Friday, November 26, 2010

A fulfilling repast -

I hope your Thanksgiving was as sweet, laughter-filled and joyous as ours was yesterday!
How sweet the times when God's children gather together in thanks ....
trusting in Him for all of life and for our very souls,
remembering His faithfulness and grace and mercies over our years,
to the praise of His glorious grace, for the good of our hearts,
for the provision of the saints, and the furthering of His kingdom ...
our HOPE lies in our Precious Lord and King!
With love,
~ Jean Marie ~

P.S. Oh, and here's hoping you had LOTS of smiles, as we did! :D

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 -

"O My God, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admires, adores, loves thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon and converse with thee,
ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless Thee for the soul thou hast created,
for adorning it, sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body thou hast given me
for preserving its strength and vigor,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;
for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.

I love Thee above the powers of language to express,
For what Thou art to thy creatures.
Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity."
~ A prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving, from The Valley of Vision ~

God is so very kind and merciful. I am so so thankful! Happy Thanksgiving 2010!
My favorite part of that prayer...
"for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly."

Let us come before His throne with thanksgiving,
"Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity."
~ Jean Marie ~

and looking back on the blog at Thanksgiving 2009 and Thanksgiving 2008. :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sadie & Jean -

Sunset on St. Auggie Beach last night .... a beautiful time. We wanted to put a few pictures up so that the rest of the lovely people over across the big blue wet thing (sea) wouldn't start to panic, as if we were never going to blog about having Sadie Beth here. So here, lovely Magee family, and Rachel F. :) We are loving having her here, and loving taking vast amounts of pictures with our Irish sweetie.

Headed out for another day together!
In the unending and abounding grace of our Father,
we are so so thankful,
~ Jean Marie ~

Photography by: Kimberly. :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

25 years of love -

To Daddy and Mommy ...

Happy 25th anniversary to the parents I love so so much. Two of the dearest people in the world to me, ever and ever .... separated maybe only by time someday and together forever with our Lord. How precious to me the knowledge we abide in His love for His glory always.

Happy 25th anniversary to the people who teach Kimberly and I what love, commitment, honor, integrity, serving, unselfishness, and so many other things are displayed in marriage. It's no wonder Kimberly and I want to be Wifey's and Mama's like you, Mama, and that we want husbands like you, Daddy. We love you both so much, and don't always show it well.

We pray for you all continually. Even though I think we rarely tell you. We treasure you as parents, and we work at being good friends. ;) Life is not easy, and God does not always seem kind, but we know that He is working for our good, whether we see it or not.

Here's to the next 25 years, Lord willing, we will walk by your sides, holding your hands, guiding each other by loving our Jesus, and each other! Thank you for your commitment and love and teaching and Godly parenting to Kimberly and I. We know it's hard. :)

You are both so beautiful in our eyes, and we are so thankful for you, Mommy and Daddy!
With love, and prayers for the mercies of God to flow over our next 25 years together,
~ Jean Marie ~

"Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations."
Psalm 100: 3 - 5 (NKJV)

Looking back at - the 23 years post and at - the 24 years post. :)

Anew -

So Picnik hasn't been working for the past 3 days. Editing pictures and writing are 2 huge major de-stressers for me, so guess what I've been? .... yes. Stressed. :) Like it will kill me to post some SOOC shots of the gorgeous morning I woke up to this AM.

I need editing. Not God's world. ;)

and yes ... at 7:15am, I did think that was rather profound.

When everything else shatters and all we hold onto seems to be slipping out of our grasp....and memories seem to choke us because we won't be making more of them with those we love ...
God is enough. Christ is always enough. More and all and ever enough.
His love is enough. His grace is enough. His faithfulness is enough. He is enough for us.

... "and when the storms swell and rage, there are mercies anew,
in affliction and pain, You will carry me through, and at the end of my days,
when Your throne fills my view, I will sing of Your mercies anew.
I will sing of Your mercies anew. I will sing of Your mercies anew.

and Your mercies they will never end, for ten thousand years they remain,
and when this world's beauty has passed away, Your mercies will be unchanged."
~ Sovereign Grace Music 2001 ~

Third Day ~ "I trust in Jesus, my Great Deliverer, my Strong Defender, the Son of God!
I trust in Jesus! Blessed Redeemer, my Lord forever, the Holy One! The Holy One!"
With love,
~ Jean Marie ~

Friday, November 19, 2010

Forgotten -

This evening as the sun was setting and the breeze was picking up, I walked outside onto the porch, and walked right back in to put on a jean jacket. My feet stayed bare, because, really. I ran around Colorado in 40 degree weather in jackets and bare feet. My maple tree has finally decided it is fall, and is going to turn colors .... and as I laid down in the thinning grass and dirt and felt the leaves crunch under my jacket and jeans ....

