Praynlady's Blessings & Other Fun Stuff: July 2005

Sunday, July 31, 2005

A Valuable Lesson Learned..........AGAIN

I just remembered why I hate to wear dresses.

When you enjoy going outside and you are wearing shorts, jeans or capris.......

LARGE FLYING INSECTS cannot fly up the inside of them!


Colleen, Kaylee (sleeping) & Jake

Just wanting a handout!

Just wanting a handout!
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Kaylee at Canyon Lake 05

Kaylee at Canyon Lake 05
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Josh and Mikey with Kaylee at Landa 05

Shey, Mikey and Josh at Comal

Shey, Mikey and Josh at Comal
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Mikey and Josh do the Tube shoot on Comal

Paul and Colleen on Train

Paul and Colleen on Train
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Kaylee Cowgirl

Kaylee Cowgirl
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Mikey and Josh at Potters Creek

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Kaylee at Landa Park

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Tracy at Canyon

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Saturday, July 30, 2005


Jake tubing on the Guadalupe, under a bridge at a local (FREE) park. He must have done it a dozen times or more. Paul and I had fun watching him as well as the two boys in the background who were "rapid surfing" . It was really neat to see them on a boogie type board literally surfing on the white water. Jake stood there several times just watching them as well.


LUKE 11:1-4

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
Forgive us our trespasses, as we
Forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
And deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the glory and the power
Forever and ever.

Just some of the deer

Just some of the deer
Originally uploaded by praynlady.

Dragon flies by the dozen

You cannot see them in this photo but there were hundreds of dragon flies in the air. You may be able to see little black specs. That is them. Blown up, you can see them everywhere. My great grandmother, Mammaw, used to tell an old wives tale that if you saw more than 5 of them at once, there would be a hurricane. I don't like that tale and since there were soooooo many, I really doubt it's truth! haha
Dragon flies by the dozen
Originally uploaded by praynlady.

Kaylee running around in the Dragon Flies

J.G. at Potters Creek.

Originally uploaded by praynlady.

Kaylee, Mom and Shey in Lake

Whole gang at Landa ride the train.


We had a terrific time on vacation. Paul, Kaylee and I took our nephew Mikey, his friend Josh, and our neice Sheyenne to Canyon Lake and New Braunsfel. We had a terrific time and I wanted to share it with you. We swam at the lake and went to Landa Park and we counted the antlers on the bucks and ate and ate and ate. The end of the first week, my sister in law, Tracy and another nephew, J.G. joined us and we went to ride the river. The Guadalupe. When we tried to get our equipment all rented, we were informed that Kaylee was too young (per company) that you had to be at least 4 years old to ride in a canoe or raft and 7 years old to tube. Kaylee, loves the river and we were extremely dissappointed to say the least. Our plans changed and Kaylee and Paul went to Landa Park while Tracy and I took the kids down a section of the river that should normally have taken us about an hour and a half. It took us almost 5 hours. We burned, we paddled and we paddled. If you know anything about the Guad, it was running about 205cfs, normally, it runs about 450cfs. It was very low and slow. We had some fun though and only at the end did we suffer any accidents. Keep in mind that I'm trying to be extremely careful because of my back and so I was very cautious at any white water sections. I did surprisingly well but Sheyenne had an accident at the last falls in front of where we were to get out of the river. She had somehow gotten stuck with the tube that carried our ice chest and it gave her some grief and she did not make it down the fall in her tube. A few scrapes and bruises but she did a great job.
The second week, we took our nephew Jakeb with us. He says he had a great time but he had to entertain himself several times because there was no one there to play with him. Except Kaylee!!! haha We took him to some different places on the river and also to Landa Park and we had a really great time. You'll never guess what else we did?! We ate, and ate, and ate. We met some really wonderful people there and had them over for dinner and then they had us over as well. We really enjoyed their company. Thanks "Griffins"! for adding some fun to our trip. We also ran into some friends there from our church. Hey guys, this shout out is for you, the Genre's, the Gryseels, and Mike S. It was great to see you guys and I wish we'd been able to see more of you. (Hey, there's always next weekend?!)
Kaylee has turned out to be part fish as well. She is following in the footsteps of her sister and brother. We could not keep up with her in the water and she played herself out almost every day. She was having a great time. I have included some pictures in this blog so it may be kinda long but thought you'd enjoy seeing some of the things we did! God Bless.

