Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Birthday, Pat!

Happy Birthday, Pat! Gosh, what a year you have been through. This birthday, Christmas, and all of those celebrated days mean so much more don't they! You are a walking miracle touched by the hand of God because you are healed! Life has thrown us some curve balls and we still dodge a couple now and then, but we are hanging on to John 13:7! You are my best friend and I love you more today than yesterday! Our kids would agree with me when I say you are an awesome dad! Your friends would agree that you are loyal and kind. Lastly, your mom and family would agree that you are wonderful and all of the above. You are loved, Pat! Happy Birthday...and many more!

All my love!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I am behind on my blogging, but I have been at the ranch since Sunday. I tried blogging via my mobile, but it didn't work too well. Yes, I do need to change my blog template from "Christmas" to something else, but you know that takes time, right?
To my blogger friends! I enjoy following your blogs very much and I am able to read them via my cell phone. That is a good thing since I do not have Internet at the ranch. Many of you embraced me when I started blogging and let me just thank you by name: Kat at Justabeachkat; Linda at Engraved in His Palms; Debi at Lavender Chick, and Teresa at Living the life. You four women barely knew me, but you took the time to email and comment that you were praying for our family during Pat's illness. Thanks girls! You were part of a miracle!
What a relaxing weekend at the ranch. The weather was perfect. On Tuesday we worked about 25 calves. We celebrated Pat's birthday on the 31st as everyone was celebrating New Year's Eve. We cooked steaks and had the Hico neighbors over. Sis was able to come and spend the night on the 31st and then the boys joined us the next day with birthday cake and presents in hand. We had major problems at the beginning of the week with plumbing, but we were able to fix it due to our kind, retired, neighbor, plumber, and friend, Lonnie! Thanks Lonnie and Charlene for all of your help!
You know what I do while I am in Hico if I am not helping Pat or the usual chores of a house? I read. I started the Twilight Series and finished the first book last night. Gosh, I wish I had the second book bought so I can start it. It is really good. I thought the beginning was kind of slow, but it picked up in a hurry. I think strange things sometimes and I will just put this out there. Pat and i went to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Dallas tonight. Bubba gave Pat two tickets for his birthday. It is an amazing three hour show and we just loved it. If you have seen this orchestra live, then this might make sense. If not, just disregard the next thought! When the orchestra started playing, the musicians and singers came out were wearing black, and the women were wearing flowing dresses with black boots, I felt like "Edward" and his brother and sisters would appear at any moment. (If you are not familiar with the Twilight series it is about Vampires!) The atmosphere was just right for my imagination to take off. OK..I said it!
I have pictures to upload, but will have to do that soon!
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! It is almost 10:00 and I am in my pj's early and about ready for bed. I have pictures, but will upload later. Our day started about 8:00 am when the kids got up to see what Santa brought them. (Young moms out there, that is the advantage of having teenagers as they don't want to get up at the crack of dawn on Christmas mornings!) After the kids opened up presents I started breakfast...sausage, biscuits and gravy. It is guilty pleasure eating that kind of breakfast. About lunch time we drove to Dallas to visit the graveside of Pat's dad and other family members. Restland cemetery is a beautiful place and so very peaceful and calm. We sure miss Lou (also known as Papa Lou). He has been gone now since 1994. He died just before G was born! What a wonderful man he was. The afternoon was spent celebrating Christmas with Pat's mom and the rest of the kin. We had a good time! We always enjoy the Chinese Christmas exchange game. The more stealing the better! Tomorrow my side of the family comes to my house and will be here until Sunday. I foresee a lot of cleaning that has to be done tomorrow and a lot a time in the kitchen. So the question is? Would I rather travel several hours or host? I hope that each of you had a great day! Christmas seems to come earlier each year, doesn't it!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We hope that you have a wonderful and Merry Christmas! Our journey through this year makes Christmas an extra special one for our family. Through Pat's cancer, we have experienced heartache, pain, fear, and the unknown. But, our God is a mighty one! He has shown himself to us through His peace, joy, love, strength, wise counsel, and guidance. He is still a God of Miracles who has heard our cries and answered our prayers. You, our family and friends, have carried and loved on us these past six months and we could have not done it without you. God used you and your prayers just at the right moment or just at the right time we needed you. So, we take this time to say thank you and that we love you. Tears come to my eyes every time I whisper "thank you", Lord. Thank you that Pat is healed. Thank you that we are changed people because you allowed us to travel on this journey although painful at times. Finally, I say thank you, Lord, for the chance to celebrate the birth of your son.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Almost at the Finish Line

