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

Sunday, September 27, 2009

September 27, 2009

I didn't get my "day of rest" today. I worked in the fellowship hall all afternoon and quit to give myself time to get dressed for the evening services. WHEW! It will all be over tomorrow night! The ladies have been so good to cooperate and help me with the food! I asked for crockpots today so I could cook the chicken in tomorrow. One lady, who isn't even a member of the church but attends very faithfully with her husband, donated a 6-Qt. crockpot to the church! I thought that was soooo sweet of her! And lots of others brought their crockpots, too! That will make my life alot easier tomorrow! However, I have to make a run to the store for ice and I forgot to get brown sugar and ketchup for my BBQ sauce. I decided to go ahead and cook the chicken tonight and tomorrow I will work on cutting the ham off of the bone. The crockpots will come in handy to warm the ham up in, too! The Honeybaked Ham people said they recommended that I NOT reheat it, but DH wants me to warm it up. So, I think I will put it all in a crockpot with a little bit of water and turn it on low so as just to steam it a bit. They showed me how to cut along the fat veins to get it off of the bone. I'm dreading that job! I'll probably end up making minced meat out of it, LOL!

More of my new kit, Lord of the Harvest, coming soon to a blog near here....for free! My dad used to always say, "If its free, its for me!" And I couldn't agree with him more! And I think you agree, too! So, stay tuned! I hope to have the kit up later this week. But then again, I just remembered that Revival starts on Wednesday and goes through Sunday, so I take it back.....it probably won't be up this week! :(
Font: Angelina and Arial

BTW, I did post a freebie on my Today's Scrap blog. An add-on to the Construction Zone kit I posted on September 1st. The perfect kit for the little guy or the big man in your life! There are 2 parts to collect. Mine and Tinkay's. The link to her blog for downloading her section is over at my blog. Click on the link above for easy access.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

September 26, 2009

More preparation for the pastor's fellowship on Monday. Today I went to the Honey Baked Ham store and got 20 lbs of ham. One that was 12 lbs and one that was 8 lbs. Then I went to Walmart and got 6 large packages (approx. 8 in each pkg.) of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for cooking in a crockpot in a new BBQ sauce Tim and I tried earlier this week that I found on the internet. I'll be glad when this fellowship meeting is over and I can relax! It makes me nervous not knowing exactly how many people are going to be there! But, I'll just trust the Lord that we will have enough meat, anyway!

More of my new kit, Lord of the Harvest. I used the "Lord of the Harvest" frame as a cutting mask for one of the papers in this kit. I LOVE the tree and the leaves, which you can only see part of in this layout because I really didn't have enough room for it on the page. I am loving the elements in this kit!
Fonts: Times New Roman, title and Apple Butter, journaling

September 25, 2009

After working most of the day on Tuesday creating the top banner, which is 5'x3', we decided we did not like that newspaper color against the white wall. So, Tim ran the verse out on the computer in 5 sheets x 5 sheets of paper size, but after trimming all of the excess and getting it together, it turned out to be about 1/2 the size of the original one! It looks very lost on that huge wall! I didn't want to just get rid of the other banner, so I suggested putting it up in the fellowship hall to which Tim agreed to! We will have to remember to make the size MUCH bigger on the computer the next time!

More of my new kit, Lord of the Harvest. I used the FALL 2009 photo template as an overlay on one of my papers in the kit. Don't you like how my wagon and tractor turned out? And the pumpkins look really cute on the wagon, don't you think! I'm excited about this kit. I think it is my best one yet! However, I think I say that about all of them, lol! But, that is a good thing, I think! Means I'm getting better and better at my designing??!! There are lots of unique elements and designs in this kit, too!
Font: Apple Butter

September 24, 2009

Today DH and I worked in the fellowship hall to get the tables set up and ready for the Pastor's Fellowship meeting that we are sponsoring this coming Monday. I thought I was going to have to buy some fall colored plastic tablecloths from Dollar Tree, however, the church already had these lovely red and gold fabric tablecloths that are just beautiful and perfect for the Fall season! Then I set some decorations in the middle. Just a few because I didn't want to get in the way of the preachers eating! LOL!

New kit I am working on, Lord of the Harvest. So you are getting a sneak peek!
Font: Apple Butter

Thursday, September 24, 2009

September 23, 2009

Today I have been cleaning out some of the file cabinet drawers in my computer room where I just "dumped" stuff into them when I took my computer desk out and put it in the guest room. While I was sorting through the papers, etc, I ran across this art work that I made when I was in the 4th grade when we lived in California. I'm amazed with it being glass that it has lasted this long! When dad died and we had to sell the house, I found this in the picture box mom had. Since she was in the nursing home I knew she wouldn't have any more use for it, so I took it, mainly for sentimental reasons. But who knows, I might use it as a craft at church some day!

