHIPS" ...
HOW MANY OF US HAVE HAD THESE?  POTATO CHIPS WERE ORIGINALLY CALLED SARATOGA CHIPS.....


I WISH MY GRANDPARENTS WERE STILL LIVING.  I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SIT DOWN AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT THINGS LIKE THIS.  I'D BE WILLING TO BET THAT THERE WERE A LOT OF SLANG NAMES FOR THE FOODS THEY ATE. 

DO ANY OF YOU KNOW OF UNUSUAL NAMES FOR FOODS?       LIKE, WHAT IF FRIED STEAK WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED "SKILLET FRIED MOO".  GRANDMA MIGHT SAY, " WE'RE HAVING SKILLET FRIED MOO AND TATORS TONIGHT"
DOESN'T SOUND AS GOOD DOES IT....HOWEVER, I STILL DO NOT KNOW HOW THEY CAME UP WITH CHICKEN FRIED STEAK....?  HOW DID THE CHICKEN GET IN THERE?  THAT'S ANOTHER STORY IN ITSELF!

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT ON THIS GREAT THURSDAY MORNING....I'm  just sayin'


Shug..........

Thank you Jesus for adding laughter to our day....

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What is This Race

The Simple Life:  Simply living is about the conscious pursuit of happiness and finding true fulfillment in life.


We live in a world today that is full of THINGS, full of the fast pace of life.
We have at our convenience the FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS.....which delivers our food right to our car within minutes.  Everywhere we turn, there are drive Thru's that are backed up with cars.  People wanting instant service.  Oh, and what if someone in front of you has a big order.  The thought of our time being wasted because someone took the liberty to place a large order can sometimes throw us into a teasy.

I am almost certain that in the earlier years of raising our daughters, that we too were guilty of engaging in the rush of life.  I look around me now and what I see are kids that do not know any other way of life.  They are like little balls being bounced from one place to another. 

I wonder, what is the race that we are all trying to win?  Year by year the complexities of our lives grow more and more bewildering.  We demand so much out of life.  The focus is on financial gain in order to continue living the fast pace of life.  Wanting everything, demanding material things that we think we bring us happiness.

What we really need to be seeking is PEACE and COMFORT in the joyful simplicities of life.  We need to allow our kids the time to discover who they are and to let them have time to be a child.  They need this time to be creative.  Instead, we depend upon movies, and electronic games to be creative for them. 

Simple life is just that.....SIMPLE.  It does not mean that you have to give up living....   What it does mean is that we allow ourselves the time to enjoy a sunset with our children, or we let them run in the rain.  We engage in the simple wonders of life. 


Shug..........

Stop....take time today to do something simple for those you love

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday Morning News

Tuesday Morning News:

#1

Already missing my two grandsons that are gone this week........Tucker left for Camp Esperanza,  ( A wonderful camp for kids that have or have had cancer)






Tyler is at Church Camp this week.....


I pray that God will speak to each of their hearts and use them as HE wills.

I hope they have a wonderful time with friends and that they will build memories to always cherish in their hearts!

Please pray for their safety!

******

What else is going on here in the big "City with A Heart"


#2

IT RAINED!

Oh yes, we had some beautiful drops of rain yesterday afternoon.


My flowers loved it and so did I


Can you see just how beautiful the raindrops are?


#3

I have dance class this morning......And I am so very excited!!

NO PICTURES....Sorry!  Maybe in a few weeks I will be able to post some pictures of my dance class, but not now for sure.


#4

Having a girls day out this afternoon.....Gonna go (accessorize) Tori's wardrobe.  Mylee, Tori and Shug are heading to town.  Can you imagine how exhausted I will be tonight after dance class and then a day of shopping with my two favorite girls?



#5

Then, off to watch Carson play in the State Baseball Tournament.

Whew Hoo Carson!



#6
And Trey...I get to spend time giving him lots of hugs and kisses..


I would say that I have a pretty good day planned out and I'll have lots of good news to post after a fun filled day like this.


                                                   #7



 
The other great news is that I am Blessed!!



Love you all and thanks for sharing a little time with me today!

Shug.....

Enjoy your day....

Monday, July 26, 2010

An Angel to Me

Our Precious granddaughter, Tori!

Is this not the sweetest little face.  She is so full of life and so very independent.  Her energy lights up the world.  It especially lights up this grandmother's heart!  She gives my life an abundance of heart felt joy.

