Friday, January 29, 2010

Compassion for Haiti Craft Auction and Crock Pot Contest


First, hello to all of the bloggers out there. I hope that 2010 is a blessing to you all! This year has started off busy as ever with a fundraiser for Haiti that will take place on February 6th being my first large task. My home church has been directly affected by the earthquake in Haiti and has put together a medical missions team that will be leaving in February to assist in the huge task of helping the Haitian people overcome the destruction that they have recently experienced. I am blessed to have the opportunity to help in any way with this mission team. My heart goes out to the Haitian people.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What a treat and bye for a few weeks....

Ok, so if you are a country music fan, YEP that is her..... If you are not, this is Jo Dee Messina and I. I was so very blessed to have been given the opportunity to meet her but that wasn't even the real blessing.... more to follow. A few dear friends were able to have a guest when they were invited to meet her and invited me to join them. I jumped like a school girl! I have loved her music for years and hey, she is representing the red heads out there! :) Anyways, she was so nice and down to earth. Jo Dee had come here to perform a free concert for Fort Drum and most of the people that were backstage to meet her were families of soldiers that had been injured while serving. I had the opportunity to talk with a few of them and what a blessing! These families truly have sacrificed and are true heroes! Even living here on Fort Drum I am sheltered from some of what I realized to be true that day and I will surely not forget it!
My family is headed out on a vacation for the next few weeks so I will be missing from my blog and will surely miss visiting all of yours but have a blessed next few weeks and I will blog with all of you soon! = )

Monday, June 15, 2009

Baby Blanket Auction......

Hello everyone! I hope that you all had a great weekend! My family enjoyed the beautiful weather this past weekend with some sunshine and showers to keep it cool and comfortable. ;)




In my fun however, I had forgotten to give the baby blanket featured on my previous post to my friend who was running the auction at our church to raise money for some youth in our church that are going on summer missions. So, after apologizing profusely I decided that I would go ahead and sell it anyways and give the proceeds to them. Here is a picture again. Please, please, post a link on your blogs in order to help raise money for the teens in our church that are headed out to World Changers this summer.


For those of you who don't know about World Changers, it is an amazing ministry! Hundreds of youth from around the country gather in different cities and learn how to work on houses doing things such as painting, putting on siding, repair work, and even building garages and additions. They work on peoples homes who are unable to do so whether financially or physically and use this as an opportunity to witness to them as well. What a wonderful opportunity for teens to truly learn about service and humility while serving as a witness to God. These teens pay to go help out other families for a week. You definitely don't see this on the news! If you are able, please show your support to the youth of our church and bid on this baby blanket. I will give all of the proceeds to their World Changers Fund. We will just keep a running bid going on the posting. If you are interested, just post a comment and put your bid in the comment section of this posting. I will get the mailing information from the highest bidder. If you are unable to or are not interested in bidding you can still help out by posting a link on your blog. :) Thanks for your support everyone! It is definitely for a good cause!


Here is a link to the World Changers website for you to read more about thier mission and see where they will be this summer. There are also pictures for you to look at to see what these youth do! http://www.world-changers.net/site/c.jjJVJ6MNIwE/b.4117239/k.6C6F/What_is_World_Changers.htm



The auction will close on Friday June 19th at 10am Eastern Time. Again, anyone reading this, please post a link to this auction on your site. :) Let's raise some money for some teens trying to make a difference in the world!



Thursday, June 11, 2009

Finished project ....

I have been very busy at work on this project for the past few weeks. I was inspired to start it by a heart pattern I had seen in one of my baby afghan pattern books. As usual it is practically impossible for me to adhere to the pattern. :) I don't know why but I tend to shift patterns to whatever it is that I have in mind for the project. This particular piece is for a craft auction in order to help the youth in our church raise money for a trip with World Changers next month. While I was working on it I decided that I would start naming my pieces. As you can see in the small tag in the bottom picture I have named this one "Snuggly Sorbet". I hope that this afghan will be a cuddly addition to some sweet baby's crib or car seat. What projects are you working on right now?
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Family visits....