My Funny Joke of The Day

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to 'honor thy father and thy mother' she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"

Without missing a beat one little boy answered, "Thou shalt not kill."

This joke was sent to me by "beliefnet"


If God Brings You To It, He'll Bring You Through It!!
If you have a special prayer request, please post it and I will add it too my list.
Kendra & John and Cooper Kordell Alexzander, Gwen & Kevin and kids, Bethina and Alex, Tom health issues, Brett going on mission trip and to Ireland, Pray for soldiers in battle, fighting for our freedom,Pray for those that were taken from us war, My friends, My hometeam, James and Darcelle, Jovita and baby, Candy and boys, Julie, God bless you Grace,
The Mazac Family, Billie Beckworth, Chandal and girls, Charlies health, The Southern Flare Band (Charlies band), Mike Pullen and Krashawn Burton. Personal, Sandy Gaskill-health issues , Please pray for Tommy and Jessie James as they deal with the loss of their wife and mother, Pam. Olyn Stephenson passed away Sunday the 26th, Please continue to pray for my Aunt Dorothy. Please pray for my sanity. Please pray for all of those in the path of "DENNIS". Pray for my sister and her children as they leave to get out of "HIS" way.

Friday, July 29, 2005


Well, it is really great to be back! I really missed my computer and my email and blogs. I think I truly was having withdrawals. I will get on here in the morning and really get busy! Missed you all.


Monday is my neice's 5th birthday.
So, in her honor.......

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Josie,
Happy Birthday to you!

And many more, on channel 4
and frankenstein on channel 9


Rather cleverly done. This is in two parts, the prayer (in blue type) and GOD (in red type) in response.

Our Father Who Art In Heaven.
Don't interrupt me. I'm praying.
But -- you called ME!
Called you? No, I didn't call you. I'm praying.
Our Father who art in Heaven.

There -- you did it again!
Did what?
Called ME.
You said, "Our Father who art in Heaven"
Well, here I am. What's on your mind?

But I didn't mean anything by it.
I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day.
I always say the Lord's Prayer. It makes me feel good,
kind of like fulfilling a duty.

Well, all right. Go on.
Okay, Hallowed be thy name . .
Hold it right there. What do you mean by that?
By what?
By "Hallowed be thy name"?
It means, it means. Good grief,
I don't know what it means. How in the world should I know?
It's just a part of the prayer. By the way, what does it mean?

It means honored, holy, wonderful.
Hey, that makes sense.
I never thought about what 'hallowed' meant before.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

Do you really mean that?
Sure, why not?
What are you doing about it?
Doing? Why, nothing, I guess.
I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control
of everything down here like you have up there.
We're kinda in a mess down here you know.

Yes, I know; but, have I got control of you?
Well, I go to church.
That isn't what I asked you.
What about your bad temper?
You've really got a problem there, you know.
And then there's the way you spend your money --
all on yourself.
And what about the kind of books you read?

Now hold on just a minute! Stop picking on me!
I'm just as good as some of the rest of those people at church!

Excuse ME.
I thought you were praying for my will to be done.
If that is to happen, it will have to start with the ones
who are praying for it. Like you -- for example.

Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now that you mention it,I could probably name some others.
So could I.
I haven't thought about it very much until now,
but I really would like to cut out some of those things.
I would like to, you know, be really free.

Now we're getting somewhere .We'll work together -- You and ME.
I'm proud of You.

Look, Lord, if you don't mind, I need to finish up here.
This is taking a lot longer than it usually does. Give us this day our daily bread.

You need to cut out the bread. You're overweight as it is.
Hey, wait a minute! What is this? Here I was doing my religious duty,
and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.

Praying is a dangerous thing. You just might get what you ask for.
Remember, you called ME -- and here I am. It's too late to stop now.
Keep praying.
( . pause . ) Well, go on.
I'm scared to.
Scared? Of what?
I know what you'll say.
Try ME.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
What about Ann?
See? I knew it!
I knew you would bring her up!
Why, Lord, she's told lies about me, spread stories.
She never paid back the money she owes me. I've sworn to get even with her!

