word women wednesday linkup..a day in your life

each person’s life is lived as a series of conversations Deborah Tannen   “A day”  in an ordinary grace filled life of one…. Tiffini I woke at 4:30 to think I may just die…I’m sick.  when your sick does everything seem magnified? I notice the dog hair everywhere a little more…my feet need some major […]

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eileen - Oh boy. I've done the "sick happy dance" before. It's sometimes nice to be forced to slow down! Great post :)

Michelle - Even though it was because of being sick, those days of doing nothing are few and far between and should be embraced. I'm glad that you embraced the day of rest you were given. What blessing.

Jen Ferguson - You know — my oldest has been on winter break for 3 days (Monday-Wednesday) and both youngest and oldest will have school on Thursday. I have a meeting at 12:30, but I am seriously tempted to take from 9:30-12:30 OFF and have some me time. I've been working in overdrive trying to work and write and be mom and clean my house and now I am simply tired. You have encouraged me to take, if not a sick day, a mental health day.

Kim - I've done the snow day happy dance a few times lately. So exciting to have found time. But I don't appreciate, luxuriate and just rest in it, and you inspire me to rethink that!

Christy - I am had a sick day on Tuesday too. It was no fun. But I am glad you enjoyed a day to slow down. Hope you are feeling better soon! I enjoyed linking up today!

Cha Cha - Perfect, I love that you embrace what life offers. Hope you feel better soon. I hope to have something to link later today, I need to get pictures. Thank you for this beautiful idea.

God Bless,
Cha Cha

Anonymous - Thanks for the link up! Oh, so sorry you aren't feeling well. Hope you are feeling better after your "quiet sick day!"

Stephanie Clayton - Tiffini! I so wanted to link up, but didn't get anything written :( However, I soooooooooo hope you are feeling better. We had 6 inches of snow last night, so we are having a snow day! Yay! Put a turkey breast in the crock pot, now getting ready to go build a snow man! Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy for snow day!

jill - It was a pleasure to visit your beautiful blog. Thank you for inviting me. I hope you feel better!

Blessings xo

Kate - Thanks for hosting! I didn't get to spend as much time as I would've liked this morning and sorry I am just now getting around to posting, but it was nice to reflect.
Always, Kate

MorningT - So, so sorry you're sick!!

A day in my life has been too hectic this week so I wasn't able to pull anything together to join in, but thank you for including me. I'm off to check out what everyone else's life looks like.

Love this series Tiffini!

Big hugs to you~


tia - Sorry so late, but I'm linked up!!

ME | Messed & Blessed - […] and Tiffani at the House of Belonging for Word Women Wednesday, […]

My Yesterday…A Day in the Life | Tru Original - […] am linking up today with an amazing lady named Tiffini. Her blog is beautiful and her heart is beautiful. Tiff invited me to participate over the weekend […]

sweet incense & a free gift

soul work – this is where it happens…we’ve just gotten used to relating on levels that avoid soul issues…. from Your Secret Name Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering. Psalm 141:2 As incense – Incense was offered every morning and evening before the Lord, on […]

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Jen Ferguson - This is an amazing post, Tiffini. Utter proof that you have not let go of Him and that He certainly has a firm grip on you.

And you, dear one, shall be blessed. Your mourning will turn to dancing. You will be clothed with joy.

Erin @ It's Gra - Tiffini, He will clothe you…

Tabetha Perez - So glad I was able to read this, I'm so encouraged by the outpour of your heart and soul. Thanks so much for linking up with soli deo gloria this week, and for stopping by my blog.

Andrea - "I believe there is a step farther past just settling…just being reconciled to the fact that there isn’t something more.."

That's me today. Having a hard time believing there is something beyond settling and giving up. Knowing that a Jacob wrestle needs to happen, for me. For my walk.

Walking here with you today.

Laura - "Are you willing to step a little further than you have before?" That's my question. I need to trust. I need to lay my expectations on the altar.

Thanks for this thought-provoking post.

Amy Sullivan - T,

You had me at your first sentence. That is me. I don't like it, but that is me. I may just quote you on that one.

I love your picture. Is that your home?

Abby - You are truly beautiful Tiffini. I appreciate your heart and vulnerability and this speaks powerfully.

Also, I think you've begun 1000 gifts? There is a beautiful weaving of this story in Jacob (a later chapter)…I am praying for the blessing in this…

thank you for your love and friendship and this gift.

Glenda Childers - I would love to hear more about the wrestling. What does this look like for you?

Your words are beautiful and moving and draw me to God.



Christy - Your words are beautifully poetic about something that at times is hard. I need to read this today Tiffani….to know sometimes I am not alone. Thanks for being so authentic and showing us your amazing heart!

tkilgore - I haven't been able to read it yet…I can't seem to find the courage…not sure why?? I have a feeling I will be undone

Dear Monday – what are you into this month?

What I am into this month – February 2011 On my nightstand I am reading Redeeming Love and Your Secret Name…simultaneously:)  I just got Ann Voscamp’s book A Thousand Gifts…can’t seem to find the courage to read it just yet….I just finished Beth Moore’s So Long Insecurity.  I have posted here, here & here on other […]

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Jessica @ These Are - I just finished reading Your Best Life Now, which was fabulous!!!

