Thursday, December 29, 2011

Missin My Granny

Yes I know you all are probably tired of hearing about me missing my granny, but seriously.....this is TOUGH.  I know this is just a season of my life that I must go through and grow in Christ, but I don't think my heart has ever hurt so bad.  I was so mad at myself on Christmas b/c I had soooooo much to be thankful for and enjoy but I my insides hurt so bad I almost couldn't stand it and found myself feeling sorry for me.  I just need prayer, from all of you and from myself.  Prayer to get me through this season.  Prayer to learn, grow and lean. 

My favorite picture from the holidays! I WILL be scrapping this just as soon as my Cabin Fever Kitarrives! Hurry! Get yours before she is all out!!!!! :D

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just a Note

Just wanted to check in with you all during this busy time of the year! I hope all your holidays are happy and full of love and family! Enjoy this time. It is precious and you never know when it might end or someone you love may go HOME.  Home for the holidays has a whole new meaning for me this year.

Merry Christmas and lots of love to you all! :D

Thought I'd share a project I made for a friend! She loved it by the way!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday 12-14-11-Grief Stricken

It is the eve of my beloved granny's birthday.  This time of year has been much harder than I have EVER anticipated.  My heart is heavy and empty all at the same time.  I know it is tough when you lose a loved one but this? This is almost just unbearable.  I sit here in front of the computer, writing on my blog to let out feelings, as tears are streaming down my face trying to find peace in the fact that my granny is not in any pain.  But my pain and selfishness is all I can think about right now.  I thought I was so close to my grandpa, and I was, I whole life revolved around him.  I mean I ate, breathed and slept my grandpa.....and when he past I honestly thought I would die right along with him and could not figure out how my life would go on.  It has, and it will this time.  But somehow, this emptiness has pierced me to my innermost being and even with God on my side and My God to lean on I cannot find the strength to patch the hole.  It's times like this we all need to be extremely grateful for our loved ones, as obnoxious as some can be, because when they are no longer on this earth......they are no longer here.  I keep waiting to get a text from her that says, "hi darlin just wanted to see what you were up today." Or that phone call when she says, "I just wanted to hear your voice and a text message wouldn't do it today."  This time last year she was with me in my home to celebrate the holidays with me and my kiddos and family and now she is having Christmas with Jesus.  I am happy for her and sad for me.  I was so excited and she was too about coming to my house in January to spend some time with me and the kiddos and celebrate Jacksons 2nd birthday. 

I have lost the spirit of the season this year.  I have lost my motivation to do anything almost.  I have presents galore, christmas is next week and hardly any of them are wrapped.  I know things will get better, time will heal the pain....blah blah blah.....just let me pity party.......

I am thankful I got 30 years with my granny.  I am thankful for all the wonderful things she taught me.  I am thankful she lived a full life.  I am thankful she is saved and singing praises face to face with my Jesus.  I am thankful she is not in any more pain, oh how that must have been agony and I gave her such a hard time about that.

Thank you for letting me vent, grieve....whatever you want to call it.  This was much easier than writing by hand.  I pray you all have a safe night and a very merry christmas with your family.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December Daily

Ok I officially am not very good at this blogging thing! Ugh! No matter how hard I try.  However, I do have this new obsession with journaling so maybe this will help me.  I have discovered the importance of recording thoughts, feelings and memories in general.  With the passing of my grandma a few weeks ago and the wounds so fresh still it is deep on my mind.  I had a chance to read over the few pages of a journal she began and I read through my grandpa's journal and it was very inspiring.  I am encouraged to start now b/c I don't want to wait until late in life to begin.  I want my kiddos to be able to read about our life while they were growing up.  The happy times, the frustration and all that goes with it. 

No onto the december daily album.  Last year was the very first year I did and I swore I would not do another one b/c for me it felt like such a chore to write, record, take pics and post every single day.  However, again after losing my grandma I decided to go ahead.  You see last year she spent a little over two months with us and the very first day in my journal was the day we left her house with her to come home......memories.....and it just reminded me how very important it is to record these special times because you never know when those important and special people will be called home.  So, when we returned from my grandma's funeral, after being in new mexico for 2 weeks I needed some creative time to just let go and I created my album.  I hope you all enjoy it....I only have the one picture and I probably will not post daily pics on here b/c I'm just not very good with that! :D

Happy week to ya!

Monday, October 24, 2011

It's been a while!

It's crazy how time flies and gets away from you right?

