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Weekend Reflection~

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Deep exhale… another week coming to a close. I really like to embrace each day, even every moment. I read a post somewhere about how rushed we are that they are creating shortened versions of board games… I don’t want to feel rushed, I don’t want to rush my life away. I look at the kids, Amanda is almost an adult. They are growing up so fast. I don’t want to sound morbid… so stick with me for just a minute and I’ll move on (promise!)… so many people dying. It really makes you think about your time here on earth. At one funeral I went to in the last few months the preacher said that your life is just the dash between two dates; the date you were born – and the date you die. I want my dash to be a really good dash. I want God’s love to shine from within my soul. Okay, I think I am getting sleepy because I feel like I am turning onto sappy avenue… so I will move on as promised.

Izzy is much better, I think her mouth is feeling normal! She had another good week and was healthy, thank God.

Today was a really busy day. The carnival/fund raiser was held at Izzy’s school to benefit the Dreamcatcher playground. I took Bailey and Emelia who both worked booths and I painted faces all morning. I am not artistically challenged, I even felt pretty pleased with the art I was painting on the little soft cheeks of the children… until I looked down the table and saw one of the other volunteers painting what looked like actual works of art. I was ready to go back to the hockey booth that I was originally assigned to. I left that post after Miss Choctaw and Miss Edmond were assigned to be my helpers. Miss Edmond also had a ‘manager’ who was taking pictures of her so I thought the three of them and the groupies they brought were enough to hand a kid a hockey stick and let them pick a prize. Emelia did such a good job working her bean bag toss booth. She just turned 9 and they assigned her to be with an adult. When I went to get her to leave she was working her booth alone (the teenager had gone to get lunch) and she was sweetly helping a little girl (of maybe 7) pick a prize. She is so mature it amazes me. We grabbed an indian taco to go from the carnival and hit the road. Bailey stayed around to help the rest of the day. He worked at the moonwalk type booth. This had a tunnel that you crawled through to jump in. The little kids were scared to crawl through alone so when I went to tell him I was leaving he had taken off his jeans (he had shorts on underneath) and his sweatshirt hoodie (had a t-shirt too … this is g-rated) and his shoes (had socks :o)) and was crawling through with each little kid so they wouldn’t be scared. He is sweet to the core I tell you!

We headed to Edmond for the Make a Wish Easter egg hunt. Guess what mom of the year (that’d be me) forgot??? If you guessed Easter baskets to gather the eggs you would be right. You could have just plastered dummy on my forehead. I made a quick jot to the closest store and bought baskets for Emelia & Izzy.

I came home and the kids talked us into taking them to the movies this evening. I had planned on the usual chinese carryout which also lasts through most of Sunday’s meals and they talked me into gyros. Izzy went to Nini & Papa’s house while we took the kids to the movie. It was a fun outing and I’m pooped. This day started way early! It was a good day, and I’m smiling thinking about it. I am blessed.

Oh, one last thing, I read my Psalms and Proverbs for today (31, 61, 91…) and Proverbs 31 was about a wife of noble character… I want to work on this!

Proverbs 31 ~ A Wife of Noble Character
10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies. 11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. 12 She will not hinder him but help him all her life. 13 She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. 14 She is like a merchant’s ship; she brings her food from afar. 15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. 16 She goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. 18 She watches for bargains; her lights burn late into the night. 19 Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. 20 She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.21 She has no fear of winter for her household because all of them have warm* clothes. 22 She quilts her own bedspreads. She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth. 23 Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council meeting with the other civic leaders. 24 She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future. 26 When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions. 27 She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness. 28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: 29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. 31 Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
The finished OU basket (my blanket is in the bottom).
Miss Choctaw, Emelia & Miss Edmond
Emelia, Izzy & the Easter bunny!
Izzy holding her Easter basket & eggs!

Izzy & me!

Thanks Judi for hosting Weekend Reflection, you should go join in!

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A B C ‘s of your life ~ a tag & a meme ~

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Thanks Ann for the tag!

1. A is for age: 37

2. B is for beer of choice: A&W

3. C is for career right now: SAHM

4. D is for your dog’s name: Lady, a white alaskan husky mix (from the pound)

5. E is for essential item you use everyday: Cingular 8125 (smart phone)

6. F is for favorite TV show at the moment: American Idol

7. G is for favorite game: Solitare

8. H is for Home town: Choctaw!

9. I is for instruments you play: Clarinet & oboe in junior high… now, not so much

10. J is for favorite juice: does coke count?

11. K is for whose butt you’d like to kick: I’m not in the habit of ‘kicking butts,’ but lets just say you know who you are :o).

