Sunday, February 23, 2014

This post is in honor of my Grandma Violet, B's Grandma Vonda, and his Grandpa Ray ( who earned his wings yesterday at 7:50 ).  My B said it best, "after so many years together, he could no longer stay on earth without her".  Grandma Vonda passed away in December, and he is now reunited with his loving wife!

I read this is a new book sister in law Kelly gave me, and thought it is pretty fitting.

"No more death"

Someone pointed out that every birth certificate comes with a death certificate attached.  In the Bureau of Statistics, there are equal numbers of birth and death certificates for everyone.  Everyone who has been born eventually meets the undertaker, though we prefer not to think about it.

But there is very good news.  One day no more death certificates will be filled out and no more funerals conducted.  Death will be defeated forever!  Isaiah tells us that God "will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations, he will swallow up death forever.  The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces....The Lord has spoken". (Isaiah 25:7-8)

No matter where you go in the world-death brings heart-wrenching pain.  It's been the same since life began on this earth.  But how marvelous it will be when there is no more death!  God will swallow up death forever!  Never again will death take those we love, for death itself will be no more.

On that day God will not merely say, "Don't cry.". Like a loving parent who takes his weeping child in his lap, He will wipe the tears from our faces.  But when God wipes away tears, they will be gone forever.  What a day that will be!

Isaiah days that in that day, "No one living in Zion will say, 'I am ill'" (Isaiah 33:24).  You will never have to watch someone you love go through the intense pain and suffering that comes from some incurable disease.  You'll never have to sit be by a bedside while a dear one loses strength and life, for illness will be no more.  We won't have to say goodbye anymore to those we love.  We'll be reunited with friends and family who are already in the presence of the Lord because they have gone on before us.

We can't avoid that an equal number of birth certificates and death certificates are issued in the world where we live.  But through Christ Jesus, we are each entitled to a "born-again certificate that has no correspondent equivalent in the world of death.  Be patient for a little while longer.  Death will eventually be defeated.  As Isaiah said, "The Lord has spoken"!
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I thought at first this was harsh, but I kept reading and I'm glad I did!  The fact that our lives when lived for Jesus have so much more meaning than a little peice of paper saying we lived or died, is AMAZING to me!

Grandpa Ray, we love you and will see you again someday....tell Grandma Violet & Grandma Vonda we love them!

B shared this song with us today......this is how I'll end for today!

~Mel

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sometimes you just need a "Pick Me Up"

and today is that day for me!  It's been SUPER busy at work, which is good (makes the day faster) BUT every once in a while you just need a break, a breathe of FRESH air.  Finally, the weather is turning here for us a bit.  We've had TOO MUCH snow lately, one day last week in a matter of 2-3 hours we had a foot!  So, Mother Nature...we're ready for Spring...anytime now!

Anywhoo, My pick me ups normally coming in listening to Praise & Worship music, or reading a good book (which I haven't gotten to do much of), but I also LOVE finding some inspirational pics, I'll share some of my faves with you now.







I love Anne Frank, as I mentioned before.  And CS Lewis, and of course I LOVE Proverbs 31 Ministry too....check out their website here...Proverbs 31

Until next time friends,
Be Blessed!
~Mel

Friday, February 14, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Okay so, I have many faves for soups, some original to me and some I've found on the net....this one is yummy....I found it on Pinterest, and I did not taken a picture the 1 time I made it ;-), so I'll include the picture from the site I pinned it from ... Debbi Does Dinner

I'm linking up with one of ALL time Favorite Bloggers today Kelly from Kelly's Korner.  She has all kinds of links today for SUYL, that she does on Fridays!  She has the 2 cutest little gals to brighten her day...and still finds time to Blog!  Love her!


Buffalo Chicken Chili




  2 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2 large carrots
  4 stalks celery
  1 large red pepper
  1 large onion
  5 cloves of garlic
  1/3 cup chili powder
  2 tbsp. ground cumin
  1 tbsp. paprika
  1/2 cup Franks Hot Sauce
  2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  1 (15 oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  1 (15 oz) can chili beans in sauce (do not drain)
  Salt and pepper to taste

Cook chicken with a bit of water in pan until cooked and easy to shred.  Shred chicken and put in crockpot  Heat a bit of cooking spray in pan and cook onions, carrots, pepper and garlic about 8 minutes.  Add veggie mixture to crock pot. Add all the other ingredients and mix together.   Cook on low for several hours until hot and flavors have come together.  **Alternate method: You can mix everything on the stove top at a simmer and cook for an hour. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Lazy day...again ;-)

  Yesterday momma and I went shopping, we go every week to the grocery store but this was a "No food trip" meaning we could actually look at the fun stuff.  I bought a super cute purse, and some Yankee candles...all on sale!!!!  I ended up only paying $4.98 for the candles!!!!! AWESOME!!!!

