Thursday, June 9, 2016

Best $3.00 I've Ever Spent

I've been using THIS eyeliner for about two years now.  I really love the product, but the brush, eh.  It's OK, but I never could get a nice smooth, THIN line.  But, it's the brush that came with the eyeliner so I just kept on using it.


A couple of weeks ago my beautiful niece introduced me to THIS:


This is the e.l.f. angled eyeliner brush.  It has completely changed my morning makeup routine.  No more big black line around my eyes!!!  It is so easy to use, and so easy to just get a thin application of eyeliner on my eyelids!!! 

I know there are more expensive brands of brushes out there, but for $3.00 at Wal-Mart you can pick up one of these!!  

Seriously, if you're just using the brush that came with your eyeliner, and it's WAY TOO BIG, head over to Wal-Mart and GET ONE OF THESE BRUSHES!!  The "Cleopatra" look (heavy black eyeliner) is out . . . THIN IS IN!!!!

It might not change your life . . . but it will definitely change your eyes!!!

**Not a paid advertisement . . . Wal-Mart and e.l.f. have never heard of me. . . just telling you about a product I love**

Friday, June 3, 2016

King of the World

I heard this song on the radio a couple of days ago and it absolutely blew me away.

I have been SO GUILTY of putting Jesus in a box.  Of trying to think I am strong.  Of trying to take situations out of His hands.  

When did I forget that HE has always been the king of the world??

I am so humbled by the message of this song.  So ashamed that I am so unworthy of His love and His grace and His mercy.  So in awe that He loves me in spite of my many, many failures.

So thankful that He is the king of the world. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My Life In Pictures

Is it just me, or can you not BE-LIEVE that it is June 1st???  I mean, where did springtime go??  For that matter where did wintertime go??  My mom always told me the older I got the faster time would go . . . . and I believe she was right!

So I'm gonna give you a quick review of the last couple of weeks of my life . . . . in pictures.

Ready, set, GO!!!!

On Sunday, May 15th, my dad and I flew out of St. Louis, to Los Angeles, California.  My daughter was waiting for us at the airport and we got in her car for the 1,800 mile drive back to Missouri!  Driving through California, Arizona, and Nevada is pretty much a whole lotta NUTHING.

We drove through Las Vegas Sunday afternoon, and spent about an hour or so visiting with several family members who live out there.  It was awesome to get to see them, but the drive ahead of us was long, so we had to keep the visit short.  

 But man was it HOT!!!!  Yes, that says 95 degrees!!!!

By Sunday evening we were driving through western Utah and it was gorgeous!!!  And much colder.  I didn't take a picture of the car thermometer, but it was in the upper 40s with snow on the mountain peaks!

We spent the night in Grand Junction, Colorado, and by the time we got through Vail Monday morning we were in a BLIZZARD.  I'm not kidding . . . . it snowed about as hard as I have ever seen it snow.  We were going maybe 30 miles per hour for miles and miles and miles.   Finally got out of the snow in Denver, but it rained on us the entire way back to Missouri.  We got home Monday night/Tuesday morning about 12:45 a.m.  1,800 miles . . . but I'm so happy to have my daughter back home with us.  Prayers for our son-in-law are appreciated as he is deployed in Okinawa, Japan.

This past weekend we visited four cemeteries, putting out flowers on graves.  This is a tradition that my dad and I have done together for more years than I can remember. 

My great-grand parents, Ed and Myrtle Graham.

Our garden is looking great.  Actually this picture is from a couple of weeks ago.  Our tomatoes and potatoes are both starting to bloom.  We've had some much needed rain and warm temperatures, which really helps out the garden. 

And our yard!!  This time of year we are mowing every single week, and sometimes we have to mow a day or two early.  We live out in the country so it's not like we have to mow when our neighbor does . . . but it gets pretty straggly looking with all the rain we've had!!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and the little "glimpse" of our lives these last couple of weeks!  Blessings to each and every one of you!!  I love my blogging buddies!!!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

More of Him - Less of Me

I'm back from my trip to California, and my beautiful daughter is home!!!  A four hour plane ride west, and two LOONNGGG days of driving east, but we made it!!  I'll share some pictures later this week, but first, I want to ask you to do something.  I want you to go visit another blog.  

This blog belongs to my beautiful cousin, Ashley. HERE is the link to her website.  

Ashley is a designer who loves Jesus.  And today's post was something I really needed to be reminded of. Maybe you need to be reminded too.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

And Away We Go!!!!

