Saturday, January 31, 2009

Favorite Picture of the Day

Trace enjoyed an early 9th birthday
"PBR" themed celebration today!
He along with family and several friends
picked the perfect weather day.
This was one of my favorite pictures
of he and his little brother Wyatt riding Skooter.
Happy Early Birthday Trace!

Hope at Home

"Hope" as our dove has been affectionately named has a new home
and seems very happy with more space.
And without question, Hope is the most beautiful pet we've ever owned.
Thanks again Rhonda for your gift of Hope.

"O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
In the secret places of the cliff,
Let me see your face,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet,
And your face is lovely."
Song of Solomon 2:14

Siesta Fiesta Cookbooks

Order Yours Now!
A very good friend of mine saw my Siesta Fiesta Cookbook and said,
"I want this cookbook."
I have several on order, but they will not reprint these until they have
a certain number of orders on hand.
This friend's birthday is tomorrow and she will be getting this
cookbook since I haven't been able to get more...yet.
Hopefully there will be enough orders soon so this can be reprinted.

It is a great cookbook and you will not be disappointed...promise!
Go here to email Holly & pre-order yours today!
You'll see the cookbook in the right hand column and if you click on order
this will take you directly to Holly's email address.

There are also some Super Bowl recipes they've
posted on the blog that sound delicious!

"I Can Do...."

See how very much our heavenly Father loves us,
for he allows us to be called his children.
1 John 3:1

Friday, January 30, 2009

A beautiful song to share....

"By your side" by 10th Avenue North.

May you be blessed as this song has blessed me today,

HE is in control of too!

Sweet, very talented and witty Melanie, aka Big Mama hosted a give-a-way
of 'winners choice' from my website last week.
The response blew us both away and we were very
thankful for each and every one who commented in hopes
of being 'the winner'.

There were some mishaps during the
give-a-way which led Melanie to post two separate posts so everyone
who wanted to enter to win could do just that. was the source Melanie used to choose the winner
once the give-a-way ended. Then Melanie posted the "Winner".

Soon after that Melanie sent me the winner's email address
and asked that I contact "Michelle".

When I received a response from Michelle I immediately forwarded her message
to Melanie, knowing she'd be as touched by Michelle's response as I was.
Melanie & I both agreed after reading the email from the winner,
"now we know who is in complete control of!"

An excerpt from Michelle's email read as follows;

"...I am thrilled about winning! When I saw that Big Mama was having
the giveaway I immediately posted my comment with my favorite piece
in mind! The really cool thing is that on the day that I was chosen,
we had just signed a purchase agreement on a new home!
We have waited a year and a half for a new home after a tough move.
It's been a long, tiring journey and I feel as if the Lord confirmed
this decision with a stone of remembrance!..."

Congratulations once again Michelle and the entire Cody family!

Wondrous are His works....AMEN

And we have such trust through Christ toward God.
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves
to think of anything as being from ourselves,
but our sufficiency is from God.
2 Corinthians 3:4-5 NKJV

Have a wonderfully blessed weekend.
Thanks to Melanie (Big Mama)
for hosting the give-a-way and congratulations to The Cody Family
on the purchase of your new home and for winning!
Matthew 21:22

UPDATE: Please go here to read Michelle's
sweet post about winning.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I cannot stop looking at this picture!

How wonderful are thy works...

I am so very thankful for so many answered prayers on behalf of
Miss Harper and her precious family.

And we know that all things work together
for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NKJV

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

And Friends Are Friends Forever

"A friend loves at all times..."
Proverbs 17:17 NIV

Have a wonderfully blessed day and if you are experiencing
these very cold temperatures please stay warm!
Blessings always,

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

In Memoriam

Shown above are memorial engraved tiles,
two were engraved using Psalm 23
and the other Psalm 46:10, then personalized.
The two 23rd Psalm Memorial tiles were engraved on Porcelain,
one is 8" x 16" and the other is 8" x 8".
The Psalm 46:10 Memorial Tile is engraved on a 12" x 12" slate.

For those loved and lost but now rejoicing in Heaven with our Father.

Great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

Psalm 86:13 NIV

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Sorry this is a day late, but wanted to wish my Father-in-law a very Happy Birthday! He turned 99 yesterday and sounded like a 20 year old when we spoke to him on the phone.

Hoping to celebrate with him and all of the family next year for his BIG 100th Birthday!

We are so very fortunate to still have him and Jack's Mom in our lives. They are incredible individuals and we wish we could see them more often.

Here's to wishing him a great year!

The picture was taken in November 2007, when they visited for several days. This is of our 4 Jack's; Jack Sr., Jack Jr., Jack III & Jack IV.

To him who is able to keep you from falling
and to present you before his glorious presence
without fault and with great joy.
Jude 1:24 NIV

Intoducing Our New Animal ____________

This beautiful pure white dove was given to us today by Rhonda and I will be shopping tomorrow for a larger birdcage for he/she.

