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Monday, December 31, 2007

A New Year



I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Years Eve!!! Also have fun, LOL!!!! We will be having a pizza and movie night home with the kids... It works for this year, as we do not want to leave the house unattended. Perhaps next year we can have people over, provided we are in the same home, as it has plenty of room for entertaining. Yeah!!!! I wish for everyone and Happy, Healthy and Wonderful New Year!!!

Be Blessed
Amy

Sunday, December 30, 2007

As we worship you

AS WE WORSHIP YOU


As we worship You
Let all the world come and see
How the mercy we've received from You
Can set them free
As we worship You
Let all this joy that fills our hearts
Bring a hunger and a hope to those
Who've strayed so far


As we bow in adoration
And stand in reverent awe
Show Your majesty and glory
Let Your anointing fall
As we declare Your name Lord Jesus
As the only name who saves
May the pow'r of Your salvation
Fill each heart we pray

As we worship You
Let all the nations hear our song
The song of Jesus and His blood
That proved His love for all
As we worship You
May all the lost and broken come
May they hear Your still small voice
Call out their names each one

As we worship You
As we worship You
As we worship You
As we worship You

We sang this song today. I love this song. Worship this morning was so awesome. OUr worship team is pretty great. We have always been blessed to have worshop leaders and teams that are pretty great. Our whorship leader now is awesome, however I do miss the one we had prior. His name was Tom Seaman. He was head of the music department at Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas.

He was an awesome worship leader and teacher as well. Some of the best sermons we ever heard were given by him. Nothing against our Pastor, we love him. Anyway, the worship service does not make the church, but if can be such a blessing. The two songs I added this afternoon, were songs we sang in church today. I wish I could have found As We Worship You, as well, but it was not there.

I hope that everyone was a blessed as I was this morning, but not only the worship service, but the sermon as well. Our Pastor talked about The Star of Bethlehem.
And what the Star must have been witness to. And finally pointing out that we need to be as that Star and be a light to a dark world. Simple....... Makes sense..

Everyone have a blessed Sunday.
Amy

Saturday, December 29, 2007

I said I would no longer comment but........

Well saying this apparently is not enough for people who have decided to keep contacting me about those topics. What amazes me is that you all send out slanderous emails and or emails prying into others business and then get all upset when I respond to them.

To the one who tonight sent an emails saying Never Contact me again, excuse me you contacted me.......... I just set the record straight about my words that you were all twisting. I would never have contacted a child and dragged that child into harassing people by email. And that is what I told you. I said sorry for responding to you as you are a child and I would not have had I known to begin with.

To the gentleman who had his email address used to send emails to me, again I will publicly say I am sorry for assuming it was you, HOWEVER PLEASE STOP LETTING OTHER PEOPLE USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO SEND ME EMAILS THAT ARE UNSIGNED.

And to the one who insisted on writing me exceedingly long emails and then getting offended when I suggest that you should really be asking the person you are so intent upon talking about. Oh and also I do realize you have sent other emails to other bloggers, so don't get huffy with me and act all offended because I will not give information. Oh and claiming because I do not care for your questions about things that are none of your business that I am not a Christian is nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH AND SERIOUSLY PEOPLE GET IT RIGHT!!!! NO WHERE ON MY BLOG DO I SUGGEST

FIRST TO GIVE ANY MONEY TO ANYONE.... I HAVE REPEATEDLY ASKED FOR PRAYER FOR MY FRIEND AND HER FAMILY AS WELL AS PROMOTING HER PRODUCTS BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN THEM AND USE THEM MYSELF AND THEY ARE AWESOME


SECONDLY NO WHERE DO I SAY ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR ABOUT THOSE SUBJECTS I SAID I WOULD NOT TALK ABOUT. DO YOU ALL SEE A PACK OF DETAILS SOMEWHERE???? I WENT BACK AND SKIMMED THROUGH MY POSTS AND BESIDES ALOT OF THEM AGAIN ASKING FOR PRAYER, I DID NOT SEE MUCH DETAIL ABOUT THE SUBJECTS I SAID I WOULD NOT POST ABOUT!!!!

AS I SAID THAT CAN CHANGE, I COULD GO DOWN AND GET ALL THE PUBLIC RECORDS I CAN FIND, AND POST THOSE, I COULD POST ABOUT THE THINGS I HEARD THE POLICE OFFICERS TESTIFY TO IN COURT THINGS THAT WERE ADMITTED TO THEM. I WENT TO QUITE A FEW HEARINGS. I HAVE SET IN THE HALL WAY OF THE COURTHOUSE BEFORE YOU ALL KNEW WHO I WAS AND HEARD QUITE A BUNCH OF STUFF. I COULD MENTION SOME PEOPLES SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOUR IN REGARDS TO THE RECENT EMAILS,

OH YEAH AND AGAIN IF YOU ALL HAVE SO MUCH INFORMATION AND THAT I KNOW NOTHING, WHY WHEN I ASK YOU QUESTIONS DO YOU ALL CLAM UP, YOU WOULD THINK YOU WOULD WANT TO SET ME STRAIGHT, IT IS INTERESTING THAT A FEW OF YOU JUST BECOME SILENT, WHY PERHAPS BECAUSE YOU CAN'T ANSWER MY QUESTIONS, AND OTHERS OF YOU GET ALL HUFFY AND SAY WELL I DON'T NEED TO EXPLAIN MYSELF AND THEN THE ACCUSATIONS OF YOUR SO UNCHRISTIAN...

AS YOU CAN TELL I AM REAL WORRIED ABOUT THAT PERSONS OPINION
BACK TO MY POINT



I HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO AND CONTINUE AT THIS POINT TO CHOSE NOT TO POST ANY MORE ABOUT THIS. In no way am I claiming to be all these things, however, I have tried to aim for wisdom and prudence, and for answering the emails I do believe I failed in the wisdom area. Sigh.... I am human

Proverbs 8:11-14
For wisdom is more precious then rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. Te fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behaviour and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.


YOU WILL NOT CHANGE MY MIND WITH YOUR EMAILS AND BEHAVIOUR, AS THIS IS SURE WHAT IT SEEMS SOME ARE TRYING FOR

SO PERHAPS YOU CAN FIND SOMETHING BETTER TO DO..... LIKE I SUGGESTED BEFORE DO SOMETHING NICE FOR A NEIGHBOR, TAKE A DRIVE, SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KIDS, YOUR HUSBAND OR YOUR WIFE, WHATEVER,

2 Thessalonians 3:11-15

We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. If anyone does not obey our instructions in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him in order that he may feel ashamed yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.


NOTHING YOU WRITE TO ME WILL CHANGE MY OPINION, I AM ENTITLED TO MY OPINION, AND TO SUPPORT WHOM EVER I FEEL LED TO SUPPORT AND SO ARE YOU, SO GET ON WITH IT AND SUPPORT THEM. I AM NOT TRACKING DOWN PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THEM AND HARASSING THEM AM I. NO I AM NOT, AGAIN YOU ALL CONTACTED ME SO LETS JUST KEEP THAT STRAIGHT AND I HAVE SAVED ALL THOSE EMAILS, SHOULD SOMEONE FEEL THE NEED TO TRY AND PROVE OTHERWISE , OH YEAH AND COPIES OF ALL THE SITE METER VISITS THANK YOU.....



ANYWAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH...........

I shall continue to pray for all involved and again to that one I am sorry. I really do feel bad for the mistake.

One more passage for thought

1 Peter 3:8-17

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.


I think I do still continue to need to work on the gentleness of my replies, sigh.... I am trying. I am admittedly a work in progress.
Prayerfully
Amy

Friday, December 28, 2007

Thought for today

Due to some emails that I have received lately about some subjects that I said I would not currently be posting on, I have decided to post this quote as a thought for today. You know who you are and as you have all refused so far to answer my questions that I asked you in regards to your letters, that leads me to believe you have no answer. That the statements you have made are not truthful. And that the story your believing has no merit so therefor you have no answers. If you can answer these questions that I have asked perhaps I could see where you are coming from...........

