Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another Day in the Life...

The sickness has made it's way through everyone in our home. I have been sick since last Wednesday. The chest congestion has came and went, but now I have a sore throat! I hate being sick! Yes, I am one of those people who whines & complains but doesn't really want anybody around when I am sick. I like to just be left alone to dwell in my misery... Okay that is a little over the top. I am not in misery, but I hate being sick. I just want it to go away. I've sprayed Lysol till that is all I can smell. aaaarrrggghhhhh

On a better note, I think my nephew is going to be born any day. Brendia went to the doctor last Friday and she has already started dilating. She is on the weekly visit plan now so she'll go back this Friday. I think this Friday she'll be 37 weeks. The doctor said she thinks Brendia will make it back for the appointment this week but then it is no holds barred! We hope she can "hold it in" another week so that the baby will only be 2 weeks early, but as we all know that is God's business, not ours! Just be praying for her. We are all extremely excited that the baby will be here soon, but we want to make sure that he is healthy.

and remember, When Life Gives you Lemons....Make Lemonade!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Time Flies

Isn't it odd how sometimes it feels like the days drag by, and then other times it feels like you blink and an entire week is gone?

That is how last week was for me. I spent much of the week attempting to "get over" the fair. We had a good time and made a decent amount of money for our first attempt at being carnies, but the strength it drain from you is horrific! Charlie worked his normal job and then would come to the fair to work with me. Then this last week he had to go to Atlanta for a regional meeting on Tuesday night, and then drive all the way back on Wednesday night to be at work at his normal time on Thursday morning. Needless to say Charlie's immune system was down, and he is now sick. Since Thursday afternoon I've been playing nurse. The doctor said he has pneumonia, and sinusitis. He seems to be doing better today, but he is isn't returning to work until tomorrow.

I don't have much time to post today, but I just wanted everyone to know that I made it through the fair! I am doing well, and just pray I don't get sick next!

This is a picture of our booth at the fair! Isn't my pig the cutest you've ever seen?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Make Lemonade! I have literally done that this past week. I have sold more lemonade then I have BBQ Sandwiches. Today is the first late day at the fair. I have to be there by 2. I didn't realize that I could be so tired. These 10am till 12am days are killing me! As Brendia told you; we had done pretty well until yesterday. Monday night the storms came through and just about blowed us away. The fair closed early, but we still didn't get home until almost midnight. We stayed there even after closing because we had to clean up the mess! The storm blew my sign off my tent, but thank the Lord for a husband that can fix anything, he was able to reattach it that night! Yesterday it rained pretty much all day so there were very few people at the fair. We've been told by our stand neighbors (who've been there over 20 years) that it will probably rain off and on today and tomorrow too, but that will make the last weekend packed with people. I hope so because it almost wasn't worth my time to even be there yesterday.

Keep praying for us! I have had lots of compliments on my BBQ, and I've been told I have the best lemonade in the park! I probably won't have time to check back in until Monday, so just keep me in your prayers.

Also, especially pray for Charlie. He is not doing so well. He is extremely tired from working his normal job and then coming to the fair and helping me close. I told him he didn't have to come tonight. It is supposed to be slow again, and I think I can handle it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Working Hard at the Fair

First of all, this is not Krista blogging today. This is her 8 months pregnant not-so-little sister posting an update. She is really busy with all of this fair stuff. I'm sure by now she never wants to smell or make BBQ sandwiches again. Krista spent all last week preparing for the fair and that was hard work in itself. This past Friday night was the opening night. So she has literally been at the fair grounds almost every waking hour since then. From what I understand she has done fairly well in her sales. Let's all keep praying for her and her family; they really need it. Not only to make the extra money, but just to give her strength to get through the next 6 days. Charlie, her husband, is working his normal job and helping her out at night. Trevlyn and Beth are also helping out as needed. Her whole family is really going the extra mile to try to make this successful. And, yes, even I, her 8 months pregnant not-so-little sister have offered my services. Of course, everyone acts like that is the most unheard of thing, but I feel rather confident in my ability to waddle down to the Fair Grounds and sell some BBQ sandwiches.

