Sincerely ‘Fro Me to You-Space Invaders

Welcome to ‘Fro Me to You!  I’m glad you’re here.  If you want to join in, please read the guidelines here.
After about six months of marriage, my hubby and I moved to Arkansas and become Youth Pastors at a church.
We were newly graduated from Bible College and ready to take on the world. During those first two years, we experienced a full spectrum of situations, from dressing up in clown suits, weekly, to a nasty church split.
It was quite an odyssey.
Into space.
I am not kidding.
And so, this picture seems fitting of our first years in church work. This was our first Vacation Bible School.  We are aliens and, yes, that is half a volleyball on my hubby’s head and strangely, that looks like a perm in mine.  (When will I learn?)
We grew up a lot during that time:
I learned that some church people are mean. 
I learned that silver paint that says ‘washable’ isn’t necessarily.  
I learned that my hubby was the closest friend I would ever have. 
I learned that I didn’t learn everything in Bible College. 
I learned to laugh at myself. 
I learned to cry for others. 
And I learned that some people, are very good, even in bad situations.
Looking back nearly 15 years ago, I can say I also learned that you can leave full time ministry and carefully laid plans behind and have a better life than you ever imagined.
The Nester is offering one of my readers one of her beautiful handmade tassels from her Etsy shop right now on this post. If you haven’t had a chance to enter, go now!

ETSY Giveaway Going On Right Now!

The Nester is offering one of my readers one of her beautiful handmade tassels from her Etsy shop right now on this post.  
Several people have wondered what they’d do with a tassel if they were the lucky winner. Well. That’s a good question. I’m new to these beautiful items myself, but it’s the best thing you’ll never need! Here are some examples from The Nester’s blog:
And just a word to the wise . . . if you google tassel and their placement, you will see images of strippers who are inappropriately using tassels.  This is wrong, on so many levels.
So is this:
But this?  Totally and completely acceptable tassel placement:

So, go now, hurry, if you haven’t entered the giveaway, it won’t last long!

This Old Bird Has Found A Nest Away From Home*Giveaway!

*Update* Lucky Tassel winner announcement:  Congrats to Heidi of Frantically Simple! I’ll email you.

I love home decor.

I love cheap home decor.
I love cheap, do-it-yourself home decor.
Rarely, do I find something that encapsulates my deep-seeded home decor needs.
But this old bird has found a nest away from home at:  The Nesting Place.  
I don’t think I have ever fallen for a blog so quickly.  And she sells handmade tassels on etsy.
I bought this adorable domino tassel with a cream pom pom:
In a thank-you-I-received-it-email, I actually wrote, “If I had a BFF necklace, I would send you the other half.”
And I don’t kid about best friend necklaces.
I’m pretty sure I scared her. Half.To.Death.
She might even block me on Twitter.  
The Nester has beautiful taste. Many of her posts are about creative ideas she’s done in her own home. She has a classic, clean look and who wouldn’t love her motto, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”?  
One of my favorite parts (besides her tassel giveaways, in which she appeals to your inner-moocher) is her Mistreatment Club for window treatments.
Look, here’s mine.  I ordered the fabric on ebay.  And painted black wooden balls from WalMart.  My hubby helped me with the double-sided screws.  Little black cording spaced every now and then make perfect hangers.
My tip?  Go visit The Nester at her blog or here at her etsy store. And if you see something you like, buy it immediately because I have NEVER seen a store sell out more quickly! The people are all about tasseling.  
It’s like an epidemic of fringed-proportions.
Or you can leave a comment and risk the odds that you will be chosen to win a domino tassel just like mine ($20 value).  (See?  I told ya’ll she was the best!  And so generous!)
Domino Tassel 190
She’s a hoot and that’s my favorite kind of bird.
Leave just one comment and I’ll choose the lucky tassel winner Thursday night at 10 p.m. CST.

A Crazy Wonderful Week

Well. Family Camp.  It was amazing.  And not just because I had low expectations.  I just didn’t

 expect this  all week long!

And while I would love to delight you with all 400 photos, I must save some of my vacation splendor for the little Sizzlin’ Summer Vacation Spectacle that I’m hosting on August 29th.  You can read all about the giveaway-linky-frenzy, here.  You don’t want to miss it!

I will say, it was one high  after another

While the kids ran amuck with their counselors at Family Camp, the parents participated in an amazing parenting conference, focusing on raising great kids.

Umm, yeah . . . we completely needed it! (I’ll be sharing some of the fabulous parenting tips I learned later next month)!

I thought I would share the two parts of Family Camp I mentioned the other day: the  theme nights and the talent show.

Theme Nights:

It’s a Mystery

THAT family disguised themselves into various characters for the evening.

It was scary.

This woman looks familiar, but she’s a real enigma.

Sixties Night (I’m so glad we didn’t listen to my son who thought it was sexy night!)

Aren’t we groovy?

I’m at Peace!
Fiesta Night was muy caliente! 

I fell desperately in love with these two Latinos on Fiesta night!
The Talent Show

THAT family entered the talent show, but we forgot the peanut butter (much to hubby’s relief) for our family’s disgusting skit.

God is good.

So, we created a magic ‘enlarging machine’ thanks to reader, Wendy M. for the idea.

What happens when you throw a rag in? . . . . you get a towel!

What happens when you put in some coins? . . . . you get a $5 bill!

What happens when you spit into the machine?  Ask the front row, who were doused with a water gun!

And this is what happens when you throw a toy baby doll in the machine hidden behind the curtain! You get a live one . . . 

Who discovered a new love for all things sticky! Hey, it was her vacation too!

THAT family came home dirty, tired and committed to one another.

We even had time to be alone and reconnect! (My new favorite picture because we were on a boat, watching the sun set!  I’m telling ya’ll this camp was something else!) Notice how many times I’ve used !!! in this post?

Check out this Pine Cove button  .  If you want to experience a trip of a lifetime and grow closer to God as a family, this is for you! I don’t think I’ve ever been served in a greater capacity, laughed more or challenged greater.  We also met some amazing families. 

Make plans to link up at the Sizzlin Summer Vacation Spectacle and you’ll see what other kind of fun was had by THAT family!

P.S.  I’m happy to report that we did not make ONE visit to the ER during our week at Family Camp. We only had to seek out the camp nurse for bug bites, a blister, a sore throat and my son’s bleeding gums from the tooth he lost. We did map out the nearest major medical center, because I like to be prepared.  I’m just sayin’.