Thursday, December 31, 2009

Three Year Blog-o-versary!!!

I can't believe three years have come and gone since I first started this blog. I love that it has been 3 years because it speaks to me of the Triune God that I long for and love.
Yesterday, I was coming home from dropping my baby off at her MiMi's and I just had holy goosebumps all over me as I sang about Him being a wonder and Him being "One and the Same" off of CeCe Winan's "Alabaster Box" cd. I will never comprehend Him or give Him the glory that He is due. I Praise Him that He is no less glorious in regards to my weakness. I praise the One who never changes. He is constant, and constantly faithful.
I wish I had more eloquent words. As I type I have a lump welling in my throat. Why? Because He has been so faithful to me.

As only God would see fit, I am all by myself on this blessed Eve of the New Year. Normally, I don't offer that kind of stuff up but I know that if anyone messes with me, they are messing with God, and they are bound to get shot if they set one foot in my house. OK. For those of you who do not like guns, I am sorry however I am very fluent with a gun as I was a wanna-be-scared-of-her-shadow-cop. The Lord has done a major work in my inner man regarding fear. Rod has been in Kansas hunting since last Saturday. When someone tells me their husband is a hunter I think to myself, "not like mine." To say he is an avid hunter would be a bit of an understatement. I spend most winters alone until the first of February. He would differ with me but it is true. It was a major adjustment at first but now I just see it as the Lord using that to draw me to Him. I was talking with a woman at church the other day and I was telling her a story about one day recently when I was blessed by something when I could have had the temptation to feel sorry for myself. She stops me mid-sentence and says (and I quote), "Well, I wouldn't know about that, I don't struggle with feeling sorry for myself." Well, good for her, where was the blue ribbon that I needed to pin on her dress when I needed it!?!? This time of year a lot of feelings of loneliness and etc can creep in due to expectations. I have to literally ask God to take any of those feelings and show me that they are opportunities to draw closer to Him. Our unmet needs, expectations, and longings can be flat out dangerous if not seen in the proper light.
I drove past the mall tonight and wondered why this parking lot was so full and saw the Alcohol store (or whatever you call it). It occurred to me that many people would be bringing the New Year in by being intoxicated. I read last night where a certain actress used to cut her arms so she would feel alive and feel at least the emotion of pain. I am in no way saying adultery is right by any means but I do see how people can have unmet needs and turn to look for love in all of the wrong places. There are all manner of addictions because either people want to feel or they don't want to feel. Rod's coverage is "limited" in Kansas and I have not heard from him today. I could really let some "expectations" go crazy being New Years and instead I choose not to feel sorry for myself but to embrace Christ and His love for me and the reminder that He.IS.THE.ONLY.ONE.THAT.WILL.NOT.LEAVE.ME.OR.FORSAKE.ME.
Have you felt abandoned this year?
Have you felt forsaken? Betrayed?
He is the One and Only that will not forsake you.

You will have to pursue God in the midst of when you fail and when others fail you. No one can live out your relationship with God but you. No one can tend to your heart like Him.

"He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not." Isaiah 53:3

He is familiar with you and me and familiar with our present sufferings.

Now that baby of mine, she is a different story. I can't tell you what that child means to me. How a handicapped heart like mine can love someone as fiercely and madly as I do is only of God. I can't even begin to comprehend how He loves us. She is my constant little shadow and if you were around her for a day you would just about die at how witty and hilarious she is for a four year old. We have our days do not get me wrong. Yet, God would see to it that I am positioned on this couch typing all by myself. Yet another reminder of how He is all I really have. The only Rock that I can truly stand on. While I may be blessed, He is my beginning and end. He will receive me as I one day take my final breath. Unless He just wants to call down a chariot of fire for me and we can skip all of that death stuff. just sayin'.

