Wednesday, December 31, 2008
On Monday, after we had spent time with Jaylon at OSU Medical Center, Daniel drove us around to the Shoe, Ohio State's Football stadium. I had never seen it up close. AND gate 17 just happened to be OPEN. Soooooo, Daniel and Ed went in first to make sure it was okay and clear. Then Daniel came back and got me. Wow......I could hardly believe that I was going to have to opportunity to walk on such hallowed ground. *grin* Above are pictures of me and Daniel in the Shoe. I have more to share but I won't torture you needlessly. *grin* I was surprised at how much smaller it seems in real life than what it is on TV.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Daniel and Erin may stay at the Ronald McDonald House for the remainder of Daniel's time off of work, so they can be close to little Jaylon. He is still in University Medical Center but a shuttle runs every hour from the RMH which is by Children's Hospital to UMC every hour.
I sang "Jesus Loves Me" to little Jaylon today and told him that Grandma was going to teach him all kinds of songs about Jesus. I told him that he has looong fingers which are perfect for playing the piano like Grandma. And I touched his little toes which are soooo long, like his daddy's, and told him that Grandma was going to teach him the "little piggies" story, too and he pulled his little foot up like he's ticklish on his feet....like his daddy. *smile*
I told Daniel and Erin that I would try not to make him too ornery. *grin* Oh, but I love this precious little gift from God so much....already!!
He sleeps most of the time but he did have his little peepers open just a little so Grandma could see his little eyes. The doctor said he is sleeping most of the time because he is so tired from going through so much.
Please continue to pray for Jaylon and Daniel and Erin. I felt so sorry for Erin today. Please pray that the Lord would comfort and strengthen her. She is doing great physically. You'd never know that she had had a C-section one week ago.
Again, I'll keep you posted as to how our little guy is doing. Thank you so much for praying.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
"My God is so big, so strong, and so mighty,
There's nothing that He cannot do......"
I'll keep you posted, everyone. Thank you for praying.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Erin and Daniel got home last night at about 6:30pm. I know it was difficult for them to leave their little one but I just know that he's going to be coming home soon. All week I've just felt like I've had this invisible cord attached to my heart tugging at it and the tears have been close to the surface, many times spilling over. Oh, and Erin did finally get to hold her little son yesterday for the first time! I can only imagine how she must have felt.
I had two or three pictures to share but SOMEHOW! managed to delete them from my camera before getting them transferred to my computer! Talk about a ditz! That would be me.....sometimes! *smile*
Well, I must be off to get myself ready to go see the grandbaby AND who knows......perhaps we'll be bringing him home!!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Erin is doing wonderfully. I am so proud of her. I know she was so concerned about the pain and all that she might have to deal with but it has been minimal and she is doing well. She looked so pretty today. She and Daniel said that she has gotten so many compliments on her hair, how pretty it is. Daniel has been staying at the hospital with her and watching over her. My, but we do love these two precious kids. We call them kids....*smile*......but they aren't. Or at least they don't think they are. *grin*
It took us almost three hours to get home from the hospital this evening. Freezing rain started falling at about four o'clock, so we left immediately. The traffic was horrible. We crawled along on 670, 71 , 70, and then 33 until we got just south of Logan. There were times we were barely going 15 miles an hour! And there were accidents every where. I am so thankful that we made it home safely. I was soooo glad to get home! I was impressed with the caution and safety that most drivers were using. I drove because Ed has some difficulty driving when it is dark and raining where there is alot of glare from headlights and the wet roads. I am worn out, so I am going to get ready for bed and get some much-needed rest.
Monday, December 22, 2008
I'm a grandma!! *smile* I can hardly believe it! What a wonderful Christmas present, hm?
Everyone had gone back to check on Erin, so it was just me and Ed at the nursery window watching them tend to little Jaylon and we just looked at eachother and shed a few tears of gratitude and thanksgiving. How blessed of God we are.
I'll keep you posted and will have more pictures to share, I am sure! *smile* The Lord truly is good!
Friday, December 19, 2008
We took Daniel and Erin out to dinner last night for their third wedding anniversary. They chose Texas Roadhouse and off we went. We had a delicious meal and great time of just visiting AND watching NC cleanup on Evansville AND seeing Tyler Hansbrough #50 break the scoring record of former NC player Phil Ford.
Anywayyyyyyy......we had a wonderful time and now it is on to wait for Monday to arrive! Erin is ready to have this little babino! Though I'm not so sure that he is gonna be so little. I am estimating him to be an 8-pounder, at least! We will all be at University Hospital in Columbus where she is scheduled to deliver at 8am.
