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Update from Shrodesville


CHEESEBURGERS ARE ON THE WAY!!! Everybody SHOUT NOW!!!

There's so much to report on what's going on with our family this weekend...

Today is our last day of our 50 day challenge/fast. I am soooo ready to eat. :-) Seriously, the fantasizing about red meat is almost OVER. Reality is upon us my friends. We are going to break the fast with a group of people from church, tomorrow at lunch, at Logan's steakhouse. That's where I really wanted to go, to get a ribeye steak (I think theirs are the best) and some of those yummy yeast rolls!!! I can hardly wait. We are going to be celebrating all day! Later on that night, once the food from Logan's has settled, we're getting together with our friends, the Currie's, to grill out and have burgers and more steak on the grill...yum, yum, yum. I've already started cooking, making my homemade potato salad, iced tea (my first in 50 days!!!) and some other things. It is going to be a true CELEBRATION, not only of Mother's Day, but the conclusion of our 50 day fast. There will probably be more red meat in my body than has been at one time. :-) Don't worry, I can handle this - been through it before and I won't get sick.

Also - never fear, I'm walking - A LOT. The past two days I've walked about 4 miles, to make up for the 3 miles I missed at Council in Orlando. I walked 1 mile the first day I was there, and 2 miles the second. I'm supposed to be doing 3 miles a day, so I have walked some extra since coming home, and I'll continue to do so, especially now that I'm having this huge "cheat day" celebration on Sunday.

Yesterday when Savanna got home from school I took her shopping for her birthday. She received money and gift cards and we went to spend them. She is so excited trying on all her little outfits and stuff. She's a clothes horse like her Momma. (LOL)

Tonight is the prom for Dustin and Casey! Susie (Casey's Mom) called and said she wanted to have photos taken early this evening with them - including some of us parents. This is a big night for them! We are excited for them and I'll post some photos here later. Speaking of photos...

Larry and the kids got me a new camera for Mother's Day! Yes, my very own! I squealed with excitement when I opened it. As you readers know, our family camera has been broken. It's a really good camera that we got a great deal on at Christmas time. So we will definitely get it fixed since it's of much more value (have to put it in the camera shop) however...the family got me my very own little pink Kodak Easyshare camera!!! I adore it! Not only is it officially all mine, but - it's pink, it's small and can easily fit in the pocket of my purse, or in my pocket to pull out when I take a photo in the jungles of Africa. :-) Seriously. I LOVE IT. Never have I been so happy about a gift. Thank you, dear family.

In other news, both boys have new jobs! They are so excited. Dustin is working at Publix - just started last Saturday - and Jordan works at Dairy Queen! Dustin works for us at the church but he needs more hours in addition. So far he's really enjoying it. I'm lovin' it because I can call Dustin at the end of his shift to bring home grocery items I need in a pinch, and Jordan can always bring me a Dilly bar in an emergency when I need him to. (LOL) Jordan is saving for a car and also to go to Africa with us. :-) Yeah, can't wait to take my family to the "motherland" as Rosemay calls it. A-May-Zing!!

Larry and I have been gone all week to council but we are now putting the finishing touches on a message we're tag-team preaching for tomorrow's service, called, "Where are you eating?" We also have a baby dedication and a bunch of other stuff and it was not a good week to be away all week but we didn't have a choice with council. It's made for a busy Saturday, but it's all good. Cheeseburgers are on the way tomorrow. Nothing else matters, except souls. :-)

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