October 06, 2006 - Msg 46131: Hey Me-They, very funny post above..I love that last Barney quote, "what were ya doing?"! Before I forget, stand still and let me get that log out of your eye. Oh, and everyday is laundry day around here. Just throw your stuff on the pile.

Never had a sandwich with butter on it, Idelle. Don't tempt me..my cholesterol is plenty high enough, thank you.

Ro, love that statement, "Just throw your loop around God's promises and hang on!"....good one.

Still hot and humid here today...yuck.

Maude, keep trying to get on a Frappr, but try a bit later. I have only actually chatted on there 2 or three times, max. Most of the time there is no one there but sometimes you get lucky.

Neat memory about your grandmother, M-T. I have fond memories of food at grandma's house, too. Who-wee, that woman could cook! I only saw here in the summers when we visited in Michigan and every day there was a huge breakfast and supper. Not real healthy but good. Lots of homemade biscuits, ham and bacon, eggs and apple butter. Always fried potatoes. She used to make these tomato dumplings they were amazing! Oh, and her biscuits with cream gravy...to die for! Never forget the smell of that kitchen in the morning...coffee and fried ham or bacon...did I mention she died of diabetes?...sorry, not very funny I guess.

Better get myself to the store. I have lots of baking to do for the church bake sale on Sunday. My sunday school class is raising money for missions in Asia (it was the kid's idea, isn't that great?)...better get a move-on. Wish you guys were here to bake some goodies for me to sell.

Boo

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46132: Vicks and Miracle Whip..always a winning combination!

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46133: Vicks and Miracle Whip...not exactly peanut butter and jelly.

M-T

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46134: Come to think of it, the only reason I still have a log in my eye is because I've haven't gotten around to plucking it out yet. Probably should though.

M-T

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46135: Plucking out my eye, that is.

M-T

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46136: My grandma always had this aluminum bread warmer bowl on the end of her counter.. And it always had homemade bisquits in it. Everytime I'd go, and she lived down the road, I'd grab a biscuit...even if they were hard and stale from being 5 days old..haha. I have that warmer bowl thingy now..its neat! She is still living, but in a nursing home. Also..she and grandaddy ALWAYS had hot dogs on sunday evenings..with chips and cheese..like squeeze cheese..fun memories..

Idelle

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46137: hey everyone ,hope everyones having a good day .Im heading out shortly to go to my grandmothers funeral,she passed away wednesda at age 90 ...hope I can make it that long
MAYBERRY DEPUTY

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46138: Prayers and sympathy for your loss, MD. Safe travels for you.

M-T

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46139: Thinking of you MD..

Idelle

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46140: Prayers for your family Mayberry Deputy.

Just made vanilla-pecan fudge and now am baking brownies...you should smell it in here, mmmm! Please say a prayer that the bake sale on Sunday is a success so that we can give a good amount to Asia. Thanks.

They delivered our tractor today so I am 16,000 dollars poorer than I was an hour ago! Sheesh! That hurts but what do ya do, gotta have it.

I'll be back...

Boo

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46141: You could have bought a new spetic tank for that, BOO. Prayers for your bake sale being a success. But it would be just terrible that fudge didn't sell and you were to have to bring it home and dispose of it. Then all you and Mr. Boo would need is that doctor show on tv.

We're having baby Veda bapstized this Sunday. A Christian couple that are friends of ours are her sponsors. I don't think we could have selected better Godly examples to sponsor her, but you people sure do come close. I wish y'all could be there for this special occasion.

Hey, I just had a thought...we haven't debated infant baptism yet. Maybe Monday ;).

Well, I wish you all a great weekend. Special prayers for MILLIE, LUCY, MD, ROMEENA, ASA, all you people traveling, and all your kids and grandkids.

God bless you. And lotsa luck to you and yours.

Me-They

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46142: What a kind thing to say, Me-They! I sure wish we could be there for Veda, too. We will be there in spirit. You SURE you want to start another debate? I was about to ask you why it is that Methodists baptize babies. I was baptized as a baby in the Methodist church (can't remember it, though! ha). I was baptized by choice at age 19 (that I remember, barely).

Boo

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46143: Howdy all!!!

I hope that all of you are well!!!

Ya'll keep me in your prayers, and I'll do the same for you!!!

Barnwannabe.

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46144: Evening Y'all. Sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing,Mayberry Deputy.You have my deepest sympathies.
Me-They,as Boo said,we will be there in spirit for Veda's baptism. Boo,I was christened in the Methodist Church-we didn't call it baptizing. Was it United Methodist you were baptized in? That's the religion I was brought up in.Lately,I've been wanting to have a real old fashioned,dunk me in the river baptism.Yep,that would set things straight for me. Think I'm gonna do it one of these days.Ha-just had a mental flash of a soaking wet possum! Oh,I'm too loopy tonight-guess I'd better skeedaddle! But..I was serious about the river baptism.
Y'all have a good night. Prayers for Millie,Asa,Barnwannabe and everybody-we all need them.
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46145:
Hello porch family....Good to see ya all.

