Saturday, February 28, 2009

Things You Don't Say To Your Wife

I found this and JUST had to share! This is Tim Hawkins and EVERY husband/boyfriend/son needs to watch this!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A New Me - M Tonya M

I decided to have a new make over after I read a post on Brenda's Page . I am committed to treating myself like a queen. I will stay as sweet as I possibly can. I will feel "girly" even in my socks! I will stay strong when it comes to the kids and homeschooling . I hope you all will enjoy he new me.

Now if you are feeling the need for a little change. Click HERE!

One request, share your new you with me. I would love to see ya!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

3 Columns...YEAH!

When I first started this blog, I didn't think I would need to expand. As I go along, I have so many things I want to share with my friends: products, funny sayings, other blogs, verses, other places to find me. I wanted to find a 3 column template but I loved this background. What a dilemma!
In my visiting other blogs, I came across this one- The Blogger Guide. This is an excellent blog for STEP-BY-STEP instructions for changing your blog into 3 columns.
The exact address is - .
I was able to do this easily and keep my background that I love so much. I highly recommend this site. I am going back to see what other "goodies" it has!

Monday, February 23, 2009

"Thin-skinned" Blogger

Wow, I am shocked and bewildered! Last night I had 9 followers and this afternoon I had 6. I lost three people. Hmmmm. So how do you NOT sit here and wonder why? Why did they "ditch" you? Should you feel hurt, rejected? I am not sure. Since I am a newbie here, I don't have 40 followers and so when 3 leave, it is kinda big!
What do you do when you know WHO stopped following you? Should you feel offended? Should you keep following them? Should you ask them? What if you listed them in your blog list? Should you keep that? Is it personal?
Was it something you wrote? Was it that you weren't writing enough? Did you break some kind of "Blogger Rules" that no one talks about because everyone should "just know"?
Could it be a "Since you follow me, I feel obligated to follow you" kind of thing? Well, if that is the case, you don't have to. I choose to follow you because I like what you say and I find your blog interesting. I would love for you to come look at mine, but if you don't, that is fine.
If you are wondering, YES! I was the kind of girl in school that was liked by the majority of people and when someone didn't like me, it really bothered me. I try to be nice to everyone. I try to show love and kindness to everyone. So things like this will drive me insane for awhile.
I guess, I will be like Jesus! I will shake the dust off my sandals in their "towns" and move on to people that will appreciate me!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hope At A Funeral

My daughter and I had to go to a funeral today. It was for a very humble, loving, caring woman who loved God with every fiber of being and had cancer in almost every cell of her body.
So many questions go through your mind. Why did a Godly woman like this have to suffer so much? Why didn't He heal her?
She leaves behind a husband, two adult children, two grandchildren, and a church filled, today, with people whose lives her life has touched. There were songs of praise and tears of joy for her suffering is ended. There were also touching memories shared and tears of grief for our loss.
If you knew her, you knew that she wanted a message of salvation preached at her funeral. Matter of fact, she had already asked people to sing and what song, people to read scripture and what verses, amazing. I am pretty sure, facing my life's end, could I be that way? To the very last act done on her behalf, it was STILL about getting the message of Salvation out to those who needed to hear it.
Her brother spoke and cried. He touched me greatly and gave such a wonderful picture of salvation, so easy to understand:

Have you ever played Monopoly? You know that when you hit the 3rd corner, you are going to jail. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.00! It is a rule and you accept it. Then why don't you accept the rules in here?( he holds up her Bible.)
Have you ever played poker? You are sitting there with 4 queens in your hand and just smile knowing you are probably going to win. You bid and wait. The person across from you lays down 4 kings! It is a rule that kings beat queens and you accept it. Then why don't you accept the rules in here? (he holds up her Bible)
When playing Monopoly, no matter how many hotels you have, how many properties you own, or how much money you have; it ALL ends up in the box. You put the game away.
No matter how much you work, how much money you make, how many "toys" you have, you will end up in a box. (he points to her in the casket) How can I say this? She isn't here! She is home being comforted by the One who saved her!
There is this gift...a free gift just waiting for you to open it. You are in jail and right outside your cell, in arms reach is a piece of paper that is your pardon. All you have to do is grab it! You rush to rip open your Christmas presents and Birthday presents, why not rush to rip open your Eternal present?

All you have to do is:
A -Ask forgiveness...we all fall short of the glory of God, we have all sinned. My friend who is now in God's arms sinned...she is still in God's presence. Why? By His stripes we are healed. His blood washes you clean as snow, He remembers your sins no more.
B - Believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the One who died for you. The wages of sin is death BUT the gift of God is eternal life, THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord. He paid the price for you with His life, so you could have eternal life with Him.
C - Confess it. Tell someone, tell a pastor, a friend who is saved, family who are saved, me ( Share your questions, worries, doubts,joy about this gift.

