Tuesday, January 31, 2012

{Pitter Patter}

My oldest sister, Carla gave this uniform to Buddy on her last visit.
Precious. & He loves it.

Monday, January 30, 2012

{The Sweet Little Nursery}

The Mr. and I enjoyed serving together yesterday in the nursery. 
"EVAN! EVAN! EVAN!"  Buddy couldn't track this guy down fast enough. 
I am planning a special day for these two! They have served over 35 years in our
nursery between the two of them! That is faithful! 
Sweet E. Grace stayed with us for the first time! 
And just look at M. Meeker! What a doll!

What a beautiful weather we are having today!
Perhaps a bike ride on the Cruiser today. . .

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

{Opening Night. . .}

I am so there.  Did you see what he is driving?!? Pitter-Patter.

{Sobby-Smiley Pictures}

I said "Good-bye" to my "Baby Sister" this morning. . . and it was hard.
I cried. and. cried more.
Bless her heart, she has been through so much, and I couldn't be more proud of her. 
They found an apartment in Midland, TX and their U-haul is all loaded up.
I passed them as they were going out of town and then I sobbed uncontrollably.
All I could see was Richards hand in the windshield waving as big as he
could. . .oh my heart just ached.
 I know they have to make their way in this ole' world, and one must go where the work is.
So, I wish them the best.
Keep them in your prayers. . . would you mind?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

{The Purpose-Driven Life}

"The closer you get to Jesus, the less you need to promote yourself."

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

{Being the Friend your Friends are. . . }

My Little Sister is MARRIED!
 And this post should be all about her. . .
 but I think I will have to do another one just for her! Because this has to be about ME!

Over the holidays The Mr. and I attended several parties. 2 of which. . . I haven't forgotten.
Although, the party I will be referring to tonight was just a "Girl Party"
( I probably wont ever share about the other one unless it is a rainy day and I just want to be depressed). 
I know we all know what "vibe" is. . . and this party had some sort of vibe. . . I couldn't
put my finger on it.  It was. . . odd. . . uncomfortable. . . different.

I know without a doubt that 5 of the girls there would definitely call 911 if my
house was a' blaze. . . but the others. . . not so sure.  You see. . . I need to know those things.
I need to know.  If I am going to put myself out there. . . I will know.
(I am certain this is soundin' strange, so I will move on. . . )

Needless to say, I left that night questioning myself.  

I left that night feeling. . . sad.

Where do I fit in?

(Knowing that there are certain places and times I don't want to "fit-in")
(Square peg, round hole. . . fine with me)

Who am I anyways?

Is there something wrong with me?

What do I stand for?


What is unacceptable?


What do I know for sure?

Who even liked me in that room?

Did I miss something?

Almost 2 months later, I still have some lingering questions, but I am feeling more confident. . .

I am a constant.  I am the same regardless of whom I am around.  I am not a facade. 
I make mistakes.  I do complete IDIOT things. Everyday.
I am real.

And. . .
When I was in a "911 moment" my friends came to my rescue.
 I needed them.
And. . . they came. 
A friend picked up my kids.
A friend offered to pick up my kids.
I had friends loaning me anything and everything out of there own homes.
I had friends come and decorate, move furniture, and clean.
A friend took pictures.
A friend did hair and make-up.
A friend attended and fluffed a wedding gown.
A friend loaned her very own gown and veil.
I had friends praying for my sister about her schooling and marriage.
And. . .
These were not my sisters friends (although they all have prayed and loved on her).
These are not my moms friends (although who couldn't love my mom?).
They were MY friends.
I just cant express how much I needed people to love and care, but also
 know that they do.  Do you understand my rambling mess?
Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of your calming reassurance.
Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of friends.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.
For as long as God allows me to live, I want a life full of loving, real friendships.

I hope and pray I can be the friend that my friends are to me. . .

{The Satan Satin Bread Spread}

I have been wanting to rid my bedroom of the "Satan Satin Spread" for quite some
time now (It is in my garage in a trash bag. . . where it belongs)
 Over the holidays I scored a few pieces here and there.
I have come to the conclusion that it is going to be a work in progress.
The Pillow Pixie Fairy will not come in 1 night.
A person must wait for the proper pillow and pounce when spotted.
Mercury Glass & Burlap Shades. Love.
I found the bed at Serendipity for a lovely low price.
It is a Distressed-Creamy-Heaven.
I am uncertain what to hang above the bed? A green wreath with a wide Satin Ribbon? A beach Picture (that i dont have)? A picture of the kids? A picture of our dog (lol!)?  Who knows?
My Heart Skips a Beat for this cable knit throw. . .
And I cant seem to get enough clear glass candle holders. . .
So Far.
So Good.
I would love to have a mixture of White & Creams & Creams & Whites. Ya' know?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

{I do}

After many. . .Well, what do you think?
I don't know what do you think?
Wait?  I don't know...
Go ahead...I don't know.....Well, I hate to wait....

I will be planning my sisters wedding....this week....she is going to say "I do".....this .....Saturday......


Oh my!

And then....off to....Texas....to start a new job....and......adventure....no doubt.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

{God Bless Us Everyone! Christmas Carol 2011}

I was a little caught off guard when
The Mr. came home and said,
"Oh, by the way, I signed us up for that play". . .and I am
so glad he did! 
No doubt it was a huge commitment, but it was
such a blessing! I loved being around all the cast, and
once I got over my stage fright and purple dress (that I looked like Barney in)
I enjoyed it so much! 
Sweet Jessica and Jennifer curled Lily's hair.
This was right up her alley!
She loved having big fluffy curls and wearing make-up. 
It is hard to tell what any of them are thinking in
the above photo, but the kids loved being apart too. 
It was drill weekend so I didn't get any pictures of The Mr.
He would fly in and do his "part" and zoom back off. . .very busy man, ya know? 
But he looked very swell.
We would love to do something like this again.
It is a great opportunity! 
I hope the community enjoyed it, and
of course the most important  
part and the real reason was having an opportunity to  
present The Gospel.   
My Sweet Mom. 
Lily Girl. 
Until next year. . . 
God Bless Us Everyone!


Awe, the other day when I ran into
Old Navy and did some shopping
I skipped out giddy for I felt like I had
visited Nantucket.
Beach-e clothes now on my
body! Happiness!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

{I am listening God. . .}

and I know He will show me my year verse, but I am still uncertain?
What about...

"Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8).


"Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus- the work of telling others the Good News about God's mighty kindness and love" Acts 20:24.

What about you?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

{Read The Books=Better Score}

Back to school we all went this morning.
Lily and Buddy didn't complain, but Clayton didn't want to go.
I know they are wearing down. . . gearing up for summer!
I am already making summer plans. . .well. . . dreaming of summer plans.
I better keep my winter coat on for a bit longer. 
These two Sweets had a great time over the holiday.
Bouncing from house to house! 
Miss Mac gave me some insight on Miss Lily's reading. . . not.so.good.
Soooo, we have had to re-vamp a tad and I will share more on that later.
Apparently we like to try to test on books we haven't read.
The end result hasn't worked out so well for her.
We caught a movie over break and was able to spend time with
Miss Kate, Lily's friend since the diaper days. 
There is my Buddy.

I am ready for 3:00 pick-up time already.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

{Read this today. . . }

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo