1000 Blessing's Friday & Friday's Feast

I love Friday's and getting to share my blessings! And thank you for letting me share them with you too!

181. Going back to Thanksgiving since I haven't posted any blessings. My sister-in-law, Susi, had us all over and prepared everything!! And it was all SO delicious. I know it is so much work and I appreciate her willingness to take on such a task. And remember how I posted about roasting your turkey upside down? Well, as we were eating I kept commenting on how juicy it was. She laughed and said she somehow cooked it upside down! I am blessed to have such wonderful in-laws. On both sides of the family!

182. My daughter's car died completely, as in terminal, a few weeks back. We are blessed because we found a nice little car last week for not a whole lot of dough! She loves it and I do too because it is blue! And we all know by now how much that color makes me happy :o)

183. I have cut way back on my pain medicines and am blessed in so many ways because I don't need as much of it now (Yay!) and it's not good for my insides and I am not spending as much money and I am more coherent! Please pray for me as I work my way off prednisone too!

184. I can't go into details because it does not concern me, but a member of my family. But we are blessed with some answered prayers! It took awhile, but I was able to see the Lord working in their life as they waited.

185. I am so, so, so blessed because I have spent four of the past six days out and about working, doing errands, and teaching at Awana!!!!!!!!! I just adore those little girls!

186. I am excited too because as I am learning to walk again I have started to remember to bend my knees. For a while I was walking with stiff legs. It's a very weird feeling and I sometimes feel goofy, but I know I need to practice. Practice makes perfect!

187. I was happy to get the mail today because I received a postcard with one of my favorite little girls on it! You know who you are and I say Thank You!

188. I needed winter pajama bottoms and was blessed in finding some for only $5 a pair. And they came with a matching t-shirt too!

189. I feel blessed because I feel completely better as far as the cold, flu, pneumonia thingy! I can breath as deep as I want and I don't cough or hurt or nothin'!!

190. Blessed to live in a warm house with electricity and warmth and food.



What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride?

I've never been able to enjoy too many because when I ride them they jerk me around, but I found one a few years back at King's Island that I LOVE!! It's called the Drop Zone. They lift you up like 350 feet or something and then you drop really fast! So much fun!


How do you react in uncomfortable social situations?

I'm really bad because I tend to get the giggles at the most inappropriate times. I think I'll start blaming it on my age.


On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy discussing deep, philosophical topics?

I have always been more of a listener, but if I was one on one with a really good friend I would say 8. Is Donny a deep, philosophical topic?

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Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, do you plan to?

Because of the medicines I take I am not allowed to have a flu shot. Poor me!


Approximately how many hours per week do you spend watching television?

Well, if you actually mean watching it I would say about six to ten hours. Unfortunately, I have developed a bad habit of falling asleep to the noise. But if there was a Donny channel...well, it would be on 24/7/365!



I can almost hear Mel shouting freedom now! You just have no idea how happy and giddy I am! And ever so thankful. I - that means me, Amy - am at our shop all by myself!! Only for a little bit while my husband is gone getting nuts and bolts and car type stuff, but still - I am alone!

I promise not to blog on this same subject everyday. Really! I can look back though and remember my darkest days and how I wondered if I would ever walk again or be free of some of the pain. It took a little while to get there, but I'm here!

And before I say one more word I know that SO many people are home bound their whole lives and live in much more difficult circumstances than I will ever know or understand. That is one thing I never lost sight of. I am blessed and truly thankful for the past year.

If my hips decided to stay all healthy like I would have never started blogging. I would have spent a ton of money in gas! I would have spent a lot of money by shopping for things we really didn't need. My family would not have been given the opportunity to see some of their spiritual gifts. My church family was able to use their talents and gifts also.

I was also given plenty of time to pray for others and send cards to those like me. And I think more importantly I was able to be there for my mother who needed me most. Now granted she had to come to me if she wanted to see me, but I could call her and we would cry together over dad.

I have learned to be more patient. I have learned not to be as stubborn and ask for help. I learned I don't need to be in control. Give it all to the Lord and let Him do what He knows best!

I'm sure I will continue to learn from this trial. At least I hope I do! If there is something He wants me to see that I have yet to learn I pray my heart is open to His will. He's not finished with me yet!

And I am still happy. Very happy!