But -- your prayer -- What about your prayer?
I didn't -- mean it.
Well, at least you're honest. But, it's quite a load carrying around all that bitterness
and resentment isn't it?

Yes, but I'll feel better as soon as I get even with her.
Boy, have I got some plans for her. She'll wish she had never been born.

No, you won't feel any better. You'll feel worse.
Revenge isn't sweet. You know how unhappy you are --
Well, I can change that.

You can? How?
Forgive Ann.
Then, I'll forgive you; And the hate and the sin, will be Ann's problem -- not yours.
You will have settled the problem as far as you are concerned.

Oh, you know, you're right. You always are.
And more than I want revenge, I want to be right with You . . (sigh).
All right . all right . . I forgive her.

There now!
How do you feel?

Hmmmm. Well, not bad. Not bad at all! In fact, I feel pretty great!
You know, I don't think I'll go to bed uptight tonight.
I haven't been getting much rest, you know.

Yeah, I know.
But, you're not through with your prayer are you? Go on.

Oh, all right.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Good! Good! I'll do that. Just don't put yourself in a place
where you can be tempted.

What do you mean by that?
You know what I mean.
Yeah. I know.
Go ahead. Finish your prayer.

For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory forever.

Do you know what would bring me glory - - What would really make me happy?
No, but I'd like to know. I want to please you now.
I've really made a mess of things. I want to truly follow you.
I can see now how great that would be. So, tell me . . .
How do I make you happy?

YOU just did.

Sunday, July 17, 2005




Friday, July 15, 2005



Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Joke of The Day

Warning: Very Bad Pun Inside

A pastor who was badly overworked went to the local medical center and was able to have a clone made. The clone was like the pastor in every respect--except that the clone used extraordinarily foul language. The cloned pastor was exceptionally gifted in many other areas of pastoral work, but finally the complaints about the dirty language were too much.The pastor was not too sure how to get rid of the clone so that it wouldn't look like murder. The best thing, he decided, was to make the clone's death look like an accident. So the pastor lured the clone onto a bridge in the middle of the night and pushed the clone off the bridge.

Unfortunately there was a police officer who happened by at that very moment and arrested the pastor for making an obscene clone fall.


If you are into birds, hummingbirds especially, you must check out this website. It will amaze and astound you. I always wandered how the hummingbird nested, and now I know.


Tuesday, July 12, 2005


I have decided to change my title from today's verse to THINK ABOUT IT! Enjoy!
I am working on a new project and this is the verse that I am working with today.

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen. 1:1)

Wow, He created this! This is where I live and where I will raise my children! Imaging how precious we must be, for Him tocreat all of this, knowing He would fill it up with His children! Almost like a nursery or a playground! (Well sorta) All of this for you and me. Incredible! Can you just imagine how God must have thought out so perfectly His plan of creation? He created a perfect place for us! (and we spoiled it with sin) We were not an after thought, we wer the ORIGINAL plan and He prepared a place for us just as He prepares a place for us in Heaven.
Totally cowabunga!!!

Monday, July 11, 2005

"SHRIMP de COOP" (My shrimp has gone nuts)!!

Ok, a little unusual for me but in the scheme of things, who cares, right?

A recipe for shrimp lovers.

I have a tendancy to throw things into a pan and cook it. NO recipes, can't stand those. If I can make something up, it's ususally edible if not really great. Don't get me wrong, there are somethings that just don't turn out. Those, I usually send with my husband to work, telling him that it is a gormet item I worked hard on! LOL
This recipe is for the person who wants shrimp done just a little different and I wouldn't be recommending it if it didn't turn out great! It is DELICIOUS!
I cleaned 10 pounds of shrimp (so about 8 lbs)

2 T. GUYS SEASONING (Tony Cacheres works too)
1/2 CUPS FINELY CHOPPED PECANS (pronounced pa-kons)

melt the butter with the garlic, seasonings and pecans for a few minutes and then add fresh, cleaned shrimp. Cover dish with foil. Bake at 400 for about 25 minutes. Remove foil and change oven setting to broil. Broil for 5 minutes, remove and stir, then broil 5 more minutes and you're done. Serve over fresh greens or with rice or potatoes or just do it like we do here....Throw it into a bowl and chow down. If you like this one, let me know and I'll include a couple more of my home made recipes. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Perfect Prayer ?