Please go here with me for a second even though these may be so familiar to you:

1.Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

2.Deuteronomy 31:8
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

3.Joshua 1:5
No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

4.1 Kings 8:57
May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us.

5.Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

You have got to love this word forsake in the Hebrew in Joshua 1:5. The LORD will never leave or forsake you.

forsake- Azab-meaning: to forsake, abandon, leave behind, desert.
Used in reference to people...places...and objects which were left
Used to denote Israel's apostasy in forsaking the Lord and
following after
idols, the Israelites were guilty of breaking their covenant
with God...and
committing spiritual adultery. Azab is used in
signifying that man can
forsake sin...God will never forsake the righteous
person, nor will He abandon
the poor and oppressed and those who seek
Him. God warned the nation of Israel that if they forsook Him, He would
forsake them. On the cross, when Jesus cried out, "My God, my God, why
have You forsaken me?" He was quoting Psalm 22:1, probably in an Aramaic
translation. God did not forsake His son in the sense of ending their
Trinitarian relationship, but Jesus did have to go through the suffering

Now on this side of the Cross in Christ, He will never leave or forsake
you. You are sealed unto the day of redemption.
The LORD will not drop or abandon you. Take comfort daughter or son Your sins have been forgiven on the cross through His suffering. Be strong and courageous. As you seek Him you will find Him when you seek Him with all of Your heart...He indeed will be found by you. He has engraved you on the palm of His hand.

The reason why I say all of this is because I am shocked that He has stayed with me. Why?
I know more than anything that I know that He is real. He has afflicted me when I needed it and man have I known me some affliction. He has picked me up, wiped my tears, bandaged my skinned up knees from the fall and helped me to stand. He is not into shame. He does not shame us. He has crowned me with love and kindness. He is a God to be feared and a God that is worthy of our lives as an offering.

Shameless unending grace.

I am so undeserving.

So, my resolve this year is to live daily in His presence, trusting Him with my life and trusting in Him to be God.

Oh that we would press on to know Him.

I have been so blessed in this 3 year period of blogging. God has done the exceedingly abundantly through the relationships I have formed as a direct result of blogging. He is amazing.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Reaping and Sowing.

I am not in to the whole prosperity gospel at all but I know that God's word is true. When we sow seeds of time, energy, finances, and etc to just feed our flesh we will sure have a famine, dry wasteland of our souls. Yet if we draw near to God and get down in the soil of life sowing tears, finances, time, whatever we have to put on His altar we will surely reap the blessing of His presence. He will draw near to us and we will be blessed. As our lives are in submission to God (which I am sure one to know what it is like to be in opposition to Him by the actions in my own life) He will give us divine power that works in our lives no matter how hard the task or how steep the climb.
So, as far as new years resolutions go...I don't make one. I just want to resolve that I will take each day, for as long as He gives me breath to seek His face in the ups and downs of life.

1 Corinthians 10:23"Everything is permissible"—but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"—but not everything is constructive. 24Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

2 Corinthians 9:5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.

Sowing Generously
6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Galatians 6:8 (New International Version)
8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

I am now 30.

I can't believe I am 30 today. Whew!
I can't even begin to boast in the Lord about what He has done for me. He has been my shepherd to this very day! I praise Him!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Materialism-Gerald Hiestand

I am loving hearing more from Geral Hiestand from

Loosely Gathered Thoughts on Materialism
Posted By Gerald Hiestand on December 16, 2009

Materialism: A misplaced confidence in the capacity of the material world to provide ultimate meaning.

Materialism is the bane of the American church; it is more destructive to North American Christianity than bloody persecutions were to the first century church. At times, our enemy slays us with the sword of persecution; other times he poisons us with the wine of pleasure. In the first instance, our fall is glorious. In the second, it is a tragedy.

We don’t lay aside a pursuit of the material world simply as an end in and of itself. We let go of one pursuit in order to lay hold of another. Christ doesn’t simply call us to not be materialists—he calls us to be disciple-makers. The best antidote to materialism is a firm hope in, and commitment to advance, the Kingdom of God.

Materialism is not simply the desire to “get rich.” There are many people who have no desire for riches but are yet materialists. The desire for a “reasonable” level of material comfort (just an average middle class life) can compete with Christ’s kingdom just as much outright riches. The question is not simply “Do I want to be rich?” but “Do I want my current level of material comfort more than I want to advance Christ’s kingdom?” Or again, “What stresses me most—failing to advance Christ’s kingdom, or failing to achieve a ‘reasonable’ level of material prosperity?” Personally, this is question I’m always wrestling with.

When a person is starting a new business, they don’t really expect to make money the first couple of years. They are content to tighten the belt and persevere through the lean times in hopes of a future windfall. We Christians can tend to be too short-sighted. We can’t see that the true windfall is waiting for us in the Kingdom of God. Our lives extend beyond a mere 70 or 80 years. Our payoff doesn’t need to kick in when we’re 65. This whole life is the season to tighten the belt and make do with less, based on a confident expectation in the windfall of the future.

