Excerpt: The Pursuit of God, The Human Thirst for the Divine, A.W. Tozer

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, The Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away." Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wondered so long. In Jesus' name. Amen
Excerpt: The Pursuit of God, The Human Thirst for the Divine, A.W. Tozer

Monday, August 31, 2009

August 31, 2009

Rain! What a welcome treat it has been! Not to mention the cooler temperatures that came along with it! Thank You, Lord! The steady kind of rain that gives the ground a good drink! And what a thirsty ground it has been, too! This area of NC was 5" below the normal for this time of year until this rain. Now we are about 1" below normal! I think that is what I heard! I know my flowers are all just about dead! I have very few left with green leaves! However, the oregano I got from a guy from church has done just fine all summer long with little hydration, rain or otherwise, lol! Good thing! That could be why my flowers are all dead! I mean well when I plant them, but it is hard to be out there taking care of them when I'm so busy in here making scrapbook pages! Oh well! :)

Credits: Summer Garden QP by Claudi Designs
Fonts: Bickley Script and Big Chump BTN

Sunday, August 30, 2009

August 30, 2009

I have two pages for you today. The first one is my 365 page for today. I was going to the fellowship hall to take a picture of the bulletin board I finished last night when I noticed the swing. I went over to take a picture and saw two match box cars lying on the ground near the swing. I left the swing up after Liz, Jessica and the kids went home earlier this month after having spent a week with us for VBS. I figured some of the church kids might like to play on it from time to time. While I have not seen them on it, this is the evidence that they have been. So, in my imagination, I could hear their laughter as I have heard the laughter of the grandkids while having fun swinging.

Primarily Primary - Blue by Vicky Day (not available yet)
Sparkilicious Swirls by Michelle Pieters
Font: Angelina

See below this layout for the description of Kara's page.

While here for VBS we had a combined birthday party for Kara and Hannah. Elisabeth got these cute, cute crowns for them to wear during their party! They lit up and flashed, I think! Anyway, they were too cute! And, I love the effect of the sparkles on the page! Pretty enough to make her princess dreams come true, don't you think?!

Vintage Pastel by Sophia Davies
Sparkilicious Swirls by Michelle Pieters
Fonts: Brock Script and Angelina

Saturday, August 29, 2009

August 29, 2009

As much as I hate to admit it, I had to do some ironing today! I have a couple of shirts that I got at Walmart in the spring of 2008 that I hardly wear because they need to be touched up with the iron after washing. But, they are very comfortable, and with walking around in the sun for visitation today, I wanted something cool and comfy. So, I had to break out the iron and the ironing board! This ironing board is one I got from mom probably 20 years ago! She had found one at a yard sale that she liked and I needed one, so she gave this one to me. Actually, I think I got the better deal! If I remember correctly, I think the one she kept was wooden! That is probably why she liked it and wanted to keep it.

Credits: Sophia Davies, Vintage Pastel QP
Font: Angelina

Friday, August 28, 2009

August 28, 2009

Today I worked on the big bulletin board in the fellowship hall. I only do it once a year. We will be sponsoring the area wide pastor's fellowship here in NC this month. That is why I chose the verse I did. I love this verse, anyway! And since we will have many pastors here, I wanted to have something especially for them. And, really, this verse can apply to anyone who witnesses for the Lord and shares the gospel with others! It is hard to see, but above the verse is a row of feet. You could probably see them better if you click on the page because it will open up bigger in another window.

I still have the little bulletin board to fix yet. I think I'll try to work on it tomorrow.

Freebie mini kit by: Kristin's ScrapDesign
Font: Arial Rounded

Thursday, August 27, 2009

August 27, 2009

I chose our "destiny" for the day, LOL! We visited Reynolda Gardens which was started in the early 1900's by "THE" R.J. Reynolds that I am sure you have heard of! You can visit this link to read the history of the gardens and the village: Reynolda Gardens
It was not the best of days temperature-wise to be there, however! It was 92 degrees. We started in the greenhouse, which at this time of the year was not overflowing with plants. There were several succulents and orchids. The one with the flower shaped like a star caught my attention right away! I had never seen a flower like this before! We moved from the greenhouse into the gardens. It, too, I'm sure would have been much prettier earlier in the season. I'll have to remember this for another visit next year. We saw lots of the typical flowers you would expect to see. Lots of little butterflies and bees and bumble bees flying around minding their own business. There was even a bricked "pond" with tons of lily pads and beautiful flowers of purple and yellow and cream.

