Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wedding business proposition....


Well...I am doing a lot of praying right about now!  I am having a hard time finding a job...but I possibly have a business venture that I am praying about.  Now all I need is some capital to get me going...
There is a lady here in town who wants to retire.  She's had this wedding business for 23 years and wants to quit and has a lot of inventory she wants to sell...
So I'm praying.  I have always wanted my own store....and I have altered wedding dresses, tuxedos, etc.  I need to do a LOT of praying!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Job Search Continues...


Nothing like trying to find a job in an economy where unemployment is record high!  But what makes it even more difficult is owning your own company - holding the title President - to all of a sudden needing a job somewhere - reducing my status to clerk.  From president - to - clerk.  Oh well!  The job hunt continues.
I have thought about staging homes for a side business on my spare time.  I love decorating!!!
I have also thought about decorating other's homes!  I do love to decorate....rearrange....create an area of interest.  I have also thought about working toward a store of my own...but that takes a LOT of capital!  I just need it to rain a milllion or so!!!  :)
That's not too much to ask - is it???
There is a wedding coordinator retiring...and I'm going to go see the store today.....I don't think I could purchase the business....but I can do wedding dress alterations - and LOVE LOVE LOVE weddings.  I love the beautiful things....flowers, dresses, bouquets, accessories, gifts.....all the pretty things!!!
I would love to own a store!!!  Even a home goods store.....in a smaller town....???  Hmmm....A wedding consignment store.....or...just plain consignment store that has a wedding apparel department....???  Such a thought!  It's BIG business!
Decisions, decisions....the hardest part about me - is that I have such a wide range of interests!  Doing something that I enjoy - and make a job of it....and I'll never have to work again!!!
Thats what I have always told my children!  Now I just need to heed some of that advice.  Meanwhile, I'm praying about which direction to go.....may the Lord lead me...and may I hear His voice telling me, "This is the way, walk in it." 
Ok....off to my search....I have to find a job!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

PRAISE GOD THROUGH WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW...

PRAISE GOD THROUGH WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW - PRAISE HIM ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW....PRAISE HIM ALL YE HEAVENLY HOSTS - PRAISE TO HIM - FATHER, SON AND  HOLY GHOST.

IT'S SUNDAY GO-TO-MEETIN' DAY!!!

I was glad when they said, "Let us go the house of the Lord and worship"

Have a wonderful worshipful Sunday!!!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

IT'S NOT CANCER!!!! The Results are in...

It's been a painstaking 10 days of waiting and wondering....and praying a LOT about my grand daughter Rebekah's tongue biopsy for cancer!
The pathology report is back - and the results confirm that she does not have cancer!  You cannot imagine how elated we are - and thankful that God and His mighty hand has protected her!!!




Praise the Lord!!!!!
God is so good...He answered our prayers!!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Green Smoothies.....A Healthy and delicious alternative...

I wanted to upload and post some YOUTUBE.COM videos showing the making of a green smoothie. When I looked up youtube.com - I had a hard time finding just a few videos - because there are countless videos with the making of a green smoothie. YUK?!!! YOU SAY......
It's not all that bad....in fact it is rather nutritious and I'll even go as far as saying - it's rather yummy!
We are learning as we go...but thought I'd share our little plight with you.
Today's smoothy was just delicious!
I use less spinach, parsley and cilantro and more of the pineapple....which makes it sweeter. Eventually I will get braver and use less of the fruit and more of the greens!
My recipe consists of the following: It can be made to your liking...and the only way to know what you like and dislike - is try it several ways until you get it to your liking!!! So many people will testify to it!!!
You need to have a VitaMixer or high powered blender and add the following:
1/3 pineapple (if small), or 1/4 pineapple, (if large)...core and all
1 Banana
1/2 apple, don't core...seeds, stem and all
3-4 sprigs parsley
2 sprigs cilantro
1 celery stick
2-3 large handfuls of spinach
1-2 tsp. grape seed oil, (or a handful of seeded grapes)
2 cups of ice
(If too thick add water a little at a time)
Start blending fruit in vitamixer and gradually add greens and all other ingredients.
Very nutritional and very good...I was surprised when I tasted my first green smoothie.
I'm still perfecting it and plan to add kale to try in tomorrow's smoothie.
I hope you'll give it a try. If not blended enough it will be WAY TOO chunky - so make sure you blend it a good while...2 - 3 minutes.
You can add berries for another color...strawberries, blueberries, etc. to change the color and taste. You just have to experiment, but any and all fruits, nuts, and vegetables can be added. Just create your own taste....it's wonderfully healthy and delicious too!
There are countless websites out there about the nutritional value.
Bottoms up....Try a Green Smootie soon......you will be glad you started!!!
The website: (There are more...so you can google green smoothie and pull them up)
Vitamixlady.com
The book:   (but there are more....it's just the one we have at the moment Green for Life
The making of a green smoothie

Another Green Smootie recipe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkU8_zKNcis&feature=related
Green smoothie...why drink them??? She explains...
funny guy!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-stAb1Pkgg&NR=1
I like this girl's accent....cute!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFm9_6BTCHM&NR=1
Another green smootie video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm7YPMu5kPw&NR=1

Chloe Grace....our soon-to-be grand daughter...

