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28 September 2008

Ronald Reagan

I'm not a big fan of politics. I get annoyed with the fact that they lie. I hate the fact that moral character isn't taken into consideration. This time of the year it is all that we hear about. Below are interesting quotes from Ronald Reagan.

"Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born."

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."

"I know in my heart that man is good.That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."

"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas-a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated."

"There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder."

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where
men were free.
"

"I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete."

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

My New Little Friend

I noticed something had been digging in the dirt of my plant.
I moved the plant to get a closer look...
under the pot was...
my little friend!!!

Anyone who knows me knows....
I don't do snakes....big or little...
I don't like the real thing, pictures, or movies.
One on my front porch is NOT my idea of fun!
Anyone know what kind it is?
(He is more brown than blue/grey)

27 September 2008

A Farmer's Sign...

....can you find the mistake?

Pumpkins for Sale.....

At the Farmers Market this morning there were lots of pumpkins. Some were typical and some were crazy but all were unique. How cool is it that we like pumpkins are all unique. A song we sang in preschool choir....
"Look all the world over there's no one like me..no one like me.. no one like me. Look all the world over there's no one like me... There's no one exactly like me."

and bellpeppers....

Sorry the pics are blurry! (my phone)

26 September 2008

Finished for Now!

I made it through the GRE! The grade wasn't as high as I wanted but it's over...for now. Thank you for everyone's prayers and well wishes!

AGGGHHHH!!!

So yesterday I was home sick and thought I had the day to study. I thought I'd take the opportunity to do some laundry while I was around the house all day. Little did I know there was trouble brewing in my kitchen. As I studied vocabulary I heard the sound of a waterfall coming from my kitchen. I ran to the back of the house and see the water running down the kitchen and into the bedroom. (My place is on a major slant....its old...) The water was coming out of the back of the machine like a geyser. I threw every towel I had near to create a levee against the flood (This sounds intense doesn't it :) ) as I made my way across the room to turn the washer off. The smell was HORRIFIC!!!!! I frantically tried to absorb as much water as possible. (4 rolls of Bounty and a lot of towels) That is when I realized that every piece of clothing that fits was either in the washer (with black water) or on the floor soaked with black water. Oh, it gets better.... I then notice that the smell is getting even stronger. In my sink is black liquid with lots of floaters. (dead bugs, leaves, unidentifiable objects, etc...) This is when I became really sick. Every smelled anything that makes you vomit? This was it!!!! You can ask Laurie.
I spent the day trying to get it all taken care of, trying to study, and majorly stressed. The plumber fixed it lastnight at about 9:30 and I have been doing laundry and studying ever since. Say a prayer today. The GRE is at 2:00. I can't afford to take it again, both with time and money. Everyone who knows me knows that vocabulary recall is not my strongest skill these days. I'm worried (especially seeing how I look at a dog and call it a duck or look at a bush and call is a bus.)

A prayer for peace. A prayer for a memory that works and a prayer that this test will work out the way He has intended.

25 September 2008

Picture Play..


I needed a break from GRE studying one day so I played with the pictures from Topsail.
I hope you enjoy! (Feel free to comment)
















22 September 2008

GRE

Hi Guys!
I'm taking the GRE on Friday (at 2, I think). If you think about it shoot out a prayer. I've had very little time to study and it's too expensive and time consuming to take more than once.

A Topsail Retreat

Here are some pictures from the Topsail vacation. It was a chance to rest, relax, and catch up with family and friends.



  • This is the view from the pier to the house.
  • And another from the house out into the sound.
  • The sound is in the backyard and the beach is right across the road.







  • Aunt Lisa, Uncle Dennis, and Philip stopped by in Philip's boat. My awesome little cous took us out for a ride in the sound. That was the most relaxed I've been in a long time.


Fishin', Fishin', and more Fishin'..... Here's mama aiming to catch some of the "wierd" fish caught this year. I'll post some more scenic pics later. (You have to buy a fishing license now to fish at Topsail.) Back in the day you just bought shrimp and squid, laced it on the hook, and tossed it out to see what you could catch.















  • Cowboy Amy peering off the pier. Amy and David took the kayaks out into the sound. There's a sandbar in the middle of the sound. We saw a big group having a get together on the sandbar while we were on our boat tour.










  • Christy sitting on the porch steps. This was a treat. Christy has been going to the beach with me for years, but the pictures are few and far between ;) She has been a great friend and beach time with me has been a "learning" experience for her :)
  • The other shot is Lucy and me. This was Lucy's first trip to the beachhouse and she did well. She loves to curl up in front of a window and there are a ton of them there.






  • Last but not least....Sadie Mae! She's loves the beach. The hard part is keeping her out of the water.

02 September 2008

Porchulaca

One of my new favorite plants!







01 September 2008

It's the Little Things....





....that count

How often do you pass a homeless man on ths side of the street or just look the other way? How often to you help an elderly person load their groceries into their car? How often do you leave a big tip for a server who has done an excellent job? How often do you say thank you to the cashier, the young man who bags your groceries, or your mailperson? Do you buy a brownie from a family who "needs" to sell them? When someone asks you how you are doing do you answer and then ask about them? Do you hold doors open for people?

These are the little things that matter. I can't count how many times I've received a startled look in response to a "thank you." We often overlook people. We all know how it feels to be overlooked and none of us like it. Yet, we do it to others multiple times a day. Some of the biggest blessings you will receive come from your blessing others.

Possibilities are everywhere. In the grocery store: picking up an item that someone else drops, helping out a mom with her hands full, bagging your own groceries, or putting up discarded carts. At the Food Lion Saturday there were carts everywhere around the return. People had just shoved them without trying to consolidate. It took me approximately thirty seconds to straighten them and put them away. By the end I had two others helping and each had a smile on their face. It makes you feel good to help others. Just try it.