Monthly Archives: April 2012

question? how do you nourish your relationship?

dreams love messy.  they thrive there.

When something is growing it needs nutrients to grow properly and lately I am feeling stunted.

I need a change..some know when our human relationships sag a little we might go buy some lingerie

get our hair done – something that pushes it out of our “normal” and “routine”.

That is what I need I ask

What are you doing lately that is helping nourish your relationship with God?

Don’t be shy…I am really looking for some ideas:) so SPILL…

geesh it is messy around here and I am just wanting to change my routine up a little .. I need some meaty nutrients if you know

what I mean…smile:)  Any of you feeling this way..go through this?

It is absolutely beautiful here today…90 and sunshine…and I pray you are having a day FULL of beauty


“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?” – Psalm 121:1


can we please help others dream?

birthing a dream can make one stand over a cake at midnight putting forkful after forkful into one’s mouth

yes this girl did..I want to share some behind the scenes snippets of real life weekend living all while my dream is being lived out in my messy life..{insert a big smile here}  oh I LOVE my life..gotta laugh

I am a real mom and girl..just like you.  I have to budget to buy things.  We live paycheck to paycheck.  I can’t just go whip Grace’s room out from top to bottom and do a post.  It is baby steppin friends.  That is how I must roll:)

C.S. Lewis

I value so many bloggers for different reasons.  Some can remodel and have those means to take the big vacations and so on but if we are truly honest we love vicariously living through those blog personas yes?  I know I do:)  There is so much negetivity and by nature we like to escape into blogland.

I am aiming for balance.  In all areas of my life.  On my blog I share my real life.  Some would never.  I guess my heart is to reach those that are farther down the path than me and those that aren’t.  Connect and encourage each other.  To be “safely” real.  Forming a circle of unique hearts that can war for each other.   To let them know they are not alone and anything is possible.  God is still working and that through me sharing my story it will help someone else.  I must confess though..your stories help ME!!


this momma’s heart breathed a sigh of relief when I heard him home at 11:15!  it was Dakota’s junior prom..Elise’s senior.  Nikki and I took them down by our work and did a mini photo shoot before we dropped them off to meet their friends.  It was a beautiful evening and they looked like they could have walked the red carpet.

they call this one ~ SWAG ~

I call this one ~ PURE SILLINESS ~

Elise has started Betta mania at our house.  Meet Carlton.. Dakota’s fish.  His child if you will.    His name is of Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  He is very fond of his fish and we spent some time yesterday just watching him swim.

Do you have fish?

Little miss Grace wanted one so bubba took her to Petco and she bought one with her own money.  Which is saying a alot because she doesn’t let go of it easily.  She fought with herself because my little sister is taking her with them on their family vacation to California on May 4 so she has been saving.

I gotta tell ya girls.   Now I WANT one!  Did you know you can buy full moon Betta’s online that are amazing?  The most beautiful shades of aqua….yellow…pinks

Here is a sneak peek of Grace’s room.  I will do a full post later on it this week….it is turning out so good.

Oh..before I forget..are you on Instagram?  I am.  I will share my link as soon as I figure out how to…:)  just in case ya want to follow me and me you:)  Find me will ya?

Here is the first of several of our ~Lyric Line~ signs that will be available at our May sale and in the shop.  This one is going in Grace’s room above her bed.  Word are so powerful.  I love love words like these hanging in my house.  I can’t wait to share the rest of them with you.  It makes me cry..the words.

My house is a messy conundrum of signs, paint, dirty clothes and dishes…papers everywhere!  Bills..a barn door leaning against my living room wall that is still yet to be hung..and I have 10 places to be today and SO much to finish for the May sale but you know what?

That is life isn’t it?  Not perfect.  Not always pretty but we are alive and thankful for all the good things we have.  I could list so many.   So while my dream unique to me is emerging… real messy life still happens.

What about you girls?  In the middle of your dream what is going on in your real messy life?

P.S.  In case you haven’t please go visit my friend Linsey..she wrote it 5 times better than I could and it is SO right where my heart is in this chasing of dreams.

Happy Monday .. keep chasing ~ there is a unique dream meant just for YOU!