Hello everyone! I hope this finds you all prepared for a great weekend! A few weeks ago we took a trip out to Pennsylvania to visit my Grandparents and I thought I would share a few of the pictures I took with all of you. I just love the country view. I always appreciate the peacefulness of the countryside when I am visiting them. The sky was a beautiful shade a blue, the trees were brilliant shades of green and the lawn was plush and freshly mowed by Haali and Mitchell. I have included a few pictures of them below as well. They are growing so quickly! They used Grandpa's riding mower to cut the grass (and there is ALOT of it!). Even my little Mitchell.... when did they grow up? Do you see the other update? Yep, that blonde dog is sweet little Jack. Remember when he was smaller than Jazzy? Not anymore! He is quite large but so well behaved! We love him very much! Last weekend my Grandma Nancy (KnittingPathsofLife) and Grampa George came out and silly me didn't take any pictures! UGH!!! I don't know what I was thinking. Oh wait, I do have one....... LOL! Yep there were three people and three laptops! :) Oh my, the age of technology! :) Have a great weekend everyone!
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Thank you and a new stage of life....

As all of us know, our lives are filled with changes and our family is approaching one of those times in our life as well. I will finish my bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management in September and will be looking for a job in the near future. Because of this I have stepped down from my Craft Coordinator position in MOPS. I have truly been blessed with the many amazing women that I have had the opportunity to get to know better in the past two years. I have posted many of my MOPS crafts here on my blog and will continue to post crafts that I design but just wanted to take a few minutes to thank all of our New Hope MOPS Moms for allowing me to teach the crafts for the past few years. It has been wonderful! On a separate note completely I am looking forward to tomorrow as several ladies from church are meeting and driving down to a Hobby Lobby that has recently opened about an hour from us and then having lunch out. That will be loads of fun and I can't wait! :) Have a great week everyone!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Home at last!


Well, this post brings wonderful news! My husband came home from a year in Iraq very early Tuesday morning! What a blessing it is to have him home! I know that it goes without saying that we missed him terribly and knowing that he is safely on U.S. soil is a comforting thought indeed! Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement through the deployment. For my dear friend whose husband left the same day that mine returned, we love you and are praying for your deployment to pass quickly. May God truly bless the soldiers and families who are going through deployments. Especially those with little ones. :)
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Monday, May 18, 2009

Yummy recipe!

Hello everyone. I know that I have been missing in action lately and hope to be back in bloggerville very soon. I am nearly finished with my Bachelor's in HRM and my dear hubby will be home in the blink of an eye. :) Here is a recipe that we had at our Bible Study a few weeks ago. It was a hit and I thought I would share it with all of you!
Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble topping and glaze

CAKE:
1 stick plus 2 tsp. butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 lg. eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 individual size raspberry yogurt
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apples

CRUMBLE:
1/2 cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
½ tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp butter softened

GLAZE:
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and bake in 13 x 9 inch pan.
Cream together butter and sugar for cake. Beat until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time being sure to stir after each addition. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Next add the yogurt, lemon juice, and vanilla. Now, fold in apples and spread mixture into pre greased pan.
To make topping combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, butter and mix until it is coarse or crumbly. Sprinkle over cake and bake for 40 minutes. Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes. While cooling, make glaze by combining the sugar, vanilla, and water. Mix until smooth in consistency and drizzle over cake and let set to harden slightly. Great served warm or room temperature! J

Monday, January 26, 2009

Hello and an Invitation!!


Hello everyone! I know it has been a little crazy around my house since Christmas passed. How about yours? I am not complaining though! There have been so many blessings this year for our family despite my husbands' deployment. We are less than two weeks away from getting two weeks together and that is a huge blessing! Tomorrow is our first MOPS meeting for the month and I am so excited because I get to talk about football! I will be posting a portion of the message that I will share tomorrow as well a picture of our craft. Now for the invitation I would like to extend to all of you!

There is a bible study going to be starting here in our small community on this book, "The Power Of A Woman's Words" by Sharon Jaynes next Wednesday. Our Bible Study teacher is absolutely amazing and has said she would lead us in this wonderful exploration of what the Christian aspect of our word power is. We are so very excited about this! What is even better is that we have decided to start a blog for this Bible study so that anyone that wants to participate from a distance can do that. We can all come to the blog for comments, questions, and just to share our opinions. One of the ladies that normally participates will be moving and we have a new member in our study that can't physically be there. So, we are going to try this and see how it goes. If you are interested in participating you can order you book through many different sites but I am posting the link to Sharon Jaynes website directly so you can read more about it.

http://www.sharonjaynes.com/images/books/power-of-a-womans-words.jpg

We will be starting the study in two weeks and the link for the blog is here;

http://womensbiblestudycentral.blogspot.com/

There is a book and a study guide. From what I understand this is a bible study that could be done with just the study guide. I hope that you join us! Just go to the blog and post a comment on the first entry. This is going to be a wonderful study! I hope that you all have a great start to your week! Any of you that would like to put a link to the Bible Study Blog to let your friends know, feel free! I know that we can use the blog community as an opportunity to reach out to other women who may be lost and confused or simply have wandered away from the life the life that God would desire them to have! So, spread the word!

