Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Faithsisters Creative Team Call

FaithSisters.com is searching for Creative Team members, to start in 2010 with the My Lifetime Story Challenges that will be posted weekly Jan-Dec 2010 due every Tuesday. This call is for paper, hybrid & digital scrappers, with possible publishing opportunities. You can view this challenge introduction on our blog here.

If you would enjoy being part of a Christ centered, fun, friendly,inspirational community, and love to share your talents, then this is the place for you!

To apply for our creative team and to get more information, send an email to creativeteam@faithsisters.com with the following information.

* Your Name
* Your Faith Sisters username
* Email address
* Lists and links to current Creative Team's if you are on any
* Link to your most up to date gallery (or send us a few of your layouts) & Link to your blog if you have one.

*DEADLINE for CT Applicants is November 27th.*
New Team Members to be contacted on the 28th and will be announced on the 29th!

Please register and introduce yourself in our forum and get to know us and see
what we are all about. We would love to get to know you!

*Faithsisters.com is a place for PAPER, DIGITAL and HYBRID Scrapbooking/Faithbooking.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

My Lifetime Story Challenge

As the year is coming to an end I am busy planning for next year. Most of you know that I am involved with the Faithsisters.com ministry. Each week we post challenges. In 2010 we are going back to the basics of leaving a legacy of faith at Faithsisters.com. This years challenges are all focused on YOU and your lifetime story. When you join us in this challenge you will be creating a mini-autobiography. I am counting down the days till January 6th because I am so stinkin' excited about the My Lifetime Story challenges!!!

Wouldn't you love to know what your grandma's favorite toy was as a child, how she felt when she met your grandpa, her favorite scripture and the song that expressed her heart? Your children and grandchildren will have that treasure when you join me in this challenge!

We will start out with your family roots in January and move into your childhood in February. We will continue throughout the year with your teen and adult years as well. The last challenge of the year will be a letter to your future generations or anyone who reads your book.

Each of our stories is important. This is a book that everyone should create about themselves. It will be the most treasured album of your family. As you create this album about your lifetime story you will be leaving YOUR LEGACY OF FAITH. This is an album that can make an impact in your life as you create it, but it will also create a major impact in the lives of your family both now and in future generations. As your children read your story in this scrapbook that YOU created, they will take your stories to heart. Your stories may have more impact on them than even Bible stories, because they are personal and from someone they know and love. When friends and neighbors pick up your storybook and look through it you will be witnessing without even saying a word. They will read your lifetime history and discover your love of Jesus, and His forgiveness and faithfulness in your life!

The My Lifetime story challenges will begin the first Wednesday in January. A new challenge will be posted each Wednesday all throughout 2010. The last challenge will be posted the last Wednesday of December. Just because the challenge series ends at the end of 2010 doesn't mean your lifetime story album is finished. We will continue to offer periodic challenges to continue your autobiography and keep it current.

Please join us in this year long challenge! Some of these challenges may be layouts you have already completed. That is ok! We need to get these all compiled in your lifetime storybook. Everyone deserves to be the star of their own book, including and most importantly YOU! If you don't put some time aside to create your My Lifetime Story album now, you may never find the time. If something were to happen to you, would your legacy of faith be lost forever? Take action now, join us as we create our lifetime storybooks for the next generation to see the glorious work the Lord can do in the life of a woman that loves God!

Begin thinking about what size album you would like to use for your My Lifetime Story challenge. I started mine in an 8x8 but now have decided that I need more space so I am moving up to a 12x12. My friend Sunny is doing hers 12x12 also because she knoys she has a lot she wants to fit into this album. What size do you prefer? Start gathering your supplies now so you will be ready to start when we kick off the first challenge January 6th!

Click here to join discussions about My Lifetime Story challenge.

