Thursday, December 20, 2007

I pray you a Happy Christmas Ever After!


The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure 
one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel 
them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper. 
-- Aristotle

So, people in hard situations over the holidays always hit my heart the week before Christmas. I don't ever want people to feel sad or loss, but life does not allow for perfect. If life were perfect like a holiday picture book, we would have no reason to lean into Christ. What gets me thinking of this? Well, today (December 20) is the birthday of two of my very dearest of friends growing up (Jami and Lori).  The bittersweet in this is that Jami's son Levi died six years ago on Jami's birthday (seems like just yesterday I was sitting next to him and talking with the little guy), no less five days prior to Christmas as well. So the week before always brings to mind people that might be needing a smile, a true giggle and hope around the holidays. I have watched four of my closest friends (Angie, Jami, Lori and Paige) in life loose people they love. I often wonder why God has placed me there, but hope that I have learned through it how to find hope and be a true friend. I need to state that I have learned more from each of these amazing women than I have ever given to them! I don't want anyone to feel any kind of pain...ever! So, I want to encourage those that if you are going through the holidays facing a hard situation or just holiday blues, that you can find a twinkle in your heart still.  I want to tell you that you can stand against sadness with valor and hope. God has placed that strength within you and He will meet you in that place. Know that I pray for you. Know that I wish you to feel the twinkle of God with a tangible touch and well, a big warm hug from God. I pray that you know, that you know, that you know, that God knows every hair on your head and will see you through whatever. So grab hold of his hand, face the wind, (Be careful with the hairspray-wind mixture though because that can make your hair a mess...smile!), and walk with him or just curl up in his lap for a while. In that place and on that path you will truly find strength.  I know this to be true, because that is the place I find my strength and find delight when he catches my tears and turns them into true glimmers of His kind of great. I pray you giggles and warmth and most of all joy and hope and a very Happy Christmas Ever After! And all God's children said....AMEN!

May you give hugs and happiness freely (The very best gifts of all.).
and receive them abundantly as well.

Image via Dreamhouse Cammy. A beautiful blog by the way, all in what I think is German.

Friday, December 14, 2007

To bring a smile to an inside running talk my Mom and I have. I have no children...yet. My hearts wish is that I do, but reality is reality and I just lean into God through it with a genuine smile. There are people in my life that talk about their children and well, I do not yet have images to post, or children to talk of. I do gleefully post amazing images of my favorite person in the world, Peyton Grace my niece. She plays along in my world beautifully. She is the best gift God has ever given me and is such a light that has made my life full, so I do want to state that. So, I ask my Mom, "What do I have to talk about in addition to God in my life, because I am trying to just be a vessel and have him use my heart and not my mouth to represent him. (I pray he finds some sort of vessel in me to go through and shine His light and a smile...Lord willing!)? My Mom and I laugh about this and state "Well, you have your work...tee hee hee". So here you have it. An image from my work Christmas gathering. I am the one leaning down because I was too tall in front. These people individually really inspire me. John behind me is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He is a great Dad, and husband to Caroline and might I add one of Peyton Grace's favorite people, because he always leans down and talks to her like she matters and smiles with her always. My Bosses on either end. The one on the far right, Jerry, has often stood in as a father figure to me years before I took this job to work for him. He makes me see that there are men of honor out there. His son, Corey on the far left. A gentle leader and a great friend to me. Last but not least is Jill next to me. The girl has run 100 mile races and is a complete inspiration to me not only in her running, but her ethics at work and in life. So there, no children or santa visits at the mall to talk of (I couldn't get my people at work to go for the mall image with Santa thought..smile), but definitely people that matter and worth posting and image and talking about in my life.

I pray your weekend wonderful and if you have children...good luck in line to ride the Macy's Pink Pig at the mall or images with Santa. I pray your time wonderful and look very forward with gentle expectation to see the images on your blogs.

Friday, December 7, 2007


"It is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our strength and tenacity. Only in this is our character molded into genuineness which gives way to God's great light within us." --Me (Kristin)

I thought of this quote while being up on a lift last night in the weeeeee-late hours hanging more Christmas cheer. Thank you God for your grace and making it turn out well. Mom, Gretchen and Angie....You all are the hardest workers and most gracious and funny people I have ever met. In being part of this team, each of you have each taught me so much and I am so very proud and grateful to know each of you. 

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. --Psalm 112:4

I am still learning this verse above and still a work in progress.

Does anyone ever feel like God has sent us to earth as just one big learning/testing experience? Character school 101...smile. Life is so good though and laughter can always be found.

I pray your weekend well and full of smiles.

Image: Shuff

Monday, December 3, 2007

I love this quote!

After 3 weeks of working my families Corporate Holiday Decorating Business for install of Christmas beauty, this quote holds so true!