Monday, December 29, 2008

A trip to Ohio.....

We decided to come out to Ohio for a few days and of COURSE had to make a stop at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is no secret that our family is made up of huge football fans!! We had such a good time!!! My uncle Bill is here with Mitchell in this picture.
This is a picture of Haali with her boyfriend Tyler. He came with us for this trip and enjoyed the Hall of Fame very much! He is an amazing football player and of course they are both in their Giants wear as well as Mitchell in his Cowboys gear!!! Such a photogenic group of people makes an obsessed picture taker like myself a very easy job!!! We are so glad that we could make it out!!!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Surprise!!!


My sweet husband is so very special to me!! Most of you know that he is currently deployed in Iraq. I had a wonderful surprise when I got the mail a few days ago. He had sent me this ornament from Lenox. It has our names on it and it reads, "Always Together" on the bottom! I just love it!!! We stopped getting each other gifts about five years ago and exchange ornaments instead. How thoughtful of him to have it sent all the way from Iraq!! I love him so very much and am thankful for such an amazing husband!
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

MEET JACK~!!!!

Hello everyone!!! Well we picked Jack up today and he is just adorable!!! But you can judge for yourself! He weighed 6lb. 9 oz. at his appointment yesterday. He is 6 weeks old and just so sweet! His disposition is wonderful! The other animals are all getting along with him very well, so that is a blessing as well! Isn't he so cute! We love him so much already! He is going to be such a great addition to the family!
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Friday, December 19, 2008

Pixie growing up.....

Hello everyone!! I just thought I would go back through my old pictures and post some pics of Pixie. For those of you who aren't familiar with the story, we went to Hawaai prior to my husband deploying and while Jazzy was being boarded she got very pregnant!! We were not expecting it but the puppies were born on Father's Day. She had six puppies. Two of them died at birth and sadly one was involved in an accident and has died since. So, there are three left and all of them are with friends. They all look extremely different as well! I am going to work on getting pictures of the others to post.
This is a picture of Pixie the day that her owners picked her up! She is such a cutie and we have loved her from the moment she was born!! Her color has changed slightly as she has gotten a bit bigger.
This is a picture of her at a few weeks old. She is so tiny and adorable! Look at her tiny paws!!!

And this is sweet Pixie sleeping at one week old. Isn't she precious!!! Who would have guessed she had all that hair from this picture??? :)
Pixie is doing great and having a blast hanging out with her Mommy! They had no issues adapting to one another and every once in a while Pixie tries to eat from Jazzy again. Needless to say, Jazzy is NOT interested in that!! :) What a cutie she is!! We are hoping to have a reunion sometime in the near future for all of the puppies with the mommy! :)



Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A special visit......


Ok, I am sure that most of you remember when Jazzy had her puppies on Fathers Day...... Well, this adorable puppy on the left is Pixie....the little black puppy that Jazzy had!!! Yep, that is her! My friend went away for the holidays and left her puppy with us. She is much bigger than Jazzy but they are getting along famously!!!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Movie night

Well, seeing as how it is only a little over a week from Christmas and I am stilllll not done with presents, I decided to watch a few movies and eat some popcorn last night. We watched Polar Express and had some cheesy popcorn! Yum!!! I have so many projects that I would like to finish and have such a late start that I am not sure if I will finish them all. We are doing very well considering that this our first Christmas without my DH. He will be home in a few months for some R&R though so we are really looking forward to that!!! He is so amazing that he does a great job of being here even though he is not physically by our side. What can I say,?? We are very blessed.
Thank you for all your kind comments!! Jack will be coming home with us on Friday and we are very excited!!! He will be taking his first road trip this month as well!! Jazzy is doing very well and we are hoping that our pets will be very accepting of this sweet bundle of joy that we are adding to our family!

Proverbs 31: 10-31

While the woman described in Proverbs 31 may seem to be unatainable, I have made it my goal to learn as much as is possible about her in order to make myself a more capable and virtuous woman in God's eyes.

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