Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankful For:

God's Grace and Unconditional Love (Even though I mess up ALL the time)
Freedom from Worry
My Husband
My Loving family and Friends
Cats (Especially Iris and Lily)
Low Gas Prices
Plants and Seeds
Light Bulbs
Cell Phones


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What's new?

Not too much here... here's a brief summary...

Mike and I have been working on my "new" website in our free time. I believe you can see it if you type in That is not a live link because it's not for everyone to see. It's very general so far, we have a lot of work to do with the pics and menus. We're currently working on general look, and feel. Comments and suggestions are welcome. We plan to turn the kustomkate into a logo, and possibly have some tone-on-tone paisleys in the background.

I have been promoting Kustom Kate Pretty seriously, making progress, just not money. Thankful that God is my provider...and that Mike is working hard and my #1 supporter!

We have decided to continue looking for a church home. We have spent 4 1/2 months at AG Coweta and it is not seeming to be the right fit, so please pray for us!

I have been blessed with the spare time to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity 1-2 days a week. I am learning alot, meeting really nice people with giving hearts, and coming home with sore muscles! Pounding nails is hard work!

Mike is officially 1/2 way through school... YAY Mike! Now comes the hard part :)

We have been working on perfecting our homemade pizza recipe... any suggestions or crust or sauce recipes are greatly appreciated!


Monday, November 17, 2008

If our Election really was about race... how would we be able to measure how far we've really come??

I write today with a heavy issue presented to me. Someone close to me is deeply concerned that Racism is still a very prevailant issue we face here in America today. And that was one of the greatest victories made on November 4th. It saddens me to think that ANYONE would vote to put someone in the MOST POWERFUL Political seat in the world simply because of their race. [Black or White period!] The election for the president of the United States of America is a great Blessing that we all get to participate in. It is about experience, morality, and policy… let’s not belittle this event or the people of this great nation to physical characteristics. While I tend to agree that racism is still a problem, I think we need to look at the issue with a well rounded perspective.

Here are a couple definitions I found on-line of Racism… (And yes I did copy and paste the ones that conform to MY view of racism and how it affects America today, and the point I will attempt to make. I am aware that there are other definitions, I will address that in a minute)

is power plus racial prejudice, a system that leads to the oppression of or discrimination against, specific racial or ethnic groups

is racial and cultural prejudice and discrimination, supported intentionally or unintentionally by institutional power and authority, used to the advantage of one race and the disadvantage of other races. The critical element that differentiates racism from prejudice and discrimination is the use of institutional power and authority to support prejudices and enforce discriminatory behaviors in systemic ways with far-reaching outcomes and effects

refers to beliefs and practices that assume inherent and significant differences exist between the genetics of various groups of human beings; that assume these differences can be measured on a scale of "superior" to "inferior"; and that result in the social, political and economic advantage of one group in relation to others.

Now a couple questions to mull over…
1. PREVIOUS to affirmative action were minorities, subject to [or products of] any or all of these 3 definitions? (my answer is yes)
2. What is the result of Equal opportunity Employment? (ie is the opportunity really equal when specific precentage of minorities are required?)
3. Are there government college grants available to you because of your heritage? Yes
4. Are ANY race-specific groups excluded from that? Yes, one

Now politically speaking: yes racism is still a problem in America today. The question is who is at a legal disadvantage? How can you call it Equal opportunity if it’s not an equal opportunity?

As for the other more traditional definitions of Racism where one group thinks they are superior to another because of physical features or skin color. I will make it known very publically that I think any such thinking is despicable and inhuman. Does THAT type of racism still exist in America today? Yes it does, it’s called hatred and it comes from the enemy. It exists all over the world; that type of thinking is ignorant and nasty. It’s everywhere… but it can be found in many forms: black to white, white to black, muslim to jew, atheist to Christian, Chinese to Korean.

Let’s be careful not to mix the two.