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." Walt Disney

People that know nothing of this corporate decorating business say "Oh that sounds like fun"...HA. The honestly is, beyond tired and valiant effort there is much fun in defeating the impossible in putting up 30ft, 20ft, 14ft, 7.5 foot trees (60 some odd trees. I have to go back and count), countless boughs and wreaths, hauling items 3 times ones body weight and outside lighting of what feels like strings of lights that could wrap the earths surface twice. We are often doing what many would say is cirque de soliel acts on many ladders, lifts and scaffolding (no I am not kidding...it is almost beautiful to watch). It is nothing short of achieving nearly the impossible on NO sleep safely and God gets and deserves the glory. Up at the crack of dawn hitting the ground running. and working many nights past 2:00 a.m, three weeks straight for install. I found that I could work freelance projects in between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Beyond the tired, scratches and bruises, and new muscles found, I am so very proud of my Mom and sister, Gretchen (They are nothing short of amazing to me in grace, effort, joy, tenacity, attitude...just in every way without complaint...ever!). God hand picked every other person that worked with us this year...what a true blessing. I am thankful to each of them for working so very hard and making the world more beautiful through December 25th. I am proud of Angie my friend for working tenaciously in spite of the fact that this effort happened around Thanksgiving and her little girl had just gone to heaven only 2 months ago. She works just like my sisters (cold mountain style...See the movie "Cold Mountain" with Nicole Kidman and Renee Z. and you will understand...smile) and has become a quick new family member and we just adore her. She is about God's grace in the midst and that one can still find joy through incredible hardship. I just have to believe amongst these three women (Mom, Gretchen and Angie) that God is looking down on them and is pleased.

I witnessed the fact that we conducted ourselves in professionalism and kept God in the center. After 14 years of this company, I see maturity and God sitting in the center of the relationships. Relationships are what matters as a whole anyway. Lastly, I am thankful for my friends who prayed over us daily. The answer to those prayers were definately felt and we kept healthy and safe which is a blessing. I am going to take pictures this week of all of our impossibles that we encountered and won over into possibility with delight and share with you next Monday.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Understanding, Wisdom and Virtue


Understanding is knowing what to do;
Wisdom is knowing what to do next;
Virtue is actually doing it. -- Tristan Gulberd

I pray these three over you and myself (Lord knows I need all three...big smile as I know God is nodding with a, yes she does!) today. So I asked God in faith for Understanding, Wisdom and Virtue and look forward to seeing it come through today going foward. Amen!

Have a beautiful and giggle-filled weekend!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Lulu Pie - So very cute


My niece - Peyton Grace, or as I have always called her (My lulupie or Lu for short). I just love this new image because it shows the courage and tenacious drive that is in her and well, in all of the women in my family.

Thought for the Day: "People sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most people succeed because they are determined to." George Allen

Friday, November 2, 2007

Friday Beautiful - Girls Full of Courage!

Two cuties. My sister Gretchen and her baby girl, Petyon Angel Grace. When I think of the word courage, my sister Gretchen always comes to mind. She has been through much over the last few years and is always just full of grace in most every situation. She is never a complainer....ever! She is Brave and I admire that in her. I am just proud of her as a person and think her daughter, Peyton Angel Grace is every bit as courageous and funny as her Mamma. I love these two people very much. I am very marshmallow (the word I use for proud) of these two girls and wait expectantly for blessings to gently fall all over them. So there is my "Friday Beautiful" for the week. I get Peyton Grace for the night and can't wait until this work day is over so I can go and giggle with her. One last sweet thing. In this image doesn't it look like all the sunflowers are looking gently on them. I love that! They are both sunny people, so they fit perfectly amongst sunflowers.

I pray your weekend is filled with so much laughter your cheeks hurt!

Courage is grace under pressure.
-- Ernest Hemingway

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power
is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the
more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest
on me. -- 2 Corinthians 12:9

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Work and freelance are just too crazy right now for blog fun, but I thought if anyone is in my same crazy, busy, deadline-filled work situation that these quotes below might be encouraging. Hope blessings will be all over you today and and that you smile big!

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Hard things are put in our way,
not to stop us, but to call out our
courage and strength. -- Anonymous
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Faith, mighty faith the promise sees
And rests on that alone:
Laughs at impossibilities,
And says it shall be done.-- Charles Wesley
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The person who says it cannot be done
should not interrupt the person doing it.-- Chinese proverb

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Love this verse!

You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord's hand! Isaiah 62:3

Monday, October 29, 2007

This I love today!

I have no clue as to how I came across this image. Probably from one of my daily reads. However, I think it is brilliant and would look so great in a loft.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday Beautiful: End of Day Addition in Pink

From such an introspective morning, there is a definate need for light, happy, pink, and fun souflée end of day.

Stars and heaven:

A little girl was camping with her dad one evening and got to see a
sight city-folk rarely get to witness. As the sky got pitch black, the
stars were absolutely brilliant. The little girl looked up and said,
"Daddy, if the bottom side of heaven looks this beautiful, what must
the other side look like!"

