Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I AM...





SUCCESS is not optional.

God has a CALLING for my life.


It's GOOD.

I am ENJOYING it. Agaist ALL odds. I CHOOSE the path of JOY. And no matter WHO is JEALOUS, ENVIOUS or HATEFUL, I WILL press forward being ME.

What YOU need to realize is that NOBODY can control you unless YOU let them. Seek that which DRIVES you. There WILL be those who desire you to FAIL. But faint NOT. Trails and struggles birth STRENGTH.

The GOSSIP falls on DEAF ears...because GOD orders my steps...not mankind.

My life is too SHORT and PRECIOUS to fret over the DRAMA.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Precious Owen

I don't have long to type right now..
I need to ask you to pray for sweet Owen. Remember Abby Grace? The sweet little girl who I asked you all to pray for last summer? God worked a total miracle in her I am asking you to pray a miracle for her newborn little brother, Owen.
Please visit their blog to catch all of the details.. He is in need of our prayers.

My annoying blog will not let me post pictures of him.. please visit HERE to see him.. he's so adorable.

Also pray for his mother, Amanda, my sweet friend who is trying to survive one night at a time during all of this. They have 3 other kiddos at home.. so imagine how all that feels.. being pulled all those directions on top of the worry of the situation.

Thanks for being awesome prayer warriors,

Friday, June 11, 2010



I have moved the blog to a more "comfortable" place for now! There, I will expand more info on business and family... I will leave this blog open for strictly business purposes!! So please keep checking here for business updates/info!!

BUT--if you'd like to follow our new family blog, please email me at and in the subject line put BLOG FOLLOWER! I will email you back the new blog info! :)

Thank you for all the faithfullness to my blog!!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I just want to say for the record...

...that if I were a shoe, I would look like this:


Saturday, May 29, 2010


Oh Lordy, Lordy!!

This week I stumbled upon this in the grocery store...

...and boy is it GOOD!

I've heard all the raves about this product but hadn't yet had the chance to taste for myself. What have I been missing?!?!

And the best part? It's actually HEALTHY for ya! :0)

Slather this stuff on toasted wheat bread (my FAV), or as my boys like it, on a banana! YUMO!

Prayer request:
Please pray for a couple friend of ours.. I don't want to mention their names but they are just precious to us and are going thru some pain right now in the loss of their unborn child. I ache for them. Yet they are handling this with the grace of God's peace.. I admire it.

Hope everyone has a GREAT weekend!!!! :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

How are we doing?

Man, it's been too long. I am such a terrible blogger these days!!

I'm keeping this short because I am determined to "hit the hay" before midnight!! That would be a first!

I hope you are all doing so well. There is so much going on over here that I will have to do another post just to fill you in. It's all good and wonderful and fantastic and YIPPIE God is good! LOL Can you feel the excitement? :0)

So here are some photos as of recent... I will have before and after pictures of our new house hopefully next week so check back...
Hugs to all!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Heavy Spirit

I have a heavy heart and spirit tonight. I won't lie. I won't get on here and pretend life is perfect. I won't be fake. I'm pretty much through with all that. It's no fun and people can usually tell anyhow..

I have such a saddness in my heart. Let me tell you why and can I ask you to pray for these people?

Someone I know found out they had a miscarriage a few days ago. And they are pretty sad about it. In telling the world, the stated in the same sentence how they know God has a purpose for this pain. Wow. Faith. Real faith. Please pray for this couple. I won't mention their names but God knows..

And second, this one has really crushed me. A couple-friend of ours lost their 6 week old baby boy on Sunday. He passed away. He was asleep on Dad's chest. They both fell asleep. When dad awoke, baby wasn't breathing. They tried to save his life but to no avail, he went home to be with Jesus.
It just sickens me. Is that ugly to say? Sounds ugly. But it's my heart right now. I don't like to cry. But I'm fighting tears right now. Even though nobody in my house is awake...why would I be afraid to cry then? Hmm.. I think because letting tears flow is like facing the emotions within which is sometimes hard for me.

I just cannot imagine what they are feeling. I feel guilt looking at my little Parker wondering why it wasn't him? Don't get me wrong, I'm so thankful... but really. The loss of a child? I cannot imagine a worse pain.

I think about what the coming days will be for them: walking past his nursery, dirty or unfolded laundry belonging to him that still needs to be washed or put away, his carseat in the car, the reminder phonecall from the doctor for his 8 week checkup, remembering his cry, thinking you hear it in the middle of the night only to realize that he's....gone.

Yes I know he's in heaven with our Lord. Yes I know that he is at peace.. if you are searching for that blog post that shines the faith of God thru adversity, you will not find it at the moment. Like I said previously. I am being real. These are my real feelings. Give me break if you will. I KNOW in my head all of those things are true. That pain and suffering does have purpose. But let's imagine that it was YOUR child. Gone. Man, I never want to live that truth.

It's totally selfish that I am sitting here having a pitty party when that couple over there is living without their precious son. All 3 of mine are tucked away asleep and for now, are here with us. I realize that all of that could change in one second. I live in fear of that everyday. I thank God everyday that He gives me THIS day with them. I am not guaranteed the next.

Why am I finding it so hard to pray for these people who are suffering??? Makes no sense. I truly feel that it's because when I DO speak with the Lord over this, I am going to have a total meltdown of emotion. It hits so hard as a mother when you pray for peace for the parents who have no choice but to go on without their precious little one.

Please join me in prayer for these ones who are suffering. I pray that the enemy would be bound away from their home and their hearts. I ask that bitterness not set in and that peace and joy will soon fill that hole.

I ask you Lord, to help me put life in perspective more; but not at the cost of tragedy, please.

Never again shall I sit and worry, fret or lose sleep over things that truly do not matter without complete guilt. People are suffering. Over REAL issues. How selfish of me to WASTE God-given time (that I am not owed) over some of the most childish things know to mankind.

I'm so thankful that God's mercy starts anew each day. What. a. blessing.

Please Lord, help the hurting all over. Meet their need. Fill their spirit with peace. Just put Your hand upon them.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Fabulous News

Just dropping in to say hello..

It's been so busy for me lately that I haven't had time to blog.
It's 2am and I should totally be in bed but I'm not because I stayed up late to finish a big order..and I'm glad I did. It's hard to rest when you know you have orders piled up unfinished.

In about a month we'll have a new blog home! I'm super excited about that.. I will keep this blog for the growth and showcase for Jack and Cole Designs boutique.. which right now has been taken down so that I can work on it. It took a back seat during my pregnancy and pretty much that whole time we survived with repeat business and word of mouth.. not bad for not having to advertise! But now it's back to the hard core part of it. Now it's going to be harder trying to juggle the online store with my own handmade items I sell. But I love to be busy.. I love to craft so no complaints from me!

A few friends of mine and I have been working on a lingerie shower for a girlfriend of's been a blast hanging out with them. They have both blessed my heart in so many ways. It's so refreshing to hang out with girls who you actually admire and desire to be like. That's few and far between these days but it does exist! :)
I truly believe that God sends the right people into your life at exactly the right time.

So.. I know I'm so behind on posting info but...WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! We couldn't be more excited. We have been so busy working on it, making it our own and it's been so much fun. This house is perfect for us and it was totally meant to be. I kid you not we had a contract on another house when I clicked the REFRESH button on the real estate website and it totally popped up! It wasn't even on the market an entire day before we looked at it and decided it was made for us. It has great square footage and layout..and a HUGE backyard! My boys love it. It has definately been worth the wait for this house.

We are in the middle of rennovations. It's been a blast busting down walls and putting new ones up. I love Lowe's and Home Depot, and being the Re-Vamping Queen that I am, it's right up my ally to take something and give it a facelift!
I cannot wait to show you guys the before and after pictures.

