Thursday, January 29, 2009

When plans change . . .

. . . you can make lemonade. Something like that.
This week Pat, Molly and I were going to visit Aunt Martha in Oklahoma. We were planning a fun road trip. Well, ice nixed that. Ah, but I got some me-time and then some Mother-time, so it worked out not too badly. (Though I look forward to doing a rain check -or ice check - on that trip.) Right now I'm at my mom's. We just finished breakfast which included a good talk . . . about almost everything. Leave it to us and the problems of the world would be solved.

For today? More ME-TIME!! And I won't feel guilty about it. (That's the main thing - no guilt!)

Speaking of guilt, this Saturday at 5 o'clock at Zero Church Sam is talking about how to not be manipulated by guilt from others. It should be REALLY good. Click HERE for the website. If you watch the little video you'll notice we did "Long Train Running" by the Doobie Brothers last Sat. This Saturday we're doing Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down". Sophie's singing it. It should be good.

Here's a picture for this cold weather...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

2 bits of news. . .

1. Andrew can now sit in a high chair! That's him on the left (of course).

2. My mother now has a Mac! She's had trouble with her PC, so Sam has loaned her a Mac, to see how she likes it. Here they are getting her used to it.

That's all.
Stay warm!

Monday, January 26, 2009

It's always fun . . .

. . . to drop in on Laura and her roommates and some of their beaus who were visiting.
From left: Nick (Elise's beau), Claire, Laura, Elise, Rachael, and Ryan (Laura's beau, of course). . .
Well, as you can see they could only stand and look normal for so long . . .

And then the girls wanted their own moment (especially Elise!) . . .

And then finally Nick and Ryan had to join in ... but at least two of the girls weren't too sure . . . hmm. . . .

What a fun group.

(Do people still use the word 'beau'?)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Two of my most favorite people in the whole wide world . . .

I got to spend some time with them and their precious mom (another one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world) this afternoon - which means I'm smiling now, of course.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The car .... !!!!

(This is my second post today. I just couldn't wait till tomorrow to show you my vehicle!)

I am John Adams . . .

. . . and John Carmack is Benjamin Franklin. What founding father are you like? Click HERE for the short quiz to find out.
Oh, on John's Twitter thing he wrote, “Ben Franklin and I are very similar in many ways. At least that's what I say to convince clerks to take the $100 bills with my face on them.”
I thought that was funny.

Well, I guess there IS something to the global warming 'scare': today it's supposed to get to 81 degrees here in Colleyville!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Actually . . .

. . . it's not a NEW car. It's preowned. . . which is the best - price-wise.

Sweet news . . .

. . . I got a new car!! (No picture yet.) Will and Bailey took the first ride in it besides Sam and me and they duly oo-ed and ah-ed.

We got a great deal on it - thanks to Sam's wheelin'and dealin' (during which I had to grab the chair a few times and bite my lip and then force myself to detach.) (I'm still learning this business of being a wife.)

So now Will has my beloved Honda CRV. I loved that vehicle. Will's car gave out, though, and we decided to give the CRV to him and, well, I now have a NEW favorite car.
I can't wait to show it to you!!

Completely different note: I thought Michelle Obama looked smashing yesterday!

Have a great day.
Me - I'm going to go for a drive.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


As you know, I voted for McCain (and would again) but I AM EXCITED ABOUT TODAY. OH YES.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dolls! ... etc.

Yesterday Caroline and I went to the antique mall and shopped around. She particularly liked seeing the dolls.
Then we came home and she got to see some more dolls. What a doll!
Different note: last Sunday night Sam and I went to Kim and Barris' house and had the best meal we can remember. (Kim is a gourmet cook. Oh my.) We finally got to meet Arrowhead, their sweet pit bull. (In Arrowhead's case, that is NOT an oxymoron! He is precious.) And here he's doing one of his many tricks for Barris.
Oh, here's a group I like - right before being seated at Anamia's --- a yummy Mexican restaurant in Southlake.
And here are some pictures of last week's big birthday party for my Aunt Helen. She turned 75 and the big event was held in a parlor at Park Cities Baptist Church. Sadly, this is the only picture I took of her that day. (She's on the right, of course.)

Ah, but below is a picture of pictures of her. You can click to see it better.
Here's (from right) Bethany, Lori, Mother, Elizabeth and Andrew, Talena and Sylvia. (Caroline was sick! -and out in the car with her dad.)
Here's Eric, Brad, and Ethan, two of whom are brothers.
That's all for now.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Joke of the day .....

What do you do when a musician comes to your door?
Pay him and take your pizza.

