Friday, June 26, 2009
Through all of this--and through whatever is coming--I KNOW that God will see us through. He is able where I am not. He is strong where I am weak. We're going to be okay.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The light wasn't the best for photographing it. I used some Amy Butler paper and Cricut cartridge Lyrical Letters (love it!). These are pictures of Aubrey from last August. Her blue eyes really show up in the pictures!
These are some pictures from two summers ago. There goes that time flying again! We had bought a shopping cart for Lily and she was entertaining us with it. I used some old KI Memories paper and some new KI chipboard, the turquoise is American Crafts and miscellaneous buttons.These pictures were taken right before Lily's tonsilectomy. She was really into ballerinas and we found this little number at Hobby Lobby on clearance, complete with the tiara, pony tail holder and shoes. She was in little girl heaven! I used some paper and pink vinyl Thickers from my April Scarlet Lime kit and some black chipboard Thickers for the title. I have heard so many people say they love them and I never really saw the fascination for them, but I'm think I'm beginning to!
Maybe I'll get some more done this evening and have more to share soon.
God bless you, dear readers!
Friday, April 24, 2009
I was just reading the LPM blog and Beth was talking about Moon Pies and treats from childhood. It brought back a memory of me when I was a little girl. Sitting in the back seat of our car, taking a drive through the country (as we often did) with the windows rolled down on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Stopping somewhere along the way for a cold drink and a bag of peanuts. My parents got those little Cokes, in glass bottles of course, and I got grape Crush (I hadn't developed a taste for Coke back then). Dump those peanuts in that bottle and you've got yourself a treat. Away we went, drinking our cold drinks and sucking those peanuts out of the bottom of the bottle. Ahhhhhh... We were probably listening to the radio too. Later on we added a 8 track player to the car. Then we were really in style. Herb Alpert or Roger Miller or maybe movie theme songs. Yep, those were good days!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This is the real celebration for us. Christmas is important, of course. Without His birth, there would be no life to end on the cross. But without the resurrection, there would be no Savior.
In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever; til my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river. Oh praise His Holy Name!!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Life is good. I haven't always been able to say that with feeling, but I can really say it now. I guess it is all in my attitude. The ability to truly have peace and joy, even when everything isn't perfect. Praise the Lord for that!
"Praise the Lord" has certainly been a theme lately. I have heard sermons on the subject, it was the central theme of our "A Heart Like His" Bible study (by Beth Moore) Thursday night and seems to be cropping up all over the place. So, that is just what I am going to try to do all the time.
Praise the Lord!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
While I was fiddling with the camera trying to get a good shot of her, she was busy playing in the cheese sauce of Lily's Lunchable. I wasn't paying attention to that, but you notice the guilty glances? She was looking to see if her Mama was looking at her. Little stinker!
And here is my Names of God book that I have been working on. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was doing a study of the Hebrew names for God. I have finished with the research and am almost finished with this book. This is just the cover. I'll share more another time. It has been such a blessing and a joy to do. I'm going to cherish this, I know.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
There is our happy girl who never used to want her picture taken and now begs for it. And "Wanna see!" when they are done--she loves a digital camera, that girl!
And while Lily was in the hospital (for 4 days because they couldn't get her to drink post-surgery), we were taking care of this happy girl. Yes, the picture is sideways because I forgot to flip it around before I uploaded it and now I don't know how to fix it. Oh well. We had her from Monday evening until Friday morning. Nothing like caring for a toddler for 24/7 to prove to you that you are getting old!
Then we had this huge (for around these parts) snowfall. We haven't had one this big in years.
We had to take a little trip out to the country and saw these amazing formations. I've personally never seen snow do that before. It looked like giant waves. And up close it reminded me of marshmallow cream. It looked just like you could run your finger into it and have a taste! The snow was deep enough that church was cancelled. That rarely happens!
That Sunday we packed our bags and on Monday we left for a Spiritual Formation retreat that Eugene was attending at Kenlake State Park outside of Murray, KY. Here is where I spent 4 blissful days resting and relaxing--no cooking or cleaning, yay!--and I spent a good bit of that time working on a project that I am going to share with you soon. I took a bag of scrapbooking supplies and my baby Cricut and had a wonderful time. Eugene actually enjoyed the speaker and the time with his colleagues. We needed that break!
These little cabins are really nice and you can't beat being able to look out and enjoy nature. Even though nothing is blooming right now, it is still beautiful to me. I see the promise of Spring in the buds on the trees and the birds and the squirrels. Here's the view of the lake from the lodge:
Of course I waited until the last day to take this and it was really overcast. But there is just something about water, isn't there? So calming and peaceful. Love it!
So there you have it. Paper projects and craftiness coming soon!
