I'm back!

I haven't been on Pleo for more than a month of Sundays! How is everyone? Let me hear from you!
  • aleta
    We've been keeping it warm for you! Welcome back! Doing well, staying busy...and well, which we're so thankful for.
    by aleta at 11/07/09 10:10PM
  • momster
    Yes, welcome back....I seem to be on Facebook much more than pleo these days, but I do come here and post ever so often. It is just nice to stay in touch.
    by momster at 11/08/09 4:52AM
  • bigdeborah
    I'm great! Baby Boy is due in one month!!
    by bigdeborah at 11/08/09 8:01AM
  • chickadee
    Yes, but what bothered me the most was thinking what if it had been Fort Bliss where my daughter is now alone on base with three children (4, 3, and 20mo. and the middle one is autistic). One of the pictures I saw was of a mother waiting to get back ON the base where her child was in daycare, just exactly the kind of thing I had already been picturing in my head. By the way, it is great to hear from you!
    by chickadee at 11/08/09 6:54PM
  • nycami
    Love your pic!
    by nycami at 11/09/09 8:30PM
  • chickadee
    You are quite welcome. I think it is a sermon everyone would benenfit from. Anytime Vernon holds a meeting I wish I could plan the week for him. LOL There are a couple sermons that I actually told him, "You need to preach these everywhere you go." He is a real gem. He lost his 16-yr-old son to cancer and then about two years later his wife also died of cancer. Something likes that either makes or breaks a person. Vernon is clearly in the first category. Well, I don't mean he was no good before that, but he has a different perspective.
    by chickadee at 11/12/09 4:29PM
  • chickadee
    I was sitting there waiting for a response then realized I hadn't hit enter! I am still getting used to everything on there!
    by chickadee at 12/13/09 3:25PM
  • dsh
    It has all just recently been finalized and yes we'll be cheering for the Colts from afar. :)
    by dsh at 12/22/09 9:49PM
  • anne
    Very clever about the deer, dear!
    by anne at 12/23/09 11:59AM
  • chickadee
    Wow, is it good to see you back here!
    by chickadee at 03/27/14 10:43AM

My quiver is full of siblings (6) and nieces and nephews (18) and great-nieces and great-nephews (7)

Here is a small sampling: 1. My youngest brother, Michael (will be 40 in August) and, 2. my oldest niece, Heather (32 years old) and their children: Brittney, Chance, Zayne, Bella, Grayson; 3. My Dad, and some of my sister's (Debbie) children

Michael and his family

Niece Heather and Bella and Grayson

My Dad and some of Debbie's (my sister) children

  • dsh
    Nice pictures! It was good talking with you on FB tonight. We'll have to do it again. :)
    by dsh at 05/21/09 11:57PM
  • nycami
    Nice pictures!
    by nycami at 05/23/09 6:37AM
  • anne
    Family is such a gift.
    by anne at 06/09/09 9:13PM

Rainbow in the Clouds

I have had several opportunities this week to think of how the good and the bad both seem to appear simultaneously or at least in close approximation to one another. There constantly seems to be an on-going balancing act to eschew evil and pursue the good, even when it is in taking a positive perspective amidst the negative events occurring in my week by focusing on the positive things versus wallowing in my self-pity. It seems I have had more than one reminder this week, some more serious that I won't mention. It is an apparent challenge in our every day existence to shift the focus to the positive away from the negative or to find the joy in the midst of trials: a biblical principal.

Here are a couple of the least serious events that I will use as cases in point:

While attending my middle son's Academic Awards program at his school, and while attempting to take his picture, all at once the camera slips out of my hands as I send it slamming (and I mean slamming!) into the hard floor. Of course the damage crippled it beyond any immediate use. Disappointment at having a camera in need of expensive repair, and realizing my son had still gotten his award and that I HAD successfully taken his picture, presented a tug-of-war to my perspective-taking skills. I could wallow, or remember there was still something good to glean from the occasion.

Then to add fuel to the fire, the next day after a thunder storm, one of my sons walks out on the deck after the rain and exclaims that there was a rainbow. A spectacular rainbow it was! From horizon to horizon with distinct color separations; it was a feast to the eyes. Once again, would I cherish the moment and appreciate the opportunity to view with the naked eye such splendor, or would I bemoan the fact that my broken camera lay useless and unable to fulfill my desire to capture that not-often-beheld beautiful promise in the sky.

Not certain that I won these smaller battles in perspective this week, nor the more serious challenges. However I do know this: There was STILL a rainbow in the clouds!

  • nycami
    Thanks for your always-positive attitude, stemming from your unwavering faith. Hope the serious challenges are working themselves out.
    by nycami at 05/16/09 6:52AM
  • alp1926
    Thanks for giving us something to think about. Too often I forget about the rainbows and just dwell on the rain. I hope those more serious challenges are resolved for you.
    by alp1926 at 05/16/09 7:51AM
  • iloveponds
    Your memory of that rainbow will always be vivid!
    by iloveponds at 05/19/09 9:10PM
  • mamap
    Good thoughts, little sis...You are good at seeing the good...that's a good exercise for ALL of us! I believe it is usually there just waiting to be noted!
    by mamap at 05/20/09 9:42PM
  • quincysmom
    Excellent thoughts!
    by quincysmom at 05/21/09 10:40AM

What my 4 year old niece, Brittney, said when she heard that her Papaw had died.

"Mommy, Mr. Ed was the Papaw with the cane, right?" Yes, baby. "Well, did you know when Papaw gets to heaven that he won't have to use that cane anymore. He's like that squirrel in one of my movies that goes to heaven & sees that giant acorn. But then a strong wind blows him out of heaven; but, that won't happen to Papaw Ed. He will get to stay in heaven and grab on to what he wants, but it sure won't be that old cane."

