Saturday, December 8, 2007

Gingerbread Fun

Look at the concentration on their faces, this is a few shots of lexi and tim today as they were "filling in the gaps" and making pretty blue windows... Tim was a superstar as far as lexi was concerned look how strong he is with the icing bag~!!!! Too bad nothing would stay together... notice the blowdryer! Tim made sure that all the cracks were filled so that the house was fully insulated. Lexi's response was "whats insulated" another moment where Tim was able to share his knowledge, just like when she was three and he explained the importance of the incandecent lightbulb!

Today I was home sick with Bronchitis, but my little friend Lexi really wanted to still make Gingerbread houses just like we planned last week. My friend Tim stepped up to help out :o)

Sunday, December 2, 2007


Having my arms around the person I love is Happiness

There is something about yummy pink cupcakes

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Meeting Karen....

Yesterday started out at such a rough day. You name it, and it went wrong... let me rephrase that since last week it has been rough.
On Saturday my bestfriend Joseph and I got in a terrible fight, and I ended up spending the entire day alone. I watched many episodes of Hannah Montana that day, and re-read Divine (my favorite Karen Kingsbury Novel)
Towards eightish I decided to check my email, and I had an email from the Karen Kingsbury Postings... her new book was commming out and she was doing a book tour. The tour kicked off in San Mateo (well that two hours from here, with good traffic). Anywayz, as much as I love her books I did not see that very possible.... little did I know God felt otherwise.
I made it through the weekend, tried talking to Joe, went to small group dinner on Monday, and again left frustrated.... except my idea (which is really inspired by Karen) to support the troops was embraced. We will be adopting a Platoon from California that is currently deployed.
Long story short, I went to work, had a crummy day.... got bad news... and just all out wanted the day to end. As I was leaving I decided I really needed to meet Karen (hah two hours) so I drove home, and begged, asked, pleaded with Joe to pretty please drive with me all the way to San Mateo, and being the bestfriend that he is he said yes.....(and we talked and resolved our fight on the drive)
I have not been back to San Mateo since I left.... so this was a hard trip on so many levels... as I was pulling in the Hillsdale parking lot, Gina (my dearest friend in Cambodia) called me.... I was so excited to tell her I was headed to meet Karen, and she shared with me that the girls at her orphanage also read Karen's books, and love them.
Karen was amazing, she answered all of our questions... and then did a small raffel for two of her Childrens books, (I won) God is so good to me, one of the books is Stay Close Little Girl...I read it and cried on the way home, sad that my father and I would never share the last few lessons, but so greatful for the time we had. Karen and I also share the same favorite verse JER 29:11 (this is the one I carry in my wallet along with my fathers dogtags).
During my meet and greet (I was the last person) I shared with her how life-changing her novels really have been in my life. She was the most amazing, down to earth person. I shared with her about how through my friend Tasra I have found an amazing loving church, (as well as her little push towards Christian Fiction which led me to Karen's books) and my darling friend Gina that since the day we met (at 12 years old, camping with our familys) has been sharing Christs message, and the Fathers love, and that I am finally though Karen's books learning to understand it. I also shared with her, about how I have shared her books (as well as my faith, and personal journey)with my friends Alicia, Jill and Beng, and how they also were excited by her stories...Karen gave me signed personalized bookplates for each of these women! I am really excited to see all of them next, hey girls guess what you are getting soon? She even wrote a sweet bookplate to Joe for driving with me four hours round trip just to meet Karen.
Thank you my friends and family for your support in the past year, I just had to share this story with you. I love you all :) Always, Helga Marie

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Fall into reading 2007

Welcome to Fall 2007.. the air is cooler, and today we were even able to start a fire... in my regular blog surfing (after all this is Qalifornia) I came across a challenge that is totally my style
Callapidder Days is hosting Fall into Reading 2007.

Already this week alone I have read the three following titles:
Miss Match: A Lauren Holbrook Novel by Erynn Mangum ,
Rematch (A Lauren Holbrook Novel) by Erynn Mangum and
Split Ends: Sometimes the End is Really the Beginning by Kristin

Here is my FALL INTO READING book list
The Guy I'm Not Dating by Trish Perry
Too Good to Be True by Trish Perry
Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren
Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury
Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury
Divine by Karen Kingsbury
A Thousand Tomorrows by Karen Kingsbury
Dreaming in Black and White : A Phoebe Grant Novel
Be My Neat-Heart (Love Inspired) by Judy Baer
Front Porch Princess by Kathryn Springer
Sushi for One? (The Sushi Series, Book 1) by Camy Tang
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down by Neta Jackson
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out by Neta Jackson
The Potluck ClubTroubles Brewing: A Novel by Linda Evans Shepherd ,Eva Marie Everson
The Potluck Club: A Novel by Linda Evans Shepherd, Eva Marie Everson
Hot Flashes and Cold Cream by Diann Hunt
RV There Yet? by Diann Hunt Reconstructing Natalie by Laura Jensen Walker
Dreaming in Technicolor: The Sequel to Dreaming in Black & White by Laura Jensen Walker
Emily Ever After by Anne Dayton, May Vanderbilt
Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury
When Joy Came to Stay by Karen Kingsbury
On Every Side by Karen Kingsbury
Just Beyond the Clouds: A Novel by Karen Kingsbury
Sunrise (Sunrise Series #1) by Karen Kingsbury
Summer (Sunrise Series #2) by Karen Kingsbury
Heavens to Betsy by Beth Pattillo
Earth to Betsy by Beth Pattillo
Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh
A Stitch in Time by Allison Bottke
Theodora's Baby (Theodora) by Penny Culliford
Theodora's Wedding: Faith, Love, and Chocolate (Theodora) by Penny Culliford
Theodora's Diary by Penny Culliford
What a Girl Wants (Ashley Stockingdale Series #3) by Kristin Billerbeck
With This Ring, I'm Confused (Ashley Stockingdale) by Kristin Billerbeck
The Whitney Chronicles by Judy Baer
She's Out of Control (Ashley Stockingdale Series #1) by Kristin Billerbeck
She's All That by Kristin Billerbeck
Consider Lily by Anne Dayton , May Vanderbilt
A Girl's Best Friend (Spa Girls Series #2)) by Kristin Billerbeck
Life, Libby, and the Pursuit of Happiness by Hope Lyda
Be Sweet by Diann Hunt
Kissing Adrien by Siri L. Mitchell
The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton , May Vanderbilt
The Trophy Wives Club: A Novel of Fakes, Faith, and a Love That Lasts Forever by Kristin Billerbeck
Moon over Tokyo by Siri L. Mitchell
That should at least keep me busy until 2008. I know you think it's impossible, but then again how well do you really know me?

Starting Over... again

This is probably the fifth blog that I have ever started. As an avid reader there are a few Blogs that I always read. Tasra's, Jody's, Camy's and the newest addition to my daily reading Erynn's These women all do something that I truly envy, each is such an inspiration to me.
When my father passed, I started my last blog, and for whatever reason it's one that I still semi regularly read. because the email is gone, I am no longer able to modify it, so here I am once again starting a new blog. Not sure what the frequence of posting will be, nor if this is really something I am going to be able to stick with, but I have the myspace page, and so here is the blog, it's just me writing for me, and just maybe something that comes from my thoughts will be worth something to you my readers.