Miss Independent

I can't let a whole week go by and not post anything! Shameful. But I do have good reason. Now don't get too excited people. The truth is.....I've hardly been home at all!!!! Do you know what that means? It means that I feel good enough (or is it well enough?) to be out in the real world. For like several days in.a.row!!!!!!! The only thing I need is help getting in the car still. I am so close to being able to do it all by myself. I'm a big girl now! Pardon my immaturity. I'm feeling a tad bit on the strange side tonight.

Anyway, I had the best time driving in my van all by my lonesome! I haven't had that in such a long time. I had several errands to do where I didn't have to get out of the car. As I was driving I realized I had the radio all to myself! That like never happens. And I sure hope you are sitting down because I need to tell you who I listened to. NO! It wasn't Donny. I warned you! I put on Chris Daughtry. And I turned on the volume as loud as it would go! TeeHee!!! And I sang and sang. My head swayed back and forth to the music. I clutched my heart when it was a sad song. I even got out a lighter and held it high in the air. Okay, that was a bit much. Went too far.

It's nice to start feeling like I have a little independence. The stronger my right leg gets the sooner I won't need any help getting in the car. But I must be patient. And I will be. Look how far I've come from the beginning of the year!

You already know one of my very favorite verses, but let's say it all together, shall we?

Philippians 4:13 "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me."

So true.


Gobble, Gobble, Gulp!

Has anyone stopped to think how turkeys feel around this time of year? Poor things. There they are minding their own business. Gobble, gobble here. Gobble, gobble there. Then when they're not looking.....oh, I just can't go there. You know what happens.

Of course, this doesn't stop me from enjoying a leg or two. Hey, did you all know that if you roast a turkey upside down it will practically melt in your mouth? Oh, is it ever so good! I made my first turkey about three years ago that way and even though it's not very purty I will never change they way that bad boy cooks! Poor delicious bird.

As some of you know I come from a small family. I onlyhave one brother, Jimmy. Most people call him Jim now, but to me, Jim was my dad, not my brother. I called my sweet sister in law to see what she wanted us to bring and she said nothing. She said she wanted to do it ALL! How great is that? Thank you!

This will be our first Thanksgiving without my precious little daddy. It will be hard because he was such a nig part of the holidays. He worked at Kroger and we always had to wait for him to get off work before we could eat. We would watch the clock feverishly as kids. And then when the grandchildren started coming they took over for Jimmy and I.

We would always hear his truck pull up and we'd wait at the door to greet him. And then he would walk in with his bright white dress shirt and his blue Kroger name tag still on his pocket. And he's be smiling from ear to ear as the kids all gathered round waiting for their turn to hug him. Oh, will he be missed.

As our family gathers together this year we do have so many blessings to be thankful for. We will see my father again. We have that assurance because he accepted Christ as a young man. We are thankful he is not suffering and can move about freely again. I don't know what our Heavenly bodies will look like exactly, but I bet you he has that same smile from ear to ear!

If I don't make it by your place before the holiday I want to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! One thing I am thankful for is making friends with all of you! I can't say it enough, but I really do love you guys. This past year has been my most challenging one yet and you have been huge blessings to me with your encouragement and prayers. I hope I can do the same for you.


Friday Fun!


171. I am finally over my walking pneumonia and feeling like my old self again! Whew, it was rough and I pray that when I go to church again on Sunday I don't catch something else. But it is a blessing that people want to hug me and love on me. And my little handy dandy sanitizer is a blessing too. I just won't let people see me using it after all the lovin'! Do not want to offend thee.

172. I was able to go away for my first official road trip in a year!!!! Just me and MustangMan. Oh yeah, and the Woo. A trip wouldn't be complete without her! We drove 970 miles in two days and I did it. I love my new hips! My hubby needs to go to Florida the first week of December and I might even attempt to go with him. Still trying to decide if I can make it that far, but am blessed because 1. He wants me to go with him even though that means taking a little longer to get there and 2. It's Florida and it's warmer there than here in Indiana!!!

173. Received a huge blessing because we were able to spend hours with my dear friend, Teresa and her family. Teresa just lost a friend to cancer the week before. I was able to make her laugh. A lot! And when we left she said, "You are what I needed." I love her so much and I am so blessed that i was able to go just when she needed me most! His timing is perfect.

