Friday, July 30, 2010
Do you need Provision?
I found this today over at my friend Alicia's. She wrote a great post. If you need to be encouraged today go over to Alicia'shttp://confessionsofasnowflake.com.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Quick update and Thankfulness to share . . .
1 We leased our car hauler trailer for $600.00 cash that will carry us until Cowboy can find a job.
2 Cowboy found out he can sell Plasma for $50.00 every other day.
3 Last night the new program began at McFadden it is was great. I see that it is a time we can sit and talk to the boys. I will be a great time of discipleship.
4 Christian one of our boys really opened up last night he has only been there since May. He is learning and realizing how much God loves him and how he can lean on God. Please pray for Christian he has no home to go to once he is released.
5. One boy Joseph that was released a few months ago has been on my mind. He is in Dallas not far from us. I finally got Cowboy to call him last week and we found out he is in jail in Dallas. He was involved in a shooting. He is innocent he was attacked by another group of boys. We are very thankful he is o.k. and he gives the credit to God.
Here's his photo from Christmas
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wow on Wednesday
God is giving me much to be thankful for and many things to share.
And I have books ready to review.
But, I don't have inter-net at home yet so not much posting.
I am praying for you guys.
I thank you for your prayers.
I'll be visiting when I can.
Hang in there. Have a Blessed Day and go and visit Amy Dean's Wordfilled Wednesday it will Bless your socks off!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sorry to keep you hanging . . .
O.K. on with the news. Sorry I didn't get to update Friday. Cowboy did get the car fixed took longer getting the part than fixing it.
We still need prayer on the financial situation. He hasn't found a job yet.
We did get moved into the apartment on Saturday. We had help moving. Praise God. We settled in and slept in our own king size bed for the first time in 5 weeks. Praise God!
We are getting used to living in an apartment. One thing that is different is we haven't really had neighbors for 10 years. (we have been on acreage) God cracks me up sometimes. We lived in a motel for 5 weeks to prepare us. But I guess that wasn't enough preparing. Saturday afternoon our neighbor across the sidewalk her name is Martha was having a birthday party for a 6 year old. Can you say hello 'Welcome to the quiet neighborhood'! There were probably 15 kids running and down the stairs for 3 hours till they went to the pool
I did not realize this and I don't really know if it is a cultural thing or not but the party lasted from about 3:30 to about 10:30. They grilled outside twice!
I am hoping to get to really know Martha because I really, really love Mexican food and seeing the feast they were setting up I wished I was invited!
We tried to cook dinner on Saturday and the stove wouldn't work. We couldn't find a breaker and searched and searched. (no maintenance on the weekend. . . hellow what happens if your stove quites? ) Cowboy ended up going to get taco's. There went more money.
Then on Sunday we found the breaker box behind the bedroom door! So I cooked on Sunday night. I was annoyed though when a roach (small but it doesn't matter) crawled from behind the refrigerator right where I was working! They were supposed to spray last Monday! Well they will next Monday for sure!!!!!
Then today we fixed leftovers for lunch actually Cowboy did. When I walked back into the kitchen one of the burners was still on. Only he hadn't used it! It was red hot. My olive oil which was sitting next to the stove was hot! Well the element wouldn't come out! Now we know why the breaker was off! And guess what else. Another roach was on the takeout container. I grabbed the . . . (I think it was lysol) Kitchen and Counter Sanitizer. Thank God it sprayed good! That sucker rolled over and started kicking! I am still Praising God that it worked because I hate bug spray. If that stuff works it is my new best friend. But, they better spray next Monday or I'll be an unhappen apartment dweller.
So we have to stop on the way home (we are at the office) and tell them about the stove so maybe we will get a new one! I am a little annoyed about that. Hopefully it isn't an indication of how they manage things. But we have an inside connection to the owner ship so maybe another role for us is to help the other dwellers by letting the ownership know a few things!
Another Praise about this apartment ministry we found out is that the ownership is a foundation. We knew this but didn't know all they do. They provide housing for people that have special needs. They work with safehaven which is our local Women's Shelter. They provide schoarships for young people. Our supervisor took us to lunch on Sat. all you can eat Chinese (which was good considering Sat. night's episode) anyway we were talking about our kids and thier problems with finding suitable places to live and he said we needed to get together and talk. I cannot believe this door. This is such an answer to prayer. Praise God.
