So yeah,  I talk about God a lot and Jesus all the time on my facebook.    If you know me IT ISN’T just that.. talk. 

A good way that I really know that was tonight. God gave me the most wonderful present. He does that for his children. Gives us presents. Little gifts, it may come as something unexpected, and suddenly over the next hill, a beautiful sunset, or a cloud shaped as a great big smiley face. (he has a sense of humor I mean, Look at my brother)  I get little gifts all the time. Beautiful gifts, Rain stopping just long enough that I don’t get totally drenched, or a person that is less fortunate enjoying the rain so I will appreciate it and just get out and walk slowly in it and smile, laugh and say “ISN’T IT A G-GORGEOUS DAY!!” people love to look at you all sideways when you do that one.  Sometimes the gifts are more subtle like being able to hear a song that you really need to hear at a particular time, or see a friendly smile from someone when you feel your worse. 

I love looking at clouds and all the different shapes they turn into ,on road trips. I sometimes imagine that it is God’s little picture show and the angels are up there playing etch a sketch showing us the fun things going on…   YES I have quite the vivid imagination. NO I AM NOT ON DRUGS. Rainbows are always God’s gift to us and an example of his infinite love and promise to us. 

Today I think though I received one of the best gifts,  and it was with my own ears.  No one knew I got this gift. Not until now.  I have not told anyone. Not a soul.  We sing a lot in this house. Have always. I didn’t say we do it well, we just do.  JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD, it doesn’t say anything about it being on key or perfect. 

Well, any time my daughter is taking a bath ,or in the bathroom brushing her hair, or doing nails, she is singing. She gets this honest. I am the same way. I sing  all the time I would rather have on the radio than the tv. I lost my song for a long time.  I didn’t sing.I think it left when my dad was killed. My heart was so broken and sad I just didn’t have any reason to sing. I lost so much on that day. More than just my father.

 It came back when this child came into the world.  I sang to her constantly. She didn’t care how good it sounded.  And I had many critics that told me how NOT WELL I sang.  OH but, Not my baby girl ever. And it really isn’t about that.  It was about her beautiful smile when  I did. The sillier it was the bigger the smile. The softer and sweet of a  lullaby the more she snuggled in. Even today we sing. 

SO fast forward to today. I hear her today.. Happily in the bathtub singing… then she stops singing as I was walking by. I thought at first she heard me walking past. BUt then I realized what was going on. She doesn’t know I heard her. well yet.. praying…” Jesus? Thank you for my mom and dad, I know they love me so much a lot more than anyone.  But Even though that is a lot I know you love me way more than that.” (SHE GETS IT!!! SHE TOTALLY GETS IT!! I wanted to just scream and jump up and down but refrained) “Thank you for making moms heart better, whatever it is… she is singing a lot more, so I know she is better.  Thank you for loving us A men.”      

Oh wow….  She notices so much more than I ever realized.  My baby girl gets it!  She gets A) GOD loves her so much more than we ever could.  B) We love her more than any person could, well besides her grandparents i think they would fight us about that but still. C). She knows I am better.  

Who knew just singing could do all that huh?

So I have had a couple shingles but they are not bad, tiny… and have been aggravated about it.  It is fathers day and I always am well… like I am, because I miss him so much, but try to focus  and show joy John and papa. Celebrate them.

Cant fool this child.

She knows my heart. She shared it for a good part of a year.  So I Went into our bathroom and just wept.

  But it wasn’t tears of sadness.  It was tears of thankfulness.

I prayed for so long  for this child, and that our child would know God, She would know the true meaning of love. And she will live it. 

My child JUST HAD CHURCH.. right here in our bathroom.

Singing this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E&feature=kp

 

Praise you lord. 

 

So when we went on a recent trip through 3 states and brought home a souvenir for Charley (HEY LINDA!)  ::waving::  You will understand that a little bit later in this post, We learned a lot about reflections.

 

There is a reflection in water…. LOTS OF RAIN AND WATER PUDDLES…

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There is a reflection you can see on a cloudy day … in a windowImage

 

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There is the reflection that is in a mirror.

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Reflections from yesteryear we get a glimpse of now and again to remind us of how it once was, but will

never be exactly the same again.

