His Grace Is Sufficient For Me!

Well it has certainly been a whirl wind few weeks.  In case you missed any of the activities…
There was Mother’s Day,
There was the Prom,
There was family from Arkansas,
There was family from California,
and then there was Graduation!!!
WHEW!!!!  Can I just say that I feel drained yet happy!  I am truly blessed with a beautiful family and awesome friends! I praise God for all He has given me and I take none of it for granted! There were exciting moments, there were sad moments, there were CERTAINLY frustrating moments but what it all comes down to is GRACE.  That’s right, GRACE!  The GRACE of God kept us, the GRACE of God strengthened us, the GRACE of God sustained us.  Without the GRACE I never would have made it!
His word says…
2 Corinthians 12:9 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

When I was weak HE strengthened me….

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The Diva’s Big Day, PROM!

Yes, I am still playing catch-up!!  So this is the post about the Diva and her big day…yes the PROM!!!!
It started out okay, nice and easy. We had to buy a dress and we had to get some shoes…That was in April! By the time mid-May rolled around I realized that my sweet, beautiful, some time attitude-y, youngest baby was in fact a full fledged PROMZILLA!!!  I know Promzilla is not a real word, but trust me when I tell you IT HAS REAL MEANING!! I am scared to imagine what her wedding day will be like…….
O…M…G…! The dresses were not right, they did not have enough pop or WOW factor. Of course we had to find a dress shop a million miles from us to make sure that NO ONE ELSE had the same dress! Once we did find a dress, it had to be altered because my baby is vertically challenged but very well endowed (which also lead to issues finding under-dress foundation). That dress was altered THREE TIMES. Well hen it had to be cleaned of course. The shoes had to be mega-FIERCE!  And they had to be shoes that no one else had, we went to a Mexican mall (yea, I know what you are thinking, I also did not know there were Mexican malls, but we found one!).  This Mexican mall had about 20 shoe stores, PRAISE GOD she found what she wanted in store number three! Can I just say that the Mexican shoe game is tight!! So, anyway, There had to be an after prom outfit. Lord, help him but the boyfriend did not get the color suit she wanted, there was a make-up tryout day and we had to try three different types of eye.  Manicure, pedicure, hair, a fight over weave versus no weave, prom jewelry… and the list goes on and on and on!
In the end of it all the DIVA was BEAUTIFUL!  She was happy with the outcome. The boyfriend’s clothes turned out to be a perfect match, and all was well with the world!!!!!  I have a couple hundred pictures but I will only post a few….heeheehee!

The FIRST fitting






SHAQ & HOOPS (that is what I call them!)



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Mother’s Day 2012

Sorry but I have to play catch – up!  There has been so much going on that I never did post about my Mother’s Day last month.  I had the BEST time with some of the BEST people!
I spent Mother’s Day with a few of my favorite ladies! My youngest and oldest daughter, and my short but beautiful mother, and I all went to Tillman’s Roadhouse near downtown Fort worth for dinner.  Man, if you live within the DFW Texas area you NEED to go by and have a meal at this place. It was FABULOUS! The food was delicious and the ambiance was awesome!  They had a Mother’s Day brunch and let me tell you it was delightful! Having brunch solidified the sickness I already knew I had… I had a plate full of dinner foods, roast, broccoli, green beans, salad, mashed potatoes, but then lying right on top I had to add …BACON! Yes in the midst of the dinner foods I had one breakfast item and that was BACON! I am a baconaholic! So anyway, I digress!!
So I took my  mom out for dinner at Tillman’s Roadhouse and two of my daughter’s came with us.  When we got back home, my middle daughter was there and had surprised me by making dinner (which I could not eat until the next day of course!!). So I spent the day with 3 of my favorite ladies and came home to my other favorite lady and of course my absolute favorite grandson!! And my son bought me flowers! Man I love my family!



(do you see the bacon up there between the mashed potatoes & the broccoli? sad…)

I felt like Icecube… IT WAS A GOOD DAY!!


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Memorial Day 2012

For those of you who do not know the origin of Memorial Day, never cared to ask, or just never thought about it, this is for you…

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). Taken from Memorial Day History.

I have many in my family who served and are no longer here. They did not die in a war, but their sacrifice still counts tremendously! Thank you dad, Samuel Thomas Spencer, and all my uncles, cousins, grandfather, and countless others who served this country! I have been doing a lot of work on my ancestry and there were MANY in my family who served.  Thank you ALL for protecting my FREEDOM!
I want to wish a HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY to ALL those who HAVE SERVEDARE SERVING, and WILL SERVE in any branch of the United States Armed Forces! I love, appreciate, and honor you for your sacrifice and your service. 
I know a few people personally who serve in the Military (ACTIVE duty) and I want DAVIDWINSTONCINTAJIA, TYREE, and STEPHANIE to know that I do NOT take what you do for granted! I thank you for keeping our borders, countries, and nation safe! I LOVE YOU!!  I also know some who are no longer active like RACHEL, KEVIN, but who still served selflessly.


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The Travesty That Is The Trayvon Martin Case

**Deep Sigh**

I have come back to this blog spot to report some news that is tragic or stupid and in most cases, tragically stupid.  But the news for the past few weeks has been a tragic travesty.  I am referring to the Trayvon Martin case.  Unless you have been under a rock or in a bomb shelter someplace you must have already heard about this case.

