Thursday, December 29, 2011
This trip all started from the idea to put Razorback Basketball tickets in Kevin's stocking. I knew he would love it!! I can watch baseball and football anytime, but basketball, not so much. So, I was glad that I ended up enjoying the trip as much as he did! We wanted to spend some time in Fayetteville remembering our college days. We didn't date in college but we were best buddies. Another story for another day...
The best to relive our college days was to take the Pig Trail to Fayetteville!!
This was the last hour of our drive and when we were in college, we knew every curve before it hit. You knew where you were by the scenery around you. It was GREAT to take the Pig Trail instead of the boring ole interstate drive! We need to do it again in the fall and in the spring when it's even prettier. Although, even in winter, this was beautiful:
After the Pig Trail, we head to my favorite (or most frequent) college place to eat ~ Hog's Breath. It's still there and still has the best and biggest baked potatoes! :)Then, we drove across the road to see my old apartments. College Park. Lots of memories!! I not only lived there, met my best friend and old roomie there, but I worked there for years as a leasing consultant and then an administrative assistant.
Since we saw my old place to live, we had to go see Kevin's next! And, I spent plenty of time there myself.
Right across the street from the Kappa Sigma house, on the sidewalk going to Old Main is my name on the sidewalk! Woohoo! Class of '95!
Then, we walked up and down Dickson Street. Some of it is still the same. I have always loved Dickson Street. But, sadly, a lot of the character and charm of Fayetteville has been lost in the growth. It's still Fayetteville, but not quite as good as it was when I was there. :) I was sad to see that the Berkenstock guy with Flying Possom had passed away and his store was boarded up. :(
After walking around Dickson Street, we walked around campus a little. It has changed A LOT!! Then, we hit the Hog store in the basketball stadium. We loaded up on some new Hog gear!! Always a must! :)
After that, I finally got to go to Sugarbear's!! One of our high school classmates and his wife opened this store and I love all the dog pictures they put on facebook! I got the dogs a treat to bring home from our trip!
And theeennnn, I got to see my favorite little one in the world because he is so darn cute!!! My BFF's baby is just toddling all over the place and still as cute as ever!! (Are you catching just how much we are managing to cram into ONE day?!? ha!)
Next, we decided to check in at our super sweet hotel and freshen up for dinner. We had planned to go out to Tonitown, because that is where I waited tables all through college. But, the restaurant was closed for the holidays. So...we rerouted to The Catfish Hole, BUT we took Hwy. 112 which is the highway I drove everyday to work and back. LOVE that Hwy. It has some big, nice houses on it now, but for the most part, it has remained the same.
Finally, GAME TIME! Relax! We even got to meet up with a high school classmate that we haven't seen since high school! She was there with her son and in the state for the holidays. A nice treat!
We went back to our room after the game and had dessert. We stayed at Inn at the Mill in Johnson. Kevin found us a great deal online. It was very nice!!! Loved it!! Super comfy and just had a lot of character.
Dessert in bed after a Hog win and full day of fun! Yes, please and thank you!
Sadly, we had to get up this morning and head back home. Maybe next time we can stay longer and visit more people and see more things! Hope Big Bear liked his stocking stuffer as much as I did! :)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
After sleeping in a bit, it was time for stocking stuffers and our big Christmas morning breakfast. It is always fun to see what treasures Big Bear has found for me. I think my favorite from this year might be the awesome boxer coffee mug he found. Or, all the cricut cartridges. Tough to decide!! The camping journal for our new big camper (someday) was pretty neat too. Anyway...Big Bear got Razorback Basketball tickets! GO HOGS! And the dogs and Nala were spoiled too. They went so crazy over their first toys, that we had to do their stockings in stages! ha!
After being lazy for a bit and sipping on hot chocolate and coffee and checking out our new prizes, we headed off to Beebe this year!!! How nice to shave off 45 minutes of our drive! Mom & Dad's place is not quite ready, so we met and ate at Bubby's. Then, we headed over to the farm to see the progress. I will HAVE to do some before/after shots later this week to show you the difference. It's going to be awesome! Another good family day! :)
I read this for something lighter and heartwarming. Nicholas Sparks is always good for heartwarming! I mean, he did write The Notebook after all! This book surprised me in that I didn't want to put it down. And, I honestly wasn't sure how it was all going to turn out. It certainly turn out like I expected. But I won't say anymore. Except, yes, I did cry! Now, go read for yourself!
