Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Abbie is here

My step-daughter, Abbie, has been visiting with us from Seattle since Saturday. She leaves on Friday. I've just been attempting to maintain order and continue to get ready for the move.

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Happy 12th Birthday Garit!!!! (My New Year's Eve Boy!)

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Abbreviated Christmas Story


In those days, the emperor wanted to count all the people that he ruled. He ordered everybody to return to where they were born. Joseph and Mary had to return to Bethlehem. It took them nearly a week to travel there. When Mary and Joseph arrived, they saw people everywhere. People were camped in the streets and beside the road. Mary was tired. They stayed in a cave. The people kept their animals inside that cave. Since they kept the animals in the cave, they called it a stable. Joseph said to Mary, "Let's go into the stable. We can make a bed on the straw. It's better than sleeping outside." They went to the stable so Mary could rest and Joseph made her a nice bed using the straw. That night, Mary's baby was born. Mary wrapped him in and long strips of cloth to keep him warm. She made a bed for him in a manger full of straw. Mary and Joseph were very happy. Mary and Joseph named him Jesus as the angel had said.

Dear God,
Thank you so much for giving us Jesus. Thank you so much for all you do for us. Thank you for loving us. Help me to love as You do. This I ask through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

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Saturday, December 20, 2008


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Just A Thought - IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck
(Written after she found out she was dying from cancer.)
  • I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
  • I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
  • I would have talked less and listened more.
  • I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
  • I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
  • I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
  • I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
  • I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
  • I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
  • I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
  • I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
  • Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
  • When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love you's' More 'I'm sorry's.'
  • But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute. Look at it and really see it. . Live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!
  • Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
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Friday, December 19, 2008

This Mommas Heart Aches

The kids all brought home all of their school Christmas Crafts today. They are all out of school until next year. WOO HOO

Miranda brought a ton of things home. One of her crafts was a Snow Woman cut out of cardboard and glued together puzzle form then painted. Here is a picture:

This is her snow woman....it is pink because....it has Breast Cancer!

(Yes my heart stopped!)

My poor children! It must have been awful to go through this so young. Kiera was still in my womb she wasn't even BORN yet!! I can't help but wondering how this has affected them each. About two months ago Miranda found one of my hats I had used while bald and had it on and said she wanted to keep this hat so she could wear it when she loses all her hair because she has Breast Cancer!

Geesh...this poor Momma's heart just aches for my kids. Here come the waterworks!!

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Why do we have to wait for special moments to say nice things or tell people we care about them?

Randy K. Milholland,

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December Breast Exam Reminder


When you're young, breast cancer is probably the furthest thing from your mind. However, it shouldn’t be. Although breast cancer in young women is significantly less common among those from 20 to 39, it does happen. Don’t believe it won’t happen to you, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 38 while pregnant with our sixth child. Finding time to incorporate breast self exam into your monthly schedule is easy when you realize just how important it is. Since my birthday in on the 19th of the month I have chosen to do my exams on the 19th of every month and I will remind my readers to do their exams your's too.
  1. Except for certain types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women of all ages. Although the most confirmed and noteworthy risk factors for developing breast cancer are gender and growing older.

  2. Younger women diagnosed with breast cancer often experience a more aggressive cancer and a lower chance of survival. This fact alone is enough to make early detection and breast self exam crucial for younger women.

  3. Generally, screening mammograms are recommended at age 40. Sadly, this occasionally results in younger women not being diagnosed with breast cancer until the cancer is in a later stage, and can lower their chance of survival.

  4. Because breast tissue isn't as thick when you're younger it can make diagnosis of breast cancer difficult. For this reason young women should begin monthly breast self exam at age 20, so that you can become familiar with how your breasts look and how they feel, thereby making it easier for you to notice any changes in your breasts.

  5. Because the lifetime risk of breast cancer is one in seven for American women, establishing good breast health practices while you are still young can reduce your chance of getting breast cancer at a later stage.
Remember, anytime you see or feel any kind of change in your breast(s) you should see your health-care provider. Only a qualified medical professional can definitively diagnose the cause of breast issues. Breast changes don't always mean breast cancer, but they do mean you should see your doctor.

Click HERE for instructions on how to perform a self breast-exam.

Source: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's A Hickie

Tonight Kevin got off of work around 10 pm. We stood together on the front porch for a while talking under the Christmas Lights. Ten he leans over to me and asked me what was on my neck. I said it was just my scar from having my thyroid removed. He said "No Tammy, it's a hickie!"

"No Way Kevin!" I say.

"Come on I'll show you." So we walk into the bathroom and I look in the mirror and low and behold HE'S RIGHT!!!

"UH! I have no idea! Really! I'm clueless! " Then I start laughing uncontrollably. "Seriously Kevin, you've GOT to be kidding me! Maybe Kiera did it somehow. I honestly have no idea!" I keep laughing at this point. Then I remembered taking out the trash a few moments before and wash my hands....then rub my neck again. I rubbed the hickie right off! MARKER!!!! Kiera colored my neck in a PERFECT HICKIE! Oh Geez...what a laugh we had!!!!!!

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A Thousand Words Thursday


"Mommy, Coloring is completely exhausting!!"

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

WFMW - Moving and Packing

I haven't done a Works for me in a while because I've been so busy with legal matters and moving! :)) Anyhow. I thought I might just share how I pack. I have very very rarely had breakage.

