Tuesday, January 30, 2007


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Brooke's Birthday

Happy Birthday COCO

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite Rook players in the world. We love and appreciate you very much. You have been a great blessing to us and our family. We have had some wonderful memories together. My children adore you. You are like mine and their second grandmother.
We appreciate your faithfulness to God. We are thankful that we got to celebrate another birthday with you. (Even though I never did get to be on your team with our rook game) LOL

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl

Happy Birthday, my sweet Brooke. We love you so much. You are our sunshine. We are so thankful that God gave you to us. We love you to China and back.
Mommy, Daddy, and Sissy.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Happy Birthday Kelly

Happy 30th Birthday Kelly.
I hope you have a great day. We love and appreciate you very much.
Denna, Kevin, Courtney, and Brooke

Thursday, January 25, 2007

God is So Good

Golden Propane brought our gas. :) I was just thinking about having to stay somewhere tonight, and how I really did not want to do that. Brooke is sleeping so well in her bed, and I hated to get her off track. I started praying and asking God to please let the people bring our gas today. Within 5 minutes after I prayed, I heard them pull up. I have never been so glad to hear a Big Truck before. I have been smelling gas for several days. Those who use gas to heat with knows, that when you smell gas you are running low. I don't know how many days the gage has been on zero. Like I said in my first post, the gage was on 45%. That was wrong. The gage was stuck. I am so thankful that we did not find out on the weekend that the gage was stuck. I am thankful that God supplied our oil.

I forgot to Mention

I forgot to mention in yesterday's post about the gas. I kept smelling gas. I told Kevin he needed to check and see how much we had left in the tank. He said I checked the other day and it was on 45%. I found it strange that we have not had to fill our tank up, but at the beginning of the Winter. Yesterday, as I was baking the cake, the smell of gas was so strong. I told Kevin again. He goes and checks the tank again. It is still on 45%. He knew that was not possible. He taps the gage, and the gage goes all the way down to zero. :( The gage had been stuck.
Kevin calls the gas company and they said that they was just in our area that morning, and did not know when they was coming back. :(
So I am praying that this little bit of gas that is in the tank will be supplied like the oil in the bible.
We made it through last night, and still are O.K this morning. Tonight is suppose to be very cold.
I said, at least we have a bunch of good friends and relatives we can stay with, if the gas goes completely out. I did do a post a couple of days ago, about thinking positive in a bad situation.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

One of those days....Kelly

Well today was one of those days you don't want to repeat. I went to Wal- Mart to buy Brooke's birthday gift and they did not have it. I then went to Toysarus. I wanted to buy Brooke a little car that she can sit in and we push it. It is made by Step 2. Toysarus was out of them. If Toysarus is out then I might as well forget buying it for her. I ended up with a riding toy, but not what I wanted.
I came home and decided I needed to bake her cake and get it in the freezer so I could ice it. ( I heard it is easier to decorate this way) The lady that normally bakes cakes for us is out of town. I decided that I would bake Brooke a Cake and try to decorate it myself. I have decorated one before, but that was years ago. I was going to do Brooke a Barney cake. I baked the first cake and poor Barney's arm came off when I took the cake out of the pan. I decide to bake another cake. Well I thought it was the same type cake mix that I just used, so I just did it the same way. When the cake batter did not look right I discovered that one cake was butter cake and the other was classic yellow. The one I was doing called for 1/3 cup of oil. I had put a whole stick of butter in it. I had to go to the store and buy another cake mix. I came home and baked it. This time poor Barney had no eyes, or any description to help me ice him. I always thought the third time was a charm. I finely decided that cake decorating is not for me. I called Wal-Mart and ordered a Barney cake. I am sure somebody that knew what they was doing could ice Barneys arm back on and make him look as good as new. As for me, I am sick of looking at the Barney Cake. I guess I could always do cupcakes. LOL

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Mommia and Daddia

Brooke has started adding a ia to all her words. She will say mommia, or daddia. She even said Courtnia today. (That is the sound uh)
I don't know why she is doing this. It is driving me crazy. I am like "Brooke I am mommy, not mommia." She will shake her head and say mommy, mommy.
She is saying it to everything. She just said Sissia. I hope this phase goes away quickly.

