Organized Chaos

Life as an Associate Pastor's wife: community, family and God

A Whitty Christmas December 24, 2011

Filed under: Family,Holidays — Jessi @ 10:37 pm

Merry Christmas from the Whitts…


A Floridian Thanksgiving November 30, 2011

Filed under: Family,Holidays — Jessi @ 10:53 am

L2R - Savannah, April, J.b., Me and Sierra

2011 has been a year of change for the Whitt family. Our move 800 miles South of WV has been a fairly easy transition, but the holidays make me miss my family back home a bit more than usual. That’s why I was so excited when my sister told me that her and her family would be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with us in Florida. We cooked everything from a turkey breast to homemade rolls to homemade pumpkin pie to deep fried Oreos. Let me tell you…I highly dislike Oreos, except the Golden Oreos they now make, but these were scrumptious. You’ve got to try them!

Hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving with the ones you love! And remember, Thanksgiving is not just a one day event. There’s something to be thankful for everyday.


Reindeer Poo December 15, 2010

Filed under: Holidays,Inspiration — Jessi @ 1:18 pm


Someone commented on this photo on Facebook, and said that it looked like Billy just stepped in reindeer poo. This is a pretty funny picture, but for some of you this Christmas season, you know what it feels like to step in reindeer poo. It feels like you’ve been dealt the dirty end of the deal (pun intended)…Why did I have to lose my job? Why didn’t she want to stay with me? Why did _____ have to die? Why can’t I ever seem to get my bosses approval? Why did I have to have a miscarriage? Why, why, why? So much suffering, but there’s HOPE..

Psalm 46:1-3 — God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.



Thanks-GIVING December 1, 2010

Filed under: Holidays,Inspiration,Ministry — Jessi @ 3:59 pm

I know it’s a little late for a Thanksgiving post, but I can’t stop replaying my day over in my mind. Bill and I did something a little different for Thanksgiving this year. We volunteered at our local mission by serving Thanksgiving meals and groceries to the less fortunate in our small community of Bluefield, West Virginia.

I met so many volunteers who willing gave up a portion of their day to serve others! One volunteer in particular Glen Carlyle made a huge impression on me. I met Glen while bagging groceries, and we had the typical introductions… How are you? What’s your name? Yada, yada, yada… Where are you from? Glen, “Alabama.” Me, “What, wow!” This man drove all the way from Alabama to West Virginia just to serve his “neighbors”. That’s just amazing to me!

While most of the volunteers stayed inside on the grocery packing assembly line, I had the opportunity to help recipients carry their items to their vehicles or for some up the street to their homes. It may not be the most glamorous job, but it’s right up my alley. Forming relationships and interacting one-on-one are my middle name! My cup was full of joy all day, but it was also full of sadness. How it can be both at the same time I can’t explain, but my heart just broke knowing that this may be the only meal some families will eat all week. I wanted to do more, give more, but all I could do was carry their groceries, listen to their stories and share kind words with them.

We served an amazing 700 people! We gave them food. They gave me a bigger heart for ministry!


Punkin Chunkin Fun October 25, 2010

Filed under: Entertainment,Family,Holidays,Nature / Landscape — Jessi @ 8:41 am


We ventured over to Williams Orchard for the day. We successfully battled our way through a corn maze.

The most impressive thing though was this contraption they call a Punkin Chunkin Machine. This thing is the coolest. It can shoot a pumpkin 1/4 of a mile... maybe more.

This is one of my favorite photos of the day! Bill and our niece on the Punkin Pickin Bus.

Our trip to Williams Orchard is my kind of love language. My heart was giddy all day! I love new adventures.


Ghostly Encounters October 17, 2010

Filed under: Entertainment,Holidays — Jessi @ 7:13 pm

This weekend our friends invited us to go on a ghost hunting tour of our city, Bluefield, WV. I get easily freaked out in the dark so add paranormal to the mix, and it makes for a long night of panic attacks and literally begging Bill to take me home. Did I mention I was the only one among our friends that was totally freaked out! They pretty much laughed at me the whole time.

Our guide was a true ghost hunter nut of 30 years. He had some device that allows “spirits” to talk to you, some motion censor thing and an EMF reader. It was really hoaky, especially when one of his ghost catching devices that catches unusual sounds broke, but our guide kept using it. What pushed me over the edge was when some lady got totally into the whole thing and literally hunkered down in a darkened bathroom to “play” with some ghost child. Abandoned buildings, crazy people and crazy darkness make me freak more than the possible ghost encounter which I think is a scam anyway!!

What’s your take on “ghosts”? Real or fake?


Stockings with Pizazz December 11, 2009

Filed under: Art/Dsn,Holidays — Jessi @ 9:16 am

This year we decided to make homemade stockings.

We made each cuff match each family member's personality.

Click here for instructions on how to make your own homemade stockings.


4th of July Fun July 6, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment,Family,Holidays — Jessi @ 11:43 am

This year we spent July 4th with my family. Check out B.Dub’s video above. There’s food, family, and fun!


Fruit Explosion December 31, 2008

Filed under: Cooking,Holidays — Jessi @ 9:16 pm

When Billy and I first started dating his mom shared a recipe for fruit pizza with us. I would come over to their house and make fruit pizza with Billy. That recipe has stuck with us over the years. Billy loves it. He’ll put in a special request for one every so often. This week was one of those requests. I had been thinking about making one, and when he asked I knew it was time. I never have two pizzas that look alike. I place the fruit a different way every time, but it’s still tasty, except for the one time that I made it for my neice’s birthday, and soy sauce spilt all over one side, not to mention is was still doughy. Other than that I’ve had good luck with this tasty treat.


Cranberry Centerpieces December 20, 2008

Filed under: At Home,Holidays — Jessi @ 6:21 pm

Cranberry Centerpieces

At our Christmas party this year I decided to make some simple centerpieces for the food table. I thought I’d share how I made them. It is sooooooooo easy! First you need to buy a glass container if you don’t already have one. I found mine at Wal-mart, but any will do. Next buy fresh cranberries, which you can freeze to use later, and when you’re ready to use them just take them out and they’re ready to go. No need to thaw or anything. You will also need some small tea light candles. Once you have your glass containers, cranberries, and votives, you are now ready to start the assembly of your centerpieces. Fill your glass container with water to a little over 1/2 full, and then add cranberries to about 3/4 the way to the top. The cranberries, which add a nice base for your votives, will float in the water. After you have filled your container with water and cranberries place it in the freezer for about an hour. Next, take it back out of the freezer and place your votive/s on top of the frozen cranberries. Place the centerpiece back in the freezer until you use them. When it’s time for the party, arrange the centerpieces however you like. And there you have a simple, yet eyecatching centerpiece.

You don’t need to freeze these centerpieces to make them, but freezing them adds a nice element that complements the glow of the lit votives. Freezing also allows the cranberries to stay fresh and keep their juice from dying the water red, which will happen once it begins to melt.

Share some of your decorating ideas.