Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!

It's the close of another year.

Looking forward to a new year.

happy new year photo: Happy New Year Happy_New_Year_2010.jpg

 Until next time... JenT

Monday, December 30, 2013



...you just have to give to those less fortunate.

An update on giving out Christmas boxes this past year.


Until next time... JenT

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas, ya'll

Merry_christmas : Embroidered Merry Christmas card, vector Eps10 image.

Merry Christmas, ya'll!!

Until next time...


Friday, December 6, 2013

kids' fun

 How many kids does it take to wash the dishes? lol

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

just because

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change...it happens

Times change.

People change.

I've changed.

Have you?

Do you ever sit back and think about your life?  What were you doing ten years ago that you wouldn't dream of doing today?  Five years?  One?

How has your thinking changed?  How has your view of this world changed?  Of people?  Of events?  Of policies?  Of anything?

Most people want to improve themself.  Do you think you've improved?

Have you changed any habits or a way of thinking about a certain topic?

I have.

It's called growth.

You grow and change.  Hopefully it's to become more like Christ. 

If not, what is stopping you?  What is holding you back from making those choices that will grow you?

Until next time...


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

are you a pancreas or kidney?

You hear church members talk about the glorious parts of the body (the body of Christ; the church).  Ever been in a debate on what body part you are?

"I think I'm the feet.  I'm always going out telling others of Christ."


"I must be the hands.  I give a lot."

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"I'm the eyes.  I see the needs of others."

All well and good.  But ever notice how it's always the parts that we see?  The "pretty" parts?

Also have you noticed that it's always parts that we can live without?  It would be difficult to be deaf, blind, crippled, without hands.  But you can actually LIVE without those things.

What about your kidneys?  (Both of them).

 Human Anatomy: Antererior View of the Liver

Your liver?

 picture of human pancreas

Your pancreas?

When was the last time you heard someone say.  "Well, I'm the liver."  
Who claims these parts?  The unsightly, "ugly" parts.  You can't live without them.  You can have a transplant, sure.  But if you are in a wreck and one of those is damaged, it's a life-threatening situation.

Just how important are those parts?

So...what are you in the body of Christ?

Until next time...


Monday, November 4, 2013


It's that time of year again.  Time to be thinking of what charity project to contribute to.  It's easy to just give some money, but do you ever get really involved?  There are some ideas that I would love to carry out if we had the finances available.  I hope to do those in the future.  And yes, it involves travel.


But for now I like to get the children involved.  I like to have them think about the fact that other kids in this world do not have it as good as they do.  So this year we chose to send Christmas boxes to some children in Mexico.  We are sending them through a missionary family we know about.  Their website is http://www.lockwoodfamilytomexico.com/.  We decided to send 12 boxes (actually we'll send the goodies in some reusable tote bags so they'll be easier to send).  We are getting excited thinking of all the things we could put in there.  It's amazing how just the smallest gesture can mean so much to a little heart.

So what will you do this year?

There are many ways to give, here are just a few:







And of course I'm sure there are local things in your area; local food pantries, Salvation Army, organizations that give gifts to poor children, homeless shelters.  Look around and you'll find something.  One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is your time.  Taking time to help another human being is priceless.

What will you give?

Until next time...


Thursday, October 31, 2013

news and gripe

 So here's the new news.  We're expecting again; number 12.  :)  Excited!!

After several pregnancies, years of wearing maternity clothes, I've have a dilemma: I cannot find any suitable maternity clothes.  I wear skirts and dresses which does narrow it down, but not by much.  I recently went searching for a dress to wear to a wedding coming up that we had been invited to.  I could find nothing at Motherhood Maternity.  The dresses were either too ugly or not the right size.  I'm kind of on the short side and one dress I was going to settle for was about a foot too long! lol

So, while I have found a few pretty tops, most of them are blah.  Meaning the color or style is just not too appealing in my opinion.  I found a lot of black or gray things, but not many pretty colors.  The styles; some are cute, but some are just t-shirt styles.

As for the dresses.  Well, let's just say that while I agree that being pregnant doesn't mean you get all dowdy-looking, I do think you should still stay modest.  Short dresses and v-necks do not constitute modesty in my book.

Skirts?  Practically non-existent.  I found one long one; gray and white =  blah.  Most are too short for me personally.

There are many websites out there, but I took these from the dress page of A Pea in the Pod because they have a large variety.

Long Sleeve Zipper Detail Maternity Dress

I really like the color and top of this one, but several inches too short for me.  For $150 I would want a little more coverage.

 Beyond Vintage Sleeveless Empire Waist Maternity Maxi Dress

Long enough, but ?  the color/design is not too appealing.  And I would want more coverage up top.  If I had something like this I would not feel comfortable unless I added a t-shirt underneath or a sweater on top.

 Short Sleeve Maternity Maxi Dress

Plenty of coverage, but come on - black?  Another color would be so much happier. :)

 Elbow Sleeve Belted Maternity Sweater Dress

Probably the best one on the whole page.  Personally, I would prefer a few more inches in the skirt.  But if I was told to choose from all of those dresses, I would seriously consider this one.  The style is modest and not blah, and the color is pretty.

So, while you may not agree with me I just felt the need to express myself a little on here.  I feel better now.  Thanks for reading.

Until next time...


Monday, October 7, 2013

another book published

 My oldest has published another book on Kindle.  This one is the first book of a different series (different from the one she co-authored with her sister).  It's only 99 cents on Kindle so a real bargain. :) 

This one is titled Lost and Found from her series Last of the Dinosaurs.  Go get it today!!

And if you missed their first book you can get it here.

Happy Reading!!

Until next time...