Monday, January 31, 2011


As a single lady who has desired to be only a "wife and mommy" since she was five, I have had to fight hard to not fall into the my-life-will-be-everything-I-want-it-to-be-when-I-get-married syndrome.

As I have gone through and am going through lessons on learning to trust, to be content, to look to my Saviour alone for what I need, particularly recently, I have watched my little sister get married and within a year have a beautiful baby who is thriving (and has learned to use his lungs!). I will admit to the sin of jealousy during this year. Not constant, but every once in a while I would long to be where I wanted to be and not where God wanted me to be.

Then I read this post. Granted, I already knew the happiness and struggles. But reading her post really made me realize that she is learning the same things as a married woman as I am as a single woman. Somehow, that encouraged me. It made me realize (although I already knew it) that the stuggles I deal with now aren't because I am single, but they are lessons that everyone needs to learn: man or woman, single or married, young or old.

I want to thank my dear sister for writing a post that led me to this beautiful realization.

I just had to add this because he's so precious!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Cute Little Nephew Tale

Once upon a time The Cutest Little Nephew came to visit his aunt....I mean his grandparents and aunt. They had a wonderful, fun day and he was a perfect little angel all the way through dinner. Then someone mentioned dessert.

So the Cutest Little Nephew asked his dad to hold him at the table. He waited in anticipation to see what the dessert would be.

"Oh, brownies!"

"Is this for me?"

"Oh, boy! Wait...."

"Can I have some, Dad?"

"Dad" agreed that he could have some by the prearranged method. So everyone enjoyed the brownies.


I just realized this was my 200th post. I think it only appropriate to celebrate it with my Cutest Little Nephew. ;)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Book of Light

"Michael, look at this," said Lissa.

Michael turned around. His little sister walked into the room carrying a big book. Michael took it from her.

"What is it?"

He began turning pages. One page at the beginning fell open. Michael quickly shut the book.

"Mariah! Come here!"

A voice drifted in the room from upstairs.

"Where are you?"

"In the living room," Lissa told her.

Footsteps pounded down the stairs.

"I don't want to talk about it anymore, Michael. I refuse to go," Mariah was almost shouting.

"Mariah, wait it's not...." Lissa tried to interrupt.

"It's just not fair, Michael, and you know it! Aunt Carrie doesn't really want us."

"No, Mariah, that's not what....." Michael also tried to explain.

"Michael, the only reason she's taking us in is because you asked her to."

"Mariah!" both Liss and Michael yelled to get her attention.

She looked at them, startled.

"What? You didn't need to scream."

Michael took Mariah's hand and led her to the couch. Lissa followed. Mariah shrugged and sat down. Michael maneuvered the book for everyone to see. As he opened the cover, Mariah and Lissa gasped.

On the first page were four envelopes labeled Michael, Mariah, Lissa, and Our Children.

The three silently took out their letters and read quietly together. They visibly relaxed as they finished their letters. One by one they put them back in the envelopes. Then Michael pulled out the letter for all of them and read it out loud.

"Our Dear Children,

We love you. This book is a tangible legacy of our love for you. In it we've recorded all God has done and is doing for this family. Our prayer for you is that you may use this book to overcome the many temptations you will face. We also pray that as the Lord grows you in His grace you will be able to add the wisdom you've learned to this book.

'But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, tha the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubed on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. II Corinthians 4:7-9'


Mom and Dad"


This is the beginning of a pilot for a television show that popped into my head. I'd been praying for an idea for a TV show that would honor and glorify God and be practically applicable to the audience. And this seemed to fit the bill.

The book that they read from is called a Book of Light. Their parents have been adding to it all their lives. Making pages on Trust, The Armour of God, The Fruits of the Spirit, Forgiveness, Mercy.

I enjoyed planning everything for the series....especially the book.

Then I thought, "Wait! Why don't I made one of my own?!"

So I did. Only two pages so far, but many planned.

The inside cover

The opening Bible verse

The first technical page. The envelopes contain blank business cards that I've written verses about trust on.

The worse part is, I'm now into scrapbooking! AHHH! I've always said that I wouldn't get into scrapbooking because of all the extras that come with it. But I really love working on this project.

Do any of you have something of this kind? Or other scrapbooking things that you like to share?


Tuesday, January 4, 2011


I would like to introduce you to First Laugh:

First Laugh fluttered into my head about three days before NaNoWriMo '09 and asked (she is a polite fairy and would never demand) that I put her story down on paper....So I did and actually won my first Nano in the process.

Then for the next months (year) I have been editing and rearranging her story so that it suits her perfectly (she is also a very precise fairy and doesn't want anything to be presented the wrong way).

Fortunately she's a lovely fairy to work with. It took me a while to get her to hold still long enough to sketch her, but at last she did and I was able to show the world what she looks like.

I am working on the illustrations for her story as well as implementing some very good advice I got from some wonderful friends (only after consulting First Laugh, of course).

So, if all continues to go well, and First Laugh give me some better descriptions of what some scenes looked like (and I can excel very quickly in the art department) her story will be available for you to read as well.

She is really a loveable fairy and would love to meet you all, I know it!

Tiffany (and First Laugh)