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

There was a man named Jabez who was more distinguished than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. 10He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and extend my lands! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!" And God granted him his request.

I know that I an no more distinguished than any of my sisters (I have 3) but I know that this is a prayer that is close to my heart. Jabez was not a hero but he was a faithful follower and lived his life as God directed.

My prayer: God that you would bless me and watch over the lands on which I reside, Please be with me in all that I do, be with me as I come to you for answers to daily questions and guide me in the right direction. Allow me to hear You. Let me see You in myself and let others see You in me. Keep me out of trouble and I know that when I am in trouble, You will be there to catch me and forgive me. God, please take away the physical, mental and emotional pain that I carry. Father, bless my family and all who come to you. In Christ's name, Amen



Your Parenting Milestones Calculator results:

click on the above link and look for "Your parenting Milestones Calculator"
These are my results!

Oh My!!!

Mom's Age: 40 years old
Dad's Age: 38 years old

First Steps
Child's Age: 9 to 15 months
Mom's Age: 41 years old
Dad's Age: 39 years old

Potty Training
Child's Age: 18 months to 3 years
Mom's Age: 42 to 43 years old
Dad's Age: 40 to 41 years old

Starting Kindergarten
Child's Age: 5 to 6 years
Mom's Age: 45 to 46 years old
Dad's Age: 43 to 44 years old

Beginning Puberty
Child's Age: 8 to 13 years (girls)
Child's Age: 9 to 14 years (boys)
Mom's Age: 48 to 54 years old
Dad's Age: 46 to 52 years old

Starting Middle School
Child's Age: 9 to 10 years
Mom's Age: 49 to 50 years old
Dad's Age: 47 to 48 years old

First Period
Child's Age: 12 to 13 years (girls)
Mom's Age: 52 to 53 years old
Dad's Age: 50 to 51 years old

Starting High School
Child's Age: 14 to 15 years
Mom's Age: 54 to 55 years old
Dad's Age: 52 to 53 years old

Learning To Drive
Child's Age: 15 to 18 years
Mom's Age: 55 to 58 years old
Dad's Age: 53 to 56 years old

Graduating High School
Child's Age: 18 to 19 years
Mom's Age: 58 to 59 years old
Dad's Age: 56 to 57 years old

Graduating From College
Child's Age: 22 to 23 years
Mom's Age: 62 to 63 years old
Dad's Age: 60 to 61 years old

Getting Married
Child's Age: 25.8 years (girls)
Child's Age: 27.4 years (boys)
Mom's Age: 65 to 67 years old
Dad's Age: 63 to 65 years old

Having A Child (Your Grandchild)
Child's Age: 25.1 years (girls)
Mom's Age: 65 years old
Dad's Age: 63 years old

Having A Grandchild (Your Great Grandchild)
Child's Age: 50.2 years (girls)
Mom's Age: 90 years old
Dad's Age: 88 years old


I am linking you to the site of Peter Chianca! He is hysterical, entertaining and a true comedian. I have really enjoyed reading his blog and will have to find the paper he writes a column for. Here is the link. The At Large Blog
Check it out for a great laugh!
Thanks Peter for the first morning laughs!


12Do not let sin control the way you live, do not give in to its lustful desires. 13Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. 14Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead you are free by God's grace. Romans 6:12-14

Wow! God's grace! That is such an awesome thing to realize isn't it? By His grace we are
free. Free to choose to follow Him, to serve Him and to live as He desires us to live. We cannot "earn" our way to heaven. God is in charge and He knows the desires of our hearts, and He knows the choices we will make before we make them. Wouldn't it be better then, to choose the right choices so that we do not have to pay for our mistakes over and over. God has already paid the ultimate price, His son's life for our sin. Incredible. Sacrifice. If we choose to make the right decisions, we are simply trying to live as He wants us to, and our right choices will draw us ever closer to Him. That is where I want to be. I, like any other, still make wrong choices but I ask God to forgive me and I forgive myself because I am human and will do as human nature suggests on occasion. I do believe, as a follower of Christ, that when Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins, that God forgave me immediately. Even though His son was hung on the cross and left there to suffer for our sins, God had the grace to forgive. We cannot fathom what that felt like because we are unable to achieve it. Thank God!

