Thursday, September 20, 2012

Proof that it's worth it!

I thought that since I posted pictures of my piles of work for the KKCS, I'd also post one of my check that arrived today! When you open that envelope and hold that check in your hand, you quickly forget about all of the work! (Sort of like having a baby! LOL!)

Heading to the bank,


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What's for dinner?

I haven't posted one of these in a while! Here's my hubby's plate that was waiting for him when got home from work today. Barbecued chicken, mac & cheese, green beans, corn on the cob and homemade biscuits. (Anthony is a water drinker but I had a glass of sweet tea with mine.)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Our "big" KKCS purchase!

This week is the Fall Kentucky Kids Consignment Sale. I've been volunteering, selling and shopping there for several years and I absolutely love it! Yesterday was the "presale" for workers, consignors and new Moms. I found TONS of clothes for my boys as well as a bike for Jameson and a few Christmas gifts for them! I worked the 12:30-4:30 shift today then Anthony picked me up (with roses and a card waiting for me:) and we went out for our 9th wedding anniversary to Longhorn Steakhouse. It was extremely DeLiCiOuS and fun even if our kids had to come along! ; ) Afterwards, Jameson wanted to go to the sale to look at toys. For the first time, they have "restock sellers" who checked in their items this afternoon and evening. When we left to go out to eat at about 5:00, my friend Theresa had been working on checking in restock items out at the side door and when we returned at about 7:15, they were finishing up check-ins. As soon as we walked in to look around, she motioned for me to come outside with her. There she showed me 2 John Deere power wheels that had just arrived. The boys wanted both the Gator AND the lawn mower/wagon but we decided on just the Gator after thorough inspection, price checking on my phone and even talking to the seller before she left! So it looks like I spent EVEN more the good news is we got a sweet deal on the boys' very first Power Wheels vehicle and I probably won't be spending more money than I make any way! I might post my other purchases later on.....

Happy with my bargains,


9 years? Really???

When I do the math, I know 9-13-03 really was that long ago. It just doesn't seem possible! I'm thankful for my wonderful husband that God gave to me. Two beautiful sons added to the mix makes me one happy lady! I'm so blessed to have all three of my guys in my life!

Here are a couple of wedding pictures. I'm in a hurry and cheated on these. (They are pictures of pictures! Lol! Hope they look decent enough to post.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

God is so good!

One week ago today was Uncle Scott's transplant. We are praising God for how well every thing went! He kept His hand on Dad and Scott during their surgeries and is helping them during their recoveries also. I'm happy to say they are both resting at home and doing well! Dad was in surgery for five and a half hours and in recovery for four. It was a scary time and I didn't even think I was going to get to see him afterwards. My flight home was scheduled for 8:10 but I was advised to arrive at the airport by 6:45. I was a little upset about not getting to see Dad before I left but God worked it out so I could. I just love how He does things like that! He knows the desires of our hearts before we can even whisper a prayer about them! Then He comes through at the last minute, surprising us with a reminder of how much He cares. Aunt Angie was giving me a ride to the airport so we were getting ready to board the elevator to head back up for me to say "Good-bye" to Mom. We were seeing other patients heading to their rooms and were actually talking about how amazing  it would be to see Dad. Just as we were about to get on the elevator, here came the man of the hour around the corner of the hall toward us! It seemed too good to be true but when I saw that it really was my Dad, the tears came! The guy transporting him said, "Some thing told me I needed to come this way!" I was SO relieved to see him and know he was okay before I left.

I can't tell you how much he inspires me. The Bible says that there is no greater love than a man laying down his life for a friend. My Dad demonstrated that kind of love toward his brother on September 4th. He underwent a potential life threatening ordeal to give the gift of life (a kidney) to Scott. He went through more physically this past week than he has ever been through and we count him as a hero! Dad, I want you to know how much your selfless act has touched me! I hope to be that kind of person some day.

God answered countless prayers and we'll never be able to thank Him enough for being our present help in time of need! Uncle Scott's kidney started working immediately and I have no doubt that GOD did that! His kidney is functioning better than the doctors expected! He is doing well and recovering at home. They are extremely grateful. God is SO good!

Please continue to pray for both of them! There's been a lot of pain and although it's getting a little better, they still need your prayers while they recover. (especially Scott, who still deals with his diabetes) Dad told him he couldn't have his! He also stated that he's never doing this again. Lol! Scott teased and said that the kidney was a "used" and "hand-me-down" gift. The surgeries didn't take that sarcasm out of either one of them! Ha Ha!

Thank you to every one who prayed, sent cards and showed your love and concern! It means a lot to them.

Until the next post, (which will likely be KKCS related :)


Monday, September 3, 2012

Prayers, please!!!

Tuesday is the BIG day when my Dad donates a kidney to his brother, my Uncle Scott. We found out in March that he's been in third stage kidney failure for quite some time due to his diabetes. After much prayer and consideration, Dad felt peace about offering to be his donor. The past couple of months has been spent in preparation for September 4th. I'm flying out with Mom and Dad tomorrow (Monday) evening at 6:45 to Chicago where the transplant will take place at the University of Chicago Hospital. I'm nervous and asking for your prayers for my Dad and Uncle. We are trusting God for Him to take care of them and cause things to go as smoothly as possible! We want Scott to have his life back. He's suffered enough and deserves the quality of life the rest of us have. I ask that you cover him and Dad in prayer for the next several days! Also keep Mom, Aunt Shelly (Scott's sweet wife) and Gramma in your prayers! They will need strength and comfort in the days to come.

One more request- pray for every one's protection and traveling mercies to IL and back, whether by plane or car. This will be the first time I have ever flown. I'll be home Tuesday night. My flight is scheduled to land at 10:15.

(Anthony is staying home with the boys and I'm getting extra snuggles in tonight so maybe I won't miss them too badly;)

Thank you so much for the prayers! I'll post an update after the transplant.