Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My youngest Granddaughter

Our youngest granddaughter, Quinn, will be 2 on February 3. She is the cutest little thing. I remember when she first said Meme. It made me so happy...especially, since she had been saying Papa forever. It is so neat watching them develop their personality. Quinn has three older sisters so she has had some "role models" with her daily. They have all taught her a thing or two. She is learning to be a little deceptive, even at age 2. Amy, our daughter, said that every time something goes wrong or she gets hurt, she says Avery did it. Avery is next in line to Quinn's age. Avery was sick the other day and was lying on the sofa with a fever. Quinn came into the living room and said, MAAAMAAA, Avery hit me! Well, it was very evident to Amy that Avery hadn't done anything. She was really sick. Quinn just had to have attention at that moment so she fabricated a story. She is still the cutest thing I know of. She is growing up all too fast. I guess I have to wait around for Katie to have a baby one day so that we can watch another baby grow up. I wonder how long that will be???????

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Life's hard, ain't it Ms. Cashion?

Wouldn't it be great to have a day that you didn't have to take care of any kind of problem, didn't have anyone complaining, didn't have any kind of heartache at all? It seems an impossibility. Maybe that's not the way it is supposed to be? God is as much in control of one day as He is another. He is never going to let anything happen to us that we can't learn from . These things are brought into our lives to make us stronger. I don't always "get the message" that I am supposed to get from difficult times. A very long time ago a little girl taught me something. I was substitute teaching at an elementary school in our area. It was the type of area where everybody knew most everybody else. Bill was pastor of a church and we were well-acquainted with most of the members in a neighboring church. We had been praying for a member of the neighboring church, a young married man who struggling with health issues. Long story short, this young man in his 30's passed away. The day after the young man was buried, I went to substitute teach for the kindergarten at the school. As soon as I walked in I realized that the man's daughter who had died was in that class. I thought, "well, maybe she won't come." Secretly, I wished she wouldn't. I guess I thought I might have to deal with a child who was distraught and maybe would end up crying during the class. As I was preparing for the class, I looked up briefly as some kids came in the room consoling the little girl whose Dad had died. She wasn't crying, though. She was being very receptive the child-like love the other kids were giving her. It was a sweet time to see kindergartners give love in the only way they knew how----making her smile. As she walked toward me, I took her by the hand and said, "honey, I am so sorry about your daddy." She said, "that's o.k. Ms. Cashion. Life's hard, ain't it?" You know, she was repeating something that, I am sure, someone had said to her. It's the truth. LIFE IS HARD sometimes. How we handle it comes from how closely we are walking with the Lord. We can blame God or someone else for our problems but in the long run that resolves nothing. We just have to face those hard times and say "Lord, I cannot do this without you." We DON't have to do anything. He has said that he will bear our burdens for us.
I am at this moment giving Him something that is on my heart. He wants it. I know He does.
I have felt Him tug at my heart all day. Life's hard, ain't it? Oh yes, it can be! Praise His holy name He takes our burdens. It AIN'T nearly as hard after that.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