After the gardens we walked on a nature trail which proved to be very uninteresting. Then we headed for home. Later in the afternoon we went to Olive Garden to use up a gift card and a coupon we had. We ended up paying $2.94 plus the tip for our meal! We ate fairly cheaply and later commented that we could have eaten a whole lot of the same thing (spaghetti) at home for the price. But, then I would have had to fix it! :)

The kit used is "Slice of Summer" created as a collaboration of some of the designers at Digitals for the posting bonus give-away for the July challenges. I love the colors! Click on the page to find it in the store.

Font: Arial

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

August 26, 2009

Hold on to your eyeballs as you look at today's page! It is definitely on the sunny-side bright! This is part of the "mega" kit I am working on. I'm just about ready to post the mini's on my designing blog, Today's Scrap. I'll give the official word when "they" are up and ready to grab for free if you are interested! I am calling the kit "Primarily Primary" and this page is done with the "Yellow" mini, go figure, LOL! Anyway, there will also be some secondary colors, like ORANGE, which is my DD, Jessica's FAVORITE color! (Did you know that color was grandma Brandenburg's favorite color for a looooong time, Jessica?) Anyway, I like it, too! And PURPLE, which is my DDIL, Jessica's FAVORITE color! Not to mention Hannah's favorite, too! Hey, Liz! I don't remember if I even knew what your favorite color is. Can you tell me? And, I haven't forgotten Kara, who's FAVORITE color is PINK! (I'm not sure what "class" of color pink fits into, but no matter, cuz there will be room for it, too!) So, keep your eyes and ears peeled to this "station" and you won't be disappointed! I Promise!

Today's page is what we had for lunch. It is a bratwurst sausage cut length-wise and fried in the skillet. This is the RED bratwurst. I cannot handle the WHITE brautwurst! GAG ME!!!!! Anyway, there used to be something called a METT, I believe, that was RED and tasted basically the same as the RED bratwurst, but they were longer and skinnier. Well, anyway, that was just a few years ago (about 20) so it doesn't matter, especially since these RED bratwurst are good! Especially with tons of mustard and onions! YUM!

OK, now I'm ready to fix dinner. We are having another favorite sausage of mine, kielbasa, baby!

Love to all!

August 25, 2009

Well, the day that some kids dread and some kids have been waiting all summer long for (NOT!)....the first day of school! I remember the fun of going back to see your friends that you didn't get to see during summer vacation. I remember the fun of getting new pencils and notebooks. I remember the fun of getting new clothes and shoes. But, for the most part, I wasn't that thrilled about starting back to school. I hated the homework! But, the weird thing about that is that when I graduated, I missed the homework! Go figure! Well, my "home" work is of a totally different kind now! And, guess what? I don't like it any more than I liked the school homework! Such is life! :) I wonder if we will have homework or "home" work in heaven? If we do, I know it will be a JOY then! However, I just thought of a song:

Anna L. Coghill was only 18 years old when she wrote this song in 1854. That was 101 years before I was born! Lowell Mason set it to music in 1864.

Work for the Night is Coming

Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the morning hours;
Work while the dew is sparkling,
Work ’mid springing flowers;
Work when the day grows brighter,
Work in the glowing sun;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man’s work is done.

Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the sunny noon;
Fill brightest hours with labor,
Rest comes sure and soon.
Give every flying minute,
Something to keep in store;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man works no more.

Work, for the night is coming,
Under the sunset skies;
While their bright tints are glowing,
Work, for daylight flies.
Work till the last beam fadeth,
Fadeth to shine no more;
Work, while the night is darkening,
When man’s work is o’er.

