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A Repeat...

...but so worth it!

I posted this last summer and was just watching it again on You Tube and thought it was worth a repeat. I love testimonies and hearing how powerful God's presence can be in people's lives and how much they have changed since coming to know the Lord. 
When I first saw this last summer I thought what would my 
"Cardboard Testimony" be?

 I can honestly say it's "Forever Faithful."

What's your "Cardboard Testimony?" 
Leave me a comment...I'd love to hear from you!



"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's a great video. This song is so powerful! 
It's not who you knew. It's not what you did, It's how you lived


Do It Right...

When we built our house 5 years ago, I specifically told the builder to 
stain the railings to match the molding.  
When I came back a week later, he completely ignored me and just put a layer of polyurethane on them.  
I hated them.  
They weren't even connected properly.  
We've been wanting to fix this problem for years...
So instead of heading down to the beach this summer, 
the Colonel and I decided to tackle this eye sore.
Well, it's done...

All connected...

A beautiful entryway...

The view from the top...

So pretty!
It took a few weeks...the house was a mess...the garage was a mess...
But I'm so happy with the end result!  
I love our new stairway!  
Enjoy the pictures! 
 I'm going to get my beach chair out and sit it at the top of the stairs
 and just gaze at the beauty in my house!  

Memorial Day

I hope everyone has a wonderful day! 
Please take some time to remember all those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. 
Enjoy the time spent with your family and friends!


One of my Mother's Day gifts from the Colonel was the latest book by
Dr. Laura Schlessinger...
In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms.
I've been enjoying it tremendously.
I wanted to share with you something that just made me stop for a moment and go, "Yes!"

Cleaning and organizing, playing with and teaching my children, shopping and running errands, taking care of finances, doing laundry, taking care of doctor appointments, communicating with teachers, organizing the family calendar, cooking meals, and making our home a comfortable, cozy, and welcoming place for us and our extended family and friends, among other things, is not just being a "stay-at-home mom."

I am making a house a home,
and couldn't be happier with my job.

Sometimes I struggle with staying home and not working outside of the house to provide income. I do have a job and work from home transcribing. But I could be working at a different job, providing much more income for our family.

But then I start to think, how would everything get done if I worked outside of the house? What would my house look like? What type of meals would we be eating? Would I be going through a drive thru more often? Who would take Olivia to her after school job? How would the kids get to their music lessons?

After I sit and think of all the above and a few million more...
...I realize I have the perfect job!
And this is what God has called me to do...
...To be the best mom and wife I can.

I'm going to print this quote out and place it where I can see it on a daily basis to remind myself that yes, this is the perfect job...
...and it's the perfect LIFE for me!
I'm curious, do any of you struggle sometimes
like I do with this decision?

A Sad Day...

Today is the anniversary of my father’s death.  A week after moving into their new house, my father got up off the couch to go to the bathroom.  Instead of opening the bathroom door, he opened the door to the basement and went flying down the stairs.   He lived for three weeks.  

How can I properly explain how I feel today?   A year ago today I was home; I had so much to take care of.  I was with my father the day before; visiting with him in the rehab center that he was recently moved to.  My sister called me around noon to tell me my father was not doing well.  She kept me informed throughout the afternoon and then around 3:00 she said,

 “You better come.”  

I dropped my kids off at their music lessons.  My friend was going to pick them up and take them along with her kids to karate.  The Colonel would be home by the time karate was over.  

When I arrived in NJ, my father was already in the emergency room of the local hospital. He was sleeping.  The doctors were running tests.  My father woke up briefly and we talked.  The doctors said they were admitting him because the pneumonia he developed due to all his ribs being broken on his left side was still present and causing problems.

My mother, sister and I went to the cafeteria to have a quick dinner while my father’s room was being prepared.  We all went back to the emergency room and I stayed for awhile but it was getting late and my father was sleeping again.  I took advantage of him waking up briefly to say good bye.  

