January 8, 2009


Well, phooey!! NO Snow, not even a flurry! I even stayed up late, just like a little kid, to see a snowflake.....but it wasn't to be! Who got snow, I wonder?? Probably up on the mountain. Our friends Greg and Sherry lift halfway up a mountain that backs up to Foothills Parkway and they are at a higher elevation, so maybe she saw some snow. I last heard from her about 2:30 AM this morning with a "Got Snow??" IM. She didn't have any at that time, but maybe she got some later.

Greg and Sherry raise the most gorgeous horses! They have Solomon, Dollar, Frannie, Farrah, Tempest and Stormy, who is gonna be a Mommy in the spring! Tempest is her baby and and will be 2 years old this spring. I will post some Pics later and tell ya more about the horses then. Solomon and Dollar are Tennessee Walking Horses, Tempest, Stormy and Frannie are Rocky Mountain Horses and Frannie is a Paso Fino! They have some of the neatest personalities and we'll talk about them later., but until then their website is www.gaiteddreams.com and is in its growing stage, so check it often for new pics and info!

Hope you've had a great day and I'll see ya later!

From Momma's Kitchen..........

Cream Cheese Potato Soup


12 servings (about 3 quarts)

6 cups water
7 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
1 package (30 ounces) frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Grated cheese
Bacon Bits
Sour Cream


In a Dutch oven, combine the water and bouillon. Add cream cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 18-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Thicken with instant potatoes, if needed. Add cheese, bacon bits or sour cream on the side. Yummy!

Tears on my apron......

Last night I said I could only wish for snow....well, it is forecast for tonight and tomorrow!! 3-6 inches!! I would just love to wake up in the morning and see about a foot of snow and yes, I would get out in it. I remember as a pre-teen, living in Illinois, the snow would be so deep that you couldn't see the chain link fences in the back yard! That was then....and this is now.

This is the now. See, my heart has been very heavy today. My cousin that lives in GA is very sick. She is 5 years older than I am and we were raised together, so she is more like a sister. I call her every day and today she was very down, said she just didn't want to eat anymore. She has lymphedema and cellulitis in her legs and she is a diabetic. My only thread of hope is that she does know the Lord. My heart is heavy because I am very selfish and I don't want to lose her. My heart is sad and it hurts.

I was brought back from that place of heaviness today to a place of remembrance when we lived in Western N. Carolina. I was part of the Worship Dept at New Covenant Church in Clyde, NC for quite a few years. The choir was led by Elisabeth Price, a very dear friend and a mighty woman of God. There was a group of us women that worked on a song for uite a long time. It was done in Acapella in about 5 part harmony, I think. Bear in mind, I have never sung a song like that in my entire life, but it was at a special place and time, ordained by God.The name of the song was "Lift Thine Eyes," composer Felix Mendelssohn. I haven't yet learned how to add music to this blog, but I think I can stick in the link here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWmuLobEqJ4&feature=related

Of course, living in that section of the Smokies, lifting your eyes to the mountains wasn't a hard thing to do! Basically, the rest of the song was about "Lift your eyes to the mountains, where your help comes from." Paraphrased, of course! We never did sing that song in a service or anything, but the song was for someone at that particular place and time. That was then and this is now.

Well, I sank today! And how often do we sink and sink and don't take the time to look up and see where our help comes from?? OR, to look back and see where God has brought us from? How do we know where we're at, if we can't see where we've been?? I lifted my eyes to the mountains where my help comes from! My God created those mountains!

"Lord, I place my eyes on You and You alone. You are my strength, my help, my source and Redeemer! I know Ann is in the palm of your hand and please forgive me for being selfish. She belongs to you, not me. I love you, Lord.....I love you.

January 6, 2009

I *LOVE* winter!!

Don't ya just love this weather?? Hot chocolate, snow, fire in the fireplace?? This is my favorite time of the year! Have you ever listened to the sound of a new fallen snow?? Do you know the sound of silence....this is it!!

Of course where I'm at.....I can only wish for snow! This is the time the earth and mankind await the touch of the Almighty God for new birth. See, what's so cool about that is even tho we humans have seasons in our lives, we don't have to wait for spring or anything for that new birth touch. Cause it is available to us 24/7!! How awesome is that?!?!

"Thank you, Lord, that you are always with me and you never, never leave me. At my lowest point, your right there waiting on me to say, "Daddy, I fell. Please help me up!" Just like the little girl that falls and skins her knees and wants her Daddy........that is how you are to me! Thank you for adopting me and being my Daddy!! I love you, Lord!! Oh, how I love you!