Monday, August 8, 2011

Fun in the Summer Sun Linky - All Social Media Link-Up

Hosted by:

Mama to 4 Blessings
Adventures of Mommydom,
Sweet Diva,
 Harvest Moon By Hand,
Sweet Phenomena

This is our last Fun in the Summer Sun up any social media you belong to!!  Please, no give-aways! =)

Leave a comment so I know you stopped by ~ I'm still recovering from camp last week, I'll check in between naps & return the favor!! ; )

Here's the line up:

The 1st Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer activities"

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Radical Faith - Luke 9:23

"Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. "
~ Luke 9:23

As you read this, I am counseling (and having lots of fun) with our Middle Schoolers from my church at our annual summer camp.  This "Radical Faith" event is why you may have noticed less activity (posting) here at Sweet Diva the past two weeks as I've been preparing for my cabin of 12 girls!!

Praying for those sweet girls as well as all the others who will attend, the counselors and all others involved.....but especially for the girl who may attend with more brokenness and hurt inside than her friends would ever guess.  Praying that she will hear His call to her and accept the salvation He offers.....that she will open her heart to Him, let His love be a salve to her wounds, and let the Master Potter mold and shape her into a Masterpiece of His making,  displaying His Amazing Grace.

Because 23 years ago, that girl was ME. 

I was the girl struggling with things no one would suspect, a heart dangerously close to choosing a path that would have led to destruction.  I was the girl certain she was worthless, filled with brokenness and anger at a family out of control......who still seeks healing for hurts and scars that very few know about. 

And I know first-hand what He can do for a heart that cries out to Him.  I know firsthand how healing His love really is, how He overcomes statistics and gives a life so full and blessed, so much more than I deserve, when a heart seeks Him daily with faith that is radical and extreme......not because I'm so spiritual, so good, so holier-than-thou.........but because I need Him.  His love is my One constant in a world and in relationships that are anything but.  I will never cease to be thankful for what He has done for me.  ♥

♫ He touched me, Oh He touched me, And oh the joy that floods my soul! Something happened and now I know, He touched me and made me whole. Since I met this blessed Savior, Since He cleansed and made me whole, I will never cease to praise Him, I'll shout it while eternity rolls. He touched me, Oh He touched me, And oh the joy that floods my soul! Something happened and now I know He touched me and made me whole.

Please pray with me for our camp.....and the lives that can be changed forever ~ for His Glory. ♥


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

There's Been An Explosion of RED Around Here.....

....because I'm at a Middle School camp this week, and I've been working hard on some goodies for my cabin full of girls!!

My co-counselor's an my cabin color is RED , if you haven't guessed already. =)

Thought I'd post super quick and show you some of the red madness that has taken over my world while I'm away......

Drawstring backpacks  =)

Please forgive my mess & the horrible pics....I'm in a hurry ~ no time to edit!!!

Red ribbon for tying t-shirts with.....

Some of my accessories and my door sign =)

A few signs for decorating our rooms with.....

Red ties from left over fabric to do something with.... ; )

My co-counselor's daughter & friend had a t-shirt making party this weekend.....look what they brought me to wear!!!  My husband says he'll give me $1 if I wear the side ponytail, too.....I just need some jelly shoes and bracelets to make my look complete! ; )

Hope you're having a super week....see ya on the flip side {when I get back}!!

Side note:  my ♥sweet little blog♥  has been featured at Ladybug cool is that?!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Go See Where They Pack the Peaches ~ Fun in the Summer Sun Link Up!!! ~ Kid-Friendly Activity

Welcome to the 9th week of our Fun in the Summer Fun event!  Each Monday until September 7th,  Mama to 4 Blessings along with:

Adventures of Mommydom,
Sweet Diva,
 Harvest Moon By Hand,
Sweet Phenomena

 will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.

Here's the line up:

The 1st Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer activities"
The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer crafts"
The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer recipes"
The 4th Monday of each month: link up your "How to stay cool in the summer heat"

Here’s our “Kid Friendly Summer Activity!”

On our recent trip to middle GA, we visited a very cool peach packing shed!  Dickey's  is Georgia's oldest , continually operating peach packing shed located in Musella, Ga, and although for years I visited my Granny's house once a week just a couple of miles away, I had never been there.  What a treat my first trip was.....made even sweeter by having my three kids to take with me! =)

When you first pull up to the packing shed, it doesn't look like much ~ just a long, old white building......

.....but when you step up onto the wide, golden ♥Southern♥ front porch, you've entered a world that you just might want to hang out in for a while!

You can step on up, try some samples, browse the impressive displays of peach products and fresh produce available, 

...., peruse the memorabilia scattered along the porch,........

......purchase a cup of AMAZING peach ice cream (a must!!!), ......

and sit down in one of their classic white rockers and view the peach packing process as you enjoy it!  That's what we did, anyway... ; )

We found this fascinating.....and a little mesmerizing watching the peaches go through their journey in preparation for sales or deliveries.......and before leaving, I made my kids pose for some peachy pics. =)

They're such good sports (most of the time)!!  ; )

What activity have you done this summer?  Link it up....I'd love to read about it!! (but I'm out of town this week and can't check them out or respond till next week.....I promise to catch up when I'm home ~ it'll give me something else to look forward to!!)