Monday, March 31, 2008

BUMP! Contest

"Bumping" to the top for any who haven't seen it yet.

I started this blog in July of 07.

I have almost reached 20,000 hits to this blog in 8 months.

So, here's the contest.

Who will be the one to guess the correct day and closest time that the counter will hit 20,000. The prize is, at this point, unknown. :-) At any rate.....
At this point, my blog stats show me that I average 181 hits per day. So..... with that little piece of valuable information.....

Anyone wanna try to guess what day I'll reach 20,000 hits?

I miss the good ole days

You know, the days when you could call a company and actually understand the person you spoke to? Today I had to call the phone company. Our LOCAL phone company. The person who answered my call had as much trouble understanding me (read: English) as I had understanding her (read: heavy foreign accent). The whole conversation would have taken 50% less time had she been able to speak English at least remotely well. Then again, with the way things are headed in our country I'll probably have better experiences in future such calls if I learn the 2nd language.

(ok, vent over)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

For Parents of Daughters

A friend just shared this and I am going to frame this for in my daughters bedroom:
"A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her." Maya Angelou

Saturday, March 29, 2008

A bit too late, unfortunately

Just was perusing fellow bloggers sites and found this that I thought was interesting - but a bit late. Rev. Hilling had posted this.....

Paul Weyrich, a founder of the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority, and the Council for National Policy, said recently, "Friends, before all of you and before almighty God, I want to say I was wrong."

In a quiet, brief, but passionate speech, Weyrich essentially confessed that he and the other leaders should have backed Huckabee, a candidate who shared their values more fully than any other candidate in a generation. He agreed with Farris that many conservative leaders had blown it. By chasing other candidates with greater visibility, they failed to see what many of their supporters in the trenches saw clearly: Huckabee was their guy.

Welcome the Fultz's!

Our friends, Mark & Laura Fultz have joined the blogosphere!!! You can visit their blog here.
And, since we are discussing the Fultz's, I thought I'd post a few pics from our night together. We had allot of fun and we hope they come back!!!

Mark & Laura

Byron and Mark being crazy.

A crazy photo I decided to take.

The Kids table

Expresso Cafe Fultz

7 Things About Me

I was tagged about a week ago by Candi and Jenn and I am just now getting to this. Sorry girls!

Rules are:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs (I am only tagging 4).
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So here are 7 things about me that you may or may not know:

1. I am 5 yrs older than my little sister. (there are only 2 of us)

2. I was almost the dairy princess for Indiana county when I was 16. I turned it down because I would have had to attend and participate in a dance (probably more than one but one that I knew of).

3. I was born and raised on a farm but have never driven a tractor (lawn tractors don't count).

4. I have been to Haiti 2 times.

5. I have a secret (not anymore) desire to play the piano for congregational singing during camp meeting.

6. I have always wanted to visit Switzerland.

7. I would love to have a large house.

Nothing too exciting to be sure. But there ya have it.

I am tagging: Shandra, Janiece, Becky & Sonja.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Dentist visit

I took the girls to the dentist yesterday. Kendra is 4 and it was her first trip there. Alyssa is 3 and this was her 2nd trip. She has a chipped front tooth that we are monitoring. Anyways, we waited 90 min. for the dentist to simply "count" their teeth and visually check them out. I think we waited 90 minutes and actually saw the dentist for maybe 10 - at the most. I REALLY liked the dentist though. He was fantastic with the girls - who were terrified. I found out later that Papa Gurnee had visited Dr. Thomas earlier the same day!!! Wish we had known. That would have given him lots to connect to the girls with. He was super with them though and they really liked him. At any rate, here are a few pics of our experience.

Tired of waiting

Dentists in training

Thursday, March 27, 2008


I started this blog in July of 07.

I have almost reached 20,000 hits to this blog in 8 months.

So, here's the contest.

