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"Be joyful always; Pray continually; Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Updated: 2016-09-07T23:21:28.822-05:00


Rare Moments


These Pictures are rare to get!! Over this past year there have been so many things that happens within a family-- as I look onto this new year I am reminded that my dad will be turning 80. That is right my dad is old :-) I am 30 now and Most of you reading this just have grandparents that old if you are blessed to still have them with you. So my dad will be 80 and it is hitting me hard these days. My dad is a good hearted man and when I see him with my children it brings a smile to my eyes. We purchased the book from Hallmark that you can read the story, Twas the night before Christmas and we had my dad read it to the boys- so for me I am capturing him to be in their lives for as long as I can. He is happy with my boys and he smiles the most when he spends time with them. I am thankful that he is a major part of their lives and spends as much time with them as possible I know that he will not be in their lives forever but they will remember what a good grandfather he was and they will remember that he was there and that he loved them so much.

My boys


Christmas this year was beyond fun!! The boys are at an awesome age and to just see their faces and expressions and their genuine comments are so priceless I wish I could capture them forever!!! Melia with The Cherry Tree 123 made the boys their shirts for Christmas this year-- I thought they were so perfect!!! Thank You Melia

This sign I honestly saw on another blog and to be truthful cannot remember which one but I honestly had to have it so I went to DaySpring online and purchased this for our home and I believe I am going to leave it up all year long!!! It is so pretty in person. I love seeing ideas from everyone else in this blog world, so thank you for all your ideas out there :-)

More from the Hilton Head Wedding


My handsome boys!!! I am so proud of them!!!

Well it is a pic of us :-) I had to crop one our family pics b/c Jason and I managed to not get a pic together the whole weekend- maybe he planned that???

My family!!!!!!!!!!!!
I couldn't tell you the last time this has happened a picture with us all in it!!!!
My brother and his wife Maggie, My mom and dad, Dayne, me, Tallan, and Jason
Not too bad............. more to come!!!

Finally trying to get pics posted!!


These pics of my boys are from our trip to Hilton Head back in October for my cousin's wedding. It was a treat for us b/c we got to spend a couple days on the beach and celebrate her wedding all in a weekend!!! We welcomed a new family member and I think he fits in just fine :-) Welcome Adam!!! But my boys love love love the beach and I only wish we could get their more!!!!

New Song and Video


I just posted a new video and song on my playlist. Our pastor's wife played us the Casting Crowns video of Slow Fade a couple weeks back and honestly I had probably heard of the Casting Crowns but not listened to them. Watching this video brought tears to my eyes, b/c it doesn't have to be what is happening in this video that takes your life away from God it can be anything- so I say be careful of what pulls you away from the Lord and remember your walk with him today and work hard to keep yourself in his path and his light- he is always there it is our decision on what path we choose. If you haven't seen the video please watch it!! Hope you enjoy
(you may have to pause my playlist on the bottom of the blog to only hear the video)
Thanks!!! Walk with a prayerful attitude!!

Operation Christmas Child


It is that time of year again!!!! I am posting a link about the Operation Christmas Child Project that is starting now!! There was an announcement at our church this morning with what to do inside of our bulletin. The best thing is to see the videos and what these gifts mean to other children. This year it will be very rewarding for Jason and I to try and explain why we are doing this for other children to our kids! Hope your church is participating in this program and even your kids preschool's if not the title will take you to their link!

Recipe... all the credit goes to Paula Deen!!


  I somehow stumbled upon this recipe while on Kelly's Korner blog and OH MY GOSH it is wonderful and awesome!!!!! If you love shrimp this casserole is great and easy and even better the next day, enjoy!!! Paula Deen's Wild Rice and Shrimp Casserole (Photo and recipe are by Paula Deen) I took a picture of the casserole I made and deleted it somehow. This is REALLY good. If your husband is like mine - he won't eat anything with the name "casserole" in it so I just called it Wild Rice and Shrimp Supreme and he liked it. Ingredients1 (8-ounce) package wild rice1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined2 tablespoons butter1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped1/2 onion, chopped1 (10 3/4-ounce can) condensed cream of mushroom soup2 cups grated sharp CheddarSalt and pepperDirectionsCook the rice according to package directions minus 1/4 cup water. Drain and cool.Bring 2 cups water and 1/2 tablespoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan and cook the shrimp for 1 minute. Drain immediately and set aside.Heat the butter in saucepan and saute the pepper and onion until soft, about 5 minutes.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.In a large bowl, combine the rice, soup, 1 1/2 cups of cheese, shrimp and vegetables. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Mix well. Spray a 9-inch square aluminum cake pan or an 11 by 7-inch glass casserole dish with vegetable spray. Place the mixture in the pan and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.[...]

