Friday, May 29, 2009

Time to Go!

If there is one thing I like more than "to-do" is "to-do" lists that are completely checked off and completed - so task oriented, I am. I have had many a list this week - one for every day...almost every hour, it seemed! But..they are done - and we are ready!! Ready to hit the road.

We're goin' to the chapel (literally)
Our daughter's gettin' married

Enough with my singing. I even got myself some snazzy mother-of-the-bride toe nails!! So..I'm ready. I will be out of town for the next week....if you think of us, say a prayer for a beautiful day for all of us!

I'm sure to have updates when I get back! Until then......

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Miss Emily

Thankful Thursday....and please indulge me just one more post about my baby girl (baby girl all grown up!) I'll skip more least, for today...but these are just a few of the thousands of things I love about Miss Em!!

*She has the smallest, sweetest ears I've ever seen! And, did I mention, beautiful red hair??!

*She loves to give gifts - and has the knack for finding someone just the perfect gift for them!

*She tries not to be sentimental...but she is and she is an emotional crier (so sweet!)

*She is really, really funny! And really fun to be around, too.

*She really cannot cook a lick....but she is a great baker! She likes to make up recipes (sometimes they even work!)

*She has a God-given ability to work with children - and she is working as a pre-school teacher.

*She has never been a rules follower...always looking for the challenge of a "different path" (yes, this can be a good and a not-so good thing!)

*She loves her heels (stilettos)!...and, an occassional flip-flop!

*She is much "stronger" than she gives herself credit for (much!)

*She is going to be a beautiful bride!! (goodness, I might even cry....nah.)

You are my sunshine....

My only sunshine.....

You make me happy when skies are gray

You'll never know, dear

how much I love you........

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Arrival of Little Bit

There have been lots of walks down memory lane these past days/weeks...and lots of thoughts of my Miss Em - guess that does not come as a surprise. So many good ones I could share - just to have them written down, if for no other reason...but today I thought I would go back to the very beginning (a very good place to start....) This should be good just because I was so naive - and, yes, a bit of a dork!!
While I was pregnant with Em, I was working full time. I had a due date of November 1st - but on the Thursday before Labor Day weekend (yes, in September), I began spotting at work. As honest as I know to be, I thought nothing of it. Only when it began to get heavier (quite heavy I can say now), did I ask the secretary next to me, "Do you think this is normal??"
She really did try to remain calm as she told me emphatically, "NO!" but I really did think she was bit melodramatic. Believe it or not, when I called my doctor's office, they told me to come right in......I left everything right on my desk and my computer running because I truly thought I would be back in an hour or two?!? (Did I mention being naive?)
Two hours later......I'm in the hospital on complete bed rest. I was able to go home several days later but remained on complete bed rest for four weeks! My sweet hubbie was sweet and attentive that, quite honestly, I was lovin' life!! Every pound I gained was WONDERFUL...(goodness, what happened to that attitude)....all 17 of them!!

One morning - at 35 weeks - we were off to the doctor's office to decide if they should start weaning me off the meds that were keeping the pre-term labor under control. The doctor wanted to monitor the baby for a bit so they hooked me up....he stepped out of the room for just a minute....and my water broke! To say I had excessive fluid would really not describe the scene in that little office...even the doctor was a bit taken back.
They wanted to call an ambulance to transport me to the hospital but we convinced them to allow Hubbie to take really wasn't too far. I love this part.....we stopped along the way to find a pay phone (yes, a pay phone) to call my mother!! That's labor...seriously "leaking"...making a collect call on a pay phone - and then some group of teenagers pulls up to the curb to ask for directions!?!?
I think you get the whole naive thing. Now for the dork part. Miss Em arrives!! Just a tiny little thing and is immediately rushed off to the NICU. I certainly didn't get a chance to hold her - I really didn't even see her. So, of course, I'm asking EVERYONE what does she look like?? Tell me every detail. Well, every single one of these someones told me the same thing, "She has red hair!"
What?? I have brown hair. Her dad has brown hair. Both generations before us have brown hair. I have nothing against red hair (in fact, I'm quite partial to it now) but I didn't think that was possible. I just knew it was a joke. They would tell me she has red hair and I would say, "No, she doesn't." They would insist that she does - as they looked at me quite oddly, I might add.
Finally - and I hate to even admit this but I finally announced quite boldly, "If that baby has red hair, I'll leave her in this hospital." Uhhhh??? How dumb can you feel when they wheel you up to see you brand new ,beautiful baby girl with a head full of red (er, orange) downy fluff!!
Fast forward twenty sweet Em has without a doubt some of the most beautiful hair I've ever seen! It has drawn her attention and many compliments all her life!! Thank goodness, her daddy made me take her home!! :)