Here is more from the Nicholas Sparks website about what it's about:
The Best of Me is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Last night, my emotions were full of anger and sadness while putting the primer on. Sadness of what wasn't to be. Sadness over all the unanswered questions of why? So many things I may never understand. Anger that while I have always tried to do the "right thing" and make the right choices, life just always seems so hard. Doesn't it seem like some people have such an easy walk through life? I am starting to think they just fake it better! And, some of my anger could have been directed at Big Bear who was "busy" playing on the computer instead of helping!!! :)
Today while painting, I tried to use it as my quiet time. Just me and God. And, here is what I got out of my time with Him and letting go of the baby thing. It isn't about what I want or what I dream for my life. It isn't about what I think I should have. It's about what God has planned for me and taking care of and loving what he has already given me. His plans are what I need to start looking for. What does He want me to have and what does He want me to do with my life? I am seeking my purpose and in the meantime, I am going to treasure the blessings I've already been given. I'm going to surrender MY dreams of being a mom and carrying a child, because God has a "greater yes" for me and in that is my purpose. I've just got to be ready to accept it.
*All I need is a second coat, a little laundry work, and some re-arranging! :)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Second book read over Christmas break is Kill Alex Cross by Patterson - my all-time favorite book series and did not disappoint! Excerpt from Patterson website:
The President's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark.
A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced.
As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes—one that may alter the fate of the entire country. KILL ALEX CROSS is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written!
First book read over Christmas Break is The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson - a nice, light read for the holiday season.
Excerpt from James Patterson website:
The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill's wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven't celebrated Christmas together since their father's death, but when Gaby announces that she's getting married—and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day—she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.
But the wedding isn't Gaby's only surprise—she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
We could take pictures in front of the fireplace with the all our stockings!! The dogs were thrilled!! Suddenly, playing wasn't so fun anymore! ha! But, it only got worse for them, because I got another idea!
I mean, if I got all three of them in a picture before, I could totally do it again! Right? We can make this happen!
(Ignore the muddy paw prints on the floor. And note, Stella's new tennis racket in the background that allows me to hit her tennis ball further!) After a little rearranging, we had success again and an even BETTER idea!
Heeheee!! They are THRILLED! Ho! Ho! Ho! Have a Howling Good Christmas and a Purrfect New Year!!!!!! :)
Just a little Saturday night fun! :)
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I feel your prayers. Please keep praying. I am looking for the blessings, and today I saw them clearly in all the little things.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I am thankful for:
*2 more school days and then a nice vacation!!
*dinner with a cousin :)
*a job that I absolutely love!
*a husband who loves spending time with me
*rotten dogs that jump in the bed with me
*the softness of Nala's fluff!
*our church that has been so supportive to us
Pray that I can focus on the good and find acceptance. Right now, I am struggling by looking at other people's choices (like, child neglect, child abuse, people giving up their kids...I'm sure you get the point) and wondering WHY they get to have kids and I don't. I am sure this is a natural?!? part of the grieving process over this, but I want to be able to accept our path and move forward. Maybe I'm trying to move forward too fast. Maybe I need to slow down and feel the pain a little?!? I don't know...like I said, it's been a weird day. I'm going to put it to bed now and remember tomorrow is a new day. And, like Beth Moore just said, "We don't know what God has in store for us, but we know it will be good."
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
At this point, we are trying to just overcome. We are getting our lives back together. We are going to a Christian counselor to help us find acceptance and peace and most importantly our laughter!! I know we will be ok. It's just been a yucky year for us, and I personally will be glad to see 2011 leave. I look at 2012 with hope.
I appreciate each and every prayer. And, I would love it if you would keep praying for us, but in a new direction. Just pray for our peace of mind, acceptance for God's plan for our lives, and for us both to seek God's will in all our decisions. Feel free to share this with anyone you know who has been praying for us. I am so blessed to have so many prayer warriors that I don't even know how to reach them all!!!
I do have a small favor though. While you may want to say something about this to me or Kevin, for now, just leave it be and pray for us. I don't think I can handle talking about it over and over. I'm not there yet. It's only been a few days. And, while it may be tempting to share a story of someone you know who was told they couldn't have kids and then did, don't. Trust me, I've heard them. That is their journey. I need to make peace with mine.
