Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Great Bow Giveaway!!!

I wanted to pass along to you a great give away that my dear friend, Jeanette, has on her blog right now! She is giving away these 3 sets of bows! Aren't they adorable?!!! I have several bows from her and everyone is sooooo cute and Klaire loves them! :) Jeanette is selling bows to bring her daughter, Sara Beth, home from China! Every bow she sells...the profits go to her adoption fund! How great is get adorable bows and it helps bring her daughter home! :) (they have been waiting for 30 months today!)
Just click here to go to her blog and sign up for these super cute bows sets! Maybe you will win some for your daughter or granddaughter! (hint, hint, mom!) ;) Let her know that you heard about her bows from me! ;)
Good luck!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I am one blessed mom!

    Today, Joe, Klaire & I, went to an adoption seminar in Springfield and the other 2 stayed home.  Joe also took me shopping! :)   While we were gone, Karlee & Kassidy were watching cooking shows on TV and decided to make me a special dessert for Mother's Day!  Look how beautiful it was...... :) (notice I said was....)
      It was sooo sweet of my girls to think of me today and take time to do this for me!    After supper they surprised me with the dessert!  It didn't take long for the glass to be empty! :)  They told me they made me a bigger one than everyone else in the family. ;)
   By the way....they also folded the laundry and vacuumed the house! WOW!  I thank God for the privilege to be a mother- what a gift!  I love you girls.... and I am sooo proud to be your mom! :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

What a fun night!

    Ok...I think I had one of the most fun nights of my life tonight!  Our women's Bible study group surprised  3 girls from our church, Karlee, Katy & Nicole, with a shopping trip around town!   These girls will all be going on summer mission trips!
    As you know from an earlier post, we had a fried pie fundraiser a few weeks ago....well, we raised enough money to pay off all of their trips to France, Brazil and Mexico and also we had enough to give each one $100 to spend on clothes for their trips! 
   We asked them to come to Bible study tonight and fed them supper....then we proceeded to tell them that we were going to take them shopping! SURPRISE!!!  Their reaction was priceless...there were screams and tears and hugs!   It was so much fun to see their faces! 
     There were about 10 of us and the 3 girls that all hopped in cars and drove around our town to shop!  It was like a marathon shopping spree!  We made it to 4 different stores and of course we ended at Wal-Mart! (which 4 stores is about all we have in Lebanon to shop for teen girls)
    They all got some really cute clothes for their trips!  I was so blessed to be a part of this fun night!  I think all of us women had as much or more fun than the girls! :)   God blessed immeasurably more than I could have ever asked or imagined!  What an awesome Thankful Thursday I have had! :)
(** the pictures are some we took while they were having fun in the dressing rooms....I am not sure any of those were purchased- I know the mumu dresses were NOT! ha!)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Handmade Necklaces for Sale! :)

   As you all probably already know...Karlee is going to France this summer with an E-Team.  We have successfully raised all of the funds that she needs to go, but now she is trying to find ways to make some spending money! :)  
    My grandma, Aileen, (Karlee's great grandma)  crochets necklaces to sell.  She has donated 40 necklaces for Karlee to sell to make spending money on her trip.  These are handmade and actually look like beads when you wear them.  They are very lightweight!  They sell for $5.00 each with $1.00 shipping.  If you would like to buy one or have any questions- please e-mail me at or just post a comment on here.    They come in many colors....the pictures really don't do them justice!    The necklaces come in blues, reds, multi colored bright or pastel, browns, black/silver, gray/purple, rose, teal/green, etc... 
   I appreciate Grandma for thinking of Karlee in such a sweet way to help her make a little spending money for her trip!    Thanks so much for taking the time to look! :)  
**The girls are modeling some of the necklaces in the pictures above!  Klaire had to get in on the action too! :)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

What did you do last Saturday???

                                                   Klaire was so proud of herself!  

                                                    Klaire & Landon "help" out!

                                                 Erin & Carsyn filling orders!  
                                          Joe frying some of the pies!  (we had 5 fryers going!)

                                                       They all still look happy! :)

                                                              Making more fillings!

                                                       Kass was our "icer" for the day!

                                                              rolling out the pies!

                                                        Nicole, Karlee & Katy!

   We made 1,500 fried pies!  Last Saturday...we had one final fundraiser for the E-Team girls at our church that will be going on Mission trips this summer!  Karlee- will be going to France, Katy to Brazil and Nicole to Mexico!  
    I am sooooo thankful for all the help that we had come out to the church that Saturday and also on Thursday night before.....we had over 30 people who came and volunteered their time and energy to help raise the money for these 3 girls to go spread God's Word throughout the world!  My mom & dad (the expert fried pie makers) came down from IL to help us too!   It has been amazing to see how God has provided!    
    We made what they needed and above what we had hoped!!!   I love to when God blesses immeasurably more than I could have ever imagined!!!   He went way beyond this time!! :)
    I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all who had ANY part in these girls going on their mission trips this summer!!!  I can't wait to see how God is going to use each girl to spread His love around the world!!!  
**(I have a ton more pics....but couldn't post them all!)