I believe that this type of thinking is not tolerated publically or legally in the United States. (Praise God) There will always be hateful people and hate groups. That’s why we need to teach our children and each other to love and care for one another as we are commanded to do.

I invite all comments, I have no problem being told I am wrong, please share your views.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Looking for ways to help feed the hungry?

A friend of mine was hired by the Northern Illonois Food Bank in Geneva IL to make this video where they express a sincere need for help in order to do the great work they do.

Don't have time to volunteer? Maybe you can make a donation!

If you are looking to have a professional video made for your business, or cause; consider link> T60 Productions.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Time to start shopping!

Those of you in the Tulsa area: Be sure and stop by Elegance By Design to kick off the season! You'll find anything from gifts starting under $10 to beautiful Christmas and Seasonal Decorations for your home!
For more info... please visit

P.S. All Furniture and Accessories are 30% off right now!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Tiny" Mistake

I have invested time, resources, and lots of energy into doing this big marketing push to Tulsa Builders. About 1 1/2 -2 weeks ago I found a great resource online with a list of about 250 builders. I wrote a nice letter with links and indiividually E-Mailed each one so I could attach pics and address it to each individual's name. That probably took me about 16 hours... well a few days anyway. I designed and ordered some new brochures last week, they came yesterday... they really gear toward model and spec homes.
My plan was to get a mailer out to each contact within a week so they would hopefully have the whole name recognition thing going. I wrote up another letter today and went to office depot to get them printed out. I came home and have been addressing envelopes for 4 hours. Got 'em all done with a cramp in my hand. So I started to sign and Tri-fold each letter because mike said after he finishes his homework he'd help me stuff each envelope with a brochure, a card, and a letter... then apply a stamp and "Kustom Kate" address label to each.
I signed and folded about 10 or 12 before realizing that the phone # in my signature at the bottom is 630 370 1788. Grrr.. any of my readers that know me know that is my OLD phone #! What a waste! Well.. there goes another $25 bucks... well that's nominal compared to all the real expenses going into this mailer. (The sad thing is the stamp for each envelope costs a couple cents more than the tri-fold full color 6-photo brochure they each get [thanks to]) One more trip to the store... looks like I'll be stuffing away all by my lonesome tomorrow.


The Box

I got my new brochures yesterday... Iris thought they came in the purrrrfect size box!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Election is Over

I am glad the election is over. There is an excitement about all of the talk and I tend to get really involved in the news, and radio talk during an election season. However, during that time there tends to be a division among people of seperate opinions and mindsets.
What is important now is that we follow the lead of both John McCain and Barack Obama and graciously accecpt the outcome.
God is in control and he intimately cares about our nation and each of our individual lives.

Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body what you will wear. Life is more than food and the body is more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than the birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing why do you worry about the rest?"
Luke 12:22-26

Praise God! Amen?


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I Voted

I didn't get a sticker, but I voted! I waited about a whole 3 minutes in line... ahhh the beauty of living in the country.
This will be an interesting night... I hope I won't be crying when it's over. Edge of the seat night!
God Bless America!!


Kitchen Cabinets So Far...

It's a big project... here's what I have done so far (Before and After)

Painting, Changing hardware, and Adding a frame to each door and drawer. I have 24 Doors and 10 drawers... It's a bit tedious but it is much cheaper than getting new cabinets! Look a bit updated?? Can't wait 'til the whole kitchen is done... I will post full pics when I get wall paper down, and backsplash tiled too... One step at a time :)


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Ouachita National Forest

Yesterday we went for a 1-Day Road trip. There is a scenic drive down state called Talimenah Drive and it goes through the Ouachita National Forest. The very same forest that attracted us to this area and made us want to move closer to it. I took about 60 photos or so... and it's really hard to pick and choose, but I know I can't post them all.

This one was at Heavner OK State Park where we saw 50,000 year old Ruins

We had a really great time... we were enjoying the scenery and the great company so much we never turned the music on :)
We finished the day off with some Mazzios pizza and a couple of rootbeers. One of the best days I had in a while!