Friday, August 29, 2008

To Blog or NOT to blog...

THAT is the question!

This summer I have neglected... chosen... not posted any new blogs since....uh... like JUNE! Contemplated giving up blogging for good. Do I have the time... does it really matter... there are SOOO many friends who are awesome bloggers... who I am to try and add anything to this thing we call the blog world. Well, my MOM wants me too... so MOMMA... here goes...

Life has been crazy.... fun.... busy... as we have been across the nation and around the world... well at least STEVE has been around the world.

He went to Africa with his dad and two brothers. Steve was invited to speak at the Commencement ceremonies for the Seminary in Nairobi... and his dad and bros decided to go. What a great memory for all of them. Graduation was great... at 4 hours long... Steve was only 3.5 hours of it (JUUUSSST KIDDING!)

He said their safari was the BEST ever. Steve's dad kicked a monkey out of the vehicle as it tried to come in and score some yummies... we don't want Ebola, you know!

Missionaries Steve and Trina Pennington are the BEST! Steve LOVES being with them. Africa loves my Steve and he loves Africa. When I die, he can move there.

No muggings in Amsterdam this time around.
THANK MY LIVING, PROTECTING, ALMIGHTY GOD!


We were all in Florida for Church planters school. Always a blast. I had fun hanging with my girl, and niece and nephew. SOMEBODY had to sacrifice and watch them out in the sun... in the pool...


















looking out over the ocean... playing in the sand... while all the students, like my hub
by and brother-in-law and sis-in-law were in class all day. We surprised some old friends down the beach. More about that later. I also had the joy of doing session for the wives with my friend
Mary Jo Williams ... LOVVVVEEE HER!

While Steve and his male familial tribe were off to Africa, Brianna and I were off to ARKANSAS to stay with my mother-in-LOVE.

I canned the BEST salsa ever with fresh veges from my father-in-love's itty, bitty 1.5 acre garden. I will post the recipe this week.

IF YOU ARE MAKING SALSA... WAIT... EMAIL ME... GET THIS RECIPE. Realize... it is ME here... so take heart.. it is NOT MY recipe... but my gal pal LINDA'S... the wonder of all wonders in the kitchen. It is the BEST SALSA EVER!!!!!



Arkansas was HOT... HUMID... HOTTER... HUMIDER...


I walked at 6:30 - 7 every a.m. and was sweating like an Arkansas Razorback chasing a Texas Longhorn... AND I Was kindof PUT ON THE SPOT to speak in church on Sunday night. The LORD was faithful to help his reluctant servant who is not great 'off the cuff' like her hubby.

Saw my southern family... Jonathan and Tiffany... my sis in law Veronica and Jeremy and Seth... Megan... (last fall's photo... forgot camera... I AM over 40, ya know.)

and AWESOME COUSINS... April & Laura...


Laura was the FLOWER GIRL in our wedding. She was 4! Time flies....

And I accidentally swiped Veronica's black sweater. USUALLY I leave things... this time I added to my wardrobe. Got it in a package, Veronica. GONNA MAIL IT SOON!!!!!!! OR can I just bring it at Christmas!!!
:-)

Enough for now...

Will post more later... I know you're sitting at your computer in anticipation...

13 comments:

Netta said...

People DO read your blog... thanks for taking time to post it. Plus, don't you just think that blogging helps us process our own thoughts & situations?
Hope fall is going well. Started school yet?
Love you.

Tim and Amy said...

I was actually just thinking the other day how I haven't read a blog from you in a long time, and now here it is! Thanks for posting about your summer. Sounds fun! Also, I'd love that salsa recipe because I'm planning on canning salsa with my sisters next week. Your salsa sounds and looks yummy!!

Jamie Champion said...

I am so glad you decided to keep blogging...I love reading your blogs! What an exciting summer you guys had! Tell the fam "hi" for me! Love you!

Kara said...

"I was wondering when you were going to get back to blogging...I miss hearing about you and the family since I NEVER see you...busy lives makes it hard! Love you!"

Anonymous said...

Hi there! Good to read your updates! Summer has just flown by. Pray all is well with you...sounds like it! Did you ever get your house fixed?

I would LOVE that recipe for salsa...that is one of my fav foods of all time!
Thanks!

J.J.

Kelly said...

I have a ton of tomatoes to deal with! And I only planted 8 plants! I could uses that salsa recipe when you get a chance.

Anne said...

I'm glad you're still blogging. I understand how you feel since I have been blogging less too. It really does take time, and with Facebook now....well, it's hard. Anyway, I'm glad you haven't quit. By the way, sure would love that salsa recipe when you have a chance.

Anonymous said...

Well, Mary Beth, it looks like you have a ton of encouragement to continue the blog thing. You can add me to the list. I think I've laughed harder at your blogs than most anything. You shouldn't keep that talent bottled up.

Tammy A
Baldwin

Deb Seenarine Wilson said...

Welcome back riders, I have missed you! How did you enjoy the ride?
Enough already. WE took the kids to Cedar Point a few weeks ago and all that is stuck in my head.
Welcome girl....I missed you!

Faith Hope Love Mama said...

Was wondering if you would ever be back. Glad to have you back here in bloggy world. Loved catching up. :)

Jim & Jen said...

It is nice to have you back in the blog world indeed!

Jim, Jen & Christian Thomas

Anonymous said...

Hey Mom, you have to keep the blog up, I love reading them all... Does Dad still borrow your pants?
Keep up the great work, they are fantastic and soooooooooooooooo much easier than trying to email all your friends individually.
Keep up the great BLOG please, I love them.
Can't wait till you guys come over here. We will have a little baby boy for you to look after, you will become a grandmother and your and Dad's parents will become Great Grandparents... Crazy.
Anyways please give my Love to everyone.
Love Sam aka your long lost son...

Tami said...

Personally I LOVE your blog - so even though your busy, you must keep going :-) Besides, you always make me laugh!