Smile for the Joy of Others

Smile for the Joy of Others

Friday, January 30, 2009

Choose Life!

I'm sure alot of you have already seen this video. But I can't help but be moved every time I see it. And I feel the need to post it to make sure as many people can view it as possible.

I know there are women everyday who struggle with abortion issues: Should I have an abortion? I've had an abortion and now I can't deal with the emotional scars it has left? What is truly right and wrong with abortion? What about the mother's rights? What about the baby's rights? What does God really say about abortion? And why should I even care about this issue?

This video is a great reminder that God has a plan for every baby that is conceived...not just born but conceived, regardless of their life's circumstances.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dogs Need Homes and Sometimes Cats...

My friend over at The Storm Front sent me an email from Dogs Needs Homes and Sometimes Cats, an organization that was started only a few weeks ago. This organization helps dogs from local shelters find homes. They send emails to subscribers with a list of dogs that currently need homes. They also provide additional info about each dog and what shelter the dog is currently housed.

I encourage you to read their story of how this campaign and organization came to be. It's truly heartwarming and I found it making me want to help in any way I can, if that means only getting the word out about these sweet fur babies.

I will keep a permanent link on the side bar for future info.

Thanks K. Storm for this info.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy Birthday, JB!

Today is JB's birthday. 31 years ago, God brought him into this world to accomplish His will and purpose. I am so thankful and blessed that one those plans was to be my husband and daddy to our boys. JB shows his love to me, the boys, his church, and his God through the life he lives. I am so grateful to be apart of that life as he strives each day to fulfill God's will for our family, church, and his personal life.

I love you very much and can't wait to celebrate the rest of your birthdays together!

Happy Birthday, Tiffany!

Today is my little sister's birthday. I am so grateful that God brought her into this world to by my sister. She is truly a blessing the family and me. Happy Birthday, Tiffany. We love you very much!

Monday, January 26, 2009


For this post, I thought I would give a little info about the boys. This is to also keep a little journaling for the future when I want to look back at what was going on with our family.

BB: Our energetic, willing to help, strong willed twin. He wakes up bouncing like Tigger and doesn't stop til he is asleep. He lacks some impulse control in that he doesn't always think before doing something. JB's comment to him is "Son, what were you thinking?" And my reply is "he wasn't." We are definitely having to learn which battles to pick with him and the battles we choose to engage, must be won indefinitely. When he sets his mind that he's not gonna do what it is you've told or asked, he's not gonna do it without a battle. He's my child I feel like I discipline and scold the most throughout the day. But regardless of how much I have had to scold him, he still loves me. He wants to sit with me, he wants to help me, he wants me to lay down with him at night, he wants to give me kisses and hugs. He still has a way of melting my heart despite his rebellion and strong will. He currently enjoys being the "bad guy" when it comes to play, how appropriate for this little boy. His current favorite movies are Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The 3 Musketeers and The Pirates who don't do Anything, Veggietales. He is fascinated with the sword fighting and good guy vs bad guy that are emulated in these movies. His favorite toy from Christmas is the $2.00 foam sword from Big Lots my sister gave him. He loves to help and seems to be a people pleaser to an extent. He wants to help me cook and help his daddy with "handy-man" type projects around the house. He is the more dominant of the 2, telling his brother what to do and how to do it. I don't know if this stems from the need to control or the need to nurture his brother. He has a tendency to be timid yet is not a follower, hence his strong will to not do what he doesn't want to do. My prayer regarding this personality is that this strong will keeps him from following the "wrong crowd" when he has to make his own choices.

He likes chocolate milk, mac n cheese, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, oatmeal, grits, and cheese. He doesn't like any vegetable but will occasionally eat a few bites of sweet potatoes. However, if he likes what he is eating, he's gonna eat alot of it. Can be a bottomless pit. He's not afraid to climb for the cabinet to get food nor open the fridge for his favorite piece of sliced cheese. He only likes the dumplings in Chicken and Dumplings, hence he is called Dumplin.

BB still claims Stuffins to be his dog and sleeping partner. Stuffins will occasionally ride with me when picking them up from school. BB loves to see him sitting in his car seat when he opens the door.

