Monthly Archives: January 2011

is it ok to copy?

Ok..a long awaited “home decor” project…I was just wondering if you could have a blog outside of home decor…wink.wink

I dream of this…@ City Cottage

love the wallpaper…sigh!    the pillowcases…the mismatched drawer pulls…

a momma must come back to reality:)

I am finally able to focus on Grace’s room… after the paint and trim.  Here is what her room looks like now.

I don’t know what the heck I am doing…I’m sure not going to fake it!  I can’t design anything without having inspiration from someone else.  OK – I have to copy…I said it!  Is that OK?  Thank you -Thank you girls for sharing your love of design with the world...  Us girls who don’t have this gift…wouldn’t know what to do:)

We just sit here day in and day out and ooohhh and aaawww over your amazing houses full of beauty:)

I’m not jealousreally I’m not.  Envious perhaps:)…you all work hard and deserve those beautiful things.  I’m really happy

for you.  It gives me something to dream about:):)

But seriously – just on a whim the other day I asked Grace if she would draw me a picture of what she wanted her bed to look like.

and SHE did!

Her dad won 500 from Home Depot so he was able to get her wood…yippee!!

SHE designed her headboard..and gave us instructions for her bed to be higher and she wanted steps.

Her wish is our command of course…not really…but she is the baby of five children.

MY question is:  what color to paint it…the bed?

I’ve included some picture inspirations to help YOU help ME!

white…the color of her bottom walls


a muted color and distress the heck out of it?

{I am loving the calming purple and the crocheted sham…


pick a color out of the material I will use in the sheet curtains..and just lightly distress it?

I am using Meg’s curtain idea…love how “easy”  AND cheap { 4.00 each } { that is only 16.00 for the curtains! }  Certainly doable for the budget.

I went to Wal-Mart today to buy the twin sheets and they had ONE left. Ugh!! did everyone run and buy sheets for Meg’s curtains I asked??

I found Meg’s blog Whatever from The Lettered Cottage’s my favorite room redo’s

Now – I am in love with Meg’s love for color! is so bright and fresh…airy!

You will not be disappointed in visiting any of these women…promise.  You will come away inspired, encouraged and will have laughed a bit too:)


Also from Layla’s same post I also simultaneously fell in love with Ashley @ Under the Sycamore Tree. OK ya’ll -I really am NEW to blogging.  So while you all already know about these women…I don’t.  I’m learning AND since I am not very creative on my ownI have to copy to get started:) Grace loved the tissue flowers and such hanging from her daughter’s room.

Truly, I do not know how you girls can put such beauty together…it amazes me.

My friend Lisa suggested I paint the ceiling with the color on her wall. Grace LOVED that idea.  As soon as we know our position on this house I will paint away…and tear the carpet out!  I HATE  that carpet.  Keeping our fingers crossed.

I am also making her duvet from Meg’s instructions. Not sure what we are doing with lighting.  I know we are painting the chandelier we have in there…we are recovering a chair and making pillows.  That is what I will be spending the next week or so on.

She also had dad build her a ” corner ” desk!  I don’t know where she comes up with these ideas…not from me anyway.

We have some other cute ideas…can’t wait to finish it and share with you the finished product.

Could I just take you shopping with me? Since we are choosing to only buy new when absolutely necessary…. I am going to do her room all from recycled and thrift store finds. { Except for the curtains and sheets }

guess that is it for now…

fearlessly…or not



30 Day Challenge { weekend edition }

I have come very close to cheating!  We went to Whole Foods and they had cookies in the case and I wanted it BAD…I chose a cup of fresh fruit.  Just NOT the SAME!

I didn’t exercise this weekend…boo!  BUT…today is a new day and I am doing 5 days in a row of exercise…anybody want commit to 5 days this week to encourage each other??

