Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Counting Down to 2009 -

It is just 1 hour, 26 minutes until the year 2009, and I think this is the first year I have not been excited on New Year's Eve. My family is being sweet, playing a game, eating food, watching a movie together, staying up until midnight, and toasting and praying it in...all the things that I usually have to make them do... haha. Maybe I am missing the challenge? :D Nooo...

I think I am sorrowful over an America that has lost her founding in God. I love America, and I love what our founding fathers stood for. Things America is ripping out of her heart, and her people, things that will be "changed" in 2009. I've never been for change...if you most wanted to identify me with someone, it would be Jo from Little Women. I live that quote - "Why do things have to change? Why can't people just be happy where they are? I like the way things are." I am not in favor of change, unless it is "good" change. :) All of my friends tell me to get over it, that change is good, inevitable, not all change is bad, and if we didn't have change then good stuff wouldn't happen! I end up mumbling in agreement, but still feeling sad that people had to have something different. I know, I know...I am going to get lots of flak for this. And...I like good change, I LOVE good change.

However, I am saddened, grief-filled, nay, I am mourning the thought of what will come in 2009...if Obama fulfills what he says he will. I am dreading the days ahead when I will see the America I love applaud what President-Elect Obama tells her that the bills he is passing are what she deserves. That new freedoms are what we've been needing, all this time, but have been deprived of. That change without a God, or King Jesus is good! That believing is okay, but living under His will, laws or actually living out your faith and standards(gasp) is absurd, ridiculous, and unAmerican.

Which is maybe why I am not bouncing around the house squealing in delight that another year is coming...I am very excited about many things the next year holds, but not what changes the government will bring. Or that sinning leaders in charge will bring. Or how the world continues to hurt, do battle, and reject Christ.

I take comfort that God's kingdom is forever. That His kingdom has already been established. That He is never surprised by what happens, is never dismayed by how things change! He already is King of Kings and God over all. He already is Lord of the Universe. He already knows.

He already knows what change is coming. Because He planned it, because He designed it so.

I just have to change my mindset to love God's changes more, and love America less.

On that note - A Joyful New Year of 2009 I wish to you, that your hope is established not in kings, lands, kingdoms, leaders, people, actions, promises or changes...but that your hope is established in the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Mighty Designer of our little world.

A joyful New Year to you all!
~ Jean Marie

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Some wonder -

I love my friends.
I tell them often, so much that we respond almost without thinking about it, because it is a given. I am blessed with amazing friends, that are amazing because they put up with me. What is more amazing is that they tolerate me and laugh about it! And not only do they tolerate me, they actually do something more amazing than that, something that blows my mind when I consider how much of a sinner I am in need of grace, that they give out, under God's grace to them -

They actually love me back. A lot.

Which makes me love them even more, for loving me under God's grace.
A much humbled in God's care,
Jean Marie

Christmas poll results -

For my Christmas poll - 5 people voted. :D I view that with much hilarity. Thank you for voting!

Peace among family and friends won with 2 votes! - 40%
with these also voted for:
1 vote for Peace on earth
1 vote for God's will to be done, and
1 vote for Snow from the sky.

I heartily hope that the person that voted for snow from the sky, was not living in Florida, because I believe you most likely were disappointed. :)

I hope that your Christmas was peaceful, that you were full of praise for God's will being done, and that there was peace among family and friends resting in the joy of the coming of the Christ Child. Mine was, and I am so thankful for it!

With love,
Jean Marie

Friday, December 26, 2008

A preview of Christmas photos!

Well, this is my teaser trailer for our Christmas photos!!! Haha...what suspense I shall draw...especially when you realize that the best is yet to come - Christmas photo shoot!!! Ha. All I shall say is this - we look Irish, and we look amazing. :D

We brought in the Christmas Day with Christmas Eve luminaries set out.

Some sitting by the tree, and gazing at the lights and ornaments. (cough) And presents.
Talking about, and praising God for the real celebration of the season.
A favorite ornament on our tree. Glory, glory, glory indeed!
Singing and playing filled the house from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day.
And duets by Father and Daughter, both daughters, actually. He plays so well with us!
And lots of fun was had when I broke out the remote control for my camera, and the family didn't know it until after the camera took 5 pics of us that we might NOT be posting. :D Haha.
And the beginning fun of an hour-long photo shoot, in which I decide that doing one with my sister would not only be fun, but it would be hilarious. My gorgeous sister and I on Christmas.And a Merry Christmas all year round to you all!!! A lovely day we had, indeed, and hoped you did as well! God bless and keep you as you celebrate God's wondrous gift!
With love and joy!
~ Jean Marie

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas?