I felt this odd sensation. A sense of sweet reminders and lost memories.

I don't know if I can explain it, if I haven't already tried before, or if you don't know this year that I have walked ... or if you know me at all. To a few of you, it will make perfect sense. Because you are here with me. We are walking the same dusty path, this season. for now.

I ruffled a few leaves around in my hand, the familiar crackling sound appearing, turning the leaves over and looking at them closely. The breeze lifted my hair, and I looked up at the maple above me. That sensation washed over me again. How odd. How welcome ... but odd.

And it didn't make sense, this .... reminder I was feeling. It didn't make sense at all. There is fall every year. There is Autumn every year. I know what it's like. Last year I saw Missouri Autumn and Boston Autumn in all their brilliance. Surely I know what fall is! I'm 22 years old!

.... and yet. Last Autumn was such a blur. The changing leaves were stared at with incomprehension and shuffled into bags when they had turned brown. The falling colors of brilliance were clouded behind a mourning and heavy heart. They were viewed through a veil of tears. Autumn had pointed to Thanksgiving and to Christmas, and none of it made sense.

You can see how it startled me then, when I laid down and pure contentment washed over me, mixed with this sensation. I snapped a few pictures. I looked around at the dusky light and the newly planted trees in our yard, and I blinked. I shifted on the grass and the leaves crunched again. I knew that sound. It rang an alarm on every memory I have of Autumn. It burst upon my mind as I traced the lines in a golden leaf ....

I had forgotten what Autumn was. I had forgotten fall.

Autumn was always my favorite season when I was growing up. It meant vacation and Thanksgiving with my grandparents in Georgia, on their quiet Atlanta street. It meant piles of leaves to dive into, long long walks hand in hand with my parents, feeling the brisk wind around us, walking in the curb gulley to crunch and swish through the fall leaves, it meant turkey and bing cherry salad and relatives. It meant cool weather and forts in the backyard and shopping at the mall with Grandma to get a Pre-Christmas treat, and most of all .... it meant time with the people I loved best.

Since those sweet years, both grandparents have gone to be with the Lord, and Autumn always brings back those precious memories. Now added to that list, are the Thanksgivings spent just 2 years ago, with our precious (2nd grandparents), as Mr. G. is no longer with us. And our dear dog ... Mopsie loved autumn. Thanksgiving will be different. Again. It's not easy to accept.

In all the old pain and the fresh pain comes the longing ... and I had forgotten.

I had forgotten this beauty ... THIS:

ahh, this.

and this.


and this.

the simplicity of this.

the color of this.

the fragile state of this.

looking at this.

capturing this and making memories of this.

And even as it daily breaks my heart that Autumn will never be remembered the same way ever again, that the hardest times of the year will be during the days when the air turns crisp and leaves fall, even as I look around me with amazement that we are still living through all this pain, even as I walk this road towards Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter over and over again until Heaven, even as I daily miss the ones who have been so very dear to me ....

... it is the time for Thanksgiving. It is Autumn. For God has been gracious, and I am thankful.

... and because I don't want to forget THIS again ...

I want to love Autumn as I always have. To remember all the beauty amidst the suffering. What a beautiful beautiful time of year, when God gives us rest and beauty for the long winter ahead, full assurance that even as things change ... and fall ... He is unchanging Father and Savior! He is more beautiful than all this that we see. He holds the past and the present and the future in His hands, and He hath designed it in love, whatever it may be.

He loves us more than we can imagine. He has saved us beyond what we understand. He has blessed us farther than we deserve. He has prepared for us: the House. the Feast. He holds us in His arms and gently bears us, even as we ache to understand .... He knows.

How wondrously beautiful this is!! He is our Autumn and our Christmas and our Easter and the coming Wedding Feast, He is our summer and winter and rain. He is Emmanuel, God with us.

