Transparency

{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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Season Over

{Photo 279/365}  My sweet friend had GREAT reason to celebrate tonight…a season over.  A long journey came to an end…a new one begins.  We learn, we grow.  We are stretched, we are challenged.  We refine, we become.  I am so grateful for the people in my life — wisdom, confidence, strength.

Quiet Time

{Photo 260/365}  While I was making my coffee this morning I glanced over to my corner.  To my chair, my little table, and the lamp.  This is my space — it’s where I sit each morning, sip coffee and connect with God.  It’s my favorite time of the day.  Most often it’s dark and quiet.  When it’s cool, I turn on the fireplace — once in a while I will snuggle up with a blanket.  I love my quiet time, my quiet corner, my me and Him time each morning.  I exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.  priceless.

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.

Fake Frogs, I like

{Photo 253/365}  The weather was amazing today — a great morning for Zane’s football game, and a great afternoon for our play date with our friends swimming.  Once all the kids were settled and had everything they needed, doing their cannon-balls and sliding down the slide, it was time for me to sit down.  There was a green “leaf” on my lawn chair, so I thought.  I attempted to wipe the “leaf” off and it jumped up at me — it was this bright green frog!!  It scared me and I screamed.  Of course the kids thought it was great, they all took turns touching it and playing with it.  I just took pictures.  I like fake frogs, I decided.  The stuffed animal kinds that aren’t slimy and moving.  The ones that remind me of FROG {fully rely on God}  This one did not remind me of that, I’m just sayin’ =)

Time

{Photo 249/365}  Last night, Brent brought his dad to the ER.  He’d been sick all day and finally (men can be so stubborn) my father-in-law chose to go to the hospital.  When I asked him how he felt, he said, “Like a wet rag.”  I guess that’s pretty bad…so they went.  He had a heart attack — the doctors don’t know specifically when, but the count of whatever was in his blood was really high.  He’s feeling a lot better tonight, fluids, blood sugar level, temperature, rest.  But tomorrow, they are going to do an angiogram to explore and check everything out.  I’ve been praying, I’ve invited others to pray.  I believe he’s going to be ok, in my heart I do.  As I sit in this room, in the ICU, I’m amazed by the technology.  I’m amazed by all the computer monitoring, everything hooked up to him that lets the nurses know in an instant what’s happening.  As I sit in this room, I’m deep in thought about time, our time, my time — life on earth.  Life is short.  I love my father-in-law — we are grateful to have him so close and a part of our lives.  Grateful for life.  Grateful that he’s feeling better.  Our days are numbered, I want to be sure my time here has purpose.