Monday, March 30, 2009

I'm back......with a little twist!

Hi everyone! I'm back! I want to thank you all so much for your prayers! Thank you also for your sweet comments and words of encouragement. Things have been really busy and a little stressful around here. So many things hit us at one time and I needed to take a break from blogging. I still really don't have time to be doing it, so I decided that for the time being, I will be a read only blog, meaning I am going to turn off my comments. I love getting comments and I really do enjoying getting around to visit all of your blogs, but I am afraid I am just too busy right now keep up with all of it. Hopefully things will calm down for me and I will be able to turn my comments back on. I really enjoy the creativity of blogging and I love keeping a diary of our life, so I am going to continue to write about the things that our little family is up to. If you really would like to talk to me or if you have any questions, you can write to me in my chat box or send me an email at

There are still stressful extended family things going on that I would appreciate prayer for. My immediate family members are all doing really well right now. My husband was laid off for a few weeks, but thankfully, he is back to work. I pray that all of you are doing well too.

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1

God bless you all!

Love, Sharon

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I have a lot on my plate right now.........

I'm sorry, but I need to take another blogging break. First of all our computer is fried and my sons are all trying to fix it for me. I am using Cameron's computer in his room and it is not as convenient as using the one in our family room. Any way, I have a lot of big issues on my plate right now with extended family things and I am feeling really overwhelmed. So far 2009 has not been a very good year, but I want to remember all of the blessings the Lord provides for us and not just think about this problems right now.

I will come back as soon as I can. I owe so many of you visits to your blogs and I apologize for not getting to you. I will stop by as soon as I can.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

"He heals the broken heartened, binding up their wounds." Psalms 147:3

Love, Sharon

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters

Here's a picture of me and my two beautiful sisters, Kelli and Kathi, taken this past weekend at our Mom and Dad's house. We have been going through some family stuff lately and I am so thankful for my wonderful sisters. We have such a neat closeness that I truly love and value.

Turn up your volume and listen to the song on my playlist. It's called Sisters and it's performed by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. It's from the movie White Christmas. It is such a cute song, here are the lyrics:

There were never such devoted sisters
Never had to have a chaperone "No, sir"
I'm here to keep my eye on her
Every little thing that we are wearing
When a certain gentleman arrived from Rome
She wore the dress and I stayed home
All kinds of weather
We stick together
The same in the rain or sun
Two diff'rent faces
But in tight places
We think and we act as one...uh-huh
Those who've
Seen us
Know that not a thing could come between us
Many men have tried to split us up but no one can
Lord help the mister
Who comes between me and my sister
And Lord help the sister
Who comes between me and my man my man

sister don't come between me and my man

I love you Kelli and Kathi!

