Verse of the day...

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)



Saturday, December 31, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE...................

As 2011 leaves... and 2012 enters.... I sit and think of what a year we have had... as we will be bringing in the New Year together tonight! Room 689 at Bergan Mercy Hospital will have a family that although has been though some tough and tiring times this last year.... we will ring in the New Year of 2012 ... so very thankful that we have each other! God has and is continuing to walk us through a plan He has for our lives with the most amazing friends and family we could have ever asked for!



So... with our party hats on... and our glasses filled with Sparkling Cider... we will raise our glasses in Praise to God... and thanks to our friends and family!





Be safe tonight .... and have the Happiest of New Years!

hugs...love & blessings

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Baseball Camp at Creighton.............

Last month was 'Infield Camp' .... today was 'Pitching Camp'
There were alot more boys today at camp.... so very exciting!



Going through warm-ups.............................



Patrick shows his stuff.............

There was a 'Catchers Camp' going on at the same time... so when the Pitchers were ready to do their thing... they had Catchers to catch for them. It was awesome watching both the Pitchers and Catchers .... everyone was really good! Patrick was right on with all his pitches today! Its just so beautiful to see his pitches slide right into that glove. :)

Patrick had a great time... He really likes the camps at the University.




have a great evening all.................. sleep well

God Bless

.::Tam::.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Taking a personal day...............

The boys need a "fun day".... its been hard having daddy back in the hospital... and he's been there longer this time than before. :(
So I took the boys to a local gym. Met one of my older boys there with a friend.... and they had a good time of basket ball... weight lifting and swimming.

I will have to do this more often with them. Its a good stress reliever. This allowed them to put the world outside away for just a few hours and relax!




Yep..................they had a great time!!!

Here they are doing the Neste' plunge........................ it was AWESOME!



Thank you Lord God for all you do for us! Thank you for the time you give us to relax and reflect back on you for all we have!!!


hugs...love & blessing to you all!!!

Have a wonderful week!

.::Tam::.



Sunday, December 25, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS.................

Well... our Christmas wasnt exactly what we had planned... but its God's plan... and His plan is GOOD!!!

Results are back after all the chemo Ken had..... He is officially CLEAN! Remission for Christmas!!! God is awesome!

My Navy boy is in town for Christmas... so Mevin...Patrick...Michael.... David and I all stayed at a hotel behind the hospital last night (Christmas Eve) so we could get up.... and be close to Ken for Christmas.
Here is our little travel tree... stockings and gifts we set up in our room.... Santa came... we packed it up... headed across the street and spent our day with Ken (dad)


umm....... these two stayed up way too late last night ..... hahaahaaaa Opened their gifts and fell asleep in Kens room.

What is Christmas?

Christmas will always be for us
A time to reflect on Christ
The gift God gave to all the world
Was the gift of His life

We know Christmas is not about tinsel
Nor fancy Christmas wreaths
Nor is it about all the decorations
That adorns our Christmas trees

And it’s not about Holly or Mistletoe
Hanging from our doors
Nor is it about the gifts that are left
By the jolly Santa Claus

Christmas is more than all of this
And the only reason why
We celebrate Christ’s birth together
And the wonder of His life

So remember as you celebrate
Just what it’s all about
And invite the Lord to join with you
Instead of leaving Him out

For He will always be the reason
We celebrate this day
No substitute the world may offer
Can take that meaning away


Merry Christmas my dear sweet friends and family!




God Bless,
.::Tam::.



Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve..................

Ken's hair is really starting to fall out now from the chemo.... so for Christmas he wants the boys to shave his head.
We took the clippers and made daddy feel much better!

David starts it all off.....
Patrick takes his shot.... gettin the back all cleaned up.....


Michael slipped in.... got his turn..... and then here is Melvin cleanin' his dads head all up.... making him feel better and look good!!!

Merry Christmas Ken

You look marvelous!!!



hugs....love & blessings

.::Tam::.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Keepin' busy............

Although its been tough to be in the crochet mood with hubby in the hospital.... I've gotten a few things done.

This lovely red scarf... which I'm really pleased at how it came out.......

This "Owls in a row" cap.... I do like this one.... kinda proud of myself with this.


And this really cute chickie hat.................. Love his eyes! :)


Thanks for stoppin' in and takin' a look

These are all for sale on my facebook..... email me if you are interested


have a great day!!!!

hugs...love & blessings

.::Tam::.




Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another 1st place trophy..............

for the Conestoga Wrestlers!

