Monday, December 31, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
We had a ton of food (which I love to do the displays and trays... it turned out pretty festive looking!)
We revealed our secret santa picks! (I had Sonya and I got her a year's supply of list pads and sticky notes... ha ha ha... she's a very organized person!)
We hung out and laughed and played games and just generally enjoyed each other's company...
Thursday, December 13, 2007
My brother David has to be scolded, yelled at and pressured every year to get his list done. There is always an excuse why he doesn't have time to do his list (this year I'm sure being his brand spankin' new girlfriend!). Finally, yesterday he finished his list. The hilarious thing was, as we read the items off his list, it sounded more and more like a prayer request list than a Christmas shopping list! A few of his wishes were for me to get married (which would definitely require a miracle), for my other brother to lose weight (another miracle needed! lol!) and for a big stack of greenbacks to finally hit his wallet (a miracle already in the making).
So, while everyone is mailing their lists to Santa this year, I propose we take David's list and mail it to the Miracle Worker. You know, the One who this season is really all about....
A Skinny Peter? Now that would make this holiday worth celebrating! LOL!
Well David, for your sake, I hope you get all your wishes from your list, especially the ones I'd benefit from!
I have made so many purchases online for my family and I love it. I can browse to get exactly what I want and I don't have worry about getting to a store and the item I'm looking for to be out of stock. I hate running around town to find the one much needed gift.
And, Hello... open 24 hours a day! I love that. No need to wait for the store to open or to miss closing by 30 minutes.
Needless to say, my family is going to have a good Christmas, thanks to this wonder called On Line Shopping!
Filling up the shopping cart as we speak.....
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
We had our harvest party and it was such a great success. Here's some fun pictures from the party.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
1. I've worn the same color of contacts (not the same contacts, just same color) for the past 18 years. My eyes are normally plain jane brown, but since I was 14 I've had hazel eyes. Longer than half my life!
2. I hate carrots with a passion, but I love carrot cake. Go figure.
3. I don't like anything rose scented.
4. I find name droppers and people who brag about money boring, irritating and pathetic.
5. My favorite feature on a man that I find attractive is his shoulders and back. And a great smile with Dimples!
7. I am a control freak. I find it very hard to delegate and trust someone else to get the job done.
So there you have it! My random 7.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
What a learning experience. To look beyond myself, yet still have the greatest struggle within myself... to be committed to something greater than my small insignifigant world, yet have my small insignificant world gain significance without my hand in it..... wow.
I am in awe of the hand of God. He is always on the move. It's like He has scooped me up and is carrying me along for this fantastic journey. But not just carrying me, He is using me, like a tool in His hand for His kingdom... awesome.
We have been focused on our surrounding area and the hungry people who live amongst us. There are so many areas to work in to accomplish this great revival and I feel so privileged to work in most of these areas.
I am excited. I live perched at the edge of my chair, anticipating it to go from great to phenomenal... I can hardly believe the goodness and blessings and satisfaction that God gives. I don't deserve any of it. I am a humble vessel of clay. Jesus deserves all the glory, all the praise ... He is THE awesome God.
I love you Lord!
Friday, August 03, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
This week in the most private moments of my daily routine, I feel such a rush of emotion that sometimes I think I won't be able to bear it.
I miss my grandma so much. Every time I look at her picture, I hear her voice. Every time I remember that I forgot that she's gone I feel the finality of it..
I've decided not to run from grief, but to embrace it and let it's process happen.
I love you Grandma... I always will.
Love, Queen C
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Won't it be WONDERFUL there....
Monday, June 11, 2007
I read online today about an article that Jamie Lee Curtis wrote, reflecting the PARIS HILTON jail saga and I was glad to see someone who is multi generation Hollywood have something solid to say.
"It was a painful episode to watch," Curtis writes. "A young woman, begging her mother, the person who should have taught her right from wrong, to help her, to teach her the rules of life. It was a little too late. And so she wept as the Universe was bringing the teaching and settling the score."
Now, we know that it is just the law of God that has found Paris as it finds us all, for what we sow, we reap.