My mom asked me this over the weekend – I cut out all cookies, cakes, sweets of any kind.  Chocolate chips…my favs!  There are some sugars in the things I my Chobani Greek yogurt.  That kind of thing.  It is the sweets that do me in…like one a night.  It is a BAD habit.  I just wanted to clarify…mom:)xo

What’s up with  you all??  Give it to me!:)


praying pictures for your children

I’m happy your here:) whew!  Life can be tiring can’t it?  are you up to your eyeballs in life?  I know.  Stop right now & breathe

that’s it…simple:)

How do you pray for your children?  maybe at church?  when they get sick…or maybe frightened of the dark?  Before they head out to drive at 16?  If they are searching for a job…having money trouble… and so forth

that is most of us isn’t it?  Me too.  Remember when I said I left something and I am going back to get it here?  This was one thing I left back there

Praying for my children … daily … as I go through my day…communing talking  He always is there to listen:)

this is how I tend to talk with Father about them…

I do it first thing – I breathe

:::I picked this book back up

when my heart is in such pain I can’t find my words…this helps

:::I pray His words back to Him …. for them.

His words are alive words…they breathe too…did you know that?

Grace draws me pictures…often.  It reminded me of what I do when I pray for my children.  In my mind I am drawing word prayers.  Pictures of what my heart breathes for them.  A word prayer.   I have lots of word prayers written over the years.  Words that will not come back void and words that live on long after I’m gone.  Wonder who prayed word pictures for me when I was a child?  Wonder if anyone did?  Wonder if I look like any of those pictures?

You see – our prayers are our heart breathed out into words..sometimes audibly ..sometimes not.  The words do not hinge on us to carry them out. He then takes those heart words of breath and cups them in His Spirit hand and holds them …coloring all of eternity with them.  The prayers are SAFE.

:::How or What word pictures are you praying for your children? Doesn’t matter if it is scribbles or colored outside the lines.  Each is unique.  What matters is that we pick up the breath… and breathe.

our prayers help shape…protect…remind…humble…depend…trust…battles…deepen…heal

Please click for a printable copy of Amy Carmicheal’s prayer for children.  I have this taped in my Bible.  I find it beautiful.



They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

Jeremiah 17:8

I can see them now…majestic on their banks!  each tree a different set of leaves…it is in full bloom!  my children…I long into eternity…waiting to welcome

they NEVER stop producing eternal fruit

in His name…

Need Prayer..praying for you by name @ Brooke McGlothlin


30 Day Challenge

Day 4 thoughts – thanks for the banana and supplement ideas!:)  I am feeling a little depressed … maybe lack of sweets?  I have a really fun super easy banana ice cream recipe that is all natural that I will share tomorrow.  { here in the challenge area }  Grace LOVES it and it replaces her ” sweet ” before bed. OK, she begs me for it!  I skipped workout yesterday.  Feeling yuck.  Plan for today is going for my 5 mi. walk.  We’ll see.  It is FRIGID here.

How are you all doing?  I heard there was a serious competition going on between husband and wife?;)

**everything is going to work out….keep the faith**


Are YOU a pessimist?

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.

–Helen Keller

What is one change you are not going to run from this year?

It’s time we put thoughts of lack behind us. It’s time for us to discover the secrets of the stars, to sail to uncharted land, to open up a new heaven where out spirits can soar.  But first we’ll have to makes changes. And lasting change does not happen overnight?  { Sarah van Breathnach }

Is that what scares most of us away?  It’s HARD? SO – we don’t open ourselves up.  A couple of week’s into the NEW YEAR…2011. We’ve had time to think and settle in.

What uncharted land are you going to pioneer?

What or Who are you going to RUN TO?

Would you mind sharing with me today?  JUST ONE:)

fearlessly living-

T { I promise I am working on a signature…:)

I LOVE all of you…thank you for your hearts, your bravery…vulnerability…fellowship and your friendship…xoxo

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30 Day Challenge – Day 3… I’m stressed and PMS is raging and I could really use some chocolate!