174. Normally we would have stayed with our friends, but since we had to leave at the crack of dawn we got a motel room. I picked a Motel 6 because it was only $45. While it was cheap you got exactly what you paid for. I will never stay at one again because we had numerous problems. So you ask~where is your blessing? I took a shower and hopped into bed with a grouchy attitude. MustangMan said not to worry we would survive one night. By this time it was very late and we had to be up and gone in five hours. I was restless so I turned on the telly for a bit and lo and behold the Osmond's were on Larry King Live!!! Yipeee!!!!! Meesa no grouchy no more. If it hadn't been for all the motel problems we had I wouldn't have seen this show because I had no idea they were going to be on! Turned my frown upside down...teehee!

175. We went to WyoTech in PA to a job fair. We are in desperate need of some competent, hard working employees. We want to find employees that have the same passion as we do. Not ones that are just looking for a job. We interviews several young men and the two that stood out the most were actually from Indiana! This is a blessing because neither one of them would have to move to our town unless they really wanted to. Nothing is set in stone yet and we are conducting more interviews over the holiday, but it is exciting to see the possibilities. And as a mom I look at it as maybe one of them will marry one of my daughters some day! You never know.

176. Like I said earlier we took our bulldog with us to WyoTech and she was a HIT! You just don't see bulldogs on a daily basis and she draws in the crowd because she is so ugly, uh I mean cute. Nah, she's ugly! Anyway, I feel this is a blessing because I get to meet so many new people this way. Believe it or not I used to be a wall flower, but anymore I say the more the merrier! I had some wonderful conversations with people from all walks of life.

177. On the way home from PA I got to eat at Cracker Barrell!! I haven't been there in over a year. It's one of my very favorite places to eat. I was bad and ordered biscuits and gravy, but it was only $2.49 for three biscuits and a big bowl of gravy! And since I didn't spend much money on my food I got to shop in the little store afterward! I ordered cheap on purpose. I'd rather spend that money on gifts. Plus they had Christmas ornaments on sale. If you bought four you got one free!! And if you have ever been there they have adorable ornaments that only start at 99 cents! This is a blessing because I was able to get a gift for my secret pal and I was able to walk around a little bit! And actually since I can't walk for too long I didn't spend as much money as I could have if say I would have been in the wheelchair. So it's really a blessing within a blessing!

178. We were blessed on this trip several times because our friends bought our dinner at Primanti Bros. on Wednesday night and on Thursday our breakfast and lunch was provided! And since I take a cooler with snacks we only spent $13 on food at Cracker Barrell. Not bad for two days, huh?

179. We were blessed with safe travel! We saw many accidents, a lot of deer, and policemen were out in full force. But my husband isn't one to speed anyway so there were no worries there. We even had a little bit of slick snow for an hour, but it soon cleared up! We arrived home at 1:30 in the morning and it was good to be home!

180. I didn't notice it when we got home, but this morning I saw that the kids had all the chores done! Cool! I know I am blessed with really great kids!! And not because they cleaned the house, but because they love us enough to want to do that for us. They are very special and very much loved. I am thankful each and everyday for them!



What was your first “real” job?

Well, like most teenagers I did a ton of babysitting and made lots of money, but I won't count that. One of the ladies I babysat for offered me a seasonal job at Hickory Farms. I was a sales girl that wore the cute little apron and offered free samples of beef stick and cheese ball. I was introduced to my boss' brother on the first day and a year later we were engaged!


Where would you go if you wanted to spark your creativity?

I have no creativity at all and no artistic ability, but for some reason when we go to the Indianapolis Art Museum I always come home thinking I can paint beautiful pictures. LOL! So then when I get out my craft stuff and realize I so cannot even paint anything I get out a coloring book and my big box of Crayola's (I love me crayons) and color a picture! And I even stay in the lines! And sometimes I even hang it on my fridge! I'm very immature if you haven't realized that by now.


Complete this sentence: I am embarrassed when…

I am embarrassed when my bulldog passes gas when a lot of people are around! I want to say, "It wasn't me!"

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What values did your parents instill in you?


Jesus first
Others next
Yourself last


Name 3 fads from your teenage years.

Feathered hair. And boy did mine feather beautifully! I used to look in the mirror all the time at how perfect my feathered hair was on each side..haha! I coulda been the next Farrah. :o)

Monogrammed sweaters. I had a navy, red and of course, purple sweater. I always wore a matching blouse underneath and thought I looked adorable. Thinking back I probably looked like an old woman!

