Sunday, November 30, 2008

My heart breaks for Tammy and her family

Today Tammy lost her son Nick who battled brain cancer. If you get a chance to go on over there and leave a message I would encourage you to do so. If you click on her side bar you can see Nick's blog. I have gone back many times and read posts on Tammy's blog and looked at many pictures on Nick's blog. I promise you this family will touch you in some way, especially Nick. He has the face of an angel and what a brave warrior he is. There has been some heavy traffic on Nick's blog, but don't give up, like I said he was an amazing young man and he will live on, not only with Jesus but with us here on earth. You can find Tammy at My heart...His words

Chocolate milk day

Darrian said: "I want more chocolate milk."
I said: "No you already had a cup."
Darrian said: "but it's chocolate milk day."
I said: "No there is no chocolate milk day."
Darrian said: "Yes there is you know, Sunday, milk day, tuesday, chocolate milk day, Wed, Thurs, Friday, Saturday."
I said: "There is no chocolate milk day." Now if he had said champagne day I might of been able to buy that.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Deck the Halls




We started decorating for the holiday. I hope we get done by Dec. 25th, here everything is a work in progress.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

just Darrian

Last night we were having raviolis for supper. Darrian went running to the park after school and yelled out loudly "We're having CRABIOLIS for dinner." I'm not sure if this sounds good or bad.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Devils Arithmetic



This was a very graphic movie but told the stories well about the Holocaust. It was a movie based on a book that was very popular with young adults so they made a movie out of it. It is hard to watch in many parts but it shows some very brutal things that went on in the concentration camps and it teaches a young girl lessons she will never forget. Great movie for teens, and adults, who want to experience this piece of history, but for teens who are able to handle the disturbing scenes shot for this movie in order to keep it as close to reality as possible. The clip pretty much sums up the horror of this time in History so you may want to watch it when no children are around.

video clips for dad


Texas hold em or Poker, take your pick.

Monday, November 24, 2008

for daddy

Here is a video clip for dad to watch in Iraq. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Soufflenheim France





Soufflenheim, despite its German name, is a town and commune in North-eastern France, in the Bas-Rhin département, in the Alsace région of France. It is also known for its pottery an is also known as Cité des Potiers

We lived in Germany for 3 years and we went to visit this place in France where we bought the above piece of pottery. Soufflenheim is famous for it's pottery around Europe. I think everyone from my post went there to get some. It is a beautiful little village with an old fashioned bakery with pastries to die for. On the way home we stopped at McDonalds where we had the drive through girls hysterical and then the rest of the kitchen hysterical. Contrary to popular belief they do not speak fluent English and we do not speak French so ordering food was another experience entirely. I did however know how to say Pommes Frites, which is the French word for French fries. Believe me you have never tasted a frie until you've tasted pommes fties. We also enjoyed this place because it was during Christmas when we were able to go to the Christkindlesmarkt (otherwise known as the Christmas Market). The Germans and French set up huge markets where they sell home made Christmas things. They go all out for Christmas. We had a great time and if I ever got the chance to go back and live in Europe I would, but who knows where the Army will take us next. The above pictures are of the town of Soufflenhem and the Christmas Market and my piece of pottery.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Then sing my soul Saturdays



This is one song that is very close to my heart. Not many songs effect me the way this one does. There is no other description for what Jesus does to us.

What cat?

Here is what my 5 year olds card said to me today. Happy Thanksgiving thanks for my cat. We don't have a cat anymore.

Pictures

I will be posting many pictures over the next year so Dominic can see new ones almost daily over in Iraq. So you will be seeing a lot of us.


First picture, Big Head and grandpa, second picture Big Head (It's a rough life), third picture (same same) and fourth picture Jr and Big Head

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Common misconceptions about Heaven

People do not become angels# God created angels as angels (Colossians 1:16). They have never been anything else. People do not become angels when they die. We do not know how many angels there are, but the Bible refers to them as an innumerable company (Hebrews 12:22).
# God created the angels as spirit beings (Psalm 104:4). Because they are spirits, they are unseen by human eyes. An angel takes on a form that can be seen temporarily if this will help an angel do his assigned task on earth. In the Bible, angels are highly diverse in appearance. They are usually so awesome when they appear that their first words are, "Fear not." Angelic appearances in the Scriptures include being seen as a bright light, fire, having wings (but never a halo), or like an ordinary person. As spirit beings, angels are not only invisible but also immortal. They never get sick or die. They are without gender as we know it, being neither male nor female, and they do not marry (Matthew 22:28-30).

