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

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry CHRISTmas!

From our house to yours, wishing all of our family and friends a very merry and blessed CHRISTmas!

Credits:  Old Fashioned Christmas page kit

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Silent for too Long!

Yes, I know I've been absent for quite awhile now!  I could say I haven't been doing much, but I'm pretty sure that would NOT be correct!  But, rather than tax my tired brain and try to remember what I've actually been doing over the last couple of weeks, I'm just going to post some layouts I did tonight with my new kit that I will be putting in my shop in a couple of days.

This is yours truly from back in the day!
 This is Kara kissing sleeping baby Sawyer during our Christmas gathering in January.
I stole these pictures from Liz's facebook post.  Just LOVE Hannah's photogenic poses!

That's it for tonight!  I think I'm going to call it a night!  WOOHOO!  Not even 11:00 yet, either!  Better feel my nose to make sure I'm not a sick puppy!  :D  Have a blessed week!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful to have each and every one of you in my life!  I pray the LORD continues to bless each and everyone of you as you make Him the center of your life!  And if He is NOT the one you base every decision on, I pray you will begin today!

A Prayer:
Help us to remember that the key to life and living
Is to make each prayer a prayer of thanks
And every day "Thanksgiving."

"I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving."  Psalm 69:30

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Visit with my Girls, Part 3

Friday, Nov. 11th - Lots of visitors to see Thad today - Great Aunt Jennifer, Connie and Linda came, besides all the ones who were already there!  Linda brought Michael over from his dad's house so he could see Hannah and Ryan.  All good things must come to an end.....after they all left, Liz and I began packing up to leave.  But first, I had to have a group picture with my two favorite girls.

These are the best of the best!  :D
 What was so funny?  Don't remember!  Terry probably said something goofy!  :D
 My favorite.

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Visit with my Girls, Part 2

Monday, Nov. 7th - Just another day!  I think we just hung out at the house this day, but I don't remember, lol! 

We ate lunch before we left.  Can you say, YUMMY?!  Sawyer knows the meaning of "getting into his food!"  :D

Tuesday, Nov. 8th - Jessica and I did a bit of running around while Terry was interviewing with the State of Ohio for a job.  Among other places, we drove to Columbus to find out the JC Penney where she had pictures made was closed!

Who's the cute little dude in the back seat?!  The star of the next "Men in Black" movie!
 Thad going to town on that thumb!
 Squinting at the flash!
 Sawyer likes to play games with the big people!  Or, he likes to move all the pieces, I should say!
 Wednesday, Nov. 9th - Not much going on this rainy day today.  I've been helping Jessica with some cleaning so that she won't have so much to do when I'm gone except try to keep up with the day-to-day stuff.  Today I cleaned Michael's bathroom!

Just about every house in the subdivision Jessica and Terry live in has these trees.  I was surprised to see that they all have their colorful leaves yet!

Thursday, Nov. 10th - Liz and the kids came later today.  This morning, a photo shoot with Thad in the hat and sack I made for him.Thad was so cozy, comfy in the sack that I made for him that he let Jessica put him in any position she wanted during the photo shoot today!  I think his expression in the first picture is just so cute.  Like he's saying, 

"What have I gotten myself into?!"
 Whatever, mom!
 Turn me every which way but loose!
 What happened to my warm sack?!
 Sawyer giving bubby a kiss.
 This is definitely one of the "loose" positions!  I feel like one of those babies being delivered by a stork!  YIKES!
 The ghost of photos past has got me!
I laughed so hard when Jessica threw the sheet over Terry's head to disguise him as the backdrop for taking pictures of Thad!
 Well, the sweater outfit I made for Thad will have to wait til Sawyer outgrows it!  :D
 Precious baby toes!
 Sawyer liked grandma's toasty, soft footies!
 Aunt Elisabeth and cousins Hannah and Ryan enjoying their first inspection of Thad.
 YAY!  Pizza!  Terry went bowling tonight, that's why he isn't in the picture!
 But all Abigail got was yucky sweet potatoes and corn.....which she threw up at bed time!
 Grandma's favorite thing.....holding the babies!
Holding babies happens to be something Hanna loves, too!

