Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hi! I know I've been MIA this week. Just really nothing to talk about and I've been really busy here at work. I've been drowning in paperwork and serial numbers! I've muttled my way through that and now on to the next task.
I've been reading the book of Kings. I have never read the bible through. I have never been able to make it past the first couple of books. Well for some reason Kings has been on my heart so I've started reading it. And because of Leigh's wonderful posts and the DVD she sent me I am making time for God in the morning not at night. Pastor Aaron preached Sunday about putting on your belt of truth. How that holds everything together. And he was right, I never thought of it like that, I need my belt during the day not at night before I go to bed. And... it makes a difference in my day. It starts it off and I pray before I read that God gives me understanding and that I get what He's trying to tell me through His word. Which... too helps throughout the day.
Lets see if I can catch you up on the past few days:
Friday: Tiff and I had a GREAT massage and so loved the new cafe Cup of Grace we went too. So nice to be in a christian atmosphere! We really enjoyed our girl time and can't wait to do it again! Tim and I went to dinner that night, I had ribs which I never ever get because of the mess but Max & Erma's has THE best ribs ever! The fall off the bone and I love them!
Then we went to see Ocean's 13. If you saw Ocean's 11 or 12 then you've seen 13. They are all the same. But who can pass up an opportunity to see Al Pacino, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon AND George Clooney all on the same screen. SO HOT! LOL!
Sat: got my kid back *YA* took him to a birthday part he was so bad (so tired) we left early and went to bed at 7:30!!!!!!!!!! Yep 7:30 pm (still very light out) on a Saturday night we went to bed!
Sunday: We went to church, HUBBY TOO! YA!! Then we went together to the Dragon's baseball game. Instead of a summer picnic my company takes us all to the baseball game. OMG! We had such a blast! Tucker was very good and it was his 1st ball game with daddy. We all enjoyed our time together.
Monday: I went to the library and got a book for Tucker so we can start his summer studies so he's ready for 1st grade and a scrapbook book for me (it's not very useful at all and it's really old)! Oh well. Then Tucker and Spencer played all night. It was a very peaceful night.
Tuesday: Ballgame - my dad came up to watch. We won 31-30. We played Tucker's BF team. that was alot of fun. Tucker played pretty well. It's just so cute to watch these kids! We got home about 9:30 and got to bed around 10ish. That is SO very late for us! I get up at 5am and I get TK up at 6am. So 10pm is too late for us!
Welp, that catches you up on my life. So boring but I love it!
Today my hubby is working 1st shift so it was so nice to start the day seeing him. He'll get to go to church tonight w/ us! I love when he works 1st shift.
I'm actually going to make an actual dinner! (hope he doesn't faint) haha!
I usually feed Tucker ramen noodles, soup or lunchable or spaghetti o's or hot dogs. I usually eat a bag of steamfresh vegies. Those by the way... are so good! Stick it in the microwave 5 min it's done, rip the top off the bag poor it in a bowl and wa-la! A yummy veggie!
I'm all about easy baby!
I am SOOOOO excited about this weekend and next week. My little sis flies in Friday night w/ her hubby. We haven't seen him in over 2 years! It's been a yr since we've seen her. My other sister (the preacher) is coming down from up north and we are having a big 'ole family picnic on July 4th at my house. Then Friday to a waterpark. All of us...together! Man I wish my sisters lived local! I can't wait to have us all together in one place. Tucker can't wait for his cousin Nate to get here. Nate is almost 16 and is SOO good with Tucker. Tucker idolizes Nate. They ride skateboards together and do cool bike tricks. So stinking cute! And my beautiful nieces! Me-Me (Megan) and PJ... wow they are so beautiful. I can't wait to spend time with them too.
This next week is going to be so much fun!
Well, that catches you up on my life.
Pray about something for me will ya'? I really really feel God telling me to do something. It's something REALLY risky finacially, and it's something that I have no knowledge about. But of course I know God will open all doors, and provide me all the knowledge I need if it's His will.
Pray that opportunities arise if it is His will and that I will go forth boldly.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!
What a glorious week this has been. Today will be no expception! It started out wonderfully already. I listen to a local christian radio station that is a couple of towns away. They play alot of stuff from old hyms, to quartet, to newer contemporary stuff. Anyways... I half heard what the DJ said as I was driving into work, I heard her say something about Sandi Patty now... so she answers and says 2nd caller and I thought I lost... NOPE I won it! I also won a gift certificate for a new christian coffee/sandwich shop (Cup of Grace). Isn't that cool?! And...I have worked over all week so I can leave early today. My friend and I are leaving early and going to get massages and then hang by the pool ...however it is supposed to rain so I think we'll go to this new coffee shop and hang out! God is great how he works it all out.