Mayberry Deputy....prayers for your family

Boo...thanks for those kind words. Wow...rated with Mr.Eastwood...and with a toolbelt...(I'll have to admit, my wife had a good laugh)

Prayers for you all...-REV.

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46146:
Just got my choleterol report--165!! yippie. Doc told me to keep taking the fish oilcapsules. So glad I dont have to do the hard stuff like lipdor.
MD- prayers from me to you bro. Please let the family know we are all praying for them.
Talking about old fashion cooking. I know i have said this before, but my mom used a pressure cooker for many dishes. meat was so tender. We'd watch the steam valve and the aroma filled the kitchen! Somehow, a microwave with it's molecule reshaping, just doesnt cut it! ha
I will call COLT this weekend.
You all have a good evening! Prayers for all.
MDC

October 06, 2006 - Msg 46147: 165! Congratulations, MDC. I have to take the hard stuff, as you call it.

It's funny you should say what you did, REV, because after I posted my comment, I thought you would probably show it to your wife and she would find it funny. Glad I could make her laugh.

Mavis, I was also raised United Methodist. I was baptized by submersion (sp?) when I grew up. It would be really fun to be baptized in a river, I agree with you. Maybe you can be soon.

Went out to eat and took the kids to a movie tonight and now I am doing some more baking. Better go...I smell the brownies getting overdone...

Boo

October 07, 2006 - Msg 46148: NIGHT.

Guess whoo....................









DWF

October 07, 2006 - Msg 46149: Boo,I think you meant,me,not Mavis.I was the one that mentioned the Methodist Church. Thanks for clarifying things for me.
Overcast and cool here in SC today.Had to put on a sweatshirt,as opposed to a T-shirt this morning.
Hope you all have a great Saturday!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock


October 07, 2006 - Msg 46150: I could have sworn it was Mavis, Possum, sorry.

It is still hot here and very humid. Weatherman says it will finally cool off a bit by Friday...can't wait.

Off to do more baking...

Boo

October 07, 2006 - Msg 46151: Cold, damp and raining here. I'm at the parents and so have about a minute of computer time. Just wanted to say howdy and wish y'all a blessed Sabbath. Thanks for your well-wishes for Veda's baptism.

Take care.

Me-They

October 07, 2006 - Msg 46152: Thanks Me-They. May you have a wonderful weekend.

Boo

October 07, 2006 - Msg 46153:
Dont know if any of you listen to J Vernon McGee, but this dear departed man continues to bless me thru taped radio programs. he is so earthy in his expressions. lately (here on Phx radio) he has been talking on Moses and the stubbon Jewish people of his day.
DWF- Hi, are you still watching dvd?
BWB- what's up.
I got no answer at Colt's, will try angain later.
APB FOR ALL MISSING PORCHSTERS. i JUST HOSED OFF THE ROCKERS! mADE SOME SWEET TEA FOR THE LAST OF THE WARMISH WEATHER.
Ya all have a great weekend.
MDC

October 07, 2006 - Msg 46154: Howdy all!!!

Hope all is well with my porch family, and I extend any prayers that are needed as I hope that you will do the same!!!

MDC: Not much, just been SUPER busy!!!:)

Barnwannabe.

"Citizens arrest, citizen's arrest!!!"

October 07, 2006 - Msg 46155: Hey MDC and BWB. Sure has been quiet here on the porch today. Wonder what everyone is up to this weekend.

I am beat to the socks from all the baking today. I made brownies, cookies, cupcakes, pecans pies and popcorn balls and wrapped them all up nice in cellophane and ribbon. Hope the Lord multiplies our contribution.

I read today that more Christians have been martyred for their faith in this century than in the last 19 centuries of Christianity put together. I hope we can remember to pray for the persecuted church in the world. We have many brothers and sisters who are suffering. May got give us open hands and hearts and set our eyes upon the things above not the things of this world.

MDC, we get J. Vernon here on the radio but I don't listen to him. Maybe I will start. I have several favorites on radio that I like to listen to.

Prayers for the Amish families who have been burying their children this weekend. God be with them.

Boo

October 07, 2006 - Msg 46156:
Hello gang....rather cool on the porch tonight. Have to put a jacket on if you sit out here long.

The big race tomorrow in AL. New surface should make it exciting.

MDC...we can't get J Vernon here as I know of. Sad to say in my area we don't have much of a choice when it comes to Christian radio. Our best Christian station shut down about 6 years ago due to bad managment and never started back up.
But the good thing is, GOD didn't shut down. Praise the Lord!

M-T...glad you could sneak on real quick.

Boo...I just pray that you all will make more than you can imagine on your sale!

Ro must be working all day. She hadn't been here.

Prayers for you all and have a great worship service.
-REV.

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46157: Hey, porch.....been missing y'all. Internet has been down the last couple of days, so I've been just waiting for the storms to end....got 4 or 5 inches of rain here. Hope you are all well. More later.
Millie

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46158: Wondered where you were, Millie. Thanks for checking in.