Our first night home!! She weighed just over 4 1/2 pounds!! And, yes, her hair looks brown here but, trust me, it is red!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Holding On

How was your Memorial Day weekend? I spent the most of mine preparing for this week....this last week, these last few days - before my baby girl gets married. To say I am overly emotional would be a bit of an understatement - and I'm really not getting all my thoughts and words together, so my posts could be "different"...but I'll sort through it all and look for God's hand in each day (each moment) - and I'm going to do my best to enjoy...and savor...every part!

When times get stressful - read that emotional - for me, I often make the mistake of wanting to hurry through them....but I don't want to miss anything. Reminds me of this song that I have used to give advice to others...but, I guess, now its for me.

You're Gonna Miss This
Trace Adkins
You're going to miss this
You're going to want this back
You're going to wish these days
Hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're going to miss this kidding!! I already do........

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Its Friday....have a wonderful weekend!!

The strength of a man's virtue must not be measured by his efforts, but by his ordinary life.
Blaise Pascal

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Porch Flowers...finally

Thankful Thursday...and it is a beautiful spring morning here! The baby birds are very vocal this morning and were such sweet background music while I did my devotions this morning!

After much rain and iffy temperatures for several weeks, we finally got our porch flowers planted (excuse the fuzzy picture...strictly poor ability on the photographer's part) but having those flowers greet me when I arrive home, always makes me smile.

I'm so thankful for my sweet husband getting those all planted - braving the ticks which have been ridiculous this year! - and working so hard to making our little yard so pretty.

I'm thankful for impatiens that bloom and look so happy even though they get just about zilch in the way of direct sunlight on our porch.

I'm thanking the Lord today for abundant cup is full and overflowing!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

No Wooden Spoons

I hope this post doesn't get me into trouble, but yesterday I mentioned my mother and the touchy subject of discipline with grandbabies and it reminded me of a great story. I thought I would share it today at Lynette's Walk down Memory Lane - a fun way to remember some of these great moments!

When our children were little, my parents lived in North Carolina...about seven hours from us. It was a bit of a drive but we made the trip to visit them about every three or four months. That's was sometimes a challenge and a long drive with babies...and all their stuff....but we made the sacrifice for the grandparents - Oh wait, I'm sidetracked. If my little granddaughter is not living at your house, you can disregard that last, pity-filled sentence. :)

Back to the story - on those occasions that our children were, um, naughty, and needed discipline, we would spank them with a wooden spoon. Okay, I know my parents supported discipline (I well remember it) but only on the occasions when it was completely necessary and they were truly convinced such occasions never occurred with their three sweet grandbabies! However, I sometimes had to disagree.

Such was the case one afternoon at Mimi's house. I told my daughter to wait for me upstairs and went to the kitchen. I opened the drawer and, hmmm?? That's odd. I opened another drawer....what??? I opened all the drawers and, I am not kidding when I tell you there was not a wooden spoon to be found!! I've mentioned before that my mom was an amazing cook - with a well-stocked kitchen - but this particular weekend, there was not a wooden spoon in the house!!

I have to admit, I found it pretty hysterical! And, I have considering making my home a spoon-free zone...but, then again - I'm sure its not even a concern. What could this sweet little one possibly do to be naughty!?!?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hate Your Parents????

Such a great post today at "Tuesdays Together"...another reminder to rejoice and be thankful - no matter where we might find God leading us.

I'm joining in today with some thoughts from my own Bible reading this morning...I'm still going through the gospels and today I was in Luke 14.