Paul’s Great Commission ministry (indeed his whole life!) is fueled by his confidence in his own bodily resurrection and participation in the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15). If there were no such resurrection waiting for us—no payoff for the labor, persecutions, trials and difficulties that attend Great Commission Ministry—then “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” In other words, if there was no hope of a resurrection and participation in the Kingdom of God, why live a life of such self-denial? We’d all be better off as materialists.

Does your commitment to Christ’s Kingdom make any noticeable difference in how you manage your finances? C. S. Lewis once remarked something like, “If we have the same standard of living as the non-Christians around us who make the same amount of money, then we’re probably not giving enough.”

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Here is an update about the Gray Family

These are updates on Kristy Gray from her husband Brian off of facebook. The funeral for their sweet baby girl Helen was today. My heart just breaks for them. I have not seen Kristy since we worked together in early 2000. She is a very sweet person and loves Jesus. HERE is a blog post I wrote a while back if you aren't familiar. PLEASE keep them in your prayers!

They have a facebook prayer page that you can join. HERE

Kristy has been cleared at this point to attend the services tomorrow. She will be accompanied by Shepherd Center Therapists and Nurses. I would like to ask all that are coming to the services to please be mindful that she has had surgeries and is in the early stages of healing. Please do not hug her. If she offers... her hand, please shake it lightly and please refrain if you have been suffering with any illnesses. I am thankful to you all!

Her tube is out! There continues to be a small pocket of air in her chest cavity and the thought is that the lungs have sealed it off and that the body will eventually reabsorb the gas. They will be monitoring the pocket to make sure it does not expand which would be signs of a continuing leak from her lungs. Pray especially for this pocket to disappear!

Here is a note from Kristy on her facebook:
Thank you all for the prayers, thoughts, gifts, and goodness shared to Brian and myself. It was until today (12/12) that I've been able to type out a status. Of course our deepest thoughts and care for are our sweet Helen.We appreciate every thought and prayer and even donation for this cause!

I am doing better, gradually growing stronger at the Spinal Center. My husband is my Rock in every way! He takes special care for me daily and despite all he does, he gives to himself so little. I thank God for his presence and his genuine love for me.

I also give great thanks to my mom and stepdad who have been here during the entire time. They work so hard for me while they look after Brian (and keep their dispare for their loss of Helen to a relative minimum in front of us.)

How strong are those whom are surrounding me! Thank you God for them.

Thank you all who have written a card, said a prayer, made a visit, made a donation, and/or given time to our family. We appreciate EVERY single one of you!

I am still in deep recovery so if I have not given you substantial credit due, please forgive me and understand it will come eventually. I love you ALL so much and do appreciate your care and concern!!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I found some great things today at the thrift store. All of it was under 30 dollars. I found a HUGE mirror that I am going to paint and a Fisherprice doll house for morgan and it had everything that could possibly go in it in nice little bags. I am not big on thrift store toys but this was all plastic and it was $9.99. I washed every single inch and piece of that thing! What you won't do for your child!

I forgot to post some curtains (ahem...I mean window treatments...whatever)
So....I am in Wal-mart tonight getting my oil changed and tires rotated and etc. Well, somewhere in the heavenlies I have a sign that must be visible to others on my forehead that says: "hey random stranger, please talk to me!"
I am convinced.
So in the hair gel aisle I meet a man named John who told me all about himself. He even went on to lift up his shirt and show me scars from 4 back surgeries that he has had. He even gave Morg's money to be good so he could talk to me for 10 more minutes. Sweet man but I can not even make this stuff up. He really was nice though and was about 60 is or something. He showed me so many scars that I thought I was going to pass out. All of this on the hair gel aisle. Yep. Then Morgan met Dr. Robbins. I cracked up when she asked him he's name (she says he's) and he gave her his proper name. A four year old is going to be real impressed that he is a doctor. Whew hoooo! I love me some doctors like mine Dr. Adcock, Dr. Allin, and a few others that don't let their status go to their head. They actually talk to you, call to check on you, and take the time to care. Morgan told Dr. Robbins all about herself and even where she lived. I told her in the car that we didn't need to tell strangers all of our info. She said, "mom, he is not a stranger he is Dr. Robbins...I know him now."
Then, I can't forget the guy in the auto area who gave her a magic coin he had been carrying around for years. We know it isn't magic but it just cracks me up!
Rod broke his back almost 7 years ago and he was on heavy pain meds. The Dr.'s came in that were on rotation and Rod accidentally called one of them Mr. so and so and the Dr. corrected him and said, "IT IS DR. ____." Give him a break he has a broken back I about yelled out. He needed a tall drink of Philippians 2!
I ordered a new bible online today. Mine is now out of print so I had to hunt it down. I am very sentimental about my swords. I do not know where I would be without the word of God. Hosea 4:6a my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
To know Him is to love Him.

