1000 Friday Blessings


This has been one of those weeks where I have received many blessings, but friends close to me have had their world turned upside down. One friend in particular lost her husband to a fire last weekend. She not only lost her soul mate, but her home.

Her church has already gone into action and will have an extra offering to help with funeral costs. They are asking for giftcard donations right now and school clothes and supplies. Once she finds a new place they are going to help furnish it.

I cannot even begin to imagine what she must be going through, but knowing Trish I am sure she is counting her blessings. Her church family being one of them. I know God will get her through this and I ask again for prayer for her and her two little ones, Nick (6) and Courtney(4).

My blessings this week is a tribute to Trish and how she has blessed me this past year.

289. The first day I met her we clicked immediately. She was going to be my physical therapist for the next four months! It was obvious to me that she was a christian. We each shared our testimonies as I tried exercising for the first time.

290. She is a tiny little thing. Me? Not so much. But she was able to move me and lift me and do the things that I couldn't do. Sometimes we would get to laughing so hard that I would have to say ~ Okay, put on your poker face and let's get back to work. Therapy, no matter how painful, was always fun because of Trish.

291. When Trish spoke of her husband her eyes lit up. She loved him and was in love with him. Two different, but very important things.

292. She is very caring to everyone. One time she was very late because she found a stray dog and she knew she had to take care of it somehow. Come to think of it, this dog may have died in the fire too. I don't know if it was an indoor pet. Another time she was late because she saw a little seven year old boy roaming the streets and knew he should be in school. He had missed the bus. Trish took him back to his house and the boy's mom said he was big enough to get himself ready for school and she went back to bed. She was visibly upset and before we did therapy we prayed for the young boy. Trish checked up on the boy's situation the rest of the week and ended up calling the authorities.

293. I shared with her cd's of my favorite christian group, 4Him, and she shared with me hers, which is Natalie Grant. Over the year we have each kept forgetting to give back the borrowed cd's. This makes me cry, but at least I have something of hers that I know she cherished that I can give back to her. A tiny piece of home, I guess.

294. I love to laugh more than anything and she would tell me story after story about her kids.
She would tell me that she always thought of me when they did something funny because she knew how much I would enjoy it!

295. And most importantly she blessed me with her day to day testimony of God's love. We talked often about our parent's death and other things that we had in common. She and I both agreed that God DOES know what's best in our lives, even when we cannot understand it.

Thursday Thirteen #7

Continuing On With 13 More Things About Me, Amy, That Start With "G"!!

1. God ~ My Heavenly Father! Even though I fail daily, my purpose in life is to glorify Him in all I say and do.

2. Giraffes ~ Most of y'all know how much I dig 'em! It's not like I study and read everything I can about them. I just really, really enjoy going to Binder Park Zoo and feeding them and observing them. They are truly miraculous creatures! And check out this place for a live giraffe cam!

3. Gold therapy ~ When I was a teenager I used to get gold shots for my arthritis. And yes, it contained real gold. Tiny, itsy, bitsy particles, but gold none the less!

4. Grilling ~ Mmmm, mmm! Boy how I love to grill out. We do it every Friday at the shop and we make plenty so everyone can have a take home bag for the weekend! Chicken, burgers, dogs, oh my!

5. Google ~ I'm a googler. And if you google my name, these are some dolls I collect made by a couple of little elderly ladies on The Isle of Wight.

6. Games ~ My family LOVES to play games together! And I am happy to say that even though they are older now, the still love to have family night and play board games!

7. Guys & Dolls ~ The movie was horrible, but watching it live is SO much fun, especially when your husband is in it! David has performed in a lot of musicals, but this one is probably my fave.

8. Green beans ~ Carrots used to be my favorite, but this summer I have been enjoying fresh green beans. Just give me a huge bowl full and that's my supper. Throw in a piece of cornbread and I'm your best friend!

9. Girl's Night Out ~ Now I don't get to do this often enough, but I when my friend comes from Missouri and my other friend comes from Pennsylvania, we go O.U.T!!!! It really doesn't matter where we go as long as it is away from the kids, the phone, the housework, and yes, even the husbands!

10. Grab Bags ~ This is one of my very favorite things to make up for kids. I love the smile on their faces and how their eyes light up when they realize how much stuff is in them! They are easy to do and if you are a good shopper like me you can manage to make up a bag for a dollar or two. Yes, I am a great bargain hunter! TeeHee!!

11. Glasses ~ Oh, I need 'em bad! I'm being stubborn and not getting them because everyone in my family has to wear them now. I'm determined to be different. Yeah, I'm that dumb. And blind!

12. Grape ~ I love crisp, fresh grapes and grape juice, BUT I do not like grape flavored candy or Kool Aid.

13. Giggle ~ I've been told I sound like Betty Rubble when I get really tickled at something. I also have a really loud laugh that people say is infectious. I just hope it's not too annoying!

A Heavy Heart

Hello Friends,

I received word yesterday that my physical therapist's husband was killed in a fire over the weekend. He was only 41.

