Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I just got home from church.  The message that was preached confirmed some wonderful things I have been learning from the Lord.  The things I am going to tell you may seem small, but to me they are huge.  They are life lessons that have taken me forty some odd years to “get”.  God never gives up on us!!!

My Christmas decorations are 85% put away.  Any other year, I would have had them down, put up, and the whole house totally in order the day after Christmas.  This year, I am resting in the Lord.  Resting in the fact that He loves me unconditionally.  Having my house in order does not make me more loveable or a better person.  It isn’t the act of putting away or not putting away the Christmas stuff that was wrong for me.  It was my motivation for getting it done.  If I didn’t have it done, I would be stressed and think less of myself.  I don’t have to perform for God’s love!!  That is a freeing revelation!!!  This is rest.

I do not have my grocery list for our healthy eating plan written down.  I don’t even have “the Plan”.  This is laughable to me.  So many years I have made my own plan and tried to make changes on my own.  For me, God is not giving me an overall plan.  It will be a day to day, maybe even meal to meal, leading of the Holy Spirit.  Oh my humanity (flesh) wants to plan it, sweat over it, write it down and have it all neat and tidy.  God wants me to listen for his direction.  It’s a new way for me.  God’s way ALWAYS LEADS TO VICTORY.  This is rest

Some friends of mine have problems.  I cannot solve them.  I want to give them ultimatums and tangible steps for them to take to “fix” their troubles.  This is not what is going to happen.  I will be praying for them and God will lead me.  Maybe there will be a time to tell them something specific.  Maybe I will be praying for Him to send someone else to help them.  I don’t know, and I am okay with that.  This is rest.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know my relationship with God is very real to me.  I hope you have a relationship with your Creator.  If you don’t, ask Him to come into your life.  Ask Him to be your Savior.  Then find a church that preaches the Word of God and attend it regularly.  He will become real to you too and you can have rest, no matter if your Christmas decorations are put up or not.

Thanks for reading : )

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Craftiness

I couldn’t post these until now because I was giving them as Christmas presents.  They are magnetic bulletin boards. 

I found some frames at A to Z, it is a huge store on each side of 71 hwy that has every imaginable kind of junk cheap stuff.  Tom painted the frames for me and cut the metal.  I covered the metal with fabric and made the magnets.  The girls I gave these to for Christmas like them!! 

Each board had matching magnets.  They were made from “gems” that you would put in vases, than I glued the matching fabric to them and then the magnet on the back.  I am happy with the way they turned out.  It was fun picking out the material for each person I was making the boards for.

I got this idea from Pinterest.  You should check it out if you haven’t already. Smile


Thanks for reading : )

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I’m on a Mission

I’ve been having problems with my bath towels smelling……….not good.  I knew my front load washer was the culprit.  It has been the strangest experience.  My washer didn’t smell; the towels didn’t smell when I got them out of the washer to put in the dryer.  They didn’t smell until we got them wet again, (i.e. when we were using them to dry off).  I was beginning to think I was losing my mind a little.  It seems a lot of other people have had the same problem.  I’ve read about it on the internet.   I can’t be positive, but I think my problem started after I had been using liquid detergent in my machine for a few months.  Before that, I had always used powder.

So I have been on a quest to remedy this problem. First I ran baking soda and vinegar through the machine.  It seemed to do the trick for awhile, then the smell was back.  So periodically, I would put some baking soda in with the towels before washing.  That helped a lot.

I found a recipe for homemade laundry detergent online.  I bought some of the ingredients, but never followed through and made it.  I found a second recipe that sounded better to me.  I mixed it up and have been using it for almost 3 weeks.  My towels are great Smile.  The true test of its cleaning power was a pair of very dirty white socks; they came out bright white with one washing!!

This is my current mission…………….to tell EVERYONE I know about this wonderful detergent.  Here is the recipe.

1 large box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda  (when I say large, it is about the same size as the next item listed)

1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 box of Mule Team Borax

3 BARS of Fels Naptha laundry soap

1 tub OxyClean. (I used the store brand. It’s half the price)


You have to grate the Fels Naptha with a cheese grater or food processor, then mix all the ingredients together.  I used a trash bag inside of a trash can to get it all mixed.  This makes a LARGE amount of soap.