We feel so blessed that God has given us this house. Cannot wait to start our lives there and make precious memories.
Want to shout out to our realtor--Juli--she's amazing! I never dreamed I'd gain another sweet friend out of the whole deal! We love Juli and appreciate all of her hard work for our family.

I really must run and get some sleep now. My puffy eyes will hate me tomorrow.
Blessings sweet friends! :)
ps-stay tuned for house pics and shower pics!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Understanding the "unfairs" in life


people will say things about you that aren't true...

they will make unfair accusations about you...

they will tell others these hurtful things about you...

they will try to get everyone to see these untrue things...

they have a jealousy for which you never meant to cause and you don't understand...

they feel that you wish ill on them when you truly do not...

they will try to befriend those you care for and sway them in their thinking of you...

they will accuse you of things you have never done, said or felt...

they will do many things to you that are totally undeserved...


God has forgiven me of my sins... so I in return can forgive them of theirs. Because I too am a sinner..saved by grace.

All I can be is ME. Exactly how God made me. And relish in the truth that God knows the truth, he knows my heart, he knows my motives and my intentions.. I stand before Him at peace KNOWING that I have done all I can to remain in His will.

Am I perfect? No. Have I made mistakes? Yes. Have I let my mouth get the better of me in a time of pain.. certainly. But, I am a new person. I have turned all things over to Him. I never, ever do things to intetionally hurt people.

Not long ago I received a ugly comment on my blog referring to the flower headbands I make and sell. Listen up.. YES I MAKE FLOWER HEADBANDS..YES I SELL THEM...AND I LOVE DOING SO. I have always been a crafty gal. And upon ordering those same headbands to sell in my online boutique, I realized it was more cost effective for me to make them myself.. and boy has God blessed it. He. Is. Good.

I try to keep away from territories that other people have worked hard to gain and sell.. fair is fair. But please grow up and see that TONS of other people make them and sell them. It makes one look bad to be so catty over a headband.

I would also like to state for everyone who reads.. that a few weeks ago I was wrongly accused of misadvertising by using someone else's product and saying it was my creation. I have NEVER done that. If I said it was mine it the picture, it was MINE. I made it. I wouldn't claim it as mine otherwise.. and just because I didn't tell you I made it at the time, doesn't mean I didn't.

Life is way too short to fret over petty things.. so let's end this dreaded post.

I think it's silly for someone to feel they were "copied" when they weren't the original designer of that idea anway..

I saw a quote once that read, "It is better to fail at originality, than to succeed at imitation." But that statement is only true if you are the original desinger. The owner of the idea.. otherwise, you were merely "inspired" by someone else's creation.

Enough said.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunny Marie

This is my best friend's daughter, Sunny Marie. Isn't she beautiful??? I adore her. She has this contagious smile that would melt your heart. She looks so much like her Mommy to me. I had so much fun taking her pictures!

Also wanted to let you guys know that I will soon be making some major changes to the will be finding a new home soon. Don't worry.. I will pass along the info to my sweet blog followers so you know where to find us! :) I want to take my business blog and seperate it from my personal blog. I also want to be able to feel comfortable with WHO is reading my blog and what they read about us... So we'll keep business public and family private! More info coming soon!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


I just wanted to say tonight.. that I am so thankful for friends. FRIEND. Do you think that word is taken too lightly these days? I do. Webster's defines friend as:
" a favored companion, one attached to another by affection or esteem." Esteem is defined by webster as: " the regard in which one is held; especially : high regard."

I am so thankful for true friends. I am thankful for friends who are classy enough to handle situations presented to them with grace and dignity. I am thankful for friends I can be my complete self with. Those who build me up. Who truly want and desire the best for me.

One of my closest friends, who's words I value greatly once told me that when it came to friendships, it's quality not quantity. Boy is she right. :)

I just want to say to Michelle and Jess, thank you for being such dear friends. You know how much I appreciate you guys. You have been there for me through some of the toughest times. My husband (who is not easily won over) has always spoken so highly of both of you.. he really respects who you are as individuals. Thank you for all of your support. Thank you for loving my family.

