Friday, October 28, 2011


"Life isn't about how to survive the storm,
 but about how to dance in the rain."

************love this************

          have a delicious crisp weekend

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Do You Want Real Life?

I have to say this "Flower Patch Farmgirl"  blog is most delightful indeed.  She thinks out loud and we get to eavesdrop into her very soul.  Her life is real in every sense of the word.  I feel a kindred spirit with her even though I have never even emailed her!!  I love her to pieces,  she tells it like it is.  She loves her Jesus and serves him REAL!!!  Go there to be blessed!!  You can thank me later , thank you very much:)!!   

Friday, October 21, 2011

"What's Up- Mavis & Harriet?"

  My dad has been telling me for quite a while that as you age,  your body may be getting older but your mind can still be 25, 30 or even 18!  Well,  I am finding out for myself exactly what he meant by this.  I will be turning 50 at  the end of this year,  never has bothered me to tell my age,  I am who I am.  This number has had me thinking though,  for some time now.  I realize I can't keep waiting to do those things I said I wanted to do in my life.  Determination has set in,  a will power that I have never felt before.  I don't just think about what I want to do,  I do it.  There are no more excuses why I can't or shouldn't.  Being a little crazy can be fun,  acting like an adult all the time is highly over rated:).  My mind thinks I am only 25 give or take and it is telling my body to get up and act like that before I can not.  Silliness with my little ones and grandpirates brings me joy,  time is so fleeting with them.  There will come a day when they will not have time for me like they do now,  I will relish them while I can. 
   So what am I getting to?  Well,  some of you have emailed me and called wanting to know "what's up?"    "Why are you not selling on Mavis & Harriet,  are you going to start back?"  The answer is no,  I will not be selling any longer.  Starting  "Mavis & Harriet" was fun,  lots of fun and buying,  hunting down all the fab finds was a blast.  I had such a passion for it that I thought about decorating and junking all the time!!!  All the time,  did you catch that?  Some women can probably juggle being a wife,  mom,  teacher and have a home business and do just great,  not me.  I felt convicted about my lack of time for areas of my family's lives.  I prayed about the situation every day!  Finally,  I knew I had to do something different,  so I prayed and asked the Lord to take away my desire for decorating and give me a love for teaching my children.  Guess what?  He did just that!!!!  I have fallen madly in love with teaching Mavis and Henry and our school year has been the best we have ever had so far!!!  I could do school all day long:).  As for decorating,  my house is fine like it is.  As for hitting the sales?  I have been out one morning in probably 2 months.   Now I go just when the mood hits me or we may need something and I don't want to pay full price, nice leisurely junking though.
  God has said in His word,  "Delight thyself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart",  the key is that He will give you His desire for you and it will become your desire.  How loving our Lord is and isn't it just wonderful how he changes us to want the true treasures,  time with our little ones,  those chubby faces of grand children,  listening to them,  the best things in life are free.  This is where Jesus would have me,  are you in the place He would have you?  I sure hope so,  don't be deceived by the masked riches of this world.  Dig deep into those treasures that are right in your own home.
  The years have zipped past but my 50's are going to be the most thrilling of all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I Want to Go to Neverland!

We just returned from
Totally magical :).
Mavis,   Henry and Grandpirate were on the edge of their
seats.  My dearest A asked,  "Nono,  are those people real?"
His baby blue eyes as large as saucers!
I just hope he does not try and teach little A how to fly tomorrow...!
You may want to grab some little ones full of imagination and visit "Neverland" yourself this weekend.
Grace Community High School
Be sure to keep your eye on the lost boy(really an adorable girl) with a black curl loose on her forehead...stellar performance to say the least!!!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fun Loving Fair Day in Dallas!

What an absolutely gorgeous day for the State Fair!!
Weather was perfect....

we had no idea they were going to be there and about
1 hour into our adventure...there they were,  yea! 

