Saturday, 31 May 2008


Well, Praise the Lord!!! We finally finished school on Thursday. What a blessing. Caleb did well in kindergarten and Rebekah had a 97.5% grade average. I'm really proud of them.

Schools here do not finish until around the 21st or so of July. They on have a 6 week break for summer, but during the school year they get a week off every six weeks. It spreads it out since most people can't control their children and don't want to be bothered with having them at home for so long. It is so sad.

I have to admit that homeschooling isn't the easiest thing in the world, but I would no more send them to a pack of hungry lions than I would send them to school. There is no control and the things they want to put into their young minds is absolutely revolting. Not to mention the fact that the children change for PE in the same classroom. You heard me, boys and girls alike all change together until they are about 11 or 12. NOT ON YOUR LIFE!!!!! No wonder you have so much promiscuity and etc., etc.

I had people asking me the other day what I was going to do with them for so long. What do they think I'm going to do? I mean really! What did they all do with their children when they were small and schools didn't run as long as they do now? We'll picnic, play games, go over some of the things we learned in school (in a game form), work (which keeps them out of trouble real well) lol, play . . . . . and the list is endless. What am I going to do with them???? Enjoy NOT having school! HA! HA!

Caleb has another grade in Karate coming up next Saturday. We are praying he does well. When we get moved we would like to find Rebekah a different Brownie group. The one she goes to now is not very fun. They never do anything. I know she enjoys it, so we would like to find her a better one and it would kind of defeat the purpose to move nearer the church if we are traveling back here all the time. Although, Caleb will stay with his Karate club. His club doesn't have one in Kettering so . . . . .

Well, I know I've been really bad about blogging lately. I'll just keep pluggin' along.

God bless you all,
Sis. Tammy

Friday, 16 May 2008

I've gotten side tracked again!

Sorry, I've not blogged in a little while. We are in the process of looking to move within the next month or so. We've been busy with school and looking at different places to rent. Sis. Julie, I will soon be at the beginning stages of moving and I can tell you I'm not looking forward to it one bit. I have memories of moves not to long past! LOL

I told my husband that the only good thing about moving; which we seem to do about every 2-3 years or so, is that we get to have a clear out. No pack rats here!!!!!!!! HA! HA! We really want to be closer to where we meet for church. We would be able to have more get togethers, regular mens and ladies meetings, BBQ's, etc. You all get the point.

This week we've looked at houses everyday. Talk about a mad house. YUCK!!! I don't like the rushing around all the time. We've been going here and there so much that I'm still working on the laundry I started on Monday! Awful, isn't it! But, even in this Ephesians says to give thanks. So I will. I'm truly thankful that the Lord has answered prayer and is allowing us to be able to move closer to the people. It will save alot in fuel I can tell you that. When gas/diesel is $10.00 to a gallon or above, 2 to 3 trips to the next town is very exspensive to say the least. So, not only will we be closer to everyone, but it will save us fuel money. PRAISE THE LORD!!!

Well, It's getting late here, almost 11.30 p.m., and believe me I need my beauty sleep! LOL

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

The Relay Race

Hebrews 12 vs. 1-3: " Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, let ye be wearied and fain in your minds."

Aaron stood in place on the race track, alert and ready to spring into action for the final lap of the relay race. Those guys are neck and neck now! When the baton was passed to Aaron, he sprinted along the track and was soon at full speed. Pushing himself to this limit, Aaron streaked ahead of his opponent. They were a full yard apart by the end of his run, and a great cheer went up as he crossed the finish line. "You did it, Aaron! You did it!" his teammates called out.

Aaron was so excited! "That team we were running against - the Panthers - haven't been beaten for four years!" he told his grandfather on the way home.

Grandpa grinned and nodded. "But you beat them today!" he exclaimed.

A few months later, Aaron and his mother arrived home after attending his grandfather's funeral. "I'm sure going to miss Grandpa," said Aaron, tears filling his eyes. "He was the best grandfather a guy could have. I guess he was extra special to me because Dad died before I can remember."

