Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pass The Ear Plugs Please....

Project 365, January 31, 2009

Rock Band…if I could have 2 minutes with the creator of this racket!!! But boy do they love it. It is pretty funny to watch them play. Lucky for me the only time it happens is when Joey comes home from school. Abby just does not enjoy it as much by herself.

Faith Based Pages Cyber Crop

Project 365, January 30, 2009

This is a fun picture of me getting ready to join the cyber crop for the Faith Based Pages Yahoo Group. A group of great ladies put together many challenges and games to keep us scrappin all weekend... I believe it is working because I got 6 pages done tonight. It goes on throughout the weekend.

BTW.. if you are wondering why the picture... we got jersey numbers and we are representing our teams...of course I am a buckeye, could really care less about pro football!!

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend, I plan on finally getting some things done!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Leave Some Love, you may win a prize!!!

Project 365, January 29, 2009

This is my bug...she needs a name. Gwen thinks it is important that something so near and dear to my heart has an identity... so.. leave a comment. The name I choose will get a surprise in the form of happy mail!!!
I will choose the name on Saturday!! :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Project 365, January 28, 2009

These are pictures of the bushes outside my house. We had an ice storm last night and it was followed up with a lot of snow today. It is so beautiful to just watch, but at the same time many people were hurt because of the storm.

These pictures are peaceful, and quiet. Jesus has been that peace in the storms of my life. When I step back from the pain and anguish, it is only then that the quiet overcomes me and I hear that still small voice, comforting me and prodding me to the place where I can again have hope.

I was sure by now, God, You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"and as Your mercy falls I raise my hands and
praise the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus: And I'll praise you in this storm and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are no matter where I am and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
I remember when I stumbled in the wind You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again my strength is almost gone
how can I carry on if I can't find You and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain "I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls I raise my hands and praise the God
who gives and takes away

Please be careful out there, better yet, just stay home and watch it from inside the window…that is in case you are like me and have absolutely no vacation time!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Faith Comes By Hearing

Project 365, January 27, 2009
So we are doing this "Listen to the entire New Testament in 40 days" at our church. We all have it loaded on our Ipods. It sometimes gets distracting listening to it instead of reading it. I get hung up on the voices, and the bad acting. I find myself having to listen to it more than once a day, just to make sure that I really got it. I love the miracles that I am listening to everyday, and hate the pain Christ went through for my sins. I am mostly excited by this because it will be translated in many languages and people who have never heard the gospel will hear it for the first time!! As I am listening to this everyday, that will be my prayer, that it moves me, like I want it to move nations.
Mark 16:15 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Project 365 Layouts

Here are my first few weeks of Project 365... I am making this way harder than it is.. I need to just use the cards!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

24.boop boop boop

Project 365, January 26, 2009

24 has fast and furiously become my favorite show. The only problem with this is that they moved it to Monday nights!! That is my night to work at the scrapbook store! I get home and Abby and Joe are already 20 minutes into it... We have DVR, could they have waited? Well, they had to begin it over!

Snow is coming... let's pray we get snowed in... I wanna scrapbook!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Project 365, January 25, 2009

This is the view from my scrapbook room, I used the snow as an excuse to stay in all day and scrapbook!! I made a total mess of my scrapbook room, but I won't be taking a picture of that!

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Princess For the Day Crop

Project 365, January 24, 2009

Today I spent the day helping princess' put little books together. Everyone seemed to be having such a good time. It was the RLJ Princess for the day crop at Pinnacle Golf Glub. I was really excited to see how much everyone liked the little book I created for them!! What a wonderful group of ladies. My sister was there, I thought I would stay, but after 8 1/2 hours of teaching, I was wiped out. I am really looking forward to taking time tomorrow to scrapbook for myself!! :)

Do You Know Someone Like This.....?

Project 365, January 23, 2009

Have you ever had anyone come into your life at just the right moment in time that it makes you stop and realize that there is a God in heaven who cares about your needs? This is what happened to me. Roma is an amazing person and friend. When my brother was sick, she was there, constantly praying, sending cards, calling, emailing. Roma is a creative, compassionate, loving woman of God. She has an amazing ability (God given, I am sure) to know when someone needs her.

Proverbs 31

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Faithbooking with Friends

Project 365, January 22, 2009

Tonight was faithbooking at our church. We are working on an ABC book for our faith. I have loved to scrapbook for years, but there is such a difference when I use the creativity that He gave me to give back to Him. I can journal and be real. Some of these pages are the hardest pages to do, mostly because they are so real. I am really excited because we are scrapbooking till midnight with a bunch of ladies tomorrow. I love being around these ladies they bless more so much!!!

