Monday, January 31, 2011

Fear????

I am so tired of being afraid. God's word tells us 365 times (hmmm 1 for everyday of the year?) Fear Not. So why do I still struggle with it. WHY can't I just give all my worries and fears to God and let HIM sort it. Why do I feel the compulsive need to fix it myself. Over and Over I face this struggle. A few of you may know the situation my husband and I have been in for almost 3 years now for those that don't it is an all to typical story of  injury, job losses, repossessions, bankruptcy and now foreclosure.  During this time of struggle and trial God had provided our every need. We give God the glory for all He has done and we testify to it, So why in spite of that do I still worry and fret? I am so frustrated by it. I pray "All is yours Father, Your will be done, not mine " I feel peace and then a bit later the old fears creep back .I am so tired of this struggle, this fight, I want to be a good and faithful servant of The Lord, but I feel I fall so short of what God wants from me, I have messed up so many things. Others tell me to remember that there are people in worse situations than we are. I KNOW THAT! It does not mean that what is going on in our lives isn't hard and difficult and at times so horrible we can barely function. I pray everyday for God to allow me to be a blessing to someone else.
GRRRR I am tired of dwelling on this.
How do you face your fears? How do you cope with struggle?
I think I'll go fix a cup of tea and spend some time with God.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pink Saturday

This week for Pink Saturday I picked out a few pieces of my I love Lucy collection.
I love Lucille Ball! The doll was my grandmother's, my sisters gave me the purse and the box of chocolates (which were so yummy) and the salt and pepper set I bought years ago. I have other items as well, these are just a few. I don't collect as much as I used to, at some point for me it just becomes enough, well for now it's enough since I don't have anymore room!
Happy Pink Saturday!


I really need to take the time to learn how to better use my camera. I tried 3 different settings to see how they turn out, the experiments continue....

Monday, January 24, 2011

Getting to know the family

I have been thinking a lot about my childhood. I had a great childhood. I miss those days.
 Carefree and all the time in the world lay ahead of you....ahhhh.
We are blessed to have great, creative, God  loving parents who have always encouraged us. We (now remember there are 5 of us) all had something we wanted to try and my parents always said go for it and if it didn't work out then we were allowed to quit (though that didn't happen often) between us we took dance, did theater, played baseball or softball, band, chorus more clubs and after school activities than we can count, piano lessons,etc....the list goes on. BUT here is the thing *we did it together as a family, my dad coached all of my sisters and my brother (not me, but that's a different post : 0 ) in baseball and softball, my mom was at pretty much every dance lesson in the waiting room, we have all been in plays; including all 7 of us in the musical Shenandoah, and multiples of us in many others; even in some my dad wrote and directed. My mom or dad and at least 1/2 if not all the rest of the family was at every piano or dance recital; band concert or chorus concert....I could go on and in later posts I am sure I will.
My family is still close today we all live within 1 hour of each other (well I live an hour away everyone else is within 15 minutes) we have celebrated every Christmas together and almost every Thanksgiving for the last 30 years. I know some who read this will think I am boasting and to a point I am I am proud of my family. We work at staying involved in each others lives; it's difficult to get us all together all in one spot at the same time, but pretty much every month we are. I love that. Now with new additions to the family we have grown from the 7 of us to the 15 (and counting) of us. You will read more than you want to know probably, but this is my heart. We are a very blessed family.
I thank God everyday for them Buster,Debby,Lee,Beth,Steve,Joanne,Jay,Colby,Shelby,Laura,Patrick,Jared,Amanda,and Layden.
I love you all.


