Tuesday, November 29, 2011

bust a gut

if any of you have been following me on facebook, you  may have seen a few posts from a page called "I Heart Faces".  it's a fun photography page, and their website is even more fun. and they have a contest every week called Photo Challenge, with a theme for the week. and this week's was just up my alley. it's called "bust a gut".

Josey and i love to "bust a gut" laughing over laughable things....and sometimes some very UN-laughable things. if it evokes a "look" or one of us to say "o my," you can pretty much guarantee there will be some gut busting going on.

that being said, as i went thru my old photos of Josey busting a gut, i found this one. it is Josey and his GREAT grandma (my grandma) playing in shredded paper in her strawberry garden. it was taken when Josey was about 5 yrs old, which means my grandma was only 81 yrs young. but she didn't let that stop her and Josey from "busting a gut" as they played, rolled, and LAUGHED in the paper and strawberry patch. hope you enjoyed this as much as i did.

and don't forget to "bust a gut" yourself every once in a while.

playing with great grandma

by the way, you can head on over and enter the contest yourself at http://www.iheartfaces.com/2011/11/photo-challenge-laughter/

Monday, November 28, 2011

giving thanks

this time of year always inspires so many of us to think about what we're thankful for. what if there was no thanksgiving? what would remind us to be thankful? would we have to create another day just to remind us? or would we have to get reminders from others? or do we just subconciously consider all there is to be thankful for?

personally, and unfortunately, that last one is normally where my thoughts run. the people in my life "just know" that i'm thankful for them, right? i don't have to tell them if i'm just subconsciously thinking that i'm thankful, right? and definitely God just knows, right? or am i telling them? no, sometimes i don't. sometimes i get busy. sometimes i plain and simply forget. or give them a simple "thanks!" or if i'm a little more enthusiastic, sometimes "hey, thanks!" and sometimes....sometimes more often than not.....i don't even think about it.

there's a post on facebook that i see every once in a while, which is a good reminder to give thanks for all things. each and every day! it goes something like this: "what if you woke up this morning with only the things you gave thanks for yesterday?" wow! sure makes me think. and makes me realize that i really wouldn't have much. i certainly wouldn't have many people in my life. it's not very often that i actually give thanks for them. not necessarily TO them, but FOR them. and most days i don't even give thanks for my son. i used to. every morning and every night. up until he was about 6 months old. then just as quickly as i started, i stopped. for no particular reason.

 


BUT i want to be the type of person who gives thanks. FOR everything. IN everything. every second of every day. not just the good things and not just the answered prayers. i want to be thankful for those things that God has seen fit NOT to give me. He knows best and who am i to question His knowledge and wisdom? i certainly don't have a very good track record for determining what is best for me, that's for sure.

why don't we think of being thankful more often than once or twice a year, and only because there is a day that has the word "thanks" attached to it? why do we always need reminders? why don't we just have thankfulness in our hearts and on our minds every second of every day? why, as the richest nation on earth, the free-est nation on earth, do we always want more? to HAVE more? to DO more? to SEE more? to BE more?

i'll tell you why....we're human and incapable of what it takes to always be thankful. i know, i know, you're telling me "but i AM thankful EVERY day for EVERY thing." really? so what you're saying is that you're thankful when that guy cut you off in traffic, for the third time in the last 2 miles? that you're thankful when that certain child constantly whines or throws a fit in the middle of the grocery aisle at walmart? that you're thankful when a drunk driver kills your spouse? that you're thankful when the judge determines that your ex-spouse gets full custody of your child, and you only get to see him during school breaks? that you're thankful when your mom gets cancer? that you're thankful when your best friend dies in an auto accident that wasn't her fault? really? i know i wouldn't be.

but isn't it a command of God to be? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says: "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." and what i see is "in everything". it doesn't say, "in everything.....(dot dot dot)" or "in just the good things" or "in everything that goes your way." it says "in EVERYTHING"....period. how is this possible? can it really be done? can we really be thankful "in everything"?

God's Word commands us to, and i doubt God would command it if it were impossible. besides, there's something in His Word that tells me that it IS possible to give thanks in everything. check out Matthew 19:26. and Mark 10:27. and Luke 18:27. if God says it THREE times, wouldn't you think that maybe He wants to make a point? or at least get you to understand that He means business? "the things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

but the question still stands....how?

the key point here is "with God". yes, WITH God. not WITHOUT Him.

and here is another key point: "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." (1 John 5:14-15) it seems to me that asking God to help us to be thankful is "according to His will", doesn't it to you? and if you're still not convinced, try the amplified version of it: "And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. and if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him." that's pretty sure, if you ask me...."we are sure" and "positively" and "with settled and absolute knowledge". yep, fairly sure.

one other key point when asking, and when you're not sure whether it's really His will. being thankful IS His will. at least 1 Thes 5 says it is: "for this is the will of God".....good enough for me. if it says specifically in His Word "for this is the will of God", you can be definitely, positively, absolutely, without a doubt certain that it is! can't get any clearer than that.

so that is HOW. ask. receive. give thanks. simple right?

all that being said, i am so very thankful for every one of you, whether you are my son, family, a friend, an acquaintence, a follower, a fan, a customer, or just someone passing by. God has a good plan for you. you are the apple of His eye. THAT right there is something to be thankful for!

and i am!



Saturday, November 12, 2011

the blog thief

yes, there is a blog thief out there. it's lurking in my home, ready to steal any tidbit or morsel of blog material that it can. it pretends to be my friend, but then i realize that anything i want to tell you has already been told.

i get up in the morning, and it's there, waiting. before i head to bed at night, it lurks in the darkness with the false promise of "it will only take a minute." but before i know it, it's 1am...or 2....or sometimes even 3. it also steals other things from my life, not to mention the lives of many of my friends....and even mere acquaintances....not to mention total strangers. it sucks sleep from before my eyes. and let's not forget the theft of a clean house, exercise, and anything else that *should* be done throughout the days.

the thief springs to life at the click of a button, ready to pounce in the blinking of an eye, never keeping its promise of "just one more minute, and that's it."

BUT this thief can also be defeated at the touch of another button. it can be "shut down" with just one finger. yet those it steals from choose to believe the false promises, choose not to lift that one finger.

this thief is also the master of addiction and distraction. the promise of "just one minute" is sometimes believable, especially when we have every intention of quitting after just one minute. it distracts us with it's constantly updating messages. sometimes it sends out numbers in the form of messages. but don't be deceived...altho those messages may contain information that seems important to you, most are not. it tells you that you are well-liked, yet it continues to steal, addict, and distract.

this thief also deceives in other ways. it promotes activity, yet we become more sedentary. it promotes cleanliness, yet our homes become chaos. it even promotes sleep, yet we are becoming more and more sleep-deprived. it promotes health, yet we are remaining unhealthy.

and don't be deceived by it's false sense of importance in your life. the messages it sends out may seem innocent enough, harmless enough, important enough. but be warned, they are the thief's greatest MO. these things of false importance only serve to help the thief steal precious time from your children and other family and friends.

now, some of you are saying "but if i didn't have it in my life, i wouldn't know this or that about so-and-so." yes, that may be true. however, there is a solution i have for that. it's called "an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance", aka phone, aka telephone. which brings to mind that the thief is also the thief of the spoken word. not to mention that it renders this "instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance" useless. and let's not even get into how it robs from the agency called USPS. 


with these warnings i hope you take every precaution to not let the thief steal what is important to you. with the right tools, you can use the thief instead of it using you. use your words and messages wisely. encourage others to do the same. promote generosity and kindness, instead of allowing the thief to steal those characteristics from you and others. send out messages via the thief that build others up, instead of tearing them down. use the thief to remind others to get plenty of sleep, to keep a clean home, to spend time with family, to love life. then take your own advice to heart, and do the same. 


then reach over with your little finger and utilize the button to "shut down" the thief that goes by the code name of "fb", and let's stop it in its tracks. let's call it what it really is and change that second letter to a "c" for "crook". before you know it, your sleep will be sweet, your home will be clean, and your love for your family and friends will grow because of the time you spend with them. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Luke 16:10

i've come to the conclusion that i'm just no good at this blogging thing!


i don't know where the time has gone, but it keeps on getting away from me. every.single.day. at least lately i can say i've been busy, but this summer? no excuse whatsoever. 


it's just that most days i don't really have anything interesting to tell about. nothing interesting enough to mention anyway. just life.

but to catch you all up on what my life is about these days, i guess i can fill you in.

school has started. in case you hadn't noticed. for us that means homeschooling. and if you hadn't known that before, yes, i said *homeschooling*. UFF DA is all i have to say about that! Josey and i have decided that as long as we don't work on math together, we're good. the last few times i think i could have worked myself bald. pulling my hair out, that is. i've always been good at math, so when he doesn't get it, i just don't get it. to me, it just makes sense. what is there to explain? i mean seriously....

