Showing posts with label daughter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label daughter. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When Singing Is The Best Medicine

Our girls attend some homeschool arts classes at a local co-op on Tuesdays. This semester both girls sang in the choir. Yesterday, the group visited two local senior centers. I had volunteered to drive some of the girls and that car full of girls was the best medicine I could have ever asked for. They sang the whole trip.  By the time the day was over, I felt ten years younger and my soul had been bountifully filled. 

I'm a people watcher. so while the choir sang, I watched. There was a room full of seniors that had gathered to listen to the kids sing. I watched as some sat quietly, some sang along to every melody and others grinned ear to ear through each song. I watched and wondered of all the life stories hidden behind those eyes. Seniors fascinate me and I long to listen to stories of ages past. The amount of history in that one room overwhelms me. 

Today, life was good, and for that I am grateful.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Therapy In The Dressing Room

I found myself in the dressing room waiting as patiently as one can on a teenager. I tagged along to make sure the hemline was to the knee. One stall over, a woman carrying on a conversation with someone in the next stall. As I waited there, I realized it was another mother-daughter duo. Then I could hear them shouting to another woman across the way. Another daughter, trying on outfits two stalls over. Their voices were all giddy with excitement and I could see outfit after outfit hitting the floor in a tangled jumble. As one model emerged, the other two would run out to catch a glimpse of the outfit. They would ooooooh and aaaaaah and compare which was more flattering. None of this is so unusual, it's why dressing rooms were born, but you see, I have an issue with my size, and they were not a size six, not even a size twelve, yet they were happy with what they saw in the mirror. They were happy with themselves right where they were at this very moment. I stood there in awe of their joy and confused at why I rarely ever try anything on at the store. When I do make the mistake of trying on, it turns into judgement day. Where did I go. Where is my size six.

As I was still waiting, teen girls take their sweet time don't you know, out of another stall pops a lady, mid sixties, tan and so tiny, she's thrilled with a handkerchief hem skirt and is twirling around like a little girl. "Perfect for the beach" she says. She came out of her room with the smaller mirror to catch a glimpse in the larger three way mirror. I notice she's wearing a wig, cancer maybe, but she's so happy and joy-filled and twirling and twirling.  

Therapy and God are all around us every day. You don't really have to look for it, you just have to pray to change and He will provide the path in the most unexpected places at the most unexpected times. I wasn't looking to be challenged in a dressing room, but yet I was. I'm still pondering all of it and that's just as it should be. I'll just leave it at that. 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY: Easy Fall Acorn Wreath

In a recent post, I shared about how important it is to have pretty and tidy porches to welcome guests into your home. If you missed that, you can find it here. And today, I'm going to show you how to dress up your door with a beautiful acorn wreath. This wreath is so easy, fun for the kids, and on the cheap! Let's just jump right in...... here's what you'll need:

  1. LOTS of acorns
  2. A wreath form of your choice and size { I bought a straw wreath for $2.47 from Walmart}
  3. Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
  4. Satin or burlap ribbon for hanging

First, let's gather those acorns! We have lots in our yard, but they are quite small, so we went to a local park and collected along the walking trail. There were thousands! It's just such a glorious time of year for walking anyway! We took some little bags with us and just collected as we walked. 

Take your wreath form and begin hot gluing each acorn, one by one. It takes a while! My daughter and I plugged in two hot glue guns and tackled it together. See, a great activity to do with your kids! It'll look something like this as you go along:

After a while it will begin to shape up nicely. The point is to cover the top, insides and outsides while leaving the back unfinished so that it will lay nice and flat against your door. If you use a Styrofoam wreath base, I'd recommend spray painting it brown first, so you won't see the green through the acorns. We just kept going using different sizes of acorns until we had it all completed.

I was soooo extremely pleased with the end result! It is so rich and woodsy looking. I just LOVE it so much! A warning, it is quite heavy when it's all done, so please hang it securely. I used an orange satin ribbon with a little bow for the hanging. 

So, what do y'all think? Fallish? And the absolute greatest part...... drum-roll please..... cost: $5.75 !!! Say what?? Yes, only $5.75. Score! So head out this weekend and start some serious nut collecting folks. There are tons of projects using acorns. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for visiting with me today! Enjoy y'all!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