So, todays prayer is that they come and nuke those bugs for good and the rest of the building.
Hopefully I will be able to get to a computer earlier tomorrow. I even had a Happy Homemaker Monday post ready. Well even if it is up Tues. or Weds. or Thurs. I guess it is ok. because we really need to be Happy Homemakers everyday right? Even if we have bugs! Dawng I hate those things.
Friday, July 23, 2010
The only way to look at it . . .
Cowboy was on his way to go to the county jail to visit one of our boys.
Please dear ones I am praying that right now at 2:55 in the afternoon that you are prompted by the Holy Spirit to think about Cowboy. And to stop by here in the next few minutes.
He is right now walking about 8 blocks to the nearest auto parts store for parts. A belt and some kind a pulley totaling about $40.00 more than we have.
I wasn't going to post this. I was just going to pray myself and I emailed a couple of friends but when I went over to Angela's to read her Fearless Friday post she was talking about not bearing able to share your burdens.
Things like having problems with drinking and eating. And it got me to thinking it is the same way when you don't ask for prayer in other areas. By not allowing others to stand in the gap for you; could you actually be keeping God from getting the glory when your prayers are answered and your needs are met?
In my comment on Angela's post I mentioned that the boys in the prison unit sometimes; most times have difficulty sharing the needs. They want to 'man up' and handle it themselves. And we try to tell them that they need to 'let go and let God'. And sometimes that means opening up to the angels he gives us and the prayer warriors.
So angels and prayer warriors please remember us. Please ask God to give Cowboy strength to make the trek to the parts store and then the stamina to get the parts on.
Please ask God to supply the money we need for the next few days for gas for us to be able to get to the prison unit to provide church services. Please ask God to give us the money for gas to make it to church on Saturday night so we can worship and Praise and be refreshed to face another week. And please ask God to give us faith.
Dear heavenly Father thank you for the prayer warriors that stand in the gap for all of us. Give us strength and faith. Please give Joseph strength. Please let him know you are with him and that he has people standing in the gap and praying for him. Please provide all that we need to continue the work you have called us to do. And give Cowboy the strength he needs.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Today's topic at Thankful Thursday is marriage I wrote yesterday about Cowboy here. I am so thankful that he is patient with me and shows love in so many different ways.
Today there are a couple of other things I am thinking about . . .
I wanted to share this photo for this Thankful Thursday post because I am thankful for many things . . .
I am thankful that we found a great home at Haven's Horse's for Pal.
I am thankful that God gave me peace about donating Pal . . . I/we miss him.
I am thankful that the staff at Haven's Horse's are so nice and accomodating to the donors.
I am thankful that we were invited to 'Show and Tell' and we got to see Pal perform it was a fun day. The baby was a little neveous because he usually rode (sat on) the donkeys or my daughters. Pal is a big guy.
And lastly I am thankful that God had a plan for us and led us into apartment ministry. We are moving on Saturday into our new apartment and I am thankful that our supervior is even providing 'muscle'.
I have many things to thank God for today these are just a few. Do you have a thankful list today?
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
And he shows love again . . . and again . . .
Yes . . . more often than not I do some venting. And, well over the years my Cowboy has received much spiritual wisdom from our heavenly Father. He has learned over the years to listen. And then forget what I am complaining about.
You see . . . (this is why I wasn't sure about writing this) my mother drives me nuts. When I read posts from dear blogging friends that talk about how much they miss their mothers I am really burdened by my attitude.
Tonight I came home having to vent once again. And dear sweet Cowboy listened and didn't make any nasty comments. He did laugh at one of my stories which was about the tupperware bowl with a lid that my mother melted a month or so ago. That particular bowl is still in the kitchen sitting on a stack of containers. I not She said noticed it today. I commented. She answered "l I like it so much I just didn't want to throw it away. "
Ok I know your thinking "my word this girl is just so mean, ugly and probably a dozen other tacky things. But that was just the funny story from today.
