Friday, August 29, 2008

A woman VP?!

So I am not real big into politics (thankfully my hubby keeps me well informed)...but I have to say I am pretty excited about the republican nominee for VP, Sarah Palin!

I was emailed this article on a lady's blog who let's us get to know Sarah. She compares Gov Palin to Queen Ester. I got a little emotional when I read the line, "She is literally being drug to the palace to be placed on a throne - and it is for such a time as this." Please take time to read!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

travels with the babe

well we have had a busy week! caleb and i hit the road to do some jewelry shows in spartanburg and then aiken! he is such a fun travel companion. he is usually fast asleep on the road or talking (cooing) to me about all he sees (the back of the car, some of the window and some dangling toys).

these are fun trips b/c he gets good quality time with the grandparents!

we are now back at home and getting ready to get our garnet and black on--

gooooooo COCKS!!!!!

Food blogs?!?

Ok if you are not already addicted to family and friends blogs, there is more...I have discovered food blogs!! Check out:

This girl loves to cook and she posts her recipes and pictures online! She writes "I am a new Mommy who is finding more time in the kitchen lately and rekindling my love for all things cooking and baking".

Then there is a link to this Tuesdays With Dorie blog and all of these cooks link their cooking/baking blogs to is food madness :)

Funny thing is-- I don't really cook, but thought I would share :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

One Day

I just discovered this song and it has been my personal anthem lately. When I face sadness or tough times I am reminded that there is a better day coming! This is all temporary!

Glory by Selah

One day eyes that are blind will see you clearly
And one day all who deny will finally believe
One day hearts made of stone will break in pieces
And one day chains once unbroken will fall down at your feet
So we wait for that one day come quickly

We want to see your Glory
Every knee falls down before thee
Every tongue offers you praise
With every hand raised
Singing Glory
To you and unto you only
We'll sing Glory to Your name

One day voices that lie will all be silent
One day all that's divided will be whole again
One day death will retreat and wave it's white flag
One day love will defeat the strongest enemy
So we wait for that one day come quickly


We know not the day or the hour
Or the moments in between
But we know the end of the story
When we'll see


What a beautiful song with a timeless truth! I am looking forward to that one day!! Com quickly Lord Jesus!

Friday, August 22, 2008

bodily fluids...ewww!

so we have been a household of the common cold-- yuck

it all started with me 5 days ago...itchy throat, runny nose, etc. well when mommy gets sick, that pretty much gives little baby no chance. he woke up yesterday with this pitiful little cough and runny nose. poor baby.

the doc said there's not too much you can do when they are this young, but to get a cool-mist humidifier, saline drops and use that not-so-fun nose-sucker-outter-thingy.

now that i am feeling much better, wes started feeling the love... so today i got to take care of both my boys.

i also feel completely initiated into motherhood with the all the bodily fluids that come from babies...
lets just say the clothes i put in the washer today had spit-up, poopie, pee pee, snot, milk and who knows what else on it. fun, huh?! crazy thing is, i am started to not even get grossed out about it.

thankfully though he is pitiful, he still smiles through the yuckiness.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Interview with Rick Warren , author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California .

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:

People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body-- but not the end of me.

I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal.

God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity. We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.

Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.

God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.

This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife getting cancer.

I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore.

Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.

No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.

And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.

You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.

If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, "which is my problem, my issues, my pain."

But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal my wife or make it easy for her.

It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.

It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.

So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.

First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.

Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.

Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.

Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.

We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity? Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better ...

God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do. That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.

Painful moments, TRUST GOD.

Every moment, THANK GOD

Sunday, August 10, 2008


well we had our 2 month check up friday with shots and all! i mean that can break a mamas heart!

Caleb is now 11 lbs 9 oz! Big boy! And he sure feels that big. We went to visit Andrew, Flo and Drew last week and he is so teeny! i can not get over just how fast they grow.

we had an event filled weekend...short trip to TN to see Wes family and then a visit today by our friends Carrie and Brad. Caleb loved Brad and was so happy and peaceful when he held him...maybe that is a good sign Brad...

i love August because it is my birthday month! yes i celebrate all month! wes bought me a really cool stand up mirror to go in our bedroom (as an early bday gift) it matches perfect, now if only we could clean the room

to answer your question "are you getting any sleep yet" umm...not really. we have had maybe 2 or 3 nights where Caleb has slept 6 hours, but typically 4 straight hours is all we get ( i will take it)

he is getting more and more interactive and smiley! i love it! he sure has stolen my heart!

well, its back to work for me this week. jewelry shows in spartanburg and aiken (grandparents are excited to babysit) i am looking forward to getting some sort of routine going

here are some pics...

Monday, August 4, 2008

welcome baby drew

Our good friends Florence and Andrew welcomed their first son, Andrew Brian, Jr. (Drew) into the world at 2:40 PM Friday, weighing in at 7lbs. 5oz. and 20 1/4 inches long.

Caleb can't wait to meet you Drew!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008


so my friend kellie does these way fun lunch creations with her girls...check it out

i think she should create a "cook book" for kids.

i thought all you mom's who read my blog may like the ideas!