Thursday, December 17, 2009

Joyful Thursday!

No, this isn't a new meme,...just the way I feel today... :)

If you are here reading today, I'm going to ask you to do something...don't just scan this scripture (yes we're all guilty of the occassional 'scan')...really read it,..slowly, and with the excitement that it deserves...taste every word, this is God's Word! It fills my heart to overflowing... I love His Word!

Sing to the Lord a new song;

Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, bless His name;

Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

Tell of His glory among the nations,

His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.

For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;

He is feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols,

But the Lord made the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before Him,

Strength and beauty are His sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name;

Bring an offering and come into His courts.

Worship the Lord in holy attire;

Tremble before Him, all the earth.

Say among the nations, "The Lord reigns;

Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved;

He will judge the peoples with equity."

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

Let the sea roar, and all it contains;

Let the field exult, and all that is in it.

Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy

Before the Lord, for He is coming,

For He is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness

And the peoples in His faithfulness.

Psalm 96

My heart is full today....full of so many things....

Joy and overflowing love for my Lord Jesus, He has always been so faithful to me, always been there gently guiding me, and comforting me.

My heart is full of thankfulness to Him for the blessings He has given to me, my precious husband,...I am so very thankful for the man that he is and the gift of him in my life.

My heart is full of a Mother's we are picking up our son at the airport. I love being a Mom, oh how my heart aches to kiss my child is the day! I am thankful that my great big baby boy is still more than willing to let his Momma kiss his face - he knows how much it means to me.

Oh my heart is full!

He'll be here until the day after Christmas, so I may be absent from blogland. Maybe I'll have a moment to pop on a photo or two, but it's not too likely.

If I'm not around to say it before then, have a very Merry Christmas!!! Thank you for being my friends! :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Parade of Homes

Today I'm joining in with The Nesting Place for her Christmas Tour Of Homes. I wish you could all come to my house for dinner, or coffee, or games, or tea, or girl time or WHATEVER, during the month of December, because I just love the cozy feel of a home decorated for Christmas! It's so much fun to have a house full of people with the sound of Christmas music in the background and the fake fireplace DVD on the TV (it's 85 degrees ya'll).

BUT, since you don't all live just around the corner, let's have a virtual visit...come on it!...

Here are some of the things you'll see at my house during Christmas time...

Ahhh, yes,...we've all seen this won't see this when you visit though, he's not still up there, hee hee hee...

After all his hard work,...this is what the house looks like...

From the driveway. I put plain wreaths in the windows with red velvet ribbon and bows. I bought all that stuff at an after Christmas sale for pennies!!!! Who doesn't love bargain decorating???
From across the street. All the lights on the house are red and white.

If you were peering into my front window, this is what you'd see...note the plumerias still blooming in my garden (gotta love Florida!).

Come on inside and you'll see my nativity set...I've been trying (forgetting) to finish painting it for about 6 years!!!! Pretty sad, eh? Should I make that my challenge this year? It WILL be painted by next's up to you guys to hold me to it! :)

Turn around and you'll see our tree...

during the day...

And at night...

Let's go into the dining area...

My hutch (I call it the "coffee station")'s hard to tell, but I have colored lights draped at the top, which I love at vase changes it's flowers for every season, so these are my Christmas reds and whites, and my little cloth Jesus candy cane. In the center of the bottom shelf is a drawing my son did of the nativity scene when he was probably 4 or 5 years old - precious!

This little Christmas bird sits on my table to greet you...

If you were coming to Christmas Dinner your place setting might look like this, not quite sure yet, just testing ideas...

Now into the kitchen...

I love colored lights!...this is the dining room, at the entrance to the kitchen...

I love this cute little cloth wall hanging...

Door swag in the kitchen, the lights look so pretty when the house is dark...

Now, how about just a little bit of this and that...

There's a little corner in my hallway, I brightened it up with my tiny tree. :)

I made these stocking just a week ago. We've had the same stockings for forever, and I wanted something new, but never like what I see in stores...I really like the way these turned out.

I drape greenery on all my doorways and at the top corners, I have a mixture of white roses and red hydrangeas, or red roses and white hydrangeas.


That goes without saying...doesn't it? :)

Little clothes pin snowman on the bathroom shelf...

Pop over to the Nesting Place to see more lovely homes, and to enter her giveaway!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ Our Christmas Tree


This is what I call my "Jesus Tree" :)

Have a Beautiful Day!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About How We Celebrate Christmas

I "borrowed" this meme from my friend Jo-Lynne, over at Musings Of A Housewife. It looked like fun, so here I go...