The bake sell went well. We made about 300.00, which is good for our small church. Thank you for your prayers. We also happened to have a missionary to Asia who gave the sermon today and it was very interesting. He shares the gospel with Islamic people and says that despite what you might think, many Muslims are converting to Christianity at this time. He says things are easier than they have ever been as far as how the Muslims are receiving the gospel. That surprised me. I have some interesting statistics to share with ya'll and I will later, but right now I need a rest. Been a busy morning!

Boo

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46159: Boo - I would have bought from your bake sale. Sounds good to me. . .our church has a rummage sale/bake sale every spring and fall.

homemaker

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46160:
all Porchsters, COLT NEEDS OUR PRAYERS! I talked to his wife yesterday and she said he had a mild stroke a while back, he pretty well recovered, but it changed his personality and he has moved into a motel. She did not want to go into things which I understand, but she did ask all to pray for the healing of his brain. Please pray for our dear mayor, as we all stand in agreement for this. God bless you. I wish i had better news, but that is the reality of it!
Boo- glad you did well on the sale for missions. So important these days especially. That was an interesting statistic. Also heard that our present world pop of 6 billion is more than from recorded history til the present.!
Look for the movie, One Night With the King opening next weekend. It is made by TBN and all about Esther.
Have a good Sabbath and God bless ya all. I will keep in touch with Mrs. Colt.
MDC

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46161:
colt-Prayers for you, Mr. Mayor, as well as, Mrs. colt.

MDC-Thanks for keeping us informed.

auh2o

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46162: Thank you for letting us know about Colt, MDC. Prayers for him and his family.

Boo

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46163: Prayers going out for COLT......thanks for the info, MDC.
Millie

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46164: Good evening, all. My daughter and 11-yr-old grandson have been here for the weekend, and we've been busy, as you might imagine.

I'm so sorry to hear about our mayor! That's just terrible. A stroke can really alter a person's perceptions, and as my son says, his perception is his reality. He may turn against those he loves and who love him best. Let's all pray that God will heal the damage to his brain, which is changing his perceptions and his behavior. Bless his sweet heart!

Last night, my daughter and I were startled by some strange noises, and went outdoors to investigate. It was a fireworks show over at Texas Stadium, less than a mile from my house. While we were watching, we heard a crashing, splintering sound, and from across the street my neighbor's Doberman came charging straight at us! She's huge, he always walks her with a control collar that turns blunt spikes into her neck if she lunges, and you never see her out of her yard unless she's under his control. Naturally, her headlong charge scared us, but we stood our ground, knowing we couldn't get to the house in time. When she reached us, she ran behind us and cowered on the ground. The poor thing was terrified by the fireworks and had smashed through a wooden fence to get out.
When we moved, she moved, shaking and trembling. I left her with my daughter and went over to get her owner, but he wasn't home. So, not about to leave her outside alone, we put her in my garage and I left a note on the owner's garage door, telling him where she was.
This morning, I called his next-door neighbor, who is a closer friend than I, and told him what had happened. He knew the owner was out of town, and went over and repaired the fence. We then put the dog back in her yard, and she seemed to be fine. The owner returned later this afternoon, learned the story, and called to thank us for sheltering his dog. I told him no thanks were needed. She needed help, and I would only hope someone would do the same thing for my little Sugarplum, if circumstances ever put her in a spot where she needed a friend.
To me, this story tells a big truth. Things are not always as they appear. First, the dog was terrified of something she didn't understand, and was convinced she was in danger. She wasn't, but she thought she was. Her perception became her reality. Two, I've always been a bit afraid of her, because she's so huge, Dobies have a reputation for ferocity, and her owner keeps her on such a seriously restrictive collar. Now, she might be capable of ferocity under some circumstances, but last night she was a frightened puppy, badly in need of comfort and protection. I will no longer be afraid of her, I think she'll always know me as a friend. So, all's well that ends well, I guess.

Now I'm going to go clean up a few leftovers, watch a little TV, and hit the hay. I love you folks! Be good to one another, you hear? Time has a way of changing things on us, we need to savor the moment. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46165: To Colt.

My Jesus

No matter what future holds
Or what tomorrow brings...
I know I'm safe within the arms
Of Jesus Christ, my King.
Every day upon this earth,
I feel His Spinit move...
I know He lives within my heart
To comfort and to soothe.
And when I stumble as I will,
I'll pick myself up high...
For in my weakness, He is light.
Gentle Jesus, hear me now
And dry these tears I weep.
Take the burdens that I bear
And heal me as I sleep.
And as the morning sun appears,
I'll give my thank so true.
Another day has come again;
My Jesus, I love You.

LOVE TOM AND PRAYER FOR YOU.