...must be brilliant and perfect!

Images: My favorite illustrator: Sophie Griotto, House Beautiful, Blossom Chandelier Swarovski, and a pretty souffle from my keep file.

Friday Beautiful

Can I title this a "Introspective journal moment to find well, Friday Beautiful?" Thank you for grace...ahead of time...smile. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. this morning just as a Rozerem sleep-aid commercial came on....what is that about? 4:30 a.m. has become a typical wake up time for me as of late as I seem to be sleeping like princess and the pea. Too tired from work and freelance that I haven't been much on my quiet time when I need it the most and sleep! So, I got out of bed and turned the TV channel to Beth Moore, then Joyce Meyer as if to absorb some Godly wisdom, sitting on the floor, leaning against the wall with my cup of coffee, big floor pillow and my bible (closed, but my hand is gently laid across it, as if to absorb through my hand to my heart....HA). Just quiet/simple prayers from my heart this week for people I love and for God to please equip me for my tasks ahead in my moments of work. So much work to be done over the last three weeks that I haven't had time to think, and my prayers have been narrowed down to moments in the shower, just talking to God about my heart and questioning the if's of whether I am opening my heart to be used in some way as His vessel and praying, "God, please, please be with and protect my people/your people". Do I praise you Lord with vivre? Do I simply love people with acceptance (with the pure simplicity like our dogs love us without judgement.)? Do I listen to understand God, before requesting to be understood by Him? Do I offer the world a happy place and a gentle hand to hold? If one was to look through my eyes into my soul, would God and the world find good within as time passes? Anthony calls me "Bergs". It is short for iceberg. I often thought it meant icy because I can have walls of protection up and have times of being quiet and insightful. He finally explained himself recently, to say that "What you see in an iceberg is striking beauty above the water, but what you have to offer Kristin beyond the surface like an iceberg that has much more below the surface than on top of the water. So, an iceberg is likened to your soul, deep, meaningful, and as you turn each corner the light shines through amazingly and even the inclusions are beautiful." I thought, that is nicest compliment anyone has ever given me, but is that something to share with people? In humbleness, I don't think I live up to that, but it came from his honest heart, so it is gently worthy of sharing. So, "Bergs" came across my mind this morning in prayer in the shower. God, please be in my soul to make me worthy of being in your presence. Please make me the kind of "Bergs" that is deep and brings meaningful, good and smiles to people. Please be a gentle chandelier of your unique light to offer people hope to pour out of my soul. Please allow me to absolutely accept people with love and bring them incredible smiles...Amen.

In simply asking God to get me out of this introspective state as that is so exhausting and not the way God wants it to be. I want to giggle and just be happy for the day. I prayed for God to simply be, so I could look out of my silliness and bring peace, and remove myself so God could occupy within and allow His shine to come from my soul...again with a sense of happy. In that, I pray you a day of peace, hope, smiles and light all over you today. I pray you a safe and happy weekend. I pray the peace that transcends all understanding will mount guard in your hearts today and I pray you a complete day of Friday Beautiful!

Images: Happy Pills co., Ashes and Snow, EmmaLynne, Starbucks.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Holiday Fun

Silly to be excited about this. However I love Martha's, Blueprint Magazine and any mixture of Martha's imagination (or her employees imagination to possibly be more exact) and holiday is just fun. Looking foward to getting this magazine and just enjoying the season coming.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Jake and Sarah Homecoming 2007

My nephew, Jake and homecoming date, Sarah.

What a doll he is in heart and is the spitting image of his father, R.J. Kelly says that Sarah is such a sweet heart too.

Fruit of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law - Galatians 5:22-23

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Poof!...Your a Diamond!

He who finds diamonds must grapple
in mud and mire because diamonds
are not found in polished stones.
They are made.
-- Henry B. Wilson

...and so in our hearts is this desire for integrity within and above all a soul that is faceted in the image of our creator. --Me

A friend of mine wrote me and stated in kindness that I am like gold. Is my friend looking at the me I see? I graciously smiled and in humble doubt, said "thank you" and then silently talked to the one who knows me best, God. "God, I am really not that refined and pure. How does this person see this in me? I should tell them this." God smiled in my heart, reminded me that I am human and gave me a different answer. I stated to my friend that I wish to be a diamond instead because I feel more like a soul that is still being chipped away to find glimmers of beauty, hope and integrity in character within. I stated to my friend that it is my prayer that hopefully God finds a way to use me as his vessel to shine through big even with inclusions and imperfections. You see, I stated "I know the real me inside, that isn't so pretty at times and gets in the way of His light." My friend then wrote me back and stated "Poof!...Your A Diamond!"

Even as a 42 year old, I smiled and hoped that God heard that....(smile).

