Wednesday, February 25, 2009

50th Post , Scripture Page-Change , Weekly Update Yup its gonna be a long one get ready :)

CAUTION ~~(disclaimer here ) Okay first of all are ya comfy in your chair ? If not my suggestion is get that way cause I'm Not sure as to how long this ones gonna get ! I'm on a ramble roll today so consider your self warned !

Here we go this is my 50Th post on my lovely little blog here cool huh ! I know its a small number but its alot for me right now 50 seems to be a big number in my eyes and I will get to that in a second , I was hesitant on doing the whole blog thing to begin with but I'm finding its been a amazing outlet in the process of finding me and is a awesome way to share my work and get honest feedback from people ...some times that means alot to know what others think about your work outside of the normal everyday people you talk to and share it with ! so with that said Thank you to everybody that stops by and leaves love on the page after the post that I post ! Your comments do mean alot and don't go unappreciated !

Now as I stated about this has been a awesome tool in finding me ! And I know that when this journey is done and I go back and read through the post I will be shocked at the changes that unfolded for me to become the person I'm searching to become , but i know ill be grateful and so thankful that I had posted everything like I have to have the account to go back and see it ,

As you may or may not know , I am pushing 30 April seems to be coming alot faster then I had planned for it to come now don't get me wrong turning 30 don't freak me out or bother me I am really OK with the fact that I'm turning 30 what was however bothering me in a bad way was 2 things my weight and my faith and they are 2 things that were seriously bothering me and that I wanted to Change ( theres that word again ) before my birthday , now i know that I wont have meet both my original goals by my birthday because as I've come down this road over the last few months Ive come to realize that Change happens slowly and not all at once and that's not such a bad thing I decided when we moved out here to Caledonia in June last year that it was time for a new Amber a better Amber , moving back to Ms to me has meant facing alot of demons and dark parts of my life that I have tried so hard to run away from over the last 10 yrs ! But I'm finding that Change while scary as hell is needed and its not such a bad thing , I finally started putting my plan in motion the end of July beginning of Aug of 2008 I started exercising on a regular basis and changing the way that not only I ate but the way we ate as a family and tho its been a very long battle so far my original goal was to lose about 100 lbs because i want to be a healthier sexy wife and mother who will be here for my kids and my husband , And ill be able to be active and do things with them in our everyday life plus i know that Ill be alot happier with me , And while this has been going on I'm learning as I go and I'm enjoying working to make a better me , Now so far sense July of 2008 I have lost 47 lbs I am 2 lbs away from 50 lbs which is half way to my Goal ! So that's where the number 50 is coming into play with me right now and I am deteremed by my birthday to hit that 2 lbs and hopefully beat it and be down to 200 lbs by my birthday if that's the case i will have lost 75 lbs total ! So wish me luck I'm 20 lbs away right now from my new bday goal . I ve got to get some pictures i have a few people asking for some new ones Ill get them soon I promise ! Now onto the faith part of the journey ! I have always believed in God that was never a question , But I needed to find God and make him a known presence in my life because as I am learning with God All things are possible and to know God is amazing and I'm learning so much about my self and what I want as a mother and wife , This journey has taught me alot and I know I'm not done yet that I am still a work in process and that is OK . Because I'm making a better me ! A Me that I can be proud of ! And I want to thank my husband and family and friends that have stood by me during all this CHANGE because with out them I know this would have been so much harder to do and I am blessed to have them in my lives I thank God daily for bringing each of them into my life for the reasons he did ! I know they all make me a part of who and what I am

Our word last week was CHANGE and that word scared the tar outta me for so very long , And I have to be honest that when I think Change I think of Self Change or the changes around us like in the seasons the flowers blooming in spring time new life and then the changes in Fall and Winter and Summer but in reading the bible that wasn't the way it come across to me I think we all had a challenging time with this word this week and I am glad that we ended up with 2 weeks to do it because it took me that long to understand it Christina hit it right God is the only perfect person , and we have to Change regardless to become better Christians , wives mothers , daughters , friends etc , and in making that Change we become more like the examples that we should be for Christ , He made us to Change and forgives us for our sins that we make because we aren't made perfect , were made to grow and learn and become a person that not only our selves can be proud of but that God will also be proud of too ..