∏ (yes, that's pi, just go with me on this)... ∏ just = 3.14 dot dot dot to infinite, right? do we really need to know HOW to figure it out?   ....and...

the sq root of something is NOT that # divided by 2! seriously! and don't ask me how to FIND it, you just have to KNOW it. c'mon, everyone knows that!    ....and....

just HOW many times do we have to go over multiplication of fractions? really?  and let's not even get into division of those same fractions!  

like i said: UFF DA!!!! 

but do it on his own....he just gets it! go figure!  ha! *go figure*....math pun...and i didn't even mean to do it! 

but i guess i couldn't ask for a better kid. if you don't know him, you should. and if you do know him, you know you are blessed.  he's the glue that holds this family together.....without him, i wouldn't be a family ;) and he's the cheapest dishwasher i've found yet. the best part? he loves Jesus! can't go wrong with that!

the start of school also means that i'm back to doing childcare. but this time around doesn't just mean little E. and *little* E isn't all that little anymore. she's growing up! *tear*  this time around, there is also little V who comes with little E. 4 months old in september. and little E already turned THREE in september! she wasn't even ONE yet when she first *joined* our little family. oh how time flies!  but i tell you, this new little V is one of the easiest, happiest, smily-est (yes, that's a word!) babes i have ever known. 2nd only to my own kid at that age. now, if you wanted to know THE easiest, happiest, smily-est (yes, it's still a word) babes, well, you didn't have to look any further than my own! and he's still one of the easiest, happiest, smily-est (still a word) kids i know. but i digress....  little V and not-so-little E just add a little more fun and excitement to our home each and every day. i don't think i could adore 2 little girls more. 

in addition to these 2 little girls, we also have taken on a little boy. however, i just have him for a few hours one day a week. he definitely brings some fun and excitement to our home whenever he's here. yep, our cutie patootie L is pretty special to us too. he's my new little bud and we adore him just as much as E & V. and i think Josey enjoys having a *little brother* in the house once in a while too ;) at least then he doesn't feel so outnumbered.

then there's Goliath. for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure to meet this *giant* of a dog (and i use the term *giant* very VERY loosely), you have def been missing out. altho he can get pretty annoying some days (ok, ok...i admit, it's MOST days), we sure do love that pup. he actually turned one in march, so he's really not too much of a pup anymore. no matter how much he acts like one. well, i take that back. he acts more like a real child than anything. or a cat. or a squirrel. or a rabbit. something like that. if you've ever seen Toothless in the movie How to Train Your Dragon, then you somewhat know Goliath. just increase his size by about 10,000, give him wings, and you've got the star of the movie. at any rate, Goliath surely keeps us busy. and for some reason, he frightens little L. could be that L has never seen such a big dog before? hhhmmmm....could be something to that after all ;)  but anyway....our *giant* of a dog keeps us on our toes. at least me. all i have to say is that he only gets into my yarn once every few weeks now. used to be that we would be afraid to walk in the door, for fear of getting tangled in the web he would weave while we were gone. for a while i think i tossed out more yarn than i actually crocheted. i was beginning to think that maybe he was partying with cats while we were gone. needless to say, i keep the yarn under lock and key these days. 


 yep, that's Goliath's handiwork


we went thru some dog training this summer with Goliath. i could say he needed it, but i think it was me who needed it more. i just didn't know where to even begin with him. if i said "sit" he ran. if i told him "no"  he would do it more. and walking with him? gggrrrrrr.....(that was me, not him). altho, his bark is def worse than his bite. Goliath would see dogs 10x his size and you'd think he was going to rip them apart, the way he snarled, growled, barked, thrashed, pulled, and downright SPAZZED OUT! it got so bad for a while that the more we tried to get him to stop, the worse he got. i was starting to think that i might have to carry a bag with me, to toss him into whenever we would even glimpse another dog. seriously! either that or walk without him. but what's the sense in having a dog and a leash if you aren't going to take him for walks? plus, there were days when i would have had to walk alone if Goliath didn't go with me *sigh*  so we went thru dog training. THE FIRST DAY we had improvement. like about 200%! we went for a walk before training, and then we went for a walk after training...just to see the difference. he was a whole different dog! he heeled. he stopped barking at dogs. ok, well, he didn't entirely stop...but one or 2 barks compared to snarling, growling, barking, thrashing, pulling and downright SPAZZING OUT was a def improvement! i was now (finally) a happy dog owner. if i had only done it with the many MANY dogs i've had over the years, i may have enjoyed them so much more. to this day (which is about 5 months after the fact), Goliath will still heel and sit and stay and be quiet when we remind him. now to just train ME to remind him instead of becoming frustrated that he's not reading my mind! ha!


another thing that has been keeping me occupied has been a couple part-time jobs. one lasted thru the summer and one is ongoing. i cleaned cabins for a family every saturday during june, july and august. that was a nice little job for a nice little extra income. the other job is doing bookkeeping for another family's business. how different can all my jobs be from each other? sheesh! i just now realized that.  anyway, the bookkeeping job is just a few hours every week, and it gives me a nice little extra income too. 

let's see....what else has been keeping me away from blogging these days? hhhmmmm.....let me think....can you think of anything else that might be keeping me busy lately? o wait....i think i know....













if you go to www.facebook.com/thelittlethings2011 (it's a public page, so anyone can view it, even if you don't have a facebook profile) you'll see more of what i've been up to. 
oh, and i've got a new name for my new business. now, instead of the un-inspired name of "dawn's hats", it is now called The Little Things. i was having a tough time finding the perfect name for my biz, so i did a contest give-away. whoever could come up with the name would win a free item from The Little Things. i have to say that i got some very...ahem...*creative* suggestions (again, loosely). after reading some of them, Josey and i had a good chuckle over my posted *suggestion* of "the happy hooker"....because after reading some of those *creative* suggestions, i might as well have gone with that! o boy! the suggestions stopped after i posted, so i had to reassure everyone i was ONLY JOKING! regardless, Josey and i had some good laughs over some of them :)  

but finally the perfect name appeared....and stuck. here is what she selected...



isn't that the cutest photo you've ever seen? and she even created the ad for me ;)
talk about team spirit! woohoo! go otters! or gophers! or whatever your team is...

if you have not yet found someone to do your family photo shoot, you need to go to www.reflectionmediaonline.wordpress.com and check out what she can do. it's amazing what a little camera can capture!  she is a sweetheart and a lot of fun too. you cannot go wrong with this girl :)

and you can catch a little blurb about The Little Things (not to mention our own personal photo shoot) at


and go here to see some of the baby props i made for her.....


well, that's about it for our lives over the past (several) months....so you can blame all that for stealing time away from blogging and keeping you updated on what we're about. 

we are so enjoying the blessings God has so graciously given us. although we may not have a large house, a luxury car, tons of cash, a home on the beach, or a villa in the mountains, we are rich in *the little things*


*if you are faithful with the little things, you will be faithful in the large ones.*  ~Luke 16:10



Sunday, March 20, 2011

I am an Heiress!

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 16:5-8

I am thankful for.....

God's Word......that Jesus died for me.....my life in Christ....salvation....freedom.....victory....I'm no longer afraid......my funny, super-awesome, Jesus-loving, joy-filled, compassionate, polite, handsome, great kid.....my sweet, silly, beautiful niece......friends.....family......my home....living in small town America.....having an amazing church family.....my crazy puppy....love.....peace......4-wheel drive.....FB so I can connect with old friends....I live in the richest (and free-est) country in the world......my health.....freedom to worship.....freedom to pray.....being a daughter of the Creator of the Universe.....being able to homeschool my great kid.....being able to work at home.....a sweet, funny, adorable, little 2-yr old girl who comes to my home 4 days a week....my neighbors....God's blessings and provision.....good books.....good music.....good food.....laughter.....tears.....my kid's smile.....teaching Sunday School to the best 3 yr olds on the planet!.....my funny, fun, silly, sweet 3 yr olds....thunder storms.....rain....sunshine.....rainbows....snow.....my microwave......anything that helps make my life easier.....great devos....great Bible teachings.....a spirit-filled Pastor.....help from strangers.....our amazing military.....

the list goes on and on and on......

What are you thankful for? What are you looking forward to in 2011? I plan on reflecting on what happened in the past, but I will also let it go and look forward to new things with fresh eyes and an expecting heart. Anything can happen. After all, with God all things are possible.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

picture of the day

aren't you glad that God doesn't take one look at us
and do what the kid in 'home alone' does
8O

Friday, March 11, 2011

picture(s) of the day

here are the boys in action with their pingpong ball shooter
at the science museum

i think this may have been my favorite exhibit
at the science museum....
it was about 10 ft long x 4 ft high
it was very cool....i'd like to make one for myself....
WHERE would i hang it???