"I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3

Love, Sharon

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mr. Bulldog Pageant

My son is in the Mr. Bulldog pageant! This is a non-traditional pageant to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Most of the high schools in our county participate in this wonderful pageant. Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. One of Children's Miracle Network's founding commitments is to keep funds within the community in which they are generated. All donations go directly to Children’s Miracle Network affiliated hospitals.
Each participating high school organizes a non-traditional pageant. Contestants are judged in a number of categories, including creativity, personality, faculty review, and individual fundraising. Each school’s contribution is a result of fundraising as well as admission to the pageants. These are pictures of the eight senior guys that are in the Mr. Bulldog pageant. They apply to be a contestant and then are voted in by the senior girls. It is a real honor to be in this pageant. It is a ton of fun for them, but also a ton of work and a huge time commitment.
The pageants require months of preparation on behalf of student and adult volunteers. As part of preparations, the contestants tour the Pediatrics Department and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the local hospital. This is often a turning point for the contestants and coordinators, as they see firsthand how their efforts will make a difference in the lives of Oregon children. It's so funny because the guys are often asked to do skits or dance and they really don't know what they are doing! All the pictures above are from a little show that the guys put on during half time at one of the girls basketball game this year. They came running out onto the court to the theme of Rocky and they were doing push-ups and funny dances. Grayson was so funny! That's him above trying to bust a move!
Our oldest son, Mackenzie, was also in the Mr. Bulldog pageant back in 2003. Here are a few pictures of him in the final pageant talent/variety show. Above he is singing a rap song with the coordinating moves!
They had a part at the end where they brought the moms out and each boy read a tribute to their mother. Here's Mackenzie and I hugging after he read me my tribute. It was very sweet and touching.
Here's a shot of him doing another skit where they were required to do a a little act with a child that they knew. Mackenzie picked his cousin Garrett (my sister, Kathi's son). I thought this picture turned out so cute! He was portraying the Crocodile Hunter.
Anyway, back to Grayson......this week on Monday night they held another event. It was He-Man volleyball where our Mr. Bulldog contestants had a volleyball match against two of our rival schools Mr. Mascot contestants, the Mr. Lion's and the Mr. Billy's. Here are all the contestants money jars lined up. This is part of their program. Each contestant has old giant mayonnaise jars that they carry around and try to get donations. They also can have jars sitting on counters at local businesses. Grayson's is the jar painted gold. One of the areas each boy will be judged is on their individual fundraising. Grayson is doing quite well so far!
This was a pretty hilarious event! All the guys dressed up super funny. This is my son dressed up so lovely! I'm such a proud mother!!!LOL!
They were all so in to it!
Here's Grayson serving the ball. It is really funny to watch guys play volleyball because they are too strong and they hit the ball crazy hard. Often times it hit the ceiling! Our team got second place out of three teams.
In between the games they held a "Mad dash for Cash". This is where each contestant ran into the stands with their money jars and asked for money. It is so fun to watch this. All the people in the crowd are so nice and generously give so much money to these boys!
You can see Grayson down there with his buds checking out how much money they earned.
Later they had an obstacle course race that was so funny! Each team had two different contestants at every station. They first had to run around the gym pushing a stroller with a baby in it, then they had to eat really gross tasting baby food (like peas and squash), eat a chocolate bar out of a diaper and then drink out of a sippy cup. It was so hilarious! We were all laughing so hard!
Here's Grayson and his girlfriend, Rachelle, afterwards. She helped him pick out his outfit and he is even wearing her spandex pants and shorts! It was a great, fun night!
What's really neat about this program is that they are helping babies! Most of the moneys earned from our school will go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at our local hospital. Grayson and the other contestants got to tour the unit and see the teeny tiny premature babies in there. When Grayson came home from the tour, he was just beaming and so excited about these little babies. He handed me this picture saying it is a true to scale footprint of a preemie baby. He was marveling at the miracle that they are so little, but they are able to stay alive and thrive by the NICU and that he is helping with that!

He will continue to be doing activities and fundraising and it will end with a big huge pageant show in April. I will definitely have pictures for you! One of the contestants will leave the evening with the title of Mr. Bulldog King. It's all in fun though and for a good cause, so there really is not a serious competition going on. Their goal as a group is to raise $8,000.00! I hope they can do it!

"Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. " 1 John 3:19

Love, Sharon

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Fun new treasure.......

We have a little junk store in our town that I recently discovered and this is a new treasure that I found there.
It is an old plate with a lattice border with a cute little red ribbon going through it. It was one of those things that I grab as soon as I see it!
I hung it on the wall in the living room below a little shelf. I love it because it is very old and it has the beautiful old rose design on it.
I think it looks cute here.
It's the perfect colors for my house, red and white!
I really love this sweet little plate and I only paid .50 cents for it!

"Live as children of light - for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true." Ephesians 5:8-9

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, March 9, 2009

Barbie turns 50 today!

Barbie turns 50 years old today!

In honor of her birthday, Mattel designed a special addition Barbie...................

Hot Flash Barbie!

Just a little Monday morning chuckle for you!

Seriously, how many of you out there played with Barbie?
I did, but I think for just one summer.
I was not that into Barbie.
I played with two miniature troll dolls that
I kept in a match box and I made clothes for them.
I also built forts and rode my bike a lot.
I don't know why Barbie didn't mean that much to me,
perhaps because I got her when I was
a little bit older like around age 12.
There has always been a lot of controversy over
Barbie's perfect figure and flawless face,
but because I did not have any daughters,
it was never an issue in our home.
I'm interested in your thoughts about her.

Have a great day!

"One who trusts in the Lord is secure." Proverbs 29:25

Love, Sharon

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Creation calls!

