Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Thursday, August 22, 2019

As I sit here this morning in "my chair".......I can see the sun shining in through the windows with great force.  The light is not only coming through the windows, but it is also beaming through the set of French Doors that separate the office from the living area of our home.  


Thank goodness....you all can not see what I see!!  ๐Ÿ˜Ž

The picture that I am seeing is not so pretty!!  LOL.   My windows need Cleaning!  I Love seeing the Sunshine....but oh my, I sure need to clean some windows...

This made me think: ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

I am so very thankful that God see's my life through HIS lens and not through a lens that the world sees.    HIS light shines through my life, and HIS love transforms my life into something that I never knew could be.   

God's Love "Shines" supreme!!

"Thank you Lord for the reminder this morning, that YOU are able to cleanse me and give me a bright life, in order for me to serve you  with a pure heart."  


May each of you enjoy your Blessings today....

hugs, 
Shug




Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sam and I journeyed out to the farm this past Saturday morning, and picked LOTS of summer pears! A huge perk of growing trees for a living, is that you have all kinds of fruit at your disposal.  

There were several rows of Pear trees and each one of them was weighted down with fresh pears.  I can't wait for the persimmons to get ready!!

I knew this was going to be a week of canning Pear Relish and making Pear Preserves....and I can truthfully say, it is so rewarding to see all those beautiful jars, filled with goodness....on the shelfs in my pantry.


 Cooking down the pears.....


The first batch yielded.......6 quarts!  Two benefits from the Tumeric that is used in this recipe is......The color is beautiful and the Tumeric is good for our health.


 Same for the second batch!!!


I have about 6 more batches to go this week..


The end result.......The most delicious Pear Relish, ready to be used in many different ways!

I'm going to add jalepeno peppers to some of the next jars and see if we like the "bite" that the peppers will give.

We love eating this relish on Fresh peas and beans.  It is also great served on top of a baked potato, with a dollop of sour cream as well.   

I don't think I could ever make TOO MUCH of this stuff......

Pear Relish and Salsa......you can never have too much!!

Have a Blessed Day...

shug. 

Monday, August 19, 2019


I am not a perfectionist, but I am treading very closely on the heels of expecting perfectionism of myself as well as other people.  Crazy...I know.   

This is not a good thing!!  It really is not a good thing!!

Even if I wanted to claim to be a "Perfectionist"...... I really would not be!  For, who of us are perfect?  None.... No, not one of us.

So, where do the words "Stress" and "Peace" come into play with the word Perfectionist?  

These two words are all about our TRUST in the LORD!



Is there a word such as expectation-ist??



"Expectation means believing that a task will be done in the best way possible, whereas perfection is the definitive one hundred percent right way of doing anything. This means that expectation is something which all humans can have, whereas, one must realize that perfection is seldom achievable by mankind."


Stress is something that happens when things do not turn out the "PERFECT" way you are "EXPECTING" them to turn out!!

I can't beat myself up if the expectations that I desire in others, does not meet up to my "Per-fect-ex-pect-sion-ism"

Perceived ideas can cause Stress.

When I saw the above picture quote, I had to stop and read it several times.....

I try to do EVERYTHING myself.....because in my mind, I am the only one that can do something the way I am expecting it to be done.   

Why stress over such trivial things in life?  Rolling with the flow can be so much less of a headache.  What happens, happens.... and if the results cause situations to turn out different from what I had planned, then it does!

Ha, Ha....who am I kidding.  I like things/situations to be near perfect.  

I'm working on myself....

 I know that PEACE comes from giving Everything to God!!

God did not intend for me to do everything on my own...HE is not the giver of STRESS.  HE is my PEACE!!!

Just something to ponder about...

Shug ~









Thursday, August 15, 2019

Good morning friends.   The past two weeks have been like a  world-wind.   A whole lot of busyness. 