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I bought this storage jar at Walmart for $10.  I took the picture with the Shout to show you the size.  The small scoop sitting on top of the Shout can came from the Oxyclean tub. YOU CAN DO A FULL LOAD OF LAUNDRY WITH 2 SCOOPS!!!!  From what I have read, I should be able to get a YEAR’S worth of laundry from this batch of soap (if I quit giving away samples of it for my friends to try Smile).

The ingredients cost around $14.50.  You can’t beat that.

I’ve also learned that you can put white vinegar in your fabric softener dispenser and forgo fabric softener all together.  I use the vinegar once in awhile, but I still use fabric softener sheets in the dryer.

Hope you try it and save a ton of $$$!!!

It is safe for front load and top load machines.

I know this hasn’t been riveting reading, but I hope it helps someone.

Thanks for reading and Happy Washing (and saving $$)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Perfect Example

of God’s love.

of God’s promise of a good future.

of Hope.

of Joy.

of Healing.

of His blessing.

Tom & Isaiah Nov 12 2011

When I saw this picture for the first time, it brought tears.  Not because it is a sad picture, but because it represents all the things I mentioned above.

God has promised us good things and this picture shows me……………….. I am surrounded.

Thank you Lord, and thank you Jake for taking this amazing photo of Tom and your son.

Thanks for reading : )

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Stuff

The first new thing I want to tell you about is my laptop.  I’m typing away on it right now Smile  My office cycles out used equipment periodically and I was fortunate to have my name drawn for one of the laptops.  I am enjoying it very much.

Pinterest.  Heard of it?  It is very cool.  It’s like having everything listed on your “favorites” on your tool bar, pinned to a bulletin board.  You can see stuff your friends like and they can see what you like.  Click on the pics and it takes you to the website that gives you the DIY instructions, recipe, or where to buy stuff.  There are other things too, but this is how I use it for now.  I’m still fairly new to it.

Crafting – OMGoodness, I do not consider myself to be crafty/creative.  I can make something look decent, but I’m not one of those talented people that sees something and thinks “oh, I could make so and so out of that”.  But, I have gotten my craft on here lately.  I can’t show you what I’ve been up to, because some of them are Christmas presents.  However, I can show these.  They are my favorite little guys’ handprints on Christmas ornaments.  Would make great gifts for kids to make at school/church for their parents.





My favorite creative medium is food and I am focusing a lot on that this Christmas season.  I’m giving a couple of homemade food items this year.  The holiday season at the Jackson house will be Merry & Bright.  Yes, we miss our boy so much and there will be tears.  But we know that Peyton is with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords…………..can’t wait for our reunion. 

I haven’t written much about keeping focused lately.  The battle isn’t as hard.  We’ve been trained and we are strong.  If we don’t quit………….we WIN!!!!!!

Be Thankful and enjoy your families, and thanks for reading Smile

Monday, October 24, 2011


I know the title has you wondering.  I posted yesterday that I had a Peyton story about this gun.

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When Peyton was 13 or 14, we went to Tulsa for a shopping trip.  One of Peyton’s goals for the day was to talk me into taking him to Hooters, you know, the restaurant with the exquisite cuisine and modestly dressed waitresses.  It wasn’t happening.

The grandpa of the people we were with, had a booth set up at the gun show in Tulsa.  We dropped the boys off for a couple of hours.  It was a reprieve for all of us.  When we picked them up, Peyton had purchased this .22 pistol from the grandpa.  He gave him a really good deal on it Smile.

Here’s a closer look at the handle.

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Do you see that emblem???  It’s an owl.  Peyton called this gun his Hooters pistol.  Dang kid.

Hope this made you smile.  I am.

Thanks for reading : )


Sunday, October 23, 2011

2nd Annual PDJ “Let ‘Em Have It” Shootout

We had the shootout yesterday and it was a success.  Several competitors, lots of friends & some good food made it a great day.

As people were eating and visiting, I heard Peyton’s name brought up several times.  Makes me smile.  I am thankful Peyton’s friends are comfortable talking about him.  During these (almost) 4 years, I hope Tom & I have conveyed the fact that leaving this earth does not mean the end.  It is the next step of our eternal journey.   It is so important to talk about people who have gone to Heaven before us.  They are part of our past, but more importantly they are in our future.

On a side note:  God is in the details.

A few days ago, I was thinking about the pictures I wanted to take at the shootout.  I wanted one of all the cars parked in front of the house.  I then thought about how difficult it is to take pictures and visit with everyone.  God provided the answer to my dilemma and He fulfilled it with excellence.  I did take a few pictures, but Jake took the majority of them and he did an exceptional job, including the one of the front of the house …….that I didn’t even ask for……God is good like that.

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Here are some more pictures.  Evidence of a good time.

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I’ve got a Peyton story about this gun.  I’ll share it tomorrow.

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Thanks for reading Smile

Friday, October 21, 2011

Catch up Post

I’ve looked over my last few blog posts and wondered what I have been doing since the last time I posted.  I’ve been living life.

I’ve baked, cleaned, worked, cooked some great soups, had people over for dinner, etc.  Life in the Jackson world is good and blessed.

I recently got a promotion at work.  It has been a small rollercoaster with people adjusting to the changes, but has turned out right and I am excited.  This new position will stretch me right out of my comfort zone and I AM NOT NERVOUS!!  I know God is with me and He enables me to do what I cannot do.  That excites me even more than the actual promotion.  God is good like that. : )

Tomorrow is Peyton’s 20th birthday.  Tom & I went to the cemetery today and changed out the floral arrangement.  We have several of these stored in our attic from Peyton’s home going service.  The one Tom chose has a cowboy boot and deer antlers in it.  I don’t even remember seeing it before.  It’s weird the things that stick in my mind about that time and the things that don’t.

We are having the 2nd Annual PDJ “Let ‘Em Have It” Shootout tomorrow.  We’re hoping for a big turnout.  I’ll post pics after the event.

Thanks for reading : )

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Another “Coincidence”?

On this blog, I hope I stress the fact that God loves us so much.  He shows us everyday and if we will pay attention, we will see it.

This is an obvious example of His love for us.

A friend of Peyton’s (& ours) was having a bad day.  She pulled up behind a white Dodge pick-up at a stop light.  She took a picture of what she saw.  It made her day better : )

Baseball sticker in window

Baseball was Peyton’s sport of choice while growing up……………7 was his number ………and he drove a white Dodge pick up.  We never had stickers made like this and don’t know who these people are, but God knows. 

He wanted to tell her He loves her and He cares about every aspect of her life.

He loves and cares about you too!!!!

Thanks for reading : ) 

p.s. This wasn’t coincidence.


A group of us from church went to see Courageous.  I knew it was a Christian movie, but didn’t know much else about it. 

It took me by surprise. 

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so I won’t say much, but there was lots of laughing and crying going on in the audience.

I’ve seen Fireproof.  The message in it is good, but my opinion of the acting………not so good.  This show is much better in the acting department.

Have any of you seen it??  What did you think?


Check out the trailer on YouTube.  I couldn’t get it to embed in this post for some reason, so I settled for the movie poster.


Thanks for reading : )

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Baking Post #1

Side note:   I just downloaded LiveWriter 2011.  The program has been asking me to for months, but I didn’t want to take the time.  I’ll let you know how it goes after a few posts.
The cooler temps we are finally experiencing have awakened the baker in me.  Since I’ve been so lax about posting, I thought I would post the recipes I have been baking on the weekends.  I made these cookies last weekend.  I just decided to blog about them, so there’s no picture of the finished product.
These cookies have a great texture.  Oatmeal cookies with a little twist. I gave a sample to a lady and told her it was like holding autumn in your hand! I hope you try them
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 (1 stick) plus 6 Tblspns butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. orange extract
1 tsp. molasses
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
Heat oven to 350.  Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon & salt.  Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy.  Beat in eggs one at a time, thoroughly mixing after each addition.  Add vanilla, molasses and orange extract; beat well.  Add flour mixture, mix well.  Add oats and dried cranberries, mix well.
Drop by rounded tablespoons (I used a small scoop) onto foil lined baking sheets (I sprayed my with PAM)
Bake 10-13 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets before moving to cooling racks.
These cookies are really good made exactly by the recipe.  However, I think they would have been even better with a little more orange flavor, Maybe some orange zest?  I will definitely try the zest the next time I bake these.
I’m sure you could eliminate the molasses, but it gives them a deep flavor you don’t want to miss.
Thanks for reading Smile  (This emoticon is a feature of the updated LiveWriter.  I like it!)

