Walmart Worker Dies in Black Friday Rush


“A Wal-Mart employee died and four others were hurt in the Black Friday rush to get into the Valley Stream store this morning”

You can read all about this horrific incident here.


What a pathetic society we live in today when one day we are sitting around the table being thankful for all we have and the next we are trampling people to death just to get a good deal on an item. Something is terribly wrong here people! This kind of stuff really ticks me off.

This is an example of another reason why I DO NOT shop on Black Friday. This incident is meaningless and appalling. It’s just unreal that people are so enveloped in this shopping experience that they can hurt or kill others in the process.

This is not the first time this has happened. If people would not participate in this yearly event it might force retailers to do something different. People should not have to die just so someone can get a good deal on something. Things are not worth human life!

This is solely my opinion, if you don’t like it that’s fine, don’t read it. But right now I am ticked off over this! This makes no sense to me.



Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We have a lot to be thankful for on this day. I can’t wait to dig into the food today, ohh yes, I am totally blowing my eating habits for this day. One day won’t kill me right? Here’s our menu for today:

♦ fried turkey (they are great)

♦ mashed potatoes & gravy

♦ stuffing

♦ green bean casserole

♦ corn pudding

♦ rolls

♦ pumpkin pie

♦ apple pie

I am thankful that we are blessed with so much food. There are millions of people around the world who are hungry today.

What’s on your menu today?



What I’m Thankful for Today (Wednesday)

I end my Thankful and grateful posts today with the one thing I am most grateful and thankful for and that is God. I have so many reasons to be thankful for Him.

I am thankful to God for:

  • being alive, I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Him
  • salvation, I wouldn’t live forever in eternity if it weren’t for this free gift
  • sending His Son, Jesus, to die for my sins
  • the mercy and grace that He extends to me daily
  • His guidance, though I stray He still leads and guides me
  • forgiveness, cause I sure have messed up and continue to mess up
  • His Love, no matter what, His love for me endures forever
  • His power, power to change me, heal me, help me, discipline me
  • His miracles
  • His Word, the powerful Word that changes souls & hearts
  • all the blessings He has bestowed on me
  • all the disappointments, hurts, struggles, they have helped to mold me into who I am
  • His patience, I know I have been difficult & hardheaded yet He was patient with me & still is
  • being born in a free country
  • unanswered prayers, some of them I realize now would not have been good
  • answered prayers

I could go on and on….family, friends, life, things, nature, but I think you get the point. We all have so much to be thankful for. If it weren’t for God we would have nothing and be nothing. I bless God today for being my refuge, my hope and my life.

What are you thankful for?


Wordless Wednesday


Why would a cat want to sleep in a dryer?

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What I’m Thankful for Today (Monday)


My Goofy hubby. Matthew was so embarassed that his Dad was being so goofy that he hid his face.


Yesterday I told you that I was thankful for my church, ROCK Church. You can read about that here.

Today I am thankful for my husband Tom. Tom and I have been through a lot of ups and downs over the course of our marriage. But a few things have remained constant through it all.

  • Tom has always been supportive of me & anything I want to do
  • Tom took in two kids that weren’t his and always treats them as if they were
  • Tom is a wonderful father
  • Tom has put up with a lot junk from me
  • Tom is a good listener..he listens to my worries, my whines, my dreams, my gripes, my hopes, my hurts, my silly remarks, etc
  • Tom is funny. He’s like a kid sometimes which is what I liked so much about him in the begining, then it got old fast, but now I appreciate it even more
  • Tom is an awesome provider, he’s a hard worker
  • He’s a great “fix-it” guy, he can fix anything
  • Tom is easy going, which is good for a type A personality like myself. It has caused conflict but his laidbackness has softened me up over the years, helped me to relax a little
  • Tom is commited to our marriage & family
  • Tom is fun to be around
  • This list could go on and on but I’ll stop it here

Our marriage has not always been perfect, we’ve struggled in several areas but I am thankful for Tom. I am thankful that he loves me and he loves me even though I am far from perfect. I thank God for Tom because he has brought a lot to my life. I can’t imagine my life without him.

What are you thankful for today?

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Holiday Heroes

Here’s something we all can do to show those in the service that we are thankful for them and the sacrifices they are making. It’s called Holiday Mail for Heroes and it is sponsored by the American Red Cross.

All you have to do is send one Christmas card (or more) to this address:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Your card will be distributed to service members, their families, and veterans in the US and abroad. Cards have to be postmarked by December 10th. There are some guidelines you have to follow such as not inserting telephone numbers, email addresses, & pictures. You can go to this site here  or click on the banner and get all the important information about this campaign.

The Red Cross’s goal is to distribute a million cards. All you have to do is send one card. Certainly while you are making out your Christmas cards this year you can send one more.

Let our service people and their families know we appreciate them by participating in the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes. Tell everyone you know about this campaign. Let’s bring some cheer to our service personnel.

Our family is participating, how about you?

Holiday Heroes

What I’m Thankful for Today

Rock Church 

Four days before Thanksgiving and I thought I’d take the next few days to post some things I am thankful for. I know I sometimes take things for granted but during this holiday season I have decided that I would really focus on the things that really matter.

For today I am very thankful for my church, Rock Church! It has been three years since we started coming to the Rock. When we started at the Rock we had left a church home we had been in for five years. A church that we were very much involved in and in the end a church that had hurt us terribly. I am still to this very day reeling from the effects of that hurt.