Thursday I shopped from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm and got quite a bit accomplished. I finished wrapping what I have bought. Going to go round two tomorrow....hope I finish! I hope you are finished too!


Friday, December 19, 2008


That is all I am saying!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Still Trying to Catch Up

I shouldn't even be blogging. The tree is still begging for ornaments. There is not one Christmas decoration out except for the wreath on the door. All the family is coming to my house so I do have motivation you see! I also need to get started on my shopping, make three floral arrangements and send out Christmas cards. Yesterday I cleaned and cleaned on my office. It just needed order. Pat says it won't last long! Our dog, Ms. Bear, had to have unexpected, emergency surgery this morning. I can't spell what is wrong with her, but it is that she should have been spade a long time ago, and now her uterus is huge. She is recovering now. Oh Gosh! I dread seeing the $$$$$ on this. Four more days until school is out. I am ready! Pat's holiday vacation begins on Friday too! Bubba and Sis are loving being out of school for several weeks. Well, better get going....BTW, my family is excited today because I cooked and we will be eating a nice, juicy roast, mashed potatoes and whatever I can find to go with it! Yum!

Monday, December 15, 2008

G In Action

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2008 McNatt Christmas

What is a McNatt? That is my maiden name. My dad, Buster, has four brothers and sisters: Fran, Virginia, who goes by Sissy, James (sometimes known as Mark) and William, who goes by Bill. To this day, this family has been tight and close since these children were born to Arby Ray and Margaret Revelle McNatt. (Their names crack me up. Many of us in the family tree carry with us these beautiful names!) Each Christmas Eve these growing families would meet in their very small house in Watauga, Texas. Maw-Maw would answer the door "Christmas Eve Gift". For many years, many of us try to call extended family members and say the phrase "Christmas Eve Gift" before the other person says it. After they passed on, our annual Christmas tradition was moved to my Aunt Sissy's home. Due to this large family, which I believe has grown to a total of 70 this year, meets the second Sunday in December. The tradition includes great food, a moment of announcements, prayers and praises, singing of Christmas carols, small children singing solos of their favorite Christmas songs, Aunt Lola singing her favorite Christmas song, and then we all sing "The 12 Days of Christmas" with everyone divided into twelve groups. Aunt Sissy and Uncle James each year insists that they get to sing the "Five Golden Rings"! It is a hoot and it really sounds terrible, but there again, tradition is important! Following that, we do the White Elephant Exchange with lots of manipulating of the exchange, laughing and stealing! We actually came home with the gift we wanted which was an air mattress. Spouses that are introduced to this event usually do not enjoy it!

Neither one of us would say this is a flattering picture (couldn't find our lipsticks either), but many say my cuz, Tonya, and I look more and more a like each year! Most of us "McNatt" girls inherited our grandmothers sunken eyes and sharp facial features!

My sister, Kelly, ended getting my floral arrangement in the White Elephant Exchange!