October 08, 2006 - Msg 46166: Just beautiful, Tom. Thank you.
Millie

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46167: Prayers for our Mayor and his wife.How very sad. Thanks for letting us know,MDC.
Romeena,what you said about Colt could apply as well to my mom,only she hasn't had a stroke.It's heavy duty pain meds altering her personality.My daughter had a horrible,hurtful day with her today.It's rough.Please keep my mom in your prayers,friends. Thanks.
Love right back at you,Ro! Love to all!
Have a good night.
possum under a rock

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46168: Wow,Tom-what a wonderful poem for Colt and us all. Thank you.
possum again
P.S. Hey to Millie!

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46169: That's just beautiful, Tom. You have an uncanny ability to provide us with just the right word at just the right time. Thank you.

Possum, you are so right. Pain meds can really make a mess of someone's personality, because they can and do alter their perceptions, and therefore, their reality is altered. I'm sure you're way ahead of me on this, but have you talked with her medical people, to see if perhaps they can change her medications? Sometimes, other things are available that will work without causing the problems. One very excellent pain medication is Toradol (Ketorolac). It's the only thing I can take that has any strength at all (and it does have that!) Anything else makes me absolutely crazy. So if Advil and/or Tylenol aren't enough, Toradol to the rescue. Downside is, it isn't recommended for use over five days at a time, as it can alter bleeding times, but even a short respite might be worth trying. Just wondering....

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

October 08, 2006 - Msg 46170: Thank you for the poem TOM. It is just what we needed.

That was some story, Romeena. I can just imagine what you thought when the dog was running at you. I think I have said this before but the smartest, most human-like dog I ever knew was a Doberman. She belonged to my Aunt and Uncle and she was amazing. I mean, that dog would look right at you when you spoke and do exactly what you said...almost scary how smart she was. I can remember that big dog sitting in my Uncle's lap in the recliner and her head was much higher than his. It looked so funny. I would love to have a Doberman some day but Bruce thinks they are too dangerous.

Here are those stats I promised ya earlier: (these come from Phillip Jenkins book, The Next Christendom).

-In 1800, only 1% of the Christian church was thought to live outside North America and Western Europe.
-In 1900, it was 10%.
-By 2000, 2/3's of the Christian church lived outside North America and Western Europe.
-There are over 480 million Christians in Latin America.
-40% of Africa is said to be Christian.
-As many as 100 million Christians are believed to be in China.
-India has more than 85 million believers.
-Indonesia (which is largely Islamic and Chritians are severly persecuted there) report at least one million people coming to Christianity every year.
-NONE of the world's 50 largest churches are found in North America.

I thought these were pretty amazing. The Harvest is plentiful in the world.

Better go get some rest. You folks are the best...."Love"...It's my favorite!

Boo



October 08, 2006 - Msg 46171: Evenin' Porch,
Bryson and I are leaving Ky tomorrow to go home to GA. Our flight leaves at 9am. Well, we're booked to go, but since we're flying standby ya never know. I guess you take what you can get when you fly for $100 for 2 people!
Mayberry Deputy- My condolences for your family. I, too, agree that it would be wonderful to live that long. Were you close?
Colt- I'm sorry for your health and personal problems.
MDC- Thank you for informing us of Colt's situation. Sometimes when a person has an illness they feel that they are a burden on others and they would rather be on their own rather than be a burden. He may actually feel he's helping his wife. I'm praying.
Boo- That's great for your bake sale.
I was also baptized as a child after I was born again. It was in a non-denominational church-Calvary Christian Center. My church does baptismals also. My in-laws hold baptism services every summer in their lake for their church.
I have a prayer request. My sister's husband (BIL) has moved out of their home. They are separating while trying to decide whether to get counseling. He is a gambling addict and was living like a single man rather than married with 2 small children. I'm praying that God's will will be done in their marriage. It just happened over the weekend, on their 17th wedding anniversary.
I'll check in tomorrow after we get home. Y'all have a good day tomorrow and a Mayberry week!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy


October 08, 2006 - Msg 46172:
Good Sunday porch family.

Prayers for our good friend Colt. Thank you MDC for checking on him for us.

Tom...thanks for the poem.

Boo...wow, those stats will make you think. Praise the Lord for the good bake sale.

Lucy...prayers for your brother-in-law and your sister.

Let's all meet at Cracker Barrel for breakfast on me. Spot should be back so he can fill us in on the rodeo while we eat.
You all sleep good tonight. Say your prayers and thank HIM for all He has done for us. One of the blessings that we all have (or at least me) is this place.
-REV.

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46173: Just sitting here rocking....if anybody's still up, I'm fixing up a snack....cocoa and cinnamon toast. Have some.
Millie

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46174: Prayers for those missing on the porch. . .Colt, Asa, Fun Girl, Quiet Sam, Irishter, and many more - my God keep them in the palm of His hand.

homemaker

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46175:
Morning Porch

We had a beautiful weekend here on this end of the porch. The temp was in the 70's and the leaves were looking just wonderful, it looked just like a postcard. But, isn't there always a but, they are calling for some snow this week. I don't mind the winter, never have, but (again with the but) it's only October the 9th.

Thinking of ya Mr. Mayor.