Designer: Maddy Fernandez
Kit: School's in Session
Fonts: Aunt Judy and Aundee BTN

Monday, August 24, 2009

August 24, 2009

Today was grocery day. I got there early enough that I was able to get everything pretty quickly. It probably still took me about 1 1/2 hours. I don't remember exactly. When putting the eggs away (we haven't had to buy eggs for about a year because a man from church was bringing us fresh ones until he got rid of the chickens!) I decided to take the eggs out of the carton and put them in the egg holder in the door of the refrigerator. When I opened the carton I was pleasantly surprised to see a scripture verse printed on the inside! I praised the Lord for that little message! I pray that everyone who buys eggs from Aldi will see the verse and take a moment to thank the Lord for the day, or that the Holy Spirit will speak to their heart in some way that will begin to draw them unto the Lord. And I pray God's special blessings on the Goldhen company. AMEN! and Praise the Lord!

This mini kit is actually a commercial use sampler put together by Bannerwoman and is found in the Digitals store for free. Commercial use means that you can use the items in making your own elements by recoloring the frame, etc. Click on the layout to be taken to the store for the cu items.
Fonts: Pristina (title and scripture reference)
Quigley (journaling)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

August 23, 2009

I'm usually on the rat race schedule on Sundays and never think about getting a picture of DH and myself in our Sunday best dress. But, for whatever reason, I happened to think of it today. So, I grabbed him on one of his trips back and forth from the house to the church and asked him to take a second for a picture. He pacified me! :) When I started making this page he came into the room to see what I was doing on the computer and when he saw the picture he said, "You always manage to find something to do with those pictures, don't you?" My reply was, "I already have plans for every picture I take!" He chuckled! But, how true that is, especially since I am doing the 365 project! I am always on the lookout for ideas of things to scrap from our everyday life. It will be interesting to look back over the year and see where we've been and what we've been doing.

Today, we were invited to lunch by the lady that had been sick all week that I cleaned the church for. I was wondering if we should tell her no since she had been sick with the "D" and the "V" words! But, I figured if she was up to it, we might as well. She seems to think she might have had food poisoning. I know that stuff can make you feel like you are gonna die......or wish you could! So, you pray that nothing bad comes from our visit! The lunch was delicious! She made a chicken casserole that had cubed chicken mixed in mushroom soup and sour cream and had stuffing mix as the top crust. It was very good! I need to find the recipe because it would be a perfect casserole for a church dinner!

Designer: Cindy Ritter
Kit: Garden Giggles
Store Links:
Enchanted Studio Scraps
Divine Digital
Brock Script - title
Bradley Hand - journaling
Brush Script - poem

Saturday, August 22, 2009

August 22, 2009

Today was one of those days with a mix of all kinds of activities, which you can read about on my page below. I first started this page using a new kit I got from my CT assignment for August, Michelle Pieters, but then Jessica posted a page she did using my Flower Power kit and it was so cute that I decided I needed to use it for my page today. So, here it is. Kinda funky, huh?! This is a free download on my Today's Scrap blog. Click on the page to go to the kit if you are interested in downloading it.

Font: Bud Easy

Thanks for looking today!

Friday, August 21, 2009

August 21, 2009

Today started out with a funeral. It was hot and I felt sorry for Tim being in a suit (not to mention the pantyhose I had on!). It was a graveside service only. No one knew what was going on. Nothing had been planned or scheduled. A family showed up with a couple of guitars and they played a couple of songs while 2 young girls sang. The man whose wife had died is someone that lives right down the street from us that we found earlier this year near the very beginning of our visitation program. His wife was in a nursing home. He told us all kinds of stories about her side of the family doing bad things to him. His daughter, who was on vacation when the woman died, talked to Tim and said that side of the family was a good Christian family. This man's daughter told Tim that she and her husband would be at church on Sunday. They go to a Baptist church in Tennessee where they live, I believe. Isn't it neat to see how the Lord brings different people into your lives at different times and for different reasons? This dear old man needs to be saved. Tim told him we would be in to check on him from time to time. Pray that the Lord will help us to use those opportunities to talk to him about the Lord. The daughter eventually wants to move to Maryland and take her dad with her and put him in an assisted living home. He is pretty feeble and had to be wheel chaired to the grave site.

