Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day

Hope you have a wonderful day...I appreciate each and everyone of you!
We are working on a project to show our support to the viewers of WPBM 31 (Proclaim Broadcasting) who have been affected by the recent tornadoes and storms that caused such devastation in Kentucky and Tennessee. I hope to have more details the beginning of the week, but for now, I want you to know that my family and church are praying for you.

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Big Stuff -- February

February 14th is Valentines Day...a good reason to use our The Big Stuff Journal to write about our big loves... As you prepare to work on your Big Stuff Journal, take some time to reflect on those things that have a piece of your heart. I divided my journaling into two parts...

First, a list of things that I love. My list includes: My heavenly Father, Royce, Weston, my family -- dear friends, photography, teaching, reading, scrapbooking (of course), the beach.

Secondly, a letter to myself reminding me what loving someone or some-thing focuses more on the results of my love...not just the things that I love.

I also chose for my quote this month John 3:16 which says, "For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only Son -- that whosoever believes in Him shall not die, but have everlasting life."

I also thought you might like to see how I stacked some of my embellishments...I really like this trend in scrapbooking...and it is easy...just take a couple of embellishments (flowers, ghost shapes, buttons or chipboard) and stack them on top of each other to make a new embellishment. Here I took some of Heidi Swapp's ghost shapes and stacked them with a 7 Gypsies brad on top of a flower...just a nice little added touch...try it for yourself!

I would love to see your The Big Stuff Journal them here if you have a chance.

Hope you are set for a great week...

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Phone Service

Sometimes I find myself pondering what I consider to be "life's mysteries." Oh no -- not things like why can't there be world peace or equally heavy topics...but more like...Do we really need to be so totally accessible to the world at any minute of the day that we need a home phone, a cell phone, IM's on our computers, faxes, voice mail and blackberries, blueberris and the like? Or is it just man's continual search for the next cool "gadget" while distancing himself from the business of forming REAL relationships -- you know the kind where you get a cup of coffee (maybe a piece of good key lime pie) and sit down across the table from each other and just talk!?!?!

I ponder these things not because I am a wise woman who would rather solve these matters than get caught up in "Dance Wars" or "Deal or No Deal" -- no I ponder them because in the space of 10 days I went from being the most connected (electronically) human being I know -- to none of my "gadgets" working properly. My home phone was a three station, wireless recharging phone system that one by one over the course of a week stopped their ability to recharge....not that would be ALL THREE. No worries...I still have my computer and cell phone. Ahhhhh...but then the computer decided that unless it was physically plugged into the wall, it woldn't turn on...and my Dell GOLD SUPER DUPER "We'll take care of it til you are the ripe old age of 90" service plan only coveres batteries and related problem parts that they still make. our communication methods are down a bit more....but I am still not in a panic...I can still avoid actually TALKING to anyone because I have my SPRINT Windows PDA phone -- containing my life, my schedule and the phone number of all people I have either a personal or passing relationship with....and then BAM! It refuses to give up my voice mail to me. Oh yes, people can leave me a message. There is every expectation on their part that I am going to hear it...but the blasted system thinks it can withhold my messages....yes MY MESSAGES from me. No threat of bodily harm can convince it that thoe are MY MESSAGES and therefore due me. Even the mother company can't seem to get anywhere with it. Their solution is for me to buy a new phone...with even MORE gadgets on it. I have not yet given in. I dimly recall a time -- a scant decade or so ago where I didn't have to carry relationship devices around on my person. That someone calling my home and not hearing me pick up the phone would assume I was busy or "out for the evening" and would wait for a better time to call me back...a time when I wasn't perpetually behind on answering or responding or writing email. Ahhhhhhhhh.....see -- perhaps there could be world peace (at least in my little corner of the world)..

I am sure I will get it all straightened out eventually...for REALLY -- in this day and age, how can I effectively run a business, have friends...or keep my family together without these wonderful time saving devices? Honestly, I am grateful that they exist...and I hope that you read the above with the sense of "tongue in cheek" that I wrote it... But I will leave you with one thought....that inspired me to do the following layout....God doesn't have voice mail. He doesn't check His messages when He has a minute. Our calls are not answered in the order in which they are received. When we call out to Him -- we are immediately connected...Thank God!