Who will be the one to guess the correct day and closest time that the counter will hit 20,000. The prize is, at this point, unknown. :-) At any rate.....
At this point, my blog stats show me that I average 181 hits per day. So..... with that little piece of valuable information.....

Anyone wanna try to guess what day I'll reach 20,000 hits?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Farm and Family

This past Sunday night we headed out after church for my parents house. The kids love spending time at the farm and I've noticed that when they are there they are far more content and relaxed. I don't know if its the "country air" or just the freedom and adventure that is found at the farm but my kids (all four) thrive in it. They are up at the crack of dawn and head for the barn and typically we only see them for meal times. They come in each night filthy - from head to toe but they are just bursting with excitement to relay all the adventures they've had throughout the day. I wish the kids could spend more time there but unfortunately, gas prices are killing us as it is so trips there are few and far between. At any rate, we didn't get any farm pictures this time while we were there but I've come up with several from other times.

Kenton and mom playing a rousing game of Tiddlywinks.

The cousins playing at the farm together last fall.

Dad and Kendra at least 2 yrs ago.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

St. Jude's and Vincent Part 2

To all of you who donated helped sponsor Vincent in his Math-a-thon several months ago- BIG BIG thanks!!!! We found out this past week that Vincent was the winner for his school!! He came in first place in raising $202.00. The 2nd place participant raised $125.00 - so you can see that Vincent worked very hard and won by a large margin. We are very very proud of him!! However, he couldn't have done it without all of you who donated to such a worthy cause - St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Victor!!

I'm sure most of you have figured out by now that music speaks to my soul. It moves me in ways that little else can. That is why I post songs for special occasions. Here is one that commemorates the Resurrection.

As we continue to think about His love

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday Service

Tonight was our community Good Friday service. All the area churches combine together and we remember together what Jesus did for us on the cross. There were 200+ people in attendance and the service was great. The area young people were in charge of the music and I felt they did a great job of keeping the focus on the reason for the service. I was impressed by their humility and lack of any showiness. The best part of the service, for me, was that Byron was asked to be the speaker. He did a great job of bringing God's Word. I was very proud of him. We had 13 in attendance from our church which was a great support for Byron. He's glad the evening is over though!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Remembering His Death for Us on Good Friday

Close your eyes.... sit back...... digest the rich beauty of this song. You may even get blessed!!! Take a run around your computer.... If this doesn't stir you on this Good Friday- aint nothing that will.....


I am recording this primarily for my own memory sake but I am interested in the input of you all as well!!

So, about dreams. I've heard that dreams are based on past experiences or suppressed memories, etc. But I've had some whoppers of dreams that I've neither experienced OR thought about. So, not sure I agree with that reason. At any rate... here's a couple dreams I've had that were hilarious = guaranteed never to happen - and I can actually see how my mind would come up with the scenario!!

Dream 1:
I was driving down the road in an Amish buggy with all 4 of my kids. I was have a very hard time controlling the horses - as you can well imagine since I have never done anything of the kind ever in my life. The kids were not buckled in (do buggys have seatbelts?) and I was holding up traffic. We were on Peach street in Erie. Anyways... a female cop pulled me over. I handed her my license and informed her that buggys don't have vehicle registrations. She ultimately hauled the kids and I into the police station. She told me that she could fine me for not having the kids confined (seatbelts) but that she wasn't sure if the seat belt law applied to buggys. She then asked me why I was driving a buggy if I wasn't Amish. I informed her that gas prices had gotten so high that we couldn't' afford it any longer so we were traveling only by horse and buggy. She then proceeded to go have a mini meeting with her boss who came out of his office with a gift card for the local gas station. He informed me that no preacher or his family should have to travel by horse and buggy. The gift card was big enough that it would have kept our vehicle going for at least a year. LOL

So, that dream was obviously based on real life struggles - and a bit of my "wishful thinking" mixed in!!! ;-)

