Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's cold...

There's something wacky going on when it's colder in south GA than in south PA. Currently it's 39 degrees here in Hahira. I'm running the heat. Brrrr....

Friday, October 17, 2008

I feel like the dam is about to burst...

In my spirit, I feel like something big is about to happen. I don't know what yet, but I think it's going to involve me getting over my fears of speaking out and possibly offending someone. There are people dying without hope...I have loved ones without hope. I need to tell them about Jesus, but more than that, I need to show them Jesus.

And I'm going to start singing again. Healing is coming.

From Mark 5:

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." 29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
31"You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?' "
32But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A little preaching...

Things have been busy and I haven't been feeling so well, but we're on the upswing. I went to the doctor, I'm getting better, and the house is just about unpacked! We've found a great church, made some new friends, and are generally very-much enjoying Georgia (the bugs I could do without!).

Will's birthday was Sunday; I'm still not believing he's 6 years old. We had a low-key celebration, but it was good. One of the gifts that Max and I bought for him was a Bible (and here's where the preaching comes in).

So Monday I read the story of David and Goliath (I Samuel 17 if you're interested in reading the whole thing). And I've heard the story so many times but I haven't often actually read it. And it's powerful. You've got this giant who has petrified the entire Israeli army...I'm talking they're hiding from him. And then you have this boy come onto the scene and he's the only one willing to stand up to giant warrior. David has such faith and trust in God; he says that God has protected him from lions and bears and he will protect him now. Wow! You've got a giant, a trained warrior, in full battle armor and then this boy with nothing but a slingshot a 5 rocks. And the boy is not afraid!

But it gets better. The giant starts to taunt David and is almost offended that Israel would send a boy to fight him. So David says:

45 "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hands."

If those aren't fighting words I don't know what is. So the giant comes after him and the Bible says that David runs to the battle line to meet him. Looking at the picture from a human perspective, the odds were completely against David. But we so often forgot about the ultimate warrior that was standing beside David. God loves to work through the weakest and most unlikely person because it's not by power, or might, or sword, or smooth-talking that the battle gets won. There's another passage in Exodus 14 that I love (this is as the Israelites are leaving Egypt and are being followed by Pharaoh's army; the people are afraid and starting to complain):

13 Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

How often do I try to fight the battle on my own and I fail miserably. As David says "the battle is the LORD's". Every person on this planet has battles - whether they be health or financial or marital or whatever. We need to remember that God is our ultimate warrior and He will fight for us. We simply need to be still in Him.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sunday, September 07, 2008

We've arrived...

Still sinking in...dude, I live in Georgia! It's hot and humid, but the AC works so life is good! ;)

Total God thing yesterday - so cool. Some of our neighbors came over...they have 4 kids. Turns out she's a former teacher, now staying at home, will be homeschooling, and she scrapbooks! No kidding! I've been praying for friends for Max and I and how cool is that? God is good!

I'm off to scrounge up some dinner...I'll update later this week with pics and some stories.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's here...

we're finally moving. The packers are packing, I'm sitting around feeling guilty that I can't help. It's hard to believe we've finally reached this point. Crazy last few days, including an ER visit for me for an anxiety attack. But things are calming down. I'm actually more relaxed now than I've been in quite some time. We're leaving tomorrow afternoon for the trek to Georgia, so I'll probably be AWOL for a bit. Internet doesn't come to the new house until next Friday...what's a girl to do? ;)

Cool story about my anxiety attack. My blood pressure was super high when I first got to the ER, and I'm paranoid to begin with about my heart (it's fine, by the way). Anyhow, I'm trying to calm down and I prayed for a sign. I thought about Gideon's fleece and I asked the Lord for my next blood pressure reading to be 150/90 or lower (it was 171/106). Next reading...149/88. God answers prayers big time! It gets better though. When I get home I decide to read the story about Gideon. As I'm paging there, the first verse that I see is from the previous passage. It read "Peace. Do not be afraid. You are not going to die." No kidding. If that's not a word from God, I don't know what is. It's amazing...a few days ago I was praying for God to make Himself really real to me. I'd say He did. What a good God we serve!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Craziness...

