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How Bout Them Cowboys?????


A legend was born on this day.  A day of memories that will be handed down from generation to generation.  Well, that might be a tad bit dramatic, but it’s certainly a day I’ll never forget.

It was my first NFL football game.

And it was a Cowboys’ game.

On Thanksgiving Day.

You just don’t get much better than that.  Before this day in history, I was just a lukewarm, could care less football fan.  I watched out of duty for the many crazed football fans in my family.  My mom, Killa, and my oldest, Bud, who are both die hard Cowboys fans.  Then there’s the Miami Dolphins fan, Adam…. #2 boy.  Stevo, #4 boy, is a Steelers fan and generally opposes any team anyone else likes.  Lastly, baby boy #5, Braedon, is a Colts fan.  Lots of football love in my house.  That leaves the middle boy, Dad, and I floundering during football season.

Til now.

Did I mention we are a CrAzY bunch??

My mom was determined for all of us to go to a football game together.  My family, mom, and my brother’s family (Texans fans).  The plans for this special day had been in the works for months.  I tried my best to muster up some excitement.  For their sake.

The day finally came.  We all covered ourselves in Cowboy clothing….well, except Adam.  He donned his Miami Dolphin gear and even recruited Cameron, the middle, could care less about football boy, to be a Dolphins fan for the day.  We even planned low-key tailgating.  The game didn’t start until 3:00, but we left about 8:0o that morning to head to the stadium (less than an hour away).

This view will cost you $60!

It was amazing.  After paying $60 per vehicle to simply park, we unloaded and tailgated from our cars.  We had a sandwich fixing buffet, played washers, threw the football around, and scanned the Black Friday ads.

Afterwards, we headed into a game that wouldn’t be decided until the last 10 seconds. We had an absolute blast.  I found myself screaming and jumping up and down, high-fiving strangers…..all for the love of the Cowboys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re here!

In my next life, I’m gonna be a DC Cheerleader!

My favorite tight end….#82…Go Witten!

I have never like Romo…but after seeing him in action, even I’m impressed!

Of course Romo just isn’t the tight end Witten is….bahaha!

 

Killa and Baby Boy #5

That’s the moment it happened.  I was completely transformed.  After the experience I had, I can no longer be a lukewarm, take it or leave it, football fan.  I came out of there in love with the Cowboys.  For better or worse.  With or without Romo, I pledge my allegiance to the Dallas Cowboys.  Now, I’ve just gotta start saving my pennies for next year’s game.

He was really excited about that touchdown!

Happy Turkey Day!

 

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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A Life of Thanks


O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.
      Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
      You have no equal.
   If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
      I would never come to the end of them.   –Psalm 49:5

We are wrapping up the end of November.  Most of us have enjoyed time with family, good food, and good times.  The Thanksgiving holiday calls on us to look back, to reflect on our many blessings.  If you are a Facebook fan, your news feed has probably been flooded with posts of Thanksgiving.  These posts of Thanksgiving are indulged by all types of folks.  Christians and the lost, young and old, kindhearted and spitfires alike.

As I’ve read through these posts of Thanksgiving, I began to wonder how many of these people realize from where these blessings flow.  Do they realize that God is responsible for their many blessings?  Do they recognize Him at work in their lives?  Do they even care?

It’s all too easy to take God for granted.  All that He does for us, all the He gives us, all that He carries us through.  We neglect to give Him credit for His mighty hand at work in our lives.  To praise Him for His love. I find that so many times our relationship with the Almighty can easily become one-sided.

God, I need this.  Please give it to me.

God, get me out of this mess.  I need your help.

God, I am sad, lonely, angry, hurt.  Please ease my pain and heal me.

God, please protect me and my family.

God, please bless me.  Bring me that car, house, job, boyfriend, girlfriend, that my heart longs for.

Then, when things don’t go our way, we question Him and often become angry or disheartened with Him.

God, I don’t understand.

God, why?

God, you have failed me.

God, you have left me.

God, you don’t keep your promises.

As you look back at all these all too common prayers that fall on God’s ears, notice how self-centered they are.  Notice how it’s all about what God can do for you.  Or should do for you.  Or failed to do for you.

How often do our prayers thank Him specifically for all He does for us?  How often do we ask Him what we can do for Him?  How we can bring His kingdom glory?  How we can live for Him?  Follow Him?  Dedicate our WHOLE life to Him?

If we truly believe in the many blessings God has bestowed on us…if we truly believe He has the power to give us our heart’s desires (if He so chooses)…. if we truly believe in the greatness, the almighty power, the abounding love, the faithfulness of God…..

How can we not LOVE Him?

How can we not want to dedicate our whole life to Him?

How can we not want to step out of our comfort zone and live fully for Him?

