Friday, October 24, 2014

Pink It OUT!

Pink It OUT!!
(or red it out)

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
 I would like to share one of my most favorite moments.  
This sweet lady was referred to me by a friend.
  She had not had her hair done in several years.
  In fact, she had not had HAIR in a long time!!! 
 By the grace of God she is now cancer free!!  
I had the pleasure of giving her a new style and some "Boom Pow" hair color.
The red gives color to her skin and makes her green eyes POP!

Those beautiful green eyes.
I loved seeing her joy bubble up!
With this vibrant, brilliant red she will be stopped often for a compliment
and have the opportunity to share her story.

For all those who are battling this cancer know that many have come before you.
And every time God our Healer has stepped in to make His power known. 
 Trust that He knows the story He is writing with your life.
  You can count on Him to be faithful to carry you through.
  Be faithful to Him as He works so mightily in your life. 
 And know, child of God, that there are people, like me,
 who are watching in awe of your strength.
 Many prayers for you are being laid at His feet for comfort, peace and HEALING!!!

Pink It OUT!!!
Jenny Leigh

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Just Trying to Enjoy It All 2

Check it out!
This was on the cover of the local sports page.
That #18 being "upended" was my son, Kelly.
Ah, how cool to get a big ole picture in the paper as a freshman??  
Pretty cool, even if you are being "upended".  We laughed so hard when we saw this.
  Kelly didn't mind at all.  He joked about it and had a ton of fun with it.  
You see, he was starting as a freshman for our varsity football team.  
He was just pumped and excited to be a part of a team he loves so much. 

Yep!  That's my boy!
Both of my boys played football this year.  I loved catching this moment after a game 
Kelly Freshman year
Cotton playing his 7th grade year
And the SMS Tigers came out as County Champs!

This school year was starting off pretty great.  We were really starting to feel "settled" into our home  and life.  You know, life with 3 kids can be a bit hectic.  But we were getting into a groove that seemed to be feeling good.  I had started back to work part time and that was going good.  Bradley was making music anywhere and everywhere.  He built some houses and those were winding down.  All of my children are musical and enjoy performing.  My mother in law had set up an audition for my two younger children and while our schedule was busy, we made sure we went. 

 Here they are at the audition.

  Insert Proud Mama Moment here.

  Both auditioned and were immediately accepted on the spot.
Acting and singing.  I was so impressed.  Not really surprised that they did it but impressed that they were such professionals about it.  They got up.  Knocked it out of the park.  And had fun doing it.  They have performed many times in front of crowds but it's different in front of a casting agent with a room full of people behind you.     
(They used to have a group that has performed for hundreds before when they were younger. 
 They would never want me to tell those stories so I won't... But I would love to.  LOL) 
 Even though we were unable to accept the offer by the agent, both of them handled it very well.  I know they were upset but not once did they pitch a fit or complain. 
 That made it even harder for me as their mama.
So while this was disappointing, they counted it as a win
 because of the success of the audition.

Around the same time my husbands band was the feature article for Discover magazine.  The story was centered around a place called Horse Pens Forty.  That was where "Three On A String" played for the very first time.  They have gone on to be a piece of Alabama flavor.  They've played for sitting president George H.W. Bush.  Shows with everyone from Bill Cosby to Symphony Pops Series.  They still travel all over the country so if you ever get a chance to see them, you should.  It is truly a fun show that
 you will remember for years to come!
Whew, sorry, I just kind of got lost in all that, but the point is, things were kind of good.

And then this…..

Kelly was hurt in the fourth game of the season.  He was downing a punt on the 2yd line.
At first it looked as though he had just dislocated his shoulder.  Not to say that that wasn't bad but it looked like with some rehab he would be fine.  So a couple of months in therapy showed no improvement.
  After an MRI, it was clear he had actually tore his labrum. 
 This meant surgery and more rehab.

I must say that as proud as I was that he had a starting position,
 it made me a nervous wreck!
Kelly knows one speed in any sport he plays and that is FULL ON.
He was 165lbs and playing against seniors that were much bigger than he was.
  Not to mention we made our 5A status by 4 students that year.
  We were playing huge schools.  
So this mama was always on edge watching my middle line backer out there 
giving it his all and doing a great job.
  He was chosen as Morale Leader for his class and Captain.
So this set back was a little tough for my guy. 