Well in the time since I have last written we have spent summer time with family, the 4th of july, started kindergarten, gone to football games, parades, started dance, soccer, etc....honestly the list goes on and on!

Just wanted to pop in and let you know I have not forgotten my lonely ol blog and I'm hoping to get back to writing on here regularly.  I have some creative art projects in my head that I want to begin working on very soon! As soon as I do I will share here! :D

Have yourself a great evening! Here is a picture of my cutie pies! :D

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Life Lessons

God has been speaking to my heart a lot lately.  It's crazy how you can be involved in situations around you and God uses their circumstance to teach a lesson.  I find myself standing in amazement and in AWE of my God a LOT here lately.  I find comfort in knowing he is always right there waiting for me. 

My friends child is still recovering from the swimming pool accident that happened almost 2 weeks ago.  I have watched her hurt, cry, be angry, frustrated....almost every human emotion possible and all I can do is pray for her.  Which can speak volumes don't get me wrong but the human side of me wants to DO something to fix it.  It breaks my heart when another friend/mama is hurting because her child is hurting and there's nothing even she can do.  I cannot say I know what she's going through or that I even understand, but rest assured that I definitely am learning how blessed I am that my children are currently happy and healthy. 

She is struggling with his anger/violent stage, which has got to be wearing on a mama's spirit to say the least.  I spent a few hours with them this afternoon, and although he did not have a full blown episode I got a small dose of what she's been dealing with.  She is one patient mama, God bless her is all I have to say.  She speaks sweet and calmly to him, when she is really crying out inside.  She is consistent when it would be easier to give in to his demands.  She has a smile on her face when I know she would love to sit in a corner and cry. Or at least I know I would.  I know she has her moments in tears but honestly, GOD bless her because she has been keeping most of it together for the sake of her kiddos.

I made a little something to hopefully just brighten her a day a little and give her some encouragement from God's word.  The idea started with a perpetual calendar kinda turned out into a little booklet....but there are 24 bible verses on each page.....and each page is full of thoughtfulness and prayer...

So next time you have a friend who needs a smile, a pick me up or just some encouraging words from THE WORD try making one of these:

These are just a few pictures!

Count your blessings, love your babies and have a blessed night!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Time with the Father

I am at a loss for words......every day I look forward to reading Ann Voscamps blog and just to be quiet and still at the moment.  The music is beautiful and brings me to the verge of tears. every. single. day. There are times when I read the same thing more than once a day, just to hear the beautiful music and be in the quiet, in the stillness of the day and just be.

Yesterday was a wonderful day to worship the Lord. Oh my gosh. Words cannot express the gratitude i felt in my heart just to be in the Saviors presence twice. and all day.  We have a wonderful church and I really learned soooo much yesterday! Our church teaches and preaches line by line in the bible and I am being fed soooo much.  I find myself yearning to spend more time in the word every day.  Every day I fail at that though and I am working on making more time for my Father.

When the day is long, hot, wearisome, busy, chaotic, loud, messy, short......whatever, i can find rest in my heavenly father and know that he is WAITING on me to spend time with him! How awesome is that? There are people in our lives that we long to spend time with and with the busy-ness of life there isn't always time but you and I can rest assured that our heavenly counselor, friend and father is waiting on YOU and ME.....for us to spend time with him....HE is always there, always makes time for us and longs for us to find HIM and just be, in his presence. 

What a mighty God we serve!

Have a blessed Monday!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


So many things have been going on in our lives the past week.  For those who don't know, we had some friends' whose son fell from an 8ft. ladder slide into the pool, onto concrete.  This happened last saturday afternoon and he has been at childrens hospital ever since.  There are 2 daughters too, which we are taking care of while mom stays with boy and dad goes to work.  I am more than willing to care for them and i have enjoyed having them here.  They are such good kids whose world has been turned upside down and thrown into a situation where they are having to adapt to also.  It's been challenging for them I'm sure.

I find myself with my heart full of hurt for my friend.  She is hurting and has so much to deal with and there is nothing i can do except pray....which is something tremendous I know, but as a human being there is more I wish I could do.  He is ok for the most part.  He is alive.  He cannot walk, cannot put arms above his head, cannot hold a toothbrush and doesn't even know what one is.  Some of his memory is gone.  His right eye is lazy and will probably have to wear glasses.....but these are all things that can be dealt with.

we were at dinner last night and i found myself thinking of my friend, and looking at my own children and found myself overwhelmed with gratefulness. My children are healthy and can do most things. And then I found myself feeling guilty because I was grateful.