I had the opportunity yesterday to spend some time with Tori.  She and I were on our way to the mall and when I looked over at her, I could see that her eyes were getting very heavy.  I drove a couple more miles down the road and as I looked over again, her little eyes shut.  She was off to dream land. 

Waking her up is not an easy task and I knew that the next ten miles was not going to be enough time for her to get her nap out. The purpose of the trip was to pick up a gift that I would need today, so I had no choice but to gone on to the mall. 

Sure enough.....A difficult task it was!  I woke her up and she whined all through the mall.  She even found a chair and sat down while I was shopping.  The saleslady ask her why she was so tired and her comment was "I have been a busy girl this week"

I didn't find what I wanted at that particular store and I was dreading the walk through the mall.  Miss Grumpy was just going to have to pick up her steps and follow me, she had no choice.
As we enter the mall, she said, "Shug, it's just that a little girl gets hungry sometimes."  Of course, I ask her what she wanted and it wasn't a surprise when she announced that she wanted some dipping dots. 

I told her that I needed to stop at the Hallmark store and then we would go get her dots.  This was just fine with her.  As we approach the store, I could her eyes going in circles.  She spotted a lot of things that were attractive to her little mind.  I looked for what I wanted to buy, and before I knew it, she had every musical card playing.  Not only were the musical cards playing, she has pressed the button on about four of these stuffed animals that sing. 

Oh my, I knew that I needed to get checked out and get out of that store, like right then.  We escaped without the clerks calling security to haul us out.  We made our way to the dipping dots booth.  What size do you think she wanted?  XL size, the biggest they had.  Hey, it was  $4.99, but what the heck.....

As we started back down the mall, with the XL size dots, she told me that the mall people must be crazy.  I said why do you say that Tori?  Her response was...."If they don't want you to go inside the stores with your cokes and food, then they should not sell it there"
I told her that she was probably right, but that was the rules.  Of course, she went right on to say " what did they think we came to the mall for?  Just to buy our food and then walk up and down the mall looking in the windows.  Duh!"

Oh well, we finally make it out to the car and are fixing to be on our way home.  She looks over at me and says, "I've been thinking that we need to have a girls only shopping trip."  I ask her what we needed to shop for and she stated that she needed to accessorize her school clothes.  I didn't even know she knew that word!  

We now have a date for this next week to go "accessorize" her wardrobe!  I guess she is now my glamour girl..... What little girl doesn't need lots of glitter and bows?

You know, there is no greater joy in the world (in my humble) opinion than grandchildren.  They are simply the greatest.  I am looking forward to our outing and I promise, I will take a lot of pictures to share with you later.   

Shug.................

Tori,

It's not only in Heaven
that Angel's play
Listen closely
To what I have to say
You are my precious granddaughter
Sweet as can be
Your nick name may be tornado
But, you're an Angel to me!!

Love Shug....

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Where do I go from here?



Where Do I Go From Here?   I'm just not sure, but one thing I know is that I do want to be in the Will of God and I do want to walk where  HE leads me. 

I feel that God has been speaking to me this week, but I just do not have a clear understanding of which way I am to go.

I feel very inadequate to answer that question "Where do I go from her" because I am not sure what God wants for me.....  We are all unique in our own ways.  We each have gifts, abilities and desires that give us the opportunity to do something special in our lives.  Confidence is a big word and we have to Trust God to give us the strength and confidence to do whatever!  If he points us in a certain direction, then HE is going to clear the path for us to get there,  no matter what our weaknesses might be.

I love this blog......When I started it, my intentions were to try to be an inspiration to others each day.....
I wanted to encourage anyone that read my blog to set goals for themselves and for each of them to know that they could accomplish anything, if they would seek God first.

I love life, and I have found so many interesting things to blog about, but what is it that God wants me to do.  I know that people need laughter, and I believe that  Christian laughter is good for all of us. I love sharing the pictures of my family and friends with all of you.  They truly are what my life is about.  This past week, I have been asking God if I am going in the right direction.  Do I continue to write each day just as I have been doing, or do I need to gear my post more towards helping others?  More than anything, I want to write what God places in my heart. 