I fixed lunch when we got home, cleaned up some e-mail and then went to the church to do the cleaning for this week since the lady who normally does it has been sick all week. When I was finished I made copies of songs for our choir notebooks. I will put all of those pages together tomorrow so they are ready for Sunday.

Designer: Cindy Ritter
Kit: Garden Giggles
Store Links: Enchanted Studio Scraps and Divine Digital
Fonts: Alison (title) and CAC Pinafore (journaling)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

August 20, 2009

I HATE surprises! Well, earlier this week, I asked DH if he had any plans for his day off this week. He said, "Yes. I want to go to lunch in Greensboro." I said, "Where?" He said, "It's a surprise!" I couldn't trick it out of him, either, by nonchalantly asking, "What's the name of that restaurant again?" He wouldn't fall for it! Anyway, it was a nice surprise after we got there and he pointed out the Cincinnati Style Chili on the menu! "Cool!" I believe is what I said! What a guy my DH is!

I blended my picture into the green bg from Amanda's kit. Also, I duplicated the picture and erased all but a few spots of color from the flowers in front of the deli and left the sign and a little bit of the trees above and the bush on the left of the sign.

Credits: Amanda Thorderson, "Song of Hope"
Font: CAC Pinafore

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August 19, 2009

I chuckled to myself when eating my lunch and commenting to DH that the wings I was eating left my lips burning as his comment was, "I don't like that much pain!" I immediately thought, "Yeah, you could never have a baby, that's for sure!"

Fonts: CAC Pinafore and FlaminDC (Can you guess which one is which? )
I stroked the "HOT!" which made it a bit easier to see.

Credits: I used a collaboration kit from Gotta Pixel, "Cookout," they gave away for their July Brag Book page challenge. I re-colored the sun and I recolored the grass to make it look like flames under my pan.

August 18, 2009

I woke up with another headache this morning! Fortunately, not a whole lot was going on today. I showered, hoping the steamy water would ease my headache but it didn't, dressed, and ate breakfast, which is my usual banana and cereal. DH and I made a couple of visits this morning. Besides that and the usual dishes and cooking, I didn't do a whole lot but finish a mini kit for a blog train that will start on Sept. 1 and I also worked on my Primarily Primary kit. It is going to be huge! I need to start limiting myself to so many elements and so many papers per kit! That way I would be able to get them done sooner and then could start working on another one! Anyway, I've still got the headache so I'm going to bed.

Carena's Designs, Frame cluster which includes the white frames and the wagon wheel with the vines and berries.
The rest is by Alma's ScrapHabit Designs free sampler found in the store at Digitals.
Font, my favorite for this month, CAC Pinafore

Monday, August 17, 2009

Brad and Elisabeth

Brad is one of those people who doesn't like to get his picture taken. I don't know why because he takes a good picture.

Credits: Michelle Pieters, "Sparkilicious"
Michelle Pieters, "Cherry Chocolate Kisses"
Font: CAC Pinafore

August 17, 2009

I had several ideas for pages today, but ended up doing this one because it is so every day! DH loves the Guava Mango drink from Aldi. When I get groceries, it is always on the list! He sips from it all day long every time he comes to the house from the church for a break. I don't like it that much because it is too sweet!