Next week I will post a Photo List so you can start gathering photos that you will need for this challenge

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

First Day Of School

The kids went back to school today. Brooke started 9th grade at Parkersburg High School. We live about 10 mins away at the most, but it took us a half hour with traffic! YIKES! Hoping it was just first day traffic and things will settle down a little!
Nic is now in 4th grade at Worthington. He was so excited that he got the teacher he wanted!
Tyler is now the big man on campus at Worthington. He is in 5th grade this year! He is very happy with his teacher too!
They all had a great first day! After school we went to Sonic to celebrate the first day of school!
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe

It only took an hour and a half to uncover this recipe! So here it is Kevin and Lawanda!:) This is the recipe that I use for Fresh Salsa. Christina and I are canning salsa tonight and trying a new method, I will post our completed canning recipe as soon as we get it figured out after our experiment tonight! We just used this recipe below before but it turns out runny because you have to cook it to can it. So hopefully this new way will be just as yummy and thick as the fresh!! fingers crossed!

This recipe is for one cup of fresh salsa...so just adapt it to the amount of tomatoes you have!

1 large ripe tomato, cored & peeled
1 green tomato
1 clove of garlic
4 sprigs of cilantro, leaves only
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
hot pepper sauce to taste

Place the tomato, onion, cilantro and lime juice in food processor. Process 15-20 seconds, or until chopped fine. Season with salt and hot pepper sauce to taste.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Free To Be Me

I looooove this song and it's message! Describes me pretty good!

Album: My Paper Heart
Artist: Francesca Battistelli

At twenty years of age I'm still looking for a dream
A war's already waged for my destiny
But You've already won the battle
And You've got great plans for me
Though I can’t always see

‘Cause I got a couple dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
On my own I'm so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I'm free to be me

When I was just a girl I thought I had it figured out
My life would turn out right, and I'd make it here somehow
But things don't always come that easy
And sometimes I would doubt

And you’re free to be you

Sometimes I believe that I can do anything
Yet other times I think I've got nothing good to bring
But You look at my heart and You tell me
That I've got all You seek
And it’s easy to believe
Even though

Friday, July 03, 2009

My Fairy Garden

I forgot to post a picture of my finished Fairy Garden that I gave my mom for Mother's Day. It turned out so adorable. Unfortunately, the herbs are growing like crazy right now and if I were to post a picture of it as it looks today, it looks like a fairy jungle! My mom needs to get brave and trim her herbs!!!

I am hoping to get another fairy garden made for me to keep too. Gotta find another large part or bucket or something. Nic is wanting an Army garden now too! LOL. They are just too fun!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

52 Blessings {7} My Healing Miracle!

I have been leading a Bible Study at FaithSisters.com from the Power Of A Praying Parent book by Stormie Omartian. A totally awesome book that every parent should read and study.

Well chapter 12 a few weeks ago really has changed my life and I just have to give a praise! The chapter is on Enjoying a Life of Health and Healing. Here is the link at faithsisters site if you would like to check it out more. http://faithsisters.com/forum/index.php?topic=10015.0

I had been so nervous about having an upcoming surgery that was scheduled for June 24, 2009. I just didn't have a peace about having the endometriosis surgery and kept feeling like maybe I shouldn't be doing it. I had been praying for direction on what to do. Then comes this chapter!

This chapter showed me that I had been praying for the Lord to heal me, but not truly believing that he would miraculously heal me without the help of Drs. and surgery. While I was reading this chapter I began praying immediately. I had a hard time with the believing part and even asked that the Lord show me with a sign to cancel the surgery. The fleece that I was putting out was that I would start my monthly and have no pain. Then while doing the questions in the study for this chapter, question 5 immediately reminded me that I didn't need a sign....that if I was going to believe in FAITH for healing that I needed to just step forward in faith and believe that I am healed and cancel the surgery. So I had decided first thing in the morning I was throwing away the pills and calling the Dr office to cancel the surgery. By the way, question 5 was to read 2 Corinthians 5:7 "We live by faith, not by sight."

