Friday, October 25, 2013

LET'S BE FRIENDS BLOG HOP


Heyoo friends! It is time for the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #36! Link up to gain new followers on GFC or bloglovin'!

Promote this blog hop by putting the button on your page, or throwing a shout out at the end of your post today or tomorrow. The more link ups we have the more our blogs will grow! Invite a friend, tweet it, or let your Facebook friends know! :)

Make sure to follow the hosts and co-hosts!

PS- I have some great giveaways going on right now and coming up! Scroll down to check them out and stay tuned also!

Have fun and meet some friends!

Megan from The Big Megowski


Caroline from Love, Caroline Blog 

Brittney from Teaberry Trails 









Thursday, October 24, 2013

COMMUNITY






The deeper my daughter gets into the core of junior high and high school, I begin to see a lot of same drama and cliques I remember throughout my own school days. And quite honestly, nothing has really changed about the conversations and goings on among girls at that age. For lack of a better word, many of them are just mean

We naturally operate out of created groups. From our instinctive desire to belong, I suppose. And looking back, I wasn’t necessarily part of like-minded groups. Instead, I was part of groups that, from the outside looking in, appeared ideal. Popular. Cool maybe.  And the sad thing is, they weren’t. They were cliques. And there’s no room for community in cliques.

It makes me sad at times, Facebook that is, because those same cliques still exist today. And there’s always someone on the inside enforcing the hierarchy of judgment on others to be allowed in. At the same time, I sigh in relief that I am no longer part of those groups. For the friends I have today are so mismatched for me…and we may not have been friends in junior high and/or high school. Our “reputations” and judgment would not have let that happen.

The people I call friends today are very much a community. All trying to do life well. Most, trying to follow Him. We take a chance on people – to see their heart, to know them and love on them.

Why let naysayers say you can’t be friends with someone?





Tuesday, October 22, 2013

HOMEMADE HEADBAND GIVEAWAY


Sweet Holly over at Curious with Sprinkles has recently opened her own Etsy shop for her homemade headbands. They're simply gorgeous! 

In celebration of her grand opening, Holly is conducting a giveaway for one homemade headband.


Meet the co-hosts:



1. Mandi @ All My Happy Endings
2. Melanie @ Now a Queen
3. Darlene @ Tales of a Young Mamma
4. Kara @ Kara's Domestic Life

 
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Monday, October 21, 2013

NEED FOR THE CROSS


Friends have asked if I will tell my kids of my sins.

It's easy to forget that we serve a human God. He's a miracle worker in hopeless situations. Takes dead things and makes them alive. Redeems things that had no value and were despised.

He works in the broken places.

Which brings me back to telling our children of our mistakes. Our flaws. And the answer is yes.

When the time is right, I don't hide my sin from my children. On the contrary, I highlight it and make it clear that we are all messed up. Mommies, daddies, grandparents, friends, children...we are all on the same playing field as far as our need for the cross.

Our need for a savior is an intricate part of every day. Not just lip service or Sundays or story time.

All of life.





Friday, October 18, 2013

LET'S BE FRIENDS!


Heyoo friends! It is time for the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #35! Link up to gain new followers on GFC or bloglovin'!

Promote this blog hop by putting the button on your page, or throwing a shout out at the end of your post today or tomorrow. The more link ups we have the more our blogs will grow! Invite a friend, tweet it, or let your Facebook friends know! :)

Make sure to follow the hosts and co-hosts!

PS- I have some great giveaways going on right now and coming up! Scroll down to check them out and stay tuned also!

Have fun and meet some friends!

 

Megan from The Big Megowski
 
Samantha from Samantha Elizabeth
 
 
Francesca from Beautiful Things 

Whitney from Miss Mama Me
 
Krystal from Pressing Pause



 



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PLACE OF GRATITUDE



When it comes to happiness, genetics plays 50%.  10% is circumstance.  That means 40% is attributed to our reactions to those circumstances.

Most times, we have no control over circumstances. What we can control, however, is our reaction. Handling everything with grace and positivity is conscious choice…virtually impossible some days no doubt. A venti skinny vanilla latte usually helps me get back on track. More seriously, looking upon circumstances with gratitude is ultimately what can change my mood from bad to good.

It sounds cliché, but it’s the truth – hardships make us better people. And God is a much better planner with my life than I am.

If you are my real-life friend, you know I’m struggling with this pregnancy…physically. My back periodically goes out on me. My breathing is often challenged. Tired. Every day. All the time. And with that, I’ve not been a significant contributor at home.

While friends, family and colleagues roll their eyes and exasperatedly remind me to take it easy on myself because I’m pregnant, the weight of my worthlessness gets heavier and heavier every time I look around my house. It’s tough for us mamas to know when we are limited because our job is just so endless. Sometimes being a mother feels so much bigger than us, it’s a wonder we can ever breathe at all.

