Tuesday, September 23, 2014


yes, i am still alive.

my blogging goals and ambitions have been so far on the back burner that i almost could not reach them anymore!

so much has happened in my life the last several months that i shall spend the next six months trying to catch up and then be that much further behind.

i will skip all that.
instead, how about fun little bullet points and if anything sounds interesting and you would like to hear more about it, let me know in the comments and i will post about it!

(dashes work for bullet points, right?)

- house hunting: looking, applying for mortgage, offers and rejections
- a move
- housesitting jobs
- work
- beach trip

one of the things i will write about today is an adventure i went on this past Saturday.
my dear friend  said i could tag-a-long on an engagement photo shoot she had scheduled. i love taking pictures and would love to improve my skills- after Saturday i think it is safe to say that i dont have any skills.
an interest doesnt count. i want to get better and that is lesson number one i learned!

since i didnt know the couple i wont write a lot about them- they were a very sweet couple, easy to talk to and easy to take pictures of, if i could get the settings right on my camera! =(
oh well, i do want to put up some of my favorite pictures, just because they are mine and i like a couple of them, even if they are not all that clear and sharp.
(plus editing them is always fun and that made some look a little better!)

meet Brandy and Robert


 this is one of my favorites! i love how it turned out!

these are the same picture and i cant decide which i like better-

 the original on the left
                the edited on the right

... thoughts?

 i wont post all my mess-ups, in fact i deleted most of them. i just wanted to show what i want to learn not to do! i kept this one for reminders sake: he was whispering, she was giggling- very cute and natural. low lighting, bad setting and i get blurred vision! total bummer!!!

oh well- hope to be around the blogging world more often, till next time. . .

Monday, May 19, 2014


"Love these boys God loaned me"
This phrase was written as part of a status for a friend of mine on Facebook. 
It has been a rough few weeks for me- emotionally, physically and spitually- and when I read this, I got a little teary-eyed.
My sister told me something similar when I was going through my hellish week a year ago. She said, "they [our babies] aren't really ours- we have to let them go and give them back to God, even from the very beginning" 
I want to trust God and His timing and all those wonderful things I've heard thousands I times- but I will tell you, it's been and is hard!
He knows how badly Mr.J and I want to have lots of kids to love on and raise in godliness and truth. 
Maybe one day that will happen. Hopefully soon...
But whenever it is, I hope to remember that they are on "loan" and to treasure the moments with thanksgiving to the One who holds us all!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Happy Birthday!

My dear little one,
Has it really been a year? Where has the time gone? Some days it seems to be much longer than a year- and other days it seems just like yesterday!
I love and miss you so very much! Each day my heart gets stronger as I learn to trust more in the Father you have spent so much time with! I'm sure this has been the best year of your life! ;)  
(Your momma can be a bit dorky)
There are things that surround me of your brief life with us- things I look at to celebrate you and thank God for the time with you! I am learning how precious life is and value each breath I am given. 
I thought maybe God would give me some siblings for you- but His timing has not been mine. He is faithful and good, and knows JUST what He's doing!
I look at this world and all it's mess- and think of all you were spared from. Who knows, it may not be long before we meet, and can spend life together worshiping our Creator!
My dear Enoch, today I celebrate you- my heart is heavy in thinking back to having to say goodbye, and yet at the same time, I have joy and peace this day. Each month there is a twinge of grief all over again, and I have to trust God on another level. He is holding me, just as He is you my son. It's a wonderful place to be.
I will always miss you.
I will always love you.
I will always be your momma, and 
you will always be my Baby Mine.
Happy Birthday Enoch!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Lessons from Ellie

If you don't know Ellie, then let me introduce you to her.
Ellie is spunky, a little of the girl next door, gonna hold no punches back and be the best friend you always wanted. 
She is a big dreamer and loves life and all the little adventures that it brings. 

Now as a wife there are things I have learned from Ellie...