And no, I am not going to even mention Donny because he was not a fad. So there! But the last fad I can think of was on Friday night's we all hung out at the arcades watching out boyfriend's play Galaga, Asteroids and DigDug. What a waste of time that was! I could have been home putting my Donny scrapbook together. Oops, I slipped him in again!

Question For Ya: If you could go back to high school and do it all over again, would you?


I'm So Excited...And I Just Can't Hide It...

Hi Peeps! I am so happy because tomorrow I get to go on a road trip with my hubby!!! It will be my first "real" venture out since becoming so bionic! We are going to Pennsylvania to WyoTech to interview young men with the possibility of coming to work for us. Now that may not sound exciting to you, but what you don't know is we get to make a side trip and see my very dear friend, Teresa!!!!!!!

And this comes at a perfect time too. My friend is originally from England and has only lived in the states about six years. She used to live about two miles from me until they got transferred. Sadness! I'll have to tell you how we met sometime because it's a great story! Anyhoo, she moved to PA a few years back and met another English women, who just passed away from cancer last week.

My friend needs me. Please pray for me as I find the right words to encourager her. She is not a christian. I've shared the Gospel many times, but she does not see the need for a Saviour. She is such a good friend and one of those that will drop anything and everything to come take care of you if you call.

We are leaving tomorrow morning and won't be back until Friday. It's a quick trip and I pray that I do okay. I'm a little nervous, but thankful to have a getaway with my husband! Oh yeah, and the dog. Yep, she's going too. I have to share my husband with another woman. Good thing I'm not the jealous type!

I will "see" you when I get back! Thank you for your prayers for my friend and for me. I'm excited to see what God can do! Remember: I really do love all of you!

Oh, and by the way...I'm taking my dvd player on the road and my hubby said I could bring my Donny & Marie dvds to watch!!!!!!!!!!! Is he the best or what? I'm a little bit country.....I'm a little bit rock 'n roll........man is this gonna be F.U.N.


One Of My Favorite Days Ever!

Okay peeps! You're gonna get to see me on one of my happiest days ever!! It was cold and rainy and my hair looked awful, but one of my dreams came true that day. I got to be up close and personal with my friends and feed them for the first time!!!! So cool!!!! I stayed there for hours in the nasty weather with that same silly grin I have on my face!

I sat down last night and turned on the telly. I was home alone so I got to watch whatever I wanted. As I was flipping through the channels I saw giraffes! The show was "Growing Up Giraffe" on the Animal Planet. Yeah baby! Next best thing to Donny Osmond is watching giraffes. I should have known better. I won't go into details, but a mama giraffe named Lady has a baby, which was traumatic in itself, but 2 1/2 months later Lady dies. Why oh why did I not turn the channel? I bawled and sobbed until I couldn't take it anymore. That's when I remembered my video!

I played it over and over until my hubby came home. He looked at me with worry and asked what happened. I told him. I cried again. He smiled. He wasn't making fun of me, he just knows I can't handle nature. He reminded me to never watch Animal Planet again alone!

Anyway, I just wanted to share a happy day in my life with you all! Maybe someday I'll be able to share a video of my wedding (to Donny)! LOL!

Besides your wedding and the birth of your kids what is one of your happiest days?


Thank Goodness It's Friday!

UPDATE: Guess what I'm watching right now? My heart is going pitter patter! I feel like a teenager again. Thank you Oprah for having my guy on today!

UPDATED AGAIN: Oh my word, wasn't he still dreamy after all these years? And you know what? I really do feel better! I taped it so I could watch it over and over and over...well, you get the point! I LOVE YOU DONNY!

SATURDAY UPDATE: I am not lying, I honestly and genuinely feel better today! I only have a slight giggle in my throat because I'm still giddy after watching Oprah yesterday...hehehe!!!!



Which snack do you like to get when you go to the movies?

Our movie theatre is great because if you go on Tuesday you can bring ANY size bowl, bucket or trash can and they fill it up for a quarter!!! And since a 30 gallon trash can of popcorn is not enough we get two large drinks and a large box of Milk Duds baby!


What year did you start using the internet?

To tell you the truth I'm not exactly sure, but I think it was about 2000. How long has it been around?


What is your first name in Pig Latin?

Myaay- I need a new name for it to work!

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Name something you are picky about.

