Saturday, February 28, 2009

Scripture Saturday...

I saw this scripture on Angela's blog yesterday. Love it!!!

Psalms 112:7-8

He will have no fear of bad news;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
In the end he will look in triumph on his foes.


I haven't shared with everyone about my daughter Olivia and her back. Yes, it seems she has inherited some of my problems. But we're not completely sure why.

She started to complain about back pain in December. I had already scheduled an appointment with my spine doctor for both Olivia and Michael for them to be screened for scoliosis, since I have it and it has caused tremendous other problems with my back and my sister actually had corrective surgery on her spine when she was 15. Michael's spine is completely normal. Olivia's has a slight curve, but nothing to be concerned about. However...

My doctor ordered an MRI because of the pain she was experiencing and the results show that she has two herniated discs...which is strange considering she was not injured in an accident or doesn't play sports, unless you consider lying on the couch a sport!

Anyway he was quite concerned that she has these disc herniations so young and without any trauma involved, so we have an appointment on April 7th to meet with a rheumatologist. She's already completed a round of physical therapy and her pain is not as bad as it has been.

When I saw these verses on Angela's blog, it just spoke to me! I will have no fear of bad news! My heart is trusting in the Lord to work all things for His Glory. Right now we're not sure what our "foes" are. But we will one day look triumphantly at them and know without a doubt that our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask of Him.

So if you could mark April 7th down on your calendars and remember my sweet Olivia in your prayers, that would be wonderful.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Day, So Far...

Well, this picture sums up what I'm doing...

Only I'm not smiling and I'm wrapped in a blanket. I cannot seem to get warm today!

And this picture sums what I SHOULD be doing...

I can't seem to give in to feeling sick and stop working and, of course, checking on all my blogging buddies!! But right now I want so badly to crawl into bed and not transcribe this file that work sent over...another husband claiming to be innocent of killing his missing wife!

I hope to finish up work soon and at least crawl onto the couch until the kids get home. Thankfully, I have chicken cutlets already seasoned and ready to go defrosting, red potatoes and a veggie will be quick additions that the kids love. Enjoy the rest of your day!

A special "Thank You" to Brenda for the picture of the sick lady...she's not feeling too well today either!

My Life Lately...


Found this on Silver's Blog the other day. I'm sure there are a lot of us out there that can relate to the above cartoon!

Seriously, Olivia is doing very well with driving. Although we only went on a "little highway" once and I need to prepare myself better for a return visit! I'll be glad when Driver's Education starts in a few weeks and the instructor can bring her on the major highways!

Enjoy your day!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Monday!

Or, as my friend Becky likes to say, "Joyful Monday." Today I chose to ignore that I am sick and be joyful! Well, I think I'm going to lay on the couch for a bit and try to be joyful that I work from home and can control my schedule!

How was your weekend? We had a great one considering I went to bed Saturday evening not feeling good. Made it to Sunday School but came home afterwards and collapsed on the couch.

I had to take our daughter Olivia to church on Saturday morning...she had to be there by 7:00 AM! But I didn't mind getting up early, she was competing in the Fine Arts for the youth in our group of churches.


She actually wrote a short sermon, Opa would be so proud!


A bunch of the youth were performing...singing, human video, etc. They were gone all day and I'm happy to report all of them, including Olivia, made it to the district level. Very happy and proud!

The Colonel and I went to my favorite country store in the afternoon, after a trip to Best Buy for my son to spend some of his birthday money. I hadn't been "shopping" since Christmas and thought it would be nice to just look. But sometimes you just can't look, right? I had seen this sampler a few months ago with one of my favorite quotes on it and it was still there on Saturday...so I am now the proud owner of it! Here's a picture...
Well that's about all that's going on here. I know I'll have some transcribing to do, along with running the kids to their music lessons, tons of laundry, taking Michael to karate, catching up on my blogging friends and...oh yeah, sipping some hot tea and nursing this awful head cold! Enjoy!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Show and Tell Friday...

