Showing posts with label celebrations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label celebrations. Show all posts

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Personal Victory {yesssssssss!}

This week I'm celebrating a little personal victory, it may seem tiny to some, but to me it's huge. I feel good, really good, f-i-n-a-l-l-y. I know it may sound ridiculous to some that have never known this darkness, but for those of you that have experienced depression on any level, you'll totally understand why I'm so unbelievably joy-filled. 

Sometimes, when I'm in darker times, I try really hard not to look at the future because some little part of me is always afraid that the darkness may never leave, that I may be stuck in that rabbit hole forever, like when you were little and you'd make the ugliest face ever and someone would say, "you'd better watch out, your face may get stuck like that". That's how the darkness feels sometimes, like I might just get stuck like that.

Many changes have taken place in me over the last few weeks, all awesomely amazing and I'm beyond grateful for each and every one. I'll be writing about them soon, but for now, I'm living,  and enjoying every moment of every new day. I'm breathing in deeply, and viewing the world with new eyes. I'll probably be a little scarce this week around here, but, no worries, it's all good over here, really, really good, really, really, really good!  I have so much catching up to do!

Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV)  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Family + Summer

I love summer holidays! We were supposed to get rain on Memorial Day, but it held off and allowed our little family to have a glorious afternoon in the outdoors. 

Our oldest son and his very special someone came for lunch and brought along corn on the cob for grilling and the most delicious yogurt parfait cups for desert. We cooked up some hamburgers and hot dogs to go along and I made potato salad and baked beans. Oh my it was delicious {I'm getting hungry again just looking at these pictures}! 

Beautiful and patriotic yogurt & fruit parfaits

They brought along our grand-dog Happy. She's such a sweet girl.

After huge amounts of work, I'm thrilled to announce the pool is up and running. The ground had shifted where the pool sits, so the pool had to be removed, the ground re-leveled, then the pool re-assembled, then cleaned and filled, whew, lots of work! For this little dude, it was all worth it!

I'm going to leave you with my favorite picture from the day. This is my baby Paco {he rocks my doggie world y'all}. We've discovered he is quite passionate about corn on the cob. I'm seeing lots more grilling in my future!

I sure hope y'all had an awesome holiday in your little neck of the woods and happy summer!

Monday, December 29, 2014

12 Secrets Of The Good Life- And A Sloooooow Christmas

This Christmas, I was able to grasp what has always been outside of my reach. I've watched others have it, but for some reason it was always unattainable- I even began to wonder if it were even real or a figment of my imagination. Was it like a unicorn, a holiday myth perhaps?

This Christmas, I waded in slow and easy and with great caution. Too many past Christmas' have crashed and burned. I'd been miserable, exhausted and wondering if a peaceful Christmas was even possible. This year, I started the first of December- intentionally planning to slow this Christmas season down, to focus on God, to celebrate advent with a Jesse Tree, to envelop this season fully, to be peace-filled, right up until Christmas Day. Believe it or not, it really is possible y'all- you can have a holly jolly Christmas. There is such a thing as a merry  Christmas. Now, I believe. Crazy right?

I've really been embracing this entire winter season. I've already begun switching around some decor items and crafting some other fun pieces to reflect the silvers and browns of winter's landscape. I've been enjoying sitting fireside and reading. One new book that really has my attention this season is Ruth Soukup's Living Well Spending Less- 12 Secrets To The Good Life.  

Simple living is anything but simple, but once you learn how to thrive with less- you'll never want to live any other way. Ruth has a wonderful blog Living Well Spending Less, with tons of resources and helpful advice on how to live a full life on less, and now she's written a book, filled with secrets to get you on the journey to a fuller life. It's available by pre-order right now on Amazon and will hit the stands December 30th. Such a great resource to get you on track for a new way of life for the new year. I've already read the book and I cannot say enough good things about it.

I'm so happy to be back from my Christmas holiday and I really hope that each of you had a peace-filled Christmas. I missed you all so much! Tell me about your Christmas adventures in the comments below 'cause I so love to hear from y'all!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Trees, Trees, Trees!

