Monday, January 26, 2009

A New Year, A New Look

This year's design is brought to you by Nicole at Lee Lou Blogs and with love from my friend and neighbor Claire Smith. Don't you love it!?!?

Here's the story...

I asked for a blog design for Christmas. Come Christmas Eve Stephen was trying to figure out how to pay for and download a gift certificate from Lee Lou. It never happened so he just put a little slip of paper in my stocking saying that is what he was getting me.

Christmas came and went. I began thinking about what I wanted and looking at lots of designs. I still had no clue. I sent an email out and never heard back. Halfway through January Claire asked me, "What's going on with my blog design?" I told her I hadn't heard back and she sent an email to the girl that worked on hers and also paid for a membership for pre-made layouts! What a sweetheart she is. I am so appreicative of Claire's help and generosity. Within a couple of days we were on track.

I wanted to go with something for the entire year and as I began looking at the questionnaire, I realized I needed a custom design. The theme obviously stems from my title and as I was looking through the paper packs, "Shiny Happy Life" stuck out at me. How can you pass up sunshine? But, there is more to it.

As Aristotle put it, we must find a "happy medium" in life. Take for example, breaking a horse. On the one hand, he is not running wild, but on the other hand you have not broken his spirit. The trained horse is motivated by a higher power guiding him. It is my hope that I find that "happy medium" with Christ as my higher motivating power guiding me.

At church today we sang "Joyful, Joyful" as our benediction and the last verse sums it all up.

Mortals, join the happy chorus, Which the morning stars began;

Father love is reigning o’er us, Brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward, Victors in the midst of strife,

Joyful music leads us Sunward In the triumph song of life.

Point being--God is the reason I am here and the joyful music that I sing leads me (and others) to the SON. We are victors through Him. May my "happy sun" be a reminder to you of His "happy medium."


Kate Chaney said...

I love your new blog design! It looks great!! It is happy and upbeat and definitely fits you to a tee :) PERFECT!

davis family said...

Love, love the new blog look! It is just perfect.

The Richards Family said...

Who did you get to do it??
I want a new one..

The Richards Family said...

Ok I read and see where you got it.. I was just too excited cause it looks AWESOME!

Just Beth said...

I love it!!!!

Falcone Family said...

It's CUTE!!!
(we are so even now!) LOL!!!
love you my jennifer!

Susan said...

Sorry I haven't been by in awhile. Life is taking over.
I love the new look!!! It fits you perfectly.

Amber said...

the final result looks great! I had fun with you this weekend and I miss the Hills already! See you soon!

Candace Chaney said...

Very cute, sis! Love you!

Claire said...

AWESOME! I also love your "signature". How can I get one of those? And I'll take your "button" if you teach me how to do that!!?? What do you say?