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

picture of the day

does anyone recognize these wanted boys? last seen roaming the halls of science museum, having fun, causing laughter, and laughing themselves. may be armed with pingpong ball shooters.


babies, tweens, and teens...oh my!

what a day! all i can say is "uff-DA!" not that it went badly, but it just was really really l-l-l-l-o-o-o-o-o-n-n-n-g-g-g-g!!!! up at 4:30 so we could head for the bus by 5:45 am, and to leave walmart parking lot at 6 am sharp. with about 60 other people....mostly kids age 15 months and up. including my own. three hours on the bus. 2+ hours at the capitol building. another 2 hours at the st paul cathedral. 3+ hours at the science museum. then 3 MORE hours on the bus and we were home by 9:45 pm. like i said, it was a really really long day. but it was oh, so fun!

as i was watching all these kids ages 15 months and up interact so nicely, i thought, "if this would have been a public school trip, they never would have had the opportunity to interact with such a mixed group of ages." if it would have been a public school trip, of course it would have been with josey's class, which would have meant a bus full of 6th graders...with a few teachers and even fewer parents dispersed throughout. but as it was, my almost-12-yr-old kid sat in the same seat with another 11 yr old, but across from a 14 yr old and a couple 13 yr olds, 2 seats behind a 15 month old, a seat in front of two 6-7 yr olds, and played "mafia" with another bunch of kids of mixed ages. babies, tweens, and teens....oh my!

i am just amazed at the opportunity God has given us to "socialize" with kids of all ages by providing us with the chance to homeschool. i saw 6 yr olds hugging 14 yr olds. 10 yr olds sitting with 4 yr olds. 15 yr olds helping 8 yr olds. 11 yr olds telling jokes to adults. 17 yr olds goofing off with 11 yr olds. it was pretty cool. i was also encouraged because my son has such great role models who are polite, courteous, generous, helpful, thoughtful, thankful, kind, and respectful. when i see 15 yr olds resting their elbows on my son's shoulder, talking with him about baseball or explaining a game so he can be involved, my heart is so filled with gratitude that God has put these kids in our lives. their parents have got to be beyond pleased with their behavior and attitudes. what a blessing to witness!

ok, i'm not at all saying that homeschool kids are perfect, nor are they better than public schoolers. all i'm saying is that the opportunity for spending quality time with such a mixed group of ages isn't normally there for public schoolers and we are so blessed to have that thru homeschooling. that being said, i shouldn't get any derogatory emails in reference to what i have posted thus far.

oh, i should also mention that we had a great bus driver too. if you go to our church, you should know who this person is, but for privacy i won't say a name. but he was kind, patient, and appreciative of all our silliness and lack of quietness.

lack of quietness is actually an understatement. altho these homeschoolers were polite, courteous, generous, helpful, thoughtful, thankful, kind, and respectful, they were also loud. i mean, they were LOUD! bold, underline, and exclamation point. but just on the bus. outside the bus they showed the utmost respect for others by keeping their voices at a low volume and their squirrely-ness at a minimum. i was very impressed.

keep up the good work, homeschool moms! and great job to the kids today! thanks for making this a great day for josey and me by providing us with entertainment and a laugh a minute.

 josey in front of the capitol building...
not necessarily his thoughts about the trip

*almost* all the kids with our senator gretchen hoffman


Monday, March 7, 2011

in awe

as i am sitting here today crocheting yet another cute hat, i'm just in awe of what God has been doing thru me with these hats. i am totally blown away at the creativity flowing from my hands into these things. just short of three weeks ago, the only crocheting ability i had was scarfs and blankets. ok, not even blankets. every blanket i attempted to crochet or knit turned into a lopsided mess that i couldn't even bring myself to put on my own bed where no one else would ever see it. seriously! i was getting fairly good at scarfs, but come on, how difficult is it to stitch straight across, turn around, and stitch straight back across? if you have any ability at crocheting, you can make a scarf like the ones i was making!

all i can think of all this is how unbelievably faithful and kind this mighty God of mine is!

just two short weeks ago i posted my sun stand still prayer regarding these hats. and here i am already on my way to seeing it become a reality in my life. un-flipping-believable!  i'm in the process of making a hat that will already be #12 that i've sold, with another to make that someone else is buying. my blessings are crazily rolling in. i don't even know what to think, to tell you the truth. i'm just in awe of an awesome God. my prayer is that i never lose sight of what God is doing and start taking the credit for myself. because i know my crocheting and knitting ability before, and i know what it's like now. i do NOT want to lose it.

God has been so good to me and josey in providing for our every need over the last 3 yrs. and this is just evidence of that goodness....and then some. God is great! God is good! there is nothing...
NOTHING!....that my God cannot do!

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
   my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
   and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 28:7

Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer,
   you shield my head in the day of battle.
Psalm 140:7

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
   my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:2 (NIV)

He will cover you with his feathers.
      He will shelter you with his wings.
      His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Psalm 91:4 (NLT)

Psalm 91 (MSG)
You who sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow,
   Say this: "God, you're my refuge.
      I trust in you and I'm safe!"
   That's right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
      shields you from deadly hazards.
   His huge outstretched arms protect you—
      under them you're perfectly safe;
      his arms fend off all harm.
   Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
      not flying arrows in the day,
   Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
      not disaster that erupts at high noon.
   Even though others succumb all around,
      drop like flies right and left,
      no harm will even graze you.
   You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
      watch the wicked turn into corpses.
   Yes, because God's your refuge,
      the High God your very own home,
   Evil can't get close to you,
      harm can't get through the door.
   He ordered his angels
      to guard you wherever you go.
   If you stumble, they'll catch you;
      their job is to keep you from falling.
   You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
      and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
"If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says God,
      "I'll get you out of any trouble.
   I'll give you the best of care
      if you'll only get to know and trust me.
   Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;
      I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.
   I'll give you a long life,
      give you a long drink of salvation!" 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

break a neck

one day as i was sitting in the living room a little over a year ago, minding my own business, this kid started jumping off our couch. he was getting some pretty serious hang-time, so i just had to snap a few photos. it got to be quite comical after a while. these are some pictures that occured after about 2 minutes of straight jumping. he had to take off his sweatshirt because obviously he was working up a sweat or something.



once i realized what his shirt said, i had to laugh. the funniest part was that he wasn't getting into trouble...just making it. it could have ended poorly. he could have tripped and fallen head over heels and broken something. something like the vase on the tv. or the tv itself. but since nothing got broken, it was all good.



so he continued jumping and leaping from the couch. getting more and more hang-time. i think by this time i was laughing so hard i could barely hold the camera straight. it was unbelievable how high he could get and how many times he could keep jumping and not get into trouble. i mean seriously, what mom in their right mind not only allows this in the house, but also condones and encourages it by snapping photos of the crime in progress?


guess his shirt says it all....

all i can think is to say "keep it up and you'll break a neck"

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

picture of the day


yes, i know how you feel....i often have days like this.
just put a box over my head and call it good.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

picture of the day

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
I Corinthians 11:1

Monday, February 28, 2011

there's a comedian in the house

i  have the most entertaining and funny kid on the block...perhaps the planet. when i asked him tonight what i should blog about, he said, "nothing. just go to bed." i said, "but i have to write something. give me some ideas." so he said, "write: my bed is calling to me 'come to me all who are weary...'"  oh, i have a comedian in the house.

i wonder if anyone else can say that their son shows no shame in dancing and singing in front of their mom, grooving to the chipmunks version of "dynamite" by taio cruz.

 is he a groover or what?!?

he's always had this talent of cheering me up and making me laugh at the most inopportune times, and usually when i am not in the mood to laugh, or even smile. ever since he was able to smile. his first true belly laugh was when he was about 3 weeks old, i fed him popsicles. he slurped them up and then would giggle, for no other reason than because he could. once he realized his ability for laughter, he's done what he can to laugh, and make others laugh. especially his crabby mom. and oh, she's been crabby fairly often in her old age.  not kidding!

other than his laughter, he leaves me notes around the house, expressing his undying love for me. ok, so i exaggerate a little bit. but just a little. it might not be undying, but he tells me quite often how much he loves his mom. and i'm fortunate enough to have that blessed role. just today he left me a note. when i was going upstairs to put little E down for a nap and to take one myself, i told him in half jest and half seriousness, "feel free to wash dishes" to which he replied "what if i do?" i said, "i'd probably die of shock." in his note he told me not to drop dead of a heart attack when i got downstairs and saw that the dishes were done. funny kid!  needless to say, i did not die of shock or heart attack. but i was pleasantly surprised. very pleasantly! very surprised! wish i could have gotten a picture of that. it would have been saved for posterity. 

posterity = all future generations....i would have seriously had to show his grandkids that one! never before seen photos of their grandpa washing dishes. see it here first!

ok, so i exaggerate once again. but seriously, the kid does NOT do dishes. i literally have to pay him....and beg, and cry and threaten! so today when they got done, i thought maybe josey had to pay a gnome to do them. and then take the credit for it in the note. i guess he didn’t actually come out and tell me that HE did them, after all.  hhhmmmm.....maybe there’s something to that after all.

now, taking out garbage, that’s something he CAN do. he’s gotten to be a pro at it. it used to take him at least 20 minutes to empty all the garbages in the house. seriously! i often wondered, “WHAT is he doing that takes him so long?” now he’s gotten it down to a science, takes him less than 3 minutes. i’m tellin ya....he’s a pro in action when it comes to garbage emptying! and you should have seen him cleaning the bunny cage before the bunny passed on to bunny heaven. it used to be such a dramatic production whenever i mentioned the words “clean” and “bunny” in the same sentence. i’d hear the whining and complaining for hours before the task was actually completed. i’d often say “for crying out loud! just do it, and quit complaining.” after all, whether he complained or grumbled, he was still going to do it. it often got done just before bedtime, because he would put it off for so long. talk about procrastination at its finest! by the end of bunny’s life, josey had the cage cleaning perfected. wouldn’t take him more than 2 minutes. sometimes he’d get it done before i realized he had even started.  AND out with the garbage that took him just 3 minutes more. and believe it or not, no complaining! woohoo! see, it pays to nag once in a while.  ha!

