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A Fresh Start

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"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:" Ecclesiastes 3:1


Hello there friends!

I hope that you are enjoying Spring as much as I am this year! It's been a time for many events like Junior prom, birthday parties, Eighth grade banquet, weddings, galas, as well as sweet time at home with a cup of coffee, a good book, cooking dinner and yes, the usual tons of laundry and dust bunnies just waiting for the "spring cleaning frenzy." To everything there is a season. And this season, I continue my theme of the year to "live intentionally and boldly in 2017."

I wanted to share another updated room from our renovation last year.... and this little room might just be my favorite in the house! It could be called the Living Room or Keeping Room or just an extension of the kitchen. Each season it is easy to change out the pillows, add some flowers or seasonal decor and even a new piece of furniture or picture here and there. This spr…

Gather Together

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"I have loved you with an everlasting love;  there I have continued my faithfulness to you." Jeremiah 31:3
Hey there, friend!
Here's a little glimpse of the  "before and after" happenings in our dining room. It is still a work in progress but I am enjoying the transformation so far! All new trim, hard wood floors and paint color (Revere Pewter, Sherman Williams) were added during the renovation ...I added some chalk paint and mercury glass knobs to the buffet:) This is the first room you see when you walk in the house so I want it to be welcoming and bright!

This room was used by previous owners as the living room but I chose it for the dining room because it is a bigger space and I pray that there will be lots of "gatherings" in this area. That was one of my hopes when we moved that I would have a big enough space to host not only dinners, but to have bible study around the table. Food is essential, both natural and spiritual, we NEED both!

I envision…

RESTORED: By His Love

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"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But  the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13


I remember that red felt covered shoe box, the one with the red and white gingham heart around the slip for valentine cards. Oh and let me not forget the ruffles around the heart. And the white grosgrain ribbon with multi-color hearts lining the bottom of the box. The perfect valentine box. Made the night before the big day by none other than my Mom (of the year:))! She pulled it off with flying colors. I waited until the last minute and to my surprise she had all the supplies to make this beauty for the fifth grade valentine exchange. Can you imagine that these days...no pinterest or google, just creativity and materials? Originality. I saved that box for years. It was still as pretty to me as it was the night we put it together. And while I no longer have the box, the memory and experience of love remain. The vision of a big heart with a hole in the middle just waitin…

8 Years Cancer Free: Living Life Intentionally and Boldly

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"People need more than bread for their life;  they must feed on every word of God." Matthew 4:4
Cancer is brutal but CHRIST IS BOUNDLESS!
 I remember this 26th day of January every year as a marker in my life! An encounter with the Lord, face to face and truly beginning to live a life surrendered to His plan, not mine. For the past year I have revisited some of the same quietness I experienced while going through the cancer process. Sitting at His feet.

Leaning in closer. Close enough to hear Him whisper the next step. Sitting still, unable to move beyond the written word on the page speaking to me right where I was. And I needed the time with Him. I needed less time with other things. I wanted to make my home with Him. "Jesus answered him, "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them." John 14:23 Through it all, there has been so much freedom in letting go. That was perhaps the greatest…

Mother's Day 2016

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"For no one can lay foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 3:11
Mother's Day 2016
Ever since the day I could hold a baby doll, I knew I wanted to be a Mother. As a child, I had strollers and cribs and "real" baby clothes and played Mommy daily. I knew that I wanted children and I thank God for the privilege of being a Mom to our two blessings! I heard way back in early motherhood "children are blessings not burdens." That stuck with me. I have learned way more from them in the past sixteen years than any other time in my life. As we navigate THROUGH each and every season, there's always a time of growth, not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally. 
"A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel." Proverbs 1:5 
I asked them both what their favorite thing about me was as their Mom:
Abby: That you understand. That I can talk to you.
Luke: That…

Guest Room Update

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"For as the earth brings forth it's bud, As the garden cause the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations." Isaiah 61:11

Hey there!!
The guest room...finally an update.  I was working on Luke's room at the same time and just used his previous bedding which so happened to (somewhat) go with the window panels I had picked out! I did, however add the creme fringe to the navy dust ruffle via glue gun, so fancy I know. Sewing is not one of my talents so I improvise. Turned out well for a no-sew project:)

This garden table was bought for the den but may just stay in here as a nightstand. The sunburst mirror just seems appropriate as I hope that much sunshine is felt in this room, coming through the windows and in the atmosphere..smile!

How about that lighting..it is the trendy edison look huh? Umm no, it's a celing fan with no blades..haha and it is on it's way out soon! Sorry gues…

Life You Have Imagined

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"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up  their crosses daily and follow me." Luke 9:23

Live the life you have imagined. 
Such profound words. If only it were that easy, huh? At some point I think many of us forgot what we imagined. Part of that is good, for the sake of changing our view of life to more of what Christ's plan is than our own. The other is to LIVE it with Him, and by doing that, we cannot even imagine what lies before us. For me it is about remembering that life is not all about me and my agenda, it's about the cross. I struggle with my flesh like the next person, but pray daily to die to self, take up my cross and follow Him. (Luke 9:23)  In that,  I
Live the life I have imagined. Have Jesus as my best friend.
Treasure family and friend time.
Find Joy in the little things.
Love the word of God more than anything, it is life. 
Enjoy the sunrise and sunsets of the day.
Laugh at myself. Often.
Praise and pray through circumstances…