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Monday, August 31, 2009

Hey Y'all! Watch This!

Playing catch-up for a couple of days, but back soon. In the meantime, watch this. If you can't view it, go to youtube and look up Jeanne Robertson--she's worth it!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Whew--We Made It!

What a week we've had! First, Baby Nate makes an early but welcome appearance. I leave this afternoon to spend a few days with Lauren and her family, so it won't be long till I get to squeeze those chubby little cheeks and nuzzle that fat neck! Can't wait!

We spent last Friday in a whirlwind of activity preparing for a rehearsal barbeque at our house. The weather was luckily very cooperative--especially for August--low temps and best of all low humidity! We probably had 50 people--lots of good food and fun.

Then Saturday was spent at the Nashville temple participating in the marriage of our only son to his sweetheart. I won't bore you with a lot of pictures, but couldn't resist posting a few. You may see more when we get the professional ones back!

There have been many times over the past few years that I wasn't sure I'd ever see this day. Saturday was the answer to many many prayers from a worried mother on behalf of a beloved son. The Lord truly does hear and answer prayers.



Here I am with my two favorite men!


The happy couple leaving the temple


Clayton has always loved the color orange--lucky for him, Erika does, too!


First Dance


The beginning of forever....

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's a Boy!!





Nathaniel Wheeler arrived about 10:30 this morning weighing a whopping 9 pounds! Mom and baby doing fine.

Monday, August 17, 2009

It's Sweet Tea's Birthday!

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday, dear Sweet Tea
(la girl)!

Happy birthday to you!

Wish I could be there to celebrate with you--I'm needing some cake and ice cream about now!

Hey, all you lurkers should go visit Sweet Tea. It's HER birthday, but she's giving away the gift!

Which Way Do I Go?

This may be a long post--and it may ramble quite a bit. I have a lot of thoughts running around in my head which I'm going to attempt to put down here. We'll see how successful I am. You may have noticed that it's been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Or maybe you didn't notice--perhaps I overestimate my importance in your life. ;-) There are a few reasons--my youngest daughter Lauren is pregnant with her third child--due on August 28. However, her doctor scheduled her for an induction this coming Friday, then rescheduled for tomorrow. As of last Thursday, the baby is over eight pounds! Lauren had spinal fusion surgery when she was 16 because of scoliosis and thus cannot have an epidural. In addition to a new baby coming to our family, this Friday night, we are hosting a rehearsal dinner BBQ for anywhere from 30 to 100 people. Our only son is getting married on Saturday! So we've had a lot to do getting things ready.

The main reason for my not posting has little to do with the things I've mentioned above and all the busyness that's been going on. It has to do more with me. Lately, I've been reading several posts on other blogs about why we blog. And it's given me pause. I've really been pondering why I blog and what I want my blog to be--what do I want out of it.

Lauren actually set up my blog. She had one of her own and really thought I would enjoy having my own. One day I checked my email and she had sent me a notice that she had set up The Beverly Buzz. I was intimidated to say the least. I'm not computer phobic, but I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination.

At the point where I published my first post, I was very apprehensive. What in the world could I have to say that anyone would be interested in reading?? I'm not a good journal keeper--I want to write down my honest feelings, but don't want to hurt anyone by something they might read. If I could have an anonymous blog, that would be ideal! I knew Lauren would be reading what I wrote--and other family members might. Then friends and people I attend church with. Could I be myself knowing people close to me were reading what might turn out to be intimate thoughts?

So--what did I want my blog to be? A journal? A place to vent? That's the direction I was heading the first few months. Then I started exploring and found other blogs. Some I wasn't interested in--some I was VERY interested in. Those were women who enjoyed the same things I do--decorating, thrifting, repurposing furniture, etc. I started to link up with them and share the items I found at yard sales and Goodwill. I showed off how I had fixed things up and blessed my home. And I started getting comments. And followers! What a rush! Talk about feeding my ego! I guess one of my "love languages" is words of encouragement. To think that someone I have never met could appreciate something I had done and took the time to tell me! I thrived on comments.

Then one time I linked up with a blog and showed off our minor kitchen redo. I could tell by the map on the sidebar that lots of people were viewing that particular post. But comments? Zero. Zip. Nada. Except for a couple from family and close friends. I wasted a weekend being in a deep dark funk--all because people I didn't even know and would probably never meet didn't seem to like my kitchen! How ridiculous! I even stopped following a blog I really enjoyed because the owner had been blogging about half the time I had and she already had hundreds of followers! I was jealous! Is that not pathetic?

So now I'm back to square one. What do I hope to gain from continuing my blog? After doing a little unofficial research, I've found the blogs I enjoy the most are a hodgepodge of different posts. One day it might be thrift store finds. The next something funny from their kids. Another day might bring an emotional post regarding a sad or heartfelt experience. That's what I want! I want each post to be a surprise for the reader. I want to be honest and open. I want to not worry about what the reader might think. Though there may be times when I change the names to protect the guilty!

I enjoy being thought of as funny. But it's hard to be up and funny all the time. Sometimes that keeps me from posting. I just don't have that much energy. So I'm not going to put that pressure on myself. I may be funny sometimes, other times I may be a drag. But I hope to always be myself. After all, that's all I can be, right?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Oh, Happy Day!



This weekend's yard sales were fiiinnneee! I had a wonderful day and want to share with all of you my wonderful finds--to that end, I'm linking up with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today's Thrifty Treasures. Make sure to visit her and all the other ladies for awesome finds!

I had the best luck with yard sales and Goodwill. Our local GW has 1/2 price day the first Saturday of every month. I hit the mother lode this time!

See these?


See this?


Can you make this out?
Now divide it in half!


Yep! Eight--count 'em--eight 14" galvanized chargers from Pottery Barn! For $3.00!! Score!

I've been wanting to try rebounding, but didn't want to shell out a couple hundred dollars for a mini tramp. Picked up this guy at a yard sale for $20! And I've already used the DVD that came with it--talk about sweating! This is something I think I can stick with.


Cute unusual spice rack for $2 at a yard sale


I think this was a mail organizer in another life. It now sits on an end table in the living room and holds all our remotes. $1 at a yard sale.


Yard sale books - $1 for both

A cute rusty shelf for 50 cents--this will get a facelift and a new home on the deck


Bentwood rocker--$10 at GW
Oh, and see the white thing on the left? That's one of those breakfast in bed trays. $1.50 at Goodwill

Lovely ceramic plates -- $1 each at a yard sale

Beautiful pitcher - $1 at same sale

Beloved Depression glass from a yard sale (I say that with a grain of salt). Their prices were more like an antique store, but I'm a sucker for glassware. The creamers were $5 each and the parfait was $15. It and the creamer are pink (my favorite color for Depression glass).


Yard sale wicker and metal basket - $1

And the grand finale: my hubby's best find--a solid oak roll top desk and chair for $100. Can't wait to clean these babies up and get them in his office!

So what'd YOU get??

Yikes!

Now that all the "paperwork" has been accomplished, I can let you all in on the secret I've been keeping for the past six weeks or so. I've been called as our stake's Primary president! Gulp! Double gulp!

Primary is our church's organization for children ages 18 months to 11 years. Upon reaching their 12th birthday, they graduate into our youth program. A stake is a local area made up of several wards and branches. In our stake, we have 12 such units. I'm still a little shell-shocked and don't even know how many children we're talking about here. We've lived in Tennessee since 1994 and I haven't served in Primary in all that time. And have never served in a Primary presidency. Look at it this way: the last time I taught Primary, my children were in the program--now I have grandchildren in the program! To say I have no idea what I'm doing or what is expected of me is a major understatement!

If you're a praying woman, keep me in your prayers. If you're not, then just keep your fingers, toes, and eyes crossed for me! The next few years should be interesting....
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