Party Favors~ Vintage Candy from our childhood complete with ring pops, candy necklaces, chicklets gum, candy lipsticks, fun dip, gummies, and orange & strawberry soda.
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Tuesday night Lindsay and I went to the Houston Young Republicans meeting. The last meeting was canceled because of Hurricane Ike. I was on a plane back to Houston when I realized the meeting would HAVE to be canceled, my eyes watered. :) Before the HYR meeting, we stopped at my favorite candy store, Candylicious, for a little snack. I love this store! It’s so fun and colorful. They have tons of vintage candies from our childhood.
We drove by this huge uprooted tree on the way to lunch. There are scenes like this all over Houston. One of the things I like about Houston is the green grass and green trees. I know it probably doesn't sound profound; there is green grass and green trees everywhere. Well, not really. I went to college in Abilene, TX and it was brown! I'm sad so many have been destroyed.
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I love the little chip and dip bowl. It’s so different, it was only $6.00.
I also picked up this pink depression candy dish. My mom has the cutest set of pink depression dessert plates.
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A few weeks ago my parents returned from a mission trip to El Salvador. They went with a group from their church in San Antonio. The purpose of the trip was to encourage, teach, and help the needy of El Salvador. While they were there, my dad and mom hosted men’s and women’s retreats. My dad took the men to the coast for their retreat and my mom had Bible studies with the women in the villages (both with an interpreter). I’m so proud of my parents and thankful for the example and legacy they are leaving for Jarrett, Jennifer, Me and our children.
My Mom encouraging the woman of El Salvador
The children's class at a Sunday church service in the Village of El Sueva
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The fabulous blog designer, Danielle, is holding a raffle to help a family that was badly hurt in a small plane crash. When I read the Nielsen's story, I cried. It's so sad and devastating. Please help this family if you can. If you enter the raffle, you'll be eligible to receive a blog makeover just in time for the holidays. I copied this from Danielle's blog....
"On Saturday, August 16th, Stephanie and Christian Nielsen were in a plane crash along with Christian's flight instructor, Doug Kinneard. Stephanie and Christian were left in critical condition, and sadly, Doug did not survive this accident. I was so touched by this young couple, who are parents to four beautiful children and knew I needed to do something to help.
Monday, September 15th, through Monday, September 22nd, I will be selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Nielsen family. You may purchase 1 raffle ticket for $10, or 3 for $25. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to the Nielsen family. To learn more about the Nielsen's, please click here.
To purchase a raffle ticket, please use the Chipin in the sidebar (on Danielle's blog). Once you have purchased your tickets, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will reply with your raffle ticket number(s). On Tuesday, September 23rd, I will announce the winner, who will receive a $95 Deluxe Blog Makeover"
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Guess what??? The grocery store was officially open today. No escorts, no flashlights… As I was walking in, I was so excited. I had a list! Check out what they had to offer. Boo Hoo.
After I struck out at the grocery store, I headed to the nail salon. I’m in desperate need of a mani and pedi. My cuticles are dry and it certainly doesn’t help that I pick at them. When I walked in I noticed the lights were out. The lady informed me they had no power but they could still give me a mani and pedi in the dark with cold water. I did it!! Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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You have to make hurricanes during a hurricane. This is rare~I posted a picture of myself in workout clothes, pigtails, and no make-up.
The next morning the mayor requested that everyone stay home and not drive around to see the damage. I couldn’t just sit there; I wanted to see if my house was still standing or if I still had a roof. I was lucky, I had just a little water come in through the roof. A bunch of trees and power lines are down in my yard and around my house. We are being told it could be 1 day-3 weeks before everyone has their power is restored. The worst part is we have no water. I could live without power for a week or so but water! Lindsay and John live in a suburb west of town; they have power and water. I’m staying with them for a couple of days. After that I’m not sure??? I’m thinking I’ll go home and clean out the refrigerator and pack some clothes and go to San Antonio to stay with my parents. Wow~ being homeless is not fun. I’m so homeless Joe! (D~ that was for you) Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes.
My building~ what a mess!
My front yard
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Last week I had a victory at my favorite store! At the beginning of the summer, I tried on the turquoise dress in the photo below. I loved it but it was $148. Sometimes I have to pay full price for items I love because my size is unavailable when it finally goes on sale. I decided I wasn't going to pay full price for this dress and walked away. I figured I would never see it again in my size. Well... last week I happened to walk into my store and it was on sale for $39.95 and they had my size. That is a retail VICTORY!
I've seen collages from Polyvore.com and decided to try one with my new dress. Polyvore SO fun. It reminds me of creting "color boards" in my interior design class in college. I ended up wearing the dress to church on Sunday with my sparkle jewelry and headband instead of the pearl jewelry I had originally picked in the collage. Note: I have all the accessories in the collage except for the fabulous, amazing, beautiful Chanel bag. Dream on sister!
Caroline (Lindsay and John's daughter) and I resting after church. I love it that she's smiling behind her pacifier.
Last but not least, thank you to everyone for your sweet, encouraging comments about my upcoming trip to China. I am honored to "know" such a wonderful community of women. Your thoughts and prayers mean to world to me. Thank you for sharing your lives with me through blogger. You inspire me everyday.
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