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leaves teach too


leaves wear their colors in the damp gray days more vibrantly than any other day.

the leaves took my breath away today as their beauty captured my thoughts as I drove.

the morning came bringing a gray rain somehow making the leaves colors mesmerizing.

Their beauty taught me a lesson:

Breathing out into the moment.  Becoming like the leaves on a gray damp day.  From this perspective the gloominess of the day then becomes a canvas for the damp leaves to paint a picture calling to us to stop and look.  To breathe in.  Deep.

is Your desire for our broken and hard places in life  to be Your canvas?

Calling out to those around us to stop and SEE.  If so, what colors am I shining?  It makes me wonder what they see.  It makes me stop and look at my hard places differently.  I can reach out to others from this ‘place’.


today I am thankful for damp gray because it makes me appreciate the sun so much more when it comes out.

xo~ tgbg


44.   to make the decision to move again

45.   meeting his girl:)


My Family, My Story

monday moments::{in photos}


weekends go by so fast don’t they?  It take one being intentional to savor moments.  Here are a few of mine from this past weekend:  enjoy

::my oldest grandbaby turned 4!::

notice the little bare spot in his hair?  he cut it by himself.  To us older momma’s – remember those days?

::baked caramel stuffed apple cider cookies with my mom & Grace::

::Grace at Reed’s party – growing up so fast::

::not enough to ‘not’ get her face painted::


::this kid gave me the most special moment.  I am so proud of him.  Hopefully I will be able to share a little soon::

so excited  to share with Suzanne at Privet & Hollytoday for the first


Jen @ Finding Heaven

xo- tiff

42.   going for it

43.   words He spoke:  dwell, trust, delight, wait


:: pre-made blog headers::


I don’t know what happened to my words!  I posted and realized they weren’t there..ok I am not going to have a breakdown.  Instead I will choose to be thankful for misshaps:)

I am stepping way out of my box on this one.  Here is a sneak peek at a few pre-made blog headers I will be putting in the shop tomorrow.  They will be priced at $15 for the holidays.  I will also be doing blog buttons with codes for $5.  I have become obsessed after helping Nikki work on Tara’s blog.  Tara is a big reason I am going for it!  I am grateful today for her encouraging and edifying words to my soul yesterday…xo:)




I will give more information tomorrow.  Enjoy your Sunday!







taking orders for Thanksgiving::urban owl princess applique T!

Whew!  Happy Friday girls:)  Has this week just flown by or what?  I’m just stopping in real quick to share my new love…just in time for the holidays.

Our inner little girl longs to be a princess…so I thought ” why not?” and I added a *little crown* to my owl.  What do you think?

urban owl princess applique t~shirt

just in time for Thanksgiving…and beyond.  A sweet applique T for your sweet girl.  To receive yours in time for Thanksgiving – I am taking orders until next Friday November 10.

To order just click on my shop.  **the picture makes the brown polka dot wings appear black..they are not!:)  Brown!


I am invited to a special little boy’s birthday party this Sunday.  My grandson Reed turns 4.  I will be sure to share pictures with you all this week.

What plans do you have for the weekend?  Whatever your plans…I pray we each practice living in each moment..yes?  Love you all!


41.   it is not in my power to make him understand.  resting and trusting in that.



::unsubscribe::tips for tidying up your inbox

I have been intentional about de-cluttering my life but who would have thought unsubscribing to a bazillion places would make me feel .. happy instead of dread to open my inbox.  But it did.  It took 3 good days to whittle down the bulk of unwanted emails.  Today my inbox is 3/4 of what it was.

Honestly, most days I just went in and deleted.  It overwhelmed me from reading anything.

::have I read this in the last week?

::does it add to my daily life…if it is something that I am implementing and is useful..I kept it.  If not – it went bye bye.  Don’t let guilt keep you stuck. It is just an email.

::do I know where to go if I need something from them…retail stores are a biggie.  Everywhere you shop  now they want your email.  I am starting to give a fake one…ha!  I know if I need a coupon I will ask my mom;)

::how many emails can you receive that encourage & lift you up.  ( devo’s, places that send encouragement etc.)  Narrow it down to maybe your three favorites.

::causes?  from facebook.  they had to go

::for the blogs I subscribe through email- I put those into my reader therefore keeping it all in one neat place.  Blogs I don’t read anymore I just deleted.  I know…I felt SO guilty but such is life.  I just don’t have the time to do it all.  If you have to do that to me…I understand;)



That is how I did it in a nutshell.  Nothing fancy.   There are still email straggling through but I just go in and hit the unsubscribe button.  They intentionally make it a two or three step process therefore we don’t take the time to mess with it.  It is tedious but I found that playing Adele’s 21 and Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger made the time go quicker:)  If you home alone you can dance a little…it’s ok nobody is watching…what?  I’m the only one who does that?

Carve out some time and sit yourself down and begin to tidy up your inbox.  This is where you get to personalize it.  Tailor it to YOU.  This is just me.  Make it work for you.  Your brain will be glad you did.  And this time next week? Yeah, you will be saying….I’m so glad I did that.  I know I am.  Happy Wednesday all.  Now off to tidy up my house.



38.   called house lady

39.   called on truck & set up my online account again..yeah!

40.   fighting giants


My Story

goal 1::{fall family pictures}

A fresh start..first day of a brand new month!  I am choosing to rejoice in tiny triumphs today.

Being more intentional lately I posted here when I joined Oh Hello There’s project called 12 before 2012.  Well here is my first goal checked off my list!  Fall Family Pictures.

Someday soon I hope to have someone take all 5 of my children and me.  Nikki, my oldest, is the beauty ‘soulographer’ behind the lens.  One of my new favorite words by the way….she has started a photography business on the side.  If you have time go check out her website called Life as Art.  She is just beginning to build her portfolio and I am so very proud of her:)  These are the moments as momma’s that we get to stand back and applaud not only our child..but their Maker..yes?







what goals are you being intentional about before 2011 comes to a close?


36.   to not listen to the giant depression

37.   to not give in or up