I was supposed to get my haircut yesterday (1st time since August of LAST year). I know, and I'm a beautician... I SO know better! But she had to cancel, her baby was sick, so I just went home. I got some more invites done for the family cookout on the 4th and then I woke Tim up and we went and laid around the pool, then came home and did hambugers and french fries, watered the plants and watched a little Oprah that I DVR'd. Pretty boring night, nice and quiet, just like I like them! It was nice to have my and Tim time. Although he TOTALLY ticked me off...but since I'm trying to be "over it" I'm not going to talk about it or else I'll have myself all riled up again. See, God is working on me still!
Yesterday afternoon Tiff and I went for a walk instead of lifting and we just praised God the whole time, just lifted Him up for all the things He's done for us. Gave Him thanks for the small victories that add up to the big victory of salvation. God is so good and that was such a fun walk to be on!
Thought for the day: 2 Cor 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
I thought of my blogger friends when I read this one... ladies we need to stop berating ourselves, we need to stop focusing on the negatives, and we need to hold captive those very thoughts that bring us down. We need to bound them up for what is bound on earth is bound in heaven. We need to keep our thoughts focused on Christ and think positive, and say over and over "God I trust you in this situation, or I trust you for this healing, or I trust you for this finance" He is big enough and great enough. We need to change our way of thinking and start thinking and believing (I mean REALLY believing) that God will work it out!
God bless you all and have a beautiful Christ filled weekend!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I received this in email this morning - I love these things. I had a post up HUGE post about service last night - and now it's gone... and I did Publish Post and I viewed it and all... even had a mispelled word and I didn't bother to fix it... where is it now Blogspot?!

1. What is your occupation? Inventory specialist (whatever) and assistant system admin 2. What color are your socks right now? none wearing flip flops 3. What are you listening to right now? the hum of the computers and printers 4. What was the last thing that you ate? skyline 5. Can you drive a stick shift? Yes6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? feeling tan today 7. Who is the person you last spoke to on the phone? Tim 8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yeah, I guess so (only kidding Hol) 9. How old are you today? 35
10. Favorite drink?
Mt Dew 11. What is your favorite sport to watch? NFL football .
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes...
13. Pets? nope 14. Favorite food? Mexican
15. What movie did you see last and did you like it?
Music and Lyrics and yes, I actually laughed out loud a couple of times
16. Favorite month? Any of the warm ones !
17. What do you do to vent anger? Clean my house and yell 18. What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Light Bright
19. Favorite season? Summer 20. Hugs or kisses? hugs
21. Cherries or Blueberries? Blueberries22. Do you want your friends to write back? Sure 23. Who is most likely to respond? Rachael
24. Who is least likely to respond? Holly (since she sent it to me to begin w/) 25. What is best about your living arrangements? I don't know... I guess because I'm alone alot I get alot done!
26. When was the last time you cried?
Two weeks ago Tuesday.
27. What is on the floor of your closet? Shoes, laundry baskets, purses and bags
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? Chris Baker 29. What did you do last night? slept by the pool alone, church, skyline with Shelly 30. Who is your favorite music group? Of all time, Allman Brothers, single artist, Melissa Etheridge, right now really into Bela Fleck 31. What inspires you?
People who live their lives how they want to w/o any concern of who's watching and people who stand up and make a difference like foster parents 32. What are you afraid of? Losing Tucker
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? cheese 34. What is your favorite dog breed? Doberman 35. Number of keys on your key ring? 2 36. How many years at your current job? 15 this December!
37. Favorite day of the week? Saturday38. What states/Provinces have you lived in? OHIO & California 39. Favorite Holiday ? Tucker's birthday? No kidding, Christmas 40.Ever driven/owned a motorcycle? nope just a rider
41. WHO ARE YOU~(YOUR FULL NAME) Holli (y) Christian Branham, Huffman, Scoggins, Smith (thought you'd all get a laugh at that) Geesh, such a loser!
Church was so good last night!
We are supposed to be studying the Holy Spirit right now but my wondeful and amazing pastor can take off on another track sometimes. I fully believe he's led by the spirit. The msg surely touched me.