I looked my father in his eyes and told him I loved him and that I would see him tomorrow.  

My father looked right at me, 

he knew me, he said, “I love you too.”

I left the hospital to make the hour drive home to Pennsylvania.  I was in the house for maybe 5 minutes and my sister called and told me, “Daddy died.”  I didn’t believe her.  He was fine when I left him.  He wasn’t in danger of dying.  I never would have left if I thought he was going to die.  

I can’t imagine what it was like for my sister and my mother to be there while my father was dying.  

They said he started having seizures after I left and then he was gone. 

My mother said that she and my sister “ushered Daddy into heaven.”  

They told him it was okay to go.  And then he was gone.  

Why did God take my father?  Why didn’t God allow him to recover from this fall?  Over the past year we have thought about this and we truly believe that the Lord was sparing us for hard times to come.  My father was already having problems with his memory before he fell and while he was in the hospital they diagnosed him with dementia.  

My father died knowing all of us.  He knew my mother, he knew his children, and most importantly he knew his grandchildren. We didn’t have to suffer while watching his health fail; watching his memory fail; watching him turn into a shell of a man.  

My father lived his life with dignity and the Lord saw to it that he would also die with dignity.  

I’m grateful for the life my father lived and the example he set before me.  

And the one way I can honor my father is to continue to serve the Lord as faithfully as my father did.        

I know that when I get to heaven, my father will be waiting for me.  

And he’ll take me by the hand and lead me to my Saviour just like he did when I was a little girl listening to him preach one Sunday night many years ago...


Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. It was wonderful here, busy as usual, but wonderful. The Colonel was home and we worked in the garden, AGAIN, on Saturday morning.

The long bed is where I plan on planting the pumpkin plants and the two front beds are going to have my different lettuce plants, green beans and sugar snap peas. In the "old" section, you can see our tomato stakes laying down. The wind was so fierce I was afraid the wind would blow them all over and break them up.

The garden is ready and waiting for plants!

But the weather must start to cooperate a little! It was overcast and misty on Saturday, but we still worked outside. And as everyone who deals with curly hair knows, that kind of weather is really not the best to be doing anything outside!

Sunday was a very cold and windy day. I had placed some of the lettuce plants, still in their pots, out in the garden on Saturday, but we had to take them in on was just too windy and cold for them to be outside. I had another tray of lettuce up on the back porch, but the wind took care of them!

They blew all over the back porch...

...and we were not able to save them.

I loved the raised beds in our new garden. The Colonel plans on making raised beds in the "old" section of the garden next year. He even surprised me with a little bench in the garden, to sit on and contemplate...very funny!

I love the bench.

We had a funeral at church to attend Saturday afternoon and I helped with the luncheon that we served to the family and close friends. I really enjoyed helping, but more importantly serving.

Last night was our Karate Service. It was a wonderful service. I played the piano and quite a few of the kids involved in karate either played an instrument or sang, Michael played his guitar and did quite well.

And then we had cake and coffee afterwards to celebrate our one year anniversary. What's an anniversary without cake???

Well I'm off to visit with all of my friends...YOU!!

My favorite part of the day is spending some time with each of you and learning about your days...Enjoy!


Scripture Saturday

I saw this verse yesterday on Liesa's Blog.  She had a great devotional to go along with it.  If you have some time, head over to her blog and spend a few moments...
Isaiah 1:18
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
We have a funeral to attend today.  And I am helping out in the kitchen for the luncheon for the family after the service.  I hope you all have a great weekend!  Enjoy your day!

Thank God It's Friday!

I'm happy it's Friday because the Colonel will be home tonight!  I've been quite busy this week but wanted to take some time out to ask you all to please continue to pray for the Colonel.   

He called me yesterday morning, quite annoyed AT ME because I insisted he follow up with the doctor on Ft. Dix as we were INSTRUCTED to do from the Emergency Room physician on Sunday.  

