Friday, May 20, 2011

Faith's Bridal Shower

Our ladies had a bridal shower for Faith this past

Sunday. She got lots of nice gifts. She will be

married later this summer.


Our lovely bride-to-be~ Miss Faith Sparkman


Faith with her pretty cake


Isn't it beautiful? I am sure it was delish too, but since

I am (again) dieting...I skipped the cake and just ate veggies

from the vegetable tray.

I gave a short devotion on

"How I Can Be a Godly, Subjected Helpmeet Who Reverences Her Husband"

Hopefully, my text was shorter than my title. ;)

Faith and her buds












Faith liked this because it "coordinated" with

her outfit! Guess her working at Cato is taking over

her thinking! lol





I told Faith that this KitchenAid mixer would look great

in my kitchen but she didn't fall for it. (She did say

that I could come over to her house to use it) :)



Doesn't she look so cute and "housewife-ee"?





Thursday, May 19, 2011

Happy First Day of Summer Vacation!

We finally made it! Emily took her last test of the

school year today!!!! I celebrated the morning

by letting her sleep in just a little (she only had

to take three tests to be done) and while she

was sleeping, I was bird and squirrel watching.


Isn't this little guy just the cutest?


You can't tell by the pic, but this one is actually
an action shot! This little birdie will get a bite
and then fly up into the treetops to eat it.



My favorite bird, the cardinal! I am
so glad the seeds that I buy attract them.
I get to see them every day. :)


So pretty!

And so, let our summer vacation begin!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Beau~Tea~Ful In Christ

I promised a few pictures of our Ladies Meeting.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in posting but WOW...has

it ever been busy the last few days! Our meeting was

on Saturday, May 7th, which incidentally was the

same weekend as Mother's Day.

Anyway...the theme for our meeting was

"Beau-Tea-Ful in Christ".

I've always LOVED teapots so I thought

this was a great time to use them as

a decorating theme.

Sister Barbara, who does most of our

decorating and event organizing, did a

fabulous job of "running with" the teapot

idea. She borrowed teapots from several ladies, along

with scarves and doilies, and decorated each table

with them. So, not only did we get to use them

for our theme, we also got to enjoy looking at

some very unique and pretty teapots!

Barbara decorated the fireplace mantile with mirrors, a

lovely doily and fresh flowers from her very own garden.


Here is one of the tables decorated.




Take a look at our door prize table! Our ladies are great

about donating very nice prizes! There was a nice

variety of items, and every lady who attended got

a great gift!

We were very appreciative of Faith, who was able to

do our music this year. ( Last year, we tried using

pre-recorded music--since most of our special music

at church uses male musicians--unfortunately, we

aren't very used to "canned music" and we weren't

satisfied with how our music turned out)

Anyway, she was having a bridal shower later in the

afternoon but thankfully, she was able to "squeeze" us in.

And so, the music was MUCH better this year! :)



A picture of Sister Barbara and Sister Faye...both of whom

are invaluable. They both worked very hard in getting

the decorations and food ready for the day.


Our Theme



I couldn't get a very good pic of this but I tried. ;)

Sister Teresa Francis made this beautiful necklace

for our meeting. It had the words "Beautiful in Christ" embossed

on it with a tiny teapot charm attached. It truly was beautiful.

We used this as a gift to the pastor's wife who brought the most

ladies. ( I actually could have won this--but like a good moderator--

I disqualified myself) But, oh, how I LOVED this necklace! :)

A random picture taken before the meeting started.



Okay...now this one needs to be explained.

One of the skits that we were doing was a "Chocolate Fever", a

Patch the Pirate song. A dear lady in our church was to have

been the soloist on the verses but their family had

a sudden, unexpected, trial come up at the last minute

that caused her to not be able to do the skit. Since I

was the only person familiar enough with the song, guess

who got to do it???? Now, being in the skit would have

been bad enough, but then, the logistics of getting from

the podium, into the skit clothes, doing the number,

and then back to the podium proved to be quite a challenge.

We made it, though, and I have to admit, it was fun!

I am sure that I looked quite silly while I was suffering

from "chocolate fever"! ;)

Emily, Courtney, and Faith were singing the chorus

of "Chocolate Fever" .



Here I am addressing the ladies during the meeting.


We had Sister Peggy and her two lovely daughters Joy

and Kristan to do our special singing. They did a tremendous job!

We loved having them all together for the meeting.

Sister Rebecca Whittenbarger, the pastor's wife from

North Rockwood Baptist Church, in Rockwood, TN

was our special speaker. She gave us a wonderful

and thought-provoking devotion on how to be

a beautiful lady in Christ.

Here is a picture of myself with Sister Peggy and her daughters.



It was a very special meeting. After last year's

meeting being as good as it was, I wondered if we

would be able to be as much of a blessing again.

I heard many, many comments from ladies who

attended and I believe that it did, indeed, turn

out to be just as good. We are so excited. Now, we

have to start praying about next year! (I've already

got the speaker scheduled...and I promise, she will

really be a treat! I am already looking forward to it)

I may have a few more pics to add later. We had

another skit that was absolutely hilarious but I don't have any

pictures of it yet. ( Soon, I hope)

So, be looking for a few more pictures in upcoming days.


Also, we had a bridal shower for Faith in the afternoon

yesterday. I will posting the pics of the shower soon too!




Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

I went to visit my mom on Monday, the day after

Mother's Day. I rarely ever get to visit on the

actual day. We live almost an hour and a half away

(and in another time zone) so it just isn't feasible

to be able to get there and back in time for church.

But, she is very understanding, and she and Daddy

raised us to be faithful to go to church. :)



I am very thankful for my godly mother. She

raised us to love the Lord with all our hearts.

I am also thankful that I still have her with me.



Monday, May 2, 2011

2011 FBC Ladies Meeting

This is NOT to post pics of our Ladies meeting. This to let you know
that our Ladies meeting is this Saturday, May 7th. For anyone who
reads my blog that lives in our area, please consider this your personal
invitation. We'd love to have you! The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. but
come a few minutes early so we can get you registered.


This is going to be a very BUSY week! There is still much to be done.
( gets me TIRED just thinking about it)
But, our ladies are so excited! We had our first-ever Ladies meeting
last year. It was a wonderful meeting! We had so many positive comments
about it's having been a blessing to folks. We look for this meeting to
be a great blessing as well. We have lots of fun things planned. We
have special music, skits, and a very special speaker~ Mrs. Rebecca
Whittenbarger from North Rockwood. We have a very nice meal planned
as well as door prizes and gift bags for all who attend! ;)


Please pray for us this week as we finalize the preparations. As I said,
there is still much to be done. Most of all, please pray that we can
be a blessing to all who attend. Some of our church ladies have invited
ladies who truly need the Lord to work in their lives ( some for
salvation--others for encouragement while facing difficult circumstances)
Our goal is to glorify the Lord in all we do, and then be a help and
blessing to those along the way.


So, if you have the opportunity, come on out and join us for a
very special time JUST FOR LADIES! It's going to a very
fun day! :) Hope to see you there!