Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Field Trip to Mooresville, AL

My Architectural Drawing class took a field trip tonight to historic Mooresville, AL. Our teacher, Mr. Bird used the trip to assign our final project- drafting a floor plan and elevation for a building that could serve a purpose in the town...if actually constructed!

The weather was perfect for our stroll through town and we all really enjoyed the fun bits of history Mr. Bird added.

I loved discovering this bit of Alabama's history right down the road!

With new friend, Libba...

The oldest post office in Alabama!

People actually still live in the town...some homes looked like a page ripped out of Southern Living!

Poor Mr. Bird...we were more interested in hearing about renting the church for weddings than his story about President someone....see, I wasn't listening! :)

There was more wedding talk here too...that's what you get with a class full of women!

Notice the fist steeple...

I've decided to use this church as the inspiration for my final project...

Stay tuned for the result!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

For It's Time

I had a blessing-filled Friday night at Asbury Methodist women's retreat! The lovely speaker was THE Suzanne Matthews, former TL of the evening BSF class, and a dear friend of my mom's...which means a dear friend of mine, too!

You should check out Suzanne's blog Coffee, Tea & Thee, (the link is listed to the right), for more wonderful insights into Christian living.

Hosea 6:2-3
"Alive & on our feet, fit to face Him. We're ready to study God, eager for God-knowledge. As sure as dawn breaks, so sure is His daily arrival. He comes as rain comes, as spring rain refreshing the ground."

The Lord surely was present in tonight's sessions as Suzanne taught us about true repentance. I loved that she challenged us to keep the spirit of tonight alive by following a devotional she wrote for us for the next two weeks.

To help us track what the Lord is teaching us, we all got to decorate and decoupage journals! It was a wonderful way to fellowship and leave with a purposeful craft...That's right up my alley!

To make the evening even more perfect, we got to share it with many sweet friends!

I look forward to digging into God's word over the next two weeks and pray Hosea 12:6 sinks into my heart..."But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice,
and wait for your God always."

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What I've been up to...

Enjoying my hammock...

Decorating for Fall...

Cooking with a friend...

Going for bike rides...

Finding my new fav sauce...

Scrapbooking 2010 & 2011...

Organizing various spots in my home, including the DVDs by genre...

Working on my drafting homework...

Sewing several projects, including a valance for my Mom's kitchen...

I'm doing some SERIOUS damage to my to do list!

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Friday, October 7, 2011

The X Factor

I have to admit that I cried like a baby while watching tonight's X Factor. What got me was the "Over 30" contestants. A lot of these folks have been chasing their dreams for years and seeing the contestants get one step closer to their dream was very moving.

But it was heartbreaking to see those who weren't chosen.

After I had dried my tears (I was really bawlin'!), I couldn't help but think of "When Grace Walks In" by Phillips, Craig & Dean I had just listened to this afternoon.

I bet in everyone's life, there are seasons of "could've, would've, should've". That's a lonely, bitter place to dwell so I'm grateful for songs like this that speak truth into a self-conversation full of lies.

I guess I wasn't only crying for the X Factor contestants tonight, but for myself as I consider what the Lord has in store for my future. As my friend reminded me recently, fear has no place in the life of a believer so even though the unknowns are frightening at times, I'm thankful I'm not facing a panel of judges to determine my future, but instead a loving, personal Savior who will make all things beautiful in His time.

I hope you'll take a listen...and unpack some of your dreams...

When Grace Walks In

You're standing with your list of regrets that you can't get past yourself
You wish so bad that you could make the mark
But your dreams are stuck on a shelf
All you wanna do is turn back time
And redeem the days you lost
But shame keeps calling out your name
The chain refuses to fall

You once believed that you could change the world
With a fire deep in your soul
Your faith was strong and the call was clear
You were sure you could make a new road
Like so many the flame grew dark
And your confidence hit the wall
There always seems to be a lot o' big questions
But the answers seem so small

But it's not over, it's not over
This is the moment that grace walks in
With arms wide open, arms wide open
To tell you this is not the end
When doubt is strong and will is weak to even believe you again
That's when grace walks in, that's when grace walks in