Today I am sharing a fast, delicious recipe that looks fabulous!




Fruit Tart

2 cups sugar
2 packages cream cheese, softened
1 container Cool Whip, softened
2 tubes crescent rolls
Assorted fruit

Unroll crescent rolls. Lay flat on a baking pan, pressing seams together.

Bake at 350 until lightly browned.

Using a hand mixer, beat together the softened cream cheese and sugar. Once combined, add the Cool Whip. Spread over top of cooled crescent rolls.

Add your fruit. I used canned peaches (completely drained), fresh strawberries, blueberries and banana. You can use whatever assortment you like!


Here are two different ones I made recently. One with bananas and the other without!


The first time I served this to my father he thought it came from a bakery! I hope you try this easy recipe, your family will love it!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Am I The Only One...

...who didn't know anything about the wonderful feature Blogger has called 'Blog Roll?' At least I think that's what you call it!! It's on your dashboard and lists all the blogs you follow and lets you know if they've been updated recently.

I just found this tool the other day and what a blessing it has been!! It has made my life so much easier in checking out all the blogs I follow. I use to click on my own personal blog list on my blog and sometimes that took FOREVER! And when I would get to some one's blog and it wasn't updated, it was just another step!

So, if you're anything like me and haven't been using this tool, I highly recommend it! I spent a good amount of time this morning updating it and adding new blogs to my list...I feel so organized.

Now if only I can get my desk organized!! Oh, and the storage room downstairs needs organizing and my daughter's closet...I think I'll just go back to reading blogs. Enjoy your day!

A Little Bragging...

If you don't mind...my son Michael took his green belt test Monday evening. On the way to class I was reminding him not to be upset if he didn't pass...silly Mom!!!

He broke that board on the first try. Isn't that a great shot?



He also had to break a board with his hand. I never thought he could do this, but he did! And also on his first try. He broke both boards so quickly and made it look very easy.

Here he is with his instructor.








The Colonel working before the testing began. So glad he was home to see Michael.








On Sunday, he receive a trophy for participating in the Word Reader Club at church. Here he is with his teacher. Every year she gives the kids a chapter a week to read and they have to write a summary on the chapter and answer questions. This is Michael's third year doing every reading assignment. Quite a few kids participate but only three this year completed every assignment.
Michael turned 12 yesterday and he is turning into such a great kid! Both he and Olivia are very responsible and help out quite a bit at home and always manage to make me laugh DAILY. They truly are the greatest gifts I have ever received!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Happy Birthday...


Michael! Today my son turns 12! 
What joy he has brought to this family. Here he is opening one of his birthday presents. 
We celebrated on Monday since the Colonel was home for the long weekend. 
He loved all his presents, especially his very own cell phone. 
He didn't know what it was when he opened it, but you can tell by the look on his face that he figured out pretty quickly that he now has his very own cell phone!


Here we are on a hayride at a farm near our house about 4 years ago...



Visiting Arlington Cemetery...



His big sister Olivia and him playing in a box, of all things, I love this picture of them!



And of course with his Opa, whom he loved so very much!


12 years ago today was a very scary day for us. Michael's birth was very unpredictable. 
I actually went into labor with him 8 weeks early but was able to hold on till his due date, but by the time that date arrived I was very huge, I guess that's what 8 weeks of bed rest does!

Anyway, during Michael's birth he somehow managed to get stuck...
he was just too big, he weighed 10 1/2 pounds! 
All of a sudden 3 nurses were on top of my belly trying to push him out, his heart rate had dropped tremendously and I was in the worse pain I ever experienced as the doctor proceeded to break Michael's collarbone to save his life. 
He was born with no heart beat, not breathing and quite blue.

Thankfully they were able to revive him and he has been a joy to us ever since! 
Happy Birthday Michael! 
May the Lord bless you as you continue to grow and serve Him! 
We love you!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, especially Saturday, Valentine's Day. The Colonel and I had a wonderful time at our church's Sweetheart's Banquet. It was so nice to sit and enjoy the evening without worrying about ANYTHING! I can get use to that!