B Nanafaye looking outthe window of new orleans

Reflecting on quiet moments and wonderful memories.

linda nana looking out window Bella doing nanas nails

bella terrii crochetingcrew hanging out

Reflecting on the tall and tiny…

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Reflections of the gold and shiny….

twitchy nana and twitchy

Reflections of promised memories to make… and then DOING THEM!!

cafe du monde bella me nana linda  cafe du monde bella begneit

cafe du monde bella linda nanacafe du monde beignets and coffee

Reflections of THE BEST MUFFULETTA EVER!

nana and her muffulettamuffeletta me and linda

And of course HOW COULD WE EVER FORGET….

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WE HAVE to have excitement on our trip or it just wouldn’t be an adventure now WOULD IT?  THE FISH TANK in the lobby started sizzling or smoking or something and the fire alarms went off. They didn’t tell US it was no big deal. SO down the stairs 3 floors we go, IN PJS no less. With Nana – faye, Bella, Linda, John and Myself. This is what greeted us at the main entrance of our lovely hotel. We went back UP the elevator no less. THANK YOU VERY MUCH I think Nana just wanted to see the handsome fire fighters of the greater metropolis there. She wasn’t fooling any one hehehehe. Happily NO fish or people were injured in the excursion.

So, Remember when I said at the beginning of the post, that we brought Charley (our little puppy man) a souvenir?

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Maybe this will answer any questions, Charley and his LINDA.

I think Charley would have gone home with Linda if we would have let him. HE LOVED her. He was all over her. Kisses and loves and followed her around like a shadow. He played with her, sat with her. He was her constant companion. So we keep telling him we will have to bring him home Linda again. He has never acted like that with anyone. HE LOVED Linda. So I go around singing when he is laying down looking all mopey “I’m lying here with Linda onnn MYYY MINNNND” it is so funny.

We had such a great time with our friend linda.  She was such a Joy.

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We played, We cooked, We looked for the space station when it was supposed to fly over our area YES IN THE RAIN.

Linda lunar lander Linda MS state line Linda MS welcome Centerlinda and charley

Reflecting on her visit the only thing I can say…. It just wasn’t enough time. We had a great time. I know Charley will agree. We are ready to see everyone again.  So much we wanted to do but RAIN RAIN RAIN stood a lot in our way.

Great memories. Never imagined We would ever get to see Linda or Nana-Faye again, We  had always hoped to. When the chance came up OH you know We wouldn’t miss it! We Never imagined ever getting to see Teresa or Teri at all, so wow. You just never know what might happen.  When I reflect back on these memories it will always be with great smiles of the adventures and good time we had. The lord has truly blessed us.  We are so thankful.

 

Yes my word of the day as you probably have guessed is….. Reflection. I hope did it justice.

Wish Big

Nancy

 

Aside  —  Posted: June 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Bella bug library books

Bella with our stack of Library stash.

Of course it was an adventure. WHEN would you know anything I DO not to be an adventure? Sadly, my library card ::redface:: is beyond expired. I KNOW … I know. You don’t even have to say it. Shame on me.
So we get to the library, GREAT parking space SCORE!
I have my old library card (so I thought) bonus. EEEHHHK WRONG. It was just the virtual one so that doesn’t mean diddly.
I had Johns… YES HE IS A GOOD BOY he has his Library card. ::insert halo over my husband::
Yes.. I KNOW, I know…
So I am standing there and the sweet lady says “oh it is no problem I just need your drivers license.” cool. So I dig in this purse looking for my drivers license. UGH OH… wha. where. noooooo….. I CANNOT FINDDD MY DRIVERS LICENSE. I found my temporary… an old one from I don’t know what year Ya why is that even .. ughhh! WHen did I have it last. wait. We just voted..Pants pocket. IT IS IN MY DADGUmmit it is in my pants pocket. I am tearing through this purse yall. I call John “look through my pants pockets I had on.. UGHM HONEY? Those are in the dryer…” seriously when have we ever decided to KEEP UP WITH LAUNDRY!!!