Rev. James MacDonald clarifies common misconceptions about Heaven

1. Every time you see a shooting star there is an angel in Heaven who gets their wings. Comes from "It's a Wonderful Life." Great movie-not Biblical.
2. When a child dies people will say "I guess God needed another angel." As if God were saying in Heaven "Hey were short on angels so somebody run over little Billy with a bus." Is that not a tragic view of the loving kindness of an almighty God.
3. Heaven is a place where you sit on clouds for eternity and play harps. How boring it would be to be in Heaven all that time just playing harps. No wonder we're so attached to this world with all these misconceptions of Heaven.
4. You won't know if your going to Heaven until you get there. Like you'll arrive at the gates and St. Peter will be there standing at the gates and he kind of looks you in the eye but you're not sure if you're getting in and he's going to ask you some skill testing question like "what's the square route of 75?" and if you don't answer it right there on the spot there gonna be like "release the hounds." And you're finished.
5. You can get to Heaven by being a good person. What an affront to the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary that you can get to Heaven by yourself. I guess He died for nothing. Does anyone believe that Jesus died for nothing? Jesus Christ did not die for nothing. He died to pay for our sins because He is the only hope for eternal life.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Jr.-Division champs-Aiea Eagles



Jr. fifth player from the left #72. End zone Aloha stadium

Aiea...Eagles...You know!






Well today was a big day for Jr. His pop warner football team went to the play offs and the nice thing about going to the playoffs in Hawaii is you get to play in Aloha stadium, home of the Warriors. The kids got a kick out of putting their things in the lockers, and using the showers. They got an even bigger kick at watching themselves on the screen and seeing their re-plays. They also liked hearing their names and number called over the sound system. Play by play just like the big guys. The game ended 0-0 so they put the team who won the coin toss on the 10 yard line facing their goal and that was the other team who scored the one and only touchdown. So we are at the end of our season but the kids are division champs and even better they had the experience of playing in the stadium that UH plays in. Very exciting. Here are some pictures. Jr. is a lineman #72.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thanks Cheryl


Can you believe I won this prize from a give a way that my friend Cheryl was having. I don't win things all that often and was surprised when Cheryl e-mailed me that I won. It really made my day. It's always nice to find out you are getting a gift and it is even nicer to find out it is from a very special friend. This give a way was done in honor of Cheryl's sister Jan who is battling cancer and who is someone I pray for. Things are going well right now for Jan and I am praying they continue to go well. If you want to pray for Jan too go on over to Cheryl's blog "hope for each day" and offer up a prayer for Jan. By the way Cheryl's blog is really awesome too.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Prayer request


My sister Stephanie needs your prayer's right now. You all know she has breast cancer and has had two surgeries so far. She found out that she has MRSA also. They are treating this before starting chemo so please pray that this resolves itself quickly and that she can continue on with her chemo and get back to the business of being a wife and mother without having to worry about what's next. My niece Leah who has epilepsy needs your prayers. Even though she does not have many seizures, she has had some recently and has been in the hospital for testing. Please pray that this is resolved quickly also. Obviously our family has a lot going on including the passing of my mom in June so I am calling out to all my sisters in Christ to stand by me and my family in this storm. I thought my sister would like this video since she likes Disney things.

Father please hear our plea on behalf of my sister and niece and please continue to hear our pleas for our friends out their in need. With you on our side who can be against us. I am trusting in you and putting these needs in your hands. In jesus name I pray Amen.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day


Dominic and the other guys have arrived in Kuwait and will be there about a week and a half before they actually set foot in Iraq. They are not due home until January 2010. The sooner they get into Iraq the sooner their tour starts so we are all hoping here that they get to Iraq ASAP.

Today my son Brandon was in a Veterans Day celebration for NJROTC down at the sub base on Pearl Harbor. They do this every year to honor the veterans and the kids always have a great time and learn a lot about having pride in their country and the people who have served.

Hope everyone has had a great day.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Then Sings my soul Saturday

http://signsmiraclesandwonders.blogspot.com/2008/11/then-sings-my-soul-saturday-grace-by.html
I know I am a day late for posting Saturdays song, and I know I have posted this one before, but there are so many out there needing prayer that I felt led by the spirit to post it. Please pray for Elizabeth, Cheryl's sister Jan, Nick, my sister, my husband and anyone else you can think of in need of prayer.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Iraq

Tonight my husband Dominic is due to leave on a tour to Iraq. He will be gone for a year or more. He may get a 2 week visit home halfway through. Please pray for his safe travel and the safe travel of the others deploying with him. Also pray for their continuing safety and the continuing safety of the many other soldiers deployed all around the world.

PS Pray for my sanity. It's just me and them. All alone. Enough said.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I'm back and I'm not sure what to say

My dad had a good visit. We didn't do anything really interesting, just spent time as a family. On Monday my dad and my daughter flew back to NJ. My daughter will be back on Dec. 11 and then start college in January.

It had been an interesting evening watching the presidential election and although I had huge disagreements with both sides, I woke up feeling pretty good. I was not on the side of voting for Barrack Obama, but his victory does say something special to me. Not only can anyone become president, but my son who is half Mexican can be told that "yes you can too." He used to ask me if he could be president and I would tell him of course, but in the back of my mind I thought no way. Only because it didn't seem possible that a half Hispanic kid, who definitely doesn't look white, could actually be voted into the White House, but now I can feel that yes this is possible. I cannot say I agree with many issues, and I cannot say that I voted for Obama, but I can say that him getting elected has made a way for other people who may not have had that way before.