I had a crazy but fun time last week. I had lunch with a sweet friend on Wednesday, then had a reunion with all my cousins and sweet little aunts on Thursday. Then on Saturday I reconnected with a high school friend I haven’t seen in over 30 years!! YES!! I said 30!!! Then on Saturday night we had my son’s girlfriends parents over for dinner! Finally, on Sunday we had our annual Gigi, mommy and Mai Nutcracker day. We get all dressed up and then go out for a girl’s lunch including fancy girlie drinks and then head to the Nutcracker. Sweet Mai loved every minute of it!! (Pictures coming soon)

Sometimes I forget how blessed I am. I am blessed! Truly blessed to have family and friends that love me. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and just as many blessings!


A humbling experience~

So today was an interesting day. I woke somehow feeling stressy and pressed for time.  I don’t have a full-time job, my kids are grown and happy, my husband is wonderful yet I felt sorry somehow for myself.  Aww..poor me. So I ran to Wally World and after checking out noticed that the nail salon wasn’t busy so I really needed a pedicure and I thought it would make me feel better. Heck, I deserved it!!!

So I climb up in the chair and the lady doing my well deserved pedi turns on the massage thingy and I put my feet in the bubbly warm water and lean back. The nice lady starts to work and I feel the stress leaving my body. We begin to visit and I ask her a few questions and then somehow she begins to tell me the story of her life. At first I had a hard time understanding her English and would have to stop her and ask her to repeat what she said. Then I became so interested and touched I clung to every word.

She told me of her and her husbands escape from Vietnam with 8 (yes I said 8!) small children. How the communist took over and lied to the people, how her husband had been forced to work in the mines with little food and beatings for months on end. How they took her parents home and her mother was so upset she died of a massive heart attack. How her sisters daughters were raped by the  government soldiers.  About their decision to run.

Then she tells me of coming to American with 8 hungry children, 4 were his and 4 were hers and his. She tells a touching story of how they made it to Houston. They could speak very little English and were starving to death and had to find work.  How they somehow met a wonderful lady named Eva and she gave her a job cleaning her home and then they helped her husband get a job mowing lawns. This wonderful woman helped her find other houses to clean and then encouraged her to learn to do nails. That is what she did…for 15 years…from 7 am-9 pm everyday but Sunday. She cleaned all day and did nails at night. The children….well the oldest took care of the youngest. They survived and were so happy and blessed. She said this like 10 times….they were so blessed. You see this Eva lady, she took them to church. She taught them about God. She had a sports car and would take 2 children at a time and buy them shoes. Then one day, she traded her car in for a van so she could pick up the children and buy them all clothes and shoes.  Every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter she brought them all food and at Christmas gave them all presents.  She even sent her and her husband on a vacation for a week, kept the children and took them to Sea World!

I commented that she was an angel. She again told me how blessed she was, how lucky they were to have made it to America. I felt about an inch tall. I asked about her family now. She explains that her husband left and went back to Vietnam. She moved to Lubbock several years ago with her son while he went to school. You see….ALL of her children are college graduates. One of her sons is a doctor and works in the ER here. Her other son is in his last year of residency at UMC. Her daughter got her degree and moved back to Houston and married. Her youngest just graduated. Amazing! Then she tells me that the woman Eva was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.  Before she died, her and her 4 children all saved and put their money together, drove to Houston and gave her and her husband a trip to Hawaii. Eva took pictures from a helicopter flight and sent them all pictures. She passed away 6 months ago. Tears were pouring down my face, not as much from this sweet woman passing (because she is definitely in heaven) but from being humbled.  So humbled.  As she scrubs my feet, she tells ME how much she appreciates ME and how wonderful and easy her life is now.

God put this sweet, hard-working Vietnamese woman in my path today. She is blessed. She blessed me.

I had the privilege of keeping my 2 healthy, precious grand babies tonight. We all went to bed with full stomachs, snuggled safely in our warm beds in a beautiful home. I am blessed. I am truly blessed and I know it.  My prayers will be different tonight……

Kade’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

OK, I know it is spring and it is time for fresh fruit and cookouts BUT it is rainy and dreary out here and according to the weather reports could be for several more days. I have had several friends ask for my Tortilla Soup recipe….well here it is and for the record….it is my sons. He has taken after my hubby and is a great cook. So if you feel like soup…this is yummy!!!