We talked about "walking across the room" we can witness that easily. See someone sitting in a corner, go over and talk to that person, get to know them, smile at them. Make them feel noticed, and loved. Guess what... you were just a witness for Christ. You showed His love and His light that is w/in you. You want to be a witness? What is your testimony? Who can benefit from it? Mine? Well, I could talk to teens and young adults about sex and the vicious circle of trying to feel beautiful and loved and how sex makes you feel that way for a minute... then you feel worse and uglier afterwards. I could talk about alcohol and partying. I could talk about the addiction to porn. I could tell them how they will be only disappointed in sex and in their partner after watching porn. I could witness that you can be a christian and a straight female after living the lesbian lifestyle! Yep, I am an awesome witness for God! I am totally changed and am holy in the eyes of theLord! Yep, me, little old me. Honey, I was down in it... I was in the middle of hell and didn't even know it until I got to the bottom of it! Then I turned my eyes upward to the Lord and my heart followed and then the Lord our Jesus our Savior reached down, plucked me out of hell and has washed me clean in His blood. He witnessed to me, He set my path straight and said Go, go tell My people about Me and what I have done.
Oh thank you Lord!
My night was so awesome. I laid by the pool and on the raft and fell asleep as I floated around all by myself. Everyone else had left the pool, it was an amazing moment! Then after church a new friend and I went to Skyline (oh I have put on a few pounds this week)! Then I went home so filled with love and joy and went to bed!
My hubby is off today and I can't wait to spend time with him this evening, and tomorrow night we have a date. Saturday, well it's back to reality as Tucker comes home. I can't wait to see my boy! Tomorrow I am leaving work early w/ my BFF Tiff. We are going to the school of massage and getting massaged (duh) and then going to go lay by the pool for the afternoon. Then I'll be home by 4ish and take a shower and spend the evening w/ hubby (my other BFF) hehe.
It's been a great week and I thank the Lord for it. He knew I needed it!
Love you all!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Oh! Thanks for asking Kristi - I forgot to update ya'll. David and Beth (the BIL and SIL) are doing well. They got to bring David home Monday night. He's still in a TON of pain and not moving around alot but is getting better. Beth is healing well too. We kind of think that they sent David home early because he has no insurance. He was two days, yep 2 days away from having insurance! That family can't get a break. They can never get ahead and just as soon as it looks like they'll make ends meet something happens. It's a shame. Keep on praying for them!
I'm hoping that since he was new to his job that they will hold his job for him! We don't know how long it will be before he gets to go back to work but w/ no insurance that means no short term/long term ins. So, if he's not working, he's not getting paid! Beth doesn't work because she could get a mimimum wage job and then not be able to afford child care and then NOW, who would be there to take care of David at this point. GEESH! Vicious cycle! BUT! The positive note... they are alive, they will recover and God is good!
I had my last blood test yesterday, they will call today with the results and it should be a zero!
I SO enjoyed myself last night. I laid on the couch and watched whole programs no interuptions. I ordered a pizza with EVERYTHING on it, no cheese pizza for me! YA! I also sat on the couch and ate it, under a blanket, with the TV on.... aaaahhh that's the life!
I painted my nails and let them dry! I did clean his room (quickly) and came out with a garbage bag of trash. Everytime he leaves I clean his room and dwindle down the toys. Gotta pitch those happy meal toys!
Went to bed at 8:15 and had a great nights sleep!
I could get used to this. Okay, not really, I miss my kid tons but am going to make every minute of this time count!
Happy Wednesday to everyone. May God bless and keep each of you!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

AAAAhhh, the single before kids.... WHATEVER DID I DO?!?!??!

I did lay by the pool and sleep and float around for a couple of hours, went to Olive Garden w/ the ladies from church and then got home...
and had no idea what to do!
I'm starting to miss boy! It's only Tuesday... and when I get him back on Saturday I'll be so happy and by next Tuesday will be begging for another day off! hahaha!
That's part of the fun of motherhood.
I go today for my last bloodtest. That's my only plan for the whole day and night.
Think I'll go to bed at 8:00 tonight... I stay up so late when Tucker isn't home. Trying to do all those things I want to do when he's there that I can't get done.
Anywho... hope you are having a blessed day!
Hoping some rain comes your way if you need it as bad as we do!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Happy Monday morning to ya'll!!
What a wonderful weekend. My Tucker left Saturday to go w/ Nana and Papa & mamaNae (from Georgia) for a WHOLE WEEK!! WOO-HOO!!!
