Sunday, June 20, 2010

I'm a Story From The ShoeBox

My friend, Adrienne, posted my recent accomplishment on her blog.  It's not a huge accomplishment, but my husband is so proud, he's now on his own quest to save money!  Check it out here

Happy Father's Day!

Monday, May 24, 2010

I need to be organized, but like it to be pretty

I've been in a crafting and organizing mood lately. I carry a fairly organized purse and often carry a tote bag with some essentials that I can swap out as needed.  There are some examples that I was able to "prettify" with a single quilt square of fabric and a little ribbon.  Clockwise from the top: baby wipe case, 1/2 size binder from Target), embellished file folders, and coupon organizer.
My next goal is make a biby item organizer bag (before my second grandson is born) and to organize a weekday pocket, weekend pocket, and a travel pocket that I can interchange in the same tote.  

I admit that the craft room/ home office/laundry/mud room is out of control.  It's not been easy to design a space where I can craft in peace.  That may be a good project for the hottest days of the summer when I'm stuck in the cool house.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I love my kids

Mother's Day this year was bittersweet.  You see, our son and his fiancee were both out of town and our youngest has just gotten married and left the nest.  We are so blessed to have our two children and the their sweet loved ones now part of our family, but it sure was quiet around the house Mother's Day morning.  I returned form church to a multitude of texts and had a nice lunch with family including my parents, daughter and new son-in-law.  It was a very good day, just not the same as when they were little.
Time flies so fast.  
To those of you with little ones I have this advice; love them with everything in you, teach them the way the should go, encourage their childhood dreams, let them make mistakes, pray that they learn from them, and let them go.

Our son, Tony, and daughter, Emily on her wedding day.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Loquat Jam

My mother has two Loquat trees.  She named them after the boy who lived next door and planted them between the houses.  She calls the one closest to her house her "Jacob Tree".  We've never done a thing with these fruits in the 4-5 years that they've grew there.

This year, determined not to let them go to waste, I decided to try to make jam for the first time.
The process wasn't hard at all!
  • Easily peel, seed, and dice 5 cups of the Loquats
  • While cutting, mix in the juice of a fresh juice of a lemon
  • I sterilized 8 six ounce jars and lids
  • Cook the fruit with about 1/8 cup water
  • Once softened, bring to a boil and add 1/2 tsp. of butter 
  • When the fruit is at ta rolling boil, add the Sure-gel and continue to boil
  • Add 7 cups of sugar and bring it to a rolling boil for one full minute.
  • Ladle the jam in to the hot jars, cap them, and give the jars a simmering water bath for 10 minutes.  
  • What a cool thing to hear the jars ping as they cool and seal!
 This was a great way to spend a couple hours on Mother's day.  i can't wait to share it with the people I love.  I only wish I could carry it on the plane to Dallas next month to share it with my twin sis.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bearing Fruit

We've spied the very first fruit from our Lake Emerald grapes!

Our daughter & new son in law have a puppy

She's a beauty and so smart.  Her name is Cambria.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Wedding Shower

 When a young woman gets married, it's so fun to shower her with gifts.  My twin sister and her dauhter, Sasha, threw a chic and fun shower after just flying into town the day before. The beautiful bride is my daughter.  She's moved into her first home with her new husband and the girl needed everything!  She was tickled to death by all the gifts.
You'll have to guess which grandmother goosed the bride in this picture. Insanity is contagious in our family, we get it from our kids.

I'm back after Cuba and a Wedding!

Life has been busy, but wonderful.  so wonderful that it's been hard to find time to jot everything down.  I recently got a fantastic opportunity to visit our sister church in Holguin Province, Cuba.  I had been praying for this since last August when we applied for our visa.  Many visa have been denied prior to and after my visit, but miraculously the doors were opened for our small caravan.  I have so much to tell you about Cuba and the wonderful people.  I will be posting a blog or two about the trip on my other blog, Letters for Posterity very soon.

