Monday, February 23, 2009

It's Monday Again and THANK YOU!!!

Well now that the weekend is over, I can share some of the things that have weighed heavy on my shoulders. A couple of weeks ago, my ex-husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I was not able to share this because we had not told the kids yet. We decided we would wait until we had all of the information of his cancer and what all would have to be done (treatment wise). I have dreaded to sit down with them from the second I found out. Well, we did sit down with them this weekend and it went much better than anticipated. I believe my daughter is still processing right now and my little man just does not grasp the entire concept. He starts his chemo this week and I am sure more questions will come and more emotions will emerge through this process. It is going to be a life changing time for everyone involved. He lives in a different state which will have its advantages and disadvantages for the kids during this time. It's good only in the fact, they will not have to see him on his sickest days, but yet when they need to see him and he needs to see them for that reassurance, it's not an advantage at all. I am sure that through this all, we will all become closer and we will find ways to meet the needs of both the kids as well as his. We have not been together since 2005, but he was a very big part of my life and never would I want him to have to go through any of this. Even though it has been since 2005, it's still hard for me to swallow. He does have a great support group and a great girlfriend and mother that will help him through it too. Knowing this helps put my mind at ease. It's going to be a tough journey, for him and the kids especially, but God will shine through! I am sure that I will journal (or blog) about this from time to time. It's a therapy!!! I do thank everyone for their prayers, even though for the most part you had no idea what you were praying about. Last night, our Life group started a bible study on praying and it really is a great feeling to know you have people out there praying for your needs. So again, thank you. Please continue to pray.

Friday, February 20, 2009

I believe ..... Post# 3

I Believe...... That you can keep going long after you think you can't..

This post is has very personal meaning to me right now. I said in a recent post we had some bad news delivered and although I still cannot talk about until after this next week, it's been tough! Since I have learned of this news, the expression "when it rains, it pours" has been an understatement. There have been so many things that have happened and they are all over the spectrum. My grandparents house burnt to the ground last night. They are safe (thank God, literally)! We have lost a family friend to his battle with cancer. I have been to the ER with my son and came out three stitches later. My heart aches... the list goes on, but I will spare you any more details. It gets to a point where you do not feel you can take anymore, usually that's when something more is thrown at you, but NEVER will I ask "what else can happen?". Something I vowed not to do many years ago, because the last time I did, I got my answer that changed my family's lives. But just when you really think you cannot take anymore and you are about to break, there is always something that brings you back to that center point. For me, that thing was an email I got from my mother this morning. She reminded me to turn it over to GOD and he will take care of it all. When God closes one door, he opens another. Although I vowed no crying today, I BOO-HOO'd when I read her email. She always knows what I need to hear. So mom.... thank you and I love you so much! Thank you for reminding me that when I think I cannot take anymore that there is always two people that I know will push me, carry me, whatever it takes to see me through. You and my GOD!!! Saying all that, I leave you with my answer to why it is that you can keep going long after you think you can't..
Revelations 3:8
When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go, only one of two things will happen, either He'll catch you when you fall, or teach you how to fly!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Here is a sneek peek at some of my new jewelry.... I should have my Etsy site back up and going this week. Still pricing and writing descriptions. Let me know what you think!

I Believe..... POST #2

I Believe...That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

This one is a good one but is very hard to practice sometimes. We often let people intimidate us or let them get the best of us due to their negativity, which in return gives us a poor attitude either towards the situation or towards that person. I deal with this every day! If you really think about though it is like someone pulling out in front of us while we are driving. 9 out of 10 times our natural human nature kicks in and we get pissy about it and then the mood has been set, especially in the morning. A lot of times it is an honest mistake. That person will go on with their day and probably not even think about it any longer while you are still "pissy" and your attitude sucks the entire day! I know I am guilty of this for sure. If only a flashing light came on that reminded us of this very saying about our attitudes every time our anger button was pushed, we may make for some happier people. Again, the person or the situation that created the attitude has probably not even thought twice about it or could just care less. And for those who intentionally provoke you, controlling your attitude is the best "back at ya" that you could possibly do. Those people have to answer for their own actions at some point as we have to answer for ours as well. So, keeping this in mind and practicing this throughout our day is a great challenge for us to take on!!! I am practicing NOW!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