BB enjoys the outside but not as much as his brother. He enjoys riding his big wheels but when it's too hot or too cold, he's ready to come in (he gets that from me).

CB: Our tenderhearted, loves all things sports, twin. CB wakes up like me...whiny, can be grumpy, needs awhile before facing the day, complete opposite of his brother. He is a child of habit. He wants 2 sippy cups of strawberry milk every morning. It must be warmed to his approval..too hot or too cold will not do and he will whine you to death until it's fixed.

He doesn't tend to have melt-downs like BB, but his whining can be just as bad. CB gets his heart broken easily. He doesn't understand why he can't win every game that we play...crying and saying "But I just wanna win."...he truly gets his feelings hurt and heart broken over some of these losses. We are currently trying to teach him that he's not always gonna win but it's fun playing regardless. He needs to learn this fast as he loves all things sports. He loves to kick, hit, bounce, throw, pass, catch or shoot a ball. He loves to be outside and will pitch a small fit when it is time to come inside. If he could live outdoors, I do believe he would. He loves to fish, dig, ride his big wheels, and just run when outside. (he gets this from his daddy).

CB enjoys cartoons and prefers TV shows over movies, although he will watch movies. He likes, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Berenstain Bears, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and most of the Veggie Tale shows and movies. His favorite Christmas movie this past Christmas was what he calls "Tigger and Pooh Christmas". He still ask to watch everyday.

He has recently learned to play with other children more, especially if they are his friends. He tends to be more of a follower than his brother. My prayer for this personality is the he follows the "right crowd".

CB has a tender heart for the weak. He gets upset if I "spank" Gizzie. Really, this child cries real tears if he sees Gizzie get a spanking. (I have to pop Gizzie at times when she won't quit barking or wanders off into the neighbor's yard). He's protective of me if he feels Daddy is being mean to me or tries to get Mamma. "I got you mamma, it's ok." If I pretend to cry, he has the most sincere concern, "It's gonna be ok, mamma." You will find BB over there laughing.

CB is much pickier when it comes to eating. This has recently changed as he used to be the better eater of the 2. Although, CB will eat more meats than BB, he refuses to eat any vegetable. He likes the chicken in Chicken and Dumplins, hence he called Chicken. He likes hot dogs, fruit grain bars, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, sliced cheese and will occasionally eat spaghetti. Unlike his brother, he doesn't like mac n cheese.

CB loves school. He tends to learn a little easier and it seems to come easier for him than his brother. He also enjoys learning more than his brother. He even cried one time because he couldn't stay at the school I delivered a monogramming order. He was only 2. He really thought he was gonna get to go to big school. He also cried because he couldn't load the bus that was returning children to another child care facility.

As for both of them...they are picky eaters. In fact, JB is a picky eater. Cooking supper for my family is not the most fun unless I enjoyed cooking the same thing over and over. We don't nap anymore during the day unless we have had a really busy active morning. Instead, I lay a "palette" on the floor and we rest for from about 2:00 to 4:00 while watching a movie or cartoons. Sometimes they will fall asleep but mostly they just lay there and rest. We had to make a got to where if they napped, it was hard to get them to fall asleep at night leaving them awake even until 10:30 some nights. It was making bed time a huge battle instead of a winding down time. I can get them "rest" on a palette easier than getting them to bed. "Resting" has worked great so far. Now bed time is much more pleasant.

They both have such different personalities and characteristics. And I love them equally as much for those differences. They are each so special to me and both make my life complete and I couldn't imagine it without either of them or just one of them.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Taste and See..

I welcome you to visit Taste and See, a cooking blog that I, along with several of my friends, have created and contribute. Taste and See is a blog project with recipes, cooking ideas/info, and hints.

We all realized that we had several things in common when it comes to cooking. We enjoy it but find it boring to cook and eat the same foods and menus. So in order to break the monotony, we developed Taste and See. We also realized that we have many recipes that we want to share but didn't want to fill our family blogs with all the recipes.