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26

Does anyone struggle with this verse? I know I have but I read a really good devotion just the other day about this very passage (of course, the Lord knew I would be getting here today) and it really helped me. The emphasis here is not to hate our parents, our children, or anyone - that would be contrary to all other Christ, himself. It is about our love, our commitment, to our Savior. We are to love the Lord "with all our heart, with our soul" and as our first priority. It is right to love our children and to honor our parents....but our devotion to Christ is to be even more - our highest priority!

In the passage just prior to this verse (v.15-24 of Luke 14), Christ tells the parable of the Great Supper...where those who made so many excuses missed out on God's blessing and reward. Although the parable is more toward the lost not accepting Christ, there is certainly lesson there for believers as well. How many blessings have I missed because upside-down priorities caused me to make excuses??

There may be some situations, decisions, or circumstances where our commitment to follow Christ may actually cause division in our earthly relationships. Are we willing to be devoted to Him no matter the cost? I do know some ladies who have very strained relationships with their parents because of their faith. Its hard....and how very grateful I am to have been raised in a Christian home - with parents that shared my flove for the Lord. Did we see ever issue "eye-to-eye"?? Not always (you know, that whole discipline thing looks totally different through grandparent eyes!?!) but they understood - even appreciated - my faith. That is a rich blessing. My goodness, I miss them both so much - but I'm getting side-tracked.

You might want to join the other ladies at Tuesdays Together....I always enjoy DeeDee's blog.....she is a military momma, too!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Regretted Dessert

Sugar! Sugar! Everywhere.....have you ever noticed that sugar is in just about everything! Its unbelievable! I have recently begun to "give up" sugar and, let me tell you, it is a much bigger task than I originally imagined - mainly, because sugar is hidden in so many things. Getting sugar out of my diet is much more than ridding the pantry of cookies, cereal and other obvious sweets! BUT...I am trying.

And I am making good progress; however, last night I completely "fell off the, er, sugar truck"! And I felt miserable. After all the convincing myself that one dessert would be okay, I didn't really enjoy it that much (believe it or not, it was too sweet) and, afterwards, I wasn't happy - instead, I was so disappointed with myself and regretted my decision.

Funny....compromise is often like that. Of course, some situations in life demand compromise - but a lot of compromises simply are excuses to give in, or cross the line, or to give ourselves permission to do something we should not be doing. Those compromises always lead to regret.

Eating a truly too rich dessert is not the end of the world....but you can be sure I will remember that sticky sweet feeling of remorse when tempted with other areas of compromise - no thanks! You can't have it both ways...and, for me - its a sugar-free (compromise free) life!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Its Friday!

For me, this has been a long, difficult week - emotionally draining and depleted. I'm looking forward to the weekend...not that there is anything special to the weekend except that it brings me closer to Monday - and I love Mondays! A new week...a new beginning....and the end of this week!

I looking for what God wants to teach me - and depending on His promises to lift us up on eagle's wings..... Counting the days until a visit with this sweet one also helps a lot!!

Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Favorites from Spring

Way back the beginning of this blog, I shared this post about my favorite things from fall. Certainly, spring has been in the air around here - once the rain moved out, the weather has been gorgeous! For Thankful Thursday today, I'd thought I'd share a few of my favorite spring things! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful time of year!! I love:

Blooming trees and flowers - the azaleas are beautiful this week
Flowers in pots...especially geraniums and impatiens
Longer hours of daylight..especially morning
Enjoying mornings on my deck
Taking Rascal for leisurely walks around the lake
Sleeping with the windows open
Finding a new bird's nest in our birdhouse
Discovering baby bunnies in the neighbor's yard
Sidewalk chalk art
Deep green grass and
The smell of freshly mowed grass
Picking strawberries...especially with David and Rachael
Farmer's markets and fresh produce
and Weddings on the Horizon!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The little things we do at home,
like putting wildflowers in a vase,
are invisible medicine
for all the bumps and bruises of family life.
-Ingrid Trobisch

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Orange Jello Salad

While I was looking through Mom's cookbook yesterday, I noticed her little notes that were tagged along with most of the recipes...."serve this with such-n-such for a light summer meal"...or "this makes alot and is easy for company"....or "this is great to take along as a side dish for a crowd." Trust me, she knew I needed all the help I could get! I think she was more than a bit worried for my sweet Hubbie when we first got married!

