Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's begining to look a lot like CHRISTMAS!!

Entry room, play room!! Santa was a gift, so we had to display. Not big on putting out Santa's, but for the playroom, I felt it was appropriate!

Emma's cute little pink tree
Peacock feathers in the topper!! LOVE IT!

Table in kitchen

Here are a few pics from our Christmas decorations!

Bedroom quick re-do

I am a creature of change. It's true! I love to re~arrange things and redecorate. There is only ONE BIG PROBLEM. I don't have extra $$$ to spruce things up the way I would like, so I use what I have and re~purpose it if you will! As you already know, we live in a basement. Let me say, it is a VERY NICE basement. 3 bedrooms, large play room, living room, eat in kitchen, nice size kitchen, laundry room, walk in closets, nice big pantry, ceramic tile, burber carpet. There are only 3 drawbacks.......NO DISHWASHER, ONE BATHROOM and the privacy issue! But I can me!! So anywho, I wanted to move the furniture around in our bedroom and I did. I cut a toile drapery panel that I have had for 7 years and cut it for a table cloth, fabric for the vanity dresser and for some art work. We have a huge room and my king size bed looks small because I do not have a headboard. But I think it turned out great. We really would like a new comforter set, but that will have to wait. I do have one picked out, so when there is a little extra $$, maybe I can get it!
P.S. The pillar candle holder and the wall sconce, came from goodwill.....I just spray painted them black! Total cost of re-do......$0.96 9the cost of the black spray paint)

Emma loo's 4th birthday

Well, today 4 years ago, we were in the hospital awaiting our sweet daughter's birth. How time flies. I miss her in the baby stage so much, but love this time in her like right now, when things are being learned and conversations with her are absolutely hilarious! She is such a joy in our lives and we are so thankful God has blessed our lives another year with her. The sad thing is, she is SICK and doesn't feel too much like celebrating. It is Sunday and I am having to stay home with her. :( She was sick a week ago with this weird headache/fever thing for 5 days and now she has a full blown terrible cold (which I have now contracted). She got up this morning, ran into our room, we said Happy Birthday and she began to cry........I guess she doesn't like getting old. LOL!! Anywho, we got her into the living room, and Tyler brought her a little cake and we coaxed her in to opening her presents. She truly is an angel and we cherish every second with her. Here are a few pics form this morning. Now to get ready for Tyler's birthday in 4 days, he will be 11!!

Friday, November 27, 2009


That's right!! This was us sweeping over the small town of Bainbridge during Thanksgiving!! We left Tuesday evening, drove into the night and got there about 12:30 or so!! Spent Wednesday visiting great friends, Thursday visiting family and back home Thursday night!! It took us about 6 hours to get home on Thursday. As usual it was too quick of a trip and we didn't get to see a lot of our loved ones, but none the less, it was a great trip. Emma has had 2 MISERABLE nights, which means I haven't slept in 2 nights. She has a full blown cold! She was sick last week and now this. I feel so bad for her. I have the beginnings of a cold, but feel pretty good other than the sleep deprivation! It is freezing in our house. The heat is not working and the landlord is out of town!! Being in a basement, makes it A LOT colder!! Brrrrr!!! Anywho.....Emma's birthday is Sunday, Tyler's birthday is Thursday and I have NOTHING planned for either of them. With Emma being sick, having company over for her is up in the air right now!! I really want to go shopping today, but have no one to watch my kiddos. I REALLY need to put the tree up and get my house looking like CHRISTMAS! Brad is working 12 hours today and tomorrow!! I know this post is completely jumbled and really has no purpose other than for my sake to write everything down that needs to be taken care of. Did I mention it is COLD?? Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and counted each and every one of your blessings!! Have a GREAT and BLESSED day!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I can not believe Thanksgiving is this week. I absolutely love this time of year. I am so very thankful for so many things in my life. Things I take for granted every single day of my life. This morning, outside is cold, damp and foggy, but I am warm and toasty in my house (basement..LOL). I have a hot pot of coffee on and my sweet children are sound asleep in their beds. My hubby has already left for WORK....praise the LORD! Just right there in that sentence, are blessings beyond measure. GOD is so good and always faithful to me!
I never gave an update about our ladies meeting. It was AMAZING! We had around 300 ladies in attendance and the spirit was so sweet. I did not get to hear all of the sessions,but from what I have heard from everyone else, they were incredible. I always love to hear Mrs. Hyles. This was our 4th year having her speak. She is so beautiful. I had the pleasure and honor of photographing her and Mrs. Cathy Berry. They were both so gracious to me. They both were so complimentary to me. Mrs. Hyles made me feel so special when she hugged and thanked me as I walked off the platform from singing. I KNOW right?? Having to sing in front of Mrs. Hyles....she is an amazing singer!! Anywho, I am so glad the Lord led me through that one!! Everything about the meeting was perfect. The decorations were simply breathtaking. Mrs. Sue ALWAYS out does herself . Georgia did a FANTASTIC job decorating and hosting the Pastor's wives. I could sit here and name so many ladies who gave of their talents.....let's just say......It was the best year ever!! Already looking forward to next year!
Well, we will be heading out tonight for South Georgia!! It will be a quick trip, but we are excited none the less. We will get to see my parents breifly before they head out for Mississippi and then I will get to see one of my dearest friends and then we will spend the day with the Williamson side of the family. Hope you all have an amazing week. Be thankful for EVERY blessing!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas? Really?