Saturday, July 09, 2005



Ain't that great to know!


Well, the end is near! The end of what was left of my sanity. As I deal with the normal difficulties in life (my life of course) somethings just have to happen to make it even harder. Now to some this post may be a little scary so if you're skittish or faint of heart, you may want to turn your head slightly or cover one eye while reading. Some content may not be suitible for children under 90.
My beautiful daughter with the beautiful long brown hair with curls and rings ............ has LICE. Check out the link, I'm not endorsing it but it sounded interesting.
Ok, so it's not the end of the world but it is a devastating thing. I am not so concerned about the fact of having them, it's the getting rid of them that bothers me. If you've never had the "bug" before, you have no idea what I'm talking about; if you have then you definitely know. You have to strip beds, bag up pillows , stuffed animals, dolls, you have to spray carpet, spray beds, spray furniture, and wash what you can in very hot water and dry in a very hot dryer and as if that's not enough, they (the manufacturers of certain over the counter products) recommend that you bag these items up and place them in the garage or somewhere for 2 weeks. Who can really do this I ask? I have no patience but when it comes to these "bugs" I will (TRY TO) do whatever it takes.
Kaylee has the most beautiful hair and it is really long. Another problem that I faced was the fact that she HATES to have her hair washed. Yes, before you say anything, we have tried everything from rewards to bribery, just a few,among the many ways we have tried to make hair washing time fun. Not working! So, I had to enlist the help of my Mother in Law and it took us about 2 hours to soak, rinse, pick, (lice) soak, rinse, pick (nits) and so on..... Kaylee was miserable, I was miserable and Mary was tired too.
It has been over 8 years since I had this problem. When Ian was just a few years old and was picking them up at Mothers Day Outove and over. Consistantly. Couldn't get rid of the the lil buggers before they were "caught" again. So, I did the only thing a very intelligent, exhausted mother of a 3 year old boy with tons of energy (much more than I) could do.........................I SHAVED his head. Best crew cut you've ever seen for a first time mommy cut! No kidding. By the way, it was before he was able to cut his own. Anyway, I realize that I would be a goner if I tried this on Kaylee (cutting her hair). I have already received threats along this line. I may be crazy, but I'm not nutz.
I did do one thing that helps out just a little. With what little strength I had left after all of this yesterday, I went immediately to the salon and had all, (well almost) all of my hair cut off. I'm not kidding. I think Mr. Clean is the only one with shorter hair, well, maybe Paul or Phillip, than me.
Kaylee hasn't any clue what is up, (yes, we sorta lied. But honestly! haha) we told her it would be a little painful to remove all of the "DIRT" from her hair and she would have to just be still and patient. Yeah right!!! A 2 year old?! Uh Huh! Well, she did great and it was funny to me that after all my concern about her and hurting her head and pulling her hair and such, she did better than me. I haven't found any in my hair but I treated it anyway because as soon as I realized she had them........
All is well but I am tired and she is none the worse off for the experience. I am truly (NOT) looking forward to day 7 when we get to do it all over again.
SOOOOOOO......Any tips, ideas, critisisms, votes of confidence, applause? Just leave a comment and I'll check back to see what's up.
Good luck and don't get the "bugs"!!

Kaylee, please forgive me for being so "bugged", I mean blunt. Mommy really does love you.


"We all get heavier as we get older, because, there is alot more information in our heads!"
"So, I'm not really fat, I'm just extremely intelligent and when my head couldn't hold anymore, it started filling up the rest of me"!