So, today we have a funeral and service afterwards for one of our church family. One of things I needed to do was to prepare "a side dish large enough for a crowd." Hmm...thanks, Mom.

This jello salad has been used at many a holiday gathering for our family through the years. While I'm not a huge pineapple fan, I would eat this just for the yummy topping! Making it yesterday brought back a lot of good memories.

Orange Jello Salad
2 small packs orange jello
2 cups boiling water
1 small can frozen orange juice concentrate
(I could not find small cans, so I used half of the large one)
1 medium can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 can mandarin oranges, undrained
1 package lemon instant pudding
1 cup milk
1 package Dream Whip

Mix jello, water, juice, pineapple and oranges. Chill till firm. When firm, mix lemon instant pudding and 1 cup milk in one bowl. Prepare Dream whip according to package directions in a separate, medium size bowl. Combine pudding mixture and Dream whip and mix well with spoon. Spread over the jello. (I remember this sometimes being sprinkle with pecan pieces but she didn't include that.) Chill until serving.

Monday, May 11, 2009

My Cookbook from Mom

I sincerely hope that everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! Mine was very special. I did get to hear from Jordan, who is feeling much better and should be realized by the doctor this morning and able to "get back to work" (did I mention he had been very sick?!)....but Em, bless her heart, was pretty much flying solo this weekend - and, my goodness, how sweet she was!! She really spoiled me all day. Her love language, I believe, is gifts...and she gave me gifts all day - slipping them into places where I would happen to find them. It was fun...but, of course, her sweet notes and cards that came with each gift just make my heart melt.

I spent a lot of time thinking about my own mom yesterday! It has been three and a half years since she left for seems the older I get and as I enter all these new life phases - oh, I miss her! As I thought about my post this morning, I really wanted to share about her; however, much I would like to remember and to say, is still too personal for me. Maybe one day I'll get some of my thoughts written down to remember...but, for now, I would love to share a gift from my mom - one of my prized possessions!

Mom made this cookbook for me as a wedding gift. It began as a collection of some of her favorites....all handwritten by her. It is an amazing labor of love. It has lost its cover and its quite worn, but it is a treasure. Mom was an AMAZING cook and if there ever was a love language...Mom's was "gifts of service" and especially cooking for those she loved! If there was something to celebrate - and there was always at least something to celebrate - she did it with a mouthwatering meal! All of life's events centered around the food.....that Mom would plan, prep, and prepare for days - weeks - in advance in order to make sure it was something perfect for everyone! (Then when that meal was done..she started on the next!!)

Her collection of recipes were all done by hand (before the computer age, believe it or not!) and had to be thought over, for sure, to include specifics because she never used a recipe. I am not exaggerating when I say I have TRIED to recreate these recipes but they are not even close to Mom's but the memories are the same......wonderful, warm memories of my mother and her deep love for me, my brother and my dad, as well as her friends, family and anyone who would share a meal at her house! I miss you, Mom!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother.
-Billy Graham

Friday, May 8, 2009

Chicken Anyone??

And now for that promised recipe from earlier this week..that even qualified as leftovers. And one additional one just because I thought it was so yummy. Both of these are from Southern Livings from earlier this year.....Southern Living magazines are some of my favorite sources for new recipes! I hope you enjoy these as much as we did.

Chicken Tetrazzini with Prosciutto and Peas

1 (7oz) package vermicelli (or thin spaghetti)
3 ounces finely chopped prosciutto
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10oz) container refrigerated Alfredo sauce
1 (4oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained (I so left these out!)
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 cup frozen baby English peas, thawed
1/2 cup slivered almonds

1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
2. Saute prosciutto in 2 tsp hot vegetable oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp.
2. Meanwhile, stir together chicken, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and next six ingredients; stir in pasta.
3. Stir in prosciutto and baby English peas. Spoon mixture into lightly greased 11X7 baking dish. Sprinkle with almonds and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
4. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until bubbly.

Its that easy!!

Pan-Fried Chicken and Ham Parmesan
(do you see a theme....chicken?? cheese??)