Today is Praise and Worship Sunday over at Brittany's blog. If you would like to participate just pop over to her blog and check it out. The song I picked today is called Creation Calls by Brian Doerksen of Vineyard Music. I absolutely love this song as it is about God's beautiful creation all around us and how can we deny that there is a God with all of the breathtaking beauty and creativity. I love the part of the song when he says "I believe! I believe!". I think this song is really powerful and is especially inspiring to hear during these hard economical times when it seems that all we hear is bad news. The Bible tells us to dwell on things that are good and worthy and God's creation is one of those things.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

My brother, Wade, gave me this song years ago on a cassette tape. We always played this tape in the camper when we were camping and it gives our whole family warm and cozy feelings. It seems like that in Oregon more times than not it rains when we camp. I have so many really good memories of sleeping at night in the camper with my husband and all four of my little boys crammed in there and we would play this song as we were falling asleep. I would hear the rain hitting the roof of the camper. I remember being out there in nature and just worship God and his majesty! This song also really makes me think of my husband and how much he loves God and God's creation. Eric is such a lover of the outdoors, he works outdoors as a logger and is up on the mountain top every day. He is in awe of God's creation and respects it so much. He also is an avid fisherman and hunter. This song makes me think of how much Eric loves nature and all of God's creation and how much he loves God.

As a side note, since I mentioned my brother Wade, I want to thank all of you for praying for him. The Lord answered one of our unspoken prayer requests and that is that he got a job! I just want to thank God and give Him the glory for answering this prayer! He still has more things going on in his life that need prayer. Could I please ask you to continue to pray for him?

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1

Love, Sharon

Friday, March 6, 2009

Rose of Sharon news report.......

Here's a few of the big stories around our home this week. First and foremost, our second child, Cameron, moved back home last weekend! He just brought the last of his things home yesterday and he totally cleaned his apartment. This was a decision Eric and I helped Cameron make. He really wanted to save some money, so we told him to think about moving back home. He thought about it and prayed about it and here he is! It will be just a temporary stay, probably about six months or less. He is staying in the guest room.
Boy oh boy does he have a lot of stuff! He rented a little storage unit to put his big furniture and washing and dryer. Cameron and I had a little talk about the guest room and we decided that we could just leave up all the decorations, but we would clear out the drawers and the desk top so he could move in his clothes and computer and books. It is so nice to have him home! I really have hardly seen him though because of his busy schedule. He is being so sweet though and he has done the dishes, cleaned up the house in the mornings and vacuumed for me.....all without me asking! I can get used to this!
The second story this week is sickness! :0( On Monday Hayden called me from school and said he was sick. I went and picked him up and he slept and stayed on the couch all day. The next day he was much better and went to school. Then on Wednesday evening Grayson started getting it and he stayed home Thursday. Here's a picture of Grayson on the couch sick with Rachelle sitting next to him. She came over after school to visit him.
Look what she brought him.............
....yummy cookies! She is such a great girlfriend for him! They are such a cute couple too. I made chicken noodle soup and rolls for dinner and she ate with us. Grayson seems to be feeling better. Now I hope that Eric and I don't get it!
The last thing that happened this week was I got my hair color corrected. I noticed my hair breaking since I started going to a new hair dresser about 2 years ago. When I talked to her about it she told me it was new growth coming in (ya right).
Well after this last time I noticed my hair was really breaking and in terrible condition. Remember when I showed you the mayonnaise treatment? It was because I was so desperate to do something to fix my hair. I finally decided to go to a new salon and boy was I glad I did.
The two stylists who helped me analyzed my hair and set up a plan for me to get it healthy again. When I told him where I was getting my hair done they said, "Oh my gosh, you didn't go to ______ did you????" I told them that I did and they informed me that she has ruined a lot of girls hair in this town and they always do the damage control! Isn't that terrible! I guess I was a victim!

I felt better just being in their hands and I felt so good knowing that they had a plan for me. First I got a trim and then my new hair dresser, Nancy, did a color correction on my hair. Basically what she did was dye it all a darker color that is close to my natural color and then she just wove in a little bit of blond around my face.
It still looks pretty light, but it is definitely much darker than before. This is to help hide the grow out so that I won't have to dye it as often. Nancy said that my hair should be much healthier in six months and at that time she can weave in more blond, but she will do it safely and carefully.
I like it that I still have the blond highlights. I am still getting used to the dark, it just doesn't feel like me when I look in the mirror, but I know I have to do this to get my hair healthy again. Eric was acting all flirty like I was a new woman or something! :0) Oh, I almost forgot. I told Nancy that I put mayo in my hair and she said that's a great trick, but that virgin olive oil works the best. She said the molecules are so tiny that it penetrates the hair and really helps make it more healthy, strong and shiny. I'm going to try it!