A week ago, my husband walked our little girl, Emily, down the isle to her sweetheart of 4 years.  They are both 21 and gorgeous.  TJ, our new son, could hardly contain his emotion as she approached.  Emily and I had been working diligently on all the details to make this day perfect.  At that moment, none of that mattered any more.  It appears that all the guys that stood up with TJ including his brothers and our son, Tony, were all moved to tears.
The day flew by, but the entire week held lots of laughs, dancing, and some wonderful moments that I'll cherish forever. 
If you'd like to see more photos, the photographer has posted the engagement photos and a few teaser wedding photos on her blog.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I have the awesome opportunity to visit Holguin, Cuba for a eight days.  This plan has been in the making for four years.  We apploe for our visa in August 2009.  
I leave tomorrow.  I'll be blogging about the trip when I return on my other blog Letters for Posterity
Until then, AdiĆ³s a mis amigos!

I'm a guest blogger on Little Steps of Faith

My friend, Angie, asked my to be part of her 30 Days of Faith. Here's my guest blog.  She's to kind and she's right; we do talk about everything that come to mind.  She's a great listener, too.

Friday, February 5, 2010

I just love him a bushel and a peck

I love you a bushel and peck
A bushel and peck and a hug around the neck
A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap
A barrel and a heap and I'm talking in my sleep
About you, about you

Cause I love you a bushel and a peck
You bet your pretty neck, I do
Doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle oo
I love you a bushel and peck
A bushel and peck though you make my heart a wreck
Make my heart a wreck and you make my life a mess
Make my life a mess, yes
A mess of happiness
About you, about you

Cause I love you a bushel and a peck
You bet your pretty neck, I do
Doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle oo
I love you a bushel and peck
A bushel and peck and it beats me all to heck
Beats me all to heck and I'll never tend the farm
Never tend the farm when I wanna keep my arm
About you, about you
I love you a bushel and a peck
You bet your pretty neck, I do
Doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle oo

My dad used to sing this to us as kids and I know why now. I just love this little one so much!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mother of the Bride

As mother of the bride, I'm feeling the pressure of pulling all my daughter,s wishes and dream together within a budget. She has a wonderful sense of style and it's been fun seeing all of her ideas come together.

We have our first eggs!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wedding Preparations

Today was the most productive wedding planning day so far.  My Mom and I washed all of Emily's heirloom china to give it to the caterer for the head table.  We "tea dyed" her bright white veil to ivory so will will match her dress.  We shopped for more shower announcements and tested out the centerpiece plans.
I was doing great until I started writing out the registry cards.  As I sat in the quiet writing her name over and over I felt as if I were sitting in my hospital bed on May 3, 1988, writing out her birth announcements again.  That evening, I was so completely happy we had a little girl that I couldn't sleep.  I wanted to announce it to the world.  I looking forward to all the pink and sparkle.  Emily didn't disappoint.  She is the essence of pink and sparkle.  My eyes well up every time I think about how quickly my tiny baby girl grew into a beautiful, compassionate, funny, self confident, woman.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My 2010 Resolution

My twin sister is one of the greatest people I know, and as much as it may sound like I'm complimenting myself in some way, that can't be further from the truth.  We may look alike, but we're very different.  We love each other for our differences.  She inspired me by her post.

So here is my 2010 resolution:

I resolve to be content not to have to figure everything out.  I will be content not to have a reason for everything that happens or be too obsessed with why things don't happen the way I think it should.

It is a requirement of my faith that I meditate on things and learn, but that I do not lean on my own understanding, but instead have faith.

I have to give credit to the person who delivered this message to me today.  She is a very smart lady, Joyce Meyer, I'm grateful for her insight and that I was able to grow past the fact that I have trouble listening to her accent and her voice.  

Trust in the Lord with all your heart  and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 
 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.     Proverbs 3:5-8

I hope you've been inspired, also, to set a new goal for yourself.  I recently heard Francis Chan call the new year a sort of "restart".  Time to get off the starting line.