Sunday, December 19, 2010
Need to go for now....may each of you have a blessed Christmas season. SLOW DOWN and enjoy what this time is truly about...the birth of the Savior who came to save the world. Awesome heart stuff......
One more thing....I have been interested in Advent Conspiracy for about a year now. I am working to set up a page to help with digging wells for clean water in underdeveloped areas. When we have this put together I will share about it. As a family, we have just felt impressed to not put gifts under the tree this year.....but to send what we can out to help those that truly need it. There is something about giving a child water for a year that trumps a tie for Uncle Bob every time. smile.
Hugs and Blessings to all of you!!!!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Love to you all.......prayers for each of you on your journeys...... He is with you and me....
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Sitting down this afternoon to do homework, I started flipping through some television shows that I had recorded and wanted to sift through to see if there were any I wanted to watch. There was a program about women vets.....I was astonished at how many of our women veterans are homeless, have had their children taken from them, and return to.....silence from us.
One of the vets shared how people will show up from miles around to attend the funeral of a returning soldier...but not show up for the ones that return to months in the hospital or needing other care. As a woman and as a widow of a veteran, I hurt for these women.
There was a woman on the show that had lost both legs in an explosion.....she was in the hospital in excruciating pain and felt she was going to die. She watched the clock, willing herself to make it through 60 seconds at a time.....even though she had been transfered back to the US, her hair was matted with blood, she was still covered with dirt and sand from the combat area. A soldier entered the room, took off her arm, and looked at her. She told her she knew she was hurting and understood that, but she was going to make it....and could she "stand for her"? This soldier washed the woman's hair...and for 5 days --through all her pain--when she looked around, this woman was there..."standing for her".
The veteran situation needs our prayers and our voices....and action.
But it also made me think.....how many women do we come across in our lives that need someone just to "stand for her"...... There are women who are harshly judged and we don't know their stories....there are women who are angry and spew such ugliness, but we don't know their story.....how would their lives have been different if someone was willing to "stand for her"? We have women who have lost....homes, husbands, children...health....and after the intial shock when people begin to drift away.....they just need to know that someone will "stand for them".
Such a simple, yet powerful thing......knowing someone is standing for you!!! As Christians....what a powerful, amazing thing to be able to not only stand for someone, but to be able to place their hands into the hands of one that Stood For Them 2000 years ago. Knowing Christ stood for us on the cross and took our place.....we as Christians are called to "stand" for those around us.....
"For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son...."
Understand that "standing for" someone doesn't mean that we fix them, offer our opinions on what they could have done differently, how they failed.....it is about loving them, praying for them, reaching out with compassion, and more than that not just lip service but putting feet to our concerns....finding ways to let them know that we truly do care. For that soldier, the simple act of having someone care to just wash her hair.....it sparked a change in how life looked around her.
Do you have something that I can "stand with you" for? Just email me or post your prayer request.... or just your thoughts on this.....
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Yesterday some things happened that frankly made me mad. Mean people can wreck your day, can't they? The more I thought about it, the more it made me mad. But you know, having someone do something inconsiderate and harsh....doesn't give us a pass to act the same way in return. The worst part is if we allow this kind of thing to change who we are......that is on us, not them.
As I thought on this today, I opened my computer to check on my email. It opened to the internet....and to a page on Lifeway. Please understand, I don't know when the last time was that I had been on this site, it has been some time ago. But recently I had decided to do a study online of Beth Moore's Fruit of the Spirit. I have the book....and apparently (I had forgotten about it)..I had purchased the study to view online on Lifeway. Remember how BUSY I have been....well, I haven't taken the time to just "be still". When I thought about it, I realized for the last couple of weeks, one of the big things that had gone by the wayside with everything that has been going on is my quiet time. Just that time to get away and spend some time in prayer, reading, journaling...and just being with One that guides and leads. Now, if you aren't spending time with the "Navigator" it is so easy to get off course...and stay there till you get back to the One that knows the way. Opening my computer and having it be at the Bible Study, ready to view the lesson for that day let me know that God was reminding me of my missed appointments with Him. Knowing that put the last day into a different perspective.
Some times we will have seasons of busyness....dry spells.....just things off kilter. Use them as a reminder to get back to the basics.....simply drop all the excuses and make the time to spend with God. For when it becomes a "chore" or just something else on our to do lists, let's face it--there are deeper things at work.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Don't want to miss the opportunity to get in on the Wednesday Grats this week!!! Please know that all are welcome to join in... Gratitude changes your attitude in so many ways...
