Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday night, Paragould High School honored our troops at the last home football game. It was a very neat experience. They fed us a bar-b-q plate before the game with all the trimmings AND dessert. The ROTC led the soldiers and families out onto the field to a crowd of cheers. We were the first family on the field, so I think it was even more surreal for us, following directly behind our nations colors. Then the band played 2 songs for us, they introduced each soldier and their family, the cheerleaders did a cheer for us, followed by a dance routine from the dance team.
Saturday was just packed! Mallorye went to her first rock concert. A group of 15 kids from school all went together (and yes, they had chaperone's). It was a general admission concert, so they got up early and waited at the gate for 7 hours!! But, it paid off...they were 2nd in line and made friends with the security guard. They fed him lunch...they had brought picnic stuff...so he had some of his staff hold 3rd row seats for them! How kewl is that??! While she was out playing, the rest of us were doing a little partying of our own. It was my nephews 8th birthday, so we had a party at the house for him...complete with pinata! Then it was on to Blake's girlfriends party...she loved her gift...and we had a great time. Quentin and I stayed and helped out. They had a haunted hayride for the kids...Q went and scared and I rode in the trailer to keep an eye on kiddos. They also played a game..body id...where the kids had to stick their hand in a bowl and guess what an item was without looking....eyes, liver, tongue, and brain...the catch? The liver and tongue were fresh from a slaughtered cow!! His girlfriend is a rancher and they slaughtered a cow that day...so it was fresh body parts! The kids had no idea until it was over...Hilarious!!
Sunday, was church...great sermon on spiritual warfare. I think so many people are unaware of how much warfare goes on in our daily lives and that we can defend ourselves against those attacks. Our pastor did a great job! Last night, we had the Stars and Stripes Welcome Home 875th Celebration...a big shindig at the convocation center. They fed us a meal, had some speakers, and then the Charlie Daniels Band performed. He did a great job...and you've never heard our National Anthem until you've heard it on the fiddle...that was incredible!!!
Can you see why I'm tired??! It was a great weekend. We had a ton of family time. It was humbling to see my husband honored in so many different venues. And it was a joy to watch my children spread their wings this weekend. Well, now I guess I need to get ready for work....
Friday, October 26, 2007
26 gauge sheet metal cut in 24" square
(3) 12x12 coordinating patterned paper
ribbon or cording
(6) self-adhesive laminating sheets
Tacky Tape (double sided)
Embellishments of choice (optional)
Clean sheet metal with soap/water...allow to dry. Adhere the 3 sheets of patterned paper using the Herma fix. Apply laminating sheets..overlapping the edges about 1". Drill 1/8" hole in top corners and use eyelet setter to smooth sheet metal. Apply ribbon or cording to edges and seams using tacky tape. Thread wide ribbon through holes and knot to hang. Add magnets and other embellishments as desired.
Ta-Dah! Great gift!! And you did it all by yourself! Feel free to email me if you have questions!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
God is so amazing! I was sitting in the living room tonight..having a bit of a pity party because I don't feel well..and I look out the window and see this amazing sunset. It was such a brilliant red and so absolutely beautiful...as if God was saying, "see what I painted for you tonight?" Sometimes I get so caught up in myself that I miss God's blessings. I'm glad that tonight, God was able to get my attention and that I was able to stop and see the wonder of it all. I don't want to miss what God is doing around me or fail to worship God in the daily things that we so often take for granted. Tonight, I was reminded! Thank you God!!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
We were hangin' out with a couple last night and they were asking us how we managed the past year with Q being deployed...so many of our soldiers have come home to find their wives have moved on without them...so, how are we different? How did we escape the true "casualty of war?" Both of us replied, COMMUNICATION! We made it a point to talk every day, even if that meant he had to get up earlier than he'd like or that I stayed up later than I needed to. We sacrificed sleep, lunch, free time...whatever it took...because we knew our marriage depended on us connecting every day.
Now that Q's home, I find that talking...really talking...is more difficult. We get so bogged down with our day to day life, kids schedules, jobs, church...that we tend to neglect each other. We have to be intentional about spending time together and communicating on a heart level. If I learned anything over the past year, it's that I cannot take my husband for granted and that we have to connect daily.
So, my challenge....to find creative ways to make time for each other. Suggestions? How do you nurture your relationship with your spouse? I'm listening.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Mallorye (in blue) and one of her friends looked just gorgeous as they headed out for the homecoming dance. It's so hard to believe that this young "woman" is my baby girl! Cinderella is still sleeping, so I haven't talked to her yet...daddy went and picked her up from the breakfast at 1am...another reason to be thankful he's home from Iraq...I didn't have to do the Homecoming shift by myself...woo hoo!! I'm quite certain they had a great time! Quentin, myself, and Blake went to the football game and watched our boys win a homecoming game for the first time in years.....34-14. It was a good game and a great night with family and friends. I am so lovin' my family time!!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I missed last week's edition of Thankful Thursday...got distracted by life. I think we all have reason to be thankful and rejoice in our blessings, if we just take a break from our life, for just a few moments, and think on these things. Don't forget to check out Iris' blog at www.eph2810.com for more Thankful Thursday posts.
This week I am thankful for;
*cooler weather....finally feels like fall in Arkansas!
*Saturday date with hubby...it's been a very long time since we've had a date, just us, 14 months
*God's patience with me...I am such a slacker at times, yet God loves me anyway
*Vision...without a vision the people perish..God has been showing Q and I what His plans are for us, slowly, and as I can, I will share them with my blogworld
*my oil painting from Ur...it just makes my heart smile :)
What are you thankful for? Has God done anything in your life this week? I'm sure He has. Take time to notice and then give thanks to God for it. Have a great day!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
To my husband; you are the greatest! I am so proud of you and even prouder to be your wife. You've handled the past year incredibly well and I've seen how you've grown, especially in your spiritual walk. I pray that God continues to bless your life and our life together. I have to be the luckiest girl in the world. I wake up every day wondering how I got so lucky, because I know I'm not deserving...that's "agape" love! Thank you! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Saturday, Quentin's bus came in around 6:30am, so our day started early. He had been up all night, catching a flight out of Ft. McCoy and then the bus on into Paragould, so we all were exhausted and spent most of the day SLEEPING! But it was so nice to finally be sleeping in my hubby's arms. The community turned out in quite a large number even for such an early arrival and the feeling was just overwhelming watching the buses roll into the armory and seeing the soldiers walk down the steps and into the waiting arms of family and friends. Very emotional!
Sunday, we were able to attend church as a family and then we went and cheered Blake in his first football game of the season. It was great that Quentin was able to be there for that...even if we did lose.
Monday meant back to school and work for me and the kids, while Q just relaxed here at the house. It was a slow night...a rarity around here. Mal had volleyball practice and Blake had basketball practice, but that's slow considering most nights.
Today, I stayed home and we took Mal to get her braces off...yeah!...and to the eye doctor. We went and watched her volleyball game tonight and are just enjoying hanging out as a family. Nothing exciting, just normal! Something we've not had for the past 14 months. Oh, how I love normal!
Hopefully, my scanner will cooperate soon and I'll be able to put some pix up for you. Until then, you'll just have to take my word...my hubby looks GOOD!