Wednesday, December 30, 2009
To be honest, I struggle with this TIME thing. I am a creature of habit; I like things the same; but TIME has always been like this; it stands still for no one. Webster says that Time is every moment there has ever been or ever will be. That is a very deep definition to think on. Time is a gift, a responsibility. In the Bank of Time, there are 864,000 seconds a day. What have I done with those precious moments of time in my almost forty-five years? Regrets? Oh yes, I do have regrets. But, I can say even with the regrets staring me in the face, time has been on my side. I have been loved all my life, I have loved all my life, I have met some of the most wonderful people in the world, I have played until I could play no more, I have laughed until I hurt, and I also have had moments of what felt like never ending tears to pour from my eyes.
The day of my fortieth birthday, someone asked if turning forty bothered me. I told them that the age really didn't bother me, just the time that had so quickly passed to get me to this milestone. But, I went ahead to say that should my life end for some reason, I had been blessed with a good life and I wouldn't be able to complain.
Am I going to make a New Years Resolution? Resolution- Fixedness of mind, perseverance. A thing determined upon, decision as to future action. Resolute- fixed and firm in purpose, determined. I love that word Fixedness. Fixedness is not in my dictionary, but Fixed is. Fixed- firmly in place, established; settled, unchanging, ... That makes me think of my salvation that was so freely given to me. My salvation is fixed; it's firmly in place, it's established, and it's settled! That makes this Baptist gal wanna shout a great big "Hallelujah!"
I usually do make New Years resolutions, and the resolutions usually involve weight loss and Bible reading. Can you relate? And sad to say, I usually plow through for a few weeks with success and then I get slack. The newness of the New Year wears off.
I'm thinking I will not make a resolution this year; at least nothing specific. I do want to read and study Romans 12 and 13 and try to apply those chapters to my life. Here are just a few of those verses: A quick warning: these two chapters in the Word of God are not very popular anymore, so read at your own risk! Anyone who should attempt to apply these scriptures to their lives could possibly be considered a 'weirdo'. (smile)
I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1-2
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:9-15
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans 13:10-14
The year 2009 is coming to a fast close. It is a year that will probably always stand out in my memory. This time last year, I would never have thought that 2009 would hold the things it did for me and my family. There was sadness and hurt, unanswered questions, more moves than I liked!, but the good news to all of that is this...Our great big unchanging God never left us or forsook us; He was our comfort, He was our peace, He was our joy, and He was our hope. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I learned that when you don't know what to do; just pray and do nothing. God came through for us in ways that we wouldn't have even known to have ask for. Even in the midst of pain, hurt, fear, and disappointment, God was real and He was faithful and true. I can stand on that dear friends. I don't know what my future holds, but I do know Who holds my future! 2009 also held many good things. We have a new church family, Cale's Spartan Team (Cross Country) did great, Noelle celebrated her 21st birthday, we are all healthy as far as we know, and good memories were made with family and friends.
In closing, I want to share with you three more verses that I hope we will remember all the days of our lives...and the last sentence would be our prayer each day.
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:10-12
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26
That is my prayer for each of you in 2010.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
MEMPHIS — A Memphis husband and wife married for 56 years have died three days apart, one in a nursing home, the other in the hospital. Glenn and Martha Faulk had been apart only the last two months of their lives, when both were sick.
The Commercial Appeal reported that Glenn Faulk died Dec. 19 at age 90, and Martha Faulk died Tuesday at age 77.
One of their three daughters, Teresa Faulk, said after she broke the news to her mother about her father's death, Martha Faulk's health declined. "She cried and then you could just see her start to deteriorate," Teresa Faulk said. "We were moving her to hospice the day she died."
Glenn and Martha Faulk raised a family, ran a hardware store and lived a quiet, simple life in a Memphis neighborhood called Raleigh.
Glenn Faulk, a Navy Seal during World War II, was aboard the USS Chicago on Jan. 30, 1943, when the ship sank off Rennell Island in the South Pacific. He was one of 1,049 survivors.After they were married, the couple had three daughters.
