5/26/15

A mother's job is never done


I was just sitting here thinking about motherhood and how much our relationships with our children change as they (and we) get older.  If you'd told me when I was a teen that my mom and I would be as close as we are now, I'd never have believed you.  We seemed to be so opposite, and still are in a lot of ways.  But the older I get the more I see some of her in myself.  Especially when I look in the mirror!



It dawned on me a few weeks ago that my sisters and I didn't have an updated picture of our mother.  I think the last one we had was of her and my dad....and it was a church directory picture!  So I decided I'd practice with my new camera and have my first photo session :)  I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.  We took some pictures at the church where I attended most of my life, where she still attends. We also rode out to the farm where my mom grew up and took some there.

On Mother's Day this year, all three of my sisters and I went to church with her.  I think things like that mean alot more to her than any gifts we could give her.  We had lunch together after church and then I just enjoyed a relaxing Sunday afternoon at home with my little family.

Dillan was home too, so that made it all the more special for me.  With his line of work, I'm sure the day's coming when he might not make it home for every special occasion,so I'm soaking it up while I can.

Speaking of motherhood, y'all know as good as I do that our job is never done!  It doesn't matter how old our children are, there is still a role we play in their lives.  Sure, it gets easier in alot of ways when they're grown, but life is still so busy.

If you're like me, it seems like I never get everything done on my to-do list.  That's why I'm glad I found this new site, Clean Mama.



She breaks down the list of cleaning jobs in a way that's much more manageable.  I started doing this recently, and although I get off track some days, it's easy to pick back up and have some peace of mind each day.  So be sure and check out her sight!  She's also on Instagram and Facebook, so use the site that's easiest for you for your daily reminders.


5/20/15

Pretty for a Purpose



My niece, Natalie (better known as Sweet Pea by me) was in a Relay for Life Pageant not long ago.  It was a casual pageant that's main goal was to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  


Natalie entered and raised money in memory of my dad, her Papa George. She was presented a plaque for her effort and hard work raising money for such a worthy cause.


And she did so well!  She's such a natural on stage and we were so proud of her!


This was only the second pageant she's been in, but she's already thinking of doing some others pageants in our local area.



 In case y'all haven't noticed, since I don't have a girl, I like to live vicariously through my sisters'girls so that I can enjoy the things that only little girls can do. When someone says "pageant", I'm ready to go!




4/25/15

Birthdays, holidays, and prom dates


The past couple of months have been a whirlwind of activity!  Lots of fun stuff going on this spring, but I'm about ready to take a "breather" and am dreaming of a beach vacation.  Anyway, I wanted to share some pics from Dillan's 21st birthday, Easter, and prom.



Dillan made the decision not to go to his own Junior or Senior proms when he was in high school.  So I have grieved the fact that I didn't have prom pictures of my boy :.(


But Mallory, one of Dillan's best friends is a senior this year and asked him to take her to her last high school prom.  Y'all.....they were just beautiful!  Two young people so beautiful on the inside and out.  Needless to say, I took lots and lots of pictures.  And now I have prom pics on the blog to document his life.  Yay, me!  I can only imagine what this blog would look like if blogs existed when he was born.  



I also had a nephew and niece attending, so it was fun to see all of them at one big event like this.  Evan is a junior and Autumn a sophomore and they and their dates looked amazing as well!

cousins

Some years Dillan's birthday is close to Easter, so instead of him coming home two weekends in a row this year, he just came home for Easter and we celebrated his 21st with family during Easter lunch.



              


                              


His birthday fell during the week, so on the weekend before, we went up to Atlanta and took him out to eat at The Cheesecake Factory and to do some shopping.  His Grandma Robyn met us and it was so nice to be able to spend some time with her.  I love to shop, but I do believe Dillan gets his love for shopping from her :)

              


                           

The following day, Dillan took us to Sweetwater Creek State Park outside of Atlanta to hike.  He found the place a while back and was dying for us to go see it.  So as part of his birthday adventure, we took a very long hike with him....probably 5-6 miles!

                           

It's a beautiful place and I'd love to go back now that everything is green and in bloom.  It's like being in the mountains....so peaceful. It was a little chilly that day, so we had to layer up, but it was a beautiful day for a hike.