An Open Letter To My Children On Marriage

My Children,

Everyone always wants to know  the secret to a marriage that lasts, a marriage that is rock solid through the ages. They ask as if it's a mystical combination that takes years of pondering and study to grasp. What's so funny is that the secret is so simple. Stay. No matter what- stay. Always stay. It's simple to define but can be VERY hard to practice every day. Now should you stay if there's abuse involved, of course not, but otherwise, stay. Even if you want to run with every fiber of your being because, don't you know, 'the grass DOES always look greener on the other side'. Stay. Stay anyway. Remember the day you took your marriage vows- they weren't just words- they were actions. Actions to stay through thick and thin, ups and downs. Stay. Love them no matter what. Love them when it hurts to love. Love them when they maybe don't deserve to be loved. Love them and stay. This world we live in, has made it commonplace to trade in our spouses on 'better' ones. It's a lie, we're all just humans, flawed. Don't buy into this world's lies. Marry the one you love and trust that your instincts were right. Trust that you loved them because it was meant to be and stay. Life is going to be flawed. There will undoubtedly be sicknesses, maybe addictions, falls from grace, the key is to remember that it's life that's flawed, not your spouse. Our world is filled with sin, and we must live here and sometimes fail here, but help raise up your spouse out of the depths of sin and stay. Don't abandon them because they fell victim to sin. Stay. A forever marriage is a battle each and EVERY day. Don't be sucked into the fairy-tale that if it's not easy, it's not right. If it's not hard, it's not right. 
So my children, what's the secret to a forever marriage, one that lasts through the ages- stay. No matter what- stay. Always stay.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dressing Olivia And Random Facts On Fashion

Olivia has always loved fashion. Lucky for me {and her dad}, she's grown up knowing that thrift shopping is the bomb! Her sense of style amazes me. She is our first girl and I loved shopping for her when she was little. Back then, we spent LOTS of money on clothes. Nordstrom, Gap, Dillard's, oh yeah, such waste. Our life is very different now. Thrifting is the name of the game. Olivia's turning into a young lady right before my eyes. I'm very grateful that I LOVE her style! Her hair does anything she tells it and those big brown eyes, oh my. Her dad is even considering a shotgun purchase just to keep all the future suitors at bay ;)

{ vintage shoes: antique mall, shirt: clearance Old Navy, skinny jeans: WalMart }

It's mighty hard raising girls in this world today. We not only have to fight against ALL the sexual media bombarding them every day, but also against the world telling them how they are supposed to look. Girls readily get the message that it's a one size world and if you don't fit that mold...well... you just don't fit. I recently did a post on self acceptance and body image and how crucial it is for our teen daughters to love themselves. Olivia is moving forward and learning to feel good about herself.

We shop LOTS of thrift stores, consignment sales and store markdowns. Believe me when I tell you how hard it is to find appropriate clothing when your girls start wearing women's sizes. Man, it's tough! They are still just precious little girls and suddenly all skirts are micro minis and shirts are just mere threads dangling. What? What happened to the good ole days? You remember, right? When skirts came to your knees and shirts, well, they actually COVERED you. 

{denim jacket: thrift store, lace skirt: clearance American Eagle, chemise: Amazon}

Thrifting is so much fun and it's all about the thrill of the hunt. We just love it and I'm so thrilled that my daughters are learning how to take care of a family on a budget. If you haven't thrifted lately, head out on an adventure this weekend! You can thank me later! Get thrifting mama's ~

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Monday, August 4, 2014

The Girls' Room : The Big Reveal

We are finally done in the girls' room! Hallelujah! I was beginning to think this was going to take forever. The "bones" of the room remained the same, but the girls really wanted to freshen up their space and have it reflect their tween and teen personalities more.

The makeover actually started before you even enter the room. Our oldest daughter is a Pinterest fan and had seen a photo of a painted door that would give the bedroom more of an apartment vibe. She loved it and wanted to try the same technique on their door. So, she taped off the panels and began painting. They both decided on the number two since they are two sisters sharing the space. 


Then we freshened up their seating area with some new pillows and art work. This great little love seat converts into a bed for spend the night guests.

The beds got a little lovin' by adding a graphic duvet cover and more fresh pillows. We pretty much left everything else the same.


The biggest change-up came to their shared desk area. They spend a whole lot of time at their desk and they needed some shelving to de-clutter the space. They also wanted to incorporate a t.v. into the area so they could watch movies together from bed. The disco ball, well every teen just needs a disco ball right?

The room reflects their vision now and they are both really pleased with the result. What do you all think? Thank you so much for coming by to see their transformed space! Have a great week y'all!


Duvet covers-IKEA
All shelving- IKEA
Pendant Light- IKEA
Sunburst mirror- Lowe's
Desk lighting- IKEA
Desk- IKEA
Loveseat- IKEA
Zig Zag Rug- Urban Outfitters
Disco Ball- Walmart
Pillows handmade by moi
Curtains- IKEA and I added the pom poms. See how here.

Post originally written by Amy Espinosa who blogs at The Little Farm Diary {}

Monday, July 28, 2014

Through Rose Colored Glasses

This happens to me sometimes, maybe to you too, I browse through some of my favorite blogs looking for a decorative inspiration and I leave feeling quite inferior. Their EVERYTHING looks so perfect. Their photos shine and every room screams perfection. While I am truly inspired by their projects and their ideas do get my creative juices flowing, all those perfect shots leave me feeling a little a lot deflated. 

