Diary Of Our Carnival Cruise The Breeze – A Gluten Free Experience Oct 12, 2013

Saturday our first day. Plane ride was beautiful. The clouds were the prettiest I’ve ever seen in all my plane trips before, absolutely breathtaking and heavenly.


20131031-145044.jpgI could, in my own eyes, see all of heavens habitants looking down at the vision of beauty along with me. I felt closer to God at that moment. Randy sitting beside me, I was so excited to spend this vacation together…..we would spend this time alone.

20131031-145426.jpgWe hadn’t had a vacation alone in many years because we’d always go with friends or family. We have so many good memories of those times, some bad and sad ones too, unfortunately.
This vacation though would be just Randy and myself. We were so excited! We needed this time together. Check in on the Carnival Breeze was in two words, A Breeze 😊. Our room was on deck 10 Lido, balcony room 10282…..we were married in 1982 , we thought that was pretty cool.




We enjoyed our tour of the ship, lunch and then nap for me. Dinner was shrimp cocktail, grilled chicken, baked potato and ice cream. GF options are great, the restaurant allergen restriction waitress was very helpful. She comes the day ahead to get my order for breakfast and dinner. Then back to our room. πŸ˜” I was sleepy. I give the dinner ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Second day. Sunday started out with a nice cup of coffee and a beautiful quite morning on our balcony together. It was breathtaking. Next was breakfast in the Blush dinning room at a table for two. 2 eggs, bacon, hash browns, coffee.
Next was a nice tour of the outside of the ship. This ship is huge! And beautifully decorated in palm trees, oceanic decors.











20131031-150705.jpgThe colors green, blue, yellow, red. My favorite colors. This ship is by far the prettiest, biggest we’ve ever been on. I’m so excited because we’ll have the chance to really enjoy it this time. No agenda, just do what we want when we want too. Total relaxation. After our walk about we found a quite perfect spot to lay on a lounge and listen to the ocean waves and watch it go by as the ship pushed its way closer to our destination, Saint Thomas.

20131031-151248.jpgI read and Randy listens to his iTunes list. ( Randy has his ear buds in…. It’s sprinkling…. Randy yells ” it looks like we’re going to have a rain shower!” I think he’s talking to the people to my left about 15 loungers down from us and look to them for a reply and they in turn look at our direction with no response. I then look to Randy and he gives me that question mark looking face and I start to giggle cause I realized he doesn’t know how loud he just said that till he takes out his earbuds and I tell him what he’d done….. We get the giggles and can’t quit laughing at him. He’s a hoot this man of mine. It was really nice watching him relax. Although I think it was a little hard on him to stay still that long. It was good for him, he works so hard. ;) it started to rain so we came up to our room and I took a nap while Randy did another walk about. It was a win, win situation. He needed the walk and I needed the nap ….lol. By the time he got back I was up and getting ready for our first formal night. I wore red and black and felt pretty. :) We decided to have some pics made. I hope they turned out good. If not we’ll be doing them again. Lol

20131031-151518.jpgDinner was lobster, shrimp, salad and the best pumpkin soup I’ve ever eaten in my entire life! Dessert was chocolate melting cake and ice cream. ;) all GLUTEN FREE ;) I give dinner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🌝
Then off to the first big show of the cruise. It was pretty good although the men out sang the ladies that’s for sure. After that we came to our room to get into our comfy clothes and went out to watch the Dive In Movie. What a perfect way to end our day. The moon above us, a nice glass of red wine, a comfy spot to lounge and watch a movie and relax. This is by far already our favorite cruise and it’s just the second day. I’m off to sleep now in the wonderful rocking bed with the love of my life. Note to self: buy a blanket like this one. 😊
Day 3 Monday
Randy brought me some coffee and when he came in I happened to be in the bathroom in the dark ….. Peeeeing….. He turns the corner and looks into the bathroom and can’t see because of night blindness from coming in out of the bright sunshine. He says are you in here? I’m quite as a mouse… He looks like a deer in headlights. Turning his head this way and that way and saying again…. Are you in here?….. I’m quite for a few more seconds and when I’m sure he’s convinced I’m not there I say BOO! And he jumps! HA! We both get the giggles but me more then him….. I can’t stop laughing… I can’t breath and all of a sudden I snort! And start laughing again! I couldn’t get the look of his blinded searching eyes out of my mind and me loudly says BOO! HA! πŸ˜„ I wish I had a pic of that to insert here! LOL…sorry, I couldn’t help myself!