So, I scrapbooked and made cards Saturday night, got Music & Lyrics off of PPV. Cute movie btw. Sunday went to church, SO nice not to get anyone else ready but myself! Came home, watched a video Leigh Gray sent me (finally) and what a beautiful, adorable, funny, and spirit led woman she is! WOW! She's an awesome speaker and I am hoping that my MOPS leader from church invites Leigh to come! I'm not part of MOPS but if she comes - I'm going! She sent me the DVD because she talks about a miscarriage - however the video was about living a balanced life. It was great and backed up all w/ scripture. I've posted her link on here before. One of these days I'll have Kris show me how to put links down the side of my page! OH! And Leigh, let me know if you want me to send that back to you. I don't want to keep it if it's your only copy!
Anyways... then I took Daddy out to El Dorado's for dinner and then we came back and put Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (an AMAZINGLY talented trio) on in the garage and listened to music and talked and just really enjoyed his company! He went home and I made some more cards. I'm making the cutest picnic invitations for July 4 for a cookout when my baby sister is home from Montana. I also worked on the recipe card kit that I'm making for my cousin who is getting married. I'm going to put a couple of my Grandma's recipes in there, a couple of my favs and ask some of the family (other aunts and such) for a couple of their favs! Cute idea huh? I'm getting pretty crafty in my old age! LOL!
I am really looking forward to tonight. It's Joy Fellowship at church. We are meeting at 5:30 and heading off to Olive Garden! Stuffed chicken marsala here I come!!!! OH YA! I love Joy Fellowship. I love getting together with the ladies from church and learning from each of them and getting to know them as friends! Have a great day ya'll, I pray the Lord will bless you all and I pray that you keep Him first in your thoughts!
PS Leigh, that video touched me more than you know... thanks for being obedient! I pray that God will bless your socks (and shoes) off with your ministry!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Good Friday mornin' to ya'!
I was out yesterday... Tim's (my hubby) brother David and his wife were in a very serious car accident. It's amazing they survived! And this time... no seat belt was a good thing!
David pulled into an intersection with a hill and a truck (carrying cars) popped over the hill doing 70mph and plowed into the side of them. David has 3 fractured ribs, 3 fractured vertebrae in his neck and is (understandably) so very sore all over. He had surgery Wed. on his neck and it went well no paralysis! Praise the Lord! Beth is wife has suffered a head injury and has 12 staples in her head but has been released from the hospital. She has serious road rash on her shoulder where she was hanging sideways out of the car and drug along the road! Now go back and read that again and then praise the LORD! She said she yelled David's name and when he answered her she said the only thing she could think to do is get on her knees and she started praying. The 1st person on the scene came up to her and she asked him are you a christian man and he said I'm a preacher! He ran to his car grabbed a towel prayed over it and laid it on her head to help the bleeding and started reading from the bible. He started with the Lord is my shepard and Beth stopped him and said NO! They read that one at funerals and the Lord said I'm not going home yet! WOW WOW WOW! She said she has no pain in her head! She said the pain she feels is in her shoulder! Well I say YEP, that's proves it again there is a God! He reveals Himself to us daily! Do be in prayer for the family they have two kids who were w/ Grandma at the time (again Praise the Lord)! They are missing mommy and daddy very much. Haven't been away from each other for more than a day! David is still in ICU and was talking a little yesterday. They were hoping to stand him up and do some more xrays of his spine this time to make sure everything in his back lines up. Both of them recently (w/in the past year) gave their lives to the Lord. This accident could have had a much different outcome! Scary to think!
Tim and I did have a very blessed day together even though we had to go to a hospt. We really enjoyed each others time and company. We went to the pool last evening with Tucker and Tim and I were swimming around and kissing and hugging and Tucker was totally grossing out! I LOVE IT! It totally cracked me up and it was one of those moments in time that you knew would freeze in your brain forever and when everything felt right in the world. I love those moments and cherish those times because they come few and far between.
We are going to the comedy club tonight w/ a couple of other couples. Tim got free tickets. That ought to be a good time and I am looking forward to it!
Tomorrow I have relay for life walk and a last minute baby shower that I want to pop in at. Other than that a peaceful weekend is planned! YEAH! Hoping you have lots of sunshine and good times. I pray for each of you that cross this blog and I pray for my friends who have connected to me through this site I pray God blesses you abundantly not with things but with health, peace, family and friends!! God bless you all!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Lifes been boring and routine so here's a laugh!

