Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A Rip-Snortin' Good Time

The 3rd Annual (yes, that means this has happened twice before!) Redneck Talent Show and Dinner was an evening to remember. I don't have pictures yet, but I'll post them when they come in.

My cousin Kevin (the pastor), his bassett hound Millie, my daughter Andrea (http://dastardlystar.blogspot.com) and I sang, "If your hair's too long, there's sin in your heart!" You can find an actual sound clip of this song if you do a google search. Also featured were Delmar and PD in "We're in the Jailhouse Now," various redneck poems, Kevin singing "The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas (and uh possum in a per-sim-mon treeeee)," and Tator - age 6 (his real name - my hand to God) making his stomach roll.

You have to understand, my cousin and I both have music degrees. Andrea sang the lead in "The Pirates of Penzance" operetta last year. Millie was on her own. She wandered off and, when no one was looking, nabbed the ham off the buffet table.

A grand buffet was served, and yes, game sausage was on the table. Door prizes included Bubba teeth, pocket knives, and whoopee cushions.

I wish you coulda been there. Yes, indeedy! I think I pulled a muscle laughing so hard.

On another note, I made a gingerbread house this weekend! Now I have a Christmas decoration in my apartment! I'll try to take a picture of it tonite and post tomorrow. This was made possible by an amazing gift from my dear friend Sarah at (http://inthemidstofit.blogspot.com) A woman of God if there ever was one. My thank you note is on its way to her today.

I'm so excited that I'll be home soon. I can hardly wait. Doug got three contacts about jobs yesterday and we are praying and following up today. Please Lord let it be in this bunch!

My middle child will be joining us in the cracker box after Christmas to begin her final semester of high school. She just got her acceptance letter from ORU, and is nearly beside herself with excitement. It's gonna be even more of an adventure. Pray for us.

I'm beginning to feel a little Christmas-y at last.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Merry Christmas

Time for some fun. I got this from and thought I'd jump right in. I wonder how they knew...

Christmas Elf Name

My Christmas Elf Name is
Get your Christmas Elf Name at JokesUnlimited.com

Christmas Naughty or Nice List

I am on the The Nice List

After checking the North Pole database I had :

1,444 nice entries
545 naughty entries
Check your name on the Christmas Naughty or Nice List at JokesUnlimited.com

Which of Santa's Reindeer are you?

Which of Santa's Reindeer Are You


Like Donder you are sensible and a good leader. You know the right things to do at the right time and have people's respect

Find out which of Santa's Reindeer you are at Quizopolis.com

I got a special...make that a VERY special gift in the mail yesterday. The giver can't know how much just the thought, not to mention the actual gift meant to me. Perhaps this will be a good Christmas after all.

Friday, December 08, 2006

ABC - easy as 123, name that supergroup!

I really need to go to remedial blogging school because I can't, for the life of me, figure out how to do buttons! So this is my undecorated ABC meme:

A - Available or not: Married for 23 years, longer than I was single.

B - Best friend: I count my husband as best, but if we exclude husbands, probably my niece Erica. I feel very separate from all my friends right now, as apparently none of us are good about calling or writing.

C - Cake or pie: hard to say, I like both, but I think I like more types of pie than cake. And is cheesecake a cake or a pie? Doesn't really matter, I'll eat it either way.

D - Drink of choice: Diet Coke, but if I didn't have to mind my carbs it would be Starbucks Chai Latte.

E - Essential item you use every day: Palm Treo 600 PDA/Phone. It's my life.

F - Favorite color: Green - from Emerald to Forest, & Purple - deep Purple

G - Gummy bears or worms: Cherry Sours

H - Hometown: Irving, Tx

I - Indulgence: Good sheets and blankets, the best I can afford

J - January or February: February, it's the month for lovers, and it's my oldest's birthday

K - Kids and names: Andrea Rebecca - 20, Rachel Roxanne - 17, Zachary Dennis - 14, Joe (the dog) - 4

L - Life is incomplete without: my hubby and aforementioned kids (and dog)

M - Marriage date: October 8,1983

N - Number of siblings: 3, 1 brother and 2 sisters, all older

O - Oranges or apples: Oranges, best of all Clementine Tangerines

P - Phobias or fears: stairs, which is why I never ran for Miss America. Who can walk down those stairs in a swimsuit and heels without a bannister? and heights.

Q - Favorite quote: Jeremiah 29:11 "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" NIV I'm holding hard to this one right now.

R - Reason to smile: Boo Mama, who I am missing dearly (please blog!), my middle child's rendition of Silent Night, sung sincerely in several different keys at once (how did this happen?) when I was having a particularly weepy day at work last week, I get to go home for a week at Christmas

S - Season: Fall, it's always such a beautiful relief from summer

T - Tag 3 or 4 people: Andrea at You Just Think I'm Normal, Erica at Seeking Perfect Peace (who has yet to blog, the dirty lurker!), and anyone else who hasn't done this one yet.

U - Unknown fact about me: My guilty listening pleasures are Prince and Janet Jackson

V - Vegetable you don't like: Where to begin? I've never asked for a big plate of any vegetable other than maybe Asparagus, since potatoes don't count as a vegetable. My MOST HATED is broccoli. X-P

W - Worst habit: procrastination. I love a crazy deadline and the adrenaline rush of pulling it off at the last minute. It's pathological really.

X - X-rays: teeth in the last 5 years

Y - Your favorite food: Shrimp or Steak - I'm not a cheap date

Z - Zodiac sign: Leo - and I do seem to fit the profile, though how everyone born on that day could be the same is a mystery to me. I won't listen to or read a horoscope on religious principles at any rate.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Ain't God Good!

Just for little old me, God gave Tulsa 10.4 inches of snow! Their yearly average is 9.1, so I know this was a special gift for me. I got to miss work (paid) 1 1/2 days, YAY! And because I LOVE SNOW I drove around in it all weekend! Did I mention I LOVE SNOW?!! And EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!

You see, being away from home, and flat broke, I haven't bought one gift, baked one cookie, or decorated one inch. All my decorations are back in TX and if I buy new ones, they will come in place of someone's Christmas gift. No bloggity Christmas Tour of Homes for me. I'll probably start baking this weekend, and just hope the folks back home will decorate in my absence. I'll be doing a lot of online shopping this year and that will start on the next paycheck. Picture me trying not to be stressed out about this. I just go to the window and look at the snow again.

I also drove up to my cousin's church again this weekend and began counseling a couple of families. It's so fulfilling to me that I truly could go on for hours, and have to remind myself that it's draining for the counselees. I pray ahead of time for wisdom and insight for each one, and find that God is always faithful. Even with my training, I am not adequate to the task without Him. He gives me word pictures that are particularly appropriate, Scripture that absolutely fits, and compassion for each and every one. What a joy! I love giving hope to the hopeless!

By-the-by, we're havin' a Redneck Christmas Talent Show this Sunday Eve. at New Life Foursquare in Vinita, OK, and my cousin, his bassett hound Millie, my daughter Andrea, and I are workin' up a "special" just for the occasion. Wish you could all come. If I get a picture I'll post it next week. Not a clue what I'm going to wear, yet. What do women rednecks look like?