Why was he annoyed at me?  
Because he said the doctor took a scalpel and proceeded to open up his wound to look inside to make sure there were no abscesses, AGAIN.  
He said his knee was feeling better but that was 
BEFORE he was stabbed in the knee AGAIN, 
only by a different doctor.  

But seriously, the doctor said it didn't look too good and if it doesn't get any better by next week he may have to have surgery to clear out the infection. 
So if you all could pray for his knee, that would be great!
And don't worry, he's not annoyed at me anymore!

I've been busy planning our pastor's farewell banquet.  I was out of the house most of the day yesterday working on the banquet, talking with the caterer, etc.  
I did manage to have lunch at Panera Bread with my friend Olga.  
She had never been there before!  She loves it now! 

Lots to do, but I love planning events like this.

 I'll be back tomorrow with Scripture Saturday! 

Gardening: Expanding our Vegetable Garden

It's been a bit busy around here lately.  The Colonel went back to Ft. Dix yesterday.  We had a great 2 days off.  He worked very hard on our garden, but it's still not complete.  We didn't put any plants in the ground because there's still the possibility of frost a few nights this week. 

The Colonel decided to make the new vegetable bed with raised beds!  That should help tremendously with my back.  While he worked on laying out the raised beds...

 I worked on a flower bed in front of the garden.  
I thought I would just use some of the many rocks that we have in our yard and make a border fencing in the flowers.  The Colonel kept watching me build this "border fence" and finally couldn't handle it anymore.  
He had to show me how to do it properly and of course he was right.
It looks so much better!
I planted 4 packages of zinnia seeds and 1 package of marigold seeds in this new bed.  They should provide some really pretty flowers all summer long and hopefully with the fence around the garden, help keep the many rabbits we have living in our back yard out of the garden!  

Here's what the raised beds look like so far.

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Dirt, dirt, dirt...

We have dirt! I'm happy to report that the Colonel is spreading it in our new vegetable garden as I write this. I finished work for the day, got up real early to get my transcribing done and I plan on getting out there as soon as I'm done here.

I was reading a great blog this morning. She had the following posted and I found reading the answers so much fun, I'm "stealing" her idea. Please check out her blog, Chronicles of a Country Girl. I think you'll enjoy yourself!

Leave your answers in your comments! Come on, it's fun!

Fill in the blanks...

When I was young I could____________________.
In 1996 I was___________________________.
I can ____________________in two minutes flat.
__________________________makes me smile every time.

Read the comment section to find out my answers!
Enjoy your day!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a FABULOUS Mother's Day!
Here at Walking on Sunshine it was quite interesting.

I spent 3 hours yesterday morning sitting in this chair...

Last year I spent the day in the hospital with my father. This year it was with the Colonel. Yes, the Colonel came home Saturday evening from Texas with a lovely infection in his knee. He did manage to keep it hidden from me until 30 minutes before we were to leave for church. He even made his fabulous crepes for breakfast for all of us. Then I noticed...

The LIMP...

He then showed me his knee and said, "It'll be better in a day or two."

I immediately said, "NO, something is wrong."

So instead of sitting in church, we sat in the Emergency Room
for 3 hours waiting for a doctor to come and look at his knee.

Don't worry, I won't show you a picture of his knee!

Let's just say it was twice the size of his other knee and quite red. These are the instruments they used to make sure there were no abscesses inside. They "kindly" numbed his knee before using a scalpel! It was quite painful he said and now in addition of having to deal with the pain from an infection in his knee, he is dealing with the pain of being stabbed in his knee.

After we returned home from the hospital, the Colonel rested awhile and the kids gave me their presents. A beautiful charm for my charm bracelet from Olivia and a set of soap and lotion from Bath and Body Works from Michael. We then went to dinner, which was very nice.

The Colonel even gave me a gift, but I'm still trying to learn how to use it

before I tell you what it is!

I hope you all had a wonderful day! I have a few new followers, so I'm off to check out their blogs and spend some time with the rest of you! Enjoy your day!


