Monday, July 27, 2009


Ok, so when I read my brother's blog today, it got me thinking. He stated that he thinks that people who are afraid to change, esp if it is for the betterment of a group are immature. I am not sure that I totally agree with that. I have contemplated changes in my life and, at times, TOTALLY believe that they would benefit lives. BUT after much self deliberation, decide not to make the change. I told him that maybe I just over contemplate the change and scare myself out of it, but does that make me immature? Not so sure.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Sounds of Laughter

Today was productive...somewhat. Got bills paid, cleaned at moms, got most of the laundry done at home too! The kids have hardly fought all day, which is awesome. Not too many days like that. I guess it could be that I promised them a special treat tonight if they let me get all my work done today! I think we are going to the drive in to see G-Force. I had rather see it in 3D, but the drive in is fun.
So as my kids were watching a movie today I heard them laughing and playing and cutting up. They were loud, but it was still a joyful noise! I thought about the kids whose parents always yell at them for being loud...which I admit I have done on occasion, and said a small prayer for them. It isn't often that I take the time out of my business to actually listen to their laughter, but i am glad i did today, it was a needed moment of life appreciation!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Back to Blogging

Ok, so I lapsed on vacation. Sorry. I have since come back to reality with life. We had a great time at Uncle Mark's in Memphis. Lots of pool lounging and swimming. Since we have been home however, I have realized that I was off track with more than just blogging! I have not exercised in over a month and I am starting to feel it. I have got to get back at it and am making a plan to do so in the morning. I think I can blame my lack of motivation on Shane's not blogging. Reading his blogs puts so much more motivation in my, I need to link to it everyday.
However it is midnight and I am going to bed, so I will let you know what I accomlish tomorrow!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Blessed by the young

Well another year of VBS has come and gone. This year had the best turn out in a long time! We had 39 registered kids. Everyday brought at least one new face, which means the kids that brought them were having a great time. Our program is Sunday and I am making a DVD of all the pics that we took this week. God has blessed our church with many willing and loving adults to assist with VBS, but this year he blessed us with something new...TEENS. It was fabulous to see them working with the kids. The children LOVED it. Everytime you turned around, some little kid was wrapped around the leg of a teenager. It was awesome to see God at work in that way. A couple of the teens didn't have good reputations and had been in and out of trouble. One in particular has had a troubled past, but this kid, on the last day, AMAzeD me. A little girl had gotten sick and he took care of her, letting her sit in his lap and fall asleep until her parents came to pick her up. These kids really opened up this week and I am blessed to have been able to witness these events. It is my prayer that these teens will continue to come to our church and help us develop a youth group. Once again, this week I have been blessed by the young ones spirit!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Checklist for strength

Well, yesterday was the VBS kick off and things went pretty smoothly. Today was day one and there were a few bumps in the road, but we made it through with no major blow ups. the kids seemed to have a good time and the crafts and food were good.
So I bought this book a few years ago called Ultimate Checklist for Life. I skimmed through it when I first got it and completed a few of the lists, half heartedly. Well, I brought the book out again a few days ago and tried to give it another try. I looked over the checklists to see what I felt I was needing to accomplish and came across the chapter titled Checklist for Women. Hmm, I thought, I am a woman, so maybe there is something here that I can work on. As I scrolled down the page, I saw the list titled Inner Power. That seem to strike a chord to me, since yesterday I blogged (in my other blog) that I was looking for the strength and willpower that others had to do strict dieting and strenuous exercising to stay fit and healthy and even train for marathons. I opened the book to that section and began to read. WOW! I really hadn't thought of being strong in this way. It says that we may have high ideals and many times the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak! I SOOOOO understand that. There are times I tell myself that I need to exercise, need to eat right, but my fingers and tummy just say, I am too tired, or gimme that brownie. After a moment (or 5) like this, I get so down on myself! Wondering why I just don't have the strength to withstand the temptations. Then the next section sort of explains what can pull you through. "'Yet it is in times of weakness that your greatest strength may be found-the gentle strength of God's Spirit working in you.'" If I look to Him for the strength to help me on this journey, I WILL succeed. I have to understand that ALL true strength comes from Him and choose to live in god's strength by faith. I also have to remember that when I am weak, God can be strong for me, if i hear Him.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

