Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A Funny! :D

Thanks to Momma for this one. : )

Subject: How to Call the Police

George Phillips of Meridian Mississippi was going up to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window.

George opened the back door to go turn off the light but saw that there
were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked "Are any of those people in your house"
and he said no. Then they said that all patrols were busy, and that he
should simply stay in his house, lock his doors and an officer would be
along when available.

George said, "Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.
"Hello I just called you few seconds ago Because there were people in my
shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now cause I've just shot
them all". Then he hung up.
Within five minutes three police cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips residence . Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed. One of the Policemen said to George: "I thought you said that you'd shot them!" George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!" (True Story)

7 more days till HP & GOF!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Go us!

Daniel & I went walking today, but John called us halfway through and said he needed something out of the car we had driven to the park. : ( So, we only power walked 1.25 miles, and tried to make up for the loss by jogging the last .25 mile. Whoo hoo! I do feel good. I've never been much of a runner/jogger, and that's not much, but it was challenging for me. LOL--I think it was for Daniel, too. Halfway into that .25 of a mile, Daniel began saying, "I'm running out of stamina." I asked him did that mean that I would be beating him at this? All of a sudden, he had stamina gallore! Hee hee!

I feel good!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Last Tract

Okay, another one. This was sent to me from a lady who has taught me for years and still teaches me today . . .

Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at the church, the Pastor and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out Gospel Tracts.

This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring down rain. The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, "OK, dad, I'm ready."

His Pastor dad asked, "Ready for what?"

"Dad, it's time we gather our tracts together and go out."

Dad responds, "Son, it's very cold outside and it's pouring down rain."

The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, "But Dad, aren't people still going to Hell, even though it's raining?"

Dad answers, "Son, I am not going out in this weather."

Despondently, the boy asks, "Dad, can I go? Please?"

His father hesitated for a moment then said, "Son, you can go. Here are the tracts, be careful son."

"Thanks Dad!"And with that, he was off and out into the rain. This eleven year old boy walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody he met in the street a Gospel Tract. After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his VERY LAST TRACT. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a tract to, but the streets were totally deserted.Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell, but nobody answered. He rang it again and again, but still no one answered. He waited but still no answer.Finally, this eleven year old trooper turned to leave, but something stopped him. Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch. He rang again and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady. She softly asked, "What can I do for you, son?"

With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, "Ma'am, I'm sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that *JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU* and I came to give you my very last Gospel Tract which will tell you all about JESUS and His great LOVE."With that, he handed her his last tract and turned to leave.

She called to him as he departed. "Thank you, son! And God Bless You!"

Well, the following Sunday morning in church Pastor Dad was in the pulpit. As the service began, he asked, "Does anybody have testimony or want to say anything?"

Slowly, in the back row of the church, an elderly lady stood to her feet. As she began to speak, a look of glorious radiance came from her face,"No one in this church knows me. I've never been here before. You see, before last Sunday I was not a Christian. My husband passed on some time ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday, being a particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in my heart that I came to the end of the line where I no longer had any hope or will to live.So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof, then stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standing on that chair, so lonely and brokenhearted I was about to leap off, when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me.I thought, "I'll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away." I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly. I thought to myself again, "Who on earth could this be? Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me." I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder. When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes, for there on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life.His SMILE, oh, I could never describe it to you! The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that had long been dead, TO LEAP TO LIFE as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, "Ma'am, I just came to tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU." Then he gave me this Gospel Tract that I now hold in my hand.As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this Gospel Tract. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn't be needing them any more. You see---I am now a Happy Child of the KING. Since the address of your church was on the back of this Gospel Tract, I have come here to personally say THANK YOU to God's little angel who came just in the nick of time and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in hell."

There was not a dry eye in the church. And as shouts of praise and honour to THE KING resounded off the very rafters of the building, Pastor Dad descended from the pulpit to the front pew where the little angel was seated. He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Probably no church has had a more glorious moment, and probably this universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love & honour for his son... ! Except for One. This Father also allowed His Son to go out into a cold and dark world. He received His Son back with joy unspeakable, and as all of heaven shouted praises and honour to The King, the Father sat His beloved Son on a throne far above all principality and power and every name that is named.