I hand my purse to Bella and head home. NO LIBRARY TODAY I GUESS. “Baby, look through this wallet thing go through every page and see, just see if I shoved it down in there, PLEASE?”
We get to the intersection of Hillcrest and Grelot.. (if you live here you know that is not far from the library but traffic lights … Mobile has all these TRAFFFFICCC LIGGGHHTTTS!! I hear this sweet voice like ANGELS SINGING “Is this it mama?” LAAAAAAAAAA

“YES!!! THAT IS IT!!” I am thinking now this lady won’t think I’m a Some kinda weirdo with no license, carting my kid around, looking for a book to read trying to pass off my husbands library card. (do people do that?)

So we get back to the library… I meet this adorable girl. I tell her way too much info as I always do. (How I couldn’t find my license but then we did, and now we are here and we need to get a new library card, because mine is expired but I had one and I used to come all the time I REALLY DID!!!) ya like that.
she laughed had a beautiful smile.
Helped us get fixed up. The lady that originally helped us saw us again, waved big and said YAY YOU FOUND IT. Told her Bella found it … in my purse. WE VOTED… ya anyway..
I think she knew I was frantic.

The sweet girl signed Bella up for one too. It is funny how kids get excited about things. Bella was so excited to have a card to put in her wallet. She feels so GROWN UP. A LIBRARY card. I thought I had her one already. My brain is the way it is so maybe I didn’t. Maybe I just had it with mine and checked her out books but I KNOW we did a lot with the library when she was little.

SO that was today’s adventure. She was really excited to find 2 books. ALSO, 2 movies she had wanted to see. The book that was on her summer reading list wasn’t in (not shocked) but the sweet lady in the fiction section ordered it for her and will email when in. she is first on the list. Hope to knock these book reports on out so no waiting to the last minute.

I found this book I wanted to read The new MITCH ALBOM book “The First Phone Call From Heaven.” He also wrote “The Five People You meet In Heaven. I will let you know what I think of it.

Image  —  Posted: June 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Nancy Jones:

I was looking on Facebook today and saw a friends post about her sweet little girls little sayings. It brought back such memories of my Bella. Since I am stuck here in this house, wanting to be at the beach or better yet AT THE GYM!!! I figured WHY NOT look at some of those precious posts that have some of her little sayings in them and scrapbook pages. I know My mom would love them. Since this weekend I know she would like some smiles! <3 heart you big, mama. Miss you everyday Daddy. These are from your Bella bug. enjoy.

Originally posted on thatsnancywithajones:

what is cuter than little feet in flip flops that just happen to be on the wrong feet? The reply I got when I told Bella her flips flops were on the wrong feet. THe conversation went something like this: Mommy: Bella do you know you have your flips flops on the wrong feet? Bella: Huh? Fwip Fwops on wong peet? Mommy: Yeah your flip flops are on the wrong feet. Bella::: looking COMPLETELY ANNOYED:: ugh ughnnn fwip fwops on Bedda’s peet!!!!

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Cha Cha Cha CHANGEEESS!

Posted: February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

I heard someone make a comment not so long ago about change. They said no one ever really changes.  They just do something different temporarily then go back to how they were when they get bored with it.

I will tell you this struck me as offensive at first. Non positive and REALLY not supportive when we were discussing how some people were making so many wonderful changes in their lives for the better. I didn’t say anything, just basically let it go and went my merry way.

The more I got to thinking about it. I mean really thinking about it. It is true. I know you are probably not happy with me for saying this but…

People do not really change. There are lyrics and proverbs about it through out history with warnings on how to be cautious of a changed person.   NOW….Before you get all up in the air with me.. Please let me finish. 

There is a difference between change.. and growth.. and someone that has made progressive results in their life through learning from past mistakes to not do that again.  Can  they fall off the wagon or can it happen again sure it can. 

Some people make mistakes over and over and over before really learning the lesson that is at stake. Sometimes it takes hitting the bottom of the barrel, others it is just the fear of hitting it that makes them grow into the next level of what they need to be doing. 

I personally believe that no one can grow or make everlasting differences in their life without the help of our lord and savior. You can try to do it on your own but you will keep making the same mistakes, ending up in the same places.  The saying IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO GET THERE. Is one I hold close as a mantra of sorts. 

