AWANA Sign Up Tonight!  

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The Awana name is derived from an idea in the Bible found in II Timothy 2:15 which reads, "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed."

Why Awana? In the purpose of Awana is stated best in the pledge to the Awana flag, "I pledge allegiance to the Awana flag, which stands for the Awana Clubs, whose goal is to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ, and train them to serve Him.
What do Awana Clubs teach?
The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone is a sinner (Romans 3:23) and in God's eyes deserves eternal punishment in hell (Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15). But Jesus Christ, God's Son, paid the penalty for our sin when He was crucified on the cross and arose from the dead (Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). If we trust Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we receive God's gift of eternal life in heaven. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Salvation is a free gift; we cannot buy it or earn it by doing good works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Instead we must simply accept it. Each child and leader must understand this important message, for it is what our Awana Clubs teach and the reason for their existence.

(above information from Dana and Cindy Bratton's site)

My church, Forestville Baptist, is having sign-ups for AWANA's tonight for ages 2 yrs old -5th grade. AWANA meets every Wednesday night from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Last year was my childrens first experience with AWANA. They LOVED it! And, I did,too! The joy of seeing your child memorize Bible verse after Bible see them grow in their relationship with God, to find friends that are growing in God, too...PRICELESS!

I encourage you to sign up your child for AWANA. We'd love to have you attend at Forestville, but there are AWANA clubs at churches all over the area (and beyond!). FInd an AWANA Club today and enroll your child. You won't regret it!

Home Made Laundry Detergent  

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You will need Zote Soap, Borax and Washing Soda.

I buy my Zote at Save a Lot on White Horse Road. The Sav Mor on Wade Hampton carries it also.

The only place in Greenville that I have found that carries Washing Soda is Publix.

You can pick up Borax at any grocery store or Walmart.


When I make laundry detergent, I make a double batch so I end up with 5 gallons of detergent. Here I used 2/3 bar of Zote Soap and grated it on a cheese grater. The soap is soft and it is easy to grate.


Next you want to put the grated soap into a sauce pan and add your water. Since I doubled my soap, the amount of water I used was 12 cups.


Once your soap is melted you will add your washing soda and borax. Again, I doubled my amount so I used 1 cup of each.


Once your washing soda and borax have totally dissolved, pour hot water into your bucket. I used 8 cups.


Now take your soap mixture and pour it into the bucket that contains your hot water.


Too that you will add more water. Again, since I am doubling my recipe I added 2 gallons PLUS 12 cups of water.


Here is my bucket of newly finished laundry detergent. I make a lot at one time for 2 reasons. 1) I have a large family and we do a lot of laundry and 2) I don’t have to make it as often.


After your detergent sits for 24 hrs it will thicken up. I like to stir it well to break it up a bit. Your detergent will look gloppy … sort of like Egg Drop Soup. You use 1/2 cup detergent per load.


For the recipe I use go to : The Family Homestead

Please Pray  

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Do you remember my uncle that has cancer? I posted about it HERE and HERE and HERE.

Monday afternoon be will be having his 3rd surgery in 2 years.

He noticed a lump forming and the doctors removed the fluid that was causing the lump. They tested it and it was positive for cancer.

He's had this before but the doctors didn't find out as fast that it was cancer that time.

We are praying that this surgery isn't near as difficult as the last one.

If you would, please say a prayer for my dear uncle. He is so precious to us and we are so very sad that he is going through this again.

We know God has a plan and that this is all in His hands. He does not place anything on us that we cannot bear. I know God is with David and will see him through this surgery and recovery.

Thank you for your prayers and I will update as I find out how he is doing.

Happy 15th Anniversary, My Love!  

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Back to School  

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What I did this Summer  

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WOW! What a fast and fun summer we had! We packed in TONS and TONS of fun! We went to the movies, had lunches with dad, went swimming, to water parks, on hikes, roller skating, bowling, ice skating…..


Great Wolf Lodge!

(June 8, 2009)





Swimming at Mrs. Kay’s House

(June 25, 2009)



Kimberly’s 6th birthday

(June 26, 2009)



Picnic in Columbia

(June 29, 2009)

Riverbanks Zoo

(June 29, 2009)





Picnic at Falls Park

(July 1, 2009)


Finding the Mice on Main

(July 1, 2009)



4th of July at Papa and Gram’s House

(July 4, 2009)




Cow Appreciation Day at Chick Fil A

(July 10, 2009)



Frankie’s Fun Park

(July 14, 2009)






The Upcountry Museum

(July 15, 2009)





The WNC Nature Center

(July 21, 2009)



Chimney Rock

(July 21, 2009)






Ice Skating

(August 6, 2009)





Riding the “mule” to see the sunflowers

(August 7, 2009)




Roller Skating

(August 11, 2009)






Ice Cream party at Nana’s house

(August 15, 2009)




Discovery Island Water Park

(August 16, 2009)






Krispy Kreme Donuts

(August 18, 2009)



Andrew, Jessica, Kimberly and Daniel,

I want to thank you for being the greatest kids in the world! I’ve loved every part of being with you all this summer and I am going to miss you SO MUCH while you are in school! We’ve made lots of great memories this summer and I hope it meant as much to you as it did to me. I love you guys….more than you will ever know!