Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all of you!

Eric and Hayden carved the pumpkins last night. Sadly, we only have one son left that is interested in carving the pumpkins, but we do have so many great memories of all our little boys busy out in the garage with Daddy carving pumpkins. And someday when they are older, they will be the fathers carving pumpkins and making memories with their own little ones! I picked up the lid of one of the pumpkins and smelled it and oh, it brings back such great memories, mostly of my Daddy and the anticipation I had to get dressed up and get free candy! We all love roasted pumpkin seeds, so we saved the seeds and will roast them in the next few days. Julieann at My Daily Life as Wife and Mother has the recipe and directions on roasting pumpkin seeds.

Tonight we are having a bit of a dinner party; we are planning on having our traditional Chili and Cornbread for dinner. Mackenzie and Brittany are going to come over and help Eric and I answer the door & hand out candy. Later we will all watch an old scary Vincent Price movie. Grayson is having about four kids come over to eat with us. Hayden is going to have a friend or two for dinner and then go trick-or-treating with the neighbor boy and his family. I think this will be Hayden's last year to trick-or-treat. I still don't know what he wants to be, he said he will figure out his costume today after school. My kids are pretty creative with the costumes they come up with, they amaze me. We have a small trunk full of old costumes, so he will be able to throw something together pretty fast.

Have a fun day!

"This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!" Psalm 118:24

~ Sharon

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fall Beauty In My Neighborhood

I brought my camera along on one of my walks around our neighborhood and these are some pictures I took of fall in the neighborhood. We do not have the most beautiful neighborhood, but if you look, you will find beauty! God is so creative and marvelous! Just look what He did!

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abid in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches; he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without Me, ye can do nothing." John 15:1-5

Blessings! ~ Sharon

Monday, October 29, 2007

I've Been Tagged

Kate at Our Red House tagged me with a Picture of Me Meme. The rules are you put up a picture of yourself that shows the real you and talk about it and then tag three to five other people. As some may feel uncomfortable posting a current photo, a baby or childhood picture is fine. Post the picture, tell us the story behind it, copy the logo, and tag three (or more) others (without forgetting to tell them that they have been tagged!)

I tag:

Candy @ At Home with Candy
Sondra @ My Real Life With Four Teenage Boys
Kelly @ Barefoot Mama
Mrs. Wilt@ The Sparrow's Nest

This is a picture of Hayden and I out in the snow last year. I am being very brave and posting a close up picture of myself without any makeup on for the whole world to see! I like this picture because I feel like it shows the real me. Grayson and Hayden and I woke up to snow and we went out to play in it. I want my kids to remember me as a mom who plays with them in the snow and doesn't worry about being perfect all the time or all dolled up in makeup all the time. I want them to see that I can drop everything and have fun with them. Don't get me wrong, I am the first one to admit that I do enjoy wearing makeup and on most occasions would not be caught dead without it! So I guess it is all the more special for me to be able to post it and show the world the real me! So, here I am barefaced!

Thank you Kate for the Meme!

UPDATE: I've been busted! Nannykim noticed that I do have a faint pink lipstick on. I didn't even realize I was wearing it, I am not wearing any foundation or eye makeup though. I am sure I put it on to protect my lips from feeling dry. I did not want to lead you wrong! :0)

Blessings ~ Sharon

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sunday Fun

Today after church we dropped Grayson off to go four wheeling with his friends. They also call it mudding for obvious reasons! He had so much fun. He took out his old riding lawn mower that he turned into a hot rod and really tore it up out there. I had to pick Grayson up and I let him get in the van with all that mud on him, oh the sacrifices of motherhood!

Later in the afternoon Eric went golfing and Grayson had to go to work. Cameron and his two good friends, Lisa and Desi came over and we all watched a scary movie together. Hayden joined us too. We made popcorn and had soda and candy corn. It was fun, but as you can see by the photo below what we thought of the movie! I just love Lisa and Desi! They are such good friends for Cameron. They all have so much fun together and they all go to the same Bible college. They are lovely, Godly young women and I am thrilled to have them as my friends as well!

Later I cut Hayden's beautiful curls off! It was just getting too long. I shaved it and he begged me to leave a strip on top so he would have a mohawk. I said he could have it until the day after Halloween. I actually think he looks pretty cute! :0)

Here's to a great week for everyone!