Have you ever looked at yourself from an outside angle? REALLY looked? not just at your outward physique? not at your clothes or how your hair is fixed. Look at your life. How you represent your family, Do you want your children to do what you do? everything. The things you do behind closed doors that no one (you think) sees? 

We always want better for our children. We want a better education, better health, a better life than we had.  So in order for our children to have this we must be able to show them  what better looks like. HOW?

By being the example.  IF you want your child active in church and church activities. YOU need to be going to church and be involved in church activities.

How many of you seen someone just yelling and screaming at a store clerk with their child standing there. Then later see that child get into a fight then them punish that child extensively and not understand why their child acts the way they do? (maybe they need  to do something different?)

Getting involved in their school. You want your child to make better grades? Then get involved with what they are doing at school and with their class. KNOW what homework they bring home check it.. make sure they know it. Talk to their teachers.

You want your child to be healthy and eat healthy foods. Guess what. DON’T take them out for fast food all the time. Eat at home. COOK good nutritious healthy foods for them and YOU EAT them as well. BE THE EXAMPLE.

Let them see you read the bible better yet have a daily devotion time as a family. 

Doing these things and more getting into a schedule a routine is just like anything else. IT BECOMES HABIT. You can make habit of bad things just like good things.  YES I do believe people can change. Do I believe they can change back? Yes I do. That is why I feel it important to be around others that have the same goals and want the same things you do.

IF they are going to not support you, speak positive, if they are going to take everything you say as criticism and be ugly Then why are you wanting to be around them in the first place?

You are wanting your life and your family to succeed and be better so don’t spend time in the places or around the people that were causing you issues in the first place. that is setting yourself up for disaster and failure. You can’t move forward if you are looking backwards. 

Sometimes it takes giant steps in the right direction to get you on the path you want to be on.  God will show you the right way to go. He only wants you to be willing. That is all. He will handle the rest.  It is like with any challenge you may slip but get right back up and continue do not say oh well that blew it and just lay there.  That is not how God works. It is not how growth works. Sometimes you have to trim your branches to make the most fruitful part of your tree bloom. 

So think about your life and how things are going.  Maybe it is time to spend more time with an open bible and on your knees in prayer and thinking positive handing things over to God instead of letting the little things become HUGE messes and spreading them around instead of letting him just contain them and make them go away. We have to get over ourselves in order to do that. Be willing to give up our selfish pride and just say ok here it is lord I have no clue what I am doing… grow me. You will be amazed at what all things can REALLY CHANGE. 

I am not saying I am perfect by any means and this is not to give that impression. This has been on my heart ever since I heard this in a conversation and I wondered how many others maybe thought this way.  Our pastor touched on this in several sermons. I really absorbed it.  We have been growing and doing things different.  Belittling others and saying it is no use that no one changes is not something I look at or will ever accept.  We have so little time on this earth I know the reason we are here. You need to find out why you are here.  EVERYONE HAS A PURPOSE. God does not make mistakes.  There is no reason to waste your life with negativity and nonsense.  There is such a life of love waiting. If you just listen to him. 

 

 

Since the first of the year we have had all kinds of struggles to say the least. Multiple Sclerosis is that ugly little critter we keep hidden in the basement. WE KNOW it is there and can raise its ugly mischievous head at any time. Because of it, Viruses and such are so much easier to just knock me down sadly. I had done SO good. 2013 had been a GREAT year. 2014 started out EHHH kinda yuck. Some wicked stomach bug attacked me like kryptonite to superman. IT WOULD NOT LET GO. THEN because of the fever and Viral infection (Cue psycho music) out came shingles. NO I wasn’t upset about stuff. well some stuff, it was mainly the infection that caused it. SO I have been in my house back like the old days since January. A good reminder of how things were.

NO Driving No gym (can do a little at home but mostly stretching blah) … No going out into the world hanging out with friends… No church activities.. NO CHURCH much. I did get to go one Sunday before she shingles started then wham… out again. I do listen to it online but it just is not the same as getting to participate. I love our church so much. I had been feeling like A NORMAL person again. Like before. How quick the lord can remind us that we need to be ourselves and not try to be something we are not! And we all definitely know I AM FAR from normal.
HEY… I heard all the AMEN’S. YOU DID not have to agree so quickly to that! <grin>

SO what exactly have I been doing? I knew you all were sitting on the edge of your chair just wondering and just pacing the floor in angst waiting to find out. WHAT has Nancy BEEN DOING.

