Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My First Give Away!! FREE PILLOW!

I have been wanting to do a give away for a while and I think now is the perfect time! This give away is for one of my small hand sewn Christmas pillows.
Enter now until Sunday, December 4th. I will announce a winner on Monday and ship out the pillow so that you can enjoy it in your home or give it as a gift :)

I hand sewed Dream and each of the snow flakes. There's something about snow that is just majestic. Growing of in the Panhandle of Texas, we got some snow but not really very much. I remember being in my dorm in PA one time and hearing something hitting the roof. I walked outside and to my amazement the biggest, softest, loudest snowflakes I had ever seen or heard were falling so was so quiet outside, peaceful and dreamy. I enjoyed every second...aah, maybe we'll see some snow this winter at some point :)

There are 4 different ways you can enter :)

Entry 1: Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me one of you favorite Christmas traditions

Entry 2: Become a follower of my blog

Entry 3: Like J Pate Designs on Facebook

Entry 4: Follow me on Twitter at @JPateDesigns (if you're already a follower, just tweet about my give away :) )

Thanks everyone! Please tell your friends :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

There is not enough room on this blog or time for you to read all that I am thankful for in my life. The Lord has been so good to me and to Wade -- not just because He has brought us through so much, given us wonderful families and given us more than we need -- no it's more than that. The Lord has been so good to us because He came down for us and he died for our sins to make a way for us to be reconciled to the Father.
This Thanksgiving was great. Our niece stole the show once again :) We all had fun watching her motor around and play with Winston. Her and Winston had a blast together!!

I thought that Winston's barking might scare her (that's how he plays) but she just thought he was so funny. She laughed and squealed every time he barked and ran away.

I was glad it actually cooled down enough to wear sweaters!!

All the food was great, but look at this dessert spread!! yummy!

Andrea came to visit us and we had so much fun!!

Here's the cutie in her chariot :) Everyone took a turn pullin her around in her wagon and she would've stayed longer had her daddy let her!

A Late Fall

Well things are finally cooling down a little here and there in East Texas. Hard to believe we hit the mid 80s several days in November! Because of that most of the leaves are just now changing colors.
We went for a walk in the woods with Winston. He loved smellin everything and running around.

There's my good lookin husband!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Recent Stampings :)

Here are some photos of items I have recently stamped :) Christmas is coming up and these items make great, personalized gifts. With bookmarks starting at $10 I hope you consider choosing an item that fits into your price point. Orders must be received by December 5th to guarantee a delivery before Christmas.

Enjoy and please contact me with any questions!!

Beautiful necklaces!

Cool bracelets :) A lot of people have ordered bracelets that have their name and heart. The girls love these!

Here are a few pics of the bookmarks and keychains.
Keep in mind that any of these items can be customized with the phrase/word of your choice or you can choose the phrase that you see pictured.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tim Tebow

All you Tim Tebow "lovers", critics or "haters" please read this entire blog.

Tim Tebow is my favorite player in the NFL. I didn't just recently jump on his bandwagon either. We are so proud of him for standing for Christ, for living out his faith in the midst of a media fire storm and everyone waiting for him to fall. Do I think he's perfect, no, because none of us are. It's not easy to be under the microscope all the time. And if most of us were honest, we would not stand up to the test like Tim has time and again.

My husband and I started watching Tebow play football when he was at Florida. We love his passion, his work ethic, but most of all what he stands for--Christ.

For Wade and I, Tim Tebow is what we hoped we were when we played sports--a light using the talents God gave us to bring Him glory.

There are a few Bible verses that Wade and I live our lives by and that really impacted us when we played sports.

"Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."Colossians 3:17

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward." Colossians 3:23-24

I don't think that most people know how hard it is to play sports after the high school level and how much harder it is to live out your faith and take a stand. It's so very easy to get side tracked, to think only of yourself and what you want. I know I battled that as an athlete. All the fans see is the person playing on game day. What they don't see is all the work that went in to getting to that point nor do they see all the things that are happening within the team and maybe your own life and family. My experience only went as far as the collegiate level, so I can only imagine how much this is intensified at the professional level.

