Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my family and friends! I hope everyone enjoys their special family time. Give them all an extra hug this Christmas.

I hope you get what you asked for. I was very practical and asked for a freaking AWESOME vacuum cleaner. I'm tired of having to operate on my old one every time I use it. I hope I've been extra special and Santa will bring me an extra surprise. LOL Its always nice getting something you're not expecting.

Have a safe and blessed holiday!! MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM DIXIE!

With Love,

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Songs of Inspiration

What better way to keep in the holiday spirit than listening to songs of worship? Lets always remember that JESUS is the reason for the season. We would be so lost without Him.

Here's a few songs that I really enjoy throughout the year(thanks for letting me steal your idea Toni). I hope they touch you as they touch me. God bless!

Word of God Speak (MercyMe)

Four Days Late (Karen Peck & New River)
When God's 4 days late - he's STILL on time.

Who Am I (Casting Crowns)

Does Anybody Hear Her (Casting Crowns)

Wordless Wednesday


Monday, December 15, 2008


Friendship! Think about that word for a minute. What does it mean to you? Are you a good friend? Are your friends true to you?

I'd say I only have a few true friends. Sure, I have tons of acquaintances but I could count on one hand my true friendships. Some may say that's sad but I'd take my few friends over two handfuls of bitter, back-stabbing women any day.

When I think about friendship, I think about the good times, the bad, the laughter, the tears, the secrets, the hugs and the honesty. I consider myself a good friend and I think my *true* friends would say the same thing.

If you've indeed gossiped about me, laughed at me behind my back, felt the need to choose one friend over another, then chances are I'm not your friend anyway and vice versa.

There's no greater feeling than being able to confide and lean on your friends. Friends are nice to have during the good times but they are especially important during the tough. If you can't turn to them during trying times, then what do you have? Who can you turn to?

Think about yourself and your friendships today. Do you need to be a better friend? Do you need to release the hold on someone you *think* is your friend but honestly you know they aren't?

Hug your friends today and tell them how much they mean to you.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Funny Friday

This is an oldie but a goodie.

Awesome Giveaway

My good friend Toni at Just Stop Screaming, is having a wonderful giveway for a Hanna Elite Flat Iron valued at $200. Who doesn't need a top of the line flat iron?

I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to have it but I'm feeling the Christmas Spirit. I love my Sister-in-Law, Francesca and she's much more deserving of such a wonderful prize. She really does have a heart of gold.

Back around 2003, Francesca was working part time as an early morning waitress at a local restaurant around the block from my office. After her shift change was over between 9:00-9:30, she would come pick up my son, Tyler, and babysit him for the rest of day. She continued to do that until she got married and began watching multiple children during the day and kept right on until Tyler started school.

Then child #2, Gavin, came along. She began babysitting him at 7 weeks old when I returned to work. That was a trying time for all of us. At 7 weeks, Gavin weighed less than he did when he was born and after many tests, Gavin was diagnosed with extreme acid reflux. He was on multiple medications, cereal mixed in every bottle, spit-up, clothing change, spit-up and more spit-up but Francesca was still there and never complained about the extra work.

Francesca's son, Memphis, started school this August and she also lost her other children she was caring for because the Mom quit school but she still spends her days tending to Gavin. She would make much more money going back to work but she hasn't. She goes above and beyond what most childcare workers do. She doesn't mind keeping Gavin earlier and later if I have something special going on at work. She's been known to take Gavin to doctor's appointments for herself and Memphis. When Tyler has a school holiday, she jumps right in to keeping Tyler too. She even takes Gavin with her on Memphis's field trips with school.

I think Francesca is very deserving of this giveaway. We were talking last Friday and she still hasn't joined the flat iron trend. I know once she gives it a try, she'll wonder what took her so long. She's beautiful all the time but I'd like to give her this opportunity to feel extra special and drop dead gorgeous.

Love you Duda!

So, go check out Toni's giveaway and enter your chance to win until Wednesday. My fingers are crossed for Francesca.