Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ethel Stewart Knowles

My grandmother, who I called "Mu", passed away last Thursday. She was 88 years old and had not been doing well for some time. In fact, she had been crippled by terrible arthritis at least all of my life. But she is crippled and hurting no more. My grandmother was a sweet and meek lady. But the thing I am the most thankful for is the way she and my grandfather raised my mom. That is the blessing that gets passed down through the generations. My mother is a godly woman and I am so thankful that my parents raised me the way they did. Please pray for my grandfather, Cecil Knowles. He is 95 and his health is deteriorating. He and my grandmother would have been married for 70 years this April.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

First hints of Spring

Yep, Spring is almost here in the deep South. I knew the quince (pink flowers) were blooming. I have about 4 bushes. But to my surprise I had daffodils already. The nandina berries are, of course bright red in winter and about the only color I have as I look out my kitchen window. The other green stuff is a random bush. The little old lady who built this house back in 1965 loved to plant things. I have a plethora of things that come up, almost too much for me to try to take care of. But when Spring begins I love to watch it all come back. Oh, my tulip tree is about to bloom as well. Here comes Spring.........

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What starts with D

Emma Caroline and I like to play a certain game in the car. We pick a letter and then try to think of as many words as we can that start with that letter. Yesterday on the way to school she wanted to play our game using the letter "D". So we went through the usual Drum, Dog, Duck, Down, Dark...... then she piped up from the back seat with one she was proud of......."W starts with D"....... I found that hard to argue with.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Valentines Day

Nothing like a holiday for an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Bob Books

So, about 3 weeks ago I was playing with EC when I wrote a word on the Doodle Pro and asked her what it said. She immediatly read it. I was a little suprised so I wrote another word and she read it. I proceeded to write about 30 different words and she read every one of them. She goes to a little 4K program and I knew that they were working on their letters and sounds but I had no idea she could read 3 and 4 letter words. But she has learned how to sound them out. I was so excited so I knew I had to find her some books to read to encourage this. A friend of mine suggested Bob Books (thanks Tonya). It is a box of 12 little books. Each book is only about 6 pages but it is all 3 or 4 letter words. We ordered them through Amazon but you can get them at Barnes and Noble. I can't tell you how much EC has enjoyed reading them. She has told me over and over with much pride "Mommy, I can read a book all by myself."

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Pork Roast

OK not my typical post. My husband actually suggested I blog about this and to those who know him, that will come as no surprise. I wanted to share my bar-b-que in the crockpot recipe because it is so dang easy and good. If you are a mom with kids like me then you are always looking for something easy, quick and that will last longer than 1 meal. So the receipe is this - 1 pork roast 4-5 lbs. Put it in the crock pot and douse it real good with Worchestershire sauce. Then add about 2 Tbs of liquid smoke. (It can be found in the marinade section of the grocery store). You can add a little pepper if you like. Put the lid on and turn it on to low and let it cook for about 7 hours. When it is done just shred and add your favorite sauce. I promise it will smell and taste like it came from the smoke house. Plus , unless you have a big family, it will last several meals. Enjoy!!!