Friday, July 08, 2005

Meet My Husband

My husbands name is Paul. He is a wonderful man and a great father and he loves his family. He is always ready to help someone in need, (especially when I volunteer him). He has so many different interests that it's hard to put them all in one blog but I'll try. Let's see, I would have to say his first one is his truck. He enjoys doing things to "soup" it up. It's a 95 Dodge Quad Cab 1/2 ton Sport with a cummins turbo. Secondly, he really likes to work on engines, old cars and thought he hasn't had the time or money, he has recently purchased a 67 Ford Fairlane to renovate. He is soon to help a friend coach a senior league in Football. I am excited about this one. Paul is currently reading up on things like biodiesel, creation and other interests. I believe that he has a photographic memory and anything he reads, he remembers. He loves reading magazines like 4X4, Four Wheelin', and so on. He loves to hunt. We do alot of this together as a family. Kaylee loves the deer lease and we love taking her there. Paul is hyped around turkey season and then for deer season, I try hard to beat him at the points game. He absolutely adores our youngest daughter and spends any extra time he can with her mostly cuz she follows him around like a puppy dog most of the time. Well, that just about does it. Paul is a wonderful man, husband and father. He works hard to provide for us and he deserves a "shout out".

Disclaimer: This is not a post looking for comments on who's husband is better, cuz mines the best, however, feel free to BRAG about your husband here as much as you'd like.


Did you know:
Koosh balls were invented when Scott Stillinger, an engineer, was looking for a safe ball to play catch with his small children. Foam balls bounced out of their hands, and bean bags were too heavy. So he made a ball from more than 2000 rubber strings, joined together at the center!

Did you know:
Somewhere on this planet, July 15th is designated "COW APPRECIATION DAY" !

Now that's gotta be a happy beefday! haha

sometimes I just crack myself up!!

Thursday, July 07, 2005


Good morning. This morning, I woke up earlier than usual and decided to cook a little different breakfast for the family. I decided to make breakfast burritos. Now, as far as I know, you only need a few things, eggs, of course, flour tortillas, of course, and some throw ins like cheese, onion and salsa. Well, I have the eggs, the tortillas and cheese but that was it. So, I dug in the pantry for a while, finally found some picante sauce and made it back up off the floor and by the time I had everything together, I was exhausted. I left it all on the cabinet and came in here to sit for a while! haha Sad but true. I'll have to fix them in a bit but I also realized one very important thing..........
My husband and daughter are both still asleep and it's after 8:30! Wish it were me! haha

Moral of this story: Life is like a breakfast have to have all the ingredients together at the same time to be perfect. God didn't intend for us to be perfect so He's just hidden a few of the ingredients for awhile.


My thoughts on being a friend.
These are only my thoughts and some opinions.
They do not reflect the thoughts and or beliefs of anyone else in this household!
I am not a very good one.
I am loved and I love but I am not a very good friend.
I believe I could be called a "user" friend. I am not happy with this but I believe it is true.
I am a great listener.
I am a great nurturer.
I am a supporter of the underdog.
I will take in even a stranger.
I am a great friend to have but not a great friend to be.
I have had alot of time to dwell on this and I have come up with the following reason:
(this is not an attempt to get a response of any kind from my friends)
I use my friends. I do not repay the great things wonderful people do for me. ( I try, but am not always successful)
I am needy. Not a complaint on my part, but a fact. Especially now!
I am a terrific person with a great personality and some people just can't handle that! haha
I can't leave my house to do for others and yet I expect them to be here for me when I need them. I know that right now I need help and I will not ask for it anymore because it is too hard to admit that I need someone else. I need to learn to let go and let God. I'm working on it. I do believe that all of my friends should know this.....I will be there eventually and I will rejoin the human race outside of my home and I will pay back any debt of gratitude I might owe.
Just wanted to share that. I feel better.
I think!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

An Excerpt From Roscoe

I read this post today and really enjoyed it! haha
Feel free to check it out! Click on the following link.
Roscoe Speaks out!


Mom & Dad Christmas 04
Originally uploaded by praynlady.
Today is my mom and dads anniversary. I think it's their 84th. Please send up a prayer for another 84 years. Bless you mom and dad for being the very best parents I could hope for. I love you both and wish you the best for many more.

My Friend Mike

Mike and Colleen
Originally uploaded by praynlady.
This is my friend Mike. He is getting married in a few days to a wonderful woman named Karen. I wanted to wish them the very best that life has to offer and a wonderful wedding and trip. Wish I could be there with you guys but does'nt look like it's gonna happen. Love to you both and Congratulations.
ps. Mike, I need a pic of Karen.