Scrap4Brains/Cristina Guillermo, Falling For You
Font: Bickley Script

September 22, 2009

Today I cut apart songs I typed and printed out for the back of the song book. It took me about an hour to tape them into the back of all of our song books. Then I spent the rest of the morning and into the afternoon cutting out letters that made up the verse you see in the layout. Then I took some newsprint type of paper (in a big roll Kim gave to me) and put the letters on it. On Thursday Tim will hang the banner in the front of the auditorium. I didn't even get on the computer until 3:30 pm today!

Cindy Ritter, Spirit of Joy
Fonts Bickley Script and Arial Rounded

September 21, 2009

I cannot believe I haven't posted anything yet this week! I have been busy, for sure! But I completely forgot to get over here and post my pages! Sorry!

Anyway, we are getting ready for the Pastor's Fellowship this coming Monday and then our Fall Revival starts next Wednesday! The revival speaker will be staying with us Wednesday - Saturday night, so I wanted to fix up the guest room so there would be a desk in there. I took the desk I was using as my computer desk and put in there. Now I need to get a chair and a desk light and the room will be all set!

Haven Designz Daily Download Collab, Gentle Summer
Fonts Bodoni MT for journaling and Bullpen for title

Sunday, September 20, 2009

September 20, 2009

Jessica finished packing up her computer equipment after church today so she could go back home to her DH and DS. While she packed, I fixed her a chicken salad sandwich and sent a couple of blueberry muffins with her for lunch on her trip. She had not eaten breakfast and when I talked to her tonight, she said she ate right away because she realized she was hungry! We had a great time this weekend! I would love to be able to have a girls weekend more often, but it just isn't possible with our busy schedule and everyone else's busy lives. Just makes the times we do get together that much sweeter!

Every Girls Dream, Scrappity Doo Dah daily download freebie
Font: CAC Pinafore

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September 19, 2009

Jessica and I crashed last night (this morning, I should say) by 5 am. We were back up at 9:30 to start our scrapbooking again. We stopped long enough for lunch and later in the afternoon we got our showers and dressed to go to dinner, Jessica's treat! Thanks again, sweetie! We ate at Applebees. Afterwards, we dropped Tim off and Jessica and I went window shopping. We didn't stay out very long. Long enough to wander through the little Market Street Mall on Peter's Creek, try on some shoes and some fancy hats and then head back to the house. We spent the rest of the evening laughing and trying to remember the names of people from the past. Now it is time to go to bed for church tomorrow. And our weekend is gone. And it really went very quickly! Naturally! How time flies when you're having fun!

Cindy Ritter, Spirit of Joy
Font: CAC Pinafore
I made a 4x6 quick page album from this kit. It will be in the store tomorrow. My page consists of 2 of those pages. I'll post a link to the brag book as soon as I get it.

September 18, 2009

Jessica is here for the weekend! YEAH! And we are scrappin' our buns off! The first 8 hours she did not get one page done. In the next couple of hours she got 3 done! I'm glad for her! Before she got some done she said, if I'm still in a funk tomorrow, we are going shopping!

I've been working on a new kit and this page is made from what I have done so far. It is a fall kit, as if I had to tell you that! And the very back paper is where I got my inspiration for the colors. I have a blouse that this pattern came from and I decided the colors would be perfect for a fall kit. I have the name, Lord of the Harvest picked out for it, but we will see how it turns out. Hope you like it! I really do so far! Aren't the little pumpkins just too cute!? They are some little wooden pumpkins I have had for several years!

September 17, 2009

I am sooo glad that Fall is very near! Some of the leaves have started turning. Fall is my favorite season! I love the beautiful colors and the cooler (than summer) temperatures! I do NOT like the season that follows, however!

Maddy Fernandez, Lilah Evory's Harvest Celebration
Font: Andy

September 16, 2009

I really need a haircut! I have hacked on it and hacked on it some more! It is really out of shape, LOL! It seems the older I get the curlier my hair gets! LOL! The bottom picture looks like a mug shot! I have requested cash for my birthday in October so that I can get a hair cut! But, I have already spent some of it on scrapbooking stuff!