I have been scrapbooking.. yeah I know.
I have been doing the 2012 photos of our Disney trip which have really been bringing back good and also some sad memories. Most are wonderful but also make me miss Ma.
I have laughed so much but also shed so many tears. I have sooooo many photos to scrap.
I have joined a challenge group for February called L.O.A.D. (layout a day)
Where you do a challenge layout a day. I have done this before and it is soo fun. I have really been getting things done. I have 22 ish pages done so far. (some of them I did BEFORE I started this challenge group)
I wanted to share some of them with you. (I KNOW you cannot wait)  

These are phone photos so … (hey I have had shingles be nice!)

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(I did these before LOAD)

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The silver circle things… those are wishes that Fairy Godmother gave us.

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This was from a sketch I found on pinterest

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first page in our Disney album

 

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another sketch

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photo of this layout didnt turn out so great (night time in my kitchen)

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Bella didn’t like this page.. she said it was boring.. and that I COULD DO BETTER. ha I will remember that dear child.

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Whispering Canyon (our favorite place to eat)

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Photos out and about around Wilderness Lodge where we Stayed. 

I have since I am feeling better, but still couldn’t quite get out yet, have started cleaning out, organizing, donating, and rearranging in my crafts and art space. I found lots of pages I made from when Bella was a baby.

I have learned some important things.

1. USE GOOD ADHESIVE. When I started I used glue sticks and whatever adhesive was cheapest. Those pages are now falling apart, missing letters, and I am now reattaching things and missing things off of them that I cannot find.

2. EVEN THOUGH alphabet letters have adhesive on the back of them.. GLUE THEM DOWN ANYWAY. Especially things like self adhesive chipboard letters or embellishments. I have so many that are missing that there is no way I can match them again. Some of these are 8 and 9 years old. I will just photo them and pray someone has hoarded the few letters I need and pray they will share. MOST scrappers are nice that way :)

3. KEEP YOUR FINISHED PAGES IN SCRAPBOOKS WITH PAGE PROTECTORS (that way if the embellies fall off you have a good chance they will fall off into the page protector!!) although I did on some of these but they were put back upside down and fell out of the page protectors…sigh.

4. KEEP RELIABLE glue and or adhesive YOU KNOW  is reliable and dries quickly at hand so when you look through your albums. You can make quick repairs. DO NOT put it off till later. YOU WILL FORGET and then the letters will be lost. (yeah it happened)

5. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALBUMS for your pages at least put them in page protectors and put them in a safe place. I found a STACK of layouts (yes at least 20) that were a couple years old in a shelf. just stacked up there.  YA NOT GOOD. buttons had come off the edges were bent up. I was NOT happy. 

I AM SURE there are many more tips you all have learned that you could add to this. FEEL FREE to add them in the comments. Things you have learned over you’re years of scrapbooking. Care wear and tear of pages, mini albums etc.  I welcome your advice. 

I am sure we have some new crafters or even those that have been doing it a while that may learn something. 

 

 

How many of you (show me your hands) have say frizzy, curly, out of control hair that just will not co operate? (ME ME ME) Especially when it is lets see, Raining, Humid, sunny and hot, Cold and windy or just a pretty day. I go through product and straightening and then fixing to make my hair look this… way ::sigh:: But some days it just with its own mind does great. Well, I am sure there are a hand full of you right now that are thinking ” OH I HAVE A PRODUCT I HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT. IT WORKS SOOOOO GOOOD for me. I have used it for x many years and your hair cannot be any worse than mine. I live in So and so and it is more humid than Rats fighting in a flour sack in the Alabama summer. It will make your hair awesome”
Me and Johnn Nov
Well, I have some great product I use in my hair and It is ok. That is not what this is about actually. I used that to get your attention. It is an analogy. A comparison to help you understand what I am about to tell you.