1. Thankful for our new church....a pastor that truly wants to make a difference in people lives. Starting small but laying great groundwork for the future.
2. Being close to the end of this quarter! Great teachers and classes...but this quarter I have struggled with feeling behind so much of the time. So I am really ready for this quarter to wind up and be behind me.
3. Opening doors!!! Opportunities for me to sell some of my handmade items in unexpected places. Love it when those "blessings" sneak up on you.
4. For dear friends that make me smile and even join the gym to workout with me!!
5. For my mom who pays attention to the little things (even when I think she isn't) and surprises me with things like "white pumpkins"....thanks mom!!
Hugs to you all!!!
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Today, I just wanted to share the current writing of Miss Brin as it spoke to my heart and I hope it will yours.
Don't give up. Keep going. Don't give up.
Especially when it's hard. Especially during dry spells. Especially in times of mourning. Especially during times of testing... times of learning... times of questioning.
Find your faith. Put it in your pocket. Remind yourself you have it. Remind yourself it's real. Pull it out when you need to; examine it. Patch it up when it's battered. Ask for more when it's not enough. Then take it and keep going.
What we're doing today matters. Because in due season - tomorrow, next year, eternity- there will be a harvest. Good or bad, there will be a harvest. There will be bounty. Where there were hard times, there will be triumph. Where there was lack, there will be plenty. Where there was sorrow, there will be joy. Where there was weariness, there will be rest.
The harvest is coming. Can't you feel Him stirring even now? Don't you see Him getting His sickle ready?
Don't give up. I'll hang in here with you until then. -Brin
(Also I am sorry to miss my Wednesday grats post....thank you to those of you that are participating!!! This week just got a bit busy.....but I am thankful for all of you....for grace....and for God who cares about even the "little things" in our lives.)
Hugs to you all,
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
For those of you new to this....I am taking Wednesdays to take some time and refocus for the week. Look for those things in my life I am grateful for. Living with a spirit of gratitude, makes you look at your life and the outside world in a different way......truly it allows you to give a bit more grace to those around you.
I am grateful for.....
The new church I am working with. I am so excited about the possibilities and the people I am working with. I truly feel there are some wonderful things coming.
Some women's conferences that I am planning on attending in the next few months. Just a great chance to get away, bond with new friends...and just get recharged.
Love the relationship with my family......that I can count on them, and they just make me laugh.
Getting excited about planning a holiday open house here for the first time. Working hard to get back into the swing of "crafting"....it's been hard to get back into that creative mode, but I love it.
Great friends......the ones you can call at all hours of the night because you need to talk...and they still answer the phone...LOL
And I am grateful for all of you that show up here......leave your comments.....share your hearts.....and just let me know your here!!!
Hugs to you all!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
You know, some times God just sneaks up on you. It is interesting to get that tap on the shoulder that let's you know that something is brewing....then sit back and watch what developes.
In the last few months, I have had the door open to work with developing a woman's ministry for a new church plant. As that door opened, and I stepped through.....I am amazed at what He has brought my way.
Friends that I had not been in contact with for some time...that had something to share in what I was doing began to contact me...out of the blue. He just amazes me with the grace He bestows.....the fact that He is in the smallest detail....just that little extra thing that lets you know...yep, it's God.
What is this ministry about? I was lead to this scripture when I was working on the mission statement.
So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.
Romans 15:7 (NLT)
Accept each other? Kinda tough when we are busy setting standards that we can't even reach. I am amazed at the "Perfect Christian Woman" yardstick that I have seen pulled out at times to measure whether we are worthy But I truly believe each woman desires that acceptance.....that someone believes in her....expects the best.....and wants to cheer her on.
To offer a haven of acceptance to women. To continually work to place their hands in God's and provide the tools for the journey ahead of them...through bible study, fellowship, and shared experiences (small groups, outreaches, gatherings and one-on-one).
My heart is to make this a woman's ministry that speaks to a woman's heart in very real, relevant ways.
So "stay tuned" as this journey begins...and please keep me and the other members of this church plant in your prayers!
Every experience God gives us,
every person He puts in our lives
is the perfect preparation for a future
only He can see.----Corrie Ten Boom
Hugs to you all!!!!!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I have always loved the song....it is a reminder to me that things are not always as they seem. It also is a reminder that regardless of how things look...God is still in control.....and there is great peace in that!!!
So what are my grats today....
