Thursday, February 25, 2010

Show Us Your Life-Collections



This is a new meme I recently joined and I’m having so much fun with.  Kelly’s Korner is a blog I’ve really enjoy visiting.  If you haven’t been there yet, you must stop by and visit!

The theme for this week is “Show us your collection”. 

When I was engaged to my husband my mother brought me this adorable “Precious Moment” figurine.  Way back then they were called “Johnathan & David”. 



What drew me to these figurines was not only they were cute, but I loved the message that was written underneath each one.

It seemed like had one for every occasion in your life, the happiest times and even during your struggles.

It’s been over 33 years since I began my collection and behind each one is a very special story.  Here are a few of my favorites.



My mom brought this one to me when she visited me in the hospital after the birth of my firstborn son, Jason.  It says, “The hands that rock the future”.  I’ll cherish this forever.


IMG_4465A dear friend gave this one to me after I helped her through a very difficult time in her life.  It says  “You are always there for me”.


IMG_4463My daughter-in-love gave this one to me for my birthday.  I was so touched that she picked this one out for me.  It says, “Charity begins in the heart”.


I could post so many more, but I think you can see why these figurines are so very dear to my heart.  Its more than a collection to me, its a lifetime of precious memories.


Please join us today over at Kelly’s Korner.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Not To Do List!


Welcome to Word-filled Wednesday.

It's such a joy to be your hostess today!

The purpose of WFW is share God's word (no famous quotes or literature...only the word of God)

The home of WFW is at Amy’s 160 Acre Woods.




I recently read a quote by Robyn Coffman that made me stop and think about what she was saying:

“Clutter isn’t only what you can see; it’s what you can’t see. It perpetuates your overloaded schedule, endless commitments and overwhelming fears. A cluttered mind means over-thinking, over-reacting, over-analyzing, over-worrying, and over-committing.”

Most of us can identify with the need to de-clutter our lives.  I believe as we do, we are less burdened down and begin to experience more of the abundant life that Jesus promised to us. 

Today I would like to offer a few suggestions on how you can start your own "Not-to-do" list. 

  • Not to feel guilty for saying “no” to something that may be OK, but is not right for you at this particular time.
  • Not to feel like you need to have all the answers to everyone’s problems.
  • Not to feel responsible for everybody else’s well-being.
  • Not to say “yes” just because you were invited.
  • Not to buy something just because it is on sale.
  • Not to think you have to cook a big meal, do laundry, clean the house, and spend quality time with your family all on the same day.
  • Not to mull over or become burdened down with other people’s mistakes.
  • Not to compare yourself to others.

I think you get the idea. The more you give yourself permission “Not-to-Do” so many things, the more you will free yourself to live a more balanced and abundant life.

I’ve got a long way to go, hopefully you’ll join me on this quest!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Project 365-My Week in Pictures



What a great week I had.  My grands were out of school, and I got to see them all, several times.  Oh, the joys of being a grandmother. 



These guys mean so much to me.  Jason my firstborn, Joel the baby and my awesome husband that I just can’t live with out adore.  As you can see, they are all big Saints fans.  In case you are unaware, there are also 3 more boys sandwiched in between these two not in the picture!



My little Karli!  This is my youngest grand-daughter who just turned three.  She’s so tiny but has a huge heart and the cutest personality.  She keeps her mommy busy for sure!  She picked these flowers for her “Brammy”.




Would you like a cup of tea Grammy?  Grace Kelly, my oldest grand-daughter loves playing games with me.  Girls are so much fun!




Now, how could anyone resist those gorgeous eyes?  Just look at him and this cute expression.  My little Cole is so adorable.




Kristin came out to spend the day and as always, we took the kids to “Grammy’s Mall”.  We all had a great time making wonderful memories. 



Chuck E Cheese

Amy, over at One Bubble Bath at the Time, came over for dinner Friday night.  We had a blast.  It’s so much fun spending time with your bloggy friends, in person.  The next night she asked if my son Jordan could baby sit for her.  My grand-daughters were already spending the night, so we decided to take them all to Chuck E. Cheese!  We had a great time winning all those tickets.  You would think the kids won the lottery!  Amy, your boys are adorable, polite and so much fun.  Jordan is crazy about them!  (So are we!)



Took the girls to feed the ducks at the pond in our neighborhood.  What a beautiful sunny day it was.  Starting to feel a little like Spring!


Please join us over at The Creative Mom for more Project 365.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Project Life Tuesday


It’s Project Life Tuesday, another week has flown by!  I’m so thankful for all these wonderful memories. 


Had to return something at Steinmart today.  As I was walking through the store I spotted this precious teddy bear.  Don’t you just love what it says? It is so true.  So grateful for all the special friends God has brought into my life.



Celebrated my 29th birthday with my sweet sister Mary.  Had a great day shopping all over town.  I’m so blessed to have such an awesome family.


Wednesday2Found my grandson’s pacifier while looking for an ink pen today.  Oh…it just made me miss his sweet little face.


Thursday2Movie night with my hubby.  My brother  sent me Taking Chance as a birthday gift.  PFC Chance Phelps was a marine who was killed in Iraq.  This film pays homage to all the military men and women who have given their lives in service for our country.  Not an easy movie to watch, especially with my oldest son now on active duty in the army.  But I’m so glad I did.


Friday2This is a picture of the birthstone necklace my hubby gave me for my birthday.  Isn’t it beautiful?




We usually go to the Saturday evening service at our church.  These are the crosses that are out in front of the church.  I love the witness they are to all those who pass by each day.  It’s right on the busy interstate.  Praise God for the cross.



Valentine’s Day!  We went out to Chili’s for dinner. Had a great time.  What more can I say?  I love you Ricky♥

Please join us over at The Creative Mom for more Project Life pictures!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Friday, February 12, 2010

An Enduring Love




Traditionally my husband and I do not usually celebrate “Valentine's Day” on the day itself.   love3by lauraann

Too many crowds, too much hype, and so much commercialism. 

However, don't let me convey the message I do not care about receiving flowers, cards, or a great big box of chocolate candy.

I'm not giving that up for sure.  We just choose to celebrate our love in a more peaceful and relaxed way.

IMG_2730 Last night we decided to watch a movie together.  Snuggled up on the couch, a fire burning, two seasoned lovers just enjoying time together.

This coming Sunday will be our 33rd Valentine’s Day celebration together, and I really could never ask for more because God gave me his best for me.

Ladies, my advice to you is to let down your expectations for this day, and just enjoy the one you love.  Give what you desire and watch what God will bring back to you.  IMG_2874

Therefore, today I dedicate this post to the man of my dreams, the father of my five sons, and now grandfather to my three beautiful granddaughters and one future linebacker, Cole Dillon.


Father, how can I thank you for answering my first prayer after salvation to send me a Christian friend?  You gave me more then my heart's desire.  Teach me to be the godly wife and mother you have called me to be.  Be glorified in our marriage, as we become a reflection of you and your bride, the church.  Let our love be lived out loud for all to see.  May you always be pleased with our service to you.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

♥Happy Valentine’s Day!♥


Join us over at Kelly’s Korner for more Show Us Your Life today.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Giving Thanks






I just wanted to take a minute to thank my wonderful friend Tonya for that touching post she made on my blog today!  God truly united our hearts several years ago at St. Jude. 

When I looked for a scripture today this one came to mind. “How precious is your steadfast love, O God…” Ps. 37:8.  Yes God’s love for us is so precious, and He puts special people in our lives to reveal His love in even greater ways.  For this I am so grateful.

Thanks to all of you for your many words of love and encouragement.  I pray I can also be a conduit of that same special love back to you in some way!

Please join us today over at my talented friend Lori’s blog, All You Have To Give for more WFW posts!!

Susan's blog has been hijacked! (for a good reason)

Hello there!

This is Tonya (Susan's friend from Mississippi). I thought I'd stop by to let you in on a little secret - in case you didn't know already. Image hosting by TinyPic

Yes, I'm taking over my dear friend's blog to wish her a VERY............

As you already know, Susan is SO VERY THOUGHTFUL, LOVING, and KIND and I thought it'd be FUN to let you know that TODAY is her SPECIAL DAY so that you can celebrate her life with us too!!

Thanks so much for always being there, Susan!! Your love and friendship means more to me than words could ever say!

I LOVE YOU, Precious Friend! Image hosting by TinyPic

Monday, February 8, 2010

Project Life Tuesday




Started out my week having lunch with a sorority sister from my college days at LSU.  It was so good to catch up and reminisce about those good ole days!



The day I’ve been waiting for so long.  Beth Moore’s new book was released.  Looking forward to going through this book with my daughter-in-love and all my fellow siesta’s!


Wednesday2  Celebrated my birthday a little early with my dear friend Cyndy.  Nothing like a nice cup of hot tea with a great friend. 




Took my grand-daughters shopping.  Karli wanted to push Grammy’s basket.  I had to guide her down the isles, but she did it!



My grand-daughter Grace slept over.  After getting home from a grocery trip she fell fast asleep on the sofa with her little LOVE bear by her side.



Getting ready for our big Super Bowl party.  There were Who Dat’s every where.  We were so excited and nervous too!



Sweet Victory!! The Saints are the WORLD CHAMPIONS! Now, it just doesn’t get any better then this.


Please join us over at The Creative Mom for more awesome PLT’s!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


super bowl xliv

Years from now, when the memories of Sunday begin to fade, New Orleans Saints fans will still remember where they were when cornerback Tracy Porter intercepted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and returned the ball 70 yards for the decisive touchdown of Super Bowl XLIV.


We are just so proud of our boys!! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What’s In Your Hands?




There is one thing that God has given equally to all of us everyday…time.   Time is something we can use in helping others or lose on so many missed opportunities.

A listening ear,

A shoulder to  cry on,

A ride to the store,

A phone call just to say “Hi”,

An unexpected gift,

A visit to a friend going through a difficult time,

A card that says, “I care and I’m thinking of you”!

Time is truly in your hands.  Invest it well. 

“Lord, help me to see what you want to put in my hands today.  Let me be sensitive to the Holy Spirit when He says, “Go”.  Thank you for your outstretched hands that have touched me, healed me, and cared for me in so many ways.  May I be your hands touching someone in the very same way.”

Please Join us today over a Penny Raine’s for more WFW posts!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Project Life Tuesday


Another great week behind us.  So grateful for each day God give us.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!



Thought I would start my week with Leslie Sansone.  Yes, Lord I want to be a firm believer!!


Tues1Went to Life Way Bookstore thinking Beth Moore’s new book was out, but still have one more week to go!  So, went to my favorite section of the store, cards!


Wednesday1Went to the Jewelry show and bought this awesome Saints flag.  Praying God will bless our boys indeed on Sunday.  Black and Gold all the way to the Super Bowl!



Thursday1 Can you guess where I’m at today? 



Some of my favorite books on Marriage.  A house built on the Rock will not fall.




Today we celebrated both mine and my daughter-in-law’s birthday.  I gave her this Family Tree necklace as one of her gifts.



Sunday1 My son Jason with his son Cole.  There could not be a more proud dad!  I love seeing them  together…  Isn’t he adorable?


Please join us over at Jessica’s at The Creative Mom for more awesome projects from this past week!