This is my son....

Project 365, January 21, 2009

Joey came home today for just the night so I had to get a picture of him for my project!! He is just an amazing person! Joey goes to Indiana Weslyan in Marion Indiana. He is studying to be a pastor and has such a passion for missions. I can't wait to see what God has in store for him. The hardest thing is that he is so far away. Joey is a rock for our family and always has been. I am just amazed at the person he has become.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A New Day, A New President...

Project 365, January 20, 2009

I will admit that I did not vote for President Obama, I do not agree with, nor will I ever agree with so many of the policies he stands for. I do believe that God is still in control. That gives me peace.With that being said; I respect him and the position that this great nation placed him in. I believe that for every “Christian” that is so afraid right now, there is an equal number of “Christians” who believe that if God wants to be in the whitehouse, He will be there. I certainly will not stand in judgment and I won’t be questioning if this man is or is not a Christian. I pray that God will surround him by sound men and women that will help him lead this nation. I will continue to pray for his safety and the safety of his family.

Why take this picture, when I am not a huge supporter, because this is a huge day, a day in my year, that a president was sworn in. I want my children and their children to know that voting does not mean you will always get our way, it may turn out very different, but that is why we vote. I am so proud to be an American, in a free country, with rights other countries only dream of.

May God Bless our new president and his beautiful family, and protect them from harm. Amen!

ROMANS 13:1,2 - "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.

ROMANS 8:28 - "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."

Monday, January 19, 2009

Gotta Have It!

Project 365, January 19, 2009

Enough Said.....

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Football Fever!

Project 365, January 18, 2009

I have always loved to watch my husband get into a football game. I love how he prepares for it, talks about it, researches the teams. He gets so tense. Today was the conference championship games. He was rooting for Pittsburgh, not a normal occurance, but the lesser of two evils. And the fact that Santonio Holmes is on the team, and Joe bleeds scarlet and gray helped. The dogs usually won't sit so close because they can feel the tension, but Sadie is waiting for him to jump up and drop whatever food he is holding. I love him.

Happy 70th Birthday Dad!!

Project 365, January 17, 2009

Today was my dad's birthday so we all met in Beavercreek to have dinner at the Olive Garden. Dad turned 70 and is going through the 'I don't care what my hair and beard looks like' stage. He has lived a hard life, made choices most would not agree with, but if I have learned anything it is to take people for who they are. He has a good heart, and he does love me. I know that. It was still kind of awkward, but all in all I am glad we went, and I pray he has many more birthdays we can share.

Scrip Scrappin Away...

Project 365, January 16, 2009

This is my sweet friend Gwen. She also works at Red Letter Journals. We spent the evening scrapbooking for our employee Christmas Party. We ate too much and laughed too loud. But that is what makes scrapbooking fun!! She is also doing Project 365 so we took a picture we could both use.

Baby It's Cold Outside

Project 365, January 15, 2009

15 Below Zero? Are you kidding me right now? And that is the real tempature, none of this 'with the windchill factor' stuff. The only place to be right now is in front of the fireplace!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I Love Snow!!

Project 365, Day 14, January 14, 2009

Today I would like to introduce you to my beautiful nieces, Sara and Deven. I had the opportunity to pick them up at daycare today. I was so excited to get them outside in the snow, frankly I don’t think they could figure out what the excitement was all about, but that is just how I am!

Of course, I had to take an extra picture because once I saw Sadie on her way in, well you know… who could resist it!!
Side Note:
I am missing my kids today. Indiana does not seem so far, but when I want to watch them make a snowman, they might as well be in China!! Maybe they will send me a picture. 4 more months!!You know your kids still need you when one calls and immediately says “Hi Mommy”… It is freezing, and I forgot my coat. Wow, but I bet he has his phone, ipod, game system, girlfriend…. I (trying not to yell) say go to Wal Mart I will put money in your account, get a coat. No, I have a sweatshirt , I should be fine.. Of course and immediate text to his older sister to find her wittle bubby a coat from one of her friends went out!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Abigail Drew, Who Loves You?

Project 365, Day 13, January 13, 2009

This is Abby, my fun child. She is the child that I enjoyed the most. I wasn’t stressed out over when she was potty trained, or when she would walk. She did not have to know all her colors or read before anyone else. She was not supposed to happen in the world’s eyes or my doctors eyes, but God had a different plan. He blessed me with this beautiful girl who amazes me every day. She loves Jesus and has such a strong walk with Him. When I am mean or say something I shouldn’t (not that that ever happens!) she lets me know the right way to act. Abby is a prayer warrior and a true friend to all who know her. She can be serious, but not very often, she loves to laugh and make others laugh especially me!!

