Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wild West Texas Wind

Here are a couple of shots from yesterday evening. The winds blew around 45 mph all day long. It has been so bad that the past two days I have barely been able to wear my contacts and when my boys noses run, it looks like mud. Gross I know. We are in such a desperate need of rain right now that it is not even funny. The Farmers Almanac summer outlook looks promising for some rain in the next two months. We can only hope and pray that they are right.

When I took these pictures there was so much dust in the air the sun was barely visible.

Here is looking to the west…

Dusty Sunset

And this one was looking to the north…

Dutsty Tuesday

{This shot is really bad. I forgot to put my telephoto zoom lens on and as a result I have this grainy picture *sigh*
The point of the photo was to show y’all how dusty if was outside. Dirt was all you could see in any direction.}

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy {Late} Easter


This year Easter was a wonderful time for me to reflect on what the Lord has done for me over the course of this past year.


This year we did not do anything special for Easter. Some would call it boring, I called it relaxing.

The monsters had a wonderful time playing in the yard, and it was a blast just to be able to hang out with them for the day and not have to worry about anyone else.

Here are a few pics of them in life jackets… yes, I said life jackets and shooting each other with water guns.

The last pic is my favorite!








Monday, April 25, 2011

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge: Pets

Baylee (4)

I am entering my dear sweet Baylee into the I Heart Faces Photo Challenge this week!


I am really nervous seeing how I have never done it before.
Wish me luck!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Photo Friday Week 16: Growth


I have thought long and hard about this weeks Photo Friday challenge.  Probably the most thought I have put into one yet. I know, I know… I need to put LOTS of thought into ALL of them. But, for some reason this one was special to me from the moment I found out what it was.

The first thing that came to my mind when I read the theme for this week was Spiritual Growth. These past few weeks I have really been focusing on my relationship with God and growing myself spiritually. I have recently become involved in a really good church with great people, I have made friends with the preacher’s wife and I am trying to help get a Woman’s Ministry started for our church. I have also been trying to help my children grow spiritually as well. Like with Easter fast approaching, I want my boys to know that Easter is about God, not about chocolate bunnies and egg hunts. Those can be fun too, but not the main focus. But more than anything else I want Michael and I to grow together spiritually, to have a more God centered marriage. And so far we are doing pretty good!


You can head on over to Trina’s blog to see all the other great photos that show everyone's different perspective of this weeks them.

Next Week: Trees

Thursday, April 21, 2011

No Sew Camera Strap Cover

I have been wanting to either buy me a new camera strap or a camera strap cover for a while now. The only problem is they are not cheap. So you can imagine how excited I was when I stumbled across this wonderful no sew camera strap tutorial over at Blessed Beyond Measure. It’s perfect because I don’t know how to sew. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone.

The whole project cost me less than $5 and took me about 30 minutes.

I started out with my camera strap and my black and white polka dot fabric from Wal-Mart. It cost a whopping $1.99/yd. on clearance.


Next came the Heat n Bond. This stuff is amazing and it was $1.99 at Wal-Mart as well.


I forgot to take a picture, but I measured my camera strap and cut the piece of material a little bigger so I had room to hem everything. Then I added the Heat n Bond according to the directions.


Voila! And there you have one pretty no sew camera strap cover.


Here you can see how beautifully my new cover goes with my teal camera bag.
I will eventually add something to give my camera strap cover just a little more personality, but today I do not have time. And just so you know this picture was taken with my iPhone :)


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 8!

You may notice that I am missing Siesta Scripture numbers 6 and 7. And trust me I feel horrible about it. I am going to try and get caught up, but before I do I am going to post number 8, and I’m even 5 days late on this one! But, I am already planning mine for the 1st of the month.

Even though I have not been keeping up with my Siesta Scriptures, I have been reading my Bible almost every night, doing a Beth Moore study and trying to read more in depth after our sermons on Sundays. So, I’m not slacking completely.

If you would like to read all the wonderful verses that everyone has submitted, head on over to Beth’s blog Living Proof Ministries to check it out. And I am getting so excited because Living Proof Live is only a little over 4 months away.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

A Year of Miracles


What a year this has been.