"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." John 6:35

In Him ~ Sharon

Day with the BAG Ladies

My good friend, Virginia, had her 55th birthday on Saturday. She is in the one on the left in the picture.....isn't she cute, I don't think she looks like she is 55 (I also think Eileen looks great too). Any way, Virginia, Eileen and myself met for breakfast and then thrift shopping on Saturday morning to celebrate Virginia's birthday. We all go to the same church and we started a club with six women called the BAG ladies. It stands for Bargains At Goodwill because we all have thrift shopping in common. But of course, the friendship is based on so much more than that. We all love the Lord and lift each other up in prayer and encourage each other. We are all in our mid 40s to 55, so are pretty much at the same stages in our lives. We try to get together for either shopping or a tea party several times a year and we have our annual Bag Lady retreat in June where we spend the night in a rented house for two nights and shop, talk, eat and laugh. It is so much fun! Of course we see each other at church each week too!

Here are some of my treasures I found while shopping.

This is a bird of paradise figurine that I grabbed as soon as I saw it. I just think it is so pretty. I love all the intricate designs on it. It has a sticker on the bottom that says Syroco Wood. I searched the Internet and learned that it is a molded material resembling carved wood. The company made things from the 30s through the mid 60s. I paid $6.30 for him and found him on eBay for $9.99, but it still has six days left of bidding, I marked it and will watch it and will let you know what it ends up going for. There were two other figurines out of Syroco on eBay that were going for crazy prices, a carved Indian was at $760.00 and a carved knight cork screw was going for $1,530.00 - like I said, CRAZY!

I put him on my mantle with my fall garland and he looks very handsome there.

I bought three of these cute little plates for .49 cents each. I thought they would be so fun for BBQs and I will use them for sliced tomatoes, onions and lettuce. When I got home my son made himself a hot dog for lunch and I thought, oh darn, I should have bought a fourth one and used them for fun lunches too! Maybe I'll go back and get it!

I found this yummy rabbit's hair sweater! Isn't it pretty! It is a beautiful caramel color and has a satin collar and cuffs and feels so nummy on. I am happy because it is hand washable too! I only paid $2.92 for it!

These two books were in the 3 for a dollar bin! The one entitled Love Notes To Our Moms is really cute, it has a picture of a celebrity from her childhood and some pictures from today, they tell a story about their mother and then give one of their mother's favorite recipes. The other one is is called A Bouquet of Poetry and is full of lovely poems and pictures.

Both Virginia and Eileen found wonderful treasures too. We had such fun together and laughed so much. I just love my friends.

Virginia is going through a lot right now and her son, Shane, is leaving for Iraq on November 3rd. He flies Apache helicopters and it will be very dangerous for him. He is a Christian man and has a wife and two young children. I told her I would write about him and ask my blogger friends to pray for his safety. Would you please remember to pray for Shane. Thank you so much.

May God bless you all today!

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8

~ Sharon

Saturday, October 27, 2007

In Memory.......Sadie May 2000 - October 2007

Our beloved family dog, Sadie, passed away yesterday. It was so sad and unexpected. She started showing signs of illness just on Tuesday and she steadily got worse. At first she was lethargic, but then got to the point where she could barely walk. Eric took her to the vet yesterday and the vet said her liver had shut down. They really did not know why except it could be related to the fact that she has had seizures all her life.

We are so blue about this. She was such a great dog. We got her when she was three months old. All of the boys really loved her. I started thinking about it, she is in the background of most of our fun family memories, backyard barbecues and swim parties, Christmas, camping, birthdays, etc. she was always around us. She would do anything to please us and she made us laugh all the time. We really liked her because she was a great guard dog, but only barked when necessary and she was friendly with all visitors. She truly enriched our lives.

We will miss her dearly.

"Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted" Matthew 5:4
~ Sharon

Friday, October 26, 2007

Show and Tell - Perfume bottle

Kelli at There's No Place Like Home, has a show and tell every Friday. Here is mine for today!

This is an old, old perfume bottle that my grandmother Margaret gave to me. I absolutely love this bottle! In fact, when I was a little girl I would look in the curio cabinet at her house where she kept it and I would covet it! One day when I was about 11 she saw me looking at it and I told her how much I liked it and to my surprise she gave it to me! I have treasured it ever since!

