Showing posts from March, 2009

I'm a Christian Part II


I'm a Christian Part I


The Other Side of Me

Iva - 20
The Man Beast - 18

Twelve Turtle Years Together

Praying for Fifty More

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Clean Up, Clean Up

After putting up with slower-than-molasses computer using, I decided to reformat my laptop. But first, I had to transfer files from my computer to The Man Beast's.

TMB was good enough to create a folder on my desktop called 'To Transfer' (that Man Beast...he's so creative with names, isn't he?). He then told me to put everything I wanted transferred into that folder.

Easy peasy, right?

Well, it would have been except for the fact that I haven't backed up my computer in Two to be exact. But in Computer Land, two years is a long time. In fact, my Dell Inspiron 1501 is practically ancient. But it suits it's purpose and even though I'd love a new computer, this one will do.

After looking through hundreds of pictures, tons of documents (many of them my own work from my homeschooling days), and some slide show movies, that folder was over 14 gigs. Total transfer time: 4 hours. Ooops.

Today, while the kiddos and I were at church, The Ma…

Miracle League

This morning, bright and early this morning, Baby Gurl, The Boy and I went with Baby Gurl's Girl Scout Troop to help with the Miracle League. I'm sure all of you reading this have a Miracle League in your community, even if it goes by a different name. Miracle League is a baseball league for the physically and mentally disabled.

The three of us acted as buddies to two of the players (Baby Gurl, being so small, tag-teamed with mama to help).

It was an awesome experience! For those who don't know, I work as a paraprofessional (teacher's aid) in a self-contained extreme and profound handicapped classroom. My life has been blessed by the four people in my class. I am thankful that my children are exposed to those who are less fortunate than they.

Helping out people who are less fortunate - either by lack of income, physically or mentally - is a great way to take the focus off yourself. Today, Baby Gurl's and my mantra became: It's not about me.

I feel blessed t…

I Make No Apologies

He'd say you've got to stand for something
or you'll fall for anything.

"You've Got to Stand For Something", Aaron Tippin 1991

As I shared over in Life According to Iva, I am a Yankee. (Is there a 12-step program for this?) It is what it is and I just can't help it. However, after being in Georgia for eight years, I'm evolving (this is the only time you'll read about evolution on this blog, rest assured!) I have compiled a list of why I love being a Yankee in South East Georgia:

We believe in God. I know a lot of you reading this (who are unfortunate enough not to live in GA) believe in God, too. But you don't understand - we believe in God. We don't keep God confined to church on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights and Wednesday nights (we're Baptists, after all). We keep Him everywhere. Last night, we had prayer before the PTA meeting at a public school. The ACLU would have a field day with us.We believe that the Bible is the infal…

Thursday Thinker

One Sunday morning an Old Cowboy entered a Church just before services were to begin. Although the Old Man and his clothes were spotlessly clean, he wore jeans, a denim shirt and boots that were very worn and ragged. In his hand he
carried a worn out old hat and an equally worn out Bible.

The Church he entered was in a very upscale and exclusive part of the city. It was the largest and most beautiful Church the Old Cowboy had ever seen. The people of the congregation were all dressed with expensive clothes …

The Nothing Box

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Turn Up The Music Part II

In yesterday's post, I explained how music really speaks to me. I wrote about Point of Grace and their song, "Heal the Wound" and second chances. I also mentioned that the reason I bought my CD in the first place was because of two songs - one being Heal the Wound and the second one being 'How You Live'.
Wake up to the sunlight with your windows open
Don't hold in your anger or leave things unspoken
Wear your red dress use your good dishes
Make a big mess and make lots of wishes
Have what you want, but want what you have
And don't spend you life looking back

Turn up the music Turn it up Loud
Take a few chances Let it all out
Because you won't regret it
Looking back from where you have been
Because it's not who you knew and it's not what you did
It's how you Live

So go to the ballgames and go to the ballet
And go see your folks more than just on the holidays
Kiss all your children Dance with your wife
Tell your husband you love him every night
Don't r…

Turn Up The Music Part I

A couple of weeks ago, I went old school: I bought a music CD. I know, I know. Do they even sell those anymore? Yes, they most assuredly do sell CDs.

I bought Point of Grace's, How You Live. WalMart had several POG albums. I bought the most expensive one ($15). The Man Beast asked why I didn't buy the $8 CD. The $8 CD didn't have the two songs I wanted. (Yes, I paid $15 for two songs. I could have gone onto and bought both songs for $1.98. But, just like I'm a sucker for books - the old school variety, not ebooks, I am also a sucker for CDs. There just haven't been any CDs I really wanted until POG.)

Songs have always spoken to me. One of my favorite POG songs is 'How You Live' (I'll explain why tomorrow). But it wasn't until I attended a Women's Conference at my church last summer that I heard the song that really spoke to me: 'Heal the Wound'.
I used to wish that I could rewrite history
I used to dream that each m…

The Little Red Hen

If a man will not work, he shall not eat.
2 Thessalonians 3:10

(Iva's Note: The following story is an updated version of The Little Red Hen from my pastor last Sunday, verbatim. I took creative liberty in adding punctuation - being the English nerd that I am - in order to improve readability.

On a side note, lately, my pastor's messages have really rocked me to the core. I suppose Preacher Man isn't doing his job if he's not convicting his congregation. I plan on doing a Sunday series on the really good sermons. Stay tuned. His message to the congregation is worth sharing with all of you.)


Now, there's a modern little red hen and I want to tell you about that little red hen that is living during the days of the Obama Presidency.