I can be annoying because I like to have my cd's and dvd's in alphabetical order. Sometimes I get crazy and even put them it categories such as: christian, classical, rock 'n roll, and family. And in case you were wondering Donny's got a category all his own!


Fill in the blanks: I ____ ____ yesterday and I ____ ____ today.

I was puny yesterday and I am worse today. (But I'll get better soon!)

1000 Blessing's Friday

161. I am blessed to live in a country where I can call a doctor and get a prescription the same day.

162. I am blessed because most of my medicines only cost me $5 each.

163. I am blessed with good friends. One of them stopped by yesterday and brought me a digital picture frame and filled it with Donny Osmond pics! We had a good laugh. What she doesn't realize is I am keeping those wonderful pics on there!

164. Speaking of Donny....Hey, these are MY blessings....he and like 100 other Osmond's are going to be on Oprah today!!!!! I have a feeling I will be cured after watching it!

165. I am blessed with happiness. My previous posts probably don't sound to jovial, but 99.9% of the time I am a very happy person. It just feels good to keep a smile on your face! But I also know it's okay to have a good cry when needed.

166. I am blessed with good blogging friends that e-mail back and forth. I really enjoy building these friendships!

167. I was blessed with finding a $20 bill in my winter coat! I seem to do that every year, but I'm not complaining.

168. I am blessed with a husband that takes good care of me. I've known many women with arthritis that their husbands eventually divorce them because they get tired of being a caretaker. I'm not talking mild aches and pains, but the kind I have where you're just in constant pain.

169. I am blessed with daily essentials. Money may be tight around here, but I always have toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.

170. We needed new tires on my van, our tub needs fixed, and we need a new water softener. My husband has been selling some things on e-Bay and they have brought in more money than we expected. God is good to us!


Thursday Thirteen

13 Simple Things That Bring Me JOY!!!!

1. First and foremost, Jesus Christ and knowing that I will spend eternity with Him!

2. A really good hair day!

3. A thoughtful comment that stays on your mind, especially when you're sick!

4. A baby belly laughing!

5. Anything blue! It doesn't take much to make me happy!

6. Free samples in the mail!

7. Beating my own Tetris scores!

8. Friends that stop by to check on me!

9. Being outside in the cool crisp air, seeing the leaves change colors, watching the neighborhood kids at play and looking up at the big poofy cloudes in the brilliant blue sky!

10. Donny Osmond! Hey, I tried to slide him in so you wouldn't notice as much!

11. A long phone call with a friend full of laughter where you don't talk about anything really, but it's one of the best conversations you've ever had!

12. The perfect purse!

13. Call me crazy, but making lists bring me joy! Especially when I can check off a task or two!

What brings you joy?


Whuuut? Not Again!

I promise not to carry on, but would you please keep me in your prayers. I am so happy I was able to go to church on Sunday, but I have come down again with something! My throat is killing me, my head is pounding and I have another temperature. It's not too high though, only 100.3.

My immune system is weak naturally because I have arthritis. I am assuming that having two major surgeries in two months would also contribute to it. Plus on top of that staying home for the most part for the last ten months I haven't been able to build my system up. Am I even making sense? You know what I mean, don't you?

I'll admit I did cry this morning. I was so sad because tonight is Awana and I can't go. I've only been able to go once since it started in September. And yes, I am being whiny and feeling sorry for myself. I guess it's because I just don't understand why I have to be sick today. Couldn't it have waited until tomorrow? I just really wanted to go to Awana tonight. I love those girls so much! There is a reason why I am not there. Not sure what it is though.

I promise to be good. I am blessed beyond measure and I will focus on that!

My heart goes out to Donny and his family on the loss of their father yesterday. It brings back so many memories of my dad. It's not easy.

Today is my mom's 72nd birthday. Her first one without dad. She went out to the cemetery today and took fresh flowers. I don't know how you feel about it, but I'm not one to visit cemeteries. To me, my dad is not there. He is in Heaven! But I don't know how I would be if my own husband passed away. I know it brings my mother comfort and that's what is important.

I sure don't want this post to sound so solemn. It's not doom and gloom around here! Let me think of something funny or good to tell before I sign off for the night...

