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Family Fun

Today was a great day spent with family!  Natalie, Joey, Cupcake, and Blue Eyes are here visiting for a couple of days, so we decided to go on an outing to Chuckie Cheese’s.  Drama Queen and I picked up Beth, Spiderman, and Ladybug and headed out for an adventure.  Unfortunately, Ashley and Phillip had to miss out on the fun, they both had to work today.

Everyone had a great time together, we played games, ate pizza, and laughed a lot.  The little ones were so adorable dancing to the music!  I took lots of pictures of everyone enjoying themselves, but I’m still having difficulty posting my photos.  I’ve figured out how to get them to the correct size, but I’m still having trouble with the clarity. 

I’m going to persevere until I get it right!  I may be technically challenged, but I’m going to be tenacious when it comes to overcoming these obstacles.  I’m open to any and all suggestions and/or advice on how to post my pictures more clearly.  I want to preserve these memories, I know how fleeting time is. 

Today was a blessing, but I’m worn out so I’m off to bed.  I hope you have a great Friday!

Love, Velvia

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Pictures at Last!

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Front row: Drama Queen, Spiderman, me, Ashley(holding Blue Eyes), and Joey (holding Cupcake). Second Row: Beth(holding Ladybug), Phillip, and Natalie. This is my wonderful family, and I’m so glad to finally share them with you. 

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Spiderman, Cupcake, Blue Eyes, and Ladybug. These are my precious grandbabies, they are the light of my life!

I want to say a huge thank you to a wonderful blogger friend, Angela, for helping me post our family portrait, I really appreciate all your help!

And to Beth, my lovely daughter-in-love, for your patience with helping me figure out how to get my photos the right size for my blog.

Thank you also to another sweet blogger friend, Kimmie, for trying to help me.

You’d think I’d just won an Academy Award and was giving my acceptance speech!  But, I am so excited to be able to share my family, after weeks of trying to figure it out. 

Thanks again to all who helped me!

 Love, Velvia

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“Hypocrites in the Church? Yes, and in the lodge and at the home.  Don’t hunt through the Church for a hypocrite.  Go home and look in the mirror.  Hypocrites?  Yes.  See that you make the number one less.”  – Billy Sunday

This quote was in our church newsletter this morning.  When I read it I was struck by this powerful message.  Our pastor preached a great sermon on an entirely different topic, but this quote keeps coming to mind.  I think God wants my attention! 

 How often have I judged others, when in reality I needed to look in the mirror to see the log in my own eye?  Am I a hypocrite?  Yes, at times I am.  Even though I try to live a life of holiness, there are times when I am prideful and selfish.  I’m not proud of this, but I’m being honest.

I want there to be one less hypocrite in the church, ME!  I pray that God will change me, that He will help me to stop and take a look at my own life when I am tempted to judge others.

I’m interested in your thoughts on this subject.  Please feel free to leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you.  Have a great week!

Love, Velvia

  

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A new blogger friend, Angela, at The Chillemi Weblog , has put out a challenge to post ten things we are thankful for.  I think this is such a great idea, we are so blessed by our Heavenly Father and we should take time to thank Him.

1. I am very thankful for my salvation, that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, was resurrected, and is preparing a place in Heaven for me.

2. I am thankful for God’s love and mercy in my life, that even when I fail Him I can come to Him and receive forgiveness.

3. I am thankful for His divine direction and guidance.  I know that He has a plan and a purpose for my life and I don’t have to worry about the future.

4.I am thankful that He is changing me daily.  I don’t have to live in mediocrity because He is helping me to become the woman He wants me to be. 

5. I am so thankful for His many blessings in my life.  They are numerous, but I will list the five most important ones:

6. My wonderful husband, Ashley, and the 29 years of marriage we have shared.  God has been ever faithful to see us through the tough times, and has blessed us with many wonderful ones. 

7. My precious children and children-in-love, Natalie and Joey, Phillip and Beth, and Drama Queen.  They have been, and are, my heart.  I am extremely proud of each of them, they are amazing people and I am blessed to be their mom.

8. My wonderful, amazing grandchildren, Cupcake and Blue Eyes, and Spiderman and Ladybug.  These four little munchkins are one of God’s most precious blessings.  They bring so much joy into my life, I am privileged to be their Nana.

9. My wonderful family: my mom, my siblings  and their families, Ashley’s parents, my sister-in-law and her son.  Even though I don’t get to see them as often as I would like, they are very much a part of my life, and I love them all dearly.

