Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fairy's....Fairytales... We have all had those sweet moments in time when an erosion of excitement overwhelmed us,  at the mere thought of seeing a Fairy.  You know the tiny little thing that has wings and perhaps pointed ears....it can fly here and there and everywhere.   Who of us has not longed to escape to a magical land where fairy's live and stardust sparkles in their soul? 

When I was young... with each tooth lost, I knew the "Tooth Fairy"  would be coming for a visit.   This was such an enormous event in my small and wishful mind.   Although, I was always terrified of having a tooth pulled, I secretly longed for the magical moments and the wonderful imagination of being awakened by tiny flakes of stardust, as it bounced from off of my face.



Just yesterday....this sweet, precious thing.....lost a tooth!

She was at Shug's house when she pulled it and she had been so excited all day long....for her mom to get home so that she could show her the empty spot where the tooth had been.

Pulling the tooth was no problem for this 9 year old.  

Once her mom was home.....Mylee sat down beside her and was telling her all about pulling the tooth, and her expectation of the tooth fairy coming.....Excitement was all around her!  After all...the Tooth Fairy would be coming soon!

And that is when it happened.   Mylee looked into her mom's eyes and said:  "tell me truth....is there really such thing as a tooth fairy"
"The kids at school say that there is no such thing!"

What does a parent do when your child looks you in the eyes and say's...TELL ME THE TRUTH?

Shanda began to tell her that there really is not a tooth fairy and how it was her and Mylee's dad that had been taking her teeth each time she lost one, and placing money under her pillow.     

For Mylee, there was no happy ending in this fairytale!

Her heart was broken and tears started flowing down her cheeks....
Oh how I wish it had been fairy dust falling from those precious cheeks...instead of tears.  My heart was broken as well. 

Shanda explained to her that now.....it was going to be up to her (Mylee) to keep the secret.   That there would be other kids at school (younger than her) who still believed that there was a tooth fairy.   Mylee would now have to be one of those bigger kids that would enjoy watching others have all the imagination that she once had.   

It is very hard watching them grow up and finding out that these make believe people/fairy's are not real.   One thing that was made clear was that even though we don't see Jesus in human form.....That HE is REAL.  No fairytales....No fairy's....
Only the truth.  

God is REAL.

Shug.







Wednesday, March 29, 2017

On this Wednesday morning (this morning)....I woke up aching!   It seems that I didn't have much sleep last night.   It was one of those nights....more thoughts than I can count....moving my mind around all night long.   And then...I couldn't get comfortable!

I'm thankful for each new day that I have on this earth....but, I must admit.....all of the extra stuff that comes with aging can be quite uncomfortable at times.    An ache here and tomorrow an ache there.  Today, it is in my shoulder, neck and back area!  YIKES!

What could have possibly brought this on?   I know exactly what it was!!




It was the purging of my closets!!!!!   


Finally emptying my closets of ALL of the items that I do not wear.

Ridiculous!!!!!   To say the least!    How nice would throw away clothes be?   The kind you wear once and then dispose of them....kinda like pampers!

A huge majority of these items are going to a resale shop and the rest is going to Goodwill.   

I can't tell you how good it feels to have a closet that is now STRESS FREE!    Hopefully with a couple of tylenol and some Aspercream....my muscles and joints will feel better soon!!

Shug


Friday, March 24, 2017

Why did I wait so long...

The flowers all around are so pretty this year......

On June 16th, Sam and I will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary!  With this being said, one our very first wedding showers was given to us in April of 1972.   Wow...that sure seems like a long time ago!

The popular kitchen colors for that particular time were none other than the green, gold and orange colors.   YIKES!!!!!




This sweet beauty was just one of our many, many gifts.   Mrs. Tompkins gave us this gift way back then!!   While the mixer itself has held up, all these years....the mixer beaters have become a bit rusty.