I Believe.... Post 1

I received this email today about life's scenarios. There were 20 different sayings, all very good and true statements. I decided that I am going to post some of these throughout the next month and give my own synopsis on them. I would love to here yours as well! Here is the first one...
I Believe.... That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
This is something that is so true and something we all take for granted so often. I have thought a lot about this statement recently. Right before Christmas Break at school for the kids, another fellow parent dropped off her children and was headed back home to finish packing for their vacation that they were leaving for on that day. She lived about 2 miles from the school and on the way home, less than a mile up the road from the school another car coming the other way, swerved in her lane and hit her head on and she died instantly. It was very very sad and I just could not help to think about and wonder what the last thing she said to her kids was before she dropped them off.
You really never know when your moment or someone else's that you love moment will come. If you last words were harsh or not said, that is what you leave those people with. I know that many mornings it is chaos at my house and we are always rushing to get out of the door. Usually those are the mornings I spend the entire ride to school fussing and arguing with my children. Of course after I leave them, it has made for a stinky day! I try to think about that, especially now! But regardless of it is a calm or chaotic morning, I never leave them without telling them I love them.
Again, we all are guilty of forgetting about the importance of that and sometimes other natural human feelings prohibit us from remembering, but I think it is a great challenge for all of us to keep that statement front and foremost in our minds and heart!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I am "officially" a business!!!

A while back I blogged about my journey of what I was going to do this year to get my jewelry off the ground. Well, Last week I received my LLC license and my official tax #. I opened my business account at the bank (got an order for a necklace from the lady) and made my first big inventory order. I am so excited. My portfolio is almost done and when I get that, I will have my Etsy shop back up and going. I am so excited. I have lots of stuff to make, but I am on my way! My fingers will be ready to fall off I am sure by the end of next week. I can't wait for everyone to see some of my new stuff I have been working on. By the way, have I told you that I love having my own little studio. Well, I know I have not said it in a couple of days! I love it. Makes it so nice. I am ready to go back to Harbor Freight (my favorite store now) and load up on more tools.
I just wanted to share my exciting news with my fellow bloggers who I enjoy everyday!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Funny Women Language

I am sure many of you have seen this email, but I have to share it again. It is so funny to me and it is so so true. How many of you can relate? My only question is why the men still do not catch on. Too funny?

(1) Fine :
This is the word women use to en d an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

(2) Five Minutes:
If she is getting dressed , this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

(3) Nothing:
This is the calm before the st orm. This mean s something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

(4) Go Ahead:
This is a dare, not permissio n. Don't Do It!

(5) Loud Sigh:
This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)

(6) That's Okay:
This is one of the most da ngerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

(7) Thanks:
A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you're welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says 'Thanks a lot' - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say 'you're welcome' . that will bring on a 'whatever').

(8) Whatever:
Is a woman's way of saying... Go to H...

(9) Don't worry about it, I got it:
Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to # 3.

Monday, February 9, 2009


Wanted to share another part of my daily life... Rascal, Claire, and Sii. These are my three doggies. Rascal is the oldest. He is ten and we got him 2 months after Jayde was born. He is protector! Claire, the oreo blizzard Catahoola, is 3. She is a Katrina rescue dog that we adopted. She is such a sweet and loving 90 lbs. dog. Then there is Sii, could not suit him better because he is the "little" hellian of the three. He is 2 and a full blooded mini winnie dog. He was suppose to be "my" dog, but follows my daughter around and will not have anything to do with me.. I love them all though! THey drive me crazy but can't image life without them.

SO here my doggies:

Ras, Claire, Sii (can you tell he is spoiled?)

Friday, February 6, 2009


I have been chosen by Raquel Gonzalez @ as one of her top 5 winners of the Blog Award. This is exciting!!!! I am still trying to get the hang of it all, but loving it so thank you Raquel!!! You need to stop in and check out her blog too!!! She will make you laugh!

Here is how it works:

  • Now that I have been chosen, I must choose 5 bloggers that I feel should receive the Blog award.
  • I must list 10 things about myself that you probably do not know
  • I must post a quote
  • Post most award using a direct link to the person who chose me.

SO here we go:

My 5 blog choices:

  1. - My first blog to follow and one of my first followers. She is very committed to her blog and I am always ready to see her next post!!!
  2. - She is an amazing crafter in her art. Her blog is colorful and neat. Any stationary needs, check her out!
  3. - I just recently started following this blog but it is a very good blog. Plus I love the name!
  4. - She is a dedicated follower of mine and also a fellow crafter. She has some great links on her blog.
  5. - This blog is hilarious. You can tell she has great wit about her. Her blog is also very lively!

You need to check these blogs out!!! They definitely bring joy to my day!

