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Sheep or goat?

Are you a sheep or a goat?

Matthew 25:31-46

31"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

 34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

 37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

 40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

 41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

 44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

 45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

 46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

My desire is to be a sheep.  One that just is.  One that listens to its Master.  One that is content to relish in the beauty of the field my Father gives me.  One that has the desire to help others.  The "sheep" that feeds my Father's flock!!!




My Fresh Find is this book stack necklace made from vinyl records.  I like fun things!!!


Wrapping gifts...

I have been wrapping Christmas gifts.  I'm done shopping.  Whoo-hoo!!!  My mother made some fabric bags many years ago before being environmentally friendly was even thought about really.  I use these for the majority of our gifts.  If the gifts are really oversized then I get to wrap.  I love wrapping gifts.  If I could I would gift wrap for a living.  Not much of a need in Plainview, Texas for a professional gift wrapper though!  I loved wrapping for Gabriel's each year.  Since they closed I will just enjoy doing ours. 


Here are our new stockings.  Had to do new since Adelyn needed one!  I've got to get all our pictures in the little frames!


This is just a cool picture of our house with our Trinity circles!!!



My Fresh Find today is this bedside drink & book holder.  Pretty nifty!!!


New school uniforms...

  Uniforms (2)

Look at these precious school children at the Gachie-West school in Kenya.  They meet in the Gachie-West Baptist Church.  These are their very first uniforms.  They are from a very high crime and impoverished area.  They need so many things.  They were recently vandalized.  They tore their books, destroyed their chalk boards and took their electrical box.  Besides that, they have never had real desks!  Are you looking to help someone special this Christmas time?  Let me know if you would like to help these children, their teachers & their school!!!


My Fresh Find today is the Germ Guard. You just wand it over your pillow, the sink, any place you want to kill germs...pretty ko-ool!!!




We had Turducken for Thanksgiving today.  The football fans will of heard John Madden speak of them.  When I visited Houston, my friend Fusun, hooked me up with one.  Today Aaron cooked it and we can now say we have tried one.

Let me explain to you what a Turducken is in case you don't know...or rather, I'll let Wiki (pedia) do it for me!

A Turducken is a dish consisting of a partially de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The thoracic cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or sausage meat, although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird.

The result is a relatively solid, albeit layered, piece of poultry, suitable for cooking by braising, roasting, grilling, or barbecuing. The turducken is not suitable for deep frying Cajun style (to deep fry poultry, the body cavity must be hollow to cook evenly).

Some people credit Cajun-creole fusion chef Paul Prudhommewith creating the commercial dish as part of the festival Duvall Days in Duvall, Wa in 1983. However, no one has ever verified this claim. The November 2005 issue of National Geographic magazine in an article by Calvin Trillin traced the American origins of the dish to Maurice, Louisiana, and "Hebert's Specialty Meats", which has been commercially producing turduckens since 1985, when a local farmer whose name is unknown, brought in his own birds and asked Hebert's to prepare them in the now-familiar style. The company prepares around 5,000 turduckens per week around Thanksgiving time. They share a friendly rivalry with Paul Prudhomme.

Turducken is often associated with the "do-it-yourself" outdoor food culture also associated with barbecueing and shrimp boils, although some people now serve it in place of the traditional roasted turkey at the Thanksgivingmeal. Turduckens can be prepared at home by anybody willing to learn how to remove the bones from poultry, instructions for which can be found on the Internet or in various cookbooks. As their popularity has spread from Louisiana to the rest of the Deep South and beyond, they are also available through some specialty stores in urban areas, or even by mail order.

While popular in the United States, they are rarely seen anywhere else in the world.


Here are TC and Aaron preparing the "birds"???  Our Turducken came with plain dressing, which in Cajun terms is mildly spicy.  I thought it was very good.  I liked all the meats, even that pesky duck!  It was a hit.  I'm not sure that we would order one another year because of the shipping issue, but we certainly enjoyed it this year.  I suggest you give it a try if you ever have a chance!

Here is Brock with Chris growing out of his head ;o)



Look out for that iceberg!  Titanic ice cube trays are my Fresh Find today.  What a fun beverage idea!


Looking up!

Things are looking up around here.  I'm feeling much better.  I have not slept so much in my whole life as I have these past 4-5 days!  Going to bed around 7 pm at night and getting up around 7:30 in the morning and then sleeping all day off & on is not what I call fun.  Daytime TV is not my thing at all...sleep is better ;o) 

So, I'm ready for Adelyn to be born.  Looks like December is when she will get here.  Chrissa is ready, her body says it is time, but not quite time! ;o)  She will be here soon though, when she gets good & ready!!!  Does that sound like anyone you know?


My Fresh Find is this glider plane just like I remember the kids playing with years ago.  What a great stocking stuffer!!!


Special people...


This is a picture of me with my dad.  My mother made my dress.  It looks like my dad was trying to hold me to get my picture...imagine that!

As Thanksgiving comes again, I am reminded of what a blessed person I am.  Not because of what I have or don't have, but for the special people God has placed in my life!


Decorate your table with today's Fresh Find.  Take your old vases or bottles and slide these covers over, add a fresh flower and you have your "pop" of color!  (I really think we could make these ourselves...give it a try!




Is this not the cutest curl?  What was my mom thinking?  Isn't it funny how we look back at our hair styles and cringe?  Actually, this is one of the better styles, ha-ha!!!


I love this poster.  It reminds me that we have so much to be thankful for and it is within each of us to recognize it!!!


My Fresh Find is this unusual balloon chair.  Yes, it is made out of lots & lots of balloons!  It would be a great conversation piece!