Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Old Photos

I started a new digital editing class from Jessica Sprague. I just love her. I am only on day 2 so I have a lot to learn, but I figured I would show you what I have learned today and look forward to what I learn in the next 2 weeks. This class is to teach you how to restore those old photos. I am going to learn other skills but figured I post as I learn.

This first photo is from my dad's side of the family. I think that it is a great-great-great grandparents, maybe another great is needed to be in there, but I am not completely sure.

William Edgar,Rebecca Ann(Bessie B.)Pennington copy

This next one is of my great-grandmother (Grandma Chole) my grandmother, my mom and me. 4 generations. I just love and treasure this photo. I am sure that I will different techniques to use on a photo from the 70's as opposed to one in the 1800's. But gave it a go anyways.

4 Generations copy

Monday, April 26, 2010


We are heading fast (sometimes not fast enough for me) into a time where our lives are going to change forever. For a child, a four year old, life changing experiences are often scary to think about. I think that is what is going on with my beautiful daughter.

We have been through several phases in our journey of anticipating a baby brother. One of the phases was a constant reassurance that yes, she was going to be a part of our family forever and adding someone to it wasn't going to make her insignificant.

Another phase is a constant reassurance that we would love her no matter what. We read a book "Mommy, do you love me?" by Jeanne Willis. It is about a little chick asking her momma do you love me? even when I am good, bad, even when I don't win?. The momma always reassures her little chick that indeed she will always love her chick. This has gone into a lot of questioning from Mickey asking the same question and this momma reassuring her that yes, I will always love you because you are my Mickey.

Now yesterday we entered into a new phase. Daddy is gone a lot of business trips. They stay connected through the computer talking on "Skype" which is a wonderful invention. And nightly goodnight talks. Mickey looks forward to the times when daddy comes home and spending all her time with him. Last night she was sad when bedtime came. Part of it had to do with all the activity that her and her daddy were doing together. The other part has do with her insecurities and apparent jealousy. She was sad because "Daddy loved momma, first and not Mickey". She was sad because "Daddy married momma and not me!" She was truly heartbroken over these two revelations. We tried to comfort her and reassure that her daddy loved her very much. But the fact that he was already married just made her sad. She eventually went to sleep. But the thoughts were right there when she woke up again this morning. I am at a loss on how to explain this to her but I just keep reassuring her that her Daddy loves her even though he is married to me.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Our God Is In Control

I haven't blogged in awhile. I think that it is due to sheer tiredness and lack of energy and brain function. I hope to get back to regular blogs soon and also gain some of my energy back. I am in my 35th week of this pregnancy and expecting this little guy to make his appearance in the month of May. Although my beautiful daughter who has been right about everything up to this point told me that the baby was coming this weekend. I am not sure why she told me this but she did. I am ready but not sure that she is right this time around. :)

Common questions that I get these days.... "How is this pregnancy going?" "How are you feeling?" "Have you picked out a name yet?" So to give some of those answers here I go. I have hit the uncomfortable stage of pregnancy. With other issues that I deal with on a normal basis it makes pregnancy a little more difficult than if I didn't have to deal with things such as arthritis. However, everything has gone "normally" and everything is looking good and I am very thankful for that. As far as a name for this little guy. We keep that quiet. So we haven't officially decided on a name but this little guy will be the first to know when we have. And if you ask Mickey she will either tell you that the name is "Brownie" "Mr. Brown" or "Janda". I think that she likes Brownie best of all.

I was taking Mickey to the library today for music time and "dance" time. On the way there I was listening to one of the playlists on my Ipod. I was struck by one of the songs on there. "Our God is in Control" by Steven Curtis Chapman. This week I have been continually reminded that no matter what or where we find ourselves in our lives that God is in Control. We may not understand or like where we are but that doesn't change that God is in Control. This is a tough one for me. I like to be in control. I like knowing what is going to happen and when. I don't like to be in a place where I feel like I am not sure why I am there. Then I think that back to why Steven Curtis Chapman wrote the song in the first place. He lost his child and knows that she is in Heaven with the Lord but he misses and grieves her loss. I can't imagine a parent going through that and do it with such grace and giving such a great testimony for trusting in the Lord.