Maddy Fernandez, Lilah Evory's Harvest Celebration
Font: Andy

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

September 15, 2009

WOW! Did this page ever turn out to be PURPLE! I am showing off some of the papers and elements from my Primarily Primary - Secondary Purple kit that I will have on my Today's Scrap blog very soon! The flourishes shown in the picture are the ones you see in the layout. The very thin-lined one is finished with the addition of flowers. I haven't done anything to the thick-lined one yet. I might not. I kind of like it the way it is! The other one was too thin and needed some help! But I really like how it turned out! I broke our budget and spent $5 on the French curves you see in the picture. I should get my money's worth out of them!

Primarily Primary - Secondary Purple
Fonts: Brock Script and Arial

Monday, September 14, 2009

September 14, 2009

I am so glad to be back home! We had a great weekend and the Revival services were wonderful, but that trip was a killer! My tail bone got so sore sitting that long! It was wonderful to re-connect with the Meadows' after so many years! Tim was in seminary with Doug and Laura is the sister-in-law to my brother. We have not seen them in many, many years! I'm not sure that I had ever met Doug before. I was at Temple Baptist several times, however, so I probably did and just do not remember. They have a wonderful group of people in their congregation, which is about the size of our congregation.

It rained quite a bit early this morning on the trip. But I think it had pretty much cleared up by noon and the drive was pretty the rest of the way home. We had planned to stop at some state parks in NC to check them out for future day trips, but Tim decided not to since it was going to be so late by the time we got home anyway. We left at 9:00 (8 their time) and got home at around 8:00 (7 their time). So we made pretty good time and only stopped for gas and food and a potty break.

Primarily Primary - Red by Vicky Day (Free on my Today's Scrap blog)
Primarily Secondary - Orange by Vicky Day (Free SOON on my Today's Scrap blog)
Font: Another

Sunday, September 13, 2009

September 13, 2009

We got back to the hotel at around 3:00 this afternoon. We checked the brochure Tim picked up at Bellevue Baptist Church (Adrian Rogers former pastor) so we could see what time the services started as we planned to attend. But instead of preaching there was going to be a concert. So we decided we didn't want to go and checked the area for a movie instead. We saw Time Traveler's Wife, which was about the only PG-13 movie. Everything else practically was rated R. And as far as we were concerned after seeing it, this one should have been rated something besides PG-13 because of the nudity and language. Great story line, however. Left me crying!

Amanda Thorderson, Good Day Sunshine
Font: Arial

Saturday, September 12, 2009

September 12, 2009

Today DH and I went our separate ways. He with the pastor and I with the pastor's wife. He attended a prayer breakfast with some of the men of the church. I was treated to lunch with some of the ladies of the church and then we went through some of the shoppes of the Collierville Square. Very enjoyable day! It was fun getting to know the ladies a little better. Thanks, Ladies!

Amanda Thorderson, Good Day Sunshine
Font: Arial

September 11, 2009

I am really enjoying not working for a couple of reasons besides the obvious one, LOL! I finally get to go with DH on his preaching appointments and the other meetings he attends. This weekend we are in Bartlett, TN which is a suburb of Memphis, TN. He is preaching a weekend revival.

Amanda Thorderson, Good Day Sunshine
Fonts: Broadway (title) Arial (journaling)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September 10, 2009

I purposely tied DH's sign into my page for today! It fit just fine because I heard someone mention on one of the talk shows I listen to on the radio that people think if you find it on the internet it's got to be the gospel truth! And, that is where my info for today's page comes from. If you would like to read more (I found it interesting anyway and there are some old pics, etc) go to this link: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/2b2c_ruralmailbox.html

Amanda Thorderson, Good Day Sunshine (not in the store at Digitals. I got the kit as a freebie for taking a survey for Digitals a couple of months ago)
Font: Arial

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September 9, 2009

First of all I want to wish my baby girl (who turned 26 today) a Happy Birthday! And today's date would be 09-09-09, not to be written like that again for 100 years! Think you'll live that long, Lizzy?! Probably not! I know I certainly will not!

I walked out to the mail box today and noticed the yard was full of leaves from the tree that is in the front of the house. So, I got my first Fall picture of leaves, along with one of the turning leaves still in the tree, just waiting for the breeze to blow them to the ground. Fall is my favorite time of the year! I love the cooler temperatures after a long, hot summer! And I especially love the colors of the Fall! Some of God's most magnificent paintings can be seen in the Fall! And I love the autumn breezes blowing. Ahhhhhh! Makes me want to kick up my heels and just lay in the grass and watch the world blow by (with camera in hand, of course!)!