In 1974, Glenn Faulk bought a hardware store and put Martha Faulk in charge of running it. Martha Faulk wore a pearl necklace, dress, hose, heels and clip earrings to work every day, her daughter said. She became an expert in just about every department, including the gun department. Martha Faulk became known as the "gun lady" for her knowledge of semi-automatic weapons. The couple worked side by side at East Park Sporting hardware for 24 years.
In June, Martha Faulk was diagnosed with cancer and underwent several rounds of chemotherapy. In September, Glenn Faulk contracted pneumonia and eventually had to move to a nursing home. Ten days later, his wife went into the hospital where she stayed until she died.
The pair talked on the phone every day, just chitchatting.
"When I told her that Dad died, she told me she had woke up about 3:30 in the morning and felt like he was going to die," Teresa Faulk said. She slipped into unconsciousness Monday.
The couple shared a joint memorial service on Christmas Eve. They are buried side-by-side in a Memphis cemetery.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Seems like we get so engrossed with the planning and all the doings, we're so tired by Christmas Day, we sadly don't even feel like celebrating. I have been very busy, but for today and tomorrow, I am cleaning my house and cooking a normal meal for my family. I hope to get a good nights rest tonight and be able to actually feel the CHRISTMAS SPIRIT tomorrow and Friday. I want to be vibrant, alert, and happy...and spread love and cheer to my family. Some would call it being in a good mood! I don't know why I'm blogging about all of this...I guess it's just what is on my mind. Christ in my heart and my precious family and friends is what will make the next two days so special. I honestly could care less if I even get a gift; I love to give gifts; I'd probably be a bit sad if I couldn't give gifts to my family and friends, but when it comes down to it...I possess the greatest Gift inside me and I need to share that Gift with others. I need to let my life be a tribute and an honor to that Gift...I need to give out gifts of hugs, pats on the back, I love yous, you are specials, I treasure yous, kind words, let me do that for yous, etc.
I need to make sure that my family and friends know how I feel about them and that after the Christmas season has passed, they look back and have happy memories of how they felt when in my presence. I know Christ's presence in my life made a difference; I need to make a difference in other's lives, beginning here in my home. OK, I'm getting teary; no time for that, but my heart's desire is to give gifts of blessing, and of hope and love to all I come in contact with. I can give those gifts because of the wonderful salvation given to me by the Reason for This and All Seasons, My Lord and Saviour Jesus. Merry Christmas Eve Eve.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I was right! They loved their ornaments. It's hard to see the ornaments in the picture. I wish I had taken a close up of the ornament itself.
The Minnis's gave my daddy a nice shirt. Noelle and Cale watched him open it. They gave my mother a gift card from LifeWay Book Store. They both liked their gifts.
Kathy could hardly wait for Scot to open his gift from them. She bought him A Look at Life From A Deer Stand Devotional. The author Steve Chapman signed the book to Scot. He has kept this book beside the recliner and I've seen him reading it quite a bit. They gave Noelle a gift card from Ulta, a new store in the mall that is a girl's dream store. They have all kinds of make up, fragrances, hair and bath products...like I said, a girl's dream store! Cale received a gift card from Dick's store, which is a store in the mall that has everything you need from hunting and fishing to exercising, running, tennis, etc. Scot and Cale love to shop in Dick's!
After we exchanged gifts, we enjoyed coconut pie, banana nut bread, tea cakes, coffee, tea, and cola's. We sat around the table and talked for quite a while. David, Kathy, and Josh are very special to us. I have blogged about them many times before, but once again, I have to say that they are the closest thing to a sister, brother in law, and nephew I'll ever have in this life. Thirty years ago this summer, God allowed mine and Kathy's paths to cross and I will forever be thankful for such a treasure as our friendship.
David and Kathy discussing something....
Friday, December 18, 2009
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Some of both.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial
3. When do you put up the tree? Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? Usually December 26, but if I'm having friends or family over for New Years Eve or New Years Day that haven't seen my tree, I leave it up until January 2nd. Cale's birthday is December 29th, so up until he was about 13, I took the tree down religiously the 26th. It was birthday celebration time for him and I didn't want him to have to share it with Christmas.