She thinks it is funny.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Nursery Pals

What a Crew!!!Caden looks a little drugged.
Three beauties. Sadie, Emma, and Brooke
(Look at Emma and Brooke's hand. Sweet)

Eating Popcorn.

Tough Boys.
Gage, Caden, Asher, Evan, and Wyatt

Brother's. Gage and Evan

Take heart

Today's Scripture

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

Today's Word

It's easy to be positive and encouraging when everything is going your way, isn't it? But every one is going to have obstacles to overcome in life. Problems have a purpose, and part of God's purpose for allowing you to face obstacles is to test your attitude. That's why you need to be positive even in negative situations. Remember, God wants you to live life to the fullest. And He has provided a way for you to enjoy your life, even when you're going through hard times. Look closely again at John 16:33.

Jesus has just told you that you will face tribulation. But then He says, "Take heart!" That's the secret. One translation puts it this way: "When you have trouble, cheer up." What God is saying is that you can choose to be joyful and positive no matter what happens. The reason you can do that is because Jesus has already won your battle, whatever it may be!

A Prayer for Today

Lord, thank You for the trials that strengthen my faith. I know that all I need to do is look up to You when troubles come, and claim Your victory over them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

This is the day the Lord has Made

Today's Scripture

"This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 18:24)

Did you make up your mind to be happy this morning? It's important to be on the offensive when it comes to your happiness. If you don't set the tone early in the day, the enemy will start reminding you of all your problems and of everything wrong in your life. Before long, you'll be negative and discouraged.

Notice that the Bible doesn't say, "I might be glad today if everything goes well. If I don't get stuck in traffic, or if my boss doesn't yell at me, or if it doesn't rain on my new hairdo." No, the Psalmist said, "I will rejoice and be glad." No matter what kind of difficulties I face today – no matter who tries to make me upset – I choose to be happy. Never forget that although you might not be able to choose your circumstances, you can always choose how you respond to them.

If you'll make the decision to stay full of joy, if you'll choose to be happy in spite of your circumstances, the enemy can't keep you down and defeated. God will give you strength to overcome every obstacle you face. And you'll live that life of overcoming victory He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today

Thank you, Father, for this day. I will take time to smile and to laugh today. Starting tomorrow, I want to get up every morning and declare out loud: This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it! In Jesus' name, Amen.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Cute Panda's

This is for those that haven't seen the 16 baby pandas. SICHUAN , China -- One zoo in southwest China has its hands full with 16 baby pandas. The Sichuan Wolong Panda Protection and Breed Center is dealing with the results of a breeding boom -- 16 pandas have been born since July, 2006. The brood includes five sets of twins. The cubs are weighed and measured every five days (see pics)

The heaviest tips the scale at just over 24 pounds, while the lightest weighs about 11 pounds. The pandas are due to stop suckling by February, 2007 just about the time they'll start learning to walk. Once weaned, the panda cubs will attend panda kindergarten. In the meantime, more little ones are expected at the center since 38 giant pandas were artificially impregnated.

This post is for Courtney

This post is for my beautiful girl, Courtney. I just want you to know I love you very much. You are very special to us. We appreciate you very much. You are a great sister. Here is some pictures from 2006. God gave us a wonderful year, with great memories. I love you to the moon and back.

Guntersville Lake
Miss Hawaii
Doing School in your old bedroom.

Clowning around.
A day at the park. (growing up to fast)