This week has been a little nutty. We're exactly one week away from the packers. One week from tomorrow they'll be loading the truck and we'll be on our way to Georgia. Still hasn't completely sunk in.

Yesterday was crazy. I'll post about it later once I have my pics uploaded.

Max is working so hard right now. I wish I could convey how proud I am of him and all that he has done for our family. It's overwhelming really.

I'm playing with some new scrapbook goodies today. I've got some other things on the to-do list, but I really needed the stress-relief. The boys are enjoying a new Tom & Jerry dvd...speaking of, I need to grab it before they watch it for the 17th time!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Two weeks and counting...

Exactly two weeks from today, the packers should be at our house. It will also be Max's last day at work at the Chambersburg plant.

I'm busy getting all the utilities switched over to our names at the new house. We still need to sell this one, but we're very thankful we're able to lease our new home until we can settle. Prayers for a quick sale of our current home are very much appreciated. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Listening party...

David Phelps is releasing a new cd in a couple weeks. Lots of covers on this one. Today through Thursday his record label is having a "listening party" where they're streaming most of the new songs on the internet. If you're interested, the site is HaveYouHeardtheWord.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Updates...

Okay, I need to do some serious catching up on this blog. First, here are the pics I promised Kristy a while ago. This is the best of all 4 boys:

And I just thought this was cute:
Remember how I talked about all those tags I helped make for CHA. Well, the awesome people at Fiskars sent me a thank-you gift:
That's a pair of the limited Heidi Grace scissors that were being handed out at CHA. And how cool is this? They had Heidi autograph one of my tags to send back to me!
Another scrappy update...the contest I've been in at Scrap Shanty is over (it actually ended Monday, but I'm a little late). And....drumroll please....I won! Very exciting! I was able to choose my prize, and I'm getting a gift certificate to my favorite store, Scrap Diner. Here are my layouts, in order, for the 4 weeks of the contest:




Lastly, here's a fun project that took me forever, but is finally finished:

I used some fun My Mind's Eye from the Diner to cover a Maya Road chipboard mini-album. I think it turned out really cute!

And that's all for now. I've got some Georgia updates, but I need to get off the computer, so those will have to wait. Three weeks until the move though!

Friday, August 01, 2008

God is good...

It's been so easy to get discouraged about our house, but I am trusting that God will provide. It's so easy to praise Him and be thankful when everything is going right, but I was reminded this week that I need to be thankful in all circumstances.

I am thankful that God has allowed us to lease our house in Georgia. I am thankful that He has blessed me with two nephews in the past two weeks. I am thankful for my amazing family. I am thankful that Max's company is providing so much for our move. I am thankful for Max's hard work that allows me to be home with my boys. I am thankful for my health and my family's health. I am thankful for a God who knows my needs and will meet them. So, in faith, thank you Lord for providing a buyer for our home in Your time. Amen.

I just needed to get that off my chest. :) Have a happy weekend!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Quick Monday update...

First, I made it to the final week over at Scrap Shanty. Later tonight I'll update with my layouts from the last couple weeks. That made me happy!

I just found out that Valdosta (our new hometown) won ESPN's Titletown. It will be on Sportscenter tonight, but here's an article from the local paper. :)

And Kristy - I'll add some more pics later. The ones with Christian turned out okay - the lighting was a bit funky. I'll play with them and then upload.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I so need to get better at updating...

I'm about to grab a bowl of cereal, but here are some quick pics:

Fuzzy as it is, this was actually the best pic we got of my Dad and his 4 grandsons.

Max had moved his car to the side yard for our yard sale. When he went to move it, Christian and Andrew climbed in for a ride around the cul-de-sac. It always amazes me how little things make them so happy.
This expression is so Will.

And a video...Will and Christian have just started climbing trees. Again, it's the little things!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Welcome Timothy Joseph...

