Thursday, October 31, 2013

Obsession with Self, Much?

This bothers me.

As much as bathroom selfies do.

In fact, this makes my mind whirl!

Selfies at Funeral

Obsession with self, much? I'm afraid, if anything, I take away some of my children's self-esteem by overtly reminding them that life is not all about them. it? ever? just about us?

Even Christ never let it be about Him. Even though it was! 

For Him it was always about us.

Because it has to do with love!

Which makes us important! Right?

It makes us special.

Is this a mixed message we're sending our children?

You are important and yes, you are special, and yes, we all die, so let's make the most of it.

Pedestaling our life image in order to varnish over the death image? Really?

We don't respect the living nor do we respect the dead?

Grandma would want me to take a snapshot of myself in the funeral bathroom. Really she would. Really?

Or is this a 21st century version of showing our respect and reverence for the dead?

Let's have a party! Let's do a selfie of us with grandma's dead body in the background!

Better yet...let's do a selfie of us weeping at granddad's funeral in the funeral bathroom.

We're obsessed with ourselves at the expense of caring less about everyone else.

When did funerals and death become superficial things and occasions?

We remember the dead. We honor the dead.
We glorify the resurrection. Not the death.

"O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?"
~ 1 Corinthians 15:55

We don't have a party at a funeral. Though, many times, it does turn into a mini-family reunion.

What message do we share with others with these self-images?

I really want to know. I really want to understand.

My children...three in their twenties, one teen, and one preteen...will be groaning by the time I'm done analyzing this but I really want to know and understand!!!

There's a message in this. I just know there is. And I'm pretty sure our young people will tell us that we're reading more into it than there actually is. They think it's funny when adults get all distillated over what, to them, is such a simple, random thing. It's like they want to get a exclamation out of grown-ups. They want to get us flustered and, when they do, they think it's funny. Over-involved grown-ups (especially Christians) are making too much out of everything.

Because to us it means something.

To the youth it means nothing.

I've pretty much made it my life mission not to give people the satisfaction of getting me fueled up. That seems to frustrate people the most. They want to get us flustered.

But in everything we say and do, we project a message.

The message of Christ was to live, serve, speak, give, love and die for others.

Yet selfies are all about ME!

There's a message there too.

Selfie snapshots at funerals?

Yeah, the message just got amped.

I think our children are just confused.

Just a little...

Maybe I am too.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wedding Prep: {The Bridal Shower}



{Kayleigh's second mom, Margaret, who has always been there for my little girl}

{Kayleigh with her bridesmaids}
{Kayleigh with her "cupcake" cousins & aunt...they did a wonderful job on the cupcakes. Thanks, ladies!}

{bridal cupcakes in champagne glasses}


{vintage theme}

{A bridesmaid doing the serving}

{Kayleigh with her nephew: the ringbearer}

{Kayleigh with Oma}


{Kayleigh with her Godmother}
{Kayleigh with her "vintage" cookbook made by Oma}

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Boys' First Trip to the Fairgrounds

October days translate into a visit to the local fairgrounds.
This was the cousins' first trip to the fairgrounds where PawPaw and MayMay grew up.
Naturally Hudson was able to "enjoy" it a tad bit more than Callen (who slept the whole stroller ride along the grounds), but he was still too small to pass height inspection on the rides.
Most rides anyway...
I foresee in the future that these boys won't have to worry about finding a "friend" to go to the fair. God initiated them into an instant buddy-system.
The lemon from the lemonade. Must have had extra sugar in it cause he loved it.
PawPaw's cap is perfect for shade and a swagger fashion statement. ;-)

Next year...bumper cars!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Autumn Night in the Kitchen

This autumn night found my middle daughter and I in the kitchen.
I'm not sure why, at 9:15 at night, we were making apple rings.
But we were.
Actually she did all the cutting, mixing, and battering.
I just did the frying.
And, oh, boy were they easy and SO GOOD!
Peeling, coring, and cutting the apples took a good bit of time, but everything else just evolved.
1 large egg white
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
6 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
Canola oil for frying
Cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling
Cinnamon Icing:
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons milk
1  cup powdered sugar
Core, peel, and slice apple to desired thickness.
Heat Canola Oil for frying while beating egg white until foamy.
Add water and vanilla to egg white.
Whisk in flour and salt.
Coat apple slices thoroughly.
Fry on medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes, flipping slices over halfway, or until golden brown and crisp on both sides. Place on paper toweled plate and sprinkle liberally with sugar and cinnamon.
Place fried rings on a wire rack above a cookie sheet and place in preheated oven at 350 degrees.
Place in oven for 6-8 minutes or until delicately crisp.
While rings are baking in oven, mix the icing ingredients.
Pour over baked apple rings.
Very tasty with vanilla ice cream or sweetened condensed milk dip.
And while they're in the oven your house will smell DIVINE!

Another simple way to fix apples this autumn and shows how to core them:

Wedding Prep: {Girls' Bridal Escape Weekend} ~ Part II

My blogging presence is getting worse and worse. Seems I don't live here anymore.
But I really don't want to forget these moments.
My photo taking and scrapbooking and photo processing is in an even worse demise.
All I really have for memory storage when my memory fails is this little space on the web.
And so I plod on.
Ever so slowly.
Taking lots of coffee breaks because I'm a coffee-on-the-patio kind of person. ;-)
More on that later. Chances this'll be much later.
I promised I'd be back to share memories of the girls' bridal get-away and the bridal shower.
My Iphone is dying for me to unload these photos and clear more room for future memories.
For example...Christmas is a mere two months away.
A Christmas graced with two baby boys. Lots of memories there.
Gotta clean-up my Iphone photos.
At the end of summer, I traveled  to Orange Beach with these beautiful ladies...
...for Kayleigh's Bachelorette Weekend.
To be invited to go with these girls made me ever so grateful to know them.

We  sat on the balcony at Orange Beach and drank lots of coffee and frozen drinks while talking books and life. 

Like I said, it was a Girls' Weekend/Bachlorette Party, and these girls are soooo
colorful that it makes them beautiful.

Lulu's Burger and Seafood Restaurant has got to be the bestest, most family friendly place ever.
They make the waiting line even pleasurable.
Only my daughter-in-law Adrain was unable to join us due to being eight months pregnant. Awaiting Callen's arrival is our next big LIFE event.
{update: He's safely here.}
It was a bittersweet summer realizing that I've always had to watch a young child on the beach and this summer I didn't and next summer there will be two little boys to start the trend all over again. This is my life and I love every minute of it...and feel incredibly blessed to spend a last summer with just the "big kids."
   Life moves incredibly fast. Rather than bemoan past regrets or weep over past childhood moments, I'm striving to embrace the here and now and enjoy these precious days with family I am blessed to have, children who have grown into people I want to be like, and a new generation of family members and grandchildren bottle-necking to get inside MayMay's house.
Life is soooo happening. What about your home?
{Forever yours...the Iphone photographer...mainly because that's all I have time for and it's always in my handy-dandy pocket. ;-)}

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sneak Peek: Wedding Prep ~ Part I

We've been planning and prepping for the past year ---more if you consider the original wedding date was set for July 2011.

Cake Tasting @ Pronia's Deli and Bakery

 Best Friend Since 3rd Grade...


Sisters' Shopping Spree

Meeting at Starbucks and looking over the lovely paper creations spun by the lovely ladies of ShopAurea



Girls' Luncheon @ the famous Blue Dog Cafe'

My ringbearer's pillow recycled, reused...

Getting dress input from the Junior Bridemaid.

Veils! So many Veils!

The girls' bridal get-away and bridal shower next!

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