Friday, December 22, 2006

My Baby's Growing Up...

On Wednesday, Natalie and I went to church. We don't normally go to Wednesday night church because it's too close to her bedtime and they don't have nursery, but this week was special because Scott was preaching. We always go when he preaches and Natalie usually just hangs out with the Rainbows. This time she really got into it and participated in all the activities. She had all sorts of little projects and treasures for me when I picked her up. Here is her very first "Fridge Door Masterpiece."


This is the cow that was with the baby Jesus in the stable. Her spots are made from Natalie's thumb prints in paint. She was so proud of it. She came running to me waving it in her hand. It almost brought me to tears. I was so proud of her and at the same time sad that my baby is becoming my big girl too fast.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

I'M BACK BABY!!!

I can't explain the miracle that has happened today right now, but just wanted everyone to know that I am back in the virtual world. We have lots of catching up to do...

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Girls Just Wana Have Fun

The other week, I hosted my Grand Opening for my Mary Kay business. After everyone left, Natalie and I were sitting on the kitchen floor goofing around with the camera. This is what came of our fun...




Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Man Trip

Scott recently took the majority of his band to Colorado Springs for a Worship Conference. It was a "Guys Only" trip. They had so much fun! They ALL came back raving about everything. The conference was amazing, I guess. So amazing that Scott is now planning on taking 20-25 people from the Worship Dept. next year. (I already told him I was going.) The conference was hosted by New Life Church in Colorado Springs. The church is set up so that the platform is in the center of the sanctuary and the seats are all the way around it. It's a church of 14,000 members, so they have to have amazing facilities! I guess everyone was pretty impressed by it all. Some of the worship leaders and speakers were Ross Parsley, Lincoln Brewster, and Ted Haggard. (Scott can't remember any of the other ones right now--he's watching football, so his mind is otherwise occupied.)
On one of the afternoons they skipped out on the sessions to do a bike tour down Pike's Peak. It's a 7000 foot decent down a steep mountain starting at the summit of Pike's Peak (14,110 feet). It took them about 3 or 4 hours. They were all beat and in need of a bag a frozen peas!!



























Here they are at the hotel before they left on their last day. From left to right it's Scott, Jeff, Pastor Alan, John, Tim, and Curt. Chris isn't in the picture--he must be the one taking it.


Bet you're wondering what the ladies did while the guys were away... Well, just read the next post!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Ladies Night Out...

The last weekend in September Scott took the majority of his band to Colorado Springs for a Worship Conference. They had an amazing time. (I'll post those pictures another day.) But while the guys were away, the ladies went out for a night on the town. We had such a great time. We met at Suzie's and left the kids there, then headed to Longhorn for dinner. After dinner we went back to Suzie's for dessert and coffee. I just had to share a picture of the "Five Hot Ladies," as our waiter kept referring to us as. (Yeah, he was a little different--very colorful, I guess is the best way to describe him.)

Debby, Beth, Suzie, me, and Sandy.

When Nana and Papa Came...

My parents came for a long weekend in September. Unfortunately I only took a few pictures. They took a whole bunch, I think, but my Mother Dearest hasn't sent them to me yet. :) Until then, these will have to do. On Saturday afternoon we went to Milburn Orchards for a fun day! And boy, was it ever fun! Here's the proof...






Here are some of my mom's pics...Natalie's favorite part of the whole day at the Orchard was the goats! They have a little petting zoo with lots of goats. You can feed them apples and corn. She absolutely LOVED those silly goats! If you ask her about the goats, she gets all excited and her eyes get bright. She says, "I feed the goats and the wittle baby one comes out and Mommy feeds her apples and I say 'Back off guys!!'" Oh my gosh--she's so cute!! So here are those pictures...




One day we went up to Philly and did the tour of Independance Hall and the Liberty Bell. It was an absolutely gorgeous day! We had so much fun!
(My pictures aren't uploading for some reason so I'll finish updating this stuff later.)

A long time coming..

So this summer (can you believe summer is already gone!?) my sister came for a visit. I am just now getting the pictures posted! Ha! That's how crazy life has been! I am also currently uploading 58 pictures from my camera that are from the past two months. So hopefully over the next few days I'll be able to get all caught up. So here we go...

Playing Play-doh, one of Natalie's favorite pastimes!

We were so busy, so Natalie was wise and took advantage of every spare second she could to catch some zzz's. This time it was on the steps!