The world of technology is so amazing to me.....I have never before seen this imagery.... It's remarkable....God's handiwork!  This is the 27th gestational week and Chloe is due to make her grand appearance on or around December 11th.  I can't wait to hold that precious little hand and kiss her sweet little face!
I really don't see how anyone can say, "This is not a baby!"  If they do not think this is a baby....they are blind!
Please note:  The first picture her nose is a tad distorted due to the ambilical cord over her nose.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Happy 31st Birthday to my daughter Michelle today!!!

Cake picture from:  http://www.pinkcakebox.com/ 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU....HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MICHELLE ....HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

CELEBRATING YOUR LIFE TODAY!!!
I LOVE YOU DEARLY!!!  HOPE YOU'RE HAVING A SENSATIONAL DAY!

So?  What did the kids conspire to get you???

:)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

ANOTHER creepy critter...only GREEN!!!!

Oh yuk!  I discovered another creepy little....(not so little), on my plant on the back porch....And just think....I was moving my plant around!  I am sooo glad that I found it - so I could keep clear from it!  Thankfully Chris was home and helped me to remove it from my plant and relocate it in the yard!  Yuk!  I think that they are soooo creepy!  I know they're good bugs and they eat the bad bugs....but they are so creepy!  It's even worse that once they mate - the females eat the males....Ewww!  GROSS!!!

Discovering....SKYPE!

If you haven't discovered Skype  yet....go to Skype.com and check it out.....
It's a FREE service to talk to your loved ones anywhere in the WORLD through your computer...and again - I say it's FREE!
Free from computer to computer....but they also offer land lines for a mimimal fee..... It's like a gift from you ....to you....really!
Once downloaded - we can talk with our videos through your computer instantly.
You can add me to your call log:  cindy.wilson2u  - Hope to be talking with you soon! :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

7 days to go....the countdown continues

I am happy to say that my grand daughter Rebekah is happy as a lark...talking up and storm and excitedly reported that her tongue no longer hurts her!  Thank you Jesus!
The biopsy report will come back in 7 more days.....seven agonizingly LONG days away!  It can't get here quick enough.

After observing her tongue where they did the biopsy - it's barely noticeable now.  I'm so thankful....but alarmed when my daughter reported that the areas on the tongue in question have spread further....

Meanwhile...we still wait...and we pray!

Preying Mantis Dilemma...


Ok....this little fella really scared me!!!  I found him a nice color of brown to match my dresser....actually ON MY DRESSER!!!








As scared as I was to try to catch this guy.....or gal...(I didn't get too close...and even if I did - I wouldn't have known the gender anyway!), I knew that I HAD


 to catch it and get it OUT of my house! 

I could NEVER have gone to sleep in that room again - if I knew it was lose in my bedroom!

Sooo....after failed attempts to recruit a neighbor's help - I found a pitcher and moved the dresser from the wall - and caught him.....jiggled him to the bottom of the pitcher...and put the lid on top!  I walked him out the door over to our mulched area on the side of the yard!  WHEW!!!  I had goose-bumps trying to work through this dilemma!  Scared the life out of me!!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Steve heads out to Lima, Ohio...







YEAH!!! We have a job!!!



It's been an enormously busy morning already preparing the travel trailer, stocking it with food, taking out unnecessary items and replacing them with the essentials for Steve's working trip to Lima, Ohio. It was a hard decision for him - whether he would use the travel trailer or not. It's handy to have though...it has all your bedding, clothes, food, etc. The conveniences of home on wheels! He found a camp ground close to the jobsite, where we have a painting contract for The Buckle store.



I am enormously grateful for work of any kind! We haven't had much work at all this year - and we're really feeling the pinch of things! But...God provides....and that's what we are thankful for!






Sunday, September 6, 2009

Church Picnic.....what a fun time!


Church picnics and BBQ's are always great....The food was awesome - but the fellowship even better! What a GREAT day we had today!!!
LOTS of prayer for my grand-daughter Rebekah....still counting down until September 15th....it seems like an eternity away!
The service was just what I needed to!
I love it when God touches your heart and your mind is engulfed in His love!!!













Prayer.....continues.....for results of Bekah's tongue biopsy...







