Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Zams Swamp Tours


Here are some pictures from Zam's Swamp tour in a little town called Kraemer  in South Louisiana.

The folks there are really fun & have a wonderful thick Cajun accent. The family that runs this was on Trading Spouses.  I remember thinking it was so funny that they had subtitles each time the man or the son would say anything.

These are the tour boats. They have a gift shop with lots of interesting things to see & buy!

What little girl wouldn't want one of these?  These were actually very popular in early Cajun culture.  They used to use the moss for mattresses, too.

Santas made from cypress knees.  This is what they look like growing:

This is what the building looks like from the boat.

There isn't much that is more beautiful than the swamp.

The trees dripping with moss...

The elegant herons...

I forgot how green it stays in South Louisiana...

When they say, "See live gators," they mean it.

These are just the baby gators.

They are pretty harmless.  All of those little hands belong to children from our homeschool group!  Some of them even got to hold them.

This alligator is in their back yard in a pond (fenced).  I have seen hundreds of alligators in Louisiana, but this is the biggest one that I have ever seen.

  I would NEVER have gone on there with that big gator & Diego was in there playing with it!!

Ummm....no thank you!  
They said this alligator is over a hundred years old and has been a family pet for many years.  It got passed down from their parents!

Sadly, I was almost as excited to see the family from Trading Spouses as I was the swamp tour.

This was an interesting field trip.  I even held a huge snake - AROUND MY NECK!! My son did it, too!!  My daughter was the smart one, and said she would pass.  I have lovely friends who choose these kinds of pictures for my Facebook page.

Please overlook me looking like a deer-in-headlights.   
That is my, "What-was-I-thinking-Lord,-please-don't-let-me-throw-up look."

Have you ever felt that way??

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It Just Takes A Moment....

 ...to change your life completely.

My sister was in a car accident.

She was in a convertible and didn't have a seat belt on.

She was texting and driving

She ran off the road and flew out of the top of the car, and hit a cement wall. 
She cannot feel her left leg at all and has some feeling in her right leg but cannot fully control it.
Dad massaging her leg - trying to help her regain feeling.
 She has severe nerve damage & bulging disks.   She will be doing physical therapy/rehab for six months to a year.  The doctors say that she will walk again, but that she will never be 100%.

She is 32 years old and has 2 children.  She is having to learn to walk again.  Her family has had to move in with my Mom & Dad to help care for her.

She is frustrated, constantly in pain,and can only sleep a couple of hours a day because of the pain.  She is learning to use a walker and shakes horribly when she does because the pain is so great.

I have texted and driven many times, as had she.  It just takes a moment.  No message is that important.  I have learned that lesson.  I hope this encourages you not to text while driving.

I have been here in Louisiana visiting her this week & trying to help out.  It is a miracle that she survived and only with a few scratches outwardly.

I expressed to my Mom that I could never work as hard as she is at learning to walk (while not being able to feel her leg).  I just don't have it in me.

    Then the Lord sweetly whispered to me..... 



We have the help of a God who is everything, every-time, everywhere!

When we feel like we are at the end of our rope...
Grace extends it and helps us hang on.

When we feel like we are about to go over the edge....
Grace builds a bridge to get us to the other side.

When we feel about to topple under the load of the burden.....
Grace lightens the load. 

The funny thing about grace is that it isn't something we think of until we are in need of it.  Yet.... it is always there right on time.  God loves us more than we can imagine & sees every hurt and tear.

I am thankful today for Grace.

Dear Lord, Thank you for Grace.  Thank you that when we are facing our Red Sea, you are able to part the waters.  I know that You are the Great Physician and know our hurts better than anyone else, and have the power to heal at a moments notice.  I know your timing is perfect and am trusting You to comfort hearts, and give Grace and healing as Your Will permits.  I love you Lord & thank You for loving me (and Teresa).

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My First Giveaway!

I am so excited to be hosting my first giveaway!   
I am giving away one pair of my Birds Nest Bobby Pins!
The giveaway is open now until April 28th 11:59 P.M.  CST.
The winner will be chosen in a drawing from the comments.  Please enter this giveaway and share it with a friend (or several!).
How do you enter?
One entry for each of the following:
1 entry - Comment 

1 entry - Follow this blog & post comment & let me know
(or if you follow already say so in a comment)
 Share it on Facebook  & comment each day that you do this!
(one comment/entry per day -each day that you do this!!)

Yay!   I can't wait to see who wins!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bad Fashion

I was pricing some books I had for my flea market booth yesterday and came across this lovely gem:

This book is filled with bad fashion & funny commentary!
Mismatched Neon Socks
I probably could have taken this picture out of my high school scrapbook...

Patchwork shirts
Quote from book: "In 1969, patchwork was liberated from old ladies' bedspreads and was strutting proudly down the catwalk as vogue."
 (What about that pose?  Doesn't it scream "Don't hate me because I am beautiful?")

