Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Feeling Like Fall

It has really felt like fall around here the past couple of days. I love this time of year! Some of you have asked where I got this chalkboard. I got it from a local gift shop but they only sell scrapbooking supplies on their website. You might be able to call them and have them ship you one. Their website is here.

This year I only put out about 1/2 of what I usually do. I don't know if it is the lower energy or just a need for simplicity but I kind of like it. I also held some things out that I put in a tub labeled, "Thanksgiving." So after Halloween I can pack everything up and have a small vignette of Thanksgiving decorations. This is going to be an easier transition to Christmas. Now I will not be packing up 5 or 6 tubs of fall decor, just to get all the Christmas tubs out.

I didn't change up the dining room too much this year. I kept the tray that was already on the table and changed out the birds and nests for pumpkins and a fall floral pick.

I also tied a floral pick to my candle sconces with a big orange bow.

In the kitchen I kept it simple too and pretty much took out all the bird nests and summer-y decorations.

That treat jar does not stay full for long around here! I love this Lori C. Mitchell character.

This "pumpkin man" is still my favorite fall decoration. He has always had this prominent spot in the kitchen for the past 4 years since I bought him. I saw his brother (or is it his sister?) on Jeni's blog last fall and have been on the look out ever since.

This is just a little corner with another candy jar. :) This one will be filled with candy corn though because we do not like it but it looks festive.

In our hall bathroom I put out his fun sign that Katie got me and switched out my decorative towel. I also took out the nests that were in the candle holder thingies and put something more fallish. I'm not sure what they are....walnuts?

Here is my latest Lori C. Mitchell figurine. He is also in the hall bath. Other than our living room, these are the only rooms I decorated this year. I'll post pictures of the living room soon!

Monday, September 28, 2009

More Wins and A Sneak Peak

I got two more packages last week with the giveaways that I won. The first one was this gift card to Francesca's. I love that store and cannot wait to use this! Heather from Step Inside... was so generous with this giveaway. If you have never been by her cute blog then I would definitely recommend it. Her kiddos are adorable! Thanks Heather!

The second package I got was this fun tassel! Nicole of Our Cozy Nest was kind enough to host this great giveaway for Megan of Megity's Homemade. You must check out BOTH of these blogs of these very creative ladies. Thank you Nicole and Megan!

On to the sneak peak.... All of this stuff came out of one of our guest room closets. This is where I store my decorative accessories that I rotate around the house. It was out of control! It was being stored on this changing table but that will soon have a new use in the nursery so wait until you see what me and my dad came up with!

Another sneak peak.... I put out my fall decorations last weekend and I'll be posting about them soon. This little Lori Mitchell character is one of my favorites!


I have been asked by Cheri at Its So Very Cheri to let you in on a BIG announcement. Be sure to MARK THIS DATE- Oct 1. All I know, is that you need to head over to Its So Very Cheri on Oct 1 so you don’t miss out on this big event. She’s never done anything this big. So grab the button and place it on your side bar so you don’t forget, plus your friends will be glad you let them in on it too.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Song

The Old Rugged Cross
George Bennard

On a hill far away Stood an old rugged cross;
The emblem of suffering and shame.
And I love that old cross Where the dearest and best,
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, So despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God, Left His glory above,
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
It's shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day To my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

George Bennard was born in Ohio, shortly after the Civil War. He later moved to Iowa with his family where he became a Christian through the ministry of the Salvation Army. Eventually, he moved to Chicago and married. After he was ordained by the Methodist Episcopal church he became a traveling evangelist. He desired to to better understand the power of the cross. After studying the cross for several months, he wrote and sung "The Old Rugged Cross" for his friends. They were so moved they payed all the fees to have it published in in hymnbooks across America.

*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

And The Winner Is.....

According to the winner of the Fall Giveaway is #151....

Congratulations Laura!! I've sent you an email.

Giveaways are so fun!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Baby Name and Fall Giveaway

Congratulations! A handful of you guessed our (or should I say, "my") "W" name! However, it is not growing on Cody as quickly as it has grown on me. I have been thinking about this name for over a year and love it so much but I just cannot convince Cody. :( My "W" name was:

(Short for Wentworth)

Isn't it so cute?! Cody kept saying something about him being beat up on the playground or something like that. :)
I guess it is partly his choice too so he should have a say. :) However, with all of your wonderful guesses I think we have agreed on a boy name! I read every one's guess to Cody and one really stuck out to both of us. Our NEW "W" name is:

(Short for Westin)

I guess I can compromise with this name. It is, after all, just one letter different. :) I really do like it and I'm happy that we have a boy name that we both agree on. Now I'm sure we will have a girl since we have absolutely NO ideas for a girl's name.

