Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday #26

This weeks list of things I am ever so thankful for:
  1. Messy projects with great kids... we are mummifying a chicken... think germy plus gritty and salty, but the group of kids I am working with are stellar!
  2. A pretty fantastic weekend away...  a grandma who kept my kiddos for me. 
  3. New crochet patterns to play with.
  4. My kid's piano teacher.  She is fantastic!  And she comes to my house!
  5. Playing games with my bigger kids. 
  6. Getting crafty for an evening with Meadow. 
  7. When I hit the ditch today my car was able to be driven out.  (Thank you Jesse!)
  8. Jam... I like toast and jam!
  9. Butternut squash soup... mmm 
  10. You guys!  You have blown me away with your support of Julie's 30th Birthday Fundraiser!
What are you thankful for? 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Because Sometimes you Have to do Something.

My family is big on birthdays... or maybe just I am and the rest of my family indulges me... I don't know.

I love my own birthday... send me best wishes?  Yes please!  Come out a celebrate with me? Of Course!  Oh you got me a gift!  Now I know you love me so.

The last birthday I spent with my sister Julie she was turning 20.  One of those milestone birthdays that end in a zero and tend to be bigger celebrations than the rest of the birthday for the next decade.

Well this year, in just over a month Julie would have turned 30.  I need to do something to honor that... to celebrate my little sister.  To reflect... has it really been 10 years since we've celebrated a birthday together?

In true Julie style I am using her birthday to help others.

Friends, family and random strangers who may read my blog... lets work together and carry on Julie's fight to find a cure and celebrate the light she was to others who fought alongside her against Cystic Fibrosis.

Thankful Thursday...#25

Thankful thursday is a long deep breath this week.  Something soothing to do... making a list of what I am thankful for.

  1. Waking up early and feeling like there is a whole extra part of the day ahead of me. 
  2. Helping Delaney clean up Lego and hearing her sweet little voice say "Thank you for helping me mama."
  3. New, soft, patterned leggings.
  4. After Eight Tea... it feels like a guiltless treat in my mug.
  5. "How are you?" checkup calls from my sweet understanding Twyla girl.
  6. Yesterday is gone.
  7. Jam and sourdough bread.
  8. My Craigy who leaves me love letters.
  9. Folks who have helped me raise money for Julie's 30th Birthday CF Fundraiser
  10. Watching my children play with each other.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Because This... 22nd edition

Welcome to the weekend... Because this is where I share my favorite photos and links frm the past week.

It’s early November. We don’t have all the time in the world between now and Christmas Day, but we’re a far cry from last minute. Craigslist Christmas

I learned this the hard way (the day a gecko almost touched my lady business), but Blessed doesn't really mean what we think it means, because most of the time when we use the word blessed what we really mean is pleased. #blessed

Saturday, November 1, 2014

How To Be a Saint... According to Saints

I first fell in love with All Saints Day 2 years ago...  A day to celebrate sainthood... what a glorious way to spend 24 hours... this year has me thinking though... How does one become a saint?

Fourteenth-century mystic Meister Eckhart said, “Do not think that saintliness comes from occupation; it depends rather on what one is. The kind of work we do does not make us holy, but we may make it holy.”

So according to Eckhart what you do does not make you a saint... but how you do it.  Make work holy.  What does that look like?  I have a couple of ideas.

  • Holy work looks like shaking off the criticism of your fellow man and concerning yourself with following Jesus.
  • Holy work looks a lot like sacrifice and discomfort, but with purpose and a smile.
  • Holy work looks like being humble enough to do menial jobs with joy.

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
Serve... serve those who need it... and those who don't... go the extra mile... be kind... smile... give up your share (seat, snack, lunch,) for someone who has not.  Shine.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”― Mother Teresa

And then there is love... great love.  Love which covers a multitude of sins and is patient and kind.  Love makes work holy... love allows joy to rush in to the "dirty" jobs of life.

Oh the lofty status of being elevated to sainthood... truth be told there are perhaps more saints than we know... and I bet most saints don't know they are saints.

What saint might you celebrate today?

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Because This... 21st Edition

Welcome to the end of the week... where I share my favorite photos and the links that have impacted me most:

“You might not be Jesus in the story you’re telling. Maybe the person you’re with is meant to be Jesus to you.” Preston Yancey
The Ministry of Mums

The thing about beauty, is that it’s always there.
It just looks different for each of us.
But it’s always there waiting to be called out.
A grown up friend writes me that, “I want to be told that I’m beautiful too.”
Why Women Don't Need to Be Ashamed of Needing to Feel Beautiful

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday #24

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

1. After a particularly hard day with a certain three year old... I whispered to Craig that he now had sole custody of her... without hearing me that little munchkin who was sitting across from me at dinner announced "I'm on team mommy!" and gave me a crooked thumbs up.

2. A special friend who complimented the way I  handled that same 3 year olds meltdown at the (very quiet) museum. We gotta stick together mamas!

3. An afternoon of Full House, snacks, pillows and blankets, and snuggles with all 3 kiddos yesterday.

4. Some pretty amazing crockpot beer chicken for supper... 

5. A full wood shed and a cozy fire.

6. Writing with a friend... no interruptions... just write.

7. Kiddos who can make me hot drinks.

8. Love, compassion, personal growth... who doesn't like those things?

9. Shopping in my own closet... oh the outfits I have rediscovered.

10. Finishing 2/3 of my kiddos Christmas blankets.

Tell me what you're thankful for this week...
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