Friday, April 18, 2014

This Moment// The Most Beautiful Mess

A Friday ritual. Photos - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Before I share our moment, I must confess that I've never colored eggs with my kids until today. After this fun morning with cousins, I can't believe I waited this long. These colors make my heart sing. I see lots of egg coloring in our future. It's the most beautiful mess.

He came not only to give us eternal life, but to give us tiny little gifts all day long that would make our hearts feel like they could burst with His goodness. Gifts like color, laughter, music, sunshine and people that love us in our mess. He came to give us life and we were created to see His astonishing beauty everywhere. He created us to be awake to His love, to His forgiveness and to all that He offers us. He didn't just die for us a long time ago, but He came to make us free today. I'm so thankful that He knows me and loves me, even though I've messed up so many times.

Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throw Back Thursday: Cats and Kids Edition

I shared my testimony on Tuesday and I've sat down to write out my experience so many times, only to write, delete, write, delete and then write and delete some more. There is so much going on in my heart that I'd like to share, but for some reason, the words just won't flow. So, I'm sharing some embarrassing photos instead and linking up with The Mom Creative today for her first ever Throw Back Thursday Stories.

The kids laughed with me (or at me?) as we looked through an old photo album today.
 "Mom! You look so strange!"
 "Oh yes, I know sweetie, just look at my hair! Why didn't anyone help me with it?"

One thing seems to be a common theme in almost every single picture of my childhood---I was either carrying a baby under my arm or some sort of animal, which was usually a cat. It's almost disturbing how many cat pictures there are, but I'm resting in the fact that I'm not really a big cat person now (we don't even have one), so I'm not too worried that I'll grow to be that old lady with 100 cats. The cats were fun, but I think I've been set free from that.

See what I mean?

I've got a tan and a baby.
Cats, in clothes and ....a mullet?
 Cats. Not one, but two of them and I was feeding one a bottle.
 Again, two of them.

With a baby, an upside down baby. Thankfully, I got that part figured out. 
With a cat, that was trying to get away, but of course, I wasn't having that. Stay, kitty kitty.
 With bunnies this time. 3 of them. More is always better, apparently.
 With a scary doll, but that wasn't phasing me.
 Practicing some Mama skills.
 Cat and crazy hair.
Practicing keeping a baby warm enough apparently.
 And just one more with a baby.....'cuz that's what I did.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kids Were Here: Round 2

I photograph these things because these are the things that I really didn't understand before I was a Mom. I thought only Moms, who really let it all go,  find dental floss all pulled out and then shoved back in. I never knew that such strange  pieces of their creativity and evidence that they were there, would make me smile like these do. This is the evidence that kids were here. 

A bubble wand found with a bubble still in place.
A painting done with cotton balls and clothes pins.
A favorite Superman, laying in the sun.
A first candle, blown out and set to the side.
Wet hands on a dirty car.
Little foot prints on the cement.
A queen in distress. For real. The poor girl has lost her head.
If you'd like to join in with your Kids Were Here photos, email them to me and I'll feature them.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Seed Exchange

This morning, I hopped on Instagram while feeding Eliza and saw that Maggie, from The Rural Roost was offering to send some of her extra seeds to anyone who could use them. Apparently, she's been part of a "Seed of the Month" club, and she had more seeds than she could use. What I love is that she's sharing her extra seeds with strangers and in a few days, I'm going to receive seeds in my mail box from her.
Happy mail, you guys. My favorite.
This is something that makes me smile and feel so thankful that sweet strangers go out of their way to make other people's day happier.

So, here's what I'm thinking.....
I don't want to stop with the seeds that Maggie is sending out and I'm believing that some of you will think this sounds like fun as well.

Let's all send out some of our extra seeds or maybe even go buy a package or two of seeds to mail to someone. Let's bless each other's mail box. And even if you just receive seeds and don't mail any, maybe share a little of what you grow with someone? Let's spread some spring time love by doing something small like mailing each other seeds to plant.

If you'd like me to mail you some of my seeds, just comment below OR send me an email with  your address. I'll be excited to package up a little assortment of seeds and mail them to you. And if you have some that you'd like to mail to someone else, let me know and I'll pair you up with someone.

There aren't any big rules for this. We're just spreading love, saying "Happy Spring" and sending each other happy mail, through something simple like seeds.

Oh, I'm excited you guys. This is going to be fun. Let me know if you want to participate by commenting or sending me an email.
Happy planting, sweet friends.


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