Thursday, May 30, 2013

Oh Bubba Bear!

Sweet (they are always sweet when sick!)...Sweet Bubba Bear got stung or bit by something this weekend and his leg swelled up big time.  Now, I am SUPER grateful to whatever bit or stung him because it caused us a vet trip and that trip led to a discovery that needed to be caught ASAP.  Turns out, even though he has been on Heartgard since he was a baby, he has heartworms.  It is like I never even gave him a pill.  We have had the other two tested and they were negative. (Praise Jesus!)  But we need prayers for Bubba Bear.  Because of this heartworm medicine THAT NEEDS TO BE PULLED FROM THE MARKET in my opinion, he will be going through a lengthy and (can be dangerous) treatment and will have to be still and calm for a month (ha).  There will obviously be lots of boarding at the vet and away from family time.  We just love the big bucket head so much already, so pray for speedy health and a full recovery.  

And, please, if you have your dogs on Heartgard, make the switch to something else!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

City of Glass (Book 3 in The Mortal Instruments Series)

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I really do recommend this series to my fantasy fiction friends out there! :)  I'm really enjoying it.  Started book #4 today.

Summary:
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Overwhelmed...and humbled

Where to start?!?  God is moving us in so many different directions right now - in life and with jobs that I KNOW He is preparing us for something.  But I'm not sure what.  I can share some of what I know, so let me try and I will try to keep it short and sweet and to the point, but I am not making any promises because my mind is going in a million different directions.
It sure seems like God is preparing our hearts and moving us in the direction of adoption.  I won't go into all the details, except to say some things have happened that just have "it's a God thing" written all over them.  I guess it all started about a month ago.  And, I can tell you that in the beginning, I was overcome with a feeling that I can't even put into words.  You see, for so long, I refused to even THINK about adoption.  After the pure heartbreak of infertility and finding out we couldn't have kids of our own, the last thing I ever wanted to do was go through a rigorous adoption process only to get turned down based on Kevin's past.  I didn't want to put him or myself through that pain.  I thought it best that we just accept we weren't going to be parents.  But, I think MY plans and thoughts may not be lining up with God's plans.  I put God in a box with my plans.  My faith took a direct hit with the infertility, and I temporarily forgot just how big our God is!  He has shown us that not only does He forgive Kevin's past, but so will the "adoption world".  So...where do we go from here?  First, I dropped to my knees and praised Jesus!  I felt like my heart would burst and not in a heartbroken way, but in a full of joy way!  I felt like a whole world that I thought was closed to us had been opened up.  I couldn't even say the words "I might get to be a mom" and not burst into tears.  I just didn't think it would happen.  But all things are possible with God.  All things.  Faith of a mustard seed.  That's all it takes.
Now, I am trying to gather facts for us.  We know nothing about adoption.  Nothing.  I have talked to friends who have adopted and that's about it.  I have always said that I felt God would send us an older child that needed to be loved, and I still feel that way.  I do not think we are going in the direction of infant or toddler, but school-age.  Of course, I will go in whatever direction He leads me.
I want to be as open about this journey as possible.  I want to hear people's stories.  I want to soak in as much knowledge as possible.  Mostly, I want prayers.  Prayers for guidance.  Prayers for wisdom to see what He wants for us.  Prayers for me not to fear the potential of the pain of rejection in this process.  Prayers that I not fear the process period.  It is scary to me to have someone come in and evaluate our ability to be a parent.  I just looked through some information on international adoption and felt myself getting nervous.  It is so overwhelming.  All the things to go through....
It was difficult to be open and share during the infertility process, because it was so emotional and up and down.  It was personal. It was hard to talk to anyone except those who had been through it.  And, I apologize for that.  I am sorry to those of you who loved us and prayed for us but just didn't know what to say.  We know you loved us and prayed us through it.  We have finally come to the other side of that battle and are trusting God in this new journey He is putting us on.  No matter how this all turns out, I have to TRUST He is in control.  He has a PLAN.  I will not FEAR.  
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Matthew 17:20 Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

Prayer warriors, I know you are all over this! :-)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Why?

 Riddle me this:
When I have to pick up THIS MANY dog toys and chew bones just to vacuum,
 why do they feel the need to find a poor innocent turtle to chew on AND bring inside???

 Mr. Turtle survived the ordeal...this doggie momma got home just in time! :)







Monday, May 20, 2013

Powerful!

We have no idea what unseen activity surrounds us!  I can hardly wait until we sit at Christ's feet in heaven and hear behind-the-scenes stories of historical events. No doubt about it.  We will sit bug-eyed.  God's ways are in fathomable, His creativity untamable. Just when we think we've heard it all, God will tell His side of the story.
Beloved, if you and I could see the whole picture surrounding our own historical events, we'd go face to the ground in startling amazement.  Imagine Christ saying to you one day in Glory, "Take a look at this scene with me Child.  I want you to see what was going on in the heavens when you were going through that crisis.  Look at all that happened in your behalf.  Gaze at that great cloud of witnesses cheering you on to victory.  Now aren't you glad you chose to walk by faith and believe me?"
Looking back over your life journey, which season or moment do you most hope God will show you "behind the scenes"?
-Beth Moore

This was the start of my Bible study tonight.  It was powerful stuff.  I know what season I would want to see.  Do you?  Can you only imagine what that will be like?  Wow!  How humbling!!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hectic Week!!

 We had one of those crazy, busy, catch yourself coming and going weeks!!  Bubba Bear took it all in stride...and out on our ottoman!  We won't talk about the corner of the ottoman being a casualty of puppyhood!!  He's cute and he is sorry.  He put on his first "sorry face" ever.  It may have been all the screaming and yelling I was doing...Ha!
Kevin was booked solid with caterings this week and we had concessions all weekend. (It is either feast or famine in this business.) It was HOT!  And, boy the heat drains you.  Today, after his lunch catering, we crashed for 3 hours and I am about to sack out again.  When Kevin is busy, it doubles my workload because then I have my regular job AND doing his business books and keeping things running smoothly there.  I may have had a slight stress break-down one day. :)  This week, I am just counting down to Memorial Weekend.  No plans.  No caterings.  No concessions.  No books.  No homework.  Just three days off.  I can't wait!!!!
And neither can they:


City of Ashes (book 2 in Mortal Instruments series)

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This may be a first for me.  I liked the second book better than the first!! :-)  Movie of the first book is coming out in August.

Summary/Review:

From School Library Journal


Grade 9 Up—In this sequel to City of Bones (S & S, 2007), the nonstop action continues. The Shadowhunters are battling a world of demons that few people can see. Guided by the laws of the Clave, these hunters balance fighting with the other more mundane aspects of life—love, betrayal, and confusion. Jace, the fiercest teenage Shadowhunter, seems determined to make everyone around him angry, and is looked upon with suspicion because his father, Valentine, is out to rule the world. Meanwhile, love triangles abound, vampires are reborn, and general teenage angst blossoms among a group of friends and siblings. Set in an alternative present-day Manhattan, the story comes complete with Britney Spears references and even, ironically, refers to the scientific CSI. Well written in both style and language, it compares favorably to others in this genre. The human characters are well developed and quite believable. The whole book is like watching a particularly good vampire/werewolf movie, and it leaves readers waiting for the next in the series. Watch this one fly off the shelves.—Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"A gorgeous fantasty that's so good, it's dangerous." -- Holly Black

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mom's Day Craft Results!!

 Our chalkboard painted "M's for Mom" turned out cute!!  They made these and a handmade card.  On the inside of the card, I had a printed page of sayings like "My mom laughs when....", My mom's favorite food is...I show my mom I love her by...
We had fun and I think it was a success!
 Now, I am just wondering what craft I can do with chalkboard paint! ha!



He worked so hard on his!!  Hope his mom loved it! :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hiking Trip!