10. My sweet friends, from my oldest and dearest ones I’ve had since I was young, to my new ones I’ve met through blogging.  Each one is special to me, my friends are the spice of life!!

The list is never ending because God has been so good to me.  I am thankful to Him for everything because without Him I would have nothing!

Have a great weekend!

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My Hero

I want to tell you about one of my favorite people in the world, who also happens to be a hero in my eyes.  She is my sister-in-law, Gay.  She was only thirteen when Ashley and I got married, and I’ve known her most of her life.  I have watched her grow up and become one of the most godly women I know. 

She is a single (through divorce) mom, who is raising her disabled son, Zachary, and doing a fantastic job with him.  He is seventeen (almost eighteen) years old, and is physically and mentally handicapped, but he is the sweetest, most precious human being ever!

Her whole life is dedicated to making sure that Zachary has the best life possible.  She works full time, takes care of him,  and takes care of their home. The only help she receives is from her parents, who have been a tremendous blessing to her over the years with Zachary.

 She has gone to bat for him many times to insure that he receives the services he needs at school, etc., and she never gives up.  She doesn’t quit until she makes sure he has what he needs.  She is such a dedicated mom!

She is the epitome of selflessness.  She always puts his needs above her own.  She never complains, she just does what needs to be done.

She is an inspiration to me, and everyone that knows her.  She is my hero!

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We’re back at home after a wonderful visit with family on the coast.  We had a pleasant surprise Wednesday morning before we left to go down, Natalie and Joey called and said they were coming down also.  They came in Wednesday evening and stayed until early Friday morning, so we were able to spend some time with them as well.  It was such a great visit with everyone, the only thing that would have made it better is if Phillip, Beth, and their little ones could have been there also.

We celebrated Ashley’s mom’s birthday Wednesday evening with a Lowcountry Boil, that’s shrimp, sausage, corn, and onion boiled together with seafood seasoning, it’s a regional dish.  I had the most delicious deviled crab made by a friend of my mother-in-law (I don’t eat shrimp), there is nothing like Lowcountry seafood!  I don’t even want to get on the scale, I can only imagine how much weight I’ve gained over the past few days.  We had so much yummy food while we were there.  Now, it’s back to reality and trying to eat healthy again!

Thursday afternoon Ashley, Drama Queen, Cupcake, and I went for a walk on the beach.  It was a little chilly so we had to wear our jackets, but it was beautiful.  We collected some shells and watched a seagull that at first we thought had an injured leg, but it turned out it was just standing on one foot, like a flamingo.  I can’t wait to go back this summer and build sandcastles and soak up the sun.

We spent Friday with my mom, and visited my sisters who live in the area.  Mom was having a good day and was feeling up to getting out, so we took her to lunch and then went to see my niece’s new baby.  He’s so adorable!

Saturday and Sunday we enjoyed just hanging out with Ashley’s family and going to church.  Drama Queen drove the golf cart around every chance she got. It was such a wonderful visit, we hated for it to end.  I feel just like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz when she said, “there’s no place like home”.

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Homeward Bound

We’re heading home to the coast tomorrow morning to visit family, we’re all packed and very excited about the trip. We haven’t been back home since last summer and we’ve really missed seeing our families.  We’ll be celebrating Ashley’s mom’s birthday tomorrow when we arrive.

The weather is supposed to be nice there this week, upper 60’s and lower 70’s, so we will definitely be visiting the beach while we’re there.  I can’t wait to take my shoes off and feel the sand between my toes!  Drama Queen insists she is going to put her feet in the water, but we’ll see if she really will once she realizes how cold the water is this time of year!

I’m anxious to see my mom, she’s been experiencing some health problems the past few months.  She’s 74, so some issues are to be expected, but she has been experiencing stomach pain and the doctors can’t seem to find the cause.  I have been praying for God to reveal to them the source of her pain so they can treat it, or else that He would heal her without medical intervention.  I know He will heal her the way He chooses, but I just wish He would do it quickly,  I hate knowing that she’s in pain.

I spent three hours last night trying to post our family portrait with no luck.  I finally figured out how to get the size right, but then the picture was blurry.  When I get back I am going to do more research on how to post pictures correctly to my blog, and maybe then I will actually be able to do it.  I will be so glad when I can finally share my precious family with you.

I may have a chance to post once or twice while I’m away, but if not, I will post on Monday when we return.  Until then, enjoy the rest of the week and have a great weekend!

God Bless You!

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