Gardening: Starting my Seeds Indoors

This is what the corner of our bedroom looks like...
Basil growing on the windowsill.
I have lettuce growing on another windowsill in the hallway!

Cucumbers, green beans, sugar snap peas and squash...

Pumpkins and tomatoes. I really need to get the pumpkins in the ground, they are so huge!

And finally, my marigolds. I have three flats of these.
The Colonel will be home two days next week, can you guess what we'll be doing?
Filling up this garden!

We work in "stages" around here due to the Colonel's schedule.

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Something Funny...

Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder. Somehow I feel better, even though I have it!! Recently, I was diagnosed with
A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests:
I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking...
I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye...
they need water.
I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day: the car isn't washed the bills aren't paid there is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter the flowers don't have enough water, there is still only 1 check in my check book, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses,
and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it,
but first I'll check my blog...

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Here we did okay. The Colonel was able to get home for a few short hours and then had to teach a class at his reserve unit on Saturday and is now in Texas where he will be training a unit down in Houston for the entire week.

He's promising to get home Saturday evening and then will have off for 3 days!
At least he'll be home for Mother's Day this year.
Last year he was out in California...

I worked on music most of the weekend. We had another rehearsal on Saturday and that went great. Then worship on Sunday went well also. I was nervous, but enjoyed myself...well that is if you consider sweating tremendously enjoyable!
Being up on the platform under the hot lights
can bring on the sweat!

This was not the first time I've played the piano in our church. Our pastor's wife plays every service. She is so good and she enjoys it.
I'm the "back up" piano player.
But last week our pastor and his wife resigned and will be taking another position in a different church. They leave at the end of June.

We had a candidate come yesterday morning and we voted on him last night and I'm happy to report that we have a new pastor! His wife does play the piano...but I think I'll be playing more than I have so life will be a little busier but that's okay!

I mentioned awhile ago that we are putting in a brand new stairway and work begins this week! Here's a picture of what's sitting in my garage...

These railings will be stained to match the rest of the molding in our house. The builder completely ignored my request to stain them and when I came back a week later they were polyurethaned. And it was a bad job...some railings were done, some weren't. This has been bothering us for over 5 years and we finally decided to change it.

I'll post pictures of how they look next week...that's if my contractor ever gets here! He said he'd be back this morning, but we all know how that goes!

Well I'm off to visit all my wonderful blogging friends!

And a few new ones as well!


Missing Mom...

Yes, I'm back! The past few days have been a bit crazy over here.

So much so that the Colonel was even looking for me yesterday morning!

I spent most of Wednesday going over music for a service coming up in May that I need to play the piano for.

I really did spend most of the day going over this music.

It's important that I point this out because we had rehearsal before church Wednesday evening and it sounded like I never laid eyes on the music...

I'm quite frustrated with myself. I have come to the conclusion that I will never be able to sit at the piano and just play or transpose a piece of music into a different key instantaneously. When I am playing in church, I'm okay as long as I have music in front of me.

BUT if the pastor or the worship leader wants to start singing something unplanned,


I'm like a deer caught in the headlights.

Yesterday I needed to get some shopping done for our Mother/Daughter Tea we are having at church next Friday evening. I left the house early and didn't call over to my mother's house because I knew she was out having blood work done. I never thought to call the Colonel because...well...

...he's always so busy.

I didn't realize both of them would be looking for me...

The Colonel called my mother who told him that she had no idea where I was

and couldn't reach me either.

So what does any concerned mother do?

She gets in her car and drives over to our house to see if my car is in the garage.

When I finally checked my cell phone, I had 3 messages, one from my mom and two from the Colonel. The last one went something like this:

"When you get a chance could you call either your mom or I...

...We're both rather concerned that we can't get a hold of you."

Didn't know I would be missed!
Just so you all know, if anyone needs me...
...I'm getting my car inspected this morning.

What an exciting life!

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