"I know," said Mom. "Grandpa was a great example to you. He witnessed for Jesus wherever he went, and he always gave a lot of his time and money to help others."

Aaron nodded. "Alot of peope will miss him," he said with a sigh. He absentmindedly picked up a picture of his relay team with the trophy they had won. "I'm glad Grandpa was here when our team wond that trophy this year," added Aaron.

"Yes, he enjoyed watching you race," replied Mom thoughtfully. "Did you know that, in the Bible, living the Cristian life is compared to running a race? In a way, it's like the relay races you've been running. Christians run in their appointed time and place in life - some running well, and some not so well. When they finish their race, others take over and carry on."

Well, Grandpa was one of the best runners ever!" declared Aaron.

Mom smiled. "Yes," she agreed. "In all he did and said, he carried the Word of God like a baton as he ran. I know he wanted to pass that baton on to you. Take it and run the very best you can - with God's help, living for His glory. Will you do that?" Soberly, Aaron nodded.

Do you know that you're a runner in life's race? The "heroes of the faith" referred to in Hebrews 11 - and many other faithful Christians throughout the ages - have run ahead of you. Now, in a sense, a "baton" - the Word of God - has been passed on to the Christians still here on earth. If you know Jesus, that includes you. What kind of race are you running? Are you doing the things God teaches in His Word? Are you being a good example for younger Christians? Be a good "runner" in life's race. The rewards are out of this world!!!!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Back in the Loop!

I know you all are probably thinking that I've gotten lost in cyberspace somewhere, but I haven't. I had to play catch-up a bit when I got home and just get back into the normal swing of things after being a general lady of leisure for 3 weeks! LOL!!!!!

I had a lovely time. The Lord really blessed my visit. Some of you may understand that your family does not always hold to some of the same standards and convictions that you do and that can cause some strain on relationships, but the Lord overruled and I'm thankful to Him that He did.

I definitely went to Wally world, that is a must!!!! But I did tell Mama that I didn't want to go to the grocery store. She kind of looked at me really funny when I said that, but I find it very hard to go the store in the States. Here, we have maybe 3 different brands of things. Well, as you know in the States you have about 30 different brands of each thing to choose from and that is very hard to deal with, especially when you don't like making decisions anyway!! It is very overwhelming at times. Like once, when we were on furlough, I went to a super Wal-mart and I really wanted a box of Bugles (those corn snacks that look like a little a cone). I hunted every isle that I thought it could be in and then some that I knew there was no way for it to be even close. Could I find a box of Bugles? NO! NO! NO! I finally told my husband to just take me home. I told him that I didn't like culture shock in the reverse! LOL

Anyway, while I was there I got to get acquainted with my niece and nephews. It was so fun. I sure do miss them. I had never seen my little niece Ella, who is now 17 months old. The last time I had seem her brother Blake, he was only 4 months old. My nephew, Riece (which is my brothers little boy), was about 1 1/2 the last time I had seen him. They are growing up so fast.

Since my family all lives in Knoxville, Tn. I was able to see all of them most of the time I was there, which was nice. When we come in for furlough we travel so much of the time that we only get to spend a few days here, a day there with them. I know that it bothers them alot, so this trip since it was only me, I just kind of let them have their say in how they wanted to spend this time with me. I think they liked that. ALOT!!

I missed my family very much. When they took me to the airport, they both cried. My husband said the Rebekah cried for about an hour after they dropped me off. Caleb was trying to pull away from him at the airport crying, "I DON'T WANT YOU TO GO!" I'm positive that everyone was thinking that I was abandoning them. I felt horrible. If my Dad hadn't of bought most of the ticket, I would not have been able to get on that plane. No way!!!!!

But in saying all that, I'm glad to be home. I thank the Lord for His guidance and protection. I thank Him for bringing me back safely to my family and for His faithfulness!

Blessings, Sis. Tammy