Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Difference Between Him and Us


He lived...  and Died
 So we could die... and Live


Merry Christmas 2014
from our home to yours!

 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our Home Remodel

This past summer we came home to find our house flooded
and what has since unfolded has been one of the most

amazingly scary
shockingly revealing

experiences of my life
(to date)

I have...

talked to God in new ways
heard Him speak in new ways and
seen Him do things I hadn't even dreamed of

and when it was all said and done

I witnessed Him turn our MESS into a MESSAGE!

(thank you Chanea for reminding me again)

The Living Room
Before
During renovation


After
The Kitchen





And I've always believed, but now I know for sure that...

God really did make a man from dust

because I have seen Him take

our dust
our rubbish
our tragedy

and turn it into something beautiful

Romans 8:28

Monday, December 1, 2014

Learning to Use What You Have... Earring Display

Last year I discovered the joy and beauty in repurposing...

and when I turned an old cd storage tower
into an earring display rack

I fell in love with learning to use what I have!


And after our recent home remodel

as we began

unpacking and
resorting our lives

I took one look at that former cd storage tower
and decided to flip it back over into its original resting position



 


 

Now it provides more space and I can sort my earrings by color!

And it is amazing how something I already have can make me smile
as I realize that there is so much joy in learning to use what you have

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanks Giving

We say it together, but it's two words really...

Thanks
Giving

or the act of

Giving
Thanks

It's a simple definition...
pretty easy to understand

which is why I was surprised upon reading the rendition in my son's "Student Dictionary"...

Thanksgiving:  a national holiday celebrated the fourth Thursday in November 

It stated just the facts with...
No mention of history
No mention of family
No mention of thanks
No mention of giving

Just listed a day and a month

But that's not all we need to know...

Thanksgiving is more than just a Holiday in November

Thanksgiving is more than just...

food
family
fun

It's more than just the fourth Thursday of the month

Thanksgiving is a day we've set aside to give thanks because... 

A life was sacrificed for us to have this day,
another life for us to have this meal

And so when my students come to me looking for the definition of Thanksgiving,
I hope they find what they need to know

and determine within themselves to celebrate
(not just the fourth Thursday of November)

but each day with
Thanks
Giving

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Carefully Watching

I am carefully watching...

what I say
what I share
what I show

because I know that with the ones around me...

it's not just about what I say
it's also about what I do



So I arrive early

to stand
and wait
and watch

as the children play out on the yard

And in a moment of clarity I am carefully watching...

the first grader who attended my child care program
some boys in my son's grade
the girl who my daughter claims as her best friend

because I want to see

how they are
who they are
what they do

when they don't know
that I am watching

and

I wonder
I worry
I realize

that maybe sometimes

we forget that He also is carefully watching

and that

how we are
who we are
what we do

(when we think that no one sees)

speaks volumes

And so I arrive early

to stand
and wait
and watch

until what I see

makes me smile
warms my heart
restores my confidence

and I know that

I will
they will
we will

all be just fine

because He is also... carefully watching

Monday, November 3, 2014

Trick Or Treat? Teaching My Children About Choices

I was surprised when my twelve-year old asked to go "trick or treating"

with his friends...
at night...
without me...

and when he returned
two hours later with a bag full of loot

my jaw dropped

and THEN...

moments later when he called me into the kitchen to show me how he had meticulously

separated the candy
into piles
by flavor and brand

I was impressed!



 



and as I looked at

all of those piles
all of those options

the realization hit me

My kid is a young man

and he is already cultivating

skills
dreams
ideas

of his own

and at some point

I am going to have to completely let go and trust that I have done my job as his mother to equip him with good decision making skills

because the day is coming (and is now upon us)
when he will

venture out

with his friends
at night

without me

and as he walks through this life
he will encounter people who wish to fill his bag with all sorts of things

some tricks
some treats
some things

that he will find useful
and others that he will not

And so my prayer...

is that he avoid as many tricks as humanly possible

that he be brave enough to unwrap and try some things
and wise enough to leave others alone

I pray he knows the difference and
doesn't try to eat everything all in one night

I pray his decisions steer him clear of stomach aches and cavities

and may he always remember to separate the items
to get a better view of the options laid out before him

Lord,

one day he will venture out
without me

and I want to

trust
believe
know

that I have prepared him with the skills he needs to make

good
wise
prayerful

decisions with the choices laid out before him...