Dream 2:
Byron and I and our 6 kids (yes, we had 2 more in this dream) lived on a farm. We also pastored our present church. The church, house and barn were all on one huge property. Anyways, we received word that Pres. Bush and Laura were coming to visit. Pres. Bush had heard about our church and how the Lord is doing such exciting things for us and about how we are doing our building project as funds come in, etc. and he wanted to see it first hand (I'm not certain that our situation is note worthy enough to merit a visit from the President of the United States but that's beside the point....). So, they show up and surprisingly enough the are only accompanied by 2 secret service people - one of which was a female who was much more interested in my children and the meal I had fixed than she was in protecting our valiant leader. Anyways, we toured the entire farm and then the church - of which he was extremely impressed. His comment was, "So the little country church in the vale does still exist!!" At any rate, as he started to leave he turned and handed B a check that would more than cover finishing our remodeling project here at the church and said, "God bless you, your family and your church. If America had more churches like yours we wouldn't be in the mess we are in." We had our picture taken with him holding our kids and then they were gone. I woke up feeling a bit sad that it JUST been a dream. But what a nice dream!!!

Anyways.... now I'll always remember the nice dreams I have had.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bible Study Questions

In our Ladies Bible study (each Wednesday night) we are studying Sarah and her life of faith. Tonight the ladies asked 2 questions that I am now bringing to you - my faithful readership.

1. How old was Sarah when they left Ur of the Chaldeas?


2. Why did they stop (for 15 years) in Haran before moving on to Canaan? We know that Terah died while they were there but why did they wait for 15 years?

Also... and excellent point that was made tonight that I had honestly never heard or thought of before...

Delayed obedience is disobedience. Elizabeth Elliot

Good hearted fun

Lest anyone think otherwise, Bro. McTim will not be served burnt lasagna when he graces our church with his presence. I will even refrain from desecrating the sabbath by discussing politics with him. How's that for a "peace pipe"?

So, for the record, any/all posts hithertofore (ie. before this) or hereafter (ie. following this post) are meant in good fun and truly meant to be lighthearted.

God bless you all - and Tim!!! :-)

Friends and Distance

I woke up this morning perfectly happy. I sat down to check on all my friends and I found THIS! I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight as a result. After spending 4 hours trying to find objectionable content within my own writings I have finally come to the conclusion that apparently our good friend is suffering from a guilty conscience (due his endorsement of a questionable character's bid for the White House) and coming to my blog simply increases this uncomfortable feeling. However, if he wishes to renounce me - I cannot stop him. He must follow his conscience. I may have to make sure a portion of the lasagna I plan to fix the Sunday he is here is burnt. I may even slip a bit of extra red pepper into it.

In conclusion..... for Tim....

This was reported by Fox news - who we all know is fair and unbiased and we surely can trust their reporting......(snicker). If this man would even THINK of hobnobbing with the likes of Kerry, can we trust him?

Ok... anyone else care to renounce me????

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Another recipe hit!!

I made this tonight and my kids informed me that I could fix this every night!! So, apparently they liked it. This will be a nice meal for revival or Sunday dinner. I love my crock pot and this is a new crock pot recipe for me.

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice

2 cans (10 3/4 oz. each) Cream of Chicken Soup OR 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup
1 1/2 cups water
1 pkg. (6 oz.) seasoned long-grain and wild rice mix
4 large carrots, thickly sliced
8 boneless chicken breast halves

Directions: MIX soup, water, rice and carrots in 3-qt. slow cooker.

Add chicken and turn to coat.

COVER and cook on LOW 7 to 8 hr*. or until done.

Serves 8.

*Or on HIGH 4 to 5 hr.

Oven Preparation: Prepare recipe as above except reduce water to 1 cup, and slice carrots 1/2" thick. Mix soup, water, rice and carrots in 4-qt. baking dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover. Bake at 375°F. for 1 hr. or until done.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Some Favorite One Liners for Your Monday

Christian One Liners

When you get to your wit's end, You'll find God lives there. (I particularly love this one - and I've found it to be so true)

People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and The back of the church.