Day 3 – note to self: do not open your reader..there are pictures of food there.  Brownies, orange brownies, cupcakes…my weaknesses.  I haven’t had anything cakish, cookieish or gooeyish for 3 days!

I did however have 3 mints…gosh does that count?  30 days without eating out…30 days without sugar…was this my crazy idea?  I think I am eating more of everything else…sigh!  I did make some rockin Chicken Ranch & Rice soup from Picky Palate.  Only I substituted brown jasmine rice.  The Tabasco added that kick...It got a thumbs up … even from hubby and Dakota!  It is a keeper.   To sum up my night:  All I can say is it is a good thing I’m not keeping junk in the house right now because I would be sitting in the bathroom shoving my face so  no one would know….and that is the truth!


Word-women Wednesdays {LinkUp}

After reading Tara’s post I am certain MANY will identify with her story.  Just this morning in my time with Father…this was the verse

“Comfort, oh comfort my people,”
says your God.
Isaiah 40:1

We pray you let down the wall of protection and allow God a tiny hole where His comfort can find its way in…that  His heart medicine can begin to heal your deep place today… maybe it is still a secret deep place…it’s a beginning.     xo

Here’s Tara’s story

The word that I am focusing on in my life this year is hope.

It doesn’t come easy for me.

I can hope like everything for others.

…just not for myself.

When I was nineteen years old,

I had a memory of some abuse that took place in my life, when I was about four, at the hands of a neighbor.

I remember feeling as if I would drown in my own sorrows

as I began the journey of working through it.

I had only months before come to know God in a real and personal way.

I was experiencing his love and grace in ways I had never experienced before.

And now, with these memories, I began to wonder where he was when it all took place.

I spent the next seven years in God’ word learning truth that sustained me.

I found peace in knowing that we live in a fallen world and people make horrible choices.

…choices that affect others.

I also found peace in admitting that I was one of those people living in this fallen world.

I am broken and totally capable of wrong choices that affect others.

This truth helped me to move through forgiveness in my heart for the hurt that I was experiencing.

I also found comfort and peace in knowing that

God is with the brokenhearted

and the crushed in spirit.

…that meant he was with me in all of it.

I don’t have many clear memories from my early childhood,

but I remember knowing that God loved me and that He was with me.

Over the years, I have had seasons, mostly short lived, when I came face to face again

with that same question…

where is God in the midst of trials and suffering.

I think whenever life unfolds in a way that we don’t expect or plan for,

our deepest insecurities rise to the surface..they’re triggered.

I know that God desires to use those moments to draw out the areas of our hearts

that we haven’t entrusted to him.

When we moved to Orlando a couple of years ago, life slowed down.

We went from serving in a busy church ministry to college ministry

and we no longer lived near family and friends.

It’s amazing what can surface in your heart when life brings about any amount of change.

God has done such a beautiful work in me over the past two decades that I’ve walked with him.

He has restored so much of the brokenness.

He has made beauty out of ashes.

He has brought joy in the middle of mourning.

He has renewed my mind and filled it with his truth.

His truth has brought life to places in me that seemed dead.

But, this particular hurt in my heart is deep.

And the truth is, we have a very real enemy that seeks to destroy us.

Somewhere in the middle of clinging to God’s word for my peace, I believed the enemy’s lie.

…that God can do a great work in me and he can bring much healing, but that he can’t go that deep.

Last week, I was having a particularly hard week when God led me to

Genesis chapter sixteen, and I knew that He was speaking to me.

In this chapter, Abram and his wife had not had children.

His wife, Sarai told him to lay with her maidservant and build their family through her.

Never mind that God had already promised them in chapter fifteen

that their offspring would be as many as the stars.

So, Abram lays with Hagar and she conceives a child whose name became Ishmael.

Hagar began to despise her mistress, Sarai.

Sarai mistreated Hagar so she fled from her.

This happens in life doesn’t it.

