Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hail and Farewell!

I know I haven't posted about Christmas, and here it is New Year's Eve, but can I just tell you how excited I am that 2009 is coming to a close! It was a rough year for me. I can honestly say that I lost more, cried more, received more, and laughed more than in any other year!

I'm ready to see what 2010 has to offer! Now, if I could just figure out something to wear tongiht! Definitely something to go with these:



This was one of my Christmas gifts...stay tuned to see what I actually make it out of the door in!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I'll be in later to post, but I hope you all had a GREAT day! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

It's Christmas Eve, and I'm sitting around with my family. We just finished watching a video where my cousins and I, my Mom, and my Aunt Sheila at my Aunt Jennifer's wedding!!! HI-LARIOUS!!! We can't sing...not well anyway, but boy did we try. Good times, and so special to watch since my Aunt Sheila passed away in August.



I've been having such a great time with my fam in Mississippi. My cousins and I have enjoyed SO many laughs....I miss being around them!

I've been to the mall EVERYDAY this week....and that is NOT an exaggeration. I'm all malled out (GASP-- I NEVER thought I'd say that). So far, I've gotten all the gifts, but I've wrapped nothing. I'll get to it I suppose before our exchange tomorrow.

The only thing I asked for this year were shoes, and I can't wait to see how Santa delivers. I.love.shoes!

We went to church tonight...the Christmas Eve service. A couple of pics from this week are below. Enjoy!!

I've been thinking a lot lately about 2010, and what I would like to accomplish, but honestly, more importantly, what I want God to do in my life. 2009 was a great year, but I really am looking forward to what's in store for 2010. One thing I can say that I will be working on is transparency, transparency, transparency....UGH! That is SO SUPER hard for me....I'd much rather stay vague, ambiguous....SAFE....I'm working on it, but it is not easy for me.

Anywho...I've rambled on and on about a ton of things, but I've got presents to wrap and family to hang out with! Merry Christmas friends!









And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth Luke 1:14 MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane!

Happy Monday friends! It's 2:30 in the morning, and I'm wide awake! I'm getting the last of my packing and laundry finished before I leave for the holidays.

I'm really sleepy, but I figure I can sleep on the plane.

I probably won't be able to blog often while I'm out of town, but if I get a chance, I'll hop on here. Don't worry though, I'll take plenty of pictures and post them when I return. I can't believe that we are less than 10 days until 2010. That is so strange to me. 2010...I'll turn 30 this year, and who knows what the year will bring. I'm very excited about it though!

Here are some pics from this weekend. One of my really good friends Danni moved to DC three months ago, and she's home for a visit. We met up at Lucky Strikes downtown. I was so excited to hang out with her Saturday.

This is a pic from my sorority meeting. I took this picture for my grandmother because the lady I am pictured with, Soror Mattelia Grays, is my sorority's 18th International President, and was also my grandmother's college suitemate at Dillard University. She told me I was a smart woman for not following my grandmother...who's a Delta!


Tav and I


This is all of us!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Out the Door!

Oops! I didn't get a chance to post yesterday! Shame on me! I have a full day today. Sorority meeting, finishing up my Christmas shopping, Cheerleader Christmas Party, and bowling tonight with my favorite friends...well, you're all my favorite!!!

I just wanted to hop in here and say Good Morning! I'll be back later with tons of pictures. Oh, and somewhere between all this fun, I desperately need to PACK! Fun Saturday...make it a great one! ~J

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Almost There!

I have so much to do before I leave to go out of town Monday! I really don't know how I'm going to fit it all in, but somehow, I know it will get done!

Tonight...I'm exhausted. I can't wait for tomorrow to complete itself so that my Christmas break can officially begin. TIME FOR ME!!! I'm still looking for a few books to read over the break, so if you have any suggestions, please leave a comment. I average a book every 2 days or so, so the more suggestions, the merrier!

Yesterday, I mentioned about my teenager from church who needed me. I spoke with her today, and I think I'll take her out for her birthday when I get back in town. I think she'll love it, and I can let her vent..bless her heart!

I wish I had the energy to write more, but I just don't! Have a great night friends!

~J

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Conviction!

1.5 more days, and I'm off work for two long weeks! YAY! I mentioned earlier that I'll be with my family, but I'm also hoping to get some time to myself, to think about what I want to accomplish in 2010...or shall I say, what God would have me to accomplish.

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed tonight. One of the youth at church specifically asked for me tonight, and I wasn't there. Knife.in.heart! Is this how you parents feel when you can't be there for your children? I mean, I could cry because she needed me, and I was not available.

Balance is definitely something that will be at the top of that list, and while I know I'll never be 'balanced,' I do need to prioritize more. So, tonight, I'm looking forward to new beginnings, and getting my stuff straight! That may just take me into 2011...LOL! Nite!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Time is HERE!!!

Is that Charlie Brown song stuck in your head? OMG! I can't believe it's been well over 2 1/2 months since my last post! I promise to do better in 2010. In fact, I'm getting a snazzy new blog layout to go along with my committment to "blog more!"

I LOVE this time of year! Yesterday, I checked my mail, and had 7 Christmas cards!! It was so awesome getting to see my friends' families, and to see the creativity of the cards. Now only if I can get mine in the mail...they're coming people...hang in there!

For the sake of truly getting in the spirit, I'm posting the decorations I've put up around my apartment. I'm so proud of everything that I found. Can you guess where the majority of my decorations came from? Yep! Hobby Lobby! Southern Living is a close second!

So, without further adieu, here's my Christmas 2009 Tour:










Here are some of my favorite ornaments:








Here are a few pics from the Junior League Holiday Market Committee Christmas Party:







What are your Christmas plans for this year? My Mom and I are flying to Mississippi to be with her family. I honestly can't wait. I love my cousins to death, and I'm already planning the activities for us to keep ourselves busy. Not to mention, I haven't seen Karmen since August, and she's talking so much more now! Taboo, talent show, shopping, and just sitting around reminiscing. It's one of my most favorite times of the year.

