Sunday, December 27, 2009

We are so silly!

The kids had a great evening playing Wii with MawMaw and Aunt Claudia. We celebrated Aunt Claudia's birthday a little early since she was in town. I got to use my new cupcake pan - I think this will be a fun addition to the baking in our house! After MawMaw and Claudia left the kids and I got a little silly with the camera. Here is a glimpse of what goes on around here when we get bored and Dad is working.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fancy Clipboards

After a lot of encouraging by my dear friends I am posting these clipboards. I LOVE making them they are lots of fun to make and design. I will be making up several to sell at a craft show on November 7th in our neighborhood. That I will post here first for you to see and if you like one you can purchase it. Or if you have some specific colors/theme in mind I would be happy to create on for you.

Fancy Clipboards made especially for YOU!

here are some samples of clipboards I have created.


Small Clipboard (6x9) $8 each.

Large Clipboard (9x12) $14 each.

You pick the colors and or theme. Price includes name within the design. Clipboards use a combination of paper, stamps, ribbon and stickers. Designs are not dimensional so that it does not interfere with the writing surface.

The small clipboards have an optional magnetic backing for an additional $2. This allows you to put your clipboard on the fridge or filing cabinet—they are great for reminders and grocery lists!

To order

Please email to

Information needed to complete your order:
Colors (up to 3 colors) and or a theme
Name for clipboard (if desired)
Delivery Date (when you would like to have them)

Monday, August 24, 2009

James is off to School

Well today was his 1st day of Kindergarten!

Last night he got into bed, Dad read him a story, and within seconds he was in the living room crying like he had just lost his favorite toy. It was so sad. He was scared to go to his new school because he did not have any friends in his class. Mommy worked hard to calm his anxiety. Back to bed he went - slept like a baby.

James woke up this morning to his requested breakfast - eggs, bacon and toast. He talked so much about everything on his mind it took him almost an hour to eat his breakfast - I think he was stalling!

Then we loaded up and went to school. He seemed excited - a little shy but he is my kid so he comes by that naturally. First in line by the door to the classroom. Carefully watching all the other kids. Then it got hard - he went in the classroom but Mom could not go...James did fine - but I cried. It was hard to not cry like someone just took my favorite toy away but I held it together so that he would not see/hear me.

He is safe at school. Can't wait until 2:40 when we get to go pick him up!

First day of school memories - I don't remember my first day of school - do you???

Monday, June 8, 2009

Fancy Flip Flops and Flower Hats

We were scheduled to leave on our vacation usual we are having to delay our plans. I am in the midst of writing a grant and have to finish it before I can go on vacation (due 6/16 I will turn it in on 6/12 - pray for my productivity this week). In an effort to inspire some creativity (I am fresh out) so that my writing in the grant will be above the rest we spent some good family time Saturday and some good craft time Sunday.

Here are some pictures from my time at the craft table...

Fun stuff...Jorja an I will be sporting matching caps and flip flops this summer!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

James is Growing Up

My little boy is growing up! James graduated from PreK yesterday. I was so tickled by how important it was to him (which made it very important for mommy too). He practiced by humming the music and shaking hands with anyone that would practice graduating with him. Lots of fun. He is embarking on a new chapter of life - elementary school!

Here are some pictures of my little James that is growing up every time I turn around.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Playing Catch Up

This weekend was so busy! Friday afternoon I had my hair done - which is always relaxing and fun - I am still not sure if I like the new hair do but it's just hair. Friday night was family movie night, we don't have a sit down supper on movie night just everyone's favorite snack foods...tequitos, chips & dip, pizza rolls, wings and a few other things that I thought would be good to try out on the fam! We watched Bedtime Stories, John and I laughed so hard, the kids enjoyed it but I think most of their laughing was at us laughing. Then Saturday Jenene brought Mason and Cloei over to play with James and Jorja and she helped me organize my scrapbooking stuff - what a blessing that was - it was too big of a task for me to conquer alone! Sunday was a great time of worship and learning. Then we came home and I helped John paint the back of the house - we had a fun time - the kids did their own thing in between asking a MILLION questions. Needless to say - the laundry is not done, my baking list is just a list nothing actually got cooked this weekend and the chores well its amazing but they are still here waiting for me! It's ok, I am taking care of it today. Playing catch up but I don't mind because its a beautiful day in San Antonio, and I will get done what I can and the rest will just wait! So I am off to make some yummy sausage and cheese muffins, Texas Governor Mansion Cookies (I got the recipe from Amy and it is a family favorite now) and a chicken pot pie!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Our House

While it is not finished it has come a long way! Wanted to share the excitement with you. John has been painting our house (when it is not raining) and I am SO excited about the new colors!

