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Monday, January 2, 2017

Snow Hopes

Hello! How has your Christmas been? Please share your experience with me in the comments below.

 Raul was gifted with an entire Christmas tree and some very spiffy ornaments and lights from a house he worked on where renters moved out. Sophie dug in and decorated these three beautiful Christmas trees.

My dad took us to the zoo, right after Christmas.
We enjoyed eating at Outback Steakhouse for the first time.

Click on this to see our pics: Thursday Afternoon in Jackson

If you live in Mississippi, you know that my Christmas included t-shirts and flip-flops. I turned on the air-conditioner in my car on Christmas day! Such are the blessings and exasperation of my life.

This morning, sloppy, fat raindrops banged down on the metal roof of our gambol barn home, just like the weather channel predicted, but when I checked the 10-day weather forecast again to prove to you that it might snow on Friday, my snow hopes were dashed again.            

Click here to see my weather forecast.

     However, I am not going to let this Friday's rain 🌧🌧🌧🌧 on my parade. Sophie, Elena and I will cut paper snowflakes and draw winter pictures.
Click here for a quick tutorial on snowflake creation.

Maybe I will learn to crochet a snowflake. Does anyone have any favorite winter crafts?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Artsy Whimsy Day

My dad wanted to see the dolphins in Gulf port, but who does that in December?! (Comment below, if you go see the dolphins now, and I am the silly one.)

So, being the great sport that he is, he said, "o.k., where do you want to go?

Have you ever visited The Mississippi Museum of Art?
  Well, no one in my family had ever been and so that is where we spent three artsy hours yesterday.
We saw the Bethlehem Tree exhibit and learned from a Cafe associate that the nativity figurines date back to the 1800's. The kids really liked the animals and the tree. The PreColumbian pottery and the mixed media sculpture about Jackson crime fascinated me. Sophie also liked the mirrors and clay mixed media piece that we jumped in front of to see many versions of ourselves do the same.  Elena and Levi liked the copper hound dog statue a lot. We sat on many different kinds of benches and interesting chairs, except the flowery lamp chair that said, "Do not Touch". I wanted to touch it, but the children didn't allow me to. We found the perfect Christmas present for my dad in the Museum Store. The cashier made Sophie happy by changing out her change for paper dollars.
         The Cafe is called the Palette Cafe. The Chef created black bean veggie patties from scratch for our vegetarian burgers and suggested Grill Cheese sandwiches, not on their menu, for the children. The ketchup and fries were also from scratch. I have seldom been treated to such thoughtfulness during a dining experience. After lunch, the kids and I played follow the leader and tag in the garden outside.
         I was delighted to realize that I our visit coincided with a Creative Healing Studio session. This is a bi-weekly art expression experience for Cancer patients and survivors. I am happy that I am in the latter group.
I am five years cancer free. My dad enjoyed creating a clay ax head and I painted. The art director gave Sophie, Elena and Levi an impromptu tour of the 2016 Mississippi Invitational Exhibit and then they drew pictures with markers. This was another example of the friendly thoughtfulness we found at MMOA and we will definitely return there again. Maybe, we will head over there for Third Thirsday next month.

Monday, October 17, 2016

What should you eliminate from your diet?

             This weekend, every time I have been eating, someone starts talking about food and nutrition. That bugs me, because, most of the time, discussions about eating healthy end with someone pushing their beliefs on the other person. That is not what I want to do, so, if you read this, please understand that I know that you are a smart person who can think for yourself. I am sharing my ideas here, in the hope that I may help you on your health journey, but I am totally against forcing you to eat the way I do.
             Eating is a very personal, preference-guided activity,because if you don't enjoy your breakfasts, lunches and dinners, then you will not feel as happy. If you only eat foods, because they are healthy, you will not keep eating healthy. Eating healthy will make you healthy and more happy, but only if you find foods that you love and want to continue eating.
            When people go on diets, they eat exactly what the diet tells them to and then they start cheating, because they are forcing themselves to eat healthy without finding healthy foods that they love. They end up returning to the unhealthy foods that they are used to, because they didn't replace them with new favorites.               So, here is my philosophy.

1. I do not eat pork or seafood, because I believe that God loves everyone and wants us to live the way he teaches us to in the Bible.

Here are some verses that help me decide how to eat.

