Monday, April 22, 2013


It is so hard to believe that my precious Jennifer has been gone for seven years....sometimes it seems like it was only yesterday!  I miss her so much and know that I always will....grateful that she has her Daddy with her now and that I will see them both again!  Yesterday was the anniversary of her death.  Our church has a mission in Kenya.  Yesterday at church, I was able to make a donation and have a tree planted in the memory of Jennifer and Pete!  Jennifer had told me many times that she wished that she was able to go on one of the mission trips with our church.  Pete and I always tried to plant a tree or bush in her memory each year.....this worked out to be a perfect thing to do! 

Another thing that was close to Jennifer's heart was the homeless.  Yesterday, was our Sunday at church to feed the homeless under the Broadway bridge.  It was gorgeous day out and we had a huge crowd....we actually ran out of food....last month, we had food leftover.  It was good worship service.  There were two women there that were pregnant.....I so wanted to bring them home with me and care for them!  I will keep them close in prayer!

I am hoping that Spring is here to stay....this weather has been crazy going from hot to cold and back.  I know that in a couple of months, we will be wishing for the cooler temperatures. 

When I got home yesterday, my sweet neighbors were out working in the garden and was finally dry enough!  I know that we will all enjoy the fruits of their labor!

God is good and He is good ALL the time!

Thursday, April 11, 2013


It really is true that you get what you pay for!  As stated in my last post, getting my craft room finished was quite an ordeal and a very stressful time, to say the least!

The man came to do the siding on the outside of my room.  He came on Monday morning around 7:30 and worked until 4:30!  With the threat of bad weather, I wasn't expecting him to be able to work on it yesterday at all.  To my surprise, he was here about 6:45, worked through a couple of light showers and was finished by noon!  What a blessing and the best part is that he charged LESS than his estimate, because Pete had some of the materials he needed!  What a nice, professional and Christian man!  He said he does work the way he would want it done for him.  He had given me an estimate on doing the room for me, but he was on the high end of the three estimates we got.  We decided to go with the middle priced guy.  We would have saved alot of stress and frustration had we gone with him to begin with!  You live and learn.....I learned alot!  My motto has always been to treat people the way you would want you or your family treated....Hats off to Don Leake....he did just that for me!

God is good and He is good ALL the time!!!!!  He is in control and He has the plan for each of us! Sometimes, we just have to be patient, keep our faith and wait!

Monday, April 8, 2013


Thanks to my wonderful sister, I finally have my craft room....all that is left is the organizing and decorating.  I have been on such a roller coaster trying to get this room done.  When Pete was so sick, he would do a little on it everyday....trying to get it finished.  Kimberly and I tried our best....going to Google and You tube, trying to learn how to do stuff.  My sweet nephew, Bobby, came over and set and framed the windows.  We found a guy to do the rest, which was a trip in itself.  A two day job ended bei ng two weeks.  His team that he sent were very stressful, not knowing what they were doing....the room had to be repainted because they painted one side of the room one color and used another color for the other side.  One of the helpers, which I called "Butterfly Tatoo Lady"  kept me pretty stressed the whole time.  On the last day she was here, she told us her throat was bleeding because she had throat cancer, smoked and people made her talk all the time.  One day while she was here, I timed her and she talked non stop for 55 minutes.  I finally went down there and asked her who she was talking to....she didn't use her inside voice either.  She said she was talking to Steve, the other helper.  I said well, I don't see him.....she said he was outside.  She had an excuse for everything.  They didn't even clean up their food and drink trash, much less the mess they left with paint cans and other trash.  Oh well, you live and learn.  I am just thrilled to have them out of my house!  I consider myself a pretty patient person, but this was a little much for me.  It's finally over....not perfect....but over.  Now, I will have the joy of putting the room together.  I can hardly wait to have a ya ya day and elebrate.

I had my first hummingbird yesterday.....God is good and He is good ALL the time!