Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thankful #7 2013

Today is my anniversary.
I have been married to my husband for 4 years.
We have been together for 8....

Today I am thankful for my husband.
He is the provider for my family.
He is my best friend.
He is my source of strength when I feel like I can't go on.
He encourages me in just the right moments.
He flirts with me.
(He loves to watch me blush)
He is funny.
He is silly.
He loves to love me.
but most important, above all else.....
He love God. And he shows every one all the time. He sings His praises all the time.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thankful #6 2013

Today, I am thankful for.......
Open windows.
You can take this in the spiritual way, you know "When God closes the door, he opens the window"
But I really mean, an open window....
The kind that lets fresh cool autumn air into my house.
I love having windows open in my house.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thankful #5 2013

I love my sisters.
No matter how mean we were to each other as kids....
No matter how different our lives become....
We are still each other's biggest fan, (well sometimes biggest a loving kind sisterly way)
We grew up knowing we are all we have... We may fight with each other, but I will be a monkey's uncle before you mess with my sister!
I am thankful for a sisterly bond.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thankful #4 2013

This is not the best picture, I was trying to zoom my less than par iPhone camera from the sound room of our church...
But none the less, I wanted to share this picture because it is my two favorite people in one picture..... Joseph and Katrina.

Joseph is a hardworking, honest, sweet, service oriented servant of God. We share the love of many odd things, have our own inside jokes, and can pretty much laugh at about and with each other at any time. His passion for all things Holy is astounding and in fact I learn more from him than he knows.

Katrina is my sweet friend. She can make me smile just by listening to Christmas music no matter if it is the season for it or not. Katrina was my "navigator" on a trip across the country....and we are such good friends we could bring laughter to any situation at pretty much any point.....She works hard for the kingdom of God, sings beautifully, and despite a rough emotional childhood, her strength, trust in God, and devotion to seek His will gives me hope.
So all in all.....I am thankful for the relationships I have with the newly married Joseph and Katrina Phillips.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thankful #3 2013

I am thankful today for my church's ladies activities...
This weekend a lot of us went down to a retreat camp and spent 18 hours in deep intercession, supplication, and learning how to develop a deeper prayer life, and ultimately that will increase our faith and walk with God.
In the past few months, we have had to spontaneously provide meals for four funerals, we had to serve    our whole church family, we have had different groups plan events for our fellowship. 
We keep busy....sometimes we feel too busy......but we have a great time...and we all now have a friendship with each other that can't be beat.

Here are a few of the ladies at our breakfast fellowship we had at Mimi's Cafe.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thankful #2 2013

Today I am thankful for Pinterest.
I get a lot of fun ideas from there.
The site gives me a place to organize everything I want to do that gives me a creative outlet.
The chalkboards above are pins I have made real. 
I made the chalkboards last year, and searched for thanksgiving ideas this year....
Thank you Pinterest!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thankful #1 2013

I will try not to repeat any from previous years.... But I am going to try and share what I am thankful for throughout the month...

Day 1
I am thankful for how fast time moves...
Sounds weird I know but, it seems just like yesterday I was packing up my Christmas items....and here we are November 1st, 54 days away from Christmas.... I love love love having traditions and family time and celebrating Jesus his birth, and his miraculous life!
And unlike being an 8 year old having to wait FOREVER for birthdays and I blink and time moved half a year!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Adoption fundraiser

I will get into more details later, but....I started a new business.
I am now an independent consultant for thirty-one gifts.... 
This is my official fundraiser for my adoption fund.

If you want to participate, go to 
Click on "my parties"
Then click on the shop now link on "Layla's open house"
Then shop shop shop.

I get 25% of each sale! and again this is for my adoption fund....

Monday, April 22, 2013


Ha, much like me diaries as a kid, I get to start this one like this....

"I know it has been a long time, I am sorry, I have lots to catch you up on"

That's always fun!

Well, looking back to from November to now, I want to say not much has happened, but, again, a whole 5 months worth of stuff has happened.

I don't have a lot of time to break down five months, but I do want to update you on one of the most important changes...

We have refocused our efforts.
Instead of IVF and all the infertility stuff, we are redirected to adoption.
A BIG leap of faith in my mind, only because I really want my a child of my own. I want a little baby I can compare my baby pictures to...I want someone who I can say "stop acting like your daddy" or you have your grandma's nose....but...I had a moment a few summers ago while we were at a conference for the youth of our church, it was a moment I will never forget, but I obviously didn't hear the Lord loud enough.
But in that moment, I was directed to adoption. At the time, I was thinking that the Lord was trying to tell me that we should adopt all the kids of our lives into our hearts as if they were our own, when in fact He was telling me that Jason and I need to adopt. ha.
It only took me two years to have my "Ah Ha" moment and refocus my desires.

