Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
So I knew when I left this morning that Lance would have fun with out me...but little did I know how much fun he would actually have...
did you watch my fun video yet?
He tore out everything from my bathroom...well, the toilet's still there...and the tub...the sink will be gone soon too...but for sure the walls and ceiling are history.
It's kind of fun to have a clean slate.
Always good to have a clean slate.
It will be fun to see what the finished product will look like. I already love it.
more pics later I'm sure.
Ever hear that expression "A couple who plays together stays together" ? or how about " A couple who prays together stays together" ? or how about "A couple who wears masks, work side by side dragging bags of old nasty insulation out to the alley stays together" ? yeah, I didn't think so. But now you can say you heard it here first!
gonna go look at my walls...or studs...or future walls with studs? never mind...clearly I am not the lead on this project...
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
And wouldn't you know it. The Lord heard my hearts cry. He directed my path. And he has given me a gift. A man who loves me. A man who loves God. A man who values family. A man who is strong and tender. A man who wants me.
Lance is the answer to my prayer. I turned my heart to God and He turned my heart towards Lance.
And now I am an engaged woman! He prayed for us and blessed the ring and our future and I couldn't speak. He asked me to marry him and I couldn't speak. I tried to say yes. I was lost in the moment of a prayer being answered right before my eyes.
Simply sweet. I am in love. I am getting married. I am trusting God every day. The future is so bright.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Here are a few pics from our day together...
I hope everyone reading had a love filled day!!! and even though today isn't Valentines day...I hope today is love filled too!!!
Lance's gift to me was a necklace from Tiffany's. Pretty much perfect. It was one I had seen before and loved...
I got him socks ;-) and some other stuff too...and the socks DO have hearts on them so...
we spent some time at the MOA having lunch with his parents and checking out the new roller coasters...
Isn't he cute? and the restaurant was lovely...roses and candle light and delightful company...
I love my pretty necklace :)
I am a lucky woman. I know it. I really do.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
I have my own version...
There once was a princess named Jamie Willow...most people didn't know she was a princess until the mattress and closet incident...she was spening an amazing weekend with a group of amazing women...she slept on a mattress in a room with someone who snored...so she snuck out of her room, away from her mattress and slept on a couch instead. She couldn't move the next morning because princesses don't sleep well on couches, even the big cushy leather ones that look like they should be comfortable...so she spent the day in a massage chair and a jacuzi bath...and insisted on moving her mattress into a closet! People thought she was acting like a princess...and she was because that's what princesses do...she slept like a princess that night in her magical little closet. It was a closet fit for a princess!
Fairy tale finished!
The real story...
Besides my dramatic sleeping arrangement...I can truly say that this weekend was one of the most refreshing times I have had in ages. It was unexpected and truly touched my life.
I did some scrapbooking...not much considering I wanted to finish my book that I was working on but I did get through the stuff that was holding me back from finishing so all in good time I will get to the rest.
I knew about half the ladies (there were 16 of us) previous to this weekend and the other half were friends of the ladies I knew so it had the potential of being a nice time. What I didn't expect was for how sweet of a time it would be. Truly sweet.
The reason most of these women are as beautiful as they are is because of their spirits. Gentle spirits with hearts that long for more of God in their lives. There wasn't a flashy person in the bunch...just a lot of women who work day in and day out to create lives that are honoring to God. There was little to no pretense. I may have been one of the most guarded people there in some ways. It was a personal challenge to me to let my guard down and just be myself. I took the challenge and probably went a little to far considering I didn't change out of my pajama's on saturday until dinner. lol.
But I also had some great honest conversations with the ladies around me in regards to what is going on in my life, with where I am at with God, with what I want out of my relationships, all sorts of things were discussed. Heated discussions about the nature of God and the truth of his word, along with tears for the hard times just survived and the healing that comes from moments like these where you can be transparent with people who will turn with you to God for answers and peace.
Yes I scrapbooked. I got like 28 pages done. But I also took a deep breath, let it out and just enjoyed myself and let God speak to me. That was the true value of this weekend for my life.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
I stayed late tonight to get everything in order so I can be gone for a sunday. I am rarely gone for a sunday so it will be strange...I am leaving things in good hands though and there's a great line up of people who will take care of all the little darlings who are here.
I'm off to the grocery store to buy gatorade and bread...my items for the trip...gatorade for me, bread for lunch on saturday with all the ladies...
