Sunday, March 29, 2009

Prisoner of Circumstance - Give a way

I read this book, written by a Nadine, whom I know from her blog Just Being Me. recently. This book was such a good book. It had it all. I was hooked from page one and fell in love with the characters immediately. I absolutely loved Regina (the main character) and her parents. I did not love Anthony, and my feelings were mixed for poppy. I can honestly say this book was so good I hope Nadine plans on writing another. She has what it takes to be a wonderful addition to the Christian writers out there. I read the book fast, but was sad to see it end. I have my copy and would love to give it away to someone who would really appreciate it. I know I don't get a whole lot of blog traffic, but if you make a comment I will put the names in a bag and let the kids pick one out and the name they pick will be the one who gets the book. I promise you you won't be disappointed in Prisoner of Circumstance

First lost tooth for Darrian

Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunt

Funny guy

As I was looking for some clips of our church to show my dad (posted below) I came across a clip that shows our pastor Pastor Ko introducing pastor Kim a guest we had last year. I thought this guy was pretty funny. He is on after my pastor introduces him.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

First Assembly of God Red Hill

My dad has never been to our church but is coming with us in the Fall. Here is a little taste of what Sunday is like at our church. This is the evening so don't let it get you too nervous, it isn't all this wild at the morning service (although I can't promise it won't be) but it will be this packed as are all the services. Also the adult young adult band performs in morning service. It's pretty obvious why I attend the night service also, not only is my daughter and son involved in the evening, but my inner rocker has got to have a place to go. Here is the Sanctuary at Red Hill.

Our dancers


Like I said I am bringing my dad in the morning where the youth won't be screaming, but I still need my night time fix.

Youth band

Friday, March 27, 2009

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays (don't forget to mute my music player)

I love Hillsong United and I really love when we get to sing their songs on Sunday at church, and once I saw this cartoon I fell in love with it too.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Prom

Monday night was Brandon's prom. Here he is on the left with his best bud Mark. The couples, Brandon's date is 4th person in.
The Girls
The "croissant"


At the prom
The Boys
The couples

Lazy day

Today we spent the day at the pool. Here is Damian enjoying the water.
Darrian thought the beach at the pool was a cool idea.
Jr. and his friend Bradley are having fun on Spring Break.
Damian is having fun on his Spring Break too.

Darrian likes the cool Rocks. What more could they ask for.


Community Center

New pool at Ft. Shafter


We are lucky this year that Ft. Shafter has built a new pool just for kids. The round part is no more than 18 inches deep and contains sand and is surrounded by a sandy beach. The rectangular part goes from 3Ft. to 4Ft. This is great for the kids and it doesn't really interest the teens so it is not very crowded. I can see we will visit here often this summer. There is also a big park. And the best part is it is free. Now that is a nice, easy, inexpensive summer.

New pool

New pool



Spring break

getting ready for the prom

Monday, March 23, 2009

Bible Study Book Club Selection

We are reading this book for one of my Women of the World groups. If you remember Lisa was on the show The Facts of Life while growing up. Now she has a career as a Christian author. I love her books and this one is really good. I am really enjoying it. You can get it here at Amazon.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Brandon

Today is Brandon's 17th birthday. I didn't have any pictures that were new to download so I stole them off his myspace. Monday is Brandon's prom. From the looks of this picture they don't look to serious. Things have changed a lot though. When I went to prom I picked out a dress and then my date picked out his tux to match it. When I went to get Brandon's tux I asked him what color his date was wearing and he said "I told her to wear black." "So you're picking out the tux in the color you want and then she has to match it." "Ya." Interesting. Then he asked me last night to get him one of those things you put on her wrist he said "you know what's it called, a croissant." "You mean Corsage?" "Ya," So today I am going to buy Brandon a croissant.

Ilove me some me

This is my new shirt by TO's Tees. Made by Terrell Owens. I had to order a few shirts for Brandon for his birthday like ipractice, icompete (TO win), and I thought I'd throw one in for myself.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Reilyn

Today is my granddaughter Reilyn's first birthday. It looks like she is going to enjoy her cake. Wish we could celebrate with her. Hugs from all of us here in Hawaii and Great Grandpappy in Iraq. We love you.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


This was on my friend Rebecca's blog yesterday and I wanted to share it in case some of you haven't seen it. You can find Rebecca at

Radford Complex Songfest

Here is Darrian's in his Radford Complex singing program. Every year the students from Radford school complex, which consists of about 8 schools puts on a songfest in the High School Gym. Darrian's Kindergarten class got to sing. About 3 minutes in the next song is a little clearer. The gym was very noisy but I got the best I could.
The sound is not great because of the large crowd in the gym.