Way to win the Bishop Neumann Quad!



hugs...love & blessings

.::Tam::.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Woman Leads Ultimate Bake Sale For Cancer Patient

KETV Channel 7

Watch and read the story HERE



Our community is awesome............ Thank you for all your love... support and prayers!

God Bless

,::Tam::,

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cookies for Ken............

"Cookies for Ken" was created to rasie awareness and funding for Kens bone marrow transplant. 100% of the proceeds from the cookies will be returned to Ken's family! *Jean*
Thank you so much for your continued support!!!

God Bless
.::Tam::.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2nd Place at the Cass County Quad

Conestoga Wrestlers

............. GO ~ FIGHT ~ PIN ..............

Way to go boys!!! So very proud of you!!!


hugs...love and blessings

.::Tam::.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Trusting God............

Have you ever struggled and fretted because your life wasn't going the way you wanted? Do you feel that way right now?

You have legitimate needs and desires. You know what would make you happy and you pray for it with all your might, asking God to help you get it. But if it doesn't come to pass, you may feel frustrated, disappointed, even bitter.

Sometimes you do get what you want, only to discover that it doesn't make you happy after all, just disillusioned.

Many Christians repeat this cycle their entire life, wondering what they're doing wrong. I should know. I was one of them.

The Secret is in the 'Doing'
A spiritual secret exists that can free you from this cycle:
Trusting God. Trusting in the Lord.
"What?" you're asking. "That's no secret. I've read that dozens of times in the Bible and heard lots of sermons on it. What does he mean, secret?"

The secret lies in putting this truth into practice, by making it such a powerful theme in your life that you view every event, every sorrow, every prayer with the unshakable conviction that God is totally, spotlessly trustworthy.

That's where we mess up. We want to trust in anything rather than the Lord. We'll trust in our own abilities, in our boss's judgment of us, in our money, our doctor, even in an airline pilot. But the Lord? Well…

It's easy to trust in things we can see. Sure, we believe in God, but to allow him to run our life? That's asking a little too much, we think.
Disagreeing Over What Really Matters
The bottom line is that our wants may not agree with God's wants for us. After all, it's our life, isn't it? Shouldn't we have the say over it? Shouldn't we be the one who calls the shots? God gave us free will, didn't he?

Advertising and peer pressure tell us what's important: a high-paying career, a head-turning car, a drop-dead-gorgeous home, and a spouse or significant other who will make everyone else green with envy.

If we fall for the world's idea of what matters, we get trapped in what I call "The Loop of Next Time." The new car, relationship, promotion or whatever didn't bring you the happiness you expected, so you keep searching, thinking "Maybe next time." But it's a loop that's always the same, because you were created for something better, and deep down you know it.

When you finally reach the place where your head agrees with your heart, you're still hesitant. It's scary. Trusting in the Lord can require that you abandon everything you've ever believed about what brings happiness and fulfillment.

It requires that you accept the truth that God knows what's best for you. But how do you make that leap from knowing to doing? How do you trust in the Lord instead of the world or yourself?

The Secret Behind This Secret
The secret lives within you: the Holy Spirit. Not only will he convict you of the rightness of trusting in the Lord, he'll help you do it. It's just too tough to do on your own.

Because the Holy Spirit knows you better than you know yourself, he'll give you exactly what you need to make this change. He's infinitely patient, so he'll let you test this secret—trusting in the Lord—in little baby steps. He'll catch you if you stumble. He'll rejoice with you when you succeed.

When you trust in the Lord, you'll feel as if the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders. The pressure's off you now and on God, and he can handle it perfectly.

God will make something beautiful of your life, but he needs your trust in him to do it. Are you ready? The time to start is today, right now.


God bless
.::Tam::.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Raymond Central Tournament..........

Conestoga Cougars take 1st place


Whoa............... you boys are amazing!!! Way to go!


hugs...love and blessings

.::Tam::.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cookies sales and donations ..........

are coming in left and right! GOD IS SO GOOD! I love you all.... Thank you all so much!
Thank you to everyone buying cookies and donating... Thank you to the beautiful ladies that are helping Jean with all these cookies! Thank you to all that are keeping my family in prayers!





God Bless
.::tam::.


***day 5 and last day of chemo for Ken***

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cookies for Ken................

This is absolutely amazing. A wonderfully sweet ... incredibly giving friend... has decided to help me fundraise for Ken. I started a fundraiser site for Ken.... http://www.giveforward.com/kencarlton but our friend Jean thought there just had to be more that could be done.