Plastic Dresses

Quote from book: "Easy to wipe down with a wet cloth should the need arise"
(I hate when my flip flops make the "flop" sound when I walk.  I can just imagine the ruckus a plastic dress must make.)

Lamb-chop sideburns   
 "In the late 60's, men grew lion manes and their whiskers turned lamb chop"

(I thought the lamb-chop reference was a joke but googled it & LOTS of entries came up.  I wonder if drumstick sideburns are next?)

Granny Gowns
 Quote from book: "Usually floral patterned with frilly hems and bits of random embroidery, they were more suited too burying old grannies in than to going out on the town."

(Enough said!)

Bowl Cuts
 Quote from book: "about as esthetically pleasing as the Black Death or the pox, "the bowl" was very simple to achieve: put bowl on head, apply scissors around bowl, take off bowl, spray down."

(I included the instructions in case any of you wanted to give it a go.)

Knitted Vests
 Quote from book: " modeled by the His & Hers couple on the right, who are showing off vests that they made themselves from old bathroom mats."

(I wonder if I could get my manly man to wear one of these??)

 Quote from book: "They made us look like a bizarre hybrid of the macho lady-killer and something that was altogether too feminine and campy."

(I have never seen this fashion statement implemented by anyone I know.  Thank goodness!)

 Quote from book: "A caftan made you look like the awning on the side of a trailer"


Shiny Suits

Quote from book: "The suit radiates brightly, just like his teeth."

(I guess these went by the wayside when shiny eyeshadow did)

Bicycle Shorts
 Quote from book: "Bicycle shorts showed more than the world needed to see and, as with all worst trends, those who really shouldn't have worn them were the ones who inflicted them on us."

(The house we moved from in Louisiana was on a popular cycle route.  The first week I saw more bike shorts than I EVER wanted, too. Yuck!)

Polka Dots

Quote from book: "There's something wrong with polka dots that you can't quite put a finger on."

(I think they are totally off on this one!!  Hellooo....who doesn't like polka dots!?!!?)

While this book was published in 2005, several of the fashion disasters in this book have already made a come back! 

How many of these were you guilty of??

Friday, April 8, 2011

I Am So Excited (and I Just Can't Hide It)

I currently have 91 followers (whooda thunk it?).  I am so excited because when I reach 100 followers I am having my first giveaway!  I love giveaways!  
Since there was so much interest in my bitty bird nests, I am sure the giveaway will have something to do with that...

Thank you all so much for clicking follow!  I am humbled by your interest in my blog (and ya'll make me feel fancy!). 
Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011 

5 Minutes for Mom is hosting the 2011 Ultimate Blog Party and I am so happy to be a part of it this year!  
My name is Christie (aka Honey, Mom, the preachers wife, Sweet Thang -had to throw that in there!). and I am so happy that you came by to see me! I have been happily married for 19 years and am the mother of 2 great teenagers.  I am learning how to enjoy this new season of my life. 

I was born in Columbus, Georgia but have lived my whole life in South Louisiana.  My husband used to tell me I wasn't a country girl & I argued with him that I most certainly was.....then we moved to a little town in North Alabama.  It didn't take long for me to find out that I am not really a country girl!  I guess I am just a wanna be. *grin*  I don't know if I will ever get used to the smell of the chicken houses here, but everyone assures me that I will.

I was a housewife/homemaker for 18 years (even before my kids were born!).   I homeschooled my children for 8 years, and they went to public school this year for the first time ever!  I was blessed with a part-time job at the perfect place for me - a crafters retreat.  I work a couple days a week and am still able to be home when my kids are home (which is very important to me).  I love my family more than anything and feel proud to be doing God's will for my life by taking care of them!  

 I am looking forward to meeting all of you who stop by & checking out your slice of blogland!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monster Cookies

These cookies are really yummy.  I am usually just a chocolate chip kinda gal & didn't expect these to be that great.  The only reason I tried them (sadly) is because the recipe makes so many - BUT THEY ARE DELISH!!  I mean, REALLY delish - plus the dough freezes great!!   I saw the recipe originally at
Avoiding The Laundry

Monster Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups (packed) brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
6 eggs
4t soda
1/2 tsp. white Karo Syrup
1T vanilla
3 cups creamy Peanut Butter

In a LARGE bowl, cream the above ingredients.

Then Add: 

9 cups of oats
1 big package of plain M&Ms
1 12 oz. package of white chocolate chips

Stir all together & bake for 11 minutes.

These scoops are WONDERFUL for dipping cookies.  That's the only reason I ever use them.  The small one makes the perfect size cookie (not too small, not too big) and the medium one makes big cookies (bigger than you need, but who cares?).  

This recipe makes a TON of wonderful cookies (about 12 dozen).  My Dad was here when we made them & he never asks for anything - he called and asked if my daughter could make him some more and mail them!  Yep...they are THAT good!

You can store it in a bowl in the freezer and bake them right out of the freezer!  This is wonderful for preparing ahead of time!

Have you ever eaten monster cookies?

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