Choose wisely, son
Choose wisely

sharing this today...

Friday, October 31, 2014

"A Wizard of Oz" Inspired Halloween

I've heard it said that...

"If you want to make God laugh, then tell Him your plans"


We had so much fun last Halloween when we hosted our Fear is not a Factor party
that all year long the kids and I have been

planning
preparing
promising

to host another fun gathering this Halloween!

Well today is supposed to be that day,
and I've since learned that if you wanna make God laugh... 

then tell Him your plans

What had been our plan all year?
To host a movie-themed party

What movie was our theme based on?
"The Wiz" (with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson)

(but some things got in the way of our planning and we decided to hold off on a party)

and the irony

of that didn't even hit me until yesterday as I was explaining to a coworker

what our plan had been,
and why we were cancelling the plan

and when she laughed and pointed out that we had just lived the movie
by experiencing our own "we're not in Kansas anymore" moment

I remembered the saying...

Wanna make God laugh?
tell Him your plans

And although we still "plan" to host our "Wizard of Oz" party someday
we know that it won't be today

So for now we'll just...

pop some corn
cuddle up together on our new couch
watch the movie

while simply enjoying the fact that...

"There's no place like home"

Friday, October 24, 2014

When It Seems Your Prayer Is A Contradiction

I had been asking for more...

praying about it
singing about it

and before I knew it, I was completely surrounded

with

newness
challenge
change

until one day I actually heard myself saying...

"Lord, this is too much!"

and it seemed that my prayer had been a contradiction

 
so I took some time to...

pause
reflect
reconsider

and as we began piecing our home back together

paint
flooring
furniture

 
 
 
 
 

I remembered the old saying... "less is more"
and realized that sometimes
 
when you're craving more
what you could really be craving is actually less
 
less drama
less fuss
fewer frills
 
and that's when the full realization that God knows best
(and that His timing is impeccable)
 
will light upon you
 
as you graciously learn how to
 
believe
fight
endure
 
even when
it seems that your prayer is a contradiction
 
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Thanking God we're back in our home!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We All Have Walls

I read about a group of people who were intimidated by walls
(and the giants living behind those walls)

so

they marched
they prayed
they praised

in faith that their walls would come down
and after seven days...

they did

It's been over a month...

since our house was flooded
the ceiling crumbled and
walls came down



and lately I've been thinking a lot about walls

which walls to keep
which walls to leave down
which walls to put back up

and I've come to realize in life that

we are all faced with walls

walls to tear down
walls to build up
walls that divide
walls that protect

we all have some kind of wall

and whether our walls represent

confusion and division
or
refuge and peace

we know that there is always more work to be done

and it is up to us to

keep marching
keep praying
keep praising

grateful to just have walls



Thanking God for walls!
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What The Kids Are Up To... Mapping Expansion

First day of school has officially come and gone
along with...

school shopping
parent orientation
and the back to school blues

all over again

Summer went by fast for us and
I'm sure it was because of all that the children were up to this summer


Session 1- Brainstorming and Strategic Planning
Session 2- Branding
Session 3- Production, Testing, and Product Placement and Distribution
Session 4- Marketing
Session 5- A Full Product Launch
Session 6- Record Keeping and Accounting
Session 7- Customer Service/ Teamwork and Collaboration

(go back to the beginning to follow the journey)

And the final summer lesson...
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SESSION 8
  

The focus:                                                                                                                      
Mapping Expansion

The lesson:
How to increase global and/or online presence

The assignment:

Review the business journal and ledger
Study other successful brands and consider mapping/expansion strategies
Discuss the future of Color*full Creations and decide...what next?




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Color*full Creations
creating a life full of color



Thanks for supporting this journey and keep reading to see what the kids are up to next...

Summer 2015

(sharing this here and here)