Saturday, April 28, 2012

Words of Wisdom

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! Here are today's Words of Wisdom. Can you relate to either? Feeling inspired? Let me know! Feedback is always appreciated! 

All your dreams can come true- if you have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Snap Shots

I was looking through some photos I have posted on Facebook and thought I'd share them on here. It's been a hectic week of finishing school and getting ready for finals, but tomorrow is my last day of classes! Can I get an "Amen?" I'm so excited to be wrapping up another semester of school and I'll be starting summer missions at the end of May!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Words of Wisdom

Hey hey y'all! Here are our Words of Wisdom. These quotes inspire me and I hope they inspire you too!

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest: Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is bitterest. - Confucius

If you don't know where you're going, and road will get you there. - Lewis Carroll

Decorative Gumball Machine

This idea floats around lots of blogs, so I figured I'd post one too! ☺ I did mine slightly different than most, in the fact that mine has a seashore theme. It's really easy to make, even for people that are so called "craft challenged."

Supplies You Will Need:
Terracotta pot- (L x W x H): 4.33 x 4.33 x 3.94
Terracotta pot saucer (match with above pot)
Round glass bowl- 4¼" wide, 3¾" tall
Acrylic paint
Hot glue gun
Seashells or other decorative objects (optional)

Paint the pot and it's saucer any color you want with the acrylic paint. Once it dries, you may need to add another layer to better hide the pot's original color.

After you are satisfied with whatever paint you have applied, hot glue the bottom of the terracotta pot onto the bottom of the small glass bowl (if you choose to put shells on it, hot glue them around the pot's top first). Take a few small shells and hot glue them around the pot's bottom, that the bowl sits on now, making sure they all fit without overlapping. The saucer should fit nicely onto the top of the bowl. Arrange the shells however you like on the saucer top and hot glue them one at a time. The shells that are glued to the top act as a handle- just remember not to tug too hard!  
I also (just to make it prettier) added vanish mixed with green glitter and painted the blue areas around the top and bottom. If you are wondering where to purchase the right bowl and pot, I found the glass bowl at Dollar Tree, and the terracotta pot at Walmart. Fill your new gumball machine with Hershey's kisses, wrapped gumballs, or even more shells!

So, this craft is easy, fun, and affordable! Hope you enjoyed!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Words of Wisdom

Hey everybody! Here are today's Words of Wisdom. The first photo was taken at Wolf's Bay in Elberta, AL and the second was taken in Little River Park, Huxford, AL. I love both of these quotes so much!

You can't fall if you don't climb. But there is no joy in living your whole life on the ground.
If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. - C.S. Lewis

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Blessings

I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter, and that you didn't forget the real reason we celebrate. It's not about the chocolate bunnies or the marshmallow chicks, but about how our Savior rose from the dead to give us a way to eternal life!

This year, just like the last two or three years in a row (I've lost track- it's so inevitable now..), I dressed up as the Easter bunny for my church's annual egg hunt. I'm not going to say I don't enjoy it, but when children who normally love me run away to hide behind their moms' legs.. It kinda makes you feel bad. I scare children. Every year. At a family egg hunt. That is my confession. Oh, and I'm not the real Easter bunny. I had one child bluntly call me a fake and that the real bunny's name is Peter Cottontail. Oi.. There is always at least one. But it's still fun and it makes just as many kids happy as it does scared, so I'm having my suit dry-cleaned and stored for next year- when I'm sure to pull it out again.

Aha! A baby who was not afraid of me!

My favorite two-year-old!
 So, again, I hope your Easter was amazing!
From: The Not-So-Real Easter Bunny

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Book Post- A Walk to Remember

This book is so good! If you've never read it, but enjoyed the movie, you're sure to love it!

Book Description
September 1, 2004
There was a time when the world was sweeter....when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats.... Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he'd been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he'd fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town's Baptist minister....Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart-and the joy and pain of living. The inspiration for this novel came from Nicholas Sparks's sister: her life and her courage. From the internationally bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, comes his most moving story yet. -as on

Friday, April 6, 2012

Words of Wisdom

Happy Friday everyone! It's also Good Friday! This is Easter weekend and let's not forget why we celebrate this time. It's not about the jelly beans or goodie baskets, it's about Christ's triumph over the grave!
He is not here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. -Matthew 28:6
And this weeks Words of Wisdom:
An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that its going to soon launch you into something great.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Book Post- For Women Only

Or For Men Only. Or For Young Women Only. Or For Young Men Only. Take your pick! These books are helpful in understanding what your spouse, child, or friend may be thinking and feeling. Several variations are available for whatever stage of life you may be in. There is even one for parents: For Parents Only!

Book Description
July 28, 2004
What’s going on in a man’s mind? From their early days, every woman has struggled to understand why males behave the way they do. Even long-married women who think they understand men have only scratched the surface. Beneath a man’s rugged exterior is an even more rugged, unmapped terrain. What bestselling author Shaunti Feldhahn’s research reveals about the inner lives of men will open women’s eyes to what the men in their life—boyfriends, brothers, husbands, and sons—are really thinking and feeling. Men want to be understood, but they’re afraid to “freak out” the women they love by confessing what is happening inside their heads. This book will guide women in how to provide the loving support that modern men want and need.

The Truth About His Inner Life He Desperately Wants You to Know

What's going on in there? Ever been totally confused by something your man has said or done? Want to understand his secret desires and fears, his daily battles that you know nothing about?

In a woman-to-woman conversation you’ll never forget, Shaunti Feldhahn takes you beneath the surface into the inner lives of men. This book is about the things we just don’t ‘get’ about guys. With findings from a groundbreaking national survey and personal interviews of over one thousand men, For Women Only is full of eye-opening revelations you need to not only understand the man in your life, but to support and love him in the way he needs to be loved. Grounded in biblical hope, you will discover how to love your man for who he really is—not who you think he is. -as on

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Be Creative!

Sometimes we need a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing. One way I do this is pulling out some of my favorite random quotes that make me laugh or sound like something I'd say. So do any of these help get your creativity on? What's something you do to get going with a project? (P.S. The last one might be true..)

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In a Tux

 Class  of 2012

 My little brothers.. That's right, my little brothers. They're not so little anymore, are they? I know that they annoy me- endlessly.. But I do love them to death. They'll be graduating this year and starting college, and I can't believe it! Where did the time go? I still remember when they were cute and small! I know they think they're grown, but they're not- especially not to me. It just won't sink in that this is their last year of high school.

They are nearing adulthood, and I'm a proud big sister. I hope they get everything they desire out of life and look to God for guidance and understanding. Only by His grace can they reach their full potential. They'll always be my little brothers, no matter how big they get. ☺
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on
your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6