She goes on to say:
Parents her age, she says, are more concerned with being friends with their kids than teaching them important lessons. "We were the generation who applauded every move they made. Every step they took. 'Good climbing, Brandon' was our hue and cry. We were raised by people who didn't 'understand' us and now we don't 'understand' why our children are so messed up." She concludes: "Can we take the wrenching sight of Paris asking her mother, 'why?' and ask it of ourselves? ... Wake up, Mothers, and smell the denial."
So my applause to JLC for attempting to bring to light the outrageous lack of parenting that society has stooped to.
If "lack of communicative" parents bred "friendship" parents ,who bred mixed up, moraless people, God help the children who come next in this long line of poor parenting!
*information collected from people.com
Monday, June 04, 2007
Grandma's hands are worn, carrying the scars and calluses of 80 plus years on this earth
Grandma's hands are warm and soft, but with a firm grip, reflecting her soft character and inner strength
Grandma's hands are lean but healthy, having experienced abundance and deprivation
Grandma's hands are sturdy and skillful, caring for her family through the years with creativity and precision
Grandma's hands are love, in her own special way, she knows how to reach out and touch you, letting you know she cares
My grandma uses her hands for doctoring, scolding, cooking, cleaning, reading, sewing, praying and most of all for loving us
Oh how precious those hands are to me
I don't know what the future holds, but I know an all powerful, all knowing and all loving pair of hands that are holding my grandma's hands tightly and He will never let her go
*For Genevieve Chavarria - my wonderful grandma
Friday, April 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
So to share this childhood memory, here it is...
Friday, March 02, 2007
Something happens to me when I read a book.
Noise, commotion, circumstance, location... everything around me disappears.
From the time I was a baby I have loved books. My mom used to read to me every single night. My favorite book of all was Cinderella. I knew it by heart and if my mother was tired that night and tried to skip pages, I knew immediately, even though I could not read yet, and I would make her go back and re-read the skipped parts.
I loved the books like - Suzy the Mouse, The Princess Who Never Laughed, Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, and any and every Walt Disney Productions Presents book that I received from the book club. There are several that I remember loving, but can not remember the title of. Those books bring back so many warm and secure emotions. When I see a book or bookcover from my childhood, it makes me long for those days when my whole life was between those pages...
As I grew older, and I finally learned to read and comprehend on my own, I became an avid reader. Summers were spent laying across my bed consuming 2, 3 and sometimes even 4 books in one day!
One of these days when I have time, I'm going to compile a list of books that I have loved throughout my lifetime.
I still love to read. I love where books take me. It's a journey each time I turn those pages. I could be sitting in sweltering heat and be shivering cold if the story takes me to snow storms, torrential rain or a crisp clear autumn night.
A friend of mine has told me that when she finishes a book, she has to "mourn" the ending of the characters before she can start a new book. She is so right. I always want to hurry to the good parts and then I prolong the ending and read slower, because I don't want the book to end.
I feel sorry for people who never read...
They have no idea what they are missing!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Tomorrow, hearts will be displayed on every corner, in every store, in every home.
Tomorrow, the world will be slightly drunk on the scent of red roses and spring bouquets.
Tomorrow, lips will find their perfect fit and be joined together in long embraces.
Tomorrow, babies will start new life.
Tomorrow, the road will be paved with chocolate.
Tomorrow, wedding dates will be set.
Tomorrow, diamonds will be everyone's best friend.
Tomorrow, smiles will bloom and breakfast will be eaten in bed.
Tomorrow, I just might skip it.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
The pursuit of "happiness" sounds so divine. I mean, if there was an actual road that led to happiness, it would be more traffic jammed than the 405 at 5 o"clock on a work day.
Now, when I say Happiness, I use that loosely. What I really mean is contentment, calm assurety and joy that comes knowing you are, at that exact moment, exactly where you need to be.
The thing that gets me, is that no one ever tells you that you have to pack light, you can only take essentials and that the saying "you can't have it all" actually has some truth to it.
I find as I pursue my goals and as I pursue contentment and God's perfect will for my life, I have to pack light. I can't take too much with me and some old habits, old relationships, old connections, well, they have to be left behind. Don't get me wrong, I work hard at trying to live life that is pleasing to God (and I fail miserably all the time), but in order to get to where I want to go, I've got to let some other things go and watch them drift off into a sea of good memories.
