Sunday, February 28, 2010

Well fancy that!


Guess what I learned this week about eyebrows...

As you reach the peak of beauty ( yep all of us ladies over 40+ ) have you noticed that your eyebrows begin to turn gray along with your hair... or is it just me?  I've shaped mine for about 10 years now but never really thought about the color of them until I noticed recently that they weren't matching the color of my hair like they used to.  After searching a couple of make-up tips on eyebrows I learned what I stumbled on was NOT new to the cosmetic experts.  

So what was the repeated eyebrow tip for women over age 40?  Color in your eyebrows!  Duh right?   When your eyebrows are darker, you look younger.  I thought I'd give it a try... I think I found a perfect powder shade for my eyebrows (history has shown I'm terrible with a pencil) and tried doing just one eye first.  Boy what a difference that made just lightly filling in one brow made half of my face look like a before and after pic.  Sorry, didn't think to take a picture of it to share with ya but give it a try on yourself and you'll see what I'm talking about. 

So Lauren, your eyebrow shape and color are my goal this year.
Ladies, what make-up tips can you share with your bloggy friends?


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Recap for week 5 of BF

Recap for week 5 of BF

I know that not everyone will have the same answers to some very hard, painful and thought provoking homework we had this week.  For me, it was harder still to apply personally because my childhood did not have the abuse described in our reading, however that does not imply that I have not been GREATLY affected by it when I learned of the aftermath that it did have on a member of my family.   So my insights into our homework focused more on 2 of the stories…

The first was on Day 4’s story where Jesus dealt with betrayal.~  Even knowing that Judas was going to betray him, he still gave him his body and his blood, hence communion!  Remember communion equals the confirmation of the new covenant.  Wow, Jesus’ actions spoke so much louder then his words.  He KNEW and he still went to the cross for his BETRAYERS sin.   I too have been betrayed but I didn’t handle it as Jesus would have.  Makes me shake my head in shame with the memories of my behavior at that time, so that story really ministered to me in that area.

The second story was on Day 5 on the raising of Lazarus from the dead.~  So much of this story resembles Jesus’s own resurrection from the tomb doesn’t it?  I just lurve how when I do a in-depth study such as this and stories that I read many times before now mean so much more because when you break it down verse by verse, its like the blinders come off with new wisdom and understanding.   For example, as Jesus approaches Jerusalem, Martha comes out to meet him and does her usual Martha drama!  Then she returns home in verse 28 and it says that Martha pulled her sister aside and gave Mary her message secretly that Jesus was asking for her.  Yet Mary quickly gets up and practically runs out to meet him.   Not exactly discreet is it?  Scripture doesn’t explain why Jesus stopped and met the sisters separately in this way but those descriptions fit perfectly with the women’s character sketches.   In verse 30 Mary and Jesus met apart from the crowd and this scene totally got me into my Nancy Drew kind of thinking. Ha ha  Perhaps, they needed the privacy to talk but remember he’s in danger by returning home so his cover is totally blown when you read in verse 31 that those who were mourning with Mary follow her because she raced out of the house thinking she was going to cry at the tomb but not everyone that was following her was a “loyal friend.”

Then they make their way to the tomb and Jesus tells the people to take the stone away from the tomb.  Having already known the history of Martha, I laughed out loud when she protests of the smell because too much time has passed.  Isn’t that just like her! Ha  After the prayer Jesus loudly calls Lazarus to come out (like he’s shouting to a dead body that wouldn’t normally respond).  Lazarus comes out, probably shuffling along because he’s all wrapped up in his burial cloths including his face. My first mental image was that of a mummy, but then I remembered they didn’t do the tight mummy wrapping thing but the strips of linen would still have been restrictive in the way they wrapped the body. 

Then Jesus tells those standing nearby to release Lazarus from his cloths.  Take about being part of a miracle!  If they weren’t a believer before, they probably were now because they were participating in it because Old Testament teaching clearly forbids touching a dead body. When they touch the body of Lazarus, who used to be dead, what were they thinking?  Their hearts must have been pounding!   I just lurve how the stories have so much more to show me when I’m focused in like that.  I’m telling you that it gets me excited that 60 of us ladies are Breaking Free!  I know this week was especially hard because it focused on childhood abuse but don’t discount it as something you can’t learn from if it didn’t happen to you.   I know it’s a lot of reading and it takes a lot of our time but remember we committed ourselves to finally finish the Enemy off in our bondage and literally tell him off because he’s going to have to scrap the bottom of the barrel in his attacks towards us because they will be so obvious, but they aren’t going to have the same sting as before because its not a secret anymore.  Hey, when the secret is out, it doesn’t have that power anymore does it?  Nope!

