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New Bible Study August 27, 2009

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I am so excited to be starting a new Bible study. The study is One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer. I can’t wait to delve into this study and discover the truths God has waiting on me to learn. This study is a journey with the Israelites from captivity in Egypt to the promised land of Canaan that flows with milk and honey. I want to reach my promised land that God has for me, a land that offers life (milk) and life more abundantly (honey). I first have to leave my Egypt behind before I can begin the journey to the promised land. I pray that God will give me the courage to leave whatever sin has me inslaved, so I can pack my bags and start my journey for the promised land. I am sure it will be an exciting adventure, but not free from pain and obstacles, but well worth the ride.

John 10:10 “The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy; I cam e that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

One In a Million – Priscilla Shirer from Kris Seidenkranz on Vimeo.


Candace Cameron Bure August 21, 2009

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We went to hear Candace Cameron Bure speak in Memphis, TN about two years ago. She had given her testimony of how she became an actress on Full House and how she became a follower of Jesus. We were really impressed with her desire to live for Christ. My son, Tanner, was so excited to meet a TV star. He couldn’t even speak when we met her during the autograph time. I asked her if we could take Tanner’s picture with her and she said sure. We got a couple of pictures of her.

Tanner then added her to his myspace page and she put the picture of him and her on her fans page. Later he added her to his facebook page and twitter. He has kept in touch with her this way for the past two years. She has even commented back to him and chatted with him.

I said all of that to say this, last night we drove to South Haven, MS to hear her speak again. It was about an hour and a half drive. Tanner could not wait to meet her again. He took the pictures we had taken of them before to get autographed. We arrive a little early and sat on the front roll. This time it was more of an interview type setting. She did a great job of sharing her life as a child actress on Full House and other shows she’s been a part of like her new series, “Make it or Break it”. She also told about how she had been saved at age 12, but didn’t really feel like she had changed. She had tried to be a good person all of her life. She said she thought that was good enough. Later after she was married to hockey player Valerie Bure and started her family she felt like something was missing in her life. Her brother, Kirk Cameron, shared a book with her by Ray Comfort called, “The Way of the Master”. It was after reading this book that she realized the seriousness of her sin and that by the ten commandments standards she was not good enough on her own to get to heaven. It was then that she understood her need of a savior and put her trust in Jesus. From that moment on she has had a desire to live for Christ and to let him guide her steps. She shared that her husband was not happy about her desire to live for Christ at first. She shared her faith with him, but he was not receptive and told her to quit talking to him about God. She honored that request, but continued to pray for him daily. Two years later he gave his life to Christ. They now want to raise their three kids in a godly home. She said that being an actress and having fame and popularity is not the most important thing in life. She stated that following Christ was the most important decision she ever made. If you want to hear her testimony you can check out her website @ .

After the interview she signed autographs. We got in the long line to wait our turn. Tanner was on cloud nine. It is our turn. Tanner lays down the picture of him and Candace. She looks up and says,

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“Hey, I remember you!”. She said “I see your posts on facebook. I am so glad you came to see me again.” We could not believe she remembered us. She signed Tanner’s picture and without any of us telling her his name she wrote, Tanner…Hi…Candace Cameron Bure. He was so thrilled. It made his night. He was able to say a few words to her this time. It was a great night. Many people came to the alter to pray.

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Thanks so much Candace for sharing your life and love for the Savior with us. Thank you for making Tanner feel so special.


Flown the Coop August 17, 2009

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My middle son, Cody, moved out on his own on Saturday. We loaded down our suburban and his car with all of his belongings and headed to Murray, Kentucky. Cody and his best friend Preston rented an apartment close to Murray State. It was a nice apartment. They have a living room, kitchen, laundry area, and two bedrooms and two baths. They were so excited to be there. They unpacked the vehicles and started unpacking their new kitchen dishes and cookware. Cody ran a sink of water and washed all the dishes while Preston dried. It was so funny to watch them be so particular about where they wanted to put things. We stayed and helped unpack for a while. We got to meet Prestons parents. We all went to lunch at AppleBee’s. They left after lunch, but we stayed until later in the evening. We took them to Wal-Mart to get the last minute things they needed to make their home complete. It was hard to drive off and leave Cody behind. We hugged and kissed and said our “I love you’s”. I was proud for him since he was so excited, but I knew our family life would not be the same as it once was.

I pray Lord that you will watch over Cody and keep him in your capable hands. You love him even more than I do and want to do great things in and through him. Lord guide him in his studies and help him to be able to discern the truth and not be deceived in any way. Thank you for choosing me to be Cody’s mom. He has a special place in my heart. I pray that you will keep us close even though we are apart.