Today, I challenge you to look at the many excuses we give to God.  The excuses we give to Him for not being faithful to read our Bible.  To neglect our prayer life until we need Him.  To skip out of church.  To skip out on working for Him.  For putting Him last in our list of priorities.  Instead of thinking of yet another excuse for NOT following Him, pray about what you can do to bring Him glory.  What do you need to do to follow Him?  Be faithful to Him?  Serve Him?

Spend time in prayer today thanking Him specifically for the blessings in your life.  Take time to praise Him for His work in your life.

Determine today to not only say thank you, but to live a life of thanks to Him.

 

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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Happy Dancing, Thankfulness, and Retail Therapy


I have been absent from blogging for several days.  My life has been extremely stressful for the past couple of weeks.  But things are looking up.  Well, sort of.  I’m going to get the rare opportunity to escape the reality of life’s stress and have my very own little play party.  Seriously.  At risk of turning you completely green with envy, I’m gonna let you in on my exciting week to come.

♥  Tomorrow my baby boys will be home.  All of them.  All five.  In one nest.  At one time.  The last time that happened was Halloween.  Yes, I realize that was only a few weeks ago, but it feels like  FOR.EV.AH.  I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.  I am slightly excited.  Somebody might better remind me of that tomorrow when I’m in the middle of cooking for my clan!  It takes a lot to feed these turkeys. =D

 

♥  Wednesday morning we will pull out and head for the Big D.  We will be staying a few days with my aunt and uncle who are the ultimate hosts.  They have one of those houses that is beautiful, scarily clean, yet comfy.  I love going there.  I can forget the worries of housework, because somehow their house is always clean.  No matter how many people they have over.  It’s weird how that happens.   Plus, she is cooking Thanksgiving dinner for us.  All we were asked to bring is drinks for our family.  A whole, entire, Thanksgiving meal that I don’t have to cook.  Woohooooo!!!   I will be happy dancing all the way to Dallas!

♥  So, let’s see.  We are up to Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.  It’s Cowboy time ba—beee!  We are ALL loading up and heading out the Dallas Cowboy football game.  It will be my first NFL football game.  We are even gonna do a little low-key tailgating.  Another first.  I think I will add that to my Pushing Up Daisies List, just so I can mark it off.   I just might be happy dancing in my sleep!

 

♥  And, then, it’s the Big Kahuna……..the whole enchilada…….the be all, end all, of the ultimate Thansgiving holiday……..Black Friday!! Sales start at 10pm.  I will be there with my game face on!  And, on top of the ultimate shopping as a contact sport experience, the hubby will be taking the kids back home.  So I will also finish the trip with a kid-free night.  Retail therapy and girl time!!   Woop!  Woop!

And as if that’s not enough to make you roll your eyes and wanna slap me silly………all my Christmas decorations are up and running.  Lights twinkling.  Christmas music playing.  The kids advent calendar is almost finished and ready for lift-off.  I will come home ready to wrap gifts and enjoy the Christmas season.

Have I ever told you quitting my job and becoming a stay-at-home mom was the absolute best thing I ever did?  Well, it was and I’m telling you now.  I am completely blessed and overwhelmed by the love and grace of my heavenly Father.  I’m just hard-headed enough to fight tooth and nail.  I was just certain we couldn’t financially make it one one income.  I’m living proof that if you will follow God’s calling on your life, joy and contentment will find their way to you.  I am so blessed to have Him directing my life.  Him loving me through my hard-headed ways.  Him pushing until I surrendered.  So this week, although I might be MIA from the blogging world (I’m gonna try, but can’t make any promises.), I will be praising God for the many blessings in my life.  Getting recharged.  Refreshed.  And I will for sure be having loads of FUN!!!

And for all of this, I’m truly thankful.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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Randomness………Really.


Today has been some kinda day!  Busy every moment.  Yes, EVERY moment.  It has been chaotic!   Til now.  Yay!

Since I used up all my emotional energy, my thinking cap is burnt out, and I’m just plain ole tired, I decided to bless you with a random list!

Druuummmmmm roll, puh-leeeze!!

♥  Tonight was our church Thanksgiving meal.  Food was everywhere.  Seriously.  Tons. of. food.  But you know what was the absolute BEST thing about it??  My boys telling me (on the way home), “I just didn’t like anything they had except the dumplings, cobbler, and acorn cookie thingies.”  What’s the big deal about that??  Momma made all of those things!!  And believe me, we have some master cooks in our church.  So that’s a HUGE compliment!  Momma is rocking the kitchen….. and by Momma, I mean ME.  =D

♥  Speaking of acorn cookie thingies….. I made two things I found on Pinterest.  Yessirreee, Bob.  I made the acorn thingies AND pilgrim hats.  I was really hoping to get a pic, but since we were running last minute finishing them, I didn’t.  And they were all gone after the dinner.  Yay!

Pic from Pinterest…….but mine were adorable, too!

