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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.


The Good Ole Garden Days! July 25, 2009

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This morning I got up and went to the farmers market. As I walked from stand to stand looking at all the garden fresh produce I was reminded of my childhood. As a child my mother and grandmother would plant a huge garden. I remember griping and complaining when I had to get up early and go to the garden to gather the produce to be canned. We would spend the whole day breaking beans, shucking corn, or shelling peas to be canned. I hated it . The worse chore of all was digging up the potatoes. My granddaddy planted a huge potato crop and we spent the whole day in the dirt picking up potatoes. The only reward we got was we would get to go swimming in the creek afterwards. That would be so refreshing after a hot day in the sun and dirt. I also can remember one summer day that we gathered cabbage heads and made over 100 jars of sour kraut. We also canned vegetable soup, beans, corn, peas, tomato juice, stewed tomatoes, pickles, jellies, jams, and relishes. What I would give to have those days back.

Now as my grandparents are passed on and my mom is down in her back we no longer have a garden. Now I have to resort to going to the farmers market and pay $4.00 for a small mess of green beans. I have thought about the good ole days I spent working in the garden with my mom and grandma. Those are days I will cherish always. I learned so much from them. I learned to work hard and enjoy the simple things in life. I also learned to cook like a good ole southern county girl. I can make the best biscuits ever. I learned standing beside my granny and watched as she mixed the dough and patted them out, she would let me cut them out and put them in the pan. Later she taught me how to make biscuits just like her and mom.

It is funny how things can trigger our memories. My granny has been dead for 12 years and I still remember her like it was yesterday. I pray that I will be an example to my children and grandchildren, and teach them about the important things in life, like God and family.


Block Party!! July 20, 2009

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This past Saturday our Mission Jackson team led a church from Lebanon, TN in a backyard Bible club block party at a new location we are jump starting at The Village apartment complex. Each team leader was assigned a color and a team of youth from the church. We were given an assignment for the block party. I was the red team. I was given 6 youth for my team. We were the coolest team there. My team was in charge of the games…woohoo. I like games, we had a sucker board, ball toss, and corn hole. We went door to door inviting the tenants to come to our party. We had the big blow-up jumpers, games, food…(pizza, chips, drinks, ice cream, and snow cones), face painting, balloon animals, water guns, water balloons, door prizes, and of course a Bible story skit. It was all in all a huge success. We had about 50 0f us and maybe 50 – 75 of the tenants. The weather was perfect. God had given us a low 80’s and very mild day. We had 2 0r 3 salvations…AWESOME!

As we were packing up to leave a young single mom of 3 preschoolers showed up disappointed that they had missed out. I tried to round up some things we had leftover to give them. I found some coloring books, suckers, and stickers to give them. Then I noticed the guy doing face painting still had a line, so I rushed the girls over to get their faces painted. I also noticed the guy doing the balloon animals was still making balloon animals, so we got in line for that. When it came time for the girls to get a balloon he ran out of  balloons. I apologized to the mom. She said that it was ok. One of the little girls asked me to open her sucker for her. I was trying to get it unraveled when I noticed all of the buses had left, but one. I shout to the bus driver not to leave me. I was still trying to get the sucker undone as he was waiting. The mom made a comment that has really bothered me. She said something to the effect that I had done my good deed for the day. I had to hurry to get on the bus, so I didn’t think about what she said until I got on the bus. Then  it hit me like a ton of bricks that she thought I was trying to get my good deed quota for the day. I wish I could have had time to share the truth with her that I was not trying to do good deeds so I could go to heaven, but that I was there because I loved them. I realize the world thinks that good deeds will get you to heaven, or only bad people go to hell. Well the truth is that we are all sinners and fall short of God’s glory. None of us are righteous. It is only through the blood of Jesus that we can have forgiveness of our sins and go to heaven. It is through Jesus alone, not any efforts of our own. We can never be good enough to go to heaven. We must trust in Jesus death on the cross to pay our penalty for our sins. On the other hand you can not sin too much that God’s grace will not forgive you. Jesus loves you and died for your sins no matter how many they may be. The Bible tells us that it is by faith that we are saved and not of our works lest anyone should boast. If we could get to heaven on our own then Jesus would not have had to die. All you have to do is admit you are a sinner, believe that Jesus died for your sins, and you will be saved.

