Sunday, July 27, 2014

Baby Dedication

Today, July 27th, we are taking a vacation day from our church to visit our daughter and son-in-law's church; First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Tennessee.  It is a special day because it is the day that Kinley Grace, our granddaughter, will be dedicated to the Lord by her mom and dad.
Cameron Lee was also dedicated to the Lord when he was about her age.

I call them babies because they are.  Kinley Grace will be 6 months old the 10th of August.  Cameron Lee will be 20 months old next Monday, the 28th.

We are experiencing more "Fruits of the Labor".  It is a joy to witness our children as adults, serving God.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

35 Years Ago

August 3, 1979, I married my best friend.  Now, almost 35 years later, two children later, two children added by married later, two grandchildren later, seven homes later and tons of memories later................if I had it to do all over again, I would say "I do" in a heartbeat.
Happy early Anniversary, Roger.
 
(It is not my time to blog during our actual anniversary, so I am posting this early.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

10 Commandments

Remember, I teach the preschoolers at our church.  When they turn 2 years old they come to me and stay until the begin Kindergarten.

We did a study on the life of Moses, starting when him as a baby.  We got to the lesson about the 10 commandments a couple of weeks ago.  I decided, especially since the majority of my kids are 2 and 3 year olds, to spend a day on each commandment and try to teach them all ten.

The first Sunday, we talked about the 1st commandment:  One God.  Wednesday night, we talked about the 2nd commandment:  Don't worship idols.  Sunday we talked about the 3rd commandment: Don't use God's name in vain;  speak God's name with love. 

Okay, you get the ideal...........anyway, each time, we reviewed back over the previous, so we are building and hopefully at the end, they will be able to recite the simplified version of the 10 Commandments.

Sunday, one of my little girls (the one that asked me a few months ago what sin was.  She wanted to know if when you have to go to time out do you sin and if you have to go to bed without a story, are you sinning.  When I told her yes, her reply was, "well I sin a lot."  She is 3 years old. 

Anyway, Sunday, after reviewing and going over and over the first three commandments, little Aubrie asked me, "Are all of the rules gonna be like these?"  I asked her what she meant and she said, "Duh....they are simple; everyone knows that there is just one God and you can't talk bad about him and anything you put before him is an idol.  Duh.  It's simple."

First, I was excited that she at least was understanding them, as a three year old is capable of doing.  Second, I got to thinking.....she is very blessed because her parents care enough about her to be raising her in a Christian home and to take her to church and teach her about God.  So to her, DUH.....it is obvious that everyone should already know the RULES, as they call them.

No wonder God said to come to me as little children......they take everything so literal.

God Bless the Little Children.  If we would take the time, we could learn a lot by just sitting back and listening to them.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mrs. Mahalia's Squash Relish

Below is Mrs. Mahalia's Squash Relish Recipe.  It is good with beans, with hotdogs, with grilled chicken, with pork roast......in fact it is good with just about anything.  Not only that, it is fairly easy to make.


Mrs. Mahalia's Squash Relish Recipe

6 medium yellow squash
4 large onions
4 bell peppers


Chop and mix with 2 tablespoons of salt for one hour.  (I use my food processor, but I am sure Mrs. Mahalia uses a more traditional method.)

Then drain and mix:
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Turamic
Boil three minutes and can.

Mrs. Mahalia was 99 years old in December.  We visited her Sunday and she showed us the 28 quarts of beans that she has canned so far this year, as she was standing at the stove frying okra and onion, had green beans with new potatoes simmering and Mexican cornbread in the oven.  She said she would serve it with fresh onions, pepper and tomatoes. 

What a woman!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reaping the Fruits of Labor

One of my favorite parts of summer vacation, is the canning.  I LOVE to can.  There is just a certain amount of pride and accomplishment felt when you look at the fruits of your labor. 

My husband will plow up a spot for the garden; plant it and tend it, BUT....when the fruit starts bearing, it is my job to gather the garden and put it away for the winter.

One of the sweetest sounds is the sound of the POP when a jar seals.  I LOVE hearing it.

This year, God has really blessed us.  We do not have but a small garden spot, but because of the rain, we are still gathering those fresh veggies daily.  We have given many away.  We have shared with both of our children and my mom even brought some home with her.  AND....I have canned the rest or frozen it.

So far, I have canned green beans and tomatoes and made salsa and squash relish.  Our oldest church member, Mrs. Mahalia gave me a jar of her squash relish about 12 years ago and then shared her recipe with me.  That was my first time to eat it.  Over the years, our squash has not done very well, so I stashed the recipe away.  This year........we have squash everywhere, so I dug deep and found Mrs. Mahalia's old recipe and have made many jars of it to share with others.  (Several people have already asked me for her recipe.  It is quite simple and I will share it another day.)

Just like our garden, my husband and I are reaping the fruits of our labor at our church.  With that also comes a certain amount of pride and joy......not for what we have done, but for what God has done through us.  As I've blogged many times, this will be our 18th year at the church so we are reaping the joys of watching some of the young ones that have grown up and matured as adult leaders.  It is an awesome feeling.

I love reaping the fruits of labor.

Monday, July 21, 2014

All Good Things Must Come to an End...

All good things must come to an end....

As a public school teacher.....my summer vacation is about to come to an end.  It has been way too short and VERY BUSY.  I got a few things accomplished on my to-do list, but many things will have to wait.

It has been a busy summer.  Our moms live three hours away, in north Alabama.  Our son and daughter-in-law, moved out of our home in the Spring to Gallatin, TN, which is also three hours from us.  And our grandbabies are forty minutes from us in Cleveland, TN......so, although we have not gone on a huge vacation this year, we have put many, many miles on our vehicle, traveling back and forth to loved ones. 

We were able to bring my 80 year old mom home with us the 4th of July and she stayed 4 nights, which she thought was an eternity.  During that time, she was able to spend time with her great-grandbabies, see our daughter's home, go to church with us...............and then she was ready to get home to her routine.  Smile.

We have got to visit our son and daughter-in-law a couple of times and enjoy them.  Oh, how we have missed them.  They lived with us for over a year.  We are excited for them, though.  Our son has been accepted for a very intense training program with the Corp. of Engineer and will be taking classes for at least three years.  Our daughter-in-law was able to transfer from her Assistant Store Manager Training program to closer to their temporary home.  She has also been accepted and starts back to school in a couple of weeks, working on her Masters in Education; a dream that she has had for some time.  Our time with them for the time being is very precious and limited.

We got to go camping with our daughter and son-in-law and two grandbabies.  And, the grandbabies have gotten to spend several nights with us, giving mom and dad some much needed rest and giving Mimi and Granddaddy some much needed baby time.

But....All Good Things Must Come to An End.  My first day of school will be next Wednesday, July 30th.

I think the older I get, the more I realize how short, not only are my summers, but how short life is.  I am ending this summer vacation with many undone things on my to-do list.  Life goes on.  I will get to the things at a later date, but reflecting on my summer made me stop and think............

when it is our time to depart this earth, whether by death or the second coming of our Lord, how many to-do things will still be left hanging?  I mean, the important things?  My husband always says he hope that when it is his time to go, he is all used up; and that he has done and accomplished everything he meant to do and everything that God meant for him to do.

All good things must come to an end.......we should live each day as if it is our last.