News bit of the day .....
La Madeleine is closing in downtown Fort Worth!

Trivia of the day .....
The name "Lego" came from the Danish word LEg Godt, which means "play well." (Last year Legos celebrated their 50th year.)

Quote of the day .....
“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” - Max Lucado

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I got twelve votes on my poll!!! Thank you to all who voted!!

I think I'm going to keep 'mmjw' as my blog identity after all. For one thing, it got the most votes. (I even voted for it.) (Again, thanks -and hugs-to all who voted!)

'mmjw' stands for Mama Mia-Jane White (I was Mama Mia to my daughter when she was taking Italian (and then in Italy); and my middle name is Jane and my maiden name is White. I had used that 'handle' because I had wanted some anonymity when I commented on Laura's old Xanga blog-thing (which was the only blog I commented on for a while). [Some of you already knew that but may have forgotten (since you were never quizzed on it).] Anyway, I've just kept it. Somehow it makes me feel not so vulnerable as being Nancy Carmack. (Hmm, wonder what a shrink would say to that? - Well, I can guess.)

Anyway, there you have it.


Oh, here's a cartoon I like . . .

Monday, January 12, 2009


. . . where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain!

We're there (here) today.

I love it.

Arbuckle Mountains.

The 77 Grill in Davis, OK, that has some good home cooking that Sam and I partook of today. 

Good, hearty people. Not pretentious.

Not too cold winter. Not too hot summer.

A wonderful state.

My husband and son and daughter were born in Oklahoma.

Nuff said.

Oh. There's more.
Three out of the four people in these two pictures were born in Oklahoma.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sometimes I just have to VENT . . .

I'm thinking instead of calling our country "The United States of America" we should call it 'CRITICS R US'.

Think about it. Everyone is a critic. With all the talk shows both on TV and radio and all the websites and blogs begging for comments on everything, well, it gets crazy. CRAZY.

And almost everyone is negatively critical.


I'm tired of it.

Back before most of you (who read this blog) were born Sam and I lived in Brazil. (Sorry - we talk about it all the time.) We returned to the States in August, 1983. Boy, did we have reverse culture shock when we returned. And it basically revolved around this idea of CRITICS. Oh my. Everywhere we looked we saw experts (critics) on everything, and then THEIR critics blasting them for whatever they said, etc., ETC., ETCETERA.......

And perfectionism was (is) rampant. . . which, of course, goes along with the idea of criticizing everything, and everyone.
Example: I got a book called COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL. It sent me into a tizzy. What if I had been wearing 'summer's' colors and I was a 'winter' all along?

Oh, but you say, 'don't conform!'. Ha. People who say that usually want to NOT CONFORM IN JUST THE RIGHT WAY.


I don't know, ..... I was just thinking about this today as I somehow found myself (off of GoogleNews) on PEOPLE magazine's website. (Hollywood is so high school, don't you think?)

Anyway, I just want to rebel.

I'm thinking about letting my hair go gray, by the way (just to warn you).

I know the following scripture may not seem to fit this rant, but to me it does. I LOVE IT.
I'll leave you with it.
Proverbs 3:5,6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Isn't that great?!

(Feelin' good now. Thanks for letting me vent.)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Today . . .

. . . is the 2nd day of my new year. I NEVER start my new year until Jan. 8. That way I don't have to start my diet BEFORE my birthday.

Yes, I used the word 'diet'. I don't have to lose 100 pounds, thankfully, but every single pair of slacks that I own, except those with elastic, are extremely tight. Sooooooo. .....

. . . you know what that means.

I pondered the idea of talking about diets on my blog. I mean, this is a very private topic for me. But being private about it has not worked in the last 2 years. Soooooo, I'm going public. Maybe that will mean success.

Some of the gals in my 'work place' (where I 'play') (Hi, H!) are doing the diet thing together. That means they weigh themselves every week and then after a certain time whoever has lost the most will get a cash reward. I thought about doing that. It sounds like a great idea. HOWEVER, I remembered in college signing up for a grad student's test project and weighing myself every Friday morning, and after 2 months I had GAINED weight. Hmm. 'Course I was more immature then, but still I can remember the humiliation like it was yesterday.

I'm being too melodramatic.

Still, I want you to know that this time next year I want to weigh less. Or at least fit better in my slacks and jeans.

Doesn't that sound like a goal?

Maybe I can reach that one!!!

(I just love this blogging-thing. Who knew I would be so into it? I mean, I can write whatever I want!)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Laura. . .