1) She never puts her husband down- even joins in on his "blunders" making it an enjoyable memory instead of a moment of tension....

2) She works beside her husband-

Fixing up their house...

At the zoo in an area that was their passion...

On decorating in a way that was so "them"

And on household chores.

3) Ellie dreamed with Carl - 

Seeing potential in the mundane...

On all the sights they wanted to see together...

And all the places they wanted to go together...
And in growing together...

4) She sought comfort from Carl in the midst of dreams not coming true... 

(This part always makes me cry b/c it hits so close to home)

5) Though their dreams changed a little, they still enjoyed life together- In just being together...

6) She stayed with him in sickness...

And in health... 

In quiet times...

And in times of frustration...

7) She was the wife of his youth,

And his bride till the end...

They danced through life as one...

Laughing along the way...

I know that Carl and Ellie are not real. But their story was thought up and woven together with real life struggles most couples face.
As a wife I have a choice as to how I am going to respond to my Mr.J... 
If I choose to be bitter and allow little things to frustrate me, or wallow when my dreams don't come true- then I would miss some really great moments with my man!
"Adventure is out there!" - what kind will you have?

To see Carl and Ellie's life in under five minutes, click the link- just be ready to cry!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Do you hear what i hear?!?

Guess what i heard this morning?!?
There in the twilight of the morning, those little spring song birds were singing their hearts out!
My soul sang along to a melody without words that worshipped our Great GOD in this glimpse of the newness ahead!
Spring is coming and i am not the only one who can feel it!
You couldnt shut those birds up if you wanted to!
So let it out- smile, sing, have a "spring" in your step- because,
its COMING!!!!!

Bing photo

Friday, February 07, 2014

< valuable

photo credit to Bing
"Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?" Luke 12:24

The bird pictured is not a raven, but i liked it... It looked like it was singing and reminded me that birds sing and worship God- i should too, on a more constant basis! HE looks after the birds and knows each one- i am more valuable to HIM than those beautiful, colorful, singing birds!!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Being Real

Things have been going on in my heart and mind that i needed to write.
Words dont come together very well for me, so i am enlisting the a visual aid from this scene from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
(disclaimer- maybe be gruesome and unsettling for small children: be careful as you watch)

Breakdown of the scene - As the Fellowship approached the gate- things seemed hopeless.
Isnt he attractive?
This large daunting gate loomed in front of them, stopping them from going any further.
In the clip the "mouth" of Sauron comes to welcome them. His twisted words struck fear in their hearts.
It paralyzed them and momentarily got their eyes off their mission.

If you keep watching the clip, Aragorn - a symbol of Christ as our Coming King- silences the vile creature with a "blow to the head." He rallies the group together and encourages them to fight...
This post is not a comparison of The Lord of the Rings and life, so just hang in there. . .

On Sunday my pastor talked about "Iron Gates" in our own life. . . The passage we were going through was where Peter was imprisoned and the angel walked with him out of the chains, guards, prison walls and city, to the iron gate... (Acts 12:1-10) The gate opened on its own accord and they walked through....

The thing is this- Since May, i have been sitting in the shadow of a black gate. The gate of death has loomed over me- thinking i was fine, that 'this too would pass' i went into coping mode.
My life has not been lived to the fullest, and seeing that one of the reasons Jesus came was to give life- to the fullest, i feel like i have been jipping myself.

There were many questions i had after the death of my son. Questions i still dont have the answers to, and wont this side of heaven, BUT i am learning. i put quite a bit of pressure on myself to do certain things and in my mind, i was going to get pregnant again right away... i didnt.
i still havent.
My due date passed and my arms were empty. The time passed to where i could get pregnant again, and if i had carried Enoch full term i would have two little ones! (well be pregnant with the second)
Each month as dear AF came the heart ache would return, the mourning over the fact that another life had not formed became very heavy for me. The burden i lugged around was zapping my joy for friends in their new babies and pregnancies. Sure i said the motions, but my heart broke a little each time with, "God - why not me?!" 

im not saying that it is wrong for me to have these feelings, but it is wrong with how long i have allowed myself to wallow in them.

