Monday, April 30, 2012

walk humbly :: risk


With my 2012 "word" being risk, I am studying risk takers in the Bible.
It's fascinating to learn these nuggets from Bible greats.

the art of losing myself

David's journey is such a fascinating one to me. He slew Goliath (which was a risk all by itself). David was appointed King of Israel. God chose him to move the ark, and that was no small task. David found so much favor. It seemed things were going so well for him.

In the wake of success, I've often thought about how it's so important to spend time with God and to constantly seek growth and upgrades in your character. David saw Bathsheba and wanted her. She was brought to him and conceived. His sin snowballed from there as he tried desperately to cover things up. When Bathsheba's husband, Uriah, didn't cooperate with David's cover up, David sent him to the front lines where he was eventually killed. David took Bathsheba as his wife. It would seem no one would be the wiser. However, our sin has a way of catching up, of coming to the light.

That's exactly what happened when Nathan came and rebuked David's actions. Here's where the risk part comes in. David was a King, and I think the natural tendency for leaders is to show they're strong, and they can do no wrong. The unnatural tendency is to humbly admit our wrongs. David humbled himself and confessed. I believe that was the riskiest, most powerful thing he could have done.

Selfishness and pride are the main roadblocks that keep me from walking humbly. Though initial perception might tell me that being humble is weak, I choose to risk what others might think of me to walk that road. Strength comes from walking humbly in the light.

Scripture reference: 2 Samuel 11, 12

Saturday, April 28, 2012

daddy's girl

When Jeremy was away recently in S. Africa, his little girl really missed him. She's turned into quite the daddy's girl lately. On the day of his return, she gathered supplies, shut her door with instructions to not disturb her, and came out with a masterpiece. Looking at this framed photo in her room,

daughter kisses

she created this. An awesome masterpiece, for real.

daddy's girl

I love it!

Friday, April 27, 2012

meaningful mother's day

After my series on What We're Doing, I haven't talked much about what's been happening behind the scenes for me with Ten Thousand Homes, but this week my "studio" has been in full force creating cards. When I took on the role of Communications Director, I knew I wanted to launch a Mother's Day campaign. Sometimes it's so hard to find the perfect gift for those special Mothers in our lives. How perfect is it to not only send them a Mother's Day greeting, but for them to know that money was given in their honor to build HOPE and HOME for orphans in Africa. And so I present to you the 2012 Ten Thousand Homes Mother's Day Campaign! 

Mother's Day E-card : Sending Laughter





Mother's Day E-card : Always Loving Me





Mother's Day E-card : Super Mom



For $20, you can choose one of three e-cards to be delivered on or before May 13th. After checkout, you will be directed to a form to fill in personalized information including recipient's name, email, and a personalized message. Questions? Feel free to email me. You can also visit the Ten Thousand Homes store to purchase e-cards.

StudioJRU

Linking up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday.

ten thousand homes on the web

ten thousand homes blog

ten thousand homes on facebook

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

spirit fighter {giveaway}

It's another great Tommy Nelson giveaway for you this month! This time we get to focus on the 9-12 age range. The debut novel, Spirit Fighter, from the new series, Son of Angels, Jonah Stone, is now available!

Spirit Fighter is a great fiction read that brings kids on an adventure involving spiritual warfare. When Jonah starts to discover that he has some supernatural abilities, he turns to his parents to seek the reasons why. Their answer both shocks and fascinates him. He's part angel, something that he would have never dreamed possible.


In a sea of books that are indeed exploring the darker side of the spiritual world, it's encouraging to see one that shows both sides. Yes, evil exists, but so does good. Our kids are faced with both of those choices, and I love that this book shows the battle and the good choice that Jonah makes.

Giveaway

I have one copy of Spirit Fighter from Tommy Nelson available to give away! Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and ends on Thursday, May 3rd at 9 pm CST when random number generator will choose one winner!

spirit fighter 

  Entries

1st Entry Leave a comment answering this question, "Would you allow your tween to read a fiction book about spiritual warfare if it opened up the door to more Biblically based discussions in the future?"

