Sunday, January 31, 2010


Sully's mom and dad (Darby and Cheyenne) had photos taken the afternoon of a recent 4-D sonogram that I had the privilege to witness!
I love these photos - and can't wait for the phone call saying that Chey is in labor ... we're anxiously waiting for you Sullivan!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Another tidbit worth passing on...

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.
It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that.

And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

I received this in email and thought it was worth passing on. Personally, I sleep with my very good friends, Mr. Smith & Mr. Wesson :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Hope is my first creation of 2010.
She will be making her preview tonight on the TDIPT Mercantile.

However, my heart has been so heavy watching the news from Haiti
that I have decided to give the proceeds from the sale of Hope
to help the orphaned children of Haiti through
The Global Orphan Project.

This is a very worthy and reputable charity that donates 100% of the funds to help the orphans.

If you are interested in purchasing Hope, please contact me - adoption fees are $80, which includes shipping in the US.

Keep the people of Haiti in fervent prayer.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tragedy in Haiti

I'm sure you are aware of the devestation in Haiti after the earthquake they endured.

If you are asking yourself how you can help, I would suggest The Global Orphan Project, which provides care for just over 2,000 children throughout Haiti. About 200 of those children were in homes near the epicenter of the earthquake and although we don't know yet about the well being of those children, the remaining 1,800+ orphans appear to be safe, including the 120 children at our church homes in Cavaillon. The Global Orphan Project is assembling a team to get to Haiti by Friday to assist in relief efforts. We pray for their safe travel.

What can you do??? PRAY. Seriously pray. Pray often. Pray a lot. Pray that God will be more real than ever before during this time of desperation.

Please take a moment to check out the Global Orphan Project's website ... if you are able, please give from the heart. This very worthy organization commits to use 100% of these funds for the emergency relief needs and the fallout from this disaster. They will do so with care.

But most important than this is praying - for the help that is on the way, for the volunteers who will be working diligently around the clock and for God's protection to the People of Haiti. Please pray!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Daniel O and Minnie Lynch

Daniel and "Miss Minnie"Lynch
with their lil Cookie

Recently, my brother shared a box of miscellaneous things that belonged to my dad. In it were some newspaper clippings on our family members and one particular piece caught my eye. It was the obituary on my father's father - a loving man named Daniel O. Lynch, who passed away when I was very young. My grandpa was a hard working man - he worked many years and retired from one company, only to turn around and go to work for another company when he was 75 yrs young!

Well, I received an email today on grandparents that I just thought was so adorable and wanted to share it here... I hope it brings a giggle or two for you!

1. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, "But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!" I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye....

2. My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 62. My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?"

3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice,"Who was THAT?"

4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like. "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods."The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"

5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo and I said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he replied.

6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's word processor. She told him she was writing a story. "What's it about?" he asked. "I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."

7. I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!"

8. When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, "It's no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights."

9. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandpa," he advised "Mine says I'm 4 to 6."

10. A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting." she said. "How do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."

11. Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked."Sure," said the young boy confidently. 'It means carrying a child."

12. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties."They use him to keep crowds back," said one child."No," said another. "He's just for good luck."A third child brought the argument to a close."They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants."

13. A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. "Oh," he said, "she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we're done having her visit, we take her back to the airport."

14. Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good good things, but I don't get to see him enough to get as smart as him!

15. My Grandparents are funny, when they bend over, you hear gas leaks and they blame their dog.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Census 2010 is beginning

With the U.S. Census process beginning, I have decided to make another public service announcment. BE CAUTIOUS!

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.

The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist?

BBB offers the following advice:
If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have:
1-a badge
2-a handheld device
3-a Census Bureau canvas bag, and
4-a confidentiality notice.

Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.

Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S.


While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION.

The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, The Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census.

Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.

For more advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit


Monday, January 4, 2010

Made in America

I vote to start the new year making a CONCERNED EFFORT to buy AMERICAN!

I got this email today and found it quite interesting... hope you do too!

The whole world is afraid of China-made "black hearted goods".

Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?

If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA .

471 is Made in Taiwan .

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves.

Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products "MADE IN CHINA ", so they don't show from which country it is made.

However, you may now refer to the barcode, remember if the first 3 digits are:
690-692 ... then it is MADE IN CHINA .
00 - 09 ... USA & CANADA
30 - 37 ... FRANCE
40 - 44 ... GERMANY
47 ... Taiwan
49 ... JAPAN
50 ... UK

BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.
*This public service announcement has been brought to you by Curds-and-Whey ♥