Its time to live life!

i still miss my baby- i ALWAYS will! No matter how many arrows God fills our quiver with, my heart will keep a place for Enoch- always cherished and remembered in our family.

i dont want my miscarriage to BE my story- i want it to be a PART of my story! There are lots of things God is teaching me and things i will have to learn and relearn. But its time to be active about it!

Time to walk through that gate.
God has provided me with the right clothes.
i am no longer going to listen to the twists of truth the devil speaks to me.
i am choosing life, whatever comes my way. i know HE wont leave me, and HE will see me through the gate!
much cuter picture than the first one on this post!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Weigh-In

Today is the day i set aside to weigh-in. In my goals and attempts to loose weight i found myself frustrated by weighing in everyday and seeing the scale ping-pong like a heart monitor!
(i dont know about you- but i like to see results: especially if i am working hard to change things!)
Well, i have to say that i am now "overweight"!! i have never been so happy to be labeled overweight in my life! Before you start thinking i need to be admitted to the phsyc ward, let me fill you in. . . i dont own a scale- i have wii Fit. If you have ever used said program you know that you can customize the mii to look just like you: eye color, height, hair and so forth and with the fit program you can even match the weight that you are carrying! Sounds exciting doesnt it?! i am a visual person and to step on that "scale" and watch my little mii go from normal to obese was depressing! The 'dun-dun-dun' music didnt help nor did the animated scale going "That's obese!" Every time you weigh-in and your mii swells with the poundage, her face grows sad as she looks down at her body- something like this....

*photo credit goes to bing images- not my actual mii
For almost the last year now my mii has done this. The scale has taunted the "Thats obese" obviousness and would turn it off discouraged.
Since i started THM - i am down about 5 lbs. (and a total of 10 lbs since before Thanksgiving.) It is not going as fast as some other success stories, but i dont have 100's of pounds to shed. i am content with progress- which leads me back to being happy to being overweight! This morning marked the slip into the category of overweight!!! No longer obese, and that much closer to healthy!
Whereas i do have a goal weight in mind, i told my Mr.J that if i start to look unhealthy or funny on my journey there, i will stop and maintain that weight. Ultimately i want to glorify God with a healthy body and please my man! That means more than a number on a scale or a pant size! (which is part of what i have learned- how to do those things with where i am, but the challenge to be healthy and the best i can be could not go unanswered! This is something i needed to do!)
AND- i am on my way there!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Trying to look cute

With Mr.J's new job he's getting home in the early afternoon. 
i for one, LOVE THIS!
i have been challenged though in how i greet him. i want to be ready- emotionally, and physically. So, part of my challenge is trying to look presentable when he gets home.
It is SO much easier to remain in the sweat pants or baggy jeans, and I know he still loves me on those days... But still...
So- I may not post everyday (ok, I know i won't 😊) but here is an outfit I put together in hopes to look cute for my man upon his coming home. . .

It's cold today and I want to be comfy, still. Enter: leggings! (If you don't have any, get some!!) 
Despite my former thinking, you CAN look presentable and still be comfortable!

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Ever stop and think about how great "New" is?
We have recently started a new year and so many people are looking forward in anticipation of what 2014 will bring them...
We started a new week, (a couple days ago i know, but just go with me...)
A new day...
Each is refreshing and full of hope and wonder.
You get a new shirt, it just feels good....
Change around the furniture in your room and a sudden "ahhh" escapes your lips as you enjoy the new layout.
New is all around us. The new year brings many things to people, resolutions and such, but i am not one for those. We arent promised tomorrow- not saying you should not set goals and plan ahead.... those are all very good things! Just dont get caught up in the hype of it all.
God's mercies are new every morning and so for me, that is how i am looking at the year!
Each day i want to wake with thanksgiving and to be about what God wants me to do this day. Each breath offers a newness of life since we are not promised the next one. So what am i going to do about it?