It still has a faint smell of a pretty perfume. It is a cut crystal bottle with two ruby glass hearts dangling from a gold chain attached to the ruby and intricate gold lid. It is really amazing that the dropper is still attached and not broken because it is made of glass and has not broken all these years.

It is just exquisite and I am thrilled to own it. It is especially valuable to me because it was a personal gift from my grandmother. I keep it on display and admire it often.

If any of you have seen one of these before or know anything about it, I would love to know more, especially what brand of perfume it was.

~ Sharon

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A fun thing

When my kids were little I started a new thing. I realized it was getting harder and harder to read them their Bible stories at night because our schedule got so busy. With four boys with their ages spanning over 9 years, we had different bedtimes, etc. I decided to start doing devotions with them in the morning. I would make hot chocolate and put it in fun mugs on a special tray and take it up to their room and read to them from the Bible. At Christmas time I use Christmas mugs and a Christmas tray. I let them stay in bed and drink their hot chocolate as I read. This was such a fun, cozy time for all of us. I would read a chapter of the Children's Bible and then I would read a chapter of a novel we were reading at the time. I felt so close to them and it led to great discussions and teachable moments about the Lord.

Well, they have grown and are past that, but sometimes I still take them a cup of hot chocolate in their beds just for fun. Today I used these fun Halloween mugs on a Halloween tray. I am thankful to the Lord for inspiring me with that idea because it really was a fun thing and worked really well for our family. If you want to see a big grin on your child's face, surprise them with hot chocolate in bed and a story read by mother in the morning!

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6

Blessings to you today!

~ Sharon

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Brittany's 21st Birthday!

Last night we celebrated Brittany's 21st birthday! She is the girlfriend of our oldest son, Mackenzie. They are pretty serious and we are really happy about it. They have God as the center of their relationship and they are really perfect for each other. They even record music together! They made a worship CD and it is really awesome - it is electronica/modern music for young people; they take classic worship songs and remix them.

Brittany is going to college too and is trying to get into the university where Mackenzie goes. Her and I talk a lot about being a good wife and mother. I love it because she is showing such wisdom by seeking the advice of an older woman (I never thought I would be happy to be called an older woman!). Any way, we are so thrilled she is in our lives. We celebrated her birthday the same way we do our own kids including - I had her fill out the birthday survey and I made her the meal of her choice. She wanted Russian Chicken, rice and green salad with a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. The meal turned out wonderful and the cake was really delicious too!

I want all of my future daughter-in-laws to feel welcome and join right in with our family. I look at is as our family is growing larger with more love! Mackenzie and Brittany are such a great example to our younger sons and I am so thankful for that! It was so fun for me to shop for a girl for once! :0)

Here is the recipe for Russian Chicken. It is so easy and so good, it is perfect for working women because it bakes in just 40 minutes. It also would be a great meal to deliver to a friend who just had a baby or is in need because it is pretty mellow, yet tasty.

1/2 bottle Russian or Catalina dressing
1/3 cup orange marmalade
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
6 to 8 boneless chicken breast halves

In a bowl combine dressing, marmalade and soup mix. Place chicken in un-greased 13x9 glass pan and top with dressing mixture. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes; baste, flip and return to oven for another 20 minutes.

Serve with white rice and green salad or vegetable

"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:3-4

Blessings! ~ Sharon

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

My sweet husband

I am married to such a wonderful man! God truly blessed me with Eric. We have so much fun together and we are a really good team. We have been married for 25 years and have been together for 30 years! We met in December of 1977 and were high school sweethearts. We laugh every single day.

He is such a hard worker. He is a timber faller by trade and works very hard every day. It is dangerous work, but Eric is very skilled and very careful, plus, we know he is in God's hands.

He is such a hard worker, he is always doing some kind of project around the house. He has tackled all kinds of projects from replacing a toilet to repairing our fireplace (he actually had to tear our half of it because it had collapsed and he learned how to do brick work and repaired it beautifully) to building me shelves and furniture as well as building fences, decking, sheds, etc. He is very handy with woodwork and he does beautiful work.

One thing I have had to get used to is that Eric likes to play hard too and he has many hobbies and interests. He fishes year round, hunts, camps and plays golf. I fish with him sometimes and camp with him, but I do not hunt or golf, which is fine. He gets to go out with his buddies and I get some alone free time at home. I am thankful because he fills our freezer with all kinds of fish, deer and elk.