  1. For China and plates I use disposable Styrofoam plates in between each plate. Really cheap and cushions the HECK out of it.
  2. Glasses get wrapped in dishtowels or hot pads.
  3. Designate a color (sticker) for each room.
  4. Note on the box what is inside and if it can wait to be dealt with.
  5. Keep clothing in dresser drawers. I put socks and undergarments in a pillowcase THEN in the drawer to keep those pesky guys from flying the coop!
  6. Tape screws, bolts and other loose items to underside of furniture. Make sure you bag them first.
  7. Keep items from the same room together as much as possible. This will make it easier to sort the contents after you move.
Of course the #1 TO DO is PURGE, PURGE, PURGE!!!!! That I have done and continue to do. Two truckloads GONE and more in process!

For those prayers covering us....Keep it up please!

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Photo Wednesday

Sorry about the flash...I don't have a scanner but in packing for the move I came across this photo of Miranda and me taken in her classroom on 5/12/06.
She was so little and yes I was .......
SOOO BALD!
Right in the midst of chemo..yep! The only picture I let be taken throughout the whole deal. Here I am! And yes..fatter than a COW....I kinda wish I was one of those who LOST weight on chemo rather than GAINED 40 pounds!! Oh Well.
January 24th is my cancerversary THREE YEARS--WOO HOO!!
And Kiera will be three in March!
Check your Boobies Ladies!!!


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Monday, December 15, 2008

Ambrosia Fruit Salad


1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 (8 ounce) can fruit cocktail, drained
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained (optional)
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, combine the whipped topping, coconut, chopped nuts, fruit cocktail, pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, cherries, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mix together well and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.

Today is the day! Lana and Lisa are having a giveaway to win a beauiful, black wrought iron cookbook holder. It would be a great addition to any cook's kitchen. Enter at Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays

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Not Me Monday

It's time for Not Me! Monday! I am an imperfect mama and it does a body good to admit that! To that end, I hereby declare...

I did NOT have to take our cat to be put down Saturday. Not Me!
I did NOT lie and say he was a stray because I couldn't afford the fee. Not Me!
I did NOT scream and yell my Josh's name while he was marching in the parade. Not Me!
I did NOT drive arount to the END of the parade to embarrass Josh again and rack up more candy! Not Me!
I did NOT serve funnel cakes for dinner last night. Not Me!
I did NOT get stressed out COMPLETELY and have yes TWO hissy fits in one day over all this legal rigamaroll regarding moving. Not Me!
I AM not sitting here typing a post ans not ready to take Kiera to speech in FIVE MINUTES!!! BYE!!! Not Me!

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

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Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you're going to do about it.

-Kathleen Casey Theisen

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I Praise You

I praise You, Lord that I can trust
The path you have me walk.
I need not know where it will lead
Because I know You know.
I need not understand why or where
I trust leave those both with You
And yet I listen in my prayers
In case You want to share.

Sometimes I’d like to know the why.
I’d like to understand
Sometimes I’d like to know the where
So I could make some plans
But then I think that if I knew
I’d interrupt Your plans
For Your ways aren’t for me to plan
But just to hold Your hand.

Many times we find we are walking a path we don’t like or understand. Sometimes it seems we have been down the same type of path at other times. Our finite minds always want to understand our circumstances. We want to know where we are headed so we can “chart our course.”

In the Christian walk our “chart for our course” is in the Bible. Our path leads to eternal life with God, our Father and Jesus Christ, His Son and our Savior and Lord. The directions God wants us to take on our way to our Home are His choice. We are on this earth to give Him pleasure. We do this with our fellowship with Him, our trust in Him, our obedience to Him and our love for Him. All these, fellowship, trust, obedience and love, can be carried out without knowing the why’s or where’s of our walk.

It is so nice to be able to just walk and trust. I know where my walk will end. I can trust God’s hand to guide me every step of the way. When my finite mind pushes it’s questions into my attention, I can pause, turn my eyes on my Father, and choose to trust His wisdom and love. Peace overflows as I do this and I can continue my walk in fellowship, trust, obedience and love.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Good Bye Sam


Dear Sam,
I'm sorry we had to put you to sleep today but you were hurting and we just couldn't take it any more. We loved you our dear favorite cat. You were a beautiful, very patient, loving little guy. We are sorry the mean ole dog across the street stole you away from us. You didn't even make it one year. We will all miss you.

Your human family,

Tammy, Kevin, Josh, Garit, Nathan, Miranda, Abbie and Kiera
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Friday, December 12, 2008

Just a Thought

Sigh!
It would be nice though, wouldn't it?
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

PSF - #3 - Christmas Parade

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


Here's my eldest's last marching ecperience this year.
I did NOT embarrass him by yelling and cheering him!
TWICE!!!
Yes we drove around to the end of the parade to see it AGAIN!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Continued Cat Curse


I think some of you have been following our story of the Cat Curse...well Sam is still with us...he was attacked by the neighbor's dog and apparently something is leaking inside him. He turned bright yellow but as you can see he's not quite so yellow anymore.....maybe those nine lives really do exist??

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

WFMW - Laundry

I am one of those women who fold straight out of the dryer into separate baskets....well I used to be!

Last week I decided to dump the entire week's worth of clean, UNFOLDED (yes, I said unfolded, wrinkled clothes) laundry...dump them all on my king size bed....call everyone in the house to my room and have everyone grab what belongs to them! Worked like a charm! Even my 2 year old got into it (MINE...MINE).

I did it again yesterday...and again, it worked like a charm! So much for folding and bending and squatting all week long. No more kids digging through clean, folded clothes making a mess of them. You gotta love making things easier on Mom!!

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Photo Wednesday

I don't feel well!! :(


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