Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday PINK

I started a Bible study last week on Wednesday called "Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed - A Study of David". It is a video study with Pricilla Shirer, Beth Moore, and Kay Arthur. It really is intense. I am having a nice time with it. I get up at 5 am, get my book and Bible out and get to work. I feel like I am coming to myself again for the first time in a long time.

This is my nephews, Bryan and Jeremy Bates. They work at Sonitrol of Lexington. In the picture, Bryan is holding his National Award as Salesman of the Year for Sonitrol International. I am so proud of both of them.

Regina, Pat, Mother, and ?
They both work for my brother, Sonny, pictured with his wife Pat. Jeremy is the General Manager and Bryan is the Sales Manager.They really work hard and do a really good job. Pat and Sonny really are proud parents, as they should be. Sometimes kids who work for their parents, think they can skate by but Sonny would never let that happen. He has always been a strict but fair dad.

Breast Cancer is awful. Just the words instill anxiety in my heart, even though the doctor has told me that I shouldn't worry anymore because it is gone. So why do I have to take a little pill every day to ensure that it doesn't come back? Now, one of the ladies that is on my deacon list has found out that she has breast cancer. They will be doing a mastectomy soon. I don't know what to say to her. I know what she is going through, but it is so intense at this point, I am not sure she would even hear me now. I am praying for her and will be there whenever she needs me. 

We had our business meeting at church and it went very well. I was the Clerk tonight and took the minutes. I also crocheted a dishcloth and gave it to Mary Susan, the pastor's wife. I find that crocheting helps keep my hands limber and keeps the pain down. It was so cold today and damp that it was difficult to keep things together. I may go to Judy's and quilt with her tomorrow. I think it would be good for her to have some company and probably for me too.

I love being on Twitter, Blogging, and Facebook, but I think that I need something else. I thought maybe it was a job, but I just get too stressed in situations where I actually have to be accountable for something.

So I may take the day and go play at Judy's. Spring needs to come soon. I am getting tired of staying in the house. Time to garden.

I love you all, GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.

Monday, January 24, 2011


"I don’t know if you have seen the Resurrection Sunday Dance from Budapest, Hungary but it is powerful. So much so, that it has gone global. This coming Easter it will be performed around the world and it will be happening on the Peninsula on the mall area in front of the Ferguson Center (CNU), Sunday, April 24th at 5:00pm.
"I have attached a promo about the upcoming event, which you are free to use to help promote the event. The promo has 2 websites. The first is the actual video of the dance in Budapest last Easter. Watch this and you’ll catch the vision. This is what you need to show for others to catch the vision. This is the dance we will be doing at CNU. Can you see hundreds across denominational lines joining together to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ?  "What a way to finish out Easter! The second is an instructional video. You will notice is has one person who is very accomplished and the other two who are still learning. It was designed this way so ALL levels of movement can feel comfortable and be a part. Because it is electronic it can be accessed at all times by anyone, making it easy for anyone to participate.
You will notice that no church name is attached to the promo sheet because it is for the entire Body of Christ to come together to celebrate His resurrection.  When we come together we will only perform the dance, we may do it twice, but nothing else will be done.
"Why should my church, my ministry (Youth, Interpretive Dance, Drama, etc.) organization or I be a part of this?  It is one of those rare times where we can globally join together to celebrate, but double so, because of its unique creative art form. Secondly, It will be videoed from multiple viewpoints much like the one in Budapest.  Even though it will be done in a public setting the real outreach will occur electronically as people tell there friends of the event they participated in, which can be viewed through various means of social networking. It will take on a life of its own! That is exactly what we hope happens." 
I was sent this in an email by my pastor this morning about an new Christian Dance that will be happening around the world on Resurrection Sunday. You have got to see this. It is awesome. I may even get out there with the young people and do it. I encourage you to bring this to your church and have a community dance for the Lord on Easter. What a wonderful way to worship.
There are training videos on YouTube also. 

I am excited about this. I guess because I used to teach line dancing. I am going to see if I can get it together and teach it too. Praise the Lord for his blessings. This may even get me off the computer chair. LOL


Friday, January 14, 2011

2011 PINK

How is the new year treating you? I am doing alright. The cold weather is not treating me so well though. The RA is acting up. It is difficult to type so usually I tweet because a lot of that is copy and paste unless I am interacting with someone personally. Well, I am back to my New Year's Favorite Resolution. I am dieting again. LOL!

New Year's Eve was great. We did our usual thing by going to a friend's for a party. We all brought covered dishes and drank sodas. We played games with Monopoly money and had an auction for gifts at the end. We had some wonderful people this year. Some were missing that were at another party, but there some new people who made up the difference. Plus, the three granddaughters were there. They were so sweet. They helped their grands with the games and were very intelligent young girls. I enjoyed talking with them all evening. The upshot of all this is that I broke the diet before the ball dropped all the way down in New York.