The name of the blog is credited to TRP. Thanks TRP, for your insight to the name as it represents our relationship with Christ. We not only invite you to Taste and See for the recipes but also to Taste and See that Lord is good ~ Psalm 34:8

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Today is my dear Daddy's birthday. Words cannot express how much I love and appreciate him. He helps me just about on a daily basis with my boys. He is always willing to run errands with me to help with crowd control. BB & CB love him greatly and ask often to go see Pappaw.
Happy Birthday, Daddy. We love you!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Freedom at its Best

As most Americans are aware, today was the inauguration of the 44th President, Barack Obama.

I didn't stay home to watch it. I didn't record it. I didn't even make plans to watch it. I just went along about my day running errands.

Regardless of how I feel about Obama, the inauguration, and politics...I am blessed to live in The United States of America. I still believe it is the greatest nation on earth no matter who is President. And whether you or I voted for or against an incoming President, we must admit that freedom is displayed at its best when America inaugurates another President. Republican or Democrat, black or white, male or female...freedom rings the loudest with the election and inauguration of each new President.

It's what my grandfathers fought for and their grandfathers before them. It's what American forces continue to fight for today not only for America but for other nations as well.

My continued prayer is that no matter who is President, the Lord God Almighty will use him or her to glorify His name and fulfill His purpose and will for our great nation and its citizens.

God Bless America,

Sunday, January 18, 2009



Meeting Every Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 12:50 on the Lunch Hour...starting Thursday, January 29, 2009 and every Thursday thereafter!

Are you ready to come just as you are? Are you ready to worship as the "real" you? Brown Bag Bible Buddies offers you the opportunity to come just as you are, build Christian friendships, love your neighbor as God loves you, grow stronger in your walk with Christ, and offers a platform to share your hurts as well as your testimonies of victory or just sit, relax, listen and learn.

This will be a time of fellowship and encouragement with a 20 minute testimony or lesson of encouragement every Thursday. Leave your office or home as soon around 12 as you can to attend. We'll have you back by 1:00. A buffet lunch for $12 is offered (beverage included).

Contact Judy Dickson or Cheryl May with any questions. You are welcome to attend every week or whenever you can. Invite others to join us too!

Visit the website: Brown Bag Bible Buddies for more information.

It's already in Jackson and will soon be in Brandon! Laine Lawson Craft is the founder. Come join this brand new community of women of faith that gather every Thursday at noon at:"AJ's on the Lake" right of the Parkway in Ridgeland.

You can participate and be back at work all within an hour. Each week be uplifted and encouraged to strengthen your personal walk with Christ. All proceeds will be donated to broken women missions here in our communities.

BBBB is where God's voice is heard one story at a time, and is a non-denominational city-wide bible study for women of all ages. BBBB is breaking all barriers of race, religion, and status quo!

If you are interested in starting a Brown Bag Bible Buddies Community in your area we have a ready-made package waiting for you. Contact us today!

***If you live or work in the area this is taking place, this may be an event you might try.

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Few Grocery Deals

For you frugal grocery shoppers, here is a list of a few deals that I found this past week. These are only items that I bought since I don't have the time to list all deals in the local are. These are only deals that I found at our local stores..if you do not live in this area, you may not have the same. The price listed is what I paid, there is a possibility that it can change from day to day. I am also listing some the not so good deals.


Milk: gallon size 2/$6.00...$3.00 per gallon. This is better than you will find @ Wal-Mart
Armour Lunch Makers: $1.00 each. Be sure to get the one that includes the drink...yes, they too are on sale.
Hunts Ketchup (24 oz): $1.00 each. Cheaper than any brand at Wal-Mart
Pillsbury Grand Biscuits in a can: $1.00 each (I had a .30 coupon when you buy 2 cans. Brookshire's triples coupon. so I got 2 cans of biscuits of .55 each)

Not so Good:
Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage: they have on sale 2/$5.00. They are actually cheaper at Wal-Mart


Strawberries: 2/$5.00. They are known to be cheaper during the summer, but this is actually decent for this time of year.
Gain Detergent: $4.99. I have a $1.00 off coupon. (you can get up to 40 loads for 3.99)
Kroger Bar and Shredded Cheese: (8oz) 3/$6.00
Kroger Bread: $1.00 per loaf. Cheaper than Wal-Mart
Kroger Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, and Dips: $1.00 each (cheaper than Wal-Mart)
Little Debbie Snacks: $1.00 each
Martha White Baking Mixes: $1.00 (I have a coupon for .55 off when you buy 2. that makes them .73 each. Great price for Martha White, but I think you get Wal-mart brand cheaper if not the same price)
Kool Aid Kool Bursts: $1.00 each
Kroger Brand "Fruit Grain Bars": $2.00 each. These are the same price as the Wal-Mart brand. I think these are a regular price.