Yesterday after work he sprayed our house for bugs. Every year we get thousands of weird bugs that hang out mainly on the east side of our house. We have heard they are called box beetles, here is a picture of them - do any of you know what kind of bug they are? We also get plagued by ladybugs. They are really, really annoying. Thank goodness they don't sting or bite, but they are just gross because there are so many of them! They showed up a couple of weeks ago and then again yesterday, but yesterday they were worse than ever and were on almost every inch of our home.

Two weeks ago he sprayed them and then did it again yesterday. We found out a wonderful trick I want to pass along, it is simply water and Dawn dish washing soap. It kills most every type of bug, flies, spiders, bees, and these weird mystery bugs. It is nontoxic, smells pleasant and in the process, washes your house while you use it! My husband keeps a small spray bottle for inside use and fills this big sprayer for when he has bigger jobs. If you recall, I blogged about this same solution to kill fruit flies, read about it here.

UPDATE: A couple of my blogger friends informed me these bugs are called Boxelder Bugs and they can become a real nuisance. My blogger friend Jan at Bold & Free referred me to this website on Boxelder Bugs that is very informative.

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9

~ Sharon

Monday, October 22, 2007

Mother & Daughter Brunch

Saturday morning I met my mother and two older sisters for brunch. We were celebrating three of our birthdays. Here we are at the restaurant, clockwise starting with me, then my sister Kathi, my mother, Shirley, and my other sister, Kelli. We had such a wonderful time! It was extra fun because we exchanged gifts!

They all gave me such lovely gifts! They know me so well and picked things that are perfect for me! My mother already had sent me a check in the mail with a beautiful card, but she gave all of us girls a little purse sized perfume and she gave me Oscar de la Renta, which is my all time favorite perfume!

Kathi gave me the cute purse picture frame, the four little wine glass gel candles which are so cute and when they are gone I will use the glasses for when we do home communion. Kathi also gave me the beautiful black leather purse and gorgeous butterfly pin and matching bracelet. The jewels on them are stunning and so me!!!! She actually gave those as extra gifts because she had recently given Kelli some extra things and wanted to be fair! :0)

Kelli just recently came back from a wonderful trip with her family and she picked up my gifts at Dollywood (which by the way, she said is a wonderful place to go visit!). First is the sweet little tea towel handmade by Hindu women, their stitch work is wonderful. She also gave me the neat piece of slate that has praise the Lord hand painted on it. My favorite is the little glittered chick! He is made out of chalkware and oh so cute!

I felt so happy and loved after our wonderful visit. I am so proud of my sisters and my mother. We have always gotten along so great and always really loved each other. I am so blessed to be part of this family.

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." I John 4:11

~ Sharon

Boys! Boys! Boys!

We had a slumber party here Friday night! Hadyen had a late birthday party (his birthday was 9/22) and we had 10 middle school boys spend the night. Crazy! Crazy, but fun!

After Mackenzie moved out Hayden inherited his old room, which is on the opposite side of the house from our bedroom. It is a ridiculously large room for a 14 year old boy, in fact we jokingly call it his apartment! He got the room over Grayson because he plays the drums and there is room in there for the drum set.

We set up a cooler with a bunch of pop, a big bowl of pretzels, three bowls with three types of crackers and a big bowl of licorice. I bought four ready to cook pizzas and baked them for the boys. I set up six lawn chairs in his room for extra seating. I set it up so they really didn't have to leave Hayden's room at all. They were in heaven! We set up two TVs and two video game systems so they played videos most of the night. They stopped playing videos to watch Transformers. The next day I found two of them still awake! I sent them to bed immediately. But what was funny was when I went up the stairs I found 7 little boys sleeping in our hallway! It cracked me up because they could have come downstairs to sleep, but they wanted to be together and they didn't want to stay in Hayden's rooms because three boys were staying up later.

They all slept in until about 9:00 and had muffins and milk for breakfast. Later they played football out in the street in the rain. They all told me they had so much fun. They were pretty much all on their own. One time when I went up to check on them a boys said "I love this lifestyle". I feel so happy that Hayden has such good friends and that they all had a great time.