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Matthew 21:16
" 'From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise' ?"

Glitter, Glitz, and Stickles, OH MY!!

Project 365, Day 12, January 12, 2009

So, who out there is not absolutely in love with stickles? This was actually a picture of me behind the counter at the scrapbook store where I work part-time (Red Letter Journals). But, oh that was horrible!! The only redeeming grace was the marvelous display of stickles in the corner which I had to keep!!
Today our family joined our church in listening to a 28 minute a day reading of the New Testament. You can get a free download at It is a dramatic version, and very easy to listen to.

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

House of Worship

Project 365, Day 11, January 11, 2009

Psalm 122:1
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

I love my church, not the building, but the people. They have saw me through so much. I don’t know what I would ever do without the body of Christ. I tried to take pictures today, without being a distraction, they were just too blurry, so an internet picture will have to do!

Breakfast In Bed

Project 365, Day 10, January 10, 2009

Abby and I had an all night Gilmore Girls fest and overslept. It was so sweet to wake up to my hubby holding two plates of food (with enough for 6 people of course) to serve us breakfast in bed. He is always thinking of ways to make us feel special. What a blessing he is to me!! I am so thankful for a husband who loves on me and our children!!

Ephesians 5:28
In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

His Holy Name Challenge 2009

Project 365, Day 9

It is probably cheating using this since I have to use it for another project a friend got me started on...not mentioning any names of course (Missey...) Some peer pressure is the best kind, I learned alot for this day's challenge!!

Revelation 4:8 Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."

If I am to reflect on the study that I am sure is meant to come with this verse, I have to ask myself a couple of questions.

Where do I fall short here? When was the last time I fell to the floor and just cried Holy, Holy, Holy? If He truly is my Past, Present and Future as this verse says, have I just taken that for granted. How often have I said His name without the reverence that He deserves?
Thankfully, He is a God of second and third chances…

Thursday, January 8, 2009

When God Says No

So I was reading a devotion and I thought this so appropriate for my life right now.

Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty John 6:35

There are times when the one thing you want is the one thing you never get...
You pray and wait.
No answer.
You pray and wait.
May I ask a very important question? What if God says no?
What if the request is delayed or even denied? God says, "I've given you my grace, and that is enough," will you be content?

Content. That's the word. A state of heart in which you would be at peace if God gave you nothing more than He already has.

In the Grip of Grace

I still wonder why in the world He would have said no... But the only thing that gives me peace is knowing this......

"better is one day in your courts, better is one day in your house, better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere"

My Collection

Project 365, Day 8, January 8, 2009

Today I thought I would share something I collect. I have always loved Willow Tree Angels. For some reason I have a bad habit of calling them Willow Creek, which drives my son crazy. Bethany (My Oldest) always told me they look ominous, whatever that means. My problem is, you can only have so many before you start looking like a retailer! My son got me the entire nativity for Christmas. It is just beautiful, I really struggled with putting it away. But my resolution was to get rid of the clutter. Why I can't stick with the diet thing is beyond me!!! Maybe I am trying to do too much, I think the first thing I should cut out of this whole resolution thing is the getting fit thing!!
Cya Soon!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sadie Girl

Project 365 Day 7
January 7, 2009
Can someone explain to me why this dog can come to me with a chewed up shoe, place it in my hands and I still gotta hug her. She is so darn cute!! She got the hair cut from around her eyes the other day and she just prances around looking at everthing as though it was for the first time. She greets me, follows me, won't go out for daddy unless I get up, OY What have a created?

Whatever it is, it still feels good.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Are you there God, it's me Pati...

Project 365, Day 6, January 6, 2009

Do you remember that old book we passed around in Middle school by Judy Blume “Are you there God it’s me Margaret”. I do. I even remember wondering if He even knew I was there. If you have read any of my blog entries you will know that I seem to be going through a time in the wilderness, wondering where He is. I even promised myself and Him, that whether I felt it or not, I was going to continue on seeking Him, and let me feelings catch up.

Well, tonight I started going to a Beth Moore bible study on the book of Esther. This has always been my favorite book of the bible. I loved to read it because it is a story of a woman who was used in an amazing way by God to save His people.

