Thursday, January 31, 2013

Procrastination...a fine art!

That is how I feel after working on the business books for TWO  hours!!  Why, oh why, did I let it pile up?!?  I promise myself every time that I won't do that to myself again, and eventually, in the busyness of everything else, it just happens.  Boo!  And, now I have papers to grade!!  And, we won't talk about the messy house.  I think I need a secretary.  Or a maid.  Or both!
But, I think I might just take a page from Nala's book and chill.  The house and papers can wait until tomorrow...or the weekend....right?!?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Growth Chart Time

 Bubba Bear is now 7 months old and well over 50 lbs.  He's outgrown his older brother, Rex.  And, he just keeps growing.  I love his big ole jawls and feet!  He is a pretty boy, but he is ALL puppy!!

6 mo.
5 mo.

4 mo.
3 mo.
2 months - The day we brought him home.  I want to go back to this size and eat up the puppy breath.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Scrap the Night Away

 Friday night was scrapbook night and everyone around here gets ready for company!!  I have the cutest door greeters EVER!!  And, yes, Bubba is already bigger than BOTH of the others!!!  And, he just keeps growing and getting cuter!
I have finally completed my craft/scrapbook room and am energized to get back into scrapbooking full swing!  I traded my big high-tech cricut for one of the older models that is easier to use (thank you Funny Girl!), so I would stop getting frustrated and now I am on a roll.  I got 9 pages done's a sample...I noticed my taste kind of stays the same throughout.  And, I rarely scrapbook a page with just one picture on it, but there was only one picture of me and my Bubby with our old tin lunch boxes mom found and that was a memory I had to get down for the books! :)
Happy Scrappin'!

Cross Roads by Wm. Paul Young


This was a tough one to get through for me.  I don't recommend it.  This is the new book from the author of The Shack.  I read The Shack multiple times, so I was looking forward to this one.  It was a big let down for me.  Way too "out there" for me to enjoy.  I kept thinking about Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost! ha!  Seriously, this one, I recommend skipping. :(

Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He 'awakens' to find himself in a surreal world, a 'living' landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt. It is here that he has vivid interactions with others he assumes are projections of his own subconscious, but whose directions he follows nonetheless with the possibility that they might lead to authenticity and perhaps, redemption. The adventure draws Tony into deep relational entanglements where he is able to 'see' through the literal eyes and experiences of others, but is "blind" to the consequences of hiding his personal agenda and loss that emerge to war against the processes of healing and trust. Will this unexpected coalescing of events cause Tony to examine his life and realize he built a house of cards on the poisoned grounds of a broken heart? Will he also have the courage to make a critical choice that can undo a major injustice he set in motion before falling into a coma?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Testing 1 2 3

This is a test to see if I can blog from my super sweet iPhone 5.  :).
Posts to come this week.  I was a little "under the weather" last week.

Monday, January 21, 2013


Frustration is living paycheck to paycheck and having the oven go out, a car in the shop and a concession trailer that needs floor repairs.  How are paycheck to paycheck people EVER supposed to find their way out of debt?  Impossible is what it seems at times.  We need a BIG catering!! Urrrrgggghhhhhh!!!!
I know, I know...."For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37   But I had to vent for a second and get it OUT! :)

On another note to go with the post below:
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves received from God." 
2 Corinthians 3 & 4 
Brother Tom sent Kevin to those verses today and I said, "YES!!  Exactly what I have tried to say but couldn't quite seem to say it the way I wanted."  God is good all the time!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