Anyway, on to the most important part! This post is really for you! It is fall giveaway time! I put my fall decorations out this past weekend and pulled out three items that I have enjoyed in the past but am ready to pass on to someone else.

The first thing in the giveaway is this cute jack-o-lantern chalkboard. I bought this the first year of our marriage and have enjoyed it ever since.

Also in the giveaway is this cute little pumpkin arrangement. It is a great size to set out just about anywhere.

The last thing in the giveaway is this frame. I added the pumpkin picture to it but you could put anything you want in there.

How do you enter? Just leave a comment on THIS post and I will use to pick a winner sometime Wednesday night. If you do not have a blog you may still enter but make sure you leave your email address. I will have to delete all comments that do not have any way for me to contact you. Good luck!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Song

This Is My Father's World
Maltbie D. Babcock

This is my Father's World, And to my list'ning ears;
All nature sings and round me rings The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world; I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's World; The birds their carols raise.
The morning light, the lily white, Declare their Maker's praise;
This is my Father's World; He shines in all that's fair,
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's World, O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's World; Th battle is not done;
Jesus, who died, shall be satisfied, And earth and heav'n be one.

Maltbie D. Babcock seemed to be excellent at everything he did. He was from an aristocratic family and had a great personality. He was a great athlete and also played several instruments. To top it off, he was proficient vocalist and loved to go fishing. However, God called him to the ministry and he became the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Lockport, New York. He loved to go running and would often tell his secretary that he was "going out to see my Father's World." When he was 42, his current church, Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, gave him a trip to the "Holy Land." Unfortunately in Naples, Italy, he caught a deadly bacterial fever and died on May 18, 1901. His wife put all of his writings into a book, Thoughts for Everyday Living, and published it in 1901.

*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Baby Post

First of all, y'all came up with a LOT of W names-22 of them! These were the W names you came up with and believe it or not, no one guessed our name. :)

Wyatt (by far the most guessed!)
Winston (Win)
Wilbur (ha!)
West (cute!!)

Should I keep it going by giving you another hint? I think so. The second letter is "e". Any guesses? I think some of you were confused and thought we were announcing we were having a boy. We won't find out what we are having until mid-October. I don't have a feeling one way or the other. :)

Okay, moving on. Believe it or not, I have already gotten some baby gifts! This has been so fun! This photo album is actually the first thing I have bought since I found out I was pregnant. No, I didn't get it at a flea market but of course it was on sale! It was actually 75% off at a book store.

You might have to zoom in on this cross but I love it!! One of my best friends, Christina, gave it to me. A bird! How perfect. This is one of the first things I will be hanging in the nursery.
Katie's mom gave me this cute toy and soft white blanket. I love baby blankets!

My mom gave me this little froggy lovie. It is so soft!

Katie gave me this birdie burp cloth. It says, "Tweet Baby". She knows me well! I actually bought this frame probably 2 years ago. It has part of a Bible verse on it and says, "I prayed for this child." I prayed I would have a picture to put in it one day. I can't wait to use it!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Finds, Junk, and I Won!

How's that for a title? Over Labor Day weekend we (my Mom, my Grammy and me) went to three flea markets. It was so fun but 6 hours later, I was tired! As always, we found some good stuff. I forgot to take pictures of my Mom's finds though.
A long time ago my Mom found one of these glass measuring cups. I have loved it ever since so she has been on the lookout for another one. She found one at our last stop and got it for me. The "junk" part of the title comes from my Grandmother's junk room. She has always had this room lined with shelves that she calls the "junk room". She has always told me I can have anything I want from it. Every now and then I look in there and this time I found this old silver spoon.
Back at the flea markets I found this old wooden children's block. It even has a picture of a bird on one side! It has a "D" on one side too, which is perfect since our last name starts with a "D". It also has a "W" on one side which could possibly be the first letter of our boy name. I'm not going to say what it is yet because Cody is still not 100% sure he likes it and it definitely has some growing to do on my mom and other family members. :) And no, it is not Will or William or anything "normal". Any guesses?

I found another baby cup too. These are always a treat to find because they are pretty rare around here. Also, I found some old paintbrushes in the "junk room".

I loved the simple detail on the handle.

My mom bought me this small silver plate so I could use it somewhere in the nursery. She thought of the idea of painting the baby's first initial or monogram. I think that will be so cute!

Another baby cup and another small silver plate. Loved the shape of this plate. I'm not sure what I will do with it yet. It might just sit on my desk to hold odds and ends or I might paint something on it....

I got these silver coasters awhile ago and I'll be showing you what I'm going to do with them in an upcoming post.

And finally on to the "I Won" part of the title. Last week I received THREE different emails telling me I won their giveaways! I was so excited! The first one came in the mail this weekend and it was from The Chubby Dove. I love stopping by Jessica's site to see what she has been up do. She is so creative and makes the cutest things! I love this "H" she sent me. Great fall colors and I already have it up on display. Too cute!