God is such an awesome God! He saw my heart and knew that I was truly believing and stepping out in faith. He gave me that sign I was asking for, even though I had realized I didn't need it! That very night, I started. I had no idea I had even started because there was absolutely NO PAIN! The whole week was no pain! Typically I am out of commission for the week because of severe pain and cramping. I have been almost a whole month pain free! Praise the Lord! So I am not in doubt and totally believe that the Lord has touched me and healed my endometriosis! I am amazed at how the Lord used this book and this bible study, that I thought I was doing to help other parents, to show me exactly what I needed to be doing. Between reading those reccomended scriptures and Stormie Omartians words in her book....the Lord spoke through it and straight to my heart. I love when he does that and I know without a shadow of a doubt that he is speaking directly to me! Reading that chapter has truly improved my faith and reminded me that NOTHING is impossible for God....he is just waiting for us to believe that he can and will do it without a shadow of a doubt. He is still in the miracle business my friends!

A miracle? ABSOLUTELY! I am still amazed and I can't even begin to tell you how big of a fingerprint from God this has left on my heart! I can't wait to get this story into my faithbook!

Swiss Deer Steak

Super Yummy recipe my sister wants me to give her so putting it on here to share with my friends!:)

2 lb deer steak (or any steak)
1/2 c flour
1/2 c olive oil
1 med onion chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 jar stewed tomatoes
2 TBS Worcestershire
salt and pepper to taste
Roux= (2 tbsp flour dissolved in 2 tbs melted butter)

Heat oil in skillet. Dredge steak in seasoned flour and brown on both sides slowly over med. heat. Remove meet and set aside.

Add 1 cup water, onion, carrot and worcestershire and stewed tomatoes. Stir while bringing vegetables to a boil. Reduce heat. Add meat. Cover and simmer until meat is tender. Remove meat and carefully place in a serving bowl.

Remove sauce from heat and stir in roux if needed until smooth. Stir constantly, heat to boil over medium heat. Cook until slightly thickened. Taste, adjust seasonings. Pour over meat.

Serve with mashed potatoes.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer is Finally Here

I have been out of school for over a month but I finally feel like summer is here! Things have been so hectic. Last Friday we finally were able to come to agreement with the commercial building and our uncle is taking over the payments (still in our name) but hopefully this will keep things good, and get the stress out of my life! Praying he will get it out of our name ASAP.

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him....." ~Psalm 37:7 NIV
It is so hard to wait and to give all the worry over to Him. I tend to always take it back and keep worrying. I am so thankful that He always takes care of everything...even though it isn't always in the time frame that I would like!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Chads Birthday Surprise

March 25th was Chad's birthday. His mom REALLY surprised him with a car! She got a great deal on a 2003 Toyota Camry with less than 10,000 miles...so it is almost like brand new! His mom was so excited about it! She called me a few weeks in advance because she needed me to get insurance on it so that she could drive it here from Clarksburg (about an hour away). So I then had to keep it a secret! When she gave me the serial number, make and model and year, I wrote it all down on a smal sheet of paper. It was my bookmark. Well somehow I lost it out of my book and Chad discovered it! EEEEEEK! Luckily I was reading when he discovered it he said..."what is this? Is it from my mom?" ....so I played the.....let me finish this page when he asked me what the paper was. His mom had told him about this car to see if he was interested and he told her it sounded like a good deal but he was gonna drive his Grand Am until it was a pile of rust in the driveway. OK, so with that in mind, he finds this slip of paper aka my bookmark and asks me what it is...I used my let me finish this page tactic to give me a few seconds to think of what that paper could be!! I told him it was my aide Jaques and I was using as a bookmark cause it was trash. Then I said..."why did you ask me if it was from your mom?" He said, "Oh nothing, she was telling me about a car but that was a long time ago. I don't know why I thought it was from her." WIPE SWEAT FROM BROW!!!!!!!! About three or four more times I almost slipped up. Like the time he mentioned something about tires on the Grand Am...kinda freaked thinking he was gonna get new ones and almost slipped. Then I as the day approached I almost slipped and told him his mom was coming...and she wanted that to be part of the secret too. He was getting off work early that day cause he wanted to watch the big WV game. Well she wanted the car to be in the driveway when he arrived with the bow on top and banner in the windshield. She wanted the kids to be there for the surprise too so I had to pick them up early from school since Chad was coming home from work early.