Let’s pray… Heavenly Father, we are not defined by our past captivity. We’re defined by who we are in your son Jesus, and no one else. You’ve seen the wrong done to us as you watched us in captivity.  Lord, heal our wounds that have eternal value and give each of us peace to finish this until our own heavenly promotion.  In Jesus name, AMEN

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Queen of Hearts Tea Party!

"Do you care for tea?"

As many of you know, I - along with a few ladies among my family & friends rotate monthly hosting tea parties!  It was 3 or 4 years ago I hosted my first Valentine tea for my Mother and Sister that has since been a lovely tradition to look forward to and grown in attendence.  Every year I usually host 2-3 months out of the year and February is one of them.  This year though, I knew that I wanted to do something a little different than the usual Valentine theme but what to do since my house is already decorated for it?  Last December I happen to be watching TV and saw an early trailer for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland movie (UGH - I am sooooo NOT happy how they have turned into into another gothic looking movie - Icko) but it did give me an idea to incorporate the heart theme of my decorations into a Queen of Hearts tea party! 

Now don't be late for this very important date!  Hop down Janeen's Rabbit Hole at 12:00pm wearing your Wonderland best!
Yes, that's me as the Cheshire Cat!

I decorated in red, white and black colors using ideas from the story.

The Queen must have her Army of Cards in attendence right?!

I set out the tea service on my coffee table...

Recently my lovely Mother-in-Law gave me this pink candy dish and I was thrilled to be able to display it today filled with treats!

Guests are arriving!  Yeah!

On tea party days, usually none of us have breakfast because we know of the feast that awaits us and today I didn't disappoint my guests either...

Dreamy Creamy Scones with Lemon Curd

Topsy Turvey Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Queen of Hearts Deviled Eggs

Cheshire Cat Open Faced Sandwiches

Wonderland Berry Medley

Mad Hatter Cake
(It will make you a little bigger no matter which side you eat it from)

Your teacups are bottomless so drink all you want,
prefer Pink Champagne then I'll call you a cab!

After we ate our delicious lunch, we settled into a card game called Spoons!  It is VERY easy to learn and we laughed for a good hour from all the fun!
Jenifer was the first person to get all 4 Queens and the winning spoon!

Next it was time for the Hostess Gifts!  In our early days, we mainly gifted each other small items that would help eachother build up our entertaining cabinet of dishes and acessories.  Some of us are well established now but it's still fun to carry on the tradition because we continue to see fun things throughout the year that remind of eachother and buy them up waiting with anticipation to bless them!

Look at this Queenly bag! 

I SQUEALED with delight at this Crowned Knife!  Makes me think of Pate on Toast when I see it for some reason.  ha ha

Look what else was in the bag!  HOMEMADE Petit Four treats in Raspberry and Chocolate Ganache and decorated Sugar Cubes!  (Sigh.... I lurve looking at this picture!)

Victoria got me these YUMMY and BEAUTIFUL Marzipan hearts dipped in Chocolate to go with a gift card to Starbucks!  A little chocolate to go with my coffee... lurve the combination.

My lovely Mom got me this BEAUTIFUL glass pendant necklace.  This picture doesn't do the colors justice but trust me you'd LURVE it!

Ann got me my very own Toasting Glass!  Whenever we have gatherings I like to say a "toast" to something because there is always something or someone to be celebrated.  Notice how the picture on the glass resembles ME!  Complete with bangs that are swept over perfection! ha ha 

Hours later it was time to say good bye and I quickly remembered to take a picture of who hadn't left yet with their little party favor!

I wrapped up a deck of cards in honor of teaching most everybody a new card game and now they could take home a brand new set of cards to enjoy with their families!  I enjoy keeping the tradition alive of family game time!

Then I began the task of getting the house back into order and washing all the dishes.  As I look at this picture I can tell you that except for a few items, EVERYTHING was a gift to me at some point through the years.  I am SO BLESSED!

Then I put those lovely decorated Sugar Cubes away in their special box that I keep them in, ready for the next occassion for tea!

