Monday, September 28, 2009

Packin' My Bags!

All my bags are packed
I'm ready to go
I'm standin here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye...

I'm leavin' on a jet plane.....

.... TO JERUSALEM!!!!!!!!!!

Ok - I'm not really going, but I desperately want to. You see, in our Stepping Up Bible Study, lesson 5 was about this incredible, indescribable city. After going through the lesson, and the history of the city, I'm ready to pack my bags! Wanna go with me? If you don't these are the words from Beth Moore, herself.

No other city is like Jerusalem. It beckons sojourners like no other land, and like no other place I've ever been, it lends a strange sense of "home" even to the visitor casting her first glance. Kay Arthur once told me that the more you go to Jerusalem, the more you want to go. I've found that to be true. I felt the spiritual draw the first time I ever went, but after the second time, I departed with a sense of urgency that I must go again and again.

What do you think it would be like to see this, the Garden Tomb...the place that many scholars believe Jesus was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimethea?

Would you sit and wait in the Garden of Gethsemane?

Would you read the Word on the Mount of Olives?

Would you walk down by the Via Delorosa, the path Jesus took to his crucifixion?

Would you look up in grandeur at the city wall?

Would you bring your cares before Him at the Wailing Wall?

I pray that one day, I will make a journey to this Holy City. I'm ready to pack my bags and go to the place where history truly began. Do you want to come with me?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Scrapbookin' Fool

Yes - that is exactly what I have been lately! Two weekends ago, I LITERALLY spend the ENTIRE weekend on my computer scrapping...I made pages and stuff, but I also made several blog headers for some customers. Here is some of my completed work.

This is for my cousin, Amy. She started a blog so that friends and family can see her PRECIOUS baby girl Izzy growing up!

The Medlocks were the winners of the Great Grabbie Giveaway.

This was a fun header to create. Henry's mom told me that he LOVES trains, so we made sure this header was a reflection of him!

I have also learned some really cool techniques lately and have LOVED getting to use them. In this page here, I was able to take a patterned paper and create the sticker alphabet you see for the title, "Kai". Obviously, Kai is our sweet, sweet cat. These pictures were taken last Sunday, which for those in Texas, know that it was a nasty rainy Sunday. As soon as we came home from church, Brant and I got in some comfy clothes and just laid around the house. Well Kai decided that she should just lay around too...ON Brant that is!

If you're a digital scrapper, what are some of your favorite techniques to use to add definition and depth to your elements?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Because I want you to want Me."

I sat down tonight with every intention of telling you about my emotional breakdown today...I so lovingly call it "Breakdown #1". But every time my hands go to the keys, the words to the song "My Beloved" come to the front of my mind.
"You're my beloved, you're my bride,
To sing over you is my delight,
Come away with me, my love."
Its as if the Lord, himself, is singing to me tonight; telling me to just come away with Him - so sit, and to cry, and to just be.

Tonight, the tears roll down my face and I just need to be with my Father. I need him to hold me, to carry me, to breathe joy into my soul. You see, tonight I just long to be mother, but I feel so defeated.

I have never truly understood the feeling of defeat until recently. I have never understood how you could try, and try, and try your very hardest to do something, but never succeed. When Brant and I first decided to try and have a baby, I was so excited. In my perfect little world, my dearest friends would be planning my baby shower right now, and I would be painting a nursery. I would be going shopping on the weekends with my sister for the perfect "coming home" outfit while Brant was at home trying to put the crib together. You see, there is nothing that I have ever wanted more than to a mom; to rock my little baby to sleep, to feel their skin against mine, to comfort them when the cry.

For the first time tonight, I just let myself cry and lay it all at His feet. For the first time tonight, I have literally asked the Lord out loud why the one thing that I want so badly is the one thing that is so hard to get. And He answered me: "Because I want you to want ME."

Last night, I started a Bible Study with some of the other ladies in my Sunday School Class: Stepping Up - a study of the Pslams of Ascent by Beth Moore. Its a study about going up - about rising up for something greater - about taking a pilgrimage to the next level even when we are weary. And this my friends, is the exact place where I am at.

Tonight, I am weary and defeated. But my Jesus just wants me to love Him and to lay EVERYTHING before His feet. So that is what I will do! Tonight, I will go sit with Him and be with Him and allow Him to breathe joy into my soul because I am a daughter of the King and HE has the PERFECT plan for me. For I know, that one day, maybe soon, maybe not, I will be mother.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Great Walgreens Special

Just thought I would share this great Walgreens special that is going on until Saturday, September 19th!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Great Grabbie Giveaway!

To celebrate some GREAT new design options at Great Grabbie Designs, I'm having a giveaway!!!! The winner will receive a Deluxe Custom Design, complete with sidebar headings, personal signature, and coordinating background from this WONDERFUL new kit Flora by Designs by Krista.

To enter, go to Great Grabbie Designs and leave a comment with your name and blog address. I will draw from all entries on Saturday, September 12th.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Chick Fil A

Just wanted to make sure that EVERYONE knew that today, if you wear any sport team shirt to a Chick Fil A, you get a free chicken sandwich!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Sister and I had a very interesting phone conversation this morning when I was on my way to work. And I am so excited to announce...


Get's what, you ask????


She was telling me this morning about how when I started blogging and making blog friends, she just didn't get it. How can you actually feel a connection and develop a friendship with someone you have never met???

For example - my dear FRIEND Tricia! Tricia and I have never met (although we really have no excuse as to why not considering we live IN THE SAME TOWN!), but nonetheless, have never met. Yet, we both went to DBU, both LOVE scrapbooking, are both newlyweds, and both devote ourselves to our nieces and nephews. Heck - she and her hubs looked at buying a house NEXT DOOR to me and we never even knew it!!!! Seriously - we were meant to be the best of friends!

So Sister told me this morning that she finally gets it. She now has her own "REAL, NEVER MET YOU BUT WE WERE SO MEANT TO BE FRIENDS IN REAL LIFE" BLOG FRIENDS! So now that Sister finally gets it, do you get it? If so, who are your best blogging friends??????

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

19 and Counting

Have you seen this today???? Congratulations Duggars!