Anyway todays thought for today



From Ouspensky's The Fourth Way

The most serious lying is when we know perfectly well that we do not and cannot know the truth about things and yet never act accordingly. We always think and act as though we knew the truth. This is lying. When I know that I do not know something, and at the same time say that I know, or act as though I knew it, it is lying. For instance, we know nothing about ourselves, and we really know that we know nothing, yet we never recognize or admit the fact; we never confess it even to ourselves, we act and think and speak as though we knew who we are. This is the origin, the beginning of lying.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Cup of Joy and a Chocolate Chip Scone



It is snowing again and what better way to end a winter day then a cup of Stash's Christmas Eve Tea and a freshly baked Chocolate Chip Scone with whipped cream. I love Stash Tea. They are the best. I do serve some others occasionally if I run out and do not plan ahead, but Stash Tea is hands down my favorite. And the Christmas Eve is so good and caffeine free which is awesome at night. And this scone recipe is the best one ever. I bake them for family and friends now and again and everyone loves them.
MMMMMMMM
Amy

Monday, December 24, 2007

We wish You a Merry Christmas


A close up picture of my sister Christmas tree. They live in a high rise apartment in Wichita, and the view is spectacular. So it's Christmas Eve!! We plan to stay home after what happened. We don't have much and it may not be very great, but we sure would like to keep what we have got. LOL!!!! I hope that everyone has a lovely day tomorrow where ever you may be going and that the true meaning of the season, Jesus Christ, is true in everyone hearts.

May you all be trully blessed!!
Hugs
Amy

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Grinches in the world.

I was reading another blogger blog I sometimes read today called Like Merchant Ships and she was writing about how her car was broken into this morning. They sole her purse she forgot in there, which had her debit card, cell phone, checks and some cash. They spent 400 dollars at a local store before she found out. I was feeling so badly for her and wondering what kind of people have to do these things.

I KNOW I KNOW this world kinda sucks. I am not fooling myself. Sigh.........

But then it hit a little closer to home. Within the last few days someone tried to break into our home. They tried to saw through the dead bolt. Luckily, they could not as the interior of the dead bolt is much stronger then the outer layer. We are replacing the dead bolt and will not be leaving the home unattended again.

I am also thinking large large dogs, my sister own 3 pit bulls and so I am thinking I will borrow them until we move. That will surely be a deterrent.

I need to go call her.
Amy

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Candy


I made some candy today. I made some of this last year but decided to add something more to it this time. Instead of just the peppermint layer I layered bittersweet chocolate over it as well. And Wow it is awesome. All the kiddos like it. Some of this candy will be part of the gifts everyone is getting. SIGH....... I love Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a happy new year!!!!

Hugs
Amy

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Gifts




I promised pics of my ongoing projects. These journals are for my neices. They do not have internet access and they also do not know about my blog, so I can post the pics here to share. I put the first letter of their first name on the journals and used ribbons, fibers, and snowflake sequins to decorate them. I am having fun. I have also been mixing up cookies dough and popping it in the freezer until this weeked, so that I can make up a bunch of fresh hot cookies and deliver them to family and friends. I will take pics later of all the different Christmas cards I have made this year.
Amy

Well I guess I was wrong

LOL I did not lose my biggest fan after all. Hillsboro is still visiting frequently. HAHAH I would have thought after yesterday you would have been done fishing but with I believe 8 visits yesterday and over 40 minutes spent on my blog, you must really not have anything better to do. Which all I can say is I am sorry about that. Perhaps you could read your Bible. Thats always good for the soul.

I believe you have at least a couple of kids. Perhaps you could do something fun for the holidays bake some cookies, or some sort of breads. Take some to your neighbors, I bet they would love that. My neighbors do. Take a drive look at the festive holiday decorating. I am sure yesterdays post led to the record number of visits in 5 hours. So hey if you want to keep visiting it does look good on my site meter, it really helps bring the numbers up.

Anyway enough of this. I am done commenting on your visits as well as most anything to do with this issue for now. I do hope your children have a Merry Christmas and that after all this is finished everyone involved can get their lives back on track and with the right perpective and a more CHRISTIAN attitude. I know mine can be a bit cranky so I have been working on it. Which again why I will no longer comment on this, as I do not feel very charitable toward my "neighbor" as in "Love thy Neighor as Thyself"!!!!!

So Merry Christmas Hillsboro, I hope your New Year is better. And I do truly mean that.

Amy

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Today SIGH....

I will not post any details of what happened today in court except to say that there has been a gross miscarriage of justice. I can say that probation was NOT the desired outcome of the proceedings. Please continue to pray for the Kansas Milkmaid, as now divorce proceedings will be going on. I suppose I should miss the frequent visits from Hillsboro, and others who visited frequently trolling for information on my blog. But you know what oh well. My biggest fans will be leaving me. I can live with that. LOL I only hope that now they can go on and do more meaningful things with their time. Perhaps sleeping as some of the visits showed up around 2:30 in the am!!!! So onward I go. I will post more tomorrow and share some of my ongoing projects.

Good Night
Amy

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Quick Sunday night note

Hello

I plan to do some more posting tomorrow some time. I decided to just post a note saying please remember to keep the Kansas MilkMaid in mind tomorrow, as the trial is scheduled to start then. The plan is for it to be over by Friday. Please pray for a quick and just end to this trial. I know the family is stressed. Also please pray for them as their electricity has been out for days, and they are losing income as they have been unable to milk as they needed as well as store the milk. They have been blessed with the use of a generator which does help operate some things, but not all. It is so bad here. Some people have their power back on. While others such as Christina and my parents who live out in the country seem to be the hardest hit as they need the power to get water to the livestock. My parents were told perhaps2 weeks. So this is not good.

Where ever you are I hope that you are warm and safe.
Hugs
Amy

Friday, December 14, 2007

It's a sad sad day at our house

What an awful day we lost our little Runty today. He was the smallest in the litter. I held him all day long except when I had to take the others to the vet for tails and dewclaws. Which in itself is a rotten day...... We bottle fed as well as having my dog lay on the bed and having him nurse without competition. I am so weary. The 6 kids are weary and so very very sad. Now we have to figure out what we are going to do with our darling puppy. With the weather here and not having our own home. It is kinda hard to bury the little sweetie. Sigh
Sadly
Amy

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

We have puppies

Please check out the AWWWWWWWWW SChnauzer page for pictures and information. The link is on the right side of the page .

Thanks

Well we have had a bit of rough sailing

Due to the weather the people have been unable to get moved out the house we were to move into. SIGH........... We still have the house, it is just taking them longer to get moved therefore it will take us longer. But thats okay we will get there. I did not want to carry things out right now on this ice anyway. So we will have patience and we will get moved. It may not be in time for Christmas, but thats okay my family is warm and safe and together.

more later today.
Got an early appointment.
Amy

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Decorations the good and the ummm yeah........


This picture of a Christmas Goat, was taken in Lindsborg. Despite it's not so nice past of being an evil creature who demanded Christmas presents, a creature who pulled Thors wagon through the sky, a giver of Chrismtas present, and then later a poor thing to be slaughtered in some Swedish customs, poor goat!!! The Yule Goat is nowadays best known as a Christmas ornament, a figure, often made out of straw or roughly-hewn wood. I had to run to Lindsborg last week, and while I was there I ran to Scotts market to pick up Lingonberries. I plan to make Swedish pancakes soon.

God Yul, or Merry Christmas, on the top of the bridge. There are also lovely white lights. I wish I had been there at night.

McPherson main street decorations. They look very nice.

And then the ummmm yeah part of the show, LOL. This was up at Halloween with a witch or something in it. SO okay Halloween I guess I get, but not sure about the Santa in the porta potty... So there I will try to post more later.

Last pictures


The bridge in the park I took this last weekend while there.

As these pics show and these are just in my own yard,except for the bridge, Brrr it's cold. And you gotta watch out while walking the dogs today. My son went to take one of ours out and a branch crashed onto the porch just as he was opening the door. Thankfully all the big ones keep crashing into the one that is being demolished next door. So no damage here. Yeah!!!! Will post the good the bad and the ugly Christmas decorations a bit later. LOL HAHAHAHHAHAHAH

The result of a night of ice and rain





Kansas Weather


Well the Kansas weather has been interesting the last few days. Lots of ice and rain and thunder and lightning, last night. Which did cause some hazardous driving conditions. Around here alot of schools are closed. I know our local schools are. I hope that if anyone has to go out today here in Kansas that you drive safely and take your time. My DH is off to work and I am praying for safety for him and the two men he rides to work with. They have a 20 min drive. I will post some pictures later of some Christmasy decorations. I took them while running errands last week in a couple of different towns.

Be safe stay warm!!!
Hugs
Amy

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Christmas Program and disappointments

I had planned today to share pictures from my son Andrews Christmas program at school. Andrew has Downs Syndrome. In kindergarten they had created a special part for him and had been very good about including him. After that we moved to Tennessee, which the school system there was bad about everything for him.

We were never even notified if there was no school. So that meant, because of where we were living, that we would load into the car drive down the drive way and sit on the side of the highway in the dark and cold. The bus usually picked him up @6:45 for school that started at 8:05. Anyway so we waited in the cold for a bus that never came.....

