And here it is! Kelsey at Kreated by Kelsey is wonderful!
Back when Rebecca at The Road Home unveiled her new blog, I knew I HAD to enter her giveaway for a new look! When I won, I was jumping up and down kind of excited!
I have been blogging here since January and last year I had a blog that I ended up taking down in December, but had been blogging a little over a year. When I read other people's blogs, I would have this wondrous curiosity about how great some of them looked. Other people's blogs didn't look jumbled and pieced together. Mine just seemed to look so.........amateur.
Now, I have this beautiful blog and it's all thanks to Rebecca and Kelsey! I love it.
But telling Kelsey what I wanted was difficult only because I'd never really thought about it. I had always used what Blogger has available for designs. I had no idea about formats, backgrounds, fonts, signatures...oh my, there was so much! A phone call with Rebecca helped me focus and then lots of searching the internet for something that fit my title of Endless Strength, the Bible Verse I use in my header and my personality.
My background picture is no accident. It took nearly a week of searching online photo directories for what I was looking for. But once I saw this photo, I knew I had to purchase it. I am not disappointed, either!
As for the fonts, Kelsey was awesome. I simply asked if she could recommend a few that might look good. The choices were so overwhelming. I knew I liked Rebecca's font for her posts and I liked her signature, too. When I was thinking of something for my own signature, I thought of the fact that Sarah puts on all of her school work, by her name JMJ...which means, Jesus Mary and Joseph. It's kind of like a greeting/salutation that to a reader who understands it says, "In Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Yours Truly" or something like that. I liked the idea of signing off with JMJ because I want the vision of the Holy Family to be with me always.
As a side note, our family learned this prayer from another family that we add on to our before meal prayer every time:
"Jesus Mary and Joseph; Please help our family and every family to be a holy family, united in love and respect."
When I see JMJ on Sarah's papers, and now on my blog in my signature, I think of that prayer and I keep them on my mind.
What do you think? Do you like? :)
I plan to have a post up Sunday night and will be taking entries for a giveaway for a blog makeover from Kelsey at Kreated by Kelsey. I'll have the criteria up and all that stuff on that post. So be sure to make it back and enter as many times as you can (especially if you want a makeover at your blog!!!)