Here is the before:
And here is the after:

There is still stuff to do but I am so happy with the results of the outside transformation!

I hope to post pictures of the inside in the coming weeks as I continue my spring cleaning and prep for the kids to be home with me all summer!

Have something exciting to share about your house? Please share it with me...I love looking at houses and decorations. Post a link to your post on "Our House" so we can see what you are up to!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


It's her birthday! Happy Happy Birthday to you mom! I know it won't be a fun day because you are having a colonoscopy but I pray that it is the beginning of a fun year for you. I love you and am so thankful to have you in my life. You are a beautiful, strong, smart, loving woman and I am blessed to call you mom!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Jorja's first Pillowcase dress

Well it is really a first for both of us. It was my first pillowcase dress to make and her first pillowcase dress to wear! I have been wanting to make on of these for a while now. My dear friend Tamara shared the idea with me and I finally decided to sit down and give it a try! It was pretty easy. And I have lots of ideas how to improve the next one! These pillowcase dressed are really cute with antique pillowcases - so keep you eyes out for some unique old pillowcases that will transform into cute dresses for your little girl. Hope to have more of these to show - summer is almost here and it is the perfect time for a pillowcase dress!

The tutorial I used for the pillowcase dress can be found here

Monday, March 30, 2009

Trusting Him

The current bible study I am doing has been a blessing to me - daily! I am thankful that God reminded me that I never finished this study that I started almost 5 years ago. The timing seemed to be perfect - which means it must have been His timing!

The verse that is the focus of today's study is Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
The writer (Kathy) brings up the most brilliant point here is what she says- "In the past I had always focused on God's promise never to forsake me - but this time I realized it also meant I could trust in Him, no matter what happened to me! I had to make a decision: I decided then and there to claim His promise that I would trust in Him, and I am so very glad" she is speaking of a different situation when she talks about this interpretation but for me it is real in my day to day. Times are hard - everyone is feeling a little pinch in the pocketbook. We get very consumed with the loss of funds in the retirement account or less money in the savings account or will we even have a job tomorrow. But in reality I should not be worried about any of these things - I should keep living for Him and fulfilling my call and trust in the ALMIGHTY Lord! He will not forsake me - I must trust in Him.

This is simple and what many of us know to be true but its the daily life that sometimes removes the focus and allows the worry to set in. But I glad that God continues to remind us of the things that we file away as simple. I think sometimes we do file away trusting Him as simple but is it really simple - for me it isn't. Even though I love the Lord with ALL my heart, I know that He is with me, forgives me, loves me (even when I am not loveable) but I find myself having this trust battle way to often. I have gotten better but I know that He is still at work in me - showing me new ways to trust or as a dear friend puts it "Let Go Let God" (thanks Kimberly for that easy way to remind myself to trust Him).

Father, thank you for your MANY promises, your promise that our faith in YOU will hold strong in times of trouble. Thank you for showing me how to trust you and for forgiving me when I don't put my trust in you and fail. I pray that you will continue to show me outstretched hand when I stop depending on you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

He Makes Me Brave

Last night I told John "I am going for my walk after I take the kids to school because it is starting to get warmer in the afternoons and tomorrow it is suppose to rain." So this morning I got up, didn't shower because I knew I would be walking around 9:30 and would shower when I returned.

So I take the kids to school and stop by the house before I head to the park (potty break) and then get in the car and get almost to the park and it starts to rain. I am not exaggerating the next part...I start yelling at the devil - I am so tired of you getting in my way and holding me back. I want to walk - for my health, for my kids, for my energy level. So I call John to tell him that I am sick and tired of the devil being in my way - he needs to move over because there is NO room for him in my life. John listens like a good husband and one that truly knows how much I want to walk this morning. So then I just say you know what a little rain never hurt anyone...I am walking anyway!

