Saturday, May 31, 2008

While I was Out

My excitement was replaced by total shock when I didn't recognize who was in the car to pick me up at the airport.Enough said!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Unique New York

I got back from a fabulous little getaway to visit my friend Elizabeth in New York. We had such a great time. New York is such a beautiful state.

We went with one of Beth's friends on a little walk on the old side of town. We checked out houses built in the 1700's. Found an abandoned warehouse. Jealously watched the crew team learn how to row, and found an amazing old school playground. You know, the kind we grew up with, pre-safety era. Complete with a spinner and 10 foot tall set of monkey bars, parallel bars, see-saws, oh it was so fun to play again! And then we found a little hippie cafe. A guy was playing guitar sitting on the bar stool, and they were selling lots of random items, cans of soup alongside bottles of shampoo amidst a pile of dusty old books. Oh how I love little hippie joints!

We headed to Lake Placid for the day, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics. I threw in a few hiking essentials, but pretty much had a backpack and the clothes on my back. We stopped into a bike shop to get the scoop on the hiking. The shop owner Brian was so nice and friendly. I still haven't decided if towns like Lake Placid make me feel good, and in shape just standing around amongst a bunch of super athletes; or just lame and fat because everyone else is out running a marathon every day. Oh I digress. Brian was great and showed us some trails we could handle. And then we just decided we would spend the night. So we found a cute motel, checked out the town a bit, and went on a rainy hike.

Impromptu adventures are fantastic, but they become comical after a rainy hike in cotton clothing! We got so dirty! Gap outlet to the rescue!

We ate supper at the Lake Placid pub and brewery. It was so great! Their beer was fantastic, and I'm not even a big beer drinker, so, so, good and fun! Had to bring some home with me!
And then we headed to the hotel for a peaceful nights rest.

Well, the adventure doesn't end here. I'm going to post more and you'll see some great pictures of the Adirondacks later. For now, I must go out and enjoy the sun while it lasts and garden (glamorous word for weeding) Have a wonderful Friday afternoon!

3 years ago...

So I'm back! Sam and I were married 3 years ago (on May 28th)! So fun to celebrate! I got home just in time for our anniversary. Sam surprised me with a simple and sweet breakfast in bed!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

My bags are Packed

You guys, my photography has really been lacking lately, sorry about that(click on the picture for a larger, better view.) But I just couldn't resist and had to share with you the new (old) suitcase I got! I found it at the local thrift store. I usually don't find much at that one, but this gem had my name written all over it! It's packed and ready to fly out to New York. Isn't it cute?
My husband helped me pack, he's pretty much a professional. All of my clothes are in this bag. The only problem? He's not coming with. So this means the chances of me bringing everything back home with me again are slim! I brought all sorts of art projects to do.

And a little shout out is in order for my friend Amy. She is graduating from nursing school today. Congrats Amy, you're going to make an excellent nurse! Have fun in Hawaii!

With God all things are Possible

Here are the bible passages for this week and next. I'm going to be without the internet for 10 days! We'll see how that goes! I have a feeling that I may sneak to some place where I can go online to check in, possibly post. Have a fabulous day everyone!

The first passage:
Matthew 19:26
With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

And Jess made this one while she was here:
Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter until the full light of day.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Last Weekend

My great, dear friend Jess came for a visit. We had so much fun together! It had been practically a year since we have seen each other! Way too long. Every time we get together without fail we work on some kind of project. And we're usually in over our heads, and it takes us double the time as it should- but somehow we manage. So here are the oven mitts. I hope Jess shares the cute ones she made with you! And her pictures will be much better.

I miss her already! It was so nice having my friend around! I know I definitely talked her ear off!
I wish we lived closer together. We even got to watch a chick flick, you have no idea how long it's been since I've seen one! Jessica, you are such a sweetheart!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Not only is it mother's day, but it was both of my mom's birthdays last week. So happy birthday and happy mother's day to you both! I love you both so much!

Sam's mom, Linda took the train out here and we had a lovely time. We went to the tulip festival in Mt. Vernon. You may have remembered the last time we went, we were too early and just saw daffodils. Well, as we drove toward the fields I saw rows of green, with no flowers. I was afraid we would be too late. We got there just in the nick of time to see Tulip Town. It was so beautiful. It's so hard to decide which pictures to choose to post! There were rows and rows of colorful tulips! I had this strong desire to make a snow angel in the field of tulips, wouldn't that be fun?

They were starting to demolish them. They go through and snip snip off all the pretty tulips and then they run them over with a plow. It was the saddest thing! I just couldn't take doing a job like that! They grow these tulips for the bulbs, so they're not interested in the flowers!

Lots of People to see, Things to Do

I am so excited:

* Jess is coming today! We always have the best time crafting and talking! So fun, our first friend to visit the lodge!

*I'm so proud of Jess. She opened her etsy shop. Check out all the cute creations at Simply Swell

*I am going to New York next week! Yes, last minute plans. I wanted to visit my friend Beth while she's living out there. We didn't think it would work, but frequent flyer miles and my wonderful husband means I get to visit the big apple.

* We had a day of sunshine yesterday! I spent the whole day on a chair on our front porch soaking in the rays and sewing a pin cushion

* I've started knitting!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Love God!

So here is the passage from the first week. I have a whole stash of cardboard, so I'm going to do them all on random sized rectangle pieces of cardboard.

From the first week:

I did some embroidery. I used some wool felt. I painted with acrylic paint and used some pearl-ex to make it shimmery inside the heart.

For the second week:
Matthew 21:22
If you believe you wil receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Pretty self explanatory. Pieces of paper, I stamped some images and words over them. And then the passage is spelled out using various alphabet products. I love using various alphabets to spell things out.

Again, if anyone wants to join in, I'm going to do a new passage each week.

Just wanted to share a new link with you guys Walk Slowly, Live Wildly If you spend just a few minutes at her blog, you'll see why I love it so much. Sara is someone I can look to for inspiration. She has such a strong faith and isn't afraid to show it. And she and her husband and daughter are living in a revamped RV powered by used veg. oil. and spreading the word on sustainable living. So right up my ally!

Another thing to share with you guys. I'm really enjoying Pastor Chris' sermons from Blackhawk. You can watch this weeks sermon titled Obedience to Christ
This sermon was so great. He talked about how we will do anything for someone we appreciate and admire. His example used Brad Pitt. He said if you were working alongside Brad Pitt, you would drop anything and do whatever he asked. Not because you have to, but because you want to, because you really think he's awesome. We wouldn't argue with Brad Pitt, and say, "I'm not going to do that." We would do everything for him quickly and willingly. The theme of this sermon was, "obedience is a function of admiration" and based on Philippians 2:12-30. We should strive to love, admire, and appreciate Christ in that same way. In order for us to automatically want to drop anything and do anything for Christ and obey him, we have to spend some time with Him, getting to know him and learn and remember how awesome He is. Christ needs to pop up into our minds, just like a famous actor or athlete whom we admire.

So please anyone who finds joy in making art, make some using God's words and put it up around you so you are reminded of how wonderful He is!