Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lord Have Mercy ...

Mercy. I try to err on the side of it. I'm not always successful.  Jesus extended it. Often.  
 
Blind Bartimaeus asked for it. Specifically. In Mark 10:46-52, an awesome visual comes to my mind as I read. I see a blind beggar, who has heard that Jesus is coming & he begins to cry out for mercy ... literally. "Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me" (can you see it?)

I love this next part, because in spite of being shushed by many, he cried all the more ... "Thou son of David, have mercy on me" ...  Lesson here?

Hmm, let me think ... when you find yourself in need of mercy, it's a good idea to cry out to the Lord for it. It's also a good idea to ignore the naysayers who tell you to be quiet (i.e. "you're making a fool out of yourself") & cry out. Louder.  (BTW,  when I read this passage, I also 'hear' The Flores Family in my head singing "Jesus Is Passing By" but unless you went to the Bellflower COG, in the mid-70's, you're not likely to have the same experience ;).

In Luke 23:40-43, another visual of love & mercy is painted in my mind. Another perfect example of mercy extended (& just in the nick of time) to the thief on the cross. What did this man do to receive mercy? Let's see ....

And he said unto Jesus "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom" .... Jesus' response? ... "Verily I say unto thee, today thou shalt be with me in paradise".

He. just. asked. Again, when in need of mercy, what should you do?  Ask. Cry out. Cry. out. loud. LOUDER!  (While I don't advocate waiting until death is imminent because let's face it, not everyone is granted the opportunity, this passage also makes a case for deathbed repentance. No matter what you've done, where you've been, where you're at. If you've never known Him or are in a backslidden condition, if you find yourself in such a predicament, cry out to Jesus. Please. :)

John Chapter 8:3-11, paints another picture of mercy. "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act".  Her accusers came quoting scripture ... "Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?" (you get the sense that they're trying to trip him up, huh? Silly Pharisees!) His answer was simple (& brilliant), first (with his finger) He wrote on the ground as though he heard them not (v.6) and then He said "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" ... then he wrote something else & when He looked up they were gone.  "Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?"  "No man, Lord".  (On another note, when I get to Heaven, I'm soooo asking Him what it was that He wrote!).

"Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more" ... Mercy.  She didn't even ask for it but, she was in desperate need of it. Quickly. And she received it.  Isn't that just like Jesus? :)

Defined as: compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy or other person in one's power; compassion, pity or benevolence: the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment; an act of kindness, compassion or favor; something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing.

(My family &) I have been the recipient(s) of mercy more times than I can count; I'm certain, more times than I'm even aware & remain in need of it. 
 
It is my intention plan hope prayer that I extend it whenever possible with the words of my mouth, my actions, my attitudes, when it's within my power - when I feel like it but especially when I don't (which begs the question: Is it really mercy if it's easily granted? I don't know. The thought just came to me.).

"I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth, will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, " (Psalm 89:1)

Lord have mercy ;)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Arach-NO!-phobia ...



Arachnophobia ...

Just typing the word gives me goosebumps.

I've never seen the movie of the same name.

Why, I ask, would anyone (in their right mind) want to view such a thing?  I haven't the slightest idea.

Okay, so you get the idea.

I HATE spiders.

With that said, I know that spiders are part of the whole feel of Fall (at least here in Appalachia) & I get it but
I don't have to like it
and believe me, I don't!


This year it seems to be worse so ...
 I have called in the big guns.

I've lived in my home for 27 years & have never felt the need to seek professional help (and no, I'm not calling in a mental health professional! ;) but this year, I have sought the help of  an

(dun,dun,dun)....

 TERMINATOR

EXTERMINATOR ....

Well, that still may be a bit of an exaggeration ...

I've called in a guy to come & spray in & around the house for spiders (& all things creepy crawly in general) ...



So beware all you eight-legged creatures,
you are not welcome here,
you received no invitation ...
you are going down ...



You have been warned ....

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Drink Fancy Coffee Drinks ... Check

Well, wouldn't know it ...
The first item checked off my

was the next to the last thing on it ...

drink fancy coffee drinks

The DIL & I each enjoyed a
Pumpkin Spice Latte @ Starbucks,
venti, nonfat, with whipped cream ...
pure Autumn deliciousness!

And yes, I always get the whipped cream
even though I get the nonfat 'cause
well, a gal's got to cut back somewhere,
right? ;)

One down.
Fifteen to go.

Becky & I enjoying my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season
& her first one ever!  (My eyes are so weird & wide open for dramatic effect &
because Pumpkin Spice lattes make me soooooo happy! ;)



Monday, September 19, 2011

Happy Fall Y'all!