"Ye know not what the Lord is working out of this, but ye shall know it hereafter." ~ Samuel Rutherford

With fond memories of Autumn, and joy ever-after and always in Jesus,
~ Jean Marie ~

I think it is fitting that this post from my heart, written in fondness and sweet memories and joy .... this is the one that happens to be my 300th post on this blog. :)

P.S. EmilyCase and Lauren can be a little proud of me, I shot these all in Manual. :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

In just 5 Days -

we get to see Sadie Beth again! Face to face, in each other's arms. hugs, sweetness, joy, excitement, shrieking, running, trying not to bring the whole airport down ....

She's gonna' be here in FIVE DAYS. *shrieks* :D

Hahahaa. It's been 2 years since we've seen each other. That may not seem like a long time, but it is. So so much has happened. Life is different. We are different.

God continues to chafe and plunge us through trials, ever holding us up, yes, but we are each holding our dear share of pain and hurt and valleys. The mountain tops too. :)

I can't wait to see her. :) I can't wait to make more Fambrough & Sadie Beth memories .... and thank God for His blessings and provision this Thanksgiving. We like sharing the colonization joys with our English kinfolk. ahhahahaa. :D Sorry. That never gets old. ;)

So she's comin' ...

... in only 5 days.


We can't wait!!! :D We love you, our dear precious Sadie Beth! We'll see you SOON!
With love,
~ Jean Marie ~

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day -

To all our veterans of the United States of America -
Thank you. Thank you for your service! We are deeply deeply grateful.
As Americans and as patriots, we will always be thankful for you.
I pray for you, our veterans ....
from a grateful American,
~ Jean Marie ~

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Take care now -

(my camera)

A letter:
Dear EmilyCase's camera,
Hi! It's Jean Marie's camera. I'm doing well, actually, I'm doing great, because Jean Marie used me today, and the air was cool and I'm all clean right now. I saw you last night and you weren't doing so hot. I couldn't see you and say "hi" because I was wrapped up in Jean Marie's satchel. This makes me sad now because I didn't get to say hi before you were sent to the Camera Hospital to get fixed up. Jean Marie assures me that you will be back soon, better than ever. YAY EmilyCase's camera! This is GREAT news!

We've been on some pretty big adventures together, and I hope that you get back really soon because EmilyCase feels lost without you. When we get separated from our people, they feel like their hearts are getting torn apart and can't WAIT until we get back! Isn't that sweet of them. We work so well together with our people, even though we are different breeds of camera, we still love each other! YAY for being different and fun!

Last night Jean Marie used you and said you looked kinda' fuzzy on the inside, and that you were having trouble focusing. I understand. I do that sometimes too, but usually it's because Jean Marie isn't always exactly sure what she's doing. She's learning though. :) It takes some time. Maybe you felt fuzzy seeing EmilyCase dangling so high up in the air on that seat before she plummeted towards the earth at a rapid speed. I heard Jean Marie gasp, I think she was glad that wasn't her up there. I hope that it wasn't the spinning or the cold air or the bright lights from the FAIR last night that made you sick. If so, Jean Marie can totally relate. She only rode the slides and a few other non-dizzying rides, and I rode in back in the satchel! She was screaming. I feel a little deaf now. EmilyCase had a wonderful time at the fair, even though she was worried about you! She got some really lovely shots (as she always does) before you went to sleep for the night, you did great with your friend the 50mm. I'm sure it misses you too!

Get well soon, EmilyCase's camera, so that we can have lots more fun together!!!!
Come back quickly and hope you feel all perky and the best you can be!!
With love and a couple clicks back and forth of epic pictures ....
~ Jean Marie's Camera ~

P.S. Jean Marie let a fair worker hold me and take a picture while they were all sitting on a ride. I thought she was CRAZAY! I think that she thought that too, after handing me over. The picture turned out great, but I think we were all a little freaked out about it. I think she won't do that again soon so that's good! Hee hee! I worked as good as ever though! :D

(EmilyCase's camera)

A loving lady -

To Mrs. Hope:

"Happy Birthday, dear Mrs. Hope! :) I hope you had a loverly wonderful day.
Thank you so so much for all the kindness you have shown my family since we've met you!
I have been blessed many times over by your generosity, hospitality and letting us crash at your house after a long day at the beach .... meals and showers and impromptu sleepovers. :)
Coffee and snacks and driving us places .... and I LOVE listening to you chatter on in your "Meahsaahchewusits" accent, and laughing and talking with you!! :D Thank you for your love and care for me and our family .... we love you so much!!! :D We pray God's deep and abundant blessings upon you and your dear family in the years to come!
~ Jean Marie for the whole Fambrough Family ~

"May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens are the Lord's; but the earth He has given to the children of men. The dead do not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.
Praise the Lord!" ~ Psalm 115:14-18 (NKJV)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Isaac and Lydsie -

**Warning: This post may involve huge amounts of shrieking, giggling and aww-ing due to the nature of the subject .... two people in love with God and each other**

I almost just got ahead of myself and put the whole story in the warning clip. HAHHAa .... it's so hard to contain any joy where Isaac and Lydiana are concerned! :) I'm still getting ahead of myself.

Today I was trying for the umpteenth time to figure out how on earth I made it this far without blogging about Lydiana and Isaac. I mean, really ..... FAIL. First it was because I wasn't allowed (top secret) and then it was because I was really sad about some things ... and then it was because every time I started to blog I thought .... "AAAAAH!!!! there's SO MUCH TO SAY!", and that just really holds me back on posting. But here I am. Blogging. It's ridiculous in a way because we all talk about it ALL. THE. TIME.

So. For those of you who need an intro ... THIS is Lydiana and Isaac on Isaac's blog. His take on engagement, marriage and ohmygoodness. God wrote their love story so so beautifully!

I think this is going to be one very very long post rambling on and on about how amazing this is. And I have no pictures. I know .... I mean, I have some of Isaac, but they were all Pre-Lydiana, and I don't have anyyyy of Lydiana because I've only been around her TWICE (well, three times if you count like .... 2 minutes). :D But I've gotten to know her and her dear siblings sooo well through Facebook. AND Isaac's sister Molly too! Hey look! something good came of FB! hahaha. -.- Ahem.

SO. Isaac and Lydiana met this past Spring at the Spring Barberville. and then later they danced. (so I heard) and BAM. LOVE. ok. maybe not exactly like that .... haha. But you get the picture. And then Isaac was transferred to ALASKA the last frontier (he's in the Coast Guard) aaaannnnd left Lydiana here. (insert sad face and tears) But THEN....THEN....they started courting long distance. (this is a really simplified version) ((obviously)) and then they got engaged. *sighs over the romanticism of it all*

So that's a very basic version with no details, but you can ask them sometime. Oh my. Ohhh my. And today, people .... they are getting married TODAY!!! AAAAAAHHHH!! We are sooo so so so excited and exhilarated and joyful and just OVER THE MOON thankful for them both.

My amazing friend Anna of Anna Grace Photography took some pictures of them when Isaac came down and surprised Lydiana (while they were courting), so these were taken within 10 minutes of my house at a secret location, and oh my word. It makes my heart stop they are so wonderful to see together!! See, I haven't seen them together-together. Not even courting-together. But when I see them next, they will be married!! *SHRIEKS*

I am a little excited. *cough* That might be the understatement of the year.
Please hold while I giggle and then start crying. I am really THAT happy, friends. It's not like this hasn't happened before, I was in a wedding a few weeks ago, and I was on top of the world happy, and it's kinda' like that now. :) It usually happens around weddings. But when it's two best friends? And one of them is your "heart-big-brother"? HAH. HAH. oh my.

I love Lydiana and Isaac. I love knowing they are getting married. I love that God brought them together. I love how God prepared their hearts and showed His hand so freely. I love that their families are so soooo happy about this, and they haven't ever personally and literally ever met the other family. I love how they both talk about the other one how thankful they are and how amazing the other one is. I LOVE that God thought this up!! I've said it a hundred times and I'll say it again - "GOD is SO amazing to bring Isaac and Lydiana together and get married!!".

So ... you know I could really just talk about this to fill a whole book worth. I mean, really. I knew Isaac before I knew Lydiana, and of course, had no idea of putting them together until BAM, they were courting and I was freaking out I was so excited because what a great idea! Hahahaha. God is so so amazing.

