comfort.

There is much to be thankful for in these days.
In days where many struggle to feed, clothe and house their family, I am thankful that these are not our most apparent struggles in our day to day.  It does not escape me that these are huge blessings.

Though this road to home has been hard for us...and undoubtedly will continue to be so...I am thankful for the discomfort that it brings.

As weird as it may sound, to me, that discomfort ensures me that this difficult passage of our life is not without its rewards.  We are growing closer to Him.  We are being anti the society that says do all that makes you comfortable and happy.  Life is not about having what you want, when you want it.  Of being told that what you want to hear, when you want to hear it.

We are becoming less a part of trendy entitled society.  And I am thankful for it.

Todays post by Edie said out loud what I think most days.  

I hate when a pastor says "I'm sorry if this makes you uncomfortable" when making a reference to the gospel that should be preached at every single opportunity that is to be had.  The Gospel of Jesus should not be a guest in church but more so a permanent fixture.  Churches should be less concerned with numbers, hipness and being appealing to the masses.  The gospel SHOULD make you uncomfortable.

I'm not a fan of coddling anyone.  Child, friend, pastor or peer.  I refuse to participate in societies idea that life should be at all times HAPPY, COMFORTABLE and without pain.  We are entitled to nothing yet people continually profess to be entitled to all.

We are but a humble creation of a loving God.  That He had such love and compassion for that He CHOSE to save us from ourselves that we may be with Him in the end.

I read a wide range of "Christian" blogs...and many of them often make me raise my eyebrows at what they profess.  Their entitlement to getting their hair done, or buying new shoes, or buying a huge house that they can't afford, or the movie choices they brag of...often have me wonder where the Gospel lies in their lives.

Don't even get me started on people who say they have no time to read their Bible.

Don't get me wrong, I am not professing to having it all together.  Understanding of God's word and works is a lifetime career that any disciple of Christ should be in pursuit of and I am not an exception to that rule.  And believe me...I literally FEEL it when I am not in pursuit of Him and His desires for me.  I have to work to make the time to read and seek and search.

I would love, more than anything...a never ending trend of uncomfortable living that would draw people to a true living and love for Christ and less trends of "Christ is so cool and once you join our church your life will be, like, totally awesome."

I want to live in a world where it is acceptable to say things that people NEED to hear, even if it is hard or difficult to do so.
I want to live in a world where people live on what they have earned.  Not where they DEMAND what they think they are entitled to.

If only people had a deep understanding what we are really and truly entitled to in terms of our sin and the consequences we would face if not for the love and grace of God.  And lived a life that was humbled and thankful to not receive such entitlements as those.

I choose to be thankful not to receive what I am entitled to when defined that way.

Life is not always easy.  Life is not always happy.  But can always be JOYful.  And an eternity in heaven with Him will make all discomfort worth it in the end.

xo    
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beauty in all places.

i've been distracting myself with pretty things and projects. 
you know...distracting myself from STILL waiting to move home. 
just that little thing you know. 
i'm still going strong on the hoops...and i have a million more ideas...
this is the only one not spoken for.
they have been scooped up as quick as i can post a photo.
and i love that...scriptures that are speaking to people...
and will (hopefully) continue to do so.
this one is an itty bitty one.
inspired by a favorite song.
as it this one...
it will be hard to ship this one off.

and there is this project.
a sweet new friend asked me forever ago if i could make her some memorial keepsakes from her dad's clothes for her kids to cuddle and snuggle with and remember him by.
it was the most precious custom order i have ever made.
i hope they are loved for years.
i'm also working on new headbands for the fall.
is it just me or does burlap scream fall?
and this photo from our trip to NJ (taken by one of doug's cousins).
this will be printed and framed.
it is THE most precious photo of all the ones taken...such a sweet moment.
i will love this photo forever and show it to aaron one day when i tell him all about his great pa.

xo
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random wishing...