Today is the start to the 2019-20 school year!  Wow...Summer went by fast!    I've enjoyed seeing all of the cute pictures on my FB page, of the kids dressed up...holding their backpacks!  Prayers for a safe year!!!!

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One thought that I would like to place on your hearts today, is that when we pray for something, we must always remember to give God the Praise that HE so deserves!  Praise HIM and Thank HIM for all things.

As I lay in bed last evening, I was reminded of my prayers just the evening before.   So often, we/I fail to Thank God for even the smallest of prayers that have been answered.   

I never want my repeated prayers to become so repetitive, that I fail to thank the Lord for His goodness.   I pray for protection over my family every single day.......   This means that it is so very important for me to Thank God and to Praise Him, for protecting them.  

Thank you Lord for hearing my simple prayers.

"As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after thee. You alone are my hearts desire and I long to worship Thee."

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Another Summer post??   YEP!

When I was young, when school got out for the summer......we were able to enjoy a very L-O-N-G  Summer.  From the middle of May until the first week in September, was our Summer Break and wow....what a fabulous time it was.

Of course, the school buildings were not air conditioned and here in Texas....that would be like sending kids to school to learn in a HOT OVEN.

I can't believe that as of MONDAY, my girls (teachers) will be back in the school.  Then, two weeks later..the grandkids go back! ๐Ÿ˜“

What fun is that??

I'll be losing my retail therapy sidekicks as well as my Southern Sweet Tea drinking crew!!



I'm guessing I'll be fine........LOL

Hugs to all....

Shug.   

Monday, July 29, 2019

A COOL way to Cool Down

SUMMER......

Sherbert is so refreshing anytime of the year, but it is especially great during the Summer Months.  



Which of the flavors is your FAVORITE?

I like them all......

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I do appreciate so much, even the small things in life.  Sometimes those small things are the ones that we overlook, but yet they are the ones that bring us many smiles throughout any given day.  

Just today, one of our grandsons was on the phone with Sam and during their conversation, I sneezed (from across the room where Sam was talking to him on the phone) and I didn't even give it any thoughts.

About 2 minutes later, I got a phone call from this same grandson, and he just wanted to tell me "Bless You" because he heard me sneeze while he was on the phone with his pops!

Such a simple thing....but, during my phone call, I also got an "I love  you" from him as well.   Gosh...those three little words gave me a big smile.


This one phone calls reminded me of how valuable my grandchildren are to me.     I absolutely adore them...  

Hope you all have a great evening...

Shug
 




Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Crazy Bird.....

What is the State Bird of Texas?   A Mockingbird......

And....I have had my fill of these somewhat aggressive birds this week.   Evidently, there is a nest of birds in the tree that is beside our driveway.   

Yesterday morning, as Sam was taking the trash out to the edge of the drive, a bird swept down towards him.  I walked outside, and sure enough, there was a mockingbird out there making such a hideous chirp.  


Source...


I din't really think anything about it until I later went outside to water some pot plants.  The pot plants are kind of close to the tree near the driveway!  

Suddenly, a bird flew to the gutter, right above my head.  The crazy thing would  not be quiet.  It kept making loud "Bird noises" lol......over and over again.  Then, it flew down towards me!  It really scared me, and as I swung around, the water hose splashed water all over my face.    ARGH!!

THEN....you all are not gonna believe this!!

Later in the afternoon, I was walking over toward my neighbors house and the bird kept darting at me and ended up perching on a power line.   I was almost to the neighbors house, when Tucker drove into my driveway and honked his horn.   I started back towards the house and I could still see the Mockingbird sitting on the line, but didn't think anything about it.  

As I approached the area near the tree......(MY BACK TO THE BIRD)   the psycho thing came sweeping down and pecked me on the back of the head.    I'm telling you, it hurt like CRAZY!!

My head is still sore today!!!

I feel like a prisoner in my own house.....no matter what door I try to go out, the bird is outside making that ridiculous  noise, just daring me to walk out to the driveway!   Have you ever heard of such?

