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Archive for September, 2008

Life is short.

Break the rules.

Forgive quickly.

Kiss slowly.

Love truly.

Laugh uncontrollably,

and never regret anything that made you smile.


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A Monday Smile :)

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Kids are the Greatest

I just got back from Children Choir Practice and it was so good.  Noel Cordova and Teresa Sarria are starting a kids choir.  They are learning a song about the Ten Commandments and even in their squirming and bouncing around (as kids will do) you could just tell that they were getting it.  I love kids!  Then when I got home I noticed again this little note setting on our counter.  The neighborhood girl who was baptized a couple of Sunday’s ago made it and gave it to my husband.  Her name is Divina.  She was able to come to church on Wednesday Night and I noticed that during Bible Study she was writing and writing.  I knew (instinctively) that she wasn’t taking notes. 🙂  So I thought, I will have to tell her sometime that we don’t draw and color in church. 🙂  Well, that was until I saw what she was doing.  She gave this to my husband after church.  She got the detail of the pulpit fairly good I thought.  I hope this brings a smile to your face as it did ours. 🙂 Do I still have to tell her that she can’t draw in church? 🙂

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Tagged

It’s all about the ordinary, the unspectacular, isn’t it? That’s where you always find wonder. Jana tagged me, so I will do it.
Here are six unspectacular things about me:
1. I don’t like to shop in crowded stores and malls..
2. I love the autumn of the year.
3. I love it when the marine layer rolls in and over the hills of Hollister.
4. I enjoy cooking.
5. I don’t like to fold clothes.

6. I enjoy playing with my new puppy. 🙂

Meme terms & conditions
1. link the person who tagged you

2. mention the rules on your blog
3. list 6 unspectacular things about you
4. tag 6 other bloggers

I am tagging, Karla, Linda, Tena, Tina, Mindy, Cassandra,

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Sunday was a first at The Pentecostal Church.  We had an all ladies day.  Well, the men, young people and children were there but the ladies did everything.  Christina Atkinson taught the adult Sunday School Class.  I must say, she did a superb job.  Patricia Hurst started the worship service with corporate prayer.  And, oh my!  She really ushered us into the presence of the Lord right from the beginning. Tina Evans and Natalie Johnson was our “ushers”.  They were so cute.  When the offering was to be received, they put on the ushers jackets. Everyone really got a kick out of that.  Danelle  Silveira led the praise and worship with an all ladies praise team to back her up.  I was in awe!  I know that the Lord was pleased with our praise as we sang for His glory.  Cassandra Silveira was our M.C. and once again I sat back and said, WOW! Tena Valenti spoke on “The Body of Christ” and did an incredible job.  She brought to remembrance, once again that we all have a special place in the Kingdom.  The chorale sang, and yes, the whole chorale, men included. 🙂  You guys are just awesome. Then, my mother-in-law, Dorothy Hurst spoke and did a great job. She mostly spoke to the young about living life so that you don’t have a lot of scars when you get older. She is full of such wisdom and gets her point across in a very unique fashion. 🙂  I then ended the service with a message on, “For Such is The Kingdom of Heaven”.  We had a super great time.  I was proud of our ladies today.  They all did such a great job in their different roles.  It was evident that prayer and fasting went into this service.  One of our Sunday School girls came very close to receiving the Holy Ghost.  It was a great day all the way around.  Next time, I will use different ladies, so if any of you are reading this, get ready. 🙂

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Last Thursday we left our town about 7:30 p.m. headed toward Reno, Nevada.  We arrived there about 1:00 a.m. and checked into the hotel.  We was there to preach for Tim and Saprina Flowers and their great church, Skyline Pentecostal Church.  We had such a good time with them and their church.  Nathan did some spectacular preaching/ministering on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The POWER of God was so awesome in each service.  And, to top it all off Bro. and Sis. Flowers youngest daughter, Elizabeth received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost. 🙂  She was so beautiful, standing with hands lifted, tears streaming down her face and speaking in a language that can only come from God. Can you believe I forgot my camera on this trip?  I took a few pictures with my phone but I can’t find my attachment to be able to transfer them to the computer. 😦

We left Reno on Sunday afternoon, after the service and arrived home about 9:00 p.m.  I unpacked that suitcase and then packed again and headed out on Monday to Tulare for our S.I.S. (Safety in Sisterhood) Retreat.  This is a ministers wives retreat for those who are in full-time ministry. Sis. LaQuita Mullings and her committee did an awesome job in putting this retreat together. Monday Evening when I walked into the beautiful lobby of Abundant Life Center, it was aglow.  I cannot say enough how incredible the ladies of Abundant Life Center and Sis. Stephanie Parkey (Pastor’s Wife) did in hosting this retreat.  You will see by the photos how beautiful everything was.  On Tuesday they changed the decorations and it was another beautiful day and evening. On Tuesday Night when we were finished with our session and walked out into the lobby they had set in up like a Spa. There were pedicures, chair massages, paraffin wax for your hands…It was so much fun getting relaxed and setting around talking and laughing once again.  God bless this church for all the time and effort they put in to making S.I.S. a great retreat.  Sis. Cindy Miller from New Jersey was our guest speaker and did an incredible job in talking to us about things concerning our lives as minister wives.  I so enjoyed being with friends and again meeting new ones.  We laughed and cried together and laughed some more and ate TONS of Chocolate. 🙂  The theme for this year was, “The Rich Things In Life…Friendship and Chocolate”.  Everywhere you looked was Chocolate.  Chocolate fountains graced the food tables, chocolate truffles in little boxes at each place setting and yes, even when we walked into the sanctuary, chocolate tidbits on the pews where we sat.  It was a great thing. LOL  I am already looking forward to next year. God bless all my sisters.