                           


                           


                           

While visiting, I was able to help Dillan work on his gallery wall in his bedroom.  I still haven't done a post about his new place....maybe soon.  He has 3 roommates now, so his bedroom is the only room really decorated with only his things.  It's a beautiful apartment though and much nicer than his former place.  They have a beautiful view and even a swimming pool to enjoy.

              

Dillan's been really busy lately.  He's just been signed by another modeling agency there in Atlanta, so we're real excited about that.  He's also been chosen to play a role in two different independent films and was hand-picked by the directors themselves for the parts.  A couple of weeks ago, he was filmed as the "love interest" in a music video by a new, up-and-coming group too.  I can't wait to see it!

Well, that's about it for now.  It's been storming here off and on today, so I'm glad I had a chance to get some blogging done.  More updates soon!

4/5/15

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

The words to this song keep rolling over and over in my mind this morning:

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death, where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

Happy Easter, everyone!

3/26/15

A place for ministry


                      


Late last summer I began offering Christian counseling services in my community and surrounding areas.  I shared the news on here a couple of times, but I never got around to posting the pictures of my office space at the center.  I ran across these old photos taken on my phone of what the room looked like before.....minus the painted Care Bear murals we had already primed over!  And I finally got around to taking some descent pictures of the space now.


The old house had previously been turned into a daycare and my office space had a divider separating the room in two separate areas.  To keep costs down, we didn't worry about putting down one type of flooring in the room.  We just cleaned the carpet and I opted to separate the areas into two separate spaces.  One for my office area.....the back part for storage/supplies.


You can see in the picture above that Scott was still trying to cover up the mural.  It took several coats, but we were finally able to make it disappear.



There is a front and back entrance to this space, as well as a door that goes into the main classroom.  This view is from when you walk in the front door.  I used two tall book shelves from Target to act as a room divider and still offer easy access to the back part of the room.  

Yes, that's a diaper changing table you see back there!  Ha ha!  We just painted it and the cabinets back there with a fresh coat of white paint.  I thought they'd come in handy as storage.  


This long book shelf was actually part of a cubby system that was left over in the building.  We gave it a fresh coat of gloss black paint and it holds some of my text books and pretties.



The room is painted a light gray color and I think the black furniture looks great!  The small desk and chair are also from Target and the book shelves offer a convenient spot for supplies and pretty accessories.


I had my diplomas framed at Hobby Lobby and I love how they turned out!  I chose frames and matting that would look good not only in this office space, but most any room.


A friend gave me the black and metal computer desk you see in the back. I use it as another work space and for extra storage.  Unfortunately, there is not an outlet in the old "diaper changing area".  My original plan was to set up a coffee station right here for my convenience.  With a small sink there, it would have been a perfect spot, but that plan's on hold right now.  






My bulletin board makes me smile when I look at it. My eyes go directly to the little cloth dolls I used to make.  Those little dolls is where "God's Gals" first began.  


And of course, I have a few of my "God's Gals" children's book on hand.  I made copies of my favorite picture from each story in the book and framed them along with a picture of me and the illustrator (my son, Dillan).


I had so many books and other ministry related supplies at my house for so long, it's nice having a place dedicated for them.  When I need something, it's convenient for me to find it now without having to dig through boxes and closets.


This last picture is of a free printable I found on the Internet.  I love the saying so much that I thought it would be perfect to frame.  "What if I fall?   Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?'  

When I first accepted the offer to counsel here, I was of course excited, but also a little afraid.  I've been trained and educated to do this, but it's also a huge responsibility.  I'm learning to trust God to help me and give me the words that I need.  People go through so many things in life and it can affect them in so many different ways.  But there is one thing that remains the same and that is God's Word and His love and faithfulness.  He always meets us where we are and offers the peace and encouragement we need in times of trouble if we will only turn to Him.  




3/23/15

Welcome Spring!



Well, spring has finally arrived!  And not soon enough for me!  

It was a long, cold winter and it's so nice to see green on the trees and flowers blooming.  The pollen.....not so much.  It doesn't like me!  

