Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Random #4, Name It


In lieu of the fact that I don't know if we will have internet at the cabin while we are gone, I leave you with a random picture for you to name for each day we are vacationing! I will post 1 picture a day starting Sunday the 27th and ending Thursday the 1st. Everyone who comes up with a great line for each picture will go in a drawing. So if you come up with a quote for each day, you'll get 5 chances to win. But please only 1 entry per picture. And you can bet that the prize will be coming from Pigeon Forge!! Have fun with it!!
Praises and I'll see ya soon!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Random #3, Name It


In lieu of the fact that I don't know if we will have internet at the cabin while we are gone, I leave you with a random picture for you to name for each day we are vacationing! I will post 1 picture a day starting Sunday the 27th and ending Thursday the 1st. Everyone who comes up with a great line for each picture will go in a drawing. So if you come up with a quote for each day, you'll get 5 chances to win. But please only 1 entry per picture. And you can bet that the prize will be coming from Pigeon Forge!! Have fun with it!!
Praises!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Random #2, Name It


In lieu of the fact that I don't know if we will have internet at the cabin while we are gone, I leave you with a random picture for you to name for each day we are vacationing! I will post 1 picture a day starting Sunday the 27th and ending Thursday the 1st. Everyone who comes up with a great line for each picture will go in a drawing. So if you come up with a quote for each day, you'll get 5 chances to win. But please only 1 entry per picture. And you can bet that the prize will be coming from Pigeon Forge!! Have fun with it!!
Praises and have a great Monday!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Random #1, Name It


In lieu of the fact that I don't know if we will have internet at the cabin while we are gone, I leave you with a random picture for you to name for each day we are vacationing! I will post 1 picture a day starting Sunday the 27th and ending Thursday the 1st. Everyone who comes up with a great line for each picture will go in a drawing. So if you come up with a quote for each day, you'll get 5 chances to win. But please only 1 entry per picture. And you can bet that the prize will be coming from Pigeon Forge!! Have fun with it!!
Praises and have a Great Week!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Friday Mish Mash!

"What do you mean I can't put my blocks in all these bags???"


Yeah, great!

No comment......

This is actually a stuffed alligator the boys hang from a tree the weekend of the Tenn. vs Fl. game. Joe took care of it for them...it's belly up!!


The above wreath is from my "collection" in my shop.


And Pretty, over at Pretty Organized Palace is having a Weekend Boutique over at her place every Friday. We all gather and link up so all of you can visit and get some shopping done easy, peasy!! Go check us out!

Thankful Thursday

Join all of us over at Sonya's Truth 4 The Journey for more great Thanksgivings!

My 5 this week are:

1. We are leaving on vacation Sunday and won't be back until Thursday...YAY!! I really need a littlt R&R right now. Of course, God knew I would thus we are going a month after we normally do!

2. Colin is getting well. He came down with croup Friday and it has been a fight this time....but he is better and more excited then anyone to be leaving Sunday.

3. I am going to bed in a few minutes. I've been up since 3 am when Shea got up....and stayed up!! Greg goes into work at 4 so he wasn't around to help. As soon as Will got up at 7:15 I went to catch a few before school....she followed me!

4. I am so thankful that we have found a great place to stay in Pigeon Forge..Little Valley Mountain Resort. It has fishing ponds, pool, putt-putt golf, hikning trails, playground, everything a mom with 4 kids of varying ages would need! We stayed there last year and we are making a return trip!

5. I am so glad that Jesus put the words in my mouth for my youth class tonight. I was so tired I needed major help....and of course The Christ came through for me...as always...Amen.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

5 Words 4 Kat

My friend Kat over at Heart 2 Heart did a meme last week where you are given 5 random words and you tell what they mean to you.....so of course I asked her to "sock it to me" and boy she did. Kat did an awesome job with hers so here's hoping mine are almost as good!