Let's not forget about the food. I gained 3 pounds over Thanksgiving, have been working my butt off to lose those pounds, and a few more, only to have a reserve for the damage Christmas is sure to bring. When you get my Mom, my grandmother, and my Aunt Mickey under one roof cooking together....oh.my.goodness! Don't worry though...I'm packing my work-out clothes, and Mom and I are already planning to run the neighborhood MANY times!


I'll be back with more pics and stories as the rest of this Holiday season unfolds. Until then...later gators!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dragonboat Races!!

I had a blast today! It was the 11th annual Dragonboat Races in The Woodlands! Have you ever been boat racing? Talk about an extreme arm workout! I had a blast though! The day's events entailed more than just boat racing. We participated in Human Fooseball, Volleyball with a solid net while bouncing in a bounce house, Dodgeball, Texas Snowboarding, and Name That Tune.



I had so much fun, but it was extremely HOT today, despite the fact that it's almost October! My team consisted of Junior Leaguers, and we kicked butt despite the fact that we were "just volunteers!" (You had to be there!)

I do have to admit that my behind hurts from sitting in the boat...but lucky for me, I have enough padding to keep it bearable...lol!

Hope your weekend was fun! I still can't believe that I made it through today...I'm SO NOT the outdoorsy type, but I wanted to step outside of my norm....I'm glad I did!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fall = Changes!

I.love.Fall. I don't know if it's the turtlenecks, cute designer jeans, the boots, or the fact that the humidity is gone in Houston, and my hair doesn't frizz...I just love it!

While it's not completely Fall here, the temperatures are dropping, and I anticipate the change. Anticipation...that's a good word to describe this season that I'm in! I'm totally focused on my 90 day plan, and while the road is not always an easy one, I know the end result will be worth the blood, sweat, and tears.

I know my life is changing, and while I can't verbalize it...I just know it. For the heck of being random, and because it's my blog, I CAN at least tell you of some little changes that I've made so far...

1. I've switched my toe nail polish to a deeper pink that I love to bring in the new season...life changing I know...lol!
2. I started taking a daily vitamin, and it makes me SO HUNGRY...I don't know if that's a good or bad thing yet...I'll keep you posted!
3. I bought some really cute Christmas decorations, and I'm still searching for the perfect Christmas stockings!
4. I've started reading the Twilight series, and I had NO desire to...but I caved!
5. I joined a book club with some ladies from work...super pumped about that!
6. I'm in the process of completing my dream poster, destination 30! YIKES!!! I have about 13 1/2 months to go, so I better get busy!
7. I'm participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure next month...

After focusing on some things during this time...here's what hasn't changed:
1. I still struggle with pride and having humility
2. My tongue is still one of the quickest out there...ugh!
3. I love ministry...excited to see what God does here
4. I'm still very much so impatient!
5. Sometimes I seriously wonder how God puts up with me....thank you Lord!
6. God's mercies are new EVERYDAY, GREAT is His faithfulness...

Changes are everywhere in my life, and I can only pray that they keep coming as part of the Lord's will!

I'll write more later...maybe I'll include a pick of my cute feet...HA!

P.S. My back has been hurting since Wednesday, so please say a prayer for me for God's healing! Just to let you know the seriousness, I took an 800 mg Motrin tonight, and if you know me at all, you know I NEVER TAKE PAIN MEDS!!!

Goodnight...leave me a comment if you'd like!

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Car Blessings!

Ok..so since the last time I posted A LOT has happened! Remember I told you about my 90 Day Focus? Well, that is still going strong!

Have you ever had so much to say, but can't get the words to come out right? Well, that's me today...I can't get my brain and my fingers to get on the same page!

I can tell you this...I got a new car! The details behind this story are just amazing! Two weeks ago, I took my car into the shop because it was trembling. I expected a couple hundred dollars, and Froggy and I would be good to go. Well...that Tuesday, I called to see what the damage was, and got the "bad" news....$5500 motor replacement, or in the words of the technician...."it's time to get a new car honey...!"

I have to admit...I started to panic...I mean, I was planning on purchasing a new car, but I wanted to wait until the new year..to get a "good deal." Needless to say...my attitude about the entire situation was less than ideal.

I'm ashamed to say that for a moment, I forgot who was in control, and who allowed things to happen. I started to calculate gas prices, car notes, insurance on a new car...UGH! BUT GOD! He had a plan all along. To make a long story short, God was in this from the very beginning, and He couldn't have picked a better car for me.

It has EVERYTHING I ever wanted...and more, the price is right, and the interest rate...heavenly. God is so faithful! Here's my new ride:





I still don't know why I waste my time worrying about the details of my life. God has my best interest at heart..I hope I start remembering that!

I'll write more later, but I've got an early morning, and a late day!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

90 Days!

So yesterday I got the brilliant idea to challenge myself for the next 90 days. I'mparticularly focusing on three areas: spiritual, physical, and my professional life.

I had a couple of people ask me specifically what this meant, and what I would do, so here goes!

Spiritual: I'm focusing on reading a chapter of Proverbs a night, as well as doing a bible study. I have two books that I'm doing over the next 12 weeks; 'Me, Myself, and Lies,' by Jennifer Rothschild, and 'Lady in Waiting,' by Jackie Kendall. I've read the entire book of Proverbs numerous times, but it's so thick with wisdom, that I have to do it again. Lady...is a book that I first read from my WOW days at Baylor.





I wish I had my original copy with all of my notes, but I've since purchased a new copy that I'm filling with my thoughts.

Lately I've been feeling like I need to go beyond....if you know what I mean at all. I'm hoping these next 90 days will allow me to do just that.

Physical: I'm hitting the gym again, cutting down all carb intake to one day a week. It's going to be really hard not drinking sweet tea...help me Lord!