This picture was taken some time ago, so her tummy is quite a bit bigger now. I love this picture of Erin! It was taken at her Grandma Pullin's. We have been blessed with a precious daughter-in-love.
Your Christmas is Most Like: Miracle on 34th Street
Sweet and caring, Christmas is about helping for you.
While Santa may not exist, you try to share his spirit.
Monday, December 15, 2008
It was a busy weekend, indeed!
We had our annual family Christmas get-together Saturday at our church fellowship hall. We had a wonderful time!! I had been wondering if we would have enough food because not everyone had gotten back with me about what they were bringing BUT did we EVER have enough food!! And it was delicious! You see, there are five of us "mothers" and our kids have tended to let us bring the majority of the food while they bring drinks and easy things but tis year, they all came bearing gifts of delicious food, bless their hearts!! *smile* Believe it or not, my favorite dish was my oyster stuffing/dressing. I make it every year for me and my two brothers and sisters. We are the only ones that like it. Our dad ALWAYS made oyster dressing at Thanksgiving and sometimes Christmas so I am trying to carry on the tradition. My brother-in-law got some really good pictures so once he passes them on to me, I'll post some here for you to enjoy! I was just too busy to be taking pictures! *smile*
We had a white elephant gift exchange. Now, I didn't expect to get anything lavish but a soy jar candle without a wick? Hello? LOL My niece suggested putting it in my candle warmer. That'll work! And something rather poignant happened.
One of my little, precious great-nephews got a really big wrapped gift. His younger brother wanted to trade him, thinking the big package HAD to have a better present in it than his little package. Well, the older brother didn't want to trade is BIG gift BUT, lo and behold, if the smaller package didn't have the better gift! Needless to say, Gabe was happy that he kept the smaller package.
This made me think of the birth of Jesus. All through the years, prior to His birth, the Jewish people had been told of His coming by the prophets. We read those prophecies now and wonder how in the world they missed it. They were expecting and no doubt desiring a king arrayed in majestic robes, wearing a crown, possibly carry a sceptor.....something flashy that appealed to the carnal nature of man, something or someone to be "proud" of, to brag about. But He came so unexpectedly, so humbly, as an innocent baby, in a stable, wrapped snuggly in a covering of some sort......(it makes me think of ALL the things parents have nowadays when they are expecting a baby....whew!)..... with just his mother and father present, surrounded by farm animals. Unnoticed. Just another baby.
But it wasn't just another baby born that night in Bethlehem. It was the greatest gift of all. Our Redeember. But because of the unattractiveness of the package He was delivered in and the humble way in which He came to His people at that time, He was rejected by most.......
....... like the "little, plain" gift on Saturday that was pushed aside for the "BIG, GAYLY" wrapped gift, which ended up being not so great after all.
Just a little perspective during this holiday season.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sooooo.....I am fine driving and it actually feels kind of good to be out by myself for a little while. When I arrive at the church, a couple of the ladies come out just as I am pulling into the drive-through and they carry ALL of my things in for me so all I have to do is get myself into the fellowship hall which I managed to do without incident. But I do have to be honest and say that by the time I got inside, got all of my things situated...food, decorations, games......I was bone-tired, wishing I was home and in bed. *sighhhh* But I whispered a prayer and pressed on. We did have a beautiful time of fellowship, food, games, gifts, and memories but when we were finished, I very quietly gathered my things and kind of sneaked out and headed home.
Ed was waiting for me and helped me into the house along with the things I brought home. I headed straight for our bedroom and started getting ready for bed. I don't think there was a part of my body that did not hurt. I took a couple of pain pills and crawled in between the flannel sheets, Ed turned the ceiling fan on medium, told me goodnight and kissed me, tucked me in, that's the last thing I rememeber.
The next day......I just didn't feel well all day. I did get up and get dressed and did my hair, made myself presentable. But I laid down alot on Wednesday and rested.
Okay....I just tried to do tooo much on Tuesday. Entirely too much. I don't even know what I was thinking! So now we have our family get-together on Saturday and I have already made my mind up that I am taking it slow and easy. I've already got the nieces and nephews doing most of the work, so I just have to fix a ham and green beans and show up. Isn't delegating a wonderful feeling? *smile*
I don't know if I will ever be able to do all that I used to. I will just have to take it a day at a time, a week at a time, and so on.
I will tell you one thing: I so love my husband. He is my best friend in the whole world and he makes me laugh and he cares for me and takes care of me. What would I do without him?