Friend: Where would we be without friends, ones who keep us laughing, pray with us and stay with us! I am very lucky to have many friends...many I have been blessed with. But God smiled on me as he sent me a couple who help me hold it together in my darkest hours and my BFF whom I know without a doubt I can call in the middle of the night for help, thanks Patsy. But He blessed me also with a friend for this life and beyond... I can not wait to meet my friend Jesus face to face...oh the excitement!!

Reality: Yes, my first thought was TV, I just watched "Dancing With The Stars", LOVE it! But when I go deep and really think about reality, I know that this is something I have tried so hard to escape from over the years...but reality always has a way of catching up to you, and through you. I have avoided Facebook, class reunions, Myspace...my reality is that I am not anything like the person I was...Jesus gave me a second chance...I ran with it! A new reality...a new me!

Breathe: This one is hard for me. This word actually gives me a lump in my throat and makes my chest tight. This word is for the times I have been most stressed out, most upset, and can't breathe. It evokes strong emotion within me of times when I felt helpless.....and all I could do was breathe....one step at a time...and breathe.

Sunrise: I can see it in my mind...the sunrise over misty mountains...a new beginning...a do-over... think about the fact that God gives us a sunrise to mark the new beginning of a new day. But He also gives us a new beginning of a new life in Him. Sunrise can be a reminder of that new life. It's color and beauty and promise.

Broken: Once again, my eyes tear up on this one... I have shared a little of my past. This word probably says more about me and my past than any other word in the encyclopedia. I am finding this one hard to type. So much of my life I lived as a broken child. My heart was untouched...I lived in my own world....sad....and worn. Broken was my past... Fixed is my Present...He did that for me...Hallelujah and Praises to the King On High...my fixer!

Thanks Kat and y'all take a minute to run over and visit her! And if you would like me to send you 5 randoms, oh yeah, I can do that!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Imperfect

When I was a little boy, my mom liked to make breakfast
food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my
day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I doremember watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I'll never forget what he said. 'Baby, I love burned toast.' Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night, and I
asked him if he really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, 'Little Buddy, your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides-a little burnt toast never hurt anyone! You know, life is full of imperfect things...and imperfect people. I'm not the best housekeeper or cook.'
What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept
each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences is the one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. And that's my prayer for you today - that you will learn to take the good, the bad and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of GOD. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where burnt toast isn't a deal-breaker! We
could extend this to any relationship in fact - as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!!" Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - but into your own. See through God's eyes and feel through God's heart, and you will appreciate the value of every soul including yourself. People will always forget what you do, and they will always forget what you say, but they will never, ever forget the way you make them feel.


A friend just sent me this, thought I would share, Thanks Abbe!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's........OPEN!!!

It's OPEN, Finally!! My Etsy shop featuring my handmade wreathes!!! The name of my shop is JewelsByJane and click on it and you are there! Please give it a looksie and let me know what you think. I just listed everything tonight. And be Honest!! That's what all my friends are for! I will finish up some ribbon wreathes and ornaments soon, to list also!

And also, my friend Pretty over at Pretty Organized Palace is having a Weekend Boutique over at her place every Friday. We all gather and link up so all of you can visit and get some shopping done easy, peasy!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thankful Thursday!!



Today, I am giving thanks for my husband's job.

1. He loves it. He was in a bad situation before, but was patient and waited for the right thing to come along, it did. It has made him so much happier. The kids and I used to joke around about how happy he was when he came home, every day!! After 3 1/2 yrs, he's calmed that down a little bit!

2. He is appreciated. He feels he is making a difference. He has people tell him what a good job he is doing, complete job satisfaction!!
3. The company cares about it's people. At his evaluation the first 2 questions his boss asked him were "Are you happy here?" and "Are you having fun?". I don't think I was ever asked that in my jobs.

4.His job makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mom. I thank God for that every day.

5. Greg has prayed a lot over the years about different aspects of his work. I am so glad Jesus is in control of this, He makes such great decisions for us!!