I spent a lot of time with Trish last year. She came to my home every couple of days to do therapy. She spoke of her husband with such adoration. She said that Nick was the type of guy who would give you his very last cent and not blink an eye. She also said that he always put their needs before his own.


Trish had taken their two little ones (ages 6 and 4) to visit friends in Chicago. It was an annual thing. Authorities still do not know what happened exactly.

I cannot stop crying. I can't even begin to imagine what she is going through. Not only did she lose her husband, but she lost her home filled with memories and pictures. Yes, furniture and clothes can be replaced, but I pray that she can somehow get copies of photos.

Nick knew Christ as his Savior. Trish and I spoke a lot about salvation and religion and God. She knows her loved one is in Heaven.

Please be in prayer for this family as they begin to rebuild their lives without their husband, father, son, brother, uncle.

We know God's timing is perfect in all things. It doesn't mean that we understand it though.

Thank you.

And please let me know if there is something I can be praying for you this week.

My Own Tuesday Top Ten

Since I post about Luke Menard so much it got me to thinking if there were any other famous people from Crawfordsville. So I looked up our hometown on wikipedia and this is what I found out:

1. Joseph P. Allen - Astronaut, served as mission specialist on the first fully operational flight of the Space Shuttle in 1982. He was born in Crawfordsville in 1937. He attended Mills School and graduated from Crawfordsville High School.

2. Dick van Dyke - In 1938, just before Dick was of high school age, the Van Dyke family moved to Crawfordsville, returning to Danville, Illinois in 1940.

3. Bryan James Hellwig - former professional wrestler known as the Ultimate Warrior was born in Crawfordsville in 1959.

4. Eleanor Lambert - head of NYC Fashion Institute; picked "10 Best-Dressed Women of the World" every year.

5. Henry S. Lane - One of the city's most prominent 19th century figures - a United States Senator and pallbearer for Abraham Lincoln, has a historical site dedicated to him in the city. He started a law practice in Crawfordsville in 1834.

6. James W. Marshall - A New Jersey native who had at some point called Crawfordsville his home, was the discoverer of gold at Sutter's Mill, California in 1848 and thus set off the California Gold Rush.

7. Pete Metzelaars - Professional football player, is a graduate of Wabash College. Currently on the coaching staff for the Indianapolis Colts. He has actually been to our shop and sat in one of our Mustangs. He didn't fit very well! He's a big guy!

8. Will Shortz - New York Times puzzle writer, was born in Crawfordsville in 1952 and grew up in the city.

9. Lew Wallace - the author of Ben-Hur, has his home made a historical site in the city. He attended Wabash College, moved back to Crawfordsville where he wrote Ben Hur, and died in Crawfordsville in 1905.

10. Susan Wallace - author and poet; wife of Lew Wallace. Born in Crawfordsville, Indiana to Isaac and Maria Elston in 1830.

Do you know of anybody famous from your hometown? If so, do tell!

For Today

For Today...

Outside my window...today is kind of overcast and a lot cooler than it has been....only 78 degrees this morning!

I am thinking...of all the families that need prayer this morning. My heart is heavy this morning. So many people facing such trials and hurting.

I am thankful for...my health! A year ago I had one hip replaced and was anxiously awaiting another one. I've come along way baby! I give all the glory to God!!

From the kitchen...leftovers. I made a huge crockpot full of sesame ginger chicken yesterday with brown rice and carrots. Even better the second day!

I am creating...a list of the Bible stories we want to make sure our Awana girls get taught this year. Most of the kids come from unchurched homes so this is a huge opportunity for us leaders to teach them about Christ and salvation!

I am wearing...the usual. Jeans, tennis shoes and a red tee shirt with the American flag. We don't dress to fancy around the shop. I'll probably end up getting grease on me somehow!

I am reading...no books right now, but a long e-mail from a new friend I have made! I am so excited and look forward to being able to witness to her. She is ten years younger than I am and also has arthritis. She's not handling it too well so I hope I am able to encourage her. Please pray for me as I do this!

I am hoping...to feel really well this week, especially my hands. I have lots of writing to do in some ledgers and I need my hands to work!

I am hearing...Chris Daughtry's cd playing. The guys out in the shop always have a cd going. Sometimes I torture them and make them play something I would like such as The Osmonds, The Carpenter's or The Bee Gees!

Around the house...things are moving and a shaking! My husband (PTL) wants to get rid of some junk!! And all the angels sang...Hallelujah!

One of my favorite things...a sense of accomplishment. It feels good when something gets done for a change and you can actually make a checkmark on your list. And that checkmark means...DONE!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...to try and keep my husband in the getting rid of junk mood! Can you say, "Hellooooo Goodwill!"

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Once again, this is Luke Menard. He was on American Idol this year and made it to the top 16. He was diagnosed with cancer shortly after getting voted off. Our community has been so supportive and has had numerous fund raisers for him. On Saturday Luke gave a concert at the local high school. Read here and here if you are interested! Please remember to pray for this sweet young man as he seeks God's direction for his life.

