Friday, June 26, 2009

Our New Baby

God has blessed our family once more by working through all kinds of muck to make it possible for us to rescue this little beauty. Meet Ima Jean, the newest addition to the Hall Clan. Boy, what a strange brood around here!

She's had a rough 14 mths. of life, but hopefully she will carry her message forward in a ministry for kids. You see, she's "ugly and broken" in a mule breeder's eyes, but I see something truly beautiful in her. With time, you'll see it, too. Just like we're ugly and broken before we come to know the Lord, but He sees something beautiful inside each of us, and He was willing to invest all He had to show His love for us.

This little girl will steal your heart in a second. She's just loves being loved! You can see she needs lots of TLC,

but you just keep checking back to see the transformation in this little jewel. It will start on the inside and work its way out; again, like the seed of Christ in our lives. It slowly grows in darkness inside of us where others don't notice until one day His love blooms on the outside of us.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

God Is Amazing

I should not be amazed at God's work because I know He can do all things, but it still gives me a tingly feeling every time I see Him in action. We are a part of West Texas Rehab's Day Camp every summer. It's a three day camp for kids who attend the Rehab Center - everything from speech problems to spina bifida. They all have one thing in common - they are having a blast at the camp! A truly amazing family - the Barnharts - have been hosting this camp many years. The second and third generations are now taking care of things. You will not find bigger hearts than these folks have.
We are delighted to play a small part in the camp. Our boys return each year to give rides to the kids - 86 this year. It's a sight to behold. God uses a 2200 lb. and a 1650 lb. beast to bring smiles and joy to these kids. Those of you that know him, know Mac is quite an Oscar the Grouch. However, on camp day, he puts on a different attitude- one of God's love- for the kids. I gives me goose bumps to watch him stand still for us to load many kids - many that cannot load themselves. Just a side note - he NEVER stands still for me! I hope we can be a part for many years to come.

Here the boys were waiting for the day to begin -The start of the day...

The boys at work...

A special thanks to our neighbor, Katie, here with Mac. She's an awesome teenager with a heart for others who volunteered to come help us.

What a day!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Where's the Manic Santa Frenzy???

That is just what was asked by a friend of mine, and I have to tell you Santa is itchin' to be created around here, but all my time has been going into the addition on our house. Here's a peek at what's going on...shhh.... let's follow Gayland into my craft room...
Here it is in the works. As of today, I've got the walls primed, and I'm ready to started painting.

I have been able to sneak away for a few minutes here and there to play with some paper clay, and here's what popped out -
Looks like he might need to see the dentist!

Well, it's time to get back to the paint bucket.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Message to America

Yes, America, I am on my soapbox this morning. I just want to run from house to house shaking people and slapping some sense into them. Are you seeing what's happening to our nation, or are you too busy with the day to day to see your freedoms going down the drain?

To quote one of our greatest presidents...

'If we
ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under' .. Ronald Reagan

Our forefathers had no intentions of leaving God out of our lives.

“ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” • “[July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
–John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress

Patrick Henry:
"Orator of the Revolution."
This is all the inheritance I can give my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed.”
—The Last Will and Testament of Patrick Henry

It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. [May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses]

The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.”

...and there are many, many more words of our founding fathers that clearly show this nation was founded as "ONE NATION, UNDER GOD."
Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord;
I am tired of a handful of people today who try to take God out of everything we do. I am guilty of letting it slide, too, but we've got to stand up and be heard.

Take these words to heart, America:

My soul, wait silently for God alone,

For my expectation is from Him.

He only is my rock and my salvation;

He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;

The rock of my strength,

my refuge, is in God.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Good Morning World!

It's a beautiful day on my second day of summer vacation! I spent yesterday trying to catch up on laundry, organizing, throwing stuff out, etc. We've got the walls painted at the church, and we're taking a break before we redo the fellowship area. That means I've got some "home" time, and I love it!!!!! Gayland has gone back to work on our house since we've got most of the building done a the church, too, and he's planning on knocking the wall out to the new addition some time this week. I'm so excited I can't stand myself!!!

So, what's going on? Well, have you checked out the June Humble Arts? There are some fabulous dolls and hand-stitched works this month. You really ought to take a peek. I'm offering Miss Red, my Izannah Walker inspired storybook character.

If you were a feather finder and signed up for our Wing Ding Prize drawing, be sure to stop by the HARTS site and check to see if you've won a prize!

I am in the mood for making Santas!!! Watch out, Gayland.... there will soon be Santa body parts all over the house! I bet he'll be so glad to get my new craft room done just so he can see the TV without having to look around a bald head!

Before I can get started on a new Santa, though, I've got some caricatures to finish. School's out, and I've sent my little punkins on to junior high, but I've still got a few things to drop in the mail for them. If the Lord is willing, I'm going to work on a book this summer - a graphic novel, of sorts (a BIG comic book), that covers all of the science concepts that my kiddos struggle with on the state testing (bluwckkkkk...). I needed some guest appearances in the comic, and some of my little punkins(I know, the hate it when I call them that...hehe) will be the guinea pigs... I mean guest appearances. I'm sending the originals to the kids along with a CD of all of our antics throughout the year, but I'm keeping a copy to use later on. Here are a few in the making...

God has blessed me so much in the career he has given me. With all the bumps in the road(called paperwork and bureaucracy), it pays off more than I can put into words. These are the faces of our tomorrows.

Matthew 18:2-5 "Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.' "