I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17 Check out Alana at http://www.domesticblissdiaries.com/2012/11/2012-thanksgiving-guide-make-it-mean.html and her link to Ruth's scripture readings for Thanksgiving.
Have fun getting ready for Thanksgiving. Don't forget to prepare your heart.
I have several posts I haven't posted because of school starting and busyness - getting back into a routine. Haven't posted because I wanted to take photos with the posts. But this is just stuff. One day it will all be gone.
Instead I'm posting this now. Jesus loves you. He died for your sins. And Jesus is coming back.
In these uncertain times there is hope and peace for you. It only comes from the Lord Jesus. He's coming back and soon. If you don't know Him you can. If you don't know Him you will be left behind.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever (that's you) believes on His name should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Sandy Bradshaw and I rode the same bus from the time I was in the seventh grade until about the time one stops riding the bus in high school. She was one grade a head of me. I remember her always being nice and always having a big smile.
After September 11, 2001 hardly a day went by for years that I didn't think of her and her family, at least several times a week.
When I watch those specials on televsion about it I still cry.
523 NYC firefighters and paramedics lost their lives by respoding on that tragic day. Do something nice for someone today. Deliver cookies to your local fire department - we are. Visit a shut-in. Volunteer at your church. Tell your child's teacher "thank you".
So we had a party this past Saturday. Much preparation of which I will share in the coming days. For now we are enjoying the last day of summer break. That's why I haven't been here lately.
So hang on.
Way before school was out I was thinking of things for us to do this summer as a family. Star Wars movie day was one that I thought Wonder Boy and Southern Cal Boy would enjoy way more than me.
After our Disney trip this spring, another story for another time, the Jedi Training camp had been implanted in my brain and kept popping up again.
So the movie day became the spring board for Jedi Training camp for Wonder Boy and his friends while letting Southern Cal Boy have fun as well.
I craft magic. It's my job. It's what I do. While everyone else is out working the daily grind and getting paid I'm here doing research and making magic happen for the minds of little kids everywhere. And big kids.
So stay tuned. I promise, in the coming days I'll share photos of items we crafted for the cause and links to ideas you can use for your own young Padawans Jedi experience.
It's not too late to enjoy some good fresh seafood.
On the way home from OBX we traveled the road less taken to the small fishing town of Wanchese where fisherman are able to catch and ship fresh seafood all over the world.
We enjoyed some great seafood at the Fisherman's Wharf in the industrial park area and right on the water. Beautiful view of the water from the dining area.
Haven't been in many waterfront seafood restaurants in years, so it was great and brought back lots of memories of summers spent on the Atlantic Coast and our seafood night at the beach.
I enjoyed the fried sea scallops and shrimp. Um-um!
Southern Cal Boy's stomach had been bothering him so he declined fried and got their Cowboy steak. He shared some with me and it was as delicious as the seafood. It was a steak that would have made Robert Mitchum proud. The link is for you who are too young to know. In the words of Hoops and Yo-yo "He's (was) a tall glass of eggnog." Sit down George Clooney!
with an attitude
Stay tuned for ramblings on our Jedi Training Camp.
Here's something to serve with your tomatoes from the other day for a fast, easy, and light dinner.
Feta cheese with some Italian herb mix sprinkled on it. See my Father's Day gift posts for the recipe. Salami, deli quality please. Got this at Target in the grocery area. The little red and yellow peppers came from there as well. Add some pickled pepperoncinis, olives of your liking and some delicious bread and butter pickles if you have them. My Mawmaw use to make the best. These are the ones we have now.
I had to take the photo at this angle.
Bigger than life.
Just like Dukes mayonnaise, Krispy Kreme Donuts, and Cheerwine. Enough said.
The last thing is a big, crusty baguette or loaf of ciabatta. Sam's has a bag of ciabatta rolls that are under $4.00 for a fair amount.
That's a great meal for Southern Cal Boy and I on a Friday when Wonder Boy is at Nana and Grandaddy's.
Hope you have enjoyed your summer and the posts so far.
Fresh slice tomatoes, preferably German Johnson tomatoes. Slice up some fresh mozzarella that comes in the big hunk or circle, not the rectangles. Some fresh ground pepper, fresh chopped basil, a little drizzle of olive oil and you are good to go!
Next time, something to go with this for your patio party even if it's just you.
Check out these great gardening tricks. A couple of these I already do. My roses love coffee grounds.
And marigolds! They are the best. They bloom until the first frost. Let the seed heads dry on a paper towel and then put them in an envelope or small paper bag shut with a clothespin and you are ready to plant in the spring. Just tear the flower head apart to separate the seeds. I have been fortunate enough in the past that if I leave the whole plant in the garden until spring or just before, some of the seed heads not eaten by birds will self sow. This year I didn't have as many but I still had marigolds coming up by themselves around the garden.
Another tip for plant markers is one I read about in a garden magazine or somewhere years ago. Use plastic knives (from take-out) or buy a box. White or any color you like and use a permanent marker to write the name of the flower, herb, or vegetable you are planting.
Registration for Samiritan's Purse Operation Christmas Childbegins Monday, August 6, 2012. If you can help link to their website for contact information. Share the gospel and good news and love of Jesus Christ and the gift of Christmas with a child. This type of investment is the kind to make.
Call a volunteer scheduler at 800-442-9120 on or after Monday, August 6th at 8 a.m. EDT. You may have to wait to have your call answered. Spots fill up quickly for reserved days to go and work because there are many who know this is such a worthy cause. I've volunteered 3 times at a warehouse and it is an awesome experience. You will not be sorry.
If you can't do that please pack a box and take it to a local drop-off point for their 2012 season. Bless your heart and someone else's this year.