Meanwhile.....my flowers need watering but I can't go out there for fear of bring pecked again.   LOL....

Seriously....I thought my head surely had to be bleeding yesterday.  It hit me hard and I'm totally surprised that the thing didn't hurt itself when it hit my head.   

I hope this doesn't last long.....those eggs need to hatch....OR....those baby birds need to fly away so the parents will leave me alone......


I'll keep you posted......

Shug

Saturday, July 20, 2019

SUMMER  FUN.........


Summer is so HOT, but....even though the temps or so very warm and humid, we can always find fun things to do !!!!




Tori and her parents, visited the Oklahoma Zoo this past weekend and Tori had a blast.   She had the opportunity to get up close with several of the birds and animals.  



Feeding the Giraffe was one of the big highlights, as well as getting to ride a camel....


And Then......


It's always fun to take "Frog" pictures with your dad......at Bible school..     Tyler and Keelan look cute, don't they?




Who wouldn't want to have their picture taken inside of a heart?  
Mylee went to the Pecan show with us and this big ol' "Frisco" heart was just outside of the convention center......



           Can't beat pool time.......This is great for cooling off!!!



Mom...."Shanda Kay" watching as the kids played.


One of my favorite pictures......Trey ordered his 
welding helmet and even though it has been very hot outside....he wanted to try it out.    He loves welding!!


Summer, Winter, Fall or Spring.......who doesn't love riding a 

Carousel?


Yes.......Lots of Summer fun all around and MORE TO COME!!

Stay cool, and stay hydrated!!

Shug.....















Thursday, July 18, 2019

It is full force Summer around here!  Here I go again.....Watering pot plants, in the mornings and the evenings.   I refuse to think about how much my water bill is going to be!

I recently updated my computer and guess what?  THINGS CHANGED!!   Oh my goodness.......why does this happen.   As of right now, I cannot access my photos in order to use them on my post.   I can go to my photos just like I have always done, but just can't use them when I write a post.   So...for this reason, no photos today.

In this busy tech world that we live in, everyone thinks you need to text more than you need to actually have a conversation on the phone.   I will say it......I DON'T LIKE TO TEXT!!!!!   My girls, my husband, my grandkids, and seems like everyone that I know,  prefers texting.   Don't get me wrong...it's not that I have a problem with the teeny tiny keyboard.....because I JUST HAVE BIG FINGERS.   I just detest the guessing game of what the actual emotions and attitudes ARE of the sender.  

๐Ÿ˜…  ๐Ÿ˜–  ๐Ÿ˜‚  ๐Ÿ˜˜  ๐Ÿ˜ข  ๐Ÿ˜ง  ๐Ÿ˜ซ  ๐Ÿ˜ฌ  ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

On many occasions, I've had to ask myself........"Did I just get a sarcastic response?"   "Are they trying to make me feel good or bad?"........."Are they laughing at my text?"  "Are they taking me serious?"

YOU GET MY POINT.....I HOPE!

Just this past week, I sent a message on FB messenger to one of my Face Book Friends....and the reply to a simple question was very questionable.   Made me want to question as to whether or not they are really my "Friend" or if they just follow me in hopes that I'll ask them a question so they can be rude!   LOL........

Back to Texting.......   I'm not a big fan of it.  I prefer to to talk to you!

Shug

Saturday, July 13, 2019

I have been blogging for 9 1/2 years now.  My anniversary month is in December!!   I would love to tell you that I have written a post for every single day of these past nine and a half years, but the truth is....I haven't!!!  Oh geez....the first year, I was really into it and I blogged almost every single day, BUT...after a year or so, I cut way back.


This past week, I was looking back at some of my post from those first couple of years of blogging and I noticed that I had a whole lot more energy back then.  My writings seemed to have more meaning from the many post that I write about today.     I must say, blogging has been great therapy for me.  I needed this adventure!