Then... one final treat for the night... another cup of tea and some of those handmade Petit Fours!

Such great memories!  I hope you enjoyed the party along with us!  Next month my Mom is hosting ~ perhaps she will be dressed as a  Leprechaun?  Mmmm, a yummy stew sounds good right now!


Friday, February 19, 2010

Pantry Challenge for dinner


Hmmm, what to make for dinner?  I read somewhere here in bloggyland that January is Pantry Challenge month and it's been fun to peruse and see the clever things that people come up with to make using only the ingredients they have at home... no cheating making a run to the store.  Although for many of you experiencing such a record snowfall this year, it's probably not possible most days.

I thought I would share with you where I get some of my ideas.
has a feature on their main page, towards the bottom right, where you can choose 3 items you already have in the "pantry" and it will quickly search recipes using those ingredients!  It's pretty fun!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Recap of week 4 for BF


Hello ladies!  Attendence was down this week ~ remember don't think you can't come because you haven't completed or are behind in your homework.  We miss you!  Beth was right, week 4 is the hardest out of all our homework for the series.  It dealt with our "ancient ruins" ~ hence our family tree.

I noticed I was continually distracted doing each days lesson and my distraction was more physical than emotional. (non-emotional - no big surprise there!) For some ladies the physical feeling can be just down right anger or sadness or you start clenching your teeth or your stomach is getting into knots or your feeling like your getting nauseous and you just want to go and vomit! It really surprised me because I actually felt the physical response to want to eat. It didn’t matter that that I wasn’t hungry because I had just literally finished breakfast or dinner but I found myself standing in the kitchen and momentarily forgot why I came in there. I set my workbook down to come in the kitchen to get something. Well it hit me that I may just be in the kitchen to fill in the large gaps of answers I didn’t know in my family’s Maternal and Paternal chart with FOOD. Can anybody else relate? This was pretty big for me because I make it no secret that I lurve food, I’m not a picky eater. I can’t wait to see what you all bring for snack every week. So it’s not like I have a diversion to food. That was just day 1 of our homework and can I just tell you how it repeated itself over and over and over again throughout the week. Ladies, if you are struggling in this area, you are not alone! And now I am praying daily for this because I know that is not a healthy behavior. Being unable to fill in many of the blanks of the chart, it made me think of how I spent the Thanksgiving/ Christmas holidays with my “ancient ruins” and even more recently at a baby shower when only the women of my “ancient ruins” were there. It also reminded me of who wasn’t there. Do you see how this week’s chapter on rebuilding our own ancient ruins seems to be the basis of this bible entire study now?
Then I got an idea! I have this game called Jenga that is made up of wooden blocks and starts as a solid tower.  The object of the game is keep the tower from falling down while each player removes a wooden block from it and then places it on top of the tower, hence the tower continues to get higher while the stability of it gets shaky because the foundation has all these holes in it. Well I got it out and started playing it with my kids, building the tower higher and higher, and ooohing and awwwwwing at how high it would get each time before it finally fell and it looked just like an ancient ruin. To put my idea to the test, while we played I asked the kids to imagine that the blocks were things in our family and if we took them out one by one, what would we be left with. Their answers were things like people in our family and the material possessions we had. Then just to see their reaction I asked them, “What if Jesus wasn’t part of our family?” They both just looked at me and at each other. And then they started saying “Oh man, that would be baaaaaaaad. No Jesus?” I smiled ~ because to them Jesus has always been a party of their life, they haven’t experienced it any other way. Ladies, we are here to become the generational link in our family line, breaking generational strongholds that can only be rebuilt by God himself. No doubt the chains we are wearing are going to be different for each of us. Sue, my co-leader for the Thursday morning group and I pray that you will allow God to reconstruct your past. But resist the urge to run away or run to family members and literally hurl your insults/hurts at them.  Unfortunately we can't take this on in our teaching group each week, but if what is being revealed in you causes you to recognize a need, please seek proper help from a pastor, Christian based counselors or support groups if necessary.
My prayer to you all this week... Jesus, teach us to walk in your presence daily through prayer and bible study. Reveal to our children and grandchildren our passionate and devoted love to you. Reveal to us any Jenga pieces that represent strongholds in our ancient ruins that only you can rebuild because the tower has come tumbling down in our lives. God you are the master architect of our lives and Jesus is the only cornerstone piece that can rebuild us from the ground up! Amen


Monday, February 15, 2010

Perhaps today...