He looks like Dad! I guess it's appropriate to resemble your namesake though. :)






Monday, July 21, 2008

Round 3 here I come...

I was really nervous this week, but I made it through to round 3 in the recipe challenge at Scrap Shanty! I'm so excited! This week's recipe is really tough, but I have an idea in my head. Now I just need to translate it to paper! I'll post last week's layout and a couple other projects I've been working on later...it's been a productive week for me, but I'll share all about that later too.

Friday, July 18, 2008

I can finally let the cat out of the bag...

Now that CHA is well under way, I can share my project I created for the good folks at Fiskars. A few weeks ago, I received a package filled with Heidi Grace goodies - including some of her new line, Reagan's Closet. My job was to create tags that Heidi would be signing and giving out at the show. How fun is that!?! Here's a few pics of what I made:






Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How cool is this...

Valdosta, GA - our new hometown - is being featured on ESPN tonight as part of their Titletown contest. Here's a link with more info. I hope they win! :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Who knew....

that printing photos would take all night. I decided to print a big batch of pics - 81 to be exact - and my little Epson has been running for almost 5 hours. Ouch! I think I'll be buying a new ink cartridge soon.

Not much going on here. We're waiting for our house to sell. Please pray that it sells fast. It's so tough in this market, but we had a very long showing on Friday and we're hoping that something comes of it.

It's CHA week (for any non-scrappers reading this, CHA is when all the new goodies are released). We've got some fun challenges planned over at the Diner and over at the Fiskateers site.

Back to my photos...I found these yummy ones from the 4th. It's my easy parfait. I took a yellow cake mix, roughly cubed it, and layered with fat-free whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries. Yummy!


And speaking of yummy, here's a pic of Max that I took last night. I love my hubby! :)


Monday, July 14, 2008

I made it to round 2...

In the Scrap Shanty Ultimate Recipe Showdown contest! For this week, I need to create a Christmas layout without using traditional Christmas colors. I have a couple ideas knocking around in my head...I'm hoping to get started tonight. For my week 1 entry, check here.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

For the 4th...

I love this country! Happy Birthday USA!

Please remember all our service men and women around the world and especially those in Iraq this Independence Day. Cheesey and cliche as it sounds, freedom isn't free and I thank God for these brave soldiers willing to put their lives on the line for our country and the freedoms upon which it is built!

Monday, June 30, 2008

What a sweetie...

I love random shots that turn out this adorable! :) I'll be back tomorrow - or maybe Wednesday - but tonight I'll leave you with this one of Andrew!



Thursday, June 26, 2008

I'm getting published...

Oh. My. Gosh. I am so excited I cried when I first read the email! And then I started shaking! This is my first time being published and I've only submitted a handful of times. I can't believe it! Just had to share my joy! It's a layout of Christian (was up on the blog, but I had to remove it) and it will be in the November 2008 issue of Scrapbook Trends!

My baby lost another tooth...

Here's a before shot. It's not a great pic - there's low light in Andrew's room and I wasn't using the flash - sorry 'bout that.


And here's the after!

The other top one is loose as well. I have a feeling he'll have another visit from the tooth fairy in a few weeks. Last night, Max and I finished painting our bedroom and got distracted, so the tooth fairy was late (as in this morning) visiting. Will woke up, checked under his pillow (which still had the tooth) and then looked outside. When I asked what he was doing, he said "The tooth fairy didn't come yet. I'm looking for the car." That boy cracks me up!

In scrappy news, I got two yummy packages today. The first is from the Maya Road Virtual Warehouse sale. I was lucky enough to order a kit before they sold out. Look how much stuff they sent:

I'm sharing a few things with my Mom that aren't my style, but overall, I was VERY impressed.

The second package was from Fiskars. I can't share too much as it contains a project for CHA. So if you're going, stop by the Fiskars booth, you may see something made by me! How cool is that!?!

Andrew being cute...

He's a bird, that baby!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I'll admit it...