Professional: Bottom line, I've got to get my business in order!

I realize that this post may not give you the depth that you were looking for, but I intend to blog quite frequently about this experience, and guess what...you get to read!!! Lucky you!

Hope you have a great night!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Good Place...

WOW! What a busy, busy 4 days of school this has been! Adjusting to the new schedule has kicked by butt, however, I'm getting used to it. School starts at 7:15, and I have to be there by 6:45, so that is an adjustment.

I'm in a really good place right now. I'm serving in a ministry that I love in church, I am totally smitten with my kids...they really are SO sweet, life is good. I was talking to some teacher buddies today, and we were commenting on the fact that we hoped our kids weren't plotting to return next week as little devils.

The one area that I could work on is my business goals, and the non-teacher side of Jarvis. I've scheduled some time with myself this weekend to get things in order...with the unexpected extra trip to Mississippi, I had to change some appointments around.

You know how things can be going so well, that you can't help but look over your shoulder and hope it stays this way? That's me. I know that isn't the way I should look at life, but I sure do hope this stays this way....I like it!

I'll take a couple of pics of my classroom to post. It's so cute if I do say so myself!

Hope you guys have a great Friday! So glad it's almost here!

~J

Monday, August 24, 2009

My First Day!

Ok! So today was the first day of school. Millions of students and teachers around the state of Texas eagerly entered the school building excited about a new year. I was no different. School for me starts at 7:15 a.m., so I arrived about 6:20 to get last minute things together. I was so cute this morning, not a hair out of place, make-up laid...you know me, but at the end of it all...it didn't matter a bit! When

I stepped into my classroom, I immediately realized that I HAD NO AIR!!! No big deal, I thought...they'll get it fixed before school starts. Could I be any more wrong? Guys....please close your eyes and feel me on this...a 97 degree classroom for the entire day! My kids were irritable to say the least. I mean, they really tried to make the best of a horrible situation, but bless their hearts, they were miserable.

I was miserable, but I'm the teacher, so I had to put on a happy face! I'm telling you, by 2nd period, my hair was in a ponytail, and I seriously thought I was going to pass out...HORRIBLE!!! I predicted in 2nd period that the air would kick back on at 2:00, and sure enough, at 2:05, we had air...school gets out at 2:30...HA! Overall, the day was good, but I can't wait to see my kids tomorrow, so that I can meet the 'real' them. Here's some funny for you: I have a child named Shampaigne (pronounced Champagne), a white boy named James Earl Jones Jr., and the cherry on top is my little class entertainer named MISTER! YES! I wrote that correctly! Mister is his first name!

What ever will we do when we complete the assignment on the origin of our names...? I'll keep you posted! Goodnight bloggers...I AM BEYOND TIRED!! I can't even think straight...for real guys! Oh, but before I go, here are some pics of my place...



And finally, the reason why I love this baby!...

video

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Unredeemed!

I've sat down for a solid week to begin this post, but I've never gotten past the first sentence.

As most of you know, I went to Mississippi week before last to visit my mother's side of the family. While I was there, my aunt passed away. Even writing those words seems so surreal to me. My aunt? The one who gave me my first sip of wine..shhh, the one who could make me laugh no matter how I was feeling...the one who loved Jesus so deeply, that I just remember wanting to be around her to get a piece of Him....that aunt.

I remember hearing the news that she had suffered an aneurysm, and was unconscious...I remember believing with everything in me that the Lord would pull her through for the sake of my cousins, her daughters, ages 26 and 23. The faith I had in her healing was unshakeable....I knew that with a word, God could save her life...but instead, He called her home.

The pain and sorrow that my family feels is deep, but I know that my aunt Sheila truly loved the Lord, and is in a better place. My aunt was completely wrapped up in Jesus, He was her Saviour!

I covet your prayers for my cousins, Norma and Amber. I can't imagine the questions, grief, and emotions they must be going through...My aunt and uncle raised them to be strong, Christian, independent women, but pain is pain, and this is pain.

Selah is one of my favorite groups, and their new album will be released August 25th! One of their new songs is called Unredeemed, and it has gotten me through many tough nights. They did a live recording for K Love, that I've attached below. I hope you enjoy it, and if you have iTunes, you can pre-order the CD!



Here's the last picture Sheila and I took together. I love her dearly, and I will never forget the lessons she left me...



And this is who I want you to pray for...her two girls, Norma and Amber...the baby is Karmen...you all know who she is!



Thanks for listening, and my next post will be more pictures of my Mississippi trip. Goodnight!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Beauty for Ashes!

Today I had the MOST amazing day ever! NO, I did not go on a dream date, with a dream guy. NO, I did not indulge myself in shopping, finding the latest fashions. NO, I didn't win a million dollars; but TODAY, I witnessed 80 youth crowded around the throne of Jesus, broken, hungry, and truly authentic in their worship for God.

IT. WAS. AMAZING. Refreshing, encouraging, and really the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life!

Allow me to back up. This week is Youth Week at the church, and we kicked off the celebrations with a trip to Splashtown! I had so much fun. I totally acted like a big kid, and rode just about every ride. It didn't help that I worked on my tan! HA!

After the water park, the plan was to bring the kids back to the church, feed them, and prepare them for Wednesday night Bible study. Tonight's activity: a talent show that we never got the privilege of experiencing. You see, the Greatest Performer orchestrated the most beautiful talent show where kids brought their broken lives, and exchanged them for His will! Kids were at the altar, praying for one another, encouraging one another, and just laying at the feet of Jesus. I'm sure heaven paused for a minute to catch this scene.

I so wish that I could truly capture the beauty of the night. I wish I could tell you the stories that were cried out on my shoulder. Lots of tears and snot! Gotta love it...smile! I will tell you this, this current generation is considered to be lost, but tonight, about 80 youth left our church ready to spread Jesus' love and story across the world!