A little Christian humor
Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of hearing all the bickering. Finally fed up, God said, "THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I will judge who does the better job." So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away. They moused. They faxed. They e-mailed. They e-mailed with attachments. They downloaded. They did spreadsheets! They wrote reports. They created labels and cards. They created charts and graphs. They did some genealogy reports They did every job known to man. Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell. Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the power went off. Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed. Finally the electricity came back on, and each of them restarted their computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming: "It's gone! It's all GONE! "I lost everything when the power went out!" Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours of work. Satan observed this and became irate. "Wait!" he screamed. "That's not fair! He cheated! How come he has all his work and I don't have any?" God just shrugged and said, JESUS SAVES

Monday, June 11, 2007

Oh and while I'm at it...
I collect Longaberger baskets (but I use them)
I am 16th cousins w/ Queen Elizabeth (but don't know which one)
If I am on time for something I am late... I like to be 10 min. early for everything and I expect everyone to be on time! I feel so put off if you are late.
I know... how anal!
Okay, I am so boring this is going to be tough... but here we go!
1.) My name is Holli born w/ a y changed it legally in 99 .
2.)I was born a week for before Christmas therefore the name... and middle name is Christian. 3.) I have 3 sisters 44, 41, and 28. We are very spread apart in age.
4.) I have a 6 year old Tucker
5.) Tucker means to torment ( I didn't know that when I named him).
6.) I will have been married to my husband, Tim 4 yrs in August.
7.) I love dogs and most animals but HATE cats. Find them to be very dirty nasty critters!
8.) My 1st dog was a mini poodle Suzette.
9.) My favorite dog was Niesha - a red doberman. THE BEST DOG I EVER OWNED! I miss her terribly
10.) My husband has OCD and can't stand the thought of an animal in the house.
11.) I have lost two children. One miscarriage at 7 weeks and one when I was 18 at 5 months
12.) I look back at the one when I was 18 - wow what a blessing that was now!13.) We just built our home a year ago. I LOVE my home.14.) God is using my home as a blessing to others... I just know it!
15.) My father is a gifted furniture maker and artist. You should the art in my house!
16.) My husband and I love antiques. He got me into it.
17.) He collects antique fruit jars.. (really expensive glass) geesh! 18.) I was a WILD child starting at age 14 and didn't stop until 30. 19.) I am PROOF that God is alive and working and that he still performs miracles
20.) I have worked for my company for 15 years this December
21.) I was a hair dresser before this job 22.) I was a cheerleader in HS. I wish now that I would've played sports so that I could play sports now.23.) I love the beach, I love to swim
24.) I am a total sun woshiper. I lay out for hours.
25.) In my old age -and after a cancer scare I now where sun screen and still get a glorious tan! who knew?!
26.) I love nature and hiking
27.) I HATE riding a bike
28.) I LOVE to drive fast (really fast) and drove a race car once in a powder puff. Most fun time ever!
29.) My friends (once I turned 16) called me Maria Andretti
30.) I grew up in a Nazarene church my entire life. I now go to a penecostal church and love it!
31.) I have no pttience for people who aren't willing to stand up and take charge of their lives.
32.) I have no patience for complainers - get up and change it!
33.) I had a very normal childhood. Rode bikes till dark etc.
34.) I was raped/attempted raped... 4 times by the time I was 18. By different people
35.) My life choices were based on those experiences. But I have been cleansed by God's blood. 36.) I have 2 nephews and 2 nieces. 37.) My husband is 1/2 Korean (his mother) and 1/2 caucasion (his father)
38.) He's incredibly sexy in his deputy uniform39.) His uniform is the only thing I like about his job40.) People think Tucker is Tim's - they have the same eyes. It's crazy!41.) I was artificially inseminated w/ Tucker 42.) I have two uterus, two cervix and only one kidney
43.) I was a tomboy - had to have a boys bike and all!
44.) My life long friend is Angie - knew her since I was 5
45.) I was born in Mt. View California
46.) I wish we were still there!
47.) I have huge gaps in my memory as far as school days - must've been the drugs I did!
48.) I could've been an alcoholic if the Lord did not have a design for me - I used to drink ALOT
49.) My parents were very strict - I thank them now
.50.) We had alot of chores - now Tucker will too
51.) I can't stand clutter - collections are clutter if its not being used
52.) I love to scrapbook and just started selling Close To My Heart (the best stuff on earth)
53.) I now love to make cards. I love to let people know I am thinking of them
54.) I love NFL - go Dallas Cowboys
55.) I've come in 2nd place three years in a row in my football pool (out of like 30 people)
56.) I HATE seafood
57.) I am a steak and potatoes kind of girl
58.) I wish I lived in the country
59.) I go to Lake Lure, NC almost every summer for vacation.