I have 3 verses i used on my page ! One Christina pointed out to me and it makes so much sense and I too felt i needed to use it on mine ! the first is

1. Matthew 18 -3 And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven

2. 2 Corinthians 3- And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit

3. James 1-17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created
Make sure you Check out Christina and Bridgetts blogs also for there takes on the word change I know this one was one we all had a time with ! But I am so glad and so grateful that we are doing this its been such a blessing to do this with both of them !
I also wanted to thank everybody for the get well wishes last week I think I'm about over this mess finally am working on getting the house cleaned up so I can play with all the new stamps I've gotten in sense the first of the year and maybe get started on my Tn album --- mojo is slowly coming back !
Well Ive rambled enough if you've made it this far Well I thank ya ! And i hope that you have a blessed and wonderful day !

Thursday, February 19, 2009

the girls b day cards

these are the 2 cards that i made for the girls b days this weekend , I'm still fighting this crud that seems to be going around here but its getting better so I'm hoping come this weekend to be over it and crafting's too hoping ! thanks for stopping by today! have a blessed day

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Birthday Card Shares

Last week i got on a good kick one day and made a good many cards .. Thank Goodness cause i haven't been able to do much this week but sleep and take more meds ! Am so wishing that this mack truck that has run into me that some one would tell it to back up I'm tried of feeling like blahhhhhh !! Any hoo a family friend of ours is doing birthday party's this weekend for all 4 of there kids these are the 2 birthday cards i made for the boys tomorrow i will post the 2 i made for the 2 girls ! Hope every ones having a blessed and wonderful day !

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

birthday card shares

I have a few friends that have birthdays this month

and these are the birthday cards that I made for the them stamp set is from inkadinkadoo i think is the name of the company and I colored them all in with Sharpe markers they are stamped out in basic black ink from stampin up and the the birthday wishes stamp on this card is from the for a friend set from SU also ! Ive got to get these out in the mail hopefully today ! or tomorrow and the latest I'm feeling a little bit better the fever has broke finally but Ive still got a seriously sore throat and my head is still stopped up ! Hope you all have a great day


Monday, February 16, 2009

happy valentines day to me

These are what I got from my husband for Valentines day Aren't they beautiful :) I am very very blessed to have him as a husband even tho if some days i don't tell him often enough just how much i love him and what he means to me ! I would have posted these Yesterday or Sat but Ive been sick with some kinda flu - sinus bug that's going around ! But I hope u all had a blessed and wonderful Valentines day with your sweeties ! Have a Good Day and God Bless !

Friday, February 13, 2009

Huming Bird Card

Be on the look out i got 9 cards made yesterday that I really liked them all so ill be getting them posted over the next few days ! I hope every one has a wonderful weekend and a great Valentines day ! God Bless
The hummingbird and saying is from the TAC (the angel company) all things of nature The inks are Brilliant Blue I also used the Sharpe markers to color the bird in and yo yo yellow around the edges of the saying and image the pp and card stock are both some out of my scrap paper stash ! Thanks for looking and have a great day !

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dragonfly Card Share

Ive got a long list of projects i wanted to work on and make this week and am having a slow start I made some yesterday that i wasn't too happy with but so far today looks like it might be a card making day and I'm hoping to find my UMPHHH and get my groove back !
All inks on this are SU tits Brilliant Blue Ink and then I used the Brilliant Blue and Yo Yo Yellow watercolor crayons and water brush to color it in with and then used the scalloped edge punch for the border card stock is non su !
Am Gonna see if i can get some more of my list done ! Have A Blessed Day