Quit griping about your church; If it was perfect, you couldn't belong.

If the church wants a better pastor, It only needs to pray for the one it has. (and his wife!!)

Some minds are like concrete - thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

I don't know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from? (this one I find to be hilarious)

Coincidence is when God Chooses to remain anonymous.

Don't put a question mark Where God put a period.

God loves everyone, but probably prefers"fruits of the spirit" over "religious nuts!"

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Making Memories

Daddy has been very busy lately and the kids have been begging for some wrestling. So, this afternoon daddy gave in and spent an hour wrestling, tickling and playing with the kids. Here's the pics.

Alyssa woke up part way through the fun and she was NOT impressed. She wanted NOTHING to do with it all. She sure made some adorable faces though!!

Playing their favorite game - get daddy's nose!
Pretending he's daddy. :-)
Playing "Bronckin Broll...." (he doesn't say it just right. Its funny to listen to him)

Vincent pretending he's a high lift.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Footprints in the snow

Does this picture remind you a little bit of the "Footprints" poem? The girls are by themselves but check out the footprints beside theirs.....

The girls are at Mama & Papa Gurnee's house. Papa took them sled riding today. They had a so much fun!!!

Field Trip Day!

Today was a field trip for Kenton's school. They had a "field trip" to Barnes & Noble in Erie. Kenton LOVED all the books. He was like a kid in a candy store. He would like to have bought one of each I think!! All the other kids had stacks of books they were buying and Kenton was feeling a bit "blue" I think so I broke down and bought him 2. His favorite is a book on his level about John Deere (the guy who created John Deere tractors). He had picked out a Discovery book about the human body and I almost bought it for him but there were 2 other mothers standing there who were desperately wanting it to supplement their schooling (for their kids) and we are not studying that at the moment so he graciously allowed them to have his copy.

Anyways... he had a lovely time and had 3 stories read to him by his teacher. They had the day broken up into grades so there were only approximately 15 K-4th graders there when we were there.

After that Cindy Misch met us and we had a lovely lunch (breakfast in our case) at my favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel.

P.S. I just saw that Cindy posted some pics on her blog as well!!! Cindy, its always great to be together!!!

K-4th graders in attendance

Kenton reading the "Human Body" book

Robert X. Cringely

"If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside."

Monday, March 10, 2008

My competition

For the last year, I've had competition when it comes to spending time with my husband. Last year at this time, he started graduate school to get his masters in education. It's been a long road and we still have til the end of this year to go. I'm sure we will all be thankful that he did this - when its all over!!! In the meantime, if I want to spend any time with my husband I have to go over to his study and typically, this is what I see.....

If I get lucky, this is what I see!!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Modern Day Miracle

Awhile back I posted about Gwyneth, Tricia & Nate Lawrenson. You can view their story here. It is truly a modern day miracle that you really need to check out. I am amazed at the progress little Gwyneth is making and believe that she should be the poster child for the Pro-life movement. She is now 2 months old and just shy of 2 lbs. She is now breathing totally on her own and has come this far with very few bumps in the road. Here is a picture of her shortly after she was born and then a picture of her taken yesterday I believe.

"Newborn" (don't have exact age)

2 months old

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Day Off!!!

Any of you Pastor's and Pastor's wives out there who are reading this will understand this post better than the others but I'm excited tonight. Guess why??? I get a day off tomorrow!!!! For most of you, Saturday and Sunday ARE your days off. But not for a parsonage family. Sunday's are the busiest days of the week for us and to be perfectly honest, I am delighted that tomorrow I don't have to iron 6 outfits, comb 5 heads of hair, get a Sunday dinner all prepared and cooking before dashing out the door to church. I'm so excited that my alarm will not be going off at 4:00 AM. I have already instructed the family that I am NOT to be disturbed BEFORE 8:00 AM unless someone has severed a body part or lost a pint of blood. I DO plan to make a nice dinner like normal but I will do it in leisure. Anyways..... while this is not the first Sunday we've had to cancel due to winter weather, it IS the first time church has been cancelled on Saturday night. Typically it is 8:00 or later on Sunday before they decide to cancel and by then I've got the ironing done, the kids are wide awake and getting baths for church, etc. Byron will no doubt have Hobe Sound Bible Church playing so I'm sure I'll not go totally unchurched but I won't have to worry about anyone seeing me in my housecoat while I worship!!! So.... this is truly a treat for me. So... for tomorrow, this is me... lounging and hanging loose!!!