12. L is for last place you ate: home sweet home

13. M is for marriage: June 17

14. N is for your full name: Deborah Ann Pettigrew

15. O is for overnight hospital stays: 4, one for each child… and about 8 weeks with Izzy.

16. P is for people you were with today: I’m counting this as Friday since it is only 5 a.m. and I haven’t been with anyone yet (except Matt). So, all the kids… mom & dad… niecie, barbara, kathy (getting ready for carnival at izzy’s school)

17. Q is for quote: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Phil 4:13

18. R is for Biggest Regret: It’s much too early in the morning to start this laundry list ;-).

19. S is for status: Happily married.

20. T is for time you woke up today: 4:45 am

21. U is for underwear you have on now: Well, I’ll give you three hints… cotton, VS & pink. I’m such a animal!

22. V is for vegetable you love: Broccoli & carrots!

23. W is for worst habit: coke (as in -a-cola of course)

24. X is for x-rays you’ve had: teeth?

25. Y is for yummy food you ate today: I ate these meatballs and they were really good!

26. Z is for the zodiac sign: Leo

I would like to share the fun, so I am tagging Julie, Quietromance, Jenna and Carrie to post your ABC’s as well!

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I finished the blanket ~ yeah!

Friday, March 30th, 2007

This is an arrangement of fresh flowers I arranged today to make Izzy’s therapy room look more Spring-ie!

This is some of my boyds bears I have collected, along with some of the believe signs that I am now collecting and love (also in Izzy’s therapy room).

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FIF~Strawberry Cake

Friday, March 30th, 2007

I don’t like fruit, I don’t eat anything with fruit in it! But, this is my husband’s favorite cake and I make it for his sister’s birthday too. It is requested a lot! I decided to start pulling my recipes from the ‘vault’ (aka my handwritten recipe book given to me at marriage) that only has my very best recipes. Next week I’m going to post my mom’s chocolate sheet cake recipe that has equal billing… then maybe cinnamon rolls that have won awards… then… we’ll see

Strawberry Cake~

1 white cake mix
1 pkg. strawberry jello
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. water
4 eggs
frozen strawberries (most of package, save some for icing)

1/2 c. butter
dash salt
1 small box powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk (or more/less for texture)
remainder of strawberries.

Mix cake ingredients in order given, bake at 350 45-50 minutes or until done. I usually make this in a bundt pan which needs to be well greased and floured.

Mix icing ingredients and pour over warm cake.

You can visit Overwhelmed for more recipes.

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Friday’s Feast~

Friday, March 30th, 2007

What are you proud of?

My children. Wow, they are all so different. I often say that I am the same mom to all of them but they are so unique. Amanda is an overachiever, she is caring, loving, and shy. Bailey is sweet to the core, smart, persistent and determined. Emelia is prissy, full of common sense, mature, and funny. Izzy is strong, she is a little fighter in every sense of the word and she is smart and beautiful. They all make me proud, even when they are not perfect… It makes me think of God’s love for me.

What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize?

A chocolate bunny. At our church when I was a little girl, there was a yearly Easter egg hunt. I always seemed to win the prize bunny for gathering the most eggs. This particular year, my mother told me I should probably let someone else win so I didn’t find many eggs on purpose. After the hunt they awarded the chocolate bunny to the child with the most eggs, but also awarded another bigger chocolate bunny to the child with the least eggs… which was ME!

Name something you do that is a waste of time.

Watch tv. I know this, I know it is based on commercials to sell products and also food products that are unhealthy. It is a distraction and sometimes that is what I want… but it sure is a waste of time.

Main Course
In what year of your life did you change the most?

2004. Izzy’s accident has changed me more than marriage or childbirth. I am a different person today than I was three years ago. My faith has grown, and changed. My relationship with God has grown from a religion based on Him to a relationship with Him.

Where is a place you consider to be very tranquil?

The most tranquil place I can think of is my bedroom. I have been away from home and the scenery was so beautiful and I have thought to myself, “take a mental picture of this so you can draw on it in the future.” But, I believe tranquility is a state of mind and I find the most peace when I am home.

Visit Friday’s Feast (new site) to sign up!