So we moved back to Kansas and we have always been pretty happy here with how the included Andrew. He had been in the school system since he was 3, starting in Head Start for his special services. We had always felt that the were doing a great job.

Last week the school newsletter came home and mentioned the 4Th grade Christmas Program and that the kids needed black pants and a solid colored shirt. So I picked up some black pants and a nice long sleeved burgundy colored shirt, you know a Christmasy color. Some point over the weekend the newsletter disappeared. I believe someone else in the house wanted to look at in and misplaced it.

On Tuesday I called and asked when the program was and they told me Thursday at 7:00. They also reminded me to be sure he dressed warm the next day as they were walking over to the High School for a dress rehearsal. So we made sure he was dressed warm.

Yesterday afternoon I realized that I had forgotten was it 6:30 or 6:45 he was supposed to be there. So I called. I got the school principal, I told her I was Andrews mom and asked when to be there. She said 6:45, I said thanks we and we hung up. 5 minutes later I get a call from his special ED teacher.

She said hey, did they tell you he had to have black pants and a white shirt. I said oh, no I could have swore I read black pants and a solid colored shirt. She said I don't think so. I was thinking well I can run and exchange the shirt, no biggie. Well then she says, I can check and find out, but I ummm really think it is supposed to be white. And she said and I know you guys have been struggling while your husband is off work. Which yes was true.

She really is very nice. And she continues on, ummm well did you know that this years program is a play?? I said no I did not. I am kinda wondering, obviously, at this point what is up....... And then she said well Andrew really enjoyed watching the practice. So at this point I am kinda getting what she is trying to say.

Then the poor woman told me this. She said they told me Andrew does not come to the programs, in our schools it is the music teacher who puts this together, and last year Andrew did not go, I was never told when it was. Not sure if they had a part last year either. Anyway she said so he does not have a part.

She said I am sorry I am not trying to discourage you from coming. She said if you want to bring him, I will be there and will take him up on stage, Andrew has to have a teacher or para at all times as he wanders off cause he thinks he has better plans, LOL. Anyway she said she would come and take him up there. And that they would figure something out.

I really appreciated her offer, but this is at 3:45 the day of the play. And since there is not a part for him what is she going to do??? I know she just wanted to correct the situation. She repeated it a couple of times, she did not want to discourage us and would be there if we wanted.

I am glad that someone took the newsletter. If I had not had to call, I would have shown up with my child who was not included and how uncomfortable would that have been?? I told her not to worry about it and I appreciated her offer. I did.

Andrew is a fun kid. People in general love him. They like to play with him and all the special ed teachers say how when there stressed they like to just hold Andrew on their lap cause he just loves to be held. Makes you feel better. Through everyones life there are disappointments. So I am not kidding myself.

But yesterday and today, I am struggling with these. I am disappointed in the fact that the principal who obviously knew something was up, the principles are involved in the programs here, did not say something. I am disappointed that Andrews very nice special ED teacher got put on the spot. And I am disappointed that the school system I had always talked about in glowing terms did not bother to include my child.

I know these are just small disappointments in life. Sometimes it seems being a parent of a special needs child is full of disappointments, lots of them. I was unable to get to my doctor due to weather when I had Andrew, and I was disappointed right away there when the rotten doctor who showed up AFTER I delivered alone at 1: 30 in the morning, my husband was parking the car.

Ths doctor comes in at like 6:30 am, when I am alone, and says your child has Downs Syndrome, he might learn to tie his shoes, and feed himself. And your not alone even rich and famous people have had kids with Downs Syndrome. And he walks out. That was disappointing. Realizing that your child will never be like other kids that is disappointing.

Realizing your child will never marry or have kids or say MOM!!! I want to be a fireman or a race car driver, that's disappointing too. When your child suddenly stops talking around 4 years old, that's disappointing. When you realize that even with everything they do now to include your child and others, that there is still the very real possibility that he will not be included or have friends, that's disappointing. When you here one of your DD younger friends say she was glad Andrew was not in her class at school, that's disappointing as well.

I think what is frustrating is that this last thing, this should not have been disappointing. My Boo should have been included and today I should have been posting pics, of my son and his part in the Christmas Program!!

But you know what today that's disappointing as well.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Our new house


This is the living room of the house we will be moving into! A good sized room and large windows in the front. Yeah!!!

This is the dinning room, it is so nice has a built in hutch which is cool and very nice tile floors. I love the different lights that can be used in the room.

This kitchen is really nice, you can't see the pantry on the other wall, but yeah!!! And a bunch more cupboard space on the wall behind the photographer. Plus there is a mural of a seascape on the wall. Pretty neat. Oh and window into the family room so those washing dishes are not totally out of the loop.

And here is the family room. Behind the person taking the pic is a wood stove. The ceilings are also nice and high and the room kinda reminds you of being in a log cabin, which my DH and I like. The door there leads to the fenced in back yard, which we have never ever had. We are so excited that the kids and the dogs can go out and run and play!! We will start moving in sometime next week. Please keep us in mind and pray for smooth sailing.

Have am awesome Thursday
Amy

Saturday, December 1, 2007

We are expecting puppies



The proud parents are all dressed up for Christmas. Lucky is the dad and Emmaline Harris is the mom. We are unsure of the exact date and also how many puppies we are expecting, as we did not plan to breed this time as we have been in the process of moving, well you all know, LOL. But due to a child's error in judgement,we are expecting puppies.

Also Emmaline hates the vet and gets all uptight and he can't feel a thing when she is like that so there would have been pointless for him to try and feel around. Oh well. No biggie we will just keep a good eye on her.

At any rate they are purebred and papered, and will be ready for Valentines Day I am thinking. So that's cool. I will post a pic tomorrow of Anne Shirley she is from last years litter and will be 1 year old tomorrow. But she definitely needs a bath and a bit of a trim before she can have a picture. LOL

Hugs
Amy

The Joy of the Season

Well it's now officially December and Christmas is coming, yeah!!!!! And todays weather shows winter alright. I so adore the Christmas season. I love to decorate the house and tree, I love to sing Christmas songs, I love the wrapping of present to give to others. I just love to be able to surprise people with a present. Due to circumstances this year most presents I will be giving to others will be homemade. But that okay.

My neices , who do not have internet so can't read this, LOL, will be getting journals and some homemade sugar scrub for Christmas. Some of the men folk in the family will be receiving baked goodies, I think most of them will be happy about that. They do tend to like to eat, LOL.

But anyway I want to try to find ways to bless people. I always enjoy it soooo much, and even though we are well not in the best of situations to say the least, LOL, we can always try to make things brighter for someone else. God has given us the joy and hope to be able to rise above our situation and be a blessing we just have to be willing to step out and do it.

I may have to bake some cookies today and then later the kiddos can have hot chocolate and cookies.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Stay warm
Amy

Sunday, November 25, 2007

New Home

Well it looks as if it is official, unless God has other plans, we are moving in early December to a lovely home with 3 bedrooms up and some possible down, 2 bathrooms, a large living room, a large family room, a lovely dinning room, and really nice kitchen, a nice fenced in back yard, an attached garage and another unattached on as well as storage shed. It is in another town, oh well, it is not too far away from where we are really just 25 miles or so.

It is a nice town within decent driving distances to other bigger towns is necessary. Anyway we are excited, to be in a home for Christmas, not that we are not ever so thankful for where we are because we are it is very comfortable and warm, and having 2 bathrooms has been awesome!! But we are kind of cramped and living out of boxes is well not the most fun.

So praise God, he does indeed answer prayer and of course will never leave us nor fosake us!! Thank goodness, LOL

Nighty night
Amy

Okay now for some Christmas Spirit


Okay so it is not the best picture, but well I forgot to turn off the flash and hold still and well get out of the car, or even to stop the car from moving, LOL. But someone is feeling the Christmas spirit and I will try to find better ones and to take better pictures. Alas one of the best places to take pics decided not to decorate anymore. Sigh...... Oh well, I know there are some awesome pics to be found somewhere. So we shall see what I see.

Amy

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Snow, sigh

Okay so it has been snowing, we have perhaps 2 inches of snow. SIGH!!!!!!!!! Okay I am not so ready for winter, especially as we have to move here soon. So roads and yards and sidewalks that are snow free would be preferable. Oh well it is quite lovely, however I went to take a picture of the yard and then decided not to as well, what you would get right now is a pic of my neighbors mobile home. And while it is a very nice mobile home, it still is well a mobile home, LOL. Maybe tomorrow I will get out and take a picture in the park or something or not depending upon how cold it is and if we even have any snow left tomorrow.

I hope that every one has a lovely weekend, and that you and yor family are all safe and warm.