The nice thing is that I don't have to spend any money ahead of time for scrappin' supplies, I am well stocked and have a plan. I am going to finish the project I started for my sister ages ago! And now that I've written it out I have all of you to hold me accountable!
oh yeah...I need to pack...dang...better get a move on...
gotta run kiddos...I'll catch ya sometime next week!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
I wasn't raised to participate in lent and I really don't know a ton about it or it's history but I love the idea of being intentional about preparing myself for Easter. It is easy to celebrate it as just another holiday, or a big sunday for the church world...when in reality it is the crux of what I base my life on. It is my foundation. Jesus. His sacrifice. His life and death and resurrection.
So I will prepare myself in my own way for the next 40 days. I will give something up, deny myself something simple as a reminder of what is really important, as a reminder each day to stop and be thankful for the gift I have been given.
I know my girls in NC participate, we started this tradition together back in college. I think I still have a copy of the article I read that inspired me somewhere in a file. I will have to search it out. I skipped doing it last year and it was missed, I won't miss it again if I can help it. It's a good thing to include in my life.
I am just so grateful to have a relationship with God. Doing something like this could seem like a ritual or a religious thing but for me it's all about participating in the relationship I have with God in a way that is tangible.
Here we go!
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Been working all afternoon on sorting out my 2007 receipts...for tax purposes and then for my medical spending stuff too...I am a fairly smart woman but man, they do not make these things easy to figure out. And I had an exceptional amount of medical things happen last year...yowsa! But I think I am starting to get it all to make sense...match up...all that fun stuff...and now...everything's going to change...part of the fun of working for a small business...always shopping for new insurance and ways of doing things...I sure hope this next years stuff is easier to understand!!!
I think I finally have my tax situation mastered...I really do very little, just get it all together and make an appointment with my tax lady! I am on my way!
okay, I am going to get back to it...I just needed to take a little break...
Monday, February 04, 2008
We ended up with 447 kids...which was a record for this event...a couple hundred volunteers and a great time was had by all. I actually can't believe how well it all went...there are always ways to improve any thing you do so of course we have our list for future planning but I was so pleased with how it all went.
I wish there was a way to capture what it feels like to be in a room with 447 kids and the energy that lights up every face. I took some pictures of course and they are fun to look at so enjoy and I am going to go stare or do something that requires little thought because I am still a little fried from all the fun!
(oh yeah...my costume was a t-shirt with boxing bunnies on it and some bunny ear thingies with foot balls on the ends...and some garland with footballs on it tucked into my belt loops...yeah...not really much of a plan went into what I wore this time around...but the little ones really dug my antanna's so it's all good)
Friday, February 01, 2008
I've been trying to leave the church for the last half hour...
My final step was to look for my shoes...carelessly tossed aside earlier so I could take a turn through the giant inflatable with a couple cutie kids...
No where to be found.
I know where I took them off and they weren't there...so I wandered everywhere I've been today in case someone had decided to bring them to me...I've been everywhere so that took a while...still no shoes.
I was debating how ridiculous I would look in my black sandle high heels I keep in my office and what that might look like with my white socks tip toeing out to my jeep across an icy parking lot. ROTFL! haha! I almost want to do it so I can say I did.
But alas. I began looking into locked offices, peering through windows with my nose pressed against the glass...lo and behold...they were sitting on a table in the charter schools main office. I, of course, do not have a key for that so I waved at my shoes and traipsed off to find a custodian.
We are reunited and ready to head home finally!
I really thought you all should know.
And that's all she wrote!
So Much to Love
I love people. I love bright eyes. I love my sons, Judah & Lucas. I love laughing. I love my ringtone. I love love. I love Jesus. I love tattoos. I love milk. I love creative expression. I love smiles. I love Philippians. I love bridges. I love my house and haven. I love a rainy night. I love doing nothing. I love almonds and banana chips. I love music. I love cowboy hats. I love Anna Maria Island. I love (diet) dr.pepper. I love a good story. I love wildflowers. I love to fly. I love rod iron. I love babies. I love going to the movies. I love midnight. I love allegra. I love sunsets. I love long kisses. I love the color red. I love starshollow. I love community. I love doing life with friends. I love witty banter. I love jessilynn.com. I love my family. I love pretty things. I love cruisin' with my girls. I love remembering when. I love authentic individuals. I love hot tamales. I love when kids giggle. I love Lance. I love bonfires. I love finding people I thought I'd lost. I love yard sales. I love tacobell. I love seeing people do good. I love violins and steel guitar. I love driving to the airport. I love seeing people around me succeed at their dreams. I love being included. I love flipflops. I love blogging. I love long talks. I love dreaming.