So, Poof, you are a diamond too! Hope your day is filled with wonder.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Becoming Real

You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily or have sharp edges or who have to be easily kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and are very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly except to people who don’t understand.
--The Velveteen Rabbit

Monday, October 15, 2007

Monday Thought - Legacy

Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy
on earth. They want to be remembered when they're gone. Yet,
what ultimately matters most will not be what others say about
your life but what GOD says. What people fail to realize is that
all achievements are eventually surpassed, records are broken,
reputations fade, and tributes are forgotten." -- Rick Warren

Friday, October 12, 2007

Love this quote!


"There are many ways of going forward,
but only one way of standing still."

-Franklin D. Roosevelt


Image: Frolic

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Simple, Peaceful, Quiet Moment To Come.

I desire to be up and completely full of amazing energy and have my home and personal items in order. There is absolutely no truth to that presently....HA! Over the last month, God placed me in two very emotional, tragic, and stressful situations with friends that are dear to my heart. Can I state that I would not have wanted to be anywhere else except with these people. It was an honor that they would want me there. It was God alone that held my hand and mind to hope in the midst and truly showed himself in both situations. He taught me more about how to love others, to trust and hold tightly to him. I place my trust and hope in Him alone and believe that He works all things together for good according to his purpose. It's so true that I am absolutely nothing without Christ in the center of my life! Stack on a upper respiratory infection and finally starting on a antibiotic yesterday, to just being so very busy and yearning for one hour of simplicity and a moment to rest my head and find peace. I am claiming an hour of my own this Saturday to be like this Great Dane pictured on a chair....right after I go to yoga, possibly meeting my niece for brunch for her birthday (14, yikes...already?!), meeting with a realtor about a home-site, work on a freelance job for an international oncology marketing company and clean up my place that I call home for the moment. Yippee to this Great Dane rest moment to come...smile.

Image: Looking for source origination. I will post once I find.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Yummy Marshfellow Monday!

Just looked like a yummy and cozy image for a Monday. My niece, Peyton Angel Grace used to call these treats, MARSHFELLOWS. Memories of her saying this still makes me smile. She called me yesterday just to say hi. I love more than anything in this world, the sound of her sweet 6 year old voice bringing a smile and hello to any day. She called, we giggled about nothing and it was like having a great big cup of Starbucks while sitting in the sunshine breeze. So, I wishing for you Marshfellows for your day too. Thank you God for another day, another moment to breathe and just to be grateful.

Image: Keep file

Monday, October 1, 2007

A Basket Full of Comfort!

Writing about light, beautiful and happy is bittersweet. Tender hearted about my friends little girl passing and it is just challenging on my heart to state the least. I feel often like I am handing them an empty basket, but the truth is that God is using the holes in the basket to fill with light full of comfort to shine through. Through this, amazing women surrounded my walk. My Mom, Sisters (Kelly, Wendy and Gretchen) and my life long friends. Paige, Karen, Jami and Lori. Out of all of these women, four have lost people they love. My mom a son (David), Paige a husband (Gregg), Jami a son (Levi) and Lori her twin sister a nephew (Levi) which was basically like a son to her too, as Peyton Grace is like a daughter to me. My Mom has been never ending with her listening ear to me, asking the right questions and showing me the way in wisdom along with each of my sisters and friends who are each just amazing. They have used their pain for something really good and I want to thank each person from the bottom of my heart. Each time loss of sweet people has occurred, this kind of pain does not lack in force in my heart, but God is still bigger, sweeter and more gentle. I am just praying to keep moving forward and walking with my precious friends Angie and her husband Don. I pray through each tear and pain a light on the other side. I am trusting that God wins anyway and His glory will be a testimony to this tragedy. I want to say thank you to each of these women and people that I am honored to know who have each used their life walk to pray for someone that lost someone dear. They have each just been an incredible beaming light of hope and strength for Angie, Don, their family and me too. I pray big that I can be used in some way to comfort for such a time as this and shine brightly in the midst. I pray to be as much of a blessing as they have been to me. Because of who these women are and seeing how God can still make wonder of tragedy, I look expectantly for the blessings to come and His light shine even brighter.

Image is just a sweet image that seems to be more of a winter image. However we roasted marshmallows over the fire on Saturday. The image made me think of a sweet time with my family and how grateful I am for those precious moments. The basket is just so full of comfort that it seemed to go with my gratitude for these friends and family of mine.

Image: Country Living: English version

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Mountain/Whitewater Family Time

My family got together and took my Mom for a nights stay in a couple of small cabins and whitewater rafting for her birthday. She is an adventure girl ( I love that quality in her!) and well, each of her daughters have followed suit. This fearlessness includes my 6 year old niece, Peyton Grace who got right in there and actually guided the raft part of the way down the river and into/through a couple of rapids. I was just so proud of her. Half way down the river, my Mom with my nephew Zach proceeded to climb the way, hold hands and jump off a very high rock into the water, quickly followed by my niece, Peyton Grace and I together and then my sister Kelly and her husband, RJ. I didn't know that water could actually be so cold that one lost their speech! All I could think about was getting Peyton Grace above water and to the raft. She is just a brave little soul. We just had so much fun. My Mom stated to my sister Wendy, that it was the best day of her life! You know that just warms her daughters hearts. Just good to spend time with my family and laughing so hard over everything. I will be posting the whitewater rafting images very soon. Thanks family of mine for such a great time. xoxox....Too fun!