For those of you who read my title and thought I made a mistake...I did not. I meant to put a question mark instead of an exclamation point. Also, because I never do anything wrong(yeah, right!). :D

I wrote "Merry Christmas?" for the very reason that for the past week or so, or actually since the whole of America has been playing Christmas music since Thanksgiving Day, pushing Christmas presents, deals, sales, and one-of-a-kind-wheelie-gigs in our faces since October(it's true, and you know it), and at the same time reporting all kinds of slumps, bad economy, run-around-in-circles-screaming in panic-the-sky-is-falling; the thought of Christmas has held not the usual excitement for me.

Yes, I am still looking forward to it. The fun of presents, giving and receiving them. Singing carols, of fires, chilly walks, bright nights of a neighborhood decorated with festive lights everywhere. I am looking forward to it and I am cherishing it, like every year.

But -


I am a weary saint. I am a weary, weary saint....weary of the world's sad version of true joy, true despair over sin, true understanding of the Most High King made incarnate, the Son of God - born! Their understanding is disheartening to the Christian heart. It is no wonder that something hasn't seemed in place. Because if I can listen to 10 different versions of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"(my favorite) and instead of cheery smiles, it makes me melancholy.... yet singing this first line - "Thou who wast rich beyond all splendor, all for love's sake becamest poor" brings tears to my eyes - something is wrong. For all the "Merry CHRISTmases" I give out, for all the Christmas sermons I hear, for all the Christmas articles I read...the most common thought that I think is - "Oh, Father, I am so in need of You." I am so in need of my Savior. I am so in need of my King, to reign completely over this sinful, dirty, faithless heart. I am so in need of Him who loves and understands me completely. I am so in need of grace. I am that weary saint of sin, needing to rest wholly upon my Savior of Mercy.

I am stumbling around trying to convey what I mean here. I am doing a poor job. I am not here to discuss music opinions, I am here to say - the meaning of the words brings me to tears. Not just the meaning of - "Thou who wast rich becamest poor", but the overwhelming words - "all for LOVE's sake". All for love's sake for those who do not love him. Who love themselves more than Him Who gave all, and loves all, to those who love none. That sort of love we can never imagine. We can never understand fully, until we see the greatness of God, as we bow before His throne.

Something is missing - what is it? It's the simple quiet comfort of a Hope given to hopeless people. Hope. Light given to darkness. Joy given to the mourning and sorrowful. Life given to the dead. A King, born to save His people, driven solely on love, and desire to have a people who will work, wait, love, praise, joy in the relationship with Him. It blows my mind to even think about it...because I know better than anyone, save God Himself, how unworthy I am to be loved, how unworthy I am to be cared for, how unworthy I am to be blessed, to be given such a Gift. It is inconceivable to my weak heart. It is impossible to understand, it is perfectly and totally grace.
Undeserved grace and mercy. Undeserving Jean Marie receiving grace and mercy? Say-What?

It is Hope. It is Joy. It is Forgiveness made into a Baby, born to die for sinners. It is - One Who took solely over my sins, over the sins of His people, to bear them upon the cross, it is One Who came for me. It is the One who is Lord and King over all, Whose kingdom shall never end, nor shall He ever turn from His people. I would venture to say the strains of "please have snow, and mistletoe, and presents under the tree" now grow quite dim in light of that truth, wouldn't you?

So. I hope you understood what I tried to say through that awkward, rambling article. :) Merry Christmas? Yes. Merry, Merry, oh, precious day that Christ was born!!! Joyeux noel! Oh, Joyful Night! The day the Savior came to us! In grace, and with hope for a dead and hopeless people!