I'm looking around my room right now and all I see is one stuffed giraffe after another! I know I am 43 years old, but people love to give me giraffes. My dresser looks like that of a young girl with all her stuffed animals. How can I part with them? I have a niece (born on my birthday) that is really good at the claw machines. Every Christmas I get at least three giraffes that she has won for me. And they are actually very cute! And then there's one from my dad that I will never get rid of. And then I have several from the little girls at Awana. Nope. I don't care how old I get, I'm keeping all of them!

Are you still here? Boy are you a glutton for punishment! I so need to quit rambling and get on with it. LOL!

Let me think of a question for the few that stop by. Oh! I have one.....

We all make mistakes in the kitchen at one time or another. What is one of yours?

I wanted to impress my boyfriend and make him his favorite casserole. It had a couple cans of soup and called for cornstarch to thicken it up. I had never used cornstarch before in my life. I kept adding a little bit and it never thickened up. I eventually added the entire box! It was still soupy, but I decided to bake it anyway. When it came out of the oven it looked beautiful and it was no longer soupy. Yay for me! We sat down to eat and when he put the spoon in the casserole to get a serving the spoon actually bent! It was so thick he had to get a knife and cut it. LOL!! And you know what? He married me anyway!


1000 Blessing's Friday on Sunday and an Award!

Believe it or not I'm going on two weeks of being sick with this silly bug. BUT I still receive many daily blessings and I want to continue sharing them!

Oh, and one more thing...I haven't been to visit too many of you because what blogging time I have had was spent entering all those wonderful giveaways! Crazy, isn't it? And very addictive! Over six hundred I think. I entered about half of them. Surely I'll win something. Good luck to all of you that entered!

Okay, on with my week of blessings....

151. My salvation. I asked Jesus Christ to be my Saviour when I was eight years old. I know that if I were to die today I would immediately be in the arms of God!

152. Just like every other week I am blessed with a house full of laughter. Having a bad cough has been a struggle though because when I laugh it led to hacking which then led to more laughter because I sounded so pitiful. Maybe you had to be here, but it was funny!

153. We are blessed with five cars. Now they are not new by any means, but when my daughter's broke down this week I know we don't have to panic because there is always one to borrow.

154. This probably sounds awful, but I am thankful that I only had to get up twice on Halloween. I was the only one home that night and I was worried that we would have one trick or treater after the other. Plus we have lots of leftover candy that I can use for prizes at Awana.

155. I am always blessed with little surprises each week. My husband and kids are always bringing home some little treat whether it be a flower or my favorite drink or a new puzzle book to pass the time. I am loved!

156. I am blessed with good health. I know that probably sounds crazy because all I've done is complain forever, but other than arthritis I am in really good health and I am thankful for that. A little bit on the chunky side, but healthy none the less. :o)

157. I am blessed because I was able to go to the grocery store Saturday! I haven't set foot inside of Kroger for nine months. I have to admit I didn't know the price of food had gone up so much, but I managed to find some good deals. I found a good deal with full size candy bars priced at a quarter each. I bought 36 of them for my girls at Awana.

158. I was also blessed at the store by seeing many of my church friends I haven't seen in awhile. I got lots of hugs! And I'm still receiving cards from many of them weekly letting me know how much they are praying for me.

159. Okay, today is Sunday and I got to go to church this morning!!!!!! And it was a wonderful message on 1 Peter talking about pain with a purpose. One point that really stuck out for me was we need to reflect Christ in our submission and in our suffering. I thought of how much I've complained lately about having the flu thingy. I will work on this!

160. Yay! I found out that I one at least one of the prizes from the bloggy giveaway! I won a set of candles!! Plus I found a lot more ladies that I know I will enjoy reading. So many amazing women out there that inspire me. But I want to be careful because I really enjoy my friendships with you and want to continuing bulding that relationship. I pray for you gals all the time and think about you each and everyday.

Dianne gave me this award a couple of weeks ago. Thank you fellow Donny fan! This one is given to bloggers "who live what they preach, who try to make the changes in their own lives that they would like to see in the world." Like I said she gave this one to me before I got sick and griped the entire time. I have fallen short of my goal to glorify Christ in all I say and do. But like I said above the sermon today was just what I needed. His timing is perfect, isn't it?

Today I feel refreshed and energized again. I realize that you can do your Bible study and pray daily, but there is something about being in church and the fellowship of others that keep me going in the right direction!

1 Peter 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."

Thank you God for giving me a new life and a new hope through Jesus Christ. Give me the wisdom and courage to live a life of excellence as I choose to trust you.