Blessed Holidays

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday. I know I did. And, as always, I ate too much. Lol.

We kicked off our holiday with a wienie roast one night for Atleigh. She loved the fire and her some marshmallows.


When it got too cold outside, we came in to warm her up and Poppie built her a fire in the fireplace. She loves loving on mommy and she got to love on Uncle Dallas too. Well, slobber on them is more like it. PhotoGrid_1511791747781


Then, she just got all played out. I think a few more did too. Everybody loves Dakota.


The next few days was spent getting food ready for three dinners. Phew! I had to take a muscle relaxer that night. But I did it. I doubled some recipes and divided three ways. This year I tried homemade stuffing. I made a loaf of bread, sliced and diced into cubes, and toasted in the oven. While they were baking, I made the filling. I sliced and diced onions and celery. The wet ingredients were, are you ready?, just cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup and chicken broth. That’s it. Easy peasy. And salt and pepper to taste. After the pieces of bread toasted, I put them in a casserole dish, poured the wet mixture with the onions and celery over it, and baked in the oven for about 30 minutes on 400. It was so delicious.


Dakota and Jossie went to visit her family one night and had a good time.


Then on Thanksgiving day we went to my mother in law’s.


On black Friday we went to my momma and Daddys. I surprised my momma and brought the whole dinner. They loved it.




We’ve been getting some hunting done. Dear hubby has put two in the freezer so far. I have been wanting some deer meat so bad. We have been checking cameras and watching. He got his 10 point he’s been wanting. I was so glad because I wanted him in our freezer and not the neighbors or hunting club down the road.  We have alot of hunters around here.


We’ve been teaching Jossie to hunt. She wanted to learn and go so bad. I took her one evening and didn’t see anything. She was disappointed but that’s part of it.


She’s going to hunt some more this week. Maybe she will be blessed to fill their freezer. Dakota has been enjoying duck hunting. Maybe he will get some ducks for their freezer also.

These two are having way too much fun in the kitchen.


We’re trying to get Atleigh transitioned to her bed. Yep, she has slept on her mother’s chest since she was born. God love it. She is doing good so far but it takes time.


The best thing about after Thanksgiving, is all the left overs. You can do so many things with them. Left over turkey makes good soup and etc. Just Google it. Then the carcass makes good stock. I got 8 qts off of one turkey.


We’re trying to get the house decorated now for Christmas. This also takes time. Lol. Almost done.

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Happy Thanksgiving


As the world looks upon me as I struggle along
and they say I have nothing but they are so wrong
In my heart Im rejoicing and how I wish they could see,
Thank You Lord For Your Blessings On Me

Theres a roof up above me
Ive a good place to sleep
Theres food on my table
And shoes on my feet
You gave me your love Lord
And a fine family
Thank You Lord for your blesssings on me.

I know Im not wealthy and these clothes are not new
I dont have much money, but Lord I have you
And to me thats all that matters and how I wish they could see
Thank You Lord for your blessings on me…

I have sung that song all my life in church and still do today.

I’m thankful for God dying for and saving an old sinner like me, growing up in a home with a Christian momma and grandparents, God bringing a faithful husband into my mommas life and being a father to me, God keeping me safe through my stupid teenage years, God bringing David into my life to put up with me, God giving us a good marriage, giving us two wonderful boys to raise, a good home and land, a beautiful daughter in law and a beautiful grand blessing in our granddaughter, friends and loved ones. I pray we have many more. Help us to continue this legacy and our kids to carry it on.



Have a very blessed Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Just Enjoying Our Time

Warning: this post contains a sensitive pic of hunting. Viewer discretion is advised.

It’s been a good couple of weeks here. We’ve just been enjoying our time together.



While mommy is at school, Daddy takes care of business.


One night I had the opportunity to make homemade chicken noodle soup and homemade bread. Even the noodles were homemade with my kitchen aid mixer. I also got to make home made lasagna too. And those noodles were homemade as well. Don’t know why I didn’t get a picture of that.


We’re learning how to sit



She’s even getting to sit at the table with the grown ups.


And no night is complete without a little brotherly competition


Every body deserves to have a little chocolate when they turn 5 mths old.


One day I was getting out of the shower and Poppie was singing to Atleigh. This is what I find. She likes Elvis, I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You and his Christmas carols. This is why I love this man.


Me and Julie were acting goofy while Dallas was in class.



We’ve had the opportunity to enjoy our hunting. We have been checking deer cameras and liking what we see. So one evening I went until a storm brewed up.