One afternoon we walked around the wonderful little downtown of North East. It's a great little street filled with specialty and antique shops as well as this great ice cream place that has a giant cow in front of it. (You may recognize this cow from Scott's birthday party pictures!)

Of course, one day we went to the beach and it was absolutely gorgeous! We had such a wonderful time, but Natalie again got totally worn out. She curled up on my chair and napped while Jess and I sunned ourselves and read magazines.

As we were getting ready to take Jess to the airport, I wanted to get a few pictures of Natalie and her, but Natalie was not interested in it AT ALL!!!


Also while Jess was here, Scott had his 28th birthday. I've already posted the pictures from the surprise party I threw for him, but here are some of the family celebration that we had with Jess on his birthday...

Daddy's home... "Happy Bir-day Daddy!"

When I asked Scott what he wanted on his cake he told me a truck...this was what I was able to come up with...

Of course Natalie wanted her own cake...

Scott and Natalie blowing out the candles on their cakes...

Ha ha ha!!! I got trick candles that kept re-lighting themslelves!!!

Daddy's card that Aunt Jecca helped Natalie make...

So that was our wonderful week with Jess. I had a really hard saying goodbye this time. I so enjoyed having her around! I wish she could have stayed longer and she could come more often! Someday, I pray she'll have a job that will allow her the freedom to do just that! I love you Jess!

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Monumental Day!!!

THIS IS MY 100TH POST!!!
(Imagine balloons dropping from the sky, noisemakers going off, crowds cheering, and merriment being made everywhere you turn!)

I can't believe I've only posted 100 times. It seems like so much more. I guess when every post is 40 pages long, it would seem like I write an awful lot! Ha!

Anyway, I thought it was a pretty cool accomplishment.

It's a monumental day in my business as well. I opened my own checking account just for Mary Kay and Stewart Candle Company. I am preparing to make gift baskets for the holiday season to sell at area business offices. I've taken on quite an ambitious project with it all, but I've never been more excited about any job I've had. I'm having so much fun and doing what I love to do. It doesn't get any better than that. So if you are interested in gift baskets for any friends, family, or co-workers, let me know. They range in price from $30 - as much as you want to spend. I will custom make each basket and ship them directly to the recipient anywhere in the continential US. I will post pictures of samples in the next few days.

Ok, enough shameless advertising! I'm just excited today about life. Oh and did I tell you that we got paint this weekend!!!! Our friend Corbitt is coming over tonight to start painting I can't believe it!!! I have already tried every color out! You can count on lots of pictures soon. I plan to blog-ument the entire process. This has been the part that I am most looking forward to. It will have the biggest impact on the whole feel of our house. It's been a long time in coming. I'm thankful for God's faithfulness and perfect timing.

Gotta run for now... Think Pink!!!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

I'm Back Baby!

I don't know what the problem has been with this blog lately. Thanks to all who kept me well informed that it was down! :) (It's nice to know that people actually do read what I write. Ha!) I have been so busy lately that I feel really disconnected to the world. I have been busy working believe it or not. I am starting my own business and so I have been working to get that in order. I know you are asking yourself, "She's stating her own business?!" Well let me explain...

On September 12, 2006 I officially became a Mary Kay Independant Beauty Consultant. It was not something that I did on a whim nor was it something that I actually wanted to do at the time. I felt that I had left one season of my life and was entering another but I didn't know what it was yet.So, I had been praying about that for a looooong time. I was always looking for where I fit in life. Was I missing an opportunity at church? Was I supposed to have another baby? Was I to go back to work? This was an underlying search that had really taken over my life. I had begun to hide out in my house, because I felt so useless, as if there was no place that needed me. I was miserable!

I went to a Mary Kay Customer Appreciation Night with one of my girlfriends (who also does Mary Kay). I went just to support her and to be a good girlfriend. (I'm ALL about the good girlfriends!!!) I totally was not expecting God to grab a hold of my life and turn it upside down. I knew from the moment I walked in to door that I was there for a specific reason. I kinda ignored that, though--I was there to win the $500 gift basket!!! HELLO!!! Who wouldn't want that!!! I modeled lipstick for Susan and I had so much fun. But God wouldn't let me walk out of there that night with out making a commitment to Him that I was putting everything I had in me to give, into His hands. If I was ever going to yield to His COMPLETE control of my life, I had to do this simple thing that He was asking of me that night. I knew that if I didn't, or if I waited even one day, I would miss out on theeverything God had for me. In that moment I had to make a chouce. Hide out forever or become the woman God created me to be. I wanted His way for my life. I haven't always, but I did then more than I ever have before.