I have a WBV machine. It is a whole body vibration machine. A friend of mine who had MS passed away last year and his wife sold it to me. Marty didn't get much use out of it, but I am. You can just stand on it and get benefit, but it does even better if you exercise on it. I even saw one similar to it on "The Doctors". It is supposed to help with belly fat. I am going to get back on the program again. I am also going to do the @ZnaTrainer O2 Breakthrough. It is a wonderful program. So wish me luck if you want. Personally, I don't believe in luck. Prayer would be better. I need all the prayer I can get. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 PINK

Garrett & Taylor-2010

Happy New Year! December was a rush time for us. We went to Branson MO on a road trip. We ended up stranded in Lexington KY because of snow, but only for a couple of days. We were at my mothers and it was nice to be there an extra day or two. She is busy looking for things to give away or sell. Her house is so large and she has been saving stuff for so  long. She doesn't want us to have to go in and clean things out after she is gone. Her health is pretty good. She turns 81 this year and is still involved. She is an artist and she draws and paints, Watercolor, Acrylic, and Oil. She has a huge Barbie Doll collection and wants to sell it, but no one wants them right now. I told her to hold off and see what happens when the economy picks up.
After we got home, it was a bevy of Christmas Parties and then I went to NC for the week before Christmas to decorate the Beach House. During all this, my computer was acting up. The USB plugins were not working so I couldn't use my mouse. Darn, I hate the little mouse pad on the computer itself. It is difficult for me. I sat on the phone with Sony help for hours. I cleaned up and backed all my data on CDs. I could still use the computer so I took it with me to NC Verizon Wireless Purgatory. I was actually able to get on occasionally while I was there. They must have updated some of the towers. I didn't even turn it on for 5 days, it stayed in the bag and I just got so much done.

I love to decorate the packages with Wire Ribbon Bows and it was something I could make when I was resting in between more strenuous tasks. I made two aprons for Rhonda to give away and she brought me another one to decorate. I put buttons, findings, and wrote with acrylic paint on them. They were for some of her teacher friends and Rhonda said they really loved them. Then I got busy making crochet dishcloths for her to give to other friends. I don't even remember how many I made, but I do know that it was very theraputic for my hands.

The grands, Garrett and Taylor stayed with me some and we made cookies. Taylor even stayed overnight. She is so scared of so many things. She has always been frightened of so much, even as a baby. Her staying overnight with just me and without Garrett was a big deal. Something was working on me that night and I couldn't stay awake. I sat down in Ray's recliner about 6 p.m. and dozed off. I knew when she tried to wake me up, but I just couldn't stay awake. I woke up at 1 a.m. and wrapped gifts until 5 and sat back down in the recliner with my coffee and fell asleep again. She had fallen asleep on the sofa, so I didn't want to go to bed and leave her alone incase she woke up before it got light outside. Anyway, she wants to stay with me again.

I went to visit Hazel, my first husband's mother. I have always told her that I didn't divorce her, only her son. She it very nice and helps Rhonda with the twins a lot. She always spends Christmas Eve with us and we look forward to time with her. She turned 83 this past year and is still active. She loves sports and never misses a basketball game or a golf match on TV. She has always been supportive of me, even when I was going through the divorce. The children went to live with her when Rhonda was 16 and was sneaking out the window at night. We lived in Dallas and I was so scared she would get pregnant or get into drugs. It was supposed to be for a year, but they were doing so well in school and had lots of friends they didn't want to leave, that I let them make the decision to stay. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I couldn't get child support because my former husband went on disability and wouldn't sign the papers for me to receive payments for the children and I just didn't make enough to support us all, even though I was working 60 hours a week. Being a woman without a degree is very difficult if you are the only bread-winner. Of course, he signed for his mother to get the SS for the children and probably back pay for the time that I was trying to support them without help. Anyway, he passed away a few years ago and I have forgiven him now that I have my family back. God took care of retribution.

Off track again, LOL! I embroidered little sock monkey ornaments for the grandchildren. I put their initials on them in red. I purchased them at Cracker Barrell. They were so cute and something they can see every Christmas to remember me down through the years. I want them to remember me and tell people how much I loved Christmas and loved the giving part much more than the receiving part. I cannot explain the joy that I feel when people open gifts that I have chosen for them. Not to mention, this year I had a new grandson, Dillon. His mother, Sharon, is my new daughter-in-law. She is so sweet, my son really picked a winner when he proposed to her. I am so proud of them both. They have been taking a class at church, Dave Ramsey's Financial Plan. Since they got married last summer, they have been able to pay off all their credit card debt and cut them up. Jeff says that if you pay cash for everything, you don't have to worry about your credit score. They are going to take each of the vehicles and make double payments or triple and get them paid off as soon as they can. They have savings and are not doing things unless they save up for it specifically. I think this is wonderful. Both of them are so grounded.

Here is to your good health and wealth in 2011! Just remember, God is Good, All the time.