Thank goodness it's Friday!!! We're not planning too much this weekend, but on Saturday Brittany and I are attending a jewelry party at the home of one of my co-workers. It should be fun! I hope that all of you have great weekends!

"The Lord provides help and protection for those who are righteous and honest. He protects those who treat others fairly and guards those who are devoted to Him." Proverbs 2:7-8

Love, Sharon

Thursday, March 5, 2009

How'd he do that??????

Okay, to set this little story up, I need to tell you that I am married to a man who throws his clothes on the floor every night. He always has, always will. I learned how to deal with it a long time ago. It is one of his quirks that I choose to just accept as part of the whole package. He is so amazing in so many ways that I am willing to pick up his clothes every day as part of the trade. Actually, if I don't pick them up, after about three or four days he will pick them up, so it is just a matter if I want to wait or not. Any way, on this particular day I had just made the bed and was tidying up our bedroom. I leaned over to pick up his clothes off the floor to figure out what needs tto be washed and I threw them on the bed. This is what I saw and I laughed out loud!

Now, can you tell in the world did he slip off both socks and jeans in one fell swoop without removing the socks from the jeans? Never a dull moment!

"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh." Genesis 2:24

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Kenzie's cool eye........

I had lunch with my handsome first born son, Mackenzie, last Friday and while we were sitting in the brightly lit cafe, I was really noticing his eye, so I took a few pictures. I have wanted to show this to all my blogging friends for quite some time and discuss it with you. Can you see the shape of his pupil? It is shaped like a keyhole. He was born with it.
The medical term for this anomaly is "coloboma" and it occurred when he was developing when I was pregnant with him. This is what it says in Wikipedia:

A coloboma is a hole in one of the structures of the eye, such as the lens, eyelid, iris, retina, choroid or optic disc. The hole is present from birth and can be caused when a gap called the choroid fissure between two structures in the eye, which is present early in development in the uterus, fails to close up completely before a child is born. The classical description in medical literature is of a key-hole shaped defect. A coloboma can occur in one or both eyes.
Our pediatrician discovered it when Mackenzie was first born. It has never caused him any problems. He has perfect vision. The only thing he notices is that he is more sensitive than most people to the sun and bright lights. He also does get frequent headaches, which I have always wondered was connected to this disorder.
Oh, I know I'm his mom, but what a handsome guy! Most people don't notice his pupil unless he is in the bright light. He says women notice it more than men. I would say that 99.9% of the people who talk to him about it think it is cool! I have always thought it was a cool birthmark.
You can kind of see it in this baby picture of him. What a cute little baby he was too!
Here's a picture of him when he was about 2 years old. He had just gotten up and was really sleepy in this picture. What a cutie pie!
The coloboma is really clear in this picture. It is in his right eye, but his left pupil also has just a tad bit of it too. His eyes used to be bright blue and now they have turned to a green-brown.
What a unique birthmark. Have any of you bloggers out there heard of this or know anybody with one?
Here's a beautiful picture of Mackenzie and his new wife Brittany on their honeymoon. In this picture you can just barely tell that one of his pupils is larger than the other. It has not hurt his looks any.........that's for sure! I think he is such a handsome guy!!! I always thought he should use the keyhole pupil as his logo on his music and graphic artwork!

"Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law." Psalm 119:18

"But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear." Matthew 13:16

Love, Sharon

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Remembering Haley today........

This is my darling little niece Haley when she was 3 years old. Haley was such a little doll. Not only was she so beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well. She loved Jesus with all of her heart. Shortly after this picture was taken we learned that she had a brain tumor.
My sister, Kelli and her husband, Ralph with big sister Whitney sitting with Haley in the hospital.

Haley died nine months after the first devastating news. This was the hardest thing our family has ever gone through. It was really, really rough. It is so hard to even imagine how a beautiful little child can get so sick so fast. Kelli and Ralph tried everything medically possible, but nothing worked. It seemed like every time there was hope we would get bad news. Haley was such a beautiful little girl who loved the Lord so much. Kelli and Ralph were just amazing through the whole ordeal, the Lord truly gave them their strength. Haley died 14 years ago on this day. God has restored their family and given them two more children, Samuel and Joseph and their family is doing amazing. Their sweet family is a real testament to the power and love of God.

We love you and miss you Haley.

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4

"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
I Thessalonians 4:17

Love, Sharon
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