Step granddaughter
Brittney Hartsell
Age 4

Ah, the simple but profound insight of the innocent.
  • aleta
    How beautiful Heaven will be, and little Brittney "gets" it! That's great!
    by aleta at 04/03/09 10:26AM
  • phyllisophical_mom
    From the mouths of babes...she has it right!
    by phyllisophical_mom at 04/03/09 12:27PM
  • dsh
    So sweet!
    by dsh at 04/03/09 2:50PM
  • chickadee
    I love children's thinking!
    by chickadee at 04/03/09 4:28PM
  • bigdeborah
    that is so cute!
    by bigdeborah at 04/03/09 5:15PM
  • nycami
    So sweet
    by nycami at 04/04/09 9:37AM
  • mamap
    Wonderful, wonderful thoughts! :)
    by mamap at 04/05/09 10:44PM
  • lovnprayers
    I love the way children think. How precious. By the way I will be sending you an email in tonight to touch back about the challenge. :o)
    by lovnprayers at 04/08/09 2:23PM
  • nana_h
    Don't I know you? Did you go to FC in 1978 or 1979???
    by nana_h at 04/10/09 2:06PM
  • fmr1222
    Yes I'm fine..thanks for asking. I have so many "irons in the fire" right now, haven't been blogging much. I just got a new laptop, so I had to transfer a lot of files and delete a lot of junk. Larry got my desktop computer to replace the dinosaur he had been using. We had to move everything from one room to another, and ahem....get rid of a lot of dust. Can't imagine where all that came from! So..now I'm wireless, including my printer, and I love it! I also have the handmade challenge stuff to work on, as well as a quilt that will be auctioned off this summer to benefit ovarian cancer. Hope all is well with you. Do you have big plans for the summer?
    by fmr1222 at 04/11/09 10:54AM
  • nana_h
    I attended FC in 78 - 79 and I knew Beth, you favor her somewhat (from what I remember) I am Carol Haile (Sams was my maiden name) I was roommate with Renita Harber (Lanning).
    by nana_h at 04/11/09 7:31PM
  • nana_h
    nice to "meet" you too! Tell Renita hi for me when you see her. My family is from Arkansas, so I am probably not related to the ones you knew.
    by nana_h at 04/12/09 9:31PM
  • nana_h
    Also tell Beth hi when you talk with her, she was always so sweet and cheerful!
    by nana_h at 04/12/09 9:43PM
  • anne
    by anne at 04/13/09 6:41PM
  • nana_h
    Hey Jenny...My dad and my brother and his family all live in Conway, I have Uncles, Aunts, cousins that live in Little Rock, Martinville, and Greenbriar. I usually go visit my dad about 2x a year and sometimes he will drive up here but he is getting to where it is a pretty long trip to make . He is a young 79. My mom died in 2006 of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. My dad attends services at Prince Street Church of Christ where Jerry Crolius preaches and my brother is an elder at Hwy 65 Church of Christ.
    by nana_h at 04/14/09 11:51AM
  • nana_h
    Are any of your family members on pleonast? This is my daughter. This is her husband. This is their oldest son. This is my son. This is his wife.
    by nana_h at 04/14/09 11:55AM
  • nana_h
    My husband preaches full-time here at Parkway Church of Christ. Jeremy Sweets brother Darrel and his family are members here...small world...
    by nana_h at 04/14/09 11:59AM
  • chickadee
    thinking about you :)
    by chickadee at 04/27/09 10:33AM
  • fmr1222
    Who knows? ;-)
    by fmr1222 at 05/01/09 10:14PM
  • lejuana
    No grandbaby yet but she should be here no later than next Thursday!! I did get to meet you several years ago when we came thru. Now that we are in Houston, we don't make that run anymore. Rod says hi.
    by lejuana at 05/08/09 10:45AM

Crazy Craft Challenge--if you're ready to commit!

Crazy Crafty Challenge....

The first FIVE people...

...to leave a comment on this blog will receive something made by me. However there are some limitations:

1. I make no guarantee that you will like what I make. I'll do my best, but there's no accounting for my crazy taste.
2. What I create will be just for you, unless you specify that you want something for a spouse or child in your post.
3. It will be done within a year (might take a while).
4. You have no clue what it is going to be and I'm not going to give you any hints.
5. I reserve the right to do something really crazy or fun.

Here's the catch: if you choose to do this, you must post this on your blog and be ready to make something for five people too. This will be fun! When you receive the fabulous item I make you, you must post a picture of it on your blog.
  • phyllisophical_mom
    Okay...go to my blog and we'll trade gifts!! (yay!)
    by phyllisophical_mom at 03/15/09 7:22PM
  • anitaj
    I'll take that challenge, and I'm glad we have up to a year.
    by anitaj at 03/15/09 7:31PM
  • lovnprayers
    Yes I would.
    by lovnprayers at 03/15/09 10:52PM
  • bigdeborah
    i already posted this on my blog, so I don't want to cheat, but if you need another person, I'll be happy to be on your list! :)
    by bigdeborah at 03/18/09 9:25AM
  • bigdeborah
    just saw your pics below...looks like y'all have been having lots of fun!
    by bigdeborah at 03/18/09 9:30AM
  • melissakaye
    Thank you so much for your kind words!
    by melissakaye at 03/20/09 1:22AM
  • singforjoy
    i posted this on facebook... does that count? i'd love to be on your list too. :D
    by singforjoy at 03/21/09 9:59PM
  • lovnprayers
    I will be emailing you about the challenge on my blog. :o)
    by lovnprayers at 03/26/09 11:06AM