Wednesday, November 30, 2011

don't think you're a sinner?

I've been listening to a lot of Shai Linne lately. 
Don't know who that is? No Worries. 
I didn't either before I met Jonny. When he first told me he listened to Christian Hip-Hop, I was at a loss for words. 
It is slowly growing on me. I'm talking real slow, like two years kinda slow. 
A lot of it seemed (and some still does) cheesy. A lot of it, I couldn't even decipher. But I've go to say, a lot of it is truly edifying, and also very convicting.
This week we've been listening to Shail Linne's new album 'The Attributes of God' and I really cannot recommend it enough. It's chalk full of biblical truth about the awesome, patient, sovereign, compassionate, merciful, just, faithful, jealous, holy, self-sufficient God.
The beginning of this song has a wonderful excerpt from a sermon of John Piper. It was an excellent reminder of just how sinful I am. 
Billions of people can easily think of big, disgusting habits as sinful. 
But what about your thoughts? 
Do you even give the God of the universe a thought?
Just as sinful as those big, disgusting habitual sins, is the failure to give honor to His name and the neglect to praise the glorious God. 
Here's the track.
And CLICK HERE to listen to John Piper's sermon that is used for the track's intro, "The Greatest Thing in the World"

Monday, November 28, 2011


Well folks, I ashamedly do not have many photos to share of our trip to Missouri for Thanksgiving. We did, however, thoroughly enjoy ourselves. 
We left Wednesday around lunch time, and sure enough our stomachs were growling as soon as we got out of Louisville. Have no fear!! We packed a lunch. And Jonny proceeded to eat it while driving using torn out pages of a magazine for a bib.
Have a look for yourself. Captured by my not so snazzy camera phone.
Needless to say, the 8 hour drive was amusing, I'm thankful for a husband that can always make me smile! About halfway there, Jonny looked at me in a panic and said, "So today is Wednesday and that means tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Do we need to have presents for everyone?"
Oh boy. 
We met Jonny's brother Ian, whom we hadn't seen since our wedding in May as well as my friend Sam. Quality time with the Maid of Honor and Best Man all in one weekend.
Upon arrival at the homestead we were greeted by two lovely deer antlers hanging in a tree. 
What can I say? My mother is a fine outdoorswoman.

The next morning I woke up early, flicked on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and got to cooking!
Forty-eight crescent rolls, two pavlovas, a large batch of candied pecans and a broccoli salad were my contribution to this year's Thanksgiving dinner(s). Not bad considering last Thanksgiving I contributed absolutely nothing. I'm learning more and more that you just have to be adventurous. Look up recipes and try them, if it doesn't work... throw it out, modify it, try try again!

So many crescent rolls, I'm sure my parents are still eating them.
The first Pavlova turned out much better than the second. Mom and I found the perfect heirloom silver platter for Pavlovas tucked away in her kitchen!
If you are American and reading this, hope you had a yummy Thanksgiving too!

Monday, November 21, 2011

the girl who caught the bouquet is twenty-five today!

Wishing a very happy birthday to my dear friend Brittany all the way in Perth, Australia.
If only I could fly across the world to celebrate with you! 
Miss you each and every day!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

come thou long expected Jesus

Come, thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel's strength and consolation
Hope of all the Earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

How amazing that Christ came, in human flesh, to rescue wretched sinners like us!

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. 
Titus 2:11-14

fa la la la la...

Yes, we are those people who already have our tree up. Actually, for nearly a week now our tree has been up. And I tell ya, it has been a joyous week. Almost every night we stretch out across our couch with some sort of hot drink and talk about our day in the glow of the tree. And last night we watched the original version of Miracle on 34th Street. 
So here it is,
 Yes it's 9ft and touches our ceiling. He'll never trust my height judgements again! But,in my defense, it does fit!
So, if you are one of those teetering on wether or not to get the decorations out...just go for it. 
I think you'll be happy with the decision!

Oh and here is a camera phone shot of Jonny after we miraculously fit the tree inside our car last week. We didn't really think about that part and there wasn't much space left for us!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

23rd birthday.