Today was a busy day to start with. I was scheduled to watch a little girl a little younger than Ryan from church at 10:30. So, I got up at 6:50 and started my work. I got dressed, made the bed, loaded the dish washer, swept the kitchen and diningroom floors and then mopped them, sanitized the counters in the kitchen, mopped my bathroom and the laundry room floors, ate breakfast as I checked my e-mail, transferred the grocery list from the fridge to my little notebook and was ready to go to the grocery store by 8:45. I had to wait about 5 minutes for the door to open. I was out of Aldi's and on the road again by 9:20. Stopped at Walmart to make the deposit and pick up toiletries and a few groceries and was on the way home by 10:00. Tim helped me unload the groceries and before I got them all put away, little Sarah arrived at 10:20. Her daddy was going to be gone for a couple of hours. I put on Hannah's favorite DVD, Little Bear, and Sarah watched it as she played with Rosa and the big lego blocks. About 11:00 she walked towards the dining room table and rubbed her belly and said, "I'm hungry!" I gave her a box of raisins and she was good to go. Her daddy showed up at about 11:30. He couldn't finish registering for school until he faxed them some paperwork, so he took her home. By this time Tim was ready for lunch, so I fixed some chicken wings and we had half a sandwich each. And by 12:00 I was ready to play on the computer!

When I got back on the computer to check my e-mail, Jessica had sent me a note to send her some links to some free digital kits. So, I spent most of the afternoon doing that and getting free downloads while I was looking around for links to send her! And, now it is bed time! Are you tired after reading all of that? Well, I am! :) See you tomorrow!

Credits: Amanda Thorderson, "Finalmente Otono"
Fonts: CAC Pinafore and Bodoni BDCN BT

Sunday, August 16, 2009

August 16, 2009

Hope everyone had a blessed day today! This is the day that the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it! I had a good day today. Just relaxed and played on the computer. The pages below are a few of the ones I got done today. The first one, "The Windows of Heaven" is for my 365 Project. The second one is just an extra one. I'm showing off the "Sparkilicious" overlays today. Plus, the second one is another camping page that I have been putting on here, too.

Designer: Michelle Pieters
Kits: "Cherry Chocolate Kisses" and "Sparkilicious Overlays"
Fonts: Brush Script and CAC Pinafore

Designer: Michelle Pieters
Kits: "Sweetest Joy" and "Sparkilicious Overlays"
Fonts: Brock Script (names) and CAC Pinafore (date)

Layout by Jessica - Camping

My daughter, Jessica, made this page of her niece. Isn't it beautiful! It is her first official digital scrapbook page! WOOHOO! CONGRATS, Jessica! It is a beautiful page! Of course, you had a beautiful subject to work with, too! :)

Credits: Merkeley Designs, "Get Together" (This is a free digital kit you can get by clicking on the link).

Saturday, August 15, 2009

More Camping Photos

Credits: Michelle Pieters, "Sweetest Joy"
Fonts: Bradley Hand and Brush 738BT

Credits: Maddy Fernandez, "School's in Session" (bg paper) and
Maddy Fernandez, "Camp Fun" for the rest of the page
Fonts: CAC Pinafore and Candy Randy

Credits: Michelle Pieters, "Cherry Chocolate Kisses"
Font: CAC Pinafore

August 15, 2009

I got in the mood for something sweet last night, so I started checking the cabinets for a muffin mix or a cake mix or anything sweet! Nothing! But, I saw some little boxes of raisins and I thought about Oatmeal Raisin cookies. So I asked Tim if he liked that cookie, because for some reason I had it in my mind that he didn't. Well, I was wrong. So, I got a recipe from the AllRecipe.com site. Everything I have tried from there has turned out to be a good recipe, basically. Well, not this time! While the cookies taste good (cinnamon will make anything taste good, I might add) they baked horribly thin except for the lumps where the oats and raisins were! I really think the recipe did not call for enough flour. Well, we ate some and let the others cool so I could store them. When we tried to eat some today, you couldn't pull a single cookie from the pile! They had "melded" together into one big lump of cookie! So, we are just breaking pieces off to eat! I don't think I'll be using that recipe again! Actually, I gave the paper to Tim to use in his printer!

Anyone got a GOOD Oatmeal Raisin cookie recipe? One you have tried and know it is a good one! :)

Credits: Michelle Pieters, "Cherry Chocolate Kisses"
Fonts: CAC Pinafore for journaling and Brush 738BT for Title

Friday, August 14, 2009

Camping Photos

Jessica sent me some pictures from her camera from the camping they did with Liz and family on July 31st. I have more, but wanted to go ahead and post these. Aren't the pictures great?!