I know this post seems somewhat sappy; but I'm big on giving credit when it's due.. and I hope that I have been as good of a friend to you both as you have been to me.

Love y'all dearly.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Can someone PLEASE tell me why this sexy lace garter reads, "Prom 2009?!?!"

Seriously, they are targeting high school senior girls with this CRAP? I am outraged and annoyed by this JUNK! This popped up while I was doing an online search for some zebra decor.

Lord help us...I think I am going to contact the company and just tell them how disgusted I am by this.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Picture Post

Some recent pictures of us at a birthday party and just hanging around!

I love this picture... Big Brother, Middle Brother and Little Brother undies! :)

Do you think it would be silly to frame that photo? I love it. Probably seems strange to display their undies but I always want to remember how small they were!!

Ok here is another cake by my oober talented friend Michelle. She made this one for my brother's birthday. He LOVES the Cowboys. Seriously...he cries when the lose.

Some shots of the jumpy birthday party we went to...

and of course a few pictures of sweet Mr. Parker and my two other precious boys!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fab Find

Wanted to share with you gals a FAB FIND of mine! Go Jane is a great website with great stuff at great prices!! Check out these FAB shoes for $16!

Now I know these are Miley Cyrus brand but WHO CARES when they only cost $10 and $8 each!! At Walmart! I own both of them!

Ok sorry it's short and sweet. I have to get to bed because I know a cute little boy who is going to wake up any minute and want to eat! More Fab Finds tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Parker's Birth Annoucement

I wanted to share with y'all Parker's birth annoucement! I am so excited! It turned out PERFECT!! The lady who designed it was just awesome and super inexpensive! Contact me if you want her info! She also does invitations!

Be back later!! :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Boy how time flies, eh? I can't beleive tomorrow is already Sunday! I have to tell ya that breastfeeding is a job in itself. I feel like I can hardly finish one feeding before it's time for another! I'm sorry my posts are so few and far between but seriously, I'm nursing ALL THE TIME! I love it don't get me wrong.. but there just aren't enough hours in the day. I think I'll do a whole post on breastfeeding and my nursing "must haves." Doesn't that sound like fun? NOT! But hey, that's what's going on with me so I figure I might as well share those products that help me survive the day!

Parker is do so well! He is such a doll and we are enjoying him so much. I love to just stare at him. I can't wait until his first smile! Don't you just love those toothless smiles??! :)

We had a birthday party to attend this weekend of one of my sweet friends daughters. Her name is Elizabeth but they call her Lizzie. She's adorable. She turned one and had a super cute party. I wanted to post pictures of the outfit her mom--my friend Heather--made for her! It was adorable! And talk about well made. She can customize the outfits with any fabric/theme you'd like. Contact her if you'd like an outfit for your daughter. She *might* be starting an Etsy store soon and if she does I will share her info! For now, if you'd like to order this outfit her email address is I wish I had better pictures of the outfit. Maybe one day Heather we can get together and I can shoot some of your work! ;)

A picture of us and the boys before the party

And some of the sweetest friends a girl could ask for. I love these girls!! :)

A few more pictures from the party...and a few random photos of my precious boys!!

I promise not to go so long in between posts anymore! :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Good to be Home

The title couldn't be any more true! It is SO GOOD to be home! Once again we thank you for praying for Parker. He's doing well! Eating is back to normal! I have some pretty cute pictures coming soon! He's such a doll!

Ok so who is totally loving this guy?!

Ok believe it or not, this is my FIRST season to ever watch The Bachelor! I know...crazy!! I have just never gotten into it. But now, I am HOOKED!! Is it just me or does Jake seem too good to be true? I think he's a great guy. He's actually got some morals and values it seems. Each episode he impresses me more. The drama is already heating up on this one. I don't like to speak ill of people but that Michelle gal was something! I felt bad for her...she almost seemed a little crazy huh?

Ok sorry for the short to get a few little boys in bed!!