And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose. . Romans 8:28


For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 / KJV
Jesus is our soon coming King
James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Thanks for all of the well wishes and prayers that were sent to
my kids the past two weeks. 
They had some sort of monster flu or something...
My son's turned into a sinus infection. He is now on meds and heading
back on the path to healthy street. My daughter on the other hand got hit with it
pretty bad Thursday night. Got another fever, coughing fits (like terrible) and puked.
Gross. I know. But I tell it like it is. 
We got her to the Dr yesterday. She has lost a few pounds 
(and my little - 5' 7" - 101 lb daughter has none to lose)
She was weak and tired and not eating. 
He gave us a few tips and told us a bit about her that I KNEW
but never really thought about. I have to say that I am SO THANKFUL that our
normal dr wasnt in and we got to meet this man. I was so impressed with his knowledge and
bedside manner. He was awesome. 
Anyway - she started feeling better and looking like she had color in her face again
last night before she went to bed. I am praying that she has enough energy to do 
her dances at competition. 

On from the gab and on to the FAB!
Not my card, but the challenges I used.... :)

I found a few fun challenges at Splitcoast Stampers
and am, of course, using our
1 (hand colored) image + 1 sentiment 
on the front of the card

What is with my photo editing lately?!? 
I don't like it :( :( :( 
I guess I can also blame the dark dreary outside as well. 
Not great lighting for taking pics and have to really exaggerate the highlighting and shadow effects
in editing. Sigh. Oh well.... 

I do hope you all have a happy and blessed day!
Be sure to stop by on TUESDAY for a

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

He is Risen! FBD DT Project - New Challenge

***this is my second post for today.
If you wish to stop by and see my WORD ART WEDNESDAY DT post,
go here >> WAW - John 15-9<<

Good Morning Everyone!
It is time for another FRESHLY BREWED CHALLENGE!

This week we have an EASY one for you.
We want to see your projects featuring 

1 (hand colored) image and 1 sentiment 
on the front of your project

I used the following 
Fresh Brewed Designs digital stamps for my project:

I hope you will stop by and play along with us

Have a happy and blessed day!

Word Art Wednesday - 172 - John 15:9

Happy Wednesday Morning!
My kids are still down with the flu, 
and it is icy and icky outside...
I don't think any of us can take another TV / couch day... sigh. 

I have a happy, bright, and sunny project to share with you today.
I have had enough gloom and dark skies to last me a while, 
and HAD to create something cheerful. 
And what better way to lift your spirits than to think about much Jesus loves us!

The Word Art Wednesday Scripture (free for you >>HERE<<) is

 John 15:9
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you
continue ye in my love

DeeDee's Digis is one of our sponsors this week. 
I used the ADORABLE little snail image from the BUGS and BLOOMS SET 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me today.
I hope you have a very happy and blessed day!

WAW Challenge # 172 was sponsored by:
2 Mounted or 4 Unmounted Stamps of Choice

Deedee's Digis is our Digital Sponsor
this week.  

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me today.
I hope you have a very happy and blessed day!

Monday, February 23, 2015


I am here today with a little card I made to remind you about 
and hopefully inspire you to play along in our
This challenge ends February 24 - midnight EST

I used the FBD Digital Stamp 

I love what this image is all about. 
It reminds me of the days when we took time to enjoy little moments. 
Slow down. Dating was NOTHING like it is now. 
Boys were taught to be gentlemen and girls acted like ladies. 
I sometimes wish Mayberry was a real town and I lived there LOL!!!
Yea, I think I would like that very much :)

My kids both have the flu. We all have been sick here. 
Maybe that explains my weird post.... HEHEHE!!! 

I hope you all have a very happy and blessed week ahead

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #171

Mark 12:30

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

What a beautiful verse we have to work with this week 
at Word Art Wednesday!
When it comes down to it, LOVE is what it is all about. 
God loves us so much that he created us, gave us special talents, skills, looks ...
every single one of us uniquely, wonderfully, and fearfully made. 
We are precious to Him. He loves us so much that He sent His son 
to live on this earth and be an example for us and then to die on the cross
and suffer for our sins. 
To love us THAT much is beyond anything I could ever imagine. 
I  could never tell Him enough how much He means to me and how much I love Him. 
With all that I am, because of who You are... I LOVE YOU LORD! 


A Bit of GAB

Now for those of you wondering about how my little miss did at competition this weekend, 
here ya go! 

