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Whites and woods. And stripes. October 11 2018, 0 Comments

All in the deets October 11 2018, 0 Comments

I came across this the other day
and immediately sent it to my friend Belinda
who is a coat freak.
But come on, we could all pretty much freak out 
over this one - right?
I mean who thinks of this??????
All in the deets - as in details :)

Write a letter. October 11 2018, 0 Comments

When I decided to create my store
I knew immediately I wanted to carry greeting cards.
I LOVE  a good card. 
Letterpress. Hand stitched. Colorful. Simple. Humorous. 
You name it.
I also think there is something about seeing your name and address
handwritten when a letter arrives in the mail.
I don't know about you, but it does something to me immediately.
A smile, curiosity - warmth.  I just love it.
Saw this article this morning so I wanted to share.

Forgiveness October 11 2018, 0 Comments

I know I've seen this before
but I saw it again this week and think it's such a great

"Forgiveness sets the prisoner free.  Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves,

not our offender, and this gift opens the door to living with joy."

Woahhhh October 11 2018, 0 Comments

Don't know what it is.... October 03 2018, 0 Comments

But I'm totally drawn to this...

Beautiful.... October 03 2018, 0 Comments

Amazing, right??
Do you think I'd get some 
questionable looks walking around
Central Market in these bad boys?

Dinner October 03 2018, 0 Comments

We put up Halloween decorations last night.
I made a great dinner, set the table & called everyone in.
It was supposed to be a 20 minute bonding - we could all talk about our day.
Then BAM!!!!!! it completely fell apart.
Literally within 4 minutes.
Girls were arguing.  One of them melted down &
John and I just looked at eachother.
My immediate unhealthy perspective went to 
blame - blaming myself.  
What did I do wrong? What is wrong with our family?
I could feel my body fill with sadness and then anger.
Every other family is having a great meal, talking, bonding.
Why isn't ours????  
It took me till this morning - to actually about 5 minutes ago to step back.
I read Jesus Calling and ONCE AGAIN he reminded me of what I forgot.
To thank him for the struggles because I'm being taught something.
I'm getting stronger & I'm learning.
But so many times, especially during our dinner time last night it 
doesn't feel like that - I loose sight of that reminder.
Now looking back I realized I jumped on the rollercoaster, got dizzy
too and therefore couldn't step back. 
I was in it with them.
That's such the hard part for me with parenting.
We are supposed to be on the ground, two feet on the ground
watching them on the rollercoaster so when they get off & feel
dizzy we can hold them till they settle down.
But I got on the dad gum ride too.
Today is a new day.
I'll try again.

News or Truth September 27 2018, 0 Comments

Woahhh - Loved this morning's Proverbs 31
It was talking about the difference between News and Truth.
We get news alllll the time - too much in fact.
I get the constant updates from NY Times and CNN on my phone.
But I also get news from family, friends, doctors, co-workers, etc.
This made me think back to my reaction vs. response theory.
For me news creates a reaction.
But the truth comes from a response to the news.
Thinking. Pausing. Praying. 
Getting out of the moment and looking at the bigger picture.
Read when you's a good one!

What am I doing wrong?? September 26 2018, 0 Comments

A friends daughter went thru a couple of bad
days recently...she was left out of what she thought was her 
good friend group and found out via social media.
My friend was pretty upset as you can imagine
watching her daughter go thru this.
After telling me what happened, she said
"What am I doing wrong??"
I've been thinking of that question for the last two days.
Isn't it strange how we can take on the pain
of those that we love??
I'm not judging one bit, as I have asked myself the same
question when my girls have faced challenges.
But then it occurred to me, as it usually does after
you step away and ponder these tough questions - 
My friend wasn't/isn't doing anything wrong.
It's life.  Life is messy.  Feelings get hurt.  Friendships change.
Life changes.  As my dad use to say:
"change is the one constant in the world".
My friend Belinda gave me the best advice - she said something like this
"you can't control what goes on with your children outside of your home - you can
try, but you can't.  What you can control is what goes on inside your home.
You can create a calm, loving, supportive, forgiving environment so when
your children are hurt, scared, challenged, etc - they have a refuge to turn to".
I think she was so spot on.  

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