II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Sunday, April 30, 2006


Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?
If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
Why do women wear evening gowns to go out at night? Shouldn't they be wearing night gowns?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It's just stale bread.
Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?
Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
If horrific is akin to horrible, why isn't terrific akin to terrible?
Why do you park in a driveway and drive in a parkway?
Why are there locks on the door of stores that are open 24/7 365 days a year?
Why do doctors call what they do practice? Shouldn't they be good at it by now?
Why does cleave mean both to adhere and separate?
If you throw a cat out your car window does it become kitty litter?
If corn oil comes from corn and olive oil comes from olives, where the heck does baby oil come from?
If you spin an oriental man, does he become disoriented?
Why do we call it a hamburger when it is made from beef?
If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?
Is there another word for synonym?
If nothing sticks to teflon, then how do they make it stick to the pan?
If you hate all prejudice people, are you a hypoocrite?
Why do they call them apartments, when they're all together?
Why do they use artificial lemon juice in bottled lemon juice and use real lemon juice in dish soap?
Why are boxing rings square?
If quizzes are quizzical then what are tests?
Shouldn't the opposite of shut up be shut down?
Why do you always find things in the last place you looked?
If I dreamed of being chased by a giant squirrel would that make me a nut?
Why do they call it a building? It looks like they are finished Why isn't it a built?
If pro is the opposite of con, is progress the opposite of congress?
Do cemetery workers prefer the graveyard shift?
How is it that a building burns up as it burns down?
Why do banks charge you a "insufficient funds" fee on money they already know you don't have?
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
How come there aren't B batteries?
If crime doesn't pay does that mean that my job is a crime?
How can there be self-help "groups"?
If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?
Why do tourists go to the tops of tall buildings and then put money into telescopes so they can see things on the ground close-up?
Why is it that night falls but day breaks?
Why is it that you must wait until night to call it a day?
How do blind people know when they are done wiping their behinds?
If practice makes perfect, and no one is perfect, why bother practice?
Why do people sing "Take me out to the ball game" when they are already there?
Why does the arcade game "Donkey Kong" have a monkey? Why isn't it called Monkey Kong?
If a rabbit's foot was actually lucky, wouldn't it still be attached to the rabbit's leg?
Why do you put suits in a garment bag and garments in a suitcase?
Why are they stairs inside but steps outside?
Why does pizza come in a square box?
Why are feet smelly and noses runny?
How come we choose from just two people for president and 50 for Miss America?
Why do you call an open door ajar?
Does expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected?

Weekend News:

Okay...so...I am not a good surprise-keeper..but I actually pulled this one off! Hooray! For a couple of weeks now, Matt has known that we were going to meet his brother and sister-in-law for dinner at the Olive Garden on Saturday, the 29th. What he didn't know was that, actually...his WHOLE family was coming! There were 17 of us in all (his mom couldn't make it because she wasn't feeling well--we missed you Laura!). It turned out great though. Almost everyone was already there and seated when we walked in...so he was pretty surprised. The kids enjoyed themselves immensley playing with their cousins and it was terrific to get to visit with all of our family. The only negative was that we didn't get enough time to really visit with everyone. Still, it was a great time and I want to THANK everyone who came! You guys really made his 30th birthday a great memory for him! I couldn't have done it without you all!
***Changing subjects***
Now, for some very saddening news, we found out on Friday that my cousin, Raymond, who was 32, overdosed on drugs and had passed away. It was a complete shock to our family and the only comfort we have is that we believe he was saved. He was going through a particulary rough time in his life, but certainly no one expected anything like this. My mom left this morning to go be with our family and attend the funeral. It's such a hard situation, but God will see us all through it and we are believing for the kind of peace that only He can give at a time like this.
As a final thought, I want to leave you with something I read on Thursday night, just hours before we got the call that he had died.
"When a child loses a parent, he is called an ophan. When a husband or wife loses their spouse, they are called a widow or widower, but when a parent loses a child, there is no word to describe it."

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Matt was out putting up our new swing...well here it is. We also got the kids a horse swing made from a tire. Grant's a cowboy thru and thru---he LOVES horses! Posted by Picasa

See my new landscape lights? They are solar so I installed them all myself! (no cords or wiring neceessary!)  Posted by Picasa

See our new pool?!!? It's rained or been cold ever since we got it...so none of us have been in it yet---but we are looking forward to it one of these (warm) days! Posted by Picasa

Matt's shop building is coming right along. He's got his sheet metal now and he'll be putting it on this next week!  Posted by Picasa

I'm their mother, I know...so I am probably partial...but I think these are the cUtEsT kIdS on EaRtH! Posted by Picasa

My little farm boy. Posted by Picasa

Our baby boy...5 days old today! Isn't he just PERFECT?!! We think so! (He's got a good mama too!) Posted by Picasa

Coco and Brooklyn at dinner...they are best buddies!! Posted by Picasa

Matt blowing out his #30 candle. (Doesn't that cheesecake look delicious!?!?...it was!!!) Posted by Picasa

They sang happy birthday to Matt while he turned several shades of red. ha ha (you can see his dad there at the end of the table). Posted by Picasa

Our family (17 of us) at the Olive Garden for Matt's 30th SURPRISE birthday party! Posted by Picasa

Grant and Mamaw Ruth. Posted by Picasa

Cutie-Patootie!!! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Happy 30th Birthday Babe!