I want my motivation to serve Christ to be one of love for the Father and Son, and love for people. My hearts desire is that my actions will point others to Christ.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14


Family Beach Vacation! July 4, 2009

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We just got back from a few days at the beach. We had a great time. I was so blessed to have my whole family together. Dustin’s girlfriend Kandace also joined us. We arrived in Panama City early Monday morning. When we arrived our room was not cleaned, so we had to wait at the beach until our room was ready. We had driven all night so we were really tired. Randy actually crashed on the couch because he drove all night. We all had slept at least part of the way. We change into our bathing suits and head to the beach. There were yellow and purple flags flying. I get my noodle and head out into the water. I am floating along and not paying any attention to the fact that I had gotten further out than I had planned. Cody comes out and jokingly said…”what are you doing this far out don’t you know it is dangerous”. He was quoting me. At that point I get off of my noodle so I can get closer to shore and when I did I realized I could not touch bottom. Well you know what I did, I PANICKED!!! I threw my noodles away and tried to swim with the current. I was not gaining in ground. I yell to this strange man to give me a push so I could maybe get to where I could touch…nope. Cody sees me and says, “mom are you ok.” I scream “NO HELP ME, I CAN’T BREATHE”. He comes to my rescue but is not able to get me to where I can touch bottom. Dustin then comes out to help and finally I can touch. I head for the shore and didn’t get back in the beach again,except on the edge. The reason I panicked was because years ago me and my sister got caught in the current and almost drowned, so I do not like to be in the ocean over my head. The bay,river, creak, or pool doesn’t bother me to be over my head, but the ocean does. Me and Tanner decided to go and hang out by the pool. Finally our room was clean so we all got dressed and went out to dinner. We ate at the Bone Fish.  We were so tired we went to bed early around 8:30.

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Tuesday, we had planned to spend the day at St. Andrews State Park snorkeling at the Jetty’s.  It was a great day. It was not too hot since it was a little overcast. The breeze was also blowing. We snorkeled for hours. It was so fun having the whole family snorkeling together. We saw some really cool sea life…we saw tropical fish, stingrays, manta rays, crabs, coral reefs, jelly fish, and sea urchins. After a day of snorkeling we went back to the condo and got dressed to make family pictures on the beach. We go back to the park for our pictures. On the way we stop by the alligator lake to see if we can see an alligator. We do see 4 alligators. We also take pictures on the trails around the lake. However, we got all hot and sweaty and it was getting late so by the time we got to the beach the sun was setting, so we didn’t get the beach photos I wanted. I was also frustrated with my camera. I still prefer my 35 mm. It makes much better pictures than my digital camera. After a long day on the beach we decide to get pizza to go.

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Wednesday, we go back to the park to snorkel. This time it was hot and sunny. We used 70 SPF sunscreen but we still got burned. The only place we burned was our backs, because we snorkeled for 4 hours and our backs were all that was out to the water. I was on fire! We lost track of time and forgot to reapply sunscreen…ouch! Dustin and Cody rode the sling shot. It shot them 300 feet in the air in 2 seconds. They said it was a blast. Cody and Tanner rode the fastest go-karts they have ever ridden. Tanner started first and stayed in first.  It made me nervous just to watch them. 

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Thursday, we get up and pack up and head for home. We drive through Graceville, FL where we used to live to show Kandace where we lived and the schools the boys went to, and the college Randy went to. I was so devastated when one of the houses we lived in had been trashed. It looked disgusting. I can not discribe how bad it looked. It broke my heart. I had taken pride in the place and kept it looking good. These people had let it run down. The yard was grown up, trash was in the yard, even furniture, vehicles parked everywhere, limbs on top of the house, it was molded. The beautiful azalea bushes we had were now grown over the top of the house. I just wanted to cry. We went to visit our neighbor but she wasn’t home. I am sure she is upset with how the place looked. We drove on to Dothan, AL and ate at Applebees. This was one of my old hangouts with my girlfriends. We dropped Kandace off and got home around 2:00 a.m. It was a great trip. The Lord blessed us with the perfect weather. The condo was great and we were all together to enjoy it.

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While I would sit and look out across the gulf. I would think about how Awesome God is. As I watched the power of the waves crashing against the shore, and looked out at the vast sea it just made me realize how BIG our God is. He is all powerful, all knowing,and an ever present God. I love you and praise you for who you are.

Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who  has measured off the heavens with His fingers?  Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed out the mountains and the hills? Isa. 40:12