Woke up to a beautiful day! Coffee on the balcony with this husband of mine. Then off to have breakfast. We just happened to sit next to a couple that Randy had meet on a FB Carnival Breeze group page that were some divers….. What a quink ka dink….. They had a very nice conversation about diving and such.
Then back to our room to change into out deck clothes get our bag ready and head out to find our spot for the day. It was already filling up but we ended up with a nice spot under shelter from the sun AND rain that came in later that afternoon. People on this cruise have been so friendly and mostly American 😊
Our cabin is always cleaned early which is the way we like it. We have a very sweet young woman taking care of us and our room. No cleaning for me this week…… Btw…. I wish I had a maid at home, this is such a blessing. We got the chance to look at our formal pics from last night. We love them❀️❀️


Relief! I was afraid I’d hate them because of all this weight gain but surprisingly loved them ❀️
This has got to be the most relaxing cruise we’ve ever been on. I’m going to remember this one forever!
Our room is so easy to get to from the main lido deck. That’s a plus in our books and hoping to continue to book them in this spot in the future. Time for another nap……

Dinner in the Blush Dinning Room, lower level, table 572. My Restaurant Hostess is so sweet and very helpful. She provides me with new GF Menu options. Our waiter has become very annoyed with the chief because my dinner has always been very late and to be truthful a little upsetting for me because I have been so hungry and waiting has been a little worrisome because I get motion sick easily. It’s best to keep food on my stomach and not being able to eat bread means I’m stuck drinking lots of water and waiting. Hopefully tomorrow nights service from the chief will be better.
Tonight’s dinner was VERY GOOD…. And because of that I’ll let the lateness go. 😊 My starter was a delicious bowl of pumpkin soup ” note to self, look up recipe for pumpkin soup to make at home “. Then a nice dinner salad, again “NTS , I love cucumbers and I want to try making ribbon carrots for our salads at home.” Dinner was a GF Pasta Seafood Dish with claims, scallops, calamari, shrimp and salmon. It had the most delicious red sauce I’ve ever eaten and was the best GF dish I’ve ever eaten in my entire life! I hope to have a chance to eat it again!
Next up was a GF Cheese Cake with a whip cream and strawberry topping on the side which was great because I love whipped cream πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ it was wonderfully delightfully light and not to sweet or too rich. Just perfect for me.

Tonight’s dinner gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🌞 I want a do over but on time.

20131031-155402.jpgAfter dinner we sat outside at the Ocean Plaza across from the coffee bar Plaza Cafe and a band that was performing and drawing quit the crowd. They were pretty good. We enjoyed an after dinner glass of red wine and relaxed with our feet up.



20131031-160616.jpgWe became people watchers and to our surprise was entertained by the little jigs people were doing as they passed the band playing. People are a HOOT! Some people can really let lose and let there boogie take hold of their bodies. We laughed and laughed! What a nice way to end a perfect day. Off to bed now. πŸŒ” tomorrow promises to be awesome! Saint Thomas here we come!

