Wednesday, February 20, 2013


I think becoming a mom has made me much more sentimental.  The time going by so fast and Graham growing up so quickly has just blown my mind.  Though I know I'm bound to, I don't want to forget the little things about Graham as a baby.  There are many way to remember these things.  I have been filling out a baby book for Graham and a Mom's One Line A Day journal (the one my friend, Lydia, gave to me, I mentioned a couple of blogs back).  I also write notes to Graham every once in a while for him to read when he's older. 

A friend, Sarah, mentioned a scrapbooking software called My Memories Suite Software.  Just like her, I'm not much of a scrapbooker, but you can make labels, cards and probably much more with the software.  Now I could definitely use it for those things!  Anyway, she is having a giveaway on her blog where you can win the software.  So exciting!  If you are interested in scrapbooking or making creative/crafty things, definitely check her blog out.   

I know I have a lot of crafty friends that might be interested in this software, so I thought I'd share this opportunity with you all!  

Until next time, 

Friday, February 15, 2013

My Crafty Valentine

For this Valentine's Day, Graham and I made some gifts.  First, we made some "long-distance hugs" to send to the grandparents and great-grandparents.  Here is a picture of one of those hugs: 

We simply took Graham's handprints and cut around them, measured and cut ribbon out the length of his arm-span, and taped the ribbon to the handprints.  Though the painting part was a little messy, that was my own fault.  I blame lack of experience; I have since gained valuable tips on how to get a less messy handprint experience in the future. 

For Dustin, I made a root beer float kit (because he likes root beer... and ice cream, of course!).  It included a homemade card, root beer, ice cream, glasses, an ice cream scoop, some cute Valentines straws, and a cute card that said "Valentine, You float my boat."  Here are some pictures: 

I think he liked it!  I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!     

Until next time, 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Best Valentine!

"We sometimes fear to bring our troubles to God, because they must seem so small to Him who sitteth on the circle of the earth.  But if they are large enough to vex and endanger our welfare, they are large enough to touch His heart of love.  For love does not measure by a merchant's scale, nor with a surveyor's chain.  It hat a delicacy which is unknown in any handling of material substances."  -- Torrey 

No matter where you find yourself this Valentine's Day, ... single, looking, dating, engaged, married, there is one thing we can all rejoice in: we have all already been given the best, most complete, most fulfilling love there is (whether we choose to accept it and return it or not): God's love.  

Don't get me wrong, human love is an amazing and wonderful thing.  As Henry Ward Beecher put it, "Love is the medicine of all moral evil.  By it the world is to be cured of sin.  Love is the wine of existence... No man can afford to invest his being in anything lower than faith, hope, love - these three, the greatest of which is love."  But no matter how much you love someone else or they love you, in the end we are all just human and, by extension, imperfect.  We can be kind, we can be selfish, we can comfort one another, we can hurt one another (intentionally or not), we can have great days and not-as-great days.  In other words, no matter the goodness of the person or intentions, if you are looking for a perfect love in humans or anything on this earth, you will always be let down in the end.  It doesn't take much living life to realize this.     

But this love that I spoke of earlier, this love that God offers us, is a pure, a perfect, and a complete love.  A verse that many of you have probably heard before describes this love, "Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails."  - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a  Further, if we wonder how God factors into the love equation, the answer has been made clear: "God is love." - 1 John 4:16

What has God done to show His love to us?  Where is the action behind these words?  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  - John 3:16 

This statement involves unbelievably huge sacrifice and is, to those who believe in it, literally one that transforms.  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"  - 2 Corinthians 5:17 

At one point in my life, before I became a "new creation" in Christ, I was certainly in bondage.  I was seeking happiness in this life through many different things, including people and relationships.  And yet, I still felt there was something missing... a hole that had yet to be filled.  When I chose to accept God's love instead of avoiding it and seeking happiness elsewhere, it undoubtedly and forever changed me... in a good way.  The Bible says that in that moment, we are no longer "slaves to sin," but instead have been freed from that bondage.  (Romans 6:6-7).  And what amazing feeling it is to be free! 

On this Valentine's Day, I not only hope you've experienced this freedom, but I hope you know this amazing, life-changing love.  Happy Valentine's Day, friends!  

Monday, February 11, 2013

On a lighter note...

This week, the Kelly Moore Bag website is having 5 days of giveaways on their blog.  These giveaways include: a Kelly Moore bag of choice ($249 value!), The Lightroom 4 Preset System: from SLRLounge, Floral Alphabet Garland: from Pressed Cotton, Mercury Votives: from Pressed Cotton, and Nikon Coolpix Camera from Adorama.  Can you say wow?!  Not only that, but on Friday, they will have their grand giveaway... and includes a $1000 Visa gift card! 

Interested in any of these giveaways??  Go here to enter.  Good luck everyone!

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Friendship is a wonderful, and sometimes mysterious, thing to me.  It is something to be honored, something to be cherished, something to be cultivated, and something to be invested in.  This post is mostly my ramblings about friendship, so excuse my stream-of-consciousness.   

I've wondered many times why it used to be so easy to make new friends when I was a child as opposed to now.  I have a specific friend from junior high that I remember flat out saying, "Hey!  We have all our classes together.  We should probably be friends, don't you think?" and she ended up being one of the people I've been closest to in my life.  It was that easy!  Of course, we ended up having a lot in common so that helped, but we just accepted each other the way we were, learned about the other person, supported and had fun with the other person, cheered each other on in our accomplishments and cried together when we were sad.  Maybe it's just me, but it seems like it's not that easy now. 


"False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the wall it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports."  - Burton

As is expected in the process of growing up, I have since been through many things, including some friendships that really hurt me... friendships that caused me to be more cautious about opening up, being vulnerable, and allowing myself to grow close to people.  I am a work in progress in that area... so that, surely, is part of the problem, though how much of the problem it is, I am not sure.  


"Friendship is, strictly speaking, reciprocal benevolence, while inclines each party to be solicitous for the welfare of the other as for his own.  This equality of affection is created and preserved by a similarity of disposition and manners."  - Plato

Because of my difficulty in making new friends who I am truly close to, I have learned to truly treasure my "old" friends.  How amazing they are!  Unlike some friendships which, as I assume is somewhat normal, have slowly grown apart, these few "old" friends of mine have managed to stay in my life, have been intentional to stay in touch, even in the business of the lives we lead, and have always been there for me as I endeavor to be for them.  I am so blessed by them! 

One quick example,... today I received a surprise package in the mail from my good friend, Lydia.  She sent me a really cool little book that I can write down daily notes/thoughts about motherhood in.  No, it's not my birthday; it's obviously not Christmas; she really had no reason at all to send me such a sweet present... but she did.

I cannot tell you how much this small token meant to me.  The feeling it gave me made me wonder why I don't do this for my friends more often!  Even so, I hope I do and say enough so that they know how much they mean to me.   


"The only way to have a friend is to be one." - Emerson

How true is that?  It definitely makes me look at my own behavior and ask, "Would I want to be friends with myself?"  This is something I want to continually ask myself and be intentional about.  

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."  - Proverbs 17:17 (NIV) 

This is the type of friend I want to be.  One who is always there for my friends, through thick and thin, one who provides honest advice when asked for it, one who listens when that is all that is needed, one who gets the inside jokes when laughter is the best medicine, and a shoulder to cry on during hard times, among other things.  

Do you have a hard time making new close friends or do you find it comes natural to you?  What valuable lessons have you learned about friendship over the years?  In what ways do you think you could be a better friend?