Saturday, December 19, 2009

Winter Ramblings

First off, I want to say, I have no pictures!

My camera is doing something REALLY weird! It'll take the pictures, but one side is really washed out...almost like the flash isn't working correctly except I'M NOT USING THE FLASH!

I wanted to show you the new winter coat I found for Matthew the other day! It is fleece-lined and according to him...really really warm! I found it at our local Tractor Supply Store for $38! Who knew TSS carries kids' coats??? I didn't! LOL

Yesterday, at his Christmas party at school, Scott & one of his buddies were playing and he hit is forehead on the corner of a wooden bookcase! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?? He has a giant goose-egg right smack in the middle of his forehead...and it has a slight cut as well. He told me last night before he went to bed..."Moma, my head doesn't feel so good." Ya think? I took him to see the doc & no concussion or skull fractures, but he was wheezing. Hmmmm...I took him in for his head & they check his lungs? Anyway, we're gonna try some preventative inhalers & see if that helps his asthma. Jason wants to get him tested for allergies since most asthma is caused by allergies. What do you think? Should I get him allergy tested?

Now on to the exciting news! I got a job! It's located in Memphis, TN so we'll have to move, but I just feel a REAL peace about the whole thing. I do covet your prayers, though. See, I'll be moving to Memphis in the next couple of weeks while Jason and the boys stay here until school's out for the summer so it's gonna be interesting! At least it's close enough that I can go back & forth on the weekends & watch Scott play Upward Basketball. Do you have it at your church? If not, see if your pastor would be willing to look into it. It not only teaches basketball, but it also is a wonderful outreach ministry! We have kids from all over come to learn basketball! While they're practicing, the coaches have devotions and talk about God's love for them and what Jesus did for them by dying on the Cross. Then, during the games, at each half-time, there's either a testimony or a devotion for the parents and grandparents. So in actuality, we're reaching the WHOLE family! Isn't that great?

Onto Matt's service dog. We have an on-going fundraiser on-line. We receive 50% of every sale to go toward his dog. :) Go to: If you get anything, when you check out, pick Arkansas for the state and then you will have to pick the organization you want to help. Ours is called "4 paws for ability in honor of matthew shatterly".

Until Next Time, Merry CHRISTmas!

Love & Hugs to all!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

White Christmas?

This is our Christmas tree from last year. I FINALLY got it up again 2 nights ago. Well, the boys put it up for me and decorated it. They did a very good job. I'll have to take some new pictures in a few days to post. But on to more exciting news!
Ok, ya'll, I have a legitimate job offer that I accepted! It's in Memphis, TN which is a little farther than I had planned, but I've felt this tremendous peace from GOD ever since I got the call. it feels like HE reached down and gave me a big HEAVENLY hug! Like He was telling me it'll be okay. I don't know about the rest of you, but when that happens to me, I just feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Jason has gotten a promotion of sorts. Instead of driving, he's now a dispatcher. I'm not sure HE thinks it's a promotion, because it's not any more pay, but the hours are more reliable AND he's not out in this horrible weather we've had lately!

Anyway, you can follow me on facebook as well as here. Hope to hear from ya'll soon!

Love always, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What Next?

Wow! A lot has happened since my last post!

I was laid off 2 weeks ago! I was in utter shock for about a week and a half! I always thought that since I work in healthcare I was immune to that happening. GUESS NOT! So I have joined the ranks of the unemployed. :( WAHHHH! The day after I got laid off, I filed for my unemployment. I won't get it til either the end of this week or the beginning of next week. The first week you're out of work, they don't count...they use it as a waiting period. I have been searching, though so hopefully this will be short-lived. :-)
Jason nearly surprised the you know what outta me! He offered to work more hours so I could be a stay-at-home mom. WHAT AN OFFER! I would like to try it, but we cannot afford it at this time. The boys are enjoying me being home. They come home to cupcakes, cookies, etc. YUM!
I am also actually cooking real food for a change! SURPRISE! This is a recent meal: homemade mashed potatoes, sweet peas, meatloaf and bread. Anyway, til next time, hope all is well with you & yours!