Myself, the grandgirlies & anyone else intested in participating
will spend Autumn 2011 checking off items on
"The Fall Bucket List"

Exciting huh?
Well, I sure think so and
I'm VERY excited!

I'm be sure to keep you updated on all the fun
'cause it's gonna be great ...

So my friends,
 I leave you with these words ...

Happy Fall Y'all!




Sunday, September 11, 2011

A decade ago ...

I'm certain that if you ask any American
what they were doing the moment they heard the
news of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001
they could tell you exactly.

I can actually give you an account of what I did
the entire day ...

I'll spare you the details because I feel
certain you have your own account of the day that changed Americans forever.

It's the only time in my adult life I went to bed afraid.
The skies were eerily quiet.
As I lay there, I remember praying quietly for America
and the for safety of loved ones scattered across the country,
most of them in or near major Metropolitan areas.

Not that you could tell anything was wrong by my surroundings.
I live in a small community in rural Appalachia so it appeared
as though all was right in the world.
Of course the events of the morning had proven differently.

Today I honor the memory of those killed on that day
and I pray for the hearts of those who experienced loss of ...

a loved one,

a friend,

 a neighbor,

 a co-worker,

 an aquaintance.

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7)

That is my prayer for you because,
even a decade later,
it's hard to understand.
Isn't it?
I think so.

September 11, 2001.

It taught me something.

God is in control.

He is in control
even when,
no,
 especially when
 everything in us and
surrounding us
appears to be
spiraling out of control.

"But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God,
 that I may declare all thy works" (Psalms 73:28)





Monday, September 5, 2011

50 .... Fifty ....

Fifty ...
25 x 2 ... (ouch!)
Yep, August 31, 2011,
it came & went
and (guess what)
I wanted to dig a hole in the backyard, crawl in it and cry

I survived!

(and I managed to do it
with a smile on my face all day most of the day).

It's a day I'm not likely to forget ...
 for a few reasons.

I saw my fourth grandbaby via ultrasound.
I already knew this precious blessing was on the way,
but seeing him up there on the big screen
(in the safest place he'll ever be - his momma's womb)
made me feel happy & reminded me of the magnificence of God ...
how mindful He is of our needs, longings and
yes, even our shortcomings, mistakes, frailities,
and oh His mercies ...
I so appreciate them ...

"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness" (Lam. 3:22,23)


"Hi Nana! See you in April!"
(BTW, I'm referring to 'him' as a him because I believe that's what 'he' is
and Nana is ready for some blue! :)


My momma is another reason the day will be forever etched in my mind.
I could tell she was a little tender about my 50th birthday and
I understand it. My goodness, when your oldest child turns 50 that's gotta do
something to a momma's heart, doesn't it? Yep, I think so ...

I really didn't want to do anything in celebration of the day but
because I knew that wouldn't be tolerated I decided to make my own
celebratory dinner. What a great idea! Why hadn't I thought of it earlier?
Maybe because I'm OLD! 
I'd begin my 50th year of life by giving! Brilliant!

So a family fave was on the menu ...
yep, I made chicken enchiladas!
My family loves them & they're easy enough to make in mass quantities
(which is necessary because that is how they are consumed! ;)
I also made carrot cake (from scratch) with homemade cream cheese icing...
(my all-time favorite in the whole world!)

So, as you may have already guessed,
the family, my family,
they are the reason I'll remember this day fondly.

While they weren't all here with me (sniff, sniff)
the hubs,
my oldest son,
my sweet Kylie Jo ...
weren't here and if they had been I feel certain you wouldn't have been able to wipe the smile off my face :)

But it was still a very good day.
A day to think about & look back on my life and
see His hand actively leading and guiding me ...
Blessing me sometimes in spite of myself ...

So, my family came in celebration of all things 'Kimberly' ...
they came because of what they mean to me
and because of what I mean to them ...
It doesn't get any better than that.

Em, Anna & Cait ... precious giggling girlies ...
(so happy there was cake & a reason to party!)
'Abby Cadabby' ... the new girl ...
my momma and my daddy ...
my youngest son & the (preggo) DIL ...
my brother & my SIL and
my Pastor & his wife, who I lovingly refer to as Sis. Pastor,
were all here ...

(Em & Anna made me cupcakes)

I received countless phone calls,
a few text messages,
> 100 'happy birthday' wishes on Facebook,
an e-mail from my Sailor son (who was underway)
and even a couple of cards via 'snail mail' ....

So I stand corrected ...

50
fifty
25 x 2
it wasn't so bad
it was a good day :)
I promise will try not to complain about my age for another ten days years ...
and with said I'll 'quote' King David ... cause I simply couldn't resist ...

"Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until
I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come"
(Psalm 71:18)

(BTW, regardless how old I get I will NEVER be grey! ;)



















Saturday, August 20, 2011

Eleven ...

I'll be 50 in eleven days :*(
I gotta tell ya,
I'm not thrilled about it.

Yes, yes, I know ....
"It beats the alternative" ...
yada, yada, yada

I am a blessed woman.
The Lord has been good to me all the days of my life.
Really good.

30 was hard for me too.
It's been 20 years since I was 30.
That was quick :/

If the next 20 years go by as quickly,
I'll be 70 before I know it!
Okay, I'm not that pessimistic ....
(I actually just made myself giggle:)

Well, that's a start ...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thank you ...



I just want to take a moment and 'voice' a sincere
"Thank you" to all those who have served or are serving our country.

I appreciate your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your family.

I do not take it for granted.




My son, Joshua,
fresh out of boot camp in August 2007,
my favorite sailor!


Today we decorate the graves of those fallen for our freedom ...

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! 
~Thomas William Parsons


Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Taxing ...

Taxing: (adjective) Physically or mentally demanding; not easily borne.

Mid-April. It taxes me. Literally. If you know me, I feel certain that if asked, proscrastinate and dread, would not be two verbs you would use to describe me. Normally, they don't apply (except when it comes to grocery shopping but that's another topic for another day! ;)

I prefer to get a jump start on the things that must be done, not put them off or wallow in the dread of doing them.  I don't put off doing the laundry, the dishes, making the bed (you get the idea).  Those things are part of our day to day life and left undone things become a mess (disorder reigns supreme!). If you were to ask my grandgirls, they'd tell you "Nana, don't like a mess" (and they'd be right!). 

I'm certain I could be the Nike spokeswoman (not because of my athletic abilities) but because I can (quite often) be heard saying (yep, you guessed it .....)



(Of course, it must be said in a tone of intolerance in order to be an accurate description.  I know, I know.  I'm working on it.)

Today is Monday, April 11th and I know what that means.  It means that for the next several days, I can be found going through bank statements and receipts, using the calculator and fretting.  I feel certain I'll make several phone calls to the hubs and say "Do you remember ......?" It's then that I'll be on the receiving end of an intolerant tone (and rightly so). 

I'll step away. Get a grip and then go back to it.  Finally, towards the end of the week, I'll place all my hard work & calculations in an envelope and make my yearly trek  pilgrimage  journey trip to Hamlin, where I will be greeted by (my friend & owner of H&R Block) Lisa Fay ("I knew I'd see you this week") and there I'll leave it all in her capable hands.  She'll call me the next day and tell me the jury is in and give me my verdict the news.  I'll sigh but at least then ... it will be over. 

I won't have to deal with procrastination or dread (atleast not) until 2012.  As history dictates, (in late January) I'll place the W2 form in the china cabinet, where it will stay until just before the tax deadline.  Then, once again, I'll (chastise myself for my ridiculousness and) spend the next few days with my bank statements, receipts & calculator.  Then (and only then) I'll make my annual visit to see my friend's smiling face and hear her voice "I knew I'd see you this week" ............

Friday, February 18, 2011

Miss me ....

Just a short note to let you
all know that I may be gone for a little while 
(hopefully just a couple days)
because I'm having some computer woes that
the hubs has to work on so, sadly,
my 'thankfuls' must be interrupted.

My thankful for today is that I
believe, once he actually looks at it,
I'm certain the hubs can fix it!
YAY! 

My thankful for yesterday was the 70+ degree
weather & gorgeous sunshine we experienced here
in the Mountain State ...
Anna & I spent most of the afternoon outside
and it just flew by ....

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
I hope it's gorgeous wherever you are!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"I" was lost but now "I's" found ...

Today's post may seem a little strange but, with
that said, if you've ever been in the same
situation you'll probably understand ...

I thought I had lost my iPhone this evening.

Well, that can't be good, right?  Right.

It was several hours before I figured out where
I'd probably left it so I really was in a bit of a panic.

Cell phones these days are so full of information that
losing one is the equivalent of leaving your laptop with all your passwords and your Social Security Number in the middle
of the food court at the mall and begging someone
to steal your identity.
(That may be a bit of an exaggeration but not by much!)

Any way, long story short, after I made a phone call
(I had to actually look up the number because
I didn't have my iPhone!), I started to ask "Did I ....."
before I finished my sentence the answer came ...
"Yes you did" .... Praise God!
It's safe and secure and I can pick it up tomorrow.

Thankfully, I don't have to call AT&T and tell them
I'm an idiot and then (worse than that admission)
buy another phone ....











Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Night Crew!

