Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Proud Mamma!

Bad me Bad Bad Bad me for not posting before now. 

Especially since we had dance competitions this weekend and I shoulda warned y'all that I was going to Miss T's FIRST Solo competition ever!


....she messed up and forgot a step or two, BUT she recovered quickly and well .........


..........got 2nd place!!!!!  WOOOO HOOO!

Proud Mamma!  2nd Place WishingYouWereHereTara.jpg

She came off that stage in tears because she messed up, she said "I wanted to run off stage" and I assured her that she did the right thing by staying, improvising and catching up with the song.

daisy hugsTotally proud of her for staying out there.

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Their Jazz performance rocked the house...winning platinum and taking 2nd overall for Top Jr Small Group!!!!!!

                  1st Place

Their Lyrical performance was awesome too, 1st place and Top Jr Large Group. 


1st place


Monday, February 12, 2007

Heaven's Gain

Today we buried a great man.  One of a kind, my Uncle Earl.  Well, he's really a step-uncle, but no less loved.

He always had a smile and a wink.  Even in his last months, through the pain of the pulmonary disease and cancer, he lived his life as if he would never give in to the illness.  Always busy, always thoughtful of others.  A funny fellow, loved by many.

In 1965 he lost a baby girl only 5 days old.  In 1994 his only son accidentally overdosed.  Yet these things did not stop him from giving back to his family, community, church and friends. 

He kept his sense of humor and love right until the end.

Heaven harvested one of the best from earth this weekend and Earl was welcomed with all the glory of God, "Well done my faithful servant".

Having just this past October celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary, he leaves a wife, Shirley, and daughter, Karen, granddaughter Morgan and a multitude of family and friends.

We will miss your bright face and funny quips, but we rejoice in knowing that you are united in Heaven with your God and your loved ones.  Thank you for touching our lives too.

We will wear the earrings you made for us in fond memorance of you.  I hope they are a hit in heaven as they were here in our neck of the woods.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

A to Z

A     Apple or PC? PC. Apples are for eating!

B     Banking... online or in person, and if in person, drive thru or inside the bank? Online and drive thru ATM.  

C     Coffee and Chocolate!  The two most important 'C's  Favorites please. Chocolate Coffee =).

D     Dogs.  Do you have one?  If yes, what kind and it's name and why you named it that.  If no, then if you had one what kind would you choose?  NO doggies for me.

E     Elvis.  There was only one.  Favorite song, and if you ever or your parents ever, saw him live. "Can't help falling in love with you"  and he is awesome with the gospel tunes.

F     Flowers.  Do you have a favorite to receive and/or a favorite to give? Love Flowers...any kind, but mostly carnations, iris and of course "good" roses.  

G     Grandparents, do you have any left and if you are one, to how many?  One Grandma left, my Nanny.

H     Handy or call for help? Are you kidding?  I'm very handy!  I enjoy hands on.. I am woman hear me roar.

I     IOU's any out there to a person, a friend or family?  Only for my tires I just recently bought.

J     Jello.  Love it?  Hate it?  Favorite flavor?  With whipped cream or cool whip or neither?  Jell-o is pretty good, if it's strawberry or cherry and I even like it with fruit in it.  BUT, it is not very filling. 

K     Kiss.  Do you remember your first real kiss?  Where, who?  Oh yes!  It was Mike, and I was probably only in the 6th grade.  We were at a little league ball game and boy was I nervous. 

L     Language.  Do you speak any others?  Fluently or a little? Some Sign Language!

M     Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? M I C K E Y!

N     Neighbors.  Do you know their names?  Occupations?  Phone numbers?  Or not? Neighbors?  Hello!  I'm on a farm, there's Sambo & Kate, the donkeys; Aflac, Lilac & Rainbow, the ducks; a good 2 dozen chickens and as many goats.....and my Nanny. One phone number for all.

O     Olympics.  Do you watch?  Which is your favorite winter or summer? Rarely watch these...boring, although sometimes I catch the ice skating - it is beautiful.

P     Pluto.  What is your take on the planet being downgraded?  Once a planet always a planet I say!

Q     Quiche.  Have you ever had it?  Do you like it and what is your favorite? It's pretty decent, my fav is a recipe my mom has for brocolli n cheese.

R     Refrigerator.  Name three things in your refrigerator that you think are unusual. The only thing that comes to my mind is ketchup...I like it warm, not cold.  And Mustard...if it's s'pozed to be "hot", why is it in there? 

S     Safari.  Have you ever been to Africa on one?  A theme park version? Never been to Africa.  We did a Safari ride at a theme park once.

T     Telescope.  Have you ever looked thru a telescope?  I wish I could figure ours out!!  Those stars last night were awesome!  

U     Umbrella.  Do you have one and what is its design? Yes, it is ORANGE!

V     Vintage.  Do you have a favorite wine to share?  Or drink?  I like wine - Robert Mondavi's Private Selection.

W     Willies.  What gives you the willies?  You know, that shudder you can't stop?  Chalk boards n fingernails OR a knife and fork scraping against a plate AND metal against your teeth!  YUK!!!

X     X-ray.  Last one?  What body part and why? Does a mammogram count!??!?! If so, January '06.

Y     Yolk.  How do you like your eggs? Omelet, deviled or fried. Omlets are nice with cheese, ham, onion & brocolli; scrambled is my favorite or plain boiled with salt.

Z     Zodiac.  What's your sign and does it fit your personality, in your opinion?   Cancer.....the Crab.  Hey!  Are you calling me crabby????

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Not meant to offend anyone......

Having received this in an email, I felt compelled to "publish" it.  I often say that the God that Christians love and worship is a God of LOVE and not hate.  I would rather be "loved" than be placed in fear.  When my mother was facing her divorce from my father, she was challenged by her belief that "marriage" was "forever" and she would now be "marked" for life as a divorcee.

I asked her "You always say that God/Jesus loves us.  If that is so, why would you think He would want you to live in the misery of an adultrous, alcoholic marriage?  Wouldn't he rather you be released from this pain and find happiness and true love?"


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You must read this e-mail !

Subject: FW: Allah or Jesus?
The Muslim religion in the fastest growing religion per capita in the United States, especially in the minority races!!!
Allah or Jesus?  By  Rick Mathes
Last month I attended my annual training session that's required for maintaining my stateprison security clearance.  During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths, who explained each of their beliefs.
I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to say. The Imam gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete with a video.
After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers.
When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Imam and asked: "Please, correct me if I'm wrong but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of the world and, that by killing an infidel, (which is a command to all Muslims) they are assured of a place in heaven.  If that's the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?"
There was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation, he replied, "Non-believers!"
I responded, "So, let me make sure I have this straight.  All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can have a place in Heaven.  Is that correct?"
The ____ _expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of "a little boy who had just been caught with his hand in the cookie  jar."  He sheepishly replied, "Yes".
I then stated, "Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine Pope John Paul commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or Dr. Stanley ordering all Protestants to do the same in order to guarantee them a place in Heaven!"
The Imam was speechless.
I continued, "I also have problem with being your 'friend' when you andyour brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me!  Let me ask you a question.  Would you rather have your Allah, who tells you to kill me in order for you to go to Heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to Heaven and He wants you to be there with me?"
You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head in shame.
Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the 'Diversification'  training seminar were not happy with Rick's way of dealing with the Islamic Imam and exposing the truth about the Muslims' beliefs.
In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the President!  I think everyone in the US should be required to read this but with the liberal justice system, liberal media, and the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized.
Please pass this on to all your e-mail contacts.
This is a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well known leader in prison ministry.