Mommy's Girl.
A day at the Zoo

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A girl has to have a Phone

Brooke loves a phone. She don't care what kind. (cell phone, real phone, fake phone) I would not be surprised any day to have the 911 office call and ask if we have a Emergency. Brooke is always getting my phone and punching numbers. She is so funny because she will talk and talk to Mr. Imaginary friend. I have got to video her doing this. Of course they always stop when you try to video.
My little girl is growing up so fast. I want her to slow down a little bit. Brooke is talking all the time. I am afraid she is going to be like Courtney. I guess I will have to call her chatterbox 2. Brooke melts my heart when she says "Play with me mommy." The bad thing is she says it all day long. She reminds me so much of Courtney. Both of my girls always wanted mommy to play with them. Some days I feel so guilty because I can't play as long as they want me to. Being a homeschool mom really takes away from play time. I am glad I can homeschool Courtney. I don't want her going to public school. I will never forget Bro. Cornwells message on our children being little sponges and they soak up everything they can. I know Courtney would soak up a good bit in public school. I feel it is best to homeschool her for many reasons. I do get tired and feel like it takes a good bit from me. One thing I have had to realize is I can't do everything. If I homeschool I can't have the spotless house. (Unless Kevin wants to hire me a maid) I have to let the toys stay on the floor. Sometimes I feel like I am being pulled in 50 directions. Courtney needs mommy time, Brooke needs mommy time, the house needs cleaned, beds need made, furniture needs dusting, husband need me, meals need cooked, and the list goes on. I am very thankful for my children. At least I have children to play with all the toys on the floor. I have food to eat so it is nice to have dishes to wash. I have furniture so of course it will need dusting. I have a wonderful husband to talk with, and tell him about my day. Speaking of husbands I think I have the best. He is so good to me. I have always wanted a extra room in our house. A room that I could use for a play room or school room. Kevin decided that he wanted me to have that. He is adding a room on for us all to enjoy. (13x24) I am so excited about my room. I told Kevin we will probably stay in that room more that any other room. It will be nice to have a school room. Brooke will be able to play while we do school. Brooke will not play in her room unless I am in there with her. Maybe this will help her to enjoy her toys. I will post pictures when it gets done. It will take a few weeks. The man that is building it can only work on Saturdays.
Well I did not mean to have a long post. I was only going to post pictures of Brooke and her phones. She also likes shoes. You should see the pictures of all the shoes she puts on.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Monday, January 15, 2007

Little Chef

"May I help you Please"
"Which glove do I want?"
" I am working on your order"
"All done. Please join us"

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Fun Day

"Our little Group"
Zoe was a little shy at first, so the only way I could get a picture of her was to let mom in the picture. She did open up before the day was over.

Zoe climbing the rocks.

Beautiful Emily

Brooke trying to climb the rocks.

Michael, Libby, Emily, Brooke, and Courtney

Three beautiful girls.

We had a really fun day today. We met some new friends and had a great time. There has been a group started in Marshall County for Families with Children from China. We met today at McDonalds to let the children play. The kids had a blast. We only had 4 moms to show up, but we had a great time. We stayed almost three hours together. We got to share some of our stories and things about our trip to China. One of the neatest things is the one lady I met today adopted her beautiful little girl from Chongqing. I was so excited, because I have not been able to find anybody in our area or surrounding areas that has adopted from Chongqing. That was really neat to find that out. The other lady adopted from Sichuan which is right next to Chongqing. In fact Chongqing used to be part of the Sichuan province. We have three families right here in Marshall county that share something great. This reminds me of the red thread theory.


