Wednesday, March 31, 2010


It's probably really late right now (I'm still at work. Thank you, MTV!), but I wanted to get this out and see how many people I could get it to.

I'm giving away this absolutely adorable Baby Be Blessed Lion for anyone who willingly (you know, or unwillingly) donates to my St. Baldricks page.

Maybe you have entered because you think you have no chance. Well, let me tell you, you'd be WRONG. Because, so far, NO ONE has entered. Your chances, then, are pretty darn good.

So what do you have to do?

1) Click this link:

2) Donate. You'll be included even if it's $1! Even $1 could change the lives of these children.

3) Put your name and email address in the comments section of THIS blog post:

I will pick the winner on Thursday, April 1st at 6pm. And, if someone DOES win, I will ship it to you so you receive it before Easter so that you can enter the contest on Baby Be Blessed's website for a $55 gift certificate.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Two More Days To Win!

You have two more days to donate to St. Baldricks and win a lion from Baby Be Blessed!!

For more details, go here:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Win This Lion From Baby Be Blessed!

Hello Ladies!

So I've never done this before, but I want to try and hit my $1,000 goal for shaving my head and I'm willing to try anything at least once, right?

I love Baby Be Blessed Dolls! And I have a lion that I think your child would love!

How cute is he?!

And here's what his belly says:
'For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.' Psalm 57:10

Want to know how you can win him?

Here's what you have to do:

1) Donate to my St. Baldricks page. Even if you just donate $1, you will be entered into the drawing! Think about it. These dolls run for $55 on Baby Be Blessed website and would take 12 weeks to get to you. You could win it for $1. Of course, I would love if you donated more, but I'll take $1! Even $1 could help solve childhood cancer.

2) Comment on this post with your name and your e-mail so I can contact you and I'll be able to see how much you donated by looking at the site.

I will choose the winner through on Thursday, April 1st at 6pm. I will rush to post the doll to you so that you can enter a chance to win a $55 gift certificate on Baby Be Blessed website (information is here.)

Thank you so much for all of your help and good luck to you!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Prayer Requests

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to send out some prayer requests. So if you think about it...

Over on Vashti's blog, baby Bella is struggling to breathe and has a bad infection. She's about two months premature. You can grab a button for your blog on when you visit Grains of Sand.

Also, my Uncle (he's about 50 years old) had kidney failure on Sunday and is suffering from septic shock. On Sunday, we were thinking it would be okay. Right now, we're uncertain. He's been put on breathing machines and feeding tubes and it's starting to look really bad.

If you could please keep them in your prayers, we would greatly appreciate it.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm Doing It (Just Call Me Baldie)

I told my husband that I was either going to shave my head or get a tattoo. As it turns out, I'm just going to do both.

This is the longest my hair has been in years, since before my wedding. And I'm going to shave it all off for cancer research. :) If you're willing to donate, or just want to learn about it, please click on the link below. My goal is $1,000, so I guess we'll see, right?

Hair grows back. And I like to see this as an adventure, a walk with God and really seeing how much my husband loves who I am and who I'm becoming. ;)

Would You Ever...

I'm wondering, would you ever shave your head for charity? I was reading about a woman who raised $6,000 for child cancer research by shaving her head.

If you could raise money for cancer research, would you willingly shave your head?

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Wedding Cupcakes!!

My brother-in-law's wedding was this weekend!

My sister-in-law and I offered to make the cupcake cake/groom's cake. It involved like, 160 cupcakes.

We built the stand ourselves.

And we had an amazing taste tester.

And she knew what was good.

And even though there were a few tears, it really turned out well!

And now I want to get some of these...

and make some awesome cupcakes!!!

How are you doing? I know that I've been bad about updating...and I probably will continue to be. Sorry, I'll just be honest. :) But I'll do my best!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Interesting Quotes

Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him. ~Napoleon Bonaparte

If Jesus Christ were to come today people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he has to say, and make fun of it. ~Thomas Carlyle

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. ~Gandhi

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip. ~Jonathan Carroll, "Outside the Dog Museum"


I've always loved quotations and I thought I'd share some with you before I go to bed this early morning. This is the latest I've stayed up in awhile and it feels good. Makes me feel my age :)

I apologize for not being here sooner. I'll post pictures of my cupcake party on Sunday though!

As a side you have any cupcake suggestions that I could make?

Monday, March 8, 2010

What Do You Do...