Perhaps today...

After I finish my bible study...

 I will learn how to do this with my coffee... (still not perfected yet)

Then I will do this...

Then I will decorate the house ...

For my Queen of Hearts themed tea party this weekend...

Would really lurve to fnd a blouse like this to wear for my tea party...

Then I'll gather some spoons...

and a few decks of cards...So we can play Spoons!

Then we'll have our family reading time ...

Then the kids will help me make dinner...

Then we'll have an early dinner when my Man get's home since he had to work this holiday.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Recap of week 3 for BF


What a difference a week can make!

Things have gone from good to OH MY STARS LORD
and unfortunately, I'm not talking about it taking a turn for the better either.
Everyone has their requests from time to time to ask of their bloggy friends for different things and this week it's mine to humbly ask if you feel led, to please join me in praying for my relatives who are going through life changing circumstances and need God's covenant prayers over them as they walk through this. I thank you so much!

To Recap week 3 of our Breaking Free study..

So last week we learned about five primary benefits from our relationship with God. This week we learned about obstacles in our path to freedom and those were Unbelief, Pride, Idols, Prayerlessness and Legalism. The biggest impact for me this week was Idols and I’m not talking about the ones in the Old Testament.

I want to share with you that I did all my homework in 1-day last Saturday, the timing presented itself that I had about 6 hours to myself and I did a marathon run thinking, cool – this is great! However, I DO NOT recommend it! Ha ha
Yes I did get the homework done in 1 day but when I was done I felt like a train wreck and just wanted to lay on my face because I was learning about all these obstacles and how I am affected by each of them. Not good…. not good to Break Free in 6 hours because you literally can’t digest everything. For several days afterward, I had to review my answers again and make some revisions because then I had time to process it and “not just give an answer to get my homework done.” And Ladies, we aren’t going to Break Free from anything if that’s all were doing… striving to meet a deadline to get our homework done. We need to really take each question slowly, listening to what God is telling us when Beth instructs us to write down reasons why we have issues with our obstacles. Those revelation answers are going to set us free when we choose to commit ourselves to changing our behavior.

We learned an idol is any person, object or activity you give a higher priority in your life than a relationship with God. An idol can be your home, your job, a vehicle, a relationship, or even your family. An idol can be a pet, a computer, or what you look at on that computer. An idol can be any sin. An idol can be the work you do for the Lord that consumes all your energy and time. God says He’s a jealous God. He wants our time and attention.

I spend nearly 6 hours a day on a computer at work, followed by another hour or more at home and that’s not even my PC computer, it’s my iPhone – best little hand held computer around. I’m reading the news because I don’t get a newspaper, I rarely watch television news and I’m also checking email and my blog. If you’re someone who does Facebook or Twitter a lot you can probably relate. We email instead of talk. We Facebook instead of talk. We Twitter instead of talk. We leave updates about what we are doing but the point is that MY time spent on the Internet interferes with quiet time I should be having on a daily basis with Jesus.

Another revelation was that not only am I not spending nearly enough time with Him but I’m also having more electronic relationships instead of face-to-face conversations. And I NEED my girlfriends! I NEED my Women’s Ministry! I NEED you Ladies! I NEED my tea parties!

Now I’m not pointing my finger, I’m as guilty as anyone is. But if you can relate to any of that and recall what Beth said our very first week of being accountable to our friends when they get in our business… Ladies, I need to be accountable to YOU in that I am going to deal with my idol! So get in my business and ask me how I’m am doing each week, okay!?

UPDATE!! Today was a day off from work (Yahoo to have a Friday!) so I spent the morning in study for you ladies and then spent hours with a dear old friend enjoying lunch together and then... surprised my kids by picking them up early from school! They were sugared up from their Valentine parties - oh the memories that take me back to exchanging valentines and eating conversation hearts! So all that to say... I got to do what I set out to do this week and that was have face-to-face conversation and it was wonderful to see expressions instead of imagining them!

Willing to admit any idols you have?


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Getting ready...


Today the kids are playing with friends while my Man and I prepare the house...

for our relatives to come over...

and watch some football...

We also happen to have 2 people with birthdays and to celebrate I am baking them a cake! Mmmm, the house smells like chocolate!

Have a great weekend everyone!