Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Day.....

Would you like to get a glimpse of a day in the life of me?  Here goes......

I got up at 6:30.  Lee had gotten up on his own and was in the shower.  I stumble downstairs, start the laundry and do my Bible study (Colossians 3:17-18).  Start paying bills, NO internet (makes it difficult to check my direct deposit).  I work on that until 7 when I go upstairs to wake Greg up.  Abby is also up - she had come downstairs on her own - such a big girl!!!!! 

I get the bills paid as best I can with no internet.  Make a grocery list.  Call the internet people (for the 3rd time in 3 days).  I wake Norman up, gather up an AVON leadership kit, and leave for a sign-up appointment in Bridgeport (something like 40 miles away).  I leave for Bridgeport.  I am almost to Sumner - well over halfway there - when my appointment calls and cancels.  Yeah.  Great.

Well then.  I need to pick up some books for my manager in Bridgeport anyway so I travel on.  The books were to be waiting outside the house on a patio.  I find the house, I find the patio, I do not find the books.  I knock, ring the doorbell, answer.  I leave, send a message to the lady that was to leave the books, call Norman and let him know how horrible my day is going so far.  The lady returns my message and assures me that her husband is there and he will be waiting.  I go back.  He is waiting.  The books are now on the back patio.  The husband and his friend - I doubt that either are over 30 - stand on the front porch and watch me carry 180 AVON books from the back patio to the back of my van.  Nice huh????

I leave Bridgeport more than a little irritated.  I get back to Olney and stop at Burger King for an early lunch.  The lady that canceled her appointment reschedules for Friday.  This has to be the most relaxing part of my day up to this point.  Then I go to Walmart.  I dislike Walmart to begin with but I really dislike Olney's Walmart.  Their selection is small, things are hard to find and there are never enough checkers.  Never.  And I almost always refuse to use the self-checkouts - I find it disgusting that they make me do the work to figure out how much I am going to pay them for their stuff.    I find a fantastic parking spot.  I get almost all of the stuff on my list (except carrots - they were out of carrots 2 weeks ago too).  It is busy and there are 3 - count them 3 - checkers open.  You've got to be kidding me.  So I wait.  Another checker opens up and I get into the 2nd place of that line.  I get checked out without incident.  It's a Christmas miracle.

Home again, home again.....with a quick stop at Circle K for gas.  Except the pay-at-the-pump thing won't accept my debit card.  Grrrrr.  So I go in and prepay.  I hate that.  I hate that my card will work inside but not outside.  Grrrrr.  And finally home.

Norman helps me unload the car of groceries and 180 AVON books.  I do the dishes, I do the laundry, put away groceries, pick up the living room, clean the downstairs bathroom.  The internet people came and fixed the internet - they assured Norman anyway - so I finished paying my bills.  Norman labeled and I dated 50 AVON books for the next campaign and I organized the orders for this one.  Worked on a recipe project I am organizing for Eternal Encouragement magazine. 

The children are running around the house like crazy people while I type this.  I think we are having soup for supper.  Bear wants to go to Wednesday night church.  Abby and I might go for a walk.  I will do my AVON order later, hopefully start a new knitting project.  I've got to work - away from home - tomorrow during the day.  Maybe the Pops Concert tomorrow night?  We will see.

I get so tired of people telling me that they are too busy  to do this, or too busy to do that.  Let me tell you about busy.  If you are responsible for doing something, do it.  Don't complain, just do it.  That's my public service announcement for the day. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Where Did September and October Go?

That's what I want to know!

Let's see.....
Lee started his sophmore year of high school.  So far, so good.  He had driver's education this semester and now has his driving permit.  I have a chauffer.  :)  He drives really well.

Greg started public school this year, 7th grade.  So far, so good.  He played soccer again this year.  Season is over - thank goodness, because it really wears me down.  Greg also decided that he would give basketball a try so that has just started.  I think he will do well.

Greg went deer hunting during the youth season early this month and got a 6 point buck!  His first deer.  His dad is going to do a shoulder mount for him :)  He is very proud.

Right now the older boys are checking out bow hunting areas.  lol 

Bear is almost 5 - next week.  He is doing kindergarten this year, just on a relaxed schedule.  Usually 3-4 days a week and we don't work at it past his interest level, usually just 45 minutes or so.  Abby is following along and she can say her alphabet to G.  Smart little kids, I say :)  They must taking after their momma.  We are using My Father's World - both preschool packages and the deluxe kindergarten package.

If you are  a local reader, you know that I've been doing custom sewing and knitting.  Mostly knitting.  I really prefer knitting, but I just can't buy everything that I want so have to sew sometimes.  If you are on facebook look me up, my page is Sew Blessed and my pictures are there. 

I'm still selling AVON and training others to do so also.  I'm also doing some tutoring.  I'm teaching a knitting class.  Sometimes I clean the house and wash laundry. 

I love my life.  I love every day of it.  I love waiting to see what God is going to do next and where he is going to take us. 
I'll try to get some pictures up here soon.  Maybe tomorrow.  Have a good night :)


I like to think that I am a grateful person.....but am I really?

I mean, its easy to be grateful when life's going good, when things are going my way.......

Am I grateful when life crashes down?  When the bad stuff just keeps coming?  When I don't even know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel?

I honestly believe that I have a tendency to be grateful in many circumstances, but it ISN'T easy and I DON'T do it all the time.  There is always room for improvement.

In this month's Gabby Mom review products (audios that will be available November 1st), Lorrie Flem hit to the heart of the matter.  She examined her heart and made me examine my heart - which I didn't really want to do.  She made me take a good, hard look at my sinful nature and how ungrateful I really am. 

My God is a mighty God.  Good, kind and generous.  He provides when I don't deserve it, when I don't need it and when I don't expect it.  There is no way that I can ever thank Him enough for the things that He has done for me....but just because I can't ever do it enough, doesn't mean that I shouldn't TRY to do it more!

Using the PDF files that came with the 3 audios (Centered and Sane, Growing Gratitude, and How To's of Growing Gratitude) I examined my heart and hope to grow in this area and help my children grow in this area as well.

This product is brought to you by Eternal Encouragement Magazine, and will be available on November 1st at

 As always, I received this product in exchange for a fair review as part of the Gabby Moms review program.