We have had a rough first year without my husband....but God has faithfully and gracefully walked us through each step of the way. Without faith and knowledge of Him as our Father and source...I don't know what I would have done.
I am grateful for wonderful friends that have been so awesome.
Love that my son put his life on hold for a bit for us to get through this, but is now moving forward with his own.
I am grateful for great books that feed my heart, spirit and mind....
Grateful to be part of a new church family that just makes me smile!!!
Hugs to all of you....I am grateful for each of you.
And if any of you want to join us in our Wednesday Grats...just click below, grab the link and sign up!!!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
So run over to Sami's blog... Freckled Foodie and check out all the info. And stick around, look through her posts, I am sure you will find lots of info you will enoy.
It has been a crazy week....so I will try to get everything together and post tomorrow!!!
Hugs....now go, run to Freckled Foodie!!!
Monday, August 02, 2010
Frankly, I just can't do totally nothing for long....so I started looking for something creative to play around with....ok here is the blank canvas....
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Hugs to you all,
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I know there are many blogs that have a grand purpose...faith, books, crafts, cooking and such. And there are many that I follow when I can. But I have wondered where I fit. And I guess I have wondered if I really have anything to say that anyone would want to read.
Finally, I have come to the decision, just to write, where I am, what is going on, regardless of how many or how few followers. I have so appreciated all of you..... and thank you for supporting me so far. And if you continue to follow.....I would love your feedback from time to time..... And thank you for your "gift" of patience...LOL
What is going on? Well, the family joke is that if anyone finds out that I have called the doctor for an appointment, that they should go ahead and order the funeral flowers because the end must be near!!! LOL Truly, I hate going to the doctor and will do anything to avoid it. But in the last few months, I have decided that I really need to take better care of myself. With that in mind, I found a new doctor for our family and went in for a visit. I really surprised myself, as I love this medical group. Everyone there is just concerned and helpful and open to alternativel treatments (they offer massage, accupuncture, and other alternative medicine) Ok....so I really liked them, that was until the blood work and the medical fast!!! LOL I know, I survived, but I am still on the gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, caffeine free, almost meat free program. I KNOW....who knew I could survive this for over a week!!! But I have, and I have a couple of meds I need to take now to balance out my system......and I don't know when I have ever felt better.
The struggle is to figure out how to live like this. I have known people with food sensitivities, and have sympathized, but now trying to find new ways of cooking, new foods....I have a whole new outlook on this and appreciation for what they go through. It is not easy. Friday, I went to a large grocery with my mom...was looking for a few products and just became so overwhelmed with how hard it was to find the things I wanted. Trust me, I know this will work out....I will get a handle on this....it is just a lot at one time.
Moving forward, my life right now is school, massage, and this new lifestyle.......working in my normal daily dealings with faith, family, home, friends....it is all a juggling act right now....sadly I am dropping more than a few balls at times. But this is a work in progress.....and I am at peace with so much of what is going on with us now. (For everything there is a season....)
And there are some new doors opening ahead, I wish you would just add me to your prayer list about those. I have found some things that God put in my path long ago, are now coming together. Funny how He works like that!!! You know, from time to time I have tried to share with God how He could handle something better....and then He shows me why He is God and I am not.....smile.
Thanks for hanging with me so far......Hugs to you all.....
Thanks for sharing the journey with me,
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Finally, I updated the side panels with new books on my to read list and health items. I saw a new doctor on Friday and I really love the people he has in the practice. It is all about overall health care and not just waiting for problems to pop up. So I had alot of blood work done (yes, I am the one that is REALLY scared of needles...so you know how much I loved this!!! LOL) And I am having to fast all weekend to get rid of the sugar, caffiene and other things. I thought it might be worse than it is, but other than a couple of headaches, it hasn't been to bad. I have to go gluten free for awhile to see if that is a problem.....and while this will mean some major changes, I am looking forward to having a plan and some answers. But on the down side, I am so over the whole water only thing!!
Hope you are all off to a great Summer. June is a hard month for us....John passed away a year ago, his birthday and Father's Day all falls this month....so many reminders....but truly so many are really happy memories. I thank all of you that have been so supportive and caring to us during this past year. We are so thankful for dear friends and family.
Have a great week!!!!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
During a recent Business class, they were talking about daily affirmations. Didn't really think much about it, but then I ran across this You Tube video and it just made me laugh......and think. What if we all started our day with something positive??? Now, don't expect me to be climbing up on the bathroom sink and cheerleading.....but what a better way to start the day instead of cranky!!!
Hope you are all having a great week.....I will post more soon!!
Hugs to you all!!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
But one thing I did do this week was cook.....I picked up Trisha Yearwoods new cookbook and really love it! So far we have made baked bean casserole, hot corn dip, and "sweet & saltine". Let me just comment on the Sweet and Saltine recipe.....I saw Trisha on The View and she said her family calls this treat "Crack"...and I know why!!! That stuff is so darn easy and quick to make.....and it just way to addictive!!! And I know, we have been working on eating healthier, but during my time off, I just felt a need for some good old fashion southern cooking---can't do this often, but darn it was good!!! LOL Now I will be heading to Weight Watchers.......
Hopefully in the next week or two, I can work in the trip to Atlanta for the Bodies In Motion exhibit. I have heard such wonderful things about it and I want to get there before it is gone. If any of you have been to it, I would love to know what you thought about it.
School starts tomorrow.....classes in Kines, Business Law, Special Populations, and Sports Massage!!! Looking forward to them and to getting closer to finishing!
Have a great week!!!!
**Quote I heard this week and love..."If you know Him well enough, if you need Him bad enough, He will show up early..."
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Hopefully, this is where I am going to spend much of my afternoon...with family and friends. I pray that all of you have a wonderful Easter!!!
Hugs to you all,
(P.S. For some reason the comments area isn't working and I can't figure it out...I have posted for help with blogger, so hopefully it will be fixed soon!!---don't know why but suddenly it "fixed" itself with this post......Easter Bunny???? lol)
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Hugs to you,
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Let's catch up a bit. Did anyone see Oprah today? It was a repeat of her show with Michael Pollan and Alicia Silverstone on Food 101. I saw it before...and it makes you think about the foods we eat. And not about not whether you think you should or shouldn't eat meat...but the fact that the meats we eat are not what our great grandmothers were preparing. With all the added antibotics and other stuff.....we don't really know what we are eating. Interesting stuff.....I picked up Alicia's book. While I don't see me going Vegan.....I have been working on cutting back on meats....and the meats that I have been buying, I have been looking for more grass feed beef... We have a new Earth Fare grocery in Chattanooga....and I LOVE this place!!! Really great food.
School is going great......I had to miss today with a bug of some sort. Just one of those goofy things where I have just felt a little off all week...and then last night feel really bad and then it continued in to this morning.... I will be fine, just needed a day to sleep and just recharge.
So what are you all watching??? We are watching Lost and Survivor (and Modern Family). Lost is giving me a headache.....good grief, can they start helping us a bit with some info instead of more questiosn?????? They are driving me nuts!!! LOL
Well.....that is about it for now. Hope you all have had a great week...and have something fun planned for this weekend. I just want to stay around home and veg this weekend.....
Thursday, February 25, 2010
These are just a couple of pictures of the area I set up to do massage in. All kidding aside, I really am loving this and the people I have been meeting through school. I knew there was more to this than a lot of people think.....but I am really impressed with all we have to learn. From Anatomy to Kineseology to Somatic Psych and more.....there is just so much that goes in to doing this and doing it well.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
That brings me to my prayer requests.....first is for my friend Jen. Her neighbor is 91 and dying. This lady and her son (and his partner) have become very close to my friend and her family. Not only are they dealing with her passing.....but with the family circus that has come with it. It is just so sad that things like this don't cause a family to pull together......but just become really ugly. Please prayer for my friend and her family as they step in to love their friends through this.
And another prayer request.....a woman that I had met through school was notified yesterday that her 14 year old daughter died of an asthma attack. It is just so sad...her daughter was skateboarding and fell off and in running back home she had an attack. Her inhaler didn't work and her father ran for the nebulizer, but she was gone by the time he got back. Understandably, this family is devastated. Please keep them in your prayers....the mother is carrying such guilt because she wasn't home at that time. It is just so heartbreaking.
Thank you for your prayers for my friends.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I have a LOVE of pillowcases. Sadly, I haven't taken the time to make any for awhile (as my friend Jen will attest to as she weekly reminds me that I need to make her one....or two.......or twelve!!!). I love making them and mixing fabrics, color patterns, just to make them fun and funky....or soft and romantic.....so many choices!!!
Because I have been out of the sewing loop......I didn't know about the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge until a friend sent me a link. This sounds like so much fun...and like something I would love to get my friends together to do on a wintry weekend!
So go to the link.....check it out......see all the great ideas for gifting your pillowcases......and there are great free patterns. Why are you still here???? Scoot....get over there!!!! LOL
AND....if you decide to make some, I would love, love, love to see pictures of what you create...and maybe we can showcase them here??? Whatcha think?????
