101 Reasons I Love My Husband

Sunday I was not feeling too well.  Lets just say; cramps, mood swings, achy all over, bloated, give me chocolate or you are all dead…  I am sure you all know too well.  Anyhow the house needed cleaned.  My sweet hubby went right at it before I was even out of the shower.  he said I could just lay back down and he would take care of it.  Well nice as that sounds I just couldn’t.  I felt the impulse to make sure he was doing it my waytoo guilty to do that.  It was such a sweet gesture though!  Now before I go on let me remind you that he may be handsome, sweet, thoughtful, and helpful BUT he is taken.  Sorry girls he is all mine.  I had to remind everyone that before I went on because I know the next part will make every girl envious…

He even scrubbed the entire bathroom.  AND used my “green” idea to reduce chemicals; baking soda and lemon juice.  they do wonders together.  But this was so sweet considering that it is messy and he hates anything lemon. 

*For anyone wondering how my concoction worked, it did really well on the sink bowl, shower, and toilet.  It did really well on the tile too except that we had not had the grout sealed yet so we did have to use grout cleaner a bit.  I am hoping it works well on the grout after it is sealed because Chloe likes to lick the grout for some odd reason. 


Natural Bridge

This weekend we decided to do a bit more hiking before it gets much colder.  The leaves are about the peak season finally and we thought we would try to see some of them.  So off we went to Natural Bridge.  It was my first time there and Blake’s second.  He hasn’t been since he was really young.  It is close to home we just have never taken the time to go.

Natural Bridge State Park - Kentucky's Natural Bridge  This shot is one I just grabbed off the net so you could get a better look at what we were on top of.  It is very high up!  It is 78 feet long and 65 feet high.  Elevation is 1500 above sea level.  Which is about 500 feet above the parking lot.  It was a climb! 

fire.jpg   This sign was located just before you go up the trail.  It seems funny but actually forest fires were really bad here this summer and a few people I worked with had them beating down their back doors.  That was certainly not something we heard of in Ohio!

fat-man-squeeze.jpg  Here is Blake in the Fat Man’s Squeeze.  It actually got so narrow you had to turn sideways.  Not recommended for anyone claustrophobic!

underbridge.jpg  This is the view from under the bridge.  Many people only hike to this point because the are too scared to go on top of the bridge.  Would you go Dad???

me.jpg  This is me on top of the bridge.  When Blake was trying to take this picture I stepped back and their was a dip in the rock.  I almost feel backwards but I am still here, in one piece!

bridge2.jpg  This is a nice veiw looking out over the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Appalachian Mountains.   

I Love Fall Food!

 Tonight for dinner I cooked something new.  I have been hungry for apple fritters and thought I would try to find a syrup recipe made of apple cider.  What do you know someone else thought it would be good too because I found lots of versions.  So I picked one to try.


They were so good!  This is going to be one that we eat often!  They smell and taste just like fall.

Apple Pancakes

2 cups bisquick
1 t. cinnamon
1 egg
1 1/3 cup milk
2 apples shredded

Mix 1st 4 ingredients together; then add apples.  Cook on griddle at 350.

Apple Cider Syrup

1 cup sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. nutmeg
2 cups cider
2 T. lemon juice
3 T. butter

In sauce pan combine 1st. 6 ingredients; cook until boiling on medium high.  Boil for one minute then remove from heat.  Add butter.  Syrup will thicken upon standing.  Serve warm over pancakes.



a humbling day

Today I had such a humbling day!  One thing I love about my job is it allows me to spend my whole day doing whatever I would like as long as the phones get answered; that means I get lots of time to do bible study!  Friday’s the phones are always a bit quiter so I really get time to spend close to God. 

My day went like this today: I sent an email to my mentor from TLT, in this I discussed some of my frustrations and how I need to do better handling them.  Then I spent time reading some blogs.  I really enjoy reading blogs by other Christians who always have something so profound to say.  My apologies that my blog is not so profound but rather mostly about my silly dog.  One blog that I came across just touched my heart so much!  My heart went out to this family as a read their blog about the beautiful daughter they had that was not expected to live very long had she even made it to her birth.  As I read the heart wrenching journey of this mother and her family I felt God humbling me.  (you would think I would avoid things at work that would make me cry seeing that I answer phones and sit at the front door)  I had just been fussing to my mentor about my (so called) burdens.  How horrible I felt about how badly I handle my frustrations and stress after reading how strong this mother was knowing every day of her baby’s life was probably the last.  I can’t imagine.  I feel so low and no good because I have gotten so upset lately over things like the small space we are currently living in and how slowly our house is coming along.  How could I be so ungrateful??? 

Then to top things off I went to do my study for the day and the days title was The Discontented Heart, go figure!  “I hear you loud and clear up there, God!”  I humbly did my study and thanked God for speaking so clearly to me today!  I have failed miserably in much of my spiritual warfare lately, however my study today and baby Copeland and her mother have provided me with great conviction and encouragement.

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. Philippians 4:11-12  


John Piper in his book, “A Hunger for God,” says this, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”   

*This is a book I need to finish! 

Blake’s New Toy

So a few weeks ago we had to buy a vehicle for Blake to drive.  We are trying to sell my car so we only have one car payment.  (all part of our plans to be debt free)  We weighed our options and had a horrible time finding anything in our price range that would actually get him safely down the road to Lexington.  Blake is not a car guy so the idea of fixing something up was out.  We were also hoping to find something he could enjoy too.  Something he could “bang around in” as he puts it. 

So after spending countless hours searching the web and finding that great deal only to call and find out time after time again that it had already sold and they thought they had removed the ad…


…we found this.  Blake loves it.  He thinks it is the greatest thing since sliced bread!  I like it too but not to ride in every day.  He does though and that is all that matters.  It currently has a hole in the muffler which the dealer is fixing at no cost so it is loud.  Benefit:  I can hear him come down the road when he is coming home.  It doesn’t run too bad at all really, he drove it safely to Cincy for his trip!  Downside:  It is a manual transmission and I have yet to learn how to drive it.  We tried, I failed! 

October Birthday’s

October in my family is busting with birthdays.  I didn’t want anyone to think I had forgotten about them.  So here it goes:

Dad’s was the 8th. 

Jerry(brother) turned 18 on the 13th. 

Jordan(brother) turned 16 on the 21st.  (these 2 make me feel old!  I remember the day they were born and helped change their diapers.  Now they are driving and about done with school.)

Elizabeth(niece) turned 2 on the 19th.

Miriam(niece) will be 1 on the 31st.  (I wish I lived closer to see them as they are changing so much right now!)

I missed the boys birthdays but hope to get up there this weekend for the girls party! 

Happy birthday I love you all so much!

Trying To Get The Crazy Out

After Chloe’s surgery last week we had to keep her in her cage most the week.  She had to have time to heal before we could let her be active again.  So come the weekend she was full of pinned up energy.  We decided to take her hiking.  We went to Fort Boonesborough.

fort1.jpg  This is the front of the fort.  We didn’t go in because dogs were not allowed.  (sorry Chloe)

It looks like a really neat place that we will have to visit again.  This fort is a rendition of the fort that Daniel Boone and his men built over 200 years ago while clearing a trail through the Mid West to open it up for colonization

Although we didn’t get to go in and enjoy the fort, we did have a good time hiking with Chloe.  She was really excited to get out of the house and especially the cage. 

me-and-chloe.jpg Chloe and me in front of the fort.

We will have to go and check out the camping there next year.  They have really nice sites and it is only 20 minutes from the house.