Hugs
Amy

Friday, November 23, 2007

How was your Thanksgiving

We had a very good one. WAY WAY too much food. Even more then usual as my sister had her husbands side of the family there as well. So they made all of their favorites too. And you know what we had tons of food left, although no one minded that. I am making a thanksgiving dinner here again sort of tonight.

My husband likes how I cook everything and wanted me to do it again no biggie. As we did not get into my green bean casserole that is already done. Plus I have the stuffing baked already, and I took hom my gravy, plus we have 2 pumpkin rolls and a sweet potato pie, although I may get roped into making something sweet with apples, oh yes and we have some ham rolls left.

Anyway I must go brave the local walmart sigh....... although by this time of day the sales should be over and there should be less people there. But I need some rolls I don't feel like making homemade ones today. I am still tired from yesterday.

I hope everyone traveling has a safe trip home.
Hugs'
Amy

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Myspace Graphics


You know if I was this turkey I am not sure that I would be smiling. He looks entirely to happy for it to be thanksgiving, LOL. So whats your weather like??

Today we are actually getting some snow. If it keeps up I will take some pictures and post them. Okay I need to get busy we will be going to my sisters house this year. Both sides of her family will be there totaling 26 people, I am bringing a second green bean casserole, 2 pumpkin rolls, ham and salami rolls, the stuffing, and since I am the designated gravy maker for the family, I will be taking the stuff for that and doing that there.

You know I have always thought it such a shame the way families are so spread out today. Thanks to planes trains etc... families are spread all over the world. One of my brothers, a Marine, is in Ca, on base he will be home for Christmas, but will be shipped out early next year for overseas, sigh.... my other brother, a Marine, is in Arizona with his wife, they are unable to come home at all this year, he will be shipped out early next year as well. Lots of praying for them. I have two sets of grandparents and tons of aunts, uncles, and cousins in California. Then there is all my family in Minnesota, and Oklahoma, plus my husbands family back east. Geesh if we were all local we would need to rent a hall to get together.

I hope each and every one that reads this has a blessed Thanksgiving and I hope that no one is alone for the holidays. Such a sad thing to be without family or loved ones. I am so very thankful for my 6 children and my wonderful husband as well as my two sisters and three sister in laws and their families, and my 3 brothers and 4 brother in laws and their families as well.
Also I am thankful for my parents and how much they love my kids even when they are stinkers, LOL. I am also thankful for dear friends some I have had longer then others, but all special and encouraging and willing to help when needed even when not asked. How wonderful to have friends like that!!! I am also thankful that a dear friend is in remission from lymphoma right now and pray that it lasts a very very long time.

I pray that everyone makes it safely to where ever they might be traveling for Thanksgiving. Be Blessed and let us all remember to be thankful for what we have. Even in my situation I know that we are indeed truly blessed.

Happy Thanksgiving
Amy

Sunday, November 18, 2007

We may have a home, yeah

We have been offered a home!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! At church this morning our Pastor brought up the fact that we are about to be homeless. So after a bit someone passed me a note in church, LOL. Made me feel like I was in high school again. But they passed me a note, saying I have a house I will rent to you. So we went out to look at it. It is so awesome. There are 3 bedrooms upstairs 2 bathrooms, a good sized living room nice sized kitchen and dining room a terrific family room with wood buring stove. There are also 3 rooms downstairs, plus a fenced backyard an attached garage plus 3 out out buildings. It is a lovely house and pets are not a problem, thank the lord as I would be sad to lose my Emmaline Harris, Anne Shirely and Lucky Duck Mini Schnauzers. We just need to come up with the first months rent, and it is ours. So keep us in mind all. We have 3 days now to be out, so the timing is awesome.

So be thinking about us.

PS To the soap winners I will be sending them out ASAP. Sorry I had to do some running around.
Hugs
Amy

Saturday, November 10, 2007

And the winners are..............................

The two winners are


Leah.....

and

Nance in France

My 5 year old and my 4 year old each drew a name this time.

Ladies if you could each use the contact form and send me your address. Thanks

By Monday I will post the next giveaway, the drawing will be held on the 21st. So please check back.

Thanks Everyone it was fun reading your answers. The next one will take a bit more thought.

Amy

Good Morning

A cloudy morning for us here. I was hoping for sunshinny. But it could change cause after all it is Kansas and the weather does change rapidly here. So I will hope for a brighter afternoon. My youngest brother is celebrating his birthday today. We may be meeting them for an ice cream party this afternoon. But since it is his birthday..................

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Mark John, Happy Birthday to you!!!!

I will hold the drawing for the winners of the bars of soap later today. It may be this evening, due to the birthday. So I hope that everyone who is interested has posted their comments. If you haven't the post is down the page so please go and do so.

Well with a full day ahead of me, I had better run. I gotta head to the laundry mat, sigh....... my washer stopped agitating while we were packing stuff and moving and since my hubby did not have the time to work on it it was put into storage with everything else, soooooooo off the the stupid laundry mat I go. You know the price of doing laundry is enough for me to consider selling and arm, leg, or kidney, and going out and buying a brand new one...... Ah well, life goes on.

Have an awesome Saturday everyone.

Be Blessed
Amy

The need to bake......



I decided it was a good time to bake. I love baking. Of course I had better as I do wedding cakes and want to open a tea room. LOL. But these are the BEST scones. I have tried some other recipes and been satisfied until about 6 months ago..... I came across this one. Made a few personalizations and wow am I thrilled.

Tomorrow I will be making zucchini bread. A friend gave me the best recipe. You let it cool and then whip some cream cheese and spread it on and OH MY GOSH........ LOL Yes I do like bread related items, LOL.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day tomorrow.
Amy

Friday, November 9, 2007

Fall has arrived I believe


We had a busy yesterday. We had to run errands yesterday. First a trip to the doctor. Our 9 year old had to have a staple removed from his head. He had been in the middle of a "brawl" last Thursday. And after a trip to the ER and one staple he was fine. Our pediatrician took it out no problems. We have the best doctor for our kids. They love him.

Then we stopped and visited one of my sisters, had a nice visit with her and her husband. I had not been up for a few weeks to see them. Then drove around looking at some houses. No luck there, sigh...... Oh well.

Then we tried to catch my mom at home but missed her. We turned in some handwriting work. And then we decided to take the kids to the park. It was so nice and pleasent the kids had loads of fun. They ran around and played for over two hours. After watching them I was beat, LOL ; )

The drive home felt a bit long to me but we got here and shortly after that my mom called. They felt bad that they had missed us so the came up to stop for literally 5 min. As my youngest brother had a treat for my kids. The really bad thing is I thought about calling her again while we were at the park, but I decided she was probably busy and chose not to.

They left town to come here before we did. Opps. Oh well they forgave me and it was nice to see them.

I will draw the names tomorrow evening.

Have a lovely night.
Amy

Thursday, November 8, 2007

And the race is on!!!

We are coming down to the wire again, sigh.......... The mobile home park has found us out. We have been given two weeks to be out, which is actually when we were suppossed to be out anyway. The additional problem, besides the fact that we can not seem to find a home to rent, has been that my husband has been out of work 3 days for a back injury a couple of weeks ago, and then 2 weeks now due to a broken ankle and soft tissue injury. So we are out half our income for the month.

I wish things could just work out. I am weary..... But we will be fine.


Heading to bed

Me

Monday, November 5, 2007

Hey, it's time for dessert, LOL

I am so enjoying reading all the comments left. Ladies, you all are making me hungry, LOL!!!!! You know, today while I was making dinner, I glanced over at the bananas sitting on the counter and thought....... I need to make Banana Pudding. Now I am not talking about a box of banana pudding. YUCK!!!

What I am talking about is a wonderful sinful layered dessert that I never knew exsisted until I lived in Tennessee. Layers of yummy vanilla waffers, french vanilla pudding, bananas and whipped cream. The first time I saw this I was thinking I don't really like bananas, but then I tasted it OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was so not what I expected. I am not sure who made the pudding Miss Helen, Miss Minnie, or Miss Charlotte but it was awesome. I tasted all of theirs and they were all excellent.

Thank you ladies!!!

Anyway with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming I have just been thinking of all sorts of thing I want to bake this year. I adore baking well you can probably tell from some of my other blog pages specifically the bakery one, LOL. I also have been thinking of decorations and have been making Christmas Cards. I hope my life is a bit more settled by the time all the holidays get here.

Anyway if your just now visiting my blog for the first time, welcome, and be sure to go down a few posts and sign up for the soap giveaway.

Gotta run it is getting late.

Have an awesome day everyone.