60.) I LOVE the mountains
61.) I host a crop interest based group for my church every 3rd Friday of the month
62.) I hope to win a few souls through it
63.) I have recently connected to several people from my past... I think it's so I can be a witness now that I was supposed to have been then.
64.) All my grandparents have passed on years ago
65.) I quit smoking almost 2 years ago by the grace of God - literally!
66.) My favorite food is Mexican food.
67.) I hate pecans, macadamia nuts and walnuts.
68.) I love chocolate and I crave it daily!
69.) My mother makes the best mexican food ever (it's the only thing she can cook well)
70.) I ate at El Dorados twice a day when I was pregnant w/ Tucker. He now loves mexican also
71.) I am terrible at math.
72.) I spell well (lol if I mispell it's generally typos)
73.) I love music and I love to sing.
74.) I love Janice Joplin and Melissa Etheridge. When I smoke my voice sounded like that
75.) I'm 5'6.5"
76.) I'm very average but blessed w/ a great and inviting smile (thanks God)
77.) I went to prom 4 times and hated it each time.
78.) I am pretty liberal and totally believe my way is right (I know how annoying)!
79.) I have an astigmatism and should wear glasses when I drive but I like never do!
80.) since I quit smoking my night blindess has improved by 75%!
81.) My first job was a gas station attendant. We still had one lane of full service and I pumped gas and had to deal w/ nasty people over car repair bills.
82.) I've had more boyfriends than I could possibly remember (and no that's not bragging that's a regret)
83.) I love the my child has my outgoing personality - everywhere he goes he draws attention
84.) My 41 yr old sister is a minister
85.) I have 2 uncles that are ministers
86.) I have two (at least) cousins that are ministers
87.) My favorite color is lime green and I own every type and style of shirt in that color
88.) I tan very easily and always have a natural tan all summer long
89.) I love to lift weights. It makes me feel so powerful and independant!
90.) My baby sister lives in Montanna and I HATE her being so far away from home. I miss her so terribly!
91.) I can not listen to Janice Joplin, Grateful Dead and etc anymore... it makes me want to drink and smoke and I can't ever go back there again!
92.) I love comedies. I DVR Ellen everyday because she cracks me up.
93.) I love Family Circle and Garfield comic strips
94.) I HATE HATE HATE roller coasters - I almost fell out of one as a child... my dad reached out and grabbed me and saved my life. That was at Cedar Point
95.) I hate crowds! I don't like being herded like cattle
96.) I don't have time for irrational fears (like of MRI machines, elevators, daddy long legs)
97.) I am very tell it like it is ... I try to be gentle but sometimes it just comes out but I am working on that
98.) People either hate me or love me because of it... there is no in between
99.) Wow - this wasn't that hard - I have natural curly hair and used to hate it and now I just deal with it.

There ya go! Anything else you want to know? Feel free to ask I am an open book!

Friday, June 08, 2007

SOOOOOOOOOOOO glad it's Friday!!!
We went to the pool last night and Tim and I laid out while Tucker swam. Still too cold for me!
But the sunshine felt so wonderful!
Other than that... nothing exciting in our house. I made dinner while Tucker and Tim practiced baseball out in the yard. Remember when you were a little girl and you daydreamed about watching your family outside as you stood at the kitchen window? Well, at least I did anyways. It's so awesome to see it in real life! It was one of those moments when life felt complete.
I love summer time in my neighborhood too. Everyone outside and as you walk to the pool (at the end of my street) everyone comes out to talk. It's so great. Tim and I got to snuggle on the couch before bed and watch some TV. It was really a boring yet wonderful evening. I got creative and made a waterfall card and couple of demo scrapbook pages.
I have another party Saturday and am pretty excited about this one. Doing a whole tropical theme and going to try to spice it up and make it fun.

I just got a call from Tim. Poor Tucker and another kid collided at camp. Tucker knocked a tooth loose and busted his lip. He wanted daddy to come and get him so Tim was going to take him to get a slushy. You know, all that ice in his mouth will make it feel better! I love how dad's justify spoiling their children! hahaha!!!
