Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Celebrity Spotlight

I first fell in love with him back in 1990, when I saw the movie "Criminal Justice." It wasn't his first film, but the first time I really took notice of him. I used to tell my husband he was the only man I'd ever leave him for. No, not Jesse; I'm talking about Forest Whitaker.

I was crazy about Forest, long before his Academay Award winning performance in "The Last King of Scotland," and before "Ms. Keisha." But, I ain't hatin'.

According to IMDb, he was born Forest Steven Whitaker, on July 15, 1961, in Longview, Texas. He stands 6'2' tall. Some of his other films include:

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Vision Quest (1985)
North and South (1985)(and sequel)
The Color of Money (1986)
Platoon (1986)
Stakeout (1987)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Bird (1988)
The Crying Game (1992)
Johnny Handsome (1989)
Prêt-à-Porter (1994) (loved it!)
Species (1995)
Smoke (1995)
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000)
The Twilight Zone TV series (2002)
A Rage in Harlem (1991) (loved it!)

He was my first "celebrity" crush. And you know what they never forget your first. :-) That's it for now, Bloggers. Stay Blessed and happy.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another Diaper Cake

This one is a little smaller than the others; only two tiers. You can't really see it, because it's inside the blanket. This one contains:

1 crocheted baby blanket
1 crocheted sweater
1 pair crocheted drawstring pants
1 pair crocheted booties
1 crocheted hat
1 key toy
1 teething ring
1 bottle

I really love making baby items. And these diaper cakes are easier than I thought. A little creativity and my imagination make the possibilities endless.

Front of cake

One side


The other side

Super simple!

That's all for now Bloggers. Stay Blessed and happy.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Snow Tubing @Whitetail Resort with St. James Baptist Church

End of Winter fun!!!

This past Saturday, my Church's Youth Ministry took the kids snow tubing. They had a blast! Nice way to say goodbye to winter and look forward to spring. Enjoy the pics.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

525,600 Minutes...

“How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?”

I’ve been doing a lot of reflection lately, but especially this past month. In February, I lost a friend, and my very bestest friend lost her mother. My observation of both of these people left me in awe, for different reasons.

“In daylights--in sunsets. In midnights—in cups of coffee. In inches—in miles. In laughter—in strife.”

From the time I’d met and gotten to know him, I saw my friend surrounded by stress and a multitude of drama. So much, at times, I wondered how he dealt with it all. I always saw him smiling—regardless. He kept his cool amidst the chaos. His Homegoing service was in a funeral home, and just as in life, his funeral was surrounded by drama.

“In truths that she learned. Or in times that he cried. In bridges he burned. Or the way that she died.”

I met Momma Shirley, many years ago, through my bestest friend, Theresa. After my mom passed in 2000, Momma Shirley became my second mom. She had the calming grace of a woman who had devoted her life to God. Submitted and obedient. This is something I work on everyday. Momma Shirley’s Homegoing service was in Church, to a standing room only crowd.

Both of them touched my life in a way I can’t describe. From watching them, I learned of the things I want in my life, and the things I don’t. We all have drama from time to time. Things happen. It’s how you react that makes the difference.

“Measure your life in love.”
- Jonathan Larson – “Seasons of Love” - RENT

That’s it for now Bloggers. Stay Blessed and happy.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Life...or something like it

“When you were born you were crying & everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling & everyone else is crying"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

That is such a profound statement, and how I try to live my life. Sometimes I slip, sometimes I stumble. But, thankfully, God always puts me back on track. I can truthfully say that over the course of this past year, I stepped from under the covering of His protective umbrella.

I’ve been out, doing things on my own. Because of that, I’ve had emotional setbacks and financial setbacks. Now that I’m back under His umbrella of love and guidance, I see things differently. I see them for what they are, not what I want them to be. And, as a result, I’ve had to distance myself from some things and some people.

I’ve gotten weird looks; questions of “what’s going on with you? Why are you acting so differently?” The answer is simple: I'd forgotten that sometimes, God's answer is “no,” or “not right now.” I had developed a bout of temporary insanity and forgotten my place. I’d forgotten who I was and what I deserved. I’d forgotten that I am a Virtuous Woman.

My memory has returned.

Until God gives me some direction, I will wait patiently for Him to turn the “no” into a “yes.” While I wait on the Lord, I will meditate on the Scripture, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” (Proverbs 31:10 KJV)

That’s all for now, Bloggers. Stay Blessed and happy.