I am so encouraged, and what a feeling to know you are walking in the will of God! It's an amazing feeling!

P.S. I get my furniture tomorrow, so I'll be sure to post pictures! I'm SO excited!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Home Sweet Home and a Recipe!!!

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind! For starters, I moved into my new apartment, and my Dad came to visit for 4 days, I hung out with my family, went to the Jamie Foxx concert, am now back home to do laundry, unpack, and pack again for my trip to Dallas, Texas for Mary Kay Seminar!!!!

When I return, I have a weeklong training, while entertaining my Godmother, the Power of Life celebration with the youth at church, and then a week long stint in Mississippi!!! However will I survive this crazy schedule?

I'm sure you're dying to see the new place, and I'm dying to show it to you, but it will have to be room-by-room because my brand new living room furniture hasn't come in yet!

I went ahead and ordered the pieces that I showed you here! I can't wait to see them in my pad!! I've had such a great time decorating, and I still have a few more things to get before I consider the place 'complete.' A funny story was in the midst of moving, I looked at my Dad and told him that I wasn't moving again until I got married...he of course thought that was such a drastic statement, and that I could move as many times as I needed to! Some things never change...lol!

I have to admit, I was very apprehensive, and a little frightened about living alone, but I love it! And, it doesn't hurt that my neighbor across the hall is also my BFF!! LOL!

I took some pics of my dining room so that you can see. The bowl on the table came from Hobby Lobby, 50% off...you'll notice this trend here! HA! The table, my Dad got me as a housewarming gift from The Dump! It was our labor of love putting that sucker together, but I'm so happy with the way it turned out! It actually has a piece that folds into the center to extend the length! It ROCKS!



It's almost finished, I just have to flank the "believe" picture with two sconces I got from Southern Living for the house a while back.



The rest of the pics are just my wall hangings, and my little bar area! Enjoy!

I found this gem at Target today!




I got this cross at Hobby Lobby! Their crosses are 50% off right now, and I racked up!



I got this plaque at Waco's Junior League Holiday Market before I moved to Houston...actually, before I was even in the League! This is one of my most fave scriptures EVER!



The first frame on my bar is of my Dad and I on graduation day! The next plaque is an ithcus, Christian fish, and the pink, brown, and green frame I got from Hobby Lobby for 50% off! I love me some Hobby Lobby! I frequent it often!



I'll post more pictures later of the rest of my life, but I did want you to see how things are coming along! Goodnight!

P.S. I'm participating in my very first blog hop, and I've decided to leave you with my cherry pie recipe that I have! It's super simple, and the longest part of the preparation is pitting the cherries, but it's super simple with a cherry pitter!



Here's the recipe:
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
4 tablespoons quick cooking tapioca
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
4 cups pitted cherries
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bottom crust in piepan. Set top crust aside, covered.

In a large mixing bowl combine tapioca, salt, sugar, cherries and extracts. Let stand for 15 minutes. Turn out into bottom crust and dot with butter. Cover withtop crust, flute edges and cut vents in top. Place pie on a foil lined cookie sheet--in case of drips!

Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven until golden brown!!!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Cover Me!

It's July 4th!!! Independence Day! I'm not really a huge 4th of July person, but I can recall great times with my family bar-b-quing, and launching fireworks...!!

This year, I'll spend with friends, and I'm looking forward to having a great time!



I must admit, that this post will be all over the place because my mind has many things it wants to write about. I spent a little time looking back over my previous posts, and I've realized a few things, 1) I'm nearing post 100, and 2) I've become so much more transparent through the years. Both excite me. Transparency is something that I'm not that good at. If you know me, I mean really know me, then I'll tell you anything, but it is extremely difficult for me to be transparent with others.

I am a very reserved, cautious, easy-going person who really doesn't like to 'lose control' by showing tons of emotion. Most of my friends cry so easily, and really know how to be in the moment....that is a struggle for me, but I secretly wish I could be just like them...shhh! I try, really I do, and I've gotten better. Hang in there with me....you never know what God has in store for me!

I've been reading Proverbs, and it has always been one of my favorite books. It contains so much wisdom, and causes you to 'check yourself,' constantly! I LOVE THAT! Often times we think it's other people, and it's the man in the mirror...sorry shameless plug! I can't wait to see what God has for me at the end of the book. I know what I want Him to do for me, but we'll see!

Oh yeah, I had a late lunch at Cheesecake Factory today, and I tried a new flavor today.... Upside Down Pineapple... oh.my.goodness!!! Heaven on a plate...craziness, just GOOOODDDD!!! I hope they never get rid of this flavor...it's definitely a keeper! I'm already planning my return trip...LOL!

I'll leave you with two things. My theme scripture, and a song that I just love! I love what the psalmist says in Psalm because really does want to talk to us. He wants to show us our purpose (more on that later), and have communion with us.

Psalm 27:8 "my heart has heard you say, 'come and talk with me.' And my heart responds, 'Lord, I am coming.'" This is the NLT version if you're wondering...I posted a few months back, and I was reminded tonight when He calls, and we answer, all is well...

The video: "Cover Me," by 21:03 in collaboration with Smokie Norful, J Moss, and my fave Fred Hammond!!! I LOVE THIS SONG!!!



Happy 4th!

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Best of Intentions!

Tonight will be a random post! I baked a homemade cherry pie tonight! The cherries came from the fruits and veggies I got from my last co-op trip. I'm quite proud of it, and it is delish! The crust was a little tricky, and I have to perfect the pinching action, but all in all, it's a great first attempt! Go ME! I'm becoming quite the domestic diva...designer edition of course!!! LOL!



I mentioned the co-op earlier...it's going great! Here's a pic of the last batch of goodies I got...all for $10 mind you! I was so HAPPY and impressed with the variety we got this time around.



OK-- I'm warning you now that I'm about to take a seat on my soap box! I won't be on here long, but consider yourself warned! HA!

