Sunday, November 18, 2012

Where I've Been...

I know. I know. I've been gone a while.... But I have been busy! : ) Here's a few things I've been doing.

I've been making wooden crosses to show in arts and craft shows.

I've also made a few cards to show at these shows.

I also had the privilege of taking pictures at a birthday party for a little girl who was turning 1 year old. It was a lot of fun. She was such a happy little girl! : )

And here are a few other cards I've made for a special lady back home.

If you would like to buy any of the wooden crosses or cards, please check out my website!

Enjoy! : )

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

Dee Henderson has done it again! She is one of my favorite authors! Bethany House has supplied me with an Advance Reader's Edition of Full Disclosure, and I loved it!

She brings back the O'Malley clan - which I also loved! If you haven't read those, you should definitely do so! - in this book in a very interesting way.

Midwest Homicide Investigator Ann Silver seemingly appears out of nowhere and drops the best lead on a serial murder case that Special Agent Paul Falcon has had in years. But she leaves him with more than just good evidence - he also has a strong desire to get to know this clever cop better. Is he prepared for both the case's and her secrets?

There are twists and turns all throughout the book! I never knew what to expect - which is always a good thing when reading a book. I loved the suspense, the romance, everything about this book. Everyone seemed real, the storyline was believable, and the ending was a jaw dropper! Why don't they make these books into movies?!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Our Newest Member

Say hello to our newest member!

This is Julio - our new blue tick hound.

Our house almost got broken into the other day during broad daylight. Our neighbor just happened to be riding by and saw someone on our porch looking through the window in our door. So The Husband thought it was necessary to get a dog that would grow to be pretty large to be our guard dog. He's just three months old right now.

We now have 10 dogs. Yep. You read that right - 10. T-E-N! For someone who was scared to death of dogs when she was younger, I can't believe I am taking care of 10 dogs! They can be kind of cute sometimes, though.... : )


Friday, September 21, 2012

My Very First Wreck at 26 Years Old

Sunday the 16th I had my very first wreck. It was raining, I was going around a curve, and lost control. I felt the car begin to slide, then twist around in the other direction, and I could see I was headed for the other side of the road. I knew I was going to land in the ditch and possibly flip over.

My hands gripped the steering wheel, and I closed my eyes. I did not want to see my world about to be turned upside down. It flipped. During the very few seconds that it flipped, I though to myself, This could end very badly. I prayed. Actually, I yelled out to God - GOD HELP ME! Then it stopped.

Against this tree.

I was a little nervous about opening my eyes. I knew I wasn't right side up, but I didn't know if I was upside down or sideways. So I opened my eyes and looked down to unbuckle myself. I fell down onto my door. I was sideways.

I was in shock and began to scream. Three times actually. It didn't really register with me that I was the one screaming until about midway through the second scream. Then when I screamed the third and last time, I thought, Jamie, that's you screaming. Your screams are not helping anything. Calm down. 

And then I answered myself. I began talking out loud. If I didn't talk, I would scream. So I talked.
Okay. Calm down. I paused. The phone. Where's the phone? I need the phone. Where's the phone?

I see something. It's not my phone, but could have been just as important. My grandma had given my two sisters and me this 'tool' to keep in our vehicles in case we ever had an emergency and needed it. I don't even know what this 'tool' is called. It has many purposes. You can puncture your air bag, cut your seat belt, or break a window. I see this and go through all the purposes - I don't need to puncture my air bag; I don't need to cut off my seat belt; I don't need to break any glass - I don't think. Okay, now where's the phone?

I need the phone. Where's the phone? Where's the phone, Lord?!

The back seat, I heard Him say. I looked, and there it was. Now. Who to call? Ragan or the police? Call Ragan or the police? Ragan. I knew I was still a little in shock and hysterical. I could calm down more while talking to him before talking to anyone else.

Okay, before you talk to him, you have to calm down. Take a deep breath, and talk clearly. I take a deep breath and punch in his number.