P.S. Eric drove almost three hours Friday night to see Grayson's game and they won! So now our team has won 7 games and lost 1! Yipee!

"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." I John 3:18

~ Sharon

Saturday, October 20, 2007

To celebrate or To Not celebrate That is the Question my Halloween decorations, you can see that we partake in Halloween. As you know I am a Christian, and you might ask me about why we celebrate Halloween. A lot of Christians to do not celebrate Halloween because of it's pagan beginnings. I do not want to get in a big debate over this, but thought I would explain to you my feelings on the subject.

First of all, I never even heard of all the controversy about Halloween until about 14 years ago. I just went along my merry way and put up all my decorations, found costumes for my kids, bought candy, picked up a pumpkin or two and watched and enjoyed as my husband carved the pumpkin with the boys. I was blissfully unaware of all the evils of Halloween's beginning. Then one day my little world was rocked because I heard the truth and was very upset and convicted over it.

Well, after much pondering, prayer and discussion with my husband, we decided to continue to celebrate it and let the kids trick or treat. We were very careful of course with only going to homes we knew and always went with our children. With my decorating I try to focus more on Harvest Time rather than the ghosts, goblins, devils and witches.

The main thing that I finally decided was Halloween does not mean all those evil things to me. To me it is just a fun holiday that we celebrate. I have wonderful memories of my strong Daddy carving the pumpkin. I remember the smell of the freshly cut pumpkin, running my fingers through the slimy seeds and the excitement that my two sisters and brother and I had that Halloween was coming, we could hardly wait! The faint smell of the carved pumpkin burning from the candle inside is such a good, comforting smell to me. All of that is innocent. We were not carving pumpkins to invite evil spirits to come, we didn't even know that is what it originally meant! My Daddy is the most Godly and spiritual man I know and to say that he was partaking in something evil is just wrong! All it is to me is a fun time, kind of like a party.

I don't think any of us should judge one another on this subject, it is a very personal decision. I just thought I would share our family's perspective and decision.

"In Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all." I Chronicles 29:12

In Him ~ Sharon

Lets Talk!

Hi everyone! I just added a Chat Box on the side of my blog under my picture. You can drop me a quick line anytime and even talk to each other. What is nice is that you can talk to me even if you don't have a Blog Spot, you just have to leave an email address.

I look forward to talk with you!

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord." Psalm 150:1-3,5,6


~ Sharon

Halloween Touches

Here are some pictures of some Halloween touches around our home. I just sneak a few jack-o-lanterns here and there and a black cat or two to my fall decor and wallah, it looks like Halloween time!

On the front porch I added a string of pumpkin lights to the railing and it looks so cute at night, I love it! It also lights up our entry way for the little munchins that will come trick or treating! Every year I put up the Trick or Treat wooden sign that my son, Cameron, made when he was about 11 years old. I think it is so cute! I also added a little jack-o-lantern lantern that I made. I have three hanging in the house too that you can see, one is a black cat. This was such a fun project! You just find a round jar, spray paint it black or orange and paint on a funny face the way they used to do it back in the 30s. I then rubbed walnut stain gently to give it that antique look. To finish it off I wrapped some wire around the lip of the jar to hang. Just put a tea light in and it lights up soft and glowy. I got the idea when I was looking at a book all about vintage Halloween decorations. I thought they were so cute, so I copied it!

My most special Halloween decoration is the jack-o-latern that I have on top of my fridge. He is sitting on top of my old radio. He is really old and made out of paper mache. Can you believe they used to put candles in these and let the children take them out to light their way Halloween night? That seems crazy to me! Needless to say a lot of them burned so a true vintage one is pretty rare. They make reproductions that look almost identical, but I know mine is truly an antique and I love him! I found him a few years ago at Goodwill mixed in with all their other Halloween decor and I only paid .99 cents!

I have an old light up scarecrow man sitting on the stair landing and it greets Grayson and Hayden as the come down the stairs every morning. He looks so cute lit up.

In the laundry room I set out a cute wooden black cat, a small wooden pumpkin and a votive. When I light the votive at night it looks so warm and cozy.

Well, that's it! Now, we just wait for the little ones to come knocking at the door all dressed up and saying "Trick or Treat!"

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him." Jeremiah 17:7

Blessings to all!

~ Sharon

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