So I just had to share the song with you. In case you may find yourself in a place where you just need to know that the Our God is in control.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Resurrection Rolls

On Sunday Mickey and I made Resurrection Rolls. I was looking for a way to show her and teach her about what Easter really is. That it is not about eggs or candy or a bunny. So all week we were reading her Bible and talking about the week that Jesus had. I was amazed at her understanding at the age that she is. I am not sure if she really understands what death really is but I do know that when we got to the part of the cross and death on a cross she was heartbroken. She couldn't believe that people were so mean to a man that she knows Loves her. Our favorite saying this week is "Jesus is Alive!" how sweet those words are and how thankful that I am that this is not just another story but one that is so real and important. I am so thankful that Jesus is Alive and that he has given me life.

So in my search I found two recipes that were just right for us. One we used this year and the other we will wait another year or so. I had never heard of either of them, but I think that they are a great way to show the empty tomb! The one we are waiting on is Resurrection Cookies and the one we used was the Resurrection Rolls. The reason we did not do the cookies is that we wanted to know that Mickey would sleep. The cookies require you to put the cookies in before bedtime and to put tape on a closed oven door and go to bed. I wasn't sure my little one would actually get any sleep and in my life right now we need sleep. ;)

We used the Resurrection Roll recipe and we did this on Easter Sunday.

In this object lesson you are showing how Jesus' body was prepared for burial.

You will need
  • Can of crescent Rolls
  • Large marshmallows
  • Melted Butter
  • Sugar & Cinnamon mixed together
What you do

  1. Open the can of crescent Rolls and separate them into triangles. Explain how this the linen wrapping used to bury the dead.
  2. Dip the marshmallow into the butter (The marshmallow is representing Jesus body). The butter represents the oil that are used to anoint the dead body.
  3. Roll the marshmallow in the sugar & Cinnamon mixture. This represents the spices used in burials.
  4. Place the marshmallow in the middle of the triangle rolls. And wrap up making sure that it is sealed tightly. Put it on a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Place them in the oven, which represents the tomb. Follow the directions on the crescent roll package.
  6. While the rolls are baking we read the Easter story from the Bible.
  7. When the rolls cook the marshmallow melts away and leaves a puffed up roll. This represents Jesus raising from the dead. All that was left was the linen wrapping inside the tomb.

In Sugar

Into the Sugar

Dipping the Marshmellow copy

grave clothes copy

almost finished


Easter Hunt

On Saturday we went to our annual Easter egg "Hunt", I think that it should be Easter Egg gather since the kids don't really need to hunt for the eggs. Mickey loves it and we had fun again this year. A local church hosts the Egg Hunt for the community and they sent us an invitation every year. I am impressed how this church finds ways to welcome the community into their church in a very nonthreatening way.

Here are some pics from the morning. The lady that was doing the countdown to start time said "5 minutes till start time". The man next to us said "And 6 minutes until it is over". He was so close to being accurate. I think that the hunt lasted a whole 45 seconds. But I can tell you the kids had a blast!

Get Set
And so the hunt begins!

Picking up Eggs
Her favorite color is yellow, so she went after the yellow eggs

Her Find
Showing off one of her eggs

Eating a candy
Eating a candy from the eggs

Spring Bunny
Taking a picture with the Spring Bunny

After this we headed off to a local park and checked out what they were doing. There was not a lot going on. So she played a game or two and then found some "friends" at the playground where she played for awhile. This was a good time for momma to sit down and rest a bit. Walking is not high on my list of favorite things to do right now. Oh the joys of being a pregnant momma! :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Eggs

So today we dyed Easter Eggs. Mickey was beyond excited to color her eggs. To say that she had a blast would be an understatement. She was so proud of her work that after she colored them, painted them, and glitter on them she took her very own pictures of her work. She was so proud.

Here are Mickey's pictures...
Mickey took this picture

Mickey's Eggs her picture copy
I think that she did great on decorating her eggs and taking pictures of them. What do you think?? Do we have another photographer in the family?

Here are the rest of the pictures from our fun afternoon.
Our eggs

Mixing Dye
Mixing Dye

Checking out the egg
Checking out the egg

Waiting on the Egg

The Look
The Look

pink egg
Waiting on her pink egg

Painting Her Eggs

painting eggs

Putting Glitter on her Egg