Cristina Guillermo/Scrap4Brains
Fruit Gel Bundle Pack - Lime
Font: Andy

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September 8, 2009

Today I was able to get another freebie uploaded to Today's Scrap blog and I finished another freebie, zipped it up and am ready to release it tomorrow! In between those two things, Tim and I went to find the Christian bookstore that we discovered had moved when we stopped on our way to camping last Friday. Turns out they didn't have what we needed anyway (Lord's supper bread), so we ended up coming back to the mall area where Life Way Southern Baptist bookstore is. Then we picked up a fire extinguisher that had to be re-loaded or whatever they do to them. Spaghetti and garlic bread for supper and back to work on my kits.

Cindy Ritter, Faith Like a Child
Enchanted Studio Scraps
Divine Digital
Fonts: Arial and Apple Butter

September 7, 2009

DH bought wine at Walmart today for the Lord's Supper we will observe on Wednesday. And I pulled a frozen yeast roll from the freezer to thaw and rise for DH's dinner tonight. And I thought about the yeast (leaven) being a picture of sin in the Bible. Hence today's page. Not only do we make sure the elements used for the Lord's Supper are yeast-free, but we need to be sure our lives are yeast-free. Thank You, LORD, for Your sacrifice!

Designer: Cindy Ritter
Kit: Faith Like a Child
Enchanted Studio Scraps
Divine Digital
Font: Apple Butter

By the way! Check out the FREEBIE posted on my Today's Scrap blog!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sept 6, 2009

Short and sweet tonight. Thought I would tempt your taste buds as well as I tickled mine when I ate this juicy, loaded hamburger! Or not! Depends on how you like yours, I would say!

I also wanted to show you a page I did of my cute, cute grandson, Ryan, learning to ride his big boy bike! He has to work on making the peddle brakes work so he can stop, but other than that he is doing very well!

Credits: Cristina Guillermo/Scrap4Brains
Kit: Fruit Gels Bundle Pack. Save $10 on the bundle pack verses buying the individual kits!
Six Fruit Gels Kits are included: Blueberry, Grape, Lemon, Raspberry, Lime, and Orange.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

September 5, 2009

I probably woke up this morning around 6 with a very full bladder! But, I didn't want to get up and take a chance on waking Ryan up, so I lay there in misery until I could stand it NO longer! But, I waited at least until Ryan popped his head up and was looking out the camper window before I ventured out from the covers. And that was the beginning of the morning as everyone started waking up after that. Tim and I headed up to the bathroom/shower house. I wasn't expecting a very good experience, however was pleasantly surprised with a nice, clean shower AND good and hot water throughout the whole shower! Even with others coming in and flushing the toilets, washing their hands and Liz in the other shower! It was great! And when I was done, Jessica was ready and she enjoyed a nice hot shower, too! After we all got our showers and dressed, we ate stuff like donuts, bananas, and muffins. We messed around the campsite for awhile and then headed out to the Twin Falls Trail. That's where we spent the next couple of hours. It was a beautiful day! After we got back, we ate lunch. Hannah and Ryan enjoyed PB&J, and the rest of us had sandwiches and hotdogs, more potato salad and cole slaw and chips, and OF COURSE, smores! After lunch Liz and I took the kids to play on the swings but that didn't last very long because the stupid gnats were thick and flying in your face and we decided enough was enough! We drove back to the campsite and Ryan and Liz laid down for a nap. Jessica had already gone to bed before we got back. Terry went soon after we got back. Brad colored with Hannah for quite awhile while Tim read his book and I played on the computer designing some more papers, etc. When the battery was gone, Hannah and I played some Go Fish. Before long Liz woke up and we colored some. About 3:45 Tim and I started packing up to come back home. We said goodbye to everyone around 4 and were on the road again. We stopped in Wytheville for a Subway. And back home by 8:15. Short but sweet weekend. Brad and Liz and the kids are staying at Twin Falls through Monday. Jessica and Terry left and arrived home about the same time we did. It was great to be with everyone even if our time together was short!

Credits: Cindy Ritter, Once Upon a Fairy Tale
Found at Enchanted Studio Scraps and Divine Digital
Font: Blueprint

September 4, 2009

My sweet granddaughter who loves to "type" on mamaw's computer! I think I see a future digiscrapper!