so, am i saying my kid is perfect? no. not even close. but he’s a great kid. i doubt i could find a better one if i searched the world over. or at least the block. oh, and did i mention he’s funny too?

picture of the day

is it spring yet?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

picture of the day



Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds......Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.....If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?....Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:26, 28-34  

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

picture of the day


In light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master,
I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel.
I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off,
down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—
not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love,
alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.  
Ephesians 4:1-3 MSG

Thursday, February 24, 2011

hats for sale! not just hats i guess.....

my first tutu......$25

picture of the day

The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
Psalm 33:6-8

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

picture of the day

Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.
Psalm 2:11
They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness.
Psalm 89:16
They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Psalm 145:7

Monday, February 21, 2011

picture of the day

i just wanna worship You
all my days, lift my hands and give You praise
i don't wanna stop, i don't wanna stop

For the Lord delights in His people;
      He crowns the humble with victory.
Psalm 149:4  NLT



Sunday, February 20, 2011

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sun. stand. still.


ok, so i have this wednesday night Bible study with a group of amazing women, all of whom are believing for a sun stand still prayer to be answered in their lives. some are believing for friends and family members to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. others for jobs to come thru for them or their husbands. or for things to happen with their children that they don't see happening without GOD intervening on their behalf. i hadn't shared what mine was, for the main reason that i wasn't entirely sure it was from GOD. sure, i have prayers for friends and family members to know Jesus. i also have prayers for my own child to continue to grow closer to Jesus. and although my greatest desire right now is to be healed, those aren't my sun stand still prayers.

but i do have a sun stand still prayers that i am seeing the beginnings of right now, and others that i don't know how GOD will be able to pull off in my life. there is no indication they will occur, at least not in the natural. but i'm believing that GOD is lining everything up. i am also doing another Bible study on thursday nights, called a woman after GOD's own heart, and i'm learning the importance of prayer in the early morning. i've already gotten an answer to a prayer that i didn't even realize i had. although it is not my sun stand still prayer, i think it's important to include here. i will get to my sun stand still prayers shortly.

so.....last friday morning after reading a few verses, one stuck with me throughout the morning. it was from psalm 136, and is repeated throughout the entire chapter. it was “His love endures forever.”  i was thanking GOD for that fact all day….GOD loves me, and His love endures forever. the Creator of the universe loves me. FOREVER!!! how cool is that?  so anyway, back to my answer to the prayer i didn’t know i had. i asked GOD which of my giftings would He use for His glory. it came to me as clear as i’ve ever heard….painting. this did not mean house painting, although i’ve done that in the past. this meant acrylic painting. on canvas. i used to do it all the time, but haven’t in a while. the main reasons that i stopped are: 1) my health—i get exhausted very easily and at the end of a day full of whatever life throws my way, the last thing i want to do is drag out painting gear; 2) no time. need i say more? so when GOD told me “painting” my first questions were “how?” and “when?”…while i explained how i felt every day. this is where it gets good. i believe that GOD clearly put it on my heart that He would provide the time, energy, strength, and inspiration to paint whenever i purpose to do it. tears immediately sprang to my eyes and i wanted to shout hallelujah! i didn’t; it was only 6:45 am after all, and josey was still asleep. but i did say “thank you” over and over (and over) again to GOD. i’m so excited about this…i can’t even begin to describe how i feel. i know that GOD will give me the inspiration to paint, as well as the ability, time, strength, energy, and creativity. hallelujah!

now, onto my sun stand still prayers. the first is what i am seeing manifest right now. i’ve been busy knitting and crocheting lately…hats. more specifically….kid hats. baby hats. i wasn’t sure they are good enough to sell, so i gave some away to people i thought might enjoy them for their little ones….ok, for their girls. the boy hats aren’t in the making as of yet. well, today GOD gave me the idea and boldness to post some hats for sale on my blog and facebook. i thought i would get a few comments about them, but not the response i did get. i originally just wanted to make them as gifts, and eventually do a bunch and donate to an organization. i also thought that it would be fun to try to start selling them for a nice extra income. but not right away. i figured i would do it for a while, give some away, get the word out that i’m making hats. and hope beyond hope that word gets out and people just come to me to make them a hat or 2. probably why my jewelry business never got off the ground. not the ideal marketing strategy, to say the least. i’m the worst salesperson you’ll ever meet. forget selling ice to an eskimo….i couldn’t sell water to a parched saharan-ite-person. seriously! so this idea really made me go out on a limb….of faith. it’s GOD’s idea, so he’s going to have to be the marketing director, the salesman, and the idea man. not to mention the “get-the-word-out-and-draw-people-in” person. because i am no good at it! but within an hour i had already sold 2 with the possibility of sellng a bunch to a friend for them to sell in their store. hallelujah! that is sun stand still prayer #1.

sun stand still prayer #2 is this:
for as long as i can remember, i’ve wanted to start a photography business. at one time i even downloaded and printed over 250 pages of a photography book to learn how to take better photos. i have an eye for potential great photos, just not the camera to take them. my sun stand still prayer is for everything i need to get this going. from the ideal camera, to people who want me to take photos for them. or of them. to make it even more interesting, i am going to believe for someone to just hand me a brand new camera, as well as any other equipment necessary for this to be a success. i will also believe (as long as i’m believing big) that someone will offer to take me on as a paid part-time apprentice or assistant, with the sole purpose for me to learn the ins and outs of a photography business. i will also need the boldness and confidence and creativity to make my business a success….all to GOD’s glory! 

GOD is big….anything is possible for Him. even the things that i see as impossible. but things are possible for me when i believe. and i am believing for these big prayers to make the
SUN. STAND. STILL.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

picture of the day


...will i dance for You Jesus, or in awe of You be still?
i can only imagine.....
~Mercy Me

David....danced with great abandon before God.
Psalm 6:14

hats! hats! hats for sale!

don't you just love that book? it's been ages since i've read it, but i was thinking of it as i was deciding on a title for this post. fairly appropriate, don't ya think?

so, as you can see, i've been busy these past few weeks. as i wrote to a friend on facebook, i just started not too long ago, but i'm *hooked*.  it all started with those cute newborn striped pompom hats. i knit about a dozen or so. then i found more online that i thought "i could do that". and so it blossomed....quite literally with all those flowers sprouting all over the place. and unbelievably, they only take a little over a couple hours to finish. that is if i am able to just sit down and do them. however, life is often not like that. like for real, what mom can actually just sit down for a couple hours without distractions or some kind of emergency flying in her face? seriously! it just doesn't happen. not around here anyway. i can't even get thru a movie without something luring me away. something that i forgot to do or take care of before i sat down. something that *needs* to be done immediately. something that probably could have waited til later. but with my mind going in 70 different directions at any given moment, i tend to forget if i don't do it immediately. which is why i don't get to sit thru a movie without getting up at least 5 times. then of course, that leads to other distractions, and before i know it, josey is asking "can i start the movie again or should i wait for you to come back?"  ooops! sorry.  back to the movie for another 20 minutes or so, at which point i'm on the move again.

but this is post is not supposed to be about my distracted mind, or my lack of concentration. it's supposed to be about the hats. so far i've created the striped newborn pompom hats in almost every color combination imaginable, plus all the other hats you see here. however, the black one, the purple one, and the pink one are gone already. those were actually done as gifts. but i wanted to put their pics up to show possibilities for other hats i can make. i'm sure i'll create others very similar in other color combos. so if anyone is interested in getting one (or a few) for their daughter(s), or even as gifts, just let me know. right now i'm fairly new at this thing so i won't be charging a whole lot at this point. so if you get them now, the prices are fairly reasonable. anywhere between $5 and $12, depending on difficulty and time and yarn. the newborn ones are $5, and the others are the other prices. they seriously only take little over 2 hours, so i could have them to you within a day or 2 for a 2-3 hats, longer for more (as long as no emergencies emerge--and if that were the case, i would let you know asap). like i said, any color combination, for pretty much any size child. i will also be starting on boys hats soon. they just aren't in the making yet. except the newborn ones of course.

so, if you are interested, please either comment here or on fb with your color combo and style, or if you have a different style in mind with a photo, email it to me and i will let you know if it's a possibility.

 newborn striped hat with pompoms
 

beanie with large flower

 

beanie with large flower

 

 ruffled grannie beanie with small flowers
(can also be made without ruffle)


beanie with scalloped edge with small flowers


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

bust a gut

if any of you have been following me on facebook, you  may have seen a few posts from a page called "I Heart Faces".  it's a fun photography page, and their website is even more fun. and they have a contest every week called Photo Challenge, with a theme for the week. and this week's was just up my alley. it's called "bust a gut".

