Galatians 2:20 & 21 "For I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RV Trivia

Longest trip we've been on - 2 1/2 weeks on our western adventure

Most unusual place we have camped - on the strip in Vegas, there was a KOA in a hotel parking lot.

Scariest ride in the rv - taking Old Route 66 to a "ghost town" out west - no road maintenance in decades, hairpin curves, and no guard rails.  Lots of parting going on that day! 2nd scariest would be the same trip, but through an expressway shutting down Dust storm.

Wondering if we could get through there ride - that would be driving the rv through Cades Cove in the Smokey Mountains.  We made it fine!

Hottest place we've camped - Oklahoma on our mission trip

Most uncomfortable night or nights - running out of propane in the middle of the night in TN.  We were freezing and so were the water pipes - they all busted!

Most redneck place - Atlanta Motor Speedway - I wasn't there but heard the stories.

Place we want to camp again - Fort Wilderness at Disney.

New places we want to go - Yellowstone, Sanibel island, Hilton Head (they have  two rv parks!), Maine, wind through Kentucky.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RV Redo

Several years ago we bought an RV ~ used.  We've taken it out West, to the Outer Banks, to Disney World, to the mountains, on a Mission Trip to Oklahoma, and to the MS coast.  Its even been to a Nascar race.

We noticed that the "skin" on the outside was coming loose ~ that got the redo ball rolling.  The window on the inside of the bedroom part had a leak ~ most likely the water leaking caused the skin to pull apart, and the wood to rot inside the structure.  Greg pulled the inside of the wall apart to replace the rotten pieces, is caulking it inside and out, and has screwed the skin back to the rv side and into the new wood. 

We pulled up the nasty carpet in the bedroom and the bathroom (WHO ever thought carpet in a bathroom was a good idea?).  The bathroom will be just stick on vinyl tile ~ easy to keep clean, and we are talking about a very tiny space, calling it a room is generous.  The bedroom flooring is still up for a decision.  We thought about the vinyl tile that looks like wood ~ but that is about 3 x more expensive that the manufactured wood flooring that we put down in our bedroom. 

The walls are getting a nice coat of paint ~ yes, over the wallpaper.  Read how to do it on Pinterest (duh!).  I've got a new quilt ready for the bed and enough fabric to recover the valances.  The blinds were shot in there and I think we are going to replace with just the simple pull down blinds from Walmart.

Oh, the "theme" is going to be beachy.  Neutral floor and walls & then fun accents and accessories ~ many of which we already have.  We have rejected the idea of the floor covering being Sand ~ yuck!

And we are planning some trips.  Greg wants to do some Nascar races.  Several are within a days driving of our home ~ Texas, Talledega, and Atlanta. He would also love to drive up through Kentucky in the fall ~ won't happen this year but maybe next.

Our RV's name is Buddy.  Appropriately named since we went with our buddies camping.  One buddy has gotten married and moved away, and our other 2 are now working.  Greg and I may be each others buddy on many trips ~~~~~ we've never done this alone. 

A new adventure!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Cross Stitch Patterns from Pinterest


I will NEVER have enough time to cross stitch all that I find ~ but that fact doesn't keep me from looking and pinning hoarding patterns ~

Cross me not- free cross stitch patterns
I want to do this as an ornament in seed beads!


Some day!
This will be Greg and I one day ~ probably sooner than I am ready for!

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cool patterns for my grandsons!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Some of our Glass Projects

We've got lots of goodies at our fingertips, by working at a ceramics shop.  There are too many cool things that we all like (Greg included) ~ and other things we really don't want anything to do with.  Some things are just "in bad taste" and we wonder why the mold was ever invented...but it was and whether we like it or not, we have to do our job.

"IF" we ever had our own shop, we would do some things differently.  We are learning a lot by doing, listening and observing.

Here are some of our projects ~ there are a lot more but since they are Christmas gifts, I can't show you right now! 

The first 3 pictures are from a Glass Class that Greg, Amy, and I did last Saturday.  We learned how to cut the glass and arrange them all, then fire in the kiln.

Greg's tile

My tile

Amy's tile

My ceramic washboard, it was stained and then antiqued

my basket ~ I love the way certain paints will pool in the crevices of pieces and change color!

My barrel pencil holder ~ would have been a mug but the handle fell off.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Prayer for Dealing With Others

"As a rake combs the soil, God, smooth the surface of my interactions with others.  Help me to be friendly, to inspire confidence, to find the things we have in common.  Show me how to seek the good in others, to refrain from criticism, to offer praise and gratitude.  Teach me to be fair in my dealings, calm in disagreement, ready to compromise, and quick to apologize.  Give me good humor to level the rough spots, and prepare my ground for fruitful relationships.  Amen."