What Makes a Blog Interesting?

What is it that people really look for in a blog? Escape, information, reading material? I am not sure but, I know that writing one is like therapy. I can't imagine not having one now, it's like a release of all the pent up anxiety and frustration as well as the joy of sharing something that you want others to decide if it is a worthy read or not. I hope that through my blog, people can read into the "soul" of the writer and see what kind of person I am. It makes me wonder what they think after reading it. If there is actually anyone reading it. I check each day for comments like I'm waiting for a long lost friend to call or something. It is almost as if I expect that people who don't call, will at least check it out to see what I've been up to. I think blogging is a great tool and can be used for so many things and I choose to use it to express myself where others can enjoy or hate what I choose to write. I also know that God hears my prayers each time I write one because I think it first. I know that if no one else ever reads this, that God knows exactly what I am saying and He may be the only "comment" I receive but at least He talks to me. He has been my constant companion during my "time served" here at home (recovering from surgery) and when there was no one else, He has been here. I choose to blog to allow my faith and love for God, family, and others, be shared with anyone who happens across it. God Bless you bloggers.

Saturday, July 02, 2005





Do you wonder how many times you've heard, "scoot back, you're too close to the television"? I have been impatiently waiting to tell that to Kaylee. She is more interested in busying herself around the house than watching tv. I'm happy with that, but it does make it hard to get anything done. Even the little things that I can do. haha She has found.......VEGGIE TALES!!!!!!!!!!! Halelujah, I can breathe alittle easier and she loves the tapes (vhs...haha) I have had to tell her several times to move back and she pulls her rocker away about 2 inches and sits back down and gets back to the serious business of watching. I do wonder how much is too much. How long should a child watch tv? I am not too worried seeing as she's only 2.5, but I don't want her to think that it is all there is to do. She takes many breaks and she comes and talks to me alot. I think that in my place, with me not able to take her outside too much and with the heat, I won't worry to much. I will be grateful that the Veggie Tales have interested yet another one of my kids. Not to mention, that I was really getting tired of Dora and at one point, in order to hurry me along to change the video tape, Kaylee actually told me to, "Vamonos"! Alittle tooooooo much Dora. hahaha

Three Bullets

I Got this in an email today and thought I'd share it with you.

There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat. He had an old rifle and three bullets. So, he decided that he would go out hunting and kill some wild game for dinner. As he went down the road , he saw a rabbit. He shot at the rabbit and missed it. The rabbit ran away. Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at it. He missed the squirrel as well. The squirrell dissapeared into a hole in a cottonwood tree. As he went further, he saw a large wild "Tom" turkey in the tree, but he had only one bullet remaining. A voice spoke to him and said, "Pray first, aim high and stay focused." However, at the same time, he saw a deer which was a better kill. He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer. But then he saw a rattlesnake between his legs about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot the rattlesnake. Still, the voice said again to him,
"I said, "Pray, aim high and stay focused." So, the man decided to listen to God's voice. He prayed, then aimed the gun high up in the tree and shot the wild turkey. The bullet bounced off the turkey and killed the deer. The handle fell off the gun and hit the rattler in the head and killed him too.
And, when the gun had gone off, it knocked the man into a pond. When he stood up to look around, he had fish in all his pockets, a dead deer and a turkey to feed his family. The snake (Satan) was dead simply because the man listened to God.

Moral of the story:
Pray first before you do anything, Aim and shoot high in your goals, and
stay focused on God. Never let others discourage you concerning your
The past is exactly that "the past."
Live every day one day at a time and remember that only God knows our
future and that he will not put you through any more than you can bear.
Do not look to man for your blessings, but look to God only. He has
prepared in advance for you in your favor.

Wait, be still and patient: keep God first and everything else will

Friday, July 01, 2005

Blog Maturity

I recently read a blog from Pastor Tally Wilgis at Focal Point Church. He had written a post that I really appreciate and I have included a link to it. Blog Maturity
Read this and think about it! Great post!