Romeena-Your a good neighbor, here and there.

Mil-Sorry I missed the snack. It looked like a good one.

Lucy-Have a safe trip home.

God Bless
auh2o

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46176: Auh2o, it's so strange that it is 90 degrees here and you are expecting snow up there! Stay warm and I'll try to stay cool.

Sorry I missed you last night, Millie. I was in bed by 9:30 last night, I was so tired. It was one of those busy days for me.

Gotta run...be back later,

Boo

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46177: Good morning everyone. It is a beautiful daye here as well--mild and sunny--but the temperature is expected to start dropping every day this week through Saturday, when our high is expected to be about 55.

We had a great weekened and the bapstism came off well. Veda didn't cry, and it was of course very moving. Thanks for all your kind thoughts and prayers.

I'm so sorry to hear that some of us are having such a tough time of it lately. Prayers for COLT, MILLIE, POSSUM, LUCY and your families. While I'm at it, prayers for teh rest of you, too.

That was a great story, ROMEENA. There sure is a lesson in there.

BOO: I'm actually not terribly suprised regarding those statistics, even the one about Muslim conversions; after all, based on what I've learned about some aspects of that faith, no doubt many are eager to hear some Good News. By the way, take it easy. I get the feeling that you've been doing way yonder too much lately. And remember, in most families, at least, everything goes downhill when mamma does.

Did any of you happen to catch "Hannity & Colmes" on Friday? They had a spokesperson from that independent Baptist church that protests at servicepeople's funerals. You know, the crazy "Christian" zealots. Anyway, she actually came out and said that the Amish children who were shot deserved to die because we are all sinners and that it was God's punishment on the Amish community and America for our sin. It was pathetic, and thankfully Sean Hannity told her so in no uncertain terms. And this woman thinks her church is evangelizing by doing stuff like this. Perhaps for Satan, because I can't imagine anyone coming to Christ from such a witness.

On the other hand, teh Amish comminuty continues to set a good Christian example. They invited the killer's family to the girls' funerals, and some even attended the killer's funeral. And they have been ministering to his family throughout. Now that is Christian witnessing.

Well, I'll stop back later. Y'all take good care. And for all you porchsters who haven't stop by in awhile becsaue you're busy, well, as Reverend Breen said, "What's your hurry?"

Me-They

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46178: By the way, the woman who represented that group of crazy zealots siad that they were going to try and protest the funerals of the Amish girls, but decided not to because they were receiving some free air time that conflicted. Sick. And definitely in need of prayer.

M-T

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46179: Good Monday afternoon porch family, Hope all is well today. Thought I would stop by for a minute on my lunch break. Weather is great here today, around 76, low humidity and sunny. I am having a smoked turkey sandwhich, chips and a soft drink for lunch.. anyone want to join me? Thanks for breakfast Rev. Dinner will be pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans, home made biscuits with
gravy, slaw and fruit for dessert (gotta off set those biscuits and gravy with something healthy)
and tea. come about 6. Prayers to all on the porch. back to work Big Maude

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46180: Yum, BIG MAUDE. Thanks for lunch and the diner chow line forms behind me.

I forgot to mention another movie pick to ya'll. My accountability group watched "End of the Spear" last week. It's based on a true story about a family of missionaries in Equador in the (I think) 1960s. It is rather violent at times (though you don't see gore) but it is exceptionally powerful. I highly recommend it. It will encourage your faith.

By the way, has anyone seen "Madea's Family Reunion" yet? I'm becoming a regular Roger Ebert, albeit a much smaller one.

Me-They

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46181: You can check out the movie at http://www.endofthespear.com/

M-T

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46182: Hey Y'all!
I'm home. Already wishing I was back on vacation. Flexibility is something else I miss about homeschooling. I'll read the archives after I unpack. Y'all take care.
Blessings,
~Lucy

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46183: Well im back safe and soend!..got to read....hope yall have been eating well...toinight lets have Prime Rib!..in celebration!...out of 262 teams from around the world COBB EMC [us]took first place in the EMC divisions and 3rd in the world!...well back in a bit ....missed yall!...SPOT

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46184: Well, congratulations, Spot! That's just great. Glad you're home, and prime rib sounds wonderful tonight. OK if I eat and run? Got to work tonight. I'll bring a 'nanner pudding. Sugarplum will bring a carrot salad. She says 10-4. --Romeena

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46185: Spot....supper sounds great! I'll bring a loaf of french bread and a big pitcher of sweet tea.
Millie

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46186: What sense could it possible make to picket those little Amish girl's funderals because they are sinners and deserve to die? Seems that radical group understands nothing about grace. I don't get it.

Sounds like you are in for a nice week, Me-They. It won't cool off here until Friday when it supposed to get to a high of 70 degrees. Woo-whoo! I cannot wait. I just got the bad news today that the kids have a day off on Friday, though. I was hoping for a day to myself. Oh well, I will have to think of something fun to do with the kids. Me-They, thank you for your words of wisdom..I really did over do it this weekend (and I didn't even mention some of the other things I did like visit one of my sunday school students who was in the hospital. I was really tired but I thought it was very important).