10 random things about me (you probably do not know):

  1. My middle name is Ca'rie (CA-REE) and everyone pronounces it Carrie and it used to drive me in sane.
  2. One day I would like to own a Harley of my own, although I have never driven a motorcycle.
  3. I have 8 tattoos and want 1 more.
  4. My "craftiness" comes honestly, my mother is a wonderful dollhouse miniature artisian.
  5. I am from a Spanish descendant and cannot speak a word of it. Shame on me!
  6. I have been writing poetry since I was 9 years old... (very long time)!
  7. I will eat anything but English peas.. YUCK!! :(
  8. I am deathly afraid of a roach.. snakes, spiders and any other bug do not bother me!
  9. My favorite bible verse is .. for with God all things are possible- Mark 10:27
  10. I secretly wish I could have been a professional dancer (not a pole dancer or a ballerina, one in videos)

One of my Favorite Quotes:

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi

Thursday, February 5, 2009


One of the blogs I follow is giving away a king cake in celebration of Mardi Gras. If you have not had a king, a genuine king cake, you are in for a treat. I have not had one in forever. THe kids and I were in the grocery store yesterday and they had samples and the kids got some and I told them oh what I would give to have a real one. ANyway... check out her blog and sign up to win the king cake. She has a great blog too!
Bumpkin On A Swing


Back in January I told you about my garage that I overhauled and turned into my studio. I promised I would post pictures. I have a few of the main part. I have other little stations and working on another main part or work station that I my brother is making for me to put all of my tools I got for my birthday. YES.... I got tools for my birthday and could not be happier. I got my polisher/ grinder, my router tool, torch, and some more gadgets. I was so excited. Anyway, here it is and it may not be a lot but I LOVE IT!!!!!!! I love my space and it is so nice to have my own little place to work. After I get the other work station finished, I'll share that.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Yesterday was a bummer day, typical Monday, and it was a bit long. On Mondays after work we go to an alternative school here in the county and tutor some children that have fallen behind in grade levels for many reason and also are at this school for disciplinary reasons. We come in, try and help them and spread our love for God to them. So, Mondays I usually do not get home until later. When I got home, I had a package on the table and it was from Angela... (Pickles on Pizza). When I opened it up, it was THE book! If you follow her blog (AND YOU SHOULD IF YOU DON'T), you know that she has started a book give-away. When she reads the book, she picks a random entry from her blog and sends the book to them along with a book blog. The only catch is that you must do the same if you win it. What a great idea huh? It is going to be interesting to see where it all goes. Well, I was extra surprised because I did not realize that I had even been picked!!!! I read her blog every day that I am on the computer and do not know how I missed it, but it was even better just getting it in the mail. So I will be getting started on it today. Looks like a great book. I have dentist and doctor appointments for the kids so I will get a good jump start on it this afternoon. Keep posted because I will be the next to give this book away in a couple of weeks. I am so excited and thank you ANgela!!! Thank you for the props too!! You are so sweet and one of these days we are going to have to meet.

Monday, February 2, 2009

No explosions!!

Well, I managed not to blow up the school... good for me and everyone else there! However, I did talk from 8:15 to 1:45 (with the exception of 30 minutes) non-stop. Every four minutes the whistle would blow and I'd have 3 more children to show my experiment to and tell them about Newton's 1st law. My throat was horse and a lot scratchy by the end of the day, but it was fun. The science projects and the concepts were all really cool and very educational. The students really seems to enjoy it and that is what matters.
We gave away our first puppy this weekend. That was tough. Marley Moo went to her new home. I told his new owner that he must keep us updated with pics of her. We already miss her.
We may have another going this week also. My other favorite, ZENA. BOO HOO! The good thing is that is a very good friend of Marley's new owner and they will be able to play still.
The shower went well and my birthday was another day!!! I did get lots of tools and the softest blanket ever. None of my girl friends really understand the excitement I have over tools I do not think. My mother made it back to town and that made my birthday! That was good. If Arizona would have pulled it out, I would have been on top of the world Sunday night.
We did get delivered some bad news and it put a big damper on the weekend. It is something that I am sure that I will be writing a good bit about in the weeks to come and will be asking for many prayers.
Other than that... I did not finish my display and get my jewelry set up in Brookhaven, but will be working on that throughout the week to get it done. I can't wait to get it all together. My brothers worked on it and it is going to turn out neat I believe. Unique. I will send pics when I get it completed.
Well just wanted to let everyone know that the school is still standing for anyone who may have been worried (other than myself)!
I wish you all a great start of the week!!
Until then...