This is some of the family...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pink Saturday

 I LOVE cupcakes!
Cup cakes are the perfect food I think. They always leave you happy.
Aren't these adorable and oh my don't they look yummy!
My friend Cee made these for her grand-nephews birthday, they are Black Forrest Cupcakes. (The only reason they are pink is because she ran out of red food coloring...teehee)
She is so talented and such a good friend and she is such a good cook too. I wish I lived closer to her.
She inspired me to make chocolate cherry brownies mmmm they were so good.
Love you Lady Cee! xoxo

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Letters

Do you ever write letters anymore?
I do, though not nearly often enough. I don't get back as many as I send, but that's ok. I love writing to people I love and miss. I think it's a lost art form. I know a lot of people bemoan the use of email and texting. They have their place too. If it wasn't for facebook I would not have reconnected with people I miss, I am grateful for it. Email is a lot faster and has it's place too, my friend in California I can email and get in answer back in minutes not days.
 I know I am not the best letter writer, I have a tendency to switch subjects a lot and I know I am not very eloquent, but I do it anyway and you know what I always feel better after I do, there is something refreshing about putting a few thoughts down on paper and sending it off.
I also from time to time write letters to God, I will write my prayer instead of speaking it, as a result I often have more peace about what I am praying on.
I wrote 3 letters just tonight on I love Lucy blank note cards that I have had for years, ( I do adore that redhead) nothing special, just a how is your new year and I miss ya. They will go into the post tomorrow. Here is a little challenge for you, pull out a sheet of paper and a pen and write someone you love, like or miss. They will love getting that letter in the mailbox and I just bet you will love sending it too.
Much love,
Jenny

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sherwood Pictures

I love these movies! Have you seen any of them? First let me say I am in no way being paid or asked to promote them, I just really love them and they made such a difference in my life I had to share with y'all.

There is a church in Albany, Georgia called Sherwood Baptist Church a few years ago (2003 I think?)they made a movie called Flywheel as a local outreach for their community, well it found it's way from little Albany, Georgia to video stores mostly in the south east, then everywhere; it is a wonderful film the story for Flywheel is to rely on God, be obedient to Him and trust in Him. I love it and I could watch it everyday (sometimes we do).
Then a couple of years, and a bigger budget later the made Facing the Giants (my favorite of them all ) This movie speaks to my soul! The story line is about a Football coach who has lost confidence in himself and feels adrift, with no clear direction, also there is a sub story about the infertility he and his wife are going through ( I related to that part big time!!) He discovers that With God All Things Are Possible, this film is the story of  his journey.
Then Kirk Cameron joined on for their next movie Fireproof  (their largest release to date) this one is a story of LOVE. The Love God has for us and the Love we HAVE to share. Have you seen ads or has your church done a "Fireproof your Marriage" class if so they are based on this film. It is a story of a couple headed for divorce, and the trials of relationships. So very good.
2 brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick have written all the movies and books from (and for) these movies and they are all filmed with members of their church, and locally in Albany. If you get a chance to see them or buy them do it! You won't be disappointed.
The team at Sherwood recently finished their 4th film called Courageous http://www.courageousthemovie.com/home  it is due to hit theaters Sept.30,2011     
I for one can't wait!
Honestly folks  these films really hit home with Lee and me, they encourage us when we are down, comfort us like a hug and move the Holy Spirit through our souls.
Who would think a few movies could do that?   God did.
I'm sure I will be blogging more about each film in the future.
If you have any questions about these movies please ask and I will try my best to answer them.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jenny

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pink Saturday


I have had this little lamp pretty much my entire life. Growing up I always shared a room with one of my 3 sisters this lamp was always in our bedroom. Somehow (teehee) when I got married and moved out this lamp came with me. Originally the shade was taller and more cylindrical like a top hat and had white pompom fringe around the base, I replaced it with this one a while back. I have always loved this lamp it's been witness to love notes, friendships, tears, laughter, fights, fears, every Nancy Drew book read and every dream I ever had. I have no idea where my mom got it, but I am oh so glad she did. It's home for the last 5 years has been in my lavender painted spare bedroom.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

RAK WINNER!!