I want to give a ginormous THANK YOU to Dr. Miner and Dr. Goldstein
 at Andrews Sports Clinic for all that you have done for Kelly.
  These people are incredible.  
They treat the absolute best athletes in the world.  As you walk the halls they are lined with jerseys and signed pictures from unbelievable athletes.
  And they treated my son like a rock star.  
So very thankful.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Just Trying to Enjoy It All

Do you see this couple?  They look pretty happy don't they?
It's so easy to smile like this when you have no idea what is around the corner.
Ignorance is bliss!
The photo above was taken in late July of 2012 
at our church's Alive event that they hold every year.  
Bradley, my husband, and a group of musician friends 
that he plays with were performing that night.
It's always hot as all get out but is always a fun night.  
This event is kind of a kick start back into 
fall and the beginning of school and sort of an End of Summer Blast.
We love love it.

Now these precious kids are ours.
Ahhh, it makes me smile just to think that they belong to me.  
(Oh yes, and to my Bradley too)
This photo was taken about the same time.  Probably more like early August of 2012.
They are truly incredible kids and not just because they are mine.  
My parents and Brad's parents both agree that they are incredible too.  
So there you have it.  Confirmation.  
Heading into 9th, 7th & 5th grade.  
My oldest son, Kelly, was going to be a freshman.  
My next son, Cotton, was going into jr. high.
And this was my little girl, Jenna's last year in elementary school.
To say it was a huge year is an understatement.  

This was our home.
Now before I go making this sound super dramatic,
know that we are a blessed bunch of people!
Every person, every family has it's own path to walk out.
So while our path took some turns that we did not see coming, by no means is it to 
say our path was any harder than anyone else's. We know so many that have faced real tragedy, real hurt, real pain.  We sit in awe of how God carries His children through tough times. In fact, we have seen through our walk exactly how weak we are.  
Exactly how much we need our Savior.  
We have been weak people!  
But the Lord is good and has used our weaknesses in many ways.  
So to God be the glory for what He has done in our lives.  :-)

So back to our home.  We loved it.  We had about 8 acres of mostly wooded land.
It was on a dead end street that at the end of the road was a youth retreat camp.  
I remember one of the first nights in our new home hearing some noise around 11pm.
I thought we must've left a radio on downstairs but after checking I realized the sounds were coming from outside.  I stepped out the front door to hear, faintly in the distance, kids trying to recite the books of the bible over the loud speaker.  Then shortly afterward we heard praise music.  It was a sound that we grew to love.  Now if we lived a little further down the road it may not have been so pleasant but where we were,
 it was perfect.

There were so many great things about that house.  From the trails that we hiked and rode dirt bikes on to the rope swings and old camp cabins that actually lined our property.  It was a cool place for our family.  But the house itself held so many special things.  First of all my musician husband loves to build things.  So naturally he built our house but so many other things in it too.  The wood for the stair railings and fireplace mantle came from trees from his grandfathers land. Bradley cut every piece by hand.  Our kids helped stain each piece and help put them up.  Along with a lot of other sentimental things, this was a special place.  God had given it to bless us and also lay the ground work for trusting Him.


"Trust" is such an easy term to say but living it out is not always easy.  
Now for my favorite verse ever:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
Never rely on what you think you know.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and
He will direct your path
Proverbs 3:5,6 

So are you having to trust God with something that you love dearly?
Not in a materialistic way. 
But in a way that is truly grateful for the gift that was entrusted to you?
I will say to you He is FAITHFUL.  
You are safe to trust almighty God.

We were just trying to enjoy it all and 
I think that's exactly what we were supposed to do.
So next I'll let you know how things began to go a little crazy.
Please come back and join me on this journey.
And I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.
God's love to you friends!


Friday, May 9, 2014

Psalm 18:2

The Lord is my rock, my fortress!