Joyeux noel...Oh, Joyous Night and Day and ever after may the Lord be praised by His people!
With thankfulness and praise for our King Jesus,
~ Jean Marie

"Thou who wast rich beyond all splendor,
All for love's sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendor,
All for love's sake becamest poor.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love's sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenwards by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love's sake becamest man.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Savior and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Savior and King, we worship thee."
-- Frank Houghton (1894-1972)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A song for my day -

This adequately describes my day today. Hoping, trusting, resting. A pause. And then just letting go and Hoping, Trusting, Resting. And this is a song that I won't take out of my head today -
In Jesus Christ, my Hope,
Jean Marie

"I need you to love me" by Barlow Girl

"Why, why are You still with me?
Didn't You see what I've done?
In my shame I want to run and hide myself
But it's here I see the truth
I don't deserve You

(Chorus:)
But I need You to love me, and I
I won't keep my heart from You this time
And I'll stop this pretending that I can
Somehow deserve what I already have
I need You to love me

I, I have wasted so much time
Pushing You away from me
I just never saw how much You could cherish me
'Cause You're a God who has all things
And still You want me

(Chorus)

Your love makes me forget what I have been
Your love makes me see who I really am
Your love makes me forget what I have been"

Monday, December 22, 2008

The President-Elect, Rick Warren, and Albert Mohler.

I read a most interesting article on Albert Mohler's blog today, and thought I would share it with you...I encourage you to go read it. Click here.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Want to buy a Space Shuttle?

Well, the news is out...if we retire our wonderful space shuttles, you could very well buy one! Hey, it's only 42 million...for a SPACE SHUTTLE! I mean, come on! Who doesn't want one? That perfect gift, for the special someone...oh, it doesn't come with any main engines, though. Just so every Johnny and Jimmy and Jill don't get it into their bright little heads to take it anywhere. Kids, this is what you've been waiting for! Yes, you wonderful children that think you are worth 42 million, come get your shuttle, oh, next year or so, and I promise you - there will not be a kid on the block, nay, the WORLD that does not envy you...unless they have one of the other two. :D

Read more about it here.

For those extremely bright kids who will later invent things like the next spaceship that is supposed to take us to Mars...I'm sorry, Mr. President-Elect, but I think we should have mentioned that it will take the person in that rocket 5 YEARS to reach Mars...so, yeah...maybe not such a good idea? Maybe just leave Mars to the Creator, and wait until you get to Heaven to be taught about that one. Or send a little probe...oh, I'm getting off track. Back to those extremely bright kids.

They are also selling the shuttle main engines. That would make a beyond-cool entrance to your home. People open the door, and stare down a gray, ringed cone that you finally have to pop out of at the end, and viola! Wonder world of all wonder worlds! An engine in your home! It only weighs 7,000 pounds! HA! Sweetness. You would be like..."Oh, hey. Yeah, pretty neat piece of metal, huh? It only cost about 800,000 dollars, and then I had to ship it over....haha. But it was worth it! Amazing little doo-hickey. They are very rare you know, and extremely powerful...why, little Quirky Quentin is going to design the next rocket to hook it up to...but, of course, who would expect any less from someone who has a main shuttle engine for his doorway entrance!!!"! HahahahaHAHAHAHa....I am having way too much fun with this article.

Oh, my. Okay, well, go read the article...and that picture? Amazing beyond amazingness. I love it.

With laughter,
Jean Marie
(The one who is NOT buying a shuttle, because I am humble! :D)

Oh, and for the record? I want Endeavor, because it was the first shuttle I saw ferry-ride. Just sayin'....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Poll Results -

And the poll is up! All of five votes. Hmmm. I think I needs must get a topic of more interest to my readers. :) But I had fun with it! Here it is-

3 votes for Home

1 vote for CO(this happened by me, when I was thinking about a certain dog - Misha, and snow)

1 vote for Missouri

So, the vast majority, because the MO vote I believe was also one for home, haha...you all want to be Home for Christmas! And, so do I, even though I'd love some snow, some dear faces that live not so close to me, some horseback rides across a field of snow and ice...yes, it is Home for the Fambrough family in 2008. I'm thinking, then, the vast majority of you all have been singing this song -

"I'll be home for Christmas. You can count on me.
Please have snow and mistletoe and presents under the tree!
Christmas Eve will find me, where the love light gleams.
I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams!!!"

May your home be filled with God's holy "love light", and more love for each other, and praise to the Holy One than there be presents. May God be honored by your mindset as you shop for your families. May God be glorified as you thank Him for His most undeserved and wondrous gift.

