We Made It

I know many of you that are feeling just that…We made it. It has been a really hard year for many. I have watched friends hurt this year like I have never seen before. I have watched friends lose a parent, bury a child, get layed off and struggle financially. My heart has been broken many times knowing how much pain people have been in this year. Gone are the years of being naive. Some years this is what being …

Just A Little Longer

I have to admit that the Christmas season just goes way too quickly. I still have my tree up and we will probably keep it up for a few more weeks.   I don't take it down until the soft glow of the tree is obnoxiously embarrassing in mid January. I wish people would act like they did before Christmas. People ARE nicer.  Really. As soon as Christmas is over the stores are filled with Valentines products, organizational stuff for …

Unexpected Gift

It is hard to believe that tomorrow is Christmas Eve. The season goes so quickly except if you are a little child….then it drags on and on and Christmas morning seems like an eternity away. I wrote earlier that we were really trying to take this season to think of others more than ourselves. We were trying to think of ways to bless others daily. We have had a very mellow December. I closed the shop early, we have baked …

As Good As It Gets

One of my very favorite parts about the Christmas season is the excitement of getting Christmas cards. I love adding each one to the wall and looking at all the people we love through out the month. We keep our cards and love looking at them each year as we bring out all of our Christmas decorations. I was just looking at all the photos the other day and really impressed with the hotness of my friends..seriously…you guys are a …

It Is Official…

….I have become my parents. I am  having flashbacks on all the things that made me cringe or the things that gave us a good laugh…and I am now doing them! I embarrass my kids just because.  I will dance around the kitchen and I remember my mom doing the same thing. We sing A LOT.  There is usually music coming from the piano, computer, CD player or our lips. My mom filled our home with music. My mom was …

New Art and a Winner!

I had planned to have tons of new things in my shop today but life had other plans. I will share more about that later. For now I wanted to first reveal the winner of the Soul Restoration e-course offered by Brave Girls. The winner is…..number 45. So, I guess I better go and count and then come back…ok…the winner is….Sandie at  A Bloggable Life. Please email me your information and I will pass it along to the generous Melody …

Round Two

I couldn't help it! I kept on thinking of all the other little things that I knew you guys would love that would be affordable for gift giving. So, here is my second…and LAST…list of favorite things.  Promise. Who am I kidding…I could have another one on Friday. Without further ado…here is round two (a bit shorter..but just as sweet).  1. I know I mentioned Mindy Gledhill last time but this time I am just putting music in general on …

Being Realistic

Have you ever watched Oprah's Favorite Things episode? I am sure you have! I remember when Jack was a baby and rushing home with one of my best friends (along with her baby) so we could watch it. I have to say that 10 years ago the episodes were a little more affordable. I hadn't watched one in years and this year I made sure I did. I have to say that I wouldn't have wanted much on her list …

Hands and Feet

When I was a little girl I could spend hours looking through the Sears and JCPenney Christmas catalogs. My brother, sister and I would circle everything we wanted. It didn't matter that we wouldn't get all the things we had circled…the fun was talking about everything and putting our mark on it. Those catalogs were dogeared and worn by the time Christmas came around. With all the wishing and wanting we had done before Christmas I don't remember many of …

Karen Cannon

Here we are on day four of the Pay It Forward winners! Are you amazed by the talent of these incredible artists?? I know I am. Today I would like you to meet Karen Cannon. I love the idea of your Pay It Forward Contest!  If not for so many talented and encouraging women, I wouldn't be where I am today.  Two years ago, I had shoulder surgery and was out of work for a couple of months. (I am …

Peach Evolution Designs

Welcome back for day three of the Pay It Forward  interviews! Today I would like you to meet Wyokemia from Peach Evolution Designs. Hello, everyone – I’m Wyokemia! I feel so thankful to have the opportunity to share a little piece of my world and Peach Evolution Designs with you as one of the five Pay It Forward winners. It was so inspiring to read the comments left by so many of you, and it has been so great to …