We had everything ready and were hiding in the garage where we could see. Chad was arriving home when I would have typically been picking up the kids from school (if I hadn't already gotten them early!) When Chad turned down the road he said he saw the big yellow bow on top of the car. His first thought was who is in the driveway...Michelle is picking up the kids. Then he thought..and who is laying no top of that car. He thought the bow was a person!

When he pulled into the driveway he saw the banner that said Happy Birthday Chad. He yelled out the window, "Are you serious?" He was in total shock! He just kinda sat there for a minute then got out of the car and headed straight to hug his mom! What a fabulous Birthday surprise!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Seeds Are Sprouting!

I am so excited! My cucumber seeds are sprouting already! WOOHOO! Now if everything else will sprout!! I still haven't planted my herbs or flower seeds yet. Best be doing that this weekend I guess!

Christina and Angela are going to a worship conference tomorrow. I can't take off work so I am just going to the concert part in the evening. Heather Sloan and I are driving up as soon as Heather gets off work. I am hoping we will have a little extra time so we can stop at Micheals!:) I have a coupon!! I am so excited for a girls evening!

I am working on a fun new project for my mom for Mother's day! While Chad and I were at Amish country I fell in love with these little Fairy Gardens. I found a FREE big clay pot on the curb last weekend, thanks to Diana for calling to tell me about it!! So I am getting ready to start mom's fairy garden. I have already been to Crafts 2000 to buy some miniatures to decorate it. Now I just have to find the right herbs to plant!! This is going to be fun. I am posting a photo of the garden I saw in Amish country. I hope mine will turn out as cute!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sick of Sickness!

Who invited the cold back to WV? It is freezing outside again. Yesterday it was a warm 74 degree high. I want spring!!

When will everyone be healthy again? For the past two days I have had a splitting headache, dizzy, fevered and just feeling plain awful. After work I came home and slept the rest of the day. I was awake long enough to watch Idol and then back to bed. Thankfully I am feeling some better today. Brooke missed school yesterday with the same headache, dizziness and fever as me. Thankfully today we were both feeling well enough to go to school. Poor Nic is looking like he might be next. He overslept this morning and just wasn't himself. I have been expecting the school to call for me to come pick him up all day. Praying that he has gotten better and won't be sick!

I thought that Danny and Chris both did excellent last night. Scott really blew me away too. My guess is Anoop and Jorge will be going home tonight. To me their performances were the weakest.

Well I am off to prepare my bible story for Awana tonight. My little Sparks (K-2nd grade) are so much fun and just love their bible story time at Awana. I do my best to make it special for them:) I am thinking maybe puppets tonight!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Beverly Lewis Books

I love, love, love every book I have ever read by Beverly Lewis!

The past couple months I have read the whole series of Summerhill Secrets. Which are actually teen novels...but very good! I passed them along to Brooke and I hope she will enjoy them as much as I did. These are from an "Englisher" point of view living beside Amish.

I just finished The Redemption Of Sarah Cain. Another fabulous Amish story. Now I can't wait to get the movie!!

My favorite Beverly Lewis series is Abram's Daughters. This is the series that really got me back into reading for pleasure!

I recommend Bevery Lewis books! I talked Josie into starting Abrams Daughters. When she comes to visit this summer we are gonna head to Amish country for a day! I had such a good time at Amish country after reading these books!!

Now I have to find a new book to start. Hmmmm...could always reread Twilight I guess! Can't wait till March 21st when the DVD is out. Gotta see it again!!!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

My American Idol Top 13 Favorites!