It kind of helped me get past the whining about the other kids and grand children not coming over. The 'so did he look for a job today?'
The how do I deal with if my daughter and I go to Missouri with the baby next week alone. My daughter's car is just not big enough for three adults and a car seat. But my mother will not understand that.
And today when she calls just before I am about to leave to go to her house she asks 'do you have any money?' She knows I don't have any money but she wanted me to stop at the grocery store which is not on the way it is more like 15 minutes out of the way. She needed pie cherries.
And so all this and many more episodes drain on me. I feel guilty. I feel bad that I don't have the gas money to run an errand for her. And it is not just that our only car is almost on it's last leg it overheats in stop and go traffic. I feel bad that I can't just drop everything and take her to the produce stand.
I feel bad that my brother doesn't go to see her. I feel bad my nephew doesn't go see her. I feel bad that my daughter doesn't go by as often as my mother wants.
But these things are out of my control. These things even though they burden me when she carry's on and on I know I can't help but it is a burden for me.
And so sometimes I come home and I dump and vent on Cowboy and he just listens until I run out of steam. And I am sure (I actually haven't asked but I am sure) that he prays for this situation because he knows it hurts me.
So, that is how my Cowboy shows love. To join What does love look like in you home . . . click here.
The Adventure's of The Thundering Whales--Review
It is a very educational book and includes a vocabulary page at the end of each chapter which I found refreshing. The vocabulary words have an * by them in the story indicating to the reader they can learn more about the word. I liked that the answers were at the end of the chapter instead of at the end of the book.
It is a delightful story about three young dolphins off on a day of fun. But tragedy strikes when one of the dolphins gets caught in a fishing net and ends up being drug to the bottom of the sea. The story is about how his friends recruit all manner of sea creatures to help in a rescue attempt. And he is rescued and there is a happy ending. The are lots of lessons throughout the story. Lessons like the value of friendship. Working together. And a valuable lesson about putting aside your differences and working together to help each other.
I am not really sure exactly what age group this book was written for. But I think it would be great for any age. It would be a great book for mom or dad to read to younger children.
I did go to the authors website and found information for schools also. It would be a great book for a homeschool but I think it is a little pricey. It is available at Amazon for $16.99.
Would I buy this book . . . well I would have to really think about it. I loved it but in today's economy would I spend that much for this type of book. I am not sure that I would have even considered it when my children were young. Since it is a paperback book and has 55 pages I would have to think long and hard about purchasing it.
If you happen to have a rich mother in law that likes to buy things for her grandchildren then tell her about this book! If you have the budget for it I would highly recommend it. I know your kids will enjoy it. And well you'll probably enjoy it too. I did!
I was provided this book for review by the author in cooperation with Book Surge.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Children's Book Review Coming Soon
Monday, July 19, 2010
Happy Homemaker Monday
The weather in my neck of the woods:.They said Sat. was the hottest day of the year! Seems like it. We need some rain.
I'm enjoying on TV: Not much option right now at the motel but I really like to watch Chopped when we get the food channel.
On the menu for dinner
Hmmm thinking breakfast eggs,hasbrowns maybe a pancake yum!
Set up electric at new place
Set up cable/internet
Move on Sat. yea!
No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):
don't know if it is blogger or the connection. Can't upload again. Dawn it!
Lesson learned the past few days:
Learning lots of lessons on being frugal and cooking on a budget making new habits. .
And a Praise 25 boys in church. All 25 made covenants to stay Pure! We need mentors
Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.~John 16:33~
Book Review--Making a Family Home
I really enjoyed the book. I really liked the name it describes what Shannon is sharing. It is basically a 'How she did it' or 'does it'. Each of the 84 pages is filled with bright colorful photo's. Since there are so many photo's there isn't a huge amount of text so it is easy and fast to read. But it is fun. There are many good suggestions throughout the book. One thing that impressed me is Shannon describes how to use and incorporate all of the house from the front porch to the basement to the attic and even the backyard!