So I signed up that night, and then proceeded to bawl my eyes out for the next two days. I cried and I prayed and I read the Word. I kept asking God for some sort of confirmation and immediately He would give it either through Scripture or a phone call, but then I would ask for just one more confirmation, and then another, and another. I was VERY skeptical and didn't want to get roped into a pyramid scheme. I had never used Mary Kay before so I really didn't know anything about the products, much less the company. I was so afraid that I had made the biggest mistake ever! Even my husband thought I had.

During that time I told God that I couldn't go against my husband's wishes. I told Him that I needed to be obedient to him (it was a great excuse to get out of doing Mary Kay!). God spoke to me very clearly and said, "Do you want to disobey your husband or ME? Be obedient to Me and I'll take care of everything including Scott. I have it all taken care of." So I chose to be obedient to God. I shared that with my husband, and from that moment on Scott has been my number one fan. I think he realized that I was serious about this and it wasn't just another hobby for me to play around with. I think he saw that it really was God's doing.

So anyway, after my two days in tears and prayer I knew that I was exactly where God wanted me to be, and I could continue to either ask Him for more confirmations or I could trust in Him and get started. So that's what I did. I got started. God had told me to buy inventory so that I could have things on hand when I got orders. Scott told me I was not to use our money for it. So God miraculously provided two days later. A girlfriend of mine called me up and told me that God had put it on her heart to bless me with the exact amount of money that He had told me to invest into my business two days earlier. I hadn't told her of the conversation with Scott. (We're not talking about a couple of bucks here either! It was a big deal!)

I have story after story of God's faithfulness and provision in getting my business up and running. I am so excited to be doing something that I'm good at and getting to be with people!!! How great is it to be able to show women how beautiful they are inside and out. All you have to do is read my profile to the right to know that I am passionate about giving women purpose and value through the love of Jesus Christ. Mary Kay gives me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful women who are searching for that SomeOne to make them feel important. I can't believe what a good fit it is for me.

As of today I have had two customers--my mom and my mother in law!!! Yeah for them!!! They are awesome and I'm so glad that I can say they were my first customers!!! If you don't already have a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant or if you do but you would like to invest in me a little anyway, I would love to have you shop my website. You can shop anytime and anywhere you have internet--in your jammies or even in the nude if that's your thing (nobody has to know!). You don't have to live close to me to be my customer nor do you have to be close to me to host a Mary Kay party. Please visit my website for more information and to help me get my business up and running. We have tons of great gift ideas for Christmas. Get your hubby or loved one in touch with me and I'll make sure you get hooked up this Christmas! My website is www.marykay.com/melissajanel or you can email me at melissajanel@marykay.com. Here are some of the great gifts we have for the Holiday Season...






Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Powder Room

So we've taken a bit of a break with household projects. Life got really, really busy. I hate that! Anyway, I finally got tired of our "ghetto bath," that I decided even without paint, I've got to make it look better than it was. I hated going in there. It was a roll of toilet paper and a bar of soap. I picked up some little things and a new towel hook to bring it together. Now all that's missing is the paint on the walls and a new light fixture.
Here are some pictures, but it's hard to get the whole idea, becuase it's a little room, so I couldn't get a good angle. The third color down will be the wall color, so as you look at the other pictures, imagine it with "Wine Frost" walls.





I'll take more pictures as it get's painted. It seems like forever till that is, but all in due time.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Round On the Ends and Hi In the Middle...

Who-Dey!!!
If you know what that means, then you'll understand the song at this link.
http://users.frii.com/~nmetro/osu/songs/round_on_the_ends.html
Here's a hint:


(This is in honor of my amazing husband and his beloved home state!!!)

Friday, September 22, 2006

Scott's Hitting the Coffee Shop Circuit

The joys of wireless internet at coffee shops...all of this post was done while sitting at Fa Sol Latte in Wilmington, DE while listening to my husband play and entertain the masses. I don't have my camera uploader cord here othewise I would even post the pictures that we've taken. I will tomorrow or sometime soon. Enjoy!

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