Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Our Front Porch Looking In...

I think that we live a pretty normal life.  And sometimes, often times, it's easy to get caught up in the stressful parts of life, our hectic schedules, and the chaos that comes with it.  But sometimes I think it's important to just sit back and try to look at your life from an outsiders perspective.  Look at what other's may see about you and your family and your life.  To notice all of the great things.  The positive.  To laugh about the things that may normally stress you out in the moment.  I often find myself doing this.  It's natural to get stressed and overwhelmed.  I'm a pro at that.  But if I just sit back for a minute, take a breather, and realize what is most important then things go over more smoothly.  So today, I thought it would be fun to share about our family.  Because no one leads a perfect life, and sometimes its a relief to read about others and how well you can relate.  We don't sit around all day and make crafts or pose for perfect pictures.  There certainly is more to our life than what is in my blog.  So here's a look at our front porch looking in...

In the mornings you might find...
two little girls snuggling with their momma,
their Daddy sneaking into their rooms while they stay asleep to kiss them goodbye before he heads to work,
a hound dog that takes up the whole bed and gets to sleep in longer than anyone,
Keira watching cartoons, eating blueberry muffins, and drinking chocolate milk,
four unmade beds,
a rushed momma just trying to get ready,
but dreading the moment she has to walk out the door.

Around our house you might find...
dishes in the sink,
clean unfolded laundry piled in baskets,
a dining room table covered with paint and crafts and a camera,
sippy cups in every room,
crayons out of their boxes,
and toys covering the floor.

You might find Keira...
naked, possibly with shoes on,
coloring and painting and making a disaster of play doh,
playing in the sink and overflowing the counter with water,
riding her bike in circles through every room of the house,
randomly brushing her teeth,
playing "grocery store" with every real food item out of our cabinets,
torturing  playing with the dog,
or brushing and flat ironing my hair.

You might find Alyssa...
walking and stumbling all over the house,
getting into things she shouldn't,
laughing at her big sister,
climbing on anything she can,
putting anything and everything in her mouth,
or pulling every single DVD out of our TV stand.

You might hear...
Alyssa giggling,
or crying,
Keira squealing,
or laughing,
Cooper barking,
lots of singing,
and at least one temper tantrum.

In the evenings you might find us...
laughing over the dinner that I burnt,
singing and dancing as we're doing dishes,
getting our "family hugs",
playing in the yard and going for walks.

Before bed you might find us...
getting the girls their baths,
chasing Keira as she tries to get away with no jammies,
watching TV and snuggling on the sofa {taking up just two cushions of our large sectional},
all of us eating ice cream straight out of the carton,
reading bible stories and saying our prayers,
putting Alyssa to bed awake,
 but still having to lay with Keira until her eyes are finally closed.
 And still climbing into our bed most nights.

And in our home, you will always find a family that...
 loves each other more than anything else on earth,
that tells each other "I love you,"
that enjoys the quality time they have together,
that tries to glorify God but has a long way to go,
that tries to teach their children to have a heart for Him,
and that tries their best to be grateful for all of their blessings.

Life is not always perfect.  But it is beautiful.  Enjoy it!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

11 Years of Love...

Although we no longer celebrate our dating anniversary, today marks 11 years of our relationship.  And the 24th of September is still a very very special date to worth mentioning in my opinion.  It's hard to believe that it's been 11 years.  The time has passed so quickly.  It seems like yesterday that we were just 14 and 15 years old.  That we met at the river that summer.  Hung out as friends.  Rode jet skis and golf carts.  Went swimming and sat by camp fires.  And gradually got closer.  It seems like yesterday that I started my freshman year of high school but was only thinking of him and how I couldn't wait for the weekend to see him again.  That he got his drivers license and started skipping school to come down to see me a little more often.  And on that special day, during one of our regular late night phone calls of me sitting in my walk-in closet so my sister could sleep, he "asked me out."  And at such a young age, we had no idea that our lives would be changed forever.  But they were. We have remained in love and best friends.  And each day only gets better.  I'm so thankful for the 24th of September 2001.  It marked the beginning of a very special journey for us.

I love you Scott...I will forever be yours

Thursday, September 20, 2012

For the Love of Art...

As most of you know already, art is pretty much my outlet.  My time for me.  To relax.  To unwind.  It's therapeutic for me and I thoroughly enjoy it.  Whether it's painting a canvas, a wood sign, decorating a cake, making a banner, or creating something for no real purpose, I love it.  And over the past three weeks, I have spent so much of my "free time" {aka nap time} doing this.  I hope to one day move forward with my art and maybe start selling some of my pieces.  My goal being to focus on inspirational art.  Hand painted wood and canvas signs that warm the heart.  Inspirational words, quotes, and Bible verses.  Because that's what I love.  And I'm excited to do so when that falls into place.  For now, I'm taking it step by step.  Keeping an open mind for what my future might hold.  Looking for any opportunity to create something.  And praying for God to guide me with every stroke of my paint brush.  With a creative mind for every piece I do.  And to trust Him as He unfolds His plan for me.

Here's a look at my creations over the past three weeks...

 I was given some really neat round cedar pieces and decided to lightly paint them ivory, paint my sister's upcoming wedding date on them, hot glue them together, and add one of her wedding flowers to it.  She can use it at the reception or just set it out in her home, but I just wanted a unique way to display such a special date.

 This is a wood sign that I painted for a dear friend of mine from work.  She actually gave me these wooden pieces so I thought to practice my first sign for her.  And since she loves Tinkerbell and fairies, I thought this quote suited perfectly.

 A hand painted canvas that I made for Corey and Jeanette's wedding gift.

 Another hand painted canvas made for my mom.

The girl's birthday gift to their Daddy this week.  Hand painted by me and hand printed my the girls of coarse.  {That part not being as easy as I thought it would be}

 Banner created for Corey and Jeanette's wedding / reception.

 And a cake I decorated for Jody's birthday!

I'm always looking forward to creating something new.  I have many ideas in mind that I want to try.  Finding the time is challenging, but that's okay.  I always make it work.  And please keep me in mind if you're looking for a custom hand painted quote or Bible verse.  I would be honored.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Congratulations Corey and Jeanette!

This past weekend was the wedding and celebration for my brother Corey and his new wife Jeanette.  Here's a glimpse of the wedding festivities...

The Ceremony...

The Reception...

Everything was beautiful!  Mom did such an amazing job with the reception, the decorations, the food, and getting everyone together to make this day special for them!

Congratulations Corey and Jeanette!  Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!