Sunday, September 14, 2014

Women of Faith - 2014

We went to our yearly visit to Women of Faith this weekend. What a wonderful time we had.  The theme for their conference was "Survival to Revival". 

 We took off with the Survival theme and planned our tailgate party around a tropical survivor theme.
 We made ham and pineapple skewers, spinach salad with strawberries, along with mango and grapes.
One of my team made individual pineapple upside-down cakes. Aren't they adorable? They were delicious. I found the instructions for the easy pineapple gift bags on The House That Lars Built. They were a big hit. We made "survival kits" as gifts for our ladies. I found the instructions at Positively Splendid.  

 Here is my awesome team!
We heard awesome teaching from Lysa Terkeurst, Lisa Harper, Christine Caine, Patsy Clairmont, Lisa Bevere, and Sheila Walsh.  We enjoyed two concerts from Natalie Grant and Matthew West. You should check out Women of Faith when it comes to your area.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Family Wedding

I know I promised to fill you in on our other activities this summer.  Our youngest daughter came home for a few days in August.  One big event that week was a family wedding. First we went to a single "A" baseball game. Which always ends in fireworks. Cell phone pictures of fireworks are blurry, unfortunately. 

 We ended up having to go shopping before the wedding.  "Hunky Husband" forgot all his nice clothes at our apartment.  We had to entertain ourselves in the men's department for a little while.
 He got a little tickled at one of his own jokes at lunch.  Actually, more than a little tickled.  
The wedding was beautiful but on a very hot day. 

 This is my Aunt and Uncle.  They are the bride's grandparents.
 My cousin and his beautiful daughter walking down the aisle.  I wish I could've taken a picture of her guy.  What an amazing reaction he had.  It was so sweet.  
 This is the bride's Momma and my youngest girl, hanging out afterwards during the photo session.

This beautiful reception was in their back yard. They did an amazing job!

What a special evening.  I promise that I'll be back. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Family Visits

It was recently pointed out to me that I haven't posted in a month.  Do you think once a month is enough to blog?  Don't answer that.  I definitely have lost my blogging mojo.  I guess I'm not sure I should be always blogging about the everydayness of life.  Most successful blogs support an artist or a business.  With that little vent, I will get on with my post.

We've had our kids visit us this summer.  Our oldest daughter and son-in-law visited us in July over her birthday.  We decided to check out the San Diego Safari Park the first day.  I could show you many, many more animal photos, but just wanted to give you a peek.

 Then we had our Australian kids join us for the weekend. Poor Sandy and Mark were buried under one of their suitcases in my little car.  
They all loved our favorite Mexican restaurant.  
 On Monday we visited the La Jolla coves northern San Diego. 
Our landlocked kids wanted to see the ocean.  

 All the kids climbed down to the beach and explored the caves.
 A friend recommended we eat lunch at the award winning Porkyland in La Jolla.  I didn't know it was a Mexican food restaurant, but BOY WAS IT DELICIOUS.  Above are my Carne Asada Tacos that HH and I shared. I can never have too much Mexican food.

 Later that day we celebrated DD1's birthday at a local winery.

Last but not least, the kids had to have In-N-Out on the way to the airport.  Kind of an unusual brunch, don't you think?  But very delicious! Stay tuned for our DD2's visit.  Hopefully I'll post that within the next month.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Art Journal Update

I realize it has been a long time since I showed you my art journal pages. Can you believe that it's late July and I'm still keeping up with it? I can't either. I really enjoy it, for the most part. Lately I haven't been loving my final pages, but it's still a fun process. Here you go. 
Challenge 21 - add floss to your page
I wanted to use this McCall pattern lady in her housecoat and thought this quote was perfect for this time in my life. Happens every day. 
These are just planner pages. I liked the way these flowers turned out with my Derwent Inktense pencils. 
Week 23-practice gratitude. I got on a roll and ran out of room. Which is a good thing. 
This is just a random page using a card I doodled a year or so ago. 

Week 24 - use an old book page. I tried my hand at Found Poetry. I didn't really know what I was doing. I want to try this again. 
Week 25 - cover your page with hearts
Another random page that just came together. I love how it turned out. 
Week 26 - add a Bible verse that inspires you. Ephesians 3:20 has been my favorite since high school. 
Week 27 - add a puzzle to your page. I used Sudoku pages from my plane trip home from visiting family. 
Week 28 - add an Instagram or tiny photo. My husband and his brothers who rarely see each other. 
Week 30- SMASH style. Items from our kids visit to California. 
Week 31- add a pocket. Again I used a doodle from way back. 
A random page to remember a hymn we sang on Sunday with one of my IG pictures. 
After 6 months I finally got the nerve to paint the cover of my journal. It's kind of fun. 


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