Relay for Life August 14, 2009

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I can not believe that it has been a year since the last “Relay for Life”, which also means that it has been a year since I began blogging. I remember that one of my first posts was about my dad’s cancer and the “Relay for Life” event. I looked up my first post and it was on 8-2-08….Wow, I have been blogging over a year.

This year my sister, Melanie, was the Co-Sponser for Lawrence County’s “Relay for Life”. She worked hard all year raising money to help fight cancer. She inlisted my help on a few occassions. I did very little compared to her hard work. I helped work the Old Time Picture fundraiser and I helped work the games for kids at the “Relay for Life Rally”.

We got involved with “Relay for Life” last year when our dad almost died from kidney cancer. Thank the Lord he is now a cancer survivor. It was great to watch him take the victory lap along with the other survivors.

Melanie had to stay from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. She got up early that morning to get the stage ready and make sure all the preparations were ready for the big event and stayed until it was over the next morning. I arrived about 5:00 p.m. and stayed until about 11:30 p.m. My parents came for the opening ceremony and because of their health were not able to stay very long.

It was a good turn out from the community. The candlelight ceremony is one of my favorite parts of the whole event. It is a time to reflect on the ones who have lost their battle to cancer and to celebrate the ones who have won their battle of cancer.It is a quiet and surreal time as you walk a lap and look at the bags with names of those who have been affected by cancer. I chose to pray for the families that were represented by each bag. Not only was our dad affected by cancer but both of my grandfathers died of cancer. Melanie had made a bag to represent each one of them.

The event was a huge success. There was lots of good food to eat, and games for the kids. We were entertained by several local bands and the St. Johns Methodist Choir. One of the funniest moments of the evening was when the men came out on the stage decked out in their dresses and make up to compete in the Womenless Beauty Contest.  I will say that men do not make pretty women. The men worked the crowd to see who get the most donations. It was a riot. I think the ugliest man won…he had a full beard…yuck! Michael Jackson and Madonna also made an appearance. My nephew, Matthew, was Michael Jackson and he did a great job representing Michael and the moonwalk. All in all it was a great event and we raised $65,000 to help fight cancer.

Thanks Melanie for your hard work and dedication.


What a Bargain!!! August 3, 2009

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This weekend my sister Melanie and my niece Mikayla came for a visit. We planned to shop all weekend. That is exactly what we did. We went out to eat @ Los Portales as soon as she arrived, and then we hit our first store on the list, Khols. They were having a sale. I got a deal on panties, they were regular 3/$24  they were on sale for 3/$4.99. I would call that a bargain. Melanie bought her some panties and Mikayla got some school clothes.

Saturday morning we got up and headed to the mall. We ate a cinnamon roll and coffee at Cinnabons for breakfast. We went to JC Penny because they were having a sale.  They gave you a coupon for an extra 15% off of the entire purchase. I found the deal of a lifetime here. I have been looking for new bedding for years. I always check out this department for bedding or sheet sales. Well I found an 18 piece bedding set originally $400.oo on sale for $99.00 with 40% off that and with my extra 15% off it cost only $50.00. …WOW!! I debated on whether to buy it or not. I am so glad I did. It is the most comfortable bedding I have ever owned. I also bought new pillows since they were 50% off with an extra 15%. They were the down alternative pillows. I got both pillows for $16.00 and they were regularly $40.00. I had the best nights sleep ever.

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We left the mall and took my bedding home so I could put the sheets in the wash. We went to eat at Olive Garden for lunch. Melanie had recently painted her bedroom and bought new bedding so she was looking for pictures and lamp shades. We went to Kirklands and she found several pictures she liked. We checked our Hobby Lobby for some picture frames. We shopped at the Dress Barn and Melanie bought her two new dresses. We were both looking for shoes so we went to the Rackroom Shoe Store but didn’t buy anything. We treated ourselves to Maggie Moos Ice Cream. We went to Wal Mart where Melanie bought two lamp shades and I got groceries. After a long day of shopping we had decided to go home, but we decided to try Shoe Carnival first to see if we could find somes shoes to go with our new dresses. I had bought my dress at JC Penny a couple of days ago during a special customer appreciation sale,  it was reg. $70 and I paid $20. We were in luck. We both found shoes and they were buy one get one half off. So we paid $13.00 a piece for shoes, they were reg. $30.

Sunday we went to church and I cooked our favorite dish, Hamburger Corn Casserole. After we ate we went back to Kirklands to purchase the pictures Melanie had found the day before. We then grabbed a treat at Starbucks and Baskin Robbins.

Melanie had to leave for home. Tanner went home with her and to visit grandparents for the week. I am going to miss him. He keeps me company. We had a great weekend of shopping and we both found some great bargains.  I have to admit I am not a shopper normally, but I enjoy spending time with my sister and niece Mikayla. Mikayla is 8 years old and she LOVES to shop. She is so funny to watch. She is very into styles.