Friday, February 20, 2009

A Valentines Day full of fun...........

Well it's been busy here in Tallahassee since I last posted. The week of valentines day I helped get ready for a valentine banquet we had at our church. When I say get ready, this entailed hot gluing ribbon to vases, cutting out hearts for the walls and tables, baking 3 cakes, creating signs, and decorating wedding pictures with cute paper and hearts. Boy, it was fun, but a lot of work. I have posted some pictures for you to see, so hope you enjoy! I was really excited about the cakes I baked. Baking has never been my favorite thing to do, I would rather put together regular meals than cakes, but I really enjoyed learning how to make this frozen berry angel food cake. I even figured out how to make in in the shape of a heart, which I thought was really cute!! This was actually my first attempt at separating egg whites from the yokes. I don't know what I would have done without the egg separator tool I had. This recipe called for 10 egg whites, yes I said 10!!! When I read that I almost thought it was a typo, but it wasn't. All in all, the cakes were great and I am excited to have a new tasty recipe to add to my list! The banquet went really well and everyone loved all the decorations we did, plus enjoyed watching the couples play the newlywed game. We had 80 people come, which was way more than we ever expected!! Even though it took a lot of work to put this event on, I can honestly say it was worth every minute! It was great to see all the different ages of people that came and enjoyed themselves. God has truly blessed us with such a great church and church family here in Florida!!

This week I have been busy attempting to create a website for my parents family business. Several weeks ago, I got a phone call from my mom saying they wanted me to create them a website for the business. Now this wouldn't have been so funny to me, but about a week before that John and I had just had a discussion about how they needed a website. John actually couldn't believe they didn't already have one. So, yes they were behind the times, as you can see!! When they asked me if I would do this, I thought sure it can't be to hard. Well, boy was I was wrong, this is probably the hardest thing I have ever had to figure out technology wise, but after some major research I have finally figured out what I am doing - at least I like to think I have! The website is still a work in progress, but it's getting better. If you want to look at what I have so far, the link is . Now, not all the links are working yet, but some of them are. Even though I started out clueless at the beginning, this has taught me some great new skills and I am sure there will be many more to learn in the future. Who knew creating a website from scratch would be so challenging, but at the same time fun???

Well it's finally the weekend and for the first time in several weeks we don't have any set events except for Church and Bible Study at our house on Sunday night. Its going to be so nice relaxing and just hanging out with my wonderful and awesome husband!!!

It's so awesome for me to see God still working in our daily lives. I have been challenging myself to remember to thank God for everything , but especially the small things we to often take for granted. To many times we think God is not there, but the problem most often is we are not looking! Our world seems so depressing right now with all the economy and job problems and the only way I believe to get through this is to put our faith in God. I know there are many people that are going through a lot tougher times than John and I have ever faced and the thought of that just makes me humbled and grateful for all that we have and have been given. I challenge you to remember to thank God for not only the big things in your life, but also the little ones to!

Hope you enjoy the pictures of our fun valentine banquent we had last weekend!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Acting, Crafting and Facebooking can keep life exciting.....

Well it's been a great week so far. John spent the first part of it in Orlando at smoke school training. He is getting the opportunity to learn the environmental manager role in addition to his current technical manager job right now, so this training is part of that.

This past Sunday, John and I got to make our first acting appearance in Florida. At our church, we got to be apart of a short skit they had during the morning service. We had to pretend we were hurt and sitting in a doctors office waiting room. John was on crutches with his foot wrapped up and I had my arm in a sling. Neither one of us had a speaking part, but I did however get to scream loud and run out of the room, which was pretty funny. The funniest part was people actually thought we were hurt before the service since they didn't know about the skit! One lady said she was getting ready to start asking people to volunteer to bring us food until she realized it was just part of an act. It's been fun getting involved in our new church. God has really blessed us with some new amazing friends and another awesome church!

Lately, I have had fun attempting some various craft projects. I have made a new wreath for the door, a flower arrangement for the dining room, some baby signs that are for baby gifts, some coasters, and other various things. I will try and load some pictures for you to see. I never knew it could be so much fun being crafty! It also amazing at the ideas you can get on the Internet. Plus it's a lot cheaper to make a gift than buy one, plus you can personalize it!

This Saturday, we are going to take a trip to Valdosta and visit some friends. I am excited about getting to see everyone! Plus, we will get to visit our old church there, which will be nice. Our dog, Daisy, is also excited cause she will get to visit her "boyfriend" Rocky. Rocky is a jack russell terrier and was Daisy's best bud when we lived in Valdosta. I know she really misses having him to play with!!

Things have been a little better at plant for John lately. The price of the product they make rose $5 and they have finally shipped out all the extra inventory they had sitting in the warehouse. They are also getting new orders in to fill. This is definitely a answered prayer, since the economy is still drowning and the housing market is no better. I pray the price will continue to rise and demand will increase! Even though the price rose $5 it's still to low to make any money compared to the price it cost to produce it. However, John did say if it rose another $5 then they would hopefully see a little profit, which would be great!

Today, my sister called and asked: "Did you know that Grandmother was on Facebook?" Since I had not signed on in a while, I didn't know yet, and was presently surprised. My sister and I got a good laugh at this news! I think it's great that she is so computer savvy and can now keep up with all her grandkids via facebook! Ha!! Now my mom and dad are behind the times and mom says she will be fine with it staying that way! We will see how long that lasts!! At one of the Goodyear tire meetings in DC this week dad was at, the guy recommended they get facebook accounts. My dad got a kick out of that. I guess we will have to wait and see if he ever takes the advice.

Well, that's about all that has been going on lately. God is truly blessing us even in this horrible economy and for this I am very grateful! More importantly, I am thankful to have a God that never leaves me and who gives me a peace that surpasses all understanding so I no longer have to worry about circumstances I cannot control!