I can not believe Christmas is seriously just around the corner. I LOVE this time of year, but man it sure comes around fast. Today is the 15th of November and I have to admit......the Christmas decorating bug has hit me. I always decorate the day after Thanksgiving, but I thought why not start now. I just put up a little tree in the dining area. It is too cute. It is a charlie brown tree and I spray painted a flower pot black, put the tree down in it and put moss to fill in. It is adorable and I don't even have the lights or bow on it yet!! I think I may wait on Brad to help me get some boxes unloaded...seems I have done something to my back and it HURTS!!! I just put on the crystal doorknobs (that came from my parent's 100 year old house) onto the shutter I have in the entry way. It makes a beautiful rack to hang things on. I will be sure to post pictures later. Sine we live in a basement.....(I am thankful, the LORD provided), I want to make it beautiful. One of my most favorite things to do is decorate for Christmas and it makes me a little sad this year that I do not have our house anymore to decorate. This will be the first time in my married life that I do not have a mantle to decorate....I know, ridiculous to be sad over this, right??? I know the Lord has a plan for us and I am so very thankful where we live and to not be stressed out about a huge house payment. Nevertheless, one thing I have ALWAYS strived for is to have our house feel like a HOME, wherever we live. Anywho, Brad had a REALLY good month in October at work. It would be amazing if he could do that every month....we'll see. Sure am proud of him!! Well, I guess I better get back to life. Just needed a minute to forget about laundry and dishes. Hope you all have a BLESSED day!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

I believe.....

I believe.....

1. Jesus IS the only way to heaven.....despite what Oprah says!

2. people make salvation too only need chiild like faith!

3. in being a witness for my Lord and Saviour, even if it makes me an outcast

4. in tithing

5. in my life being about God and not about myself(although "I" get in the way too many times)

6. that being an adult is overrated....

7. that if you need alcohol to have a good time, something is missing from your life
8.people who don't have children (by choice, not by circumstance) are missing out on the greatest blessings and gifts one could ever have

9. in true and everlasting love

10. good music soothes the soul

11. pride cometh before the fall and an haughty spirit before destruction....

12. pride ruins great a many things

13. in friendship

14. in being a good steward of what God gives you simple things

16. when you tell someone you are going to pray for really do it!

17. I believe every woman looks better with a little makeup!!!

18. a hug and a kind word can make a difference in someones' life

19. in being a kind person

20. laughter is the best medicine

21. as kacee said perfectly...a black and white picture can sometimes say so much more than a color picture.

22. a picture is worth a thousand words and more

23. the essence of a child is in their smile
24. in using the talent(s) God gives you for HIS honor and glory

25. in having cookouts

26. that sometimes conversations need no words at all

27. in standing up for your friends

28. in FAMILY

29. in eating at the table together for EVERY meal

30. a wife's purpose is in her home(that doesn't mean you shouldn't work outside of the home)
31. in communication

32. in hand wriiten notes and letters......oh how we(this generation) have lost this art.
32. in raising the bar for the generation to come

33. in giving ALL of myself

34. in kids playing outside.....