Credits: Maddy Fernandez, "Camp Fun"
Font: Brock Script

August 14, 2009

I have a new favorite drink.......iced tea! Since I lost my taste for diet coke while I was sick, I either drink water, iced tea or iced orange juice! I still drink a diet coke every day or so, but nothing like I was doing before I got sick this last time! I could easily put away 5 or 6 cans a day! So, while being sick was a nuisance, it may have been worth it in the long run!

Credits: Maddy Fernandez, "Camp Fun" and "Camp Fun Journaling Add-ons"
Font: LD Flora

Thursday, August 13, 2009

School Pages of Michael

These pages turned out so pretty that I thought I would share them here. Isn't he a cutie! Love those dimples! (He gets them from his grandma, yours truly! :)

Credits: Maddy Fernandez, "School's in Session"
Fonts: LD Chalk on first one and LD Delightful on second one.

August 13, 2009

Today being Tim's day off, we took a day trip, which we have not done in over a month. We traveled about 1 1/2 hours south to one of North Carolina's State Parks. I was disappointed in the trail. It was so rocky and full of tree roots that you couldn't enjoy the woods around you for having to watch every step you took! And then when we got to the top, the brush was so thick you couldn't see the "view" that was supposed to be there. I'll have more pictures later of our trip today.

Credits: Maddy Fernandez, "Bugs M'Lady Page Set"
Font: LD Delightful

August 12, 2009

I mentioned yesterday that I would tell you more about the burner problem on my stove. This stove is REALLY old, so when we went to Lowe's yesterday to find another element, they didn't have one. This stove's elements screw into the ceramic fixture you see laying in the hole of the stove in the picture. Lowe's suggested an appliance store where we might be able to find one. So, Tim went to get one. The sales lady told him the element was OK. It is a rare thing when someone in retail is willing to tell you the truth about a product. So, while I am aggravated that my FAVORITE burner is on the fritz, I am thankful for an honest sales lady who truly tried to help us today! But, Tim didn't have time to tear the stove apart to find out if the switch is bad. Sigh!

Credits: Amanda Thorderson's "Song of Hope"
Font: LD Delightful

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

August 11, 2009

Today seemed like a long day for some reason. I got up at 8, ate breakfast, read my Bible, cleaned up the kitchen, checked my e-mail, went to the grocery store, talked to Jessica on the phone, worked on VBS pictures when I got back home, cooked dinner (on 3 burners....more on that tomorrow), worked on VBS pictures some more, went with Tim to visit a family that was attending but stopped when the Doctrines of Election series began, found out that is the reason they are not coming back, went to Lowe's to find a replacement element for the stove but no luck, came back home, worked on VBS pictures again, ate some snacks, did today's layout, and now I am ready for bed. WHEW! I now know why today was a long day!

Credits: Katie Mann, Boy Oh Boy
Font: Arial

Monday, August 10, 2009

August 1 - 10, 2009

OK, I decided instead of making 10 different posts, I would just catch up the month in one post! Each description of the page will be prior to the page. So, here goes!

(Saturday, August 1st) Having been sick all week (July 27-31st) and not sleeping well last night (July 31st) because my chest hurt, I was afraid I had pneumonia again. I was running a temp of 101 in the morning. I told Tim that I thought I should go to the dr. Not a good idea for a Saturday, but I called and the dr. "just happened" to be going into the office to meet someone else at 10 a.m. He told me to come on in and he would see what he could do for me. Of course, I no longer had a fever by the time I got there. But I was feeling pretty miserable! He took my blood pressure and said it was excellent! He listened to me breathe (take lots of deep breaths) and then prescribed some potent cough medicine and the 5 day Z-pack of antibiotics. I started feeling better almost immediately! I slept lots and slept well at night, too!

