Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's birthday! Doesn't she look good for being........I'm just kidding, Mom! I won't tell your age. :)


I hope you have a great birthday, Mom and I wish I could be there with you to celebrate. I am glad that we got to spend time together this past weekend and have a little party though. Thanks for being such a wonderful Mom and such a great prayer warrior for me. I love you!

On another note, will you send some comment love to two of the newest members of the Blogworld?? My younger brother, Andrew started a blog called Chaco's Corner and one of my best friends, Elizabeth started one called Bella's Life. Will you help me welcome them? :)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Red Envelopes

Have you heard of Red Envelope Day? I think this is such a good idea and really gives people a chance to stand up for what they believe in. On March 31st (tomorrow) I am going to send an empty red envelope to the White House with this message written on the back:

"This envelope represents one child who died because of an abortion. It is empty because the life that was taken is now unable to be a part of our world. Responsibility begins with conception."

If this is something you believe in then would you join me in sending some red envelopes? I went to Hob Lob and got a pack of 12 for about $2. I will be mailing all 12 of them tomorrow. If you want to read more about it then you can go here. They also give you the address for where to send them.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Song

O for a Thousand Tongues To Sing
Charles Wesley

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

Jesus! The name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
'Tis music in the sinner's ears;
'Tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the pow'r of canceled sin;
He sets the prisoner free.
His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood availed for me.

Hear Him, ye deaf, His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap ye lame for joy.

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad,
The honors of Thy name.


After Charles Wesley's conversion his life changed. He no longer had a temper problem or a drinking problem. He ministered to men in prison and often locked himself in their cell for the night before their execution so he could comfort them and witness to them. On the first anniversary of his conversion he wrote an eighteen stanza hymn known today as "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing". Today, churches usually sing verses seven, eight, nine and ten. In 1780 when John Wesley complied his Collection of Hymns he chose this hymn to be the first one in the book.

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

Friday, March 27, 2009

Keep Calm....

I'm sure you have seen the Keep Calm and Carry On posters. I first saw one on Holly Mathis' blog. I loved all of the fun colors. I bought one on this etsy site. Once I received it I began the search for a frame. I did not want to pay to have it custom framed so I had to get creative. After a couple of weeks of looking I found a frame on the 80% off aisle at Hob Lob. It was one of those that had a cut out for 8 pictures and it had a big chip out of it. But for $10 I knew it was perfect.

I colored the chip in with a black Sharpie. I didn't even trim the print but just laid it on top of the picture mat, covering up the 8 photo spaces.

It just blended right in with the mat. I sat it on my mantle and the lampshade covers the chip. Even if I ever decided to hang it somewhere else the chip is not noticeable at all.

I just love blogging! I never would have discovered this fun poster without blogs. :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Day At The Park and Exciting News!

I'm so glad you like my new design! Your comments made my day. Isn't Faith the best? BTW, if you are having problems finding the "comment" link then please email me. Click the "Email Me" button on the side. We are working on it. Now, on to the regular post:

I haven't posted about my nephew, Zach in awhile and I am wanting to see that cute face! Last week Katie and I took Zach to the park. We had beautiful weather so it was the perfect outing. He his becoming such a big boy it is just amazing. He loved the slide and basically just running free.

Waiting ever so patiently to get there.




"I've got this."

"Weeeeeee!"


"I see you!"


I am so blessed and so thankful that I get to see him at least twice a week. He is such a cutie! And for the exciting news..............Zach is going to have a baby SISTER in August!! I am so happy that Katie is having a girl. Zach is going to be a great big brother.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Little Update

How do you like my new look?! I cannot say enough how much I love it and how GREAT Faith was to work with! I thought for my one year blogging anniversary (March 5th) I would have my blog design updated.



She does amazing work! Check out her blog if you are interested in a new blog design or blog button. Thanks so much Faith! I love it! Don't forget to grab my new bloggy button if you want too!

Here is another little update I have been working on:

My kitchen curtains needed a breath of fresh air. They were old, dusty and tired looking. Plus, I was over the roosters. I liked them when I made them 4 years ago but it was time for a change and little more of an updated look.


BEFORE:

AFTER:
Cody and his dad hung these bamboo roman shades and I love them! I now have the option of letting them down (although I probably never will). Much better in my opinion. :) For the details: They were $20 each at Lowes.

***Thank you so much to Rindie09 for giving us a great tip! She left a comment to let us know that if you sign up for the Wisteria catalog then they will email you a 15% code! Now you can go order that bird cloche. :)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Song

O Worship the King
Robert Grant

O worship the King, All glorious above,
And gratefully sing His power and His love:
Our Shield and Defender, The Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, And girded with praise.

O tell of His might, And sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, Whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath, The deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path On the wings of the storm.

Thy bountiful care, What tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; It shines in the light.
It streams from the hills; It descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills In the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, And feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, Nor find Thee to fail.
Thy mercies how tender! How firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

Charles Grant was the director of the East India Company and a prominent British statesman. He was also a devout Christian who used his position in India to encourage missions there. He had a son, Robert, who also grew up to be as devout as his father. In the early 1840's Robert studied Psalm 104 and wrote this well known hymn based on those verses. When he was 50 he returned to the land of his childhood, India and became the Governor of Bombay.
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Friday, March 20, 2009

More Easter Decor

I have just loved seeing every one's spring and Easter decorations! Here are a few more pics of mine.

