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, March 31, 2012

................on a stick

Wanted to do something fun for the boys............ so I made these marshmallows dipped in white chocolate then rolled in crushed oreos.
They brought a smile to their faces and a was yummy in their tummy.
That deed for the day can be marked off my list! :)

Have a great day all
God Bless
.::Tam::.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Not the news we wanted to hear..................



Well...........Ken's biopsy report came back and he has relapsed. *sigh*

So........ back to the hospital he goes for 30 days for another round of chemo.
He was admitted this morning. Back to the drawing board. The hope is that we go straight from remission to transplant! So please ... if you would ............ say an extra prayer for him. This really stinks .... but like all things God has got us through.... He'll get us through this too!


If you dont mind me being honest here..... I know this is all in God's plan... but I'm not real fond of this plan. *sigh*


Dont get me wrong... I am so very grateful to EVERYTHING God has done for us in our lives and helped us get through... but........... as any child... we dont always like I parents plans.


God Bless you all!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

.::Tam::.


(off to my prayer closet for a good heart to heart!)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Taking a moment to pray..............

Ken is off to the hospital today for a bone marrow biopsy. His blood work came back yesterday looking a bit off and the Dr. wants to double check.

Please take a minute to pray for him!
Thank you all!
God Bless!!!!!
.::Tam::.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Father's Love Letter.....................

My Child ~

You may not know me, but I know everything about you ~ Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up ~ Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways ~ Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered ~ Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image ~ Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being ~ Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring ~ Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived ~ Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation ~ Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book ~ Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live ~ Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made ~ Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb ~ Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born ~ Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me ~ John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love ~ 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you ~ 1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your father ~ 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could ~ Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father ~ Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand ~ James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs ~ Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love ~ Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore ~ Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing ~ Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you ~ Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession ~ Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul ~ Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things ~ Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me ~ Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart ~ Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires ~ Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine ~ Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you ~ Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart ~ Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes ~ Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth ~ Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus ~ John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed ~ John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being ~ Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you ~ Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you ~ 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love ~ Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me ~ 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again ~ Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen ~ Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father ~ Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is ~ Will you be my child? ~ John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you ~ Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad, Almighty God

Friday, March 23, 2012

Freebie Friday...................

Fun Craft/Recycle idea...................
Throw out those torn cardboard boxes & replace with Dollar Store travel soap boxes.




hugs...love & blessings

.::Tam::. ♥

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

1 whole year.......................

WooHoo................ Michael made it a whole year in remission!!!
Oh................. my Super Hero did it! He drank lots of water and kept those kidneys pumpin' so they wouldnt get sick again... and he's one year clean!!!

I decided this called for a celebration......................... so..................................
Enter through this paper covered door way to see what I have in store for Michael tonight!



I made his this very special cake................ Chocolate cake... vanilla icing... kit kat lined and M&M topped!



Rice Crispy type treat made with Trix Cereal......................



And this was all that was left from a lovely large Pot Roast dinner with all the fixin's.
This is Michael's favorite meal!

Happy Anniversary baby boy!!! Mommy loves you!!!


God Bless to all

.::Tam::.

Monday, March 19, 2012

School Colors Bundt Cake.................

Oh..................this was fun!
So....... I made this cake for our Wrestling Team Banquet Dinner last night!

First of all the food was Fantastic!!! Everyone did a wonderful job!
We had a 'Thanksgiving Dinner' theme.... due to some of our boys having to skimp on their own Thanksgiving dinner during wrestling season in order to keep weight.

I made a Ham and gravy.... along with this really cool cake.
I did my best to get school colors....

Here is a top view...............


side view................



and once cut into at the banquet....................this is what the inside looked like!




Cooking and Baking are so fun!

thanks for stoppin' by!

God Bless!

.::Tam::.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day............................

Starting with a GREEN breakfast...................................


Green iced cinnamon rolls with green milk



Ending with a GREEN dinner............................


Cabbage casserole with a side of corn



YUMMY DAY!

Hope yours was fun!


Blessings to all!!!

.::Tam::.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Freebie Friday...........