Josey and i love to "bust a gut" laughing over laughable things....and sometimes some very UN-laughable things. if it evokes a "look" or one of us to say "o my," you can pretty much guarantee there will be some gut busting going on.

that being said, as i went thru my old photos of Josey busting a gut, i found this one. it is Josey and his GREAT grandma (my grandma) playing in shredded paper in her strawberry garden. it was taken when Josey was about 5 yrs old, which means my grandma was only 81 yrs young. but she didn't let that stop her and Josey from "busting a gut" as they played, rolled, and LAUGHED in the paper and strawberry patch. hope you enjoyed this as much as i did.

and don't forget to "bust a gut" yourself every once in a while.

playing with great grandma

by the way, you can head on over and enter the contest yourself at http://www.iheartfaces.com/2011/11/photo-challenge-laughter/

Monday, November 28, 2011

giving thanks

this time of year always inspires so many of us to think about what we're thankful for. what if there was no thanksgiving? what would remind us to be thankful? would we have to create another day just to remind us? or would we have to get reminders from others? or do we just subconciously consider all there is to be thankful for?

personally, and unfortunately, that last one is normally where my thoughts run. the people in my life "just know" that i'm thankful for them, right? i don't have to tell them if i'm just subconsciously thinking that i'm thankful, right? and definitely God just knows, right? or am i telling them? no, sometimes i don't. sometimes i get busy. sometimes i plain and simply forget. or give them a simple "thanks!" or if i'm a little more enthusiastic, sometimes "hey, thanks!" and sometimes....sometimes more often than not.....i don't even think about it.

there's a post on facebook that i see every once in a while, which is a good reminder to give thanks for all things. each and every day! it goes something like this: "what if you woke up this morning with only the things you gave thanks for yesterday?" wow! sure makes me think. and makes me realize that i really wouldn't have much. i certainly wouldn't have many people in my life. it's not very often that i actually give thanks for them. not necessarily TO them, but FOR them. and most days i don't even give thanks for my son. i used to. every morning and every night. up until he was about 6 months old. then just as quickly as i started, i stopped. for no particular reason.

 


BUT i want to be the type of person who gives thanks. FOR everything. IN everything. every second of every day. not just the good things and not just the answered prayers. i want to be thankful for those things that God has seen fit NOT to give me. He knows best and who am i to question His knowledge and wisdom? i certainly don't have a very good track record for determining what is best for me, that's for sure.

why don't we think of being thankful more often than once or twice a year, and only because there is a day that has the word "thanks" attached to it? why do we always need reminders? why don't we just have thankfulness in our hearts and on our minds every second of every day? why, as the richest nation on earth, the free-est nation on earth, do we always want more? to HAVE more? to DO more? to SEE more? to BE more?

i'll tell you why....we're human and incapable of what it takes to always be thankful. i know, i know, you're telling me "but i AM thankful EVERY day for EVERY thing." really? so what you're saying is that you're thankful when that guy cut you off in traffic, for the third time in the last 2 miles? that you're thankful when that certain child constantly whines or throws a fit in the middle of the grocery aisle at walmart? that you're thankful when a drunk driver kills your spouse? that you're thankful when the judge determines that your ex-spouse gets full custody of your child, and you only get to see him during school breaks? that you're thankful when your mom gets cancer? that you're thankful when your best friend dies in an auto accident that wasn't her fault? really? i know i wouldn't be.

but isn't it a command of God to be? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says: "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." and what i see is "in everything". it doesn't say, "in everything.....(dot dot dot)" or "in just the good things" or "in everything that goes your way." it says "in EVERYTHING"....period. how is this possible? can it really be done? can we really be thankful "in everything"?

God's Word commands us to, and i doubt God would command it if it were impossible. besides, there's something in His Word that tells me that it IS possible to give thanks in everything. check out Matthew 19:26. and Mark 10:27. and Luke 18:27. if God says it THREE times, wouldn't you think that maybe He wants to make a point? or at least get you to understand that He means business? "the things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

but the question still stands....how?

the key point here is "with God". yes, WITH God. not WITHOUT Him.

and here is another key point: "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." (1 John 5:14-15) it seems to me that asking God to help us to be thankful is "according to His will", doesn't it to you? and if you're still not convinced, try the amplified version of it: "And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. and if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him." that's pretty sure, if you ask me...."we are sure" and "positively" and "with settled and absolute knowledge". yep, fairly sure.

one other key point when asking, and when you're not sure whether it's really His will. being thankful IS His will. at least 1 Thes 5 says it is: "for this is the will of God".....good enough for me. if it says specifically in His Word "for this is the will of God", you can be definitely, positively, absolutely, without a doubt certain that it is! can't get any clearer than that.

so that is HOW. ask. receive. give thanks. simple right?

all that being said, i am so very thankful for every one of you, whether you are my son, family, a friend, an acquaintence, a follower, a fan, a customer, or just someone passing by. God has a good plan for you. you are the apple of His eye. THAT right there is something to be thankful for!

and i am!



Saturday, November 12, 2011

the blog thief

yes, there is a blog thief out there. it's lurking in my home, ready to steal any tidbit or morsel of blog material that it can. it pretends to be my friend, but then i realize that anything i want to tell you has already been told.

i get up in the morning, and it's there, waiting. before i head to bed at night, it lurks in the darkness with the false promise of "it will only take a minute." but before i know it, it's 1am...or 2....or sometimes even 3. it also steals other things from my life, not to mention the lives of many of my friends....and even mere acquaintances....not to mention total strangers. it sucks sleep from before my eyes. and let's not forget the theft of a clean house, exercise, and anything else that *should* be done throughout the days.

the thief springs to life at the click of a button, ready to pounce in the blinking of an eye, never keeping its promise of "just one more minute, and that's it."

BUT this thief can also be defeated at the touch of another button. it can be "shut down" with just one finger. yet those it steals from choose to believe the false promises, choose not to lift that one finger.

this thief is also the master of addiction and distraction. the promise of "just one minute" is sometimes believable, especially when we have every intention of quitting after just one minute. it distracts us with it's constantly updating messages. sometimes it sends out numbers in the form of messages. but don't be deceived...altho those messages may contain information that seems important to you, most are not. it tells you that you are well-liked, yet it continues to steal, addict, and distract.

this thief also deceives in other ways. it promotes activity, yet we become more sedentary. it promotes cleanliness, yet our homes become chaos. it even promotes sleep, yet we are becoming more and more sleep-deprived. it promotes health, yet we are remaining unhealthy.

and don't be deceived by it's false sense of importance in your life. the messages it sends out may seem innocent enough, harmless enough, important enough. but be warned, they are the thief's greatest MO. these things of false importance only serve to help the thief steal precious time from your children and other family and friends.

now, some of you are saying "but if i didn't have it in my life, i wouldn't know this or that about so-and-so." yes, that may be true. however, there is a solution i have for that. it's called "an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance", aka phone, aka telephone. which brings to mind that the thief is also the thief of the spoken word. not to mention that it renders this "instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance" useless. and let's not even get into how it robs from the agency called USPS. 


with these warnings i hope you take every precaution to not let the thief steal what is important to you. with the right tools, you can use the thief instead of it using you. use your words and messages wisely. encourage others to do the same. promote generosity and kindness, instead of allowing the thief to steal those characteristics from you and others. send out messages via the thief that build others up, instead of tearing them down. use the thief to remind others to get plenty of sleep, to keep a clean home, to spend time with family, to love life. then take your own advice to heart, and do the same. 


then reach over with your little finger and utilize the button to "shut down" the thief that goes by the code name of "fb", and let's stop it in its tracks. let's call it what it really is and change that second letter to a "c" for "crook". before you know it, your sleep will be sweet, your home will be clean, and your love for your family and friends will grow because of the time you spend with them. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Luke 16:10

i've come to the conclusion that i'm just no good at this blogging thing!


i don't know where the time has gone, but it keeps on getting away from me. every.single.day. at least lately i can say i've been busy, but this summer? no excuse whatsoever. 


it's just that most days i don't really have anything interesting to tell about. nothing interesting enough to mention anyway. just life.

but to catch you all up on what my life is about these days, i guess i can fill you in.

school has started. in case you hadn't noticed. for us that means homeschooling. and if you hadn't known that before, yes, i said *homeschooling*. UFF DA is all i have to say about that! Josey and i have decided that as long as we don't work on math together, we're good. the last few times i think i could have worked myself bald. pulling my hair out, that is. i've always been good at math, so when he doesn't get it, i just don't get it. to me, it just makes sense. what is there to explain? i mean seriously....