I must admit,  I feel like there is more for me at this time in my life.  I have to ask my self these questions.  Do I continue to write my journal about childhood cancer?  If so,  is it all about making me feel better or can (the possibility of a book) about this topic really help other families that might have a child or grandchild fighting cancer?  Without the proper education to be a writer, without having connections, can I even do this?  

I have had many comments from readers that can't wait to see what I am going to write about, or what crazy things I have done.  I love making their day ...I love making people laugh and feel good.  But, I never want to do anything that is out of the will of God....I'm going to keep on blogging, but just want to make sure I am using the correct words on each page.

I do not work outside of our home and I have been extremely Blessed to have a husband that has always provided for me.  Why now, do I have a strong desire to bring a financial deposit to this family.   Again, I question, is God leading me to do something..... I have finally found something that I love to do and perhaps God is leading me in a direction that I can not even see YET.  This journey that I am on may never allow me to make a dime or it could be the exact thing that gives me the income that I desire.  The main thing here is that.........Even if I just have one reader a day and I can lift the spirits of that one person, then I will know that God has used me.  This would bring me satisfaction as well..

How wonderful would that be, after being a Stay At Home Mom and now a Stay At Home Grandmother all these years, and to now be able to accomplish something great in my life and something Spectacular for the Lord...... 


Shug...........

I hope that you will pray with me, that I will be able to understand the path that God has for me and that He will lead me to do great things.  

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Recovery in Progress

Today, I would ask you all to keep praying for Tucker....

He is doing great, he looks great and Tucker has a wonderful outlook on life.  As I said in my earlier post, he still has a year and half before he is (medically speaking) considered cured.  I know that this time will past by fast and that Tucker's future will be bright....We do anxiously await that date because the long journey will then have closure. 

Even though life is now good for him, he still has several obstacles to overcome.  You don't have as much chemo and radiation as what he had and just walk away without some kind of damage to your body. 

Tucker's first word was ball and he has always been a super active little guy.  Before the diagnosis of leukemia, he was that kid that was the fastest runner, the one that could always hit the baseball into the outfield, and the one that had complete control of any basketball that he chose to dribble down the court.  He had the natural ability to be an athlete. 

Since his treatments, his agility has taken a different turn.  Chemo can cause neuropathy and it has affected his ability to raise his toes.  He can run, just not very fast.  His bones are still very weak and one arm has already had a break.  Tucker has to be much more cautious than most other kids his age. 

His body is weaker, but we know that this will improve in time.  His blood platelets continue to run low and this causes him to be  tired.  He also experiences many headaches due to the platelet count being low.  There is still just a lot of recovery taking place at this time.  He needs more strength in his body and he needs the muscles and tendons in his legs and feet to heal properly.  Please pray that God will continue to give him the strength he needs and that his platelet count will improve and his headaches will go away. 

Many kids and adults do not completely understand why (since he no longer has treatments), are his abilities now not what they were before......They do not understand that recovery is still a day by day thing.     No, his abilities are not the same at this time, but I believe with all my heart that God will completely restore him.  There is so much to be thankful for and if he is never the athlete he used to be, then I feel that God will lead him to greater things. 

Thank you to those that have had him on your prayer list since the beginning.  I would ask you to please keep praying for him.  
For those of you that have just joined us, I would ask you to please pray for him and his complete recovery.

Shug..............

One more thing......Tucker leaves for his cancer camp tomorrow.  This camp is wonderful and I thank God for those that were able to create such a place.  Tucker does have some anxiety (especially at night when the lights go out) so please pray that his heart will be at peace and that he won't cry himself to sleep.
He loves to go and has made many friends, but he does need our prayers at night.    

Friday, July 23, 2010

Positive People Only

I think there should be a sign on every hospital room door that reads:  "Positive People Only"

God already knew that I needed to change my attitude and that He was going to use me as a vessel to help Tucker through some of the difficult days ahead.

Sometimes we are stubborn in our own spirits and we question God.  Even when you know that God is speaking to you, we have a tendency to want to question what HE is doing.
My thoughts  were "How can I pretend that things are not bad?"  Tucker was losing weight, his hair was falling out, and there were many complications from the treatments.  He was having blood transfusions, radiation, surgery and very painful injections in his legs. 

It would take a tremendous power of thought and emotion to get my attitude transformed to be where it needed to be.  But, the truth was that I simply needed to listen to God and let him lead me every step of the way.  Tucker needed me and I knew that I needed to commit my attitude to God in order to help Tucker.