All of this to say, I made myself a gratitude journal.  I decided I needed a place to write down bible verses that are meaningful to me as a parent, as wife, as a woman.  I needed a place to remind myself of all the gracious things God has given me when I am overwhelmed with motherhood, when I feel like my children are rotten, when I've had a bad day.....I need to have a place to remind me of all the wonderful things I have to be thankful for! I found this idea here from the FAB Virginia Tillery! I just love her!
And here is my work in progress:

I used brown paper lunch bags to make this mini! :D And a mixture of delightfully domestic and mary ellen kits from noel mignon!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Birthday Invitation

So here it number 2 for the day! It's the birthday invitation I made for savannah's barbie rockstar......

Lost in the hustle and bustle

I have been so bummed not posting lately! :( We have just been crazy busy with graduations, babies, end of preschool, finishing up soccer, tball and getting things prepared and filled out for all the necessities for kindergarten. The kickoff to summer was memorial day weekend and we spent it with some great friends after church! It was great! Now we are in full swing of Barbie Rockstar planning party.....that has taken up most of my time the past few days as I am trying to make Savannah's 5th birthday extra special! I have the invitations done and I hope to post pictures later....we are having real life barbie come by to see the kiddos.  She is going to do a photo opp with the kids, play games and spend some talking to them about how beauty on the inside is what's important....since so many kids play with and look to barbie! We are having stars hang from the ceiling of our screened in porch, the kids will make some frames to put their autographed picture of themselves with barbie in and then Savannah asked if her friends and her could decorate their own cupcakes.....hope everyone enjoys it.

I have given up on housework today. My in-laws are coming to keep the kids because I am going with a friend tomorrow to walk in a 5k to benefit youth kids. I'm super excited and starting to think ahead to try another one later....but to jog it. I may start training for that! I cannot remember the last time I was so excited about working out and working for something! Back to the housework, every time i pick stuff up and clean the kids drag back i've given up....i'm taking my friends attitude....."if you are coming to visit with me, great....if you are coming to see the house, make an appointment." I do try really hard most days and today is no exception but I'm in a weird place right now and I can't figure it out.

This too shall pass........

I will leave you with a few pictures from some fun times! :D Hope you all have a fun filled summer beginning weekend!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Baked French Toast Casserole by Paula Deen

Prep Time: 20 mins
Inactive Prep Time: 8 hrs.
Cook Time: 40 min
1 loaf French bread (I just bought a loaf of texas toast)
8 large eggs
2 cups half and half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
dash salt
Praline Topping, recipe at the end.
Maple syrup
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each.  Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13 flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.  In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly.  Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture.  Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden.
Praline Topping:
2 sticks butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
combine all ingredients in a medium blown and bled well.  Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole....

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Storms Again

Aye...will they ever go away? From this spring alone I have added basement to my wish list if we ever build a home. Holy Moly.....Lord have mercy on us I pray! My heart aches for those affected in Joplin, MO and in goodness.  I don't know that I have ever seen anything like this year, not that I can remember anyway.

We are bracing for storms tonight but I think they are only supposed to be thunderstorms and tomorrow is supposed to be bad too.

Well since we will be up for a while I may go on and scrapbook some.....we'll see if I can concentrate. I have no new pictures for you's been a crazy few weeks with storms, end of school year stuff, I made savannahs teacher a thank you gift set of cards and I didn't take pictures of them. :(

I pray you all are staying safe tonight.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cricut now has a Blog!

I am sooo super excited! I LOVE my cricut and I am always looking for new and better ways to use it....guess what! They are launching a brand NEW blog today!!!! Go over and check em out!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day! :D

I hope you all have a Happy Day!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

O Exhausting Day!

My's national scrapbooking day and i am exhausted and it's not from scrappin! :( I have been in and out running errands, taxi-ing to soccer, playin with kiddos and puppy and managing to squeeze in 1 layout! I got more done last night....but don't count me out yet! I am planning to scrap a little more tonight after the littles are in their respective places!

I made a layout for the current challenge over at noel for the i love challenge.  This really was a challenge for me because I took my cue from Michelle I believe who scrapped with no pictures...and the funny thing is I used the mamma razzi line from bo bunny which is ALL ABOUT PICTURES!! How oxymoron is that? Anyway, I've had these papers in my stash for a while and decided to use them for this because I loved the color pallette.  I had fun pushing myself outside the box and i found stickers with words on them that represented things i love in my life right now. i didn't put scrapbooking because that goes without sayin right?!?!?!?!  Anyway, here's my layout! Hope you all enjoy and have a GREAT NSD!