With thankfulness,
Jean Marie

Monday, December 15, 2008

Miscellaneous Monday Shots

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Everywhere you go... including the Fambrough home!
Yes, folks, it is true...last Saturday night we had a fire. In our fireplace. Our first fire in our fireplace, I might add, for roughly about 2 years. The fire crackled, popped, snapped, and while we loved the sounds and the heat, I couldn't help wishing that it would be colder than 62 degrees outside. Still, it was lovely. And here is a picture for proof. Nice, eh? But wait, there's more...

A favorite figurine is set out, to warm our hearts with its tender kisses blown our way.
And ... the tree. The 7 foot Douglas fir tree that we bought at Lowe's, due to tradition. We bought quite a nice tree this year. Mom, Kim and I always head on over there, and this year was no different, except that we had two cars and met up there. So this year we put the tree in the Bullet's trunk, and Kim and I sang along with the radio going home. We sounded better.
It never fails to amaze me how sappy, no I mean, SAP on me, I can get just picking up a tree, putting on lights, crawling under it, and just touching it. I had sap on me going to church the next day. It was on my hands, in my hair, and I was super sticky. These lights didn't help...they were the reason I was touching the tree at all. But, hey, it was worth it! :D
Because after Paulina K., Kim and I decorated it, the tree looked like this!!! Ours is not a themed tree, with a certain color, professional bows, glass balls, or an old-fashioned one with popcorn, cranberries, tinsel and cotton. Ours is a family tree. With family ornaments...with family memories attached. And it makes a lovely tree. Every. Single. Time.

The Fambrough Christmas Tree 2008.
One of our family ornaments.
And even though Christmas music is playing, we are decorating a tree, and wearing long pants, our window is open to the 70 degree breeze wafting in the kitchen window, to wisp by some flowers still blessing us with color from Thanksgiving. Ahhhh, December in Florida. :)

Now I have something truly exciting to share with you all. My friend, Sarah in England does not think it exciting at all. But it was. Is. Today I looked out our front window, and there was a little black racer snake sunning itself (and looking for prey) on the top of one of our bushes! I could scarcely believe it, as I have not seen this happen in quite some time, with such a great view! So, I grabbed my camera, and my zoom lens, and stepped outside for some shots with our friend.

Here's one from inside, back when I thought he would move.

And here he flattens himself out thinking I am going to eat him, which, actually, did not cross my mind at all. He was only a little 2 footer, and quite cute.

I kept moving around, quietly, slowly, and soon was within a foot and a half to two feet of his little head. He was cautious, wary, but not inhospitable, as my camera memory card will tell you. I took 55 pictures of him in about 15 minutes. I know you are going to be happy when I tell you that I am only sharing eight with you. Ha ha.
Focusing on the coils of his length whilst he anchored himself to the bush.
Peeking through little lines of cobwebs, he was rather unhappy that I was closer here.

Awww...this shot just kept reminding me of a little baby...Hello, little thing! Of course, some of the cuteness left when I thought of what he probably had just been eating. Still. Cute!
Here, my kissable 70-300mm lens zoomed up to see the rigidity of his head, the sleekness of his scales, the gold-brown of his eyes, and in them the absolute glare saying - "Go away!".
But not before I share just one more! This was one of my favorites. Well, did you like that? I did! It was a real treat to have something rarer than birds, lizards, squirrels, Mopsie, and bugs to photograph. Thank you, Lord, for this little snake. And for little joys in life.
As seems to become the case, when outside with my camera, I want to spend all day out there, taking pictures of absolutely nothing and quite everything! Our Chinese tallow trees all change a little bit after the other, so while one is a winter tree.

The next one over is a fall tree! You gotta' love FL, haha! Oh, and if these look a bit strange in the way they are on here, well, I was laying on my back on the driveway, so that's why they are that way. Concrete is comfortable. As long as you are on your back. :D
Another new fall favorite. I can't believe the lovely colors God blessed us with this year! Wow.

A brilliant yellow, lit by the afternoon sun.

As I walked down to the end of our street, I couldn't help but notice this raspberry-look-alike
berry framed between the orange tree branches.

And prayers for a bountiful and fruitful (no pun intended) harvest of citrus for the farmers!