  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder (just do it to taste..if you like a little more…go for it!!)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 3(10.5 ounce) can condensed chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole corn kernels, cooked  ( we use frozen or fresh and I use more than this)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Small pkg of boneless chicken thighs, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces (he insists on NOT using breasts but I use a whole roasted chicken occasionally!)
  • Juice of 1 lime!!!!!! Important!
  • crushed tortilla chips (he fries corn tortillas…yea right, I will leave that to him and Greg)
  • sliced avocado
  • shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • chopped green onions
  • Sour cream


  1. In a medium stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft. Stir in chili powder, oregano, cumin, tomatoes, and broth. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in corn, chilies, beans, cilantro, and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Right before serving squeeze the juice of 1 lime into pot. This really makes the soup!!!!!! Or you can squeeze a wedge into your bowl…
  4. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls, and top with crushed tortilla chips, avocado slices, cheese, sour cream and chopped green onion.

If you like it hot use hot green chilies and the cayenne. That’s it and it is really yummy!!! Enjoy!!!

Blogger “Newbie”

So I am basically a blogger newbie. I blog for myself (and maybe) for the few people that venture onto my site.  I have no great aspirations of being a BIG blogger.  I have just loved my little blog and quite honestly rarely ever checked my blog traffic.  Honestly, I was quite shocked when I did.  I understand that there is blog etiquette and I have tried to follow it but I know I have made some mistakes.  Recently, I posted a picture and several friends and family made comments.  I found the picture at Houzz and after reading the rules understood that I could use it.  However, I offended the owner, deleted it and asked for forgiveness.  Every picture I have posted was used because they are just so darn beautiful! Now with this being said, and I reiterate, I am a newbie….this blog world is really insane! Who could give a flip about my little blog…it is not a drip of water in an ocean of blogs. I seriously decided to just stop blogging but you know what…this is my little blog, it makes me happy and if no one reads it but me that is just fine. I will truly understand.  I just read a great blog called Hey, Jealousy: Every Blogger Was a Newbie Once at Blogher and it was great! I don’t think it really pertains to me but it is a great read. So I plan to continue on my little blogging journey and try to not step on toes. . . whoever they may be.

So it is the first day of spring here and we awoke to snow and wind! Are you kidding??? Time for sun and planting!

Til next time friends and to those who read that I don’t know, thanks for stopping in!!


My 2010 Hope List

2010…two thousand and ten, or twenty ten… is here!

I seriously can not believe it is 2010.

Man am I old or what? So did you make any resolutions? This year I didn’t. Instead I just thought I would just hope. So here are my “hopes” for 2010…

what are yours?

I hope (and pray) that my best friend PK becomes cancer-free in 2010.

I hope that my family is happy and healthy.

I hope that I can always see the glass half full instead of half empty.

I hope that I will be a better wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

I hope that I will eat healthier and exercise more.

I hope that I laugh more and cry less.

I hope that my husband’s business does well…if not…he figures something else out.

I hope that we make life fun.

I hope that we have an early spring.

I hope that my creativity blooms…

….and last but not least….hehe

I hope that Gerald Myer’s has to resign!!!!!

~Only in Texas~

Today started with news of school closings and delays because of an ice storm overnight. Then as the ice began to melt, heavy clouds moved in and it began to rain. My daughter called and she said it was hailing or doing something like a hail storm at her house maybe even BIG sleet? Then the sun came out briefly and a brown haze drifted in…..and now folks we are having an old fashioned West Texas sandstorm! Winds are gusting to 60mph! So to sooth my soul, I am posting a picture of snow in Ruidoso, NM.

I’m dreaming of a brown…I mean white Christmas!


Today was cold and snowy out so I wanted to make some warm comfort food for dinner. I tried a recipe from my favorite magazine (Southern Living) tonight and it was so great I thought I would share!!! Do you love lasagna but hate to make it because it is such a pain? Well, this is close and so easy. My husband said it was his new favorite meal. I just added a caesar salad (in the bag) and it was so good.  Let me know if you liked as much as we did!

Beef Lombardi

Southern Living

Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 1  (8-oz.) package medium egg noodles
  • 1  pound  lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  salt, divided
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried Italian seasoning
  • 1  (6-oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1  (14 1/2-oz.) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1  (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2  cup  sour cream
  • 4  green onions, chopped
  • 1/2  cup  (2 oz.) shredded Italian six-cheese blend


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare egg noodles according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, sprinkle ground beef with 1 1/4 tsp. salt and Italian seasoning. Cook beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink.

3. Stir in tomato paste, and cook 2 minutes; stir in tomatoes, 1/2 cup water, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 8 minutes.

4. Microwave cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 20 seconds. Stir in sour cream and green onions. Stir cream cheese mixture into hot cooked noodles.

5. Place noodle mixture in bottom of a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Top with beef mixture; sprinkle with shredded Italian cheese.

6. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Note: To lighten, substitute low-fat or fat-free sour cream and 2% reduced-fat cheese.