Many of you know we left a terrible studio last year.
They beat and broke my daughter down over the years and I stood by and watched.
I felt terrible after the fact... but realized that God was in control the whole time.
She had to be the one to want to leave. That way it was her choice, not something I was
making her do just to protect her. When it came down to the final straw...
the teacher belittling her and treating her SO BADLY and some of his favorites starting to do the same, 
she, my strong - can handle pretty much anything, little girl broke down. 
IT KILLED ME. It angered me. It broke my heart into a million pieces. 
But, thankfully, God had prepared me. He started showing me bit by bit what was happening
so I stepped in and started looking at other studios. While we went to competitions, I 
was studio shopping so to speak. I found one and decided to check it out.
I was COMPLETELY honest with this owner and told her how we felt and what we went through and
how we did NOT want that experience again. I set up some private classes for my daughter and 
went from there. We were still at our other studio and taking classes. I wanted her to see what 
it was like and to compare the feeling she had at the studios. Learn about the difference in teachers and kids and if they were there to  support or to hurt each other. Her eyes were opened and she was ready to make a move, but wanted to complete the year at the old studio so that she did not leave her teammates in a bind with the dances they were working on. Early April ... the showcase was at the end of May... was the turning point. Her teacher was so rude and ugly and hateful to her in class. Even the students said it was uncalled for and that Hannah didn't do anything... but it happened. She came out looking funny and I asked what was wrong. She burst out in tears and hyperventilating. She had NO IDEA what she had done wrong or what had happened for him to talk to and treat her the way he did. I was DONE!!!!! I walked out of the studio with my little girl and never looked back. 

Our new studio is not just a place to dance. They are strict, they are GOOD, they are caring, they are focused on the kids 110%. We are SO BLESSED AND SO THANKFUL that God lead us there. 
I  can't even begin to tell you the difference it has had on her dance technique, social skills,  and her confidence. It is almost a complete opposite of our old studio. 

Now that you got the background... I will go and tell you that my little girl competed her FIRST EVER SOLOS at competition this weekend. She also danced in 2 group dances. 

The group dances won 1st and 2nd overall for the teen super group part of the competition!!!! 
They also had two of the highest scores in the competition. 

Hannah's solos won
Room: 2
Music: Woman's World
Contestant Number: 212
Category: 12 Yrs Solo Advanced Jazz
Score: 113.3
This entry received a Platinum 1st Place, placing 1st in their category

Room: 2
Music: Zing Went the Strings of My Heart
Contestant Number: 209
Category: 12 Yrs Solo Advanced Musical Theater
Score: 113.3
This entry received a Platinum 1st Place, placing 1st in their category and 4th overall.

She was so worried because her old studio was going to be there as well.
They were. We avoided the teachers to the best of our ability. 
She did speak to a few of the girls and was very kind and very Hannah. 
I still wasn't happy with these girls and how they treated her, but was still very proud of 
how my little girl handled running into them. She is such a good little girl!

Anyway ---

She did it! 
She made it through her first competition at a new studio. She scored GREAT with her first solos. 
She held her head high, but still was modest and didn't want a big 'to do' over what she won. 
So funny. .. she was trying to hide her trophies and just be like 'no big deal' because she didn't want to look like she was bragging or something. I am also proud of how humble she was. Such a beautiful girl inside and out!!! 

enough chattering about it... here are a few pics from the weekend.

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a very happy and blessed day!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Freshly Brewed Challenge - HUMOR

This week is going to be a FUN one at Freshly Brewed Challenges.
We are challenging you to show us your FUNNY side.
It's all about HUMOR!!!

When looking through my images to decide on what I 
wanted to create, I laid eyes on Java Jill Workout and knew
I HAD to use her for my project!
The ladies at dance and I were talking about how we probably
NEED to go on a diet (and some of them are currently on one)
but that our love for food is just SO GREAT that we really can't stand it.
I know, for me, if I even THINK about going on a diet my body goes into 
panic mode and wants to eat as many carbs, cheese, and sugar as possible! 
So Java Jill just spoke to me :)


I hope this project makes you smile and I hope to see you play along with us

WAW Challenge 170

Good Wednesday Morning! 
I hope that you are all doing well. 
This has been another busy week for me. 
We are getting ready for dance competitions and have been
painting dance props, running out for last minute dance undergarments and
things like that, painting more props, stoning costumes, and the kids have been 
Hannah dances over 16 hours some weeks. I don't know how she does it.
But she loves it!
This will be her first year competing a solo. She will actually be competing 
TWO solos! I am so proud of and excited for her. 
Her first competition is this coming Saturday, 
so please say a prayer for her to stay healthy,
 not get injured, and for God to help calm her nerves if you will.
Thank you! 

Now it's time to show you this weeks

{{Proverbs 10:12}}

Our sponsors this week:

Mark's Finest Papers is giving a new stamp set
to one of our randomly chosen entrants.  Click
here to browse and shop Mark's Finest Papers
is offering one VERY lucky winner
one of their beautiful Spring Collections
from their Digital Shop. 

I hope that you will stop by and check out the projects our
lovely WAW DT created for your viewing pleasure 
as well as play along in our challenge to win one of these amazing prizes!

Have a happy and blessed day

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Love Story - Freshly Brewed Challenges

We are starting to host WEEKLY challenges again!
Woop woop!!!!

Our challenge for you this week is to create something 

Here is a card I created as an example using the NEWEST Digital Stamp: 

I colored this image using my copic and prismacolor markers. 
The lovely sparkle is courtesy of Stickles : waterfall and fruit punch 

I hope you will be able to play along with us!

Have a happy and blessed day!

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