So go look at the rest of those pictures on Anna's website and swoon over them, and then come back and listen to some more sweetness. hahaha. They are some of her best work, I love it! The first time I saw those pictures I stopped and stared. Then I clicked to the next one, and I put my hand over my heart and sighed. Then I clicked again, and giggled. And somewhere in that album I cried. And then I clicked on another one and swooned. and then I cried some more.

It all just makes my heart go pitter - pat. I just have to tell you a few little things. And then I'll stop. But if you see me and mention either of them, prepare for Jean Marie Explosion of Joy and nooo time to talk about anything else. Ok? Okay. Good. :D AAAAAHHH!!!

SO. In August I was chatting with Big Brother Isaac on FB, and he had mentioned he had something to tell me .... I was full of sore energy from the first Camoo Day (where I had spent all day with his then-sweetheart, now bride to be) and other friends, and was talking about it and how we had complained to the invisible Coast Guard, hahaha .... and he just throws out that he's going to be in FL the next day, and I'm all like .... "Hahahhaa!" *silence*. "REALLY!?" So of course I am all excited because he is surprising Lydiana and she won't know!!! He wanted to see her before they went out to sea and got underway. I said something about killing the stupid boat, and while he is laughing .... the light goes on in my bland little head. and I. FREAK. OUT.
Everything suddenly went all CAPS LOCK on FB from my end and I was like: "ARE YOU ...", but of course he wouldn't tell me, and I wasn't going to ask if he was going to propose, and so we were going back and forth and I was like "tell me what you wanted to tell me!! and he's like "TELL ME what you were going to say!!", and so finally I am like: "ISAAC WADE NOLDEN. Are you coming to PROPOSE?!". He was coming to talk to Lydiana's Dad. And then I started crying. Like, tears streaming down my face in utter joy. Isaac says "SO DONT TELL ANYONE".

Well here I've been sitting, typing away at my computer, my dad's at another computer in the same room, having listened to my little attempts at smothering these shrieks and now I'm outright crying, and I look around the computer and say "DAD! Isaac's coming to propose!" in the middle of all the tears, and dad's all excited ... and then I remember I wasn't supposed to tell anyone. O.O Oops. I could almost hear Isaac smashing his head into the keyboard in frustration. The poor guy. HAhahahaa.

SO. Some time later, they got engaged. And FB for reals, people ... it just exploded with joy. I think we all said so many times, you know it's a good thing, when everyone is talking about how great God is to bring this together and how excited they are for their friends/siblings, etc!! We were truly SO excited and could not stop talking about it!!! There was lots of shrieking and bouncing and giggling and hugging and screaming and well. you get the point. There was no holdback and everyone was just thrilled over what God hath wrought. :)

And then in September I talked with Lydiana ... and we talked about Isaac. (of course) We talked about how God had changed her heart and prepared her for this and how amazing it all was! And I told her in all sincerity, that there are fewer people that I trust so much as Isaac. He is such an honorable man. (and an amazing bass and guitar player to boot, oh and he sings. and writes songs. and fixes everything.) She said "Isaac is just awesome!". Yeah. That sums up both of them. :) I told her a secret. (kind of). I told her that Isaac can clean up an entire kitchen and enjoy it and also enjoy talking to someone watching him do all the work. True story. She laughed. I told her it would come in reeeeaaaaaally handy. hahahaha. :D

I know I've just been over the top excited and writing as fast as my fingers can go .... but I want to make sure you know how deeply they both have sought God through this courtship and engagement. Isaac has prayed for years for a wife, and I know everyone has prayed upon both of them with much fervency, I know I have. I started praying for Isaac soon after I met him, and when I learned that God had brought Lydsie into his life, I prayed that marriage and deep love would come for both of them, and ohhh, how precious the knowledge of that now. :)

Lydsie and Isaac ... you are both so dear to me. I love you both so much!! Watch out for the ship that will come one of these days, carrying the entire clan up to see ya'll in Alaska. :D Hahahahaa, that would be hysterically fun and wonderful. Much like this weekend. I cannot say enough how excited and overjoyed I am for you both ... and how much I cover you in prayer. Thank you for being dear friends (and siblings) to me, and loving me!! Happy wedding day, Honeymoon and ever after!! Ever after and always .... forever promised by our precious Savior!