Hugs
Amy

Friday, November 2, 2007

I have internet yeah

It took only 8 or 9 phone calls and hours of my life explaining to person after person about the previous calls. I also spent alot of these calls bitting my tongue so as not to yell at people, as I never managed to speak to the same person twice. So each time I called they were asking me what can I do for you today........ AHHHHHH, but it is fixed yeah, no more frustrating phone calls. So I can back to being more pleasent, LOL.

Remember scroll down to the next post and sign up for the soap giveaway. There will be two lucky winners. I love this soap, and we buy nothing else anymore. I may have a few more post later.

Amy

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Soap giveaway

Okay I am so running behind. With the move and the fact that I am still not connected to the internet at home. SIGH........... so far a total of 5 hours and 8 phone calls maybe and we still have no internet service. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH okay fussing is done, LOL.

So onto the soap giveaway I have racked my brain for something for you all to comment on and I have come up with this very un-original idea.

In honor of the fact that today is halloween. LOL What is your favorite candy or treat. Or both, cause I know that I like homemade popcorn balls around halloween, and I also like SKOR bars. I am partial to toffee, LOL.

So I have named my some of my favorites so leave a comment and be sure to post your name and I will enter your name in the "hat" yes the riding hat still do not have another, LOL, and I will draw two names on Nov. 10th.

Oh yes please be sure to leave your name in the comment. Much easier to draw it that way, LOL

I hope everyone has fun again. I know I did and have another giveaway in the works for Nov. as well.

I have had sooooo much fun with this. I appreciate the chance to be able to give to someone else. it is always such a blessing to me so thank you all in advance!!!!!!
; )
Amy

Monday, October 29, 2007

Still no internet

SIGH................................... after 1 week and many phone calls, I still have no internet. I will post about the soap giveaway ASAP. I so miss having a computer working at home.

Not so patiently
Amy

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Due to naps........and other disruptions

SIGH.....................LOL I am just weary. We are still not done...ahhhh just a little fuss there, lol. We hopefully will be done today. With a child or two that stops working when I have to go do move a load or go to a parent teacher conference, and I have caught my kids trying to nap a bit more then usual. I just want to be done, I am so tired. My back and knee and ankle hurts.

Okay done whining. I don't want to worry anyone, I said no more depressing posts. ; )

; ) ; ) ; ) ; ) See lots of smiles, LOL. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA okay gotta run.

Hope everyone has a lovely day today.

Amy

Monday, October 22, 2007

Okay about done

We will be done here soon. Yeah!!!!! I hate moving and this has not been fun but thats okay. I have been pondering alot of things this last week or so, and will share them here in the future. I will not have internet access until Wed. I may go down to the library tomorrow night to check emails and stuff. But will be back for sure on Wed. I hope everyone who stops by has a great couple of days. Keep positive thoughts for me and my back and ankle.

Thanks a bunch
Amy ; )

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Today is the day

Okay if you have read before today is the day we need to be out of here. Guess what I forgot to do????? I forgot to transfer the phone and Internet starting tomorrow. AHHHH
Okay I will have to make calls first thing tomorrow. I will leave the wireless here and bring my sons laptop when I come to clean and check emails and stuff. Hopefully they will not take to long to transfer the service. I mean isn't it all done by computer now??? Anyone know??

Well I have two of the bedrooms upstairs totally emptied and one almost done. We just need to bring down a couple of boxes from the 3rd room and a small dresser, oh and the clothes from the closet. Not too much and then I gotta vacuum so not bad. Then just the couch and rug and tv plus my bed and night stand oh yes and the computer and desk. LOL. I could not live without those.

I am hoping it all goes smoothly today. The big kids are ummmmm a tad bit uncooperative. Makes for a cranky mom. ; ) Sigh we will live through this. So please everyone keep us in mind today. Good thoughts okay???

A bit frustrated still about the move and no permanent place to go, but we have been blessed by the fact that we have a warm clean safe place to go even though it is not permanent. So that's okay today's needs are taken care of.

Praise God

He will never leave us nor forsake us!!

Amy

Thursday, October 18, 2007

And the winners are!!!!!

The winner of the journal and 6 cards is GatewayGirl

The winner of the 6 cards is Denise (levisgrammy from MJF)

Yeah!!!!!!! Okay ladies please use my contact link and email the address's to send this to also GatewayGirl please email me your prefrence in cards as well, Christmas, pink Notecards, or kids birthday cards.

Thanks everyone for playing please check back next Friday for the drawing for Kansas Milkmaid Soaps.

AmyEllen

Happy Anniversary and Fun Fall Drawing Day

Hello Everyone

I hope everyone is having a nice day. 16 years ago today, right now I was working on my wedding cake to get it finished, and my mom and our neighbor were decorating the sancturary. My soon to be husband was working for a french bakery at the time, and he had made me some of my favorite Chocolate crossiants. I ate them for breakfast and then did not stop until after 9 pm for anything else.

That afternoon I had my hair down by a lovely man named Wilson from our church he worked at Salon Salon in Modesto, Ca. A VERY nice place and he did my hair for free that day and even talked a lady there into doing my makeup for free as well. So I was really pampered.

After that we ran to Costco picked up the sheet cakes, and was informed by a gentleman from our church that I was running late, he worked there. LOL. Got everything back to the church and my grandma helped me get ready. I wore my grandmothers wedding dress, and pearls.

My sister and my hubbys sister were my bridemaids. My youngest sister took care of the guest book and gifts. My youngest brother was the ring bearer, and my other brother was an usher. My hubbys best man was his brother and then one of his friends was a groomsman.

The wedding was well let me explain. The pastor, ummmmm, well was very long winded. Very longwinded. I was not too thrilled. This pastor was not the one I would have liked to have married us. Ummm we did not like each other is was mutual. And I swear he spoke so long, and it was so hot, I stood up there and was blowing down my dress cause I was getting way way hot..... LOL.

A couple of people from our church sang. It was not that bad, I can laugh now at me blowing down my dress, I can only imagine what the pastor thought, LOL. But it was sooooo hot up there. The cake was good, of course I made it, LOL. One way to be sure you like your food is to bake it yourself. I think everyone had a good time, I will post a pic later today.


Okay on to the drawing. The drawing will be held today shortly after 5:00 pm. I have so enjoyed the responses you have all shared. Thank you for sharing and joining in the fun. I will see you later today.

Amy

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A rainy wednesday

Hello all

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Fall sure has arrived here. Cool rainy weather has been the normal this week. Yesterday was somewhat clear, so I got a couple of loads transfered yesterday. Today I have not been as lucky. This weather makes me want to bake a lovely batch of scones and some tea, and curl up by a fire with a good book. Alas, no fireplace, and no time to do any of it. I will be baking some scones next week though. Maybe take a batch to a friend or who knows. I enjoy blessing other people. I will miss my neighbors. I have baked scones and cookies and made candy and chocolate covered pretzels for the quite a few of them.

We have been blessed to have nice neighbors. The lady on our right came to my summer tea in 2006, and they have a nice boy who is good friends with my kids. Then the lady across the street got me more into schnauzers then I was already and bred my Emmaline Harris to one of her males and she had a couple of puppies and I kept my Anne Shirley and then she gifted me with a nice male Mini Schnauzer, Lucky. She has been very nice and so generous. Then her sister and brother in law live down the street and raise schnauzers as well.

My daughters best bud as well as fellow church members live on the street behind us on the same block as we do. And another homeschooling family that are 4-H friends live down at the end of the block and another couple from church live on the street in front of us on the same block. We are also 2 blocks from our sons school and 4 from church. Sigh.........................

God has a plan and I am thankful that we have a temporary place to go, it is clean and dry and no leaks and no mold. Praise God!!!!!!

Don't forget tomorrow at 5:00 pm is the cut off for the drawing. My 4 year old will draw shortly after that. Also don't forget that next Friday I will start another drawing as well. Bars of soap made by my friend the Kansas Milkmaid.

Be Blessed and stay dry if your where it is raining, but most of all don't forget to enjoy yor fall. Maybe call a friend, or take one some baked goods. I don;t know many people who would not appreciate a nice home baked goodie fresh from the oven.

Aiming at cheerful
Amy

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Only 2 days left

Only 2 days left until I draw names. I am excited to see who wins. The next few days will be busy for me. I have to move as many of our belongings as possible. This weekend my husband and I will be moving the heavier stuff. Then we will offically be moved from this house. I will be transfering the telephone and internet service, so I will be able to blog and get emails. We will only be able to stay for a short time in the place we are going. Please keep praying for a home for us everyone. We must find one quickly.