∏ (yes, that's pi, just go with me on this)... ∏ just = 3.14 dot dot dot to infinite, right? do we really need to know HOW to figure it out?   ....and...

the sq root of something is NOT that # divided by 2! seriously! and don't ask me how to FIND it, you just have to KNOW it. c'mon, everyone knows that!    ....and....

just HOW many times do we have to go over multiplication of fractions? really?  and let's not even get into division of those same fractions!  

like i said: UFF DA!!!! 

but do it on his own....he just gets it! go figure!  ha! *go figure*....math pun...and i didn't even mean to do it! 

but i guess i couldn't ask for a better kid. if you don't know him, you should. and if you do know him, you know you are blessed.  he's the glue that holds this family together.....without him, i wouldn't be a family ;) and he's the cheapest dishwasher i've found yet. the best part? he loves Jesus! can't go wrong with that!

the start of school also means that i'm back to doing childcare. but this time around doesn't just mean little E. and *little* E isn't all that little anymore. she's growing up! *tear*  this time around, there is also little V who comes with little E. 4 months old in september. and little E already turned THREE in september! she wasn't even ONE yet when she first *joined* our little family. oh how time flies!  but i tell you, this new little V is one of the easiest, happiest, smily-est (yes, that's a word!) babes i have ever known. 2nd only to my own kid at that age. now, if you wanted to know THE easiest, happiest, smily-est (yes, it's still a word) babes, well, you didn't have to look any further than my own! and he's still one of the easiest, happiest, smily-est (still a word) kids i know. but i digress....  little V and not-so-little E just add a little more fun and excitement to our home each and every day. i don't think i could adore 2 little girls more. 

in addition to these 2 little girls, we also have taken on a little boy. however, i just have him for a few hours one day a week. he definitely brings some fun and excitement to our home whenever he's here. yep, our cutie patootie L is pretty special to us too. he's my new little bud and we adore him just as much as E & V. and i think Josey enjoys having a *little brother* in the house once in a while too ;) at least then he doesn't feel so outnumbered.

then there's Goliath. for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure to meet this *giant* of a dog (and i use the term *giant* very VERY loosely), you have def been missing out. altho he can get pretty annoying some days (ok, ok...i admit, it's MOST days), we sure do love that pup. he actually turned one in march, so he's really not too much of a pup anymore. no matter how much he acts like one. well, i take that back. he acts more like a real child than anything. or a cat. or a squirrel. or a rabbit. something like that. if you've ever seen Toothless in the movie How to Train Your Dragon, then you somewhat know Goliath. just increase his size by about 10,000, give him wings, and you've got the star of the movie. at any rate, Goliath surely keeps us busy. and for some reason, he frightens little L. could be that L has never seen such a big dog before? hhhmmmm....could be something to that after all ;)  but anyway....our *giant* of a dog keeps us on our toes. at least me. all i have to say is that he only gets into my yarn once every few weeks now. used to be that we would be afraid to walk in the door, for fear of getting tangled in the web he would weave while we were gone. for a while i think i tossed out more yarn than i actually crocheted. i was beginning to think that maybe he was partying with cats while we were gone. needless to say, i keep the yarn under lock and key these days. 


 yep, that's Goliath's handiwork


we went thru some dog training this summer with Goliath. i could say he needed it, but i think it was me who needed it more. i just didn't know where to even begin with him. if i said "sit" he ran. if i told him "no"  he would do it more. and walking with him? gggrrrrrr.....(that was me, not him). altho, his bark is def worse than his bite. Goliath would see dogs 10x his size and you'd think he was going to rip them apart, the way he snarled, growled, barked, thrashed, pulled, and downright SPAZZED OUT! it got so bad for a while that the more we tried to get him to stop, the worse he got. i was starting to think that i might have to carry a bag with me, to toss him into whenever we would even glimpse another dog. seriously! either that or walk without him. but what's the sense in having a dog and a leash if you aren't going to take him for walks? plus, there were days when i would have had to walk alone if Goliath didn't go with me *sigh*  so we went thru dog training. THE FIRST DAY we had improvement. like about 200%! we went for a walk before training, and then we went for a walk after training...just to see the difference. he was a whole different dog! he heeled. he stopped barking at dogs. ok, well, he didn't entirely stop...but one or 2 barks compared to snarling, growling, barking, thrashing, pulling and downright SPAZZING OUT was a def improvement! i was now (finally) a happy dog owner. if i had only done it with the many MANY dogs i've had over the years, i may have enjoyed them so much more. to this day (which is about 5 months after the fact), Goliath will still heel and sit and stay and be quiet when we remind him. now to just train ME to remind him instead of becoming frustrated that he's not reading my mind! ha!


another thing that has been keeping me occupied has been a couple part-time jobs. one lasted thru the summer and one is ongoing. i cleaned cabins for a family every saturday during june, july and august. that was a nice little job for a nice little extra income. the other job is doing bookkeeping for another family's business. how different can all my jobs be from each other? sheesh! i just now realized that.  anyway, the bookkeeping job is just a few hours every week, and it gives me a nice little extra income too. 

let's see....what else has been keeping me away from blogging these days? hhhmmmm.....let me think....can you think of anything else that might be keeping me busy lately? o wait....i think i know....













if you go to www.facebook.com/thelittlethings2011 (it's a public page, so anyone can view it, even if you don't have a facebook profile) you'll see more of what i've been up to. 
oh, and i've got a new name for my new business. now, instead of the un-inspired name of "dawn's hats", it is now called The Little Things. i was having a tough time finding the perfect name for my biz, so i did a contest give-away. whoever could come up with the name would win a free item from The Little Things. i have to say that i got some very...ahem...*creative* suggestions (again, loosely). after reading some of them, Josey and i had a good chuckle over my posted *suggestion* of "the happy hooker"....because after reading some of those *creative* suggestions, i might as well have gone with that! o boy! the suggestions stopped after i posted, so i had to reassure everyone i was ONLY JOKING! regardless, Josey and i had some good laughs over some of them :)  

but finally the perfect name appeared....and stuck. here is what she selected...



isn't that the cutest photo you've ever seen? and she even created the ad for me ;)
talk about team spirit! woohoo! go otters! or gophers! or whatever your team is...

if you have not yet found someone to do your family photo shoot, you need to go to www.reflectionmediaonline.wordpress.com and check out what she can do. it's amazing what a little camera can capture!  she is a sweetheart and a lot of fun too. you cannot go wrong with this girl :)

and you can catch a little blurb about The Little Things (not to mention our own personal photo shoot) at


and go here to see some of the baby props i made for her.....


well, that's about it for our lives over the past (several) months....so you can blame all that for stealing time away from blogging and keeping you updated on what we're about. 

we are so enjoying the blessings God has so graciously given us. although we may not have a large house, a luxury car, tons of cash, a home on the beach, or a villa in the mountains, we are rich in *the little things*


*if you are faithful with the little things, you will be faithful in the large ones.*  ~Luke 16:10



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I am an Heiress!

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 16:5-8

I am thankful for.....

God's Word......that Jesus died for me.....my life in Christ....salvation....freedom.....victory....I'm no longer afraid......my funny, super-awesome, Jesus-loving, joy-filled, compassionate, polite, handsome, great kid.....my sweet, silly, beautiful niece......friends.....family......my home....living in small town America.....having an amazing church family.....my crazy puppy....love.....peace......4-wheel drive.....FB so I can connect with old friends....I live in the richest (and free-est) country in the world......my health.....freedom to worship.....freedom to pray.....being a daughter of the Creator of the Universe.....being able to homeschool my great kid.....being able to work at home.....a sweet, funny, adorable, little 2-yr old girl who comes to my home 4 days a week....my neighbors....God's blessings and provision.....good books.....good music.....good food.....laughter.....tears.....my kid's smile.....teaching Sunday School to the best 3 yr olds on the planet!.....my funny, fun, silly, sweet 3 yr olds....thunder storms.....rain....sunshine.....rainbows....snow.....my microwave......anything that helps make my life easier.....great devos....great Bible teachings.....a spirit-filled Pastor.....help from strangers.....our amazing military.....

the list goes on and on and on......

What are you thankful for? What are you looking forward to in 2011? I plan on reflecting on what happened in the past, but I will also let it go and look forward to new things with fresh eyes and an expecting heart. Anything can happen. After all, with God all things are possible.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

picture of the day

aren't you glad that God doesn't take one look at us
and do what the kid in 'home alone' does
8O

Friday, March 11, 2011

picture(s) of the day

here are the boys in action with their pingpong ball shooter
at the science museum

i think this may have been my favorite exhibit
at the science museum....
it was about 10 ft long x 4 ft high
it was very cool....i'd like to make one for myself....
WHERE would i hang it???