25 Random Things About Me.

My Daughter, Amy, tagged me to come up with 25 random things about myself that not many people know.
So, Here goes:
1. I ate dirt when I was a little girl.......out of the flowerpots.....with a spoon. I got lots of spankings for it.
2. I thought my middle name was spelled D-i-a-n-e- until not too many years ago when I looked at my birth certificate and it was D-i-a-n-n-e.
3. I have sung alto since I was in the sixth grade and was in Mrs. CLeveland's class.
4. I thought you pronounced navel like nable and chimney like chimley until I was almost a teenager.
5. When Bill was six years old, he told his Uncle Bob that he was going to marry me.
6. I grabbed the nurse and choked her and threatened to kill her when I was about to deliver Missy and they turned off the anesthesia and I immediately dilated to 10 and she said she couldn't turn it back on without an authorization from the doctor. NOT THE RIGHT THING TO SAY!!
7. The first time Amy brought Jeff to our house before they were married, I was sitting in the floor playing with Katie and I "tooted" in Jeff's face. OOOH!!!!
8. Also, I ran out of the bathroom (we only had one bathroom )dressed only in my slip and just as I did, Jeff came walking in to go in the bathroom. He still married Amy, even though she has a looney mom.
9. I walked out of the The Summit in Houston one time, which is located on a hill, lost my footing, fell and rolled ALLLLL TTTHHHEE WWWAAAYYY down the hill and landed under a gigantic marquis at the feet of the Japanese President of the Baptist World Alliance who was there taking pictures. Embarrassing!!
10. Speaking of falling, I fell out the door of our second church the first Sunday Bill was there to preach a "trial sermon". It was know the rest.
11.I saw a UFO many times in North Carolina and my little neighbor called the radio station and told them and the whole news department, camera crew, lights...bright lights etc. showed up on my front lawn.
12.When we took Amy to visit her college, Katie was a baby and as we entered the financial aid office Katie did in her diaper what babies do, and I went to change her since it stunk up the whole room. I stood up from my chair, stepped on my slip and it hit the floor and I waddled to the restroom with it around my ankles.
13. I caused my sister, Martha, to burn her arm badly when I pushed her and she laid her arm on a hot burner.
14. I went to Girl's State when I was in High School.
15. Bill and I were voted Top Teenagers our senior year in High School.
16. My mama and I went to a sports store and bought my brother-in-law some wadding to make bullets and we were so tickled having to ask for wads that we couldn't even say it.
17. I had REALLY green hair one time.
18. I once went on a blind date with the son of the President of Phillips Petroleum....he was a jerk.
19. I once cried out to a pharmacist when we adopted Katie, that I had just had a baby and didn't know I was going to have one.
20. I once had a lady in Venezuela squirt breast milk in my face (with her breast) to prove to me that she was a breast-feeding mother because she wanted some free powdered milk that only went to lactating mothers.....not nice!!
21. I once sat on a lounge chair WITH Frankie Valli of the group The Four Seasons on which The Jersey Boys is based. We had our picture made together. Tee Hee! I had my arm on his leg.
22. My junior year in high school, I was a cheerleader. I had a brand new white corduroy skirt and jacket on and as we ran in front of the football team as the game was going to start, I fell in the mud...head to toe.
23. I designed and crosstitched an outline of the country of Costa Rica and many replicas of things found in COsta Rica to present to the Baptist Mission when left there and went to Venezuela.
24. I took care of Maggie and Charlie for five weeks when they were 9 years old while they waited on Martha and Tim to come adopt them.
25. I married Bill after having been in all 12 grades together and being in love with him for most of my life. Really. That's True.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Why is it so Hard? and Other Random Stuff

Why is it so hard for me to take my Christmas decorations down? I love putting them up, but I hate taking them down. Do you think I secretly have a desire for Christmas to last year around?
It's possible. It could be that I hate taking them downstairs or having Bill do it for me. I can't hardly do it. I am not steady on my feet these days because of the neuropothy. Bill has suffered with back pains for days now and won't go to the doctor. So, the stuff still sits in the kitchen waiting for the good fairy to take it down to storage. I really need to go down to storage and weed out a lot of decorations that I no longer need or are broken. That is just not fun to me. Maybe one day I will get a burst of energy and do it. I don't even know why I am saying all this. I felt like rattling on about something and this was a topic that I chose. Just humor me and read it and say to yourself, "Self, Kathy Cashion has lost her nutty mind."

On to another subject. We went to Longhorn tonight and the people were standing outside, in the rain, waiting to go in so we didn't stay. We ate Chinese. Both of us have not been sticking to our diet. Oh well, maybe we will diet again tomorrow. (Procrastination Big Time!!!)
(That is the motto I live by daily.)

I want it to snow so badly. I just want ONE really good snow. I want it to be on a school day and I want to have all the fixings for some good Shrimp Chowder on hand. I love looking out my back windows on a snow covered yard. I could stare at it for hours.

A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together! ~Author Unknown

Snowmen fall from heaven... unassembled. ~Author Unknown

Katie's car is waiting to go to the car doctor. It needs $650.00 worth of work. The wheel bearing is bad and it leaks power steering fluid, so Dr. Mechanic Steve will get it next week when the part comes in and fix it. I am pretty sure, being the Ziggy that I am, something else will breakdown soon. It always does. :( If you need cheering up, you better call someone else.

Well, that's about all of the gloom and doom that I can muster up. Actually, I have more but I don't want to overwhelm my readers. LOL :)