Friday, March 7, 2008

What If?

Hat tip to Travis Johnson for this little gem.

All the sleepy people in the church would wake up.
All the lukewarm people in the church would fire up.
All the dishonest people in the church would confess up.
All the disgruntled people in the church would sweeten up.
All the discouraged people in the church would cheer up.
All the estranged people in the church would make up.
All the gossipers in the church would shut up.
All the dry bones in the church would shake up.
All the non-tithers in the church would pay up.
All the saints in the church would pray up.

I wonder what would happen!!

Sweets From My Sweetheart

Last night Byron had to go visit a lady in the nursing home and on his way home he had to pass Walmart.He called me from there and asked me if I needed anything. I assured him that I didn't and wondered why on earth he felt the need to stop to begin with. A little while later he came home with a big smile on his face. He had stopped to buy me flowers but when he saw the price he knew that I would be appreciative but think only about the cost. So, since he knows me so well, he bought me the next best (and much cheaper) token of his love... CHOCOLATE!!!!!

Thanks, Sweetheart!!! I love you!!!

In Honor of My Father in Law

This is in honor of my favorite father in law. Oh, and Dad, can you remember what my blood pressure was on Byron and my first date? Wasn't sure if you could remember or if you had to write it down. Course, then, the question would be, do you know where the paper is? At any rate, special thanks to the one who sent this hilarious clip to me!!

Thursday, March 6, 2008


My new, all time favorite snack..... SUNCHIPS!!! My favorite flavors are - "Harvest Cheddar" and "Cinnamon". The Cinnamon ones are my absolute favorites but they must be everyone else's favorite too because I can never find them in the store. Which is probably just as well. But, if you haven't tried these - you need to!! they are DELIGHTFUL!!! Note to my Father-in-law.... the cinnamon ones are awesome - I'm sure you'd love them. AND... they are HEALTHY for old people too!!

First off, I am THANKFUL that none of you can see my house right now. I am busily cleaning (deep cleaning) in preparation for company tomorrow night. As I've been cleaning, I've been thinking. Most of you know that we live in a trailer. A very OLD trailer. A trailer that has been through many many toddlers. A trailer that really is in sad structural condition. I can honestly say, without any hesitation, that I am content here. I love being in the country. I love our neighbors (we've got the best - hands down). I love our HUGE back yard. I love our little town. But, I have to be honest - I really really dislike our very very humble abode. I long daily for a house. Wouldn't even have to be huge - but a house would be nice. However, today, while cleaning, the Lord whispered to me that what I have is by far better than some women have. So....

Today, on "Thankful Thursday", I am thankful for my "house". I am thankful that we have a roof over our head. I am thankful for the remodeling that the church did last year for us. I'm thankful for a solid floor now and for new (as of last year) carpet in my living room. I'm thankful for a washer and dryer. Going to the laundromat several times a week would definitely be a pain for me.

So, I'm thankful. I am learning that..."whateversoever state (read: trailer) I am in - therewith will I be content. That was my paraphrase by the way.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

What Mike Huckabee has Taught Me

I just saw this on another blog and she said said exactly what I feel. She and her family were involved heavily in campaigning with and for Gov. Huckabee. Please take the time to read this because it really is very accurate.