Friday, October 30, 2009

This is gonna be a short one, I think. :-) Scott, the 8 year-old, and I both have the flu....good-old-fashioned flu. Not Swine Flu or stomach flu. We went to the doctor yesterday. When I went to the pharmacy to get our prescriptions for Tami-flu, antibiotics and cough medicine, it was over $230! Needless to say, I didn't get all of them. I got all of Scott's and my antibiotics. That alone was over $120! The antibiotics were for Scott's ears and to (hopefully) act preventatively for me....I have a terrible cough and the doc was afraid it would turn into pneumonia. He also told me that here in Arkansas we haven't gotten enough flu shots from the feds to give to everyone and by the time we did everyone would already have it and it wouldn't do any good. I think we caught Scott's in time as I've been giving him Tami-flu and he has perked right up. I feel like I've been run over by a train!

This pic is from earlier this summer when we ate at one of our local Mexican restaurants, YUM!

Anyway, hope all of you have a happy Halloween and watch out for the little spooks as my Dad would say!

Love all,

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happy Fall Y'all!

Don't you just love the colors of fall? Especially when we have a ton of colors like this year. I'm sure it's because of all the rain, which we get tired of, but you have to admit, it makes for GORGEOUS fall foliage! :-)

I took most of these pictures yesterday when I went with Matthew's class on a field trip to Petit Jean State Park. It's outside of Morrilton, Arkansas. For those of you who have never heard "The Legend of Petit Jean", here's a link...I hope. :)

Matthew just loves going on hikes! Even though it was BITTERLY cold on our hike, he had a wonderful time and chattered all the way home. (Rather suits a "Shatterly" to chatter, huh? Hee Hee) Anyway, we hiked down to the Rock House Cave and also down the Bear Cave Trail. We got to see the "Skull" rock. The kids thought that was pretty cool! :)

For those who are following our exploits in trying to get Matt a service dog, we are at $3200 of the $11,000 we need. I'm waiting to hear back from the local Kiwanis Club to see if they'll be able to help us with a fundraiser or 2.

We had our AWANA Grand Prix on Wednesday, and Scott won 2nd Place for "Character". He didn't even know what they were talking about when they called him up to get his trophy!

It was funny!

Well, until next time, happy fall and you can e-mail me or leave comments anytime!

Love all!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Flu, Fall and Football

Ok so today there's not any pictures.... This will be a fairly short post, I think. :-)

Matt has had a very mild case of the flu and has stayed home with Jason the past 2 days. I have a sore throat which I'm hoping isn't going to develop into Strep Throat like it usually does. We are in full swing selling popcorn for Cub Scouts so if you need any, contact us or your local Boy/Cub Scouts. :)

Isn't this early part of fall one of your favorite times of year? TO see the leaves start to change colors and smell leaves burning just makes you feel festive and thankful for all God has blessed us with. I noticed that one of the local Pumpkin Farms is open and some of the area daycares are going to be taking the kids on "hayrides" and such at it. I am trying to decide if we should carve a Jack-O-Lantern this year or just keep the pumpkin whole.

Well, The Razorbacks WON against Texas A&M on Saturday! Can I get a Wooooooooooooo PIG SOOOOIIIEEEE???!!!! Well done! GO HOGS!!! I bought a Razorback fleece blanket at Wal-Mart and the boys have been arguing to see who gets to sleep under it each night. HA! How's that for team loyalty? Jason...the lone Georgia boy....just doesn't get it and shakes his head at 'em.

At church, the ladies have been studying Beth Moore's Bible Study of Esther, and I must say, she brings things out that I would NEVER have thought of. Take for instance...when Mordecai asked Esther to go before the king....Esther hadn't been in the king's presence for 30 days! Can you imagine your husband not asking for you for a whole month? WOW!

Well, that's all for today. Hope all's well in your neck of the woods.

Happy Fall Ya'll!