This book is not just about decorating or organizing the home it also contains suggestions on how to make the rooms into learning environments for the children. In chapter 3 the use of the twelve senses is discussed. Here's a couple of the examples:
"Touch--the experience of the skin meeting whatever is just beyond it--soft, hard, smooth or bumy..." This is illustrated by a photo of different fruits like oranges and apples.
One idea she shared that I really liked and hope to incorporate is how she set up the Playroom with a daybed against the wall between the windows and a round canopy hanging over it making it a fun place to hide away and read a book. Or "close the muslin drapes aruond themselves to creat a little fort, a castle, a teepee, or a knight's tent. "
The publishers website decsribes the book . . . Making a Family Home is a book of real beauty, one both personal and universal. In describing her home and family life, Shannon Honeybloom shows how she made—and how we can make—a house into a real home as she shares her own efforts, hopes, and lessons in making a safe and healthy home that provides warmth and intimacy for the whole family. Illustrated in color with lively, evocative photographs, Shannon invites the reader into her home and offers warm encouragement and practical suggestions for virtually every aspect of bringing love, comfort, and beauty to a family home. The chapters in Making a Family Home range from “At Home with Children” to “The Front Porch” and “The Playroom” to “The Backyard and the Garden.” Shannon Honeybloom is a friend and confidant who offers gentle suggestions and wise insights for parents who wish to surround their family with the best possible home environment.
I recommend this book. It would be a great wedding gift or gift for a young couple moving into thier first home. Or a couple just starting thier family.
It is available at Amazon and on the publisher's website. I also happened to find the authors blog you might enjoy visiting there. I liked this . . . It’s not about trading up, maximizing profits, buying new stuff. It’s about slowing down, taking stock, and creating thoughtful, comfortable, intuitive spaces for our families. It’s about having a home that is a calming antidote to our fast-paced, stressed out lives.
Many thanks to Shannon for sending me a copy and allowing me to write this review.
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Friday, July 16, 2010
- We are due to move next week into our new apartment and begin Apartment Ministry.
- Cowboy still has not found a job. We have just barely enough money to rent a truck to move.
Also I might have the opportunity to go with our daughter to Missouri to see my son and his family.
This is my granddaughter that is 18 months old. I have never gotten to see her. Please pray that circumstances work out that I will get to go with our daughter. I want to see Libby the grandbaby and be able to spend a few days alone with my daughter and my grandson that is 2.
I am trusting God. I am asking him to give my heart peace. No matter how things turn out I am asking him to give me peace and understanding.
Thank you dear friends coming by. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Book Review--Rise of the Fire Tamer
I was pleasantly surprised. Did the trailer get you? I really enjoyed this book. Although it is a young adult book it was really a fun read. I personally am not really a fan of fantasy beause many times the occult ends up a part of the story. Not with this story.
It was easy to read. There were just enough fight scenes to make it interesting. It wasn't overly gory.
Book Review--Soul to Soul Parenting
A church or community that calls itself Universalist may emphasize the universal principles of most religions and accept other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine. For example Abrahamic religions like Judaism, Christianity, and Islam still claim a universal value of their doctrine and moral principles because they feel they are inclusive.A belief in one common truth is also another important tenet. The living truth is seen as more far-reaching than national, cultural, or religious boundaries
This is the discription I found on the authors website: A guidebook for parents who want to infuse greater spiritual awareness into everyday life, inspiring deeper meaning and connections within their family— Parents yearning for ways to inspire deeper meaning in their family’s busy lives will find a wealth of insight and user-friendly suggestions in the new book, Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, June 2010). It’s both a guidebook filled with a wide-ranging “toolbox” of ideas and activities and a remarkable chronicle of one family’s spiritual journey. The author, Annie Burnside, M.Ed.—teacher, wife, mother of three, and professional soul nurturer—is a modern mom who utilizes everyday life experiences including mealtimes, books, movies, art, friendships, time in the car, and family outings to open perspectives and nourish souls, infusing a heightened spiritual awareness into their lives.
I would not recommend this book. I would not purchase it. I felt very bothered reading it because of my own personal beliefs.
For more information you may visit the authors website by clicking here.