When helping someone may be just hurting them more?

Someone asked us for $100. We don't mind and we would have given this person the money, but (as a recovering alcoholic and drug user) we knew that he'd gone on a bender the night before.

Do you give money to someone who you think may just be slowly killing themselves?

Friday, March 5, 2010


I am not fat.

At least, I wouldn't tell you that I was. But when I look in the mirror or just feel my skin or see that number on the scale...all I'm thinking is...


We all have those stories, you know? My 'first' boyfriend (though I don't really count him anymore) broke up with me by calling me a 'fat tub of lard.' He then got the entire baseball team to laugh at me and call me a 'beached whale.'

And so my husband can say that I'm beautiful all he wants, and I must admit that I DO believe him sometimes, but there are times when I'm thinking...'You are totally just trying to flatter me.'

I think I do that with God sometimes. He says 'I love you' and I think, 'Yeah, I don't think you could love me.' And I would ask, 'Why would you love me?' And I could hear Him say, 'Does there have to be a reason? I love you because I made you.'

I get so frustrated sometimes with my husband. I tell him that I'm fat and he always says, 'I don't know what you're talking about.' YOU didn't hear them telling you that. YOU didn't have to be laughed at by everyone.

But Jesus had it so much worse. Understatement of the year.

I just need to leave it at the cross and let Jesus take it up and just KNOW that God loves me, 5 pounds heavier or 5 pounds lighter.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quick Prayer Request (UPDATE)

My soon-to-be sister-in-law is 15 weeks pregnant. Her last Facebook status is 'Something doesn't feel right...?!' from last night. We can't get ahold of anyone to know if she's okay or if she was talking about something else.

Could you please pray for her and her child?

UPDATE: She got back to me on Facebook and said that she'd had really bad cramps on one side last night. Thank you for your prayers so far, could you please pray that the cramps were nothing? Thank you!!!


I go through phases. I'm sure most people do that, right?

I've bungee jumped. I've skydived. But right now, when I even think about getting in an airplane, I get nervous. WHY?! I FLY ALMOST 6 TIMES A YEAR!!!

And I do the same with trust. I trust my husband. I still ask him sometimes, 'Why do you love me?' If I trusted that he loved me, I would just accept it.

You totally know where I'm going.

I have had these great times in my life where I've trusted God. And there have been times where I've thought, 'Well, I trust You, but...' And that's not REALLY trust.

"Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You." Psalm 143:8

Do you have trust issues too?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Our pastor has been saying that Lent is the time to see our wounds, the wounds that keep us from Christ and to ask Jesus to fix them for us.

And I've been thinking about my pride. I am often proud of other people, proud of my husband. But C.S. Lewis said that was different then the pride that is in myself. The pride that makes me think that I'm always right.

The pride that makes me want to give charity but not BE charity. And there have been times in my life where I could have been charity, I think.

I am not above God's charity.

But I have done a lot of things on my own and I think that has made me somewhat prideful. I've been trying to ditch the pride for awhile, but it's hard. It's a hard habit to kick, you know?

I've been humbled by the thought and I've started to pray more for myself then I ever used to. But it's still a daily struggle.

Do you have wounds that need healing?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Prayer Request For Vashti

You guys may know that I talk about Vashti a TON. I kind of love her. Thank goodness I'm meeting her in May or you may think that I was some creepy stalker person.

Vashti has a person who is staying with them right now named Merv.

Here's what Vashti told me about him:
He is a full blown alcoholic and mart just took him to rehab, they said that he is too far gone and that we have to take him to hospital tomorrow so they can detox him without killing him. they siad if he doesnt do it then he will be dead in a couple of weeks!!!! NOT GOOD!

Could you please pray for him? That he would understand that he REALLY needs to do this before he dies? Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you can think of. Thank you!

Monday, March 1, 2010


Happy Birthday, Steve!

How many birthdays have we spent together now?

This is birthday number 11 that I've been blessed to celebrate with you!

And I know that I haven't been at all of them. Whether I was in England or just an hours drive away...but you're always in my thoughts.

And you're right, you know. That God only grants us today, that this could be your quarter-life or it could be your whole life, we really don't know. We have no set time on this earth.

No matter when your time comes to go home to God, thank you for spending these years with me. Thank you for loving me for who I am.

It's been a great 11 years so far!

Happy Birthday, Sunshine! To another 26 years!