What a sweet little note and birdie magnet she sent too! Thank you so much Jessica! I love everything!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Song

Count Your Blessings
Johnson Oatman, Jr.

When upon life's billows You are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged Thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings Name them one by one,
And it will surprise you What the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened With a load of car,
Does the cross seem heavy You are called to bear.
Count your many blessings Every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing As the days go by.

When you look at others With their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised You His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings Money cannot buy,
Your reward in heaven Nor your home on high.

So amid the conflict Whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged God is over all.
Count your many blessings Angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.

Johnson Oatman, Jr. was born in New Jersey. His father was said to have the best singing voice in the East. In 1892, with the memory of his father singing in church, Johnson began writing hymns. He averaged 200 hymns a year with a total of 5,000 during his lifetime! He wrote "Count Your Blessings" to teach young people that when when you are thankful it is impossible to be grumpy or critical.

*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Herb Crates

First of all, THANK YOU for all of your sweet comments on my last post! They meant the world to me. That was so sweet of you lurkers to comment too. ;) Some of y'all felt like you knew all along and that was fun to hear. Some of you know but that post had been a long time coming. Sometimes I even thought I would never get to write it the words "I'm pregnant", but God has been so good and we are so thankful. Sometimes I still can't believe it! I pray all the time for some of you girls that I know are trying to have a baby, either through adoption, infertility treatments, surrogacy or waiting on the Lord. I have been there and will never forget our journey. Sometimes it seemed so overwhelming so I know how you feel and feel like we have a connection.

Now, on to some home decor.....

I recently ordered the Herb Crates from Lettered Cottage Home. I first saw these on Layla's blog, The Lettered Cottage. I loved them in her kitchen....actually I love her whole house but her kitchen is beautiful. To see them in her kitchen you can go here. I was so excited to see she was selling them so I quickly ordered some.

Here is the before wall in my kitchen:

Here is the after:

I placed some white platters in the largest one.

I had been wanting a way to display some silver serving pieces that I had so I put them in this one. The monogrammed server is from our wedding.

I had originally wanted all four boxes on the same wall like Layla had hers but my wall wasn't really big enough. So I moved the smaller one on the opposite wall with a small white platter in it.

I'm so glad I found The Lettered Cottage and The Lettered Cottage Home. I bet you will not be able to resist the great items in her shop either! :)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday Song

I Surrender All
Judson W. Van De Venter

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all.
All to Thee my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Wordly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

I surrender all, I surrender all.
All to Thee my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me Savior wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

I surrender all, I surrender all.
All to Thee my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee.
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessings fall on me.

I surrender all, I surrender all.
All to Thee my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

Rev. J. W. Van De Venter was born in 1855 in Michigan. He had a passion for art and music. He accepted Christ as his Savior at age 17 and the graduated from college. He became an art teacher and was also very involved in his church choir. He felt the tug in his heart to give up his profession for full time evangelical work. Remembering his decision to go into the ministry, he wrote "I Surrender All". He began teaching hymnology at Florida Bible Institute in 1923. In the 1930's Billy Graham was a student and said that "the Rev. J. W. Van De Venter was one of the evangelists who influenced my early preaching..."

*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I Meant To Tell You...

Actually I have been dying to tell you.....

Back on July 9th, we found out that I am pregnant! My parents came up that weekend to celebrate.
Cody came home with pink and blue flowers and a note that says, "I love you Mother of my soon to be baby or babies". :) (Turns out there is just one in there!)

I will be 12 weeks on Sunday. So far it has been pretty un-eventful. I have just been sick once every morning and after that I usually feel great the rest of the day. So I am not complaining about that. No weird cravings, I just always want really flavorful/spicy food. This also explains where I have been all summer and why I never posted....I was asleep on the couch! I'm slowly getting some energy back and I am so grateful. I don't think Cody knew what to think of me napping every day since he had never seen me take a nap in our 5 years of marriage. Ha! He got used to it though and usually joined me.

We are so excited and I will definitely be keeping y'all updated on the nursery details, name choices and everything in between. :) We won't be really diving into the nursery though until we find out what we are having in mid-late October.

Like I said, I have just been dying to tell y'all and I'm so glad you know now! Y'all are like dear friends and I just wanted you all to know!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Remember This?

Remember back in July when I posted this (blurry) picture of Katie's birthday banner? Several of y'all asked where she got it but she didn't know. Great news.....a wonderful reader emailed me and said her shop carries them! She has a cute online store called Two Sister's Shop and carries this banner and a slightly different version. Just look under the "fun things to give and receive" tab. Happy shopping! And thank you Alissa for emailing me your link.