Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, That Great Shepherd of the sheep, may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever, Amen! Hebrews 13:20-21
I have been admiring the work of LORA over at Eagerhands for awhile now.
I asked her if she would make a custom piece for me.
All of her pieces have a verse that comes with it..she creates the pieces with the scripture in mind...and heart... and her work is truly a mission and a powerful gift!
I had seen a pendant that she had already made with the word "chosen" on it..but no specific verse... i asked her if she would consider a verse for me..and she grabbed a hold of my heart with this one from Hebrews.
So many times...ALL THE TIME...we are chosen and don't even realize it!!
We don't take hold of the responsibility that we have been HAND CHOSEN to fulfill!!!
We can't even grasp the magnitude of the tiniest of gifts...and we are always waiting for the BIG moment went our life is going to change for the better...
I am holding on to the truth that I have been, and am Being, CHOSEN, daily to fulfill my daily lot of hugging..and squeezing every ounce of love i can into this life i have been gifted!!!
I do walk with trepidation...but i know this choosing would not be without much forethought..
He knows and has a fantastic plan for us!!
I am so excited for this new year!!

We had a lovely Christmas and are finishing up our holiday break this weekend..
It snowed here for Christmas..
we admired it closely the Monday after...

my crazy sweet boy..

my crazy wrinkly sharpe' forehead...
trust me..this was the least wrinkly one...
Myles was so much fun...

i took about 200 pictures...i started to get a cramp in my hand..

Sam is growing up right before our eyes..
he is actually testing the waters...
now that his language is starting to blossom...i am hoping by spring he will be communicating like a field of wildflowers..
he seems grumpy, and dissatisfied...VERY 3!!! and we haven't really had to deal with this
issue with him on a regular basis. We've seen some tantrums..YIKES!! and he has spent much time in his thinking chair...but he also gives us TONS of hugs and is initiating much of our we say HOORAY!! He no longer needs a pullup at we are free from all diapers for 5 more months!! Hooray!! Hooray!!
He is changing so much i wonder who he is sometimes...are you still my sweet baby bear in there??

Myles is on a TV detox... no kid tv or commercials for nearly 3 weeks...
although they did see THE SOUND OF MUSIC yesterday..
this kid remembers everything..
One of his teachers and good friend of mine one used the analogy of a loop...
like all the information is on a big loop and every-so-often it comes running past his thoughts..
and he can't help but talk about it...TV what we call it...he does this with books too, but it is more subtle.
I knew it was time when Myles said, "Hey Mom, Dove is a proud sponsor of the Oprah Winfrey Show.."
So we have been listening alot to Pandora Radio...
and his imagination has been rocking out!!

He is reading a Lion King book here.

pretty icicles!!

funny doggie!
Mauldin Loved the snow!
I think he really loved that we were out there with him too..


is everywhere..

even the swing is smiling!! :)

i thought this looked like a snow cone...

Here is my sweet bloggy friend ELISE!!
She only lives about 2 hours from me... and she happened to be traveling through to get a couch..
and we met up at Chick-fil-A.
She was with her friend Leah..and we chatted it up for almost 3 hours..
She encouraged me to show more house photos...
she kept asking me what kind of house we have and making crazy sweet comments on how she likes our house (from the pictures i have posted over the years) but wants to see MORE MORE MORE of it!!
So....seeing as how i like to be accommodating...
AND we are redecorating/decluttering/organizing/hurling things into the garbage..
i'm actually excited about sharing our "new" house.

We purchased a few new things with some (VERY GENEROUS INLAWS) Christmas money!
A new Dining room table and chairs from Target...and the room dividing double bookshelves..

this is how it usually all over the place..
well, cuz..we have kids that like to play with their toys!!!

I like how having the rooms divided actually makes the entire space seem bigger...
i felt like the dining room was always trying to encroach upon the living room...

and here is our new (to us) couch..we got it at a consignment store..
It is just right..we have had our share of couches...and this one has to be my favorite..
it is completely/professionally slip covered..and had 5 pillows that i am going to slipcover with vintagey goodness... YUM!!

as soon as i get this craft room decluttered/ know, whatever it takes...
no seriously..THIS is going to be the baby's room.../ crafting supplies stored in here until i miraculously have time to craft...anything....we are going to get a IKEA shelving unit.. which means a trip to IKEA may be happening... (maybe i can come see you Sara)

i mean this is going to take me all day....

easy. :/
see the sweet yellow fabric..???..that is the baby's curtain fabric...i am totally motivated by yummy fabric!!
and chocolate...
and all of you knowing that this is what my crafty-room looks like.

i will probably need to sell a ton of stuff...
i 've been looking on etsy for destash listings..
what do you think as far as receiving a bunch of random crafties..
would you buy them??
how would you like them presented??
how much would you pay??
like fabric..i have lots of small pieces..that someone surely could make a gazillion yoyos out of..
or fabric covered buttons...i would keep them for myself...but time is of the essence..
oh i have beads too..and some scrapbooky stuff...i totally have stampin' up stuff too... I really love sewing and think i am going to limit my crafties to that...i've tried so much..and have, well...
you get the picture!!

Truly..please let me know what you think...
I always wonder if someone is willing to pay for an item AND pay for shipping too...
Welcoming them with open arms!!!!
Like this new year!!
I hope yours is off to a fantastic start!!
Have a love-fully!


Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

JOY I am so glad you got FACE time with Elise... I can't for my turn... I love your house... and I REALLY REALLY love seeing your craft room... I have one that looks EXACTLY like it... hahaha
I think people would buy scrappy goodness... Especially ones just getting started...

Debbie/StudioBeeCreations said...

Happy New Year, sweet pea....I read the post last night, after up this morning to comment...and JUST missed you on facebook!...I had seen the necklace on Etsy; I am watching over you...always...its you are.I am so excited for my next visit!Love, mommy

Lora said...

wow. i am so blessed! thank you for your kind words about the necklace. and it looks so pretty on your header! :) i'm gonna blog about you soon. be on the lookout... you are a blessing, joy!!
:) lora

Chelsea said...

I LOVE the necklace. I'm sure you knew that would be true. :o) I love that style because they can be customized to you...
I like all the pictures! Sweet new table, LOVE the couch, like the arrangement lots! I agree that breaking up the space into different living areas can make it seem more spacious. Our front room is that way.
You know I love your house and your style, so I definitely support you sharing your cuteness with the world!
How come your messiest space still looks cute? Our whole house can look like your craft room but it's never so cute! I think you could definitely destash on Etsy! I have bought stuff on there like that- none of my projects are usually big, so I just get little things here and there. Try it!
Now you are going to have to keep us all updated with pictures of your PROGRESS!
Love you, see you tomorrow!

Elise said...

Oy, I think my boobies are bigger than your face, Joy...They were full of milk, though. ;)
All that aside, I LOVED getting to meet you!! Thanks for sharing pics of your crib-love it!! The empty frames above the mantle is my favorite!!





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