***Not So Good:

Kraft Easy Mac Cups: $1.00 each. Cheaper at Wal-Mart.
Red Gold Canned Tomatoes: $1.00 each. These may be a good price for the brand, but Wal-Mart brand is cheaper

I know that Wal-Mart participates in price matching, but I will buy at Kroger if the price is good rather than Wal-Mart in order to build up gasoline points.

Lysol Disinfecting wipes: buy 1 get 1 free, I have a coupon for $1.00 off.
Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner: buy 1 get 1 free, I have coupon for $1.00 off
Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner: buy 1 get 1 free, I have a coupon for .50 off
Scrubbing Bubbles Flushable Bathroom Wipes: buy 1 get 1 free, I have a coupon for $1.00 off
Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner: Buy 1 get 1 free, I have a coupon for .75 off

Most of these coupons were found in this past Sunday's newspaper. You can sometimes find a Sunday paper at your local grocery store even on the following weekdays.

Don't need all the extra "free" products or don't have the storage space. Here's an idea...stock them up and give them to a local charity, group home, single parent home or elderly that live on a fixed income, or a family that is without a job (currently there are many of these). A few group homes in the area could definitely use any extra especially when they rely on donations to operate. During these economic hardships, they suffer tremendously when giving decreases.

Hope this helps you when shopping,

Sunday, January 11, 2009

What do you say?

What do you say after this conversation?

Here's the situation. He's trying to get them to come to him so he can get them ready for bed. They continue to play after repeated commands to come here.

JB (in a frustrated and firm tone): "If you boys don't start coming to me when I call you, I am gonna start spanking. I am tired of calling and telling you to come and you don't do it. You boys better start minding Mamma and me." "Yes, sir?"

BB: "Yes, sir"

CB: "Daddy, I just tooted."

I was in the back trying not to laugh.

Until next time, HB

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Oven Denver Omelet

Oven Denver Omelet
8 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
2 cups frozen shredded hashbrown potatoes
1 cup diced fully cooked ham
1 cup (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp. dried minced onion

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and seasoned salt.
Stir in the remaining ingredients.
Pour into a greased 8” square baking dish.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
Yield: 6-8 servings.

I fixed this the other night for supper. It was very good. Of course, I typically alter recipes to accommodate the ingredients I do have. I didn't have cheddar, instead I had a "Fiesta Mix" bag of shredded cheese. I think the cheddar would have given it a stronger taste which I would prefer, but the cheese I had was sufficient. I don't like onions, so naturally, I left those out. I bought a Smithfield sliced ham almost 2lbs and diced it myself. Makes this dish a little more time consuming but cuts down on the cost of the ham (as pre-cubed ham is more expensive by the lb). I have used more of the ham for another recipe.

* * * * 1/2 stars (possibly 5 if I had used the cheddar cheese for more flavor).

(I got this recipe from a recipe blog...I apologize to the person who originally posted it as I can't remember which blog it came from. I have tried to find it again to no avail. I just don't want to take credit for a recipe I didn't originally create or post).

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Just a Housewife...

Hello, Ms Jones, I've called to say,
I'm sorry that I cried when you phoned today.

No, I didn't get angry when your call came at 4:00
Just as 8 Cub Scouts burst through the door.

It's just that I'd had such a really full day.

I'd baked pies for the PTA.
The washing, the ironing, and scrubbing the floor
were chores I had finished not too long before.

I'd sewn up a dress, my daughter needs it this Sunday,
And prepared for a meeting with 4-H'ers on Monday.

No, the reason I cried and gave that great yelp,
Wasn't 'cause you'd phoned just to ask for my help.

The comment that threw me, nearly drove me berserk
Was "I'm sure you'll have time Because you don't work."

Author Unknown