Wednesday, March 31, 2010

S T A P L E S ...


First, let me state ... I DO NOT own stock in Staples, nor do I work for them! Now, look at all these goodies! Yes, I do enjoy good school supplies, inks for my computer, pencils/pens and the sorts!! And, DO NOT EVER think that rebates, coupons, store surveys are a waste O' your time ~~~~ BECAUSE .... how much do you think I paid for all this?!! Go on .. guess ~~ gueeeessssss. The answer = 1 cent. Really, with my rebates, store money, recycling ink cartridges etc. I paid one cent. I got so excited I told Doug I had to photograph all this stuff so I could blog it!! also, one case of water too! Then, the cashier handed me the receipt and was chuckling.... because I was given a $4.64 store coupon. Tooo tooooooo funny!! So, don't overlook your store coupons, and funny money as I call it. However, be very ORGANZIED about the expiration dates. I happen to look at mine and it expired today .. so, we went shopping yesterday!! and ta-da our goodies!!!! have a great day, m
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Exodus 15:11

"Who among the gods is like You, O Lord? Who is like You ~~ majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?" Ex. 15:11
During holy week, my prayer for all of you is to draw nearer to God ~ embrace His holiness, ponder the awesomeness of His glory and marvel at His wonderful wonders!! xoxo, m
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

it's a small small world ........

See these 3 darling young ladies? Well ....... the story goes like this ~ darlin' D and I were walkin' the beach (my favO'rite to do!!) and these 3 were too and one said to me "I take your picture. Tell me how." So, I obliged. I asked her how to say thank you in her language? She said "Cop cum" .. immediately I knew where she was from b/c my brother was born in that country .... so, I quickly folded my hands and bowed towards her and her friends and said "Sawadee ca!" Which is hello in Thai. Oh, how cool is God .. that he would allow me to learn Thai to communicate 40 years later!! It so totally jolted my heart and these 3 had the biggest cheshire cat smiles!!! 2nd photo is Kamaole Sands beach 3 and the last photos is darlin' D and me!!!!
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

thinking SPOTS ...

okay we all think and solve matters/issues all the time and every day! however, there are certain thinking SPOTS that are sooooooo soooOOoooOoo much better than others. Places it seems 'just to happen'. Places that you think more often and about more than anywhere else!! I know it ... YOU know it and .... these 4 places are just a few of my favO'rites. And boy O' boy do I do some T H I N K I N G and planning and solving!! more to come stay tuned in ...
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Monday, March 15, 2010

a bit of away time ... KWIM?!!!

well, darlin D and I took off! a bit of away time, to celebrate my bday and to have QT before his season of fruityness begins. Guess where I am? brown sandy beaches, no daylight savings time zone, wear loud shirts yet speak softly, no worries and/or hurries, aloha! I know you got it with the last clue. Maui Momma is what I am for awhile. So, enjoy and talk soon. I'll have plenty of photos!!! xoxox, m

Friday, March 12, 2010

FRIDAY 3 ~ teacups, teapots and candlesticks

teacups ... you have to love them! I had a bunch of them. However, when I moved from St. Louis God laid it upon my heart to give away my teacups and any friend that wanted one ~ got one! I do have more and sometimes I just can't pass by a teacup without buying it. It speaks to me. The last photo is my St. Patty's teacup ~ it's a favO'rite O' mine!! and teapots ... I do have enough to do a 6 (maybe 7) pot tea. And candlesticks ... when I travel with the 'girls' I buy a set ... then I give one to one of the 'girls' and I keep one. So, I don't have matching candlesticks. I love it that way!! have a great weekend, xoxox, m
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wm. D. Ray ~ aka my dad


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! my dad is ... a son, father, grandfather (aka Papa), husband, father-in-law, Bible teacher, student of Christ, a friend, a maker of great belgium waffles, a coupon clipper!, a lover of really hot foods (mexican and thai!), a stamp and coin collector, a slide taker (remember slides?!), a veteran of the USAF, a mutli-foreign language speaker, a traveler, a TEXAN, fudge eater, asthma fighter (this disease in uncureable!), a tenor, a volunteer for meals-on-wheels, analytical thinker, strong swimmer, smart, self-motivator, unique, a GREAT story teller and reader of books, enjoys music (I got my love of all types from him), used to be a tennis player, he can read a Tom Clancy book faster than anyone I know, is mesmerized by jets!, loves a parade, enjoys the opera, care-taker, .... this is a very long list and I could go on and on ..... MOST IMPORTANTLY ~ he is my dad. I love you tons, happy birthday!!!! xoxo, your daughter, m
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prayer of St. Francis ...

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

When I read this ~ I had to go back and re-read it to let it sink in. Then all the scripture that came to mind was incredible. "Blessed is the peacemaker ..., As long as it depends on you; live at peace..., Peace I leave you not as the world .... ~ and so on. So what are you doing to live in peace? ponder peace today in your thoughts ... let me know how it went! have a great day, m

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

working together .....

flipping through some photos .. these popped out! creative problem solving, using what you have ... and choosing to give ~ give your heart, give your efforts, give your moneys, give your ideas, give .... so much is going on in our world, and we don't have answers to why. Yet, I know who does .. and I totally believe with all my being that God is in control. So, what are you giving? Focus on another and see what happens. have a happy Wednesday. m
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Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy 24th Birthday ... Ryan

March 8, 1986 is the day I became a mom. What a day! What a man you are!! Happy Birthday darlin' Ryan, and many more to you. I pray for abundant blessings in your life ~ for God to bring a woman that is so in love with her Savior that she showers YOU with abundance love. I pray for courage to live out your life that God has called YOU to be! I pray for boldness to claim your faith and be a brave warrior for Christ. I can't wait to hear your glory stories!! Love you much, mom
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Friday, March 5, 2010


okay here are this week's 3 collections. mind you, I define collection as more than 3 of something that captures my attention and I impress rather easily!! number 1 = cancelled postage stamps from different places. number 2 = magnifying glasses. I have one from my grandmother Mary. and number 3 = stamps! I guess when you travel, grow up as an AF brat, this is a logical collection. I can't think of the 'technical' name for a stamp collector but I know there is a name for it. this bug hasn't really bitten me yet ... I am fascinated by them .. just not overly aggressive with it. enjoy and have a great weekend. And actually, I am so surprised that I do have all of this! happy collecting. xoxox, m
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

the VIEWS of outside

the first photo is straight out ... notice the horse (7 of them live here), next 2 blocks to the left is a large (not huge) dairy (happy cows come from CA!) and to the right (on a clear day ~ NOT TODAY) you can see the mountains. Currently, there is a LOT of snow on the caps (above 5,000 elev.). These are my views ... you can see why darlin' D and I enjoy sitting outside next to the firepit!! Come join us sometime (BEFORE it gets too tooooo hot!!) xoxox, m
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I do NOT like this .....

I get it .... living 'in the valley'! I have lived in 3 different valleys! I do NOT like taking medicine for anything! and now ~ sinus pressure, post nasal, ears ringing, dizziness, and the list goes on!! I DO NOT LIKE THIS .. for the most part I am never ever sick! but when it hits ... it's like a 2x4 right upside the head. It's scary when you think you can't breathe ... and don't get me wrong, I love LoVe LOVE everyone's advice .. and I try to do as much as possible. And the over-the-counter anti-hestimines (sp?) are expensive! UUuuUUUuggggHHH!!
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