My grand-daughter's tongue in question....


The biopsy is done....now we wait...




DAY 9....counting backwards...
Googling tongue cancer was something that I wish I never did!


I am praying it's due to lack of iron or something.




Today at church we had prayer for my grand daughter....Prayer in Sunday School - and prayer during the church service.....




LOTS of prayers being uttered up before the Throne of Grace on behalf of this precious child....




My precious grand daughter


Rebekah






Saturday, September 5, 2009

Prayers continue for my Grand-daughter Rebekah...




It doesn't seem possible or thinkable that such a precious child at age 8 could be facing something so serious as cancer...
All I can do is pray, "Lord, please don't make this child go through this"
I try to think of other things...and when I hear her sweet voice...I just can't imagine the unthinkable!
Ten days to go and counting... Praying that the results of the biopsy will be negative for cancer.
Bek called me this morning bouncing with excitement and talking as fast as she could, giggling, and explaining to me that..."It hurts a little when I talk...but I gotta talk Grandma" She paused...."You know!?"
I had to laugh! Yes...she did talk....and told me countless things.....giggling and bubbly !
So far - I haven't heard the news if she remembers asking her daddy if she has cancer....I hope it's pushed out of everyone's minds - mostly hers....being preoccupied with other things in life....but the underlying thoughts never seem to fade completely!
The scripture that I cannot get out of my mind is:
The earth is the Lord's and everything in it...Psalm 24:1
We are created for God's pleasure....we are the apple of His eye... His children....and I've no doubt that when Bek sings and says she wants to be a preacher and sing about Jesus - that somehow...it tickles the heart of God....It tickles my heart....She is such a delight!
I remember when she was 2 years old....and she got ahold of her Uncle's microphones - throwing down her plastic Barbie microphone...she sang Jesus loves me - perfectly...and then took a bow saying, "Thank you very much!"
Ha ha! Don't you love it. That same year she told me she wanted to get into her best dress because she was preaching...and then when dressed she called everyone in the house to come into the livingroom because she was preaching.
I can still hear her saying, "Come one everyone, come in her....I'm preaching!" And then when we all arrived...she began her sermon...totally ad libed.....sooo cute!
Just gotta love that girl!

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Biopsy is done...now we wait....for 11 LONG days!


My grand daughter Rebekah....made it through the biopsy on her tongue...and is still in the process of the anesthesia wearing off. Needless to say, she's a tad loopy! From what my daughter reported - she is asking what's wrong with her eyes...and wants to know why her daddy has 2 heads?!!! Yep...they sedated her pretty good!
Now we WAIT!!! September 15th seems too far from now.
Unfortunately, they were sent to an oral surgeon - and not an ears, nose and throat medical doctor to do the biopsy - so the insurance didn't cover the expenses! Oh brother! I hate all the bureaucratic red tape and the insurance companies!
Meanwhile, Bek is trying to come back to us...her tongue is swollen....and she can't eat solids for 3 days! I still don't know how Jay held his composure when she looked at Jay and asked, "Daddy, do I have cancer?" I would have lost it right there!
The oral surgeon said other things...like amino deficiency sydrome among other things. Bek has at times gotten weak and fainted before...maybe this is part of it....
All I can do is pray that this is NOT cancer!
Prayers sent above...to the Throne of Grace at the feet of Jesus...for a speedy recovery for my special grand daughter....my heart is hurting with her!
Heal quickly precious grandchild....I love you Rebekah!

Biopsy today....for Rebekah

videoToday is agony....the waiting...and waiting...and waiting some more. My daughter just text me to say that they have just taken Rebekah back to the room...her daddy is with her - which is such a relief! She really doesn't understand what they are looking for right now.....It's best not to alarm her before we know anything. I'm praying that it's NOTHING.....It's very rare for children to have tongue cancer. Bek thinks she is at the dentist office....just to have him look at her tongue.

Lord, Father God, in the name of Jesus Christ....I pray for my grand daughter right now. I pray that you are with her....holding her up...comforting her, surrounding her with angels and your presence. Help her to know that you are right by her side and holding her. I pray Father that you will guide the surgeons hand and give him wisdom. I pray that the results are negative. I keep hoping that it will be something simple - and all she has to do is swish some medications everyday and it will all disappear! Please give us strength. Give Michelle and Jay peace and strength Lord, help them to rest in you Father. We know that your ways are higher than ours...and you will never give us anymore than we can bear, although sometimes it feels like we can't bear up under it all. You can do all things Lord. I thank you for your love for us...I thank you for Rebekah and the blessings she gives to all of us. Help her Father not have any pain! I pray all these things in your name Jesus. I thank you for your blessings, your love, your peace and comfort! Amen.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Prayers for my Granddaughter Rebekah...undergoing biopsy for tongue cancer...