The pursuit of happiness is a road of sadness, a road of goodbyes and a road of change. It's also a road of excitement, of anticipation and faith .... and as you say goodbye to yesterday, your life, as you know it now, is gone with the wind.
Thank God there is another wind blowing, bringing in new opportunity, new adventure, new passions....
I am a lone traveller, walking a straight line... and knowing.... there's always more up ahead to pursue... and enjoying the journey. But can I just say that it's not always easy. In fact it's hard. I get so comfortable where I am at. It's easy to maintain what I've already built. To start over again is tough. But, I've got to do it... I've compassed this mountain long enough.
It's like Christmas, birthdays, surprises and a new relationship all rolled into one. I have no clear idea what lies ahead, except I know that it's nothing but good, because it comes from God himself. I just have to keep walking.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
So... Good Morning...
Boy I feel great! I am posting more and loving it!
Anyhoooo... the reason I am posting is to share with you a mad lib that I made last night in our ladies revealing/Valentine's party at church.
We had a blast. I have never seen so many ladies blushing at one time. Of course there were those ladies who you knew off the bat, they would have the naughty libs and then there were the ladies who "accidently" ended up with a dirty lib. Those were the most fun of all!
So here is my lib, I thought I'd post it, because first of all, it's to my love and secondly it's just sweet and funny.
I woke up this MIDNIGHT and my HAIR blushed at the thought of you. You are not only HOT but very SPARKLING. Everytime I HUG you my HANDS become BEAUTIFUL and my EYEs begin to WINK.
I can't wait til SATURDAY night. I have a SWEET surprise for you. It is SPICY, SOFT and TOUCHES a lot. I hope you will SMILE it.
I will be wearing the RED SHOES you gave me last CHRISTMAS. I know how much you love to KISS me in it.
Hugs and Kisses
Your Favorite HEART,
Monday, February 05, 2007
and then I realized it's already after 3 p.m.on a Monday afternoon and I'm too tired to psycho analyze myself, so I am letting you know, I am accepting my absurd need for list making and leaving it at that.
Heaven – Brian Adams
Searching for Love (It’s Real) – Bebe & CeCe Winans
So This is Love – James Ingram
This Love – Maroon 5
Kissing a Fool – Michael Buble
When We Dance – Sting
Brand New Day – Sting
Alfie – Dionne Warwick
Jetlag – Joss Stone
A Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James
Orange Colored Sky – Natalie Cole
Almost Like Being in Love – Natalie Cole
Indescribable – Chris Tomlin
Me & Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
Light My Fire – Will Young
Nobody Loves Me Like You Do – Whitney Houston & Jermaine Jackson
Whenever You Come Around – Vince Gill & Patty Loveless
Something That Christ Did – Crystal Lewis
Insensitive – Leann Rimes
Childish Things – Sweet Comfort Band
There Are Worse Things I Could Do – Stockard Channing
My Funny Friend and Me – Sting
Up On The Mountain – Steven Curtis Chapman
I Smile – Russ Lee
Hey There – Rosemary Clooney
You Make Me Feel So Young – Rosemary Clooney
When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
My Favorite Things – Julie Andrews
Moon River – Audrey Hepburn
Have You Met Miss Jones? – Robbie Williams
Here’s To Love – Ewan McGregor & Renee Zellweger
Mayberry – Rascal Flatts
If I Never Knew You – Jon Secada
Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins
For The First Time – Kenny Loggins
This is How it Feels to be Free – Phillips, Craig & Dean
Bye Bye – Phil Vassar
Another Day in Paradise – Phil Vassar
Stand Still – Phil Vassar
True Love – Kim Boyce
Inseparable – Jasmine Trias
Held – Natalie Grant
In Christ Alone – Michael English
Try A Little Tenderness – Michael Buble
Since I Fell – Michael Bolton
I Can Only Imagine – Mercy Me
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
Walking in Memphis – Marc Cohn
Only Hope – Mandy Moore
Sunday Morning – Maroon Five
Hosanna – Kirk Franklin
Lights – Journey
Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) – Journey
Change of Heart – Jon Gibson
Ordinary People – John Legend
Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver
Jackson – Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon
When You Wish Upon a Star – Jiminy Cricket
Fire and Rain – James Taylor
Whenever I See Your Smiling Face – James Taylor
Line ‘Em Up – James Taylor
You Can Close Your Eyes – James Taylor
Forgiven – First Call
Imagination – Harry Connick, Jr.