1000 Blessing's Friday


This week my blessing list is a little different. While I've received many blessings this week I want to share some special people. I've said numerous times how much I love Blogville and the fact that we can share our prayer requests and know that our friends are praying for us. I consider it a blessing and a privilege to pray for these people. Will you please take a moment to visit them and pray for their needs?

281. Kimmy ~ She's my sweet, sweet friend who has recently broke her foot. She's likes to keep busy and this is slowing her down a bit. We all know that God's timing is perfect, so there is a reason for it. Please pray for healing.

282. Christine ~ This amazing family has adopted a precious little boy named Dennis. He faces some upcoming surgeries and needs pray. I have enjoyed reading and getting to know this family. And it's big one....full of love!

283. Luke ~ He was on American Idol this year and comes from my hometown. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's. He's working hard to get his career started in christian music. He's a sweetheart and loves the Lord very much! Check out this clip from the tv show Extra. He was on it last night.

284. Kimmie ~ Another beautiful family that has adopted children from all over and are awaiting a child from Ethiopia. They are up to #12 on the waiting list and are anxious for their newest family member to arrive home! Again, we know God's timing is perfect.

285. Heather ~ Her father has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Things are grim right now. Please pray for healing, peace and spiritual needs. I know what it's like to say goodbye to your father. My heart aches for her and her family.

286. The Laurie Family ~ I do not know this family, but saw on someone else's site that their son had died in a car accident.

287. Nathan, Tricia and Gwyneth ~ Tricia has Cystic Fibrosis and sweet Gwyneth was born 15+ weeks premature. This is an extraordinary family full of love and most importantly faith in God.

288. Amy & Michael ~ Some of you may know them already. A sweet couple patiently awaiting the arrival of their daughter, LynnMarie, from China! It's and exciting time for them and I am sure they are anxious to have her home!

Thank you! And please leave a comment and share with me what's on your heart. How can I pray for you this week?

Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Back To School Memories and A Giveaway!

Mary is giving away this awesome backpack at her place! All you have to do is mention the contest on your blog and leave her a comment telling her one of your "first day of school memories". How easy is that folks? Hmmm, I am quite forgetful in my old age so I am going to need to think hard, but I bet I can do it! I have one child left in school and he said, "Mom, I need you to win because those are my school colors!" Wish me luck!

The drawing is next Tuesday so you need to enter soon!

I just turned fourteen and was going into my freshmen year of high school. I was scared to death! I didn't like change. I was used to having the same teachers year after year and the same classmates too. They had grown up with me and knew the reason I limped, had crooked fingers, wore splints and sometimes used crutches. No explanation needed.

I started off my high school years on crutches. Back in the olden days we didn't have backpacks like kids do now. I wasn't sure how I was going to get around that big school carrying my books. I got to school early that morning and was determined to get three classes worth of books and folders so I wouldn't have to keep coming back to my locker which was quite a walk. I was stubborn and too prideful to ask someone new for help.

I was pleased as punch when I managed to get all my books and folders for those three classes. As I was walking with them I tripped and fell. All my things went flying everywhere! Because of my arthritic knees I could not get on the floor to gather up my stuff or even bend down to get it either.

I started to cry. What was I going to do?

A teacher walked out of his room and started collecting all my things. He got them all put together and called for a girl named Angie. He asked her if she would mind helping me to my class. She was quiet like me, but smiled and said sweetly, "Sure!".

From that day forward she helped me to every single class for the next four years. We became best friends and went through good and bad times together. We needed each other.

God's timing was perfect. Angie taught me to be humble and ask for help. And most importantly to accept it. I was able to witness to her and share the gospel!

It was a win/win situation for both of us for which I know I am blessed!

Thursday Thirteen #6

13 Fantastic Things About Me That Start With The Letter "F"!!

1. Facebook ~ I love it! It's easy and simple which is a plus for me. Right now I am having too much fun playing games against my friends. If you haven't signed up for it, you ought too. FUN, I say!

2. Flower ~ My favorite flower is a snapdragon. Any color will do nicely.

3. Fish ~ We have a 110 gallon aquarium with some pretty cool fish. I had no idea that fish could have as much personality as dogs and cats. For those of you that think fish are boring, I would think twice!

4. Flying ~ Love it SO much! I usually get the window seat because I am spoiled, but to be above the clouds and looking at God's creation is breathtaking!

5. First Crush ~ No, it wasn't Donny Osmond believe it or not. It was my next door neighbor. His name was David. I was five. He was twenty five. And engaged. I cried at his wedding because he wasn't marrying me. At least he held me and gave me a kiss on the cheek and said I would always be his #1 girl. We still laugh about it to this day!

6. 4Him ~ This is my all time most favoritest christian singing group. I've seen them numerous times in concert and have all their cd's. Their songs truly keep my spirits high and remind me again and again of how wonderful our Heavenly Father is!