In fairness though and as part of my agreement with the publisher and the author who supplied the book for this review I am including the links to purchase it. Here is the Amazon link.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
How Cowboy Show's Love
I went by Denise's earlier and found this. I thought how cool. Sort a like my Friday Date Night.
The question is What does Love look like in your home?
Well for me Cowboy has different ways to show love. Most are very small ways that only I would notice. For instance we had a few dollars to spend on groceries the other day. Went to the store together to buy something for dinner and a gallon of tea that was on sale at Kroger and how he showed love to me was he went over to the produce section and searched for packages of salad mix that were on sale. And, he bought brocolli and cauliflower too.
I know this sounds kind of silly and almost insignificant but here's why it is important. I live on salad. I love a big romaine salad. And, we are not usually into convenience type shopping like the bagged salads. But sometimes it is cheaper than buying a head of lettuce. And, he really would rather have just meat and an ocassional potatoe.
So for him to go over to the produce isle without being persuaded just shows me love.
I know you have much better ways in your Home to show love why don't you share with us? Go over here and link up with us.
Waiting on Wednesday
You can go here http://myjourneyback-thejourneyback.blogspot.com/2010/03/book-review-distant-melody.html (sorry the hyperlink wouldn't work) to read my review.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
FYI the internet here at our lovely little motel room is so slow that I can hardly get anything posted. So sorry I didn't post anything today. (Tuesday) I will be at the office tomorrow so I'll be writing a few words.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Happy Homemaker Monday
On my To Do List: Laundry and mopping the tile.
New Recipe I tried or want to try soon: Lemon Pie by the yard found at Sandra's
In the craft basket: Cathedral Window quilt by hand. This will be my entry for awhile at least till we get settled into the new apartment and I get a sewing machine set up.
Tips and Tricks: I posted this before but I think it is great. Hast helped me a bunch. During I have a copy of The Happy Homemaker Monday template in my documents. During the week as I am blog hopping if I find a post or recipe I like I go ahead and fill it in and then I change the name of the document to the upcoming Monday. Works for me. Try it! Here's one I am thinking of. Does anyone do this? Am wondering if it will work. When adding your photo's to a template like this I was thinking about uploading them first before I cut and paste the template. Then all I have to do is cut and paste the words between the photo's. Has anyone tried this method?
Digital scrapbook page of my grand daughter Libby...done by my DIL
Lesson learned the past few days: It is difficult to get your elderly mom to accept change.
Friday, July 9, 2010
I have to believe and trust that God sent you here.
Because I need you to lift me and my Cowboy up in prayer.
We are supposed to move on the 23rd to an apartment where we will begin apartment ministry. Today at 4:30 I got the finally approval. I was Praising God.
Today at 5:00 Cowboy found out that his job was no longer available. He has been there three weeks. Which has given us just enough money to pay the motel where we are staying, a little for food and gas.
We have barely enough money for one week and barely enough money for gas and to rent a uhaul to move. There is nothing left for deposits.
We need your prayers. Cowboy needs to find a job in a couple of days and we need to find temporary housing for two weeks. If we can find somewhere to live then we could save the money we have for what we need to move on. But, he still needs a job.
We are volunteer chaplains at a boys prison and we do Sunday services. We have other programs throughout the week. He needs a job that won't affect this work.
We know God has a plan. Maybe it is to include you in this ministry as a prayer partner. Maybe it is to include you as a regular visitor to our ministry blog so that you can lift us and 'our' kids needs up to the Father.
I am so grateful that you stopped in today. I am so grateful for your prayers. I am praying that you my faithful readers have an amazingly Blessed weekend. Thank you for coming by.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Book Review--Blind Hope by Kim Meeder
I have to say I was a little apprehensive. I was hoping I would really enjoy the book and honestly I wasn't sure that I would.
But I was more than pleasantly surprised!
Blind Hope is the story of Laurie's relationship with the dog that she chooses to adopt. But more than that it is the story of Laurie's relationship with God and how this little sad, ugly, sick dog brought Laurie to a deeper and more personal relationship with God.
From the back cover: Laurie's dreams had been shattered...in an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need. And she soon began to realize that the dog was rescuing her.