The Colonel has a four day weekend and was home on Friday. We spent the day running errands. We were able to finally get the last two light fixtures switched out in our house. The dinning room now has a beautiful wheat fixture that I just adore and the entry hallway has a new fixture as well. Goodbye 80's brass!

Here's a picture of the Colonel making the switch with the hallway fixture. As you can see it's a two story entry and he had to spread a ladder across the railings...and then climb on top of the ladder and work! It was quite scary looking! I had to promise him that, "Yes, I love this fixture" and "No, I will not make you change it in five years!" What a man!

I love this new fixture!











We went for lunch at our favorite place...Panera Bread! I love their lunches. Then a little more shopping, mostly for our son Michael who is turning 12 on Wednesday! We are having a party for him today. He's invited a few of his school friends over for a day of just playing and pizza, of course!

I spent yesterday making some cute candy wrappers to wrap around Hershey Bars for the boys to take home as a goodie. I think they're a little too old for goodie bags but thought a candy bar would be nice. The Colonel helped cut and Michael and him wrapped the bars up while I made dinner. They were very easy to make on the computer. I actually used this candy bar wrapper idea a few years ago for a function at our church. Only then I had to wrap 150 bars!!


Enjoy your day...I'll be back tomorrow with a very funny video!

Spiritual Sunday...

I love this song. This week was a hard one for me with my back pain. I kept thinking about this song and calling on the Lord to give me rest from the pain. I'm happy to report the terrible, "stop-me-in-my tracks" pain is gone. I know I will continue to live with pain but am so thankful for the strength and JOY the Lord gives me! Enjoy your Sunday!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Here I Sit...

As some of you know, I suffer with back pain. Most days I can just handle the pain, but for the past 3 days, it's been pretty bad. Thankfully I had some posts already done and was able to get on briefly yesterday and this morning. It's been very difficult to sit for long periods of times or stand for more than 20 minutes. I haven't even worked this week.

I was so happy when the Colonel came home tonight and set up his laptop for me up in our bedroom!! So "Here I Sit" in our bed happily connected again to my blogging friends while still being able to rest my painful back!

I'm on my way to visit everyone and see what everyone has been up to! Is my hubby great or what???

Something Cute...

Here's something I read on another blog yesterday. I really enjoyed Tami's blog, Aunt Mimi's Creation so drop over and take a look too!

A father wanted to read a magazine, but was being bothered by his little girl, Shelby.

She wanted to know what the United States looked like, so he tore a sheet out of his new magazine on which was printed the map of the country.

Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to Shelby, and said, "Go into the other room and see if you can put this together. This will show you our whole country today."

After a few minutes, Shelby returned and handed him the map, correctly fitted and taped together. The father was surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly.

"Oh," she said, "On the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got Jesus back where He belonged, then our country just came together."

If only it was that simple, huh? Enjoy your day!

Also, if you could help me out!!! Do you like the "February" graphic on my blog? I found it on some one's blog, can't remember who! Her blog was great, had lots of free graphics to copy and lots of hints for bloggers. I found her through one of YOUR blogs. She's a follower to someone who follows me. But for the life of me I can't remember where! She wrote her entries in an Irish brogue. So if you know who she is, please let me know...she had great tips that I want to check out!! Thanks!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Great Quote...

As most of you know, I love quotes. Sara's blog always has a great one posted on Saturdays. And when I find one that just speaks to me, I love to have it posted somewhere where I can see it...usually around my desk where I spend so much of my time. I posted one of my favorite quotes by Abraham Lincoln back in December.

Last week I found another great quote over at Blessed Femina. If you've never been to her blog, I highly recommend it. She has such beautiful posts that are very inspiring! Here's the quote...enjoy!

"The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, But the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman."

