Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thoughts on a chilly morning....

:: Wishing my cup of coffee would never end ....
:: Thankful for a fire that's still burning in the morning....
:: Going to pull a Miracle on 34th Street this year and ask Santa for my dream house ;)  Wish me luck.
:: Excited Brad Paisley is playing in Alaska!  Utterly disappointed that the cheapest tickets are $300 a piece!!  Seriously, that's just crazy.

:: Really feeling this guy, Jonsi, from Iceland and his band that I first heard on the How to Train
Your Dragon 2 soundtrack.  Isla bird is feeling it too :)


:: May have found myself a new vacation knitting project.  Isn't it beautiful?  Spectra from Stephen West.
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:: And if I could, I would knit this for ALL of my family & friends :)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I needed to read this, maybe you do too....

This morning I read this post from the blog, letters from the nest.

Wow.  I mean -- WOW.  I needed that perspective refresher for sure.

Please read it.  

I promise it will change the way you view things today.  xoxo

:: Oldie, but goodie.  Ever on her first day of Kindergarten. ::
And special thoughts, prayers, and love to ALL our veterans today.  Where would we be without you?



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Report.

Amazon, man.  It's trouble.  It has everything you need and a million things you don't need ... that is until you see them.  

I have a lucky tendency to not know I need a book until it falls in my lap.  I recently ordered the book Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman.  It's short and sweet, with little pearls of encouragement.  I really love a directed bible study, which this is not at all.  But without time for a long study right now, this is limping me along until the next one.  

A couple favorite lines:

"Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace.  And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace."

"Glorify God by enjoying Him -- he is a truer and better award than the adulations of our children, of other women, and even of our self-approval."

I constantly need the reminder to place my trust and strength and joy in Him.


I've seen a lot of people celebrate November with 30 days of gratitude.  I think this year I will attempt it.  Although there are a million ways to do it -- one being simply to write a list on a piece of paper or in a journal -- I think we'll try to do something along the lines of this with the kids.
And though I'm not usually one to attribute inherent wisdom to celebrities, I am a Kate Hudson fan and agree with her here:

Research shows practicing GRATITUDE is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. 

So start yourself a list and have a Happy November! 
xoxo

Monday, November 3, 2014

Seasons.


All of our lives have seasons.  Seasons of busy and seasons of quiet.  Seasons of sharing and those of self-reflection.  Seasons of feeling present and those that flow through our fingers like water where we're simply trying to keep from running out.

When I started this blog 5 years ago our lives were different.  One child.  No smart phones.  One camera.  No school.  Our life was made up of "less" in a sense.  But I was able to focus more on the less, if that makes any sense.  I now find it a daily challenge to be present, to be intentional.  I have some catching up to do when it comes to figuring this life-as-an-adult stuff out.

Instagram has, in a way, taken the place of my photo sharing on here.  But I do miss this space and hope to carve out a few moments each week to come back and add to my journal, and to our story.


"We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19