"Ragan! I just had a wreck!" Imagine this sounding like big sobs and getting louder with each syllable until it's practically a yell at the end of the sentence.
I close my eyes and take a deep breath to try again. "I had a wreck!" Same thing.
"You what? I can't understand you. Calm down."
"I. Just. Had. A. Wreck!" 
"You had a wreck?"
"YES! I rolled it!!"
"I'm on my way. Where are you?"
"On Mitchell." And I'm back to the sobs.
"On Mitchell. Okay. Are you hurt? Are you okay?"
"I'm okay. Do I need to call the police?"
"I'll call them. I'm on my way.

I hang up and look around. How do I get out? Before I can figure a way out, Ragan calls back to talk to me a little more to make sure I'm okay. We hang up, and I'm back to figuring a way out. The windshield is broken. I look towards the back of the car. Can I open the trunk from the inside? I don't know, and I don't want to climb back there to figure it out. I look up to the passenger side window. Nope. Can't reach that either. I may have been able to reach the passenger side window but didn't want to think about having to climb up and out. I look back in front of me - the sunroof. I open the inside part hoping the window isn't broken. It's not. I turn the key in the ignition a few clicks, just enough so I can open up the sunroof and climb out.

After I get out, I stand there and look at the car in awe. I can't believe I just climbed out of this without a scratch on me. Blessed. There's nothing more to say than that. 

After a few minutes of standing there, Ragan showed up. I'm so glad he was the first vehicle to even come through; I was not wanting to talk to anyone else at the moment. Then the police came, asked questions, the tow truck came to haul the car off, and we went home.

Nothing short of a miracle. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

New Beautiful Shelves!

The Husband got into a clean-up-get-rid-of-some-of-this-clutter mood a week or so ago, and I now have new beautiful green shelves!!

Here's The Husband working hard for me! : ) I wish I would have thought to take a picture of what was in this corner before he started working. It was very cluttered!

Now it's beautiful!

I just love my new green shelves!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Bethany House supplied me with a copy of Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer. This book was definitely fun to read.

No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a long-standing debt compels her to take the risk. 

Years of constant vigilance harden a man. Yet when Travis Archer comes across a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can't bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt prompt him to attempt to rescue her once again.

Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she vows to stand by his side. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her as merely a short-straw bride?

The story line and characters seem to be a little over the top and melodramatic, but still fun to read. Some of the things said or done in the book I can't imagine happening in real life, but then where's the fun in writing a book if you can't use your imagination, right?

After reading the first few chapters, you kind of know how the book will end. You may not know how it will all happen, but you know there's a happy ending after all is said and done!


Monday, August 27, 2012

September Calendar

I know it's been awhile since I've made a calendar for you, but I've got one for September! : )

Just click on the photo, then save the image to your computer and apply it as your desktop background!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

New Crosses

So I've been a single wife this weekend - the Husband has gone on a fishing trip. I've been able to get a lot of things done in his absence. : )  Check out my new crosses!

I think this one is my favorite out of this group. I stained the larger cross and wrapped the smaller one in yarn.

This one didn't turn out very good. I used gold leafing on the larger cross, and it didn't come out very smooth. Maybe I'll try again one day. I think the colors look good together though! : )


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters by James Stuart Bell

Bethany House supplied me with a copy of Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters. This book is very interesting. Compiled of stories of encounters with angels and demons, near-death experiences, and incredible rescues, this book will definitely spike your interest.

I must admit, though, I haven't finished it yet..... The stories are definitely interesting, but after a while they all begin to sound the same. Some of these stories are amazing stories to read about, but then others are more of life changing revelations. I personally didn't consider them a supernatural event, but I'm sure to that person it was a miracle.

The book is a good one to read, but for me it's a good one to read over time, not all at once.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Newest Handmade Crosses

I have finished by first completely handmade wooden crosses!! Except for making the wood, the paper, or the embellishments, I did cut out the cross on my new machine, picked out the paper and wood stain, and arranged the flowers! Yea, I'm pretty proud of myself.... : )

Some of the edges may not be exactly even, but that's all part of it being handmade! This yellow one is definitely becoming my favorite one! I love the rustic country feel to it. Don't you?

Or maybe you like this bright cheery one! I do like this one too. Green has always been my favorite color.

Tell me what you think! I would love to hear your comments. What kind of cross would you like in your home?

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