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit." ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8

With much much love, many hugs and a few happy tears,
I pray upon you both, on this, your wedding day ....
Grace, mercies and the depth of the Lord's riches upon you both,
forever and always, under the gaze of the Almighty,
~ Jean Marie ~
"Isaac's Little Sister & Lydsie's CAT"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Be still -

I am not still. I am not at peace. It's hard to explain and harder even to try to figure out what is wrong, but it's all stuck there in the subconscious, you know? I go to bed, and think I need to do something and it's there when I wake up, and I think something is wrong, and it's there in my restless sleep. It's always hiding and pricking my heart, giving me pain.

Maybe everything is just all ... confused and messed up. But more probably it's because I am allowing myself to dread the coming days. It's worry. It's fear. And it's blocking the trust and joy that I have in the Heavenly Father I love.

I know this feeling and I know this battle well. I'm a worrier. :) Yet, why should I worry? For Christ hath overcome this world. My Mother, my Father, my Sister, they all bear the name of Jesus upon their foreheads, and are redeemed, and most of our extended family, and most of our friends .... and yet. Ohh, and yet!!!

Ahh, Father. If you should take one away, and take one sooner than I want! If You should break relationships and if You allow others to never see the truth. If You never answer my prayers with a "Yes, healing upon the earth", but instead with a "Yes, healing forever". If You give and take away, faster than I can understand and work through the last one. If You are preparing us for greater affliction and suffering.

Those are questions of uncertainty and fear.
Yet we know that the certainty lies in this instead, that:
He will never leave us nor will He ever forsake us.
He will always love us unchangeably.
He has redeemed us, called us by name, bought us.
He has removed the condemnation and has paid the debt in full.
He will never let us go, we are His forever.
He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
He is working all for our good and His glory.
He will give grace, and will not give us more than we can bear.
He is merciful and forgiving and gentle.
He is King, Savior, Lord, Father, Holy Spirit, Ruler, Creator.
He is holy and He is God. Forever.

2 Corinthians 5:1-8 (NKJV)
"(1)For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (2)For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,(3) if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.

(4)For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality maybe swallowed up by life. (5)Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. (6)So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.

(7)For we walk by faith, not by sight. (8)We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord."

There's this song that I love and have been listening to for some months now. I've shared it with some friends and now they can't stop listening to it either. ;) It's so precious.

"Be Still and Know" by Steven Curtis Chapman ~
"Be still and know that He is God, be still and know that He is holy.
Be still oh restless soul of mine, bow before the Prince of Peace,
Let the noise and clamor cease.

Be still and know that He is God. Be still and know that He is faithful,
Consider all that He has done, stand in awe and be amazed,
and know that He will never change.
Be still.

Be still and know that He is God. Be still and know that He is God.
Be still and know that He is God. Be still. Be speechless.

Be still and know that He is God. Be still and know He is our Father,
Come rest your head upon His breast, listen to the rhythm of His unfailing heart of love,
beating for His little ones, calling each of us to come.
Be still. Be still."
(1999 Speechless Album)

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. " ~ Psalm 46:10-11

I love the imagery of resting our weary little bodies upon the Father's chest,
little children of the Heavenly Father, against His bosom and loving arms,
listening to the beating of His heart, wholly encompassed in His beautiful love,
and being utterly still in the peace that passes all understanding. :)
With love, and peace in the Father I rest in,
~ Jean Marie ~

"Lay all your loads and weights by faith upon Christ.
Ease yourself, and let Him bear all. He can, He does, He will bear you."
"There are many heads lying in Christ's bosom,
but there is room for yours among the rest."
~ Samuel Rutherford "The Loveliness of Christ" ~

Monday, November 1, 2010

CAMOO Commander -

Heeyyyyy, ya'll!! Long time, no see! For most of you, I'll see you this weekend! Whoop! :D

So this post is about Jeff G. Everyone say hi. "Hiii Jefff!!!" *waves*
Ok. now that we have that over with ... you already know Jeff ... well, at least most of you do, and the rest of you saw his Mafia face (his losing Mafia card game face) here. Ahem.
So Jeff and I are buddies. Chums. Friends. and we have friends that are friends and friends that are friends that are friends with the friends, and we are all friends, and it's SOOO GREAT because we have this "gang", and we just all get along famously. *I feel dizzy from all the friends* I just love love love hanging out with any and all of our gang. :) We. are. epicness.