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About How We Celebrate Christmas...
I'm sure you've been wanting to ask me these questions all year long, right???? LOLOLOL

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Definitely homemade Hot Chocolate,...I especially love Abuelitas Mexican Hot Chocolate, because that's what my grandmother use to make for us from scratch, mmmmmm. As for egg-nog, if I love the taste, but can't deal with the thickness,...I like to mix it with skim milk to make it easier on me. But I LOVE Egg Nog Ice Cream punch! :)

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Well, we don't do Santa...sorry. Now, don't get me wrong, present show up mysteriously in the middle of the night for certain, but they are either from Jesus, or Mom and Dad. My parents always set up our gifts UNwrapped, and the display was amazing to see (there were 6 kids, so imagine tea parties set up with new dolls, barbies townhouse set up with furniture and a new Ken doll, guitars on stands, battleship games set up ready to play, etc... - it was really cool to wake up to that.
But I never followed that tradition, I guess since I had only one child?

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? On the tree I do white, because it goes with the theme I use. I use to do colored and may start again next year because I kinda miss them. On the house we do a white red and green color theme, kinda like a gingerbread house look. On the inside of the house I string colored lights in various places.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Yes, most definitely...I LOVE kisses! :)

5. When do you put your decorations up? Beginning the first day of December.

6. What is your favorite Christmas dish? I am assuming this means "food", not dessert soooo, I guess this yummy tenderloin roast I made one year, that really sticks out.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? My Mom always placed a small gift at the foot of our beds while we were sleeping. So, when we woke up, we were allowed to open that one gift before we got our parents up - I loved carrying that tradition through to my son.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I had 5 older siblings, I don't ever remember believing in Santa, so there was not "moment of truth".

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Absolutely, this has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? I have a Jesus themed tree. White Lights=stars in the sky, Red balls=blood shed for us, White balls=His purity, Gold balls=Gifts of gold for royalty. I also have clear glass ornaments and several of the colored balls have names of Christ (Lamb of God, Friend, Messiah, etc...) written on them. I have these white hearts that have the attributes of Christ on them (faithful, loving, kind, just, etc...). I also add candy canes because they are like a "J" for Jesus, and they are red and white! :)

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? I love snow, I don't live in or near it, so that's easy to say. But I do remember having snow at Christmas as a child and it is such a wonderful memory...I love snow.

12. Can you ice skate? Actually, yes. Just your basic skating style, don't think I'm doing loops and stuff, LOL.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Funny, I actually STILL HAVE my favorite gift. When I was 9 yrs old, I picked out a stuffed Chimp named "Zip" from the Sears catalog. He didn't make it in time for Christmas, but showed up a few weeks later and I loved him dearly. He sits on my bed to this day and my name is still marked in pen on the bottom of his shoe. :)

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Celebrating the wonderful gift of Jesus, the music that makes me feel all hapyp and warm inside, seeing lights on the houses, the smells of cookies baking, laughter, family and friends, watching people open their gifts!!! :)

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Buche De Noel, a rolled very light cake with a mocha filling and dark chocolate coating. I learned how to make it about 25 years ago in my High School French class and still have the original copy (remember that blue ink from those big rolling copy machines we had?)

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Oh, I have 2....Christmas Eve, we do our "Drive to see the Lights" tradition....and, My Christmas Day dinner, when my best friend Kim and her family join's so much fun to menu plan and decorate the table, watch everyone open gifts. I love it!

17. What tops your tree? A bright star.

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving? Totally giving...I love to wrap gifts, and make them all sparkly and pretty and I LOVE watching people open them.

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? I could eat one a year, but they are a MUST for the tree.

20 Favorite Christmas Show? That's got to be a "Charlie Brown Christmas". :)

21. Saddest Christmas Song? Hmmmm...I'm dreaming of a White Christmas? Because it just ain't gonna happen here in Sunny Florida!

22. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Oh, this is easy. Words can hardly define what I feel when I hear David Phelps sing O Holy Night. He doesn't just "sing" it, he FEELS it, and you will too when you watch this...TURN YOUR SPEAKERS UP, and get some tissue, you will be ushered into the throne room of the least that's what it does to me!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ugly can be Beautiful!

I found a sweet surprise today in my backyard. See, I love gardening, it's one of my passions. I have one policy regarding my gardening passion though,...if it's a really finicky plant and takes too much "specialized" babying, I'm not growing it.