There are so many things I could write about Mike Huckabee. He has taught me so very many great lessons. Following are just a few of these invaluable truths:

-Message matters more than money.
In early 2007, I remember keeping up with the presidential polls with my brother. Rudy Giuliani and John McCain were at the top, of course, with other candidates trailing them by double digits. Mike Huckabee was always at the very bottom, and his name was followed by "*" or "-"...less than 1%. I also remember reading in the WORLD Magazine around the same time that in order for a candidate to stay in the race for 2008, he would have to raise at least $50,000 a day. Gov. Huckabee was not raising close to that much, and I truly didn't think he had a chance.

But it all changed...simply because Gov. Huckabee had a message that he was passionate about, a message that conservatives were hungry for, and a message that didn't change from one state to another. Each time he gave a speech, spoke at a debate, visited with supporters, or did an interview with the media, he did so without a shred of notes - no script, no teleprompter. Why? Because he had the same message, kept the same values, and stuck with what he believed, no matter what. He wasn't just repeating or quoting something abstract or inspirational...he was sharing his heart. He was defending and supporting issues that meant something to him and that were very personal to him. I used to think that a candidate had to have incredible amounts of money to run a campaign. Mike Huckabee has taught me that the message is really what matters.

-Don't vote unless you can vote FOR something.
There are a lot of people who vote for a candidate, not because they really like him, but because he's better than the alternative - the "lesser-of-two-evils" idea. Gov. Huckabee has taught me to never settle for status quo and to never vote for a candidate unless there are reasons I can vote FOR him.

-It is possible to run a positive campaign.
Gov. Huckabee has taught me a lot about vertical politics vs. horizontal politics. In a time of intense divisions and anger between the political parties, he stood up to say that we should be working together instead of against each other, working to take our country up, and not down. As Governor of Arkansas, he learned to work civilly with the Democrats, treating them with respect and dignity. If Mike Huckabee had been the Republican nominee, I think we would have had the most civil general election our country has ever seen.
When an opponent ran negative ads against him, Gov. Huckabee almost gave in to his staff's pleadings to counter-attack with the truth in a negative ad of his own, but at the last minute he pulled it. His action set a standard for the rest of the candidates, and no one else stooped to running negative ads for the duration of the campaign. As Gov. Huckabee so often said, a candidate should have more to say about why he should be President than why the others should not be President. That's vertical politics!

-It is possible to run a national campaign and not compromise Christian principles.
As a believer in Christ and a man with very strong spiritual convictions, Mike Huckabee came under a lot of fire. When the media talked about him, almost invariably someone would say, "the former Baptist minister" with a mixture of condescension and scorn. Pundits, politicians and reporters alike opined that this was a negative thing and often asked him questions, trying to catch him saying something that they could use to paint him as an intolerant, religious fanatic. While they refused to ask Mitt Romney questions about his religion, the press repeatedly asked Gov. Huckabee questions about his faith. Time after time he answered the questions with wisdom and tact and, if anything, these attacks helped him, as Americans realized that he wouldn't compromise his convictions for political correctness. Gov. Huckabee isn't afraid to quote Scripture in his speeches, to talk candidly about his faith, to attribute his success in the CNN YouTube debate to meditation on Scripture, or to believe in Creation. And he's shown me that it's possible for a national candidate to do these things without committing political suicide.

-Grassroots supporters are the most effective network.
Both Gov. Huckabee and Ron Paul had huge grassroots teams that propelled their candidacy to greater levels than anyone would have thought possible. Staff and organization are helpful, but with a limited budget, Gov. Huckabee couldn't invest in many staffers. Instead, he relied upon an army of volunteers -- conservative Republicans, homeschoolers, fair-taxers, small business owners, bloggers, pastors, college students, and every-day people who believed in his message and were willing to share it with others. With tools like Huck's Army and Meetup, his supporters were able to team with other supporters and work together to accomplish great things. Gov. Huckabee involved his supporters with his campaign in a very personal way, calling on us to send hundreds of emails, raise funds, make thousands of phone calls, and most importantly, talk to the people we meet every day. Instead of coming out of this campaign feeling discouraged, I feel very optimistic about the future. If we could get this far, we can do it again, not just nationally, but in our states and counties. And while there are many different ways of getting votes, we've discovered that the most effective way is simply to open your mouth and talk to your friends, relatives, and neighbors. There weren't a lot of signs, TV ads, or rallies in our county, but it went to Huckabee 2 to 1 over McCain because of locals who talked to locals

If it sounds too good to be true.....