With over 70 people, this was my crew in our seated section. The redhead, Mr. P, and Eli (plaid shirt) were our guests! Since it is tradition that the "McNatt Famiy" sing the 12 days of Christmas, we were to sing "Six Geese a Laying and "Seven Swans a Swimming".
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2008 Promises Community Christmas

Promises Christmas was a success thanks to the many, many volunteers that helped with this event. We served 555 people and all 300 children three years and older received a new bike. Just three weeks ago I was telling my friend, Melissa, that my prayer is that every child that attends our event could go home with a new bike. In the past we were able to give away approximately 30 bikes via a drawing. God heard my prayer, because this last Monday, someone donated all the bikes. I wish you could have seen the children's faces when they all heard they were going home with their very own new bike! It makes all of those long hours of planning this event worth it! Below are a few pictures of the bikes and other snapshots. Snowmen were my theme this year. What an amazing evening we had. Even though I am pooped and dragging this morning, I can't wait until next year!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I Give Up

I give up! If I didn't love Cash so much he would be an outside dog. He found a black pen today. The new black stain is about a foot from the red ink stain in the middle of the living room floor. He also got it in the dining room. When I went to get the paper towels I saw his foot prints in the kitchen. Pat said to get a bid on wood flooring. Santa, are you the one who called him?
My friend, Markie, told me about Faith Hill's new Christmas song called "A Baby Changes Everything". If you have not heard it, find it! I downloaded it onto ITunes and I keep playing it over and over. While we are talking music...I am also addicted to the soundtrack from the movie Holiday. It is so soothing and calming. I even like the movie. I love ITunes!
Pat and I had our pictures made tonight for the church pictorial. It was just him and me because the kids were not around. They really weren't very good pictures. We didn't make it in the last church directory, so we thought we would make the effort this time. Gotta get to bed!


Many of you asked about Saturday. I was asked to be the guest speaker at a local church in a nearby town. I was expecting about 25 women to attend, but it turned out to be about 200! This was their church's annual tea. There were about 20 tables that were decorated by different people and each table had a theme. I wish I had my camera with me to take pictures of the different decorations. The tables were just beautiful. The pastor and his wife, Shelly, greeted me when I got there. What a sweet couple who are excited about pastoring a vibrant and growing church in this little town. I was blessed to be invited and to meet such nice people. I was nervous until about the time I was scheduled to speak. I asked some great prayer warriors to pray for me, so it was no surprise when I felt a peace just moments before I was to begin. My best friend, Laura, went with me to give me support and I was relieved that she was with me. What an honor and privileged to be able to give God all of the glory and tell others about our journey this past year. A journey that includes answered prayers and miracles.

Dad at Comedy Barn

This video is so funny! It will make you laugh out loud!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Isn't She Precious!

Sis and Gan Gan

Pat's grandmother is 104! She looks so good and she looks so young! We saw her this weekend and what a blessing she was to us. Gan Gan is full Czech and came over on a boat when she was a child. Below Bubba is helping her drink her coffee. Sis had just finished feeding her cake! Her roommate Elsie, who is 78, was a real treat too!

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Yep! The dust is so thick on my desk that I could write your initials in it!

Oh I am not complaining, I am really not! But it is so crazy around here. All of my calls from friends and family begin with "I know that you are super busy, but....". I am not too busy for my friends and families, so stop that! My precious husband was cleaning house when I got home from church late on Sunday morning! He will get his wife back on Sunday! You are a peach, Pat!
My blogger friend, Jillian at Jillian Inc. begged her fellow blogger friends to remove our pumpkins and scarecrows from the front porch as soon as possible, so I went out immediately and removed them. Thanks for the push, Jillian! But, there is still not a Christmas wreath, stocking or tree to be found around here, yet!

Does he look guilty to you?

May I just rant and rave for a moment though? Cash, our lovely puppy, GOT THE RED INK GEL PEN AGAIN last week. I know, I know. It is the dog's fault the first time and mine the second. I just love journaling with my red gel ink pen. I lay it down by my chair in the office when I am done. I never dreamed he would do it again! So, I tried the hair spray (four bottles, Teresa) and the spots are now pink. I even cried while I did it! I was so frustrated. The carpet is ruined now. I hope Santa will bring me some wood flooring for Christmas! Santa, do you hear me?
Good news! I am so excited! Every child (364 total) that is attending the Promises Dinner Saturday will receive a bike!!!! This is a dream come true and a prayer I whispered a few weeks ago. I should have known that God heard me loud and clear! Thank you Lord! My friend, Lynn, as we speak is out shopping for each bike by size and gender. I can't wait to see those kiddos' faces Saturday! Great, complete, and wonderful chaos!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Giving God the Glory