So ... Jeff. He is rarely serious whenever I have the camera pointed in his direction. Ok. Rarely as in NEVAAAH', and I wanted a serious one for today's post. So it took me about 20 minutes to find this picture, and I'm pretty sure the only reason he is serious is because he had no idea I was taking a picture AND because we were listening intently to the Stone Family Band.

Ta daaaa! This is Jeff ... and today is his birthday! Happy Birthday, Jeff!!! :D

Thus, the reason for this post .... Jeff and I share some pretty good similarities that make us pretty good chums. I shall share this long list to rattle your brains to the amazingness of what we love to do and talk about every single week.

We both LOVE:
A. God
B. 40's, 50's, 60's music
C. Brian Regan

The end.

HAHAHAa HAHAHHAAhaahAHa .... no really. For reals, friends. I mean, we enjoy talking and teasing back and forth like all good chums do. We send each other the same music over and over and over and it never gets old, because we love that music (or soundclip) so much. This results in memorization, which results in a huge amount of quoting and joking, which is why when we all get together it's like one huge - laughing hysterically - teasing endlessly - talking on and on - party!! WOOT.

So this past Saturday, a bunch of us epic friends got together and went canoeing on the Tomoka River. We had a grand, lovely, wet, sunny, beautiful time together. :D

And then everyone played and jammed and sang together, and we had a beautiful time of worship singing hymns and old songs until Jeff and I broke out into one of our favorite songs - "Little Darlin'" by the Diamonds at the top of our lungs. My sister and the dear Sparling girls just sat on a picnic table looking on in amusement. They didn't look surprised.
Ohh, how well they know us.

This is a new epic moment on my blog, where I quote Mr. Darling off of Andy Griffith:
"Whoooooweeeee!!! You sure KIN' RENDER!"
Jeff kin' render the gee-tar. It's fun to watch.

And HERE is picture proof, by the Sparling Family's consent to use their pictures ....
of how much FUN and hysterical moments happen when we get together. In case you need an explanation, on the Left with the bucket on his head is Jeff, who is the commander of our fair vessel, then me in the middle (not working, also with a bucket) and Becky in the front, paddling.

Jeff had just HUGELY soaked me, with a bucketfull of water over the head, I was gasping with laughter and glee, and Jeff has the bucket over his head to shield himself from the coming retaliation, no doubt, and was not reaaaally working on steering the canoe, which is why Becky is the only one really working on .... "WATCH out for the PALM!", Mr. Sparling yelled. Hahhahaa!!! We went right through the palm fronds. I could not breathe I was laughing so hard!! Ahh, the amusement we gave all the other canoe-rs. :D hahahaa!!

There is this ... event ... that happens when we have a Camoo (canoe) trip. It is Water Wars. For instance: We started canoeing at about 9:30am or so. From 10am on until about 8pm that night, my capri pants never dried out. Mmhmm. I was soaked. Each canoe has a bucket and that bucket is a very good war weapon if you happen to be sitting in the middle without a paddle. :)

Anyways, much MUCH fun was had by all ... the food, teasing, laughing, praying, singing, sharing, exploring, talking, quoting, splashing, fighting, attacking, ramming, shrieking .... it was a great day with lots of people I love. :)

"AAATTTTTAAAAAACCCKK!!!!!!" (notice how hard I am working)

Yes, I did paddle quite a bit that day as well. :D
Happy Birthday to Jeff! Happy Birthday to JEFF, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JEEEFFFF! Happy Birthday to Jeff! :D Hope you have a great year, full of God's blessings, Camoo Commander!!! Mwauhahahaha ... and many more. ;)

Ohmygoodness, and I need to include this quote from a mutual friend, John Sparling .... he said to my sister about online g-mail group chatting with he, myself and Jeff: "Trying to have a serious conversation with Jeff and Jean in the same chat box is like trying to tackle a hippopotamus. You will get run over every time!" HAAHAHAHAHA! That about sums it up. Thanks, John! ;) We love you too, brother. Haaahahahahaa!!!

So there's a conglomeration post!
With love to all you readers .... many hugs and a big smile,
our Father in Heaven is so gracious to us, each and every day, let us be thankful!
~ Jean Marie ~