You see .... with this new stay in the hospital... and the future transplant .... the hospital bills are and will be quite large. Insurance only pays so much. So.... to create some relief of the bills... our friend Jean has decided to sell these absolutely adorable melted snowman cookies.

God is so good!!!!
.::tam::.


***day 4 of chemo for Ken***

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wrestling Season ..............

has officially begun................and off to a great start!



2011 Cougar Classic .................


Cougars take 1st place!!! Way to go boys! I'm so proud of you!
Patrick 152 lb weight class





hugs...love... & blessings
.::Tam::.



***day 3 of chemo for Ken***

Monday, December 5, 2011

God's plan continues..........

Good Morning my friends..................

Well... its all sunk in with Kens relapse..... and we're gonna push through this thing again.
The doctors are very incouraged that Ken will get into remission again..... but have discussed with us the fact that for long term health and cure... a bone marrow transplant is needed!!

So.... today the boys and I took Ken to the hospital... got him all checked in and ready for his chemo treament to start to get him back into remission. He'll be in the hospital for a good month .... so I need to dig out my "single mom" hat again and we'll do what we have to do to get through all this! Its not going to be fun... or even easy at times... BUT... its what God has planned for us... so we walk the path we've been given and see where it leads us.

So... if you all wouldnt mind keeping us all in your prayers... I would really be grateful!
Thank you so much!
Love you all!
God Bless
,::Tam::,


***day 1 of chemo for Ken***

Friday, December 2, 2011

God's plan..................

Is much different than the one we had hoped for.
Thank you all for your love and prayers.... but today.... our answer was not what we had hoped for. The bone marrow biopsy results came back and the say that Ken has gone into a relapse.

So my friends..... we are in need of many more prayers! God has a plan here... we dont know what it is... but we will do what ever He chooses to do with us!

I get my 'single mom' hat back on ... Ken will go back to the hospital and let the doctors help him get back into remission ....and we just TRUST! God's plan is so much bigger and better than ours.... what He has put in front of us now is another piece of the journey we started last year in October. Obviously we're not done walking it yet..... so.... we look UP... Thank Him for walking with us... and keep on a truckin'!

Thank you all for your love and prayers!
have a wonderful day!
God Bless
.::Tam::.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I Believe...............

'The happiest of people don't necessarily have
the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything they have.





hugs... love & blessings

.::Tam::.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Need a little extra...............

Ken went in for a routine bone marrow biopsy the other day. Please keep him in your prayers as we wait for the results to tell us if he is still in remission or not.
THANK YOU!

have a wonderful week!
hugs... love & blessings
.::Tam::.

Monday, November 28, 2011

For Sale ....

at Slattery Vintage Estates Winery.

This is a Crochet kit/project bag.... complete with a pattern... yarn to create it.. .and a bag to carry it all in. Made several of these in different colors with different patterns and yarns in them.

Here we have a variety of scarves ... each a different color and pattern.



And here is a little girls goodie bag.... filled with lipgloss.. nail polish and a sweet pair of gloves.

Put out about a half dozen of these... all different colors with a nice variety of glosses...polishes and gloves.


I sure hope it all sells... could use a little extra Christmas money... and would help get my name out there to sell more.


Well... off to get a coffee refill.....

have a great day

God Bless

.::tam::.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

1st Camp at Creighton University.........

You may remember some posts back.... I had mentioned.... ............. okay .... bragged about Patrick getting a letter from the University ... inviting him to sign up in their baseball recruiting system and to sign up for some of their camps.
Well.... yesterday was his first camp.... and he LOVED it!

This is the 'Indoor/Outdoor' baseball facility where the camp was held on the University campus.

Here is Patrick there in the middle..... with the other boys that had been invited to the camp.


And here's our guy................. #73 showing off his stuff ... making a great throw to first base!

I'm so glad he had a good time! He's anxious to attend another camp. There are two more in December.

I'm so proud of him! ♥


hugs.... love and blessings to all

.::Tam::.





Saturday, November 26, 2011

A few more hats for sale..........

Here is a hat I made for those that like to where their hair up in ponytails.............
It can be worn without the ponytail..................
or with the ponytail........................ fun huh?!



Here is a Teddy bear applique' earflap hat.................



And this is an Owl hat.......................



Hope everyone is staying warm!

how was your Thanksgiving? Ours was great!!!! Made too much food and ate way too much of it! :)


have a safe weekend!

God Bless

.::Tam::.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

God Bless you all..................



Have a wonderful day.... Thank your friends and family for all they are and do.

Thank a Soldier for keeping you safe!

Thank God for EVERYTHING!!!



love you all

Happy Thanksgiving!