     2. I don't drink, do street drugs and try to avoid needing medicine, because they have side effects that can be worse that what you are taking the medicine for. If I am sick enough to go to the doctor and he says that I need a prescription, I will take it though.

Here are some other Bible verses about staying healthy

    3.God gave Adam and Eve the best diet to eat and I know that this is the healthiest way to eat,because God loves us and wants the best for us.The way this pastor eats is ideal. Yet, it is not how most of us know how to eat. I would love to eat mostly raw veggies, fruits, grains, nuts and seed and only 15% cooked foods(because some foods do need to be cooked, in order to digest them.) We get so busy and then we have to scramble and we end up eating anything we find. I think that it is important to learn to eat healthy and fit it in your schedule in the best way that you know.

 4. Eating is an activity that looks extremely different, depending on where you live and how you believe. For example, if you were John the Baptist, you would be eating only grasshoppers and honey and apparently, he was eating healthy. So, just be honest with yourself and eat the best way you know how. Most of all, don't beat yourself up, because you love ice cream and french fries, just know that they should not be the main staples in your pantry and eat healthy again, tomorrow.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The End is not the End

         The ball is over and my horses have turned into mice again. Now, I have to clean the house and pay the bills again. The beans have been picked and the friends went home. Those fairy tales that end with "and they lived happily ever after", well, Clifford Goldstein has pointed out to me that the writers of those are not giving the full story.

Who is Clifford Goldstein?

     After Cinderella and her Prince rode off in their carriage, they went home to dealing with the everyday issues of running a country. They went through the ups and downs of marriage. They dealt with discontent and war. They got old and died. How do the rest of the fairy tales and real people's lives end?They died.
        Do you know anyone who had a different ending? Only Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, so that whosoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

We are in the thick of the battle, but the war is already over and won.

My treasures are in heaven.

         Jesus will come back and take us home.  I want to invite you to come home with me.

This is why I am here.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nostalgia and Falling Leaves

Fall is harvest time, and a time to make new memories with friends and family and this time I am associating it with fairy tales.

( I love the sweet, pretty side to them at the same time that I am relieved that I don't have any need to rely on any earthly "magic". I am happy to trust in Jesus, who died to save us. He is no fairy tale.)

I thought of Jack and the bean stalk as some friends helped us pick beans in our backyard. The bean supports created a maze through our back yard. The chill in the air made all day today something mystical and new. It looked like little fairies had been picking the beans, since only the beans close to the ground were picked before I arrived to help. We slaved away so hard to prep and cook our big pumpkin, that we felt like Cinderella. We made it to our own tea party to eat the pumpkin muffins and we left our shoes behind and had to search for the right shoes many times.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Fly your Kite

Yesterday, I found a rainbow colored kite at a second-hand store called Aslane's in Meridian, MS.  Today, After church, we flew our kite at Lake Tom Bailey.  The exhilaration of feeling the tug of the wind on the string and seeing the kite lift high and higher in the bright blue sky lifted our spirits with it. I highly recommend kite-flying with a friend or family member or all alone. April is national kite month and so this is the time to fall in love with this inspiring hobby. Check out the link in the previous sentence and learn more about the festivals happening this month all over the United States.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Southern Region Soul-Winning Training For Spanish-Speakers Tomorrow

Worshippers at Maranatha Seventh-Day Adventist Church on 45th Ave. in Meridian, MS

 sang a rousing hymn about reaching neighbors for Jesus and a teacher reminded

them that the Great Comission given by Jesus is still the mission of all christians.

Matthew 28:18-20English Standard Version (ESV)

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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Then, he announced that Pastor Alexandro Bullon will be 

conducting a soul-winning training here in our city, Meridian, MS, 

tomorrow at 3:00 PM in the Community Seventh-day Adventist Church 

Gymnasium. Local Spanish-speaking church members will be joined by 

other hispanic churches from the surrounding areas. 

Pastor Bullon is fondly regarded by Hispanic Seventh-Day Adventists 

throughout the world for his gentle, persistent zeal 

for winning souls for Christ all over the world. 

He is the Mark Finley of the Spanish-speaking world 

and if you are in or anywhere near Meridian, MS 

and you can speak Spanish, you won't want to miss 

this opportunity to learn evangelism from an expert.