Wow! I just found 5.00$!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas gifts

While I was at a Christmas party for Carl's office I overheard a mama telling a story about her 6 year old and the long list of presents that she wanted this year for Christmas. The said mama just listened and then said " Jesus got three presents for Christmas and that is how many you will be getting" Wow! Why didn't I think of that.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Food , Fun and Fellowship

Some friends joined us at our house last night for supper and game playing. I usually dread the 26th because most of the hoopla is over so I planned a party. We ate a meal that Carl's mama cooked and we all love. After supper we played Telephone-Picturary.

First the meal. Pork tenderloin cooked for an hour at 350, then add sauerkraut and hot dogs and cook for another hour. Serve this with creamed potatoes and applesauce. This is best eaten in layers so that you get every flavor in each bite. Yum yum. I usually serve this with green beans so that we have some green with all the bland colors. Marisa is allergic to pork so I put a chicken breast in a dish and cooked it with some sauerkraut. She said that it was great.

Now the game- We had 9 folks playing so each person got 9 pieces of paper. First number each piece of paper . We did. 1-9. On the first piece of paper you write a sentence- any sentence. Then you pass the entire group of papers, in our case that was 9 pieces. So now you have a new group of papers. You read the sentence and you draw a picture describing want you just read. Then you pass that group on until you have written or draw on every group of papers. Then we go through and read the groups to see the sequence. It is hilarious.

Ed sharing a laugh
Marisa and John

Bri and Kaitlin


Dan and Nancy.
If you need a fun game to play I highly recommend this one

Thursday, December 25, 2008


We went to church last night. It was wonderful as usual. We planned to open our gifts today but some of us decided that we should open them last night. We started cooking our wonderful supper. We opened presents until delicious supper of hot dogs were ready. Our tree with our presents before we opened them.

This is Kaitlin today. And as Andrew would say...she has a whole lot of business going on.

What to do when you can't get out of the house.

This is what Kaitlin did on the snow day. She made pillow cases. I believe the final count was 23.
Aren't they beautiful?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Last night at church we had a musical program by Michael Porter and his friend Asitha Tennekon . Here is Kaitlin favorite song they sang. Panis Angelicus Enjoy

In the End, God wins

I read this at Radical Womanhood. Carolyn McCulley's blog was especially encouraging on the 23rd. She used some quotes from Tim Keller. Here is one

There are a lot of people in this world who have a passion for justice and a compassion for the poor but have absolutely no assurance that justice will one day triumph. They just believe that if we work hard enough long enough, we'll pull ourselves together and bring some justice to this world. For these people, there's no consolation when things don't go well.
But Christians have not only a passion for justice but also the knowledge that, in the end, justice will triumph. Confidence in the justice of God makes the most realistic passion for justice possible. here is the rest


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What is your Thesis?

At the graduation for Charlie we got the handy dandy program with all the Thesises (is that the word) in it.

Charlie's was A Modeling and Experimental Study of Deformation and Hot Tearing in Steel. Ok, that is not a conversation that I often have with my friends but I somewhat have an idea about what that is talking about.

Here are some that I find...interesting

Sassy and Subservient: Chinese Girls and Media in the Urbanizing Countryside...

Attittudes towards Help-seeking among South Asian American Muslim Women

Born Free: Unassisted Childbirth in North America

An Examination of the Influence of Organiational Culture on Career Advancement Opportunites for Ethnic Minorities in College Sport

But my all time favorite is...

Smash Mouth Football: An Interpretive Study of Identities Constructed and Performed on a Women's Football Team

Monday, December 22, 2008

A new thought for the cookie exchange!?!

I have made lots of Christmas cookies this season but none like these. Check out my sister-in-laws blog for a good laugh. Cheers!

When is 19 degrees a heat wave???

Picture the crows from Dumbo

So we were sitting around and Carl said " What shall we do this weekend?" Kaitlin says " I don't know? What do you want to do?" Mama says " Hey, Let's go to Iowa"

Well, not really. Our nephew ,Charlie, was graduating from the University of Iowa with his Phd and lots of the family was going to be there so we decided we should be there too.

So we loaded up the van on Friday and left LR. It was 56 degrees when we left.