Tim and I arrived at the campsite around 4:15 today. We got tired of waiting around the house and ended up leaving about 1/2 hour earlier than we had planned. We made plans to stop at a Christian bookstore on the way out of NC, but when we got there we learned that they had moved the store to Winston-Salem where we live, go figure! So, we just continued on our journey. We parked the car at the campsite and took a walk to find the bathroom. There were a good number of campsites filled, but lots more to fill, which became full by later in the evening. With nothing else to do but wait on Brad and Liz, we got back in the car and Tim snoozed and I did some digital designing. We waited for almost 2 hours before Brad and Liz finally got there! Then we began "setting up" the campsite and getting things ready to begin cooking dinner. It was probably 8 before we sat down to eat BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans! YUM! And, of course, no camp meal is complete without SMORES! Double YUM! Terry and Jessica pulled up not too long after we started eating. But they got the tent set up before they settled down to eat. Bed time was about 11.

Credits: Cindy Ritter, Once Upon a Fairy Tale
Found at Enchanted Studio Scraps and Divine Digital
Fonts: Cheri and Blueprint

Thursday, September 3, 2009

September 3, 2009

I have 2 pages for you today.

I couldn't resist doing a muffin man layout today, even though I originally had other plans. I'll have to scrap about the "broken eggs" some other time!

I made these muffins for our "camping" trip this weekend. I use the term loosely because, IMHO if you can sleep pretty well on a camping trip, there must be something wrong! You can't REALLY be camping if you can sleep! Oh, but, I'm NOT complaining at all! Camping over the years has become something entirely different than that very first camping trip I ever went on, which was on my honeymoon! I kid you not! So much for the dreams of a romantic honeymoon in some foreign land, dinner by candle light followed by a walk along the beach at sunset, hand in hand, not aware of anyone or anything else on earth! We eventually stroll back to the honeymoon suite of our hotel, fling ourselves on the rose petal-covered bed and end the night with passionate love......to wake up the next morning......in a sleeping bag! LOL! But, you know what? I didn't really care one way or the other! I finally had my man and we were young and were together "forever" now so that was ALL that mattered! Anyway, I digressed! I'll have to show you that first camping trip ever that I was on and the things I learned how to do!

So, I started to tell you that I made these muffins for the camping excursion to Twin Falls State Park in WV where we will meet our 2 daughters and their families tomorrow evening. We probably won't do much tomorrow night because we plan to fix dinner after everyone arrives at approximately 5:00. There will probably be some time for swinging the kids or a short hike or something. We will see. So, I probably won't post anything on here for a couple of days. But, I'll have "camping" pages later on this weekend!

Credits: Scrap4Brains (my CT assignment for September)
Kit: School Stuff and School Stuff Alpha
Font: ABC Kids
If you would prefer the Letter Sized edition of this kit, it is HERE.

The 2nd page below uses the School Stuff Kit, also!

Here is a page of my dear GD, Hannah, on her first day of Kindergarten! She just looks so grown up! :(

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September 2, 2009

It is neat how the Lord uses different things, every day things that we take for granted sometimes, to remind us of important issues we should be dealing with in our lives. Today being a case in point. I noticed the church sign DH has for the week and started thinking about how man starts to die as soon as we are born. Knowing this is important for making preparations for our unknown length of life and the family that will be left behind. More importantly for making preparations for the after life, eternity. As you've heard it said, I'm sure, that we are going to be dead alot longer than we will be alive! We should live our lives as if every day will be our last. Not morbidly so, but enthusiastically so! Doing as much as we can for the Lord in the time that we have. And telling others of the way of salvation! I know I am guilty of not making the best use of my time probably most of the time! We are all going to fade away as the grass and the flower. The only difference is that we are going to fade into eternity! Are you ready for that transition? I hope and pray that you are!

Credits: Silvia Romeo, Childhood Memories
Fonts: Annie BTN and Architech
Template: Amy M Designs

September 1, 2009

Sorry this is late, but we have been having modem issues. It is the modem (second one) that AT&T supplies with our internet access account. The last time it had to be replaced (just earlier this year) the repair man from AT&T had the same last name as us...Day. He said they are always having to replace these motorola modems because they get to hot and burn out the insides. He even went so far as to give me his personal work phone number and said that if we had trouble again to call him directly because it would probably be the same thing and he would stop by and replace it rather than us having to deal directly with AT&T. So, we have called him twice and left messages, to no avail! GRRRRR!!! And Tim also tried to call AT&T to report it and that was a night mare! He never did get through to the right department, so he gave up. That's when he decided to try calling our "contact" LOL! So, when the modem gets hot, which is more and more frequently every day, we just have to unplug it and let it cool completely down and then plug it in again. Then we have to work really fast to get our internet work/e-mail work done! So, that is the long story on why this post is late! I haven't worked on today's page, yet, but I have my pictures. And hopefully I will be able to get it posted today! We shall see!

Hazel Olive, Story of a Princess Sampler freebie
Font: Annie BTN (I think)