Saturday, June 30, 2007

His "Love Language" is......

Words of Affirmation.

OK, I know I have already blogged once this evening, but my last post reminded me of why my nephew may have wanted a blog so badly. He LOVES getting the comments. He has only had it 2 days, and I bet he checks for comments 10 times a day. :-) He wants the encouraging words of affirmation.

If you have never read the book "The Five Love Languages of Children" by Gary Chapman, I strongly recommend that you run out and buy a copy. It is such an amazing book. I learned so much. Unfortunately, at different times, like when I am angry/frustrated at the nephew, I don't think about his love language. NOT GOOD.

I do leave him notes on the bathroom mirror written in dry erase marker. I send him letters and cards in the mail, and I do encourage him verbally, but I need to remember to do that ALL OF THE TIME.

The book describes it this way: Words of Affirmation Mark Twain once said “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Verbal appreciation speaks powerfully to persons whose primary Love Language is “Words of Affirmation.” Simple statements, such as, “You look great in that suit,” or “You must be the best baker in the world! I love your oatmeal cookies,” are sometimes all a person needs to hear to feel loved.

I think I need to reread this book.

Wendy Darling
"Catherine's had a sale..."

Today we went SHOPPING! WOO HOO! :-) We don't get to do that very often. We originally went to get the things I would need for Course II of the cake decorating class. I also needed pantyhose for church tomorrow. Let me just interject here what a TORTURE it is to wear pantyhose in Texas in the SUMMER.

Anyway, while we were there we noticed that they had a clearance sale advertised. I mentioned it to my sister, and she said, "Unless it is 90% off we can't even look." As we walked in the kind lady at the registered greeted us with these words, "Everything on the clearance racks are an EXTRA 40% off of the CLEARANCE price. The clearance price was already 50% off of the original price." Well, that was close enough to 90% off for us. :-)

So, we got some really pretty blouses, and I got a new pair of PJs. Don't laugh, it has been at least 2 years since I have had new PJs. I needed some, desperately. :-) And they are so pretty. :-) Don't you think? Don't judge the body people, that's why I bought the book. :-)

We also ate lunch. I had a large salad, and skipped the pizza. :-) We then bought the book "Fat Smash Diet" and went grocery shopping. We stocked up on fruits, veggies, yogurt and I bought Lentils. I have no clue how to cook Lentils, but I'm willing to give it a shot. :-)

I am actually excited about starting the new food/exercise program. The nephew is already wanting to "jump ship", but I bribed him with his own blog (open only to family to read) when he reaches his short term goal of 25 lbs. ;-) That worked. To even get him to start the program with us I had to let him start his own "Diet Journal" (blog). He was all over that. :-) Again, it is private, only open to family to read. But, being the techno person that he is it works. :-)

All and all I think we had a productive day. :-)


Wendy Darling

Thursday, June 28, 2007

"Trying again...."

My sister, "M" and I are doing a new "Food Program." I prefer the term "food program" to "diet." I do not like the word "diet." I have forever sworn off that word. Every time I "diet" I gain weight.

If you remember my very first post then you remember that I admitted I needed to change my lifestyle/eating habits at that time. I REALLY needed to exercise more. That's been over a year, and let me tell you nothing has changed, except maybe I have gained weight.

I always start out so good, and then I blow it. Well, "M" called me today, and she was telling me about the "Fat Smash Diet" by Dr. Ian Smith. That's the one they use on Celebrity Fit Club. (Ok, you can stop laughing now. Yes, I watched this season.) Anyway, what she said made sense. SO, I have decided to do it with her. I will probably update ya'll on my progress. Pray there IS progress, because I REALLY need to be healthier. I don't care about being "skinny". I just want to be able to walk down to the end of the road without losing air.