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Scripture Page - Wait

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~WAIT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The word for the week this week is Wait , I thought for sure when i first saw the word for the week that i would have a hard time , but contrary to first thoughts once i started studying the word it came and was hard to narrow it down to just a few verses that stuck out to me
First one I used on my page is
Isaiah 25-9,10 1Also at that time, people will say, "Look at what's happened! This is our God!We waited for him and he showed up and saved us! This God, the one we waited for!Let's celebrate, sing the joys of his salvation. God's hand rests on this mountain!"
Second one is
Isaiah 30, 18But God's not finished. He's waiting around to be gracious to you. He's gathering strength to show mercy to you.God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.
Third is
Lamentations 3-25,27God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.It's a good thing when you're young to stick it out through the hard times.
Fourth is
Hosea 12-6 What are you waiting for? Return to your God! Commit yourself in love, in justice!Wait for your God, and don't give up on him—ever!
And some others that stood out to me are ,
Isaiah 42~1 ,
Genesis 49~18 ,
Proverbs 10~20
and Proverbs 20~22
my writing on the page says this - So many times I find my self in the position to have to wait , And so many times I try to fight the wait . But after studying this small little 4 letter word WAIT its packed with so much meaning ~ Gods telling me to slow down to wait and let things happen as they are supposed to and not as I want them to . I need to be patient and wait Good things do come to those who WAIT right !
And the song that i am choosing to use this week as the one that stands out to me in relation to this word is by Third Day the song is called Slow Down --- i was listening to one of my play list while working on the page this morning (it came together really easy for me ) and this song come on and i had to stop a min and really listen to it
Third Day --- Slowdown
Tell me to slow down
If you think that the road that I'm on is going nowhere
Tell me to slow down
If you know that I'm going too fast for my own good
Tell me to slow down
If the way is leading to a dead end
Tell me to slow down
Turn around, let me change the way I'm going
Oh, I don't want to let go
Of all the things that I know
Are keeping me away from my life
Oh, I don't want to slow down
No, I don't want to look around
But I can't seem to work it out So help me, God
Tell me to slow down
If you see that I'm running too fast in the wrong race
Tell me to slow down
If you think that I can't keep up with my own pace
Tell me to slow down'
Cause you know if there's ever any question
Tell me slow down
Turn around, and I'm changing my direction
Dont forget to check out Bridgett and Christinas takes on the word Wait to for there scripture challenge for the week too
Have a Blessed and Wonderful Day !

Monday, February 9, 2009

WINTER JAM ! 2009 -- was AMAZING !

We went Saturday night to Winter Jam -- if you ever have the chance to go to one of these ohhh its amazing to say the very least ! To be in a place filled with 1000's of people most of which was kids and teenagers young adults, The over all experience for my was great to see my family and loved ones worship together with all the people there .. words cant even begin to describe the many emotions that I felt ! It was very much so worth the drive and the money to go see and experience ! Some of what we saw well wow where to start ,
Stephanie Smith was the first artist that came out to preform and she was really good , we all liked her Then pure NRG come out and the boys really really like them alot , they were a very good band tho I do see having to buy there cd's for the kids as they come out and i think it was pretty cool for the boys to see that even young artist can share there love for God and Praise him and not be ashamed to admit there love for God ! Then Francesca Battistelli was the next artist that preformed and she had a amazing voice i really enjoyed listening to her sing her songs Next was Newsong , they were soo cool and had some awesome music , ive always liked there music but to see them in concert was cool because they are just uplifting . HawkNelson was next and they were cool I've heard there music before but not what they played that night ! But alot of the teenagers really got into them and you could just feel it in the room when they started to perform and ive looked up more of the music online sense we come home and it is good ! my boys even liked it :) Next speaker Tony Nolan came out and if you haven't ever heard this man talk ,, and if you get the chance to please do ! Because he is so funny and straight forward and very bluntly to the point but i soo liked him and the way he spreads Gods word is amazing He brought so many people that night between the praise and worship of the artist and his words and the amazing power of God there were so many that rededicated and dedicated there lives to Christ , My Self and 2 of my sons included and im sure so many more but he was truly amazing and at the moment when they asked those to stand that dedicated there lives ohh you could feel Gods presence everywhere in that room and I was shaking so bad from seeing the boys standing that i couldn't even get a picture of them but it was a amazing feeling as a mother to see that and be a part of it .. But it was so cool ! After that Brandon Heath came out and he is another artist that we all like in our house his song Give Me Your Eyes is so good and so true i wish every one would just stop for a second and listen to the words and take them to heart , put them into use with there every day lives !
There were so many people there , it was so cool tho seeing all of people there and to see them all worshiping Christ ~ After Brandon was done singing his song Toby Mac Brought the house down with his group with a amazing performance and all I can saw was WOW they are awesome it was so upbeat and the place went wild with the love of Christ ! If you haven't heard the song Jesus Freak from Toby Mac and DC Talk , listen to it cause I am proud to Admit it that I am a Jesus Freak and i would like to see everybody i know follow the example and STAND UP for Jesus and show this world that as Christians we cant be shoved in a corner and hushed !" id="W492da13d111f5ab44991bbf230c53bea" width="300" height="270">" />">Dan Bern Lyrics">Jesus Freak Lyrics