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

picture of the day

does anyone recognize these wanted boys? last seen roaming the halls of science museum, having fun, causing laughter, and laughing themselves. may be armed with pingpong ball shooters.


babies, tweens, and teens...oh my!

what a day! all i can say is "uff-DA!" not that it went badly, but it just was really really l-l-l-l-o-o-o-o-o-n-n-n-g-g-g-g!!!! up at 4:30 so we could head for the bus by 5:45 am, and to leave walmart parking lot at 6 am sharp. with about 60 other people....mostly kids age 15 months and up. including my own. three hours on the bus. 2+ hours at the capitol building. another 2 hours at the st paul cathedral. 3+ hours at the science museum. then 3 MORE hours on the bus and we were home by 9:45 pm. like i said, it was a really really long day. but it was oh, so fun!

as i was watching all these kids ages 15 months and up interact so nicely, i thought, "if this would have been a public school trip, they never would have had the opportunity to interact with such a mixed group of ages." if it would have been a public school trip, of course it would have been with josey's class, which would have meant a bus full of 6th graders...with a few teachers and even fewer parents dispersed throughout. but as it was, my almost-12-yr-old kid sat in the same seat with another 11 yr old, but across from a 14 yr old and a couple 13 yr olds, 2 seats behind a 15 month old, a seat in front of two 6-7 yr olds, and played "mafia" with another bunch of kids of mixed ages. babies, tweens, and teens....oh my!

i am just amazed at the opportunity God has given us to "socialize" with kids of all ages by providing us with the chance to homeschool. i saw 6 yr olds hugging 14 yr olds. 10 yr olds sitting with 4 yr olds. 15 yr olds helping 8 yr olds. 11 yr olds telling jokes to adults. 17 yr olds goofing off with 11 yr olds. it was pretty cool. i was also encouraged because my son has such great role models who are polite, courteous, generous, helpful, thoughtful, thankful, kind, and respectful. when i see 15 yr olds resting their elbows on my son's shoulder, talking with him about baseball or explaining a game so he can be involved, my heart is so filled with gratitude that God has put these kids in our lives. their parents have got to be beyond pleased with their behavior and attitudes. what a blessing to witness!

ok, i'm not at all saying that homeschool kids are perfect, nor are they better than public schoolers. all i'm saying is that the opportunity for spending quality time with such a mixed group of ages isn't normally there for public schoolers and we are so blessed to have that thru homeschooling. that being said, i shouldn't get any derogatory emails in reference to what i have posted thus far.

oh, i should also mention that we had a great bus driver too. if you go to our church, you should know who this person is, but for privacy i won't say a name. but he was kind, patient, and appreciative of all our silliness and lack of quietness.

lack of quietness is actually an understatement. altho these homeschoolers were polite, courteous, generous, helpful, thoughtful, thankful, kind, and respectful, they were also loud. i mean, they were LOUD! bold, underline, and exclamation point. but just on the bus. outside the bus they showed the utmost respect for others by keeping their voices at a low volume and their squirrely-ness at a minimum. i was very impressed.

keep up the good work, homeschool moms! and great job to the kids today! thanks for making this a great day for josey and me by providing us with entertainment and a laugh a minute.

 josey in front of the capitol building...
not necessarily his thoughts about the trip

*almost* all the kids with our senator gretchen hoffman


Monday, March 7, 2011

in awe

as i am sitting here today crocheting yet another cute hat, i'm just in awe of what God has been doing thru me with these hats. i am totally blown away at the creativity flowing from my hands into these things. just short of three weeks ago, the only crocheting ability i had was scarfs and blankets. ok, not even blankets. every blanket i attempted to crochet or knit turned into a lopsided mess that i couldn't even bring myself to put on my own bed where no one else would ever see it. seriously! i was getting fairly good at scarfs, but come on, how difficult is it to stitch straight across, turn around, and stitch straight back across? if you have any ability at crocheting, you can make a scarf like the ones i was making!

all i can think of all this is how unbelievably faithful and kind this mighty God of mine is!

just two short weeks ago i posted my sun stand still prayer regarding these hats. and here i am already on my way to seeing it become a reality in my life. un-flipping-believable!  i'm in the process of making a hat that will already be #12 that i've sold, with another to make that someone else is buying. my blessings are crazily rolling in. i don't even know what to think, to tell you the truth. i'm just in awe of an awesome God. my prayer is that i never lose sight of what God is doing and start taking the credit for myself. because i know my crocheting and knitting ability before, and i know what it's like now. i do NOT want to lose it.

God has been so good to me and josey in providing for our every need over the last 3 yrs. and this is just evidence of that goodness....and then some. God is great! God is good! there is nothing...
NOTHING!....that my God cannot do!

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
   my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
   and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 28:7

Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer,
   you shield my head in the day of battle.
Psalm 140:7

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
   my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:2 (NIV)

He will cover you with his feathers.
      He will shelter you with his wings.
      His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Psalm 91:4 (NLT)

Psalm 91 (MSG)
You who sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow,
   Say this: "God, you're my refuge.
      I trust in you and I'm safe!"
   That's right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
      shields you from deadly hazards.
   His huge outstretched arms protect you—
      under them you're perfectly safe;
      his arms fend off all harm.
   Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
      not flying arrows in the day,
   Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
      not disaster that erupts at high noon.
   Even though others succumb all around,
      drop like flies right and left,
      no harm will even graze you.
   You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
      watch the wicked turn into corpses.
   Yes, because God's your refuge,
      the High God your very own home,
   Evil can't get close to you,
      harm can't get through the door.
   He ordered his angels
      to guard you wherever you go.
   If you stumble, they'll catch you;
      their job is to keep you from falling.
   You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
      and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
"If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says God,
      "I'll get you out of any trouble.
   I'll give you the best of care
      if you'll only get to know and trust me.
   Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;
      I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.
   I'll give you a long life,
      give you a long drink of salvation!" 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

break a neck

one day as i was sitting in the living room a little over a year ago, minding my own business, this kid started jumping off our couch. he was getting some pretty serious hang-time, so i just had to snap a few photos. it got to be quite comical after a while. these are some pictures that occured after about 2 minutes of straight jumping. he had to take off his sweatshirt because obviously he was working up a sweat or something.



once i realized what his shirt said, i had to laugh. the funniest part was that he wasn't getting into trouble...just making it. it could have ended poorly. he could have tripped and fallen head over heels and broken something. something like the vase on the tv. or the tv itself. but since nothing got broken, it was all good.



so he continued jumping and leaping from the couch. getting more and more hang-time. i think by this time i was laughing so hard i could barely hold the camera straight. it was unbelievable how high he could get and how many times he could keep jumping and not get into trouble. i mean seriously, what mom in their right mind not only allows this in the house, but also condones and encourages it by snapping photos of the crime in progress?


guess his shirt says it all....

all i can think is to say "keep it up and you'll break a neck"

Saturday, March 5, 2011

picture of the day

it's another one of those days.....
bbbllllbbbblllllppppp.....

Friday, March 4, 2011

picture of the day


yes, i know how you feel....i often have days like this.
just put a box over my head and call it good.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

picture of the day

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
I Corinthians 11:1

Monday, February 28, 2011

there's a comedian in the house

i  have the most entertaining and funny kid on the block...perhaps the planet. when i asked him tonight what i should blog about, he said, "nothing. just go to bed." i said, "but i have to write something. give me some ideas." so he said, "write: my bed is calling to me 'come to me all who are weary...'"  oh, i have a comedian in the house.

i wonder if anyone else can say that their son shows no shame in dancing and singing in front of their mom, grooving to the chipmunks version of "dynamite" by taio cruz.

 is he a groover or what?!?

he's always had this talent of cheering me up and making me laugh at the most inopportune times, and usually when i am not in the mood to laugh, or even smile. ever since he was able to smile. his first true belly laugh was when he was about 3 weeks old, i fed him popsicles. he slurped them up and then would giggle, for no other reason than because he could. once he realized his ability for laughter, he's done what he can to laugh, and make others laugh. especially his crabby mom. and oh, she's been crabby fairly often in her old age.  not kidding!

other than his laughter, he leaves me notes around the house, expressing his undying love for me. ok, so i exaggerate a little bit. but just a little. it might not be undying, but he tells me quite often how much he loves his mom. and i'm fortunate enough to have that blessed role. just today he left me a note. when i was going upstairs to put little E down for a nap and to take one myself, i told him in half jest and half seriousness, "feel free to wash dishes" to which he replied "what if i do?" i said, "i'd probably die of shock." in his note he told me not to drop dead of a heart attack when i got downstairs and saw that the dishes were done. funny kid!  needless to say, i did not die of shock or heart attack. but i was pleasantly surprised. very pleasantly! very surprised! wish i could have gotten a picture of that. it would have been saved for posterity. 

posterity = all future generations....i would have seriously had to show his grandkids that one! never before seen photos of their grandpa washing dishes. see it here first!

ok, so i exaggerate once again. but seriously, the kid does NOT do dishes. i literally have to pay him....and beg, and cry and threaten! so today when they got done, i thought maybe josey had to pay a gnome to do them. and then take the credit for it in the note. i guess he didn’t actually come out and tell me that HE did them, after all.  hhhmmmm.....maybe there’s something to that after all.

now, taking out garbage, that’s something he CAN do. he’s gotten to be a pro at it. it used to take him at least 20 minutes to empty all the garbages in the house. seriously! i often wondered, “WHAT is he doing that takes him so long?” now he’s gotten it down to a science, takes him less than 3 minutes. i’m tellin ya....he’s a pro in action when it comes to garbage emptying! and you should have seen him cleaning the bunny cage before the bunny passed on to bunny heaven. it used to be such a dramatic production whenever i mentioned the words “clean” and “bunny” in the same sentence. i’d hear the whining and complaining for hours before the task was actually completed. i’d often say “for crying out loud! just do it, and quit complaining.” after all, whether he complained or grumbled, he was still going to do it. it often got done just before bedtime, because he would put it off for so long. talk about procrastination at its finest! by the end of bunny’s life, josey had the cage cleaning perfected. wouldn’t take him more than 2 minutes. sometimes he’d get it done before i realized he had even started.  AND out with the garbage that took him just 3 minutes more. and believe it or not, no complaining! woohoo! see, it pays to nag once in a while.  ha!

so, am i saying my kid is perfect? no. not even close. but he’s a great kid. i doubt i could find a better one if i searched the world over. or at least the block. oh, and did i mention he’s funny too?

picture of the day

is it spring yet?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

picture of the day



Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds......Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.....If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?....Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:26, 28-34  

Saturday, February 26, 2011

picture of the day

with God as my Daddy, i have some pretty big shoes to fill
:0)

Friday, February 25, 2011

picture of the day


In light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master,
I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel.
I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off,
down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—
not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love,
alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.  
Ephesians 4:1-3 MSG

Thursday, February 24, 2011

hats for sale! not just hats i guess.....

my first tutu......$25

picture of the day

The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
Psalm 33:6-8

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

family fun time tuesday

sorry, a day late....

pointed, probing, leading & loaded question of the week

tell your child what you love about your country.

picture of the day

i know it's just around the corner......

it's called SPRING

i believe that.....

under all this snow.....

