Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Blog - He Fills My Cup

As you might have noticed, I no longer write in this blog. I did recently, however, create a new one. The new one is less of a family blog and more about faith, homekeeping, homeschooling, and practical things. You can check it out http://hefillsmycup.blogspot.com/. :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

My First Finished Scrapbook Project

So I've been into scrapbooking for about 5 years now. The problem? I've never actually scrapbooked anything. I have at least a dozen books and twice as many magazines, endless papers, embellishments, and adhesives, but have I finished a single scrapbook album? Never. Well I am proud to say that I finished my first scrapbook project! I am getting really into scrapbook home decor now, because instead of a zillion pages to do, it's just one project and you're done! I made this as a gift, and it was SO much fun! Here's evidence that I have actually done something with all the "stuff" I've accumulated over the years:

This can sit on a tabletop or other hard surface and is meant to be shown off all the time, which is one thing I absolutely love about scrapbook decor! The entire thing can fold up accordion-style for easy storing. I got this particular project idea from Donna Downey's book "Photo Decor" from her "Yes, It's a Scrapbook" series. (You can buy it at amazon.com ). I don't want to give away her secrets, so for complete instructions, you will have to reference her book, but here are some of the embellishments I thought of on my own and used in mine:

--part of an old necklace that had been broken in half (I attached it with ribbon on the left side, and then strung it through the back and used the bulldog clip that is holding the picture to attach the necklace to the back side.)

--an old key I found in an old jewelry box of mine

--mini frame (the picture inside is a thumbnail print)

--you can't see it in the picture because it is too dark, but behind one of the circles on the far left is a clear vellum sticker that says "Have Faith". I wanted the sticker to stay see-through, so I put it on a transparency instead of cardstock or patterned paper.

--in 3 of the circles, I hung large earrings from ribbon. 1 of these earrings is from a set I no longer wear, and the other 2 were bought as sets that I got from the $1 shop, so I only spent $2 total on those three embellishments, and I still have 1 of each earring to use on another project!

All in all, it was a blast to make, and she absolutely loved it! Now I only wish that I had made 2, so that I could have one for me!!

My Hubby

Ok, so I know that I'm terrible about posting on here, but I simply just have to brag on my husband today. He has been super sweet lately. Yesterday I had 2 of my best girl friends over and he cleaned the house, shoveled the drive, and took care of the kids. He set up the whole downstairs for us so we could play dance dance revolution and guitar hero if we wanted, and he even set up the surround sound for guitar hero. When we went downstairs, he had 4 different flavors of candy canes arranged cutely in a basket on the coffee table, with a bag of mini marshmallows for our hot chocolate. Whenever we go anywhere lately, he has been going out of his way to make sure that I am comfortable. Examples: "Oh, here, let me stand on this side so the wind doesn't get you," and "I'll pull up like this so you don't have to get out on the snow side." 2 nights ago he gave me a back massage. When my girls and I went out to eat yesterday, we came back and the living room had been completely cleaned and vacuumed. He's been unloading the dishwasher without being asked and taking the dog out almost every time she needs to go. He's always sweet, of course, but lately he's really just taken it to a new level. I'm not sure what brought this on, but it feels so romantic. I love it! What girl wouldn't eat this up?? He's great!! I'm smitten all over again!! :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

You Are Acceptable

God gave me a word to share in church last Sunday, and I feel like I should share it on here:

I don't know who this is for, but God says,
"You are acceptable to me.
I love you. I accept you.
I am not keeping track of your shortcomings.
Maybe you didn't read your Bible yesterday.
Maybe you didn't pray for an hour. Or 15 minutes.
Maybe you got angry.
I KNOW you're not perfect!
I have made you perfect.

My mercies are new every morning.
When you woke up this morning, your slate was not full of your sins from yesterday.
It was clean.
My mercies are new every morning.
You are acceptable to me."

New Blog

I have started a new blog for my surrogate pregnancy journey if anyone is interested!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Should I Be a Gestational Surrogate?

So we've tossed around the idea of me having a gestational surrogate pregnancy. (A gestational surrogate means that the eggs would not be mine, so the baby would not be biologically related to me in any way.) Anyone know of anyone who has done this? Thoughts? Risks? Successes? Horror stories? Anyone know where I can find more information?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Who Knows?

Who knows? keeps coming back to me.

9/11/09. "And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14

9/12/09. "At strategic times of internal war I stop and ask myself, 'What if this is a critical moment? What if this very thing, this very decision is the most important piece of the puzzle comprising my purpose?' " --Beth Moore
(in other words, Who knows? For me, this was in reference to fasting, which also keeps coming back to me)

9/13/09. Listen to My prophets and prosper. Sift and sort but get to My prophetic message by air, sea or foot, but get there. Receive the words of My messengers in this season like never before. Record them, write them on tablets for as sure as the sun rises and sets they will come to pass. And if they seem to linger, write and broadcast them on public media so that all who see them may run and get inspired to move Heaven and earth in the cause of righteousness and the Kingdom of Heaven coming upon the earth. I say to the prophets, prefer and defer to one another. Do not judge the one who seems like an underling; for who knows but what the hidden and young may have My key words of the day. And you could miss them while looking only to the headliners. Listen to My prophets and prosper. Even survive!
2 Chronicles 20:20 “So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.’” Ras Robinson*, **

9/14/09. "Be aware of Me. I can accomplish great things through even one yielded, believing vessel. Remember David, and how I wrought a great victory for the armies of Israel through his courage, when all others were paralyzed by fear...Move on, nor ever entertain the thought of retreat...Keep your eyes on Me, as I have counselled you so many times before...I have special expeditionary forces, and what if (a.k.a. Who knows?) I have called you to join these ranks?" Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts

9/15/09. "Sherrie Pope Duran hopes for everyone to recognize their own unique individual inner beauty and use it for all it is worth. Stop comparing yourself to others. Who knows what could happen!" a friend's facebook status

Who knows but that I am a stay-at-home mom for such a time as this? God is certainly using it so far! Who knows what tomorrow He will bring? God knows, and He won't hide my destiny from me. I know that He will take me from a place of "He knows" to "I know."

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things..." --John 14:26

New Generation of Children Praying