I had stitches out of my mouth today and Morgan went with me. She told the Dr. to be very careful with my mouth twice while he was taking them out. Then she patted me on the leg and said, "mom, it's OK I am with you." LOVED IT!! I about gagged as they were in my mouth working and I had to laugh!!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Our old toy box

This toy box was ours when we were little but i repainted it for morgans room. it turned out ok. i am going to paint a scripture on it 2.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fill up What I lack

The Holy Spirit is our comforter and the One who fills us. Over and over in the Word you see jars being filled, God commanding people to be fruitful and fill the earth, people that were filled with grief and fury, bags being filled with grain, the earth being filled with violence, God's heart being filled with pain, the filling of the Holy Spirit and I could go on. We can be filled full of light or full of darkness. Full of Him or full of ourselves. We are either children of God or children of the devil.

This time of year I can start feeling full of loneliness. It just creeps up on me and I remember why and the familiarity of it each year.

Today I was so excited about going to church. So excited. I had some really big expectations to meet with Jesus. I am not one to think that church is about me or the sermon should be about me. I am well fed by bible studies and teaching throughout the week. I am there to learn but I feel a call more to serve at my local church as well as worship with my church family. So, I guess I thought I was going to "feel" a certain way for our Christmas program. It was wonderful do not get me wrong but when it was over I was like "Lord, I don't even really feel like I got to worship You as You deserve." I got in the card and was reminded of the sweet intimate times in my car or my room all by myself praising the Lord in song and how the Holy Spirit just falls down and literally makes the hair on my arms stand up. I am not talking about anything hokey but just response to His goodness and His glory. Our lives are to be a living sacrifice and in the simplicity of our own singing out, crying out, and time spent in the word He meets with us more privately than what we can sometimes experience corporately.

Please hear me correctly we can have wonderful times with the Lord in corporate worship but how are things going just in the simplicity of your own time with the Lord?

I love the story of Anna in Luke:

Luke 2:35-37 (New International Version)
35so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

36There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.

Listen, another man isn't the answer, more drugs aren't the answer, a new house or new surroundings are not the answer to your problems. We can search out broken cisterns all day long looking for something to fill us and it. will. never. do. never. not. ever. not. ever. Let God be true and every man a liar. I have tried so many things to meet my own needs and they have all failed me and at times been the death of me. We need Jesus. We need the filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. There will be days we will not "feel" His presence per say but it doesn't have to be because we aren't seeking Him. In Christ Alone our hope is found. Please don't have to go out and prove God's word when it comes to messing with fire. I have done that as well and let me tell you it is not worth it. He is true to His word even when it means the divine spanking of your hind end. All other ground you try to stand on to plant yourself in the soil of comfort will prove to be sinking sand.

So when you feel yourself going there...wherever there is for you...turn to Jesus. He is so faithful. Turn in song, or prayer, or sobs in your pillow but turn from emptiness and vanity to Him.

His invitation to the thirsty still remains. He says come. Come. Whether you feel unworthy to come...just come. He will cleanse you and fill you with living streams of water. Let Him wash over you. It is the healthiest thing you can do for your soul. Just get there however you have to. Get in His presence and let Him heal you with His balm. He is so rich in mercy.

I can look any of you dead in the eye and tell you that the Lord truly is my husband. As cliche as it sounds it is the truth. He is everything to me and I want Him to kill me before I end up in the ditch of sin's slavery again.

Fill us with Your Spirit Lord, we need You to cure our hearts from their deceitfulness. Fill us with You until we want nothing else and we can only cry MORE LORD! MORE OF YOU LORD. If you have to kill us with Your presence do it. But let us not live another day on our own.