I may not fully understand why this is happening or what God has in store, but I know He loves me and is walking beside me. He has something in store for us that we couldn't possible imagine. I believe that with all my heart.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Family Turkey Day #2 coming this Saturday. Luckily, my family has less little ones running around. Should be an easier day on the ole emotional roller coaster. One can hope!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Police report has been filed on bank mess and all paperwork sent in. My only real frustration with that situation is they may not refund the overdraft fees. Seems a little nuts to me since I didn't freakin' do it! But, whatever. It's NO cry Benson Wednesday, so I'm done with it.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
So, doctor appointment set. Now, to get this nasty bank account mess settled. Seems somebody (aka jerk, loser, freeloader, thief....) has "lifted" my debit card number. Then, tried to use it at a Wal-Mart in Birmingham, Alabama. Good news is fraud department caught on quickly. Bad news is I was down to my last nickels and cents. They managed to get out $100 and then things bounced and overdraft fees have hit. Doesn't that seem odd that the BANK can catch the fraud but still let it go through and STILL charge fees???? Even though THEY KNOW it is FRAUD!! Yep, tis the days of my life people. So, now that phone tag is over, I get to deal with police reports and trying to get my account back to normal. Did I mention, you have to fill out a police report for the BANK THAT NOTIFIED YOU of the FRAUD? Oh, and now I have no debit card. Good times! Good times!
Friday, November 11, 2011
According to the nurse who left a message during our game of phone tag, I don't produce as many eggs as I should and we don't have the "swimmers" we need. Sounds discouraging - right?
After living all month down to the last nickel and dime, I am thinking, we might as well throw in the towel. People who live paycheck to paycheck just can't logically afford all this mess. That's where my brain is right now.
I'm just praying for guidance with our decisions.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Whoever said that possum's play dead was WRONG! GroSS! He was mad and hissing!! Of course, he had two dogs sniffing him and barking, two flashlights on him, a man asking for a shovel to hit him with and a crazy woman with a camera all coming at him! LOL!
He took some good hits with the shovel and then was tossed over the fence. Yep, we are THOSE neighbors! HA! Seriously, I doubt he's dead, so I'm sure he'll be up and roaming in no time. But, thanks for the save Big Bear!! And, Good Boy Rex!! Taking over Jax's old possum huntin' ways, just warms a momma's heart! Who says only labs can hunt?
Monday, November 7, 2011
I mean, can my dog be any cuter? That face melts me every time!
**And, on the other subject, did the doctor call today? No! But are we surprised? No! And, we wait another day. Then, let the phone tag games begin!!!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The twin guest bed in our house is really a glorified dog bed. And, today while we were at church, he decided to de-stuff the bedspread (aka dog bed). Who knows why!?! He de-stuffed one of his real dog beds a few days prior. He's in BIG trouble!!!
I tried to give him a dog bone to show him what he SHOULD be chewing on, but he was still having his pity party from getting in trouble! ha!
Friday, November 4, 2011
***Nala had her diabetes follow-up today. Since she's not a "nice cat", we have to take a different approach than the normal procedure to get their levels correct. They encouraged me to come in with her rather than leave her there all day! ha! I will say, with me there, she did GREAT! I was so proud!!! Not one hiss or spit or fit! She let them draw blood with no drama!! And, we got her a capstar to immediately kill all her fleas. Basically, she got a pill shoved down her throat and just took it like a champ! Awesome! We are doubling the insulin because her levels are still high and we go back in 2 weeks.
Now...to clean house!!!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Plus, I get to do Upward Basketball again. We may be coaching but we may do something different this year (Kevin as a ref and me in the concession stand). Either way, we are serving and helping with Upward. It takes a lot of people to pull off the Upward program. They can never find enough people to cover the concession stand. So, I think I'm pretty qualified for that one! :)
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." James 1:12
Is it an accident that this was my Daily Bread reading on Friday? I don't believe in accidents or luck anymore. I know all things are guided by God.