This is the view out of our motel window on Saturday morning. I am not sure what the temp was then but it was COLD. I believe turtlenecks were invented here. Even though Carl and I lived in Minnesota for 2 years, I forgot how cold it gets here. I mean so cold that the gel ice packs I travel with for my back, froze in the car over night. Which was a blessing but you get the idea. My mama who grew up in the Dakota's always and I mean ALWAYS wore an undershirt from November 1 til May 1. I now remember why.
Kaitlin, Marisa, Carl and I spent the morning with Alex and Esther. They gave us a tour of Iowa City. We saw they school buildings, where the flood was ate lunch and shared lots of laughs.

The girls had to do a snow jump

The reason for the visit. We got to see Charlie graduate with his Phd, hang with the family and meet Gus, our new nephew.

This is Alex, well, looking like, Alex.

We got to go to an open mike night and hear our nephew, Willy. There were about 20 of us in a small back room. There were about 15 chairs and 3 sofas. If you want to hear Willy Here he is.

Willy played and then he called up his brothers up to play with him.

This is what -20 looks like as we drove down the road back to Arkansas on Sunday morning.
I'd like to give a big Thank You to all the folks on S US 218 that had Christmas lights on as we drove home in the bitter cold. It was a great trip. I am thankful for all the safety God gave us as we drove.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Two More Recipes

Here are Oreo Truffles from Monica. this is how Monica gave it to Faith. May I just say FABULOUS

1 package Oreos (last year I used double stuffed and they better)
1 8 oz cream cheese,softened
approx 8 blocks almond bark
smash Oreos,
use mixer to mix with cream cheese
use mini scooper to scoop balls onto wax paper lined cookie sheet, then shape into smoother balls. Freeze about 45 minutes, stick with toothpick and dip into melted almond bark. DO NOT dry on wire rack. That's what I did last night, but they dried and stuck to the wire, then cracked when removed. Place on wax paper to dry. I sprinkled each truffle after dipping because they dry pretty quick. another variation is melt white chocchips or almond bark and drizzle little lines then use sprinkles, or dont'use sprinkles or dip into white first...after you dip and place on wax paper, you have to get more choc on toothpickto cover area where it was sticking in. Later some oreo oozes out where thetoothpick was stuck. I know it sounds wierd but just wipe away. Have fun!!!

Sweet Potato Dumplings from Tina - these are amazing

Sweet Potato patties in the frozen food section
Crescent Rolls
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 c of sugar
Topping 1 c sugar mixed with cinnamon

cut the sweet potatoes in half and place one in each crescent roll. Fill up a 13 x 9 pan. Melt the butter and sugar and pour over the top of them. Mix 1 cup sugar with cinnamon- like you would put on your cinnamon/sugar toast. I didn't use the whole cup.

bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until brown

I cut them in fourths and cut the crescent rolls in half and made them bite size

Ice Storm

The ice, freezing rain, etc started at our house about 2 yesterday afternoon. Here is the front yard this morning. We have power, plenty of firewood, food, and plenty of things to do. We are happy.
Our driveway.

The backyard

I took this standing in the garage looking toward the front yard.

This is a wonderful picture because it shows that I have a wonderful fire going. Carl built it before he left for work and Kaitlin has kept it going.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Here is great new recipe

I had these last night at a party for the officers of our church. I loved them and can't wait to make them.

Iced Cranberries from Nancy

1-2 bags Fresh Cranberries
1 Lg bag Powdered Sugar

1 raw Egg White
1/4t Orange Oil (I use Boyajian brand Orange Citrus Oil-Can be ordered from Item # 1058 (1oz) or1060 (5oz).