Friday, January 29, 2010
And the ability of the local drivers........ummmmm......let's just say it leaves ALOT to be desired!!! LOL
Anyway.....it looks like we are going to be snowed in this weekend....and I am so looking forward to it. Alittle reading, alittle sewing, alittle cleaning, alittle baking........and apparently a house full of 20 somethings!!! LOL
Sorry I haven't posted more frequently....I am still trying to balance home, school, life!!! It's a bit overwhelming at times. I can tell you that I made the Dean's List......I was really excited to find the certificate in my mailbox... I know, it may be silly.....but I have been working really hard and to see it acknowledged, that is sweet!
We have had a little shop open locally for primitives....I, of course, couldn't wait to stop by. Just a small shop but the owner seems very nice. I think I am going to try to put some of my dolls and such in her shop. With everything going on, I knew I didn't have time to make enough items for a booth or a show right now....but to have a place to put some fun things I would like to do would be great!!! And it if gets rolling, it might help me get back to doing more of it.
One thing I have started to do is work on my health. I have had so many starts and stops with this. Part of the problem is I tend to approach this kind of stuff with an "all or nothing" type attitude. Clean the kitchen out of all the junk food and usually it is not a few days down the road that we are all craving it. So I am trying to be better to approach this with baby steps. I know where I want to end up at....but I know that trying to jump in full force will just crash and burn. So I want to post each months focus on the side of my blog and will let you know how I do...a way to be accountable. And I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. I started this month with vitamins/supplements. I hate taking stuff.....occasionally an Advil or maybe something for sinus....but that is pretty much it. Anything that has to be taken on a regular basis, usually falls quickly by the wayside. But this month, I purchased on of those boxes where you can lay out everything you are to take for a week. I have started taking the baby aspirin, a good multivitamin, glucosamine (sp??) for my knees (and I am seeing a big improvement after two weeks!!!), fish oil, and calcium. And n honestly say that I feel better. I also have added in drinking more water.....which is a big deal for me. (hey, I am Miss Diet Pepsi!!!)....
They have ordered our massage beds that we get to take home....I am really excited as once I get it, I have to do 50 massages on my own to turn in before the end of the quarter! I have a bunch of volunteers, which is fun!!!
Well, this potpourri of info is to catch you up on what is going on here.......looking forward to some time this weekend to catch up on some of my favorite blogs!!!
Have a wonderful, fun, relaxing weekend.....do something fun for yourself....and something to feed your creative spirit!!!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
This is my favorite song......and the theme for my life at this time. This year is going to be about Grace....thankfulness for it being extended so lovingly to me.....and working on extending it with the same open heart to others.....
Enjoy the song....
Monday, January 04, 2010
Here you will find the object of my affection.....the "cinnamon" Keurig that I have been coveting. I saw it on QVC....waited to see if it would work in the budget.....checked to see if I REALLY wanted it....all that good stuff. Then when I finally decided that I could purchase it....they were all gone!!! (insert big sigh here!) When I called to check on them..I was told I qualified as a customer in good standing to get it on easy pay...and that I could be put on the wait list.
Frankly, the wait list can become the pit of despair when you figure out that the item that you covet so will probably never, ever come back into stock. So imagine my surprise when I received a phone call on Sunday that they had my precious Keurig and it would arrive on the 7th (please insert "happy" dance here).
This morning I was checking out the shipping on QVC to find that I was on the "wait list" again...I just "knew" this had to be a horrible mistake. So I called, only to be told that because I had requested that they call me for approval before shipping that other people that didn't request being called shot ahead of me in line and by the time they turned in my request....they were all gone. And they sent me a letter to let me know..... Remember they CALLED me to get me all excited about the shipment.....but sent the reversal by pony express.
Feeling a big miffed about this whole thing....and realizing that I had given away our current coffee maker....caffeine induced stress and paranoia set in....that is when I dashed an email off to QVC sharing my irritation and lack of coffee. Yes, I did feel better after sending it....I wasn't ugly just stated the facts, how it could have been handled better....and the fact that you really shouldn't come between a woman and her coffee...just never a good idea.
This evening, I found a lovely email from QVC....they have express shipped my Keurig...and they thanked me and wished me "happy coffee days".
Yes, QVC will be receiving birthday, Christmas and other assorted holiday cards....and they may get left in the will.
Hope you had a good coffee day too.....