As some of you may know, I have been following Lyryn’s blog Breaking Through and this month is all about how they overcame the biggest challenge their marriage had ever faced. I don’t have her way with words, so bear with me. She was my inspiration behind todays post. Thank you Lyryn!

I don’t want you to get the wrong idea though, I was the one that made the mistake in my marriage. Not Michael. Just so we are clear :)

When I married Michael I married my best friend. He was the one person I knew I could spend every day of the rest of my life with and not get sick and tired of seeing him. He was always there for me, through thick and thin. When I needed anything he was there. Or at least the best way he knew how to be. I can remember when he was still in high school {I was already graduated} we would talk on the phone till the wee hours of the morning, sleep for a couple of hours and talk on the phone of his way to school. Living in different states it was hard, but we made it work. Even when we were together we would stay up for hours just talking, even when there was nothing to talk about. And he was always made sure to tell me he loved me, and when he wasn’t saying it I could tell just by the way he looked at me. Michael truly is a gift from God. After 5 years of marriage and everything we had been through, I shattered his heart.

I had an affair. I said it. I am not going to go into detail about anything, but I will tell you I  was at the lowest point in my life that I had ever been. And I wish I could go back and change things, but since I can’t I will only do things differently in future and not put myself in a spot where the devil can attack me or my marriage so viciously.

On April 19th of last year Michael served me with divorce papers. My world shattered into a million pieces. Through my actions Michael felt like he had no other choice in order to protect him and our boys. I don’t blame him. I would have done the same thing. Probably a lot sooner than he did.

For six months I had been living a double life, telling one lie right after another. Not only was it tearing my family apart, but it was pulling me further and further away from God. The one person I needed the most to pull me out of the hell I had created. That day something changed in me. I knew I had to change if there was any way to I was going to save what was left of my marriage.

That first month was the hardest. Everyone knew what I had done, and naturally sided with Michael. I felt like it was me against the world. For the first time in 5 years I had to get a job and find an apartment. I’m not going to lie, it was horrible! I didn’t know the first thing about taking care of myself. I started praying for a miracle and reading my bible every night. I tried to reach out to Michael, but it was still to soon. It was one of the loneliest times in my life. I don’t even want to think about what Michael was going through. It still tears me up inside.

I am going to tell you right now that Michael is the most forgiving person that I know. And I love him for it {among so many other things}.

After that first month, with God at our side, things started getting better a little at a time. I would like to say that we hugged and made up and that was the end of it. But I can’t.

It has taken us many many hours of prayer, the support of family and friends, a good church and a year to get to the point where the bad days are few and far between. I know that God saved my marriage. He literally brought it back from the grave and everyday I thank him for doing so. I hate to think about where I would be today if God didn’t pour His grace down on me and give me back the ones that mean everything to me.

My marriage, along with a some others that I know, is proof that God does perform miracles. Everyday.

…and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.

Mark 10:8-9

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday at My House

Hope you all had a very blessed Sunday! Today after a wonderful service at church Jake had his very first swim lesson. He did so well for someone that is absolutely terrified of water. I wish I would have gotten pictures, but I was afraid to get my camera that close to the water. I can just picture something awful happening to my poor camera and it sends chills down my spine. *shiver* Maybe I will be brave enough to take it next week though.

Since I have no swim pictures to blog, I am taking you on a quick tour through various rooms of my house to show you what I will be doing to each room. I know… I know… you are more than likely sick of seeing all my ideas and inspiration, but I promise you will start seeing results soon:)

{Just a note: The middle pictures are actual pictures of my house.}

{I love the ‘welcome’ on the front of the door! And instead of a table there will be a black bench.}


Living Room
{I am not going to lie… this one is still pretty undecided. I keep going between these colors and a rustic red color pallet. Only time will tell what it ends up being}

Living Room

{I am absolutely going to have black cabinets! :) And I really like the colors below… I can so work with those.}


Master Bedroom
{I love love love my sponge painted walls! I am crazy about anything leopard, so naturally my sheets are going to be leopard print. And my other favorite is turquoise. So the bedding set is a perfect compliment to my own personal hideaway.}


Friday, April 15, 2011

Photo Friday Week 15: Work


I have been a little MIA for a week or so and have missed the past two Photo Fridays over at Trina’s blog. I am glad to be back!