Chicken Spaghetti



2-3 cups cooked chicken
Spaghetti noodles (cooked)
8-16 oz Velveeta cheese (melted) Depending on how cheesy you like it!
1 can cream of chicken soup **note** I added ½ can of milk
1 can tomatoes with green chilies
½ tsp. garlic powder (optional)

Mix all together and pour into lightly greased 9x13 pan.
Sprinkle top with grated cheese if so desired
Bake at 350* for 30 min … or until bubbly


God Bless
.::Tam::.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Home Improvement project (stairs) ........

DONE.......................

I have 5 coats of polyurethane on the stairs.... may do a couple more... but for now... its awesome. I put down treads for the stairs so the boys wont slip.... and I think they look great!

Here is the landing............ LOVE IT! This runner carpet doesn't match the stair treads very well... but for now .. it will do! :)




And there you have it.................... first project done. Now to start getting project #2 ready!

Stay tuned to see what we do next! :)




God Bless you all my dear friends!

.::tam::.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Home Improvement project.......... Day #3

Well.... kids.................... here are the stairs... all clear from carpet and ready for their new floor covering.




AND...................... here it is........... the stairs are covered and ready for several coats of poly!



ooooooh.... landing looks good.... cant wait to get the poly on it Thursday.............. :)


Nice............very nice............. now to just wait till Thursday!





hugs...love ... & blessings

.::Tam::.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Home Improvement project.........Day #2

Ooooooh...... What is this?
Its going to be the new floor on the landing and stairs! Yay!




God Bless
.::Tam::.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Home Improvement project.............

Well.................. here we go..................
our first project is going to be these stairs! We'll be tearing up the carpet on the stairs and the upper landing.
I'm tired of carpet... I'm tired of the stains... I'm tired of the cat finding the little seams and ripping them up.

Time to make this easier care... cat resistant... and much nicer looking!
So stay tuned.................... :)


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

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Chicken Spaghetti...............




Omy .......... this was yummy!!!!!




Check back next Friday for "Freebie Friday" for the recipe! :)








God Bless


.::Tam::.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Teacher's Appreciation Week......

So this is what my youngest and I made for him to give his teachers.

6 pack of A&W rootbeer
paper for printing labels and gift tags

I made some quick and simple labels that matched the A&W rootbeer..... that said..........

One AW-esome Teacher

Added a nice little To & From tag and tah dah....
Very simple... really quick... and a nice way to say thank you gift!



Thanks for stoppin' by.....
God Bless
.::Tam::.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Storms............



They come in all shapes... sizes... and types. They effect more than just our physical lives... but our emotional lives.


With the Storms/Tornadoes that have recently been running rapid all around the United States.... all the destruction left behind.... lives taken... and changed..... I sit and think about what is Gods plan in all that? So many communities... so many people.. so many different reactions and actions.


Storms .................. they are heavy winds.... pouring rains.... pounding hail..... and can be really cold. They can also be......... loss of jobs... car accidents.... death of dear friends or family members.... or health issues.

Storms are unexpected. They don’t come with a lot of warning.



Matthew 7:3....... "Everyone, then, who hears these words of mine and does them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; but it did not fall because it had been founded on the rock." Jesus said, "Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it." Two houses—similar storms—two outcomes. The difference is in how two people who build a house relate to their God.




Everyone has been through storms... and some ..... several of them.
We’ve all had a few storms in our lives and in our marriages.... and some storms more recent than others.....and I know some of you are in some storms right now because that’s the first lesson that we learn. Scripture forecasts storm warnings for all of us. There are storms on the ground. They are headed toward your marriage, and it’s not a matter of if your home will be hit but when your home will be hit.

Storms have hit my home several times in my life. Oh so many deaths in the family .... My son being diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome... a Family Feud that tore through the family for too many years... and most recent... my husband being diagnosed with Leukemia.
You know....storms can take their toll.... and storms can hit your home repeatedly... but I like to think of Jesus and what He said.
He talks about responding to the storms with faith and obedience. The storms will hit. The question isn’t why the storm has hit. The question is, "How will you respond?"