To be continued.......

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Visit with my Girls, Part 1

My bed sure felt good last night, but I had a WONDERFUL time with my girls (and grands) over the past 2 weeks!  I took LOTS of pictures!  I narrowed them down to about 54 pictures to share with you over the next couple of days!  I thought about doing them all in one post, but that would be too much.....for me AND for you!  :D

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd - I left the house at 7:05 a.m.  Did the usual gas stop in Wytheville, VA and met Liz at Bob Evans in Teays Valley, WV for lunch.  We did some Christmas shopping and then headed to her house.  She picked up Ryan from preschool.  I stayed til I got to see Hannah after school and then left at ~ 2:30 to head to Jessica's.

Sweet Abigail at Bob Evans, 11/2/11
Thursday, Nov. 3rd - BIRTH day!  I got to take care of Sawyer while mommy and daddy were at the hospital.  Jessica began the induction medicine at 6 a.m.  Thad was born at ~ 1:15 p.m.  It was a beautiful day and I had no problems with Sawyer.  He didn't understand why mommy and daddy were not at home.  He kept pointing to their bedroom door and saying, "mommy?"  "daddy?"

Sweet Sawyer eating a good lunch for grandma, 11/3/11

I took Sawyer outside to play.  I showed him how to blow on the dandilions to make their seeds fly away.  The seeds usually ended up in his mouth!

Sawyer with a dandilion, 11/3/11

Later in the afternoon after Michael got home from school, I took him and Sawyer to see mommy and baby Thad.

Jessica with her 3 boys, 11/3/11

The pictures wouldn't be complete without a tub picture of the grands!  :D

Sawyer, playing in the tub, 11/3/11

Friday, Nov. 4th - Jessica let Michael stay home from school today so he could "help" me with Sawyer!  The only problem I had with him was through the night.  He woke up crying, so I put him on the love seat with me for the rest of the night.  He went right back to sleep and slept fine.....me, not so much!

Sawyer, wearing grandma's shoe, 11/4/11

I think it was about 1:30 p.m. when Jessica and Terry got home with Thad.  Jessica will have her hands full for awhile with 2 babies!

Terry, Thad and Sawyer, 11/4/11

Thad is already learning to squint with the camera flashes!  :D

Thad in Michael's cradle, 11/4/11

Sawyer enjoying a bed time snack of ice cream, 11/4/11.  Good to the last drop!

Saturday, Nov. 5th - It was a long night for mommy and daddy and Thad, as they get used to each other and the schedule!  Sawyer slept the whole night!  In the afternoon, Terry's mom, step-dad and nephew came over to celebrate Terry's birthday.

Sawyer in his Halloween monkey outfit, longing to be outside with the big boys, 11/5/11

Sawyer and Michael on the trampoline, 11/5/11

Terry and Thad catching a few winks, 11/5/11

Terry and Sawyer ready for some German chocolate cake, 11/5/11

Jessica had this picture made for Terry's birthday, 11/5/11

The HUGE chair Terry's mom got for him, 11/5/11

Sawyer likes to wear a microphone like his Bubba, 11/5/11

Some grandma time with Thad, 11/5/11

Sunday, Nov. 6th - After church and lunch, Michael, Alex (his friend) and I went to the pond at the end of the street to fish.  They did more playing around than fishing, but they each caught a little bluegill.

Michael fishing at the pond, 11/6/11

Michael's one and only catch of the day, 11/6/11

I'll post some more tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Black Cat Cuties

I did another page using my kit, Black Cat Cuties, since Hannah was a cat for Halloween, too!

Monday, November 7, 2011


Here's a page I did featuring the birth announcement for Thad.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Meet Thaddeus Cooper Jones

Thad arrived at approx. 1:20 today.  He weighed 9 lb 4.5 oz and was 22" long!  Beautiful pink coloring.  Long feet and big hands!  A head full of black hair!  Nursing very well!  Here's some pictures: