Looking back, I remember my grandmother — who had a saying or catchy phrase for everything — and I realize how often I catch myself repeating one of her bits of wisdom.  Sometimes I have to chuckle a little bit when I listen to myself — East Texas drawl and all — reciting some ancient bit of “grandmotherly” wit.


One of her favorite phrases was “I’ve got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel” and “when it rains it pours.”  Well, I don’t feel anywhere near my grave, but I have begun believing this week that when it rains, it does pour.


We’ve been fighting an ongoing battle with a man who is leasing our house in DFW.  To begin with, we haven’t been able to sell the house, which is why we resorted to leasing. To make a long story short, he doesn’t seem to think he has to pay the rent, which in turn puts us in a financial bind, being as we carry two mortgages and rent here.  Oh well, enough of that whining. Needless to say, it’s been a stressful few months. 


We are headed to Dallas this weekend to hopefully finalize his eviction and on a good note, to pack up my living grandmother and move her home with us.  It’s a good move, but has added a little stress to everything else going on in our lives at the moment.


I also grew up being taught by my grandmother that God will not give you more than you can handle.  I had forgotten that, but was reminded by an email I received at work this week.  I thought it more than worth sharing:


For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has
positive answers:

You say:  “It’s impossible.”  God says: All things are possible. (Luke
18:27)

You say:  “I’m too tired.”  God says: I will give you rest. (Matthew
11:28-30)

You say: “Nobody really loves me.”  God says: I love you. (John 3:16 &
John 13:34)

You say: “I can’t go on.”  God says: My grace is sufficient. (II
Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: “I can’t figure things out.”  God says: I will direct your
steps. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: “I can’t do it.”  God says: You can do all things.
(Philippians 4:13)

You say: “I’m not able.”  God says: I am able. (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say:  “It’s not worth it.”  God says: It will be worth it. (Roman
8:28)

You say:  “I can’t forgive myself.”  God says:  I FORGIVE YOU. (I John
1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say:  “I can’t manage.”  God says: I will supply all your needs.
(Philippians 4:19)

You say:  “I’m afraid.”  God says: I have not given you a spirit of
fear. (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated.”  God says: Cast all your
cares on ME. (I Peter 5:7)

You say: “I don’t have enough faith.”  God says:  I’ve given everyone a
measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)

You say:  “I’m not smart enough.”  God says:  I give you wisdom. (I
Corinthians 1:30)

You say:  “I feel all alone.” God says:  I will never leave you or
forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)


I hope everyone has a great day.


I forgot, I want to try the “Batman” pics again of my hubby and son.  We had a great Halloween at a local church Fall Festival.


Life Father, Like Son:



My son as Batman October 2005



Hubby as Batman a long, long time ago!


I’ll have to post pictures of my daugher later, as to not leave her out.


Good Night!

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4 thoughts on “

  1. I had given up on your blog, but Rob told me you’d posted…of course I haven’t posted in over a week myself. Bad, Tracy..bad tracy..call us!!

  2. Hi there!!!!  It’s good to hear from you and to know that your alive and kickin!!!  =)  Sorry to hear about your renter.  That really sucks.  Hopefully you’ll be able to get him out.  Hey…send me an email….lets connect.  chip.hagler@gmail.com Let’s Talk!

  3. This post made me smile.  I recently lost my grandma and I am still trying to deal with that.  She was my grandma, my mama, and my best friend in the whole world.  *crying now*.  She had some of those old sayings, too.  “He doesn’t have the sense God gave a goat”  ( I love this one!).  I can think of tons more, but she said some of the same things your grandmother says.  Thanks for bringing back those memories for me…..as bittersweet as they are.
    It must be nice for the man renting your place not to pay rent.  What is he thinking????  I hope you get the eviction thing done quickly, because in NC you have to give them another 30 days to move out once they receive the eviction notice.  How dumb is that? 
    I loved those pics!!  That is amazing.  Hope you have a great day.  About my diet, I am switching back to the Slim-Fast plan today.  I know why I don’t lose weight, I never stick to one diet long enough.  Oh well, maybe I will have burgers and beer one night this week and lose another pound or 4….lol.

  4. Those pics are hilarious. Geeezzz…. I am so sorry for the troubles with the house. Doesn’t the leasing agent have any responsibility or obligation in this? They are getting paid to do something right? How is everything else? Let us know when you guys are up here. Maybe we can grab a quick dinner Saturday night!

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