I remember one game in particular when I was at Bucknell. We were set to play Holy Cross on ESPNU. We only got one TV game a year so it was a big deal for us. The Lord gave me the strength a pretty good game that night and I was so thankful. We came away with a win, but it meant so much to me because of the struggle it was to get there.

Trying to balance college sports and the classroom is challenging to say the least, especially at a school like Bucknell. I had 2 major papers due the day of the game. The night before I was not anywhere close to finishing them...not because I had procrastinated, I just literally did not have enough time in my day to do it all. So...I stayed up ALL night working on those papers. In a fog, I walked to class and turned in my papers...then I did something I had never done before...I didn't go to the rest of the class.

I knew I had to play a game later that afternoon and was in no condition to do so. I went home and slept. I woke up thinking, how am I going to do this? I took a shower and put on my makeup, lol, hoping not everyone would be able to see how tired I truly was...I prayed for strength and set out to give it my all.

What a praise to the Lord still comes from my heart for this time. I am thankful for the win but more so that He gave me the strength and courage to keep going, to fight and to honor Him.

This is just one instance in my life where no one new what was going on in my life. They only saw the game I played. How much more so then for pro athletes?

There are many out there that openly "hate" Tim Tebow. I really can't believe this is even possible, but then again I can. It's crazy to me that our society seems more at ease with the athlete that is in the club, getting caught doing illegal things, or immoral things than a man doing his best to please Lord. There's a song lyric that I think fits here..."People throw rocks at things that shine." (Taylor Swift and no I am not a huge fan of hers...) It's easy, too easy, for people to bash athletes at any level but especially at the collegiate and pro level.

I don't know the ins and outs of the mechanics of a "great" quarterback and maybe Tim doesn't exactly fit their "ideal" but he gives it his all every snap and lives in a manner worthy of the calling of Christ.

Wade and I pray that he will continue to remember that bringing glory to Christ is most important, that giving others the opportunity to know the Good News is what his life and ours is for. We pray God would continue to give him the strength to stand and we know that no matter what, God loves him and us and you.

Tim, if you read this, keep going friend!! God has given you an amazing platform that you are using well.

And as Pilgrim says in Pilgrim's Progress, "but I put my fingers in my ears and so came on my way."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Social Media

Social Media....where to begin?

So, I was one of those people (the minority) that had not joined Facebook...that was until a couple of weeks ago. I was not on Twitter, hadn't skyped and really didn't feel the need to jump in.

But times are ch-ch-ch-changin.... and it was time. In a week I went from only having a blog to being on Facebook, Twitter and Skype. My hubby could hardly believe it when I told him, lol. Whew...I have been trying to catch up ever since!

You may be wondering why I have held out so long, especially on Facebook. First off, I didn't have the time do it for a long time and well, to be honest, I really prefer talking on the phone and writing "real" letters but I was not able to keep up with as many people as I would like to that way. (or most people weren't willing to keep in touch with me the old fashioned way).
I also must admit that I just really do prefer to be private about a lot of things. BUT I realize that I still can be private about the things I want to be private about and share the things I want to share :) I do like encouraging people and making them smile and I hope that I can do that through my Facebook and Twitter accounts.

It has been fun though getting back in touch with people that really are my friends that I haven't talked to in a while. Moving around as much as I have since high school has been amazing. It has allowed me to see so many different parts of the country and to make friends all along the way. Now it's so much easier to keep up with them all!!

Also, I have been able to network for my business: J Pate Designs . I still have a long ways to go to get my business page in shape, but little by little I am sprucing things up.In the near future I will be hosting my very GIVE AWAY! FREE STUFF!! (it's very easy to enter and have a chance to win so stay tuned!!)

I still do not jump on there ALL the time and I have figured out how to link my twitter to my facebook. So whatever I post on twitter automatically updates my status in Facebook. This is very helpful! I am also going to be more committed to updating my blog regularly so be sure to check back soon (and often!).

For those of you left that are still not on Facebook, that's alright. I'd love to have a phone call from you any day! (or an email!)

So, if you are on Facebook or Twitter, "Like" me or "Follow" me if you want :)
My twitter name is @JPateDesigns and my business Facebook page is J Pate Designs.