So a couple of days ago, I was having a perfectly innocent conversation with my mother, and we of course stumbled upon the topic of me and dating, or the lack thereof. The conversation started when I told her about a friend who joined eHarmony, and how she was in her mid thirties, no man, no kids...you know the rest!

Let me give you a little background...my mother WANTS GRANDCHILDREN...NOW, and since I'm her only chance, all eyes are on ME!!! LOL! Her twin's son, my cousin Jeff has a little boy, and she forever tells me about the pics she gets of little Jackson. You can hear the longing in her voice. But what can I do? I mean, I want a family one day as well, but you know the song...first comes love, then comes marriage, THEN.....

I tell you, between my mother, and my grandmother, I'm catching it from all sides! OH, and did I mention that my dad has also joined forces for Operation GTGM (get this girl married)! OK--maybe I'm overreacting, but trust me people...I'm feeling the pressure. I don't know when, I don't know who, but I do know that I have to wait on God, and that I want Him to be the center of it all. END OF DISCUSSION!!

So, while I'm sure they have the best of intentions, really...what do they want me to do? UGH! So, if you too are on this bandwagon...send up a prayer...don't tell me..I have no control over this!

Goodnight--
J

P.S. I survived the family reunion without too many conversations about the above conversation...my favorite quote of the day was, "I just don't get it...you're beautiful...why aren't you dating?" REALLY PEOPLE?! While I agree, I can't answer that question...HA!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I'm Back!

I'm back!!! I've been gone for so long, but the break was SO worth it! I feel refreshed, and centered, and some exciting things have taken place. I need to get away more often....

I kind of don't know where to begin to catch you all up, but when I left, I was headed home to spend time with my Dad, and THE Dad...Jesus! It was awesome....

One of my favorite things to do with my Dad is to sit out in the garage, and talk. We talk about everything and anything...He's really one of my best friends. What can I say, I'm a lucky girl! He headed to Brownwood and I stayed home to hang out. Friday, I met him at my grandparent's farm for our family reunion. I had such a great time...my cousins Lana and Alex just had a brand new baby boy Levi, and he is SO precious. He was really "fresh," just two weeks old, but my grandparents hadn't seen him yet, so they decided to make the visit. I definitely got a little itch, BUT it's gone now....HA! I wish I had a picture of me and the little man, but when I go visit them next month, I'll be sure to get one!

I also got a few goodies from my great-grandmother's collection. She passed away a couple of months ago, and my grandmother had some things of hers for us. I got a crystal vase, and white porcelain bowl, and two crystal angels that I will use as decorations during Christmas. I'll post pictures soon. I also scored a brand new welcome mat from one of my grandmother's many garage sale excursions!

I interrupt this post to say that MICHAEL JACKSON HAS PASSED AWAY!!! Goodness...the memories, the times I spent screaming his lyrics to the top of my lungs, how my parents and I would watch his videos, and the effects he had on millions of people. Regardless of what he has been accused of, he is someone's father, brother, son, and friend, and THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER OF ALL TIME.period! He'll be greatly missed..

So, remember when I told you that I had been praying about how I would serve in my church? Well, I've been chosen to take on the challenge of the Christian Education piece, which basically means I will work with a team to create the curriculum and flow of our worship services, and Bible studies for the youth! I am SO EXCITED!!! There's so much work to be done, but you know me, I never back down from a good challenge, and I love that I get to make an impact on teenagers, and give back. The Lord knows that I had so many people pouring into my life, and that's why I'm here today...HA!

I could type all night, but I'll leave you with this...check out my living room furniture that I've picked out...I'm 99.9% sure that I'll be getting this set! Let me know what you think!



Saturday, June 6, 2009

Hiatus!

Hello--
I kind of chuckle as I type this, because I think I have MAYBE 2 faithful readers...HA, but I'm thankful all the same!

I'm going on a blogging break. Tomorrow after church, I'm going to head to Copperas Cove, and reginerate...rest...seek God's face...and hang out with my Dad.

All is well with me, I just need to shut out my need to please myself and man, and focus on pleasing the One who created me!

I'll be back soon with pics and hopefully lots of fun stories....also, scroll down for the post on the details of me landing my new job! Take care!!

P.S. The prayer blog will continue to be updated! I have a request to add tonight, but please e-mail me if you have something you'd like added! I'll be doing a lot of praying over the next couple of days, and I'd love to pray for you. Please head over there and pray for the requests if you feel led to do so!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Mark!

You know, I wasn't going to post tonight, but someone told me the greatest thing I've heard possible ever in my life!!! Now, I understand that this may sound a little dramatic, but let me explain.

Lately, I've been totally consumed to the point of ridiculousness that God is shown through me, and that He is pleased with me. I mean totally obssessed, almost to the point where I get on my own nerves, and I'm sure sin even more...

Now, to some, this may be a no-brainer...I mean, it's a good thing right, but hear my heart on this. Sometimes, I'm so consumed with making the right choices, that I don't move AT ALL. Because of some past disappointments, and times where I've clearly stepped out on my own, I've allowed fear of failing, falling, and missing the mark to keep me right in the same place because it's comfortable.

So, follow me...this is exactly where I was when I embarked upon a conversation through FB chat tonight. I chatted with an old friend, and she told me that God shows through me!!! Now, to some of you, that may not be a big deal, but to me...the biggest sinner I know, it pretty much made my life!

All I ever want is for God to be shown, and way more often than not, I miss the mark.completely. So, that was really encouraging to me, because believe it or not folks, I am SO hard on myself in that department! In fact, I could begin to talk myself right out of that compliment, but I'll just stop NOW!!!

So, I'm encouraged, and I hope you find a little encouragement too...goodnight~!!

ONE MORE WEEK OF SCHOOL!!!!