He Loves Us ALL

Second Chances.  That's how this blog started.  With a story of a second/third/fourth chance of an alcoholic and the woman who loves him and how through that struggle, we were brought to Christ.  Fast forward through infertility struggles and a stint of depression, and you get to today.  Through talking to someone who is struggling with how to help a loved one with alcoholism last night, I was reminded of just how TOUGH those times were.  The desperation.  The shame.  The embarrassment.  The pure weight on the shoulders daily.  It reminded me that we don't need to judge others, because we don't know what they are going through at the moment.  So many people hide their problems and keep to themselves.  Some don't know where to turn and others are just too ashamed.  I really truly think that if more of us were honest about our troubles, then we could HELP each other.  I believe we go through the tough stuff to get to the other side and HELP someone else through it.  No one can relate better than someone who has been through it.  We sure aren't perfect.  We are both divorced. Kevin is a recovering alcoholic.  I struggle with depression at times.  We are both infertile.  And, the list goes on...but,  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I don't know what I really want to say except, this blog started out more of a "celebration" of a new start for us.  Now, most days, it is an online journal for me to keep up with my scrapbook journaling!!  A few times over the years when I've talked about the tough stuff (my non-existent relationship with my real father, Kevin's alcoholism, our money worries and even depression), I have gotten an email from someone thanking me for my honesty because they could relate or needed to hear it.  Mostly, I write about those things to get them out of my head and off my chest, because I write about things WAY better than I talk about them.  If I couldn't "write it out", I might explode because I'd keep it all inside.  I'm glad I have an outlet that might help someone else.  I always said if anything we go through helps just ONE person, it was worth it.  I just wish more of us could "throw it out there" so people didn't feel alone in their battles.  Our trials become our testimony.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

So, go and write.  Or, go and talk.  Don't pretend to perfect and have it all together.  What's the fun in that anyway? :)  Kevin reminds me all the time how boring life would be without him.  He's right.  We are total opposites, but I need his drama! LOL!  Don't worry about the gossips.  Let them talk.  All that matters is you might help someone who needs it just by admitting that "hey, my life isn't perfect."

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.Romans 12:12

What would your cardboard testimony be?'ll be blessed for it...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Truckin' Along into 2013

 Each year for the Benson's brings new challenges and adventures just like they do for everyone else.  We rang in the new year by worrying over a "lump" we had found in my breast.  You can't help but let your mind go to places it shouldn't and play the "what if" game.  We immediately called to make me a doctor appointment, and they were speedy quick about getting me in.  I missed my first morning back to work to have my very first mammogram (I was SUPER nervous about that) and an ultrasound.  Long story short, it was a cyst.  (insert sigh of relief)  Now, other good news is that for all you local gals, I can't recommend Baptist Breast Center enough.  Everyone was SO nice and caring and just put you at ease.  Great, great, great place!!!  AND, for anyone who is nervous about a mammogram, don't believe the horror stories.  While, granted, it isn't fun.  It also isn't bad.  It's just a few seconds.  I had extra pictures taken because of the lump, and I still walked out thinking "that wasn't so bad".  And now I can cross off getting my 40 year old mammogram.  Yep, less than a month and I will be 40!!!  How does that happen?!?  :)  Soooo, I shared that to say, 1) Don't ignore any lumps or bumps.  Get them checked immediately.  2) Don't stress over a mammogram. You can do it!!  3) Know your family history.  4) I highly recommend Baptist Breast Center.

And, precious Bubba Bear started off the year with a snip-snip!!  A cone that he wore a little on the first night for entertainment value mostly...heehee! 
And, he had his first trip to Nonnie and Pop's.  We had a death in the family last week, and since Bubba had just had surgery the day before, we took him with us and left everyone else at home with a sitter.  He did pretty good for a 6 month old puppy!! :)

Now, we are ready to put all yucky business behind us and have a good rest of the month/year!!!!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah


I started off 2013 with a good one!!  Coming right off of reading Redeeming Love and into Firefly Lane, they are going to be hard to follow.  One thing I will say about Firefly Lane is that it isn't my typical read, and it isn't for boys/men.  (I guess that's two things.)  It's a total "chic book".  And, you will need tissue, but if you have one of those friends that have stuck with you through a lifetime of up's and down's, you will totally relate.  

Here's what I found on


From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship…

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become TullyandKate. Inseparable.

So begins Kristin Hannah's magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success… and loneliness.

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn't know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she'll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she'll envy her famous best friend…

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart…and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone's Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it's the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It's about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you---and knows what has the power to hurt you…and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you'll never forget…one you'll want to pass on to your best friend.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tomorrow = back to the real world!