For those who are interested this is what my first 9 days will look like:

*All fruits in any quantity*
All vegetables in any quantity (except NO white potatoes oravocados)
you may use no more than 2 tsp. of light dressing to dip vegetables in
*Good Sources of protein (chickpeas, beans, tofu, lentils)
*2 cups of cooked brown rice per day
*2 cups of low fat, skim, or soy milk per day
*1 cup of oatmeal per day
*All herbs and spices
*6 oz. of low fat yogurt (2 per day)
*4 egg whites per day
*2 cups of herbal tea per day
*All the water you want. Try to eat lots of these foods that are high in fiber. This phase lasts exactly 9 days.

Then it's on to Phase 2. I'll blog about that later. The nephew is doing this with us. So, it will be easier for each of us to encourage each other. My goal is to lose 30 lbs. in the next 3 months. I won't tell you how much I have to lose, but trust me it is a lot. So, start praying now. :-)

Wendy Darling

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"I finished...."

I finished course I of the Wilton decorating class tonight. Here is what I did.

Obviously, the roses need work. :-) But, it is a lot of fun and I am learning a lot. :-) I would like to ask that you pray for my teacher, "M". Her brother was in a car accident over the weekend and is still in ICU. She taught the morning class, and our class tonight with her phone on. Quite frankly I don't know if I would have been that dedicated, but she is one awesome woman. Well, guess I'll spend the next two weeks before Course II starts practicing roses. :-)


Wendy Darling

Monday, June 25, 2007

"Just TRY...."

OK, if you have been reading this blog anytime at all you know that I like to decorate cakes. I actually started decorating cakes as a little girl. My first "cake set" was 2 heart shaped pans (one small, one large) and I would decorate them with regular icing and candy. I have always wanted to do more advanced things, but didn't have the talent, or the "courage" to try. Back then I had a LOW self-esteem about EVERYTHING, so I wasn't about to try to do better because I believed I would fail.

A couple of years ago I was given a cake decorating kit by my sister. I bought a book, and just started to make cakes. I decided to "learn by doing". It was fun. :-) I just read the book, and what I couldn't figure out I made up as I went along. :-) Who was going to know? The cake police?

Finally, I was able to take the Wilton cake decorating classes. Tomorrow night is my last class for Class I. I begin Class II in two weeks. I have really enjoyed this class. It is a lot of fun, and I have learned that I have actually been doing a lot of things correctly all along. :-) I have also learned how to correct the things I was doing wrong. :-) In all of this, I have learned 2 things. 1) You aren't born with the skill to do this. You just have to DO IT. It takes PRACTICE. 2) "I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me." OK, maybe that should have been the first one. :-)

Really ya'll, everything we do we have to have God's help. Yes, he even cares about decorating a cake. He wants us to use the intelligence he gave us, and hone any talents He gives us, or He will take them away. He does not want us to be intimidated, and not even try. Col. 3:23 says "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" I know this verse by heart, but I don't always remember it at the times I should. Whatever we do, even decorating a cake, we should do our best because that is what He wants. We shouldn't worry that things aren't perfect, as long as we tried our best to please Him.

I was asked recently if I could do a "princess cake" (posted in an ealier blog entry). I have to admit, I was intimidated just looking at the picture. Although, I didn't just say, "NOPE, can't do it." Instead, I looked at it as a goal to learn. No, I can't do THAT cake right now, because I haven't learned all of the techniques needed. But, one day I will. I thought about it and decided to try something similar. So, today I made this cake. :-)

Don't look too close, because you WILL see mistakes, but it was my first attempt. The lady requesting the other (VERY pretty cake) saw it and said, "Yep, make me that one". :-)

Now, where would I be if I hadn't even tried. I have missed out on so much in life due to FEAR. I allowed fear, low-self esteen, and (even worse) having no faith in what God could do, to keep me from growing. FlyLady would call it "FLYing". :-) So, I am going to keep trusting, keep trying, and keep practicing. I'll never be perfect, and that is ok. As long as I do my best. :-)
Do you have anything you have always wanted to do, but have not tried because you didn't believe you could do it? TRY, trust God, and just go for it. :-)
Wendy Darling

Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Belly Button Song...