Now I'm on to One Thousand Gifts, David 90 Days With a Heart Like His, The Pioneer Woman Cooks and the daily reading of Simple Abundance.

I recently read Decision Points by George W. Bush and also loved it.

As for music, I'm anxiously awaiting Mat Kearney's new cd, but love running to Katy Perry and Pink when I run (which I can't for a few more weeks).

The recent movie I saw and loved was The Fighter…Christian Bale was incredible in that role! I was floored w/in the first 20 seconds of how well he nailed it.

Have a great week. :)

kendal - i love this post! i finished ann voskamp and am now reading cutting for stone for book club. can't remember the author right now.

tv – crime dramas. any of them.

this month – spring sports for the boys! get out the hand and toe warmers!

Cha Cha - Okay you and I are going to have to start a book club—we are so on the same page on so many books (haha, I crack myself up). But really we read lots of the same thing. Can I tell you how beautiful you are, man you glow. Thank You for including my key chain in this post you are so sweet.

Have a great evening,
Cha Cha

Amy Sullivan - I love your pictures! Both the pictures in your post and your new pictures in your header. You are beautiful!

Ok, what am I into?

Ann V's book. Just came today. The Weepies, stop what you are doing, and go take a listen http://www.theweepies.com/! So, so super good.

Happy Birthday Nikki

I don’t think my heart can pen the words that i want you to hear words that are meant for you heart and not your head… you have walked miles in my shoes … you have chosen respect and honor you…the first child knitted especially for me…i think back 25 years today..a different time … […]

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kendal - just.beautiful.

Amy Sullivan - Tiffini,

A beautiful tribute. I write my girls letters every year for their bdays, and then seal them so I can't scribble, edit, cross out, or change my thoughts. I hope you save a copy of this for her.

lissa - such sweet words you've written to your daughter. And the photo is quite beautiful.

Food & Family Fridays

“ A goal without a plan is just a wish. Antoine de Saint-Exupery Our Goals – bits & pieces Fridays will be Food Dabbling day.  I will share foot/health related blogs I find helpful in rebuilding family health. I will hare stories about our journey toward living more simply … on a budget.  My recipes and […]

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Jen Ferguson - I agree with the balance thing — once you start denying yourself, it makes it all the more harder than if you allow a little. I think it's pretty important to avoid extremism.

Our grocery bill has gone up a lot since I've been staying away from the pre-packaged stuff. I even already clip coupons. I need to figure out how to do this better.

Michelle - I make all our meals and try to include healthy snacks around here. There are times though when the chewy bars come out(need to find a recipe for these). But luckily for my kids I am the candy nazi. I agree with trying to change your habits so that your children can see it, especially our daughters. I try not to say diet around here, although with all the tv commercials, mine is already being made aware of this.

Thank you for linking up today Tiffani. Don't worry, there are no rules. Just share what you want to share.

Bobbi - I've found cutting our bill is helped by making larger quantities…probably cheaper cut meat…aka. chuck roasts, etc. and doing multiple meals from one cooking. I suppose it's dependent on the size of your family, of course. I also buy generic and Aldi…and surprisingly local produce in season (way cheaper). Our grocery bill for 2 adults, 2 kids…is $100 or less a week (including household stuffs). YOU CAN DO IT…keep trying. I SO enjoyed reading ALL of this! I'm so proud of you!!

Michelle DeRusha - I love your philosophy on balance and food consumption. I have tried to cut out sugar all together, and really, it does not work for me. I just end up bingeing, which defeats the whole point. So yes, balance is key.

We cook from scratch most every night here — we don't eat out at all, hardly ever. That started when the boys were really young and did not behave well in restaurants, but now we've just gotten used to cooking at home. Cooking is a family affair — the boys help out here a lot. It's chaos, yes, but I think in the end it will be a good thing for them.

Andrea - I'm glad you shared what happened when you cut out sugar. I tried and within a day was all out bingeing. I'm still recovering mentally from that!

Erin - I'm with you, the real stuff is way better. I love to cook and the more you get into it you can find ways to eat healthier on a budget. I try to stick with in season fruits & veggies to help cut costs down. This summer I plan to do a lot of canning so we can enjoy the good stuff year round.

Praying for you :)


Kristin - Hi Tiffini – I hope you are well and are enjoying your weekend, and your daughter's birthday! First: I listed the ingredients to my Valentine's Trail Mix right there in my post. Second: is there a way you can link your e-mail to your commenting (I don't know how since you don't have blogger) so that I can respond to your comments directly instead of having to comment on a random post? I always feel funny doing that…

Jessica @ These Are - That' pie is killing me! I've been wanting to make a rainbow cake and that one is the cutest I've seen. Have a fabulous weekend!!



Stephanie Clayton - Let me just say that I think you are AMAZING for doing this mission of helping your family to eat better. It is sooooo hard. I felt so guilty last week, because we only ate at home one night! It is so hard to cook and be a working mom, and have a baby ballerina that dances 2 nights a week, and lead a group one night a week, and a husband that's a policeman that works at night, ughhhhhhhhhhh. But…that is not an excuse. I know we would all feel better and have more energy if we would eat right. I want us to eat better, I think I must go to the grocery store a figure out a plan for next week. We can do anything for a week right? Then maybe it'll catch on :)