Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's a sad, sad day...

I have been trying to shake this cold/flu for the past several days, so again, I went to bed early last night. My son called at 10:30 PM to let me know that McCain has conceded and the news sources are all claiming that Obama has won. I was hoping that by the time I woke up, the REST of the ballots would be counted.

What a terrible thing to wake up to... President-elect Obama. Well, our country is going to get what they want. GOD help us all.

Edited to add: I went to the doctor today, and I have strep... yes, STREP! I am on antibiotics, so I am hoping that I will be back in the loop in a few days. This is SO not the time to get sick.

Monday, October 20, 2008

4-years ago, I met this amazing man…

Well, since I seem to be running a week behind lately, I have to admit that I am adding this dedication to my sweet fiancé, Marty-san, a week late…’tis better now then never!

Out of all the long-term relationships that I have experienced in my lifetime, this courtship that I have had with one good man, Marty, has simply been the most amazing 4-years of my life.

What can I say about him that you don’t already know?

Here are a few words that I have thought off the top of my head that can help describe him: GOD-fearing, GOD-loving, honorable, honest, kind, dedicated, warm, tender, loving, caring, patient, loyal, encouraging, literal, practical, analytical, quiet, studious, remarkable, and the smartest man I know.

SONG ON MY MIND: These are exactly the types of adjectives that make my heart swell with happiness. I had been looking for him all of my life!!! Thank you, Lord, for being so good to me!

ALL MY LIFE – K-Ci and JoJo

I will never find another love
Sweeter than you... sweeter than you
And I will never find another love
More precious than you... more precious than you

Honey you are...
Close to me, you’re like my mother
Close to me, you’re like my father
Close to me, you’re like my sister
Close to me, you’re like my brother
You are the only one... my everything
And for you this song I sing

And all my life... I've prayed for someone like you
And I thank GOD... that I, that I finally found you
For all my life... I've prayed for someone like you
And I hope that you feel the same way, too
Yes, I pray that you do love me, too

I said, you're all that I'm thinking of

Said I promise to never fall in love... with a stranger
You're all I'm thinking of... I praise the Lord above
For sending me your love... I cherish every hug
I really looove you...

You're all that I ever known...
When you smile on my face... all I see is a glow
You turn my life around... you picked me up when I was down

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Garage sale...

In the past, I have sure enjoyed going to garage sales and rummaging through other people's unwanted items. I do NOT enjoy giving a garage sale. The last time I gave one was... well, 17-years ago when I was going through a divorce. It was no fun then, and it isn't any fun today.

I have been spending the last week cleaning my garage out. I didn't have a lot of items in there, but what was in there was covered with years of dirt since I rarely close my garage door (the mechanism had been broken). I purchased a power washer last week, and I could not believe how dirty the garage floor was - YUCK! It did get up a lot of greasy stains from my boy's old clunkers, but it'll get better when I power wash it again. Brandon and I sealed the driveway yesterday (Saturday) so the driveway looks great!

Today I have been cleaning out my boy's bedroom (my baby birds only took what they wanted when they flew the coup!) *looking around* *shaking head*

I think the sheer volume of items that I have collected over all these 17-years is one of the main reasons why I dislike it so much. Part of it is saying good-bye to memories associated with certain toys or books and such that I have enjoyed with the boys. The other part of it is that it's just a lot of work moving items away from the house.

The ONLY good thing about this garage sale is that it really feels like a fresh start, again, for me... but this time, it's a fresh start and a new life with my best friend!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Wedding Date...

I am very happy to announce that Marty and I will be married on Sunday, November 16, 2008, at Union Primitive Baptist Church immediately after worship service. I know it's a long way for my dear family, church family and friends to go all the way to Georgia, but if you can, we would be so very happy to have you there to witness our great joy!

By the way, Marty and I are combining 2-households, so we really don't need anything! Please, please, PLEASE, don't get us anything... a much coveted gift for us would be your prayers, and of course, to see your smiling face!

With much love...

Friday, October 03, 2008

Marty and I are engaged to be married!!!

I still can hardly believe that he proposed to me... I keep pinching myself to make sure that I'm not dreaming! Marty proposed to me on Saturday, September 27, 2008! Thanks be to GOD for such a wonderful blessing... I am honored to be Marty's wife! *humbled* *thankful*

I'll keep you informed of the developments.