I like Southern Gospel. It's probably my Dad's influence, but I love the straightforward message of Jesus.

Here's a couple by the Gaither Vocal Band. I've got a few more up my sleeve, but I'm saving those for Independence Day.

Probably my all-time favorite Gaither Vocal Band song...

I just love seeing Russ Taff get blessed...

This one is so powerful. That's David Phelps singing the last solo.

Another one...

I grew up on this one.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A quick hello...

I'm just popping on real quick...I'm about to head out to run some errands. Here's a layout I finished this morning for our little weekend crop at www.scrap-diner.com. The challenge was to create a layout inspired by music. I chose to do the song Max has been singing to me since we were dating. :)

(The colors aren't true to life in this one - it's very overcast here.)


Thursday, June 19, 2008

So busy...

We are putting on all the finishing touches on the house, getting it ready to go on the market next week. I am so ready to be done...it seems like I keep finding new projects though!

I've been a busy scrapper as well, but I can't share too much yet. :)

This weekend (actually starting tomorrow) we're having an informal crop at www.scrap-diner.com - please feel free to join in the festivities! Sher always has amazing prizes!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cute little star wreath...

For directions on how to make a little wreath to decorate for the Fourth, check out the Diner Blog.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Why am I still up?

Eek...it's almost 1 in the morning. Just finished priming the boys' room (they're fast asleep in the den for the night) and will paint in the morning. Now I'm wide awake, but I so need to be in bed. Lots of stuff to get done tomorrow...it's crunch time on the house.

I'll be posting a fun little project at the Diner tomorrow too. More details then.

God is God - Steven Curtis Chapman

I just found out about his daughter...so completely tragic...I'm still in tears. My prayers are with their family during this time. This song came to me...there are times I question God, get angry at God, cry out to God, but His ways are so much higher than our own. It's hard as a human to always remember that - He sees the big picture while we have a tiny glimpse. I need to be reminded of that sometimes.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I'm a bad, bad blogger...

Things have been a little bit insane...we're down to the final crunch before the house goes on the market. I feel like I'll never get everything finished!

I'm still fighting the sinus/ear infection (yuck) and hoping the antibiotics kick this thing out of my body soon! The boys are all recoverd from their little cold/allergy issues.


I had to run some errands today and went by Michael's. They had all their punches on sale for 40% off so I am now the proud owner of the Leave it to Weaver border punch. For any non-scrapbookers reading this, that's a good thing! I picked up the Threading Waters punch for Mom. :)



I'm hoping to play tonight. I have several projects racing in my head that I really want to sit down and complete. For now, here's another quickie of Christian:



(out for publication...)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A new month...

And things are still crazy around here. We've got the big dumpster just about filled! I'd say we're 70% finished with the basement - which is some serious progress! I'm battling a sinus/allergy mess due to working in the basement. I'm praying this passes quickly!

Here's a fun layout I just finished for the Retro Challenge over at Scrap-Diner. I love this photo of Christian!



Have a great one!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Busy, busy, busy...

Working hard to get all the house stuff done. Had some not-so-great experiences with several landscaping companies so we're doing the work ourselves for a tiny fraction of the cost. Off to buy lawn equipment tonight.

The dumpster will be coming sometime before 2 pm. I'm greatly looking forward to getting all this junk out of the house. By next week our basement should be empty!

The foyer is just about finished. I need to scrub it (again!) and put up the little metal strips to the surrounding rooms, but it looks good. Really good. Thanks so much Mom (if you're reading this)!

Off to sort through more toys. I seriously had no idea we had this many...it's scary.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Just a quick layout...

I finished this one today...used lots of goodies from the Diner. I've been in the mood to scrap lately; all the stuff around the house is getting overwhelming, so I definitely need the outlet. I'm hoping to get a few more done in the next couple days. Have a great Sunday!