Twice as Nice Consign Sale


I wanted to share with everyone a new consignment sale going to happen here in Manchester in November. If you click on the title of this post it should take you over to the blog that Mae Anne has created. It will also be advertised in the paper, radio, flyers, facebook, etc. Thanks so much and let me know if you can consign!!Twice as NiceChildren's, Teens, Women's & Holiday ConsignmentAccepting Fall/Winter Children's, Juniors, & Women's Clothing,Toys & AccessoriesAccepting DatesSunday, Nov. 1 2:00-6:00Monday, Nov. 2 2:00 - 6:00Tuesday, Nov. 3 2:00 - 6:00Pre-SaleWednesday, Nov. 4Volunteers 10:00Consignors 11:00Public SaleWednesday, Nov 4 12:00 - 6:00Thursday, Nov 5 10:00 - 6:00Friday, Nov 6 10:00 - 4:001/2 Price SaleVolunteers - Friday, Nov. 6 4:00Consignors - Friday, Nov 6 5:00Public - Saturday, Nov 7 9:00 - 1:00Pick up 4-8 on SaturdayLocation: Hillcrest Baptist Church Gymnasium4361 Woodbury Hwy, Manchester Tn. 37355More InformationMae Anne Hale @ maeusa@ymail.comJennifer Wofford @[...]

Dayne... FSCP Pumpkin Patch


Well yesterday Dayne and I went on his preschool field trip to the wonderful Cedarwood Pumpkin Patch. We had so much fun!!! Our special day together. But these are literally just 4 of the pics I took- I have so many but just wanted to share my growing boy with you all-- he is getting bigger and bigger everyday!!
In the first pic is Dayne with his cousin Nate- their faces spell trouble!!!!

The Lyrics to my fav song!! :-)


I run from hate
I run from prejudice
I run from pessimists
But I run too late
I run my life
Or is it running me
Run from my past
I run too fast
Or too slow it seems
When lies become the truth
That’s when I run to you

This world keeps spinning faster
Into a new disaster so I run to you
I run to you baby
And when it all starts coming undone
Baby you’re the only one I run to
I run to you

We run on fumes
Your life and mine
Like the sands of time
Slippin’ right on through
And our love’s the only truth
That’s why I run to you

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Chorus

© 2008 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / DWHaywood Music / RADIOBULLETSPUBLISHING, BMI (All rights admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.), Hillary Dawn Publishing / Shaw Enuff Songs, Inc., SESAC (All rights on behalf of Hillary Dawn Publishing and Shaw Enuff Songs, Inc. administered by Multisongs, Inc.), Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC / Tomdouglasmusic, BMI (All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC and Tomdouglasmusic administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203.)  All Rights Reserved.  Used By Permission.