Yes, it's true...
We were the coolest crew!

Doc McKay (also affectionately referred to as 'Pencil')

DJ -- she's shy (NOT! :)

Natalie & Cha-Cha

DJ & Cha-Cha

DJ, Me & Cha-Cha

Cha-Cha & Me ... gone but not forgotten (I hope!)

DJ's birthday cake (IST stands for 'I Stole This' ... long story!)

We used any excuse to eat cake! This was DJ's "boob" cake prior to her breast reduction surgery. 
The memory of us explaining what we wanted on the cake still makes me chuckle!

My goodbye cake ... sniff, sniff
(The BLEEOCH/BEEOCH -- such a long story!)


I loved them ... I miss them ...
I wish them well!

I feel privileged to have been a part of them!

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Love ....

My hubby, Roger Dial (aka "Bozo")


He was my high school sweetheart and
I've loved him since I was 17 years old.

Our first date, 1978

I love that we've been together for so long that we can,
and often do, finish each other's sentences.

Our first family photo, Feb. 1980

I love that, with just a glance, he knows
what I'm thinking (whether he likes it or not! ;)

Chilly Thanksgiving day on a drilling rig site, Nov. 2009


I love watching him tease
and interact with my grandgirlies.
I love that they love him as much as I do.


Papaw being silly with Kylie Jo


After 32 years, I can say that it's not always
been easy but it's always been worth it!



Always & forever!

Today, I'm thankful he's mine!










Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Gals of Lincoln Primary ....

For nearly 20 years I worked with and had the privilege 
to know and love some of the most wonderful
women in all the land and
I've never known a group to stick as closely together
by each other as we did back in the day.

We sang, we laughed, we cried, we loved.
Bonds were made that can never be broken.

We were there for each other when
times were good and when tragedy struck.

A marriage of sorts ...
in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer,
and in some cases  'til death do us part.
(RIP Dorothy Lovejoy)

Of course, some of these ladies who are pictured are no
longer there (just like me!) but I included them because
either I didn't know them before LPCC or grew to know
(and love!) them better because of LPCC.

Either way ...
 I'm thankful you girlies are part of my life and
some of my best memories!


Tina Lambert


Me, Kristie Linville (aka ChaCha) & Juna Woodall


Reta Adkins


Doris Pauley, me, Kim Estep, Becky Smith
& Tracy Holley (in front)


Andi Byrd


Kendra Salmons


Ginger Runyon

Mae 'McLawson'

Susan Wright

Dorothy Saddler ... aka 'DJ'

Kathy Bennis, me & Diane Stowers


Sarah Elkins



Marquita Triplett



Lisa Fay (in front) & Christy Adkins (on the right)


(As is always the case, there are some very special friends that I don't have pictures of
--how in the world did that happen? So I feel the need to give a shout out to those
special ladies 'cause I loved them so ....)

Dixie Lambert
Regina Grome
Dorothy Lovejoy
(She's actually gone to Heaven but she was instrumental in giving me a foundation for everything I ever learned about 'Medical Manager' and all thing computer in general -- I loved & respected her!)
Lois Prichard
(My first Nursing Supervisor. She was actually the one who hired me!)
Brenda Gerlach
Suzanne Riley

Love you girls!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Country Roads Take Me Home

Fall Creek

Beautiful.

Country.


 
Familiar.

Peaceful.

Haven.




 
Today, I'm thankful to call it

HOME




 
"Home, the spot of earth supremely blessed.
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest"
-- Robert Montgomery


Friday, February 11, 2011

He ain't heavy ....

He's my brother!


My one & only brother ... "Ray Ray"


Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.
-- Vietnamese Proverb
(The thought of feet is a little 'icky' ... but you get the idea, right? ;)
 
A brother is a friend provided by nature -
Legouve Pere

My thankful for today is my brother.
Seven-years my junior, I have many memories
of life before his arrival but none are
as sweet as life with him in it!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My KyKy ...

Kylie Jo ...
She's beautiful.
Sweet as sugar.
Makes the funniest faces.
Says the funniest things.
She reminds me of her daddy as a child.

She loves kittens but her daddy is allergic.
She has a pet turtle named "Snailtail".
She is a girlie girl.
Loves to play Barbies.

Her daddy 'fights pirates all the time'.
She loves him very much.
She misses him a lot.
Heartbreaking.

She touchs her Nana's heart.
Loves me as much as I love her.
That's a lot of love.
I'm thankful she's mine.


Kylie Jo waiting on her cousin to get off the school bus, Sept. 2010


She loves 'Patience', the aptly named kitten

Playin on the unfinished 'Cousins Crossing' bridge. Kids in the country have the most fun!