This new year has already been full of ups and downs- my car broke down on the second and after a couple of evaluations, will wipe our savings to fix- things will be tight for a little while, BUT, GOD is good! We have it to pay the mechanic and i will soon have a car once again!
Even in the midst of this, GOD was good to provide a temp car for us to be able to use, family with AAA to help cut the towing costs, weather that had Mr.J at home so i could use his truck when i needed to go somewhere and the fact that we had set a little money aside so we wont go into more debt to fix my car. Even in this down, GOD has been SO good!!

On an up side- Mr.J got a new job!! (Gonna brag on my man for a min, b/c well i can! And i am so proud of him!!!) Several months ago we were approached by a couple who own and operate a herb farm not farm from our church. In joking the husband says that if things ever get slow they had a position they thought Mr.J would be good at... Months pass and work is all over the place for Mr.J... Really busy, then promising with no follow through, some frustrating jobs and  lots of prayer later the couple asked Mr.J again. . .
Mr.J and i prayed for a while on this. He sought counsel from parents, pastors and other friends- and we had them all praying too! There are pros and cons to staying in business for oneself as there are for working for someone else. After a LOT of prayer and seeking God's direction, Mr.J agreed to take the job. The official job title will be "Steward" He will be an overseer, or manager in the greenhouse. The couple he will be working for a Christians and very sweet! We think very highly of them and know that God will encourage and bless Mr.J even in just getting to work there- but also as he learns from Stan. (the husband) Mr.J is excited and a little nervous in starting this new adventure. There are still a lot of unknowns that will have to just wait and be found out as time goes on. Since this is a new position for both them creating and Mr.J working it, things will look different day to day. (Flexibility will be key!) i know that Mr.J will do a great job here! i am so blesses that he would leave something that he is comfortable in b/c he knows this is where God is leading him, and this will be a better way to provide for us! If you think about him, pray for him!
Pray as he learns the ins and outs of what he will be doing, that he will get the hang of the terminology and paperwork, that the people he works with would see Christ- (this is going to be a huge mission field!) that the farm would grow in his being there, that the S's would be blessed and encouraged by him working there, and that Mr.J himself would be encouraged, that God would grow him and pull him even closer to HIS heart!

My adventure for this time is to be a THM! If you have heard of it, you know i am talking about a new way of eating. If i follow their suggestions, i will hopefully loose some of this weight i have packed on in the last few years!
Trim Healthy Mama, or THM, was written by two sisters who had set out on their own dietary journey back in their teens... They were like pendulums going with the newest fad diets that surfaced every so often. After years of research and study, God showed them in His Word what He thinks about eating. Though their inspiration is based on what they feel God showed them- it is NOT law or mandate in His Word that you MUST eat this way. It is not a fad and something to do b/c everyone else is- you must do what you feel God has called you to do. i borrowed the THM book from some friends of mine and did a lot of research of my own- and it makes sense to me. The science behind eating a certain way so that your body burns effectively what you are putting in to it, i was able to understand! (i will say that i need to go an reread some of the terms and scientific findings a lot because i get lost in the wordage, but the overall concept, i get!) What i love most about this lifestyle change is that it is full of grace. You will only see results with as strict as you choose to be.
Example, the other day i went to visit with a friend of mine. She has three little girls and we had lunch and an afternoon snack while i was there. There were things that i should "not" have eaten, but i chose to eat a small amount to be polite, and eat more of other things that i knew i could have together.
If this interests you at all, please feel free to ask questions, look on their website here. There is also a great support page on facebook and even pinterest! i am excited about it!
There will be more posts to come that involve THM- recipes i try and such... maybe i will even dapple in photocooking!!! =)

Long post- i apologize, but mush has happened and its only mid-January!! =) May you be blessed this coming year- each new day, minute, moment- as your hands find the things God would have you to do!!