Kreativ Blogger


This was a complete shocker!!! Thank you Rebecca ( !!! She nominated me for this Kreativ Blogger and what a wake up call for me b/c I have totally slacked on my poor blog!!! I have recently been trying to stay up to date on the preschool blog that I have working on. So thank you Rebecca for getting me going again!!! Here is What I am Suppose to do:1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.4. Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they've been nominatedSeven Things That People May Not Know About Me??????????? (kinda hard to do)1. I love being a mom to my 2 favorite men!! They keep me grounded, honest, and turning into my parents everyday.2. I have in the last 2 months have started working with the youth at church on Wednesday nights!! Huge step for me- had to climb out of my shell and go to the uncomfortable zone :-) High School kids kinda scary, but I just keep telling myself and them, I have been there and may have done it or saw it or know someone who has done it :-)3. I found this out recently- I thought the people around here that see me all the time knew more about me than I guess they do- so I have 2 jobs 1. a nurse 2. work with Jason with our business (so sadly I work 5 days a week, but 3 of those days I do have flexibility)4. I wouldn't know what to do with pink in our house- Jason wants another child and he would love a girl, but I am pretty attached to all the tractors, trains, sports equipment in the house5. I wish I could snap my fingers and my house be 100% organized from top to bottom and all the 'crap' that has been in this house for the last 3 years that I haven't looked at or touched would be gone-6. I feel like I run around in complete circles most of my days and really wish I could stop that feeling7. Really wishes I didn't have to work one of the jobs I do b/c I really want to be home more with my boys and feel like we have more of a life than we do other than the 'have to do's' that show up on the calendar.Now the next 7 nominees are.............................................1. Elizabeth Hazlett  Elizabeth is an awesome mom to 2 sweet boys that I really think our 2nd's are twins deep down :-) Her blog is always updated and cute. She is a good friend from college- who puts up with me never seeing them :-) Love ya!!2. Jennifer Jones   my dearest friend!!! We have been friends since our early college days and we have never left each other. She needs to get our whitewater rafting pic off her blog as the first thing we see :-) Love Ya!! Our boys are the same age and we love you guys dearly just so wish there wasn't an hour b/w us but that is ok!!3. Heather Ashby  Heather and I have been the 2 great PRN's together for what 4 years now :-) What would I do without you at work?????  Love ya!!! 4. Samantha Garbes   Samantha and I and Elizabeth and Cindy- all were in nursing school together and what a blessing that we have kept in some contact all these years later!!! Samantha always has a cute blog, but dumb me forgets sometimes to log in so I will go weeks without seeing the new updates with her daughter!! :-) my confession sorry5. Cindy New  Cindy is expecting her precious baby girl soon!!!!!!!!!! She looks great and she has been keeping us all updated since[...]

My New Project


My new project!!! Well as you all know Dayne has been attending First Steps since he was 18 months old and next week puts him in the Pre-K class!!! I am very excited for him but also know that it means he is growing up and soon Kindergarten. But I have also gotten the privilege to be on the committee for the preschool and that has allowed me to be so involved and my good friend is the Director. So I decided to start a blog for preschool and I am sharing it with you guys. It still needs some work and some 'tweaking' but after the open house tonight I hope to have a lot of pics up and gets some slide shows going as well. I want the blog to be a 3 column layout and I am using one from LeeLou Blogs but not really loving all their free layout styles- does anyone have suggestions on what to do to the blog so when I go and change the backdrops for the seasons that I don't lose all our info?? I am still new to the 'fancy' blogs and I am trying not to have to purchase anything right now- that may not work but please leave me suggestions on what to do and please go check out the preschool blog especially over the next week or so and give me ideas or pointers or suggestions.
Thanks everybody!!!

First Steps Christian Preschool

Family Vacation 2009


Us again!

Here is the family.....
Christa, Scott, Taylor, Richard, Linda, Jason, the boys, and me.... we were missing Karen and Justin but of course their honeymoon was much more important than staying with us for the week :-)

My boys again!!!! I don't know what got into Dayne but all my pics of them sitting here were of him laughing! Still has his dimples too after 4 years!!! Watch out girls..............

Our Family Vacation 2009


Here we are as a family after Karen and Justin's wedding!!!

Jason and I getting a rare moment together (the kids would not cooperate for their pics)

My cutie boys!!! I am very partial sorry, but they were full of life and so much fun on this trip and they both have huge personalities that came out!!

Another Family Pic..... wow I should go on vacation all the time to get all these family pics done!!!

We are heading to the Beach!!


(image) Well Tomorrow morning we will be here at the Marriott Ocean Watch!!!! I am so excited we are going on a vacation, but it is also more than that- Jason's sister Karen is getting married right on the beach!! She and Justin are getting married on Saturday night and we can't wait. Dayne cracked us up the other night when he asked his KK if he could be her 'Ring Master'- so she said yes and we will just have to see how that works out. But we shall be out of touch for a week and I know we are all ready to go! Have a wonderful week and hope to have tons of beach pics when we get home!!!

Well.. I know........


I know another stretch of bad blogging, but you will be impressed at how much I did tonight!!! Just keep scrolling down so you can see all the kids pics I added tonight! I also added some new music, I hope you like it- My brother and Maggie danced to Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison and I don't know why but I have fallen in love with this song, so it is long I hope you enjoy it!!! I have more to do but going to call it quits tonight. Have a wonderful evening!!

