Friday, November 28, 2008

Yay Free Friday CHRISTmas Kickoff Giveaway!!

Welcome To the Yay Free Friday CHRISTmas Kickoff Giveaway!

This is an online scavenger hunt. All of the answers can be found on Tina's blog, Laura's blog or the Baby be Blessed website. It may require some searching. Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 entries with most correct answers. Entries will be judged in the order they are received.

1st Place- Finished Lamb
2nd Place- Fabric Crown
3rd Place- Free S&H on your next order

Email your answers to

Good Luck!
Let the search begin.....

BbB Yay Free Friday Quiz

  • 1. Name Tina's kids oldest to youngest?
  • 2. What is Laura's daughter Carly's favorite book?
  • 3. What are the Aliases of the "Vandal" that struck the Swymeler house.
  • 4. When did Baby be Blessed begin?
  • 5. What is the name of fabric C169?
  • 6. What is Laura's favorite drink?
  • 7. What kind of boots does Tina wear?
  • 8. On what day did Tina's daughter Natalie get baptized?
  • 9. Who is pictured in the left upper corner of the BbB website banner?
  • 10. What are the names of Tina's and Laura's husbands.
  • 11. What is the body Fabric of Doll A101?
  • 12. What is the name of the first Give a Blessing Recipient, September 2008.
  • 13. In what month did Tina's old sewing machine "the Green Beast" finally break and she had to purchase a new one?
  • 14. What is the bible verse on the lamb that Tina made in honor of Laura's son Matthew?
  • 15. How old is the miracle child Brianna Botts now?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Give a Blessing!

Do you know a family or a child that would benefit from our

Give a Blessing Ministry?!

Please nominate a child or family in need!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Celebrate Christ With Us!!

We are THREE days away from the start of our Celebration of Christ!! I am so excited to take this time and give glory to our CELEBRATE our Savior!! This is beyond just an online open house, but a time to share ideas and encourage each other during this time of year that Christ can be left far behind and forgotten in the business of the Holiday season. I invite you to share your ideas with all of us! How do you keep Christ center focus in your heart and within your family during Christmas?! Let us know!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hide and Seek

I have been tucked away behind the scenes for pretty much the whole month of November. Honestly I had been struggling to keep up with things, balance and prioritize what the Lord has given me to do. I have control issues. I have fleshly Tina traits that I lay down at the feet of Christ and then run right back over and pick up again. I have big ideas, in which all have good intent and maybe purpose but can't be carried out because I get all jumbled up with trying to do more than what I'm actually called to do. I try to steer my own direction. I haven't let go of my steering wheel of life. I have white knuckles because I hold onto that wheel...afraid that if I do let go I'll spin out of control and crash. But guess what. I chose to let go of that wheel!! Praise God that I ran down into the ditch but I didn't crash. He just gracefully brought me back onto the road and I moment by moment choose to let HIM steer. It is very hard to step back and allow Him to do that. Doesn't that sound so silly! I know that the Lord knows what's best but so many times I push Him out of the way and take over without even realizing. The life of a believer is hard! We have a higher calling for our life and when we fail or fall short we are so hard on ourselves. At least I am. That is one area that I allow the enemy to sneak in. I allow him to whisper "failure!" in my ear. Praise God for His word that the TRUTH is Christ's blood washes me clean!! CLEAN!! So through my hiding this month I am seeking. And guess what?! When you seek Jesus you find Him! Many things have been taught and reveled to me about myself, and this ministry of ours. Good things are coming and I thank all of you who have stuck along with us!! At the first of the year I will be starting a new blog. The Baby be Blessed blog will be used strictly for BbB and Give a Blessing news, along with prayer requests and praises from all of you! The new blog will be more personal, almost a documentation of my journey in faith. I can't decide what to call it..... What do you all think? I have three idea's down on paper. Maybe you can help me?
1-Broken To Be Blessed
2-Blessfully Broken
3-Blessings of Brokenness
You can see they all have pretty much the same theme so it is hard to decide. Let me know what you think!!
Have a great day everyone! Let Jesus take the wheel! (I love that song!)

Monday, November 17, 2008

"Mommy it's snowing!"

Rain turned into our very first snow on Saturday. It was raining pretty good and Lola starts yelling for me..."Mommy, Mommy!" I answered but she didn't seem to hear me over the wad of clothes I was shoving into the washing machine. "MOMMY!!!! MOMMY!!!....MOMMMMYYYY!!!" Finally, I pop my head out of the laundry room "WHAT Lola?!" I thought she was going to tattle (has been going around here lately). "IT"S SNOWING!!!!!!!!" So, I'm like "wow, it is?" and look out the window...WOW -IT IS!!!!" I couldn't believe it! With as wet and yucky as the ground was and being only 40 degrees...IT WAS SNOWIN'!! I had to take a picture for Laura...she only had the yucky rain at her house. She lives an hour west so usually she gets the weather before it hits us. But this time, it must have hopped over her. Sorry Swymeler boys!! So of course, there is snow and they had to go play out in it. I'm getting scroogie old and the Lord reminded me of that Saturday. When they say play in the snow, I hear....a half hour of getting ready and then two loads of wet clothes to wash. But who cares about that right?! So I told them to go on out. Lola was back in ten minutes later fingers cold and wet to the bone. "I'm cold...can I have my hot chocolate?". Oh, yes...the hot chocolate. I was thinking we didn't have some -but we did! Yesterday the snow melted away and again this morning I wake up to a white ground with the flakes still a fallin'. I guess winter is finally here!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


We take for granted the freedom that we have here in the United States...I know that I do. The one thing that I don't take for granted is all of the willing soldiers who have fought and who are fighting for that freedom we have. I thank them so much! My husband Keith is currently in the Army reserves and was gone for 18 months serving our country in Iraq. It has been three years since he has returned home, but it is always in the back of my mind that he could get called up at a moments notice to leave again....and he would go without question. This is one of my favorite pictures of him! It was the hardest time in my life but yet the Lord used it for His glory. I praise Him for that! There are many opinions on war. I agree and disagree, but one thing is for sure...we will continue to be in war throughout these final days. It is a biblical truth. It is soldiers like Keith that I am so very proud of and support! They sacrifice their lives to give us freedom! Please take the time to thank a veteran and their family today! May God bless them!!

He Gives the Good Gifts of Life

"I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor-it is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him." Ecclesiastes 3:12-14
Though man cannot understand all of God's plan, there is nothing better for him to do than to resolve to do good, to enjoy the gifts of God in life, and to fear Him. Ryrie Study Bible NAS
Thank Jesus for the work He has for you today.
Embrace it with a joyful servants heart!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

No words...

I really don't have much to say today...mark it down people =) but I felt lead to leave you a post. VERY busy here on the home front of continuing through all of the custom orders and trying to sneak in a finished doll from time to time. I'm sure on your end it doesn't seem I am up to much, but believe me its pure craziness on my end. Please take the time to go voice your vote for our country today. Throwing all the political tactics aside, please make sure you are giving a biblical voice. One that honors the foundation that this country was founded on. I want to leave you with this sweet little voice....

*Turn off the blog music to hear....