P.S. I GOT A JOB!!!!! I'm too tired to post the details, but I will soon!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

1 Down, 2 to go!

So, today was my first interview of 3 with Spring ISD. I have to be honest and tell you that it went REALLY well. I felt very comfortable, everyone I came into contact with was very nice, and I have an overall good feeling about it. Let me not forget to mention that it is 4.8 miles away from my house!!! Praise Him with me now! I was SO EXCITED...However, what God has for me is for me, and it's all in His hands. I have my final two tomorrow, and it will be a well orchestrated event by the time those two are over...I'll do my best though..

I really don't have much to report. My life is pretty much counting down these last few days of school! YAY! I have to say that I will miss some of my kids so much, and I'm looking for ideas to keep me busy during the summer....I'm sure I'll find something!

Have a great night, and tonight, I'm thankful for God's timing, it really is perfect!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Today and Finally, Date Night!

I just have to share my excitement over what's happening on the prayer blog. I'm so thrilled about the requests I've been getting, and I can't wait to get the answers/praises to these requests to post.

As I was praying for all of the women on the list this morning, I truly felt honored to go before the Lord on their behalf. God is so faithful, and I know that He cares about every single concern, request, and issue we have. We just have to let go so that He can do His work! And believe me, I know that's a lot easier said than done!!!

OK--so you want to hear about my date night?! It didn't happen last night...long story for another time! So today, I woke up, and I have to admit that I was a little down. I miss my family today, and I had no plans, so I had a moment, but I quickly snapped out of it.

Deep down, I'd still like to have had the perfect day in the life I hope to have one day, but being the reality of the situation, I can only live the life that I am given TODAY, so I got to it.

I started to morning at a women's prayer brunch that was awesome, then in true Houston fashion, it rained HARD for about an hour which delayed my trip to the outdoor outlet with my friend and college buddy Kim...(who is starting a blog by the way...YAY!)

Date night still hasn't started yet....went shopping with Kim, after grabbing a quick bite to eat, then came back and hung out with her and her roommates. By the way...I bought a really cute black shirt from The Gap for $5...regularly $27!!! Steal of the day for sure!

DATE NIGHT: So afterwards, I told myself that instead of going home, I would go see a townhouse that I really want to rent. It's beautiful...according to the pics, but a little out of my price range. So, if you can pray with me that the owner decides to bring it down a couple hundred...that would be nice....I think I'll had that to the PB! I then went for a drive around town, just drove with my thoughts, and had some good "me time conversation," and decided to head to Barnes and Noble! I could stay in that store for hours....literally, but I limited myself.

I've started just going there to "look" for books, and then I come home and order them off of Amazon.com! I buy books way to often to pay full price...believe that! However, today, I did buy a pretty new planner because my current one is about to run out. I used my handy dandy educator's discount, and walked away a happy camper! Check it out!



After B&N, I headed over to Jason's Deli for some take-out, and then to Ben & Jerry's for dessert that is chilling in the freezer as we speak. I hope I don't forget that I have a huge scoop of Strawberry and Cheesecake ice cream waiting for me...yummy! So, while I'm sure I could have done a ton more eventful things for myself today, it was a great date nevertheless....



Oh yeah, and you know how I wanted to buy a new bible? Well, I found one. I have too many bibles for one person, but I wanted a new one to stick in my purse, work bag, etc. I found this really cute black and pink one....it's the perfect size, and I love it....here it is:



I realize this has been a LONG post, and if you're still with me...you're bored...HA! But until next time...~Jarvis

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Oh the places you'll go!

I know, I know...I've been a little MIA, but I have a couple of things to share. First of all, I'll be updating the prayer blog tonight, so e-mail me your requests, and I'll be sure to post them.

OK, so here's some news. Many of you know that I drive anywhere from 1 hr and 15 minutes to 1 and a half hours EACH way to work EVERYDAY, AND I spend roughly $300 a month on GAS!!! Needless to say, it's a lot, so I've been praying for months on what God would have me to do next year. I LOVE MY SCHOOL! I love my kids...most days, so I really didn't want to leave, but I refuse to move. I have my reasons, and if you scroll back, you can read them!!! So, I made my requests known to God, and put it into His hands.

I'm happy to report that I have three interviews next week in Spring ISD. Now, this scares me because if I get the job, I'll have to resign and....oh the stress!!! BUT, I do believe that this is the best move for me right now. I don't need to be on the road like that, and I desire to work in the community in which I live! So, it seems as though I may have the pick of the litter when it comes to schools, so say a prayer for me that God will lead me in the right direction. Also, that the resignation process will go smoothly.

Don't get me wrong, I'm excited, just nervous and anxious, but I'm reminded who's in control.

In other news, school will be out in 9 days!!! PTL!!! I can't wait to wave goodbye to the little sweethearts! I need a break, and it's time to send them home to their parents! LOL!

Well, I'll be back this weekend. I'm taking myself on a date tomorrow night...finalizing the details as we speak. For sure I'm going to get my nails done, and after that, I'm pretty clueless...any ideas?

I promise to post pics next time..maybe even a video if you're lucky! HA! Goodnight! Don't forget to check out the prayer blog... www.healtheirland.blogspot.com

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Prayer Blog Launch!

Hello!!! I am so excited...I'be been wanting to start a prayer blog for a while now, and I did it tonight! The address is: www.healtheirland.blogspot.com, and I would love for you to visit, and leave your prayer requests in the comments section so that we, the readers, can pray for you!

I can't imagine where this will end up going...I'm totally psyched about it!!! I hope you will be as well!

That's really my good news for tonight!!! I think I'm actually going to go to bed early tonight!

Sleep tight! ~J

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weekend Recap!

This has been a whirlwind of a weekend! On Friday, Danni, Malitta, and I hit the road headed to Waco, TX for Baylor's graduation...

Once we got there, we headed straight to Liz and Cherry's house! We were trying to figure out what to do with ourselves for the rest of the night, and we ended up playing Guitar Hero, which I WRECKED!! It was SO much fun! I played the guitar, Danni the drums, and Liz sang solo. She also kick booty on the drums...she's pretty much amazing!!!! It was so much fun!