I will post more about that experience later, but, I just wanted to touch base and formally/publicly declare this focus shift!

There it is.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

October 31 day challenge recap

Yes I have been slacking!
I am pretty sure it is intentional!

Last month I blogged about trying the 31 day challenge on "putting the HOME in homemaking" and I blogged about a specifically challenging day I was having.
Well since I keep it real and I don't put up fronts here or at home I am keeping it up....however after publishing the post and a day later reading it again, I thought how real and personal my feelings were that dropped off my screen! Almost to the point of instead of trashing the post I had to make a plan on how to fix the person who wrote that! I decided that the only way for me to make myself feel like more of a homemaker was to NOT blog about it.
Oxymoron much?
Well I decided to scale down computer/iPad time and upscale laundry and kitchen time.
I made it a point to catch up ALL my husbands and my laundry in our room (which I dare say took me two whole days of nothing but loads and loads of laundry!!!) I got all of it done and was able to collapse the pack 'n play that was up in my room acting as a laundry catch all! That pack 'n play was up from when I was watching my niece and nephew over the spring!!!
Procrastinate much?
Then the kitchen.
I made it a point to not sit down and do any crafty things at night until I had the dishes washed, floor swept, counters and table cleared! Guess what...when you don't talk yourself out of it....IT WORKS!
Who would have thunk it?!?
Also in the way of the kitchen....
I managed to develop a weekly menu schedule... And want to guess what about works! Ooohhhhh ahhhhhh!
And I actually LOVE it!
It saves the 3pm stress about - what do we want for dinner? Do we have everything we need? Who is going to the store? Do we have the funds to go? What do we have at home that I can invent?

So that is what I did in October!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

disappearing act.

So yesterday/early this morning, when  I was creating my 31 days challenge post...I had a huge long post created.
I made a questionnaire that I said I was going to want to fill out every day.
I filled it out for yesterday and everything.

I went to bed at about 5:30am and laid there tossing and turning trying to decide if that is what I really wanted to do. Do I want to commit to such a daunting specific questionnaire? no.
So immediately I sat up, opened the iPad, and checked my blog, and then saw.....for some reason half my blog is gone....ha. Everything from the specifics of my day where I was leading into the questionnaire and then my answers to the questionnaire, gone. Not sure if it is the code that is put in my button...or if God decided I shouldn't commit that much, ha....who knows...

So today is day two of the 31 day challenge.

Lets see what I can get done.

Will report back later.

31 Day Challange: Day 1ish - The basics

So here it is on October 2nd, and I am writting a post that was supposed to be for October 1st.
Why am I late?
Well basically I couldn't make up my mind.
There have been several "challenges" put out there on the world wide web for the month of October.
Instagram has one
Bloggers have several
Twitter has one
you know all the important places..ha.

So it literally took me until about 11pm to figure out what exactly I wanted to do for this I want to blog daily, take random pictures, or whatever....

I picked blog.
I figure with that I can take pictures as well as write about random stuff.

But this particular blog has you choose a topic.
A topic YOU have to come up with.
No guidance.
No rules.
Just you and your subject of choice.

Today has been one of those reflective days.

After an arguement heated discussion with my husband about how I am treating, and disciplining and not being nurturing and motherly, towards my stepson, Aaron...I have had a very internal day.

A plethera of thoughts, both good and bad, have ran through my head.
Why am I the way I am? was the main question....and I have lots of excuses, but not enough ideas on how to change.
so my subject I chose tonight (i.e.early morning) would be

"31 days on how I put HOME into homeMAKER"

but lets get something straight, "31 days on how to sleep in" or "31 days on how to play bejeweled blitz" sounds sooo much easier...ha.

Maybe after 31 days of changing my habits, making conscience decisions, and grinning and bearing the things I try to overcorrect, life will be easier and happier for my family. I seem to be the eyesore that causes Aaron to hideaway in his room most of the time, Jason to feel like a referee, and me to be the offical wicked witch of the lets see what kind of changes I can make by being reminded daily of having to make a Home, homier...

So now here it is, 4:30am.
I am not doing the best of job at getting to bed earlier so I can start my day earlier....
and I have a blood donation appointment at 12:30pm.
It litterally took me from midnight till about 3:45am to make the stupid button for this day photoshop and I will be better friends...maybe that should be my next writting to use and perfect my skills with photoshop"

So here goes, my actual post.