However, until tonight I never realized that God was not mentioned anywhere in this book. I guess I always felt Him there as though he were carrying out the plan and using Esther, but it never says so. He was nowhere to be found on any of the pages.

Beth Moore asked if there was anyone out there who wanted a miracle and just did not get it, that felt that God was nowhere to be found, or that is going through a time of searching. Oh, was she speaking to me!

The point is that God was there, the bible says that ALL scripture is God Breathed so it came from Him. This book is a reminder that sometimes God does not step in and perform miracles, but that He is there in the midst using a woman, much like any one of us, with fears and insecurities, far from where she belongs to carry out His plan!

Ephesians 1:11 Even when we’re blind to the evidence, God works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.

Isn’t it awesome to know that He is in there in the midst, even when we are as far away as we could be, that He will never leave us or forsake us?

Monday, January 5, 2009

Project 365, Day 5...

Project 365, Day 5, January 5, 2009

Her Last First Day Back!
So this is how it feels. I had trouble even looking at her this morning. I could not believe that in just a few short months she will be graduating from college. It gets harder all the time to figure out my place in her world, she is a grown woman now. I can't find the words to say to her, to explain how lost I am in this new role. I still want the control I had, but I want to be her friend. I miss her. That is all there is to it. But with that being said, I am so proud of the woman she has become. I am amazed that I was blessed to be a part of her life. She has such compassion and strength. Although she would never admit it because she is also one of the most humble people I know. She is such an inspirational role model for anyone who crosses her path. She loves Jesus, and does more than talk it, she walks it.

My prayer for her is that she let's God lead her to the place He wants her. That she will begin realizing the joy He has taken in her life, and that she will let Him use her to change this world!! More than anything, I am thankful to watch it all play out for His glory!!

Jerimiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, to give you a future and a hope.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Project 365, Day 4...

Project 365, January 4, 2009

Wow!! I can’t believe that I have accomplished this much in one weekend.. I am wondering if it is because I needed to take another picture for today, and was determined to redeem myself from the embarrassment of the pictures posted yesterday. Either way, it is done! I am so excited.

On another note, church was great today, I am so glad I went. I laid in bed and thought about just cheating and watching it on the internet, but I made a promise to myself that I was going to get spiritually fit, so I jumped out of bed and got ready in a flash. There is just something about being surrounded by people that care about you and want to build you up! A couple things I got from last week and this week…

People who Trust much, rarely Worry
People who Worry much, rarely Trust

Much Love, Little Fear
Much Fear, Little Love

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect Love drives out fear.

I have been so afraid to get close to God again because I constantly feel like I will be tested, and people will be taken away. I have lost my mom, a brother, a sister, a niece… But I can’t do this without Him anymore. Fear is not from HIM!!! I feel like a broken record… I just need to believe it!!!

Here is a great article on this scripture from Joyce Meyer.

God Bless! Try loving on someone today!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Project 365, Day 3

Project 365, January 3, 2009

This was fun! Well on my way to organizing my house!! I decided to surprise my daughter with re-decorating her bedroom while she was in Arizona, participating in a National Band Competition with the Grove City High School Marching Band. I only wish I would have taken a before picture, you just would not believe it! I am so excited to show it to her!! The only thing left to do is the wall decorations. I am going to try using the cricut to make vinyl circles and squares, to keep with the theme!

Project 365, Day 2

Project 365, January 2, 2009

I am sure that I am not alone, that 90% of the people I know are also making this New Year's resolution. I need to lose this weight!! I have decided that I need to work on getting fit, physically and spiritually.

I want to get healthy, and get closer to God at the same time. How I am going to do it, I have no clue, I suppose that is why the saying "Just Do It" was written. And so begins my journey, one I have tried many times before, what have I got to lose, right? :)

Project 365, Day 1...

Day 1, January 1st, 2009.
Resolution Number 1 - Declutter my life... I hate clutter. I am constantly picking up and getting rid of anything in my path... Until it gcomes to my scrapbook room. I had some changes in my home recently, and had to move everything out of my room to make room for guests. Once life settled down, I put everything back in there, but I have too much stuff, and it is so unorganized. So here it is, for all the world to see, my most embarrasing room in the house... What have I done??? Stay tuned, this will definately be a "picture of the day later on", and it will be different!!

Project 365 Underway...

I have decided to start a project designed by Becky Higgins, Project 365. Each day I am supposed to take a picture, and journal it for an entire year! Wow... this should be interesting. Since it is already the 3rd, I will go ahead and add my first 3 pictures.. I hope to do this daily, but my life can get crazy!!