Afterwards, we headed to Tasha's house for her graduation party! The laughs we shared that night will NEVER be forgotten...I can honestly say that I have not laughed that hard in a LONG time!!! Seriously guys, if I could even form the words to tell the story, I would, but you just had to be there!!!

The next day, Saturday, I got to sleep in a little bit, but I spent time with Tracy since I spent the night at her house. Then, we all headed to the 2:30 graduation. I never really realized how boring graduations are, but we always try to sit away from the crowd so we can chat and take pics...today was no different.

After the graduation, we took a ton more pics, and sang the AKA hymn, which is one of my favorite parts of graduation! Then Malitta and I headed to BUSH'S CHICKEN before coming back to Houston. What can I say? Tenders and sweet tea...it doesn't get any better than that! Oh how I miss Bush's.

One last little nugget of the trip happened on 290 heading back into town when we realized we were right behind Caryn and Lisa. What are the odds? So we pulled over at Friday's and had dinner, and caught up with them since I didn't get a chance to talk to them much this weekend.

Today, I went to church...which needless to say I love, and headed home to cook dinner before the Lakers beat down the Rockets..YAY for victory!

It was an awesome awesome weekend, and I'm glad to be home! I'll post pics later, but I've got to pack my lunch, and get ready for tomorrow! Goodnight, and if I didn't say it, I'm thankful for my friends, and the flexibility of my life!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Roadtrip!

Tomorrow I go to Waco for Baylor's graduation, and I couldn't be happier! I'm going to see some friends, that I haven't seen since November! YAY!!!

I'll have fun pics and video to share with you because it'll be just that fun!!!

So, I'm thankful for that. A time to get away, and be with friends....and take pictures, and laugh until I cry, or pee myself...

So, I got my placement for Junior League for next year, and I'm estatic. I will be the Assistant Holiday Market Ticket Chair, as well as the North Harris County Chamber of Commerce rep...I'm pumped! It's going to be a great year!

JL has really turned out to be a blessing in my life!

Well, the Lakers are getting BEAT right now, so I'm not too happy, but, it's not over yet!!! Goodnight, and I'll post from WACO!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A New Do!

Happy night! I can barely keep my eyes open tonight! Bible study was so good! A message that was right on time. We studied Acts 16:7-8, about what happens when a door is closed. Believe me when I tell you that this message was so appropriate for me.

I know I'm not giving the message justice, but it was good. I'm excited because this weekend is Baylor's graduation, and I'm going to see my sorority sisters, and Waco friends!!! YAY! I've missed them so much, and I can't wait to hug their necks!

Today, I'm thankful for a God that still speaks to His people. Here's to living a life full-out...taking risks, and staying in the will!

Goodnight!

Oh yeah--I got a new haircut...and I LOVE IT! With Houston being so humid, I needed a style I could wear bone straight, and the stylist delivered! I'll post a pic!!! As soon as I get a cute one!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Still

I know I didn't post yesterday, but I really felt like I needed to sit and be still...I'm still sitting, and I'm still!

Yesterday was Mother's Day, and I called my Mom, she's in Korea, and just loved on her. Prayerfully this will be her last major holiday out of the country...with the exception of Thanksgiving, but she will be back in the US shortly thereafter!

Tonight, I'm peaceful, and for that...I'm thankful....I need to focus on me for a moment...get myself together.

I was talking to a friend tonight about where I wanted to be in a year, and the answer wasn't in place. THAT IS UNLIKE ME!!! So, I'm getting before God so that He can direct my path...order these steps of mine...Goodnight...friends, I'll be back tomorrow with pics of my Junior League Provisional Class graduation...IT IS FINALLY HERE!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

...

Today was not a good day. It seems as if I'm either 1) totally barking up the wrong tree, or 2) the only person with some sense....sometimes, I really can't tell the difference.

There's a song that says my praise will confuse the enemy...guys...I'm digging so deep to find some praise right now...deeper than I ever have, and I have to say I'm tired...tired, tired, tired! I'm sorry for complaining...I just feel like I'm pounding my head on a brick wall....I'm still thankful for the Lord in my life...I know He's there...

Friday, May 8, 2009

TGIF!!!

Today was a great day! It's FRIDAY, the weekend is here, and I had dinner with an old friend. It was so much fun sitting and talking with Kim...

Kim and I met in college, and since we both live in Houston now, we try to get together regularly. Gotta thank God for old friends...She also has a book club that I attend, and we just got our new book...Speak to my Heart. I'm very excited to start reading it. I love to read, and I love to fellowship with others...great outlet!

So tonight, when I got home, I sprayed the apartment with flying bug spray. The misquitoes here are BRUTAL, and they are eating us alive! So, I'm doing what my Mom and Grandmother do...Oh NO! and spraying down the house every night before bed. It really works...try it for yourself!

I'll be back later this weekend with pics from whatever my adventures bring...until next time!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Breakthrough...

Gray's Anatomy was SO GOOD! I don't get a chance to watch TV like I used to, but I can't miss Gray's! The season finale is next Thursday...so sad!

I had to miss church last night because of a Junior League meeting, and I was/am so bummed. I love my weekly Bible Study...but I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home, working on business stuff, and I will be at church on Sunday! Bright and early!

I've been looking to buy a new Bible...any suggestions? I really like the NIV translation, so keep that in mind if you'd like to offer suggestions...

Tonight, I'm thankful for being on the brink of a breakthrough...I can feel it?! Will you pray with me? That God will give me the wisdom, strength, and that I will rest in His timing, even though I want to rush it! I feel like this has been the longest journey of my life, but I know I will be the better for it...so please pray with me friends!



Goodnight....tomorrow is FRIDAY!!! YEAH!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Crash Course!

