Friday, November 30, 2007

How did the Shepards know where to look?

Because they followed a star? Nope....

I read THIS and found it fascinating...

Most of her info comes from HERE :

I don't know about you, but for me, this is a makes me even more amazed at God's profound ability to perfectly orchestrate all the tiny details!

PS...The star was for the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12).


Friday, November 23, 2007


I posted this someplace else as if you are reading it for the second time, my apologies...
First of all, I'm thankful for God, for Jesus who died for my sins and for a Holy Spirit who still dwells in me despite my overwhelming lust for George Clooney.

I'm thankful for a first marriage to my knight in shining armor because it taught me that you really cannot judge a book by its cover.

I'm even more thankful that he has gone on to find his real soul mate and that I didn't damage him permanently.

I'm thankful for a second marriage to my God-ordained soul mate...and that no woman before me damaged him permanently.

I'm thankful for the internet because without it, I wouldn't have the God-ordained soul mate, frequent conversations with my mom, the ability to keep in touch so easily with people I love and the fabulous friends I've made here.

I'm thankful for coming to motherhood at 36 instead of 26...Gods timing is perfect. I could not possibly have given my son a home, stability, unconditional love nor any level of peace if I had been even one day younger than the day he arrived.

I'm thankful for my amzing son - who is truely probably no more wonderful than any other child on the planet. However he is MY most amazing teacher, MY direct line to God and MY purest joy...and if he had appeared earlier in my life, I could not possibly have appreciated the miracle he is.

While on the topic, I'm thankful for "mama, dada, mmmmma(grandma), mmmmmmpa(grandpa), oggy(doggy), ello(yello), ha!(Hi!), blah(blue), baba(bottle), shiss(shoes), ead(head), mo(more), ducky(ducky), baa(bath), tata(turtle), mmmmmwhaaa!!(kiss), hoo hoo hoo(what's a monkey say?), kaka(cookie)" and all the other amazing things he communicates.

I'm thankful for digital cameras...because all my pictures are good ones...HA!

I'm thankful that I have a house...I never ever thought I'd own a house...ever.

I'm thankful that my husband and I have the most amazing, insane, wild and crazy families...its fun, its funny, its an adventure and it sometimes teaches us how NOT to handle so many things...HA! HA!

I'm thankful that I scrapbook...and that I can continue to afford scrapbooking in terms of both time and money...because I love the stories and connecting beyond the span of my own lifetime.

I'm thankful for canned soup and chile and ready-made salad...Because I'm definately NOT Martha Stewart and most days I can barely manage to be Rachel Ray or Sandra Lee.

I am thankful that God has provided me with a healthy body, sound mind (sort of), sense of peace, and an awareness that happiness is a choice that I'm solely responsible for.

And finally, I'm thankful that I woke up today...As my husband says, "Any day above ground is a good day."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Insanity, Mojo and the Life of a Single Parent


I had my wonderful and crazy friends Berta and Deb over for scrapping day on Saturday. We had a blast…

It was an INSANE day.

The kind of insanity that can only come from three people under way too much stress getting together to talk about cats, children, Jesus, music and, of course, my mojo.

It was the kind of insanity that is fueled by far too many chocolate chip cookies, salsa and cream cheese dip, really great strawberries (in NOVEMBER, no less) and Diet Coke.

It was the kind of insanity that made Deb ask if they were actually going to be allowed to come back…

How could I refuse???? They know all my secrets now!!! 

Perhaps best of all, I think my mojo has returned out of absolute fear of leaving me all alone with Deb and Berta again….HA!

Seriously, they helped me make some decisions and I felt the warmth of my long lost mojo as it returned to my artistic soul…Did I mention it was an insane day?

As for being a single parent, my Dear Husband is off on a retreat for himself starting tomorrow. He really needs this time…however, that means that I will be a single parent for around 5 days…YIKES!

His mom has graciously agreed to be our “daycare” for the rest of the week…I say “daycare’ instead of daycare because its not really normal daycare when its your grandma you are with, you know? Jay will be pampered, loved on, snuggled, kissed, and just absolutely spoiled rotten for these three days. He will be absolutely delighted!

That said, I don’t really know how much I will be posting.

And I’m fairly certain that the insanity begun on Sunday will only continue well into the beginning of next week…

Ah…and then we begin the Holiday Season…


Peace everyone!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Hello, Mojo????

I’ve apparently lost my scrapping mojo… I was thinking of popping in a video last night and doing some paper crafting, but after preparing dinner and cleaning up the kitchen, I found I had about zero energy to apply to the task…so…I gave Jay a bath and put us both to bed.

I just cannot seem to find my normal creative energy this week. I think I hit responsibility overload – you know…the I’ve-got-10-thousand-things-to-do-there-isn’t-enough-time-or-mony-in-the-world-to-accomplish-all-this-I-can’t-believ-its-only-6-weeks-until-Christmas-why-doesn-the-baby-sleep-through-the-night burnout.

So…I went looking for things that inspired and pleased me…

And in the process, completely overhauled and updated my links over there---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->

The following really captured my interest today for whatever reason…please note: they may not be interesting at all…but they did capture my wayward attention:

THIS new creation from Ali really inspired me!

I don’t really do the witch thing on Halloween, but I just thought this was the greatest Girl’s Night Out” idea: Bewitching.

These are three really cool organization sites…I love them all. I’m thinking that the craft memo site will be one I will use:

Org Junkie

Craft memo

Back Pack It

I have my eye on these little things right now:

Sonda Tadlock is having an especially wonderful stamp raffle if you are into the stamping…check out HER BLOG for details. I totally covet the goodies she has in this raffle.

I was COMPLETELY inspired by my new friend Katherine…she and I did a Bible study on Tuesday that has had me thinking ever since about conversions, recognizing God immediately and dropping everything to follow him! I have been pondering on my faith, my willingness to lead where He follows, my ability to entrust the things of my world to God for safekeeping and resolution.

And one final inspiration from Captain Kangaroo: "If you want more time in your life, don't watch TV."

(Um….yea…that isn’t really working for me so far…I watch less tv…but still have NO MORE TIME!)

Peace, everyone!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Tag and my random desire

The fabulous Betsy Veldman tagged me with the 7 random things!!! WOO HOO!!! If you haven't checked out her blog, do give it a looksee...she is an AMAZING artist!

So…here we go:

1. I’m a wanna be Rock Star (right James?!?!??!?!?!?!?) I was in an amazing band called 4 ft deep, co-wrote all the songs, did a bunch of cools shows and recorded an amazing album. So…when I say “yea…I rock.” I MEAN IT!

2. I’m a SciFi Channel junkie – give me Stargate, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, Dresden Files, whatever…I could watch that channel all day, every day.

3. I absolutely long to visit China and see this amazing country and all of its culture and architecture. I’m totally following Hiedi Swapp’s blog like a mad woman because of all the tidbits and photos about China.

4. Hot buttered toast and coffee is my favorite breakfast.

5. While you may know me as a red-head, I am actually a blonde.

6. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who do not use turning signals!

7. I met my wonderful husband on the internet!

And while we are on the subject of random...I'm totally in love with THIS...I WANT it!!! I NEED IT!!!

Ok...I tag Fabulous Karen and Beautiful Gina .