Monday, April 28, 2008

Night to remember

If I were a little girl, a Father/Daughter dance like this would be a favorite childhood memory. Our homeschool dads were amazing! They treated their little girls like true princesses and were so gentle and patient - it was a beautiful thing to see. Thanks Dad!

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Her Daddy - Her Hero

Tonight is going to be really special. Our homeschool group is hosting a Father-Daughter dance. My dh is taking our little dd out to a nice restaurant - just the two of them. Her dress is ready to go, daddy has a matching pink tie - he bought her a dainty little wrist corsage - it is all soooo sweet. I baked and decorated cookies until late into the night. We decorated the church and it is just waiting for special memories to be made. More pictures to come!

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Pretty lady

Today I found a new blog friend, just love her art! The Feathered Nest posted the above picture as a gift to her readers - isn't she pretty? Vintage girl reminds me of my baby -

Also, my Victoria magazine came today - ah, one of life's pleasures! Great interview with Jan Karon who told about writing this profound quote on her wall:

There are three stages

in the work of God:

Impossible. Difficult. Done.

~ James Hudson Taylor

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Luscious Strawberries

We picked strawberries with our homeschool support group today. What an amazing day it was weather wise! Absolutely perfect. Then the "R" family invited us to come over and make some freezer jam with them. Stephanie (aka Incredimom from the "R" family) made some shortcake biscuits to enjoy with our strawberries for dessert tonight - I didn't have any cool whip for the topping - but isn't it pretty - and so tasty! They also introduced us to something new - Rita's Italian ice - and I am hooked! Another blessed day - thank you Lord for good godly friends, pretty days and so many wonderful foods to enjoy.

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And the winner is . . .

And the winner is comment #1 picked by the cool website random number picker. Thank you for your comments!


Your blog looks great! I love your music, too. This pull is so pretty. If I don't win I want to know where I can get one.
Not to worry Bec - it is yours!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Oil Pastels

Pentel Arts is giving away a free 12 color oil pastel set per household address. Register & enter the promotional code SA2008. Offer expires 4/30/08. Thanks Shari!
UPDATE! PA has changed this offer - it is limited to certain clientele and not the whole world! Sorry for misleading anyone!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Excuse me, my ignorance is showing . . .

So, first we bought a ton of this . . .

And then I said, oh, I like this! and we bought a bunch of that.

But wait, this is so cool! 20 boxes piled high . . .

This looks really clean and nice . . . put that in the car!

AAARGH! and all of that. I say on occasion that I would like to be an interior decorator when I grow up, but I am cured now. No more of that boy. We were going to do this simple update of two bathrooms, not 3, just two. Just replace the countertops & sink downstairs and the same up with the additional floor and tub. No biggie. HA. I laugh at myself. So, in the beginning, I was giddy with excitement, shopping for tile - so much fun! Well, weeks later, it ain't so much. The second guy came to give his quote and input for the work, and he wants me to take back all my thought out purchases and start over. Hmmm.

New Life

The greenness of spring is a wonder to behold. We thoroughly enjoy our screened-in porch this time of year and in the fall. We have to wait until the pollen dies down but then - it is fabulous! Each day the view is a darker, richer green - a new picture all the time. The Lord is so good - how about His giving us such a massive range of greens and not just two or three? How about Him?

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Expelled - The Movie

I rarely go to the movie theater - one reason being I am cheap - another being I don't care for most of the films being produced today. We went to see Expelled last Friday and were 3 of the about 20 in the audience. Which is a shame. This film is like a documentary that states scientists today are being punished for even mentioning an Intelligent Design theory of creation. I don't know how biased/stretched this fact is, or if there is more to the story - but the blatant anger and hatred toward Christians by the non-ID believing scientists was a bit eye-opening. That part alone gave me enough to consider. I hope many more homeschoolers and Christians will get out to see this film - it is well worth your time.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Vintage Cream color scheme

Have you ever noticed when you finished a shopping spree that there is sometimes an unintentional similar color theme used throughout your purchases? I hope I am not alone in this strange phenomenon. I pulled out some of my treasures from today's shopping and was shocked to see the same color in 3 of the items! We had such a good time at the Lakewood Antiques Show in Cumming and met the neatest people. One of the best shops was the Ribbon Emporium - vintage ribbon perfectly dyed - displayed so sweetly on little stained clothespins (the non-clip kind) and on old thread spools. She paints/dyes birds too and I just had to buy one for a friend that collects birds. At another booth we purchased some Moda fabric squares for my daughter to begin practicing sewing. On the way home we hit garage sales - dh found a CD - 60 years of Disney containing 25 Disney theme songs for a whopping 50 cents! It was a fun day.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

It's a party with a gift!

Am I pretty or what? Like I told the magic blog-maker Darcy, I feel like a 5-year-old in a fancy new dress just full of myself - smiling and twirling around feeling so happy! Hey everyone, LOOK AT ME!

OK, to celebrate this pretty feeling I am giving away a pretty. This twinkly little bead fan pull will make you smile when you turn on the light - my dd will draw a number from the comments on this post - one week from today! Let's celebrate!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Decorating ideas?

Dh and I work with the college and career class at our church - it is a huge blessing. The church just gave us the former mission house to use as our meeting place and we are thrilled! It was simply decorated when we got it - but much too "flowery" for our young crowd. We have been tossing around ideas - our C&C minister is thinking Starbucks style interior but it is called the Cabin - since it has wood walls and rustic front. One of the gals suggested a cowboy theme. My dh wants to put up a mounted deer head! We have limited (like none) funds for a while - so right now I think paint and simple curtain panels. It would be cool to use some of that magnetic/blackboard paint to have a huge wall for notes and events - frame it with some molding. Sure would love to have some feedback/help! I am thinking a trip to IKEA is needed.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Following directions, NOT!