Day 4 Tuesday and Saint Thomas πŸ˜„β€οΈ
Breakfast was a spinach mushroom and cheese omelet
at the omelet bar. GF of course

20131031-160853.jpg😊 Was pretty good. Will probably do that instead of eating in the restaurant again. It takes to long.
We got our beach gear together and headed out to sapphire beach where we were to meet up with a friend of ours who lives on Saint Thomas and works at the hospital there in recovery. Randy had first met her on a dive from red hook. He’s made a few friends there over the years since becoming a Padi diver. This year though he didn’t dive in ST but instead stayed with me so we could go to Sapphire Beach. Lucky me😊 we were to call Sharon when we got there. While waiting for her we were able to take gorgeous pictures of the beach. I’m hoping they turn out good so I can make them in to a 8 by 10 and frame it and add it to our collection on our bedroom wall. This beach was absolutely beautiful. Not over populated and only had two people come to offer us their wares. The water felt wonderful although I only got in twice because I could feel my skin burning even though I put on sunscreen. So I opted to stay in the shade and enjoy the view. Glorious view! I felt like raising my hands up high and giving God Praise. As I walked along the beach I kept telling the Lord thank you, thank you Jesus, thank you Father God. Some how I sensed it was all for me. So special my time with him.







Be still my heart! This man of mine is still so hunky! Yummy…..😘😘😘😘😘😘😘 ❀️❀️
When I returned to my chair I was surrounded by small ducks. They were adorable and for some reason comforted me with their presence. I miss our chickens at home. I know…. It’s silly but I do. I also was greeted by a big lizard that the local islanders had named Godzilla because he was so big and old.


20131101-141030.jpgNot to long after my return to my lounge chair Sharon came and I finally got the chance to meet her face to face.

20131101-142002.jpgAfter all these years of talking by Facebook I felt like I really got to know her. She’s quit the talker and spoke with us as though we’d known each other for years. Well in a way we did seeing that we are all pretty much open books on our FB’s. Lol. We were enjoying our time together on the beach when all of a sudden a friend of Sharon’s came and brought us all bushwackers which is a rum, and chocolate frozen icy drink. It…. Was…. GREAT! And no we didn’t get drunk. ;/ FYI….I do not know if it was GF or not….I guess I was just taking a chance….lol

20131101-142112.jpgRandy and Sharon both went snorkeling and enjoyed them selves while I took another quick dip in the ocean…… Heavenly. πŸ˜‡ After their return and we talked some more and drying off Sharon offered to show us her home and then take us back to our ship. Her home sat way up high looking over St Thomas, Megan’s Bay and we could also see Saint Johns and Tortola what a view!






20131101-145004.jpgShe’s a lucky lady. Her home was very comfy and of course had oceanic decor. She had a conch shell the was cut off on one end and showed us how to blow in it. Now I want Randy to cut ours off so we can blow in ours πŸ˜‰ I can now have a picture of her in my minds eye of her laying in her hammock relaxing and enjoying her very own personal view.


20131101-145511.jpgAfter a tour of her home she took us to our ship and we parted with hugs and see ya next time. I’d have to say this trip to saint Thomas was my all time very favorite and most relaxing. I loved it!
After returning to our room we got a little snack, showered and rested before dinner. Awwwwww, no rushing, no worrying about other people, no making plans to meet up, just Randy and I doing our own thing. In all the cruises we’ve done throughout the years this was the second one that would be just him and I. It has been perfect in every way. Relaxing, full of love, laughter and playing. We couldn’t be happier.

20131101-150125.jpgDinner for me was potato soup, a wonderful salad of spinach, bacon, portabella mushrooms, blue cheese. I want to make a replica of this salad and add either salmon or chicken with it after we get home and the best Beef Stroganoff with mashed potatoes I’ve ever in my entire life have eaten. I wish I could have the recipe!!! Then to top it off chocolate melting cake and vanilla ice cream. All GF of course πŸ’– I give this dinner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ❀️
It was all delicious but I should have stopped halfway through dessert because I got way to full and pretty much ruined me for the rest of the night. We ended up going to sleep at 9:10 but we needed our sleep for the next day. Antigua was our next stop and Randy had diving on his mind. Lol.

Day 5 Wednesday Antigua
We slept very well. Got up to Randy bringing me my morning coffee and enjoying our balcony time. Gosh I love this man of mine. I could tell he was excited for his day of diving.