.....is what i'm dreaming of

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

picture of the day

Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.
Psalm 2:11
They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness.
Psalm 89:16
They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Psalm 145:7

Monday, February 21, 2011

picture of the day

i just wanna worship You
all my days, lift my hands and give You praise
i don't wanna stop, i don't wanna stop

For the Lord delights in His people;
      He crowns the humble with victory.
Psalm 149:4  NLT



Sunday, February 20, 2011

help Haiti



donate to help Haiti and a chance to win a colorado or florida vacation

sun. stand. still.


ok, so i have this wednesday night Bible study with a group of amazing women, all of whom are believing for a sun stand still prayer to be answered in their lives. some are believing for friends and family members to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. others for jobs to come thru for them or their husbands. or for things to happen with their children that they don't see happening without GOD intervening on their behalf. i hadn't shared what mine was, for the main reason that i wasn't entirely sure it was from GOD. sure, i have prayers for friends and family members to know Jesus. i also have prayers for my own child to continue to grow closer to Jesus. and although my greatest desire right now is to be healed, those aren't my sun stand still prayers.

but i do have a sun stand still prayers that i am seeing the beginnings of right now, and others that i don't know how GOD will be able to pull off in my life. there is no indication they will occur, at least not in the natural. but i'm believing that GOD is lining everything up. i am also doing another Bible study on thursday nights, called a woman after GOD's own heart, and i'm learning the importance of prayer in the early morning. i've already gotten an answer to a prayer that i didn't even realize i had. although it is not my sun stand still prayer, i think it's important to include here. i will get to my sun stand still prayers shortly.

so.....last friday morning after reading a few verses, one stuck with me throughout the morning. it was from psalm 136, and is repeated throughout the entire chapter. it was “His love endures forever.”  i was thanking GOD for that fact all day….GOD loves me, and His love endures forever. the Creator of the universe loves me. FOREVER!!! how cool is that?  so anyway, back to my answer to the prayer i didn’t know i had. i asked GOD which of my giftings would He use for His glory. it came to me as clear as i’ve ever heard….painting. this did not mean house painting, although i’ve done that in the past. this meant acrylic painting. on canvas. i used to do it all the time, but haven’t in a while. the main reasons that i stopped are: 1) my health—i get exhausted very easily and at the end of a day full of whatever life throws my way, the last thing i want to do is drag out painting gear; 2) no time. need i say more? so when GOD told me “painting” my first questions were “how?” and “when?”…while i explained how i felt every day. this is where it gets good. i believe that GOD clearly put it on my heart that He would provide the time, energy, strength, and inspiration to paint whenever i purpose to do it. tears immediately sprang to my eyes and i wanted to shout hallelujah! i didn’t; it was only 6:45 am after all, and josey was still asleep. but i did say “thank you” over and over (and over) again to GOD. i’m so excited about this…i can’t even begin to describe how i feel. i know that GOD will give me the inspiration to paint, as well as the ability, time, strength, energy, and creativity. hallelujah!

now, onto my sun stand still prayers. the first is what i am seeing manifest right now. i’ve been busy knitting and crocheting lately…hats. more specifically….kid hats. baby hats. i wasn’t sure they are good enough to sell, so i gave some away to people i thought might enjoy them for their little ones….ok, for their girls. the boy hats aren’t in the making as of yet. well, today GOD gave me the idea and boldness to post some hats for sale on my blog and facebook. i thought i would get a few comments about them, but not the response i did get. i originally just wanted to make them as gifts, and eventually do a bunch and donate to an organization. i also thought that it would be fun to try to start selling them for a nice extra income. but not right away. i figured i would do it for a while, give some away, get the word out that i’m making hats. and hope beyond hope that word gets out and people just come to me to make them a hat or 2. probably why my jewelry business never got off the ground. not the ideal marketing strategy, to say the least. i’m the worst salesperson you’ll ever meet. forget selling ice to an eskimo….i couldn’t sell water to a parched saharan-ite-person. seriously! so this idea really made me go out on a limb….of faith. it’s GOD’s idea, so he’s going to have to be the marketing director, the salesman, and the idea man. not to mention the “get-the-word-out-and-draw-people-in” person. because i am no good at it! but within an hour i had already sold 2 with the possibility of sellng a bunch to a friend for them to sell in their store. hallelujah! that is sun stand still prayer #1.

sun stand still prayer #2 is this:
for as long as i can remember, i’ve wanted to start a photography business. at one time i even downloaded and printed over 250 pages of a photography book to learn how to take better photos. i have an eye for potential great photos, just not the camera to take them. my sun stand still prayer is for everything i need to get this going. from the ideal camera, to people who want me to take photos for them. or of them. to make it even more interesting, i am going to believe for someone to just hand me a brand new camera, as well as any other equipment necessary for this to be a success. i will also believe (as long as i’m believing big) that someone will offer to take me on as a paid part-time apprentice or assistant, with the sole purpose for me to learn the ins and outs of a photography business. i will also need the boldness and confidence and creativity to make my business a success….all to GOD’s glory! 

GOD is big….anything is possible for Him. even the things that i see as impossible. but things are possible for me when i believe. and i am believing for these big prayers to make the
SUN. STAND. STILL.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

picture of the day


...will i dance for You Jesus, or in awe of You be still?
i can only imagine.....
~Mercy Me

David....danced with great abandon before God.
Psalm 6:14

hats! hats! hats for sale!

don't you just love that book? it's been ages since i've read it, but i was thinking of it as i was deciding on a title for this post. fairly appropriate, don't ya think?

so, as you can see, i've been busy these past few weeks. as i wrote to a friend on facebook, i just started not too long ago, but i'm *hooked*.  it all started with those cute newborn striped pompom hats. i knit about a dozen or so. then i found more online that i thought "i could do that". and so it blossomed....quite literally with all those flowers sprouting all over the place. and unbelievably, they only take a little over a couple hours to finish. that is if i am able to just sit down and do them. however, life is often not like that. like for real, what mom can actually just sit down for a couple hours without distractions or some kind of emergency flying in her face? seriously! it just doesn't happen. not around here anyway. i can't even get thru a movie without something luring me away. something that i forgot to do or take care of before i sat down. something that *needs* to be done immediately. something that probably could have waited til later. but with my mind going in 70 different directions at any given moment, i tend to forget if i don't do it immediately. which is why i don't get to sit thru a movie without getting up at least 5 times. then of course, that leads to other distractions, and before i know it, josey is asking "can i start the movie again or should i wait for you to come back?"  ooops! sorry.  back to the movie for another 20 minutes or so, at which point i'm on the move again.

but this is post is not supposed to be about my distracted mind, or my lack of concentration. it's supposed to be about the hats. so far i've created the striped newborn pompom hats in almost every color combination imaginable, plus all the other hats you see here. however, the black one, the purple one, and the pink one are gone already. those were actually done as gifts. but i wanted to put their pics up to show possibilities for other hats i can make. i'm sure i'll create others very similar in other color combos. so if anyone is interested in getting one (or a few) for their daughter(s), or even as gifts, just let me know. right now i'm fairly new at this thing so i won't be charging a whole lot at this point. so if you get them now, the prices are fairly reasonable. anywhere between $5 and $12, depending on difficulty and time and yarn. the newborn ones are $5, and the others are the other prices. they seriously only take little over 2 hours, so i could have them to you within a day or 2 for a 2-3 hats, longer for more (as long as no emergencies emerge--and if that were the case, i would let you know asap). like i said, any color combination, for pretty much any size child. i will also be starting on boys hats soon. they just aren't in the making yet. except the newborn ones of course.

so, if you are interested, please either comment here or on fb with your color combo and style, or if you have a different style in mind with a photo, email it to me and i will let you know if it's a possibility.

 newborn striped hat with pompoms
 

beanie with large flower

 

beanie with large flower

 

 ruffled grannie beanie with small flowers
(can also be made without ruffle)


beanie with scalloped edge with small flowers