Friday, February 27, 2009
I started learning this out of the NIV, then read it in the NKJV and decided I liked it better. So here goes (let's see if I can do it from memory):
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Aubrey came over on Monday evening so she wouldn't have to get up at the same ungodly hour as the rest of her family for their trip to LeBonheur. We got to play a bit and then tucked into bed. We were anxious about Lily's surgery, mainly because we knew at her age (3) it would be difficult for her to understand what was about to happen and, afterwards, to understand her limitations and the things necessary for her recovery.
Tuesday morning we got word that the surgery had begun. All went very well and other than being scared when she woke up in the recovery room, everything looked good. We received regular updates by text message which kept us from worrying so much. We knew what was happening at every stage. I'm so thankful for the technology to do thatl. Aubrey wasn't sure what was going on when she woke up in a strange place, out of her routine and away from her Mama. But after a bit of snuggling and reassuring, she seemed to enjoy being the center of attention and spent much of the day in someone's lap reading her favorite books.
Tuesday evening we received a picture via cellphone showing Lily sitting up in bed enjoying strawberry ice cream. Yeah! This is beyond our expectations and we are delighted.
Wednesday morning, however was a different story. Lily has decided that eating and drinking are not going to happen. She must be taking food and drink in order for them to take out her IV and dismiss her to go home. No way she's going for that. So for the next 2 days, we all wait for word that the Princess is ready to cooperate. Meanwhile, the new is wearing off for us here at home and I'm getting tired! Keeping up with Aubrey and keeping her away from the buttons on the TV, DVD playerm cable box and surround sound, not to mention all the plugs and power strips in the house that she can find, is proving to be a FULL time job!
Finally on THURSDAY they decide to remove her IV to see if she will drink when her body doesn't feel so hydrated and she feels she needs to drink. By this time, eating is not a problem. The child has eaten pizza, chicken strips, grapes, french fries....you get the picture. Sure enough she does take some juice, but not enough for the doctors to be satisfied. So they say that they will start the IV back up, wait to see if she eats supper and then make a decision about going home. She and her parents have about had enough of the hospital room by now and are beyond ready to get out of there! Finally, the orders to dismiss her come up to the nurse and they head for home around 9PM. We decide that Aubrey should stay here another night so that they won't have to get her out in the cold so late. That was a hard thing for them, I know they were ready to re-unite their little family.
But Friday morning, that reunion happened. Lily and Aubrey were very glad to see each other, and of course Amy was glad to have them all at home. Lily is pretty much back to her Princess self and hopefully will be able to get the restful sleep she has been missing due to those tonsils.
I've had a really good night's sleep and some rest so life is good. It's been a long time since I had the full responsibility of a toddler for that long. It's hard work! Not that I didn't already respect all that Amy does as a stay-at-home mom, but I had a renewed respect for her! Anybody who thinks that they are lazy because they don't have a job needs to come talk to me!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
The bag in the background was a plain white gift bag and I cut a heart and glued it on so that they would have something to carry them to school in. I used the Doodlecharms cartridge.
Eugene and I do have a tradition now that started a few years ago. He ventures into my scrapbook room and makes me a card. The first year that he did it, I was so surprised and taken aback that he would actually venture into my craft space and attempt something like that. I still giggle to think of his description of the event. By the time he had found cardstock and folded it, snagged a red ink pad and opened it (no small feat if you are familiar with Stampin' Up ink pads), located a heart stamp and applied said stamp to ink then paper, he was a nervous wreck. I loved it so much that it has become an every year thing. This year he did not disappoint. I do so look forward to his once-a-year creation. I love him so much!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I used some old paper and cut the swirls, flower, butterfly and the numbers with Cricut using the Storybook cartridge. The butterfly and flower have some glitter on them too.
And I got a picture of the title page of my Project 365 album:The clock and the "2009" is Cricut cartridge Graphically Speaking and the letters are Plantin Schoolbook.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
It's been a great weekend. Very restful and fun. It probably wouldn't be fun for a lot of people, but it was for us! Reading, watching tv, scrapbooking. Today church and then lunch with Amy, Daniel, Lily and Aubrey and some of Daniel's family who were visiting. The company headed for home in Missouri and we went to Amy and Daniel's for a game of Harry Potter Clue.
Oh, and Aubrey had her official birthday on Friday. Where did that first year go??
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I used cardstock from Hobby Lobby and some Crate Paper die cuts. The calendars were printed on the computer and I am circling the appropriate week.
For these pages I used Hobby Lobby cardstock and some old My Minds Eye Everyday Tango from my stash.
I sure feels good to have these done! Now to get some more pictures printed while I'm on a roll!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I did one of these candle cakes for Lily's first birthday. You could tell it's a candle, right? Anyway, I decided to make it a tradition to bake one for every future grandchild's first birthday. It too the ENTIRE day and nearly caused me to have a nervous breakdown. I don't know why--it just seemed that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong! And I am not that good, obviously, at decorating. But I was glad that I did it and everyone said it tasted wonderful. By the way, the candle is strawberry with strawberry icing and the flame is chocolate with white icing. That marbley looking part on the flame is supposed to look like fire. What can I say?