20131101-150425.jpgWe separated for the day with me planting kisses all over his face and telling him to be careful and to come back to me. I love you’s were said and off he went.
I got myself packed up for deck time and writing and reading, picture taking and relaxation. I walked around ship trying to find the best place to plant myself down and ended up finding a nice shady quite cushioned spot with a beautiful view. Took some pics, sat down got my self comfortable and began to write.

20131101-150655.jpgI had noticed a man laying in a chair slumped in a way that made me think he was sleeping but I was quite and stayed to myself. Little by little I noticed he was acting a little strange. He got up and I didn’t pay much attention to him. He ended up leaving and then returning to sit on a couch in front of me and this time he had a alcoholic drink and a coffee! This should have been my first tip to get up and move but I just kept on writing. He kept mumbling and I just tried to ignore him. Mistake! All of a sudden he reaches for his drink knocks it over and it all comes flinging at me and runs all over my shoes!


20131101-151525.jpgThank The Lord I has since enough to grab my bag and lift it up or it would have been covered in a Bahoma Mama! He began trying to apologize and not able to make any since at all managed to get up with his cup of coffee and wobbling to the edge of the railing leaned on it trying to look like he wasn’t drunk, tried to drink his coffee when all of a sudden he dropped his coffee mug over board! Lol. He mumbled something then left as fast as he could leaving behind his hat and wallet. Yes, I did take pics. Lol.

20131101-151616.jpgAnd with that I had to pick up and move to a new location but not before having to find a place to wash off my shoes!
So now I’m sitting in my new place and low and behold here he comes walking by me, stops and looks at me like I know you then decides to walk on….. Thank God! Now it’s time to move again. 😣 I’m changing decks!
Ok, so I’m hungry but don’t want to wait in line…. Walking by a ice cream machine I think to myself… Why not? Yes I did! I had ice cream for breakfast πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. I found the perfect spot to relax and write and read. Your not going to believe this but he found me again, stopped, turned around and went back down stairs while looking up at me. I’m wondering if he wants to ask me where his hat and wallet or phone is…… Hum. πŸ˜„ I think I’ll read for awhile and enjoy this time alone. 1:00 comes and I expect Randy sometime soon so I head back to the room. Everything has been so easy on this ship. I love lido deck and it’s a accessibility to our room. When I return I decide to lay down and close my eyes. The next thing I know I wake up and it’s 2:30! Randy’s not back yet so I decide to wait for him on our balcony and low and behold I look down and there he is waving up at me!


20131101-151747.jpgYahoo! He’s back! We decide to do a little shopping and ended up coming back with t-shirts for the grands and Randy and a charm for my bracelet collection and a little purse for me. What a great day and it’s not even over yet. 😊
Tonight’s dinner was wonderfully delicious. We both think that this cruise has had the best food out of all the cruises we’ve been on.
I got pea soup, omgoodness it was the best ever! A nice dinner salad and the the main course was steak with a wonderful beef gravy and a sweet potato. Dessert was cheese cake with whipped cream. All GF of course. I give this dinner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️❀️ After dinner we went to watch Iron Man 2 on the deck then ended our night on our balcony to look at the island of Saint Kitts as we floated by and what a beautiful view of the moon we had.


20131101-152011.jpgSo romantic! It was a wonderful way to end our day.
Day 6 Tortola
Up and Adam! Randy’s excited for his dive. Packing, eating and on his way. We kiss and he’s on his way. I pack up for the day find myself a perfect spot for the day. I go to the serenity deck which is on deck 15! And relax in a big round couch with pillows and a half shell canopy. Nice….. I thought. Man it is hot up here plus no breeze and I only stay for one chapter in my book and I’m off too find another cushioned chair and foot stool in the shade Yeah Me! I found one ;)