I know that I'm not quite the eloquent writer Krista is, but I hope I have given you an adequate update. I hope all of her blogger friends are having a great day. Like I asked before, just pray for Krista and her family. Perhaps she will have time to post soon, but if she doesn't you may hear from me again!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

McCain-Palin vs Obama-Biden

Believe it or not this isn't going to be a post about politics. I would actually like to comment on the media furor over Palin's daughter. I generally don't vote party lines. I vote based on my own convictions. I've had a tough time deciding who to vote for this year. I'm not real pleased with either of the candidates, but again I'm not really going to talk about politics! I am aghast at the way the media has treated this situation of teenage pregnancy!

First of all, would I want my teenage daughter to be pregnant? Of course not. But, even if she was would I want it spread across the world? NO! The way I look at it is everyone makes mistakes. It reminds me of the time that Jesus came upon the woman about to be stoned. He asked her accusers which of them was without sin. Of course none of them could say they were so they all walked away! I wonder how many of the media would like their families mistakes spread across the newspapers, tvs, & magazines.

I'm sure some of you are saying well she chose to be in the spotlight and we want to know about her and her life. Okay I understand that to some extent. We all know it now, so why can't they leave it alone? I heard Obama this morning saying that this is a family situation and shouldn't enter into politics. He said even his mother had him at 18. What difference does it make in the whole scheme of things? To me it actually holds up the fact the Palin doesn't believe in abortion.

I got married when I was 17. The obvious question is: Were you pregnant? No, I wasn't. I was just foolishly in love. I didn't really even understand what love was. It is just the mercy of God that my marriage has worked because we surely didn't know what we were doing. The reason I bring this up is this, many people assumed that I was pregnant or had "messed up". My father is a preacher and many people wrongly accused my parents as being "bad parents" because of my supposed mistake. They would say "How can he lead the church if he can't lead his home?" Well, he did a great job of leading his home, and leading the church. I was just a very headstrong young lady, and I thought I knew everything. I wanted to start my life as an adult! Was that my parent's fault? No, believe me, they tried to talk me out of getting married so early. They begged me to wait until after I graduated high school. They realized that I was very determined. In the end it was better for me to go ahead and get married rather than to make a mistake. Why do we always look for someone to blame? Why can't we accept the fact that people make mistakes all on their own, and no one else is at fault?

We are all God's children. Do we blame God when we make a mistake? Is it somehow his fault? Did he not teach us better or did we just not listen? Does it make God wrong? Of course not!

Okay, I'll get off my soapbox! I'm not going to watch the news today. Hopefully by tomorrow this will have blowed over, and they'll have moved on to something else.

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Simple Woman's Daybook - September 1, 2008

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Outside my window... The sun is shining, and the leaves are gently swaying in the wind. Ahhh, the beginning of Autumn!

I am thinking... how exciting the next two weeks are going to be.

I am thankful for... a husband who can fix anything!

From the kitchen... barbecue pork & apple cobbler.

I am wearing... blue basketball shorts, one of Charlie's t-shirts, and flip flops. Very comfortable outfit. I love to steal his clothes.

I am reading... I need to make a stop by the library. I don't have anything to read! Not sure I'll have time to read, but I always like to have a good book to calm my nerves.

I am hoping... for pretty weather during the fair. Not too hot, Not too cold, just right!

I am creating... a white eyelet baby blanket. I only have 2 more blankets to go, and I am done.

I am hearing... the neighbor mowing his lawn.

Around the house... I have a few loads of laundry to get done today, and a little straightening up to do. That is about all I'll get done for a while, other than cooking and trying to make sure I have everything ready for the fair!

One of my favorite things... watching fireworks. We went with our kids, and some friends from church to Boom's Day last night. The fireworks were awesome, and it was my first time to see them in person. I usually just watch it on TV.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Cooking, Cooking, Cooking, a little sewing, packing up for the fair, a library run, and I guess that is it.

Here is my picture thought for the day!

Just a few more weeks and our beautiful smoky mountains will look like this! I love it! Fall is my favorite time of the year. I wonder why? Maybe because my birthday is in the fall....