Pour fresh cranberries in a colander. Rinse well with cold water. Pick out soft cranberries and discard. Also pick off any remaining stems. Gently dry cranberries on a paper towel. Place dry cranberries in a large covered container. (I use a tupperware cake taker)
Break egg white over cranberries, add about a 1/4 teaspoon of Orange Oil or a little (emphasis on little) more if you prefer a stronger orange flavor.Using your CLEAN hands, stir and coat all the cranberries with the egg white and oil.
Once they are well coated, wash the slimy gross egg white off your hands.
Shake a 1/2 of a bag Confectioners sugar over the cranberries, cover, and shake.
Separate cranberries, add more sugar, cover, shake.
Repeat these steps until cranberries are completely covered and the sugar coating starts looking dry, this will be a white color not icky grayish color.
If they are still an icky grayish color, add more sugar.Spread out on jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with lip.
Place in the refrigerator - UNCOVERED. The coating will harden overnight.
Always remember, and don't ever forget! POP! DON'T NIBBLE! Tell your friends! Lest they become pucker pusses!

Lots of Fun

Enjoy this Christmas tour of homes from BooMama. Get some cocoa and put your feet up this is fabulous. Leave me a comment telling me which ones you enjoyed the most.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Glorious Destiny

This was written in the Christmas card I got from my friend, Nancy. She has it in quotes so I am guessing it is from somewhere else. When I find out I'll let you know.

"Eternal life is the glorious destiny of all who believe, a place where all things will be made new, where Christmas will never end"

That really spoke to me today.

I love Christmas cards

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Straight No Chaser

You must watch and listen to this

A Wonderful Day

Yesterday, Kaitlin didn't have class. It was her study day and finals start today. She had a bizillion errands to run and we did them together. We left when Marisa left. (Marisa was going to take her last final!)

We started at UALR returning library books. Kaitlin had a cd to give to Brittany so we dropped it by her office on campus and then stayed for a wonderful visit.

Marisa called and was finished! We met her for lunch at Apple Spice Junction. It is a wonderful restaurant near UALR that has wonderful sandwiches and soups including potato soup that is amazing.

Then to see Julie at her shoe store. We picked up a few Christmas presents there or as Kaitlin likes to say " We saw Santa and he said' Psst, Kaitlin, here are a few gifts for... ' I would say for whom but I think she reads this. Are you curious???? A few clues- she doesn't live in the same state as I do and we're related???

Then we were off to Mama G's. Kaitlin and I enjoyed seeing her look at the pictures that Kaitlin had taken of her 5 beautiful daughters. She enjoyed that Kaitlin left in some of the humorous shots of the girls as joked with each other.

We had hoped to visit with Sandy as we gave her her picutres but she was out running errands when we got to her and we gave them to her son. He was thrilled because he said that as soon as his mama got them he wouldn't be able to see them again.

We ended our day sharing supper with our College an Career group. Lots of laughing was had by all.

A wonderful day.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Day that will live in Infamy

Today is the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Twenty years ago today I read Andrew a book on the attack and it opened up a whole new world to him and the rest of us.

We are watching Tora Tora Tora as I write this post.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008


This is a handy device that Carl found last year. With my back situation I am to limit my bending over. I have these devices on all the Christmas lights in the house. I can turn them on with the touch of my foot.
The leon candles that mama had for years broke so I had to buy my own. I know that some of you have them spelling Noel and that is your choice. Andrew for years had them spelling Nole. Sometimes I try to spell Noel and someone with change them back to leon. oh well, what's a mama to do.

Here is one of the beautiful ornaments that I got from my parents tree.

tree in the dining room

Andrew didn't have too many keepsakes on the tree so we added some in 2004.

these are the shoes Kaitlin wore home from the hospital when she was born.

these are John's home from the hospital shoes.

tree in the den
trees in the kitchen window.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I love Nativity Sets

New today from Walmart
I got this at the Precious Moments Chapel in MO

Also from Precious Moments chapel

This was one our first. Andrew insisted that we get one that would allow Jesus to get out of his car seat( the baby wasn't fixed in the manger but could get out)


Veggie Tale

John made this for me out of Sculpy. I gave him Sculpy early on in his life. Mostly to keep his hands busy as I read out loud to the children. Kaitlin could knit and Andrew was always drawing. This really cut down on the disruptions and when I quizzed the children about what I had read, they knew. John didn't start with Nativities. He started with man-eating sharks with lots of blood and gore. I gently asked if he could make me something I could display. He made this five or six years ago.

We got this in Alaska when we went with Uncle Charles and Aunt Frances.

This is one John made a year ago. Isn't is beautiful? Do you have a Christmas collection


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