A fun Easter plaque hanging on the china cabinet.

I love this little glittered bunny box.

Got to have the seasonal Salt and Pepper shakers!

My fun green "grass" that Jill sent me and two bunnies that Cody and pretty much everyone else think are really scary looking. I love them though! They are sitting proudly on my kitchen china cabinet.

Some wire carrots in a planter. I found these at Oops but I have seen them at Hob Lob.

Spring flowers with a sweet little glittered spring bunny.

One of my favorite new birds that Jill also sent me. I love the color!

I put a few bunnies in our office. I'm pretty sure these were the first spring decorations I bought when we first got married. The brown wicker bunny from the giveaway was also from our first year of marriage. :)

When I saw this cute little pillow in our pharmacy I couldn't resist it.

Here is my Easter basket waiting for my dyed eggs.

Thanks so much for letting me share my Easter decorations and for sharing all of your wonderful ideas! Go here for more ideas:
Decorating Spring Fling

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

And The Winner Is......

Random.org picked:

Congratulations Brittney!! Email me (click "send me a note" on my sidebar) and tell me your address so I can get this box of goodies to you.

Thank you so much for the over 300!! people who entered. Y'all blew me away with your response. You are the best!

Easter Decorations

I had such a fun time putting out my Easter decorations this past weekend. With the exception of fall and Christmas decor I usually keep my seasonal decorations in the kitchen. I think they make more of an impact in one room instead of a piece here and a piece there.

My favorite kind of decoration for any season is one that doesn't need a lot of other stuff with it. I'm not very crafty so I like to be able to sit a bunny on the table without having to rearrange a lot of things. Basically, the most I might do to something is throw a ribbon on it. :)

I am not afraid of taking a picture down though to hang something seasonal. :) I just added a bunny and nest to this shelf under the wreath.




A bunny tassel that looks like a chocolate bunny that is good enough to eat.

Here is another Larkspur Lane figure that I have. I so wish these were not as hard to find as they are now.

I usually poke these little eggs into a live ivy but I don't have any right now so I just stuck them in my vase. I hope you will come back on Friday for the rest of the pictures. Don't forget to enter the giveaway by 5:00 central time tonight!!

Go here for more spring ideas:
Decorating Spring Fling

Monday, March 16, 2009

Easter Giveaway!

What better way to start off a Monday than with a giveaway! While I was putting up my Easter decorations this past weekend I found some things that I wasn't using anymore. I thought I would pass them on to a lucky winner! Random.org will pick someone and I will send you all of these things:

A great Easter egg wreath.

An Easter bunny decoration.

A brown wicker bunny.

Two Easter plaques.
These are a few decorations that I have not used the past few years and thought someone else might enjoy them. To enter just leave a comment on this post. You must have a blog or leave your email address in your comment to win. I will pick a winner this Wednesday evening around 5:00 central time. This is a quick giveaway so I can get the package to you before Easter so you can enjoy the decorations for a few weeks. Good luck!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Song

How Firm a Foundation
Rippon's Selection of Hymns

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith In His excellent Word!
What more can He say Than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge To Jesus have fled?

Fear not; I am with thee. O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid.
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, And cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, Omnipotent hand.

When through fiery trials Thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, Shall be thy supply.
The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus Hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not Desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell Should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, No never forsake.

John Rippon was a Baptist preacher for 63 years beginning in 1775. He had a great love of hymns and had a vision to have them in bound into a hymnal. He got his wish in 1787 and was thrilled to discover that it was a big hit, especially with Baptist churches. No one knows the true author of this hymn because it was signed, "K". The original title was "Exceedingly Great and Precious Promises" and it is no wonder why. The author composed each stanza based on a promise from God's Word. Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 43:2, 2 Corinthians 12:9 and Hebrews 13:5 are just a few examples. See if you can tell which line they represent.
*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Working On...

I'll be working on putting my spring and Easter decorations out this weekend. I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lovely Gift

I was so excited when the postman rang my doorbell the other day. I had to sign for this special box because it was from South Africa! Look at the cute bird stamps!

Vashti lives in South Africa and we have quickly become great blogging friends. She was so sweet to send me some bird candles. She saw them when she was in Swaziland and thought of me.



These are hand molded candles. She got to go the place where they make them. Her pictures on her Feb. 16th post are great.

She also sent me this beaded "love" for Valentine's Day. I cannot wait to decorate with it next year although I will probably leave it out for awhile right now because I like it so much.

If you click on the above picture you can read a little more about the ladies who make the beaded items. This organization employs women who are HIV positive and lets them use their creativity to make some money. The beader gets 100% of the profit. I think that is so cool. You can go to Vashti's blog to learn more about her story and her non-profit organization designed to teach South African children about Jesus Christ.

Vashti, thank you so much for these wonderful gifts! I love them all!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Bird Cloche

***Unfortunately the discount code has expired.

When I saw these bird cloches in the Wisteria catalog I thought they were great. Then when I saw them on Darlene's blog and she gave us a discount code I jumped at the opportunity.

I got the medium bird cloche. I made a new little display on my dining table so I could enjoy it. :)

A lot of you ask me where I get all of my nests. I usually get them at local gift boutiques but I saw a lot of pretty ones and unique ones at TJMaxx this past week. I am so ready for spring!