It's not going to be easy.  We've done a lot of movie watching, reading, napping, and just basically not leaving the house.  The alarm clock could be a killer. :)  
Saturday was a good test run because I went to scrap night with the girls and stayed way too long.  I got home at 1:30 in the morning and had to be at the first Saturday of Upward Basketball by 8:15 am.  It felt like I had been hit by a mack truck.  I am definitely getting older! ha!
I help run the concession stand each Saturday and Kevin volunteers by referring games.  Last year, our schedules collided and I never got to watch him ref.  When the opportunity came up this Saturday, I jumped on the chance to stay and watch him.  He did great.  It is so entertaining to watch the young ones play Upward Basketball because they are just clueless and get so excited if anyone makes a basket!

Friday, January 4, 2013

My latest craft projects

 I couldn't show you this one until after Christmas but this was the project I was working on that required a skill saw (when he discovered Bubba Bear had no fear of a saw and had to be put inside during it's use!!)  We won't talk about how many hot glue burns I suffered in the making of these, but now my Mom (and Autumn) have a stall marker for each of their horses.  And, those are horse shoes from their horses.  I think they turned out good.  It took quite a bit of time due the various steps and wait time in between.  I first spray painted the planks of wood (didn't cut them until after had the name on because I didn't know exactly how much room I need for each horse).  Then, I spent a scrapbook night with the girls hot gluing the names down.  Next, I hot glued the horseshoes down and then cut the end off the boards that needed it.  At which time, some of the horseshoes popped off and had to be redone.  Last step was screwing in the eyeholes (Kevin even helped with this part by using his bit and drill to get me a hole started), and then tying on the twine.  Finished.  Except for figuring out HOW to wrap them!

 On one of the snow days, I did another project that I saw on pinterest.  I have needed just a few things to finish up my craft room and this was one of them.  The supplies needed are pictured above - frame, twine, eyehooks, and small clothspins.  I found the frame for $1 at a yard sale.  Had the twine and eyehooks left over from the project above and bought the small clothspins for $3 at Target.  Bargain project!!
It only took about 10 minutes too!!  I turned the frame over and screwed in the eyehooks on the backside so they wouldn't be seen.
 Then, threaded the twine through and tied it to both ends.  I put a picture on the top row to space where to put the second row and repeated that for the third row.  Turned it over and hung pictures.
 And, now my wall above the cricut station is complete.  I finished up my craft room over the break too.  (Only took a year! ha!)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Catch Up - Part 3 - White Christmas 2012

A friend asked us to check on his house b/c he was out of town.  We walked about 2 blocks in the blizzard and this is us as we got back to our driveway.  We couldn't even see for the snow pelting us in the face, but we sure had lots of giggles!

The snow started as soon as we got home on Christmas night, and it was a beautiful snow!  It came down in big flakes and fast!!  And, it just kept snowing!!!  It was the first white Christmas for this area since 1926!  And, what a White Christmas it was - 9 inches total!  Bubba Bear's first snow as a HIT for him!  He loved it.  It was fun to watch them run wild and play.  We didn't stay out too long that first day since we had no power to come in and warm up to!!!  Thank goodness ours was only out for 24 hours. Some weren't as lucky.

Above was the tree we called Narnia.  It hung so low that you could go under it in a tunnel.  It was pretty cool.  The tree actually ended up breaking in 3 places but it will bounce back in Spring and we had fun with it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Resolutions 2013

How did I do with last year's resolutions?  First two, YES!  Third one = fail and last one - yes, but could do more.  The best one I ever made was giving up tv!!  I watch Duck Dynasty, Swamp People and Razorback football.  That's about it!  I think I achieved a record with my reading this year. 31 books and several were complete series.  I will keep it up this year! :)
  • give up tv (my goal is to try to only watch 2 hours a week!!) and cut down on computer time. My hope is this is going to give me time at night to read and scrapbook (two things that make me happy!).
  • pay off at least one debt. (one less worry and a step closer to my big camper!) :)
  • take the dogs for walks (anything will be more than what they get right now! ha)
  • find ways to be more involved at church. I want to serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus!

After thinking it over for a few days, what are my goals in 2013?
  •  get back into my Bible studies. (Reading my Bible nightly)
  •  WALK the DOGS!!  (how hard is that?!?)
  • Scrapbook more than just scrapbook night.  Really put the craft room to use.
Those are enjoyable!  Wish me luck! :)