I'm sorry it took so long to update this blog; it's been a long time!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Happy Birthday, Youngest Son!!!

Happy 20th Birthday, my dear!!!
(My 2nd Godsend!)

Saturday, February 10, 2007

2nd call from youngest son!

While I was driving home from work on Thursday evening, and while I was heading to Missouri to fill up my gas tank, I received a call from Mr. Aaron! The connection from Lackland AFB was, again, very poor, so I had to pull over on 270 and put my finger in my other ear just so I could hear him! Anyway, I'm sorry I am just getting my remarks put on here. (I also got a letter from him earlier in the week, so this has been an awesome week for me!)

Aaron is still doing well! He has 3 weeks left, and he is trying VERY HARD not to get recycled. When you mess up, you run the risk of going back to the very beginning of your training. If that happens, than of course, his graduation date gets pulled back! He's trying to avoid this since he knows that many of us has already purchased our plane tickets for the first of March!

He said that many of his fellow soldiers are being recycled, so he is pushing himself hard to not make any mistakes! (Please pray for him!)

I had to update the address on the prior post because I, again, made a mistake!!! He told me that every time that he gets a letter that has his information wrong, he has to do 20 push-ups (per letter!) Goodness!

He also said that he hates making his bed! The specifics that they want him to make it, he says, is next to impossible, but he is getting it done! It has to be pulled very tight.

Again, because he is underweight, he gets to eat more than the other guys there, AND they make him drink a can of Ensure between meals. He says that he is eating everything on his plate, yet the poor guy still isn't gaining any weight; BUT he does feel stronger, which is a good thing! I wish I had the problem of a highly efficient metabolism!!!

He is also going to church, which makes me very happy! He said that it's like a vacation to go to church! *grin*

He does NOT like PT (physical training) and he's aching terribly - poor, little guy!!!

Of course, you know he said he misses his computer big time! *laughing* I am not surprised he said that! Oh, also he said that when the other guys were reading their letters from home, many were crying. I asked him if he was homesick, and he said no, not really! He said that he thinks maybe it's because I am not making my letters to him sad enough! *shaking head and laughing*

Next week he gets to go through "warrior week" and that's where they do their obstacle courses. I think he said that he was looking forward to it!

Anyway, he seems like he is happy and healthy, and I know he is glad that he has gone through it. He also said he is thankful and very happy to receive your mail of encouragement! I am also very thankful to all of you who are taking the time to encouraging him! You have no idea how much that means to me! (((hugs)))

19 more days until I get to hug and kiss him again!!!

Good-bye to my friend...

Today I had to say a sad good-bye to my lovely friend and colleague, Shirley Hanes. Thankfully, GOD rescued her from the fierce battle she had with Pulmonary Fibrosis. What a beautiful, beautiful person she was. *sigh* She always made me smile. Some words that always comes to mind when I think of her: elegent, lovely, captivating, hilarious, warm, dignity... good friend

It was great to see her devoted husband, Charlie, and her daughter and grand-children and niece. It was also wonderful to see my colleagues who she loved so much. Please keep this family up in prayer.

SONG ON MY MIND: My friend was such a strong believer in Christ. I know she would have approved of this song. This song is so beautiful and always gave me hope; I am so happy that Shirley is now in GOD's loving embrace and free from the horrible suffering she endured.


I believe...
I believe in who You are
And when You speak...
I hear You deep inside my heart
It's more of You I want
So take me back to the start
Show me the bigger part...

I know there's so much more to life
So won't You open up my eyes

I want to see...

And I, I'm falling on my face
I'm holding out for Grace

Send Your Spirit down
Illuminate this place, my Lord...

My Love, My peace
Without You... I'm incomplete

And in my time of need
I know You're watching over me
And I can't wait to lose myself in Your embrace
You're my hiding place...

I know there's so much more to life
So won't You meet me here tonight

I want to see...

And I, I'm falling on my face
I'm holding out for Grace

Send Your Spirit down
Illuminate this place...

Let Your kingdom come
Heal the broken ones
Father shine Your Light

...on Your daughters and Your sons

In my mind, there's a battle going on and on... for my life
But this time I'm gonna give You everything I have... inside

GOD our GOD how beautiful You are...