Now join the rest of the crew over at Sonya's place Truth For The Journey!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Alone....

I stay up late at night. I have to. It is the only time I am truly alone. At any other time of the day, I have a child on my heels. I like alone, I do not like lonely. As a child, I was lonely. Painfully shy, my best friend was my siamese cat Penny. I began to get over the shyness in college. After college, I began the days of living alone. I was lonely sometimes, but rarely. My childhood was lonely, my adulthood was alone. Before I moved to Tennessee and married my husband, I lived in the North Georgia Mountains on a 250 acre farm. My driveway was a mile long. I lived by myself. I enjoyed it. I would just stand outside and look at the surrounding hills and breathe. From the time I was 21 until I was 32, except for 1 year, I lived alone. It is the solitude I remember. Sometimes I crave it again. But now I have someone to share it with. I sit alone with Him. I used to just sit alone. I love those nights when I can truly feel Him near me, I smile.....y'all know what I mean. But even on those times when I don't feel Him near, I am alone..... but I am Not alone......I used to be.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Turned My Back

Amazing what can happen when I turn my back......
and she gets a little help from a brother!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Friday Foto Fun!

My Etsy Handmade Wreath Shop
Opens Next Week
I will be joining Pretty Organized Palace for her Weekend Boutique on Fridays...Click her button to the right to check it out today.
They're eating peanuts, watching TV.
A church where Derek sang on tour in June.
Chicago
Yes, ingenious.
She would NOT share that popsicle with Oliver!
Joe's whiskers, courtesy of the child below!
I know, freightening!Tired!
Have a great weekend, from our house to your's!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today I am Thankful for a poem. This poem for me makes so much sense....is so intuitive. I have a short version of it displayed in my home. To be reminded of how great He was, and continues to Be. For me, it says it all:

One Solitary Life

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant. He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. Then, for three years, he was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a home. He didn't go to college. He never lived in a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but himself.

He was only 33 when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his garments, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave, through the pity of a friend.

Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race. I am well within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned--put together--have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that one, solitary life.*

*Attributed to James Allen Francis
.

One solitary life....for you and for me, HE changed the world! Can I get an Amen to that!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Believe.................

Believe....This is the word that I live my life by. It goes deep for me....right down to my very core of being. It is a feel word, not a see word. It began with the movie "The Polar Express". If you believe, you can hear the bell ring. I believe......I can hear the bell ring......in Jesus' voice. I can hear His voice...clear as a bell...clear as His love for me...clear as knowing without a doubt that He is there for me, to teach me, to guide me, to wrap his arms around me and comfort me....I don't have to "see".... I Believe.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Funny Friday Fotos Featuring My Kids












Some of these I took of the kids..... some of these were taken by the kids themselves....
and some of these are self-portraits.....
Enjoy and Happy Weekend!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thankful Thursday

This is a special Thankful Thursday for me. My 2nd son's birthday is today...he is 13.
Here are my top five Thankfuls focused on Will
1. This boy is not afraid to be different. He marches to his own drummer. Someimes it makes it hard for him and I worry to tears......but I'm so thankful he is who he is. Here he is with 2 tomatoes from his garden in the backyard. Pretty good for first effort!
2. He is funny!! He is so goofy and goes out of his way to make people laugh.....but yet he has a very dry sense of humor...much like his father.
3. I am Thankful that he is 13. I know it's probably the only time I'll say it, but he has been looking forward to it. Just so he can get taller....his older brother grew 7 inches when he was 13, Will feels it's his turn now!
4. He is a great older brother to Colin and Shea. He is a good younger brother for Derek. He loves his family....I'm thankful for that!
5. I am most thankful for his budding relationship with Jesus...he joined the church in June....and he is very smart when it comes to the Bible....I love that!
Now come join the others over at our Hostess Sonya of Truth 4 The Journey!