Can you guess what these next pictures are of ? It was really cool they told everybody to take there cell phones out and then they turned the lights off and told everybody to turn there phones on ! it was really cool as the boys said it looks like starts all over the room , . I know I've rambled on and I am sorry if it don't make alot of sense but the whole event was awesome we enjoyed it alot and Are even talking about going next yr ! Take a moment if you get the chance to look at the rest of the pictures in the slide show I posted some of my favs here to show some of the artist and what not ! I hope you've enjoyed the post as much as I have in writing it , We are blessed and I am so glad that we got the chance to go We went as a group of us it was Me , Jason , the boys and my Mom and Dad and Ernie and Tammy with there 2 boys the experience of us all being there together was great ! And we all had a good time !
Looking forward to next year ! Thanks for reading this far have a blessed and a wonderful day !! And im proud to admit it I AM A JESUS FREAK ARE YOU !

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sweet Skunks Cards

I ordered some stamps from TAC when they had the great sale going on last month and one of the sets that I got was the Sweet Skunks set its on page 49 of the current book .. but n e was i think that this sets adorable and have been wanting to play with it ( I'm still working on cutting and mounting all of the sets that I got , But i colored them in with my stampin up markers and sharpee pens then dug into one of my scrap paper folders and used some scraps ! and made a few cards that i wanted to have on hand ! And here ya go ! I think that turned out pretty cute and its hard to pick which one is my favorite . I look forward to playing again with this set soon tho ! This first card the adore one the flap where adore is at lifts up and it opens up in a letter style , All the rest are just basic fold cards ! I did these Friday and Saturday we went to winter jam -- AWESOME I am working on my post about that whole experience but it may take me a few days So be on the look out Hope you've have a blessed weekend !

Friday, February 6, 2009

my thought for the day !

I started this blog thing cause of Christina i must admit and even tho I don't always keep up with it I do enjoy doing it , Its a great way for me to share with everybody what is going on in our world my crafting works and even my journey with making a better me with my weight loss , my walk with God and how wonderful FAITH is and the amazing ways that God is blessing our lives !

Everybody likes a little blogger love and the comments always make us feel good ! I am trying to do better about posting comments on everybody pages but when ya stop in and visit leave some love man !~

Also I am a SU demo and have been for a little over 5 yrs now ( honestly cant believe its been that long ) Right now Sale A Bration is going on right now and this year they have some pretty cute sets that you can get free with the purchase of 50 dollars or more ( for every 50 US spent you get to receive one of the Sale A Bration sets for free ) You can check out the details on my web site here and even order straight from the web site or contact me about any questions you have or if your interested in placing a order , Stampin Up has gotten so much more stuff then what they had 5 yrs ago when I started and its not just about Rubber Stamping any more theres alot there so check it out !