Over the years I've had a few Orchids given to me. As much as I love the way Orchids look, their flowers are so amazing, I have no desire to get carried away with their supposed needs. So, I hang the handful of Orchid plants under a branch in my Pecan tree and basically ignore them, if I happen to be out that way watering, I'll spray them...that's all they get.

In return, they are pretty ugly...scraggly, yellowish green ugly plants.

But every once in a while I am blessed, through nothing I have done, with this gorgeous display. Today was one of those days. I was given a gift made by the hand of God, as if to say,...see I don't need your help, I made these, and I'm giving them to you free of charge! He is awesome and gracious, His gifts are precious, no matter how small.

Two princesses dressed in their finest! What a sweet reward!

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas with a Capital "C"

Love this!!! :)

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Making Your Home Sing Monday

Making your home sing Mondays

Today I'm joining my friend Nan for here mem Making Your Home Sing Monday! She says..."Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?
It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless."

I loved Nan's post today about lists...I am a list maker too! And right now, I have a big list...I have SEVERAL projects, crafts and homemade Christmas gifts that need to get done. I've begun several at one time (bad idea). That's when I get overload syndrome..I just want a piece of chocolate and a good movie, let it all sit and wait....wait for WHAT? I need to get on the ball and do a chip away a little at a time until they are completed...and that SHOULD be before Christmas!

What have a I started? Well, I wanted to "re-do" the guest bedroom, we painted the walls, got new carpet and did some re-arranging...I decided the little vanity desk and mirror needed to be painted a different color to match the new color scheme...vanity awaits my paint and brush...

While I was out looking for "doo-dads" to hang on the wall of the new spare bedroom, I came across this mirror that would look "perfect" in the hall just needed some paint and antiqing, etc...this created a monster of an overhaul in the hall bath which I am currently right in the middle of....wall needs spackling and painting...

I've been mulling over for sometime to move some shelves from the living room to the spare bedroom and change up the look in the living room...needed a chair for the "spot" I the chair cheap (woo-hoo) I need to recover it....

Began a quilt (a LONG time ago) for my Mom, NEED to finish it in time to mail for Christmas....

Started about 7 other Christmas gift projects that NEEEEEEED finishing....

I felt so guilty when I read Nan's post about waiting until the last minute and people who like to work under pressure - that's not me! Why did I wait???? No list.

So, today, I'm going to go through these thigns that need finishing, prioritize them on a list and begin working through them until they are done...hopefully this will streamline my work so I can get things done with no stress, because they are all fun projects and stress just ain't fun!

On top of that, it's December!!!!!! Yee-haw!!!!! And my home will be singing with the first signs of Christmas decorations! I love to decorate for Christmas, it's my favorite! I'll try to put that on my list.. :) At the top!

Have a beautiful Monday!

For more "Making your Home Sing Monday" posts, visit Nan at Moms The Word.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Trust Him...

I love those small tid-bits we are given in scripture. The ones that we read and say 'wow', then pass on by to the next. Oftentimes, we don't take in the Awesomeness of what we have just read...we move on, because we are on a mission...get "this" many pages read today. But this morning, I read this, and I knew that God wanted me to "Selah"... (pause, take a breath and hang on to these words, carefully measuring them, running them over in my mind)...these are my words for today.

"Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." So they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, "Where is your faith?" They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, "Who then is this, that He coammands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?" ~ Luke 8:22-25

Selah.....and WOW.

Now you try it, you go outside during a storm and tell it to stop...yeah,...that's what I thought. How easily we read over these words, but stop, take it you feel that POWER? We are often afraid and concerned that He can't or won't handle something in our lives? A raging storm seems uncontrollable, who could fathom telling wind and rain and crashing waves to stop? It seems unreal, but we read it here in God's Word, so we KNOW it's real, that is His power - so awesome and huge!

What storm do you have in your life? A wayward child? An aching heart? A debilitating illness? An unsaved neighbor? Something that is just uncontrollable when it sits in your hands? Place in the hands of our beautiful Savior, Jesus Christ, NOTHING is uncontrollable for Him. He has the power, He will use it as He sees fit. Our job? Trust Him.

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Twas the Month before Christmas...

*Twas the month before Christmas*

*When all through our land,*

*Not a Christian was praying*

*Nor taking a stand.*

*See the PC Police had taken away,*

*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*

*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*

*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*

*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*

* December 25th is just a 'Holiday'.*

*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*

*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*

*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*

*Something was changing, something quite odd! *

*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*

*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*

*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*

* At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*

*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*

*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*

*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*

*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*

*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*

*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!*

*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*

*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*

*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*

* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*

*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*

*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*

*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*

*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*

*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*


not Happy Holiday!*

Please, all Christians join together and

wish everyone you meet


Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm hosting a Paperspring Giveaway!!!!

