March 24th, 2007

SUNDAY SEVEN is a weekly meme for giving thanks or for noting important events in our lives.

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Sunday Seven – Edition #8

1.  I am thankful my youngest sister, Beth, is out of the hospital and feeling better.

2.  I am thankful for my older brother, Terry, who had a birthday on Thursday – thankful that I could drive to GA to help with the celebration.

3.  I am thankful for my younger sister, Debi, who is handling a lot in her life right now – thankful that she is so giving to others.

4.  I am thankful for my younger brother, David, who will be the father of the bride in just a few weeks – thankful that I have the opportunity to help plan a family bridal shower for my niece.

5.  I am thankful for my older sister, Joan, who is dealing with “crazy Charlie” too often these days – thankful that she lives close enough for me to visit anytime I’m in GA visiting my mother.

6.  I am thankful for my older sistest, Janice, who always replies to email so quickly – thankful that even though we don’t see each other often because we live so far apart, we still can communicate easily via email.

7.  I am thankful for my mother who I was able to visit for a couple days this week – thankful that she is doing well and does many good things for others.

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March 23rd, 2007

Appetizer
Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why?

I think Charlie Gibson is my favorite.  I don’t watch network news much, though.

Soup
Name 3 foods that are currently in your freezer.

An extra loaf of whole wheat bread, tilapia filets,  ground turkey.

Salad
If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it?

I have no idea what I’d name a new town.  We’re building a new house out in the country, and we’re trying to come up with a name for it.  We’ve been working on a name for months, and we still don’t have one we both like.

Main Course
What will most likely be the next book you read?

Max Lucado’s In the Eye of the Storm.

Dessert
What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite gender?

Their general attitude – Are they happy? sad? angry? thoughtful?  A smile goes a long way!

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March 22nd, 2007

I’m at my mother’s in Georgia, and RT sent me an email with a photo of the front door we’re getting for our new house. At the end of his email he wrote, “I adoor you.” It took me a few seconds to get it, but when I did I literally laughed out loud.  No wonder I love the man!

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  • March 21st, 2007

    Today, March 22nd, is the birthday of my brother, Terry.  Here’s what I posted about Terry last year.

    I can’t tease him too much about reaching the grand old age of 60 ’cause I’m only two years behind him.

    I’m visiting my mother right now so I can be at Terry’s birthday party Thursday evening.  We’ll have a good time.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TERRY!

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    March 21st, 2007

    Thirteen Things About My Drive To Georgia Today

    (1) I started the trip later than I had planned.  I had hoped to leave in the morning, but I left home around 2:00 p.m.  A little over three hours, and I’d be at my mother’s in Georgia. With the time difference and the later departure, that would put me in Chattanooga around 5:00.  I was worried about hitting rush hour.  As it turned out, traffic was the least of my worries.

    (2) I-24 going east – a trip I’ve made hundreds of times.  I honestly was thinking about Thursday Thirteen, and I was jotting down things I saw along the way in order to write my T13 as soon as I got to my mother’s. 

    (3) I was going over the bridge on the Tennessee River and Nickajack Lake when traffic almost came to a standstill.  A car had had a tire blowout and was blocking a lane of traffic.  No big deal, though.  Someone had already stopped to help.  A minute or two at a slower speed, and that was behind me.

    (4) A few miles later I felt a little skip or bump in my engine.  Uh -oh! Was it a rough spot on the pavement, or was something wrong with the car?  I turned off the radio so I could listen.

    (5) There weren’t any other bumping noises or feelings, but I noticed that the power steering had suddenly stopped working.  That wasn’t good.  The engine was still running, though.

    (6) Then the battery light on the dashboard flashed on — shining brightly red.  As I studied the dashboard I saw that the needle on the heat indicator had not only gone past “hot” — it was flashing red as far past “hot” as it could go.  There were too many red flashing lights on the dashboard!  And no power steering!  Something was definitely wrong. (Well, duh, Carol!)

    (7) Of course I was nowhere near an exit.  The car was still running fine – despite the flashing red lights and lack of power steering.  I slowed down and kept driving for a mile or so and saw a “Rest Area – 1 mile” sign.  Whew!  I’d get off there.

    (8) The rest area was closed.  I was afraid I’d damage the engine if I continued driving with an overheated engine.  So I pulled to the side of the road next to the blocked exit to the rest area.  Too bad the rest area was closed.  I had to go to the bathroom, but that would have to wait.

    (9) Thank God for cell phones and a 24-hour roadside assistance insurance policy.  One phone call, and everything was arranged.  The wrecker was there in about 30 minutes – which was much quicker than the 60-minute ETA the dispatcher gave me.