7. Finding Nemo~ This is such a cute movie. I even watch it when there are no kids around! I think Ellen DeGeneres did a great job, don't you?

8. Friends ~ "There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." I love this quote, don't you?

9. Father and Father-In-Law ~ Both of them have passed away, but both of them were huge influences in my life. My father taught me how to be patient, kind and put others first. My father-in-law taught me how to come out of my comfort zone and be more outgoing when talking to others. The above quote describes him perfectly. I have always said that dad never met a stranger. I miss them both, but I know I will see them again in Heaven!

10. Fruit ~ Oh man, it's hard to choose a favorite, but I love strawberries, watermelon and fresh peaches. Ooh, and apples too! And grapes. Let's face it...it's ALL good!

11. Family ~ Very close with every single one of them. On both sides. It's so nice to be part of a family where there are never any feuds or fights going on. Seriously. It's that perfect! We are blessed!

12. Fingers~ Because I have arthritis my fingers on my left hand are all crooked and don't bend. On my right hand they are straight because I had them fused but the surgery hurt so bad I decided not to have my left hand done. I get stared at a lot because of this, but that's okay. I'd probably look too!

13. Faith ~ I believe that God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins so that I may live with Him for all eternity. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was eight years old. If you would like to know Jesus, please click on "Faith". It's a free gift that you can't live without!

This Does My Heart Good!

I'm sure many of you have seen this already, but if this doesn't make you tear up then you have a black heart my friend. Okay, that's a little harsh. But this will put a smile on your face at least!

YAY, It's Another Friday Fun Day!


276. I feel blessed getting gas for $3.91 this afternoon before it went up to $4.27!!

277. I've been blessed this week with getting some needed sleep! I am never too comfortable sleeping and spend a lot of time awake at night...which is a great time to pray for y'all. But I am thankful for my rest!

278. I am blessed each week with my kids. They are such a joy to me and I love it that they want to spend time with me and their dad. We went to the midnight showing of Dark Knight together. It's more fun going at midnight with all the other dorks that can't wait until the next day! Very good movie, btw. Definitely not for children. Heath Leger is amazing. If you liked the first one you will love this one!

279. Blessed with prayer warriors that pray for me daily! My mom is one of them and she is such a sweet, kind lady. I know you all would love her too!

280. And then there's this little fellow. His name is David and I FINALLY got to meet him. His daddy used to work for us and then he moved to Michigan. Every time they've been down for a visit I've been in the hospital. But not this time! David was so much fun to play with and I got him to belly laughing harder than even his parents can! Babies bring true joy to my life. I could sit and watch them for hours on end!

Kailani is the hostess with the mostest for this easy, breezy meme each week. So simple to play along! Just answer the light hearted question and if ya want post one on your blog too! C'mon, I dare ya. I double dog dare ya!

My question this week is:

Have you ever been on TV? If so, what for?

When we were on vacation back in 1994 we went to Universal Studios in California. They were filming a tv concert called Summer Blast 1994. I was so excited because we got to watch All-4-One sing I Swear and then one of my faves, Richard Marx, performed too! I got to meet him. While he was practicing I was taking pictures of him. He stopped and pulled down his shades and flashed me a big smile and said, "Hi!" I melted and said, "Thank you!"

I didn't know if we would be on tv or not, but when they aired the show we had the VCR all set up to tape just in case we were on. Yes, we were geeky. And yep, there we are waving our hands in the air and swaying back and forth having a blast! A summer blast that is...teehee!

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Thursday Thirteen #5

13 More & Exciting Things About Me That Start With The Letter "E"!!

1. Ethel M Chocolates ~ Pssst, I have to let some of you in on a little secret...these are yum.i.lish.ous!! And yes, that is a word. Seriously, these are the BESTEST chocolates I have ever eaten. They are so good that even I cannot pick a favorite! And since my birthday is just around the corner it would be real easy to just click and ship me a box! Just kidding. No I'm not.

2. Engaged ~ David proposed to me on December 4, 1983 which was two days after my brother got married. We were shopping in JC Penney and he stopped by the jewelry counter and said, "Which one would you pick out?" I looked for a minute and saw one that was perfect and he said, "Well? Are we going to get married or what?" I replied, "Sure!" We were married September 8th the following year! My husband feels bad for the way he proposed, but I always knew we would be together so it was natural to me the way it came about.

3. Eggs ~ I go in spurts if I like 'em or not. I normally love egg salad anytime, but if I were to eat eggs for breakfast they would have to be over medium. I like runny centers and dipping my toast in it. My family thinks that's disgusting!

4. Ears ~ I have my father's ears. Well, not literally. That would just be weird! And just like my dad I have, on my right ear, two little bumps. I've never seen anyone else have these. I guess that makes us special!

5. Eighties ~ I love the eighties! I graduated in 1982, married in 1984 and had my first joint replacements in 1986. Which, BTW, are still in great condition. I was told they would only last 13 years. Something else I am thankful for!