How would you like to win a $50 gift certificate to Paperspring?

What? You don't know what Paperspring is?

Neither did I until I entered and WON a giveaway at my sweet friend Lisa's blog, Stop and Smell the Chocolates. I was so excited when I won her giveaway and I used my gift certificate to order my Christmas Cards for this year, in addition to a Sticky Stock photo to pop inside each card.

Aren't these just the cutest cards?

You can also send them your list of names for cards and they will print each persons name on the front of the card - How Cool Is That???!!! :)

Don't worry, if you've already got your Christmas cards all filled out and ready to mail (yeah, right, SURE you do...REALLY, do?),...they have a ton of other things you can order. The personalized cards and sticky stock are my favorite!

What's Sticky Stock? Well, it's not really sticky at all, it doesn't have any kind of residue or film. It just stays where you put it,

until you pick it up and move it...

It'll stay here...

Or here...

Or here...

Or even here...if that's where you really want it...??

Not only are there products made of high quality paper, but the ordering process is really smooth and easy, and the mailing was superfast, I was pretty shocked to get my stuff so quickly! On top of that, the staff is really friendly and helpful.

The worst thing about my Paperspring experience? I wanted a little bit of EVERYTHING!!! All the personalized Christmas cards are sooooooo cute, it was tough to choose. As a matter of fact, I think I'm gonna go back over there and order some cards with my Blog name on them, just because they are SOOOOOOO cute! :)

Now then, HOW can YOU win???? Paperspring has offered a $50 gift certificate (good towards paperspring products) for me to give away.... how cool is that???

Here's how you can enter to win. You can earn up to 3 entries, and I'll randomly pick the winner on Tuesday, November 24th!

1. Pop over to Paperspring, and look around; leave me a comment telling me what paperspring product you liked the most. (that'll be a first entry)

2. Blog about my giveaway, or post it on your blog and let people know you did. THEN come back and comment again to let me know you did that! (that'll be a 2nd entry)

3. Post about this giveaway on your facebook page or tweet about it (gotta come back and comment again to let me know!) ~ that'll be a 3rd entry!!

Have a beautiful day and I hope you win! :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

101 "Thankfuls"...

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (as if you didn't know), and have already seen lot's of Christmas decorations up, SAD! There's a lot of talk of Turkey, stuffing, side dishes and desserts (all of which I enjoy VERY much), but there are also lots of blogs in the "blog-o-sphere" that are posting about what they are thankful for. Since I found out too late about the "ABC's" of Thankfulness, I thought I'd make up my own little list.

Here are 101 things (in no particular order ~ well,...the first one is intentionally the FIRST) that I'm ever so thankful for...

1. My Lord Jesus Christ who saved me from the pit by His might hand and gracious love!!!

2. My super loving, funny, giving, hunk-a-licious, godly, intelligent, sweet Hubby!!!

3. My way too intelligent, gorgeous, strong, self-professing "Momma's Boy", precious Son!!!

4. My oh so funny, caring, fun to hang with, bestest girlfriend in the world, Kim!!!
5. My most adorable boxer on this planet, sweetie pie, snuggle bunches, Stormie!!!