20131101-153319.jpgGot myself another awesome omelet with mushrooms tomatoes spinach and a side of prunes…… Yup I need the prunes. A nice cup of coffee my book and I disappear into the world of A Canyon Springs Courtship by Glynna Kaye.
What a wonderful morning. I end up getting hot and get myself a big cup of chocolate ice cream and head back to our room to watch a movie, The Peoples, I brought on my Kindle fire. It was pretty funny.
Randy gets back earlier this time about 12:30 and we decide to go look for a charm in town but no luck. I myself didn’t care for Tortola, next time I’m staying on ship. The shopping areas not covenant enough for me and a long way to walk in the heat of the day. It pretty much kicked my fanny. I ended up coming back and showering and taking a long nap.
Tonight is the captains cocktail party for gold, platinum and diamond cards. We are gold cards and wondering how many more days till we get our platinum card πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ were going go find out soon. Champagne and some kind of sweet fruity drinks and horderves are served. Music and Dancing begins and martigraw beads are given out. It was fun. The Blush dinning room was next and my dinner was a bowl of mushroom soup, a nice salad with honey mustard dressing and Red Snapper with a sweet potato side dish and green beans. Dessert again was cheese cake. I give this dinner ⭐️⭐️ Because it was just ok.
We decided to stay in our room and watch a movie. We ended up watching the Peoples again cause Randy hadn’t seen it yet.
Then a little balcony time looking at the moon stairs and water.



20131101-153750.jpgI love how you can see the curve of the earth. How can anyone not believe in God. What a magnificent vision before me. I feel so close to God and I start to say the Our Father Prayer and then recite the 23rd Psalm. I feel like I could spend the night communicating with the Lord all evening BUT then Randy comes out puts his hand on my shoulder and scares me so bad I jump….. Thank the Lord I didn’t jump over board! Haha! Well at least if I had I would have already had Gods attention! HA!
We enjoyed our time together star watching and listening to the lido deck party. 😘😘 tomorrow is a day at sea… Oh happy day!

Day 7 Day at Sea πŸ˜„
Randy saved our seats in my favorite spot for our day. Love this man of mine! Wake up time with coffee and watching Cheers on the big screen. I miss this show. I’m going to start watching it on Hulu. :) Randy spends his time logging his dives while I take this time to write. More later. It’s time read πŸ˜‰
The music is loud but were still enjoying our spot. They have games going on and line dancing and fun is amuck lol.
Today’s gf lunch is a cheese burger no bun and fries. Later chocolate ice cream and later again a Busk Wacker ( thanks Sharon for introducing me to those lol )


20131101-154124.jpgLove those! Who says we can’t stay gf on a cruise ship. No more worries for me!
Later we needed quite time so we headed down to deck 5 to our other favorite spot. Loungers right in front of glass windows to look at the ocean and waves.

20131101-154544.jpg I watched a movie on my kindle fire and Randy enjoyed his iTunes playlist…… Till it started to sprinkle then we came into our room. Rest and then off for our second formal night. Randy surprised me tonight with a special dinner at the Farinhight Steak House 555 $35 a person but it was worth it!










20131101-155226.jpgTiger Shrimp Cocktail, spinach mushroom bacon blue cheese salad, Lobster and a potato side dish. Dessert was two chocolate gf cakes with special ice cream that I can’t explain but I can tell you it was very good! The service was perfect and impeccable and faultless.
Tonight were enjoying another late night Dive in Movie Real Steal, we all love a good robot movie don’t we? πŸ˜‰ I know this past two days have been a bit boring to write about. It’s been very uneventful but so,so relaxing. This has been our most favorite cruise out of all 10 cruises. I can’t tell you how many times I told Randy I wasn’t going on another cruise again because it was just to exhausting for me. I think he’s convinced that 3 days at sea is a winner in our books! Yeah! Tomorrow is Nassau πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ and I’m a happy camper…. I mean cruiser 😊 I’ve wanted to come back to Nassau since our first time here. In fact it was our first cruise! I always wanted to go to the pink Atlantice resort. Wait till you see the pics!










