Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sweet Shot Tuesday







Caught this precious moment of my two granddaughters celebrating their birthdays this past weekend.  Life is so beautiful at 5 and 6! 


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Monday, March 29, 2010

Project 365


Capturing life, one moment at a time…



My son, 1st Lieutenant Jason Amato and his beautiful bride Kristen, came over for dinner.  I look forward to every visit.  (Not to mention they always come with three very special treasures that I adore!)



My precious little Karli acting like a little diva!



Our sweet Louisiana strawberries are finally here after a very long and cold winter down south.  So I made strawberry shortcake to celebrate. Oh its so mouth-watering just to look at.  They were awesome~


ThursdayOur cat Caesar, patiently waiting at the front door for someone to let him in. I asked him to He pose for me, but he just wouldn’t smile!  




My husband Rick and Bro. Harry from our church leaving for a men’s weekend retreat.  Thank God for men who are passionate for Jesus!



Grace wanted to help Grammy get everything ready before company came over.  She ran and put on her special apron!  I just love all of “Grammy’s Helpers”.



Caught this precious moment when I took the girls for a walk down to the lake in our neighborhood after dinner.  They really have such special love for each other.


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Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday Funnies


Friday Funnies


It’s been a while since I joined in on the Friday Funnies.  I received these funny egg pictures from my brother today.

I got a good laugh from them.  Hope you do too.

Laughter truly is the best medicine!












Hope you all have an

Eggcellent Dayyay!


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Til the very end…


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 don't think there could be a more perfect picture to reflect this verse in Hosea about the way God guides us with his tender care, amazing kindness and great love.

The word kindness is often translated as "steadfast love" in the Hebrew, and that is exactly what it is.

A love that will never fail and never end.

No matter what the circumstances, difficulties or fears may be, God is there with His tender loving care to show us the way.

As we learn to trust and be secure in this abundant love, we are free to be kind to others.

Now we can care for others as we have been cared for by God.

God gives so many opportunities each day to show kindness, which brings us great joy every time we do! The pleasure we feel in caring for others is just a shadow of the delight God takes in caring for us.

(taken from: Love as a Way of Life)

Sweet Shot Tuesday




Darcy over at My 3 Boybarians is hosting a new meme called Sweet Shot Tuesdays.  This is a linky party that encourages photographers to link up their best shot on Tuesdays.    She said if you own a camera, you are a photographer!   Hmmm, now that just included me! 

This picture is taken from a Zoo trip we took last month.  For me it was truly a sweet shot of my precious grand-daughter as she was taking a break.  She didn’t realize I was watching her.  I caught her off guard being just the cutest little girl! 


(no editing done, still learning how to use my  camera!)


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Monday, March 22, 2010

Project 365-My Week In Pictures



Thanks so much for joining me this week.  Loving life through these lens.


My precious Jordan loving on our cat Caesar.  Sometimes I think he may drive the cat crazy.



Took a walk with my hubby this beautiful afternoon.  Sat down a moment to enjoy the view.



My bosom buddy came over to spend the day.  We had so much fun.  Thanks Cyndy for being such a faithful friend over all these years.



Awww…more signs of spring around our home. 



My granddaughter Kayla came over to spend the night at Grammy’s.  We had so much together.



Now here is my little soccer star with Popsy…her number one fan! 



Met my son and daughter in love at the Mall after church.  Caught this precious smile as Karli went by on the carrousel. I love being a Grammy!


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Monday, March 15, 2010

Project 365-My Week in Pictures



Still learning so much about my new camera.  Sometimes it can be so confusing and frustrating.  But then there are “those” moments frozen in time that makes my heart  a skip a beat!  Thanks for joining me on this adventure.



Thought I would catch up on some ironing today.  Called a friend and by the time I got off the phone, it was all done!




Oh, don’t you just love the those first signs of Spring?  Finally…




I was so excited to get my new camera bag in the mail today.  Isn’t it cute?  It’s so light, and now everyone won’t know a future photographer is walking around!



Had my tripod set up by our bedroom window.  I was so excited to catch this pretty dove perched on our bird feeder.



My granddaughter, Grace, did not have school today.  So I took her to the mall, and we were so surprised to see the Easter Bunny there.  The lady was so kind to let me take this picture with my own camera.  Saved me 20.00 too!