♥  I realize today I’m using the word YAY a bit too much.  But, it just really reflects my mood.  And since my ADHD is in overdrive, I just don’t want to try to come up with anything else.  At the risk of sounding redundant….YAY!

♥  I have got to get off my patooty and find my battery charger for my camera.  For some reason, I can never keep up with that thing.  Oh, wait, the reason is I’m totally scatterbrained.  Yep, that’s it.  Couldn’t keep up with my rear if it wasn’t attached at the hip.

♥  Pandas are seriously adorable creatures.  I have never seen one in real life.  It would probably be disappointing since their white fur would probably be filthy.  But they are still beautiful animals.  But my favorite are still flamingos.

♥  I don’t really watch the news much anymore.  It’s WAY depressing.  But my mom was telling me about this old pervert coach from Penn State who has been abusing young boys for YEARS.  So, I’ve just gotta say, every staff member and friend that knew about this crap and did nothing should be sent up the river with him.  Oh, and telling someone who did nothing is not enough.  You keep telling till someone does something.  Everyone of them………up the river.

♥  Some people crack me up.  Since this month is Thanksgiving, Facebook is over-run with thankful posts.  And yes, I’m posting them too.  Don’t judge.  It’s not a bad thing.  But what cracks me up are people who actually post the same thing (with different wording) almost every day.  Some people have such tunnel vision that all they can see is themselves.  So they just keep saying the same things over and over and over.  Oh, oh….and how about the “I’m thankful for my dad, sis, bro, mom, dog, son, daughter, house, job, and car.  That will do for the first half of the month.”  Seriously?  Are you really thankful?

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♥  And then there’s THOSE  OTHER people.  You know, the ones who apparently have nothing better to do than sit around count how many times someone has posted the same thankful post.  And then they have the nerve to rate someone’s thankful heart just based on a stupid FB post.  Geeeeeeezzzzz, S.O.M.E.O.N.E. needs a life!

♥  Do pajamas really have to match?  I mean, does it really matter if my PJ pants and my top match?  When does it matter?  When I have company over?  When I go visit someone else?  Or never?  Really?  Is it important?

♥  And now my pet word must be really.  Just in case you didn’t notice.

♥  Hurley on Lost just needs to shave.  I don’t care if you’re stuck on a deserted island.  Just shave.  Dude, it’s really gross.  And hey, there was all kinds of junk in the wreckage.  Surely you can find something to shave with.  Jin is ALWAYS clean shaven.

 

 

 

 

 

Hurley

 

 

Jin…like I said, ALWAYS clean shaven!

 

 

 

♥  Have I told you I get to go to the Dallas Cowboy football game on Thanksgiving Day?  Yep, I’m just that cool.  Gonna tailgate and everything!  Plus, the Black Friday sales start at 10pm Thanksgiving night.  Just makes me so excited I’m giddy.  I get butterflies just thinking about it.  Next week is gonna be good week.

 

♥  Speaking of Black Friday…….I better go browse the ads.  They are already online and I’ve taken a peek at them, but I need to start making a plan of attack list.  I would go into detail, but that’s definitely  for another post.  Besides, all I can think about now is….

sh-op-ping!!!!!!!!!

So off I go!!!!!!!

Later Gator!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Randomocity

 

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Monday ~ Funday!

Monday ~ Funday!

Yay for Monday!

I know.  Crazy, right??

But after having a less than best weekend, I welcome Monday with open arms.  I welcome the mundane everyday.  The routine.  The stability that it brings.  I reached my maximum stress potential before Monday ever arrived, so even when it means school work, laundry, and housework……  Yay for Monday!

In fact, I am so excited about some normalcy, I decided to share.  Yay for you!  I know you are excited.  Well, if you’re still reading.  Anyway, I have a busy day ahead.  It SHOULD look something like this………

I don’t think I’ve shared anything concerning our small family farm.  Well, it’s really more my hubby and my father-in-love’s farm, but we reap the benefits.  We have 7 goats, about 50 chickens, 10 cats, 2 dogs, and 7 cows.  We go through cycles with the chickens, so we are just now getting eggs again.

That means I’m overloaded with fresh, yummy eggs…..so you guessed it.  Omelettes are what’s for breakfast around here.  Today’s omelette was a conglomeration of ingredients we all like.  I threw them all together and it turned out great.  The kids were bickering over seconds.   It consisted of ham, onions, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, cheese, and spinach….and of course, lots of eggs!  Eat with salsa for a splash of spice.  YUM!

While the kids work on schoolwork, I have a Christmas hat to finish knitting on the loom.  My 11-year-old started it, but I need the loom back…..and he is S.L.O.W…..and he has lost interest.  So, he wants me to finish it for him…because I’m ‘speedy quick’ at it anyway.  I think he’s just trying to get me to do his dirty work for him.  No, I’m sure of it.  It’s supposed to be a homemade Christmas gift for his dad.  And since I can’t wait to see the hubster wearing a red, green, and white toboggan all over God’s creation, I am more than happy to help him out.