Yesterday, Danielle over at Blissful and Domestic, honored me greatly by featuring a tour of our home on her blog. I am blown away by her kindness and it was such an absolute thrill to see our little house being featured, but it also left me feeling a little hypocritical. I've posted about this before, but I think it's so important for us all to remember. The glossy images we see on our favorite blogs are only a tiny bit of the whole truth. I think we bloggers that write about room re-do's and before and afters, owe all of our readers the whole truth. Our homes don't look like those photos on a daily basis. I know mine sure doesn't! We are just really good cleaner-uppers I think. I'm able to get it all staged well for the shot, but it is usually a mess again before I even get the pictures downloaded onto my computer! 

So the next time you begin to feel a little inferior after gazing at some one's stunning photos of their home, or magical re-do, remember these unedited shots of our home and that we all need to get real sometimes, don't you think? We owe it to one another to be honest. Sometimes my house is a wreck. Sometimes other things take priority and cooking and cleaning are last on the list. That's OK. That's life! Now brace yourselves for a reality check.............

What can I say, more often than not, the bed just doesn't get made!

The sad truth, we have six house dogs {yes, I know, a slight hoarding issue} , and this is what happens if I don't vacuum every other day. But, on a positive note, if you go barefoot down the hall, it's kind of like ice skating. Cool, yes?

He's seven, need I say more?

They're a tween and a teen, even worse than the seven year old on most days!

And laundry is behind too!

Sometimes it's just like this. Other times it's not. So later in the week when I post the after photos of our girls bedroom refresh, keep this in mind will ya.......

My favorite part is the cotton balls peeking out of the drawer. I couldn't have even staged the scene with so much realism!
Just keepin' it real people, just keepin' it r-e-a-l! 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Teen Girl's Room Refresh {Before}

Hi y'all! We are really busy over here trying to freshen up the girl's shared room. I love it just as it is, but the girls wanted more of a teen vibe going on in there. Here's how it looks now.........

and here's some of the goodies they've chosen to change things up a little- new fabric to make pillows......

shelving and lots of pillow inserts from IKEA..... 

and new duvet covers also a bargain at IKEA.....

and here's the corner that's getting the most attention. It's where they keep their shared desk........

And to add just the right amount of funky, a disco ball....

Stay tuned everyone. Hopefully, this won't take too long and I'll post some after shots soon! What's changing at your house right now? We are just about to repaint our master bedroom and finally make some headway in the kid's shared bath. I've put off re-doing their bath f-o-r-e-v-e-r, and it's just high time I dive right into that project. Have A Manic Monday Y'all!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

And More Dirty Laundry {Part Two}

I'm baaaaack! Told ya I'd be right here Monday morning! This was an interesting weekend. I've spent a WHOPPING lot of time reflecting on Friday's post. If you happened to miss it, click here, or else you're going to be totally confused today! If you are hoping for lots of sage advice and tried and true conclusions, I'm afraid you'll be leaving quite disappointed. What I do have today, is hope for me and for you and for all our daughters. I've spent the last three days thinking, planning, and figuring on how I can not only learn to love myself right now at this very moment, but how I can also help my daughter learn to love herself unconditionally. Let me tell you, it's REALLY hard. This is new territory for me! I've spent most of the last twenty three years trying to stay just out of the camera's frame because I didn't want to see myself in the photo. Come on now, be honest, you volunteer to be the picture taker too, don't you? That way you don't have to see yourself in the picture. Yep, this is gonna be painful! But, I'm up for the challenge and I shall succeed. I have to, my daughter's counting on me.

So this is how we've started. We've talked, hugged, cried, and laughed a bunch this weekend. That's a good start. We've also eaten lots of chocolate chip pancakes 'cause I figured it couldn't hurt, right? I've researched positive affirmations and bought lots of these:  

They make some of the cutest Post-it notes these days. Don't you just love that little cell phone one? Just perfect for a teen girl! I plan on using these to write positive thoughts and bible verses for both our daughters and sticking them on their bathroom mirrors. By reminding ourselves to change old habits, we can stay positively focused on the task at hand. These are also good for us moms! 

I am also going to be more vigilante at "checking in" with our daughter. I think that as our kids get older and need less from us, we tend to lose touch with them and get busy with other stuff, and intentionally or not, we miss out on their subtle cues. We are also stocking our bedside tables with some new reading materials. I've ordered these on Amazon:

                  Find It Here                 

Don't you just love the cover on that last one? So trendy! These changes that we're making are all fine and dandy, but the MOST important one comes from me. I have to change my dysfunctional view of myself so that I can mirror a positive self image for my daughters. The example that we set, I believe, is the most pro-active move we can make. If I love myself, she'll be more apt to love herself.

I've been so moved by so many beautiful women in my own community and in my "virtual" community. You guys are just the greatest and you've helped me beyond measure with your positive thoughts and "virtual hugs". I'm so, so blessed to have you all! Please share any advice you may have in the comment section! I'm just beginning a long, bumpy path here and I really would welcome some company! Until next time..........

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