It probably is. Lesson learned. Not sure my kids understand yet though!!

Anyways..... I've been wanting/needing/wishing for a dishwasher for sometime now. I'm getting weary of hand washing 18 plates a day, 45 cups, 75 utensils, 20 pots/pans, etc. Last week I saw an advertisement for a free dishwasher. I inquired about it but someone had beat me to it. So, I advertised myself that I needed one. Someone responded that they had an older one - but one that worked perfectly. I was so excited. I was getting a dishwasher that worked great - and for FREE!!! Well, we got it home. And..... it doesn't work. The water gushed all over the floor and the door doesn't even shut completely. So... I am still without a dishwasher. I think I am learning a lesson in patience.

So, I tucked the girls in bed and they said their bedtime prayers. Here was Kendra's: "Dear God, mommy really wants a dishwasher! But this one is broked and daddy says its junk. So, can you fix it? Cause mommy's tired of washing dishes." LOL She was saying this all in a very exasperated tone of voice. It was hilarious. I was trying hard to keep from busting out laughing. Especially over the ..."daddy says its junk" part.

Thank You, Gov. Huckabee

This was written by Rev. Chris Hilling. He said it far better than I could have and I say a hearty "Amen!!".

Mike Huckabee was a like a breath of fresh air on the political landscape. Thinking back to last September, as I began studying the Republican candidates, Governor Huckabee rose to the surface. At the time I was leaning towards supporting Mike, and the Voters Value Debate sealed the deal. He was authentic. He was personable. He was a great communicator. He had values and was not ashamed of them. His faith directed his life.

Sadly, with Huckabee's withdrawal from the race, there only remains the hot air of Washington insiders who say "what needs to be said" to gain favor with others. Am I disappointed that Huckabee has lost? YES. At this point there is no candidate whom true conservative principled voters can rally around. Although disappointed, I am proud of the fact that I have supported a man of principle and integrity.

During his speech last night, Huckabee said, "I'd rather lose the election than lose the principles that got me into politics in the first place." Thank you, Gov. Huckabee for remaining true to your convictions. I, for one, will be looking forward to 2012.

From the man who should be President

Dear Faithful Friends,

Last night was a tough one for all of us. While Janet and I stood on the stage, we felt as if we were surrounded by a much larger family than our immediate family. We have been surrounded throughout the process by a large and growing family of faithful friends whose efforts in the campaign have humbled and amazed us day after day. I regularly wept or choked back tears just reading comments on the blog when I realized the sacrifices that so many have made for the campaign.

We had held out hope that we would win enough delegates to keep the contest going, but had vowed that if Senator McCain actually got the 1191 delegates, we would accept the will of the voters. In the end, the relentless hammering of the media that we "couldn't win" influenced enough voters and while we campaigned long and hard in the final states, it simply wasn't enough. I congratulate Senator McCain and will do what I can to assist him and influence him to take strong stands for issues that we conservatives cherish.

I don't see the long journey having reached its destination, but merely taking a detour. As my Marine friend Clebe McLary says, "I didn't lose--it's just that the game ended before I got finished playing."

In the immediate days ahead, we will be transitioning from campaign mode. For 14 months, there have been a lot of things put on hold in our lives. We have to join the many incredible people on our staff to figure out "what's next?" But this much I can tell you---we want to stay in touch and start now building a platform to continue addressing issues that brought us together in the first place.

Throughout my life, I've found that there are sometimes three possible answers to our prayers--"Yes," "No," or "Not Now." I would like to think our prayers were answered with a "Not Now."