As horribly as I feel sometimes about the lack of my abilities lately, what it’s done is help me see the abundance bestowed upon me by my husband. He does it He’s doing it all. I am honored and GRATEFUL for my husband and children and all that they’re doing to pick up the slack. My physical imprisonment has made me still…and in that stillness, I have recognized all that everyone’s doing around me. I recognize the time consumption. I recognize the hard work. I recognize the tiredness. And they’re all enduring it for me. To help me.

Perhaps these moments of clarity—these times of loss and struggle and awakening—are just more gift, in disguise. Perhaps our whole world, or at least the character and quality of our days, hinge on one little word…gratitude.  

I’ve learned this in recent years: Gratitude is the secret key that unlocks the door to joy.

I would dare say that if you think of the person in your life who seems the happiest and most content, they have learned to live from a place of gratitude.





Monday, October 14, 2013


 Tiffany from The Dwelling Tree//Tina from Like Ordinary Life//Ashley from Leona Lovely//Kemi from Beauty Style Growth

Chloe from Rainbows and Honeysuckle//Angie from My So Called Chaos//Mackenzie from Bell Bliss//Jen from Boone+Owl

Dee from Deecoded//Rachel from Sunshine and Sinatra//Lauren from The Albrecht's Blog//Cat from Letters to Baby MC


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PERFECT


If we truly believed what God says about us -- that Christ's blood covers us and we are seen as perfect... If our hope was only in Christ... If our identity was truly found in Him...

We would stop caring about our secrets and how they make us look. We would stop puffing ourselves up with false humility. We would stop making ourselves look like something we are not. We would stop comparing ourselves to our friends, sisters, other bloggers, other creatives, other anythings. 

Acceptance is a funny thing.  We all crave it from each other but we often don’t easily give it to each other. To ourselves sometimes. What we find easy to do is judge, find fault, and exclude. But do you have any idea what a beautiful gift it is to welcome someone, with open arms, into your circle;  to accept them wholeheartedly into your life?  We all know what it’s like to be excluded, to be judged and found wanting;  but the joy of true acceptance is something we all remember with fondness.

Think of a time when someone has judged you unfairly or given you the benefit of the doubt.  How did you feel? What is something  you could do today to show compassion to someone in your life?






Friday, October 11, 2013

LET'S BE FRIENDS!


Heyoo friends! It is time for the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #34! Link up to gain new followers on GFC or bloglovin'!

Promote this blog hop by putting the button on your page, or throwing a shout out at the end of your post today or tomorrow. The more link ups we have the more our blogs will grow! Invite a friend, tweet it, or let your Facebook friends know! :)

Make sure to follow the hosts and co-hosts!

PS- I have some great giveaways going on right now and coming up! Scroll down to check them out and stay tuned also!

Have fun and meet some friends!

Rebecca from Caravan Sonnet
 
Lacy from Chosen
 
Francesca from Beautiful Things 

Kate from Teal Vogue
 





Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NEVER ENOUGH




My oldest stood in the doorway of the pantry complaining that “there’s never enough.”

Teenagers!

They don’t nibble, they gnaw. They don’t scurry, they scavenge. They’re not mice, they’re mammoths. And they bring friends!

With 5 people in the house, we have no problem ridding of groceries. $150-$200 a week spent on groceries is never enough. 

Though, in this post, I’m not really worried about feeding my children. 

Rather, I’m worried about this constant perspective we carry around, that there is ‘never enough’ in our lives.





Tuesday, October 1, 2013

HURRIED


After a full day at the office, and a back end full of groceries, I was hurriedly getting out of the car, grabbing my purse and some trash on the way out, and haphazardly dropped my phone on the ground. I bent down to grab it and saw a snail slithering by, carrying a huge shell on his back. Just like that.

I walked into the kitchen to see everything that needs cleaning. As the family passed me by to retrieve the groceries from the car, I looked around at where to start, and wanted to hide inside my shell for a while. I decided to start with the mail: bills, ads, another bill and then an envelope with my name beautifully written across the front. I opened it and found a card from one of my dearest friends, Angela. It was just a hand-written version of her “just thinking of you’s.” Simple, yet lovely like poetry. I wanted to write her back. That very second.

Hours turned into days, which turned into weeks, and all throughout, things I thought of to tell her kicked up behind me as I hurried through life. And every opportunity to reciprocate the notion slipped away.

And yet everything in my kitchen looks the same. The grass is even a little longer. Nothing I did in the busy-ness of days really made any difference. I could have written my friend back and told her what a gift her words were to me that afternoon. That I truly shared a moment with her across the miles, feeling myself in her details.

I need to learn from my children, for they cannot be hurried when they are enjoying something.





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