Remember, God's message CAN make the difference in the life of someone close to you.
Do not be too shy to share that wonderful message.

IN GOD WE TRUST~~~~~~~~ Live today as if it were your last ~~~~~~~~

A Very Funny Story

Okay, I know I'm posting a lot again, but this is TOO funny not to share! This is from my favorite message board.


The Joys of Motherhood

I woke up this morning rather nicely to start with. Apparently, with the rain and somewhat darkened room due to the weather, Malachi had chosen to sleep even later than usual. Nice. : ) Then, I stretched and sat up. I turned the electric blanket off, threw the covers back and bright orange/red splotches EVERYWHERE! ACK! I'M BLEEDING! So, I'm looking myself over, trying to find where the stuff is coming from when I feel something sticking me in the back of the leg. I lifted my leg up to find a dark orange marker that I apparently have slept with. Sigh. What a way to wake up. (giggle)

Saturday, the 25th of February, 2006

ICK! Why is it raining today??? (I can still hear my Momma telling me when I was little, "To make the flowers grow!"--My Mom is an optimistic lady) But I wanted to go walking today! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLL! Well, I guess the 4 miles Daniel and I walked yesterday will have to do for 2 days. It says on the weather that "the showers will continue throughout the afternoon". ICK! It was so nice yesterday. It's supposed to be sunny tomorrow, but only a high of 52. Well, hopefully the 52 will be when I'm walking tomorrow. I guess I could do step aerobics today . . .

Thursday, February 23, 2006

I'm thankful for Thursday, today.

It's been too long since I had more than one day off at a time. I'm a bit tired. And God provided. My kids are out of school tomorrow when I'm off, so we will sleep late! WHOO HOO! And God provided me with kids who know the value of sleep. They usually don't rise earlier than 8:30am. My sister reminded me how much of a blessing this was by pointing out that her child (my favorite niece) hasn't developed a respect for sleep yet and rises at 6:00am. Poor Daze!

I actually had a nice quiet day today. My officers weren't in any danger (except for the danger of eating too much of Mandy's delicious food--LOL), there were no riots, and as of the time I left, no arrests. I kept busy, though. I had a new dispatcher to train. She seemed nice enough, but just not near as boisterous, loud, fun, and smiley as I am. It was a bit dampening to the spirits. Maybe she'll open up as we go along. Sigh. I hope so.

Well, nothing else to write about for now. So sleepy. I'll leave you with the God Promises I've been holding close today. : )

"Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults. For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations."
Isaiah 51:7,8 NIV
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light. And your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Psalm 37:5-7 NASB

Hmmmm . . .

Have a FUN night! : )

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Eventful day

Oh, my, have I had a day!

To start with, my little work town had 6 traffic accidents in 12 hours. It seemed like every time I turned around somebody was in a ditch!

Then there was the riot at the local college.

And we arrested some car thieves.

I didn't think I was going to get out of work on time to go to church. But I was so glad I did. I usually am. But gosh it's hard to go to church on Wednesday nights if I have been up since 4:30am and already worked my 12 hour shift. Our new teacher did a good job, though. We talked about "Hospitality". I was pleased to find out that "hospitality" is not just having people into our homes. My home is rather my refuge. I go home and retreat (LOL). I really don't mind having company now and again, but I guess I never have been much of a Martha. I'm more of a Mary, content to listen and visit. If I stop to think of somebody who does "hospitality" well, actually my jail trustee comes to mind. I'm always calling her "the hostess with the mostest" (LOL). Whenever we have inmates, my trustee goes from cell to cell, making sure everyone has exactly what they need/want. She refills tea, asks about condiments, etc. And these are people she doesn't know. They're people with diseases and rough people who are quite accustomed to pulling the con on people to accomplish their own means. But my trustee treats them all equally with dignity. Anyway, that's good "hospitality", I reckon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

What's Your Career Type?