One last thing: I bought a custom-made wooden cane many months ago before I got my walker, thinking it would help me in walking. At the time, it wasn't much of a help. I needed the stability of a walker. Well, I got this cane out today and tried it out. I can walk so evenly and well with it! Now, I don't feel quite as secure with it as I do with my walker, so I will just be using it here at home for short periods of time until I feel stronger and more secure with it. But I can walk at a more steady pace and more evenly with it than I can with the walker. I am sooooo happy about this new develpment! I'll keep you posted!
My sister, Bev, and I buy ten "prizes" each at dollar stores and, I tell you, the way some people go after these prizes, you would think they were real treasures!!!!! It is so much fun!!!!
This first website has bingo cards with Christmas symbols on them. This second site is where you can make the customizable cards by typing in the words you wish to use. I hope this comes in handy for some one!!!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
White Coconut Cake
1 White Cake Mix/ Prepared as directed in 9x13 pan or dish
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of coconut milk
1 container of Cool Whip
Bake the cake as directed. Mix together the condensed milk and coconut milk. Pour over the cake while it is still warm. Refrigerate the cake till cool. Top with Cool Whip and coconut. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
The two milks poured over the cake end up making a luscious gooey layer on the bottom of the cake. It is wonderful!
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
1 8oz. pkg. of cream cheese
1 small pkg of vanilla instant pudding
1 regular size can of fruit cocktail/drained completely
After draining the fruit cocktail....I have even blotted it with paper towels to make sure I get all
of the liquid out.....mix the above three ingredients thoroughly. Then you can either roll the cheeseball in crushed cinnamon graham crackers or pecan pieces.
A couple of variations I've done is it to add pecan pieces to the cheeseball itself. Also, I have rinsed maraschino cherries and dried them to keep the red from bleeding into the other ingredients, then added the additional cherries to the cheeseball. I always add extra maraschino cherries to fruit cocktal or whatever else I'm using them in....*grin*. When I've added the pecans and cherries to the cheeseball, I haven't rolled it in anything because I think it is pretty just the way it is. Also, this year, if I make this cheeseball, I am going to use white chocolate instant pudding so as to keep the cheeseball nice and white. The instant vanilla pudding tends to color it a kind of creamy white color. Just some thoughts.
Oh, and I serve this cheeseball on a pretty platter with cinnamon graham crackers arranged around it.
Dried Beef Cheeseball
2 8oz. cream cheese
1 pkg. of dried beef cut into very small pieces
1/2- 3/4 cup minced onion
1-2 tbsp. of Miracle Whip
1-2 tbsp. of Liquid Smoke
1 cube of beef boullion dissolved in just the smallest amount of water
1 envelope of Knorr's vegetable dip mix
Mix thoroughly the cream cheese, minced onion, Miracle Whip and dried beef. I have added all three of the optional ingredients and I have used only one of them at a time in cheeseballs I have made. So have fun and give it all a try!!! Oh, and I roll this cheeseball in parsley flakes sometimes, while at other times I don't roll it in anything because I think it is pretty as is, especially if I include the Knorr vegetable seasoning. Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Originally, it was a recipe for a smoked salmon cheeseball but since I didn't have any salmon at the time, I used tuna and it worked out great so mine is now:
Smoked Tuna Cheeseball
2 8oz. pkgs. of cream cheese
2 heaping tbsp. Miracle Whip
1/2 - 3/4 cup minced onion
2 cans of tuna in oil/ drained completely
(I prefer tuna in oil because I think it has more flavor)
2 tbsp. Liquid Smoke
Mix all of the above ingredients together thoroughly.
Shape into a ball. Roll in parsley flakes.
Some variations I have done is to add a package of Knorr's vegetable dip mix. Also, I have added parsley flakes along with everything else and then rolled it in parsely flakes, too.
You can also roll the cheeseball in nuts or anything else you like, but I prefer the parsley flakes. Oh, I think I've also added a beef boullion cube, too, once or twice but with the Liquid Smoke,
I didn't really feel it was necessary. So, there you have it! My nephew, Troy, made these and sold them at Discover Card in New Albany where he used to work.....he is starting nursing school in January....yayyyy, Troy!!!.....he sold gazillions of them! I think to the point that he doesn't care if he ever sees one again in his entire life!! *smile*
I also maked a chipped beef cheeseball, so if you would like the recipe for that, let me know. Ohh, AND a fruit cheeseball. Oh my! I almost forgot about that one!! Talk about yummy!!!! Whew!!!
IT IS the most wonderful time of the year....as I sit here and watch the snow falling outside my window!!! *smile*
Here is the recipe for you to try....it is worth the effort!