This house of ours is such a gift from God and I don't want to seem ungrateful or anything, but since we moved here eight years ago, we've had to have an artificial Christmas tree because we heat our house with a cast iron stove and that baby gets waaaaay too hot for a real tree. A Christmas tree wouldn't make it three days in our living room. So with much sadness, we bring out the artificial tree every year and I fluff that poor thing to pieces. But, this year, we filled up our handy, dandy propane tank and we have heat like regular folks. I'm feeling all kinds of rich this winter, AND, it means we can have a REAL tree again!!! I was so excited for Thanksgiving to pass because I wanted to get our Christmas tree like right N-O-W

I really wanted us to cut down our own, so up into the mountains of North Carolina we went to the biggest tree farm I'd ever seen! It was massive y'all. The kids hunted high and low and we scoured those trees like our life depended on picking the perfect one. This was BIG, it was our first real tree in years! 

We took along our oldest's precious girlfriend and thank heavens we did. She spotted the perfect tree for us, and boy was she right! It's a beauty. Here's a little peek at it all bright and vintage-y with it's glass C7 bulbs. I swoon! And the best part- the smell, heavenly!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why We Don't Celebrate Halloween

I know we're in the minority here, but before you start penning your objections in the comment section, remember that we all do this life thing a little different from one another, and that's o.k. None of us knows exactly what's right or wrong and we each have chosen what we believe keeps us closest to God and sometimes that looks different in different families.

When I was a little girl, Halloween was a BIG event! We had the coolest costume parties at our house and all my school friends would come over and we'd bob for apples and eat chili dogs made with my mom's homemade chili. It was the greatest! Fast forward to my husband and I and our first child, and Halloween was still going strong. I LOVED decorating for Halloween and our house was the radest on the block, not scary, but picture votive lined sidewalks, lights and lots of jack-o-lanterns, and of course, 'Monster Mash" tunes playing on the front porch. When our oldest was six, a good friend of ours told us that they didn't celebrate Halloween and gave me a book explaining her rationale. I honestly thought she was a little nutty {translate totally cray cray}, Halloween was amazing and I just didn't agree with her at all! But, and this is a really big but, a seed was planted. It would take MANY years to sprout, mind you, but it eventually sprouted. 

Over the next six years that seed lay dormant, but during the seventh year, God knew right where my heart was and He placed the thought before me once again. So, nine years ago, I pulled out that old book {blew off all the dust} and began reading. My vision was different than it once had been- God's timing is always so spot on y'all! This time when I read this little book, some of it made perfect sense, I knew in my heart that our Halloween celebrating days were over. My husband and I talked and he completely agreed that Halloween just really didn't seem to honor God and it would be best if we changed how we looked at Halloween. We just didn't feel that it was what God wanted for our family. I know that there are many arguments that the facts in this book and others like it, are just totally skewed and taken out of context. And, believe me I know that there is soooo  much information out there both for and against Halloween, but we came to the conclusion looking at the facts and arguments that nothing about Halloween glorified God and maybe we just shouldn't put so much of our attention into this one particular night of the year.

Now before you go getting all weepy for our poor, deprived kids that miss out on all that candy and fun on October 31st, let me tell you how we DO celebrate.......... EVERY November 1st, we get up early, throw on our clothes and hit the 50% off sale at Walmart. Yep, all that over priced candy goes on sale the day after Halloween and everything related, goes on sale too! Snacks, costumes, all of it goes on sale. This way the kids get to pick out their favorite bag of candy and they don't feel like they missed out at all. We look forward EVERY year to the day after Halloween sale! I LOVE this day too- I get to stock up my "emergency chocolate drawer", you have one of those, right? 

In case you may be interested in reading this little book, I'm doing a FLASH GIVEAWAY for y'all, my precious readers. You can find this book on Amazon, but I want to give away one copy on the blog. If you're interested, just leave a comment saying so, and I'll give away one book to a random comment-er on Halloween night, October 31st {I'll announce the winner on Saturday morning, November 1st}

However y'all choose to celebrate, have fun and be safe! Remember, just leave a comment saying that you'd like to have a copy of this little book and you'll be entered. Until next time........

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