Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday morning smile

I needed a pick me up this morning and found this video by one of my favorite performers.

Mission accomplished :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010


After the girls get ready in the mornings and breakfast is done, I let them go outside and play two-square or jump rope or just burn some energy before they head to school. This morning after a few minutes of being outside, Madison came running in. She said, "Mom, you've got to get a picture of the sunrise, it's awesome." So, I grabbed my camera and headed out.

She was right....

Thank You, Father, for the little, beautiful moments.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sunbelt Ag Expo 2010

This is the first year we have taken all 3 girls, at least that they have been able to remember, to the Sunbelt Ag Expo, in Moultrie, Georgia. We had a wonderful time checking out all the vendors there and also all the animals. I think the girls may have been a little overwhelmed at the sheer size of Expo.

One thing's for sure, they should sleep well tonight.

Here are a few pictures from our day....

Petting the horses

The girls watching a presentation on electricity, and some of their Nissley cousins in front of them! 

Walking to the next stop. Ralph's rocking that pink, camo shoulder bag. I'm so thankful he doesn't care and will help out when my shoulder gets tired.
Here is an Alpaca. The girls & I are trying hard to convince Ralph to get one.
Watched a Barrel Racing demonstration.

And free face painting - Morgan's butterfly.

Laney's lady bug. She decided to go bold, whole face.

Madison's whimsical, with Gator colors.

All 3 together when we got home. They hated having to wash their face tonight! 

And finally, when we first walked in a reporter for WCTV, channel 6 news in Tallahassee, FL asked Ralph he would mind doing a little interview. He of course did not and was on the news this evening talking about Expo - here it is...

It was a good day for making memories for the Yoder family, at Expo.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Are they part squirrel?

Today I took on the challenge of cleaning the van. It is one of my least favorite things to do, but it is an act of service that speaks volumes to my husband. So, I decided to talk to him, in his language.

And this is what I found-

It. Was. All. In. One. Door.


What were my kids thinking? Were they stashing it back in case of emergency, or just being lazy? Wait, don't answer that, 'cause I don't think I want to know the answer.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday

This was the view from our porch this morning.

What you cannot get from this picture, is the sound of the cows munching on the peanut hay.


It was a beautiful morning.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

An Open Letter.

This is an open letter.

A letter to anyone running for office.

Dear Candidate,

When running political ads, please view it through the lens of what this ad would look like to a child. Chances are, with the frequency they are being ran, a child will see one of your ads. That being said, do you really think that your opponent will release convicted felons back into society? Well, now thanks to your ad, my seven year old does. She is in fear that your opponent will be elected because of your ad. Was that the market you were going for?

Furthermore, if every ad you run is a slam on your opponent, that is a red flag to me. It's a red flag that you are trying to divert attention from your short comings. Please, tell me what you will do if you are elected, not what your opponent will do. Because, honestly, if you are able to predict what your opponent will do with their two or four years-I'm pretty sure standing on the street corner, with a crystal ball would be more profitable for you.

If you make a call to a constituent and you do more talking, than listening, you are in the wrong business. SERVING in office is a privilege, not a right. LISTEN to those you SERVE.

Lastly, stooping to the level of using the tactic, "But I knew your dad/mom/grandparent, etc., and they always supported me." That tells me that you are desperate. This just is not wise, especially if mentioned relative is dead.

Desperation is an ugly cloth to wear.

The sad thing about our government is that it seems we are electing politicians, not statesmen. Where have all the statesmen gone?

A wife, mother, daughter, sister and simply - an American voter

Monday, October 11, 2010


Every fall there is an aroma that fills the air. It becomes is so heavy in the atmosphere, you feel like you can cut it with a knife. It has been a part of me, as long as I can remember.
It's the aroma that ushers in fall.
For me it's remembering going to high school football games with my daddy as a little girl.
Falling asleep to the hum of the peanut dryers running at the peanut mill less than a mile down the road. 
Bundling up to fight off the chill in the air.
Bonfires with burnt marshmallows and hot dogs.
The promise that the holiday season is right around the corner.
The magnificent sunsets of orange, that match the leaves that are falling. 
The signal that summer is over and that my favorite time of year is at hand.
It's the aroma of peanut harvest.
As they've been picking peanuts out by our house this afternoon, I could not help but smile. God in His infinite wisdom, gave me a farm boy to be my mate. One who loves harvest and all that goes along with it, even more than me. The same farm boy, who's daddy would have had some responsibility for my early memories of peanuts being dug around my house.
It's an aroma that makes me smile

Monday Morning Giggle

Here's a video that was played at Catalyst this year, featuring Chris Tomlin. It's good for a Monday morning giggle.


Let me know if it makes anyone go out and get a bowl cut.

Monday, October 4, 2010

"Good To Be Me" Uncle Kracker

Ok, this is probably my new favorite song. Main reason being it reminds me of Ralph! He has said this statement to me more than once, and the line about 'crazy, happy disease', fits him to a tee.  Two of the reasons I love him, his confidence and his positive outlook!

Just a warning - if you are at all bothered by language that would be labeled questionable, please do not watch.