Saw this on Donna's blog. How fun! It seems to be fairly consistent with my present profession.

Your Career Type: Social

You are helpful, friendly, and trustworthy.
Your talents lie in teaching, nursing, giving information, and solving social problems.

You would make an excellent:

Counselor - Dental Hygienist - Librarian
Nurse - Parole Officer - Personal Trainer
Physical Therapist - Social Worker - Teacher

The worst career options for your are realistic careers, like truck driver or farmer.
What's Your Ideal Career?

Monday, February 20, 2006

Okay. Anyone else have any problems with their profile pic? I was reading the response to my blog from my dad when I noticed my profile pic was gone. Hmmmm . . . interesting. So, I went to photobucket.com, but was unable to access my photo album. Okaaaayyy. (???) So, after many attempts, I finally just created a new one. Well, when I tried to upload the same pic I had in my profile before, now it was telling me the pic was too big. (?!?) I finally resized the pic and renamed it. Well, wouldn't you know the powers that be told me that I had too many characters in my URL. (?!!) Well, hopefully I fixed it now.

Today, I'm off until 6pm. Then I work until midnight. An odd shift, but it should go fast. I'm working with the officer better known as "The Hammer". I shan't be bored. ; ) I'm getting ready to take the kids to school. I got up at 6am (like I usually do on school days that I don't work) to get the kids up, but then my phone started ringing with a notification that schools were opening 2 hours late. LOL--couldn't they have told me that BEFORE I got out of my nice warm bed? Once I'm up, I'm up. Nothing to do but have some coffee. That's a neat function though. Send a recording out to all parents when school is delayed/closed. How cool is that. The church sends out notifications that way, but this was the first time we got one from the school.

Hope you all are having a WARM day. It's cold here! ; )

Friday, February 17, 2006

Friday, the 17th of February, 2006

Hello again--
I never got a chance to post yesterday. It was my one day off this week, and I worked around the house until I got too sleepy to even look at the computer. I tell you, I need every bit of 2 days off to do laundry!

I was so proud of myself yesterday, though. It was nice outside, so I finally got my chance to go walking at the park. I got up and started getting things going, and Malachi was ONE ILL PILL! I thought, "Oh, great. There goes my chance to walk. I bet I only get one lap in." But I took us there anyway. Once we got past the initial tantrum for passing the playground up, we were on our way. After the first lap (1.5 miles), Malachi gave a token complaint that we were once again passing the playground, then settled in and went to sleep! WHOO HOO! I stepped it out then, knowing it was best for my body and his nap that I keep trucking. So, altogether I ended up walking 5 miles. Go me! And John woke up in time to walk the last half mile with me, so that part went by fast. I felt so good. But boy did I get sleepy early last night--LOL.

We're supposed to get a winter storm tonight. Pray that I make it to/from work tomorrow safely. And that the power is on when I get up so that I don't have to go to work looking ugly! Or being cold for that matter! ICK. Is anyone else ready for a little warmer days? Sunshine? "I am! I am!" she jumps up and down waving her arms madly.

Daniel's acting kind of puny tonight. Say a quick prayer that we don't get that flu going round. 2 girls at my work have gotten it already. Oooh! I don't have time to be sick, and I don't want my kids to feel bad, either.

John's off tomorrow, so it will be nice to come home to a warm house with all my family already there. : )

Would someone tell me what they've done with my children? Two out of three of them ASKED to go to bed at 8:30pm! (The third was happily playing with Don-kee and dump truck).

Guess I better go to bed too. I have 2 more 12 hour shift days ahead and one late 6 hour one. Hope you all are having a WARM evening! : )

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Beautiful Day!

