Tuesday, January 10, 2012


As mentioned before, I am taking a class with Stephanie Ackerman called Scrapbook Life Journal and the theme for the month of January is HONESTY. That was a real party stopper! I spent the better part of the week thinking about what honesty really means. And my final conclusion is that unless I am totally honest with myself, then it is difficult to live my life with authenticity. Of course, coincidentally, the sermon on Sunday was asking "What masters you?" I had a good discussion with my husband about what he perceived as mastering me. The ironic thing was, when I first asked him the question, he got that look. You know, the one that says "Oh crap, how can I get out of THIS one?" But, in the pursuit of self-honesty, I think you have to ask other people how they perceive you. If you are really blessed, you will have friends and family who will answer those questions for you with honesty AND grace! I love Ephesians 4:15 (NIV) "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ" That is what I want for my life, to become more like Him.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012!!

Hello 2012! I'm back at the keyboard and hoping to keep current in 2012 on this blog. We have survived the big move to Tennessee, so not only is this a New Year, but it's a New Life! Last year was the Year of the Red Boots....and those boots did do some traveling. Now, not only do I have red boots, but I have new black and brown ones, because Tennessee (unlike Florida!) has some chilly weather. I'm actually enjoying it, something this Florida gal never thought would happen. I'm wearing jackets and scarves every day. I still haven't found a job, it's been rather discouraging, but I have had an opportunity to create art. Dan is encouraging me to use this opportunity to start a new chapter as an artist. We'll see. It's a scary proposition but something I've always said I wanted to do.

This year's theme is DISCOVER... new home, new friends, new goals and a new attitude! (Cue the singing "I got a new attitude!!") I signed up for Stephanie Ackerman's year-long class Scrapbook Life Journal. I'm so excited about it.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


I was inspired by Nicole to open my journal and start to paint. This is what happened! I actually started several pages so maybe we'll see the results in the next few days. I also started a little book of inspiration, full of images and quotations that I find , well...inspiring! My dining room table is a mess but I am feeling so creative. Hope that spring is filling you with images, smells and feelings that get your creative juices flowing. Tell your inner hausfrau to go away and pull out the paint and gel medium and just have fun! Life is short and you can always do dishes later....

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Shopping for Uganda

This is my African Grandmother. My family is supporting her through ROTOM and I chose her from several photos because she looks so sad. My prayer is that, because of our monthly support, the next photo we receive, will be one where she looks happy and is smiling into the camera.

I'm not sure who this child is with her in the picture but my guess is that this is her grandchild. Because of the AIDS epidemic, the social structure of children caring for thier elderly parents has broken down. Now those elderly parents are not only struggling with thier own aging and medical problems but they are having to raise thier orphaned grandchildren. For $30.00 a month, my African Grandmother gets regular medical treatment, hot meals and spiritual comfort. My friend Brad will be traveling to Uganda next week and he will have a chance to meet my African Grandmother. So today I have been shopping for things to send to her. This has been hard because I want to send her things she needs but also I want to send things that will make her feel special and will bring a sense of love and luxury into her life. I also wanted to send some small things for this child standing beside her. They also needed to be small enough to only take up a small space in Brads suitcase. I found some solar lanterns that were pretty small, which I thought was pretty cool! A pretty bracelet, a light colorful sweater and lotion (all grandmas like lotions!). For the child, I settled on bubbles, a jump rope, paper and crayons. Pretty basic stuff but hopefully things they don't get very often. I'm so excited that Brad will get to see her and am planning on painting an angel this weekend to send to her. I'll let you know if I get a smile back!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Foolish purchase

I stopped by the Salvation Army thrift store on my way home from work today and found these two little gems. They are made of terracotta and are perfectly detailed, about 2 inches big. I have absolutely no idea what I will do with them but they were so cute that I couldn't pass them up. It will probably be the best April Fool's joke ever, as they will end up in a box destined for the thrift store in a couple of years. In the meantime, they will make me smile every time I look at them and imagine the wonderful tea parties Arrietty from The Borrower's could be having with them!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A stolen recipe...

It may be 86 degrees outside, but this family loves soup. And I found a wonderful (read, easy!) recipe here for baked potato soup a la Outback. I made it last weekend and it was a hit, even with Bac-o's in place of bacon and no cream of chicken soup added. I have to be careful around here....they tire quickly of things they beg for. I have a half a pan of baked ziti in the fridge as a testament to this peculiarity. For some unknown reason, my children will only eat leftovers if I heat them up for them or if they live in the refrigerator in a styrofoam container brought home from a restaurant. Please do not write me and suggest that I buy styrofoam containers to try and fool them into thinking homemade leftovers are actually restaurant leftovers. They know. Don't ask me how I know this, suffice to say, I know this. Now Dan will eat leftovers. Unfortunately, I caved into Ben's request for baked ziti with meat in it, thus effectively eliminating the one person in the family who might have actually eaten it. Back to my original thought about the potato soup. I think I can maintain interest in this batch as I have purchased REAL bacon for sprinkling on top and that  is supposed to be my magic ingredient to keep them coming back until it is finished. I will then refuse to cook this for several weeks. I know, it's crazy but that's the way it works around here. And I know, too, that it's all my fault they are this way.....

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Beautiful, isn't it? The colors are so vivid, the arrangement just draws you in. Looking at this I am reminded of the abundance of creation. When you think of the multitudes of colors that surround us each day, it is hard to imagine how we can ever take it for granted. And yet we do. Every day. We forget to notice the small gifts....the glow of the setting sun, the sweet fragrance of the orange blossoms carried on the breeze, the giggle of a child. Each of these are ordinary, yet miraculous as well. I am reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and I am reminded of the abundance of God's love, as evidenced by His gifts. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, a day of prayer and fasting for some. Yet in the midst of sacrifice, we will still have an abundance of color upon which to feast our eyes, music to usher us into the presence of God, the fragrance of flowers to fill our nose and the touch of our loved ones hands to remind us of the gift of relationship. While we may choose to give up something for Lent, there is still so much more that God has for us to receive, if we will simply accept His gifts.