Monday, March 31, 2008


Pulled out my prayer journal recently and found this on one of the pages...

(I love you mama and dad)

And here is one of Cash in Joe's truck with his teddy safely strapped in

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Candle Giveaway

Do you like candles??
Go to Annie’s blog because she is having a candle giveaway!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Easter Weekend

Our weekend was all about Easter. Friday we colored eggs at home and had a great time.

Saturday afternoon we went to our friend's house for a backyard egg hunt. Jasmine was the oldest kid so the eggs were pretty much thrown throughout the backyard on the ground.

Here's Jasmine peeking into Cash's stash to confirm she was 'the winner'

YUM, jelly beans
**Cash has just discovered his love for jelly beans**

Easter egg hunt Sunday morning in our living room, Jasmine found the last one.
Unfortunately I did not get pictures of the kids dressed in their Sunday best BEFORE leaving for church. Cash shed the tie before leaving the house and Jasmine's rose came off her dress on the drive from church to Gram's. Maybe once I get it 'repaired' I'll get them dressed up again just for a pic.

We went to Gram's after church for lunch and the kid's were not allowed to play in the backyard until AFTER lunch (which was 'not fair' according to all of them). Once everyone was finished with lunch they lined up at the back door.....

....and they're off

Look at all of those eggs -- unfort they were all EMPTY :O
Never fear, they all had baskets in the house with goodies inside.
We had a great great weekend. The weather was perfect -- a little colder on Sunday, but we averted the forecasted rain, which was wonderful.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Date To Remember

March 25, 2000
We were married
Joe & I joined together as man and wife
Our relationship seems to move along in two year intervals. We dated two years before we married...were married two years before we had Jasmine...two more years before Cash made an appearance...the following two years were character building--tough times...the last two have been really good for us...and I am looking forward for many more to come.
I love my honey!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Please be in prayer this week for a group of 25 from our Sunday School class who are on a Mission Trip during their Spring Break. They will be working in an orphanage and bringing the Word of God to many of the unchurched people in Piedras Negras.
Pray for them to be Jesus to all of those they come in contact with while there on Mission.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Lunch Anyone

This is a typical lunch for Jasmine. Actually, she usually has a mini fruit roll-up instead of cookies but the day before she bought a box of the sugar-free chocolate chip girl scout cookies outside of Blockbuster. I occasionally try to change it up so she doesn't get too bored, but she likes what she likes....and this is it.
**Especially the clementine oranges...we love those in my house**

That's a PB&J, for those of you who are curious.

So what do your kids like??

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

He's A Character

What can I say about my precious Cash...he is a character

Every week when I pick him up from his Sunday School class the teachers can't tell me enough about what he did and how much he made them laugh. He is definitely our comic relief. And even when it is not the appropriate time...I have been known to leave the room because of my inability to suppress a laugh. He are some pictures of him from last week as we leave in the just never know what to expect...

we're talking 6:30am, still dark

this was the really cold day last week it snowed...

that's one way to keep your face warm!

Ninja mask...check

Batman cape...check

Gun shoved in pants in case of bad guys...check

and last but definitely not least...Spiderman

Our little web spinner!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A Weekend In Pictures

**when you get the concrete wet and get the chalk out, it makes a very messy paste**
***and yes, Cash wore his Darth Vader costume to our friend's house for dinner Saturday***

Air Hockey Man

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Oh No They Didn't...

Does anyone else actually mail in rebates?? Last year at the After-Thanksgiving sale I purchased a portable DVD player for the van and it had a $30 mail-in rebate. I followed the directions and had all necessary steps covered. Rebate was supposed to arrive within 6-8 weeks. So I wait…

The company has a website where you can check the status of your rebate, so I check about once a week. All it ever showed was that they had received it. I waited until week 9 before contacting them by phone. At that time I was told it was a glitch in the system and she would move the process along it way. Sure enough, the next day I checked and it had progressed a step, so now I’m thinking any day now I’ll get my money….not! A week later I check and it has not progressed to the final step…I’m not happy. I call the customer service to ask for them to move it along again and mail my rebate. The girl says that is impossible, it takes 2-3 weeks between the two steps. I tell her that is unacceptable since I followed the guidelines they laid out and expected them to do the same. Of course she has nothing else in her training manual to tell me so I insist on speaking with a supervisor…this is where it get hairy!

Supervisor gets on the phone and I give him the sequence of events and explain that I expect my rebate to be mailed immediately. He proceeds to tell me my explanation has no credibility and that my calling in at week 9 had nothing to do with it moving a step and that the rep I spoke to must have lied when she said there was a system glitch, it was just coincidence the day I called is the day it advanced…um, ok, if that’s what you want to believe, but you’re WRONG! I then explain I’m not really concerned about when or why it moved, we are now coming on week 11 and I should have had my money by week 8 and need to know what he is going to do about it. He’s got nothing but a smart mouth and a bad attitude AND he was yelling at ME. So then, after raising my voice at him, in order for him to stop talking, I politely tell him I need to speak to his superior….oh the shock in his voice was priceless. He barks at me to hold and transfers me to a number that rings and rings and rings and goes nowhere….seriously?!? At this point I search the internet for the manufacturing company for possibly a different customer service number. The website that was unfortunate enough to have the same name as the loser manufacturer of the DVD player has in bold lettering on their Contact Us page ‘Note: We are NOT an electronics manufacturer for DVD players and other equipment.Please do not contact us concerning rebates or other questions about their products as we cannot help.' Sounds like I am not the only one with issues. I finally track down the Parent Company and get an email address for Customer Service. Wanting an immediate solution I call the original number and ask for the same supervisor I spoke with to begin with (note: always write down times and names of customer service you speak with—very handy). The agent tried to get the Supervisor I spoke to the first time, but apparently he was WAY to busy-or scared-to talk to me again and I get another Supervisor. I tell him had transpired earlier and he can’t help me either, but he was very nice about it. I then ask to be transferred to his next higher up and he says, hold while I transfer…not again. I ask for a direct number or name and he says they don’t have direct numbers…um, ok, highly unlikely but this is kind of what I expected. So I tell to go ahead and transfer me, but if it rings to nowhere like before, I will be contacting their parent corporation to inform them of the service they are providing their customers and the store where I bought the product to let them know what is going on, and the Better Business Bureau. He sounded a little uncertain about transferring me at that point, but did. And again it rang and rang and rang…I put it on speaker phone and let it ring for about two minutes before hanging up. So very frustrating!!

I never did actually speak to anyone, emails will be sent.

Miraculously I received my rebate in my mailbox within two days!! Victory on my part, I just wonder how many people send in their rebates to this company and get back a big fat zip-zero-nada-nothing…ever!!

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