I think I'll be skipping Madea's Family Reunion...not really a fan, I'm afraid. I did like Point of the Spear, though!

Gotta go feed some young 'uns.

Boo

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46187: SPOT...Congrats to you and your team
Tom ...great poem
LUCY...I wasnt real close with my grandmother,long story ,but she was still my grandmother if that makes any sense ..Thanks to everyone for your condolences and prayers
My prayers also go out for COLT and his family
MAYBERRY DEPUTY

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46188: Anybody wanna buy some Boy Scout popcorn? I've got about a half a ton of it here to sell. My living room smells like artificial butter. Lovely.
Millie

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46189:
Hi Folks. Just checking in. Thanks for all the prayers for colt. God bless you. I will be in and out the next few days.
God bless,
MDC

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46190: Ha! Boy Scout popcorn, how funny...I forgot about that stuff...good luck selling it, Millie. That artificial butter smell makes me sick at my stomach.

Well, I joined Curves today. They are having a special in which they wave the membership fee if you can show proof that you had a mammogram this year, and since I had the "waffle iron" I decided to sign up. I found out that I had gained 30 pounds in the last year. Horrors! I knew my clothes were getting tight, ha! I am getting at that age where the metabolic rate is getting even slower so it is even easier to gain it. Have to do something NOW. We are planning another trip to Colorado this December and there is no way I can enjoy the trip if I don't start getting some exercise now.

Better go get Erin ready for bed.

Boo

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46191: My Child...
You may not know me, but I know everything BOUT YOU.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.\
I am familar with all your ways.
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
For you were made in image .
In me you live and move and have your being.
For you are my offspring.
I knew you even before you were conceved.
I chose you when I planned creation.
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live.
You are fearfully and wondefully made.
I knit you together in your mother's womb.
And brought you forth on the day were born.
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me.
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete exoression of love.
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
Simply because you are my child and I am your father.
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
For I am the perfect Father.
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
My plan for your future has alway been filled with hope.
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore.
And I rejoice over you with singing .
I will neve stop doing good to you .
For you are my treasured possession.
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul.
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me.
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart.
For it is I who gave you those desires.
I am able to do more for you than you couldpossibly imagine.
For Iam your greatest encourager.

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your trobles.
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you.
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes.
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth.
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son Jesus.
For in Jesus my love for you is revealed.
He is the exaact representation of my being.
He came to demonstratr that I am for you, not against you.
]And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled,

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you.
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love.
If you receive the gift of my son, Jesus, you receive me.
And nothing will ever
separate you from my love again.
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen.
I have alway been Father and will alway be Father .
My question is... will will you be my child?
I am waiting for you.
LOVE, YOUR DAD.

LOVE TOM


October 09, 2006 - Msg 46192:
Hey Folks

Millie-I think I'm one of the few people who enjoys the smell of artificial butter, not as much as the real deal, but? I pretty much take the "any port in a storm" approach when it comes to snacks. What can I say I'm weak, I nuked some pop corn after reading your post. I know, I'm no better than Pavlov's dog.

spot & Lucy-Welcome back! (Must resist the urge to sing.. Your dreams were your ticket..must stop.) Curse those stinking theme songs.

M-T I missed that "Hannity & Colmes." I must confess that even though I am a Conservative I don't watch FOX too often. glad to hear that Veda's baptism was the special event that it should have been. God Bless her.

Asa & colt- Hang in there Buddies!

auh2o

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46193: Hey porchsters. Millie, just be glad it's popcorn and not salve in your living room. So happy to be here. It's been a couple months I think since I've been able to chat. Really hadn't been feelin' well since Sept. 11. but am starting to improve (allergies I 'spose). Prayers for colt and everyone else in need of 'em. I heard from some relative that Andy was ill. Is there any truth to that? Good to see possum here.
Charlotte Tucker

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46194: Thanks, Tom, that was nice. Auh2o, we are a lot alike with snacks.....whatever I see on tv, that's what I want. The power of suggestion, I guess.
Hey to Boo, Big Maude,Ro,MD, MDC, Me-They, and all. Gonna go make pies.
Millie

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46195: Well hey there, Charlotte! So good to see you back...sorry I rocked on ya.
Mil

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46196: BTW, Happy Thanksgiving to DWF and any other Canadian friends.
Mil

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46197: Hey Millie, how you been feelin' lately? My mom is doing better. She got through surgery for endometrial cancer and is now taking hormone therapy for the same type of cancer in her lungs. I had to read through the archives to find out what happened to Asa. Prayers for Asa. Hurry and get well. There ain't much golfin' weather left.
Charlotte Tucker

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46198: Pretty good, Charlotte. You know, I have good days and bad. Prayers for your mom...I had hormone therapy too. Now I'm on 3 different chemo drugs. We'll know how or if they are working when I get new scans, in about a month.If just the cancer in the bones can be slowed down, that'll be good.
Anybody want a snack? Snickerdoodles and milk!
Mil

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46199: Very funny ("I'm no better than Pavlov's dog") Auh2o!