Friday, May 6, 2011

National Scrapbooking Day!

I can hardly believe tomorrow is National Scrapbooking Day! I am soooo excited! If you know me at all you know that I am a BIG crafter/scrapbooker! I look forward to this day almost every single year! It's the one day a year I get to have, ahem, "reason" to lock myself in a room or go to a crop and scrap ALL. DAY. LONG. WOOHOO! Well this year is no exception except that I don't have a local crop, I have soccer games to attend, mother's day preparations and 2 small children to take between all of that I have planned to put ALL housework on hold until monday and I plan to take over the dining room table starting today! As soon as we get finished with kindergarten registration....(insert tears here!) I am certain savannah will be joining me for some crafting!

There are LOTS of great deals this weekend on websites....a few of my faves are:

elle's studio...oh my I discovered much goodness there this morning and she is offering FREE SHIPPING and lots of inspiration throughout the weekend!

Noel of course you all know she is my most FAVORITE kit maker and supplier of scrapping needs of ALL TIME! She has been doing a deal of the day every day so make sure you check her site EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!

two peas is having an all weekend crop going on this weekend....and some garden girls chats....stop by over there because they are having LOTS of prizes.

crate paper has become one of my FAV paper companies...holy moly...who knew they have sooo much goodness going on! They have their new color challenge up on the blog today so stop by there too!

I'm sure there are lots and lots of other fun things going on today and this weekend but I would be here all day posting links!!!!!! So go check them out and start scrappin!!!! :D

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Alabama Tornado Relief

My heart has been heavy over the past week after the tornadoes did so much devastion in alabama! We suffered some demolishing in our state too but nothing like it was to our neighbors.  I have cried a lot and I don't have much connection to alabama....just with a few sweet friends I have met online through our wonderful hobby of scrapbooking.  And I am so GRATEFUL God has placed them in my life. (V you have no idea how much inspiration you give to me.)

Anyway my sweet sweet friend Virginia is having a sale over on her blog.  She has made some mixed media canvases that are TO. DIE. FOR! I would love to have them all.  And the most amazing Noel from donated some awesome stuff for her to raise money.  Please, if you can help in ANY way stop by her blog and pick up something special or just give a donation.  I have put in a special order myself! :) I fully trust in Virginia to make sure the right people get what is needed and some who may be overlooked otherwise.

Thank you in advance for your love and donations! :D

Monday, May 2, 2011

Birthday Goodness

Yesterday was my birthday...ugh...the big 3-0! I did enjoy the celebrations though. i think i will post pics tomorrow of that....however it was a week long celebration, sort of! I had a box arrive weds that was a beautiful afghan that my granny made me! i have waited my whole life for that thing and i cherish it with each stitch made with love! then on thursday i received this beauty:
from my mom!
today i ordered the tape that goes in it and i am dying to use it!!!!!!

my in laws came for the weekend and brought me 5 crosses for my cross wall....something i'm currently working on.  then my mother in law took me shopping, without children, for scrapbooking stuff....and then got starbucks!!!! what a treat! i picked out all but 2 things from tim holtz....i did not know that was my style but i am super duper excited to use those new goodies!

then yesterday on the actual day, my mil and my daughter made me a cake, they shampood my carpets, we lounged, i got jewelry, my hubby did some of my honey-dos and then we went to dinner and was a great day! :D

i hope you all have had a happy monday! i'm off to feed the littles, bathe them, put them to bed and get in some much needed scrappy time for myself. :D

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stamping Challenge

Soooooo, I have to tell you when I first saw the current noel mignon challenge I was UBER excited! I Love stamping and I'm still i don't use them much. anywho....last night i got out my supplies and got busy. 

i got a limited edition kit from noel I think it was called Elementry, Mr. Watson.....and got busy.  She always puts a stamp in the kit and I had already been eyeballing the pink paislee stamps that came in the kit.  The picture i took from my littles valentine party at school. 

I stamped around the edges of the picture with ballet blue ink from stampin up....and i put the stamps on an angle on And then I stamp the tag that "training" is on with kraft ink from su and cut out around it.

