Water Cycle

{Photo 319/365}  He jumped in the car after school, it was the cutest thing in the world.  He said, “Mom, when it rains it’s NOT because Jesus is crying…when it rains it’s NOT because He is sad at the world.  I know why it rains!!”  A smile covered his whole face, I could tell he was excited about what he learned today in school.  When we got home he couldn’t wait to show me his science text book that explains the Water Cycle.  He said, “See mom? See?  The picture?  There’s water and lakes and puddles — then the water evaporates — then the water falls from the clouds that’s precipitation, that’s the rain!!  It’s not tears — I figured it out…the rain is not God’s teardrops.”  I captured this on video…it’s priceless — one of my favorite gifts of being a momma is watching these guys learn and grow.  Wow…what a GREAT gift!

A Gift

{Photo 318/365}  I’m not the crafty creative type…this is as good as it gets for me.  I stopped by Ben Franklin to grab some ribbon the other day because I’ve got orders for the book coming in that people want me to send to someone else as a gift — AND I want them to look “special” — so this is what I’ve been doing.  A polka-dot ribbon wrapped around the book, signed copy, with a little note on the front and a splash of purple curly ribbon.  It’s cute…there’s no extra charge…it’s just that personal touch I wanted to add.  That’s it. =)

Bubble Gum Bubble

{Photo 317/365}  I picked him up after a long day at our office.  We had the Keeping it Personal: Shop for a Cause Open House today.  It was fun…it was successful…but I was ready to go home, have dinner, and spend time with my 3 favorite people.  We were in the car drive when he says mumbling, “MMMMoommm,  llllloooookkkk! Llllloooooookkk!”  I came to a stop light and this is what I saw — a HUGE bubble gum bubble.  It was a good bubble, because it lasted long enough for me to whip out my camera and snap this.  He was SO excited…he just recently over the past few months has mastered blowing bubbles with bubble gum — such a proud little nugget.  I can remember these moments when I was a little girl, it’s the little things that are exciting.  I like that.

Warming Up

{Photo 316/365}  We turn on this fireplace a lot — I love the convenience of just flipping a switch.  This is our gathering space in the house, the hearth room off the kitchen where we all sit and talk, or read, or just enjoy the fire place.  There is no TV nearby {on purpose} it’s a space for them to enjoy while I’m fixing dinner, or a space to gaze out the window towards the street where the sun rises each morning.  Tonight we all just gathered around…snuggled closely before the boys went out to a movie with their dad.  It was peaceful, warm, quality time.


{Photo 315/365}  This is the time of year when the lips start to get chapped.  Actually, I often feel dry and flakey all over and am very grateful for lotion.  For some reason my boys get the “ring-around-the-lips” and we go through ChapStick like it’s water.  I can’t remember actually ever running out of ChapStick…like getting to the bottom of the tube and not having any left.  What I mean when I say we go through ChapStick I’m saying we lose them.  I stock up with a variety of flavors.  We’ve got them in nightstands, junk drawers, my purse, in our cars, and of course the boys take them to school in the pocket of their jeans.  The problem is that when we need them, they seem to have disappeared…SO I have to run out to purchase another variety pack.  I don’t know…it’s just one of those mysteries — ChapStick.  Chapped lips. Dry Skin.

Everything for a Reason

{Photo 314/365}  Everything happens for a reason.  I got this card today…I opened it in my office.  When I finished reading the words, I looked out the window and below the window on the table was my FROG.  So, I merged the two…this message and Fully Rely On God.  I love His sweet reminders…today was the final day of the November Ultimate Journey.  The card was so appropriate, thank you Susan.  I smiled.


{Photo 313/365}  Have  f a i t h  …trust the process.  God amazed me again…I am not surprised — He continues to do that in BIG ways and in little ways.  Transparency invites in SO much;  healing. restoration. connection. truth.  Life-long friendships were developed this week, in this little room as we embarked on The Ultimate Journey.  Each time I facilitate one of these groups they look different.  I have learned to have one expectation…on God, for Him to show-up.  He did. He is faithful.

Jesus Calling

{Photo 312/365}  Ok, so I picked up this little book when I was at the Relevant Conference a couple of weeks ago –> Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence <– I love, love, love it!  I’ve been reading it each morning, the messages are speaking directly to my heart.  The tag line…enjoying peace in His presence…is what I’m experiencing — peace in His presence.  This is the little piece of “fresh-ness” that I needed to add to my quiet time.  Today’s message was powerful.

“Learn to appreciate difficult days.  Be stimulated by the challenges you encounter along your way.  As you journey through rough terrain with Me, gain confidence from your knowledge that together we can handle anything.  This knowledge is comprised of three parts: your relationship with Me, promises in the Bible, and past experiences of coping successfully during hard times.

Look back on your life, and see how I have helped you through difficult days.  If you are tempted to think, “Yes, but that was then, and this is now,” remember who I AM!  Although you and your circumstances may change dramatically, I remain the same throughout time and eternity.  This is the basis of your confidence.  In My Presence you live and move and have your being.”


{Photo 311/365}  Up until today — prayer is how I’ve been preparing for the next three days.  My prayers are always the same, “Father, may Your will be done, not mine.  May Your words be visible and my words invisible.  Nail my flesh down, speak through me.  Prepare their hearts for what You have in store for them.  Open their eyes to see, their ears to hear, their hearts to know the Truth that You want them to know in their hearts. Thank YOU for allowing me the opportunity to see first hand the work You are doing.”   Tomorrow, three women will begin The Ultimate Journey, Unpacking Self-deception.  I’m preparing the space so they feel special and comfortable.  I’m preparing my heart, my mind, my soul.  I am prepared and expecting God to show up in a VERY BIG way…

Missed him…

{Photo 310/365}  He’s back…and I’m so glad.  This month has been a little CRAZY with our travel and the things that we’ve had to do separately.  He and Zach had a great weekend bonding, hunting, and hanging at the river while Zane and I had a fun-filled weekend with each other and others.  BUT…being home, all of US under one roof is really special.  He brightens my world and I just love every minute with him.  My special man.  My best friend.