And on the way back...a flowering loquat tree gave me a whiff of sweet perfume, which this bee I'm sure was tasting with fervor.
And then proceeded to give me my favorite and best shot of the day. Oh, sweet simplicity.
And returning home, I see a lizard. Now, I very much dislike lizards. But as I saw the white stone, and blue barrel in the background, I couldn't help but whisper "Okay, I know I hate you little lizard, but just stay there for a minute while I get this shot. Ooh. Thanks.". :D No, really.
And another one, that has absolutely nothing to do with anything, 'cept that I like it.
It gives me joy to share my day,
even in the smallest and simplest of ways,
a photo here, some laughter there,
everyday blessings of a God Who cares.

Okay, that might have been cheesy, but I wrote it in 15 seconds flat, so who cares? :D Take care, ya'll, and come back soon!

Under God's care,
Jean Marie

Friday, December 12, 2008

For Someone's special day!

Today is a very special day for a very special someone. It is the 23rd birthday of my dear friend, Whitney Dotson! Happy 23rd birthday, darling one! I am pretty sure you will be close to killing me for putting this (below) picture of you up, so not only did I collaborate with your mother and your sister to get pictures from them and get your mother's permission, I also got a promise of protection from your mother, if you should attempt to kill me after a loving post. HA! She personally wanted this one, saying it is one of her favorites of you as a baby, that you were being a naughty little baby by not keeping your shirt on. Haha. So, my dear - a birthday post for you.

For those of you who have not heard me talk of "my friend Whitney D. in Tennessee", then I will give you a crash information overload in 5 minutes. :D Whitney and I met on a discussion board for our online college - Whitefield College. I had questions, as I was just starting my courses, and she was answering them for me, just as another student. However, I believe, we got off track from courses...haha. We got on the topics of Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Jane Austen, being old-fashioned, romantic, and desiring to be Godly women, both honorable daughters as well as honorable young women before young men. And the comment line went on into the hundred, and we realized we'd better exchange e-mails before all of Whitefield's students learned all of our little secrets. :D

So, we did, we started e-mailing, and in October of 2006, met for the first time in TN at my aunt's cottage on the Little Pigeon River. I burst out of the house, and screamed in delight - "Whitney!!!", and rushed to hug my dear friend...I remember hugging her so hard and long. :D Then I met the rest of the family, but could not believe that we were meeting them! I was excited, to put it mildly. You can imagine. Our families hit it off right away, and since then we've seen them about, um, 4 or 5 times? I cannot wait for the next time we get to see them! They are very dear people to us, and I treasure my friendship with Whitney. I never thought that an online college would bring me two very best friends in Whitney D., and in Sarah Magee, and then, a third, with Whitney's younger sister - Ashley. God has indeed blessed me so very much.


Here is baby Whitney...

And here is gorgeously-grown-up Whitney, 22 years old, at the time.

A romantic and Godly beauty, in the heart, and mind, and spirit, and in appearance as well! :)
Here are pictures from one of our meetings at Cracker Barrel in August of 2007. Unfortunately, it was just my mother in TN, and Kim was sorely missed from "The Foursome"...you see, we are the Little Women. I am Jo, Ashley is Amy, Kimberly is Meg, and Whitney is Beth....however, some sort of argument seems to ensue that Whitney is also Jo, and that Ashley is Anne, not Amy, and that of course, I am Anne too! Anyway. That's how it is. :D
We must be looking at a different camera. LtoR: Whitney, JM, and Ashley.

And we end up laughing at something, which does not surprise me in the least bit, I laugh so much when I am with the Dotson family, they laugh often, easily, and joyfully. I love them. :D

We are attempting to play checkers, which we quickly gave up to look all beautiful by posing like lady aristocrats. Turned out quite well, don't you think? :D

So, my dear Whitney, my dearest Jo, may you have a very wonderful 23rd birthday. You are an encourager to my fainting heart when I am in despair, you share your heart with me, give your love out like I was moving tomorrow, laugh at me and with me, exhort me to higher greatness, listen without complaining, and pray for my Prince as I pray for yours. You are like a sweet half- sister to me. I love you so very much, and thank you for your Godly love and care to me!