The storms provide an opportunity to prove your commitment. Storms—the tornadoes that have gone through so many homes of late tested the foundation of their house. Some did not fall, and the storms will do the same in your marriage. Storms are there to test the commitment of your marriage, the strength of your faith in the power of God to hold you together. It shows what you’re house was built on.
Storms give you an opportunity to give proof of the promise you two made to one another.

There are two ways to handle storms. You can either handle the storms together as a couple, or you can handle them and suffer separately

Storms create damage. That is really evident with the tornado of late because you can so so many trees uprooted and yards destroyed... but some houses miraculously still intact.... but everything around the house can be a disaster.
That damage has to be cleaned up, and it can take some time to do. The key to this thing is what do you see through and after the damage? I think we underestimate the impact of the damage that comes, but there can be a benefit ....on the other side of working through all of that—you may have a lot more sunlight in your yard because you don’t have as many trees!

Just stop for a moment and look.... you may see more clearly because the storms clear out things that we think are fine. God wants to move things around so that we can see Him more clearly. So, address the damage that comes from the storms in your life.
We all deal with storms and their damage differently... some fall apart and cant deal alone... some are oh so strong and can move right through it... and some are a bit of both.... they are very strong.. take on anything that comes at them... but has those moments of just needing someone else to carry the load for a bit. No matter how you deal with your storm... Dont ever look away from God. He is the only one that can and will get you through the storm!

God Bless you all.
.´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸Tam¸.·´¯`·.´¯`·.¸

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A little fun...............

Had a little fun last night. Boys were quietly playing on computers... watching cartoons... listening to music and just generally having fun. Ken was off to bed.... long day for him.... I kept him and the boys busy yesterday doing a bunch of needed chores.
So............... for a treat and some fun I made these Chocolate Dessert Waffles!
The boys thought I was so weird...... yet LOVED these!
I'll be making more of these in the future!


have a great day!
God Bless
.::Tam::.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Freebie Friday..........

Meatball Bubble Biscuits

2 cans of Pillsbury Grands (8 biscuits in each can - 16 total)
16 frozen meatballs - thawed
16 slices of pepperoni
1 cup or so of grated cheese of you liking.

Preheat oven to 350*
Spay 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
Open one can of biscuits.... place a pinch of cheese on center of one biscuit... place pepperoni next... then meatball. Pull up sides to encase the cheese ...pepperoni and meatball in the biscuit. Pinch all the seems real good and place seem side down in pan. Do this to the remaining 15 biscuits.
Bake for 20-30 min... until golden brown!

Serve with marinara sauce... or bbq sauce.. or ketchup/mustard
YUM!


Enjoy
God Bless
.::Tam::.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thankful Thursday............

´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸I'm Thankful for¸.·´¯`·.´¯`·.¸

This most wonderful news!
This is a post my hubby made on his CarringBridge site.............
How awesome is this!!!!


..............

Hi All,

The donor search is going well! They have identified 2 older female donors who are 10/10 match for me! They also have 3 younger male donors for which they are waiting on blood samples to arrive. The doctors tell me they prefer the male donors over the female donors due to an antigen females produce if they have been pregnant. But if the male donors don't confirm we will go with the female donors.

We finished the maintenance chemo and I now get a 4 week break from any drips or drugs!! Which is a blessed relief as I have either been IN the hospital or had to go to it everyday since Dec 5th 2011. So today being the first day with out an appointment, it was nice to just be able to just go to work for the day.

At the end of these next 4 weeks if the donors are ready then we will do a bone marrow biopsy to confirm i am leukemia free and then 3 weeks after that proceed to transplant, if they aren't ready then I will get one more round of Dacogen to make sure I stay leukemia free until the donors are ready.

So let's all pray that the 3 male blood samples come in fast, get confirmed as 10/10 matches and we can do this thing!!


Thank you all for caring about me, following my progress, and lifting me in soooo much prayer! I love you all!

Ken

.............


Thank you God!!!!

Love you Ken!!!!!


hugs...love & blessings

.::Tam::.