Once upon a time there was a little red hen who scratched about in the barnyard until she discovered some grains of wheat. She called her neighbors and said, "If we plant this wheat we shall have bread to eat. Who w…

Pride Rears It's Ugly Head

(To read my story click here, here and here)

My co-worker, MA, asked my why The Man Beast and I didn't ask for help. To be honest, I stared blankly at her for a few beats.

Did it occur to us for ask for help? No.

But truthfully, looking back, I think pride kept us from asking for help. Were there people we could have called to help us? Chances are, yes. My family is not rich by any means, but I'm pretty sure that had they known exactly what we were going through exactly when we were going through it, they would have moved heaven and earth in an effort to help.

But it's only now, seven years later, that I realize that help did come. Yes, we had a few people come in our path to help us indirectly, but I think it was my MIL who moved in swiftly, did what she had to do, and saved our pride all in one fell swoop. (It's safe to say that by this time, our self-esteem and pride were pretty much in the gutter. What she did for us was kick awesome).

You see, my family is a b…

It's Been a Good Week

Hopefully, I'm not posting this too soon - but it has been a good week.

First, I found out a week ago that I had won Muzbeecrazy's Cheerio Giveaway! I received the package this week - a fruit and banana holder, two cereal bowls, a loaf pan and a coupon for a free box of the new Banana Nut Cheerios! (Click here for a picture)

Second, my local credit union has been busy revamping their website. Because I feel it's always important to tell a business when you are happy with them and the services they provide, I emailed them and told them that I thought the new website looked great! Imagine my surprise when I get an email on Wednesday telling me that my comment had been entered into a drawing and I was the lucky winner of a $50 cash prize!

Third, the weather in SE GA has just been wonderful! You really couldn't ask for greater weather. It's warm-even border-line humid-but without the bugs. It's great!

So, while I'm posting this a day early - I hope y'all …

Horizontal Yo-Yo Meets LOLCatz

Until next time...

God's Rules for 2009

Rules from Godfor 2009
1. Wake Up !!
Decide to have a good day.
"Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalms 118:24
2. Dress Up !!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart."
I Samuel 16:7
3. Shut Up!!
Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul." Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up!!...
For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. "Let us not be…

New Word Sunday: Tenacity

According to Merriam Webster online, the definition of tenacious is :persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired.

For everyone else - the picture above is a great definition of tenacity.

Once again, I spent the majority of the day looking at blog options. I *might* use a designer. But until I make up my mind about that, I wondered what I could do on my own. Thanks the the Internet and Google (although I use Swag Bucks), one can find out how to do most anything - if one's tenacious enough.

I was.


This cool background that you see in the picture won't play well with Internet Explorer - and I have no idea why.

But since it's 10 o'clock Saturday night, I'm calling it a night on this blog business. There is always tomorrow (after a visit from the Coolest Woman in the World, of course).

On a side note, the Man Beast wants to get a tattoo - of a tribal turtle. (For me, get it - because my nickname both on and off the screen is Turtl…

Spring Forward

Don't forget - spring forward tonight before you go to bed so you won't be late for church

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All You 2 Year Subscription for $16!

*sigh* Okay, so I totally missed the boat on this one. About two weeks ago, I ordered a two year subscription to All You for $20. Save yourself $4 and get your subscription here.

All You is a fantabulous magazine that has tons of stuff to offer a gal (or a guy, if they are into that kind of stuff. We are not sexist here at Horizontal Yo-Yo).

You can check out the All You website here (to get information - but be sure to use this link to order).

Until next time...

High School Meme

Since I'll be starting back at school on May 4th, I thought that this meme, found over at Julie's site was appropriate. If you read my blog and need an idea for a post - take this one...I did.

Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be! At the end, choose 10 people (or more)(or less in my case, lol) to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.


1. Did you date someone from your school?

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?

3. Did you car pool to school?
I drove

4. What kind of car did you have?
1988 Subaru Justy - you better recognize! LOL

5. What kind of car do you have now?
2001 Chevy Malibu - word.

6. Its Saturday night...where are you now?
Playin' Rock Band 2 with my peeps (that would be my family, don'tcha know)

7. It is Saturday night...where were you then?
Work or out with friends or boyfri…

Recipe Sites for the Rest of Us

Does anyone besides me find themselves surfing the net some lazy Saturdays, looking for new recipes to feed the family? How many of us scramble at the last minute trying to throw something together? (Me! Me! Especially when I haven't grocery shopped for the week - which happened last week, I'll have you know).

My all time favorite recipe site is RecipeZaar. They're really improved the site over recent months. The layout is awesome and the pages load really quick (unless you're at my school - then you have to wait an hour...but that's a story for another post).

What I like best about RecipeZaar is that you can sort the recipes. My favorite way to sort is by ranking. If it's got allotta stars, then it's the recipe for me! (I tend to rely heavily on tried-and-true recipes. I don't have a lot of time, money or energy to waste on cooking.)

Find a recipe you really like? Save it to your cookbook. It's free! (They do have premium memberships that…

A Few Blogs of Interest

I haven't done much in the way of blogosphere surfing this weekend, but I did find a few note-worthy blogs (there are always so many - wouldn't you agree?)

So, if you'll allow me the indulgence of borrowing the idea from a few fellow bloggers, I give you my picks for this week:

Life as Mom - A frugal blog with some mom wisdom thrown in every now and then.

A Groovy Kind of Life - I found this blog through Coupon Geek, I believe. Be sure to read up on her meme idea - Letters to my Children. Very inspiring.

Danica Dunphey - I found Danica through Ann's blog.

Homemaker Barbi - Isn't that a great title? This is a group blog with a lot of great information. Hint: If y'all like pink, you'll love this site!

Like Merchant Ships - I found Meredith's blog when I read a post she wrote about spending more with plastic than with cash (2/19). It's an interesting concept and one I'll no doubt explore later this week, time permitting.

Until next time...