Little Guys We Enjoy So Much

A few weeks ago, we had some fun times with our favorite boys.

Four Wheeler rides!!!

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Go faster Tom!!!

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Pure joy :)

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Ice Cream!!!!!

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Sharing :)

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We love these boys and their parents.  Their hugs are precious to us and we are grateful to have them in our lives.

Thanks for reading :)  (not so much reading this time, but thanks for looking)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I'm linked with another blog today that is sharing dip recipes.  I've made this one a couple of times and it's always a hit.

Chicken Enchilada Dip
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast cooked and shredded
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar mayonnaise
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile peppers
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced (optional)


  1. Place shredded chicken in a medium bowl, and mix in cream cheese, mayonnaise, Cheddar cheese, green chile peppers and jalapeno pepper. Transfer the chicken mixture to a medium baking dish.
  2. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

    Serve with tortilla chips.

    Make sure to check out the other links and great recipes : )

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Coincidence? I think not.

In my previous post, I said something about a special gift God gave me in the EXCEL class I was taking.

When I figured out that I needed an EXCEL class, I went to the internet and found one at our Adult Education Center.  It started THAT NIGHT.  I wasn’t sure I could sign up that late, but I called anyway.  I was told it would be fine to register a few minutes before the class. 

While driving over I was thinking about what it was going to be like walking into a room of strangers by myself.  I would have no one there that knew me or knew about Peyton.  I don’t think I have experienced that before.  You don’t know how well you are going to get to know someone in a classroom setting.  Would we have a chance to talk?  Would questions be asked about family situations?  If I was asked about how many children I had, would it be a downer for everyone who heard my answer? 

God graced me with courage.  I went in and sat down in front of a computer.  A few other people came into the classroom and then a lady I had met at church a couple of years ago, came into the class and sat down right beside me.  She looked at me and thought she should know me, but couldn’t place my face.  She asked if she knew me and I said yes and explained how we knew each other.

So I wasn’t in a room with a bunch of strangers.  Someone knew me and knew my story.  I’m not to the point where I am okay with people not knowing about Peyton.  I know that as I make new friends, of course I will tell them about my son.  But for a casual acquaintance, I need to be okay with them not knowing.  I will get there someday, but I didn’t have to be there that night.  God is good like that.

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Thanks for reading :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Surgery, Shelves and Spreadsheets

Can I incorporated these three subjects into an easy to read and mildly entertaining blog post??  I’m willing to try :)

A couple of months ago, I had to go to the emergency room for a gall bladder attack.  Let me tell you, it was not pleasant AT ALL.  I had a couple of tests run and they determined my gall bladder was not functioning very well, thus the cause of the pain.  I had it removed (SURGERY).  While recovering at home, I thought I would get all kinds of amazing & organizational chores done.  Not so much.  

My dear husband built some shelving in the extra bedroom closet, because I just knew I could get all the Christmas decorations organized while I was off.  I am sitting in the extra bedroom right now with all sorts of holiday trimmings surrounding me.  I have started putting things on the SHELVES, maybe I’ll finish tomorrow :)

I had been given a project at work that involved SPREADSHEETS; EXCEL to be specific.  I was holding my own and completing the project in a timely manner, but I knew I could be doing better.  So, I checked out our Adult Education Center and signed up for a Beginners EXCEL class.  I’m halfway through the class and will take the next class for the Intermediate level.  

A couple of things I have learned during these times:

1.  I am not a super woman.  I had to let go of my self imposed timeline of recovering from surgery and getting things organized. 

2.  God provides me with what I need. 

He provided an excellent surgeon.

I needed a class; He provided the class THAT NIGHT and the funds to pay for it. 

I need His Grace to take this class.  It starts right after work and lasts for 3 hours.  I would rather be at home.  My body would rather be sitting on the couch, not in an office chair for 3 additional hours.

Well there it is, a blog post about three totally unrelated subjects :)  I have more to tell about the EXCEL class.  God gave me a special gift, but that is for another post

Thanks for reading :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

'The Help' Trailer HD

I've read the book twice and saw the movie this past weekend. I recommend!!! Hope you enjoy : )

Thanks for reading : )

Friday, August 12, 2011

Did He or Didn’t He?………………… oh, He Did

Several months ago, I said I would tell some stories about Peyton that were not so positive, so you could get a well rounded picture of who he was.  Well here goes.