I cut these pencils out of some OA included in the kit, used a brad from stash and tied with some ribbon from sei also in the kit.

then i added embellies....all from the limited edition kit except the yellow tag which is from delightfully domestic.  I inked the edges of the letters i and n with some brown ink just because i wanted them to stand out. Oh and the little yellow ruler....i cut that off the OA embellish packaging!!!! :D

hope you enjoy! come over and join the challenge!!! I think noel is also giving away some new washi tape by hambly!!!!! :D

Have a hoppy easter weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Finished off Kits! :D

So yesterday I was DETERMINED to get some scrapbooking time in! The day before I spent the whole day cleaning out and re-organizing my closet for my scrap space. I haven't gotten to sit down and really scrap in a long time.  So, I did...sometimes with one of the littles in my lap, sometimes with another little playing across the table and other times in complete silence! I managed to finish off 2 noel kits....I finished Very Virginia from january and Delightfully Domestic from March.  I have not purchased the April kit but I have decided that I really do want it!!!!! :D And now that my current kits drawer is needs to be refilled! hahaha:D Ok, so this blog is picture heavy....enjoy.  Oh the mini album I got from here!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Scrap "Lift"

I cannot seem to figure out how to get someone elses picture here.....grrrr.....anyway. The latest noel challenge is to scraplift a board member and I chose Cassie....aka....gluemeetspaper.  I just adore all of her layouts! She gives me such inspiration! The one I chose she used the dear diary kit and i had been wanting to Imagelift it for a while....finally....i had an excuse! :D hahaha! yay! I got it on here....there it is up above!

Here is my take on it:

thanks for stoppin by! Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pencil Lines Sketch 232

So I have been following Pencil Lines here recently to help get some of my creative mojo back! Haha! Anyway they do a weekly sketch that anyone can participate in and this week I have decided to participate.  The prize? Well it is the Fantastic Jump and Jive kit over at OF COURSE I am participating....and let me tell ya, I LOVED this sketch.  I used a new kit or a limited edition kit I ordered last week from noel and some flowers from my stash. I LOVE the colors and the brightness of this layout! :D

here is the sketch:

And here is my version:

And I used this Jenni Bowlin stamp...which is my new fav item!

Come join the fun! :D

Monday, April 4, 2011


The holy moly is for a few things: first it's been a month since I have sorry about that...I have been crazy busy around here and things are not quieting down.  The second thing is you have GOT to go check out the latest kit and some of the limited edition kits left over at noel! :D I do not have the newest kit yet but I am hoping when there is money in our budget again there are a few left...I did however get one of her limited edition ones last week and I CANNOT WAIT to tear into it.  The other thing is have you seen my friend Virginia's blog? She has MY name on her blog...right there! Big as day! OMGosh! I have no idea how I found her...cannot remember for the life of me and I WISH like heck that I knew her in person! She has got to be the sweetest and one of the most talented people I have "met."  The new challenge at noel's is to lift someone from the message board and SHE lifted ME! What an HONOR!!!! Thanks V! I think she is just absolutely amazing....any time I have any scrappy questions or party planning questions she is so nice to answer and point me in a direction she would go.  She always encourages all of us over on the board and she is someone I look up to as a scrapper! I really do admire her as a mother and scrapper...she is so real, so humble, she loves Christ and shares that, so artistic...she wows me every time I read her blog or see something new! :D So this is my "ode" to Virginia! Thank you so much for "lifting" me.....I really am honored...and honestly almost fell out of my chair when i saw this! :D  (muah and hugs)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Delightfully Domestic Kit

So I CANNOT seem to put this kit down! I am LOVING it! :D I made another layout today about my friend who has recently moved but she's been my bestie for about 10 years! :D LOVE her! These are not normally colors I would use but I love how it turned out. Meet my crazy friend Sara!

I also busted out the cricut! Love the's a new cartridge and I used my cricut to make those stars. I have been looking for a star punch and can't find what I was looking for and I had a cartridge this whole time that would make them just how I want them!

Card Making

Ok so a card maker I am not....but I am trying.  That's why the latest challenge at noelmignon was a good jump start for me! The challenge is to make 2 cards from scraps and to use 1 tool.  My one tool was a stapler....because I made these late last night and did not want to drag my cricut out....but i LOVE LOVE LOVE the goes hand in hand with masking tape and bakers twine.  I even busted out the stamps and ink for one of them. I know my cards look like beginners....but hey....i am a beginner! I have always admired people who can make those beautiful cards and I aspire to be like takes practice and i have just been using all my practice on layouts.

happy wednesday everyone! the sunshine is back today and i am a happy girl!

Oh and i used the dear diary kit for these! :D