More verses HERE.

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

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Off the Chain!!

This post is going to be so incredibly random. I have so much I want to say to all two of you who actually read my blog. There have been so many things that I have learned lately and I just want to jump on here and tell you all about it but I haven't had the time. Here goes nothing...
Tonight I was at a local Christian bookstore and I have been popping in there for the last 7 years. Well, the guy who owns it is really nice but kind of stoic. If you were to get a picture in your mind of meek and what it would look like without truly understanding that meekness is power under control this guy would be the poster child for the latter. So, I am looking through the bibles WAITING for the new bonded leather version of the Key Word Study and hoping it would appear as a Christmas Miracle on the shelf even though it isn't scheduled to come out until Dec. 15. Well, you really needed to know that. So, Glory in the Highest by Chris Tomlin was playing and I have been LOVING that CD. I literally start to cry in a section of that store just thinking about my Savior and I begin to thank Him out loud because I am strange. I thought I am really about to bawl my eyes out in here over the fact that Jesus still loves me. He still listens to me. He still forgives me. He still reveals Himself to me. I have no idea is a crazy love that He has for His own. So, it is time for the store to close and I was trying to pull it together and not just get on my face before the Lord in that store. I told him that I was about to lose it because I just did not know where I would be without Jesus other than the island of self-destruction. I apologized for the fact that I was about to cry at that music tugging on the strings of my heart. I kid you not there was no fluctuation or any emotion at all from him other than maybe his inward thoughts of man this girl has lost it but at least she keeps shopping here. No really. The man is a nice guy but I felt sorry for him that I was his patron tonight! I got in the car and just cried and all I can say to the Lord over and over tonight is thank You. He has been so good to me. Just like the words to a popular song: "I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross." Truly I can't comprehend the Eternal, Immortal One, in all of His holiness and splendor stooping down to make a way for us through the cross. It is a matchless love.
Through raising Morgan I have come to realize that as I address certain areas with her that the Lord needs to address certain things in my own life. The whole "build a kids self-esteem as high as you can" theory is raising a bunch of brats. We need good self-esteem yes but we don't need to think that we are the end all be all. We don't need to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. We have to show our children their need for a Savior. Tonight Morgan said something so ugly (not a cuss word just to clarify but it was ugly) and I told her how unhappy I was about that and we talked about it but I wanted her to know that what she said came from her heart and how desperately we need Jesus to change us because we can't do it on our own. I went through a really bad season and I can promise you it is because of Jesus that I can even get out of the bed some days. I need Him so bad. There are constantly things in my own heart and mind that I just need Him to cleanse me of and help me be renewed over.

I took a jog down my own "destructive lane" past today and it really is scandalous that the Lord's mercies are new with us and that He would remove our transgressions as far as the east is from the west, which is a distance that will never meet and you can never measure.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, keep persevering. He who promised is faithful.

I have been working a lot around the house just to do some things the way I want them and I love the thought that Jesus has gone to heaven, a real live place, with real live people, and real live property, to prepare a place for us. As I have been doing things to change up Morgans room it has been such a reward to see how excited she has been. It has been my delight to prepare a place for her. Her very own room. Girlfriend doesn't even know how blessed she is since I shared a room with 2 other sisters (which I wouldn't have traded for anything). The Lord is doing the same for you and me. He delights in us and makes room for us at His table. The King of Glory. He doesn't just put up with us He loves us lavishly. As I hear of so many tragedy's I am reminded that we just weren't meant for this fallen state but because of sin here we are. Then, the Savior was born to die that we might live and oneday go to the place He has prepared and escape all of these temporal pains. In Christ we have fullness but we will be made complete not lacking anything ever. How I praise Him for that. How I praise Him that this is not it. This is not our home.

Isaiah 9:6 (New International Version)

6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, [a] Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

John 14:1-3
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God[a]; trust also in me. 2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

So here are some pics of how I noticed I have gone a little crazy over time painting scripture for her room. I didn't realize it until I layed in her room and looked around. I love it though.

I found this child of joy from the willow tree collection and just loved it. It reminds me so much of Morgan.

I am so excited about church tomorrow and I sure do hope I wake up!!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Who knew?