I know most of you that read my blog know me pretty well or have read my blog and feel you may.
You know I have Multiple Sclerosis along with a laundry list of other issues. NO I am not trying to sell you anything. So rest easy.
We have had so many things happen in our lives the last few years. Tragedies. I was angry. Hurt. Angry. IN PAIN.

Now If you (back to the hair analogy) have a wonderful product that works awesome for your hair.. or that gets rid of your pain. You want to share it with everyone right? You tell everyone you know to go out and get this. You even face book it. You send out coupons and send samples etc.

Well I found what works for me. I worked so hard. harder than I ever worked at anything in my life. It wasn’t easy. With Clean diet and Exercise. I resisted it in a lot of areas I fought it on and off I was grouchy and mean. BUT.. I did it.
I still do it. Am Doing it.

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We found a Church and rededicated our lives to Jesus and mission work to helping others through him. We are doing it not just saying it.
We see a difference in our lives. We are happier. We love more. We want to do more for others. we want less for ourselves. We listen to only Christian music now. yeah we still go places that have regular music and we are not cult members so just stop it.
Last time I checked being in a Baptist Missionary church WAS NOT A CULT. we are praying for you.
The thing is. We now want better for our daughter and ourselves. We don’t think like we used to. We don’t see things like before. I am not saying we are perfect so don’t even start. I am not thumping a bible at anyone. I am working through a lot of things. Things I would have NEVERRRRR considered in a million years. but probably not what you think.
Between me and The lord.
As it should be.
I feel better though. I am not saying because I am going to church and doing this that I don’t hurt physically as much. I think it has more with the clean eating and exercise and I do feel more joy through Jesus.
Doing Mission work through the church makes me feel better.
When I don’t feel good I don’t have to do it.
It isnt a mandatory thing but something I feel is wonderful and maybe something I am meant to do.
Who knows I may can use my talents with someday.
It is important to get involved.

We feel at home and we love our church we feel at home we feel a part of it.
So I want to pass it along because we have found something awesome. Something Wonderful here in Mobile. An amazing place that has A great message. They honestly have Jesus and I firmly Believe that God Speaks through Pastor Bret.
I have never seen a Pastor that will stop his sermon and say I have to say this someone needs this and he will say a statement and IT NEVER FAILS It will be something that will make John and I both stop just almost breathing for a second. IT will be something we had been praying about or talking about the days before or discussing how will we deal with this situation and what are we going to do to take care of this and such. AND IT NEVERRRRRRRRRR EVER FAILS. HE will IN MID SERMON STOPPPP AND SAY. I just have to let someone know GOD HEARS YOU AND What you have been praying about IT isn
t as bad as you think it is. Or You need to look to the original truth on the situation. AND THERE IS NO WAY he would know. NO WAY. we would just look at each other and then back at him. Thinking OK you are freaking us out. Because ONLY GOD could have said that.
IM not kidding. It has happened several times during his sermons. SO NOW YOU KNOW why we are firm believers in this church.
HE HAS BEEN RIGHT also. EVERY TIME.
God is in this church.
The ministry they do, The out reach they do is nothing like I have ever seen. This is the first Christmas Eve we have spent doing something other than for ourselves. I’m not gonna say what. It isn’t about us. But just know I think It Blessed us as much as it did what we participated in. It will be remembered forever.

SO This product works… it isn’t new. BUT IT IS AMAZING. It blesses your soul it works wonders for your life. It is FREE for the taking. All you have to do is take it. It is Jesus. I KNOW he is at Dayspring Baptist Church. Without a Doubt.
I have seen him. I would be honored if you are in Mobile Alabama to join us there.
You need to try him. You won’t regret it. IT is the best thing I have ever in my life tried and guess what… ITS A LIFETIME GUARANTEE!!!
YOU WILL BE SATISFIED. YOU GET A HEAVENLY HOME EVERLASTING LIFE YOUR SINS TAKEN AWAY I MEAN… THAT IS A PRETTY GOOD DEAL.
Dunno about you but I have never been more happy in my life. I also will get to see my family again someday. I am no longer afraid of dying. I know where I will be.

John 3 16
For God so loved the world that he gave his forgotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but will have eternal life.