I thought I would just share this to put a smile on your face. :-) Enjoy!! ;-)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Yes, God is even stronger than the Power Rangers....


Recently the little Angel that I baby sit has REALLY gotten into the Power Rangers. Now, we don't watch this at our house, because the child tend to get... let's just say they become aggressive.

OK, they become A LOT aggressive. She runs around the house yelling "I am a mean Power Ranger". She hits, yells, throws things, and says mean things, and talks about killing people. Now, you may be saying, "She's just a kid. Let her be a child, let her use her imagination." Well, that's all well and good, and she gets plenty of time to use her imagination. However, it occurred to me last week that I could use this as an object lesson to teach her about the power of the Lord.

I managed to get her to stop jumping on my sofa, and stop hitting me, long enough to tell her who the GREATEST Superhero in the WORLD is. Believe me when I tell you I had her undivided attention. She was very interested to know who could "beat up" her "BAD" Power Ranger. (BTW, I do know about the show and know the PRs are supposed to be the "good guys", but in her world they are bad and she is totally okay with that.)

Anyway, I told her about an "army" of people who had more power than any superhero in the world, they are called "Prayer Warriors". They get all the power they need from God.

She knows about God, and Jesus. We talk about Him all the time. We pray together and her parents do take her to church. She believes Jesus loves her and lives in her heart. So, when all of the Power Ranger stuff became "obsessive" I thought "why not "plant the seed of prayer" now while she is young?"

She became VERY intrigued. I even told her how SHE could become a "REAL" superhero when she became a Prayer Warrior. I told her that she would be more powerful than any other superhero she would see on TV or read about, and that she would help fight greater battles than ANYTHING the PRs would do. She was interested, but not enough to turn in her red Power Ranger costume.

The little nephew has been visiting this week, and he is ALL ABOUT Spiderman. So, the "Angel" and "Little One" have been playing Spiderman vs. the Green Goblin and Power Rangers. Oh yeah, it has been FUN around here, let me tell you. :-)

I took them to the library yesterday for reading time. All the way there all I heard was "Can we get a Spiderman book?" OH, and "Angel" wanted a book about a cat. SO, I had to find a Spiderman book. We got two. Boy, was I excited. (note sarcasm). :-)

So, as we were getting into the car the Little One said, "Spiderman is the great Superhero EVER!" Then "Angel" piped up "Uh, uh... God is. And "payer armies".

I was ecstatic!! She really listened, and REMEMBERED about the prayer warriors. Little One looked very puzzled , so I shared all about Prayer Warriors, again, how God is stronger, yes, even stronger than Spiderman. His eyes were very wide when he asked "Can God beat up the Green Goblin?" Yes, he can DESTROY the Green Goblin. :-)

I would love to tell you that they came home and never talked about the PRs or Spidey again, and just prayed and praised the Lord, but they didn't. What can I say, they are 3 1/2 and almost 5. But, the seed was planted, and I will not give up. Not until God has kicked Spidey's butt, and the Power Rangers are vanquished forever. :-) That will indeed be a good day.


"Why Not Today..."

I am so excited, ya'll. Eric Dodge has a new CD coming out August 1rst. WOO HOO!! :-) Check it out on

Wendy Darling

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

"He Reigns...."

A couple of months ago my oldest nephew received a fantastic early birthday present. A great friend of his (and friend's Mom) took DN to his first concert. Yes, The Newsboys were in town. (Well, close enough anyway) :-) Needless to say I believe it ranks in the top 2 of his favorite gifts of all time.

When he came home he had a t-shirt, and ringing ears, but he was happy. :-) This is one of his favorite songs by them, and yes; I found it on God Tube. :-) Enjoy!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Rainbow Cake....

I've been so busy I forgot to update ya'll on the cake decorating classes. Tonight is the 3rd out of the 4 classes.

I have learned some new tips that are really helpful. I have learned how to make the base of a rose, although I'm still not very good. Tonight we are supposed to learn how to do the entire rose. Uh... Yeah...