my birthday is this month.
which i usually love.
but i haven't made my mind up about being 32 yet.
31 has not been exactly nice to me.
i've probably cried more for 31 than any other age...so i'm not sure what to expect of 32.
and i am not expecting a single gift this year because we just had to buy a new computer to replace one that was hit by lightening.  see 32 is already a beast.
but just for fun...here's a list of things i would run out and get in a heartbeat if a giant cardboard check showed up at my door.
this grassy charger is from thinkgeek.  love.  can totally see it sitting out on my counter hanging out with my phone and little camera.
and what is not fun about these?
red. stars.  jars.  storage. yum.
these are from ModDom on etsy.
simple sweet initial.
in c of course.  sdmariejewelry on etsy.
what is better than a narwhal?
they are all sorts of awesome on their own but put them in a jacket and bow tie and they can't be stopped.
this print is to die for from berkleyillustration on etsy.
i actually already own this.
and i adore it.
the most perfect list of family rules i have ever seen.
they sealed the deal for me at "hands are for hugging not hitting".
comes from AlexanderCreative on etsy.
super friendly and lovely shop owners.  fast shipping.
i adore everything about this print and shop.
you need one too, right?
i already own this one too...but since it's message affects nearly every day of my life...
i have to insist you go on over to Stephsayshello and get one for yourself and watch the magic happen at your house too.  you WILL find yourself thinking "yes, we will have fun today".
and my final most favorite thing at the moment.
this bracelet.
have you ever seen anything more perfect for me?
available at fancy french cologne.

can you tell that i am avoiding heavy things by posting a post like this?

what's at the top of your wish list lately?
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todays hoop.

Here's todays hoop. :)
I MAY try to do one a day.
We shall see.

You can hop over to my Facebook page to claim it before I put it in the shop.
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a new series...

i've been thinking about starting a scripture series for some time now.
but it kept getting pushed aside because i just couldn't pin down how i wanted to do it.
then i found my ultra enormous stash of vintage sewing trims.
(found in several HUGE ziplock bags at goodwill for a hefty .95c each!).
i had hidden them away along with a stash of dryer sheets to get out that old attic smell.
then this morning it all fell together.
beautifully i do believe.
i plan on making many.
in several sizes.
each unique and special...just as a scripture should be to each of us.
this one was snatched up from my Facebook fan page.
i hope it brings lots of sunshine to it's new owner.
is it just me...or is it just HAPPY?
bright. sunshine. summer.
with a little smile.
all in one sweet piece.
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make for you now.

now keep in mind that i have never promised to be a diet friendly blog.
easy? yes.
tasty? yep.
fat conscious? no.
health foody? not always but sometimes.
this is one of those times where you just have to make something because it's tasty, fast and easy.

are you ready?
i'll call this pink sausage dip because that is what color it ends up.

brown, crumble and drain one pound of sausage.
while hot dump into crockpot containing one regular block of cream cheese that is room temp.
add two cans of rotel tomato.
(i put mine in the food processor to increase the odds that my tomato hating husband would eat it...making the dip turn pink!)

heat in crockpot until hot...stirring until all is mixed well.
enjoy with tortilla chips.

perfectly acceptable to eat as lunch when you are stressed by your children and/or when your house will sell.

enjoy!
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it was worth it.