I'm really sorry folks.  My posts have been somewhat few and far between lately, and here I was going to do SO MUCH BETTER about posting more frequently in 2016.  

So if you're reading this . . . thanks for sticking around.  I really do appreciate you.  I promise I still visit YOUR blogs, and even though I seldom comment (note to self -- comment more often!!!) I enjoy reading your thoughts and keeping up with what's going on in your lives.

My days go by so very quickly and I just don't have time (make time) to put a post on this little blog of mine.  I work full time and even with no kids at home anymore it seems I'm always busy.

So here goes . . . . a little catching up with me :)!!!

Our son and daughter-in-law have their house under contract and they're moving into another house.  A house that was in HORRIBLE shape.  The previous owners were heavy smokers (YUCK) and had WAY TOO MANY DOGS IN THE HOUSE.  Can I just say the smell nearly KNOCKED YOU DOWN when you opened the door!!  So we've spent hours and hours and hours cleaning and painting and now I'm pleased to say the house smells exactly like fresh paint and Pine-Sol!!  A lovely smell I might add.  We are hoping to get everything moved tonight.  And even though the house they are moving into isn't finished, they have to get everything out of their house by the weekend.  (They have carpet in the bedrooms and everything is painted on the mail level.  The flooring hasn't been installed in the living room/dining room, and they're gutting the kitchen soon!!)  And our daughter-in-law graduates from college on Saturday, her sister is flying in from out of state for the weekend, I'm heading out on Sunday (more on that in a bit) so we really are running out of time to get them moved.  The house is still in the same town, so they still only live about 5 minutes from us (hooray)!  We are very excited for them and know this will make a wonderful home for them . . . . for awhile.  Their goal is to buy a farm, and so they buy houses and fix them up and sell them to help them put together a down payment on a farm one day.  I'm thinking they'll live in this house for a couple of years.  It is much bigger than their current house, big yard, great location.  I'm very happy for them!!!

I'm flying to California on Sunday to drive back to Missouri with our daughter.  For security reasons I can't share specifics, but our son-in-law is leaving for a six month deployment (FREEDOM ISN'T FREE) and she is going to spend those six months living with us, working (she should find out about her internship next week!) and taking college classes.  They can save a ton of $$$$$ by her staying with us, and we are SO excited to have her back home with us for six months.  Then when our son-in-law returns we will move her back out to California where they will finish up his time in the military.  Please pray for a safe flight out to California, and for a safe drive back to Missouri.  It's a looooonnnnnnngggggggg way from the state of California to Central Missouri so all prayers are much appreciated.  My dad is actually flying out with me so Alex and I won't be two women alone on the road and I'm looking forward to spending that time with them.

Once we get back home and catch up on our sleep, we've got to get in gear for our FAMILY REUNION we have every two years, and this year it's in Missouri!!!  So my husband and I will be hosting about 100 people for a hog roast at our farm in June.  Needless to say the "honey-do" list is LONG!!!  Lots of cleaning up to do, and frankly this reunion FORCES US to take on some projects we've been putting off for a long time.  That is a GOOD THING!!!

So if you're still reading, please be praying for us this weekend, and pray for our son-in-law and all of our service men and women serving our country.  Pray for our country -- it is in a mess and only seems to be getting worse.

Blessings to each and every one of you! 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Planting Asparagus

I don't know about you, but we have NOT had a warm spring here in Missouri.  It has been COLD!!!  I don't know that we've had our air conditioner on ONE TIME yet this year, and here it is April 10th!!!  We still have our furnace on!!!

And while we've plowed our garden, we haven't planted a thing.  The ground is cold.  We had snow just two weeks ago.  So we've been dragging our feet where the garden is concerned.  But we did plant some asparagus yesterday.

We've never had an asparagus bed, so this is new territory for us.

Here are a couple of pictures I snapped yesterday:

It will be a couple of years before we can actually harvest any of the asparagus.  If you have any tips on growing asparagus we would certainly appreciate them!!!  Just leave a comment below.

And one more thing, our daughter Alex and her husband will be flying home tomorrow!!!  They will be home for a couple of weeks on pre-deployment leave.  We are beyond excited to see them and I would appreciate your prayers for SAFE TRAVELS FOR THEM!!! And while I probably won't be able to share exact dates with you, our son-in-law will be deployed overseas from sometime in May through sometime in November.  I would love it if you would add him to your prayer list.  Freedom isn't free.

Blessings to each and every one of you, my friends!!  Today I'm thankful for the rain that God has sent, and I'm praying for it to warm up a little.  It is April after all!!