Monday, November 30, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every year, as is a custom started by my dear Mother-in-Law years ago, we wake on Thanksgiving morning and flip on CBS to watch the Macy's Day parade as we busily cook the feast in the kitchen.

The Morning Show was on last year, and featured a segment with Anne Graham, who read a prayer from her father, the Reverend Billy Graham.
I couldn't believe what I was hearing on television... it moved me to the very core of everything I believe, and I wanted to share it here with you again this year.

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.
We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.


As families gather for the holiday, please remember there is no reason to have a holiday called Thanksgiving unless there is Someone to thank.

Thanks to God and Jesus Christ His Son for all the blessings on our fair land.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

psst, just a lil intro

Just between you and me... here's Cherish, my latest snowgirl -

she will be listed on the Merc come Saturday evening♥

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Our Ancestors were on to Something!

The weather has been wonderful the last few weekends, spurring us to take day trips around the area just to enjoy the 70°-ish temps!

This last weekend, we rode to a dear friends for breakfast and then on for a day trip south of the city to a quaint little community I'd driven by a gazillion times but never stopped in.

Welcome to Harrisonville, Missouri.

As we drove down mainstreet with it's brick streets,
our eyes were immediately drawn to the belltower.

But as we approached it, our hearts were overcome with mounting pride.
The courthouse building itself is beautifully maintained ...
but take a moment to read the inscription over the front entry -

Our current politicians would do well to stop and give ponder to these simple words written:


I think both republicans and democrats alike have forgotten
that it is YOU and ME that put them in the position they are holding
and it is YOU and ME that can remove them just as quickly~

What an awesome display of patriotism and a moving memorial to our veterans.

We walked around the square and were met with many delights
that made my heart skip lightly - but at the same time, I was deeply saddened that the economy has forced so many business to close.
Left to stand and represent themselves without an owner present,
we first ran across a bar & grill called Younger's.

Unfortunately, it's closed up tight now,
but I could see it was still filled with all the furnishings and awesome decor inside.

Even out back held a troop of band members on the rooftop
that could make anyone stop and do a hat dance!

On the opposite side of the square was a wonderful antique shop.
It looked to me like whoever owned this store
filled with jaw dropping finds, bolted the front door and just walked away, leaving window shoppers drooling on the sidewalk for a closer peek inside.
Here are some of the things that caught my attention
and brought my heart to my throat -


What a great day, even if it left me longing for more....
me (l) and Thea, my best friend from High School (r) in her new and gorgeous home!

I love these gnarly trees - once covered in rich foliage and now standing bare.

And with the weather we had all spring and summer,
of course the dark clouds would roll in before the day was over!

I want to take this opportunity to thank our veterans
for making so many sacrifices and fighting for my freedoms!
Without your dedicated service, I could very well not have a blog to post pictures and speak my heart freely!


Friday, November 6, 2009

Feeling Good in the Neighborhood!

I love going to Applebee's when we are out biking. Hubs is able to get some rib-sticking goodness and I'm always able to stay on my program and find something delicious - all the while sticking with the 2 for $20 meals!

Fits the wallet and keeps my butt fitting into my pants ♥

But when I heard what they are doing this Wednesday, Nov. 11th, I just felt the need give a hearty standing ovation and spread the word to as many as I can...
Seems our awesome restuarant is determined to give honor and respect to all our military - whether active or veteran ! Check it out for yourself - APPLEBEE'S wants to thank our service men and women by treating them to a free meal!

Now, I dont know about you but with this horrible tragedy at Fort Hood, this news couldn't come at a better time. And if you happen to make your way to Applebee's as a civilian, be sure to say thank you to every soldier you see there. They have paid a dear price for our freedoms!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Feeling like a Rock Star!

My employer provided a health screening for each associate to see where we line up on our cholesteral, blood pressure, BMI and glucose levels.
I'm feeling like
QUEEN for a DAY!
I'm happy to report the doctor said I was in great shape for my age ♥