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Monday, January 30, 2012

Psalm 25



In my car line bible reading time today, I read Psalm 25.
This totally speaks to the things happening in my life right now in so many ways......

Psalm 25

    A psalm of David.
 1 O LORD, I give my life to you. 
    2 I trust in you, my God! 
   Do not let me be disgraced, 
      or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. 
 3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, 
      but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

 4 Show me the right path, O LORD; 
      point out the road for me to follow. 
 5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, 
      for you are the God who saves me. 
      All day long I put my hope in you. 
 6 Remember, O LORD, your compassion and unfailing love, 
      which you have shown from long ages past. 
 7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. 
      Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, 
      for you are merciful, O LORD.

 8 The LORD is good and does what is right; 
      he shows the proper path to those who go astray. 
 9 He leads the humble in doing right, 
      teaching them his way. 
 10 The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness 
      all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

 11 For the honor of your name, O LORD, 
      forgive my many, many sins. 
 12 Who are those who fear the LORD? 
      He will show them the path they should choose. 
 13 They will live in prosperity, 
      and their children will inherit the land. 
 14 The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. 
      He teaches them his covenant. 
 15 My eyes are always on the LORD, 
      for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

 16 Turn to me and have mercy, 
      for I am alone and in deep distress. 
 17 My problems go from bad to worse. 
      Oh, save me from them all! 
 18 Feel my pain and see my trouble. 
      Forgive all my sins. 
 19 See how many enemies I have 
      and how viciously they hate me! 
 20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them! 
      Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. 
 21 May integrity and honesty protect me, 
      for I put my hope in you.

 22 O God, ransom Israel 
      from all its troubles.




I think I am going to work on memorizing this.
SOOOO thankful that God had me read this today.....

in HIM-


Friday, January 27, 2012

The Way of Love





The Way of Love

 1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love. 


   Love never gives up. 
   Love cares more for others than for self. 
   Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. 
   Love doesn't strut, 
   Doesn't have a swelled head, 
   Doesn't force itself on others, 
   Isn't always "me first," 
   Doesn't fly off the handle, 
   Doesn't keep score of the sins of others, 
   Doesn't revel when others grovel, 
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, 
   Puts up with anything, 
   Trusts God always, 
   Always looks for the best, 
   Never looks back, 
   But keeps going to the end.



 8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
 11When I was an infant at my mother's breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
 12We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!


13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

That last verse convicts me so much that I need to say it again.

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: 

TRUST STEADILY IN GOD!, 

HOPE UNSWERVINGLY!,

LOVE EXTRAVAGANTLY!

And the best of the three is love.

1 Corinthians 13 ~The Message

The pictures are of another idea I found on pinterest.  I wish I could remember where I downloaded the art from but I can't ....sorry.  
I love it so much that I might just leave it out year round instead of just at Valentine's Day.  


in HIM--


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Memorable Moments {from Last Week}




1. Transformation of  a Penguin! 
Lillie has been learning about penguins in her class at school.
She had a homework assignment to disguise the penguin.
We thought it would be a good idea to make him into a box of popcorn.


Begin by cutting out the shape of a popcorn box out of card stock.
Then draw lines and color.
Add the word popcorn!


Glue on the popcorn
We did learn that glue sticks didn't work.
Real Elmer's glue is necessary.



 This is one well disguised penguin!!



2. Gifts for Val!
Our friends were headed off on a 10-year Anniversary Cruise last week.
It was so much fun thinking of what to put in a basket full of goodies for her!
I love giving surprises!!!


My friend, Val, is one of our amazing singers in our Praise Band.
So we ambushed at the end of practice.
She was so surprised!!!

And I think she liked it!  

Kandi, me, Val and Jenny.....
the three of us had the best time putting this gift together and surprising our friend!



 3. Watching Brady play cars.....



 He has a load of them......


and he loves them.....


4. Getting the BEST DEAL EVER!!!

Seriously, I got this sign for 90% off!!!!
It was $3.85!!!!
I am NOT lying!
 And, bonus!!!
It is double - sided!!! 
Total Awesomeness!



5. Our first sleep over!!
It was such fun -- there will be many more!


It was a great week!
What memorable moments do you have from last week?

in HIM-




Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Book Club....





We interrupt these blog postings in order that I will finish this book 
{which I just started last night}
by Thursday in time for my Book Club.

And with quotes like this......


"Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a 
quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses." - John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

I'm loving every minute of it!

Which reminds me, I gotta find a sitter for Thursday Night so  I can go to Book Club.
This is our first Book Club meeting since November and I didn't get to attend then, so I'm excited about getting back at it!


See ya soon!
in HIM-







Friday, January 20, 2012

Lauren's Vintage Toy Shower


Last Saturday, I got to help host a baby shower for my step-sister, Lauren.
Lauren has been my "step-sister" since she was about 13 and I was 23, but I've known her since she was 6, which makes her more like a sister than a step-sister!  
It was a privilege to get to do a shower for her!

Lauren is having a baby boy so we decided to do a Vintage Toy Theme.

Guests were greeted at the door by a Radio Flyer Trike.  


Immediately inside were more toys around the gift table.  Another riding toy that is an actual antique with balloons tied to it.  The balloons all came from Celebrate Express.
A red wagon in front of the table which would be shortly filled with gifts.
Also, on the table is a drum that my son loves to play with and the favors to be handed out later.


Our favors were boxes of crackers jacks.
The sticker on the back said "Thanks for popping by to shower Lauren, Seth and JP with your love and sweet gifts!  January, 14,2012" .