Peyton was a young 15 year old when he did this. 

I woke up from a sound sleep because the dog was barking.  Dusty slept with Peyton, so I knew something was up.  I went to Peyton’s room and he was not there.  It was around midnight.  I was furious.  I went around the house and locked every door and window.  He wasn’t getting back in the house without me knowing.  Of course I could not go back to sleep.  I kept wondering who he was with.  He wasn’t old enough to drive and neither were any of his friends. 

About 45 minutes passed, Tom & I were discussing what we were going to do. I went back to his room.  I could see a wet footprint where he had tried to get back through his window.  I called him on his cell, “where are you?” 

“In the ‘63.” he said. (that was Tom’s old pick-up)

“Get in here.”

I opened the front door and there he was wearing only his boxers.  I asked him what he was doing and he told me he had been out by the pond thinking.  He couldn’t sleep.  He hadn’t been acting like himself for most of the day.  I thought he was having girl troubles, so it would be perfectly understandable for him not being able to sleep.

This thought flitted through my mind, “Is he smart enough to strip down to his boxers to make this story believable?”  I told myself, “Becky, you are too hard on him; let it go.” 

Peyton & I were talking after he got back in bed.  I told him he knew what he did was wrong, or he wouldn’t have gone out the window, etc., etc. and I let the whole thing drop.

After Peyton moved to Heaven, I found out he really did sneak out with some friends (that were not old enough to drive).  Yes, he was smart enough to strip down to his boxers and hide his clothing.  I don’t know why I brushed that thought away.  Maybe he needed to get away with something; I don’t know.

There were times when I felt Peyton was only a half a step behind me and gaining ground all the time.  I thank God for the wisdom He gave me to raise a son like Peyton.  It was a challenge and a joy.  There was never a dull moment and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Peyton and Dusty

Thanks for reading : )

Simply Funny Misunderstanding

I hope this reads funny, cause it cracked me up.  A bedtime conversation with my husband.

Tom:  The stove clock was blinking this morning.

Me:  WHY DIDN’T YOU FIX IT?? (not yelling, but annoyed)

Tom:  I did. (in a hurt tone)

Me:  Oh, well so did I.  The electricity must have flickered again after you left.

I totally cracked up.  I’m laughing again now.  It was such a silly thing, but I couldn’t believe he didn’t fix it and he couldn’t believe I thought he didn’t fix it.

Then I’m lying there thinking about blogging it and he turns and says, “You’re going to put this on the blog, aren’t you?”  I just laughed a little harder.

Thanks for reading : )

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Growth & Change

Our surrogate children are growing up.  Another batch of graduates is heading off to college.   This one is changing colleges and will be an hour away.  Not very far, but it will be different.  He won’t be stopping by as often.  We’ve promised to visit him and buy his dinner once in awhile.  We love him like our own.

My cousins who live next door are BOTH moving off to college this year, an hour away.  I am going to miss them so much.

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I know there is more to my missing them than just the fact I will be seeing them all less.  They carry a piece of Peyton with them and when they come to our home, he is there too.  Even more than that, each of them lets Tom & I be parents to some extent and that has helped us.

It is hard having a son in Heaven who doesn’t need you, but in your mind he is forever 16.  I love being his mom.

Change is inevitable.  It is the way things are supposed to be and is expected.  I remind myself of this on a regular basis.  I actually like change.  I enjoy trying new things and taking on different responsibilities. 

I ask God to help me strike a balance between remembering my son and pressing on toward the future.  I am praying that I will not miss anything God has for my life because I am holding on to the past.  I know God has exciting things for Tom and I to accomplish.  He loves us so much. 

Thanks for reading :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Little “folding” Money

Or should I say, a little money folding?

I was invited to a very special baby shower.  Some friends of ours got to bring their newly adopted baby girl home a few days ago.  She is precious and blessed.  God’s hands have been all over this family from the beginning.  You can read about it here.

The invitation to the shower presented a challenge. “bring a creatively unwrapped gift”  How in the world do you do that???  My first thought was a money tree, but then it evolved into something more :)

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I made tissue paper flowers and sticky tak’d butterflies made out of $$$ to the flowers.  (you can learn the coolest stuff from the internet, even origami)

I was wondering if I chose the right color of flowers, because the pot I used had red on it.  I didn’t choose the correct colors;  God did.  I was so surprised when I walked into the shower and my gift matched the decorations.  Blue, purple and lime green are also the colors of the nursery.