Image: Country Living

Friday, September 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Sweet Mom of Mine!

Mon-amie,
Wishing you the sweetest, most wonderful birthday ever. To the bright shining star in my life, know that I value you, I think you are creativly amazing, have the most giving heart and beautiful eyes. I am a better person for knowing you and walking through this life with you. I love you best! Happy Birthday! Happy Life! Looking forward to celebrating with you.

Love you Mom!

Image by Masha

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Just Grateful for today.

Not much to share. I just wanted to thank God for another day to love the ones I love and to live life big.

Image: My favorite illustrator: Sophie Griotto

Monday, September 17, 2007

Raegan Audrey Hearn - This little light

Raegan Audrey Hearn - 10/04/06 - 09/17/07. You are still a shining bright light. My friend, Angie and her husband Don's little girl Raegan passed away in a sudden tragedy and she went quickly to heaven into the arms God. She was named after Angie’s mom’s middle name, Rae. I always just loved her name. Your Mommy and Daddy love you most, but over the week I found that you were endeared and loved by many. So many stories of you and all included smiles of your joy. I used to tell Angie that Raegan was just this light that made everyone's face bright when you walked into her presence. Like this "Hi, and welcome, we have missed you so, and have happily been waiting for your company!" She had sweet, big blue eyes like her Daddy and amazing beauty inside and out like her Mommy. My heart is so broken for this family and I just wish I knew what to do to bring this little light back into her Mother's arms to sing songs to and bring back Raegan's smile to Don's heart. Please pray for my dear friends Angie and Don as they walk through one of the hardest experiences in life. Please pray as I and so many walk along their side, that God will use us somehow to be a vessels of strength for them and know what to say or do to comfort their hearts in some way and truly listen and pray for them. I love these people and I just love little Raegan very much and we will all miss her until we see her in heaven. Until then, shine on Raegan, shine on! You are and will always be your Mommy and Daddy's beaming light and as they said to you in a note, "Mommy and Daddy love you so much and we are blowing you kisses! Please blow God a kiss for us!"

In short, cherish your people and love them big. Don't take a moment of life for granted because it is but a whisper.

"Boyfriend Weather"

Paige Greene, my roommate from years ago and I used to have this saying. When the first chill of the air came for Fall, we would tag it "Boyfriend Weather" and we would then go eat Mexican to celebrate. Okay, we would use any excuse to go and eat Mexican! The words still makes me smile and has continued to be spoken about over the past few years with my life long friend Paige Knudsen in place of the words that describe Fall. My Mom called and stated on Sunday that "Boyfriend Weather" must be here because Starbucks is now offering their Pumpkin Spice Latté...so sweet. Married or single, females love the idea of being swept off our feet and romanced by a gentleman. The chill in the air always reminds me of that. Happy "Boyfriend Weather" to you.

Courage is the greatest of all the virtues. Because if you haven't
courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.
-- Samuel Johnson

Images via: House Martin....I think?

Friday, September 14, 2007

And Joy Hit My Soul!

Because it's Friday, that's why. I hope you have an amazing, laughter filled weekend. Don't forget to count each blessing one by one.

I am reading Beth Moore's book: Get Out Of That Pit. I am finally in the; "but there's hope for you part." (Ha. Thankfully, because I was beginning to wonder?!). This verse was in the book, good to remember and sweet to my soul. I think I need it tattooed on my hand, but won't go to that extreme (smile).

Psalms 23:1-6
"The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in God's house forever."

Images: Et a Part Ca, PGA, The beach, Moco Loco.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

SGF Dreams for Mom




Mom,
These pictures are for you to see dreams for your farm that will come to fruition and bring you hope. Dreaming great dreams for you and all areas of your life. I am looking forward to having coffee with you on the front porch of your home on your Sweet Grace Farm property in the near future. You will be blessed because of your heart and precious works by faith in His name. I even put a Martha Stewart chicken in there...get it...smile.

Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4-8

So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15

For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not delay. - Habakkuk 2:3

Images via: House Martin, Martha Stewart, Serenbe.com, lavender barn and Heifer.org

Monday, September 10, 2007

I Choose In Life:

To walk by faith
To be a blessing, and be TRUE
To cultivate a spirit of gratefulness
To live each moment in life with great passion
To be an encourager and a hope to others
To focus on the positive and just choose joy
To honor the intrinsic good in people around me
To love deeply, sweetly and big
To forgive easily and not judge
To make a difference
To experience true giggles
To be great light to the world and bring smiles
To dwell on these things (Phil 4:8)...FOR LIKE EVER

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

This above was sent to me as a question as what would I choose in life to make my heart pure and this world a better place? So, over a cup of Starbucks I took a moment and answered. I posted this on 9/10 late. I figured 9/11 was a good day to think about this to ask. What would you choose within you?
Image:Domino Magazine...I love this poster and must order soon.

Remembering Paris!

My Mom and I took a trip in September about five years ago to Paris. I had wanted to go there (Actually live there!) since I was young. I still do. My Mom and I often spoke of the day we would go, and so we did. I remember it like it was just yesterday. At any rate, the sweet coolness of this morning reminded me of the morning that my Mom and I went to the green market. Might I add we went to a bakery there that had the best palmier pastry (my favorite cookie ever!). Just remembering a sweet moment and made me realize there is a need for a new Paris trip sooner than later!
While I am in the Paris mood. I thought I would post this book as well that I have on order, "My French Life". It is absolutely beautiful inside. I am certain to book a trip shortly after receiving it in the mail!

Images: Images of Paris - me, palmeir - anna's puff , My French Life - Penguin Press

Friday, September 7, 2007

Our Sweet Life Purpose



"The purpose of your life is far greater
than your own personal fulfillment, peace of mind, or
even your happiness. It's far greater than your family,

your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions.

If you want to know why you were placed on
this planet, you must begin with God.
You were born BY his purpose

and FOR his purpose. - Rick Warren

Have a Happy Weekend!

Images from Laura Ashley, Et a Part Ca, NA Noel, keep file.
Pretty pink church is from a french blog site Et a part ca
Where else on earth would one find a pink church?!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Lesson #280 - Listening!


So, God started early this morning on what He knew needed to be learned. Below was on my Starbucks coffee cup so bright and early. Oh me oh my, the creative lengths God must go through to teach our hearts a thing or two. Okay, in truth, teach me a thing or two! Thank you God for your grace and tenacity and never giving up and well, knowing I need this "listening" skill and teaching it to me with a gentle hand. Thank you for Starbucks coffee too. In a word, yum!

The Way I See It #280
"You can learn a lot more from listening than you can from talking. Find someone with whom you don’t agree in the slightest and ask them to explain themselves at length. Then take a seat, shut your mouth, and don’t argue back. It’s physically impossible to listen with your mouth open."-- John Moe

Happy Wednseday to you.

Image from Starbucks

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Our Words


My Mom and I were talking about this very subject this morning. I get to work and this devotional came through in my email. Hummmmmmmmmmm? To learn this quickly I think is the point.

Verse: “And God said, 'Let there be light', and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).

Thought: God wanted there to be light, so He spoke it into existence. He wanted there to be water, land, and plants, so He declared them to be. Did you know, as a believer, that same creative power lives inside of you by the Holy Spirit? What are you speaking into existence in your life? Are you declaring the truth of God's Word that says you are the head and not the tail - that you are above only and not beneath? Listen to the words that come out of your mouth and speak what you seek! If you seek good health, declare that God is your Healer and that you will live strong and healthy all the days of your life. If you need provision for something, declare that God is your Provider. Be proactive and speak peace into your home. Speak God's protection over your family. Speak favor over your job. Decide and declare that today will be your best day to the Glory of God!

Prayer: Father in Heaven, today I submit my words to You. I invite You to search my mind and heart so that I may speak Your truth. Teach me what to say so that I can live the life of victory You have in store for me today. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

This is just good. Image of my sweet niece Peyton Angel Grace. Message from Joel Osteen daily emails.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Image: House Style
Have a safe and blissful weekend filled with great laughter!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

All in A Day


The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be
in reality what we would appear to be. -- Socrates

Thursday is not going down in my book of history of the best day. We are about to sign this amazing new client , Nike. My day was hard in communication as to how I was going to lead this project. The good out of it though is that I realized after a Starbucks® on the way home, a good scream in my mind, running on the treadmill, and a bath, that listening is the key. One also must keep integrity about themselves during challenges and just truly trust in God. To be thankful for blessings of health, family, a smile and the things that are important in life! I hope if you had the same kind of day as mine that you find hope in the fact that God is still God. He still has control. I think it is making the choices on our part to live in integrity, smile anyway, have faith, keep a watch with not saying what we think and feel (Thank goodness I kept quiet today!). I think it is knowing that we need to see the view beyond the circumstance and that God could be trying to mold us all into better humans that reflect his light. Frankly, be thankful that beyond ourselves he still loves us completely and has our best interest in His hand. I am looking forward to Friday being a great day and thankful that I grew as a person a bit today. I know I am looking towards a day of light, smiles and success. I wish the same for you.