Someone makes a choice that affects us and hurts us.

but then we are encouraged in verse seven

“The angel of the Lord found Hagar…”

The Lord found her near a spring in the desert.

She didn’t have to search for God.

He found her and spoke to her.

In verse thirteen it says…

“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,”

for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

I’m so grateful that he is birthing genuine Hope in my heart, and I pray that he is for you, too.

He sees us.

He finds us right where we are.

We are not forgotten.

He can reach into those deepest places, and he can heal us completely.

Psalms 66:19-20

But God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.

Praise be to God,

who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love for me!

Psalms 62:5-8

Find rest,O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation;

He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God;

He is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all ti mes, O people;

Pour out your hearts to him,

for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:11

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard:

that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving.

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We are glad you stopped by and pray that 2011 be a simply abundant year to be savored.  FULL of captives set free…giving Him glory…and stopping to help others who are in chains with grace and love.  We hope we can become a woven net of flesh underneath you.




30 Day Challenge Updates

Life is worth living.  Thisngs will get better.  Don’t ever give up!

the brave girls club


HOW TO make almond/orange laundry soap

Printable Directions Here

Why bother to make your own laundry soap = SAVINGS ACCOUNT = Debt Free…that’s all?:)

It’s a SIMPLE thing. SAVES money.  Honestly – it kinda puts me in a pioneering spirit.  It DOES NOT take that long.  I’m doing something good for my family, for the environment AND we’re saving a little chunk of change.

We’re on a mission!  To live with less, to create a way of living that plugs in to things that build up and unplug from things that don’t.

My goal with saving money by cutting back on cable, making my own laundry soap { I’m getting ready to try dish washing detergent } and other ways we will be living with less…SIMPLE LIVING;) Is to take all of that extra and put it into savings for things I will determine at a later date.  At this point – I’m not able to do that.  I WILL BE doing that.  BABY STEPS…ugh!  I think I may have touched on an area of captivity… I don not like baby steps:(

REST OF PICS AT BOTTOM OF POST…had trouble with them???:)

I researched

gathered my supplies

“sniffed”  lots of essential oils

and got to grating….those soap flakes were just beautiful to look at.  I had to warn the family that it wasn’t cheese…not kidding!:)

Almond-Orange Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 bar Dr. Bronner’s Almond Castile soap – grated with a regular ol cheese grater

1 Cup Arm & Hammer washing Soda

½ Cup Borax

Lots of drops orange essential oil


5 gallon bucket ( I used my Kirkland’s bucket )

**I shared some links at the bottom with videos and how to’s.  These are what I used.  I thought it silly to video what many already have.

I just washed and dried my first load today!  It works wonderfully.  The clothes smelled nice and clean.  I did use about 3/4 of my scoop instead of 1/2.

I will use 1/2 scoop tomorrow.  I wasn’t thinking when I did it today.

You could mix your own creation



and so on.  There are lots of essential oils.  PLUS – Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap has 7 different scents of soap @ least at our Nature’s Pantry.

Here are some links and videos for further information:)  See below.

@ How to make you own Laundry Soap

@ The Simple Dollar { very good video and pictures }

@ 19 Kids & Counting { lots of other recipes too )

What do you do now?  Go make soap:)  brings back memories of Ma & Pa…lol!

30 Day Challenge

Day One – not over with yet…how are you girls doing?  I am doing OK.  I am not asleep yet  so until then…I’m white knuckling.  I ate all of my stash of chocolate chips before today.  I would have been tempted;)    Instead, I’m having a grapefruit with Truvia for my dessert before going to bed.  Trying to keep my mind off of sweets…blogging instead:)

Let me know how your day went tomorrow.  Either email or leave a comment on today’s post.  Praying for each of you.

Here is our quote for the day

It is worth all of the sacrifices that you are making right now.  You are doing the best you can, and you are doing such amazing things.

the Brave Girls Club