What's a girl to do.....GO BUY YOURSELF A NEW HAND HELD MIXER.    I do have a super nice Kitchenaid stand mixer, but for small things that I'm making....a hand mixer is all I need.

I went to BED, BATH AND BEYOND this week and was looking at the mixers.   A salesman approached me and wanted to know if he could help me.   I told him what I was looking for and I told him about the mixer that I now have.....being 45 years old.  



This is the product that he recommended.....and then, his next statement to me was:  "I can guarantee you that this mixer won't last 45 years!"     I just laughed and told him that I knew he was telling the truth.  

I've been busy the rest of the week....using my new MIXER.   I'm baking cookies  right now...(as I write this post) 
Cheesecake cookies....





A friend of mine posted these on my FB page.....thought I would give them a try.   

I love my new hand held mixer....

Shug.....

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Garage Sales...Yard Sales....etc.

Garage Sales......Yard Sales.....Community Sale......Purge Sale....
Barn Sale....Junk Sale......Moving Sale.

There are many names for a sale where one gets rid of the stuff they no longer want.   There have been times when I have had my own sale, and I profited very well.  However....there have been times when I wondered why I didn't just take the stuff to goodwill and be done with it.    

I love to go to Antique Sales, or sales where I can find all kinds of Old Junk.   I love old buckets, furniture, kitchen gadgets and just about anything that was made or built before my birth year.  


 I will admit.....shopping for clothes at a Garage Sale is really not my cup of tea!!  On the other hand....my girls (Trista and Shanda) are Garage Sale Queens.   Each year, there are a couple of very nice sales in our area and the girls end up with some great name brand clothing.   Brand new wardrobes!!

Just this past week....I went to a sale with them and I really couldn't believe all the bargains they got.   Each of them purchased several items of clothing that looked brand NEW!!  :)        The biggest bargain of all was the purses they bought.    Like $300.00 purses for just $10.00.   Now this is what I call a GOOD DEAL.




Like I said.....I don't shop clothes at sales.   I'm not what most would consider a "SMALL"  person  (that's right...I could stand to shed a few pounds) but rarely do I ever go to a sale and find clothes in sizes to fit me.     I wonder why this is?   I figure that most people that are bigger than a size 6, 8, 10, or 12........just don't put their stuff out there for fear of others knowing the sizes that they wear!

LOL......I'm laughing at myself for making that statement too!!

Speaking of garage sale items......I'm not trying to be ugly here, but who wants to buy someone's used underwear?  Not me!

I get so tickled when I see a big box of used underwear .....marked 25 cents each.   The key word is USED underwear.

Think I'll stick to my old buckets and kitchen gadgets!

Shug.......


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Well.....St. Patty's Day has come and gone!  I went all day without wearing a single piece of green and not once did I get pinched...  

The weather is suppose to be warming up today.  A few clouds and then some warming temps reaching close to 80.  Sounds like a great day to do some yard work.   

Guess what time of the year it is??  It's Bluebonnet time!!


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Viewing a field of bluebonnets is something that needs to be on everyone's bucket list.   A huge rolling landscape of these gorgeous blue flowers, is not only breathtaking, but the aroma that fills the air is so refreshing.  

A must see!

Shug...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Break

Happy St. Patricks Day sweet friends.....



I'm Feeling extremely Blessed.....  It's the simple blessings in my life that I am so very thankful for (and the big things too)   I woke up this morning and as I lay in bed, soaking up the goodness of having a warm, comfortable place to rest....thoughts came rushing through my mind.   Thoughts of how sweet it is to be free....to have a home that I dearly love....to have a loving family and sweet, precious friends.  

So often, I am guilty of not giving God the Praise that is due HIM.  I take for granted the small things in life.  Can you imagine how many times a day that God protects us from things or situations that we have no clue even exist in our surroundings?  How Blessed we are to have food and the many comforts of life.   Thank you Lord for ALL YOU DO.

I want to keep living life and giving Praise to my Lord.   