Today is it...the big day. The day my significant other turns OLD! He's taking it well though. We are about to go out to dinner as soon as Kendra, our babysitter, gets here. He's been working night and day (literally) for about 3 days now, so I am really looking forward to this time together. I wish we could have done something more exciting to celebrate...but having a birthday smack-dab in the middle of the week makes it a little hard to plan much. At least we are going to meet up with his brother and his wife on Saturday for dinner---so that will be fun.

In other news...I have vowed to never take Brooklyn to school late again. This is why: Every morning on the way to school, we say our prayers. We go through the list of "usual" things...like praying for angels to protect us, for the students to be obedient and so on...but this week, this is what I heard, "Dear God, PLEASE, please, PLEASE don't let me be late to school today!" Awwwwwww...I felt so bad. So anyway, even if it means I have to go to town in my pajamas, I won't let her be late anymore! Thank goodness school is almost out!! ha ha

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Some of the horses....ours, Girlfriend, is the one in the middle with the darker hair and mane. Posted by Picasa

Trying to get a picture of our horse, Girlfriend...but they were all very anxious to get their pictures taken last night! ha ha Posted by Picasa

Here is our mare, pregnant as can be. This picture was taken around 7 pm last night (Monday) just hours before she gave birth. Posted by Picasa

Yes, sweet momma...we see what you did last night! Posted by Picasa

Whew! What a night! Just takin' a rest! Posted by Picasa

Momma and baby Posted by Picasa

I'm hungry...where's that built-in bottle??? Posted by Picasa

Almost there! Posted by Picasa

Finally....gettin' a drink! Posted by Picasa

It's a Boy!!!!!!!!

Well, just as I predicted, our sweet mare gave birth last night to a beautiful, big baby boy!!! Now we need to think of a cool name for our new little cute colt. Today is also our dog, Sam's birthday whose registered name is Sir Sampson Brooks. Maybe I can talk the guys into letting me name him Brooks....that'd be cool..it could stand for Brooklyn and Sam and Brooks and Dunn which is my dad's favorite music duo.!!??!! We'll see I guess! Anyway, I am fixin to go out there and take pictures and then I will post them for you all to see!

Monday, April 24, 2006

There's a storm brewin'

So...hi ya'll! It's a little after ten and I should be either working or getting in bed, but instead, I felt like talking/typing. If it weren't for Blogger, I might not get any "adult" conversation some days! Pretty bad, huh? The only "person" I've seen or talked to today that was over the age of 5 is this computer. Usually, it's not this bad, BUT...my mom is still in California and since we've had some thunderstorms today, Matt and my dad have been working since about 6 am this morning and have both called to say they won't be home until sometime tomorrow morning....so it's been just me and the kids allllllllll day. Tonight, after supper (last-night's leftovers), we rode down to the barn on the 4-wheeler to check on the mare who is now 12 days over-due. She still hasn't delivered and isn't really showing any obvious signs that she is about to. However...I will say that for some-odd reason--many horses give birth on stormy nights....so maybe tonight will be the night! As a matter of fact, I think I will go back down there and check on her before I go to bed just to be sure she's okay. It's starting to worry us a little now that she's getting so far over due. Anyway, after we checked on her, we played with play-dough for a while and then decided to run into our little town and get an ice cream. The only place I could find that had any kind of ice cream besides our little grocery store, was Sonic...so that's where we ended up going. We got 1 small Sonic M&M blast and it was really pretty good and was plenty for all 3 of us. Brooklyn was in a big hurry for us to get back home because somewhere, somehow she got it in her head that we were all going to be sucked up into a big tornado. I kept trying to explain to her that just because there is a tornado warning doesn't mean that we ARE going up in it. I couldn't convince her though....so we rushed right home. Even as I type this she is standing right beside me wondering if her daddy and grandpa are going to get "sucked up." Poor thing! There are few things stronger than a childs imagination!
Well, she just said, "Moooooooom, can we Pul-eeze go to sleep now?" so I guess I better end this and get off here. It's pouring out right now...so thanks Amy for the rain!!!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Sibling Rivalry-Chapter 1

Oh My Gosh! I knew it was coming...but I didn't realize how soon! Grant hasn't even turned two yet and already he and his sister are warring about anything and everything. Any object or affection that Brooklyn has is the thing he wants the most, and anything Grant has is an opportunity for her to torture him by pretending to take it away. She rarely wants the thing he has, but it is oh-so-fun to try to take it away and hear his shrill screams! In the meantime, I am about to FAH-REEK out from all the screaming. Nothing is more frustrating to hear for hours on end than that, I don't think...not even fingernails on a chalkboard. It grates at my nerves and by afternoon, I am usually down to my last one. The sad thing about all this is that I know this is only the beginning. Many parents would say the real battles haven't even begun yet, and I know they're probably right. At least both of my kids are strong and healthy and will probably be good, equal opponents for one another. ha ha
Anyway, in other daily-boring-news, Matt has spent the morning putting together his new Craftsman table-saw while I cleaned out our garage and the kids played outside. I just put Grant down for his nap and now I am looking forward to an afternoon of lounging in the sun, sipping a cool strawberry daquiri and listening to soft music on the radio........ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! It won't last real long...probably only an hour, but that'll work. I will feel so much better after some "down" time. Plus, Brooklyn likes to "lay-out" with me and play in the pool so it's good for both of us. Here's hopin' your Saturday afternoon is filled with as much fun as mine!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Looking into the garage---you can see they've already delivered the doors too! It's coming right along mom! Can't wait till you get back and can see it in real-life! By the way, if you didn't know...you can click on each picture to enlarge it. Posted by Picasa

I am standing in the living room looking into the dining room/kitchen. Posted by Picasa

Back view---look at all the pretty windows! Posted by Picasa