I have never been so happy with a Top 12 or 13 as it is this year! There were only a couple that came through that I didn't pick. There was one, Felicia Barton, that I feel got ripped off. Why in the world didn't they pick her for the wild card at least?? so i was pretty bummed about Felicia.

My top two are Danny and Chris. Both are worship leaders at their churches which is just awesome in itself! I am praying that they will be able to show Jesus in all that they do. Danny has such a strong voice. I gotta admit he is truly my favorite and I was so excited when they announced his place in the top 13!!

Go Danny and Chris!!

Starting My Garden

So where oh where did my weekend go? The weather was in the 70's and oh so beautiful! It really got me in the gardening mood that is for sure!

I garden using Earthboxes because I have very little yard space that is flat enough for a garden. With the earthboxes I can plant on my patio. I get way more veggies from my earthboxes than I ever got from planting in the ground though because the earthboxes have a selfcontained watering system. I have to water once a day or sometimes twice a day when it is really hot...but wow we get a huge abundance of produce all summer long!!

I usually purchase my veggie plants to plant in the earthboxes when it is time to set them out. However, this year I decided to try growing from seed to save some money. We shall see. I have been researching and reading about starting from seed. Oh I so hope that I can do it! I have planted 216 seeds in jiffy pots. Cucumbers, red peppers, green peppers, beefstake tomatoe, cherry tomato, spaghetti squash, yellow straigtneck squash, scallions, acorn squash, zuchini. I usually grow eggplant but last year I didn't have much luck so I am switching to spaghetti squash this year to give it a try!

So this is day one for my planted seeds! Maybe the seed thing can keep me content while I wait to get outside to garden. Come on SPRING!!! I am so ready for the cold to be long gone! These past two days of nice spring weather have me itching for it to last!! I will try to post pictures of my seed project soon!:)

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Creamy Ramen Noodles

My kids love Ramen noodles. Here is a new twist that we are loving! Fast and easy is what I love about it!!

Creamy Ramen NoodlesIngredients
1 (3 ounce) package ramen noodles, any flavor, with seasoning packet
2 cups water
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk

Bring water to boil in a small sauce pan. Add dried noodles and cook 3 minutes, or until noodles are tender. Stir occasionally.

Drain away water. Return noodles to sauce pan.

Add butter, milk and contents of seasoning packet. Heat on low heat and stir until butter is melted and noodles are coated with creamy sauce.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Time Flies 2009 update!

Wow! It is hard to believe that it is already March! The weather was so beautiful here today, in the 70's! WOOHOOO! I am so sick of the snow and freezing cold. Welcome spring!!!

Life has been pretty calm here. I have been feeling better with my new treatment. So hopefully the pills will continue to control the endometriosis. I have a little pain here and there but it is manageable now at least.

Chad has a fractured sesanoid(sp?) bone in his foot. It is all caused by his right knee that needs a partial replacement. We went to the Dr in Cincinatti yesterday and he recommended orthodics in his shoes and if it isn't doing better in 3 months, surgeryt o remove the sesanoid bone from his foot. Apparently it is a bone you do not have to have, we are doing our research on that still. So prayers for his foot to heal with no surgery are greatly needed!

I finally have my scraproom somewhat organized with what I have to work with for now. I am really hoping for some cabinets and countertop to really make it how I want it...but for now I am settling with what I have. It doesnt look beautiful but it works and I am able to get things accomplished without feeling overwhelmed by a mess! I am currently working on an album for our pastor. He is retiring from our church so we collected some photos and I am almost done putting the album together.

The boys are both playing indoor soccer every Saturday. They love it. Especially Tyler, and he is doing great. Last week he scored the only two goals to win the game for his team! Nic has been doing good too, just hasnt scored any goals. He is better at defending the goal!

Brooke is playing volleyball at the YMCA and will be starting up her track season next week with hurdles and long distance. She is also singing in the county honor choir and will be performing in front of the whole county in a couple weeks.