35. in making things for people

36. character counts

37. in sharing

38. in forgiveness

39. in admitting when you are wrong

40. in biting your tongue

41. in having FUN ( good-clean fun)

42. in making your husband number one after God

43. children have a voice

44. in spanking

45. sometimes life isn't fair

46. having a stomach virus is the WORST kind of sick!

47. coffee without creamer isn't really it?

48. you should fall in love with your husband more and more everyday

49. children need to see their mom and dad hug and kiss

50. not everything is black and white

51. the sound of the ocean is calming

52. the smell of fesh cut grass gives me a rejuvinated feeling

53. that a person who hurts a child or a man that beats a woman is a COWARD!!

54. a dog really is man's best friend

55. life is good and I should count my blessings every single day of my life!!

Now, write about your beliefs. How many can you come up with?

Random Facts!!

I love these simple questionaires.......helps you get to know people!!

Where is your cell phone? In front of me on the desk

Your significant other? My handsome husband Brad. April will be 13 wonderful years as husband and wife. He is hardworking, loving and a great father!!

Your hair? Dark Blonde, straight, baby fine

Your favorite thing? I have lots of favorite camera, coffee, stationary, monogrammed things.....the list could go on and on

Your dream last night? I do not remember!!!

Your favorite drink? Soda----root beer, other than that, sweet tea

Your dream/goal? My dream is to one day own my own photography studio.

What room are you in? The play/catch-all/entry/room

Your hobby? photography

Where you want to be in 6 Yrs? Settled in a house and with Brad a good job!!! Times have been tough for us!

Where were you last night? Running around like crazy. Wal-mart to buy birthday gift, took Tyler to the birthday party, grocery store, came home, cooked supper, took Brad supper, picked Tyler up from the party.....WHEW!!!

Something that you aren't? I am NOT into sci-fi movies

Muffins? Strawberry Cheescake

Wish list item? A new camera!!! It is more than a wish, it is a NEED!! I am just about $4000 shy of getting one....LOL

Last thing you did? Kissed my hubby goodbye!!

TV? 18 and counting, CSI, most of the home decor shows and the cake decorating shows

Your pets? 1, a pastel calico named Callie

Friends? I have some great friends. Some of which have been LIFE LONG friends!!

Your life? Busy, Full, Blessed beyond measure

Your present mood? Feeling kinda mellow today.

Missing someone? Yes, I miss my mom!!!

Drinking? a cup of coffee with VANILLA CARAMEL BROWNIE creamer!

Your car? 2008 Honda Civic....

Something you're not wearing? earrings

Your favorite store? Hobby Lobby.

Your favorite color? PINK

The last time you cried? Saturday, when I saw Mrs. Valerie cry!!

Where do you go to over and over? church.

Favorite place to eat? Fast food~~~ Zaxby's, Chick-fil-A, Wendy's

Okay now it is your turn!!!

Well, the ladies meeting was a HUGE success. We had about 300 ladies in attendance. There was the sweetest spirit there all weekend. I didn't get to sit in on all of the sessions, actually, only got to hear Mrs. Hyles once. But my task that weekend was something else, so the Lord knows! The decorations were probably my favorite out of all of the years. It was simple and elegant. I heard great things about Mrs. Cathy Berry. I just love my church so much and am thankful to have a pastor that hosts wonderful meetings like this. Mrs. Hyles is always a pleasure to see and hear. She is a true "Picture of Grace". Can't wait to see what next year has in store. The Lord really blessed. On Monday prior to the meeting, my Pastor's wife, Mrs. Valerie, got laryngitis.......a serious case of it. I prayed for her so much(as did many others) and by Friday, although not 100%, she was able to sing and speak....incredible!!! She was feeling bad on Sunday(probably a mixture of sickness and shear exhaustion), but she is a trooper!! I am just so thankful and give GOD all of the praise and glory for a wonderful weekend!!