For all you folks not in Alabama, I hope God blessed you with as beautiful day as we had here. It was just GORGEOUS! And tomorrow's supposed to be pretty, too. I'm glad--I want to go walking at the park! : )

Well tonight was Donna's last night teaching us in Wednesday night ladies class. I understand why, but I want her to know how much she will be missed, too. You did a good job, Donna (despite the detour tonight--LOL)

I'm so excited, but trying not to get too excited in case it doesn't happen. My supervisor told me tonight that she and the chief finally got a schedule made up. As soon as we get the new part time dispatcher hired and trained, we are going to 8 hour shifts! Like I have said before, I really don't mind the 12 hour shifts--I get more days off that way, but the thing is, I'm scheduled to work Monday through Friday, 6am to 2pm!!!!! I'll have weekends off, and be able to pick my kids up from school. I'm so excited!! And I'm praying that we get a very nice, capable part time dispatcher. Someone who smiles a lot and knows that it doesn't cost anything to be nice.

I'm proud of my sister today. My mom told me that she had a review the other day at work. Daisy's boss told her that she was "outstanding", and she got a 15 PERCENT RAISE!!! How's that for outstanding, eh?

"They call us Diverse City, we're colorful good
It's like a freak show in your neighborhood
So if you wanna praise, you can come on down
Cause this freak show's leaving the ground . . . "

Hope you all have a COLORFUL day! : )

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day everybody!

Hope all of you are doing well today. : )

John, the kids and I celebrated Valentine's yesterday, because he was working tonight, and I had to work today. So, we went to see Narnia at the theater (a treat, because we usually just rent movies). It was really good. Poor Maddiepoppet tuned up a bit when Aslan was killed, but she brightened up when the stone table cracked. Good movie!

LOL--well, my week just got longer. I'll be working Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday too. Oh, well. Overtime city, here I come. And I think I get holiday pay for Monday on top of regular pay. Good deal. : )

I can't write much today. It's already 10:30pm, I've been up since 4:30am, and I have to get up tomorrow morning at that time. But for all you prayer warriors, keep one family in mind whose son chose to end his life at 5am yesterday morning on highway 91. So sad. Hug your kids, y'all. I am.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Busy week ahead!

Well, here I am already at the end of my weekend and not really ready for my rough week. I will be working 12 hour shifts Monday through Wednesday, Thursday off, and Friday through Sunday. 6- 12 hour shifts this week. Wow. Hope my kids are good to me this week (LOL). But I will be okay. I can do this! (and hopefully Officer P. won't go on high-speed chases all this week!)

So what's everyone's plans for Valentine's Day?

Is anyone but me more than ready for Spring? I wanna go walking! Daniel and I tried on Saturday, but we only got 1.5 miles walked when an Alabama blizzard came up!! Okay, not what folks up north would call a blizzard, but it was sure enough 500% more snow than we usually get! It was coming down! And today, it was just too dadgum cold. It would be nice if it would be about 50 degrees and sunny on Thursday when I'm off . . .

Well, I'm sleepy, so I better toddle off to bed. I have to get up at 4:30am . . .

Y'all have a relaxing evening : )

Saturday, February 11, 2006


Okay, Susie's got her groove on! John took the younger two kids to the store, which means house party for Daniel and Momma! On goes the stereo, and TobyMac gets turned up HUGE!!! We're cleaning house with a funky groove! (And stopping to shake our respective selves now and again)

Got to share--wish you could hear it!

Catchafire (Whoopsi-Daisy)
Slackin' off like a bum. I'm feelin' ho hum.
I'm feelin' lukewarm like the water in my tub
Started out and we was hot, looked up and now we're not
We had that fire like we was boilin' in a pot

Whoopsi-daisy, whoopsi-daisy, whoopsi-daisy
Come, we gonna catch that
Fire, I'm feenin' for a flicker
Then we'll fan the flame up into something bigger
Started out and we was hot, looked up and now we're not
We gonna catch a fire, catch a fire for God
Whoopsi-daisy, whoopsi-daisy, whoopsi-daisy
Come, we gonna catch that

Whoopsi-daisy, call me crazy, whoopsi-daisy
Come we gonna catch that

Fire, takin' it from warm to hot
Fire, gotta give it all we got
Fire, whoopsi-daisy, call me crazy, whoopsi-daisy
Come, we gonna catch that

