Last year all the G Kids came over and we made cookies and and and…. But this time only one set came. The LP Gkids came and helped me decorate, standing on the step ladder was the highlight for them all. I had so hoped to set an annual event of all the Gkids coming and spending time with- And of course their parents if they wanted. But not this time. One thing that has stuck (so far) is the placing of the Christmas Tree. Each year one will choose the placement, starting with the oldest and the next year the next one gets to pick the spot for the tree– the only rule is not in front of the TV. I will move furniture if need. (I did this year) The oldest was last year (the first Annual Picking the Place of TheTree Event). This year #2 picked the placement. If there are no more GKid additions, each GKid will pick every 6 years.
My giant tree- which is not real- we went fake when Lee (# 1 son) had his second asthma attack after pulling down the real tree. I bought this tree, a couple of years ago, when we were still in our travel trailer while building this house (first time I ever never had a tree). It was on clearance at Hobby Lobby, for—get this- $25- because the lights did not work. The lights are not embedded in the branches, just wrapped around them. The out lights were one string. The out lights had one bulb that needed to be pushed back in. So TA DA, I got a GOOOOOOOD deal, a great gift for not getting a tree for one Christmas.
Not being a close shot, you can not tell, the tree is cowboy themed. Rope for garland, red chili pepper covers for some of the lights, bandanas tied here and there, and cowboy type ornaments. Keith will have nothing else. It fits actually. I am working on getting one of the tacky pink or purple Fake fake fake looking ones for the ‘Nonnie Room’ that will be mine!
A great Thank YOU to mother of wonder, author of the blog Labor of wonder for nominating and introducing me for and to the Versatile Blogger Award. MOW has a great blog, filled with family, fun, football.
If I am understanding this nomination to Versital Blogger correctly, I now have a job to do.
If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
- Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
- Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
- Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
- So here are the 15:
Back to Faith– Fred Lybrand, great friend, speaker, pastor, author
Baseballs Butterflies and Blessings– K is an amazing mom, blessed with amazing children. K’s children have physical disabilites, this is glimpse of her faith and God’s grace.
When He calls me, I will answer– Natalie is a missionary/teacher in Uganda- Her life, through HIM!
Goings on out in West Texas– Just linked up with Taylors blog, really good read!
Get Phyt.org:Neat site by two young College grads for youth and teens on health.
Celiac Family.com-Great site, recipes and such- (Kind of like….)
Soul Blind Ministry– Christian, study,search and find of Daniel Lyon, his testimony is enough.
ect.Espee Trading Co. Shannon is just starting out, with a passion! She is a seamstress and mom, horse woman, and great friend
Jules Gluten Free: Great GF site, lots of info, put together exceptionally well.
Searching for Middle Ground– Great new site I linked to-Real.
nomnomglutenfreebakery-gluten free blog– good food good news
A Girl Named Bong; AMAZING recipes and photos of.
Oats N Bows.– GF twenty something Sarah is soooo fun to read
The Ultimate Late Bloomer; Great blogger that happens to be GF
Celiac Central Bits and Bites– Another GF site, really informative and lots of worldwide info!
7 Things ABOUT ME.
- I was a lifeguard for a season. At the community pool where I spent all my childhood days, it was a dream come true.
- I am adopted
- I talk to my pets and think they understand me and me them.
- I am not a very ‘good’ friend. I am friendly, but not a real ‘active’ friend.
- I AM an introvert, damn it! I am not shy, I enjoy the company of others and at times I talk to much. But I am an introvert.People suck the life out of me.
- I am a people pleaser. It is horrible. I have to apply “Am I now trying to win the approval of men or God.? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. Gal 1:10. ” Dail I too often compromise what is right in order to please others.
- I dream, desire, hope and pray to weigh 125 lbs someday– And stay that way. I have a long way to go.
I have a thought:
thought 1 |θôt |noun: 1 an idea or opinion produced by thinking or occurring suddenly in the mind
Produced-made up in my mind suddenly from an idea, whim,
idea |īˈdēə| noun: 1 a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action —a concept or mental impression
Something possibly conjured up, from other ideas, facts, truths. make an opinion, my opinion from this ‘creation’ in my mind.
opinion |əˈpinyən noun a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge
May be based on truth, or knowledge
knowledge |ˈnälij | noun:1 facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject
But not necessarily. My opinion definately came from thoughts, ideas, conjured in my mind.And probably formed by a feeling a reaction to my thought, or my thought could have been a reaction to a feeling.
feeling |ˈfēli ng | noun:1 an emotional state or reaction( feelings) the emotional side of someone’s character; emotional responses or tendencies to respond :2 a belief, esp. a vague or irrational one
A response from my emotional side. My Spirit? My Soul?My Flesh? Any. All.
emotion |iˈmō sh ən| noun: a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others
My emotions are me, inside. Possibly born in me, fears. Placed in me, joy, love. Learned from the past, from experiences. Based on my beliefs.
belief |biˈlēf| noun: an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists 2:( belief in) trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.