I wish I could say I was being super spiritual while I was doing this project, but I can’t.  I actually made a white flower and a pink flower but I didn’t like the way they turned out, so I ended up with the blue, purple, & green. 

This tells me God is into details.  Things we think are insignificant, He will use to tell us He loves us.  Don’t confine God to things you think are “big & important”, invite Him into the small stuff too.  God wants to be involved in our “everyday”.

Thanks for reading : )

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Love and Fear

“The strongest person you will ever meet is a person who knows how much God loves them.”  This is paraphrased from something my Pastor said this morning.

Isn’t that so true!?!?!?!!!!! 

People have told me I am strong.  I’ve never felt I was particularly strong.  I have some really low moments.  But I do know how much God loves me.  The fact that God loved me, was the only thing I was sure of after Peyton’s accident.

I John 4:18

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Having the confidence of God’s love, enables us to live this life without fear. 

I see people living in fear and they don’t even realize it. 

Fear of rejection

Fear of death

Fear of failure

Fear of not being enough

Fear of not finding or being loved

God loves us so much.  Live life fearless.  Live life as though you know how much you are loved by the Creator of the universe.  If you don’t know or if no one has told you, read the following Bible verse.

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Don’t be skeered; leave a comment!!!  I know they will be  very good and thought provoking.

Thanks for reading : )

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Spoiled to the Max

I’ve been spoiled these last 3 yrs and 5 months.  How?  I’ve had major events to celebrate my son and bring him to people’s minds. 

Peyton Jackson Memorial Baseball Tournament – 4 times

Presenting the Peyton Jackson Memorial Scholarship – 3 times

Football Program pages – 2 times

Visiting Stuart’s parents in Colorado – 1  time

Stuart’s parents visiting us – 1 time

Annual PDJ Let ‘em Have It Shoot-out – 1 time

Peyton’s Class’s Graduation

The Quilt

ESPN story

These celebrations have been a tremendous blessing to us.  It allows us to talk about Peyton and remember with friends.  They have been a constant reassurance that people haven’t forgotten. 

The way I’ve been spoiled the most is right here on this blog.  I get to ramble away about my son (and post pictures :)) and people who have never met him, get to know him and then they support me with wonderful comments.

Yes, I am spoiled.  I am abundantly blessed beyond measure. 

I’ve said that I want to write about other things.  That hasn’t happened too often………..yet.  Keep reading, cause God isn’t through with me.

Thanks for reading : )


The past couple of days Tom and I have experienced a lot of emotions.  
The story on rodeo safety aired Sunday morning.  It was hard for us to watch, especially for Tom, it was Father’s Day.  Even though it was difficult, it was a good for us.  It’s an amazing thing to see your son’s picture on national television.  We both wished it was for a different reason.
I’ve received many positive comments on Facebook and numerous texts about the show.  It is good to be loved and cared for.
Below is the link to our segment.  If you don’t know how this all came about, you can read about it in this post.
Thanks to everyone who supports us and misses Peyton with us.  We love you and appreciate you so much.
Thanks for reading (and watching). : )

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fathers Day Tribute to the Best Fathers I Know

Being sentimental today and posting some pictures.  Thanks for letting me share them with you.

Tom had the best dad and he taught Tom how to be a great dad.  He has been in Heaven since 1996.

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Three generations, a very joyful day.

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Sleeping dad, sleeping baby boy.

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Laughing boy, laughing.

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A horse that was in a pasture behind our house.

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It’s the little things that make Tom a great dad.  Helping Peyton brush his teeth : )

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Oh my goodness, how I love this one.

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Tom was Peyton’s first bull.

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Wiping down Peyton’s 4 wheeler so he could bring it back into the house.

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I love how they are lying exactly alike.  I guess that’s why I took the pic.

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Successful hunt

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A very successful hunt : )

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They shelled pecans for me every year for baking.  Tom still does.

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Christmas 2007, Peyton’s last one on earth.  How I treasure the pictures taken that holiday.

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I hope your Fathers Day is a happy one.

Thanks for reading : )