Friday morning update---All is resolved in communication world and so very glad I took a moment and was proactive to a solution! Still learning to lead. Thank you God for helping me. AMEN.
Image items: Dream Cammy, Purple hue, Home Style, Nike, apple, Chris Rue website and keep file. If anyone knows who did this rabbit item, I would love to find out to purchase a real copy.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Rest, Peace and a Pretty View

Imagine the view at night with candles everywhere!
Nothing like a view like that after a long day of work.
My reality view from my tub is of a
couple of tiles that need to be fixed (and soon!),
but the positive is that it is a couple of tiles and not many.
Okay, if a candle is lit, and the overhead lights are out while in the tub
and if ones eyes are closed one could imagine this...hummmm....well, I am trying. Really, I am!
I must find an image of a view like this and stick it
to the tile that needs to be fixed...or relocate!
Image from Purple Area.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Soft Touches


"If you can learn from hard knocks,
you can also learn from soft touches."

-Carolyn Kenmore

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

To work from here for a day...or two!

I have a new hard deadline to meet for a graphic user interface prototype due in the next couple of days. This project is for a new potential client for the company I work for. I am thinking I could take my laptop to this lovely place pictured above and get the project finished so much quicker and with a smile on my face. Oh well, maybe one day I could do just that. Back to reality for now and grateful to have my job!
Image via Dreamhouse Cammy

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Wendy & Peyton Angel Grace

My sister Wendy went on one of her final interviews with a different county fire department today. I have known over the course of this last bit what she has had to go through in interviewing beyond her working her current fire fighter job. It is strenuous to state it mildly and she has just taken it in stride without complaint. I wonder in your job did you have to go through the tasks listed below to gain employment? Oh me oh my! Fire fighters should definitely get a pay raise!
* Written test
* In-depth background investigation
* Physical agility test
* Polygraph examination
* Psychological examination
* Medical examination and drug screen
* Oral interview
She has been a firefighter for over 10 years if not longer for another fire deparment in the Atlanta vicinity. Women firefighters are few and far between in this world. How does one be strong, yet feminine and corageous? Her generous soul houses each of those qualities, plus she is hillariously funny. I just wanted to state congratulations that her interview went well and say that I am amazed by her and adore this sister of mine. Love you Woo. LB

Bird graphic from Rhonna F.

Courage, Persistance & Victory

God seems to be swiftly making changes within the halls of my soul to grow in faith and action in order for my life to finally move forward. It is far more likely that He has patiently waited for me to finally see what He has had in his hand forever and finally take leaps of faith. So I am willing to go boldly move forth with God speed, wisdom, and courage and know that I will blossom by the path He is lighting. The point is to take the step of faith. "There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom". - Anais Nin. The truth of this quote resonates with my heart incredibly.

So blossom I will and just simply take steps of faith.

Susan Ashton sings this song called stand and the words have been writing themselves in my thoughts and (out of my mouth in the shower...smile) since early this morning.

I hope this quote and words to this song give you courage as well today and that the sun will shine brightly on your soul.

STAND
With visible breath, I'm calling your name
With visible tracks, I'm finding my way
With a sorrowful heart, I honor this pain
And offer these tears to the rain

In a moment of truth at the top of the hill
I open my arms and let go of my will

And stand with my face to the wind
With the storm beating down on this sacred ground
If I stand for the grace that I've known
For what I believe
Then I won't stand alone
No I won't stand alone

There's a new pair of eyes to embrace all I see
A new peace of mind and it comes quietly
There's a joy in my heart that you've given to me
And I offer this soul's melody

So I beat on my chest till my song has been sung
And I cry like a wolf at the top of my lungs

And stand with my face to the wind
With the storm beating down on this sacred ground
If I stand for the grace that I've known
For what I believe
Then I won't stand alone
No I won't stand alone

When the thundering voices of doubt try to shake my faith, oh
I'll be listening from inside out and I won't be afraid to

Stand with my face to the wind
With the storm beating down on this sacred ground
If I stand for the grace that I've known
For what I believe
Then I won't stand alone
No I won't stand...I won't stand alone

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Best Day of My Life! So very true.

by G. M. Lousig-Nont

Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life, ever!

There were times when I wondered if I would make it to today; but I did! And because I did I'm going to celebrate!

Today, I'm going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.

I will go through this day with my head held high, and a happy heart. I will marvel at God's seemingly simple gifts: the morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds. Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice.

Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people.

I'll make someone smile. I'll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don't even know. Today, I'll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down. I'll tell a child how special he is, and I'll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for her and how much she means to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don't have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me. I'll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.

And tonight, before I go to bed, I'll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life. And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life, ever!

