Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Kevin was captain of the boat for a bit and pulled my Dad, Valerie and Autumn on the tube. Hey! Watch where you're going Big Bear!! Dad's usually driving but he got to have some tube fun.
He liked torturing the girls by lifting the rope and making them fly out past the wake! ha!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
From the jacket: Working as a paralegal and attending law school at night, Nina has her hands full. She's fighting for custody of her young son Bob and overseeing a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of her mother, Virginia Reilly, whose health is rapidly declining after she suffered complications from an acupuncture procedure. Nina knows the emotional toll a lawsuit can take, but Ginny is determined to sue her doctor - she wants to leave some money for Nina and her troubled brother Matt, when she dies. But Nina's personal stresses are ramped up when a local tragedy plunges Nina into a hunt for a killer - a killer only she believes exists.
My thoughts: The Nina Reilly series is one of the series I love to read. This book was published last year and takes you back to the beginning of the series to show where everything got started. I didn't think I would like it at first, but it was cool to see the background on some of the characters. If anyone is interested in the Nina Reilly series, I would START with this book and then go down the list! But, that's my type A personality and wanting to do things in order! ha!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
**Masters news: I am one HUGE assignment and a final away from being finished with my last class. Both of my B's are from this professor and right now I have a 96%....could I finally make an A in her class???? I am more worried about surviving the fall while trying to do an internship and teach my class at the same time. But I am praying about it...
**School news: I am going to my classroom today to do some work, and I am in serious denial that summer is almost over!!!
**Business news: Kevin is buying a massive fish fryer tomorrow. We will officially be in the fish business!! He is also looking for a part-time job right now to have through the winter to save money for us to buy our own concessions trailer in Feb. or March. We will hopefully then be officially rolling!!
**Only other things happening is chillin', addicted to facebook, working in the flowerbeds (yay) AND yesterday I started scrappin' and I am going to scrap some everyday until school starts!! Woohoo! Oh, and I made my digital wedding album, so I am super excited to get it in and see how it looks in person!! :-)
**See ya after the weekend ~ have a good one!! We are just going to fly by the seat of our pants and see where the weekend takes us...life is good! :-)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
*Autumn riding Doc in barrels. She moved up to the big horses this year. I will be a nervous wreck when she really starts going FAST!! She did place 5th this year once in Buckaroo Barrels on Doc. Take a look...I think it only last about 27 seconds or so!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Kevin's raft is his "man boat"...so far that $10 has lasted about 3 years! ha!
A little girl float time...away from all the boys!! :-)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
This book is a must-read for any James Patterson fan OR anyone who loves a good mystery. BEST book I have read in awhile and by far, the best James Patterson book in awhile. Get past the cheesey title, because it is GOOD! I could not put it down and when I did I was thinking about it. A+....I would only spruce up the ending a bit...it could be just that I wanted more. Even the inside jacket says "the scariest and most satisfying James Patterson novel sine Kiss the Girls."
From the jacket: A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears from a swimsuit photo shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. Only hours after Kim McDaniels goes missing, her parents receive a terrifying phone call. Fearing the worst, they board the first flight to Maui and begin the hunt for their daughter. Ex-cop Ben Hawkins, now a reporter for the LA Times gets the McDaniel assignment. The ineptitude of the local police force defies belief - Ben has to start his own investigation for Kim McDaniels to have a prayer. And for Ben to have a story of a lifetime. All the while, a killer sets the stage for his next production. His audience expects the best - and they won't be disappointed. Swimsuit is a heart-pounding story of fear and desire, transporting you to a place where beauty and murder collide and horrors are hidden within paradise.
Monday, July 13, 2009
We did see lots of wildlife on this trip though. Look closely and you will see a baby deer in the middle and then to the right by the tree trunk, you will see another one!! So sweet!This is momma deer looking for her babies...they got separated for a minute when startled by the car and a kid on his bike. If you look behind her to the right, you can see one of her babies behind the brush.
Someone who camped before us left some watermelon...these geese took care of it though. They ate every bit of it!!
Then, when we were eating peanuts and throwing our shells, I guess they thought we were eating bread and throwing them crumbs. They literally invaded our campsite until they realized we weren't feeding them. I got a little nervous because I've seen these guys hiss and be a little aggressive...but I had Big Bear to protect me! heehee!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Have a good weekend! I'll be camping, swimming, enjoying Big Bear's camping cooking, and reading....I love summer again!! Ain't no class gonna get me down for long! heehee!!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
From the book jacket: As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching - waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.
As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed - a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.
My thoughts: I finished it in a day and a half so I must have liked it! ha! My disappointment was that I guessed one of the "endings" early in the book. I like to be kept on my toes and surprised in my readings of mysteries. But, James Patterson is a favorite and it was still a good book. I'd give it a B+. (and I hope I get to read at least one more this summer!!!)
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Let's start by getting it out of the way that NONE of us are perfect. None of us. We all have our individual issues and sins. Some of us struggle with addictions, some with gossiping, some with lying, some with adultery. A sin is a sin is a sin. None larger than the other in God's eyes. But I am going to focus on addictions today and how brave the men at John 3:16 are to openly share their struggles. Think about it - they walk around with T-shirts on saying "John 3:16 A Spirtual Bootcamp for Men with Addictions." How many of us would be willing to walk around in a T-shirt labeled "adulterer" or "liar"??? These men are to be commended in my opinion. I admire their strength and determination to get their lives back together and not have any shame about it. These men are able to leave the ministry and reach so many more people than those of us that haven't gone through what they have. The lost can relate to these men. I have so much I want to say and it is going to be so easy to get sidetracked.
I am really ticked off because someone, I don't know who, but someone wanted to see this ministry suffer. Apparently a law passed about two years that two felons cannot live under the same address in Arkansas. UNLESS, they are in a state run facility. John 3:16 is not a state run facility. Why? Because when you bring in the state, you cannot teach Jesus. It's like public school, you can't even say his name, much less TEACH about him. John 3:16 will never be state run. So, they might as well give up that battle!! Let's look at some facts...state run rehabs on average have a 15% success rate. That's NOT much especially when you consider how many people go to these rehabs. John 3:16 has an over 80% success rate. Why? Because they teach JESUS!!! These men are not in 12 step programs. They are in the Bible!! Fact - the state run rehabs have a majority of residents who have been sent there by the courts. The people are there to get out of trouble. Most (not all) are counting down their 49 days or so until they can leave. If all an addict wants is to get out of trouble with the court, then state run is the place to go because it is a short stay AND the court recognizes it. In comparison, John 3:16 is a minimum 6 month stay that can last up to a year. If you just wanna "get out of trouble", are you going to give up a minimum of 6 months of your life? Chances are no...these men are here trying to CHANGE their life. Fact: You cannot even serve community service hours for a church or public school. If you can't serve community service for a church, then do you think you can talk about Jesus in a state rehab? NO! Fact: In a state run rehab or AA meeting, the men have to stand up and say "My name is K. I am 35 years old. I am an alcoholic and a sorry s.o.b." At John 3:16, they say, "My name is K. I am 35 years old, and I've got a home in Gloryland that outshines the sun." See the difference??? Now, state run facilities, your percentages MIGHT go up if you would STOP beating these men down - making them feel like deadbeats and nobodies and start building them up. Give them something to live for...oh wait, you can't talk about Jesus, so what are you going to give them? Well, Praise God there is a place called John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte, Arkansas. Shame on you state for taking men from that safe place that was NOT costing the taxpayers one red cent and putting them somewhere else where the taxpayers would have to pay for them instead. Shame on you state for being so caught up in money and trying to overtake something that WORKS for these men that you forgot about the humans involved. The lives that are affected. The families that are affected. Shame on you for being jealous of the success rate of John 3:16 ministries. Here is an idea...try taking something else from them...take some ideas from them....take a little Jesus from them. Because you NEED it! We all need Jesus - through Him anything is possible!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
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