20131101-160511.jpgDay 8 Nassau
Well it was to be expected. Beautiful but HOT! We did allot of sight seeing and walking and picture taking.
The aquarium was a little disappointing I expected a lot more. I wanted to see dolphins but wasn’t able to find them, that place is huge! Went to the beach and on entering it the waves came in and knocked me down…..rolled me around…..hurt my hip and lower back. :( although the cool water was very comforting. We didn’t stay to long after that. I was ready to leave. I feel like, well, I’ve always wanted to be here and now I have and so now I’m over it. I don’t care to go back. :/ After returning to our ship we showered rested and then decided to not go to the main dining room to have our dinner because we didn’t want to waste any time on our last day on the ship. Waiting two hours in the dining room for dinner just wasn’t what we wanted to do so we decided to eat from the buffet. We were able to get two of our favorite cushioned seats so that we could watch the last movie on the big screen for the night, enjoy the sea air, the sound of the oceans waves, the motion of the ship…..together. 😘😘 The weather was perfect and to top it off we had a beautiful Blood orange moon! Later that night we packed up for our departure in the morning.




Day 9: Homeward bound. Home Sweet Home Where The Farnsworth’s Roam. 😊
We decided to take the self assist off the ship so we could be the first ones off. Self assist is keeping your own luggage and taking it down with you instead of setting it out the night before and having to wait to get off the ship and then searching for your luggage. It worked great! We’ll be doing this from now on. 😊 Everything went so smoothly, cab drive, airport, transfers, seats, but it made for a long day of waiting in the airport. All in all……we gave this cruise 10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Number 1 in our book of Cruises, the best, most loved, most relaxing, most time spent together alone, favorite. πŸ’— We want a do over.


Surprise Birthday Weekend


Have you ever just up and decided to take a trip on the spur of the moment? I mean…..one day your husband just up and says…..lets go to ( Branson ) for us that’s a close, quick to get to place without plane tickets or driving all day. We’re there in like 3 hours or less depending on traffic and our crazy Oklahoma HWY road construction that NEVER seems to go away. :/ Anyways…….. I couldn’t believe it! One minute were talking on the phone and then next were planing a birthday trip for the weekend and we would be leaving in just a few hours! I don’t think I’ve ever been so surprised and excited…..maybe it was just a different kind of excitement or just the ” I can’t believe we’re on our way to Branson ” kind of thing. We’ve never done that kind of thing before that I can ever remember. We’ve been married 31 years and I think this was a first……and I liked it! I liked it allot! We are such ( planners ) I mean we plan EVERYTHING way ahead of time. We take cruises every year, we go to Branson at least twice a year. We own our own Business ( Farnsworth Quality Roofing ) Farnsworth Quality Roofing and really just have to plan accordingly because of that. Anyways, we had a blast. I found myself all weekend saying out loud…..I Can’t Believe We’re In Branson ! …..Happily ;) We stayed on the Landing in the Hillton ” love the Hillton ” although we really enjoy a condo the best when we go it was still so nice to be on the Landing. Walking right out of our hotel right onto the Landing……no driving….just shopping……some much needed retail therapy I might add…….and wonderful Gluten Free Restaurants and time alone with this husband of mine…..no business interruptions…….just him and I…… Loved every moment ;) If you ever have a chance to go to a Sight And Sound Theatre you’ve just GOT to see JOESPH! That was my all time favorite….at the top of my list……then Noah and then The Nativity. The BEST SHOWS on Earth! Plan to see them where available. Sight and Sound Theatre


Then Monday came and with it a day full of fun with my Mom and my niece Rachel who I call Puddin ;) Birthday lunch, shopping and then back to watch and laugh at the Real Housewives of Orange County…….OMGOSH! Talk about drama queens! I need to be careful when watching that because I could get Hooked! ( Shhhhhhhh don’t tell anyone I watched it. ) πŸ˜‡ We love our girl time together. ;) below are my special gifts from them….the only thing missing???? Is a picture of us three! What was I thinking? Oh I know….I wasn’t!