"If we could hear the voice of God as we sit before Him, we would never cease praying. If we realized how much the sovereign Creator esteems our passion and leans forward to hear our vows to Him, our relentless search for significance would finally end." --Beth Moore

The message has stayed with me ever since I read this in Beth's Moore Stepping Up Bible study that I just finished this week. What a perfect word picture! The reason for this post is that I am preparing for tomorrow and I ran across her words again this morning. I have been asked to speak at a ladies' tea tomorrow at a church in a nearby town. I am so humbled and honored to be asked. I am excited because I get to share what God has done in our family in the past, and most recently sharing God's miracles and answer to prayer in Pat's recent journey the past six months. It is a chance to give God all of the glory! Yes, I am nervous, but I am depending on prayer again! Thank you prayer warrior friends who have been praying for me the past two weeks.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Can We Trade Places, Please!

Posted by PicasaI am pooped! You want to trade places with me "Revolt"?
When I went to Colorado I got to meet Dana and Greg's cat, Revolt! This is how he sits around everyday. We thought he would enjoy a DP while changing the TV with his remote!

The Great Hunter

Here is a picture of Pat and his 11-point buck he shot the weekend before Thanksgiving. We are currently enjoying Bubba's deer albeit deer jerky, bacon and summer sausage! I guess it is more deer for the freezer!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

G in Action

The above are pictures of G's second game of the season, but I missed the first game because I was in Colorado. I have to give our friend, Tim, credit again for these great pictures. It would take me about 50 pictures to get one good shot. I love basketball season. We have a whole weekend of it coming up! Go Cougars!

Promises Christmas Video 2007

Below is a video from last year's Promises Community Christmas! Those smiling faces say it all!
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All of the RSVP's are in and we are expecting 622 people to attend the big event on the 13th! 352 children!

Christmas Get To Know Me

I took the challenge from Leah at South Breeze Farm

Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Gift bags

Some of both Real or Artificial tree?

When do you put up the tree?
Sometime the week after Thanksgiving

When do you take the tree down?
The tradition when Pat was growing up was to wait until after New Year's Eve since that is his birthday, but I can't wait that long anymore!

You like eggnog?
Yes I do!

Favorite gift received as a child?
I don't remember.

Hardest person to buy for?

Easiest person to buy for?
Elizabeth or Laura

Do you have a nativity scene?
Use to

Mail or email Christmas cards?

Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A plain $2.00 spiral that she called a "journal"

Favorite Christmas movie?
Don't really watch them

When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usually right after Thanksgiving, although I did buy some a few weeks ago.

Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Anything sweet!

Lights on the tree?
Yes - white

Favorite Christmas song?
Carol of The Bells

Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Both this year

Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?
Yes and Oliver too! (You know, "Olive the Other Reindeer"

Angel on the tree top or a star?

Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Long lines and traffic

Favorite ornament theme or color?
All of the ornaments my mom has given me each year since my birth

Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Still like turkey!

What do you want for Christmas this year?
Money can't buy what I want!

Favorite thing about Christmas?
Promises Christmas Dinner, and when the five of us sit go to the Christmas Eve service every year!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Like the Change?

I am trying to get in to the holiday spirit by first changing my blog to a Christmas layout. If you know me at all, I love change! Christmas music on the radio also helps me get into the Christmas spirit. I only wish my tree and decorations were up. This has been a great Thanksgiving weekend and now I am ready to tackle the busy, busy week ahead. I finally finished the paperwork on the late additions of approximately 50 children attending the Promises Christmas event, and I need to get those kiddos adopted between now and Sunday. Tuesday I am accompanying my Pastor, Mike, to the Kiwanis luncheon. He has asked me to speak for a few minutes about the upcoming Promises Community Christmas event and I will show a two minute video.
Pat will have another endoscopy done on Thursday just as a follow up. By the way, I want to share with you what Dr, Dave's reply was when Pat asked him when his follow-ups should be in the future. Dr. Dave replied that he didn't know. He has never had a patient that has caught esophageal cancer as early as Pat did! That is another reminder again of God's miracles!
Have a great week!