A Boy and A Tree

Originally uploaded by praynlady.
Even years after Ian passed away, people have made comments about how he liked to climb trees and sit there. I laugh because he did it so much at home that we have a bald spot in the tree where branches refuse to grow. In this picture, he is only 3.5 years old. I like to think he still sits there from time to time and the branches refuse to come back so that they won't fill up his spot. Many photos we have are of Ian in a tree and after his funeral friends drew pictures of him always in a tree and he was always the bigger of the kids on the drawings. That is how it is in life sometimes. When we lose someone, they leave behind a hole. In our hearts, our homes our lives. Ian is still sorely missed and each time I walk out my front door and see the bald spot in the tree, I think of him. I can still see him sitting there and I hope I will never loose that vision. It is one of the priceless ones. This is Ian (5) and his cousin Jake (6) in another tree. (Ian is the biggest of the two boys!)


Have you ever felt lonely even when you have family around? When you are married with children? Loneliness is almost like a disease. It eats at the foundation of our existance. I know that lately I have sounded (or written) slightly depressed. I think more likely the term would be repressed. Having been couped up in my house for so long, with little companionship other than that of my lovely 2 year old daughter, I have lost some of the spunk I used to have. I am getting not only bored but lonely. I know that Paul is understandably tired of having to do all the work and all the parenting and such and he has no time left for me. He is very aware of my pain but I don't believe he understands the depths of it. I am really great at hiding it. Ya know how someone asks you how you are feeling.... I believe that they (unless they REALLY know you) don't necessarily want the truth. They want a feel good answer. I am really tired of "feel good responses" and I am tired of lying but I don't feel it is necessary to let people know how much I hurt. Therefore I get lonely. I cry out to God to please release me from the pain so that I will not be ashamed to call up my friends to talk and the conversation won't be all about me and my recovery. Now don't get me wrong, I love talking about my scars because they are constant reminders to me of what I went through to get better. I'm just still waiting on the getting better part. I can't do much cleaning yet, can't exercise, can't drive, can't even pick up Kaylee when she cries. I have to keep the faith that God WILL see me through this valley as He has the multitudes of others, but I am really bearing the burden of "I can do it myself". I know that I cannot but it is still there in the back of my mind all the time. I also realized today that even if I could drive, it is costing too much for fuel these days to just get in and go like I used to. I also realize this goes both ways. It will cost my friends gas money as well to get out here. It is crazy and I should be really grateful for the opportunity to sit around and do nothing. I should be thrilled that I cannot clean my own house but again, it is getting old. I am spending many hours working on the computer and doing graphic design for others and playing on my blog and I really enjoy it but I would love to have a neat (my house is messy not unclean) home again. I would love to be able to do my own laundry and prepare dinners. Now don't get me wrong. I do some of these things, I just pay for it a couple of hours later with pain that can't be controlled with medication. I am trying really hard not to have to live on medication but have learned that when ya gotta, ya gotta! I would really love a jacuzzi and a backrub right now. Then I think maybe I could clean the kitchen. haha
My prayer: God thank you for my friends, thank you for Paul, thank you for my family. God please keep my friends safe and remind them that they are constantly in my thoughts and prayers and don't want them to forget me out here. In Jesus' name, Amen

Our Loss, Their Gain

I am reading a book given to me by my sister on the occassion of my birthday a few days back entitled, Room Of Marvels . I would love to go a ways back and tell of the loss of my son nearly 5 years ago, but that will be another post. This is strictly for the book. I picked it up and within a short 1/2 hour, I was 1/2 way through it. It is not only a great read, it is very much what we want to hear about heaven. It runs closely to the book 5 People You Meet In Heaven, I am really enjoying the book and although it brings many memories to mind, they are good ones.
The point I was going to make is this, the author makes a statement within the writings about how selfish we can be. We wish God would send them back to us and we mourn for their loss but they are in new bodies, with Christ, and what would it be for them to return? They'd have to eventually die all over again, not to mention, we'd be dragging them from paradise with our Heavenly Father.
Think about it!!

My prayer: Father God, never let me forget the memories, my memories, grant me the peace and understanding to help others who have lost children. Thank you Father, In your precious son's name, Amen

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