    (10)  I spent the 30-minute wait calling my husband and children to garner some sympathy – as trucks and cars whizzed past me on the expressway – rocking my car with each passing.  The kids were great and appropriately concerned and sympathetic and proud of how I was handling things.  Of course I had to tell them how efficiently and well I was handling everything for them to tell me how proud they were of me.  My husband was in meetings with his phone turned off.  I would finally talk to him much later in this adventure.

    (11) Since my car is a BMW, the tow truck took me to the BMW dealership in Chattanooga where I found that the parts shop closed at 5:00, and most of the mechanics in the service department had left by 5:00.  However, they had someone who could look at it to see what was needed.  Two belts and a water pump were needed.  Apparently not unusual in cars with over 100,000 miles on them – like mine.  No parts and no mechanic meant no repaired car until tomorrow.  I didn’t want to spent the night by myself in a hotel in Chattanooga.  I asked about a rental car.  I didn’t realize that local car rental places often close at 5:00, too.

    (12) It took awhile, but they found me a rental car – a 2007 BMW.  Oh yeah! I could live with that.  They’ll repair my car tomorrow, and I’ll pick it up when I go back through Chattanooga on my way home Friday.

    (13) I got to my mother’s – safe and sound and only three hours later than I had planned.  All in all, a good ending to a long day.

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    March 21st, 2007

    Today is Sunshine’s 4th birthday!  Wow!  It doesn’t seem possible.  She is such a delightful little girl.  I love being her Grandma Carol. 

    Sunshine, I hope your birthday is the best in the world.  You’ve brought four years of SUNSHINE and happiness to a lot of people.  I love you.

    Last year’s birthday post for Sunshine

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    March 20th, 2007

    Today I met my friend, Patti, for lunch at a Mexican restaurant.  Back in October of 2005, I wrote about Patti when her boyfriend, Roger, died unexpectedly.

    At lunch awhile ago, Patti and I chatted about various things.  Then Patti told me about the last Valentine’s Day she’d had with Roger.  That would have been Valentine’s Day of 2005.  He had taken her to a florist shop where he let her select a flower bouquet.  He wanted her to have exactly the flowers she preferred.  She selected a dozen roses.  Later, he gave her a tender card and signed it, “Your Tiger.”  “Tiger” was Patti’s nickname for Roger.  He was a masculine man with a strong jaw.  As a matter of fact, he felt his jaw was so prominent that he wore a beard to soften the look. 

    It has been a year and a half now since Roger died, and this past Valentine’s Day Patti was feeling quite down.  She couldn’t get thoughts of her last Valentine’s Day with Roger out of her mind.  She remembered the roses her “Tiger” had given her, and she kept looking at the card that was signed, “I love you.   Your Tiger.” 

    She wondered if people who’ve died are still aware of what’s going on with the ones they left behind.  She wanted to know if Roger still thought of her like she still thought of him.  She prayed to God to give her a sign – and a very definite sign – something so obvious she couldn’t miss it or dismiss it as a coincidence.  Some sign – any sign – to let her know that Roger had not just stopped existing.

    Of course she kept her prayer to herself.  It was a prayer she had prayed often since Roger’s death.  It is a very common prayer of people who are dealing with the death of a loved one.  Death is such a mystery.

    Valentine’s Day 2007 came and Patti was feeling especially blue.  There would be no roses this year – and no tender card.  That evening she went to a dance with other singles.  She’s been a part of several dance groups for years.  It was something she and Roger did together when he was alive.  This particular dance group was new, though, and Patti was the new girl in the group.  There was a door prize to be given out, and Patti filled out a ticket at the door as usual and promptly forgot about it. 

    The dance was mostly fun – a way to get out and be with other people.  It didn’t get rid of the loneliness, but it made it more bearable for awhile – especially since it was Valentine’s Day.

    During a lull in the dance, the emcee announced that it was time to award the door prize.  When he drew the winning ticket from the bowl, Patti was surprised to hear her name called out.  She went up to claim the prize – having no idea what it was.

    The prize was a dozen roses.   She had roses for Valentine’s Day after all.  But that wasn’t all.  There was more to the door prize.

    There was also a stuffed tiger – not a sweet babyish looking tiger, but one dressed in a leather jacket – one with a strong jaw covered with fur.

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    March 19th, 2007

    I got this from Greta. Here are my answers. Let’s see your answers!

    1. Are you close to achieving your goals?
    In about three months RT and I will move into our new home. That’s our most immediate physical goal. Basically we’re living the American dream. The only goal I can’t quite seem to reach is weight loss.

    2. List something you could improve on this week.
    Exercising and eating moderately. I WILL do both!

    3. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
    It’s half-full – I’m an optimist.

    4. Are you current on paps, mammograms, dentists & check-ups?
    Yes on all counts.

    5. If you take medication, are you overdue for some maintenance?
    Yes – I’m current on all my medications, too.

    6. What is the last really nice thing you did for yourself?
    I slept late this morning. Actually I went back to bed after I let the dog out, and THEN I slept late. When I woke up I drove myself, my morning coffee and the dog over to the building site (2 1/2 miles away) and walked for awhile through the woods while sipping my coffee. It (both the walk and the coffee) was wonderful!

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    March 17th, 2007

    (Saturday night) UPDATED at end of post:

    I’m giving the children’s sermon in church tomorrow.  Here’s what I’ll say and do:

    Theme: God’s Word feeds our hearts.

    Materials: a box of Alpha-Bits cereal, some paper plates.

    To give the children at the end of the lesson: snack bags with Alpha-Bits, small booklets of Bible verses

    Good morning, boys and girls.  What’s this? (hold up box of cereal).  Yes, it’s Alpha-Bits cereal.   I always enjoy eating Alpha-Bits because I can spell words with it.  Let’s see what I can spell with these.  (pour some onto one of the plates and spell a simple word with whatever letters are there.  Show the children the word – them eat the word).   Yum!  I can spell the word, and then I can eat the word.

    Here, you try it.  (Give each child a paper plate with some Alpha-Bits on it.  Call on the children to tell you the words they make.)

    Can we eat the words you make from the Alpha-Bits ?  Yes, we can, and when we eat good food - it nourishes our bodies and makes us stronger and happier.  (To avoid spills, take up the plates and Alpha-Bits.  Tell the children that at the end of the lesson they’ll get a bag of Alpha-Bits to snack on later.)

    Alpha-Bits aren’t the only way to eat words.  God gives us good words, too.  The Bible is God’s word for us. 

    There was a prophet – a wise man – in the Bible named Jeremiah.  He wrote: “When God’s words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” (Jeremiah 15:16a, NIV)

    Now do you think Jeremiah really ATE the words of God?  No, he didn’t.  He meant that he read them and they were like food to his heart.  They made him stronger and happier.

    That’s what God wants us to do.  He wants us to read His Word – the Bible – and let his Words feed us so that we will know more about God and love him more and be stronger and happier because of the nourishment (good things) we get from His Word.

    Here is a booklet of Bible verses for you to feed your hearts.  Will each of you promise to read one verse from this booklet each day?  Make sure you feed your heart with God’s word each day.

    Let’s pray:  Our Heavenly Father, thank  you for giving us your word – the Bible – to feed our hearts and make us stronger and happier.  Amen

    Hand out the bags of Alpha-Bits for each child.

    UPDATE (Saturday evening):  Has Post stopped making Alpha-Bits?  I searched FIVE different grocery stores today, and none of them had Alpha-Bits.  I had a clerk at one Kroger look it up in the inventory, and he said that it had been six months since any had shown up on their inventory.  He didn’t know if it was no longer being produced or if Kroger had just stopped carrying it.

    Now my lesson will have to be modified.  Not having Alpha-Bits nixes the use of that particular text – the whole idea of “eating words” doesn’t work without some literal words that can be eaten – and I’m not getting into alphabet soup.

    So I bought some red seedless grapes.  The lesson will be about how food feeds out bodies – how we have to have food each day in order to grow and be healthy.  Then I’ll lead into how reading the Bible feeds our hearts.  We have to read the Bible each day in order for our hearts to grow strong and healthy.

    I will change the scripture to Deuteronomy 8:3B “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”   We need food for our physical bodies (bread – grapes), but our hearts/souls need food, too – and food for our heart is found in the Bible.                                           

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    March 17th, 2007

     A weekly meme for giving thanks and/or noting important events in our lives

    Sunday Seven – March 17th & 18th

    Heritage Edition

    Since this weekend starts off with St. Patrick’s Day, my SUNDAY SEVEN lists seven parts of my heritage for which I am thankful.

    (1) I have a little Irish in my background, and I’m thankful for that – along with the German and Scottish and who-knows-what-else. 

    (2) My family has always had an appreciation for music.  I’m not musically talented.  However, there are others in my family with phenomenal musical abilities.

    (3) My family has always valued education.  Out of my seven siblings, we all went beyond high school.  Most of us have a Masters degree in our chosen field.

    (4) My family has always stressed integrity over “success.” The true measure of a person is WHO they are inside – not their position in society.

    (5) My family has always place God first.  My father was a Methodist minister, and my mother is a minister now.  The church is an integral part of our lives.

    (6) My family values fun.  When we get together there is always a lot of talking and laughing.  We have a good time together.

    (7) Family is a priority.  Every single day I thank God for my family – my husband, my children and their spouses, my grandgirls, my mother, my siblings and their families.  When we all get together we number well above 50 – and it’s wonderful.

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