I have a lot of different thoughts going on, and I'm having a hard time channeling them into coherent pieces of information. Nothing bad, just a lot of decisions to give to God, lots of things to go to Him about....lots, lots, lots!!!

I'm still in a crash course of "His perfect timing"...hoping to drop the "God's way or miserable" class....

At church we've been studying how God will allow us to experience pain so that we have to rely on Him to see us through. Pain often times precedes your blessings, and God will use our pains to get us to focus on His will if we aren't getting the memo otherwise...Bottom line: God's will WILL be accomplished, so the sooner we commit, the better for us!

I hope this encourages someone that if you are going through some pain, that you take a moment to ask God what He will have you to glean from the situation...then take the time to listen for His voice...you'll hear Him!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Quiet Whisper...

I know, I've already posted for tonight, but I need your help....I have had a desire lately to move into ministry in a full time capacity...I really don't have any details, other than I feel this is on my heart, and I feel like it's something I would love to do...stay tuned...maybe God will open a door! Goodnight...for real this time!

Froggie has a brand new shoe!

I'm still tired! When I went to the doctor for my "special appointment," she told me that I was anemic, and I should start taking iron pills. She told me that anemia causes fatigue, etc, and I think I need to be more diligent in taking the iron pills. I mean, I'm exhausted...so, tonight...I'm taking those pills, and praying for tons of energy!

Today, I have something very tangible to be thankful for. It turns out that I had 3, yes 3 nails in my tire, and I had to get a new one....BUT, praise the Lord, my tires were still under warranty, and I got it FOR FREE!!! Woohoo! I got to keep that $114 in my pocket...YES! That is definitely something to be thankful for...!

What are you thankful for? Does He know it? Goodnight friends!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Simply Put!

HI! Tonight, I am TIRED!!! It's very difficult for me to keep my eyes open...geesh!

I'm thankful for many things tonight...namely that I just simply love Jesus...in Him I am everything, apart from Him, I am nothing. I pray that anyone who reads my blog will strengthen their relationship with God, and be a light for others. That's really what it is all about.

I'm going to share another one of my favorite worship songs with you. It's by Fred Hammond, and it's called "Simply Put."



I love Fred Hammond. His worship is amazing, and I really love the simplicity of this song. I hope you enjoy it! Goodnight!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I go to the ROCK!

Nights like these, when I'm speechless, not because of a lack of things to say, but because I can't make the connection from heart to hand...I go to the word. Christ is the solid rock on which I stand. Even as I type, I'm fumbling because I just can't get all systems to point towards 'go.' So tonight, I'll just leave you with the scripture God is using to speak to me right now...

Psalm 139
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, [a] you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to [b] me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Steadfast

It's in the wee hours of the morning, but I was determined to post today. I'm in Waco conducting some business, and visiting friends!!!

Today was a little rough in the steadfast faith department for me, but I stayed prayerful, and made it through. I solicit your prayers!!!

I can't wait to take pictures of my impromptu trip and share them with you! Goodnight, my friends whom I'm thankful for being in my life...even if from a distance!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Just another ordinary day?????

Today was an unusual day. It took me 2 1/2 hours to get to work...I think God is trying to tell me something here, and longer than usual to get home. Needless to say, I was not in the best of moods. In fact, I think I irritated my mother with my less than happy attitude.

However, as I logged on tonight, thinking of what I would blog about, my drive came to mind. Even though it was too long by my standards, I'm still thankful that I am gangfully employed. I'm thankful that I actually love my job, and that my kids make me smile EVERYDAY!!! I'm really thankful that tomorrow is Friday, and that I am one week closer to summer break...PTL!!!!

Goodnight blog friends...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I will not be MOVED!

Today, I'm thankful for so much, that I can barely put it into words. I drove to church today not wanting to go, but knowing that I couldn't miss it.

I've been so frustrated, praying/begging for God to reach right into my situation, and turn it around. I drove to church, listening to "Made Me Glad," (see below for the video...stop music on the right), and just hoping that He could hear my heart because the words wouldn't come. So many questions, impatience...patience is not my virtue, but I'm working on it, and just feeling like my faith was literally flying out of the window as I drove down 59 N because I was allowing the enemy to take me back....snap me right into a 'rerun' of my worst season of life if you will.

My struggle is not sex, it's not lying, my struggle is the battlefield called 'the mind.' I ward off thousands of unedifying thoughts a day...literally...most times, I have to take each day minute by minute, because satan is sneaky in his approach with me. It's exhausting, but I'm determined to win this war through Jesus. But with determination to press on with God, comes MUCH opposition from the devil.

In the past, it's always when I'm about to break through...about to burst through the barrier, and reach a new level in Christ that the past creeps in, and strangles my future. But not today...God interceded, and tonight, I stand in the presence of God, declaring just like Jacob did that I will not back down, and I won't leave until He blesses me. Do you hear that satan..? BRING IT ON!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The floodgates of Heaven!

Day 3!!!!! Blog friends, God is MOVING!!! He is amazing, and His timing is always right on time...no matter what we think.

Remember I told you about the torrential rains we had yesterday? Well, they turned into flooding, and it was so bad, that I wasn't able to cross one of the main roads on my way to work this morning, so, I had an impromptu day off! How awesome was that?! I must admit that I was kind of annoyed in the beginning, because my mind was already in work mode, but I just asked the Lord to make this day about Him, and for it to be worth my while to stay home...it was!



Today, I'm thankful for glimmers of hope, and God's promises, for they do not return void. God is a god that cannot lie, but He is not concerned with our time schedules either. Sometimes, that is such a hard thing for me to remember. I kind of want what I want when I want it...smile!

My heart is so full right now, and there is such a spirit of expectancy around me, but with that comes opposition from the devil, so I'm asking for your prayers. For strength, wisdom, discernment, and to keep my eyes on the prize!

I hope you had a great Tuesday...tomorrow is Wednesday...hump day! Until tomorrow!