My dear hubby texts and says I might want to come in. I whined a little and came out. It’s a good thing I did because no sooner then I walked in the back door, the bottom fell out. The wind blew his flag pole down and some things over in the yard. The winds got really high. We watched football the rest of the night.

This morning my sweetheart got it done. 10 pt we’ve been watching. It’s been long time since he has got to hunt and I hope he’s getting the fever again. Thank you Lord for the provision for the freezer.


Silver Sunday:


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Veterans Day

Thank you to all who have served and are still serving.

My sweetheart:




My PaPa:



My nephew, Thomas Ratliff who is on the 155th with the National Guard. He has served several tours in Afghanistan and is scheduled to serve another next spring.







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Silver Sunday

It is not appropriate to tell people, “do what makes you happy”, or “do what you want to do”, etc., etc. Our “want to” and our desires may not be what God wants for our lives. Our wants can get us into trouble sometimes.
The best advice you can give someone, is for them to pray and seek Gods will for their life. When we follow Gods plans, our lives are so much better.




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My Feller Is Home

I am so happy, my sweetheart is home. He has missed his Princess so much.


He’s got alot of catching up to do.

He has been doing some projects already he wanted to do. Right now is mostly getting ready for hunting season. We have checked out deer cameras and like what we see. Well, except for hundreds of pics of Dallas riding through on the four wheeler back and forth, back and forth, back…..well, you get the picture. We are getting our gear ready and rifles and bows sighted in. Dakota has gotten back into deer hunting and I am so glad. I think he wants to put meat in his freezer too. He is a duck hunter through and through. Jossie is wanting to start hunting too. She can start out with me alot if Dakota can’t take her. The girl will learn to hunt if we have anything to do with it. Lol.

Today is a karate kind of morning.


This afternoon and tonight is football. My sweetheart is making homemade chilli.


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Appointments, Showers and More

It’s been a busy week here.

First, I had to take Dallas to the Dr finally. I was suspecting kidney infection or something but after a urinalysis and blood work they ruled out kidney infection, UTI and kidney stone. I still have doubts but I’m not the dr. Our physician said he feels as though it’s a strained muscle around his back and it stems around to the groin area. He gave him a high inflammatory medicine to reduce the inflammation. It is not working as fast as I’d hoped but we will see. He has to take it easy in karate for a bit. He can do what he can do and that’s all we can expect.

After his appointment we had to pick up some things we needed to host a baby shower over the weekend. He loves the carrier for Atleigh.


Friday night we were getting food prepped for the baby shower. I had 4 people in the kitchen at one time. Dallas was in charge of cocktail meatballs, Julie was making pinwheels, and Jossie was on sausage popper duty. My kitchen was a mess. But we got it. All I had to do the next morning was last minute things and that was good.

Saturday was the shower. It was very special for my sister in law. I don’t know how they do things in the Philippines but she was forever greatful.







I have never hosted a baby shower by my self and it was fun. Can’t wait for a new niece to get here.

Dakota got to come home over the weekend. The job he was on is finished.


That night they wanted to go to a Halloween party so my little buddy got to spend her first night with me. However, they did say that was the worst idea ever. They realized they were parents and needed to be at home. Now that’s a sign of maturity.

Me to Atleigh: Atleigh, who gave you cake?
Atleigh to me: What cake G-Maw?
Me to Atleigh: I think it was your favorite uncle in the whole wide world.


We had story time which she loves and bath time. She was so tired. She had had a good day with mommy and daddy.


Come bedtime though, I was a nervous wreck. I was so scared I wouldn’t wake up to check on her and you know the feeling. I started out with her in the bassinet right beside my side of the bed. But the mattress in my pack and play is cold and not very comfy. We will fix that with a mattress pad. So, I put her in the bed with me. Well, let’s just say she slept like a baby while I was a zombie the next morning. I definitely woke up ALOT checking on her and woke every time she moved. But it was good. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to do it again.

Then we got up and got ready for church. She finally got to wear a dress Poppie bought her since it is getting cooler now.

She loved hearing and watching the kids lead our song service at church. I even saw her lips moving a few times.

Then I came home and got a much needed nap. Got up and got my decorations ready for my truck for trunk or treat that night at church.


Atleigh is still growing strong. She has finally got to her feet and now sucking on her toes and taking her socks off.

Me to Atleigh: “Atleigh, where is your sock?”
Atleigh to me: “I’m busy right now G-Maw.”


One morning I told her to smile for Poppie so we could send him a pic and this is what he gets to see. It made his day.


She is quite the character.

Wascally Wabbit



We don’t always see eye to eye on things. Lol. She’s funny I tell ya.



I missed my Silver Sunday yesterday so I’ll leave you with these thoughts.



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