All the kids had great grades! Tyler and Brooke both with straight A's and Nic with straight B's! They were all listed in the newspaper for their awesome grades! I am so proud of them for working hard and doing their best!

I am loving my job as a preschool teacher/director. I couldn't think of a better job for me right now! The hours are perfect because I can take the kids to school and be out with plenty of time to do a few errands and then be able to pick the kids up from school. The only thing I wish is that I had retirement. Then it would be perfect! But it is pretty close to perfect and I LOVE teaching 3 and 4 yr olds. I wish I had a little more time to devote to our FaithSisters website but hopefully I can get everything caught up over the summer break!

52 Blessings {Week 6}

I am so blessed to have the most wonderful husband. We have been married for 13 going on 14 years! Wow it just doesn't seem that long! Looking back at these pictures though...wow have we aged! We looked like kids when we got married!

I couldn't ask for a better husband. Of course we have our moments but for the most part we see eye to eye on most everything. He does so much more than most husbands. We are truly a team. I thank the Lord for him every single day.

I am so blessed!

Monday, February 23, 2009

52 Blessings {Week 5}

I am so blessed to have a healthy, smart and beautiful daughter. She just turned 13 and I keep thinking to myself. Only a little while longer to keep her here at home with me. They just grow up to quickly. Doing my best to train her up in the way she should go. Praying that she will always stay on the right path, the one that God has planned for her.
Brooke is super smart. I homeschooled her for 7 years. Then she started public school last year for 7th grade. She has done so well in school! Straight A's with an occasional B in math. I feel like she has such a strong foundation both educational and spiritually. I pray that she will always remember to put God first!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

52 Blessings {Week 4}

My little sister Julie lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Chris. She is the youngest of us girls but my brother is the youngest of the family. Julie had a sickly childhood. She had horrid allergies and terrible asthma. Life was often crappy for her. She was allergic to so many different foods, including corn (all forms of it) and corn is in nearly everything. She was allergic to milk too. Those are the two that I remember the most. She was always on medicine. Some of the medicines gave her hallucinations. One time she was so mad at us because we were all floating in bubbles and she couldn't figure out how to get in a bubble too.

She has grown up to be a healthy girl! She still has allergies but thank the Lord they are much milder than they used to be. I am so thankful that she is so much healthier now.

We don't get to see each other much, but when we do we always have loads of fun. Our favorite thing to do is play Canasta! We even formed a Canasta club!:) If we don't get in at least one game when we are together we feel ripped off! So we usually find the time for at least ONE game! We also love to play sing star and American Idol!

Love my littlest sister!:)

52 Blessings {Week 3}

I am so blessed to have FaithSisters in my life. I knew with all my heart that the Lord wanted us to pursue our ideas for FaithSisters. The way things came together it could have only been God. The way things have grown it is obviously God! Each day I am so blessed to chat with likeminded Christian women and see how their day has gone. To pray for their needs. To know that when I have needs they are praying for me. My FaithSisters are the first prayer warriors that I head to when I need prayer. We have seen so many answers to the prayers we have lifted up.

I knew FaithSisters was going to be awesome, but I never really imagined it could be this awesome! I am so blessed to have met so many wonderful women who I call friends. I have only got to meet a few of them in person. Hopefully I will get to meet more of them here on this earth, but if not I know that someday we will all be celebrating together in heaven!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Scrappy Organizing - ordering albums

Wow! It has been a long weekend already and it is only Sat night! My friend Diana came over Friday morning to keep me company in my scraproom while I cleaned and organized. She was scrapping, which of course made me quite jealous! But I did what I so desperately have needed to do for the past year! It is now almost midnight Saturday but I feel like I have accomplished SO MUCH! WOOHOO! My scraproom is organized...now I didn't say it was beautiful or anything (hoping for cabinets and countertop someday- watching the bulletin board for a good deal!)but it is at least better than it was and I can scrap in there now! Finally!

