Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Let me just tell you that I have the best boys in the world! I am here to tell you that they look after their mother, and see that I have what I need.

Today, when I left school, I went to the Creek House to check in. It is all looking great! The landscaping has started, and the touch-up painting. They hung my mantle, and finished putting in the appliances. The pool and pool deck is nearing completion. I will try to post some pics for you tomorrow.

Anyway, while I was out, Alex called and asked me to come home because Adam needed to tell me something. After making sure they were both OK, I checked out of Kohl's and headed home. My sweet, kind, thoughtful son, Adam, has figured out a way for me to use the Internet at home...even though I said I couldn't. And, I still can't in the way I once did, but he and Alex worked on it and did some kind of 'hocus-pocus'...and viola! it works! Now, what they did, I do not know. I only know there are some things hanging out of the side, and I was told in no uncertain terms to be careful and not break them. And, I will be very careful.

Adam came to my rescue, and I didn't even ask him. Well...actually, I did not know that I even COULD ask him...I thought service off meant service off. Thank goodness, my boys have never been entirely happy with taking 'no' for an answer. They have most always been able to find 'another way' to solve things that didn't go their way. Now, this made raising them very difficult at times...but, now that they are is mighty handy!

So, I am thanking Adam for his resourcefulness, and for his desire to find a way to make his Mom's life easier! It is a blessing that I do not take lightly, that God has blessed me with wonderful boys. They are good to Don and I, and respect us...and are a constant source of joy to us. OK, well, maybe not constant, but nearly constant!:) So, thank you, God, for my boys. Please bless them with as much joy as they bring to me.

So, I do not know if you are as excited that I am back among the bloggy living as I am...but I think that I can even survive without the TV and the land line phone just fine. By the way, as of now, the computer will not let me send e=mail. I receive it just fine however. And I can comment on your blogs.

Life has returned to some semblance of normal...if the fact that your underwear is packed up in a box next to the TV, and your shoes are in laundry bags behind the couch, dished stacked up on the kitchen table. And, I can only use 2 purse, because the others are packed up and to hard to get to. Yeah...sounds like our 'normal!'

Here's a little more news to share with you today...


Above are the Christmas Designs I did for our school. The gifts are in color and B/W, and the ornaments are for the children's program shirt. I also had aprons and tote bags made with the ornament design.

This is a part of my job that I so enjoy. I have been able to satisfy the 'artist' in me by doing these shirts twice a year. Every one is so gracious and seems to really enjoy wearing them.

When I first started designing the shirts, I did a colored one for the children, and began doing the B/W for the adults. Only in the past year or so have I done a shirt with color for the adults. From the very first design, I have always included scripture. It is exciting to think that anyone who wears my shirts, will be sharing the gospel also. I like that. The colored shirts are nice, but I am still partial to the B/W.


LivingTheLife said...

OK...first of all...YEA!! I am glad your precious most loving boys fixed things for you and you are back up and running...Secondly, I literally cried when I read what your boys did for you ( I am having a little bit of a melt down this week, however...a little verklempt)...I want to tell you...I don't really know them other than from you blogging about them...but I LOVE them...I love them for how great they are to you, how wonderful and supportive they are of each other...and for their obvious love of the LORD!! Call me crazy...but I love 3 young men that I've never met (don't worry, I'm not crazy crazy)...and that's b/c you have been so willing to share your story with all of really warms my heart to see young men growing in such a way that not only honors their father and mother...but certainly glorifies all that is GOOD in the world and what God would have each of us do...I feel blessed as you do about my own kids, too...we are two very lucky women.

NOW...THOSE t-shirts are just awesome...I love them...and I love the scriptures you included...what an amazing talent you are...WOW...I really think I need to move near your we can get into lots of trouble...I mean have some are certainly a kindred spirit in so many ways.

I'm glad your back....I'm am off for Cali...I'm sending you an email to explain what is up with that!


justabeachkat said...

Yippee! Way to go boys! They must know the old saying "When Mama ain't happy, nobody's happy!" So, they made mama happy! And us too.

How can I earn a Tonja t-shirt?


Musicaljean said...

Yipeeee!! I can get my Tonja "fix" today, ha, ha!!

Bless your boys. They're the best.

So are you tee-shirts. I'm so glad that designing shirts is not part of my job. Instead of an outlet for the artist in me, it would be the trigger for my going over the edge.

Jillian, Inc said...

Oh, I love them all! And the scripture makes it even more precious.

Sherrie said...

Tonja, I am so glad that you are not away from blogging land. I was sad. Good job boys!!!!

Go to Cynthia's blog (Trusting God..) and see what she has done to her Christmas Apron. Sooo cute!!

The princess is doing so good and into everything. She is glad to be home!!! Love ya

andi said...

Well, I am just glad to have hope that the "finding another way" actually becomes a good thing.
LOVE the shirts-proud to wear mine! Mom was M.A.D. that I didn't get her one. HAHA-I did. But she was in such a toot about it I still didn't tell her. Well, that's not why, I wanted to wrap it cutsy. :)

andi said...

Whoops! Cutesy.

nancygrayce said...

How absolutely wonderful your boys are! All I know is you must be one sweet mama!

O.K. and I LOVE the designs on the t shirts! I believe they are the cutest things I have ever seen! You are really creative! If you decide to market and sell them, let me know! I'll get in line.

By the way, I thought I saw a commercial about your place and maybe it was even your husband. ??? I said I know them!!! My husband shook his head woefully...and said, you don't really KNOW him....I said hmh!

windycorner said...

Your sons win the prize! How sweet to keep their Mama online and all caught up with the blogging world. I was afraid we wouldn't hear from you til after Christmas and that would never do. Your tee shirt designs are wonderful and it is extra special with the scripture on there. Imagine how many lives are touched by your work!

Sharon said...

Thats great, Kids can truly surprise us at times now can't they.
I am Happy for you! What a beautiful story you have shared, Thank You!

Have a great and blessed weekend'

southerninspiration said...

Love the shirts!!!

Nai Nai said...

I love the designs.

Sharon said...

I love your blog! I stumbled across it while blog stalking and it has been a blessing to me and my daughter-in-love. My honey of 37 years has begun chemo treatment at Vanderbilt for kidney cancer this past Monday. It encourages me to know that others go through extremely difficult times and by the grace of our Sovereign God can still have joy and a love for life. Again, thank you for your encouraging posts about your family. Sincerely, Sharon Leffew from the beautiful state of Tennessee...