6. Europe ~ I have been fortunate to go to many countries in Europe. My husband and I have been to France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. I would love to go back to Switzerland someday!

7. East Side Baptist Church ~ This is my church and I have been going there since I was eight years old. I absolutely love it there and have been blessed with a supportive church family. And my bestest fwend in the whole wide world goes there too!

8. Electric shock ~ I was shocked badly one time when my nurse shark, Fluffy, bumped his filter pipes. About 60 gallons of water spewed out on the carpet. I thought I had everything dried up by the next night and when I went to turn on the light to the tank it shocked me and sent me flying to the ground. I had to have my shoulder replaced about a year later because of it. I just feel bad because I killed Fluffy. He was cool. Sigh.

9. Escalator ~ Don't like 'em. I'm not fast enough when it's time to step off of it and I've stumbled before. I was afraid I was gonna have to yell, "I've fallen and I can't get up!"

10. Ellison and Ellen ~ These were the names of my grandparents and Evans was my father's middle name. Can you tell I am running out of ideas for the letter "e"!! Oh yeah, and my bestest fwend's husband's name is Earl. And he hates it when I sing the Dixie Chicks song Goodbye Earl to him. ;o)

11. Eager Beavers ~ This was the name of my Bible club when I was little. We earned our stickers by saying our verse each week and bringing visitors. Now we have something called Awana at our church, which is a much better program.

12. Exercise ~ Yep. Need to do it more often. Because I was in such pain and bedridden for awhile I lost alot of my range of motion. I used to think that since I couldn't lift weights or use a stair climber and other such machines that there wasn't anything I could do. But nope. I was wrong. I've started out slowly with sitting on the side of my bed and doing leg lifts and and things like that.

13. Eternal ~ The best thing about my life that starts with the letter "e" is that I know for certain that when I die I will go to Heaven and live with my Lord and Savior for all eternity! Nothing is better than knowing that!

So please entertaine me and tell me something about you that starts with "E"!!

Wordless Wednesday



Isn't she purty?

Update On Luke Menard

Some of you may remember Luke from American Idol. He made it to the top 16! Not bad. Anyway, Luke is from right here in my hometown of Crawfordsville. After he was eliminated from AI he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Our little town has rallied the troups and have shown tremendous support for him and his family. There have been several benefits to help pay for the medical bills. Our local ice cream shop sold over 2800 milk shakes one day! One afternoon when I went to Kroger there was a group of teenage girls selling hot dogs and cokes too. Here in a couple of weeks Luke and his singing group, Chapter 6 are going to perform at the high school. Should be fun!

Here and here are a couple of articles from our local papers if you want to read further.

I love Luke's attitude towards the whole thing. He knows that everything happens for a reason. He could easily be feeling sorry for himself right now and having a pity party. Instead, he is looking and working towards the future in christian music. This is where he feels God's leading right now.

Please pray for him and his wife, Lara. They are a sweet couple, both with a lot of talent. God could use them in mighty ways if He desires.

We don't know what the future holds for any of us, but when we know Christ as our own personal Savior we have the assurance that we can rest safely in His arms, trusting that He knows what's best for us.

And that, my friend, is a huge blessing and a comfort!


I was catching up this morning with all my blogging friends when this post caught my attention. You'll need to scroll down a bit until you get to the pictures of the empty tp rolls. Excuse me, I mean almost empty!

I had to laugh out loud with a snort or two thrown in because my family does the exact same thing! And the guys at the shop do too. Don't they know that a lady can't just use a square? I mean really!

Then I remembered this picture I'd seen somewhere on the internet and I could so picture Barb, being the crafty, creative one that she is doing this to all the tp rolls in her bathrooms!

Makes you think twice about using it, doesn't it? Nah, me neither!

I hope your week is starting off great!!

Friday Fun Day!

Okay, my question for the day is.......

Would you rather spend a beautiful, perfect weather day at the beach, at an amusement park, camping and hiking or shopping with your best friend with endless amounts of cash?

For more Aloha Friday questions go check out Kailani's place today!


271. What a fun time we had at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana! We spent most of the day in the lazy river and the wave pools! It was beautiful weather too...like 90 degrees! The day was relaxing and enjoyable!

272. When we were getting ready to leave the park a lightening storm came from out of nowhere! I was sitting there in an electric scooter wondering if I was going to get struck. It was hitting all around us. I am not kidding! Scary!! I got drenched and this sweet family came over and dried me off with their towel and gave me a new one to keep warm. How sweet was that?

273. Oh, how could I forget? They only charged me half price admission since I use a wheelchair! How cool is that folks? Plus their food is real cheap and you get FREE soft drinks all the live long day! And they also give you FREE sunscreen. And yes, I did use it all day, but I still got crispy.

274. And I learned at what a blessing aloe vera with lidocaine is on the way home! Soothing. Plus it is blue so, of course, that made me happy!