Then Tuesday came and with it came my birthday ;) To be surrounded by my kids and grands always does my heart good. Watching them together laughing and sparing and teasing with each other was the highlight of my evening. ;) I think I could have watched and listened with a smile on my face and laugher in my voice the whole entire night! I think my favorite time of the whole night was while we were at the dinning room table eating our dinner together………loved every moment! Again…..sadly….. No pics. No one in my family takes pics…..ever, except me. I wish I could have had pics with my kids but thankfully I did have pics with my grands thanks to my husband. ;) (except for one….my Genevieve ) they had to go because it was getting close to her bedtime. ;)


Did you notice my birthday cake? Doesn’t it look pretty and yummy? My daughter in-love Lacey made it for me and yes…..it was gluten free ;) I really appreciate my family and how they are very understanding about the Autoimmune Disease I suffer from. Thank you my Lacey love. 😘

I’m thinking I just might have gotten spoiled by my kids and family……..;) Happy dance. Thanks to all my darlings, my husband who planned this whole weekend and planned my party and thank you to my girls Brandi and Lacey for helping their daddy with prep work and clean up. You girls are a blessing to us. I love you all 😘😘😘


What Can I Say About Marriage


What can I say about marriage? I’m crazy in love with my husband of 31 + years. I’ve loved every minute. He’s a wonderful, loving, kind hearted, Christian man and I am blessed to have him as mine. (Advice: Read the Bible, its a guide book for everything. ;) forgive each other…no body’s perfect, be patent with each other, laugh at yourselves and love and kiss allot! )……..love covers up a multitude of sins……the ups and downs ( your going to have them, don’t give up on each other ) ……the good, the bad and the ugly, lets face it, the good far out weighs the bad so think on those things ;) ……..the sad moments and the happy moments, we’ve had them, death and birth, that’s life…….growing up and growing older, we both were immature, experienced some much needed life’s lessons, that’s where the forgiveness comes in ;) as far as growing older, well, with it comes body changes, some pain too, but the good part is you become more free or set free from life’s influences or expectations, your mind has matured and you start to see things differently and it’s a HUGE relief! ………raising children and watching them grow up, get married and then us becoming empty nesters, now here’s where joy reaches the most inner part of you soul and sadness too…… Chapters in our lives on the book about us……..life goes on……grandchildren start to fill our lives with new beginnings……such joy do they bring to our hearts and lives but at the same moment the loss of our own children become more real…..they are children no more but parents…..I miss my children, their child like smell, the touch of their little hands and the feel of their soft hair, the sound of their voices in my ear day and night. The twinkle in their eyes as they look at me face to face in that I love you mom way. The touch of their sweet kisses and hugs. A mothers heart aches for those things for her whole life long but our children won’t know that till they feel the longing for themselves when they too begin to feel that loss. Nothing can really fill that place in our hearts…….Grandchildren are a blessing from the the Lord, a second runner up to our own beloved children, I hope that doesn’t sound terrible but that’s the way I feel. I love my kids and I equally love my grandchildren. My little loves. They have my heart, they always have and always will. Such joy they bring to our home. As they come into our home with voices of pure excitement from being here and seeing us. We hear…… Mema!, Papa!, They come running to us, hugs and kisses are given, cookies and candy are asked for, toys and laughter begin, sibling rivalry….let’s don’t go there….lol…… So much fun to be with and then time to go home and there’s tears because they want to stay…..but Mema and Papa need a nap! Ha! The house is once again quite….Thank God….because like I said before….we need a nap. ;) I am thankful for my family. I love them, each one with their own personalities, I have a special relationship with each one, not one in the same way but all equally loved and cherished. Thank you God for making me a Wife, Lover and best friend for my Husband Randy, Mother, to my Children Brandi and Nathan and their Spouses Bryan and Lacey and a Mema to my little loves Taylor, Tristan, Abigail and Genevieve and a Friend to those who have loved me, believed in me and cherished me as I did them. ;) Our Book isn’t over by far……we’re just in another chapter of our lives. I’m excited to see and experience and to live it all out to the fullness and all for the Glory Of God and Christ my Savior. ;)