I very much enjoy seeing everybody blogs when i do check them out and all the wonderful creations that are being made that are just beautiful , Is also alot of really wonderful Cards and items of Faith being made right now , I think that's awesome that so many people are taking a stand for there beliefs and are proud to talk about GOD and the amazing things that he does ! I am doing the scripture page with Christina and Bridgett and I do believe that Tonya is going to start doing them too but I love reading others blogs also that are showing there Faith and Love in other ways ! Even for each other ! With the world in the current state that its in right now I feel its so important for every body to stand up and Tell one another about GOD and just how amazing he is ! If we all stood up and just told one person about our Faith can you imagine just how big of a rush would sweep this world if we all just spoke up !


We are taking the kids to Winter Jam tomorrow and its going to be a family event for us cause not only are we all going but my parents will go and also family friends are going with us with there sons I am hoping to take alot of pictures if we are able too but we are soo excited I cant wait to be there and just feel Gods presence in a building with so many others there to do the same and worship and praise God There are some amazing artist going to be there this yr ! So be on the look out for my post about that coming up in the next few days !

Well folks im trying to get my crafting mojo back so if ya have any ideas to snap me back into the mood please snap away ive got 600 and something Tn Vacation pictures to scrapbook from 2007 , and about a million other things i want to work on and do this yr ! So some one please send me my groove back!

I hope you guys have a blessed and wonderful day ! Thanks for stopping by and sitting for a spell ( sorry folks i cant write short blogs some one needs to install that stop button on me ) But if ya have made it this far thanks for reading it ! Leave some love and Have a Blessed and Wonderful day and I hope you have a awesome weekend !

God Bless


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Scripture Page -- Beauty and a card share

This weeks word is BEAUTY---- And when I think of Beauty from Gods creations its not a fashion choice or by the choice of what society says should be Beautiful ! To me Gods Beauty is all around us , Its in a the Birds flying around and singing in the yard , or a Hawk or Eagle soaring high above on a sunny day , Flowers blooming in the spring time when all the outside is blooming with new life , A Beautiful waterfall flowing out of a moutian side .. Or even something as simple as my dogs laying out in the yard basking in the warm rays of the sun shine stretched out with out a care in the world ,
So the verses that I choose this week were

Isiah 33-17
Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty:
they shall behold the land that is very far off

1 Chronicles 16-27
Give honor and praise
to the LORD,
whose power and beauty
fill his holy temple

Psalm 27-4

One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.

These are the verse's that are wrote out on my page, There are a few others that I liked and want to make sure I add to this the verses are wrote on my page tho for feature references and here they are ,
Proverbs 31-30 ~~~ 1 Peter 3- 3,4 ~~~ Jeremiah 40-31 ~~~ Matthew 6-30

I think we can all only imagine what it will be like standing in Gods Presence so for my song pick for this word i choose

Mercy Me -- I Can Only Imagine

I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk By Your side
I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When Your face Is before me
I can only imagine
Surrounded by Your glory,
what will my heart feel
Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all I can only imagine
I can only imagine When that day comes
And I find myself Standing in the Son I can only imagine
When all I will do Is forever
Forever worship
You I can only imagine

I also wanted to add a few quotes that I found that stuck out to me

The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth for all beauty is truth ~
~Lord Shaftesbury

Let the beauty you love be what you do There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth
~~ Rumi

When your inner eyes open you find immense beauty hidden within the inconsenquental details of daily life When your inner ears open you can hear the sublte lovely music of the universe every where you go
~~ Timothy Ray Miller

I have been driven many times to my knees by the over whelming convection that i had no where else to go ~~~ Abraham Lincoln


And here is a card i was playing around yesterday with and made , I used my markers and the blender pens along with ink pads and my chalk on it I thought that this stamp was pretty cute and it makes a cute valentines card !

I hope your having a blessed and wonderful day Be sure to check out Christina and Bridgetts blogs also for there takes on the scripture pages , Sorry mines late ! Have a good one


Monday, February 2, 2009

Blog Candy ... how yummy huh !

I was scannin blogs this morning and came across this one how yummy is the candy here :)

the blog is called cards and coffee and she has 2 differnet blog candys being offered ! Keep a eye on the page this week im hoping to get some scrappin my self done this week I helped a friend make 41 Valentines for her boys for school last night they turned out pretty cute !

Have a great and blessed day