Are You Ready for the JW’s?

Please forgive me for the following, rather hick video. I thought making a video would be easier and quicker than writing, so I am trying it.  I hope this information helps. Thanks for reading…I mean watching!

 

 

Here’s the lecture by Dr. James White, which is a great starting point for understanding the JW cult:

Click HERE for a link to it on Youtube.

Click HERE for the 20 Questions that I mentioned in my video.

Click HERE to write me and say I’m not a hick.

Just kidding.

Have a great day!

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Echocardiogram

I just wanted to post an update on my heart. I have received several encouraging words from friends who are praying. I just want to say thank you. Tests like these never seem important or scary when it’s on someone else. When it’s me, I’m a little concerned. I think we are all that way. I know you each have your own lives and problems to deal with, so the fact you are taking time out of your life to pray for me, means more than I can say. Words can not adequately describe my appreciation.

I finished wearing my heart monitor yesterday and mailed it back to the company. I went to the doctor’s office bright and early this morning for my echocardiogram, which is a fancy ultrasound of the heart. The lady who did the test was very kind. My follow up visit with the doctor is September 8, so I was concerned that I might have to wait that long for these results. “If they see something, they will call you today or tomorrow. If  I see something, I’ll get up and leave the room during the test and tell them.”  She got me hooked up and then told me I could go to sleep during the test if I wanted to. I said with a laugh, “Sorry, that won’t be happening. I couldn’t sleep last night, much less right now!” She laughed too. I asked if it was okay to talk during the test. And that’s pretty much what I did the entire 45 minutes.

At the end of the test she said, “I didn’t have to leave the room.”

“Yes, I noticed. I was watching carefully for that to happen.” I said with a smile.

I haven’t heard anything official on the any of the tests I’ve had done, but I am encouraged that at least there was nothing so serious that the sonographer had to call for backup.

Thanks for reading and, most of all, thanks for caring.

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Mexican Lasagna

I am certainly no Betty Crocker. Or, Ree Drummond, for a name from this century. :) But I do stumble upon some easy and tasty recipes now and then that I enjoy passing along. I hope you like this one!

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Mexican Lasagna

Make in one hour or less, 9-12 servings

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup chopped green pepper (I didn’t have any, so I didn’t use any.)

1/2 cup chopped onion

2/3 cup water

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (14.5 oz)  petite diced tomatoes (or Rotel if you’d like more zip)

6 flour tortillas (I used the large ones)

1 can (16 oz.) refried beans

3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

Directions:

In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and green pepper until beef is no longer pink; drain. Add water and taco seasoning, bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for two minutes. Stir in the black beans and tomatoes; simmer, uncovered, for ten minutes. (I cooked mine for ten minutes and it was a little too thick for me, so just simmer until it isn’t too soupy. You just want a happy medium, as with everything in life…but this is actually achievable!)

Place two tortillas in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Spread with half of the refried beans, then with half of the beef mixture; sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining tortillas and cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Top with sour cream, avocado or anything that floats your boat. :)

ML2

 

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First Day of School {2014}

Monday, August 11, was the first day of school for our family! I try to always take first-day photos, like every other mother in the US, but this year, I did something different. I found these cute signs on Pinterest and printed one out for each of the kids. They are made to look like chalkboards, so you fill them in with white chalk. I liked how they turned out. In case you can’t read the signs below, they have a place for their name, age, favorite book and what they want to be when they grow up. I was afraid that my 10th  grader would frown upon this, but she has a sweet spirit and went right along with my whims.

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Lauren, age 14 (almost 15!), favorite book: A Wrinkle in Time, wants to be a head librarian.

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Mitchell, age: 12, favorite book: The Mysterious Benedict Society (which he also loves because his Nana knows the author), wants to be a writer.

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Leslie, age 9, favorite book: Understood Betsy, wants to be an interior decorator.

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Laci, age 7, favorite book: the Young Cam Jansen series (she discovered these books at our library this summer), wants to be a teacher.

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Matthew, age 4, favorite book: Caps for Sale, wants to be Daddy.

When I awoke Matthew on his first day of  preschool, I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up so I could write it on his sign. I expected him to say “The black power ranger” or “A ninja fighter”. I was way off. He didn’t hesitate for a second before answering, “DADDY!” On his paper, it says, “When I grow up I want to be a Daddy!” But really, I should have written, “Terry Basham, II”. He wants to turn into his daddy someday. I didn’t expect that answer, but it sure was a great way to start my day!

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We had a great first day of school. I was a bit stressed trying to figure out a good schedule and making sure everything got done, but by the grace of God, I made it.  We received all of our books several weeks before school started, so that was a blessing. Last year, Mitch started science late because the books didn’t arrive until mid-September. It’s a good feeling to have everything ready to go.

I think everyone will enjoy the year. Although, when our first day was almost over, Mitchell said, “I can’t wait for Thanksgiving break!” So, maybe my expectations are too high.

