|Posted by Valerie Anderson-Stallworth on February 7, 2010 at 10:42 PM|
Wheewwww, another Super Bowl down, another trip to Disney Land, and another football season has come to an end. Jumbalaya... gone, wings... gone, chicken salad... gone, lots of picante cheese dip left, but just about everything else is gone. The boys are in the bed...sleep. The girls are in the bed... sleep. Monique and Ari gone home... to sleep. The house is so quiet... I can barely hear a peep. All of this calm and quiet makes me want to sleep. It's over now. What a blessed day we had today. First Communion Sunday makes me so full. I really look forward to the right hand of fellowship. I was up with the sun, and here came little Micah. I love to see his smile early in the morning. It's been so great having Michelle and her family "crash" here until they get on their feet. I imagined all sorts of problems with this arrangement, none of which have materialized. God is an Awesome God. He has waved his wand of peace and calm over this place. He has blessed this home with such a spirit of selflessness, allowing all of us to get along and share in the glory. After Communion, off to H&R Block. I do remember when nothing was open on Sunday. These days every one is battling for the convenience dollar, and tax season is off with a blast. I expected the worst, and was extremely surprised and satisfied with how smoothly things went. My tax accountant was very pleasant and clearly loved what she does. It isn't very often that the "tax" man smiles, but this lady was so pleasant, and the office was so calm, that I enoyed having my taxes done. After the taxes i decided to make sure, to make the best of my time alone, and swung by Starbucks for my dose of sunshine. Grande, cafe mocha, black and white, with a shot of vanilla... Yes, that will do it for me every time. The ride home was so uneventful, and that is all right with me. I knew what would be waiting when I arrived. To my surprise, the house was quiet. The kids had all gone to the park. To the kitchen I ran, wanting to take care of as much as I could and use every quiet moment. Cutting up the onion and pepper for the jumbalaya, sauteing up the shrimp and sausage, then putting everything together did a sweet jumbalaya make. (smiling). Next on to adding the velveta cheese to the cooked ground sausage, and stirring in the picante sauce. Out came the cheese dip. Now to putting the meatballs into the oven, and making the dip... brown sugar, mustard, teriyaki sauce, and the soy sauce... yummy. Monique had already finished the wings while I was out, then open swung the door, and just in time for the super bowl. The girls helped to get out the other fixins and it was coin toss time and we're off. For the next few hours the fellows jumped and yelped, the girls talked to each other until we were all blue in the face, and I finished another collection of jewelry. I think this one reminds me of a Shirley. I'll have to remember to post it to the product line tomorrow. Shirley includes a watch, 4 bracelets, 3 necklackes/chokers, and about 6 pairs of earrings. Colors are in the blue line from royal missionary blue, to a light seafoam. Used up all of the remaining blue beads. It's such a popular color, I'll have to run out for more tomorrow. Game over, kitchen cleaned, everyone asleep... It's over now. PT will come early in the morning. Time to settle in with my boo, catch some news, and thank God for such a productive day, and oh yes, catch some shut eye. Yes, it's all over for now. Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord, my soul to take. God bless Mom and Dad, Debbie, Denise, and Joey. Lord, I ask a special blessing for Joey. You know what he needs. Lord bless Monique, Arianna, and Jason; Michelle, Nathan, Maurice and Micah; Amber, Idela, and Isaiah; and of course my Willie. Lord, I have a host of friends and family... you know what each of them needs. Lord, I am so thankful for all of the wonderful blessings that you have bestowed upon me and my family, I ask that you shower those around me with an abundance of what they need. And Father God, please don't let us forget your children in Haiti. They will need you more now than ever. Their recovery wil be long and hard, but you will never allow more of a burden than your strong people can stand. Please keep the children safe from further harn. I ask you for all of these blessings in your Son Jesus' name. Amen, and Amen. Good night.