Even before the first signs of spring, I was adding some spring touches to the inside of my home.  And when I think of spring, I think of Easter.  Here's a little glimpse of what spring is looking like so far around here:










I'm busy this week trying to finish up some small projects around the house as well as do some much needed spring cleaning.....inside and out.  More on that later!

Peaches to the Beaches 2015

Peaches to the Beaches 2015 was so much fun this year!  We decided to take advantage of both days of treasure hunting and cover the most territory possible.  To prevent back-tracking on the route, we went to Brunswick that Thursday and spend the night.  This way, we could wake up Friday morning and shop the beginning of the route (Brunswick) to Hawkinsville, spend the night at home, and then finish the rest of the trip to Barnesville on Saturday.



Since we were already so close to the beach in Brunswick, we rode over to St. Simons Island for dinner that evening.  We did a little research and decided to eat at Black Water Grill, which has been featured on Food Network.  It was a neat place and we enjoyed our meal.




After dinner, we rode around the "village" area where the restaurant is and the nearby community and were pleasantly surprised at the number of restaurants and shops on the island.  Scott had never been to St. Simons, and I had not been in years.  There's so much to see and do now on St. Simons Island



We have decided that we are definitely going back for a long, romantic weekend ;)

So, anyway, we got up early Friday morning, grabbed a quick breakfast and Starbucks, and hit the yard sale trail!  I never dreamed yard sales could be so much fun, but with Scott along for the ride, you will laugh so hard it hurts!  He really can't stand to think about someone finding a deal before him, so he always wants to leave early.....as in daybreak!

To share our fun with others who might not be able to go, we decided to do a few videos.  I'm not sure if this link from my Facebook page will work for everyone, but that's the easiest way for now to post these videos since they were deleted off my phone.  I'll try to come up with another solution later.  (If you're friends with me on Facebook, you've probably already seen these).




This was an antique museum along the way that we walked through.  Scott just happened to notice the old woman watching us...lol!  Don't worry, she's not real.



Scott's always drawn to old music and albums.  Even though he doesn't usually buy any, he always likes to look at them.  My music man!




This place is one of my favorites to stop.  They always have cute furniture and other unique pieces.  



Do you see what I see? Yep, turpentine boxes!  I have to admit that Scott had to tell me what these were, but I loved them at first sight!  I could visualize them hanging from an old piece of barn wood on my kitchen wall.  I bought 3 at this store.






What not to buy at a yard sale.




Looking at old doll houses and toys is always alot of fun for me. I'm certain I would have loved this one as a little girl.







This next picture shows one of my favorite spots along the trail this year. I've never been here before, but it was basically a scrap iron type spot.  There were lots of DIYers and buyers walking through here putting odds and ends together to create some original pieces.  




I found something that was already in one piece.  It just needs some tender love and care.  Nothing at all was wrong with the frame.  Some new straps on the seating and back and new cushions and she will be perfect on my front porch!  And this was only $15.00!  Great deal!





Here's a pic of my purchases on the first day.  The blue cross made of sticks is much prettier in person...I promise!  I like to buy old decorative books and I'm in love with busts of various sizes!  You can see the 3 turpentine boxes for my project and a glass pitcher for entertaining.  The small white wood pieces are wall art for my upcoming master bath redo.  The little wood caddy will be painted and will hold....well, plants or whatever I feel like displaying in there ;)  Oh, and the old sewing patterns are for my mom.  She mentioned the other day wanting to frame some for her sewing room.  Well, there you go, mom!





My mom, sister, Shaana and her daughter Natalie, and Dillan joined us for day two.
Mama and Shaana bought the first purchases of the day. Great pieces!




Dillan found a unique belt buckle.




And Nat lucked up on various art supplies.  















There are no words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This just seems wrong.




Here's a glimpse of my purchases from the second day.  In case you can't tell, I'm into blue these days ;)  More books, a glass vase, creamer, an old cabinet door front for the turpentine box project, and a cute cow to hang in the kitchen.


I spent a total of $47.00 for all of my purchases (that includes the bench).  I'd say that's pretty good.  I'm already looking forward to going again next year with this guy!


If you've never been, be on the look out for it next year.  It's always in the month of March and you can find out information about it on Facebook.