My sons came over to the house today and decided to play a game of tennis after lunch.   They are so competitive, you would have thought it was the US Open Championship!  And they played like pros…



Took my grandson, Cole, to the playground in our subdivision after church.  Of course it was a perfect day for a photo shoot.  Now is this not pure joy?


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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Finding Cures Saving Lives




St Jude Collage7

There are so many wonderful charities I could talk about today.   I've been touched by many of them, like the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, or the Special Olympics. 

But the one that has directly impacted my life and the life of my son is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.   I recently read that it was considered the Nations’ most trusted charity and I can attest to that fact first hand.


 (please remember to mute my music player first!)

At the age of 16 my son was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  It was in the month of April, and I still remember getting that phone call from the doctor like it was yesterday. That was a day that our world fell apart changed the course of our lives. 

I grew up like most of you seeing those TV specials with Marlo Thomas about St. Jude.  Many times I would just change the channel, because it was too difficult to watch what those children were going through.  Never would I have dreamed that I would walk through those front doors with my own child.

My son is now in remission. A survivor of a brain tumor that could of took his life.  We are so very grateful, beyond words.

I remember one of the very first papers we signed at St. Jude was a contract that stated we would never receive a bill. Any costs that were above what our insurance would cover would be paid in full. Can you imagine?  In the midst of all that was going on in our lives, they wanted to assure us that we would not have to worry about finances while our son was in treatment.  Not to mention they paid for all of our transportation to and from Memphis, and provided housing and all our meals at no cost. Truly remarkable.

This May St. Jude will fly son and I up for his last 6 month check up. If all has remained stable, we will transfer to their After Complement of Therapy Clinic for the next 5 years. In hopes of being a St. Jude Alumni one day.  This will be a major milestone in Jordan's life.    We are so grateful for St. Jude for all they have done for us and thousands of other families over the years!

And thanks to all of you that have given each time you visit Chili’s, McDonald’s, Target and countless other places that support St. Jude.



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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

God’s Economics for Tough Times




Unless you lived through the Great Depression you’ve never experienced times like the present: bank failures, bailouts, housing foreclosures, unemployment, health costs, etc.

You can see fear on people’s faces and sense it in their words. So, where do we turn? To politicians, economists, or our own resources?

No human agency is capable of providing answers.

So: know your source!

The Bible predicted the shaking of human kingdoms and material entities: “[So] that those things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Heb 12:27). But while bureaucracies, businesses and banks have been shaken to their very core, our King and His kingdom remain rock solid.

The Bible says that “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2Co 9:8 NIV).

Notice the “alls” in this promise. What more could you ask for? Your family, health, spiritual, material, present and future security is guaranteed under the “policies and resources” clause of God’s unshakable kingdom! Man’s economy is not your source.

It’s merely one conduit the King may, or may not use in providing what you need as a citizen of His kingdom. Relax, knowing God, your unfailing source, “will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians  4:19 NIV).   (By Rick Godwin)


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Project 365- My Week In Pictures


Another week has just flown by.  I’m loving this project more all the time.  Hope you enjoy this quick glimpse into our lives.  Thanks so much for stopping by!




Apple pie anyone?  Yes…it was as good as it looked.  Some ice-cream on top was the finishing touch.



The day we have been waiting for!  It’s been 2 years since my son left to teach in Taiwan.  From there he visited 38 countries and crossed 4 continents.  His older brother (top right) couldn’t believe his passport…every page was filled out.  Tears of joy, relief, my son is finally HOME!!



My cat loves to jump up into the chair when you sit to eat.  My grand-daughter was having fun playing with him.



What a week it was.  My son came home and I made a drastic change in my hair color.  Something I’ve wanted to do for years. I’m loving the “new look”.



My grand-daughter Grace came to spend the weekend.  She was coming down with a cold and not feeling very well when she woke up.




Today is Justin’s (my second son) 29th birthday!  He came out to visit and spent time with his daughter Grace.  He’s in a band and getting ready to go on tour.  Happy Birthday Justin!


Sunday5  Grace was playing with with this funny headband I bought for her the other day.  I asked her to pose for me.  “No problem Grammy!”


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