Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Leaving on a jet plane...........


I am getting ready to fly out early morning Thursday to surprise my Mom and Dad on their 60th wedding anniversary.  It will also be my Mom's 81st birthday.

My sister the Doctor helped by sending me plane tickets!  I am very blessed by this. 

Bri is very excited about going as she hasn't seen Grammy and Pop since 2010.  Boy are they in for a surprise.  She isn't the cute little five year old they remember.  LOL  She is a BIG kid now.

We spent a wonderful Easter together as I have taken April 20th thru April 29th off. 

Rooster went to church with us.  (yes, that is a HUGE blessing)  We had a nice lunch and spent the day walking around in stores that were open.  We both got a nice cuppa at Barnes & Nobles.  Their English Breakfast tea is wonderful. 

I also re-read "one thousand gifts" by Ann Voskamp.  If you haven't read it, it is very good.  I am planning to make a journal to write my gifts in when I get back.

I am really into essential oils right now.  I got some to scent my homemade cleaning supplies and homemade laundry soap.  But I am using them to scent the air and make wonderful bath salt for the tub.



Here is a recipe:

4 lbs bag of Epsom Salt

Pour bag of Salt into a clean bucket with a lid.  Sprinkle EO of choice over the Salt. 

I use 15 drops of Rosemary and 15 drops of Spearmint.  It is really nice to soak in after a long day of standing on my feet. 

Put the lid on tight and shake well.  Leave for two or three days and shake again.  I use 1/4 cup in a tub. 

Rosemary and Lavender is a really good mix.  So is Rose Geranium and Lavender.  This helps me sleep.  I put this combo on a cotton ball in a cup next to my bed.

Found a really great Health Food store near where I live.  I got a wine bottle full of sunflower oil for about 10.00.  I use it for under my eyes and also for oil pulling.  I also bought Mrs. Meyer's cleaning product in Bluebell.  It smells wonderful.  I also bought a nice soapless gel to wash my face.  It is NutriBiotic's Skin Cleanser.  It has grapefruit seed extract in it.  Has a nice fruity smell without being overpowering.  There is a farm market in the plaza that the store is in every Saturday.  I can't go as often as I would like as I am working.  But I plan to take one Saturday off a month to go.

God Bless and have a wonderful day.

Love, MrsRooster







Friday, March 7, 2014

Hello. I am still here.

No, I haven't fallen off the earth. 

Life has been very crazy.  I have moved and I have been working at a job to help out since Rooster got hurt and lost his job. 

I have had many ups and downs.  Things are not great right now.  But, I am learning to trust God. 

It is really funny in the middle of the worst time of our lives, I am growing in faith.

God is so very good.

I have intermittent internet back.  So I hope to share more. 

Remember that God loves you very much.  No matter what is going on in your life right now.  He is holding your hand.

Take care and God bless.
Amy

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Happy Anniversary to us!!



Rooster and I married 16 years ago today.  August 4, 1997.  It was a very hot day.  The ride to the Courthouse was tense.  I have never seen Rooster nervous.  We eloped that Monday morning.  A mutual friend and my sister showed up to witness.  I didn't expect to see my parents.  They did not care to be at our wedding.  I could not wait to take his name.  I was crying while he said his vows.  He said "his unlawfully bedded wife".  The judge had to take a minute to compose himself. 

We have had our ups and downs.  But I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband.  He is my best friend and my hero.  I thank God every day for this wonderful gift.

People ask us what our secret is.  It isn't a secret.  We made those vows and intend to keep them. 

God Bless and have a wonderful day.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day


Happy Father's Day to all those wonderful Father's out there!

Also please check out this blog post for a letter from Our Father:  http://www.thebettermom.com/

God Bless and have a beautiful day!



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A breath of fresh air



This is one of the views from the parking lot of our apartment building.  I really enjoy it.  We get to see sea birds, fish jumping out, and once even a gator. 

My Rooster and I have been taking the time to walk down to the water every evening.  We have a few minutes together.  It is like a breath of fresh air into our day.  Even if it is just a few minutes. 

We got Bri last night and some bread to feed the ducks.  There was another little girl from the complex there with her Daddy.  She walked over and was feeding the ducks also.  My Rooster and this young man struck up a conversation.  Bri and I were walking over to the dock and I invited the little girl to go with us.  The man nervously told her she could go with us.  Seems that he hadn't had custody of her long and was nervous.  It had been a very long road for him.  The two girls and I went to the dock and watched the boats.  When we returned, the man was much more relaxed.  I think that talking to my Rooster helped him.  I think he needed to talk to another man.  Rooster is very good at this.

I admire my Rooster so much.  As trying as this time has been for us, I have to thank God for the growth for all of us.  I have seen things in Rooster that I wouldn't have noticed before.  As a matter of fact, I have been seeing lots of things that I would not have noticed before.  My life was too busy and we weren't enjoying the life that we had and missing the small beautiful things. 

It is very strange to be thankful in a time of our life that is so messy right now.  But I am thankful.  I am thankful for seeing the beautiful little things that I missed before.  I am thankful for my wonderful Husband that has so much to offer.  I am thankful for my beautiful daughter who loves to dance to her own beat. 

As I was getting ready to sleep last night, I was laying with my head on Rooster's chest.  I am blessed.  So much more than I could have ever imagined.  I just needed to learn to see it.

Is it still hard?  Yes.  But it is worth working hard for it.

Do you see all the blessings in your life?  Even the little ones?  What do you do to keep finding the little gems in everyday life?

God Bless,
Amy





Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Our newest friend

This is my new baby.  His name is Tom.  He has adopted us.




He is such a sweet boy.

Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mr. Rooster's Recipes

Since I have been back to work on a part time basis, Mr. Rooster has been doing some cooking.

Tonight he made his Spaghetti Bake.  It is very simple.  He makes a whole box of spaghetti, mixes it with two cans of Hunts sauce, tops it with shredded cheese, and bakes it at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.  MMMMmmmm.  It tastes so much better than just plain old spaghetti.

I tossed the ingredients into the bread machine earlier, so we had a nice loaf of fresh bread.  You can find this super easy bread machine bread here:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-bread-machine-bread/detail.aspx  This always comes out good.  I use whatever oil that I have on hand.  I make this loaf often.

It is funny also because the pan that he uses has a rooster on the bottom. 

Have a wonderful day.