Follow Through – Gavin DeGraw
I Don’t Wanna Be – Gavin DeGraw
Chariot – Gavin DeGraw
To Make You Feel My Love – Garth Brooks
Lost in You – Chris Gaines
Best of Friends – The Fox and the Hound
This Kiss – Faith Hill
At Last – Etta James
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps – Doris Day
Secret Love – Doris Day
Great is Your Mercy – Donnie McClurkin
Falling in Love with Love – Bernadette Peters
Come On Over – Christina Aguilera
Inspiration – Chicago
Look Away – Chicago
Mercy Said No – CeCe Winans
For Always – CeCe Winans
The Colour of My Love – Celine Dion
Think Twice – Celine Dion
There is Only One Road – Celine Dion
I Finally Found Someone – Bryan Adams & Barbara Streisand
The Way We Were – Barbara Streisand
Oh My Man I love Him So – Barbara Streisand
Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt
Use Me – Bob Carlisle
Rest of All Time – Bob Carlisle
Wouldn’t it be Nice – Beach Boys
Don’t Worry Baby – Beach Boys
Hey Mickey – Bangles
You’ve Already Won Me Over – Alanis Morrisette
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
100. No Easy Way – Vince Gill
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Monday, January 08, 2007
~My Favorite Things~
So, I've been thinking ... I should write down some of my favorite things at the beginning of the year and see what changes in 12 short months! So here goes....
My Favorite Book: A Bride Most Begrudging (Deeanne Gist)
My Favorite DVD: Caught in the Act (Michael Buble Concert)
My Favorite CD: It's Time (Michael Buble)
My Favorite "Toy": My iPod
My Favorite Color: Turquise
My Favorite Skirt: My new black suit skirt (flared bottom)
My Favorite Shoes: My Leopard Print Pony Hair Heels
My Favorite Lunch: a small red burrito with sour cream and nachos from Del Taco
My Favorite Website to browse: tied between aol.com and youtube.com
My Favorite Song: This is TOO hard. But at this exact moment I guess it's: Pray for a Better Day (Bianca Ryan)
My Favorite Church Song: Show Me Who You Are
My Favorite Kid at Church: Jade Young
My Favorite Kidz Class: The 8-9 Year Old Class
My Favorite Student: Tai Watkins
My Favorite Teacher: Deborah
My Favorite Comfort Quirk: Scratching my ears with a bobbypin (seriously it's so relaxing)
My Favorite P.J.'s: Winnie-The-Pooh pants set
My Favorite Blanket: Cinderella Blanket
My Favorite Cable Channel: TLC
My Favorite Cable Show (non-food): What Not To Wear
My Favorite Food Network Show: Iron Chef
My Favorite TV Sitcom: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
My Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant
My Favorite Current Singer: Michael Buble
My Favorite American Idol Contestant: Elliott Yamin
My Favorite Candy Bar: Big Chunk
My Favorite Restaurant: El Torito
My Favorite Food: Lobster Bisque
My Favorite Drink: Tied between Iced Tea / Diet Coke
My Favorite Starbucks Drink: White Mocha
My Favorite Eye Candy: Michael Buble and Wentworth Miller
My Favorite Clothing: My Camis and Jean Jackets
My Favorite Screen Legend (Male): James Stewart
My Favorite Screen Legend (Female): Doris Day
My Favorite Current Actor: Matthew Perry
My Favorite Current Actress: Meryl Streep
My Favorite Time of Day: Late Afternoon
My Favorite Show to Watch at Bedtime: Friends
My Favorite Daydream: Moving to a New House
My Favorite Romantic Daydream: Meeting Michael Buble
My Favorite Online Service: Paying my bills
My Favorite Fun Website: nba.com
My Favorite Blog: Flea's Blog on Lakers.com
Alright, I guess I could go for days with this. So we shall see in 12 months what changes are made... this should be interesting....