2nd Entry Tweet and/or share on Facebook the following...

#Win Spirit Fighter from @TommyNelson via @jenprice77! A great read for kids 9-12 on spiritual warfare. #giveaway http://bit.ly/If27YZ

Be sure to come back here and leave a separate comment for each entry. Also make sure I have a way to contact you should you win!

You can view the Spirit Fighter flipbook to get a taste of what the book is about!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Spirit Fighter from Tommy Nelson in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.


Comments are now closed. The winner is The Bauman Family!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

color your world coming soon

I don't think it's been any secret the creative journey I've been on the past several years. From realizing that creativity is more than a canvas and a brush to discovering my creative outlets, I've become passionate about being able to express myself in creative ways. That's why I'm so, so excited to start hosting a Color Your World link up every month! I've teamed up with some other amazing bloggers, and our desire is to help us notice the color around us and use our creativity to interpret it. Doesn't that sound like fun?? You can find the details below as well as on my Color Your World about page.

painting a rainbow

WHY: Color brightens a mood. It brings joy. It makes the world prettier. It brings life to dullness. Color is everywhere, but it's easy to miss it in the midst of our busy lives. 

CHALLENGE: Color Your World is a monthly color challenge that encourages us to STOP and NOTICE the color around us. 

HOW: Here's how it works...

1. We pick a color challenge for the month. Linky dates and colors are...

May 2 ~ green 
June 6 ~ yellow
July 4 ~ red, white and blue
August 1 ~ purple
September 5 ~ teal
October 3 ~ orange
November 7 ~ brown
December 5 ~ white

2. You take that color and interpret it using your creative outlet.

3. Write a blog post on your interpretation.

4. Grab the Color Your World button to display on your blog or link back to the linky.





5. Link up your blog post (not your blog) to the color challenge the 1st Wednesday of the month. Link will stay open Wednesday at 6 am CST through Sunday at 11:59 pm CST.

Creativity knows no bounds. It is a vast machine that is unique to each person. Use your unique creativity to interpret the color each month. It could be the written word, painting, photography, music. We want to see your unique creative voice!

Color Your World is a monthly linky hosted by...



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

sisters :: a photo story

I don't have any sisters but I loved this series of photos I took of three sisters on a recent photo shoot. They come from a blended family, but you would never know with the way they interact with each other. They wanted a group shot but couldn't decide on their pose. I think someone mentioned a past story and it was all chitter chatter after that. I can't for the life of me remember what they were discussing, but it's fun to imagine the conversation!

sisters

  photo story1

photo story2

photo story3

photo story4

photo story5

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Monday, April 23, 2012

a massive ark :: risk


With my 2012 "word" being risk, I am studying risk takers in the Bible.
It's fascinating to learn these nuggets from Bible greats.


I love rainbows!

In the midst of sin and chaos, Noah found favor in God's eyes, and God asked him to do something crazy. Mankind's corruption must have been pretty bad, because it says God was sorry that He made man. That's some pretty heavy stuff.

God's plan was basically to start afresh, so He asked Noah to build an ark, a huge ark. With the exact measurements of 450 ft. long by 75 ft. wide by 45 ft. high, this was no small boat. I wonder how long it took him to build it and then to gather the animals and the supplies they would need during the flood. I'm sure it was long enough for news to spread of what he was doing and for people to think he was crazy.

Do you ever have those moments where you think God has spoken, but you begin to doubt and wonder, "Was that really Him?" Maybe Noah knew that he knew that God told him to build the ark. There was never any question. In my own life, I've had that question before. In those moments, there's a risk either way in the choice.

