Photos and Fun

This past week my nieces (Heather and Rachel) were out of public school for Spring Break, and the kids and I were able to get with them a couple of times. We spent some time over at Grandma and Grand-Daddy’s, and we also went to the Town Park and Clemmons State Forest.  Heather, my 13 yr old niece, took the following pictures with her new digital camera:

At Grandma and Grand-Daddy’s:

Kerry and Sarah (March, 2008)

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–Sarah, Kerry, and Cousin Rachel on the trampoline

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–Rachel, Kerry, and Sarah in the “back room” at Grand-Daddy’s

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–Kerry holding his “Captain America” action figure

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At the Town Park (or the “Sand Park,” as the kids call it):

–Rachel and Sarah on the tire swing, as Kerry looks on (Kerry’s not too fond of tire swings)

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–Sarah ready for “take-off”

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–Kerry on the slide

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–Sarah with hair flapping in the breeze

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**I’m so glad we were able to see Heather and Rachel some last week, and thanks to Heather for taking great pics!

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Thursday Thirteen #4

O.k….better late than never, right?! I’m usually pretty prompt, but this week’s been extra crazy! Anyway, here’s my TT list:

13 Things That Make Me Smile

1. My little boy’s morning “bed-head” and his ear to ear smile when he says, “I LOVE YOU, MOMMY! -D

2. My daughter’s peanut butter sandwiches made just for me with love

3. Spring-time–fresh air, gentle, cool breeze, warm sunshine, buds and blossoms springing forth, and birds singing

4. My hubby coming home from work in the evenings–with a hug and a kiss just for me

5. Standing with Scott, watching through the kitchen window, as our kids play and frolic in the backyard

6. The greeting I receive from my dog, Gracie, when I walk through the front door

7. Watching my children, Sarah and Kerry, singing Bible songs and doing sign language to the lyrics

8. Seeing my kids greeting people at church; shaking hands, hugging, and smiling

9. When Pastor Jim lets my kids take turns ringing the church bell (Little Kerry goes up with the rope, and his little feet leave the floor! It’s so cute! -D )

10. Hearing my little Kerry sound out a word for the first time

11. Reading a sweet note from my daughter (on no special occasion; “just because…”)

12. Walking into church on a Sunday morning with my husband Scott and our two beautiful children

13. Saturday morning pancakes at home with my family (as we sit at our quaint little kitchen table in front of the bay window; sometimes with the beautiful sunlight streaming in…)

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**If we just look for these special little “smile-maker” moments, we’ll be surprised how many we discover! Have a blessed weekend, and keep smiling! -D

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Thankful Thursday (3/27)

1. I’m thankful for Easter. I’m thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–for His sacrifice, His victory, and His forgiveness. I’m thankful for a wonderful Easter this past weekend.

2. I’m thankful for my husband getting home safely this past Saturday. (He had been gone out of state on a business trip). I’m also thankful that he only had to be gone for a week, and that he doesn’t have to do this very often!

3. I’m thankful for Spring! I just LOVE it!

4. I’m thankful for a wonderful break I received this past weekend that I REALLY needed! I’m thankful for near-by grandparents–my parents and Scott’s!

5. I’m thankful for my nieces Heather and Rachel. I’m thankful for the time my kids and I have been able to spend with them this week, while they’re on Spring Break from school.

6. I’m thankful for my loving, faithful husband, our two beautiful children, and our dog, Gracie. I’m thankful for this wonderful life we’ve been given!

7. I’m thankful that both my mom and my dad got good reports at the doctor this week–an answer to prayer!!

8. I’m thankful for another answer to prayer this week. (I’ll write more about that next week! ;-) )

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.

Ba ba, ba ba-ba ba…

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My sweet hubby played this cute and happy ditty for me this morning. It’s such a fun little tune. When I hear this song, I just can’t help but dance around and hum along! Check out this video (and don’t be surprised if it has that effect on you too! -) ) :

If Dogs Could Pray…

…what would they say?

I’ve seen the photo below ’round the Internet several times now, and I’ve always thought it was so precious! Tonight, I’ve finally found the perfect accompaniment for this adorable photo. Check out the humorous “Dear God” messages that follow:

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Dear God,
How come people love to smell flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another? Where are their priorities?

Dear God,
If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad dog?

Dear God,
Is it true that in Heaven, dining room tables have on-ramps?

Dear God,
When we get to Heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it the same old story?

Dear God,
When we get to the Pearly Gates, do we have to shake hands to get in?

Dear God,
Are there dogs on other planets or are we alone? I have been howling at the moon and stars for a long time, but all I ever hear back is the beagle across the street!

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**I found the photo here and the humorous lines over here.   I sure hope you enjoyed!  -D

Kitty Cuteness

Well, if you love kittens and you love cuteness, I’m sure you’ll love these:

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Snuggling

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Kitten

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**Found above photos at Worlds Cutest Animals.com. Hope you have a blessed day and week! -)

Great Quotes For Easter

Easter is such a wonderful time for celebration!

May He fill you with the peace, hope, and joy of His resurrection! Have a blessed Easter and check out these great quotes:

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. –S.D. Gordon

For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born. –Alice Freeman Palmer

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. –Clarence W. Hall

One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.—Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

“Who can describe the bond of God’s love? Who is able to explain the majesty of its beauty? The height to which love leads is indescribable. … In love the master received us, Jesus Christ our Lord, in accordance with God’s will gave his blood for us, and his flesh for our flesh, and his life for our lives.”—Clement of Rome (c. 96)

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right…
–Phillips Brooks, “An Easter Carol”

We live and die; Christ died and lived! –John Stott

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. –Floyd W. Tomkins

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**I found the above quotes at the following sites:

Christianity Today

Quote Garden

All Great Quotes