Wow everyone! Movie Gallery is giving aways FREE KIDS! That is what this window cling says anyway. Who needs to go through the lengthy costly adoption process when you can just head on over to Movie Gallery and pick you up one?

No but really, I have been learning some cool stuff lately and I have several book reviews to do. Popping in to say hey! I have been so busy lately but as soon as Rod is not hogging my computer in the evening I will be able to sit down and post. It is just going to take some time so I can type something for you that I just read that just blows me away!!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mantle Make-over

Here is my project from yesterday! I had free paint (courtesy of Rod's mom and dad from 5 years ago) and the angel that I got for 2.99! I already had the window things...YAY!

I bought these curtains today for 3.99 @ Ross. Not sure who Ross is but I sure do like him! Rod is tired of seeing him on our checking account! The look cuter in person.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Thrifty Tues continued...

another trustee remote control holder for Rod. 99 cents

This is one of my favorite things that I found. It is an angel and was new/wrapped for $2.99

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10 More days and Thrifty Tuesday!

I can not believe that I have a birthday it 10 stinking days. Not looking forward to get older. just saying. Anyway, Here are some things I found today at the Salvation Army.

I have been looking for a tree topper for some time. This one is a little top heavy but I am so excited about it. I bought it for $1.99 and it was new in the box from Target (reg $19.99).

This is my favorite it is a milk urn. I can't wait to use it in one of my rooms.

I got Morgan this humidifier for $2.99 still in the box! YAY!

I saw this and thought it would look so cute over the bed.
More to come...

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So, our house was built in the late 70's which means a lot of maintenance but also we have a lot of space. From sharing an almost 3 foot wide closet with my 3 sisters it is so wonderful to have such great closet space. The previous owners had this house tack-y-fied. I have no clue what they were thinking or if they were thinking at all when they made decisions in building our home. A few things that just get me are as follows: 1. the straw wall-paper that was up all through the house. Well that's a great idea let's slap up some straw and just paste it to the walls! A. NIGHTMARE. Then, carpet in the bathroom. Did you read that right? CARPET IN THE BATHROOM. That was the first thing to go when I moved in! We have a wall that is as ugly as sin. If you have seen pics you will have seen the weird stucco wall. WHAT IN THE WORLD! The tile choices and colors upstairs really amaze me. It is almost as if they went to pick out tile and said, "Hey I know let's pick out the ugliest tile we can find and torture anyone who ever lives in this house again." Needless to say a lot of work has been done and still needs to be done. I am working on a playroom downstairs. I called that room the dungeon it was so dreary and yes you guessed it! Nasty straw wallpaper. I just got it down! Praise the LORD! I am waiting on Rod to buy me some paint!
But here are the diamonds I painted. I am not very skilled so I cut out a piece of paper and just painted in the inside all around the kitchen. Not exactly the pro! I like it though and hey it's not wallpaper!!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

The "Perfect" Christmas Card

Y'all I love to send out Christmas cards. I usually have a picture of Morgan from some point in the year and some scripture. But.......I get a letter from someone each year that just about kills me with laughter. It is a "Christmas" letter where the family seriously tells us of all of their achievements during the year and highlights how wonderful, talented, and smart their prodigy children are. I am not jealous AT. ALL. I just think it is so funny. I often call my sister and read it to her and we laugh about how perfect this family thinks they are. LORD help 'em!!
So I typed out a pseudo version for my blog! Enjoy. If you think I am being so rude I am sorry!! wink wink!


"Dear friends,
We have just had THE MOST prosperous year. My family is the picture of health. My child is near perfect and at the age of 4 so scholarly. She already knows her multiplication tables. We are thinking of sending her to college at the age of 4! Can you believe it!? Not to mention how smart she is, she has been keeping her room so clean that you could eat off of the floor! My husband loves me so much! He brings me flowers and chocolate twice a week and I get an expensive piece of jewelry each month! He is doing so well at work. While he is working I spend my time at the gym, shopping, getting my nails done, facials, and going on exotic vacations. Oh I forgot to mention that Morgan and I have memorized the first five chapters of the bible!! We volunteer at the soup kitchen and sponsor 15 kids overseas. Well, it's been fun typing this letter but Rod has dinner ready and then he is going to rub my feet from all of my shopping at the mall. Whew I am tired! Merry Christmas by the way!" Love the Williams!!

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