cha·os (kā'ŏs') n.
1. A condition or place of great disorder or confusion.
2. A disorderly mass; a jumble.
We don't have the chance to see these guys all that often but amazingly this doesn't stop them from finding their groove! It was all laughter and squeals at Cousin Bug's birthday party last weekend; this sweet little boy just turned two. My favorite moment? When Cousin Sweetie (above, second from left) had to have a talk with the eldest cousin Meeley (above, center) when things started to get a little out of hand. It was adorable!! Cousin Sweetie is very articulate and appears much older and wiser than three; Meeley took her very seriously when she told him he shouldn't do what he was doing. His normal tendency would have been to skip past the youngling.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
cha·os (kā'ŏs') n.
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Monday, July 30, 2007
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Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Her name (which has been a secret this entire time) is: Angel Lynn.
Congratulations Tara and Bill!!!!
Posted by Tina Vega at 10:34 AM
1. starting the day with a good jump, 2. Ren & puppy, 3. he has several girlfriends, 4. my favorite, 5. Ren Yuck Face, 6. peek, 7. little goofball, 8. Go Twins, 9. favorite perspective, 10. 2 wheelin' it, 11. renzilla, 12. this is the life., 13. calvin & hobbes, 14. IMGP4123, 15. b-day muffin, 16. Stinky Face
Posted by Tina Vega at 10:23 AM
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
My uncle Greg just celebrated his retirement in a BIG way. The day included live music, face painting, balloon sculptures, buggy rides through the country, great food, and decorations that rivaled a wedding! No, Greg did not hate his job, he was simply celebrating the fact that he had made it. He had persevered. He was a survivor.
You see, two years ago Greg was battling a very rare form of lung cancer. We had a very different kind of party for him then - a fundraiser. Two years ago his prognosis was uncertain, the future cloudy.
Unbelievably, it did not hit me until we were there: this was more than just a retirement party. It was a celebration of Greg's life and the promise of tomorrow.
You will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. (Isaiah 58:9)
Posted by Tina Vega at 9:24 AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Do you like cheesecake? If so, look what I just found! I love unique places. Do you have a hidden gem to share - a favorite bakery, restaurant, or coffee shop? If so, please post it here!
Here's one of my favorites. They have the BEST burgers around. Have a great day - T
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Molly Lujan said...
I love the sitting out on a farm on a warm summer night and listening to all the sounds, attending softball games every night of the week and cheering my baby sister on, going swimming with Joey, going to the State Fair with Steve and Joey, and my July Scrapbook Retreat!!! :)-Molly Lujan
July 22, 2007 7:46 PM
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Monday, July 23, 2007
This is the heart of faithbooking: experiencing God and recording those moments. Amazing things happen as we begin to notice Him at work in our daily lives. No matter where you are with your faith, I highly recommend reading Experiencing God by Henry T. Blackaby & Claude V. King. It is one of those books I read again and again and one that thrills me each time I do!
Not everyone is comfortable sharing these kinds of stories in their albums - some have no desire to even do so; my goal is to simply help you go deeper. In my six years as a consultant, journaling has been the number one struggle and complaint of my customers! Here are a few pointers:
- Begin by looking at your photos a little differently - more of the heart and less of the eye. Share the experience using all of your senses; be sure to include emotions.
- What does the photo remind you of? Why?
- What went on "behind the scenes" that day? How does it compare to the photo moment you captured?
- Keep a journal and practice writing each day.
Posted by Tina Vega at 6:34 AM
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I've pulled together a couple of goodies for one of you! This drawing is for anyone and everyone visiting this blog. Just post a comment to this entry to be included in the drawing Monday night (July 23). The question: What are five of your summer favorites?
I'll share mine first to get you started: I love long days, sunshine, floating in the pool, sitting on the front porch, and hanging out around a fire.
Posted by Tina Vega at 1:52 PM
Thursday, July 19, 2007
There was a time it would have been almost impossible to find me in a photograph. How about you? Sometimes it's just easier that way. We hide behind the camera, snapping away at everything and everyone but ourselves.
Over the years, I have had the privilege of helping many families organize their photos into meaningful albums. Most of the time the stories are happy and polished. Sometimes though, families come to me with broken stories. Stories of grief and loss. I was particularly touched by one story of loss - perhaps it's because she was a wife and mother living a life very similar to my own. As I sifted through thousands of photographs, I was struck by the fact that this wife and mother was not only taking pictures, she was in them. Many of them. Can you imagine how precious those photographs would now be to her husband and young children?
As difficult as this may be, allow someone else to take your picture. Use a tripod to capture special moments when noone else is around. Try taking a self-portrait. Experiment. Explore.
Journaling Ideas: Photos are one dimensional and therefore only tell part of the story. Journaling lends insight into your personality, dreams, and desires. How would you describe yourself? What are your interests? How have they changed over the years? What are you passionate about? What bugs you? What do you want people to remember about you? What values, dreams, or goals are important to you?