6. Sunsets

7. Chocolate

8. Flowers

9. Babies

10. Love

11. God's Word!!!

12. The smell of fresh cut grass

13. The Ocean

14. Bird songs

15. Quiet mornings

16. Sunrise

17. Coffee

18. Kisses

19. Cozy blankets

20. Air Conditioning

21. Family

22. Cadbury Cream Eggs

23. Water

24. Friendly Neighbors

25. Grandma's

26. Books

27. Trees

28. Salad

29. Whipped Cream

30. Waterfalls

31. Frogs

32. Laughter

33. Good Soil

34. Hugs

35. Love Notes

36. Christmas

37. Cookies

38. Blue Skies

39. Charcoaler Hamburgers (it's an El Paso thing)

40. The sound of "I love you Mom"

41. Smiles

42. Baby Ducks

43. Fresh Baked Bread

44. Snuggling

45. Hot Soup

46. Ice Cream

47. Roses

48. Parents

49. Sisters

50. Movies that make you sigh at the end and smile all the way to your car...

51. Christmas lights

52. Snow!

53. Watermelon

54. Electricity

55. Cooking with Gas!!!

56. Campfires

57. Gardens

58. Farmers

59. Bicycles

60. Fresh Air

61. Dental Floss

62. Snorkel Masks

63. Hand Holding

64. Plumerias

65. Mustard

66. Root Beer!!!

67. Dance

68. Paintbrushes

69. Earthworms

70. Butterfly Kisses

71. Massages

72. Tears

73. Rain

74. Hot Cocoa

75. Springtime

76. Grandpa's

77. Friends

78. The sound of children playing

79. Sewing Machines

80. Squirrells

81. Butterflies

82. Faith

83. Clothing

84. Shoes

85. Fingers

86. Geraniums

87. Thunder and Lightening

88. Cars

89. Carpet

90. Toothpaste

91. Dishes

92. Honesty

93. Patience

94. Eyes

95. Sunshine!!!

96. Gentle Breezes

97. Libraries

98. Tennis Shoes

99. Pastors

100. Angels

101. Heaven

You still with me? You still awake? Did you skip 6-95? LOLOL.....

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

State Fair....and Respect our Flag...

This past weekend, Capt. Mike and I went to the State Fair. We are just a couple of big kids really, there's just something about the fair that we think is fun.
(Like "Fresh Squeezed" Lemonade that taste JUST like Country Time and even has the sugary grit at the bottom of the cup,....Hmmmm)

We went to see the silly stuff...Demolition Derby and Monster Trucks, :). I think Capt. Mike would secretlylike to be behind the wheel in the Demolition Derby....who wouldn't?

Monster Trucks are funny to look at too, I think it'd be fun to be behind the wheel of one of those!

Cut me off in traffic one more time Buddy.......:)

We aren't really into the rides, but we had WAY too much fun in the house of mirrors, laughing at us all short and fat....Hmmmm, was that a REAL mirror????
The teenagers were looking at us like we were a bit off our rockers (we are, thank you very much), LOL. We were dancing in front of the mirrors, LOL.
We also went on the Ferris Wheel....Michael! Put that latch down!!!!!!

The biggest problem we faced was WHAT TO EAT? While you all know I like my share of chocolate and treats, I am just not into grease!!! I like healthy foods (in case you haven't visited my cooking blog), and I'm almost the worlds pickiest eater. Basically, a polish sausage smothered in peppers and onions, washed down with a large draft beer and followed up by a deep fried funnel cake coated in 1/2 cup of powdered sugar does NOT sound appealing to me!

(760 calories, that's almost 2 meals worth, and 44g of fat!)

I had packed a little bag with healthy snacks to get us through the day, almonds, dried cherries, Kashi crackers, and granola bars. But as we waited for the last truck show, we began to get "hungry", the kind of hungry that says I really would like something more than a nut!!!!

Here were my choices...

Polish Sausage
Italian Sausage
Giant Turkey Leg (1,134 calories, 54g of fat!!!)
Greasy Burger
Hot Dog
Corn Dog

Fried Ham Sandwich
Funnell Cake

Deep Fried Oreos (Yes, you heard that right)

Bucket of Fries

Deep Fried Snickers (700 calories, 45g of fat!)

Cotton Candy


Pizza... We decided on a slice of cheese was disgusting, but it fueled the body just enough to make it through the rest of the evening.

All in all, it was a typical State Fair outing, a fun, silly day. HOWEVER, there was one event that got my blood boiling....

This is where I step onto my soapbox for a moment...

At the beginning of one of the truck events, we all stood and sang the national anthem (along with Whitney Houston via recording, lol)...There was a young man 2 rows in front of me, and as I stood there with my hand over my heart, facing the flag that represents our great country, singing my heart at at every word that just means SO VERY MUCH!!!!!.....he stood and ate his funnel cake....

I had this great urge to press his face into his funnel cake....I could imagine it happening, almost like a comedy show... One moment, he's happily snacking away, disrespecting our flag and all it stands....the next minute, powdered sugar is blowing out his nose, and funnel cake grease is giving a nice shine to his nose and forehead. Of course all this would happen in such an instant that he would look around and have no clue who did it, or what even happened... Can you tell I was just a little bit irritated????

Both of my Grandfather's fought in wars for our Country, my own Father was sent to Vietnam twice, leaving 6 kids at home! I come from a long line of military family members, including my husband and my son! It burns me up when people take for granted what the words of the National Anthem mean....they don't even know them enough to sing along...they just don't saddened me, and it make me wonder what a State Fair might be like in 10 or 20 years, will we even have a National Anthem?

Ok, I'm off the box now....just had to vent, and what better place than the internet? :)

I hope you all have a beatiful day...I'm going out into my garden to put in some cabbage, broccoli and lettuce!