As grieved as my heart was today for the loss of such a wonderful woman, there was such HOPE a funeral.

Last question....what about my funeral? Will my funeral give the hope of eternal life to anyone? What about yours?

excerpt from "Homesick" by Mercy Me

Your in a "better place" I've heard a thousand times. And at least a thousand times I've rejoiced for you. But the reason why I'm broken, the reason why I cry is how long must I wait to be with you?
And I close my eyes and I see your face. If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place.
Lord won't you give me strength to make it through somehow?
I've never been more homesick than now.

Nancy I will see you again and try not to be too "homesick" until then.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Being sick-why can't it be a choice?

God gives us a free will to choose between right and wrong. Why can't we have the CHOICE on whether to get sick or not? We can do all the "ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" tactics, but unless you are a hermit, you WILL come in contact with a bacteria or virus somewhere at sometime. It is never our choice to be sick.
Now, sometimes, if you have a great hubby or awesome children who almost love the chance to "wait" on you because you are sick, (I am blessed with a daughter like this. Try NOT to covet! :-)) it is kind of like a mini-vacation! Depending on the "sick" part. If you have your head in a bucket or toilet, it will NOT be any kind of vacation. A mild fever, some sniffles, is almost bearable when there is chicken noodle soup, glass of never-empty O.J., magazines, and soft tissues brought to you. "Mom, don't worry about anything, we will watch the baby." I could almost be THAT kind of sick once a month!
I am sick now, and it did start with the "That" kind of sick, then my baby took the "spotlight". He decided to get sicker than me! How dare he! My poor 19-month-old baby has been throwing up all morning. (1 a.m. to 10 a.m.) My daughter and I had to help him because he became so weak and tired, he couldn't even sit up by himself.
It has calmed down a bit now. So he and I are in bed, getting chicken noodle soup, (his just broth in a cuppy), my never-empty O.J., cartoons, and soft tissues. "Mom don't worry about anything, we will clean up the house and wash all the sheets and towels." If all that wasn't great enough, I have one of the three best cuddlers-in-the-world with me! I will CHOOSE that any day!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hurting Myself With Love

It is so hard to lose weight, would we all agree, Ladies? I am in a bad situation where I have no drive or determination to lose weight. I know I should lose weight for health reasons. I am a little more than 100 pounds over weight. I know that at my age, almost 40, I am just asking for something very scary to happen. Yet, I do nothing.
I eat because I am happy..."I am celebrating". I eat because I am sad..."You are going through a rough time, you deserve it." I eat because I am angry..."There, this will teach them!" I eat because I am bored..."Nothing better to do." I eat because I am typing this post..."I can think better on a full stomach." Can anyone relate?
There was a time, last year, when I lost 26 pounds. It was during a Biggest Loser season which usually always inspires me. I was walking on my treadmill, had subscribed to, kept a food journal and made right food choices.
Biggest Loser is on again, matter of fact in it's 6th week, and I have only watched about 4 weeks of it. I am avoiding it because I feel ashamed that I have not done anything about my weight. It is bad enough I haven't lost anything, but now I am gaining! Will my "wake-up" call be a heart attack? Diabetes?
I am watching Biggest Loser tonight, and tearing up in parts, like I always do, and my 14 year old daughter says, "Mom, I am making you a surprise, so don't come out in the kitchen." She had made me brownies, bless her heart. That is just one way she shows me she loves me, she makes me my favorite things: brownies, banana bread, Kraft Mac N Cheese, grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, ramen noodles, cookies, cakes, Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, etc.
Now, I have THE best daughter in the world! You may think you do, but I do! My daughter will clean the whole housefor me so I don't have to. She will do the dishes, laundry and sweep the floor for me. She can do any household chore. She can cook a handful of meals, and loves to bake. She is my right hand, which leaves me feeling guilty many times. She is very observant. If she thinks I am stressing, she will always try to fix it. If her brothers are upset, she is trying to calm them. She is the ultimate people pleaser. She is loving, funny, beautiful, selfless and compassionate. She gives a mean "Ped Egg" session with lotion! When I was pregnant, she created "Night Spa". This was her re-creation of what she thinks a spa treatment would be...candles, music, etc. But her favorite thing is to make me a sweet treat. It makes her feel special inside and beams when I "oooo" and "ahhhh" over them. See, told you I had THE best daughter!
So I am sitting there tonight, watching Biggest Loser, and thinking I need to start, I need to do this. Next thing I know, a hot brownie is placed in front of me. I "oooo" and "ahhh" and she beams. How do I tell her she needs to stop? Making me a salad just doesn't have the same effect!
It is time for so many things. Time for she and I to have a talk about mommy's emotional eating. Time for mommy to get it together before something happens and I leave this young woman and her brothers. Time to be on my knees asking my Father for forgiveness for being in sin about my eating for so long. Time to ask my Saviour for help in breaking these habits. Time to stop hurting myself with"love".