With joy on your birthday!
~ Jean Marie
(Your RED)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

John & Audra - March 14th, 2008

Hello to you all!
This post was thought of quite quickly as I chatted with a dear friend in MO this afternoon...the thought came to me how much fun it would be if I could do a post on her and her betrothed! She agreed, much to my surprise and delight! Her name is Audra, and a lovely girl she is. She is also choke-on-your-own-breath-hilariously funny, doesn't mind getting hugs from me, laughs easy, teases mercilessly, has hundreds of different expressions, and can give you that "look" that makes you feel guilty for being too loud in her family's bookstore. She will be a wonderful wife, mother, and homemaker...and people will LOVE to go to her house someday. :D And she is engaged to a wonderful man - Mr. John Notgrass.

I am proud to say, that I knew them before they started courting. Alright, it was only 2 weeks before, but still! I had the pleasure of being in MO the same time that John was, and when I had lunch at Audra's family's place, I got to know him a little bit. Jessica L. had given me the insider hints that John was maybe going to ask to court Audra, so I was having quite a lot of fun watching him and Audra all afternoon, although I never said so. Their wedding is on March 14th of next year, and I am beginning to pray for that day, as I have prayed for the two of them since they started to court. John and Audra, I love you both, and may God bless you abundantly with His grace, and with many little Johns and Audras!

Note - these pictures were taken in June 2008, in Troy, Missouri.
Here is Mev (John's sister), Audra, and Jessica L. I had no idea that much later I would look at that picture thinking of a bride and her maidens. :D

John writes and plays and sings quite well, and he blessed us with a song that afternoon.

Later on that night, we watched Stephen L.'s short film that has been entered in the 2008 SAICFF! LtoR: Mr. Thrower, John, and Mr. Littmann.
Bethany(Audra's sister) writes songs as well, and plays and sings beautifully. The whole family has a very strong dry sense of humor that made me laugh all day long, and Bethany is no exception! She is also very sweet and fun to be around. :D Thank you for your song, too!
Here we move on to Audra's younger bro's: here is Mr. Drama who was pushed/fell out of the canoe. Notice the excited expression of one of the people in the canoe. We knew it would happen sooner or later.

And Audra's youngest brother, who looks so very sweet and calm in this picture, but later in the evening dumped about a gallon of pond water out of a bucket straight at my legs, soaking my jeans. Haha. Umm...I did not say "Thank you", but I think I remember Audra laughing. :)
Hmmm....oh, and did I mention that this beautiful girl is going to be a bridesmaid? I am beyond excited for her! Miss. Jessica Littmann (below). She will be SO lovely!
Here we are the morning before heading over to the Thrower's home, dressed for church. LtoR: Miss. Renee Joy L., Miss JM, and Miss. Jessica L. All dressed in white! :) I love you, girls!
So, John and Audra, congratulations on your coming marriage! For more pictures, and their love story, go here. Enjoy looking at it! By the way, I am mentioned on it, I just noticed that! I am one of the "folks" that John mentions at the picnic in June! Haha. I am so famous I just can't stand it.
My love to you all,
In God's mercies,
Jean Marie



Okay, okay, okay, I just had to post this picture! It makes me smile so big every time I see it! It's a sweet picture of Jessica L. and sweet Miss. Lydia Serven, and hilarious Stephen popping into the picture! Ha HA HAH AHA!!! It's brought me lots of laughter. Good job, Steve. Nice.

* Update!!! - Exciting news!!! The bride, Audra, has so graciously invited me to her wedding! And of course, I eagerly and with much excitement (I'm sure you can envision this) accepted the invite. And tonight, the 16th, I talked with Miss. Jessica L., and she very sweetly (after her parents permission) agreed to allow me to come and stay at their home! I invited myself into their home, hoping that they wouldn't mind a chatterbox full of energetic hugs and a-mischievous-quite-a-lot-of-the-time-girlie being around for a couple of days. Turns out, I think Jessica was almost as excited as I am, (would you believe that?!) and wants me to come! Aaahhh!!! I love you, dearie!

I look forward to March now, so very, very, VERY much! Thank you to the dear Littmann family for wanting me to come, and to Audra for the invitation. And thank you, Lord, for such loving, sweet and kind friends.

With much love and excitement!!! :D Haha!
~ Jean Marie

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What's been going on -

Hello all!
Well, let me tell you the sad news before the good news, so you leave this post happy. The sad news is that this beautiful person(below), Miss. Sarah Magee, left Florida to go back to the UK on the 5th of December. :( I miss her quite a lot already. We sang "The Parting Glass" in the Orlando airport, and as I sang it this morning by myself, it was not the same without her voice singing it in the other room with me. I love you, dear Sadie Beth!


And for the good news - look who is home for Christmas!!! Kimberly! And, all her stuff! :D YAY! Sooo good to see her again (all of you who are excited she is home, leave a comment)!
And look who/what else is home! Our car! The Buckhead Bullet! If you are from Atlanta area, you will understand the name, if you are not - uhhh...ignore it. So. I rushed out to see our car when Kim came home, and as I kissed it, Kim told me that she had not washed it. Once. Not at all. Not even a drive-through-shampoo. The poor Bullet! I was appalled, and resolved to wash it soon.

The hood of the car....filthy, absolutely filthy...friends of Kimberly - WHY did you not tell my sister to wash her car?

Can you say DIRTY? - Dirty....good, good.
And here in the garage I ponder why we have two full bottles of Orange Pumice Soap Scrub.
So, I decided before I washed the car last night, to walk around the house and look at things, and for some reason, I got, umm....stuck taking pictures because of the camera I was holding. Is that an eviction notice? (Cue dramatic music) Oh, wait...we own our house. Nevermind. :D

I surprised Kimberly by rustling the leaves in front of her window whilst she studied for a test - I love her scared/surprised/amused expression that I captured here...haha! I am faintly in the window reflection on the left...hello! Glad to have her home...hahaha.

A pretty leaf on the corner bush.
A beautiful hibiscus flower that was so gloriously bright red!
A lovely array of fall leaves, we've had the best FL fall in 15 years at least! Long and lovely.
A wintery shot of another Chinese Tallow tree. Personally, I love this one a lot.
Soooo....I know you are dying to see the clean car pictures - Here they are! I actually was wondering how the car looked like last night, as I was finishing the last half in the dark, with the outside light, and a metal spotlight hooked up for light so I could see....it turned out great!
Hooray for a clean happy car! The beautiful Buckhead Bullet that God has blessed us with.
An opening hibiscus, ready to wonder the world with God's creation of bright hue and detail.
Another shot of beauty....so amazing God thought up all of this.
"Off with the old, on with the new" doesn't quite fit this picture, because the old has it's own beauty, a dry, withered fallen leaf still reminds me of the Bible's reference of pursuing money without God.... "the flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes, so also will the rich man fade away in his pursuits."
Turning from green to gold to brown to black....reminds me of the human heart full of sin...wow. I am really in a thinking mood tonight, haha!
The blustering wind was blowing these clouds in, as I snapped this wintery photo. (Poetic!)
Completely random, but I seem to be famous for red herrings anyway, so why not keep up the tradition? I love, love, LOVE the orange in this picture! It is the sun glowing through our garage door.
So....I thought I would tell you something. Remember when I said that I was finishing washing the car in the dark? Oh, it was a breezy, waltz-on-the-deck-by-the-water kind of glorious night...no mosquitoes, or bugs, just lovely 65 degree weather. (Told you....red herring) Well.
I thought some very deep and various-sundry thoughts, and I wanted to share them with you here. They are also reflections and umm..."Oh" moments.

  1. Plugging the metal spotlight plug into the live extension cord with wet and soapy hands might not have been a really good idea.
  2. That I could be a billionaire if I invented a Soap-Squirt-Gun with dishsoap in it, to use on car-thieves. Just aim at eyes, and you've got them. I mean, what hurts worse than soap in your eyes? They'd be blinded! (I thought of this one as three teens walked by, shouting gleefully back and forth to each other, and I unplugged and shut off both lights, refer to #1)
  3. That hurling the last of the soapy water in the bucket(about a gallon) onto the top of the car might not have been a good idea, since half of it came back on top of me. Umm...WET?

So. Yes. There you go. For those of you who are waiting for Sarah Magee/Jean Marie pictures, they are coming. But there are about 1000 of them in all, and I have to figure it all out. I hope you enjoy reading my blog, everyone....may God bless and keep you.

Thank you! Ya'll be family! :D
~ Jean Marie