2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
1 stick of butter/margarine
3 Tbs. of powdered sugar
2 envelopes of Knox gelatin
2 pkgs of Dream Whip
1 cup of cold milk
2 tsp. of vanilla
1 cup of sugar
11 oz. of cream cheese
2 cans of cherry pie filling
Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, powdered sugar, 1 envelope of
Knox gelatin and pat into a 9 X 13 dish. Sprinkle one
envelope of Knox gelatin over this and set aside.
Mix 2 pkgs. Dream Whip and 1 cup of cold milk. Beat until stiff peaks form.
It is best to beat the Dream Whip in a bowl that has been chilled
in the freezer for awhile. Add 2 tsp. vanilla and the sugar. Add
cream cheese that has been softened and creamed.
Put this mixture on top of the graham cracker crust.
Top with two cans of cherry pie filling. Refrigerate until thoroughly
This is so refreshing. It is like a lite version of cherry cheesecake.
The filling is light and fluffy!
CREAM CHEESE COOKIES
1 BOX OF YELLOW CAKE MIX
1 8oz. PACKAGE OF CREAM CHEESE
1 TSP. OF VANILLA
EMPTY THE CAKE MIX INTO A MIXING BOWL.
SOFTEN THE CREAM CHEESE IN THE MICROWAVE.
BEAT THE EGG AND ADD TO THE CAKE MIX.
ADD THE SOFTENED CREAM CHEESE AND VANILLA.
MIX THESE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER THOROUGHLY.
THE DOUGH WILL BE PRETTY STIFF.
YOU CAN DROP THE DOUGH ONTO A GREASED COOKIE
SHEET BY THE TEASPOON OR MAKE OUT
LITTLE PATTIES ABOUT THE SIZE OF A
FIFTY-CENT PIECE. BAKE AT 350 DEGREES OR UNTIL
BROWN ON THE BOTTOM. DON'T OVERBAKE.
THESE ARE SO EASY AND SO DELICIOUS!
The difficulty is that she has does not have any money for Christmas. I'll be honest here and say that she does not do the best job of managing her money. She's talked to me repeatedly about this but in my efforts to offer her some sound advice, she usually comes up with reasons for why she does the things she does financially and so on.
Anywayyyyy.....the question.....what can she do for her children/grandchildren for Christmas that doesn't cost alot of money? Of course, the other grandparents involved DO have alot more money than she does and this always bothers her, making her feel like she HAS to do something, i.e. spend money on her kids and grandchildren that she doesn't really have.
We were talking yesterday and she was telling me that most of her grandchildren have need of nothing.......we all know how that is.......but they still expect things and gifts and money at Christmas and birthdays.
My friend is a wonderful grandmother. She spends time with her grandchildren and loves them to pieces. I just want to help her so that she doesn't go into debt getting things for her children and grandchildren that they don't need and she can't afford.
And, yes, I know I can offer all of the suggestions in the world and she may select to go ahead and do it her way, anyway, but I thought I would try to offer her some alternatives.
Any ideas, anyone? She has seven little grandsons under the age of ten. She has one granddaughter that is 2 and the other one is 16.
Monday, December 01, 2008
On Friday, Ed took me out for lunch at our fave chinese restaurant and then we went to Walmart for just a little bit and I do meet a little bit, because I just couldn't it, even in a motorized cart, so we headed home. I spent the day at home Saturday, too, though I had hoped I was up to going to see the annual Christmas parade at three in the afternoon. Again, the body just wasn't cooperating, so I called my family and let them know that I wouldn't be there...maybe next year. One really neat thing: My nephew Brian took his three sons to the Christmas parade and they had a ball!! He has the most precious boys! I told him to make sure he brought bags because they would be getting gobs of candy thrown to them during the parade and, sure enough, they did! My sister Debbie said their bags were full when the parade was over! Here is a picture of Brian's three sons and then one of him and the boys!
Aren't they precious? And Brian is such a great dad!
I don't know why I was having such pain, but Ed prayed for me at different times during the day and my pain eased, thankfully. I am so thankful for a praying husband, for a husband that cares for me so.
Come Sunday, I was able to go to church both services and do the music. Isn't that great? Sis. Pam and Sis. Courtney were praise singers and our harmony was so beautiful. I love, love, love beautiful, annointed harmony and the three of us seem to meld together so well, not just vocally but in every other way, too. So, though I wasn't able to do some things that I had wanted to over the holiday weekend, I am so thankful that I was able to go to the house of the Lord and to sing praises unto His name, and to worship Him, to feel His loving presence with the family of God around me.