God has got a plan and I will just keep on going. He has never dropped us and why would he now. Nope it won't happen. I refuse to believe it.

I hope that everyone has a lovely day today and if you have just stopped by for the first time today, please be sure to scroll down and enter the fall giveaway.

Be Blessed everyone. Enjoy your day.

Amy

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Band Staynlis playing in McPherson

If you live in or around the McPherson area, the Christian rock band Staynlis will be playing the worship service at the New Life Foursquare Gospel Church at 10:30 am on October 14th. It will not be their "concert" set, but you can still hear them and meet them. And also for no charge, so hey thats cool. And if you can't make that one they have 3 more events scheduled for Ocotber here in ks. Here is the whole list.

New Life Foursquare Gospel - McPherson Ks 811 N Ash - October 14, 2007 10:30 am

The Hub - Peabody, KS Oct 20, 2007 - 8:00 PM

Haunt Fest - Hutchinson, KS Oct 27, 2007 - 8:00 PM

Crossroads Assembly of God - McPherson, KS Oct 28, 2007 - 10:30 AM

Win free pair of shoes

Win a free pair of shoes from Ryka. They are giving away 50 pair of free shoes and 50 free tees every day until October 25. 50 pair not to bad of odds I guess. So hey check it out.

http://www.ryka.com/goodforyoursole/

Hugs
Amy

No fall color

I was planning on heading to the park take a few nice pictures of the lake, all the geese and the trees in all their fall glory, not to be I guess!!! It's raining it's pouring the old man is snoring, bumped his hed went to bed and couldn't get up in the morning, LOL


Perhaps tomorrow will be a better day for some fall color.
Amy

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Okay onto more cheerful things, a fall giveaway

Rain Drops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens... Bright Copper Kettles and warm woolen mittens.... brown paper packages tied up with string these are a few of my favorite things.........

Okay I am giving away this pink journal shown below and 6 cards of your choice, pink floral blank notecards, 6 Christmas Cards, or 6 kids birthday cards.

And just for the fun of it there will be a runner up who will recieve 6 assorted cards.

All you have to do is comment with 5 of your favorite things about fall. I will put names in a hat and have my 4 year old draw one!! I will get us started.

My 5 favorite things about fall.....

1. My hubby's and my anniversary on the 18th of October

2. Cooler weather

3. Pumpkins/ jack'o lanterns

4. Thanksgiving

5. The crunchy sounds of the leaves when you walk through them


The drawing will be held on the 18th seems like a good date. So you have until 5 pm on the 18th to post.

PS Please be sure to leave a name....... I can't draw your name if you don't : ( So if the anonymous person who did not leave their name in the comment could please let me know who you are.
Thanks

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Snowballing

I have stumbled upon a good analogy for our lives. our life currently is like a snowball. When a snowball is sitting at the top of the hill it is nice and clean and contained all in order, then someone or something gives it a nudge down the hill and it starts to grow into something you no longer recognize, it picks up sticks and leaves as it rolls down hill, you might roll through some piles of ......... yeah that, and by the time you get to the bottom, you no longer would recognize what it was to begin with as it usually splats into a big yucky mess. I feel like we are rolling faster and faster toward the splat part. I know sometimes you have to get to the splat part and be fully broken and then God can truly work, sometimes it just feels as if I am already there yet, we keep on rolling, more leaves more twigs, more .......... yeah that.

Sigh...............


Okay the next post WILL be more cheerful, LOL. No more snowball analogy's, LOL
Amy

Days of frustrations

I keep wondering how much can one person take before the break. I guess for me it is alot. I am still going but today is a struggle. You go through your life going to church, you home school your kids as you feel led, you work hard, you try to bless people, you try to be a good friend to your friends, you have an outlook on life that people are good and honest, and all of it just falls apart.

You discover, that you aren't too sure you believe what you church does, you struggle to home school because you sick sick sick in bed for a month, that no matter how hard you work you just can't get a head, the people you try to bless don't understand and you end up just feeling used and taken advantage of, your friends turn out to not be friends, and you discover that people are not true and honest, that people will lie about you, and then you discover your world is falling apart and you are a broken person.

I have been blessed by this Kim Hill song. It is a blessing to discover that you are not the only person who has felt this way, not that I want anyone to suffer, but you know someone else gets it.

A Million Pieces

She’s crying out tonight
She can’t do this anymore
The pieces that won’t fit
Have her shaken to the core

She’s been hiding from the truth
She’s tried so hard to escape
‘Til there’s nothing left to lose
‘Til there’s nothing left to fake

Another smile, another day
She gives herself away
Cause “pretty is as pretty does”
And pretty will not fuss

She did everything she could
To hide away the pain
To keep her house
The way her mama told her to
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Oh how will she explain?
What do you do with a million pieces?

She’s finally seen the light
That He loves broken things
So, let all the pieces fall
And see what that freedom brings

Another smile, another day
And “pretty does” just walks away
The woman she’s becoming
Is the one that’s real

She did everything she could
To hide away the pain
To keep her house
The way her mama told her to, but
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Oh how will she explain?
What do you do with a million pieces?

I know the plans I have for you
Is such a sweet refrain

She did everything she could
To hide away the pain
To keep her house
The way her mama told her to but
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
This heart won’t be contained
What do you do with a million pieces?


I am struggling. It really looks like we are about to be homeless. Th 21st is our last day with a home. I know God has never failed us and I am sure he has a plan. But when you have 6 children to take care of and provide a home for it becomes harder to not worry. God will provide, He has a plan.

Amy

Monday, October 8, 2007

Okay self promotion

LOL I have decided to post some pics here. I know people can be a bit standoffish when the know you have 6 kids, however we have always strived to leave things as good as or better then we found them. We moved into this house in Tennessee. It was the last house we were in before we moved back. All of the lower kitchen cupboards were a disaster, the cabinets were full of termite damage and mold. The owner did not care, but agreed to take some off the rent if we repaired the damage as they intended to sell the house when we moved out. I posted the before pics of the kitchen cupboards first then the finished kitchen.





SIck Kidos

Man if it is not one thing it's another. My oldest has walking pneumonia, my next few have severe coughing and it is getting worse, waiting on a call from the doctor, the two youngest have couging, fever, and some throwing up. I mean come one can't I get a break???? I was not joking when I have said to people if someone gets sick at our house it becomes like a plague.

All this and I am trying to get things packed to get the house emptied by the 21'st wether we have a home or not. I will post as to what happens. SO please everyone pray for healthy kids, a good home, and easy packing.

Amy

Sunday, October 7, 2007

New Pic up in bakery

There has been talk on a chat board I visit about Christmas and gingerbread houses. I decided to post the one I made for last Christmas on the bakery page. It is not the best pic, or the best gingerbread house, however it turned out cute and not to0o bad for a first try. If yopu would like to see it please just click on the link for bakery on the right of this page.
Amy

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Still looking

We thought we had found a place to rent near my Mom. But as things turned out we did not have the funds right then to put down and the very nice gentleman really needed to get it settled before he left for his home in an another state. Sigh oh well. And it was such a lovely home to. Still praying and we might have another option.
Amy

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Looking looking looking

Yoooohoooooo I know your out there. I do I really do. I believe that somewhere here in central Kansas, there is a house just waiting for us. Perhaps you who are reading this right now has one. We would love to move to the country if there was one there. Perhaps you have a farm house that needs a bit of updating or a bit of work, we don't mind work. We have 6 kids, 5 boys and 1 girl who are strong and helpful and we even replaced an entire kitchen before. While a large 5 bedroom home would be awesome. We can make it work in a 3 bedroom. Bunkbeds are awesome, LOL.

We lived for almost a year in a 2 bedroom house in Tennessee. Please do not say nahh won't work because of that. Perhaps your just sitting there waiting for a home to sell, we would love to do a owner finance or contract for deed type thing,or perhaps you could finance for a couple of years and then do a bank loan or even a home to rent. We are good honest church going, on the worship team at church, type people. We do not smoke, do not do drugs, or drink.

If at all possible we would love to be able to get out of town and breath the fresh air, have some chickens, a cow, etc. Room to stretch, room to run, the quite solitude of the country. We have been praying for years for a place in the country, in act my 4 yearold today wasvery upset that we were not going to the farm,not sure what farm, but he wantedto go to the farm.

We have many interest, we have been involved with 4-H, I quilt and craft and sew, I cook cook and cook. I throw tea parties and bake from scratch. I make my own butter, and currently we buy farm fresh milk and eggs as we can not have a cow in town. If perhaps you have such a place or know someone who has such a place or as I mentioned a place in town even, please do not hesitate to email me.

We need to move ASAP as we have been given till the 21st to get out.