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Izzy’s New Smile~

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

I caught this pic of Amanda reading to Izzy this afternoon and thought I would show you her new “smile.”

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SCT~Easy Slow Cooker French Dip

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

I have been out and about all morning. I took Iz to school this morning, and then went to look for OU (Oklahoma University) fleece material. I had made a fleece blanket (you know, the type you make by cutting strips and tying it together?) Anyway, I have put that over Izzy in the past on cold days and they are having a fundraiser/carnival this weekend and Izzy’s class is doing a OU basket for the auction. I asked what they had gotten so far and they quickly asked if I could make an OU blanket like Izzy’s purple blanket. I luckily found the fleece this morning so that’s what I’ll be working on this afternoon. I’ll try to post a pic when I finish. I am not really into sports memorabilia, but some really are so hopefully this will help the basket raise more money for the dreamcatcher playground at the school. This playground is really a blessing, the swings are so cool and Izzy loves to swing on them. This is a pic of her swinging…

Anyway, it is Thursday… and that means time for more slow cooker recipes (which I love by the way). Better late than never. Head over to Sandra’s blog for more…

Easy Slow Cooker French Dip


  • 4 pounds rump roast
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed French onion soup
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
  • 6 French rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Trim excess fat from the rump roast, and place in a slow cooker. Add the beef broth, onion soup and beer. Cook on Low setting for 7 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Split French rolls, and spread with butter. Bake 10 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Slice the meat on the diagonal, and place on the rolls. Serve the sauce for dipping.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Today I took Izzy to the hospital for a hip xray. The doctor who will be doing her botox injections Monday wanted to see if there was any hip migration, and how her hips looked before he starts the injections. I asked the tech to show me the xrays before I took them and I wasn’t thrilled with what I think I saw. I believe firmly in not speaking negative and also that words have power so I refuse to speak (or type) anything negative. I believe God can heal hips & I believe Izzy’s will be okay too. The guy accidentally made two films of her hips, so we can keep one to show how they were before! I did, however, have a little breakdown/moment of weakness to which I quickly snuffed out by a little shopping therapy… I went in thinking a new spring purse would be nice, but found other things.

A pretty quilt/blanket/throw (I’m always cold!)
a sweet little dress for Iz and a shirt for Bailey he is sure to hate!
some pink flip flops…
some navy flip flops!
This is just a pic of the cross I have in a flower bed (I collect crosses & now I started collecting believe signs which I place in Izzy’s therapy room) You also may have noticed the writing on the wall behind the quilt, it is faith scriptures also on a wall in Izzy’s therapy room that I can read while exercising Izzy. I didn’t do too bad today, Marshalls had really good prices so it was a win-win situation…
This morning I read Psalms 28, 58, 88, 118, and Proverbs 28. This is a fun way to read Psalms and Proverbs each month. Tomorrow will be 29, 59, 89 and so on…
My favorite verse from today:

The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger.
I trust in him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
Psalm 28:7

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Chicken Cream Cheese Enchiladas

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (2-3 cups)
can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. cream cheese
28 oz. green enchilada sauce
8 oz. cheddar cheese
15 flour tortillas

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese, cream of chicken soup, 1/2 the cheddar cheese, and enough enchilada sauce to make the mixture moist.
  3. Mix all ingredients well. Make sure the cream cheese is not clumpy.
  4. In a large rectangular baking dish pour enough enchilada sauce to coat the bottom.
  5. In each tortilla put approximatley 3-4 large tablespoons of the mixture.
  6. Roll each tortilla and place into the pan.
  7. Once pan is full, pour enough enchilada sauce on top to make sure each tortilla is covered.
  8. Sprinkle remianing cheese on top.
  9. Bake for between 25 and 30 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.
  11. Garnish with sour cream, lettuce, olives, etc .
  12. Enjoy.

Real Moms~

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Thanks Carrie for tagging me for this meme about “real moms.” The idea is to think of just one thing that *real moms* do.

Real moms Pray for their Children!!!

This is magnified by Izzy’s accident/recovery… but, even before this happened I prayed for my children on a daily basis. I prayed for their future spouses, I prayed for their teachers, I prayed for their health. I still pray for all these things and also pray for protection. I think prayer is the most important thing we can do for our children. I also pray for my mothering skills and for wisdom in dealing with situations regarding the children.
I’m leaving you with two pictures, one of Izzy a month or so before her accident, the other is me & Izzy a few months after her accident…

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” James 5:16 NLT

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