Jeremy Camp

Thanks to our friends, Marnie and Michael, Pat and I were able to join them for Jeremy Camp's concert Monday night. It was a fan appreciation free concert that was held in a church in the metroplex. I enjoyed it the concert because it felt intimate and not very crowded. This was my third time see him in concert. His new album was dropping the next day, so we were able to hear his new songs! Thanks Marnie and Michae! What a treat!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

My sis and her family with their goats! I had to get a picture of them when they were running them Thanksgiving morning! So dedicated!

My nephew Kelton and their new puppy Lindy

(named after an OU football player)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Our family has so much to be thankful for. It has been one challenging year, but blessings have been abundant, and God has had such a presence in our lives. I am so thankful for you, our friends and family that carried us this year through your love, encouragement and prayers. Today I am in Oklahoma with my family and we have had a great time. I certainly have eaten all the things I love and usually feel guilty about (like the left over rolls with tons of butter I just polished off!) The food was so good and I can't wait to eat leftovers tomorrow, especially pie! Pat and the kids went back home a few hours ago. Gosh, that is hard seeing your family leave without you. Bubba and Sis have to work early in the morning, so they had to scoot back home. I am going to stay a little longer to hang out with Mom and Dad. Kelly and her family is here as well. I hope that your day was special!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Am Up To Late For Me!

This is a late post for me, but I am churning out labels after labels so that I can have about 210 kids (so far) adopted by Sunday morning for the Promises Christmas Event. Each child gets a gift with clothes and another gift is their toy wishes so labels have to be made. I also did a couple of floral arrangements for the Christian Women's Job Corp's graduation ceremony for tonight. So, I have been at the church for most of the day and then drove over to G's basketball game by 7:00 p.m. Whew! It was a close game and we got beat by one point. Hubby is out of town, so I usually stay up late while he is gone. Cash is moping around here looking for him. What I keep thinking about is his hair that is on the floor and needs to be swept. I will get to that tomorrow morning, first thing!

Nite, Nite!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

God Is So Good!

Again, we come before you God and say thank you! Pat had a CT and blood work done last week and we just returned from seeing his oncologist, Dr. Ross, to get the results. Everything is clear! When the first test was run in June they found lesions on the liver. So, this test was done to check that out and also see how his rearranged stomach is doing! Dr. Ross was quite pleased and needless to say, we are so excited!


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Red Ink and Snow

See that nice red, pen. I had one just like it that I use every morning to journal. Now that ink from the pen is all over the carpet in the middle of the living room floor. I know you know who did it! Cash! Thursday, I was packing and preparing to leave for Denver. I was trying to have the house all picked up and looking nice before I left. I heard the quiet and went to check on Cash. It was all over the carpet. It was also all over his feet. I had to pick him up and carry him to his kennel. OMG! I couldn't believe it and I worked on those spots for two hours. I immediately got on the Internet to get instructions on red ink on the carpet. The first web site said use alcohol. The second website said use OxyClean. The third site Dawn....fourth baking power..etc. I called my sister and she said try milk. Nothing was working and I had to finish packing and get out the door. Not to mention that I had to get soapy water and clean Cash's feet. My good friend, Marnie, said she had a bottle of magic that might just fix it. It is not gone yet, but getting pinker. Thanks so much Marnie! Cash better be glad that I love him!
I got back a few hours ago from Denver! Friday they had their first snow and it was beautiful! We were about 30 minutes out of Denver in Parker. My sister, Kelly, and I had a really good time with Dana and Greg. Dana had a very long list for me and we hit it Friday morning! We picked out paint colors, flooring, lighting, rugs, bedding, bought decor items, etc. I also did a few floral arrangements last night. We finished last night about 1:30 a.m. I am tired, but I cherish the time with Kelly and thankful for the opportunity to spend a long weekend with her. It is nice to be home and I would like to think it is a good time for the guys at home to miss me and appreciate me!
I hated missing G's game Thursday, but Dad and Bubba were there to cheer him on. I asked them to be obnoxious for me, but they said no! G's team won! Can't wait until next Thursday!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No Good-byes, Just See Ya Later