Last week we did do this cake. It was really neat, because the clouds were new for me. :-) It says "thank you", because I gave it to a group of people who are volunteering time at the college I graduated from.

Tonight we will learn to make a cake with clowns made out of icing. The clowns are actually supposed to "stand up". :-) Sure hope it works. :-) I'm really having a great time in the class, and I can't wait for Class II. ;-)

My goal is take all three classes and be able to make this cake.


Wendy Darling

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Third Day...

I promise this is the last one tonight. I found this one, and it is my older nephews favorite. I just couldn't rest without sharing it with you. "Cry Out To Jesus" makes me cry EVERY time I hear it, especially if my nephew is singing it.

Casting Crowns...

Yes, I have been "surfing" around on God Tube. I love to watch the music videos, and I LOVE "If We Are the Body" by Casting Crowns. :-)

Via Dolorosa......

I love this song/video, and Sandi Patti is fantastic. :-)

Happy Father's Day....

Today is Father's Day. I wanted to post about my Daddy, and I figured I would just link to the post I wrote last year, but I can't figure out how to do that. SO, I am copying and pasting, and "tweaking" last year's post. :-) Hey, it works for me. :-)

Daddy passed away in 1984. And even though I AM biased I believe he was the best daddy in the world. :-) I remember that his birthday was on June 19th. A lot of times Father's Day fell on his birthday. Every year we got him the same thing, a bottle of "Jade East" cologne. I haven't been able to find that scent in many years. I still remember how it smelled though. :-)

Daddy loved kids. He coached Little League Football, his favorite sport, and his team was undefeated all 3 years he coached. They were only scored against one time, and that was the game they played after we moved. He showed his bravery by volunteering to go to Viet Nam, and by being our Brownie Leader for 2 years when none of the mother's could/would volunteer. He always helped us sell our Girl Scout cookies.

He loved the Oilers and Astros (and anyone who played the Dallas Cowboys). He made great spaghetti sauce and homemade donuts. He coached soccer for my brother, and attended most of our performances at school. He was a wonderful Santa Claus. He worked on Christmas Day, so he would wake us up at 4:00 am to watch us open our gifts. He was just as excited as we were. :-) He had a really good sense of humor, loved music and played the drums. I remember how he used to call me "Wendy Susan" when I was in trouble, and that ISN'T my name. :-) He taught us about respecting other people and yourself, generosity,a good work ethic, giving of our time, to always respect our elders and ALL veteran's, and to take care of your family, always.

I remember how he would take us to the Minor League baseball games during "kids week". He would take only one of each night, so we could have quality time together. I remember the night we won the car at the game. I remember he would buy us frozen yogurt in the little "batters helmets", and how we would give the batter a dollar after he hit a home run. I still love Kevin McReynolds.

He always tried to teach us to think for ourselves, but to obey our parents, and respect our elders.

He loved music. He and Mom would take us to the drive-in movies, and he loved to surprise us with outings. He had a blue car named "Betsy". His whiskers itched, and when he hugged us he would rub them on our face to tease us. :-) He played all 4 sports in high school, and his "dream" was to coach high school football.

He was an EMT. He liked to watch Fritz Von Eric on TV, and he hated liver. :-)

After he died a song was released by Holly Dunn called "Daddy's Hands". I love this song!! Every time I hear it, it reminds me of my Daddy. I will post the lyrics here, but all of the credit for these words go to Ms. Dunn.

I remember Daddy's hands Folded silently in prayer
And reaching out to hold me When I had a nightmare
You could read quite a story In the callouses and lines
Years of work and worry Had left their mark behind
I remember Daddy's hands How they held my Mama tight
And patted my back For something done right
There are things I've forgotten That I loved about the man
But I'll always remember The love in Daddy's hands

Daddy's hands Were soft and kind when I was cryin'
Daddy's hands Were hard as steel when I'd done wrong
Daddy's hands Weren't always gentle but I'd come to understand
There was always love in Daddy's hands

I remember Daddy's hands Working til they bled
Sacrificed unselfishly Just to keep us all fed
If I could do things over I'd live my life again
And never take for granted The love in Daddy's hands

Daddy's hands Were soft and kind when I was cryin'
Daddy's hands Were hard as steel when I'd done wrong
Daddy's hands Weren't always gentle but I'd come to understand
There was always love in Daddy's hands

Daddy's hands Were soft and kind when I was cryin'
Daddy's hands Were hard as steel when I'd done wrong
Daddy's hands Weren't always gentle but I'd come to understand
There was always love ............ in Daddy's hands.