Elisabeth Elliot

And to go along with the quote...here's a great video I found from another new blogging friend, Lisa. This song is so powerful!
It's not who you knew. It's not what you did, It's how you lived. Enjoy!

Monday, February 9, 2009

What???

I don't know what to make of this, BUT, I do know I enjoy blogging very much!

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How addicted are you??? Take the test and let me know! I'd love to see if great minds really do think alike! Enjoy!

Happy Birthday...


My sister Liz!

Don't you just LOVE that baby picture of us?? Anyway, Happy Birthday Liz! I hope you enjoy the many celebrations you will be having this week! If you've never visited my sister's blog, please stop by and say Happy Birthday to her!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Spiritual Sundays


Today is my first "Spiritual Sunday" contribution. Charlotte over at Charlotte's Weblog invited me a few weeks ago to participate. I'm glad I did! So from now on Walking on Sunshine will be a part of Spiritual Sundays. I encourage you to head over to their blog to take a look at all the other wonderful contributions. Since I have quite a few new followers and readers, I thought I'd post something I wrote a few months ago. Enjoy!

A Bouquet of Thorns

My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorn! I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorn. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear. Teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbow.
—George Matheson (1842–1906)

I read a quote the other day that just seemed to jump out at me. I have never really thought of my pain as something to be thankful for. Or to even think of it as a “Bouquet of Thorns” as the above quote suggests.

I did some research on why roses have thorns. Thorns protect the rose. They protect it from things like wild animals who want to devour the rose. Thorns protect and yet also perfect the rose.

I particularly love the definition…thorns enable a rose to grasp on and climb higher than other flowers to get needed sunshine. I like to think that as Christians when we’re experiencing thorns in our lives, we need to push everything out of our way and search higher, reaching for the only one who can help us…our Savior.

I'm sure there are many out there who have thorns in their lives...things they don't really want to deal with...maybe bearing them in silence. Shouldn't we begin to thank God for the strength He gives us when we these thorns appear in our lives?

It's so easy to be thankful when there are no problems weighing us down. But we need to enjoy not only the "roses" in our lives but also the thorns that help to protect the roses. It is when we are going through hard times that we truly begin to experience the comfort only our Lord can give us. In our weakness, pain, or circumstance we come to depend on God even more; often falling to our knees crying out for help.

How can I thank God for this "thorn?" I'm not sure I can yet. But I do know that I have thanked Him for all the many blessings He has given me and that I need to embrace this thorn and be thankful for the knowledge that maybe this thorn will help me to realize how much more I need to lean on Him.

So let's take a little time today to be thankful for the thorns in our lives...without them we wouldn't have the beautiful roses.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10...Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Can You Read This?

Only great minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting!

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Found this on Just a Gal's blog. I thought it was fun because YES I was able to read it!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tag!

Last week, Blessed Femina tagged me with the following. I thought it would be easy to do, BUT I was so wrong. Took me forever to come up with the answers. Have fun reading them!

My memories from 2008

~A good book I read~
Abram's Daughters by Beverly Lewis

~A great film/movie I watched~
I loved all the Jane Austin series that PBS did, especially Persuasion.

~A new place I visited~
The Hotel Bethlehem

~An inspiring verse or quote I read~
"I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day." Abraham Lincoln

~A discovery I made~
Facebook! Love it! If you want to become friends on Facebook, let me know and I'll send a friend request to you!

~A new skill I acquired~

~A lesson I learned~
To always tell the people you love, that you love them!

~A moment I will always remember~
Seeing my father at the bottom of those stairs and saying goodbye to him.

Now that was fun. Care to join? Please considered yourself "tagged" and leave me a comment so I can come check out your list!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

25 Random Things...

This was going around Facebook and I thought I'd share it with all of my blogging buddies! Here are 25 random things about me that you probably don't know.

1. I have two beautiful children, one who is slowly turning my hair completely gray. She is learning to drive. Along with my husband, they mean the world to me.

