Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Kee's!

Once again, I'm participating in Faith's Christmas Card Carousel! I just love that she does this every year!!
This year, we ran out of time for a family picture so I used one of my favorites I took of Shelby outside at the house. I designed the whole card and did the whole chalkboard look.  I love the verse we used and it's one of Shelby's favorite Christmas songs her daddy's group sings...

Since this is going to be the last year and Christmas with just shelby, what's more fitting than she be the highlight of our card.
Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pallet artwork

For some reason my sewing machine is acting against me so I've just been painting and boy has that kept me busy! I've got at least 5 more pallets to paint. I'm sooo grateful to be using my talent for others and others actually interested in my work. :) Painting is good for me, even when I don't feel like it. The large pallets are $50 and the smaller ones are $25. I can paint anything you want. In fact, I've got an "Eye of the Tiger/LSU" one to do, as well as a "House divided" pallet to paint for some pro-teams.
I'm currently not taking any orders for Christmas, since I'm slap-full, but I am taking orders for after the 1st of the year until the baby comes the end of Feb./Beginning of March, then I'll be off for a while with Rhett.
Here's some of my recent work....
MHS Panther 26"x36"

Mississippi State Bulldog 16"x20"

Buck 30"x36"

Hog 16"x20"

razorback 30"x36"

Longhorn 26"x36"

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What she doesn't know...

I was reading a blog post yesterday and every word Steph wrote, I swear was poured out from my heart about and toward Shelby.  It saddens me, as much as we are excited to welcome Rhett in a couple of months to our family, that our time of just she and I is quickly fading away.  My focus will have to be shared between three instead of two and it's troublesome to me.  I have dealt w/ feelings of guilt over making her have to grow up because she will have a baby brother I have to care for to the days that were just ours, will be filled w/ her in Kindergarten and me caring for Rhett at home w/o her laughter filling the house. 
Here's Steph's blog post that sums it all up...

"But I wanted you to hold my hand!" she said through streaming tears, close to hysterics.

I had walked down the stairs from our living room to our dining room one morning after waking her up. I can't remember a morning that she didn't insist on walking down each step herself, even though my hand was always offered.

Yet, today, in my haste to start the day by opening the window shade and getting our breakfasts ready, I did not offer it. And today, she wanted my hand.

In a very uncharacteristic gesture by my almost 3 year old, she climbed into my arms. Her face wet with tears. Her voice unable to catch its breath from the emotion of it all. And in a very uncharacteristic gesture by my almost 3 year old, she let me hold her, comfort her.

For what seemed like a blissful eternity, I rocked my little girl back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Her small koala body clung to mine, legs around my torso, arms around my neck. I stroked her fine hair and held her close.

What she doesn't know is that I'd hold her every day just like this. She could ask me anytime, anywhere, and I would drop whatever I was doing to take her up into my arms and feel her warm little heart beating next to mine.

What she doesn't know is that I live for her laugh, her smile. The tinkle of her happy voice in my ears is enough to bring blue skies to a cloudy day. When the corners of her mouth turn up with joy, my heart skitters into a thousand butterflies fluttering though a green meadow. I want to take away anything that makes her sad. I never want her to know pain, if it takes away that smile.

What she doesn't know is that after an atrocious day full of tantrums and harsh words, when I count down the minutes until bedtime, I miss her when she's asleep. If I knew it wouldn't wake her (and it undoubtedly would), I would crawl into her room just to peek at her sleeping. For a child so full of energy and life and passion during the day, she is surprisingly relaxed and at peace when she dreams. And though I may not be fully prepared for what the next day will bring, I am secretly excited for morning so we can meet again.

What she doesn't know is that I hate myself for the ways I fail her. The impatient clucking, the loud snap of my voice, the wrong choice of cleaning my kitchen when I could have been reading her a book. I pray she will not lack anything because of my faults and insecurities. And I hope one day she will see all the ways I worked on myself just to be better for her.

What she doesn't know, what she couldn't possibly know, is how deep my love runs for her. It courses through my veins. There is nothing I would not do, no thing I would not give up, for her. I know now, in a way I could not have known before I knew her, that love like this cannot dry up like a dusty river bed. It can only grow stronger, a raging river, with an endless source. It would be impossible to not love her.

What she doesn't know is that as time goes by, she will grow up. Dolls and blocks will be traded for cars and make up. I will spend the years grasping for her as she runs ahead, finding the delicate balance between holding on without holding her back. I know she will grow up. And she will be beautiful and confidant and wonderful. And I will miss her littleness.