Baby boy needs more time for playing Beanie Baby Football anyway.

Yes, I said Beanie Baby Football.  This weekend, we hit the Beanie Baby jackpot on our yard sale expedition.  Twenty five cents got us a practically brand new Ty Beanie Baby….tags and all.  I think we bought them out.   Don’t get me wrong, we are in no way collectors.  My boys (puppy included) LOVE to play with them.  They have now invented Beanie Baby Football.  I don’t know how it works or understand the game, but it keeps them busy for hours.

Lastly, because Mondays are usually long, torturous days….and we’ve had enough of those types of days to last for a while…..I decided today would be perfect for decorating the Christmas tree.  Yes, I know.  Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet.  I know, it’s just not fair.  Thanksgiving deserves its fair share of attention, love, and devotion.  And I DO love Thanksgiving.  But once it’s here, I find myself in a vortex of busy-ness.  Christmas looms like a lion ready to attack.  I barely have time to get packages wrapped, much less decorate the tree.

In an effort to maintain my sanity (you know if momma ain’t happy…), we decorate before Thanksgiving so we are ready for the whirlwind ahead.  So, today is Christmas Tree Monday.  This evening, after pulling all my hair out getting through the school day, we will decorate our tree.  Complete with homemade hot chocolate and Christmas music.  After my road trip last week with my church lady friends, I feel less than adequate at decorating a tree.  But I thought if I were to post a before pic of this pitiful tree, it would make my finished tree look like a masterpiece.  It’s a tall, skinny tree because we have lots of bodies, lots of furniture, and we don’t have room for lots of tree. We are calling it the Leaning Tower of Tree.  For now.  Tomorrow it will be a work of art.  Um, kind of.  Sort of.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all.

Leaning Tower of Tree

For all of you humbugs out there, don’t worry.  We will still add to our ‘Give Thanks’ board tonight.  Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled up together.  If we don’t kill each other first.  Decorating the tree can get crazy around here with a bunch of boys.  Let’s just say, ornaments get broken when they are used as hand grenades.  You just don’t decorate the tree barefoot.

Thanks, Bernie.  At least I have one for each foot…even if they don’t match!

So you see, Monday HAS to be a fun day.  I can’t have it any other way.  I WON’T have it any other way!  It’s time to get my Monday face on!  Smiles all day.  Happy Monday, Funday, ya’ll!!

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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Happy Dancing for God


You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.  How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!  I can’t even count them; they out number the grains of sand!  And when I wake up, you are still with me!    *Psalm 139:16-18

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.  Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.     *Jeremiah 1:4-5

See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.  *Isaiah 49:16

It’s Friday.  I can’t really explain it, but I woke this morning feeling completely loved.  Giddy almost.   I decided it was time to reflect on the One responsible for this joy overflowing in my heart.  Look at today’s verses and meditate on them.  Truly think about what they say.

I’ve read these scriptures many times before, but today, as I reflected on the depth of their meaning, I sat in awe.  I don’t know how many times I have sat in church and heard someone say, “God loves you.”  As a matter of fact, I hear that so often, I take it for granted.  I don’t think about what that truly means.  Let’s put this into proper perspective…… God— created every star, every galaxy, every planet, every person, every plant/mountain/rainforest, every living creature, every cell on this earth……saw YOU before you were born.  His thoughts about YOU are so great, they cannot be numbered.  YOUR name is written on the palm of His hand.  Even though this almighty, all-powerful, all encompassing God has everything ever created to care for, his thoughts about YOU are so many they are compared to grains of sand.

When I sit and really take it all in, this overwhelming love God has for me, it brings to mind another question.  This being, who loves me, thinks about me, walks with me, holds me, and has my name written on the palm of His hand…… do I love Him??  Sure I say I love God.  But do I truly LOVE God?  Do I fix my thoughts on Him?  Do I praise Him?  Do I give Him the kind of attention He gives to me?  It’s easy to get caught up in asking God for everything we need.  We call to Him and want Him to fix all the problems of our life.  Are we faithful and loyal to the Creator who loves us more than ANY person on earth?  Do we truly show Him love, thank Him for all the blessings He has given?

Today, reflect on God’s amazing, abundant love for you.  It’s so great, it’s overwhelming.  Know that as you walk through your day that God is there with you, cheering you on to do GREAT things for Him.  You are not alone.  When things go wrong, He is there to pick you up.  He is there to comfort you in times of trouble.  His thoughts are on YOU.  He loves YOU.   It makes me wanna sing and dance!  Today REJOICE over God.  PRAISE Him for His mighty love.   Go out into the world today and get your happy dance on for God!!

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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