Spark to a flame, I'm flippin' up my game
I caught the fire and I'll never be the same
So unexplainable I can't contain it, son
And my retaining it would only be a shame
So let me hear you say

Heat, like the Kingston concrete
There ain't no stoppin' the fire
We're straight breakin' ground
There ain't no cooling this thing down
We burnin' up and keep'n it krunk as we know how
Hear me now people

Catch a fire let it burn within
Catch a fire let it burn for him

Great stuff! Come on y'all, come on over and sing and shake your thing!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

HOME AT LAST! I do so love Thursdays before my weekend off! Whoo hoo! Mostly I just putter around the house and play with my kids, but that's what I do! I love to be home with my kids. LOL--I even kinda like laundry!

Boy was it busy at work today! It started out kind of slow (and I must admit I was rather enjoying that), but then it kicked into gear at around 10am, and never hit the brakes. We arrested our first DUI at noon! And I kidnapped any member of the department who happened to wander anywhere within hearing distance of my office, so I could get a bathroom break! At 6:15pm, I had to finally jump up from the console so my relief could jump in and take over the radio. It just kept going! But then I did get to go, ran to pick Maddiepoppet up and drop her off at Southern Starlets, and I took Daniel and Malachi to rent some movies from Movie Gallery and pick up some dinner from Walmart. We finally decided to rent Sky High and The Legend of Zorro (we loved the first one!). Rush to pick Madeline up, rush home and fix dinner (we had Mexican--Yumm!), do baths, and now two out of three of my kids are in bed. I have quiet time for the first time today since 4:30am. Now I have a better concept of why God says, "BE STILL and know that I am God." It's much more difficult to hear the small still voice of my God over voices demanding license plates and driver's licenses to be run. As much as I love my time with my kids, this time is nice, too. : ) I hope you all have a refreshing evening! : )

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Another day. A somewhat calm one at work (thank goodness). Officer P must have been sleepy today But God was good. And He is faithful. LOL--I'll be stuck on that "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" song again. Anyone read Karen Kingsbury? Good stuff! Helps me put things in a different perspective.

If you would, say a little prayer for my Daniel whose ADHD is really rearing its head and challenging his school work.

Madeline and I constructed her little Valentine box yesterday. How fun! How challenging! We used an old Skechers shoe box which is not the kind with a removable lid. No, this one has the kind of flip-top, half-attached lid. I never wrapped one of those before where you could still open the top without tearing the paper. Am I making any sense? But Madeline wanted Strawberry Shortcake on her box (my little sister used to play with those when they were popular last!), so I wrapped it and we put cute little Valentine/Strawberry Shortcake stickers on it. Then, I printed her name with a 24k paint pen. We had so much fun!

Malachi is into donkeys. I don't know why. He just got it into his head that he loves donkeys. I first noticed it when we went to the Shoe Department. They had these cute little plush animal Pez dispensers. I quite frankly didn't notice them as I was trying to help Madeline find some shoes that fit. But not Malachi. He noticed them across the store and was lunging frantically at them while hollering, "DON-KEEEEEE! DON-KEEEE!" I bought him the donkey and Madeline the sheep. Well, Donkey has eaten with us, drank with us, slept with Malachi, and gone potty with Malachi . . . you get the idea. And I didn't think anything would beat out Elmo.

Hope you're having a SPARKLY day! : )

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Back in the saddle again . . .

Well, I'm back again. Probably nobody's reading my blog anymore, but I'm here anyway. :)

Same old, same old. Work, eat, sleep, play with kids, and if life needed to be more interesting, throw potty training in! LOL.

You who know my Momma, keep her in your prayers this week as she's travelling to and from Arkansas, visiting my dad's side of the family. Safe trip, Mom! :)

Work is never dull as always. Our new chief is busy making changes to the department--most of them refreshing. LOL--at least our new uniforms are lady-friendly. ; )

I get lots of comments at work on my bumper sticker concerning one of our church members who is running for sheriff. I'm pleased to say that I hear lots of good stuff. : )

How have all of you been? I've missed blogging. : )

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