My mother had passed away, my grandson was in treatment for Leukemia, my dad was not well and I needed to help him take care of my niece.  I had a whole lot on my plate, but the Lord was watching over me all the time.

Just out of the blue, I decided to look up blogging and from one evening of searching "How To Blog," I started the blogging journey.   Even though I sometimes get what I call "Blogging Block," I still enjoy blogging as much as I did way back then.

Below is one of my early post from December of 2012.......thought you might enjoy it.


Last Day of 2012
Oh my....It's hard to believe that this is the LAST day of 2012.  As many would say....."Where has the year gone?"


365 days.....have just flown by (AGAIN.)  I remember when I was younger, I would hear older people say
"Time is passing by so fast" and in my mind, I was thinking....."Are you kidding me, It's still 4 hours before my date with Sam, and time is standing still!"

Now that I'm older, my how I understand what they were talking about...WAY BACK THEN!

New Beginnings are special....and I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to what the year 2013 will bring.  I can already see some challenges in the future, but I plan to push forward, with a vengeance to get through these.  After all, a challenge can only make me stronger.

I see big changes in the days and months ahead.  August will be a key month for me this year.   For one thing, my (?0)  birthday will be on the 24th of August.      And then.....Mylee Jo will be starting school!  Yes, she is the last of our six grandchildren to journey off to school, and this means that Shug will be left behind, ALONE!

I have been Blessed to be a stay at home grandmother and I have been Blessed to be able to take care of each one of our precious babies!  I have experienced 17 of the Best years EVER.

But, the time is drawing closer for me to move on with my OWN life.   I have to tell you, I'm a bit scared.   What does my future hold?  What am I going to do?    For 17 years, less a few months, my life has been entertained by kids.....now what?

I'm thinking.....if I worked a few years, I could certainly add to our retirement.  But, 17 years is a long time to be out of the work force and things have changed, drastically!!  I don't even SHOP at Walmart, so how could I possibly expect them to hire me as a greeter?  (not)

Seriously.....changes are on the way for me in 2013 and I really DON'T know what to do!!  I don't Know what the future holds, but none of us do....do we?  Whatever it is that God has in store for me, I plan to do it with HIS wisdom and HIS direction.

Hope you all enjoy a wonderful New Year celebration.......Be smart, Be safe, and Be Blessed!

Shug

Friday, July 12, 2019

Good Morning......Welcome to my day!

Don't you just love it when God wakes you up in the middle of the night, to finish your prayers?  I was tired last night, but never do I want to fall asleep without thanking God for my day and thanking HIM for all of HIS goodness.  Praising God is the last thing I remember when I dozed off.

My prayer list is very long.....Family, Friends, Our Nation, Our World, and the list goes on!!

I wasn't even able to complete my prayers last night, because I fell off to sleep.   BUT...during the night (around 3:00) I woke up and it was if my prayers picked right back up.  I am so thankful that God is aware of my tiredness and HE allows me a few hours of rest in order to be rested before praying for others.

This doesn't happen often, but when it does, I am so much more aware of how important specific prayers can be.  People and situations have been placed on my heart for a reason and I never want to fail the Holy Spirit.....I don't mind that I am awakened in the wee morning hours to pray for others.  I count it a Blessing to have this opportunity!

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My day is going to be a good one!  I have several things planned and then, this evening, Sam and I are going to be having dinner with 9 of our Wonderful friends.   How great is this!!


