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. =)

ChapStick

{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.

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.”

Holiday Brunch

{Photo 309/365}  Today was the annual ladies brunch at my mom’s church.  She “sponsored” a table — decorated it so beautifully, she’s crafty and creative like that, I am just not.  We don’t get together as often as you would think, since we all live so close; it takes intentionally planned events like this to get us ladies together.  I got to see two aunties, my mom’s cousin, her friend, and of course my mom and my sister.  It was a GREAT morning…fun.  Quiet.  Relaxing.

Cheerleader

{Photo 287/365}  God has strategically placed people into my life in a very big way over the past 3 years.  She happens to be one of them…Yolanda, my coach, my cheerleader, my friend.  Through our relationship, she has opened my eyes to so many things.  She has challenged me to think bigger and to embrace more of “who I am.”  She is a channel of encouragement to me and I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to work with her on my journey with the book.  Today was a day of {emotional} celebration — we met, planned, reflected. grateful.

All Things Pink

{Photo 269/365}  I love IT!!  We were driving down the country road, Zach and I, doing the Monday morning routine.  We had just finished praying, I was enjoying the sunrise from a distance as I approached these — they stick out, wild and crazy!  I pulled over onto the shoulder and backed up.  (I’m pretty sure I would’ve been issued a ticket if a cop was around) I  rolled down my window as I waited for the cars to pass by — then I snapped this picture with my cell phone.  I got the horse, the sunrise, and the PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Garbage Cans.  Love the creativity, the purpose, the perseverance and dedication to the research. All things pink.  I want one.

School Lunch

{Photo 266/365} I’m not very creative when it comes to school lunches.  It’s a little difficult when the boys are picky.  The simple thing to do is pay for school lunch, it’s probably the most economic option.  But because they are “picky” the food we were paying for, I discovered, often times went to waste.  Additionally, when they got home from school they were starving.  So, we decided mid-way through last year we would pack lunches.  Everyday is the same — one likes pb&j the other one ham, cheese, and mayo.  We’ve got a system down…I make the sandwiches — they grab the extras and pack their lunch.  Once in a while I throw in a little note. =)

All I Can Do IS All I Can Do

If you were to look up the word overwhelmed in the dictionary today, you just might see my picture there, S E R I O U S L Y.

I vlogged about that today over at Keeping it Personal.  Follow me over here to check it out.

One day at a time.

Silly

{Photo 259/365}  I was SO excited about this morning — to see Sarah {and her sister Heather!} We talk on the phone and text, yes, but it had been a very long time since we’d been able to see each other face-to-face.  She was in town, YIPEE!  Here’s my crazy reflection…growing up my mom got together with her friends for coffee and such during the week, I can remember her friends and their kids coming over, or us going to another home.  The moms would connect and have adult conversations — us kids would play.  They were the “age” that I am now — I cannot image them EVER taking a picture like this…being silly…from what I can remember as a little girl, they were always prim-and-proper, very mature and adult-like.  But, not us!  We had coffee, cinnamon rolls, and fruit — that was familiar, like them, but other than that?  Not so sure.  LOVED my time with these two fabulous sisters…amongst the silliness, we had a heart connection, it’s a blessing to be able to just “pick-up” with friends right where you left off…special time.  grateful.

Watering Can

{Photo 225/365}  Today I was at a family get together between two of Zachary’s hockey games.  It ended up being at my aunts house, in her crystal clean garage, because where we had planned to have it, at the park, didn’t pan out.  It was great to see everyone.  It seems like life gets so full, the days fly by and before you know it, it’s been a year since you’ve seen your family who all live within a 15 mile radius of each other.  As I sat in the garage catching up and talking, I looked over as saw these two watering cans.  The red one is my favorite, you can see it’s weathered, it’s been used, it’s watered a whole lot.  Here’s my deep thought, watering can — yes that IS what it is.  It makes watering plants easier, the water pours out through all the holes and livens things up, give flowers and plants a drink — gives them just what they need.  But also watering CAN quench our thirst, a little “watering” CAN nurture relationships, freshen us up.  When we pay attention to those things in our lives that need “watering” and when we “water” — nurture those things — they CAN.