we are home now.
and i lived.
and even had fun.
i am super grateful to have in-laws like i have.
people who i can spend a week with.
and still love, want to talk to and look forward to seeing again soon.
it was a good week and i am so glad that i was brave enough to do it alone.
we missed doug...but my boys got a week of time and love from their family.  and that was worth it.
here's our week in as few words as i can muster.
we swam.  a lot.  i think the average temp for many of the days was 95-100 plus gobs of humidity.
we played with cousins. at the lake that daddy grew up on.
we spent time with Doug's grandparents.  both who are nearly 90.
this photo is precious to me...nearly 90 great-pa having a chat with four of his great grandkids.  precious.
the boys got to see all of their aunts and uncles.
another reason that made me go.
how often would they get the to see them all at the same time?
not often.
the boys had lots of fun and memorable times with grandma...
...who gifted me with these dream bowls of mine. :)
the great grandparents got to see ALL of their great grand kids at once.
and all but three of their grandkids.
i'm so glad i didn't wuss out.
i shared a room with this kid.
i don't miss 5:14am wake up calls.
the boys made memories at a place that is super special to doug.
i learned how to make a norwegian wedding cake.
which moses has requested for his birthday.
norway is a special place to us and we are just heartbroken over the events there.
the wedding cake tastes awesome.
i had it for breakfast on sunday and lunch today.
moses got to have  six hour swim day with ALL of his extended cousins.
it was SO fun to see all these little kids running around with different shades of blonde.
they were a bunch of little norges for sure.
and these four got lots of quality time together.
it was a great week.
lots of memories made.
and i only made two wrong turns the ENTIRE week.
and if you know my lack of internal GPS, is pretty amazing.

somehow i feel ready to get my bum in gear and get to work.
i've ordered lots of new fabrics and plan on lots of hobo's and headbands. :)

thanks for enduring all my photos.
xo
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So far...so good

Well, we made it to NJ safe, sound and without incident.


We left bright and early and snacked, dvd'd and drove along.


I think four pit stops for a 6 1/2 hour trip isn't SO bad considering all things. The boys stayed happy and loved stopping at the rest stops to collect "maps"...known to the rest of us as local attraction pamphlets.


The boys were thrilled when we finally pulled in the driveway at grandmas house.


That night I put Aaron to bed without incident. Only to go into the room an hour later to find him asleep on top of all our luggage on the other side of the room. Silly kid.


We spent the first day visiting a local playground that doug frequented as a kid...


And swimming at the boys pseudo grandmas house (otherwise known as his cousins other grandma).


The boys had a great time with their cousins...swimming, eating, swimming, eating and swimming.

Here's to praying that the rest of the week is as fun and easy!

Xo

Location:W Lakeview Trail,Wharton,United States

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good morning!

it's been a busy week.
i spent each morning 8:30am to 12:30 working with 1-2 year olds for vacation Bible school.
otherwise known as a staple of the south.
i'm pretty sure that, had i a mind to...i could keep my kids in VBS from june through august.
but it totally wiped me out.  call me a wuss if you want but i haven't worked outside the house in almost five years...i think i am a bit out of practice. 
we had some of THE hottest days so far this summer.
days in the low 100's and humidity so thick you can almost cut it.
we spent those days playing in the water in some way. 
it didn't matter what we did so long as it was WET.
these boys had a great week with VBS. 
i can't believe they are both old enough to do it.
awesome and sad at the same time.
my life. 
to a t.
 two family photos in one day.  what?!
please consider this your public service announcement.
i went to the dermatologist for the first time in six years.
he found two naughty moles.
one that had to be removed immediately.
another in a couple of weeks.
that makes three in my life.
tanning is not cool.  sunscreen is awesome.
i try not to think about the "what if's"...like what if i never came to the doctor and...
i'm just thankful for the ability to go...and have it taken care of.
you should do the same.  please. 
you may notice some changes around here.
for one, i changed my feed in reader to be shorter.
i'm hoping this will increase my revenue.
i know that sounds completely superficial...but i get paid to blog. 
and i want to do any non annoying thing i can do to increase that revenue.
will you stick with me?
i'll be spending today, packing, cleaning and organizing.
tomorrow morning i am leaving for new jersey.
alone.  with my two kids.  for a week.  alone.  without doug. alone.
did i mention that i am going without doug?
it's a six and a half hour drive without stops.
so blogging for the next week will be sparse.
unless i can figure out how to post blog entries from my iphone.
any pointers for that?
i'll be taking lots of photos so doug and follow along with us through our week.
i'm kind of jealous of him.
alone in the house for a week.
quiet.  sleeping.  calm.
jealous.
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