Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mama-ism Update



It has been a while since I posted a Mama-ism. I don't know why. She comes up with gems all the time!

Today we were having devotion and prayer time together over the phone. Wait, I must pause to explain admit that any of my friends who have heard me pray know that I often end with 'bye' instead of amen. My conversations with God are personal and conversational. It isn't uncommon for me to offer the blessing at meal time and thank God for things throughout the day but forget the food. I then add a hasty, "Oh, and thank you for our meal!. Bye!"

Now back to today. Mom prayed after I did. She finished with up, and I was about to speak when I heard her call out with urgency, "Oh wait! Wait Jesus!" before adding a couple of items she had forgotten.

As if Jesus had turned to rush off at the sound of 'amen.'

Now I know where I got it.

Isn't she the most adorable mama ever?

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Prayer, Planning, and Poo

This has been a gorgeous day. It has been worship filled day. It has been filled with laughter.

And today was a poopie day.

First, let's stroll around the Bailey Plantation. This is my home for 10 days while I watch over the estate and the youngest resident.

Here's a glimpse of the peaceful beauty that surrounds me.

The view from the expansive, back deck.


Part of the front drive.


The youngest resident, Belle. She isn't very good at hiding from the squirrels.


The charming potting shed.

The day began at church. It was a lovely time of worship and learning. We studied John 12: 20-26, and learned that dying to self means letting go of ego. We can leave a lasting legacy in God, if we die to self.

Then it was on to a meeting with the women's ministry leadership to plan for a year of activities. I am the new publicity coordinator, so this was my first time to meet with the group. We ate boxed lunches before getting down to business. 

My friend Janet arrived a little after the others, and she brought her four month old. When I finished eating I took the baby. This allowed me some baby time and allowed Janet to eat. We all learned how vocal B. was, as he sat in my lap. As Janet says, "He's quite chatty."

Sweet B. just awake from a nap, and sporting a pretty decent comb-over.


The meeting was in full swing as I continued to hold B. in my lap and take notes. Out of nowhere we heard what sounded like a congested elephant sneezing its trunk off. It was loud, and everyone stopped and stared for a moment.

We all knew what had happened, but I actually felt it. The force that came out of that child caused him to bounce on my lap like the lid on a boiling pan of water. I could feel his diaper flapping against my leg.

I looked at Janet and said, "He just had a blow out." Janet just nodded calmly and replied, "He's really good at that." 

I turned from the conference table so Janet could take B. for a change, but Janet wasn't reaching for her baby. She was reaching for the wipes. She started snickering and said, "Oh Tauna! It's on you. It's on you! I'm so sorry." I looked down to see the grey poupon on my pants. (I'm so glad I wore jeans to church today!) 

And that's when I lost it. 

I started laughing. Janet started laughing. I held the baby out in front of me as Janet cleaned off my jeans. After a valiant effort at cleaning me up, Janet took B. and laid him on the floor to change his diaper. That's when I looked down and saw the "spicy mustard" on the carpet between my feet. B. had been dripping the whole time. I snorkled and whispered, "It's on the carpet." That put Janet over the edge. 

I slid out of my seat onto my hands and knees beside Janet. As she cleaned the baby. I cleaned the carpet, and we laughed hysterically. We now had our heads below the table level and were fighting for every breath as we laughed. We were crying, sniffling, and gasping, all while the grownups continued the meeting above us. Janet whispered, "I feel like a 12 year old who is laughing under the table." I could only nod, as I wiped my eyes. (Did I mention this was my first meeting with this group?)

It took a few moments to regain my composure and take my seat again. I picked up my pen to write something on my calendar and noticed I had wiped a yellowish smear across the page. I turned my hand over to see more poo. I ducked my head toward Janet and said, "It's on my hand, too." Suddenly a hand was thrust from below the table holding a baby wipe high in the air, and the giggles started again. 

I'm not sure about the impression I made on the ladies and one gentleman, but I know I left an imprint. They may be calling for a backup in the publicity department. Oh well. At least they know I don't frazzle easily.

I hope your Sunday has been as peaceful, joyful, and worshipful as mine.

tauna

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Satan's Desires vs. God's Desires

The enemy is a liar. He is a liar, a cheat, a thief, and arrogant.

He’s a punk, but he doesn’t get to win.


Here are a few example of what he wants for you versus what God wants for you. 



Romans 8:1 - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 21:4 - He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

2 Samuel 22:32 - For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?

Romans 8:38,39 - For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angel nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 4:6,7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Joshua 1:9 - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Isaiah 40:29 - He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chihuly at the Clinton Presidential Library

My bucket list includes seeing a full Dale Chihuly installation one day. I have a bit of an artistic crush on him. That said, I wasn't about to miss the exhibit at the Clinton Library.