This is Spring Break for our teachers and kids at school.    It hasn't been the best weather, but at least it hasn't rained everyday.   Tori has spent the week on the beach with her her friend....

Carson has had baseball practice each day and actually plays a game this afternoon.    Trey has done everything that a guy enjoys doing...like Fishing, riding 4 wheelers, hanging out with friends....etc.

Mylee.....she hasn't missed a beat in her playing.  She's an outdoor kind of girl and loves just being outside doing all kinds of things.

And our 18 year old......it's been golf, girlfriend, hanging with friends, girlfriend and golf.  

Trista and I left last Friday to go visit our Airman.   A 8 hour trip one way.....so, 16 hours total......but I would do it again this weekend if I could.   You wouldn't believe all the things that we crammed into the 3 days that we were there.   Lots of eating!!!  Lots of laughs!!! Lots of games!!  Lots of of hugs.

On Sat morning.....we visited a quaint little area in a small town, where we feasted on a plate of "Beignets."     Oh my.....they were so good!!   We then had dinner at an Oyster House!!!   I ordered Red Fish, topped with a huge portion of crab meat.   YUM!

Our last evening there.....we ate at a place called "Slap yo Mama."



Sure.....they had to act out the "Slap yo mama" name!   Love these two!!  We had to say  "See ya later" right after this last photo.   Gosh, that is never an easy thing to do!!   :(

This next week, I'll be trying to make those Beignets for sure....
They were so tasty!!

Big hugs to all of you...
Shug

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


I love these things......Love me some Peanut Butter Crackers.   I really like them with a COLD coke!   Do you ever get so excited when it comes to snack time?  I do.....Snack time is very important to me.  Just telling it like it is.   






About a month ago, I bought a box of these Peanut Butter crackers. After opening a few packages.....I quickly discovered that most of the crackers had NO PEANUT BUTTER on them .    This is horrible disappointment for someone who is looking forward to their snack. 


No Kidding.....

Evidently, the peanut butter machine wasn't working when these little fellas passed down the line.  

The next week....I buy another box and low and behold....the very same thing.   NO PEANUT BUTTER!!

I took them back to the store and it seems, I wasn't the only one that this had happened to.   The store manager made them good....gave me two new packages.    

Guess what?   I opened a new box today that I had just purchased.   No Peanut butter.  LOL

The company is sending me coupons!!  
I want give up....I like them too much.

Shug


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Well....it is cool and rainy outside today.  It's one of those "Stay inside and do nothing" kind of days.  I actually have plenty to do...but I'm just not really in the mood to do any of it. 

This past week was a super busy week for me. What did I do?  All kinds of Art work.  Tori is trying out for our school mascot this next week, so I was busy making all kinds of props for her.  The props are all so cute....and now it's completely up to her to show school spirit and lots of enthusiasm.   

Meanwhile.....Tucker had me working on another project.   Now get this...when I was in school (way back when)...if you had a boyfriend, it was just a given that the two of you would be attending the Prom together. Seems that things have changed big time since way back when.   

Now days, the guy has to some up with some unique way of asking his ALREADY girlfriend to go to Prom with him!!!!!  I remember working on a few projects for Tyler during his Prom day years.   

For Tucker's sweet girlfriend.....I made a "Prom Journal"






This is just a few pages out of the journal. He also gave her a big set of the gel markers so that she could use them as she journaled about the Prom!

AND....She did say YES to being his Prom Date!

In other news.....Today, March 5th is our Airman's 21st Birthday!!   Happy Birthday Tyler.


I am so very thankful for the sweet family who delivered the cookie cake to him, along with the balloons.  They also made him a big Happy Birthday sign.  It is very nice knowing that there are families out there that are willing to go out of their way to make an Airman's special day....feel special.  


Tori's tryouts are this week, so I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that she will make the BEAR!! 

Blessings to all on this Sunday...
Shug

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