4 skinned and boned chicken breasts
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 egg
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
2 TBS olive oil
8 thinly sliced smoked deli ham slices
4 fresh mozzarella cheese slices

1. Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Whisk together egg and 2 TBS water. Dredge chicken in flour; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in breadcrumbs, shaking off excess.
2. Cook chicken in hot oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Top chicken with ham and cheese.
3. Bake chicken in skillet at 350 for 8 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Thankful Thursday... Yesterday as I remembered the fundraiser, I mentioned all our wonderful friends - who not only made the evening a huge success... raising more than enough money to send five children to camp!...but who continue to love us, encourage us and support us in ways that leave us not knowing what to say. We have been truly blessed!

This poem is for all of those who have helped us walk through the valleys.....we love each of you!

Thank you for standing by me
and lending an ear.
For helping me out by just being near.
Thank you for cheering me on
or saying a prayer.
For holding me up and showing you care.
Thank you for making me laugh
and giving me hope.
For showing support and helping me cope.
Thank for all that you've done
and all that you'll do.
I am so very fortunate to have someone like you.
Linda Nielsen

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Look Back at the Fundraiser

Getting ready.....
would have been impossible
without all my wonderful
friends - I love all of you!

My fashion consultant - and beauty advisor

I love any opportunity to talk about Tyler

A few of our sweet friends
and a captive audience!

I love you, sweet Tyler

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

He Saw Them

Today I am sharing in Tuesdays the Word! A chance to share a "nugget" from our Bible reading.

I have recently been reading through the gospels. I started with Mark - mainly because it has 16 chapters and with just a little doubling I could read a chapter a day and go through it twice in one month. (Nothing deep to my thought process...)

Chapter Six has the story of Jesus walking on the water. After feeding five thousand, Jesus sent the disciples ahead in a boat and stayed behind to have His own quiet time. Of course, we know a storm comes and the disciples are rowing, and toiling, and fighting the storm. In fact, they became consumed with the storm - so much that when Christ came to them, they didn't even realize it was him. (I'd like to think I would have been looking for him...and had more of a "He's coming! He's coming" attitude!! but probably not.)

However, even as they struggled at their worst...verse 48 says, "And he saw them....." Jesus did not suddenly jump up from His prayer time...oh no, I hope the disciples are alright!! He knew exactly where their little boat was and what the circumstances were around them and how their little faith had been swallowed by the sea. And He kept watch on them. Surely, the presence of a storm did not mean God was not in control.

We have been singing a song lately at Bible study...."sometimes He calms the storm and sometimes He calms his child...." We so want all our storms to be immediately stilled - but that is not always God's plan. There is often much to learn...and a chance for faith to grow..during the storm. The assurance, however, is that through any storm, "He sees us." What a blessing that four little words, in Mark 6:48, were to me.

Whatever your day might hold, remember the promise that God sees you. I'll do the same.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Crazy Eights

My new friend, Dawn , tagged me with this fun Crazy Eight. It was a good one to “make me think”. I’m supposed to tag eight others; however, I know there are lots of different opinions about tags…so if you want to use this on your blog – have fun!! It not - that's okay,too. I enjoyed – thanks Dawn!

8 Things I Look Forward To
1. The Wedding.
2. Spending the week, after the wedding, with Miss Riley!
3. Going to Hilton Head Island…we love it there!
4. Jordan coming home after Tech School.
5. Planning the Reception/Wedding Celebration for sometime during the week when Jordan is home.
6. My brother moving to Virginia.
7. Jordan’s phone call home on Wednesday.
8. Losing another two (maybe more??) pounds this week.

8 Things I Did Yesterday
1. Received a direct – clear as a pin – answer to prayer through the Sunday message.
2. Snuggled the sweetest little baby Sarah.
3. Saw Hubbie “turn the corner” and feel SO much better – Thank the Lord.
4. Had leftovers for lunch…something we rarely do because Hubbie does not do leftovers (but the recipe was that good..I’ll share later.)
5. Caught up on my emails.
6. Talked to Jordan on the phone!
7. Used Curbside Pick-up for the first time…are you supposed to tip the guy who runs it out??
8. Talked to Jordan on the phone (yea, twice – in one day!)