. . . . . . decorated my birthday tree!!
(In this picture I look so solemn- good grief. . . . Inside I was smiling from ear to ear and eyes to mouth.)

Thank you, Laura!!

Me and Nicolas Cage . . .

. . . have a lot in common. We have the same initials (mmjw is an alias) AND we are both celebrating today! He's turned 45 today and I've turned a few years older than that. (Don't ask me why I'm using the word 'turned'.)

I used to not understand why women wouldn't tell their age. Now I do (understand). It's not that they don't want people to know that they're really THAT old, it's that they don't want people to think, 'gee, I thought she was A LOT older!'

Most folks my age try to let their birthdays go by unnoticed. At least with little hoopla. Me, I'm all about celebrating.
I've declared today MY DAY. I will do what I want, eat what I want, go where I want, and - let's see-, think what I want, watch what I want (I tivoed last night's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (he's so funny), and BE what I want (a bum the whole day- except for tonight when I go eat Mexican food with my wonderful family.)

It will be - is being- a great day.

P. S. I'm thinking about not using 'mmjw' anymore, but being my true self, and using 'nc' or 'nwc' . . . or even (this is daring) 'Nancy'. Ah, ..... I'll do a poll. YES! TAKE THE POLL, PLEASE .... up on the left side of the blog.

Monday, January 5, 2009

We had fun . . .

. . . at Zero Church Saturday night. Well, we usually have fun. . . but it was a little more fun than usual this past week.
Sam preached on "Why We Do What We Don't Want To Do." (Well, the message wasn't 'fun' -though very good-, but the music was!)
In preparing for that talk, the crew that plans the services (Sam, me, Barris, Kim and Dine) came up with the idea of doing Hank William's Jr.'s "Family Tradition". (Well, I didn't know the song - SO I'M INNOCENT OF ANY WRONG DOING! -ha!)
Anyway, Barris got his dad (a professional entertainer (and a retired administrator of Hardin Simmons University) to perform it, and his (Barris') sons to accompany him, with Barris playing bass. It was a hoot. Here's a picture:

Here's Sam talking a little before they performed.
And here are the 'Tech Chicks' at the light and sound board (from left, Jessie, Kim, Dine (pronounced Dinay). . .
Do you know another church that has all female tech people? Huh???
Go Zero Church!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

This morning . . .

. . . I went to visit someone I know who is in the Dallas County jail. She's been there a year and a half, and could be transferred to the women's prison in Gatesville (a much better place), but she wants to be near her attorney - to work on her appeal, so has opted to stay in the Dallas jail. Sam and I go every so often to see her. It is always a sobering experience.
Needless to say, it's an awful place. No one could EVER escape from there . . . and everyone incarcerated there would want to. For sure.

Here's my point: don't get into a situation where you think you might be doing anything illegal. If there's any question that your activity is not legal, abandon it.
I just wanted to say that.

On a much, MUCH, MUCH lighter note, you ought to visit Caroline C.'s blog! She's put up some great pictures of her eventful 2008, as well as a list of crazy gadgets, etc. Those gadgets are so crazy. . . you must see them. Click HERE for her blog. It's under the January 2 post titled 'BEST'.
Go there now!

Friday, January 2, 2009

My Favorite Things . . .

For Christmas last year (last week) I got some WONDERFUL gifts:

The 1,000 Places book and travel journal were from Sam - with this message, "When the economy gets better (the recession is over) I'll take you to a place on the globe that YOU pick!" (I told you I live a dream life. - 'Course we may not be traveling for another decade or so. ...Still.)

The DOODLE DREAMS book was part of Will's gift and it's become one of my favorite books of all time. (Last year I started doodling as part of prayer time and memorizing Scripture, and while watching TV (I had read an article about it and started doing it- I'll blog about it someday) and, well, Will knew that and appropriately got me this book! Oh, he also gave me a Dare to Dream calendar(!!!) (among other things).

The "My Heart Sings" wall hanging was from Laura. I love how it looks on the wall in the kitchen nook. I think I'll get another one of those thingies (yay Hobby Lobby) that I put above it and put it underneath it.

I also got some other treasures (books by Francine Rivers from my mother, a beautifully framed picture of the Huffman family, and other gifts). If I listed them all I would omit some.

Christmas was wonderful.
I repeat, WONDERFUL.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


I'm taking a break from taking down Christmas.
It feels good - the break, and taking it all down.
It's kind of cleansing, somehow.

Trivia Tuesday

He was nominated on five occasions but Mahatma Gandhi NEVER won the Nobel Peace Prize. Where will you find an annual hair-freezing contest? ...