A spiritual base is an absolute essential not only in the roll of healing, but in our everyday life.  To remain Peaceful, was going to be a big key for Tucker's healing.  I wanted Tucker to feel my uplifted spirit.  I wanted my Peace to radiate over to him.  I wanted him to know that even though there were going to be tough days ahead, he needed to keep his focus on the good and to believe God was healing him. 

I truly admire Tucker.......He has fought hard everyday to give it  his all and because he did and because he trusted God, he is here today.   He still has a year and a half  to go, but with God by his side, the end results will read  "Cured".......


Shug........


Things to remember:

1.  cancer does not deserve to have a capital c

2.  make a choice everyday to get up happy and to smile.  Say Thank you Lord for another day.

3. Surround yourself with Positive People

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Whispers of God

"Change of attitude brings Healing"

Attitude, how can attitude bring healing to Tucker?  "Really God, what are you trying to tell me here"


At that moment, I had to take a mental glimpse back over the past couple of weeks.  I had a complete visualisation of what my attitude had been, and I knew that God was dealing with me.  As Tucker's family and as his support group, we all needed to have the best attitude we could have. 

Sure, the doctors were doing all that they could do to take care of his medical needs, but we needed to do our part in giving him emotional support.  We needed to assure him that his cancer was just a part of an unfoldment in his life, BUT it was not a life sentence.

The whispers from God were telling me that "Change of attitude Brings Healing" meant that
I  (we) needed to keep a positive attitude so Tucker could draw strength from us.  In other words, Tucker's spirit needed healing as much as his body needed healing.

Every single day we needed to show him that there was something good hidden in each challenge that he faced.  We needed to paint a mental picture of the things that had already been great in his life and of the greatness to come. 

I knew exactly what God was showing me, but I still had concerns over what was to come.  How could I keep a mellow out look each day, when my grandson was so very sick.  His frail little body was in pain and chemo was not his friend. 

I was like......God I don't know if I can keep a positive upbeat attitude.  I can not do this on my own.

To be continued........


Shug..............

Listen to God today.....He just may be speaking to you!
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Really God, What are your trying to Tell Me?

For the next few days you can expect to see a more serious side of me.....While Sam and I were gone this past week, one particular word kept rolling around in my mind.  I have posted about this word before, but I feel that there is more that I need to share.

I am going to dedicate the next few post to a little guy that is a true HERO.....


Tucker  Thomison......Our precious Grandson!

The word that I could not seem to get free from my mind last week was

Attitude

As most of you know, Tucker was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia about three and a half years ago.  It is in remission and we have another year and a half to go before he can be considered cured...

I remember when Tucker was first diagnosed with his leukemia.  There were so many things happening and each day was filled with all kinds of different emotions.  These emotions seemed to keep our minds twirling like a big whirl wind each time the doctors would give us any kind of news.  Some of the news was encouraging, but a whole lot of it had the great capacity to bring us down.  We were tired, mentally exhausted, confused and most definitely out of our daily routines.  You know what this can do for your attitude.  It is very hard to keep an upbeat attitude when you have a very sick grandchild that is being stuck with needles every couple of hours.

I remember one day just a couple of weeks after his diagnosis, and I guess I was having a really tough day.  Tucker was in bed here at our house while his parents took care of some business.  He was absolutely in the worse pain that I have ever seen someone be in and I knew that we had to get him some help.  I was able to get in touch with Ty and Trista and they came home to find that Tucker could not even move.  They rushed him back to Children's Hospital where he was admitted again. 

Later that afternoon, I went to my room and I started to cry almost uncontrollably.  I think that I had held back the agony in my heart as long as I could.  I wanted to be super strong for Trista and her family and so I tried to bottle up my hurt in order to help them.  I knew at this point that I needed to (TRY) to pray, and I say try because at that point it was as if nothing would come out of my mouth.  I simply could not pray. 

My thoughts were to just lay there and let God do what He wanted to do in me.  I desperately needed Him to renew my strength.  As I lay on my bed, I felt a warm sensation rush all through me, and just as quickly as my tears began to fall, they stopped.  I felt a sense of tranquility fill my heart and I knew at that moment that God was doing something for me. 

