Friday, August 31, 2012

Jenny's Pearls

I heard this story on my favorite christian radio station yesterday, and it brought tears to my eyes.  It's great to be reminded that just like Jenny's father, my Heavenly father has something bigger and better in mind for me.  All I have to do is stop hanging on to the smaller, less great things.
The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.
"Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!" Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face.
"A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma." As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her piggy bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores. She went to the neighbor, Mrs. McJames, and asked if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.
Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere--Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother had told her that if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.
Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?"
"Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you."
"Then may I have your pearls?"
"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess--the white horse from my collection. The one with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave me. She's my favorite."
"That's okay, honey. Daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.
About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?"
"Daddy, you know I love you."
"Then will you give me your pearls?"
"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper."
"That's okay, Honey. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss. A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek.
"What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?"
Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. When she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, "Here, Daddy. It's for you." With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the prized necklace. With the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case. He handed the handsome velvet case to Jenny and told her, "Thank you for giving me your most prized possesion that you even saved for all by yourself. Here Honey, I have this for you also. I wanted to trade you, but I was going to give these to you tonight either way."
As Jenny pryed open the blue velvet box, so nice a thing itself she'd never known, the glistening white sheen of the rich genuine pearls struck her teary eyes.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Another Sometimes and Always day...

I'm linking up with Mackey Madness today. I haven't written in a good while... I guess life has gotten in the way. :)  I am quite certain it will stay that way too, since I started my final semester before my Associates degree yesterday and my son is now in 1st grade.

SOMETIMES :I want to write about all the happenings in my life

I remember this is world wide and not everyone wants to read about or needs to read about my every move and decision.   :)

Sometimes :
I look at all the hard work ahead of me and groan and mumble....

I try to look at how far I've come and how very worth it all of this work will be.

Sometimes :
I watch the weather and will it to affect various places.

I laugh when it does,  but I hope no one is hurt... well... lol most everyone. :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sometimes & Always

Sometimes:  I can't sleep in the middle of the night, so I blog from my Droid..

Always:  I save those posts as drafts to edit from my computer the next day when I'm awake good so my readers don't have to be victims of horrible misspellings and sentences that don't make sense. : )
 Bee with Green Star Antenna
Sometimes:   I think I could go to work baking and decorating big elaborate cakes and love my job forever!
I love this cake... wish I could do these things
 Always: I know that I want to help others... and that social work is probably the better idea... no matter how much fun I think being a baker would be!

 Blue Buzzing Bee
Sometimes:  I only have a drink for breakfast... most of the time it's Pepsi ... sometimes a cup of coffee.

Always:  I'm starving an hour or two later

 Bee with Heart Antenna
Sometimes:  I pin lots of alcoholic drinks to my drink board on Pinterest although I hardly drink at all

Yummm I need one today Smoretini with Marshmallow vodka, Bailey's Irish cream & Godiva chocolate liqueur
These three drinks make a "Smoretini"
Always:  I worry that people will think badly of me for it.
                                                Blue Love Bee

I'm linking up to the Sometimes and Always  blog hop at Mackey Madness today. :)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our trip across Texas

Thursday Payton and I loaded up my car with everything it seems in the house but the kitchen sink and set off down the road.  We traveled through many small towns and saw many sights.   Payton and I had the privilege of seeing a camel in a pasture.  I also spotted this sign as I drove, it made me laugh.. these type things are only in tiny East Texas "Redneck" towns. : )

Notice their sign reads Licker instead of Liquor. Lovely spelling folks.
Freebirds World Burrito is where we stopped for lunch in Aggieland, College Station, Texas. Payton had a steak fajita quesadilla and a taco, I sampled the fajita tacos as well.  It was so yummy!! Payton was entertained for a long time looking at all of things people had sculpted out of their foil burrito wrappers.  All I can say is people are really talented! Payton loved "bird free" and couldn't wait to go back again.    After a good 30-45 minutes, we were on the road again.

We drove another five hours or so before we arrived at the house where we would stay for five days.  It felt so good to step out of that car and see a sweet smiling face.  It was even better to see Payton so excited to be there.  We had a pepperoni pizza for dinner and called it a night.

The next day Payton and I just enjoyed the morning together.  Later on Payton was invited to go swimming with the neighbor's children.  They had a big time trying to outdo each other with stunts into the pool.  Payton would run about 30 feet, then basically do a flip into the pool.  It was scary to watch, thinking he could break an arm or leg, but really cool at the same time.
Payton's feet are sticking up out of the pool :)
  I'm happy to report none of the kids ages 4,6 and 6 were injured in the fun. : )  We then visited a tank of blue crabs.  Payton had great fun trying to scoop them up with a dip net, to get a better look and holding one that had it's pinchers removed.  Later on, we got Payton dried off and we went to see Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.

The movie was super cute.  Payton really liked the lion, for the time being, his name has slipped my  mind.  He really liked when Manny, Sid and the lion took over the pirates ship and I'm sure much much more.