Image is of my sweet Niece, Peyton Angel Grace. A girl that Loves life and giggles, bigger than anyone I know!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Birthday Dinner with the Girls

I had dinner last night with my family to celebrate my birthday. It is so much fun to be at dinner with them (Mom, sisters and my six year old niece, Peyton Grace). Just a good time to listen, eat and talk and just be in their presence. Against my wishes, they chose to be exceedingly generous with gifts. I was quite humbled honestly. I hope they do know that all they needed to do was find a funny card and bring a smile and their company. There is an unspoken funny card competition among the girls in my family when it comes to birthdays. It is a favorite moment when we start laughing at the card and pass it around the table until we are each giggling until gleeful tears come down from hearing one another's laughter. That moment is just the greatest! My Mom gave me the winning card this year that was in a word (or two), hysterically funny. So, I walked away from dinner with more than enough in my heart. I am so blessed to know my family and actually like and love my family. Thank you so much for treating me and for just a precious evening spent with one another. Image courtesy of Violettes website. This sweet little French restaurant in Atlanta.

My Birthday Beach Trip


Ahhhhh Rest! Sand in-between toes, pristine blue water, sunshine, throwing a Frisbee in the ocean, running on the beach, a good book, great food and much, much laughter. The beach is truly good for the soul. Thank you Anthony for such a sweet trip. Thank you God for such a sunny sky birthday day!
He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. -- Psalm 23:2-3

Just loving this image of my niece Peyton Grace!

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will
himself be refreshed. -- Proverbs 11:25

Peyton Grace's love and laughter definitely refreshes the world's soul!
She started first grade this week! How did she get this grown up this fast? Forgive me for speaking of her so often. She is my niece, but in many ways because of life circumstances I have been privledged enough to be part of my family villiage that has helped (my sister) her mommy be a small part in raising her. So in a way, she is my daughter too.

Friday, August 10, 2007

My Birthday Blessings!!!!!!!

My Birthday Blessings. Instead of the sheer panic of my birthday in the next couple of days, I am trying to really rest and be happy about it. There is so much I have to be grateful for instead of focusing on dreams not yet fulfilled, or mistakes of decisions that I have made in the past of yesterdays that I can't get back. How blessed am I and happy to still be on God's green earth and smile.
MY BLESSINGS....
• My relationship with Christ and the fact that he chooses to love me over and over again. That amazes me.
• My health - I always say if you don't have your health you don't have anything and I must state that I am so very grateful for excellent health for me, my family and the people I love and care about. I pray that will always be my praise. The ability to walk, talk, think and have all of my faculties at 100%, learn, see, hear, dance and sing. For that I am ever grateful.
• My Family - They are the sweetness in my life and the people I share true joy with. Thank you for your honesty and laughter and truth and always just being there. For all of these things I have grown in character and can love bigger because of you. I love each of you dearly.
My Mom - Beyond Family I don't have words of what you mean to me. You are my friend and my joy. I admire you so. Thank you for bringing me into this world, teaching me so much, and just being my friend.
Anthony - Your sheer humor, honor, your always unconditional friendship, long intelligent talks, hide and seeks with Peyton Grace and for always finding a way to make me smile and loving me anyway.
Peyton Grace - You just make me be a better person. I am so very blessed to know your 6 year old fun, smart, life loving, full of giggles soul.
• My Long life friends - Thank you for walking through this amazing journey of life along with me, come what may. Each of you make even life storms have hope of sunshine.
Paige - What do you call someone that you have been through a life long journey of intense pain and amazing joy with and still be true friends. So thank you to you Paige, my creative, silly, life long friend.
• My Job and ability to use my talents - Where else can you work that you get to experience clients and projects like Tiffany & Co., Godiva chocolate and Starbucks all in the same day?
• My Country - I love the twinkles of Paris, but to you I will always honor and show my allegiance. Thank you for giving me the ability to love God freely, learn and live a happy life without delegation.
• My life and all the hope of just being grateful for this sweet life and moments that take my breath away!Birthday and the Beach. I am not headed to this particular beach in Jamaica this weekened, but a beach none the less for a fun filled birthday weekend near Seaside. Looking forward to getting my toes in the sand and just reading a book or two, giggle and just being able see the ocean and smell the salt in the air and resting for a moment!

Images: Masha Illustration and Jamaica image (Where we would be had we gotten the passport situation worked out!).

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Lights of Mine


This song was in my head all night last night, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine." I love that sweet song! One of my favorite all time movies is Corrina, Corrina. Near the end of the movie Corrina sings this song to her Grandmother to give her hope and then encourages her Grandmother to sing along and it brings a smile. That is what my niece Peyton Grace does for me and the rest of the world. She often brings a bright and shiny light to any dull and dreary day. My nephew Zachary above on the other hand is this calm light that is like a gentle breeze on a fresh spring day. At any rate, I pray light all over you today. I pray for your light to shine bright for the world. So, SHINE ON!

Let your light shine before men that they may see
your good works and praise your Father in Heaven. Matt. 5:16
Image is of my sweet lights (niece and nephew) Peyton Grace and Zachary