To be honest when I came to the Rock I pretty much had no faith in church, absolutely no faith or trust in church leadership, and unfortunately at the time not much faith in God because of things that had happened. I was really confused, disoriented and dazed about all of it. No one knew the hurt I had or the confusion I was experiencing. I went through the first few years just sitting back and watching and listening to everything that was said & done. I mean I watched like a hawk. Months went by and nothing seemed amiss but I just couldn’t relax or let go of the hurt I had. We would come and then we would be out for awhile. Still so confused about where we were supposed to be and also for me I just couldn’t trust a church or it’s leadership. I have to say that one of things that did make us come was our kids. It was one thing if we gave up on church but always in the back of our mind was that the kids needed to have a strong foundation and in the state we were in we weren’t giving them anything positive about church or faith in God. (So sad but so true)  And they loved coming to church at the Rock Church.

The Rock church has proven to me after three years of attending that they are a church that does not under any circumstances judge anybody. Wow! I mean I have sat and watched and listened, they have never done that. There were times we were literally told that we were dying and going to hell just for not going to church on a Sunday night at another church.  Every single time we were out at the Rock and we came back people were glad to see us and genuinely concerned about us. Sometimes I would get a call or an email just checking in on us. This lady has been such an inspiration to me on so many occasions. If anyone has convinced me just by their actions, their support, and genuine concern, that the Rock and it’s leadership is the real thing it’s her!

I am still growing and learning to get past the past hurts, distrust, and all those things associated with being so deeply hurt by a church and leaders in a church. But in a place like the Rock Church it sure makes things easier to deal with.

So today I am thankful for the Rock Church, our Pastor, his wonderful wife, the founding pastors, and all those in the church who have accepted us unconditionally and without passing judgement. I thank you and I thank God for you. And I bless this church for being the type of church that it is; a non judgemental refuge of hope for hurting people.

What are you thankful for today?

Random Ramblings

  • it’s been another busy week
  • i’m really starting to get a little discouraged about our financial’s never been this bad
  • i’m feeling that “pressure” of the holiday season coming upon me
  • i’m glad to know that i have God to lean on in these tough times, He may not make my issues go away but He does make a way for me to go through them without going too crazy
  • the Bible study i’m doing has been so good for me
  • jenna looked so pretty last night doing her angelic scene for the Trask Chorus…i can’t believe how much she is growing up
  • jenna is finally starting to adjust better to middle school
  • my boys are crazy and so much fun…glad i have them
  • my poor dear hubby is so stressed about our current financial situation, it makes my heart ache
  • i have SO many things rolling around in my head, it’s hard to process it all, i don’t know what to do with it
  • i was reading some journal entries from last year, boy was i messed up
  • thank God He answers prayer and made this year such a growing season for me
  • He really elevated me this year emotionally & spiritually
  • i still have a long way to go though
  • i’m amazed how at peace i am most of the time given the severity of our situation, i get a little discouraged but not down and depressed
  • God is good
  • things could be worse and they may get worse but i’m believing they are going to get better
  • did i mention that God is good
  • a big plus…my car will be paid off next month…hooray! that’s a good thing
  • i’m glad i didn’t get that new car i was eyeing this past spring, i just couldn’t bring myself to get it, thank you spirit for telling me i didn’t need it
  • i know lots of people are suffering in these uncertain economic times it kind of makes it easier to deal with to know we aren’t the only ones
  • hey gas prices are under $2.00 WOW! about time
  • where did this year go? it sure flew by
  • i’m going to be 40 in january omg!
  • so on top of christmas we have mary’s birthday dec 2, matthews dec 14, my sister dec 25, jan 4 Jenna’s bday, jan 5 thomas’s bday, jan 8 my dad’s, jan 26 mine.
  • we are always broke in december and january every year so we shouldn’t notice this year lol
  • i have no clue how we are going to do christmas this year or birthdays…no clue
  • God is good though
  • that’s all for now folks



Wordless Wednesday




Fall day at park.


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This plus This = 12 pounds lighter



So alot of this………


Exercise Room


And less of this….




And a lot less of this….



= me lighter! Am I bragging? Well, yea. You would too. Plus if I write it then it makes me more accountable to keeping it off and staying on track because it is SO easy to get lazy and not exercise or eat right. (Now just so you know one of those machines is borrowed from a friend, two were bought at yard sales really cheap a few years ago, and one piece was bought brand new about 4 years ago.)

 Since January 7th of this year I have lost a total of 12.4 pounds and several inches here and there. Gotta feel good about that. It hasn’t been the easiest thing to do. Somedays Most days I just absolutley hate exercising. There are a lot of days I just want to eat a lot of really bad things. But since losing some pounds I find some of those foods just aren’t worth the risk anymore.

So much has changed for me this year. I have found that there are many things that just aren’t worth it anymore. Such as….

  • eating chips & dip every other night isn’t worth it anymore
  • eating all those “bad” carbs isn’t worth it anymore
  • worrying and fretting just isn’t worth it anymore
  • being depressed about turning 40 soon isn’t worth it anymore
  • being ticked and staying ticked isn’t worth it anymore
  • being so pessimistic isn’t worth it anymore
  • being stressed all the time isn’t worth it anymore
  • holding onto unforgiveness isn’t worth it anymore
  • living in fear isn’t worth it anymore
  • getting irratated easy isn’t worth it anymore

There are many things I could list that just aren’t worth it anymore. Why aren’t they worth it anymore? I finally came to the point that happiness, being healthy, living in peace were so much more valuable than living in constant irritation, depression, being unhappy about my weight, and so on.

It’s good to finally get to a point in your life where peace reigns more than choas. You’d think I would have learned that much earlier but I guess better late then never. This is a good place to be.

So, what’s not worth it to you anymore?

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