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Summer’s End

Besides being Mitchell’s birthday on August 8, it was also the last day of the library’s summer reading program! The older ones loved volunteering and the little ones had a great summer of reading. The theme was “Fizz, Boom, Read!”  so science was the focus of the activities. The kids each got an animal shape to put their name on when they signed up. Each time they read five books, they got a sticker to put on their shape and a small prize.

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Leslie read the most books of anyone in our family, with a grand total of  135!

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Laci wasn’t too far behind with a total of 110.

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Matthew came in third place with 60 books, which were read to him.


dinosaurLauren and Mitch had a great time volunteering. This was Lauren’s second time to do it, but Mitchell was a newbie. As you can imagine, they cannot wait until next year!

Some of my family members far away wanted to see photos of Mitchell’s cake and party, so here they are:

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This is *not* musically accurate. I apologize to all of the piano aficionados out there.

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Leslie Anne was my right-hand girl when I was decorating this. She makes a great assistant.

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Mitchell’s reaction…and Matt’s… to seeing the cake the first time. :)

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He’s TWELVE!

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Laci drew him a picture. She had to explain what it meant. It was cute, just like her.

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Leslie made Mitch a card, too, and also added $5 of her own money, without being told. This touched my heart so much that she and I both teared up. I know that she and Mitchell have struggled in their relationship. This is evidence that the Lord is working in the hearts of my children.

What a wonderful way to end the summer.

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A Dozen Photos for a Dozen Years

It seems like yesterday I was holding my beautiful baby boy  for the first time. He was stout – weighing over eight pounds despite being three weeks early!  At age eleven, random strangers assumed he was a teenager. Today, he is twelve! He is now as tall as I am and weighs as much. He is, and always has been, very active. He loves playing the piano. In fact, he plays all. the. time. He joyfully plays for church when our regular pianist is away, which is a blessing.

He also loves being around people. He would talk the hind leg off a mule if I let him try. I love that about him, though. He is friendly, helpful and enthusiastic about everything. Since he was a baby, he has started each day with a smile. He is always happy to face a new day. The only thing that sometimes brings him down is math, but I can understand that. :)

I remember when I found out that I was having a boy, I was a little scared. Lauren was almost three, and I wasn’t sure if a boy and girl could play together well. When I told my parents that I was having a boy, my dad said, “Good. Terry needs to have a son.” Dad was right. That son has made us so happy. He and Lauren have been close friends since the day he came home from the hospital.  As is often the case, my worry was for nothing.

I am thankful to see the Lord working in Mitchell’s life. He is far from perfect, but he has a tender heart for the things of the Lord. There have been times that he has confessed sin to me and his dad – sin that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise – and he has come to us with a broken heart. I pray he will forever stay close to the Lord and do His will. That is my whole reason for living, to help my children learn to walk in truth.

I hope you don’t mind if I share a dozen photos of my guy? Thanks for indulging me.

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Happy 12th birthday to my strong, smart and sweet Mitchell! I love you.

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The Heart of the Matter

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If you read my blog or know me in real life, you know that I’m rather…oh, what’s the word? Excitable? Energetic? Psycho? Any of those will do. In 2006, while several months pregnant with my fourth child and during a rather stressful time in our ministry, I developed a heart flutter. I told my doctor about it and said it sounded like a harmless heart issue. He said to cough or rub my eyes and it would stop. He mentioned having an EKG done to confirm, but due to the nearness of delivery, it got pushed back and then totally forgotten. The heart flutter randomly occurred in the years since, but the doc was right, coughing usually stopped it. So I never had it checked.

During July, I had episodes of this heart flutter, only they were stronger, lasted longer and wouldn’t correct with coughing or rubbing my eyes. Remember earlier, when I said I was excitable? Okay, okay!  (whispering) Psycho. Well, when these heart flutters wouldn’t quit, it sort of sent me over the edge. Please pray for my husband, because I pushed him over the edge before flinging myself there. After hitting rock bottom, Terry shook himself and helped me up. He convinced me to go to a clinic in town because I have yet to find a regular PCP (primary care physician). They referred me to a cardiologist. I saw her last Friday. I had an EKG in the office, which came back normal. We were both surprised that the doctor used the word “normal” to describe any part of me. Needless to say, it was a comfort.  She prescribed some tests before giving me any type of diagnosis. I am to wear a heart monitor for two weeks and have an echocardiogram on August 19. On September 8, she will gather all of the data and let me know what’s going on with my heart. If you think of it, I would appreciate your prayers in the coming weeks.

The heart monitor is not at all cumbersome. In fact, I forget it’s there until I catch the wire on our door handles and jerk myself to the floor. When that happens, I’m suddenly reminded that I’m wearing a heart monitor. I am supposed to live  life as usual and if I experience any fluttering, I will register it on the monitor. Since seeing the cardiologist last Friday, I’ve had NO symptoms. It would be great if I found out I had nothing wrong besides an over-active imagination.

I get to wear this thing for the first two weeks of school, so I figure if that doesn’t bring about heart flutters, nothing will! ;)

Thanks for being here,

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