Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Frenzy.

I found this picture quite some time ago. {I don't even remember where I found it} It came to my mind today and I laughed. 

I laugh because this is how I feel more often than not, lately. 

Happy Friday :) 

*I'll be starting my 30 day blog challenge tomorrow! Want to join?...Hopefully, I'll stick with it.*

Thursday, August 23, 2012


The above picture is how I feel every single time I get a little motivation to tackle a Pinterest project. 

Well, the picture shown above ALSO lead to the picture shown below. 

Success at its finest, I think ;)

I've been eyeing one of these cloth high chairs on Etsy for awhile now. 
From what I've seen, they run between $60-$70!! 
No Thanks.

Then I stumbled upon these plans to sew one yourself.
Thank you, Pinterest!

My friend, Sarah, was in town this past week. 
It was for unfortunate circumstances, that she was here. 
But I tried to make good use of her time! 

After two days nights of work, I LOVE the finished product.
It has already come in handy a handful of times. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

change is hard

Things have changed.

I started working again. Three days a week. For four and a half hours each time. Nothing major.

Lee's schedule changed again. He now works Tuesday through Friday. He is off Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Hallelujah! 

Hadley got her first real "bug." And by "bug" I don't mean a creepy crawling one. 

...Then Momma got Hadley's friendly little bug. Still not the creepy crawling one.

We lost a dear, precious, family friend. 

We've spent many hours crying, praying, planning. More crying. 

We celebrated the joining of a new man and wife today.

We spent more time crying over the loss of a friend. 

It's been a whirlwind these last few weeks. These last four days, in particular, are a blur.

Right now it's just hard. 

We've had changes in our personal life with me working and Lee shift change. Then changes in our friend's lives that affect us so deeply, as well. 

Tomorrow will begin with rejoicing of a life and remembering sweet promises God offers to His people.

The next few days will be emotional. 

My heart is so broken for this family. My friends. More like my own family. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Give me Jesus.

I'm not a political person. Sometimes I'm not even politically correct. But as we move into election season the more I get worried.

I'm not worried about who is going to be President.

I'm not a registered voter. (Yes, cringe. You now think I'm a terrible American. Moving on...)
I do not vote. I, also, do not complain. Really, I don't.
Mostly because I'm not "up-to-date" on the Presidential candidates and their given platforms.
Irregardless...! (Mean Girls, anyone?)

I'm worried about the people, of this country.
People are mean.
People are opinionated.
Yet, people are, also, intolerant.

August 1, 2012: CFA - Appreciation Day.
People are nasty.

Someone explain this to me:

There was no controversy or uproar from the Christian community about this advertisement.
No one "boycotted" Target.
Then this quote: 

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."  And then later saying, “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about” -Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-a corporation. 

Got turned into: Dan Cathy, his family, and anyone that supports Chick-fil-a are homophobic and hate the gay community.

I'm baffled. Completely mind-blown. 

Yes, there is the argument of our first amendment rights to freedom of speech. 
But that "free speech" is apparently only tolerated when you're going with the secular world view. Forget it, if you have your own religious views and values. Then it's hate speech. 

Honestly, I don't know that gay marriage is such a "bad" thing. 

Do I agree with it? No.
Do I think it is biblical? Of course not.
But are they really hurting anyone if they are allowed to get a piece of paper saying they are married? Not really. 

It's no different (for the sake of the argument) than polygamy.
Polygamy is illegal.
Polygamy is not biblical.
Polygamists get married and "hid" their marriages and are not harming anyone. 
(I'm talking about Sisterwives kind of polygamy. Not the creepy "married to a 12 year old, against her will" polygamy.)

Does anyone else see my point? 

Again, I don't agree with gay marriage or polygamy. But I also don't see that they are truly harming others. 

(...WOW! I got way off topic than where I was originally headed!! So all that to say...)

I don't want to chose a "right" or "wrong." 
I don't want to support a company based on my personal beliefs and be labeled as something I'm not. 
I don't want to decide anything that is not up to me. 
And I most certainly do not want to judge anyone because that was not intended for me. 
We need to chose Jesus and trust and believe He controls this world, even though sometimes we think we do. 

The song "Give Me Jesus" was on repeat in my head all day, on August 1st. So simple, so true.

In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus, 
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

When I am alone,
When I am alone, 
When I am alone,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus, 
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

When I come to die,
When I come to die,
When I come to die,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus, 
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus, 
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world, 
You can have all this world, 
Just give me Jesus.

Canning 101

I have blogged here and there about our first time garden this year. I lost interest (go figure!). Luckily, Lee still really enjoyed it. 

We've had a plethora of tomatoes. Funny thing is, neither one of us like tomatoes. Hadley loves them, but her little self can't keep up. We decided to try our hand at making salsa. Then CANNING! Me oh my. I'm a city girl and hadn't the faintest idea on any of this. Thank goodness for family members that can things every year.

Here we go...
a SMALL portion of our tomatoes
canned salsa
and of course we canned our jalapenos  

Lee said if he knew then what he knows now (you know those famous last words!) he would have grown a bigger variety of veggies. Hadley girl is a vegetable girl. She rarely eats meat. The only meat she will always eat is taco meat. She like chicken nuggets too, but not too often. I've noticed the more I give them to her the less she will eat them. So veggies it is. 

Lee has already expanded the garden and has laid out tarp to kill the current grass. We will see how it goes next go 'round. He is planning to do fall Serendipity sweet corn and fall onions. Both of which I'm excited about. Hadley loves her a good corn on the cob and I use onions for pretty much everything I cook. Win, Win!