So it has been a couple of days since I posted, but man has it been crazy. This was my first year to be in charge of our annual Hutchens-Barnes Reunion, and I was stressed to the max. I was so worried that something was going to go wrong. Well, of course, on my first year, IT DID! A cousin told me that someone stole her wallet straight out of her purse, took out the money and threw the wallet in the tank part of the toilet! Now, the first thing that came to my mind was ANGER! WHY? Then my husband got up front to make announcements and said,'"We are all going through some tough times right now with the way the economy is hitting us. Some of us may be going through worse times than others, but if you will let us know anyone here would be glad to help you. We will be praying for whatever issues you have.'" I was quite proud of the way he handled it, I couldn't have done it with that much love myself. We passed around a basket and everyone put in a dollar or so to replace the money that was stolen. Of course, the perpetrator never confessed, but alls well. Other than that, which was big in my book, the reunion went great. Plenty of food and conversation to hold us over til next year!
Then we went to Pauls grandmothers to watch the big fireworks. It all started with great fellowship and good food, until the tornadoes! Finally the fireworks were shot @ 10pm.
Though the day was crazy busy, as I sit to blog about it I realize what an enjoyable time of fellowship I had with each group and am blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family members in my life!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Ok, so this was a busy day! I got alot accomplished, seeing since the steroids have kicked in and I can't sleep. Today the kids and I were busy little bees. I cleaned my bedroom and bathroom, the downstairs bathroom, kitchen and living room! Clay cleaned the boys bathroom, Erin worked on her room and Zachy worked on his (a great accomplishment, however, it is far from finished). When I started working on the kitchen, I cranked up my new dc of Lady Antebellum. AWESOME! I then proceeded to make 3 dozen deviled eggs, a chocolate chip cheese ball, and a casserole for dinner! Now I must say my butt is dragging, but I have every intention of doing a little bit of Pilates before I take a long soak in the tub. tomorrow is a big day. We have our annual Hutchens- Barnes Reunion in Stewart and then the big fireworks display in Cumberland City, which we watch at Paul's Grandmas.

On a totally different note, Paul has started smoking again and it is quite upsetting to me. I just don't understand why. He had quit for over a year and then just all of a sudden. He even hides it from me, which makes it all the worse. I am about at my wits end with it!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Can't beat fatigue

I guess it takes a few days to recoop from a migraine and pain killers. I got up and went to work, but man was it rough. Being on the steroids has done a few things to me. I am so flushed in the face, it feels like I am on fire, I am SOO tired, and have gained 2 lbs. I understand that steroids cause swelling and weight gain, but geeze...2lbs? After I cleaned a house today, I came home and napped for about 2 hours but feel like I could go right back to sleep at this very moment. I have got to get over whatever this is and get moving again. My brothers blog is so inspirational, and as I read it, I think...I could get moving like that. Less than a month ago, I WAS moving like that". The I turn from the computer, grab something out of the pantry and go lay down! What a bum. Anyway, hoping to feel more like myself tomorrow. I have 3 more days of steroids and 7 more of antibiotics, hopefully that all will do the trick.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Migraines ??

Ok, so I have had this eye thing going on since the end of April. My eyes get really red and hurt. I have tried OTC meds like visene allergy, visene original, similison pink eye, benadryl... Nothing has worked. I went to the eye doctor about a month ago and he told me it was just allergies. Well, yesterday, when I got up, they were red and had the same pain as usual so I started about my day thinking nothing of it. As the day progressed, they got worse and worse. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore and made a doctors appt. By the time I made it to the office, I had a massive headache. I sat in the waiting room for only a short time before being called back to the exam room. The nurse said the PA would be right in. The longer I sat there, the worse my head got. I got up and moved to the trashcan because the pain had led to nausea. When the PA finally arrived, I couldn't open my eyes and was hugging the trash can. I guess I scared her because I couldn't move for the fear that it would cause more pain and she just said,"'I think I need to send you to the ER'". Paul came in to help me out, and I asked for an emisses basin to vomit in. When we got to the ER, I was very shaky and couldn't open my eyes. the nurse assessed me then called for the doctor. She arrived quickly and ordered something for the pain, but concluded that it was sinus related and sent me home on steroids and antibiotics. She said it could still be a migraine, but sinus related. On the way home, the vomiting hit.....all I can say is poor Paul! I know he sees stuff like that everyday, but I guess it is different when it is you own. I finally made it upstairs to the bed, but couldn't lay down because it hurt worse. Around 8PM the pain started to ease and I had some peanut butter crackers and sprite. I didn't sleep much, but feel some better today. There is no headache, but my eyes are still red and pouring.
Today we had to take Max to get his shots and buy stuff for the reunion, which I am not ready for! I HATE being in charge of things! I think I have it all together, well, I hope I have it all together. Been in sort of a drug hang over today, but feeling much better than yesterday. Still not going to wear my contacts for a day or so, probably until my eyes clear up.