Top two image sources: My Pinterest Boards:)


real life isn’t always pretty blog posts:)


I was going to share Grace’s room but sometimes life throws us a curve ball.

 Real Life isn’t all pretty blog posts.


Real life has :in the blink of an eye moments: when your skin turns inside out…ups and downsdays of the same old thing…valley lows and mountain highs…

In the light of “little walking letters” here

at a children’s hospital my eye opening moment was mild and my heart is softened by other’s storys tonight.

His plan happened today and I released the part of me that tries to control to I feel safe and I abandoned it to freedom. At least for today~ for I don’t know what my eyes will open to tomorrow.

Grace is doing marvelously and we look forward to coming home tomorrow..fingers crossed

and I look forward to sharing our progress on Grace’s bedroom remodel..

I totally related to Jeanne’s story..and don’t ya just love that barn??…sigh

 I too am learning I can do anything but not everything

today I am trusting and relaxing into taking care of  Grace and all else will just have to wait:)

xoxo to all of you who have prayed and shared so many encouraging words to our hearts on Facebook

blogging from the hospital and loving you girls so much…




who won?

 My heart is wrung out with gratefulness for each and every comment from you all in the last couple of posts.  You each have shared pieces of your heart with me and I don’t take that lightly.

I read each one and I smile..sometimes cry..and laugh and I carry you all in my prayers.

The random generator choose 12 which just happens to be a blog friend of mine Suzanne…she writes her heart out on screen @ her blog Privet & Holly.  I am sure some of you know her and if you don’t…click right on over sometimes this weekend and tell her Tiff sent ya!

I will be emailing you girlie:)

My birthday was peacefully uneventful.  I got a beautiful watch from Nikki:) and we ate Mexican together.  Grace and I baked a cake yesterday evening…white with chocolate frosting.  Very unassuming but it was perfect for where I’m at this year.

I will leave you with what Paul wrote the church in Thesselonica because he pens it so beautiful.  From my heart to yours this Friday….

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ….the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…xoxo


finally! a family photo, white floors & birthday eve

Here I shared some photos of my daughter Chelsee and her grand babies.  Easter was the perfect occasion to get a recent shot of the bunch as they wrangled and wrestled the kids around.  Nikki had to be quick in capturing this bunch because after sitting through church and lunch they were ready to ride their bikes!  I think she got a pretty good one don’t you?  She got a shot of each of the babies too…of course they are going up on my barn door that is going up on my wall very soon:)

 We started painting Grace’s wood floors last night…we are finishing up Thursday with spraying the walls white too.  Yikes!  ALL white scares me a little.  We got Grace a twin vintage bed at the sale last weekend that I can’t wait to show you but I want to have the room and floors painted first though…oh the!

then Thursday if the stars align right we are going to spray her whole room white…I know – pretty gross right now but I can tell you that the floors look SO good today..but more on that very soon:)

“thoughts on my birthday eve” ( you can skip this part if you want…lol )

I push my finger into the book lined shelf and draw out my story

I hold its warmth between my hands and I close my eyes as the tears tickle down my cheek and fall over my lips and

they smile

I breathe deep and open the book to where the worn and frayed ribbon holds the place I last was

I sigh .. tomorrow is the 43rd eve of my birthday.  I no longer think of birthdays as gifts and parties while I know many do..I am a rare one

Instead I find myself looking back…lingering over what has been, really relishing moments of my life and of those I love, where I’ve been, how far I’ve come and perhaps…where I maybe going.

I laugh as this year has been much different than most birthday eves.

I can’t believe 43 chapters have come and gone and this year as the ink meets paper it has much more intention than it ever has SO – that being said

love life.

Heck yes..bring on the 44th chapter!

and I will honor and value each day with as much grace as I remember to receive.


well I am off to get my hair trimmed.  It is getting so long I have been thinking of cutting some off…but not yet:)  I might just be that old woman with long long grey hair gosh darn;D

love you all to pieces!  thank you for supporting me in this busy time!  I know I am not getting around like my heart would like.  I am hoping to get a  handle on all of this soon.

Don’t forget to click here to enter the GIVEaway that I will announce on my birthday this Thursday!!!