Posted by Tina Vega at 3:25 PM
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Three years ago this month, we moved from the boonie outskirts to deep-into-the-boonies. Meeley had been attending a very small parochial school for two years of preschool and a year of kindergarten. I was uneasy about the switch to a large public school and wondered how he would weather the change. After all, he was leaving longtime friends and a familiar setting behind.
I prayed and asked God to bless Meeley at his new school - that He would surround him with good teachers and new friends.
Imagine my shock at the Open House when we stopped to meet Meeley's new art teacher. Lo and behold, it was MRS. G - my most favorite teacher EVER! Yes, my teacher. Twenty-three years ago, at a small parochial school in my hometown many miles away, Mrs. G was my 8th Grade art teacher!!!
Mrs. G was someone I looked up to - she would graciously share her time and always had an encouraging word. It was because of Mrs. G that I spent several hours working on a pencil drawing and it was also Mrs. G who entered it into a contest. (I won $50!)
What an extraordinary feeling to know that Meeley and Ren would be blessed by the same wonderful teacher. Coincidence? No way! That was a God Moment.
Posted by Tina Vega at 10:04 PM
Monday, July 16, 2007
- an apology
- a husband
- test results
- a phone call
- the grief to pass
- a vacation
- your turn in line
- a cure
- an answer
- a miracle
I later realized that waiting wasn't the problem, it was me! God put me in a "waiting room" of sorts for three years. I tried to push things along - working the situation from several different angles. Nothing worked; I was stuck and forced to WAIT IT OUT!I leaned in on God to help me during that time and found great wisdom, comfort, and encouragement in scripture. The following verses really struck a cord within me:
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1
I wait for you, O Lord; you will answer, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you, Lord. Isaiah 26:3
We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:2-4
Instead of running away from my situation, I sought His direction and purpose within it; amazingly, every one of these verses became truth in my life.
Journaling Ideas: Think back to that time (or to a current "waiting room" of your own) and try to find God's fingerprints on your situation. Are you trying (or did you try) to run away from the situation? How can you (or did you) make the most of the situation? Are you waiting (or, did you wait) with patient anticipation? What kind of character growth resulted from the wait? Create a scrapbook page about a time of waiting in your own life. Look for verses that speak to you and include them on your page.
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Sunday, July 15, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Posted by Tina Vega at 10:12 PM
My coffee maker has died. I'm sure of it this time.
We go way back. My friend Sunny purchased this beauty as a wedding shower gift 12 years ago! Until that point, I was burning through at least two makers a year.
It's a sad day.
The classic signs have been there: sputtering, coughing, blinking, and buzzing. There was even a day when my hubby yelled upstairs to me, "I think it's going to explode!" That happened four brewing cycles ago. This little Energizer Bunny was unable to complete its last cycle - the death knell for my coffee makers.
It was a good coffee maker. I will miss it.
Posted by Tina Vega at 6:48 AM
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I found myself noticing and appreciating the little things again.
The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Journaling Ideas: Have you ever experienced a dry spell in your life? Perhaps you felt a little lost. What led up to it? How long were you there? How did you find your way out? What did you learn about yourself during that time? Journaling about difficult experiences can provide a new perspective on an old situation.
Posted by Tina Vega at 8:27 AM
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
- Her mom and Nanna took her to Libby Lu at the Mall of America.
- She had them both pierced at once!
- The staff announced her new "pierced ear status" and everyone clapped.
She described in great detail how to care for them and shared her plans for the future (no dangle earrings, of course). It was an important day for my niece and I enjoyed hearing every detail. As I listened, I thought about how beautiful she looked and how quickly she is growing up. Will she share stories with me then? I sure hope so.
Journaling Ideas: Have you ever taken the time to really listen to a child? If so, what kind of story did they share? What nuggets of wisdom did they offer? How did they react to your undivided attention? Take time to listen to child today and create a scrapbook page about your conversation.
From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise, O Lord.
Posted by Tina Vega at 7:40 AM
Monday, July 9, 2007
The latest obsession: Calvin & Hobbes. Ren pretends to be Calvin. Blankie, of course, plays the part of Hobbes. Meeley and Ren have been arguing about what is real and what is not. (Ren says that Hobbes is a tiger. Meeley, the wise older brother, insists Hobbes is a stuffed animal.) Diplomatically, I suggested we ask the author. Ren said he would rather wait until he was 18 years old to know the truth! Choosing fantasy over reality; haven't we all done that at one time or another? Sweet innocence, creativity, and silliness. Here is Ren as Stupendous Man, Calvin's superhero alter ego. Notice the detail in the distinctive facial features and flowing cape. Gotta love it!
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Sunday, July 8, 2007
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Saturday, July 7, 2007
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