Searchingly
Amy

Sorry so long

I have put off posting anything as I am still feeling kinda bad, also we have had such a huge amount of bad news it was hard to post. I am still coughing quite a bit and think it might have something to do with the house we are living in kinda of making it worse. There has been a leak in the kitchen roof since we moved in and it has gotten way worse so that some tiels have fallen down and others are stained black. And I seem to get worse when I come home after being gone for awhile. Sigh......

But that is not the worst news I have! We were given 30 days to move out of this house as the landlord is trying to sell it and feels 8 people living in it will hinder that. So we have been trying to find a house, and you know no one wants to rent to someone with 6 kids. So we have been given till the 21 and we have been turned down flat a number of times and told nope you won't fit with 6 kids.

I would like to know when did the world decide you must have a bedroom for each child. I mean come one. Way back when huge families lived in one room houses with lofts. Not that I want to live in a one room house with a loft, but you know we have to have a roof over our head. If we could afford a travel trailer we would buy one right now, as we have a couple of offers of space to put one, but no money to buy one.

Some good news my hubby does now have a job, yeah!!!! Took a little longer then we would have liked, but he has one. Praise God.

Still searching

Amy

Monday, September 24, 2007

The road to Sickville and Back

Okay I know we all have been there. Sickville. An awful place, full of germs and coughing and well lots of unpleasant things. Have you noticed that the trip in is fast, you hardly know your going there till wow look I'm here in Sickville. Yeah!!!! So you hang around seeing the sights Coughing Corner, Headache Lane, and Misery Drive. You stop to visit the pharmacy of course. Come out with 2 prescriptions, plus Tylenol and Advil. Whooohoooooo I mean who does not love to shop will on a trip. And think you have all the lovely script bottles for souvenirs. You could store oh I don't know medicine in them........ SO anyway you see a sign that says this way to WELL. Your like oh thank you God, I found the way out. So you turn off and head out. Only to discover that the road out of Sickville is not like the 4 lane highway it was to get in. It is a little, narrow, filled with blind curves, dirt road barely 2 lane. You have to drive through places such as Wheezing Falls, and Heaving Point. You have detours through, ER CITY, yeah were you experience the thrill of a breathing treatment and shots of epinephrine. And then maybe just then maybe after the another stop at the Pharmacy for some more souvenir shopping of 3 more prescriptions, you discover that the bottle of antibiotics has a map on it. One that shows the way to Well. So I am hoping that if I follow this map I will soon be home in Well again. Then I shall post on better things. I promise.


Coughing
Me

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I am alive

I think I am turning the corner toward feeling more healthy!!!! I have finally been able to sleep for a couple of hours. Otherwise it has been cough doze for 10 min cough cough cough ....... doze for a few cough COUGH COUGH COUGH..... anyway you get the idea. After more then a week of being sick, I feel ucky, LOL. Big fat surprise right?? I have not been able to eat much through all this and so have been feeling a bit weak from that. However I do believe today after finally sleeping I am getting a bit better. I did have to make a trip to the ER on Monday, where they prescribed a inhaler and prednisone. These seem to be helping. I am going to go rest for a bit more now, and then as soon as the fuzzies clear from my brain, I will be blogging again. I plan to have updates to all the pages, and there is a fall tea party in the works for October....... Should be fun.
Amy

Friday, September 14, 2007

Oh my gosh I feel soooooo bad bad bad. I am sick sick sick. I have had fevers today that gave me the shakes and shiver sooo
bad, I could not stop my teeth from chattering. I have a major headache and that is with 3 ibuprofin me every 6 hours. SIGH........................My body aches and so does my throat. I downed a couple of room temp pepsi's which helped a hair, but when you coughing up ucky stuff it just keeps irritating the throat. I am so tired I just soaked in a hot shower to help get rid
of the shakes, I know not the best idea, but I was soooooo cold. I am guzzling orange juice thanks to
the lovely man who brought us a bunch there fore I did not need to send someone after it, along with bunches of soup he bought. I so apprciate this gentleman. A friend just brought over milk and eggs and yesterday a friend brought more veggies. We are so blessed. It seems my hubby has a new better job. I drove him to the interview about 15 min from here, today they sent him for his UA and are running the background check as we speak. Yeah!!!!!! In case your wondering about why I drove
him even sick as a dog, I drive better then him when he is tired and after last nights hideous shift, he fell and got hurt, everything is soaking wet, and has a hard time closing his hands and he was so way tired, anyway
he starts to fall asleep when he is weary and sore. So better my sick self drive then he wreck the vehicle and hurt himself. Anyway please oh please oh please pray for me.
Amy

Thursday, September 13, 2007

God is good

God is good all the time

Chorus:
God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time


If you're walking through the valley
And there are shadows all around
Do not fear, He will guide you
He will keep you safe and sound
'Cause He's promised to never leave you
Nor forsake you and His Word is true

Chorus

We were sinners - so unworthy
Still for us He chose to die
Filled us with His Holy Spirit
Now we can stand and testify
That His love is everlasting
And His mercies - they will never end

God is sooo good all the time. After all my struggles early last week and prior. I was able to give it all up and let God take it back and just rest in the peace that God has never dropped us on our faces, why on earth would he start now?? He wouldn't I know it. I have been at peace since later last week and have been feeling better.

Today began nice and sunny and was a wonderful day all day today.

This morning, my husband was given a job. He is working as we speak. Praise God, Glory, Hallelujiha!!!!!!!!

Also this morning. I recieved the best haircut since the one I had at the end of my 8th grade year. I AM NOT KIDDING People have butchered and hacked at my hair since 1988. And not the same person, I tried again and again. I went years without cutting my hair as I could not stand the agony any more, plus it seemed such a waste when they all sucked. But today I am the proud and very happy owner of a newly styled head of hair!!!!! Thank you Dawnelle. She blessed me with a free haircut this morning and she is awesome.

I went out and visited with the Ks Milkmaid today. She is doing well. A bit weary after yesterdays long long day of questioning. Heck I was weary. 9:00 till 4 :30 makes for a long day of sitting on a bench. OUCH!!! Secondly the grouchy looks from some people get a bit wearing after while, but hey if they want to be cranky that is their choice. I choose to be nice and polite. I smile at everyone, and you know I am not sure they like it, LOL. But anyway they all seemed good.

While I was out there we recieved another major blessing. There is an awesome gentleman out there somewhere who has heard of my families struggles and generously sent over tons of food laundry soap and also loads of pullups that we need for one of our sons, with a friend of mine. So far he as chosen to remain anonymous. My freezer, fridge, and cupboards are overflowing, with wonderful good food. What a blessing this man has been to us. He has also offered further assistance if we should need it. THANK YOU WHOMEVER YOU ARE, THERE ARE INDEED ANGELS HERE ON EARTH.

God has blessed us into overflowing as he promises he well. I know we all know this but how awesome a reminder it is


The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake.



Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.



Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

-- KJV

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want

yes indeed he has supplied us with so much we shall not want 7 different kinds of cereal for the kids, 7 a freezer full of meat, cupboards full of veggies and pasta and even some cookies and fruti roll ups

he maketh me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters
green pastures = goodness and lushness, right now I feel as if we are in green pastures


He restoreth my soul
I do indeed feel restored, as I was so low last week and then all those blessings helped to remind me exactly who has my life in his hands and I do indeed feel restored

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me
I can so relate to this one, I felt as if my life was ending, I felt so exposed and at risk, I feel safe and secure now, we still have some axes hanging, but God will not let them fall, he is with me no one can be against me

The rod and the staff they comfort me
you know a staff was made with a crock on the end to help return the sheep to saftey to be where they are suppossed to be and how great is that??? Some would see these things as a punishment or confinement, but they are to keep us safe, and God realed us back in and I know we are secure with him,

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies
there are some people who have attacked and accused us through all this and you know God has blessed us and I believe that those will see that

Thou annointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over
oh indeed it does, I fill so full to overflowing, and actually have made further strides in understanding God and his blessings through all this. I do indeed feel anointed

Surely Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I surely want to claim this. I hope for mercy all the days of my life for surely none deserve it, thats why it is mercy and goodness. And by being saved and belonging to God, I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever


When those trials come again, and I am sure they will we need to remember this and not allow ourselves to be so beat down. I know God understand that we are human and we will get low, we just need to remember Gods goodness and mercy will be ther forever and pull ourselves back up give our problems to God and have faith.

God will never leave us nor forsake us
Thank you God

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11th



I am so proud of our service men and women. Here are pictures of my two Marines!!! I love you Guys!!