Credits: Karen Lewis Designz Cowboy Capers QP
Font: Arial

Today (Sunday, August 2nd) I went to church long enough to teach my SS class and then I came back to the house. I got lunch ready. After lunch, I went to bed and slept all afternoon. Woke up long enough to eat a bite and then headed back to the recliner. It was strange not going to church today. I felt I needed to stay away from people as much as possible, however. I'm sure they would be thinking, "Why didn't she stay home with that cough" if I had gone. I took this picture because it was at this time that I heard people still arriving for church, even though church starts at 6:00 p.m. I don't understand why people cannot make it to church on time! If they reported to work the same as they "report" to church (late) they would be fired! I'm glad the Lord doesn't take your salvation away! Anyway, even though I slept all afternoon and cat napped all evening, I still slept all night!

Credits: Michelle Pieters "Sweetest Joy"
Font: Arial
Today (Monday, August 3rd) Elisabeth, Hannah, Ryan and Michael arrived at the house sometime around 3:00 p.m. today. And Jessica and Kara arrived around 5:30. They are going to spend the entire week and the kids are going to attend our VBS. This is Michael holding up the first craft for the week for his age group. We had 18 kids, I believe! Great start!

Credits: Michelle Pieters "Sweetest Joy"
Font: Arial
Today (Tuesday, August 4th) we celebrated Kara and Hannah's birthdays. Kara turned 3 on July 11th and Hannah will turn 5 on the 17th of August. Liz found the cutest little tiaras for the girls to wear! After all, they are the princesses of the family! The tiaras lit up! Too cute!

Credits: Michelle Pieters "Sweetest Joy"
Font: Arial
Today (Wednesday, August 5th) we took the kids to the pool. Michael got water in his ears and Liz told him to stand on one foot, hop up and down with his head leaning side ways to make the water drain out! I don't know if it worked or not, but it was funny to watch him perform this "stunt." We left the pool alot earlier than the kids wanted to so they could take naps before going to VBS tonight!

Credits: Paula Yagisawa "Sandcastles in the Sun"
Font: Arial
Today (Thursday, August 6th) we just hung out at the house. It is Tim's day off, so he was around the house more than he has been the rest of the week. I caught he and Ryan sitting in the recliner together. Just spending some quiet time together.

Credits: Glenda Ketcham "Country Charm"
Font: Arial
Today (Friday, August 7th) we took the kids to Funigan's. They always have a blast there! And the parents can play right along beside the kids for free! Here is a picture of all of them. We stayed there for a couple of hours. The deal for today included play in the jungle gym and 15 tokens for the games for $5. After we left, we went to Chili's for lunch. Jessica treated! Thanks, Jessica!

Credits: Maddy Fernandez "Bugs M'Lady Page Kit"
Font: Arial
Today (Saturday, August 8th) everyone went home! What a quick week it was! We were so busy that I didn't get to spend much time cuddling and hugging the kids! So, Hannah climbed up in my lap for a few minutes while mommy packed the truck for the trip home. Liz and the kids left around 9:30. Jessica and Kara left about 10:50.

Credits: Maddy Fernandez, "Bugs M'Lady Page Set"
Font: Arial
Today (Sunday, August 9th) is an official, God-declared Day of Rest! So, I decided to take advantage of it! I propped my feet up on the desk and stretched the cord of the keyboard so that it would reach my lap. Only one problem, my legs started going to sleep in no time! So, this position didn't last very long! I still did work on my pages, however!

Credits: Sophia Davies "Nicola"
Font: Arial
Today (Monday, August 10th) I checked out the perennial flowers I planted from a seed packet earlier this spring. Found this lovely black eyed Susan! I love them!

Credits: Maddy Fernandez "Camp Fun"
Font: Arial

Saturday, August 8, 2009

VBS! A Success!

Well, I am slowly getting back to normal, health-wise and sanity-wise!
Our VBS was a success in our eyes! We averaged approx. 19 kids, I would say, for the week.
That's not bad considering this church has not held VBS in at least 35 years! Praise the Lord! We had a wonderful group of adult helpers and teachers, too! It was great!

I'm working on getting the laundry done and the house back to normal (bed clothing put away, etc) from our guests we had all week! I miss them all terribly, already! Love you girls and kids!

OK, that is it for now. I will probably work on some pages to post tomorrow to catch up for the week (the month so far!).