Saturday, November 26, 2011

Super Saturday

I have to apologize to all my lovely readers for not blogging regularly the last few days.  I have gotten in a post or two, but seems like I just haven't been able to a couple of times and I really miss you guys!  It started off with 15 hours in the Hospital the day before Thanksgiving.   Thanksgiving day was filled with DH working 12 hours, I cleaned the ENTIRE house (four bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, dining room, living room and laundry room), and then spent a short evening with DH and Mika my 2 year old eating turkey and watching a movie.

Yesterday I was STILL catching up on everything I hadn't gotten done the day before Thanksgiving and then I found out my parents were only 1.5 hours away so we spontaneously grabbed the 2 dogs and packed to go spend the day.  It was really great.  Matthew cooked his homemade spaghetti, we all sat and socialized while Mika played with his "bi-kickle" Grandpa brought him and we finally got home at midnight last night.

Today we had to do some shopping in Town and then I am helping Matt put up a LOT of meat.  We try to put up several deer every year because it is such a lean red meat-even my husband's doctor said it is much better than beef and due to all the unexpected things, we have to cut this up NOW so I can pressure can it tomorrow for 2 hours. 

I promise to write to you lovelies tomorrow morning before I drive six hours to get my three oldest children who are spending Thanksgiving with their Father and his parents.  Ahhhh I love the Holidays, they are busy, fun, all sorts of unexpected things pop up, but I wouldn't change it for the world!  Despite a week full of doctor's appointments, I have some great things planned for next week, so stay tuned!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

For all my lovely readers!


First I would like to  take a moment of gratitude!  I am thankful for YOU.  Each and every one of you are special in your own way and I am thankful that you support my blog, enter my giveaways, read my randomness and reviews.  You guys ROCK, and I am thankful for you.

I am also very thankful for my husband who is working today as an officer.  He is making the world a safer place on a Holiday so everyone else can enjoy their families, fellowship and football games in peace.  I love him dearly and am so thankful he makes my life safe.  I am thankful for my 2 year old Mika!  He is my wonderful surprise in life.  I can say he is the absolute best surprise I could have ever been given.  He laughs all the time, is my little cuddle bunny and tells me 10+ times a day "wuv u too mama" (he says love you too even if he says it first :).  He's amazing and I love him.

I am thankful for my darling daughter Suzannah who is my tough girl.  She's very matter of fact, not much ruffles her feathers, she is brilliant, loves to read, help me cook, writes me love letters in perfect cursive which she taught herself (they haven't learned it in school yet) and she just brightens my day with her endless chatter that is always about facts.  My smarts are challenged daily to answer her questions and I am so very thankful for her.

I am thankful for my Tara Grace, my 7 year old daughter.  She is beautiful, loving, my little girly girl princess.  She too loves to cuddle, loves to do nails, has a heart of gold, will do anything you ask of her and just brings a loving spirit into our home!  It's by God's Grace she is here do to a surgery gone awry and Mrcr while I was pregnant with her, and I am thankful to have her. 

Lastly, I am thankful for my firstborn, Donovan Maxwell-we call him Max.  He is Mighty, Masterful, Type A and no one can tell him he won't do it in life.  I LOVE that about him.  No isn't an option.  If a door closes, that's okay, a window will open.  If a window doesn't open, we take out a saw and cut one into the wall.  He is mister personality, loves being with his mama while I cook, we talk, he does a man's share of work helping move and stack the wood, cuts me kindling (only supervised, but he always begs to help mama do it), would give someone he doesn't know the shirt of his back if they needed it and is just my bright shining light.  He has been ill the last two weeks and spent 15 hours yesterday between the doctor's office and hospital and as a mom it is hard to see him struggle, but like the super trouper he is, he is fighting hard to get feeling better.  I am so very thankful he is well enough to travel and spend time with family for the Holiday and am reminded anew after yesterday's scare how thankful I am for him!

And Now ...DRUM ROLL.......A very deep poem-author unknown, but just what we need to conclude today's Thankfulness!

Ode to Thanksgiving

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blogger Glitch I was unaware of-GFC subscriptions

Last week I became aware of an issue with Blogger I have NEVER encountered before, and thought I would share with you guys since you may be unaware as well (or not, I may be living in my cave in the woods!)  I have a lot of blogs I follow and I regularly enter the giveaways if it is something that applies here in my home.  Hey, what can I say, I like the things you guys list, I support you, hope you support me back, etc.

So, When it asks if I am a GFC follower OF COURSE I AM- I followed months ago.  Besides, some of you guys I have actually won from, so I couldn't have won previously if I am not a follower right? (In most cases at least it is a requirement).  Here's the snag.  Blogger is unsubscribing me from my friends.  I don't know why, I am sure it is simply a glitch.  However, I was emailed the other day from someone I have previously won from and told I hadn't completed the mandatory public follow entry. GASP, I don't cheat!  Say anything negative you want to about Ally, two things are true regardless of what people say:  I never lie, and I never cheat.  I may speak the truth in love or simply speak the truth, but lie, I do not.

So, now I am aware to triple check with every single blog on every single giveaway.  What I have noticed.  At least 20 blogs that I would bet my life on that I have joined (again, won from at least half of them in the past year) I was no longer a member.

The moral of the story?  Check your memberships!  You may be shocked to find you aren't a follower when you have previously joined.  And honestly, shame on me for not doing it before, because it takes mere seconds to do it! 

I hope this is helpful to you guys, for it has been truly eye-opening for me!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Week of Thankfulness

This time last year was a sad time for me.  Three people I know were directly affected by death.  Two people committed suicide and one person's 12 year old son died.  They were family members, close acquaintances, but not my children or husband.  However, I was and still am greatly saddened by their deaths and the emptiness that is left behind.

This past week was the birthdays of both of my Grandmothers, both who have gone on to the Afterlife so between the tragedies last year and birthday anniversaries, I have been pondering on these events and quite honestly, been a little sad.  I have come to the conclusion though that life goes on, the sun rises and sets and whether we intended to or not, we move on too!

I decided today to focus on the positive things and what I am most Thankful for.  After all, we have a whole Holiday set aside for being thankful.  I am thankful for a wonderful man I can call my husband.  He is wonderful, strong, he cooks, combs hair (anyone with little girls that have hair almost to their hinnies can tell you this is huge), tills my garden, hunts to provide food, built my chickens a big coop to live in.  He is amazing.  I am also thankful for my four children.  I am thankful first of all that they are overall healthy.  I am thankful of how giving and kind they are, and I am thankful for each of them for their unique abilities and personalities.  And, lastly, I am thankful that I am up and about walking easily at this time of the year.  Usually my degenerative disk acts up worse when it first gets cold and usually by November I am needing help to get up and do what I need to do, but this year so far I am still limber yet!  What do you have to be thankful for?