275. But the biggest blessing of that day was spending time with my precious family that I love so very much! We laughed and splashed and giggled the whole day!



When was the last time you had your hair cut/trimmed?

Does snipping at it myself count? I'm always trimming my bangs to get it out of my eyes. It's been about six weeks since I had a for real haircut.


Name one thing you miss about being a child.

Oh, I know...being with your best friend and feeling the wind in your face as you run as fast as you can, then you fall down laughing in the grass. Then you lay there awhile and look up in the sky and see what kind of things the clouds are forming. Sigh. Oh to be young again!


Pick one: butter, margarine, olive oil.

Olive oil hands down. Cooking chicken in it tastes so much better than the other two. Then all I add is a tiny bit of salt and pepper and I'm good to go. Much healthier too!

Main Course

If you could learn another language, which one would you pick, and why?

I had four years of Spanish, but can't remember a whole lot of it. I would pick that again because we have a lot of Spanish speaking folks in our town now and many of them do not speak English. I would be able to communicate with them and tell them about Christ!


Finish this sentence: In 5 years I expect to be…

In five years I expect to be quite a few pounds lighter and off prednisone and most importantly running around chasing my grandchildren and spoiling them rotten!

Thursday Thirteen #4

13 More Different Things About Me That Start With "D"!

1. Daddy's Girl ~ I was and will forever be a daddy's girl! My father passed away 1/11/07. I miss him terribly, but have the assurance that I will see him again in Heaven!

2. David ~ That's my husband's name. We've been married for almost 24 years come September. Can't wait for our 25th next year. We're trying to decide if we want to go somewhere new or go where we did on our honeymoon, which is.......

3. Disneyland! ~ My husband is originally from California so for our honeymoon I wanted to go there and see where he grew up and all the schools and churches he attended plus all his hangouts and such. I loved every second of it!

4. Deer ~ Yes, I have hit a deer before with my car. Then sadness set in. Sigh. She did get up and run off into the woods, but I don't know if she lived or not. Or had babies that were waiting for her to come back. I still feel bad about it and wonder all the time what happened to her.

5. Decision making ~ I'm horrible at making decisions such as where to go eat, or what to do for entertainment. You know, dumb stuff. I'm worried what the other person wants to do. Me? I honestly don't care what we do or where we go for supper if I am with someone having a good time. To me, that's the most important thing!

6. Driving ~ Okay, I love, love, love to drive and go on road trips, BUT I cannot follow a map to save my life! I get lost easily. So if you and I go somewhere will you please tell me how to get to our destination? Thanks!

7. Disgusting ~ I find these things disgusting: cottage cheese, liver, cleaning up vomit (but who would enjoy this?), and milk. Just to name a few.

8. Disco ~ Yes, I love to listen to disco music. I'm not ashamed! But I don't like the song Disco Duck, even though it has two D's. Stupid song!

9. Dance ~ I have absolutely no rhythm. It has nothing to do with having arthritis and not being able to move easily. I just can't dance. At all!

10. Dreams ~ But in my dreams I can do ANYTHING! Dance, run, ride a bike, do cartwheels, and shop as long as I want! In my dreams I don't have anything wrong with me. And I like that!

11. Dum Dums ~ I love these little suckers. My favorite is cream soda. How about you?

12. Denzel ~ Who doesn't love Denzel Washington? Not only is a cutie, but I think a very talented actor? Who is your favorite guy to watch?

13. Desire ~ I have lots of things I want, but my true desire is to serve the Lord and glorify Him each day!

Bonus: My middle name is Diane. What's your's?

Well folks, that's my D-list. And those of you that know me so well....aren't you proud I didn't even mention You.Know.Who? Your welcome!

In "other" Words

Bonnie is our sweet hostess for this week's edition of In "other" Words.

The quote she has chosen is:

“The Christian life is a pilgrimage. At times the road is difficult and we get lonely. Sometimes we may get discouraged and consider abandoning the journey. It is at such times that God will place a friend alongside us. One of God’s most precious gifts to us is friends who encourage us and lovingly challenge us to ‘keep going.’ “

By Henry T. Blackaby & Richard Blackaby from their devotional book, Experiencing God

My church isn't small, but it's not huge either. We have about 250 in attendance each week. I've gone to my church since I was 8 years old. I've seen a few families come and go over the years. Not as many as you would expect though. Basically, we are a very close knit church.

This same group of people have been witness to my childhood until now. They've seen me as a little girl, full of energy and giggles. They watched as I became a young girl, full of pain and giggles, still.

After my father died in January, 2007 I became bedridden due to my hips. I needed two new bionic ones! I'd had many other replacements over the years, so this was nothing new. Except for being stuck at home. In one room. For months on end.

My church family has always been supportive when I've had surgeries in the past. Lots of cards, phone calls, flowers and food. Oh my, the food. Baptists do know how to cook! My family actually looked forward to my surgeries because they knew they would be fed well. LOL!