No plans for this evening, which again - how nice!! Another peaceful evening w/ my family. Some pretty heavy T-storms are moving in so it'll be nice to get some rain. It's very much needed already. Also, if it storms... we all get to stay inside together and play games and hang out! Cool!!!
Hope you all have a blessed weekend.
BTW: the bleeding has almost stopped. God knew how much I can take! He's so good. So, we can say I'm pretty much done and ready to move on. Thanks again for all your prayers and support! YOU GUYS ROCK!
Love and blessings!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Lord is MY shepard! Do you know what that means? That means He guides us, He watches over us, if we got lost He'll find us, He protects us! Such BIG meaning is such a simple verse.
I thank you this morning dearest Father for being my shepard!
Things are going well for me. The Dr office called yesterday and my blood levels are at 100something. I was disappointed. I have to go again next Tuesday to have more blood drawn. I am growing weary (it feels like it's been weeks and then I realized it's only be one week today). I just want this to be finished. I want to stop cramping every evening. I sat in church last night and had to keep leaning forward and biting my lip trying to ignore the pain I felt! Please keep praying. We are studying the Holy Spirit, the Helper on Wednesday's. Understanding the Trinity, each distinct personality or purpose of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit and why He is here and the miracles that can and are still performed today by the Holy Spirit. It's got my FULL attention! I was raised in a Nazarene church so being baptized by the Holy Spirit isn't something that was ever taught to me. Now that I'm going to an Assembly of God (penecostal) church I'm enthralled with all I'm learning!
My mom came home from the hospital yesterday (forecefully I might add). She is one stubborn cookie! I guess they diagnosed the problem as Fiberticulitis (pockets in your colon) and seeds and such get stuck in these pockets and it can become very swollen and painful and apparently your colon can burst. Which is what they were afraid of. She does go back to her Dr today to be checked out and the surgeon (who was her Dr in the hosp.) next week for follow ups. She is still in pain so remember her in your prayers still. Thank you!
My card workshop - oh God is good! I started cramping and bleeding horribly on my way home from work Tuesday night but I was not going to call and cancel! Well i prayed that the big group wouldn't show and only have a couple there. WELP! Three women! That's it! The group still had to place their orders even if they don't come to the workshop, so it was very laid back, I got to sit down most of the night and I swear God is so good! The group is a group of Christian ladies that I met at the Church of Christ crop in Xenia (through a lady here at work). They are the funniest bunch of women and so fun to be around. They truly are lovers of the Lord and I feel so blessed that God has led us together. I see big things! :-)
So, that is my life in a nutshell. Our pool finally opened and Tucker went swimming for a little while last night. Too cold for me still but today is to be 91 and I might have to leave work early and hit the pool with my family. Today is Tim's day off and I could use some hubby time. I miss him terribly all week long! God has so re-newed my love and strengthend and deepend my love for my husband! This miscarriage has been a blessing as far as seeing my husband in a new light. It's also been a great testimony for those people who've known me for years. They say how are you okay and I get to say it's God! It's God that has given me peace. They walk away shaking their heads and they have to know that I'm telling the truth because they know the old bitter angry Holli. They have to know it really is God! ISN'T THAT COOL?!??!?!
Well, enjoy your Thursdays. I pray there is sunny skies where you are and I pray that the Lord meets your needs right where you are at today! If you don't know the Lord as your Savior then I pray that you will ask Him for forgiveness today because TRUST ME there is NOTHING to great for Him to handle. Nothing you could have done so wrong that you can't be forgiven and you don't have to go anywhere but on your knees and He, our great and mighty God will come to you right where you are!
Thank you LORD!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Okay, my pool finally opens and now it's only 69 degrees!! What's up with that?
I am glad it's Tuesday. I'm nervous as all get out about my workshop tonight and I pray that it all goes well! I know that 3 of the 10 women won't be there for sure so I'm glad for that. That way the less people that I have to help on first try! I can't believe I'm going to stand in front of 7 women and teach them how to makes cards and show them a new design. When! I just started and they've been doing it for years. That's where the prayer for confindence comes in. You know the verse... I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me! And strength comes in my joy! And I am celebrating in Him.
I had a neighbor come over last night, she asked "Are you sure you are really ok? I miscarried once and I pretended to be okay to people but inside I was dying." I said yes, I really am okay. The Lord has brought me peace. I'm ready for this to be done so I can move on. I said I really feel as the though the Lord prepared my heart for this as soon as I needed Him too. I said I also prayed that it would happen quickly and virtually pain free. And BOY! Did he ever answer!