We will keep our website up and as we transition, will want to create a way to keep in touch and continue the battle for our families, our freedom, and our future. In the immediate time, we have to make sure that we pay all the bills of the campaign and end in the black, help our staff find ways to earn a living, and make sure that we don't lose the momentum of the past 14 months, but instead follow the plan:


I really welcome your input and thoughts during these coming days. Pray for us as we seek wisdom as to what steps we take now. Despite what some have thought, we really didn't have a "Plan B' in the wings--we always thought we'd be in this until the inauguration in January of 2009!

God has been so good to us! We can never fully express our gratitude for all you have done and how you have touched and blessed our lives. I truly hope I didn't let you down. I promise to you that I gave it all I had to the last minute and left it "all on the field." What is more amazing is how you were willing to be "poured out" to the point of empty in order to be with us all the way. I stand amazed by it all and overwhelmed with gratitude.

We will dust off, pick ourselves up off the canvas, and answer the bell for the next round, whatever that may be. We love you all, and trust that the journey has just begun!

With tired bodies and grateful hearts,

Mike and Janet Huckabee

We've Got ICE!!

Last night we headed for Erie to pick up my FREE dishwasher (story to follow) and we ran into a pretty major ice storm. See Byron's blog to see what happened!! Anyways... I think the ice storm followed us home. Here's some pics from our yard. P.S. Do you see what I see under all the ice on those branches??? A sight for sore eyes!!!! BUDS!!!!

Can't Believe Our Party Has Come to This

I watch this video clip and then I think to myself... "and THIS is what I am expected to vote for in November?" I honestly don't know if I can. I might still vote for Mike Huckabee. If McCain is already so willing to lie to the American public, I can't expect him to change once he becomes president. The phrase, "a wolf in sheeps skin" comes to mind every time I think of McCain.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Value of Full Time Mom's

If you are a stay at home mom, you need to listen to this program from Dr. Dobson today. Jill Savage is the speaker and it is wonderful. Today was part 1.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Flu Season!!

Well, it seems that the flu just won't leave our family alone. I have 2 sick ones again today. In the spirit of flu season, I am posting handy little article about fevers. I have heard conflicting theorys but this is what my doctor advises so I guess I'll stick to my current opinions. Here's what I just read on

When Is a Fever Too High?
Mon, 03/03/2008 - 2:30am by FitSugar

With the nasty flu bug making its rounds, there's only so much eating healthy, getting enough rest, washing your hands, getting a flu shot, and avoiding germs one can do. If you're unlucky enough to get the flu, your body will hike up your body temperature to boil away all those germs.

So, is there a point when your temperature can get too high?

When you get the flu, a sudden high fever is totally normal, and it can get as high as 104° F, and last for three to four days.
The best thing you can do is to rest and drink plenty of fluids, since a fever can cause you to become dehydrated. Don't attempt to cool off your skin with cold packs since they'll just make you shiver, which will end up raising your body temperature.

Instead you should alternate between taking Tylenol and ibuprofen every four hours to help reduce your fever. Alternating these meds will help to prevent accidental overdose, and sometimes the combination of the two will be more effective in bringing down your fever.

Fit's Tips: If your fever persists for more than five days, or it goes over 104° F, call your doctor and get some medical advice immediately.

The Mooney's Visit!

Yesterday, Tiffany, Jeff & Jacob Mooney came over after church and had Sunday dinner with us. We had allot of fun visiting with them. Jacob is a delightful little guy and very well behaved!! His mommy & daddy are doing a great job raising him. We got some pictures while they were here too.

Please please excuse the nasty kitchen in the background. We do not have a dining room so obviously the kitchen was in disarray from having just fixed the meal and getting it on the table.

Jeff, Tiff & Jacob

3 Muskiteers

Jacob enjoying the chocolate cake

Jacob loved the piano

If you know you Tiffany, you know that this is her usual look.