Friday, May 23, 2008

You know you're a scrapbooker when...

you take a camera in to your hubby's work and take pics of the baskets and baskets of rolls and buns and bread. You know, cause one day I may just scrap these! ;)





In the second picture and the bottom of the third are what the trucks bring back (called, appropriately enough, "stale"). The breads are chopped for stuffing or sold for dog food (betcha didn't know that!). The rest is all freshly baked bread getting ready to be loaded, or in the case of the bottom pic, ready to be delivered.
This is all I could get from the window in the break room. Max thought they might throw me out if I went down on the floor to snap some more shots! They load 50+ trucks a day...that's alotta bread!




My new favorite project...


It just makes me happy! The apple is from Damboise Designs and the paper is some of my new favorites - Basic Grey Boxer line.

I'm so domestic...

Not really, but some days I can pull off a nice facsimile. Yesterday I was feeling it...for lunch, the boys and I made some tiny pizzas (or so Christian called them). I toasted the slices of baguette, cooked up some ground beef to add to my sauce (canned but I added spices and then let it simmer for two hours), and Will helped me butter the slices and then add the sauce and cheese. They turned out really good...yes, I'm a dork - I took pics.



I'm proud of them anyway. It's the little things, right?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

I can't even begin to describe how much this takes me back...

Simpler times back in the late 80's. I actually got backstage passes back in the day when I was 12. Somewhere there's a signed t-shirt. Oh, yeah...I was a total groupie. And, by the way, Joey was my favorite. ;)

Friday, May 16, 2008

10 years ago today...




we graduated from Grove City! I still can't believe how long it's been! I get all emotional thinking about it, so I won't dwell, but here are some pics I unearthed a week or so ago. Look at how cute we all are!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Some updates...

Things have been really busy around here getting ready for the yardsale and getting the house ready to sell. Hopefully all the work will be finished in the next couple weeks cause we're so ready to move!

Today I created a post at The Diner's Daily Dish. It's a tutorial for a mini-album using Artist Trading Cards. I think it turned out pretty cute, so check it out if you have a minute.

And I totally forgot to post this before, but I have been asked back to the Scrap-Diner Design Team. I'm a "Deb" again and I couldn't be happier! I get to work with some amazing ladies and the owner of the site, Sher, is a sweetie! If you're in the mood for some scrapbook shopping, make sure you check out the Diner!

I've got to run - the man is on his way to fix my garage door! Happy day! I'll be back tomorrow with some fun pics from a decade ago...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Happy Anniversary...

Today is our 8th anniversary! I can't believe how fast these years have gone by...and now three children later, we're still madly in love. I love you Max! Happy Anniversary baby!

I say I love you, I say I need you
I try so many ways to say how my heart beats for you
I say I'm always thinking about you
There's no way I'd want to face this life without you
And even though these words come from deep inside me
There's so much more I don't have the words to say

'Cause what I really want to say
Is what the sun would say to the sky
For giving it a place to come alive
But my words get in the way
Of what I really want to say
Oh, what I really want to say

I know that sometimes my words can be as hard as stone
And sometimes my words have left you feeling so alone
So please forgive me and hear the words I'm saying now
I will spend my whole life looking for a way somehow
To let you know just how precious you are to me
I'll use the best words I know but I still won't say it all

It's like a tale too great to be told
It's something that my heart can only show
I'm gonna take my whole life
Just to let you know
What I really want to say
Oh, what I really want to say to you
What I really want to say
Oh, what I really want to say


"What I Really Want to Say" by Steven Curtis Chapman
This was one of the songs that was sung during our wedding ceremony.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

We're back from Georgia...

And man, do I have a lot running through my mind right now! I'll save all my thoughts for another post, but I am going to overload on the pics here. I hope you enjoy!

**A little disclaimer - underneath all the pics are my camera's names...I'm tired and didn't go through and rename things. Sorry.

The first one is just some random pics...





And here's some pics from Wild Adventures, the local theme park...




And some of the new Martin's plant (there's some others in there as well - copies from earlier slide shows - but I'm too lazy to go back and edit them out)...




And our new house...



And last set - the pond and gazebo in our new neighborhood...


 
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