I went today to have my blood drawn and the guy (who hurt me by the way) said he'd probably see me next week and I said Nope! My levels will be less than 10 today. I am so confident in what the Lord is doing I know that the miscarriage is done and complete and my body is already healing! I feel it! Do you know what it feels like when God is healing your body? Have you ever felt the powerful difference? It's unexplainable - but I can really feel something different. I'm sure alot of it has to do with the absolute pure peace in my heart.
So - enough about that!
Tucker had his first day of Daycamp yesterday. His counsler is a college kid named Zach who Tucker said was the coolest ever! I am so glad! I really think he'll have an absolute blast this summer at the camp. Sounds like they do so much fun stuff everyday and keep the kids really busy all day long!
I gave him his mohawk (I thought of you Jeff) on Friday and everywhere he goes he wants attention for it! What was really hysterical to me... this morning dropping him off, there were 3 boys (including TK) that had mohawks! His was the coolest of course (in mom's opinion). His was the only one that was gelled and spiked on top. He asked (OKAY GET THIS) to have his belly button pierced or the thing between your nostrils 0 he wanted to look like a bull!!!!!
Dad and I both VERY QUICKLY said OH NO! Absolutely not!! Not until you are 18 AND out of our house. I never thought I'd have to say that. It was a sad moment for me. LOL!
I really need to read his Keys for Kids to him more often! Study his Sunday School lessons more often. Okay, what I really need to do is start praying for wisdom and that his desires to be different will become a desire to be different and serve the Lord not the world!
So, anyways... I better get back to work!
Praying for you all and that the Lord will meet your needs whatever they may be.
Oh! And please pray for my mom. She's in the hospital w/ severe side pain and had an ultrasound this morning, and has talked to surgeons. They think it could be appendix. So keep her in your prayers please.
And I thank each of you for your prayers and loving support. As you can see God is good and He answers prayers!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Hello all! I had a nice long post started... then had to leave my desk... came back and closed out of IE (I had it minimized) and did not click the return to post list link...eeerrrr!!!
Basically - had a nice weekend. My hubby kept me home Friday - I think he wanted to keep me close so he could keep an eye on me. He landscaped and it is beautiful! It looks better than the yards that were professionally done. I'm so proud of him and how hard he works!
Friday night I started cramping really bad, I felt like I was going to throw up! I finally took a darvocet and it made me fall asleep. I felt better Saturday. We had a cookout for Tim's birthday and I had a graduation party to go to. The cookout was nice and relaxing. We invited a couple of the neighbors and got to know them a little better and had a good time. Sunday went to church and laid around the house. Took a nap which is always a bonus! Started cramping again last night. Then today felt better. Took a 2.75 mile walk at lunch and started cramping during the walk. I'll really be glad when this is done. I am grateful to God that is happend so quickly and that I didn't have to wait days or weeks for it to start! I am grateful to God for the peace that He has filled me with and that positive outlook and attitude that He has surely blessed me with! I couldn't do this without my Lord and Savior!
I thank you ALL for your prayers. For they have made the difference! The Lord heard our cries and has answered. Praise Him today for the good things He has done!
I called the Dr office this morning to talk about things. I have to go have another blood test tomorrow to see where my levels are. Anything under 10 is considered not pregnant and that means my body has shed it all - so that's the prayer for the day. That it will be less than 10 so I won't have to have anymore tests! :-)
My first card workshop is tomorrow night! This is a group of ladies who decided they want to spend $15 a month for the next 10 months (that way each lady gets to be hostess once) and we'll get together once a month and do a card workshop and a couple of scrapbook layouts. I'm nervous as this is my first workshop. I have everything ready (I hope)! Now it's just how to get it started and teach?! Well, again , I'll trust God for it. He brought me this business and he brought me these Christian women and so I'll trust Him that He'll bring me a nice, relaxed atmosphere and self confidence! :-) I have a home gathering on Saturday and am hoping to get a gathering booked from it. I had a neighbor say she wants to have a party so I'll pray that God is behind each one of these! He truly is so good to me!
I've never been very creative but the Lord has brought such awesome ideas to me recently!
Well... don't forget to check out my website every so often.
That is the only place you can get discount items. I even order from my website for those because even though I'm a Close to My Heart consultant I can't see deals except through our websites. Good discounts out there!
Okay, so that was my plug for the day.
Enjoy your Monday!!! I love you all and mostly I love the Lord!!! YEAH!!