I had over 100 layouts made without pictures! From conventions, classes I have designed and taught and then last year I made a new kit each week at Get Crafty Studios. Wonderful scrapbook pages, mostly two page spreads...with no photos and journaling. So that stack has been laying in my room, piling up with more and more all along for the past few years...and really grew last year with creating all those layouts for the kits every week! I FINALLY tackled the stack! I went through boxes of pictures and just worked most of the day Fri and Saturday putting pictures onto those already scrapped pages. I still have 13 single page layouts and 3 two page spreads that are pictureless. I need to print some of my digital photos, but I at least know which ones I need already so that is a good thing! Not only did I get pictures on these layouts but tonight, I just put all of them into the proper albums!

Putting all those layouts into albums has caused a huge problem though! I am now out of album space and page protectors! So I am placing an album order! Anyone who needs 12x12 We R Memory D ring albums, let me know and I will add your order to mine. I will be placing the order hopefully by Wed of this week.

I have lunch in the crock pot for after church~ Creamy Chicken and Noodles (if it is good I will post the recipe later!) Diana and her family are coming to eat after church. Then we are playing a game of Canasta. The boys will then watch football while Diana and I escape to my scraproom for some serious scrappin time!! I am treating myself to a day of actual SCRAPBOOKING since I accomplished so much. That attatching pictures to already finished pages was pure torture...I just wanted to scrap! Which is exactly the reason that I haven't tackled that stack before now! Whenever I think I might, well I just start scrapping and lay the stack aside! WOOHOO. I am just so excited to have that stack dwindled down and into my albums!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

52 Blessings {Week 2}

Today was a wonderful and relaxing day. We had a great service at church with Preacher Jack from Peacemaker Ministries. I took a long nap after church and then started working on some My Prayers For You Challenge stuff for FaithSisters.

52 Blessings {Week 2}

I have been so blessed for the past 34 years to have a wonderful Christian grandfather. We lost grandpa on New Years Eve. His memorial service was just breathtaking. There were more people in attendance than we ever would have imagined. The parking lot was overflowing and cars were parking along the road on both sides with people having to walk quite a ways to get to the church. Some people have even told us that they didn't know what to do since the parking was so far away and they decided to just leave. We know know there were over 200 people in attendance at the funeral. That is alot of people at the funeral of a 79 year old man! We shouldn't have been surprised though becaue grandpa was a very well liked man.

He was very quiet and soft spoken. As a child I remember him always singing. He lead singing at church. Grandma babysat all of us while mom worked. When grandpa worked night shift we would have to be very quiet. Sometimes we would hear grandpa singing and think that he had gotten up...but he was singing in his sleep! He loved to sing. The last song that we sang at his memorial service was Sing and Be Happy. That is my favorite song of all of his favorites and I can remember him singing it years ago as he lead singing at our church.

My grandpa was such a blessing to so many people. He fought a long hard battle with Parkinson disease but through it all he always did all he could to attend church and set a Godly example. I am sure that the angels were rejoicing when he joined their choir on New Years Eve!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

52 Blessings Project Week 1

It was a freezing cold day here in WV. We had a Snow Day! No school. So good for me because I was feeling very bad today. Would it be to much to ask for a snow day tomorrow too? Oh I could sure use another day off;)

I am so excited to be starting the 52 Blessings Project from Faith Sisters. The challenge is to Post 1 Blessing for each week all year long. Maybe this will help me to be a better blogger too:)

52 Blessings Project Week 1
There are so many blessings in my life. The first one that I will spotlight is my wonderful family. I feel so blessed to be married to a wondeful Christian man. Chad is such a great husband and loving father. I could not ask for a better husband. Sure, he isn't perfect, but he works hard to be his very best. I admire him for his commitment to everything that he does.

My three children are healthy. They are the joy of my life. They are smart and talented and so sweet. The Lord blessed me with the most wonderful family!