One day I will look back and wonder why I thought it was so hard, oh so long ago, to raise this child. And I will vow to myself that if I had the chance, I would do it all over again. Every minute.

So today, I hold this little babe, rocking her back and forth, back and forth. I do not take for granted this moment of prolonged comfort: I snuggle her into my neck, breathe in her scent, and lock the memory of her deep in my heart.

Because what she doesn't know is that, no matter how many years go by, no matter how old she grows, she will always be my precious little girl."

Please let time slow down...I need more time w/ Shelby...i need to be a better mother to her. I need to not boss and correct her so much...i need to snuggle more and gripe less..i need her to need me and me not feel held-down or inconvenienced by her tiny needs that seem so large to me at the time...I need more time Lord...please Lord, just give me more time...

this is my prayer every night before I go to bed...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

9 years married to my soul mate....

It's soo hard to believe it's been 9 years of marriage already; given, we've been a couple since I was 16 so that's almost 15 years...needless to say, he's all I know and have ever known.  God truly broke the mold when He created Josh for me.  I never DREAMED we would be the couple we are today 9 years ago...This anniversary is even more special because I'm carrying his son. When I was pregnant with Shelby, I was just a little bit pregnant on our anniversary, but this time, it's a different story! We are a little over 2 months away from meeting and holding Rhett and seeing the joy and the light his face gives off when someone asks us what we're having and he's the first to answer, makes my heart smile. :)
Josh not only cares deeply for me and my well-being but he cares about my soul and my heart. He gave me THE BEST anniversary present he's ever given me,
a new bible.

My bible is literally held together by clear packing tape, which has worked out fine for the last few years but Josh saw a need and met it.  His heart is sooo caring and giving towards others, it's overwhelming!
This time last year, I wrote, "God has truly anointed our marriage and even though times haven't always been easy or perfect, with God in our marriage and our home, it's been HIS Plan and HIS loving arms leading us all the way.... I never would have imagined that 8 years ago I could love this man any more that I did that first glance I saw him as the doors to the church opened, but BOY WAS I WRONG!! Josh is my best friend, my soul mate, the father of my precious shelby and miracle baby, my lover, and the only man I've ever known and WILL EVER KNOW.... He is truly, as Song of Soloman 3:4 says, "I found the one my heart loves."
I love you Josh and will always love you til the day the Lord takes us Home....."
I still mean this with all of my heart.  Our growing family is blessed to have this man in our lives!! God is amazing... Here is Our Love Story in case you don't know how we started out...
Here's a photo recap of us on our wedding day. hahaa..we were such babies!!
December 11, 2004

Friday, December 6, 2013

Mmmm a few Christmas recipes

Today is Show us Your Life- Favorite Holiday Recipes on Kelly's Korner and thought I'd chime in!
I looove Christmas and the smells it brings to the home!! :)
Here's a few of my ALL TIME favorite dishes I've made from cook books and family recipes. These stay on my blog all year round so feel free to use them!
OMG i'm so hungry now!!!
Apple Dumplins

Mammy's Chicken-n- Dumplins

Bennigan's Monte Cristo

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

All Inventory for Sale!

I finally got all my ducks in a row and have photographed and documented what items I do have in stock and for sale! I Must sell these items and make room in Rhett's room for the nursery! Each item is a custom item, there is not another one made like it, and there is room for monogramming if you choose to have that done on the diaper bags, duffle/dance bags ($10-$12 charge).
Diaper bags are $45-$50, dance bag/duffles $30, wipe cases $10, nap mats $30.

Message for details or more info.
Here ya go...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bizzy B's Inventory Sale!!

I never have any inventory and I'm asked about it all the time.... well, here's your chance!! I recently pulled my items from a boutique and I have them available to be shipped to you wherever you are! I've made an Inventory album on my Facebook Page where you can view the items and I will be adding to it as I go through all my inventory I have available.
For now, here's a sneak peak at what I KNOW I have...I know I have a few wipe cases and other bags and nap mats available but I've gotta "Inventory" my "Inventory" lol.... Message me for any inquiries you have or for ordering information....
Diaper Bag w/ 6 interior pockets

Diaper bag w/ 6 interior pockets

Diaper bag w/ 6 interior pockets
Nap mat

Nap mat