Happy Father's Day to all of you Daddy's. :-)

Wendy Darling

Saturday, June 16, 2007

This is just SO WRONG.....

The following article appeared recently in an East Texas newspaper. The way these faithful employees are being treated is just appalling. Here is the article, and I will let it speak for itself.


When the CEO of Home Depot abruptly resigned in January, he pocketed $210 million in cash and stock options, including a $20 million severance payment and retirement benefits of $32 million. His contract is commonly called a "golden parachute."

For the 70 or so employees soon to be fired at the Texas State Railroad, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. is pushing them out of the airplane with no parachute and a bunch of rocks in their pockets. "So long, and good luck."

For the past 18 months, the dedicated employees at the Texas State Railroad have hung tough through thick and thin, through every reversal and change in policy.

"The train is going to close on Dec. 31, 2006."

"We have enough money to run the train through March 2007."

"We'll keep the train running through Aug. 31, 2007 and let the legislature decide."

These employees haven't been running a train, they have been riding a roller coaster, not knowing whether to stay or seek another state job where their retirement savings can mature.
Most have stayed, worked hard and believed that things would be okay. But TPWD is turning its back on them once again.

When TPWD announced the layoffs of 17 employees at Rusk State Park and the Texas State Railroad during the Christmas season of 2005, the agency gave employees eight weeks of pay.
The state can't call it a severance package, because that's not Kosher. However, they found a way to give those 17 employees eight weeks of their normal salary by calling it "administrative leave."

During the most recent legislative session, TPWD was successful in getting $182 million of new money from the sporting goods tax. So what kind of "administrative leave" packages can employees expect?

Employees who sign on early with American Heritage Railways will get nothing. Ditto for those who transfer to another state agency. They get nothing for sticking it out. Only employees who retire on Aug. 31 will get a four week compensation package. One management-level TPWD employee expressed concern that the train might not have enough employees to continue running through Aug. 31. Morale is at an all time low.

There's no "golden rule," no "golden parachute" for loyal TSR employees. Shame on you, Texas Parks & Wildlife and the Texas Legislature.

Wendy Darling

Friday, June 15, 2007

Awesome video. Ya'll will receive such a blessing. :-) Chris Tomlin is amazing.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

It is evil and must be destroyed.....

Have ya'll tried this "quiz"?

I have a love/hate relationship with this thing. I have made it to #65 a few times, but only on those blessed days when I can actually get past #59. You must have to have the quick fingers of the Bionic Woman to beat #59. I am convinced that this game was developed in the bowels of hell. And I have my brother over at White Horse to thank for this.

However, it has taught me something about myself. Something that my family has known for years, and I have denied vehemently, but must now confess. Hello, my name is Wendy, and I am a control freak.

Maybe "freak" is too harsh. I prefer "diligent". :-) I think I may be a little OCD. When it comes to games, etc. I just have to finish it. Especially if they have those virtual medals or trophies when you complete a level. I HAVE to have them. I have a problem.

I remember about 15 years ago I was babysitting. The kids were in bed and the boy had been playing a Geo Safari game. It was 4th grade level ya'll. ALL subjects on this thing. I played that thing for HOURS until I got all of the subjects mastered. I could not stand to miss a question. It was terrible. I really should have been committed. Really.

I am still the same way. Even with kid CD ROM games. Do you realize what I could have accomplished if I put this much effort in my work while in college?! Amazing. I could be a millionaire, famous inventor, something! Am I? No. But, I will NEVER forget that Divinci conceptually invented the helicopter, or that Munch painted The Scream. That's just invaluable information ya'll.

So, I am now off to play the "Evil game", and I will beat it. One day. I. Will. Beat. It.

Wendy Emprimo

Monday, June 11, 2007

My Blogging Story....

OK, Chili over at is having a "blogging story carnival". There are certain questions she would like us answer about our blogs. I thought it sounded neat, so I am participating and posting my answers here. :-) If you would like to, hop on over there and tell your story too. ;-) I for one would love to read about it. :-) So, get something cool to drink, kick back and enjoy. At least, I hope you enjoy it. ;-) Let's begin.....

1) How did you start blogging?

I have never been very "computer savvy", and definitely not a "trend follower", but my brother, "D" got me started. He and my friend, "Princess Ladybug" started their own blogs. I thought it was neat, and I was looking for a creative outlet, so I decided to do one too. "D" set me up and got me started. (Just a side note you can check out their blogs on my links list. They're the first two listed.) :-)

2) Did you intend to be a blog w/a big following? If so, how did you go about it?

I figured I'd have a small following, like family and friends. Because really it was a way to be creative, but also a way to let people know what's going on with me. Also, I silently hoped I would be read by many people. I tried to write as if I was writing to a "mass audience", although I am sure I don't have that many who visit. I would love it though. :-) I think it would be very interesting to know who is visiting me, how they found me, and what they think. Not many leave a comment, and at times it is disappointing, but like Princess says, "you blog for you, not for the comments". ;-) She's right, but don't we all want to "popular"? :-) I mean, come on people, we all still harbor a little of that "I want people to like me" thing we had in high school. Come on.... admit it... you know you do. ;-)

3) What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals?

This is an interesting question. I am not sure that I have one real goal. I guess, like a lot of people, I want a way to stay in contact with other people I don't talk to often. It's also "safe" to be able to speak my mind on things I wouldn't ordinarily talk about. Aside from my family and friends I don't really "know" anyone else who reads my blog, so I can speak my mind without worry. I also wanted a way to be creative, work on my writing skills, and I guess in a way I hope leave a few "words of wisdom" for the next generation. I don't always let my family and friends know what I'm thinking. I tend to write my thoughts easier than verbalizing them, so I can communicate with family and friends those things as well. It's a way for them to get to know me better.

I think I have been successful. At least, I hope. You never know unless you get comments. :-) (hint, hint,...leave comments people!) :-)

4) Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?

I think so. My style/format has changed for sure. When I first started it was more in a letter format to "Peter Pan" (the whole Wendy thing) :-) And I think I was a lot more serious in the way I wrote. Now, I write in an "open forum" format, and I try to more witty with my posts as well as thoughtful. Is it working? You tell me. :-)

5) What do you know now that you wish you'd known when you started?

My brother filled me in on the "safety" things pretty well. Therefore, I don't have a picture of myself, post my last name, location, etc; so I think I'm covered there. I have learned so many things along the way. Like how to post pictures, etc... I know I have A LOT more to learn. I would love to learn about the site meters, because I am becoming obsessive about that. :-) I do look at designs of other blogs, and sometimes wonder if mine is too simple, but then again, I am simple, so it fits me. :-)

6) Do you make money with your blog?

To be honest, I didn't even know this was an option. Does it pay well? :-) Anyone care to fill me in on this? :-)

7) Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?

Most of my immediate family does. I have one sister who doesn't read any blogs. My mom does occasionally. I know of one cousin who reads it. (HI, "S") ;-) If any other extended family does I don't know about it. (see me waving? Let me know if you are reading) :-)

8) What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?

1) Keep your anonymity. Safety is crucial.

2) HAVE FUN WITH IT!! :-) When I first started my blog I only told two people about it, and I said, "If it's lame I'm taking it down." I am so glad I did it now. :-) It is a lot of fun, and it is fun to take time out for "ME" and write about whatever I want to write about. :-) Also, don't be afraid to play around with the format. :-) This is YOUR blog, and you should let it reflect your personality. OR an alter ego. LOL... your choice. :-)

OK, now it's your turn to tell your "blogging story". Don't forget to go to Chili's at the link up top and click on Mr. Linky. ;-)

Wendy Darling

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Win 6 months of NETFLIX for FREE.....

OK, I rarely post twice in one day, but I just read this on the blog It Could Have Been Worse, so I wanted to pass it on. :-)

Go here Leave a comment and link to it from your blog. You could be one of the 5 winners. ;-) If nothing else you may find some new neat things while there. I did. ;-)

Wendy Darling
No one got hurt, nothing was a success

The week has been fast and furious, but it sure was fun!! ;-)

We played Trivial Pursuit "Pop Culture" addition 3 nights this week. Guys against the girls. Guys won. (Yeah, Yeah, keep grinning. We'll get you next time.) ;-)

The birthday party went very well, I think. ;-) The party was to last 2 hours. Um... Yeah. Everything I planned for them to do was finished within an hour. Including cake and ice cream. They spent the entire last hour playing and running through the house. But, no one got hurt and nothing got broken. They had fun, so I consider that a success. ;-) Even though the balloon racing car were a bust. I have to say that the race car driver photos of each child were just TOO CUTE! :-)

The cake turned out pretty good. Here's a picture, but don't look TOO close, because I can name 5 mistakes on this cake off the top of my head. ;-) But, it was a learning experience, and it was all eaten. I'm still taking decorating classes people; so don't judge me. :-)

It was so nice having my sister and her family visit this week. We laughed so much every day, and the couch has the pee stains to prove it. ;-)
I even tried crawfish!! And it was good. ;-) I can't wait until their next visit. ;-) OH, and I have to say that I have the BEST brother in law in the WORLD!! Any man who will get up at 5:15 am to take his sister in law to take pictures of a sunrise, and then massage her neck and head to relieve a headache is AWESOME in my book. If I haven't said it before let me say it now, "Welcome to the family." If you haven't run screaming by now we know you like us." ;-)
Wendy Darling

Friday, June 08, 2007

God is good, all the time....

My pastor says that all of the time, and it is true. This is a little update on the previous post. We did get the radiator fixed that same day, so we have had transportation.

After a week of boiling water to wash dishes and take showers the hot water heater is finally fixed. When I say "fixed" I really mean replaced. Just a word of warning people: LOWES and Whirlpool stink. We will never buy another product from either of them. Just saying.

In spite of it all it has been a great week. My sister "M" and her family have been with us for a few days, and it has been a lot of fun. ;-) The older nephew has enjoyed VBS WITH his new glasses. ;-)

The cake decorating class is off to a good start, even if the Lightning McQueen cake I am making for the party tomorrow isn't. I messed it up and have to start over. Darn the luck, now we have to eat ANOTHER cake. ;-) I'll post a picture of it when I am finished.

My brother in law, "T" and I got up at 5:15 this morning to head to the local rest area. We wanted to get some pictures of the sunrise. The clouds did not really want to cooperate, but we were patient. Even though we didn't get the sunrise we did get some pretty nice shots of the clouds. Should make a nice backdrop for future photos. :-) It's also really nice to have someone else in the family who really likes to take pictures, and doesn't mind getting up early, stay up late, or drive to "where ever" to get that "perfect" shot. ;-) I'm loving it!!

Here's a couple I took this morning. ;-)

Have a great day!


Wendy Darling

Monday, June 04, 2007

It's been a character building day....

A few years ago I read the book "It's Not Over Until You Win" by Les Brown. If you haven't read this book, or better yet heard him do it on CD, then you really need to get it.

This is the first time I had ever heard the term "character building day". As Christians we should not have "bad days", we should have character building days. God allows trials to test our character, to help us grow. When challenges arise are we going to trust him and have faith, or are we going to complain, get depressed, have negative attitudes, etc..? In other words "Be like the world."

Also, I think we should follow the example set in the movie "Facing the Giants".... "When we win we will praise Him, and when we lose we will praise Him."

I think, "When things are going great we should praise him, and when they are "challenging" is when He is seeing if we will still praise Him."

Normally, I wouldn't write about my sister "J", because she would just get mad. But, she doesn't read my blog anyway, so I'm going for it. :-)

Today was "one of those days" according to my sister. This weekend the radiator acted up. Today, there's a hole and it needs to be replaced. About $300 worth of "replaced". It's been at the mechanics for about 3 hours. We are waiting on his call to say it is fixed.

Nephew broke his glasses this weekend and needed to get to the eye doctor today. Took awhile to find a doc that took his insurance. We then had to cancel his appointment, due to the car, and reschedule for tomorrow. So, he is pretty much limited on what he can do with no glasses.

We had no hot water last night. Dear brother read the manual and figured out a tube needed replacing. So he called the gas company who said to call a plumber, who showed up only to find out that he had the wrong hose. So, we still don't have hot water. Although, due to loving brother heating water on the stove we were able to enjoy warm "showers". :-)

Now we are waiting for the plumber to call only to discover a tower is down and we have no phone service. ;-)

Are you hanging with me so far? :-)

I did manage to get dear brother to call the mechanic from work to let him know we have no phone service, so don't bother calling. The mechanic then let us know the parts house delivered the wrong radiator, but assures us it will be fixed around 4:30 pm. Brother's boss will drop "J" off at the mechanic's on her way to drop brother off at his 2nd job. Boss is a saint, but I think we are testing her patience today. ;-)

Are you still following me, people?

I have handled everything today with a smile, or at least I have tried to anyway.
Dear "J" has chosen to use this week as her vacation, therefore having no vacation in October, and has not chosen to allow this to build her character, or have a sense of humor. :-) The gall of some people. ;-) LOL...

You may thinking "Lose the Pollyanna attitude", "This is a little too preachy", "You're just being a slight bit too positive and perky"..... Maybe so, but I'm also not allowing my blood pressure to go through the roof, or have the entire household in an uproar only to come back to the same problems with no solution. Doesn't help.

Since this is already too much of a "motivational speech" I guess I will end with one of my favorite phrases from Les Brown. "When life knocks you down make sure you land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up."

I'll climb down off of my soap box now. :-)

Wendy Darling

Sunday, June 03, 2007

I'm Home....

...and I had a great time. I have to thank my sister and brother in law publicly for coming to get me, and showing me a great time. I also have to get this off of my chest.... CENTRAL MARKET ROCKS!!!! I'm serious ya'll. If you have never been there you have to go. I could literally spend hundreds of dollars just on the cheeses, olives, crackers and fruit! It is AMAZING!! If we had one in our area it would blow Wal Mart out of the water!! :-)

My dear sister made Mojito Chicken and it was awesome!,,FOOD_9936_35619,00.html?rsrc=search the recipe is here.

She also made cheesy smashed potatoes that rocked!! :-)

I spent a little money on myself and bought "Facing the Giants" on DVD, and some Buttered Popcorn Jelly Bellys. We watched the movie, because I really wanted my sister and brother in law to see it. I thought they would like it, and they didn't disappoint me. I think I managed to hide my crying pretty well. ;-) If ya'll have not seen this movie you need to. I can't even express how awesome this movie is!! :-) Just see it as soon as humanly possible. Go rent it tonight, seriously. :-)

We came home today in what can only be described as just shy of a monsoon, in my opinion. I have to give my sister "props", because she only almost killed us once. ;-) Just kidding. :-) She did very well. :-) And we are looking forward to Thursday when they will come and stay the weekend with us. :-)

I am pretty sure I'll be in bed early tonight. Did I mention you should go rent the movie? OH, and stop by Target and pick up some Chipotle and Rasberry sauce, cream cheese and Wheat Thins. Enjoy this with your movie. ;-)

Wendy Darling