Hey Charlotte, so good to hear from you. Hope your mom does well. May the Lord help her (and you) through this trial. Hope you feel better soon, too. I know what you mean about the alleriges. I have been coughing for almost a month now following a virus I had. Lot's of mold around here.

Guess I will work on my bible study. Thanks TOM for the poem you too time to type for us. I really appreciate the reminder of God's love.

Boo

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46200: Ooooo, snickerdoodles are my favorite, Millie! Supposed to be watching my diet, though. Thanks anyway....wonder if there are any good old movies on tonight?

Boo

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46201: Hey Boo! Hope you are well, or at least better. Have a good night.
Mil

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46202: Funny you should mention movies, Boo. 1962 isn't really old, but The Miracle Worker is on TCM. I have to watch it now. lol.
Mil

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46203:
Hello porch family

Welcome back SPOT. Congrats to you and your team. That's great.

M-T...I didn't get to see the news story on FOX about the Amish girls, but you are right...they are some sick people. They can label themselves whatever they want to but one thing is for sure, they are NOT Christians.

I just saw something that really blew me away. There is a heavy metal rock group called Slayer that just released a new cd titled "Christ Illusion". The cover has a one-eyed Jesus on it and contains a song called "Skeleton Christ". Now think about this: We are a Christian nation but yet the sells of this album here will sky rocket. The concert tickets will be sold out at major halls. And we will call it "youth entertainment". But now get this; In the country of India, this cd was banned today to be sold in their country due to the protest of Christian groups. There is something wrong with this picture! Christians PRAY!

Well better go for now. You all have a great nights rest and thank God HE still loves us!
Prayers for you all.
-REV.

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46204: Hey Romeena,Mil,auh20,TOM[great poem],colt,hm,possum,Rev,[great race],Boo,CT,mwb,dwf,MDC[what about that race?],big maude,possum,MDC and all...man Kansas,Kentucky....all great states to drive throuch...breakfast will be a big one..Menu:eggs your style[3]grits gountry ham,sausage links,bacon,gravy and bisquits[lots of pepper],hashbrowns[cheese],apple rings,toast,apple butter,grape jelly,h20,coffee,milk[mayfield whole],oj,and a tear from my roll of paper towels!!..ready at 7ish....prayers to all....SPOT
October 09, 2006 - Msg 46205: Millie, I love the 1962 version of The Miracle Worker. It makes me cry like a baby every time I see it...in fact I just saw it about 2 weeks ago and cried. The scene with the pitcher and the pump!

That is really something, REV. I heard today on news radio that the Christians in China pray that Americans will be persecuted for their faith so we can be blessed of God like they are....something to think about. Sometimes it seems like other countries that aren't supposed to be Christian countries are more Christian than America. Seems like here you have to be "politically correct" (getting really sick of that term) about everybody and everything EXCEPT Christians or Christianity. We MUST pray because we are losing our freedoms in this country and too many don't seem to care.

Boo

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46206:
You know Boo...the China Christians may have something...that may be just what it takes for America to get back down on our knees before the Lord.
-REV.

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46207: Hey Millie I got held up are you around tonight?

October 09, 2006 - Msg 46208: Hey Millie I got held up are you around tonight?

October 10, 2006 - Msg 46209: Millie cocoa and cinnamon toast sounds wonderful to me!

October 10, 2006 - Msg 46210: Did someone say snickerdoodles? My mom always varies the recipe by adding a little lemon flavoring to it and skipping the cinnamon sugar and just opts for colored sprinkles. Boy - are they delicious. I have opted for the no white diet (flour, sugar, white starches) and my arthritis is feeling so much better. I am eating a lot of protein and veggies. Sorry - can't give up my meat. It seems I have a little more energy.

Boo - there are Curves around here but it would take me forever to get there and by the time I would do the routine and get home. . .there would be no time left in the evening to get my "homework" finished. Hope you have great luck and do a round of excercises for me. Okay - drink an extra bottle of water for me.
Best of luck on the chemo Millie - you are such a trooper for enduring all you do and still run a business. WE are with you in spirit.
Ro - I am proud that you overcame your fear of the dobie - some big dogs are nothing but teddy bears. You are a good neighbor. My neighbor would have called the police.

Well -time to start the day. . .

homemaker

October 10, 2006 - Msg 46211: Good luck on your eating plan, Homemaker! What we eat can sure determine how we feel. The curves here is practically right down the street. I can drop the kids off at school and drive there in about 2 minutes, so that is what I will be doing. If I make it a routine everytime I drop the kids off, I think I can stick with it. Amen to what you said to Millie!

Speaking of big dogs, yesterday when I was sitting on our future homestead, these two huge labs (one white, one black) came lumbering over to get some of Bruce's french fries he was eating. They were two big babies. I loved it! They belong to the neighbor next door and I guess they know a way out of the fence.