To view the pictures better, click on “View All Images”. 🙂

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Lipstick in School

 Lipstick in School (Priceless!)
               
                 According to a news report, a certain private school
                 in Washington was recently faced with a unique
                 problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning
                 to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom.
                 That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick,
they would
                 press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
               
                 Every night the maintenance man would remove them,
                 and the next day the girls would put them back.
               
                 Finally the principal decided that something had to
                 be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and
                 met them there with the maintenance man. She
                 explained that all these lip prints were causing a
                 major problem for the custodian who had to clean the
                 mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns
                 from the little princesses).
               
                 To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean
                 the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the
                 girls how much effort was required.
               
                 He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in
                 the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.
               
                 Since then, there have been no lip prints on the
                 mirror.
               
                 There are teachers … and then there are educators.
               

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Yikes, Ike

I am still praying for all of the people on the Gulf Coast as I know many of you are.  We have a host of friends and some family that live in this part of the country.  My nephew, Jon Elms and his wife Brenda had to evacuate from Beaumont.  They are in Dallas with my sister-in-law, Ginger.  We are still waiting to hear if their church and home are okay.  He has not been able to talk to anyone as of yet.  My sister, Linda and her husband, Wendell are also in Dallas.  Lufkin is without power and there is a lot of rain, flooding and wind going on. There is no electricity either.  Linda was in Dallas already for a ministers wives retreat so Wendell just decided to go on up there yesterday.  A lot of the ministers wives that were there for the retreat from down in the gulf coast area are just staying put for now.  I think that’s smart.  I am praying that God gives the workers strength and that they can get this area back up and running before much longer and these folks can go home.  No more storms, please!  I think they’ve had enough. 🙂

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Nation Remembers 9/11

wtc_anniv_0911 A tattered flag from Sept. 11, 2001 is brought to a stage near the footprint of the World Trade Center.

Time Magazine

The nation paused Thursday to mark the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a heartfelt ceremony at ground zero and other solemn remembrances around the country.

Relatives of victims killed at the World Trade Center gathered at ground zero in lower Manhattan for readings from dignitaries and a recitation of the names of the dead. Later Thursday, presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain were due at ground zero to pay silent respects. “Today marks the seventh anniversary of the day our world was broken,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “It lives forever in our hearts and our history, a tragedy that unites us in a common memory and a common story … the day that began like any other and ended as none ever has.”

The ceremony at ground zero included moments of silence at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. — the times that two hijacked jets slammed into the twin towers. Two more moments of silence were to be held at the times the towers fell. Services were also being held in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon, where a new memorial will be dedicated.

Relatives of victims began arriving at dawn at ground zero, now a huge construction site. American flags were draped over silent cranes.

Maureen Hunt, wearing a T-shirt with a picture of her sister, Kathleen, a 9/11 victim, said that it was comforting to be at the ceremony with so many who have lost loved ones. “This is a place for us to meet,” said Hunt, who has come each year to pay her respects. “It is not getting easier to attend these ceremonies.”

Family members and students representing more than 90 countries that lost victims on Sept. 11 read the names of 2,751 people killed in New York, one more than last year. The city restored Sneha Philip, a woman who mysteriously vanished on Sept. 10, 2001, to its official death toll this year after a court ruled that she was likely killed at the trade center.

Among the readers was Laraine Angeline, who lost brother-in-law, Steve Pollicino. “Steve, your smiles live on with us,” she said. “Our separation is temporary. Our love for you is forever.”

McCain and Obama planned to visit the site after the ceremony concluded Thursday afternoon. The candidates agreed weeks ago to pull their campaign ads for the day and were appearing together Thursday night at a forum on volunteerism and service.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was to speak at the ceremony, as he has every year in New York, along with officials including Bloomberg and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

 

MAY WE NEVER FORGET

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Special Prayer

I just got off of the phone with one of my friends, Dana Jones.  Her youngest son Justin had a brain anurism and passed away last night.  Dana and her husband Jimmy are of course devastated.  Also, his wife, Misty is in need of our love and prayers.  They have a little baby girl, nine months old.  Justin was only 30 years old.  He also has two brothers, Darrin and Loren.  Thank you for keeping this family in your prayers.  They need the comforting arms of Jesus to surround them at this time.

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