.::Tam::.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Up for Sale...............

Morning my friends.......................
I have decided to use my facebook page as some advertisement for selling some of my creations along with my online shop.

So.............. here is are a couple of my first items...............


They are in my 'For Sale' album found here.......... For Sale
Thanks so much for stoppin by.............

God Bless

.::Tam::.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Extra Credit Science project...............

Oh my little man................... he came home this weekend explaining that he wanted to do an extra credit project.... all we needed was a bucket... balloon... empty bottle and hot and cold water...... hmmmm.... I have this all at home... no running to the store!!! Lets do this thing. :)
Okay... now pay attention..............
place a balloon over an empty bottle.................... fill a bucket with REALLY hot water....... hold the bottle down in the water and watch the balloon stand up.


oooooooooooooooooh.... how cool!


Now be quick.......... have cold water running and ready.... empty bucket and fill with cold water.... place bottle with balloon down in the cold water and watch..................... the balloon becomes empty.



Now how neat was that?!

Whew.................. well.... I sure hope he gets an ~A~ on his extra credit! :)

have a great day.......... and a wonderful week!


hugs...love and blessings

.::tam::.


Never too old for Legos.............

My grandson Matthew was over visiting and brought his legos. Umm.... David and I sat down and played with them while Matthew played with the matchbox cars.... heheheeee
David did most of the work... I just kinda held things for him. Not bad ... huh? :)



have a great day!
build something with legos................ :)

God Bless
.::Tam::.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Jr. High Winter Dance...........

Thats my Michael... over there on the right in the green shirt. Yep... I stayed to chaperon.... :) No girl is gonna kiss my baby! hahahahahahaaaaaa They have cooties ya know!
Michael had a good time.... hung out with friends... danced around a bit and just goofed off!

I'm glad I was able to take him. Gonna experience as much fun as you can in Jr/Sr High... there are some seriously fun memories to be had there! Being a kid is so much fun when you have the chance to really just be a kid! I want my boys to do just that... be kids! Enjoy these last years of school.... cuz being an adult will be on them sooner than they realize!

Love you Mikey!
Glad you had fun at the dance! :)
<3 mom




God Bless
.::Tam::.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wrestling season...........

Its that time again.... practice has begun! Our first meet is on 3 December 2011. Its our own Cougar Classic. We took first place last year........... the boys want it again this year! GO...FIGHT...PIN!


hugs...love and blessings
.::tam::.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Little show & share.............

This here is a lovely dishcloth that I had the honor of testing for a sweet lady! I really like it and think it came out nice!

Here are a couple "friendship" squares for my daughter and I to add to our Friendship'ghans!
Thank you ladies on the 'ville for all the beautiful squares!




thanks for stoppin' in........

have a wonderful day!

God Bless,

.::Tam::.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Where is the blessing?

Where do you find the blessing?
When you prayed and do all you can
When prayed and cried at night
Without that extra hand
Where do you find the blessing?
When your life is twisted and turned
And the pain
Just won’t go away
You’ve listen to the gospel station
And sung every song
Where is the blessing?
When you’ve prayed, and prayed and called on his name
Where’s is the blessing when you were forgave
And vowed never you’ll do it again
When you’ve overcome the emotional stress
And victory is yours in the battle of the mind
Where is the blessing?
When you’ve dropped the bad and gained the good
Is the blessing there
And you can’t see it
Of is the peace and happiness
Of a victory
The blessing is when you take charge of
Your life and give to the lord.
You find the blessing with each
Step you take within each and everyday
Where do you find the blessing
The blessing is hidden waiting for you to find
But most of all it’s a gift from above
When you’ve done your part of the job


hugs.... love... & Blessings!
.::Tam::.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Field Trip to the Zoo...................

What a fun time. It was a bit on the brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr side today....but it was still a good time!
Here is my little man David with his cookie monster jacket in the mist of the group I tended to. We walked all over and had fun! I let the kids run and play... as long as they could still see me. If they lost sight of me... they had gone too far. They said I was the best group mom ever.... OMY.... hehehheee...
Yep................... David playing with the butterflies in the Butterfly House. Oh did he have a good time!

Check these cuties out! I Love them! There were several different types of turtles and tortoises... it was awesome!


Whoa.............he's a tall one.... hahhahaaa He was a gentle sweet guy.... kids enjoyed learning about him.


How handsome is he!!! Came right up close so we could get a nice long good look at him!

Omy.... the gorillas were is a good mood today.... showed off and were silly the whole time we watched them!




have a wonderful evening!

God Bless

.::Tam::.