What a lovely experience for my eyes. Oh the colors, placement, and movement of the glass. Each creation was elegant and delicate, yet powerful and sturdy. It was delicious to my eyes and spirit.





 A closeup of the chandelier.









Even his signature is cool.


 Spot this bowl in the display above.

The exhibit also included paintings by Chihuly, but the few pictures I took didn't turn out well.


Tell me. What artists move you?


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Flowers From Old Books (Revamped Lamps)


 I found an old, tattered book, and it begged me to give it new life. I took it to my office, and it almost shouted out to a couple of lamps. The lamps were a snooze fest. They were boring and unrelated to one another. I decided to cut out flower shapes from the book pages. An Ellison die cut machine made quick work of my project.

(Not the actual book I used, but this could have been its twin.)

My short, plump lamp.
Yawn.


I used six die-cut pages per flower, and punched a tiny hole in the 
center of each shape.


Scrunch the first page around a brad. Be careful not to tear the hole, 
or the brad will fall out.


Continue to crumple pages onto the brad. I wadded the last two pages in my hand before adding them. This was to get a good shape without pulverizing the bud already formed on the brad.


The finished project. Cute, huh?



The last step was to use one of my favorite tools ever - a glue gun!
I have four glue guns, but I keep thinking I need another.



My tall, waif lamp.
Grandma!



I liked it much better after the lace and trim was removed.
It's even cuter with the flowers. I brushed a bit of pale pink onto the pages for this lamp.


Cuteness


I think these flowers could find a happy home in so many places. They would be super cute on a package or gift bag, or how about a bunch of them on stems for a bouquet? 

How would an old book spark your creativity? I'd love to hear your ideas.


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sisters in St. Louis

My sister and I are celebrating our birthday month. We decided to get up early last Friday, drive to St. Louis, and go to the Gateway Arch. While Mary has been to St. Louis, I had not. It was the first time to the arch for both of us. The drive is about 5.5 hours each way. 


The first stop was at a mom and pop diner in Corning for breakfast. I have to admit that we were a little excited for a diner breakfast. We were disappointed. Everything was beige, and it tasted just as bland.


 We drove by this abandoned building, and I may or may not have made a u-turn and driven in the wrong direction to get back for this photo.

 Does anyone know what this is? There were two metal boxes on poles near the discarded building. It looks as if there may have been gas pumps between the poles at one time. Maybe the boxes held window cleaner. Any guesses?


Walking up to the arch was pretty exciting for me. The tree lined walk along the Mississippi River was delightful. The temperature was mild, and there was a slight breeze. We couldn't have asked for a better day to spend together.



 The obligatory pictures of the capital and Busch Stadium from the tiny windows at the top of the arch.



Walking away, I had to get another shot with a sunburst. 


We drove through several great neighborhoods. We were surprised to see so many abandoned and burned out buildings. I could envision many of them being renovated into fabulous flats. I could live in this beauty.

 This is a small portion of the Soulard Farmer's Market.


Remember these little boxes from THIS post? We filled more boxes and dropped them in various places on this trip too.

There was a variety of charming shops and homes in the Soulard neighborhood. We deposited a treasure box on the arm of a chair outside this adorable spot.


 The back side of The Porch shop. It's cute on all sides. The flowers on the front and side were lovely.




 The homes had so much charm and character.



We also visited Union Station mall, and the Benton Park neighborhood. Dinner was a stop in Poplar Bluff. It was an enjoyable and silly 23.5 hour trip. (I am NOT posting the video of us dancing in the car on the way home.) Also noteworthy is the fact that neither of us actually died from laughing so hard, but it was touch and go.

Now we are trying to pick a destination for our next outing. We want to stay within a 5-6 hour drive from the Little Rock area.  Any suggestions?


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Sunday, June 8, 2014

4th of July Free Printables (UPDATED)

Hello beautiful people. As a thank you for all the encouragement I've received to resume my blog, I thought I'd try my hand at simple, yet cute, Fourth of July printables.

Let's start with an invitation to your shindig. The back is blank, 
so you can add your particulars.



Fun Cupcake Toppers and 5X7 Frameables



Drink Labels




A USA Medallion Centerpiece



Pledge of Allegiance and God Bless America Frameables



Quirky Preamble Placemats



Decorating Tip: Use a curtain valance and ribbons to dress a decorative table. Tie a short piece of ribbon around napkin wrapped flatware for even more charm. 



What a fun looking table, and don't miss the Instant, No Sew Apron from the previous post, made from the matching valance.


And what would the Fourth of July be without homemade apple pie? 
Find the recipe HERE


Now onto the free stuff! Just click on the link below the image to to go to a printable PDF.














 Printables are for personal use only. They are not for commercial use.

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