I saw another side in David's calm spirit: I am unable to understand all that God is doing in me, and it is impossible to try. David draws a comparison between a weaned child that no longer frets for what it once demanded, and a soul that has learned the same lesson. It is a call to learn humility, patient endurance, and contentment in all circumstances-whatever they are-though I do not understand God's reasons. Divine logic is beyond the grasp of my mind. I ask, "Why this affliction? Why this anguish?" The Father answers, "Hush, child. You wouldn't understand if I explained it to you. Just trust Me!" So, I turn from contemplating David's example to ask myself: Can I, in my circumstances, "hope in the Lord"? Can I wait in faith and patience without fretting and without questions God's wisdom? Can I trust Him while He works in me His good, acceptable and perfect will?
These things I know for sure, you can knock me down, but I don't stay down for long. And, in every instance in my life that has been a trial, I have come out the other side of it stronger. How we handle trials in life make us into who we are. My faith has been tested lately. But, the devil cannot win. I know that Jesus has been carrying me lately and hasn't let go. I will continue to seek His guidance and do my best to follow.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
...for blogs like this one: 999 Reasons to Laugh . You really must check it out. Especially if you are struggling with infertility!!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
...for a husband who was asked to teach our Sunday School class today. So proud of him!
...for a clean garage!!! I can't believe we finally cleaned it! It's amazing what you can do when are stuck at home because you have no money! HA!
...the laugh I got when I heard Rex bark from the back of the house and then cry and run. As I see him running down the hall, Nala is on his heels in fast pursuit! She chased him until he fell over at the ottoman and then proceeded to slap him a few times. Not sure what he did to start it, but I wish I had it on camera! He looked scared to death and she was MAD!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
...that Nala is still taking her insulin shots like it's no big deal.
...for being able to sleep in with Big Bear.
...for the laugh Rex gave me this morning when he couldn't wake us up to feed him. He resorted back to his dumpster diving days and decided to "clean" up last nights dinner plates. (He got in trouble before I laughed and went back to bed!)
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I am thankful for friends who send me verses like this: (I've read it numerous times in the past week!)
Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, He remains faithful to us and will help us, for he cannot disown us who are part of Himself, and He will always carry out His promises to us.
II Timothy 2:13
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Dear Lord, please help me have patience and faith while I wait to hear from You. Help me live in excited anticipation for the day when I will see how You answer my prayers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
15 years is a long time to be together. My mom says I've been with her longer than anyone. I love her. She really spoils me, because she always wanted an orange tabby and that's ME! I was born in a barn a few days within my brother, Simba's litter, so grandma and mom "guess" that today is my birthday. They know they are within a day or two of it, so we settled on the 13th of October. Can you believe I was born in a barn? Those days are sooooo behind me! My original family included Rocky (the rottie), Jax (who mom refers to as the best dog ever), and Simba (my brother...we share a daddy?). Here is a picture of my mom with me, Simba and Jax. I was NOT very happy here at all!
And this is me with my brother, Simba. He passed away earlier this year. We think he had a heart attack. I told him to stop going out there and hunting, but he loved it. Me? I prefer the indoors, the soft fabrics, the air conditioner, the peace and quiet. I do miss my brother though. He was my sidekick for over 14 years. It was hard to say goodbye, even if he did annoy me sometimes. I mean, what are brothers for, right?
Everyone except my mom thinks it is ridiculous that I prefer to drink my water out of the tap. I say, what is better than fresh water? And, yes, I let it run down my head first. Don't judge!
After Rocky and Jax passed away, mom and dad eventually got new puppies. What a pain that was! I hated them for the first two years pretty much. I've only decided to try and like them now that Simba is gone and I have no one else to talk to while mom and dad are at work. I do love to bully the boxer though. Shhh! He's so easy to pick on! He's terrified of me. The other one, Stella, she's too dumb to even know to be scared. And her tail drives me crazy!!
If I had a choice, I'd take my Simba back!!
And if we are being completely honest, I'd take Jax back too. He was SO much calmer. I could cuddle on the couch with him. Not these two new morons!! Oh well, maybe I can get them trained!!
Just recently I was diagnosed with diabetes. I am trying to be brave for my mom. She was nervous about giving me shots, but I am being extra good for her. She said she wants many more years with me because she loves me so much. My birthday wish is for many more years with her too. I love nothing more than sitting in her lap and letting her love on me! Happy Birthday to Me!