Saturday, February 21, 2009

A busy day! phew....

It started off with unpacking of more boxes. Did I tell you that we moved into our new home, nope didn't sell our "vacation home" yet, (not really our vacation home, just the home we moved out of and still own)but the boys and I spent the night last week for the first time. Then the tragedy struck (see last post) so that is probably why you didn't hear that I moved in! :)

After some unpacking, we headed to church. This week is the Missions week and there was a Missions Organization, JAARS, offering helicopter rides. The boys were ecstatic! I think Jeff was the most excited. I had a meeting to attend to, so the 3 of them stood in line, waited their turn and off they went!



After that, we went to a basketball game at NCSU. The boys had a great time. It was their first college athletic event. Thanks to Uncle Tim and Aunt Heather, they were ready and sporting the appropriate clothing. Parker was beside himself when we sat down. Thanks to a dear family who weren't able to use their tickets, they were gracious enough and let us use them! Thanks! :)



Tonight was one of my closest and dearest friends, Julie's birthday. We all went out to eat to this great restaurant. One of the appetizers had a bowl with a BETA fish in it. Well, soon a dare was brought up and money started flying everywhere! DH threw down $40 and then 2 other guys threw down $20s. So it was up to $80! They were daring Julie to eat/swallow the fish! AND SHE DID IT!!!! We were causing such a ruckus that the manager had to come over and ask us to be quiet. The beauty of it is that the manager then started to give Julie tips on how to get it to go down smoothly! :) The kicker - Her husband was charged $10 for the fish! :)

MIA - Sorry

Sorry, I know I have been MIA for a while. Its been a hard 7 days. The LORD chose to take home a sweet sweet servant, her name, Kristi. She was a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She passed away 8 days ago after fighting cancer since October. She left behind 3 sweet boys (ages 5, 2 and 4 months). We don't know why but we don't need to question. It breaks my heart to think of it, but I know where she is. One day we will be reunited. Her family is awesome! I couldn't speak enough about them and their strong faith. What a testimony. It made me cry and cry and cry. I don't cry! I'm dead inside, but these past 8 days have made me cry, a lot! I will miss her and her sweet spirit and her sweet smile!


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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fundraiser at McDonalds

A dear friend of ours, Kristi, is suffering from Stage 4 cancer - it started in the breast. She has 3 young boys, almost 5, 2, and 4 months old. She has been in and out of the hospital since October. It is a very sad situation, but we know that God is in control and he is the great Physician! I have had the wonderful opportunity to help the family out every Monday with childcare help and other various household things. It has been a blessing to me!

Tonight, a local McDonalds held a fundraiser for Kristi's family. They were giving the family 50% of the proceeds from 11am - 11pm! So we were there today at 12:30 and stayed for an hour, it was like social hour - which I love me some good social time! A few hours later, we were back there for dinner! Lots of friends were there! We had some good dessert too, for lunch and dinner. Its a good cause, it deserves some McFlurries! :) what a great time! They were also taking cash donations there, and they had already emptied out the giant box! It was so great to see everyone there. The place was very crowded and it was insane! The McDonalds staff was super super impressive. They had 30 staff members on hand and this is not a big establisment (its a McDonalds inside a gas station).

As of 5:30pm tonight they had already raised $18,000!!!! God is good!
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

TRIPLE COUPONS - Here I come!

I haven't ever really been a coupon clipper - too much trouble. However, in these economic times, I decided it would prudent for me to start clipping coupons. It all started a few months ago when I noticed our grocer was doing triple coupons more frequently. Triple Coupons! I decided that I needed to "up my game" My cute little accordian coupon holder was not cutting it. My kids kept fighting over who was going to hold my coupon, they were dropping on the floor in the store, and it was just chaos. It was taking me forever to keep flipping through them.

A reporter in our local reporter, is a coupon guru. She gives seminars and pointers on her website on how to get the most out of your coupons.

Today, I went to the office supply store, got a binder and baseball card sleeves to organize my coupons. I'm getting really excited about going to shop tomorrow. I'm ready!