This is a shot of the food table.  I made the banner for the table welcoming baby JP {WE can't wait til he arrives!}
The table clothes and runners were made by my mother in law and as soon as I can remember the name of her etsy shop, I will link it here.  {sorry, it's late and I can't think tonight}



 Up close shot of the center piece.
My Mom made this awesome flower arrangement as well as a corsage for Lauren.
We added a Little Golden Book, a Raggedy Andy, and a wagon with a Sock Monkey,a baby toy, some balloons 
 and voila!
I love how it turned out!


We filled these jars with more cracker jacks and blocks.
The little clock came from the attic at my dad's house.  It was a gift for me from Santa the year I turned 1.  
You can see the invitation here also.
We ordered these from Babyface Design.  She did an amazing job!!

My cousin, Natalie, made these cute cupcakes!  
They were red velvet with aqua blue icing to go along with out theme and they were delish!



A shot of the food table from the end......I just liked the way it looked!


Across the room, we had a drink table.  On one end was a tub of cokes and root beer.


These great soda bottle length straws came from Bake Me Happy on Etsy.


We also had water bottles and cherry limeade soda.....



This is Lauren opening a homemade blanket from her Aunt Lisa.

Lauren and the gifts......


 It was a great shower. 
After it was over, we did a few pictures.....

Lauren (at 36 1/2 weeks pregnant) and her Mom.


Me, Lauren, Ginger {my sister}, and Natalie {my cousin}....

The girls and Lauren.


This was a super fun shower to put together and give.
It turned out beautifully, I think!

We love you, Lauren and Seth!
We cannot wait for JP to arrive!!

in Him-

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Da Wockin' Song


That's what Brady calls this song.....


I think it's a pretty Rockin' Song, too!!!

in HIM-

Monday, January 16, 2012

Blog Designers.......



So, I'm thinking I would like a new blog design.
Especially, since the picture of my kids in the header is about 3 years old......
And I'm just ready for a new look.  I don't have a lot of money to put toward it though.
So, who do you recommend?
Thanks!


in HIM-

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sneak Peeks and a Linky Party!




Small sneak peek of the banner for the baby shower this weekend.
It's a Vintage Toy Shower and I cannot wait!!!
It has been so fun to plan!






Then, there is this......
My Valentine's Mantle!


This is it in its entirety.  I feel like it needs something else......
Suggestions?!?!  
I got the idea for the subway art and the free downloadable art from Pinterest.


 I also adore  the blocks that are on this mantle
Unfortunately, I didn't have time to make those this year....Hopefully, next year!!!
But, I did find these cute little blocks at Target for $3!!! 
I also added these pretty tulips behind the blocks.

I love them!!!





But I still feel the mantle needs something more......
what do you think?

Linking up here today!!! Go check it out and keep it going!!!

in HIM-

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Why We Exist and other Thursday Thoughts!



I'm just busy, busy this week doing a million and one things. 
My hands and my mind are working 90 miles a minute to get it all done.  
Here's what I'm working and thinking on!

1.  I'm putting the final touches on stuff I've been making for my step-sister's baby shower this weekend.   Here's a tiny sneak peek of the banner I finished last night from my phone.  
I would show you lots more pictures (better pictures from my camera) but my computer has decided to forget that it has a card reader and nothing I do seems to make it remember.  I even went and bought a card reader that attaches by cord to the computer through a USB port.  It STILL won't read the card.  Which is strange because we can put the pics on a jump drive and then get them on my computer.  Just won't read anything to do with the card. Needless to say, it makes uploading pictures to my computer a pain ....

2. Which reminds me.  Any tech savvy person out there have any ideas for me on how to solve said computer issue?

3.  Due to the upcoming baby shower on Saturday, the kids and I are headed to Georgia tomorrow sometime.  It's supposed to snow here tonight a little.  The snow might not be a problem but apparently, due to the sudden and extreme temperature drop that is to occur this evening, we are going to experience flash freezing around here.  
That could pose a problem for our travelling tomorrow.

4. Today is my Lillie's birthday.  She is 7.  I love my sweet, sassy 1st grader so much!!!
She is one of a kind and I love her for it.  Brady and I are about to eat lunch and get ourselves ready so we can go to Lillie's class and take a cookie cake (her request) this afternoon.  
We will then have a celebratory supper at Zaxby's  just for her tonight.
Next, weekend she gets to have a sleepover with a friend for her birthday.  

5. I plan on taking loads of pictures at these two events.
The fact that my computer has decided to go awry is so tiresome!

6.  I have a new bible study starting next week!  We will be doing Jonah by Priscilla Shirer.  
I cannot wait!  I know that the Lord has much to teach us and I cannot wait to get started.
Now, I just gotta find time to make a trip to Asheville to get the books. =)  That's tentatively on my agenda for next Tuesday.

7. That makes me wonder.  Is Lifeway Bookstore open on Martin Luther King Day?  Maybe I can make a trip over on Monday instead......???  Hmmmm.

8. I'm also working feverishly on Saturate 2012.  
This is our Women's Retreat for this year that is coming up in March.  
It's all about being saturated by the Holy Spirit.
I have not one, but two, amazing  ladies coming to speak and we are traveling back to Pigeon Forge, TN.  
It is going to be a blast!!!!

9.  I'm also working on a Father/Daughter Dance.  All I can say about this right now is that there is MUCH, MUCH, MUCH to be done in 4 weeks time.
My eye is beginning to twitch just thinking about all we have to accomplish.  

10. One last thing.  Last night, our regular Wednesday Night Gathering Meals began at church. Since the new studies don't begin until next week, Hubs did a short program on "What is the Church?"  It was a great program.  He showed this video and I wanted to share it with you all because it says so much! 

"Why  We Exist"



WE are the church. People are the church.
WE are the church.  
Our church doesn't exist just for us....
it's for the world......to change the world.

We are the church.


Food for thought.  
Yep, lots of things on my mind today.  
What's on yours?

in HIM-