Today is a day that will forever be remembered as a horrible day in a America, however it also caused some of the finest moments in America in recent years. The way people came together and helped each other. More people flew flags, more people expressed pride in our country, more people prayed, more people became concerned about people other then themselves. People appreciated things more. I pray that this war can end soon.
I have said before war sucks, but we are helping our neghibors as we should. I am praying especially hard now as one of my brothers shown up above is scheduled to be shipped over seas in March. I am proud of both my brothers. My brothers that signed up after the war started, my brothers who are willing to do what needs done. We all should be proud of our military. And on another note I am deeply ashamed of those people who claim to be christian who picket at the funerals of our fallen military men and women. But again, I am very proud of those men and women who ride in the Patriot Gaurd. Those wonderful people that make a wall between the families, and those that are being nasty. SO God bless those who are helping honor our military families this way.

Thank God again for our Military!!! Thank God for the USA!!! THANK YOU GOD!!!! God Bless AMerica and God Bless our Military

Remembering

There is a reason behind the war we are currently in. Just in case we have forgotten. Thanks Wikipedia for the facts here.

2,974 people died as an immediate result of the attacks, and the death of at least one person from lung disease was ruled by a medical examiner to be a result of exposure to WTC dust.[6] Another 24 people are missing and presumed dead. The victims were predominantly civilians. I DID NOT INCLUDE THOSE WHO CAUSED THIS IN THE NUMBERS.

Four commercial airliners were hijacked en route to California from Logan International, Dulles International, and Newark airports. Each of the airliners had a jet fuel capacity of nearly 24,000 U.S. gallons (91,000 liters).[7] Two of the airliners were flown into the World Trade Center, one each into the North and South towers, one was flown into the Pentagon, and the fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767-200 wide-body aircraft, crashed into the northern side of the North Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC) at 8:46:30 a.m. local time (Eastern Daylight Time, 12:46:30 UTC), hitting at the 94-98th floors.

United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767-200, crashed into the 78-84th floors of the South Tower at 9:02:59 a.m. local time (13:02:59 UTC), an event covered live by television broadcasters and amateur filmers from around the world who had their cameras trained on the buildings after the earlier crash.

American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757-200, crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37:46 a.m. local time (13:37:46 UTC).

United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757-200, crashed in a field in southwest Pennsylvania just outside of Shanksville, about 150 miles (240 km) northwest of Washington, D.C., at 10:03:11 a.m. local time (14:03:11 UTC). The crash in Pennsylvania resulted from the passengers of the airliner attempting to regain control from the hijackers.

Three buildings in the World Trade Center Complex collapsed due to structural failure on the day of the attack. The south tower (2 WTC) fell at approximately 9:59 a.m., after burning for 56 minutes in a fire caused by the impact of United Airlines Flight 175, and the north tower (1 WTC) collapsed at 10:28 a.m., after burning for approximately 102 minutes. A third building, 7 World Trade Center (7 WTC) collapsed at 5:20 p.m., after being heavily damaged by debris from the Twin Towers when they fell.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Prayer for Ks Milkmaid

If you could all remember to pray for Christina, as she has a long day of court on Tuesday. And after witnessing the crummy behaviour of the defense attorney during the last one I am sure we will all be in for so much more fun. SIGH.............. Oh well Christinas oldest son did awesome. He kept his cool did not get flustered and was respectful even though the defense was not!!! Please pray for strength for Christina!!! Tuesday promises to be soooo long.

Amy

Friday, September 7, 2007

More Angels

I am so blessed. I have been wondering how to stretch what we have to make it last to fill what we need.... I have been blessed by a number of people. I had a friend bring me a whole box or produce, lovely homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and squash. One friend also sent me home with a couple of bags of things last week after I stopped by to visit.

Another friend brought me some more fresh produce zucchini and squash she also brought me 4 complete meals, Chicken Curry and Chicken Cordon Bleu as an example, all ready to pop in the oven or crock pot as well as some ready to bake bread. She came bake today with two bags of things from her Mom's church. Her mom had mentioned our ummm troubles and they wanted to help. She also told me that the gentleman who gave her the complete meals, Miraculous Meals, had some more for us.

I AM SO THANKFUL. This makes the money we do have stretch so much further!!!!Thank you

God so often uses people some we don't even know to bless us. I had been feeling very weary, but this week God has used these small things to remind us that he is still here and that he cares.

Thank you everyone.
Amy

His Joy Comes In The Morning

Despite all my doom and gloom a few days ago, there have been some nice blessings.


I spent yesterday de-stressing with a friend, her family took me out to dinner, we made some cards, had some fun and fellowship and ate Nerds, LOL. For those who do not know what Nerds are, they are a small tangy sweet crunchy candy. NERDS are addictive, LOL. You can't eat just one of course why would you want to??? But I came home much more relaxed and well happy. Thank you Miss Marcia and Denny. Thank you God for such a nice friends who are so willing to be a blessing..

I wanted to get a pool at the beginning of summer for my little kids. Well they sold out locally of the small inexpensive ones really fast. SO oh well we can live without a pool. Well last weekend, someone was giving away a Little Tykes Tugboat pool/sandbox. Sooo cool my kiddos have something that can be used for more then just the hot days of summer, and it is something I would rather have had anyway. So yes it may not have been when I wanted it, but God had a plan and provided something even better a bit down the road. And for FREE!!!!!

Also this week we went to put some applications in near my mom, and so we stopped and had dinner and took her their kitten. It was alot of fun. And my mother gave my birthday present. Mary Jane's Idea Book and Cook Book. I had been wanting one for a while. But with the cost of the book there was no way. SO I waited a bit and was soooo blessed. Thank you Mom!!! Again God knew...

Due to our struggles last week I could not afford to go and purchase milk. We being the dear wonderful person and friend that she is. Christina, the Kansas Milkmaid, brought me in some milk and said she wanted to make sure we had it!!! Thank you God for such a wonderful sweet woman to be a friend.

I am believing that this house being sold will actually be a blessing in disguise. God knows what we need and where we would like to be. I am going to trust in him to see me through. He has never dropped my family, and I KNOW he never will.

Now I am not saying that because I got to go and do things and people gave me things, I am there for happy. What I am saying is God knew I was stressed out and I mean way way out there. I was frustrated, and angry and hurt. God also knows my heart and who I am. God blessed, my family and I this week in so many ways. SO even though I had some dark and sorrowful nights, HIS JOY has indeed come with the morning. I rose thinking of this song, and singing.

Thank you God


I'm Trading My Sorrows
Verse
I'm trading my sorrows, I'm trading my shame;
I'm laying them down for the joy of the Lord.
I'm trading my sickness, I'm trading my pain;
I'm laying them down for the joy of the Lord.
Refrain
We say yes, Lord, yes, Lord,
yes, yes, Lord,
yes, Lord, yes, Lord, yes, yes, Lord,
yes, Lord, yes, Lord, yes, yes, Lord. Amen.
Bridge
I am pressed but not crushed,
persecuted, not abandoned,
struck down but not destroyed.
I am blessed beyond the curse,
for His promise will endure,
that His joy is gonna be my strength.
Though the sorrow may last for the night,
his joy comes with the morning. (to Verse)

No matter what happens. It is not forever. Gods promises and joy can and will be my strength.

Have and awesome weekend.
Amy

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Thoughts on yesterday

As people might be able to tell, I AM FRUSTRATED!!!! LOL Okay I am more then frustrated frankly yesterday I was down right mad. I am someone who does not usually express my anger to those who make me mad. The people who have uspet me do not know it, as I was brought up to be a polite person and in most cases I am. I did vent on here as I always feel better to vent, and with my husbands already frustration filled life, I use my blog to vent!!

When your already struggling and people who you think might be the ones to help you, or encourage you, actually in reality don't. Some become people who hinder you, or perhaps they frustrate you, or some actualy even cause you more problems then you had to begin with. Some times when going through things other people will go even further and completely abandon you leaving high and dry.

That can hurt when you really expected them to be there for you. While I am struggling with this, I have been so blessed to have people tell me they will pray for me. There are a number who offer useful advice, unlike the stuff that led to yesterdays obvious frustrations. And God of course is there.....

And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will
not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

I still struggle with not having fear or being dismayed, LOL!!! I am working on it, I am also claiming that today will be a better day!!!

I remember a song that is very short yet to the point, a peppy upbeat sort of song. I need to keep this one going today!!!

Be Bold Be Strong

Be bold, be strong
For the Lord your God is with you
Be bold, be strong
For the Lord your God is with you
I am not afraid
I am not dismayed
Because I'm walking in faith and victory
Come on and walk in faith and victory
For the Lord your God is with you


I hope everyone has an awesome day.
Amy