My heart is heavy today while while thinking about my grand-daughter Rebekah who will undergo a biopsy on her tongue for cancer tomorrow. Bek is only 8 years old....and so precious! She LOVES to sing and dance....and perform skits for anyone who will watch....and if they're not watching - she performs them anyway! She says that she wants to be a preacher, and a singer, and an actress when she grows up! She is so full of life...love....she is priceless! A rare jewel and gift from God!

After googling tongue cancer...I'm even more alarmed....and my prayers even more fervent!


Oh Lord in Heaven.....I love you....and I know that your ways are higher than our ways....yet - please Lord....I pray that this cup will pass from my grand daughter Rebekah! Please Father God in Heaven - you can do exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ever ask or hope for.....please take this biopsy and turn it around so that it will not test positive for cancer. Please let it be something simple. Heal her....show yourself mighty! You CAN DO ALL THINGS!

She is a little life - that loves you with her whole heart. I pray Lord - let this be something simple...and allow it to pass far from her so she won't have to go through this!

Thank you Lord...in Jesus name I pray all these things.....believing...


I love what my daughter Michelle wrote on her facebook page......It just reminds me of how we are in the hands of the Lord....and He knows every detail of our lives...and HE DOES care and loves us with a love that we cannot express in words.


We have complete trust in the Lord to know what is best for our family. His ways are higher than ours, and His timing is perfect (even when we don't understand His reasons). No matter what God chooses to do about our precious daughter, we will ever love and trust Him. "Though You may slay me, yet will I trust in You." Chell


Presently she does not know the seriousness of what she will be doing tomorrow..and it was hard for my daughter when Bek started asking questions...and looking in the mirror at her tongue and wanting to see everyone elses tongues to see if theirs looked the same as hers. She tried to brush her tongue - but the gray/white lesions don't come off! She asked her momma why?!

She asked her momma, "Why does everyone keep asking if I'm sick? I don't feel sick!"

And then she began to sing and dance around in the living room. Michelle teared up!


This is a difficult moment in life....a time to embrace...but a time to pray...to count our blessings and thank God for who He is....NOT what is going on in our lives......and so we wait...and pray....and trust ....


Give us strength, O Lord, give us strength.....




Rain rain....and more rain....




























I was awakened early this morning - LONG before the rooster crows and still dark outside to hear a thunderous clap followed by long bouts of lightening that lit up the sky. I am so glad that I check the weather the night before - and brought in all my outdoor furniture chairs and cushions. I left the couch outside....as it doesn't fit inside....but at least all of the cushions are out of the elements.
I sure hope Steve can make it flying today...the weather isn't favorable...but just now - I found a clearing...I think he's going to risk it! The more north he flies - the better the weather gets! He's back out again - Cedar Rapids, Iowa bound.....finishing up a job!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Green Enchilidas....coming up!


YUM! Green enchilidas baking in the oven...are almost ready!

GREEN ENCHILIDAS
(This recipe will be a sensational hit with family and friends!)I usually double this recipe – and sometimes triple for larger groups)
1 Pkg corn tortillas
1 lb. Hamburger meat
1 can chopped green chilis (Make sure it’s the chopped ones for milder taste)
1 can cream of mushroom ( I use 2 cans)
¼ lb. Velveeta cheese
1 can evaporated milk (I use 2 cans) [I like it with more sauce]
½ lb. Longhorn cheddar cheese
½ finely chopped onion1 sm jar of pimentos (optional) - I usually omit them - but it's nice for color
Brown meat and drain grease and then melt the Velveeta cheese and longhorn cheddar into the meat on medium low to low heat in a covered skillet. Set aside.In separate bowl combine and mix the milk, soup, onion and chopped green chilis. Meanwhile, fry corn tortillas a slow 1 – 2 – 3 count on each side. Drain on paper towel. Roll meat mixture into corn tortillas using approx. 2 tsp. - 1-3 TBS to each corn tortilla. Pour approx. 1 cup of sauce on bottom of greased baking dish. Pour remaining sauce on top and sprinkle top with shredded cheese.
Bake at 350 for 15 – 20 min. until heated through and bubbly.

Saying good bye....Friends for life..............friends forever!
















If I could have kept my friends from returning home...OR encourage them to just MOVE HERE....NOW....I would have.....It was so refreshing to have them come, visit, and stay a while. I have known Fred and Valerie since before my daughter was born...31 years ago....so I think we knew each other about 2 years before my daughter was born.....so that would be over 33 years.....that's a LONG time!
The really neat part...is that we can be separated for years....and still come back together - and it feels like just yesterday that we had been together!
Saying so-long ....but only for a while.....