Ignored, BUT not forgotten

My last post here was November 15th…I haven’t forgotten about this space, really I haven’t…

…its just been ignored.

The picture a day, project 365, that I worked on in 2011 started out FUN FUN FUN, until it became something I had. to. DO. DO. DO.  That’s what I had been sharing here, just a picture and a reflection EVERYDAY.

What happened?  why did I stop?  I had to eliminate something from my life and that’s what I chose.  YES…I kept taking the pictures, I just stopped posting them here.  I was falling behind, couldn’t keep up with all of my irons-in-the-fire so I decided to ignore this space.

Now…a few months later — I’m back.  With a renewed spirit and a desire to write. to share my thoughts. to expand.  SO that’s what I’m going to do — share in this space.  No more project 365. No more attempting to post each day.  No set schedule.  No rigid plan or theme or writing schedule to adhere to.  Just sharing when I feel compelled – I will just write…

Today I am so grateful for these gifts…

the sun shining
Fay who prayed with me
Jill who’s helping me prepare for our Valentine’s Day party
Rebekah who has taken over The Refine Conference blog
my parents who lovingly look out for my best interests
the experiences that are refining me

Yes, it was was ignored, BUT not forgotten — What are YOU grateful for today?

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. =)

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.

Nickelodeon Universe

{Photo 308/365} We went on a date today to Nickelodeon Universe, just the two of us.  We BOTH got wristbands to ride unlimited rides.  Any chance he gets, this is where he chooses to go — he absolutely LOVE this place.  He loves every ride…I would like to say I felt the same.  I did my best, but I’m getting a little too old for this — I guess I’m not, but my stomach and back are.  We had a blast, he got to hang with Spongebob do whatever he wanted to do — I just laughed with him, ran around with him, talked with him, and created a great memory.  We had a blast, I love this little nugget.  He’s such a bright light in my life.

Oreo Cookies

{Photo 307/365}  It’s the double stuff ones we like…ALL of US.  I always pick up a package when I go to the grocery store, I just do — but they don’t last long.  I’ve mistakenly bought the low-fat kind, and they sit there, they get stale and thrown away.  I’ve mistakenly bought the original kind, they sit there, they get stale and thrown away.  We pass over the holiday kind and prefer the DOUBLE STUFF.  The resealable packaging keeps ‘em fresh for the 2 days that they last in our pantry.  He likes to “dip” them in milk…I just eat ‘em with a glass of milk.  YUMMO!

The Relevant Conference

{Photo 300/365} I had an EARLY flight — when I got to the airport…sitting at the gate — I thought I recognized @Gussysews {that’s a twitter name, her real name is Maggie} It was her; we discovered that while tweeting back and fourth sitting at the same gate.  It is this strange weird world that the internet and social media creates.   It was a true blessing to meet @gussysews, she is ONE talented woman making fun sassy unique bags.  BUT this was just the beginning, I had a lay over in Detroit — there I met @funkyfaithgirl and @MySoulReflects and several others…it was a gathering of kindred spirits, it was sweet to meet so many fabulous women in real life that I’d only connected with 140 characters at a time.  When I arrived in Harrisburg, PA — I looked for this sweet friend @Erika_Dawson she’s an amazing writer, an special woman — not only have we tweeted, we’ve skyped!  I love the friendships that I’ve made online, I know God strategically places people into my life.  So excited to see what He has in store for me this weekend. Happy to be at #Relevant11.  Blessed to make new friends.

Just Friends

{Photo 295/365}  There are really no “little” people around here — children.  So, when ever we come here — the boys always look forward to the time they get to spend with the two little girls that live in our building.  Today was one of those days, finally!  It was the weekend, so the girls didn’t have school AND it wasn’t raining, so we got to enjoy the pool.  They play sharks and minnows and other pool games.  They time each others, have little contests, make up new games — they talk, yell and scream, splash around, sit in the jacuzzi…have fun.


{Photo 291/365}  The best to do when it rains, is let it rain — and enjoy it!  Today we ventured out, because the rain would not stop and we were all cooped up.  Brent and the boys got haircuts, when they were done, they decided to go play in the rain.  They had so-much-fun.  It reminded me of when I was a little girl — I loved to play in the rain.  Nobody cared how wet they go, it was all about jumping in the puddles, splashing, and letting the raindrops fall on our heads.  They were soaked — I let them play as long as they wanted.  After this adventure, we ran a few errands, then had lunch at a mexican restaurant…YUMMO, my favorite; chips and salsa.  memories.  ”Let the rain kiss you.  Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.  Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” – Langston Hughes

Down Time

{Photo 289/365}  We had absolutely nothing on our schedule today — it was fabulous!  A walk/bike ride this morning down to the beach for breakfast.  Naps.  Grilling.  Jacuzzi.  All of us piled on the couch watching XFactor {sleeping}  Me and my boys — all 3 of them and my father-in-law — today was simply enjoyable.  Nothing spectacular…just precious family time.