You know, I have been married 24 years and you think saying good-bye would be easier when I leave hubby, but it is not! Why? I am leaving tomorrow for Colorado to do a decorating job. My sister, Kelly, is going with me because it is her sister-in-law. We have been trying to get this trip in now for about nine months. I am excited to spend some one-on-one time with my sis and this will be the first time we have actually taken a trip together. I know...that is sad. Dana, her sister-in-law, has a huge list and we will be running around like crazy fools. Love that though. I love to shop and would rather use her money instead of mine! Pat has to go out of town tonight for a board meeting, so our paths will not cross until Sunday. I am trying to make it easy for him while I am gone. I am actually trying to think ahead of what he might need while the "mom" is gone. I will make sure the dishwasher is ready to be loaded and the house is picked up with groceries stocked. I will make sure that the boys are all lined out in what they have going on. I will rely on Bubba to cart G around! That guilt creeps in when I leave and I know that shouldn't happen, but it does. I have always had a hard time telling my kids good-bye when I travel or gone for an extended stay. Well, now that I think of it, I don't even like it when I go to the ranch without them. Well, I better get to that "to do" list as it keeps getting longer. Say a prayer for them and me!


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Another Miracle

Do you remember Joe? To read more details about him click here. Joe is the man who had the same surgery in September as Pat did to remove his esophageal cancer and I asked for you to pray for him. I saw another miracle today because Joe was baptized this morning! As I stood in church this morning with his daughter, Sherri, along with her husband and two small children as he was being baptized, I just cried! I was so thankful that Joe received the great gift of salvation and I was able to witness this amazing transformation. Joe was such a sick man in September and I wondered at the time if he would make it through. He was in the hospital over two weeks as he had to have the same surgery again to repair a leak in his esophagus. I am reminded again today that God is still the God of Miracles and he allowed me now to witness two. "Thank you, Lord, for your healing hand upon Joe and through his painful journey he found you! May you continue to pour your love and blessings upon Joe as he walks hand in hand with you each day". Amen

Click Here Please

Follow Kat's suggestion and visit the Animal Rescue Site as they are having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes about 20 seconds to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals' for free. It's easy too. Click here

She also says that when you click on this or on the breast cancer widget, you can do both at the same time by just following the tabs across the top of the page.

I did it. It is easy!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Summit

I was asked to join our church summit which was strategic planning for the church's future and goals for the next five years. It was held Thursday from 12:00 to 8:00 pm and today from 8:00 to 3:00 pm. I would describe the summit as fascinating as I have never been part of a planning committee such as this. To put 27 people in one room (all different ages) and throw out our ideas of strengths, weaknesses, mission statement, core beliefs, etc., you would be amazed of how much you can accomplish with an experienced leader in strategic planning. Whew! My brain is mush!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Crazy ADD Mom

It is crazy this time of year! This time of year I have to stay focused. I do a lot of fretting and praying! I ask God to keep my ADD intact. It is not unusual for Pat to come home and the laundry is not finished and there are no groceries. The floor may have been swept, but the piles of dirt have not been picked up and put in the trash. The car may look like I have lived in it for days. The vacuum cleaner just might be in front of the back door because Cash was chewing G's football gloves so I scolded him and sent him outside. This time of year is when you hear me say "Your on your own for dinner!". Yesterday my sister calls me and says that Dad asked "Is Paige stressed?" Well, maybe! is for a good cause! I am in the middle of planning this Christmas dinner for 500. This is only temporary insanity and I love it that my family is patient with me. I love it that they enjoy this event as much as I do and only gripe a little when it is peanut butter and jelly for dinner. I love you, my little family, for putting up with me!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Football Comes to An End

No. 1 is my boy!