The exhibits were wonderful,  pig races,  African acrobats, exotic bird show,  children's aquarium,  Frisbee dogs......
The food,  welllllll,  just not my cup of tea.  Sorry,  but I could not bring myself to eat the deep fried Oreo, fried coke, fried lemonade, fried butter, fried bread pudding, everything was fried.
We opted for the famous Fisher's Corny Dog,  two bites was enough for Mavis, Henry and myself:(. 
I have to say the fresh squeezed Lemonade was delicious!
Rides were extremely expensive but we all know that before we head to the Fair,  right? 
I had not been in 30 years so I was tickled pink to go!
All in all it was a fab day,  love my family sooooooo much!!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Contentment is not only a good idea,  it is our duty.  If God recommends something,  we ought to do it.  If God requires something,  we must do it.  "Godliness with contentment is great gain" and "Be content with what you have".

  Such a forceful endorsement by the Almighty should make contentment a prominent concern for each of us.  Instead,  we make it a secret concealed by our indifference to it.  When the Apostle Paul wrote,  "I have learned the secret of being content,"  his use of the word secret was intentional.  Those things we expect to bring contentment surprisingly do not.  We cannot depend upon it to fall into place through the progressive evolving of civilization,  for contentment arises from a different source. 
  Most of us do not know how to uncover this secret and have never seriously tried.  Our quest is usually not for contentment but for more.  This quest brings us into an immense maze,  where before us lie dozens of avenues.  some are wide,  luxurious,  downhill,  and tempting, and we see a rush of our friends entering them.  They lead to beautiful houses,  comfortable cars,  exotic vacations,  and affluence.  Other avenues,  equally popular,  lead to prestigious colleges,  distinguished  jobs,  important friends,  and power.  Still others direct us to beautiful spouses,  beautiful children,  deep tans,  and popularity.
  All the while,  off to one side,  courses a narrow uphill road,  unadorned and unpopular.  It is dusty from its sparse use and lonely from lack of travelers.  The sole treasure at its end is an elusive commodity called "godliness with contentment."

  Godliness is and attitude whereby what we want is to please God.
  Contentment is a matter of accepting from God's hand what He sends because we know hat He is good and therefore it is good.
  Contentment is the freedom that comes when prosperity or poverty do not matter;  to accept what we have and to  want but little.   The more we choose contentment,  the more God sets us free.  The more He sets us free, the more we choose contentment!...................."Margin" by Richard A. Swenson

  I struggle no more!  I am content Lord and I am blessed beyond measure.  I love being wife,  mommy,  nono,  friend but most of all your daughter!!  My life is full of wonder and surprise,  I compete with no one but myself,  I am free!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

                                  Dinner for tonight??
                                   Homemade Chilli
                                        Frito Pie
                                      recipe here

I want to share this website with all of you.  Several of us in my family are doing the Couch to 5k and ... let me tell you,  it really works!  Mavis jogged a mile last night and wanted to stay longer and do more:).  Was it really just a couple of months ago when she would ask every 5 minutes,  "how much longer,  can we leave now?"   Now we are asking her,  "Hey,  aren't you ready to go yet?"  Henry loves chasing all of us on his bike with his Indian spear pretending he is Squanto, lol!!  We have such a sweet time,  I am so thankful for my husband who pushes us to do our best at all times. 
  I hope all of you get out with your little ones and do something fun these cool evenings,   make those memories!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Throw out the guns and grab your crafts!!

Check out one of my favorite decorator blogs...
Is this just not the cutest craft cabinet ever???
Originally a hideous gun cabinet!

                          and I will definitely be making me one of these!!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dinner Plans Anyone???

As Fall is here:),  I am in the mood to try out some new dishes!
I will be posting from time to time "what is for dinner at our house".  I would love to have comments from all of you as to what you are cooking and will post them so all of us can have some new ideas.
                         Tonight.....Marinated Steak Fajitas
                                          Spanish Rice
                                          Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Bites
                                          Hubby's Fab Homemade Salsa
                                          Mavis' Mini Chocolate Pies
                                          Iced Tea
        go here for Mavis' Mini Chocolate Pie recipe

Sunday, October 2, 2011


                          He that is down,  needs fear no Fall;
                            He that is low,  no Pride:
                          He that is humble,  ever shall
                            Have God to be his Guide.

                          I am content with what I have,
                              Little be it or much:
                       And,  Lord,  Contenment still I crave,
                            Because thou savest such.

                         Fullness to such,  a Burden is,
                            That go on Pilgrimage:
                         Here Little,  and hereafter Bliss,
                           Is best from Age to Age.
                                                        "Pilgrim's Progress"