  Unfortunately B had to work and our plan of going to the movies to see Monuments Men



was put on hold.  So that is the plan for today!  Going to visit Grandpa Ray, then to eat, and then movie time!!!!  Right now there are only about 10 movies on my "must see" list!  ;-) ;-)

  If you all know me you already know.... my maiden name is Ricottilli and that is Italian...I'm a fan of all things Italian, watching HGTV this morning and there's a new show, about decorating 1 old Italian home...it's beautiful!!!!  One day I'll visit Italy!!  One day! I Found online a really cute T shirt for B, it says I love Italian girls!!  But I told him we'd have to take the s off the end!!!  Lol!!

Well, I best get with it....gotta get prettied up...might take a while!  Lol.....

Until next time!  Be blessed!


Friday, February 7, 2014

inspire me.......

I absolutely love Anne Frank, and this past fall B {that's my hubby} & I vacationed in Washington DC.  We {I should say he, he's a nerd when it comes to planning...ha ha} had plans of every spot we wanted to visit.  He had been there on his 5th grade class trip {many ;-) years ago}, I did not go on my trip { which wasn't quite as long ago ;-)}...{my daddy didn't want me on some bus with a crazy driver, lol}...anyhoo....it was all planned out.  We went to visit the Holocaust Memorial on Tuesday {I think}...we went in and wandered around, and didn't really know where to go or what to do, it was a beautiful building but we saw nothing really pertaining to the memory of the Holocaust.  So, we didn't stay long.  MISTAKE....we went on about our day, and later in the evening back at the room, B gets on the net to find how much we missed!  SOOOOOO, you guessed it, we decided to go back.  And I'm so thankful we did, next to "All Things LINCOLN {he's my boyfriend don't ya know?} this was my favorite part of the trip!!!

here's the link to the Museum http://www.ushmm.org/ I highly recommend going there.  And it is on the top of my list to go next time...hint, hint to B!! ;-)

 These images are all from the Museum website above. 






This image was AMAZING, while at the time also SO HORRIBLE as well!  
This information below (also from the website) is a description of the picture above.

"Visitors frequently report that the sight and smell of the 4,000 victim shoes is the most searing memory from their time in the Permanent Exhibition. Shoes were just one category of belongings the Nazis systematically confiscated from their victims at the killing centers of Bełżec, Sobibór, Treblinka, Chełmno, Majdanek, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Vast quantities of clothing, eyeglasses, kitchen utensils, hair- and toothbrushes—every kind of personal item—were seized and shipped to Germany or distributed to the local populations. Leather goods, including shoes, were to be repaired by concentration camp prisoners or broken down to be recycled for other purposes.
When Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek camps, they discovered huge mounds of shoes, hundreds of thousands of pairs, but very few living prisoners. At the sight of these inanimate witnesses, veteran CBS News correspondent Edward R. Murrow commented, “One shoe, two shoes, a dozen shoes, yes. But how can you describe several thousand shoes?”
The 4,000 shoes displayed in the Permanent Exhibition are on loan from the State Museum of Majdanek in Lublin, Poland, and represent a tiny fraction of those found at Majdanek in 1944."

The most striking thing about the Museum to me is the way it is all presented to you.  When you go in it's all an open area, you go off to the right hand side and come to a set of elevators on your left, there will be someone there to assist you!! ;-) {we did not see this the first day we went}  There is a display there where you select a card, and I do not want to give any details away {because it was awesome to me going in not knowing what to expect!!!  So, if you plan to visit skip this part if you wish!  Now, where was I?  When you take a card and step into the elevator you are being transported basically back to the actual Holocaust.  The card you're given is an identity!!!  You select male or female...I of course being female, selected female....ha ha....and you continue on through the Museum as this person, each floor or section reading a new part of your card!  To me this was wonderful actually learning about this person in particular.  You know the name, and many more details about this person, you also learn if you {as this person} survived or perished.  It was absolutely amazing to me.....side note, I survived, B, if I remember correctly his person did not!  I plan to share more from our visit to DC, I'll make it a link on the sidebar for future reference...I will also soon, share my identity card with you, it is so neat!

Originally this post was going to be more about Anne Frank and quotes that she spoken, but turned into much more, and I'm pretty wishy-washy soooooo...I'll also share more on my love for her later also ;-)

Until next time!

Be Blessed!  Oh, and TGIF!!!!!!
~Mel