So Monday was my 23rd birthday and it seems like just yesterday it was my 22nd. Last year, Jonny flew to Tulsa to be with me on my birthday. I cannot explain how wonderful it is that we no longer have to travel across states and seas to see one another! 
I love being married.
Jonny woke me up with Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday" and it's been in my head all week. I'm starting to get weird looks.
Have a listen.
 Monday night I came home to a wonderful candlelight dinner.
Now not just any kind of dinner, Jonny made Yaki Mandu. If you know me very well, you know that I love Yaki Mandu...well my Grandma Voncine's version anyways. I've probably never had authentic, Korean, Yaki Mandu. Grandma Voncine often makes it for me on my birthday, but my sweet husband took it upon himself to make it for me this year!
It's kind of like a spring roll but much heartier. He even made peanut sauce to dip.
Everything was delicious!
 Here is the Yaki Mandu in the Fry Daddy that Jonny bought just to make this meal.
After dinner, we went out for ice cream pie at a new dessert place in town. He rented a movie for us and I fell asleep watching it. I think that happens a lot.
Anyways, it was a wonderful birthday, I loved everything about it!
Especially my husband.
Now, my parents were in town for the weekend to celebrate my birthday and we happened to get free tickets to the Breeder's Cup at Churchill Downs. 
Yes, we got cool wristbands.
I'm pretty sure that ten seconds after we found our seats at Churchill Downs, Dad whips around with all these goods and asks us if we need anything.
"Lollie pops? Slim-Jims?"

I think they really enjoyed it, and that was enough for me!
I think I kinda froze, but my husband was hot (or so he says) and he kindly gave me his coat.
The next day we took some time to explore Louisville with mom and dad. We went to some touristy places and well, see for yourself...

Saturday we went to a neat restaurant where we got some fried Plantains. I don't think anybody liked them except me. Yumm.

 I opened a few presents, and was so happy to receive this beauty.
Thank you to everyone in my family who contributed! I can't wait to start sewing.
Just gotta figure it out first!
And I'm just throwing this one in for laughs. Right before this picture was taken he said,
"Man, thats the purtiest rooster I ever saw."
Dad bought this coin at a thrift store on Saturday.
I also received a lovely package from my in-laws that included British sweets and slippers which have been on my feet pretty much since I got them.
It was a very happy birthday.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

leaves on fire.

So there is a line of these trees less than a block away from our apartment and I just cannot get enough of them. It's like they are on fire. Praise God for his beautiful creation!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

by request: some more wedding pictures

I have been asked several times to put up more wedding photos. I can't remember what ones I've posted or not so here are some, in no particular order, that have really made me smile this morning. Crazy that this month we've been married for half a year already. Time sure flies, & we are definitely loving being husband & wife!
I love this one, we both look like "Did that really just happen?"

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

hello my name is.

I work in the public school system of Jefferson County. I am at a different school each night of the week. At each program we ask families to wear name tags just to help everyone out. There's A LOT of people at some of these programs, and my brain just can't handle everything at once. Especially, all those names... I'm really bad at them. If I'm not wearing a name tag, the kiddos are quick to remind me. 
"Uh, Mrs. Janaye why you don't have your name tag on?" 
Well I'll tell you what happens folks. I am convinced by the adorable little ones to make a name tag for myself yet again.
A few hours later, the program is over, we all part our ways and I go off the clock and yep, you guessed it, with my name tag on. 

This has happened too many times now. I've heard things like, "Sweetie, you're walking around with a name tag on" from a stranger at the grocery store.

I've left it on during my Monday night bible study

And just tonight I went in to Jonny's work wearing it. (He let me know that already knows my name.)

Well, maybe one day I'll catch on. 

Hello my name is Janaye and I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

A trip to Rockport, Indiana.

This past weekend Jonny and I met up with my grandmother and her husband in Rockport, Indiana. Now, the significance of Rockport is that it's the ol' stomping grounds of this man.
And there he is on the steps of his old high school. 
Rockport is a quaint little town on the banks of the Ohio River. It is not only the ol' stomping grounds of Don but also 
Mr. Abraham Lincoln. 
We met him. And he was so nice as to take a picture with us.

There was a museum of sorts in commemoration to the time of Lincoln with old log cabins, memorabilia,  and even the ever so popular face-in hole picture stands, of which we can never resist to make use of!

 Grandma was delighted to see the type of books she read as a child. Fun with Dick and Jane.
And say what you will, but I actually love this idea, and I kind of even like the robe!

 Jonny was fascinated by this old machine that takes the corn off the cob.
He looks so pleased with his work.

On our last day in Rockport we visited with Don's family for their annual reunion. It was a lot of fun and there was a lot of food. We are so thankful to have spent the weekend with them. We also got to watch the Cardinals when the World Series with Don and his two brothers who take baseball very seriously!


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