More Fishing


I believe this was his first fish! He actually caught the first fish on the boat even before his Pa Pa!!!! Way to go Dayne!! Now whenever we drive to Chattanooga he keeps asking when he is going back b/c they went to Nickajack for their fishing experience. I am so proud of him and what an experience for Dad and Grandpa!!!! (mom would have loved to be there, but I am thinking that I am going to be out on a lot of these trips)

They saw this Crane and Dayne was very excited!! He showed me all the pics they took of it ( I hope this is a crane, b/c that is what we are telling him)

Dayne's First Fishing Trip


Can you see the excitement on his face????? Jason, his dad Richard, and Dayne went fishing over Memorial Day weekend and oh my Dayne had a blast!!!!!!!!!! He loved the boat b/c as he says it goes 'SUPERFAST'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This was his first trip out on the boat and his first trip fishing, mind you daddy is taking these pics and the life jacket should have been zipped up but wasn't for some reason, thank you Jason- glad I wasn't there to get you :-)

Dayne's Preschool Program 2009


Well another year of preschool is over. This is really hard for me to even type about or try to explain. During the year we just go thru the motions and every Tuesday and Thursday we go we pickup we talk about the day and all over again the next day. But he is now 4 years old and if you sit back and look from a mom's standpoint when September gets here he goes into the Pre-K class. I am finding that I am not one of these parents that can't wait till the day her children are out of the house. My first born son is 4 years old now and has completed another year of preschool and very soon he will be in kindergarten. I know I sound all crazy but it is just hard to watch him grow up so fast. He loves preschool and does so well that I love it!!! I have learned the ropes of preschool as a mom and what to do and what not to do and what you are expected to do and how to be active and a part of everything and I am so glad that I have done those things. His class was great, we learned a lot during this past year, we learned how to deal with children who are a lot different and children you hit too much and Dayne learned truly about being friends with other kids. That is sad too b/c there will be children that he got close to that will not be coming back b/c they are going into the county school system's pre-k programs. Our life is a crazy life- most of you know I love Jon and Kate plus 8, (right now I am having issues with her and the show :-) ) But when they say in the intro it may be a crazy life but it is our life- I need to steal that saying and say that about us. So to watch another year pass and to know that next year Tallan will be going to preschool and that Dayne will be in the pre-K class just hits a spot that makes me reminisce.

If you click on the collage you can see Dayne performing with his class, Tallan and KK, and Jason and the boys-- but also we sent Dayne that day not feeling good, but you know it was the last day of preschool...... so as his class finished their program he came over to us and laid down on his dad's leg and within 10 min was out and slept the rest of the time, poor guy.

Mother's Day 2009


Well we keep trying for that one great pic..........

Does Dayne's face tell you anything- he really didn't want to be a part of the pic and as you can see I even gave in and let him change his shirt :-)

Well we tried................................

Being a mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me!! It has changed me in more ways than I ever would have thought. Everyday I thank our Good Lord for them b/c they are truly blessings and miracles and they make me I have changed a lot as a person and I think we all do as we grow and age and mature, but my children have changed me in ways that make me a better person. Thank you Dayne and Tallan for making me a better person and for being your mommy!!!!!

Their precious faces!!


This boy is the best!!! That face just tells you everything!

My Dayne!! He had such a blast and what an awesome big brother he is turning into!!!! So proud of him

I love the fact that this tractor was Jason's growing up and now I have 2 boys to enjoy it!! Finally Dayne is able to pedal the thing, it isn't easy :-)

Boys Being Boys


Well a few weeks back or so we got all that rain and finally on a Sunday afternoon Jason said that was enough!!!!! The boys had to get out of the house so here they are playing in the rain and having a blast!!!! They had so much fun and so did we just watching them enjoy themselves!!!

My Dayne


I don't have to say much about this guy!!! He is my man!! My 4 year old independent, ocd child. He makes me -- me. Not to take anything away from Tallan, but he will help mold me everyday like Dayne does. But there is something about your first born child :-) I think it is b/c I see me in Dayne - which can be a problem as he gets older so I will have to tame that. But I love my boys more than anything and thank GOD everyday for them. I keep telling Dayne that as long as I can get my arms around him I will tell him 'I LOVE YOU' b/c there are times now he tries to pull away, so let the embarrassing begin :-)