Be Blessed....
Shug






Thursday, July 11, 2019

~~~~      I decided I would swim for a little bit yesterday afternoon!  Not sure I could say swim, because it was more like being in a HOT TUB!

Seriously.....when the temperatures are way up in the 90's to almost the 100's, there is no way the pool is going to stay cool.




I honestly......Love being in a pool.   I could spend hours just relaxing in the pool, and the cooler the water, the more I like it.   Our Texas heat sure doesn't allow for the water to stay cool though.

Life is good......

Shug.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Happy Birthday to this very special lady......



Our oldest daughter.......Trista!   She turns 44 today!!



Her beauty runs so deep.....She has the sweetest, kindest heart and it radiates in everything she does.  



She is an awesome mom to 3, a mother-in-law, a wife, a wonderful grandmother to her 4 year old grandson.....who calls her "Tweetie" and one of the BEST as a daughter, sister, aunt and friend.  

Aside from taking care of her wonderful family, she spends her days as a teacher at our local school.   


Hope your day is as special as you!!

Love you "Tweetie"

Mom/Shug



Thursday, July 4, 2019

Wow.....this header photo is certainly a few years old.  I still remember this wonderful evening that was spent with great friends, celebrating America!!!   ****

Pictured from Left to right:   ME, Susie, Vicki, and Joyce!!!

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I love celebrating our Freedom here in the USA and I also deeply appreciate our Military men and women.   

Tomorrow, July 5th, our grandson (Tyler) will have his 3 year anniversary of serving in the United States Air Force!!!  Yay Tyler!
The time has passed by so fast and it has been so exciting to watch how he has grown during these past 3 years.



In this picture, he had just signed all the paperwork and was heading out to Basics in San Antonio, Tx.   This was a day filled with so much emotion for all of us.   Many tears!
   


Our First time seeing him after he completed Basics




I loved this smile on his face.....Because, he was thrilled to see us too!



Tyler, Showing us his coin that he received during the ceremonies.


This picture was made about a month before he left to go into the Air Force!



His pops was super proud of him......





This picture was taken about 3 months after he got to his Tech School.......We rented a Condo for the weekend and our family (all 14 of us) visited him that weekend.    Gosh...I remember how hard it was to leave him that Sunday afternoon....



His 1st official photo from the AF



A visit home......



Now...he is married




 And has a son........such a beautiful family.....





And here is his latest Air Force picture.   

So many changes in 3 short years and we couldn't be more proud of him and all the accomplishments he has made.

Happy 3rd Anniversary Tyler.......

and Happy 4th of July to all of you.....

Shug.....






Tuesday, July 2, 2019

                                                            Header photo from Image Source





Have you ever made Cream Brรปlรฉe?   I love this stuff.....I absolutely do!!

BUT:  I had never made it before, UNTIL this past week.

We have a group at church that is called "Spice of Life" and I have to tell you, THIS GROUP HAS SO MUCH FUN!!




Here I am, browning the sugar on my Brรปlรฉe.    This was fun, and I had never used a torch before.  I think that next time, I'll add a little more sugar and caramelize it a bit more.


This was a couple's cook night, so I took the dessert lesson and Sam took the grilling a steak lesson.   Here he is (in the black shirt)...well, there are two guys in black shirts....duh!  Mine is the one at the grill, flipping my steak and he's holding the white cup.

Stephanie,  is grilling her and her husband's steak, and he is in the kitchen doing their dessert.   

The guy leaning on the counter......Yep, that is Stephanie's husband, Jeremy, better known as PJ.
Jeremy is the Children's Pastor at our church.   

This was such a fun evening.....Not only did I learn how to make a dessert that I dearly love, but I/we enjoyed a delicious steak, cooked by my honey aka...Sam!

The class was entertaining, the food delicious, and the fellowship was amazing!

I'm excited for the next class.

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Recipe for Creme Brรปlรฉe...

2 cups Heavy Cream  (Heated)
5 Egg Yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar plus more to sprinkle for topping
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Optional:  Berries and Mint for topping

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until creamy.   Slowly pour in the cream making sure not to cook the eggs.  Add vanilla.

Place unfilled ramekins in a baking casserole dish and fill baking dish with water to half-way up.  Pour egg mixture into ramekins.  

Bake for 45 min. to an hour, checking every 10 min after 35 to 40 min.   Stick a knife in the middle and it should come out mostly clean, to check for doneness. 

Let chill before adding sugar to top and using a torch to caramelize sugar.   

add berries and mint....


Shug ~


Friday, June 28, 2019

Are these Hibiscus gorgeous or what?   The two brilliant colors caught my eye and I knew I had to have them.   After all....the prices at this particular nursery had been reduced to 50% off of everything!!  



The only issue is........the blooms only last for ONE day!

This Red is absolutely Stunning!!

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Shug.....




Thursday, June 20, 2019

Strawberry Shortcake.......anyone?

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               Earlier in the week, I noticed that several lights on the dash of my car were on!   I called Sam and he told me to take it on over to the Toyota dealership, so I did.   When I got there, they told me that I would need to take it to the Lexus dealership in Dallas.   

Dallas is a hundred-plus miles away from our little town, so this meant that I would definitely need to get a loaner vehicle.    After getting my car into the service department, we were told that there had been a RECALL on the exact issue, and it would be covered 100 percent!   Thank goodness!!!

I was able to get a loaner car and drive back home the 100-plus miles.   

The service department called yesterday to say that my car was fixed!   So....this morning, Sam, Tucker, Trista and myself set out to Dallas again, to pick up my FIXED car.

After we get there and they bring my car around for us to get, I noticed that all of the lights were still ON and it appeared that the issue was not fixed!    After about an hour and half of waiting, my car was finally ready.   

There was one other component that needed to be fixed in order for them to reset the computer system.   

Since it was a little past lunch time, the four of us decided that we would get something to eat at the "Cheesecake Factory!"      I love the cheesecake factory!!  Sam and I split the Orange Chicken and Trista and Tucker had ordered burgers.  


                                                 Me and Tucker



Then.....Then......Then.....the waiter brought us a dessert menu!  After all, we are at the cheesecake factory!!

Trista and I ordered Strawberry Shortcake.  Sam and Tucker ordered cheesecake.   OMGoodness....when they brought the Strawberry Cheesecake out, I couldn't believe how big the dish was.  All four of us could have eaten from one dish.    I have ordered this before in the past and it wasn't near this big!  Needless to say, there was NO WAY  we could eat it all.   

This dessert was served with sugared biscuits, but I prefer pastry when eating SSC.   

I'm interested to know how other people like to serve their strawberry shortcake?   

1)  With Angel food Cake
2) With Pastry
3) With Pound Cake
4) With Biscuits
5) ?????

Let me know your choice...

Hugs, Shug ~

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Goodness, goodness.....it is WARM today!  Like really warm!

It's that time of the year when I always have to ask myself why I wanted to plant so many flowers and outdoor plants.  I love having the gorgeous blooms in my yard, but watering can really get boring after a while. 


This is another one of those things that you need to think about, before making the choice to invest in flowers and plants. 


Texas summers can be very cruel sometimes, and if you are not going to be dedicated enough to take care of the beauties in your flower beds, then you just don't need to plant them at all.  

So.....       We have a round circle drive in the front of our home.   Most of the time, everyone uses the side drive to park their cars.....except for oldest daughter, Trista!  She usually parks in the shade of the circle drive.  

Last year, I had two very nice, big clay pots, sitting at the end of the walk-way that comes up to our front door.   Mind you, they were not on the circle drive.........but somehow, Trista runs over one of my pots, breaking it all to pieces.   

I moved the other pot, but this year, I placed a nice plastic pot out in the same place.    It was filled with Asparagus Fern and some Red Canna plants.   

Just a few minutes ago, I had a phone call from none other than daughter #1...aka....Trista, and she said: 
"Mom, I'm going to have to buy you a new flower pot."  
 MY reply:   Did you run over it again???   
 To which her answer was....YES!!

Yep....she ran over it again.   I'm trying to decide if I need to bar her from parking on the circle drive, or just not have a pot of flowers in that area...    LOL.   


It's good to be able to laugh over little things like this....

Life is Good!!

Shug





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