2. I’m originally from Queens, New York. My kids make fun of how I say coffee and water, etc. They love me.

3. I’m very, very particular about things.

4. I think people don’t really know me.

5. My father was an amazing man of God. I’m just now beginning to realize that.

6. I was painfully shy growing up and spent most of my life being fearful.

7. My spine is s-shaped, no one ever checked me…PARENTS, HAVE YOUR CHILDREN EXAMINED!

8. I live with pain daily.

9. I have a wonderful husband whom I met as a teenager roller-skating out on Long Island. He wanted nothing to do with me…

10. I love to cook and entertain and decorate and garden.

11. I never knew how much I would love blogging!

12. I truly think my son would have died if they didn’t remove his appendix two years ago. It was tucked away up underneath his liver, which explained the pain in his upper stomach, not lower stomach.

13. I love my Savior more than anything. I have always served Him and will continue to serve Him till the day I die.

14. I wanted more children, but couldn’t, I’m thrilled with my 2.

15. I once had my finger closed in the car door and had to wait for my husband to find the keys to unlock the door…we all thought the finger was broken and needed stitches, even the doctor, but the Great Physician had other plans…

16. I love the movie Sense and Sensibility. Every time I see it, it still gets to me!

17. My father use to have to stand in line with me when I was in kindergarten, otherwise I would cry. One day he couldn’t do it and asked the principal to stand with me. He did and held my hand until we went into the classroom.

18. In first grade I didn’t eat my lunch for 2 weeks. Karen Schierwagen told her mother that I sat in the lunchroom crying while everyone around me ate their lunches. When my mother found out, she made arrangements for me to come home for lunch. When she asked me why I would cry, I told her it was too noisy. My son Michael spends a lot of time in the nurse’s office during lunch period…because it’s too noisy in the cafeteria for him. The nurse just recently told me that he likes to come to her office to “rest.”

19. I am now 3 inches shorter due to my spine. I think I’ll be joining the cast of “Little People, Big World” soon. Seriously, I love that show.

20. I type very fast, which is good since I work as a transcriptionist.

21. Joyce Meyer’s “Battlefield of the Mind” changed my life. I am now able to handle my fears, most days.

22. I once prayed at the altar so long the ushers had to carry me away…I was maybe 10 and the Holy Spirit had a hold on me.

23. I have a fear of flying, but I once flew in a plane with John Stamos when he was Blackie on General Hospital!!

24. My husband and I were once trapped inside a subway car while there was a fire on the tracks. I thought we were going to die. The train was filling up with smoke quickly and the engineer finally put the subway car in reverse to bring us back to the previous station…I told him to.

25. I still cry for my father every day.

If you would like to list 25 Random Things about you, leave me a comment and I'll come check them out. I'd love to learn something new about you! Also if you're on Facebook, let me know and we can become "friends" there as well!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Attains, Fear of the Lord and Fruit Bearing...

Today is our last day of adding pearls to our strand of necklace. Today we are looking at the pearls Attains, Fear of the Lord and Fruit Bearing found in the final verses in Proverbs 31.

“Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.”

Attains…we need to distinguish ourselves as being the best wife and mother! Let’s not be mediocre! Let’s go the extra mile!

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.”

Fear of the Lord…we all know youth is temporary. We are first and foremost a spiritual being who loves the Lord with all our heart. We want to please God with our every breath. We use the gifts He has given us for His glory. We know that our inner beauty comes from our deep relationship with the Lord. When the Lord is given the honor of our hearts, His glory will shine all over us!

“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

Fruit Bearing…the gates of heaven will one day be opened to each believing woman. Our main goal in life is to one day be standing before our Lord and Savior with our husbands and children by our sides hearing, “Well done thou good and faithful Servant.” The only thing we can bring with us to heaven are our loved ones and those we reach for the Lord, everything else is temporary.

A Godly, virtuous life will one day be honored.
How long will your necklace be when you stand before the Lord? Will you be holding a single pearl, a bracelet or a necklace? I hope to be standing before my Lord one day with a necklace full of pearls…join me!