This verse has been in my head for a while now. 
 I would love to say I had memorized this verse and so therefore it brought me comfort.  But I had not memorized it.  It has brought me comfort though.  
The words, "The Lord is my rock, my fortress...." was all I have heard. 
 Those few words have helped me.
Funny how God's word does that for us. Even only knowing part of a verse can do good.
His word is powerful.  (His word is worthy of me memorizing more scripture! lol) 
He has been my rock.  He has provided for me and for my family in ways that I never 
could've imagined. And really in ways that make me want to tell what He has done.
I treasure each provision.  Grateful for the love of our heavenly Father.

So yesterday I had those few words on mind again so I finally stopped
what I was doing and looked it up.
  And as tears rolled down my cheeks, this is what I read:

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
 my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
  He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.   

Every line makes me stop.  Every line holds weight of its own.
  It holds hope.  It holds my weaknesses.
And oh how weak I am!  I NEED Him to hold my weaknesses.  I find so many times that I just can't do it.  How thankful I am that when I call on Him He hears me.  
He's actually waiting to hear from me. This is what He does.  
Our profession is what we "do".  Our personality type is who we "are".  
A giver gives.  A hugger hugs.  An encourager encourages. A funny guy makes you laugh.
It's what they "do".  
Well this is what God does.  This is what He is.
He is my rock.  He is my fortress.  He is my one who saves me.
He is the one who gives protection.  He is the one who makes me safe.
Safe and in good hands.
Here's to hoping these words will encourage you today.
What about you?  Do you have any special verses or words that encourage you?
You just may encourage someone else by your response so please do! :-)

Monday, April 28, 2014

a jennyleigh salon?

a jennyleigh salon?


Well this was something I didn't see coming.  At least not at this time in my life.
But I am so thankful that God has plans for us that we can't see.
Which is probably a good thing.  I would most likely turn and run the other direction.  
His timing is perfect and his ways are higher than our ways.
This is an opportunity to put into action some of the things that God has 
planted in my heart to do.  It's also been the biggest blessing for our family.
Over the next couple of posts I will fill you in on how this little adventure came to be.
I think you'll get a kick out of the marvelous works that God has done.
A story of trust and faith building that I wasn't ready for.
A story of stepping one step at a time because that is all that was lit up.
God never said he would show us His whole plan but would reveal it as
the time was right.  That is where we have been for that last couple of years.
As scared as we have been at moments, it has been a ride that I cherish.

If you are in a spot of uncertainty then let me encourage you that the author of time
knows your every NEED.  He knows your concerns.  He knows how it all plays out.
Trust.  Trust in Him to have your BEST interest in mind.  
He loves you more than any earthly father could.
I rejoice in the future and pray for peace as we all hit it head on!!

 God's love to you!

Monday, April 21, 2014

All Out of Love

All Out of Love

Oh the joys of knowing some tricks of the trade!  
If you've got thin, fine hair, then today's trick may just be what you've been looking for.
Clip On Extensions!!!
When you see how natural these extensions look, 
how much thicker and fuller Tara's hair looks,
you will jump on board.

Here we are in my old basement.  
We lovingly referred to it as 
"The Basement Beauty Shop".
Right next to our 1979 Jeep, dirt bikes, work shop, Rip-Sticks, and bicycles,
was where I did some magic from time to time.
  So get a kick out of the duct work and overall
"basement" feel in the background that somehow is just shy of a cool backdrop. 

(Notice the length & thickness of Tara's hair)
This is Tara who is unbelievably beautiful inside and out.  And I seriously mean that.
  She puts up with me and all my goofiness. 
She drives a short distance to see me at my new salon just because she loves me.  
Even on the day of this little shoot, she had an awful migraine!
All because of love.  

We put a slight backcombing halo around her entire head.
Then sectioned the hair off and secured the clip-on extensions into the tease.
This gives a super base for the extension to adhere.  No slippage here.

Next, we touched up the ends with the 1" barrel iron.

I think she really wanted to box me but instead she laughed.  
Her hair was looking too fabulous for her to box me!!

Is this natural or what??
In minutes we added length, thickness and fullness!
Boom Baby!
And how about this photography?
That would be thanks to my nephew Steven Bagley.
You can check out his stuff here at 

We thought these pics were too good to not be seen by many 
so it became part of 
our first ad in Discover St. Clair magazine.

Mucho thanks to Tara and Steven for giving me that day.
We had a ton of fun!

What do you think of Tara's thicker hair and our new ad?