They came today!! My nestabilities dies have finally arrived. It was fun playing with them tonight.

My dd has a friend over for a sleepover and we watched Enchanted - again! Having just been to NY, it was fun watching it trying to recognize the city. The happily ever after stuff is good too - although it bothers me (stepping up on my soapbox now) how Giselle so quickly falls out of love with her perfect prince and in love with Richard. And Richard falls out of love with his longtime (5 years!) girlfriend and in love with Giselle. And to really get nit-pickey about the movie - why did they have to add that shower scene? Did she have to be naked to express there is magical water coming from where - stuff across? (I know you don't see anything, but was it necessary, really?) Sorry, stepping off my soapbox now.
So, for the rest of this sleepover we had to make something fun for dessert to go with the calorie-laden pan pizza we had for dinner. Watching Martha bake up cupcakes all last week put me in that mindset, (the mindset being, I gotta have some!) especially after finding the blog of one of her guests. Her blog has the perfect directions and recipes to make her specialty cupcakes. I, of course, am not smart enough to follow directions and chose to do my own thing because I am a certified chocoholic and even though the recipe calls for red velvet cake mix, well, devil's food will do just as well, no - better, right? Hmmm. Let me say, it is more than this chocoholic can take! It is so rich - well, just too much, that is all. So, follow the directions silly and do it right. The girls had a good time with it, that is what really matters. Rolling the cake mix into balls was messy like playing in the mud - now that is fun. Even if they did keep saying "yuck" and giggling. Ah, the memories.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Things are happening now!

I am giddy with excitement! Darcy over at Graphically Designing is working diligently to make me a pretty blog. I love her word - blogosphere - she is so creative! You have to check out her work! She is pretty popular right now and in great demand. She is fun and easy to work with - and she homeschools! Oh, sooo excited - a squeal is coming on. :) Disney and Darcy!!! How much excitement can a girl take?

update 4/17: My friend asked who the baby was - I bought an old frame on Ebay that had several pictures of this sweet baby - no name, but obviously much loved.

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Monday, April 7, 2008


My dd and I purchased unfinished chalkboards and created our countdown calendars to the magical vacation. It even has pixie dust!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Planning the big vacation

OK, I now have the bug. It took some work, but there is excitement in the air that cannot be denied. My dh has been planning our Magical Disney vacation for months now. I didn't believe him when he said that we HAD to make our dinner reservations NOW for something that is close to 200 days away - but boy, he was right! (He is so smart, you already know he is wonderful, but he is super smart too.) Our good friends, the "R" family, are going with us, we will have a Grand Gathering together. Today we poured over the calendars, dh's spreadsheets, the websites and then called to make reservations - and some places were already booked solid! Wow. Amazing. I thought my dh was the only person that was this serious about his Disney vacation. Not true, there are many more Disney fanatics out there and they will be at Disney the same time we will be. Our little group definitely qualifies as Disney fanatics. The "R" family has 3 princesses and we are taking one of our princesses. In case you are adding, that makes 6 females and two handsome men to forge the way and lead us on into the most magical, special and exciting vacation of our lives. No pressure guys! We now have reservation numbers for our sit down dinners in place - the itinerary is marked every day as full as can be. (A little too full says my old body and mind.) It makes me want to sing "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da!" It's magical.

Simple truth

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out,
so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Proverbs 26:20

Sometimes when I read scripture it is like "BAM" yes, that is good stuff! Praise the Lord the scriptures are simple enough for my simple mind to understand and grasp. Great verse to share with the little tattletale or gossiper or mom (me) with the loose tongue. Gotta watch for the log in my eye!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Hullo? Anybody there?

It is becoming apparent that no one is reading this blog - including my sweet dh - because I change the layout almost daily it seems - and nary one comment! People have much more interesting things to do like eat, sleep, work, play or scrapbook as opposed to watching the colors and headers of this blog change. Rightfully so. And seems like most of my family does not like to put their comment on a blog. Understandable. I should be grateful if you read it, not require your time to put in a response to what you read. I could do one of those blog contests - I'll find a wonderful goodie and then draw a winner from the comment section. Or, I could just be content to change the look of this page each week and show it to my ever attentive 10 year old for her sweet "oohh ahhh! that's pretty". How do you spell ooo? Not the ooo as in "yuck" but the ooo as in "nice". You know what I mean. I think a special shopping spree is needed in the near future. Fun!


Never shall I forget the days I spent with you.
Continue to be my friend,
as you will always find me yours.

- Ludwig van Beethoven

Fun, Fun Night!

My best friend (for over 20 years - wow!) and I are rarely able to get together nowadays. But for birthdays and Christmas it is a must. We both love to scrapbook but don't have a lot of time to do it. For my birthday she bought us a scrapbook night at Archivers - they provide dinner, dessert and inspiration. We had so much fun catching up and talking. Plus, I won a door prize! Wow! She also surprised me with one of my favorite cakes - carrot cake - she is an awesome cook, isn't it pretty? - I am sorry you can't taste this, trust me, it is wonderful!! Thank you Vivian!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

3 guys

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board.
It is like an aged man reclining
under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
~Walter Scott

Pretty awesome guys. Having great men in your life is truly a blessing - and these three are very big blessings! What a great picture.