Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Book “Opinion”

I say opinion, because I don’t feel qualified to “review” a book.  I do however, know what I like and want to share with you.  That’s what blogging is all about, right?

A good friend and teacher loaned me this book last week.

the help

I soooo need a blog photographer, this pic is so pathetic.  The book doesn’t really bow up like that at the top.  I hate to admit it, but I put the book on my bathtub to get this shot.  Oh Nikon D5000 where are you?…………………….enough of that.

About the book.   It is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s.  “The Help”, refers to the “Nigra”maids (her words, not mine) that work in the “white folks’” households.  Most of their families  have done this for generations, from slavery to domestics.  The main character wants to be a writer and decides she wants to interview “the Help”, but it has to be anonymous.  It is dangerous for the Help to talk, but she gets them to.  

The book is realistic, but still entertaining and a good read.  I was going to tell you ALL about it, but changed my mind.  Read it for yourself; you’ll be glad you did.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Additional Blog!!

I've started a recipe blog.  As I mentioned in this post, Tom and I were on a Daniel Fast back in January.  This started a new way of eating for us.  We don't eat this way ALL the time, but we do the majority of the time.  Okay, sometimes I go several days in a row not eating healthy.  Like everything else that is good for me, it is a battle.  I am a work in progress and I am getting it right more times than I am getting it wrong.  God hasn't given up on me and I won't either. 

I hope you will check out the recipe blog, "Everyday Healthy".  I think it is a vital tool to keep myself eating healthy and I hope it will inspire you to eat healthier too!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Connected to Heaven

I have moments I know I am connected to Heaven.  I can’t see it, it’s something I know.  It’s something I can’t be talked out of.  God lives in me and He loves through me.  His love is unstoppable.  His love is life changing and miraculous.  His love guarantees me that I will live in  Heaven after this earthly journey is finished.

Our earthly lives are the beginning of something greater.  What I do on earth affects eternity.  Do I live  like it does?  That is my prayer, that I live like I know I am affecting eternity.  My desire is to be so aware of the spiritual that I give no thought to myself.  The Creator of the Universe is concerned about me.  He bought me with a Price.  I have no right to my life. 

What will He have me do?  Can I do it?  Do I want to do it?

Roman’s 8:6-8

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

These words seem harsh, but they are not.  We are spirits and can be spiritually minded.   God has only good things planned for us. We can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens us.

I say, “Yes Lord.”

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Graduation 2010

I’m not wanting to write this post.  I’ve been humming along nicely since graduation.  I don’t want to relive  the emotions that are tied to this celebration. 

There were a little over 200 graduates in Peyton’s class(237, I think).  As Tom and I were waiting for the ceremony to begin, we could see some of the graduates milling in the crowd.  There were several wearing their Peyton buttons.  I was surprised and thrilled.  Here are some pics of some of the grads wearing their buttons : )

This is a picture of the button.


I saw someone wearing this button too.

 button pic

We love her.



Diploma Burke Diploma Brock 

Steven & Lindsey


Megan & our Shepherd boy!!


The buttons would have been enough.  But that wasn’t all they did.  Peyton’s name was included in the valedictory speech.  It was said,(I am paraphrasing, don’t remember it word for word) “in middle school we had so much confidence in our abilities and believed we could do anything.  Peyton never lost that”…….I went into a little shock when I heard his name and I don’t remember everything that was said.  There were clips shown of his friends saying something about Peyton.  We are getting a copy of the DVD.  I was hoping to have it to post on the blog, but decided to post without it.  I am ready to watch it again so I don’t miss anything!!  We were so honored that they thought Peyton should be included.  There were no adults prompting them or making these decisions for them.  When they asked the principal at graduation practice if they could wear the button, he said he wished he had one to wear.  He had one on graduation night.

This post was not hard to write or hard to get through.  It was hard to start. Writing this post feels like the end.  I’m a little afraid the kids won’t be around as much and maybe the memories of Peyton won’t be as fresh and funny for them.  Graduation is in so many ways a final chapter.  Not the end of our book, but definitely the end of a chapter.  It is the natural way of things.  People grow and move on, but I know they will carry Peyton with them always.  Thank you Class of 2010, you have been a source of joy for us.  We love you and wish you blessings and much success.

I couldn’t write this post without mentioning these people!!

Us & the Peanuts

The Peanuts have been a ginormous blessing.  They are great friends.  They share their kids and granddaughter with us.  Thanks for everything.