Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Things I love about You

  • Your eyes
  • Your smile
  • How you mop the floor cause I hate doing it
  • How klutzy you are sometimes (this one always makes me grin)
  • How you plan trips
  • How you surprise me
  • The roses you send to me
  • That you care about our financial security
  • Your honesty
  • How you apologize so quickly (I am learning to do this)
  • How you say Thank You
  • How you always open the door for me
  • That you try to make me happy
  • That you take me to quilt shops
  • Your romantic side
  • Your willingness to help out at church
  • How smart you are about important things (i.e. the Bible)
  • That you love to travel
  • Your sense of humor
  • How you tell others about Jesus
  • That you are my cheerleader
  • Your love for me and for God
  • That you let me quilt all the time

Love you JAY!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Busy Weekend

We drove up to Indy to watch Kristen play her soccer game. First Church of the Nazarene in Indy has a soccer outreach on Saturdays. Aaron says sometimes they may have 500 kids show up. Her little pony tails were flopping away. How cute!

Jay and Aaron. Aaron is leaving for Guatemala shortly on a missions trip. I think the beard is to scare away any foreign bugs who might want to attack him!

Then on to Aunt Connie's 50th Birthday party. It was fun to see folks again and of course, talk!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hawaiian Sands

Well, I have been wanting to visit Hawai'i for some time now. I believe this year my dream will come true. Jay and I have been thinking seriously about going down there and it looks like that will happen this fall around our 2nd anniversary. I am so excited!!! We've already started saving for it. We have found out that food is pretty expensive down there. Jay's highlight will be getting to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial. I just want to see the beautiful landscape and take tons and TONS of pictures.

Has anyone been there? If so, do you have any tips for us? Any good hotels to check out?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Playin' it Loud!

Okay, Aunt C, now what do you think? Wink!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Quiltin' with my Sis

The musical quilt is coming along. Don't look too closely because the blocks aren't sewn together yet, so don't expect the corners to match up!

Dani came over and I helped her get the borders on her quilt and we basted it together.

I don't think we look alike at all. (Our hair is even the same!!)

Dani working away.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Longaberger, Quilts and a Rose

Using a couple new pieces of Longaberger pottery for Sunday dinner. Meatloaf and Cornmeal casserole. My mom gave me 4 Longaberger pottery pieces for Christmas.

Blocks for my "musical" quilt. The fabric was on sale at Joanns!

A rose delivered to the jail from my honey, "just because."

Friday, January 11, 2008

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts

My last Christmas present from Jay arrived today. I love it!

Thursday, January 10, 2008


I haven't posted much lately so I thought I should check in. Lately I have been thinking about "thanks" and showing "thankfulness." You know those "testify" times they have at church? I am terrible about standing up in front of people and speaking. My face automatically turns bright red, even when I'm not embarrassed. I can't make it stop, it just happens. So when I know the Lord is telling me I am supposed to stand up and give him thanks publicly my heart literally starts working overtime.
I knew a few minutes after the service started that God wanted me to stand up and say a few words. Good thing we had prayer first cause I spent the whole prayer time (we all gather around the altar) asking God what I was supposed to say. I then told Him, in no uncertain terms, that if I was supposed to do this, that I was going to need some help getting my heart to stop pounding. By the time I stood up, I was calm. Isn't God awesome?
I told the folks at prayer meeting that sometimes I think God gets tired of us always asking and never thanking. I've been working at the jail for 2 1/2 years now and a few thousand inmates have learned my name over those couple years. I literally receive between 700-1,000 notes from inmates a month. I respond to every single note! (** I don't write back to someone who is disrespectful, trying to break the rules or has already been transferred from our facility**) Most of the inmates know my name and face so when I enter a dorm or cell, the place literally goes crazy and I will have 10 inmates headed my direction as soon as I head in the door. They know that I will try to find the answer to their questions and try to fix their problems. But it can be pretty overwhelming. I wonder what God thinks with millions of requests and only a few thanks here and there.
I can literally count on two hands the number of notes I have received back from inmates thanking me for finding the answer for them. We take, ask, question, plead, want, and beg God for things. Perhaps we should focus on just thanking Him for who He is and let the rest work itself out.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Pick a Pink Posie

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A New Quilting Year

I started the day off right by shopping at Joann Fabrics for more quilt material. I was so excited to see their western prints on sale. I think I might do a small lap quilt or wall hanging out of the material.
I also started the pink quilt today. I made 100 blocks out of the material that I have already cut out. I have put the 100 blocks together in to 25 larger blocks. rear is tired of sitting on the hard wooden chair. I forgot to put a pillow on it, so it is my fault. Someday I would love to have a quilting room complete with a comfortable chair and natural light.
Here is the fall colored quilt. It is totally quilted and the binding is now sewn on, just not whipped stitched up yet.