He/she hasn't been named yet but I'm leaning towards "Peace" right now.

This is a very meaningful and significant gift and we are very thankful. We've never had any type bird for a pet and never dreamed of having one so beautiful and graceful.

In the Lord I put my trust;
How can you say to my soul,
"Flee as a bird to your mountain."?
Psalm 11:1 NKJV

He ain't heavy, he's our baby brother!

Happy Birthday Korky! We Love You!
Hope you have the happiest of days
as you deserve nothing but the very best!

"But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does."
James 1:25 NIV

Friday, January 23, 2009

Picture Worth A 1,000+++ Words

What a smile!

Enjoy a wonderfully blessed weekend,

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him
to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:13 NIV

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Big Mama Has A Give-A-Way Going On

Please go here to enter a GREAT:) Give-A-Way!

And please go here & here to thank Brandi & Pete for allowing us to share a photo of their engraved gift!

Blessings to all & best of luck in the drawing,
Matthew 21:22

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

HE continues to restore...

With the help of one of HIS angels; a wonderful, talented and gracious photographer, Camille Ackerman!

Several months ago a dear family friend sent me an old photograph of my sister and I, along with one of our cousins. While I was thrilled to receive this picture I noticed in the background of the photo 2 portraits I never thought I'd see again, since they were hanging in Mary Katherine's room when we lost everything in a fire.

About the same time I received this photo, I read about Camille on someone's blog (yes I truly believe God sent me there for this reason) and her ability to 'restore' photographs, so I emailed her, told her the situation, and asked if she thought there was any way possible to extract the two pictures hanging on the wall in the background, and make pictures from them.

She asked me to scan and email the picture to her and she'd do as best she could for us to have these treasured pictures. That didn't work so she asked if I'd mail her the picture. Of course I did, after scanning the original to have a copy of it just in case it were lost in the mail, since we don't take many chances with photos around here anymore!

Today I received a package in the mail and didn't recognize the return address, so I was 'BLOWN AWAY' to open the box and see what she sent!

Thank you Camille once again for your time, your hard work and your help in restoring these pictures. I have literally had my 'socks blown off' today and am more thankful than anyone will ever know.

I have already made copies for the sweet lady who first shared the picture with me, and of course for my brother and sister, so we'll all have copies of the ONLY picture EVER taken while my sister and I wore a tutu:) just gotta love the hairdo's!

Camille's information is as follows, as I would highly recommend her services:
Ackerman Imaging, LLC,

Sincere thanks Camille,
Revelation 21:5

Monday, January 19, 2009

& More Christmas Memories To Share

We missed seeing my brother Korky, his wife Stephanie and their daughter Anna Kathryn during the holidays but they were sweet to share this great picture of Anna Kathryn with Santa.

Sure hope we can be together during the 2009 holidays! We missed all of you very much.
I wanted to give something to friends and local businesses we often buy for that would 'keep on giving' and I thought Amaryllis bulbs would 'keep on giving' beauty long after they bloomed. These can be planted outdoors and if property cared for will bloom each year.

Mary Katherine came up with a 'saying' and printed cards to decoratively tie on to each of the bulb kits for us. She was also kind enough to be "Miss Santa" and deliver these too.

Thanks Mary Katherine for all of your help!

Blessings to all,

More fun Christmas Memories

Better late than never I guess!

Wanted to share some pictures of Ali & Jack IV, along with their parents, Tripp & Holly.

As you can tell we took good care of Santa with some famous Miss Crumpler Cookies!

The kids were bathed, dressed for bed and highly anticipating Santa's arrival when I took the Christmas P. J. pictures!

Jack IV also had some 'potty training' going on during the holidays but not so much so that he couldn't be on the computer at the same time.

He was 'thrilled beyond words' that his "Aunt" Crystal found him a "Johnny Cash T-Shirt" at Canton Trade Days! He L.O.V.E.S. listening to "Ring of Fire" time, after time, after time, etc.......everyone who witnesses this is amazed that he finds it on his Dad's computer by himself and plays, and re-plays, and......well...hopefully you get the picture! Needless to say we all have this famous 'tune' memorized since this has been a long time favorite for this 3 year old! He has listened to it for 1 year+++ and is still loving it to this day. They have scratched and had to purchase this cd several times and I don't think his love for this song will be fading anytime soon:(

Blessings always,
Fear thou not, for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee;
yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the
right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10 KJV

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New wedding gift idea!

I hope to add this sample to my website later today!
Blessings to everyone,

Friday, January 16, 2009

Praying for Harper

Please join me in prayer for this special family,
Matthew 21:22

Help Another Great Cause-Pass The Word

This book, "Something Cleverish" can be
purchased in paperback or downloaded.
It is full of wonderful laughs written by
'famous' bloggers and has been composed by Sue here at
"Navel Gazing At Its Finest"!

You can read about The Nie's
who survived a plane crash in 2008 here.
There have been many fundraisers
for them since the accident and this great book
is yet another great way to help raise funds on their behalf.

"Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.

This is my comfort in my affliction,

For Your word has given me life.
Psalm 119:49-50 NIV

Praying for Kelly & Scott as they anxiously await seeing
Baby Harper sometime today!
And I continue praying for Kelly's friend Jenna,
whose newborn Brayden has been
care-flighted to Little Rock.
Please help me lift these families up in prayer.
Blessings today and every day,

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Please pray for this family

Please pray for The Saunders Family. You can go here to read about all they are trying to endure with the Lord's help and with the help of family and friends.

And please go here to give or to write Extreme Home Makeover on their behalf.

Thanks in advance for your prayers.
Rev. 21:3-5

However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Adding A Little Western Flare

A lady from west Texas sells my tiles at her shop and also during stock shows. For the upcoming Ft. Worth Stock Show & Sale we engraved items to fill her order using a western touch.

The personalized 16 x 8 was engraved for Trace's teacher as a Christmas gift.

Blessings today and every day,
Psalm 46:10
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 NIV

P. S. If you ever see an item on the blog that has not been added to the website, please order the size via the website and in the comments section please describe what you'd like on your tile(s). Thanks for understanding that I don't always add to both sites instantaneously but try to coordinate the 2 sites as best I can.
Blessings, K

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wonderful Frame With Cute Moms & Grandkids!

Trace & Katie gave me this beautiful frame for Christmas but we (I) failed to get a picture of the 6 grands "together" during the holidays.

I reverted back to pictures taken in the Summer of '08 and printed this one in black & white, so the picture I framed is of 2 daughters, 1 DIL & 6 precious grands.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Still Sooner Proud!

This great 'thumbs up' photo of Coach MacKay was taken by a friend from Dallas last season when OU went to play at Baylor.

With great anticipation we're hoping for a successful 2009 season for the OU Lady Sooners Softball Team.

Click here for their 2009 Schedule.

Hope they make a winning round trip to various venues and end up at the WCWS in Oklahoma City in May! Good luck Lady Sooners!

Personalized Post-It Note Holder

This item is new and the first prototype was made for our "computer guru" Ron White. Please visit his website here.

Ron offers all types of computer solutions.

Thanks for your continued computer help and support.

A very special birthday

Family & Friends alike absolutely blew me away by blessing me more than words can say on my birthday. Zachary and Trent brought their birthday cake creation, a delicious and beautiful strawberry cake, complete with lots of sprinkles. The girls were kind in posting birthday sentiments as well as blogger friends leaving very special comments.

As you can see in the pictures, candles were lit and blown out several times by the grandchildren and each time they'd add more candles. What are they thinking....could it be, "KK is aging as we celebrate?"

One highlight, which I'll have to photograph and share later was a basket for my Pee-Wee Herman bicycle. Mary Katherine bought this thinking perhaps I could carry one of the grand kids in the basket, but after reading the warnings we decided this wouldn't be a good idea since it says 'do not exceed 4 pounds':(.

Other highlights included Tab dishes, great cheesecake mixes (yum), Christy brought another docking station for my new Ipod, a great OU T-shirt, some cute and comfy "Reef" house shoes, a gift card for I-Tunes (and a lot of music downloading on the Ipod to boot, courtesy of MK), Paula & Wyatt brought a Claire Burke Original Oil Diffuser, (another favorite of all time) and some Glagla Shoes which are GREAT. These shoes are very lightweight water shoes that are so comfortable and were sent by my sweet brother and his family.

I also received a beautiful Camellia Tree, brought from Magnolia, Arkansas by my sister and brother-in-law. My sister saw the nursery and immediately turned around to go back (yes, she spilled David's coffee EVERYWHERE), something he is still disturbed about:( He does like to keep his truck clean, so hopefully he'll be forgiving for this break-neck-slam on brakes-turnaround.

But, they met a very special lady there and she sent me all colors of tulip bulbs. Tulips are one of my favorites so I cannot wait to watch these bloom this Spring.

Please say a prayer for this sweet lady, Miss Doris. She recently lost her baby sister, so when my sister told her why she stopped there, to buy something special for my birthday, Miss Doris fell to pieces. We have decided, without doubt, this is a "God Story" since the timing of their visit was 'perfect'. She needed some caring customers that afternoon and God told my sister to turn around and go back. Little did she know....why HE led her there, but now we know.

I have spoken to Miss Doris several times on the phone since that day and we made up a 'care package' for her that my sister delivered on her way back through Magnolia when they were traveling back home to Mississippi. We have a new precious friend in Miss Doris and we are very thankful for her and pray we can help her through this very difficult time.

Thanks for a wonderfully blessed day, full of loved ones visiting, calling and sending sweet cards. I have so much to be thankful for and pray I never take anything for granted.

Please forgive me if there is something I've neglected to mention....I'm officially OLD and have developed an extreme case of 'old-timers'.

Have a wonderfully blessed day and weekend,
Philemon 1:4
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