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Lydia had a fun Snowflake Party to celebrate her second birthday! Click here to see more of the celebration!



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Yikes! Yesterday, I turned 51! In honor of my birthday, let me post some pictures of my granddaughters at my family Birthday Brunch. Be sure to read this entire post, because at the very end, you will see me as you’ve never seen me before!

What sweet girls!

Ummm….Nora- that’s Lydia’s face you’ve got!

Nora….Grandmama can’t breathe!!


 My birthday present from Darrell was a “Teeth Whitening” session! Yea…I’ve always wanted to do this. Well. That is, in privacy. Instead, this whitening place was smack dab in the middle of our mall. Here I am teetering on the edge of the second floor so everyone, first and second floor can see me getting my teeth done. I am also reading the “take your life in your own hands, we are not responsible” paperwork before they get me started.

I told you that you’ve never seen me looking like this!! And in public!!

After we got home from the Birthday Brunch and teeth whitening session, I got to wrap these presents:

Note to self: don’t wait until Christmas Eve evening to start wrapping.

All in all, I had a wonderful birthday! And now I have whiter teeth!


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Our final Christmas event for the kids in our ministry was the “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party. We played Christmas games, acted out the Christmas story complete with costumes, had a surprise visit from Vicki the puppet; aka, my daughter Amanda, passed out treat bags, sang Christmas carols, ate cupcakes and sang “Happy Birthday.” See how Miss Kristen arranged our cupcakes into the name of Jesus:

Click here to see a few more photos of kids in “Nativity costumes.”

Following the party, Miss Kristen and I took our middle schoolers to Caribou Coffee for a Christmas treat. Here are a few of them:

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DH turned 52 this week. Wow! Here are a few pictures of the fun:

The Birthday Boy opening presents.

Yum, yum! Birthday cake and some presents, too! I actually made the cake from scratch. Here is a run down of the HIGH CALORIE/FAT ingredients in the cake and frostings: 4 sticks of butter, 3 cups of sugar, 3 cups of confectioners sugar, 4 oz. of sweet chocolate not to mention pecans, coconut and more! Like I said, Yum, Yum!!


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Happy Birthday, Kristen!

The birthday girl (and me!) circa 1986!

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Lydia and monarch butterfly

Lydia loves nature: dogs, leaves, birds, bugs and exploring. We spied this beautiful monarch butterfly in the backyard. Lydia was a little leery of holding the butterfly, so we put it on her foot.  I haven’t seen anything much more adorable than that little baby foot adorned by God’s colorful creation!

Amanda's candy sushi

Amanda had a Survivor party, to celebrate the first show of this season of Survivor. The show is set in China this year, so Amanda made some “faux” sushi out of fun, sweet ingredients. The round ones are slices of Twinkies wrapped in Fruit Rollups with a fruit -shaped candy on top. The larger piece is a Rice Krispie treat, topped with a Swedish fish candy, also wrapped with a Fruit Rollup. Isn’t Amanda clever?!

A couple of comments about Survivor: This is still one of my favorite shows. I love to watch the unfolding of the group and individual dynamics in forming a Survivor community. I would LOVE to be on the show, but I don’t think I would last past one or two tribal councils. “Too bossy.” Kristen, Amanda and I watched the season premiere together.


Enjoy some highlights from Jason’s 27th Birthday:


A couple of shots from Kids Club this week:


Here’s a peek at our middle schoolers playing games, then getting together for Bible Study and prayer:


Our ministry night this week ended up with Jason calling the police. A big fight broke out at the back of our ministry apartment. People were being thrown against our back wall and our back porch. It seemed to be instigated by “The Bloods”; a gang in our complex…with outside interference by moms and/or wives wielding pipes and sticks. Four police cars eventually responded, and we were able to let our kids go home. Yikes!

This video from my phone is not at all clear, but it might give you a bit of an idea. I was filming through our sliding glass door, between the slats of the blinds!!



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It’s been over a week since I even opened this blog. I have been busy, busy, busy. Not at home much. And my brain has been too full! So, to catch up, here’s an alphabetical list of some of the stuff I’ve been doing!!

Amanda- she constantly “saves my neck”; as in performing with her puppet Vicki to lead into my devotion at the conference (see “V” and “D”) Also as in serving on a Family in Ministry panel with me.

Birthday, as in Jason’s 27th!

Coaching and Consulting by Ministry Ventures

Devotions at the conference (see “N”)

Excitement! The new TV season is coming up. Watched my first shows of the season- Prison Break. It was a little stronger than I was expecting! And Biggest Loser. I liked it!

Flex Points have now been expanded to PowerFlex- new test program at my Weight Watchers center. Sounds interesting.

Gazillion- the number of e-mails sent back and forth this week in preparation for the conference (see “N”)

Homework from my non-profit coach/consultant- and it’s hard! (see “C”)

IRS: They’re waiting for me to submit names of new SqPeg board members. I’m waiting to hear back from a couple more potential members first!

Jason- the birthday boy! (see “B”) 9-16

Kids Club- I missed it this week due to the conference (see “N”) Jason, Brandy, Kristen    and Julie held down the fort just fine, though! Jonathan, too, I heard.

Lunch with Meredith and Kristen. They forgot to seat Meredith!!! Also lunch with Brenda- long time no see!!

M&M Puppeteers: practice and upcoming reunion dinner and 20th Anniversary performance!

North Georgia Church of God Children’s Leaders Conference. I serve on the conference committee, taught two classes- both new to me- operated two booths; SqPeg and One Way Street and moderated one of the General Sessions. Thanks Amanda, Staci, Kristen, Darrell, Jason, Brandy, Jonathan, Julie and committee!

Oh my goodness. What were getting ourselves into with the M&M Puppeteer reunion performance??

Puppet props, costumes, choregraphy and practice


Red Lobster- yummy lunch (see “L”)

Shopping for props, costumes and supplies (see “P”)

Tutoring and Homework Help at our SqPeg ministry apartment


Vicki- she is too funny! (see “A”)

Weight Watchers- Yes, I’m back at it. I’ve lost 6 pounds this month!


Yamato- where we celebrated Jason’s birthday- Good idea, Brandy! (see “B”)

Zooming around (see every letter above)

Somehow, Nora and Lydia didn’t make this list- but not because they shouldn’t have! Lydia and I have been doing lots of “puppets.” And Nora is my partner at Tutoring/Homework Help each week. They make my day, week, month, year, life- regardless of what letter of the alphabet they fit into!!

*I’m sure something happened as related to these letters, too….

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