Laurie and Mia's story is told by Kim Meeder; Laurie's employer and friend. Kim is the co-owner of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch where Laurie works. Here's the dedication from the front of the book: Thank you for your courage in choosing to be transparent and honest. In doing so, you knew you would become vulnerable to the judgement of others. Yet you took that risk on the chance that through your story...some would find hope. This little book has become that endeavor; it is your Blind Hope
I don't believe that I could have worded it any better so I thought it was important to include the dedication.
I did really enjoy this book. It is my usual style to give you links for more info. and a link to purchase the book. You'll find links below.
I also include my opinion about what audience this book is appropriate for.
Here's my opinion. Get it. Read it. Give to your husband to read. Read to your children. Give to someone that is struggling with their own faith. Buy it for your church library or school library.
Not convinced yet? Here's another reason why I think it is so powerful. From chapter 4 (to set the scene: Laurie and Mia had been on an outing to an open space area where it was comfortable and safe to allow Mia to wander off the lease. When Mia realized that her master was going to release her, she wagged her entire body . . . it was time for the two of them to heard home. Laurie turned and started walking in the direction of the car. 'C'mon, Mia let's go.' To her surprise Mia didn't look up. Mia decided she wasn't going home and she wasn't being caught. Laurie went through many emotions dealing with this scene as told in their story. She did finally catch Mia and on the drive home she thought about what and happened. Here's what she realized. I am exactly like Mia. Just as her dog had run away from her. She had run away from God. Instead of running to God, she had spent her life running after everything but God.
The parallel that she uses here and throughout her story is so easy to understand and grasp. I think that anyone from a young child to older adult would be able to grasp and comprehend God's amazing grace. That is why I was so impressed with the book.
Here is a little about the author:
Kim Meeder is the co founder and director of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, an organization that rescues abused and dying horses and pairs them with children in need. Kim’s first book, Hope Rising, propelled the ranch to win the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award and launched her extensive public/motivational speaking schedule at schools, churches, and governmental conferences across the United States. She and her husband, Troy, have been married for twenty-five years and live in Central Oregon. The size of their family fluctuates each year with the number of horses and kids that they rescue.
Here's the link to Amazon. And btw I noticed that it is on sale right now. Go over and buy a couple of copies while you have the chance.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Happy 4th and My Soul Sang Today
I am praying that your day is Blessed. I didn't get to spend it with family and so today I especially want to pray for anyone that is alone. Holidays are always hard when your alone.
But, your not really alone. I know it may feel like it. Especially if your really missing someone.
There was a time not too long ago that I really missed someone. I had lost my daughter for awhile. Although things have changed and I do see her and talk to her a couple of times a week things are not the same. And I really doubt they ever will be. When I was going through that. I ran to God. I prayed. I cried. I prayed and I cried some more. I remember one night sitting in the dark pulling weeds out of my flower bed and thinking that I was actually watering the plants. I was crying so hard. Tears were streaming down my face. It reminded me of the song I think it is Praise you in the storm where it says God is holding your tears in his hand. When I thought of it I cried harder.
That was 4 years ago. Today as I type this I actually almost laugh. Not because things are normal with me and my daughter. But because God answered my prayer.
He answered my prayer by healing my broken heart. It was during that time that he gave me this verse.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
It didn't happen overnight. There wasn't a miraculous miracle which is what I prayed for. But one day I realized my heart didn't hurt anymore. It was then that I realized that my broken heart was healing and that my spirit wasn't quite as crushed as it was.
So dear one. If your broken hearted. If your lost and lonely because someone you love dearly is no longer a part of your life I urge you turn to God. I urge you to do what I did. Take this verse. Underline it in your Bible. Write it out. Type it out. Put it on your blog. Put it on your fridge. Pray it. Ask God to reveal himself to you. And I ask you to Run to him.
I didn't do a Then Sings My Soul yesterday because I was having difficulty getting on line but today I want to share the song I had planned for yesterday. We used it this morning. I pray it Blessed your Soul.
In case the video doesn't load here's a link. It is called When God Ran by Phillips,Craig and Dean. I hope it works for you and it is only my server.