8 Things I Wish I Could Do
1. Write music.
2. Enjoy exercising.
3. Get in touch with the camp director from Camp Friendship (its not for lack of trying!)
4. Be crafty.
5. Wait patiently for a specific answer to prayer.
6. See Miss Roo more often!
7. Memorize scripture easier.
8. Make a difference.

8 Shows I Watch
(this one was tough)
1. House Hunters
2. Reba
3. Decorating Cents
4. Design on a Dime
5. What Not to Wear
6. 30 Minute Meals
7. I Love Lucy
8. The Next Food Network Star (??)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Super Cute Giveaway

Go here to check out this cute giveaway - actually there are three things to give away! And they are all too sweet!! Happy Weekend!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Rest of the Story

I first think I owe all my friends somewhat of an I was trying to decide which stories to share from our trip, my brain divided them into the good, the bad, the ugly - our trip was great but certainly got off to a rough start (ALL me) - and that lead to my little "teaser" yesterday...the "bad" news....but, I suppose that was a bit misleading. I apologize - but so appreciate everyone's concern.

Jordan is great! Like I said, the pull-your-hair part of the trip was all me. I made the reservations. I arranged the ride to the airport. I fixed a schedule, of sorts, for us. (Is it just at our house...but why does this responsibility always fall to me??? It might not after this trip!) All was going great - I mean, really well. We arrived at the airport way early - hugged and thanked my friend for bringing us and watched her drive off into the sunset and proceeded to the ticket counter.

There wasn't a soul in line. This SHOULD have been what they call a clue..but I missed it. We gave the (very nice) lady our name and she said we were not on the list! WHAT!?!? What did she mean? Well, she meant we were NOT ON THE LIST! We have a common last name - she asked us are you Greg?? no. Paul?? no. Let me just tell you friends.....we were at the wrong airport!!!!

Don't even ask me how you go to the wrong airport - and for one of the most important flights of your life! We have two international airports in our area but, c'mon...even I have to admit you really should know where you made your reservation!! So, yes...mild - to quite moderate - panic began to set in. (Remember our ride had driven off into the sunset.) The very nice lady was very calm - didn't even laugh at me!! - and said she thought she could fix it for us. (????)

It worked out something like this. We caught a flight to Atlanta which was part of the original plan...and arrived 15 minutes after our original connection to San Antonio. (Panic now rising.) We were on stand-by for the last flight out of Atlanta to Texas - numbers 2 and 3. The very nice lady back home seemed to think there would be no trouble getting on - the folks in Atlanta...not as helpful or hopeful. Having to sit in that airport for more than five hours - not sure we were even getting a flight was torture. (And, believe it or not...Hubbie not one time upset with me!)

We tried all options we could imagine - different airline and buying a last minute ticket. There were two other airlines...both charging just over $700 per ticket - are you kidding me??!! Maybe flying to Dallas and driving over...also did not work out. We simply had to wait.

And here is what God taught me that day. I truly wanted to get alone in a corner - anywhere - and beg God for five hours to open seats on the last flight so we would make it to San Antonio on time. Trust me - I did pray. But the Holy Spirit very clearly told me - we do not have to BEG God. He knew our need. He knew our heart's desire. He already had everything worked out for us - for our best (whether that was to fly that night or the next day). I simply brought my request to Him and rested in Him to do the best for me. Praying a little harder...a little longer...a little stronger was not the assurance that God would answer my prayer.

For me - this was something new...something big. Because I did pray...and my heart was calmed - and the time I spent with my husband in the airport was sweet (not ugly) and we made it to San Antonio in perfect time - for a good night's rest before Thursday's run!

So - again I apologize for the bad news alert. Hubbie and I said we will always remember that trip in two ways! But, even the not so great start to the trip was a teaching moment for me. And, well you already know the rest of the trip was wonderful!!

One quick note - since being home, my sweet Hubbie has been rather sick. He has all the symptoms of the flu - and having just been to Texas, our doctor genuinely thought he might have the swine flu. She was actually excited about that - go figure!?!?!? Now she seems to think that isn't the case (hope she isn't disappointed) but maybe pneumonia. He is miserable - praying his antibiotics kick in soon!