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, even as Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

Taken from "In the Garden"  page 11

Pictures taken at Callaway Gardens in GA ~ spring 2008.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I'm A Blogger Slacker!

My "free" time is more limited now!  I have the mornings free and then go to the Ceramics Shop to work, sometimes till 7 or later.  I am learning a lot and am enjoying making some money.  After taxes come out ~ its our "fun" money.  Right now, its going towards our next mission trip!  It also doesn't help that I usually leave my laptop at work from working on the inventory and its just too hard to blog on the Kindle ~ I did try this morning.

Last Thursday we made our annual trip to the State Fair!  We were thrilled with the results.  I do wish they would tell you ~ critique you- on items you got less than a blue on.  I did get 4 red and 1 white but the rest were blue.  Amy only got one red and the rest blue.  Its exciting to see the ribbons hanging on our work every year!  And we've already started for next year.  Angel did great for her first time and her 4 kiddoes were thrilled with their ribbons also!  This enthusiasm is what keeps us going!

Amy decided to apply at Chick Fil A for a job ~ she had 3 interviews ~ and today found out she got it!  Excitement in the house!  She starts on Monday ~ her first training will be in food prep....right up her alley!

So here ya go Angel ~ a blog post! 

Here are some funnies from pinterest ~

So true...Haha  so true!!Like and Repin if you agree!!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


We are back!  Our vacation was great!  We got to spend time with Allen, Jennifer & Aiden on the weekend before and after our Disney trip.

Disney was fun ~ but wet.  Very rained everyday but one.  Not just your typical Florida sprinkle for just a short time.  But a "the heavens opened and dumped water upon us" rain.  4 out of 5 days...that's never happened to us in all the times we've been.  I can really only think of one day in past trips that it rained a lot.  Oh well, we could change the weather so we made the best of it.  Rainjackets and ponchos covered us up adequately. 

We got indoctrinated into the land of Magic Bands ~ which was so cool.  Everything was on our band ~ room key, charge information, fast passes, and dining plan.  I was concerned about losing the band or someone stealing it and having our info but the security is good.  To enter the parks you scan your magic band and finger print.  To buy anything you enter your security password.  It worked well and we didn't have lots of different stuff to keep up with.

The dining plan was great & FREE.  It was 2 meals & a snack everyday.  We did breakfast in the room.  You just had to find a quick service dining room in any of the parks and order your meal.  The lunch and dinner meals consisted of the entrĂ©e & any sides that came with it, a drink, and a dessert.  That's a lot of food!  You can use it at the parks, downtown Disney, or the hotels.  We started off our week at Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney and it was yummy.  Our best meal by far, was at "Be Our Guest" at the Magic Kingdom.  Lunch was open to anyone ~ that is anyone who was inline ahead of time for the 10:30 opening.  We were inline by 9:15 and they closed the line at 10:20 ~ no one else could get in until others finished eating and left.  This was Amy's "bucket list" place to go.  Their food was great, their service was amazing, and the Castle was gorgeous!  If you have watched the movie the song "Be Our Guest" is the theme for the restaurant ~ and they have a cupcake with "taste the gray stuff, its delicious" icing.  Which is what my baker wanted.  They all got the gray stuff cupcake but I got the lemon meringue cupcake ~ yum!  We all thoroughly enjoyed that meal, even if it was lunch at 10:30 in the morning!  The most disappointing meal was in France at Epcot ~ we went there for my birthday lunch because I wanted the chocolate mousse (yum!), we ordered sandwiches and they were just ok.  I got a turkey and the the bread was tough.  The chocolate mousse made up for it!

Greg was excited to ride roller coasters with Will.  And I am sure that Will was excited to have someone to ride with him.  I think the only thing they didn't get to ride was the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train ~ the lines were too long and the fast passes were all reserved. 

Amy was our official photographer, so I will have to get pictures from her laptop to mine.  And get the pictures off our phones to the laptop.

Greg N Donna Jackson's photo.
Magic Bands!

The best ride in town. Granny and her pushers!
Moms exciting ride for the week! 

Hey Angel Hall Tapley, show this to Little Bit.
Amy's new hoodie!

The "gray stuff" is delicious!
1st bite of gray stuff!

A rainy end to the day.
Epcot in the rain on my birthday!

Greg N Donna Jackson's photo.
In Norway!

Ready for the day, Angel Hall Tapley
wearing our Minnie shirts that Angel T. made us!

Amy and her daddy ready to go!
the Princess and her Protector ready for a day in the Magic Kingdom!

I swiped these pictures off our facebook page!

Thanks Mom, Greg, Amy & Will for a great birthday celebration/vacation!

I love you all!