 We love Lake Sylvia. It is our "go to" spot when looking for a relaxing day with the dogs.  This was Bubba's second hike, and he did great!  Big Bear had Bubba and I had Rex.  Stella, we just drop her leash and let her go.  She follows commands, so we don't have to worry about her.  If we meet anyone on the trail, we pick up her leash.  We figure, it says dogs must be on a leash ... doesn't say someone has to be holding the other end! Ha!
 Rex loves to "GO" with us, but I think he always regrets it later.  He just doesn't hold up well with the hiking and camping.  He was coughing and wheezing half way up the mountain, but it gives my out of shape self an excuse to lag behind. :)

 For this photo stop, I think he thought we were done.  He just plopped down in relief!  I will say, every time we hike this trail, the whole way up, I am saying in my head, "I hate this trail, I hate this trail, I hate this trail."  Then, the whole way back down enjoying the scenery, I change my tune!  (Of course, today, my muscles in my legs have been screaming at me!)
 After the hike, we had a picnic lunch and then came the big test to see if Bubba Bear could swim.  You know, we have the non-swimmer, Rex, who has to wear a life jacket.  We were a little nervous with all our outings what we were going to do if we had two non-swimmers.
 After a few attempts to lead him out, I let go of Stella's leash and threw a stick out for her to fetch up.  And, of course, Bubba Bear followed her!  He can swim!  Yay!

 We will work on the graceful part with practice!!  Stella thought he was going to drown her I am sure.  And, poor Rex needs a new life jacket that fits his fat little self and then he can get in too! :)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

My day in pictures...

The wooden M's are all spray painted with chalkboard paint.  The kids are excited!  Tomorrow we spruce them up and make our cards.  More pictures to come...(and yes, my room smells like spraypaint!)
Love looking out the dining room window at the blooms around the pond...even with Bubba Bear's fence in the background! Ha!

 This is the flowerbed he keeps DESTROYING!!  But, my irises have survived.  I have tomato cages around most of my lillies and a fence on the outside.  Look along the privacy fence...see those big holes he is digging.  Oh sure!!!!  Good times!!  I honestly don't care if he will stay out of my flowerbeds!
 Our yard is starting to dry out.  This was our reckneck patio/walkway.  The entire area was a mud pit the dogs had to walk through to get to the deck and straight in the doggie door.  (equaled muddy floors/muddy house)  It is finally drying out and yes, they would walk on the boards. :)  However, most of the yard is still too mushy to mow.  We have another estimate coming on a french drain.
 Momma love!  I think the pups are taking me for a hike on Sunday for Mom's day. :)  My "little brown dog", Rex, is just the sweetest one of the bunch!!  The other two are a MESS!

 And, my HUGE lapdog...he will just turn around and sit on you or one of the other dogs in a heartbeat.  He has to be touching somebody!!  (And, PS, I got my hair highlighted and cut after work...going for the wavy look for a while...since I am too poor to GO to the beach, I think I will look like I just walked off the beach! ha!)
Happy Friday!!  Don't forget to hug a teacher! :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mother's Day Craft Idea

As a teacher, you have to come up with some type of craft the kids can make for their mom's.  I always want it to be nice, but it's hard when buying supplies for over 20 kids.  That's 20 mom's! So...I had my idea down.  I had done it before and it was cute.  And...Hobby Lobby was completely wiped out of clay pots.  So, back to square 1.  Walking around the store, I came up with...a wooden letter M (for mom...get it? ha!).  Use chalkboard paint on the letter.  Let the kids use chalk to write them a message on it.  Tie a ribbon in one corner.  Then, make a card.  Cheesy?  Good?  I don't know.  If they turn out half-way decent on Friday, I will take pictures and share.  No pictures = flop! ha!!
In other news this week, it's Teacher Appreciation Week.  Have you appreciated a teacher yet?  There is still time.  Send a nice email thanking them for all they do.  That's all you really need to do.  I started the week off on Monday night attending the teacher of the year banquet in support of my friend, Holly.  And, she ended up winning the District Teacher of the Year!!  So proud of her!!!  She totally deserves it.  We have worked together off and on for the last 15 years and have watched each other grow as professionals and in our christian walk.  She is one of the hardest workers I know with an energy that is unmatched!  Sometimes I get tired just listening to her.  She is always on GO!  It was an award long overdue! 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (book 1) by Cassandra Clare

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I was intrigued by the cover on several book shopping trips and finally just grabbed it when I saw it at my favorite used book store a few weeks ago.  I wasn't entirely thrilled with the True Blood series, so thought I'd give anther series a try...thinking it was a trilogy, but I think book 6 just got released and now I see the movie for this one is due out in August.  I am always two steps behind...too many books to read, too little time! :(  I really liked this one though, and picked up Book 2 and 3 at Wal-Mart last night.  (PS.  It is a teenage series, not adult.)

Summary:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.