This past year was no different. The outpouring of love from everybody was amazing. Most of the people didn't realize how bad off I actually was this time around. There were times when I didn't know how I could face living another day. I wasn't suicidal, but I did beg and plead for the Lord to come back and take me.

I had so many visits from friends that didn't care if I was in my pajamas and hadn't had any kind of a bath in days. And normally that would embarrass me to no end, but I needed them. I needed their shoulders to cry on. I needed their smiling faces to keep my spirits up. I needed their prayers to keep on going. At least for another day.

I received a card from one friend in particular. Her name is Sharon. She was always involved in children's ministries, visitation and hospitality. A more devoted christian would be hard to find.

She has Multiple Sclerosis. She cannot walk. She cannot eat or drink. She cannot speak. She cannot hold her head up without a brace.

It is extremely difficult for her to write her name, let alone a letter. I have never sobbed so hard when reading what Sharon had to say. She wrote and told me how much she prays for me each day and that I was an encouragement to her. She told how wonderful our God is and that some sweet day we will no longer be in pain. She told me she loved me.

How could I be an encouragement to her? I could still walk using crutches. I could still quench my thirst and satisfy my hunger. I could sit and laugh with friends. I could sit and gripe about my woes if I wanted. I didn't need a brace just to keep my head erect so I didn't feel like I was suffocating. I was humbled, indeed.

This dear woman is my inspiration. And her husband too. I only went through a tiny portion of what they face day in and day out. For her to take the time and write me a beautiful letter like that is a true blessing.

It's obvious how much she loves the Lord and is willing to go the distance for Him. She's a true prayer warrior. A better friend you'll never find!

Would you please pray for Sharon and her husband, Jim? They face many trials each and every day and never complain about how much has been handed to them. They serve the Lord with all their heart and are true inspirations to all of us who know them! Thank you.

For Today

Outside my window...prettiest blue skies I've seen in a very long time and a bird taking a bath in a mud puddle! He's having a great time too!

I am thinking...of how much I need to get done before tomorrow's outing. But I am excited!

I am thankful for...how much work I was able to get done with my three day weekend! And I didn't use my crutches one time!! Double yay!

From the kitchen...we are having leftover hot dogs and hamburgers from our 4th of July cookout! Still yummy!

I am creating...nothing but a pile of trash today. Sorry!

I am going....to Holiday World tomorrow with my husband and two of my kids!

I am wearing...my usual jeans, tenny bops and a striped blue shirt with a mustard stain I got at lunch! LOL!

I am reading...my new book, A Whisper of Freedom, I won from Tricia Goyer. I've only read the first two pages so I don't know what to say about it yet!

I am hoping...for beautiful weather tomorrow at the water park. Sure hope it doesn't rain. Wouldn't want to get wet...teehee!

I am hearing...my husband on the phone talking about Mustangs. Shocker!

Around the house...laundry is piled high and the dust bunnies are multiplying. After our trip we'll get it done!

One of my favorite things...having a chance to spend time with my kids and hubby. Our schedules worked out pretty well this time!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...Holiday World, laundry, dusting, and I'll make time to laugh too and be silly because that's just fun!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

For more Simple Woman Daybook entries, go to Peggy's site at Simple Woman!



266. Blessed with freedom to worship anytime, anywhere. I can bring my Bible with me wherever I go. Even my kids have taken theirs to school for silent reading time!

267. Blessed with freedom to write about my Lord and Savior on this blog and share what He has done for me!

268. Blessed with freedom to pray in public.

269. Blessed with the freedom that even if these things are taken away from me I still have You and Your Word in my heart and that cannot be taken away from me!

270. Blessed with the knowledge and assurance I have in You knowing that when I die I will be in Heaven for eternity. This is freedom!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

Thursday Thirteen #3

13 More Things About Me, Amy! I'm Up To The Letter "C"!

1. Clowns ~ Don't like 'em one bit. They scare me. Whew, I'm glad I have that off my chest!

2. Christian ~ I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was eight years old! Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This verse helps me everyday. Especially on days when I am really hurting.

3. Cheese ~ For years I never liked cheese unless it was a grilled cheese. My husband, who loves every kind of cheese, thought I was crazy. One day I asked him if I could have a bite of his feta cheese. He looked at me like I was nuts. I tried it and loved it! Now I love all kinds of cheeses, but feta and cheddar are my favorite!

4. Chicken ~ Since we're talkin' food...right now chicken is my favorite meat. We grill out every Friday at work and it is ever so good. Mouth watering good I tell ya!

5. Crockpot ~ I recently bought a new much larger one and we are loving it! The Crockpot Lady has some great recipes on her site. Makes life alot simpler when you can throw it in the crock!

6. Children's books ~ I still read 'em. I'm 43. I love the Little House series. I love all Dr. Seuss books. And when I go to the doctor...I grab a Highlights magazine. Think what you want, I don't care!

7. Catsup ~ I don't like for my condiment to read - catsup. I like the bottle to read - ketchup. I don't know why it matters. It just does to me. And yes, I am very childish!