I believe it's better to step out and do what you think God is saying rather than spending so much time worrying whether you heard God or not. To me, doing nothing is the greater sin. It may feel risky to step out and obey, especially if it's something like building a massive ark, but God is faithful when we step out to meet us in that risky place.

Scripture reference : Genesis 6-9


PS: Blogger seems to be having issues once again. Although I'm scheduling posts, they are not publishing automatically. I have to go in and manually publish them. On the off chance that I'm up at midnight, I'll publish. Otherwise, you'll see them here around 7:30 in the morning until Blogger resolves this issue.

Friday, April 20, 2012

my studio lately

Lately my studio has been my camera and my computer. I guess I didn't realize April was such a busy month for photography. It makes sense. The grass is green, the flowers are blooming. It's a beautiful time of year. Senior photos and family portraits have been a plenty.

This photo shoot was a blast. Just me and Kaitlyn. It was so laid back and fun. I realized that some of the best places to shoot are probably right in your backyard. We went down to the local City Hall. I absolutely loved the red metal door. Kaitlyn was awesome in front of the camera resulting in lots of great shots, but these are some of my favs.

against the red

against the wall

through the leaves

beautiful

make a wish


walking down the tracks

at the tracks

Have you been up to any creative ventures lately?

StudioJRU 


Linking up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

gabby's stick to it day {giveaway}

It's only been recently that the Gabby series entered our lives, and we love them! They have such a good lesson for young girls. Gabby's Stick To It Day is no exception. When Gabby, the guardian angel, observes Sophie quitting when things get hard, she makes it her mission to teach her to "stick to it."

soccer game

Emma G loved the story and I loved the message that I think it so relevant for young girls. With the short attention span of kids, it's easy to quit something, especially when it gets hard. Teaching them to stick with it, through the good and bad, is such a great life lesson that will benefit them in their adult years. Whether it be sports, school, or simply cleaning your room, sticking with something is a mark of good character.

Giveaway

I have one copy of Gabby's Stick To It Day by Sheila Walsh to give away courtesy of Tommy Nelson! Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and ends Thursday, April 26th at 9 pm CST when random number generator will choose one winner.

gabby's stick to it day


Entries

1st Entry  Leave a comment answering this question, "How do you encourage kids not to give up when things get hard?"

2nd Entry  Tweet and/or share on Facebook the following...

Teach your kids not to give up when it's hard. #Win Gabby's Stick To It Day from @jenprice77! #giveaway @TommyNelson http://bit.ly/HV10fl

Be sure to come back here and leave a separate comment for each entry. Also be sure I have a way to contact you should you win!

Gabby's Stick To It Day is intended for girls aged 3-7. Check out the flipbook and buy the book here. Coloring pages available on TommyNelson.com.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Gabby's Stick To It Day from Tommy Nelson in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.


Comments are now closed. The winner is #3, Birgit!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

mother's day models

One of my favorite things to do is to promote other creatives, so this spot today is reserved for my friend, Alisha. I love these family photos she recently took of us! So colorful, so fresh, so clean. My favorite one is Emma G with her little thumbs up. :) Alisha is great to work with...friendly, fun, and great with kids! She is currently running a Mother's Day special that those in the Dallas area will want to check out. Photos last forever making them the perfect gift to give on Mother's Day.

family photo

mothersday

For more information or to schedule a Mother's Day photo shoot, check out her blog.

Thanks, Alisha, for helping me to Embrace The Camera! Awesome photos of me with my kids and husband are absolutely priceless.




Tuesday, April 17, 2012

mesmerizing octopus

Our local Sea Life Aquarium recently held a media event as they opened their new Octopus Garden. It didn't dawn on me until I arrived that I had never seen an octopus that close before. I seriously think I could have stared at the Giant Pacific Octopus all day. He was mesmerizing as he moved about. The other cephalopods were pretty cool, too. :)

pacific octopus

octopus tentacles

suctions

little octopus

snail

My review of Octopus Garden can be found at Today's Mama.




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