I am so excited that this week is work. When I think of work, my thoughts go straight to my husband. He is the hardest working man that I know. He literally works his fingers to the bone and until his soles come off.

I am also posting two pictures this week. I think that they show how hard my wonderful husband works for his family.

Now I just have to brag on him a little for a second… right now we have like a hundred wildfires burnin’ all around us {Lord, please send us some rain. Amen}. Well, today he got a call that one of the fire trucks was broke down, so he go to go to the front lines to fix the truck so they could continue to battle the fire, as they have been around the clock for two days. Isn’t he a wonderful man? I love him dearly.

Hard Working Hands 2AB

Hard Working BootsAB

Next Week: Growth

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Little Catchin’ Up…

I have not blogged in a couple of days, so I wanted to get y’all caught up on everything that has gone on around here the past few days.

Lets begin…

Saturday we went to Michael’s grandmother’s 90th birthday party. It was nice to see his family, especially his parents!

I love my husband, but his phone… not so much!

Michael Driving

Grandmother’s Happy Birthday cake

Mozelle Cake

Jacob pouting because he did not get his way…

Jacob Pouty

Tyler giving me a goofy smile

Tyler Goofy Smile

The thought these were the coolest ‘flowers’.

Pretty Weed

Sunday we, well Michael, got busy on tilling up the yard so he could lay the sod for me.

It was 97* outside.

That is what I call love!


Coolest thing ever invented! It really made a world of difference.


Hour 5… almost done tilling up the yard


Best shot of the whole day!


Tilling is done! Time for new grass.


Jacob was ‘helping’ his daddy put the new grass down.


Only 500 square feet to go…


Baylee, my beautiful baby girl


And he’s done! The yard looks amazing!


And Michael took the day off Monday, so we hung out and ate lunch, then hung the TV above the fireplace.

I am happy to say we both worked together, and we don’t hate each other .

Living Room1

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Our Redeeming Love Journey


Lyryn over at Breaking Through along with her husband are sharing their story of betrayal, heartbreak, grace, reconciliation and redemption. It all begins this Monday, April 4th. Normally something like adultery would tear a marriage apart, but they decided that their marriage was worth fighting for. I think what they are doing is wonderful!

As someone who has been there, I can’t wait to hear their story. I am excited to hear that someone else has faced such a rough challenge and overcame it! It is further proof that nothing is impossible with Christ.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My Rustic-ish Living Room

Something lit a fire under me and now I want to make my house a home. Not only because I want to sell it in the sometime near future, but because when people walk into my house I want them to feel welcome.

First things first. I want to install hand scraped hardwood floors {well the manufactured kind of hand scraped hardwood floor} in the living room, entry hall and hallway. The ones I found are so pretty and would look amazing in here.

Before I do that though I need to repaint one wall and do some touch ups here and there. And don’t let me forget the fireplace doors. Gotta get rid of the gold!

And I am at a complete loss on how to pick out window treatments. *sigh*

Oh, I almost forgot… this weekend we are mounting the t.v above the fireplace. I am uber excited to be able to rearrange the living room to look more welcoming. And that means I will have my coffee table back.


I love the heads on our wall. They add the rustic touch that we want and we can brag about who’s antlers are bigger. It’s mine by the way… the one you see in the middle.

And if you look really close at the bottom corner of the couch, you can see where my dear sweet Baylee decided one day she wanted to use my couch as a raw hide.


Once the t.v is mounted above the fireplace I will have this whole wall to work with. I am not sure if the couch or the recliner is going here. One will be on the wall and the other will be going across the open space just to the right of where the t.v is at. And then where the couch is now there will be a table of some sort to hold pictures and add some color to the place.

Maybe I’ll even paint the beam and scrape the popcorn off the ceiling?!

And I’ll have my coffee table back!


I really like the idea of putting these frames around the two skull mounts. I can paint them any accent color I want and they actually look nice up there on the wall. I love it!


I know it’s not exactly what the frames look like, but this is kind of an idea on what I want to do. I just have not decided on a color yet.


Time to get to work!