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes, Yes, and Yes! But, do ya'll know how many calories is in just a small cup of that stuff? And sadly, I can't drink just one cup!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Oh My! This is hard! I guess what stands out in my mind more than anything else is the tall blond doll that walked. You had to hold her hand and sort of maneuver her to walk, but I was just thrilled! The Barbie camper was great too. My favorite things to do included playing with my baby dolls, barbies, reading, and coloring, so my Christmas gifts were usually centered around those things! Mother and Daddy made each Christmas special.
7. Hardest person to buy for? This is a hard question for me also. I guess my father in law and my sister and brother in laws. Seems like I get my father in law clothes every single occasion just because I don't know what else to get, plus I love buying clothes for him. He has gorgeous blue eyes and I love picking out clothes that look good on him. Pa Pa G, if you are reading this, you aren't getting another blue shirt this year! ha.
8. Easiest person to buy for? My children and Scot are easy to buy for. Scot tells me what he wants and I have my children to make a long list of things they seriously would like to have and I go from there. They don't get everything on the list, but I have choices, and of course they don't know what I chose until they open. I can buy sterling silver or costume jewelry, movies, books, and clothes for Noelle, and she's happy as a lark! Cale usually wants one big thing; like a gun, bike, something for his gun, hunting equipment, etc. This year he asked for a weight set or a new trail/mountain bike, but ended up deciding on a Border Collie. I have him some surprises though. (My children rarely read my blog, so don't worry, the secret is ours!)
9. Do You have a nativity scene? Yes, I have several and I love them all.
10.Mail or email Christmas cards? Mailing and receiving Christmas cards is the highlight of my Christmas. I adore Christmas cards! Each one is so special and such a treasure to me.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? (clearing my throat!) I guess a can of oysters last year and a bottle of cough syrup this year from my dear friend David! He looks at my dislike list on my blog and goes from there! What a friend! :)
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Here we go again, do I have to choose just one? Of course not, this is My blog! ha. My favorites include but are not limited to: Borrowed Hearts, The Christmas Card, Holiday Affair, The Nativity Story, A Boyfriend For Christmas, and of course, Frosty The Snowman, even though I still tear up when he melts.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I am getting slack! I used to start in July or August and be completely finished by Thanksgiving. No more! I started the week before our first Christmas party this year, which was the first week of December. Shame on me, but I got it done!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Probably...I don't think I just gave it to someone else to keep from buying them something. If something didn't fit that I received, I have passed those along to someone else, but I would tell them.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? When I was growing up, my Ma Maw Claudie made a Raisin Cake every year and I sure miss that raisin cake, and I miss my Ma Maw. I guess other than that, my mom made all sorts of candies and cakes which were always delicious.
16. Lights on the tree? Multi colored :)
17.Travel at Christmas or stay home? We usually stayed home when I was growing up, which meant I could stay in play clothes or pj's all day... The first several years of marriage, we would go to Scot's grandmothers in Red Bay (just a few minutes away) at 11 a.m. on Christmas for lunch. Since his grandparents death, we go to Scot's mother and daddy's on Christmas day.
18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We usually opened presents on Christmas morning, but since the kids are older now, we sometimes open them the night before due to all the rush of Christmas Day.
Let me know if you want to post your answers on your blog. I got this idea from Lois over at Walking On Sunshine. You can click below to visit her blog...she's always a blessing.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Cale making his decision. It was hard to choose.
They were all so sweet.
His markings are very unique as well. He wasn't overly hyper, but wasn't extremely lazy either.
Check out these State fans in front of an Ole Miss sign! (David & Kathy)
After we left the restaurant, David drove us around the Ole Miss Campus. The kids and I had never been there. I'd like to go back sometime in the daytime. We had a very good night.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tristen and Scot
I also didn't take alot of pictures at our house Thanksgiving Day...
My menu included:
Dressing (my mother)
Gravy (my mother)
Cranberry Sauce (my mother)
Corn (my mother)
Macaroni and Cheese
Candied Sweet potatoes
Mini Cheesecakes (the Minnis's)
Coconut Pie (my mother)
Scot cut up all the potatoes and apples needed for the meal.
They are lucky I even let them in my house! Ha.