I plan on a better Week

The past week has not been so great. It all started Thursday Night, a week ago. My dad had to have surgery. The Doctor had to work my dad in, so the surgery did not start until 7:00 that night. My mom don't like to drive at night, so I decided I would drive them home. We left the hospital about 10:00. I am used to driving a van. I felt like I was riding on the ground in their car. We leave the hospital and everything looked strange to me. It was raining, and the roads was wet, and the lights on the road looked strange. To top that, my contact was fogged over. Everything looked so blurry. I did not think about this until I was in bed that night. The reason things looked strange to me was I was thinking that I was leaving the hospital where my husband works. It was a different hospital. To get to either hospital you are on the same hi-way. Anyway I could not figure out why the streets looked so weird.
Back to the story. My eyes was really bothering me. I told my parents I was going to have to pull over and wet my contact and see if I could get it to clear. I pull over in front of CiCi's pizza. I pop the contact out, and it vanishes. We could not find that contact. My poor dad was so nervous. My mom had to drive home because the contact that I lost was the one for my bad eye. I am almost blind without them. I was thankful I had a old pair of contacts. The prescription is not the same, but at least I had them. I also had my glasses.
Saturday night I got two hours of sleep, because Brooke was sick. I take Brooke to the Doctor on Monday. The Doctor puts her on steroids because she has a terrible rash. I go to Sams to get the medicine to find out they are out. I then go to Wal-Mart. The lady says they have the medicine, but it will be at least a hour and forty five minutes before it will be ready. They had to go to lunch, and she had to call Brooke's Doctor because she did not understand the prescription. I decided to go back that night and pick it up. I get there to pick the medicine up, and they don't have it, but they ordered it for the next day. I was not happy. They should have called and told me, so I could have found somebody else that had the medicine. I mean I did turn the order in at 11:30 that morning. The lady told me it would be there the next day at 10:00 or 11:00. I go to pick it up the next day and it was not there. They did not know when it would be in. I get the prescription back. I go to a pharmacy close to my house. They are out also. I finally call the doctor and tell him to switch the medicine. He did, and Brooke finally got her medicine. It was terrible trying to get this down her. I had to taste the medicine to see if it was as bad as Brooke was acting like it was. IT WAS. Bitter bitter.
Kevin had bought me a under cabinet radio for Christmas. The CD player did not work on it so we had to get another. I found one at Sears for a GREAT price. I had ordered it several weeks ago. It was suppose to be in on Tuesday. I call, and the truck was delayed. I go Wed. to pick it up. The lady tells me that it did not come in. She calls the main office to be told that they was out of that radio, and did not know when it would be in. :( Why they did not know that when I ordered it, I will never know.
Last night we went to a great play. Many of our friends was there. We had a great time. We even went to McDonalds after the play and enjoyed being with friends.
I came home and was rocking Brooke. I took my glasses off and was rubbing my eyes. I reached to put my glasses on and the crazy lens was out. The glasses had broke. Don't forget, I just lost a contact a week ago. I had to find my old glasses last night. I can't hardly see anything. I did think of several things when the glasses broke. "thank the Lord for Insurance" I have a app. on Monday. I also was thankful I had my old glasses and contacts. I would be in a real jam if I did not have those. SOOOOOOOO that is my week. Surely this week will be better.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Poem By Kevin, to His Dad

Lowell, Kevin, and L.D
Kevin, L.D, and Courtney

The first time to Hold Brooke
L.D in the hospital with his 6 Grandchildren.


In heaven resides a wonderful man
Who, when I was a child, held me by the hand.
He did his best for me back then
He worked hard and he did it with a grin.
A tenth grade education was all he had
He scraped and labored when times got bad.
He did jobs on the side and would not accept defeat
He did many things to make ends meet.
A washing machine here, a dryer there
He fixed them all with tender care.
He taught me about gas lines, electricity and wire
How to work on a switch box without starting a fire.
When evening came and goodnights were said
He always said, "I love you" before I went to bed.
I am no longer a child, now I am grown
I have a wonderful wife and a family of my own.
Lord, please help me. This is my plea
Help me show my children the love he showed me.
Dad became sick a few years ago
He suffered much and it hurt me so.
One year has passed since God eased his pain
He took Dad home with him, forever to reign.
I knew I loved Dad, but not how much
I did not know how I would miss his touch.
On sunny days and on days that are dreary
When I think of Dad, my eyes still get teary.
I keep his picture on the table to view as I pass by
Many days it has made me cry.
I thought a year would make less the pain
But it has only gotten worse, much to my disdain.
I guess, I know why it hurts so bad
I spent thirty one years loving my Dad.
So in one year, I cannot erase
Thirty one years of good memories that stand firmly in place.
I wanted my children to know my Dad
A single grandmother was all I had.
Courtney knew Dad for seven years
When he left us, she shed many tears.
Brooke knew Dad a month to the day
He would set in his chair and watch her play.
He loved his grandchildren and he loved me
He was a wonderful man, don't you see.
I want the world to know I have been blest
When it comes to Dads, I had the best.
Dad is not here, Dad has passed on
I set here and cry, because I feel alone.
Dad, I hope you are having fun up there
In your wonderful new home, way up in the air.
I have a great family to take care of below
I need to stay here and support them you know.
But when you set with Jesus this is my plea
Leave the chair beside you empty....Save it for me.

I love you Dad.
Your son, Kevin

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

I wish you all a very Happy New Year. I hope your year is filled with Health, Happiness, and dreams that come true.