Friday, January 16, 2009
I know that we aren't used to these temperatures here in Tennessee, but I cannot tell you how many people I saw out today with no coat--in fact some in SHORT SLEEVES of all things. And I assure you it wasn't because they didn't have heavier clothes. Folks just don't think about how dangerous it would be if they had car trouble or something. Oh my, I sound like my mother-in-law! She always warned us to have coats and a blanket in the car when we went out "just in case you are stuck on the side of the road". Oh well
Tomorrow I'm baking a cake for the party and making a centerpiece so maybe I'll have some pictures to post.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Anyhow, we are memorizing 2 scriptures a month for the entire year. I will have 24 verses in my little brain to call up when I need them for encouragement or to pray over myself when I am in trouble. I never would have thought I could do that, but with this support system, I do believe I WILL do it! So here is my first one:
Word for 2009. You choose a word that expresses what you are working on for the year, or what you want to accomplish, or whatever speaks to you. I chose the word GROW. I believe that says what I want to happen in my life this year. I want to grow in faith, knowledge and awareness. Knowledge of the Word of God, and any other educational opportunity that presents itself; awareness of others and the needs around me as well as in the world; and of course an increase in faith. I hope to be able to look back at the end of the year and see the growth that has occurred.
Monday, January 12, 2009
This is my journal for keeping up with these scrapbook projects (see last post). I used some leftover MM Noteworthy and the lettering is the Alphalicious Cricut cartridge.
Instead of uploading every picture from my 365 project, I think I'll upload the pages when they are done. I've got to get those pictures printed and get busy on them. We are already 2 weeks into this year. I can't believe it!
This has really made me look around everyday for something that I want to document. That has made me more aware of the little joys in life and THAT, my friends, is a very good thing.
My other project for the year is the Names of God book that I want to do. I was going to follow Patter Cross's plan but I found out that wasn't exactly what I had in mind. I would like for this to be the Hebrew names of God and my plan is to use the book as a tool in prayer and study. So I have launched out on my own and found a list of the names and meanings on the internet. My first name for God is El. I have looked up my scriptures and I am ready to make my first pages. I plan to get going on that this week.
My priority this week, however, has to be sewing a birthday jumper for Miss Aubrey. We are celebrating her first birthday on this coming Sunday. She won't actually be one until the 23rd but Sunday was the best time to get everyone together. If all works our, we will have everyone together. That is not always easy, but it looks like we will make it. That's only our side of the family, though. Unfortunately no one from Daniel's side of the family is going to make it. So, more on that later.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Looks like tomorrow will be a good day to stay in and get the rest of the Christmas stuff put away.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Today after worship service (which by the way was great), Lily, our 3 year old granddaughter was looking around at our beautiful building. She said, "Oh, it's a castle! It's so pretty!" To which I replied, "Yes, it is a castle. It is God's castle." She continued to talk about the "castle". She asked, "Is it a princess castle?" "No, Sweetie it is God's castle. You are the Princess. God is the King of Kings."
Now, how sweet is that?
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I just visited Patter's blog again and she is doing the Project 365 on her own too. I don't think that is a coincidence either. That thing keeps popping up over and over too. I don't know what God has in store for me in that project but I'm having to think that He is in it somehow. I can't wait to see what He is working out!
Okay, still no pictures but I'm going to work on that later. I'm still learning this thing.
Have a blessed day!
Friday, January 2, 2009
I must be getting old because yesterday and today have really made me reflect on my life and what I hope to achieve in the rest of it. My goal is to leave a legacy of faith in God for my children and grandchildren and generations to come. I want them to know Him and know how important He is to me. So now I'm working on ways to do that so that it is not just words but that they really SEE that in my life.
We had such a great time at our daughter and son-in-law's house yesterday. We took some finger food and hung out with them and the girls. We talked and laughed, watched Kung Foo Panda and played Harry Potter Clue while the girls napped and again after they went to bed. It was so much fun that we are going to get together this weekend and play some more. I'm going to actually attempt to post a couple of pictures later.
After while I'm planning on straightening up the craft room and getting some scrapbooking done. I may actually be able to post a couple of pictures of my projects too. If you don't know me, you don't know that that would be an amazing technological feat for me! So, we'll see how it goes.
I have a blinkie for my "names of God" project that I am doing with Patter at TripletheScraps but I have no idea how to add it. I tried last night until my blood pressure started going up and I quit. Maybe I can find some one who will take pity on me and tell me how to do it! I kept getting the message that the URL had illegal characters. Who knew that could happen?? I'll keep trying and maybe some day it will show up over there on the side. You never know!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
For now, I hope that all of you have a wonderful year.