A Humbling Experience.

I debated for a couple days whether to share this experience or not, and finally decided I ought to. Please keep in mind I’m not bragging or trying to gain favor or brownie points or “good for you” applause. It’s just something that happened and has made an impact. When my dd and I were out shopping Saturday, we were pulling out of a...

December 8, 2008

Christmas Gift Update.

Remember the Christmas swap idea I wrote about awhile back? My sil found a couple families that we could donate something to (the cousins donate to instead of each other). She assigned us a 9-yr-old boy whose mom had been in an accident and been injured so she hadn’t worked in 6 wks, and wouldn’t for another 6. Rough time to be missing a...

December 7, 2008

Speaking of Hicks…

I got sent this email. I’m tellin’ ya, someone seriously had a lot of time and creativity on their hands! Coke might look cool, too, ‘cuz of the red can. Project for next year 😀

December 5, 2008

Wicked Awesome Recipe.

Remember that pumpkin cake I mentioned a couple days ago? It’s really, really good. Really good. I found it on Allrecipes, so it’s not mine, but I thought I’d share. ‘Cuz it’s really good! 😀  Great holiday cake. I had a nice ginormous little piece and another very huge small one again before bed. 2 c sugar 1 1/4 c vegetable oil 1 tsp...

November 30, 2008

Christmas is Next!

I hope everyone had a great Turkey Day and you enjoyed gorging!   The 2 pecan pies I made got overcooked a big, so I certainly couldn’t serve them to all of the family (Paul’s side) that came. Dh doesn’t like pecan pies, so it’s up to me and dd to finish them off…oh, the horror 😀 Since I had leftover pumpkin from the...

November 29, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just want to wish everyone a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I’ve said it before, but I’m so thankful for my life. My husband, kids, home, friends, extended family, etc. I’m thankful I know where these gifts come from and for the joy of that.  I could go on and on, but I think you get the point 😉 Yesterday I made...

November 27, 2008

A Giving Idea.

I have 4 siblings. I have 11 nieces and nephews. If everyone bought for everyone, it would get pricey. So what our family does is have the kids swap names for gifts. But last night one of my sisters called me with a different idea. She suggested we anonymously sponsor a poor family or two and let all 14 of our kids buy for...

November 25, 2008

Got the Tree Up!

So we were just sitting around last night right before kids’ bedtimes and dh pulled out his latest new toy, LCD Christmas tree lights. He plugged them in and they were BRIGHT! After teasing him for a few minutes, I told him he might as well get out our tree and put the lights on, to see how they look (he got 5 strands)....

November 24, 2008

I’m Done!!

Wa-hoo, I’m done with my Christmas shopping!! Dh, the kids, my parents and dh’s are all done! Dh has his sister/bil left to do, but that shouldn’t take long. He likes to do his shopping on line; he hates the crowds this time of year. I’m sure there might be something to buy or someone that pops up between now and Christmas, but the...

November 23, 2008


Today should be a good one. We’re going to the mall to finish up our Christmas shopping then dh is taking the 2 older kids to Madagascar 2. The boy hasn’t been to a movie in the theater yet…we think he’s finally old enough (and settled enough) to sit through a movie. Plus, he loves the first one, so he should be attentive for...

November 22, 2008