G had his last football game as an eighth grader tonight. They had a good season and it went by so fast! He twisted his ankle during the game, so he is limping around tonight. He is ready for basketball season to start and that is my favorite sport! Can't wait! Go Cougars!

Bubba The Hunter

Can you see the ground blind?
Bubba shot an 8 point this weekend! Just wish I didn't have to see the tongue. He and his dad started gutting it after the ball game Saturday night (TX and TX Tech) and they didn't return from the processor until 1:30 a.m. in the morning. That is dedication if you ask me! Just remember...don't ask me to go hunting. You get up too early and I will be cold. I did try shooting skeet with Bubba this weekend, but didn't do good at all and the gun kicked a little. I have a long ways to go to be a good shooter. They will probably not have the patience for me to learn anyway! Oh well...anyone seen my book?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Go Vote!

I stole this video from Kat's blog, because it is too cute! Take his advice...go vote!

Passing Encouragement On To You!

I have been blogging now for over a year and it is truly one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy reading about other people's lives as well and have met the most amazing women. Most of the blogger friends that I have out there are truly Believers who love the Lord and are not ashamed to testify. During Pat's journey, I received many emails and comments from bloggers I didn't even know, but were praying for our family. Please take a minute to click here and visit Melissa at Stretch Marks. She encouraged and blessed me this morning and I want to pass it along to you. I think she says it best!

Have a blessed day!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Meet "Weenie"

"Weenie" is about 15 hours old here.

Pat and I arrived late afternoon in Hico Friday night and discovered that one of the cows was ready to give birth. I have been around cattle my whole life, but I have never seen an actual birth. I have assisted in pulling a calf which is forcing the calf to be born by pulling it...I know it is gross, but it saves their lives most of the time. Anyway, I jumped on the four-wheeler to go watch. I found her, poor thing, in the pasture and she was not comfortable. She would getting up and down repeatedly. I could see that the baby calf's hooves were showing, but she wasn't ready yet. It got dark so I put the lights on her. She finally layed down. I was texting Pat back and forth. I wanted to make sure that she was not in trouble because she was not progressing very fast. Pat said to come and get him. Did you know that she had that baby while I was gone for ten minutes. When we rode back out there, the mama had already cleaned the calf. I was so mad. Pat did point out that she probably was waiting on me to leave! The little bull calf, pictured above, was precious. Since he was born on Halloween, I named him "Weenie". Bubba and I got to pet him the next day. I was so proud of that mama and she didn't even have a choice of an epidural! Birthing is certainly a miracle!

2008 Promises Community Christmas

This picture taken in 2007

Thursday afternoon I mailed 600 invitations for the 2008 Promises Community Christmas and a day ahead of schedule! This was due to my Wednesday night Bible Study friends who helped me stuff and put labels on the envelopes. Thank you girls! This is my fifth year to be the Event Coordinator for this wonderful event sponsored by my church. Many of you have heard me talk about it in the past. If you would like to know more about this huge party, you can read about it in my church's newsletter in which I was interviewed. To read the article click here (page 3). As I mentioned in the newsletter, this event is the most important part of my family's Christmas. We look forward to it every year and we leave there feeling blessed! Many volunteers are needed to make this dinner possible and I am grateful for each one!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Giving Thanks Challenge

In honor of the month of November and the upcoming holiday, Thankgiving, I invite you to join me for the 2nd Annual Giving Thanks Challenge! All you have to do is post one thing you're thankful for each day somewhere on your blog. It doesn't even have to be an actual thought-out post. Just start making a list on your sidebar - somewhere you can see it every day to encourage an attitude of thankfulness. Want to is how: Grab the button. Copy the code under the button in my sidebar and paste it into an HTML Java Script element on your own sidebar to let all your friends know you're joining in. This is a great way to encourage your own readers to begin as well - to develop a more thankful heart. It doesn't matter if you start now, November 1st, or sometime mid-month. It's never too late to thank God for His many blessings!