Saturday we loaded up and headed to the beach for the day.  We arrived on the beach about 10:45/11:00am.  We stopped to buy bait so that we could fish.  Apparently this stop was well worth it.  We had so much fun catching the 10 or more Whiting we brought home to eat.  We spent all day playing in the waves and fishing. Payton found his first hermit crab and marveled at how little it was.  We spent the next hour and a half looking for more and looking at the differences in their shells.  This trip was so greatly needed.  I was truly happy and couldn't have been more relaxed.  Around 4:00 we had finally been in the sun long enough and headed home for some time out of the sun.

He couldn't wait to go fishing!

Sunday was spent mostly indoors until the late afternoon when we went fishing on the local jetties.  Payton cast the first line and was the first to catch a fish.  He caught a 21 inch Speckled Trout! 

 Everyone was so incredibly proud of him!  I think this would have made his day... he had no clue what else was to come.  In the next couple of hours , we caught another big Speckled Trout as well as are you ready for this?  We caught 4, let me repeat myself, 4 Black tip sharks!!  Payton caught one on his new fishing pole he had just gotten for his birthday! Each of these sharks were at least 3 feet in length.  It was really neat to be that close to a shark, to see one up close and in person.  Payton can't wait to tell his friends, although he thinks they won't believe him.  At least we have the pictures to prove it! 

Our whole trip was awesome!  I can't wait to do it again before long!  Hope you all have a great week!

Friday, July 27, 2012


Watch "Kenny Chesney - Summertime" on YouTube

My son and I began our summer trip yesterday. This is what summer is all about. A nice drive with your baby, listening to the road, the radio and the sound of my six year old chattering away.

It's great. I have sure loved the sense of peace and relaxation this trip has brought to me, just in the last 24hrs.

Totally not wanting this to end!

Happy weekend everyone!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Monster of a Party

Payton turned six in the first week of July.  We held his birthday party on the lake the weekend after. This year he decided he wanted to have a Monster Truck themed party.  Payton and his papa often play Monster Jam Urban Assault on his PlayStation2.  He knows each truck by name.

We had so much fun!

He had a monster truck cake:

Texas heat combined with Payton sticking his finger in the buttercream caused a slight crack in the cake.

     The wind blew so hard that day.

We chose Crush drinks in Orange, Strawberry and Grape for party drinks , since Monster Trucks CRUSH cars.We also wrapped checkered flag Duck Tape around water bottles. 

This little boy loved licking the frosting off the wheels of the monster truck that once sat on his cake.

 All the kids munching on yummy
 Chocolate Cake with chocolate filling.

The Monster Truck tire floaties.
 Of course I had to try one out. :)

Everyone had fun in the lake trying to do their best tricks.
Payton's Uncle Cody was first to do a flip off of my dad's shoulders.
Then it was Aunt Jackie's turn.

Followed by Papa.
And after everyone else was done..
 momma tried it... this is my splash. :)

We all had a go on the slip and slide too!

We wanted Jake to be included in the party, so when it was over, we sent him one of Payton's balloons.

    The sunset on party day was beautiful. 
 It was a great way to  end a great day
 with close friends and family. <3

Saturday, July 21, 2012


I am feeling the need to blog today, but don't really know what to blog over... so i'm stealing the currently blog from my mother.

Attempting to:  Since yesterday, I have been attempting to understand why the gunman in Colorado would shoot so many innocent people and kill 12 people including small children.  Our world is so violent.  I hate it.  I hate having to be afraid for our lives when we go places. 

Excited About:  I am super excited about the trip Payton and I are going on at the end of the week.  There is a beach with sun and sand in our future, along with fishing and relaxation.  This week needs to hurry by.

Listening to: I am listening to Tom and Jerry on Cartoon Network.  Payton is in love with Tom and Jerry and the Looney Toons... it's all we watch during the day. :)

Hating:  That so many good friends of mine are in great pain and have more to bear right now than most are dealt in a lifetime.

Looking forward to:  I am looking forward to graduating in the Fall.  It has been a goal of mine for far too long now.  It's finally in my reach.

Reading:  I just finished Heaven is for Real not long ago.  I am now reading thanks to my good friend Lynsey, who is also a baby loss mommy, I will Carry You, by Angie Smith.  Angie is the wife of lead singer for the Christian group, Selah.  It is a great , heartfelt book about her feelings and walk with the Lord as she finds out her daughter is "incompatible with life" and continues her pregnancy knowing her daughter will pass away.

Stumbled Upon:
I stumbled upon this on Pinterest the other day, and thought it was pretty funny, hope it makes you laugh a little.
Watching:  Lately I have been watching lots of Snake and Alligator shows on Tv with Payton.  We have been watching Swamp Wars in between Tom and Jerry episodes, also Swamp People and Gator Boys.  It's pretty interesting, and some days you actually learn something.  Payton knows all of the venomous snakes in the south now, I'm quite certain.
Spending Time:  I am currently spending a lot of time in prayer.  I am also spending time talking to those I love and care for, making sure I am there for them when they need me the most.
Hope you have a great Saturday afternoon!