Monday, March 16, 2009


I finally got to see this and I thought it was awesome. I think this opens up the fact that as a free country we don't always get to enjoy the freedom to think how we want. I can't understand why intelligent design is such a hard concept for science but it obviously is. Thank you Ben Stein for getting the word out.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

People let me tell you bout my best friend

Meet Scooba, friends of Roomba. I have had Roomba for about a year or so and I use him every day (I say him like he's a person). When I mentioned to my Cousin Diane that I loved my Roomba she said she had one to and a Scooba to go with. She said Scooba was even better then Roomba. So when I saw Scooba the other day for a great price I new he had to be mine. I used him today and he did my entire dining room, kitchen, and family area and did not even try to go over one rug. When I say what a great job he did I then went and used him in the bathroom. I ran the Roomba first but not in the bathroom when I realized the instructions said I didn't have to sweep first. What an awesome job he did. So now not only will I rarely vacuum a floor again, but I doubt I will ever wash one either. Since spring break is next week and we will either spend all our time at the beach, pool or water park this will come in handy not to mention my crock pot will be going full speed for 14 days. Gee how much easier can it get then this. Maybe some device that can do my laundry. There's always hope.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Then Sings my soul Saturdays

PLEASE REMEMBER TO MUTE MY MUSIC PLAYER. This is the ring tone I put on my phone. I like it because every time I get a call this song sticks in my head for a long time after. I always enjoy it sung at church too.

For more go on over to Amy's blog here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Friday Funnies

Church Bulletin Bloopers 3
Category : Church Jokes
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person(s) you want remembered.

Attend and you will hear an excellent speaker and heave a healthy lunch.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, superb entertainment, and gracious hostility.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 pm-prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.

A songfest was hell at the Methodist church Wednesday.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
For More Friday Funnies hop on over here.

Darrian reading

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


We sung this in church on Sunday and for some reason it is stuck in my head today. I love this song and wanted to share it. I'm sure most of you have heard it before, but it never gets old.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Cousin Diane's mango smoothie

The other day on facebook there was some talk about smoothies. My cousin then gave me this recipe that sounds yummy so I thought I would post it in case anyone else would like to make it. I am going to get the ingredients tomorrow and give it a try.

1 Cup frozen Mango (you can use fresh, but I am getting frozen at Sam's club)
1 container Stoneybrook Farms vanilla yogurt (also at Sam's Club)
5 ice cubes
1/2 Cup organic cranberry juice (add more if using frozen fruit)
Add 1 banana if not sweet enough.

Yoyo ball

Friday, March 06, 2009

If you think God isn't talking you're not listening

This is the dry erase board I bought so the kids could commit Bible verses to memory so they would have them when they needed them. I look at this every day as I go out of the door and on many days I find new meaning in it. Today as I went out for my walk I was thinking about the verse that was up there. One of the most popular passages in the Bible is Nehemiah 8:10: "Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." This tells me that if I am strong in the things I know are right and do not grieve for what I cannot change, this will give the Lord joy, not happiness, but joy. You can feel joy in any situation, even the ones that are not happy.
This verse spoke to me a thought about my mom before she passed from this life to the next. My mom met Jesus a few months before she died. So when grace amazing took her home I could feel joy in the fact that Jesus was with her. So that reminded me of Nehemiah 8. I am sure as this verse is up all week many more thoughts will come my way, but this was the one I wanted to share. So as I put many more verses up I hope to continue to hear Gods voice Along with the thoughts my children are sharing with me about the verses they are learning.

future sugar fix

April 21.......Ben & Jerry's free cone
April 29.......Baskin Robbins.........a scoop for 31 cnets
July 11 .......7-Eleven...............a free 7 oz. Slurpee
September 24...Coldstone Creamery.....a free ice cream treat
I'm not sure what else is out there, I think DQ and Starbucks do something every year also. If I find out I will let you all know.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009


I spent my morning at Oahu's first Target. It was so fun to go shopping in Target after 7 years. I used to live close to one in Washington but it's size did not compare to this one which Target says is on of their biggest. Here is what the morning was like:Target Opens To Lines On Oahu
Discount Retailer To Face Off With Wal-Mart, Kmart

HONOLULU -- About 200 people lined up at the Salt Lake location and more than 1,000 turned out in Kapolei for the opening of the first Target Stores in Hawaii on Wednesday morning.

The discount store chain is opening at Salt Lake and in Kapolei on Wednesday.

The couple hundred people in line at the site of the former Costco near Radford High School poured into the store at 8 a.m.

It is one of the biggest stores of the 1,699 nationwide, Target officials said. The chain is now in all states except Vermont.

Some shoppers said they waited years for Target to open.

"It's affordable, it's hip. I think they have really good buyers," shopper Kristi Mapes said.

The openings come at a time when Hawaii needs jobs. The two locations hired a little under 1,000 employees.

Employees said they are enjoying their new jobs.

The Hawaii stores will feature big swimsuit sections that will be sold year round. They will also have an "aloha shop" featuring Hawaiiana gifts and foods, surfboards and other local favorites.

During the recession consumers are switching to cheaper stores. However, Target's fourth quarter profits plunged 41 percent compared to Wal-Mart slipping 7 percent.

The company said it is giving more shelf space to food, healthcare and beauty items and will make sure costumers know about its low prices.

"We need to continue to focus on our value statements, bring in exciting product," Target Store manager Denise Lint said.

Some shoppers said they plan to compare prices at Target to the two established big box retailers Wal-Mart and Kmart.

Many bought their share of SPAM on sale for $1.50.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

break my heart for what breaks your, Jesus

(PLEASE MUTE MY MUSIC PLAYER TO HEAR THIS CLIP): Please take the 5 minutes it will take to watch this video. It will touch you. What amazing people to give to these boys the piece that is missing even if it was only for a night.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

A Little Bit of East Timor

Vanessa and the kids
Uh Oh, boo boo!
Missionairies at Sunset
East Timor untouched

Blueberry muffins and tea

Made some blueberry muffins and had some with tea on Rae Dunn pottery of course