What a Beautiful Weekend

I had such a lovely weekend……does it have to end? :( Saturday was spent with my BFF Rhonda shopping, eating, laughing and talking “allot” :) Saturday night date with this husband of mine Randy dinner and then late night hot tub, star watching, kissy face time. ;) Then church “LOVE COTM” ” Too Busy NOT to Pray part 2.” Dinner out with my cousin Sherri and son Nathan and Lacey and my little love Genevieve ;) watched a great movie called “Memorial Day” and then today spent with my mom Mary and Randy decorating family graves and then back home to have a cook out and swim in the pool and played with the chicks and spent a little time with our daughter Brandi and 3 VERY EXCITED Grands as they all named THIER chicks. LOL So we now have them all named ;) lets see if I can remember them all…….
Henrietta- she’s the oldest…..I named her ;)
Henny Penny- she’s the smallest- my moms
(I had to look at my cheat sheet)
MayBell- Genevieve’s
RosaBella- Abigail’s
Loudie- He chirps the loudest! Lol Taylor
Shadow- Tristan’s
And ended with 3 Blog Posts on my Blog Page. Now 4….. when this one is done BUT technically it’s really the first one for today since its 12:17 am…..why am I up? Anywho…. Where was I?

It’s Memorial Day and it was spent thinking about all the people I love and miss who have crossed over into heaven and all those who gave their lives for me and my family to live here in this wonderful God given United States of America and who serve our country now and in the future, Thank You, I wish I could give each person living and passed a BIG HUG and Kiss on the cheek and look into each persons eyes and have that moment of connection that we each would never forget. ;)

Below are pics of special people that I love and miss so much :

I lost my sister in June 27, 1995 Worst day of my life.

I lost my Daddy Aug 15, 2008 2nd Worst day of my life.

It seems I’ve grieved the loss of loved ones for most of my adult life. Thank the Lord HE has always been in my life and helped me through the worst days of it. God has truly been my comforter and hearing his voice speak to my spirit daily and sometimes every minute of that day has been true healing and peace and love. I have such peace in knowing that some day I’ll be with my loved ones again and I can hardly wait ;)

Sundays…. My favorite day of the week.

Sundays are my favorite day of the week. First of all we get to wake up slowly because we don’t have to be in a hurry because our church Church on the Move starts later in the am. That means snuggle time on our sectional in the den and time spent drinking his morning coffee and my fruit and protein smoothie and just good ole bonding time with this husband of mine.
Every Sunday we get to enjoy one of our four grandchild “Genevieve” run in the front door saying Mimi!!! Papa!!! And into our arms she comes leaping and smiling :) all ready to go to church! :) This morning was so fun because as she was on her way in she stops in the yard to pick one of her favorite ” flowers” and stops to blow it.


Oh what joy it is to watch her grow up. :)

Today was a crockpot Sunday. ( I really cooked it yesterday so I guess I should say SatSunday Crockpot day. ) I wanted to fix a nice juicy tender Pot Roast with onions and butternut squash and mushrooms but didn’t want to wait for 8 hours on Sunday to eat it so I chose Saturday to prepare it ahead of time. ( FYI….. its a killer smelling it all day and not getting to eat it but well worth the wait! ) I then put it in the fridge for today. This morning I got it out and chose to take off all the fat that had jelled on top ( yay! I like this idea! ) and then reheated it in the crockpot on low so that when we got home it would be all ready for us. It worked out great! I’m going to start doing this for Sundays from now on! It was absolutely perfect and so easy too. Prep work people!

I season my Rump Roast with Daddy Hinkles seasoning ( it is gluten free thank the Lord!) only not the liquid. Then brown it in bacon grease and add to the crockpot. Add 1/2 cup of water, then either sweet potatoes and carrots or butternut squash and mushrooms. I also cut up a yellow onion and put it into the crockpot first before the roast so they get cooked really good. After its done I take out all the meat and vegs except the onion and use a emulsifier/blender ( I love mine!) to brake up all the onions and add in some potato starch to thicken it. Salt and pepper to your liking :) enjoy

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