Today our youngest grandson, Colby James, will celebrate his 5th birthday. I can't believe he is turning 5 already.
He was so tiny. And had a full head of hair. This is one of my favorite pictures of him and Papaw.
He smiled all the time and still does.
His grin can light up a room. He is always going full speed ahead and always finding something that makes him smile. He is a huge sports nut and he loves the Tennessee Vols. He was smiling in this picture because he was cracking up that he was riding with a Gator. Everything is about sports with this child.
You never know what he is going to do next. I was loading my car one day to go shopping and I always pack some empty Thirty-One totes to bring my groceries back in. This day, I unlocked the car and turned around to load my bags and it wasn't empty any more.
This is a perfect example of a typical Colby smile. It makes you wonder what he has been up to or what he contemplating getting into.
His love of sports is unreal. If there is a ball game, he is wanting to be right in the thick of it all. He wasn't very old here when he came to his cousin's game. And you can see that even at that little he was ready for the game.
He spent a lot of time playing with some of the other kids that were a lot bigger than him.
This past spring he had his first dream come true. He got to play real ball with a real team. He absolutely loved his tee ball team. They had an undefeated season. He played his heart out at every single game. Even at this young age, it is easy to see he will be sports kid for life. He loved it and he was awesome. He plays very, very good.
He takes it very seriously and is not one to just sit down in the door. He pays attention as if he is a major league world series. It's a hoot to watch.
Happy 5th birthday Colby James. Mamaw and Papaw love you.
Esther 4:14 is one of my favorite bible verses. I did a Beth Moore bible study several years ago on Esther. In this verse, Mordecai is urging Esther to intercede on behalf of her people in order to save them. The last part of that verse "For such a time of this?" has stuck with me. Through hard times and good times, just out of the blue when I am thinking about my blessing or stressing over my woes, that verse will pop into my head. I believe it is God's way of telling me that I am where I am at that moment in my life because there is where He wants me to be. I may not know the reason and where I am at that time may make no sense to me whatsoever, but in God's eyes He has brought me there "for such a time as this." It is so much easier to accept your current situation in life once you accept that it is all a part of God's master plan.
Last night on Facebook, I saw the following post. As you read through it and you see the things that disrupted people's lives the morning of September 11, 2001. In some cases you can just imagine their frustration at being late or having to make an unscheduled stop. Whatever the reason, they were not where they normally would be and on that fateful day, their life was spared. As I read the following, all I could think of was that each of these people were brought where they were for such a time a this.
So when you find yourself somewhere you really don't want to be in your life, just remember that God brought you there...for such a time of this.
I had a great weekend. Hubby is feeling better and his appetite seems to be returning. I had to run to Walmart to get a few things Hubby was needing. I popped into Joanne's for a second to pick up some fabric. While I was there, I checked out their Cricut cartridges. This is one I want really bad, but no way will I pay $49.99 for it. But they were having a big sale and this was only $19.99. And, you know me, I had a coupon. It was 20% off my whole order, even sale items. Those don't normally cover the Cricut products, but when I checked my receipt, it did. So I got it for $15.99.
I did a little crafting when I came home. I tried my hand at a Pinterest idea where you use a cookie sheet and cover with fabric and ribbon using modge podge. It turned out okay, but I have to tell you I think I could have done a better job.
I did make three little no-sew pillows to go with Mrs. Bear Witch. I will do a tutorial on those later this week. They were awesome to make.
I need to remember to get some pine cones. I want to try my hand at making one of these.
Saturday night I made some homemade sausage pizza. I love homemade pizza with pork sausage and Colby-Monterrey Jack cheese. It is so simple and so delicious.
Sunday morning in our Sunday School class, this sweet couple celebrated their 40th anniversary by renewing their vows. Our pastor attends the same Sunday School class as I do. So we had the privilege of watching them renew their vows. It was awesome.
Afterwards we had homecoming celebrating 132 years of Beech Springs Baptist Church. Ms. Debbie Cline did a beautiful presentation on the history of the church and showed pictures of all three churches that have stood on the property. They had to expand because the church grew beyond their original expectations.
It was a fabulous weekend.
Windows of Gold
There is a legend that has often been told
Of the boy who searched for the Windows of Gold.
The beautiful windows he saw far away
When he looked in the valley at sunrise each day.
And he yearned to go down to the valley below
But lived on a mountain that was covered with snow.
And he knew it would be a difficult trek,
But that was a journey he wanted to make.
So he planned by day and he dreamed by night
Of how he could reach The Great Shining Light.
And one golden morning when dawn broke through
And the valley sparkled with diamonds of dew,
He started to climb down the mountainside
with the Windows of Gold as his goal and his guide.
He traveled all day and, weary and worn,
With bleeding feet and clothes that were torn,
He entered the peaceful valley town,
Just as the golden sun went down.
But he seemed to have lost his "Guiding Light,"
The windows were dark that had once been bright.
And hungry and tired and lonely and cold
He cried, "Won't You Show Me the Windows of Gold?"
And a kind hand touched him and said, "Behold!
High On The Mountain Are The Windows of Gold."
For the sun going down in a great golden ball
Had burnished the windows of his cabin so small.
And the Kingdom of God with its Great Shining Light,
Like the Golden Windows that shone so bright
Is not a far distant place, somewhere,
It's as close to you as a silent prayer.
And your search for God will end and begin
When you look for Him and find Him within.
by Helen Steiner Rice
I want to introduce you to a young friend of mine. Meet Kelsey Cate. Kelsey is 18 and started singing in church when she was just three years old and has developed her voice to phenomenal heights. She truly has a God given talent and she doesn't hesitate to thank God for what He is doing in his life. I have watched her over the years blossom into a beautiful young lady. Her voice is so powerful that she is one of my favorite singers.
Kelsey actually released a single and it has been on iTunes for a while now. It is called Dishes. She is working on her first album. She was signed by AOK records in Kingsport, TN and is currently attending Belmont University in Nashville where she is a Commercial Voice Major. She has a Facebook page and is trying to get her Likes up to 500. I thought I would post a link here and ask you a favor. If you are on Facebook, please click this link, Kelsey Cate Facebook and like her page. She is very close to reaching 500 so every like will help. You can also watch her rise to fame because I have no doubt that she is going to make it big some day. I am so very proud of what she has achieved so far and am blessed to know such a sweet gal.
On another note, I saw something I need today that someone posted in one of my Facebook groups. It is a magnetic picture frame. The lady that posted it is going to use each in her Thirty-One home office to post the monthly special flyer each month. This is a brilliant idea because she is like me and ends up one the phone or needing to find her flyer and can't find one. She got this one at Hobby Lobby.
But it reminded me that I saw some cute ways to make your own magnet board. So, obviously, me being me, I went to Pinterest. These are super simple. This is a flat cookie sheet covered with fabric and a bow.
This was an old cookie sheet that she painted and then used modge podge for the fabric to stick.
This was my favorite and by far the easiest. A shiny brand new pan from the Dollar Tree, fabric and some magnets. Joann's always has their fabric 40% off on the type I like. Since I just need a 1/2 yard it will cost less than $3 for fabric. I am going to get the stuff to do this today.
I have been working on some projects that I need to post the pics and instructions from the last things I wanted to try. I may post some of those next week along with how this turns out. Stay tuned.