17-year-old African-American, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed inside a gated community by a Hispanic man named George Zimmerman who was part of a neighborhood watch.  Trayvon was on his way from the store and had a pack of skittles, a can of iced tea and was talking on the cellphone at the time.  Trayvon was on the phone with his girlfriend and told her that some guy was watching him.  I will not review the entire story because I am sure that you have heard much of it already.  But I will say that the shooter STILL HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED!  Trayvon was wearing a hoodie HOWEVER please be advised that he put the hoodie up after he realized he was being watched.

The shooter, Zimmerman has said that Trayvon looked suspicious… really???  This story has inspired the Million Hoodie March for justice.

This story is sad, disturbing, and disgusting on so many levels.  Is this the POST-RACIAL America we live in?

Please take a moment to review the links.  The links review the Trayvon Martin case, The Million Hoodie March, and The Stand Your Ground Law.

  1. ABC News : Trayvon Martin Case: Timeline of Events
  2. CBS News : Twin Investigations Open in Trayvon Martin Case
  3. US News/MSNBC : Trayvon Martin’s Final Phone Call
  4. FOX News : Trayvon Martin’s Alleged Attacker Not Covered Under Law
  5. LA Tines : Self Defense? Trayvon Martin Was Using A Cellphone
  6. CNN : Lawyer: Girl On Phone With Trayvon Martin
  7. NY Daily News : Million Hoodie March Takes Union Square In Protest
  8. NBC New York : Trayvon Martin’s Parents Attend NYC Million Hoodie March
  9. CBS New York : Million Hoodie March Held In Union Square
  10. Chicago Tribune : An Invitation To Murder?

Be informed, be educated.  Trayvon Martin’s family deserves justice.  Trayvon did not have to die…

Skittles and Tea is NOT a weapon…


I Trust YOUR Plan Father

Do you believe that God is all powerful, all knowing, all seeing, and everywhere at once? Yes, I believe that God is all that.  God is OMNIPOTENTGod is OMNIPRESENTGod is OMNISCIENT.  We do have freedom of choice HOWEVER God already knows what we will choose.  He knows His children, His creations.  I know my children yet they have free choice, so if I sit a bowl of chocolate ice cream, and a bowl of fresh strawberries in front of my child, depending on which child it is, I know what she/he will choose even though they have the free will to choose either one.
God has a perfect will.  He has things in mind for us, His perfect will for our lives.  But He also made provision for when we deviate from the path He has chosen and when we do things our own way, of our own free will.  For those times He also has a permissive will.  The things we choose, that He allows or permits are part of His permissive will.  
God is all knowing so he knew about slavery.  I am sure that did not surprise Him at all.  I do not know if that was His plan or not but I know that it was a blight, an abomination, a travesty for ALL the races involved.  (Not only Blacks were slaves, there were Jewish slaves, Indian slaves, and others).  BUT I DO KNOW that God can and will use all things that are meant for evil, for the good of those who love Him.  Romans 8:28 says so!
Where would I be, where would you be, if it were not for slavery?  Is it so hard to fathom that God had to set things in motion on a certain path to bring about a certain outcome?  Is it so hard to fathom that God knew and made provisions?  Would I be in some small, impoverished village, weaving baskets, hauling water trying to feed my family?  Is it too much of a stretch to think that you are where you are supposed to be?  For whatever reason you are where God wants you.  God knows the plan, and who are we to question it?  God said in Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. When I think about slavery, I think about it in a more personal way.  Without my ancestors having gone through the hell they lived through, I would not be here today living this life, going to school for a degree, online, writing/blogging about my life, able to openly and freely worship God, enjoying seeing my children educated, and prospering in a land of opportunities, and freedoms that we would not have otherwise. (**Side note** Now, that YOU have this freedom, time, space, and opportunity WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH IT?)

of course some people are STILL slave minded…. But that is a blog post for another day…

Peace & Love All!
Trust In GOD’s Plan, and do YOUR part!


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Momma’s Going To Vegas!!

I am going to VEGAS, BABY!!!!  Well, at least that is my plan! LOL!  My little brother (who is actually a younger cousin) and his wife are celebrating an anniversary in July.  So a few of us decided that it would be nice if we all could get together in July.  So we decided to pack our bags and go to VEGAS to celebrate the anniversary!  So there are a bunch of cousins and an aunt who have already confirmed (My aunt and her husband have already booked their room!!!).  It will be awesome to get some of the family together for something other than a funeral!  My last real vacation was 5 years ago when the family went to Disney World, Florida.  So yes I think I am over due for some vacationing!  I have a hotel addiction, I can not explain it, I just really LOVE to be in hotels!  We are staying at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino.  I like the medieval times theme!

I really want to see Cirque Du Soleil while I am there but MAN, THOSE TICKETS ARE STEEP!!!  So I do not know if that is going to happen!  But I am sure I will find something to occupy my time!  It will be awesome spending time with family that I haven’t seen in years.  I have a few cousins I have not seen since we all were teens who I think will be making the trip so this should be fun!  Sooo, if you want to be part of the “Send Regina To Vegas” fund just let me know!! I will accept all monetary donations!  And don’t worry I DO NOT GAMBLE, money is to hard to come by to just give it away on some card games! ……. But I MIGHT come back married!! (I’m just saying.. it is VEGAS!!!)

Pray for me!

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