Well ladies we had 4 comments so I think each of you are a winner for my first RAK.
So each of you Amy, Sandra, Jachelle, And Sandy#1781, will be getting a gift from me. I have all of your addresses now so sometime this week I will get them posted.
Thank you for your interest and CONGRATULATIONS to each of you.
Much love,
Jenny

Colorbok

I got happy mail today!
Colorbok sent me a FREE 12x12 paper pack in Truffle today! YAY but let me tell you the conversation that took place...ugh...husbands!
The doorbell rings as I am fixing us some lunch (the dog goes nuts) Lee answers the door and gets a package from the UPS man. The door shuts. "Jenny" yes? "What have you ordered?"  "You know we can't afford to order anything right now." I didn't order anything and DUH!  " Well it has your name on it and it's from some color company." I didn't order anything let me see. Colorbok! YAY this is a free gift Lee. "What for?" I answered a survey they emailed me ages ago and I signed up for the Colorbok club, and look they sent me a free paper pack! "I thought you were getting rid of stuff ? " I am but not a free paper pack!  WOO HOO Thank You Colorbok!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Cross Stitch Rak




Ok ladies like so many others are doing I am trying to purge and simplify so I have a small bag of assorted cross stitch items I am offering up for a rak (MY FIRST ONE!!) :) YAY!! I may trip across a few more items to add to it too.  If you are interested in winning please just leave a comment. I will draw a winner on Wednesday at 10 pm.(eastern time)
Happy Monday,
Jenny

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My first Pink Saturday

For my first Pink Saturday I chose my little Chickie Baby my niece Shelby. Pink is her "best" color don'tcha know.
She loves and adores all things Pink and I love and adore her.
Sorry the picture is not good, I was in a hurry when I took it. This is a layout I did for a challenge at From Here To Scrapternity. The challenge was to use 10 flowers on a layout, I had to use pink for Shelby.
I have "stalked" many blogs over the last year or so that have participated in Pink Saturday, I must admit at first I didn't understand what it was, but I caught on quick...teehee... I love some of the things that y'all come up with. Thanks for letting me in on the fun.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Such Talent

I have such a talented  family. I am the oldest of 5 and my sisters and brother (and their husbands,fiance and wife) are great, they are my best friends. I wanted to show you a really cute cupcake flower boquet my sister Joanne made.
She made them for our sister-in-law Amanda's baby shower (hence the half eaten platters of food...:)
They were even more adorable in person.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I'm so in Love

With my new nephew Layden. My brother Jared and his wife Amanda are his parents. He has had a rough go of it his first week of life with Jaundice, but got a good report today; PRAISE GOD! Now he can get to growing. My Heart.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A New Year

This is a new blog for a new year, I have no idea if anyone will ever read these posts or even care to, but I am gonna do it anyway. For some reason it is important to me to do this, I learned a long time ago to not ignore that still small voice that tells me things from time to time. I believe it is the Holy Spirit guiding me, promptimg me; to listen. I am trying to listen. I have "stalked" many, many blogs and love the community of talented women on the web (sigh...)  I am so jealous, but inspired and until recently I have not felt the need to start my own . Any tips or suggestions?  I am a Christian, wife, daughter,sister and aunt. I hope to grow in my relationship with God and I am very excited to discuss my faith with you.I have definately been blessed to find  many blogs out there such as  Homespun Heart,  with all that i've been given, bless our nest, Blessed Femininity, Aspiring Homemaker etc... (I could go on and once I figure out how to link my favorites I will!...teehee.... ) that have motivated me to find a deeper relationship with God. The women who belong to those blogs inspire me in their walk with The Lord.
 I also love paper crafting and many many many blogs inspire me there, such as Kandeland, Bluebird Paper crafts, Two Crazy Crafters, A Scraphappy Southern belle, Much Ado About Nothing, etc... I am also a Fisk-A-Teer #4766!!! Cristal (aka Pinky) at Much Ado About Nothing is to blame the reason I got into paper crafts, it opened a new chapter in my life and for that; to her I will always be grateful, she is a wonderful friend and since she moved to another state I miss her all the more. Well this is starting to get kinda long for my very first post so I will close with this. God loves YOU and so do I.
See you again soon,
Jenny