There were these words that kept going over and over in my mind and I could not keep myself from repeating them.  God was giving me these words in order that I could use them in the days ahead.  "Change of attitude brings Healing"

Of course, my first thought was " Attitude, how can attitude bring a healing to Tucker?"
"Really God, what are you trying to tell me"

To Be Continued...........

Shug......

Let your heart be thinking about that word ATTITUDE....What does it mean?




Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Light from the Past:

It's a new day isn't it?   A new day meaning that life is so different now from what it was when I was a child.  Our needs seem to be greater than ever before.  Our wish list just keeps growing and growing.  There is little satisfaction found at the end of a day. 

Many thoughts raced through my mind last night as I watched our grandchildren play.  It was as if a light from the past was shining right there where I stood.  I saw scenes of my childhood flashing before me and I loved the feeling of happiness that it brought and delivered straight to my heart.   

The air outside had a whisper of a breeze and as the sun was going down, I could hear the kids playing like we played many years ago.  There were no sounds of motorcycles, electronic toys, boom boxes, cars or sirens to distract them from playing.
All I could hear was the laughter of each grandchild as they passed by.......


Look at Mylee....she wasn't afraid of the dirt.  She loved it!

And then, when we least expected it, the game of leap frog found it's way back and the kids loved every minute of it.   
 




Rolling and playing in the dirt is a given, especially if you know that a big pool of water will be calling your name...





And who could forget about a good ol' game of family baseball right there on the family field...




After an evening filled with the joys of laughter and play, you know that the only thing that awaits them is a restful night...At the end of the day....I felt as if there was only one more thing left to do or say...

Goodnight, Tyler...Goodnight Tucker....Goodnight Tori....Goodnight Carson....Goodnight Trey.....Goodnight Mylee!
Goodnight all!



Ah....The days of childhood!   Wonderful imaginings and the simple pleasures of playing outdoors.  These are the kind of threads that binds a family together.  Laughing, Playing and Spending qood quality time with one another..... The light of the past is always welcome at our home and in our hearts!

Shug................


Let the joys of your past find their way back into your heart today!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I really am what I say I am!

It is true........I really am what I say I am!

Just Yesterday, I discovered something new about myself.

I Am A Junky......

Did not even realize this, but I am a bracelet junky..


This is only about 1/4 of the bracelets that I wear, (No, I don't wear them all at the same time!  This is 1/4 of the bracelets that I wear at different times) not to even mention the one's that I own. The ones that are just sitting in my jewelry box.....I have several that are a little outdated, but I know that if I hang on to them long enough, the style will come back around.  I'll be styling those bracelets again someday...

There is something about my jewelery box that TORI  just loves.  While she was here yesterday afternoon, the two of us did a little organizing in the jewelery department .  I was shocked to see how many bracelets I have.  Why did I not already know this??

I would prefer not to mention this to Sam, so shhhhh..... Let's just keep this between us. 

I know it would put him in a perplexed state of mind if he ever counted how many I have.  I am almost positive that  he never notices them.  I'll bet he would if he could see the $$$$'s that are there wrapped around my wrist....

I have no idea what it is about bracelets that I like, but I do like them all...When I go to a Brighton Store, I go nuts!!
It is very hard to make a decision because they have so many to choose from......My mind starts this mad rush of excitement, trying to decide which bracelet would look good with whatever!!............  I love them!!


It is never hard for my kids to find something to buy me for my birthday, Christmas, or any other occasion.  They know that all they have to do is find a bracelet for me and I will be one a happy camper....one happy SHUG...one happy bracelet JUNKY!!

I know what you must be thinking....You must be thinking that I come from some kind of gypsy family....You know, with all the bracelets they wear and all the clinking and clanking they make when they walk around.  

  Have you ever seen a gypsy that doesn't wear a lot of bracelets?
  I haven't either..... I have never seen a real life gypsy!  Don't think that I qualify to be a gypsy woman though, but I guess that it's possible that I could have some of that kind of blood in me.  I do like to hear the bracelets jingle when I wear them.  



GIRLS.....I know that there are still a lot of unusual bracelets out there just waiting for us to come along an buy.  Bracelets that we need to be shopping for....  That ( I ) need to be shopping for..

Let's hit the shops early, and when we are through, we can jingle and jangle our way home.  I'm just saying!

Shug............

Spend time with a friend...Have some girl time and laugh out loud!










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