I get out of my car put ear buds in, turn on my music the song comes on and it says " long status quo, I think I just let go you make me want to be brave..." And there I was - walking my walk - a little rain never hurt anyone!! God is Strong and He makes me want to be brave - if I believe in Him it changes everything - the rain stopped. And I think I shouted - "Move over there is NO room for you"

I got my walk in, praised the Lord the whole time!
Got back to the house to re-read my devotional for today (Jorja was a little cranky this morning so I think I read it but I did not remember it)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1
If I had not gotten my walk in today then I would have felt like a failure and the guilt would have gotten me down.

Father, thank you for setting me free from guilt and condemnation. Thank you that Jesus resides in me and that I can be victorious and brave!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

James lost a tooth!

My little snaggle tooth!

Can you believe that my big guy lost his first tooth today! He sure did. In preschool during lunch in Ms Prell's class he lost his tooth. He has been working on it for a few days but today is the lucky day and tonight the tooth fairy will come! His new tooth is already coming in - it pushed the old one out - which I thought was strange but the dentist assured me this happens often.

So my question to you bloggers is "How much does the tooth fairy leave at your house?" I think she will leave $1 here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Writing His Word on your heart Verse 2

It's time to work on another verse - the goal is to memorize 24 verses in 12 months. I will write tomorrow about what I learned from my first verse and how God has already used it in my life.

The second verse I would like to memorize and fully understand is:

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Matthew 7:24 NIV

This verse already has me thinking. I hear His words but putting them into practice is not easy and since we are being honest with one another I don't make it a priority. Which is why there are so many parts of my life that feel like they were built on sand. Much to come from this verse. Thanks again for helping me by holding me accountable.

Again if you are intersted in joining in on this scripture memorization go over to the LPM blog and read Beth's writings.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What do you think when a 2 year old asks for hair rollers at 6 o'clock in the morning???

I will have to blog about James pretty soon because it seems like I have only blogged about Jorja lately but she is in that funny stage. This morning when I was still feeling relief from my terrible back pains (thanks to some great meds and a compassionate God), Jorja needed her hair dried from her bath. She was getting her detangling spray out and said "Stop mom, I need rollers in my hair." Well I have always wanted to put those pink sponge rollers in her hair but I don't have any and she was after my velcro rollers. So we played beauty shop at 6AM this morning and Jorja got her hair in rollers! She even packed them up and a travel hair dryer to take them to Grandma's - maybe she was going to do grandma's hair before her surgery. Anyway, I don't know what to think - does she like playing hair, does she want TEXAS hair or is she going to be that perfect little girl that lets her mommy roll her hair??? I guess only time will tell!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

James the Makeup Artist and Jorja the Princess Clown

Jorja got a makeup kit for Christmas from my Mom, thanks Mom (that was a little sarcastic)! She has to keep it next to my desk so that I can supervise the adventure. This is mainly to keep it off of the carpet, bedding and walls in her bedroom. Well she was having a hard time holding the mirror and applying the mounds of glitter and lipstick, so she got her dearly beloved Bubba (James) involved! Here is snapshot of the Wilsey Princess Clown!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Aunt Claudia

This morning I was telling the kids it was their Great Aunt Claudia's birthday and James said are we going see her tonight - Jorja said when is her party will she have Princesses at the party? I said no we won't see her she is home in Dallas. Then I thought - make her a video. So the kids sang her a birthday song.

Aunt Claudia is a special person. She has always been there for us and I love her dearly. Hope you have a great day!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Writing His Word on your heart

I am not very good at memorizing scriptures but I know that it is important and I often find my self in a place where I need to have it memorized so that I can share it with someone during a conversation. I am determinded to make that a priority in my life. It is not a resolution because I really want to do it for the rest of my life. I am moving it to the front burner! Getting lots of assistance from the Beth Moore Living Proof Blog. I will share the verses that I am working on each month.

First up...
She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:26 NASB

Thanks for reading my blog, it means that you can hold me accountable...everyone needs a Barnabas, I am lucky to have a few!