Better go...be back later.

Boo

October 10, 2006 - Msg 46212: Mornin' Y'all! Welcome home Lucy & Spot! Hey there Charlotte-good to see you.Well wishes are going out for your mom and you also.
Me-They,I remembered Veda on Sunday & sent up a prayer for her.Glad all went well. Oh,I saw that Whacko woman on Hannity & Colmes! Talk about spewing venom-she & her kind are beyond hateful. Sean did give it to her good,though,didn't he? I've seen Julie Banderas of Fox News go 'round with her before-Julie would have throttled her with her bare hands if she's actually been in the Fox studio,I think! Sick,sick. I'm glad her group didn't show up at the Amish funerals.Those folks have been through enough.
Prayers for the newborn baby boy who was left in a trashbag overnight in the Boston cold.. How heartless-especially when there are Safe Haven laws out there.The mom could have turned the baby over to the proper channels,but chose this route instead. She needs prayers too-obviously.
Since y'all have been speaking of dogs,the old black lab next door has begun trick-or-treating early this year- she walks right up to our door and barks till we give her a doggy biscuit.She'll gobble it down and head back home! Gotta love them doggies!
Y'all have a great day!
*****SMILES*****
possum under a rock

October 10, 2006 - Msg 46213: Good morning everyone. It was a tough night and morning (the Mrs. worked) but I managed to get the kids off to their various schools and get to work on time.

Last evening was busy with ballet practice and a make-up soccer game, homework, bathes, etc., but things really hit the crescendo when I had the baby in one arm, was trying to get the other two to stop arguing, and was simultaneously trying to clean up the dinner dishes. Thatís just when I dropped the coc*ktail sauce container, whose lid happened not to be put on tightly. It hit the floor and exploded in a six foot swath from the ceiling to the floor, one end to the other. What a mess! Praise the Lord I managed to maintain an even demeanor. Nora said it best when it happened: ďThat must be annoying.Ē

AUH2O: I try not to watch too much tv news, either. Sometimes, I just want the facts! But sometimes, I feel like I have to watch Fox just to balance the fact that I listen to NPR all day :).

BOO: Glad to hear youíre slowing down. I didnít think Iíd like ďMadeaís Family ReunionĒ either, but it has one of the best Christian messages I have seen in a movie.

Regarding what yíall were discussing about Chinese Christians and our complacency about the direction of our country, Christ told us that it hard for a rich man (or woman) to make it into Heaven. There are different kinds of riches, and we have plenty of Ďem her in the good ole USA: financial wealth, a wealth of freedoms most in this world donít enjoy, the list continues. Even the very poorest of us have more than many in this world. When I think about the things I complain about it makes me ashamed. I complain about taxes, and my kids want for nothing; I complain about potholes and have a new van; I complain about the grocery store being out of organic milk (again) and have more food in my cupboard than some people will see in a year. We need to constantly be in prayer.

CHARLOTTE: Great to see you! Donít be such a stranger. Now where are the rest of you missing Porchsters?

MILLIE: Can I call you MILLIE GRACE? They just go together. Prayers that you feel as good as your spirit makes us feel. (Thatís pretty darned good.)

Congrats, SPOT. Of course, you did catch and release, right? ;)

Well, Iíll stop back later to finish my rambling, if I can remember what Iím rambling about. By the way, thanks, now Iím hungry for cookies and itís only 9:30 a.m.

Me-They

October 10, 2006 - Msg 46214: Thanks, POSSUM. Didn't see you there!

M-T

October 10, 2006 - Msg 46215: Good morning, all. Just got home from work, got a big old thunderstorm going on. Got soaked getting to the car, but who cares? I'm just delighted to see the rain. Poor little Plum was trembling on the corner of the bed when I entered our room - she just hates storms. At this moment, she's velcroed to my ankle.

homemaker, I'm generally not afraid of any dog unless they've given me a reason, and even then I guess "respect" would be a better descriptor. I think it was the owner's use of the control collar and all that made me think she might be dangerous. Poor baby, all it took was one look as she huddled behind us, shaking like a leaf. Nothing to fear there! My next door neighbor has a pitbull/boxer mix that some people are afraid of, and she's the sweetest old thing in the world. Comes over to me anytime her owner has her outside, just to get her ears rubbed. Actually, I love big dogs. I just don't want one myself. My lifestyle and traveling and all just work a lot better with a little cuddlebug like the Plum.
Possum, I love your story of the beggar-dog next door. Sounds like the Plum. Anyone who enters this house is immediately led to the fridge, where she hits the door with her front paws until the visitor opens it, then hits the bottom crisper drawer until that's opened, then she dives into her own little bag of carrots, grabs one and prances away, very proud of herself. The visitor will be warted unmercifully until this ritual is complete. Even the Schwan's delivery man knows the drill!

Well, gotta work again tonight, so my bed is calling me. What a wonderful day for sleeping! Dark, cool and rainy. I love it. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena