Thursday, January 28, 2010

Just talk about it

My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
Psalms 49:3
I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
Psalms 145:5
I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and I will not be ashamed.
Psalms 119:46
Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Psalms 63:3
Thou hast proved my heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou has tried me, and shalt find nothing:
Psalms 17:3

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Easy as PIE!

This is my first ever attempt at making pie!
And I know that is sad, but it's true.
I had a dear friend of mine give me a big ole bag
of sweet potatoes, and we are not really crazy about them.
Our Pastor's birthday party is at church tomorrow, and on the
menu was sweet potato pie, so I signed up for 2!
So I called my mom (who makes pie all the time) and cried help!!!
This is her recipie.
I'm not really that great of a cook, or a baker,
but I am learning.
Typically you wouldn't find this on my blog.
But, we'll see.

First I mashed 'em up.
No, first I washed them, cooked them, peeled them,
then I mashed' em up.
Then I added a few ingredients...

Then I cheated, and had Marie Callender make the crust.

Mixed it all together and put it in the oven!!!

And I was left with this!
And this...

Learn something new everyday!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Funnies!

1. So, last week, we were in Jackson, MS with my father-n-law in the hospital. While there, we did our best to entertain my son, and our two nephews. One day, while the nephews were at school, and we were visiting Poppy, I thought Noah and I might need a break, so we walked down to the gift shop. Noah went straight for the candy. It went like this:

Noah: Mom, can I have some candy please?
Me: Sure, you can have one thing.
Noah: I better get MeMe something too.
Me: That's a good idea.
Noah: And I want to get Aunt Gina something too.
Me: O.K., one thing. Aunt Gina doesn't eat much candy.
Noah: I'm gonna get Daddy this one.
Me: O.K. , ready to go?
Noah: You see something you might like, Mom?

2. Later on, when we were home, and the three boys were playing together with Derrick, Noah had a good question for him. See, Derrick's niece and nephews call him "Bubba" simply because Derrick was a young uncle and didn't really care about being called uncle. Unlike me who has been Aunt T for 11 years now! Anyway, the boys were playing, and of course the nephews kept calling Derrick "Bubba." Noah had the question of the day:

Noah: Is your name Daddy or Bubba?

3. Since we have been home, I have had to play a lot of catch-up. Laundry and cleaning was a day long process Wednesday. Noah helped me a whole bunch getting unpacked, and keeping everything pretty straightened up. Yesterday we had a day long shopping trip at the local mall trying to get a few birthday presents, and a few other things that I had been wanting to look at. While there, I popped in Dollar Tree, and they were apparently doing inventory. People where everywhere counting items, and the store was kind of crowded and a little messy. Here's Noah:

Noah: Mom, we need to clean this place up!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I am still here!
Again, life has been happening.
I was sick at the beginning of last week with my throat.
Then, early Wednesday morning, my father-n-law was rushed
to the ER in Jackson, MS (where the sis-n-law lives) and he stayed until
today. We went Wednesday night, and came home last night. So, I have not been able to post some things I have wanted. And I am still playing catch-up, so it may be later still that I can write some of these things. I have made a list though!!! It's good to be home. My sis-n-law does not have a coffeepot.

I know.
It's horrible!
And they bought caffiene free Pepsi.
And drink caffiene free tea.
Yeah. Really.

Seriously, it is great to be home, as always. I have been doing laundry and unpacking, and trying to get my ducks in a row. But soon I will be back with more! Is that a threat or a promise?!?!?

Monday, January 11, 2010

My little man

I have what we feel to be wonderful news.
As many of the people who read this probably know,
Noah, our son, was diagnosed with having Developmental Delay.

information on that.

We took him in January of 2008 to be evaluated, and he was
deemed totally non-verbal.
He had to go for further testing,
which lead to his diagnosis.
That was in July of 2008.

His main problem was in expressive and receptive communication skills,
but he scored low enough and had problems with some of the other areas too.

So, he has been in Special Education Preschool at Robertsdale Elementary ever since.

January 2009, we had his annual IEP(Individualized Education Program)
meeting, and he was talking, just not clearly, and still had several goals to meet.
I have copies of all of the data collected from all of these meetings, as well as his low test scores from July 2008.

Friday, January 8, 2010 was IEP meeting time again,
and Noah's teacher, his 2 speech teachers, and the LEA rep., and myself were all present,
and it turns out that Mr. Noah has met and exceeded all of his goals, and no longer requires their services!
He will still need speech though, as he is still not totally understandable,
so rather than Developmental Delay,
he has articulation problems!!!

He will go to speech at Summerdale Elementary 2 times a week for 30 minutes at a time, which is where he will go in regular, not special ed., Kindergarten next year.

This will be a great transition from where he has been at Robertsdale since March 2008 until now, into Summerdale where he will go until at least 8th grade! I am very excited.

It has been a long hard time to have a child with different ailments,
but to hear that he is better, and will continue to get better is great news!
Now, he loves school very much. He asks about his teachers all of the time.

He loves it.

But, I am thankful for the months Jan.-Aug. 2010 that he can be home with me again, until having to go to school full time next year.
So, there were mixed emotions on my part,
but 3 of the other 5 children in his class only grunt or moan to communicate.

He spent every afternoon from 11:15-2:00 with three totally non-verbal children. He was trying to behave like them for attention.

And he was way ahead of them so far as doing his school work, he is starting to spell and identify words like cat, dog, stop, off, on, go, etc. and he can count to 20, almost everytime anyway, and the other children cannot write their own name. He was having to go to school with children who are where he started. So, now, I plan on trying to take him to story times, to parks, to Chik-fil-A, whatever, in an attempt to have him around "typical peers," rather than other disabled children.

And he can still be shy, but so are typical children.

My prayer is that I will be able to have him equipped with knowledge when he starts Kindergarten, and that the other children in the class he is leaving behind will one day get better too.
They are sweet and precious children.
Jesus, help them and watch over them too!

Sorry that this is a long story. Hopefully, it makes since.

Words for Noah:

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the WORD of their testimony.-Rev. 12:11a.

This is just part of your testimony. I don't know why you had to endure such torment, but I promise that God does everything for a reason.
He will never let you down.
You are a miracle,
and Daddy and I love you very much!

My neice and my apron

This is my niece, Felicity-age 11, and myself.
She is Aunt T's booga-wooga!
She is also in Girl Scouts, where they one day made a full apron, from a pattern, to learn how to sew. She gave it to my mom.
Well, if you know me, I insist on wearing an apron every time I am in the kitchen. I have 2 full aprons, one with rooster print.
I have been wanting a little half apron for some time,
and I, unfortunately, and embarrassingly do not know how to sew.
Not even a button.
My mom has made quilts, clothes, even a wedding dress and prom dress,
and she is going to teach me, but I never wanted to know until now.
Anyway, we (my niece, my mother, and myself) were at a yard sale that my dad's church was having, and I found this cute sunflower printed material,
and I turned to my niece and said, "Boo, do you think you could make Aunt T a half-apron out of this? Maybe with pockets if it's enough material?"
She said, "Oh, of course, what do you want the apron strings to look like?"
So we found this cute little stuff, poor me, I don't know what it's called, lace trim maybe? Anyway, we also tried to find extra material that would match for pockets, but no luck.
Well, that was months ago, and kinda in the back of my mind.
This past weekend, Boo stayed with my mom, and my dad went hunting all day Saturday. Sunday afternoon, my mom came by with some stuff for me,
and to my surprise pulled out a darling little half apron,
made entirely by Miss. Felicity Michelle!
Her first half-apron ever.
The camera doesn't show the details, but she even put in little pleats and everything!
This is the back.
There wasn't enough material for pockets, but I am going to maybe try to find a solid color or something. Any ideas?
And below is a picture that my wonderful little man took of me,
his 3rd try.
First he got only my feet, and we couldn't stop laughing for 30 minutes.
Anyway, I no longer have a forehead or eyes, but you can see the apron.

Thanks Miss Priss!!!


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Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Six Years of Marriage