Updates and Praise

A lot has happened since my last post, but I just haven't had the motivation to blog until now. We ended up not getting the house in Centerton that we placed a bid on. It was disappointing to say the least, but obviously it was not God's plan for us. Knowing that helps so much and makes it much easier to let go of something we thought we wanted so bad. In the meantime, the house hunt continues. So far, nothing new has been listed that we are interested in, but stay tuned because you never know what's around the corner!

Today will be one of those fun, beautiful Fall days, I think. It's sunny but chilly. It's Halloween. And we are going to the Razorback game tonight! I got a new Hog hoodie and Leslie got a new Hog fleece jacket, so we are ready to represent in style! :-)

On another note, I just want to say that whenever I stop and think about how God has blessed me, I feel so overwhelmed and humbled. I know I don't deserve to have two amazing dream jobs that I love so much, but I do. I don't deserve to have free time during the week to devote to hobbies, but I do. I have a hard-working, sweet husband and a funny little pug, a little apartment that suits our needs and then some. I have a car that still starts when I turn the key and still gets me from A to B. I have a loving family that makes me happy, and we are still close no matter how far away or close we might be. There are so many blessings in my life, and I praise God for being so merciful and loving to someone like me, who doesn't deserve any of these things, much less eternal salvation, but He gave me that too.


Go, Hogs, Go!!!

Beat Ole Miss, and show Houston Nutt...We're better off without you!! :-)

Leslie and I are about to head to our friends Aaron and Sarah's house to watch the game. I've got my new Hog shirt on that I bought at the Neighborhood Market. Loves it! Ready to get excited for our team!

In other news, I finished my first flannel rag quilt last night. I figured out if I make small, todder sized ones, I can get one done in a day, that is, if I do nothing but sew all day. Not too bad! This means I just to make a few more, then ScrapGirlShoppe will be open for business! I'm so excited for my Etsy store's grand opening! I'll probably specialized in children's snuggle blankets, and I have so many ideas that I can't wait to put together!

In house news, Leslie and I put a bid on a house in Centerton. It is for sale through HUD, so we place our max bid along with however many other people do, then wait to see if we get it or not. We'll find out Monday at 1 pm. Online. Crazy!! I have so much peace knowing it's in God's hands. I've left it there, and I'm excited to see the outcome! ;-)


If You Read This...

...please pray. Leslie and I found a house that we both love. We both feel strongly that it could be "the one." It's a HUD house, so we have to put in our bid, along with whoever else decides to put one in, and HUD doesn't even look at the offers until Oct. 25th. They then either accept one or decline them all and keep it listed. We are praying that if this is the house God has for us, that our bid will the one they accept. We are also praying that the closing process will be completed before Nov. 30th so we can get the tax credit. Obviously, we are cutting it very close to the looming deadline. It's quite the nail-biter of a situation, but it's in His hands. Therefore, I have peace. I just want God's will to be done and nothing else. So if you feel so inclined to pray, we would appreciate it so much!



1. Spend daily time with God, not rushed. Quality time.

2. Sew

3. Read

4. Write

5. Plan

6. Execute dreams

7. Love


Scrap Girl Shoppe

That is the name of my new Etsy store! My plan is to make a few flannel rag quilts in advance, get them listed for sale, then keep the inventory coming. Eventually, I would like my shop to be successful enough that I could advertise it here on my blog as well as in Peekaboo magazine! I am so serious about this! I have been more motivated than ever lately to take my dreams and make them into my reality. I'm so excited for what the future holds.

Leslie's and my house hunt has hit a snag. We found a house we really like (a few, actually) but we can't put an offer in on any of them because RD loans do not have government money right now. I'm a little disappointed because with every day that goes by, we are running out of time to get the first-time home buyer's tax credit. But I actually have peace about it because I know it's God working in our lives, and if for some reason He doesn't have it in His plans for us to buy a house right now, I don't want a house. Not until it's the RIGHT house at the RIGHT time, which is HIS time. And although God's timing often doesn't line up with our timing, or when we expect something to happen, His timing is always perfect. Not my will, but His be done.

In the meantime, I feel so blessed. I have nothing to complain about! I can only sing praises to my God, and will continue to do so even when things get tough.


eBay vs. Etsy

I was a faithful eBayer for so many years, but have been a stranger to it for quite a long time. Five minutes ago, we reunited when I listed a pair of 7 jeans for sale. Why the abrupt reconnection?


It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me at all that sewing is my new hobby. AKA, my new addiction. My new want: flannel. Etsy offers me over 80 pages of flannel fabrics. Ebay offers me a way to make a little money so I can shop on Etsy.

Etsy vs. eBay? Etsy wins.


Bloggin' in my Pjs

Who does a happy dance when their hands are freezing in their own house? Me! Because it's Fall, and I'm so glad it is! Granted, it's a little colder than I think it's supposed to be...

I'm also happy because I got a new scarf today (I'm so simple to please!) and I'm almost done with my second quilt. And I can finally bake because it's not too hot outside to use the oven. And I can sleep in pj pants and longsleeves and still snuggle under the covers without getting too warm. I sleep so much better that way!

And we are taking Fall pictures at work in two days. And I love my class and my Loren.

And dreams are big right now, but my Lord is working out all the fine details so that one day, it will all come together.


Happy Birthday, Simon

My cute little Simon pug turned one today! Who would have thought that this...

...Would turn into this...

I love him to pieces, but I can't help but wonder...Is this what baby fever feels like?


Another Notch in My Belt

So, I met James Patterson.

...and got a personalized autographed copy of his newest book. No big deal, really. All in a day's work. Just one of the perks of being a WRITER. And having my DREAM JOB. Whenever I really stop and think about how God blessed me with this amazing job that I love, I am overwhelmed each time.

Leslie and I sat through an 8-hour home buyer's education class today at the Jones Center in Springdale. Long class, but interesting info. And getting to sit next to my cute husband the whole time made it so much more bearable. We mostly silently snickered and wrote notes back and forth about some of the people in our class. Their multitudes of crazy stories and ridiculous questions kept us highly entertained. :-)

Oh, and F.Y.I...I still don't own Nicholas Sparks' new book!! This is getting a little ridiculous.


Oh, Audrey

Today is one of those days I'm really wishing I had that perfect Audrey Hepburn little black dress. I'm attending a cocktail party tonight (my first one ever!) for author James Patterson. I'll get an autographed copy of his new book and mingle with some of the other writers on the Peekaboo team. Fun, fun!

Oh how I wish I could just sew all day long...I think I'm addicted. I love being creative and the feeling of creating something that has never been made before. I just wish I were a little bit richer so I could afford more fabric. That stuff is expensive! Especially when you're buying for a quilt because it takes so much.

I'm thankful it's Friday, thankful for the beautiful Fall weather outside, and so very thankful for all of my Lord's abundant blessings. There are just too many to list. :-)