My beliefs are founded and unfounded. I try to know something is true before I accept it as my belief. Sometimes though I let my feeling decide. I believe truth. I believe fiction, at times, until I find it is. I believe in good and evil. I believe in things I think in my mind, because I believe them to be true. And like fictitious things, sometimes I find my thoughts to not be true, and I have to change my beliefs. I put my beliefs in, my faith and trust in , my husband, my children, my friends, myself, my car, sometimes my government, my doctor, the ‘experts’. At times all of these fail me. I can not put my trust in man, and expect it to never fail. I believe in God, I believe He is truth, He is love, He is constant, He is always right, He never fails.
Then my belief, develops an attitude. Good and bad.
attitude |ˈatiˌt(y)oōd| noun: A settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior
My behavior, my choices, my relationships are effected by my attitude. My thoughts are affected by my attitude, it comes full circle.
Thoughts, ideas, opinions,knowledge, feeling,emotions, belief- the dictionary list these all as nouns. A noun- A person, place or thing.
I can control a thing. I can control what I think. I can choose to think on what is truth, what is good.
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
3 John 1:11
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
- Matthew 22:37
Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
- Mark 12:30
And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first
- Luke 10:27
So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”
My choice to lead my heart.
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
Out of my heart comes my thoughts.
See the guy in the middle? Winking at you? That is my guy, Keith. He turned 50 the night of the picture, he has a black badge on his shirt to prove it. I have had him for 33 of his 50 years. I met him and started being his when he was 17. I was 16– WE have changed a bit. Keith actually has not changed that much. He is a strong man, physically, mentally,spiritually. Always has been. He is of good character, always has been. He has high standards he expects himself to meet, he does not accept failure in himself, again, always. Keith has always been dependable. He is a leader. He believes in working, working hard, for your living. Keith is a friend to anyone who needs one. And to those who don’t need a friend, he leaves them alone. Keith loves, honors and protects those he is responsible for. He has a tough exterior, but he is a lover and poet on the inside.
The changes of Keith, since that fateful day at the pool where we met, are not him, but his circumstances. Husband, Father, Grandfather, Builder, Carpenter, Supervisor, Harp Player, Gluten Free, Rum Drinker, Husband of a chunky chic. The list goes on, the additions to the Keith package. He has done them all in the style and perfection of ‘Keith’. Well.
I love this guy. I forget sometimes. I will be looking at him, listening to him , watching him, and suddenly I realize HIM, I see him, clearly. I feel all the love, adoration and pride of him. All the negative, ‘wish he woulds…’ memories of disappointments disappear. Then I remember , I LOVE this guy. He is an amazing man, and I have been blessed to have him in my life more than anyone else,– Ever.
Oh yeah, those other two guys, Lee our oldest, is on the left and Brian our second son is on the right. They don’t know it yet, but they have an awesome dad. I hope someday they can fill his
Mesquite trees (bushes) are shimmering with diamond dust.
Psalm 46:10 Be still and know I am God.
Today we have 33 degrees and misty moisture stuff. Not snow yet, but you never know. Probably will have icy-ness tonight. Oh, I love when the season changes, when it is supposed to! West Texas has a habit of NOT having seasons correctly, especially here in Midland. It is so odd to me that just 117 miles north, in Lubbock, where I spent most of my childhood, seasons do occur a bit more, by the book. I had several white Christmas’ growing up. I think we have had maybe 3 in the 30 years we have lived here. I am probably de exaggerating, but we get maybe 1 snow compared to Lubbock’s 4 a year. I am not complaining, too much, though, I know those up north get snow way TOO much, and I would NEVER wish snow everyday upon myself.
I like the opportunity to get my coats and sweaters out, wear my boots with out burning up by 3 PM, but the thrill of the cold wears off pretty quickly for me. And west Texas Weather accommodates my weather wishy washiness pretty well in the winter. The temps will climb in the next few days, and we will have mid 70 weather a few days before we drop again. I really do not have enough sweaters to have cold all winter long.
Today, I am taking advantage of the weather and making some Chicken tortilla soup I adjusted the recipe a bit from the cookbook (My cookbook, Throw the Wheat in the Sea) I can do that since I am the author ;). I used fresh (frozen) Hatch green chilies, I am not sure we will be able to eat the soup now, the taste test proves that we did get HOT chilies. I am also cooking this on the stove top, instead of the crock pot. If it is impossibly hot, I think I will add sour cream to the bowl, when I serve. I can adapt recipes like I adapt to the weather.