Wednesday, May 27, 2009


WOW! It's really going to happen! My baby boy has really grown up. People told me it would happen. It did. I'm so proud of him. It will be a crazy weekend. Kent's mom will get here on Thursday and my parents will get here on Friday. I'm excited for the weekend. When I think back about Jared as a baby and a little boy, it makes me sad to leave those times. He was so cute and so sweet. He had such a deep spirit and heart for people even then. I was so lucky to have had the opportunity to raise him. At the same time, I look at him NOW, and feel so lucky to be a part of his life NOW, and would never want to miss him being just who he is NOW. My mom always told me that every stage of raising kids was fun for her. She liked them all in different ways. I now believe that I can say the same thing. I might skip the 13-14 year old stage with him, lol, no, even that was such an incredible learning and self discovery experience for him. I wouldn't have wanted to miss seeing the person he came out to be at 15, and all that he went through to become that person. I remember him wearing his blue pre-school cap and gown. He will trade it for a much larger red one this weekend. What a joy to raise a man of God. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for this blessing in my life!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Chick-fil-a Ice Dream

So, I've always been a "raving fan" of Chick-fil-a ice dream! It's good stuff. But what happened today? I visited the Brentwood, TN Chick-fil-a. I normally order the small cone and always get a fair serving. But take a look at my serving today! Yes, that is a mustard packet next to my cone. Come on people! It was the store manager who served me. When he handed me the cone I looked at it and said, "wow, that is definitely a small cone." He did not laugh, did not smile, did not offer to give me a little more.
Chick-fil-a, will you please make up for this on my next visit. Yes, I'll keep going back for more Christian chicken...all I ask is that you open the soft serve floodgates for me.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Badger 9

Well, I did it! I just installed a new Badger 9 in sink food disposer! Our old disposer (the Badger 5) died last week. It was a good disposer. 15 years of faithful grinding, shredding, and disposing of all kinds of stuff. I'm sure you are just dying to know the difference between the Badger 5 and the 9....right? Well, thanks for asking. We're talking upgrade baby! I went from 1/2 horsepower to 3/4 horsepower! In the food disposer world that just has to be good. I almost upgraded to an even fancier disposer, but I I really need a "fancy" disposer? After all, it just hangs there under the sink with all of our cleaning stuff. You know, the windex, formula 409, trash bags, dishwashing detergent, light bulbs, and countless other bottles and cans of crap that we never use. This project was also a good reason to get rid of some of that stuff.
At first, one of my plumbing connections had a small water leak. But...after some tightening, no more leaks! Can't wait to dump some old leftovers down the drain and experience the grinding on demand. Maybe later this week! One final thought - yes, this is the genuine, exciting, non-stop fun that happens at the Shingleton household all the time. Peace out, Kent

P.S. - If you like this post, let me know, and I will be sure to blog about my next project...whatever that may be.