8. Crayons ~ Oh, how I love me a new box of Crayola's!! The bigger the better. And the smell? One of the best ever! And look at all the shades of blue, will ya? Pretty!

9. Chocolate Mousse Cake ~ This is my husband's specialty. He makes this for each of our birthday's and for the kid's graduation open houses. It's always a huge hit wherever he takes it!
(click on chocolate mousse cake and you'll be able to make this dessert just in time for the 4th!)

10. Comics ~ My favorite comic strip of all time is Peanuts. When I was a little girl my dad used to buy me all kinds of Peanuts books. I would lay in bed each night and laugh and laugh. My dad said he could hear me giggling and that would make him laugh too!

11. Cash Cab ~ This is my new favorite game show. So simple. So clever. Plus it's a double C. Did ya notice? Bonus points for me!

12.Casablanca ~ I have never seen it. Nor do I have any desire to either. Is it worth watching?

13. Coconut ~ YUCKY! The smell alone makes my tummy queasy. Everyone in my family loved it, especially my dad. So please don't send me any candles or candy that contain coconut.

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WFMW ~ A Different Kind Of S'more

Today's edition, share your best recipes that require five or fewer ingredients!

A Different Kind Of S'more


Chocolate chips (you can experiment with different flavors too!)
Mini marshmallows
Flour tortillas


1. For each roll-up, spoon 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and about a dozen mini marshmallows onto the tortilla.

2. Fold and wrap the tortilla as you would a burrito, and then wrap in foil.

3. Set on campfire coals for about 4 minutes, or place on grill for about 8 min, flipping halfway through cooking time.

4. Use tongs to remove from heat and carefully unfold the foil.

5. Be sure the filling is cool enough to eat before serving.

My kids preferred this recipe over the traditional way because they liked picking out their own chips. They tried the chocolate/peanut butter chips, mint flavored, and the cherry chips (which they loved!) This was also cheaper to do as well!

For more great recipes with five or fewer ingredients check out Shannon's place today. Thanks!

The Two Things Meme

Two Names You Go By:

1. Miss Amy ~ my girls at Awana call me this.

2. Mrs. Ahh The Lady ~ one of the strange names my husband calls me. There are many more!

Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:

1. A new top I just bought off the clearance rack at Wally World. Nothing exciting, but it is blue. Imagine that! And I do look kinda cute in it...teehee!

2. Some new socky poos. And they are comfy my friend!

Two Of Your Favorite Things:

1. Pillows ~ can't get enough of them. I literally sleep with about 15 of various shapes and sizes.

2. Free Samples ~ nothing puts a smile on my face like a freebie!

Two Things You Want Very Badly At The Moment:

1. A watermelon all to myself. Yes, I could eat a whole one. It might take me all day, but I could.

2. A few minutes of peace and quiet. Pretty please?

Two Favorite Pets You Have Or Had:

1. Katie ~ a tiger striped kitty that was completely devoted to me. She insisted that I hold her like a baby and carry her around!

2. Wenselydale ~ our English bulldog. I have never loved a pet this much. She goes with us everywhere. Even on vacation. It's true!

Two People You Hope Will Fill This Out:

1. Marina

2. Kimmy

Two Things You Did Last Night:

1. I worked until 8 pm and then picked my son up from his new job at Papa John's.

2. I stayed awake most of the night crying. A friend, Mark, passed away this weekend. He was only 45 years old. His sister and I were best friends in high school. Mark was a sweet, sweet guy. Please pray for this dear family.

Two Things You Ate Last Night:

1. General Tsao's chicken and fried rice. Delicious!

2. A new Little Debbie snack - orange, cranberry muffin! Also delish!

Two People You Last Talked To:

1. My mommy ~ I talk to her several times throughout the day. She likes to know how I am feeling and wants to know what she can pray for!

2. Wensleydale ~ Hey, she's a people too! I asked her if she wanted a treat for going poo. She said, "Yes!"

Two Things You Are Doing Tomorrow:

1. Hopefully going to the movies with my husband to see Wall-E. It's BYOB (bring your own bucket) at the theatre. They fill it up for only $.50! And I can eat a lot of popcorn. I'll skip the Milk Duds this time though since I'm trying to cut back. And I'll bring a smaller bowl than my usual HUGE one.

2. More blogging! I love my Blogvillian friends!

Two of Farthest Trips Taken In The Last 5 Years:

1. Las Vegas to the SEMA convention for our business. I love it because I come home with duffel bags full of freebies! And I am smiling all the way home. :o)

2. California ~ unfortunately it was for a funeral of a close friend.

Two Favorite Holidays:

1. 4th of July ~ not only for all the good food, but because of the freedoms we are blessed with as a nation!

2. Mother’s Day ~ My husband and kids treat me like a queen. And I love it!

Two Favorite Beverages:

1. NOS Energy drink ~ because I love the flavor so much!

2. Sweet Tea ~ with lots and lots of ice!